Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I dont want to be that fig tree

In Mark 11:12
Jesus was traveling through Jerusalm
and saw at Fig tree from afar and he decided to
eat from it..
The Fig tree was full of leaves, which
was to indicate that there were also
plenty of figs on the tree,
but when Jesus reached the tree
there were no figs to be found..
So Jesus cursed the tree saying
(14) “May no one ever eat your fruit again!”
Do you think as christians we can sometimes
be like that Fig Tree ?
We walk around dressed up in all our Leaves..
claiming to be filled with fruit..
If you see us from afar,, we look plentiful
but get up close and we are just leaves..

I dont want to be cursed by God..
I desire to be Fruitful...
I want to be known by my fruit..

I long to hear....

 “His master replied,
‘Well done, good and faithful servant!
You have been faithful with a few things;
 I will put you in charge of many things.
 Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Matthew 25:21

And I long to be standing next to my
sisters in christ when he says it to all of us..

Have a blessed day.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Strength & Weakness

Ever notice how your strengths can also be your weakness and vice versa?

For example, the patience we have developed can also be the reason for staying in a stagnant situation.   We can become so complacent where we are, believing this is where God wants us, that we tune out his sweet whispers and fail to do our part in the situation.  We become indecisive.  On the other hand, being patient can allow God to work in our lives.  Being impatient and running out ahead of God and doing it our way can cause us to miss out on a rich blessing God has for us.

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
 Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes.
  Psalm 37:7

Ever been angry about something or someone?  That anger can be our weakness if we allow it to control us emotionally & lash out.  On the other hand, anger handled properly can allow us to confront a person or situation in a Christ like manner, causing a needed change.

Stop being angry!
Turn from your rage!
Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm.
Psalm 37:8
Knowledge can be a great strength and turns into wisdom when we use it to grow and change.  However, knowledge gained and not applied is simply that – knowledge, and of no use to anyone.
For the protection of wisdom is like the protection of money, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of him who has it.  Ecclesiastes 7:12


Taking pride in doing a good job is very commendable and will cause us to give our best to everything we do.  Letting praises from people go to our head and cause us to be puffed up and of no use to God.  It takes our focus off God and onto ourselves.
Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.  2 Corinthians 10:12

What about perseverance and focus?  These are two admirable traits when tempered with moderance and used to accomplish great things.  But what about the workaholic whose sole purpose is his/her work?  Everything else falls second to work and their family suffers their absence.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” Hebrews 12:1
On the other hand, God may use our impatience to prod us to take a leap of faith.  We should not be so cautiaus that we are fearful to step out in what God has told us to do.
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
The greater the strength, the greater the potential weakness and liability.  If we allow God to use our weakness, We will be strengthened and used for his glory and to show his strength. 

He gives strength to the weary

and increases the power of the weak.  Isaiah 40:29

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my
power is made perfect in weakness."   2 Corinthians 12:9

                         Take a look at the chart below and ask God where you are allowing your strength to be your weakness and vice versa.
STRENGTH
WEAKNESS
Patient
Indecisive
Focused
Stubborn
Quick Thinker
Impulsive
Confident
Arrogant
Visionary
Dreamer
Task-Oriented
Insensitive
People-Oriented
Not Focused On Task
Serious
Too Reverent
Humorous
Irreverent
Enthusiastic
Excitable
Dignified
Unapproachable
Efficient
Not Thorough
Analytical
Picky
Cautious
Fearful
Orderly
Controlling
Practical
Simplistic
Persuasive
Manipulative
Diplomatic
Wishy-Washy
Calm
Apathetic
Independent
Unfriendly
Talkative
Poor Listener
Organized
Inflexible
Spontaneous
Undisciplined
Meticulate
Perfectionistic
Passionate
Too Emotional




 



 


Monday, August 29, 2011

Moving truck is here...



I had my husband pull all my Fall Decor
out of the attic this weekend.
Its a little early,I know...but I love decorating for Fall :)
As I was sorting through thing I went through my
dvr,,and turned on a Beth Moore teaching.
I had a totally different idea for today's post

But this message from Beth Moore teaching this morning
kinda went with my
Decorating for Fall theme
So I wondered if Im the only one who has ever felt like this before..

Ever felt like you have gotten
complacent, and just felt like you live
and hide in a cave?


Satan (aka ~ the chump)
has us in a pit that he has created
by selling us his stories of
guilt and condemnation..
So he has us living in a dark and dreary cave..
and we have gotten so comfortable there
that we have started decorating..

Believing his lies of forever ..

You will never change,,
This is where you belong,
Do I need to remind you again of why you are here?
Things wont get better.
People know who you really are deep down.
They know what you've done..

But I am here to tell you....

Psalms 40:2-4

 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
   out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
   and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
   a hymn of praise to our God. 

There  is a light, that comes to show us that we
 DONT HAVE TO REMAIN LIVING IN THIS CAVE..
In this pit...any longer...

Come on Ladies..
Lets start packing, take those pictures off the wall
the moving truck is here

God had a much better place for us to live..
Its called
Forgiven, Free. Loved, New creations,
A JESUS GIRL


Enjoy decorating your new surroundings..

Love Ya
               Karen





Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Beauty for Ashes

We spend many hours on our “Exterior” beauty.  Making sure our, hair, makeup & clothing are just so.  There are some cool websites out there that we can go to, upload a personal picture and create a virtual makeover and  Voila!..... A transformation takes place.
Check these out:
With the click of a few buttons my hair was transformed into……



Onto Clothes:  http://www.hm.com/gb/dressingroom/LADIES


Finally, the body:  http://www.virtualfitnesscoach.com/welcome.php


These are all programs to help us with our outer beauty, but what about our Inner Beauty?
God has designed us for transformation to take place.   Just like a butterfly transforms itself by pushing its way out of the cocoon, we can transform ourselves by breaking free from the cocoon of our fears, insecurities, guilt – anything that is keeping us from being whole and complete. Just like the caterpillar making its metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, we will metamorphose into the beautiful woman God intends us to be.

Link up to the Bible to find out how God wants to dress us & make us over, transforming us into women of Inner Beauty & Grace:  www.biblegateway.com

 Put on your strength; put on your beautiful garments.  Isaiah 52:1

A garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.   Isaiah 61:3

 Clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Colossians 3:12

 All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another.  1 Peter 5:5

May you all be clothed in God's Garments today.


  

Monday, August 22, 2011

First day of school

Wow..
As I took my 15yr old to his first day back to high school
this morning,, I pulled up my Memory Catalog and
remembered the first day of kindergarten with all 3
or my children..
Wow.. in one memory it was as if it was just yesterday
but at a closer glance, those days are so far away..
I was blessed that all 3 of my children were
ready for school,, lets put it this way..
I was the one outside the door crying
(after they went in of course)
not wanting to let that time of
innocents and being totally relent
on MOM for everything..
This act of going to school changes everything..
But I knew it was a good thing
for them any way..lol.

they went from
finger painting
to
advance math
in what seems like a blink of an eye..


But whether your child is starting
kindergarten or finishing up college..
Our job is the same...
Pray, Pray, Pray for them.
As moms , our days of learning how to
pray for our children will only end
the moment we enter into the pearly gates of heaven.

But until then..
Sow Seed.. Plead the blood of Jesus over them
for protection and guidance..
We must turn them over to the Lord.
For only he can be with them all day.
We can pray this over our entire family.
Gods Promise..
Stand on it..

The Message
Psalms 91
  Say this: "God, you're my refuge.
      I trust in you and I'm safe!"
   That's right—he rescues you from hidden traps,
      shields you from deadly hazards.
   His huge outstretched arms protect you—
      under them you're perfectly safe;
      his arms fend off all harm.
   Fear nothing—not wild wolves in the night,
      not flying arrows in the day,
   Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
      not disaster that erupts at high noon.
   Even though others succumb all around,
      drop like flies right and left,
      no harm will even graze you.
   You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance,
      watch the wicked turn into corpses.
   Yes, because God's your refuge,
      the High God your very own home,
   Evil can't get close to you,
      harm can't get through the door.
   He ordered his angels
      to guard you wherever you go.
   If you stumble, they'll catch you;
      their job is to keep you from falling.
   You'll walk unharmed among lions and snakes,
      and kick young lions and serpents from the path.



Friday, August 19, 2011

Sun Stand Still size prayers...

I have been listening to the audible book called
Sun Stand Still
by Steven Furtick, pastor of Elevation Church in NC.

It is a story based on Joshua 10.
Where when Joshua had gone to battle, and
God told him in verse (8),
Do not be afraid of them, I had given them unto your hand.
Now even after Joshua had heard this promise from God
and the battle was being won,,
but the sun was going down and Joshua was afraid that
there was not enough time to complete the task
so in verse(12) Joshua crys
"O sun stand still over Gibeon,
O moon over the Valley of Aijaion,
(13) So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped
till the nation avenged itself on the enemies...
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky
 and delayed going down about a full day.
(14) There has never been a day like this before
nor since. a day when the Lord listened to a man.
Surely the Lord was fighting for Isreal..
WOW
Joshua, was an audacious warrior
(Audacious~behaving w/ boldness and daring)
But this story made me think that we
might be being a little wimpy
in our prayers ...
I mean here Joshua asked God to
make the
SUN STAND STILL..
are you kidding me..
If God can and did do that;
then we should be coming to God
with Honor and Reverence
but believing in an Audacious
way that God can not only answer
our prayers, (if it is within his will for our lives),
but that he can, and does control every issue
even the Sun..


What is your Sun Stand Still kinda prayer..

We serve and love a very powerful God
yet we some times doubt that he can
handle even the most menial request..

Make your Prayer and Thanksgiving
in a
Sun Stand Still
size version..

God is more than capable,
 and I bet he would
 love
 to see us have
Sun Stand Still
kinda faith..


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Standing on the Promises

Have you heard that saying, If God brings you to it, he will bring you through it?  Have you ever been brought to something, only to stand there in fear and wonder how in the world you will get through this?
That time in the middle, while we are in the midst of the storm, is when fear will strike & paralyze us or when we will rise up in faith,  align all of our being with what God says is true and stand on God’s promises.
God never lies and his promises never change.  They are true for all time.


There is a time to pray and there is a time to speak.  People of Faith SPEAK TO (not about) their obstacles.  When you speak to your mountains, God is supernaturally working behind the scenes to remove this obstacle.

So my friend, let’s do it.  What trouble has today brought you?  I want you to look at these troubles, everything you're facing right now, group it all together and talk to it like you would a person. This is what I want you to say, “Jesus told me you (trials & tribulation) were coming and he's already defeated you.”  Then, get into the bible and find out what God says about what you are facing and “SPEAK IT OUT LOUD”.  Continue to meditate on this truth until it grows roots and a bold confidence rises up in you.

Below are a few biblical truths, but dig in and find truths that resonate with your soul.
Debt /Finances:  God, you are the great El-Shaddai, God Almighty – The God who is more than enough, therefore, we come before you in the name of Jesus.  We confess Your Word over our life and our finances.  Your Word will not return to You void, but will accomplish what it says it will do.  We believe in the name of Jesus that all of our needs are met, according to Your riches in glory.  Remind us Lord that it is You who gives us power to become rich and you do so to fulfill your promise – You delight in the prosperity of Your people.
Sickness:  Father, in the name of Jesus, I come before You asking You to heal me.  My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, and I desire to be in good health.  You bought me at a price and I desire to glorify you in my spirit and body – they both belong to you.  By your stripes, I am healed.
Marriage: Our marriage grows stronger day by day in the bond of unity because it is founded on Your Word and rooted and grounded in your love.  We esteem our marriage as precious, worthy and of great price.  We commit ourselves to live in mutual harmony and accord with one another, delighting in each other, being of the same mind and united in spirit.  It is written in Your Word that love is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost who is given to us.
Children:  Lord, I pray and confess Your Word over my children and surround them with my faith.  I believe and confess that my children choose life and love you Lord, obey your voice and cling to you.  I believe and confess that you give your angels charge over my children to accompany and defend and preserve them in all their ways.

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Missy