Compliments, Daggers & Reactions

The holidays are fun, festive and bring a sense of warmth to our lives, at least they do that for some of us.  While for others, the holidays are a time of debating, scheduling, conflict and well I might as well say it, arguing.  As I’ve spent time talking to friends and relatives I’ve found so many commenting about how they love the holidays but there is always something dreadful about a get together, an office party, a gathering etc.  It usually involves a specific person, a past spat or exchange of words that leaves them uneasy and slightly dreading their upcoming events.

I’ve been guilty of this too.  Might I suggest we take two pieces of advice I’ve used over the last year that have actually worked and have really helped me just, get over it!  One, I read in the bible study “What Happens When Women Say Yes To God” by Lysa Terkeurst, “Never let others compliments go to your head or their criticisms go to your heart”.  I have a tendency to take things personally if you catch me in the wrong mood.  I’ll replay something in my head and think, “did they mean for that to sound that way?”  Lets face it, some people are just mean, period.  They are out to hurt us, even at Christmas!  I know, big shocker, right???  Let’s not take the flattery too serious or the daggers that come our way.  Lets also realize sometimes we take things too personal.  Things get worded wrong or just come out wrong, no ill harm meant.  Same goes for compliments.  I once heard from a very wise pastor that compliments and flattery were like great smelling cologne, they smell magnificent but you don’t want to drink them!

Second piece of advice is this, “we are not responsible for others actions but we ARE responsible for our reactions.”  This probably isn’t the most grammatically correct way of putting this but some folks just don’t act right, that don’t mean you got to act up too!  Lets put out there what we want to receive from others in return but with a twist, let’s NOT expect it in return.  Uh huh, you read it right, let’s not expect others to act so graciously in return.  How about lets just be responsible for ourselves and know that there is a loving father watching over ALL of His children.  The good, bad and yes, even the ugly.

Go to your parties, your gatherings and your events!  Have fun, be merry, spread cheer and lets not forget THE most important thing, let your light shine for JESUS!

Merry Christmas!

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Published in: on December 21, 2009 at 1:44 pm  Comments (1)  

Angels In Disguise

I was trolling Facebook this morning and I happened upon an update left by a friend who was upset because she went Christmas shopping at a large, well known chain.  The experience left her hum-bugged to say the least.  Her friends began to comment about how they hated shopping at this particular place too, how the experience was “taxing” and a shopping trip to this place was more like a shopping trip to hell.  One person commented this…”But would it be christmas without the toothless gutter rats? I was lucky enough to be behind someone who paid IN CHANGE!!!  As in actual pennies and dimes! I half felt bad- then was just annoyed. There was more, but I won’t bore you!!  Enjoy ur trip.  Wash ur hands and just try not to kill.”

I read the above, shook my and felt really sad.  Not really sad for the person who paid IN CHANGE but for the person who left the comment.

I believe there are angels masquerading as people all around us.  I believe God sets up appointments for each of us to come across these angels in certain scenarios to test us and see how we respond.  In Hebrews Chapter 13, verse 2 it says “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” How divine!  What if those gutter rats are angels?  I know that’s not what we picture in our minds when we think of angels, we think of them in beautiful gowns, with halos and gorgeous Pantene hair!  But picture in your mind for a moment, all that stripped away and God says “I’ve got a job for you today.”

Ponder this…this season is busy and stressful and hectic because WE’VE made it that way.  How about lets not blame innocent bystanders?  What would you have done, had that person been in front of you paying with change?  Would you have been patient, compassionate and understanding?  Or been put off by it?

As Christ followers, this faith of ours only works when its exercised and put into practice.  With the season and celebration of our Saviors birth at hand, I see no better time than the present to begin.

Lord, as we follow you and come across what may or may not be divine appointments, I pray we will exercise this faith you perfected for us.  That we will show mercy, kindness and compassion to others.  I pray that we will turn our hearts towards you this Christmas and remember the “gift”.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Published in: on December 17, 2009 at 1:05 pm  Comments (3)  

The Old Ball And Chain

We all have a ball and chain.  Something ugly about us that we war against.  For some it might be an internal issue, for others external.  And when I say war against it, I mean we battle against this demon day in and day out.  We awake and it’s there and throughout our day we wrestle with it and at night, it is all but singing us to sleep.

