Thursday, January 31, 2008
On a happier note, I will be preparing my post for the She Speaks contest today. The winner will get a scholarship to the conference. I will need to explain why I want to go. I am already excited about the conference because of the amazing things that happened last year when I went. A girl needs some refreshment every now and then and I sure got it. Please be praying for Lysa and her team of readers as they decide who God wants to get the scholarship.
One more thing - I read today in Matthew 20:26-28 about how anyone that wishes to be great must be a servant. Jesus was a servant to all and if we want to follow His example, we must be a servant to all. I want to challenge you today to have a servant's heart and attitude.
Have a great day being obedient to God
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Then I received a email from my friend in Arizona that I met last year at She Speaks that let me know that the Women's Ministry team at her church is prayerfully considering me to speak at their women's retreat. I am very excited and hope that God makes clear to them if I am the one He wants.
To top off my entire day, I noticed that Lysa Terkeurst left a comment on yesterdays blog.
Wow! I needed a day like yesterday. It seemed like it had been a long time since I really had a great day. Praise God for being so good.
Hope your day is great today
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I have to say that this came as a shock to me since my "life verse" comes from Proverbs. I'm not saying that we shouldn't heed the advice that Proverbs gives us, we absolutely should because all of the Bible is God inspired. And maybe your saying "duh," Christie, I can't believe you didn't already know this, but it's given me alot to chew on and decide if I want to choose a different life verse that includes a promise from God.
This was not the only thing God gave me to chew on last night. I love a challenge and I love the fact that God never stops challenging me. Whoever says the Christian's life is boring, is crazy!
Monday, January 28, 2008
Proverbs 10:19 When their are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.
Proverbs 19:24 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish, but will not even bring it back to his mouth.
Proverbs 10:25 When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
Proverbs 30:8 Keep deception and lies far from me, give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with the food that is my portion
Proverbs 19:17 One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his good deed.
He challenged us to pick one (yes, I know I need them all) and focus on it, memorize it and apply it in our lives. The one I picked was Proverbs 30:8 because I want to work on being content. I want to want what I already have. I want to challenge you to do the same. For the entire challenge check out Pastor Brian's sermon at www.pontiacbible.org
As I read through some Proverbs today, I saw one that I know was written for me 30:2 Surely I am more stupid than any man. - I'm just glad that God hasn't given up on me
Friday, January 25, 2008
The same goes for sharing our faith with others. I've felt and heard others tell me that they just can't tell others about Jesus because they don't know enough. You can, it may be difficult, but you can. All you need to begin is your story. How did God touch your heart and when did you accept Him as your Lord and Savior. That is it. As you continue to tell others your story and continue to seek Him through His Word and prayer, it will become easier. Just like everything else in life, practice makes much better.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
On another note, I wanted to share a scripture with you that greatly impacted me yesterday because I have been so easily swayed by satan.
Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from His mighty strength. Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil's strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly worlds. Ephesians 6:10-12
The point is that even when satan is working hard on us and we don't "feel" like doing what we know is right - DO IT ANYWAY
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
"For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what will a man give in exhange for his soul?" Mark 8:36-37
Is your Jesus enough?
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Never doubt and never forget God's love for you.
Have a wonderful day
Monday, January 21, 2008
I was also reading today over all the miracles that Jesus performed that are listed in the Bible. He performed miracles in so many different aspects of people's lives. It was a great reminder to me that He can do anything - even the impossible. If my focus is on this - my faith would be great.
Have a great day
Friday, January 18, 2008
I KNEW IT; I WAS DYING! Panic and fear swept through my body causing my face to feel red-hot and my blood pressure to rise. I began to sweat, my hearing went muffled, and my mind and heart were racing. I was scared and confused because the feelings of death overwhelmed me. I could not die in front of all these people, so I ran as fast as I could, searching for somewhere I could be alone. I spotted the door to the bathroom and darted towards it. I entered the small, dirty room and looked at my pale face in the mirror. Scared to answer, I wondered what just happened to me, am I dying or going crazy? As my body shook, I splashed water on my face, started taking some deep breaths, and I sat down on the only thing available, the toilet. I began trying to convince myself that everything was going to be all right, I was not dying and I needed to get back to work. The tension in my body began to lessen as I reasoned with myself and I walked out of the bathroom in a fog.
I was 15 years old, when it happened for the first time. Employed as a cashier at the local grocery store, I had my whole life ahead of me. I pondered the episode at first, but as life soared by, I soon forgot. That was, until the next time.
At 16, I had quit my job and was attending both high school and a vocational school. I thought that leaving my job would put an end to the episodes, but before long, it began again, this time while driving. Since I drove a friend and myself to school, I had to face my fear of it happening, everyday.
I finally realized that I had no other choice, but to tell my parents. Bewildered, they sent me to a doctor. After several tests, the doctor found nothing physically wrong and suggested that I may have an anxiety disorder. He recommended that I see a psychiatrist and we made the appointment. In one session, the psychiatrist diagnosed these incidents as panic attacks, taught me some breathing and calming techniques and sent me on my way.
