The men were surprised as they watched Him get up from the table and took off His tunic. They started whispering, making assumptions about what He was doing. Their whispers grew quiet as He tied a towel around His waist. “He’s not about to do what I think He’s going to do, is He?” thought one. Another faintly whispered, “This is unthinkable what He’s about to do!”. The man continued in quiet duty, pouring clean water into a basin and bringing it next to the first of the 12 men. He began gently washing the man’s stinky, filthy feet and wiping them dry with His towel. Then He moved on to the next, washing another pair of dirty feet. He gave the ultimate example of servanthood any of us could ever ask for. 4 Essential Truths Every Christian Ought to Know about Serving.
Jesus humbled Himself to even the most unthinkable act of servanthood when He washed the feet of His disciples. This job was reserved for the lowliest of servants and the idea of a Rabbi washing the feet of His servants was absurd. And here He was, tenderly washing the filthy feet of His disciples. He did this without complaint, without grumbling. He did this as a way to show His disciples – and us – how to treat each other in the family of God. Read More
As the final details settled into place, our excitement grew. We’d be moving to a new town (albeit only 20 minutes away), a new home, a new neighborhood…and a new church. Over the last few months before the move, Marcus and I talked about visiting several different churches in our new town so we could get a feel for where we were to attend. One of our top priorities was a place where our kids felt safe and cared for. We had visions of experiencing several different churches and then choosing from that list of abundance where we would settle. Well, it didn’t happen that way at all. Has that ever happened to you? You make all of these awesome plans, but then they get thwarted by someone’s bigger plan? Yeah. That’s pretty much what happened. We were distracted by our own ideas and plans. We forgot something important – something vital to the church – we were meant to build unity. I figured I wasn’t the only one who forgot this wonderful plan of God’s, so I compiled this special list: 6 Essential Ways You Can Build Unity Within The Church.
We visited a total of 2 churches. That’s it. 2.
Oh, there were plenty of options. So many churches to choose from. However, on our way home one Sunday morning, I started to cry. My heart was missing something. A home. My heart was missing a home. A place to gather with other believers and do life together. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think there is anything wrong with testing out a variety of churches to get a feel for where God wants you to be. I think that’s a very healthy thing to do. But, when God calls you to be faithful to one family, then it is best to heed that call. And that’s what He was doing that Sunday morning. Thankfully, when I expressed my feelings to Marcus, he was in complete agreement. We were unified in this decision.
Here are the 6 Essential Ways You Can Build Unity Within The Church that we have learned.
Valentine’s Day is next week! Do have any special plans? For Christmas, I gave our family a binder with a year of family dates – this month’s date is on Valentine’s Day and I am making a Cupid Cafe. Each child will get a menu and order the menu items. They will not know what each code word item is until it comes to the table for them. I am really excited about this date! I do like Valentine’s Day. I don’t like all of the commercialism – and my husband will say that he doesn’t like someone telling him what day he can love me (if he was really honest, he’d just say he doesn’t like being told what to do, period!). But I like the idea of taking the time to focus on love. Especially since God is love. And shouldn’t we all celebrate His love on the 14th – and every day? But if you need a bit more help in celebrating V-Day with your guy, I have some ideas here. And the Dating Divas always have some fun ideas.
When I saw Joy’s post, 10 Valentine’s Day Bible Verses + Free Printables, I knew I was going to love it. What better way to kick off the day with God’s word and being affirmed in His love for us? Plus, I LOVED the printables for the kids! And the “Love Never Fails” printable is gorgeous. Head on over to her site to be reminded of God’s love and get a collections of special printables.
Joy, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you! Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. Read More
The house was dilapidated and run down. It was clear that this house had seen better days. But those days were long gone. I was certain that no one had inhabited that lonely house for at least a decade. No one maintained the structure and the signs of neglect were apparent. I bet that the contractor of this house never intended for this home to be vacant. I wonder if he had visions of families loving each other and caring for one another within the walls of that home. Because that is what a home is designed for, right? Homes are never built to sit empty. Families are meant to dwell in homes. This is the same for us. For our faith. But we sure like to complicate things, don’t we? We need to understand The Simple But Remarkable Purpose Of The Church.
God has been constructing us, building us up into the people He longs for us to be. And we were not created to be alone. He created us to be in a family. In the family of God. Our churches, the houses of God, are meant to have people living in them. Yes, I know the church building is just a building and that we are the Church. But it’s the living people that make the church what it is…or what it is supposed to be: Read More
I wanted out of there! The awkwardness and tension were thick as molasses in December. I felt out of place. There was a sense of something deeper going on in this family, something toxic. I couldn’t possibly know exactly what it was, but I felt it. I could not get out of that house fast enough. Do you know what I’m talking about? From the outside, the home looks beautiful. The lawn is perfectly manicured. The flowers are in full bloom without any dead foliage (not like my flower bed!). Everything is meticulous. But once you step inside, it all changes. They are spiritual hoarders. It’s a complete mess and the spiritual smell is – well – it’s just nasty. Here are 5 Ways To Make Sure Your Life Is Not All About Curb Appeal.
