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Am I Doing Enough?

I rented Machine Gun Preacher last night and was left with a disquieting question. (disclaimer: this movie is rated R for violence and language) Am I doing enough for God? Now, as a life-long believer, I know that is such a terrible question to ask. The Christian walk is not about doing…it is about a relationship with Jesus. But is my relationship deep enough to where I am actively pursuing His work around me?

If God is all about His mission in this world – to bring people into relationship with Him – then how am I participating in that mission?

My answer is lamentable. Not much. Yes, I am a preacher’s wife, but what have I been doing other than going to church every Sunday, sing in the Praise Team, help out occasionally in children’s class, and support my husband? Nothing. I quit having people in my home because I live so far away from church. I don’t visit others now that I work full time. I haven’t organized anything because, well, I work and am tired.

As for bringing people into relationship with Jesus? Nope.

In the movie Machine Gun Preacher, the main character, Sam, went on a mission trip to Uganda to work on constructing buildings for the people there. When he went to Sudan and saw that mass of orphans there, he was moved to help. He saw the need in front of him and he acted upon it.

So often my eyes are clouded by all the stuff in life that keeps me busy…to the point that I forget that my life should revolve around Jesus. I want to see clearly. I want to see where God is working and join Him in His work.

Not that I have to be doing something big or great, but I want to be His hands, His mouth, His embrace wherever needed. I want others to experience Jesus when they are around me. I want them to taste and see that He is good.

Am I doing enough? Probably not. But I do have Jesus in my heart and He will work His will in me if I let Him.

Have an awesome weekend!

p.s. I lost 1 pound last night at weigh in!!! Finally! I’ve either stayed the same or gained a little the past month…grrrr.

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The Bloom of the Cross

Yesterday was a beautiful reminder God’s love. As Christians, Easter is THE day. It’s the celebration of life – true life in Jesus.

It’s the day we are reminded that Jesus has taken our crosses…our burdens, our failures, our sin…and nailed them to the cross. It’s the day we are reminded that because of Jesus’ resurrection, we have new life, a beautiful life.

Jesus has taken the ugly cross of our sin and failure and replaced it with beauty and life. Real life. Joyful life. Life with meaning and purpose.

Yesterday our church came to the front of the sanctuary and placed carnations upon the cross of failure that we created last week. What was once a cross of thorns and ugliness became a cross of velvet beauty.

That’s what Christ does for each and every one who believes in Him. He takes our failure and sin and turns it into success and beauty. He transforms us, loving us into becoming a person for His glory. A person of beauty. A person of joy. A person who oozes God’s love.

What has the bloom of the cross done for you? Are you experiencing His transforming power or are you struggling under the weight of the thorny cross?

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My First Maundy Thursday

Our church, Plymouth Park Church of Christ, joined with the Presbyterian church down the street for a Maundy Thursday service last night. Maundy Thursday, otherwise known as Holy Thursday, is a day to remember the Last Supper that Jesus spent with his disciples. It is a time to reflect on the holiness of Jesus and his directives to us.

The message last night was a simple one. The events of the Last Supper were beautiful symbols of God’s greatest commandments: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and love your neighbor as yourself.

When Jesus broke the bread and passed the cup during this supper, he was giving us a ritual to remember him and his holiness. We are to remember his sacrifice, his love, his holiness. We are to love Him and the One who sent Him.

When Jesus took off his outer garments, wrapped a towel around his waist, and began to wash his disciples feet, he was giving us an example to follow in expressing our love for others…the second greatest commandment.

When Jesus is Lord, he is not just the “boss” of our lives. He is Lord because he is our Savior. He didn’t just tell us how to live – he showed us how we should live.

The One who is above all became the servant of all! When we fully understand this and take it to heart, His words, His “rules”, His directives become joy to us. They become living water to our thirsty souls and bread to our hungry hearts.

At the end of the message last night, the church was asked to stand and make their way to the front of the sanctuary. When we got to the front, the pastor pour water over our hands, reminding us of Jesus’s example to serve. We then were given the sacraments of communion, reminding us of God’s love for us and His desire for us to love Him.

Have you experienced a Maundy Thursday service? How has God spoken his love over you lately? 

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Love At First Sight BlogFest

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is the day of Courtney’s Love At First Sight BlogFest. Jump over to her blog to read scenes of love at first sight.

Alas, my WIP does not have a “love at first sight” scene since my heroine is disguised as a boy for quit awhile. So I found a clip of the new Emma where Mr. Knightly professes his love for Emma. Not really a love at first sight either, but it’s a first declaration of love. Very nice. 🙂