I feel Him working on me, stretching me, molding me, and I am so ready. I have known for awhile that I needed to change, felt mixed up almost dizzy. Hungering for more depth, sick of the shallow. He is taking things out of my life that hinder me hearing Him. Showing me my own heart, digging deep, awakening me to an awareness that I have never known. "Efficiency is doing things right, effectiveness is doing the right things." I want to move from unfocused to focused, from unclear to clarity, from living out someone else's priorities to living out my own, and from being driven by circumstances to being directed by purpose. Living by conviction! Where do you want to be in one year? Do you have a plan in place? Are you working that plan? You have to have a plan, don't just let the days pass by being reactive. "So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." Psalms 90:12
hero: one who faces impossible odds with undaunted courage.
Who we admire says a lot about who we really are. Many today admire sports figures and movie stars. These usually are the beautiful, the rich and talented. Never mind that their personal lives are a train wreck that never ends. Do you really want to hold those people up to your children to emulate? Not me.
January 1956. Five men lay dead in the middle of the jungle. Nate Saint, Jim McCulley, Roger Yoderian, Jim Elliot and Pete Fleming were missionaries in Ecuador. They had been speared to death by those to whom they were bringing the gospel. Just miles away five wives and eleven children waited for a radio call that would never come. Their lives were cut short in an obscure rain forest serving a God who would allow his servants to suffer for His namesake.
July 2007. Collin Carroll was serving on Mercy Ships in the country of Liberia. He was a young man with tremendous potential. He had a heart for people, especially children and a passion for the will of God. With a degree in bio medical sciences, he was the dental coordinator on the ship, Africa Mercy. In his application he said " Jesus is my source of strength, my inspiration and my ever-present friend. Without Him, I would be nothing." Collin died just a few days short of his twenty-second birthday while swimming with friends. He wrote to his family after his arrival in the African country and ended the post with"God save Liberia."
November 2010. Micheal Loua was a native of Guinea, a small country neighbor to Liberia. He had come to faith in Christ in his native homeland which is overwhelmingly Islamic. He traveled to the U.S. for training in the ministry. But he never lost sight of his true calling. God had given him a heart for the people of Guinea and when his training was completed he headed back to bear witness of the One who had purchased those dear people with His own blood. Because he would not recant his faith in Christ he was martyred by those to whom he wanted to bring good news.
So we must choose who we set up as a hero. The world has made it's choice and God has made one as well. "For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest you be wearied and faint in your minds." (Hebrews 12:3) These men chose Christ and I do to. What about you?
I saw a man today, a true man. He stood before a crowd of his peers and asked for forgiveness, hands shaking, voice trembling... trying so hard not to break down. A mistake had been made, someone had been hurt, it was not intentional, yet damage had been done. Because of his position he was held accountable in front of all. I saw grace today. Grace from a body of believers aching to forgive, love, and eager for healing. I saw mercy today. Two coming together that had been separated, embracing in spirit. I saw tenderness today. Tears running down cheeks, voices trembling. I saw a heart ready today. Ready to receive this, hungering for true fellowship, truth itself. I saw Christ today. Wiping away our sins by His blood and giving us new life in Him.
Thank you Lord Jesus for giving me this gift today!
Summer is hopping around here, I guess we are trying to enjoy each moment to the fullest before we have to start school. I have a few minutes today to post thanks to my sweet hubby who has taken Mavis, Harriet, Harriet's cuz and Henry to eat Chinese food and then on to "Barnes & Nobles". He is celebrating with them in honor of memorizing 6 Bible verses! I have the best man in the world and they, the greatest dad. Ok, enough of the mushy stuff, on to "Saturday's Stash"
Large Oil Gold Leaf Frame
"He's My Brother"
signed Linda Davidson
Ice Blue Mirror
Vintage Owl Oil
signed Virginia Baker 1973
Just a thought, this frame was gold, I just went over it with "old white" Annie Sloan chalk paint, so.....if you are not into gold....
