The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.Even though I walk through the darkest valley,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a dreamer. I love to dream about the possibilities if……………….. We each dream about the future for different reasons. I think for me, I dream because I feel my past was so heavily consumed with the evils of life that I didn’t have the knowledge of the good He was doing. But what if my dreams are coming true right here/right now and I’m missing them because I am dreaming about what ever I have conjured up in my head for the future. Whatever I think will heavily consume my past. And I’m not watching for how God is blessing me today. So for me, I’m not going to STOP dreaming of the possibilities if……………… but the possibilities are going to be filled with the expected dreams of what God is doing right here/right now. I can now see that even in the evils of my past, God was walking through them with me, marking out my path and watching me grow stronger in Him.
My dreams can never out shine the dreams that God has for me.
Lord Jesus, You are my dream come true today! Amen!
“Now take the other ram, and have Aaron and his sons lay their hands on its head.Then slaughter it, and apply some of its blood to the right earlobes of Aaron and his sons. Also put it on the thumbs of their right hands and the big toes of their right feet. Splatter the rest of the blood against all sides of the altar.Then take some of the blood from the altar and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his sons and on their garments. In this way, they and their garments will be set apart as holy.
I found out tonight! He showed me that I’m listening to him but he wants me to listen a bit closer, stretch a bit further and move a bit beyond. Opening myself up to NEW. Opening myself up to UNCOMFORTABLE. Opening myself up to feelings of UNQUALIFIED. Just to remind me that I’M HIS, I’M WORTHY and I’M CAPABLE. He will never push me to move into an area without going on the ride with me.
In the first step tonight I learned……
It’s okay to remember
There is satisfaction to be found
Even in the ugly
God is close
Change and freedom is mine
God is Close
Who am I
Singing and Surprises
Some joy Some hard
Write to show who you are
Write because Jesus made right, all the wrongs
With his hands on me
My past was killed
And I was made right in his eyes
His blood was sprinkled on my soul
My hollowed was filled.
Thank you Lord for Stretching me. I pray that others will feel your tugs and move where you lead. Amen!
Do I live my day for “arriving safely” or “skidding broadside”?
1 Samuel 16:7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
Ecclesiastes 2:24There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,
Proverbs 17:22 A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
1 Timothy 6:17As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
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I can live my day making sure my nails are perfect and my makeup unsmudged or I can enjoy the dirt with my grand babies and work up a bit of a sweat. I can sit all pretty in a chair watching others serve or I can be the one serving.
Lord, I thank You for allowing me experience life that has taught me the value of hard work and willingness/need to serve others. Amen!
Do we really have to die to self to be renewed in Him?
I’m a big perennial flower lover. Buy them once, plant them once and enjoy the fruits of your labor a lift time. Sometimes they have to be pruned back, cutting off the dead limbs and trimming the leaves that are weathered and worn from the harsh surroundings. But they always come back doubled in size and more beautiful than ever. They literally died all the way back and God brought them alive again so they could please those around them with their beauty.
For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.—Matthew 16:25, NASB
Have you ever thought of your self as a perennial. God molded and shaped us once, placed us in our mother’s womb so that once we were born He could enjoy the fruits of His labor for eternity. But do we always act in ways that brings happiness to our Lord? Are we working so hard to prove ourselves beautiful in the sight of those on earth that we forget about dying to self for our Lord?
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
So I will consider this the next time I’m trying to prove my point, pave my way, carve out my spot in the lime light and have my say. I must die to self to be renewed and become a more beautiful me.
Lord,I am grateful for your love for me. I pray that I will let you be my guide. Amen!
Making Great Relationships………..What does that look like to you? And how does God want it to look like in our lives?
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Love is patient and kind.Love is not jealous or boastful or proudor rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
It takes desire, intentionality, love and time. We choose how each of those things play out in our lives.
Lord, You are the greatest example of what relationship is. Help me learn. Help me be that someone. That someone that has that desire to have relationships. That someone that is intentional with my actions to create opportunities. That someone who loves through the hard as well as the joy. That someone that gives freely of her time to MAKE GREAT RELATIONSHIPS. I pray that Your love can flow through me. Amen!
Hebrews 11Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.2 For by it the people of old received their commendation.3 By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
I’m putting the questions back in your court today. I found this article and thought it was interesting because it actually doesn’t tell me how to think, it puts that responsibility back on me. I know these questions may be uncomfortable for some Christians to even contemplate but it’s a necessary process so that we can have a strong and true relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ and reap all the promises that He so wants to give us.
Footnote: I am not endorsing this writer in general. I have not read any of his other writings.
13 Questions All Christians Eventually Ask Themselves
During the Christian spiritual journey, followers of Christ are forced to eventually face some basic faith-related questions. Here are a few of the most common ones:
1) What is salvation? What does salvation really mean? When does it happen and is it permanent? Do you choose your own salvation or is it predestined? Is everyone saved or just a select few?
The idea of salvation is extremely complex, and our concept of it directly influences how we live, evangelize, and interact with the people around us.
2) Do I own my faith?Is your faith the result of a cultural or family tradition — something you were raised with — or because you know it makes your girlfriend happy, or because your seminary scholarship depends on it, or because you live in a religious society where it’s advantageous to be a “Christian?”Deep down, what do you really believe? Is following Jesus your decision, or are you vicariously living out Christianity because of an allegiance to someone — or something — else?
3) Can I trust the Bible?
This question fleshes out the simplistic “The Bible is from God” answer. How was scripture written, formed, edited, discovered, critiqued, and inspired?
Almost all Christian beliefs and traditions come from the Bible — but where did that come from?
4) How do biblical texts apply to modern society?The cultural traditions of the Bible are radically different than today’s social norms, so how do you use scripture to address current issues such as gender roles, gay marriage, abortion, immigration reform, and gun control?
5) Who is God? We use the generic term ‘God’ all the time, but have we stopped to ask ourselves who we believe God really is? What are God’s powers, characteristics, and attributes? How do you define the Holy Spirit? A million different people have a million different definitions of God — what’s yours?
6) Why does God allow bad things to happen? Many Christians feel secure in their faith until something bad happens; then this question becomes painfully relevant. Why do cancer, famine, war, and murder occur? Eventually, all believers must tackle the paradox of how an all-powerful and all-loving God allows extraordinary amounts of pain, hurt, and evil to exist.
7) Why is God so morbidly violent in the Old Testament?Christians are great at promoting the loving Jesus of the New Testament, but very few can convincingly explain the horrific portrayal of God in the Old Testament — how do you explain it?
8) How does free will affect my faith?Believers eventually encounter the age-old question that continues to be debated today: Do I choose God or does God choose me? The discussion of free will usually devolves into a Calvinism vs. Arminianism vs. Open Theism discussion — all of which talk about how faith relates to choice, intellect, and controlling our destiny. This question strikes at the heart of how our actions, communication, and relationship with God is structured.
9) How can you believe in something that can’t be scientifically proven?How do you explain a God that isn’t quantifiable or palpable? As the secular world often mocks people of faith, Christians must deal with some frustrating questions: Why doesn’t God obviously manifest God’s self? If God is real why doesn’t God audibly or visibly reveal God’s self to us? Why does the God in the Bible seem so completely different than today’s God?Miracles and supernatural events seemingly don’t happen as often today. Where are the miracles, signs and wonders? Why doesn’t God physically appear to us and tell us what to do?Behind these questions lies this deeper inquiry: If God loves everyone and wants everyone to believe in God, why doesn’t God simply physically manifest God’s self to the entire world?
10) What makes Christianity different than any other religion?A virgin birth, morals, ethics, rules, laws, and miracles … other religions have had similar things. So what’s so unique about Christianity? Many faiths have questions that look extremely similar to the ones listed here — why should you trust Christianity over any other religion?
11) How has my faith been influenced? How has your upbringing, life experiences, culture, and environment molded your faith? Whether we want to admit it, everything we believe has been filtered through these life variables. How have they affected your faith and theology?
12) Am I using my faith to serve another agenda?Has your faith become something it wasn’t originally meant to be? Is it being used as a tool to serve other agendas? Are you using Christianity to impress someone, increase your social status, promote a political party, get money, buttress a moral belief, or fill intellectual, emotional, and relational voids?The Christian faith can quickly morph into something it was never originally intended to become — take time to cleanse your spirituality from the things that hijack it.
13) What is the point of following Christ? What is your purpose and motivation for following Christ? Sure, it’s full of good morals, standards, and ethics, but why do you do it? It’s amazing how many times we’ve floated through our faith without asking ourselves this most basic question.
Overall, we’re continually faced with questions that challenge our belief systems. This isn’t a bad thing, and much of Jesus’s ministry revolved around asking questions. In the end, thoughtfully examining our faith promotes a spirituality that is healthy, honest, genuine, and mature.
I have questioned and You have answered me Lord. I Trust You with all my heart. Amen!
I’ve heard it said , “You can never reconcile what you do not recognize”. That make perfectly good sense. How am I going to reconcile a relationship with someone if I don’t recognize that there is an issue? Whether the issue is with me or with them. I must recognize the problem before I can even consider reconciling with them. And then there is the part that the other person must join in that recognition process. We all have a PART to play.
P – Permission to pursue
A- Accountability, Authenticity and Action
R- Remembering the gifts
T- Truth to Power, Transform each other and Trust
Now it’s time to reconcile. But remember, to reconcile means to forgive and reunite with that person. If doing that, puts you in harms way,God does not want that for you.
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of a robber?” Luke 10:36
Do I walk through life, through my community, believing that I’m at a status of life that I’m not responsible to the needy? Do I walk through life, the streets of my community, acting as if I’m a traveler, having places to go and important stuff to do and too busy to help the needy? Or do I love regardless of who is in need?
Luke 10:25-37 Get the whole story!
“To follow Jesus is the most difficult work that you will ever do in this life” by James Bush
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
Encourage us to consider this question and ponder what we could change in our lives to get a different description.
Encourage us to tell the people you care about what they mean to you NOW and not wait until their gone.
Encourage us to think more of others than we do ourselves and be willing to serve.
Encourage us to be honest with our self and with others
Love as God loves
Thank you Lord for being my example of Love. Thank you for always coming through for me even when it’s not in the timing that I want and sometimes not in the way I expect. Help me walk in your ways and love more.