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Maybe we should be less focused on JUDGING

In light of recent events in our society, I find my self turning to the bible for more and more guidance. Our society has such judgmental tendencies. I think that is why most days I leave the TV off.

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV 

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew reminds me “who am I to judge”? It’s not my job on Earth to judge. I am to be an example of the love that Jesus has for each of us. I am definitely not free of sin, so who am I to judge. How is my sin any different that someone else’s?

1 Peter 4:8 shows us the power of love….

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Strive to be known by your love.

liveHislove,

Missy

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2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

What wonderful news we have in the hope of Jesus Christ! The bible tells us that all those who have put their trust in Christ will have been remade and have eternal life. This may seem simplistic, but what do we really have to be stressed about knowing that after we leave this Earth there will be no more pain and no more suffering.

I pray that today that we would be empowered to place all of our fears, failures and doubts in Jesus and that we may be free to live without the chains of this world. May the light of Jesus shine through you today and everyday.

liveHislove,

Missy

liveHislove – Bigger than Josh Duggar

I must admit that I was recently disappointed and heart-broken. It may sound silly, but I had begun to think of the Duggars like members of my own family. For almost a decade, my husband and I had tuned into their show on a weekly basis. It was refreshing to watch a TV show that focused on traditional Christian beliefs. They were flourishing and I was secretly envious of their tightly knit, God-centered family where kids were respectful and the family worked together as a team. When the first round of Josh Duggar news broke I was furious with the media who immediately pounced on my “distant relatives” :-). It was easy for me personally to look past the sins of Josh’s past. He was a teenager, had received counsel, was married and now had a thriving family of his own. But then the bombshell of his Ashley Madison accounts and infidelity were revealed.  As an ambassador of our faith, was he making us look like hypocrites? My first thought was, yes. The more I ponder this question, however, the more I realize that he is not alone in personal struggle. Every single one of us struggles with our own sin. Jesus is the only sinless human to ever walk this earth. Isn’t that why we need him in our lives in the first place? We need to realize as Christians that our churches are full of sinners. It should be the job of the church to equip us with the spiritual tools that we need to fight off the enemy and his sin.

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A recent article by Debra Fileta brings up several valid points from this situation, most of which are much bigger than the Josh Duggar indiscretions . She mentions that churches need to move away from “motivational preaching” and toward application preaching. We need to be better equipped on how to abstain from the sins of this world that can rock our marriages and our families.  I urge you to pray for Josh and his family as they work through the aftermath of his sin. I also urge you to pray for our nation, who should worry less about offending each other, and worry more about not offending God.

Here is a link to Debra’s article that was recently posted in www.relevantmagazine.com:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/5-things-we-can-learn-ashley-madison-scandal

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

liveHislove – An Upstate couple share their story of daughter with Potter’s Sy – FOX Carolina 21

As I was scrolling my Facebook feed the other day, this story caught my eye. I was moved by this couple’s complete trust in God and in his ability to bring something positive out of an otherwise dismal situation. Please read below. I am constantly amazed by God’s power, love and grace.

Source: An Upstate couple share their story of daughter with Potter’s Sy – FOX Carolina 21

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Day 4…Breaking down the walls of racism

Today’s truth:

Racism violates God’s commissions

When we let racism or hatred into our hearts,

Simply put, when we let our own racist views take up home in our hearts, we are not allowing God’s will to be done in our lives. We are commissioned as God’s children to be representatives of our faith; spreading grace, love and forgiveness. When we do not live out these principles in our lives, it widens the gap between believer and non-believer.

You may have heard of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. They have held thousands of protests, some which were against Jewish and Catholic faiths. They have made their way into the news, but not for the spreading of love, but hatred. Racism is still so prevalent in our society that just a few months ago the South Carolina governor ordered the Confederate flag be removed after 9 church members were murdered by a man hoping to start a racial war.

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While studying for the bar exam in London, Gandhi was given a copy of the New Testament to read. It is said that he was enamored with the Sermon on the Mount and hoped to see Christians living up to the teachings. While living with Christians in England, South Africa and India, Gandhi expected to experience qualities like unconditional love, forgiveness, willingness to sacrifice, meekness, for example. After reading from the bible and learning about Christ, Gandhi was eager to explore the Christian faith. He was then living in South Africa and decided to attend a church service. When he reached the steps of the church, the elder of the church said “Where do you think you are going….there is no room for you in this church. Get out of here or I’ll have my assistants throw you down the steps”.

To his utmost dismay, Christians in his time never lived up to the standards preached by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount and on the Cross and he was quoted years later as saying “I love your Christ but I hate your Christians because your Christians are unlike your Christ.”.

When we let racism or hatred into our hearts, it’s like a weed, and pushes out any love that had the ability to grow there.

Choose love today, and everyday, and watch God’s commissions become fulfilled in your life…

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Judging is soooo out of style!

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I love

I love you

I love you even

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I love you even though we have nothing in common.

Do you ever make it out of your inner circle? This is definitely something that I struggle with. It is something one has to be intentional about. Whether you volunteer at the soup kitchen, minister to young girls, foster a child or serve on mission trips, be intentional with expanding your inner circle. God calls us to love ALL, just as He loves us.

I am reminded of John 8:2-11

New International Version (NIV)

2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

If Jesus can forgive us, who are we to judge?

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Thankful Thursday-Thankful for roadblocks

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In my younger years, I was fearful of what could happen in life, from little things to big things. As I have gotten older, my perspective has changed and spiritual maturity has helped me to shift my worry to God. I am still a worrier to some degree, but I guess we all are! Sometimes it is just hard to “let go and let God”. Am I right?

When I was pregnant with our first child, it was very normal pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes, which I controlled with diet and exercise.  In my eighth month, I developed a stomach virus and simultaneously what I thought was a urinary tract infection and was being treated with antibiotics. Long story short, I ended up going into a labor that could not be stopped, and our son was born at 30 weeks, 6 days. This was no normal delivery either. We were…

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Give, give, then give again!

The word giving is defined via wikipedia as: the transfer of something without the expectation of receiving something in return. Have you given anything today? Think hard, but I bet you have. Maybe you smiled at a stranger at the grocery today or held the door open for a classmate. In that case, you gave them love. Giving can take many forms; it can be a tangible or intangible gift. The most important thing to remember about giving, though, is that both the giver and receiver acquire a gift.

I was in 4th grade and it was the Christmas season. Our girl scout troop had collected and wrapped gifts for a local orphanage. One Saturday morning we delivered those gifts and watched the children open them. It was a room packed full of kids my age.  I can remember where I sat in the room and more specifically the feeling that I had in my heart that day. It was a feeling that I had never experienced. I was giving something and expecting nothing in return. I did receive a gift though. I received the gift of a full heart. That is why God calls us to help. Jesus’ love is demonstrated in our action and we leave the situation with a yearning to continue giving.

I will never forget the feeling I had that December of 1982 and I recognize it every time I give one of my gifts. May God bless each of us with a giving heart so that no only do we bless the receiver, but we are left with a yearning to do it again.

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-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Peter, I need those TPS reports. Yeah, that’d be great.

Do you wake up in the morning wanting to do anything but go to work? Do you dread the work week ahead of you? Do you feel  like a character from the movie “Office Space”? Does the preparation of another TPS report make you want to toss your cookies (Office Space fans will get this :-)) ? Do you wake up every morning with a new pile of toys to clean up off of the living room floor? Do you feel under appreciated by your spouse for the hours of time you spend on laundry and cooking? You are not alone in this struggle! Sometimes the drudgery of everyday life can sink our motivation like an anchor plummeting to the bottom of the sea!

I have good new my friends! It can be found in Colossians.

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I challenge you to wake up tomorrow morning with a renewed attitude.  Others may question why you can be so cheerful and positive in light of a not-so-ideal work environment. Colossians 3:23-34 says in “WHATEVER we do….”. It doesn’t say, “While at your paying job” or “while doing household chores”, but “WHATEVER you do”. In any and all situations where you are performing work, work for the Lord. Having a cheerful heart while you work can serve as part of your testimony. It may be an opportunity to open a conversation about your reasons (Jesus!) for such a happy heart!

Dear God,

We pray that you would transform our hearts into humble, happy workers in all things we do. May we do ALL things (even boring household chores 🙂 with a cheerful attitude, referencing our promised reward as our eternal inheritance!

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy