Separated

Isaiah 59:2 But your wrongs have separated you from your God, and your sins have made him hide his face so that he doesn’t hear you.

1 Corinthians 15:33  Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”    

Sin not only separates us from God but it separates us from other brothers and sisters in Christ and our church or it should anyway.  Not forever, but until they decide to get back on track with their spiritual life.  Does that mean that we stop loving them, stop praying for them, stop being nice to them?  The answer to all these questions is no.  We can still associate with them but because they have chosen to live a life contrary to what God has asked to do we need to take a break from hanging with them every day.  These are not my words only but God’s words.

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2 Timothy 3:1-5 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of Godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.

We should love them and encourage them, we should pray for them and we should not act like we are better than they are because we are all sinners.  Ask yourself, do they know what they are doing is wrong yet purposefully choose to do it. Remember that God never stops loving them and neither should we.

Romans 8:35-39  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Surround yourself with others who love The Lord as you.  My mother always said, birds of a feather flock together.  It is time to find a flock that flies for Jesus.  Together you can soar to heights that you never thought possible.

Are You Swiping God Right or Left?

John 15:5  I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Have you heard of the mobile phone app Tinder?  Because I work for a pregnancy center I am very well versed on this and many other hook up apps.  These apps are used by Christians, non-christians, young people and middle aged people to find people who want to have a sexual encounter without commitments.  You know…hit it and quit it.

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I think some Christians are playing hit it and quit it with God.  He is popping up to us in our thoughts and circumstances and we are swiping Him left.  Not now God.  You are not what I am looking for.  I don’t have time for you right now. God is swiping you right while you are swiping Him left.

Some of you are swiping God right but with the intention of just hitting it and quitting it.  You want God, but only for that moment or that problem you are trying to fix.  Sometimes it is a swipe left for God and when things are going well it’s a swipe left.  However God is always swiping right for you because He is always there.

God does not want to be a hook up for us.  He wants to be our friend.  He wants to be there to hear the good things that are going on in our lives as well as our challenges.  He wants to know when we are just having a so so day, when we have bombed the day and especially when we have rocked it.  He is following us on every social media out there to keep up on what we are doing because with some of us that is the only way to know what is going on in our lives.

The scripture says: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. Abiding involves our response to the teaching of Jesus.  Colossians 3:16 tells us that we are to  “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,”

Abiding in Christ means allowing His Word to fill our minds, direct our wills, and transform our affections. In other words, our relationship to Christ is intimately connected to what we do with our Bibles! Then, of course, as Christ’s Word dwells in us and the Spirit fills us, we will begin to pray in a way consistent with the will of God and discover the truth of our Lord’s often misapplied promise: “You will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you” (John 15:7b).

How our culture dates and the values and morals used for sex has changed but one thing that is consistent and will always be consistent is God and His love for us.  Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Romans 8:39 (ESV) nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is time to make a decision to stop the hit or quit app with God.  I challenge you to dwell Him every day.  To follow Him, read His post, to like his comments and even to retweet them.  God is so good and He loves us like no one else.  He promises us that by abiding in Him will bring us much fruit.  I don’t know about you but I read and see so much junk and depressing information on social media today that I could use some fruit in my life.  Today, make a decision to quit flirting with God and make a commitment for life long relationship.  Maybe you have been having an affair with the world.  Never fear, God doesn’t want He divorce.  Tell Him you are sorry and fall in love with Him again.  God is good and He is good all the time.

 

True To Life, A Magazine for Everyday Christian Women

I am the type of person who does not complain unless I have a suggestion on how to fix what I deem to be broken.  I also am doer or a fixer if you will. I DO something to fix the broken…..whatever the broken maybe.

Many years ago, a family member was involved in a nasty custody case.  I was so discouraged by the legal system and especially the private guardian ad litem, who was assigned to my families case.  I knew from personal experience that the system was broken.  So what did I do?  I investigated how to become a private guardian ad litem, I saved my money, went to school and began a career of being the voice for children in broken homes.  Yep, I became a guardian.  I did this for about 9 years and loved it.  although, I was not able to benefit my family members, I believe I made a real difference in the lives of those whom I was privileged to work.

