There is more to each of us than the color of our skin, how we wear our hair and our style of dress. Those things don’t reveal the real person. Sometimes we get caught up and come into agreement with people who want to put us down because we don’t measure up to their standards. Then for some reason; probably because we don’t think much of ourselves; we try to change to get the approval of the very people who put us down. At the end of the day they don’t have a heaven or hell to send us to.
So arise people who have been abused and misused. Shake off the filthy slime that has been smeared all over you. Step into the position that has been created and waiting for you. Love yourself even when you think no one else does.
I’ve watched and watched
But did not see
Too many people that looked like me
Not talking about beauty
But wisdom, insight and maturity
There comes a time when various aspects of our lives need a little regrouping. These range from jobs to friends and everything in between.
Friendships need to be looked at on occasion. Some go and new ones come. If the friendship goes bad you have to regroup before moving forward.
Changes need to take place with employment. Asking for a raise or getting a new job causes an aspect of regrouping.
A marriage, new baby or divorce all encompasses changes-for the good and bad. You have to regroup from the old to the new.
Changes are an everyday occurrences in our lives. After the shock of many changes we have to regroup. It’s a part of life we can’t get around.
How do you deal with regrouping in your life?
Monday was the October meeting of Glory Writers. It is a part of the North Texas Christian Writers Group that meets monthly at the Global Spheres Center.
At the meeting a member of the group read the story she wrote about how her life was terrorized for years by a stalker until his death. Her story took us on a journey with her through the twists and turns as God delivered her from his treacherous grip.
Experiencing the journey gave me a flashback when a tragic event almost took my life. The next day I put on paper what happened to me many years ago. Though it was a long time ago it was a hard thing to do. To get the facts on paper I had to step aside from the emotions that were entangled with the facts. I will go back at a later date and let the emotions flow to complete the story. Maybe then I will release the story that may help bring healing to someone going through something similar.
My prayer is they will see how The Lord can bring you out of a death sentence of the enemy with a mighty hand of victory when you think there is no way out.
Have you been in a life threatening situation? How did deliverance come for you?
When mission field comes to mind do you think of a different country or a different state? Did you ever think evangelizing as something you do on a regular basis? If not think about it. It can be the community swimming pool, the nail salon, the grocery store or the bowling alley. These are just a few to get your thoughts flowing. There are more than I can think of.
You don’t have to strap on your Bible and arm yourselves with tracks to be a good witness for God. You may be the only Bible the people will ever read. It is not necessary to beat them over their head with the Word. We are the living Word. We are the light. We are the answer. Our assignment is to go into all the world–at home as well as other countries.
The part of the Body of Christ that I belong to bowl in leagues and tournaments. That is our mission field and as a result of doing what God has assigned us to do many people have given their life to the Lord. We go into the bowling establishments armed with bowling balls and the light of God. We are the Bible they read. Week after week the story doesn’t change.
We should be doing what Jesus did. He was out in the world–not behind walls waiting for the world to come to Him.
It’s awesome that God can take something I love to do and use me to do my part in evangelizing that part of the world.
Can God depend on you to evangelize the world through something you love to do?
Last week I set up a bird feeder in my back yard. Since then I have been waiting for the birds to flock to the feeder and join in the feast set for them. For the last five days I’ve been waiting for them to show up for the feast but none accepted the invitation to be seated at the table and served a delectable meal.
This morning I heard a beautiful melody that drew me to the window. As I gazed out the window my eyes fell upon five little birdies on the ground pecking away searching for food.
I’m in the window acting like a game show host trying to get them to look up. “Look up, look up,” I kept encouraging them as if they could hear me and see the prize that was awaiting them. They’d get close to the pole and then hop away but never look up at the banquet house they were invited to.
I got a revelation. I saw myself looking in all the wrong places or not at all for what God has for me. He’s encouraging me–go this way, go that way. No, no, no back up. Turn around. Wait 15 minutes. Never hearing, never seeing–just not getting it. Off I stomped. Believing God never answered my prayer.
He did answer and had it waiting for me but I didn’t see it. I didn’t hear it. I didn’t still myself to get directions. I didn’t trust Him. My works will help God get me what I prayed for because of course He can’t supply my need by Himself.
When I walked away from the window the birds were still on the ground pecking away. Silence fell upon the yard and not hearing the chirping I figured they moved on to look elsewhere. There it was again, the same melody that drew me to the window earlier. I ran to the window and to my amazement one bird came to the banquet table and was feasting on the meal prepared for them. He looked up. He won. I’m sure he will go out and gather others and bring them back for the festive celebration and they all will know they don’t have to labor pecking for food any more in this yard–just show up.
We don’t have to work hard in our own strength to obtain the blessings God said He has for us in His Word. We receive them by faith and we will have them in God’s perfect time.
What do you do when you think God hasn’t answered your prayers? Do you try to make it happen in your time and strength?
I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM, WE ALL SCREAM FOR
That was a saying we had about ice cream when I was a child. That was what I felt about ice cream then as well as now. I can eat ice cream every day of the week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I like to try different flavors. I like to smear it over cookies, brownies, cakes and pies. Sometimes I add nuts, chocolate chips and any other fun things I can think of.
When I was a child there weren’t as many flavors as there are today. These days you can think up a flavor and an ice cream store somewhere probably has it.
Although I love ice cream with an everlasting love, these days I have to limit how much I indulge myself. It is very hard to deny myself but my pants and how they fit are the better for it.
My heart will always scream for Ice Cream all the days of my life.
Do you have a favorite thing that is your weakness? How do you maintain control?
Rolling into a new season I have been practically hanging out in a place no man should go for the last three weeks. It has been a grueling and humiliating place to be-especially on the lanes I’m traveling.
I would hit the right spot and still miss the mark, not reaching my expected end.
I was becoming distraught. There was no fun to be had. An idea appeared–try something new—the way you move your feet, the way you move your hand.
I dismissed the idea and continued down the familiar path. Doing the same thing brought the same results-missing this mark, missing that mark, missing all the marks.
Someone witnessed my distress and gave me a piece of advice. Much to my surprise the advice was the same that I previously rejected.
CHANGE YOUR WAYS!
This time I followed the advice. It worked. I saw results—more strikes and spares that I was expecting before but didn’t get.
A great revelation came to me.
THIS IS NEW SEASON. LAST SEASON’S WAYS WON’T WORK IN THE NEW SEASON. EVEN IN BOWLING.