Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Edward Everett Hale says... "I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do."
As a member of my local church body, I like to feel as if I can contribute something with my heart to serve. I could easily take a back seat with excuses of what I can't do but that serves no purpose. 'It's a God thing' to have the ability and resource of my laptop to distribute information and/or prayer requests each month to fellow church members.
We are each only one, but together we are a solid unit of one. My friend went to Alaska this past month and the guide said if the bear seems on attack then you all form a link together with your arms to be one solid mass. That's how we should pull together as Christian brothers and sisters against the force of the evil one. We are only as strong as our weakest link, so pull together everyone and do your part.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
My friend told me he preached on the '7 C's of History' the other day and it led me to google it to find out more. It is a great way to break down God's eternal plan in a simplified way, that even kids can comprehend. If you're like me, I get mixed up on who's who and who did what. The big picture tho shows us how everything promised has come to pass and is true. History was formed with a plan and a purpose into which we can trust our future to with faith.
Here's the fine print retyped from above.....
--In the beginning... in six, 24 hour days...God made a perfect Creation.
--The first man, Adam, disobeyed the Creator. His sin brought death and Corruption into the creation.
--Adam's race became so wicked that God judged the earth with a great Catastrophe-- the great Flood-- saving only those on the Ark built by Noah.
--When Noah's descendants disobeyed God's command to fill the earth, God brought Confusion on their language, forcing them to spread over the earth.
--The Creator became a man, Jesus Christ, who obeyed God in everything, unlike the first man, Adam.
--Jesus, the Messiah, died on a Cross to pay the penalty of mankind's sin against God. He rose from the dead, providing life for all who trust in Him.
--One day, at the Consummation, the Creator will remake His creation. He will cast out death and the disobedient, and dwell eternally with those who trust in Him.
What a plan of proof, promises, and deliverance from evil. This is our lifetime and eternal plan with guarantees beyond our wildest imagination. Sign up, TODAY.
Monday, July 29, 2013
2 Thessalonians 3;3 ''But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.''
Do you ever feel like you're hanging on by a thread? Are you relying on your own strength? As with this frog, hold on but make sure your right hand is held by God. It may look free but it provides more inner strength than the other three hands put together.
So what if you do slip and fall? The verse above assures us that He is faithful to protect you. Your fall may serve as a purpose to show others how faithful He is to re-strengthen you. Is the fall pretty or graceful? Usually not, but God is with you through it all.
Emmanuel or Immanuel means 'God is with us.' Matthew 1 gives us the genealogy of Jesus and then in verses 22 and 23 say ''All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).''
May we always remember what God 'is' and 'will do' as He is 'with' us ..... a faithful strength of protection.... from the evil one.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Ephesians 6; 10-17 ''Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.''
Are you prepared for the daily battles that we all face everyday? Don't be blinded to the darkness of this world. It is easy to become less sensitive to what we are exposed to. It's kind of like shutting the light out when you go to bed. At first you can't see but then after a couple of minutes, you can see well enough. We should all be that little light in the dark.
How do we prepare to be that light? Stand your ground.. don't let your beliefs to be swayed. Stand firm with the truth... reaffirm yourself and others with Scripture. Stand firm with righteousness... do good in all things, in all ways and at all times and circumstances. Stand ready... be ready to be attacked but conquer it by being a peacemaker. Take faith with you... trust and obey God's will through it all. Take your salvation and the Holy Spirit with all God has promised... the Word of God is where you can stand alone and believe because it never fails or changes.
So let's get ready troops! Are you in Lord's army? ''I may never march in the infantry, ride in the calvary, shoot the artillery; I may never zoom o'er the enemy but I'm in the Lord's army''
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Can you hear Him in your sufferings? He is the Comforter of all. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we are going through that we miss the nudges of His purpose. When we pay attention to the little things, then we will see the great blessings bestowed on us.
