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11 Reasons Why I Love Kathie Lee Gifford’s Tribute to Frank

Many of you have probably seen this video. Everyone has been sharing it on facebook. It. Is. Amazing!!!! You have to watch it.

Kathy Lee Gifford

I am not a regular viewer of the Today Show.  I also do not know much about Frank Gifford. I had heard of him. I had seen him on TV here and there, but didn’t know his “famous” story. The only thing I really knew about the two of them…and that was just a rumor..was that they had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (I lived there once for a short period. I used to walk by their house for exercise.)

But this story on the Today Show…rather, this testimony…is simply amazing. Here is why I think so…

  1. NO ONE shares their CHRISTIAN faith on national TV. It might offend someone. It’s the one religion you can’t talk about…or so it seems. But she does a beautiful job of sharing his legacy. The real legacy was his faith, not his football trophies.
  2. He knew what it was to be poor.  “He ate dog food and he was grateful to have it.” (Click to Tweet) Can we even imagine?  We want our kids to have this amazing character, but there is simply no way for them to know a lifestyle that breeds the kind of character we hope they have. Thank goodness, right? But, the lessons learned are invaluable.
  3. He was a grateful human being. How many truly grateful people do you know?  We all say we are grateful, but are we really? There is always something stealing our joy and contentment. Business make their living keeping us non-content, scared of what might happen, worried.
  4. “His world got smaller as his God got bigger.” (Tweet this) #humbled Do. We. Even. Get. That??? That is what the Christian faith is suppose to do for us. His peace silences the big bad world.
  5. They went to the Holy Land! Really? Hollywood folks went to the Holy Land? Who knew this was even on their radar or of any importance to them?
  6. “Frank came back with a new perspective.” I have never been to Jerusalem, but I’ve heard the testimonies of many who have. Each person comes back different. They all say it really makes the bible come alive. It’s overwhelming…I hear.
  7. “Where are you going to throw your stone for the kingdom of God?” (Tweet this)  #convicted This really spoke to my heart. Where am I throwing my stone??
  8. “If you are going to leave a legacy for your children, teach them friendship with God.” This statement just came out of someone’s mouth who speaks on national TV daily. I’m amazed, convicted, I want to cry… not because I’m sad but because I’m reminded of what an awesome God we serve! I’m amazed that his people are all around us and yet we didn’t even know!
  9. “Transform this hurting world that needs God so much.” Is this church? Because it might just be the best 8 minute sermon I’ve ever heard.
  10. “Spend the rest of your life trying to throw it well.” #encouraged
  11. The best statement… “He never had an entitled moment in his life.” (Tweet this)  That is the mentality that built America.  If I had to point my finger at one thing killing this country, it would be entitlement. Too many take and don’t contribute. But, even more than that, people who have the means to give, give to much…to their kids, to their grandkids… breeding the entitlement mentality. The greatest generation did amazing things because they knew what it was to have nothing. They made something out of nothing.

This testimony really touched me, and from the number of shares, I think it touched many others. Please continue to pray for this sweet sister in Christ. But, even more, I hope you throw your stone far for the Kingdom of God.

God Bless You!

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Secrets of the Kingdom of God

Have you ever heard someone say, “Repent, the Kingdom of God is near!”? 

What feelings or thoughts come to mind when you hear that? 


Honestly,  I have always had mixed emotions about that verse…until recently. God gave me a new perspective on this. 

John 1: 14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee,proclaiming the good news of God.15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

One of the ways I’ve seen this verse was futuristic…Jesus is coming back soon, better get my life in order…oh my goodness! And, Luke 20:30 does lend itself to that thought pattern.   

But, in John 1:14-15 we see a different concept. What Jesus meant when he said this was literally…the kingdom has come near...it is standing right in front of you!


How much closer can it get? 

Jesus was standing there, offering people heaven on earth. 

In the Old Testament, there was a system for getting near to God. People made long treks to the temple. They cleansed themselves before coming close to God. And even then, they needed a priest or a profit to tell them the things of God.  

Fast forward to the New Testament. God, through his Holy Spirit, would now live on the inside of his people. Awesome news! 

The Kingdom of God is near! 

I’m so glad He lives on the inside of me, being my comforter, being my peace, my joy!  While I love to go to church, I’m glad He doesn’t only reside in church…but in my heart…where I can access him anytime….whether I’m clean or dirty, full of sin or repented. He is there!

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Scripture Cures

I woke up this morning full of anxiety. I hate anxiety. Don’t like the way it makes me feel…jittery….snappy….shaky…just don’t like it.

Drove the kids to school…still anxious.

Got to work…still anxious.

