Adoption

Adoption Reflects God’s Love

February 15, 2019

I recall the day my father died. My mother died about two years prior, and his death left an empty spot in my soul. Even as an adult I was an orphan. The intensity of the pain shocked me.

One passage came to mind, and I still think of it often:

When my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will take me up. Ps.  27:10

Parents comfort us because we aren’t alone. They care about even the smallest thing because we belong to them. I could always call Mom or Dad anytime, and they’d listen regardless of what I faced. Losing that connection devastates us.

However, when I accepted Jesus, the Lord adopted me, and in him I have a parent who wants to listen and walk with me through life. He created me and did more for me than Mom and Dad could ever do. When I was his enemy, he died for my sins.

Valentine’s Day arrived and the stores offer flowers, candy, teddy bears, and cards. But compared to adoption, this love looks cheap.

Today I have Kim de Blecourt, and she has written I Call You Mine. She tells how she adopted a boy from overseas and shares how they adapted to his needs. She also draws parallels to God’s love for us.

Mentoring

Discover How Mentoring Can Change Your Life

February 8, 2019

Did you know mentoring took place in the Bible?

If you read the New Testament, you will notice Paul mentioned Timothy as he opened five of his epistles. Paul wrote two more books to Timothy, referring to him as “my true child in the faith and my beloved child.”

 In I Timothy, Paul told Timothy, “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”

Doubtless Paul was preparing the younger man for ministry by walking him through the ups and downs of life. That’s mentoring.

Paul had the courage to say “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.” Because he understood we mature best in the company of believers.

My husband’s name is Ray. He had a high school teacher who mentored him. When he arrived in Mr. Westcott’s biology class, Ray was bored with school. He seldom put out much effort on homework on study. But Dr. Westcott challenged him and Ray began to study. He went from an average student to above average under Dr. Westcott’s influence. Mentoring changed his life.

Jayme Hull , my guest today, has written a book on mentoring and she shares how others impacted her life, helping her to grow to maturity. Listen to find out how you can benefit and help others too.

Sex

God’s Design For Sexuality in Changing Culture

February 5, 2019

The topic of sexuality creates a lot of controversy today. What should we believe? Are we out of date?

Good question. Did you know that the apostle Paul actually praised someone? But he also warned that same church about sexuality.

Let me explain. Thessolonica was the capitol of the Roman province of Macedonia. The city was a major trade center so religion and philosophy discussed there and many worshiped the Greek and Roman gods. When Paul visited the city, a number of Jews and Gentiles came to Christ. When Paul wrote the Book of 1 Thess., he praised them for remaining true to their father despite being persecuted and having their possessions seized.

You became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. People had heard how they turned from idols to serve God.

It’s interesting to note in Chapter four of the epistle, that Paul warns them…

“To abstain from sexual immorality that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor.”

Wow. Given the fact that they were examples, that seems out of character.

However, inappropriate sexuality is powerful and can destroy.

That’s important for us to know today when we see sex portrayed as casually as people have lunch.

I see so much confusion on this issue. People decide sexual identity on the basis of how they feel rather than whether or not they have xx chromosones or xy. And there’s pressure to respect each person’s decision. Again regardless of biology.

As believers, we need to realize the power of sexuality, and how dangerous it can be misused.
Today I have Mr Black. He is part of a team called Harvest USA who have done a series of lessons called God’s Design for Sexuality.

Encouragement

Welcome February.

February 1, 2019

Some might say that February is the Monday of the calendar year. January is full of rest much like a Sunday after the hectic holidays have passed. In February, we get truly started on our year, making plans with much to look forward to. The year is ahead of us, much like on a Monday, when the week can still be filled in with gatherings, celebrations, and get-togethers.

