Monday, September 24, 2012

Verse of the Day

                                                                                                            © R Hays
“Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.” Hebrews 10:35-36 NASBx


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Cultivating Good Relationships / Romans 14 from the Message

Romans 14

The Message (MSG)

Cultivating Good Relationships 

"1 Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.
“As I live and breathe,” God says,
    “every knee will bow before me;
Every tongue will tell the honest truth
    that I and only I am God.”
So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.
13-14 Forget about deciding what’s right for each other. Here’s what you need to be concerned about: that you don’t get in the way of someone else, making life more difficult than it already is. I’m convinced—Jesus convinced me!—that everything as it is in itself is holy. We, of course, by the way we treat it or talk about it, can contaminate it.

19-21 So let’s agree to use all our energy in getting along with each other. Help others with encouraging words; don’t drag them down by finding fault. You’re certainly not going to permit an argument over what is served or not served at supper to wreck God’s work among you, are you? I said it before and I’ll say it again: All food is good, but it can turn bad if you use it badly, if you use it to trip others up and send them sprawling. When you sit down to a meal, your primary concern should not be to feed your own face but to share the life of Jesus. So be sensitive and courteous to the others who are eating. Don’t eat or say or do things that might interfere with the free exchange of love." parts of Romans 14 from the Message

Monday, September 17, 2012

Finished with "Everything"

Finishing something always makes me feel like a bird flying free.

While walking down this road called Everything Book Launch Team I enjoyed all sorts of aha! moments.

I have shared some on this blog. I have shared some on Facebook. I have shared a bunch with friends! I am sitting on it for a day and will write more about it.

But right now I am just excited about the book. I am excited to see something like this in print.
I talked to a friend in the USA on skype this morning. She was up late, I was up early!
She had just visited with Mary DeMuth. Her words, "the woman is a genius in her writing types... I loved what the book says in the first two chapters... I can't wait to buy it in October..." and I couldn't help but share a few words of encouragement that came from the end of the book. What a blessing!

I know I will be using this book for years to come. To encourage myself and others and also to keep me on the straight and narrow. I love books like this.  I can see this one being one I read every year - just to remind me of the truth that Jesus is My EVERYTHING!

Check it out.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you." Phil 4:4-9

In the moments of confusion:
In the times of distress:
When all looks dark and dim:
think about pure, lovely, admirable
Take a ride in the mountains, walk along a stream, sit in a park, take in the smile of a child, a puppy playing with abandon, a mother nursing her child.

Slip under the seen into the unseen for a moment. Catch the sunrise/sunset or a star bedecked heaven.

What is true?
What is noble?
What is right?

Sometimes it is not so easy to find. But when I start with the basics I come quickly full circle into these pure and refreshing joys.

When everything is a battle - stop.
Find the core and the essence that is our strength.
Rejoice in Him.

I am reminded we are not alone in this battle until we wall ourselves off and isolate.

God is for us - not against us.
He even reminds us through this little section of His word - REJOICE in the Lord!

Tonight, Ebenezer and I came up on a hedgehog during our walk. The grasses had been recently cut and the little guy was wandering in the openness of the field. Ebenezer's tail went straight into the air, his nose flared, his head was so high and poised in full attention. He was a beautiful sight to see. And the little guy? He sat up a bit on his legs and froze for just a minute - then scampered to safety. Ebenezer didn't move, he simply enjoyed the scene. 

I'm in the midst of some attack. Why? Because I will have some women coming to minister to some of the people here where I live. They come to share about God and who God is in their own lives. They come to serve and to be a blessing. We are all feeling the attack and God reminded me two days ago to Praise Him, to Rejoice, and to find the good and the lovely - to be excited about the admirable things that are being prepared for Him.

I fight fear regularly...
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice.
Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say Rejoice.
and again I say Rejoice.
and again I say Rejoice.

mutating missionary

and ebenezer