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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Doggie Prayer

A friend of mine sent me this video and I thought it was too cute! Enjoy! :)
Hope it brightens your day!



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Friday, September 24, 2010

While I'm Waiting

Musical Muse: 
"While I'm Waiting" By John Waller

I keep listening to this over and over...hoping and trusting in God.


Praying and holding on to this with every fiber of my being...


"Be still, and know that I am God. 
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world"- Psalm 46:10


 and 

"Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen." - Ephesians 3:20 & 21


Because He knows...and I just have to do my part.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Twitter Will Kill You


I thought this was hilarious...lol. It was made by one of my favorite bands: "David Crowder Band"Check 'em out  if you don't know them.  They're awesome.  Enjoy! :)


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Life On A Starbucks Cup

"For You created my inmost being; You knited me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place.  When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." - Psalm 139:13-16

How awesome is it to know that God has a plan for our lives...He made us with a purpose to fufill.  We each have a different purpose that He gave to each of us individualy, that only we can accomplish.  No one else in the world can fufill what God had ordained you to do!  How awesome is it to know that the creater of the universe can look upon us, and have that attention to detail!  He created the heavens and the earth and yet He loves us so much that He created us individually with great significance and purpose.  So even if you don't see it or understand it; God loves you and thinks you are special. :D

 "As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. - "Ecclesiastes 11:5

Love this verse:

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart." -Jeremiah 29:11 &12

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Pocket of Sunshine




Oh ! How I've needed this! God Knows... I love how the Lord sends us little reminders like these to keep our head up and remind us that He is in control of everything and will always have our back.  This is another one of the many work emails (Email is below) that I get throughout the day. 



 I love getting these :) They are like little pockets of sunshine from God to make me smile again when all I see is darkness.  He is the light that peeks through the clouds of life.  Much like these pictures that I took on the way to work the other day.  They really made me smile and I knew that it was going to be a good day.  God Bless You!!! :) Enjoy!












Addressing Matters From A Spiritual Perspective
Rev. Sinclair Grey III, M.Div.
Working with people isn't easy. I don't care who you are or what you do, the truth of the matter is that people can get on your nerves and cause you to lose your mind. I've come to discover there are some people in this world whose job is to cause you to act up and act out contrary to who God called you to be. Falling into their trap allows you to play their game and next thing you know, you're messed up, cracked up, and tripping on the dumbest things. Why? Because you've allowed the negative energy of a few people dictate as well as determine your behavior toward others. As my mentor would say, 'don't give people control over who you are and whose you are.'

In this life, I want you to know how you react to people will determine how far you'll go in life. Let me say that again. When people can influence you to act a fool, you need to check who's in control of your emotional well-being. The more you allow others to determine your happiness and/or worth, the more power they have over you. On the other hand, when you learn how to react to people, you'll have the upper hand in the situation. Simply put - when you remain in control, you'll keep yourself focused and committed to doing what God has called you to do. 

In this spiritual journey, you need to know that God expects all of His children to love one another. That's right; you've got to exhibit love to those who can't stand you and are jealous of you. In a real sense, you've got to have the Spirit of God that's on the inside continuously manifesting itself on the outside. Failure to do so will you keep you from experiencing all that God has for you. With God on the inside, you can handle anything on the outside. Just remember, you have the victory and no demon in hell can mess you up. The enemy can try to destroy you with people, but he's already defeated. When you understand the battle, you'll know how to fight it.

In writing to the people of Ephesus , the apostle Paul penned these words, "Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places." Please don't miss this.. When people are tripping on you, understand it's not the person, but the spirit in the person. (Oops, I said something) To deal with a spiritual problem, you need a spiritual solution. You can't address a spiritual issue with a fleshly solution. It won't work. That's my word for you. The next time you have to deal with someone who's trying to get on your nerves, look at it from a spiritual perspective and address it from that arena. Allow God to order your steps and everything will work out fine.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Psalm 40

I really wasn't planning on blogging today but the Lord had something else in mind.  It's funny because I woke up today the lyric from the song by Hillsong "Jesus the lover of My soul"(Listen Here)...I kept singing the part that says ''Jesus, the Lover of my soul, Jesus I will never let you go...you've taken me fromt the miry clay and set my feet upon the rock..."  I really didn't think much of it as I, more often than not, wake up with a song in my head.  (I know I've said it before but I really do feel sometimes that my brain is a juke box that just won't turn off...lol.) Anyways...lately I've been spending some time in the book of Psalms.  I've been feeling really encouraged in my walk with the Lord as I read the different triumphs and struggles that King David had in his walk with the Lord as he trusted in the Lord and reminded me to continue do so as well.  Even when it seems impossible.  I came across Psalm 40 this morning and I couldn't help but laugh because I could see that what I was reading was clearly greatly influemtial in the writing of the song that I had stuck in my head! The Lord put it in my heart as a reminder of the promises He's given me.  All I need do it is to wait patiently and trust in him.

