Waiting Joyfully!

With Valentine’s Day approaching again, so many thoughts in my head, I can’t keep them quiet. Things I should say encouraging others, loving others and serving others. I can’t bear to keep it all in. Love and joy; how to find and keep it. How to enjoy yourself and live out loud while you wait? Waiting Joyfully? What does it mean?

 

Waiting means to be ready and available, to stay in a place of expectation. Joyful is a feeling, causing or showing pleasure.   So waiting joyfully means to feel, cause or show pleasure while you are in a state of expectation. In other words, be happy and have fun while you’re waiting for whatever!

If I’m waiting on God to send me who he has chosen, I must be ready and available. Ready by praying for “the one”, letting God work my kinks out and reading his word and using it in my life. Available by letting God use me to reach others, encouraging others and serving others. You never know what friendships will come out of being available. All the while, feeling, causing and showing pleasure by enjoying all these things and not being focused on me.

As a single person, I used to pine away for someone to love me like I wanted to be love. I thought it was me! Telling myself “What’s wrong with me?” I’m nice, lovable, I think I’m pretty, I’m successful, sometimes sarcastic, solves problems, cooks, stubborn (that’s questionable), etc. But if I am completely honest, there are some areas in my life that need tweaking. Some things only God can tweak and some things I should be tweaking. God wants to make sure he is giving me his best and giving someone else his best.

How can I wait joyfully? How can I even wait?

There are 7 questions you should ask yourself honestly to help you wait joyfully.

Who are you? What do you like about you? What don’t you like about you? What are the things you like to do? (activities, hobbies) When was the last time you did something for yourself or by yourself that was fun? Where have you always wanted to go? Why do you think you’re unworthy to do things by yourself?

God created you with gifts and talents to serve and love others, not to wait to be served and loved by others. He wants to complete you by filling you with him. To give you love, show you how to love yourself, so you can serve and love others. If you’re waiting you’re not alone. There are a lot of us out there. But while you’re waiting, wait joyfully! Be active! Live your best life! Do things you want to do alone or with some friends! Take pictures, have stories and memories to tell! Go places and serve others! Enjoy now! Do what makes you happy!

Serve God! Live for him and your life will never be boring! I may not have a significant other right now, but I do have lots of Christ-following friends who love and care for me to hang around and do things with. I have a family who loves me (most of the time, lol) to visit and hang with. I have a church family I get to serve with. But most importantly, I have a heavenly father who loves me unconditionally every moment of my life. He fulfills every need and wants the best for me. He searches my heart, knows my thoughts and listens to my prayers. He loves me! There is no greater love than his. I will choose to wait joyfully, live a life that pleases him through friendships of loving and serving others.

Waiting Joyfully: where boredom is not an option!

(Replace your name with the word “Love/it”) God is working in your life! God=Love

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.   1 Corinthians 13:4-7

The picture is me serving in Honduras last summer! Be Blessed!

 

 

Give What You Have, No Gift Is Too Small

I’m always worried I don’t have anything or enough to give, but God just wants us to show up!

 

Matthew 19:26 NIV

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand – Mark 6:30- 44 NIV

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

35 By this time it was late in the day, so his disciples came to him. “This is a remote place,” they said, “and it’s already very late. 36 Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

37 But he answered, “You give them something to eat.”

They said to him, “That would take more than half a year’s wages[e]! Are we to go and spend that much on bread and give it to them to eat?”

38 “How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.”

When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.”

39 Then Jesus directed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41 Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people. He also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied, 43 and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces of bread and fish. 44 The number of the men who had eaten was five thousand.

Discussion Questions:   (Let the Lord lead you)

Activity:  Create coupon books for the kids to pass out during the holidays.  The coupons can be for giving a hug, buying a toy ($1 tree), bringing a can good to school or to Glow, babysitting, vacuuming, walking the dog, etc.  (Anything a child can do, nothing is too small.  With God, all things are possible.)

This is a lesson I taught to children in Children’s Church.  Add a video “Five Loaves and Two Fishes” by Randy Holmes on Youtube.com and you can print off a coupon book at www.frugal-mom.com.

Jesus in the Clouds: Are You Helping Others Prepare?

For the past few weeks, I have been having dreams about being locked in building and I or the other people can’t get out.  In one dream, I got out but I felt lost and didn’t know where I was or how to get back home.

A couple of nights ago, I had another dream that I was at the mall ( another building) with my daughter.   Everyone was just going about their shopping, when all of a sudden water cracked the windows and everyone was screaming!  I was in a store where the windows weren’t cracked and the business owner closed and locked the door.

I looked out of a back window and saw up in the skies, Jesus on a enormous cloud.  His hands were outstretched and it was a beautiful sight.  Then I saw angels, lots of them, in the clouds waiting.  I felt peace at that moment and I sat down on a bench beside a man (who I didn’t know) and put my head on his shoulder and said, “I’m Ready!”.  He didn’t say anything.

I started to feel nervous, because my daughter wasn’t with me.  I wanted her to be with me when we are raptured.  I looked around the store, but she wasn’t there.  There was a commotion outside in the middle of the mall and everyone went to the door of the store to see what was going on.  People were running and scurrying around trying to leave.  The business owner opened the door and some of us went out.  I began to search for my daughter, looking everywhere and at everyone.  I saw her from afar, went to her, grabbed hand and hugged her.  I told her that Jesus is coming soon and I knew she was ready too.

After that, I woke up and remember how vivid the dream was and how disturbing it was that I was in a building again.  I tried to think about what it meant and why I was dreaming so heavily about buildings and people.  Sometime later after my devotion that morning, God whispered to me about my dream.  He said, “What about my other children, what about that man and all those other people?  You said that you were ready, but what about them?  Are they ready?  Do they know who I am?”

WOW!  What a way to make me realize that I’m not doing the job God has asked me to do for him.  I know I’m ready when Jesus comes to take me home.  But there are millions of other who aren’t.  And what am I doing to help them to know who Jesus is and what he has come for?

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)

We are to tell everyone, EVERYONE about Jesus!  This is hard for me, even though the two things I love to talk about the most are Jesus and Teaching!  I’m good at talking to people I know and of course children.  But STRANGERS, NO WAY!    I might can comment while I’m in line waiting to pay for my groceries or paying for gas or meeting someone new at church, but not just talking about Jesus and how he has set me free, to STRANGERS!

But no one would say anything publicly about him for fear of the Jews. (John 7:13)  I don’t fear the Jews, but maybe self-image or I know I’ll get the scripture wrong.  You know, I’m not perfect!
But Jesus is and he made us in his image, so he helps us have the courage to talk about him and share our stories with others.  He places them in our lives so we don’t have any other choice but to tell them or the choice to reject him and the ones who he has sent to hear his word.

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you!  As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”   And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:21-22)

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:  Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage with great patience and careful instruction.  (2Timothy 4:1-2)What about people who aren’t strangers?  What about our families, relatives, co-workers and church family?  Sometimes it’s easier to talk with STRANGERS than people we really know well.

Moses told his father-in-law about everything the Lord had done to Pharaoh and the Egyptians for Israel’s sake and about all the hardships they had met along the way and how the Lord had saved them.  Jethro was delighted to hear about all the good things the Lord had done for Israel in rescuing them from the had of the Egyptians and of Pharaoh, and who rescued the people from the hand of the Egyptians.  Now I know that the Lord is greater than all other gods, for he did this to those who had treated Israel arrogantly.”  Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought a burnt offering and other sacrifices to God and Aaron came with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law in the presence of God.  (Exodus 18:8-12)

On the tenth day of the first month the people went up from the Jordan and camped at Gilgal on the eastern border of Jericho.  And Joshua set up at Gilgal the twelve stones they had taken out of the Jordan.  He said to the Israelites, “In the future when your descendants ask their fathers,’ What do these stones means?’ tell them, ‘Israel crossed the Jordan on dry ground’.  For the Lord you God dried up the Jordan before you until you had crossed over.  The Lord your God did to the Jordan just what he had done to the Red Sea when he dried it up before us until we had crossed over.  He did this so that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.” (Joshua 4:19-24)

Paul to Timothy:  I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and I am persuaded, now lives in you also.  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which in in you through the laying on of my hands.  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power of love and of self-discipline.  So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord, or ashamed of me his prisoner.  But join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God who has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.  This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. (2 Timothy 1: 5-10)

Telling others about Jesus whether it is a family member, neighbor, co-worker, church member, friend or even a STRANGER is so important!  Instead of worrying about self, I needed a reminder of worrying about others.  Using the gifts and talents that God has given me to touch other lives and share what my Wonderful, Awesome God has done for me.  Loving others is the key!

Be Blessed!  Always Praying For You!

 

 

The Stranger Letter

Dear Friend,

You are being loved on today! I know you’ve been through heartache and sadness. I know you been in pain and need to forgive yourself. I know you’ve struggled with finances and raising a family. But I’m here to tell you that I’ve been through those exact same things. I still go through those things, but I don’t worry about what may or may not happen, because I’ve got JESUS and he gives me peace.

Just think of not having to worry or stress, you can be content where you are and be filled with peace. You can feel the love of God through your body, changing your mind and giving you a new beginning. He loves you sooooo much that he sent his son (think about someone you love soooo much) to die (accused, beaten, hung with nails on a cross) for you, yes you. Because he loves you and wants to make you new again; his blood, the blood that was spilt was for you, covers your sins (bad things you done) and now you are whiter than snow (pure, brand new, a restart, changeover). “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have eternal life”, John 3:16.

All you need to do is ask God to come into your heart, believe that he died for your sins and confess your sins to him. Here, say it with me:

God, I want to live for you. Please come and live in my heart. I believe you died for me and I am sorry for all the wrong things I have done. Please forgive me. I know you love me soooo much. Amen!

That’s it! Try to find a church to go to, if you are not sure, ask friends or come to Revolution Church in Gastonia. We would love to have you.

Living for God is not hard, just remember the greatest commandment: “Love the Lord with all your soul, with all you heart and with all your mind and with all your strength”, Mark 12:2 (love him above all else, people and things).  Another one is to love your neighbor as yourself (neighbor being anyone, treating someone like you want to be treated).”Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love you neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord”, Leviticus 19:18.  Read your bible! You can read it on the computer (biblegateway.com), phone (YouVersion), listen to it on CD, or read the book. You can learn a lot from reading a book. Lifeway Christian Book Store is a great resource. You can also find bible study groups within your church or friends or community.

God has your future in his hands and he is ready to release you into it. Are you ready? Let him lead you, walk his path for you and everything will be awesome and exciting. Enjoy his adventure for your life!

“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. Jeremiah 29:11

Your friend in Christ and praying for you always,

The Great Witness!

When God speaks, we should listen.  I said should which means I didn’t at first.  I’m a writer!  Wow, that was hard to say.  I’m a writer because that is who God’s wants and needs me to be for him.  I’m a children’s book author, I write quotes and blogs.  God places things on my heart to say and I write them right away and share them or I wait.

I want to do God’s will;  whatever he wants me to do.  Sometimes that’s really hard for me, I procrastinate.  I put it off for another day, week, or month.  But I really want to share God’s word with others and help them to see how important it is for him to be in their lives.  How much easier life gets when we have God to carry our burdens, troubles and storms.  I want to be a messenger for God.

