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Salvation

 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, – Ephesians 1:19-20

Own It

I’ve been jamming out to one of my favorite Christian rock bands recently, who were really popular when I was pretty new to the Faith – DC Talk. And, at the intro to one of their songs, they have a little saying that really got to me this week.

The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today

Is Christians who acknowledge Jesus with their lips

Then walk out the door and deny him by their lifestyle.

That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.

DC Talk, What if I stumble

This tied into another revelation I had this week. Our Faith is something we are constantly working through. ” Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, ” Phillippians 2:12

I say all of that to say this, our Faith is not something that we just have. We work on it. We exercise it. And the more we exercise, the stronger we become. Now, I would say in order to exercise it, you have to understand what you have. I think my Faith has grown significantly since I truly started to understand what my Faith meant. At its core. Let me attempt to explain.

We are saved by Jesus Christ who died for us that we may be free from having to pay for our sins, which also enables us to have a direct connection to the Father. – this is where a majority of Christians stop.

Our connection to the Father enables us to have a personal relationship with the Almighty.

In our relationship with the Almighty, we are to work toward being Christ-like – as He was the perfect example that was sent to us.

We attain this movement toward being Christ-like by exercising the will of the Father in our lives, and bringing Heaven to Earth (manifesting the will of God on Earth through us.)

We are able to perform the will of the Father because the Holy Spirit lives in us, and through the Spirit we are able to perform the will of God. (But – we do have to “activate” it by speaking it into existence through prayer or speaking).

By working for the Father, through the Holy Spirit, we become more Christ-like.

^That’s it! That is what we are to be actively doing as Christians. I believe that is what is meant by “working out our salvation”. As I stated a couple weeks ago, it’s not that we are trying to attain fruit, it’s that we are trying to be more Christ-like, and the evidence of our behavior to be more Christ-like will be evident by our fruit.

Now some of you may be asking, how do I help bring God’s will on Earth? Or why does God’s will need to be on Earth? Couple key things to understand here.

After Adam, Earth was no longer perfect and it became the kingdom of Satan. That’s why, when bad things happen, it’s not God doing it. God only wants good things for us, but we live in a fallen world. God doesn’t do the bad things, but He does see us through them. So – in understanding that this is Satan’s domain, we have to be the ones to speak the Will of God into existence. God is a gentlemen. He always has to be asked to enter the situation. You can’t just expect Him to show up. You have to be the vessel that helps manifest his will into this world. That is part of why you have the Holy Spirit, it enables you to do the Will of God, when you ask for it.

I personally think that’s a lot to take in. This past week, it all literally came together like a giant ethereal puzzle that I had to digest. I was getting all these bits and pieces, and even my blog has been evidence that I’ve been putting it together, but this last week, I was slammed with the real, whole, entire concept that just put it all together.

One of the things I would implore you to try in the coming weeks, if you are interested in growing your Faith and deepening your connection with the Father, would be to pray this prayer over your life.

Let’s Pray

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. – IN JESUS’ NAME! AMEN!!! (Ephesians 1:15-23)

Mission’s Circle

This week I’m focusing on the “Alpha House” out of Sioux Falls. This organization is a non-profit that focuses on helping unexpected pregnancies. They help teens who want to keep the child become more prepared, enabling them and connecting them with networks of organizations that will continue to sponsor and assist throughout the child’s life. They also help parents navigate the adoption process if needed. *As you will see they also have information about abortion, but in no way condone, refer, or perform them. They are mainly focused on trying to help parents of unexpected and/or unwanted pregnancies find help and assistance to ensure that the baby is placed in a healthy, happy home with informed people, and that those people know that they are loved and supported throughout the child’s life.

Alpha House – https://alphacenter.org/

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Cup Overflow

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

The Struggle is Real

When I started this blog, my ideas ran over. But, I’m currently running into a wall. Unsure as to what to write, but when these things happen, I just am honest. I can say that since I’ve always been honest to this point, and have made no promises as to what my blogs will hold, except that I will continue to try to let the Spirit guide me. And, as always, He does not disappoint.

