When We Get Offended

May 22, 2020

I recently spoke about how so many people are living offended these days.

 

A few weeks ago, a book I wrote, Moving Forward, was released. I wrote the book because if there were one thing I could share with you, it would be the principle in this book. One thing that can keep you stuck is unforgiveness, carrying an offense.

We live in the age of offense.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines an offense as something that outrages the moral or physical senses.

It is an emotional response – one that initially we can’t help but feel. Someone may have said or done something to hurt us or perhaps neglected us somehow, and we got offended.  

Sometimes, if we don’t have anything to be offended at, we will be offended on behalf of other people.

 

Luke 17:1 (NKJV)  

Then He (Jesus) said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come!

Jesus knows we will all get offended, but we...

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Closet Organization

May 01, 2020

One thing I can say about being home a lot; you cannot ignore the things you have put off any longer.

For me, I had all of these little projects, things needed to be moved, cleaned out, cleaned off, and rearranged. I could no longer walk by, procrastinate and say, “I’ll do that later." I had to live in it all day, and it started driving me crazy.


If every time you walk into your office, it's a mess and chaotic, or you open a drawer or closet, and your mind goes to what you need to do to clean it up, and it stresses you out, your peace is being stolen.

A cluttered house is a cluttered mind.

Barbara Hemphill says, “Clutter is postponed decisions.”

So I did a brain dump. That is when you write down everything you have ever thought needed to be done. You then prioritize these projects. Which one do you want to be done first? Maybe you pick one that is easy to get done, so you have quick success. Then you can check it off the list. I love doing that!

Here are the...

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Fun Ways to Connect With Your Kids

Apr 24, 2020

Don’t Miss the Videos at the End!

 

How do you connect with your kids?  It doesn’t happen automatically. You have to be intentional to make it happen.

 

Proverbs 22:6  

Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.

Another version says to train up. 

 

Covid-19 has us in our homes with our families and for many of you, homeschooling your kids.

With that in mind, a question I have for you is, how are you directing or training up your children?  

 

Are you training them to laugh and have fun or to be stressed out?

Are you directing them to be fearful or to trust God?

Are you teaching them the Word of God or the world’s ways?

Are you blessing them or cursing them?

Do you speak life and potential over them or do you speak death?

 

None of us are perfect parents. Matt and I are not, but we can stand on the truth that we gave them Jesus.  And he is pursuing them,...

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Don't Lose Your Joy

Apr 17, 2020

 

Do you feel like life is never going to get back to normal? 

I know it won't go back to exactly like it was before because we can't go back and undo COVID-19.   However, I am ready to see friends and be able to go places. I'm ready to go to church again and meet people in person for a coffee.  I'm ready for family get-togethers and trips to the mall.  You get the picture!

In the Bible, there is a prophet Habakkuk who was complaining and questioning God because He was allowing the Babylonian army to take over God's people.   Things were changing and chaotic.  

Habakkuk doesn't like how things are going, but in the end, he affirms that even though life is hard and getting harder - he will choose to rejoice in the Lord. 

This verse is Habakkuk's prayer and reminds me that even when life doesn't go my way, I can choose to keep my joy. No person or situation can take that from me.

Habakkuk 3:17-19

Even though the fig trees...

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Family Time

Apr 10, 2020

In this season of 2020, let me encourage you to not despise being together as a family. See it as an opportunity to connect and grow closer to those that will always be in your life.  Take time to pray, read the Bible together, laugh, have fun, make memories and show your kids how to live in the joy of the Lord.

 

If you’ve never had intentional family time together and prayed together, it might sound overwhelming or at least a little awkward, so let me encourage you to do it awkward!  It will become a new normal and something your family looks forward to.  

 

Here are some ideas for ways to have family time:

  1. Give each family member a day to lead family time. You can do it around a meal or before bed. 
  2. Let them pick a worship song to sing and a verse to share.  Youtube has lots of great videos with words on them so you don’t have to be musical. 
  3. Have each family member share a high and a low that they are feeling. (There...
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It's Ok to Not Be OK!