I've not felt well since Wednesday but I'm going to share with you the whispers of God to me and not the trial. I've had no fever. I've had sufficient medicine to clear things up. I've had great care from people who truly care about me. I've had friends praying for me and anxious to visit with me when I'm better. I watched a movie with a friend and it pointed out how much we are worth to God and how our lives are about a transformation, not just a destination. I've seen His healing grace make sick friends well recently. I've seen people far away being used as a vessel to share the gospel with others. God is the ultimate multi-tasker, as He is constantly there for us and working for our good. Therefore, look for the good.
So I find comfort in seeing God's hand at work all around me. The noise of our trials is often our inner voice trying to 'fix' things over and over in our heads. Shh... Listen for the whispers.
Friday, July 26, 2013
Where is the focus of the world today.... material or eternal? I wonder if some people think there will be IPhones in heaven. My friend pointed out to me how our need/want of everything to be faster, just adds to our impatience levels. I agree and think we all have a little attention deficit in our systems.
If we help others, with the right and willing heart, then we will gain patience and understanding in more ways than one. It's all about taking the focus off of ourselves and onto another's true needs. 'Love one another' is not an option but a command and it's not followed by 'when it's convenient.'
Some people do help others and then when they need a hand, the too busy excuse comes into play. You will make time, if it's important to you.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
I think the fighter in me loves this quote. They say we all have the 'fight or flight' response to things in our lives. Often we get them mixed up by, fighting when we should have fled or leaving when we should have fought harder. Personally, it's easier for me to fight than to flee... that's good and bad.
What do you want to be remembered for? The violence in your life like Al Capone or the compassion in your life like Mother Teresa. Actions do speak louder than words and you'll be remembered by them.
The worst remembrance scenario for myself is if I was defined by my disease. If that came true, then you really didn't know me at all. A parent's worst scenario would be to be defined by their absence or abusive tendencies.
Every month we do Communion to remember what Christ did for us on the cross. What a wonderful way to be remembered... a life of sacrifice.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Today marks the end of two years of blogging. Can you believe it? Time has gone by so fast but I've enjoyed sharing my highs and lows with you. 'It's a God thing' that I have this resource to convey with you how God is working in my life. I'm a work in progress, as we all are. 'How am I? Still working on perfect.' Yet humble enough to know I'm so far from it.
I've thought long and hard about whether I should continue blogging into my third year. My fears are mostly of being repetitive. I've heard two sermons in the last month that have encouraged me to continue on. One on how many times God tells us He loves us in the Bible. The books Matthew, Mark and Luke have the same topics and even verses because God knows we need to hear things more than once. So repetition is good sometimes.
The second sermon was on being an encouragement to others in many ways. 2 Corinthians 1; 3-5 ''Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.'' If I can help others through my stories of how I handle my suffering moments and trials, then I think it benefits both me and my readers.
So thanks for hearing me out for the past couple of years and may the third be just as encouraging to you and me both.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
My friend, Joel, spoke the other day at church a message on 'What's the big deal?' The analogy was of a frantic parent trying to rescue their child from immediate danger and the child wondering what all the fuss is about. This is exactly how God calls on us and yet we often ignore the warnings to the eternal danger.
I think this is an important thing to remember when sharing the Good News. We have to work with the unbeliever's perspective in order to change their thinking viewpoint. That is why it is important to have scripture ready and available to back up what you say. For example, I can tell you a train is coming but if I show it and point it out to you, then you're more likely to move.
All of us struggle with changing our thinking into God's perspective. Lyrics from one of my favorite songs kind of explains it, ''I'm just trying to understand, its all in someone else's hands, its always been a part of a bigger plan, and I don't need to understand.'' When our faith can trump our thoughts, then it's easier to trust in what lies ahead for each of us.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Well the heir to the British throne was born today, a baby boy 8lbs 6oz. Some people care as if they actually know them but do not in reality and others couldn't give a hoot about it.
We are all considered as important as royalty in God's eyes. We are each a child of the King. The caption above tells of how ready to forgive He is, if we only ask. Satan calls us by our sin, God calls us by our name. Satan wants us to be pinned down by the guilt of mistakes, while Jesus was sent to set us free.
You can't move forward if you're always looking back. God is love and love keeps no record of wrongs, so why do we?
