by Sharman Monroe
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV)
I was having lunch with a friend and we were talking about when we have a problem, we believe God has already worked it out, but waiting for the resolution to show up can be hard. We want the resolution right now. Then my friend quoted the above scripture. I nodded in agreement. When I got home I decided to delve into the verse, to go to the bottom of pool so to speak, to really understand what God is teaching us.
The words “light affliction” caught my attention because they seem to be in opposition of each other so I pulled out my concordance to examine the scriptural meaning of them. The word “light” comes from the Greek word elaphros which means “easy, light”. The word “affliction” comes from the Greek word thlipsis which means “pressure; anguish; trouble”. Okay. . . an easy pressure. I get that, but an easy anguish, an easy trouble? How can this be? Continue reading
This is a repost of a message from 2011 because sometimes we need a reminder!
by Sharman J. Monroe
I decided to break the routine in my daily exercise and do cycling on Wii© Fit Plus. Although this is a video game, it simulates the real deal of bicycling and is a lower body cardio workout. To do cycling, you stand on the Wii board and pedal, lifting your feet up and down, just like you are riding a bicycle. You ride your bicycle around Wii Island on a course you chose. The course can be timed or not, simple or difficult; you pedal uphill (yeah, you have to work to get uphill!) and downhill (cruise!), navigate curves (you have brakes) and pedal through sand (ah yeah, you have to work to get through sand!). You must locate flags along the course and pick them up. When you have picked up all the flags for your course, you pedal to the finish line.
Since I wanted a 30 minutes plus cardio routine, I selected the Expert course which is not timed and difficult. Oh I forgot to tell you…you don’t where the flags are located until you are cycling the course. There is a small round map at the bottom right of the screen showing you where you are on the island and the flag locations. You press 1 on the Wii controller to see what is around you. But the map doesn’t show everything; it only shows a small area at a time. You have to keep pedaling in a direction and keep pressing 1 so you can navigate the island, avoiding cliffs, lava pits and lakes, and find the flags. You can pedal in a direction for a while only to discover there are no flags nearby.
As I was playing the game, I heard this scripture: Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
2017 was a year full of events in our lives. Some events we loved, some we just liked and some we could have lived without. We lost some people dear to us and we welcomed new people into our lives.
As a result of these events, we are each a different person than who we were on January 1, 2017. How so? Because all the events we experienced changed us into the person who is reading this message.
Hopefully, the events made you stronger, more courageous, wiser than you were before they happened. If they did, you experienced personal growth. If they didn’t, I invite you to revisit event and reassess them and their effect on you. Now that time has passed, I bet you see them in a different light.
We are all busy running here and there doing holiday stuff. Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
My last post was about pity parties. About how in life we are dumped into situations we don’t like. About how when we don’t get our way, we hold pity parties for ourselves. And about how pity parties don’t move God but that God moves when praise parties show up. Yep, praise parties!
Now I know when you feel like moaning about your life, praise is the last thing on your mind. But think about this for a moment…….when you moan and groan, you feel weak and powerless. God doesn’t want us to be this way because these feelings open the door for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, worry and despair. But more importantly, these feelings don’t bring glory to God; we are not good ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Continue reading