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Choose Your Own Adventure

I am going through an incredible online bible study through the book of Ephesians with Sarah Koontz and being reminded that we are worthy of our calling in Christ.

Lately, my fitness routine has been at some what of a standstill. It doesn’t mean that I am not working out, but just that I am not doing as much. I am not kicking up the intensity. I am choosing to dance more than a grueling HIIT.

I walk more than I run.

It has been good for this Mama’s soul as she prays and waits and wonders what God will do next for our little family.

What is our next adventure?

In our study today in Ephesians, Sarah mentioned that we are kind of on a choose your adventure journey….the gift of free will and choosing what we will do here on earth with what He has given us.  Our gifts and talents should be stewarded for Kingdom purposes, but it is easy to get lost on our way and some of our choices in our journey take us away.  Our choices do affect us.

With that all said, I am forever grateful that there are promises put in place long before I ever got here.  That when I chose Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I became a Co-heir in the inheritance.  I did nothing to earn that.  And neither did you, sweet sister.

Let’s worship Him today in that very thought and praise Him for His wonderful gift!

Read Ephesians 3:1-7 today and get a glimpse of this wonderful promise. As we exhibit free will, let it not be so that we can be more popular, more powerful, more rich, more influential, but to share the hope that we have in Christ Jesus!

As you workout today, or perhaps you are like me and taking it a little bit easier in your fitness routine, or you need something uplifting to listen to while working around the house (or on the job!), here is my Worship Playlist.

 

Loving Our Neighbors

Photo by Suzy Collins via She Works His Way
Photo by Suzy Collins via She Works His Way

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7 ESV

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16 ESV

Have you ever felt, that perhaps as Christians, we are more known for the things we are against, than we are about our love for Jesus and for God’s people?

Have you been getting that sense?

When I watch the news at home, or when I am perusing social media, I see a lot of adjectives that describe those who follow Christ, and they aren’t pretty. The fruit of the Spirit is not evident in the eyes of public opinion.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23 ESV

It is more evident about what we are against than what we are for during the political seasons in our country. It is the truth. More and more Christians will stand up with their Bibles blazing and their cherry picked verses to share why America is going in a terrible direction. We will share Memes that are passive aggressive in nature to let those who are not believers (without calling them out by name) why they are wrong.

I even read a comment on IG from a Christian woman that said if she were to be at a location where there was drinking or a bar, even if she were not participating in drinking, and she was with her friends who were drinking,  it would still be a sin and it would ruin HER Christian testimony.

What?

Sisters, there is a time to hold onto convictions. There are certain things I choose not to do because I know people are watching and I never want to make a new believer or even a person who is searching confused. I am not saying that we should not live above reproach. If you read the passages above Galatians 5:22-23, it lays out the Spirit of the flesh. (Context matters!)

Yet, when I look back on ministry of Jesus, He hung with sinners. He hung with tax collectors, fishermen, even a liar who would betray Him. Yet He loved, and He served them, and He prayed over them.

He broke bread with them. He wept over them.

Isn’t Jesus the example?  What does it serve us, truly, to mock others? To be angry? The direction of our country may not be ideal, very true, but I still believe GOD is in control.

If we see a fellow sister in Christ who may be acting or behaving or making choices that are dangerous or even sinful, social media is not the place for correction. Speaking the truth and reprimands should always be done in love and with a desire to restore a believer. It should never be done to condemn. We are not perfect people.  I can easily list off my own sins.

My point is this, sisters, we need to LOVE more. We need exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit. We need to pray for the Holy Spirit to fill us daily because cannot exhibit His love, His peace, His kindness, His gentleness, patience, goodness, self-control, faithfulness, joy on our own. It is impossible.

May we use our public testimonies not to tell those who do not follow Him what we are against, but what we are for. We cannot expect those who do not know Him to believe in Him or to behave like Christians. But, we can pray. We can love them.

We are for His kingdom. We are for love. We are for joy. They will know that we follow Him when we exhibit His standard of righteousness and love.

Be a Size You,

Tiffany

 

Are You a Martha or a Mary?

Pastor Dan Quote
Photo by Cornerstone Community Church

I used to hate these messages. The story of Mary and Martha found in Luke 10:38-42. Every time a Pastor would walk on stage, and he would begin talking about how we all need to be Mary’s, and it would make all of us Martha’s (probably the majority of them being women who had a bazillion things on our plates) feel small and with deep regret.

I rarely walked out of those types of messages encouraged. I would mostly wallow in how I continually failed to be like Mary and just sit at the feet of Jesus.  I have always been a “hands on” kind of gal.  If something needed to be done, and no one was doing it, then I was going to get it done.

My husband had the opportunity to teach at our church a couple of Sunday’s ago, and I was really nervous for how this message was going to go.  Not because I didn’t believe in my husband…but because of the topic! Of all the passages! Mary and Martha?? Really??!!

But I was pleasantly surprised, and I hope you will be too.  See, being a Martha is not a bad thing. The world needs Martha’s. Martha’s get things done. They are most often the ones serving within the church, they are giving of their time, their treasures, and their talents in order to serve God’s kingdom. They are busy. You see them as you walk into church on Sunday morning and they great you at the door.  They are often leading small groups or bible studies, or praying with folks in the congregations. They are often leaders of ministries, or maybe they even work in business for God’s glory. They are doers.

But even doers get exhausted.  Sometimes, they are so busy, they don’t pause long enough to gain refreshment at the feet of Jesus.

That is the point. Both are needed. Jesus wasn’t saying that Martha was bad, but that Mary had chosen better at that moment. With all the business that had to be taken care of, Mary chose in that moment to allow Jesus to pour into her soul and heart. She drank in His words. He filled her. Poor Martha, although she was doing good things, she was stressed.

I am a Martha, but I am learning to slow down and choose as Mary did. Choose Jesus and allow Him to fill your cup so you can go out and do your Kingdom work.  Because we cannot do much in our own power, but if we are filled with His, oh imagine what we are capable of.

It is much better to be occupied with Jesus, than to just do things for Him. Just doing things for Him leaves us exhausted. That is not what Christ desired when He said “Come to me, all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” When we come to Him, we will be refreshed.  His word is LIFE.

Sit at His feet. And be prepared for the joy that comes with it. And if you have some time, grab a cup of coffee and tea and go listen to Dan’s message!  (I know, a total shameless plug lol! I am a proud wifey!)

Be a Size You,

Tiff