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Happy New Year!

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HOPE in the New Year!

The year 2011 is officially behind us now.  A brand-new year brings many brand-new possibilities.  It is my hope that you see the hope in this New Year. Whatever happened in 2011 is done.  You may be dealing with some of the same issues, but there is always hope from God, because He can give you wisdom on how to handle every problem.

I found this great chapter in Psalms this morning.  Take a moment soon to read Psalm 86! Here are some great verses from this chapter.

“O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.  Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord; hear my urgent cry.  I will call to You whenever I’m in trouble, and You will answer me.”

                                                                                                                ~ Psalm 86:6-7 NLT

What is your cry for this year? 

How do you want to live differently? 

Call out to Your Heavenly Father,

and He will hear your urgent cry!

My cry for 2012 is to live in closer fellowship with God so I may be more bold in sharing the Good NEWS to as many as I possibly can.  This can be face to face or even through my blog.  I am not the only one with this cry in my heart for our nation and all those around the world to turn to Jesus.   Check out this video on the main page of their webiste at One Cry , and read their blog!

There are other cries in my heart that are more personal.  The most important one is for my fourteen-year-old son to grow close to God and make his faith his own.  I know this is a process, but I pray the process starts this year. Whatever your cry may be to get a job, change jobs, to keep your house from foreclosure, to get out of debt, to feed the poor, to go on a mission trip . . cry out to God, and He will hear it.  I suggest that you write it out, and surrender it to God.  Pray for it daily and watch Him move in your live.

It is my prayer for many of you to join me with the One Cry movement!  I will be writing about the movement as I learn more about it too.  I am thrilled to see there are so many others with the same cry in their heart.  If this is not your specific cry, that is okay.  However, I do pray that you will ask God to burden your heart for the lost.  That is our primary purpose as believers is to share God’s amazing message with all we can!

Please feel free to share your cry.

 I and many others will pray for you. 

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Are You Living with Intention?

 “There are many plans in a man’s heart,

nevertheless the Lord’s counsel – that will stand.”

~ Proverbs 19:21 ~

On the Christian radio station K-LOVE ( I love K- Love by the way!!) in January they were talking about having a  word for the year that would be one you could focus on and ask God to reveal things to You about that word.  I prayed and asked God what my word should be for the year.  One word kept returning to me over and over, INTENTION!  After thinking about it,  I realized I needed that word.  It summed up what was happening in my life as well as what  I needed to work on.

To give a brief history of what God has been doing in my life for the past year is God has give me clarity on the wandering path that I have been on since I graduated from high school.  After trying three different majors, I ended up quitting school for many reasons, but the biggest one was lack of direction.

My plan was to stay home, have some kids, and raise a family and live happily ever after.  Well, life is funny and rarely happens like you think it will.  I worked as interior designer for about nine years.  Then I tried another career option, Life Insurance Sales.

In January of 2010 , I was really questioning whether selling insurance was the path for me or not.  After six months of prayer, I finally got a clear leading as to the direction God wanted me to go.

I am happy to say that path is still being worked out.  In June I am going back to school to complete my degree to teach high school.  There is more to the path that God is laying out for me, but I will share more on that another time.

I decided this year to think, plan and live more intentionally.  These are some of the ways that God laid on my heart on how I can live more intentionally.  I am not doing all of these to the fullest, but I have great intentions!

Are you living your life with intention? 

  • Intentionally seeking GodBy spending time with Him daily.
    • More than a muttered prayer on the way to work.  There is power in prayer.
    • More than that short e-mail devotional.  Really spend time at the feet of Jesus.  You don’t have to sit for long hours reading the Bible.
    • Stop and “Be still and know that He is God.” Ps. 46:10 – Read a chapter and really dig into it.  If all you have time for is a few verses each night or morning then do so.  The point is to spend intentional time focusing on your Savior.
  • Intentionally pursuing ways to share Christ with others
    • Who have you showed the love of Jesus this week?  To a stranger or a friend.  You do this as you go about your day.  Be open to opportunities to share the love of Christ.
    • Who have you invited to church?
    • Who have you prayed for their salvation?  Have you asked them whether or not they are saved?
  • Intentionally raising your children to know God and live out their faith.
    • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Talk to your children about your faith as you go about your day.  At the dinner table or when dealing with a difficult situation.
    • Let your children see that you turn to Jesus when you are hurting and when you struggle.  Let them know that you turn to your Heavenly Father for all your needs.
  • Intentionally working on your marriage and/or family relationships for those that are not married
    • Spending time together with your spouse may be very hard to do depending upon the stage of life you are in right now.
    • It is the big rock theory.  Put the big rock in the jar and the sand will fill around it.  If you put the sand in first, there will not be room for the rock.  The rock representing your marriage.  The sand is all the little things we must do daily.
    • Schedule your time with your spouse at the beginning of the week.  Plan for at least a few minutes of each day alone, and then once a week to have lunch, dinner or some extended time alone.  Does not always have to be a formal date, but time together.  This is one that my husband and I have struggled with for years.  We are working on being intentional about it now.

