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The Buffet?

From Genesis to Revelation God's word stands firm. It is never changing, it is all we need to live by. From the Old Testament to the New Testament God's word brings us to Him. The Old Testament is those looking ahead for a Savior,and the New Testament are those looking back at the Savior.Jesus is in each page. His words speak to our hearts. Are they words we always want to hear? No, no one wants to realize they are a sinner. No one wants to realize they need change in their lives, and for sure,no one wants to have to admit they are living wrong,and doing wrong. Some look to the bible as a buffet. One that they can take what they want and throw out the rest. We can't pick and choose each part we like that will help our lives, and disagree with the words that we do not want to hear or dislike. Becoming a christian for me, was a life changing moment. I had to allow God to teach me and mold me,letting go of my sins. That isn't always easy. We want to have control of our li…

Listen to the Spirit....

" Now we exhort you,brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yoursleves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. abstain from every form of evil." 1 Thessalonians 5:14-22 The best and most holy thing we can do is face our battles on our knees. To be a prayer warrior we have to take our eyes off ourselves and be connected with Christ. We need to be specific with our prayers to Christ.We have to remember we are not battling people,we are battling satan. "Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers …

Stand out of the crowd

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." Romans 12:1-2 As christians we should stand out. When we are in a crowd,in the market,at the park,we should stand out having others see something different about us. They should be able to see Christ in us. This world is full of temptation,wants,and desires of all kinds. But as followers of Christ we need to leave all those things and follow Him.We need to fix our minds upon Him. Remembering that our bodies are the Holy Temple of Christ. All that touches our bodies,comes out of our mouths, and every action we make should all be Christ centered. Satan knows how to tempt us, He knows what our desires are,and sets those things before us.Each day we hav…

Why all the hate?

"If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you." John 15:18 We can all have those pity parties, and they are not fun. We can sit and think,"Oh why me?" We can sit and sink in our own pity for the things others say about us or how they treat us. We can say to others,"Well,you just don't understand how hard it is." If we are walking with Christ,all people are not going to like us. If we are showing Christ's love,some will not accept it.Everyone isn't going to like you or me. We don't really have to do anything,we just rub them the wrong way,or we are different,or maybe we act a little different. Being a christian in this world is not easy. Christians get blamed for many things,including being a hypocrite.The only difference in being a non-christian and a christian is that we surrendered our lives to Christ. We are not better,we are all sinners.We are just striving to be Christ-like. If I am a hypocrite,then I better h…

Are ya showing the love?

John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disiples, if you have love for one another." Do we always love others as we love ourselves? Do we always treat others like we want to be treated? Are we helping a neighbor in need? Are we giving to the poor? It is so easy to love your family and friends,but what about those who are not so nice to you? What about those you know speak badly of you? What about those self-seekers, who aren't thinking of anyone but themselves? If I am honest,sure I can put my name in all those sentences.Its not easy to love those who do us wrong. But look what Christ did for us. He shed His blood for all sinners, me included. Christ loves even when we make fun of Him.Christ loves even when others don't speak to Him. Christ loves others when people say mean things about Him. Christ loves those who do not obey Him. Christ loves…

sin,the more you do it,the less you know it....

Everyday we sin. Everyday I struggle to be the person God has chosen me to be. The more we sin,the less we know it.Run that sentence through your mind a few times. Is this so very true? When we are deep in sin,we don't want to see it,all we are focused on is ourselves,and our wants. The more we sin, the harder it is to come back to what we really know. We were born with a sin nature. We don't have to teach our children how to lie,they know how. We don't have to teach our children to steal,they too know this one. We could put many things in that sentence to fill in the spot. Its funny,when our children were little and they told a lie,we knew exactly,without a doubt they were lieing. They each had their own tell. A little quirky thing that they only did when they lied. Out of five children,they each had their own unique way to show their lie.But why,because they knew it was wrong,they had been taught that.When we are knee deep in sin,we are so focused on the fun we think are…

A few little moments to share....

Over the weekend, it was hard for me, I cry at the drop of a hat at words that touch my heart. During my hard times I had four friends surrounding me,and I have to name them and share the blessings. When I was down and hurting,my friend Ellen flung twizzlers my way,making me laugh.My friend Dena,who would turn and give me one of her great smiles and I knew she was with me.My great friend Dawn M who seemed to know my pain,putting her arm around me,I could feel her strength as God moved through her,and my amazing friend Bobbie,who when I couldn't take it much longer,I got up out of my seat and went to the bathroom to break down. I knew pain was right on the surface. I am standing there,and hear she is with her arms open wide,sharing with me the words I so needed to hear. Words that the Lord filled her with to touch my heart. She was missing the concert,but I came first.She opened up her arms and just let me cry, sheding the tears of hurt and lose. She was at my aid, and being a vess…

I wanna dance...

