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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sometimes it can appear as if God is doing nothing. It can seem as though He is asleep at the wheel, gone out to lunch or even on an extended vacation.
Good thing we are not saved by what “appears” to be so or what things “seem” like.
The Word of God clearly states that God is a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps. He is always in control and fully aware of what goes on in the lives of men – especially those who belong to Him. Don’t allow the enemy to fool or deceive you with that “where is/was God” crap.
Friday, November 7, 2014
I especially dislike the whole K.I.S.S. maxim ("Keep it simple, Stupid"). For one, I don't like being called stupid. But, I have other reasons. Let me explain.
Sure, it is best to keep things streamlined, but this is not a universal law. Recently, someone at work asked my advice on creating training. My response was to start with the end in mind. For example, write 3 learning objectives outlining what trainees should learn and what competencies they should cultivate. Another colleague chimed in and said “Oh, just keep it simple”. In my opinion, this person was advocating for the ever so famous “shoot from the hip and hope for the best” approach. *Ugh* This approach rarely works and when it does it is more of an emotion-rooted experience than a learning experience.
But, that’s me talking shop talk. Now, let me return to the subject.
The “shoot from the hip” activities may be “fun”, but often miss the mark. As ministry leaders, we are sometimes guilty of this, but that’s another blog most as well. Think about it. Any success is the end result of several smaller successes. For example, if you attend a wildly successful event, more than likely people worked very hard behind the scenes to bring it to pass. I’ll bet people worked in teams to plan execution. They likely discussed many elements of the events and sent dozens of emails. There was a plan, a process.
To further illustrate this point, think of a Christian you admire. I’m sure their Christian witness is the result of many smaller processes. They spend time ready the Word. They may read books about the Christian walk while transforming and renewing their minds. Prayer is probably a huge part of their maturation process. They likely “soul trained” as illustrated in my favorite book of the moment, “ "The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows” by James Bryan Smith. My cousin and mentor, Eileen Epps Hamilton introduced me to this book. Check out her blog, "In the Word Ministries: http://itwministries.org/
All this to say: yes, life can be simple. But, it only looks simple to those experiencing [or benefitting from] the end result. What do you think?
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
"Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."
Corrie ten Boom
(She was a great Christian whose family helped many Jews escape the holocaust. Her quotes are profound and cut cut through logic, natural wisdom into seep into your soul to illuminate God's divine wisdom and promises.)
Be blessed and trust God with the future, Godsy Girl.
Friday, August 1, 2014
Friday, June 20, 2014
If you are in charge of training deacon's wives, I'll bet you have!
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
"To rob God of nothing; to refuse Him nothing; to require of Him nothing; this is great perfection." Jeanne Guyon
Yesterday, I met with a sister I love. I asked her as I often ask those I care about, "what is God saying to you in this season?" She made me answer first. I shared that God is calling me back to the basics of my spiritual walk. Before the stuff, before the distractions [were allowed to be distractions] and before the "noise" of my current life season. He's beckoning me back.
In the end all that matters is our relationship to Jesus Christ. Nothing else really matters, ya know? My prayer requests don't matter, my personal "little" ambitions are of little significance. My earthly positions are trash in comparison to the love, fellowship and will of my Savior.
The basics....just He and I. Like worship with no music.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
|Wrong life seasons just don't fit.|