Thursday, June 3, 2010

Reflections


Today a friend posted this statement on Facebook:

"We may be the only Bible that people ever read. So we have to represent Christ to the fullest and let our light shine so that someone can ask you about the radiance that is emanating from you. We are workers together with Christ and we are his
ambassadors in this Earth."
(Deandra Tolson Harris)

The first part of her message "We may be the only Bible that people ever read" is so big! It had a huge impact on me. Think about it. You are a walking Bible. You may be the only person they will ever experience God through. The everyday actions and decisions we make in our lives are a reflection of what living for Christ looks like to the world. I know a lot of people don't like WWJD (what would Jesus do?), but it is the simplest way for believers to gauge their own actions. I ask myself that all the time. It's so much bigger than "is this the right thing to do?". It's how would Jesus have handled it? What does God's word say about it? Are my actions a reflection of God's love? As soon as you start asking your self these hard questions, you will feel what is the right thing to do in your heart. The Holy Spirit is working in you. Listen for His guidance.

The world is watching you. To all that represent Christ, everything you do is reflected on the kingdom. "We need to develop the character of God so others can actually see Jesus working in a practical way". (Parecha Bordley) We all make mistakes, but through God's grace we are forgiven. God always takes a mess and turns it into a message. The world truly does not understand that. It's our job to teach them about God's love, mercy and grace through our everyday actions. So lets be real with the world and stop hiding behind the safety of religion. Stand up, step out and extend the hand of God to someone.

Never walk away from someone who deserves help: your hand is God's hand for that person...
(Proverbs 3:27 MSG)

"Let our light shine so that someone can ask you about the radiance that is emanating from you."
(Deandra Tolson Harris)

Lord let them be a burning light for your glory. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)


Read more about being Christ's Ambassador below in previous post.


In His Love,

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ambassador


Ambassador: authorized representative or messenger.

You are an ambassador for Christ. Did you know that? God has given you the ministry of reconciliation, bringing back worth and value into the hearts and lives of people.

"God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ himself now: Become friends with God; he's already a friend with you"
(2 Corinthians 5:20 Msg).

Wow! How big is that? God is making his appeal through us. Maybe you are saying whoa... I'm not a pastor, I've not been a Christian very long, I don't know enough about the Bible etc... No matter where you are with your walk with God, your life counts. God has called you and shaped you to serve Him.

For me the most important part of being a Jesus follower is to reach out to broken people. When I was not a believer, I saw Christians as being prejudice and judgmental, serving a wrathful God. That was my life experience. I did not understand the unconditional love of Jesus.

How often do you exude the unconditional love of Jesus? I know that I struggle with that everyday. Sometimes it's easier to do with strangers than the people in our own lives. Remember that God wants us to show people compassion. We as Christians are called to hold others accountable, but with a heart of compassion. Sharing God's truth with love. When we are compassionate the end result is complete healing and restoration, not condemnation, so they can be healed and restored to the heart of God and gain them back to Christ. Throwing broken people away is not the heart of God.

Jesus said "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me". (Matthew 25:40 NIV)

Every time you touch the least of these, the broken, the lost, the desperate and the poor, you touch the heart of God. God set you aside to minister to others. Ask God to allow you to see people through His eyes. Know that your life counts in God's kingdom. I am not talking just about what you do on Sunday at church, but everyday in your life. Reach out and touch others with love and compassion.

(Inspired by Pastor Scott Cagle of North Star Church in Knoxville, TN. from his sermon Your Life Counts )


In His Love,



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Monday, April 19, 2010

Higher Calling Blogs

This weekend I received a really warm welcome to Higher Calling Blogs.com from their editor Cheryl Smith. Higher Calling Blogs.com is a network of personal blogs and websites focused specifically on their intersection of faith and work. Their vision is to "use new media tools to create opportunities for people to encounter God for the transformation of daily life, work, and the world". There are so many blessed and encouraging writers in their network. I am really excited to be part of Higher Calling Blogs. I am looking forward to learning and connecting with the other bloggers on their network. Whether you are a blog reader or writer make sure you visit http://highcallingblogs.com.

Hoping you have a blessed day!




