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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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,”