If you can’t do it in leaps and bounds… try baby steps

Posted by my best friend and sister in Christ ~Pat (Giventhanks Ministry) on June 23, 2014.

NOW set your heart and your soul to seek the Lord your God. I Chronicles 22:19. This is just the first part of the verse and I have emphasized the word now by typing it in capitals because I believe that this is a word for all of us. If you are a Christian, now more than ever is a time that we should be seeking the Lord with everything within us. God has things that He wants to do IN us and THROUGH us. He wants to speak to us and give us direction but we need to be in a place where we are listening and can hear what He is saying. If we are distracted and not giving Him preeminence (first place) in our lives, we might miss what He is trying to say to us. If you are not a Christian, the Bible promises that if you seek Him, you WILL find Him! When you find Him, you will find what He has provided for you (love, forgiveness, mercy, grace, peace, joy, and every other great thing!). This short part of a verse could provide so many sermons but I pray that this short word will minister to you today and create a desire in you to set your heart and soul to seek the Lord.

Matthew 6:33 seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things will be added to you.

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This is not a burger king world!

My best friend Pat (She has a blog….Giventhanks Ministry)  and sister in Christ wrote this on June 22, 2015. Great words I think need repeating.

I know this is long but it holds a great lesson about life that all of us could afford to learn and apply. I wrote this a couple of years ago.
This is NOT a Burger King World!!! Those of you that are old enough may remember the BK commercial with the jingle “Have it your way, have it your way… hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders don’t upset us……” Burger King…please don’t sue me…this is FREE advertising!
Yesterday I came VERY close to getting to share a life experience lesson with some young women at work but then I was relieved by another person so I could resume my usual morning duties. So many people think that in order for life to be “good” or “fair” that they have to have things their way. That is so wrong! If we always got things our way, we would never grow and develop. We would never learn how to deal with adversity and overcome obstacles.
I have 60 years of life experiences to share with others and I have learned so much and will continue to learn and grow until I take my last breath on this earth. I would never have learned what I now know and grown into who I am now had I always gotten things MY way!
My least favorite subject is Math and if I had been able to have it my way, I never would have had to take it in school. My apologies to Mr. O (Math teacher at PACE) if he is reading this! When I was in 7th grade, a math teacher handed back our graded tests so we could go over them in class. While we were going over them, two of my answers that were correct were marked as incorrect. When I showed the teacher, she accused me of changing the answers in front of the whole class. It hurt me deeply because I knew and God knew that I had NOT changed the answers and I had been falsely accused. I could have let that destroy me and held anger and bitterness against that teacher but I decided not to do that. A couple of years later, I heard that the teacher’s husband had passed away and I had compassion on her and prayed that the Lord would help her through that and comfort her. I don’t know about what happened with her but I grew because of that whole situation.
I have had to do many things in my life that I did not like or enjoy. When I took Algebra in 8th or 9th grade, I had a great teacher (Mr. Kilroy) and I was making A’s in Algebra! WOW…he WAS a GREAT teacher! One day they came in and said that the class was being split and half of us were going into a new class with a new teacher. I had to leave his class. The new teacher was nice and she definitely knew her stuff but even though some people are very smart, they should not teach because they do not know how to communicate what they know to others. Needless to say, I never saw any A’s again for that class! Fast forward to 27 years after I graduated from High School and am returning to school at CFCC (now CF). I had to take the dreaded Algebra…my nightmare! If I had been able to have it MY way…there is NO way I would have taken Algebra (or any math class for that matter)! However, lots of math stood between me and an AA degree so I sucked it up and thanks to a GREAT math teacher, I got through Algebra and all of my other math classes (even made A’s)! Taking those classes was helpful and needful for me even though I would not have chosen to take them had I been able to “have it my way.” After getting my AA degree in 1999, I was not in college again until 2010 when I started going to UCF to get my BS degree and …you guessed it…more math! This time it was the dreaded Statistics (two Statistics classes)! I had heard nightmare stories about Statistics but I made it though the classes with A’s even though I would NOT have chosen to take those classes if it was MY choice. Doing things in life that we don’t necessarily want to do, helps us learn to overcome adversity, builds character in us, and helps us grow and develop.
So many of us want to have it our way but it is needful for us to go through some life experiences that push us to learn and experience new things which will help us grow into who and what we need to become. The quicker we learn and yield to that, the better it will be for us! Today, whatever life hands you, learn from it and you will grow!

It wasn’t easy!

Isaiah 53:1-5 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.

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What the Lord has done for me

What the Lord has done for me.

He waited on me, hoping that I would find my way to Him and not be one of the lost.

He smiled when I opened my heart to Him in July 2006.

He has watched me become closer to Him; He has watched me learn more and more of His word each day.

He watches me as I stumble but keep going, learning more each day on how to become what He wants me to be.

He continues to show me His mercy, grace, forgiveness and love each and every day.

How could I ask for more!

1 Peter 1:8-9 You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don’t see him, yet you trust him. Because you kept on believing, you’ll get what you’re looking forward to: total salvation.

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Its about learning to dance in the rain

Our feet, they take us many places. We walk in stores, climb mountains, walk on the beaches or in the woods with them. They support us wherever we go, whether its rough foundation beneath our feet or soft. Why not let your feet guide you toward the Lord, maybe bringing you away from the darkness to the light.

Ephesians 5:8 For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.

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He was a liar from the beginning…

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I thoroughly believe if you give the devil an inch he will take a mile. It just takes a minute of us dropping the armor of God for the devil to learn how to get to us and how he can take advantage of our weakness.

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When you have given the devil the inch he needed and he took advantage of it and will continue to take advantage, unless you put a stop to it.

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Its when we stand on the Rock (Jesus), staying strong in our faith that we can fight against anything he tries to throw at us.

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I know in my dreams the last couple of nights I have been battling things not only for me but for many I know and last night apparently the Lord showed my sister in Christ, best friend and roommate one of those battles. She said she heard me in the living room, this was in the early AM; I yelled GET OUT! It scared her to the point of shaking. I believe it was something that followed me home, the devil, thinking he could get an inch in our home. IT DIDN’T HAPPEN! He didn’t get his way! By the way I was sound asleep, deep sleep, not in the living room.

 

I refuse to let the devil get his way in my life and I will fight for myself and others and I refuse to let him get a mile, a foot or an inch in this home, in our life!

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Jesus is the Rock on which I stand and devil you will not have your way, not in this house, not in Pats life, nor mine. We worship only one and that is our God, the great “I Am”, the Maker of everything, the One who gives life, the One who shows us mercy, grace, forgiveness and love beyond anything we deserve and JESUS is and will always be the only SAVIOR!

So get behind us devil! We have the armor of God upon us and we will not let, not in the least bit, a piece of it fall, much less be lowered.

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I never want to go back!

Titus 3: 4-8 But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our Savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives and there’s more life to come – an eternity of life! You can count on this.

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Thank you Lord for transforming me and others into what you want, not what we want!