Boardroom Meeting

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me to write about corporate prayer.  I said I would pray about it and see what would happen.  Something I think I need to make clear to all my readers is, the things you read on my site aren’t just things I’ve made up.  I don’t write every day, and sometimes not even every week.  When the Lord speaks to me, I begin writing.  I feel a great responsibility to post material that is biblical and true to my faith.  I don’t necessarily seek out the topic; they somehow seem to seek me out.  So just so ya’ll know these aren’t just random, wild observances of mine!  I do use my personal experiences but the principles are from God, not me.  I speak from my heart and sometimes it’s raw.  But it’s as honest as it gets!

I began to ask the Lord in a very casual, but respectable manner “So, what about corporate prayer?  I know that we are to pray, it’s our communication with you but, would you lead me to something more? What can I share with my readers?”  I don’t know about you but I try daily to set aside quiet time with the Lord.  But, I also continue that time throughout the day.  My prayer gets carried on like a continual conversation.  Is it like that with you?  Do you talk with Him wherever you are?  You know, he hears your thoughts.  This conversation, about corporate prayer has carried on for a couple of weeks. And I’ve gotten bits and pieces.  Well, tonight I got a big piece of the message, actually the final piece, thus my reason for blogging now, delivered to me through my eight year old.

Andrew was doing his AWANA scripture study and came across the verses Joshua 10:12-13 In these verses, the Lord had delivered the Amorites before Israel, and at Joshua’s request caused the sun and the moon to stand still until the people of Israel had their revenge.  The bible goes on to tell us in verse 14 “And there has been no day like that, before it or after it that the LORD heeded the voice of a man, for the LORD fought for Israel.” 

Some commentary suggests that there was an eclipse.  Others say that the moon didn’t orbit for 24 hours.  Stop for a moment and imagine with me what that would be like today… Chaos.  An unexpected eclipse would certainly be a surprise!  I’m sure NASA would be all over that.  The tides would be affected.  I’m not that scientific but maybe gravity?  Needless to say, this would be a big deal!!  But let’s go back a couple thousand years and zero in on Joshua.  He’s preparing for battle.  God has already rained down a hailstorm in the previous verses before these and what do we see happen with the Amorites?  The prayers of ONE MAN, caused THE GOD to fight for HIS PEOPLE!!

If that doesn’t make you want to shout, you need to check your shoutameter!  Or your pulse, battery, something!  Amen?  The sun stood still.  The moon stood still.  These verses move me to tears.  Joshua was no doubt physically worn and tired.  God in His vast strenth moved in, stretched out His arm to the sun and the moon and said, “Be still.”  All that universal chaos to answer the request of one man.  God loves His people.  He wants to work on behalf of His people, for their greater good!

Friends, one man prayed and God responded mightily!  So much so, that there has not been another day like it since!  Let me share with you what I see when I think of corporate prayer…

If any of you have ever worked in the business world or anywhere that held boardroom meetings, you know you must be on time to those meetings, come prepared to listen, and take notes.  Most times in these meetings your executive head, manager or maybe even the President is the one holding these meetings.  Now, how does that same scenario work with corporate prayer?  Well, we have the President, our Lord and Savior.  He is present at these corporate meetings (prayer group sessions) and His plans for the company are well laid out, and He knows the path in which He wants to take us (Jer 29:11).  We, the employees (the body of believers) adhere to what He says in His word.  During these meetings we fellowship, communicate, take notes (mentally and maybe literally afterwards) and equally as important we are silent.  We are silent so that we can hear what our Fathers directions are, so that we can follow through and do exactly as we are told.  As we do what we are told (seek the lost, develop the save) We grow.  Thus expanding our company.  See the picture?

Might I add that this company has the most amazing retirement benefits??  I haven’t actually seen the package but according to 1 Corinthians 2:9 and begin reading in Revelation 21:12 it’s beyond anything my human eyes could possibly behold.  Hallelujah!

If the sun and moon were halted from one man’s devotion to the Lord, I can only begin to imagine what God would willingly do through a body of believers who actively pursued Him through faithful corporate prayer.

Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

Speak to us, Lord.

Published in: on February 5, 2010 at 1:40 am  Comments (3)  

Where Is The On/Off Switch?

Salvation in Jesus, and the faith we practice doesn’t come with an on/off switch that you can flip to turn your faith one way or the other. If you are on fire for God, once the switch has been turned on, it’s on for good! There is no cutting it off. There is no switch. The source of the power is eternal, a power from which we will never receive a disconnect notice or fading signal.

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Now, I know some “flip floppers”. Folks that talk a good game on Sunday, and early Monday morning but by mid week or most certainly on Friday evening their real self begins to seep through. Christians for about 36 hours a week OR when life calls for them to be a christian. I know them well, I used to be one. Thankfully, when God calls us out, washes us clean, redeems us and sets our feet on a new path- He ignites a flame in us. God intends for us to be scalding hot for Him. There is no halfway or luke warm. You are either very hot or not. There is no in between with God. That is one of the things I love so much about God, and His word! It’s black and white, no gray. No room to play.

This fire is a burning from deep within our hearts that we desire to tend to consistently. You might ask, “how do you tend to it”? You tend to it by praying, and reading His word. You devote yourself wholly to Him, and through that you become holy. When you turn from the desires of this world, and follow Jesus you realize that not only is there not an on/off switch, you also realize that you would never want there to be one.

Luke 3:16 John answered, saying to all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

I have Jesus. Once you have Him, why would you ever want to shut Him out? I don’t want a switch, a door, a wall or anything else to turn off, close out or come between me, and my great King, the lover of my soul! There is a joy, a pureness, and a contentment that you have when Jesus lives inside of you, and the only way to know these things is to have Him, to know Him personally, and experience Him daily.

Father, I long for the lost to know you. I pray that they will see those of us who carry the eternal flame, and that the flame (You) will draw them in so that they will come to know you personally. Continue to draw me closer to you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Published in: on January 27, 2010 at 1:50 pm  Comments (1)  

Please, Lord Not That! It Stinks!

Last week, after writing about being tall enough to get on the next ride,  I began to think about how God uses our past to minister to those in the present, and prepare us for the future.  When the Lord started a deep-sea dive into the depths of my heart late last spring, he pulled out something that I thought I had buried.  I thought for sure I had buried it deep enough that He would never find a purpose for it, and would never call it out of the darkness of my heart, or use it for His glory, but He did.

My abortion experience was painful.  While I am forgiven, the whole experience just smelled!  Looking back on my experience leads me to the story of Lazarus.  John 11:38-45 says “Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone lay against it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”  Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?”  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead man was lying.  And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.  And I know that you always hear me but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe You sent me.  Now when He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, Come Forth!”  And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth.  Jesus said to them, “Loose him and let him go.” 

God has a supernatural way of breathing life into something that is lifeless.  Now, in the situation above he brought someone to life.  Isn’t that what He has done to each and every one of us?  The day you accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior you were brought to life!  When He called me to share my abortion testimony with a group of high school girls at our church last fall, my response was a little less than thrilled.  But, I obeyed.  My first thought was, “Lord, that part of my past stinks!  Are you sure this is what I am to share?”  Much like Martha’s response to Jesus when He told them to take away the stone, “Lord, he stinks!  Are you sure you want to remove that stone?” (paraphrase) And His response to her, was much like His response to me, “If you believe, you WILL see the glory of God.” (paraphrase) 

When we respond to the Lord in obedience we witness the supernatural glory, and wonder of His power at work in our lives, and the lives of others around us.  I wondered what if they judge me?  What if they make fun of me?  I wondered if my family would hate me.  This was the first time I’d openly shared my abortion, not only publicly but with extended family as well.  I had to spend much time in prayer; That is where you find your answers.  I knew that God had called me to do this, and I knew He would see me through.  Ridicule was something Christ endured, and I figured I would probably have to endure it as well.  What ridicule I would endure would not begin to touch the surface, compared to the suffering He took in my place on Calvary.  Sometimes, it is scary to step out there and reveal deep, dark, hidden secrets of our past but we have to constantly remind ourselves that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)  I realized my fear wasn’t about me, neither was my abortion, it was about Christ, and His power working through my life, and His glory being revealed.

