Stewardship

I have been very convicted lately with the idea of good stewardship. Stewardship is what you do with what God has given you. Good stewardship is doing good with it. Bad stewardship is doing bad with it there is only those two options because doing nothing is the same as doing bad. There is no lukewarm in heaven’s eternity. It is apathetic to not care enough about your gifts and blessings to even develop or use them.

And I had been guilty of that. God has given me gifts of leadership, sports, music, art, faith, encouragement, prayer, etc. And here was I abusing those gifts or being apathetic (which is pathetic) and sitting depressed and overeating and addicted to Facebook and wrong thinking, etc.

God addressed this crime of bad stewardship in me and since I have been working on becoming a good steward, taking responsibility for my choices and developing good, healthy habits, which for me personally drove my 40 pound weight loss (last 10 to go-woo hoo!).

We are all called to good stewardship with all the gifts, abilities and resources God has given us. Everyone. And how well we are doing that when God calls His church home will determine who goes and who is left behind. So it is a pretty enormous deal. I want to be ready. So I am working on good stewardship. I invite you to consider areas you can do good with what you are able to do well. ❤

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Today is Your Only Concern

Do not worry about tomorrow. Ever. Tomorrow never arrives. It is always today. Live as if today is all you have to think about. Get through today. Know that a forever is coming soon so when you are living today, live as if it is all you ever have to be concerned with and knowing that we are eternally responsible for the choices we make and things we do today. Today is your responsibility. No worries, just do today. Do it well and based on eternity with God. And then anything is manageable. Today in light of pleasing God is your only concern.❤

Rehashing Days Passed

Thinking about my life’s journey has been a repetitive occurrence of late. I have wanted to leave no stone unturned in confessing forgotten sins I have gotten away with or just have forgotten and maybe didn’t even realize at the time. And overall I believe my life has been like everyone else’s in that I have done really great things and have amazing memories and I have been pretty much scummy also at times. I have said beautiful words that have inspired and I have said careless words that have cut people to the quick. I have told the truth and I have lied. I believe this is everyone’s story with just the details different.

For my part, I am ashamed of the sins in my life and am truly sorry for them. And I wish I could go door to door and confess but I don’t know where all over the world some moved to or last names now or whatever so have to rely on God to help them forgive me.

But I praise God where He has given me grace and mercy. There is no sin too little or too great that His grace cannot cover it with His forgiveness and purify us with His blood. He is perfectly capable of restoring our souls where we are at our level. And He can and will restore our souls in heaven someday soon. And all the regrets and sadness of people lost and loneliness and hurt and every ugly thing will instantly be forgotten and us restored to full life in our incredible Jesus Christ. And that day is soon and I long for it for my family.

At the same time, I have sadness for those left behind. It will get harder, much harder, when that happens. And I want everyone to be saved, as God also wants every precious soul saved. He loves us oh so much.

So, I guess my thoughts on my past are really a distraction. I am made right by God through the sacrifice of Jesus and I have a job to do now. So onward I go and keep moving forward and someday it will be moving up. Praise God, everyone. Praise Him, friend. I thank Him for you and remind you how greatly you are loved and considered precious!❤

Ready for Breathing

There has been to now this heavy air pressing in on my soul. Hard to describe it any other way. My mind has cast out negative thoughts, evil and crude thoughts, accusations, and I know these are last minute attempts from the enemy to steal, kill and destroy what belongs to Jesus. And I have had to keep on it, stay focused in prayer, read the Word and verbally send those thoughts and accusations packing. The devils are liars. Just that simple. They are defeated and are putting out a last ditch effort to take as many people to hell with them as possible.

Stand strong in God’s truth. Stand firm. Pray. Read your Bible. Tell the evil thoughts and accusations to leave in the name of Jesus Christ. And some day soon, God will take us out of here and we will breathe heavenly air and never have to worry about lies and evil again. Praise God!!! Be ready!❤

God is Clear

God’s truth is simple and clear. That is one if the great ways to know it is true. Simplicity. Peace. Joy. Love.

The lies of the enemy are convaluded and confusing, murky and mixed up, dark and secretive. Lies hate being exposed and will often quite literally fight to the death puffed up with pride rather than face consequences or humbly confess and repent. And die eternally for it too.

God’s truth is so clear. God loves you dearly and made you to love Him and others and be saved by Jesus Christ. That is it. Confusion gone. Darkness disappears. Light floods in. Truth is simple and easy to understand and grasp. However, it is not stupid and does not lack sophistication but presents that deep truth simply so everyone can understand and be saved, even children or disabled or very elderly with neural deficiencies. All are welcome to heaven but must decide that here on earth. Simple message, simple open truth.❤

Over-Thinking About Appearances

So, I’ve been over-thinking about appearances lately (bet you never guessed from the title lol). I think I have this one down. Let me go through my thinking…

Our bodies do four things. 1. Tell people how to recognize us (security and identification). 2. Convey the genes of parents and lineage (security and heritage). 3. Tell us about the obedience level in the area of health. 4. Test us. Let me elaborate.

1. We need to know friend from foe. If people’s appearance changed like a chameleon, we would not find them again. Also, we are familiar with a person because they look or smile a certain way. So, identification. Familiarity means security.

2. Carrying on the family lineage is something that has always been important to the Lord who made us. We all are ultimately decendents from Adam and Eve, made directly by God. Many twists and turns in that genetic line got us to where we are and in family lineages. Life perpetuates life and we look how we do to support that process. Family means security.

3. People who obey God’s Word, as I have somewhat recently realized myself as I started on this health quest, are healthy (unless the next reason is occurring, that is). Obedience dictates we not be gluttons of food, alcohol, intoxicants, sex, anger, money, or anything. We are told not to be addicts of anything. We are to live healthy lives in moderation of everything. In fact, prayer is the only command to do continuously. So, we can be prayer addicts but every other addiction is disobedience. So good health as a whole can tell you obedience is being taken seriously and poor health tells you there is an imbalance, some disobedience. Of course, that is not true if it is number 4.

4. How you look can be a test. Poor health can be a test to see if you are humble before God or blame Him. You could be tested by ugliness of some feature the world favors in this fleeting moment to decide whether to praise God for who you are or whine about what you want to change. You could be tested by a scar or blemishes or skin ailment or cancer to have faith in God’s ability to heal or faithfulness to support you or not. These tests are blessings from God to let you know He loves you enough to improve you internally which will last forever.

And now you see how my brain works, so scary. And my conclusion is that although there are four main reasons people look the way they do, there is one trump card people have no matter what we look like. Life is short and then our looks die and we inside that shell are released to eternity either with God or with the alternative, called hell, away from God. And as long as you are saved by Jesus Christ, your inner beauty, God’s glory, is secure for the rest of this life and all of eternity. So, the beauty we should strive for has nothing to do with looks, but character, salvation and moral integrity. That is lasting beauty!❤