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Just a Little Nudge

September 30, 2014 — Leave a comment

Do you remember the scene in Dr. Doolittle when they are in the vet’s waiting room?  There is a woman annoyingly screaming “Chester” at her dog to the top of her lungs.  Chester is completely unresponsive.  The assumption is that he is deaf.  Actually, he’s far from it by his own admission.  He just doesn’t want to deal with the woman who is screaming his name, so he ignores her.

Sometimes we do the same thing when God is prompting us by the Holy Spirit.  We clearly understand what it is that we are being asked to do, but for whatever reason, we don’t want to do it.  So, we just ignore Him. Truly, who, exactly, do we think we are to ignore the Creator and Owner of all, including us?   Ouch!

                Does He prompt you to make a call or send a note to someone you haven’t seen in a while?  Is it that simple, or does He really put the pressure on by asking you to do something way outside your comfort zone like going on a mission trip to a land where you can’t understand a thing that’s being said and the food is not chicken fried steak? It’s so hot you can’t breathe and there’s no A/C, not to mention bugs like you’ve never seen before.

This is what I’ve discovered.  You can do what He asks and receive many more blessings from the experience than the effort you put into it, or you can turn a deaf ear and end up in a fish belly like our brother Jonah.  You know that the choice is completely yours. Gwen~

Jump In!

September 16, 2014 — Leave a comment

               What is it that you’ve been waiting to do, and you know that God is prompting you, but all you can do is stand frozen in your tracks?

Is it teaching a Sunday school class, or maybe visiting someone in a nursing home even though those facilities make you very uncomfortable?

Is it doing something that is so “not you” that you can’t believe you’re even considering it? OK. Today’s the day! This is it. Do it! You probably won’t be eaten alive even if your first attempts fail miserably.

Your ego may be a little roughed up, maybe even bruised, but that doesn’t mean you’re down for the count! Jump up, get back in the fight! I heard this on the radio the other day, “If you’re tired of just living life, try Jesus.” Now just think about that one.

So, here’s your challenge. If that same little thought keeps rattling around in your brain, it may be God trying to get you moving. Ask Him. Be direct. When you get the go ahead, jump in with both feet! Remember Peter? When he started to sink, the Savior lifted him up. But at least he got out of the boat! Jesus there for you too! Gwen~

Tomorrow

May 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

image“You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” – James 4:14

I remember back in high school telling a friend, I’ll see you Monday!  That weekend she was killed in a horrific car accident.  What a shock!!  When something terrible happens like this it brings to mind our mortality.

I would like to issue a challenge:  For one year, live your life here on earth as if it were your last!  image

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that” (James 4:13-15).

I’m praying our prospective will be different and that our focus will be on different priorities and people. ~Debra

 

Commitment

August 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

At 54 years old I’ve decided I have to do something about my fitness; it helped that several of my clothes no longer fit like they used to.  I joined a Fitness Challenge with a few friends.  

We logged in everyday on a group page on Facebook.  We share our exercise, diet and motivation quotes and pictures.

I ran across this one and it made me think about another commitment.  “Either I do or I don’t” There is no in between. “

What does your walk with Christ look like?  Is it mediocre, strong or do you just let it slide on the week ends.  God’s word tells us as believers we can’t sit on the fence; we are either in or out.

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16, NIV)        

If you not with the Lord…then you’re against Him…no middle road!

“He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters.” (Matthew 12:30, NIV)

You have to make a decision and stick to it.  Draw strength and guidance from His word and spend time in meditation and prayer!

Let’s meet this challenge together…no in between!  ~ Debra

 

 

 

Changes

May 23, 2012 — Leave a comment

Some girlfriends and I are in the middle of a Wellness Challenge.  It started May 1 and will end June 1.  The winner will be treated to a wonderful (healthy) dinner at Bonteri Blue restaurant by the rest of the ladies in the group.

My focus has been on losing weight and at my age is not an easy task.  I’ve been drinking protein shakes, cutting back on my evening meal and exercising.  

I’ve lost not one pound in three weeks.  I was feeling very discouraged.  Then I realized that there have been some changes.

I’ve notice the view times I’ve eaten out with friends that I haven’t been able to finish my meal.  My exercise endurance is better and my clothes aren’t fitting as tight.

It’s not what I had planned but it’s still been good for me.

It made me think of my growth as a believer.  I know where I’d like to me but I don’t always make wise decisions.

God has a plan for my life and He is much better at knowing what is best for me.  Will I trust Him or continue trying to bring him around to my way of thinking?

Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” (NIV)

In my exercising there has been pain and suffering; so it has been in my spiritual growth. There have been some bumps, bruises, struggles and enlightenments; Praise God!

Psalm 121:3 “He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.” (NLT)

Has it been worth it…you bet!  I would have never grown if the Lord hadn’t allowed me to walk through some trials.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight”

Staying focused is the key! ~Debra