Are you to Busy???????

Are you to Busy???????

Matthew 2:10 and 11

When they saw the star they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him:gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

 

This passage is obviously talking about the wise men bringing their best gifts of worship to Jesus. Beauties, I am noticing a growing trend in ministry that is getting on my last nerve. Eddie and I have been involved in ministry for many years now, we have worked with the best of the best of people. Some of the people that we have come a crossed in our journey will be in our hearts forever. We have seen peoples lives changed by meeting Jesus. We have seen people grow in their relationship with Christ so much that they are almost unrecognizable to the people that know them the most. People like these are why we do what we do. It’s why we haven’t given up when we have wanted too. All that being said, I know that we are all pulled into a thousand different directions these days, which begs fatigue. I can feel it, I have seen it more and more. Our attention is pulled in so many different directions it’s hard to remain passionate about our God. Business is the crypto night to passion. We drag ourselves to church exhausted from the jammed packed week of things that won’t matter in 5 days much less five years and give God our left overs. God has become an afterthought rather than an exhibition.

 

It became so clear to me yesterday as I was presented with yet another situation of passionless Christianity. I love the passage about the three wise men, because they sought after the Christ Child. They searched on an exhibition just so they could worship Him. It was not just another thing to do on their list, IT WAS THIER ONLY LIST. When they found Him, sweet woman, they fell down and worshiped Him. After they had worshiped Him they presented Him with one gift each. Arguably, the most expensive thing they could give gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Christ Child got the BEST of these humble Kings, NOT the last. What an example to us all.

 

I love the verse, “Seek Me and you will find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart.” If you have lost that zeal, and have allowed the duties of life to crowd you passion I beg you to start fresh by seeking God. Get on you face before HIm and mark this day with new priorities. I know for a fact sweet girl, He will not disappoint . Then bring your best gift to Him. I don’t mean gold or myrrh, but your best spiritual gift. We are all created so exclusively, you have specific purpose to be showcased in body of Christ. Pinpoint your passion for Christ and worship HIm by giving the gift of service back to Him. If we all did this I know we could change this world.

What’s your attitude toward church????


I ask you this, what is your attitude toward church?

 

There I sat in my favorite Dallas nail salon desperately craving the filing and polishing that were happening to all twenty of my digits, when I began to overhear a conversation about church. Of course being very interested in the topic, I couldn’t help but do a little eavesdropping. I sat amazed by the attitude toward the topic. There was an older mother that was the instigator of the dialogue, and she was speaking to a younger, 20 something woman. The older asked the younger if she was going to attend church on Sunday. The younger sighed and said her husband was trying to get her to go. Shortly after the sigh she added, “I guess I’ll go.” I sat there engrossed in that thought. I repeated that phrase in my mind over and over. My mind wondered from the conversation and I began thinking, when all of a sudden I heard from the older lady, “you should go, at least you’ll be able to break bread.” “Break bread,” what the heck is that all about. In the context of the conversation, the older woman was insinuating that she could punch her church card. I was stunned. I wasn’t stunned that this happens every week, but that this woman had the gaul to say it out loudly in a public place where many people were sitting silently listening.

 

I have to tell you, I began to get mad. I was mad at so many things…..

One of many was the attitude toward the institution, church was designed to be a place where we encourage each other in the faith, and tell each other things that God has done in our lives to uplift the body of Christ. The second was the idea of going to punch a church card, and to get the deed over with for the week. If you are going to say you went, why are you going? Has church become a such a glorified country club, that we don’t even go because we want too? Another attitude that was presented with the conversation, was a “what’s in it for me” mentality. The younger woman wasn’t even going to go to church, but the older said that their was going to be a carnival of sorts for her children. It was only then that the younger woman decided to attend. Whatever happened sweet, beautiful women to going and SERVING?????? Are we so consumed with what the church can provide for us that we won’t even go unless they have a circus for our children, or (dare I say) a circus for us?

 

I began to grieve. I beg you to evaluate your hearts toward church. Attend a church that isn’t stale, and doesn’t breed this idea that God is some shape or form is boring. Attend a church sweet ladies, that doesn’t do everything for you. How are we going to serve the way Jesus served us if everything is handed to us. Church isn’t supposed to be entertainment, that what a theater is for, NOT A CHURCH. You have been given a spiritual gift that the body of Christ needs. There is a ministry at the church that you attend that needs your help, they need the gift that God has given you. It is so fulfilling to serve other people!

