God First

 
 

ANY OF US AT A GIVEN MOMENT CAN FEEL GUILTY & CONDEMNED WHEN SOMEONE SHARES GOD’S WORD. ALWAYS LISTEN & THINK...

WHAT CAN I DO TO IMPROVE?

WHAT CAN I TAKE AWAY FROM THIS MESSAGE?

DON’T THINK…I’LL NEVER MEASURE UP.

DON’T THINK….I CAN’T DO IT.

DON’T THINK…I’LL NEVER MAKE IT.

DON’T THINK WHOEVER IS SPEAKING HAS IT ALL TOGETHER. MOST OF THE TIME THEY ARE SPEAKING TO THEMSELVES.

THOSE KINDS OF THOUGHTS WON’T GET US ANYWHERE. 

SOMETIMES PEOPLE TELL ME WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME OR HOW I MISSED IT. SOMETIMES THEY ARE RIGHT & OTHER TIMES THEY ARE MOSTLY WRONG. INSTEAD OF DEFENDING MYSELF, I WOULD THANK THEM FOR TELLING ME AND ASK THE LORD TO SHOW ME WHAT I NEEDED TO CHANGE OR IMPROVE ON CONCERNING THESE THINGS, INSTEAD OF BEING CONDEMNED.

WE ARE ALL AT DIFFERENT STAGES OF LIFE AND SHOULD LOOK TO OTHERS THAT ARE BETTER THAN US AT SOMETHING TO SEE HOW WE CAN IMPROVE & HELP THOSE WHO WANT IT TO GET BETTER, BUT NEVER TO CONDEMN OURSELVES OR OTHERS FOR WHERE WE ARE NOT.

WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID, WE CAN TALK ABOUT PUTTING GOD FIRST.

SOME OF US THINK GOD IS FIRST IN OUR LIVES AND SOME REALIZE HE IS NOT. MY OPINION IS THAT IT’S A LIFELONG QUEST. EVERYDAY OF OUR LIVES AS WE PUT MORE AND MORE TRUST IN HIM WE MAKE GOD FIRST PLACE IN OUR LIVES.

PUTTING GOD FIRST ISN’T ABOUT GETTING UP AND PRAYING, ALTHOUGH IT HELPS.

PUTTING GOD FIRST, ISN’T ABOUT GOING TO CHURCH, ALTHOUGH IT HELPS.

PUTTING GOD FIRST, ISN’T ABOUT DOING GOOD THINGS FOR OTHERS, ALTHOUGH IT HELPS.

IT’S NOT ABOUT BEING BAPTIZED, OR PRAYING IN TONGUES, OR SEEING MIRACLES HAPPEN WHEN WE PRAY FOR PEOPLE, OR GETTING PRAYERS ANSWERED.

IT’S ALL ABOUT HEART. HEART ISN’T SOMETHING THAT CAN BE TAUGHT, BUT IT CAN BE CAUGHT. IT’S HAVING AN INCREASING APPETITE FOR GOD AND EVERYTHING ASSOCIATED WITH HIM.

WE DEVELOP A HUNGER & THIRST FOR GOD.

Matt. 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,   For they shall be filled.
Psa. 42:1 - As the deer pants for streams of water,   so my soul pants for you, O God. 

HOW DO WE DEVELOP THIS HUNGER AND THIRST FOR GOD?

WE DO IT JUST LIKE WE DEVELOP A TASTE FOR SOMETHING TO EAT. WHEN ROBB & I GOT MARRIED. I DID NOT LIKE CHOCOLATE AND HE WAS A CHOCOHOLIC. I MADE CHOCOLATE DESSERTS FOR HIM AND KEPT CHOCOLATE AROUND THE HOUSE FOR HIM. EVENTUALLY, I BEGAN TO TASTE IT. I DEVELOPED A TASTE FOR CHOCOLATE. I DON’T EAT IT VERY OFTEN, BUT I DON’T DISLIKE IT THE WAY I USED TO. 

OVER THE HOLIDAYS BUTTER COOKIES ARE EVERYWHERE AND I REALLY LIKE THEM. MOST OF THE TIME, I HARDLY EAT ANY SUGAR, BUT COME DECEMBER I EAT MORE THAN USUAL BECAUSE I LIKE CHRISTMAS COOKIES. I DEVELOP A TASTE FOR SUGAR. WHEN CHRISTMAS IS OVER, I HAVE TO FIGHT MY FLESH TO NOT EAT SOMETHING WITH SUGAR IN IT, IF I’VE BEEN EATING A LOT OF GOODIES. IT’S ALL BECAUSE I DEVELOPED MORE OF A TASTE FOR IT.

CONCERNING OUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE, IT’S SIMILAR. THE MORE WE GET TO KNOW SOMEONE BY SPENDING TIME WITH THEM, THE MORE WE LIKE THEM AND THE MORE WE WANT TO BE WITH THEM. WE MISS THEM WHEN WE CAN’T BE WITH THEM.

IT’S THE SAME IN OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LORD. THE MORE TIME WE PUT IN TALKING TO HIM AND LEARNING MORE ABOUT HIM AND DOING WHAT HE WANTS, THE MORE WE WANT OF HIM. WE BEGIN TO “HUNGER AND THIRST FOR HIM”. WE DESIRE TO BE WITH HIM. WE LOOK FORWARD TO ANY TIME WE HAVE TOGETHER.

PUTTING GOD FIRST BEGINS WITH GIVING MORE TIME AND THOUGHT TO WHO GOD IS.

IT’S ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW HIM BETTER. IT’S ABOUT BEING TRANSPARENT WITH HIM AND HIM WITH US. IT’S ALLOWING HIM TO CUT AWAY THINGS THAT HINDER OUR RELATIONSHIP. ALWAYS KEEPING IN MIND THAT PUTTING GOD FIRST IS A LIFELONG QUEST. WE GROW IN IT STEP BY STEP.

MY PRAYER IS THAT EACH ONE OF US WOULD TAKE STEPS THAT DRAW US CLOSER TO GOD EACH AND EVERYDAY. I KNOW THAT’S WHAT I’D LIKE TO SEE IN MY LIFE…

 
 

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To Goal Or Not To Goal...

 
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With the onset of a new year, goals are something that are on everyone’s mind.

A sad fact is that only 3% of Americans have written goals. Less than 1% review & rewrite their goals on a daily basis. Every article I have read concerning goal setting states that the power of goal setting is in writing them down and reviewing them regularly. This is a scriptural principle.

Habakkuk 2:2 tells us to write the vision and make it plain so we can run with it.

97% of you reading this do not have written goals. Over the years, sad to say, I have been in the 97%. There have been times when I wrote down goals, but I never reviewed them and pushed them aside for different reasons. I am sorry that it’s been that way for me. I know it would have helped me be more focused and I would have accomplished more.

This year is going to be different. I’m writing my goals and am putting reminders on my phone so that I look at them. I know this is not going to be easy since it never has been my habit. I am excited to see what God is going to do as I get up the nerve to write them down and share them with my husband and others. Telling others helps us to be accountable to someone for what we want to accomplish. We become vulnerable.

There are a number of reasons I haven’t written goals in the past. Fear is the biggest factor for me. Fear of failure. This is a silly reason. Isn’t better to have written them and tried to accomplish something, than to not have tried at all? At least writing goals down points me in a direction.

You might be thinking you don’t have to write them down because they are in your head.

WRONG! There are so many thoughts going through our mind, our goals get lost in the shuffle. Staying focused on the goal doesn’t usually happen when they are not written down. I can certainly attest to that.

Another reason I didn’t write down goals was that I didn’t understand how to or why I should. Of course, I never tried to learn how to or why I should. I even thought I was different. I didn’t have to. I wasn’t one of those people who fit in the non-accomplishment category. It was a foolish thought. I could never look back and see what I had written down and say, “I did it.” It’s a great sense of accomplishment to see a finished project that was planned. Most of the time I would look back at my year and see things I did that were good, but it didn’t give me the enjoyment of finishing what I set out to do.

There are many more reasons I could site for why I didn’t write down my goals. I will share one last thought about why…. I felt like the “Goal Thing”, as I called it was, being abused. I saw people talk about goals that I judged thinking they hadn’t gotten their plan from the Lord. I was under the pressure of trying to perform or outperform someone else. Rather than writing down and pursuing what I thought God wanted from me, I didn’t focus on anything. Sometimes we throw out the baby with the bath water.

I hope my transparency has been helpful to you. I want to encourage you to write some goals. Don’t make so may that you won’t accomplish anything. You might want to try starting with a couple and adding more on as the year progresses. The new goals would have different timelines for finishing. Do something that is manageable so you can have a sense of accomplishment. Once you do, I’m sure you’ll wonder, like me, why it took so long for you to start.

HAPPY GOAL-SETTING!

 
 

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Identity In Christ

Identity In Christ

Recently, I have been doing a study on our identity in Christ. It is something I’ve studied and thought often about over the years. The more we meditate on anything the more revelation we get about it. I’ve been looking at the lives of different people in the Bible and seeing how they identified with God in the situations they came up against.

She is a virtuous woman of God...

She is a virtuous woman of God...

May is the month we honor our Mother’s in America, Australia, New Zealand, India, Canada, Mexico and South Africa. I believe what every woman should see is that she is a mother (in a sense) when she invests in the lives of others. Look at Mother Teresa, although she never bore children, she was a mother to many. What gave her and so many others this distinction?