Friday, October 31, 2014

Yes You Can!

Peter Marshall said, "We are too Christian really to enjoy sinning, and too fond of sinning really to enjoy Christianity. Most of us know perfectly well what we ought to do; our trouble is that we do not want to do it."
Something moved inside of me when I read the words of Mr. Marshall. I find myself being pulled towards things that can harm me so often that I wonder if I have the strength to stay the course. Can I actually make it through the trials and the tests? The answer is YES! And that is YOUR answer too! Yes YOU can!
In Christ we live and move and have my being. With God all things are possible. In fact Philippians 2:13 says,"for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure." God is working IN us to bring out the desire to do what He wants us to do and the power to actually do it.
Don't let the pull of what is harmful take you away from Him who is always helpful. There is abundant life in Christ waiting for you: You can do it...yes YOU can!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shape Up

Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Phil 4:4

Great advice...instead of worrying, pray! There's a great deal of "life" happening all around us. So much that its very easy to worry about everything. How are we going to make ends meet? Will my child be ok at school? Is my marriage strong enough to endure temptation? What if I get sick?
All of these questions can lead to long periods of worry. Worry often develops into anxiety which breeds stress and can even make you more sick. Paul taught us in Philippians to not be anxious about anything. Don' fret it and don't sweat it. Don't hurry through it and don't worry through it. How do we do that? We shape up! We let our praises shape those worries into prayers to God! Imagine being able to take every unmanageable situation and place it in a perfect size box that could be managed, close it and put it away. Even throw it away if necessary! 
Letting praises shape your worries does just that. It relinquishes your control to God's control. That huge worry is no match for God who is able to help you in every circumstance. Got a bundle of worries today? Start praising God! Shape your worries into prayers! YOU can change the shape AND the outcome of your future!