Stare or Stairs

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Staring can get us in trouble or embarrass us. Sometimes we stare through things when others may think we are staring at them or something else. Sometimes we stare at people we find attractive or we do not like.

When you see something you like or want you can stare or you can take the stairs and go after it.  I know I have let my fear get in the way many times in my life and sometimes it was too late to get back what I lost.  Everyday the news reflects the loss of life and it saddens me.  We fight so hard to be right instead of being together and loving one another.

In each new day, I ask for strength, grace, and love, and to be able to hear, see, and feel the Lord as I walk the path he has chosen for me.  We strive to be Christ-like but we must remember we will never master it until we get to heaven.   God has great plans for me and my family.  It’s important to remember patience as I wait for my husband and in the process I learn more compassion to share in my ministry for other single parents longing to be closer to the one with the one.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

You Almighty Matter!

What we do, what we say, and how we treat others matters.  There are days when I feel unseen and unheard and that what I have to say doesn’t matter to others. As quickly as that comes in to my head; I dismiss it.  We all matter to God and when you live for him what you do to glorify him will matter to those he wants it to matter to.

When we make choices in life; we must be willing to handle what comes from those choices.  Even the greatest of intentions can cause harm.  With God he will take the bad and use it for the greater good.

We should have done this when I was growing up!

By Jim Petersen

In my Pastoral course at Liberty University I came across this game by Jim Petersen called Family Listening Game.  Growing up in a huge family of 9 kids you have to really talk loud and fast or interrupt a lot to get your story in at meal time.  This game allows each family member to speak and share what is on your mind and heart as the others sit and listen.  This game is not only for families; I recommend this game for team building as well.  It can be fun and very helpful with bringing those low key quiet people out of their shells.  I hope you will try this at home and work and share this game with others.

Off with the Old and On with th New

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To be sanctified or redeemed is to be reborn as Christian and set apart from your old life with a new life and walk with Jesus Christ.  Many new born Christians can become extreme because it is so important to fight the old ways off.  2 Corinthians 5:17   Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.  In the new walk with Christ your friends and family can be hurt or annoyed because your new ways are so different from theirs.   This is not always the case but it does happen more than not.

It is important for me to focus on the positive changes of my new walk with Christ and surrender myself everyday.  I realized recently that God was showing me that my worries of not messing up were causing more harm than good.  As I walk with Christ I have been working hard to avoid the things that cause me pain but at the same time I isolate myself as well.  Bring on the pain; no pain no gain!  You know the saying “Where ever you go; there you are.”  I can not always avoid seeing someone or something that causes me pain but I can hand it over to God in that moment and be amazed at the strength and growth that occurs.

By making a list of things you do differently in your walk with Christ; you will know the Glory that God has put in your life.   In each day we face temptations that could bring about old habits and ways of life, that is why praying and talking these challenges out with Jesus is so important.  God gives us strength to ward off the evil temptations but we must trust in him.

If you want to start a new life with Jesus Christ say these words of prayer and take the first steps in his light:

Dear Lord,
I admit that I am a sinner. I have done many things that don’t please you. I have lived my life for myself. I am sorry and I repent. I ask you to forgive me. I believe that you died on the cross for me, to save me. You did what I could not do for myself. I come to you now and ask you to take control of my life, I give it to you. Help me to live every day in a way that pleases you. I love you, Lord, and I thank you that I will spend all eternity with you.

Amen.

http://christianity.about.com/od/prayersforspecificneeds/a/salvationprayer.htm

Man of His Word

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photo by Brian L. Powell

The beauty of Jesus and our Father is that they are man of their word.  God says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  God is the father  and Jesus is the son both whom work as one with the holy spirit.  The desires of our hearts as we walk the righteous path will be set before us in God’s time.  The man God has made for me will see me as I see him in the right moment at the right time.  God’s hand is molding him as he is molding me.  His hands are sweet, firm, and attentive but patient is his plans.   

Although the journey has made me weary I rely on Jesus as God’s strength, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29) 

To the Man of His Word:

I will see you as you see me;

I will hear you as you hear me.

I will love you as you love me;

I will adore you as you adore me,

and as God leads you and loves you;

he will lead me and love me as I follow you.

Isaiah 40:29-31

He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Gods Beauty!

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I awoke to the reality that life goes on for myself and the people I have loved.  As my life changes and I give birth to new ideas, such as a movie project, a non-profit organization and more others give birth to children and wedding plans.  I express these feelings to show joy for everyone and how amazing God is.  God has plans for all of us, even if it isn’t exactly what you wanted. God reminds me everyday that I do not know what is best for me; he does.

We will always love those we truly loved and should always wish the best for them.  Pray for one another and remember that you should always treat others with love and kindness as you would want to be treated.

As I find myself in my office more and more writing I thank God for his blessings and what he is creating through me and my fingers.  It can be lonely at times but I have my beautiful Sela always reminding me of our blessings and what life is really about; love and family.

[Hebrews 13:5] – Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”

An Unfinished Life

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I watched a movie called “An Unfinished Life”.  I enjoyed it.

It’s a terrible feeling to wake up old and look back with regret.  To believe that you can’t have happiness after the loss of others is not true.  It is what you choose. Sela is now 9 years old and I asked God how could it be.  She is growing up so fast.  I made a memory because I knew this would be the case.  I was singing to her when she was only a month old and about to put her in her crib.  It was like I was watching myself from behind as I held her and said, “This is going to go by so fast.”

Life is a gift that gives us daily challenges.  When we start out in life we live for ourselves it’s only when we surrender our life to the Lord that our true life begins.  We all long to love and be loved unconditionally and it is not an easy task.  I have learned that God is the only way this can be achieved any other way is needless pain that we often feel because we stray. God knows our hearts and desires so be still and know he is God.  He has a plan for our lives on earth and in eternity.  Focus on the now and seek his will don’t let words of love go unsaid or good deeds unfinished and you will be complete through Gods love.

BOUNDARIES

BOUNDARIES

This is a great book to help you set boundaries in your life.  Many times in our life we end up stretching ourselves too thin because we don’t want to disappointment someone we love or someone who can help our career.

The knowledge that you can wisely apply from this book will help you find the balance you need for yourself and your family in a busy and challenging world.

Bare Necessities of Family Ties

John 15:5  Jesus said, “I am the vine, and you are the branches.” 

Romans 12:5 Christ makes us one body… connected to each other.

Family is one gift that many have but take for granted.  It is only when God shows us those children and adults that do not have anyone to love them, that we realize how blessed we are.  Life without love is no life at all.  You might as well be dead if you choose not love.  God gave you life to love him first and love others as he loves you.

We all make choices for our careers and hobbies and if we are lucky our career is something in life that we are passionate about.  We work hard, maybe go back to school for more guidance and wisdom, have children, and plan our retirement and in between these things we often forget the sole reason we worry about making money and advancing in life.  The sole purpose of work is to be able to afford things like a home, car, food, and clothing for our family which are “The bare necessities” of life and the most important one is love.

Your first fruit of the day should be love.