Archive | September 2013

A21 Day 4

Ghandi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” What a sad statement. Unfortunately, I think some people still view us that way. I say I’m a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ & people are surprised. Now, the question, why are they surprised? Is it cause I’m such a great person … I’m thinking yah, lol. But I doubt it (even though I am pretty great). Am I too much like this world? Do I speak before I think, before I’ve asked The Lord to guide me? Most definitely. I love to joke & tease, do I go too far, probably. Do I lie & steal? No, I’m probably a little tough in my honesty (I’m in HR, comes with the job).

How do I get others to see Jesus in me? How can I help others to like Christians? I can’t change the world, I don’t have super powers, I’m just me. Me, silly, loving, sarcastic, faithful, honest, opinionated, stubborn, me.

I watch the cursor blinking, blue blue blue. I still have no clue. No magic answer.

I pray. I pray all the time, even in the restroom, yes, I said it! In the restroom! I pray for wisdom, I pray others, I pray that others see Jesus in me, I pray Jesus in me. When someone asks for prayer I pray. When I see something going on I pray. This is what I can do! I pray. And when many of us are praying for the same things miracles happen! God is there in the midst of our prayers.

We’re on day 4 praying for people that are being sold into captivity, human trafficking. Today lets pray for their hope & healing. Let’s join together with Proverbs 31 Ministries (http://lysaterkeurst.com/2013/09/i-need-your-prayers/) & join the A21 Campaign (http://www.thea21campaign.org). Let us pray.

Here are a few suggested verses for all of us;
Psalm 40:1-3
Jeremiah 30:17
Jeremiah 31:17

A21Campaign Days 2 & 3

The enemy hates it when he knows we’re doing something good. I was miserable yesterday, stomach pain. Grrrr. But, I’m well today, thank You Jesus & I have things I want to share ☺️

As you might already know, I love Lysa TerKeurst. I read her blog the other day & it touched me. It seems so crazy to me that there are people out there that feel it’s ok to sell a person a human being! What the heck? I want to believe those days are gone, if I can’t find it at Amazon I don’t need it. How can another person sell someone else? Has our world truly become that perverse? Did it ever really stop? Am I just that naive? Am I wearing blinders & ear plugs. I don’t know how to help in this situation so, I’m hoping just to increase all of our awareness. Go to A21’s website, the link is in yesterday’s post. Read what you can do to stop this terrible thing from going on. Check out Lysa’s blog “I need you prayers” to read & hear how you can make a difference. Pray, please, pray. Below here you will see what Lysa has asked us all to pray about. I’m going to do some more reading too, I’ll post tomorrow about it. In the mean time … I pray that God will touch your heart as you read & that you’ll take the steps necessary to protect yourself, your family, friends & all the people that are being held captive. Amen.

Day 2: For their protection, freedom, and justice:
Psalm 82:4, Psalm 103:6, Psalm 146:7

Day 3: For their strength and salvation:
Psalm 138:7, Isaiah 40:29, Luke 19:10

A21 Campaign

I’m joining with Proverbs 31 and the A21 Campaign to end human trafficking. I’m going to post a prayer every day for 31 days. Please, go to http://www.thea21campaign.org to find out more.

Day 1

Dear Lord, the world we live in has gone so far astray. Stealing people & selling them into slavery! Lord God, what is wrong with us? We are Your children & we ask You Lord to protect us, protect us from ourselves, our selfish motives. Send Your angels to protect those people that have been enslaved, free them, restore their lives. Only You Lord can make awareness grow, You are our portion and I pray that You would touch those people that are taking Your children & holding them captive. Change their hearts, turn them around. Save all of them Lord the captives & their captors! In Jesus name, Amen.

A Prayer

I’ve heard that the best writers write from a sincere heart well then, this should be one of the best blogs I’ve ever written. I hope you don’t mind, actually I hope you will come along side me in this prayer.

