Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! (Psalm 105:1-2 ESV)
-God is continuously working in all of our lives. In many ways, noticeable and unnoticeable, great and small. Give Him glory by sharing with the world how he has worked/is working in your life. Give God the glory!
One of the most important things I have learned is to let God do the heavy lifting. Too many times we see what’s wrong with ourselves and try to fix it through our own strength, but this will never be good enough. Jesus said in John 15:5, “Apart from me you can do nothing” (NIV).
We may try to be self-sufficient, but we need to let God supply the grace and ability to do what we need to do. Willpower and determination can get us started, but they’ve been known to quit in the middle and leave us stranded.
We can learn to enjoy the life Jesus died to give us by inviting God to become involved in every aspect of it. Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew11:28 NIV).
We are not made to function without God. And with Him, we can break any bad habit or addiction, like overeating, substance abuse, poor time management, anger issues, you name it. Jesus is bigger than any problem you have.
Prayer Starter: God, I know that I’m nothing without You, so I invite You into every area of my life. I’ll let You do the heavy lifting, following and trusting You every day.
After Jesus reassures his disciples that he will always be with them no matter what trouble comes upon them, he prays. He asks that He be glorified and that God be glorified through this.
Now, understandably, Jesus asks that He be glorified and obviously we should not ask that of ourselves. We’re not perfect people and we don’t deserve to be. However, we should pray that God be glorified and that He receive the glory. And this is what Jesus does, and it is an example we should follow.
Lord, I pray that in whatever I do, that I bring glory to You. That when I’m doing something, if I’m praised for what I’ve done, that I point glory to you because you are the one who’s helped me the entire way.
“It is not enough, however, to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.”
“People who do not believe are living all around you and might say that you are doing wrong. Live such good lives that they will see the good things you do and will give glory to God on the day when Christ comes again.” 1 Peter 2:12 New Century Version
This morning, I started to do my errands when I saw that Mint was in her house. So I decided to drop by and say hello and see if she wasn’t standing up and sleeping again. I came to the surprise to see not only Mint, but also Goldie!
I was happy to see two of my favorite villagers under one roof!
I left eventually and 5 minutes later, I decided to come back and play with them some more. Again I walk in and Goldie is gone. Mint however… Well she went back to sleep.
So I decided to help her wake up by singing to her, like my mom would when I was little.
(I imagine singing to Mint like my mom would with “RISE AND SHINE! AND GIVE GOD THE GLORY GLORY!” - I never liked it when my mom would sing to me in the morning.)
Anyways, I thought to leave Mint to her rest, and I went over to Goldie’s who lived right beside Mint.
I told her what had happen and we both laughed at how silly Mint can be with her sleep. I would think Mint got up early to meet with Goldie for something. Pretty good friend to wake up early for another friend!
These screenshots made me smile today so I decided to post them with a little story to go with them. Mint really did go back to sleep after Goldie left so that was pretty funny. Mint and Goldie are so presh! :) I think I’ll draw a comic about this happening eventually when I have the free time. In the mean time, I hope people like this post, screenshots and story! :)
Why I live: To give glory to God.
Why I study: To give glory to God.
But I, we, should never prioritize our studies. It’s good to work our hardest and offer all our labor to the Lord as thanksgiving for His grace but we have to make sure everything is balanced. ✔️
As long as I do my best and give God all the glory, even if I don’t get good results I know it’s way better than chilling + not doing things for the Lord, even if I get good results.
He is the reason why I do what I do.
If my don’t get good marks, at least I know I tried my hardest. Most of all, at least I know it’s what the Lord favors more.
