Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Testing Times of Life~

But he knows where I am going.
And when he tests me, 
I will come out as pure as gold. 
~Job 23:10

"All right, class.
I need everyone
to clear the top
of his or her desk.
Today, we are having
a pop quiz."

Aah....a pop quiz.

Unlike other tests,
this is a test
that just "pops up",
totally unexpected
and totally unplanned.

As a student,
whenever I heard
these instructions
from my teacher,
I always started to feel
anxious and in some ways,
tricked.

I hadn't been warned
of this test ahead of time
and a result,
I hadn't taken the time
to prepare.
I hadn't studied.
I simply wasn't ready.

But... ready or not,
the test landed on my desk.

A while back,
I was surprised
with a pop quiz.
It didn't come
in the usual way -
a paper placed on my desk.
No, this test
popped into my life
when I found myself confronted
by an angry person.

Amazingly,
I had started my day
meditating on countless scriptures
in God's Word
that pertained to peace.
When I walked out my door,
I was filled to the brim
with peace.

Then......all that changed.

As this woman attacked me
with bitter words,
I felt anything
but peaceful.

You'll be happy to know
on the outside, (at least)
I remained
calm, cool and collected.
I responded in love
and tried to de-fuse her anger
in a gentle way.

But.....on the inside......
I was a mess!

Anger, hurt, resentment, frustration.
All of these emotions
and about a zillion more
were having their own "private" war.

When this "battle" was over,
my peace was gone.

For the next couple of hours,
I kept replaying the scene
in my mind.

What just happened there?!?!?

How could this have happened?!?!

Today, of all days,
I was going to walk in peace.
I was all "peaced up"
when I left my home.

But, where was my peace now?

Why hadn't my peace survived this altercation?

Wasn't that the whole purpose of peace in the first place?

Then, it hit me.

POP QUIZ!

Only this is one test
I should have passed
with flying colors.
I knew all the verses
about peace.
I was prepared.
I had studied for this one.

Yet....when the test came,
I failed.
Why?

It is one thing to know something.
It is something entirely different
to apply this knowledge
and make it who you are.

Teachers often use testing
as a means to determine
whether or not a pupil
has mastered a skill or discipline.
A wise teacher will use not one,
but multiple tests,
to gauge the level of understanding
in the student.

It is not enough
to simply memorize facts,
repeat rules,
or circle A, B, C, or D.
A student must 
apply the knowledge 
in order to gain the wisdom.

The child must take the information
and then use it, apply it, make it work.

I had the information,
but now I was being called upon
to use this information, to apply it, to make it work.

Peace isn't simply something
we can merely talk about.
It is something we need to
put into practice
in our daily lives.

If we don't.....what's the point?!

Peace isn't for the times
when all is hunky dory
and peachy keen.
No!
Peace is for the moments
when all of hell
is trying to break in.

Peace is to be the guard
fighting at the door
of our heart.

Peace needs to be ready
at all times.

And then,
when the heat is on,
peace needs to step up
and defend.

In these moments of the battle,
if we are prepared
and have hidden God's Word
in our heart
AND
if we know that we know that we know
peace is ours
for the holding onto
and the living in,
then we simply need
to call on the power
of the Holy Spirit
and hold our ground.

We are in spiritual warfare.
This is a 24-7 fight.
We cannot for one moment
let our guard down.
We cannot for one moment
think we have arrived!
We cannot take our eyes
off our Jesus
and place them onto
the "test of life" placed in front of us
and expect to walk away
victorious.

I shouldn't have been caught off guard.

I am not ignorant of the devil's devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

I know to "Be self-controlled and alert.
[because] Your enemy the devil
prowls around like a roaring lion
looking for someone to devour. (I Peter 5:8 - AMP)

I also know my God.

I know that greater is He
who is in me
than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

I know that with Christ,
I can do ALL things. (Philippians 4:13)

I know when I have a demand
placed on me,
my God shall supply ALL my needs. (Philippians 4:19)

I know to be anxious about nothing,
but to pray about everything,
and in doing this,
the peace of God
will guard my heart and mind. (Philippians 4:6-7).

I know, I know, I know.

Now, it is time to live it.
Time to apply it.
Time to make it work in my life.

What about you?
Have you been tested this week?

Remember, our God is faithful.

Life is all about learning
how to live it.
Thankfully, in Christ,
we are able to sit
at the feet of the Master teacher.

Yes, indeed...

"...he knows where I am going.
And when he tests me, I will come out as pure as gold."



