Monday, August 31, 2009

I posted early Friday morning that I was sniffing around and my bad day intensified as the day went on. It ended up being a crash day. A day that I allowed satan in my mind and believed his lies. My heart hurt as I ended a 12 year long job and without a new job in sight, I became more depressed as the day went on. I know the truth - I know that God is in control and has a perfect plan for me but I made the choice to focus on myself, how I felt and all the what if's. When it was time to work on homework, I turned on the tv instead. When it was time to leave for dinner with some Christ following women, I forced myself out the door knowing that it would do my heart so good to be encouraged by them but half-way there, I turned around and headed home. As I was driving, the tears flowed and I cried out to God. I released all my thoughts, doubts and fears to Him. As I did, I received a text message from a friend that said "Be still and know that I am the Alpha and Omega and I am in control." What sweet assuring words. When I got home, I was greeted with a loving hug and kind words from my hubby and I headed off to bed for some much needed rest. After a good 12 hours of sleep, I was re-energized and ready to face this life with faith that moves mountains.

Do you ever have "crash" days? If so, what brings you out of them?

I am so thankful to be loved by a God that knows my heart and loves me anyway!

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, August 28, 2009

I'm sniffin around again this morning. This is officially my last day of owning and operating my in-home daycare. :( I'll miss my kiddos and the comfort of being my own boss and staying at home but I know that God has a new adventure for me right around the corner. As of right now, I don't know what that new adventure will consist of but I am trusting that He will continue to provide exactly what our family needs.

I have been studying the book of Ruth and it is a great reminder of God's faithfulness. Even though we don't know the future, He does, and His perfect plan unfolds as time moves forward.

I ask for your prayers as my family and I make this transition and that God will clearly direct my path to employment.

Thank you

Have a great day and a great weekend!

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Good good stuff! :)

Repent, Rescue, Repeat
26 Aug 2009
Wendy Pope

"Again the Israelites did evil in the LORD's sight." Judges 10:6a (NLT)

When life gets hard, have you noticed how easy it is to sin? I have found during some of the toughest circumstances I face, I am easily lured into sin. The lure seldom comes from new temptations. It usually comes from areas of sin I "thought" I had left behind, repented of and turned away from. Our enemy is cleaver and cunning. He knows our areas of weakness and comes back to those places when we are at our lowest, in hopes to seduce us back into a pattern of sin. It is an age-old ploy. He doesn't stop using the tactic because he continues to have success.The enemy's success can be proven by looking back at the repeated sin of idolatry and disobedience of God's chosen people, the Israel ites. The ebb and flow of the Israelites' sin started soon after their exodus from Egypt. They had barely cleared the banks of the Red Sea when they began to worship a man-made golden calf. Even though the Lord showed grace and forgave their sin, they continued to be lured in this same sin until it became a pattern. When they faced their toughest times: hunger, thirst, and threat of death, they quickly turned against the Lord, looking for other places of safety and hope.As we read through the Old Testament we find the Israelites became more and more blatant about their sin. They no longer tried to hide it. They worshipped the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, but still held true to their devotion and worship of the pagan gods. Joshua called their sin evil. Evil is an ugly word, which means morally wrong or bad; immoral; wicked. God's Word tells us that the Israelites' evil lead to their misery and their misery grieved the Lord (Judges 10:16). Our sin grieves the Lord and ca uses us misery as well.Misery comes from the Hebrew word "`amal." It means to toil, trouble, labor, mischief. I found the meaning of toil to be very interesting: hard and continuous work, exhausting labor or effort. Habitual sin, like that of the Israelites' idol worshiping is exhausting to keep up with. It takes continuous effort to stay involved in sin because one sin leads to another that leads to another. It is toilsome and drains the life out of us. The Israelites sinned until they felt helpless and trapped, at the point of exhaustion. Then they would repent of their sin and beg the Lord to forgive them, promising their wholehearted devotion. In His continual grace God forgave them, but they would eventually fall back into their sin cycle.As I read about the cycle of repent, rescue, repeat among the Israelites I have come to the conclusion that they never truly repented at all. True repentance of sin as repentance means in the Bible is to turn back. Basically, tu rn 180 degrees and don't look back. This is not what happened with the Israelites. They enjoyed their sin, but when the going got tough they cried out to the Lord. They simply offered the Lord "lip service" because they wanted to be rescued from their tough circumstances. They never depended on God long enough to allow Him to change their hearts.

