Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Life's Endings

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you." Jesus, Matthew 7:7 NLT

I had never heard of Daniel Pink before. I think it's a very interesting last name. I guess if you have a memorable name, it's best to make a way for yourself in the world that helps people. 
I did not get to hear his entire message, but what I did was interesting.
In life, we normally look at the endings of things in a negative light. We tend to be saddened by endings. 
Here are my notes:
In order to be courageous, we have to be wise. Timing is a science not an out.
WHEN is missing. Our lives rarely follow a liner path. Be conscience of endings, they can be transformative.
4 ways that endings help:
  1. They help us energize.
  2. They help us encode.
  3. They help us edit.
  4. They help us evaluate.
When we reach the end of a decade, we change. The end of experiences makes people remember them in a specific way.
If you are like me... endings normally make me sad, to a point. I have experienced times when God specifically told me to end something, so I did out of obedience. 
I did not get to hear the Pink's total explanation of encode. The other 3 points make sense to me.
Endings can energize us because we are moving forward into something new.
Endings can help us edit things in our lives that need to be changed.
Endings can help us evaluate things about ourselves, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
How have endings changed you? What is going on in your life right now that is something that needs to end? Maybe it's not a negative thing.
God has a plan and purpose for your life. Sometimes, He causes the endings to advance you forward. Trust Him. Pray and listen to Him. He will never leave you or forsake you.
God bless you today and always.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Do It Again God!

"Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever." Hebrews 13:8

My new favorite worship song is Do It Again by Elevation Worship. This song lights my Spirit up! I love it so much.
I wanted to share and encourage someone today.
God has done many many great things. Things in the Bible, things in our lives, things in our loved ones lives.
He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He has not changed.
The things He's done before, He will do it again.
He will move the mountains in our lives. He's done it before, He will do it again.
If you are anything like me, I take my eyes off God and put them on the giant huge mountain and think, "How will I ever get around this?"
That's what we need to stop doing! God is going to get us around and through that mountain!
We have to trust that He WILL do again what He has done before.
When we pray at Bible study, my Spiritual mom will say, "Do it God!" I can hear her say it sometimes when I'm not even around her.  She believes that He will do things, so she asks Him to that way while we are praying.
Please rest assured that God never fails. The battle is won. He's got a plan and purpose for your life and He will keep you in the palm of His hand. Nothing can take you out of it.
John 10:27-30 says,"  27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from Me, 29 for my Father has given them to Me, and He is more powerful than anyone else.[d] No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I are one.”
I hope you will take a minute to listen to this song. I LOVE IT!
God bless you today and always!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Staying Courageous When Life Gets Tough

"Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord." Jeremiah 23:24 ESV

Well, last Thursday and Friday, I attended one of my very favorite conferences. Catalyst Conference is always the first Thursday and Friday in October. This was my 11th year volunteering for them.
This is a highlight for me each year. It's a lot of work. But it's so worth it. Ministering to other leaders, hearing the speakers, and worshiping with amazing artists refreshes me, even though I'm usually really tired for days after.
I will be writing a few blog posts based on my notes from the speakers.
Today's blog post is from Tim Tebow's talk. I was hoping to meet him back stage, but that didn't happen. LOL
Tim said, "It matters who is on your team. There are times you get fired up and life happens, then your fire isn't as hot as it was. So, how do you stay courageous for Jesus with life gets tough?"
  1. Know your title. The greatest title you have is child of God. 
  2. Take a look back and remember all that God has done. Write down all the times God has come through for you so you can look back. 
  3. Know your God is bigger than the giant. Fear and doubt are giants we all deal with. God is bigger than ALL of the giants in your life.
When life gets tough, God is ALWAYS there. He has promised to never leave or forsake us. 
He ALWAYS keeps His promises too!
If you need prayer, please get in touch with me.
God bless you today and always!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

My Thoughts On Love

"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal." 1 Corinthians 13:1

Love is one of the most over used words in the English language. We say we LOVE pizza, and our children. The truth of the matter is, love is a choice.
You can make a decision on whether you are loving toward someone or not.
We all know 1 Corinthians 13 as the "Love Chapter" of the Bible. We like to quote it at weddings and stuff.
It's a good read.
But I don't think we are actually DOING love the way God intended.
As Christians, Jesus told us to love each other, and by doing so, people would know that we are His followers. (John 15:12)
And yet, I see Christians being mean to each other all the time. Especially on social media.
When terrible things happen, like the Las Vegas shooting, why do we think it's a time to tear people down?
In 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Paul tells the church to build each other up.
WHY do we continue to disobey God's Word?
We love people for what they do for us, or what they have. We care when it's something that affects us.
As Christians, that's not how God wants us to live.
We are to be showing love in ALL things, in ALL places. Treating people with respect and dignity.
How else can we reach a dying world if we aren't loving each other and telling the non Christ followers that we love them too?
Love is a choice. You have to decided to love with your words, your thoughts, and even your facial expressions. 
People are watching.
What are you showing them?
God bless you today and always.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Should A Christian Dress?

"Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you MUST clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Colossians 3:12 NLT

Yesterday in our staff meeting, Pastor Butch asked us how we should dress for church.
We of course, thinking material wise, said with modesty, covered up, etc.
Then he read these verses in Colossians.
My Scripture writing for today happened to be these same verses, so I wanted to share.
You see verse 12 at the top, now let's see verses 13 and 14.

13 Make allowance for each other's faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the LORD forgave you, so you must forgive others.

14 Above all, clothe yourselves with LOVE, which binds together in perfect harmony.

I like the word "Tenderhearted" in verse 12. I have no idea what the Greek or Hebrew would have been for it, but it shows me that we shouldn't just give mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience in an angry type of way.
We are to give it tenderheartedly. 
And we are to be DRESSED in those things. 
You know that whole saying that you might be the only Bible some people read?
It's true.
If they see Christians mistreating each other, not forgiving, being mean, and so on and so forth... they will want NO part of it.
We can't tell people about Jesus and all He did for us if we are acting like the world.
I know I need to work on these things myself. Especially at home with 3 teenagers. LOL
Which areas do you need to work on? I'd be glad to pray for you if you need it.
God bless you today and always.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

The Relationship Principles of Jesus

29 Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one and only Lord. 30 And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12: 29-31 NLT

I just finished reading this book, "The Relationship Principles of Jesus" by Tom Holladay. This was a 40 day journey that I took with some close friends.
I am so glad I did.
I HIGHLY recommend you pick up this book and read it. Read each chapter a day for 40 days and let it sink deep into your heart.
I believe that this book has changed all 5 of us that did this study together. I see differences.
I feel different.
Here are the main points of the book.
  1. Place the highest value on relationships.
  2. Love as Jesus loves you.
  3. Communicate from the heart.
  4. As you judge, you will be judged.
  5. The greatest are the servants.
  6. Treat others the way you want them to treat you.
What would happen if we all lived this way? Not only would our lives change, but others would change as well.
It's my sincere prayer that you will see these truths and let them set you free.
If we just all did and lived by these 6 things, our lives would be dramatically different.
I'm ready, are you?
God bless you today and always!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Update On Life

 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!" Galatians 5:22-23

I have not be here to write in some time. Which is very unlike me. At one point, I was writing daily.
I was spending time with God, and something would inspire me, and I'd want to share it.
That is something I still do, I just don't share daily anymore.
I'm not lost. Just so you know.
Life has just gotten crazy.
On September 4th last week, one of my co-workers, the Associate Pastor at my work church passed away.
The next day, one of my best friends ended up in the ER all day and then hospital for 2 days with chest pains, blood pressure issues, and some calcium build up in one of his arteries.
Life has just gotten crazy. LOL
BUT GOD... Hurricane Irma came through on Monday, September 11th, and thankfully, it was not as bad as we thought it was going to be.
I think prayer for it to weaken worked. I read something this week that said if we prayed for the hurricane to move and harm others, that was not a good prayer. I've never thought about it that way.
That means you are asking God to spare you, and harm someone else. Yeah, that's not really a good prayer at all.
Praying for it to weaken was the way to go.
There is so much damage from the Texas hurricane Harvey, and now this Florida one. We need to be in prayer for all of these people.
Also, we need to pray for the millions of line men who are here from other states helping restore power. Much of Georgia is still without power from Irma.
I am currently digging into Bible studies, reading books, and praying. I'm just loving God. He keeps providing for our needs and watching over us. We are blessed.
We might not have everything we want, but we have everything we need.
If you need prayer, please get in touch with me. I'd love to pray for you.
God bless you today and always.