Scripture Of The Day

Love is the greatest of all gifts you can give to anyone.  It leaves the greatest mark on anyone when they need it.  Love is the real way to bring others to Christ…it is not our fancy Jesus bumper stickers.  It is how we LOVE…how we love the strangers, enemies, and people that have wronged us.  It is a love like no other.  Agape love.  The WHY in ministry is our love of God, that should over saturate us and flow into a river of love for others.

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

We just recently tried this small group at my Church, we have felt led to meet others in our walk with God.  I am a very shy person, at first.  This was definitely getting out of our comfort zone.  What is your comfort zone of friends?  Do you feel like your click uplifts you or brings you down?  Do you feel like they are good influences or bad influences?  Are you a free bird in the flock or are you just freeing your flesh.

“The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray.”  Proverbs 12:26

Comfortably Bored

There are all types of friends.  I have had many types in my 27 years of life. I like different people and I like to be different and sometimes that would not be good for me.  In high school, I had youth group friends that went to my school so it was nice to have them in those tough times, it was a routine thing and I got too comfortable and bored.  In college however a whole new breed of friends began showing up in my life.  I was so intrigued by the differences in experiences life had to offer us.  Some friends were so outgoing and adventurous.  Friends that had money and friends that did not.  Friends that were academically motivated and others that wanted to party EVERY night.  Out of all of the friends I had added into my “New Click” none of them were Christian.  I wasn’t going to church as much and honestly was more focused on myself and “experiencing” different things.  My friends were sucking me down and my most important friend in my life, I pushed aside and that was Christ.

“Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits.  Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God.” 1 Corinthians 15:33-34

Flesh Free, Spirit Caged

These new birds in my flock I loved dearly, now not all friends have love for you.  Some are friends if they can take more than give.  I became a new bird, a bird that I though was free.  Free to have fun, and do whatever I wanted.  My spirit wasn’t happy but my flesh was.  My spirit became locked in a cage while my flesh was free to roam the world.

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Find Your Christian Flock

I spent many years in the dark, and after surrendering my life back to God I started to loose friends, I became disinterested in the things I once did, so my friends became disinterested in me.  I would do it everyday to be close to God.  It was a nice experience to be surrounded in a small group with other followers and believe it or not, I wasn’t board or comfortable!  It was new and exciting.  God will provide you with the right people.  This time I am keeping my Christian birds.  I have my husband but we need friends to keep us accountable and to talk about God with.  It was truly a blessing to us to meet them.  It is so important to get uncomfortable, it adds excitement and progression.  No challenge = No change.  I challenge you to meet new Christians, if you have them, start a study group and meet more.  Invite people to your study group, and expand your flock. GET UNCOMFORTABLE, try new things (God centered and wholesome)  It is amazing the blessings in your life when you follow the lead of the Holy Spirit and die to flesh.

With Love,

Her Heart

 

 

Scripture Of The Day

HE TREASURES HIMSELF NOT GOD.  It is important that we remember that all we have is not ours, its God’s.  God is our provider.  If you are a farmer he provides the sun, rain and ground for your supply.  If you are a Doctor, he provided a way for you to go to school and people for you to care for.  If you are an artist or singer, he gave you those gifts.  Forgetting where our blessings come from and not giving back to God, is not a way to show your appreciate what you have received from him.  When you stay in the right spiritual mindset about these things and stay humble, he will bless you more.

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Childhood in Divorce to Childhood in God

Three years old is so young to understand divorce.  I remember gripping to my mother screaming, tears rolling down my chipmunk cheeks every other weekend. To turn around feeling that same sadness at the end of my fathers weekend. If anyone else has lived through this kind of childhood, you are with me when I say it was rough.  I feel that it is a heartbreaking experience even as an adult to find out that our real example of love, is no example at all.  At least as an adult it would be a little easier to understand why.

Getting used to going to one house to another was not an easy mission.  Just the adjusting from not having my mother and father both tucking me in at night was pretty rough.

I understand now why they did it.  They were young when they got married, shortly had me after.  I love my parents, they are two very different people.  They have their reasons for divorce, and I am not going to air out personal laundry for them.  I only air out mine to you guys! lol I forgave them for shaking up my childhood. I know deep down they were looking out for me in the long run.  I will say that it made me stronger.  God got me through it.

When I was about 7 or 8 (I think) my mother started going to church.  There was a drastic change in my home and boy am I forever thankful for this.  I understood a little bit about God and Jesus but I wasn’t sure of his wonderful power.  When I was about 10, I accepted Christ into my heart.  It was then I started to realize how wonderful our father was.  He was there for me when I cried in my bed at night, which was my often routine before.  He was there for me through everything, the anger, sadness, confusion and hurt.  This experience matured me at a young age.  I began to rely on God and trust in him for everything.  I was blessed to have an outcome like this, others have not.  People begin to medicate the hurt and it can ruin other parts of our lives as adults if we let it.

Soon after God changed my heart I stopped asking why and began to see the positive in everything.   I was a new creature.  I started to enjoy two family holidays, rules, home, and style of life.  I could talk to my parents about different things.   Now, we were no Brady Bunch and we had family struggles like others in life, but God got us through.

I think it is very important for couples going through a divorce with children to get along, and to work as a team.  Try not to disparage one another in front of the child.  Being in church helped so much, there was youth groups, and mentors at the church that I really looked up to.  My parents were also very cautious about what we watched and listened too, that helped with staying in God to avoid becoming saturated in the world.  I read this article in light of me writing my post to give some advice to the parents.  Its “How to explain Divorce to a Three Year Old.”  There are many resources and ways to get through Divorce.

With Love,

Her Heart

13 Unique Ways To Pay It Forward

Ah “Pay it Forward”  a great, wonderful movie that should be on anyone’s must see bucket list.  I will warn you parents, it is rated PG-13, so the dialogue may have a few choice words you do not want your children to learn.  The lead roles I believe are the best combination of actors in this movie.  There is Helen Hunt, Haley Osment and Kevin Spacey!  It is about a social studies teacher who gives an assignment to his junior high school class to think of an idea to change the world for the better.  As Christians we were called to help change the world.  I do not want to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it (GO SEE IT).

The main mission after Christ died and rose again was to fix the world, and tell them about Jesus.

But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.   Luke 6:35

Here are 13 ways to “Pay it Forward”, that could possibly save souls and witness in the up most wonderful form: Love.

Drop a Dollar or Five

Dropping a dollar or five in a public space is a fun an exciting way to pay it forward.  Try to drop money in the parking lot, or at the grocery store and watch to see who finds it.   The look on their face can thrill you.  Let the fate of the new money owner be up to God.  Even if people are not super thrilled to have it, they will still think in their minds… “Wow, was I meant to find this?”

Drive Thru:

This one is very easy, and well known.  The next time you were blessed with a nice paycheck, and you are in the drive thru, pay for the car behind you.  Like the Starbucks line, or even at a fast food establishment.  Someone in that car behind you may be having an AWFUL day and need a little boost of love to get them going.  This is also not embarrassing for the people behind you because really, they have no choice and there is not a crowd around them to make them feel embarrassed.  This way, you remain anonymous and humble.  There is a deep joy when you give without boasting and your reward will be in heaven vs. praise you may receive for others.

Pharmacy Angel:

I will tell you a friend of mine once worked in a Pharmacy, she would tell me often about the elderly that would come in and ask which prescription do they need today because they could not pay for them all.  Insurance today for the elderly is not worth much.  Drop off a twenty dollar bill and have the cashier promise you to give it to the next elderly person who comes to pick up.  They will do it.  If not and they take the money selfishly let the Holy Spirit handle it.  Its still giving either way.

Charity Membership

If you are living well, and blessed financially, sign up for a charity membership.  Some offer very small charitable donations they can get from you monthly, or a one time donation.  I would do a little research on them and let the Holy Spirit lead you in the right direction.  List of Charities

Hold The Door Open

This one is a less expensive and simple option.  Holding the door open for someone can open your heart and show a stranger the kindness inside of us.  Say THANK YOU to the people who do this for you.  Have you ever opened the door for someone and they walk in like royalty without looking you in the eye or telling you “thank you”.  Paying it forward can be a simply thanks.

Shop at Charity Thrift Stores

I LOVE thrift shopping!  There are many thrift stores believe it or not that partner with charities that give to an organization. Shop local charity thrift stores and save money.  Its a two for one.  A gift for you heart and your wallet!

Reach Out on IG

When using the search option on Instagram, I found myself looking for #Christians #love to find fellow friends.  One day the Holy Spirit told me to search #Helpme #lonely #fear.  You would not believe the sad Instagram users that have a heap of negative posts.  Depression in people on social media is an issue.  Find a profile of someone that needs some uplifting and comment positive things on their pictures.  Show them that they are loved by someone, us and God.

Homeless Water

Buy a case of water bottles for your car, and keep them in the trunk.  Stock 2 or 3 in the backseat of your car and when you see a homeless person begging at a stoplight, or in the city, give a bottle to them.  I see homeless people everywhere, and it is worse in other places but we were called to be givers, no matter what the motives are of the homeless person.

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Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. Proverbs 19:17

Driving with Jesus

Being a courteous driver is very important.  The worst sight is seeing a car with a Jesus fish sticker cutting someone off and flipping them the bird.  Examples of courteous driving would be, letting people merge, letting people out of lanes to turn into traffic, waving thank you after others have let you in, or giving someone your parking spot.  As I would say “Drive with Jesus in the passenger seat.”

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For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. 2 Peter 1:5-7

Donate Blood or Items From Home

Donate blood, you can save a life.  I know it may seem like work to take things from your home and driving to drop them off.  Now they have pick up services like Salvation Army!

Run For Charities

If you like to stay active, run for a cause. Not a runner? There are walk charities as well.  Here is a few Run Charities.

Compliment Someone

Doing this to complete strangers has the best effect.  We should only do this out of love, not flattery for something in return.

Hang with The Old Folks

I worked at a retirement community for MANY years, best years of my life.  You can learn so much from them.  There are plenty of communities that you can volunteer at to hangout, or even put on events for them.  During this time of their lives some are lonely and have no family and just need a friend.

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But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.   Luke 6:35

With Love,

Her Heart