Idaho Greetings to you! This new day is moving right along and before I get moving too fast and far into it, I want to cease moving and spend some time with my dear Father. In His Word today, Paul is telling the Thessalonians that he desires to be a model for them to follow. This is an interesting concept. I know that there have been many songs written about this person or that person having or making the right moves. People have become famous stars because of having the right moves. It seems people often have a tendency to pick out certain people that they want to be like in some way. I read a story about an eagle that was hatched into a chicken nest and grew up thinking it was a chicken because it observed the ways of a chicken and followed them, becoming content in that until one day it saw an eagle fly over head and then it instinctively took off soaring to the greater heights it was intended to soar in. It sought to be all that it was created to be instead of settling for something beneath its potential or different than what was best for it. As I ponder this idea, the Lord speaks to my heart that we all set an example or are a model as Christians to those around us. I ask myself what kind of model am I? What am I teaching others to do? What do I need to do more of and what do I need to give up doing? Yikes!!! Pondering this, I see the importance of seeking to model that which imitates my Father. I so want to be a model that brings glory to my Father which keeps me praying for His guidance and anointing. I want to be a star in His eyes! Hey, the Good News is that I already am because He sees me with the same righteousness as Christ.Yea!! I wanna be like Christ and I wanna show others what Christ is like so I’m looking to Him as my model for life to follow and in so doing, perhaps others will follow along too. Woohoo! How cool would that be? I guess you could say those would be the “cool moves!” I’m stepping out to model for Him today and praying I don’t trip over my own feet. I always hate that! I want to be a twinkle toes cowgirl – stepping out with beautiful feet to shine as bright as the stars in the sky for Him! How about you? Got cool moves?
Hi, there. I’m lovin’ doin’ Thursday with ya’s! In my world today, I am worshipping my Father for all He is. What this world needs is more of Him and His love. He IS love! As His kids, His Word encourages us to be imitators or models of Him. The power that we need to do that is from His presence (Holy Spirit) that lives in us as believers. To love in accordance with His will, we are called to love our Father first with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind and then we are to love our neighbors, especially fellow believers, as our self. Paul wrote to the Thessalonians with the prayer that our Father would enable them to have “increased” love that would overflow to each other and to all people as well. He also let them know they were loved by himself and his team. It is God’s Spirit in us that enables us to love God, ourselves and others as we ought to, including giving us strength to not grieve His Spirit in us by giving in to willful sin. Walking in obedience to our Father’s ways that are His best for us, is our best way to be filled to overflowing with His Spirit’s loving power. Have you ever had the experience of putting soap in a bucket and seen how the soap suds can increase and bubble up and over the top? Well, this is how I see it with our Father’s Spirit producing the power in us to be love. We are the vessel (bucket) and with added soap (cleanliness of walking in obedience to His ways) and His living water (Holy Spirit) filling us up, we’ll have plentiful suds(power) to overflow with love. I have to say this just gets me all bubbly! I definitely wanna be a suds in the bucket kind of gal with His living water filling me to overflowing. May there be bubbles of Godly love oozing from each one of us so none of us are a luv suds dud. Much love to ya’s! If I say that, is that a bubble of love?
