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If you are serious about deepening your relationship with Jesus and having a more intimate relationship with him, then I definitely recommend this book. Initially when I started to read, it took me time to get into it. At first I did think the beginning was a bit drawn out before getting to the actual meat of the subjects but as I continued on and it started to get into the meat portions, it became very interesting to me and started to draw me in. I found myself looking forward to reading it and getting to the next chapters.

While I still do feel some of the information was redundant throughout his text which I refer to as “filler” text. I didn’t feel the “filler” information was necessary. I did appreciate the text being down-to-earth, easy to read, and understandable.

The book was about the twenty-seven missions accomplished by Christ and the four missions he left for us as believers.

With his book he identifies and explains the four missions that Jesus left for us (the believers), which are:
1. Become More Intimate with God
2. Accelerate Your Personal Growth
3. Empower Other Believers to Better Follow Christ
4. Impact the Lives of Nonbelievers

He also included some “practical activities” and “action guides” in the chapters that I always love to see.

I think it’s a great book to guide you as a Christian, for new comers and seasoned Christians. It’s great at giving some direction as to what is expected from us and have an idea of our purpose.

Overall…I do recommend this book, I think it’s great to add to your collection/library… 🙂

To purchase your own copy, head over to Waterbrook Multnomah.

*I received a complimentary copy of “The Jesus Mission” as a member of “Blogging for Books”. This DOES NOT influence my review in any way and the book review is my honest opinion of the book. Visit Waterbrook Multnomah to learn how you can become a member of the “Blogging for Books”.

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Don’t Lose Heart….

I read a lot of different devotions and while a lot of them are very motivating and comforting and encouraging, the devotions I post on here are normally more in tune or in line should I say with where God has me in my life.

I have not posted devotions in a while simply because I have transferring my website over and really have not been updating my posts. So while I am still very much in the process of getting my website right, I still want to be an encouragement for others so i will definitely do better with posting more actively.

The devotion below is from the Proverbs 31 Ministries site. One thing I love about there devotions is that they give you application steps, power verses, and reflections to think during the day. This devotion “Losing Heart” is right on time for me right now because sometimes when you’ve been praying for something for so long and it don’t LOOK like its getting better and at times it actually seems like its getting worst it’s very easy to lose hope but Im learning that that’s when its time to be more devoted to God and learn how to be in tune with him. It is truly amazing how once you start reading the Word that even when the situation haven’t changed YET somehow God gives this miraculous peace that even puts me in awe of Him. So instead of losing heart, I’m soooo thankful that He put me in this position so that I can get to that deeper level with Him and in turn it allows me to understand why He do what He do and to remember that God is TOTALLY in control and knows what He is doing. God bless and I pray that you find encouragement in the devotion below.

Amplify’d from devotions.proverbs31.org

Losing Heart

“Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart.”
2 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)

In the mid 90’s I chose 2 Corinthians 4:1 as my life verse. At the time, God was teaching me a big lesson about truly appreciating where He had me in life. As a mom of several small children I could often be found complaining about the mess, the noise, the lack of “me” time. I thought often about running away, pointing my car at the horizon and driving until the road ran out.

God began showing me that being a mom was about having a ministry to these little people He had given me. When I found this verse, I felt that it summed up in one line all that I needed to remember: It’s only through His mercy that I have these children and—while I am in the midst of my ministry—I should not lose heart, as I was apt to do. I clung to this verse as a spiritual life rope.

s circumstances do. I am no longer that young frantic mother. This time I was struggling with something else as I flipped past 2 Corinthians 4:1. My eyes fell to the notation I’d made years ag

Fast forward to the other day as I was doing my Bible study. My circumstances have changed, as circumstances do. I am no longer that young frantic mother. This time I was struggling with something else as I flipped past 2 Corinthians 4:1. My eyes fell to the notation I’d made years ago: “MY LIFE VERSE” it said in all caps. I re-read the familiar verse, but this time I applied my current situation to it.

Years later, I am just as quick to lose heart. I have a ministry that looks different from the one I had then. This one involves new challenges, new feelings of inadequacy. Yet I was reminded again that it is only through His mercy that I have this ministry. And in the midst of this ministry—even as I struggle with challenges and inadequacies—I should not lose heart.