Are you tired and miserable? God intended our life to be lived to the fullest, where He alone can make our joy complete. The only way to live this life is to put our safety and hope in the Lord by turning our hearts completely toward Him, leaving our sin behind and letting Him turn our hearts from the lure of sin. I want to be a 180 degree "repenter." I don't want to be a rescue-crying sinner who calls on God to bail me out when life is too exhausting and I am completely miserable. I want to escape the cycle of repent, rescue, and repeat. I am going to ask God to help me change my heart in the issues that I struggle with repeatedly. Will you join with me in this prayer?

Dear Lord, I ask You to forgive me when I fall into the cycle of rescue, repent, and repeat. Forgive me for treating Your forgiveness so causally. I give You permission to have Your way with my heart, changing it to be completely restored toward You and no longer falling prey to the lure of habitual sin. My desire is to live in complete obedience to You, the One and Only true God. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

At a Distance
24 Aug 2009
Karen Ehman

"But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome." Matthew 26:58 (NIV).

I sat in the sanctuary all alone, hot tears trickling down my young face. As a high school senior, I often attended our church's open door, self-serve communion time that was held a few days each year. The church was left unlocked providing a place to be alone with God: to pray or read your Bible. Then, at the altar were the elements. When ready, believers spent time meditating before partaking of the bread and the cup. Although I had done this many times, that night would forever be seared in my mind.I'd been a follower of Christ for just over a year, having first dedicated my life to H im at a youth retreat. The next 12 months, though an exciting time of growth, were also one of sorrow. I lost friends. I no longer fit in with the "in" crowd. I had no desire to attend certain parties I knew God wouldn't approve of or engage in conversations I wouldn't want Him to hear.So I clung to my crisp, new Bible and rushed home each afternoon, eager to read more while making notations in the margins. My youth group, as well as my mentor, a stay-at-home mom of two, became my lifelines. I desperately wanted to know how to live this new Christian life and live it in a way that made Jesus proud.But as I sat there that night, I felt as if I had failed God. There was a new group of kids at school who, when the more popular kids shut me out, had taken me in. But things were beginning to get sticky. I was challenged at many points in my faith; was asked questions by those who felt God didn't exist and were very eloquent in arguing their case. So normally chatty me, oft en became silent. There were times I knew I should say something, but I remained painfully wordless instead. My silence spoke volumes, and in a way, denied Christ.It was then that, alone in my church, crying and searching my soul, I read today's key verse. The words stung. "But Peter followed him at a distance…" That was me! I followed my sweet Jesus, but often at a distance; not wanting to get too close; to be lumped in with the Bible-thumping fanatics; to be labeled a "Jesus Freak." That night was a wake-up call. I didn't want to lurk in the shadows any longer. I wanted to be so closely associated with Jesus that I cared not what any soul on earth thought. I left with a renewed commitment to this goal.God, in His mercy, allowed me to come across many more verses about Peter in the next few weeks as I flung myself on my bed and flung open my Bible each afternoon after school. I witnessed his three-time denial. Then, I saw his sorrow; his repentance; h is eventual boldness for Christ. I garnered encouragement from knowing that his once hesitant, in-the-shadows disciple became a bold, world-changing servant of God. And, just weeks later, our youth group took a personality test that matches you with a biblical character and my result came back as—you guessed it—Peter! I knew then that if he could learn to follow boldly, then I could too.

Oh may God help us all to turn our fear of association into boldness for His kingdom! The world is waiting and watching.

Will we pursue Him closely or follow at a distance?

Dear Lord, may I not shirk from associating myself closely with You for all the world to see. I want to reflect You; not reject You. Please grant me the courage to do so. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

I sit, once again, in amazement of the faithfulness of our God. As my concern about getting a new job grew more, God knew exactly what I needed to be reminded of - His faithfulness. My current class is "Introduction to the Bible" and as we discussed Exodus thru Judges last night, we discussed and reflected on God's faithfulness and grace. As my mind was filled with humble adoration of our Heavenly Father, I drove home remembering the many times that God has been faithful and shown grace to me in my life. The tears flowed as my thankfulness overwhelmed me. I repented of relying on my own understanding and accepted that nothing is impossible with God.

