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Shelly, you already know me, check your sparkgoodies.
Thanks so much fr posting a reply. Sometimes it gets lonely here on the team page, but God always assures me that someone is reading and being blessed by my obedience to Him by posting things on the team as I do. I hope you are doing well and wish to get to know you better.
I read that post today again after I posted it. I wrote the post below three years ago. I have changed and so has my life. I was a good Christian when I wrote those words. But I longed for more. My life was good but i longed for quality. I was serving God, but I wanted I desired more of God, more of His will over my life, and more obedience from myself for God.
It is absolutely amazing what can happen to your life as your decide to live truly as close as you can for God's will in your life. Now, I have been praying everyday for at least three years for God's guidance to His will. I have been seeking God's discernment for my life as one would seek silver and gold. Did you know that it says in the bible that if you seek God's discernment as you would seek gold that God would give you His discernment. Well, let me tell you I took those words to heart, & God HAS shown me HIS way. He has shown me His perfect will, and He has shown me THE LIFE!!!
God has done AMAZING UNBELIEVABLE things which surpasses UNDERSTANDING to my life though obedient worship, praise, and commitment to my God. I have been doing things to live THE LIFE which Paul talks about so much in the bible. Living this life does not come without a price, and let me tell you it IS NOT EASY! But the rewards, ohhhhh the rewards. Galatians 6:9 it says, "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." I have felt the hand of the devils attacks many times upon many more times but I will never stop. I will spend the rest of my life serving and trusting God and doing His will!!!
In the last three years since I wrote the post below God has made my life into something that overflows with blessings. Now, I thought my life was pretty good back then, how could it get THIS good? From the power of God, that is the only answer.
Now, I will be honest with you. I have been sick, man like REALLY sick for the past 5 months, but God gives me strength and peace which can not be explained. I am due to give this time a health update, so I will just share a little. My doctors have done all kinds of tests, and blood work and x rays yet still have no clue what is wrong with me. My pain is unreal, and medicine many times can not take the pain away. But it is through God's spiritual medicine that mends my pain, and give me peace and strength. It is by and through the power of God and I will proclaim this truth from the roof tops of the internet!
My life is real, and the power of God in this multitude can and will be given to anyone who is willing to become closer to God, and never let Him go. God wants YOU. That means that each year you strive to get closer and closer, and closer, and closer to Him until you think it is not possible to get any closer to Him. Then you spend even more time during your day and weeks getting even closer, and closer to Him. Hey, these are not just empty words in front of your eyes. I am describing to you how I got what I have with my best friend, my redeemer, my strength, my God.
Do you want to live a better life?. Do you want a life which only God can give you? Then stop spending so much time on the Internet, and yes, I mean even THIS team and start spending even more time on God than you do on your computer, phone, and or anything else that is clogging up your time with God. People say, "Oh I don't have enough time to read the bible, go to church, or my kid has all these games and practices on Sunday. Pray? I get too distracted when I pray. I am at it for a minute and the phone rings, my thoughts run, or I just can't think." I tell you what, you can do anything that you want to do... just how much do you REALLY want to do it? Turn off the radio while you are driving to work and pray. Turn that station to a Christian radio station and praise God. Pray and ask God to help you do it, do you really think He will turn His back on THIS one?
I love you all, and It is for me to share this kind of stuff for you. People spend all kinds of money on books, classes, diets, whatever in hope of living a happy more enriched life. Let me tell you I used to be very sad. I used to be extremely lonely. I had God but lacked His power. I talked to God but lacked His strength. Oh I could go on and on. But you see I always had a very close relationship with God and I just kept on seeking more and more and more from God. I wanted to get closer and closer and closer to God. Now I feel the breath which God breathes.... this is my comparison for you. I am intimate with God. He is the air that I breath in! And all that I can say is that I want the same for you because I know that it IS possible!!!
