Following your dream, means some action needs to take place along the way. I needed to make a card to connect people to my website. A daily encouragement through a blog and the sharing real life with others. I love writing and sharing life with who reads this. I believe that God has brought you to my page and that you will share it with others.
ONE PENNY ~
Yesterday, I taught at a women's service at my church. I found that one penny message equals = In God We Trust. Pick up that penny and be reminded that God is working behind the scenes of your life. When I was a kid, I remember finding one penny and that would buy me 3 pieces of candy. If I found a coke bottle, that brought a few pennies and even more candy. As I began to share this story with the ladies, I related it to the love of God and how he adds one life to another to bring purpose. A much larger purpose than might be imagine with one life.
TAKE ACTION ~
Think about what God has called you to in life and how simple it by be just by taking action. One thought over riding another thought that brings purpose. I can't is not an option in so parts of our lives, but I can do all things through Christ is an option (Philippians 4:13). Of course, somethings we can do nothing about, but so many thoughts that stop us from having joy and fun with others.
Yesterday, I found myself missing people who I wished were there at this women's service. But I looked around to see about 65 women who were there. Worship was great and lead by a youth worship team called Elevate Life from Napa CA. As they began to sing, I saw the women join in and excitement was on so many faces. I saw the joy of the Lord is our strength ~ Psalm 28:7 . I am blessed to be part of the Women's team at Hillside Christian Church in Napa.
TAKE ACTION ~
My choice is to be part of a great church who have human people. We all make mistakes and there are no perfect people on earth. We grow together or we grow apart. I remember walking inside our church and wanting to sit not he back row. I didn't know anyone and felt a little strange. Yet, I felt so welcome and it was a time that the church was changing. The Pastor was his last service and we were beginning this church under new leadership. It all worked out great and over 13 years later, we are very much a part of leadership here. It was our choice to stay and our choice to pray for the right Pastor for Hillside. We got amazing young Pastors Eric and Angela and they lead from the middle of their hearts.
Now what is your part? Some of you are holding back because of fear. Fear to join in or fear of your past. God is not a reminder of your past and the people who might have hurt you were human and needs forgiveness as well. Lord knows I have forgiven people who truly did me wrong and my family. People who cast stones and didn't even know the complete story. Yet, God in all his goodness, takes care of each of our hearts as we let go of what wasn't mean to be in the first place. Somethings we can not change.
What matters to you, doesn't always matter to others! I find this statement so true and I've learn not to expect certain things from certain people. I have learned to expect greater things from God. He is faithful, dependable and changes us as we enter his presence.
IN GOD WE TRUST ~
God as so many things changes around us, let us hold true to your word and your ways. Let us remind ourselves that you have NOT given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. You have given us power to over come thoughts, actions of others and new beginnings happen for a reason. We need you today to show us a clear path, a greater way and a joy unspeakable inside our hearts. Let us learn to cast off any doubts and worries that are not of you. I give you this day and all that is within me to trust when the way doesn't seen clear. I lean not to my own understanding and hold fast to looking up to see the sky you created and hear the birds that sing. I ask now, that everyone reading this pray, you will bless and help them to clear the way for you today. God we are not perfect people in any way, given a name of Christian just hurts some people. Let them see YOU JESUS through our lives and want even more in their lives. Heal broken hearts, restores lives, give miracles to sick people and help us all to become better people and not bitter in the life you have given us. Thank you God for a new day! AMEN