My professor shared this story of when he was pastoring a church:

A young woman came to him after finding out that she was pregnant from a one night stand mistake. This woman was a member of the church and the church congregation had paid her way to attend a Christian college. He took her to tell her mother and they decided together that the next Sunday, she would admit her mistake to the congregation because of their financial involvement with her college. The pastor was fired up and ready with quick responses for what may be said to this young woman as she approached the front of the church. She explained the situation through tears, asked for forgiveness and offered to repay every cent that had been given to her for college. The room fell silent for just one moment until a man stood and told her that she must not worry about money, he would pay for all her medical expenses to have the child. The next man stood and told her that if she would meet him at the car dealership in the morning, he would get her reliable transportation for the doctor visits. The next stood and offered to purchase clothes for the baby and on and on it went. He stood speechless of the overwhelming power of the Holy Spirit's presence shown by the grace that was given.


What God shows to us - we must show to others.

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, August 24, 2009

I'm sad today. It is the first day of school and I'm missing my kiddos already. This was the first summer in the 12 years I've done daycare that we've been able to really enjoy our summer together. In years past, I've watched so many children over the summer that there hasn't been much time for my own kids but with only 3 daycare kids this summer, we have had a blast together. Since I'm currently searching for a new job, this is more than likely my last summer with my kiddos. :( It was so good while it lasted!Yesterday we took Nathan to the skate park in Pontiac. He had a blast! He has been practicing all summer and really has amazed us with all his new skills.
Saturday night we had some fun together in the yard - our own little olympics. Here is Liz and I having a race. I was running for all I had and Liz took a nice little jog to beat me.

Yes, I was in a crazy mood - crazy enough to let Nathan jump over me with his bicycle.
As Mike and the kids were jumping their bikes over this ramp, they made it look so easy. So, I decided to stop being a stick in the mud and do it too. Mike tried to warn me against it since they all claim I am the most uncoordinated person in the world, but I knew I could do it. I started about
a block away to make sure I had enough speed and came flying over the ramp but unfortunately as my front tire hit the ground, I went flying off the bike. When I finally came to a stop, I couldn't breathe and hurt everywhere. Believe me, I am still paying for this mistake today as my entire body hurts. I've learned my lesson and have decided that I better not try to be fun any more!
Hope you had a great weekend and enjoy your day today!
Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, August 21, 2009

Commentary on Matthew 21:23-25 In Jesus' world, as in ours, people looked for the outward sign of authority -- education, title, position, connections. But Jesus' authority came from who He was, not from any outward and superficial trappings. As followers of Christ, God has given us authority -- we can confidently speak and act on His behalf because He has authorized us. Are you exercising your authority?

I often find myself looking at myself - seeing who I am and what I'm capable of. When I do this, I end up disappointed and depressed. It isn't until I see myself through the eyes of God that I can truly see who I am. As I look back over my life, I am amazed at the things God has accomplished - things that I could have never done on my own. My heart aches as I think of the situations that I tried to fix/accomplish on my own and the mess I made of it all. But it is the times that I surrendered myself and truly rested in God's power and authority that I was blessed by and strengthened my faith.

Our authority doesn't come from ourselves/our pride, but from Whose we are. As Christians, we are children of God. The next time you are looking at yourself and feel discouraged and depressed, remember the authority and power you have received from God and rely on Him to speak the words and make the decisions that you seek.

Have a great day and a great weekend

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, August 20, 2009

We took the kids to their first demolition derby last night and they loved it! Just another joy of living in a small redneck community! :) The two inches of rain we got a few hours before just added to the fun!

Mike and Nate just love having their picture taken - can you tell?? :)
Hope you have a great day
Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

In Matthew 21:12-17 Jesus clears the temple by flipping the tables and chairs of those who were selling. He was not angry for them merely buying and selling in the temple but because the sellers were being dishonest in their efforts. Since many travelers came to the temple to worship, the sellers and money changers took advantage of them by selling them sacrificial animals for high prices and exchanging money for high exchange rates. This angered Jesus as this went against what the temple was created for (worship of God) and how His worshippers were being scammed. Him being angry was not a sin. It was an example to us of the right reason to be angry - when others are being taken advantage of and hindered from worship of God. Rightful anger is not self serving but seeks to aid others.

What makes you angry? Is it the frustration of not getting your own way, or by the words and actions of others towards you? I can say a BIG yes to those questions but God tells us not to sin with our anger. It is time to forgive those that need forgiveness and let go what needs to be let go. Like in Jesus' example, there are certain situations that should cause righteous anger but for the most part, we need to just get over ourselves!

