The Christian Life

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I was discussing with a friend about living the Christian life. My friend believes that we should avoid all things and all people who are not of like mind. But I disagree.

How can we witness if we isolate ourselves from others? It is truly the WWJD moment. My father used to say that we live by example and others should see Christ through us. I agree with that thinking.

Dad was on to something!

 

The Power of Prayer

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My precious granddaughter has been struggling lately. It’s hard to be perfect when you are only in first grade.

As a new school year starts, it becomes a challenge for her to earn a daily star for being on her best behavior. School rules are tough for a child who is precocious, charming, lively, and very active. She reminds me of her mother. She reminds me of me.

My daughter suggested we start praying with her every morning and ask Jesus to help her behave in order to obtain a star. The results were superior. We were drowning in stars and accolades.

Yesterday, they forgot to pray before school but my grand-girl came home with a star anyway. At this juncture, she declared that praying was no longer needed since Jesus wasn’t essential to her success. This became an opportunity to explain how much she needs Jesus all the time. There are days when prayers are answered and days when life sends us in another direction. Either way, stopping prayer is not an option.

I learned a valuable lesson from my 6-year old granddaughter. At the core, I am regrettably like-minded on the prayer issue. I am guilty of self-centered thoughts.

I seek God for the trials and tests of this life but give up prayerful communication when all is right with my world. If I need something important, I pray heartily. If I don’t need something, I should remember that someone else does. If I don’t need something, then I should praise God. Regardless of life’s circumstances, prayer is mandatory. Prayer is the glue that holds my life together.

At dinner last night, I asked Lily about her day and she told me about the great report. I applauded her and added that I hoped it would be so because I had prayed for her that morning. I asked Jesus to help Lily have a good day.

And he listened.

He always does.

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Pass it on…

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I think my husband is taking my writing seriously.

Not that he hasn’t been supportive…he is always supportive. But today, I returned from a brief work trip to find a 27 inch Mac computer on my desk. This thing is AMAZING and about the size of my dog.

What does a computer have to do with Jesus? Not really much except that I can type the speed of sound and share my love for God with the latest in technology.

I find it incredible that Christianity spread throughout the world basically by word of mouth, letters and eventually the written Bible. Starting with a group of loyal believers who embraced the faith and shared the transforming story of the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is astounding.

Now we come to the present where the world needs to know the peace of Christ more than ever. I truly believe we still have a responsibility to spread the good news. The fact that advanced technology aids in our journey as we try to reach others for Him makes it even better.

To God be the glory.

He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15

What you do with your life matters…

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In my profession of real estate, I am typically highly competitive as I try to serve buyers and sellers in Central Florida.

Recently, I presented a great proposal for a new listing and should have easily been given this home to sell. However, the Sellers chose someone else. In the past, I would have been very critical of myself and disappointed at losing a listing. But something has changed in me.

I realize that I can’t remember now how many listings I have lost and how many homes I have sold in the last 25 years. I know I have sold more than I lost. But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, because I have never been hungry, I’ve never been homeless and my needs have been met. I don’t think I am special, I just firmly believe in the One that holds my future.

What I do with my life matters…what you do with your life matters too. It’s not all about your job; it is about the statement you make when your job goes well or when things go poorly. I believe that in all times you hold your head high and you praise Jesus. How you react to great things and great adversity are a direct reflection of your faith.

Jobs will come and go but Jesus is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. When I want to worry about something, I’ll worry about pleasing God.

God has been good to me in the best of times and the worst of times. In my book, that beats anything of this world. I’m blessed indeed.

Jesus Loves You – Pass it On…

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I’m not bold enough to claim to be a prophet. I’m not even bold enough to call myself a Bible scholar. I AM bold enough to proclaim my belief and love for Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. That doesn’t make me smart, it just makes me blessed. The fact that I get to share it with you is even more delicious in that I could not have done so in such a public way before the growth of the internet.

What would have happened if the prophets had been able to use social networking? Can you imagine if Micah, Joel or Elisha sent out a tweet warning people to return to God?

God spoke through many prophets. They were the real deal. But even more amazing, the prophets did not have the ability to blast an email to millions. The prophets didn’t have Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. What they did have was prophetic visions and God’s voice to share meaningful words of wisdom.

What’s really impressive is that people listened to them! From kings to ordinary citizens – everyone paid attention to the prophets. They might not have obeyed but they definitely listened.

Today, you and I articulate through our blogs or other internet sites and share our religious beliefs. Some may be more eloquent while others might be a little more homegrown. It’s all good. We simply need to remember that words can inspire others to do great things but they can also cause great damage. Our ability to reach many is unfathomable.

But at the end of the day, our goal should be the same. We should strive to enlighten and encourage people to return to God. The prophets, without a doubt, changed mankind for eternity. We need the internet to reach many, but we should also remember that our God is greater than anything man can invent.

Speak, write, shout or tweet but whatever you do and however you do it, be sure to tell others about Jesus.

God never blinks

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It is easy to think we are not ready or worthy to share our faith. I know I feel that way sometimes. But then I remember the words of my Pastor Isaac Hunter: “God doesn’t blink”.

God doesn’t blink. He doesn’t wait for us to be perfect. If so, He would be waiting forever.

We can’t wait until we have enough Bible book smarts, till we are ordained, till we know it all. We will wait forever and our hurting world can’t wait that long. It’s like waiting until you are in shape to go to the gym. You have to step out in faith and start working out. You have to work hard, possibly stumble, pick yourself up and keep moving forward. What a wonderful witness.

Step out in faith. God is watching and He honors our efforts. It is in the conscious attempt to share our love for Jesus that matters. It may not be perfect, but to God, who never blinks, it is well done. I believe that God is proud of our desire to please Him by sharing Christ to a needy and hurting world.

God looks down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. Psalm 53:2 (NIV)

 

I love to tell the story…memories of Dad

ImageToday is the 4th anniversary of my Dad passing from this life into the next. I never met anyone like Dad. He was wholly committed to Jesus and he told anyone he met about the Lord.

One of my favorite stories is when my parents and I were at a local mall and Mom and I went into a store leaving Dad outside. Suddenly, I looked out to see Dad chatting with an elderly gentlemen. I nudged my Mom and told her Dad was winning someone for Christ. When we were done shopping, I walked out to say hello to the sweet man and told him that my Dad was a committed Christian.

Surprisingly, the man told me that he was so impressed that Dad would just walk up to him and share the gospel. No one had ever done that to him.

What made it all the more impressive is that my Dad was unknowingly witnessing to the Senior Pastor of a large Baptist church.

Dad was “saving” a Baptist preacher. Dad wasn’t embarrassed because he was not ashamed to share the love of Christ with anyone he met. Dad told the Pastor he was glad to know he didn’t have to worry about him. It cracked me up.

I hope if someone ever shares Jesus with you that you will let them tell their story and witness to you. You may know more than they do and you may be a lifelong Christian but to the person with a true, deep and loving relationship with the Lord – their words mean something and they want to be sure you are saved.

Dad brought more people to Christ than anyone I know. I’m so very proud of him. I miss him greatly.

In loving memory: S.A. Parvin –  1919 – 2010

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.