Are You Working for or Against Your Calling?

 

 Yearly Bible Reading Plans

The most important thing for a Christian to do is to keep his or her relationship with God fervent. The best way to do that is with a consistent devotional life, a life of prayer and Bible study. 
 
You can read straight through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, read it through in order of events (chronologically), or a few other ways, but whatever way you choose - READ THE BIBLE! 
 

 

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Break the Barrier

Luke 12:48(b) NIV From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.   go outside your comfort zone When is the last time you went ballroom dancing, made a speech, learned a new language, took up karate or even cooked a new exotic food? When was the last time you did something out of your comfort zone? The experience was probably frustrating, depending on the difficulty of the task and how far outside of your comfort zone it was. You may have felt insecure, uncomfortable or even ridiculous. If the task was difficult you may have been frustrated at attempting to gain progress. Due to this feeling, chances are you rarely went “outside the box”. I am going to call this phenomenon the Frustration Barrier.   what is a frustration barrier? This is the barrier that keeps you from trying new things and going out of your comfort zone. It is also the same feature that allows you to quit far too early when you don't immediately “get it”. The problem with the Frustration Barrier is that it is usually temporary. Once you change your way of thinking, you can actually start enjoying the learning process, have some fun, and “see results”. More importantly, breaking through this barrier gives you access to a huge amount of personal growth that occurs whenever we do things that are out of our normal frame of mind. If I have found one thing that separates successful people from unsuccessful people it is the ability to handle this barrier. Unsuccessful people give up on it too soon; successful people manage to break through.

break through

Ask yourself, where has the Frustration Barrier stopped you in your life and/or career? How can you now approach those things that are uncomfortable or frustrating to allow yourself to truly enjoy new experience from which growth and success are based?  i have recently discovered that when SO much is demanded of you, it can be highly frustrating. However, when you stop, step back, and breath you can see things clearly. High demand is a great opportunity for high performance. So I encourage you, even as I encourage myself, don't let a little high demand barrier get in your way! Break the barrier with high performance. Go outside the box. Believe me, in the end, you will see results. #NYKE #JustDoIt  


What Gift Have You Prepared?

Psalms 76:11 Make vows to the Lord your God and fulfill them; let all the neighboring lands bring gifts to the One to be feared.
 

what Gift Have You Prepared for Christ?

On Sunday, the congregation was asked, what gift do you have for Christ Jesus?  I then began to think, what gift could I give to the One who gave me life? What could I give to the One who saved my soul and helped me to gain a deeper understanding of the Word of God? This was a hard question at first proposal but after considering it, I realized there were many things that I could give. I could give my time, love, energy, commitment, obedience, praise, my children, grandchildren, and my marriage to Him. So I ask each of you to ponder this same question. What gift and/or vow could you give Christ in this season of giving? It is my prayer that each of you would take the time to consider this question - as there is nothing monetarily we could ever give but what He desires is more of us. Vowing to serve the Lord unto eternity #mothersluv


Do Not Lean on Your Own Understanding

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.  

Don't Lean on Your Understanding

The verse involves a positive–something you must do. But it also involves a negative–something you must not do. Don't lean on your own understanding. Basically, the verse is telling us that we ought not to be self-reliant. We cannot pursue a course of action, a financial decision, a business move, a relationship, or an educational choice, simply based on our own understanding. It must be founded in our trust in God. Self-reliance is such a deceptive trap. We begin to pride ourselves in something–our savvy, our looks, our intellect, our spirituality, our family, whatever. And when we do, it takes away our trust in the Lord. It has become trust in self. The result is a dangerous compromise that will lead to destruction.  

Instead, Acknowledge God. In Everything.

The antidote to this self-reliance is found in the first command of the verse. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Which is developed in the next verse: “In all your ways acknowledge him.” The word “acknowledge” isn't merely a polite tip of the hat to the Man Upstairs, or a few words of grace over your meal, or even perfunctory attendance at church to let Him know we're still cool with what He's doing. It's way more. It's allowing Him access, control, command, and involvement in all your ways. What's the result of this? Will God ruin your life? Will he be a Sovereign Killjoy? Will He rob you of fun? The verse ends on a promise. What is it?  

He will make your paths straight.

The promise is put in the form of a metaphor. What does it mean to have straight paths? Several things. First, paths lead toward an end–a destination, a goal. Thus, trusting God wholeheartedly in every area of life gives your life a sense of purpose and priority. Second, it indicates that there will be a clear understanding of where you are going and what you are doing. It makes daily decision-making an easier and less painful task. You realize you are trusting Him. He, in turn, is making your paths straight. Thus, the way ahead is more apparent. Third, “straight paths” suggests moral purity. It suggests a life that has less of sinful compromise and more of wholesome attitudes, actions, and behavior. That's the kind of life that God promises. It's the kind of life that you can have. It begins with trust. It involves acknowledging God in every way.


Trust in The Lord

It's simple. It's short. Yet it's incredibly powerful. Proverbs 3:5-6 is one of the most familiar passages in the Bible–with good reason. It sets forth a life-changing truth that is worthy of our attention. Spend three minutes reading this article, and see if you agree. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Let's break down this life-changing truth to make sure we understand it.  

Trust in the Lord.

It starts with TRUST. Any real relationship has to start with some level of trust. It's the only way a friendship will endure. It's the only way a marriage will work out. It's the simple reason why an employer hires workers, or why the workers stay employed. It's all about trust. Trust in the Lord, however, takes on an entirely new dimension. This is our trust in an eternal, all-powerful, all-wise, all-loving God. He is worthy of our trust. The trust is important, not just because of who God is, but because of the way in which we must trust him: with all your heart. It involves every fiber of your being. That's the kind of trust we can have in God–a complete, unshakable, deep, abiding trust. If you are a Christian, you trusted God for salvation. You can trust Him with the rest of your life, too–every detail.