You might be saying, “There is no way God can use something from my past the way He used Lazarus’ life, and death, and then life again.”  That is where you are wrong, HE can, and HE will!  This requires an act of faith, and obedience on our part.  See the connection?  Lazarus once lived, then he died, then Christ gave him life again.  You had a situation that you went through, buried and laid it to rest, but God can bring life to it, and use it for His glory, but you must be willing to submit to His perfect will.

Is there something in your past that stinks?  Is there something hidden in your past that God wants to use to reach others, to help others see that He loves them, and that he paid the ultimate sacrifice for their salvation?  What is keeping you from letting go of your past, and letting God have His way?

Father, thank you for using me and working through me to reach those that need to hear that you ARE a loving, forgiving and merciful Lord.  I give my all to you.  Have your way with me Lord.  I pray that others will read this blog and that their hearts will be softened to hear your voice and they will choose to be obedient and turn their hearts over to you, so that you can work through them too.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Struggling with courage?

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.”

Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The LORD is the strength of my life;  Of whom shall I be afraid?

Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 2:03 pm  Comments (1)  

Are You Tall Enough?

This past weekend was a monumental weekend for myself, and hundreds of others at Englewood Baptist Church.  We had the AWEsome priviledge to attend a conference facilitated by Blackaby Ministries called Experiencing God Together,  There is not enough time, nor space on this blog site for me to go into detail of the great things that God allowed me to experience this weekend, but I’ll try.

Dr. Mel Blackaby and Rev. Bo Stevens spoke at this conference.  There were over 70 people from 16 states that traveled at their own expense to come, and help with this event, that alone is God’s work at hand.  The fact that He got all of those people here in one place, on time, safely, and for His purpose is a testament to His power.  The testimonies of these people, and what God had done in their lives, and was still doing, from the smallest of detail, and to the greatest of detail, warmed my heart.  And at times brought me to tears.  To hear them tell of how God had taken the ashes of their lives, and breathe life into dead circumstances, as only He can, and listen to them give praise to Him, was a sweet sound.  To be among Christ followers who unashamedly abandoned what this world calls “living”, take up their crosses, and follow Him, was a holy experience.

Rev. Bo Stevens was speaking Saturday night about the church being on mission with God, and how a church can’t move forward with God if they aren’t spiritually mature, and growing in His word.  It was then, that a light flipped on for me.  I turned to my husband and whispered, “it’s like being in line at the amusement park, you’ve got your ticket to ride the roller coaster but you can’t because your not tall enough “.  He looked at me and said “Huh??”  Let me explain.  To go with God to the next level requires our full attention, and complete devotion to prayer and to His word.  God is not interested in half-hearted devotion.  Let me say that again, God is not interested in half-hearted devotion.  You see after hearing Rev. Bo speak I wasn’t necessarily wondering about my church being on mission with God, I was wondering about myself being on mission with God.

I deeply desire to serve God, period.  But I found out this weekend that I’ve prayed wrong, I’ve been seeking God with the wrong heart attitude.  I’ve asked God, “What can I do for you?”  As if to think the God of the universe needs something from me?  As if?  Can you believe that?  How silly of me to even dare pray those words!  HE, capital H, capital E needs nothing from me but this…”Yes, Lord.  I’m here and willing for you to work THROUGH me.”

These rides, appointments, tasks, adventures, whatever you want to call them are divine and each of us have one waiting for us.  All of them require faith and trust in God.  You never know where they may take you, who you might meet, or what God might do through you on each one.  You have a choice, you can say yes or you can say no, and stand back and do nothing.  But let me remind you of something, doing nothing doesn’t reach a lost and dying world for Christ.

