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Life Lessons of Hope, Motivation and Inspiration

Appointed!

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“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Galatians 6:9 NKJV

Lessons from JJ

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Fifteen years ago a malnourished cat came running in our front door one morning. I thought she was a kitten by looking at her size, we came to find out she was about 3 years old. JJ had been one of the many strays that had adopted us. Reflecting back on her life I see how we treat our relationships with others and God.

JJ loved her food bowl full and if it wasn’t she would tell you by crying her head off or flipping the dish. And don’t we all act that way sometimes? We through our little fit until we get what want not realizing everything we need has already been supplied.

She also only loved on her terms. You could only pet her for a few strokes before she would nip at you. She always kept her distance but being just close enough to keep close watch just in case you might try to love on her.

And so it is with us, we come into a relationship beat up and malnourished. We want to be loved, but only on our terms. Then when someone tries to show true love we snip at them and hold them off and ultimately reject them and blame them for trying to help us. This is the same thing we do to God. He wants to love us where we are and supply our needs yet we settle for our wants and needs, even though He has even better for us.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19

Enslaved No More!

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In January I received the best and scariest phone call all in one call. It was a phone call I had wanted for many years and yet when hearing, “Ted, we would like you to be Lay Director for the Emmaus Walk in August,” I was crushed under the weight of the responsibility of this position. I humbly accepted after much prayer and soul searching.

One of the first things I did was buy a notebook and started carrying it with me everywhere, because you never know when God is going to inspire with a little nugget that will make a huge difference. I started recording prayers for the team members and for the pilgrims that God has already picked. Even though I was months away from even starting the team selection process God had already laid on my heart what to pray for His team and for the pilgrims that will be attending the walk in August.

As Lay Director in training for the March Walk it was my honor to observe the team meetings and be a part of the team. I prayed throughout the meetings and the walk that God would build His Team, not mine. I prayed that He would put the right people in place to lead the next set of pilgrims to freedom in Him.

On Saturday afternoon during Dying Moments, Pastor Bill Halter made the comment, “Don’t give up a symptom, give up the root cause of the problem.” It was a deep blow to me when I heard him. For years I had given this or that up and asked for forgiveness and yet there was always more crud that kept resurfacing moments, days or weeks later. That afternoon I received and unexpected gift form God…FREEDOM! I was able to let go of a burden that had been a part of my life for more than 30 years. As I set in the sanctuary with tears streaming down my face, a peace overcame me like I have never experienced. For the first time in my life I experienced a joy beyond measure and laughter welled up inside me. I set there crying on the outside and laughing in my spirit.

This morning I awoke rested in my spirit for the first time my life. Peace has come in like a flood and washed me clean from shame and guilt. I experienced God in a whole way this weekend and now that I am free, with God’s help I can help others to His freedom. DeColores

Monday Motivation

A new week, new challenges and new opportunities!

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Wednesday Wisdom

How you react defines you.

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Monday Motivation

Let’s GO! We can do this.

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The Reason

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just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many [paying the price to set them free from the penalty of sin]. Matthew 20:28

…YET!

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Pain persists
Minutes morph
Hours harass
Days dry
Weeks weather
Months manipulate
Years yearn
Blood boils
Lips lie
Body beaten
Feelings flee
Numbness navigates
Dreams die
Ambition absent
Direction disappears
Love leaves
Fear frightens
…Yet
Prayers persists
Hearts hope
Mercy moves
Grace gives
Faith fulfills
Hope heals
Love lavishes
Life lives
Redeemer repairs
Cross conquers
Savior saves

Out Live!

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“A single lie destroys a whole reputation of integrity.” – Baltasar Gracian
One of my favorite quotes is, “Live in such a way that the pastor doesn’t have to lie at your funeral.” You can’t fight a lie, but you can out-live it. Instead of fighting back when lies come against us, we need to live in the truth. It may take a while for the truth to come out. Friends and family may leave us but if we are living a life of integrity, people will start to question what is the truth.
“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” – Phillipians 4:8

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