Posts Tagged ‘journey’

What the &@$%!!

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Sometimes even I can’t believe the words that come from my mouth. I’ve been known to say, “Wow, I offended myself with that one.” I’ve always been a much better writer than a speaker, as far as speaking of Christ. Most would say it’s because with writing you have time to think. But that’s not the case for me. If I’m writing, I’m usually NOT thinking..it’s just my feelings overflowing onto paper. Granted, there is the wonderful “DELETE” button available! 😉

Anyway, one of my biggest mouth issues is swearing. I swear like a trucker at times, not around my kids of course, actually I only swear around those I know also swear as not to be offensive to those who dont. I can’t say that I feel bad when I do, or feel that I’ve done wrong. I don’t. I’ve long felt that its a great way of expressing one’s feelings. I know, many of you are like uhhh, Sarah, you’re whacked out of your mind. Swearing shows ignorance. But, I’m not trying to justify my swearing, I’m just sharing with you my feelings on it. Now, there are times I hear people swearing and it offends me. There are movies I will turn off due to swearing. I think just like anything, context and tone of voice greatly affect the words spoken.

Guard your tongue from profanity, and no more lying through your teeth. (Psalm 34:13 MSG)

Looking at that scripture, I have to wonder…what exactly is profanity? I don’t think it’s just swearing. So I just did a Dictionary.com search. It says that profanity is a vulgar or irreverent action or speech. Ok, so then swearing isn’t the only profanity that could be demonstrated by a person..far from it.

That being said, how one interprets another’s words or actions is also important.

And if someone walking by hears me swearing, and also just happens to see the cross on my neck, and also just happens to feel that swearing in itself is vulgar..then I can’t say, in good conscience, that my words were harmless. So, although I may not see MY swearing as vulgar, it becomes vulgar because of their interpretation, and as a result, reflects poorly on my Savior. I would never want that. I want to be a shining example of Him.

Soooo…I’ve decided that I will stop swearing. Not out of guilt or shame, but because I would never want to misrepresent my Jesus. I want to do and say things that bring Him glory and honor. So, here I go..embarking on a new journey of growth. 🙂

What habit(s) do you have that you need to let go of?

Blessings,

Sarah

A Case of the Mondays

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Good morning! If you’re like me, the alarm clock went off way too early this morning! *yawn* Mondays always seem to come too soon.

So here is some encouragement to start your day. Make it a good one!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Discouragement- Satan wants you to think you can’t change, and that it is impossible for you to let go of old mindsets and habits. Don’t believe him for a minute! Put your confidence in God and His Word. Believe what He has said about you, and know that when the knowledge of God’s Word is on the inside of you, you will be equipped to make decisions that keep you on the path to change.
~Creflo Dollar~

When God calls you & puts that vision into your life, you must become DETERMINED that no matter what any one tells you; no matter what any demon of hell might say or do to you, you are going to keep walking through that valley holding on to the UNSHAKEABLE, ALL POWERFUL hand of God & you will experience complete victory. It doesn’t matter what man might say or what hell may say. It only matters what God is saying.
~Living Waters

Today you may not complete everything you set out to do; you may not finish every task on your list, but do not be discouraged. Thank God for the ability and grace that allowed you to conquer the things that you did! Take time and celebrate that in spite of all the obstacles placed in your way you woke up this morning and set out to accomplish something!
~TD Jakes

Today I pray for your relationships—that God would restore lost opportunities to you and the years and moments that have been stolen. I pray that He strengthens your connections with the people in your life and gives you creative ways to show your love. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
~Victoria Osteen

Life Lessons on the Monkey Bars

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The act of using Monkey Bars requires a few things.

-Climbing a small ladder

-Leaning out to take hold of the first bar

-Letting go of the ladder as you swing to the next bar

-Keeping focus on the finish line (looking UP)

-Not looking back

-You can’t do it with only one arm – you must give it full attention

-Keeping your feet up off of the ground so they don’t drag

-The will to finish

There is a verse that goes along with the Monkey Bars process perfectly..

I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
~Philippians 3:13-14 The Message

We all have “monkey bars” to cross in life. We can cross them in joy, knowing Who crosses them with us, or we can cross them in sorrow, refusing to acknowledge the progress we’re making. Or, we can even climb down the ladder and refuse to cross the monkey bars all together..missing the opportunity to grow in Him.

Today I want to encourage you to take that first swing on the monkey bars, trust in Him, and enjoy the journey. You can do it! When you make it to the other side, you will find you are stronger, that callouses have been built making it a bit easier to cross the next set of “monkey bars”. You’ll also realize you now have added tools and knowledge in which to help others who are just starting their journey.