We all go through these times. We all have times of “burnout”, of hitting the wall, of not really knowing how we’re going to move forward, or what our next steps are supposed to be. But as always, we just have to turn to Jesus. That’s the importance of having the strong roots. Of being tapped in to the Spirit. Of knowing where you’re strength and will come from, when you don’t have any left. It comes from God. The Almighty.

I could tell you why I think all this is happening, but at this point, I’m not sure it matters. Life happens, whether it’s stuff going on right now, or stuff that will happen in the future, we’ve all been here. Going through a sense of “blah”. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love this blog, and I love talking about it, but currently, I’ve just been struggling to know what to talk about next. Every time I try to get into the Word, and elaborate on concepts and ideas, my mind just wanders off. But, this week, I’m taking to heart that God is speaking to me, to all of us, to be comforted by these seasons. That God has told us that He will be our guide, our comforter, our strength, and our Savior! He always is. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5

The only way to go is forward, that’s how we’re designed, eyes in front of us, feet outstretched before us, moving forward. Satan is the only one that wants to keep us where we’re at, or even worse, in the past. Don’t go back there, there’s nothing for you there. It is the will of God, that you go forward. Always forward. He is the great Provider, the Deliverer, the One who lifts you UP!

What does the Bible say?

I can do all things who Him who gives me strength. Phillippians 4:13

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Ephesians 6:10

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, the will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. Mark 12:30

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in my weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

I trust this is exactly what someone needed to hear. I know it is what I needed to hear. That last one, spoke to me. And reflected back what I said in the beginning, just being honest, I’m not sure what to say today, but there it was. God will see us through. God is always everything we need in this life. He is everything. Whatever we need, He’s got it. He’s got it in overflow. And, I’m proclaiming that this next week, I’ll have more, since this is a Holy Spirit blog, and I am just a vessel. Remain in Him, and He will remain in you. Keep His word in your heart, and you shall not stray.

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, you are the God of more than enough. Thank you for giving me this blog. Thank you for always knowing what to say. Thank you for your comfort. For your strength. For being our rock, our fortress, our strong tower, and everything we need. Thank you so much for being everything we could ever need. I pray Father that we continue to keep your words in our hearts, that our cup overflow into those around us. That Your blessings may always be more than enough. I pray that we grow in your love. That we wake up renewed every morning. Thank You for all that You are, and all that You would have us be. IN JESUS’ NAME!!! AMEN!!

Missions Circle

Kid’s Night Out was successful! We gave away A LOT of bikes, but more importantly shared the Word of Jesus, and had 12 kids give their lives to Jesus. Amen!!

You can read about the article here: Kid’s night out https://brookingsregister.com/article/plenty-of-fun-at-kids-night-out

To give more to the Missions outreach ministries at Holy Life, you can just go here and choose Missions. Thank you for all YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THESE THINGS POSSIBLE!! 🙂

God Bless!

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Storytime

I was having a really hard time thinking this week about all the various things I could tell you, that I couldn’t really settle on one thing. But then, as I sat down to discuss this week, I realized it’s really been on my heart that some of my original items didn’t get as much spotlight as I felt they deserved. They were the reasons that I started this blog, were these stories. They spawned the need to share with the world what God is doing in my life. Some of the original #Godshowedup. So, I decided I wanted to give them another boost. Sometimes to move forward, you have to remember where you’ve been.

The Bible Study

So, about 6 months
after my dad died, it’s morning time.  I’m getting ready for work, I’ve
been praying (I was now back to really praying – praying for this person, these
problems, etc.) And secretly, praying for a Bible Study.  Oh Lord, give me
a Bible Study, give me some people to help me grow.  I had been praying
for this for a couple years, off and on.  Sometimes, thinking I’d found
one, but scheduling would make it so I couldn’t go, one thing or the other,
etc. But here, on this frosty April morning, as I’m walking out to my car, had
just finished praying, getting ready to start my car and let it warm up for a
few before I head off to work, and I hear it, clear as day. “Why don’t you
start a Bible Study?” I stopped dead in my tracks. I felt like someone had
just knocked the wind out of me. “Me? A bible study? That’s
crazy….” And, then, “Well, maybe not so crazy.  I have a
couple Christian friends…. Maybe they would like to be a part of
it.”  Now, conveniently, for the only time that I can recall, I was
going to see both of them, independently, the next day.  So, I posed it to
both of them, and they were both ecstatic.  They would love one. 
Then, I told my mother about it in church the following Sunday, I’m starting a
bible study, and my mom wanted to join.  Alright, let’s do it!!  So,
we did.  Now, because of all of this, I had resolved myself, that when the
Holy Spirit tells me to do something, I do it.  The bible study, was just
the beginning.   