"I waited patiently for the LORD;And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD."- Psalms 40:1-3


Read the whole chapter :) It's an absolutely beautiful piece of writing.  You can see how king David felt even with the powerful status that he had as king of Isreal.  He gives ALL the praise to the Lord for everything that he has and everything that the Lord has done for him and Everything that the Lord will do....think about it...evertyhing that the Lord will do...wow. Another reminder that the best is yet to come! How great is it to have that kind of faith in the Lord. To know and believe that He will take care of us regardless of what we do or comes our way... He is the absolute lover of our soul, our saviour, and precious friend.

AAARRGG!!!

Happy Sunday Everybody! :)

Today is National Talk Like A Pirate Day! So in honor of that I wanted to share with you a little pirate wisdom...lol. ;)


Friday, September 17, 2010

I called, You Answered and came to my Rescue!

Musical Muse: Hillsong United - Came To My Rescue

I thought this song would be fitting since my last post was about calling on God.

Enjoy! This song is awesome! :) God bless!
"He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliever him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My Salvation."- Psalm 91:15-16

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Heavenly Hotline :)

I received these emergency "phone numbers"in an email a while back and thought it was super neat!  I wanted to share it with you all as it has greatly blessed my walk with the Lord.  You can even print it out and keep it in your wallet or bible as a quick reference if you want :)
I wholeheartedly believe the Lord gave us his word to help us navigate this life we're in and we are to call to Him and He will ALWAYS come to our rescue and I speak from experience when I say that God hears our prayers, even when we think He doesn't.
"I'll call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies" - Psalms 18:3

He will NEVER leave us or forsake us; we need only turn to him with a contrite heart.
"In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; he saved me from all my troubles" - Psalms 34:6
God bless you! :D

THE BEAUTY OF THIS IS THAT ALL THESE NUMBERS MAY BE PHONED DIRECTLY.  BEST OF ALL IS THAT NO OPERATOR ASSISTANCE IS EVER NEEDED AND ALL LINES TO HEAVEN ARE AVAILABLE 24 HOURS A DAY!


When -

You are sad, phone John 14

You have sinned, phone Psalm 51

You are facing danger, phone Psalm 91

People have failed you, phone Psalm 27

It feels as though God is far from you, phone Psalm 139

Your faith needs stimulation, phone Hebrews 11

You are alone and scared, phone Psalm 23

You are worried, phone Matthew 8:19-34

You are hurt and critical, phone 1 Corinthians 13

You wonder about Christianity, phone 2 Corinthians 5:15-18

You feel like an outcast, phone Romans 8:31-39

You are seeking peace, phone Matthew 11:25-30

It feels as if the world is bigger than God, phone Psalm 90

You need Christ like insurance, phone Romans 8:1-30

You are leaving home for a trip, phone Psalm 121

You are praying for yourself, phone Psalm 87

You require courage for a task, phone Joshua 1

Inflation's and investments are hogging your thoughts, phone Mark 10:17-31

You are depressive, phone Psalm 27

Your bank account is empty, phone Psalm 37

You lose faith in mankind, phone 1 Corinthians 13

It looks like people are unfriendly, phone John 15

You are losing hope, phone Psalm 126

You feel the world is small compared to you, phone Psalm 19

You want to carry fruit, phone John 15

Paul's secret for happiness, phone Colossians 3:12-17

With big opportunity/ discovery, phone Isaiah 55

To get along with other people, phone Romans 12

AND

For dealing with fear, call Psalm 47

For security, call Psalm 121:3

For assurance, call Mark 8:35

For reassurance, call Psalm 145:18

FEED YOUR FAITH, SO YOUR DOUBT WILL STARVE TO DEATH.
"The grass withers and the flowers fade, but the word of our God stands forever"- Isaiah 40:8

Friday, September 10, 2010

I Need You More. More than words can say...