I should never compromise time for my spiritual disciplines just because of schoolwork. Learning about the Lord is way more important and fruitful than learning Chemistry. It’s the kind of studying that bears eternal rewards. 😉👍🏼
when the Christian body should be known to be active in our faith, we must be active in our beliefs. the families affected from the Charleston shooting have written letters of forgiveness towards the shooter. forgiveness is not the easiest thing and many of us can testify to that. when we bless our enemies, we give glory to God. because we acknowledge that our current pain or emotion will not stop us from being active in resembling our Father’s heart and his willingness to forgive us. we’re known to pray, to have faith in our prayers. but we need boldness and courage to stand for what we believe. our life is full of opportunities of a lifetime, but it must be seized in the lifetime of the opportunity. be bold, be strong, for the Lord our God is with us :)
32. The earth’s resources are also being plundered because of short-sighted approaches to the economy, commerce and production. The loss of forests and woodlands entails the loss of species which may constitute extremely important resources in the future, not only for food but also for curing disease and other uses. Different species contain genes which could be key resources in years ahead for meeting human needs and regulating environmental problems.
33. It is not enough, however, to think of different species merely as potential “resources” to be exploited, while overlooking the fact that they have value in themselves. Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity. Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence, nor convey their message to us. We have no such right.
34. It may well disturb us to learn of the extinction of mammals or birds, since they are more visible. But the good functioning of ecosystems also requires fungi, algae, worms, insects, reptiles and an innumerable variety of microorganisms. Some less numerous species, although generally unseen, nonetheless play a critical role in maintaining the equilibrium of a particular place. Human beings must intervene when a geosystem reaches a critical state. But nowadays, such intervention in nature has become more and more frequent. As a consequence, serious problems arise, leading to further interventions; human activity becomes ubiquitous, with all the risks which this entails. Often a vicious circle results, as human intervention to resolve a problem further aggravates the situation. For example, many birds and insects which disappear due to synthetic agrotoxins are helpful for agriculture: their disappearance will have to be compensated for by yet other techniques which may well prove harmful. We must be grateful for the praiseworthy efforts being made by scientists and engineers dedicated to finding solutions to man-made problems. But a sober look at our world shows that the degree of human intervention, often in the service of business interests and consumerism, is actually making our earth less rich and beautiful, ever more limited and grey, even as technological advances and consumer goods continue to abound limitlessly. We seem to think that we can substitute an irreplaceable and irretrievable beauty with something which we have created ourselves.
35. In assessing the environmental impact of any project, concern is usually shown for its effects on soil, water and air, yet few careful studies are made of its impact on biodiversity, as if the loss of species or animals and plant groups were of little importance. Highways, new plantations, the fencing-off of certain areas, the damming of water sources, and similar developments, crowd out natural habitats and, at times, break them up in such a way that animal populations can no longer migrate or roam freely. As a result, some species face extinction. Alternatives exist which at least lessen the impact of these projects, like the creation of biological corridors, but few countries demonstrate such concern and foresight. Frequently, when certain species are exploited commercially, little attention is paid to studying their reproductive patterns in order to prevent their depletion and the consequent imbalance of the ecosystem.
36. Caring for ecosystems demands far-sightedness, since no one looking for quick and easy profit is truly interested in their preservation. But the cost of the damage caused by such selfish lack of concern is much greater than the economic benefits to be obtained. Where certain species are destroyed or seriously harmed, the values involved are incalculable. We can be silent witnesses to terrible injustices if we think that we can obtain significant benefits by making the rest of humanity, present and future, pay the extremely high costs of environmental deterioration.
37. Some countries have made significant progress in establishing sanctuaries on land and in the oceans where any human intervention is prohibited which might modify their features or alter their original structures. In the protection of biodiversity, specialists insist on the need for particular attention to be shown to areas richer both in the number of species and in endemic, rare or less protected species. Certain places need greater protection because of their immense importance for the global ecosystem, or because they represent important water reserves and thus safeguard other forms of life.
