We get so disappointed when people don't measure up to our expectations. We measure others by our own measuring stick. The problem with this is that only God, knows a man or woman's heart. We can not make a decision based on our perceptions of where a person is in their spirituality, or their growth in God.
Galatians 6:4-6 (ERV) Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. 5 You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.
ACTION STEP: We must ask the Lord to show us His heart for people. Only God knows what is inside a man, or woman, and with out the wisdom of God we will misjudge others. So, today ask God for His wisdom. Ask God to open your eyes to the Spirit realm. Then, He will give us the keys to the Kingdom, that Jesus went to Hell to get, because we can be trusted to treat His children with the same love that He loved.
God has a way of taking care of His own. Traveling I depend on my GPS. I travel with others and they depend on their instincts. We as the Body of Christ are all different, with varying gifts. The challenge is to appreciate one another's gifts. Many want to change the other person rather than working together for the good of all. How about you? How are you treating those whose gifts differ from your own?
I don't know about you, but I am really glad the parts of my body I don't see, work just as good as the parts I go see. In fact the parts I don't see and you don't see are really more important. When was the last time you saw someone's liver, heart, kidneys or brain? That's right you can't. However, they would not be whole and healthy without them. We appreciate them all working to full capacity that God intended.
So, what part of the Body of Christ are you to be occupying? How well are you functioning? How well are you cooperating with the rest of the Body? You will never be more satisfied than when you are fulfilling the purpose for which God created you.
ACTION STEP: Do your part. Whatever God has called you to do, do it with all your heart, mind, will and soul!
Happy birthday to my husband of 41 years. He and I are both Lions when you are discussing temperaments, which they say never happens. Two Lions do not usually marry one another, We are Type A driving personalities with a close 2nd with a Melancholy perfectionist. No wonder it's hard to live in this temple my Bio DNA is at war between being an extrovert, and an introvert. My husband is at war too. Some of you are saying, "I got you sister". The rest of you are saying, "What are you talking about?" I am talking about Temperaments.
Psalm 139:14 (NKJV) "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,And that my soul knows very well."
We are usually a blend of two higher scored ones, and have a little of the other two in us. People tend to marry their opposites. Children are usually a blend of their parents. There is a great book available called, "Why we act the way we do" by Tim LaHaye. It is a great read and really helps you to understand and interact with others.
I hope this article is helpful. For more information you can contact me at 304-292-7283 or here on the comment section of the blog.
Remember Jesus was all the temperaments strengths and none of the weaknesses so as we become more like Him our strengths grow and our weaknesses diminish. You can order the book in our bookstore you like: www.restorationchurch Intl.org. https://squareup.com/store/rci-bookstore/item/why-you-act-the-way-you-do-by-tim-lahaye
Taking time for connections with people we love can be tough. We all have different demands upon our lives that we must divide into a 24 hour period. There are many stages of life. Some stages it seems 24 hours is ample. Then there are the "Whirlwind Stages" of life where even if God would double up, we would sill run out of time before we ran out of things to do.
God created time for man. He doesn't need it. He can be every where at once, and never gets over booked. He even tells us in His word that, our times are in His hands. I would say, I am a handful at the least. I know this all sounds funny, but it is really a sad situation when we love people, and would rather be with people than do the maintenance, and work, it takes to reach people, and meet their needs, as well as train, prepare and equip them; for their future, and the enlargement of the Kingdom of God. I have attached a sermon below for your personal study time. It is not mine, but I did enjoy it, and, hope that it does help you, and others..
Time Management – God’s Way
Think for a moment what the greatest stressors in your life are today. Haven’t your stressors involved some feelings of being overloaded with responsibilities – at home – at work – at school – at church – or maybe a combination of all of these plus more. You are stressed because you are: running late for an appointment then get stopped at a traffic light. Then the car starts acting up – and how are you going to find the money and the time to get it fixed? Is there going to be enough time to come home from work – cook dinner and then still make it to school for the kids program? Oh, and by the way Joe down the street suggested you should get together sometime for coffee – you told him you would call him back but you still haven’t taken the time to call him back yet.