Make it a great day, no reason not to. It’s, afterall, all up to you!

Blessings,

Sarah

Forgiveness Brings Freedom

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You can be shackle-free! Start the path to forgiveness today. You will be glad you did!

I pray blessings and peace over you today as you embark on this new journey. Freedom in Him is here for the taking!

– Sarah

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Today’s devotional selection:

A Place of Forgiveness
By Suzie Eller

” … Keep your eyes open to this Temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My name will be honored there,’ and listen to the prayers that I pray at this place. Listen from your home in heaven and when you hear, forgive.” 1 Kings 8:28-30 (MSG)

Claire sat on the floor with a wad of tissues in her hand. Her husband had left her three days earlier for someone else.

Sitting there crying, in her brokenness she sensed God whisper, “Pray for him.”

Fists clinched, she shook them at the ceiling. “It’s too soon, God. If You love me, You won’t ask this of me. You are focusing on the wrong person. He’s the one who should be kneeling and asking for forgiveness.”

In 1 Kings 8, we find the story of God’s temple being built, a temple where God’s presence would dwell. It took seven years, a labor force of over 130,000 and King Solomon’s leadership to complete the temple. It was built with cypress, olive wood and cedar, and inside the doors were overlaid in gold. When the temple was completed, Solomon stood in awe as God’s presence filled it (verse 10), and he began to pray.

He could have asked God for many things. That the temple be a place of power where his kingdom would shine. That his enemies, and those of his father, King David, would be slain. That the sinful man would walk through the doors and be condemned for his sins.

Instead he asked that God’s Name be honored in the temple, and the magnificent structure would be a place of forgiveness.

Scripture declares that we are His temple. Three days after discovering her husband’s secrets Claire hadn’t eaten. She hadn’t slept. Her temple was crumbling.

By asking her to forgive so soon, God wasn’t showing a lack of compassion over her pain or her husband’s abandonment, but a sign that He knew her well. By asking her to forgive, God was asking for a place to move into the demolished areas of her life.

Forgiving would allow Him to fill her with His presence, putting His Name there forever, no matter what her situation.

Daily, Claire walked intentionally in her relationship with God, reading the Bible, talking honestly with Him, listening to worship music. This became her sanctuary as she went through the most challenging parts of an unwanted divorce. The more she nurtured her heart and His presence inside of her, the less room there was for sadness, grief, anger, and loss.

And then the day came. She knelt on the carpet and she told God, “I forgive him,” and she meant it.

A deeper meaning to the word forgive is “to abide” or “to set free.” Claire experienced both of these as she made room within her heart, mind and soul for God’s presence and forgiveness to dwell.

It’s been nearly a year. She is still beginning each day with God and inviting Him to fill her up with Himself. Moments of joy now surprise her just as grief once did.

Dear Lord, I knew instinctively that one day You would ask me to forgive, but today I understand why. You want to move in to the demolished areas of my life and let Your presence shine. Help me to begin to forgive with Your help. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

This Girl is on Fire

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May we all be on fire with our commitment to Him today as we continue on our journeys!

Make it a beautiful day!

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

Half Hearted Commitment
By Greg Laurie

” ‘I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of my mouth!’ ”
— Revelation 3:15-16
Milk is great cold. There’s nothing quite like a cold glass of milk with some cookies. Milk is also good hot. With a little chocolate syrup, it’s great. But lukewarm milk? The thought of it is sickening. It just doesn’t cut it.

In Revelation 3, Jesus spoke of lukewarm individuals. He said, “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other!” (verse 15). It’s interesting that Jesus said He would prefer either hot or cold. You would think He would have said, “I would rather you be hot. But if lukewarm is all I can get, it’s better than nothing.”

You would think that lukewarm would be more acceptable to Him, because it is somewhat close to hot. But Jesus was saying, “I don’t want lukewarm. I don’t want half-hearted commitments. I want you to decide. I want you in or I would rather you were out.”

Here’s why. If you’re hot, you’re in. If you’re on fire, if you’re walking with God, then you’re where God wants you to be. But if you’re cold, hopefully you will at least realize you’re cold and one day realize your need for Christ and come to Him.

But the lukewarm person is in the worst state of all because he is self-deceived. The lukewarm person says, “I go to church. I read the Bible sometimes. I kind of believe in God—when it’s convenient.” That is the worst state of all. What is your spiritual temperature today?

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