Prayer for driving in bad weather

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Need a prayer for driving home in bad weather (or anytime)?

Father in the name of Jesus, thank you for being my Helper and my Protector. (Psalm 27:7)

I know you will  help me drive safely and alertly today. You will protect me from all harm.*

Please give your angels charge over me, so that no harm will come to me. ( 91:11)

You said when I call upon you, you will answer me. I’m calling upon your might name and power right now (Psalm 91:14) .

Thank you, Jesus.

Just as a medication does no good until it is applied, (more…)

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Can God Restore Me?

God restores you Follow Me on Pinterest Today, I drove past a very pretty house. The house is fairly new. If you were new to Overland Park, Kansas and you drove by this particular house, you would think nothing much of it. Although attractive, it is quite similar to the other homes on the cul-de-sac.

Then it hit me. I remembered.

About twenty years ago, I lived in that area. I remembered that house. Better, that corner on that street. You see, something very tragic happened there. It was a news story that lingered in the headlines for days and days. The story was so disastrous that after some time, the home was burned to the ground. Only an empty, vacant lot remained for months. I hated to drive past it.

I had forgotten, as I drove by today, that in the place of that sorrowful, empty plot of dirt now stands a gorgeous three-story home, painted in cheery colors and full of life. That is it.  The lot has a new life.

Passing the home reminded me of my own life history. It reminded me of the greatness of my God.

Like you, I have places in my heart that were wounded. Some might say tragic memories linger there.  However, God is so faithful to His Word.

Just like the lot, where once stood an “infrastructure of pain” is now a beautiful testimony of God’s strength, faithfulness and ability to comfort me though all things. Instead of the fresh twinge sad memories could bring,  I instead remember how God brought me through. I recall how He delivered me. Not only do I remember He brought me out and through, but I think of how He restored what the canker worm tried to steal (Joel 2:25). How faithful He is to transform ashes (Isaiah 61:3) into something beautiful? God can restore you, Godsy Girl.

Sometimes it takes time before the “beautiful” becomes your first thought, but it does and it can.

Eventually, the pain of calamity can be replaced by the joy of restoration. It’s up to you and your choice to trust Him.

Here is a tip (or three):

  1. Read your Bible through your pain. Apply the Word as a medicine so you can be healed, reminded and reestablished. There is healing in His Word.
  2. Stop the movie. I remember my cousin told me that one time. I recalled something painful and she said “No, don’t play the movie!” She meant for me to “gird up the loins of my mind” as the Bible says (1 Peter 1:13). She was telling me to think on something different. Your mind is powerful; control it.
  3. Remind yourself great days are ahead. God has something brand new and wonderful for you – just as the old, burned lot received new purpose (Psalm 27:13). Your pain has a new purpose of testimony.

Hope in all things so your infrastructure of pain can become something beautiful and praise-worthy. Amen?

 

 

 

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A Valentines Day Reminder

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Valentine’s Day has made me a bit nostalgic. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by people who love me. The first that comes to mind is my loving and supportive husband. We have weathered years of struggle and ministry demands to be madly in love, looking forward to the years ahead. I’m very private about our relationship because it is…ours. But, I love that goober and always will.

Did you know….
Valentine’s Day is named for a Christian martyr and dates back to the 5th century, but has origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Source: History.Com

anyhoo, with this buzz about Valentine’s Day, I can’t help but think of the One who loves me most.

Listen, I’m not an easy one to love. If you’re honest, you’ll likely say the same about yourself. At our core nature, we can be selfish, demanding, moody and even greedy little “punch-kins”.

This is all part of the human condition. Even if you’ve matured to master some of your natural inclinations, you’re still no walk in the park.

Isn’t it a blessing to know that Jesus loves you in spite of all your weaknesses? There is absolutely no personality flaw, no sinful act and no being in heaven or earth that can separate you from this love. It is secure. You can’t even walk away from it (imagine that!) and He never ever would.

It’s nice to love, but the real riches lie in who loves you back.

Today, please abandon your insecurities and know that Someone loves you.

Your key tip is remembering who loves you.

Know that:

1. You are pretty enough

2. You are smart enough

3. You are capable enough

4. Your size doesn’t bother Him

5. Your teeth are fine

6. Your voice is beautiful to Him

7. Your skin glows in His sight

8. Your weaknesses do not make Him love you less

9. Your mistakes never faze Him

10. Your feet are not too big or too small – they are perfect

11. Your secret thoughts do not make Him love you less

You are loved, Girl, right this very moment. You’re His baby girl and nothing you can do, say, think or imagine will ever change that.

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Wimpy Christians

Have you ever seen ancient paintings that depict a soft, spongy, almost effeminate Jesus? I have. Most museums have them. Once, I even saw one that showed Jesus looking almost like a teenage girl. Lion of Judah – not in that painting!

Sometimes artist portray historical figures incorrectly because they do not know much about them. Sure, they may know some facts, but not their true character. Therefore, they either illustrate them from their perceptions or from their own imaginations.

Sometimes, folks do the same with Christians. They draw conclusions about us based on their own perceptions. They mistakenly think all Christians should saunter through life with no opinions, no authority, and no personal boundaries.

An assertive Christian? No way!

An opinionated Christian? Get outta here! 

Needless to say, I don’t subscribe to this theory.  Let me tell you why.

For many, many years, I was a 5 foot 5 walking speed bump. My terribly low self image was a curse and because of it, I allowed others to mistreat me time and time again. Believe me; it was spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically exhausting. If you are mistreated enough, I believe your self esteem will soon diminish even lower over time.

By the time I became a Christian, my image of my self was completely shot. (more…)

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Is it good for a Christian to curse? – Part II

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Why do we curse? The chief reason is usually the result of pain, frustration or anger, right? Sometimes the cursing/swearing slips out before people realize it. So, how do we control these reactions?

Tip 1: Change the way you think and you change the way you respond. Once you cleanse your thoughts (what the Bible often calls your “heart”), your responses will holy (or holier), more Christ-like responses. Remember, there is a difference between an “oops” and a lifestyle.

Tip 2: Immerse yourself in God’s word. Spend meaningful amounts of time. Study God’s commands, promises and resources. It will change your thinking and ultimately change your heart. Yes, it takes time. But, eventually, your responses will align with God’s way and God’s word.

Tip 3: Make sure your “diet” reflects what you want to emote. Thinking about the food you eat. If you feast on junk food, you exude junk (low energy, dim eyes, health problems, etc). Same is true spiritually. Feast on trashy reality shows, lusty music with filthy Godless content and eventually, that’s what will come “out” of your life. You may control yourself on Sundays and Wednesdays, but, Honey, eventually what is inside will come out.
God’s Word says it all:
Luke 6:45
“A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart…”

So, in the end, it is the content of our hearts that monitor our reactions. Reminds me to pray what David prayed. You know the one.

It’s Psalm 51:10:

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Amen or whatever?

Read Part I

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Tell me, should Christians curse or cuss?

cur Follow Me on Pinterest Girl, too much cursing on television these days.

I remember when George Jefferson saying H-E-L-L in the 70?s was a big, huge deal. Watch prime time television and you will see times have certainly changed. I’ve seen folks cursing on television (the real curse words) and pray right after! *Whew*

So the question becomes, is it ok for Christians to curse?

Some Christians say ?yes, it is fine for Christians to curse? and use profanity. What do you say?

In my opinion, you have to consider the source when Christians curse and condone doing so. Here is my take (not a judgment, just an observation): these Christians typically have not prayed more than 5 minutes at a time in their entire lives. Maybe they have, if they needed money, or they were going through a hard time in life. Hey, a difficult enough trial can push an atheist to his knees ? much less Christian. I promise you they do not get up early (or stay up late) to spend time with the Lord, to read His word every day or pray behind a closed door.

At the most, these Christians likely limit their prayer time to the occasional jovial “shout out” to God while driving home from work or folding laundry or, worse, watching television. These folks fall into the category of “Me and God are cool?” or “Jesus is my Dawg?” sort of Christians.

In the end, I guess, the question is NOT “is it ok for Christians to go around cursing?” as much as it is “Do mature, godly Christians curse” Ahhh, that’s an easy answer. NO! Grow up!

 

Am I wrong?  am I right?  Read Part II here


I challenge us both, let’s grow in the Lord and move beyond the worldly way of behaving. Let’s surrender our entire lives (including our mouths) to Christ and allow Him to change us, challenge us and wash us in His word. Even as baby Christians, we should strive to be like Christ and to be pleasing in His sight. Yes, it takes time. Yes, it is difficult and yes, it may be inconvenient. Attend church regularly, hang out with the Christians at your church and learn a new way of living, growing and striving. AND, if the majority of “seasoned” Christians in your church live just as carnal and worldly as sinners (people who live in and practice sin), THEN FIND A NEW CHURCH. Hey, no church is full of perfect people, but the majority should be growing as a result of God’s regenerative power and a strong, Bible-based teaching. If not, run!


 

Next post: 3 Tips to get your mouth saved!

