Take God Off Your To-Do List

In this busy world most of us would be lost without our planners, calendars, to-do lists, journals, and whatever else we use to keep every moment of our lives planned and not falling apart. I have tried so many methods and I am sure others have to in our attempts to keep it all together.

The problem with our busy lives is thinking that our spiritual life, our relationship with God is something to be put in one of our boxes. Something to be checked off a to-do list on Sunday’s, and maybe if we have the time, Wednesdays. We keep everything separated: work, family, hobbies, finances and even God gets His own category.

God doesn’t want, and by no means deserves, to be a category in our lives! He needs to be the glue that keeps the whole life together. He needs to be so deeply within us that every area of our life is permeated with Him! He deserves to be part of everything we do and in every aspect of who we are!

listWhile listening to one of my counseling course lectures tonight, I heard a line that really caught my attention, It was something to the effect of, “Take God off your list and into your life.” That is so true! We need to not have God on our checklist for the day or week, but to make sure we are checking with Him in everything.

He should be the One telling us about how our families should function; He created them. He should be directing how we act when we go to work, go to school, are with our friends; He created us. He should be the One we turn to when we are feeling lost, scared, stressed, anxious. He should be the One we celebrate with and praise when His blessings flow.

Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it moreĀ abundantly.” (John 10:10b)

Yet, we try to confine Him to only certain parts of our life and wonder what happened to the abundant promise.

2 Peter 1:3 says, “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,”

Do we believe it?

Take God off your list and let Him into all parts of your life!

If you would like to know more or wish to study about how to let God fully into your life, obey His Word and know what it means to live your life for me please contact me, I would be happy to study and share the love of My Savior with you!

Small Acts of Encouragement

WP_20150321_002This weekend I had the amazing opportunity to speak at my first ladies retreat. I felt so blessed to be a part of the event and the ladies of the Lehman Ave. church of Christ (Bowling Green, KY) made me feel so welcomed.

I delivered three lessons over the course of Friday and Saturday, which was another first for me, that many lessons back to back. I was nervous that I would get them scrambled or just forget and go blank but luckily none of that happened.

The theme for the weekend was Button Up. My lessons consisted of:
Buttons As Embellishment: Showing The Beautiful Image of Christ to the World
Buttons That Function: Are We Doing The Work God Called Us To Do?
and lastly
Hot Buttons Issues: Keeping Tied To Christ When Life Leaves You Frazzled.

Speaking to a group of women that I do not fellowship with on a regular basis is challenging for me. You don’t know what kind of lessons they are used to hearing or may be expecting. You don’t know what they have been studying or what types of issues they may have been dealing with and may be desiring encouragement for. I just did my best and hoped my lessons and presentations were worthy of the gracious invitation.

I received such positive feedback and encouragement from spending time with these sisters. I so enjoyed the discussion periods after each lesson and time to sit and fellowship and build new relationships. I left Saturday evening to come home feeling so uplifted and singing all the way.

If I was even half the encouragement to the women who attended as they were to me then I feel like it was a good weekend for all. God’s word was taught, His truths were shared and I tried my best to make sure His light did Shine!

Tonight when we arrived at church, in the mailbox was a small, solitary envelope addressed to me. It was a note of thanks and encouragement from on of the dear sisters I had spent the weekend with. It put such a smile on my face and such joy to my heart that she had taken the time to send out such a token. I appreciate her words more than she may ever know.

At the conclusion of services tonight at Three Forks, on the pew in our foyer there was a WP_20150325_002small gift bag with my name on it. A gift from my secret sister. It was another reminder that someone is thinking of me and praying for me. I love this little program at church, both the giving and receiving of gifts. Knowing that someone is praying for you and encouraging you is such a wonderful feeling, and the fact that I get to anonymously do that for someone else is great!

I hope you all findĀ small acts of encouragement that you can do this week for another. You do not know what they may be facing and that card, smile, thought, prayer, whatever it is can do wonders for their spirit. But most importantly, may that encouragement lead them one step closer to our Lord and Savior!

“My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,” Col. 2:2

In Him Always,