Defeat, Mediocrity, or Victory (part 2)

Ahhh….. mediocrity.  Also known as the comfort zone.  It’s just soooo cozy and life is easy there.  It’s not that miserable state of defeat I wrote about the other day.  Nor is it the hustle and bustle required for a life of victory. It requires very little energy.   It’s like getting settled in on the couch with a good book and a blanket.  What could be better? Satan has little concern for those of us who choose this place of ease.  We are no threat to his work.  It’s just so nice to not be bothered by him.  Growing pains are not an issue either.   Nice…I don’t like pain do you?

Sadly, in my experience, this is where I find 99% of Christians today.  Happy to attend church once a week, and say a prayer when a little trouble comes along.  Happy to ask someone to say a prayer for a friend or family member who needs it and feel as if they have certainly done their part.  A short devotional is okay occasionally as long as they have the time.  But, you know how it is.  We’re all just so busy.

To my shame, I must admit that I have spent a fair amount of time there too.  Eventually I manage to claw my way out only to find myself right back in this sad state.  But God never intended that we spend a single minute there. His desire for us is that we live a victorious christian life filled with every blessing He has for us.  Blessings such as peace. joy, healing for our hearts and minds, and the rest that comes in knowing that we really matter to Him. Is there anything better?  Can riches or fame possibly compare to such blessings as these?

Don’t stay in mediocrity another minute.  Get into God’s word, step up your prayer life, and surround yourself with people who strengthen and encourage you.  It’s what He wants for every single one of us.  It what He wants for YOU!

 

 

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Defeat, Mediocrity, or Victory (part 1)

It is heartbreaking when I see a lady living in defeat.  Just the sound of the word is negative.   The dictionary describes it as “the lack of something necessary or desirable.”  And necessary and desirable to our lives as Christians, is a close walk with our Lord.  When we walk through our daily lives without this, we are living in defeat.  Consequently, our hearts lack peace and our days end with us feeling like a failure.  I know this because I have been there.  

I don’t claim to have a magic pill for this condition.  There is none.  But what if I told you that there was a cure?  Did you just feel a little glimmer of hope?  You should.  I promise you, it will work.  Here it is.   Step 1…Get into God’s word!  Step 2…start talking to Him (pray).  Step 3…surround yourself with encouragers.  Okay, did that glimmer of hope just leave you?  I’m guessing it did for some of you.  You see, what I find is that most of us would rather live in a state of total defeat that to put forth the effort it takes  to move into victory. 

Sadly, most of you will read this and say, “Oh that.”  Then the enemy will fill your head with all sorts of reasons why this is just not possible for you.  And again, he wins! 

Ladies, we choose where we live and were not meant to live in defeat.  Our God wants us to claim the victory that He has already won.  The peace and joy that He gives is ours for the taking.  Will you claim it today.  It won’t be easy but it will be worth it.

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Questions for Today

I’d like to start this post by saying this….My purpose for writing these posts is just to prompt us to think about where we are in our relationship with God.  And yes, we should be doing this often.  I am saddened at the spiritual  condition of most Christians I know.  I am also saddened at what I know they are missing out on.

This past Sunday, my good friend Larry Wilson preached a wonderful message and I will be using parts of this message in my next few posts.  He gave clear reasons for why we don’t acknowledge God in our everyday lives and then clear directives as to how to restore that relationship back to a healthy one.  I pray this will be of help to some of you who are stuck in that particular situation.

To begin this “series”  I want you to ask yourselves a few questions today.

Do you live each day with an awareness of God’s presence with you all the time?

Are you aware of all the aspects of His presence around you?

Is this awareness limited to just calling out to Him when you have exhausted all other options?

Has this awareness resulted in  a true friendship with Him?

Has sin caused you to avoid acknowledging His presence?

I’ll end with this reminder.  If you are His child, He never leaves you.  We may choose to ignore Him but He is still there.  When we feel alone it’s not because we are.  He’s still there waiting for you to turn to Him and start talking or cry out to Him.

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“Much” or “Little”

When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face Lord, will I seek.  If I know my heart, this is my desire; to seek after God, to know and bask in His presence, to want what He wants for me.

But I am a wanderer.  Just like you. I find myself living in days that do not include acknowledging His presence with me.  Plainly said, days if living just for me.  Those are days when I am lead into a mire of discontent that eventually leads to a rant about why He would refuse to give me my way.

But then, there are days when I do bask in His presence.  Days when my every move is made with a conscious awareness that He is right there beside me.  Those are the days that I find contentment in whether He has chosen “much” or “little” for me.  And those are the days that I am able to accept either as His will for me, in that moment.

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Teaching Selflessness

 3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.  What a different world we would live in if we only followed this verse.  But doing so is a daily fight  against our very sinful nature which tells us to love ourselves and put ourselves first.  Consciously considering others is not easy and must constantly be in the forefront of our minds.

I remember when my kids were first learning to talk, one if their first words was “mine.”  As a mother my heart wanted my children to have what they wanted.  But I knew that I had a responsibility to teach my children that the world did not revolve around them.  They needed to know how to put the needs of others above that of their own.  And they needed to  know that they would have to fight against their own sinful natures in order to do so.

The early teen years can be one of the biggest learning opportunities for our kids.  They go through a time when they are number one and no one else matters. If you are not careful, you can alienate them during these years because they can be pretty hard to get along with.   They need guidance without judgement through this time.  If we ignore this behaviour, our kids grow from selfish children to selfish adults who are bad friends, uncooperative co-workers, selfish spouses and eventually bad parents.

Think about what a different world this would be of we all followed this verse.  Wow! We’d all have better friendships, better marriages, better work environments and better relationships in general.  This verse is not to be ignored.

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The Rest of the Birthday

I posted a part of the birthday video for Mrs. Rice’s birthday a few days ago.  Here is the rest.  It was such a good day of celebrating the life of an awesome lady.  Enjoy.

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Sara’s 50th

I really don’t know who enjoys a party more than my dear sis-in-law, Sara.  We just celebrated her 50th in August and the video below is from that event.

Sara and I went to Jr. High together.  We became friends and hung out together for those two years until she and her family moved away.  We were born in the same year but I actually hit the 50 mark a few months before she did.  Sara is an awesome, fun-loving person and a great sister-in-law.   I am proud to call her my friend.  Hope you enjoy the video Sara.

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