Make This Your Year Of Independence 

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No matter what you do you will not be able to please everyone.  So why try? You know coming out of last year I felt the need for detoxification.  No, it is not what you think! I wanted to detoxify from people.

Yes, people.  I have watched others,  including myself, at times fall viticm to people pleasing. I have allowed some people knowingly and unknowingly to control parts of my life. It is one of those behavioural patterns that left me scratching my head.  I would sometimes say to myself, “what were you thinking signing on to that crap.”

People pleasing can become counter-productive to your success, if not, checked at the door.  I find myself becoming so irritated when I see people allowing themselves to become someones doormat for a, “that’s a good boy!” 

I have witnessed over the years the destructive effects of people that have loss a since of themselves because they have allowed others to control their lives.  Witnessing adults that can’t make sound decisions because they are so afraid of being singled out and ostracized is a sobering reminder, people pleasing is a destructive behavior. 

Possessing within oneself the strength to say, “No” is a powerful and sought after quality in my opinion.  To have ownership of ones life is a must.  It is a sobering reminder that we must harold and respect appropriate boundaries for our lives. 

I believe that if we live our lives to please God then we won’t spend so much time trying to please others.

So I have come up with my mantra and you can rock it too…,

“It’s time to detoxify.”

 I have made up my mind that I will rid myself of hurtful and harmful habits and emotions such as people pleasing.

People pleasing can be extremely harmful to our mental health and self-esteem. You don’t have to look any further than social media to see the devasting effects of people addiction.  

Likes and dislikes have become the new form of people pleasing and some people will almost kill themselves to trend in likes.

We have to combat and confront such harmful patterns of self-deprivation and ineptitude.  We must begin to form and practice good habits of self-love. We must strive to see ourselves in a positive light.

How we see ourselves is so important to how we treat and let others treat us.  Why should someone else respect you when you don’t respect yourself? We must practice good habits and detoxify our minds from the grips of people pleasing.

Serving others and caring for them with respect and love can be extremely valuable.  However, when we allow ourselves to be self-serving trying to please others to please ourselves, we cause great emotional and mental harm to ourselves.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to see people happy.

The problem comes in when we allow other peoples desires to become idols to us.

For example: We can’t sleep unless everyone is pleased with our decisions.

This kind of behaviour is a problem. We should do our best to be fair to all. But the key is not to lose ourselves in pleasing others to the point of making idols out of them.

Stop waiting for people to sanction your every move. We must trust God to direct us and put the right people in our paths to take us to the next level. 

Pray while you’re moving.  Make a God sought decision for your life by prayer, thoughtfulness and trusting that God will not steer you wrong.

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Let’s Get Back To Being The Church (Also with Audio)

Sitting here at my desk scrolling through the blog reader I’ve come across some interesting headlines.  Some of the headlines where positive and others where not so positive.  

However, the conclusion I have drawn while reading these headlines were that the church and the outside world is in trouble.

The Church in my opinion has become so self consumed with keeping sin out that we no longer recognize the speck in our own eyes.  

We no longer understand that Christianity is not a club for the elite in Christ but a place for the broken, humble and the weak.  

Yes, homosexuality is wrong but so is adultery, looking at people lustfully, lying, stealing and being lazy are sins as well…  I am reading alot of things that are totally lost of love.  I believe that marriage is between and man and a woman.  I believe homosexuality is not of God.

 But I also believe living with a woman or a man that is not your spouse is sin, or looking at pornography…etc..  God hates all sin and I hope we remember that.

I guess I am getting tired of the all the crap that we are calling the church.  We have operated in so much anger and self-righteousness at times, all in the name of Jesus.  Have we lost the love of Christ in trying to enforce the Bible?  

We should be running to open our doors for the lost sheep that have found themselves broken, lost and confused.  But it seems that we are saying if the one lost sheep doesn’t look and smell like us then you are on your own.

One of the most segregated times in our nation is on Sunday morning.  We have Black church, White church…race church.  God is not for division.  Jesus calls of the Body Of Christ not a body in Christ.

Sin is sin no matter how we cut it. But love is love that covers the cuts of sin.  What do you mean?  Good question!  I mean stop saying get away homosexual, get way drunkard and start saying come here my brother and sister and I will show you a better way.

We must be more transparent.  None of us that are saved were saved all of our lives and we had somethings that brought us to our knees as well.  

Let us get back to the business of the Church and stop pointing the finger and and directing the lost back to Jesus.

He found us didn’t He?

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   Where Is The Love?

It is amazing how God ranks love over works.  We may be the best Deacons, Usher, Pastors, Singers, Servers and Churchgoers this side of heaven.  But if we are void of love everything we do amounts to nothing.

Wow! Deep huh? Lord, I helped little Katy rescue Ms. Fuzzy out of the tree. I gave my entire check to feed the poor. I donated cases and cases of water to Flint Michigan. However, I can hear God say, “But without love these works amount to nothing.”