~Stacy




Monday, January 28, 2019

A Divine Appointment~

It was late.
I was tired.
My husband and I
both hungry.

As I drove out of the parking lot,
I phoned my husband
to tell him
I would soon be home.

As we discussed dinner plans,
it was decided "take out"
was our best option
and me,
the best one to pick it up,
since I was already out.

I soon found myself
at a local sandwich shop.

After placing our order,
I took a nearby seat
and began the process
of waiting.
All I could think of
was getting home,
eating,
and going to bed.

My thoughts
were soon interrupted
by the voice
of an irate customer.
Her complaints were so trivial.
Obviously, her tirade
was more about
drawing attention to herself
than to her order.

The young lady assisting her,
amazing.

Through all the verbal abuse,
unreasonable complaints
and ridiculous demands
placed on her
by this customer,
her countenance never changed.
Her smile remained
and her voice was calm
and remarkably pleasant.

As I sat there
witnessing this scene,
I felt impressed by God
to commend this young lady
for her professionalism.
As soon as my number was called
and my order ready,
I would approach her
at the counter
and pass along words
of much deserved praise
and recognition.

Impressed by the behavior
of this young lady,
my eyes continued to follow her
as she worked.
After completing an order,
she headed to the phone
and began to call someone.

I couldn't help overhearing
her conversation.

Evidently, no one had shown up
to babysit her young children
and they were home alone.
It was quite obvious
she had made several earlier calls,
just like this one,
in hopes of locating someone
to watch over her little ones
until her shift ended
and she could return home.

From the look on her face,
this phone call
only brought with it another
"No, I'm sorry I can't"
along with mounting fear
for her children.

As she hung up,
she sat in a chair,
rubbing her forehead
with one hand
while wiping tears
with her other.

My number was called
and I approached the counter
to pick up our order.

I had been waiting
for this moment
to speak with her,
but now,
now she was sitting
in the back portion
of the kitchen.

Silently I prayed the Lord
would give me the opportunity.

She looked up
and surprisingly,
I was able to catch her eye
with the wave of my hand.

She smiled
and made her way
to the counter.

"Yes? How can I help you?
Is there something wrong
with your order?" she asked,
trying to hide
the fear in her heart
and the tears in her eyes.

"No." I replied.
"I just couldn't
leave here tonight
without telling you
how much
I appreciate the professional
and kind manner
in which you dealt
with that difficult customer.

I know it wasn't easy,
but God provided you
with the inner strength
you needed.
He is always
right here with you,
and just like
He gave you the strength
to deal with that woman,
He will give you the strength
to deal with whatever
may be happening in your life
right at this very moment.

He cares for you
and He will be faithful
to provide you
with all you need.
I will be praying for you."

She smiled,
thanked me,
and handed me my order.

I walked in the direction
of the door
and she returned
to her work.

As I reached my car,
I bowed my head in prayer.

As I had witnessed
in disgust,
the behavior of
the self-absorbed customer,
God had opened my eyes
to see my own selfishness
reflected through her actions.
How my "I"-rate behavior
must disgust my Heavenly Father!
Lord, forgive me~

As I had experienced
the beauty
of the young lady serving,
I had seen my own need
for more of Christ
in my heart and life.
Lord, live in and through me~

As I had glimpsed
the deeply hidden anguish
in this young woman's life,
I had been reminded
to speak with grace,
to always be kind
and to treat others more gently,
for we never know
what they may be facing
in their lives.
Lord, teach me to love~

As I was granted
the privilege and honor
to speak words
of affirmation and encouragement
to this hurting heart,
I was convicted
to seek out and take advantage
of every door of opportunity
given to me
to share words
of hope, love and truth
with those around me.
Lord, use me to speak your words to others~

As I drove home,
I realized I was no longer
feeling upset, tired and fatigued.

Instead, I felt refreshed!

I prayed the young lady
at the sandwich shop
felt a little more refreshed, too.


~Stacy

I wrote this post
back in February 2009,
when I first began my blog.
Today, God placed it on my heart
to share it once again.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Fully Satisfied~

Once upon a time,
as I was paying the cashier
for the gas
I had just pumped
into my car,
I was approached
by a young man
in his early twenties.

"Excuse me, Ma'am.
Is that your 
little green Honda?" he asked.

Not sure who he was
or why he was interested
in my little green Honda,
I apprehensively answered, "Yes."

"Did you just fill up
at that pump?" he asked next.

"Yes, I used that pump,
although I didn't fill up.
I only purchased about eight gallons.
Why do you ask?"

"Well, I used that
very same pump
right before you
and I DID fill up.
It cost me over $50.00!

But, when I drove away,         
nothing registered
on my gas gauge.
It doesn't show
that I purchased
Running on Empty.
{Photo Credit}

any gas at all.
I think something
is wrong with that pump.

While I talk to the cashier,
would you mind
checking your gas gauge
to see if you got the gas
you just paid for?"

It seemed like an odd request,
but I nodded my head "yes"
and headed outside to my car.
I put the key in the ignition
and anxiously watched
my gas gauge.

Slowly but surely,
the needle moved away
from the "E"
as it made it's way
closer and closer to the "F".

Unlike the gauge
in this young man's truck,
my gauge showed
I had gotten exactly
what I had paid for,
about half a tank of gas.

Looking up from the gauge,
I saw the young man
walking toward my car.

"So . . . ,
did your gauge move
or is it still sitting
at the same spot
as when you drove in?"

"The pump seems
to be working fine," I answered.
"My gauge is showing
I have about half a tank,
and that's the amount
I put in.
Maybe something is wrong
with the gas gauge
in your truck."

"Maybe," he replied.
"Although, I don't see
how the problem
could be on my end.
I just bought this truck!
It's practically brand new!
I'm pretty sure the problem
is with this pump."

And with that,
disgruntled and upset,
he turned and walked away.

Satisfied with my purchase,
I pulled out of the station
and went on my way.

Later that evening,
as I was reflecting upon
the events of the day,
I thought about the incident
at the gas station.

Both the young man and I
had went to the station
for the same reason.
We had parked in the same place,
used the same equipment,
talked to the same attendant.

Yet, only one of us
left there satisfied.

Spiritually,
the same is often true of us.

Trucking through the
day to day journey of life,
we look at our "heart gauge"
and suddenly realize
our hearts are on "E".

Knowing we are in
desperate need of
a fill up,
we head to church,
or read our Bible,
or spend time in prayer.

Some walk away from this
"fill up with God"
full and satisfied,
others are left feeling empty.

Why?

Like the young man
at the station,
we often fall victim
to a faulty gauge.

Stop and think about it
for a minute.

What do you use
to gauge Christ's presence
in your own life?

Is it your emotions? 

As humans who are
emotionally wired,
this is often the instrument
we rely on.

Yet, probably nothing
is more unreliable or fickle
than our feelings!

When I entered
the gas station that day,
I had no reason to believe
I would leave there
still on "E".

Why then,
when I enter into
the presence of the living God,
the Creator of the Universe
and the Lover of my Soul,
should I believe
I will walk away
with anything less
than what my heart
needs and desires the most?

God promises those who
hunger and thirst for righteousness
will be filled.

Regardless of what
my emotions
may be telling me,
I must believe God
has filled me to overflowing
with His love, forgiveness,
wisdom and grace.

I must believe
I have been strengthened
in my inner man
to once again
run the race
set before me.

I must believe
God is at work
in me and through me.

I must believe
I have received
what I came for!

God is more than able 
and more than willing 
to dispense His power
and His blessings 
in to our empty hearts.

We simply need
to approach His throne of grace,
open our heart before Him,
and allow Him
to fill us up.

Are you in need
of a fill up?

Why not head
straight to the
King of Kings
and Lord of Lords?

Believe God
will be faithful
to meet your needs,
then head back
onto the highway of life,
happy and fully satisfied
in Him.


~Stacy



Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Even At the Door~

One of the perks of having a husband
was having my very own
small game hunter.

At least that's the way
I liked to refer to the 
man of my house.

Anytime an eight-legged creature
or otherwise unwelcome quest
was spotted,
my husband was beckoned
and voilá!
Bug be gone!

It was like having 
my very own personal exterminator.
The only problem was
my man wasn't always home
when one of these small beasts
decided to pay us a visit.

Such was the case
when I first wrote this post:

With my husband
out of the house
for a few hours,
I decided to take advantage
of my time alone
to do some household chores,
one of which was laundry.
With a basket full of clothes
tucked under my arm,
I made my way to our garage
where our washer and dryer are located.

After starting the load,
I headed back toward the door
leading from the garage
into our home.
As I reached for the doorknob,
I just happened to look up.
There,
on the ceiling
looking down at me
was a scorpion.

As our eyes met,
I knew there was only
one thing
to do.