Apr 03, 2020

 IT IS OK TO NOT BE OK!!

We were not created to be isolated, so that is why this season of COVID-19 is so hard.   

The Bible actually warns against it: 

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  Ecclesiastes 4:12

 

Do you feel like you are being overpowered?

 

This week I have felt the feeling of - I'm not ok. 

So I stopped and thought about my actions and evaluated what I was feeling.

Here are some things I discovered:

 

1. There is a grieving process we have to allow ourselves to go through.

Things are changing and we will never go back to the way it was.  Sometimes that is a hard reality. It is like 911 only more far-reaching around our world.  Our world did change after 911. It never went back to what we knew.  

However, change can make us stronger and better.  

I did a sermon at one of our Sisterhood Nights and I talked about change and...

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Leaving Egypt (COVID-19)

Mar 26, 2020

As I write this blog we are in the middle of Covid-19.   All over the world, schools and businesses are closed, people are fearful, and the future looks bad.  We are having to meet on zoom calls and stay 6 feet away from each other and quarantine ourselves.   

President Trump has called for a day of prayer. United714.com is asking that we pray twice a day all over the world.  We are believing that we will be able to have church together for Easter.  (That would be a huge miracle.) 

As I thought of this scenario, it reminded me of the children of Israel.  They were in bondage and wanted to worship God together. They wanted to leave Egypt and go to the desert to offer sacrifices to God.  Psalm 105 summarizes the story.

Just as they were in bondage and wanted to go and worship God, we are in lockdown and we want to meet together to worship God, especially on Easter.

Psalm105

37 Then He brought Israel out with silver and gold. And...

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TWO Ways to Take Care of Your Heart

Mar 13, 2020

The book of Proverbs is known as a book of wisdom.  In chapter 15, it gives us wisdom on how to take care of our heart.

The Hebrew understanding of "the heart" included the emotions, but it also involved the mind, the conscious and the will.  It means everything that is going on inside of you.  

The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked.
Who really knows how bad it is?  But I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives.  (1)

Only God sees and knows the heart of every human being. (2)

We don't even know what all is in our hearts and therefore, we don't know all that we are capable of, good or bad.  However, in Proverbs 15, it does tell us 2 things we can do to take care of our hearts. 

1.  Seek knowledge.  

Do you seek knowledge or do you wait for it to come to you?

Do you have a strategy or game-plan to help you seek knowledge?

So many people just go through...

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Can Numbers Cause You to Sin?

Mar 06, 2020

Did you know that "numbers" can cause you to sin?   At least that is what happened to King David.

Now, hear me out... don't stop reading!

Satan was able to use numbers or the counting of people to cause David to sin.  Satan can do the same thing in our lives.

1 Chronicles 21:1  Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census.

Taking a census, counting people, is not sinful in and of itself.  However, when David went to count people he was replacing trust in God with statistics.  

21:10 David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.”

How many times have numbers caused us to distrust God and what He has to say to us and about us?

  • The number of likes on social media.  We can get our self-worth from numbers, not...

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Test Your Words - How Did You Score?

Feb 21, 2020

Which of these phrases sounds more like you?  There are two phrases with each number.  I want you to print this off and highlight or circle the phrase that most sounds like you.   

  1. Remember that I’ll be praying for you today.  Or, hope you have a good day.
  2. I love spending time with you. Or, how long is this going to take?
  3. I really want to hear what you have to say. Or, are you through talking, I have something to say.
  4. Jesus loves you and so do I.  Or you say nothing, you hardly ever, if ever, say I love you.
  5. You’re such a problem solver!  Or, here let me do that, you're not doing it right.
  6. I’m proud of you and who you’re becoming.  Or, you can't do anything right.
  7. You are God’s workmanship.  Or,  you are a mistake.
  8. Our family wouldn’t be the same without you. Or, you are the Blacksheep of the family.
  9. You inspire me in so many ways. Or, you don't motivate me, I have to do things myself.
  10. ...
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