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Baby Believer

1 Peter 2:2 – “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”

My daughter has a good friend that accepted Jesus as her Savior this school year. Since that time, she and my daughter have been reading and discussing the Bible together. It’s really cute, if one forgets to read a chapter, they have to give the other one a dollar.  If they neglect to read more than one chapter, they have to buy a spirit ribbon on Friday and the other one gets to decide where they wear it, like on their forehead. Not something I would do, but it is the way they hold one another accountable.

Last night, they were face timing and discussing what they had read the night before. My daughter’s friend had made a list of questions to talk to her about. She is a new Believer who is hungry and thirsty for the Word. She has been taught so many different things from so many different people that she just wants to know what Jesus says about everything. And what better place to find it than the Bible.

When was the last time you and some close friend of yours had that sort of discussion? When was the last time you were hungry for the Word of God? When was the last time you made a list of questions to discuss with someone about what you read in the Bible?

Heart pricking, isn’t it?

The older we get, the less likely we are to ask questions. We don’t want to look foolish. But this young lady doesn’t care what she looks like to others. She wants to know God more and more. And her questions are thought provoking. They make you stop and consider what was going on, who Jesus was talking to and why. It’s a great way to learn. 

I also think that we ebb and flow when it comes to reading God’s word. We have times when we are really diligent about it and other times when “stuff” gets in the way. Maybe we all need some sort of accountability partner to keep us reading. I think it would be good for us. Maybe it would get us to sincerely desire the Word of God in a whole new way. 

So this week, I want to challenge you to read His Word diligently. Let His words so seep into you that you are contemplating long after you close the Book. And ask questions. Teachers always tell their students at the beginning of the year that there is no such thing as a stupid question. And it is so true. More than likely, someone else is thinking the same thing. Go, learn and grow.

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Clean up!

Psalm 51:1,2 – “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

Last night, I took some time and cleaned an area upstairs that hadn’t been touched in a while. I removed THREE garbage bags full of trash – papers, notebooks, pens and broken stuff. Junk. Plain and simple. When I told my kids what I had done, my daughter, bless her heart, said, “Mom, did you throw away everything we own?”

You know, sometimes we let stuff pile up in our life. We let troubles, anxiety and stress take their toll on our heart and then we wonder why we are such a mess. Sometimes it is just easier to stuff things into the recess of our heart and think that we will tackle it another day. 

Sometimes we need to just go through things. We need to clean up, toss out and re-evaluate things. 

That is where prayer comes in. 

When was the last time you took time to ask God to clean out your heart? When was the last time you poured out all your junk and left it for Him to sort through? He is the One that knows the sin in your life. He is the One that can remove it. But He won’t remove it until you ask Him to. And you need Him to point it out to you so that you can ask forgiveness. 

Let’s face it – you cannot clean up on your own. He is the One that MUST do the cleaning. But He won’t clean out or toss out anything you don’t ask Him to. 

It’s Friday. That means Sunday is coming. You have today and tomorrow to ask and get the ball rolling. Sunday is a great day to finish the task. Worship Him with a clean spirit this week. And then share what has changed in your heart with someone. You know how good it feels to get things cleaned up, tell someone else!

Wanted vs. Not wanted

John 14:23 – “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

Have you ever felt not wanted? Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like a third wheel? No one likes that feeling. Everyone wants to feel wanted. We want to be needed and wanted. People may say that it doesn’t matter, but deep down, it does.

Some people try and say that Jesus forces Himself into our lives. They think of Him as pushy and demanding. Too many rules. Too much interference. Too strict.

I guess it’s all perspective and whether you believe the Bible or not. You see, when I read this verse in John, I see Someone who wants to be wanted. Not that Jesus needs us to want Him, but rather He doesn’t become involved where He is not wanted. He seeks us out. He pursues our heart. He desires to have a relationship with us. Yet, if we say “no” to Him enough times, He leaves us alone….forever. It is possible to reject Jesus. And with that rejection comes eternal separation. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen too easily. God is the God of second, third, fourth (and so on) chances. He doesn’t desire for anyone to face an eternity in hell. But there does come a time when “no” means “no” and the pursuit stops. What a sad day that is.

I am grateful that Jesus only assists where He is wanted. I get that. I understand that desire. It makes me feel closer to Him in knowing that. We always hear and are taught that Jesus knows our sorrows and understands our trials. It is good to have that emotional connection. In my crazy mind, it helps me to understand Him better.

So today, let me encourage you to include Jesus in your everyday things. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to hear all about it. He wants to be focused on you. He wants to guide you through this insanity. However, He won’t assist where He is not invited. Stop what you are doing right now, and if you haven’t invited Him into your day, do so. His fellowship is way sweeter if you ask.

Just a little note

Matthew 28:20b – “and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

It has been a long weekend filled with food, fun and lots of traveling. And this week promises to be a super crazy week. We have soccer, cheer, revival and school starting all in the same week. My head is spinning just thinking about it. 

But I know these days are going to come sooner or later. The blissful days of summer have to come to an end. I just wasn’t wanting that time to be here so soon. 

As I try to figure out the drop and go schedule and when in the world am I going to have time to grocery shop, it is a comfort to know that Jesus is right there with me every step of the way, as long as I invite Him. I try to do this every morning, some mornings I am more successful than others. I invite Jesus to come and walk alongside of me, to show me the way I need to go and to help me to get through everything I have to do today. He isn’t going to go somewhere and with someone with whom He is not welcomed. He wants you to want His company. But if you do choose to invite Him, it will be the best decision you make all day, and that can happen before you even get out of bed!

So, if you haven’t done so already, invite Jesus into your day. Let Him walk with you through the insanity of your day. Let Him hold you up when things are looking tragic. 

The Invitation

Luke 24:28-29 – “And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further. But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

We had a missionary come and speak last night. It was amazing. I love it when you have read a passage before but then you read it again and God just reveals something that knocks your socks off. That’s what happened last night. 

In these verses, you have the two men walking away form Jerusalem to Emmaus. As they walk, they discuss the events that have just gone on in the last week. It had been a horrible week – Jesus had died. And as they walked, Jesus came up alongside them and began talking with them, but they didn’t know who He was. As Jesus expounded upon Scripture, they arrived at their destination. Jesus was going to go on, but they implored Him to stay with them a while. 

Here is the lesson and the speaker explained this very clearly – You have to invite Jesus in every day. Every single day. He won’t come where He is not invited. You have to ask Him to come be a part of your day. Now you may be thinking, “He is always with me. Why should I have to ask Him to be a part of it?” Have you ever had someone over to your house and you began cooking dinner and for a bit of time you don’t ask the visitor to join you but when you do their face lights up and they are eager to help and add to the dinner? That’s the way it is with Jesus. If you don’t want Him to help, He stays out of the way and observes until you ask Him to step in and take over. I don’t know about you, but more often than not, I flail around through life screaming and pounding my fists before I ask for His help. I think I can handle it on my own. Usually, all I’m doing is making a bigger mess for Him to clean up. 

Now the other piece to this lesson was this – The faith you had yesterday wil not get you through today. Faith is something that has to be refilled every morning. It’s like your gas tank. Some of us try to run on an empty tank. We don’t refill in the morning. We think that we got this. I read my Bible yesterday. I went to church yesterday. I should be good to go for a couple of days. Wrong! You see, it has to be a daily renewal. Every day is a new opportunity, a new possibility. But without a fresh tank of faith, you are running on fumes or flat out stuck where you are. You don’t make progress toward anything. 

So today, Princess, remember this – Ask Him into your life today and get filled up before you hit the door. Take some time and share your heart with the One who loves you unconditionally. Read from His book and/or listen to  it on an audio track, either way, let His words seep into who you are. Let them stick to your heart. Think about them throughout the day. Remember, you invited Him in, let Him help. 

Like a child

Matthew 18:1-4 – “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

I love children. They hear everything yet act like they hear nothing. Jesus used them as great examples of faith.

Yesterday, I was told a great story. This year at our church, the ladies’ auxiliary has decided to do an encouragement ministry. We are going to take different themes each month and act on them. And we have invited the congregation to join us in these random acts of encouragement. This month, we are to encourage someone who hasn’t been to church in a while to come back and join us.
Well, one of our younger members, a little boy who is just all boy and sweet as he can be, took this encouragement to heart. I was told yesterday that he invited someone to church that hasn’t been there in a while. Of course, you automatically think child asking child. Nope. He asked one of the teacher’s aides at school that he knew had once come to our church.

Where do we loose this faith? Where do we loose this outgoing love for Christ? Why is it that this little guy can see a need in someone’s life and then boldly go up to them at school and offer them the Solution to the problems in that person’s life and I can’t even ask my neighbors who live beside me to join me on Sunday morning? Adults are supposed to have it all figured out. We are supposed to have a better way of doing things. Obviously, that is not true in all cases.

Children believe without complicated reasons of why. Children love unconditionally. Children live without limits – they have not imposed them upon themselves. Children speak whatever is on their minds. Children rarely care what anybody else will think. Adults could learn so much from them. The sad thing is that we were once those children.
And when it comes to spiritual matters, children love Jesus for no other reason than He loves them. They don’t expect anything from Him. They do what He says, well, sometimes.

Let me encourage you today to be more childlike in your faith. Love with abandon. Listen with your heart. And follow through without hesitation. Be as brave as a child today.

The Scope of Eternity

Proverbs 16:3 – “Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”

Is this a recipe for a magic genie? Nope. God is not a genie that grants wishes. He is the All-Knowing, All Powerful, God of the universe. And he cares about you. Little old you sitting here reading this blog. No matter where you are at or what you are doing, God has a vested interest in your life. That is pretty amazing isn’t it?

My kids were fighting yesterday over who gets to sit in the front seat. I remember those fights with my brother. I asked them this, “Does it really matter in the scope of eternity who gets to sit in the front seat?” My son, being the character he is, said yes. My daughter wasn’t so sure.

The point of this and the verse is to remind us that when we make plans, when we decide to do something, we need to look at it from the scope of eternity. We all have one of those in our hearts, we just rarely get it out.

We are constantly asking God for something. 1 John 5:14, 15 – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we known ow that we have what we ask of him.” This may look like another genie verse, but there is a key to this verse that transcends to the other verse as well – “according to his will”. Hum, how about that?

If we are going to ask God for something, we had best make sure that it is in His will. If we are going to commit our plans out Him, shouldn’t we make sure that we got those plans from Him in the first place?

We would do well to remember that God sees things in the scope of eternity. He sees the beginning and the end. And everything in between. That is why it is so important to let God direct the things we ask for and the direction we go. Without Him, we are a dog chasing our tail.

So today, princess, my challenge to you is to see things in the scope of eternity. Check your motives for what you ask and what you choose to do today. Make sure that God is directing the cart.