Saturday, July 20, 2013
We all have our moments when our attitude is not at quite the right altitude. Being around others with a positive, cheerful focus can give us the boost we need. The downfall of our attitude is often our selfish desires. Things aren't going according to how, when, or where we want them to so we get a knot in our tail.
Winston Churchill said, 'Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.' I think attitude has a trickle down effect. Jim Henson said, 'The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from, more than what you tell them. They don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.'
Our attitude follows us wherever we go.. work, school, church, home. If that's not a good thing then we to check it at the door and do a little attitude adjustment.
From intouch.org........'Certain attitudes prevent our receiving the Father’s intended blessings. Notice these obstacles all start with “I”!'
Impatience. We want it now and are unwilling to trust that God is in control.
Insecurity. We feel that if certain things don’t happen, we simply cannot continue.
Identity in the wrong things. We feel good about ourselves only if we are a success by societal standards.
Ignorance of the Word. We decide for ourselves what is right.
Impure motives. Discontent or jealousy causes us to push ahead of God and use manipulation to get our way.
Impulsiveness. Without asking God, we assume every seeming opportunity is a door He has opened.
Ingratitude. Lack of thankfulness for what He’s given skews our perspective.
Friday, July 19, 2013
Luke 12;15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
From odb.org ''One of the dangers of owning a lot of stuff is that it can lead to spiritual loss. The more we have and the more we feel as if we have all we need, the more prone we are to forget our need for God and even our desire for Him. Yet, ironically, everything we have comes ultimately from God, who “gives us richly all things to enjoy” (1 Tim. 6:17).
Sadly, our enjoyment of God’s provisions might just mean that we end up loving the gift and forgetting the Giver. This is why, when God was getting ready to give His people a life full of bounty in the Promised Land of good and plenty, He warned, “Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God” (Deut. 8:11).''
Where is our gratitude? Are we truly thankful or just anticipating more? Sometimes people try to fill their emptiness with stuff and it will never be enough. The television show, 'Hoarders' is a prime example. People store up things for themselves and yet are not rich toward God. We must not only share our blessings with others but give thanks that we had it to give to begin with.
A common phrase of an excuse is 'If only had [?], then I could do so much more.' If all we have is our time and two hands, then that is enough. God blesses those who use their blessings already given wisely with more.
Store up your treasures in heaven by using your earthly possessions for the good of the Kingdom. Then you'll truly be rich beyond measure.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Yes, this is Tiger peeking around my laptop screen. She is the sweetest cat and loves to be near me. It was about a year ago when she got so sick with a blood clot and fell down the stairs. There were so many times people would ask me, 'is she going to get better?' I trusted she would even when the progress seemed so slow. She went from not being able to walk to the litter box, to barely walking with great effort and then to one day unbelievably jumping on my bed to be beside me. We have a lot in common including our daily meds twice a day, our spunk and our inner fight to live in spite of our disabilities.
When she had her yearly checkup in April, the vet said she was doing well and that most cats don't survive a blood clot. 'It's a God thing' that I've had her with me this past year and hopefully many more to come.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
How loud does God have to speak to you for you to hear Him? I admit I'm not as deaf as I used to be. I can hear the whispers ever so more clearly now. God is always communicating with us but are we tuned in to the right channel, His? The flesh screams at us and the devil is the father of lies so we need listening discernment.
C. S. Lewis put it, "When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, he shows much more of Himself to some people than to others -- not because He has favorites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favorites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as a clean one."
I found online 7 keys to hearing God's voice that I want to pass on to you.....
Scripture: "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work" (II Timothy 3:16-17).
The Holy Spirit speaking to our heart: "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and I will write them on their hearts. and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach everyone his fellow citizen, and everyone his brother, saying, 'know the Lord,' for all will know Me, from the least to the greatest of them" (Hebrews 8:10-11).
The Prophetic (word of knowledge, word of wisdom, personal prophecy): "Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good" (I Thessalonians 5:19-21).
Godly counsel: "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety" (Proverbs 11:14).
Confirmation: "By the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed" (Matthew 18:16).
The peace of God: "Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful" (Colossians 3:15).
