We cannot control when bad things happen nor the decisions of others that affect our lives and disturb our routines, but we can control how we react to the inconveniences. We can be in constant prayer to respond to others and hard times with the same grace God extends to us. Further, constant prayer and …
My encouragement for today is to PRAY! There are so many needs for prayer in our families, communities, and among our friends. Pleasse take time to PRAY for someone today. “Prayer is the greatest act of love we can show another person.” Excerpt from: I Will Pray For You
In the book of James, he says WHEN we face travels, not IF we face trials. in other words, we will face trials. We all have endured trials. Some if us are enduring trials right now. And we will all have trials again. When we do face trials, James says we should count it all …
Sunshine. Friends. Games. Picnic. It was a perfect summer day for outside fun and a cookout! What a great idea! Everyone was invited. Except me. But that is nothing new. I was not a popular kid growing up and I haven’t been a popular grown up. Maybe I should say, I have never been a …
Our culture defines success according to visible results, applauding only those who are enjoying wealth, prestige and power. While there is nothing wrong with prosperity, the true success of any accomplishment is when it is led by God’s hand. Some of the most successful people have followed God’s plan for their lives. They may have …
Gossip is such an appealing sin. The enemy takes the problems, misfortunes and even losses of others and transforms them into tantalizing ‘need to know information’ and dangles it in front of our ears and minds. And if we are honest, most of us are guilty of gossip.
It is up to us how we respond to the sparkling information. Our best response is to heed God’s word and then pray for the person and situation. Not only is this the best response, it is also a wage against our enemy. Satan does not like prayer in Jesus’ name. The name of Jesus is power, lovely, beautiful, wonderful, and Satan’s most feared.
What happens if we do not heed the Holy Spirit?
Eventually, Satan has us thinking about this person’s situation, not with compassion, but with judgement. And through that judgement comes the desire to communicate our knowledge with others. Even when the information is shared to you from another, Satan is working. He is using you and your friend for evil.
But what about sharing our own problems with our friends?
That is not gossip. If I am talking about myself and no other person, it is my personal choice to share my personal information; it’s about me and up to me. However, it becomes gossip if the person I confided in shares my problem without my consent; know your friends. (Proverbs 16:28)
How can we stop gossiping?
- Pray! Ask God to take away your desire to gossip.
- Know the ways and walk of your closest friends.
- Never repeat the problems of others. They trusted you; honor their trust.
- Do not engage in gossip instigated by others. Exit the conversation or change the subject.
- Do not add a person to a community prayer list without consent. And with consent, just add the name, not the problem.
- Focus on your own walk with God, your family, and your home; you will not have time for petty gossip. (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12)
Pray about it, don’t talk about it!
Ridicule. Slander. Harassment. Contempt. Mockery.
These are just a few of the deep cuts a servant’s heart can experience while serving God and others.
Not everyone is going to celebrate what we are called by God to do for the expansion of His kingdom. And that is okay. Our suffering is nothing compared to how Jesus suffered for us. When we are fully surrendered to God, we can suddenly see new dreams and ambitions born within our hearts by Him. And we can accomplish those dreams through Him.
As a Christ follower, it is my heart’s deepest desire to serve Him and others as He leads me. When we ask God to show us how to serve Him, the ways and places He reveals are amazing. In the different seasons of my life, God has led me to serve in very different roles: children’s ministries, teaching, choir, serving seniors, etc. None of which I was pre-qualified to do! Now I serve full-time in my home as a stay-at-home Nana and wife, and my outreach service is sharing Jesus with others through writing and speaking.
Where ever God has called you and I to serve, He has a specific responsibility for each of us. He never promised it would be easy. There will be naysayers, imitators, and the ones who will try to discredit us and our purpose. But, He did promise He would equip us with what we need to get the job done and He would be with us every step of the way.
We must remember it is not about us; it is about HIM. We must trust Him. And, we must be bold in love toward others, and in our service for Him; asking the Holy Spirit to guide us each moment of the day so that all we do, honors and glorifies God.
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God,who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began” – 2 Timothy 1:7-9
Everywhere we go, there seems to be a time of waiting: car line at school, at the bank, at the grocery store, doctor’s office, etc. For me, waiting during some of those times can be very hard (especially a doctor’s office). I tend to think about all the other things I could be doing or other errands I could be on. As a result, I become irritated and impatient which will no doubt affect my overall experience.
I have prayed about this and I have asked God into all the details of my life. So now when I consider my day’s schedule, I realize I will probably have to wait at certain times. What better time to talk to God? Pray through the wait! If we wait with joy and patience, when it’s finally our turn, the experience will be much better.
“The Lord is good to those who wait for him to the soul who seeks him.” – Lamentations 3:2
But what about when we’re waiting for God? Maybe you’ve been praying about something and you’re still waiting for God to answer that prayer. I’ve been in that season of waiting, also. And it’s hard. But God’s timing is not of our timing, just as his answers are not of our thinking. It may take 6 months, or it may take years, for God to answer a prayer. Just like waiting in line at the bank, we must be patient with God and we must continue doing His work. Ultimately, as He promised, we will inherit the blessings.
“Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land” Psalm 37:34
GOOD MORNING! SMILE! God loves YOU! And that IS something to smile about! He gave YOU this beautiful Monday! God sent His son, Jesus to save YOU from sin and death! Yes, indeed, God loves YOU! Through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, a spiritual re-birth and eternal life can be ours. But we …
The local Bible study I am leading is studying the book of James this summer. As I have mentioned before, the book of James is a straight-forward, simple guide to Christian living. A great introduction for new believers and an excellent book to review and discuss with fellow believers. Try it sometime! In chapter 2, …