Posts Tagged Christ

50 Shades of Shame

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From guest blogger Jason Kovach.

Let me speak on this before I lose my lid.. I think it’s sick that society feeds this garbage to our kids. I’m not talking bout little babies .. I’m talkin bout teenage kids.. you see I was raised with a blind fold to immorality and wasn’t fed this sickness from these books and movies that are meant to make our society become mislead.. God made us in his image with love and a purpose.. But we would rather spit in his face and lift up perversion!! I’m so tired of it all I’m can stand here and scream Jesus was crucified for you! But that ain’t workin…. Women get so abused with lust they feel like their not worth it.. after a while they just accept is as normal.. Then we have movies like this that push the boundaries to a limit ..the world should be ashamed your just taking the devils gimmick.. If people would just look at their wives and husbands the way we should., we wouldn’t want something else, we would be happy we’re we stood. If you’re a Christian it’s time to start speaking up, the devils not taking a break, you really think we should??  I love my brothers and sisters . Thank you for taking time to read this rant. We can do all things in Christ

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Purposefulness

Purposefulness

I am super excited to share this post from my brother in Christ, Lance Farler. He has been such an encouragement to me and I have been blessed by being able to share in his journey and I look forward to him penning more of his thoughts in the future. 

I started my walk with our great Lord about 8 months ago. Since then, my world/life has been better than ever. Every aspect of life has been made new, what a wonderful journey it has been thus far. I can only expect the future holds great things….speaking of great things, conversations I’ve had with my fellow brothers and sisters has multiple times been centered around the word “purpose”. I think that when someone finally, fully accepts Christ in their life, they think that now everything will always be spelled out for them. There is this sense of, now I have faith and believe, we think show me the way and it should/will just happen. I will profess I was one of those people. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are we there yet?

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. – Psalm 25:4

I am five years old. In in the back seat of a 1972 Nova and we are headed down interstate I-75 to Disney World. The ultimate trip for not only me but millions of other children year after year. Even at that young age, you learn about Mickey Mouse and that he lives in this world that exists only hours away. Well, around 14 hours.

It doesn’t seem very long and a small price to pay for the reward until the trips starts and the time starts ticking away. And then comes the ultimate question that we all have asked…

Are we there yet?

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2 Steps to Expectations Getting Met

expectI know that I have written about this topic before but it seem as though in my conversations lately more and more people are expressing disappointment in a situation or someone else.

“You know, ‘she’ let me down because I thought ‘she’ was going to do that for me.”

“”He’ should just know to do it without being told.”

“I ‘expected’ that they would understand what I meant.”

It is such an emotional trap for all of us. A negative response that can taint the day, a week, or even a relationship for life. Does that mean that to deflect a negative response to a situation that didn’t favor an outcome that you were expecting we just don’t have hopes, desires,… expectations? I don’t believe that is the case nor does it even seem logical however on the flip-side, we also cannot seemingly set an expectation on everything we do or in any situation that we come across.

In hope to steer clear of a let-down, consider the following two points before you judge the outcome.

 1. Choose your priorities – We cannot go through life trying to manage or manipulate every situation or conversation that we encounter but we can set an order of importance. Basically, we can choose our battles. We know what needs to happen in our lives and we manage by order intrinsically anyway. If it means a lot to you, set the expectation and communicate your needs.

2. Clearly communicate them to the other person – I have come to the conclusion that communication in general can always be improved and sometimes over communicating is key. If we have made what we need from someone else or a situation a priority, we need to clearly communicate our desired outcome. Don’t place that responsibility on someone else to try to figure out.

We will never be relinquished from disappointment and frustration in the future and we will not have control over everything but we can manage what we view as important and we can communicate the desired outcome. This doesn’t guarantee a fail-safe practice but it does place the focus on us. The one who had the expectation and the one who holds the emotional response when something doesn’t come through.

Lord, please give me the discernment today to see things through other’s eyes and allow me to step back and give allowance to others. To not make it all about me and to accept that disappointment in my life doesn’t define me and that I have a chance each and everyday to grow like Christ.

Amen

 

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Ephesians 4:31-32

ephesiansGet rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Lord, I pray today that your Spirit give me the temperament that will allow my tongue to be controlled and to not tear one down by words of discouragement. That at any point throughout day, I will seek you for guidance and lean on your strength to allow me to speak life into someone and to build them up. To not tear them down and to understand that others will make mistakes that will hurt me but I believe that you will deliver me through that circumstance. That through that tough time, you will use it to highlight the area that I need to grow, walk with me through the change, and give me the strength to forgive and release the weight of a hurtful circumstance. For if I want to accept God’s grace and forgiveness for my sins, I must follow Christ’s lead and let forgiveness flow through me to others.

Amen

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Love Her Through Me

Bible heartFrustration is birthed out of unmet expectations. Isn’t that so true? I often think of that statement when I am frustrated over something and I try to be real with myself to understand if my feelings are truly being driven by what I want. James 4:1 says, “What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you”? Did my selfishness get in the way? Am I thinking of the others involved or supporting the outcome of a situation even if I gain nothing? Read the rest of this entry »

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Do Not Remove This Tag

tagDid you ever fear the mattress police would show up at your door after you took the tag off the mattress? C’mon, you know you wondered what would happen. I did when I was a kid as I stared at the tag wondering if I should I pull it or not. All joking aside, we are all born with a tag from our Creator. We are tagged in the image of Christ as it says in Genesis 1:27…

So God created human beings in his own image. Read the rest of this entry »

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