Thursday, December 1, 2011

Are we living with a purpose?

Are you doing things with a purpose behind it? Or are you doing things just because you’ve seen things done that way for so long? I’m at this point right now in my life where I’m questioning everything I do because I want to make sure I’m living my life full of purpose. In church sometimes we do things just because that is how generations have done them so we follow suit. Is that the right thing to do? I believe if it’s biblical then it’s the right thing to do, but if it’s nowhere to be found in the bible then are we doing these things in vain?  Wouldn’t you call this religion? Or tradition? Is that what Jesus was about?
Did He perform every single service and sermon He gave the exact same way every time? I know that we have formats to church and I’m not saying that it’s completely wrong, but I AM saying that we need to think about why we are doing such things in service.
       If we claim to be followers of the bible or followers of Christ, but yet we do things that Christ never did, than in what way are we following Christ?
       Are we following Christ, or are we following the examples of the Pharisees? I hope that in this blog post, I don’t come across in any wrong way, but I just want us all to start thinking about why we do the things we do. Let’s get our minds working and truly live out a life with purpose.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Like Jesus

Do you notice how we can be friends with someone for weeks, months, sometimes even years and not know their life history? A passed is a very important key to what and who we are today. We live in such a society where it is all about “me” and we rarely make time to sit and listen to the life story of someone else. It’s almost hard to understand and have compassion on that person because we have no idea where they came from. Is that why now days, we see less deep rooted friendships and instead, we see more surface friendships? You can work with someone and spend time with someone for so long, but yet you know nothing about what really goes on in their lives.
Maybe that’s why Jesus loves us so much and has continual compassion on us? Because He knows our ENTIRE story, he “gets” us. He understands who we are and why our future is what it is.
Maybe it’s time for us (including myself) to take some time and focus on others. Focus on where they’ve been and not where they are now. So we too can have compassion and understanding on them. When someone entrusts you with their passed, they will then entrust you with their future. Let’s stop being surface people and start getting deep with people. After all, isn’t that what Jesus did when He was here?

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Psalm 23

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Do You Feel Unworthy?

HELLO! :) So sorry. I try to have my blog out by Thursdays, but I’ve been SuPeR busy these past couple of weeks, it’s like a huge whirlwind.
       I would like to talk about something that God spoke to me so clearly yesterday. It’s short and sweet but really good, so LISTEN UP!
       A lot of times during prayer and worship, I always think about how undeserving I am and yet, God is more than enough for, and to me. Sometimes it moves me so much that it just brings me to tears (in a rejoicing kind of way, not sad). But yesterday was a new revelation, a fresh way of thinking. I clearly heard God say, “If I’m God Almighty and create you perfect in my image, why wouldn’t you deserve the best of the best?”…WOW! That really hit me! It’s time for me to stop thinking about what I’M doing to deserve (in other words, “earn”) His overwhelming love and blessings, but I need to just be grateful and continue to remind myself that it has nothing to do with me, and EVERYTHING to do with Him.
 If God says in His word, (bible) that He gives us life and He gives it to us abundantly than why would we think of how unworthy we are for God’s goodness to us? I think that is a way that the enemy deceives us in a blinding way. Because I think, “oh God I’m so undeserving, and yet you give and you give. I praise you God,” So I’m convinced I’m simply “praising” Him. But I am completely wrong! I have been deceived! God’s word says I am worthy, He will, and promises to bless me abundantly and it has nothing to do with what I do. It’s all a part of who God is.
       Now I must change my praises from, “God I’m so undeserving, thank you for loving me the way that you do.” to, “God, you are so good to me, THANK YOU for being so loving.” It’s not easy, I’ve had to remind myself a couple of times during my prayer time, but it’s a work in progress.
We are worthy.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

God is so cool!

       Hope each and every one of you are having a very blessed day! Today I wanted to share something that happened to me this week, that I thought was very cool and SO like God. :)
For those of you that don’t know, I have an Etsy shop in which I sell small dog harnesses. If you don’t know what Etsy is, you NEED to find out! Etsy is a very fun website where people can have their very own “shops” and sell a variety of items anywhere from handmade items, to vintage items.
Anywho, I got this “convo” (Etsy’s very modern word for message) from a lady interested in buying two harnesses from me. She decided to make a custom order, so we had to “convo” back and forth quite a few times. In the course of “convoing” I thought to myself, this lady is really nice? Not that it should be surprising, but it was a different friendly. It was an extra step of generosity. I started thinking to myself, “I think this lady may be Christian”. Later on, I message her back and I close the message with the word, “blessings”. She then replies back, I just knew you were Christian!!!” I was so amazed when I received this, because I had been suspecting the same thing about her! Now I KNEW that she was a Christian as well.
I tell this story simply to say this, all that lady did was be a genuinely nice person and God’s light was shining right through her. Even though she is thousands of miles away, I’ve never seen her, or spoke to her in person, but I knew she was a believer. Why? Because once we accept God into our hearts, He comes in and takes over. It has nothing to do with us, but EVERYTHING to do with who He is. God schedules divine appointments for us every day and I truly believe that is exactly what this was. Be kind to one another, be kind to a stranger, and let Him shine right through you!

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Search for the TRUTH!

Hello! So sorry I have neglected “THE BLOG” for two weeks now! I have so many different subjects I would like to talk about, it’s hard to just pick one!

Today though, I’m going to challenge you a bit. I’ve been noticing, especially the profession that I’m in, that a lot of times people just take your word for it. And by that I mean, a lot of times we go to a conference, we go to service on Sunday, we have a conversation with people in small group and we believe every single word that these people are telling us. We don’t even look it up in the bible and we base our values and life on the statement that is being told to us. But how are we to know that what they are saying is right?....The only way to find out, is to look it up ourselves. Trust me, I’ve been guilty of this myself, many times.

Not that I’m saying, question everything your pastor is saying. That’s not what I’m saying at all. But too many times I see people just swallowing up EVERYTHING that someone is telling them and yet they have no clue the credibility of that person or what they are saying.

I’m even talking big name pastors. When you hear them say something on TV don’t you just believe everything they say and take their word for it? I mean, think about it. When we get to heaven, is a valid excuse to God going to be, “well Pastor so and so said it was okay,” or “Leslie said it was in the bible?” I don’t think so. God gave us a mind and free will. Just because someone says something or believes a certain way doesn’t mean it’s always right, and especially doesn’t mean that we must believe them. God gave us the bible for a reason. USE IT! READ IT! See all of the exciting promises and hope that God has imparted to us FOR YOURSELF. Don’t rely on anyone else to share the good news with you. Search for the truth. 

Thursday, October 6, 2011

God is Too Good

For a while now I have been reflecting on God’s goodness. We always hear people say, “God is so good”. But do we really understand how good He is?
        I was reading the story of Jonah the other day, and yes it’s a simple bible story that is always talked about in kid’s church or Sunday school. But we ourselves are sort of like Jonah on an everyday basis. Aren’t we?
The story of Jonah begins with God telling Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and preach against what they are doing.  Jonah decides that is NOT something he wants to do, so he gets on a ship and sails to Tarshish. Shortly after, God sends a huge wind which turns into a violent storm. The sailors knew that Jonah was running from God and finally came to the conclusion that it was because of Jonah that their lives were in danger so they asked Jonah, “what should we do?”. Jonah replied with, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea, “and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.” Regardless of what Jonah said, the sailors tried to row back to land, but nothing was working. So, they pleaded with God that He not take their lives for throwing Jonah in the sea, and they threw him into the sea. The sea quickly became calm and instead of Jonah drowning, God PROVIDED a great fish to swallow Jonah. While Jonah was inside of the great fish, he prayed to God crying out to him. Jonah 2: 7 “When my life was ebbing away, I remembered you, LORD, and my prayer rose to you, to your holy temple. After the third day, Jonah gets spit back out by the fish, and God speaks to him AGAIN about going to Nineveh. Jonah immediately obeys this time and his purpose is fulfilled. There is more to the story, but I would like to reflect on this portion of it for now.
        We, just like Jonah are given instruction from God. Just like Jonah, sometimes we think, “you know what God, I appreciate what you said, but I’m going to try it MY way.” Then we stumble upon a storm in our life because we thought our way was better and then, we cry out to God to help us out! If God were a regular person and had no grace or compassion on us, He would ignore us and leave us in the rubble we got ourselves into. But no….He doesn’t. He gives us a second chance and rescues us. He allows a big fish to come in and swallow us up so that we can be placed back on track. I often think to myself, we are so UNWORTHY, we are so undeserving. But despite all of our faults (because we all have many) He swoops in to save the day. And when He does that, He doesn’t just say, “Well since you didn’t listen the first time, you only get half of what I promised.” No, He gives it to us in FULL. He really amazes me. I constantly sit in my quiet time trying so hard to comprehend why God is so good and loving to us.
I guess some things are not for us to comprehend, but one thing I do comprehend is to give praise and gratitude to whom it belongs. Let’s not take advantage of how good our God really is. God is too good.

Friday, September 16, 2011

God in His greatness

I was reading my morning bible chapter today, and it was Habakkuk. Habakkuk chapter 3 really unveils who God really is. The second verse was exactly what my prayer has been to him lately. It really touched me so closely, because it was like Habakkuk took the words right out of my mouth! 2 LORD, I have heard of your fame; 
   I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known;in wrath remember mercy.  The rest of the verse goes on to say, 3 God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah[b] His glory covered the heavens and his praise filled the earth. 4 His splendor was like the sunrise; rays flashed from his hand, where his power was hidden.5 Plague went before him; pestilence followed his steps. 6 He stood, and shook the earth; he looked, and made the nations tremble. The ancient mountains crumbled and the age-old hills collapsed. His ways are eternal.”….WOW! The picture is drawn so clearly in my head. I can just imagine, the earth in such distress, the people in such desperation, but then God comes down from Heaven and then I can hear the people breaking out into song praises and His glory flowing over the entire earth like waves. Then it goes on to talk about how He stood and shook the earth, and made the entire earth tremble and mountains crumble. How POWERFUL He is!           7 I saw the tents of Cushan in distress, the dwellings of Midian in anguish. 8 Were you angry with the rivers, O LORD? Was your wrath against the streams? Did you rage against the sea when you rode with your horses and your victorious chariots? 9 You uncovered your bow, you called for many arrows. Selah You split the earth with rivers; 10 the mountains saw you and writhed. Torrents of water swept by; the deep roared and lifted its waves on high 11 Sun and moon stood still in the heavens at the glint of your flying arrows, at the lightning of your flashing sea 12 In wrath you strode through the earth and in anger you threshed the nations. 13 You came out to deliver your people, to save your anointed one. You crushed the leader of the land of wickedness, you stripped him from head to foot. Selah  14 With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding.  15 You trampled the sea with your horses, churning the great waters.”………He is fighting, He has fought for OUR victory. Not His own life, but MY life and YOUR life. We hold the victory, we are His children, and His desire is to protect us, bring us glory in His greatness and His power…..Habakkuk goes on to say, “16 I heard and my heart pounded, my lips quivered at the sound; decay crept into my bones, and my legs trembled. Yet I will wait patiently for the day of calamity to come on the nation invading us. 17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.”…..Habakkuk plainly describes exactly God’s character in its glory, greatness, and victory. I love how Habakkuk ends the book, rejoicing and knowing that God enables us to go on the heights! This chapter is so powerful! It makes me just sit back and really humble myself to understand and grasp my God, my Father is. We are victorious! J

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