Saturday, June 10, 2017

Scripture Sunday - Envy

 A heart at peace gives life to the body,
 but envy rots the bones.
Proverbs 14:30

This thing of envy and the futility of
it, was a point my Mother always drove
 home to us as kids, and I am so glad 
she did..... 
Because envy keeps us from seeing our
own blessings...........and while we are
looking and envying someone else's life
or blessings, there is likely someone else
  looking at us, and envying our life and
 blessings. We can all have the temptation
 to envy or be jealous of someone else...
but when we find ourselves there,  we need 
to ask the Lord to forgive us and to help us,
 to love our own lives, our own gifts and
 talents, our own blessings, our own 
 families,  friends, home, cars, clothes,
 or whatever it is that is causing us
to envy...........and we will be a much
 happier and  more peaceful person.

I learned from a friend who
was years older than me, before she
 passed away from cancer many years
ago now, but that has served me well
not just in this area,  but in many
areas.....was this.......
She has been sidelined because of
the cancer and she and a friend use
to counsel people and help them,
and when she became sick, of course,
due to chemo and her sickness she
could no longer do what she was
doing before, but her friend carried 
on as usual, with what she had always
 done, and my friend, said she started
 to become jealous but that the Lord put 
it on her heart to start praying for the
 success of her friend....
so she prayed that her friend would
 have great wisdom and would be able
 to help a lot of people and that she
 would stay in good health and every 
good thing she could think of.........
and she said, you know what?  
It took that jealousy right out of
 my heart.  So praying good things
for those we envy or are jealous
of will surely help keep our hearts
where they need to be.

I think it would be pleasing to the
 Lord for us all to learn to be happy 
for others when good things are 
happening for them, even when we
 feel good things are not happening 
to/or for us.....
Maybe your best friends got flowers
 from her hubby for no reason but to 
say He loved her......
rather than thinking or saying to the
 person "I wish my husband would do
 that.".....we should do our best to be
 happy for them and enjoy the lovely
 thing that is happening for them, and
to let them know we are happy for
 them.....but, when we say " I wish my 
husband  would do that," it was 
like you just threw a glass of cold 
water on them, and their joy can 
be diminished by our envious
 response, and they might even
feel bad that they shared their 
happy moment with you........
when all they wanted to do was
 to share a joyful experience with 
someone they love and they
 thought would  and should be 
happy for them.That ought not
to be the case........

After all the bible tell us in
 Romans 12:15

Rejoice with those who rejoice; 
mourn with those who mourn.
Romans 12:15

Sometimes I think we can be
really good at the mourning
part, but not so good at the
rejoicing part......but we need
to be good at both parts and
the Lord can surely help us
with that, if we are willing...

Hope this might be a help to
someone today, as these things
I have mentioned have certainly
helped me over the years.

Have a Blessed Sunday
Sweet Friends.....


Cheryl said...

This is such an edifying post, sweet friend. There is so much truth here...I have found that if I am praying for someone and asking God to bless them, it works just as you said it does. God bless you, Nellie! :)

sistersusiesays said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed my prayer time in lifting up others for salvation, healing, church attending, the LORD's leading and His blessings on many. Now I find myself needing prayers for healing and continued blessings as I have had so many in the past. The LORD is faithful and I
hold on to Him with all my life. Love you all, Susan

Jenn said...

God is so very good to us, sometimes in this fast paced world is it easy to get caught up the rat race of things, but it is always so humbling and refreshing to settle back down in our Father's arms.
This was such a lovely post, thank you for sharing it. I am visiting you today from Amaze Me Monday. God bless you

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Cheryl,
So nice to hear from you hon and happy you could come visit....
Thanks you so much for your encouraging and confirming comments.
Hope you have a lovely week.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Susan,
We are praying for you and so are many others........praying for good news on Thursday as
well....Keep holding on to the that is definitely the right thing to do.
Cause HE is always with us.
Love, Nellie

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hello Jennifer,
Nice to meet you here in blogland.........
and yes, I so agree God is so good to us, and yes we can all get caught up in the rat race
for sure.......but thankfully God is always there to bring us back down to earth........
Thank you so much for your visit and your encouraging comments. They are so appreciated...
and hope our paths cross again soon.

Jamie said...

"I think it would be pleasing to the
Lord for us all to learn to be happy
for others when good things are
happening for them"

Yes! Such truth here...we are asked to be selfless in our good wishes! Thank you for sharing on the #sundaythoughts link up. Blessings on your week!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Thanks Jamie for coming by and for your affirming comments.
Nice to meet you here in blogland, and hope our paths cross
often. Thanks for your Sunday thoughts link up, just discovered
you today.....over @ Elizabeths blog, Just following Jesus in
real life.

Have a great week ahead,
Blessings, Nellie

Donna @ Modern on Monticello said...

Such great advice and I'm glad I got to read your post today. It was a blessing to me as well. Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Donna,
Thanks so much for coming by and for your sweet and encouraging comments.
It is nice to meet you hear in blogland, and thanks for helping to host
Home Matters every week.
Have a great week ahead,