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April 28, 2017
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Better than part 2

 

Last week I wrote about how God wants us to be better than the world. But Jesus made himself “less than” to live on earth. He is God yet He made himself human to show us how much he loves us. Click To Tweet

“Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross.” Phil. 2:6-8 Let’s look at verses 6 and 7 of the Amplified version: “although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God [as One with Him, possessing the fullness of all the divine attributes—the entire nature of deity], did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped or asserted [as if He did not already possess it, or was afraid of losing it]; 7 but emptied Himself [without renouncing or diminishing His deity, but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity] by assuming the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men [He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man].”

Jesus emptied himself of all of his Godly attributes to come down to earth and appear to us lowly humans. Isn’t that awesome! God not only loved us enough to come down to earth and sacrificed his life to save us from our sins, he gave up his place in Heaven to do it. And in honor of his lowly visit to us, he asks that we be humble and “think of others better than ourselves.” Phil. 2:3 Jesus loved all people, lame, leper, men, women, but especially sinners. So this is the way we should live our lives also. Paul tells us in Philippians to love one another, work together with one mind and purpose, don’t try to impress others and don’t look out only for your own interests. These are only some of the Bible’s instructions or code of conduct, and to me a great way to honor Jesus’ sacrifice. I hope you too will contemplate our Lord’s willingness to come down to earth and love us personally this week.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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April 21, 2017
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Better than

A phrase came across my thoughts this week, “better than.” We can think of it in two ways, positively and negatively. Click To Tweet He wants us to love Him with our heart soul and mind, to the best of our ability. Then follow His commands and use our gifts to tell others about Him. In 1 Corinthians 1:26 it say, “…few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you.” In other words, He doesn’t choose perfect people to serve Him. He chooses people who love Him and willingly serve Him whether it be as preachers, teachers, counselors, or bloggers online. Last week I was discouraged because I was noticing that other bloggers had better posts. Their posts were more organized: “3 things that God…,” “5 ways to…,” “How to….” Their posts are generally longer and wordier. But I prayed about it and God said, “You are doing it the way that is best for you.” I may be disorganized and not as spiffy looking as some of the others. And I do write shorter blogs. but I write shorter, succinct blogs because people are busy and they don’t have time to read 600-800 words. I feel like I’m doing it the way I should be according to what God has called me to do.

The other “better than” is the way the world thinks. Most people strive to be better than their neighbors. They want to have a better house, car and wardrobe, the most up to date phone and TV, technology and job. But God doesn’t want that for us. The Bible says it is unwise to compare yourself to others in 2 Corinthians chapter 10. Psalm 139 says God made us wonderfully and Ephesians 2:10 says we are His masterpiece. So God is telling us that we are perfect just the way we are. And we don’t need more to make us “better than” anyone else. Sure, we may need a good wardrobe for our job and a sufficiently tech savvy phone to accommodate our life. But it doesn’t have to make us go into debt we cant afford. I’ve been in debt and it’s not a lot of fun. And it’s not what God wants. There are many Christians who teach about money to help you learn how to manage it better. Click To Tweet

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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April 14, 2017
by stephwrites68
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3 Ways to Get closer to God

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I got a journaling Bible recently, one that has pictures in the margins or blank margins you can make your own doodles and notes in. I was glancing through it and saw the first page of Micah. In it’s margin is that book’s most famous scripture Micah 6:8 “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what He requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”

As followers of Jesus don’t we desire to do good? He places that desire in our hearts. When we see stories on TV of people who do good things, become missionaries and go to foreign countries to help those in need during global disasters, they are usually Christians. The media still uses the reference from the Bible of “the good Samaritan.” And charity is a word that is first used in connection with someone doing something kind for others in the Bible.

The second thing God requires of us is to love mercy. Mercy is something we don’t deserve. People in the Bible are always asking God for mercy. Mercy from pain, mercy from sickness, and sin. My kids say I am one of the nicest people they know. Some would say too nice. But again it’s that desire God put in us to do, like Jesus did. Mercy sometimes requires great effort because it may be toward an “enemy” of ours, someone that has done us wrong or been rude to us. It could be letting someone in front of us in the grocery line, or a car in traffic. The best example of mercy on this earth is when a parent or loved one of someone who has been murdered forgives the murderer. It is the one thing that I am sure I would have a hard time doing. But He wants us to do it BECAUSE it is hard. And because it is something He has done for us. God sacrificed His son Jesus for us to save us from our sins BUT WE DIDN’T DESERVE IT. HE DID IT BECAUSE HE LOVES US!

