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Woe Is Me

April 30, 2010
Do you ever have times when you become near sighted and totally focused on things that are just going on in your own little world? proverbs31_29


That “Woe Is Me” syndrome can overcome us at those times. Even if our day isn’t going well we should be thankful by good news of good things that are happening to our family and friends. Remember that good feeling we get when something good happens to our children that makes us feel proud to be their parents—that’s how God feels towards us when we do something good for others. When we go around investing our love, encouragement and care to our family, church family and friends we receive a far greater source of Godly joy than if we only enjoyed what happens to us personally.


God often uses the most unlikely people in the most unlikely places to teach us some of life’s most difficult lessons. Even though I’m in the later part of my life—I’m still learning, still growing, and still amazed at how God continues to shape us for His purposes. The service that we do for God may sometimes go un-praised by men—but when we stand before the Lord we attain our rewards.


Sometimes the problems going on in the world seems overwhelming and tend to bog us down and make us wonder if it’s worth the time and effort to reach out to others —we forget that our ultimate hope resides not in this present life but in our future home in heaven. God’s plan for us is to lend a helping hand, say a prayer , gave a smile or kind word to hurting people or maybe to rejoice and share someone’s joys to make a difference in their lives.


Our compassion and help for others is like throwing a rock in the water and the circles in the water get bigger and bigger from one little rock. God uses our touching others to accomplish great works for Him. Today we can face any problems or changes in our lives knowing our God is in control. In those times when you are not feeling as close to God as you use to be–guess who moved.

TO GOD BE THE GLORY.

Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Ecclesiastes 4:10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!


This post was written by Deloris Underhill. She sends out a monthly inspirational message via email, entitled “Under-D-Hill Notes”.  Thanks to Deloris for allowing me to share – Candace Morehouse

Balanced Christianity (2nd in Balance Series)

April 9, 2010

An article in a magazine identified one problem in Christianity today as selfishness. Of course this is an anomaly because Jesus died on the cross to save us from that very malady–selfishness.

The article cries out against the imbalance that immature Christians fall into when they spend too much time in one aspect of God’s word and too little elsewhere. In this case–too much time with the “Promise Box” and too little time in the instruction book (the Bible).

The article points out that Christianity is about faith, standing in the face of adversity, and putting God and others ahead of ourselves. I couldn’t agree more. But it’s also about the rewards for having done so. This is very important because it is what God is trying to get through to us.  He is teaching us  that He is life–if you want it come and get it. 

He is teaching that He is Father–the inevitable result of receiving Him as your God and Father is that you will have Him as your God and Father. The benefit is that you will have the best, most perfect, most wonderful, and most capable God and Father.

 He is teaching us that the inevitable result of making Jesus your Lord, Savior, and Shepherd is that you will have the one who qualifies better than anyone to be your instructor, guide, example, and overseer and the only one who qualifies as you Savior. 

 He is teaching us that the inevitable result of hooking up with life, light, and love is that you will reap the benefits of them.  Our relationship with God is a two way street, He in us and we in Him.  The result is that He has children and we have the parental authority, guidance, and provisions so vitally necessary to our well-being. 

God’s commandments and precepts are never given without the promises that pertain to them.  God teaches us to do it His way for that very purpose–so that we can be our best and have His best.  I know this because of the way the Bible teachings are constructed.  Therefore it is imperative for us to keep the balance of the word. Anytime we change the balance of the word we become unbalanced. True Christianity is to walk in love. A baby must learn balance in order to walk. Christians must learn balance in order to walk in love. The word of God is balanced.  Never underemphasize anything that the Bible emphasizes and never overemphasize what the Bible teaches.  Keep the balance.

Immature Christians’ preoccupation with their own lives and stuff is repulsive in the light of the true gospel.  But what is needed is knowledge of the Son of God.

Eph: 4:11-16:  And he gives some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh  increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

We need to preach the gospel of the kingdom along with the gospel of salvation. They go together like love and marriage.

Now that I have emphasized the benefits of enjoying God our Father, let me present the balance.  We are to consider ourselves His servants. We are to take up our cross daily–giving up our self-interests, comfort, and security in the interest of serving others. Though that may sound like a hardship, it is not, because God lives in us to will and to do of His good pleasure.  His good pleasure is to love us and to love others. There is the balance. Trust and obey God and be happy.

Action and reward – References: Genesis 1:7,  9:11, 12:1-3, Deut: 28:1-14, 30:19-20, Josh: 1:7-8, Prov: 3:1-19, Isa: 11:1-16, 61:1-8, Jer: 24:6-7, Ezek: 36:24-30, Mal: 3:1-18, Matt: 6: 32-33, 7: 7-12, Mk: 11:22-24, Lk: 6:38, 15:31, 17:10, 18:29-30, Jn: 3:16-17, 4:14, 6:47, 8:12, 31,32, 10:10, John 14,15,16, 1Cor: 3:21-23, 2Cor: 1:20, 1Pet: 2:9-11, 1Jn: 5:14-15 

© Sylvia Huffnagle

Christian Women – A Royal Family

February 4, 2010

ROYALTY

by Adetokunbo Oluwasanjo

11/26/2009 / Womens Interest

Lift up your head and square your shoulders

Stand up tall and do not be ashamed

Though you may be clad in jeans and a pink blouse, a skirt suit and stilettos or a kitchen apron with a ‘spilt sauce’ stain

In His eyes, you are clothed in fine, white linen

Adorned with Rubies of His Grace

Emeralds of His Righteousness

Sapphires of His Strength

And Pearls of His Beauty.

You are bathed in the Soul-cleansing Blood of the Lamb,

Your face is smoothened with the ‘anti-wrinkle’ Oil of Joy (no wonder you look so young!)

You may be a size zero, full-figured, petite or athletic

When He formed you, you blew His mind away!

He fearfully and carefully designed you

And when He was done, bursting with pride He said only one word “Wonderful!!!”

In Him you are perfect

Radiating more and more of His Glory as you grow in Him.

Everywhere you go, you leave a hint of your fragrance – a witness of your Saviour.

In your eyes, you might be an insignificant ‘one’ of six billion others

In His eyes, you are to die for..literally!

So Sister,

Redefine your identity

Wipe your hazy mirror clean

And take another look at yourself.

Can you see what He sees?

Don’t settle for less than you are

Celebrate the love that your Father has for you

You are the daughter of The King!

An heir to the wealth of heaven

A child of the Most High God.

ROYALTY.

And The Almighty rejoices over you.

Adetokunbo love sharing her faith through her stories and srticles. A medical doctor by profession, her hobbies include writing (of course!), singing, solving logic puzzles and creating christian paper craft. She is happily married to her best friend, Olumayowa.


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