Friday, February 24, 2012

Not a 1-time thing...

You've heard the word.
Maybe you haven't heard that one(go look it up if you haven't).
Joy and peace and contentment in Christ isn't a 'just one day' thing.
We have our ups and downs each day. And some days it just seems really easy to forget God is there or to neglect spending time in His word and prayer. Other days maybe we just feel like we could shout for joy at God's amazing love.
Why can't we do that everyday?
How come we can be 'filled with Christ's joy' one day....and at the end of our rope in despair another?

Because serving Christ, loving Christ... is a CONTINUAL thing. It's something we need to be doing 24/7. Every.waking moment.
Not just one day. Not just one week. EVERY DAY.
I've been really convicted of this lately... I tend to get depressed slightly easy, little things and the oddest things can sway my mood...
Something I realized though-when my mood swayed so did my focus from being continually on Christ. Wait. Let me switch that around. When my focus slipped from Christ, THAT'S when my mood swayed.

God has been working so much in my life lately. He has been so gracious. I am just amazed. He is forgiving, loving and always faithful to point me back in the right direction.

I've been trying to remember to continually and habitually keep my focus on Christ-and by God's grace-it's been a long while since I've had a sudden mood sway or started feeling depressed! :D

It's a continual thing people.

You can't expect to feel the joy of Christ in your life if you don't CONTINUALLY seek Christ first.
Is it time for you to change your focus? To put it continually on Christ?

In 1 Chronicles, chapter 16...David says a prayer of thanks to the Lord(verses 7-36, I encourage you to read the whole thing). But one very powerful verse that applies, is vs 11; "Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always."

It doesn't say 'seek his face when you feel like it'.
It says always.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I've posted about life being gone before we know it before.
Life is oh so very short.
Yesterday my adopted grandpa died. I loved him so much. He was a role model of someone living a life fully serving Christ in everything.

Don't take for granted those who are in your life.
Don't forget to tell those around you that you love them.
What if it were their last day on earth?
Would you talk to them differently?
We don't know what tomorrow brings-today may be the last day you have to talk with that sister, brother, parent, friend.

Don't take it for granted.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time for a change

     In life we continually stray from the path of righteousness.
     We continually sin. We continually make mistakes.
    Sometimes we find ourselves in the same place, over and over and over again. We wonder if it will ever end. If this is all there is. If really worth it?
     But there's something we continually forget.
     We serve a God who is unchanging. Who will continually forgive us if we ask Him to. A God who never makes mistakes.
     The God of yesterday. Today. And forever.
     Um. Wow.
     It's time to take your mind from focusing on everything that goes wrong. On the mindset, 'I can't change anything.'
      Change your focus.

     Put your focus on the one who created you.
     Life isn't about YOU. It's about CHRIST. Our life should be a continuous shining light for Christ.
     What do people see when they look at you?
     Do they see Christ?
     They should. If you claim to be a born-again Christian-make it obvious. Make your life reflect Christ.
     Yes, there are still going to be time when life is tough. When we hurt. When we make mistakes.
      BUT KEEP YOUR FOCUS ON CHRIST IN EVERY SITUATION and I'll be the most amazing choice you make. :)

Ephesian 5:1-12, "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
 3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14 for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
   “Wake up, O sleeper,
   rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ"

Wow. Take those words to heart. They're powerful.