Musical Muse: "I Need You More'' -Kim Walker

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. This is definitely one of my top five worship songs.  It's so simple, yet is so powerful.  We sang this song at church a couple weeks back and the Lord moved in an AMAZING way!  His presence was so overwhelming.  It was just so beautiful and raw and...real.  I wanted to stay there forever and just delight in it.  The Lords presence really is LIFE to me. Everyday that passes I need Him more than I did the day before because relying on His will rather than trying to control my own requires Him…




Kim Walker - I Need You More


I need You more
More than yesterday

I need You Lord
More than words can say
I need You more
Than ever before
I need You Lord
I need You Lord

More than the air I breathe
More than the song I sing
More than the next heartbeat
More than anything
And Lord as time goes by
I'll be by Your side
Cause I never want to go back
To my old life

(12x)


We give You the highest praise

All our praise 
All our love 
Our adoration God
We give You all 
We give You All






Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Building Bridges

Bible Study Tuesdays: Galatians 5:22

Chick Chat Under The Stars Edition!!
This was a girls only bible study that my friend asked me to lead.  I was kind freaking out because I had never done anything like that.  Even though I was scared I accepted the challenge as I had no concrete reason for saying no.  I thought it would be nice to have a picnic under the night stars at a park and see where God leads us.  The bible study was awesome.  Like I said before, I was really nervous as I had never done anything like that but now that it's done, I'm REALLY glad that I did.  Just the preparation alone was well worth it as it made me draw nearer to the Lord.  And that is always a REALLY good thing.  I made some sandwiches and chocolate covered strawberries just to give the girls something to munch at while I talked.  That's something I always do when I teach Sunday school.  It makes me feel more relaxed because I know that people with full belly's are usually happier and more attentive...lol :D.  I was going to take pictures but in my nervousness I forgot.  But luckily my friend took a few photos so I will ask her to send me copies.  So, I will update the post when I get them.  All the praise be to God for it turning out so well and He even gave us a shooting star! How awesome is that?! Hope it blesses your heart as much as it did mine. :)



I got this idea from a commercial I heard on the radio about a girl who is riding in a train with seventy other people and how no one is looking at each other and how all she wants is for someone smile at her. That really stood out to me and got me thinking. Am I walking around with spiritual blinders on? I'm I so in my own world that I don’t even notice other people in the room? Am I so in my own world that I don’t take the time to acknowledge someone? I felt that it would be something good to talk about but I wasn't sure how I would go about doing it so I kept it in prayer.

Conformation of topic:

I kept thinking about it and started to think can I reach out more, can I do more to convey the love of Christ? I was preparing my coffee like I do most mornings at work and I normally use two packets of Splenda but that day I felt like using three. No particular reason I just felt that I might need three that day. Little did I know how God was even using a little Splenda packets to speak to me. When I laid them down on my desk about to use them. They were all flipped over to the side that contained a little text of “life’s little wisdoms”. In a nut shell they were in sequential order saying that we should sprinkle our inner sweetness around.


<<<---These are the three Splenda packets :)


But then I started to think…what is sweetness and how can I pass this around?

So enter the fruit of the spirit…

"GALATIANS 5:22 BUT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS Love, Joy, Longsuffering, KINDNESS, Goodness, GENTLENESS, and Faithfulness…"



Now…all the fruits are important and essential. (God wouldn’t list them if they weren’t) but two of them stood out to me: Kindness and Gentleness.






GOD DESIRES US TO BE KIND AND GENTLE (MORE CHRIST LIKE)

A. WHAT IS GENTLENESS, and KINDNESS?
1. Humility and Humbleness before God
2. Putting others before ourselves
3. Meekness and Gentleness, Christ like

B. WHAT IS A CHRIST LIKE PERSONALITY?
1. Not selfish but selfless
2. It’s outward towards others
3. It’s having a spirit of kindness and LOVE

As this LOVE is demonstrated in 1 CORINTHIANS 13: 4-6 :"Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth."

and most importantly...

The Love that is spoken of in 1 John 4:8: "He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

C. WHAT DOES IT ACCOMPLISH?
1. Lets people feel your God given LOVE, (which in turn brings you more joy.)
2. It lets people see “Jesus in you"

D. WHY SHOULD WE SPREAD THIS GOD GIVEN LOVE?
1. Simply put God desires for us to be kind and loving.
2. We are to show love to other as He showed love to us.

We can see this clearly in 1 JOHN 4:9-11: "In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another"


So, just as we see that God desires for us to be more filled with the spirit…
He also desires for us to PRACTICE using those said fruits of Kindness and Gentleness, Etc.

We can see this stated in EPHESIANS 4:32: "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you."

and

EPHESIANS 5: 1& 2:"Therefore be imitators of God as dear children"

The key word here is PRACTICE. We all know that we will never (in this life) be perfect but the Lord desires for us to try. The beauty is in the attempt.

1. Spirit filled believers are to act very kind and loving.
2. They try not to act out with bad attitudes
3. Spirit filled believers are tenderhearted.
4. Spirit filled believers forgive others with all the gentleness their heart posses.
5. They are to reach out to others.

