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Something to believe in

Acts 16:30-34 – “And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”

Everyone is talking about the World Series. Everyone is excited about the possibility that the Chicago Cubs could win (Disclaimer – I’m writing this Tuesday night not knowing the outcome of the game). We all desire something or someone to believe in. 

When we are young, we want to believe in Santa so that we get presents at Christmas. Some also believe in the Easter  bunny, leprechauns and the fear of a broken mirror. 

But that’s all superstition and tall tales. None of those do any of the good or evil they are portrayed to do. But people believe in them all the same. 

I chose to put my faith and trust in Someone more substantial, more dependable, more proven – Jesus Christ. 

The jailor in this passage was looking for something to believe in. He had probably seen and heard it all. He had experienced superstition and heard every tall tale imaginable. He was ready for something real. Never in a million years would he have guessed that these two fellas who had been arrested for ejecting a demon from a young girl would have the answers he was looking for. They probably looked like a couple of nobodies. There was probably nothing special about them.  Nothing to make them stand out – except for the joy in their heart. They were singing  praises to their God, for lands’ sake, in the pit of a prison! Never had he heard such!

And then there was this unbelievable earthquake and he was ready to end it all thinking that the prisoners had escaped. When he found out they were all there, he had to know what these fellas were all about. 

And did he ever find out! Not only him, but his whole house accepted Jesus as their Savior. They all needed Someone to believe in. 

Are you holding Him back? Do you have people in your life that are searching? They have heard it all and seen it all – except for the Best of All. They are searching for Him and they don’t even realize it! And it is YOUR job to share Him. God has brought you into their life for that very reason. Are you being faithful to your calling? Are you sharing Someone to believe in?

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Repost of “Hmmm….”

Crazy morning at my house. I was looking for a past post to repost and this one came into view. I thought it was highly appropriate for today!

Hebrews 4:15,16 – “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

If you worked as hard at your job as you do your relationship with Christ, how far would you get in your career?

A serious question to ponder. For most of us, we feel we have to schedule a relationship with Christ into our already full life. But how full is it really? If your like me, “stuff” keeps you busy. Why, just this morning I was having a time trying to find the verse I wanted for this blog post. The devil kept coming up with “one more thing” that I thought I just HAD to do. Guess what? Those things are waiting. I am choosing to be obedient.

But all too often “stuff” gets in the way of our desire to walk closer to our Savior. Jesus understands. Now, does that give us a “get out of jail free” card? Nope. He also knows that we make time for that which is important to us. He wants to be important to us.

He has been there and done that. He knows the struggles we face. He knows those “sins that so easily beset us.”

So make time to develop that relationship. If you have to, schedule into your busy schedule time to read His Word and talk to Him. But, don’t forget to be quiet and listen as well. He has a lot to say if we will hush up!

Go to Him today, princess. And receive the mercy and grace you are in desperate need of. The King is waiting.

Revisiting Dream A Little Dream

Do you have a bucket list? I don’t care how old you are or where you are at in life, I am asking you to sit down and dream. Dream of the things that you want to do before God calls you home.

I have a bucket list. One of the things on my list is driving a race car. I would love to go really fast in a controlled environment. I would also like to hike an 11 mile (one way) trail in Kauai. One day, I think (not sure on this one yet) that I would like to skydive. Crazy, stupid stuff that might take me closer home than I bargained for.

The point is you need to dream, princess. You need to allow yourself to look forward to something and to take a chance every once in a while. God wants you to dream big. Dream about places to go, things to see and people to meet. The world is a big place just waiting to be discovered.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

See, God has dreams for you. Plans to grow you in ways that you cannot imagine. You will never know those dreams unless you develop a relationship with Him beyond Sunday morning. It is fun and unexpected. You never know what door God is going to open for you if you are watching for them to open.

So, princess, go ahead and make that bucket list and dream. Just remember to check with the Creator of dreams on the path He wants you to take.

Revisiting “Cowgirl up!”

I wrote this post back in September of 2012. I thought you might enjoy it today!

 

Women are caught between a rock and a hard place. Sometimes we are encouraged to be quiet and listen. Other times we are told to speak up and speak out. What is it that God wants us to do as His daughter – a princess?

2 Timothy 1:7 – “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

God did not put it in the heart of a woman to be run over. We may be weaker physically but that does not mean that we should cower or feel inferior to man. Now, don’t get me wrong – this is not something feminist. A princess does not back down from a challenge but she knows how to be tactful and full of grace in the midst of troubling times.

You have a spirit of power in you, princess. Power from the Most High God. Don’t let that fall on deaf ears. Pull on your big girl panties and “cowgirl up!” Be respectful but be bold. Be brave but know when to ask for help. God has placed some amazing women in your circle. Find their power and lean on their experienced shoulders.

You have a spirit of love. God has placed within you the capacity to love just about any thing and every one. Now this is not always easy but necessary. Don’t let the devil shield your view of the opportunity to love someone who REALLY needs it. Remember, love covers a multitude of sins.

And finally, you have a spirit of self-discipline. This means holding your head up and making the right choices, even the hard ones. Don’t let the other two empower you and then trip up on this one. Self-discipline includes everything from not eating that donut to choosing to follow Christ through it all. Yep, hardest one yet.

Don’t sit there and take it – know how to handle it. Life is full of hard choices and sometimes we need someone to hold our hand and tell us the truth. Don’t be timid, sister. Get it out but do it in love.

Trials & Tragedies

1Peter 4:12,13 – “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”

Bad things happen to good people.

We have heard that saying multiple times over. Most of the time, people attempt to use it as a balm to ease away the pain of tragedy. We wonder why. Why did this have to happen? What has he done to bring this upon himself? What sin has gone on in his life that has brought this on?

We think that tragedy and trials are the result of something we have done. And sometimes that may be the case. But oftentimes, the catalyst for our suffering is something to bring glory to God. Remember the blind man that Jesus healed on the Sabbath? The Pharisees were outraged. Not that this man had been healed but that his healing occurred on the Sabbath. Anyway, that is not the point. I digress. The point is this: the disciples had asked Jesus who had sinned in this man’s life to cause him to be blind. They assumed that this trial, this tragedy, was the result of sin. But lovingly “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.” (John 9:3)

Sometimes trials and tragedies are opportunities to show God at work in our life. We may not recognize it at the time, but looking back we can see Him working out situations, protecting us from harm or even how we may have touched someone else’s life along the way. We may never know what our trials in this life have meant to others. All we are asked to do is keep on truckin’ and doing what Jesus has asked us to do.

So remember, princess, we only suffer for a little while. But our hope, our peace, our joy, should be found in the fact that we are storing up treasures in heaven for our Savior. For without Him, we would probably all be hiding under a rock waiting for the storm to pass.

Are we there yet?

“Are we there yet?”

If you have ever been in the car with a child, going anywhere, you have undoubtedly heard this question. Five minutes down the road, they have to go to the bathroom or they start asking this question.

I remember one time I took my son and his best friend, AJ, to Indianapolis to Brick Masters – a Lego convention. AJ was so excited to be going that he asked me this question every 10 minutes from Fort Wayne to Indianapolis – a 2 hour trip. I finally had to laugh at him and tell him my ETA so that he could look at the clock to know how close we were. He wasn’t doing this to be ornery, he was just so excited he was about to come out of his skin!

There are days in my life when I feel like AJ, although it is not the Lego convention I am looking forward to, but rather Heaven. Do you ever wake up in the morning and think today could be the day? Today is the day that I might get to see Heaven. I do. Makes me all giddy to think about it!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and  with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.”

That gets me pumped! Wouldn’t you love to be near a graveyard when that happens?! If your mind could process it in time, that would be AWESOME!

How excited are you to go Home? Some days I want it now and some days I want it to wait one more day. Regardless, we are called to be ready for it at any time. That means, princess, we need to start acting like it could come at any time.

Jesus said in Acts 14:3 – “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.” He wants you there! He is coming back for you!

So when those little people in your car are driving you crazy with “are we there yet?” just bounce that question back up to the Father and ask Him “Are we there yet?”