What would Jesus do? #2

What would Jesus do after hearing about this shooting in Texas? First of all, I think He would pray for all of the people involved. There was one scene in the media where three people were praying together. We don’t know who they were or what they were praying for but it is the epitome of Christianity, and the first thing we should do when some crisis or tragedy comes into our lives. In Matthew 17 Jesus prayed that the Father would help his followers experience perfect unity and the world will know He sent Jesus.

Second, He would and comforted everyone there with hugs, a pat on the back, or a word of encouragement. Then Jesus would have served the people in practical ways by making phone calls, making meals, driving people places who are in no condition to drive because of emotions or physical problems, visiting the victims in the hospital and many other things I can’t think of, I’m sure.

In addition, Jesus would be helping the law enforcement officers, nurses, and doctors do their jobs. And He would have been compassionate and filled with love and kindness doing all of it. Click To Tweet So friends, think and act like Jesus whenever you can because He made the ultimate sacrifice for you on the cross. And you can thank Him each day for it.

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Summer Bible study review

Over the summer we have been looking at ways you can love yourself the way God wants you too. Here is a review…

  1. Listen to christian radio so when you wake up each morning, you remember how much God loves you and set your mind and focus on Him accordingly. With lyrics like “Amazing Grace,” “How Great Thou Art,” “I can only imagine what it will be like,” “Live like you’re loved,” and “My Redeemer lives,” how can we not remember that He should be our number one priority, which will also help you remember that He loves you like no other person in the world? Here is the link to Greatest Love of All.
  2. We are our own worst critic. But when we realize what we are doing we need to stop and repeat, “God loves me, it doesn’t matter.” “I don’t have to be perfect, God loves me anyway.” Or “I have other strengths, even if this isn’t one of them.” YOU ARE HIS MASTERPIECE! You are one of a kind. There is no one else like you. And you are valuable. Sure, you are imperfect. You are human. Only God is perfect. But He loves you even if you are flawed. Here is the link to You are God’s Masterpiece post.
  3. We have all read the Love verses (1 Cor 13:4-7) meant to be a guide on how to love others but we can also use it to love ourselves. This was a very descriptive and longer post and you can read it here. Here is the link to Using the Love Verses on Yourself.
  4. As it says in Psalm 51, He will wash you clean of all sin and guilt. This is one of God’s gifts to you. It’s rude to hand it back. So don’t try to bring the sin up again and think about it and role it around in your brain over and over. God has forgotten it and so should you. This is one of those times when you have to change your thinking and block thoughts of those sins out of your mind. (Phil. 4:8) Think on the wonderful things that God has done for you and not the negative things you have done. Here is the link the to As Far as the East is from the West.
  5. There are people that make themselves feel better by making others feel bad. And unfortunately, if your self-esteem is already bad, it just makes you feel worse. Then your negative tapes start all over again. But God does not want that for you! God wants you to love yourself as much as He loves you! He says you are “fearfully and wonderfully made,” “You are His MASTERPIECE!” DON’T LET THE WORLD DICTATE WHO YOU ARE. BASE YOUR SELF-ESTEEM ON THE ONE WHO CREATED YOU. Here is the link to Shine Your Light.
  6. What truth do you need to accept to love yourself more? Maybe it’s time to go to the doctor or commit to eat better and exercise.

    Maybe it’s making time to go on dates with your husband. Is it time to go back to church? Maybe it’s time to go to the doctor or commit to eat better and exercise. Or is it time to follow God’s prompting and go on that mission trip or start a blog or video channel on YouTube. God will not send you without giving you the gifts and tools to do His will. Tell yourself the truth in love so that you can be a better person for yourself and those around you. Here is the link to Tell Yourself the Truth in Love.

  7. Is there something that God wants you to do that is out of your comfort zone? Lead a Bible study? Talk to a friend who you think needs help? Take the plunge into a new ministry? Find a prayer partner that can pray with you to confirm your answer and give you more courage to “BE BRAVE AND HAVE COURAGE.” (Psalm 27:14) Here is the link to Be Brave.

  8. When you have a problem, a tragedy or trauma, sometimes there’s just not much you can do right away to change the situation. You lay awake at night, stressing about what to do, worrying, thinking and rethinking about what has happened. The first thing you can do is start a gratitude journal. This is a time to use your journal every hour if needed or at least several times a day because this will help you concentrate on God and not the huge problem you are dealing with. “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Mt. 6:33) Here is the link to Making lists.

  9. Remember what Jesus did for you. In John 3:16 it says God loves us so much He sent His only son Jesus to die on the cross. Even if you were the only person on this earth, He still would have asked Jesus to sacrifice Himself so that you wouldn’t have to go live with Satan after you died. That’s how much He loves you. Why would He not love us? He created us.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

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Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

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Christians get depressed too

Depression is a like living in the dark all the time. This picture is a good example of what it feels like: You don’t want to talk to anyone or do anything. You would rather curl up in a closet and close out the world, not deal with kids, family or work. But that’s not a good way to live. It makes us more sad and depressed and keeps us in a never-ending cycle. photo by Jeremy Bishop at Unsplash

If you missed week 1 Greatest Love of All, week 2 You are God’s Masterpiece, week 3 Using the Love verses on yourself, week 4 As far as the East is from the West, week 5 Shine your light, week 6 Tell Yourself the Truth in Love, week 7 Be Brave or week 8 Making lists click on their titles on the right.

This is a quote from Chapter 10: “There are some Christians, pastors and experts even, who say that Christians shouldn’t or can’t be depressed. But depression is an emotion like all others. And God created emotions. Click To Tweet Even people in the Bible were depressed. Psalms 56 is written by David after he is captured by his enemies: “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all of my tears. You have recorded each one in your book.” God knows when we are hurting. He knows when we are in pain and in want. “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.” (Ps. 34:18, 19)”

 

I have been depressed much of my life, even as a child. I have been through a lot of “stuff.” And I know I’m not the only one. Life on Earth is HARD. But God is with us. Click To TweetYou’ve heard the saying, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” But life doesn’t make you stronger, God does. All we have to do is reach out to Him and ask for His help. In Matt. 7:7 He tells us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” In James 1:5 it says, “If any of you need wisdom, ask our generous God and He will give it to you.” Then in James 4:2, James says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.” So we need to ask, whether it be wisdom, strength, patience, more love for others or ourselves, even for material things we need. 

Fortunately, some churches do provide pastoral counseling, or you may have a friend to help counsel and you pray through the situation. In my book, I have lots of suggestions to get you through it. My most effective solution is of course, PRAYER. Every situation and every stage of life can benefit our growth in and dependence on God. Click To Tweet We just have to take advantage of it. And you should take advantage of His love and genuine care for us! If you need help to get closer to God, maybe find a way out of your depression contact me at coachstephmoun@gmail.com.

You can get my book “You are God’s Masterpiece!” on Amazon for your Kindle or other devices with the Kindle app. it is also available on iPad, Kobo, Nook and other internet sites. Click on the picture below for the link on Amazon.

Check out my other pages like Bible journalingSelf- Confidence Boosters or Steph Speaks Ministry. I welcome all comments and follows on social media…

I linkup with other Christian bloggers at these sites:

Sunday – Sunday Thoughts

Tuesday – Cheerleaders of FaithTea and Word LinkupTrekking ThruTuesday Talk,

Wednesday – A Wise Woman Builds her HomeChristian Blogger CommunityCoffee & ConversationCoffee for your HeartMesses to MessagesRecharge WednesdaySitting Among FriendsWord Filled WednesdayWriting Wednesdays,

Thursday – Chasing CommunityHeart EncouragementSalt and LightTune in Thursday,

Friday – Dance with JesusFaith and FriendsFaith Filled FridayFresh Market FridayGrace & Truth

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Fine or not fine

How many times have we asked someone how are they doing and they said, “I’m fine,” “everything’s fine,” “just fine.” How many times has a husband asked a wife what’s wrong and the wife says, “nothing, I’m fine.” And how many times have you said it and lied. For most people it’s an automatic response. They say it without thinking either because they don’t have the time to tell someone the real story and how they are actually doing. Or they don’t want to tell someone what’s really wrong.

There was a time when fine was a slang word. When a man said a woman was “fine” it meant she was good looking. Some men might have meant it in a derogatory way but depending on their tone, just like today, it was usually a compliment.

According to the dictionary, fine means high or highest quality, choice, excellent, or admirable, very well, like fine China or wine. But I don’t think this is what most people mean when they say they are “fine.” Some mean okay and some even mean mediocre. But no one who says fine means excellent, of the highest quality or very well.

I don’t know if this has ever happened to you but today when someone asked me how I was doing, I broke down in tears. Several stressful things have been going on and I had just gotten out of the dentist chair, which is WAY too stressful for me. Normally, I would say, “I’m fine.” but today, that would have been a lie. And I was obviously at the end of my “hold it all inside” rope.

If we are brothers and sisters in Christ, why do we lie to each other? There are times when we may not have time to talk but maybe we can make a date for coffee or invite them over. If this is not a friend we trust to keep our story to themselves just ask them to pray for us. If this is someone we don’t know that well, just give them a brief prayer request. God put us together on this earth to help us survive the ups and downs. We should be talking to each other, praying for each other and loving each other like God loves us, not lying to each other when we are asking about our lives.

So when someone asks you how you are doing, can you change your answer? Instead of saying fine, make it a more truthful answer. Say, “I’m good today,” “I could use some prayers about…. Instead of saying fine, make it a more truthful answer. Say, “I'm good today,” “I could use some prayers about.... Click To Tweet or “This has been a really great day! Praise God!! What about you?”

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What God does in our lives

I’ve been reading God’s Word in the book of Ephesians and several verses have stood out to me in the last week. In chapter 4, here are some of God’s “do not’s” verse 24: “Don’t sin by letting your anger control you.”

As a mother, I tried really hard to help my kids do something else with their anger and not direct it against me or their siblings. Unfortunately, there is a lot of anger in the world today and people use violence on others to relieve their anger. This is why our prisons are full and our court system cannot give criminals a speedy trial. Notice God does not say that we should not be angry. Even Jesus was angry when he saw that people in the temple were taking advantage of the Jews in the temple by selling animals for sacrifice, probably overpriced animals and not perfect ones required by God for the sacrifice. We all get angry sometimes. We just need to temper our reaction and not sin when we get angry and take it out on others. We should stop and think first. What should our response be to the situation? My answer is always: PRAY.

In verse 29: “Don’t use foul or abusive language.” Unfortunately, a couple of my kids have taken up the world’s use of using bad language as teens, parroting their friends. I just keep telling them that their sentences sound so much better without those words. And without them they sound more educated and refined. But unfortunately, they don’t seem to care. They get a glare from me when I hear it which usually prevents it in my presence. And I just ask them to respect me enough not to say them around me.

In verse 30: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” And from chapter 5, verse 3: “Let there be no sexual immorality or greed, obscene stories, foolish talk or coarse jokes, these are not for you.” I have never cared for some of the movies that my kids and husband like. The ones with some famous male stars in them that may not be rated R but still have coarse jokes in them. And I usually read a book while they watch war movies since I don’t like the shooting, blood and gore, Nor do we watch anything rated R or most sitcoms because of the sexual content.

So I think with the Holy Spirit in us, we dislike things that the Lord would also reject. I cringe when I hear people use foul language. I check myself before I take my anger out on people, maybe I throw soft things sometimes though. And I always say nice things about people since that is what God would want me to do. It’s like having the two angels on your shoulder all the time; you have to choose which one you will listen to.

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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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After surgery

Here it is 12 hours after my surgery and my eyesight with one “fixed” eye is better than both eyes with corrective lenses that were becoming ineffective. Praise God for modern medicine!

As I said I need my previous posts I was anxious before the surgery but they did give me an anti-anxiety drug which helped tremendously. Then I could concentrate on what the dr was asking me to do and not on pain or my surroundings. That’s how God’s Word helps us sometimes isn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, but I’m not comparing God’s Word to drugs… But in order for me to be comfortable on that hospital bed and allow the dr to take a knife to my eye without me kicking and screaming, I needed something to keep me calm. The Bible can give us those words of love, and comfort, and Words straight from God’s own heart to ours to give us peace and love. I hope you will continue to seek God and His Word each day for those things whatever the situation in your life.

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Before Surgery 1

Three weeks from today I’m going to have cataract surgery. You are probably thinking, “Isn’t she a little young to have cataracts?” The answer is yes. Even the ophthalmologist I went to was skeptical until he looked at my eyes, even though an optometrist (the eye glass doctor) sent me with a referral. I was told at the age of forty that I had cataracts and they said, “You shouldn’t have any vision problems for 15 or 20 years.” But it is SEVEN years later and I could tell my vision was getting rapidly worse. So I went to the eye doctor and she said one eye had gone from 1.25 magnification to 2.5 and the right eye went from 1.5 to 5.0!! I have to tell you it’s really scary.

I have had surgery before, with two of my children. But i didn’t have to watch it. In this case, the doctor will be pointing a scalpel at my eye. I have looked up all the verses on fear and of course the one that stand out is the one that says, “Love drives out fear.” I am so glad God loves me so much. I am really going to need it during this time. I’m sure there are Christians that have been in much more fearful situations than cataract surgery and cried out to God for His help and mercy. Isn’t He awesome that He will always be with us to take away our fear and give us mercy when we don’t deserve it?

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In the Name of Jesus!

A few days ago, I was trying to write a post regarding continuing my study in Colossians but I just couldn’t concentrate and only got about 3 lines written before I gave up. And I usually post something on Mondays so I’m almost a week late now. But of course, God had other plans. I started to look in Paul’s other letters to the churches to see what he said about prayer (because that was the next verse’s theme) and found a verse that stopped my reading further.

“Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that your are giong to be saved, even by God himself.”

Wow! I immediately got a picture in my head of being in an alley with a really scary guy who looks like he wants to do me harm. But then God swoops in like a superhero and saves me!! And have you ever seen the video of the robber who walks into the jewelry store and asks for money but the woman behind the counter yells, “Get out of my store in the name of JESUS?!” The man looks confused for a moment and then backs out of the store without a dime?

God also says He is on our side so this verse does not surprise me but I wonder if I really was confronted by an enemy how I would react. Because you know the first reaction we humans have is to fight or leave. Coud I really act like I wasn’t scared? I’ve seen movies where the victim tries to be calm and unaffected. But could I do it? Not sure. This verse certainly makes me more confident if a dangerous scenario should happen. If I can bring up the picture of God as a superhero in my mind then I would be more likely to stay calm and confront someone when the time comes. But what if it’s not an enemy that is not dangerous physically but mentally or emotionally like cancer or a family member trying to hurt us? God can still defeat cancer, just think of him when the doctors are dispensing chemo. And pray for God to be your superhero when dealing with that stubborn family member. It may take more time than defeating the man in the alley but He is still there to defeat those enemies and He will still win.

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Life will never be perfect

My seventeen year old daughter was in an accident two days ago. As a parent your first reaction is always panic when you get that phone call. To make matters worse, we had driven to the coast, which is an hour away so we weren’t near the scene and had to find out what was going on only via telephone (praise God for technology right?!) We finally arrived at the hospital and were relieved to see that she only had a few cuts from broken glass and bruises on her arm from the impact. God was watching over her because it could have been much worse.

A friend and I were just commenting the other day that life is never calm and easy. We just have to keep relying on God to get us through things that come our way. “In this world you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

So life may not be perfect, (after all, if it were, then we would already be in Heaven) but we have a loving God who has a plan that will show us a way to have a joyful and fulfilling life. Pray and ask Him what He wants you to do.

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