What do I want to give? If you are like me and you know that there is a birthday coming up, deciding on a present to bestow is a big issue, especially if the birthday is for your child or grandchild. Today while contemplating this issue I realized that my mind usually goes to “What can I buy this person that will be meaningful?” But maybe the real thought process should be what can I give this person that will be meaningful and helpful in their life?
Buying something brand new seems to be the thing to do because there are so many things to buy out there. However isn’t it much more appropriate and heartfelt to give from what you have? Wouldn’t it be a better gift to share your love for that person expressed in a unique way. For example, if you are artistic then give something artistic, if you are crafty then give something crafty. If you are a writer then put pen to paper and share a story. Or maybe pass on a family heirloom to the next generation.
Buying something is much easier, but who ever said we should always do the easy things in life. I believe that giving something that truly comes from you makes the gift all the more personal and memorable. And if the recipient does not understand at the time, I am sure down the road they will understand and get the message.
God sent Jesus into this world to share the biggest gift that had ever been given. Many of the people He came to share it with rejected His message, but that did not stop Him. He continued on because He knew that someday everyone would have the chance to accept this gift of eternal life with God. Jesus sacrificed all that He had to share Good news and after He left this world His disciples continued on. For over 2000 years the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been shared. Many lives have been saved by its saving grace and mercy.
The greatest gift of all is forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus. Christians should consider it an honor and a privilege to be able to share this gift with the world.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Be encouraged this week to continue sharing the Gospel because you never know when someone will be ready to accept their salvation. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
I remember when I was just starting this intense walk with God. Our wash machine stopped working and I had to use the local Laundromat to clean our clothes. Laundromats are interesting places; you never know who you will see or what kind of conversation you will find yourself in. I decided that the Laundromat time would be a great time to dig a little deeper into reading the Bible so I took it with me. As I sat and waited on my laundry a lady that I worked with on occasion came into the place.
She noticed that I was reading the bible and that struck up a conversation. She had been divorced and said that her church would not really allow her to participate because of the divorce. She said she knew that the church taught her that divorce was wrong but she could not avoid it. She asked me my thoughts. I explained to her about salvation and how God can and will forgive us of our sins. I explained how God doesn’t condemn people who seek His forgiveness. She was stunned to hear that God would really forgive because her church did not seem willing or able to forgive her.
She was very interested in this and asked what she could do. I then led her in a salvation prayer. When she left the Laundromat she not only had clean clothes but she also had a clean heart. She did not know that God would meet her there and invite her to receive forgiveness, but He did. I went home with clean clothes and a smile on my face having witnessed someone receiving the Good News that God forgives.
I share this today to encourage all of us that we never know when we might receive an invitation or when we might be called to invite someone else into their relationship with God. So be on the lookout and take every opportunity to share His love.
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
July is my favorite month of the year. It is the month full of family birthdays including mine. First thing on my birthday morning I read a birthday message that Bob left on my mirror in the bathroom. I was also blessed with a wonderful surprise visit at work from my daughter and two grandsons. They came bearing balloons, a card, a cookie cake, a large cupcake, flowers and a violet plant. Wow so much fun. The boys enjoyed demonstrating a few little dances to anyone who would watch.
All my children remembered my birthday. My son Matt sent a great card from his family and my son Chris and his family called and sang me a birthday song. Between in person birthday wishes from family and co-workers, cards, facebook wishes and phone calls it was a great day to know people care. I feel especially blessed to have a loving husband, family and such a thoughtful daughter and grandsons who live close by. The older I get the more challenging birthdays become, but with family and friends that love me, they are easier to bear.
Life is all about connections and building relationships. Those relationships help us celebrate the good times and get through the rough times in our lives. There is one relationship I could not live without, that is my relationship with God. It keeps me steady in the good times and the bad. Without God I would not have the courage to go on in this life. He is my rock and my salvation.
Psalm 62:6 (NASB)
He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be shaken.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
You cannot trust someone you do not know. So trusting God requires having a relationship with Him. If you don’t have a relationship with Him I suggest that you get a Bible and start the journey in the book of John which is in the New Testament. Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
When all the eggs are gone and the bunny is nowhere to be found is Easter over? Is that what it is all about? Unfortunately some people believe that Easter is only about fun, candy and food. That saddens my heart.
I believe that all of the events that lead up to Resurrection Sunday, commonly known as Easter define a Christian’s life. The hope that is in the death and resurrection of Jesus is what motivates my faith. To me knowing that the Creator of the Universe made a way for all of us to be saved from our sins is a tremendous gift. The fact that we are able to communicate with Him because He sent His Son to show us life more abundantly and to suffer and die on the cross for our sins, amazes me. I feel awe and wonder when I think that Jesus did not let the grave hold Him and he brought the hope of eternal life when He rose from the dead.
And yet I am sad because there are children and adults in the world that have been lulled to sleep with presents from Santa Claus at Christmas and stuff from the Easter bunny at Easter and have never really learned the truth about these celebrations. I am not against having games and fun to celebrate as long as those games are not the only thing you do to celebrate. I believe that Christian parents, whether they frequent church or not are responsible to help their children understand the true meaning of these days of celebration.
It has become apparent in our society we have forgotten why we celebrate, we just look forward to time off work or school because of a holiday. I would bet that a lot of children and possibly adults could not tell you what the 4th of July is all about. That is a celebration that every citizen of this country should understand. So if we don’t understand celebrations around recent history, how will we ever understand celebrations about what would be considered ancient history.
John 3:16 (NKJV)
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The bible may be very old but it is still the living Word of God. It still speaks life. Join me this week in spending time in God’s Word and then sharing the hope we find in the Word of God with those around us. Lets do our best to awaken the world around us to the real truth around our faith holidays.
I have been trying to learn more and hone my writing skills in order to write picture books. I took a webinar this week and one of the action items I was given to do was to read my manuscript and write a hook sentence. This is one sentence that captures the plot and theme of your story, without giving away the ending. It compels the reader to want to read the whole manuscript.
I started thinking about this and know that it will take a while to get it right. Then I paused and wondered if I had to narrow my life down to one sentence what would it be? How could I condense my years of life and dreams and motivations down into one sentence? Is it even possible? I realized that usually it is either at award ceremonies or someone’s funerals that people try to sum up a life. But what if I were to do it today?
For me my life is summed up in the words of a friend who told me during our conversation, “You just want to do the right thing.” Thanks Kathy. That really sums up my life in a short sentence. It does not expand on the ideas but gets to the core of who I am. To make it a hook sentence I would have to expand a little on it.
Kitty is a Christian who desires to give Glory to God and do the right thing throughout her life, but when life gets in the way amazing things happen.
Are you hooked on following my life? Would you read a blog based on this statement? If yes then I have done a good job. If no then I need to keep working on it.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost and through trials, temptations and triumphs He made a way for all of us to be saved. How about that hook sentence for Jesus? Would you look into His life because of it? To find out more about this salvation you can read His book, The HOLY BIBLE.
Now I want to give you a challenge. Write a hook sentence for your life. It might take a while but I think it would be a good lesson in discovery for all of us. Make sure you convey your journey and plot for your life so far without giving away the end. And share your sentence with me in the comments. I would love to know what you come up with.
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
This has been a tough week. Any week where there is a tragedy is difficult but this one was too close to home. My husband let me know what was going on as soon as I opened my eyes on Friday morning. It took me a long time to wrap my mind around what he told me. And over time the facts were clarified and some initial fears were calmed. The shooting that killed five police officers and injured six others was so wrong and unnecessary. What has gone wrong? What can we do?
In my nature I want to fix things. I want know the right thing to do to change what is wrong and make it right, but this isn’t always possible. So then I have to reign in my thoughts and figure out what I can do. I could sit around all day and wonder how we got here, but in reality this does not help me at all. So I need to live in this moment of time and figure out how I can help.
For this I can rely on past experience for help. When I was a housing and credit counselor I would spend my days helping people realize where they were financially and regardless of how they got there help them find a way to deal with their situation. Then we would work on building good financial habits moving forward.
Similarly as a Christian we accept people where they are and help them move forward toward God. It is up to them and God to deal with everything else. In the situation we find ourselves in today with shootings and bombings and just general destruction and disregard for life, what does God want?
I believe God wants to see how we will handle this. He is looking for the character of Christ in our actions and reactions. He is watching what is going on and wondering who will step up and cry out to Him for help. He is looking for prayer warriors and people with passion and compassion for others to step up and show the love of God in our society. He is looking to see who will shrink in fear and go into hiding. He is looking for those who will reach out and help those in fear to step out and be the light. He is looking for soldiers who will fight the good fight and keep their faith despite what happens around them. He is looking for those who get closer to Him and not further away.
Now the question becomes, which one of these will I be? I really want to run away from the situation and forget it happened, but that is impossible. When I am not sure what to do I can always find direction by looking at what not to do. Bringing God glory and pleasing Him is my number one priority. In Proverbs 6:16-19 we can see a list of things that show us what not to do.
Proverbs 6:16-19 NIV (my note)
There are six things the Lord hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
- haughty eyes, (pride)
- a lying tongue,
- hands that shed innocent blood,
- a heart that devises wicked schemes,
- feet that are quick to rush into evil,
- a false witness who pours out lies
- and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
By avoiding what God hates I will be doing the right thing.
I resolve to:
- Be a light in the darkness by not allowing my actions and words to be what God hates.
- Show God’s love to everyone around me
- Help others walk away from actions that will incite more violence.
Will you join me in this quest? Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.
Physically I am a daughter of my parents and I have been blessed to have a daughter of my own. Spiritually my Father is God and I am His child since the day I accepted Him and the works of Jesus, His son, who came to this earth and live a sin free life, shared healing and deliverance with sinful people, suffered and died on the cross and then rose again to everlasting life.
There were some major sacrifices and sufferings that occurred in order for me to become a daughter. Physically my mother had to suffer through pregnancy and labor to bring me into this world. Spiritually God sent Jesus to give His life that included suffering, praying, healing, teaching, dying and rising again, in order that I might become a daughter.
Wow that is a lot of suffering and pain and struggle for me to be able to say I am a daughter. And as a mother myself I can say that I suffered in order to bring forth my children, some more than others. But I would not change a thing about bringing them into the world. The sacrifice was worth having others live and have the chance to make decisions and show in their lives what God has done.
I am sure Jesus believes that His sacrifice was worth it when He sees one of us come to know Him and live our lives as sons and daughters who will live eternally with Him and the Father. Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and help us make the right decision in life to give the most glory to God the Father.
My daughter and I just spent two days at a women’s retreat (Pink Impact). We had time to talk about spiritual things. I have watched her grow up into a beautiful woman inside and out. I watch her deal with situations in her life and I see the love of God flow out of her toward everyone. She is not perfect and neither am I but the love of God compensates for all of our flaws. As daughters of God we are allowed to make mistakes and move on. We are given forgiveness when it is needed and most importantly we can trust that God will take care of our lives.
It is time to think like His daughter. I plan on spending time this week reminding myself that I am God’s daughter until it is sealed in my heart. Whether you are a daughter or a son of God join me this week in changing your mindset to understand that this is what we are. Read the word and pray for revelation.
2nd Corinthians 6:18
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the Lord Almighty.”
Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.