It is our responsibility as Christ-followers to tell others about Jesus.  Matthew 28:18-20 says, Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Who can be a witness? Those who are following Christ!   Mark 2:14-15, 17 says, As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth, “Follow me”, Jesus told him and Levi got up and followed him.  While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him.  “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”

Do not assume religious know God! Religion is not Relationship with God! Acts 17:22 says, Paul then stood up I the meeting of the Areopagus and said:  Men of Athens!  I see that in every way you are very religious.  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with the inscription:  To An Unknown God.  Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.

What is the church’s responsibility?  2 Timothy 4:1-2 says, In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge:  Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—– with great patience and careful instruction.

A transformed life is the best witness!  Philippians 2:14-16a says, Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like the stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.

I am ready to meet my Jesus in heaven.  To spend days walking together, singing and worshiping, but my greatest joy is to see YOU there with me and sharing this wonderful time together.  Please let Jesus take over your life!  He is waiting and has been waiting this whole time!  Your whole life!

Let me pray with you:
Dear Jesus, I need you so much in my life.  Please come into my life and change it to what you want it to be.  Please forgive me of my sins, all of them.  I believe you died on the cross to save me from my sins that would send me to Hell.  I know you loved me so much to do that for me and I thank you for that.  Thank you for coming to live inside me and be my savior.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Find a church that teaches from the Bible to attend, find a Bible study group, a prayer group and a Christ-following friend who will support you through this new and awesome journey.  God is super excited to have you part of his family.  The angels are celebrating tonight!  God loves you and so do I!  Welcome to the family of God!

The End Is Near! Please Be Ready; Your life depends on it!

As I see, listen and read all the things that is going on in this world today, I’m sad and excited.  Excited, because I am ready to spend eternity with my loving savior, Jesus Christ.  Sad, because so many of my family, friends and people I don’t know are not ready for eternity.  They’ve heard but are not ready to give their life to Christ, they’ve not heard and don’t know or they have given their life to Christ once and walked away never to renew their relationship with him.

I am begging you!  Please, please get ready!  Things are happening all over this world and we are blind to them.  Things are happening and no one is telling us, they don’t want us to know!  Things are happening right here in the United States, in your town or neighborhood, you must be ready with God in your heart ( He loves you so much and wants you to live with him forever), a Bible with scripture/verses memorized (you will hide them in your heart and have them when you need them) and an Emergency Kit for when disaster strikes (food, water, medicines, etc.).

I personally know many people who have had/are having visions and dreams.  It is God’s way of preparing us for what is to come.  Pray for your loved ones, friends, family and yourself to let Jesus save you from your sins and live for him for the little time that is left here on Earth.  Say this prayer:   Jesus, I need you in my life.  I accept you as my savior.  Please come and heal my sinful life.  I believe you died on the cross for me.  You love me so much, you gave up your life for mine.  I want to live for you and tell others about you so they can live too.  I confess my sins to you.  I lay down all the things that have kept me away from you.  I love you and am thankful for the life you have given me to live for you.  Thank you for changing my life and making me a home in Heaven.  I can’t wait to see you and spend eternity with you.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Find a Christ-following friend, church, or prayer group, they will help you further your knowledge in the Bible.  Ask God for wisdom and strength, so that you can endure what is coming.  Pray for others, share God with others and live your life out loud.  Now, other people are more important than you.  Love God, Love Others!

Dear Heavenly Father,
I pray for the person reading this.  I pray that you and something in this post will change their life and make them want to become your child.  I pray that you will lead them on whatever path you have chosen for them and they will share you with others.  I pray awesome and wonderful blessings over this person.   I pray for salvation, healing, protection, and provision.  I pray that you will use this person in totally awesome ways that will blow their minds.  Thank you for being my Savior and Heavenly Father.  You have totally changed my life and I am forever grateful.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

John 3:16              New International Version (NIV)
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Jeremiah 29:11      New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Psalm 119:11        New International Version (NIV)

11 I have hidden your word in my heart
    that I might not sin against you.

     I hope this brings you comfort in a sinful world that is about the be changed forever.  God bless you!