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Are You Spiritually Obese?

Are you Spiritually Obese?

by Tanya Are-you-spiritually-obese-By-Tanay We sit in church and listen attentively to the wonderful sermon that was preached and feel so refreshed by it. We go online and read a wonderful blog about how some person has been working for the Lord. We read the word of God and gain wonderful insights into the meaning of the passage of scripture.

Yet…we sit and do nothing.

Life happens. Work happens. Children happen . And so you find yourself too tired to play an active role in working for the Lord. And each week you return to church to receive another blessing from the service. And so we take in and take in, but we don’t do any spiritual work.

And so we become…spiritually obese.

Well today, I want to tell us all, to get up and get moving spiritually. Let us work the work of faith.

Let us shake off the spiritual lethargy that has us failing to work in service to God in sharing God’s love with others.

As we receive the truth, let us say like Jesus:

 

I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work (John 9:4, King James Version).

We don’t need any special qualifications to work for God.
We don’t need money to work for God.
We don’t need a special time to work for God.

 

What we need to do is to get up in faith, and share a smile, a word of encouragement, a prayer…

Then it will be that we will stop only being fed, but also share and feed others the spiritual Bread which we have received.

Prayer:

Oh Lord, help us to share Your word with others, that they too may be blessed, as we have been by receiving Your Word. In Jesus’ Name we pray. AMEN.

 Tanya – from God’s Character

Tanya is a child of God, wife, stay at home mom and homeschooler. She loves the Lord and loves telling people about who He is. By God’s grace her husband and she intend to live out Joshua’s statement “but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord”. And so her greatest desire is to see her Lord face to face and along with her family, join in the joyous strains of triumphant voices praising our Lord and King. Check out her blog at God’s Character.

Five Minute Fridays – Hero

Five Minute Fridays – Hero

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Well I sure only have 5 minutes today. Running out to pick up grandson in a few minutes.

The word “hero” means:

a person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities; a person who has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.

My hero has to be Jesus. He is the One who instills in us the desire to be more than we can be on our own.

I can name many human heros – those whom I would look up to. When I look at them I see that they are selfless, kind, and loving. I see them doing things that require more than a regular strength.

I found this song by Kirk Franklin called Hero and I love this verse:

Now I can see you I’m no longer ashamed
Your power I feel see our lives have exchanged
Every wrong is erased, Jesus
You are my hero you came and you saved the day

One of the best examples of a human hero to me is Mother Teresa. To me she shows us someone who did not think of herself but always looked for out for the other person. In poor conditions she never complained but pressed on as Paul calls us to do.

Time is up. Five minutes goes quickly. On Monday February 10 I will be joining the Blog Hop again and our topic happens to be “hero”. I hope to expand on my thinking for that post.

Here is the Hero by Kirk Franklin.

Blessings to everyone,

Janis

Tweetable:

You are my Hero, Jesus. You have come to save every day. (click to tweet)

Five-Minute Fridays

Five-Minute Fridays

Want to join Lisa Jo. Here are the rules:

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

How Can I Stop from Being a Rich Fool?

How Can I Stop from Being a Rich Fool?

by Patricia Day

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How Can We Be Good Stewards?

A rich man was blessed with a huge harvest.  His first thoughts were NOT to thank God.  NOT to help others but how can I store all this and keep it safe for myself (based on Luke 12:15).

I will build larger barns and then I will have plenty for the months and years ahead.  So he built new storage facilities and packed his harvest inside.

Little did he know that it would be one of the last things he would do.  His wealth was not taken from him – his soul was.

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

“Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

“But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

“This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God” (Luke 12:16-21, NIV).

But God said to him, “You fool!  Tonight you will die.  Then who will get what you have stored up?”

This is what happens to people who store up everything for themselves, but are poor in the sight of God.

There was no thought of helping others; only to provide for himself.

We all have a tendency to want material things.  Some are necessary for our everyday lives, while others are not.  They are simply desires for more stuff.  Stuff can give us a certain stature in society.

We overlook the fact, that everything belongs to God – we are only caretakers and are expected to share our blessings with the less fortunate or needy.

The rich man lost everything including his soul, because he put material wealth before spiritual health.

Let us remain aware that our job here on earth, is to lean upon God and His provision.  Not gather and keep all that we gain for our own use.

Thought for the day:

You can’t have everything, where would you keep it all?

Let’s pray that we use the resources that God gives us to bless others. (click to tweet)

Prayer:

Abba, help us to help others, as You bless us with our needs each day.  Amen

Patricia Day

Patricia Day

Writing has always been a passion of Patricia. She can express myself better in writing, than verbally.  She enjoys creating short stories and devotionals. Her favourite past-times: family-time; gardening; reading; walking and listening to good music. Married.  Mother of two sons; step-Mom to a son & daughter and Nana to ten.

Look for her devotionals at Pepe Prays and her blog at Patters Matters.

Patricia has recently completed her first novel – Eleanor, A Stolen Childhood – which is in the process of publication.  Her second novel, Priscilla – Hidden in the Shadows is now being written.

FIVE MINUTE FRIDAY – What Mama Did

Five Minute Friday – What Mama Did

Linking in with Lisa Jo to write for  5 minutes only. See the bottom of the post if you want to join.

Kathy, Mom and me

This is a tough one for me today. My Mother died last January at the age of 94, almost 95.

My Mom, I can say for certainty, was always there for me. She loved deeply both her girls and her husband. She cared for us and always put herself last. Sometimes that bothered me because I felt bad. But now I see it was her nature to give, and to love.

My husband and I had the privilege to have her stay with us for 4 years (with a sharing between my sister and myself). Mom and I learned to “get along”. It was tough but we did manage to find a peace between us.

When Mom decided to move to a retirement facility, we loved how she joined in with all the fellowship. My Mom never forgot a name, a date or how someone was doing. Once again her caring nature stood at the forefront.

A competitive cribbage player, I loved how even in the last few weeks of her life she still played to win. And she did win. Her mind, always sharp – she could figure out how to use those cards to her advantage.

Miss her – greatly. Crying now yes. But knowing that she is with my Dad and with Jesus. I see them are all dancing together and that helps me get over the emptiness I still feel.

Yes my Mom loved everyone, and adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of the cutest things she said was at our last Christmas together  – as she watched the great-grandchildren playing – she said, “My, Sarah, they look so much alike”. My daughter, Sarah, replied, “Yes Grandma, they all look like you.”

To my Mom  – a gracious lady, a wonderful wife, mother and friend. We all miss you.

 

 

1. Write for 5 minutes flat for pure unedited love of the written word.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog footer}
3. Go leave some comment props for the five minute artist who linked up before you {and if you love us, consider turning off word verification for the day to make it easier for folks to say howdy}

It’s a great way to catch your breath at the end of a long week.

ADVENT WEEK FOUR – Love

What is Love?

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“We love each other because he loved us first” (1 John 4:19, NIV).

I am taking 5 minutes to write a post – linking to Friday Favourite Things of Finding Joy.

Love – when I think of love I think of acceptance – caring – sharing – respecting.

Love – when I think of love I think of my family – how much we do care for one another.

Love – when I think of love I think of helping – anyone and everyone.

Love – when I think of love I think of our Father – who loves us so much that He went to great lengths to show us how much He cares.

How great is that? This Christmas as I have thought about hope, peace, joy and love, I have seen more in all the interactions around me. I am learning to slow down; to stop controlling; to breathe in each moment; to be filled with His Spirit.

Many blessings for the year to come,

Janis

 

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