The Magic of Summer

Something we look forward to all year: The magic of summer. 

Vacations. Time off. Barbeques. Swimming. Ice cream and of course…the memories. But in the middle of the hustle and bustle, here are some things to keep in mind! 

Spend Time With God:Prayer, worship, reading The Word, fishing, driving, silent meditation… However you spend time with God I encourage you to increase it over the summer. Time with God will encourage you, inspire you, and uplift you in ways that you could never achieve on your own!

Go To Church: Do not take spending time with other believers, going to worship with other believers, and being fed the word on a consistent basis for granted! We need fellowship, we need to be fed, and we need a place of worship in order to have the best summer!

Give Back To God: Don’t forget to support your local church even when you are on vacation! You can give before you leave or save and give it when you get back. Giving back to God allows God to give more into your life. 

Though it is summer, we must remain faithful in our time with God, attending church, and giving back to God. 

As we enter into this summer with the right mindset, it will allow the true magic of summer to take place in our lives: God working in and manifesting in our lives! 

Missing A Mother

As we celebrated Mother’s Day this weekend I could not help but be filled with such love for all of the Mother’s that I have the privilege to know: My wife, my daughter-in-law, and many of my dear friends. I praise God for them everyday! But I also was filled with sadness, as I could not celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day with my own mother, a true gift from God who went to be with the Lord just a few short years ago. 

Mother’s Day is a wonderful day to celebrate the amazing women around the world. But for many, Mother’s Day is painful as they miss a mother who is no longer with them in this world. 

To everyone who may be missing a mother this year, my heart goes out to you. But even more so, take joy in knowing that for those who believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they never truly die. We as children of God will all be reunited once again! 

God does not want us to mourn those we have lost, but rather to rejoice for the great lives they have lived and the great many blessings they have left for us. 

I miss my mother everyday, but I take joy in knowing that I will see her again! I encourage you today to find comfort in the Lord, and give Him your burdons of sadness or loss today. He cares for you, and desires to comfort you through His Word and by His Holy Spirit. 

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble.” ~ 2 Corinthains 1: 3-4

God Is With You!

As soon as you accept Christ into your heart, He never leaves. 

God is always with you.

In every moment of every day, you are never alone. 

No matter how tough situations get, or alone you feel, you have a Heavenly Father right beside you wanting to help you with every area of your life.

If you are moving to a new state, or starting a new job God is with you!

If you have lost someone dear to you, and can’t find the will to get out of bed God is with you! 

If you are tired, and have no strength to continue your routine God is with you!

Don’t be afraid to trust God! 

Don’t be afraid to rely completely on Him.

Be strong in your faith, and don’t ever doubt God’s eternal love for you. 

Embrace the reality of His contant presence, and fall in love with perfect love.

God is with you.

“…As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” ~ Joshua 1:5

Red Light!

One of the most frustrating things in the world is when you are driving home late at night, you are tired, you are hungry, and the traffic light in front of you turns red… for no reason at all. 

I must admit, it is VERY tempting just to run it. After all, there’s no one coming, right? Not to mention, I’ve got places to be, food to eat, and a bed to sleep in that is calling my name. 

But the law of the red light, that all must stop and wait until the light turns green, is not there as an inconvenience or punishment. The law of the red light is in place for our protection, and the protection of other’s on the road. 

Many people reject Christ and church because of all the commandments given to us in the Bible. But what they do not understand is that, just like the red light, the laws of God are in place to protect us and to protect others! 

Just like a red light, it is up to us whether or not we are going to break the rules God set in place. Sometimes when we run a red light, nothing happens. No one gets hurt, and we don’t get a ticket at the end of the night. But other times when we run a red light we get pulled over and given a fine, or even worse, we cause an accident that results in the loss of a life. 

God doesn’t set rules in place to make our lives harder, or to take away our joy. No! God puts guidelines in place to assure that we are living the best lives we can, and that we don’t get hurt or hurt anyone else. 

Today I encourage you to let God minister to you today of ways that you can better live your life according to His Word, and His desires for you to live the best life possible. There is nothing God would withhold from you, and no joy He does not want you to have. We just must trust His judgment of what is safe, and what we should be wise to stay away from. 

MISlabled

The world loves labels: Democrat. Republican. Rich. Poor. Stupid. Smart. Ugly. Beautiful.

Every person you meet, every conversation you have, you walk away with a label in your mind. 

The enemy loves labels as well, and a lot of times these labels will come to our minds and trigger emotional responses to make us feel less than what God intended for ourselves:

Weird. Annoying. Unimportant. Boring. Stupid. Ugly. Nerd. Poor. Weak. Failure. Sinner. Liar. Unlovable. Unloving. Trash. Outcast. Alone. Afraid.

The enemy loves getting our attention on these thoughts about ourselves because if he can get unfocussed on his labels it will take our focus off of what God says we are.

When the world and the enemy tell us that we are not enough, we are too messed up, or damaged God tells us that we have been MISLABLED. 

We are never not enough, or too much. We are never too messed up, or too far away from God. We are never too damaged, or a mistake, or a failure, or a disappointment. 

In the eyes of God we are cherished and loved above all things. We are unique. We are victors in Christ. 

The next time a thought of a label comes to your mind, compare it to what the word of God says you are. If they don’t line up, throw it from your mind. You are nothing less than what God created you to be: loved.