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Tea for Two ~ God and You

Winning March 16, 2014

Winning

My Dad recently gave me a book by John C. Maxwell to read ~ “25 Ways To Win With People; How To Make Others Feel Like A Million Bucks”. It is quite interesting that Dad would be reading this, since I thought he was the master. He’s always been amazing at making people feel good about themselves.

Pictured here is a family who he has helped in many ways. They now host a weekly Bible club with many neighborhood children. My Dad is constantly winning with people, and here are some ways that you can, too:

1. Start with yourself.
2. Practice the 30-second rule. (Within the first 30 seconds, say something encouraging.)
3. Let people know you need them.
4. Create a memory and visit it often.
5. Compliment people in front of other people.
6. Give others a reputation to uphold.
7. Say the right words at the right time.
8. Encourage the dreams of others.
9. Pass the credit on to others.
10. Offer your very best.
11. Share a secret with someone.
12. Mine the gold of good intentions.
13. Keep your eyes off the mirror.
14. Do for others what they can’t do for themselves.
15. Listen with your heart.
16. Find the keys to their hearts.
17. Be the first to help.
18. Add value to people.
19. Remember a person’s story.
20. Tell a good story.
21. Give with no strings attached.
22. Learn your mailman’s name.
23. Point out people’s strengths.
24. Write notes of encouragement.
25. Help people win.

That’s my Dad, and I love him so much!

Thank you, Mr. Maxwell, for writing this wonderful book!

thejohnmaxwellteam.com

 

God’s Pleasure May 13, 2013

While reading this morning in Psalms, it hit me that we can literally bring real pleasure to the Holy God of the Universe.  After checking what the Scripture had to say about it,  this is what I discovered.

 

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Nine Ways To Bring God Pleasure:

1. The prosperity of his servant.  Psalm 35:27

2. Them that fear Him.  Psalm 147:11

3. Those that hope in His mercy.  Psalm 147:11

4. Uprightness.  1 Chronicles 29:17

5. Giving His people His kingdom.  Luke 12:32

6. Adopting His chosen. Ephesians 1:5

7. Showing His children His mysterious will.  Ephesians 1:9

8. Working in His children.  Philippians 2:13

9. His creation.  Revelation 4:11

 

Beautiful – MercyMe March 7, 2013

You are treasured, you are sacred, you are HIS.

 

Simplify March 6, 2013

Simplify, originally uploaded by Xapa.

 

What if?

What if prayer stopped being a daily “To Do” list for God and became a renewal of surrender and availability to that for which God has for US to do?  I’ve heard thousands of people pray (myself included), and I can’t help but wonder if it is annoying at best and even nauseating to God for us to give him our fleshly lists of instructions, recommendations, reminders, demands and suggestions.

Lord, just bless us.  Lord, just protect us.  Lord, just lead us.  Lord, just heal us.  Lord, just provide for us.  Lord, just make our team win.  Lord, just prosper our journey.  Lord, just give me the job I applied for.  Lord, just make her fall in love with me.  Lord, just make my neighbor stop being so loud.  Lord, just give me an A on my test.  Lord, just do what I say, really, just do it.

What happened to “Thy will be done”?  Where is the “Here am I, Lord, send me”?  Why don’t we ask God, “What do YOU want me to do today”?  Would it be so terrible to surrender control of the day to the One who created it and has a perfect plan for every one of us?

The paradoxical reality is that His way is always, always better than ours.  We can’t see this for a variety of reasons, but the fact remains true, nonetheless.  Not only is he worthy of our surrender, but completely trust-worthy.  I have yet to hear someone declare that trusting and obeying God ended in destruction.  It always leads to blessings in abundance.

If we are honest with ourselves, we can certainly admit that God is wiser, stronger and more able than we treat Him.  He has more resources than we count on and more options than that of which we are aware.  Than why do we begin the day with a barrage of commands to our God and King?

I would dare say it would make more sense and absolutely behoove us to kneel at His feet, empty ourselves of any agenda, and humbly ask him to use us in his eternal kingdom.  I am by no means an expert on prayer, nor do I have the Christian life mastered to any extent.  However, I can only imagine there is more to a relationship with God than a constant string of cryptic instructions and annoyed reminders of what He is “supposed” to be doing for us.

This is for me, but you’re welcome to read it.

Love.

 

Tea for Two ~ God and You March 5, 2013

This is what I call the small bits of love that I am privileged to extend to women doing real work for the Kingdom.  Sipping a steaming cup of tea forces us to slow down and live in the moment.  It is in these rare times that we allow ourselves the quietness in which to hear God speak…to experience his presence…to bask in his love.

There is nothing more available, yet more needful than the love of God.  When we tap into the all-powerful love of our heavenly Father, we find what is essential to accepting who we are in Him.  The confidence and power that we find in the Holy Spirit enables us to reach our world for Jesus Christ.

So many people need you, so I invite you to a simple moment of peace with our Father – to bask in his holiness, his grace, and his love.  You have been chosen, justified, sanctified, and glorified…and you are loved.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless work that will be reflected forever in heaven.

 

It’s ALL About The LORD March 3, 2013

Going through a hard time?  These Scriptures are guaranteed to help you!

1. Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.

2. Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

3. Psalm 37:7  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

4. Psalm 96:1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

5. Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

6. Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.

7. Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

8. Psalm 37:4,5 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

9. Psalm 106:1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

10. Psalm 96:9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

11. Isaiah 55:6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:

12. Isaiah 7:11 Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above.

13. Psalm 103:1 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

14. Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

15. Psalm 31:4 Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

16. Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

17. Isaiah 24:15 Wherefore glorify ye the Lord in the fires, even the name of the Lord God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

18. Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

19. Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

20. Deuteronomy 28:1 And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:

21. Deuteronomy 28:9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.

22. Deuteronomy 30:2,3 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.

23. Deuteronomy 30:8,9 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. And the Lord thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the Lord will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

24. Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

25. Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him form the dead, thou shalt be saved.