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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Family of Action

I don't know about everyone else, but God has really been speaking to my heart lately. I believe that we are in the last days! The Lord will be coming back soon, and that has got me to thinking about our family. I feel that one way that Satan has attacked our country is in the use of distraction. In America, a life of ease and comfort has distracted us from carrying out Gods purposes for our lives. We have become so wrapped up in our lives, activities, sports, celebrities, and media of all kinds. Many of us have ceased to watch the signs and prepare.
Matthew 24:37-39 tells us: "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." If you look at our society, this is us. We have become complacent in our faith, and in our devotion to The Lord and His ways. We have allowed the wicked to have their way, because we are too busy to notice what's happening.
We watched a show on Netflix last night called The Daniel Project. The point of it was to point out biblical prophecies, and how they have all come true. There are only a few left, and the world is prepped for them right now! This was a powerful reminder to me. We Christians here in America will likely face perilous times, much like the rest of the world. Of course, we all hope for the rapture to occur before this, but lets not plan on that...lets be prepared for what may lie ahead. We need to be families of action. We need to stop allowing ourselves to be distracted by this World, and begin preaching the truth in love. We need to minister and encourage each other in our difficult journeys. We need to be prepared to face a kind of persecution we have never faced before. Unity will be of utmost importance during these end times. We need to be about the business of our Father in heaven, and training our children to do the same!
It's so much easier to just live our daily lives focused on ourselves and our ambitions. I'm thinking about ways that I can get my family more involved in service, and more attuned to watching the signs. Have you had this discussion with your family lately, and is so...what kind of plans are you making?


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thankful Moments

This time of year, we hear a lot about being thankful.  Of course, we know that we should be thankful all year round, but come November, there seems to be "extra pressure" to be grateful!  Many of us have perhaps gone through some pretty difficult times in the past year.  The world, and society seem to be spiraling out of control, many are hurting and out of work.  And we are all supposed to be grateful?! 

   Well, let me take some of the pressure off...you don't have to FEEL thankful every moment of every day. Even with Thanksgiving coming up, and knowing in my head that I have so much to be thankful to God for....I don't feel entirely thankful every moment.  My parents and my mother in law have all passed away in the last four years.  This time of year..I miss them horribly.  It's difficult to go through this time of thankfulness that I would normally celebrate with my parents, when they are no longer here.  On the other hand, I still have my husband and my children.  So, my goal every day is to find moments of thankfulness!  God calls us to be thankful in all things.  How do we manager to do this when most moments we don't feel thankful?  It may sound like psychobabble, but changing our thinking can change our hearts when our feelings won't do what we know they should.  Run a daily checklist of those thankful moments.  When your two year old gives you a hug, or your teenager does laundry without having to be asked.  We can even take negative moments and put them on our thankful checklist.  When we feel overwhelmed by all the household chores...remember to be thankful you have a house.  Many on the East Coast no longer have one.  When your husband comes home late, be glad he came home at all.  Be glad that he works hard to provide for you.

There are many ways that we can choose thankfulness, even when our feelings deny us.  I propose that this time of year is not the epitomy of us being thankful, but the beginning of a change of habits.  The habit of thankfulness is like any other habit, it takes time.  What better day to START training our feelings to choose thankfulness, then this weekend?  I'll give it a try...how about you? 
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