Circumstances/Timing: "After these things he (Paul) left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and they were working; for by trade they were tent-makers" (Acts 18:1-3 -- this relationship between Paul, Aquila and Priscilla -- which happened as a result of circumstances -- became one of the most important strategic partnerships in the book of Acts).
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Where do you put your trust? The common denominator in this caption is 'Lord, I trust You.' I think many people trust that God will let them into heaven but His authority over them stops there. We want to trust in ourselves too much despite our repeated failures.
Do you trust God......
For all things.... God will supply all our needs. Job 10:12 'You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit.'
With all things... God controls everything, even when He gives and takes away. Job 37; 23-24 'The Almighty is beyond our reach and exalted in power; in his justice and great righteousness, he does not oppress. Therefore, people revere him, for does he not have regard for all the wise in heart?”
In all things... God will never forsake us. He takes care of everything.. the birds, the flowers, the weather, and the list is endless, and includes you. Psalm 23;4 'Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.'
Through all things... God will bring you through it, if He brought you to it. Psalm 23;6 'Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.'
Above all things... God should be your Vision and the only Ruler of your heart. Luke 16:13
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Monday, July 15, 2013
When Magic Springs announced their concert series lineup this spring, I knew right off that I wanted to go see Gary Allan. I saw that the date was in the middle of July so we waited until the last minute to buy tickets because who knew how the weather would be. Well thanks to Karla we got discount tickets and the weather was predicted to be nice.
The weather ended up being a perfect 78 average temperature and no mosquitos. It was pretty crowded when we got there and we took the first open spot for our lawn chairs. While looking for us, my dad found better seating for us in the non-smoking area. So we had a great view to see the concert.
Gary sang for 2 hours straight with no intermission. He sang all my favorite songs including, 'Learning How to Bend.' He sang a new one called 'Bones' that I totally love now too. He ended with 'The Best I Ever Had' which I think refers to his late wife.
He sang a fast song while Karla went to take a picture and she came back with a few dance moves in her step. So I got in the spirit and did three fast spins in my chair. It was fun and I'm sure people wondered how much we had had to drink.... none, for those with curious minds.
A guy with a few beers in his system got chummy with my dad. He said 'I love having a good time.' It happened to be the same guy my mom reported earlier to security for smoking in the non-smoking area......lol.
As we left, Karla and I got t-shirts. Then a couple approached us and offered me the guitar pick they had caught. They already had one from a previous concert and thought I'd enjoy it more. There are kind and generous people still out there in this dark world.
As we drove back home, we were all hungry. Who wants IHOP? More like who doesn't? We came to the first one, it was packed and short staffed. The second was packed with I-30 speedway folks. Finally, the third IHOP was packed with taekwondo people but we ate there anyway.
We got home at 1:15am tired and full but we all had a good time and were glad we went. The night was perfect in every way and I did remarkably well. The Lord gave me a night with extra energy and no coughing spells. I just say 'Thank You'
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Anger can just brew and boil up in us, if we let it. Keeping our anger under control can be challenging for all of us. Anger is a normal and even healthy emotion, if controlled well. We should express our frustration in an assertive yet non-confrontational manner. It is not about who can yell the loudest or who gets the last word.
The caption above gives the best anger management advice... prayer. Prayer changes people on both sides. This doesn't mean to advise anyone to say 'I pray [they] will see things my way.' When we pray the right way, we will be calmer, think more clearly and be open to seeing things through God's perspective.
Anger is danger, if it is let loose off it's leash. Tame the tongue, just like it is a wild animal.
Saturday, July 13, 2013
What do you have faith in? If it is in yourself, then pride has blinded you. If it is in your fellow man, you probably haven't lived long enough or don't have close relationships with others. We as humans are guaranteed to be a disappointment at some point. 'We all fall short of the glory of God.'
Hebrews 11:1 ''Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'' Faith is confidence and trust in something. In this verse, faith is the evidence of where our trust lies regardless of the situation of what we see.
I think Job is one of the great stories of unshaken faith. There was nothing the devil could do to him that made him lose his faith in Christ. Loss of possessions, loss of loved ones, slanderous remarks, and painful afflictions were not enough to break his relationship with God.
