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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.
Why are people afraid of Jesus?
Why are people afraid of Jesus?
Yesterday, I had a very interesting text awaiting me. It was a text from someone that had been placed into the Bible writing group. It said I don’t know who you are, but take me off of this stupid text about this Bible S…

At first, I was quite taken aback by this comment, but then I was reminded about what a lost world we live in. There are so many people that are opposed to God and Jesus and the Bible, yet they know nothing about them. They think that it’s all just a big crock and have no interest in learning anything more. So, instead of taking the time to learn more, They criticize and condemn.

My question for all of the naysayers of the Bible is, how do you condemn something or someone that you know nothing about?

Many people say that there is no way to know anything about God, but The more time we spend with someone the more we get to know them. So if you were feeling lost, alone and afraid, I encourage you to spend time with God. Get to know who he is by reading about him. You will soon come to the conclusion that the Bible is not a cross and that you can have a relationship with God.

I think that many times we choose to hear what other people have to say about certain situations or people and we don’t take the time to come to our own conclusions. But I want to encourage you today to take the time, on your own, to get to know exactly who God is.

So, the next time that you are criticize our question about your face, encourage people to come up with their own beliefs. But in order to learn about something, we must study. The study the word of God to prove yourself correct.

You don’t have to be offended when somebody question your face or your believes, instead encourage others and find things that hit home with you that you could share with other people.

I know that for myself, I told this person that the text that I myself did not come to know anything about God until I was 28 years old. But it was then that I began to study the word and got to know more and more about my creator. I continue to question things and I continue to seek answers, but I never stop looking and I encourage you to do the same.
Wash it away….
Wash it away….
This weekend we took the opportunity and went down to Sebastian Inlet on the boat. It was a pretty murky day and you couldn't see in the water at all. Needless to say I was a little bit freaked out picturing massive sharks and where I'll send who knows what else coming in attacking me. Yeah I can be a little neurotic sometimes. LOL.

Anyways one of the people we were talking to had mentioned how the current had kicked up and that they were looking forward to the Clearwater coming in. So, I thought wow isn't this indicative of our lives.

Each day we go through life and unfortunately make bad decisions decisions, but we look forward to the wonderful fact that Jesus washes of clean every day. As the tide go in and out of the river every day there is Clearwater and there's dirty water and there is cleansing again.

You know, I was always curious as to why all of the baptisms that took place in the Bible happened in the river instead of the sea of Galilee. The river is known for its murkiness while the sea is clear. And I thought perhaps the reason for the river baptism is that our sins are washed fresh with Christ. As we come up out of the water that is murky and dark, we are cleansed with the new freshwater.

It reminds me of the difference between the Indian river and the beautiful bright blue seas in Aruba. Want to be a glorious day when we no longer have to worry about arson filled lies doing right things and doing wrong things, instead it will be crystal clear and beautiful each and every day. Oh how thankful I am to know that all of my sins are washed away.
Round and round we go!
Round and round we go!
Here we go around the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush, the Mulberry Bush. Here we go around the Mulberry Bush so early in the morning.

So, here is my question: why do we continue to go around the Mulberry Bush and why are we going around it so early in the morning? I don't know.

Well, obviously I don't really mean on Mulberry Bush. I'm talking about the fact that we continue to go over and over the same things every day. We swear we're knocking to eat junk food, and then lo and behold what happens somebody bring something super yummy and delicious into work and I just can't say no. Or we decide I'm not gonna drink any wine today, then we get home and that bottle of wine is so very enticing and Lee just say OK I'll just have one glass. Or how about, I'm never going to say a bad word again and then somebody really makes you mad and you're talking with your BFF and say boy that person sure was a meanie Coppini… Not!

I spent years and years being upset with myself that yet again I had failed to be this perfect Christian. I thought that if I didn't do what was right all the time and say what was right all the time then God would not except me. But this is the thing, I was a rebuilding a system that's already been tore down.
When we except Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we don't have to worry about God not accepting us based upon our behavior. Jesus already took care of all of this. We don't have to try to be good enough we're arty made good through Jesus. There is nothing that we can do to earn or dissed earn God's love and acceptance of us when Jesus is our Lord.

Jesus took our sins upon the cross over 2000 years ago, so can we relive that day? Of course not. So why, oh why are we continuing to circle around the Mulberry Bush day in and day out? Get away from that bush! It's no good.

You are beautiful and you are accepted by God. He is not mad at you. Yes certain things are bad for you and yes certain things have consequences, but your sin and wrongdoings have already been dealt with. Jesus took them all! There's no more sin because sit no longer exists when Jesus is your sacrifice. It's gone, it's wiped away. Walk away from the bush.
Break Down The Wall
Break Down The Wall

I have decided that today is the day to break the Great Wall.

I have spent my entire life trying to climb up that wall to make sure that I find Grace in God's eye.

 But then today I had a bit of an eye-opening revelation.

 I realize that as we spend our lives trying to find acceptance through the things that we do and the way that we act, we're just climbing a wall.

 When Jesus came to Earth and bore our sins upon the cross at Calvary, he did away with the wall.

 And if a wall doesn't exist there's nothing to climb over.

 So in other words, there used to be a law that was required to achieve favor in God's eyes, but Jesus did away with the law. There is no longer a law.

So, if a law doesn't exist, how can you break it?

 The answer is it's impossible.

 There's no law to break, so what are you trying to do?

Jesus already came and dealt with the issue of sin. We can turn our way into heaven.

We have complete and total freedom because of Christ and what he did upon the cross.

When we all stand at the judgement seat of Christ, we are going to be judged upon our belief in Jesus not upon what we did or didn't do here on Earth.

 So quit beating yourself up for a good day or a bad day or a somewhat good day or somewhat bad day, you are perfect in God's eyes.

All of your faults that you did in the past, all of the ones you're doing now and all of the ones you're going to do in the future have already been dealt with 100%

The wall is gone. There's no wall to climb over it doesn't exist.

You have been set free when you believe in Jesus Christ as your lord and savior. Quit trying to rebuild that wall and enjoy your life.

Jesus came so that we can have life in abundance until it's full and overflowing, not that we can spend our lives feeling guilty and ashamed of all that we have done that doesn't measure up to whom evers standards.

You are free! Believe it and receive it.
Forgiveness

Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness. It can be such a very difficult thing to do.

 

We read verses about the importance of forgiveness yet we hold onto resentment and anger within ourselves.

 

We’re angry at someone’s actions or we’re angry at someone’s words or we’re angry at ourselves for whatever reason.

 

But forgiveness is so important to God that he said if you don’t forgive others I will not forgive you. Wow! Just think about that one for a minute.

 

Does forgiving somebody means that we should allow them to be a negative Force in our lives? Absolutely not. But forgiving someone who has offended you does mean recognizing that each one of us falls short of the glory of God on a regular basis.

 

The reason that God tells us to forgive others is that each one of us is equal in our sin. And we must look beyond sin and look to God.

 

God is so amazing! He created the things that we see and the things that we don’t see. He created each individual plant. He watches as animals in the wilderness give birth. He sees the depth of the earth and the depths of the ocean. He sees the flower planted on a ledge far beyond any eyes vision. He feels the heart of each and every person as they laugh, as they love, as they hurt and as they live every moment of their lives.

 

And God sees all that you are experiencing too. And it is so easy to fall into ourselves and the situations at hand, but I want to show you a better way out of your situation.  Instead of focusing on your problems, which are temporary, and what someone has done to you or what you have done to someone else, turn your focus to the eternal God. Recognize his greatness. Recognize that he is so amazing and so powerful and so great!

 

Put your thoughts and put your mind on to our great Almighty Savior and realize that our forgiving someone else or forgiving our self is the least that we can do to show our appreciation to God.

Under Construction
Under Construction

We are so excited to announce that Mustard Seed Kidz will be expanding our building for the upcoming school year! We have been blessed with an abundance of extraordinary children that have entered through our doors since we opened in July of 2009. With the number of children enrolled and on our waiting list we are outgrowing our school. The community around us is growing drastically so we need to grow with it. Please bear with us during this construction it may be a little messy, dusty and parking may be limited. Parents with children one year old and up please utilize our car loop that runs from 8:00am-9:00am. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to see the front staff.

Thank you,

MSK Management

333
333

 

Do you ever have one of those nights where you just toss and turn and turn and toss?  You feel about as restless as a bull in a rodeo, then finally you succumb to the urge to look at the clock….and then…you realize it is the exact same time you woke up the night before.   But how can that be?  I resisted the urge to look at the clock for at least fifteen minutes, so how can I possibly look at the clock at the exact same time?

Well, normally I would just pass this off to a whatever, but this time (literally) was a bit different.  Seeing 2:19am or 4:25 is no big deal, but two days in a row it was 3:33am.  So, perhaps there wouldn’t be quite as much meaning, if I hadn’t just been discussing the importance of God’s Word emphasizing important phrases numerous times during bible study yesterday.  But I still kinda played it off and forgot about it until an earlier meeting with a co-worker.

This co-worker and I were just randomly discussing work-related items, when I mentioned that I had woken up two days in a row at 3:33am to her.  She looked at me and said, “Oh my gosh, my son was born at 3:33am.”

We both just looked at each other in disbelief.  So, I quickly googled 333 thinking it maybe had a bad meaning since it is half of ya know.  Anyways, I was pretty shocked to find that all the research led to quite the opposite.

Ezekiel 33:3 says, “He sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people”.

 Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know”.

John 33:3 Whoever accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true.

Now I have a choice to make.  Do I believe what God’s Word says, or do I just shrug it off as merely coincidence?  Well, I don’t know about you, but I have found that nothing happens by chance.  And what I have read from the Scriptures is that Now is the time to spread the gospel like never before.  We have to stand up and speak out.

So, I want to urge each and every one of you reading to spend each day spreading the gospel.  Don’t slink back in fear.  Speak out for your Lord and Savior.  Encourage those around you, pray, love and trust in Jesus.

Blessings:  Heather Joyner

Cluck like a Chicken
Cluck like a Chicken

 

 

What would you do for a Klondike bar.  Oh boy do I love ice cream!  It is absolutely amazing and wonderful.  I can taste the chocolate crunchy outside combined with the creamy sweet vanilla ice cream inside.  Yum! I can’t wait to take a bite of that delicious goodness.  It seems to be all that I can think about.  So, my mind is set and off I go to grab a hold of the perfect solution for my inner most craving.

 

But wait.  In order to experience this amazing yumminess, I will have to be willing to bear the absolutely crazy side of the inside me.  Will you cluck like a chicken?  Will you jump like a jack rabbit?  Will you bark like a dog?

 

Oh, you betcha I will.  And as a matter of fact, it is all that I can think about.  It is the one and only thing on my mind.  So don’t you worry at all.  I will act a complete and total fool to get a hold of it, even if to only experience a few moments of deliciousness.

 

And wouldn’t it be just perfect in life if we could just jump around like a jack rabbit and have all of our dreams come true?  Well, yeah that would be great, but life is a bit different.  We have certain principles that dictate our lives.  So, now we have a choice to make.  We can either do something in the world or we can do nothing.  Nothing in our life is going to work well until we are; and anything in our life that is worth keeping and that we enjoy, is something that we have to work to maintain.

 

Think about someone who is getting married.  They are so excited.  They can’t wait to walk down that isle so that they can live happily ever after.  But then, as each one of us discovers after that glorious honeymoon period, is that marriage requires a lot of work!  It requires decisions, humility and forgiveness.   It isn’t just a delicious Klondike bar all the time.  It takes time and commitment.

 

God understands that all things require time and effort and understanding.  We have to look into the future, not just at the exact moment in time.  We have to have a vision to foresee the long term.  But are you willing to do what you have to do to get what you really want?  Hmmm.  Are you kidding me.  I thought I just had to cluck like a chicken and ‘wahlah’ all my dreams have come true.

 

Yeah, not so much.  What’s the old saying?  If it looks to easy, it’s too easy and you probably need to look a bit deeper.  If you want to have a long-lasting, loving relationship with anyone, you have to work at it.  There isn’t some poof fairy that is going to pop along and make the relationship work for you.  It is up to you!

 

If you want to have a successful career, you have to do the work first.  You have to attend a trade school, or college or spend years in preparation.  You can’t just bark like a dog and think life is going to hand you a million dollars.

 

We have to make choices and follow the steps that God sets in place for our life.  We have to learn to listen to God, get in the Word of God and follow Him.  When we make the decision to give our life over to Jesus, we can be assured that we will have God’s best.  But remember it is a choice.

 

You are always given a choice in life.  You will reap what you sow.   This goes both ways.  If you sow hard work, you will achieve success, if you sow laziness, you will receive just that.  God tells us in 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that “those who don’t work, shall not eat.”  This is pretty clear and quite the opposite of what society will tell us this day and age.  But this is God’s plan and will.

 

If you want a successful marriage, you have to work at it.  You have to spend your time and energy preparing your mind and actions. Colossians 3:18 prepares us in how we are to act in marriage. “Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.”  Hebrews 13:4 “Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.”  Malachi 2:16 “I HATE divorce” says the Lord our God.

 

 

In business there are a multitude of requirements in order to achieve success.  Ephesians 6:9 reminds us how we are to act as both employees or employers. “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man, knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven, and that there is no partiality with him.”

 

To achieve financial success there are also a multitude of commands from God.  Proverbs 3:9 tells us to “honor the Lord with the first fruits of your increase.” 2Corinthians tells us to give abundantly so we can receive abundantly.  Malachi 3:10 “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!”

 

So, as you can see after a multitude of directions from God, we have to pay attention to God, listen to God and do for God.  He has good and mighty plans in store for each one of us.  The bible says that ‘God is for us, not against us.’  So, if you want that yummy Klondike bar, quit acting a fool and start looking at things from God’s perspective.  Don’t live your life missing out on God’s best for you.

 

God has a yummy, delicious life in store for you, but you have to make a choice to give your life over to God, ask Him to forgive you and open your heart to the Holy Spirit and His guidance in each area of life.   That creamy, delicious inside is there waiting for you.  All you have to do is rip it open, take a bite and enjoy!