Archive | February 2009

BEING A SPOKESMAN

Boy was a convicted this morning during my time with the Lord.

Jesus said, “I do not speak on my own initiative.  I only speak what I hear the Father tells me to speak.” (John 16:32)

I’m going to be brutally honest with the Lord today:

ME:  “Really, Jesus?  You NEVER talked just to be talking?????  You never said anything that the Father didn’t approve of you saying?”

JESUS:  “No, I never did.”

ME:  What did you do when everyone was gathered around with the latest gossip?  Were you ever around all your friends and family at one of the Passover celebrations or something, and everyone was gathered around talking about the latest ‘village tidbit’?  I think of me at work when there’s a group of people sharing the latest news about someone.  Okay, maybe not news.  Probably gossip. 

JESUS:  “The Bible says, ‘If you speak good words rather than worthless ones,you will be My spokesman.You must influence them;do not let them influence you! ‘”  (Jeremiah 15:19)

ME:  “I feel like I’m not part of the group if I don’t join in.  I feel left out.  I feel all alone.  Did you sometimes feel alone, Jesus?”

JESUS:  “I was never alone.  I was always with the Father.”

ME:  “So are You saying that I don’t have to take part in that ‘water cooler talk’?  That I could step away.  That I wouldn’t be alone.  That You are with me always.”

JESUS:  “Yes, that’s what I’m saying.”

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JESUS SAID NO

I want to always remember that when Jesus says no to my prayers, it may be because He has something MUCH GRANDER  in store. 

Mark, chapter 5

18 “As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. 19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.”

I read somewhere that historians account the beginning of Christendom in this region to this demon-possessed man.   Apparently, he DID go back and tell the great things Jesus did!  Imagine his reward in heaven!

John, chapter 9:

5 “So although Jesus loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, 6 he stayed where he was for the next two days.”

Jesus said ‘no’ to His dear friends Martha and Mary.  He was willing to accept the fact that they would be hurt, disappointed, disillusioned, all those things…..

He would wait on His Heavenly Father for the incredible work that would be done!

So as I listen and watch for Jesus’ guidance in my life today, I want to be committed to:

  • not be discouraged if I feel like He’s saying ‘no’ to me, knowing that He has something much better in store!
  • to be like Jesus, only looking for direction from above, and not be influenced by what others may think of what I do or do not do.

‘LET’ YOUR LIGHT SHINE

     Yesterday I went and had a few more songs recorded.  Al has been wanting me to get a specific one recorded – It’s called “Glorified”. 

     Al loves that song.  I used to have to play it for him over and over.  Now he can listen to it on the CD.  Al is my biggest fan.  He’ll listen to the songs on my CD at St. Joe’s and the 13 sixth-seventh-and eighth grade girls that he takes care of have to listen along.  The other day one of the girls said, “Al, I know all of Sue’s songs by heart now!”  He told me he was excited about that, because they are hearing the gospel message in the songs.  WOW!

     Anyway, I was REALLY REALLY nervous about this recording session.  You see, the first time I had it done, I really didn’t know what to expect, and I just went in the room and played like I was in my living room at home.  This time, I was more nervous, because I was putting expectations on myself.  As we were getting closer to the studio, I was praying to the Holy Spirit, to get me out of the way, to help me, to calm my nerves.  And guess what?  He gave me some scripture!!!!!

These are the scriptures He gave me: 

“I will give thanks to You, Oh My God, with all my heart, and I will GLORIFY your name forever.” Psalm 86:12

LET your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and GLORIFY your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that your are not your own????  For you have been bought with a price.  Therefore GLORIFY God in your body.”  1-Corinthians 6:19-20

WOW!  What an awesome Word from the Holy Spirit.  And I’m reminded that God gave me these songs.  And I’m supposed to let them be heard.  It doesn’t matter how I sound, how I look, what people think, etc., etc., etc.  The only thing that matters is that I’m a good servant and should move forward.  I think about how this applies to all of us, in everything we do.  Every good idea we get is from God.  So we should move forward with it.  Whatever the results are, well that’s up to God.  We don’t know what’s going on in the spiritual realm.  We might think what we’re doing is a waste of time, or the things we’ve tried in the past have been failures.  Maybe they are in the WORLD’s eyes.  But this place is not our home.  And we don’t have a clue what God is doing with the things he prompts us to do.

My daughter loves to blog.  And she’s a really good blogger.  I love to read her blogs.  Sometimes I get the sense that she thinks she is wasting time.  But from what I’ve seen, she always brings the focus of her blog back to Jesus, back to her testimony.  Through that blog she is proclaiming Jesus and what He has done in her life.  She is sharing the good news.  It’s awesome.  And even if she would never get any acknowledgement from anyone here on this earth, I know she will be standing before Jesus some day, and He will say, “WOW, Missy, I love what you wrote in your blog about me!  Well done, good and faithful servant!”

So lets always remember to ‘let’ our light shine.  Let’s always remember that we are not our own.  We are servants.  Let’s open our ears to what God is prompting us to do, in any and every area, and let’s just do it, regardless of what anyone else’s opinion is.  And remember:  we might not be the most beautiful ‘lamp’…… but it’s not the lamp God wants people to see, but the ‘light’!!!lamp

MAN’S BEST FRIEND

Our family is definitely a dog family. We have always had dogs in our family.  The dogs in the pictures above are Charlie (Llaso Apso); Cabo (Golden Retriever); Neesha (beagle/bulldog / something or other); and Ed and Allie (Black Lab and Border Collie).

I was contemplating how dogs can be so frustrating, yet they are so devoted to their masters.  And I’m thinking how we must look to our Master at times, Our Heavenly Master.   Just like a family dog, sometimes we don’t listen.  Sometimes we “shed”.  Sometimes we make a mess.

But then I was thinking about how a dog can be so focused on it’s master.  For example, when we eat.  Whenever I eat, Cabo just sits there, staring at me.  Watching the food go in my mouth, just staring…. I’ve noticed other dogs do that, too.  I wonder if we could learn something from our dogs.  Could we ‘stare’ at Our Heavenly Father like that?  Just focus on Him and only Him, hoping and praying He’ll give us some of His ‘food’…. knowing that He will, because He’s such a good Father, and He wants to give us His ‘food’.  Jesus said in John 4:34 that His food was to do the will of the Father.  My prayer today is that I will be so focused on My Father in heaven, I will be ‘staring’ at Him, and that I will know clearly what His will is for me today and everyday, and that I will obey.  Yes, then I will be fed.

And I will be one happy dog!

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