I still told no one due to the embarrassment of my self-diagnosis of “being crazy”, but I at least felt better knowing that I had a diagnosis and that there was a reason for these terrible episodes. I attempted to reduce the attacks by practicing the breathing techniques, but was not able to control them.
Even as I got married and had children, I tried to keep myself as secluded as possible to keep the attacks from worsening. The attacks would lessen at times, but any amount of stress would cause them to return.
As I forced myself to leave our home each day, I prayed for help, at times, even crying out to God to take these panic attacks away. However, nothing seemed to be changing. My greatest desire was to be able to take my children and go shopping, to be able to take them anywhere, and not be afraid. I continued to pray for years, not seeing God’s answer.
In fact, over time, my panic attacks became daily and intense. I was desperate when I saw a commercial about a new drug that helped people with panic attacks. Praying fervently, I secretly went to the doctor.
To my surprise, the doctor knew exactly what I was explaining. She was understanding and encouraging! She told me that I wasn’t crazy! She also explained to me that many people suffer from this anxiety disorder and it was treatable. I was ecstatic! I wondered if it was too good to be true, but within a couple weeks of taking the medication, I began to notice a difference. I was feeling better and the attacks were farther apart. As they lessoned, I became more comfortable doing things like leaving my house, driving, and even taking my children to the store.
No one else knew how wonderful this was or how happy I was, but I did and so did God. He had answered my prayers, not in my timing, but His. He helped me after I stopped allowing my pride to keep me from asking for help. He was waiting for me to stop worrying about what others thought and rely on Him to provide what I needed.
God answered my many prayers, but He did not stop there. After He brought healing to my mind, He asked me to use the journey I had been on to encourage and inspire others. At first, I told God, “no” thinking the panic attacks may return. He then showed me His truth in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” (NASB) God showed me that my panic attacks kept me humble and connected with Him. For the first time ever, I thanked God for my weakness.
Knowing that I could no longer be afraid and that God’s strength would show through my weakness, I said “yes” to Him. I nervously, began speaking publicly and writing about all He has done, and continues to do in my life. I am learning that when I allow God to work through me, the impossible becomes possible.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Have a great day!
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Commentary: Jesus said that divorce is not permissible except for unfaithfulness. This does not mean that divorce should automatically occur when a spouse commits adultery. The word translated "unchastity" implies a sexually immoral life-style, not a confessed and repented act of adultery. Those who discover that their partner has been unfaithful should first make every effort to forgive, reconcile, and restore their relationship. We are always to look for reasons to restore the marriage relationship rather than for excuses to leave it.
Monday, January 14, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
This is the kind of faith that I so desire.
Friday, January 11, 2008
This was one of those wake-up calls from God to me. I get so frustrated when I allow satan to get into my head and try to convince me of his lies. This verse reminded me that satan can only do that when I allow him to - when I am "sleeping", he can plant weeds in my mind. When I get more focused on myself than God, I am "sleeping" spiritually - that's the best time for satan to attack.
Stay awake! Don't give satan the chance.
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
The Bible speaks many times of those who are called. God calls each of us. We are chosen when we make the commitment to live our lives for Him. I thought to myself - do I live like I am chosen? I had to admit, I do not. If I truly always remembered that the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe chose me, I think I would do a better job. I pray today that God gives me and you, the motivation and strength to to live our lives as His chosen one.
Monday, January 7, 2008
Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Yesterday, an elder was quoting a saying "partial obedience isn't obedience at all". He misread and said "practical obedience isn't obedience at all" - I agree with both statments. Radical, life-changing, faithfilled obedience is true obedience.
Friday, January 4, 2008
This video is so appropriate for me today. I've really felt satan working hard on me the past few days. Especially when it's time for me to speak some where about what God has accomplished in my life, satan likes to remind me of all the ways I have failed in my life. He wants me to know how unworthy I am - he is so right, I am unworthy of the grace and mercy that God has shown me. But God loves me so much that He freely has given me His grace, mercy and forgiveness. He also can work through me even though I have failed Him so many times. This sweet blessing is not just for me, it is for all of us. He can and will use you, but the question is - will you let Him? Please be praying for me as I share His Word on Sunday.
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Commentary:Peter's mother-in-law gives us a beautiful example to follow. Her response to Jesus' touch was to wait on Jesus and His disciples - immediately. Has God ever helped you through a dangerous or difficult situation? If so, you should ask, "How can I express my gratitude to Him? Because God has promised us all the rewards of His kingdom, we should look for ways to serve Him and His followers now.
God's message spoke deep into my heart today. When Jesus healed this woman, she immediately got up and served. I have not only failed at immediately serving when God brings me through something, but I also forget at times to even say "thank you". He is so faithful and trustworthy and I take that for granted. I will make the choice today to show my thankfulness to God for all He has done. Will you do the same? Ask Him how you can express your gratitude.
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Here are Liz, Nate and their cousin Chase This is Mike and his brother taking a rest
The adults worked hard and brought home alot of firewood and the kids had a great time having an adventure in the woods. Of course, I was working hard the whole time, :) but no one was around to take my picture! (Especially when I was sitting in the truck trying to keep warm.)