Christianity, Devotional, Encouragement, Evangelism, Inspirational

A Season Of Celebration

I want to first take the time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and just in case I am not able to a Happy New Year! Christmas time across the world is a time for celebration, love, presents, food, and gathering. We look forward to giving as well as receiving. It’s a time for families to gather near and far. But this year it’s looking a lot different. Covid-19 has put a halt to families gathering and how we are giving and receiving as well how we celebrate.

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This season for so many is none of the above. This year alone has brought about a new normal and many have suffered losses. Losses of immediate family members that even in this restriction they would have celebrated together under one roof. Many are going to gravesites, waiting by their phone for hospital staff to call for a brief FaceTime, and some are actually preparing to say goodbye.

We must be ever so mindful of those who are suffering in this season. Remember those are the ones that God cares for the most and we as an extension of his arms, legs, heart, and mouth should be most concerned about them as well. I sit here and I am overwhelmed by those who are hurting because I for years sat in their seat. Even now at times as I sit with my two children, I still fight off the pain that the death of loved ones has left in my heart.

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So, while you are going on about your days please lift those up in prayer, if you know of any that could use your gift of presence then by all means give something that doesn’t cost a thing. Visit those who are in shelters, pray for those who just want to be left alone because the pain is too overwhelming, and pray that the spirit of depression is lifted off of so many who feel as though life is to much.

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If you are reading this and this is you please know that I am praying for you and if you just need a someone please email me and we can get through this together. I love you all!

Christianity, Devotional, Evangelism, Faith

My Rant, My Concerns, My Vexation

As I scroll along Facebook I have noticed some disturbing trends. Trends that appear to vex my soul. I have observed the culture of some Christians shifting. It is on the far right as far as what messages are tolerated, celebrated, or just plained condemned. I know that everyone desires to receive an encouraging word but there truly are times when a word from the Lord comes to correct us or to encourage us to let go. Everyone seems to want to get the feel good word. The word that says there will be peace when in reality there will not be peace if our minds are not stayed on the Lord. So the word you may receive maybe you need to get your focus back. Or everything is going to be alright with your child, spouse, family, but you need to give it to God and stop covering up for them and/or start praying that God has mercy on them. Because guess what? Sometimes God has to chasten us to correct us and we would rather fall in his hands instead of the hands of people. God will lovingly correct us and forgive us, while people will try to kill us and hold grudges against us.

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We are living in a culture of make me feel good. Encourage me, tell me I am this wonderful person, God accepts me in my mess and I don’t have to change. My understanding is that no one is without sin and we at times need some correction alone with encouragement. It bothers me that we base our spirituality on how well we preach, the pats we get on the back, the likes we receive on Facebook, or how much success we have naturally. What happen to loving a person enough to tell them the truth? How can I see your sin is slowly killing you and just because our gifting’s and calling’s are without repentance doesn’t mean you are not in danger of losing your soul. How can I know you are cheating on your spouse as a friend and not tell you God isn’t pleased with that? How can I keep quiet when I know you are living a double life and not speak to you about it? I am not talking about coming to a person and judging them but just addressing it. Ezekiel talks about a watchman not warning the people and having their blood upon their hands but warning them and being clear.

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What about those who scream about abortions yet support the death penalty? I mean is that not a bit hypocritical. Murder is murder and if you don’t support murder then don’t support it all the way around the board. A life is a life whether born or unborn. God can do anything right?! Why are we screaming at each other over issues that we should really be in prayer about. Maybe if we prayed more we would meet a mother on her way to the abortion clinic and unknowingly extend ourselves so that God can use us to show her the love of Christ that her heart may be changed as well as her decision to abort. You kill a lot flies with honey instead of crap. Why do we go hard on homosexuality yet get real quite when we learn the pastor has sleep with women in the church. We are quick to restore him and quick to condemn the homosexual to hell. Why is that? The Bible says that it is going to be worst on the teachers who taught the Word but didn’t live it themselves.

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I don’t know maybe this is just me and how I am feeling today! I know what it feels like to be at the center of unrest and not to be restored but to be talked about more than loved. I know what it feels like to be a cast a way in search for someone to show me the love of God. God did not create us to be alone or there would have never been an Eve. She was to serve as an companion, a human companion, a friend sent straight from God, and a confidant. Let’s do better by each other and truly walk in agape love. We are the hands and feet of God himself and at the rate some are going they are pushing more away from knowing God than thirsting for him.

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