It never ceases to amaze me how something so small can cause so much trouble. An eyelash is a very small part of the body, but when it does not stay where it is supposed to it can wreak havoc. This morning while worshiping and singing at church I had an eyelash decide to move from where it is suppose to be and take a swim in my eyeball. I started rubbing and touching my eye. It was really bothering me and it was all I could think about. I did not want to walk out during worship and disrupt the awesome service so I was waiting until our friendship time to make my escape to the bathroom. I went and took care of it and made sure that part of the body was not disturbing the eye anymore. Do you know where I am going with this? Every part of the body of Christ has a certain purpose in God’s plan. Be careful you don’t stop doing what you are supposed to be doing because you think you could do someone else’s job better. Don’t just do something because no one else is doing it. Ask God if he wants you to be a part of that ministry. If you are always stepping up and trying to do everything, it does not give some one else a chance to step up who was supposed to be doing that job. It can also wear you out spiritually and physically. I have experienced this first hand so I am keeping it real as always.
I was thinking about how I am definitely a list person. I make lists for everything! I seem to get more done this way. If you are a lister you know what I mean. I love the feeling of being able to mark through the task once it is completed! I was thinking about my Life “to do” list and what it really is. I came up with a general list of what I want “to do” the rest of my life. I am going to start using it as a guide for my everyday life. I will evaluate what I am doing on a daily basis an make sure it is covered in the list.
Father God, I come to you and ask that you help me to complete the tasks on my “to do” list. If anything that I am involved in is not helping me get the list done, please show me so I can change it and realize it is not important. I ask it in Jesus name, amen.
Have you ever said something bad about someone and did not even realize it? I did this very recently! I used someone as an example and did not shed a good light on them. Yes i sinned! It was wrong! We should not talk bad about other people or make them look bad. Thank God I have amazing Christian women around me who love me enough to correct me. I had to ask forgiveness and ask God to help me keep my big mouth under control! We all make mistakes, but it is no reason to quit. Surround yourself with true friends who will be honest and give you wise counsel. A true friend will love you enough to tell you when you have offended someone or done wrong. Keeping it real as always! God bless ya’ll and keep it real!
This morning I was having a conversation with a friend and something she said really disturbed me. She is a hardworking and independent woman. She shared with me that she has not had fuel for her tank and has been without natural gas since December! She takes showers with cold water and is only using her toaster oven to cook. I told her she could have asked the church for help. There is a fund for that. Sometimes we have to ask for help. We as a church body should be involved with one another and know that we can ask for help.
Good morning everyone! It is raining out and it seems like it has been for months. But it is time to get up no matter what and go to church. Maybe you just aren’t feeling it. You are thinking that you would just like to stay at home in your jammies and watch church on TV. Here is the real stuff coming! If you are part of a local body of believers you have a responsibility to whoever comes to your church. You might be the one God wants to use today to change someone’s life! Your small gestures can go a long way. It might just be your presence that is encouraging to someone. Get up and be committed to the place where God has placed you!
Well it has been a while since I have blogged. I did not realize it until yesterday. I have had life going on just like all of you. Sometimes we get so busy and time passes by before we know it. You know how life can seem to be going smoothly and all of a sudden out of nowhere something happens. I could call it bad, but it is all in how we perceive things that happen. A few weeks ago one of those events happened to me. I had been planning my husband’s 50th surprise birthday party when I get an unexpected phone call two days before the party. My stepmom is crying and can barely talk. She told me my dad had died unexpectedly. I was shocked! I started crying and weeping very loudly. My husband came to the room I was in and I handed him the phone. My wonderful and supportive husband consoled me and started making phone calls for me. He had to call everyone to let them know of my dad’s passing. He also had to call and cancel his surprise birthday party. That is the funny part.
For a few days I cried and I laughed. I started thinking about all the memories and things my dad taught me. His service was going to be in GA. I live 1000 miles from there so I would have to travel by plane to get there. I had some great experiences on the way there and back. My dad was a believer in Jesus. Once it sunk in that he had finally reached that place we are all striving for, a deep peace came over me. He does not have to suffer through this world anymore!
