Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-What are you doing with your blessings from God?

A long time ago I was challenged in a Bible Study class to list daily how I bless others and to see if there was changes I needed to make in my life. Of course my first thoughts reflected on my caring for my husband, my children and etc. I was pretty sure I was being a blessing so couldn't really see where any changes needed to be made........(so that is what I told myself anyway)

However, the challenge was based on Genesis 12:2 where God told Abraham “I will bless you....and you will be a blessing. This was actually the first law of blessing. 

So what did that mean? Well, the Lord showed me that His reason for blessing me simply meant for me to bless others. We're not to hold our blessings all to ourselves but to use our blessings to be a blessing

I love how Rick Warren says it best. How do you bless others? By serving a need, whether it is physical, emotional, financial or practical. 

That covers a lot of territory doesn't it?  You know what I have come to know? The more I bless others the more I am truly blessed by our Lord. The more I give of myself sacrificially the more I receive from Christ. We cannot out give God! No matter what our giving may be. 

Can I ask you a question today? You don't need to answer me back but be honest with yourself. What changes do you need to make in your life to be a blessing to someone else?

For some it can simply mean...getting off those purse strings. Or maybe you need to cut back on your personal agenda and make time for others. One might need to downsize their way of living in order to help another up-size their way of living. For some this may mean to be more of a lending hand instead of a receiving hand. 

One thing I know for sure my friends...The Lord ALWAYS blesses me when I bless others for HIS KINGDOM. NOT for myself....but for HIM! Anything in my life that I have ever or will ever give up for the kingdom of God is already overflowing right now in Heaven and waiting on me! And I think the "kicker" here is simply...............WHAT WILL WE GIVE UP? 

Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wednesday in the Word-Dependence

I know that some of you have read this before but thought it worth reading again today.

Dear Lord, I haven't done anything wrong today. I have not made any mistakes, spoken any wrong words, or had any bad thoughts. I have done everything right so far. But Lord, I haven't gotten out of bed yet so I am really depending on You.

Haven't we all felt that same way at times? Can I tell you something? That is exactly where Christ wants us to be....DEPENDENT on HIM! Not just for a medical need or a financial need but for everything in our life. 

It seems that we have a tendency to NOT see our need for Christ when things are going well for us. But the minute we find ourselves in a crisis of some kind then we reach out to Him and we reach out in desperation.

"At times my failure to see my need for Christ every day upon every hour has caused me hardship and heartache". 

If you feel that you are in a place in your life right now that you KNOW that you cannot take another step without the Lord's help then also know that He has you right where He wants you right now. WHY? So you can depend on HIM! 

 During the times of my life that I've had a desperate need for Christ I have spent my sweetest most intimate moments with Him. SOUNDS crazy I know. But it is during those times that I have truly DRAWN NEAR TO HIM!

Why does it seem to be that way for us? 

The sweetest thing is that He is always there for us! He wants to accomplish great things through us and through our situation and He only does that through a life of faith on our part. He wants our individual attention because we cannot do things on our own! No matter what it is!

Don't think for a minute that God has forsaken you during your greatest time of need. Matter of fact He is leading you every step of the way! 

Isaiah 30:21 says: Your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it". 

May we learn daily to depend on God...we need Him every hour, every minute and every second of the day.

Hugs and blessings, Cindy






Thursday, September 4, 2014

Let's Talk Thursday-10 Books that changed, touched or entertained your life!

I was challenged by my friend Donna Monds to list ten books that has touched me, changed me and entertained me. Being one that loves to read this was hard because I have so many good reads. I am not challenging you to challenge others but thought it would be fun to see what you like to read! Let me might have read something that I haven't and want too! LOL!

1: The Bible-not only is the Bible true but any kind of story you can imagine is in the Word of God-and everything from the beginning to the end points to Christ

2 Just like Jesus by Max Lucado. (God loves you just the way you are, but he refuses to leave you that way!) 

3: Trial by Fire by Terri Blackstock ( A fast pace thriller, Christian based)

 4: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers (Shows true redemption of Christ) 

 5: One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp (Being thankful in EVERYTHING in our life) 

6: Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo (Inspiring) 

7: This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti(Scared me to death but I couldn’t put it down)

 8: Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala (demonstrates the power of God when we trust Him)

 9: The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins (Praise the Lord I will not be left behind) 

10: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis  (most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it.) 

 I have so many books on my book shelf that has touched me, changed me, entertained me and  inspired me. And I am a huge Max Lucado fan so I have (almost) read most of what he has written thus far. Love me a good book! 

Have a great day!

Hugs and blessings, Cindy