Archive for ‘Friendship’

April 4, 2013

Need of Spiritual Disciplines

Need of Spiritual Disciplines
by Steve Arterburn

"Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men." – Ephesians 6:7

The word “discipline” tends to put people on the defensive because it’s often mistakenly associated with the idea of punishment. That’s unfortunate, and very inaccurate. The Latin root of the word discipline means student. That’s why Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as “training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects, especially the mental faculties or moral character.” And that’s why Jesus calls those who follow Him in faith His disciples.

Through the centuries, Christians have stimulated their life in Christ by practicing what are called “spiritual disciplines.” But as our culture has increasingly lost the ability to be informed by its past, and as society grows ever more permissive and lax, the “spiritual disciplines” have been forsaken and almost forgotten.

I’m talking about daily Bible reading—alone in a time of devotion, and together with your family. Concentrated, intentional, and regular time of prayer, alone and with fellow believers. Taking time to care for the sick, the widows and the orphans. Serving our neighbors in need as a response to Christ’s love for us.

Consider adding one Spiritual discipline to your life this week.

“The best servant does his work unseen.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (1809-1894)

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April 3, 2013

Endurance Resurrects Reassurance…

James 1

The Voice (VOICE)

2-4 Don’t run from tests and hardships, brothers and sisters. As difficult as they are, you will ultimately find joy in them; if you embrace them, your faith will blossom under pressure and teach you true patience as you endure. And true patience brought on by endurance will equip you to complete the long journey and cross the finish linemature, complete, and wanting nothing. 5 If you don’t have all the wisdom needed for this journey, then all you have to do is ask God for it; and God will grant all that you need. He gives lavishly and never scolds you for asking.

Wisdom, as James understands it, is the ability to live life well and make good decisions. Wisdom doesn’t come from old age or hard knocks. Wisdom begins with knowing and depending absolutely on God, who is never stingy when it comes to wisdom for those who seek it. He supplies all the wisdom we need when we ask. But when we try to go it alone—without God—trouble is around the corner.

6 The key is that your request be anchored by your single-minded commitment to God. Those who depend only on their own judgment are like those lost on the seas, carried away by any wave or picked up by any wind. 7 Those adrift on their own wisdom shouldn’t assume the Lord will rescue them or bring them anything. 8 The splinter of divided loyalty shatters your compass and leaves you dizzy and confused.

April 2, 2013

What is a habit?

 

It is something we do without thinking about it.

Habits are done through repetition.

40% of everything we do is out of habit.

Our behavior follows our thoughts.

Habits affect us physically, socially, financially, mentally & spiritually.

Bad habits are your enemy.

They keep you from being the best person you can be.

They are the thief that steals from us what God wants us to have.

1 Peter 5:8

The Voice (VOICE)

Humility is rarely a virtue that our culture values. We’re trained from an early age to show our strengths and hide our weaknesses. This type of thinking also spills over into our models of leadership, as we learn to dictate to others how they should perform. Peter, however, says that we should be humble in our relationships with one another and not lead as dictators. In fact, this humility before one another and God is actually the position of the greatest strength. Our enemy desires to consume us, but we find strength to resist him when we are dependent upon God for His strength.

8 Most importantly, be disciplined and stay on guard. Your enemy the devil is prowling around outside like a roaring lion, just waiting and hoping for the chance to devour someone.

You cheat yourself & others when you do not follow God’s ways.

Discipline is our friend.

His ways are the fruit of the spirit.

When you feel emotions rising, have thoughts racing & your heart pounding, check yourself…

Start being your own soul detective.

Work through it, find the source & exercise it through the truths of the fruit of the spirit.

You can catch disease but you can’t catch health.

Focus on the good not the bad.

Don’t fight with your bad habits, overcome them with good ones!

 

 

Have a Blessed Day! 
March 29, 2013

The real me

 

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Linking with : Heart Lyrics

Stars Rain
March 27, 2013

The Keeper of the Stars

This is a country and western song.

I love the picture he paints of love.

In his song Tracy says:

It was no accident me finding you
Someone had a hand in it
Long before we ever knew
Now I just can’t believe you’re in my life
Heaven’s smilin’ down on me
As I look at you tonight.

I tip my hat to the keeper of the stars
He sure knew what he was doin’
When he joined these two hearts
I hold everything

When I hold you in my arms
I’ve got all I’ll ever need
Thanks to the keeper of the stars.
It was no accident me finding you
Someone had a hand in it
Long before we ever knew.

Have a great day!

March 26, 2013

Take Time

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
– Anonymous

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