Found this cute little scripture at http://courageouscowgirl.blogspot.com

Then I grabbed my little bible I keep in my desk and read John, Chapter 19 titled, “Jesus Sentenced to be Crucified” and “The Death of Jesus”.  This is my least favorite chapter in the bible for obvious reasons. It hurts me all over to read about my Savior being crucified.  And, to know they killed an innocent man simply because they didn’t understand who he was or what he was telling them, just hurts me even more.

As I was reading this, I was reminded of a phrase I use often in my line of work, “We eat our own”.

The very people that are trying to do good in a community are the ones that get attacked and destroyed by others in the same community. Everyone jumps up and down about wanting progress, or wanting something new, and they want to “keep the town alive”. Yet, when someone starts making small steps in that direction, they chop them off at the knees, hoping they die out, much like the two men that were hung on the cross beside Jesus. They weren’t all the way dead so the soldiers broke their legs so it could all be over.

But, the bigger picture was that Jesus was a Jew who came to fulfill the Jewish law. He was the savior they had prayed for, waited for, longed for. And, when he came, they did not recognize him and they had him killed out of selfish ambition and fear.

Many times, in community development the person or people trying to be the change that the people want, are often times the ones that those same people devour.  On a larger scale, America is much the same way. We devour politicians who are striving to make change for the better. We lump them all in one big basket and complain rather than being part of the solution.

Let’s not “eat our own”.  Let’s not be divided on so many different issues. Let’s work harder to see all sides of the coin. Often times that means compromising and working together.  Let’s work harder to find common ground. And, in doing this, it will help us all to “love our neighbor as ourself”…the one commandment that Jesus left for us to fulfill. We can do it.

Wrapping up, I want you all to know after cracking open my bible, my anxiety has subsided.

It works every time. Scripture cures all my ailments!

My problems still exist but God has given me peace.

My anxiety is not actually job related (today!), but reading this passage reminded me that we have a tendency to “eat our own”… so that is what I am sharing with you all.

May the peace that passes all understanding be with you today and everyday. God Bless!

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Humbled by Service

Today on my drive to work, I was thinking about how serving others makes my faith come alive. Sometimes when my relationship with the Lord has become lifeless (due to my lack of discipline of course), it does me good to serve someone else. 

As I was sitting at my desk working this morning, a knock came at my office door. It was our wonderful custodian, Gilbert, who cleans and polishes the courthouse. He makes this place shine like a new pair of shoes. It’s not unusual for him to ask if there is anything we need or something he can do for us. 

But, this time he was holding a pot of coffee. He looks at me and says, “Coffee?”

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My office is on the second floor. The coffee pot is downstairs on the first floor. I’ve never had coffee delivered to my office.

Not sure what to say, out comes, “No thanks…um, I take cream and sugar.” I knew that was a stupid thing to say but I was caught off guard.

He smiles, pours my cup full and says, “I will be back!”

Before I can say anything, he takes off. A couple minutes later, he shows up with cream, sugar, a coffee stir stick and a napkin.

I smiled gratefully and told him that he was a good man. I thanked him kindly for his generosity and service.

Gilbert continually looks for ways to serve everyone at work.  I know he is a Godly man, and I know he does these things to glorify God, not himself.

As a Christian woman who knows I’m suppose to “serve others”, I repeatedly find myself thinking I don’t have any opportunities or the time to serve. Or, I convince myself it has to be some big, long-standing, time commitment. But, God reminded me today that is not true. There is always a way to serve others, even if it is just pouring them coffee.

Needless to say, I’m humbled.

Humbled that someone served me rather than me serving them.

Humbled that God showed me it doesn’t have to be a big thing. The smallest things can bring a smile to someone’s face.

Humbled that this man’s faith is so strong that he looks for ways to serve all of us to glorify God.

Luke 10:38-42
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

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One Way to Relax


Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:1-3

This week has been hectic and I’m feeling a bit worn and tattered! Can anyone relate? I’m sure many of you are in the same boat. 

My family and I are still trying to get into the school routine. Up early, to bed late, too many activities starting all at one time and my kids want to go to each one! Then there is pay for this, pay for that, then try to do your regular job on top of all that. Woe. I am exhausted. And, we are commuting an hour back and forth so the car ride alone has me worn out this week.

So, for today’s blog I am focusing on relaxing. Just the word relax makes me feel better. 🙂

This is cute and made me laugh.


A heart at peace gives life to the body…Proverbs 14:29-31 

It is rare our situations change quickly. We have to find ways to live within our  situations and still find peace. 

What situation is causing your life to be hectic? 

For my family it is commuting that seems to be never ending. We are very close to closing on a house in the town we work in, but now that even looks like it might fall through! 

