Do you feel like your life or mind is a messy room?

There was a guy I knew once, he was homeless and struggling with addiction. My hubby and I, by the leading of the Holy Spirit took him in. Of course the guy had his story, we all have a story. When you work in the type of ministry as we do, you hear many of them. The trick is getting to the TRUE story. It is our human nature to tell our story from a place of victimization. Somehow we are masters at leaving out our part that caused us to be in the situations we find ourselves in. Knowing this, my hubby and I are very prayerful and try our best to be as welcoming to the Holy Spirit as humanly and spiritually possible. Letting Him know we need Him desperately at all times. After-all, helping people is a dirty job, but someone has to do it! As Christ followers, we are called to get dirty, in the mud and even suffer a bit with the spiritually, emotionally, mentally and even physically lost and suffering. Well without going into all of this particular guy’s personal struggle. It became obvious that he wanted all the benefits of help (roof, money, food, etc…), but did not want to own his part or change the way he “did life”.

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I remember when I went through a trial years ago where many things in my life that were sinful and superficial were stripped from me and left me and my children living in a home for women. Although, I gave up my apartment at the time and went there voluntarily, it was still one of the hardest times in my life. This place was one step up from a shelter. They gave you a roof, 3 meals a day, life skill classes (which I hated) and helped you get training and/or find employment. I just went there to start from scratch and have my life built on God’s foundation and not my own. I could tell you much more, that would singe your eyelashes, but for the sake of this post, let’s just say I suffered greatly. It was horrible, painful, and many times I wanted to just close my eyes and not wake up. God was redefining my life. He had to tear down and rebuild, but it was a very painful process. A necessary and  key ingredient of this process was, I was ready to just surrender. Even though I did not understand every little thing that was happening at the time, I knew it had to be God. Certain things were not making any sense. People I had helped for years were suddenly unable to return the favor. I was completely left on my own, it was me and God. He was showing me He was my provider, my protector and my deliverer.

Many times we want the blessings and all the promises of Christ, but are not willing to surrender or change. We want to profess we are believers without a true transformational journey in Him. We want all the gain with no pain (sorry I couldn’t resist0750). It’s like a child who is told to clean his room and then he’ll go fishing with Dad, so he stuffs all the mess under the bed and in the closet and gives his room the impression of being clean, when actually there are loads of hidden clutter that has not been properly dealt with. The child gets angry with Dad when his mess is discovered and is told, “No Fishing!” The child then pouts, protests as if he deserves a reward for his disobedience. Does this sound familiar?

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I always say, adults are no more than big children running around the earth pouting and protesting when we can’t get our way, but refuse to do things God’s way. You can pout, protest and shout, but is it getting you anywhere? Why do we expect to still receive the promises of God when we will not truly allow Him to be Lord in our lives? I would say it’s easier to just surrender to God and His process in your life. It may be inconvenient, you may feel a little pain, but it is Sooooooo worth it in the end. He will transform you from the inside out and your life will be a more precious and pleasant experience to live each day. Is your life or mind a messy room? What areas of yourself are you still holding that you need to surrender to Christ? Start with praying and repentance, being honest with yourself and deciding to give up laziness, that should be a great start to allow God to work in you for His good. #SomethingToThinkAbout

“I Don’t Know!”😩😩😩😩😖

More often than not as human beings we pride ourselves on all of our knowledge. Now don’t get me wrong, knowledge is very powerful. We know the Bible teaches, “my people perish for lack of knowledge.” Although, when our heaping up of knowledge stands in the way of God truly speaking to us and changing us, knowledge becomes our bondage and our own intellect our enemy.

Although, in our knowing, we must be led by The Holy Spirit. For He knows ALL things. Our ” knowing” cannot compare to God’s Knowing. He gives us the understanding of what we are to know and the wisdom to apply it. Therefore, never be hesitant to say, “I just do not know.” This is a sign of humility and God can then work mightily in our lives. For when we always want to seem as though we know, we tie God’s hand from directing us to authentic truth of His Word and wisdom. Humility shows Him respect and He can come in and help us to see what was unseen even with all our knowledge.

Come on, let us be more hasty in admitting we don’t know than assuring we know. God gives grace to the humble, but resist the proud. Many times “I don’t know” are the most powerful words ever spoken in a circumstance because The Almighty rushes to your rescue.💕

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It’s time… Ask

oie_V2loLDfWBaU7What are you doing about your dreams and goals? Do you have passions that are deep in your heart and mind that just won’t go away and you feel they are never going to materialize? Are you a jack of all trades, but master of none? Well that is just not true, we are all seamlessly gifted at something we have mastered effortlessly. Sometimes we are so used to performing in that area we do not see it as a gift or talent. I’m just here to remind you today that your life is but a vapor. The years creep by undetected it seems. Many of us have these dreams, passions, gifts, and talents tucked away inside because we just do not know where to begin to redirect our lives to the path of doing what we love. The unexpected circumstances of life steers us in a direction we did not plan many times and we just can’t seem to get back on track or even find the track! I’m sure not going to tell you it is easy to “make it happen”, but it sure is possible. Although, I believe it takes us to reach our limit of dissatisfaction with our current path. We need to reach the point where continuing “business as usual” is no longer an option and we are ready to do whatever it takes to turn the ship around.

It’s like walking into a room so cluttered and messy, you get overwhelmed and do not know where to even begin to unclutter the mess. Well, have you ever thought about getting some assistance, a coach perhaps? Sometimes we need someone to coach us through what to do and where to begin. Two hands and heads are always better than one when it comes to tackling a big project or untangling a huge mess. It takes courage and humility to ask for help and many times it is that simple. You have not because you ask not. Do not wait any longer to reorganize your life and pursue the calling God has placed inside of you. It’s time to ask for help and meet the new you and a new life.♥

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What are you saying and where is it coming from?

Those of us who lead others, make sure the advice and guidance we give comes from The Word of God, through His Holy Spirit. We will do no one any good with our carnal wisdom. Abide in Him that His words may abide in you and you will lead with love, grace, understanding, and wisdom. You were not saved to only be concerned of yourself, but to lead others out of darkness. Have a blessed weekend and be a blessing to all who cross your path. #ServantLeadership #BeABlessing #Inspire #Encourage #JesusIsReal#TheTrueVine #HolySpirit
John 15 (NKJV)
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15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away;[a] and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.

5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will[b] ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

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Have you seen or witnessed how great I am lately?

Contrary to popular belief and the “low self esteem” psychology, I believe much of our misery as humans comes from our unrealistic view of ourselves. As a matter of fact, it is our constant focus on self that causes us so much grief. According to my studies of God’s word, it seems we just have too high of an opinion of ourselves out the gate, which leads to much disappointment and heartache. The pride of man is consistently looking to himself for answers instead of looking to God. We pride ourselves on our strengths and self sufficiency. We see ourselves through a pair of thick rose colored glasses that are seemingly unbreakable. The ironic thing is those glasses only work on us and maybe we see our children through them, but that’s a whole different blog…lol  It is all of our nature to think we are WAY more fabulous than we truly are. We are so deceived we convince ourselves that our sin is even fabulous. First, let’s look at what God’s word says about our condition.

Mark 7:20-23New King James Version (NKJV)

20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Now these are the words of Jesus himself. I think Jesus knows me better than I could ever know myself. Let’s go to the bible again…

Jeremiah 17:9New King James Version (NKJV)

“The heart is deceitful above all things,
And desperately wicked;
Who can know it?

If you still think you are all that and a bag of chips and a KitKat, but by the grace of God, here is another…

Matthew 15:15-20New King James Version (NKJV)

15 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”

16 So Jesus said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? 18 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. 19 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.20 These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Don’t you just love The Word of God, it just bears witness of itself! You may try to dispute truth when it shows up once, even twice if you are really stubborn, but 3 times? When Adam sinned in the garden (Genesis Chapter 3) he caused mankind separation from God and now you and I are born in sin, we have an inherent sin nature that houses our soul; also known as the flesh and it gets us in so much trouble. Although, the good news is Jesus came as a ransom for our sin, He paid it all (1 Peter 3:18), to save our souls from the penalty of sin and damnation. He died that we may live once again in unity with our heavenly Father as it was before the fall of man. Jesus paid it all and offers us restoration with The Creator of the universe, our Father in heaven!

Now that brings us back to what was said at the beginning of this blog entry. I’m not being mean, but you are not that great, I am not that great, we all need Christ to make us righteous, for in and of ourselves we are sinful creatures with an evil sinful nature. My definition of good and great cannot compare with God’s standard and we can never meet His standard of righteousness. We just can’t, the old testament proved that and that’s why Christ came. Therefore, do not think of yourself more highly than you should (Romans 12:3) and you won’t be so disappointed and discouraged. Look to Christ and know that you need Him in everything you do because His strength is made perfect in your weakness. No talent, good looks, intelligence of any kind can make you righteous. It’s like putting perfume on a pig, it’s still a pig. I will say as Paul the Apostle said, I boast in my weakness!!!! Praise God Christ is my greatness!! Without Him, I am not great or good and it’s perfectly okay…

2 Corinthians 12:9New King James Version (NKJV)

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.