Each of these anxiety-producers has to do with time management. Think of how many day-to-day issues involve the use of time. In fact that is what the day consists of – T – I – M – E. The clock seems to be our enemy – because it keeps on ticking no matter what happens – regardless whether we have time for it or not.
The solution is time management. But here is the catch. Time management will require work if you want to succeed. It will require hard work. It will require home work and it will require heart work. Being successful at time management – requires work.
In today’s sermon, I would like to talk about five key principles of time management. These principles will help you manage your time as you struggle with your overwhelming situations of life. Let me give you five guiding principles of time management. Here is guiding principle number one:
1. Set PRIORITIES
You cannot be effective in time management unless you set priorities.
Probably many of you know the illustration of the physics teacher who gave his students a wide-mouth mason jar. He then gave them five big rocks, a handful of marbles, a container of sand and a glass of water. He said, “You’ve got fifteen seconds to put all of these items in the jar."
The physics teacher then stepped back with stopwatch in hand and yelled, “Go!” The students poured in the sand, threw in the marbles and started stuffing the rocks in. After fifteen seconds he shouted, “Times up.” There still sitting on the table were three large rocks and the glass of water. The students started complaining, “It can’t be done. It’s impossible. All that stuff will not fit. The jar is too small.”
The teacher calmly said, “I can put them all in the jar.” The students responded, “Show us.” So they dumped everything back on the table – separated everything and started over. The teacher then took the jar and placed a couple of the big rocks in the jar. He filled in any gaps around the big rocks with the marbles and continued to fill the jar until it was up to the brim with all the big rocks and all the marbles. The teacher then took the sand and slowly poured it into the jar and watched as it cascaded around the rocks and the marbles – filling all the holes and spaces. He then took the glass of water and poured it into the jar. Everything fit perfectly. He then said, “It all fits – but it depends on the order that you put them in the jar – that is a matter of setting priorities. When you set priorities you can make it happen.” Jesus said it this way:
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 (NKJV)
Jesus was saying that we need to set priorities in life. Time management number one is set priorities.
Here is principle number two:
2. Build RELATIONSHIPS
We find that Jesus set this principle when He was asked:
“Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” Matthew 22:36-40 (HCSB)
In this short statement – Jesus tells us that there are two relationships that are vital.
A. Our relationship with our Heavenly Father – and
B. Our relationship with other people.
Why would He tell us that relationships are the most important things? Because all the “stuff” – material possessions – will disappear – but relationships will last. The money – the job – the possessions – the toys – all that “stuff” – will all be gone in the end. But your relationship with God will last forever. In fact – where you will spend eternity is based on one thing – your relationship with God. Therefore, your relationship to God is of vital importance. If you do nothing else in this life – take the time to build your relationship with God.
The third element of good time management is:
3. Take Time To PLAN
Someone once told me – you need to hope for the best – but plan for the worst. There is much wisdom it that statement. Jesus talked about planning when He said,
“For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’ Luke 14:28-30 (ESV)
Let me ask you a question – how many of you planned to be here today? You know what? – I did too. In fact I even came today – prepared to preach. I knew that last week I left here as the pastor and I planned to return this week as the pastor. I also knew that as the pastor someone here would expect me to preach. So you know what I did – I planned for it. I prepared my sermon – I wrote it out. I went over it and over it so that I knew most of it by heart – not necessarily word for word for word – but thought by thought. When I prepare – I prepare so much that I usually don’t need to look at my notes very often. That planning and preparation allows me the freedom to look at you – and talk to you. But that just does not happen – it comes with work – it comes with experience – it comes with planning. I believe that every minister should take time to plan out their messages.
When I was in seminary I took a course called, “Planning a Year’s Preaching”. In that course we were taught how to plan the sermons that would be delivered in the coming year. Many things are set – many things are not. For example we all know that Christmas and Easter will come around every year. So I get a yearly calendar and mark those dates down. If I want to do a series leading up to those dates – or around those dates – I mark that down too. That way, as time approaches, I can plan for that sermon or series. I can gather material and start building the sermon. Planning helps me prepare for better sermons and I think everyone wants to hear good sermons.