Cookies

Fast forward to
months later, and here the Bible study starts to bring forth some fruit – or
more appropriately cookies… Chocolate chip cookies to be exact.  


So, when our bible
study started, first of all, we dug in deep.  Most of the ladies present
were fairly well versed in the Lord, had seen him in our lives, etc. 
Therefore, we all felt pretty comfortable that it would be ok to just jump into
a hardcore bible study entailing the Armor of God.  Which, was incredible,
and for the most part what a lot of us needed.   But, when we really
started getting our feet wet, getting the rhythm of being in a bible study
down, and finally got through this hardcore meat-and-potatoes bible
study.  We all decided that maybe the next study would need to be an
appetizer, or a dessert, and as the quasi-leader-ish person of this study, I
did my homework on getting some promising books for the next study, and as a
joke, wrote down a book that had “chocolate” in the title.  This
book is supposed to be a totally light-hearted fun filled study for a
wide-variety of groups, and it really has been, but to bring us to where we are
now.  It has recipes in it, and every couple of bible study evenings, we
make some of these items together as a group.  But, part of the catch with
these is that, you’re not just supposed to eat these yourself, you are supposed
to share them.  Share them with non-believers or believers, or
whatever.  They’re conversation starters, and oh how God has blessed
that.  Conversation starters they are.


So, our first real recipe that we’re supposed to be making is cookies…  The most amazing
little chocolate chip cookies you’ve ever eaten.  Now, go out and share
them.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m not a very outspoken person
when it comes to my faith, or at least, I wasn’t.  So, now I have two
small bags of 6 cookies each, and I’m supposed to share these with a scripture,
to encourage someone… Great. 


Now, for the weeks leading up to this, I had started be-friending a lady at work a little
bit.  And, we were really getting on good terms, and life was going great,
the whole fast-friends business. Loving it!  So, of course, the Holy
Spirit says, share the cookies with her.   And, I’m like, “But,
I like her, and I don’t want to scare her off.” And, then, I was reminded
of my Bible Study, the bible study that has led us here.  The bible study
that the cookies came from.  And here, the Lord is nudging me to give her
the cookies.  And so, I did.  She was overwhelmed.  She was
touched. It began conversations of the fact that she had been wanting to go
back to church, but how, and fears of religion, and, and, and….


And, all these conversations I never would have had, had I not shared the cookies. Had I not
moved with the Spirit, to reach out, to someone who I had absolutely no idea
ever went to church, let alone had been feeling the tug of the spirit to come
back.  And, we have since only grown stronger, and I have only continued
to encourage her in her faith, and thanked God for the incredible experience and
opportunity.  *Small disclaimer, the other cookies that I shared have not
brought fruit that I know of, but maybe that will be a story for a later
day.  

Spoons (pt 1)

Ladies bible study,
next chapter.  Can I just say, for a book that was supposed to be light –
and more like an appetizer, we are digging deep and taking a bite out of our
faith here.  *Little background noise here, there is a lot happening in
all of our lives since this bible study has begun, and all of this is just
building, and everyone has been doing a lot of growing.  