Jesus said I will go away, but The Comforter is coming. I have to say The Holy Spirit has been my strength and peace during this time. Am I a super christian? No!!!! I serve an awesome God who is my strength!!! I have seen many great things happen through my dad’s death. I miss him but will see him again one day!
I was having a conversation with another sister in Christ earlier and she commented on my ability of not being afraid to talk to people. It made me think about who I used to be, and where God has brought me. I used to be so self conscious and afraid to talk to people. But God can truly do anything if we allow Him to! He has changed me so much! My physical appearance has not changed, but my mind has been transformed. If you are a child of God then you are a child of The King. People love royalty. There is something special and exciting when royalty is in the room! People want to know about there lives. If you are a child of God you are a prince or a princess! Let God be so big in your life that others see that you are special! Not anything you have done, but because of what God has done! The old you is dead and buried! You have been given a new life!
Recently I had a sore on my lip and I could not leave it alone. I would put lip balm and coconut oil on it and then a few minutes later I would start touching it. Have you ever had a sore or maybe even a pimple that just would not heal?
Sometimes we get hurt from something someone does or says to us. We ask God to help us when this happens. But instead of accepting his healing touch and getting on with our lives, we keep thinking about the hurt. We keep dwelling on what was done to us. We walk around making sure we avoid that person so we do not get hurt again. We put so much value in what they did and stay focused on them, that we take our eyes off of God and what He did. He has given us freedom from allowing the enemy to distract us! We need to realize just as that person that hurt us is not perfect, neither are we. Keep you eyes on Jesus or that hurt will never heal.
I have recently realized I do not have to be responsible for everything and everyone. I use to feel like i had to always be available to everyone at anytime. My reasoning was, isn’t that what Jesus would do? But then I started realizing no it is not! He got away from the crowds and took a break. If there are things that you can have other people do, let them do it. Ask someone to help. Maybe they are too shy to ask if they can help, but they would love to, In Exodus 18 Moses was busy all day instructing the people and settling disputes. His father in law encouraged him to let others help.
Exodus 18:13 The next day Moses took his seat to serve as judge for the people, and they stood around him from morning till evening. 14 When his father-in-law saw all that Moses was doing for the people, he said, “What is this you are doing for the people? Why do you alone sit as judge, while all these people stand around you from morning till evening?”
15 Moses answered him, “Because the people come to me to seek God’s will. 16 Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.”
17 Moses’ father-in-law replied, “What you are doing is not good. 18 You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.19 Listen now to me and I will give you some advice, and may God be with you. You must be the people’s representative before God and bring their disputes to him. 20 Teach them his decrees and instructions, and show them the way they are to live and how they are to behave. 21 But select capable men from all the people—men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain—and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22 Have them serve as judges for the people at all times, but have them bring every difficult case to you; the simple cases they can decide themselves. That will make your load lighter, because they will share it with you. 23 If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain, and all these people will go home satisfied.”
I encourage you to value your time and others will too. There may be things you are supposed to be doing for yourself or your family that are going to make a huge impact, but won’t happen if you do not have the time.
I was thinking about every profession in life and the training that goes along with it. Sometimes we get excited about the new position we have and we want to get started right away. What would happen if they let a student have a scalpel on their first day of medical school? What if the police academy sent first day students out to a big drug bust? Obviously both of these scenarios would have a bad ending. Anyone who has ever been in the military has to go through boot camp. You don’t start out as a General. People in the corporate world have to learn the business to get promoted. No one gets to be CEO unless they have previous training. Well known men and women who you see preaching and teaching to thousands did not get there overnight. There is studying and training in everything you want to excel in. You need to start hanging out and learning from someone who has more experience than you. You may have to do some work that seems boring or is not what you want to do. There is more to becoming a great leader than having the knowledge for whatever profession you are in. You need practical training from someone who is an expert. Be willing to learn from someone else. Be open to constructive criticism. Becoming a great leader is learning to be an example. Others will follow someone who will lead by example. Don’t be to good or too smart to do something you ask someone else to do.