For those of you who are not on certain Social Media sites, I publish “Short Takes” every day. Below are the takes for last week. I pray they bless you and keep you striving toward a full Kingdom walk ‘for such a time as this!’
The Kingdom of God is established in this season as the remnant stands. Those with ears to hear: Arise!
Knowing a lot of facts simply means you know a lot of facts. Knowing God’s truth…therein lies wisdom. Seek His truth!
Some people go through life not considering the impact that their words and actions have on those around them. They do and say whatever works for them at the moment with little regard for others. In their mind they are righteous, yet they can leave a trail of devastation behind them.
Do not be that person! Consider your words. Put the needs of others above your own. Show compassion. It is not about what you may perceive has been done to you. It is every bit about how you respond and what you carry in your heart. It is after
In reading 2 Corinthians today about Paul’s thorn in the flesh some things occurred to me. Much speculation has been made over the centuries about what his thorn may have been but all you really need to know is that something challenged him ‘in the flesh’ that God did not remove. He asked God to take it away three times. I often marveled that he only asked three times. How often do you ask for a challenge to be removed from your life? I know I certainly exceed the three time pattern or request concerning the challenges in my life!
What does love mean to you? Love is…[fill in the blank]. I am sure it means something different to each of us, yet at the core love is simply love. Volumes could be and have been written about love so what I will share is just a snapshot.
In looking up definitions of love I found almost a total inclusion of sexual attraction. So you could deduce that in the world love is often confused with lust. Of course in a committed marital relationship sex is a component but it surely is not the total take. Loving someone in a
Never underestimate what someone else carries. You only see an infinitesimal snapshot of what is their life and what are their challenges. Plus, you see what you see through your own filter which is skewed by your own life experiences.
It is always a heart issue. What do you harbor deep in the recesses of your heart? What is in your heart will determine how you perceive your world and the world of another. If you harbor bitterness, rejection, anger, unforgiveness and the like, you will see all things through a negative lens. You will operate from a place of
In Esther’s Warriors Ministry, we began in 2012 ‘praying the states’ for healing for our Nation. Queen Esther went before the king to intercede for her people. We go before the King to intercede for our Nation ‘for such a time as this’ (Esther 4:14). We pray for each state in the order of admission to the Union and will continue. Our Nation more than ever needs consistent, diligent prayer cover state by state.
How do you see your life-intrinsically good or bad? Are you a victim? Do you overthink things? I know I do at times.
In the end, God is in control. You can decide to do it your way but I have found that does not always end well. Rather than looking at all that may be wrong, start focusing on all that may be right in your life.
Live by God’s moral code. Be thankful. Stop complaining and ruminating about things you cannot change. Change the things you can beginning with your focus and attitude!
Over the last two weeks several people in my life have passed away. Whether expected or suddenly, death is so very final. There are no more conversations. There are no more connections.
You never know the time that you or another will pass away. Pettiness, anger, resentment, bitterness and the like are such a waste of your time. They are a detriment to your heart (and it is always a heart issue). If you have any unsettled issues with someone, do your best, within reason, to bring resolution. If that is not possible person to person then clear your own
The change in your life begins with you. Take an inventory. Release what no longer serves your God given vision. Add what will enhance and grow your life in a positive direction. You only pass this way but once. Be quite selective about whom you invite to make this journey with you. Not everyone can go forward with you to where God is taking you now.
Let the old fall away as He directs. Some are in your life simply for a season. Do not hold tight to what or whom He may be releasing from your journey. Move forward.
Life is truly such an awesome gift from God every single moment! How do you open your gift? Do you tear through it haphazardly and miss the beauty of the wrapping? Do you miss the layers of “tissue” moments it affords? Do you really see the preciousness or do you wish for something else or something more? Do you discard life moments like used paper and bows?
Really look at how you are spending your life. It is exquisite if you have eyes wide open. It is magnificent if you listen carefully. It is priceless if you spend each minute