Monthly Archives: December 2011

Best advice for the New Year! A word for you!

Proverbs 4 Today

 New Year advice~>

Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly,

Love extravagantly.

How does love work?

Love never gives up.    Love cares more for others than for self.    Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.    Love doesn’t strut,    Doesn’t have a swelled head,    Doesn’t force itself on others,    Isn’t always “me first,”    Doesn’t fly off the handle,    Doesn’tkeep score of the sins of others,    Doesn’t revel when others grovel,    Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,    Puts up with anything,    Trusts God always,    Always looks for the best,    Never looks back,    But keeps going to the end.

We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all…

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*The Christmas Gift We All Want!

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Faithfulness, Goodness, Gentleness Self-Control and – 

God brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard.  Share them~

 Against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23


Follow the Leader?

Only if they are going the right way!

My child, if sinners try to lead you into sin,

turn your back on them and do not follow!

Proverbs 1:10

My child, if sinners try to lead you into sin,

turn your back on them and do not follow!

Proverbs 1:10

When tempted or invited to do what is wrong, there is always a powerful moment where you can choose not to go the wrong way, but if you miss it, it is ok to make a u-turn and move yourself away.

It is easier said than done, only when we try to do it in our own strength, but with God’s help and commitment on our part it can be done. With every good choice we make we will feel more and more confident in our daily walk. We can be strong with His strength!

In Christ we can do all things!

Let The Children Come

God loves children. He does not discriminate against children. He does ask us parents, to train them. Do not underestimate your children’s faith. They can hear from God too. They can walk a victorious life in God’s love and grace just like adults. do 

May your children grow up to be your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Proverbs 29:17 Discipline your son, and he will give you rest; he will give delight to your heart.

Mark 10:13-16 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.

Matthew 18:4 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Proverbs 15:20 A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish man despises his mother.

Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.” Luke 9:37

Building Faith in your Children’s Heart ~*Confessions for Children to Speak*~

          Speaking the Word of God is a HUGE deal with me. The reason it is so important, and I put so much emphasis on it, is because I know the impact it has had on my life. I have also seen the difference it makes in people’s lives when they get a hold on biblical confession and begin to understand the power of words.

          There is a scripture that I confess over my children that has inspired me to put together some confessions for children to speak. The passage that inspired me is this:

Isaiah 59:21 – God said that this is His covenant with me: His Spirit that is upon me and His words which He has put in my mouth, will not depart out of my mouth, nor out of the mouth of my seed, nor out of the mouth of my seed’s seed.

It occurred to me that for the Word to not depart out of my seed’s mouth, it must first be in there. So I have put these confessions together for children to speak and memorize.

          This will help kids learn God’s Word. As they confess what God says about them, their confidence will grow. By realizing who they are in Christ, they will be able to stand against all the tricks of the enemy that plague our young generation today.

          These simplified paraphrases of God’s Word should be spoken out loud. Not parroting, mindless reading of words on a page, but spoken to the Father in faith, and aware that you are speaking to Him and agreeing with what He has already said about you. This is prayer, this is fellowship, this is relationship. Be conscious of His love for you and His presence as you pray the word.

PRAY THIS:

~ Father, You are the strength of my life. I can do all things through your son Jesus Christ who strengthens me. (Psalm 27:1 – Philippians 4:13)

 ~ I am taught of You Lord, I am led and instructed by You Holy Spirit and great peace belongs to me. (Isaiah 54:13)

 ~ I thank Heavenly Father, because You always causes me to triumph in Christ Jesus. I am a winner! I am an overcomer! (2 Corinthians 2:14)

 ~ I love God, with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, and I love others because Jesus first loved me. (Ephesians 5:2 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

  ~ I will fear no evil for you are with me Lord, your Word and your Spirit comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)

 ~ I trust in You Lord with all my heart and I do not lean on my own understanding. In all my ways I acknowledge You, and I am confident that You are directing my path. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

