Thank you so much for following this blog. Your comments and encouragement mean more than you know. And thanks to you, I have decided to expand my reach so I am revamping my web presence. My heart is still about leaving a legacy – the one God has called us to leave.
In doing that, I am bringing this blog down and moving all the information to my new site. Please go to https://www.wendyrpoe.com and subscribe there.
You will be seeing blogs on faith like you have gotten here and some on family and more on the kinds of fun that inspire me (crafts). So you may learn more than you ever wanted to know about things I like and enjoy!
With that said, why don’t you click on over and see the new and exciting changes! There will be even more changes as we go forward.
Again, thank you, thank you, thank you!
This little artwork is sooooo true, don’t you think? I often wonder how people make it without Jesus.
It’s no surprise when you look around and see people sad, hollow and hurting. So many people we know are trying to live life that Jesus created all by themselves and it was never meant to be that way!
In order to have “life” we must have a relationship with the Creator of life. Jesus provides a Comforter that lives in us to remind us constantly that He (Jesus) will never leave us nor forsake us. Whew! I need that d a i l y!
Next, Jesus calls us to live life in community – with other believers. That’s one of the great things about church! Yes, I know, we believers are the “church” but the other believers that make up our local church become our family; our community. What a source of encouragement for each of us, right?
As Christians, every day should really be SONday. After all, Jesus, God in the flesh, created each day to be lived for Him and we can do that “through” Him. Yes, even believers have times of sadness and hurt, but never hollow because Jesus never leaves us alone. He is ALWAYS with (in) us!
Don’t have another “weak” without Jesus – be strong in the Lord! This week and every week!
I think we all would like to say we are optimists but even the true optimist has pessimistic moments.
If you are a true pessimist then like Chicken Little the sky is always falling. The glass is always half empty… I have certainly known a few people like that, haven’t you?
What about the optimist? Are they the ones who always have sunny skies? The glass is always half full… I’ve know very few of these.
Most of us fall somewhere in the middle. But we tend to lean more toward one side of the spectrum or the other. Have you ever noticed that you will start to think and act more one way or the other simply by who you are around? I have!
So, what’s a person to do? We need to draw close to the ONE who never changes; the ONE who is the Author and Finisher of our faith; the ONE who creates, heals and restores!
Jesus came to give us life and not only life, but life to the full! Abundant life! My how I have to be reminded of that!
Do you want to see opportunity in difficulties rather than difficulties in opportunities? Then change your focus! Focus on the ONE who gives LIFE- Life to the Full!
What sets your soul on fire? What are you passionate about? What do you long to be passionate about?
We all pursue something. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to …”love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength”. Now that’s a great pursuit.
Scripture also teaches us to ask and we will receive. I’m pretty sure if we ask God to kindle a flame in our heart for Him, His people and the lost, He will do just that!
We used to sing a song in Church titled “Set My Soul on Fire”. It talks about asking God to burn His Word deep within me. Isn’t that what we are to do? Don’t you know that what is in the heart comes out?
We should be fearless in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire – Jesus! If we fearlessly pursue Him we will love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength AND we will love others. We will express that love by sharing our faith with those who don’t know our Lord and we will encourage those who do.
Join me in fearlessly pursuing Jesus! We only have one life so live that life of purpose. Choose this day Whom you will serve.
I think it was Jeff Foxworthy with the joke “here’s your sign” or maybe it was an old song. I can’t recall for sure, but we are all familiar with the adage “here’s your sign.”
If you’re like me, sometimes we know what we need to do but we put off doing it until we are absolutely, positively, completely and beyond sure. Well, if that’s you – HERE’S YOUR SIGN.
that there is nothing better for them than to
rejoice and to do good
in one’s lifetime;” Ecclesiastes 3:12
What is it the Lord is calling you to do? Is it a service in some way? Is it to let go of something that you’ve been holding on to …a habit …a relationship …bitterness? Is it to start something new? I know it may seem easy for me to write this when I have no clue what you are going through, but trust me when I say “here’s your sign” applies to me ALL THE TIME!
Sometimes we use that phrase when something funny happens and it just fits. But sometimes I wonder what we’re really waiting for? What am I waiting for? I actually have a couple of things that I’m pretty confident I am being called to do. Do you think God keeps putting people, suggestions and outright signs in my path telling me, yet again, “here’s your sign”? I think He does, but He shouldn’t have to. All of us get trapped in fear at times. Afraid to fail. Afraid of what others will say. Afraid of success…
To you and me, “If you’re waiting for a sign-THIS is IT!”
The artwork above gives pretty sound advice. I’ve heard it said many times that you should only take advice from someone you are willing to trade places with and that is sound in a lot of respects. For example, if I am trying to better my investments I would not want advice from someone who doesn’t have any or if I am trying to understand a nursing concept I should get advice from a nurse proficient in that area.
But the best advice one could EVER get comes from God’s Word, the Holy Bible. Now, you should understand that it may fly in the face of everything you’ve been told by society. Let’s say you want to “become great”. Society teaches us that we must “climb the proverbial latter” and, let’s be honest, you do that by “stepping on heads”.
Jesus said in Mark 9:35 …“If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”
Not exactly what society tells us, huh? Perhaps the point here is to be very careful from whom you seek advice. We are quick to run to someone who will tell us what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear.
If you’re a believer, I urge you so seek out what scripture says when needing some advice. If you just have to talk it over with someone (as we often do), then choose that person wisely. Be sure to seek counsel from someone who is living a godly life – practicing what they preach. You know they will direct you to what scripture teaches, even if it’s not what you want to hear.
But the best advisor is the Holy Spirit who teaches us all things. You learn from Him by consistently studying the Bible. Trust me, He comes through loud and clear when you seek Him.
Life is but a vapor and I am realizing that all too well. This week I turned 50. FIFTY! Did I just say fifty? Oh my, yes I did…ugh 50.
Well, it’s not as bad as it sounds. It was just another precious day on this earth and another glorious day closer to HOME. If you are a believer, you totally understand.
I recently saw this…
While we don’t always get to “just take another shot”, it is pretty good advice. I know that in my half a century, I have learned to “focus on what’s important”. We waste so much time on things of no eternal value that if we’re not careful, we’ll miss things that are everlasting.
Once you learn to “focus on what’s important”, you can truly “capture the good times”. You realize that people are most important and you value the time you have with them. Hopefully, sharing Christ or celebrating Christ with them.
As we know, not all times are good. So when the bad/negative times come (and they will), we need to grow and learn from them…”develop from the negatives”.
Good or bad, we should strive to make our lives count for the kingdom. We know that things don’t always work out, and even though we can’t always “just take another shot”, most of the time we can.
Thankfully, we serve a Savior Who is the Redeeming God and His mercies are new every morning – so try again…and again…until He calls you home.
Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. James 4:14