If God Can Call Paul…

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 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 NKJV

Paul the apostle, who wrote most of the New Testament.  Who was imprisoned for his faith, died because he was a follower of Christ.  This man would not be silent about the redemption He had found in Christ, and the simple fact that all need Jesus.

But Paul wasn’t always “Paul the Apostle”.  In fact, he wasn’t even always Paul.  Before the road to Damascus, he was called Saul.  As mentioned in 1 Timothy, quoted above, Saul (later to be called Paul) was formerly a blasphemer (to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred: to utter blaspheme blaspheming against God), a persecutor (to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief), and an insolent (insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct; overbearingContinue reading “If God Can Call Paul…”

She Put Her Baby In a Basket… In A River

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In the beginning of the book of Exodus we read of the absolute horror of what the king has decreed.  He wanted to destroy the Israelites.  He wanted to wipe out the male babies.  He first ordered the Jewish midwives to deal with the “problem” as he saw, but this heinous king didn’t know who he was messing with.  No.  It wasn’t going to be that easy.  The midwives feared the Lord and would not do this awful thing, and so he had to do it through ordering that the babies be thrown into the river.

As I write that, my heart breaks and my stomach wants to expel the lunch that I ate with my own two year old son a few hours ago.

What kind of heartless, horrible, savage man was this awful king to make such an order?  He was evil.  Unbelievably evil.

Why?  Why did he want to wipe out the Israelites Continue reading “She Put Her Baby In a Basket… In A River”

Am I Okay?

Do you ever wonder if you’re really okay?

Are you actually spiritually unbelievably passionate for the Lord or are you just a bit more than others?

My husband and I listened to a message by Francis Chan this week where he shared about this and I think we are both still rocked by it.

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Am I actually okay?  How willing am I?  We live pretty simply, at least to me, but I do like my home.  I like our new (to us) vehicle.  I like our Hazelnut Vanilla Coffee we have every morning (had to go there).

Do you ever catch yourself wanting more?

Wanting that new vehicle?  Wanting that Continue reading “Am I Okay?”

Worry is Not Faith

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Matthew 6:34 Amplified Version
“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Picture me singing, “FREEDOM!!!”

Think about it.  All the cares that are on your shoulders.  Now read Matthew 6:34 again.

Of course, we need to prepare for things.  My goodness, my husband has been working 5+ weeks out of town, and I made a decision… I wanted to try as much as possible to continue on with our regular routine even though he was away.  Ben is a very involved husband and father, his presence is missed in so many ways when he has to work out of town, but I knew that this was something that would be good for us.  Routine helps all three of us.

I didn’t know how we would do it, but you know what?  We did it.  I don’t know how.  Except that with the strength of the Lord we got through.

And choices.  Joy is a choice.  Peace is a choice.  And no excuses…  except Continue reading “Worry is Not Faith”

If You Are Called, You Can Do It

God will never give you more than you can handle… or at least He will never give you more than you can handle with Him on your side.

But what about when we  take things on that we are not called to?  And then there are other times when we walk right on past the things we are called to.  We need to seek the Lord, know His heart, and make it our own.

You have a calling, reader.  So do I.  Are we doing what we are called to do?  Are we busy with the right things?  Or are we just busy?

But it’s so hard.

But I’m so busy.

But I’m so tired and worn out.

I get it.  I’ve been there.  Seriously, Monday I was there.  I had to remind myself to rely on the Lord – and that He does not Continue reading “If You Are Called, You Can Do It”

Just To See Him

I was praying this morning for a word for you, readers.  I didn’t want to write a post just for the sake of getting my weekly post up.

So this is for someone out there.

The Lord brought me to 1 Timothy 4.  I love this whole chapter.

1 Timothy 4:12-16 NKJV
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.

Paul was telling Timothy that he was not too young to be called by God, to be CHOSEN by God for a purpose.  He challenged him not to neglect the gift that was in him.

You are called.  Don’t neglect the gift that is in you.

And that’s what I believe the Lord gave me for you today, friend.  You are not too young, too old, too uneducated, too ________________ (you fill in the blank).  You have gifts inside you – are you using them for His glory?  Are you walking in your destiny?

I absolutely love love LOVE verse 12.  “Be an example to believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”  In what way does that challenge you?  What example are you setting?  Are you ruled by the flesh or by the spirit?  Are you walking in love, in faith, in purity… are you conducting yourself in a way that brings glory to Continue reading “Just To See Him”

Tired of Tired | Changing Your Thinking

I’m tired.  And I just realized I say it too much.

I realized it because my four year old keeps telling me he’s tired.  (I don’t really think he’s all that tired, especially at 10 am, ya know?)

I’ll ask him to do something and he’ll say, “I’m too tired”.

Uh huh.  Sometimes I feel my kids are like a mirror, or a recording device playing back to me what I’m saying.

He’s hearing me talk about it.  Cause, boy, you just ain’t that tired.

So, something’s gotta Continue reading “Tired of Tired | Changing Your Thinking”