Lastly, God requires that we walk humbly with Him. In Gill’s commentary it describes being humble as: “acknowledging (we) can do nothing without him; owning (our) dependence on his grace, and ascribing all (we) have, and are, unto (Him.)” I have found with my children it is especially hard for them to do that. I’m not sure if it is just their generation or all young people but they are definitely independent. Praise God my oldest sons have found wonderful christian women who with prayer (from me and them) have helped lead them back to Christ. But I am still praying for my daughters. Unfortunately, our selfish and material world has a negative influence on them lately. But God is still in control and I am still praying for them. I’m sure it’s my age, wisdom and maturity that assures me it’s only God that gets me through this life. But it’s also the knowledge and experience of all the times God has been present when I needed Him.

Be assured my friends that God is with you and will never leave you! Keep your Bible close and prayer on your lips.

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April 10, 2017
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Life unscripted

We never know what life is going to throw at us, eh? The Bible even tells us to expect trouble because the world is full of sin and evil. And one of the things I never thought would happen to us happened. Someone has used my or my husband’s social security number to file their taxes. So not only do we have to file our taxes on paper, which delays our return by a few months, but it has affected our son’s college financial aid. The whole reason we are receiving a tax return is because we have had trouble the last several years. My husband’s income was cut in half when he had to change jobs last year. The paperwork we have had to file and ask for to make the corrections and help my son’s problems too is really overwhelming. Our God has provided for us financially but other problems have popped up. Trouble never ends, that’s for sure.

“But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Praise God that Jesus has overcome all the things that give us trouble. And I know that this is only temporary trouble. We will file the right paperwork and send it to the university and eventually get it all worked out. Because God is with us and will never forsake us. I just have to repeat those mantras over and over again. If we always look up instead of looking at the problems that are in front of us, then we won't be… Click To Tweet The beginning of the verse says, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me.” I don’t know about you but I definitely want peace. So I may fret for a moment but I will always return my thoughts to Jesus and get my peace back!

A visual exercise I describe in my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!”  entails putting your troubles, sin, guilt or thoughts in .a box and placing it at the feet of Jesus. Here is a quote describing how to leave it there: “If the box (of problems) is in Heaven with Jesus, you cannot take it back! Click To Tweet You have given the problem to God and he will take care of it for you. He is in control of it…”

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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April 1, 2017
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A recent mistake

So everyone makes mistakes, right? I made one yesterday at work. I apologized and gave the customer a couple of options to fix it. But he wanted me to break one of our rules to satisfy him. Well, I just couldn’t do that and anything else I tried to do would not make it right for him. I tried to stay calm. But I have to admit that sometimes I get so frustrated I just sound defensive and a bit rude, which they accused me of. But they were arguing just as adamantly and rudely with me. They ended up leaving with nothing and threats of bad reviews. Afterwards, I asked God for forgiveness in whatever part I had in the fiasco. I know I tried as hard as I could to satisfy them to no avail. God says we should live at peace with everyone. I’m sure you know a time when you have replayed a situation over and over in your head, trying to see what you could have done differently. I’m not sure what I could have changed because the things I tried to do did not work. Now, when I think of it again I just pray for them because only God can satisfy and give them the peace they need. And every time I think about it I get frustrated and angry all over again, which is sinful. So I think giving it to God and prayer is the way to go!

A visual exercise I describe in my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!”  entails putting your troubles, sin, guilt or thoughts in .a box and placing it at the feet of Jesus. Here is a quote describing how to leave it there: “If the box (of problems) is in Heaven with Jesus, you cannot take it back! Click To Tweet You have given the problem to God and he will take care of it for you. He is in control of it…”

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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March 25, 2017
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God’s thoughts

I got a journaling/coloring Bible about a month ago. I love adult coloring books and I had seen many pictures of others’ journaling Bibles. So I figured that it would be a fun thing to do and also enhance my bible study time. The problem is that I don’t really draw that well. It looks great when I color in what is already there created by someone who is a true artist. But if I try to draw something, it doesn’t look as good or it doesn’t look good to me. But it is kind of like someone who sings off key. God doesn’t care what they sound like. He only cares that they are singing out their love for Him. Those around you might not like it as  much but loves it because it is the thought that counts not the sound.