What can we do when we are losing heart in the midst of the ministry God has given us, whatever it might be? I went to scripture and found some answers to this question:

Luke 18:1 tells us we should always pray and not give up.

2 Corinthians 4:16 tells us we should remember that we are being renewed inwardly day by day.

Galatians 6:9 tells us that we should focus on the harvest that will come if we do not give up.

Ephesians 3:12-13 tells us that we should find comfort in the amazing ability we have to approach God with freedom and confidence.

2 Thessalonians 3:13 tells us that we should just keep doing what is right.

And finally Hebrews 12:3 tells us that we should think about Jesus and what He endured on our behalf. Nothing we are going through will compare with that.

These verses help me to keep things in perspective when I lose heart and I hope they will help you, too. Whether you are a single woman caring for an elderly parent, a mom of young children, a professional in a tough job, a wife in a struggling marriage, or a woman chasing after her dreams, it’s easy to lost heart from time to time. It’s not whether we will, it’s what we’ll do about it when we do. Armed with these verses we can remember that God in His mercy gave us a ministry, and we can live out our callings without losing heart if we will only keep turning to Him.

Dear Lord, I know I am where You want me, that You gave me this ministry. And I know that You do not want me to lose heart but to persevere. Help me to remember to focus on You when I want to run away – to find my strength in You. Thank You for Your mercy. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Application Steps:
Look up the verses mentioned in today’s devotion and jot them down in your journal or on index cards. Go back to them when you feel like you are losing heart.

Reflections:
Have I recognized the ministry God has given me as a ministry?

Power Verses:
Psalm 18:45, “They all lose heart; they come trembling from their strongholds.” (NIV)

I Samuel 17:32, “David said to Saul, ‘Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.’” (NIV)

Read more at devotions.proverbs31.org

 

Hope For Today…

My husband gets Joel Osteen daily devotions and I was on his email and seen one of his posting so I clicked it. This was not the devotion I clicked but i love reading positive things so I went to the devotions. This title caught my eyes because I was just praying to God about basically breaking free. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed and tied down about just life situations that I just pray and ask God to set me free. Sometimes I feel like a trapped eagle and I just want to fly. So this post to me, just seemed to fit my current circumstances. It was truly my “Hope For Today”. So I pray that this also touch other individuals as well and be a reminder. God Bless…

Amplify’d from www.joelosteen.com

The Key to Breaking Free

Posted by Joel Osteen on June 3rd, 2011

In the book of Acts, it tells about two men, Paul and Silas, who were unfairly bound by chains and thrown into prison. Earlier in the day, they had been beaten. They were not even given a trial. They were treated like the worst of all criminals. What was their charge? They had not stolen anything. They had not hurt anyone. They had not broken any laws of the land. Yet, they were imprisoned simply because they were spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ.

But they didn’t complain or get depressed and say, “God, it’s not fair. How could You let this happen?” Instead, they chose a different response. They trusted that God was still in control. As they sat in chains, beaten, bruised and exhausted, the scripture tells us that they began to sing praises to God. Can you imagine what the other prisoners must have thought? “Are these two guys crazy? Why are they singing? They’ve just been beaten. They’re in jail. What’s wrong with them?” I can imagine the whole prison quieting down to hear these two strange, new prisoners.

All of the sudden at midnight, while Paul and Silas were still singing praises, there was a great earthquake. Instantly, the prison doors flung open and their chains just fell off! An angel of the Lord came by and said, “Come on, let’s get out of here.” And as if that wasn’t enough, the jailer, the one who had beaten them earlier, came and began to bandage up their wounds. He said, “What do I need to do to serve this awesome God of yours?”

Friend, Paul and Silas serve as an amazing reminder that when things looks dark, when all the odds are against you, when life seems unfair, that’s not the time to get depressed. That’s not the time to start complaining. That’s the time to turn up your praise! That’s the time to say, “Lord, You are good! You are in control! You’re bigger than my enemies, and nothing can stand against You!” Friend, praise can break the chains of the past. Praise can bring down walls that are locked. Praise can turn enemies into friends. Praise can break addictions. Praise can bring healing. Praise activates God’s favor. No matter what you are facing today, even if things look impossible, the key to breaking free is to keep singing, keep praising, keep rejoicing and keep trusting because God is working behind the scenes. Declare His praises because He is ready to lead you out into freedom in every area of your life!

