This is heartfelt . . . wonderful . . . enlightening . . . Why I want to give up blogging. I agree wholeheartedly . . . I’m in the process of moving PLUS a missions trip . . . my blogs have been ‘dormant’ for this month, and it is difficult, but I refuse to give up because I also believe that they are seeds planted.
We got boxes yesterday (praise God and thank you dear Neeley’s!) so we begin the packing process. We get to pick up the keys this afternoon, so we have a couple weeks to spread out our move, making it a smoother process (I hope). When it comes time to move the ‘big stuff’, we will have a moving company come and let them have the fun!
So VERY excited. I have loved where we were at – the size/shape/layout and location of our current place is wonderful BUT we have been ‘flooded’ inside three times in our two years here. The last time was over 9 days in filth, hard to breathe, stench, before they cleaned it up. Of course, they did give us a wee bit of a discount on the next month’s rent, but come on now . . . we are STILL having respiratory problems from it! So . . . God has used this opportunity to allow us to move into a cottage directly across the street from our church. How incredible is that?!!!
Anyway, blogs might be a wee bit on the light side for the rest of this month . . . I promise to post when I can. God bless you all!
Karin (aka FOGwalker Birdie)
Maybe this title isn’t the correct one . . . it IS Sunday, and it is the day we Christians choose to set aside to gather together with our church families and worship the Lord. To sit at His feet and hear His message sent to us through His servants (our pastors). Yet . . . I feel kind of funny saying that because it is Sunday, it is a day to worship. I mean, really?!
Monday? Tuesday? Wednesday? Thursday? Friday? Saturday? What are these days, then? Just ‘days’? Does not God’s Word say, “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NRS) And does it not also say, “Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2c
I don’t know about you, but I am VERY thankful for the day in which we gather together corporately to worship the Lord, but I am even more grateful for every single day that God wakes me up and gives me another opportunity to worship Him!
When people look into your life, what do they ‘see’? What do they ‘hear’? Do they observe someone who loves God with their whole heart? Or do they observe someone who calls themselves a Christian, but doesn’t seem much different than everyone else around?
I am a worshiper and I choose to worship my Lord every day! If it were possible to do nothing but worship Him with every breath, I would do it . . . loudly, from the rooftops . . . I DO worship Him every moment, from my heart, but as I have to live in this world, there are other menial tasks that must be done – SIGH – I am so glad God listens to my heart!
Enjoy your Sunday, this day set aside for worshiping the King of Kings . . . then go and enjoy the rest of the week as another opportunity to worship . . . He IS worthy!!!!
a : a state of paralyzing fear
b : a depressed state of mind
: one that funks : coward
: slump 1 Origin of FUNK
perhaps from obsolete Dutch dialect (Flanders) fonck
First Known Use: 1743
An amazing thing . . . the other day I found myself saying to my husband . . . “I feel as though I am in a funk and can’t get out.” (this is NOT a normal state of being/state of mind for me, by the way)
This morning, in one of the numerous devotional tools we use in our study times together, we read about how sometimes people (Christians) allow themselves to get into a ‘funk or a fog’, about being in a place ‘where our emotions are exhausted.’ Well . . . immediately I had to chuckle to myself because to me . . . fog is SO different than ‘hazy or clouded’ which is what I am sure this dear brother meant. As most of you know . . . FOG to me is the Favor Of God. And, that got my mind going towards this blog for today.
Bad days, drained moments, frustrated feelings will come our way. These are a part of this thing we all “life”. However, we do not need to stay there . . . we do not need to dwell upon those things which are trying to weigh us down, creating a ‘funk’. Sure, that is the goal of our enemy – if he can drag us down into the mire of depression, or fear; if he can get us to cower away from the things that God has asked us to do, he becomes a very happy camper. We don’t want that now do we?! Of course not. He does NOT win . . . we do . . . we already have, through Christ. Remember those words our Lord spoke on Calvary? “IT IS FINISHED”?! Those words meant it is all over, done, complete, finished, the battle won, end of story! We ARE victorious because of Jesus! That includes the mind games, emotional traumas that the devil tries to plant in our brain!!!
We need to remember this at all times . . . when we are in Christ, He is in us, and He is GREATER than the one who is warring against us! And, as we are walking daily with our Lord, we have His divine favor resting upon us. We walk in the FOG . . . where He gives us every good and perfect gift . . . where our soul prospers as well as other aspects of our life (family, health, relationships, finances). Prosperity does not always mean (in the spiritual realm) ‘wealth’, but it does mean stability and peace in every area!
It is through this realization of our position in Christ (Him in us, us in Him, Holy Spirit indwelling us and guiding us daily) that we grow ever stronger in our faith. Our walk becomes purposeful – we exemplify hope and joy and peace to those around us. How much more pleasant it is to be around someone full of the joy of the Lord than it is to be around someone who is so down and listless.
How is this realization obtained? Through being in the Word, in prayer and in fellowship with other believers. By finding out what the Word says about who we ARE, then (as shared in yesterday’s blog “I am NOT, I AM”) speaking that Word over yourself on are a regular basis. Allowing It to penetrate your being until It becomes a part of you. You will know, that you know, that you KNOW who you truly are in Christ! And you will understand that NOTHING, “neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
I’m choosing to step out of the funk and into the FOG . . . care to join me?!