My ball and chain for most of my teenage years and my entire adult life has been a battle of the bulge.  If I could have picked my addiction, I certainly would not have picked this one!  It is such an obvious one.  So here it is…”My name is Renae and I’m a foodaholic.”  This has been as expensive as any drug addiction out there when you consider the cost of clothes, the cost of diet plans, the cost of all the food I’ve shoveled (literally) into my mouth the last 15 or so years, it’s been quite expensive.  When you add in a sweet Italian husband (whose so Italian that sometimes I swear there is Ragu sauce running through his veins)  into the mix with the same addiction, the cost only doubles along with the troubles.  Don’t get me wrong, our marriage is full of bliss, blessing and lots of lovin’ but we’ve been “partners in crime” in packing on the pounds together!

What he and I have both realized is not only are our weights dangerously unhealthy, we’ve not been able to interact with our kids physically like we wanted but also and most importantly our bodies were not glorifying God in the way that He created us to be.  Now when you sit down and you read scriptures like Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.”  Proverbs 13:25 “The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.”  Proverbs 23:20 “Do not mix with winebibbers, Or with gluttonous eaters of meat; For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and drowsiness will clothe a man with rags.” if you are like me, I realized this overeating wasn’t just a biological trait, it was S-I-N!  I know!  I know!  It’s not politically correct to call downfalls sin anymore, but that is exactly what gluttony is!  My eating habits were not pleasing God.  Period.  I was not and have not been presenting my body a living sacrifice.  Hello!  There it was in my face…scripture plain as day, “Renae you are not pleasing God.”  I couldn’t deny it any longer.  Maybe you are just like me and seeking to find freedom from your ball and chain, hopefully you will realize that the answers are in Gods word.  God desires to fill us, to satisfy us and to help us overcome.  We can cut the ball and chain loose but not by ourselves.

19 pounds ago I was introduced to an online bible study called “Setting Captives Free” http://www.settingcaptivesfree.com it’s a site devoted to helping people overcome food, alcohol and drug addiction.  If you are being held captive by addiction and feel that you are stuck and won’t ever be free, that this is just who you are, don’t believe it!  There is freedom in Christ!  Now I must warn you, it’s not a “get skinny quick, praise the Lord” kind of program!  Its intense!  Its biblical and it was just what I needed.  It’s not a pill, powder or even a diet plan and there is no cost involved.  It is absolutely FREE.  Let me put it this way, Christ has already paid for it!

If we truly seek to be free, He will free us.  Amazing things happen when we submit willing hearts to Christ.  His word is powerful, it lifts us up, it heals, it corrects us when we are wrong, it encourages us.  2 Timothy 3:16 says “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. I don’t know about you, but I need God’s truth, I need his instruction, I need him to correct me and guide me, especially when it comes to my “ball and chain” but not just that, in this every day, hour to hour life that he has given me as well.

Lord, you set the captives free on Calvary more than 2000 years ago!  Thank you, Lord, that by your grace we are set free!  In Christs Name, Amen!

Published in: on December 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm  Comments (3)  

Finding Jesus In A Slum…

A few weeks before Thanksgiving I received an email from Pastor Diwakar Wankhede from Mumbai, India.  He had stumbled upon my blog through the blogspot website.  He saw that I had a heart for the people of India and the oppression in which they suffer there and asked if I along with my husband would consider taking a short term missions trip to Mumbai and visiting the slums there in which he ministers.  Pastor Diwakar and I have emailed back and forth several times over the past couple of weeks and I’ve been delighted and burdened all at the same time.  While I rejoice in the work that is taking place there in the slums and praise God over those that are meeting Jesus through the various ministries that Pastor Diwakar is part of there, my heart is greatly burdened for the people of India.

The extreme poverty and struggle for survival are a large problem for the major cities in southeast Asia.  Almost 25% of the population of these areas live in slums.  Open sewage, polluted water, lack of health care, poorly educated or no education at all, famine and diseases such as AIDS are just some of the battles these unreached people face daily.  The unemployment rates are soaring!  Most have to resort to begging, stealing and prostitution to be able to eat.  There are no social agencies in place to help these people like there is here in the United States.  Aren’t we blessed?

I told Pastor Diwakar today through email that I would post his prayer requests on my blog today.  Would you join me in knee bending for these people?  These are God’s people.  We might look at them as some far off, distant problem, someone else’s problem in a 3rd world country, but these people ARE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. These people are God’s people.

Do you recall what Jesus said in Matthew Chapter 25?  When he was speaking to the disciples about seeing those in need and passing them by?  Starting in verse 35 he says, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.  Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?  When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?  When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’  “The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ end verse 40.

These people need Jesus.  They need Jesus just like you and I need Him.  Please join me in prayer for Pastor Diwakar and his ministry by praying for the following.

-Pray for the Tailoring School that provides education for the women in the slums where they learn new skills like sewing and also teach them how to save money from the little earning they make.

-Pray for the Nutrition Program that currently helps feed malnourished children and pregnant women.

-Pray for the Kindergarten program and the children who attend school there.

-Pray for the Revolve Fund Program which gives small loans to the slum people so they can start small businesses on their own and earn a living and live life with dignity.

-Please pray for the JESUS film ministry that is present in this slum.

-Please pray for the country of India as a whole.  There are several hundred other slums throughout Mumbai that have no such ministries taking place presently.  Pray that the Gospel of JESUS would spread rapidly throughout India.

Starting today, I am taking up monetary donations for Pastor Diwakar’s ministry in Mumbai.  If you would like to donate, please contact me at 252-937-7956 or email me at renae.williford@gmail.com Would you open your heart and give to these indigenous people?  Would you help share Jesus with a child by supporting the ministries taking place in this slum?

Heavenly Father, we lift up Pastor Diwakar and the ministry that is taking place in the slums of Mumbai to you today.  I ask LORD, that you would touch each life there in a special way.  Please relieve their suffering, show us how we can use the resources you’ve so richly blessed us with to help them.  I pray that in whatever we give, whatever we send, that you would bless it and use it to build up your kingdom.  Most importantly I pray that souls would come to know you as Lord and Savior.  I pray that you would touch their bodies and heal their sicknesses.  Keep them safe, somehow provide food for them.  Lord, forgive us of our greedy ways.  I pray that we will humble ourselves before you and with willing hearts submit all we have to be used in your service.  We ask these things in your name, Jesus.  Amen.


Published in: on December 3, 2009 at 4:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Good Little Church Girl

“Your just the good little church girl!”  I’ve been called this more times than I can count.  This label was slapped on me throughout most of my adolescence and has seemed to find me again here in my early 30’s.  However this time it doesn’t bother me like it did when I was younger.  Sticks and stones, I guess.

Like all labels though, sometimes whats behind them isn’t whats being advertised on the outside.  We are very talented, don’t you think?  We can live so recklessly but put up a good front to those that we want to impress.  I find it so interesting when tragedy strikes or news of someones untimely mistakes break and you begin to look at the family albums or think back to better times and hear comments like “she looked so happy”, “she seemed so happy”.   We hide our hurt and our shame for fear of being exposed.  We don’t want to be vulnerable or weak.  We go to great measures to hide our secrets.  We live in a society that says we have to deal, we have to cope or suck it up!  So before we know it, we don’t have to have someone come along and label us, we label ourselves.

I can’t imagine anyone would have looked at me and dared to call me the “Good Little Church Girl” had they seen me sitting in the waiting room of an Abortion Clinic almost nine years ago.  That hot July day that I woke up with my whole heart intact and after visiting that clinic and buying into one of the biggest lies our society is selling women today, I went to sleep that night as I have every night since, with part of my heart missing.

I thought that by choosing to terminate that life inside of me that I was fixing my mistake, I wasn’t.  I thought nobody would ever find out and I thought I could keep it a secret.  I thought I was strong enough to cope.  I wasn’t.  I believed that I could deal with it all by myself.  I couldn’t.  This “Good Little Church Girl” chose to make a huge mistake.

It’s taken me many years to get over the many labels that I’ve placed on myself.  It’s taken years for me to accept the forgiveness that is available through the blood of Christ if only we will come to Him.  It’s taken years for me to forgive me, but I have.

Father, I’m so thankful that while we were sinners you died for us.  Thank you for eternal life.  Heaven, a place where I know I will see my baby one day.  Thank you for loving me when I couldn’t love me.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

Published in: on November 30, 2009 at 2:05 pm  Comments (4)  

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)  

The Heart Of Compassion

I was overcome with bitterness, anger and resentment.  I’ve tried my hardest to love this person, to deal with them in the best christian manner that I know how.  I’ve reached out at times when most people would have slammed the door, then other times I’ve been the one to slam the door, admittingly.  Over the past year, I’ve prayed fervently for God to do a great work in this persons life.  They have so much to live for.  But it seems as though my prayers have just not quite made it passed the ceiling.  While I know thats not true, God has heard them, it’s just not time yet.  For whatever reason, it’s just not His time yet.

As I said above, I’ve recently found myself at my wits end with this person, I’ve been hurt and stressed out over situations involving them.  I’ve found myself asking the Lord “Why?  Why do you let this person live their life this way?  Why don’t you do something to get their attention?  They get to live and do and act however they want and with what seems to be without any consequences whatsoever!?”  With a huff, I went on about my housework and about ten minutes later I felt a strong urge to sit down and open God’s word.  As I sat down on the sofa, I asked the Lord what He wanted me to read.  I immediately felt a small voice say to me “compassion”.

