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Daily Scripture from Genesis 4:6-7

The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”~ Genesis 4:6-7 Well, we know that Cain does not master much of anything because later in the chapter he winds up killing his brother. Even more disturbing is that when God is telling him what the consequences of his actions are, Cain is only thinking of himself and the suffering he will go through. The brother that he killed seems to be the farthest thing from his mind. Aren’t there times in our life when we blatantly and knowingly do something that we know is wrong, whether it be passively or actively? It could be something we say or think and we know we are wrong for it, or something that we do, or a place we go, or a man or woman we talk too inappropriately or anything like that. God is saying that there are consequences and we really should not be s

Everything by Lifehouse

This song is a great one. Being that I like all kinds of music with the exception of heavy metal and hard core rap, I'll be posting a variety of artist as I explore more Christian and Gospel music. I heard this song about a year ago and had no idea that this was a Christian band. Since April is right around the corner, I think they will be my feature artist for April. Everything

Our Thoughts Are Powerful

It's funny, in one of my last posts, I talked about speaking power (like the type God displayed in creating the world) and the power of our thoughts; then today, I get Joyce Meyer's magazine in which she is focusing on the power of our thoughts. Our thoughts can be used for great things and to destroy everything around us if we let them. Negativity definitely kills, and negative thoughts manifest themselves into our lives. I will admit that I am not always the most positive person in the room. I think I was born a pessimist and evolved into a realist (by my standards, of course) three days out the week. I try very hard to stay positive and optimistic the other four days. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:2 to to " set your minds on things above, not on earthly things ." He would not bother with that if our minds and thoughts did not drive our actions and interactions with others. That is also the reason why it is important to constantly stay in the Lord because when we

You Are Loved (Don't Give Up) by Josh Groban

I am trying to listen to better music than what I do regularly. Every so often (probably more), I will post something that I think is inspiring, moving, or I just like.

Daily Scripture from Genesis 3:11-13

And He said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not eat from?" 12The man said,"The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." 13The the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." ~ Genesis 3:11-13 This scripture is a trip to me. The moment we defy God sin becomes an integral part of our lives. First off, God is walking in the Garden with them (Genesis 3:8)! That is the type of relationship they had with God. They used to just chill together, shooting the breeze. God, knowing what happened, did not really need to question them but asked them for an explanation anyway. This is where we (mankind) start digging our hole. Neither Adam nor Eve took responsibility for their actions. Adam even hinted at blaming God. He basically said well you put Eve here and she gave me the apple, so it's your f

Testimony from Angelia Vernon Menchan

I have spent most of my life as a spiritual girl, giving thanks and praises for the blessed life I live. I attend church, work in a ministry and always try to be supportive of community issues. However, I was never sure what my ‘ministry’ was. I have always had a rapport with young people, even spending three years as a Job Corps Counselor. Most recently I found myself ‘talking’ to a continuing stream of young women, mentoring them if you will. But until I penned my latest book, Is No Not Clear Enough For You?, I never knew what my calling was. I had written four books and had become accustomed to people saying my words touched them, but it never felt like it made a difference. But once my readers started contacting me about Is No Not Clear Enough for You? and saying things such as, ‘this book changed me’, ‘made me reevaluate my spirituality’ and 'my daughter and I communicate better', I realized what it was to have a mission and a ministry. To be able to sit in church, seein

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Daily Scripture: Genesis 2:24-25

For this reason man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. 25The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. ~Genesis 2:24-25 In this day in age, that whole one flesh thing is not really working for us. Christians and non-Christians alike are experiencing about a 50% divorce. According to enrichment journal on the divorce rate in America: The divorce rate in America for first marriage is 41% The divorce rate in America for second marriage is 60% The divorce rate in America for third marriage is 73% Hmmm, we could not get it right the first time around so let's keep trying. Well, based on the above, that's not working too well either. There are so many reasons why this is happening that stem from that first sin. Adam and Eve were naked with each other and felt no shame. How many of us can say that we are completely naked with our spouse? I am sure that there are hidden feelings, secrets, unexpressed desires, and

Purpose Driven Life Day 5: Seeing Life from God's View

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanished. ~James 4:14 In this chapter, Rick Warren talks about the three ways that God sees our life- a test, a trust and a temporary assignment. I will be honest, I have never thought about my life in any of these terms. I have thought about life being about learning lessons that God wants us to understand in order to be better people. It seems that instead we learn those lessons from being tested. The thing is to keep these perspectives in mind when we are in the midst of going through drama. If I am able to keep in mind that life is a test and a trust then maybe the choices and decisions I make would be affected. Maybe I would pay more attention and make better choices, act better or remove myself from compromising situations. When I look back on certain points in my life, there are areas that I did not pass the testing of my faithfulness or patience or lov