As saved, followers of the Christ, we have the ticket for the ride.  Jesus, is our ticket.  Are you tall enough to ride the next ride?  Maybe you’re not, maybe I’m not.  If we aren’t, the next thing we have to do is ask ourselves if we are willing to bow before a very worthy God and devote ourselves to Him fully so that HE can prepare our hearts for the next task or appointment He has waiting for us.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the experience of this past weekend.  I’m so thankful that I have my ticket!  My heart is fully devoted to you today, and everyday.  I pray that you will prepare me through your word for my next ride.  Here I am Lord.  I am willing, and I say yes.  In Jesus Name, Amen.


Published in: on January 11, 2010 at 5:41 pm  Comments (2)  

Oh! To Have Been A Shepherd Back Then!!

Luke 2:8-20 “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  The the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will fine a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths lying in a manger.”

And suddenly there was a with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.  And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.  Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

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Can you imagine?  Talk about life interrupted, as Lysa Terkeurst would say!  Here these shepherds are tending to their sheep, minding their business…  I can’t imagine that sheep tending is a very “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of career, can you?  All of the sudden, out of nowhere Angels show up, heavenly hosts and divine information is being delivered!  Uh hello!!!!  Woah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What if this was us?  Today, December 25, 2009?  What if it was yesterday or last week?  I wonder what kind of reaction I would have had, had the Angels and Hosts stopped me in the middle of sixteen loads of laundry to tell me that the Savior of the world had been born today?  What about you?  What do you think your reaction would have been?  I sadly think we believe that God doesn’t speak to us in great ways such as this anymore.  Or is it that we choose not listen?  Is it that we drown Him out with the sounds of the TV and the radio,  is it the constant attention to a blackberry that causes us to miss His voice when He speaks?

Notice what they did as soon as the Angels disappeared, it says they came with haste, which means they ran!  They ran and found this Savior and worshiped Him.  Are you running to Him this morning and worshiping Him this day and every day?

Oh, wow!  To have been a shepherd back then!  Yeah, their jobs may have been boring and lowly but look at what they got to experience!  Some of the first to be told of the birth of our savior, some of the first to worship the newborn king and some of the first to carry the good news that He, indeed, was born!

Happy Birthday Jesus!!!

Published in: on December 25, 2009 at 8:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Don’t Waste Your Christmas…

This article was written by the Pastor of Discipleship at our church William Futrell.  It is a great reminder of what Christmas is really about.

During the Christmas season, it is so easy to get wrapped up in stuff that doesn’t really matter.  Presents are good, but of course they are not the point.  Family time is better, but Christmas isn’t even about time with family.  Church musicals, activities, and parties are great as well, but Christmas isn’t about that either.
If you don’t want to waste your Christmas this year, then this year focus on what is best.  Let the reality of Christmas penetrate your heart and effect how you see the season.  So what is it all about?  Christmas is about the one true and living God showing His love for humanity by refusing to let us continue in open rebellion against Him.  Christmas is about the one true and living God actually doing something about our sin.  You see, the one true and living God made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of man, and being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a Cross.  He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.  He has shown His love towards us in that while we were yet sinners, He died for us and if we confess our sin He is faithful to forgive us of our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  This is the reality of Christmas.
If we focus on this truth and make it our heart’s desire, this Christmas season will not be wasted because it will cause us to feel a deep affection for our Savior with Christ being the preeminent focus in all that we do.  I also know that it won’t be wasted because as we focus on the One who has saved us, we will recognize the lostness of those around us.  When we truly recognize this, the character of Christ will be displayed through our lives by our refusal to just sit back and do nothing.  When we focus on the reality of Christmas, we will make this not a season of giving gifts, but it will become a season of sharing our Savior.

Don’t waste this Christmas.  Focus on the reality of what we celebrate.  Let the character of Christ compel us to share the greatest message to those who need to hear it!!!


Published in: on November 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

Seize The Moment To Be…Thankful.

This Thanksgiving for many families will be very different.  Many will sit around the table and talk about the economy, job losses, H1n1, etc.  With the chaos around us it’s hard to shut out all of the worlds loud chattering and come back to the heart of what really matters sometimes and just be grateful.

