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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Good Morning!!!

I know it’s hard to understand God with so much suffering in our lives and in this world. Although, it is possible to understand, if we would take the time and truly want to know God and how this beautifully complicated life works and why… We have a responsibility to due diligence when it comes to learning about our creator, who He is and why He is… I pray this morning for a shift in our priorities in this life. That we would no longer be satisfied with making it up as we go along, throwing in a little of this truth and that truth,  but that we will seek THE TRUTH of God’s word for all answers pertaining to life, faith, love, people, and everything that is relevant to a journey of life authentically lived. The Christ like life is The Authentic Life, any other is just a cheap imitation of all that He has promised us… John 8:32 “ And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

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Mind Bubble…

The Christian Life is a not a life of self focus. If you are in a rut, examine yourself. Are you spending too much time thinking about yourself? Is your mind filled with your dreams, your goals, your family, your pain, your struggles, ect…? Well there lies the problem. Refocus. Find someone worse off than yourself, and be a blessing to THEM! Self absorption slows the hand of God in our lives. Seek God first, take care of His business and while you are focused on Him and His people, He is faithful to take care of your business. (Matthew 6:33)

Integrity makes enemies…

Many times in life you will be called to walk in integrity and stand for the truth, love and loyalty. To not just go along to get along. This may make you some enemies because you are disturbing the facade. Well take heart and be encouraged. When this happens, just do the right thing. God will take care of the rest. He will uphold you in His right hand and prepare a table before you in the presence of your enemies. Pray, walk uprightly and trust in Him, not in man.

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