Friday, September 22, 2017

Fork In The Road

Fork In The Road

"Choose whom you will serve." Joshua 24:14-15

There are so many decisions in each day that show who were are and who we are serving. Our reactions are indicators of the condition of our heart. 

When interruptions or mishaps happen in your day, how do you respond? For instance:

Spilled milk 
Child or dog throws up
Getting cut off in traffic
Long lines at store
Hubby's socks on floor
Flat tire
Lost luggage
Drive-thru order is wrong

Okay, You get the idea here. 
Life is messy. People are rude and make mistakes, or just don't care. With all that aside, what do your reactions say about your heart? Maybe all these things are opportunities for growth and/or tests to reveal what's inside you that needs pruning.

The Spirit that dwells inside of you has a list of Fruit that makes it evident that you are walking in the Spirit.

The more you start catching yourself "throwing rotten fruit" the easier it gets to use His self-control, peace, gentleness, kindness....

Wisdom calls for people to expect and and prepare for evil attacks.

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control." 
Galatians 5:22

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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Opposite of What You Think

The Opposite of What You Think 

God's way is opposite of your flesh and/or what the world tells you.

The world says to guard yourself, keep safe distance.
God says to be vulnerable and transparent.

The world says to defend yourself.
God says, I'll be your defender.

The world says to hide your sin and pain.
God says to confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

The world says hold onto grudges and past hurts.
God says to forgive and hold no record of wrongs.

" were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors." 1 Peter 1:18

"Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Ephesians 4:23-24

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Respond Not React

Respond Not React

“Feelings should be indicators, not dictators.”  ~Lysa TerKeurst

Responding in complete faith, unconditional love, and sincere patience will be the only way we don’t put a wedge between our loved ones and us.

If you don’t have anything good to say, then you're not being led by the spirit.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

“Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace 
and to mutual edification.” Romans 14:19

(Recommended reading: UNGLUED by Lysa TerKeurst)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Yearn For Greatness

Yearn for Greatness

If you want this to be your year: 
Don't sit on the couch and wait for it. Instead...

Go out
 Make a change
Smile more
Be excited
Do new things
Throw away clutter
Unfollow negative people 
Go to bed early
Wake up early
Don't gossip
Show more gratitude
Do things that challenge you
Open your heart 
Be brave

Position yourself for change.
Your thoughts have to change before your situation changes. 
Why are you crying when you could be celebrating?

"No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37

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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Power of a Focal Point

The Power of a Focal Point

To have a plan in place can help you when you need to make a change, but focusing on that goal will keep you moving in the right direction. 

Having a focal point will keep you engaged on the end result making your goal much more achievable.  As you focus on your goal, it will prevent you from being distracted by bumps, turns, set backs, and even pain.

In exercise, when you focus on the muscle you are working, it works it much better.

In childbirth, having a focal point lessens brain activity on the pain. Visualizing something else like sitting on a beach with your feet in the sand, a cool breeze on your face actually tricks your brain into removing you from the pain.  

In marriage, focus on kindness and unconditional love and reap the fruitful rewards.

Make yourself a vision board, write out your plan and date it, and keep your eyes on the prize. 

Lastly, keep your thoughts and especially the words coming out of your mouth moving you towards your goal, not speaking against it.

Aim NOT to be aimless.

"So run to win." 1 Corinthians 9:24

"Therefor I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air." 1 Corinthians 9:26

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Women Gone Wise - Week 12 Love One Another Family

Women Gone Wise - Week 12 Love One Another Family
Amy Gentry
What does a major holiday (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.) look like with your extended family and/or with your in-laws?

Conversation Starter:

Deuteronomy 5:16 tells us to honor our parents so that we may live long and so things will go well with us. No age limit is specified, which leads us to believe that as long as our parents are alive, we should honor them. Of course, once a child reaches adulthood, he is no longer obligated to obey them (“Children, obey your parents...”), but there is no age limit to honoring them.”

Conversation Starter:

Don’t get on the crazy train, when you see crazy coming – cross the street.

Jesus Set Boundaries -- Jesus Said No to Inappropriate Behavior
Demands. He withdrew from the crowds who wanted him, for one-on-one time with the Father (Luke 5:15-16).
Abuse. He fought his way through the crowd that was trying to throw him off a cliff for claiming to be the Messiah (Luke 4:28-30).
Entitlement. He didn’t give in to his mother and brothers who tried to use their relationship with him to pull him away from the crowd he was ministering to (Matthew 12:46-50).
Baiting Questions. When the religious leaders asked him baiting questions to make him look foolish he answered with incisive questions of his own (Matthew 21:23-27, 22:15-22).
Cynicism. He said no to Herod’s mocking demand, “Show us a sign that you are the Son of God.” (Luke 23:8-9).
Manipulation. He said no to Peter and the disciples who had an inappropriate agenda for Jesus to a political king or military warrior rather than a sacrificial lamb. (Matthew 16:23).
Pride. He didn’t heal those who were too proud to trust Him (Matthew 13:58).


I have a sister who is in a lesbian marriage. After I found out, I spoke to her several times about my feelings concerning her life style. She knows how I feel.  But sitting at her wedding as the facilitator said, “Speak now of forever hold your peace.” I knew I had spoken, I can now hold my peace.  I can let go and let God work on her spirit, let God convict her, let God orchestrate her repentance. I can just be her sister.   

Challenge:  Offer grace, mercy and forgiveness to everyone, everyone.   

Prayer: Father, We love and trust you! You are holy and your name is above all names. You are the King of Kings, Lord or Lords. Lead us in the way everlasting and help us to love others with your love and hold to the last commandment that Jesus left for us, to love one another.
Lord, We know that we all fail you, but that your love covers a multitude of sins. Those of us who are in Christ, wear His righteousness. Thank you, Jesus!
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