Whatever happened to the days of having dinner and then sitting as a family together, whether it be in a family room or on a front porch somewhere and just reflect quietly?  While I’m afraid those days have long since passed, I do sense there is still a cry from deep within us for such simplicity again.  An aching inside each of us that wants us to seize the moment to be thankful.  Could it be that the cry is from our thirsty souls longing for us to call out to the Giver of all good things and give thanks?

What are you really thankful for?  Is it your home?  Job?  Family?  Car?  Health?  Things?  What about gifts?  Are you thankful when you receive a gift?  In our humanness we tend to measure gifts on a scale based on their grandness.  However 2000 years ago, we were given the grandest of gifts, salvation.  2 Corinthians 9:15 says it’s an “indescribable” gift. (“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”)  Have you opened that gift yet?  I’m so thankful I have and I’m most inclined to agree with Paul’s writing here.  No words could ever describe the price that was paid for this gift.

This Thanksgiving would you give thanks for Jesus?  As you sit down to your dinner with your family and friends take a few moments and give thanks to the LORD, the Giver, for those that sit at that table, there in body or in spirit.  Take time alone to spend with the LORD and reflect quietly on your many, many blessings.

Psalm 106:1 “Praise the LORD! Oh, Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good!

Heavenly Father, I praise You that You are the Giver.  Thank you for Jesus and the salvation gift that He gave more than 2000 years ago.  Thank you for family, for friends, for health and the happiness that is wrapped up in all of these.  Thank you for your love and your goodness.  Help us LORD to be mindful of all our blessings and to remember that we are rich, even if all we have is the air in our lungs, we are rich.  Thank you LORD for giving us this moment to call upon your name and be thankful.  Amen.

Published in: on November 24, 2009 at 10:50 am  Comments (3)  

Love Without Boundaries

What does it mean to you to love someone without boundaries?  I’ve pondered the last week about what it means to love without boundaries.  To me, it means to give someone my all, to not hold out on them, to pour every resource I have on them, when they are in need or even when they are not, emotional (listening), physical (hug, offering my belongings or resources to help them), financial ($$$), to really jump in and love someone for who they are, heart and soul.  Regardless of their quirks, their shortcomings, despite the differences…true, genuine, put a hurtin’ on em’ L-O-V-E!  I’ve often heard people describe their love for others in their lives like this…”I love them but“, “I’ll love him or her if“, “Maybe I’ll love them” – Now before I get to far into this and start getting emails about every scenario under the sun allow me to clarify a few things.  The l-o-v-e that I am speaking of is the biblical kind.  The kind that I sort of touched on in The High Road post.  The “Love thy neighbor as thyself” kind of love.  So please go with me on this, k?

How might we as christians begin to l-o-v-e without boundaries?

Reaching Out- Some might ask, who’s my neighbor?  Your neighbor isn’t just the person that lives next door.  Your neighbor is your family members (immediate and extended), your friends (near and far away) and let’s not forgot our “earthly” neighbors!  Just because there is a huge body of water or large amount of land that separates us from other states or countries doesn’t mean they aren’t our neighbors.  We, as members of the Body of Christ ARE His annointed hands and feet on this earth and we ARE to minister to those in NEED around us.  Extending ourselves, literally next door, down the road, into the next city, the next state, the countries that border us and AROUND THE WORLD.  It is up to us to reach out to our neighbors for the cause of Christ and l-o-v-e God’s people, these neighbors are His children too, without boundaries!

Matthew 25:40 Jesus said “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”

