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Learning to Fly – shared from Godvine.  I loved this and wanted to share it with all of you! images (2)

My neighbor has a number of mature spruce trees in his back yard and every year a family of magpies nests in one of them. We are blessed that our back yard often becomes the place for magpie flight school.

The young birds work their way to the end of a branch, and sit there squawking for a while. Mother magpie is never far away, encouraging the young ones to try again. A nest of magpies can make a lot of noise when it is time to learn to fly.

After working up enough nerve and making a suitable amount of noise the young birds jump, spread their wings and drop to the ground. Squawking some more, they eventually jump up from branch to branch to climb back up the tree, and repeat the process.

The young one goes back to the end of the branch, makes enough noise to work up its nerve and tries it again.

Sometime during the process, they actually get airborne and soar a bit. The first time they soar, it frightens them and they land quickly, unsure of what just happened. Eventually though, they get the idea and fly and soar at will.

As Christians we are often like those young magpies, we stay near the nest and make a lot of noise. Sometimes we take a brief leap, then make a lot of noise over the attempt and head for home.

Other times we actually get to fly a bit, and it surprises and frightens us. We knew it was possible, but we didn’t really think it could happen to us and we stop in disbelief.

Now and then though, we get the idea and actually begin to do what we are called to do and fly. To soar, empowered by Holy Spirit. We begin to become the people of God that we are called to be. Other people see us soaring and the sight turns their mind towards God.

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Each of us is called to work in different ministries. Each of us is at a different point in our faith walk.

Perhaps you haven’t yet broken out of the egg or left the nest. Perhaps you are standing on the edge of the branch squawking in excitement and fear preparing to jump. Maybe you have just soared and it surprised you. Perhaps you are like the mother magpie, knowing you can soar and that it is your duty to encourage others.

Where ever you are in your walk, know that we are called to soar and are empowered to soar, all for the glory of God.

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

Do not grow tired of the attempt — know that the Father has prepared a ministry for you to excel at; to soar and bring Him glory. May you find that ministry and soar in His presence, as He intended, according to his plan. God bless.

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Coming in March: An online study based on The History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible”.

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I can’t begin to tell you all how very much I liked this post. It’s come at a perfect time in my life for reasons I won’t get all into right now. Suffice it to say that I have a hole to go dig.
If this post speaks to you in some way, please share it in the comments section. I’d love to hear about the necessary holes in your life and how the Lord blesses you with a brand new shovel.

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I’m going to share a blog post from Matt McGowen, the Senior Field Coordinator for Make Way Partners.  Please read and then share his blog post with everyone you know and let’s help them get this high school built for these kids!  Thank you in advance for reading it, sharing it, for donating, your prayers, anything  and everything you feel led by God to do for these children.

Battle Cry by guest blogger Matt McGowen 

If you’d like to learn even more about how God is using Kimberly L. Smith and Make Way Partners to bring Hope to many who would otherwise not have much, if any, please see my blog post for the contest to win a FREE copy of Kimberly’s book, “Passport Through Darkness!”  Thank you!  God Bless!

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Have you ever prayed that God would use you?  I started praying this a couple of years ago.  I just had this strong desire to be used by my Creator.  It felt like there was something important missing from my life, like I was missing the point to life itself.

Here in America, most of us are raised hearing about and being groomed for the “American Dream”.  We’re taught that success is getting in to a “good” college and then later landing a dream job and making a lot of money, getting married, buying a house in an affluent neighborhood, driving a certain type of car, having children, and even more recently having the right type of cell phone ( you know… the “smart” kind).  During all of that you’re also to begin storing up money in some time of retirement account so you’ll be able to continue having all the best money can buy even when the time comes that you no longer work.

I didn’t follow along strictly to the above guidelines in my life and for many years felt mostly like a huge disappointment.  I felt like I was less than those that did.  I wondered about that.  Somehow it didn’t seem right that money alone could make us successful or worth greater value as people.  The whole thing felt like a lie to me.

One of my parents believed in God and tried to teach me about Him as best as they knew how, while the other wanted to believe in a made up version that suited the preferred lifestyle.  And even though I’d been off and on raised in churches and knew a few things about Jesus, my teen years were sadly spent far far from Him.  Yet He was never far from me it turns out.

I believe He’s never far from any of us.  We may be running from Him at times, or maybe we’ve spent our whole life running from Him, or even have never known Him at all…. but He knows every single one of us and is with each one until the very day that we die.  He’s always there, waiting on us to “see” Him and take His hand and be led by Him to follow Him into His will.  We just have to choose to do so.

During my adult years Jesus has been right beside me, gently whispering to me to “come home” to Him.  Many times I would faintly hear Him, but then life would crowd out His voice again.  Still, He never once gave up on me.  He’s like that you know.  He never gives up on us.