I can truly say, I have been guilty of offering God works packaged in a box called love. Nevertheless, my box was probably worthless because it wasn’t wrapped in true heart felt love for God or my fellow man.

Do you know we can preach doctrine that is correct but be morally out of the will God?

Scripture tells us in 1John 4:20-21, “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.”

There is so much hatred in the world for our fellow man because of their skin color, religion, gender or ethnicity in my opinion. We should be able to disagree with a person on the foundation of the scripture and not harvest hatred for them because they are different.

If we are Christians then we should be leading the way in love.

Nevertheless, Christians can be some of the most hateful and mean-spirited people all in the name of God.

If our hearts are filled with this kind of impediment then we need to ask Jesus to heal our hearts. We need to ask the Lord to wash us from our shortcomings and then begin to do His will.

Love must be that which can transcend beyond the physical and impact the spiritual. The only way to possess a love like this is to accept the love that Jesus shows all humanity. Jesus loves humanity with a supernatural love. His loves goes beyond the limits of earthly means and loves us in away that can’t be fully comprehended.

We are the most undeserving people in the world. However, Jesus’ love covers us. His love comforts us and His love keeps us.

Jesus’ love transcends Christanity, it even extends to non-believers. However, non-believers can’t receive the free gift of life (Salvation). Subsequently, His love does offer them a chance to inherit eternal life barring that they (The non-believer) accept Jesus as their personal Savior and Lord.

You know…God is not like man. He doesn’t champion the construction of tall skyscrapers or super important jobs.  God wants us to focus on the hardest job there is…Love.

He wants us to love without limits.  He wants us to love our enemies, backstabbing friends, difficult spouses, pain in the neck family memebers.

Lets us seek to build a life of godly love. Let us aspire to please God with a love that brings him glory. Love that does not disqualify our works is a love made by God.

God is so amazing because he had to do the same with us.  He had to love the unlovable, he had to love the sneaky, he loves the rude and uncaring.

And you know what? He is still loving us today.

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Check out this blog post on Reddit Christians.

I normally share my platform but this time someone shared with me. I was ask to be a featured blogger on this site. 

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They have some phenomenal writers here.  I thank God I got to join such a great crop of bloggers…blogging for the Kingdom.

God’s Great Love

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Life can appear to be overwhelming at times but take heart the Lord knows all about you and your situation.  God really does understand the needs, wants and desires of His children but He also wants us to communicate those things to Him.

You mean really talk to God? Yes, I mean really spill the beans to Him…Tell Him about the Wizard, Oz, Todo, Dorothy

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There is no place like home


the Tinman…everybody lol…Ha,ha,ha but no foreal…Dorothy was rocking those ruby red slippers right? Okay, okay back to the devotional…

We can often miss how precious it is to have a God that cares, understands and listen to His children. Your voice really does matters to God. The Lord wants us to plug in and not just drain the energy out of our relationship with Him.

He wants to have a very intimate relationship with us.  So how do we accomplish that? We accomplish that by prayer, talk time and loving on God by our obeidence.

Prayer must be an essential part of our relationship with God because  prayer is how we communcate with our heavenly Father.  Consequently, when God answers prayer and leads us with His gentle Spirit  this is how our Father communicates with us mostly. 

God has a way of sending someone by at the right time with the right word.  The Lord will speak rhema into our lives and when we leave that encounter we are so refreshed by that encouragement knowing that it was the Lord using that person to address our needs. 

This is one way to know that the Father has heard us and cares about how we feel.  He tells us to be “Anxious for nothing but by prayer, supplication and thanksgiving make our request made known unto God and He will give us an awesome peace that surpasses all understanding.”

Jesus really does care for His children.  How do you know that you are His child?  When you have accepted Him as Saviour and Lord and believed that God the Father has raised Him up from the grave. 

When we do this we have eternal life and also solidify that we are His.  So today put your anxiety, worry, doubt, frustration into the Master’s hand and He will reward you with peace.  God bless you…

The Take Away

Know that you are not alone in your struggles. You have a caring Father just waiting to hear the deepest woes of your heart. He is ready to trade beauty for ashes, joy for mourning and peace for your frustration and anxiety.

Prayer

Father you know what we stand in need of today. Help me when I am stressing and feeling hopeless. Always reassure me as your child that you are there and you care about what I am facing today. Give me peace and strengthen my heart in Jesus name…Amen.

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Feathered Fruits of Birdwatching in My Garden

How could I not share this post? It was warm and such a friendly, captivating post that I had to stop and share about birdwatching.

This post made me feel like I was on a nature walk with my beautiful bride. 

Thank you so much for sharing your world with us.

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Trust God

This a phenomenal post.  I loved Mr. Jennings Jason transparency concerning his hardship.  

However, the part I loved is when he had that all so important encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.  

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Trust God!…Author Jennings Jason