Saturday, October 4, 2014

Safety!

The threat of ISIS, the growing dis-taste for Christians...it weighs on my heart that we need to 'toughen up' here in America.  God is not angry with us, but we are placing ourselves in danger if we do not seek to live His ways moment-by-moment.  He is calling us to come closer.  Here's some thoughts on that...what are your thoughts?

In American, Christianity remains a safe choice for most everyone.  It is not so in other areas of our world where refusing to reject Christianity costs your life.  In our safety, we assume we would stand in the face of persecution.  That is a deception the enemy would like us to hold onto.  Just as an athlete cannot be lax in preparation for an Olympic event, we cannot assume our faith will stand in the face of a major test unless we prepare.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:13
Read the rest of the article at:
http://www.thebottomline.co/faith-religion/living-in-safety/

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Prayers that Produce!


Here's a piece of the whole article, which you can read here if you prefer :)


http://www.thebottomline.co/faith-religion/prayers-that-produce/


This week Franklin Graham (www.SamaritansPurse.org) and other national and international organizations issued special calls to prayer on Pastor Saeed’s behalf.   In support of those requests and the multitude of needs in our world, an honest look at prayer weighs on my heart. Prayer is something we know we should do but like the father in scripture, sometimes we want to cry, “I believe, help me in my unbelief.” We know thousands prayed passionately for the ISIS captives recently murdered. We know millions have prayed, ‘thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven,’ yet we see evidence of God’s will not being done every day. Countering those dreary, seeming truths, we know Jesus promised, ‘Ask anything in my name and it will be done.’ In fact, His name is “Yes and Amen.” Our key, then, is to ask in His name and know that greater things are happening that what we see.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

I can't...

Ugh, it's been a week of realizing my limitations, and I confess again:  I don't like it.  I want to be accomplished and make folks happy, but it's not the job assignment I have...so, this is what God said to me as I choked back the tears of not being able to fix the things I want to...His greatness quiets my heart and brings me back to rejoicing :).

I Can’t

Sep 20, 2014 by 
I Can’t
We moms don’t like that statement.  We tell our children not to say it.  We remind them of Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  But we know in our hearts how hard that is to walk out, because there’s a truth motherhood teaches well: we can’t do all we long to do.  God began teaching me that my best is but filthy rags during that first pregnancy.  I did everything ‘right’ when I was pregnant—and ended up in the hospital with complications two months before the delivery date.  Now decades later, as my children are about to ‘fly from the nest,’ I have nearly a daily encounter with the same truth.  As much as I long to, I cannot fix every hurt.  I cannot smooth every trial.  Now, as then, my best is below His best.  The things I want seem good and right.  The things He wills are good and right.
Jesus lovingly told us “…you can do nothing without me.”  In fact, He even said He could nothing without the Father.  Why do we struggle so hard to accept the truth of needing Him?  We struggle because we have a will.  We struggle because trusting His choices is contrary to our nature.  He knows that and patiently instructs us every day!  Our best lies in the heart of our God.  We must seek the very heart of the Father in the face of disappointment and even heartache to arrive at the truth we tell our children.  Indeed, we CAN do all things through Christ but not when our trust lies in ourselves.  Praise Him, the Father allows life to mercifully strip us down to the shield of faith.  Faith in the plans and power of God provide us with the glorious righteousness of God!
As I mulled these concepts, my mind shot back to childhood swimming lessons.  Learning to float frustrated me.  I recall the instructor standing beside me asking, “How are you doing?”  As I floated, I said, “I can’t do it.”  Though she told me I was doing it, it felt like doing nothing—and I did NOT like that feeling.  Forty-five years later, I struggle to float in the arms of Jesus.  I want to do.  I want to feel like I am accomplishing something good.  Slowly I am learning that He works when I rest in Him.  He is always working, but I need to get out of His way.  That is what I will do.  Move aside, so the Creator can bring His purposes to the world around me…so His will will be done and His Kingdom will come!  Hallelujah!