 ~ Father, I thank you for my family, I will always respect and obey my parents so I will have a good long life. (Exodus 20:12)

 ~ Thank you Lord, for the angels that watch over me. Any weapon the devil throws at me will not work. (Isaiah 54:17 – Psalm 91:11-12)

 ~ Thank you Lord, that you never leave me alone or give up on me. (Hebrews 13:5)

 ~ Father, the sword of the spirit is Your spoken Word. When I say what You say about me, it brings me life and makes me strong. It builds my faith and sets my thoughts in agreement with You. (Psalm 119:130 – Ephesians 6:17)

 ~ I think on the things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely and of good report. If there is any virtue or praise, I think on these things. I am a doer of Your word God, and Your peace is always with me. (Philippians 4:8-9)

 ~ I love You Lord with all my heart, soul, mind and strength and I love my neighbor as myself. (Mark 12:30-31)

 ~ Father, because Your love is in my heart, I am patient and kind. I do not envy or brag and I am not proud. I do not dishonor others, I am not selfish, I am not easily angered and I forgive when someone does me wrong. I do not like evil but I rejoice in the truth. I believe the best of every person. I always protect, trust, hope and persevere. I never fail because Your great love is in my heart. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 – Romans 5:5)

~Godly Men Need Godly Men~

~Godly Men Need Godly Men~

As men who have given our lives to Jesus, we may have second thoughts and doubts from time to time, but none of us wants to go back to the garbage we were redeemed from. One thing we’re sure of is that we have chosen the best thing possible to give our life to.

The question then becomes, what do we do when the world pulls us one way and our faith another? We can pray, and that helps, but rarely do we get an instant, emphatic answer that God loves us and everything is fine. We can read the Bible and learn from people like Joseph, John the Baptist, and Paul. That encourages us too, but sometimes it is just not enough.

We must also trust in those relationships that we have with other men who have the courage, and love us enough to give us a swift kick in the rear if we need it. If you don’t have that kind of relationship …. you need at least one. You should have men in your life that will hold you accountable to walk the walk.

Men can get uncomfortable baring their soul and being brutally honest with other men, exposing their weakness and being humble enough to ask for help. This has been a hinderance in the body of Christ, and I believe, has prevented the church from walking in the fullness of the Spirit.

The bottom line, as always, comes down to trust in Jesus Christ. Is He the way, the truth and the life, as He said, or not? Did He save us from our sins because of His tremendous love for us? Is He the best possible choice you can make on this planet, while the world offers only a shallow, temporary promise of enjoyment?  … You know the answer to those questions.

It can be hard for men to trust other men with personal things. When we do that we become vulnerable and open ourselves up to the possibiliy of being hurt and betrayed. That is just part of relationship. These feelings come from fear and pride. To trust in Jesus is to trust in His body, to believe the best of others, to honor the relationships by letting them function as they were designed, in true fellowship.

1 John 1:7 ~ But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

JC

Don’t be a Holiday Pooper! :)

It Is the season to be jolly…

Create a chain reaction of kindness.

Be kind to yourself first, and be kind to others as well.

When you are waiting in line to pay for your merchandise at store, you get to do a little people watching.

You get to witness how a rude remark can spread bitterness through the line in seconds, and when all purchases are done, and people are gone… there is one sad, frustrated, and unappreciated cashier left behind.

How about we take a stand and do some damage control with kindness. We can’t control what people say or do, but we can stop a fire from spreading in a line. We can break the chain of rude remarks and not pass them on. Don’t contribute to holiday bullying. Be kind and follow the old saying—If you don’t have anything nice to say don’t anything at all!- *The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18 *

We have the power to transform our own lives and the lives of others through simple acts of kindness. So, go ahead and dare to make the world a better place one purchase at a time.

Take a moment today to show kindness. Treat people with respect and share a smile as you go by.

Happy Shopping!