Saturday, July 9, 2016

How Does Jesus Look on You?

Confused. Heartbroken. Anxious.

I think that about sums up how I feel in the midst of this war-zone like atmosphere we are seeing this week.

Then on facebook I see people saying that this is just a sign of the end time and God told us what to expect. If you know me at all you know I HAVE to say something to that. WOW. so we are just supposed to accept these actions and turn the other way because its a sign that the end is near? Is that what we think Jesus meant? Is the church that calloused over? It sure seems that way.

Yes, I can certainly read my Bible and see writing on the wall. However, God is still a God of love and forgiveness too. The end has not happened yet. We are still here having to navigate these new waters. I can't just turn my head and shrug it away. Is that what God wants? I don't think so. As long as we have breath, let's show the love of God to people. This crisis, demands that the church stand up and show God's grace.

These acts are related to a spirit of hatred, a spirit of confusion, and a spirit of racism. We have to combat these spiritual attacks. Our enemy is not flesh and blood. Our enemy wants to destroy humanity from the inside out.

 Can we climb down off our self-appointed, Bible thumping righteousness for a second and just take in the actual people and their hurts? You say it is the end time, so what are you doing about it? Are you reaching out to people? Are you telling that God forgives? Have you told them there is still HOPE? Can you quit preaching long enough to ACT?

The families whose lives have been shattered through all of this probably will not accept your biblical theology, but they just might accept an act of love, of grace, or mercy, and or forgiveness. They need someone to listen. They need our prayer. They need to see Jesus walk among them and the way He does that is through you.

Represent Him well today.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

His Mercies are New Every Morning

I was praying the other morning and I paused just to listen to hear what God was saying to me. It seems I do my best praying in the shower, I have no clue why that is. Probably that is the one moment of the day when I can be assured that I won't be interrupted....well at least 90% of the time I am uninterrupted.

So I am in the shower, praying. I have to admit that sometimes when I pray I feel like such a failure. It feels like all I am doing is just talking to God about my failures, my short comings, asking for help in different areas of my life. Tell me that I am not the only one that does this? But when I paused, I heard something in my heart. These were the words, "Regina, your failures do NOT define you." Then this, "My mercies are new EVERY morning." what a relief washed over me, I felt a freedom begin to swell inside of me.

I mean we all make mistakes, do the wrong thing, say the wrong words, have the wrong actions. We fall. Sometimes often in one day. And even though I had heard that verse my entire life, it became real to me in that moment. It was like God was saying, yes, you may have blown it, but you sought me for forgiveness for any wrong actions, now today is a new day, get up and continue moving forward. I realized that His mercy does not run out, it does not quit, it is new, it is enough for me, if I fail 1000 times, then 1000 mornings His mercy is new for me. I am not defined by the past mistakes of yesterday. I am more than that. I am not held in the grip of sin, I am FREE!!! I don't have to walk in lingering guilt or shame, I don't have to give place to that condemning voice that tells me I am unworthy, useless, scarred, broken. No! His mercy restores me daily. I am not in bondage to any of that. Life is good, even if I fall, even I fail, God has mercy. He is for me, He wants me to make it, He is cheering for me to get up and experience Him. Why? Because He loves me and wants to have communication with me. And the great thing.....He has  enough mercy and grace to cover not just me, but ALL of us. Come on y'all, let's move forward with another step!

 Where today do you need to experience that fresh mercy in your life? Open you heart to Him, confess your faults to Him, then experience MERCY and once you do, go out and share that mercy, that grace with everyone you meet! We are all the same. We are all facing obstacles. We all have moments we want to quit. All of us are fighting battles that others can't see, so extend that mercy to others today.

Walking with you on the journey,

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

I am HIS

  I am God's child....even when I mess up and do the things I don't want to do, I am still His child and He still loves me. Look guys, none of us get up in the mornings with the thought of intentionally doing wrong, causing pain or hurt. We don't wake up dreaming of being so angry that we lash out at others....but sometimes we do those things and worse. In those moments, God never quits loving you, He never gives up on you, His love endures forever!

It's just like our own children, they make mistakes as well....and sometimes they will lash out at us in anger. Do we stop caring for them, do we stop loving them, do we exchange them for a new child? No, we would never do that. That is the same way God cares about you.....

If you find yourself doing things that you know you shouldn't, and you feel that all is lost.....take comfort today....God still loves you and wants you to just turn around and run toward Him! He will wrap you up in His arms, He will listen to your cares, your frustrations, and anything else you are feeling because He cares so much for you today!

Walking with you on this journey,

photo credit: David Bowman

Thursday, April 4, 2013

It is a Battle, but Your Opponent is NOT who You Think....

Just a note of encouragement today.....

when you are in a difficult situation with another person or groups of people, we have to remember that we are not battling against the person....

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12
it is a MUST that we know is so easy for all of us to see the person or group as our opponent, I guess that is our nature, we feel we must have a face to be against. We may have legitimate reson to be upset, angry, etc...but your fight is not against a flesh and blood person and the sooner we realize that and start praying against the spiritual force of evil, the sooner we will begin to see results.

let go today of the hurts and grudges, love the person and fight against our true enemy....

Walking this journey with you,

Friday, March 29, 2013

What can One Person Do?

 We have been watching "The Bible" series on the History is awesome! If you haven't had a chance to watch it you should! The stories you have heard just come to life in the series....One thing that stands out to me is that one man with faith can change the course of events for not only their own families, but it impacts history for all time. Noah, Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, ....they heard from the naysayers, there were people who opposed them, but yet they stood firm in what they believed that God had directed them to do. Abraham births a nations, Moses leads a nation, and David was a giant slayer. To see their stories re-enacted, makes my faith soar! One man or woman with faith is all it takes to see the hand of God move in the lives of not only those closest to us, but also, in the lives of those around us. God is looking for people that will stand with that sort of faith....uncompromising, believing in the face of impossible situations. Today, what has God spoken to your heart? Step out in faith, you never know the lives that will be changed because of your obedience.....

Walking with you on this journey,

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What if You Miss the Will of God?

  If you find yourself realizing that somewhere along the way you have missed the will of God for your life, there is no need to despair. We make mistakes...we are human, we are flawed individuals. But, it seems the mindset of many is this....that when we "step out of the will of God" that all of a sudden everything is lost....

Surely the God we serve is much bigger than our mistakes. We get so hung up on what we didn't do, or what we said or didn't say....we think back over bad choices that now we see was perhaps not God's plan for our lives. You know, God can work in any circumstance! True, we may have missed it along the way, but God can take our failures, turn them around, and use them to minister to others, bringing light and life to someone else, and at the same time restoring us back to a right relationship with Him.

When you feel that you failed, or you realize you have done wrong, God does not suddenly fall off of His throne, instead, He once again extends grace and mercy.  Your mistakes, your shortcomings, your weaknesses, these are the reasons that God sent His son to die on the bring victory to the areas in life where we need it the most.

We have all failed, and we may do so again....when you realize it, just stop...ask God for forgiveness, admit your mistake, and ask Him to turn the situation around so that others can see His light shine in you. The God we serve is big, He is all powerful....He is not limited by man's abilities or weaknesses. He can work "all things together for our good" 

Walking with you,