Go on! Do something!

Do you recall all the effort you used to put into Valentines Day when you were dating or back in the early years of your marriage?

I challenge you to think again about how you used to get their attention romantically. Why not do that (Yes! that right there!) again.

Relationships grow apart when we don’t prioritize one another, when we lose interest in what makes our loved ones happy. Don’t allow that to happen in your relationship any longer.

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15 Seconds of Fame

In a time when “Random acts of kindness” seem to be strategically set up, recorded and publicized regularly on social media, and news outlets, we (Christ followers) must know and remember that Gods word says good deeds done in secret are really the ones that count.

Is what you do Gods work? Is it really from the heart? Or are you looking for your 15 seconds of fame?

Matthew 6:1

Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

Hebrews 13:16

Do not neglect to do good, and to share what you have, for such sacrifices please God

No More Excuses

Change is tough for us, it is emotionally challenging. it is not what we are used to doing, what we are used to saying, or who we are used to being.  That’s why it’s so hard to change.

Now, It is said that in order to make change a habit, you must do whatever it is for at least 21 days consecutively. It is also said that if we make a change in one area of our lives, (yes, that), it can theoretically affect change in all areas of our lives.

If you know you want to be better, you want to behave better or you want to look better but you can’t quite seem to make it happen on your own, why not ask God to be your strength, or to be your voice of reason, and then you do your part and begin to make an effort and don’t stop trying! If you fail,

No more excuses! You can do it!

Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these other things shall be added”, (Righteous things, Godly blessings), nothing is too big, too small or too hard for God!  Just ask Him, He is able and He will change what you cannot change on your own.

Listen!!

When you consider all that  is going on in the world today,  consider how sin has brought us to this point.

When we struggle with overcoming sin in our own lives, we must remember that we have a helper.   It is really simple,  all we need do is ask God for help and this is the kicker, then obey Him!  He will help you if you sincerely desire His help and He knows! In my own experience, I have found that  The Holy Spirit will always guide me  in those moments when I am  considering doing wrong.

I was so serious about pleasing God,  that I asked Him to allow me to feel the disappointment He feels when I allow my selfish ways to take control instead of obeying His voice, and then I asked myself why it was so easy for me to willfully disobey Gods word if I truly loved Him, and if I believed that Christ suffered, blead, and died for me.

If you truly love Jesus,  pay attention to that “still small voice” (Jesu living in you) when He says to you, “Don’t do it” or “Stop  before it’s too late”.  That’s the voice of the Holy Spirit in you.

If our sin does not break our heart, we make a mockery of Christ’s supreme sacrifice, Psalm 51.17

“The Storms” of Life

You know when you feel as though everything seems to be going wrong in your life?  Well my husband and I realized the other night, just how much our family has had to endure.

Although the bible tells us to rejoice in troubles, in the natural that seems unrealistic or unachievable until you understand the power of God.  Part of the reason that God allows us to experience sorrows and trials in our lives, is so that we might depend on Him, draw closer to Him, and learn that He is the power which sustains us.  He will  provide for us all that we need at any time in our lives, especially during the trials of life.

All of Gods children go through storms (troubling times), but it is precisely during the “Going through” moments of any crisis, that Gods peace is more evident than ever before.

Just remember that you are “Going through”, not remaing in “The Storm”. 

This too shall pass. 2Corinthians 4:17-18

Romans 12:12  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.

Why aren’t you saying “Merry Christmas”?

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only son” (John 3:16).  That’s what Christmas is really all about. Christ gave His life to forgive the sins of this world then and for all time,  so why can’t shouldn’t you say “Merry Christmas”?

Stand for what you believe. Don’t allow society to dictate what you can and can not say, at the time of year we celebrate the birth of “Our risen Savior Jesus Christ”. There would be no Christmas, If not for Christ!

For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)

Romans 12:2 (KJV)
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

BUT WAIT! Who’s birthday is it anyway?

Some of the worst times in our marriage, were do to money problems (not having enough). As a young couple, we felt the need to buy for all of our family at Christmas. I would spend, and We would deal with the consequences of my reckless behavior after the fact, and later when the bills came, so did the regret I felt. Thank God I learned to change that destructive behavior.

My advice to anyone, especially young couples and young people living on a limited income is, at Christmas or anytime, live and spend within your means! !! If you can’t afford to buy gifts, don’t! Learn to be crafty, make gifts, bake gifts (cookies, pies, cakes), give cards that express how much you care. Those who love you and who genuinely care about you will love your words. We don’t communicate enough anyway. Don’t give into the pressure of giving when you don’t have it to give. Don’t allow yourself or your family to go into debt giving gifts that you can not afford. It will only create problems in your relationship later on.

It’s Jesus’s birthday we are supposed to be celebrating! He should be receiving the gift of you living your life to please Him, because He cared enough to leave His heavenly father, to be born to the Virgin Mary into a sinful world. He lived and taught Gods will, and then He willingly gave His life on the cross for the salvation of the entire world. Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 27:32-56

I wish you a Merry Christmas with no regrets.