How can I put this into use in my own life?

Think about how you feel when someone reaches out to you and just smiles or just says an encouraging word. Just being there can mean the world to someone. And we can share the love the God has shown us to someone else by simply giving them the time of day. You give your time, your love, your effort, you give them what was so freely given to you. You never know how much someone truly appreciates you. (and not to say that you should do it for recognition but we should do it because we should share the love that God has put in us) You never know (and might not ever know) how you could impact someone’s life in a way or to a depth that you never thought was possible or could make a difference in.


My Social Experiment

So with all of this in mind I came up with a little social experiment. I got an idea that I would smile and say hello to every single person that I came across. I figured…why not? It’s something little that doesn’t take very much effort and might just make someone’s day. I did it with the radio commercial in mind. I went about my day and of course I got a lot of weird looks…lol, but I also received some feedback. Some people looked genuinely happy to say good morning or hello. That made me feel good of course but as time went on in my day that ‘’good’’ feeling started to diminish. You could say the “why is this crazy girl talking to me?” looks out numbered the good looks. So I got discouraged and just said “forget it. No one cares.”. But of course God thinks otherwise. So I get up to go to lunch. I’m walking down the hall way at work and see a lady I have never seen before. She’s still kind of far away so I haven’t said anything to her. As her and I start to get closer to each other (she was walking in the opposite direction of me) I made the decision to deliberately not say hello (just out of sheer stubbornness because I had let my feelings get in the way. I convinced myself that “no one cared”) Well it turns out that the Lord used her. She went out of her way to say hello to me and even stopped and turned to me to talk to me. I of course said a surprised hello and instantly felt the Holy Spirit Minister to me and say “you see how people do notice and how you should say hi”. How are you going to convey my love to someone (stranger) if you don’t even try? I felt so guilty after that and decided that I should try not based on my own “feelings” but because the Lord desires me to and because it’s what Christ would have done.


Below are two examples of how the simple act of reaching out to someone to show them Goodness and kindness can make a world of difference.



EXAMPLE ONE: A friend of mine (at the beginning of his walk with the Lord before he gave his life to God) had been visiting different churches and nothing really spoke to him. So just like any other church he decided to go for a visit at another church (Let’s call it God’s Church) so he stopped at God’s Church just as he ad visited all the other’s before. But something happened that touched his heart that made him feel welcomed and noticed. Someone reached out to him and said hello and smiled and the warmth that he felt was what made him decide to stay at church and ultimately give his life to God. The point is not that he stayed because of what church it was but because a brother in Christ showed him Christ like love. We can see that just one smile and hello can make a world of difference.


EXAMPLE TWO: On the night of August 16, 2008 I got into a huge argument over the phone with my husband at the time. I don’t remember what the fight was about but the topic is not important. That day was my friend’s birthday. She had come over my house to get ready for a 70’s themed birthday party that was being thrown for her. So like I said we were both getting ready at my house when she witnessed the whole argument first hand. I was so upset after the argument that I started to cry. You know that place of despair, of pain, of darkness, of crying that no one sees except for you? Well that’s where I went after that fight. I have never really asked her to this day how she felt that night. I’m sure she felt uncomfortable or whatever but she still decided to reach out to me and say hey let’s sing a song of praise to God right now. At the time it seemed kind of crazy and she said I think we should do it even though I know it sounds crazy or stupid. But yet what stood out and still stands out to me to this day is that even with what I believe were feelings of
“this is stupid” and “she’s gonna think I’m crazy” or whatever else she probably felt she acted against those. She found the God given courage to do something like that to reach out to a friend in need. And I’m not gonna lie when she came to where I was and said what she said I thought it was super random. But little did I know at the time how much power that had. She came out smiling (I don’t think she realized it) and she had this glow about her and obviously I know where that comes from now but at that moment I just didn’t get it. I was just in total shock and even thought I felt crazy. I took her advice, because I figured I had nothing to lose. So we sang ( I honestly don’t remember what song it was) and I pushed through it and offered that sacrifice to God and I felt so much better after that. All because she heeded to the Holy spirit and smiled and reached out me even though she probably felt other wise or whatever.

Exhortation
So I challenge you to create some sort of a little social experiment of your own or you can try the same one I did and see what happens. Think about how we can convey through our kindness the love of Jesus. It’s something that we can do that doesn’t cost anything and is not that complicated. Through my experiment I was reminded of the power of a smile and how everyone has their own battles to fight everyday. Maybe somehow we can create a little experiment in all of us to smile and/or reach out to at least one more person in our daily walk and just maybe we might make someone’s day and be that bridge that Jesus uses to bring them back.