At the women of faith, I was able to see Steven Curtis Chapman.A man I respect,admire, and who is so talented and humble. He is just a regular man with a story to tell. I will not spoil it for those of you who have not been yet.For you,you are in for a treat. He sang His song Cinderella. I love this song. As soon as it begins the tears seem to flow. When I hear this song I think of my daughters who no longer live at home. One day I will be able to share that story with you,but for now,the pain is still tender. My daughters and I danced all the time.We turned the music up and let it go. It was a moment in time that I so wish I could have back. It is a sweet memory. One that I hold dear. When are oldest daughter got married she played Butterfly Kisses for her daddy. I really thought my husband was going to fall apart right there infront of me. She blessed him beyond words. The song told of her beauty,her love for her daddy, and the dance they shared through life. To see my husband kiss …

Its warm out,so why do you still have on layers?

A beautiful friend of mine and I went shopping a few weeks ago. We have different styles of clothes. She had said to me,"You are so so-ho, you are so little,yet you cover everything up." Then while at women of faith, I heard one of the ladies speak on layers. It all started to make sense to me. It was a lightbulb moment. I do wear alot of layers. I cover up my hurt with many layers also. When I am really struggling inside, I put on many layers of smiles,laughter, and I even hide behind my writing. I have so much hurt inside,its hard to let go of those layers and be free. Whenever I am hurting I cover it up with helping others, with sending cards, food or not food, shopping, keeping my head in a book. There are many ways to layer ourselves from hurt, to shield us from more pain,we shut down,put on those smiles for others and go home,crawl under the blankets and bask in our emotions. We must learn to take those layers off one by one. One step at a time to unveil the hurt and d…

There is only one you...

God made each of us with His hands. He molded each of us with our own DNA. No one has the same. If we are not who we are suppose to be, then the world is missing out on the creation God made to bring Him glory. In life we are either followers, or we are leaders. Each of us have our own unique quality. The only person we should be following is Jesus. We are always wanting the latest trends, the coolest friends, and at times we try to look like others. We will go into a beauty shop, with a book in our hands of Haley Berry, and say,"Okay, make me look like her!" You explain that you can try to do the same haircut,but the result will not be the same,you have different hair, your face is different,and when you do their hair after explaining all this information,they take a look in the mirror, and without a doubt they are angry,because they look nothing like the photo. They soon blame you, and say,"You didn't get it right. I wanted to look like her." Well, there is o…

Where has your mouth been lately?

We tend to think our hands are the dirtest part of our body,maybe even our feet. Nope, its our mouths. What words have you spoken lately? Have they been Godly words, words of wisdom, hurtful words, gossip, slander, cursing words? A few weeks ago while driving with my son, a man was passing us, and on our country roads it is very dangerous. I yelled at that man in my car, as though he could hear me. Telling him in a not so nice way,just what I thought of his driving. My son was on the phone with a friend, a man he works for. He overheard my words, and shared with me the next Sunday. As he jokingly told me in a nice way not to do that,God told me later on when I got home in tender way. God knew what I had said, and so did this young man. I shared with him, that I knew he had a few of those words he had said also. But he looked at me,and said Ms.Robin,I look up to you and I hold you at a high standard. I was without words. The only words I could say when I got home and God spoke to my he…

Can we be lead by the blind?

When we are walking in our journey we can get off track. We can loose our way. We can start out with our eyes on Christ, but quickly turning our eyes away in a moments notice, forgetting to stay focused. While at Women of Faith this past weekend, I was sitting in my seat watching all around me. I think God puts things right in our path for us to take notice of. There was a blind woman sitting in a seat, she had her walking stick with her. A man who was working the arena, steped up to her to tell her he had a better seat for her. As she stood,she pulled out her walking stick and began to walk. She didn't take off on her on, the man held out his hand to lead her, but instead of taking his hand she placed her hand upon his back so he could lead her still using her stick.As I watched this take place, I sat with tears in my eyes, knowing God was showing me something. Something I needed to hear and see for myself. We must have our hand upon Jesus at all times. We must stay focused upon …

Not all hurt is harmful....

Not all hurt is harmful. Is that really something we can understand? I believe so. Should I go out and call my friend a rat for no reason? No, that is hurt that cannot be understood. We never want to hurt anyone, but sometimes we can with just a word, an action,or with a look. I am not talking about that type of hurt. If my girlfriend has a booger in her nose, I tell her. If she has on white shorts, with black underwear,and they are showing, I need to step up to the plate and tell her? If she is walking into a dangerous path of an oncoming car, I should be ready to leap out and help save her. In order to grow, we must hurt. In order to find Christ,we must die to ourselves and listen to His words of rebuke. We cannot just take the bible and take out the parts we like and feel good about. We must take it all, think upon it and strive to look Christ-like. If I cannot go to a friend and share with her that I am fearful for her, then I am not a friend at all,but a bystander watching her fa…

Are you in the click or are you just the ick?

Remember those highschool days when there were clicks between the girls? When you were either in the "in" group or you felt as though you were on the outside looking in? Remember feeling as though you were different,not good enough, and just didn't have the stuff to be "in the group"? Well sisters, the said thing is, is that it still happens today. The gossip, the backbiting, being nice to your face,while behind your back they have nothing good to say about you. You tend to find out who your real friends are when you go to the outside and look in. That is where you find the real person, when they are not with you,but you are now being able to see the whole picture. Being honest, I was one of those popular girls in highschool, until they turned on me, and I lost all my friends all because a boy liked me. Isn't it sad just how much junk we can put into our lives? It is sad that we so strive to be in the in group and why? To be accepted, to be liked, and to fe…

Packing for a weekend away with the girls to WOF..

It is a wonderful thought to go away for a weekend isn't it? Well, I get to do just that this weekend. Me and my girlfriends and church ladies are all going to Women of Faith. If you haven't ever been,I encourage you to go. It is a weekend filled with the most amazing women who share,laugh,cry, and praise the Lord for all He has done,all He is doing, and all He will do. Its great to start packing, get everything ready, and meet each other for the trip there,which really isnt that far from home. It is a weekend that we look forward to all year long. Its a weekend full of praising God, raising our hands in praise, singing along, listening to stories of others, and how God has touched them. We hear of the storms of life, the laughter God brings, and the blessings after the rain. We walk away with so much. Some walk away knowing Christ for the first time, some walk away rededicating their lives to Christ, some walk away with a new knowledge of who they are and how God can move in …

Constelations.....

When I was a child I loved looking at the constellations in the night sky. They seemed so close,but so far,so far out of reach. To lay on my back and look up at the wonder of the night sky are memories I still have today. They are a work of God's wonder. They are a creation of God's glory. Each one placed there with His hands. Today as a woman, I still look up at the night sky as I take Daisy out at night for her last walk of the night. I look up and am beyond words at the beauty, at the awe of God. If you can remember in school taking science class, if you looked up at the stars at night, if you wanted to see one shining star, you had to change your focus. You didn't just focus on the one star, you had to change your view, and look to all the stars surrounding that one you were picking out. Then you could see so clearly, and see the magnificence of God's wonder.To see one clearly, we had to take our eyes off one to see another. Then you could see the constellations Go…

6 lbs. 8 ounces of love....

Twenty-one years ago today I had my first child. My first blessing. My first babygirl. My true first love. My life changed forever on that day twenty-one years ago. She was 6 lbs. and 8 ounces of tiny love. She was my bundle of joy. My laughter. My everything. I counted all ten fingers and ten toes. Looked into her blue eyes and said I love you for the first time. Held her tiny finger for the first time. Its funny how life passes so quickly when we think time is standing still. Years go by so very fast. I enjoyed each and every moment of her childhood. Picking daisies,leaping for frogs,catching lizards and snakes. Declairing the back yard in her best Columbus accent as America. Each dress, each pig tail and bow. Each scraped knee, each kiss good morning,each hug just to tell me she loved me. Those firsts are memories that never leave. Its odd that we forget many things,but we never forget the birth of our child, the firsts, so much we hold so close, not knowing how life is going to be…

the only thing that is everlasting is God's love....

Listen to these awesome verses." If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31a And Romans 8:35-39 " Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine,or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. for I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things persent nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Does that just want to make ya get up and dance? Does that not empower us to live for Christ with no fear at what is all around us? God's word can give us all we need to stand firm and be who He wants us to be. We can face anything to come our way with Him. Nothing is bigger t…

Have you given up on your dreams?

I have this huge dream to write. I want to write a devotional, and a book. Getting started is much harder than anyone would think. My facebook page is surrounded by authors who I respect so much. I get to go to my homepage and see all the amazing things they write and share. I can learn a great deal from them. Not only am I learning, but I am being blessed by these christian women who share God's word. I am blessed to have encouraging friends, and a husband who allows me to spend hours writing. I am always praying someone is blessed by something I write,but usually, I think God intends it for me. There are times I will read what I have written. Not really thinking when I am typing. My fingers are just moving the keys,and God is doing the rest. As I sit and read an entry,there are times when I just break down in tears. The Lord has spoke to me through my own writing. Its funny, we sometimes don't realize something unless it is right there infront of our faces. To learn we have …

don't know which path to take?

If I could stretch out all the wrong roads I have been on,they could most likely wrap around the world ten times. I get stuck in that fork in the road not quite sure which one to take. My husband has driven all across the United States. He can take me for a drive and always know which way he is headed. He can take me eight different ways to the same destination. I can't seem to find my way. I can find my way to the mall, but leaving,I have no idea how to get home. My husband has taught me much about driving,taking the right road,making the right turns and teaching me which highways run which direction,and I am learning my way there and my way home.Just the other day while taking my mother to the city to the specialist I took a wrong turn. I had to go and back track to find my way again. My walk with Christ is like that. I know the road, I know the way, but I get lost along the path,make wrong turns, get turned around,and end up back tracking,finding my way back to Jesus. In our ti…

God created you just the way you are.....

We live in a land of billboards,posters,ideas of what girls are to look like. We see girls on television with their faces painted,designer clothes,and having surgeries to make them look like others. Our young girls are being told they are not beautiful the way they are. They must fit a mold,they must be the right size, they must know the right kids,have a boyfriend on their hip,and have all that is in reach. Yes,this has been going on for years,but it is getting much worse. Girls are looking for boys to define them,friends to make them whole,and plastic surgery to change their look altogether. I know the feelings of this. I know what it feels like to wake and look in the mirror and think your ugly,your too fat, your not good enough,your not pretty enough. When I was in high school I was anerexic. Even after high school I battled this disease. Its not about being skinny,its about how you feel about yourself. At times today I still battle this, satan gets into my head telling me I am no…

What is behind us,stays behind us.....

We all have pasts. Every single person has a past. We don't live for the past, we live for the right now,and for the future we have in Jesus.Have you ever been teaching another not to walk the same path you did, not to make the same mistakes you did? Why is it that if we are teaching someone about Jesus, and walking with Him, they always bring up your past? I had a young person say to me today, you can't tell me how to live my life, look at the way you lived when you were my age. I sat, with tears ready to flow, and shared, that I didn't know Jesus when I was young, I wasn't living for Him. This young person still didn't get it. He thinks just because we have pasts we can't tell what is right now. This is just so wrong. I have shared my past with many youth, I have shared with tears and emotion. I shared because I didn't want them to make the same mistakes I did,to walk a different path, a different road, so they can walk with Christ now. Live differently, …

Are you feeling a little like Job?

I have a wonderful friend who I admire with all my heart. She is a wonderful,loving,giving person. She makes the best apple pie I have ever tasted. My friend has had struggle after struggle, and fears there is no end to the pain and hurt she is encountering. My heart aches for her. My prayers go out to her. She has walked a road of pain, she has lived with hurt and guilt. She carries a heavy burden. She loves the Lord with all her heart. She searches for God's word to teach her. She listens for God's whisper. She yearns for peace and for life to calm. She has said she feel like Job, the pain never ends. Every chapter in Job teaches us something. Job had great faith, his friends and wife didn't. They told him to just curse God and get it all over with. Job refused to do that. All Job had was taken away. All that mattered to him was gone, and now his body was in agony. A pain that would not cease. Did anyone really understand Job? I don't think they did. Job was a man of…

Are you still asking for more?

Do you find yourself wishing you had more? Do you find yourself asking yet still for more? I have to admit at times I do. It isn't really a need, its not that I don't have one,but I see something and I just gotta have it. Do we ever have enough? Are we always left with asking for more? And what for? We fill our lives up with stuff. We get more stuff to make us happy. That stuff no longer brings joy, so we end up asking for more. It is a horrible cycle to be in. We go round and round with stuff. We have yard sales to get rid of stuff, only to buy more stuff. Why are we so fixated on stuff? Jesus gave His life for us. He paid our ransom in full. He shed His blood to cover our sins, and yet that still isn't enough. When we go to Christ in prayer,it is not our wish list. It is not our time to tell Christ the things we want. He gave all He had for us. For you and me. His life should be enough. His love should be enough. His grace should be enough. His mercy should be enough. Wh…

Happy Fathers Day Dad.....

