Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Don't be afraid

I am keeping this post short today-
I read this verse this morning and I just want to say that this has helped me already today. I find this as a wonderful reminder that we are not to fear about anything- we have God on our side. By trusting in God to handle everything- and to strengthen us we are just much better off.

A good reminder for me in my life... but I thought I'd share - maybe it will help you in your life. :)

(Isaiah 41:10)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Ash Wednesday.

Today is Ash Wednesday-

The beginning the somber 40 days before Easter (not counting Sundays, which in themselves are 'celebration' days)
but during the next 40 days we are to grow closer to God and we are to focus on God more.

I know many people give up food during lent- sugars, carbs, alcohol, caffiene, sodas... and the list goes on.

In my mind, the way I was taught Lent is a time to do away with something that is hindering you to get closer to God. - Something that is taking up time that we should be spending with God. When for 40 days we get rid of that barrier that is in our way to getting closer to God, we are able to really connect with God.
This doenst mean to give up work, homework, or necessary duties - but to give up something that tempts you to not get closer with God.
(make sense?)

I guess there are people out there who allow food, and such to really get in their way of spending time with God... but I really just don't see how these things in life could really get in your way of getting closer to God ....
I'm all for diets and eating healthier and exercising more- but just gets to me that people think that just because they can resist chocolate, soft drinks or checking up on facebook for 40 days will get them closer with God.  In my mind instead of pigging out on junk, then spend that time praying and time with God. Don't fill that time not getting closer with God... (make sense?)
what is it in your life that you are allowing to be in your way from getting closer with God?

What are you giving up this Lenten season?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Speaking Wholesomely

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Ephesians 4:29

Here lately I have noticed so much negative talk. It is driving me crazy.

It has been dragging me down, and quite frankly I am tired of it.

What is 'unwholesome talk'?

-many people think that it only is cussing- once they stop cussing they're good to go and they're talking just fine.
 But unwholesome talk goes more in depth than just cuss words
it is more about the quality of the conversation.
Here are a few things that are unwholesome talk :
  • Slander
  • gossip
  • arguing
  • criticising
  • complaining
  • filthy language
  • boasting
  • lying

if you are doing any of these things when you talk, then you are not building others up, instead you are bringing them down.
Just as this verse says- we are to say things that will only build others up according to THEIR needs... so it will benifit those who listen.

If you are gossiping about your sister to your best friend, how is that beneficial for your best friend?

If you are complaining about your husband to a co-worker, how is that beneficial for the co-worker?

I would really like to see more people really think about what they say/how they say things. Instead of just spouting off things- I think we need to take what Paul says here in Ephesians to heart and really pay attention to what we say and really focus on saying more postitive things. I think often we just say whatever is on our minds, instead of really thinking about whether this will help or hurt someone.. or of its a Christian thing to say or not.

I think we really need to make a change in this area, really feel like the worls would be such a better place without constant negativity surrounding us.

Is this something that you can work on?

Do you have people in your life that contstantly speak negatively? If so, how do you deal with it?

Thanks -