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Monday, April 5, 2010

Butterfly


This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

You may be asking "What's with all the butterflies?". The butterfly has long been a Christian symbol of Christ's resurrection, for it disappears into a cocoon and appears dead, but emerges later far more beautiful and powerful than before. For me the butterfly represent my life as a believer.

Before I was saved, I was like the little hungry caterpillar. Eating my way through life trying to fill up my belly. I was not literally eating, but trying to fill the hole in my heart with things of this world. I thought I would find happiness when I graduated from high school, then from college, when I got a great job, when I made more money, when I reached my weight goal, being in relationships etc... No matter what I accomplished in my life I still felt empty. I did not find true happiness and peace in my life until I surrendered it to God. Once I opened my heart for God to move in, I was like the little caterpillar who finds it self wrapped up in a warm and protective cocoon. God's love is like that. He just covers you in it, wraps you up in His arms and protects you.

Accepting Jesus as my Lord and Savior gave me freedom from my sins. It allowed me to become a new person, just like the caterpillar who turns into a beautiful butterfly. I still am a sinner, but I am forgiven. It means that no matter how bad I mess up God is waiting for me to turn back to him and come home. Having that kind of unconditional love in your life changes you. It makes you want to be a better person, it makes you want to love more.

Did you know that an emerging butterfly has to beat it's wings against the cocoon repeatedly to escape? Also, that if the butterfly were to be cut free of the cocoon and not win it's freedom through that struggle it doesn't gain the necessary strength to fly and to survive? The same is for all Christians. Once you are saved and become a believer it does not mean that you will not struggle. It does not mean that you won't have difficult times in your life. When life gets hard it is important to remember God has a plan for your life. Scripture tells us, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". (Jeremiah 29:11) Try to remember that God loves you just the way you are, but loves you too much to leave you the way you are. Know that as we grow in our relationship with God our true beauty shows, like that of a butterfly.

"How does one become a butterfly?" she asked pensively. "You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar."

In His Love,



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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A New Chapter


I am starting a new chapter in my spiritual life. I have been praying and asking God to show me where I could serve Him. In the past He has called me to serve in both children ministry and a mother's ministry, but that season is now over. When those doors closed, God was clear with me that He wanted me to focus on my first ministry, which is my husband and children. Still I did not give up on my request because I felt I could do more. I went before God again, broken hearten and weeping, asking Him to show me where He could use me to reach out and serve Him more. He knows that I have such a heart for women, mothers, the lost and broken.

God started to talk to me about the daily scriptures that I post on Facebook. Unexpectedly, I have gotten a lot of positive responses from the scripture postings. I have seen the Holy Spirit work through these Facebook interactions. I get so much joy from hearing that scripture spoke truth into someone else's heart. You never know how many people you may show the love of God to through your Facebook postings. I have seen the impact of God's Word (the Bible) in my life and now on Facebook. I never looked at my posting as a ministry, but only sharing what God was doing in my life through scripture. Now God wants me to to take it to a new level and start this blog My Tiny Truths to share my every day walk with Him.

God knows my heart. He knows showing the world the love of Jesus Christ is what it is all about for me. He made me a lover. God created me to love on people in order to show people how real He is and how real your everyday relationship can be with Him. God is calling me to share the practical ways you can be with God everyday. It's kinda funny how this is all working out. I choose this blog name, My Tiny Truths, over two years ago with intentions of doing a Mommy blog (which never happened). Well God had other plans. My Tiny Truths is going to be a blog about God's truths.

I am not much of a writer or a Biblical scholar, but I do have a passion for sharing the message of Jesus Christ with others and expressing how much God loves them. Most importantly, I want to be real with God and with you. I am learning to hear God speak into my life through the Word (the Bible), through prayer, seeking guidance from the Holy Spirit, circumstances, from church, worship and other believers. This blog will be a portal for all things God. My Tiny Truths are the truths that God will reveal to me through scripture, prayer, sermons, personal stories and testimonies, experiences, books, music, other media and from other believers feedback. I am always growing in my walk with God and I look forward to hearing your comments. I pray that everyday you are able to find help in "my tiny truths", for the everyday things that will bring us closer to God.

In His Love,



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