We finally get to the end of the 3rd chapter of this book, and it’s spoon time. We decide to melt
some chocolate and make these little spoons, that again, like the cookies,
we’re supposed to share with people.  This time though, I have no idea who
I’m supposed to be sharing with, so they just kind of sit there, on my vanity,
where I pray, hanging out for a few days, and to be honest, I forget about them
for a minute.  Fast forward to Friday morning, my son is getting ready for
school, and I’m taking a minute to pray for the day.  I put my hand down,
and “Oh yeah, the spoons.” Well, I better bring them with me because
otherwise, I don’t know who else I’m going to give them to.  One lady I
know’s name pops into my head.  Oh, I bet she would appreciate one, I
don’t really know her that well, but sure.  So, I get to work, and I make
an impromptu oragami box to put them in, and bring them up to her office. 
And for the lack of anything better to say when she looks at me standing in her
doorway, “Hi. Good morning, I, um, have a gift for you.” And
practically drop the box on her desk.  I had a put a little note in there,
stating something to the effect of “God bless you” and have a
wonderful holiday.  And, she is just overwhelmed!  She begins to cry
a little, and hugs me, and just thanks me over and over.  We have a little
discussion about our faith, and how I got to giving her little chocolate spoons
this morning. And, it’s all very incredible.  And she says to me, that
tomorrow morning her niece is coming over for coffee, and she’s going to save
her spoons and share the gospel with her then.  WOW! How incredible. I’m
on cloud nine. These spoons are amazing, and God is amazing. And, until an hour
ago, I had no idea who I was going to share the spoons with.  *And, this
is just one of the spoon testimonies.  – spoons – to be continued. 

Spoons (pt 2)

Spoons continued.  Please know, we are within hours of sharing the spoons with the lady who’s going to share them with her niece.  I’m trying to get back
to work, and I kind of have another lady in my head, because you know – ladies
bible study – sharing with ladies… right? Wrong. So wrong. 😛

So, I get a phone call, from a higher up (like higher than my boss.)  Hey,
Stephanie, please bring me blah, blah, blah, work stuff.  Ok. 
*Please note here, I absolutely love my job, love the people I work with –
whole separate story, but just cannot emphasize that enough, I love my job and the company I work for* So, Ok, bring you stuff you need for a meeting – check. But, as soon as I put the phone down, the Holy Spirit goes – Hey, give him a spoon. And, I’m like, No – that’s crazy.  I like my job, and he’s a big
boss, and I’ll get fired.  And, the Holy Spirit is like, Give him a
spoon…. And, I’m like, aw man.  Here we go.  Now, in these
following moments, I’m walking around grabbing the materials requested to bring him, and I’m “rationalizing” in my mind, “Well, maybe that’s why
I have my second job right now, is because I’m going to get fired.  It’s
going to be OK, you know, I have a good church, and a good support system, and God won’t let me fall, and I’m supposed to share these spoons, and … I’m
going to get fired.  Well, maybe I won’t get fired til Monday….” On
and on it went.  But, I packed up the little spoons, and I wrote a little
note, stating I’m in a bible study, and I’m supposed to share these to share my
faith, and Jesus loves you – essentially.  And, I go to the office, and I
drop off the stuff, and I bolt (because he’s in meetings – so at least I don’t have
to see him face-to-face).  I’m no sooner back at my desk when the phone
rings.  Are you kidding me? I answer. 

“Hey”

 “Um, hi there.  Well, thanks for
running that stuff right over for me.”         

  “Oh yeah, no problem.”               
                     
“Well, I’m really
calling about the other gift you left on my desk.”     
                     
*My brain says: Of course you are… “Oh yeah, sure.”         
                     
 “That’s really thoughtful of you, I really appreciate it.”   *I’m now absolutely, 210% floored.  Excuse me, what? I was slack-jawed on my end of the line. 

This was just the beginning of a at least 5 minute conversation, where we just
briefly touch on my ladies bible study and what denomination I am, and then
this happened.

Him speaking, “Well, I’d like to share this article with you about some stuff
that’s happened to me.  I’d fallen away from the faith for a while, and
then a lot of really miraculous stuff happened, and I just have this little
article that someone else wrote about my experiences, and this may seem a
little crazy, but you gave me the spoons, so maybe not.  Would you mind if
I shared with you?” “Oh absolutely!!”  So – disclaimer –
now I’m thinking, an article – like newspaper article, like little blip of a
whatever, but that’s cool, I’m excited, this’ll be neat, and look at God show
up, how incredible?! Like, I’m already ecstatic, and I can’t wait for his
e-mail to come through. 

