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Your Story His Glory

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We all have a story to tell.

When we look at ourselves, we don’t always see a “story”.  But Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).  I am so thankful for that!

Have you ever been struggling with something and then be talking to someone about something else and the conversation turn?  In that conversation, you find that the person you are talking to has struggled with the very thing you are and they tell their story.  You attentively take it in.  Suddenly, they stop talking, look directly at you and say, “I don’t know why I just told you all that.”

But you know why.  God had sent them your way because you needed to hear their story. You needed to be reminded that you are not alone.  You are reminded that God is with you, just as He was is with them – just like He said He would be.

I remember when our ladies class started at my Church.  There were new wives and moms to women with great grandchildren in that class.  Every week one of the “wiser” “godly” women would invariably tell something about their home life and I would think, “Thank You God, there is hope for me.”

People need hope today more than ever.  Your story may be the very thing that gives someone a glimmer of that Hope.  So don’t be silent.  Tell people how Jesus has brought you through. Let God use your story for His glory!

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Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

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DIY Craze

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If you have access to HGTV, you know there is a real “do it yourself” or “DIY” craze these days.  Well, I’ve joined the band wagon.  I have a lot of old outdoor furniture that we have enjoyed for years.

As you can see above, the sun, wind and rain have certainly tarnished my furniture.  But they all still sit well and serve their purpose.  I think I have about 25 seats in total, counting chairs and swings that are on my deck.  (10 of the, now, blue chairs and 5 of the, now, black chairs are complete as seen above.)  I also have 6 chairs with cushions that a friend just made slip covers for in a fabric of gray and blue. (I forgot to take before and after photos of those, but they look great!)

When it’s all said and done, my new old furnishings will be black, blue and gray. The umbrellas which I purchased last year for the tables are the same shade of blue as the blue chairs. Exciting!  And, yes, I will show the final “After” picture in a week or two.

As exciting as it’s been to see my own DIY projects transform, I can’t help but think about the transformation Jesus makes in our lives.  Thankfully, the changes He brings is from the inside out.  He doesn’t just “paint over” the old you to make you look better; He creates a new you when He gives you a new heart filled with the Holy Spirit!

The change Jesus brings is even more refreshing than my newly painted old furnishings.   Jesus makes a radical, lasting change when He creates you anew.

If you’ve never experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ, you can right now.

The Bible says, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”    Romans 10:9-13 (NASB)

If you just prayed and received Jesus as Lord, congratulations!!  You have just made THE most important decision of your life!  Welcome to the FAMILY! Now, TELL someone,  start reading the New Testament in the Holy Bible, join a Bible believing church and be baptized.  Baptism is publically telling the world that you have died to yourself and are now raised in new life with Jesus Christ.

If you have already been made new, take a minute and thank Him!

Blessings to you, Wendy

P.S. My favorite version of the Bible is the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

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Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son’s yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you’ve ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I’m not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can’t seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but…well…let’s not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don’t we?  Just when you think you can’t take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God’s beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever…The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  The ‘Word of our God stands forever’. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!

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Sometimes We Just Need a Hand

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Remember as a child when you just needed your parent’s hand to not be afraid?  I do.  In first grade, I was terrified of my French teacher.  He was huge (to me).  He had a deep resonating voice.  Well, he was just plain scary to me.  After a couple of horrific days of French class, my mom had to go to school with me. After she sat in class and made me participate in French with this giant man, I wasn’t afraid anymore.  It’s so funny now because after her coming to school and holding my hand through that class, I loved French!

I can’t remember much French all these years later, but I remember needing someone to hold my hand.  And her doing that was a game-changer for me.  She gave me strength – hers- that helped me get through something frightening to me.

Jesus is just like that.  He gives us strength – His – so we can get through life.  Times when we are frightened and times when we think we can’t go any more His strength will sustain us.

He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power.           Isaiah 40:29

I’m so thankful that my LORD and Savior does that for me!  I honestly don’t know how folks without Him make it.  If you are a follower of Christ and find that you could really use a hand, reach out to Jesus.  He is holding you already.

If you don’t know this Jesus that I talk about, He’s the Creator of the universe.  He’s the only God and He is reaching out to you – just say “yes” to Him and He will take your hand now and for all eternity.

Blessings, Wendy

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Church – more than a building

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I recently read the book, Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis. They remind us that we are called to live out our faith everyday just like the early believers in 1 Peter. Ever since Jesus walked the earth, believers have been pushed to the margins of society.

The early church faced daunting persecution, as believers all over the world are facing today; and yet, they lived out their faith everyday. Near the end of the book, the authors ask and answer questions as to whether or not we have what it takes to live as God’s people.  Yes, we do.  Through our faith in Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit, we have what it takes.

“Do we have the imagination to be what we can and should be as the people of God? Do we have the desire to be the people of God together on mission? Can we move beyond church as a weekly service and become a community that shares life and mission? Can we be a people for whom church and mission are our identity rather than occasional events? God gave His Son and sends His Spirit so we can be His people and live as His people.” (Everyday Church by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis)

In a post-Christian society, people do not come to our church events all that much just because we ask them.  No longer does the Bible carry weight for society as the moral, ethical and evangelical standard of authority.  Times have changed. And so must we.  No, the gospel message will never change, but we can no longer passively invite people to come to church and expect to see souls saved.  We MUST LIVE IT.  Loving people, helping people, encouraging people and telling people the GOOD NEWS of CHRIST everyday.

Yes, we still need church meetings to strengthen and encourage believers so we can serve and share everyday.  It needs to be part of our fuel but service is outside the walls of the church building.  WE are the CHURCH and WE must be telling the world about Jesus or how will they come to know Him?

America has been blessed for so many years because our founding fathers built our country on Christianity.  However, America has changed and is changing.  Do you find yourself more and more on the margins of society?

The authors remind us that from the time Jesus walked on the earth, Christians have been pushed to the margins of society – persecuted for the faith.  And, they remind us that it is during those times that the gospel is spread the most.

“But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;” 1 Peter 3:15

Believer, you are here now for this time in history. Are you ready?