Monday, October 20, 2014

Scripture Study Printables-Week Two





{To print this memory card, click here}

Our Scripture study this week is John 10:10.  I believe this verse is so important, especially with all of the scary things going on in our world and country.  Satan would love nothing more than to get us in such a tizzy that we fail to look to Jesus.  Jesus has promised us a life of abundance when we place our eyes and hearts on Him.

Jesus guarantees His loves a life full of abundance when we rid our hearts of lies and walk fully with Him.  I'm excited to see what God does to our hearts this week as we gather at His throne and become more confident of the lives He longs for us to have.

Won't you join me this week in memorizing this verse and integrating it fully in to our lives?  Oh the joy that comes from studying God's Word!

The printable study sheet involves a series of heart questions that will cause you to rid your heart of the thief's lies and grab fully on to the life Jesus desires for you.

{To print the worksheet, click here}

I hope you have started a folder for the worksheets so that you can easily refer to them.  Remember to keep the memory verse printable with you at all times.  The more you repeat it, the faster it will attach itself to your heart and mind.

Praying for all you to feel Christ's abundance this week.

In love-








Thursday, October 16, 2014

Standing up for Jesus


Something has been weighing on my heart so heavily lately but I haven't spoken or written much about it.  Honestly, I was afraid of offending people.  I pray each morning for Jesus to break my heart for what breaks His and I can tell you with confidence that He certainly has.

I have decided to take a stand for Jesus.  I am choosing to stand firm in my faith and my love for Him.  It's time to care more about offending Him than offending people. 

My stand is against the practice of homosexuality.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Don't you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God's kingdom?  Do not be deceived:  No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or anyone practicing homosexuality, no thieves, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God's kingdom.

That's a pretty hefty list of sins, don't you think?

If you read through them, you will only find one that society celebrates and tells us we should tolerate.

In all of the sins listed I have only heard of parades, flags, Disney days, etc. for homosexuality. 

The definition of tolerance is "a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one's own" {www.dictionary.reference.com}

I have searched and searched the Bible and cannot find one single Scripture that tells me to have a permissive attitude towards a sin.  In all honesty, I don't think we are suppose to be ok with sin.  Doesn't that take away from Jesus dying for us?  Isn't it a slap in His face to sweep sin under the rug and tell Him to chill out about it? 

{Click here to read an article from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association about tolerance.}

I have, however, found numerous Scriptures that instruct me to love EVERYBODY. God has given me a heart filled with love for people.  If you know me personally, then you know I speak the truth.  I am the kind of person who will compliment (not flatter), help, and love all over someone regardless of color, socioeconomic class, etc.  In no way whatsoever am I calling for a rise up against people.  I am calling for a rise up against sin.  Those are two totally separate things.

Honestly, I completely believe those who call themselves Christians should be loving all over people who identify with homosexuality.  Aren't we suppose to be living lives that mirror Jesus?  We are suppose to be stepping out in society sharing His love with ALL people.  When we throw hate, we turn people away from Jesus. 

Recently I was asked, "You are a sinner.  Don't you want people to be tolerant of you?"  My answer was a definite NO.  I don't want people to be tolerant of my sins.  I want people to speak to me in love.  Love is not always fluffy and feel good.  Love is about truth and wanting what is best for a person.  If I am walking in sin, I want those around me to talk with me about it.  If I get mad, then the nasty sin of pride has reared it's ugly head.

I live in Houston, Texas and our mayor is openly gay.  In the past week, she has called for various pastors around our city to hand over any sermon notes/sermons that speak out against homosexuality or her.  If they do not, she will hold them in contempt of court.  {You can read about it here.}  Thankfully the pastors are not hiding behind closed doors, they are standing up knowing Jesus is right with them.  One in particular said that he has been called to speak the truths of Scripture, not cower to intimidation.  Good for him.

So-
I'm standing up for Jesus and calling for prayer for those who are living in homosexuality.  As  Christians, it is time to get back to openly and honestly serving and loving Jesus.  We have to stand firm in our faith and our belief in the Scriptures.  If we truly believe the Bible is the Word of God, then we have to take Him at His word.  We can't treat the Bible like trail mix and pick and choose what feels good to us. 

Stand firm in love for Jesus and all people.  Are you willing to love Jesus and people enough to speak truths and not hide behind political correctness? 





How sure are you??








{To print this card, click here}
Are you confident that Jesus loves you?


Beyond a shadow of a doubt sure?


Lately I have heard more than a few people state that it is easy to pray for others, but when it comes to praying for themselves it is awkward and just doesn't feel right.


When I first heard people stating their trouble, I was troubled.  You see, I talk to Jesus all of the time.  I certainly don't think I'm better in any way-please hear me say that.  My heart aches for anyone who feels unworthy to be transparent with Jesus.


I began to ponder this because it was so heavy on my heart.  What causes someone to doubt their worth so much that he/she feels so uncomfortable asking his/her Maker for guidance, help, or just a shoulder to cry on?


