Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Reaching Out Blindly

"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." ~2 Timothy 2:15


A workman that needeth not be ashamed...I may not know all the times that a workman may be ashamed, but I do know that some of them involve a lack of knowledge on the part of the workman.  Applying that to our spiritual lives, how many times does that happen in a day? A month? Or a year?  These are moments we look back upon, wishing we could go back and do it over.  Did we listen to what the Holy Spirit was trying to tell us?  Or were we trying to do it in our own strength?  Do we even have the knowledge of such things that the Holy Spirit may use them in our lives?  We are told to study, look at everything, read our Bible, listen to what God would have us to learn and understand.  Why? so that when called upon, others can look at our lives and actions and understand that there is a reasoning behind the things we do that can be explained.

Just within the past week there have been a couple people whose final rebuttal consisted of "Just Google it, you'll understand."  Unfortunately, this only weakens a person's argument and makes their point seem a bit less valid.  Do we as Christians do this to others when they have questions about what we believe and why?  Responses such as "The Pastor can answer answer your questions" as a default, are they no better than telling someone to "just Google it"?

I will be the first to admit I don't have all the answers and will always be learning, but I will also say that it is not only the Pastor's job to have answers to other's questions, but we are to tell others what we know.  We are to help others understand and point them to Christ.  It is not only the Pastor who is to sow the seed, but all those who have been saved.  Thus we are called Christians, because we are called to be Like Christ.  We are called to reach out.

How can we reach out if we do not know?  How can we know if we do not study?  How can we study if we do not put in the time?

Study to show thyself approved unto God...are we studying to check a box? Or spend time with God and grow in His knowledge?  Which is more important to us in the end?

And when I write these posts, I'm not directing them at my audience alone, but God brings these to my heart's door first. He's asking me these questions before I even begin to type them up.

What will we do with the information God has put before us today?

Double Post Tuesday!

Normally, I would not (and may not ever again) post two things in one day, but this day is different.  The other post I have been working on for a couple days, this one came with the playing of a song.  The song is Lord Stay Close to Me by Legacy Five and can be found here.  Every time I listen to this song, it's more of an actual prayer to me than just a song.  I'm a musical person so I guess that makes sense to me...

Right now, I have a friend of mine that is going through some hard times.  Throughout this time of need, I wish I could do more for them than just listen to them and pray.  Our hard times are meant to be shared, firstly with God, but also with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  They may not be able to bear our burden for us, but they can intercede on our behalf before our heavenly Father.  They can encourage us along the way and help us to remember that though we may be going though a tough time now, this is just a season in our life and we must not let it overcome us.

It all boils down to whether or not we are strengthening our relationship with God on a daily basis.  If we are, we will lean on God through our trials and be able to strengthen others on their journey when they need it.  If we are not strengthening our relationship, we will become weak and struggle through our trials without understanding and when someone else needs help, who knows if we will be available.  My friend, a relationship with God is the only way to get through this life.  There are no magic words, objects, or people who can make our lives the best it can be, there is only God.

Are you trusting in Him?  Or are you trusting in man?


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just Stop

"Be still..." ~Psalm 46:10


This may be a small section of this verse, but even just this section holds so much meaning for the busy Christian.  I've been away from this blog for a good chunk of time...longer than I had planned.  Part of it was a few house sitting jobs I had landed recently while on my search for a more permanent job involving human interactions on a regular basis.  However, the same way we can boil down our neglect in our spiritual lives to selfishness sometimes, so I must admit that I have been focusing a lot more on "me time" than has been necessary.

Sometimes it's difficult for us to focus and take the time to really concentrate on what is important.  We get busy in the small things of the day to day life.  There's always food that needs to be made and eaten, clothes that need to be washed, dried and folded, and errands that need to be run, let alone if someone has a full time job as well.  If we want to, we will always find something to keep ourselves busy, and I really struggle with that.  There's always something that needs to be done and many times, I unfortunately manage my time poorly.

Whenever a Christian manages to have this problem, many times our relationship with our loving Father ends up suffering...and it's not fair.  This Almighty God who gave us the greatest gift of all, gets put on the back burner.  And He waits for us to realize that we can't do anything without Him and come back and ask for His forgiveness, help, and guidance. Our Abba Father wants the best for us, but also wants us to listen patiently.

Be still...stop...rest...listen to understand...

Be still...unmoving...noiseless...

Be still...calm...patient...

Be still, and know that I am God...

No one else can do for us what God does.  No one else can support us like God can.  No one else can love us like God does.  No one else can guide us like God can.

Be Still and Know That He is God...

Friday, February 24, 2017

Snow

This is just a poem that I wrote a while ago.  Since today has been filled with a lot of snow falling i figured it'd be fitting to fill this time with a reminder of God, even if it is a Christmas poem. :-D
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Snowdrops fall,
Slowly drifting ti the earth.
Winter is taking its cold grip,
On each and every hearth.

Pure white snow,
Innocent and clean,
Lays on the ground
With a beautiful gleam.

Christmas is coming,
The whisper flows through the land.
People are bustling,
Going where they've planned.

The snow lays dead flat,
Crushed by passing feet.
No one gives though,
Not in the hurrying street.

Broken and dirty,
The silent snow waits.
Someday more snow,
To cover the breaks.

Pure white souls,
The Lord to create.
In the beginning were,
But Satan just waits.

For our souls are too precious,
Ourselves to handle.
He knows our free will,
Can snuff out our candle.

He patiently watches,
The moment's just right.
We've taken the reins,
And Satan's move is just right.

