As Unto the LORD

“Whatever you do [whatever your task may be], work from the soul [that is, put in your very best effort], as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [greatest] reward. It is the Lord Christ whom you [actually] serve.”

Scripture Reflection: Colossians 3:23-24

The 365 Lesson: What would happen if we approached every task we had to do with the LORD in mind?

In life, we are called to do many things. I’d like to believe that most of us approach our tasks with the right kind of attitude. I’d like to believe that we each strive to successfully complete our assignments with a CAN DO mindset. But, I have to wonder whether or not we involve our hearts and souls in the process? Do we engage in our work with an “I’m doing this for the LORD” focus, or do we just go through the motions of doing something for the sake of doing it?

Challenge: Going forward, I would have you consider each task you do as an offering to the LORD. Do it, not only with the LORD in mind (as for the LORD), but also as if it is done unto the LORD Himself.

Prayer: Father, thank You for being such a beautiful example of love and grace in action. From the beginning, You have shown us selfless love. You have called us to do the same. As we press into each new day, help us to approach each task with You in mind. Teach us to do all things as unto You and for You. In the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Time is Now

Happy New Year!

2018 has officially started, and your year is fresh…with no mistakes. Day one is before you. What will you do with it?

– Will you bow down in prayer?

– Will you shout words of praise?

– Will you gift God with a song from your heart?

– Will you read/study the Word of God?

– Will you open yourself up to the Holy Spirit’s instructions?

– Will you quiet yourself enough to “hear” the LORD?

– Will you consider all that God has done in, around, outside of, and beyond your life?

– Will you encourage yourself to do the righteous thing?

– Will you use godly wisdom?

– Will you serve someone other than yourself?

– Will you forgive your enemy?

– Will you finally pardon yourself?

– Will you extend a hand of fellowship?

– Will you invite someone to church?

– Will you walk in peace?

– Will you share the Gospel?

– Will you trust God to be the Almighty in your life?

– Will you commit and/or recommit your life to Christ?

– Will you set spiritual goals for yourself?

– Will you worship, serve, and grow?

– Will you fully believe God and take Him at His word about who He is and who you are in Him?

The time is now!

#experience #authenticChristianity #AllIn #OneWord365

In This Minute 


A.M. Reflection: In this minute, I celebrate the fact that I have a God who loves me. He loves me with a greater love than any other I have ever known. He loves me when I am down and when I am up. He loves me when I stumble and when I succeed. He loves me when I choose the road less traveled and when I select the road that is well worn. He makes time for me in every moment. He never wavers with His steady presence or with His abundant grace. His heart for me is true, pure, and wholly committed. He sees me. He hears me. He is aware of my every need. He never turns away from me. I am in awe of Him. In all the world, there is nothing that compares to my God. 

Encouragement: Go back and read my reflection again. Apply it to your own life. Find yourself in the experience. 

Question: What is your In This Minute praise? 

Challenge:  Over the next seven days, choose seven random moments to stop and write down your #gratefulheart thoughts. Share them with at least one other person via a blog post, an email, a phone call, an Instagram or Facebook post, a tweet, a direct conversation, or a personal letter or note. Watch what happens!

In This Minute is a #gratefulheart campaign meant to encourage others to look very closely at their relationship with God and identify what makes it special. It affords each individual with a moment in time to pause and praise. 

It Is In This Moment

A Remembrance Journal Entry|June 2016   
 
It is in this moment that I realize…

My first breath of the day is a gift. Whom shall I praise? 

The moment before I open my eyes upon fully waking is a treasure. Whom shall I honor?

The quiet stillness that greets me at first light is a blessing. Whom shall I thank?

The unique experiences that have been set for my day are indeed purposed. Whom shall I trust? 

The challenges, obstacles and problems of yesterday, yesteryear, and tomorrow can be easily surrendered and resolved. Whom shall I believe?

Every moment is another opportunity to taste and see the majesty and goodness of my LORD. Whom shall I revere?

The beautiful rhythm that my heart is beating is centered at a most excellent foundation – the Most High. Whom shall I love? 

Scripture Reflection: Psalm 145

Listen & Learn|Feel It by Toby Mac

A Listen & Learn Recommendation…

Phone Tree Review: Toby Mac’s songs always seem to speak so well. This song, in particular, resonated with me. I love it! The first time I heard it, the lyrics completely got my attention. The line that captured my heart focus was…

“You take our brokenness and make us beautiful…”

Rating: 5/5 *****
Recommend: Yes
Audience: All
Status: Christian Music
Listen & Learn Message: Yes
Share: Yes

The Upside of Being Down

Is there an upside to being down? Can something positive be found even in that which is seemingly negative? Does good come, in any capacity, to that which is bad?

These were some of the thoughts that I had this morning. As I was considering the Bible and my present study emphasis, I could not help but think about the various people that were touched and influenced by Jesus. He was a vessel of love and hope to so many people. He showed compassion to all, not just to some. There was no person too low for Him to reach and teach. There is a lesson in that for us all.

As I continued to reflect on what I call the upside of being down, three words stayed with me — hope, deliverance, and promise.

By definition…

Hope: To trust in, wait for, look for, or desire something or someone; or to expect something beneficial in the future.

Deliverance: Deliverance is defined as “a rescue from bondage or danger.” Deliverance in the Bible relates to the acts of God, whereby He rescues His people from peril.

Promise: In the Bible, the promise of God is the declaration or assurance which God has given in His Word of bestowing blessings on His people. Such assurance resting on the perfect justice, power, benevolence and immutable veracity of God, cannot fail of performance.

Encouragement for the Day: In any case, situation, or event, Jesus Christ is and will always be the upside for those who are down. He is the messenger of hope. We can trust Him to bring to pass that which is most beneficial for each one of us. He is the means of deliverance for all. He has the power to free us from any and every stronghold that binds us. He is the agent by which the promise has been fulfilled. Salvation comes through no one other than the Son of God. Remember these things when you are going through your next storm or challenging experience. The simple truth is that there is an upside to being down.

Psalm of Reflection: Psalm 121

GOD is BIGGER! (Encouragement for Moms)

Morning meditation time and meeting up with my God produced quite a list of mom-uhhs or should I say mom-ahs…

What is God bigger than?

– God is bigger than your worst tantrum.

– God is bigger than your nastiest look.

– God is bigger than the attitude you display to those whom you are trying to teach.

– God is bigger than the lie the devil is trying to use to create doubt within you. 

– God is bigger than the fiery dart that landed right on your tender spot.

– God is bigger than the judgmental remarks hurled at you by well-meaning family, friends and fellow saints.

– God is bigger than the wisest fool who stares back at you on one of those rare, “bad” days.

– God is bigger than that messy ____________ (fill in the blank).

– God is bigger than your fear of failing.

– God is bigger than…

What would you add to the list?   

  

To listen to a song of encouragement, follow the link (http://youtu.be/cktnpgryDu8).

During the month of May, the Phone Tree will be featuring a number of mom-related posts. #mommotivation #mommoments #umm…mom #supermommadness