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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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liveHislove — The week of loving your family — It’s meatloaf Monday!

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I think it would be helpful to take a week and provide ideas on how to love the immediate members of your family well. I grew up in a household where part of loving your family meant providing delicious meals for them. So, to kick off this week, I though I would provide a recipe that has proven to be a favorite in our family ….. meatloaf! If meatloaf isn’t a favorite of your and yours, stick around this week for a few more delicious recipes!

To start off, I collected all of the ingredients together on my counter. A little organization goes a long way, and organization for me generally means less clean up at the end of said cooking project and that is important!!!

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I used 90% lean meat and I think next time I will use 85% as the meatloaf was too crumbly in my opinion.

It’s a pretty easy process. You add all of the ingredients to a bowel, mix it well (easiest to use your hands), form it into a “loaf” in a coated pan and bake! Easy Peasy.

I pair mine with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans from our garden (yum, yum) and there you go. Our family of 4 had enough leftovers for the next day. The left over meatloaf is good just reheated or on bread as a meatloaf sandwich.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does and it helps you to love your family well

Click the link for the printable PDF

Meatloaf of love

Meatloaf of love

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Day 2: Racism violates God’s compassion

Today begins day 2 of our week of exploring the topic of racism and how it relates to Christianity. Today, may I present to you this thought:

Racism violates God’s compassion

When we create divisions between each other based on stereotypes, race and religion, we are not allowing the love that God has for each of us to be reflected through our hearts. God loves each of us equally. Period.

Sure, different cultures have different traditions and lifestyles. These differences should be celebrated and not minimized. We should, as Christians, embrace the differences in each other; for at the core of our souls, we have one thing in common and that is our Heavenly Father. He created each of us in His image.

Let the differences between people be cause for celebration, not division.  

Don’t let racism inhibit your heart from exuding compassion. 

Go and love one another, just as God loves us.

-Remember to liveHIslove,

Missy

Judging is soooo out of style!

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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

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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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Bad manners turned good

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Admittedly, I am a stickler for “treating others the way you want to be treated”. I’m sure my children secretly roll their eyes every time this comes out of my mouth. Maybe it’s my people-pleasing personality or my upbringing, but manners, and lack there of, are a passionate subject for me.

Some days I find myself frustrated by the driver who just can’t “find” their turn signal or the person who blatantly “forgets” to hold the door for me as I walk in the store right behind them. Sometimes, it is just so hard to let that go. As a child, my mom shared a bit of advice with me that I still find very helpful to this day and that is: you only have control over your own actions, and not the actions of others.  This is absolutely true. I was reminded of it this morning at the grocery store. I walked up to the deli counter at the same time as a gentlemen. The worker walked up and asked, “who was here first?” The gentleman and I spoke at the same time. I said, “go ahead sir” and he said, very bluntly, “I was.”. That irritated me. I could hear my moms words, “you can’t control other people”. Moms are smart.

When I go to heaven someday, I will have to answer for MY actions in both the hills and the valleys of my life. So even though someone may slam the door in my face or grace me with their hand gestures as I drive, I will smile, because that is what God would want me to do.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

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

Today was the day!!! #BlessingBlitzforHomelessness

#BlessingBlitzforHomelessness

Today was the day for assembling our blessing blitz packets. It was very important to me that this summer my kids and I do something to give back to the community as a demonstration of the love of Jesus. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community in supplying exactly what was needed to fill the packets. It was a hot and sweaty day, but we now have > 50 packets assembled! Each family that participated also received 2 packets to keep in their cars to hand out to anyone who may be in need.

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Our packets contained:

toothbrush

travel size toothpaste

Gold-Bond powder

travel size sunscreen

bottled water

socks

protein (non-chocolate for the summer)

travel size tissues

Ramen noodles

single-size tuna packets

single-size applesauce

plastic spoons

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The kids also colored photos that we printed from the internet that we could include in the packet

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It took 4 families about 45 minutes to assemble ~55 packets. What a quick process with such eager helpers! Here is what our assembly table looked like:

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To organize the event, I created a sign-up genius via www.signupgenius.com

It was super simple!

We designed last Friday as our pick-up day where we drove to everyone’s house to pick up the donations. It was easier that way the items were organized prior to everyone showing up!

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Here are the finished products. Stay tuned for our drop off day photos!

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Please visit our website at http://www.livehisloveministry.com

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

The #BlessingBlitzforHomelessness is upon us!

Today was our collection day for the remainder of donations for Monday’s #BlessingBlitzforHomelessness. I was very humbled by the generosity and willingness of friends and family who volunteered to help. Our assembly day is Monday. My children will be serving lemonade and chocolate chip cookies to our volunteers (and to themselves, no doubt!) who are helping to assemble packets. Here are a few photos from today (a few friends wished not to be photographed in their PJ’s when we picked up their donations!).

 

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-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy