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A question

I have a question.

I just saw a picture that said, ” You can’t have a million dollar income with a $5 mindset.” What does that mean? “Think big to earn big?” “Risk big to gain big?” And, how does this compare to our spiritual attitude? Just underneath that picture was this,

“But whatsoever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, tat I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that come from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ — the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Philippians 3:7-9

I know that in the physical world “think big to earn big” and “no gain without risk,” is the way many people play the game.

Now let’s flip that over to the spiritual side.

When someone truly sells out to God you will see a fundamental shift of priorities. A house to live in and food to eat will still be a priority but the type of shelter and food will change. No longer will we have to have a 2000 sq. ft. plus house with an pool, indoor garage and a 70 inch television. No longer will T-bones twice a week, fish and shrimp every Friday be must haves.

When we _know_ that true wealth doesn’t belong to us and that true riches cannot be bought with money, we will begin to see beyond the very temporary and fleeting treasures.

I have taught children for years and one of the lessons I had to teach was distinguishing between good, better, and best when making decisions. It’s almost unfair to show a 4-5 year old 3 treats: a few pieces of candy, a candy bar and a piece of cake with ice cream and tell them they can only have one. They can have the candy pieces at any time, if they wait an hour they can have the candy bar, another hour and they can have the cake and ice cream. This teaches a process of critical thinking; “How much do I want the big prize? How badly do I want the candy now? Is it worth a little candy now to sit and watch others eat their cake and ice cream?”

This teaches patience, self-control, setting goals and achievements. As a parent and teacher this requires a steadfast knowledge that the process is good even when the child is crying or throwing a tantrum because they can’t have the big treat.

Now picture Satan and God. God wants us to have the big prize and he is willing to give us the big prizes to show us how much he loves us as we wait/strive for the final prize. However, Satan is trying to catch our attention with a short term pleasure/treat that will take our eyes off the prize.

God wants us to dream BIG because He is BIG God and desires to do BIG things in our lives. He wants us to push the envelope of everything we’ve ever been taught about God and what He will do for us. But, when all we are focused on is the “small stuff,” _we_, limit God.

We limit His power in our lives. We don’t give him anything to work with.

If I were to build a sky scrapper my foundation must be deeper and stronger than my foundation for a house. Just the same way Jesus is calling us to the deeper commitment/relationship with Him. He is asking us to risk everything (knowing He will take care of it) to focus on what is most precious to His heart, people.

God could call you as a pastor, an evangelist, a prophet, but just as important are the spiritual moms and dads, teachers, counselors, givers, cleaners, servants, encouragers. There are other positions that are needed and over the coarse of time we will find ourselves filling many or all of these positions. Some for a lifetime, some for a day. ALL for the Glory of His plan.

SO, Dream big, Risk everything, Trust God fully, have Faith and don’t let go or give in when everything gets hard.

Watch what God will do.

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How old is old?

This is a repost of something I posted on Facebook last year.

How old is old?

Twenty years, Forty, Eighty, more?

Antiques are anything over 25 years old.

Fifty years is half a century.

We have septuagenarians, octogenarians and centenarians.

So how old is old?

When we look at our lifespan, how long is it?

How long did God create us to exist?

How old is old?

We are spirit, body and soul.

I am a spiritual being, I have a soul, I live in a body.

Have you ever owned a car/ a vehicle that just got worn out?

You could have taken care of it, pampered it. Maybe you got 20, 30 years out of it but there came a time where something had to change.

I have seen and heard so many people around me talking about “getting old” “I’m old.”

We have forgotten something very important.

We were not created to exist for only seventy years, 100 years.

We were created for eternity.

When we junk that old car/vehicle we do not stay in it. We get out. We get a new car / bike / trike / plane /  boat, etc.

When this body, this flesh, withers away we are not old.

We are still incredibly young.

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Getting Ready

I found this post on Facebook the other day and the friend who posted it mentioned that despite the possibility of it getting him in trouble this gave him a laugh.

He’s right. If I look at this with the eyes of a woman living in 2015 this looks outrageous but let’s take another look.

*Prepare yourself mentally for……* an encounter, a challenge, a trial, a pleasure, etc. Prepare yourself mentally. How many times have we entered our day without preparing for it? Are you like me? Some days it seems all I do is react. Some days it’s like there is no opportunity to “get my feet under me” (ref. a runners starting pose or a martial artist ready stance). These days, leave me exhausted, battered, grumpy, confused, feeling as if I had accomplished nothing.

But what about the days where I do “prepare myself mentally”? The days where I wake up and it seems like my mind is on Jesus. :) Where I begin my day in conversation with Him. :) These are the days where it seems that “I’ve got this”. These are the days where I don’t attempt to take on the world, I take the world to Jesus. Knowing that He’s “got this”. These are the days where I go forward “on purpose,” where I deliberately choose to face the day instead of trying to hide and just react.

*Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.*

*Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.* Have you ever tried to do something but it seemed like something else had all your attention. Lets use prayer for an example. You get ready to pray and it seems like you are fighting a battle. All of a sudden all you can think about is, “did I pay the light bill? did Johnny get to school on time?” And so on and so on. Take a pencil and paper with you and jot down these thoughts. Sometime they are just straight up distraction from talking to God. Sometimes, they’re God saying ” This needs to be addressed.” There have been many times in my life where I didn’t want to be proactive, I didn’t want to “take care of business” and just wanted to let life make it’s own decisions for me. (be lazy) Yet I have found that there is a freedom of thought, a peace, that comes from knowing that what I can do, I have done.

*When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing..*

*When you sew make yourself as attractive as possible.* When we plan to start something new how we look at ourselves will determine the success or failure of what we are about to do. If  I plan to enter a battle and my armor is not clean, my weapons are rusty and my skills undeveloped, I will already believe that I will be defeated. BUT, If I have done everything I knew to do in preparation and I have full faith that God has got my back, then, it is time to battle.

*Put on a clean dress…….Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick on…*

*If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly out together,..* Are we ready for Jesus to stop by? Are we facing our battles fully dressed, full of faith and joy that we get to be doing this for God? Are we, like little children, saying, “God, God, look at this! Look at what we did together isn’t it beautiful?!” Too many people say they want Jesus to come soon but, oh, just wait while I do this, or, Jesus, I want to be saved but just let me try this first, or, Sure, Jesus, I want to get serious about you BUT…

*If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should.*

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Prayer

Father God, how I love you. There are so many times and so many ways that I fail you and yet you still love me. You still treat me with care. You haven’t thrown me away. I thank you, Father, because you still love me.

Jesus, you gave your life for me. You didn’t just die in my place, you picked up all my sins and made them a part of yourself. You knew them inside and out, every guilty pleasure and every secret (and not so secret) shame. You saw the cancer that is sin and destroyed it’s power. You cancelled out my sentence to hell by dying and going to hell in my place. Because of you, I get to go to heaven. I get to live a life free of shame.

Holy Spirit, I know you want all the attention to rest on Jesus because of all He has done and all that He is still doing for us. Yet, I want to thank you. Without you I would not have gotten to know Jesus as well as I do. I know that there is so much about Jesus that I still don’t know and don’t understand but you’re teaching me. Thank you for teaching me, for never thinking I was/am too far gone. Thank you for loving me.

Jesus, I don’t know what I would have done without you. I would have died when I was 8 in that auto accident. I would have died at 16 from suicide. I would have died in my 20’s because of my sexual addictions. You have preserved my life so many times. You have broken the chains of depression. You have removed the addictions. You have taught me to love myself, to quit hating on myself. I remember asking to see with your eyes and now I see good things in the people around me. I asked to hear with your ears and I hear the way people talk to each other and now I can hear the good stuff that’s said not just the bad.

I ask for the mind of Christ because I want to think your thoughts. I don’t want to get caught up in the outside stuff, I want to see people becoming the beautiful and handsome people/children you created them to be.

Father, we have become so hard on ourselves. We call ourselves names, we beat ourselves up, we make fun of and say hurtful things about ourselves. Teach us to see ourselves as valuable to you. Lately I’ve been hearing “The cost/ the value of an item is determined by how much someone is willing to pay.” Father, you and Jesus and the Holy Ghost flabbergast me.

Jesus, you knew from creation exactly how much sin there would be in the world, You knew exactly how many times you would be hit, exactly how much damage the cat of nine tails would leave. You knew the grief that would be in your mother’s and best friend’s hearts. And You still loved us. And you still want to spend eternity with us.

Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, Father. Thank you Holy Spirit.

I love you.