Spread the Love Friday – Do the Right Thing!

“He must correct those who are in opposition with courtesy and gentleness in the hope that God may grant that they will repent and be led to the knowledge of the truth [accurately understanding and welcoming it], and that they may come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.”
‭‭2 TIMOTHY‬ ‭2:25-26‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Friday!  Blessing abound and I am so thankful. B1C3C82A-2D31-4A34-83FB-49B9966AB1F6

Do you know anyone who blames others to hide their own inadequacies?  Have you ever blamed someone to divert attention from what you have or haven’t done? Have you ever blamed someone because you were unwilling or too scared to try to accomplish something?  Or maybe because you didn’t know where to begin?  Or you were afraid of the consequences?  It’s sad to say but most of us have done this at one point or another. Of course, this is wrong for many reasons.  The most obvious is that you are mistreating another child of God, who has done nothing to warrant your behavior.  This sometimes has a spiraling effect, where the person becomes bullied by many. You 37F654F5-DE59-4AAB-905F-9916B06BDD4Cmay also be successful in your deception, which is unfair to the person you are trying to deceive.  This could lead to bad decisions within an organization, including you having more responsibility you are unable to tackle.

But, did you know you are also hurting yourself in another way?  The more we participate in this deceptive behavior, the further we drift away from God. Deception and lies have a numbing effect and over time we are less likely to feel anything when we do something wrong.  So, how do we break the pattern?  Study God’s word, and pray for forgiveness and guidance.  Then, try to avoid making the same mistakes.  It’s that simple.

I hope you have wonderful Friday!  Spread God’s love everywhere you go!  God bless you.

 

Use Your Gifts to Change the World Wednesday – God Will Use You If You Let Him

“For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭22:27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!

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This morning I am so thankful for the opportunities that are set before me.  However, this positive growth I have experienced is not a result of anything I have 40991C11-F377-4FC9-A4DC-7A41E526F6C6earned.  For many years I spun my wheels against the walls that I felt confined to, bucking the system with a bad attitude because of injustices I have seen and felt.  Then, one day something changed.  Instead of serving myself, I decided to serve others.  That is when I felt pure joy, and also when things began to change in my life.  My heart has been touched by listening to stories of people who are around me everyday.  This in turn has opened doors of opportunity for me.  It was the simple act of listening, keeping the stories of others confidential, and letting God lead the way.

Sounds easy and the process is simple, but it takes practice and a change of heart68C7002B-0901-4926-8E0A-EE3C043CCED9.  When we are able to let go of pain and unhappiness, God uses us and our pure hearts to serve others.  It is absolutely wonderful!

If you are struggling, let go of any bitterness in your heart and turn to God.  Have a wonderful and blessed day!

Try Something New Tuesday – Add Value

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Dominic enjoying his catnip!

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! I’ve been out of pocket for a few days taking a work related test.  During the study time, I learned a great deal.  While I hope I passed the exam, I am very content just knowing that I added value in my contributions at work.  During my study time, Dominic (seen above) enjoyed relaxing with his catnip.

Do you ever dread doing the dishes, mopping, or cleaning the yard?  Do you ever just wish the work week would end soon or dread hearing what the boss says?  Dread is closely related to fear, which we know is not of God.  As Christians we should always do our best regardless of what we are doing.  I had gotten in the habit of saying “I’ve got to do . . .” all the time.  One thing that helped me was to say “I get to. . . .”.  A slight change of wording changes dread into opportunity.

Another thing that I’ve started doing is adding value to whatever I’m asked to do.  I try to take the task a step further.  I must admit that it is not always met with enthusiasm, but most recently I started reaping the benefits from above and below.  Not only is my boss noticing and appreciating my efforts more, my staff are duplicating my actions. Isn’t that great!  Adding value for other people is a great way to show your Christian spirit.

In order to appreciate and receive authority, we must learn to submit to authority. Regardless of what you do at home or in other places, always do it to the best of your ability, even if no one notices.  God knows.

I hope you have a wonderful day!  God bless you.

Forgiveness Thursday – Stability

Lord, You have been our dwelling place [our refuge, our sanctuary, our stability] in all generations.
‭‭PSALM‬ ‭90:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Happy Thursday!  It’s a great day to forgive others and yourself.

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Have you ever been blown away be an event or unexpected occurrence that you felt was unfair?  If so, how long did you dwell on it – minutes?  Hours? Days? Weeks? Years?  Did you rant, fuss and complain?  Did you get mad at others who didn’t understand your emotions?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, don’t feel alone.  I recently read that it is important for leaders to be emotionally stable.  At first, I was thinking “this isn’t a problem for me”.  Then, God reminded of the many times I have been upset about events or happenings that I thought were unfair.  Each time I approached those around me for comfort and understanding.  I just wanted someone to say they saw things my way.  I never realized that my roller coaster of emotional instability was driving everyone crazy.