Daily Scripture: Genesis 1:3-5

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. ~Genesis 1:3-5 God said it and it was. He is so glorious that simply speaking His desires can make them happen. Can you image having the power to speak something and have it happen? I do not even want that kind of power if I could have it because a whole lot of things would be happening that would not remotely be of God. I would speak a Mercedes in my garage. There probably would be some people that just vanished into thin air. Debt? What debt? And all of a sudden that excess baby fat would just melt away. No it is better that we do not have that type of speaking power. God knows that we would not be able to handle it. Nevertheless, He gave us all that we could handle. He gave us Jesus and through Him the Holy Spirit. Now, I bel

In A Funky Mood?: Somebody Cares

And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teacher of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” ~Luke 9:22 There are times when we go through things and it seems as if we are all alone in our suffering. It is almost as if there is no one that can understand our situation or relate to it. You may have friends that would be more than happy to listen to you vent about the things going on in your life, but, let’s face it; sometimes we just don’t want to talk about it. Sometimes it does not even seem worth it to talk about it because at the end of the day it is going to be our problem to deal with. It is at those moments that, I think, we feel most alone. It seems easy to let those moment get us down because who out there can relate to what we are going through. Sometimes we might even take it a step further and wonder who even cares about our problems. Everyone has his or her own issue to deal with an

Sincere and Pure Devotion: Do No Lose Heart

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ ~2 Corinthians 11:3 How is it that a person decides to commit to something and starts out with enthusiasm unbound only to eventually fall behind and waver in what seemed to be a strong commitment? I am fairly sure that I am not the only person who has decided to commitment to something that will bring me closer to God only to disappoint myself in how much time I actually end up devoting to it. Unlike Eve, we don't have actually serpents slithering around, trying to convince us to stray away from God. Things are more subtle now that we can easily miss the influences that take us away from God. In my case, it was life. It was commitments to other things, procrastination, mismanagement of time and just plain old laziness. For the life of me, I cannot fathom how I could not find 15 minutes a day to stay commited to my devotions.

Getting Ahead in Life: Take God With You

11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in his toil--this is the gift of God. 14 I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that men will revere him. ~Ecclesiastes 3:11-14 God is God--awesome and powerful and mighty and all the things that we cannot even begin to wrap our minds around. Scientist and scholars have devoted their lives to trying to figure out how God has gone about doing his thing. Scholars and philosophers have spent generations trying to unearth and expose the Bible. Whether a person is a believer or not, the Bible is an awesome book and phenomenon. God has given us the world and we don't even know how to act. God has not o

Amazon Bestsellers in Movies: 101 Dalmatians

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Amazon Electronic Bestsellers: JBL On Tour Portable Speaker System

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Amazon Bestsellers in Books: A New Earth

Parlez Entertainment on Haitus Yes, I am still on haitus. If you didn't know it, click the above link to get the lowdown. So, I will not be doing the celebrity gossip but I will post updates from Amazon. I will just be listing some of their bestsellers that I find interesting. The number one book and an Oprah pick: 18. 27. 44.

Want To Be Rich?

Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. ~Proverbs 23:4 Proverbs 23 has some wonderful nuggets and some verses that make me want to chuckle. I have a weird sense of humor so that is not odd. Anyway, I recommend you take a read of that one. I have this overwhelming desire inside of me to be something more than average. Actually, average was not even on my radar. As a kid, I wanted to go to school, find a good job, and work until I retire. At some point, and I am not sure when, I wanted more. As I am trying to get a handle on how to better serve God, I am learning that this need I have to do more is most likely stemming from the fact that I am not on the path God chose for me. I am not doing what he intended with my gift; therefore, I have all this energy that is all over the place. Anyone who knows me well, can tell you that I have 101 things going on. I understand now that I was wearing myself out to get rich. I equated wealth (like MTV Cribs wealth or m

God's Word is Healing

Since I have been back, I have been so happy to be home and be with my family. It was pure joy (not like the one that God gave me) for a moment. After that moment, the problems of my everyday life assaulted me. Some are problems (financial ones) can be solved easily and practically although they will require some time and a strong plan. Other problems in my life require more. They require prayer and willingness, and truth, honesty, honor, love and the the willingness to fight for what God intended. Some problems slice through our hearts and may leave us feeling hopeless and as if we want to give up. That is just how life is. When we are out of the problem or that phase in our life have past, we can see more clearly but when we are in the pit of the problem it is hard to focus of anything besides the pain and frustrations it causes us. I cannot say that I have been there because it seems more as though I live there. Recently, I did not even want to read God's word. I sat and talked

I am back from the Wilderness

I have been back for a little over a week now and I have not totally gotten back into the groove of things. My time is very much misspent on things that do not seem to have any consequence except for the time I spend with my children. I missed them so much and even though they drive me crazier by the second I love them without boundaries. There are a lot of post that I have to work on getting on here. I have been reading the "Purpose Driven Life" although I will be completely honest and admit that I am ten days behind. Being in the wilderness sought of mess me up so now I am playing catch up. If there is anything that we should remember when we go through life, it should be that God is awesome. Seriously! And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen. ~1 Pete 5:10-11