Planning can also help with your family life. You know that each year birthdays come around – and so do holidays. We all have our family traditions – plan for them – prepare for them. Proverbs tells us:
“The plans of the diligent certainly lead to profit, but anyone who is reckless certainly becomes poor.” Proverbs 21:5 (HCSB)
The Message Bible says it this way:
“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” Proverbs 21:5 (MSG)
Do you want to use your time wisely? Plan ahead.
The fourth principle of time management is:
4. Take time to ORGANIZE
Folks I cannot tell you how much time I have spent looking for things that I have misplaced – but I have spent quite a bit of time looking for things I have misplaced. One of the things that really bothers me is when I am working on something such as my lawn mower – and I will lay a part or a tool down and then I can’t find it. I have not moved on inch from where I am working – but the thing is gone. I don’t know if there is such a thing as a “hide-it fairy” – but if there is – this fairy visits my home on a regular basis. (I really don’t believe in fairies.) I have spent many a minute – looking for something that is within arm’s length – and sometime within plain sight. No wonder Jesus could tell this story:
"Imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won’t she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she’ll call her friends and neighbors: ’Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!’ Count on it—that’s the kind of party God’s angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God." Luke 15:8-10 (MSG)
We all know what it means to loose something. One way to help save time is to take time to organize.
The other day I was looking for something on my computer. I had not opened it in over a week. It probably took me over an hour to find it – because I had not placed it in a file and labeled it correctly. Once I found it I put it in a place where I knew I could find it. I will be honest with you however – there are things that I have misplaced and have never found them. But if I organize things – label things – group similar things together – nine times out of ten – it will help me save time.
Here is the fifth principle:
5. Learn to be FLEXIBLE
Folks – right here is a key principle. The reason I say this is – because no matter how much you plan – no matter how much you organize – no matter how much you prioritize – things could happen which will change everything. There are events in life that can happen quickly – in an instant – that can change our lives forever. Someone once told me – that there should be another beatitude – it goes like this:
“Blessed are the flexible, for they are not easily broken.”
In my studies I have found that the Puritans would make elaborate plans. They would outline their lives and plan out what they hoped to do. They must have spent hours setting priorities – planning – setting goals for their lives. But one thing that they did – which impressed me – was at the end of plans they would say – “God willing”. Folks – isn’t that the bottom line. “God willing” As we plan - it is still God who is control - and we can never forget that fact.
I want you to meet Richard. Richard was a young man who came from a very poverty stricken background. But Richard was determined that he would not remain in poverty. Richard planned to marry and he planned that his wife and children would have the good things of life – live a comfortable life. He would never allow his wife to suffer as his mother suffered in poverty. Richard worked hard at a full time job and went to college full time too. He was not much of a church goer – in fact he thought church was a waste of time. He eventually earned a Masters degree in Business Administration. Everybody who met him would say, “Now there’s a guy who’s going somewhere. One day that guy is going to make it big.”
Richard was hired by a good company. He got married and had a couple of kids – a boy and a girl. They lived a very comfortable life. But Richard was driven with the need to accumulate more. He worked more and more hours on the job. He moved up the company ladder. He invested his money well and made a killing on the market. The guy had success written all over him. His wife asked him if he could finally cut back on work so they could spend some time together. He told her that after this next big move, he would cut back – but not now. Right now he really needed to invest more time in the job. He needed to keep climbing the ladder socially and economically and win the admiration of all – and so he tried.
One day Richard realized that he had gone as far up the ladder as he could go. Again his wife asked him, “Come and spend more time with me and the children. Take off on Sunday and go to church with us.” He told her, "You know honey, I’ve gone as far as I can go with this company. I’m only forty-five years old – but I’ve got a plan to be a bigger success. I want to tell you about in the morning after I run some numbers on the computer.”