 I darted into the house
as fast as I could,
quickly closing the door
behind me.
Then,
I calmly and casually
strolled into the living room
acting as though
this brief encounter
had never happened.

Try and I may, though,
I couldn't erase the image
of the scorpion
from my mind.

I knew it was out there. 

I had seen it
and all the pretending
in the world
wasn't going to change that.

I also knew this fella had legs.

It wasn't going to be content
to simply hang out
on the ceiling
of our garage.
Before long,
it would decide
to venture indoors.

Like it or not,
I knew I had to kill it
before it had a chance
to crawl under the door
and make itself at home
in our home.

Mustering up all the courage
I could find,
I headed back out
to the garage.
I picked up my husband's
weapon of choice,
a long 2x4 piece of wood,
and proceeded to do some
small game hunting
of my own.

After numerous shrieks
(from me, not the scorpion),
this would be home invader
soon fell lifeless
to the floor.

Mission accomplished.

As I made my way
through the doorway
and back into our home,
I was reminded of the words
found in Genesis 4:7,
"sin lieth at the door."

Remember the story?

God had asked for
an animal sacrifice,
but Cain,
a tiller of the ground,
had instead offered the Lord
a sacrifice of
fruits and vegetable.

When God didn't accept
Cain's offering,
Cain became angry.

God knew if Cain
did not squelch this anger
before it had time
to consume his heart,
sin would soon follow.

Foolishly,
Cain walked away
from God's counsel.
It didn't take long
for his anger
to take over his thoughts
and subsequently, his actions.

In the very next verse,
in fact,
we read the sad details.
Cain lured his brother,
Abel,
out into a field
and killed him.

All too often,
instead of eradicating
the sin in our life
once and for all,
we foolishly allow it
to remain at the threshold.

Sometimes,
we pretend
it doesn't exist.
We go on about our life
as though there is nothing
to be concerned about.

Oftentimes, however,
we do acknowledge it,
but in our arrogance,
we proudly parade around it
as though we are invincible
and the sin incapable 
of penetrating the walls
of our heart.

Like Cain,
when we willfully allow sin
to take root in our heart,
the following verses
of our own life
will eventually reveal
the sad details.

Sin comes packaged with consequences.

As the sin
plays itself out
in our life,
we, too,
may discover our actions
have "killed" something very dear
to our own heart.

Maybe it is our reputation
that received
the deadly blow.
Perhaps it is our marriage
that is now lifeless and dead.
Possibly it may even be
our very will to live
that is found gasping
for its next breath.

With a 2x4 in my hand,
the scorpion in my garage
didn't stand a chance.
Unfortunately,
neither do you and I
when it comes to sin.
In our own power,
we are completely incapable
of battling this invader
of our heart.

How we need a savior.

Have you checked the doorway 
to your heart lately?

Is there a sin
lying in wait
for an opportune time
to make its way
into your life?

If so,
don't wait
another minute.

Call upon your Heavenly Father. 

When we confess our sins to God,
He is ever faithful
to come to our rescue.

His weapon of choice
has always been
the blood of His precious son, Jesus,
shed for you and me
on the cross of Calvary.

As we confess
and then repent,
God covers our sin
with the precious blood of Jesus,
giving us
the ultimate victory.

With hands held high
in praise and thanksgiving
to our God,
we can once
and for all
boldly declare,
"Mission accomplished!"



~Stacy

Monday, January 21, 2019

Maybe Your Bucket is Empty~

Several years ago,
as I sat in Children's Church,
surrounded by precious little hearts,
we talked about our world
and the all too often
missing ingredient,
kindness.

We talked about bullies
and what it feels like
to live in a world
where kindness
is hard to find.

"Why do you suppose 

people are mean?" I asked.
"Why are there bullies?"

Without thinking twice, 

a five year old girl blurted out, 
"Maybe their bucket is empty."

"Their bucket is empty?" I inquired further.

"Yes. Maybe they are mean 

because they ran out of nice. 
Maybe their bucket is empty."

It made perfect sense. 


We can't give away 
something we don't have. 

And I wondered, 
right there and then, 
in the midst of these precious little faces, 
how many Christians 
are trying 
to make their way through life 
with empty buckets?

So often, 

we dart right out into life 
without first sitting 
at the feet of our Savior 
and filling up on His goodness, 
before communing first 
with the Holy Spirit 
and partaking of His sweetness, 
before allowing the Holy Spirit 
to fill us to overflowing.

All too often, 

we yield 
to our natural inclinations 
because our spiritual buckets 
are empty.

