A Decision On Sunday To Choose Joy

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Today I decided to live my day in quiet contemplation. I thought of my trip to Africa a few years ago and 3 others countries. These trips changed my life forever. In fact they changed the way I listen in the U.S.A. They changed what I see as struggle in comparison to those who complain in the U.S.A.

Today after church I made my way to a local McDonald’s, ordered a coffee and a chicken sandwich and found a quiet corner. I sat with my tablet, paper and pen and wrote a few thoughts on what I will be writing on this week.

A young couple sat next to me and we began a conversation about technology. They left and replaced by a family. We also had an interesting conversation and we laughed together. Their grade school children were having problems imagining what life was like before games and smart phones.

Eventually I packed everything up and wished my new friends a good day and made my way to my car. A young man began to chat with me about the weather. I stopped and we laughed and we chatted. As I drove away I thought of the many people who try to take away my joy in this season of my life. They are the ones who want me to live immersed in their struggles and listen 24/7. They forget that those who lead and listen have feelings too. You see this all began a couple of weeks ago when I was hanging out with friends.

In our conversation these were the words that flowed out of my lips, “I have no life, living here.” As I am reminded of these words tonight, I decided I will not feel guilty for taking a break from listening to others in this city.

This is my season, and I am walking into new relationships with a decision to choose joy. With a focus on my family who I love very much.

Relationship Series; Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians

Lately as I prepare for podcasts, chats and write there is a change going on. In the last few weeks I prayed over and thought through a place to begin a new challenging series. It is a huge task, but I believe it is one that we must take together.

Beginning next week I will be sharing with you a series taken from 4 books in the New Testament. This journey will be long. Yet, as we take the journey and dig around in each book we will learn about yesterday and apply what we unearth to today. The four books we will be learning from are Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. There is a seriousness going on in the world today. People are looking for hope, direction and a way to get through the turmoil and uncertainty of our times.

Join me as we begin the journey of hope and look at Relationships from Galatians to Colossians. I will be posting each message on this blog as an audio and it will also be available on youtube. To be sure to not miss an audio sign up for my blog. Place your email address in the sign up form on this page. Then each time I post to the blog the page will automatically be sent to you.

It would be great if you would join me!

 

INGREDIENTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MISSION

Originally posted on ALIGNED TOGETHER IN JESUS:

(This report was given just ten years ago.)

We just returned from a mission to Nicaragua which far exceeded our expectations. Hundreds of people responded. I believe there are some key ingredients that helped to insure success.

1. We had a God-given vision. It was specific, narrow, focused. We went there for the exclusive purpose of reaching a poverty-stricken village, on the outskirts of the mountain town of Jinotega, with the Good News of Jesus Christ and His kingdom.

2. We had a well-developed strategy. We divided into small teams that included children from the orphanage and also a translator. These teams went from house to house, visiting with and praying for people as the Holy Spirit led them. People gave their lives to Jesus. Some were healed in their own homes. All were invited to the evening meetings at the orphanage.

3. We were bathed in prayer and intercession…

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Meera Vijayann: Find your voice against gender violence

The video I placed in this post was shared on one of my social networks. I decided it was worth sharing and that it would cause us to think. Exposing what happens in darkness to the light is the first step for change. When some people hear the word women and empowerment they close their ears or turn away. They may immediately think of feminism, abortion, and authoritative rule. This is not always the case. As a christian woman I see this as a ploy of the enemy to get women to shut up and allow the unspeakable to continue to happen. Speaking truth of what is going on is not about feminism.

I see this talk as being about women who desire to live in their country, whether they are walking, shopping, working, on buses, rickshaws or motorcycles and be safe. Remember Jesus was a person who reached out to women in a society, where women were not valued or important. He changed the life of women, and now years later we are given the good news and the authority to be part of the change too.

Prayer, Ferguson And The World

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