Um, people, this was a four-page magazine article about him having visions/dreams (while he is fallen away from the faith), waking up in the dead of night, with inexplicable dreams and then he’s given a word.  A word that will take him to Bosnia…. where these dreams come true….  and he assures me that the stuff that has happened since then is even more miraculous… WHAT?!?! 

Because I shared a chocolate spoon people! Because I listened to the Holy Spirit nudge me to talk to him. To her. To them. To GO!! To GO where you are.  We have since discussed that he and his wife are trying to write a book and get it published, and I just so happen to know some people who’ve published some
books…. ?!?! 

The Holy Spirit moves, and lives, and if you’ll let him, LIVE IN YOU!! & And
Through you! And you too will have and experience the incredibleness that is
God. ❤

 

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A foothold

” The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. ” Proverbs 18:10

I had an interesting experience this week. With this warmer weather, and the joys of summer coming into play. The gorgeous sunsets, the beautiful evenings, all the events that summer has to give us, and the bugs. Ugh, the bugs. I know they’re God’s creation too, but they need to stay out of my house. The only thing my husband and I can figure out, is that we had a neighbor shuffle recently in the house/apartments next to us… and someone has bed bugs. Now, I have never had bed bugs before, but it doesn’t take long to figure out why everyone hates them so much. During the time when you are sleeping, these little guys are feeding. A time when you are supposed to be safe and secure, resting and relaxing, and here are these little parasites munching away and disrupting you, when you are you’re most vulnerable. Just like Satan.

So, yesterday, when I got off work, I stopped by the store, and loaded up on supplies. Thursday before I went to bed, I had done some homework, and put together a game plan. And, as my family lovingly calls it, I went into full on “Mom mode”. Bad situation, handle it, move on. I hit the ground running, tackling the worst room first, cleaning EVERYTHING! And, it was kind of interesting, the whole time I was cleaning, vacuuming, and bagging everything up, I was reminded how we have to clean Satan from our lives. You have to get in there, and do every little inch of everything, otherwise, he’ll slowly creep back in. You have to make sure you’ve got everything covered, a plan for all of it, otherwise, you’ll miss something and he’ll use that chance to eek back in. But, also, once you’re done with the first sweep, you have to be diligent, you have to continue to keep an eye on it, so you can act at the first move to keep him at bay. These little guys are no different.

Funnily enough, right in the midst of all this, I also received a phone call from the bank that my debit card had been hijacked. Seemingly from the very mundane place where I grabbed lunch on Friday. Since my picking up lunch on Friday, there were a few attempts to use my card at some odd places around town – even though my card was with me. But, the bank was all over it. My debit card was quickly locked out, and the situation was under control. Again, like Us battling Satan. Swift crackdown. You can’t let him have the foothold, otherwise, he’ll just dig right in (and wipe you out!). You have to remember sometimes, you’re not his first victim, and you won’t be his last. He’s been at this game for thousands of years. He is the Father of Lies and deceit. He has ruled over kings and kingdoms, he has coerced people into doing unthinkable things. We are up against the most formidable foe. But, take heart, we are with the Victor. We are on the winning team. And God has a victory plan for us. We just have to live in Him. We must stay in His strong tower, and He will keep us safe.

As I quoted last week, “A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.” (Charles Spurgeon) We have to keep His words in our heart so that when times such as these come, we are prepared. You have to read the Bible and be in The Word when times are good and peaceful, so that you have that ammo in your belt when you need it (and maybe there isn’t a Bible close by). You have to be so immersed in the Word that you can handle these situations when they’re happening. This, is the Strong Tower. The Tower that you make in your mind, with the Word, through building your relationship with Jesus, through prayer, through listening to God, through fellowship. All of these things work together to create the Strong Tower. You can’t just go to church on Sunday, and keep him out the rest of the week, and expect to have a Strong Tower – it’s more like a little, baby outpost (easily overrun). God’s not calling you just to go to church, that’s not what saves you. He isn’t calling you just to believe in Him, you have to trust Him. You have to immerse yourself in this relationship that you are called to have. Your relationship doesn’t end on Sunday. If you think about it, this is the only relationship that we treat this way. I’m only going to see this person, at this time, on this day, and only talk to them when I want to, but they’ll still be there for me? How would you feel if someone treated you like that? We are called to have a relationship, in every sense of that word.

