Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
Time is not only precious it is fleeting. Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how intentional I am with investing my time. I cringe when I think about all the time I’ve wasted in the past, whether it be on the phone, surfing the internet, watching t.v. or just through procrastination. We are given a set number of hours in the day to accomplish God’s work and those minutes can easily slip through our fingers if we aren’t careful.
Jesus was only here for 33 short years and what he accomplished in those 3 years of his ministry was an incredible testimony of a life well spent. None of us know how long we will walk this earth, but, while we are here have 24 hours in a day, no more or less to use it in a way that adds to the body of Christ and enriches our lives and the lives around us. When I listened to this broadcast, I asked myself 3 questions:
1) What distractions cause me to use my time unwisely?
2) What does using my time wisely look like in my life?
3) What do I do everyday to be intentional about how I spend my time?
Most importantly how does God fit into my day and am I making time for Him?
My previous post on allowing the dead to die was inspired by this Beth Moore’s Series, “Jesus and the Man with the Demons.” This is an excellent series based on Luke 8, that I know you are going to be blessed by immensely. Listen to this throughout the week and be encouraged! She discusses 4 topics:
1) Where Satan has his way people live among the tombs. (Luke 8:27) (Do we wonder around things that are dead to us?)
2) Where Satan has his way people have no voice.
3) Where Satan has his way people feel out matched. (when we are seized over and over again)
4) Where Satan has his way people are out of community
Lastly, she talks about how we are clothed by Jesus!
Happy Sunday! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend! I’m going to church in the evening today instead f the morning, but wanted to listen to a sermon. As usual I always find myself tuning into Charles Stanley. Today, his video broadcast is “Are You Starved for Love? “It is an excellent sermon that reminds us of the meaning of love and the dangers of being starved for love. God knows how to satisfy every desire of our heart and when we refuse to acknowledge this we find ourselves in trouble by settling for any relationship to fill that void.
God’s love is so awesome, there’s no need to be desperate for a relationship or starved for love because Christ fulfills us!
Happy Sunday! Praise the Lord! I hope everyone had a great weekend. This morning everyone was kind of under the weather so my church today was listening to Charles Stanley. His sermon was, “Those Feelings of Inadequacy.” How many of us struggle with that feeling? I face that struggle on some days more than others. The thing abut feeling inadequate is that it robs us from opportunities and stifles us from glorifying God. God created us, so how can we be inadequate? God has equipped us for all that he has in his will for us to do! Listen to Charles Stanley as he talks to us about how to combat those feelings of inadequacy.
Technology has given us one gift and that is being able to hear the word of God everyday, anytime and anywhere! I listen to broadcasts and podcasts daily. I love how they recharge me spiritually and keep me uplifted. Here are some of my favorite broadcasts that I encourage you to listen to when you get a chance!
Beth Moore on Life Today-Who doesn’t love Beth Moore’s style of witty honest teaching of the bible? I could listen to her all day and sometimes on a Sunday it’s me, Beth and a cup of coffee. Every Wednesday you can tune into Beth Moore on Life Today and watch her previous shows in the archives, it’s a real treat.
Focus on the Family – These daily broadcasts cover a number of topics that are relevant, practical and useful in parenting and in the Christian life. I love Focus on the Family so much I have their app on my phone. If you’re looking for practical application of the word to your family’s daily life this is your go to broadcast.
Homemakers By Choice– This podcast has a special place in my heart. I’ve been listening to Donna Otto, the founder of Homemakers by Choice for at least 7 years now. I have devoured her books, implemented her Otto Mottos in my home, and have enjoyed her podcast immensely. Mrs. Otto gets you excited about the many aspects of being a mom, wife and Christian. Once you start listening you’ll be hooked.
Revive Our Hearts– Nancy Leigh DeMoss provides us daily broadcasts on a number of topics that speak to the heart. I always come away from this broadcast encouraged and with a deeper insight into the word of God.
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
If you are struggling with anxiety listen to this two part radio broadcast by Charles Stanley, “When Anxiety Strikes Part 1 & 2.” Life is short and anxiety only shaves more time off the precious moments you have on earth to do what God has planned for you. Even though circumstances can seem overwhelming remember that our God is mightier and wants you to rest in the assurance of his protection. I heard this broadcast and knew I had to share it with all my mommas out there who are struggling with worry, anxiety and fear. Seek the Lord and trust in him and he will never forsake you.
I haven’t written my resolutions or goals for 2015 on my blog, because I’m more introspective about them this year. I want to make changes that are a lifestyle change and not just quick fixes. Well, today I know that one of those goals is to, “Control My Thoughts.” I woke up today and decided to go to church in the evening, but tuned in to Charles Stanley and his message on television was,“Taking Control of Your Thoughts.” Wow this was one of the best sermons I’ve ever heard and I immediately knew I had to share it with you and encourage you to listen.
Basically, he tells us how our thoughts are our control tower for our life. Our thoughts control our actions and who we eventually turn out to be. There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this sermon that I just need you to watch it!! But, here is just a glimpse of some of the notes that I took that were impactful to me:
We sow a thought and reap an action
We sow an action and reap a habit
We sow a habit and reap a character
We sow a character and reap a destiny
Don’t you just want to soak that in!!!
Then he said how unseen thoughts produce visible consequences in our life... BINGO! I know I can name a few consequences I’ve endured because of my thoughts!
I will leave you with these questions he asks us to ask ourselves, as if I need to entice you more to listen to this sermon!
Where will my thoughts lead me?
Will these thoughts get me to where I want to go?
Will my thoughts tear me down or build me up?
Can I share these thoughts?
Are these thoughts scripturally acceptable
Where did these thoughts originate?
Do I feel guilty thinking these thoughts?
Do these thoughts fit who I am as a believer in Christ?
Talk about being spiritually fed! Get nourished and listen to Taking Control of Your Thoughts, matter of fact listen to it a couple of times and send it to your friends!
Don’t you just love Christmas wreaths? But they are kind of pricey! Don’t spend tons of money when you can make one yourself. These also make great Christmas gifts! Here is my simple inexpensive Christmas wreath.
All You Need:
Floral Round Foam Wreath- You can get this from Michaels I actually got them from the Dollar Store for $1 each
Ribbon- I purchased my ribbon for 60% off at Michaels paid about $3.00
Embellishment Purchased at Michaels for 50% off paid about .80
Last night I stumbled across this video from the True Woman 2014 Conference. It is called, “Don’t Be a Wimp,” by Mary Kassian. I was wowed by it and actually watched it twice. She hits home with me on so many points and if you have an extra 54 minutes this week, watch this video. The video is based on 2 Timothy 3:6-7, “For among them are those who creep into households and captivate weak women, weighed down with sins, led on various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of truth. She speaks on the 7 habits you want to kick so that you won’t be a weak woman. Seriously, this is a great video and it makes you think about which one of these habits may have crept into your life to hinder you from reaching your full potential. Below are the habits she discusses in the video. 7 Habits to Kick if You Don’t Want to Be a Weak Woman 1. Creep into households -Don’t allow creeps to creep into your life or your household 2. Captivate weak women-What captivates women that makes them weak 3. Weighed down with sin- The danger of being burdened with sin 4. Led astray- What happens when you are led astray 5. Various impulses- Acting on impulse and emotion 6. Always Learning- You become weak when you always listen but don’t act upon what you learn 7. Never coming to truth Check this video out today, you’ll come away with nuggets of wisdom!