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Conquering Your Fears…

Here is a great short article from Dr Charles Stanley about conquering fears. We all have fears in life and sometimes we are in so much denial that we get ourselves stuck in a place in life and dont know why because we convinced ourselves we’re not fearful of anything yet we cant make the next move necessary to forward in our lives. God want to use us (you and me) to do great things in our lives but first we have to admit that we have the fears no matter how small so that God can guide us THROUGH them. God bless… :)

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Conquering Your Fears

If you want to keep your confidence strong, study the Bible, apply God’s principles to your life, and walk with Him each day by faith. When you hide His Word in your heart, you will have the light of His truth to guide you—not only for your present circumstances, but also for eternity.

After you have given your worries to the Lord, meditate on His Word. David understood the power that was available to him through God’s personal promises. He wrote, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? . . . My adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear” (Ps. 27:1-3).

By Charles F. Stanley

Would you consider yourself a free person? More than likely, you would. But perhaps somewhere in the back of your mind, you wonder, Am I truly free?

We live in a country that has a rich heritage—one that is steeped in freedom and liberty. But many people are not living free lives. They are bound by invisible chains that prevent them from reaching their full potential. These shackles are made up of links that have been cast and shaped in the emotional fires of fear.

Once this deadly emotion captures a person’s heart, breaking its bond is difficult—but it can be done. Though fear’s grasp is strong, it is not greater than the power of Jesus Christ. The Savior told His disciples, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32).

How do we break free from the bondage of fear? There is only one way, and that is through faith in Christ. But before we can do this, we must come to a point where we admit that we are battling a deadly foe and need God’s help.

I’m not fearful!

The young boy leveled his eyes at his mother’s gaze and said, “I’m not afraid. I want to camp outside with my friends!” His mother softened as she thought through the situation. He would be in the fenced-in backyard, within range of her hearing his every move, and more than
likely, she would be awake—watching to make sure he and his friends were safe. And if they needed anything, they could easily come inside the house.

This is exactly what happened. Somewhere around 2 am, she heard the backdoor open and close. She got up, grabbed her robe, and hurried downstairs to check on her son. As she flipped the lights on in the kitchen, she was greeted by the sight of her boy and two of his best friends—sleeping bags in hand along with a crumbled bag of chocolate chip cookies. Sensing their embarrassment, she asked, “Son, what happened?”

“There’s something out there,” her son replied. “I don’t know what it is, but it snarled at us. We could hear it in the yard. Maybe it was a big dog, a wild fox, or even a large bear!” Trying not to smile at the thought of their imagined foes, she said, “Why don’t you just sleep in the den and go back out to the tent in the morning? I’ll make pancakes for you when you wake up.” The mood of the group immediately brightened. She didn’t bother to mention the fact that the chances of meeting up with a fox or a bear were extremely low, especially since they lived in a densely populated city.

Fear attacks without warning. It tempts us to believe things that will not or cannot happen, and often leaves us feeling helpless and without hope. Each day, we are bombarded with words and messages that have the ability to stir thoughts of fear within us. Turn on the news, and more than likely you will hear a dismal rundown on the economy and many other items that strike notes of panic in your heart.

News organizations often broadcast with the goal of creating an emotional reaction from those who watch, listen, and visit their Web sites. To increase their audience, they target people with the messages that produce the greatest response. Therefore, if the fire of fear works, the flame is turned up.

From a worldly perspective, the future may look pretty bleak, especially if you decide to calculate your situation apart from faith in Jesus Christ. The fact is, if you do this, fear will reach out and grab your heart, telling you that the worst will happen and it will be beyond anything you can imagine. Don’t buy into the Enemy’s lies. The nightly news cannot give you a complete picture of reality—certainly not from a heavenly standpoint. And remember, nothing the Devil whispers to you is based on the truth of God’s Word (John 8:44). While we are facing very serious times in our nation’s history, we are not alone. God is with us, and He is never out of control.

The apostle Paul discovered this in a fresh way during a very difficult time in his ministry. Somewhere near the end of his second missionary journey, he was staying in the city of Corinth. He had left Athens to go to Macedonia, but something happened that almost caused him to stumble in his faith. The Jews resisted his teaching to a point where they “blasphemed.” Paul was fed up with their stiff-necked ways. He declared that he would no longer go to the Jews first, but instead would preach God’s message to the Gentiles (Acts 18:5-6).