Have a great day!

Living fearlessly in Christ

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In Matthew 21:1-11 Jesus is making his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Before He can ride in on a donkey, he asks two disciples to go and get one. Not to go and buy a donkey or ask someone to borrow their donkey but Jesus tells them to go into town and that they will immediately see a donkey and colt tied up and they are to untie them and bring them to Him. If anyone asks - tell them that the Lord has need of them. Period. No more explaining. They immediately left and everything happened just as He had said.

I wonder if the two disciples that were sent for the donkey wanted to ask Jesus more questions. Were they wondering what was going to happen if they didn't see a donkey and colt tied up? Or what if the owners wouldn't let them take the donkey and colt for the Lord? All kinds of what-if's could have been running through their minds but it did not stop them from acting. They immediately obeyed.

What about you and me? Do we immediately obey even when we may not understand fully? Do we obey when the what-if's become overwhelming? How about when there are so many more questions that we have for God that have not been answered?

I have many questions, doubt and wonder as I continue on my search for a new job. I continue to have to remind myself that I have a choice to make each time this new life adventure comes to mind - will I trust God or not.

The 2 disciples choice was to trust and obey. What is your choice, today?

Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, August 17, 2009

Good morning and happy Monday! You can definitely tell the kids are getting bored and are ready to get back to school when they decide they will have a shower party for fun and yes, the dog was included too.

As I was installing the car seats on Friday for a trip to the grocery store, I called out the name of a 4 year old girl to direct her to her car seat. Our dog Cooper, must have thought that he needed to get there before she did so he could go. Before I knew it, our 90 lbs lab was sitting in the car seat.

I literally had to drag him out of the car because he wanted to go with us so badly! Life is never dull around here!
Hope this brings a smile to your day! :)
Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, August 14, 2009

Good morning and happy Friday! In Matthew, Jesus continues to remind his disciples that we are not here to be served but to serve others, just like Jesus. Jesus had a servants heart and we are to have a servants heart.

I easily fall into the trap of looking out for #1 and living my life in a way that pleases me, and not being concerned with others and their needs.

Selfishness will get us nowhere - it does not please God and it defeats the purpose for our lives.

I can think of several things in my life that need changing because of my selfishness. One being, I have a few elderly friends and relatives that I used to take the time to stop by and visit with often, that I haven't seen in a long time. I can so easily tell them that I am just too busy and can't find the time but Jesus wouldn't say that. If I can find time to do what I want to do, I can find the time to be a blessing in the lives of others.

Lord, thank you for putting opportunities in my life to be a servant. Help me to see those opportunities and then respond in a way that is pleasing to You and a blessing to the person I can serve. In Jesus' Name, Amen

Have a great day and a great weekend

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, August 13, 2009

When my impatience gets the best of me as I am waiting on the Lord, I get frustrated and wish that I knew the future. As I read about Jesus predicting His death for the third time to His disciples in Matthew 20:17-19, I realized that knowing the future can be a very burdensome thing.

How frustrating it must have been for Jesus to tell His companions about His upcoming trial, scourging and death and only receive misunderstanding and greedy thoughts of position in the kingdom.

God knows what is best for us and that is exactly why we are not to know what the future holds. One thing we can count on in the future is that God will still be in control and He WILL win in the end.

I will choose to bank on His faithfulness today instead of making wishes. How about you?

Have a great day

Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Choosing God's Plans
11 Aug 2009Tracie Miles

