Posted by: missions4lifenow | January 5, 2011

Soon and Very Soon


The Great Commission

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This statement means a great deal to we as christians.  It seems that life is so full of  everyday tasks such as work, family, church, and other activities that we sometimes forget why we are here in the first place.  We as christians are here for one purpose and that is to spread the gospel in any way that we can.  Jesus before he ascended into heaven gave us a commission.  This is found in Matthew 28: 19-20.  It tells us that we are to go and tell the world about Jesus and his gift of eternal salvation to all those that will accept it.  This has been something that has convicted me day in and day out.  I come into contact with people on a daily basis  and sometimes never even speak to them let alone witness to them. 

In my Sunday school class I tell my children that people are watching them daily and seeing if they are true to what they say they believe in.  This is true of any of us and it seems that we fall very short of living up to what we say we are and what our relationship is with Jesus Christ.

We say that we are christians, but does it show in our daily lives.  Does it show when we come into a situation that is stressful or causes us to feel angry.  How do we handle these episodes in our lives?  What we do and say can mean the difference in somebody seeking to know Christ or maybe even saying to themselves, ‘If this is what it is about, I will just forget this.’ 

It only takes that one time to turn someone off from salvation.  My prayer for myself is to always be on my guard and listen to what that little still small voice inside me is telling me or trying to tell me and try to improve on my walk in life. 

Jesus is coming back soon and if we have not lived our lives following the Great Commission then we have failed miserably and will have to answer for that someday.  I remember the excitement in my heart that night when I asked Jesus into my heart and I know without a doubt that I will be in heaven when I die.  Do You?  I hope so.  Are we following in Jesus footsteps?  I hope so.  I challenge each one of us myself included to be more aware of who is around us and just how we are reacting to life.  This could be the only time you may have to influence someone.  I tell my Sunday school class that even just opening a door for an elderly person may be just the act that it takes to plant that seed in their heart.  Afterwards someone else may come and do something else for them and soon they will see that there is something to life besides grief and hardship.

I think too many times we just assume that everyone around us is alright and is going to heaven.  It may surprise you the people that have never heard of Jesus christ and his gift of eternal salvation through his death and resurrection on the cross.   God help us to always be mindful of what we do and how we do it.  There is a great multitude of people right in our own communities that do not Jesus.

Be a witness. Stand for Jesus Christ and be bold in your christian walk daily.

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Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 31, 2010

A Deeper Walk


As I sit here at my computer thinking back over past days I realize that I have been very haphazard about my life’s direction.  I love to write, I love teaching, I love to go on mission trips, I love to cook and garden, I love to be very active in my church and I have to ask myself, where is all the time for this to be accomplished.  God has given us 24 hours in a day.  I sometimes  think I have put in 28+ hours some days.  I know that is not true.  As I sit here I have decided to divide my time so that I can do all that I like to do and still have time for just fun things. 

God has blessed me with good health and I have so many other blessings in my life that it would take hours to go over them.   I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions, but I am going to make a promise to God that I will spend my time more wisely this year.  God has shown me that I can do all these things, I just have to let him show me how.   

My life has to be His so that he can do with it what he needs to do in order for his work to be accomplished.  This will take some work because I am a take charge kind of gal, but this is my goal.  I take this time to wish all a very happy New Year.

Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 27, 2010

After Christmas Thoughts


It is now the week after Christmas and all is well.  The gifts have been given, the parties have all been attended, the plays and musicals have all been attended now it is time to go back to life as we knew it. 

What have we learned this Christmas season?  I know that I have learned quite a lot this yhear.  This was a Christmas of firsts.  This was the first Christmas without my dad.  That was hard.  This was the first Christmas in quite a long time that there was snow for Christmas.  This was the first time that I was chosen to sit in my father’s chair at the table.  I was informed that I was now the head of the family. 

I know in my heart that these things have meant a lot to me and that I shall never forget them as long as I live on this earth.  God gave us his son Jesus to come and be born in a manger many years ago.  I shall never forget this event even though I was not there physically.  I was there in God’s mind, because he knew that one day I would ask his son into my heart and become one of his own.

Christmas has always been a time of giving to others less fortunate.  This giving should not stop here.  We should continue giving things to others all year long.  I learned a lesson a long time ago.  There is always someone in this world less fortunate that we are.  The Bible tells us that when we have done it unto one of the least of these, we have done it unto him.  This tells me that we are to be about his work at all times and when we are God will bless us beyond measure.

I know that when the new classes begin and I get into the swing of teaching again, my life will be forever changed because of this Christmas.   I will have a new respect for the word grieving.  I teach this in my classes, but up until now I have never really grieved for someone I lost.  I can now speak with real authority about this subject. 

My faith in God has brought me through this process and will continue to do so.  God is the healer of all wounds in our souls.  I look to him for this each and every day.  I know that through him I can continue my work and be what he wants me to be to these students. 

Without the assurance of where my father is right now I could never have gotten this far.  I know that my father is in heaven and that he is in no pain and is probably running all over heaven meeting and catching up on everything that has happened in the lives of his friends and family that have gone on before him.  This is what helps me get through this.  I can’t say that I don’t miss my father because I miss him terribly, but my knowing where he is and that someday I will be reunited with him makes my life easier to live and I know that I wll be stronger for this.  God has a plan for me that I must do with all that I have within me and that when it is time I will go to be with my father in heaven.   As I pray each day I ask God to tell my daddy that I love him and that I will see him one day soon. 

God has been gracious to me and now it is time for me to put away these thoughts and continue with my life.  God gives me direction and I need to do his work.  I feel in my heart that this work is sharing the most wonderful gift that has ever been given with each and every person that I come in contact with.  This gift is Jesus Christ.

May God Bless you this year and keep you ever close to him.

Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 26, 2010

Look Out Giant, Here I Come


“Say, Hard rock. Did you hear about the shepherd boy, David and that big Philistine giant? I hear it is going to be a real big fight.”

“I’ll tell you, Slick, David is so young and small, and he’ll surely be killed.”

“I don’t know,” said Slick. “He told the king he could kill that giant. Says he fights bears and lions all the time when he’s watching his father’s sheep. I don’t think a lion or a bear would be hard to kill. That giant, that’s another thing, don’t you think?”

“Yeah, I wouldn’t want to fight him. He makes the bears and lions look like dogs and cats next to him. I’m just a stone and even I know that much.”

“Yeah, you’re right,” said Slick.

“Look, here comes David. Why, he doesn’t have on any armor. What’s with him? Doesn’t he know he needs armor to fight that giant? He doesn’t even have a sword.”

“I don’t know,” said Hard Rock. “Even though I am just a stone, I’d have on

everything I could find. One hit by that giant and it would be over.”

“You know it,” said Slick.

“Does he even have a big stick?” Hard Rock asked.

“Don’t see one. This doesn’t look good.”

“No, it doesn’t,” said Hard Rock.

“What is that he is picking up?”

“I don’t know,” Hard Rock said. “Looks like stones like…..us!”

“Surely he’s not…OH, NO!”

“What’s happening, Slick?”

“He’s got me! PUT ME DOWN! Hard Rock, where are you?”

“He’s got me, too. What’s he doing?”

“I don’t know,” said Slick stone. “I don’t like this at all. Where is he putting us?”

“It’s so dark in here. Where are we?” Hard Rock asked.

“Feels soft, maybe like a pouch.”

“I don’t know why he picked us up. Hey, there are other stones in here with us.”

“SHH! Be quiet, Hard Rock. Who’s that talking with David?”

Hard Rock said, “I don’t know, but he sounds awfully big and awfully mad. Says he’s going to throw David to the wild animals when he kills him.”

“You know,” said Slick. “If we’re in his pouch we’ll be fed to the wild animals, too.”

“They will spit us out.” Hard rock bounced a little in the pouch trying to get a better

view of things. “We don’t taste good and besides they can’t eat us. Animals don’t eat stones. We’;re too hard to chew. They would break all their teeth on us.”

“Listen,” said Slick. “David told that mean old giant he was going to cut off his head and take it back to King Saul and then throw the rest of him to the wild animals. David sounds pretty sure of himself, don’t you think?”

“A little too sure, if you ask Me.” said Hard Rock.

“OH, NO! Hard Rock he’s got me. What’s he doing? I think he put me in his sling. OH, NO! I’m getting sick. I’m going round and round.”

“Hold on Slick, I’m trying to get out of this pouch to help you.”

“Hard Rock, I’m flying through the air. I’m headed straight for the giant’s face. HELP ME! Please, His eyes look like they are on fire. OH, NO! I can’t lookl. “CRACK.”

“Slick, what happened? Are you all right?”

“I’m falling. I think I hit the giant’s face. I closed my eyes when David threw me. What’s David doing now, Hard Rack?”

“He’s getting the giant’s sword out of his hand. I think when David threw you, you’re hard head must have killed that big mean giant. Hey, He’s going to cut off that giant’s head to take back to King Saul.”

“Well, what do you know? There really is a God. He really did help David kill that mean old giant. It had to be God, because David was too small to do that on his own.”

“You got that, Hard Rock. God made David a real hero.”

“I’ll tell you right now Slick; I don’t think I want to go on any nore giant killing adventures. This has been entirely too much excitement for me. I just like lying around doing nothing.”

“You know, Hard rock, I’ve learned a lesson today. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in David when this all started, but after seeing what faith David had in God, it has made me know that we could all do the same kinds of things if we had that same faith. I was scarred to death when David threw me at that giant’s face, but David didn’t bat an eye. He knew all along he was going to win.”

“I guess you’re right Slick. If that little young shepherd boy can kill a giant, we all can kill giants. We just have to have faith.”

 

Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 24, 2010

Shine Your Light


John 12 44-46 states, “Then Jesus cried out,  “When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one show sent me.  When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.  I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.”

This tells me that God wanted us to have a light to guide us through our lives and this light is Jesus Christ his son.  Just as the light from heaven shone down to the shepherds to share the good news with them and to guide them with a star to Bethlehem to see Jesus, Jesus is the light in our lives as we live daily.  If we have a relationship with Jesus  he is our light and will guide us daily in our walk with him. 

We have a responsibility to share this light with the world as stated in Matthew 28:19-20 which is the Great Commission given to us by Jesus just before he ascended into heaven after his resurection.  When we ask Jesus into our hearts we are to share this with everyone we see.

God has done so mush for us and given us so much that we should want to do this without fail.  We get so wrapped up in the holidays and our lives ingeneral that we forget the most important part of our lives.

I encourage each of you including myself to take a look at what we have and to be thankful for all we’ve been blessed with and to thank God for our lives and for his son Jesus who was born on Christmas Day.  We need to spend time each day in his word and prayer so that God can strngthen us as we live our lives each day.

I know that Christmas is a very special time in my life, but seeing someone come to Jesus is the most wonderful event that can happen.  I have spent time this season in ministries where I have had the opportunity of sharing Christ with others and seeing people come to Christ.  That made the joy bells ring in my heart.  This is Christmas to me.  Just to know that someone else is going to heaven and that we could do something to make their Christmas a little brighter with not only the gospel, but with presents for their children and them, makes Christmas a wonderful event for me.

Lets Let Our Lights Shine This Season.

May God Bless Each of You this Season.

Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 22, 2010

Share the Season


God has given us so much in our lives that we really aren’t able to see just how much we really have.  It has all become second nature to us.  We have come to expect to have a warm house to go home to and food on the table.   We have nice cars and nice clothes.  Our children for the most part are happy and spoiled. 

This year I have come to understand so much clearer that there are people in our community that really don’t even have a place to live or a warm bed to sleep in each night.  I have seen and spoken to many people who have really been affected by the financial downturn of our community.  These are not lazy people.  They are people who have had good jobs and were able to provide quite well for their families. 

As I watched parents come and go in our Toy Store ministry this year and the heartfelt “Thank You’s” that were given for the things that they received, it made me realize that Christmas is not about all the wonderful new gifts that we each receive, it is about giving the necessities to others who don’t have them.  I saw women who were told to get a gift for themselves choose toilet paper, shampoo, dish detergent etc.  This truly broke my heart. They were so thankful for getting each child in their home only 2 presents.  As a child I received many presents. 

We really don’t know how much we really have to be thankful for in our lives.  So as you are opening your presents think about what others close around you don’t have and maybe give something to them.  It will truly bless you heart in ways that are awesome. 

When we have given to someone in need we have done it for our heavenly Father as well.  He will bless you in a multitude of ways and make your path a little easier.

So let’s all Share the Season with someone less fortunate than we are.  God Bless You and have a Very Merry Christmas.

Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 21, 2010

The Christmas Countdown


Christmas is just days away and so many people are out doing their last minute shopping, sending out those last minute cards, moms and grandmothers are making their final preparations for that feast on Christmas day and children are getting out of school and becoming more and more excited each day wondering what is under the tree for them on Christmas Day. 

Let’s think back to that first Christmas Day.  It was a cold night and Jesus mother had ridden a donkey all day while Joseph carefully led the donkey to the city of Bethlehem.  When they arrived there was no room in any inn for them to stay.  Mary was just about to give birth to her baby and really needed a place to rest.  That night she gave birth to Jesus her baby and wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger which was a trough to feed the animals.  The only ones there for this most wonderful birth were the animals in the stable.

He should have been born in a palace and had all the servants and hand maidens to give him care and see that his every need was met.  After all He was the Son of God.  I can’t imagine how Mary must have felt when she held him for the first time and kissed him on the cheek.  She was holding the King of Kings and kissing the Son of God.  No one prepared a feast for them or gave them gifts or even sent cards to them.  It was just the animals who quietly looked on as she cared for her newborn son.

When I think of all the gifts that I have received for Christmas and how excited I was as a child each Christmas day, nothing can even hold a candle to that most perfect and wonderful gift that was given to all mankind that night in Bethlehem. 

God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son for us so that we could have everlasting life in heaven with Him.  What have we done with this perfect gift?  Have we received it and then just tucked it away and know that we are now going to heaven, or have we spent our time sharing this gift with all those we come in contact with on a daily basis?  Only you can answer this question in your own heart.  How much time have we spent getting ready to share this gift with someone?  Only you can answer this.  How excited are we to share this perfect gift with someone?  Again, only you can answer this question.

I have spent time in our Toy Store ministry and also in my church’s Angel Tree ministry each year and this is the most wonderful time for me.  Here I can give this gift to all that I talk with and I can see people come to ask Jesus into their hearts and share in their joy.  This is now my Christmas, sharing the gosple of Jesus Christ with others and seeing them accept him.    Yes, I do have a family that I spend Christmas with, but I know in my own heart that the greatest gift that I can share with anyone is Jesus Christ. 

What will you be found doing during this Christmas Countdown?  Who knows, it could be your last Christmas Countdown.  I want to make mine count for Him,  What about YOU?

Posted by: missions4lifenow | December 19, 2010

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