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JESUS!

Jesus is in my heart.  When I say the name of JESUS, I’m talking to Jesus.  I’m not just saying the name, “JESUS” to be saying it.  I do sometimes say it out of exasperation, but it’s as a help.  Like, JESUS please help me!  He is always there.  He’s always close, because He DOES live  within me.

I hear people saying that name just to be saying it.  Jesus is neither sitting beside them, entering the room for them nor do they show the fruit of Him living within them.

YET, they say His name!  That is MY FRIEND.  He is my blessed assurance… Jesus is mine!  They do not need to call on His name unless that is what HE is for them.

We can all call the name of Jesus.  I know this.  I am not saying I do not want to share Jesus.  On the contrary!  I want to share Jesus with everyone!  I want them to be able to say that name with true meaning, not flippantly like I hear it being used so many times.

JESUS!  I love You!  JESUS!  I need You!  JESUS!  I want to live for You!  JESUS!  I thank You for dying on the cross for me!  JESUS!  I thank You for being there when no human can or will!  JESUS!  I praise You for providing me with grace and hope.  JESUS!  

 

That pencil.

  God provides us with so many things… He provides us with so many things we take for granted.  We are blessed. It’s a given we don’t think about as much as we should. 

A friend recently told me about how God gave her a pencil. This might seem kind of silly to some, but God provides for us all the time and in this instance, it was something as simple (yet huge) as a pencil. 

Here’s part of her text:

Just got back from walking. As I was walking I was studying my notes that I am using today to speak… God gave me something to say in the notes but I had no pen. I said “God I need you to give me a pen to write that with.” I kept walking and was going to take the shortcut home so I could write it down and not forget. Then I stopped and turned around. Everything in my spirit said “don’t take the shortcut.” I obeyed. As I was walking there was a sharpened pencil on the side of the road. I would have missed it if I’d taken the shortcut!!!! Thank you Lord!!!! This has happened to me before and he provided a writing pen in road.

My response:

Again… HE BLESSES YOU!!! Can I write a blog about that story?

What do you need? Have you asked Him for it?  Is it something huge and you are thinking there’s no way it will ever be your blessing?  Maybe you’re thinking a pencil is not a very big item and why would God provide me with something more than that?  

God can! Keep praying. Keep your focus on Him. Perhaps your exact request will be granted … Or better yet, God will bless you with exactly what He knows you need!

I pray for this specifically and praise and thank Him for that pencil. 

Minion quotes 

Some of these have me laughing so hard!

   
    
    
    
   

Ain’t no polar bear!

I ain’t no polar bear!  
(Our preacher’s message today sparked this.)

I never want to be a cold Christian!

When I was up in the choir loft today I almost giggled out loud looking at some of the stern faces in the congregation. I know not everyone can smile all the time, but I must admit it amazes me that those who are in church can look so sour. 

We are free! 

We are redeemed!

We are so very blessed and we can come and worship with our family in Christ … 

That is definitely something to SMILE about!

The preacher said something about the “charismatics” scaring us away from the true message of God in his message this evening. Are we worried about looking too crazy? Or even radical? *gasp*

I believe sometimes we are so scared of what someone thinks about the way we worship God that we don’t smile, we don’t say Amen and we don’t get excited!

WHY?!?

Perhaps I’m too excited.  

Maybe I’m a little coo coo.  

I know some people can’t handle my energy at times. (I get it… It’s annoying)

BUT why should I EVER be less than excited about Jesus?  He SAVED me! That is more than EXCITING!

Don’t hold me back!

I should show my excitement about what Jesus does for me–no matter what people may say or think!

I know this. 

So I shall continue to be on fire for Christ–

I ain’t no polar bear!

10,000 steps

Where would 10,000 steps take you?

10,000 steps is my daily step goal.

That seems like a big number, but it’s only around 5 miles.  I have short little legs so it’s prob closer to 4 than it is 5.  Either way, that 10,000 number seems big until you convert it. I mean, look at all those zeros!

Even so, where can we go in four miles. Four miles is nothing to really scoff at for a short legged walker like me. For a walker of any type I would think it’s not a bad trek. For a runner I guess it is not real far.  For a driver, it’s nothing, especially if you live in a big city and commute many times that number to work. 

So back to my question… Where can 10,000 steps take you? 

At work, It takes me to the office and back about 100 times a day.  

Really though, that’s not my goal or my point here… 

We need to be taking steps for Jesus.  

