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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Give me Your Eyes...

This is the song that I remember being the First song God used to show me what/ where my purpose Lies.... it was Very Cool!! It was Just a song on the radio, on my way home from Church one Sunday afternoon. I remember thinking " Oh this is really a cool song!!" Then it was like a nudge from the Holy Spirit saying " are you really  hearing the words to this song?" " Stop and listen to them!" Then it hit me, WOW!! Like reading a verse of Scripture over and over again. Then one day, you see that verse in a  totally different way! I Felt SUCH a strong need to do exactly what this song was telling me!

This Song Totally Fires me up every Time is Listen to it!! Here's the Lyrics:

Give me Your Eyes- By Brandon Heath

Lyrics | Brandon Heath lyrics - Give Me Your Eyes lyrics

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Group Blogging Project- Real - Time Connections Chapt 7 Serving Together

Serving Together Chapter 7

This Chapter has relevance in 2 areas of my Life.

1.) My Church is Also a Missional Church, similar to Bob Roberts Northwood Church, Focused on reaching outside the 4 walls of our Church, to Reaching the world for Christ, locally, and globally = Glocally

My home church is Lifebridge Church, In Fort Wayne, Indiana.

My Church's Mission Statement is: Connecting to God, Each other, and the World thru Christ.

I have been a member of this church since the very beginning,but, it  has only been within the last 11/2 -2 years that i have begun to realize what our mission statement truly means. More than just connecting to God. More than just connecting to each other,( which is not a hard thing for me to do by any means!) but, connecting to the community, and the world,to help people find the life in Christ that we have!

When I first Re-dedicated my life to Christ, I  had heard of the Great Commission, but, it was a Foreign Concept to me.

Matthew 28:18-19 (NLT)

Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,s baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

I read that and thought, " I  how am suppose to do that??"  But, I now realize that i am not necessarily suppose to do what that literally says, but, by meeting others needs by reaching out and showing that you care, with no strings attached, it  allows God to open doors that wouldn't otherwise be opened. It allows God to transform lives and make disciples because it really isn't about us at all! its about Him and  weather we are going to allow God to use us to bring him glory, and now that I realize that, The Great Commission doesn't Seem to be as foreign to me as it once did. When I love God and love on people, he takes care of the rest!

Making a Difference in the Local Community

The part of this chapter that resonated with me the most was in this part:

The Author heard a Question and asked it to his Congregation.

    "If this Church were absent from our community, would anyone miss it but, your members?"

The author said that he wanted his church to be a church That would be missed,  and I think that  any church that wants to focus on being a Missional Community, needs it.

I have an AWESOME Pastor named Bill Campbell, who just recently preached a sermon called "Together #We Can"

In this Sermon, Which was Quite Similar to this chapter,one of his points was that Our purpose was to function as a "Missional Community" and as a Missional Community we needed to make a difference in the World we live in, and how important that was. He stated why it was important, was because "IT ISN'T ABOUT US! ( Recurring theme isn't it?) Its about Being God's Hands and Feet.!

Matthew 25:34-36 Says this :

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation.

35 And here’s why:
I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,

36 I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

"When we Allow God to use for his Glory, together we can produce lives that are changed,so that they can find the Life in Christ that we have" -Pastor Bill Campbell

That's what its all about! There have been SO many times I have felt God speak to my heart about this topic over and over; I have seen the Mathew 25 Verse pop up over and over. when that happens I know that this is something important that he's trying to get across to me.

The Second Area that this Chapter that this Spoke to me on was Actually in my Job. I Truly Believe with all my heart that God has me working when i am for a Specific Purpose, and that Purpose i believe is to Learn to Serve Selflessly.

I work as a Team Member at a Chick-Fil-a. I can Honestly say that, this is NOT your Everyday Fast-Food Place!

I thought i knew how  to serve others before I started working there, but, boy was I wrong!

At Chick-Fil-A, they serve customers and expect customers to be served on a Whole Different Level!

 S Truett  Cathy  The Founder of  Chick-Fil-a,

"Illustrates to readers that significance and success come when one exhibits servant leadership in all areas of life, seizing everyday opportunities to help others" .

Working at Chick-Fil-A is not just a job to me. its also a Ministry, and I really feel that its preparing me for the ultimate purpose God has for my life,which is  to be used by God to Serve Others.

Monday, March 8, 2010

A Blog Post for a Couple Special Friends!

 I have some Very Special Friends That I have Never even Met in Real Life, but, they are Like Sisters to me.

The first one her name is Donna and She is a Miami Dolphins Fan and She Shares  the Same Birthday as me.

The other  Her name is Tammy, and She is a Awesome Woman of God, and a Dallas Cowboys fan.

We All met and became friends In AOL's Pro Football Chat room. From 2001- Now we have all Laughed, Cried, Cheered on our Teams, and Talked Smack to Each other in our Fantasy Football League that we have All Been a Part of for the Last 5 years.

Tammy and Donna Lived Pretty Close to each other and was Blessed enough to Be able to Cultivate a Relationship In real life.

About a Week ago, Donna Had a Series of Major and Minor Strokes, that has Cause Major Brain Damage, Had Been on a Ventilator, But, the Family Decided at the advice of the Doctor, to remove her from it. well, They Did, but, The Prognosis is Very Grim and Was Sent Home for the Hospital with Hospice. Throughout this Entire Time, Tammy has  been there the ENTIRE time!!

She's Been there For Donna's Daughter and Family. She Is my Hero!!! She's The one who let the Rest of us Know what has been going on With Donna all of  this Past Week or so. This Is the Definition of Selflessly Serving Your Friends. God's Got an Amazing Reward For Her When she Gets to Heaven!!  I Love Donna and Tammy Both To Pieces! One is My Birthday Buddy!!  One one Is My Sister!!! Both are my EE SISTERS!!

Another Group Blogging Project!!

Another Group Blogging Project Chapter is  in the Can! It will Be Posted on here Tomorrow!

 Here's what its about and a Link to the Main Blog, So you can read the other bloggers in the group's Submissions! Its Very Cool I Love these Group Blogging Projects!

Real-Time Connections-BibleDude.Net

Monday, March 1, 2010

Waiting on God.... and Trying to Not Get ahead of Him.....


I sigh because once again I think i have gotten ahead of God.

I really felt like I was suppose to go on this mission trip with my Daughter and her Youth Group.

But, then, as much as i tried to get money raised, our van broke down, then our boiler broke down, then our Washer broke down!!! I thought, OK, God I really felt like you told me to do this, so, I am gonna have faith that i am supposed to on this mission trip.

Time went by.. and I got a email from the Youth Pastor, asking me if i was still going, I still felt i was suppose to. Right up until the the last minute when i had to make a decision, because things needed to move forward, plans needed to start being made, and i didnt want to be the one that was holding things up. So, i decided to refocus my energies into making sure my Daughter got the opportunity to go.

This is Something that is So totally Gonna change her life in a GOOD way!
I am really Starting to think that, even though i KNOW missions is my calling,i don't think its global missions, not right now anyway! The last thing i want to do is  put God in a Box,but, in my zeal to jump into what i finally realized was what i was meant to do, I'm pretty certain I got ahead of God.

That is such an EASY thing to do!!! So, now i am just going to keep pushing forward  knowing that the things that work, are  more often than not the right things, and the things that don't work aren't meant to work.

Things work SO much better when we Let God do the directing, and we let him orchestrate it all,  and quit trying to make it happen on our own!

The hard part is... remembering that!