Hooked

It doesn’t take much these days to become hooked on games. I checked out some of the more popular games played and wasn’t surprised to find quite a few were fighting type games, sports, and a some fun looking games that upon closer inspection were also fighting games just made to look innocent. The titles alone for some of them make you wonder, why on earth people would even play such a game. Whatever happened to Mario Kart? Whatever game, your children (whether young or older) play or even if you play them yourself, if you aren’t careful you may find yourself hooked. It can consume you to the point where you neglect those around you and even yourself. I should know. I’m hooked on games and I’m not even considered a gamer. My games are mostly puzzle gaming apps that you download to your phone, you know, the ones that aren’t addictive? Right. Keep telling yourself that.

“I can stop anytime I want.” “Just one more level and I’ll quit.” “What’s the harm?” “At least I’m not out running the streets.” Excuses and poor ones at that. But still excuses nonetheless. Do you hear the enemy whispering in your ear? Did you know that a person could end up spending hundreds of dollars on those In-app purchases that come with phone games? (And for the record, no I don’t spend money on the In-app purchases for that very reason.) There’s even a new incentive out there nowadays, look it up and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

The enemy will take something tantalizing to use to lure you away from Christ. Away from studying the Bible, from praying, even from your family. Games are one thing he uses and in this day and age it’s easy enough to use to distract you. If I were your enemy, I would delve into the deepest darkest areas of your life looking for that one thing that could lure you away from the Lord. It could be anything. Temptation comes in many forms. For me eBooks are my weakness, worse than the games on my phone, and the enemy uses it against me every chance he gets. As I write this post, I discovered that I have actually gone five months without purchasing a book. A record for me considering I would buy anywhere from four to eight books a month! Temptation can be something that seems good on the surface but in reality it isn’t. Sound familiar?

James 1:14 says “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.”

Matthew 26:41 says “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

It’s no wonder we are given instruction to watch and pray.

Decide today to carve out time for you and your family. Reconnect with each other. More importantly, be sure to take the time to reconnect with God through prayer, reading and planting His word deep in your heart and mind. Talk to Him like He is a friend or even family and not some unreachable person that you can’t talk too. He’s reachable, you need only to seek Him out. God bless!

Thank A Veteran

To all the men and women of the armed forces both current and retired, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!! God bless you each and everyone, for what you did and do to keep us safe.

Remember to thank a veteran today. They served that we might be able to live in freedom at home.

May the Lord bless your day!

A Little Hug

A little hug can go a long way. We all can use one from time to time. Our church is a hugging church. Now that may sound strange to some people. Especially if they have never been to church before or maybe they have but their experience wasn’t so pleasant.

So, when you come inside, you can expect to be hugged by several people. If you visit our coffee and refreshment corner or as you enter the sanctuary, you may find yourself receiving a few more hugs along the way. You may even find yourself being hugged by some of our children. We’ve had first time guests tell us that we are the friendliest group of people they have met and the hugs they receive make them feel at home.

We had one couple come to visit us and they loved the hugs they received saying it made them feel like they were back home at their own church. They were in the area on business that would keep them here for quite a few months. We became their church home away from home. Talk about a blessing! We were blessed they chose to worship with us and that they felt like they were home.

1 Corinthians 16: 20 All the brethren greet you. Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Now there are some people who don’t wish to be hugged and usually you can tell who they are right away. We respect that off limits vibe and instead we give a warm welcome and a handshake. Funny thing about that, by the end of the service as people are leaving to go home, the people who initially didn’t want a hug sometimes end up giving us a hug as they leave.

I guess you could say that our hugging is our way of greeting one another with a holy kiss.

May your day be filled with the joy of the Lord!

Food

Food. The sustenance of mankind. We all have our favorites. I love crab and sushi. I like chocolate, fish, chicken, pistachios, ice cream, well you get the idea. When it comes to food I’ve always been an adventurer willing to try different types of food. I’ve even had gator tail and frog legs. (And yes, frog legs really do taste like chicken!) As a result my son is always willing to try new foods. Like me, we both enjoy a variety of foods. Now my husband, while he is willing to try new foods, he is more inclined to stick with the basics. You know, the meat and potatoes kind of guy. Definitely not a fan of sushi! Nothing wrong with that and I don’t hold it against him. 🙂 It just gives me something to tease him about. And he’s a good sport about it too.

We all need to eat. Just as we need food for our physical bodies we also need food for our soul.

1 Peter 2:2-3 says as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

In John 16:12 Jesus says I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

The good news is as we study the Word of God and let it sink into the depths of our inner man, we will grow.

In John 16:13 Jesus goes on to say However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

The Holy Spirit is like a chef, waiting to feed us his masterpiece dinner, to help us grow spiritually. The food He feeds us is filled with nourishment that is good for us.

I pray the Lord will bless your day in a special way!

Fall, It’s Finally Here!

My favorite time of the year. The weather starts to cool off and the leaves begin to change colors. Fiery, vibrant, amazing colors that take your breath away. Each leaf is uniquely shaped and each one has it’s own beautiful vibrant color that it will turn at just the right time. Just as each leaf is unique in it’s own special way, we also are unique and beautiful in our own special way. To see the most spectacular views during the changing of leaves you need only to go to the mountains. To see the uniqueness in people, you just need to stop and take the time to see them the way God sees them.

Psalms 139:14 says: I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

Fearfully and wonderfully made. Just as God created the leaves to be unique and wonderfully made, so He created us to be unique and wonderfully made. By design, He created us individually making us special and there isn’t another you out there. Yes, there are twins, triplets, and so forth and yes they may look alike, but each individual has their own unique personality, fingerprint and I’m fairly certain if you were to look closely even at identical twins you would find something, even something so minuscule, to set them apart. Why? Because each person is fearfully and wonderfully made. If there were two exact same people in the world what would set them apart to make them so unique?

Whatever you may be going through remember that there is only one you and you were wonderfully, lovingly, created for a purpose.