© klh 4Given Ministries
Think on this with me, if you will . . . we all have a life to live. We wake up every morning and start that day’s walk along our life’s journey. As we head on our way, what are our thoughts about ourselves?
I know that MANY of us have struggles with negative thoughts about who we are and why are we here, and what will today hold, etc. Let me share with you a few things that have helped me along my own path.
We can walk around in the shadows of life believing the lies that the enemy of our souls bombards us with or we can make the choice to step into the light of God’s Word and walk in His Truth. (His Word IS the light of our path!)
When I hear myself thinking unfavorable thoughts about myself, my life, the things I am facing – I tell my mind to “STOP” – and “take that thought captive!” and then I focus on God’s Word and what He says about me and my situation. I pray these are helpful to you as well!
I am NOT – a mistake . . . “perhaps I should have never been born”
I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” – God KNEW me before I was even born! Ps 139:13-16
I am NOT – rejected . . . “no one wants me around”
I am “chosen by Christ” John 15:16, “chosen by God” Ephesians 1:11, “adopted as God’s son (daughter)” Ephesians 1:5
I am NOT – unloved . . . “no one loves me”
I am “so loved, by God” – John 3:16, God loves me just as He loves Jesus! John 17:23
I am NOT – dumb, stupid . . . “I’ll never amount to anything, I’m so dense!”
I have “the mind of Christ” 1 Corinthians 2:16
I am NOT – a loser . . . “bad things are always happening to me, everywhere I turn, I can’t do anything right”
I am “the head and not the tail” Deut 28:13
I am NOT – cursed . . . “I can’t seem to get away from this dark cloud always over my head”
I am “blessed wherever I am/go” and “I am blessed when I come in and when I go out” Deut 28:3 & 6, “blessed in the heavenly realms with EVERY spiritual blessings” Ephesians 1:3
I am NOT – worthless . . . “My life is not worth anything, nothing at all to anyone!”
I am “royalty” 1 Peter 2:9 (I like to say, “I’m my Daddy’s Princess!” and/or “my Big Brother is the King of Kings!”)
These are but a few . . . there are MANY, MANY declarations in God’s Word as to who we REALLY are. Do not allow your thoughts to turn negative towards yourself. If you contemplate any of those thoughts, dwelling on them, mulling them over, SPEAKING them, they can (and will) become a part of you. Do not give them the power by speaking them aloud . . . stop them at the point of entry – your thoughts – grab them, tie them up, cast them away and REFOCUS on the Truth of who you are – how God sees you! He does not lie!
Speak the Truths He gives you about yourself aloud – daily, if needed, several times a day if needed!!! Give His Words the power – proclaim them loudly so that you can hear them and the enemy can hear them . . . he will tremble as he realizes that you are beginning to understand God’s revelation of who you really were created to be . . . a much loved, powerful, royal member of God’s family!!!
© klh 4Given Ministry
The age old question . . . “What is man that You (God) are mindful of him?” Psalm 8:4a
I find myself caught in the quandary of that question lately. Having been asked, many months ago, to help a ministry with their outdated website, I finally got together with the founder and began the process of redoing their whole information format within their website. While in the middle of this, she asked me if I ever spoke anywhere. When I told her of my credentials, and what I’ve done in the past, she became quite beside herself with joy – said I was an answer to her prayers. She needed a preacher to come and help on the missions trips. She began telling me the various places and people we would be sharing with in Mexico (she will interpret) one of the ‘types’ of people were recovering addicts. I shared with her that my husband had an incredible testimony – she became even more excited. Anyway, long story short, she has ‘incorporated’ us into her ministry and we have our first mission trip scheduled for July 13-15.
To preach again, to share the gospel with groups of people again, two very great desires of my heart, fulfilled in a matter of hours of working on someone’s website. God is incredible! But . . . the more she went on and on about all she had in store for us to do . . . the more the questions came into my heart . . . Lord, who am I? Who are we, as a couple? Why us? We are nothing and yet You are favoring us with Your love. You are calling us into more than we had imagined. We are overwhelmed with gratitude.
Don’t get me wrong – this is HARD work – gathering up supplies from all over San Antonio – sorting, boxing, labeling, packing trucks/vans, working on the computer to get all information properly posted, preparing documents needed, forms created, filing, etc. So much has been neglected as this precious one had tried to do it all herself with no computer knowledge whatsoever. 4 Given Ministries has always been about coming alongside other ministries and assisting in the furthering of The Kingdom, but even this task is almost overbearing . . . yet exciting as well.
I said all that to say this . . . we should NOT ever be surprised when God calls us into something new. We should know that in His timing – the desires of our hearts are given as long as we continue to walk faithfully with Him and delight ourselves in His presence every day. Seeking His face, His direction, His love and applying His word to our lives every moment along the way.
So . . . who am I? Who are we? Why us?
His answer is simple . . .
“Because I love you, My child!”
©klh 4Given Ministries