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Nov 24, 2009
God, do you know how old I am?
And in the deep recesses of my mind I heard a chuckle. (I kinda think if He numbers the hairs on my head He’s probably noticed that thirty something birthdays has passed by) But back to my story…
When I’m talking to God I try not to be selfish. I pray for the needs of others, family, friends, country and world… But, I admit, sometimes I do have those moments when I go before God and there’s only one person on my mind. In the words of country singer Toby Keith,
I wanna talk about me
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Nov 20, 2009
You are God’s transportation
His voice to the world
You are the vessel he uses
To bring hope to the world
To tell them of God
And the son that he gave
Jesus Christ who died
For the sins of the world
You are God’s transportation
But are you in use
Or parked at the roadside
Your mouth tightly closed?
God wants to use you,
To carry his word
But the world will never know
How Jesus died and rose again
If your voice is not heard
You are God’s transportation
So promise him now
That you’ll tell about Jesus
Who died, rose again and now is on high
Inspired by Pastor Monvella McIntosh's sermon God's Transportation
Nov 16, 2009
19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, that I also may be cheered when I receive news about you.
20 I have no one else like him, who takes a genuine interest in your welfare.
21 For everyone looks out for his own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. Philippians 2:19-21 (NIV emphasis mine)
The above verses stood out to me recently as I did my daily Bible reading. It made me stop for a moment, reflect and evaluate myself.
Often times in life we get sidetracked and caught up in our own wants, needs and interest and forget our main purpose in being here… fellowship with and service to our heavenly father.
I was impressed by what Paul said about Timothy in verse 20 (I have no one else like him,…)
Timothy was a young man who didn’t use his youth as an excuse to be self absorbed. He was more concerned about the work of Christ than his own welfare.
What would the Paul in our lives say about us?
Timothy used his youth in service to God. How are you using yours?
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Nov 12, 2009
As I turned the key in the lock I could hear the phone ringing. With a sense of embarrassment I went to answer. My friend didn’t even give me time to say hello. “What happened? I was so worried! In another ten minutes I was going to call the police!” My answer, truly I had no idea what had happened.
It was after 10:00p.m about two weeks before school reopened. Two friends and I had been decorating our classrooms. I live five minutes away from school in one direction and one of my friends lived less than ten minutes away from school in the other direction. She mentioned to us that she had some extra materials at how home that we could have and since she would not be coming out the next day we decided to go to her house and get it.
Three people, three cars, five minutes drive, simple huh? You’d certainly think so.
Instead of going to my friend’s house the way I’m familiar with I decided to follow her. Keep in mind that I am directionally challenged especially at night. The problem…? My friend went an unfamiliar route, she drove much faster than me and she had no idea I was following her.
If you’re picturing this in your mind you can probably guess what happened next.
She lost me.
I took a wrong turn.
I got totally lost… in.the.dark.
By the time I had driven around for about thirty minutes praying and anxiously darting in and out of corners, I came to the beginning of the street I usually took to her house. However, by that point I was so frazzled that every corner seemed dark and unfamiliar oh, and did I mention that I didn’t have my cell phone? Finally as I noticed the gas tank nearing E I said, “You know what Satan, you win this one. I’m going to the one place I’m sure I know how to find, MY HOUSE!”
Why this long story? Because I’ve also been there in my Christian walk, blindly following when I should have been paying attention and listening to His voice speaking to me. Those times I have ended up a bit hurt, a bit bruised but a whole lot wiser.
As I reflected on my experience of being lost 5 minutes from home I heard my heavenly father saying to me; “My daughter, I will always be home to you. When you stray, lose your way always know that I am your refuge, your hiding place.”
Nov 6, 2009
Redefining Beautiful encourages young ladies to stop defining themselves by the world’s ideas of beautiful and see themselves as God sees them. Beautiful in this book is defined as, what God sees when God sees you.
This book is interspersed with examples from Jenna’s life and is written in an easy to read, down to earth format that teen girls will enjoy reading. Jenna discusses a variety of topics from deodorants, to sunburns, Facebook addictions, friendships and boys, just to name a few. This book can be used for individual study or for group discussions.
I often give books to teens as gifts and I would not hesitate to give this book as a gift.
As I surf through the television channels, there are always negative and controversial images making the headlines. In fact, it seems as if there are far more negative headlines than there are positive. A lot of these are of very high profile public figures that enjoy pushing the envelope of society’s norms. By virtue of their popularity they make it appear “cool” to go against the norms of society and God's laws.
When watching shows like VH1’s “The Fabulous Life of…” it’s easy to be drawn into the fantasy life of celebrities who seem to have it all and the ability to do whatever they want without negative consequences following. It’s also almost impossible not to be impressed by their seemingly “fairytale” existence, to dream of being as rich or powerful as they are one day.
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming, however modeling your life after that of someone whose lifestyle is morally wrong is not the answer. Fame and fortune don’t by themselves make someone a good role model. Nor does it buy happiness and the large number of celebrities who are addicted to alcohol and drugs are proof of that. This only confirms that their lifestyles are not all that fabulous.
The truth is, the rap stars, singers, actors, actresses and other celebrities are not the ones you should look up to as role models. Look for positive people in your family and community who display role model qualities. Try to learn from them and find something in their lifestyle that you can emulate.
I’ve also found that having a truly fabulous life starts with knowing Jesus Christ. When you have a relationship with Him then fame and fortune or anything else won’t bring out the worse in you.
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