10.24.2010

No Matter What

No matter what God is there for you and He has a plan. When the whole world seems to turn their back on You, Jesus is still by your side. He died on the Cross for You so that you could live for Him and love Him as He loves you.

I know sometimes you want to fit in and be "cool" but sometimes the hippest thing to do is not always the best thing for you. God doesn't want you happy. He likes it when your happy but that is not what He wants. He wants what is best for you and I hope you know that and understand that.

I want to remind today that God loves you more than anything! I want you to know that there is nothing that you can do that can keep Him from loving you. Turn from your ways and live for Him. His grace is sufficient for you! God has a plan for You so stand strong and keep your faith no matter what!! Why? Because no matter what HE LOVES YOU!!!!! Stay blessed!

We NEED To Be Disciples!

So I have been learning about what it means and looks like to be disciple of Jesus Christ. I never thought much about it or what it looks like and certainly didn't really think there was a difference between a Christian and a disciple... but it seems there is a difference. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, however it is.
See we as followers of Jesus have been taught the usual when it comes to sharing Jesus, tell them about Him, ask them if they want to accept Him into their heart, and if they do then pray with them and be on your merry way. If they don't then you have at least planted a seed. And all of that is great, really, but looking at Jesus and how the disciples lived their lives that really isn't fulfilling God's will and way for letting the whole world know about Him.

God has been showing me so many things regarding this and continues to bring examples into my life. Looking throughout the Bible I see people who pursued others while they were pursuing God. This is what I want and desire to do. Oh my heart yearns to be such a Light that people no longer see me, but see Jesus in me. I want my life, my words, my example to scream "I love Jesus!!!". I want to be a disciple. This will take sacrifice and lots of heart and passion for God, but I believe that in Him I can do all things.

Going back to pursuing others, when we tell someone about the Lord we need to stick with it. Or in other words, stick with them. If they accept Christ we can help them find a Bible based Church that fits them well, we can find a need in their life and fill it. Sometimes I think people initially accept Christ when witnessed to, but I think sometimes maybe they end up looking at their life and feeling discouraged because they have their old life to deal with, they'll probably need to get some new friends who can support them in their walk with Jesus as that person supports them in theirs. They probably will feel lonely because it's really hard to go it alone, God tells us that it isn't good for man to be alone and I believe that aside from marriage, God was also telling us that we need people around us to support us and help us along.

I'm challenging myself to reach out to people and not only tell them about Jesus, but also be a friend to them. We must be careful to make sure we don't befriend someone who isn't real about loving and living for God and end up getting ourselves dragged down to their level (because remember you can never pull a person up, but they can pull you down). Feel free to join me in this challenge and mission as we through Christ take over the world for Jesus!! :) Have a blessed week!!!

10.17.2010

At The Scent of Water


I just finished reading 'At the Scent of Water' by Linda Nichols. Wow!! This book is 416 pages of pure book bliss! :) Yeah, it's long, but it is so good I don't think you'll even notice.

It took me about 2 weeks to  read this book. I used to really not like Christian fiction, but it has grown on me so much and this book is one of the best you can find out there! Linda takes you on a journey with two main characters (Sam & Annie) and how sometimes sorrow and tragedy may draw us apart for a while, but if we allow God to heal our hearts, it will draw us together. I laughed during this book, cried during this book, got angry and wished they would see the Truth, and had so many crazy emotions.

I really encourage you to pick up this book. It's one of those books that will leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling inside. :) So go find this book at your Christian book store or library and if they don't have it request it! Have a blessed, relaxing Sunday!!! If you need prayer for anything at all just leave a comment and I'll pray for you! :)

10.08.2010

Re-Fresh Me!!!

Oh my goodness! I have had a wonderful week!! Yes, I have. It has only gotten better. :) Wanna know why? Well, even if you don't I'm telling you because I feel like a fresh me!! Yes, God is good all the time and all the time God is good and He does work together for the good of those who love Him.

The past few months I have been struggling with temptation and sin. It's hard to say no sometimes. And I kept praying and saying oh, Lord, please help me with this and then when He was doing that I looked the other way and kept doing what I was doing. I know, I was wrong. Well, Jesus set me free today!! Err.. maybe I should rephrase that, I allowed Jesus to set me free. Not that I am anything (I am a nobody when it comes down to it ;) but as I was reading My Utmost for His Highest devotional today Oswald Chambers was talking about how we here the Lord telling us to come to Him and we do whatever we can not to, so we can continue living life the way we have been.

I just had to let y'all know that God has set me free and He can set you free too!!!! There is nothing He cannot do for He is God!!! :) God has refreshed me. My prayer is that you will as I have surrender to Him and allow Him to re-FRESH you!! It's so worth it (it meaning giving Him your life and allowing Him to have His way in you)! Have a blessed weekend!!!

10.05.2010

The Mealer Brothers



I watched this video tonight on E:60 and I was so blessed by it. Truly with God, all things are possible. Remember, this guy was told that he had a 1 % chance of walking again, he has beaten the odds. How? Because of God.

Keep your eyes on Him and hanging tight to Him. With Him all things are possible!! :) Stay blessed!

10.03.2010

My Dream...

I remember this dream from a couple weeks ago.. it has haunted me almost.. kept me thinking and also challenging me.. continue reading to find out about it.

We were walking to the grocery store. Pretty routine, just going to get groceries, pick up a few things. Then, I saw this pretty oriental girl. She looked kinda hard on the outside, but something told to me to go talk to her, so without hesitation I walked through the parking lot to where she was sitting and sat down next to her.

She said hi and I returned it with, "hey, how are you?". We talked for a few minutes and then I just abruptly asked her, "Do you know Jesus?" and she said, "No, I've never heard of Him.". I asked her is she would like to know Him and she said yes. Minutes later she was accepting Christ into her life and we said goodbye and then walked away.

Then the next day it turned out she has been in a car accident and killed. This made me sad and when I went to the funeral every one was talking about how she was changed by God and that they could tell it even in such a short period of time and how perfect God's timing was that she would come to know Him before she died. Then I woke up.

This dream shook me to the core because I could tell this was God telling me to not be afraid or ashamed to tell people about Him because we never know what will happen after we walk away.

Thank You Lord, for showing me the Light and Your way.
Thank You, for revealing to me what I need to work on.
Help me and the people who read this to shout to the people around who You are.
Amen.

Stay blessed!

Radical


I finished reading Radical by David Platt a couple days ago. Wow.. where do I start with this book? It's a wonderful book with a lot of good points. I will say that there were a few things in this book that I did not agree with. That's just part of every one having their own opinion. We are all entitled to one. :) There were just a few things that when I think about them I don't exactly see eye to eye with what he is saying.

It took me about 2 months to read this book. Not because I am slow reader, but because this is one of those book that you need to take your time with. It's a book that you need to break down piece by piece and really think about what David is saying and talking about.

David wrote this book to talk about what we as the body of Christ need to do... what we need to be. It's very true that the Church needs to step it up and actually do what we always claim we are doing. It's a lovely challenge that David offers. This is a wonderful book and I would encourage you to read it. Keep in mind that there are some things that I disagree with so just don't soak up every thing he says and make that your opinion. You may agree completely with what he says and that is totally fine just don't accept every thing right off the bat without first comparing it to God's Word.

Have a wonderful Sunday! :)