Attitude of Heart

Attitude of Heart

How many of us have made snap judgements?  Whenever you see someone on the side of the road with a sign and you think… I hope they don’t come up to me I don’t want to give them money because I don’t know what they will use it for.  Or you judge someone by what they have or don’t have or the way they look? I have done that more times than I can count.  I feel like sometimes we get so comfortable in our churches that we don’t want to have our apple cart upset and therefore don’t reach …

The Tower of the Flock

The Tower of the Flock

Luke 2: 8-20 “And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you …

I Never Knew You

I Never Knew You

Matthew 7: 21-23 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’  And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” I called up someone the other night whom I have never called and only see occasionally.  This was our …

So We Serve

So We Serve

Why do we serve God? In looking back at areas where I serve, I can see all sorts of motives: because it’s expected of me, because I’m supposed to, because I’ve been asked, because no one else will do it, because I see a need and I want to meet it, because I want to feel like I’m making a difference, because I love the person whom I’m serving, because I want to please God. Some of those motivations are quite selfish, and some are not. I think we can even serve with multiple motivations at once. But many times …

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 1

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 1

God Works From the Inside Out I remember as a teenager feeling the need to change clothes three or four times before a date. I remember stressing over hair that wouldn’t behave and makeup that wouldn’t straighten up. All this was a struggle for one who at the time felt that I wasn’t pretty enough, thin enough or short enough. My five foot ten inch body was great, but I didn’t know it. I was constantly hoping I would fit in to what the standards of the day were. One day Christ came into my heart. I was 26 years …

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 2

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 2

Don’t Try to Fit In – Learn to Stand Out! I remember how important it was to have the same kind of clothes everyone else had. As I looked at a 50’s photo this morning I see a row of girls sitting with their feet crossed. Every one of them had saddle shoes and white socks. I remember those days. I remember that not every girl in class had what everyone else had. Back in my pre teen years we all wanted to look like Twiggy. She was known for her waiflike look consisting of skinny build, large eyes, long eyelashes, and …

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 3

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 3

Healed from Heart Trouble When I met Christ I had lots of presuppositions. I had already been teaching Sunday School and working in Bible School, along with singing in the choir and playing the organ at church. I got married in church as well. We even had communion at our wedding. I had even gone so far as to pick a wedding invitation with a Scripture on the front, “Whither thou goest I will go…” But all this time my heart was sick. It beat only for myself. It had such issues that it was in death throes. Try as …

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 4

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 4

Getting Fit for the Kingdom – The Best Exercise Exercise is not my favorite thing. I am reminded of a young woman in our town who worked on the torturous stepping machine at the local health club right up until she gave birth to her triplets! That’s right she had already had an exercise regimen that included this arduous task, so it wasn’t hard for her to continue it. Oh beloved, God has an exercise program fit just for you! Right now you may feel totally exhausted. There’s no way you can fix this condition in the natural. Your strength …

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 5

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 5

Gardening and Life – Both Have to Be Worked Gardening is high on the subject of farmers and homemakers alike. It’s time to till the soil. It’s time to break up that fallow ground and remove the clods and make the soil ready for the seeds and the plants. Without working the ground, you’d never make a garden worth having. Try putting seeds out on flat untilled ground. The birds will swoop in and take most of the seeds. If there are any left, they might germinate but they won’t be strong enough to flower or be fruitful. Oh beloved, …

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 6

Jesus is the Life Changer: Day 6

I’m Now on Life Support As a teenager I wanted a car. But my parents, frugal and retired, didn’t even talk about getting me one. I drove around with friends. I could borrow mom’s car occasionally but she needed it for work. Not until I was married did I have my own car. Even then it was because my husband supported me and let me drive the car he owned. You could say I was on life support. Who’s driving your car? Whose support are you living by? The Lord knows all that you are dealing with, what all you …

A Mustard Seed Faith

A Mustard Seed Faith

  I love to clean. I know that’s crazy, right? Most people I know turn their noses up when it comes to cleaning. That’s alright; it’s a messy job. One day as I was cleaning I found a book with a poem written in it. Reading the poem I thought to myself, “This should have been published.” The poem was written in my mother’s journal. Mom loved to write (I guess that’s where I get my love for writing.) Since my sweet mama died 5 years ago, the words I read were extra special to me. And I would like …

Jesus Died For Me

Jesus Died For Me

  Twenty-five years ago, a timid young woman sat in her Sunday school class listening to her teacher’s lesson. During the lesson she slipped out the door and hurriedly went to find her pastor. This young lady realized without a shadow of a doubt that the Holy Spirit was speaking to her heart – she was not saved. She thought back to a time when she was thirteen and supposedly prayed a sinner’s prayer. She didn’t know what she was doing. Now she knew she wanted to know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him. That young lady was …