Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Serve Others

Get over yourself and serve others.


Washing feet breaks down pride. With a right motive.


We r much more willing to do things for people we like and know.


Find a need and meet that need.


The thing that sours a marriage is when spouses stop doing things for each other.

 

Marriages are falling apart because we stop trying to make our spouses life better.

Serve Others

Get over yourself and serve others. Washing feet breaks down pride. With a right motive. We r much more willing to do things for people we like and know. Find a need and meet that need. The thing that sours a marriage is when spouses stop doing things for each other. Marriages are falling apart because we stop trying to make our spouses life better.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Help Others

Can only help others that want to be helped.

 

Help those that want it and don't worry about helping those that don't want it.

 

Stop trying to mess with anyone that doesn't have anything to do with you.

 

Satan uses rejection against us.


Matthew 10:11-14 shake the dust off and move forward.


This walk is all about others!!! Grow up!


Amos 6:1, 4-7 Selfishness is weakness but love is a position of power.

Show me someone that needs a blessing!!!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Philippians

Paul wrote Philippians from prison the story is in Acts. This Philipi church started from the prison guards family when Paul was in prison. Like a retirement camp for those who have been in the Roman history. Nero was in charge and a big fire breaks out so he blames the Christians because they weren't honoring his false Gods.

 

The Christians begin to face persecution. The main theme of this book - Philippians 4:4 penned from Paul in prison - rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS and AGAIN I say REJOICE!!!


Philippians 1:3-30
Paul is writing to encourage them.
12-14) The testimony that Paul is sharing sounds foreign to us today. Paul is rejoicing but it has nothing to do with personal gain.


Change our focus to fight for the gospel no matter what and contend for the gospel of Christ to move forward with. This should be the number one testimony that we should LOVE to hear.


Our testimony should be that we are a people contending for the gospel of Christ.

 

Be in God's presence and be willing to fight for Him!!!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Forgiveness Test

It seems unfair to forgive someone who hurt you. Forgive and do yourself a favor.
There will be people in your life you will have to forgive over, and over and over.


Unforgiveness will mess you up spiritually.


Matthew 5:8; Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart and recognize when offenses come in. Stop thinking about it and stop talking about it. The more you let it get rooted in you the deeper it's going to be and the harder it's going to be to get rid of it.


Matthew 6:12-15 if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.


Total forgiveness doesn't always mean restoration of the relationship.


Matthew 24:10 a last day sign - many will get offended. Being offended keeps you from going forward with God. 12) the love of the great body of people will grow cold. We are in the last days and can NOT be mad at other people.


Satan wants to build a strong hold of cold love in our hearts.


Mark 11:23-26 if you have anything against ANYONE forgive them and let it drop. In order that your Father may forgive you. But if you don't forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.


If we hold unforgiveness then God can't forgive us. Our faith won't work. Things have to be right between you and God. It has nothing to do with how you feel but how you talk and behave.

Do what's right when it STILL feels wrong.


Psalm 133 where there's unity, theres blessing and anointing.


The minute someone offends you, pray for them immediately. Some days it's just us having and off day and try to stay away from situations that might bother you.


Unforgiveness harbors bitterness towards others.

 

Forgiving is part of a test - work with the Holy Spirit and forgive.

 

Stop asking so many questions and FORGIVE!!!

The Forgiveness Test

It seems unfair to forgive someone who hurt you. Forgive and do yourself a favor.
There will be people in your life you will have to forgive over, and over and over.
Unforgiveness will mess you up spiritually. Matthew 5:8; Proverbs 4:23
Guard your heart and recognize when offenses come in. Stop thinking about it and stop talking about it. The more you let it get rooted in you the deeper it's going to be and the harder it's going to be to get rid of it.
Matthew 6:12-15 if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.
Total forgiveness doesn't always mean restoration of the relationship.
Matthew 24:10 a last day sign - many will get offended. Being offended keeps you from going forward with God. 12) the love of the great body of people will grow cold. We are in the last days and can NOT be mad at other people.
Satan wants to build a strong hold of cold love in our hearts.
Mark 11:23-26 if you have anything against ANYONE forgive them and let it drop. In order that your Father may forgive you. But if you don't forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings.
If we hold unforgiveness then God can't forgive us. Our faith won't work. Things have to be right between you and God. It has nothing to do with how you feel but how you talk and behave. Do what's right when it STILL feels wrong.
Psalm 133 where there's unity, theres blessing and anointing.
The minute someone offends you, pray for them immediately. Some days it's just us having and off day and try to stay away from situations that might bother you.
Unforgiveness harbors bitterness towards others. Forgiving is part of a test - work with the Holy Spirit and forgive. Stop asking so many questions and FORGIVE!!!

*NUGGETS are my own views on things I'm learning, going through or hearing on TV or in front of my pastor or that I just want to share.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

My Beautiful One...

you are little bit tomboy...

you are a little bit princess...

you are smart...

you are sporty...

you are outdoorsy...

you are into games...

you are into driving...

you are funny...

you are B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!

I am SO thankful for YOU!!!

I love you!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Love

1 John 4:7-21; 3:16-17
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and mind, love your neighbor as yourself.


Love those around you as yourself.


Be willing to lay down your life for the good of others even when they are not treating you right.


God commands us to love like him, you have no way on your own without God to walk in love! It's impossible to walk in love without God. I know you can't do this by yourself, it comes from God.

Reflect the love you are attached to.


God uses flesh to reveal Himself to flesh so that the unseen (God) can now be seen through you. You have been called to reveal the unseen God.