All four of us in the car driving to school and work each day has the potential to leave everyone edgy. Kids are tired, dad is not a morning person, mom is overwhelmed with too many tiny details demanding her attention…you can see the potential fire hazard! (It is imperative we get moved soon, but evidently God has another plan.) 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness… Galatians 5:21-23

My best defuser is Jesus. If I can carve out time to spend with my bible, and listening to the Lord, I’m a better person. Sundays at church are a blessing and feed my soul, but my quite time refuels me more than anything.  

So, this weekend, try to relax. You owe it to yourself and your family. And, things always have a way of working out. Have peace that God is in control. Give it to Him and take a break from controlling the universe. (Y’all know I’m preaching to the choir right?)  Grab your bible and a cup of coffee and enjoy some time with Jesus this weekend. He adores you! 

How do you relax on the weekends? 

A good song to help you relax! Enjoy. 

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How to Catch a Break!

At the age of 39, I would have expected the unpredictable to have leveled out a bit in my life. Yet, it seems quit the opposite.  No matter what area of my life I seem to have under control, there are other areas that simply explode in my face. Can you relate?

For instance, it’s December, and you all know that means the holidays are among us. This usually means a little financial juggling for our family. Shifting some bills around to make a little wiggle room for presents. (This is where I hear Dave Ramsey ranting in my head: “Christmas comes every 12 months! You know this! Why have you not planned ahead and saved money for this????” Can I get an AMEN!!!)  But this year, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to catch a break. I normally take adversity in stride, knowing God has a plan and simply waiting it out. This year He is really testing my patience…or my juggling skills, not sure which! lol

Image by Renjith Krishnan.

Recently, my husband had to go to the ER for a burn on his arm. He tried to go to the clinic, a $60 visit, but it was lunch time so they sent him to the ER instead: a $700 visit. Do the math on that one! A week ago, my son hurt his foot while playing.  It appeared to be okay, but now it is hurting him again. This will require an x-ray very soon to determine what is needed.  All of a sudden, my daughter’s eyes have decided they need glasses and her teeth refuse to come in straight! Not to mention we are still paying off medical bills from my broken leg a year ago! (Yes, we have some insurance but it never covers everything!)

Normally, we find creative ways to make all our ends meet. We catch a break somewhere and it all comes together. But, right now nothing is turning out that way. I know the Lord says to cast all my cares on him and be anxious for nothing, and that is what I’m trying to do. But, in the honor of full disclosure I have to say… I am anxious. I know I shouldn’t be, but I am. Not just because I may not get my Christmas gifts purchased, but because we have some real needs that are going unmet at the moment. Because I’m embarrassed that I can’t pay my bills on time or maybe even at all right now. Because I am letting people down – I don’t like to let people down! Because I am a Christian and I feel like I’m setting a terrible example! Because I am a responsible adult, contributing to society, holding down a good job (two actually) and it still isn’t enough. It is not enough.

So, I sit and I wait. I’ve done everything I can do in my own strength. I’ve turned over every leaf I know to turn.  This one is out of my control.

Honestly, when I let go of that CONTROL is usually when God shows up and shows off. So, I sit and wait for him to do just that!  While I may be frustrated and anxious, I know where my hope comes from! I am NOT without HOPE because I serve a mighty God. He hasn’t forgotten me. His ways are higher than my ways. So, I will sit and wait to catch my break from Him.

God bless you all! Merry Christmas.

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Heaven Is For Real

This book by Todd Burpo is a hot topic right now, so I thought I would weigh in on it. I quickly glanced at it in the bookstore, and my initial thought was, “huh, not interested!” and I moved on, giving it little thought.

Lately I’ve heard many of my friends discussing on facebook how much they enjoyed the book. So, I thought I should read it. To my surprise, it blessed my socks off. Now, don’t get me wrong, I read it with my typical skepticism, looking for a flaw. But, guess what? God blessed me anyway!

I thought the book was fantastic. By the time it was over, I saw it as an awesome testimony that could have been added on to my bible or the book of Revelations. It was a small glimpse into what God has waiting for us.  It was God blessing us, giving us hope that our faith is for real. Giving his believers another reason to hang on and know that he cares for us and he is waiting for us. There are some things we will not know until we get to heaven, but I’m grateful he gives us these little tidbits as we go so that we don’t lose our faith.

There is another book written by an older gentleman called Flight to Heaven. It gives more vivid details because it was an adult giving the account. It made the Holy Spirit do summer-saults in my heart. I loved what God did in this man’s life. He waited 30 or 40 years before he wrote his book because he wanted to “live out” what he saw in heaven. And he did, then he wrote a book about it. Amazing testimony.