Our soul is now battered,
And dirty with sin.
Only one person,
Can cleanse us within.

God patiently watches,
In heaven above.
For His child to come home,
So He can show His true love.

Jesus came to this Earth,
Our sin to redeem.
So He could reach down,
And fulfill His great scheme.

His message to us,
Within His word is hid.
Between two leather covers,
To open when we bid.

Only God thorugh His son,
Could forgive us our sins.
The only thing we can do,
Is ask forgiveness from Him.

My life I give back,
To His loving hands.
That one day with Him,
I might live in THAT land.

So dear friend I invite you,
This sweet Christmas season.
Come see a Saviour,
Whose life was given.

That you and I,
While in this world are placed
May praise HIS name,
To the human race.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Taking the Time

Many times, we as humans take time to do things we want to do, such as watch TV or eat a good meal.  Sometimes, we take the time for things that need to be done such as mowing the lawn or cleaning the dishes.  How many times though do we do things that need to be done because we want to do them? Believe it or not it IS possible for things like that to happen. It's a rare occasion sometimes and honestly, the joy that is found in things that need to be done sometimes is only found because of our relationship with our Heavenly Father.

There are many times I've stopped in my life and wondered why I'm doing a certain task or action.  Sometimes there's a logical or emotional value placed behind it, sometimes, there's nothing at all.  These moments however, open a door of looking at myself and my relationship with God and seeing just how well I'm doing in that walk and if I'm truly redeeming my time the way God would have me to.

Recently, a friend of Mykaela's had a post that she shared and I'm going to tag it here because it was definitely a reminder for me to redeem the time that I have now because I am never truly promised tomorrow.  Please, take the time to read it because I believe that no matter where we are in our daily walks with Christ, the little reminders placed throughout this post are special and worth reading. :-)


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Believe

"That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." ~John 3:15


John 3:16's lesser known sibling, but just as important.  It's mostly to emphasize that just as the serpent in the wilderness was lifted up and looked to for salvation from the sickness (as mentioned in verse 14), so Jesus was to be lifted up and looked to for salvation from sin.  However, the verse is repeated at the end of verse 16 as well, and when things are repeated, we know that it is important and should probably think about it more than to simply nod our head and agree with it.  (Though I will say now that we should never simply nod our head and agree with anything without first learning more of the facts.)

"That whosoever believeth in him" means that anyone can believe.  You, me, the neighbor down the street.  Anyone in the entire world can be believe, but we have to believe it all.  The Bible says "in Him" talking about Jesus.  It's not just enough to believe in him at face value, but we have to believe everything. We can't just pick the parts we like about Him, because the parts we may be uncomfortable with, like the reminder that we are sinners are just as important and a part of our Saviour.  We want all the things that make us feel like we're special, but set aside the fact that we are humans and should technically be sentenced to an eternity of eternal burning.  We are nothing, and Christ is everything.  He is love and justice, and we are sinners bound for a place filled with nothing but malice and pain.

"Should not perish, but have everlasting life" shows us that there is a way to have an eternity filled with Life.  Jesus is our Saviour, the one who is there reaching out towards us with nail scarred hands, wanting to lift us out of our lives of sin.  He is the one who is beside us every step of the way, waiting to help us in our hour of need and listening to every sorrow and prayer we have.  He is our friend that sticks closer than a brother. Even when we forget and falter, He is there, waiting and watching.

God doesn't want us to be separated from Him; he doesn't want us to have a life full of troubles without hope.  He sent His Son so that we may live fully with Him and for Him.

Do you believe?


Saturday, February 11, 2017

Saturday Songs

Oops...well, this week has obviously been busy.  I didn't really realize I had gone a week without saying one thing!!!  Though I did get the...privilege (the mache was the best part to be honest...) of making a pinata for the kids at church to break up after our Adults "Valentine's" Banquet at church.  It was definitely a time filled with friends, fun, and good food, which I believe are some of the most important blessings in my life because of Christ.  Honestly, if I didn't have a relationship with God, I wouldn't have any of the people I call friends in my life today.  I would be on a path that didn't really lead anywhere exciting.  I'm so blessed to have a relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  I could sing from the rooftops what God has given me in my life.

Well, once again I'm doing a song that a friend of mine mentioned in one of his messages at a ministry outreach.  It's a song with a beautiful reminder and exaltation to the world about how wonderful our God is with a story behind it that makes me wonder if I'm living my life to the best of my abilities.  Here is a short and interesting summerization.  Without further ado...
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What a Friend We Have in Jesus
By Joseph Scriven


  1. What a friend we have in Jesus,
    All our sins and griefs to bear!
    What a privilege to carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
    Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
    Oh, what needless pain we bear,
    All because we do not carry
    Everything to God in prayer!
  2. Have we trials and temptations?
    Is there trouble anywhere?
    We should never be discouraged—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Can we find a friend so faithful,
    Who will all our sorrows share?
    Jesus knows our every weakness;
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
  3. Are we weak and heavy-laden,
    Cumbered with a load of care?
    Precious Savior, still our refuge—
    Take it to the Lord in prayer.
    Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
    Take it to the Lord in prayer!
    In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
    Thou wilt find a solace there.
  4. Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
    Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
    May we ever, Lord, be bringing
    All to Thee in earnest prayer.
    Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
    There will be no need for prayer—
    Rapture, praise, and endless worship
    Will be our sweet portion there.
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I pray this song brightens your day as much as it does mine.  :-)  Happy Saturday!!!