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Several years ago, I was sitting in a management meeting, when my manager suggested we kick off the meeting by allowing each person the opportunity to say what they felt was their most important contribution to the company.One by one, each person spoke, stating things like "to decrease overall expenses," "to lower headcount," etc. When my turn came, my heart fluttered, and I felt compelled to share that I felt my primary purpose was to counsel employees, encourage them, and help them work through personal or work related issues. You could have heard a pin drop in that room, as everyone stare d at me with blank faces.You see, the months leading up to this meeting, there had been a lot of issues going on in the company. There were office politics, power struggles, lofty egos, and people had been hurt.As a result of my position, people would often come to me for guidance. God had been leading unexpected people into my office for weeks and opened the door for me to minister to believers and non-believers with the love of Christ. He'd also given me the desire and courage to be a light for Him, in an environment that didn't operate under Christian principles. He had ordained opportunities for me to share how Jesus gives true peace and acceptance, even when people and politics cause pain and disappointment.My supervisor was not a believer, so he didn't appreciate my answer to his question. He wanted to hear how I was going to streamline procedures and improve his department, not what was on my heart, and as a result, our relationship went downhill from there.A year or so later, I resigned from that position. The atmosphere had simply become too difficult, but more importantly, I knew God had been nudging me to make a change. I felt called to serve in ministry and to be a stay at home mom. All that time, I had been walking in disobedience.When I resigned, it felt like a sacrifice. However, I quickly discovered that God's plan was so much better than mine. I realized that I had been unable to understand His plan, until I was willing to lay aside my own, and that I had to choose Him, before He could show me His will for my life. Had I simply said what I knew my boss wanted to hear in that meeting, I might still be working there, climbing the corporate ladder, and striving to reach my career goals.But God had been working on my heart for years, preparing me for that moment. He had gradually shifted my desires to building His kingdom, more so than building my resume. He had inspired me to see the hearts o f the people in my office, not just the problems in the people. And He had helped me to see that lasting success and happiness could be found in Him alone, not through my own accomplishments.Was making that change easy? Or course not. Did I have to make difficult sacrifices? Most definitely. But was it worth it? ABSOLUTELY!Regardless of where you work, you can make a spiritual difference in people's lives. Whether you work in corporate offices or a Christian ministry, when facing a difficult choice, you can trust that God has prepared and equipped you for such a time as this. Pray for strength to stand up for God's truth, even against all odds, and ask Him to lead you in your decisions.Choosing Christ's plans, over our own plans, will always result in more peace or blessing than we could never imagine.

Dear Lord, it is not always easy to stand up for You in the face of opposition, or to make choices that seem outside of our understanding. I seek Your guidance, and Your divine wisdom and discernment regarding the decisions in my life. I do desire to do Your will. Thank You for never leaving me. Please help me to be strong in You, and for You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Whoooo Hoooo - another class completed! On my way home last night from class, I thought about what my perception of this class was before I began it. Before the class began, I looked through my 400 page text book filled with words that I had never seen before and began to worry about how I was going to read it all and complete my writing assignments on Biblical theology in just 6 short weeks. As always before, my concern was over nothing and God took me by the hand and helped me accomplished each task, one at a time, until all was completed.

I just want to praise God for His faithfulness. He calls me to and He brings me through.

I will stand on His promises and His faithfulness today - will you?

Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, August 10, 2009

We're back from our weekend camping trip and did we have a great time! This was a picture that Mike took while I had to run into town, see how much my kiddos miss me while I'm gone?! :)
Mike had the opportunity to go kayaking for the first time. He wasn't quite sure about the whole thing since he is used to our canoe which isn't nearly as tipsy. He completed his mission to try something new, but isn't too sure he'll be doing it again.
Our friends bravely tent camped next to us in the humidity and heat. I think that's why their deliriously happy.
Here's me, just rolled out of bed, first thing in the morning and ready to start my day. Who says you can't start your day out with a smile? (Only because I got up at 8 instead of 5!) :)
Even Cooper got in on the fun and sun

I completed my first week of searching for a new job. I got a 2 weeks notice from one of my two daycare families who has found a new sitter, so I need to have a new job in 2 weeks. I sent out resumes and filled out and returned applications so the waiting game now begins. I will continue to search and patiently wait on my Lord to put me exactly where He wants me. I would really appreciate your prayers. Thank you.
Living fearlessly in Christ

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Friday! I had the opportunity for a girlfriend day, yesterday, and took it. There's nothing like spending the day visiting and relaxing with your bestie to feel refreshed and renewed. We had brunch, then laid on the beach and swam in Clinton Lake, then went shopping and finally brought supper home to enjoy with our families. Oh what a day of sun, fun and catching up! I loved it! The only part I'm wishing was different was that I would have wore sunblock at the beach. I am FRIED!

Today, we're packing up to head camping and to the beach again. I will wear sunblock this time and hopefully won't be a lobster when we get back on Sunday!

Have a great day and a great weekend!

Living fearlessly in Christ

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Get ready, friends, Jesus is still talking about relationships. I had Scripture hit me hard again this morning. I've read it many times before, but it really struck my heart today. In Matthew 18:21-35 Jesus relates the kingdom of heaven with a king settling accounts with his slaves. He went to one that owed him 10,000 talents (1 talent = 15 years of labor) and when he couldn't repay it, the king had compassion on him and released the slave from the debt.