Fathers Day is very hard for me. It is a day we celebrate our fathers, to share with them just how wonderful they are. Its a day to give back all they have given. My father has been gone for sometime now. Since I was 19. I miss my father still yet today,and on so many days I wish he was here with me. To see his grandchildren, to celebrate life, to call on when I just need to hear his voice. I have always went with my children to pick out their Fathers Day cards, and one from me to my husband. I can stand in the aisle and cry, with tears streaming down my face at the words upon those cards. Words I wish I could say to my dad, some words that I didn't get to say. Our parents are such an important part of our lives. My dad was the best. He sacrificed for me, he worked hard for me, and even though he may not have said the words, I know he loved me with all his heart. I remember the games we used to play, his laugh, his words, and his ever present strength. He had the hands of a workin…

Praying....

First I want to start with scripture, the first is James 5:13-16 "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing pslams. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church,and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has comitted sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." And now the second, which happens to be a favorite of mine is found in Ephesians 6:18 "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints." Do you hear the awesomeness of God in this scripture? He is telling us to pray,and not just pray,but how to pray,and when to pray. Prayer is an important part of a chr…

feeling small.....

Yesterday I was driving with my son. On our way home we looked up and noticed just how big the clouds were. They were growing by the minute,seeming to pile on top of one another.Just huge puffy white clouds,that made me feel so small in comparison. My son was taking pictures of them,his newest hobby,and was just in awe of them. All through the drive I kept thinking just how small I really am. All around me I see just how big God really is. In His creation all is a wonder to me. In His people, all have the talents that He has bestowed upon them,and the gifts to share with others. In His word, He is so magnificent, He is undeniably God of all. Even in the smallest of His creation as a firefly,or a dragonfly,I still feel just how small I really am. In life we can get puffed up, we can get a big head, we can start thinking the world revolves around us, we can become selfish, we can begin to think we have done great deeds. In our world we live in today,it teaches us to think we are importa…

God is.......

Today I was chating with a wonderful friend getting ready to do a devotional for a group of ladies. As we shared I started thinking how awesome God gives us what we need when we need it. She was looking for scripture and getting all in order. She was searching her heart,she was searching God's word to speak to others through her. I traveled my facebook page and went to a friends page that held her favorite verses. I stayed there for quite awhile just reading them and soaking in God's word. One verse really stood out to me,and I shared it with my friend. It is found in Isaiah 43:2"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. As I sat and read this verse,it blessed my heart. The words really spoke to me. It isn't just by chance you come to a verse,it is by God's love and wisdom. He gives us what we n…

Its not what we do,its how we do it.....

I am going to begin with two verses to share with you today.Colossians 3:17"And whatever you do in word or deed,do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." And also,1 Corinthians 10:31"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do,do all to the glory of God." We can learn alot from these two verses as we read them. Again,it isn't what we do,but just how we do it. Its not going to church every Sunday,never skipping a day of Sunday School in your life,going door to door five days a week,giving in charity,teaching,being in the choir,or even preaching. There are many people who have sat in church their whole lives and they are not saved by the grace of God. There are people who live their whole lives being good,that doesn't do it either. Without Christ there is no heaven.We can do all week long,but if our heart is not in it,it is worthless. We can't go to church dressed nice,talking nice,acting nice,and then…

Where is your Nineveh?

As we take a look and read about Jonah,he seems to be a favorite among all children. They know that God told Jonah to go to Nineveh,he disobeyed and ended up in the belly of a big fish,and in turn he went to Nineveh for God. There is alot in this story,and this story touches our lives today. Where is your Nineveh? Is God asking you to go somewhere or to someone? He is asking you to do something for Him? The big question is are we listening,and are we moving for God? In this story about Jonah,he didn't like the people of Nineveh,and he really thought God should punish them. He knew they were bad,and doing wrong.He didn't want to face them,he didn't want to be the middle man as you could say. He was fearful,and he just really didn't care.So what did he do? He ran the other way and ended up on a ship. Where are you ending up today? As the storm brewed,those around him knew it was he who was causing the storm,so what happened? He got thrown off the boat,and into the belly …