While Mondays might not be your favorite day of the week, who can deny the joy found in a fresh start? A clean slate? February is a month of new beginnings, the anticipation of spring, and, of course, excess amounts of love. This is the month where we are called to express our love in tangible ways to those around us. There’s an entire aisle at the grocers filled with candy hearts, pink and red wrappings, and those over-sized chocolate kisses. Kids exchange Valentine’s cards in their schools, sweethearts exchange gifts, and friends celebrate together.

As the month of love presses on, we are excited for what is to come in 2019, on and off the radio… yes, details will be coming soon!

To kick-off February, let’s pray: 

Father, I am so thankful you loved me when I wasn’t lovable. I would never have given this sinful world a second thought, but you expressed Your love with a horrific sacrifice. Please help me boast in your steadfast love so that others may know your majesty.In Jesus Name, Amen.

Seek Him and Choose to Be Shade.

May the below Others Centered Calendar Challenge be an encouragement to you and those around you. My team and I pray these prompts get you one step closer toward our God, the Ultimate Father.

The Art of Living is #OthersCentered Calendar-February 2019-Cynthia L. Simmons

To download the February 2019 “Others Centered” Calendar, click here.

More, Uncategorized

Christian, do you long for More?

January 25, 2019

At times, I have longed for more, because after all, the Christian life solves your problems. Or at least that’s what we hear. Let me tell you, there’s more. I learned something about the mind, and I’ve learned things about God. That’s what we are discussing today.

Here’s a few problems I had

Let me explain. When I first married, I was worried because my sweet husband claimed to be so neat. I worried I would not be up to his standard.  Ha! He must have compared himself to someone truly messy. We bought a country-style bedroom furniture head of the bed had post that came went up high and had  big rounded balls on the head of the bed and foot. He hung his pants on them.

However, I didn’t argue with him, but I started thinking all these things about how messy and clean must be relative and he was messy. Countrified messy, and I am a bit more cultured. How interesting. Because I said very little. My mind was waging war with my feelings. Cause I loved this man a lot.

Our minds can get us into trouble. we usually think something before we do it.

And then, there’s that passage that says, “TAKING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST.”  You can get the idea that Christianity is negative.

I also saw God as someone who watched and waited for me to sin, leaving me afraid.

See what God said in Mark 7:20 – 21 “And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. So what’s the more I’m talking about?

Over time, my perspective has changed. Kim Laliberte experienced this too and she just wrote, Stepping Out: A Journey of the Soul. We will talk about getting that longing filled for more.

Encouragement

Reach Out To Others Prayer

January 24, 2019

It’s so easy to focus on me, Lord. Today, help me see that lonely person of those I don’t notice. Then, teach me how to brighten their day. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

The Soul Groans Prayer

January 19, 2019

Father, the chaos is intense today and my soul groans. Please give me a huge dose of Your love. In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Restlessness

Overcoming Restlessness and Finding Abundance

January 18, 2019

Restlessness. That could describe me years ago.

I can remember as a girl, I would live from one holiday or special occasion to the next. For instance when Easter was coming I’d think about how great that would be, and that anticipation made me happy. Once Easter was over, life went back to the daily routine. And it was blah.

The next holiday or special event? My birthday or a party for someone else’s’ and then back to life’s routine.

I got up in the morning, ate breakfast, went to school, ate lunch, did homework, and went to bed. I took a bath, did chores, changed my clothes, and put my things away. Maybe I read a book, but I didn’t do anything exciting. The next day I did that all over again.

And I was a believer. I knew the Lord and Jesus said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10 (ESV)

Do you ever have a sense of restlessness? Stir crazy? Maybe you don’t have a lot to complain about but life seems dull sometimes.

Heidi McLaughlin has written Restless for More.

Encouragement

Friendgiving Prayer

January 17, 2019

Jesus, I’m so thankful You brought these friends into my life. Help me love them more and think of myself less. In Your Name, Amen.

Encouragement

Thank You Prayer

January 15, 2019

Jesus, I cannot fathom Your sacrifice for me. Truly, Your death proved Your love. Thank You again and again, Amen.

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