If anyone knows my husband, you would know how simple he can be. Well, me being the unsimple one, have of course tried to incorporate some "higher grades of simple" into his life. A couple of days ago was one notable success for me. I succeeded in making my husband wear a style different from his usual. You see, this seems like a very simple act, but it entailed some gradual mental conviction, to the practicality of getting him to agree to the style and finally putting it on. *sighs*.
Well, once Mr. B got dressed yesterday believe me when I say I was glad about what I saw. Oh, maybe glad is an understatement, I was overjoyed. Consciously or unconsciously, I kept throwing glances at my husband and grinning in my head.
Like that was not enough, I made sure everyone noticed his dressing (not like they couldn't see, but you know, appreciate my husband). The icing on the cake for me was when Mr. B, mentioned he liked his outfit. Oh my God, my heart melted (me screaming, "Yesss, he liked it").
Hold on for me, this is not a pointless post of my oohing and ahhing about my husband, I am getting to the lesson.
For me the joyous things were:
1. I was able to get Mr. B to wear something I FELT would look good on him
2. When he wore it he actually did look really good (not screaming I was right, but my thoughts in manifestation were correct)
3. People liked the outfit on him
4. Most importantly, he liked the outfit on himself.
While I was thinking and over-smiling the Holy Spirit made me then see things from God's perspective. If I a human being, felt this proud of my husband, by virtue of he doing something I FELT was good. How much more proud does God feel about we children of His, when we do things he KNOWS is good for us.
Mine was a mere feeling, but for God, he KNOWS what will be good for us and benefits us.
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; Ps 18:30a
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jer 29:11
So based on my own expression of pride, joy, and fullness, you can imagine how happy He, God is when we do the things he expects of us. He, like me, would want to go around bragging about us.
I bet it is from his pride about Job that he bragged to the devil.
"Hey yo Satan, have you seen my son Job".
Truth is, God wants to brag about us. But for him to be able to do that, he needs us to do what he has impressed in our hearts or in His word.
If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; Isaiah 1:19
I don't know about you, but I will really like God to be proud of my deeds and actions, I would love to be in the good books of the creator. Like who wouldn't. Imagine God saying, "Hey world, see my daughter Toni, she is being fruitful". Heavens yes, I would love that.
For that reason, my note to you is:
If there is something you know God has laid on your heart to do, remember He is God, and He KNOWS the end will be good for you. Stop procrastinating. Stop letting fear lead you. Take the step. Trust in Him and do what He wants. Make God proud, and make yourself proud too.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9