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The good news is Colossians 2:5 tells us that even though we may feel alone, we can find emotional stability and “unwavering confidence in His power wisdom and goodness” (Amp).  The bad news is we have to work at this.  It’s not enough to just know that God provides our emotional stability.  We have to practice being emotionally stable.  You may not believe it, but I know people including myself who have stayed upset about something for years.  I have more good news though.  Over time I have improved.    Most things only upset me for a few hours or a couple of days, instead of months of years.  However, if it was something really painful, I rarely forget.  I’m striving for letting go of bad events in five minutes or less without anyone ever knowing.  It’s a good goal to have.

If you have struggled with emotional stability, find your strength in God.  God bless you.

 

 

Tell Me Something Good Monday – Life’s Little Surprises

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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Happy Monday!  This week Landon turns four-years old.  His birthday party was last weekend, and I saw him make the transition from baby to little boy.  It’s sad in some ways to see him grow up so fast, but nice to see how smart and well-adjusted he is becoming.

Life is a little like that too.  We may go through a series of bumps in the road, and one day find out that maybe it is not through any fault of our own.  It’s easy to become distrusting of those around us because of trials we have experienced.  However, James tell us that we should find joy in life’s trials, because we are being sharpened with patience and maturity.  Being sharpened can be painful, but as we receive the rewards the pain fades much like childbirth does for a mother when she holds her new baby.

I hope your Monday holds opportunities for growth and joy!  God bless you.

Spread the Love Friday – About Talents

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭25:14-30‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

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It’s Spread the Love Friday!  I hope you are having a wonderful day spreading God’s love everywhere you go.

Have you ever noticed how different people are talented in different areas of their 2B489918-164A-4BF1-AA73-767E22DCE5B2lives?  Have you noticed how this concept carries over in church and work?  Do you ever wonder what your talents are?  Have you ever wanted to sit back, enjoy life and not get involved?  Have you ever been afraid to do what you feel God is calling you to do?

You are not alone.  We all have different talents, but sometimes we are unsure where God is leading us.  As we study, read, pray, listen and work, God reveals to us his plans.  No one starts at the top, and if you are at the top in the business world, you can’t just make a lateral move in the church.  However, serving is important.  As we use our BA30ACB1-B0F2-4A8C-A120-FBF42A1FC021talents, we grow spiritually.  Don’t be the one who never takes a chance and has everything taken away because of being afraid or unwilling to serve.  God gave you talents that are unique for you.

Have a wonderful Friday.  God bless you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Is Your Superhero?

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
‭‭LUKE‬ ‭19:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

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Happy Saturday!  In a time when there are so many superhero movies, I had someone ask me “who is your superhero?”  Now, my family enjoys the superhero movies, but I really don’t care for that genre.  However, I will watch them to keep from spoiling everyone’s fun and sometimes I find them entertaining. Sometimes I fall asleep.  Britt likes Ironman and Landon likes all of the superheroes, but I think Batman is his favorite now.  He even has a Batman bed.  My first thoughts went to Superman with actor Christopher Reeves.  Then, I started thinking about my studies in church history.  How many people have died over time without a fight for Christianity.  “Jesus” I replied.  A not so unexpected laugh is what I received.

Last week during our multigenerational Sunday School class, I listened as a 15 year
B76792F0-6F68-4368-9128-25D5B68DE5DCold girl explained how if she prayed at school or spoke of God she would be suspended.  I could hardly believe my ears.  We live in a town of about 7,000 people with a church on every corner.  I’m not so naive to think that this is because of anything other than federal law designed to protect some.  Yet, this law stifles the rights of others.

A couple of weeks ago we watched the movie Paul, Apostle of Christ.  The movie portrayed the degree to which Christians were willing to suffer for their beliefs.  This suffering has continued throughout time.  I’ve been reading Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians by James G. Lawson, which features diary entries intermingled with the history of each character. One story that has weighed heavy on my mind was about Madame Jeanne Guyon.  There are so many more dating to recent Christian attacks.

So, what makes Christians willing to suffer all the while asking forgiveness for those who persecute them, whether in a bullying situation or being burned alive?  Our 69D86D32-5017-449C-9675-14267F680A69Superhero, Jesus Christ!  Christians know that everyone has sinned and fallen short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).  The price for sin is death, but through Jesus Christ, our free gift from God himself, we can have eternal life (Romans 6:23).  All we have to do is call on the name of the Lord to be saved (Romans 10:13).  Isn’t that great!  If you have any doubt, study Christianity over time. These Christians are shadows of Christ.  Christians also know the two most important commandments taught by Jesus are to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:29-31).  We forgive because we are forgiven.

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Let Jesus be your superhero!  Have a wonderful Saturday.  May God bless you.

 

Spread the Love Friday – Stay Strong

“Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].”
‭‭1 JOHN‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭AMP‬‬

31499D31-E5D1-460B-8625-CD2B95179CA3I hope you are having a wonderful Friday.  I have experienced one trial after another lately.  However, the old saying about how it’s not the trial, but how you handle it is so true.  Usually the one who seems to be the problem is just another person the enemy is working on.

Whatever you are going through today, remember that 1 John 4:4 says “He who is in you is greater”.  Don’t give up!  Put on the full armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:11-13, and trust Him.  Don’t give the enemy the time of day.  I hope you have a wonderful Friday.  God bless you.