OR are you just trying to survive?  Life can throw so much at us so fast that we don’t know which way to turn next.

However, if you are living with intention, you will have guidelines for the path that you need to take.  For example, I am intentionally working on my marriage for us to have more time to spend together.  Then I get asked to help with VBS at church which is a five night commitment.

You must know the rest of the puzzle for this to make sense.  I go to school in the morning and work in the afternoon till 5:30pm.  I am a Sunday School teacher for the college and career class, and I like to go to the gym at least two times per week.  I have the gift of teaching, but that doesn’t mean that I must teach at every opportunity.  Not to mention a  family and a home to tend.

The Key

The key is when I am living with intention then that guides all my decisions.  I can gracefully decline to teach VBS this year, because the intention of my life right now is to work on freeing up time for my family and not finding more things to do that take up my time.  God will call the people He needs.  When living with intention, God will guide you where He desires you to go by asking Him for clarity in your direction.  Now it may take months to receive clarity, but keep seeking God and He will reveal His plans for you. Jeremiah 29:13

The list above is merely a guide.  Pursue your Savior with intention and he will show the “how to do” whatever He desires you to do.  We can find many good things to do, but that doesn’t mean it is the best for us right now.

Related Resources:

Other ways to become focused is through discovering your spiritual gifts by working through a spiritual gifts survey.  One that I recommend is on www.Chazown.com through LifeChurch.tv.

Another great resource that I am working through right now is Creating a Life Plan by Michael Hyatt.  Click on the title to take you to the place to download this powerful resource.   You should see a pop up on the screen to download his e-book on this topic.  If not, please notify me.

A great book for women on this topic that helped me tremendously is A Woman after God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George.


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What are we here for? Do you have meaning in your life?

God has given us so many gifts and many people are walking around today just wandering through life.  Most people go to work to pay the bills, come home, there may be dinner as a family or for the singles with friends, and then we may sit for hours watching mind numbing TV to entertain our brain for a few hours before bed.  For those with children your days may be filled with homework, soccer practice, ballet and whatever else we put our kids into help them physically and socially.  For Christians a week of activities may include Sunday morning church, a few come on Sunday night and then there are all the Wednesday night activities for children of all ages.  You may also be involved with bereavement ministries, outreach ministries etc …    But how many people have really sat down and looked at their spiritual gifts?   There are many people who do not think they have spiritual gifts.  They think God must have forgotten them or their past sins are too bad to be used of God.  WOW!!!  People you are so missing out!!!!  God has a gift and a plan for each of us!!!

1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12 are great chapters to read and learn more about what gifts God has given us.  I am going to go over these chapters in my next few blogs.  So please come back to see what you may be missing if you are not sure about your spiritual gifts.

Read 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7 or go to  www.youversion.com to read online from many versions of the Bible –  God has given us each gifts to work out His perfect plan through us.  In verses 4-7 God gave us the best gift to all, which is the power of the Holy Spirit.  However, His plans neither are dreadful chores nor are all Christians called to go and serve in a foreign land all of their lives.  I think many people who know God has plans for them but fear what they may be asked to do and could they possibly achieve anything for God?  God uses our passions and natural abilities for His glory.  Keep in mind natural abilities need training and exercise too.  A musician or athlete with natural abilities is not instantly great.  They must spend many hours training and working on their skills to achieve the level of success they desire to attain.  So why do we expect the Christian life to be any different?

Remember David was chased by Saul  and trained by God for 15 years before he actually became King.  God used those years to show David how to depend on God and not himself as he became King.  Moses wandered for 40 years in the wilderness tending sheep.  However, those were not wasted years.  God was molding Moses to be the man to lead Israel out of captivity in Egypt.  God may not plan for you to be a Moses or a David type leader, but the point is it may take years of molding you and you seeking God to work out His plans.  It is possible you are making little progress or so it seems, but God is working even in the times He does not seem to be leading you.  Open your heart to God today and start seeking Him.  Jeremiah 29:13 says “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with ALL your heart.”

Thank You Lord, that we can freely seek You and express our love for You in this country.  Lord, I seek You today to guide me on the path that You have laid out for me.

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