Catfight is a term for an altercation between two women, typically involving scratching, slapping, hair-pulling, and shirt-shredding as opposed to punching or wrestling (although this isn't always the case). However, the term is not exclusively used to indicate a fight between women, and many formal definitions do not invoke gender. Instead, it refers to any "vociferous fight."  It can also be used to describe two human females insulting each other verbally or being otherwise nasty to each other. The many ways that women compare themselves to other women and compete with each other are also referred to as catfighting (or cattiness). Catfights are different from other kinds of fights involving women because they usually involve competition between two or more women, usually over men. Catfight is a term also used on occasion to describe a political campaign between two women candidates
I don't know what it is like in the summer where you live, but here in Texas it is hot. I mean it is really hot! If you have to work out in the sun after 9am it's liking working on the sun. For me the days of summer never pass too quickly. I'm glad the sun doesn't stand still as it did in the day of Joshua. So let's look at that special day as recorded in Joshua chapter 10.
The people of Israel were engaged in battle. This was not as it is on TV. This was a fight for survival. Hand to hand combat with swords and spears and no tomorrow. There could only be one winner, only one survivor.
As the sun was setting the Israelites were winning. God was doing the fighting as well. Joshua the commander, knew the Lord's army needed more time, more daylight to finish off the enemy. If the sun set as usual the enemy would escape and live to fight another day.
Joshua, emboldened by the Lord commanded the sun and the moon to stand still and they did for about one whole day. The Israelites won a smashing victory as they continued to pursue the enemies of God. They had done all they could for the time they had. For a day like that will never happen again.
Verse 14 says, And there has been no day like that, before it or after it, that the Lord heeded the voice of a man; for the Lord fought for Israel.
Friend, are there things that you know that God would have you do but are still undone? Procrastination is your enemy and must be put to the sword. Because time wasted can never be regained.
He has given all of us 24 hours every day to do His will. All of the praying, witnessing, encouraging, working and giving has to be done in one of these slots we call a day. But as the hours in a day run out so do the days of one's life. There are only so many and they never stand still. So teach us to number our days O Lord, that in the end we may present to you a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12
Just the other day I was reading 'Just Play Ball' by Joe Garagiola. He recalls a story where a player was attempting to steal second base. Just as he slid into the base he was tagged by the glove of the second baseman.
The umpire, who was standing near the play yelled "Out".
The runner looked up and said "I know I'm safe".
The umpire ask "How do you know your safe"?
The runner said "Because I'm sitting on the ball".
Before the battle at Jericho, Joshua had strictly commanded the people not to take any of the spoil for themselves. Anything of value was to be placed in the Lord's treasury, God Himself would give them all they would ever need.
However one of the warriors, Achan, had his own idea. During the battle for the city he found a piece of silver, a wedge of gold and a Babylonian garment. He looked this way and that way. Nobody was watching. Nobody would know. Quickly he scooped them up, and placing them securely in his own apparel, he continued in the battle. Later that evening he put them under his tent.
The deed was done and Achan was richer for it. The Lord had plenty of what had been recovered by others and what Achan had stolen would never be missed. His wife and family agreed that not only had he done well in battle but he was wise securing such loot. A few more days like this one and they could retire in style.
But Somebody did see. Somebody was watching. God saw it. He saw it all. The all seeing, all knowing One, was aware of what took place.
When Achan looked with lust at the treasure, God saw it. When he greedily scooped it up, God saw it. When he placed it under his tent, God saw that too.
A few days later, in the next battle at the little town of Ai, thirty-six soldiers lost their lives because God had removed His blessing from His army. These men died needlessly. They lost their life and it was because God had seen what Achan had done.
But not only did God see what Achan had done, He has seen what you and I have done too. We have sinned against light and love. Our sin is just as grievous to God as what Achan did.
If only Achan had sought God's mercy before judgement began he would have found it. But sadly, Achan would not confess until he had been found out. When judgement did fall, he lost his life.
It doesn't have to be that way with us. In the book of John chapter 11 Jesus says," I am the resurrection and the life: he that believes in me, though he were dead, yet he shall live." Jesus died for our sin so that we don't have to. It is His desire that we have mercy and not destruction. We will make that choice and He will see that too.
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