I currently work for a women’s pregnancy center in Rock Hill, SC.  What I see over and over again is that women of all ages have be bombarded by magazines, articles, podcast and video’s that mislead them about what is “REAL” for the everyday woman regarding Style, Beauty, College/Career, Culture, Healthy Life Style, Relationships and Affordable Gift Ideas.  A quick review of this information is sure to leave a girl wanting and feeling like you are not a real women because you can’t wear, act, do or be the women you just read about.  Just flipping through the magazines can be depressing.

Since I am a doer, I have a plan.  My goal is to launch a monthly online magazine called TRUE TO LIFE, A Magazine for Everyday Christian Women.  The stories and articles will be written by other authors and friends who will present their Christian opinions and current information on topics in the categories I mentioned earlier.  The magazine will be for youth, college and career, stay at home moms and the working woman.  My goal is that women of all colors, shapes, and sizes will feel better about themselves after reading our magazine. Who knows what will become of it.  Maybe one or two will read it or maybe it will be a big hit. Either way I am going for it.

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I hope that you will continue to read my blogs, and will soon read my new magazine.  It will only work, like the blogs, if you like, comment and share.  So while the magazine is in the creation phase….you can practice with my blogs.  Like, Comment and Share.  LOL

What do you think about my magazine idea?  What would you like to see in the first issue?  What do you hate to read in other magazines?  If you know someone who is a writer or photographer and you think they would like to join me on this new magazine quest, pass my information on.  I can’t wait for our first issue to hit the internet!

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The Quick Change

Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

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The Bible says that in this world we will have trouble.  Trials will come our way even though we are Christians.  So why is that when trials come our way we want to hide them, keep them to ourselves and pretend that all is well?  My husband is a pastor and he often talks about the “Sunday morning get ready trials”.  We stress, yell, argue all the way to church, then the moment we pull into the parking lot we turn on our smiles and pretend life is grand. In other words, Christians like to quick change from a life with burdens to a life that is full of rainbows and unicorns.  We want everyone to think our life is just grand.

If God gives us a command to share each others burdens then two things are for sure.  One is that we will have burdens and two is that we should share them.  I grew up in a good home with loving parents, however we grew up being told that “what happens in this house, stays in this house.”  In other words, keep your burdens to yourself.  Some of you reading this know what I mean.

Today families are dealing with burdens such as, a child cutting, a teenager trying to commit suicide, a family member addicted to porn, a loved one struggling with homosexuality, a couple considering divorce, a spouse is having an affair, a child is stealing, alcoholism or drugs or both are ruining a family members life, a child has to take care of a sick parent, and the list goes on.

The thing they all in common is that in some cases no one knows.  In other cases a friend may know but is sworn to secrecy.  WHY?  Pride.  The devil has convinced us that people will judge us, we will be deemed a failure, others will talk about us, feel sorry for us or worse yet will not have anything to do with us.  If God wanted us to bear our own burdens he would have never given us this command he gave us in todays scripture.

I do not know what burden you are bearing today but I challenge you to share it with other Christians, good strong mature ones, and ask them to help you bear your burdens.  They will help you by listening, praying for you and imparting wisdom.  Don’t hide your burdens anymore.  Stop your quick change routine and be real.  Be real with your burdens. Start by sharing them today and begin to heal.

We All Fall Down

Romans 3:23 Because all people have sinned, they have fallen short of God’s glory.

I attended a class a few nights ago to hear about a healthy weight loss program. The room was full, mostly of women, who were there to hear that loosing weight was possible for them. The instructor ask the class how many had tried and failed to loose weight and finally given up all hopes that it was not possible. Hands went up across the room.

How many of you have tried to quit ______ sin so many times and so many ways and failed so now that now you have quit trying. Do you feel that you have failed so much that even God is tired of you trying to quit?

The Bible says that all we have all fail and we fail a lot, every day as a matter of fact. No one is perfect, no matter how perfect they appear. Every Christian struggles to be the best they can be for Christ, some just hide their struggles a little better than others. Some struggles can be hidden more than others while others are out front and everyone sees them.

