What are you waiting for?

Today, as I attempted to get my stuff done, I asked God what I should blog about. The answer? Play the video below and I think you’ll understand:

 

Now, if you’ve taken the time to actually watch the video above, you’re now ANOTHER 1 minute and 20 seconds behind for the day. But what are you exactly behind in doing? That’s the real question!

Read this short passage of Scripture and see if you notice something:

Luke 10:38-42

Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 

But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 

But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

You see: Martha continued to be distracted by “things” – losing her focus, and forgetting that GOD is the one thing necessary. But Mary understood this. She didn’t allow herself to be distracted by worldly things. She focused on God.

Are you focused? What are you focused on? Is it God’s work? Or does something else always distract you from getting God’s stuff done?

What are you waiting for? Help get God’s stuff done today!


“I am a Christian…”

When I say…  ‘I am a Christian’
        I’m not shouting – I’m clean livin’   
I’m whispering “I was lost,   
        Now I’m found, and forgiven.”  
    
When I say….  ‘I am a Christian’  
        I don’t speak of this with pride.   
I’m confessing that I stumble 
        and need Christ to be my guide. 
 
When I say….  ‘I am a Christian’
        I’m not trying to be strong.  
I’m professing that I’m weak 
        and need His strength to carry on.  
  
When I say…  ‘I am a Christian’  
        I’m not bragging of success.  
I’m admitting I have failed 
        and need God to clean my mess. 
     
When I say…  ‘I am a Christian’ 
        I’m not claiming to be perfect,  
My flaws are far too visible but, 
        God believes I am worth it.   
   
When I say…  ‘I am a Christian’  
         I still feel the sting of pain..  
I have my share of heartaches, 
         So, I call upon His name.  

When I say…  ‘I am a Christian’ 
         I’m not holier than thou,  
I’m just a simple sinner,
         Who received God’s good grace, somehow!    (-author unknown)

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Yes, I CAN!

After about a week of family sickness(es), I’m back.  Sorry for my brief departure.

 

So, I came across a picture of Dad and me from years ago.  Ok now, don’t laugh:  

 (at either of us, please….   🙂

But as I remembered back to times when I was a child, I remember thinking about how my Dad could help me do “anything.” He was like my HERO! We played together, we worked together, we even built a tree house together. Anything that my brothers and I wanted to do, he would and COULD do with us. Sure, we weren’t rich and didn’t ask for the world, but we didn’t need it, we had “Super Dad.”

Then, I stopped to think. How much greater is our Heavenly Father than our earthly father?

Ever think of Jesus Christ as “Super Dad” or a HERO? In the case of Jesus though…he CAN do anything. And more than that, Scripture reminds us that WE can do anything through Him!

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

So…no matter what you are struggling with, no matter how bad it gets, REMEMBER…with Jesus, you can and will survive! The outcome may not be what you want, the result may not be your desire, but the end will near and Jesus will carry you safely through…if you allow Him too.

“With God all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26


Another prayer reminder

Lately, I’ve received a lot of comfort from the Psalms. 

Last night during our Youth Lesson, we discussed the book of Psalms. You see, the Bible is the Word of God given from God to man. But, if you read closely, the book of Psalms is a lengthy book of prayer and praise to God from man. Because of this uniqueness, I believe it serves as an example for us on how to go about praising God and praying to God.

Psalm 34:4-6

4 I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me.
      He freed me from all my fears.
 5 Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy;
      no shadow of shame will darken their faces.
 6 In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened;
      he saved me from all my troubles.

I hope this brightens your day the way it does mine. A famous quote states “Prayer works.” Without a doubt, this is true. It’s just nice to be reminded sometimes.

A New Year’s Prayer

Need a prayer for the New Year? Here’s a great one:

Psalm 119:33-40

33 Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees;
       then I will keep them to the end. 

 34 Give me understanding, and I will keep your law
       and obey it with all my heart.

 35 Direct me in the path of your commands,
       for there I find delight.

 36 Turn my heart toward your statutes
       and not toward selfish gain.

 37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things;
       preserve my life according to your word. 

 38 Fulfill your promise to your servant,
       so that you may be feared.

 39 Take away the disgrace I dread,
       for your laws are good.

 40 How I long for your precepts!
       Preserve my life in your righteousness.

Triumph

Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ – 2 Cor. 2:14

As we start the New Year, what better way than to thank God for leading us. You see, without a leader, people wander aimlessly in the dark; they flounder. Ever notice how sheep, among themselves, don’t have leaders, and thus wander aimlessly around. They have need for a shepherd.

And we do too. He’s called Jesus Christ. And the great news is: He will lead us in triumph. Last night, I preached on 1 Col. 1:9-11 which discusses Paul’s prayer for the church. This prayer includes a prayer for the church to prosper in their walk and in their work.

Thanks be to God that we can and we will prosper when we follow Him!

Happy New Day!

Once a year, we remember to say “Happy New Year!” But why do we only rejoice once a year because of a simple new day that has come our way? Did we really accomplish anything of significance between Dec 31st and Jan 1st?

I’m NOT saying we shouldn’t rejoice, but le us remember what the Bible says:

“This is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Psalm 118:24

We should rejoice EVERY day. The Lord has given us one more day to help grow His Kingdom here on earth, we should use that day and be a witness for Him.

I challenge each of us this new year to use EVERY day for Him and help others seek Him.

Remember, Jesus said that:

“I have come that you may have life, and that you may have life more abundantly”. – John 10:10