It would probably make for a sad ball game if a baseball coach just walked out onto the field and picked a team out of the crowd. We probably wouldn’t watch many games if that was how it worked. Athletes train hard to perform their best. They practice and work hard, building muscle, and improving skills and knowledge. They eat a specific diet. Sleep an appropriate amount of time. All so that they are ready for the big game. So why do we think that we can flex our spiritual muscle one day a week and assume we have a strong relationship with God? We should live our life being in constant spiritual training by praying, reading our bible, praying, worshipping, praying, praising, and doing all things for the glory of God. (Yes I know I said praying 3 times but it’s just that important). That way, when the time comes for us to play in the big game, we will be ready.
When Jesus walked the earth with His disciples, He spent His time teaching. Teaching them about Him. Teaching them about the new law. Living as an example of how He wanted them to go forth and teach others. He was an example of what He wants all Christians to be. His second command was
Mark 12:31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
So my question is, why does it seem that too often, a new Christian is given a handshake, an “we will be praying for you” and expected to know how and what to do? It’s almost as if they are often set up for failure by the ones that are supposed to be teaching them how to walk with Christ. Because you see, a new Christian is a new disciple and the elder disciples should have enough love for their neighbor…their brother or sister in Christ…to help guide them.
On this 13th day, I LOVE sprinkling happiness around! If someone is on your mind, God put them there for a reason. Let them know they’re on your mind and say a prayer for them. Even if they just cross your mind. There’s no such thing as coincidence. They are whispers from God and He wants to work through you. Let Him! You’ll be glad you did!
Why do so many people get upset when their spouse changes? Of course they are going to change. If they didn’t there would be a problem because life certainly changes. People have to be able and willing to change or what is already a difficult life on this earth would be unbearable. My hubby and I have both changed. When we married, we had no children, we weren’t Christians, we had few responsibilities, and we loved each other. Today we have God, our girls, many more responsibilities, we love each other even more, and we are happier than we could have ever imagined. Without change, we wouldn’t have forgiveness or salvation. And without God, I don’t even want to imagine where we’d be. The correct change results in growth. Growth in love, growth in respect, growth in a family bond, but most importantly, growth in a everlasting relationship with Jesus Christ.
I posted a thought yesterday but deleted it. You see, although I meant it, I don’t think I managed to say it in love. And as a Christian, I must strive to do all things in love. I was frustrated when I wrote it. Frustrated because I’m having a difficult time teaching my girls to take responsibility for their actions. We live in a world that constantly shows them that everything is someone else’s fault. I don’t believe that and I don’t want them to believe that. But I can’t change the world. Only God can do that. But we have to let Him. We have to let Him into our relationships, finances, jobs…we have to let Him into every aspect of our lives. And then we have to listen to Him. Guilt is Him telling us we need to take responsibility. Yesterday I was a clanging cymbal. Today I want to be a light.
1 Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
Psalm 97:11 Light is sown for the righteous,And gladness for the upright in heart.
On this 11th day I Love all of the blessings that God gives us! If God gives you the words, say them. If God puts a song in your heart, sing it. If He gives you love, share it. God doesn’t give us blessings to tuck away & save for later. He gives us an unending supply if blessings to share with others because He wants to work through us.
Oh be careful little eyes what you see…. Gonna try really hard to be a living testimony for my girls. The bible says to honor your mother and father and I don’t want to make it hard for them to do. They will have enough challenges in this life without me making it even harder for them. My job in this life is to put God first, my husband and my children next. And as long as I am doing God’s Will, and living my life for Him, He will take care of my every need and fill my life with joy. The second I start thinking that I need more or different joy, that’s the second that Satan gains entry and convinces me that somehow I am more important than God or my family. Kids are very intuitive. They will not be fooled by empty words when our actions do not back them up. So my prayer is that, although my actions in this life haven’t always been honorable…with God’s help, they will be honorable in His sight, my husband’s, and my children’s. And that my words have the actions to back them up because you can’t fool you kids and you certainly can’t fool God.