At every turn, Paul faced opposition from the Jewish leaders. On several occasions, his very life had been threatened. He was tired and likely felt alone and worn thin emotionally—vulnerable to the destruction of fear. One night as he drifted off to sleep, God’s Spirit spoke to him, saying, “Do not be afraid any longer, but go on speaking and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no man will attack you in order to harm you, for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10).

There we have it: one of the greatest apostles who ever lived, battling fear. But the verses that follow do not mention this again. Why? Paul changed his focus. He came face-to-face with the reality of his fear and chose to abandon it. Was this something he could do on his own? Absolutely not. There was no way he could move past the anxiety he felt without the assurance found in Jesus Christ. Once God’s Spirit spoke to his heart, the issue was settled, and Paul knew there was only one thing for him to do: complete the work God had given him.

The Enemy uses many things in an effort to distract us and prevent us from reaching our full potential—and fear is one of his choice weapons. He usually follows it with words of discouragement and accusation: “You can’t do that”; “You haven’t been trained”; “What would people think if you fail?” And that was his strategy in Corinth: Satan knew he would face ultimate defeat if Paul succeeded, so he tried to keep the apostle fearful. The Lord’s faithful promise, delivered at just the right moment, was all the encouragement Paul needed to continue preaching the truth of the gospel.

The right steps to overcoming fear

If you are going to overcome fear, the first step is to acknowledge and admit your anxiety. Confess, “Lord, I feel fearful, and I don’t know what to do. Please show me how to go forward from this point.” Next, ask God to enable you to conquer your fear. The more you understand your relationship with God, the more intimately you will relate to Him. Your level of trust will increase, and you will begin to notice the many ways He is at work in your life and circumstances.

Shortly before his death, Paul wrote an interesting word of instruction to Timothy. He reminded his young protégé, “God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (2 Tim. 1:7). Fear doesn’t fit who we are as believers. It usually surfaces when we have the wrong response to disappointment and trial. God wants you to be victorious, not harassed or tormented by anxiety.

Let God remove fear from your life. He may choose to do this by placing you in a frightening situation where you feel out of control. But you do not have to worry, because the One who has promised never to let you go is holding your life in His omnipotent hand.

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Good points to staying in line with Christ. Stay in prayer (1 Thes 5:17) and God Bless… 🙂

It seems every mont I'm hearing about another pastor who has fallen out of ministry for committing adultery or some other shot at his integrity. Usually, it is pastors no one has heard of, but sometimes, it is someone known. Someone from a large church, a charismatic leader doing some great things. Almost 2 years ago, I wrote about Gary Lamb and how that shaped my thinking. Yesterday, another leader I followed on twitter and on his blog announced … Read More

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It’s been a while since I’ve written. So many things have been happening in my life. God is so awesome!!! It has been a roller coaster for me. But throughout I have been learning so much. Throughout this time apart from writing my computer has crashed and I had to get a new hard drive which was very hard because I didn’t do an updated backup so i lost SO MUCH information on my computer for my business and personal. That was a big lesson in itself, but I look at as God knew I had to clean my computer and what I needed (or think I needed) I’ll get it again so it hasn’t affected me dramatically but it is a hard pill to swallow when u hear the tech say “we cant recover it”. Some other stuff thats been happening is me and my husband has moved into a house and we’re loving it! It’s not our dream home yet but it is a couple of steps up from where we were so of course we’re excited about that. **Remember the goal is ALWAYS to move FORWARD no matter how big or small!!!** Also my husband has been promoted 2 since the last time I wrote which is an absolute BLESSING. I am so grateful for God’s so undeserving gifts and blessings, there so humbling. Our business is doing great and I am rearranging my life and my priorities which is turning out well. I do have to say that being a housewife is turning out to be a bit more challenging than I was expecting but I know that once the habit is in place it’ll get easier. I would like to hear how other housewives deal with there schedule as far as putting there husband’s needs first while balancing a home business or just how do u keep to ur schedule? I find it easier to keep to my business schedule but home schedule is just not the same or should I say putting them together…

What are some things u would like to share about how God has worked in ur life? I’d love to hear! 🙂