Sitting at the computer Richard was thinking, “I’ve made a lot of money with these stocks, but I don’t want to keep it all here. I’ll sell them and invest in gold – hopefully I’ll double what I’m making now. Boy I’ve got a lot of good things – a beautiful home – a Mercedes and a Lexus – and money in the bank to boot. My wife is right though – I need to sit back and enjoy the things that I have worked so hard for. I need to relax a little – I have done such a good job – getting where I am now.”
While he was admiring his great skill and accomplishments – looking over all the material “stuff” he had gathered – for the first time he heard God speak. God said, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself." With that message, Richard grabbed for his chest. He slumped over on his computer and He died. His wife found him there at the next day simply looking as though he had fallen asleep.
Jesus said, "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich in Godly things. God knows all about our plans and our dreams. He knows all about what it is we plan to accomplish and what are motives are in accomplishing it. He knows all the hours we’re putting in and the sacrifices we’re making. But God knows something we don’t. God knows when our clock is going to stop ticking. Just when Richard thought he was ready to enjoy it, he lost it all.
The tragedy was not in losing his wealth or even dying. The tragedy was that he had gained his wealth – all of his “stuff” – at the expense of neglecting his relationship with God and his family. His stewardship of his life was an utter failure. He had been prepared in advance for every board meeting, he had prepared in advance for every interview, he had prepared in advance to make sure his financial situation was in order, but when it came to the biggest meeting of his life, the most important interview we must all experience, and examination of his account in heaven before the throne of God – Richard was totally unprepared.
The only one who could possibly provide him with any assistance at the judgment seat of God, was Jesus Christ. But all through his life, Richard had been too busy to make time for Jesus. He could not be bothered with the ministry of the church. He had to work overtime and extra-time. He had to go to this meeting and that meeting. He had to play golf with the right group of people and go to the proper social functions. Surely God understood all this – a person has to make a living you know. But because Richard did not have time for God – God did not have a place in eternity for him.
Folks – Jesus put it this way:
“If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 16:24-27 (KJV)
How we spend our time is important. Are you building a relationship – with God?
I want to thank Rick Gillespie-Mobley for the final illustration.
Our Lord is and always will be the greatest leader ever. The Lord lead by example. The Lord used the principle we all are aware of "Watch, See, Do". Our Lord chose twelve. However, there were those He told, "Come follow me..." We don't know all there names. We don't even know how many refused to follow. We do know He said there would be a 30-60-100 fold principle at work. I hate that. I want everyone to be a 100% but even Jesus's ministry did not have that kind of success. But, He kept trying to make others better even until His death. I want to live like that.
I don't want to create a bunch of followers. I desire and have a mandate from God to create more leaders. I want to be sure that when I am gone I leave in my wake hundreds of people who can easily do what I do and do it better, faster and with more love for those they lead.
So, where do I begin? I begin by being an example others can follow. I ask myself can those that see my life "Watch-See-Do"? Is it that clear? Can those that tour my life see clearly my footsteps? Do they know that when there is only one set of steps it is because I was willing to carry them until they were strong enough to walk on their own once again.
Galatians 6:9 (NIV) "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
I am still going for the 100% and if I can help you please contact me. email@example.com
"Kings take pleasure in honest lips; they value the one who speaks what is right." (Proverbs 16:13)
Each year I host a woman's intensive. I call it an "Intensive" because it is just that--it's an intensive three days and nights of training, coaching, mentoring and pouring everything I am and everything I have into the women that come to invest in themselves. I hold nothing back. I give them my all. Christ gave His all and held nothing back. I imitate Him and He makes me an original.
If I in any way attempt to be anyone or anything else other than what God has created me to be I know that I will fail miserably and I will fail those that I am pouring my life into. I heard Steven Furtick put it this way, "God can't bless who you pretend to be.
God gave me a mandate to raise kings because He is returning as the King of Kings. If this sounds like something you want to be apart of you can register at www.remarkablewoman.org
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Quit being such a "Turkey". We have all heard the term but what does it mean? Ask someone what being a "Turkey" means and you will get lots of varied answers. The best I could find with the help of Urban Dictionary is-"Someone acting silly or a clueless person." These definitions were far kinder than some of the other definitions.