1 Th 3:12; Mt 22:34-40. Jn 14:15-31; Eph 1:13, 4:30, 5:1-2,15-18; Gal 6:10, Ac 2:1-4, 4:23-31, 1 Jn 1:8-10, 4:7-21, Ps 19:13, Is 41:10, 2 Ch 16:9
Good morning to you! As I gaze upon our Father’s Word today, it is on my heart to write about the importance of putting off our old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires and to be made new in the attitude of our minds – to put on the new self created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. This is a message we have all heard before, meaning our old self is the sinful nature that lives within us, for which Christ died on the cross. This old nature within us misleads us from God’s ways and cheats us from seeing life at His best. Our Father mentions “attitude” of our minds in this passage. The attitude of our old self is one of worry, complaining and grumbling. Upon believing, He has placed His Holy Spirit in us to help us live our new self, to be like Him that is not anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, presenting our requests to God. And then the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things. “Attitude” is something we can all struggle with and a bad attitude is certainly something to work on. I like to think about it this way: When our attitude is bad, we need to think “going to the car wash.” Say what? Yep, I said “car wash.” After all, we are God’s vehicles, so to speak, that carries His Spirit that carries the Good News along the road of life. Our vehicles have a tendency to collect dirt and be unclean (due to our sinful nature). As a result, the view through the front window (our sight) can become clouded over so that we do not see well the way of the Lord. This calls for the need to hose off with His living water (the Spirit in us), to apply the scrubbing bubbles called “Gratitude” as you follow the Word instructions (the Bible) so as to dissolve away the muck of our sinful attitude and then, use prayer wax to help guard (our mind and heart) and the cleanliness and shininess of Him in us (the new self) will be the result. We can then head out onto the road of life with peace of mind and His ride into the world through us will represent Him well. I’m thinking toting a good amount of change is a good thing to do. How about you? See ya on the road. I can do that well with a clean window (a Godly view)! Eph 4:1,22-24; Php 2:14-16, 4:6-8; Mt 6:25; 1 Co 3:16; 2 Co 5:20-21, Ro 12:2
It’s time to live Thursday, Family. Are you ready? It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens and interesting to see what happens as Mary Magdalene and Mary, the mother of James, Jose and Salome step out after the Sabbath to go and anoint Jesus’ body with spices as an act of love and devotion to Him. They arrived at the tomb very early just as the sun had risen. I love it that they wanted to be with Jesus first priority in the morning of their day! In so doing, the big question on their hearts was who would roll the stone away from the door of the tomb for them as it was very large. As they looked up, they saw that the stone was rolled away. Wow, this was a huge gift for them! Oh happy day! It’s like God knew what was on their hearts as they stepped out in their day to minister to Jesus. I admire that they stepped out in faith, trusting that somehow what was needed would be provided. I’m thinking this is one good lesson for this kid to keep in mind as I begin my day with our Father: ”This is my concern for this day and I look up to you to help me with it.” Entering the tomb, they saw a young man clothed in a white robe and sitting on the right side and they were alarmed, but he said to them “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is risen. He is not here. See the place where they laid Him? Go and tell His disciples and Peter that He is going before you into Galilee. There you will see Him as He said to you.” The Father knew that Peter’s heart was broken because of His denial of Jesus and He singled his name out from the other disciples with special concern and desire to encourage Him. Our Dad knows what is on our hearts and there is nothing like His encouragement when ya need it. I am so thankful He is committed to meeting our needs to keep us going! Jesus had told the disciples He would meet up with them in Galilee before He died and as we see in this story, Jesus is a man of His word; He is trustworthy! So upon hearing the angel’s words and seeing this, Mary and Mary quickly fled from the tomb for they were trembling and amazed and yet filled with joy as Matthew tells us and they said nothing to anyone at first because they were afraid. Have you ever noticed in Dad’s Word how many times He tells His kids “Do not be afraid.” It seems fear is a pretty common reaction when we don’t understand something or know the outcome of something. Jesus tells us to not lean on our own understanding, but to trust in Him. He has our best interest at heart! Matthew tells us that as they ran, suddenly Jesus met them. ”Greetings,” He said. They came to Him and clasped His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them to go and tell His brothers to meet Him in Galilee; there they would see Him. Now this is what I would call a morning encounter with Jesus! It seems Jesus understood that Mary and Mary would be a whole lot more convincing if they had seen Him risen than if they were left wondering “Where did He go?” This was Jesus’ way of preparing them for the work ahead of them. He gave them exactly what they needed to do the job of convincing the disciples that Jesus was alive and would meet them in Galilee. If Jesus were not alive, why go? I”m asking myself where in my life is my Galilee? My Galilee is the place in my life where I need an encounter with the risen Lord to be encouraged to keep going? When you have personally experienced Jesus, you own that experience and He can motivate us to do as He asks of us with great enthusiasm and a heart that truly believes in it. I have found at times in my life that when I am discouraged and I go to my Galilee to meet Jesus, He will reveal to me what I need to see to encourage and strengthen me; it is amazing how He does so. I can then move on from my Galilee with glee! Yippee! Just as Jesus asked Mary and Mary to go tell others about Him, so He asks us to do so as well. God often works through us to encourage each other to “go for Jesus.” I’m on the road of life to tell others about Jesus with ya! May He show each of us just what we need to see personally to encourage and strengthen us as we journey through this day for Him. Much love to ya!
Mk 14:28, 16:1-8; Mt 28:8-10; Pr 3:5, Ro 8:28-29; 2 Ch 16:9; He 3:13, 10:24-25; Jos 1:6-9