I sometimes find it amazing how everything continues to change and evolve. Even though we don’t really like change, no one cares because life continually evolves and we are forced to change – whether we like it or not. This is a season of change for me and I’m trying not to buck against progress (smile) and embrace all of the wonderful things God has in store for me if I will just trust Him in this season. I can even sense the great blessing that is in store for me yet I find myself a bit hesitate to jump in the boat and set sail. Are you in a season of change like me? What we can be sure of is His guaranteed return for our meager investment of trust! His promises are the only sure thing we can count on and we should never hesitate to change directions if we know that is His Will for our lives. I think I’m going to take that boat trip now. Come on…..Come on……He’s a guaranteed investment and we can’t lose betting on Him.
Each year, I approach Ash Wednesday and the Lenten Season as a time of serious, character-building, soul-searching, come-to-Jesus-and-tell-it-all opportunity. Time just seems to fly by with all of the responsibiities of just living but each year I have become more and more determined to slow it down and reflect. This season has been really good for me because I’ve once again discovered a new reality that I can simply step into if I choose another path. There are so many things in my life that I can simply do without. As I fast from some things that I really love, I’m finding it much easier than I thought to do without. So, I pray that I’m pruning for a new leaf and new bud that can be of help to my Christian Walk and in the life of someone else. Join me as I reflect on who I really am and who I should be. Pull out your mirror. It’s time to let some things go……..
I find it amazing the lengths that certain people will go to get their hands on money! Even in the Body of Believers, we find those who really seem to believe that God is mocked – that you won’t reap what you sow! But I truly believe that if we spend our God-given time here on earth chasing after those worldly things as non-Believers do – then we are simply choosing to waste our time here on earth. Time swiftly passes and as we get older we realize that those things that make us happier have nothing to do with money. You really can’t buy love so why jeopardize your time here and your guaranteed reward in Heaven for a few crumbs. We can have the entire cookie if we choose to love
Him with all of our heart because there would be no room in our hearts for Greed!
Of course, its December 13th and I’m barely aware that the Christmas Season is quickly approaching. I have too much work to do for shopping. I say that every year but now that my children are young adults and the desire to make this time of year special for them, I find that I’ve lost all interest in the commercialism of the Season. There is one thing I am excited about! I’m finally getting old enough to really appreciate the opportunity to focus on the virgin birth and the blessing of the birth of Jesus, Our Christ! As I bow my head to pray daily, I find myself uttering ongoing thank you’s to The Father who decided to give us His ONLY Son that I might even have the right to speak His Name. The gift of Jesus is the Only Real Reason to Give! Each opporunity to give to someone less fortunate or simply someone we love can only be an expression of the Blessed gift we were given 2000+ years ago. I praise God for allowing me to live long enough to understand His Purpose and His Vision for my life. I will only give to others to glorify Him, not myself for truly Jesus is the Only Reason to Give!
Have you ever been in a season where it seems you are getting blessing after blessing and you are wondering how is it possible that flawed and challenged me could continue to be so blessed. I have always been a recipient of far more blessings than I could have ever asked for or thought of. The few times in my life when I have been fortunate to be in one of the seasons when the Lord decides to just pour out gifts on me that I surely don’t have room to recieve, I remind myself that the only reason I’m so surprised at His generousity is because I constantly underestimate just how good, loving, and forgiving He really is. When we think about His ultimate gift of His only Son and His continual patience with us when we know we are plain wrong, its clear His capacity for love is far, far above anything we could ask or think. As we develop as faithful stewards, let’s remember that biblical stewardship requires sacrifice and long suffering. We should practice giving to our church and others as if we are constantly reminded how good He is to us. While we are in the season of “more than enough” let’s share with others and be generous in our dealings. To whom much is given, much is required…..Be generous in all things!