I wonder how many steps he took in his lifetime?  How many did he take on that road to the cross? I know, I know, I won’t really be worrying about those numbers when I get to actually see Jesus one day but for now, I can wonder.  I can! 

Let’s take our steps with intent.  Let’s take our steps with a mission in mind.  I know leisurely strolls are nice or walking around the house in the evening to get to that step goal of the day is necessary sometimes like it was for me tonight.  I had 150 to go so I swept the house a few times before I got my PJs on. Ha! 

Let’s put one foot in front of the other, moving forward to the goal while we work to get all those we can to walk with us!  Jesus did Easter so we could walk freely with the dwelling of the Holy Spirit.  AND so we can be in paradise one day. (AMEN!)  Let’s use those 10,000 steps to help others see Him. 

Help others. Put others first. Love one another. Show people you love you love them. Show people who are hard to love LOVE ANYWAY.  Step out and step boldly for the cause of Jesus Christ, because in the end, the amount of miles you made aren’t really going to matter…it’s the direction you were going with each step you take. 

Where are your 10,000 next steps going to take you?

Done us wrong…

When people done us wrong…

We want to kick and scream and holler and maybe even cuss. Perhaps even physical violence becomes part of to mix. (Ew) 

Drama! Strife! Anguish! Why do we as humans allow this type of junk to litter our lives?  If we aren’t directly in it, we like to watch it a lot of times.  We are so weird!

And hey, we always want to be called the victim, but how can we when we do the same thing back to the person who done us wrong? 

Yes, I know, they started it, but why must we continue it?  This continuation reminds me of a kindergarten recess fight… 

“She started it…”

“He started it…”

How about we finish it!?!

And I’m not talking about punching someone’s lights out. 

I’m talking about walking away. 

Praying. 

Don’t allow the person to continue their tirade of insanity. 

Don’t allow it to consume you.  

EASIER SAID THAN DONE, I KNOW. 

BELIEVE ME, I know. 

But in order for peace to become evident, 

in order for good fruit to become priority…

We must not allow those who “done us wrong” to turn us into the same thing they are.  In the Bible it says, we will end up consuming each other. How crazy is that!?!

“For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:14-15‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Love each other. We must especially above all love those who done us wrong. 


“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Amen. 

RADICAL?

Are you over the top about something?

Do you consider yourself obsessed with a habit or tradition?

Do you call yourself a radical at all?

A lot of us, in fact, MOST of us would never use the word radical when describing ourselves.  Radical is one of those words used for bad stuff.  Radical people are way over the top, beyond the point of turning back on some issue and/or what we believe to be just totally crazy.

Within the last month or so I had a friend of mine compare my religion with another religion and say something like this…a Radical Muslim is basically the same as a Radical Christian.  They believe intensely about their religion.

Hmmmm… I am scratching my head even now thinking about this.  Really?

I’m not going to expound on the Muslim side of this.  I am pretty sure we all know what a Radical Muslim is most about.  Even those (and especially those) of you who are reading this that are perhaps Muslim, know what a “Radical Muslim” stands for.

Go Google it if you aren’t completely sure.

A Radical Christian, on the other hand, is nothing like that of a Radical Muslim.  A Christian who is sold out, over the top, crazy about Jesus is Radical about one main thing.  This ONE main thing is LOVE.  A person who is truly a Radical Christian is all-in for Jesus’s message which is only of love.  Jesus came to wipe away our sins.  He came to save us–all of us!  He came for those needing Him which is everyone.  He came in love, to sacrifice His very life for others.

That is what we are all to emulate, match, copy, imitate…

THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST.  Did he only love His family and His friends?  Naw.  Did He only love the rich people and those in power.  Not at all!  He loved all… even those trying to find wrong in Him–He wanted them to repent.  He wants all to repent and be saved.  He’s RADICAL about it even!  How much more radical can you get by hanging on a cross and becoming a sacrifice for our sins?!?  Seriously?

I know being a “Radical Christian” is most all the time frowned upon by this society as a whole. Being a RADICAL anything is looked at as a negative.  I say, trying our hardest to be as Radical as a Christian we can be…ONLY MEANS to show as much love to all others as much as we possibly can–ALL the time, no matter what we are doing, or where we are.  Will we ever actually be able to call ourselves RADICAL CHRISTIANS?  (I sure wish I could wear that title all the time!)

I do know this for sure though…

A Radical Christian is absolutely nothing like a Radical Muslim.

Don’t believe me?  Research it.

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