Is your faith in God that strong? Can you believe that everything that happens to you is for your good?
Friday, July 12, 2013
It is important to have a prayer circle of friends and family in your life. There is a convicting quote that goes like this, 'what if we only received what we prayed for last night?' Yes, I know I need the prayers of others and I reap the benefits of them. I am better at praying for others rather than for myself. I'm not sure if that's doubt or surrendering to His will but it is probably a combination of both, even when I know all things are possible with Him.
There is power in numbers so share your trials and triumphs with others. We need others prayers as well as they need ours. Prayer changes people and that includes both sides of the request.
If you have ever prayed for me, even if it was just once or many times, I thank you and God who answered your prayer. My prayer circle benefits me daily.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Have you ever received a phone call from someone who is just a 'taker?' Do you use your caller ID for those calls and not pick up? We all know the feeling of being used and it's not a good feeling. A simple 'thank you' is often all we want in return. It's been said 'to consider yourself the light to someone when the darkness surrounds them and they think of you for help.'
Well Charlie Brown reminds us here that God wants to hear from us in both our wants and our appreciative thoughts. 'If you only pray when you're in trouble, then you're in trouble.' Prayer is free, wireless, hands free communication that's available all the time so what's stopping you? Do you dare admit it is you?
'There are many Christians who think that they prove their love for the Lord by going to church, tithing their income, and sharing the gospel. All these things are important, but actions are empty unless we are connecting with God personally on a regular basis. Believers often rationalize by saying they are too busy. We tell ourselves, I just need to finish a few things, and then I’ll pray and read the Bible, but there always seems to be a new task to replace each completed one. We must choose to make time for the Lord.' [intouch.org]
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
During the summer months, kids enjoy a break from school. Adults usually take a week or so in the summer for a vacation break from work. Although I'm not quite feeling it today, I have enjoyed a break from coughing for over a month. I believe 'it's a God thing.' I've had friends suffering lately with colds, viruses, fever and rashes so I know I've been spared mercifully.
So what is different when I'm on a cough break? Less worry, more freedom and more energy. For example, I enjoyed 2 games of bowling yesterday, the rivermarket over the weekend, long visits with friends even in the heat, and eating out at further distances from home.
Yes, the view from the mountain of joy is different from the valley of strife so this is my way of 'telling it on the mountain that Jesus Christ is Lord' and gets the credit.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Psalm 23 is probably the most well known Psalm of the Bible. I never had thought about it in the way this caption breaks it down. How wonderful it is to be reminded how God gives us everything we need. There is nothing left out.
Psalm 119;27-28 '' Cause me to understand the way of your precepts, that I may meditate on your wonderful deeds. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word.'' In the bible study I was in, we learned how to break down verses to get a better and more indepth meaning to them. It's important not to just read the words but to look for the meaning in them.
May we remember every day that God is with us and when we doubt we can remember this Psalm to reassure us.
Monday, July 8, 2013
Can anybody tell me when your 'someday' will be? We put off things because often we are uncertain of how to make it happen, wrong timing or just pure procrastination. That's your choice but don't fool yourself into thinking your lack of planning calls for an emergency on someone else's part. There are deadlines in this world and time management is key to making those less stressful.
'Someday' is a familiar date on the non-Christian's calendar. Many people live on borrowed time with an eternal risk at stake. Someday we will all die physically. Don't race with the clock and try to beat it. Choose to live your life for and with Christ....today,not someday.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Don't you love it when things just go right? Do you say 'Thank you Lord' or just take it as a good coincidence? As sure as we are to let little issues ruin our mood, we should get overly excited and grateful when little things work in our favor. 'Coincidences are God's way of remaining anonymous' but we should know Who to give credit to.
Today when Karla and I went down to the Rivermarket farmer's market, I wasn't sure our plans were going to work out. We got in a line of traffic where a trolley had broken down in the middle of the busiest street. So we took the round about way to get closer to the market area. As we were in the line to pay 5 dollars to park, a lady got in her car right next to us and we got her free parking spot...woohoo. We not only saved 5 dollars but we were curbside to the market! We were both thrilled and thanked the Lord.
We took delight in both the sun and The Son shining on our path today. We welcomed a little shade too.
Friday, July 5, 2013
I can verify that this caption is absolutely true of both the dogs and cats I've been the owner of. They say 'touch' is very important to a healthy soul. My cat, Tiger, loves to be near me or just to have her paw on me. When I came home from the hospital in 2010, all my animals wanted to be near me. They surely told me in their own way, 'we missed you and want you well.'
Pets are great for therapy, companionship and security. They do have a stronger sensory system than ours and I believe they can sense when we feel bad. They are people-pleasers and can often empathize better than some humans. If you want to spend the day in bed, they are cool with that.
I think God shows His love to us in many forms and that includes pets. 'All creatures great and small, the Lord created them all.'
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Who are we to decide what is prayer-worthy? I think our own doubts of what is possible tend to keep us from putting big issues in our prayers. We have to remind ourselves that 'all things are possible with God' and then we can overcome our doubts. We also tend to think we are bothering God if we talk with Him about our trivial problems. If it matters to you then it matters to God. He wants to hear from us and there is no level or scale of importance.
I've personally encountered things in my life and wished in my head that it could be changed or different. Since I didn't know the solution, I didn't think it was possible to change it. Only when I spoke out loud my problem was an answer given. My example is of my standing machine and how I stood uncomfortably for so long until it was adjusted. I think our prayer list can often reflect this type of thinking.
I know God hears our hearts but He wants our prayers too. Prayer may not change God's will for us but hopefully it will change us.
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Who is in charge of everything? I can tell you, show you and remind you that 'It is a God thing' and no one else's. We fool ourselves when we think we've accomplished anything on our own. Sometimes I think about needing to talk with someone and go down my list of people possibilities. Then one by one they don't get selected for whatever reason by me and then when I'm out of choices, I soon realize my choice is The One who knows all and can solve all my woes.
We often get so overwhelmed by our problems that we forget Who is greater than any of our biggest or smallest of problems. Sometimes we anticipate trouble before it even has a chance to occur. Our focus should not be on what could go wrong but instead think of what could go right.
Thursday is the day to celebrate our independence but may we never lose our total dependence on God in our lives because He is in charge. Have a 'Happy 4th of July'.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Some days it's easier to be all of these things than others. Some days it takes a whole-hearted effort on your part and you still may fail. We are all prone to wander and give in to laziness, being unsympathetic to others and have our irritable moments. I know I'm not alone on this, right? We all have our days but it's important not to make it a habit. Is your reputation one like Lucy's?
'The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? “I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:9-10
The key is to die to our own selfish desires and therefore, have a heart and life for God. We will then do for others with a willing heart, not be ignorant and dismissive to the pains of others and remain cheerful through it all.
Monday, July 1, 2013
One of the biggest reasons people turn away from church is because they see how so- called Christians act in daily life. There should be a noticeable difference in how the saved and unsaved react, respond, and live in this world of problems and hardships. That difference is the fruit of the Spirit. When God is the ruler of your heart and mind, not yourself, these things will be obvious in your life. The lack of them is even more obvious to those around you... think about it.
Self-control, do you have it or the temper of a wasp? Do you make a mountain out of every mole hill? When you lose it, the devil has you in his hands.
Gentleness, do you have a soft touch? Or is it just about getting the task done?
Faithfulness, can people count on you to be reliable? Do you trust God in all circumstances?
Goodness, do you approach things and people looking for the good in them? Do you try to do good for others?
Kindness, are your words and ways thoughtful?
Patience, can you wait or is everything a 'right now' issue?
Peace, is there a calmness about you that soothes your soul?
Joy, is there joy in your heart? Deep down where it's untouchable to earthly disappointments?
Love, the greatest and the foundation of all these fruits.
Are these in your fruit bowl of life or do you just sample them on rare occasions? Galatians 5;16-17 '' So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.''
May the Spirit be our guiding light and let Christ shine through us. May we also never be a stumbling block to others by our example.