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Fizzy Faith!

Fizzy Faith... Does your faith have that Jesus fizz?
Today in Jr church I gave the kids a hands on visual comparison of our lives before Christ & the changes He makes when we allow Him in. Using our 5 senses we compared a small bottle of water (represents without Christ) and a small bottle of Sprite (life with Christ)... The kids were great and could see the differences right away! One of the first things they noticed was the bubbles in the sprite! When the sunlight hit it, it sparkled! Something the water lacked!
Then I shook both bottles & asked the kids what would happen next... They all shouted the pop will EXPLODE! Haha! I explained to them see, when we are filled with God's Holy Spirit, He makes the biggest difference in our lives from the INSIDE and He allows these changes to be seen & felt by those around us! Just like the effects of shaking pop, His goodness & love overflows from our hearts to others too! 
Then, I took the cap off and asked them if they knew …

Battles so Fierce

Have you ever fought a battle so fierce;That it felt like every fiber was pierced? All you wanna do is just run and hide; But instead you turn to God and confide! It's there you find peace; Humbled, remorseful, laid down on your knees.  You don't have to fight the demons alone; Christ declared victory & now sits on the Throne! These battles will come and these battles will go; Just know whatever you face, in Him, you're not alone.  He restores strength and grants healing too. Every fiber deep pained, every thought that rushes through  Lay 'em down and let His hand comfort you.  May you find peace at His feet and see His beauty so sweet!  Remember all the things Jesus went through and know; He did it for you! He knows, He sees and He fought these same battles too.  Trust Him to see you through. 

Deodorize the Day

This morning while getting dressed & ready for the day I applied deodorant! Whoooo hoooo, right! I always converse with my Heavenly Father, even in the little routine things. I asked Him, "Lord, there must be more to this as simple as it is. Without deodorant our bodies put off a stench most would rather not smell, but this covering grants a sweet aroma." 
Here's His reply to me... It's so cool! He said, "Most people think of my Word as food or spiritual substance, but many lack understanding to My protection through it; it is also My covering." Then as I get in His Word, He spoke this: "And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say...Thou art my people." Isaiah 51:16
Those of us IN Him are covered by His Word! Remember John 1:1 says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." We…

Not Finished Yet

Have you ever started a project with much enthusiasm & excitement only to get midway and get distracted with something else? I sure have! Sometimes these projects are put in the back burner and never completed. Such as life, right? Sometimes we wonder if God is making any progress with us. Remember He's the Potter, we are the clay... Well, one thing we can count on is this: "For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained..." Ephesians 2:10 That which He's started, will be completed! "For he will finish the work..." Romans 9:28 

Next time you feel as though there's little if any change happening within; just remember who it is you belong to... He is faithful! 
"Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is …

Gone Astray?

This evening my kids and I stop at the grocery store to grab a couple things. Feeling quite adventurous, I allow my 3 year old son to walk rather than sit in the cart. Knowing what the outcome would be, I kept a close eye on him. Rowdy & excited he decides to run around. As most 3 year olds with freedom do. I call for him, but he continues his own direction. So do I. He doesn't know I can see him, but he can't see me and becomes hysterical! I call his name and he quiets a little. Yet he still didn't see me so continued. There were a few shoppers who looked at me like I was mean and if I would get him. Little did they care there was a deeper lesson for both of us. The more Jayden heard my voice the more he calmed down and could hear the direction to go. Once he saw me he ran as fast as he could with tears of relief. He didn't leave my side after that. 

Lets apply this spiritually... How often do we go our own ways, deliberately disobeying our Heavenly Father? Have yo…

My friend Grace

Many years ago while doing nurse aide work I met a lady at the end of her days named Grace. She was quiet, sweet and different from the other residents. Day in and day out I would stop in her room to find her reading her tattered but cherished Bible. Everyday I would think to myself, how can anyone read the same thing over and over? After a few months of working with her and many others I took a 2nd shift instead of 1st, only to walk in her room and find she had passed. The nurse approached me and told me it was mine and a friend's job to prepare her body for the morgue that was coming. I was heartbroken. Plus I never had to deal with the "after death" aspect of my job. I've never seen such sweet peace on a face gone on as hers. We cared for her gingerly as her body was frail, even though she was no longer there. I think about this precious lady often in my own walk with Christ. She may never know the impact of her diligence, patience or peaceful presence. Now I know…

Search the Scriptures

Do you know what you believe? Is it fully in tune with the Bible? If it does NOT line up with the Word of God... RUN RUN RUN RUN!!! How do you know it's 100% biblically sound? Is it because somebody told you so OR because you've searched the Scriptures?
The Gospel of Christ is simple, even understandable to children. "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace..." 1 Corinthians 14:33
There is a flood of teachings based upon man, to satisfy man & made by man for man's glory and man's gain.. There is something out there to believe to fit whatever one desires, but IF it be not based on Christ & His infallible Word, it's a heap of "feel good" fables; which in the end leads to eternal destruction! "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears fro…

Sin Stinks

Sin stinks! It carries a stench of rot and decay... Yet, in God's infinite Love still reaches for the lost! 
He said, "I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts; A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face... Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day." Isaiah 65:2-3,5 Has your nose ever been burnt by smoke? It stings! Just think what we, in our humanness, must put our Heavenly Father through. Look what He has to say about rebellion & stubbornness: "For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry..." 1 Samuel 15:23 
Next time we dare think to choose our own way over the Lord's Will, remember this: "There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." Proverbs 14:12