 

Lastly, sweet woman, is that God is worth learning more about. He is the most amazing, wonderful, caring, faithful Father you could ever imagine. Church is not about us, it’s about going deeper with Him.

Just some thoughts


I saw one of the most beautiful sights I have seen in a long time last week.. My family and I were on our way to childrens camp at our church to spend the day with them, and we stopped at Chillis for some yummy lunch. The waiter approached our table and almost without realizing it I was staring at the table just a few tables over. When asked what I wanted to drink I quickly answered and let Eddie deal with the kiddos as I watched a table of 6 grown men praying. They were all ages; a couple no doubt was a few years my junior, but the rest scattered in ages had their heads bowed in a moment with our God. I sat and thought what an incredible sight. I have seen families pray many, many times, but a table of 6 grown men was something special. I sat and thought about the sight I was beholding thinking, “Why God, do I not see more of this?

 

I was going to blog about something totally different today, but after my quiet time I couldn’t shake this sight. I read today of King Hezekiah in 2 kings 19. The short version is the King of Assyria was basically bullying him, and Gods people. He was telling them not to believe King Hezekiah. So what did Hezekiah do?????????? He got on his face and prayed. He acknowledged that God is the ONLY TRUE GOD, and asked for God deliverance.. 2 Kings 19:20b says, because you have prayed to Me about Sennacherib King of Assyria, I have heard you. Not only did God hear him, God destroyed 185,000 Assyrians, and the King died in his own land.

 

There is so much power sweet one, when we bow the knee. I have prayed the craziest prayers, and God in His goodness hears, and acts. We must get back to bowing our knees, humbling ourselves, and asking God to move.. Our country needs it. Our families need it. Our marriages need it. Our kids need it. Our future depends on it. If you find yourself in a huge battle that looks hopeless for you commit to praying and often, until you see the Mighty hand of God in your circumstance.

 

God is waiting for you sweet one. Talk to Him.

Words


I will never forget the night.  It was a spring night, nice outside, but cold as ice inside the conference room where the meeting was held.  There I sat with a group of men in a meeting that for sure was going to be remembered by my feeble mind forever.  Words flew like swords at me.  I sat.  I was speechless.  Every time someone else took a turn I began to fidget, knowing the possibility of the things coming from his mouth would deteriorate my spirit even more.  Lots of things were said that night, but the one line I will never forget was, “Autumn, if you do this, God will never use you.”  That phrase lingers in my mind some 10 years after the incident.  I sit today confident that that man was utterly and completely mistaken.  He has no idea that regularly that phrase has entered my mind.  He chose to speak for the Almighty God, and God can speak for Himself.  I left the meeting shredded in my spirit by men, but strengthened by my God Who had led me to that very meeting.

 

WORDS…………..The weight we carry we do not comprehend.  They have the power to change life, encourage, strengthen, but they also have the same power to steal joy, kill spirits, and destroy the innocent.  They can single handedly give you favor even honor, and the next breath take it all away.  If you have read the Proverbs at all you will know it is saturated with scripture referring to the mouth. Proverbs 6:2 says it like this, “You are snared by the words of your mouth; you are taken by the words of your mouth.” Or maybe we resonate better with Proverbs 8:8 which says, “All the words of my mouth are with righteousness.” Or just maybe this one found in Proverbs 10:32, “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.” Proverbs 21:23 is also a great one that says simply this,” Whoever guards his mouth and tongue keeps his soul from troubles.” (I like to use this jewel when counseling teen girls!)

 

Thinking of that spring night in that meeting all these verses come to mind, could he not have simply refrained from speaking.  I tell you this because we have some major diarrhea of the mouth going on.  I cannot believe when people come seeking advice, most of their hurts are caused by what someone has said to them, or about them.  In a culture where we have this “get over it” mentality, and sarcasm is the norm in almost every mouth, we have forgotten the damage that comes from being frivolous with one of the most valuable tools God has given us, our mouth.  The old adage, “Think before you speak” is actually brilliant advice and scriptural.  We as women need to get back to seeing others as God sees them.

 

I have saved my favorite proverb for last.  Proverbs 18:21 says, “Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

 

I have mouth problems too, it used to be a HUGE problem of mine, and I loved to zing people with just the right phrase at the right time.  But now that I know that being involved in the torment of someone else’s mind for possible years is not worth the zing.

 

Ladies that I love, GUARD YOUR MOUTHS!