Friday, August 31, 2012

Who Am I?

Who is God? 
Creator (Genesis)
God (Psalm 46:10)
The Word (John 1:1)
Father (Romans 8:15)
Friend (John 15:15)
Savior (John 14:6)
Present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1)
Refuge (Ps 46:1)
Strength (Ps 46:1)
Shepherd (Ps 23:1)
King of Kings

                  Who am I?  

New Creation (2 Cor 5:17)
Heir of God through Christ (Gal 4:6-7)
God’s Child (John 1:12)
Adopted Child of King (Romans 8:15)
God’s Friend (John 15:15)
Justified at peace with God (Rom 5:1)
I have access to the Father (Eph 2:18)
Joined with the Lord (1 Cor 6:17)
We are weak, He’s strong(1 Cor 4:10)
Bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
I have redemption & forgiveness (Col 1:14)
I’m complete in Christ (Col 2:10)
I’m free from condemnation (Rom 8:1)
I know all things work together for good (Rom 8:28)
I can’t be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
More than a conqueror (Rom 8:37)
I am established, anointed, sealed (2 Cor 1:22-23)
I am hid with Christ in God (Col 3:3)
 I’m confident that God will complete the good work in me (Phil 1:6)
I’m a citizen of heaven (Phil 3:20)
I’ve not been given the spirit of fear but of love, power, sound mind (2 Tim 1:7)
I can find grace and mercy in time of need (Heb 4:16)
I am the salt of the earth (Matt 5:13)
I am the light of the world (Matt 5:14)
I am God’s temple (1 Cor 3:16)
I’m a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor 5:18)
I’m an ambassador for Christ (2 Cor 5:20)
I am God’s Co-worker (2 Cor 6:1, 1 Cor 3:9)
I am seated in heavenly places (Eph 2:6)
I am God’s workmanship (Eph 2:10)
I can come to God with freedom and confidence (Eph 3:12)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Do You Feel Qualified to Serve God?

Do you feel qualified to serve God?  Do you want God to use you and your testimony to help others?  Do you want to do more for God?  Do you not know where to start?

Where to start: Get saved!  Write down your testimony.  FROG (Fully Rely On God).  He has given us everything we need for life and godliness. 2 Peter 1:3

You have to be FAT (Faithful Available Teachable)  
Faithful: Attend church regularly, get involved, be faithful at your job and home and w/ responsibilities-this builds you a good reputation ex. Numbers 12:7, Col. 1:7 (Moses and Epaphrus were faithful)  1 Cor. 4:2 (steward of the mysteries of God) Luke 16:10 (faithful in little) 1 Tim 3:11 (requirement for deacons wife) Prov 11:13 (concealeth matter) Prov 13:17 (faithful ambassador is health), Prov 14:5 (won’t lie) Prov 20:6 (hard to find) Prov 28:20 (abound with blessings)

Available:  To God and To Others
To God: Exodus 3:1-4 Moses and burning bush: When the Lord saw that Moses stopped what he was doing, made himself available, and turned aside to see then God called him…Moses said Here am I…Be Surrendered and willing for God use and He will equip you (Ex 3:10-12)
To others:  be a loving friend (faithful though who spreads no gossip)(Prov 17:17) be a praying friend (Eph 1:15-16), call and text/ facebook encouragement to each other (Eph 4:29 and 4:32

Teachable: don’t think you have arrived at godliness, beware of pride Prov 16:18 (pride comes before a fall), 1 Peter 5:5-6God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble-teachable, Romans 12:2 (be transformed/teachable by the renewing of your mind), there’s always room for improvement

Sunday, August 12, 2012

It's Okay To Cry

As a Pastor's wife sometimes I think that the church members should think that I am perfect.  This weight is put on a lot of preacher's wives.  It is hard to carry at times.  Yes, we should be a godly example to others and live above reproach but we should not lead them to believe we are perfect.  This creates discouragement in them thinking they can never attain "godliness".  You must use discernment and be led by the Holy Spirit to know when to share the REAL struggles of your life with others.  For example, last week I was really struggling and I was about at a breaking point so I asked the whole church to remember me in their prayers that week.  The very next day I could already tell people were praying for me.  Even the following few days since then I still feel the prayers!  It was a wonderful thing to experience that I would have missed out on if I did not let them see my weakness.  I think I would still be in a struggle now if I did not ask them to pray.  This morning as I sang a song about Jesus keeping me safe til the storm passes by I could not hold back the tears...I thought about the storm Jesus had just brought me out of and He HAD kept me safe til it passed by...I was so thankful for the Lord's goodness and for the saints prayers!  Here are the lyrics to that song for your encouragement:

"Out on the waters, storms raging high, the waters around them they were trouble that night, fear filled their hearts they felt they would die, they failed to remember that the Master was nigh.
He spoke the word and winds all stood still, even the waters they obeyed His will.  He calmed their storm just like He will mine if I just remember He lives deep inside.  
So why should I worry, why should I fear, when the very same Jesus He is always so near.  He lives in my heart He hears when I cry, I'll call on His name til the storm passes by.
We read in the Bible when He walked with them, He brought light to the darkness when the way grew dim.  How great it would be to have His footsteps in mine and walk with the Master all of the time and when sickness comes and my body's in pain all I have to do is call on His name...
So why should I worry, why should I fear, when the very same Jesus He is always so near.  He lives in my heart He hears when I cry, I'll call on His name til the storm passes by."


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Is Dating a Priority?

I can't wait to go on a date with my husband (sometime-hopefully soon)!  Our two day vacation together spoiled me and now I want to date him more frequently!  I know some couples who faithfully go on a date night every Friday night.  We are not that disciplined.  Sometimes we get too busy or too tired or don't have extra money for a meal and a babysitter.  Sometimes when it is time for our date I would rather stay home and take a nap or catch up on things around the house, but I go anyway and it turns out good.  We must be diligent to protect our marriage and to help it thrive.  It is YOUR JOB to make your marriage a priority.  Don't expect other people to make your marriage a priority.  They will try to fill your calendar up with everything that's good and fun but sometimes you have to say NO for the greater good of your marriage and family.

So look at your calendar and plan a date with your spouse and enjoy it!

Date Ideas:  Bowling, picnic, arcade, mall, movies, long walk, a new restaurant, ice cream, double dates, driving around, drive to the place you met or married or went to college

Monday, August 6, 2012

Marriage Tip

My husband and I have been married almost 8 years and have 3 kids.  Several people have shared with us that a married couple should get away overnight (just the husband and wife) at least once a year.  We went on our first 'getaway' last week and it was wonderful!  We left the kids with their grandparents and I did not worry about them at all (although my husband called them 5 times the first afternoon!) 
The reason we had not gone on an overnight trip in the past is because I was always nursing a baby who would not take a bottle.  Then we didn't ever seem to have extra money to spend on an overnight date.  We did not place it as a priority in our time or our budget.  However, I would encourage you to talk to your spouse about placing this as a priority in order to have a wonderful marriage.  As time goes by and you have more kids and go on less dates you NEED extra time together.  You need to remember how to connect and communicate and laugh and flirt and play and have intimacy with no kids around to distract or take the attention off of eachother.  One day you will have an empty nest with just the two of you and you will be glad you still enjoy your spouse:)