Even to go back to my earlier analogy, a couple weeks ago, that He is the Tree of Life. We are the branches. We have to be connected, otherwise we’re dead. The next thought would be, how are you connected? Are you one of the little branches way out at the edges that easily breaks off? Or are you one of those big mama-jammas down near the base, tapped into the trunk, shooting off little branches of your own? You need a chainsaw to get those guys off, they’re so deep in there, you could cut them off on your own if you wanted to. Also, those big branches are healthy, aren’t they? Because they’re tapped into the source. The trunk that gives nutrients. When the weather gets tough, they’re still solid. Not those little guys, they break, sometimes with the slightest wind, they snap off into the air to be tossed about. Which one do you want to be? That’s the question here. That’s what you need to be asking yourself. You have the key. You have the trunk right at your fingertips, GRAB IT! Dig deeper. Don’t let the excuses of not enough time hold you back. Make time. This is your salvation! Let the grace of God live inside you.

What does the Bible say?

” The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. ” Proverbs 18:10

For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. Psalm 61:3

For he said to Judah, “Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours because we have sought the LORD our God; we have sought Him, and He has given us rest on every side.” So they built and prospered. – 2 Chronicles 14:7

For thus the Lord says to me, “Go, station the lookout, let him report what he sees. “When he sees riders, horsemen in pairs, A train of donkeys, a train of camels, Let him pay close attention, very close attention.” Then the lookout called, “O Lord, I stand continually by day on the watchtower, And I am stationed every night at my guard post. – Isaiah 21:6-9

God, in her palaces, Has made Himself known as a stronghold. – Psalm 48:3

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. – Psalm 1:1-3

But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever. – Psalm 52:8

Each of them will sit under his vine And under his fig tree, With no one to make them afraid, For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken – Micah 4:4

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who is wise wins souls – Proverbs 11:30

“So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit. “Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Matthew 7:17-19

“They will not build and another inhabit, They will not plant and another eat; For as the lifetime of a tree, so will be the days of My people, And My chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands. – Isaiah 65:22

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree that we having died to sins, might live for righteousness. – 1 Peter 2:24

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you! Thank you for sending your Son to save us. Thank you for making a way, when there was no way. Thank you that we can have a personal relationship with you. That we can live in your Word, and have you build a strong tower within us. That we may know that You are God, in every part of our lives. That your hands may be at work within us, and that we may worship You in all that You are, and everything we do. We thank you Father for your Amazing Grace and Mercy! That you may help us to grow in Your Word. That we may be Your branches. That others may see Your light by us, and through us. Give us the still peace that You are, give us the glorious grace that we need, give us every nutrient You have Father. Give us the words, give us the actions, give us everything we need to live and grow closer to You. Help us be the Victors in You Father. Help us crush Satan under our heel. Make us the head and not the tail Father. Shine Your glorious love in us, and through us. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!

Mission’s Circle

Kid’s Night Out! is this week!

Sponsored by my local church. They advertise in the papers and invite the whole community to a night filled with games for kids, and FREE BIKE GIVEAWAYS. They do this via Raffle. We’ve given away hundreds of bikes over the years, and while we’re raffling, we also share THE GOOD NEWS with everyone in attendance.

Article here from last year’s: https://brookingsregister.com/article/kids-have-their-night-at-holy-life

You can donate to this ministry here: Just choose “Missions”:

https://my.simplegive.com/App/Giving/holy241165

Slow down

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. ” John 10:10

For days I’ve been trying to figure out what we are going to dig deeper into for the tree and the branches, for the fruits of the Spirit. And for days, every time I’ve tried to sit down to do this, I keep thinking about something else. So, I deeply apologize, since I do have more things to discuss concerning this previous week’s topic, but apparently someone needs to hear this.