When conflicts arise,
when relationships 
push us
to a place of response,
when life squeezes us 
until we react,
we reach into self 

and the only thing we can pull out
is the fruit of self.

Instead of love, hate.
Instead of joy, despair.
Instead of peace, strife.
Instead of patience, agitation.
Instead of kindness, animosity.
Instead of goodness, corruption.
Instead of faithfulness, disregard.
Instead of gentleness, harshness.
Instead of self-control, self rules.

No wonder the world 

has a hard time 
seeing Christians as Christ-like.

No wonder the world 

has a hard time 
seeing Christ in Christians.

When our reaction 

is anything but Christ-like,
very likely,
our bucket is empty.

As you look back on the
past few hours,
past few days,
past few weeks of your life,
what kind of fruit do you see?

If it isn't the fruit of the Spirit,
maybe your bucket is empty.~♥





~Stacy

Saturday, January 12, 2019

No Worries~

Are you facing a situation
that seems to be slipping
"out of your hands"?

If so,
may I gently,
but boldly,
remind you
not to worry?

When you feel least
in control,
rest in the truth
that God
is STILL
in control.

His plans supersede
the plans of man.

Our God will move mountains
to accomplish His will.

Instead of fighting to 
"hold on",
release your grip,
surrender your fear,
walk away from your worry,
and place it all
in the nail-scarred hands
of Jesus.

Trust the One
who love you more
than life itself.

Trust His wisdom.
Trust His power.
Trust His hands.
Trust His heart.




~Stacy


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

The Next Step~

She knew it in her heart.
More than that,
she believed it.
Yet, her knowing
and even her believing
were not enough.

She had to reach out.
She had to touch.
She had to take her faith
one step further
and take a step.

We find her story in Mark 5:25-29;
the woman with the issue of blood.

No doubt she had heard about
Jesus' healing touch.
And, no doubt, she believed
His touch could heal her.

She thought,
"If I can just touch his clothes, 
I will be healed." 
~ Mark 5:28, NCV

Faith is more than just believing, though.
Faith is action.

She could have spent
the rest of her life
knowing Jesus was a healer.
She could have tarried away
the remaining years of her days on this earth
believing He could heal her.
But, sadly, if she had,
she never would have received her healing.

Peter believed
he could walk on water,
but it took stepping out of the boat
to do it. (Matthew 14)

Shadrach, Meshach and Abnego
believed God could save them
from the fiery furnace,
but it took their
obedience to God,
refusal to bow down to the golden image,
and a trip into the fiery furnace
to experience God's deliverance. (Daniel 3)

Abraham believed
God would provide a sacrifice
in place of his precious son Isaac,
but it took
building an altar
adorned with his son
and a knife-clad hand
held high to the sky
to reveal the ram
hiding in the thicket. (Genesis 22)

It is faith that
propels our knowledge
and our belief
into action.
It is faith that
reaches out,
steps out,
stands tall,
and sacrifices all.

Our righteousness is found
in our faith in God. Period.  (Romans 3:22)
There is no doubt about that.
But, faith in action
opens the floodgates of Heaven.

Faith in action 
reveals the active presence 
of our God.

She knew it in her heart.
More than that, she believed it.
Yet, her knowing
and even her believing
were not enough.
She had to reach out
and touch.

She had to take her faith

                one                step                  further



One Step at a Time
{Photo Credit}


     and
                     take

                                   a

                                               step


                                                           of


                                                                     faith.



~Stacy

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Grappling with Faith~

I've been wondering a lot lately
about the level of my faith.

Not wondering, really . . .
more discovering.

I talk faith.

I believe faith.

I think I have faith.

Then,
I find myself seated in a pew
at the funeral
of a four month old.

From the angle where I sit,
I can see the tiny casket
resting atop
a green and yellow striped baby afghan.

And, I listen.

And, wonder.

And, make myself face this question
head on.

"Do I really have faith?"

As the lady
seated in front of me
wipes a tear from her eye,
I wipe a continuous stream of them
from my own.

Pew after pew,
eye after eye.
It seems no one here
is untouched
by this heartbreaking loss.

"Faith isn't faith
until it is tested.
It is in times like this
that we stand on our faith
and it carries us through.
It is in times like this
that we discover
the kind of faith we have."

The words of the minister
reach deep into my soul.

I can hardly stand the pain
I feel seated in this place,
in this moment.

It is
overwhelming,
suffocating,
too much.