Afterward, the slave went to another fellow slave and asked him for the money he owed which equaled 100 denari (1 denari was 1 days labor) but the fellow slave could not pay. He had him thrown into prison until he could pay in full.

Man, what a ungrateful jerk! Right? Doesn't he remember what had been done for him? Where is the slaves thankfulness and compassion?

Sound familiar? Yep - it is exactly what we do every time we don't forgive. Where is our thankfulness and compassion? Oh, how easily we forget what has been done for us.

Lord, please forgive me for being unforgiving. Help me to not take for granted your love, compassion and sacrifice. Help me to allow Your light and love to shine through me. Thank you for forgiving a sinner like me and for speaking through Your Word.

Living fearlessly in Christ

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Good morning my bloggy friends! Are you ready? I've got something really hard to consider.

Matthew 18:15-17 tells about how Jesus wants us to deal with other Christians who sin against us and guess what, it is not how we normally react!

1. Discuss his fault with him in private.
If that doesn't work...
2. Take one or two other Christians with you to discuss the issue in private.
If that doesn't work...
3. Take the issue to the church.
If that doesn't work...
Step out of the relationship knowing that you have obeyed Christ.

God wants us to live in harmony and love with our fellow believers. Often, when someone offends us we avoid them in hate or resentment, gossip about their actions, or look for revenge. These reactions are totally against God's will for us so we must make the choice to go to the person, first. Now, this doesn't give us the right to just jump on anybody who makes us upset but they are guidelines that help keep believers connected with one another.

Ouch! This hits really hard at home for me. Unless it is a very close relationship, I very rarely go straight to the person I have the issue with which means I am disobeying God's will for me and those I am in relationship with. Obviously, there are some offenses that should just be brushed off and forgiven but on a major issue, I will try harder to go straight to the person.

How about you? Would you be willing to take this challenge with me?

Have a great day!
Living fearlessly in Christ

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Would you agree that our lives are a series of transitions? Well, I've got another transition on the horizon. I started a daycare in our home almost 12 years ago. When we moved to Fairbury, I was concerned about what I would do if I couldn't find new daycare children. Fortunately, two of my families decided to make the extra drive over and stayed with me. After advertising since March, I still have no additional families and now have made the very difficult decision to find a new job. Now, the only thing holding me back is actually finding a job! This is a bad point in the economy to decide to find a job, but I will continue to trust that God will put me exactly where He wants me.

I would greatly appreciate your prayers. After always being home for my hubby and kids, me going back out into the workforce will be a huge transition for us all. I would be lying if I told you that I wasn't nervous but again, I will make the choice to continue to rely on the strength of God to push forward.

Have a great day!

Living fearlessly in Christ

Monday, August 3, 2009

Matthew 18:1-6 talks about the disciples discussing who gets to be the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus tells them that it is he who humbles himself like a child that is the greatest.

This is what Jesus tells us but it is definitely not what the world tells us. The world says "it's all about me and where I can get". Yesterday, I was telling someone about some of our remodeling decisions and they asked "when do you get your way"? They wondered why I have become a person who puts their own feelings and desires aside for the sake of others. They wanted me to stand up for me and get what I want and not worry about what others want. Now, this bait could have been easily taken by me. I have a hard enough time controlling my selfishness without the pushing of others added on. I could have allowed myself to agree and begin pushing for my own way but I chose to remember who God wants me to be and be at peace with my submission. I'm not telling you this to brag about a good decision I made but to remind you that the advice of others may sound good to our egos but that does not mean that it is godly advice. Remember the song, oh be careful little ears what you hear - and then be careful what you allow your mind to think about what those ears hear!

I had another amazing weekend! One of my neighbors had a luncheon for me on Saturday for the purpose to get acquainted with the neighborhood women. I thought this was a wonderful gesture in itself but the table was beautiful with fine china, flowers and candles and then we had a delicious 5 course meal filled with great conversation. WOW! I felt like a princess! It really made me think about how I could be doing things to make others feel special.

My brothers and sisters and I got our pictures taken for our mom's birthday. It was so cool for us all to be able to get together at one time on Saturday for pictures and then again on Sunday to give them to mom. This rarely happens so we soaked up every minute of it! What a sweet blessing to us all!