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Monday, August 27, 2012

The New Testament "Gamble" by John Lynch

Today a very good friend and I sat down and watched this DVD that was given to us to watch... it is beautiful and Truth all in one... it is about 45 minutes of your life you will not regret using to sit an watch this video. If you are interested here is the link to True Faced...

But this is what got me... The New Testament "Gamble"... so many people are unsure who God is... and this is it... perfectly said...

"The New Testament “Gamble” by John Lynch  <<<---- Click if interested to watch

“What if I tell them who they are?” What if I take away any element of fear in condemnation, judgment or rejection”?

“What if I tell them I love them, will always love them? That I love them right now, no matter what they’ve done, as much as I love my only Son? That there’s nothing they can do to make my love go away”?

“What if I tell them there are no lists? What if I tell them I don’t keep a log of past offenses, of how little they pray, how often they’ve let me down, made promises that they don’t keep?”

“What if I tell them they are righteous, with my righteousness, right now”?

“What if I tell them they can stop beating themselves up? That they can stop being so formal, stiff and jumpy around me?”

“What if I tell them I’m crazy about them? What if I tell them, even if they run to the ends of the earth and do the most horrible, unthinkable things, that when they come back, I’d receive them with tears and a party”?

“What if I tell them that I am their Savior, they’re going to heaven no matter what--it’s a done deal?

“What if I tell them they have a new nature--saints, not saved sinners who should now ‘buck up and be better’ if they were any kind of Christians, after all He’s done for you!”

“What if I tell them that I actually live in them now? That I’ve put my love, power, and nature inside of them, at their disposal?”

“What if I tell them that they don’t have to put on a mask? That it is OK to be who they are at this moment, with all their junk. That they don’t need to Pretend about how close we are, how much they pray or don’t, how much Bible they read or don’t?”

“What if they knew they don’t have to look over their shoulder for fear if things get to good, the other shoe’s gonna drop?”

“What if they knew I will never, ever use the word “punish” in relation to them?”

“What if they knew that when they mess up, I will never 'get back at them'?”

“What if they were convinced that bad circumstances aren’t my way of evening the score for taking advantage of me?”

“What if they knew the basis of our friendship isn’t how little they sin, but how much they let me love them?”

“What if I tell them they can hurt my heart, but that I never hurt theirs?”

“What if I tell them I like U2’s music too?”

“What if I tell them I never really liked the Christmas hand bell deal with the white gloves?”

“What if I tell them they can open their eyes when they pray and still go to heaven?”

“What if I tell them there is no secret agenda, no trapdoor?”

“What if I tell them it isn’t about their self-effort, but about allowing me to live my life through them?”

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Mentally drained, but being fueled

So, yesterday I was mentally drained... a lot going on in life right now and a lot of Spiritual Warfare, but I am so amazed that I am loved by my Father, who fuels me with his love, discerment, knowledge, wisdom, and humility. How did I get through life before without Him? I have absoluetly no idea. Last night I met with a new friend and we talked about all kinds of things... and I have come to realize that the Lord leads us to people for just a time as this. He leads us to people for encouragement, wise words, past experiences to help us through what life is throwing at us right now. I have a lot of friends, but really I only have about 2 or 3 friends that I talk to on a regular bases... these friends I do life with and they know the details of my struggles and I know they are praying for me as I figure things out through prayer and the Lord's guidance. I was telling my new friend last night how thankful I am for my struggles that I have gone through... I would not be who I am today if it was not for every hurt, anger, saddness, depression, etc. I am overjoyed for where I am now and how my Father constantly is with me and leading me through the hard times and good times. I always say I look forward to the hard times in life, because that is when I grow the most and learn more about my almighty God. Praise be His name all the days of my life!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Learning by Truth

So it has been almost 2 months since I blogged last... it has been a very busy summer, but God has truly been evident. I have learned a lot this summer about his character, love, and how he has called us in righteousness. I have been overwhelmed by His presence through up and down times.

We have continued to go and visit the Bhutanese and build relationships... I have really felt the Lord calling me to do a Bible Study of some sort, but wasn't sure what that would look like or if the Bhutanese women would even be interested. So, I worked with Pastor Bhadra on getting the word out for me and we had a few Bible study meetings, but it ended up being around the time ESL classes were taking place. Then I heard from the Lord something a little bit different... reach out to the lost. I knew this from the start, but didn't think it was possible... well He gave me a vision and now it is up to me to go out in faith and trust in His plan.

In October, I will be going to Bangladesh with a team from my church to reach and love on the Jesus Muslims who want more and more of Jesus. We will be teaching them more in depth of the Gospel of Luke and I hear there will be many wanting to be baptized. A good friend of mine will be going to Bangladesh too and the Lord has led 24 Muslim women to a sewing center that a Jesus loving Muslim women has started and we will be going and making relationships with them and sharing our Jesus stories with them. We are going where God is at work and we are so very excited to see what He is doing in the 3rd largest Muslim country.

While I am trying to live my life for the Lord (well, my flesh gets in the way most of the time)... satan has been on attack. He has thrown a lot of things my way to throw me off of the straight path the Lord has laid out. All I can say is Spiritual Warfare has been on the move... and I will not let him win. I am of my Father... he has adopted me into His kingdom and I will never go back. I know where I was before and I was sad, hurt, depressed, and lost. I know who I am now... I am daughter of my living God... He resides in me... The Lord has called me in righteousness, He has taken hold of my hand, He will keep me, and make me to be a covenant to the people and a light for the lost. He is my Redeemer and nothing will take me away from Him. He is who I live my life for... on one else!

Of course... through the trials I am learning a lot and I am learning I am wrong, you are wrong, they are wrong... the only thing that is right is the Truth, the Bible. If whatever is going on does not line up with the very Word of God (changed or not changed... only God knows) then there is nothing right or truthful about what is going on. I am learning that the Word is it... It is God, the Word was there from the beginning and no one can argue with that because we were not there! Like I said, I have learned a lot... maybe not exactly how I would have liked to learn about all of this, but I am thankful for this moment. Praise be to God, my Father!