My spirit is telling me that someone is reading these words who has been praying to God and these words have set YOUR heart on fire. You are there thinking, is this girl for real? When I am and many of my team members know me well and have a close relationship with me. Through God I have brought them into a closer relationship with God. And that is the main reason for this team, and the reason, whether you realize it or not why you have come to this team as well. God called you here through someone's prayer. Don't let those prayers go to waste! Make a decision, take the time, be persistent, then continue to seek God!
Dear Jesus you brought these words to my mind, and I wrote them out for your child, the one who has prayed to you. Now, Lord they need your help to get them there. I ask that you magnify your spirit within them, let your power and presence be KNOWN!!! Do with them as you will and help them to never let you go!!! In your name I command this in Your name I seek this!!! Lord it is in Jesus Christ name I put this prayer in your strength in your power in your being Jesus Christ is is done! In Jesus name I pray amen.
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/2/2013 (02:14)
I wrote this a few years ago. i have a bad cold and sore throat. So this is a good of time than any to share this again with you.
It is that time of year again. Some gardeners start pulling their weeds in their flower beds in March because they know it helps their plants and flowers grow by removing old growth and winter's debris. By doing so they get a jump start to the weeds that have already begun to grow.
I walked outside a few days ago to pull our garbage can back into our garage (it was garbage day). On the way back I came in through the front door. In front of our house we have two garden beds. I noticed that there was some dead foliage, and left over crud around where the Day Lilies & Irises.
As I removed all the ugly stuff from my garden beds I thought about God. I started to think that weeding and making process as a christian have a lot in common, let me explain. Now, I was removing weeds (can you believe they have already begun to grow? - I live in Ohio) as I was removing the weeds I thought about the devil. How he uses sin and how that sin can entangle every part of our lives if we allow it to grow long enough. You know if you have ever pulled weeds you know their roots are buried down so deep. Weeds even the ones I pulled this early before spring were tangled up and spread over great lengths. God isn't the only one that plants seed in our lives you know. The devil plants a seed of sin, and he is very tricky and patient with his crop. A little sin can come into our life's, & it could even be disguised as something, or someone good. You may think, oh this is harmless, I am only flirting, I am not seeping with him. Or you may think, I am not stealing, I am just bringing home a pen from work, a little white lie isn't REALLY a sin is it? Don't play with that slippery slope, you may just find yourself in a hole some day.
When we pull those weeds in our lives, and I do believe we all have them no matter how tiny we think those weeds may be, clearing our garden beds become much easier, and we grow a lush & beautiful garden. Our lives become rewarding in ways that we never knew were possible! Think about it. What are the things in your life that are holding you back from becoming a better person, a better christian? What weeds are chocking & robbing you of peace? Don't wait until your garden bed is over run by weeds, worms, and decay.
Does this make sense to you? Those of you who have garden beds, or grow flowers, or plants, or have gardens, think about the amount of time you put into weeding, even if you buy preen (a product that you apply and it fertilizes plants, and flowers,& does a great job at killing weeds as well) some effort needs to go toward pulling those weeds. Those of you who have gardens know that puling weeds reaps rewards of all kinds.
Now think about your life. If you wanted to become a better person, how much easier would the process be by removing the crap that makes it harder to be the kind of person you want to become? What needs to be removed from your life to be your personal best, to be the kind of person God wants you to become? Maybe it means leaving your boy friend, or girl friend. It could mean making new friends, finding a better church, not gossiping. Or it could be not doing drugs, or spending time reading the bible, taking a bible class....man it could be anything.
When you really get down to business and decide you are not going to live a sloppy life, you are going to stop making excuses for yourself, that you are going to pray to God 50 times a day if that's what it takes....let me tell you, you DO, do whatever it takes to reach your goals and start living a better life.
I am not kidding when I tell you I WILL live THE LIFE God died to give me. I need to do some weeding of ,my own. I thank God that I can see it and that I am doing it. No matter who you are, we all have a little weeds in our back yard, so don't wait 'til August to start pulling them!
Edited by: GLITTERGIRL69 at: 5/2/2013 (01:02)