Gifts and Calling of God

Unexpected Mercy“The gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” (Romans 11:29)

Am I on the right path? Whose voice am I hearing?

These are questions I have asked myself throughout my life, and especially since I began following the path of writing books. I receive wonderful reviews and encouraging words from readers which inspire me to continue along the same path. My love and passion to write is one of the gifts God has given me.

Yet I haven’t published one book in 2016. A voice keeps telling me it isn’t good enough and I feel less than adequate to continue. And so I’ve wasted my gift this year.

God led me to be more active in my church. This is such a wonderful blessing and opportunity to help others. One of my other gifts is a heart for those who are in need, whether those be humans, animals, or birds. If I can hand a bag of food to someone who is hungry, hug someone and cry with them as I pray, or just listen, I feel God’s presence and approval.

So why am I having trouble with sharing God’s word through my writing? I’ve been praying for His guidance and because I’m having trouble hearing a clear answer, my writing has come to a halt. Is this God’s call or Satan’s. He is always attacking us when we have successes. Perhaps my lack of courage comes from him. He doesn’t want us to use the gifts God give us for good.

But according to Romans 11:29, God’s gifts are irrevocable! Therefore, I am going to claim the power given me in the Holy Spirit to order Satan out of my life! I will not listen to his words that I am not good enough! I can do all things through Christ!

If God is leading me to use my gifts in a different way, He will make that way clear and He will anoint it! I believe.

And so, I lift my cup of tea this morning and pray for God to lead me. For Him to make the way for me, His daughter, to use my God-given gifts to bring Him glory!

Blessings,

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Love in Action Drives Change

Love is an Action WordLove in action drives change.

We hear the word love a lot, but love is not perpetuated by speaking the word, but by our actions. Most of the actions I’m seeing today are about greed and the focus on self.

Have you ever passed by a person standing on a corner holding a sign and kept your eyes from meeting theirs? Why do you do that? Because you don’t want to share what you have or because you believe that person should be seeking a job to provide for themselves? Or maybe you have another reason. Maybe you don’t have money in your wallet.

I’ve been there. I judged those who “beg” as people who make more that way than they would if they had a regular job. Some admit it, though I’ve only heard that second hand. I’ve learned second hand or third hand renderings are not accurate. Remember the children’s game of telephone?

Ever stop to think what Jesus would do? Jesus loves all of us. He didn’t come to earth with an agenda for serving only a select group of people! He died to save ALL of us. That was the ultimate act of love. When our children are little and dependent upon us, we shower them with love and attention. There was a time when this became an obsession and the generation we created was one with their hands out, expecting to receive because they deserved it. In retrospect, this might be why some people blame the world for all their problems instead of focusing on their own faults.

Could this be why love has become a word and not an action? Have we become a generation who expects love but isn’t willing to pass it on?

The other day I was leaving my local grocery store and there was a young couple standing at the light, the young man holding the sign, while the young girls shivered and huddled inside the hoodie of her sweatshirt. It was very cold outside and the wind was bitter. I passed them and was the first at the stoplight. God nudges us through the Holy Spirit, but many times we don’t listen. I listened as I was nudged to share. I had $60 in my bank account which had to last me for a week until payday. I had $12 in my wallet. I had food in my refrigerator and a half tank of gas. My bills were paid. I was wealthy! So I opened my wallet, pulled out some bills and shared half of what was in my wallet with them. I don’t know if they were looking for money for drugs or not. It didn’t matter. There but by the grace of God was I.

I left and prayed that the money would help them and that God would know my heart was in the right place and thanked him for putting me in that place for that time. Life is short. In these last few years, God has taught me to trust Him and to reach out to those who are less fortunate than me. I was able to give money to my church a couple days later and I might not have cash in my wallet, but God will provide! I have a warm house, a vehicle that runs, food to eat, clothes to wear. He provides what I need and I am blessed.

Sharing with others is a blessing. It is an act of love. Prayer is an act of love. And, even keeping my mouth shut when I want to engage with someone who is gossiping is an act of love. We are called to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ through both our words and actions. Words followed by actions is the important thing.

And so today, I ask you during this season of love to remember that love is an action word. Love is what is missing in this world. Love for others and not just for ourselves. Let’s start a revolution, one person at a time by putting love into action. Who is with me?

Love and Blessings,

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Family is No Longer a Priority

I want to bring back the days when family was important and people had love, respect and compassion for others. Those times when doors didn’t have to be locked and children could play outside without fear, and neighbors cared for other neighbors. Those times when everyone dressed in their best clothes to attend Sunday services and had a large family dinner afterward. Families sat around the kitchen table at night and talked. What happened?

I’m drinking my morning cup of tea and thinking about how the way I grew up understanding family is no longer the way family is valued today.

Family and neighbors and loveOh, how I remember playing in the back yard with my cousins and friends, letting our imaginations flow. We didn’t need any technology to entertain us. We learned to entertain ourselves.

Food was prepared with loving hands and no thoughts to if it meant the current standards of a healthy meal. We had a balance of meat, potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Good old country cooking at its best!

People talked! People laughed! People helped each other when the need presented itself. In one word, it is summed up as love. Loving our neighbors. Just as Jesus commanded us to do! We loved God, honored Him, worshipped Him, and loved each other.