What traumas have hearts received that have caused them to hide from the One who sees their beauty, potential, and worth?


I know exactly what traumas - they are called life.  Life can be paired with rejections, harsh words, loneliness, betrayals, etc.  These things lead straight to feelings of unworthiness.


We begin to walk with less spring in our step and put on protective gear.  We may smile and appear to have it all together, but our insides are crumbling. 


I can write all of this because this used to be me.  I can identify with feelings of great unworthiness and loneliness.  I can relate to feeling like Jesus doesn't see me with my head hung low and tears streaming down my face.


We believe the lie - You aren't worthy.  We buy into the if only statements.
  • If only I were a size_____.
  • If only my parents would have loved me.
  • If only I hadn't repeated the same sin over and over.
  • If only I didn't fall to sexual sin when I was younger.
  • If only my marriage hadn't ended in divorce.
  • If only I were able to have children.
  • If only my spouse loved me.
  • If only my spouse wouldn't have had an affair.
  • If only I hadn't lost my job.
I could keep this list going and going, but you get the picture.


So here's the thing -
God does NOT see us the way we see us.  He sees a beautiful person whom He planned before He created the world.  He loves you with a heart bigger than our human minds can imagine.  He turns His back on sin, but please hear me when I say -HE DOESN'T TURN OFF HIS LOVE.


Below I have listed Scriptures for you to think upon, pray upon, and store in your heart as truths.  If you struggle with your worth, please copy these and speak them over yourself often.  Jesus gives you His words to wash you in His love.  Take them in and become what they promise.


Isaiah 43:1 - Do not fear, I have redeemed you, I have called you by name; You are Mine.

Romans 5:8 - But God demonstrates His own love for us in this:  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us {you}.

Zephaniah 3:17 - The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.

Psalm 46:5 - God is within her; she will not be toppled-


Hebrews 4:15-16 - For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin.  Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

Lastly, I heard something from a Beth Moore teaching session that has changed my heart towards God's love for me.  She stated that when she talks to Jesus, she no longer says, "I love you" to Him.  She now says, "I love you too" because He first loved her.  Isn't that beautiful??  It has changed the way I know He sees me.  It confirms to me that He does love me. 


Look around at all He has placed before you and know that He did it just for YOU.


Sending you all my love through this post-
xoxo

Monday, October 13, 2014

Printable Scripture Study-Week One

If you read my post earlier today, you saw that I am starting a Scripture study on my blog.  Each Monday I will provide a worksheet to help in the memorization of a particular verse.  You can click here to see that post.  I'm pretty excited about it!! :)


Click here to get the printable worksheet for week one. 


Here is what it looks like:

Scripture Study Printable-Week One

I think it is so important to study and memorize Scripture.  It helps us grow in our relationship with Christ.  Also, as we experience life, various Scriptures that we've attached to our hearts will come to mind.  They help us celebrate joys, encourage others, and walk through valleys. Scriptures have become so precious to me.


I want to share my love of Scriptures and provide a worksheet each Monday to help in the memorization and study of God's Word.  The worksheet will provide a Scripture and a series of questions so you can dig deeper into your heart and application of the verse.  I would suggest that you create a notebook so you can easily refer to the worksheets. I will also provide a printable with just the verse on it so you can keep it with you at all times. You can practice reciting the Scripture throughout the day until it has attached itself to memory.


The more we dig into God's Word and crave to know Him deeper, the more blessed our hearts are.  I am excited to begin this journey and I pray that our hearts move towards Him every week.


****I was so determined to get this posted today, yet I am having a ton of trouble trying to figure out how to turn it into a printable for you guys.  If you'll bear with me, I promise to get it right.  For this week, you will have to copy and paste it and then print it.  I apologize for the trouble, but I am beyond anxious to get this started!****





Scripture Study

{WEEK ONE}

Philippians 1:27 – Live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Write it…

 

Pray it…{Ask Jesus to give you wisdom to live for Him completely.  Confess that you want Him to convict your heart of things in your life that aren’t worthy of Him.}

 

What ways can you apply this Scripture to your life?

 

What does it mean to live a life worthy of Jesus?

 

What things do you need to get rid of in order to fully live in a manner worthy of Jesus?

 

****END OF WEEK****

How did you feel Jesus speaking to you this week in regards to this verse?

 

This verse is meant to bring freedom, not condemnation.  As you move to a new week, continue to grow in freedom and walk in joy with Christ.

 

Write it from memory…

 

Write out a prayer…

Friday, October 10, 2014

I'm stepping out-


Our children look up to us to teach them how to do life.  Their little minds are grasping everything we do and say.  They are watching the world and watching what we do with it.  It is up to us to teach them about Jesus, not with words but with our lives.  These two things can be so contradictory.

It's not just our children who look to us.  If we refer to ourselves as Christians, there are many people who notice our every action, reaction, and words. 

