Wear it Proud!

22 Jun

I have a pendant necklace that says “Mom,” and I wear it proudly. My husband bought me a bracelet with a pendant that says “Writer,” I wear it proudly as well; these are two of the titles that I live by, though I have many. Most of us go by several titles you may be known as a supervisor, a coach, a preacher or other such titles; and most likely the titles you carry you’ve earned and you are proud of them. So many don’t want to be labeled when it comes to their religious beliefs, they feel it to be judgmental to be considered or categorized a Christian, non-Christian or what have, you but I beg to differ. I believe labels are important, especially those that come from doing something you’ve earned. Titles are very important. The Bible tells us I Thess. 5:12a NKJV, “And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you…” Don’t you think it is important to know whether you’re dining with a thief and murderer or a kind-hearted person? In that respect isn’t a label important? Many people only wear certain designers because labels are important to them. I say it is important for people to know what you believe and if you are a Christ-like believer or titled a Christian you should wear that label very proudly. We serve a mighty gracious and awesome God, Jesus came that we might have life and that more abundantly. (John 3:16) When he died on the cross and shed His blood to set us free He was labeled our Savior, so why be ashamed to wear the label Christian? Wear it proud. Think about it!

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It’s not a FAD!

15 May

Silly bands, beanie babies, electronic pets, and spinners have at least one thing in common they are all fads. A fad is defined as a temporary (short lived) fashion, notion, or manner of conduct especially one followed enthusiastically by a group. In other words, “here today, gone tomorrow.”

Have you ever seen or purchased any of these many fad items listed above? The most recent one out is the infamous Fidget Spinner. A spinning toy being sold at anywhere from $1.00 to over $100. It is said to help children concentration in school while it twirls. And before I go on, let me say; if it works, that’s great.

Whatever the intention for the spinner, it’s the hottest item out right now and in high demand, not just by children who “need it” to concentrate but by all children, all genders, races and ages. Now let me confess, both of my children have had most of the items listed above and both have a spinner right now. (I did not purchase either of them-grandparents)

But looking at the rage over the spinner got me to thinking. (Ya’ll know how I am.) J All over America, and most likely more states; parents are running out buying these spinners just like many of us do whenever some new-fangled gadget comes out. I’m saying all this to ask one question…“what does it bring?” The answer, “temporary pleasure, or gratification.” So often people search for temporary pleasure or fixes in life.  The bible tells us is in, 2 Timothy 2:22a Flee also youthful passions or lusts.” (A youthful lust is basically something that is fleeting, short lived or a FAD.) The scripture goes on to say, But pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.”

I am in no way calling fads evil, but I’m saying think about this, what if as many parents and children running out to get a spinner, were all out spreading the good news of Jesus Christ! What if just as many as owned beanie babies when they came out, were out sharing Christian love by testifying of Christ or feeding the hungry? The word of God is everlasting and though heaven and earth along with all these fads will pass away, God’s word is ever delivering. It will not be here today and gone tomorrow. Are you running after it? Are you telling everyone about it? It still saves! It is NOT a FAD.

Think about it!

Trust Him, That much!

4 May

 

I recently had to give my baby girl some meds. She has some terrible allergies. This day in particular I had to give her more than one type of medication so it was important to give it to her correctly in dosage and time wise. All I had to do was call her into the kitchen and tell her, it was time for medicine. She’s a big girl now so there was not fight or fuss. She came right over and opened her mouth, trusting mommy to give her the right amount of medicine to help her feel better. The medicine doesn’t taste good but she still didn’t rebel.

Though she knows the power of prayer and knows all about Jesus as her ultimate healer, she also trusts mommy to give her things that are good for her. This got me to thinking …wow, this child trusts that what I’m giving her is ok, it’s good for her and won’t cause any harm. She has no doubt in her mind that I’m trying to do what’s best for her. She has no reservations, no questions, only…trust.

Just watching my baby come in the kitchen and simply take her medicine make me check my trust level with Jesus! When it comes to times of need, or trouble, or spiritual “sickness,” am I trusting Him without question, reservations or hesitation? Are you?

Do I fuss and fight when He is directing me to do something I may not want to do but that is better for me in the long run? Do you? Do I try to avoid following His instructions when He has my best interest at heart? Do you? Do I pretend I’m fine and don’t need words of wisdom He is sending though my man of God? Do you?

Often we may try to figure things out ourselves, leading to anxiety, fear, depression and or bad decisions when all we need to do is simply obey God’s word…and trust Him.

Proverbs 3:5- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Trusting Him lead to great results. Psalms 84:12 “O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!”

Think about it!