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Ephesians 4:29 ” Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only…”

Colossians 3:8 “But now you must also rid yourselves of ….as these: anger, rage….filthy language from your lips”

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Check out this great article by Dr. Jared Wellman called “Is cursing or swearing a sin?” on the Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry website.

P.S. The Joyce Meyer 30/30 Challenge is going well! Email me and let me know how you’re doing!

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Day 1 – Joyce Meyer 3030 Challenge

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What I felt like…

Today, I began “day 1” of the Joyce Meyer 30/30 challenge.

After 23 years of walking with the Lord, Bible study is nothing new to me. But, let me tell you, every distraction that could rear its ugly head boldly did so today.

To add some variation, I planned to spend time with the Lord during my lunch hour. I was going to eat at my desk and jet home for an hour of joyful worship, praise and researching His word. But, I had a wonderful and [all too rare] opportunity to see my dearest friend before she leaves town.
Postponement #1.

Then, I figured, I would study and pray while my little guy ate his dinner. However, he was wound up from the first day back at school. All I can say is there was jumping, chattering … and a bullhorn (long story).
Then my wonderful oldest boy dropped by for a visit. Postponement #2. “No problem” I thought to myself. “There will be time later”.

Oh yes, I simply *had* to work on GodsyGirl’s WordPress settings (which are a hot mess and journey in faith). Postponement #3.

After that, my husband comes home…EARLY! “Hey, Pastor Brooks/Baby/Sweetie”. Postponement 4-10.
Rest assured. I finally got my time with my sweet Savior. He led me to in path He never has before. The time revealed deep-seated wounds I thought had long healed. The tears turned to shock and the shock eventually to praise. I know the praise will render healing by and by.
I’ll tell you all about it in my next post.

 Read about my decision

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Yup! I’m doing the Joyce Meyer 3030 Challenge

I had one of my sudden brainstorms. As I was preparing for bed, I decided to do something that

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Great idea, JM!

makes no sense at all. But then, again it makes all the sense in the world.

It started with spontaneous channel surf. It lead me to Joyce Meyer’s program. I must admit, I don’t watch as often as in the past, but I will still catch her from time to time. I know the “deep”, “learned” people of Christiandom don’t often appreciate her. I’ve heard them blather. I usually think, “You’d trade your shiny Lexus for a 1/3 of her ministry, so just hush”.

Anyhoo, Joyce has been a significant part of my Christian “child training” some years ago. Remember the sermon about the grocery carts?

Well, she has issued a challenge for meaningful, consistent Bible study. I know, right? Most mature Christians are already doing this (more…)

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Go, Florida Godsy Girl!

Recently, a Florida woman destroyed a satanic display at the state’s capital.  The Christian Post featured an interesting article detailing the incident.  In my recent conviction to be more relevant and bold in my Christian faith, I say a hearty  “YAY-YUH”!

Now, I don’t advocate vandalism or doing anything to hurt others, but I celebrate Ms. Susan Hemeryck of Florida for standing for Godliness!  She embodied the spirit of David when he fought Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:26 and boldly declared “who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” A GodsyGirl warrior, for sure!

I challenge you (and me, too) to find ways to express our Christian beliefs to a dark and dying world. People need to know we are here, unintimidated and willing to be salt and light. Further, new Christians must know they are not alone in their beliefs. Shame on the Christians running scared, standing silent and hiding from Satan. They do not understand their authority and that is sad.

As for Ms. Hemeryck, I pray for God to bless her faithfulness, to protect her both naturally and in the spirit.  I pray that no weapon formed against her will prosper and that the mighty angels of the Lord will protect her now and forevermore, in Jesus name.


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Tylenol lost their minds!

Google the term relevant and you’ll see this definition:

rel•e•vant
ˈreləvənt/
adjective
closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand.


As a Christian, I want to be relevant. Don’t you? I want to be a relevant person in my personal life and I want to be relevant in my ministry. Have you discovered how difficult it is to be both relevant and silent?

For example, Tylenol recently reformatted a Norman Rockwell portrait
replacing the traditional parents with gay parents. If you search Google for the original Rockwell portrait “Freedom From Want”, you will see how beautiful the original painting is.

You won’t recognize it now.

I took the time to send an email to Tylenol. All Christians should do the same. The link is www.tylenol.com/contact-us. When most citizens speak up, they are called progressive. When we do speak our positions, we are called “intolerant”, but I don’t care. I will also reach out to those lost in sin, but I will never tolerate it. Please share this on your Facebook and spread the word. Other segments of the world are very vocal about what they believe and its time we do the same! It’s time all Christians become relevant. Speak out. Vote with your money, advocate with your voice.

If you want to see the comments I sent to Tylenol. Let me know.

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