However, I have been living in the country for a time, while my home is updated, and, repaired, and, I am learning far more than I ever cared to learn about "Turkeys". Let me share with you what this "City Girl" has observed.
Today: Don't be a "Turkey"! The enemy sets out decoys to try to lure us into being a stupid turkey. Satan waits to be trick us, and bait us, by what lures us into situations. The Bible tells us to be wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. Today, I'd like to add my version, "Don't be a stupid "Turkey" and get taken out by the enemy of our souls." Instead as the word says, "Watch and pray". Stay humble and meek. Do not allow what's inside of you to lure you into danger.
Action Step: Don't be like a "Turkey". Be a real Christian, and be led of the Holy Spirit, because He will lead you into all truth and keep you safe.
Expectation and reality are two totally different things. With the recent storms we have experienced I was wondering what people were expecting. Perhaps in reality all they cared about was surviving, and the survival of those they love. When they went home, the reality of everything being gone was not so bad, because they only expected to survive. The people they loved survived. Others expected to come through unscathed, and everything to be perfect. When they returned to what was their home, and nothing was left, their reality never matched their expectations. When this occurs disappointment, depression and discouragement can set in.
2Chronicles 15: 7 (NIV) "But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded.”
We can't choose everything that happens to us. We can choose what we do, and how we feel about what happens to us. We can choose to believe that God will work all things out for our good, because we are loved. God is a good, good Father. God wants the best for us. The devil can take his best shots but God is greater. The sun will shine again. There is a third day resurrection awaiting those that believe.
Remember that this life is temporary. Stuff is just stuff. We didn't bring anything into this world, and we certainly cannot take anything with us when we leave this earth.
I had a house fire once. We lost it all. We didn't have a house or a toothbrush or a bed or anything...but we had each other. Throughout the months ahead we learned the value of what we had left, and God returned unto us everything, and then some. He is a God of abundance.
So, if you or someone you love has experienced loss in these storms, or just in the storms of life, share this with them. Be an encourager to them, or just a sounding board for them, and an anchor in their future they can reach out to, if they need one. Storms come to all of us. They come to some of us more than others, and with greater severity. However, everyone needs an anchor that holds.
There is something really special about having your children spend the night with you, after they've grown up and moved away. It was even more special last night when my little one year old grandson spent the night with us. It made me feel close to God. I felt in my heart that God was saying that He is looking forward to us spending forever with Him. God wants us in His house too.
So when it came time to finally go to bed my lil man, all he wanted was his mommy and daddy. Oh sure, we had the good stuff, the milk, the blanket, but, he wanted those closest to his heart. No matter how great Heaven is going to be, we will still want those we love to be there with us.
Spending the night is one thing, spending eternity is another. It's fun spending the night at a special place. It's wonderful to sit in fancy chairs and sleep in really fluffy comfy beds, but nothing is going to compare to Heaven. It is especially made, with us in mind.
So, let's really spend some time asking God what He would have us to do to get all the little ones He loves to find their way to the home He has prepared for them.
John 14:3 (NIV) "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."
The tenacity of the Bee amazes me. Think about it. They fly into your car and then bag their heads against the windshield frantically trying to bang their way through. Then they go from side to side fervently trying to find a way out. Most of the the time they are successful. Why? Because the are tenacious.
Today-Be Tenacious! Look for ways to live a godly life in an ungodly world. Give your job all you've got. Give your family all you've got. "Bee" present in all you do. Eventually we will find our way out of this world into a much better place.
Short Blog again today: Please use the time to pray for those being affected by the storms and for their properties and belongings. Amen.
Also today please take time for a moment of silence and listen to see what God would have you to pray concerning 9/11. We will not forget! We pray for all those who lost those they love...and for what we lost as Americans.
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Rena Perozich is a wife, mother, mentor, author, and encourager. Her life's purpose is to become all God has called her to be and to encourage others to do the same. Learn more.