No nothing is perfect. We had our struggles, too. That’s not what I’m saying. I’m comparing today’s situation, where people stay inside their houses when they aren’t at work. When children are glued to television sets and electronic devices. When adults are glued to electronic devices. It is so bad that adults can’t drive without talking on their phones, or looking at their messages or texting. Yes! I see it every single day. Any second of being stopped in traffic calls for grabbing those cell phones for entertainment.

Now cars are produced with television screens and GPS screens. What happened to good old radio? I love listening to the radio when I drive. I don’t have to be like the car beside me who is competing to see if his bass is stronger than anyone else’s. I don’t need to listen to foul language and when did that become necessary anyway? What happened to good old-fashioned music?

Yes, I’m longing for a change. Mostly, I’m longing for a revival of families and family values. Families where the focus is on each other, where love is shared, discipline exists, and love doesn’t have to be bought. That’s the change I’d like to see for America…for the world. Respect, love, and compassion.

I lift my cup of tea and pray for God’s forgiveness for how we far we have moved from His law. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, all are summed up in this saying, namely,  “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. (Romans 13:8-14)

Blessings,

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Love More, Hate Less…What the World Needs Now

Love and faithMore love, less hate. That’s what I’m praying for this morning as I sit here with my cup of tea and think about Jesus.

Satan is gaining foothold. Riots in the streets, killing, hatred, anger. Exactly what he wants to see.

This is my friend, Jolie. She has a rare form of leukemia and has reached what the doctors say is the end of any treatments which can put her in remission. Yet she has faith and is not giving up.

Hope is what we need to cling to. Our God is a mighty God and is crying out to us to turn to Jesus before it is too late. Oh, my. I am appalled at how people are so vicious and filled with hate and anger!

When Jesus walked the earth, He was misunderstood, despised, hunted, betrayed, and crucified. Yet, He was sent to show the world about love and about the kingdom of God. I wonder what He thinks of our world today. Has it changed?

Don’t ever think that you can’t make a difference because you are just one person. Hatred spreads like wildfire from one to another. It is Satan’s greatest glee. People talk. We try to find others who believe as we do, and even align ourselves with others to “fit in.” Are you happy with the choices you’ve made? Are you filled with anger? Why? And what can one minute of anger do for you?

What about love? Why are we afraid to show love to others? One smile, one hug, one kind word can change a person’s day. And that person just might pass along the love. One minute of love can do a lot more for me than one minute of anger.

I’m truly troubled about people who have claimed to be followers of Christ, yet are showing a totally different side of their personality now. I was “friends” with a man on Facebook who always talked about loving and helping his neighbors, about taking food to a picnic bench and sharing it with the homeless. He talked about his dogs and how he loved them. And when someone did him wrong, he decided to turn the other cheek. This morning on Facebook, I read his latest posts. He cursed, said foul things about women voters…hatred just spewed from his words. Yes, I know we can’t possibly know what truth is behind a person on social media, and yes I unfriended him after following him for several years.

I even thought about abandoning my morning inspirational posts on Facebook and deleting my account. What? If I believe we need more love and less hate, why would I turn from sharing love? Satan would adore that, wouldn’t he?

My friend Jolie doesn’t care about who has been elected President. She puts her faith and trust in God, the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. As do I.

As I finish my cup of tea, I lift my eyes to Jesus and my heart is comforted. Love is the key. I want to be part of spreading more love. How about you? Oh, and would you please pray for my friend, Jolie and her husband, Herb? Thank you!

Father, forgive me for my sins. Forgive me for any anger I have harbored. Help me to keep my hope anchored to the rock. Let no man, no beast, no thing become my idol. Help me to be a positive influence as I go through my day. And continue to let the Holy Spirit be a light within me, a beacon of love to all I meet. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Blessings,

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My Last, First, and Only Word on the Political Scene

powerThis is going to be a crazy day for Americans. Today is the official voting day and the political scene has been total chaos for too long. It’s sad so many have taken the freedom of speech so far as to bash and batter others in a public forum. As a voter with a mind, I would much prefer to hear what the candidates have to say about their platform AND about how they plan to make their ideas fruitful. Let me make up my own mind.

As for all the bashing, it is hateful, spiteful, and shameful. I’m a Christian and I don’t believe Christians should resort to this kind of politics. So how do we believe any candidate who allows a smear campaign?

Of course, none of this matters. I believe God has already planned out our future. He will make sure the candidate He chose, no matter the reason, will be put into office. I don’t put my trust in any human being. I put my trust in God. No matter what happens, He is the One I believe and the only One who is capable of turning our country around.

We would do better to use our mouths in prayer instead of publicly voicing our opinions about the candidates. I’ve not only grown sick of the television ads, but also of the negativity on Facebook. Seems everyone has a need to vent their political views and stir public social media debates.

Some people are getting physically and mentally sick over what might happen next! God tells us not to worry. My favorite scriptures when worry creeps into my mind:

Philippians 4:6-7  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.May God’s will be done.”

Matthew 6:34  Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

And that is the extent of my thoughts this morning on the political arena. May you have a blessed and worry free day!

Blessings,

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