Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Carrying Your Cross

1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 

Sometimes I forget this passage out of the Bible, most specifically when I am in the middle of being tempted. So what does being tempted look like?

1. to entice or allure to do something often regarded as unwise, wrong, or immoral.
2. To attract, appeal strongly to, or invite.
3. To render strongly disposed to do something.
4. To put (someone) to the test in a venturesome way; provoke.

I relate well with the definition above. When I am being tempted I feel a strong appeal or an allure to something. We all have our own cross to bear. Some crosses you see in people and some you don’t. Many of us have become very talented at hiding our cross, walking around as if we haven’t a care in the world.

If you are alive, you have a cross that you’re carrying with you. Some days it may be lighter than others, but it is always there, other days you can barely stand upright because your cross is so heavy. Sometimes others can carry our cross for us and give us a break, but most of the time our cross is ours and we can’t give it away to someone else to carry.

Jesus carried a cross. It was large, heavy and very painful for Him to carry with His open wounds after being beaten. Simon was able to take the heavy wooden cross from Jesus and carry it part of the way for Him. However, Jesus still had the burden (cross) of being crucified. Being crucified was not a cross He could hand off to someone else for a while. He had to deal with it Himself.

Right now my cross is heavy, I’m crawling. I have battled with my weight my whole life. It is my cross to bear. For the life of me I cannot get a handle on it. I have lost weight and gained weight, been up and down like a roller coaster. I enjoy cooking and enjoy eating what I cook. Hey, I’m a good cook.

I’m really blessed that I don’t have a lot of health issues due to my being overweight. Mentally this cross hurts, it always has. I can’t give this cross to anyone else to carry, this one is all mine. 

There is only one way I can get help with this and it is to draw upon God. I need to spend time with God several times a day to help me through this. I need to replace my lack of strength with God’s strength.

What cross are you carrying? Can you get help from others? No matter what it is remember, God is always there to help us. We just need to turn to Him. 

May God Bless.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Blessing of Adoption

Today I am going to do something different with my blog. I’m going to share something that is near and dear to my heart. I always wanted to adopt a child. Being a single mom raising my daughters I didn’t have the funds to support that dream, and I wasn’t sure I could handle another child by myself. So I never followed through on that goal.

I can’t think of anything more loving than a birth mother giving her child up for adoption and the parents that accept the blessing she is willing to give. Now I am blessed to be in the position to help a family in my congregation with their adoption process. 

The adoption organization they are going through is Sacred Selections. This agency places in children in Christian homes.

We are holding an Auction and Dinner Event on May 19th in Greer, SC. A silent auction and live auction will be held with lots of fun for everyone. This will be a family event, so bring the kids and come on out. I will have flyers and registrations forms soon. 

Right now we are looking for donations to auction off. It can be a small item, a gift basket, and tickets to a show or any other item you can think of. Items can be purchased or homemade. We need to get these items in as soon as we can so they can be ready for the auction.

If you can help in any way with a donation for this cause, please contact me.

Here are a few websites that you can visit find out more information.

Any questions on this event, please email us at:

May God Bless

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Draw Near To God

What would a picture look like if it was of you drawing nearer to God?
  • Would you be praying to Him?
  • Would you be sitting at a table and having a cup of coffee?
  • Would you be walking by the sea in deep conversation?

Personally I think any of these would be a good picture. Just like getting together with friends and sharing your life’s cares and woes and finding peace and comfort.

Please don’t misunderstand; I am not bringing God down to our level of humanity. I realize this is the exalted God our Father. 

Galatians 5:22-26

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians tells us that if we are those who are Christ’s – have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. That means we have killed those emotions. What? I’m suppose to kill my passion and desires? Remember, it say’s our fleshly passion and desires.

I don’t know about you, but that is hard for me. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish a fleshly desire from a heart or mind desire. I mean my heart and mind are part of my flesh right?

I’m no Bible scholar, far from it, but I think what this is trying to tell us is to not go after things that are bad or wrong for us, no matter how much we want them because it may separate us from God.

When we are Christians we are supposed to be walking in the Spirit. Walking in the Spirit is to have the fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians. It’s not always easy, and God tells us that in His Word. That is why we must draw near to God. We must take Him everywhere we go with our mind and body. 

Some days I wake up and think, God this is a glorious day, thank you and it’s going to be an easy one to stay close to you. Others, well not so much. Those are the days we need to make those calls to God.

  • He is always available.
  • He can talk to all of us at the same time.
  • He will never, lead in the you wrong direction.
So this week, draw nearer to God. Get your cup of coffee, or go for a walk, or jump and down for joy, or lay down and cry. Do whatever you need to do to draw nearer to our Heavenly Father.

Let me know what works for you.

May God Bless

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sing Praises Unto God

If you have ever sat near me in services you know I can’t carry a tune, but I love to sing. I have often thought of taking singing lessons. That is not going to happen. When no one is looking, I can belt out a song.

A great song can change my mood immediately. When I am doing things around the house most of the time I have music on. Country, old rock and roll or smooth jazz are my favorites.

If I am writing, either there is no music on or I use Pandora and go for my smooth jazz. The music is soft and gentle enough to let my mind wonder with my story. When I am sewing it is always up beat music of some kind. If I am cooking or cleaning it is normally country music. If I need to really whip through the house getting things done, then I go for the old rock and roll.

Some days I don’t feel like doing anything or hearing anything. You know those days. When you pull the covers up twice more than you should and the guilt is lying heavy on your mind because you know there are things to be accomplished that you are responsible for. Like the laundry, taking something out of the freezer for dinner, grocery shopping and the list could go on.

One day not to long ago I was having one of those days. Just couldn’t get moving and I did not want to vacuum. I don’t know why, just didn’t want to do it. I kept doing other things and procrastinating about getting that stupid vacuum cleaner out and getting it done. Finally, I couldn’t put it off any longer. I went to the closet and lugged the big monstrosity out, plugged it in and started the task. 

We all look like this when
we vacuum don't we?
A few minutes into my chore my mind started to wonder, which it does often, I hate to admit. This time it went down a really great path. How blessed I am to have a house to clean. Trying to keep my mind on that path, I started to sing. No one was home and the vacuum was going so I knew no one would hear me. At the top my lungs I belted out “I am blessed, I am blessed, I am oh so blessed to have a home to clean”.

Yes I officially had lost my mind while vacuuming the house. This went on for a while and I’m sure I added other verses in there about being blessed. I have no idea where the tune came from and I’m sure it changed often.

Room to room I went praising God for my home and the blessing I had of keeping it clean.

As I rounded one of the corners heading into another room, there stood my husband watching me. He had a big smile on his face. I turned off the vacuum and we both laughed. I explained to him my situation and that I was just trying to get through something I didn’t want to do and make the best of it, praising God while I was doing it. The Bible tells us to sing praises to God and I surely was.

Psalm 147:7
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving.

So today as you go about your day doing whatever it is that makes up your list of things to do, sing praises to God. Who knows, someone just might catch you and you can put a smile on their face.

May God Bless.