I went to the general index of my bible and looked up compassion and wrote down all the scriptures that it referenced.  I went to each of those scriptures.  The first scripture was Psalms 86:15 says “But You, O Lord, are a God full of compassion, and gracious, Longsuffering and abundant in mercy and truth”.  The second scripture was Matthew 9:36 which says “But when He (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd”.

I must admit after reading these two verses alone, I was convicted.  While yes, this person has hurt me, they’ve hurt my family and done us wrong but I’m guilty too because I’ve not been as compassionate as I should be.  Compassion is something that must be practiced.  It must be perfected.  Forgiveness and Compassion go hand in hand. 

I’ll be the first to admit, it’s one of the hardest things in the world to do!  To have compassion on folks who’ve done you wrong, to forgive those who’ve hurt you, who’ve hurt your children.  Jesus tell us in Luke Chapter 6 starting in verse 32 to love our enemies, do good to those that hate us and to do it and EXPECT NOTHING IN RETURN and our reward will be great and we will be sons and (daughters) of the Most High.  Jesus goes on to tell us that He is kind and merciful to the evil and unthankful.

I so long to be just like Jesus, period.  In pursuing this I know I must press on in forgiveness and loving those who wrong me, even those that I don’t think are so deserving of it.  Bottomline is, it doesn’t matter what Renae thinks, what matters is what God thinks and he thought enough of mankind to send a Shepherd to herd the sheep (us).  That shepherd could be described as having a heart full of compassion, forgiveness, mercy, those are just a few, a very few of the things that I can list when I begin to describe my Lord.  What word comes to mind when you think of Him?  I encourage you to praise Him for his compassion and mercy on you today.

Heavenly Father, you are my Shepherd.  Thank you for leading me out of a life of darkness and into a life thats filled with your love and compassion.  Thank you for your never ending mercy.  Forgive me for falling short in showing others this compassion and forgiveness.  In Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Published in: on November 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm  Comments (3)  

An Ode To Moms

I must start here by saying I’m 30 years old and I still have no idea what I want to be when I grow up.  There.  I said it.  Is that horrible?  I’m a blessed to be, stay at home mommy of three and wife to one and thats my career.  Too bad they don’t offer college degrees for that right?  Too bad folks don’t give full time moms the credit they deserve either.  Allow me to step up on my soap box for a moment. 😀 I’ve been called lucky, fortunate and blessed.  Along with being accused of  “sitting at home on my bum instead of out looking for a job”.  So sad that people don’t recognize this career of SAHM (<—-Stay At Home Mom) as a full time job.  We don’t just sit on our bums all day, at least I don’t!  We cook, we clean and when I say we clean, I don’t mean we just pick up after people!  I mean we scrub toilets, sinks, dishes, floors, tubs, walls, furniture, etc.  We do laundry, fold it, put it away and go through the process again and again, it’s never done!!!  We do homework, we bathe smelly children, we referee sibling arguments, kiss boo boos, tell bedtime stories sometimes more than twice, pray and worry and pray and worry some more over these little creatures we call our children, we cook some more, we clean some more, we do some more laundry, on and on…Do you see any time for just sitting around on our bums???  I don’t think so!!!  Pay?  I’m sorry did you say pay?  Ha!  There is no pay!

Now on to the mom who does all of the above AND has a full time or part time job.  I just heard a hush fall over all of you.  The hair just stood up on my arms.  You know why?  Because we should ALL salute her!  So many of the women are leaving their homes because of the economy and going to work full time.  They no longer have the luxury of staying at home with their children full time.  They take full and part time jobs.  Some of them second or third shift.  They sacrifice time with their children in order to provide for them.  I have one question for those moms, WHEN do you sleep?

I encourage all of you moms out there today to stay strong, keep the faith and know that you are not alone.  God sees every deed, He sees our struggles, He sees our joys and the reward that awaits us is Great.

Below are some quotes I found on Moms.  Enjoy!

“Being a full time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love.” -Mildred B. Vermont

“A suburban mothers role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever.” -Peter De Vries

“The phrase working mother is redundant.” -Jane Sellman

“If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? -Milton Berle

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” -Lisa Alther

“All mothers are working mothers.”- Author Unknown

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Published in: on October 22, 2009 at 7:18 am  Leave a Comment  

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.


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