19 August 2010

I've Made My Choice

We live in our happy praise song universe unable to see or comprehend the plans God has for us. Our souls barely surviving and literally dying for more. We just skim the surface (like skipping a smooth rock over water) and never take the plunge to risk it all. The scrapes and bruises we get from barely skimming the water are too uncomfortable for us. What's stopping us? If we're honest with ourselves, we simply fear real pain and loss. Do you feel you've "made it" if you have a Benz in the driveway and a pretty lake house? Is that all you look forward to? Let His purpose be your #1 focus whether the Benz and lake house come or not (Matt 6:33).

When will you truly trust Him with everything you've got? When will you finally BELIEVE what His Word says? When will it click that He'll never let you go?! When the end result is paradise and you're a joint heir to the throne because of what Jesus did, then what do you have to lose? He's already paid it all! He's already done everything needed! Now, all we have to do is follow His lead. So what if you endure a ton of pain and sorrow along the way! Jesus said that if they did it to me, they'll certainly do it to you (John 15:20). If Satan comes and nearly rips the life out of you (crippling you) and steals everything you own, will you still praise your Savior (Psalm 23:4)?! Will you still choose to give Him ALL the glory He deserves?

17 February 2010

21 Day Fast for 2010 – Part 2

As I begin praying I find that my problems are nothing compared to what most people are going through. God’s blessed me so much in my life that I can’t complain about ANYTHING! Really, I have so much to be thankful for. It’s almost unfair that I have so many great things happening to me than most people do. I have no debt (except the house), I have no major health issues, I’m somewhat sane (haha), I have a good family, I live in the best country in the world, I have a great job, my cars have air conditioning etc. So, in response to this, I start praying for others more than praying for my own stupid issues. God actually shows me that if I pray for others and help relieve the burdens of others that I won’t have to worry about what happens to me. He promises to take care of me (Proverbs 3:5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)! And, all this reinforces my new life motto that, “It’s not about you.”

I started going out of my way to pray for other people. And, I’m like ~:-O when others start telling me about what’s happening in their life! Some had no clue that I was praying for them. Next thing I know, people are overcoming all sorts of marital problems, health problems, people are avoiding major car wrecks, work is getting easier for some, people are starting to get answers to prayer that they haven’t seen in awhile, and the list goes on! It’s so much more rewarding when you see other’s lives light up and become new and joyful again. I now see why Jesus gave up everything for us! There’s just no greater joy than to see other’s overcome their obstacles and become stronger in Him!

11 February 2010

21 Day Fast for 2010 – Part 1

Like I always say, there’s nothing more powerful than prayer and fasting! It causes you to focus on what really matters, it makes you disciplined and fasting allows you more opportunity to truly gain wisdom and answers to your prayers you’ve been struggling with for so long. The lessons I learned and the answers to prayer were really unexplainable and completely supernatural! If you’ve never prayed AND fasted, you really have NO idea the level of intimacy with God you can truly have!

In January, I completed a 21 day corporate church-led fast. Since this was less time than my original 40 day fast, I decided to make this one water-only. Well, to be perfectly honest it was only 18 days of water-only. On the 18th day mark I started drinking V8’s. Then the days following the V8, I had a potato and added a salad. Since this was a corporate church-led fast, the others who were fasting decided that we all wanted to go eat Carrabas for what I call our “First Supper”. Honestly, I struggled a little with the decision because I wanted pancakes badly! However, hardly anyone showed up for my first meal on my 40 day fast, so I certainly didn’t want to be alone this time. So, Carrabas it was!