Monday, April 27, 2015

Shh, someone's listening!

Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear! (Luke 12:3 NLT)

Be careful what you say! It has been many years since I've had young kids in my house on a daily basis. I remember always having to be careful what you said. Even today, I have to be cautious when talking in front of my grand kids. I love some of the stories I hear from my daughters about things there kids repeat. When you speak, they ARE listening.   

God is also listening. Even when we are quietly in our private homes, God knows what I'm saying. He knows if I'm saying things that at positive and uplifting or gossip and cutting. It really shouldn't matter where I'm at, the standard does not change with location. I should not change how I speak in the "dark" vs how I speak in the "light".

Dea Lord, may my words be your words. May I speak your truth in both the light and the dark. May I always be speak the truth, speak of your love, and speak your grace throughout my entire day. Thank you Lord for your love and mercy. I love you and am blessed by you! Amen!


Saturday, April 25, 2015

My Inner "Martha"!

But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42 NLT)

I have mentioned how much I love planning and I think I'm overly organized.  This is a great quality, most of the time. It's is very helpful when planning big events. It's helpful when being prepared for work. But, it also has it's down sides. I am guessing that Martha and I were just a like. She was fretting about all the details and making. Sure her plans were just perfect. The planning and preparation actually got in the way of the event. Yes, I know all about that. 

My CMA family and I are in the last week of preparations for our annual fundraiser. I'm starting to feel my "Martha" coming out. I just need to remember God is in charge and I can't let the planning and the stress of my perfectionism get in the way of our purpose. We just want to share the love of Jesus with the bikers in the Fort Wayne area. That doesn't take a lot of planning. It takes the Holy Spirit moving in us!

Dear Lord, I pray your blessings on our CMA event next Saturday. Please help me continue to focus on the details of serving others and not the details of this event. Our purpose is clear, you have ordained it. We need to love others so they will come to know you. It's not for our glory, it's not for our purposes. It's for your glory and your purposes. Amen!



Friday, April 24, 2015

Who am i?

One day Jesus left the crowds to pray alone. Only his disciples were with him, and he asked them, “Who do people say I am?” (Luke 9:18 NLT)


Who are you? Who do people say that you are? This question is no different today than it was for Jesus. It is important to know how people view you and your ministry. This "legacy" may greatly affect your witness. Everything you do should be calculated how it affects the kingdom of God. Are you viewed as a follower of Christ? Is it easy to see where your heart is? Are you really a closet Christian?

I'm not sure exactly why Jesus asked this question, but we can ask the question of ourselves. With deep introspect we can look at our lives and work at trying to make our lives a great witness for Jesus. We don't have to be perfect. We need to be open and honest about our weaknesses and the sins in our life. But, we have to show that the power of Jesus allows us to overcome those faults and love others. Through our service, our compassion, admitting our mistakes, and our genuine love others, what people think about us  will not be an issue.

Dea Lord, as I go through my daily routine, as I travel to motorcycle events, as I travel for vacation, as I deal with my family, help me to be a genuine christian. Help me Lord represent you to everyone I see. Help me to love others just like you have loved me. I need to sacrifice and serve others with your heart, soul, and spirit. Thank you Lord for helping me to grow in my witness for you. I love you and praise you for this wonderful life. Amen!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Guilty

How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. (Psalms 19:12-13 NLT)

I'm guilty. Two days ago at school I had a confrontation with a student that I did not handle well. I apologized afterward, but I still feel guilty for not handling this better. I just can't get over it. I've prayed about it and will continue to communicate with my Heavenly Father. I did not sleep well last night because when I woke up, I couldn't get it off my mind.

Sin is always lurking in my heart. I have faults, many faults and it's not easy keeping them in check. 

Lord, Cleanse me from my hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins. Don't let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. Amen!

The Storms of life.

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”........ (Luke 8:24-25 NLT)

Yesterday wasn't one of my best days. I'm tired, cranky, busy, and stressed. It's times like these I need the Lord more than ever. It's during these "stormy" times, when I am no different than the disciples in the boat. It's times like this I can here Jesus asking "Where is your faith?" I know God is in charge. The storms will pass and all will be calm. I need to let my faith take over and rest easy. I am dissappointed when I let the busyness, stress, and life's challenges get to me. 

Dear Lord, I need you right now. Help me reflect your love even in these challenging times. I love you through it all. Help me get beyond the daily grind and look to you for your guidance. Please keep me safe through the storms and bring the calmness I need. I ask these things, not deserving anything, but through your amazing grace. Amen!