Since meeting my goal to read all the books of the Bible*, I’ve been asking, “Where should I start next?” God answered me in so many ways. First, I attended an IF:Local Mandeville/Northshore at St. Timothy’s United Methodist Church. This year’s IF:Gathering dove into the Book of John. Then the following Sunday at Vintage Church the message “Big Easy Jesus: I am the bread” focused on John 6:25-69. And finally, in conversation with a friend, she casually mentioned that she was reading through John this Lent Season.
Ok, God… Got it! John it is… Read more
God please give me one person to share your love with, Amen!
… and then we are sitting at a bar…
Encouraged by leadership and mission of Manchester Christian Church, my husband and I have been praying for one person to share God’s love with and to be a light. Our small group has also been focusing on this mission and prayed for God to prepare the hearts of co-workers before we moved to NOLA. We have this as one of our family’s missions: individually, in our marriage, and anywhere or how God wants to use us. We’re also very human and have all the uncomfortable and too comfortable flaws that come with being human. Sometimes we forget or lose momentum in the prayer and have to remind ourselves and refocus. We submitted a prayer request, for one, with a new church, Vintage Church New Orleans, we attended and we prayed it together in our final prayer that evening.
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…take up your cross and follow me. –Jesus
As Christians we are to strive to be Christ-like. Jesus very specifically says the second most important commandment of God is to Love your neighbor as yourself (Matt 22:39). To be Christ-like is being of the same mind, same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. With humility, we are called to regard one another as more important than ourselves, looking out for the interests of others (Phil 2:2-5) submitting to one another (Eph 5:21). To love is to show patience, kindness and to not be boastful, arrogant, rude… love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things (1 Cor 13). Love also keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:6). If you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions (Matt 6:15). Hate the sin, love the person (Rom 12:9-10).
Then there’s the world that is presented to us by the media.
I’m finding that God is constantly preparing me for what is to come. I do see His handy work in hindsight and get overwhelmed with feelings of being cared for and loved. He doesn’t always reveal what is around the corner and a lesson that He’s teaching me is to live for today by being present. This is a huge challenge for me since I’ve always planned my next move by living in five-year plans. Ironically, I haven’t had one five-year plan come to fruition. This is not due to failure but unexpected events, opportunities, and directions in life. Now with this new surrendered life, I’m letting myself be open to God’s plan for me and whatever that brings. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34. So now I find myself singing “Que Sera, Sera… whatever will be will be, the future is not ours to see…” Read more
I paired my daily journaling with a Bible study plan that I clumsily put together.
Over the years, I’ve read pretty much the same books over and over, particularly books that matched the holidays (Exodus, Mathew/Mark/Luke/John) and commonly quoted ones (1 Corinthians, Proverbs, Psalms, Song of Solomon). Guess what, there are a lot more chapters… Read more
As I prepared to complete my year in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, I started a daily prayer journal following the example of my husband who was encouraged by a Rick Warren message on The Spiritual Act of Journaling. I was also inspired by the executive paster, Bo Chancey at Manchester Christian Church. Bo spoke once about spending his early mornings in prayer, devotion, and study.
Enthusiastically, I started setting my alarm to early hours to do the same and failed miserably as I pressed snooze every 9 minutes for an hour. Read more
Still getting settled from a recent move to New Orleans, I took Jacquin, my golden retriever bff, to Annunciation Park for the second time this day. The sky was blue, grass was green and an airplane was sky writing “Pray,” “Live,” and “Coex…” I brought a picnic blanket, a bone, Jesus Calling, a Bible, and a notebook. Jacquin and I found an open space on the grass away from the basketball court full of people hustling. Other than the squealing sneakers, the park was mostly quiet. The open green was empty but something didn’t quiet feel comfortable and I couldn’t put my finger on it.