It’s February and “love is in the air” a comment I heard amongst a group conversation. There is no question February brings value to relationships on Valentine’s Day and Awareness of heart disease a feature of the Go Red Campaign. They both present symbolism of love, care and compassion for a period of time. How […]
It’s February and “love is in the air” a comment I heard amongst a group conversation. There is no question February brings value to relationships on Valentine’s Day and Awareness of heart disease a feature of the Go Red Campaign. They both present symbolism of love, care and compassion for a period of time. How can we foster the atmosphere of love?
This month I found myself preoccupied with many items on my schedule. One in particular was preparation for our church couple’s ball. I watched and listened to others shopping, discussing gift exchanges . . . it was like Christmas all over. It made me wonder what the world would be like if the same efforts of love were practiced everyday ,as expressed on holidays that symbolize love. Sure there are different types of love; however, just imagine what the world would be like. Would it be . . . heaven on earth?
Today’s society need more love demonstrated to dismiss the effects of the works of the devil. Random acts of kindness will give our world hope and point many to Christ. Extend an hand of compassion and draw others with love and kindness. I challenge you to accept the invitation to love others as Christ loves you – unconditionally.
“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.” Hebrew 10:23 NLT
It is exactly a year ago today, that I read Hebrew 10:23. I thought Lord, what are you saying? During reflection my mind experienced a bobblehead motion; as I read the passage over and over with memories of 2017 flashing in my mind. The handwritten date on the page startled me and my head literally juddered like a bobblehead. Yes, like the figurine with the disproportionately large head. It was as if my head swiveled back and forth as if on a spring . . . at least that is what it felt like.
The bobblehead motion resembles wavering of one’s faith in regard to trusting God. You might be trusting God for a promotion, health and healing, for a spouse in crisis or the salvation of a love one. Perhaps, you are in a crisis or need to make a major decision. Is your faith wavering in a bobblehead motion? How often does your faith resemble a bobblehead figurine?
In 2018 keep a firm posture in faith. Remember God never fails. Guard your heart with God’s word, which will strengthen your focus. The take home point is for you to allow the Word to prevent a state of doublemindedness. While your eyes remain on the prize, unlike a distracted bobblehead. It is my prayer my dear brothers and sisters, that you stand firm.
Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the will and work of the Lord, because your labor will not be in vain (I Cor. 15:58 NIV). God is at work.
By Karynthia Glasper-Phillips
We all know how it feels to be distant from someone we love and to have them stop by unexpected. Yes, indescribable joy. What a refreshing sensation, so sweet we begin to wish it would linger , reclaiming time missed together; perhaps, squandered . . . overlooked busy doing life. Likewise, God wants time with us. We were created by God for relationship (fellowship). Matthew 6:33, reminds us to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”Where have you been? The many sleepless nights, and countless day hours spent chasing your goals?
All of what you are seeking is available for you. Easily attainable, if you consider scheduling time with God the master planner of life.
You can experience a lingering presence of the Spirit of God in “Quiet Time” as you listen to Solveig Leithaug new CD release “TIME” and ignite fresh faith in God’s presence. Listen to her music, as you read your bible, pray and ponder God’s sovereignty.
I would like to introduce Solveig Leithaug to you to experience a Dove Award-winning recording artist an internationally loved singer-songwriter and masterful guitar player. Her gentle-yet-powerful gift for writing and communicating a song catches listeners by surprise and invites them into the joys and challenges that have refined her artistically and spiritually.
With fifteen solo recordings, including her newest release Time (spring 2017), and three best-selling children’s CD’s to her credit, Solveig consistently breaks new ground with each release. Her music is a brilliant blend of heart and art, fitting for a wide variety of events and venues of all sizes.
Award-winning songwriter Gloria Gaither comments on Solveig’s music: “Listening to Solveig singing is like the pure vibrations of an innocent soul. She bypasses our cynical scar tissue and stylistic prejudices and goes–like the laughter of a child–straight to the heart.”
An ordained minister since 1994, Solveig is a commentary writer for Thomas Nelson’s Women of Destiny Bible and contributed devotionals for Thomas Nelson’s 2012 Gaither Homecoming Bible. She currently serves as a founding board member for Compassion International in their Nordic region.
Summarizing her goal as an artist, Solveig states: “Whether performing with a band, full orchestra and choir, or alone with my guitar, my prayer has always been that my music will be an artistic bridge of hope, connecting the listener to their Creator.”In addition to her roles as an actively touring artist, and songwriter, Solveig is first a wife to Jim, a mom and a stepmom. Her family resides near Nashville, Tennessee.
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
Lamentations 3:22-23 (ESV)
Crossroads are places where decisions must be made. The route one selects can determine the path directly to an intended destination, an interruption or perhaps an extended journey. Similarly, the old year of 2016 and the New Year 2017 crossed paths in a split moment; as the years met, many reviewed past events and others previewed their future.
All too often, it is at this juncture that one embraces a sense of celebration along with a hidden presence of sadness and guilt. Why the two emotions? There is relief that we are moving into a new year, but the heaviness of grief may often be apparent because of incomplete or never attempted resolutions during the previous year.
As Christians, some of the main resolutions we make from year to year are: “I will read my Bible and pray more consistently”; “I will exercise, rest, and take better care of my temple (body); etc. Thus, those of us who do not have positive results from our intentions may become paralyzed by failure.
We all have responsibilities that are often re-routed or incomplete for a variety of reasons. In the areas of personal care of our spirit, mind and body, God does not “beat us up” because we didn’t keep resolutions such as reading our Bible and or praying for at least one hour each day on a consistent basis. We self-inflict pain of disappointment.
It is certain that God created us for worship and fellowship, but many of us can and do put restraints on our personal time with God. When this is the case, we grieve spiritually and emotionally, which inhibits the necessary physical energy to read and pray for even brief periods of time.
It also affect momentum toward other goals. Don’t be too hard on yourself when this happens; remember that “His mercies are new every morning”
I would like to encourage you to start with the “trinity rule of thumb”: three minutes of prayer, three minutes of reading scripture, and three minutes of praise and worship; then reflect on the scripture passage one or more times during the day.
It is not the quantity of time, but the quality of time given to complete attention on building a relationship with the Father. If you commit to this time sequence you will soon realize that three minutes in these areas creates a hunger/desire to extend your time as you began to linger in the presence of God through prayer, reading and worship. The more intimate you become with the Father, the more you will become open and obedient to His leading regarding your spiritual , physical and mental well-being one step at a time . What will you do to improve your life?
“A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”
Proverbs 27:12 NLT
Health Moment Flashpoint
Caring for our temples (bodies) is important and essential for completing our journey toward purpose in 2017. Preventative health care of our temples mind and body are demonstrated in balanced living. I have found that the more consistent you are in building a relationship and learning to trust God, the more empowered you are to attain worthwhile and achievable goals, such as establishing/re-establishment of mental and physical health and other positive lifestyle changes.
Imagine you are at a railroad crossing, a train is coming, and the scripture above from Proverbs 27:12 crosses your mind: what decision will you make, what route will you choose? How will you determine to move beyond resolutions to positive results? The New Year positions us at a “flashpoint” to adopt healthier lifestyles, accept or reject new opportunities to complete or start new goals, dreams, and chances to fulfill callings, destiny, and responsibilities. Share your comments with TWM.
In addition to implementing the “trinity rule of thumb” for spiritual renewal, begin physical self-care by scheduling a physical exam. Sisters practice monthly self-breast exams and if age appropriate get your mammogram. Lastly, take a 20 minute walk every day for a “Fresh Start in 2017”.