Thursday, February 27, 2014

February: The month I learned to do

My Word for 2014 – do

Proverbs 16:3
Commit to the Lord everything you do. Then your plans will succeed.

Two months – poof – gone. I’m pleased to report that my word do keeps me doing. I've done. 

I did February rather well.

My relationship with the Lord is at a new level since I committed to spending quality time in silence, listening and practicing contemplative player.  I’ll write more when I process it.

My writing is doing well. But I’m in a season of reading, studying and allowing the word of God to soak into my soul, thus I've only taken notes that are not yet blog posts.

They are churning in my soul. I do want to intentionally keep God at the center of my life.

I added several books to my Kindle this month. I recently discovered Henri Nouwen and I can’t get enough of his writing and sermons. 

I do love reading.

This month I returned to my ministry with the ill. Can’t even begin to describe what a privilege it is to do what I get to do to let others know there’s a God who cares. I've had several confirmations that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

The decluttering project continues. Each week I commit to doing a small declutter job. I can see the difference in the kitchen and utility room. Do is good.

I attended the funeral of a beloved family friend who died unexpectedly this month. He was young and a beloved friend to many of us. I saw many people I hadn't seen in years.

Death is no respecter. Do the things you have to do.

Say the things you have to say. Love like there’s no tomorrow as my friend Karen told me before she passed away last year.

It’s been a strong February.

Do is good. 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Following Jesus is for sinners, unbelievers and those who aren't perfect. – Matthew 9:13

Matthew 9:13 Go and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy and not sacrifice.’ (Hosea 6:6) I have not come to get those who think they are right with God to follow me. I have come to get sinners to follow me.”

Good sermons have a way of piercing hearts. 

Andy Stanley’s Follow, Pt.1 Jesus Says sermon made me examine my heart in a big way. I suggest that you listen to the podcast because the message is good for nonbelievers, but especially amazing for those of us who love the Lord.

Andy’s key points:
ü Being a sinner is a prerequisite. The only people who resist Jesus are those who "think" they are fine. Be careful! There’s no sin, addiction, illness or sin situation that puts you outside the Lord’s circle.
ü Being an unbeliever doesn't disqualify you. None of the Lord’s followers believed for several years. He chastised them several times.
ü Following Jesus is purely an invitation to relationship. Rules don’t make a relationship. God’s kindness leads us to repentance.
ü Following Jesus forces me to think of where I am on the journey rather than to judge where you are.

You are invited to be a follower. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

The most powerful way.

1 John 2:17 And this world is fading away, and these evil, forbidden things will go with it, but whoever keeps doing the will of God will live forever. 

What we say or don't say has eternal signification to those around us. Sure it's easier to be ignore or turn a deaf ear to popular culture. When we don't take a stand again forbidden "things" we basically go along. 

God is holy. He doesn't change his mind. You and I will see His face someday. 

I want to live forever.

The most powerful way you can influence people is to lead them closer to Jesus. 
     ~ Dr. Charles Stanley