When Relationships Disappoint Us

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I am a big fan and proponent of reading and studying God’s word on a consistent basis, like everyday consistent. Part of this is because God has called me to be a teacher of his word. He has given me a passion to study his word. I would love to be able to spend hours and hours a day traipsing through his word and listening to what he has to say to me.

Some of it is because when I am in God’s word I can’t get enough of him. I am a visual learner, and, oh man, how awesome it would be to have a burning bush experience like Moses! To see God as a flame and to audibly hear his voice. So when I am in his word I ‘see’ him through his word.

But mostly it is because when I’m not in his word I can be like Dory the adorably sweet yet absent-minded fish from “Finding Nemo.” If I’m not staying connected to God it is, “Yes, Lord.” “Oh, look!” “What is that pretty shiny thing over there?!” I can forget some really important things. Like who is really for me.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31.

Or, I don’t have to fight the challenges and struggles of life in my own power.

The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still. Exodus 14:14.

Shiny things can make me forget my true identity.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 1 Peter 2:9.

God uses his word to gently correct and discipline me. If I’m not staying connected to him consistently I can tend to look at his correction as punishment instead of the Father’s love that it is.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:17,18.

And I can certainly forget how great His power is. Great isn’t even a word that can begin to describe the magnitude of his power. And, that this great power lives in me by his Spirit simply because I believe in his beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4.

Precious One, you are the branch of the Vine, water your soul well with his word. Stay connected.

Shalom!

No Rest For The Blessed

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Earlier today I had just sat down to relax after a very busy morning when I received a text from my youngest lovebug asking if I would come and pick her up. As I stood up to leave I said, “No rest for the blessed.” My husband asked me if I had just made that up and I told him yes, or at least I think I did! My son said, “What are you talking about?” I asked him if he had ever heard the saying ‘no rest for the wicked?’ He acknowledged that he had and I told him that I’m not wicked I’m blessed so I changed the saying. To which I promptly received an eye roll.

I told my son that many times we forget the power behind words and that God’s word says that our words can either bring life or death. So I wasn’t going to speak any power of the word wicked into my life and instead chose to speak the truth of being blessed.

Holy Spirit has really been challenging me with this. So many times we say things in jest and don’t realize the power of the spoken word to cause harm or good. For instance, if I a-heart-made-of-words-i-love-you-in-many-languages_f1tFaY_Owere to tell you that you are a kind and loving person you would probably feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Those are words of life! But, if I were to tell you that you’re wrong and don’t know how to do things right that would probably make you feel sad and defeated. Those are words of death.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21.

Figuratively, the word fruit means everything done in true partnership with Christ. We as believers are the branch attached to Christ the vine. As we remain connected to Christ the fruit of our words through Him produce eternal fruit.

fruits-vectors-designs_GJqnIkYuPrecious One, God has given us a great responsibility in our tongues. Use yours wisely. Choose life.

Shalom!

Making Disciples: An Interview

Hello Friends!

This is a post I wrote last year. Meet my friends, Patrick and Barbara Hubbard. They are church planters with a unique and holistic approach to church planting, which you can read about in detail in this post.

In an effort to help them reach others with the awareness of the ministry God has called them too, I am reblogging my post from last year. If you feel led please reblog and/or share as well on any of your social media sites.

Patrick and Barbara are also fundraising to reach even more territory for the kingdom of God.

If you feel led to donate to their fundraising efforts you can visit their website at https://livingbread.org/ and click on the donate button on the right hand side.

Thank you my precious Friends and readers for stopping by!

Shalom,
Terese

Hope For Today

Making disciples. What does that look like, really? Jesus’ second greatest command is to love our neighbors as ourselves. (Matt. 22:39). Now, if you’re a linear thinker like me, that literally means my neighbor – next door. Thankfully, Jesus also commands us in Matt. 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

In all the nations we are to make disciples. That means the poor and the wealthy, the fathered and the fatherless, the married and the widows, the native and the foreigner.

We are further encouraged by James when he says, “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress….. James 1:27a. At the time James wrote these words, if widows and orphans didn’t have anyone to care for…

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Stop, Drop and Pray

Hands in PrayerI love prayer. I started a life of prayer when I was about 7 or 8 years old and have prayed every night since then. I grew up in a religion, that at the time didn’t teach that one needs to have a personal relationship with Jesus as Lord and Savior; to be reborn through Him. It wasn’t until my late thirties that I accepted Christ and gave my life to him.

While prayer is a spiritual passion of mine, intercession; praying for the needs of others can be overwhelming at times. It is an honor and a privilege to pray for others. Perhaps this is why it can sometimes seem overwhelming because I want to give each request back to God with the same heartfelt desire as the last one. I don’t want to offer up prayers ‘on the fly’ simply because life is busy. I want to take the time to pray for each request according to God’s heart.

Paul encourages us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17,18 to pray without ceasing because this is God’s will for us through Christ Jesus. And I wonder, what does it look like to pray without 24 hours delivery sign.ceasing? Certainly, I talk with God throughout the day, sometimes, okay many times, out loud!

But, what about times of quietness devoted to the prayer needs for ourselves and others? A few days ago I came across a verse and it has been traipsing through my mind like a new-born doe learning to prance along looking for food.

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer-at three in the afternoon. Acts 3:1.

During this time both Jews and Gentiles observed three times of prayer, everyday, morning, afternoon and at sunset. Peter and John were busy men, teaching and preaching and spreading the gospel was a full-time job for them and they walked everywhere they went, it would take a good days walk and oftentimes it would take days for them to reach one place to deliver the gospel message. Yet, by all accounts, they stopped and prayed three times a day!

world-health-day-background_GyD_LcP_This thought of stopping and devoting time to prayer three times a day intrigues me. God has this in his word for a reason and it gives me hope about the ability to pray without ceasing. What would it look like if we stopped and devoted ourselves to prayer three times a day? What amazing things would our eyes be opened to see? Prayer isn’t just for the benefit of others. Prayer draws us closer into a deeper and more intimate relationship with God. God gives us prayer for our spiritual health.

Precious One, here’s to your health!

Shalom!

What’s That You Say?

I love God’s sense of humor! When my mom was alive she would always say, “God willing” in response to me saying, for example,”see you later ma”, and for some reason it really use to annoy me.

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My oldest daughter is studying abroad in Jordan this semester and the second word she has taught me is the Arabic word ‘inshallah’. One of the meanings of inshallah is, yes, you guessed it, God willing! I am drawn to this word, especially because I see how God inserts himself, perhaps unknowingly to others, into the language of other cultures and every time this word is uttered He is praised and worshipped!

Yesterday I was talking with a friend at church. She was asking about my daughter and how she was coming along in learning Arabic. She was telling me how she feels drawn to learn another language. Immediately Holy Spirit began to encourage her. Out of my mouth came something like this; “What comes to mind is the gift of speaking in tongues. I know this is a spiritual gift meant for a specific reason, but just like the people who were gathered with the Jews during Pentecost heard what was being said in their own language, how awesome it would be to give the gospel message to others in their own language, in their own tongue!”

I’m still processing the correlation of speaking in tongues to learning another language to share the gospel message. Perhaps this is a movement of Holy Spirit to debunk the fear some experience around the gift of speaking in tongues and compare this gift to simply learning another language.

And to think this started way back when with my mom always saying, “God willing!”

Precious One, inshallah!

Shalom!