A Connected Life

13 Mar

Are you, or do you know someone who is constantly; scrolling, liking, commenting, posting, or sharing on social media? Are you or do you know someone that is often so engrossed in their device that they rarely look up while, walking, siting and even driving? Before I go further let me just say, “Yes” I use social media, I scroll, like, share, comment and post as well. That being said, it made me think…. what if everyone was as connected to their walk with Christ, and sharing, liking, posting His word as they are to just sharing, liking and commenting on videos, other’s thoughts, posts and likes? In our society, our world…nowadays, it seems rare to see positive images whether on social media or TV for that matter, (depending on the friends you have posting to your timeline.) Often you will find folk posting their hate or #staywoke, comments about religion only to try and detour others from it. We may find ourselves connected to things, thoughts and or ideas that we neglect the things we really need to be connected to. Never allow someone’s research to become all the proof you need of God’s existence. Know Him for yourself. Stop letting other’s post of the day become what makes or ruins your #mood. How much more joy would you have being more connected to Jesus than Facebook? How much more peace would surround you if you were more connected to Jesus than you are to TWITTER? John 3:36a “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life…” I’m not telling you to stop posting, commenting, liking, sharing etc. I’m saying make sure you are connected to Jesus in a way that outweighs your connection to social media or anything else that will try to take His place in your heart. John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Think about it.

Accept this!

24 Jan

 

In today’s society everyone seems to have either a gimmick or a qualm. Around every corner and on every social media site you will find that each and every individual in man-kind; is one of a kind. You can even find identical twins that are nothing, and look nothing alike!   One thing that the world seems to be big on these days is acceptance. We are asked to accept that fact that some people are shorter, fatter, smarter, or less educated than other.

We are told to respect each other’s eating habits, rituals and personal beliefs. We are even asked to accept the fact that boys now want to be girls and men now are becoming women. So why is that in a world where acceptance is supposed to be such a detrimental part of our being that so many refuse to accept the Word of God?

I mean really, if you say “don’t bully,” but you turn around and try to force other to accepts something they just simply don’t believe in aren’t you being the bully? Everybody wants to run around waving the “don’t just me flag,” while they are constantly judging others who believe that God is real. How is that fair? People write songs and blogs about how we must allow everyone to “be who they are.” OK, let’s go with that.

If we must allow everyone to be who they are, without judging or bullying them; then let Christians believe! We are supposed to sit back and listen to or watch the transitions of women into men but no one wants to listen to us sing the praises of a very real God! The word accept is defined as, the consent to receive. Everyone wants everyone to accept what they are dishing out but no one seems to want those same dishes served.

I feel like I am rambling but all I’m trying to say is accept this…

Philippians 2:10-11New King James Version (NKJV)

“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

John 3:16King James Version (KJV)

 “For God so loved the world,  that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Case Closed!

19 Sep

We live in a society and a world filled with diversity. There are so many different races no one can count or name them all. We also live in a world where acceptance is a major barrier. Children and adults are committing suicide because they are being bullied and not accepted.

It is the premise of acceptance that prompted me to write this article. I recently saw some social media rants based on many debating different issues surrounding acceptance. Is it acceptable for a teacher to wear body hugging clothing? Do we accept it because her body may be fuller set than others? Is it acceptable for male, born a male, now believing he is a female be allowed in the restroom with other females, though he is still male? Do we accept it because we don’t want to offend him? Is it acceptable for a football player to refuse to stand because he feels his country has disrespected his race? Do we accept his right to protest when that is what the land of the free is supposed to be all about?

Many have opinions on so many different things and they will say everyone must accept their opinions on those subjects in the same sentence where they refuse to accept someone’s different opinion on that very subject!

I saw someone post a list of “what if’s,” things like; what if religion is a waste of time? What if there is not God? So if I pose the question, “what if God is real, why should that be a problem? If I am supposed to accept another’s right not to believe, don’t they have to accept my right to believe? Everyone always says “don’t judge, but at that moment they are judging, because they assume I am judging…it’s all exhausting.  So let’s look to scripture.

II Corinthians 5:9-10

Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.

At the end of the day only acceptance of Christ matters. Case Closed. If I’m wrong…you better be right!
Think about it!

 

It’s Automatic

13 Sep

 

Many call us the microwave generation. The children of today are considered, those born in the age of technology. Everything runs fast and, seemingly all the know-how you could ever need is just a “Google” away.

If you know someone who still have dial up internet or a land-line communication device (telephone- LOL), these days that’s pretty much prehistoric. There are so many devices and conveniences in our day and age, it interests…me what will be next.

I was recently eating lunch with my family and went into the restroom before eating. When I rose from the toilet, it flushed…automatically. When I approached the sink I placed my hand under the soap dispenser and soap landed on my palm…automatically. Once I had soap I only needed to place my hand under the facet and guess what…the water came out…automatically!

Of course this is the norm but on this particular day it made me think. Of all the things in life that are automatic, how often do we recognize that, that’s how God’s forgiveness and grace work as well?

The water in the sink didn’t question me about how dirty my hands were; a toilet doesn’t refuse to flush based on what was dumped into it. When you step on an automatic door, you don’t stop to survey whether or not the door will allow you to enter based on your past.

Let us remember that when it comes to God’s grace. Christ was crucified and raised from the dead for the very reason of offering automatic forgiveness. All we need to do is ask.

Now if I approach a sink knowing water will come out but I never stretch out my hand to receive the water what will I get? Nothing. Likewise, you can’t expect forgiveness, or change in your life if you do nothing. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, as simple as that. It’s automatic.

Think about it.