Titus 2:3-5...Older women are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not addicted to much wine.  They are to teach what is good, so they may encourage the young women to love their husbands and love their children, to be self controlled, pure, homemakers, kind, and submissive to their husbands, so that God's message will not be slandered.

I often pray for Jesus to break my heart for what breaks His.  I want to be fully aware of the world I live in.  I don't want to just do this life easy, I want to do it right.  I want my children to rise up and call me blessed {Proverbs 31:28} and I want Jesus to look at me each day and say, "Well done my good and faithful servant" {Matthew 25:21}.

As I have prayed this prayer, I have noticed my heart opening to realities and tragedies that I once just glanced at.  As I have become more aware of life, I have become more aware of my children and those around me really watching me. 

Jesus has entrusted much to our hearts.  What will we do with the knowledge and wisdom? 

Many, many, many things of Jesus are not politically correct.  It's time to decide if we want to be politically correct or Jesus correct.

Yesterday I heard a radio talk show host discussing the fallout of Christians.  He stated that numerous people would rather fall in line with the norm rather than speak out for Jesus.  Sadly, I believe him and even more sadly I can say that I, too, have been a bystander in that line at times. Convict my heart Jesus-

The talk show host asked a question to his listeners that really struck a cord with me.  He asked, "If you knew you would die tomorrow, how would you truly honor Jesus today?"

Wow-that question caused me to dig deep and examine my day to day life.

So I'm stepping out.  I no longer want to live life safely.  I'm making a conscious decision to stand for Jesus in all that I do.  I no longer want to be quiet when I should be loud.

May my children and all those around me see the fire in me placed there by Jesus - always and forever. 

Won't you join me?  It's a wild and crazy ride, but so worth it to fully and truly know Jesus and live for Him.

Hebrews 10:22...Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith-

xoxo




 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

In Defense of Beth Moore & Others





Zecharaih 7:9, 10b - Make fair decisions.  Show faithful love and compassion to one another.  Do not plot evil in your hearts against one another.


When our daughter was little, she would look up at us with her beautiful brown eyes and say, "I don't get it."  I loved those moments of innocence and trust.  She felt she could truly tell us when she didn't understand something.  There was no need for her to mask her confusion. 


I feel a bit like my daughter right now.  I just don't get ugliness, unkind words, and the joy some people get from hurting others.  It baffles me-


I certainly don't claim to never have hurt people.  I feel awful when I do and think about it for days. 


The thing that troubles me is when people hurt others knowingly.  Or when people use unkind words without regard to how it will cause others to feel.  I just don't get it-


I am currently involved in a Beth Moore Bible study.  As I was reading through my homework, I had a question that I wanted to research on the internet.  I typed in my question and was astounded at what appeared on my screen.


There were a number of websites speaking ugly about Beth Moore, her beliefs, and her overall style.  I was horrified and immediately my heart felt badly for her.  Many of the articles, blogs, etc. were written by people who claimed to be Christians.  {I have no way of knowing someone's true heart.  That, thankfully, is between the person and God.  However, I used the word "claimed" because someone who is truly trying with all of their might to live for Christ does not purposely use spiteful, mean words.}


Here's the thing - I do get a great deal from Beth Moore studies.  I can relate to her passion and love.  However, that is not why I am so extremely bothered by this.  I am bothered because when did it become ok to trash another person??


I get not agreeing with someone.  That is a personal opinion.  What I don't get is the crude manner in which these words were written.  There are a number of Christian teachers I do not relate with.  I am not a fan of their teaching styles, etc.  But why on earth would I write about it??  What purpose would that serve??


Isn't it just internet gossip??


This whole thing started my brain on a journey of thinking how common this can be.  So many examples popped in to my mind. 


Recently, I was checking Facebook and came across a post of someone bashing someone in our community.  The name was not used, but the exact moment was shared.  Sadly, there were many comments in support of the post-er.  I couldn't help but think how mean it was.  What purpose did it serve??


Just this morning I was looking on Pinterest for a recipe I had pinned.  I was going to throw it in my crockpot and began reading through the recipe.  It was pinned from a blog and the woman that wrote the blog had edited the post and added that she was horrified at all of the nasty comments that came in over the recipe.  It was for Jambalaya for goodness sakes!!  Apparently, people were bashing her because the recipe was too watery and true Jambalaya is not.  Seriously!?  What purpose did the rude comments serve??


One year, someone I know received a birthday card in the mail.  The family that received it had  recently begun eating even healthier than usual.  The card was so rude and passive aggressive that it was unreal.  It had Jesus on the front and His disciples making fun of various forms of healthy food.  On the inside it stated, "Stay away from haters" or something to that effect.  Again...what purpose did it serve??


Words, whether written or spoken, can really hurt someone.  I think we must think before we speak or write something.  The basic question we must ask ourselves is - Does this help or hurt?

If there is ANY chance at all that it will harm someone don't say it, write it, or send it in a card. 


We have to examine our hearts and our purpose.  If our purpose is not lined up with Jesus, we should not do it.  Period!


Matthew 15:18 - But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart -