Happy Tuesday! Laura here...it's my day on the blog and our hosting site is down for maintenance, so I can't get on to post my 2nd part to the Holy Land trip. So I thought I would leave a thought here that the Lord gave me this morning... It's another snowy morning here in Tennessee! This makes day 5 of being snowed in for us. For me, it means I haven't been out in the community for 15 days, since I was in Israel for the first 10 days. I am getting a little stir crazy to say the least! As I was spending some time with the Lord this morning, I came across a verse that really spoke to me and made me think, so I wanted to share it with you today!
In Mark 6:31, Jesus says to His disciples, "Come with me by yourself to a quiet place and get some rest." This wasn't a suggestion that Jesus had, it was a command! We see at the beginning of Mark 6 that Jesus sent His twelve out on mission and they went out preaching, healing and driving out demons. There is no doubt that they were exhausted when Jesus gave them this command to rest.
Jesus gives us the same command! Although being snowed in with our families is not "by ourselves", we can find time to rest. The world seems to slow down and simplicity sets in. That can be foreign to so many of us that pack our schedules and have gotten used to busyness being the norm.
This is a great opportunity to spend undivided, uninterrupted time with our kids, but it's ok to send them to another room to have quiet time and rest by themselves! Don't feel guilty for that, everyone needs refreshing!
Another mom and I were just talking the other day and she said, "let's remind each other of this down time when softball gets in full swing!" Life picks up in the Spring for us, so let's embrace the stillness, because we don't tend to do it on our own. I am thankful for this time when life just seems simple.
I love this quote from Priscilla Shirer, "Quiet time is not an excuse for the lazy but a wise investment.”
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God is a God who sets goals, and he expects you to create them too.
May you realize God’s purposes for your life and may you live out your goals.
May you not be just all talk but action, too.
May you be like the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:36, “I do not run without a goal, I fight like a boxer who is hitting something—not just air.”
Be present today. God wants your attention on Him in every moment of every day, but getting ahead of Him can cause anxiety, fear and doubt to enter your mind. Simply, be still and believe that He has your best interests at heart. •
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Meet Jeff Bucknam, one of the speakers at MULTIPLY 2018 in Vancouver BC on February 7 & 8.
Dr. Jeff Bucknam has served as Lead Pastor of Northview Community Church (NVCC) in Abbotsford, BC since 2008. Originally from Seattle, Washington he holds a double BA in history and communications from Western Washington University; an MTh from Dallas Theological Seminary and a DMin from Talbot School of Theology. Prior to coming to NVCC, he taught at Pathways College in Auckland, New Zealand. He also held a Teaching Pastor position at Hope Community Church in Nelson, New Zealand. Jeff is credentialed with the British Columbia Mennonite Brethren Churches. When he is not writing sermons, he can be found lecturing for his NVCC’s Immerse Master of Divinity Program, teaching theology classes to interns and congregants, and guest speaking in both academic and church settings.
He and his wife reside in Abbotsford, British Columbia with their two sons and daughter.
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“Beloveds, I am right here in your heart space, always trying to speak, always trying to guide, always trying to give a gentle nudge. My cries for you aren’t from a ravage nature but soft, sweet, tender, and merciful. It’s reflected through the love I have for you.
Just like a parent with their child, a child wants to feel consoled, comforted, and taken care of, correct? Then beloveds come here into my arms and allow me the grace to love you in ways you’ve never been loved before. You will feel renewed and saved like never before.”-messages from God
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Let us rejoice in the truth of the gospel today! Praise Him in the COMMENTS!
***We must remember that patience is a requirement when it comes to faith.*** I ended my sermon last Sunday with verse 25 but I wanted to come back around to it today for a different purpose. We lack patience in ourselves, those around us, and especially God. Something goes bad/wrong we want God to fix it then and there - we don't want the struggle. We get out there and fail and we want God to fix it then there - we don't want to fail or learn from the failure. We scream out "fix it Jesus" and the fix just might be time itself. Time to learn from the failure. Time to grow. Time to truly put your faith in God. Many of us say we believe but when faith is required of us it's nowhere to be seen. Wait on God. This means to not only be patient but trust Him - have faith. Many of us need to pray for our patience. Patience is one of the biggest obstacles we face. Patience, or the lack of it, holds many of us back from what we can truly achieve. Instead of getting the fullness of the blessing we get a tenth of it because we didn't have patience in the Lord.
*Forgot to share this yesterday*
Do not let your weaknesses have authority (power) over you. So often we give our infirmities the power over us and therefore the victory. Doing this makes us even weaker and drives many of us to sadness and depression. We have to get to a point in our faith to where we can boast in our infirmities! We can no longer give our infirmities (weaknesses) the victory because we have turned those demons over to God. I want you turn those demons over to God who says His strength is made PERFECT (complete) in our infirmities! When we do this, when we get to this point, what could possibly stop us? This is why Paul says he now GLADLY boasts in his infirmities. The power of Christ knows no enemy it cannot defeat! Let's defeat our demons today. #bible#bibleverse#scripture#lesson#message#thought#God#Jesus#HeWill#YesHeWill#HeWillDoIt
It’s easy to return love to those who give it, it’s easy to care for those who care for you. It takes real effort and faith to love and take care of those who you don’t know.
Let’s do more of that and we’ll see real, good, change in the world.
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“Praise the Lord from the earth, you great sea creatures and all ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, stormy winds that do his bidding, you mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, small creatures and flying birds.” -Psalm 148:7-10
🌊My husband gave me the gift of time on Sunday for my 44th Birthday. He got me a room at South Padre Island. I enjoyed the beach, the waves, the quiet, and the rest. .
💖Reminded how God speaks through His creation and whispers through the waves.
This was what Holy Spirit said to me as I was talking with Him a few days ago. My friend - don't be discouraged by the issues and imperfections of this world. They do not reflect what God is like.They reflect what He is NOT like! The conditions of this world are a contrast of His true Nature - which is perfection. My friend, God is not satisfied nor pleased with the conditions of this world - because this was never His plan. Since the fall of Adam, He has been working relentlessly to make all things perfect through newness - and He has began with your spirit! Blessings!
Love without Truth isn’t reality— it’s sentimentality.
And Truth without Love isn’t sustainable —- it’s terminal.
Real Love truthfully sees the flaws — and still really loves fully.
Love isn’t blind — Love is the only way of really seeing.
The reward of loving is in the loving; loving is itself the great outcome of loving.
The success of loving is in how we change because we kept on loving – regardless of any thing else changing.
The value of loving is in the value of being like Christ.
This is what Love does. You live out the real Gospel. #cruciform#jesus#abide#love
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Watch how when sin enters you, it changes you, but then when Christ is poured into you (comes into your life), that sin is cleansed/washed away, because Christ died for our sins and rose again, defeating it's power. Furthermore, watch as he tries to pour sin into Christ and how Christ won't change...because Christ is without sin and lived a perfect (sinless) life. By the grace of God through Christ, we have been forgiven and are no longer spiritually corrupt, standing justified before God.
📖 - 2 Corinthians 6:2 "For He says: "In the time of favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." Behold, now is the time of favor; now is the day of salvation!"📖
📖 - 1 John 1:1-9 "That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things so that oura joy may be complete. This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."📖
📖 - Matthew 3:2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”📖