So how reach out?-  GIVE!!!!! Give, give, give!  Give of your time.  Volunteer your time to your local shelters.  Do it as a family and get your children involved.  What better way to teach your children a lesson about giving to others than for them to see firsthand the lives of those that are less fortunate.  Donate, donate, donate!  Donate items from your household.  Clothing, furniture, decorative items, baby items and food.  These things can be given to folks who are rebuilding their lives after natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, etc.  Tithes & Offerings!  Tithe to your local church.  Malachi 3:10 “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” The LORD himself tells us to tithe of what he has blessed us with and he will bless us in return.  Let’s not be stingy with what he has given us!  The local churches, if they are bible believing and teaching churches will be doing their parts as well to give back to the communities and help those in need.  How about other countries?  How do I help those people?  Well I’m glad you asked!  Ask your church if they support overseas missionaries, thats a start!  If you want to personally start helping overseas by sending funds, allow me to suggest Gospel for Asia.  You can locate them on the web at http://www.gfa.org they are one of my favorite mission based charities and 100% of the funds goes straight to the mission field!  The founder K.P. Yohannon wrote a wonderful and compelling book Revolution In World Missions – It WILL change your heart and outlook on missions forever and I encourage all of my blog friends to contact GFA and have them send you a copy, the book is free and they will send you 5 copies for FREE!  Might I suggest as a way of getting the word out on how to reach around the world and help those in need, that if you support a charity that benefits those overseas, please comment on this post.  Leave the charity information in your comment and hopefully others will “copy cat” and follow along and want to help our neighbors in need around the world.

What seems so little is really BIG to some- Bless a new mother with a meal.  Take an elderly person a potted plant.  Go greet a new neighbor and take a long a basket of cookies!  Smile at a stranger!  Offer to babysit for a couple who needs a night out.  Pray for our President and our country!  Take a sack of groceries to a family whose breadwinner is out of work.  Write a letter to one of our military personnel.

Love YOU!- Last but not least don’t forget to l-o-v-e you!  I hear so many comments from women who say “I love my hair but I hate my thighs!”, “I’m okay with my body but I wish I had straight hair and not curly hair!”, “If only I had her talent!”  We’ve all said something like this!  We’ve all programmed our minds to believe that we have to be the status quo and if not, then we aren’t good enough!  If only we could see ourselves the way that the God of the universe does!!!  Perfect!  More than acceptable!!!  Enough!!!  Flabby thighs, curly hair, red hair, this talent, that talent, doesn’t matter!  Why???  Because HE is the author of US!  He shaped each and everyone of us and His opinion is and should be the only one that matters.  I ask you today, do you know that you ARE GOOD ENOUGH FOR HIM?  BELIEVE IT!  L-O-V-E YOU without boundaries!

Finally, l-o-v-e people not because of something that they might can do for you, not because they married into your family, not because you married into their family, not if they will act a certain way for you, not because they are the same color as you, act as you do, talk as you do, speak the same language as you and are as fortunate as you are…show mercy and kindness and respect and l-o-v-e them because they are God’s children.  L-o-v-e them because He loves you AND He loves them.  L-o-v-e is what makes the world go round and l-o-v-e was pierced with nails and hung on a cross more than 2,000 years ago so that we could L-I-V-E…share His l-o-v-e with someone today.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.


Published in: on October 16, 2009 at 4:35 pm  Leave a Comment  

Shalom!

Shalom!  This has become one of my very favorite greetings!  I’ve become very fond of a radio broadcast that I listen to on our local christian radio station.  The message is from the Pastor of a Messianic Jewish congregation out of Durham, NC.  The two minute segment is full of inspiring biblical truth and Hebrew traditions, which I’ve come to admire.  He begins and ends every message with, Shalom.

I became curious about what Shalom meant so, I’ve done some study and found that this word means peace, completeness, wholeness, health, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. What a beautiful word!  I want my family and friends to be blessed with all that is listed above.  Don’t you?

Doesn’t Christ offer us Shalom?  He is peace.  If we abide in Him, we are complete, whole and healthy.  Physical health may fail us, yes, but our souls are lasting and to be One with with Him spiritually, then we shall always be in good health.  There is no safer place than to rest in the arms of the Savior.  Nothing is more secure and sound.  He promised us Rest.  Matthew 11:28-29 Jesus says “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest your souls.” To rest and be seen as perfect in the eyes of the Almighty, to be full of Him and in complete harmony with His will.  Christ is our Shalom!  Isaiah 9:6 says “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon his shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

When we are greeted with this beautiful blessing “Shalom” it’s not a simple “HI!” – That person is speaking God’s peace to you!  Return the blessing!

Final Thought: If we see that Christ is our Shalom and we want the blessings/meanings of Shalom listed above for everyone we know, then shouldn’t we work to introduce all those we come in contact with to Christ?

Numbers 6:24-26 says “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up HIS countenance upon you, and give you peace.

The verse from Numbers is my prayer for all my readers today.  God bless you all!


Published in: on September 18, 2009 at 12:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

The One True Love

Some of my earliest childhood memories involved Barbie and Ken dolls, playing make believe with my childhood friends. We would have pretend Barbie and Ken weddings and in only a few short hours Barbie and Ken’s whole life would have played out on my bedroom floor. They would have a lavish wedding ceremony complete with dancing and a beautiful wedding cake. Then they would make their way to a pretty home in the suburbs and Barbie would soon find out she was pregnant and they would have a child. Day in and day out we played make believe like this with Barbie and Ken. Later on I found myself wishing these same make belief plans for myself.

In my early adult years I became fixated on the idea of marriage and family, while there is nothing wrong with wanting to have a husband and family, I was missing THE ONE whose very existence brings life to family. While I was searching for true love, I was missing out on that ONE TRUE LOVE, THE TRUE LOVE. See I had been raised in church all my life but never really knew Jesus. Yes, I had religion but I had no relationship. The two are very different. With religion, its a practice, something you do out of obligation. Just another thing on your to-do list, per se. With relationship, you choose to seek God because of who HE is, not what HE does, it’s not something you do out of obligation but out of joy and love for HIM. In my earliest memories as a child, I was raised to believe that God was this mean, hateful being in the sky that would reach down and strike me if I did wrong, so as I grew older, I went to church out of fear; I didn’t go because I loved HIM and wanted to worship HIM.

It wasn’t until February 29, 2004 that I saw God’s love for the very first time. I was sitting in a movie theatre in Greensboro, NC viewing The Passion Of The Christ. For the first time in my entire life, I saw God’s love for me. It was as if God took me by the hand and said “See Renae, this is what I’ve been trying to show you, I love you, I sent my son to die for YOU.” I was gripped emotionally! I’ll never forget the feeling of guilt, the overwhelming pit in my stomach and tears that fell off my cheeks that day. I’ll never forget that day because it’s the day I accepted Jesus into my heart as the LORD of my life. I accepted his forgiveness and his never ending mercy. I took all of my guilt, my shame, my SIN and nailed it to the Cross that day and he forgave me and accepted me as his child. I finally found that One True Love. My husband and children soon followed, thank you Jesus. All the glory and thanks for them goes to HIM.

Dearest Reader, HE is the missing link and if you don’t know HIM, YOU ARE MISSING OUT! I desired so many years to seek fulfillment in other relationships when what I needed all those years was HIM. HE will fill every void, every heartache. HE will right your wrongs. HE won’t let you down, HE won’t mislead you. (Proverbs 18:24 tells us “there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.) I promise you, HE is that friend.

Do you know HIM? If not, would you like to know HIM? Believe it or not, HE already knows you. He’s just waiting for you to ask HIM into your heart. Would you call on HIM today?

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Romans 10:9 tells us “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Here is how you can receive Christ:
1.Admit your need (I am a sinner).
2.Be willing to turn from your sins (repent).
3.Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave.
4.Through prayer, invite Jesus Christ to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior.)

How to Pray:
Dear Lord Jesus,I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that You died for my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as Lord and Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

If you prayed this prayer, The Bible says… Romans 10:13 “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Father, I pray for those that may have stumbled upon this blog and accepted you as the LORD of their life because of it. I pray that they have the courage to walk in their new faith, I pray that you will lead them to a church where they can grow and learn more about YOU. I praise you Father because it is all about YOU! For those that may have read this blog and already know YOU, Lord I thank you for them as well, I pray that this message will touch their lives and strengthen them, renew their spirits Lord and remind them of that very special day that you changed them forever! In Jesus Name, Amen!

Published in: on September 12, 2009 at 9:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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