Record of Wrongs

It is very easy to “make a list” of those things that someone has done to us that have hurt us. It gives us a reason to not have to like or love that person.

But, that is not God’s way. He calls us to forgive. He doesn’t make us call a wrong thing right, or act like it didn’t hurt…but He says we are to forgive.

If you have a “list,” will you join me in tearing it up and throwing it away? Even if it is not a physical list, ask the Lord to help you remove the “record of wrongs” from your thoughts.

Lord, may we bless those who have wronged us. May we love like You love!

Live a Life Worthy of Your Calling

I don’t know about you, but I can’t say that I always follow this exhortation from Paul in my life. I WANT to live a life worthy of the calling I have received. I WANT to be completely humble and gentle. I WANT to be patient toward others…especially toward others who may try my patience. And I WANT to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.

I would say that most of us desire that kind of life. But, if you are like me, as soon as difficult circumstances arise… I find it difficult to get myself out of the way and live the life I am called to live.

I start to focus on everything I lack. I focus on my weaknesses. I judge my words and my actions and I come up short. Very short. It is during these times that I press into the Lord and open myself to receive what He so lovingly offers to us.

He gives us His strength for our weakness. He takes away our lack and gives us everything we need to go forward into our calling. He lifts us up when we fall and sets our feet on the right path. He walks beside us in our journey and is there with us in everything we face. Thank You, Lord!!

So! With the Lord’s help, I will continue to press into living a life worthy of the calling I have received. Will you join me?

Stir Up One Another

I know that in life and in our churches there can be a lot of “stirring up” that happens.

Sometimes this stirring is needed to bring things that have settled to the bottom back up to the top. And anything that needs to be scooped off the top as it surfaces can be dealt with.

Sometimes the stirring can be positive and sometimes the stirring can be negative. And sometimes it may seem to be negative at the beginning…but have positive results.

Hebrews tells us that our stirring should result in love and good works. We need to encourage one another – stir each other up – to love more abundantly and to serve others in greater works of goodness.

Lord, begin with me! Stir me up to love and good works!!

Relationship!

It is good to serve and minister for the Lord. But, we need to make sure we are not doing it just out of a sense of obligation.

The WHY of our obedience and ministry and serving is important. As we journey in RELATIONSHIP with our precious Lord and with others…the why is answered by LOVE.

We serve the Lord out of our love for Him. We minister and serve others because we love them with the love of Christ.

And this Love pours forth from our time of drawing near to God and from our time of talking with Him (and listening). We need to move from a place of serving and ministering FOR God into a place of serving and ministering WITH God!

Beloved! God is calling us into closer relationship with Him! Are you ready?

TAKE MY HANDS…

Be who God is calling you to be!!

Don’t let past experiences keep you from going forward into your destiny.

Don’t let limitations that others have put on you…or limitations you have put on yourself…keep you from achieving and being all God has planned for you.

You are precious and loved! Don’t think less of yourself than God thinks of you.

Shake off all those things that are weighing you down and holding you back. You are FREE!!

FREE TO BE YOU!!

[vision] I see God looking at you with love in His eyes. I see Him reaching out both hands to you and inviting you to come nearer. But, He is waiting for you to take that step towards Him.

Are you ready, beloved? Can you trust Him with your today and with your tomorrow? Can you trust Him with His future for you? Can you lay down your good for His BEST?

I hear Him gently saying,

Take My hands and walk with Me…