Thursday, April 28, 2011

God's Mind Over Matter

Have you ever thought about mind over matter?  I’m not talking about the whole telekinesis thing where you try to move or bend things with your mind without touching them.  What we’re talking here is this.  If you don’t mind something in your life it really doesn’t matter.  If you don’t mind that annoying person at work, it really doesn’t matter that they are annoying.  
If you don’t mind where you are right now in life, it really doesn’t matter.  If you don’t mind the kind of person that you are, then it really doesn’t matter to you.  But, let’s be honest.  We do mind about a lot of the things that we try to push to the side of our lives.  And, even if we try to push them out of our thoughts day to day, they really do matter.  Did you know that we are created to care about things?  We can’t help it.  But sometimes we can get overwhelmed as our thoughts begin to be dominated by painful and difficult circumstances.  We can begin to care too much.  
In those moments, it is important that we remember that the Bible says that we can cast all of our anxiety on God because He cares for us.  When we take our cares to God, he will take care of them for us. The reason that he does this is because you are always on His mind and you really do matter. 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

God's View

You may feel that the only time God is pleased with you is when you’re doing “spiritual” activities— like reading the Bible, attending Church, praying, or sharing your faith. And you may think God is unconcerned about the other parts of your life. Actually, God enjoys watching every detail of your life, whether you are working, playing, resting or eating. He doesn't miss a single move you make.

- Rick Warren

Friday, April 22, 2011

Stations Of The Cross

Jesus is condemned to death

Jesus carries His cross

Jesus falls the first time

 Jesus meets his mother

 Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross

 Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

 Jesus falls the second time

 Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

 Jesus falls a third time

 Jesus’ clothes are taken away

 Jesus is nailed to the cross

 Jesus dies on the cross

The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross

 Jesus is laid in the tomb

Jesus rises from the tomb

One man suffered for the sins of all, that they may be forgiven. let’s try to find it in us to forgive and let go…
When I saw Jesus at the cross, I grieved and cried, “Who nailed HIM?” but I was shocked when I turned and saw… the hammer in my hand. 


Photo Credits: Google

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Feeling Empty?

That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Ephesians 3:16-19
In one sermon, D.L. Moody held up a glass and asked, “How can I get the air out of this glass?” One man shouted, “Suck it out with a pump!” Moody replied,“That would create a vacuum and shatter the glass.” After numerous other suggestions Moody smiled, took out a pitcher of water, and filled the glass.“There,” he said, “all the air is now removed.”
He used this simple demonstration to explain that living a victorious life is not accomplished by “sucking out a sin here and there,” but by being filled with the Holy Spirit.
Later, he said, “I believe firmly that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will fill every corner of our hearts. But if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God. We must be emptied before we can be filled.”
Let’s begin emptying ourselves today! We need to be filled with God’s Spirit so that we can be empowered to do great things!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

God Won’t Ask

God won’t ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove who didn’t have transportation.
God won’t ask the square footage of your house, but will ask how many people you welcomed into your home.
God won’t ask about the fancy clothes you had in your closet, but will ask how many of those clothes helped the needy.
God won’t ask about your social status, but will ask what kind of class you displayed.
God won’t ask how many material possessions you had, but will ask if they dictated your life.
God won’t ask what your highest salary was, but will ask if you compromised your character to obtain that salary.
God won’t ask how much overtime you worked, but will ask if you worked overtime for your family and loved ones.
God won’t ask how many promotions you received, but will ask how you promoted others.
God won’t ask what your job title was, but will ask if you reformed your job to the best of your ability.
God won’t ask what you did to help yourself, but will ask what you did to help others.
God won’t ask how many friends you had, but will ask how many people to whom you were a true friend.
God won’t ask what you did to protect your rights, but will ask what you did to protect the rights of others.
God won’t ask in what neighborhood you lived, but will ask how you treated your neighbors.
God won’t ask about the color of your skin, but will ask about the content of your character.
God won’t ask how many times your deeds matched your words, but will ask how many times they didn’t.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Virgin Girl

I got into a debate today, well mini-debate. It was about the average age people lose their virginity. We both agreed that it has become prevalent to do so at too young of an age. These are sad sad facts. Children these days are bombarded with insecurities and malformed morals due to the influence of the media and the like.

"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body," 
(1 Cor. 6:19-20).

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

God is Always there for You

Got this off Tiffany Howard’s blog. She’s a woman of such great faith. Anyway, despite having read this before, it is still so very comforting, and tears welled up till now. May someone else find comfort in it too(: God Bless! 

You say: “It’s impossible” 
God says: All things are possible
(Luke 18:27)
You say: “I’m too tired” 
God says: I will give you rest 
(Matthew 11:28-30)
You say: “Nobody really loves me”
God says: I love you 
(John 3:16 & John 3:34)
You say: “I can’t go on” 
God says: My grace is sufficient 
(2 Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: “I can’t figure things out” 
God says: I will direct your steps 
(Proverbs 3:5-6)
You say: “I can’t do it” 
God says: You can do all things 
(Philippians 4:13)
You say: “I’m not able” 
God says: I am able 
(2 Corinthians 9:8)
You say: “It’s not worth it” 
God says: It will be worth it 
(Roman 8:2)
You say: “I can’t forgive myself” 
God says: I Forgive you 
(1 John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: “I can’t manage” 
God says: I will supply all your needs 
(Philippians 4:19)
You say: “I’m afraid” 
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear 
(2 Timothy 1:7)
You say: “I’m always worried and frustrated” 
God says: Cast all your cares on ME 
(1 Peter 5:7)
You say: “I don’t have enough faith” 
God says: I’ve given everyone a measure of faith 
(Romans 12:3)
You say: “I’m not smart enough” 
God says: I give you wisdom
(1 Corinthians 1:30)
You say: “I feel all alone” 
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you 
(Hebrews 13:5)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Love in the Eye of the Children's

Actual Children’s Answers to The Question “What Is Love?”

“Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.” - Chrissy, age 6 

“Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.” - Terri, age 4

“Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.” - Danny, age 7

“Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing, you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that. They look gross when they kiss.” - Emily, age 8
“Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.” - Bobby, age 7
“If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,” - Nikka, age 6
“Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.” - Noelle, age 7
“Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.” - Tommy, age 6
“During my piano recital, I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.” - Cindy, age 8
“My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.” - Clare, age 6
“Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.” - Elaine, age 5
“Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Brad Pitt.” - Chris, age 7
“Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.” - Mary Ann, age 4
“I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.” - Lauren, age 4
“When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.” - Rebecca, age 8
“When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.” - Karen, age 7 
“You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.” - Jessica, age 8


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