Father God, this is the day You have made & I am rejoicing & I’m glad in it. I pray Lord that each & every day that I place You first. Not after I get things done, not after I’ve taken care of my husband/family/work but first. Help me Lord each day to remember You loved me first & that it’s my greatest honor to do the same for You. I can be so selfish Lord, I want what I want & I want it now. It’s so easy to just go buy what I want, or figure out how to do things in my own strength but, Lord, that’s not what I want it’s not what I need. I desire to be more like You. I know that will take time, I know that will take me slowing down, it will take sacrificing some of the things I now consider so important. Teach me to call out to You before I do something, before I impulsively do it or buy it. Help me to look to You for guidance, for a fresh vision. Change me Lord, I’m an empty vessel for You, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, create in me a clean heart.

Lord, help me with my daily responsibilities too, please. Cleaning the house seems like such a bother but, if I just remember Revelation 19:8 “It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints” perhaps then I would do it with a better attitude. I would pay my bills without thinking we’re broke because Philippians 4:19 says “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Going to work some days is just hard but, Psalm 128:2 says “You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.”

Lord, make Your Word real to my heart, engrave it on my heart, on all that I am. Send satan running in fear because he knows I have You & that You are all I long to be, You are who I long to be with.

I love You Father God, I love You. Make me the person You want/need me to be. I’m Your’s. In Jesus Mighty Name I pray. Amen.

This entry was posted on September 10, 2013. 4 Comments

#FreshVision

fresh
freSH/
adjective
1. Not previously known or used; new or different.
2. Recently created or experienced and not faded or impaired.

vi·sion
ˈviZHən/
noun
1. The faculty or state of being able to see. The ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom. A mental image of what the future will or could be.
2. An experience of seeing someone or something in a dream or trance, or as a supernatural apparition.

#FreshVision. I keep pondering & praying … #FreshVision. The whole experience of What Happens When Women Say Yes to God OBS has been a #FreshVision. I hear my mom’s voice telling me not to be greedy. You get what you get & you say thank you. I keep asking but, I think I’ve received the answer, I just don’t like it 😳

bal·ance
ˈbaləns/
noun
1. Stability of one’s mind or feelings.
2. A condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

Balance! I’m all or nothing, no middle of the road for me! Lets do this or let’s not. I’m seriously dieting, not dieting. Lets do a workout that makes grown men cry or let’s sit & watch tv. Balance #FreshVision. Man, He knew what He created when He built me! Now, He wants balance?! I’m not even sure I get that even after reading the definition. I love the feeling when I get into something, when I’m all excited, adrenaline going. When I start to get bored its o-v-e-r, oh oh.

Hmmm, I’m loving this study. I’ve learned so much. Perhaps my quiet time is becoming duty time, perhaps the study has been accountability time. Where is the fire I had when I first started? It’s starting to balance with the rest of my life. That’s good, right? I love being passionate about things, thoughts and feelings. Am I still passionate about wanting a relationship with my God? Oh yes Lord! I still want more of You, I still need more of You!

I have to admit, I have no real clue what balance is or will be or how to achieve it. But, I know that I know that my Heavenly Father will teach me about balance now that I am opening up to His want for me, His desire. Our relationship is not out of duty! It’s love, it’s necessity, it’s beautiful. He chose me!

I am a chosen woman of God. I ask Him to use me all the time. I don’t always know when it’s happening and that’s ok I don’t need to know. I need to know that I’m listening, having quiet time with my Creator. Sharing the first parts of my day, last moments before sleep and the moments in between. Looking for moments, opportunities to see Him, to be with Him.

“There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven — A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted. A time to kill and a time to heal; A time to tear down and a time to build up.” Ecclesiastes 3:8

Oh Lord, help me here, please. I know my #FreshVision is balance, I get that. But, I so don’t get that. How do I strive for balance? How do I balance the time in a day, the different demands and needs of others? Father God, teach me, please. This #FreshVision you’ve given me is much bigger than I’m capable of. I need You, I’ve always needed You, I will always need You. I thank You Lord for loving me, for teaching me and for this #FreshVision. I thank You Lord that You will be with me as I learn balance. In Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

BTW, I have the feeling this may become an ongoing theme. 😊 #FreshVision – balance.

This entry was posted on September 4, 2013. 5 Comments