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When Is Easter Over?


bunny and cross

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.

 

Are you Hooked?


hooksI 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.

In The Face of Tragedy


IMG_0725This 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:

  1. haughty eyes, (pride)
  2. a lying tongue,
  3. hands that shed innocent blood,
  4. a heart that devises wicked schemes,
  5. feet that are quick to rush into evil,
  6. a false witness who pours out lies
  7. 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:

  1. Be a light in the darkness by not allowing my actions and words to be what God hates.
  2. Show God’s love to everyone around me
  3. 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.

I am a daughter


jacquie and kittyPhysically 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.

Faith through the Good and the Bad


proverbs 3 5 6THE GOOD (one example)

Back in 1990 I had suffered with knee pain that caused me to have to use crutches for a while. I had a knee surgery early in the year but the pain did not seem to subside. It was difficult to move without pain. Doctors said they had thought it was a break in cartilage but when they got into the knee found it was shredded cartilage and all they could do was scrape it and hope that would help. Later on that year I had a salvation experience and realized that God had healed me. The knee pain was gone and has only reappeared for short periods of time due to extreme weather changes. The good is God healed my knee when I decided to give my life to Him and serve Him.

THE BAD (one example)

A few years back my son joined the National Guard and then the Army. He spent time in both Iraq and Afghanistan. For a mother this is difficult to think of your child being in harm’s way. It makes you tend to think of all the bad things that could happen. I remember the day that he called me and told me that he was going to be deployed to Iraq. Bob and I were working together at the time on a remodel project. Luckily the homeowners were not at home to see my distress because of the phone call. I experienced fear and uncertainty. As the shock began to wear off I began to pray. Prayer is my expression of faith in God that he can do things that I cannot. He can reach into areas that where I have no control. He can protect, heal and deliver. I prayed for safety through the dangerous times and that if something bad would happen, causing injury or death that our family would be able to handle it with faith. Though there were some injuries in the process he made it home in decent condition. His service to the country has ended on a positive note and he is employed in another dangerous job, firefighter. One thing I have learned through the bad is to not focus on the bad that can happen, focus on trusting God through it all and you will experience amazing maturing growth.

Proverbs 3:5-6 tell us to trust in the Lord with all our hearts. No matter what happens good or bad remember that turning to God is the right thing to do. I turn to Him in the good with thanksgiving in my heart. I turn to Him in the bad with pleadings for courage and protection and strength. I turn to him when nothing is going on good or bad because I understand that a close relationship with Him is what I need to make it through every day. When I miss that time with God my days are usually out of sorts and unsure. But when I have my time in prayer and remember all day long that God is with me, things work better. 

I challenge you today to remember that God is with you through the good and the bad. I will be back next week with more.

 

Act Now DON’T Save the Date


act now dont save the dateA popular thing in today’s society is to send out “save the date” notices for weddings, in the hopes that people will not schedule anything else on this date so they can attend the wedding.  It is a great way to let people know that you want them to be available.

I realize the bible tells us God does not send out “save the date” notices to you. He expects each and every one of us to be ready at all times and not just “saving the date” for a future time. I have to ask myself if I am “saving the date” for some future event or am I living today and making the most of the time that has been given me.

What am I ready for? That is a good question. I remember back in 1990 my life turned upside down with major changes. I was not ready immediately but over a course of a few months I realized that the time was then for the beginning of my salvation from sin and dedication to walking with God.

I have been working out my salvation ever since then. This has meant that I needed to be ready at any given moment to follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and extend a helping hand to those around me. That helping hand has had many forms like physically helping others as needed, sharing the gospel and witnessing God grant salvation to someone, laying hands on the sick and watching God give them a healing, and sharing financial help when needed and anything else that God wants. It is not limited because people have diverse needs and if God wants to meet a need of any type in someone’s life He is going to look and see who is there to meet that need and use them.

This week I can think of many instances that God has allowed me to be his voice and hands as I went throughout my day. For this I am grateful. I ask you now to think back over your week about the opportunities that you have taken advantage of and shared God’s love. I can also think of some instances that I missed that will help me to do better next time.

Colossians 4:5-6 (NKJV)

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Enjoy your week and I will be back next week with more.

Tests


James 1:2-8(NKJV)

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

test pattern
This is a test. This is only a test.  Since 1963 the emergency broadcast system has been operating periodic tests of the system in case of catastrophic emergency as a way to get instructions out to the general public for safety. I remember these tests.

In society we are required to pass many tests in order to move forward. The purpose of the tests we take in school is to identify gaps in education and make sure students retain enough information to move to the next level. In jobs we have to pass tests also. The first test you have to pass is the job interview where someone is trying to assess whether you can handle the job being offered. In my job there were several courses that I had to pass tests on before I was certified for my position. And after passing all the tests I am required to continue to educate myself and earn certain credits to stay certified.

This life that God has given us is full of tests of our faith. Not only do we have to take all the tests to get and keep jobs and get drivers licenses, etc… but we have to do it all while being tested in our faith daily.  My faith in God should permeate every aspect of my life. There are times when my faith could conflict with demands on my life.

Like any test there are options. And sometimes in daily life the options are clear but the best answer is not always clear.

Here is my master plan to pass all the tests:

  1. Determine to follow God with my whole heart
  2. Learn from God’s Word regularly
  3. Spend time listening to God in prayer regularly
  4. Spend time talking to God in prayer regularly
  5. Trusting the Holy Spirit to guide me during the test as an ongoing process

My determination to follow God causes me to read and study the Word of God, pray, and listen to the Holy Spirit as the supernatural result. This sets me up well for passing all the tests thrown at me in life. Some of those “trials” as James 1:2 puts it, will be more difficult and I will have to rely on every ounce of faith and trust that I have to get through but God will bring me through faithfully. This is not to say that I am perfect, but I am putting in the effort and forgiven when I fail.

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