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"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

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The road less traveled – living intentionally

The road less traveled – living intentionally

“I took the road less traveled and it made all the difference.” Robert Frost. Take the road less traveled. Live your life intentionally!

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I saw the sign

I saw the sign

God shows up in a number of ways, we just have to be open to see it. And, sometimes if you are like me, you reflect back and start to realize that God never left. He even used the brightest of lights to get my attention.

Giving Jesus the Right Place in Your Marriage – Start Marriage Right

Giving Jesus the Right Place in Your Marriage – Start Marriage Right

When Jesus is our everything, we are freed to truly love another because we don’t need anything in return. Sit with that statement a moment. Read it over two or three times.  Allow it to sink in. What would happen if we simply made Jesus our everything, and then rested in Him? If we were…

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Tell them I love them – God

Tell them I love them – God

Tell them I love them… Yesterday I was feeling a little under the weather so I slept in for while. I was so dead asleep that I did not even hear a single knock at the door. I found out later that someone had knocked. I […]

Faith Hope Love

Faith Hope Love

“For now, we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” 1 Corinthians 13:12-13 (NIV)

Happy new year! What is your resolution?

Happy new year! What is your resolution?

It’s January 5th and I’ve yet to say Happy New Year, or boast about my New Years Resolutions. I have never really placed much emphasis on resolutions, because in my opinion they are a bit of a waste of time to dwell on.

Resolution by definition, is a decision to do, or not to do. To solve a problem in your life, or simply go for a goal you have been putting off. I’ve heard it said, “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the PRESENT.” I am not entirely sure who wrote that, since many people have quoted it, but it is such a true statement. We do not know what tomorrow brings, so how can we plan out our resolve for the entire year?

Hamlet said, “To be, or not to be, that is the question.” I believe a good resolution is to simply “be”. To be in the moment, treasure it, and make the most of it. I have a habit of making super long to do lists each day, and with this comes much stress. I find that if I make small reachable goals each day, and then learn to find the beauty in each day, I am happier for it. Rome wasn’t built in a day you know ….

Most resolutions people make are very specific in nature. Things like – I am going to lose 25 pounds this year, or get that big promotion. Most times this leads to disappointment because we put a lot of pressure on ourselves to conquer this resolution, rather than take small goals to make each day better. How about replacing the specific with, “I am going to start being more aware of my diet each day, and walk as much as a I can, to be healthier.” Eventually things work themselves out.

I am not saying we should not make goals. The bible says that without vision the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18) We have to have a purpose. Everyday is a gift in itself, so do not be discouraged if you do not meet your goal right away, or if you slip up and it takes years to achieve your goal. Simply make small reachable goals along the way, and enjoy your journey. Make today the best day you can, you never know what tomorrow will bring. There are many blessings to be had aside from our long to do lists. God is always doing new things in our lives, but sometimes we are too busy to notice them. The Lord gave me this verse for the year. In a sense He was telling me to slow down and be more observant because He has something wonderful to show me, regardless of how bleak life’s circumstances can sometimes seem.

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) 

Sometimes our circumstances can seem like a death sentence. Like thick ice on a once beautiful tree, can make spring seem like an eternity away. But under that ice was once a beautiful tree. Sometimes when the sun shines on the ice covered tree, it can appear so beautiful. We know that eventually, with patience, spring will return. Sometimes looking forward to a dream, is more fun than actually reaching it. Hold onto whatever vision God has given you, it WILL come to pass.

God is telling us this year to have faith. Faith doesn’t say that our circumstances will immediately improve, but that God will bring us THROUGH our wintry hour, into the next season of our lives, much stronger and wiser than before. There is a time and a season for everything in our lives, we just need patience to walk through them, and realize blessings through each season. (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

If it was summer all of the time in Canada, I would probably take it for granted. I would never have known the fun of playing in the snow while I waited for summer to come back. We would never know true victory, without first having to go through a battle. So this new year, I resolve to have faith in my journey, and treat each day as the gift that it is. There is no perfect time to start a resolution, and it’s never too late to have faith. Happy New Year!

The Ministry of Presence

The Ministry of Presence

When someone is going through a storm, your silent presence is more powerful than a million, empty words. – Thelma Davis

Keep calm

Keep calm

“All this I have told you so that you will not fall away.  They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God.  They will do such things (Sin) because they […]

The definition of Integrity

The definition of Integrity

Pebbles

Pebbles

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” Ezekiel 36:26 One of my favorite pastimes as a kid […]


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What’s love got to do with it?

What’s love got to do with it?

Tina turner said, what’s love got to do with it? Well Tina, Everything! Love never fails.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13 

A little boy went to his mother with a list.  He wrote of all the things he had done that day, and for each thing he did he requested payment. It went something like this:

  • I cleaned my room, so you owe me $1.00
  • I got excellent grades on my report card so you owe me $2.00
  • I helped wash the dishes so you owe me $1.00

In total you owe me $4.00

The mother smiled, turned around the list and wrote something like this:

  • I carried you in my womb for 9 months, you owe me nothing
  • I feed you every day and care for you, you owe me nothing
  • I have loved you all the days of your life you owe me nothing

In total you owe me nothing.

I was watching Joyce Meyer and she preached on something like this, and it really stuck with me. Because isn’t that the way of the world? We love on condition. Basically saying, if you do this for me, I will love you. It is the biggest difference between worldly love, and Godly love.

All the world really needs is love but should it come as a cost? No. Love is unconditional there is no other type of love. This little boy had in him the worldly type of love, because that’s what we are born into and conditioned to.  This is the nature of sin, so it takes God to turn it around and show us what Love really means.  Some Christians even think that in order to receive God’s love, we must do something for Him first.

Jesus died on the cross because He loved us first.  He didn’t say do something for me first and then I will save you, and love you. He died, not because we did everything right. He died for us, because He loved us PERIOD. (1 John 4:19)

When you come up against something like this, the best response is to show that person love.  Sometime we teach people how to treat us. So it’s best not beat them down or hurt them.

1 Corinthians 13 talks of what Love is in God’s eyes. Too many divorces happen because we expect something in return for Love, and when we don’t get what we want, we go looking for someone that will give it to us.  Love is not a business exchange, it’s a freely given thing.

“Marriage is like an empty box, it remains empty unless you put in more than you take out” – Unknown

1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part,  but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.  When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.  For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”