I’m sure we’ve all been in a home like that. One where we just feel so uncomfortable and we can’t wait to escape. But what about those homes you just love to visit? How are they different? In a spiritual sense, it always smells good. The conversation is always encouraging. It feels like you are a part of the family and you leave feeling nourished. The heart of that house was amazing. This is the goal for my home – when people leave, they want to return. It has become one of my regular prayers that God will bless my home so that when people come over they will feel His peace.
God longs for us to build our lives His way. He wants us to become the amazing women He intended us to be. And this means making our hearts like the home mentioned in the paragraph above – full of His presence. 5 Ways To Make Sure Your Life Is Not All About Curb Appeal will help you understand how to have His presence in your life – resting in His grace and mercy. Read More
Being active in Women’s Ministry in a variety of ways, including leading WM in my church, I want to be aware and intentional about my serving. I want to continue having the joy of serving in my calling. So, I appreciate posts with tips on ensuring I keep my heart in the right place as I serve.
Jaime’s post is one of those articles. I loved the 5 points she shared and I saw myself in some of them in previous areas of ministry. And I know there is one I really need to keep in check right now (#2 – gotta maintain a balance while checking those blog stats!). Head on over to Candidly Christian to read 5 Danger Zones Women in Ministry Need to Watch For.
Jaime, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you! Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. Read More
If you told me 10 years ago that I’d be blogging, I would’ve said ‘not a chance‘. If someone said to me 15 years ago that one day I’d lead Women’s Ministry in an active and healthy church, I’d shake my head and tell you that it was not even remotely possible. And mentoring women in marriage and Godly womanhood? If someone even used those phrases in conversation to me 18 years ago, I would not have believed them. I was too damaged. Too broken. Too much of a mess. And yet, here I am. Doing those things and more. But God needed to look deeper. This is for When God Needs to Look Under the Fluff.
Several years ago, before I had children and not long after Marcus and I married, I had the opportunity to have my church family pray for me. Now, Marcus was not a believer at the time. In fact, our marriage wasn’t all that great. We were struggling. But I was given a prophetic message during that time in prayer. This is what was spoken to me: Read More
Prayer is one of my favorite topics. Why? Because it is what brought my husband to faith in Jesus Christ. That’s not the only reason, of course, but it’s one of the biggest reasons. You see, it wasn’t my nagging (wait, I don’t do that!), or my begging. It wasn’t manipulation (oh, I would never try such a dreadful thing…umm…) or guilt trips. Nope. It was my prayers that moved the hand of God to convict my husband and draw him close to Himself.
Prayer is also what has brought significant healing to this broken woman. When I didn’t think I could take another breath…when I didn’t want to take another breath, it was my cries to God that sustained me.
When my child fell into sin and I had no idea what to do, it was prayer that held me together.
That’s why I have chosen Rachel’s post, Who Do We Pray To?, as my feature post this week. I love the reminder that sometimes we just need to get back to the basics of prayer. Head on over to her site and read her post.
Rachel, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you! Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. Read More
The blog post comment notification had come to my inbox – I love getting comments from my readers! But, as I started to read the words, my heart started to beat rapidly and the fury began to rise. This comment was the very reason why I put comment settings to be approved by me before being posted on the blog. And the commenter knew this. Because she knew me. I had enough of this nonsense. So, after some time in prayer and reflection, I decided to allow the comment to be published on my site – something the commenter was not expecting me to do, I am sure. The saddest thing about this horrible comment wasn’t who wrote it (although that did make it all the more hurtful), but the fact that it was written on a post where I shared a moment of healing for one of my children. However, I knew that this was a diversion tactic from my mortal enemy. A way for him to delay the fulfillment of God’s plan for my life. I had a choice to make. I could either succumb to this diversion. Or I could use it to continue building His kingdom. I chose the latter with a reply to that comment as well as in the form of a blog post, 5 ways we can fight a spiritual battle. I wasn’t about to let me enemy have his way. Here is How to Not Be Diverted From God’s Plan.
Our enemy knows that he probably cannot completely wreck God’s plans – well, he certainly can’t obliterate God’s plans in the big scheme of things since God always has another way. However, he can destroy how we play a part in God’s plans. But, more often than not, he can only delay what God wants us to do. Read More
When was the last time you pointed a friend to Jesus? How often do you do that? Is encouragement and edification on the top of your list when you get together with your friends? Or is it just a big he said/she said gabfest? I remember feeling so discouraged for the umpteenth time after getting together with friends years ago. It was just a lot of empty discussion. I tried to point them to Jesus, but it never ‘stuck’. I would return home with a void that screamed to be filled with wholesome talk and Godly inspiration. Why is it so difficult to find friends who cheer you on in your faith? I don’t know the answer to that.
However, I do know that I can continue to be proactive in nurturing and cultivating such an environment. That’s what I plan to do (are you with me?). That’s the reason for this week’s feature. I love Timberley’s post, The Danger of Girl Talk. She doesn’t simply explain why gossip is wrong. She offers a practical way to change it. Head on over to her post and read it. Be sure to leave her an encouraging comment!
Timberley, please be sure to grab this “I’ve Been Featured” image below and add it, with a link to this page, to your post so that your readers can celebrate with you! Now for this week’s link up! Let’s bless and encourage one another in our walk with the Lord. Read More