So today I was doing my Bible study and flipping through the Bible to see what pictures I could color. Of course there are also pages that have blank space for me to draw or write my own things. I was reading Psalm 139:17 “How precious are your thoughts about me.” Isn’t it amazing that God, who has billions of people to think about thinks “precious” thoughts about ALL of us??!! Some people think that He is always looking down at us with a frown on his face waiting for us to screw up. Some think he can’t wait to bring his wrath down on our heads and give up on us when we don’t fall in line after so many chances. But that’s not true, the Bible says He is on our side, cannot be separated from us and has only “precious” thoughts about us.

So just like all of the jewels in the picture, we are beautiful to him. We are unique, colorful and precious. He cherishes each one of us and looks forward to caring for us and planning our futures. And just like some people don’t need the  perfect voice to praise Him. I don’t need the perfect pictures in my Bible to please Him. He still thinks they are beautiful. So please, feel free to praise Him with a voice that is not perfect or draw and color with pictures that are not museum worthy. I write blog posts that are only read by 10-20 people a week but God still wants me to do it. And I know there are others like me who write just because they love to write not because anyone will read it.

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

Today you can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

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March 17, 2017
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#MovieReview “The Shack”

I saw the move “The Shack” last night. Wow, it was certainly an eye-opening tear jerker. And it was an awesome look at what a healthy relationship with God should look like. I cried laughed and sighed at what I saw on the screen. I learned two important things:

The first thing is we don’t know what another person goes through when they are in the last moments of their lives. They may be suffering at the hands of another person but still at peace because God is there with them. God may have taken away their pain miraculously or taken their minds to another place. And especially if they know they are going to Heaven after they die; they may not be suffering at all.

When my father was on his death bed, be prayed the “sinner’s prayer” with a chaplain at the veteran’s hospital. This chaplain was young and just graduated from the seminary, I think. The prayer was awkward and stilted. I’m not sure he had ever prayed or practiced it before. I might have been able to do a better job and I was just a baby christian myself. But he got the job done and my father was visibly relieved afterwards. I told him, ”Now, we can be together in Heaven, Dad.” And maybe one day he will tell me he’s sorry like the father of the main character. Because my dad wasn’t a good dad here on earth. I know there are hundred, millions of people even who turn to Christ at the very last second of their lives. But God is just pleased that they do because He wants everyone to come to salvation, even the criminals, as He says in the movie.

The second thing I learned in the movie is that God is our Judge and no one else. We have all sinned and fallen short of His glory, his target of perfection. So every time your hero, your favorite celebrity, your government officials and especially your friends and family members do something wrong, don’t condemn them and make them suffer for what they have done wrong. FORGIVE them and give them a chance to do it right the next time. For more about what God says on forgiveness and God’s love in the Bible read my new book:

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I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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March 10, 2017
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Driving through rainbows

Emotionally, this was a very bad week. I need to go back and reread the words that God gave me in the book I just wrote. Last Sunday at church, I was crying during the service partly because I was praising God and partly because I was overwhelmed because of some of the things I am going through right now. My husband and I are going to be empty nesters after my son graduates high school at the end of June and then goes off to Marine boot camp a week later. Then soon after he is gone we are going to move in with my mother-in-law to help her maintain and share her home since we need to downsize anyway. But we do not have a date for this move since we do not know when his employer might transfer him. It could be anytime between May and December of this year. And there are a couple of other minor irritations that are not worth mentioning.

But God is good! Usually rainbows are high up in the sky, we can see them but they are so far away they are untouchable. We can take pictures of them but they are just out of reach. Here in the Pacific Northwest it rains a lot but that also means it is very green: the evergreens and other trees, the grass for most of the year and we can grow many fruits and vegetables here because of the wet weather. It also means we see a lot of rainbows because when the clouds disappear suddenly as they do often, the rainbows come out. Today a rainbow appeared right in front of me on the road as I was driving! It was large and full of bright colors, not like the narrow ones you see in the sky and so amazing! If I wasn’t driving I would have taken a picture but I don’t think that would have been a good idea, grin.

God created rainbows to remind Noah that He would never again destroy the earth or those that live on it. Today He gave me a rainbow to remind me just when I think I might want to give up and throw in the towel, God shows up and gives me a sign that all is well. It will be well because He is with us and has… Click To TweetGod loves us so much that He takes time to send us rainbows, birds and coins! I have heard countless stories of people who have encounters with God through unusual signs and know that they are a message from God. I hope you will take the time today and praise God because He will help you find some rainbows… Click To TweetGod bless you all!

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

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March 3, 2017
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Choose your thoughts

I didn’t know what I was going to write until today. Usually I have it planned a few days ahead of time. but God was waiting for me to clean up some clutter where I found an old journal. Inside was a piece of paper on which I wrote a note to myself saying: ‘Condemnation is the worst thing you can do as far as spiritual growth is concerned. I know from personal experience that this is what has caused and what makes my self confidence worse. Every time I find something about my self I don’t like or I’ve done wrong, I fixate on it and analyze it to death, which usually makes my confidence go down the toilet and my depression return. Then I found Eph. 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others [and yourself] up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.”’

We have to stop the negative self talk immediately or the analyzing and round and round “I should eat less of this” or “get this sucked out” or” have that surgery” thinking makes us crazy. This can bring on depression and more negative thinking. Replace those negative thoughts with positive ones like, “God loves me and thinks I’m beautiful,” “God loves me and I’m wonderfully made,” or “God sent His Son to die for me.” I put this funny cartoon up because it is just like having a good thought on one shoulder and bad thought on the other, WHICH ONE WILL YOU CHOOSE?

I leave you with Paul’s wish for the Philippians, and my wish for you: “May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation, the right righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ, for this will bring much glory and praise to God.” Phil. 1:11

Email  stephwrites68@gmail.com for info about speaking engagements in your church or women’s group on Boosting your Confidence, Serving God in Your Everyday Life and Parenting Dos and Don’ts. Click on Steph Speaks to read a summary of her ministry.

I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

This blog uses affiliate links and referral links. This comes at no cost to you, but allows us to pay for the running of this site.

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February 24, 2017
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A story of obedience

I heard a story on the radio the other day. If I had heard it before the book was done I would have included it since it was so relevant. But now you can hear it and see how important God’s love and loving OURSELVES is.

A woman called a Christian radio station to tell them a story on “Make a difference Monday.” If you listen to KLOV, who has many stations around the country then you may have heard this. She was in the grocery store and saw a woman in a wheelchair. She thought she heard God tell her to go to her and tell her she was beautiful and God loved her. I’m sure you’ve heard God speak to you before but did not have the courage to do what He asked. You came up with some excuse not to obey God. So the woman went about her shopping but prayed for her. When she was done and on the way to her car, she saw her again with her mother loading their car with groceries. The woman’s urge to talk to her was even stronger this time. So she left her groceries by her own car and walked over to them. She said, “I just wanted you to know that you are beautiful and God loves you. He told me to come over and tell you that.”

The woman in the wheelchair suddenly burst into tears which of course put the obedient Christian into shock. But she rushed to reassure her that it was the best thing she could have said. She had recently become depressed and had already decided she was going to commit suicide. She just didn’t know how yet. But in obeying God, the woman said something she needed to hear. The Christian woman prayed with her and I think she said they were going to stay in contact with each other.

The woman didn’t feel beautiful because she was in a wheelchair. We don’t know how or why she came to be there. But she is still God’s MASTERPIECE whether she is in a wheelchair or not! God made people of all colors and shapes, some because of life’s trauma come away with scars, and all of us are imperfect. But God still loves all of us and considers us His works of art. The scripture come from Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s Masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” I hope you will read His word, the Bible, and find out how much He loves you and He has a plan for you.

Today you can get “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app.

Email  stephwrites68@gmail.com for info about speaking engagements in your church or women’s group on Boosting your Confidence, Serving God in Your Everyday Life and Parenting Dos and Don’ts. Click on Steph Speaks to read a summary of her ministry.

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