Loves the ones you’re with. I’m sure we’ve all heard it. We’ve all read items about getting so busy that we’re not paying attention to what’s happening right in front of our eyes. We get so caught up in getting this done and that, that we don’t slow down and just enjoy life. We need to do that more. Abundantly more. It’s one of the few regrets I can guarantee you will have a some point. At some point, someone will no longer be around, and you will regret not having shared more time with them. You, on the other hand, will not regret-not getting the laundry put away. We get so busy fussing over the smallest stuff that it steals our joy of the now. It takes away from the blessing that God has given us with the people that he has put in our lives. Or the blessing you are to someone else.

In my ladies’ bible study, way in the beginning, one of the ladies quoted someone (I cannot find the quote online right now). “Jesus never did 3 things. He never worried, never hurried, and he lived in the solution, not in the problem.” And, whenever I have felt life trying to catch me up, felt Satan trying to steal my joy. I have remembered that quote, because Satan trying to rush us into everything, is one of his tricks. There’s a reason Jesus took time to be an example of patience and calm, because he knew that it was one of the greatest things that would catch us.

I’ll give you some examples:

When blind Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus, and Jesus calls back to him to come over. Jesus asks what he wants, and when blind Bartimaeus says he wants to see, Jesus very casually bends over and spits on the ground, slowly makes some mud, and pastes it to Bartimaeus’s eyes. Then, tells him to go wash and he’ll be healed. Now, we know in other texts that Jesus could have just as easily touched blind Bartimaeus and healed him instantly, but he didn’t. In this moment, he took his time, and performed the miracle another way, nice and slowly.

When Jesus chatted with the Woman at the Well. They were on their way some where else. They were in the middle of something else. And, Jesus purposefully took the time to give us this excerpt that we have pulled so much meaning from in so many sermons. Right in the middle of everything else. We get the story of the Woman at the Well.

When Lazarus was dying, one of Jesus’s close friends, he did not drop everything he was doing and run to him. Nope. He took his time. Continued to perform miracles. And, slowly made his way to Lazarus.

I mean, the lists go on and on, those are just some of the ones I remind myself of, when I’m getting ahead of myself. Satan hates us, he hates everything God creates, and if keeping you busy, so busy that you don’t have time to look around you, and appreciate the life in front of you – and you let him, he’ll keep you busy to the grave.

As I was trying to find the quote, I did find another one that I had never seen, that really spoke to me.

“A Bible that’s falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn’t.”

Charles Spurgeon.

Take time to read your Bible. Take time to be with your family and friends. Take time to pray. Carve the time out. Don’t let Satan steal your joy. Don’t let him trick in being so busy that you’re not enjoying your life.

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.*

John 10:10 (emphasis mine)

Let’s Pray

Dear Heavenly Father, I’m praying today that we slow down. I’m praying that you put your peace upon us. That we may breathe in your everlasting peace, and breathe out the busy-ness of the world. That we may reclaim our Joy in you Father. That we can rest assured that you sent your Son that we may have Life. Lives to the fullest. Lives full of Love and Joy and Peace. That we may live in each moment, and not get so ahead of ourselves. That we see Satan’s attacks for what they are. That we know who we are dealing with but that you will make our eyes open. That you will reveal your love and peace and joy in our lives. That we are the victors in you, Father. That you may wash over us with the peace that surpasses all understanding. That you help us to be still. Help us to live our lives how You want us to live them. In the now. Please watch over us, guide us, and protect us. Guide our footsteps that we may not falter. IN JESUS’ NAME!! AMEN!!!

Mission Circle

I’m continuing to focus on Kid’s Night Out! June 11th!

Sponsored by my local church. They advertise in the papers and invite the whole community to a night filled with games for kids, and FREE BIKE GIVEAWAYS. They do this via Raffle. We’ve given away hundreds of bikes over the years, and while we’re raffling, we also share THE GOOD NEWS with everyone in attendance.

Article here from last year’s: https://brookingsregister.com/article/kids-have-their-night-at-holy-life

You can donate to this ministry here: Just choose “Missions”:

https://my.simplegive.com/App/Giving/holy241165