Friday, March 6, 2015

Refreshment For The Soul

Refreshment For The Soul

Are you tired, discouraged, doubtful, and weary?

You know, dear one, God has it all in the palm of his hand, and Jesus has already won the war.

Rest in Him. Go to his word for your daily bread and he will not only sustain you, but also refresh you!

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  

Isaiah 40:30-31

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Intentional Ways

 Intentional Ways

by Kim Hawkins

We have many continual decisions every day that lead us to either life or death. It’s poor choices that can put us on a gradual decline to a place we never intended to be.

It’s being intentional that pays huge dividends. I refer to it as what am I “dipping my hand into?”

When I decided to begin eating healthy, I quickly realized how often my hand would habitually reach for the foods I now choose to avoid.  My hand was like it was on autopilot; it was diving for bags of candy, boxes of snack crackers, empty calories that are a harm to my health before I could think.

I realized this autopilot behavior was controlling many areas of my life. For example, negative reactions to my children and husband, fear over faith, controlling my own life instead of being spirit-led, and also being overcome by negative thoughts instead of dismissing them and whole heartedly trusting God.

There’s two “bowls” or “containers” so to speak.

 Death Bowl
 It is no good, causing stress, high blood pressure, overeating, guilt, addiction, numbing oneself, that all lead to hurtful and negative consequences.

Life Bowl
 Is the best choice. It may not taste the best at first, but it isn’t quickly followed by guilt, regret or shame. It always leads to life, health, joy, and positive results.

With any plan of action, whether it is a workout and eating plan, to further your education, marriage counseling, tutoring or music lessons for your child, we must do the necessary research and/or make a solid plan for our best results.

When I start a commitment of any type, I like to know my starting point by writing down where I am and where I want to be with my goals. As I move forward, I track my progress, which is very motivating to see the changes on paper. This also keeps me accountable.

Several areas of your life may need the autopilot removed from the drivers seat. Just take a plan of action, ask the Lord for his guidance and wisdom, and start today by being intentional with a great purpose.

“….stand and see this great thing which the Lord will do before you.” 1 Samuel 12:16

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Praying God's Word

March Praying God's Word - John 16:33
Carri Pratt

Heavenly Father God,
We praise You as we confidently acknowledge that You are ultimately in control of what this world is currently facing. We understand that some are called to die for You, but that we are all called to live for You! 

We pray for our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, who at this very moment are in harms way because of their faith. Father God, we ask that You provide for their needs, empower them with Your Holy Spirit, and encourage their souls.

We pray for personal boldness and encouragement as our time for persecution arrives. May we also stand strong and united as the body of Christ and the worldwide Christian church.

We pray for peace that passes all understanding and a joyful heart that gladly provides for the needs of others and shares the Good News with a lost world.

In Jesus Name, the Name above all Names, we pray,

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Little Things

The Little Things

“Some women forget that God is honored by the little things we do, and there are many little things to be done on the way to the pursuit of life.” –Dorothy Kelley Patterson

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord and not to men.” Colossians 3:23

Monday, February 23, 2015

One Year Bible

One Year Bible
By Kim Hawkins

Last weeks reading was especially tough in the Old Testament. The descriptions of the animal sacrifices are very hard to read. This is really difficult for me to imagine because I’ve never been around hunting, not in my family growing up or with my husband, and we are all animal lovers. 

I found myself literally cringing as a read the detailed accounts of their sin offerings. I wanted to stop or speed through this part of the readings. While thinking how does this apply to me, something very important struck me....

That we are currently in the season of Lent. This is the most important season for a believer; the days leading up to the cross, and the ultimate shedding of blood-our very own sin sacrifice.

After the crucifixion of Christ there were no animal sacrifices required ever again. Christ’s death was slow, painful, bloody, awful, but necessary for our salvation. We cannot rejoice in the sheer beauty of Jesus dying for our sin without first knowing the awful, bloody truth.

All of that was for me. He took all my sin and shame shedding his blood to cover me making me white as snow. The spotless lamb was sacrificed in exchange for my life and yours.

“Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.” Hebrews 9:27

Friday, February 20, 2015

Life In Christ

Life In Christ

I forgive
because I have been forgiven of much.

I love
because I have been loved much.

“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 2:5

(Lent season: The journey to the cross)