My eyes keep veering right
and then left;
any direction except
straight ahead
at the reality before us
and the reason we are here.

And, I think of
this precious mother,
this broken father,
these young sisters
and tiny brother.

To suffer such loss.

To bury one
so tiny,
so helpless,
so innocent.

To love God 
in spite of 
and in the midst of.

To believe without a doubt
that God is good
all the time,
even in times
like this.

Faith.

Do I have it?

Or am I simply spoiled
by the goodness of the Lord?

My life has been an easy one.

God's blessings
have been abundant.
Sorrows, few.

It's easy to have faith
when all is well,
life is happy,
"God is good."

But,
what about when
God's goodness
is disguised in heartbreak?

What about the times when
everything falls apart
and nothing makes sense?

What do we do with our God when
our God allows something
into our life
that pulls the rug of our heart
right out from underneath us?

What do we do when
our foundation shakes so violently
we find ourselves grappling
to keep our footing.....
and our faith?

And, I wonder.

And, I hear God's Spirit
asking me
the hardest question of all:

Do you trust me?

And,
the only answer I know,
the only answer I can give,
the only cry of my heart is this:

"Lord, I believe;
help thou mine unbelief."
~ Mark 9:24


~Stacy

(Re-posting from January 2013)

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Why Settle for a Resolution When You Can Experience a Revolution?

A new beginning.

A fresh start.

A new page.

A clean slate.

As we head into a new year,
I have been thinking about how I want to live
this new year of my life.
I have a feeling you have, too.

Resolution. This is a word we hear a lot this time of year.

Resolution:
a decision to do something or to behave in a certain manner; 
the act of making up your mind about something

Obviously, a resolution starts in the mind
with a decision to do something different.

This year, I am going to lose those extra pounds.
This year, I am going to get out of debt.
This year, I am going to drink more water.

A resolution begins with a decision to make a change.

But, is a resolution what you and I are really wanting?

Each year, I make resolutions.
Each year I sit down and decide
what I am going to do (or not do).
And, each year I usually end up living life
in the exact same way
as I did the year before.

This year,
the Lord has been bringing a new word to my mind -
REVOLUTION.

Revolution:
a single complete turn; 
a movement in a new direction; 
a far-reaching and drastic change

This is what I want in my life.
I have a feeling this is what you want, too.

We don't simply want to decide to make a change,
we want the change!
We want to make a complete turn
and head in a new direction.
We want far-reaching and drastic change.

So, the question begs to be asked.
How do we turn our resolution into a true revolution?

By being intentional.
By keeping our goals forever in front of us, always in view.
By doing something each day to bring this goal to a reality.

Change starts in our mind, 
but comes to fruition in our actions.

If I want to lose weight,
I have to do more than simply decide
to drop those extra pounds.
I have to start monitoring what I eat.
I have to start practicing portion control.
 I have to swap non-healthy choices for choices
that are nutritional powerhouses with fewer calories.
To lose weight,
I will need to start exercising more,
or for the first time.

For my resolution to become a revolution,
I will need to intentionally make choices
EVERY DAY
to support this change.

Our resolution will never become a revolution 
unless we daily choose to make the change.

It's the same spiritually.

The most important resolutions we can make
are those that draw us closer
to the heart of God.
How many times have you resolved
to spend more time reading God's Word?
How many times have you decided,
THIS year,
you are going to spend more time in prayer?

Are you still waiting for a revolution in your spiritual life?

The victory is found in our daily choices.

Jesus said to all of them, 
"If people want to follow me, they must give up the things they want. 
They must be willing to give up their lives daily to follow me."
~ Luke 9:23, NCV

A true revolution will only come
when we are daily committed
to making it happen.

It's not enough to decide one time.
We must
keep deciding
and keep choosing
 and keep resolving
each and every day.

So, what kind of revolution do you want in your life?

Start by planning out your strategy.
Write down the necessary steps you will have to take,
then keep these goals
and this game plan
in front of you.

Each and every day
take action to make it happen.

Call on the power of the Holy Spirit
to help you be faithful
to become all that you want to become
 in and through Christ Jesus.

Remember,
anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. 
The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
2 Corinthians 5:17

Are you ready for a revolution?
Me, too!

It CAN HAPPEN.

With the Holy Spirit's help,
let's choose to do it today!

And, tomorrow!

And, the next day!

And, the day after that!

All. year. long.

All. our. life. long.

Let's not settle for a simple resolution
when God desires to bring about a complete revolution in our life!




~Stacy