I adopted tithing. I figured it can’t hurt. I made good money, I made minuscule money, but I never offered more than a 20.00 bill to God on Sundays. There, I said it.
So this year after losing my job (for 2 days – mind you, the most stressful 2 days of my life) I vowed to tithe. Well the job I was blessed with was quite a bit less in salary than I was accustomed to. (this is where it starts hurting by the way). I’ve come to the realization that those preachers preaching about tithing on Sundays aren’t just out for a bigger deck or new church carpets – they are telling you what is required of you.
I can’t live without Gods blessings. I can’t get where I need to be without him putting a hand in (or a hand out) for me. Let me tell you friends, I’m now giving ’til it hurts. I’m not doing it scowling, or hastily writing a check with a poor attitude, I am giving God his portion. The word portion is mentioned in the bible 100 times. I think it was important to enough to God and to many others. Laz 3:24 the lord is my portion saith my soul… And
Luke 12:42 (KJV)
42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
Luke 12:43 (KJV)
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
This Sunday will be the 2nd check I have written for the kingdom, and I am praying that I will start receiving those blessings in my life for diligence and obedience.
Here is to giving til’ it hurts and making Gods kingdom more important than mine. Afterall, you can’t serve two masters.
Joshua 22:5 (KJV)
5 But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.
I will keep you posted.
When you have the power to make things happen – and often times do – it’s hard to step back and let God handle things. I would not consider myself 100% type A, however, I have had my moments. A little incident happened with me recently and I knew it was God trying to tell me something. (But I had already mapped it out, made plans, and there was nothing for God to do because I had it all accomplished!) OR SO I THOUGHT……
So my sister called me and said that they were planning a great anniversary party for my parents back home. They were inviting tons of friends and family to share in the celebration of 30 years together. (Gosh that seems like a long time.) So I was super excited and couldn’t wait to book my plane tickets out. I didn’t ask any questions, I just started researching flights and all but had my bags packed. I started squirrel-holing money away for the trip, got approval from work and that was that.. AND THEN……
Ever notice how you can’t get away with anything that God doesn’t approve of? I didn’t ask him about the trip. I was going. So what happened to me? Well, I got into a little fender-bender accident that took all that squirrel-holed money to fix my car. (Granted, I am not blaming God for the car accident only noting how circumstances bring you back to God.) So the next day I was fretting again. Thinking to myself, how am I going to fix my car AND take that trip back home? The answer simply put, was I wasn’t going to. I stopped and prayed about the trip home, and God sent down some incredible warning sirens. I was astonished. I wasn’t supposed to go. EVEN THOUGH I WANTED TO WITH ALL MY HEART! God was protecting me from something. I could speculate all day long the rhyme and reason, but I don’t need to justify God. I just need to listen to him. So once again, God strapped me for cash and resources to protect me from myself… I guess I can hang up ever winning that lottery jackpot..
I listened to a song this morning that a friend of mine sings. It’s called the battle is the lords by Shelly Wilson. (You should go check out her site, she is doing some amazing things in her ministry right now!) Anyhoo….It’s a great song especially if you feel like you have been put in the middle of a battle without the proper armor. It reminds us simply that “the battle is the Lords and justice is mine” to quote her verbatim. If you cling to Gods promises in your life the battle is won. No matter how much you try to work it out logically in that human brain of yours – God makes things happen. When God wants things to go your way, he will make sure you hit the mark. Sit back, arm yourself with the word of God, and start living the promise. He won the battle for you already, go get your prize.
Short and simple today
Ahhh.. Refreshed already.
Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. 2 Chronicles 20:17 (KJV)
The report brought to king Jehoshaphat was not good. A great multitude had gathered to wage war against God's people and trouble was quickly headed their way.
Mothers and Fathers always seem to love you anyway. I was pondering this fact – just go with me here for a second.
Parents…They have this maternal love formed into them. They love their children unconditionally. It’s a differerent kind of love. You cant find it in friendships, lovers, or strangers. How many times have we made mistakes and they (parents) say:
it will be alright” or “it’s ok just don’t do it again”
It is that hand of correction and love that mothers and fathers have in your life. Even when mom’s and Dad’s have to scold you for something, isn’t it funny how they say:
“I’m only doing this because i love you”
I heard that so many times as a kid and never got it. I often thought to myself (If you love me so much why are you beating me?)lol. As I’m older now I get it a little better. They wanted me to grow up with instruction and correction. They wanted me to know right from wrong. That is part of parenting. You want to guide and direct your children to be good citizens, people, husbands, mothers, fathers, wives. You alone are preparing a life for the world ahead of them.
God is that hand of correction, instruction and unconditonal love. God loves us anyway. There are times when I’ve been beat down by the hand of God. I can just hear him in the background saying “I’m doing this because I love you”. I can hear him saying “I gave you this trial because I love you. I want you to grow and learn.” God’s lessons are deeper lessons. His lessons are not as simple as putting your hand to close to the oven and momma slapping your hand away. These are the hard lessons. God does want us to succeed. From someone that doesn’t have children, I never really thought about it before. However, as experiences happen and you open your mind up and think – hey, maybe… You start to see things at a different angle.
You cant ever prepare for motherhood or fatherhood. There is no real manuals. Sure there are books, but for the most part – what you need to know, is what is already in you. How you were raised, the values you own already, the childhood you were given spills into your childs life. Good, bad, or indifferent. I guess I’m trying to say don’t fear the hand of correction from God. You know, when things are not going your way, maybe its because you are going the wrong way and God is about to redirect you. maybe he is sending a test your way because he loves you. Just ponder it.
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. – John 15:12-13
Yesterday I spent a lot of times fretting about Trinity Grace. For those of you not familiar with her – she is the child God has promised me. God actually gave me the name and direct visions and dreams for this child. Now it’s just waiting for God to say now is the time. The other morning, while getting ready for work, I was freaking out about a baby I’m not even carrying yet! I keep thinking what am I gonna do? When all the people I went to school with were reading books on child bearing and preparing for families of their own, I was in a completely different end-zone. I had made up my mind I would never have children. That wasn’t going to EVER be an issue. I was gonna shut it down. Matter of fact, I was going to get a procedure done so I would never have to worry about it.
It was probably about 2 weeks before that procedure was scheduled to be done when something happened. My insurance wasn’t going to pay for the elective procedure, and I didn’t have the funds at the time to take care of it myself.
I thank God I was poor at the time!
At any rate, the procedure fell through. About a month after that happened, the visions started coming to me. Things started taking place that broke me of my ways of thinking.
Which is exactly where I am now. I am in the acceptance phase. God, you want me to have this child you have promised, so I will accept it, and joyfully accept it. But then what happens after you carry it for 9 months and have it?? It’s beyond me. There is so much that I don’t know and it scares the bee-jeebies out of me. I’ve been fretting, praying, worrying.
God said “Cherish, what would you do with anything else you were uncertain about in your life?” I said, “I would research it. I would find out.” Then there was silence. Then it was like— Duh Cherish! There are books! Crazy amounts of books about carrying, conceiving, parenting. There are books out there about anything that you want to learn. So why is this any different? So, I guess I’ve concluded that it’s not any different at all. I guess I’m off to the book store…
In Philippians 4:6, we are commanded, “Do not be anxious [do not worry] about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In this Scripture, we learn that we should bring all of our needs and concerns to God in prayer rather than worry about them.
I am sick and tired of these campaign commercials. Everytime I turn on the television I see these candidates. Once a year we are plagued with political overdose. To be honest, I can’t say there is anyone in the running that I would feel comfortable throwing my support behind 100%. It’s completely awful to be thinking “ok, I have to choose one, so who is going to screw up the LEAST?”
I think people are in it for the wrong reasons. I recall hearing stories about the good ole days, when the president spoke on the television or radio – everyone stopped what they were doing and listened. It was important. I can’t say that still exists today. I mean, I will be the first to admit when I see the president on the t.v. I scurry to change the channel. I know, it’s awful but true.
I say we change things a little bit. Want an idea that will change the political gammet forever? Let’s offer the president’s job up as a volunteer position. That’s right, no pay. If you don’t do it for the money, you won’t be doing it for the show. I guess you candidates would have to do it because you believe in your product. The success of the country might be depending on it. Hmmm..how about that one? I say we put the country back into the hands of those that really want it.