The second part of our purpose in life. As we learn and grow, we will be given opportunities to share faith. How, when or where we share is different for everyone. This is about living in the present moments of your life. If we are constantly stewing about the past or what might happen in the future we will miss that which is right in front of us. This is a journey, we will get distracted and sidetracked, it happens to everyone. In our efforts to get to know Him and make Him known, we will read stories of conversion and sharing by others and it seems like, wow they changed who they are on Monday and by Friday they were sharing the Good News with others…ah no, at least not for me. Case and point, I didn’t start daily devotions in my life until around 2010…I started posting on this blog in 2013…I started posting something everyday late in 2015…and began actually writing thoughts inspired by the Holy Spirit on this blog everyday in the beginning of 2018…and here we are today. What you don’t know is all the other things that go on in a person’s life that impact this process. We all are part of God’s plan, on my journey God is helping me narrow the focus on this…He created me to Know Him and to make Him Known, everything else should lead into that and I am still learning how that works. Thank you for reading and stopping by. May the peace and joy of the Lord be with you on your journey. Amen.
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Glacier National Park in Montana)
As it has been said, faith is a journey not a destination. So what does that mean? For me it is about making progress, every day. We learn, we pray, we live, we give thanks, we cry for help, we forgive others and we learn some more. We are human, we live in a broken and fallen world. Nobody is perfect, even if their social media profiles try to project it. We are not made to do this life alone. We need to know Him, Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. He gave His life to save us and to reconcile us to God. Give faith a chance, spend time learning about Jesus Christ and His birth, His life, His teachings, His death and His resurrection. Pickup God’s Word and seek Him daily, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Amen.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
(This photo was taken in October of 2018 at a lake near Plymouth, Minnesota)
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We are encouraged by the grace and mercy God our Father gives to us. We stumble and fall and yet He loves us the same. He walks with us daily and still there are days we yell ‘God, where are you?’ His love for us is greater than any we will find in human relationships but yet we put our time with Him off to the side or as a low priority that easily can be removed for our busy lives. We seek His forgiveness and He delivers everytime…the Word of God never changes…He created us; He loves us; He calls us by name…at that point it is up to us to respond. The greatest Dad there is, is God our Father. We are His children. We are comforted and encouraged by His love. Amen.
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2014 at a lake place in central Minnesota)
This is a way of being a leader that has care and empathy for others as much as anything. A servant leader understands that we is far greater than me. They include others in decision making, they pay attention to the growth and potential of those around them, they are not only good for a group or organization, their presence is necessary for sustainable growth and success. You know a servant leader when you see one as they tend to be different from the majority of leaders…they listen, they have high self-awareness and they are often shining a spot light on others. The greatest example of a servant leader we have is Jesus Christ…He gave of Himself to everyone and anyone, no matter what the “rules” of society were at the time. He taught others and set them up for growth and success, and with Him as their leader, the disciples spread the message that has changed the world like nothing ever has or ever will. They shared the Good News and it is still impacting the world today. They were leaders working to serve as they were taught, knowing the greatest success will come when you empower others to be future leaders. Seek the Lord Jesus Christ and His leadership as He is always working for your good. Amen.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2018 near the Apostle Islands in Lake Superior)
The body of Christ is discussed in several areas of the Bible. It is compared to the makeup of the human body. Stating that every part of the body has certain contribution to the whole body and everything is functioning at its greatest ability when all the members play their role. A sports team could be described in a simialr way. If every member of the team does what they are responsible to do the team can be and will be very successful. The same is true for Christians. We all have a role in the body of Christ and even though some roles get taken for granted they have the same value as every other role. We never notice how much we use our pinky on either hand or our little toe on either foot until it gets broke or dislocated and suddenly we really notice how often we need it. We are created out of love, we are created for a purpose, every single person has value in God’s plan. Seek wisdom from God to understand your role is His plan. Amen.
“Just as each one of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us…”
(This photo was taken in February of 2013 in a neighborhood near Plymouth, Minnesota)
This is about His plan not ours…this is about learning to listen…this is about prayer…this is about spending time in the quiet alone with God. How do we know when something is what God is asking us to do? As they say, if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. There is not one process or the same steps for everyone to know or understand what God is asking them to do…believe me I know this is frustrating to hear. The answer(s) are in your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When we want to learn about something we usually try to gain knowledge by spending time reading or consulting with others who have had success or experience in that work or field of expertise. So if we want to learn more about God’s plan and where or what we are being called to…we should read God’s Word and consult with Jesus. The key is this…it is easy to ask the questions; the journey moves forward according to our ability and willingness to listen and take action…even if it means being uncomfortable or not knowing what is going to happen next and we can do that when we learn to trust in Him. May the joy and peace of God be with you. Amen.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
(This photo was taken in March of 2018 in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico)
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The faith journey takes us on a road of self-awareness and growth. As we read God’s Word and the teachings of Jesus, we hear messages about our attitudes, our behaviors, our words and our actions. These are all things that we can control in our everyday life. Instead of wasting our time worrying and wringing our hands about what other people are doing, thinking or saying we would do well to focus that effort on developing the Fruit of the Spirit in our own lives and relationships. After all, we have the most control over one thing more than any other…how we choose to respond. May we strive to grow the Fruit of the Spirit in who we are in the world. Amen.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
(This photo was taken in August of 2016 at Sapphire Point near Dillon, Colorado)
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His mercy…His grace…His forgiveness…His sacrifice…His death…His resurrection and His love. All of this and more means Jesus Christ has fought the battle and won. He has saved us and we can be reconciled with God. Seek Him and the message of Good News in God’s Word. He gave His all to save you because He loves you just the way you are. May the love of Christ comfort you and encourage you this day. Amen.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2016 on a lake in central Minnesota)
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Life by the Spirit is a life that is conscious of our impact on others. It is not always looking inward and seeking to satisfy the self. It is a balanced life, aware of the present more then the past or future. It is a life that strives to put Christ in the center of everything…it is not easy to achieve in a dark and broken world nor are we able to do this alone. I pray we seek a life that is led by the Spirit. Amen.
“The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”
(This photo was taken in July of 2018 while hiking in Wisconsin near Lake Superior)
The temperature has plummeted here in the upper Midwest…as I write this morning the temperature is -29 and the “feels like” temp is -50. Every day in every part of the world there are people in need…people who lack in some or all of the basics in life like food, shelter and water. No one person can help everyone, however, one person can help one other person. Don’t quit trying because the problem is too big…God loves every person in Creation…and every single person has something that can help at least one person, it is not all about possesions and things or stuff. Take inventory of your life and surroundings, give thanks for the blessings you have and seek wisdom to understand what God is asking you to share with those in need right where you are…you don’t want to miss being a person who can provide for the need of another. We are blessed to be a blessing. Amen.
“Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”
(This photo was taken in December of 2013 in northwestern Wisconsin…that is a picnic table on a deck)