We have a WHOLE church that's trying to GET something instead of trying to REVEAL something (HIM).


Be a people walking in the word walking in love according to the word.


You have NOT been called to GET you've been called to REVEAL!!! HIM!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Praying for Japan

As I'm sure many Christians are doing right now...I've been praying for Japan. I don't watch alot of TV and it's been hard to get a good idea/picture in my mind what has happened. I can in no way know what those people are going through but I do pray that God will sustain them, reveal Himself to them and that some of them might find Him through the midst of ALL of this.

If you'd like to view some unbelievably disheartening before and after photos of the areas effected click here.

Each photo has a "slider" sitting in the middle of it - the photo to your left is a picture of what the area looked like last April, the picture to your right is what the area looks like after the devestation...so sad.
Click to EITHER side of the slider and the photo will change right before your eyes to which ever year of the picture you want to see.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Pray Against Temptation

Don't say or do things out of temptation/frustration or anger.


Conquer those enemies through prayer.


Everything that God tells us to do in his word is for us. So we don't have to live inprisoned to the flesh.


Add power to ur life, don't deduct power.


Know urself, ur weaknesses so u don't fall into temtation. PRAY against it BEFOREHAND.
Be ready, pray that u will NOT b decieved and that you will recognize it immediately when it starts and that u will NOT come into that temptation!


Luke 22:40 pray that u would not at all enter into temptation.
Prayer works and opens the door for God to work in our lives.
Don't be a temptation to somebody else.

James 1:12; Luke 4:1-13


U don't see ur true self when u r in church. We see our true selves when we r at home behind closed doors when things aren't going our way and the pressure is on, when we have been disappointed, when somebody hurts our feelings, when somebody makes us angry, when somebody lets us down. How we handle those situations is when we see our true self.

 

But with EVERY temptation God ALWAYS provides a way out.


Learn to say if this is what I'm dealing with right now then God knows what I can take and there's a purpose in it that I don't understand but there is a treasure in THIS trial. Pray that God will strengthen u to make it through and to b the man/woman that He wants/created me to be.

Let God change YOU!!!


There are seasons of trials followed by seasons of peace.

 

Learn to rise above what's going on in the world.

Temptation and trials are linked together alot.

 

Pray ahead of time to resist temptation when you fall into various trials.

Children of God

1st John 3:1-10 We r children of God. If u r a child of God, u will LOOK like ur Father. Galatians 5:22-25 Just because u serve in church doesn't mean that u r showing the Father to others. Romans 8:14-17 We r children of God and joint heirs with Christ. Phillipians 3:7-14 The prize is HIM...NOT the things He gives me!!! Www.DesiringGod.com Invite people so they can experience the love of GOD. We want to share HIS presence!!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

God Seems to Always Prepare Me...

The Lord seems to impress upon my Spirit a verse to learn each year. I study it all year long and then later find out that it has deeper meaning/significance in my life...as in, He's preparing me/my heart for something.

In 2010, the verse the Lord gave me was:

"There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2) a time to be born and a time to die...Ecc. 3:1-2a

Since 2004 I have lost someone of GREAT significance in my life every other year on the even year. Therefore, in 2010, after the Lord giving me that verse, I kept praying we would not experience a significant death in 2010...seems weird but it seemed as if death was lurking in our family every 2 years. When 2010, came and went and no one in our immediate family died...I felt a sense of relief. Not knowing what was lurking just around the corner of the new year.

Nevertheless when death comes, it does not matter what year it takes place...it's hard and hurts regardless.

In February my 42yo step daughter died unexpectantly...we struggle with many things but the one of greatest importance is was she saved? Did she go to heaven? We shared the love of God with her but she never showed any interest. Did she repent in her last hours? There is nothing I can do to bring her back and at this point, there is nothing I can do concerning where she is spending eternity...that is the hardest part about all of this. There have been many negative things going on regarding all of this but THIS has been the hardest. I think I've decided to "believe" that she made it...once we get there will we know/realize if she didn't? God's going to wipe away all of our tears so I'm not sure what kind of "knowing" we will have there. Will we know any different?

I'm still amazed that God prepared me with this verse now imbedded in my heart & memory...I know that has helped during our time of mourning. I serve a mighty and gracious God...I'll praise Him in this storm!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Clearing the C L U T T E R!!!

I've been lurking behind the scenes for a few weeks since my step daughters death trying to process it all. It seems my life is very cluttered at the moment and I'm not sure WHERE to begin to CLEAR it all up. Before Chris died I had just won "Clutter Rehab". I really wasn't sure what I was going to do with it besides skim through for a quick fix or two. This book has been SO good though...I'm not completely done with it yet but I've got about 15-20 of the 101 tips ear marked.

My main issues are 1) dealing with the PILES of "paper" clutter that seem to be stressing me out every 3 months when I just can't stand them anymore. I made this cool file folder pocket system for my fridge and within 1 day it all fell apart...ugh. It was going to hold our outgoing mail, incoming mail and magazines in 3 different slots. I've GOT to come up with some type of system. My husband just finished me out an AWESOME office and I'm never in there because of all the clutter. My second main issue is I want to get organized so I can coupon efficiently. I haven't been a big couponer but I joined the grocery game and have the Sunday paper ordered so I can give it a whirl and see how it goes. I'm going to attempt to put together some type of coupon binder system...hopefully that will work better for me.

I heard the coolest thing the other day - I love to be organized but don't like "maintaining" my organization...that fits me to a 'T'.

I've noticed when I'm overwhelmed with my clutter...my mind seems to be in a cluttery fog too.