38. Let us mention, for example, those richly biodiverse lungs of our planet which are the Amazon and the Congo basins, or the great aquifers and glaciers. We know how important these are for the entire earth and for the future of humanity. The ecosystems of tropical forests possess an enormously complex biodiversity which is almost impossible to appreciate fully, yet when these forests are burned down or levelled for purposes of cultivation, within the space of a few years countless species are lost and the areas frequently become arid wastelands. A delicate balance has to be maintained when speaking about these places, for we cannot overlook the huge global economic interests which, under the guise of protecting them, can undermine the sovereignty of individual nations. In fact, there are “proposals to internationalize the Amazon, which only serve the economic interests of transnational corporations”. We cannot fail to praise the commitment of international agencies and civil society organizations which draw public attention to these issues and offer critical cooperation, employing legitimate means of pressure, to ensure that each government carries out its proper and inalienable responsibility to preserve its country’s environment and natural resources, without capitulating to spurious local or international interests.
39. The replacement of virgin forest with plantations of trees, usually monocultures, is rarely adequately analyzed. Yet this can seriously compromise a biodiversity which the new species being introduced does not accommodate. Similarly, wetlands converted into cultivated land lose the enormous biodiversity which they formerly hosted. In some coastal areas the disappearance of ecosystems sustained by mangrove swamps is a source of serious concern.
40. Oceans not only contain the bulk of our planet’s water supply, but also most of the immense variety of living creatures, many of them still unknown to us and threatened for various reasons. What is more, marine life in rivers, lakes, seas and oceans, which feeds a great part of the world’s population, is affected by uncontrolled fishing, leading to a drastic depletion of certain species. Selective forms of fishing which discard much of what they collect continue unabated. Particularly threatened are marine organisms which we tend to overlook, like some forms of plankton; they represent a significant element in the ocean food chain, and species used for our food ultimately depend on them.
41. In tropical and subtropical seas, we find coral reefs comparable to the great forests on dry land, for they shelter approximately a million species, including fish, crabs, molluscs, sponges and algae. Many of the world’s coral reefs are already barren or in a state of constant decline. “Who turned the wonderworld of the seas into underwater cemeteries bereft of colour and life?” This phenomenon is due largely to pollution which reaches the sea as the result of deforestation, agricultural monocultures, industrial waste and destructive fishing methods, especially those using cyanide and dynamite. It is aggravated by the rise in temperature of the oceans. All of this helps us to see that every intervention in nature can have consequences which are not immediately evident, and that certain ways of exploiting resources prove costly in terms of degradation which ultimatelyreaches the ocean bed itself.
42. Greater investment needs to be made in research aimed at understanding more fully the functioning of ecosystems and adequately analyzing the different variables associated with any significant modification of the environment. Because all creatures are connected, each must be cherished with love and respect, for all of us as living creatures are dependent on one another. Each area is responsible for the care of this family. This will require undertaking a careful inventory of the species which it hosts, with a view to developing programmes and strategies of protection with particular care for safeguarding species heading towards extinction.
Today, the day of my baptism, this is all I’m praying with everything in me. I give all glory to God for He is the one who changed me and saved me. Through this ceremony I pray people can see the hope we have in our Lord and His Son and how he is the God of miracles….I know this because He has incredibly changed me and my heart and that is definitely a miracle. God thank you SO MUCH for sending Your Son for me. Thank you SO MUCH for revealing your self and your Truth to me. Thank you so much Lord, I pray that this day is a celebration of You and what You’ve done. Lord, let them see You in me.💕
Sunday mornings, are needless to say, time put aside for God, but is such a day really necessary when as Christians, we should make time for God in our lives daily anyway? We should never wait to see Sunday to give God glory. There is too much going on throughout the week, in which God has been gracious enough to keep us from. The kind of praise we should have should not be held in until Sunday. It’s only right that we reserve time daily to honor the greatness of our God.
“‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (Gal 5:22). This is so that the world will see the actions of your life and give glory to God. God gives you the Spirit to enable you to do His will, and do it with audacity.”
““He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Romans 4:20-21 NKJV”