A few years ago He used a woman, a friend, to show Himself to me through her and I’ve never been the same since.  She quite simply lived in a way that I’d never seen anyone else live.  His love and light shined through her, regardless of her circumstances, and I wanted that same love for myself.  I saw what being close to Jesus could mean and I craved that closeness.  His acceptance and His love.

It’s been a journey, these past few years.  I love the way He doesn’t force Himself on us, but instead is such a gentleman in the truest sense.  He courts us lovingly and waits patiently while we make mistake after mistake, wrong choice after wrong choice.  It seems that every time I think I’ve gotten it figured out, He shows me that I’m so very mistaken all over again and he beckons me closer so I can learn.

He’s now answering my prayer to be used by Him.  It’s a dangerous prayer it turns out.  He will gladly take you up on it if you ask Him.  He’s using other people who have prayed the same thing to show me, and lead, and guide me to where He wants me to be.  It’s an amazing thing to watch unfold over time.  I’m learning more and more, every single day, to be more obedient, to say “Yes, Lord” more quickly, and to see Him outside of the box that He’s put into so often here in America.

I can’t wait to see what He brings into my tomorrows.

“But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.” ~ Jesus ♥ Luke 11:28

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How many times do we tell God – I love You, but…?

Anytime we choose sin over God’s good plan for us, we are basically telling Him that we love Him, but this other activity is worth going against His plan. Maybe it’s a tv show you love, maybe it’s music you enjoy, or movies, or books, even hanging out with friends that aren’t believers; things we enjoy, but deep down inside, we know in our hearts that it makes God unhappy because it isn’t good for us. The Bible is His gift to us so we can know about His plan for us, what’s best for us to do, and what’s best for us not to do. God KNOWS all that is best for us and wants us to have that best.

Satan comes along and does his best to tempt us and blind us to God’s Word. He makes us think that this one little thing (favorite tv show or music video) won’t really matter cause gee… look at what so n so is doing and well goodness… it’s fun and I love this (song, show, movie, whatever). Surely, this   o n e   l i t t l e   t h i n g  won’t matter all that much to God. Surely, me doing this   o n e    l i t t l e    t h i n g    won’t really “hurt me” in any way since, after all, I’m saved by **Grace, not by my “works”.   These are all saying to God “I love You, but.”

He’s the Author of everything, He loves us so much He sent His very own Son to live on this earth, and be a perfect sacrifice for us.   Yet, we sell Him out for an hour of primetime tv. I don’t know about you all, but this hurts me when I think of what this does to His heart.  I pray that the Holy Spirit will help me to say “God, I love You, but…”  less and less each day.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2 (NLT)

You say, “I am allowed to do anything” — but not everything is good for you.  And even though “I am allowed to do anything,” I must not become a slave to anything. 1st Corinthians 6:12 (NLT)

 

 

** God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.  Ephesians 2:8-9  (NLT)

***Chapters 7 and 8 in Romans are both good to read in regards to this subject.

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When many unbelievers hear the word “Christian” what do you think comes to their minds?  Someone that goes to church on Sundays and occasionally reads a Bible?  Someone who is sometimes nice, yet sometimes not, depending on their circumstances? Someone who is sometimes happy, yet sometimes isn’t, again depending on their circumstances?  Or maybe they think of someone who tries to tell them all the ways they need to change their lives for the better, yet is still someone who appears to be in some serious need of changing their own life?

James 1:22 (NLT) says: “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.”

God wants you to be a DOER of the Word and not just someone who hears it on Sunday while you’re in church. The best way to show the love of Jesus Christ is by your own example; the way you live and share His abundant love with others.  We can tell people about Jesus and His love for them, but if we’re not living differently than the rest of the people they know, they won’t have any reason to listen.

Would you even consider hiring a mechanic if he’d only read a book about working on cars, or would you prefer that he have at least some experience at working on them?  I’m betting that you wouldn’t even consider taking just his advice, on matters relating to your car, if he’s only read the manual and hasn’t gotten some experience in working on them. 

People in the world need to see Christians who live differently than they do. They need to see us living what we try so hard to teach them. And they desperately need to see some proof that choosing to follow Jesus Christ WILL impact their lives in a powerful way. Unbelievers need to see us helping those who are in need, not just living a selfish life where our own needs always come first.

These changes don’t happen overnight, no. But changes DO happen in your life when you begin to actually practice what you preach and do what you hear in church on Sundays. The Holy Spirit will work within you and transform you, leaving evidence that He’s been at work inside you when you make the decision to truly become a doer of His Word. The Bible calls it fruit. And people NEED to see some serious fruit in those of us that call ourselves Christians.

People saying that they’re Christians yet acting as if they’re unbelievers is crushing the hope, that some people have, that maybe there is a savior for the world. It is causing untold amounts of people to decide that they want nothing to do with the hypocrisy and lies.

This is serious business. We need to stand up and do what we can to make a difference for those that are looking to us to see this change that we, as Christians, say is available through Christianity.  We need to live in a way that proves that we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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