At the end of the class, I saw smiles, including my own and women walking out with HOPE. Today I want to give you hope that no matter how you struggle with your sin that you are not alone, we all struggle. I want to encourage you to keep trying to overcome it, no matter what it is. There is a story in the bible about a young man who left his father, took his inheritance and left home. He failed to make it on his own and went back home, humbly, to his father to ask for help. When he arrived home, his father threw him a party and welcomed him home. If you have quit God because you have quit trying to stop your sin, go home. He is waiting to throw you welcome you home, no matter how long you have been gone.

Be encouraged! You can do it with God’s help. It may not easy, it may not be fast, BUT YOU CAN DO IT.

 

Let It Go

Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

I know all of you are sick of the kids song “Let it go” from the movie frozen BUT…….some of you need to take these specific lyrics to heart…..”Let it go, let it go, Can’t hold it back anymore, Let it go, let it go”. You know what you are holding on to that you need to let go. Hate, resentment, anger, jealously, fear, and the list goes on. Just let it go and then replace it with joy, peace, love and all the other fruits of the spirit.let it go

Word Twister

Isaiah 5:20 ESV Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!
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Do you know a Christian that you are pretty sure has twisted the truth about a situation and then used God’s word to make their situation look right? I have! Sad but true. I have seen past church members, friends and family members do it.  I have seen it happen more times than I wish I had.
This morning, my grand daughter got in trouble.  She played a prank on her brother and he nor her parents found the prank  to be funny.
 Here is how it all went down…stay with me would you?
 1) She made a conscious decision to play the prank.
Adult version: We make a decision to do something that is against someone else. As an adult it is not a prank , however, it is not received well. It could be not following instructions from our boss, trying to get someone in trouble, take someone else’s job, talking bad about someone, under-minding another persons authority. You get what I am saying?
 2)When her brother told on her she made excuses about how it was not wrong.
Adult version: We justify why it is ok to do something wrong to someone else. We know that we are suppose to love others as we love ourselves. We know that the bible says if we have a problem with someone else we are to go to them but we don’t. We talk about them, we find fault about them at every turn, and after awhile, because we have not followed God’s instructions on how to handle our sin, it consume us without us even seeing it happen.
 3)She tried to get other to agree that what she did was really not that bad.
Adult version: I have seen this happen over and over again, at work, at church, and in families. I think it is our nature to want others to validate how we feel. We sin again by gossiping with one side of the story. Some friends will fall prey to this and sides are taken without ever hearing the rest of the story. Why aren’t the Christians hearing the story, telling the other Christians to go to their brother or sister and fix the issue instead of jumping on the bandwagon and taking sides???? SIN. We would rather be their friends instead of giving/following biblical advise.
 4)She became mad because she got in trouble. 
Adult version: The person has sinned against their brother/sister. They have made excuses why it was ok. (the other person started it) They have gotten others into their camp and now they are mad at those who have pointed out their wrongs and not jumped on their bandwagon.
 5)She refused to admit fault, refused to apologize and could not believe she was being punished. PRIDE.
Adult Version: Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. If you left a person or situation angry, you are at fault. Maybe you did not forgive, did not accept your part in the drama, maybe you have a jealous spirit or you envy that person and what they have or do, think more highly of yourself than you should (I can do it better etc).
 As I watched this all play out today I was reminded of many situations that I had experienced in my own life where the scenario was so familiar except it was adults. In the wake of these scenario’s there was damage, relationships destroyed, people led astray, sin embedded deep in peoples hearts, and churches and it’s members hurt from the actions of Christians who did not handle a situation God’s way.
 If a person uses scripture to get you to do something wrong they are deceiving you.  If they ask you to say anything against another Christian, cause you to hurt another Christian, ask you to follow them, to leave a church/family, hurt a church or pastor (God chooses his shepherds and He will take care of them, the good and the bad.), then you are being led astray. God wants you to, ask for forgiveness, forgive and restore your relationship with others believers.  He even tells us to stop praying and go make things right with another brother/sister. They should not be talking to you about their problem with someone else, they should be talking to the Lord and the person they have a problem with. I don’t care how much scripture they use to justify themselves these things are wrong.
 It is not too late. Go restore a broken relationship today. Stop following man and follow God. Follow His words on how to handle any and every situation you face and you will be blessed. Go be blessed.