Thursday, January 5, 2012

Be Prepared, in Season and out of Season

31 Days of HOPE

2 Timothy 4:2. . . be prepared in season and out of season: correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.

The title for this post came to me after I read the Scripture for today. The title was also the motto for either the Girl Scouts or the Brownies: long, long ago I was both, a Brownie and then a Girl Scout. At that time I did not see the wisdom in these words. To my childish mind it was just more stuff I had to do, but at this point in life I can find no better counsel to pass on: be prepared.

Yesterday we spoke about seasons and at what season in life G-d may have us. We may not know at what season we have arrived in our lives and we may still be waiting for our "marching orders",but we can prepare ourselves for when they come. Prepare ourselves with a "Yes" attitude when we must show love to the unlovable, when we have to go that extra mile with someone , when things don't go as we hope they would. Prepare ourselves by living in a way that we can correct , and have  people accept our correction. Preparation includes being strong in the Word so that our rebuke goes forth with power.

When we find ourselves in the season of waiting, the HOPEful thing to do is prepare our hearts and our spirits so that we live the way  He  expects us to  as citizens of His Kingdom.

Be encouraged ! and be HOPEful!- Dr Norma

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