The Importance of Family

I hate to admit this, but growing up, I took family for granted. They were always there and they would always be there. But as life changes through births and deaths, I find that family has become more and more important in my life. I want to be around family. I want to spend time with family. Unfortunately for many, family is not that easy. For whatever reason, there will never be the family relationships that are desired. But, did you know that family relationships are always available to you?

In Mark 3:33-35 Jesus says, “33 But He answered them, saying, “Who is My mother, or My brothers?” 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”

Jesus reminds us that when we are a child of God, we have family all around us in brothers and sisters that will love us, encourage us and support us. We might not have the same last name, but we have the same title; “child of God”. The next time you go to church, don’t forget to say “hello” to your family!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

How Do You Light the World?

Thanks to the advent of smartphones, it seems like flashlights are becoming a thing of the past. With applications that you can now add to your phones, you can have a flashlight right on your phone. It is a great convenience, but I have discovered that it is not as powerful as my favorite flashlight I bought from Costco. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the light of the world. But, have you ever thought about how Jesus’ light is spread throughout the world?

In Numbers 14:21 we read, “21 but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord—” The earth is to be filled with His glory and His light, but it is up to us to be His lamp stands.

As Christians, it is up to us to spread His love and His light to all ends of the earth. How we treat others spreads His light. How we talk to others spreads His light. How we love others spreads His light. Are you spreading His light?

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Should You Fear?

There are many times in our lives when we have to deal with a certain emotion — fear. Because of physical danger, illness or uncertainty, we have all had to deal with fear. If you really think about it, what is fear? Well, I am sure that there are many definitions, but I have noticed that fear really deals with the “unknown”. Will I be safe? Will I be healed? Will everything turn out OK? We might not want to admit it, but we have all had to deal with it.

In Numbers 14:9 we read, “Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.” Israel feared entering into Canaan, because of the unknown.

As you look at your life and your specific situations, remember that we should not focus on the “unknown”, but we should focus on the “known”.  We may not know everything, but we know the Lord and He “is with us”. Because we know the “known”, we do not need to fear the “unknown”.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Don’t Forget to Kindle a Fire……

I love watching the TV show “Suvivorman”. He puts himself in some pretty treacherous situations; going days at a time without eating. The purpose of the show is to teach the viewer survival techniques. With each show, there is one thing that Suvivorman says is very important — a fire. He often states that a fire makes everything better. It gives warmth, scares away animals and make him feel better. Did you know that we as Christians are also called to kindle fires?

In Acts 28:1-2 we read, “28 Now when they had escaped, they then found out that the island was called Malta. And the natives showed us unusual kindness; for they kindled a fire and made us all welcome, because of the rain that was falling and because of the cold.”

When we kindle the fire of the Lord (His love) to those around us, we make them feel better. We make them feel safer. We make them feel loved. Don’t forget to kindle a fire for those around you today.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

When to Journey…….

In the movie, “Hoosiers”, a story about a high school basketball team in Indiana, there was a player on the team that would not do anything until he heard from God. It was kind of a funny story within the movie. The coach would tell the player to go into the game and he would wait on his knees until God told him to move. It may have been a funny part of the movie, but it does have a deep message — do we seek guidance from the Lord? More importantly, do we wait to hear His answers?

In Numbers 9:21-22 it states, “21 So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey. 22 Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.” The people of Israel would not move until God told them to move. It didn’t matter how long it took for God to speak, they patiently waited.

As you look at your own life, do you patiently wait on the Lord or do you try to take matters into your own hands? Remember, the Lord’s plan and timing are perfect. He knows what you need, when you need it. Seek Him in all things at all times.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What is a Church?

Many people may go to church, but have you ever stopped and asked, “what is a church”? Is it a building? Is it a social gathering? I am sure that as I asked that question, many answers may have popped into your head. How does the Bible describe a church?

In Numbers 8:1-2 we read, “8 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron, and say to him, ‘When you arrange the lamps, the seven lamps shall give light in front of the lampstand.’” In the Book of Revelation, we read that the seven lampstands are churches. The Bible tells us that the purpose of the Lord’s church is to shine His light into the darkness all around us.

The next time you go to your local church, ask yourself what can you do at your church to shine His light.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

I am Good In Jesus!

Last week, our church lost a dear member of our family — Ms. Julie. She and her husband, Hutch, had been with us since the beginning and now they are both in Heaven. Julie was famous for saying “I am good in Jesus!” Regardless of her situation, health circumstances or other trials she was facing, Julie was always quick to remind everyone that she was “good in Jesus”.

My prayer for all of us is that we will have that same attitude in our lives. We may be struggling with issues, we may be dealing with a health crises, we may be in the middle of trials, but we can still be “good in Jesus”.

Ms. Julie knew that she could be “good in Jesus” because she knew that one day she would be “good with Jesus”. Take time today to thank the Lord for all that He has done in your life, the love that He shows you, and the future that He has planned for you. In reality, we all have reason to be “good in Jesus”.

How Do You Serve?

When I was young in my business career, I often found myself on committees that I didn’t want to be on. Believe me, some made no sense for me to be on (e.g. a committee to set-up facilities for new moms in the workplace). Because my bosses knew I couldn’t say “no”, I often felt like I was asked because they knew no one else would say “yes”. It never donned on me that maybe that wasn’t the answer at all. Maybe, just maybe, I was asked on those committees because they felt I could provide some assistance. Did you know that the same applies to how we serve the Lord and our local churches?

In Numbers 3:5-6 we read, “And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may serve him.” The tribe of Levi was presented to serve. In other words, they had to be deemed “worthy” to serve the Lord.

Not everyone can serve the Lord, only those that are deemed worthy. The next time you are asked to help at your local church, consider it an honor. You are among a select few that have been presented to the Lord to serve Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

What Can Seperate Us?

A funny thing happens when we run into problems; we either draw closer to the Lord or we run away. I know for me personally, that there were times in my life when I would feel that the Lord was personally attacking me through my trials. I would sometimes ask, “how could He?” What I have come to learn is that He didn’t do anything at all!

In Romans 8:38-39 Paul writes, “38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When we go through trials, we may separate ourselves from the Lord, but He never separates Himself from us — regardless of what we do. When  you feel like God does not love you, remember that He always has and always will!

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!

Who is Your Love?

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Luke 10:2727 So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’”

As you celebrate your love for your family and friends today, remember to spend time with your first and true love — Jesus.

Make everyday a day that you celebrate your love for Him.

I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!