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Month: October 2018

Believe in miracles
Believe in miracles

There is power in the name of God! Are you going through the motions, or are you giving your heart lately to the God of heaven?

This is a question that you and you alone can only answer. When we look at the story about the woman with the issue of blood. She had suffered with a hemorrhage for 12 long years and she heard about Jesus. Jesus was coming to town and thousands and thousands and thousands of people crowded around, trying to get a glimpse of him.

She pushed forward knowing that if she could only touch the fringe of his robe that she would be healed. She reached out and touched his robe and self healing power shoot through her body. Jesus turned to his disciples and said who has touched me? They said Jesus there's thousands of people all around pushing and touching you. He said no healing power has gone out. He turned around and saw the woman and said your faith has healed.

How many people go to church or just claim to be a Christian on a daily basis, but don't really have to face it takes for Jesus to notice you?

Where is your faith and where is your walk with Christ?Don't just be another person claiming to be a Christian. Be the person that Jesus turns around for and says I see you, I know you and you are mine. Only you can make the decision and only you can make the change to Control your destiny.Make 100% sure the Jesus knows you and that you were walking with him every day.
Right or Right?
Right or Right?
This statement is so important for each one of us to remember every day. We go through our lives and we look at people and we are disturbed to buy the things they do are the things that they say, but are they really any different than us?

Perhaps a different circumstance or set of events surrounding what’s going on, but isn’t it all the same?

There are so many divides and society right now and it’s always surrounded around opinions. But they’re just that their opinions.

Yeah no, everybody thinks that they are right in every situation. It would be wonderful if instead of thinking that we are always right, we would take the time to actually hear what another person has to say and then instead of trying to change their mind, just say OK I respect that you have an opinion. It doesn’t mean that you have to agree with someone, but we don’t have to argue with them all the time.

We must be willing to admit when we have been wrong and to move forward. Humbling ourselves and thinking of others as better than ourselves does require action.

We don’t have to always be right, we don’t have to always have the last word and we don’t always have to make sure that we appear better than somebody else.

Be willing to hear, and I mean really hear what someone else has to say. The most important thing that we can do is truly love other people and be willing to look at them as better than ourselves.

Because in the end we are all just children of God here on this earth making mistakes, doing and saying right and wrong things and just living our lives. So, live your life in a different way and be willing to humble yourself and think of others as better than you.

	
				
The mind is a battlefield
The mind is a battlefield

Do you ever notice how some days your mind goes one way and then suddenly it’s going in another direction? It seems like it’s back-and-forth back-and-forth back-and-forth.

There are many thoughts that go through our heads on a regular basis. Some are good and some are bad. And the battle is for our minds. Satan knows that if he can grab a hold of that one thought that is negative and work it, that he has us in his grips.

So what can we do to make sure that we are battle ready? We have to make sure that our eyes are focused on good and pure things, we have to make sure we are reading the word of God on a daily basis and we have to make sure that we are in prayer throughout the day.

Are you having thoughts that are negative and thoughts that are leading you down a wrong path, they are not, I repeat they are not from God!

Make sure that you are paying attention to how you are thinking. You do not have to continue to focus in on negative thoughts that are leading you astray. You have control of your thought life! Start thinking about what you are thinking about.

The battle in our minds is just that, it is a battle. And we must be prepared. We must put on and be battle ready.

Our worst critic….
Our worst critic….
Bam, Wham!, do you ever find that you are your own worst enemy? Well, if you're anything like me you've done this numerous times.

You beat yourself up for decisions that you've made, or thoughts that you have had all the while thinking you are the worst person ever!

Well, taking a correct self inventory is not necessarily a bad thing but as with all things, we can take it to an extreme. We have to learn to find that middle ground for that sweet spot where we are not condemning our self, but instead correcting our self.

The Holy Spirit is our still small voice that reminds us. He tells us when there's areas of our lives that need adjusting and helps us find a way to adjust them. Satan, on the other hand, is the great condemnor. He wants nothing more than for you to feel horrific about the decisions that you have made or the actions that you have taken.

There is this beautiful thing call to repentance. What this means is that if we had done something or said something wrong, we ask God for forgiveness and we make a rational decision to stop doing or saying that the tick killer thing.

Now no one ever said it was going to be easy. Being able to sacrifice our wants and desires to please God can be difficult at times. But saying no to ourselves is sometimes the best decision we will ever make.

So the next time you decide to beat yourself up for something that you have done, look back at the situation and try to find the rational solution. Be willing to change for God and be willing to except your own weaknesses.

There will be times where you will feel like you are repenting and repenting and repenting, but that is normal. That is why Jesus came for us. He took it upon the cross. He took Carson wants for all times.

Many people feel that because Jesus took our sins that they can live a lackadaisical life, but quite the opposite is true. When we have a true appreciation for what Jesus did for us, we will want to spend our time thinking and trying to be a better person. Remember that faith without works is dead and useless.
Company you keep.
Company you keep.
1John 2:26 Be aware of those who want to lead you astray!

Make sure that the company you keep is the company that will lead you down the correct path. The people that we surround ourselves with is extremely important.

It is better to be alone than to be around people who will lead you down a path of destruction .

And make sure that you are the person that others want to be like and be around.

Remember it is a sin to know what you are to do and then not do it.
Treasures of Our Heart
Treasures of Our Heart

When we have a treasure, we do everything in our power to keep it safe, to protect it in to make sure that it is taken care of.

God took careful selection in choosing family for each one of us. He lovingly chose those he wanted to surround us with on a daily basis.

Does our family do and say things that are wrong? Of course we do. Everybody does. But your family is your family and who God chose for you. So take this seriously.

Until the day that Jesus calls us home, each one of us will make mistakes in life but be a person who treasures your family. Hold your family close to your heart. Because Satan is just waiting to snatch it away. Don’t allow it. Stand firm and stand strong and know that you are loved and protected by God.

God created family and he created you as an integral part to that family. So love with your whole heart and never take one moment for granted!
The past
The past
The other day I found a snakeskin outside of my garage door. It was long and scaly and freaked me out for a few minutes, as I remembered that that means there's a snake nearby.

But, the cool thing about a snakeskin is the fact that they can shut off all of their old stuff to make way for new stuff. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we were able to do that as well. To just get rid of all of the garbage and the guck in our lives and get prepared for a new fresh skin.

Well, this is what happens when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our old selves, which are filled with sin our shed off of us. They might be lurking in the bushes somewhere but they're not on us anymore.

As hard as you try with an old snake skin to put it back on, it is going to inevitably come right back off. And it's the same way with our old selves. We have to quit trying to put and remember all of the things that we have done in the past back on again.

When Jesus took our sins upon the cross, he took it for all times. There's no going back. So if Jesus already took it, why do we keep putting it back on. Forget about it. Lay it aside and leave it sitting in the bushes.

Trust me, everybody's got an old snakeskin sitting around somewhere. You were not the only one who has done 10 million things that you regret in life. Every single one of us regret things and wish we could turn back the pages, but we just have to get to the point where we quit thinking about that. Shed it and leave it.
Recognize your blessings
Recognize your blessings

What are you doing with what has been given to you? Are you spending your day thinking oh poor me? Are you so consumed with what you don't have that you're not recognizing what you do have?

It is very easy to get self consumed in a world of give me more more more. But, sometimes we have to stand back and look at all of the things that we do have.

So I want to encourage you today to quit focusing on the negative. Look at the positive things in your life and start thanking God out loud for them. We are always telling other people to chin up and one amazing person they are, but when was the last time you told yourself that?

You are an amazing person! You are exactly who you are supposed to be. If there's areas in your life that you want to be better in, then strive for them. But don't get self consumed and all upset if things don't come about in a lickety-split manner.

When God tells us to learn self-control and patience he's not just speaking towards other people, he speaking about us having patience with our self also. You don't have to be so hard on yourself you know. You are an amazing person and you can do all things through Christ .

Take the pressure off of yourself being so perfect. Learn to enjoy the little steps. Because one day you'll look back at all of those steps will have already been taken. Enjoy the journey it's not just about the end result. It's about living each and every day to its fullest extent.
Live and Learn
Live and Learn

Yesterday I was speaking with one of my girls at work, and she speaking about her father and how he is ill. She was telling me how she’s going to go visit him and spend some time with him since they’ve only given him a few months left to live. I asked her if her father had a relationship with Christ and if he was a believer, but she stated that she wasn’t really sure. So, I encouraged her to make sure that she speaks with him about this as soon as she gets there. Although she was nodding her head yes I could see the hesitation in her mannerisms. So, I’m going to tell you just like I told her: each one of us doesn’t know 100% what we’re talking about, because we have not seen heaven face-to-face. But we do know this, we sense Gods  presence every single day. We have proof beyond proof for the existence of Jesus throughout history.  Even if we only know a little bit and if we are not confident in our words, some words are better than none. All of us have doubts and all of us have fears at some point in our lives, but that does not negate our duty as a Christian to spread the wonderful love of Jesus.  There are eternal consequences to not having a relationship with God. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no one can come to the father except by him. Knowing that this is the way, we should seek and strive every day to tell people the way to heaven. Even if you don’t say everything completely right, just say it.  Maybe people will have a ton of questions and you won’t have answers for them, but that’s OK. You can simply say to them well, I don’t know the answer for that but how about if we look some stuff up together or can I get back to you with an answer with that. Some people may even argue with you about things and say 0h are you some Bible thumper now, but once again it’s OK. You got this. Don’t wait until it’s too late to introduce somebody Jesus.  And if you feel that your walk with Christ is not strong enough, what are you waiting for? none of us know the day or the time of Christ returns, nor do we know what’s going to happen for one second to the next quit hesitating. For this is that moment in time but eternity is a very long time to live.  Yes, we have a choice to make. We either believe and spend an eternity in heaven, or we just believe and spend an eternity separated from God forever. There is no in between.

Speak your truth…
Speak your truth…

Have you ever had someone say something to you that just Stuck with you through the years? You think about what that person said even though it was years ago? Have you made that word or sentence become a part of your life?

We can speak words of life or we can speak words of death over one another. The words that you say to someone are so important. Are you speaking words to lift a person up or to tear them down?

This week during my art class, I was telling the children what amazing artist they are. I told them to say out loud I am an amazing artist. So, they each said that out loud and you could see the pride in their faces as they spoke these words over themselves. As one of the girls was leaving class, she said to me I am a good artist Miss Heather. I thought to myself, wow, these are the type of words that we need to be speaking to other people.

So, as you go about your day today, make your words positive. Lift people up on purpose. See the joy in others faces as you encourage them with just a word or a phrase.

Smile at people, even if you do not know them. You never know how long that word or that smile will live in their hearts.

And if you have spoken negative words over someone, or if you have in the past, be quick to turn those words around. Don't be too prideful to apologize or to ask someone for forgiveness. Humble yourself and see the good and mighty work God will do in your life.

As you give, so you shall receive.