Friday, August 1, 2014

Are You Enjoying the Silence?

After the fire came a gentle whisper. 1 Kings 19:12

Silence is golden. My house is so loud - yes, I do have two boys (and one larger one - my husband) and it tends to get rather loud here.  When the kids go to school and my husband leaves for work - it's total silence. And then they come home in the afternoon and it's loud again. Day after day the sounds oscillates between silence and the loudness. I'm sure someone can relate to that.

During those loud times, I can feel myself stressed and often not able to think clearly. Those are not the times to do some real prayers - not the time to do soul searching. When they leave in the morning, it's when I can quiet my mind and focus on God and his message. He knows life is like this and that I can't be down on my knees 24/7. But I treasure these moments during the day that are peaceful.

Those moments are when I begin to notice him and what he is doing. It's when I find myself spiritually moved because I feel connected with him.  So when left with a time that you are by yourself, don't feel that you have to turn on the TV or radio to get background noise. use that time to connect with God. Enjoy the Silence.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit - say what??

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 2 Corinthians 13:14


Fellowship of the Spirit means more than just having a relationship that's friendly.  Let's look at this verse --- Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. (Philippians 2:1–2)

Since we all share the Holy Spirit, Paul is ending the letter asking the believers to have that fellowship be in all; We as believers all share that Holy Spirit and so we ought to be filled with it's love as well.  Love and fellowship of the Spirit work together.

How can we apply this to our lives today, ask God to love others just as God loves us. We don't deserve his love and mercy yet he extends it to us freely.



Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You Are Everywhere You Go ~ Joyce Meyer


You Are Everywhere You Go!

by Joyce Meyer - posted July 16, 2013

For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness]. —2 Corinthians 5:21
What if everywhere you went, you ran into someone you didn't like? Wouldn't that be terrible? Oh no, you'd think, her again. You attend a party, and you have to endure her conversation and views. You go to church, and she's sitting right beside you. What a bummer to have to spend so much time with this person, you think. Then it gets worse. There she is at the dinner table with you! She's lounging by the pool; she's even in your bed! She's everywhere! That sounds pretty awful, but it is the exact situation you find yourself in if you don't like yourself, because you are everywhere you go. You can't get away from yourself, even for a second, so you are in for a sad life if you dread your own company. That much is pretty obvious.
But believe it or not, even though we can all agree that it makes no sense to live your life this way, I find that most people don't like themselves. They may not even realize it, but some genuine soul-searching reveals the sad fact that they have rejected themselves and in some cases even hate themselves. I've come across a lot of people over the years, through my ministry and in day-to-day life, and I'm amazed at how few are truly at peace with themselves. Instead, they have declared war on themselves.
God wants you to love yourself, not in some wrong selfish or prideful way, but in a healthy way that truly understands how special you are to Him. As you begin to see yourself as God sees you, then not only will you love yourself, but you will have the confidence and faith to be a powerful force for good in the world.


From the book New Day New You by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2011 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Musical Monday ~ Jonah33 Faith Like That



"Faith Like That" by Jonah 33
I have read about the days of old
About the men who followed You
And how they saw the supernatural
And became the chosen few

So I come before You now
Tearing off my earthly crowns
For this one thing I have found

[CHORUS:]
I want a faith like that
To see the dead rise or to see You pass by, oh, I
I want a faith like that
Whatever the cost, I'll suffer the loss, oh, I
I want a faith like that

I'm not looking for a miracle
Signs and wonders or things thereof

I caught a glimpse of what You want for me
And what I have is not enough

I read the story one more time
Of those who gave to You their lives
With no fear or compromise

[CHORUS]

I want a faith that can move any mountain
And send them to the seas
I want a faith that can break every stronghold
That keeps You, that keeps from me

And I want a faith like that
To see the dead rise or to see You pass by, oh, I

[CHORUS]

I want a faith like that
A faith like that



Monday, July 28, 2014

The Wisdom of Crowds - Our Daily Bread

The Wisdom Of Crowds

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I am Second - Michelle Aguilar ~ Eating Became More than a Necessity


Michelle Aguilar - from IamSecond.com

I remember just telling God, what do you want me to do? Because I can't do this anymore.

The Story

It was Michelle Aguilar`s smile that made life seem all right. However behind that smile were tears; tears of confusion and pain, born from a broken family. Her comfort was in food. Eating became more than a necessity, driven by her pain.
Sometimes it takes the discomfort of facing your past or even staring the problem in its face to find resolve. A chance to appear on the Biggest Loser was the start. When she finally gave up control He was able to take control, heal the pain and mend the broken parts of her life.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

To Be Young and Enjoy It

Ecclesiastes 11:9

New International Version (NIV)
You who are young, be happy while you are young,
    and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
    and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
    God will bring you into judgment.

I love this verse. I love that it tells us to enjoy life. I love that it tells us to follow our heart. But I worry that we misunderstand this scripture and ignore the last part - that God will bring you into judgement. 

In no way is this meant to be a scare tactic but rather a warning to remind us that our actions have consequences. If you live in the world of addiction and are working on staying sober, chances are that you are already at the point where you see how your past actions caused negative consequences to you and others in your life. 

I tell my kids often to just be kids. Don't worry about wanting the latest gadgets or needing to have the trendy clothes. Those gadgets will break or become outdated and clothes will come and go fashion-wise. What's more important is what you do with your time.  I tell them life is so short and the time you have with no responsibilities is short as well - go outside and just run around, play a game of pick-up softball, just have fun. But I do warn them to be nice to each other because how they treat people also has consequences.

Many youth of today don't like the "faith" because they say there are too many rules.  But I wonder what type of lives they really live. I personally feel that my faith actually frees me from the burdens and consequences of life as long as I strive to be like Jesus I clearly understand what is honoring to him - and so my playground is really easy to understand.

Regardless, go outside today and take a breath of fresh air. And enjoy "life"!