I Am Kicking the Elephant to the Curb!

elephantToday as I ministered to a lady who was searching for the truth about God, I was humbly reminded of a time when I was there, too. My heart breaks for those still in bondage, afraid to take the first step. When I speak, I am given the opportunity to give my testimony and tell others about my personal relationship with Jesus. It’s a powerful thing when you have real life experiences of God’s hand on your life and are willing to share your story.

Many times in life, though, our relationship with Jesus is like an elephant in a room. We all know someone who needs God in their lives; but often, we just step around the subject thinking some day they will come to know Him like we do. We might be embarrassed or fear rejection of the person we are talking to about God.

There is a dying world out there and Satan would love to keep their blinders on them forever. If you haven’t already heard, it’s the biggest battle ever–it’s the battle for our souls. It is about where we will spend our eternity. We need to be telling everyone we can about the amazing grace of salvation.

I would say to those seeking, don’t worry if you don’t understand it all. He will show you the way. The Creator of the universe stands and knocks on your door for you to have a personal relationship with Him. He loves each and every one of you so much that He died for you, even when you are still sinning. Just say, “Yes,” and invite Him in!

When you think about it, God’s grace on our lives truly is amazing.

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I’m ready to kick the elephant out of the room!  What about you? Are you joining me?

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

My Word for 2015 is OPPORTUNITY

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Each year I wait patiently to hear God’s word for the year. This year, I believe He has chosen opportunity. We all kind of know what that means but I decided to verify my ideas by looking it up at http://www.dictionary.com to make sure I wasn’t missing anything.  This is their definition:

  1. an appropriate or favorable time or occasion:
  2. a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
  3. a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.

I don’t typically make resolutions because over the years, I have simply failed at keeping them. I don’t like failure, so I quit doing that which caused me to fail—like making resolutions. With today’s word, it appears that God might want me to set a goal or make a resolution.  Is He trying to say this year will be different and I will actually make it to my goals for 2015 if I set them?

In 2014 He gave me the word blessing.  I learned through the year of 2014 that I can choose to look at my life situations and praise God for His blessings, or I can go through my life being angry that He is not doing more.  In my heart, I want praise on my lips no matter my circumstances.  In my humanness, again, sometimes I fail.

Overall, every day in 2014 was a blessing just as every day in 2015 will be an opportunity.  If I simply choose to give God control of my life and allow Him to open the doors, I will abound in blessings and opportunities no matter what year it is.  There is part of me that just wants to have a blind faith…no plan…no resolution.  I just want to wake up and ask God to take me where I am to go for that day. I want to run after Him like I have never run before.

So, today, I’m taking a chance with only one resolution. I am choosing to trust God with my year and vow to run after Him. I know He knows me more intimately than any other being. He loves me and wants me to succeed in His plan for my life. I can believe that every day when my feet hit the floor, God will be there to show me my opportunities. The Holy Spirit will be there to lead the way. Planning is good, resolutions add focus, but trusting in the One that knows what’s best for me is priceless.

So Lord, as we walk through this thing called life together, please remind us of our blessings, guide us to our opportunities and help us to stay on the path that you have planned for us in 2015. All of our days we will praise and give you thanks for what You have done.

What is your word for 2015? Is God renewing your spirit and filling you with a fresh slate for the new year? What opportunities are you looking forward to in 2015? May He guide and direct you in the upcoming weeks and months.  Praise be to God who cares for us!

Happy New Year!

Psalm 119:33-35 (TLB) Just tell me what to do and I will do it, Lord. As long as I live I’ll wholeheartedly obey.  Make me walk along the right paths, for I know how delightful they really are.

Seriously. Don’t Take Christmas So Seriously.

santa hatWow. This year was weird. We didn’t buy a thing online and instead went into the stores and made our purchases! I think it was good for me to go out and see the people. Watching people is one of the primary ways we writers find things to write about. Thanks for all of the good material, by the way!

Last week as I wandered through the stores, I noticed an overwhelming seriousness on everyone’s faces. Everywhere I looked, people were intently scouring the shelves for the items on their lists. Very rarely did I see a smile even as they passed me by.

After experiencing about as much seriousness that I could stand, I tried an experiment. I decided to go through the grocery store with a smile on my face the entire time. Do you know how hard it is to smile that long?  Anyway, the results were interesting. As I wandered up and down the aisles smiling, people literally stopped and watched.  When they realized that I noticed them watching, they would give me a half smile and look away quickly. As I was leaving the store, a lady getting a cart to go into the store stopped and watched me.  I was actually able to make eye-contact with her and she shouted across the lobby of the store to me—a complete stranger—“Merry Christmas!” I was blown away by how just a simple smile could attract so much attention.

In Matthew 5:13, the Bible talks about believers being salt and light to this earth. It goes on to ask the question, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will it be seasoned?  I was reminded of that verse this week. Christmas is a time for us to celebrate our King!  It is a time to tell the world about Jesus! It’s an open door to talk about what our Savior has done for us in our lives. We need to season the world with true reason for the season! If we lose our joy, or our saltiness, during the most important season of our Christian walk, we are simply no different than those with no hope.

The world needs those of us who are believers to be the salt just as the scripture calls us to be.  We need to smile and remember why we celebrate!  By our smiles on our faces, the world will wonder what is different as we truly are salt to a serious and lost world. A little salt’s effect in a dark and too serious world is amazing.

If you have salt on your food, you know it. Some spices blend and make an overall nice change to the taste, but not salt.  Salt makes a statement. If we are truly salty, our presence will be felt. Try not to take the secular constraints of the season so seriously and allow them to rob you of your saltiness. Rather, take time to rejoice and focus on The One that brings a smile to your face!  Be prepared as when you do, others will take notice, recognize your saltiness and will want to know more about why you smile.

Just simply be the salt.

Have a blessed and joyful Christmas!

Matthew 5:13 (NKJV) “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned?

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