One common thread in these books is the overwhelming love that these people feel when they return from heaven. They have an unexplainable love for people…a longing to make sure they go to heaven…a longing to make sure they know Jesus. That kind of love only comes from one place – God! It is the only thing that can transform a person overnight – or in three minutes.

Love is what makes me believe that these books are true testimonies. People don’t change…unless they have had an encounter with God…then they are different forever.

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The Authority of Jesus’ Name

One more quick thing.

I found a nugget last night in the Word of God. It was actually hidden in the commentary. It said when people prayed in the “name of Jesus” they were saying “by the authority of Jesus Christ.” This struck a cord with me.

The name of Jesus is so powerful, but when you say “by the AUTHORITY of Jesus” it has a strong, authoritative ring to it! That resonated with me.

I am going to concentrate for the next couple of weeks on saying “by the authority of Jesus” and not “the name of Jesus”. One is not better than the other, but it gives me a more concentrated authority to my prayer life! It feels more powerful right now. Like I said, it was nugget for me!

The name of Jesus is super powerful. Just today this blog post came to my inbox. As always, so timely. Hope you too enjoy it!

http://lysaterkeurst.com/2011/05/a-message-of-hope/

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Keeping it Real

Sometimes, the things that make me think a little deeper can be very strange things! Recently, I downloaded a new cd by Mandisa. The title is “What if we were real”. Leading up to the release of this cd, I had been reading several tweets by Mandisa and how this album came about. She became very frustrated with herself, her struggle with weight, etc., and one day she blurted something out on twitter. Something very real to what she was struggleing with that day. I have to admit, I’ve always thought her tweets were more real than something I would but out for the public to see. (Let me be very clear, she is always tasteful and is never putting out information to get attention. But, she tells the truth about exactly what she is doing that day.) Somedays are up and some are down.

This has had me thinking about being real with people. I always try to be authentic with people, yet I’m not sure I really do a good job of speaking what is on my heart. Sometimes I’m not even sure what is stirring in my heart! lol  I don’t always have the words to describe how something affects me. I certainly rarely have the words to describe what God is trying to do in my life. Sometimes, I’m not even spending enough time with God to give any advice on that category. Now that is real!! lol

One day recently, God gave me two situations where people were very real with me. In just a matter of “hello how is it going?” two different people poured their heart out to me about some very tough stuff going on in their life. I was blown away they trusted me enough to share this information. I was reminded that people are real, if we will just listen. And, I was reminded that my heart needs to be open to really hear what they are saying. And, I was challenged to be more real with people. They don’t want or need fake Christianity. They need the real deal! I appreciate it when folks are real, so why would they feel any different?

Now, I’m not saying go and tell everyone your problems, but you know who you can trust. You know who has a heart for Jesus. You know a kindred spirit when you see one! So, share! Open up, be honest! You might just be surprised what God will do with it.

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The Holy Spirit has Spoken, I have Listened

My heart has been plowed this weekend and I don’t even know where to begin.

First, let me say that the Holy Spirit is real – in case you had a doubt! And, sometimes, when you hear him speak, you can’t translate it into words. But, your heart knows when it has been spoken to. Your heart is different. Your heart is better. I’m convinced this is why we all get tripped up on explaining God to people because you simply can’t put the Holy Spirit into words.

I told you last week I was longing for my Jesus. Today (and it’s Monday to boot!), my cup is overflowing. Not my bank account, not my situations, nothing has changed at my house…except my heart.

When the Holy Spirt works in my heart, he allows me to “feel” more and to soak up Jesus. With ease I can soak up his love for me, his grace, his majesty. Somedays I can put on the music, pull out the Word, but I’m just not feeling it. But when the Holy Spirit shows up, it is effortless.

Today as I listened to a song that mentioned him being slain for me, it hit me fresh: Jesus, not any other god that people bow down to, or make up or worship, was slain for me and you. What other god has that resume? I don’t know of one who laid his life down for his people like Jesus did. (Historically the bible is true. A man died. Whether you recognize the spiritual element of his death or not, someone was really slain and died a brutal death.)

This weekend, the Holy Spirit spoke. The ground didn’t shake. Lightening didn’t strike. He simply used someone who was listening to Him, to speak to his people. My longing heart has heard and is filled. My ears are opened. My walls have been knocked down…once again. All of these make it easy for me to feel his presence, hear his word and draw near to him. It is amazing that a few words, uttered by an obedient disciple of Christ, words that in the natural make no sense, can open my heart and plow hard ground like nothing else I could ever dream up on my own. The Holy Spirit has spoken and praise God that he has allowed my heart to hear and be changed.

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