As I settle back into being home and back in my office, I realize how truly busy my life is. Sometimes you do not realize what you do, until you step away from it for a while. Working on your personal character can be like that. You fill yourself with the word of God, and work hard at renewing your mind. Still, we may remain hard on ourselves thinking we aren't changing, or that it isn't making a difference. Then, we get with the old crowd, or find ourselves in an old situation, and there it is! The new you emerges. All the hard word and daily Bible reading and meditation has really paid off.
I have returned from my yearly vacation with a renewed vitality. A fresh perspective on things. The praise and worship seemed sweeter yesterday. I truly missed everyone. Admittedly, I am a bit overwhelmed with all I need to accomplish in a very short period of time, but I have this inner sense that tells me, "You've got this" and "It's going to be okay". Just like this little vacation gave me a fresh wind, working on becoming more like Christ changes us in such subtle ways we sometimes don't realize that, we really aren't the same person that began our journey with Christ. We can begin to identify with Paul when he shares that, he no longer lives but Christ in him now lives.
Action Step: Beginning today start working on becoming more like Christ. Just 5 minutes a day in the Word of God can make a huge difference. You can always work yourself up to a longer amount of time, but start small. Also, pick a weakness and begin to research just that one topic. Do a Google search on it. An example would be gossip, or negative thinking, or procrastination. Then find out what the Word of God has to say about it. Research characters of the Bible that had the same frailty, and see how they overcame their weakness, and became strong. Then, the next time you get the opportunity to step away for a while and then come back, you too may realize, "Hey! this renewing my mind thing really works".
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Proverbs 27:10 (NIV) Do not forsake your friend or a friend of your family, and do not go to your relative's house when disaster strikes you-- better a neighbor nearby than a relative far away."
I saw a lot of damaged homes, billboards and especially signs while driving around Florida this week. I got to listen to lots of stories of people helping people put tarp on their roofs until they could find someone to put on a new roof. It was amazing to me how long some of the people will need to wait for roofers, drywallers and contractors. However, all in all, the people in Florida fared very well considering what could have been.
My home away from home for one week out of the entire year is Daytona Beach. My destination Sea Club IV. I have met the greatest people from all over and yet one week out of the year we become family. We catch up on one another's parents and children and grandchildren. We eat together, play together and let one another have as much space as each needs. We help one another carry beach chairs, towels and shovels. We make sure to leave the gate unlocked (sorry Micheal) and are sure we wash the sand off to respect our home away from home.
Many of us got started coming here with our parents. Now we are bringing our children's children. It amazes me how fast the time has gone. Hence the reason for today's blog.
So here's to making family no matter where you are. Embrace one another with the gift of hospitality and a listening ear. Here's to remembering all the things we learned as a child: share your toys, share your food, be kind, and watch out for others. You did well Sea Club family. You all would make Micheal and your mother proud.
To those we missed this year, you were still there in our hearts. We mentioned your name often. We shared memories about you. We truly missed you. After all, we're family. So, until next year or until we meet again we are blessed to have spent some time with you.
No matter how small we are, we matter! We matter to God, and many times we matter to others. Even in the worst of times when people are not at their best, somehow we are all able to muster up the power to do good to those, who can never pay us back. Below is a picture of a snails eggs. I should have had a, "Guess what this is contest?" How many of you would have guessed right? The driver of our Airboat, Becky made sure she never disturbed or damaged these little guys with out boat.
There were dead fish everywhere. Trees were dying. Flowers were dying. Why? Too much rain. The recent Hurricane left too much water behind, and there was literally a fish kill. The fish died for lack of oxygen. They were all "Belly up", as Nemo put it. The stench was awful in several areas. The trees had lost their leaves already, and the flowers ceased to bloom. There was just too much water.
I have been in this area before, and the same things occurred, but it was because of too little rain. This got me thinking of the delicate balance of life. It does not matter if it is too little, or too much, of a good thing--it can still be life threatening.
So, how about you? Do you have too little God, or too much God? How can you have too much God? When you get religious instead of staying relational, or losing your first love. To loose the love and awe of just being saved by grace, and how good God was to you, rather than judging others on how bad they are compared to the Word of God.
God does not love us all the same. He loves us all uniquely. Jesus had the twelve, but then He had the three. Our driver today loved what she did. She loved all the wetland wildlife, but she particularly loved the snail. What my eye would have missed, her's was on the look out for. I was looking for alligators, snakes, birds and wildflowers. Becky was looking for the little things, that have a tougher time surviving.
God is looking out for you today. No matter how small or insignificant you may feel. He is as close as the mention of His name, and He is looking out for you. Below is a picture of the local "safe house", for those on the waters when a storm runs in. Everyone helps keep it safe so, that when anyone needs it--it is there. Of course today was not a good day for grilling out :) but, there it stood even through the storm, just in case it was needed.
There is a safe house. It is in the arms of God.
John 14:2-3 (KJV) "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work."
Jesus spent three years training His disciples. When you think about it, who trained you? Maybe it was an uncle, maybe a father, a grandfather, or neighbor but everyone of us can probably think of someone who helped shape us.
But, perhaps you were one that no one took time to invest in. Perhaps what is in you has never been mined out. No one saw the gold. No one mined the greatest treasure of all...the destiny that God put in you.
It is never too late to find a mentor. It is always the right time to invest in yourself. One of the many ways that you can invest in yourself is to find someone doing what you want to do and then go after them. Ask them to mentor you. Then be willing to do what they ask of you. Fall in love with what they love. Develop a passion for what they are passionate about and allow what's in them to get in you.
Jesus did just that and today it is still the best way to become what you were always called to be.
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Everyone I talk to says something different. I have been an Android user since I began using a cell phone. I love it and have no complaints. I have the Galaxy Note 5 so, I can pull out my stylus, and take notes like a pen and paper. I can also play my music for free, and my camera is amazing.
Down side I can't do "FaceTime". I have "Viber" the app that's free, and it works amazing. I can use it wherever there is wifi for phone calling and "face-timing". It works great oversees as well as in the states.
The more people I talk with the more confused I get. Apple users tell me they have to purchase everything. As an Android user I never have to pay for an app. Also, I do not have to buy an app to convert my music.
It took me a long time to switch my laptop over to a MAC. When I switched I thought I would be lost, and never get the hang of it. Well, besides learning about 5 operating differences I never had a problem at all. I love my MAC. I wonder why I waited so long, and was so apprehensive, about switching.
So here is my dilemma, am I going to feel the same about switching to an iPhone? or am I going to miss my Android?
Please reply here and help a friend out.
Proverbs 15:22 (NIV) "Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed."
Did your ears ever play tricks on you? I mean you know you heard something but what you thought you heard, wasn't what you heard. So let me explain. I got out of the car and heard what I thought to be a baby crying. Now I am in a parking lot of a restaurant when I hear what I perceive to be a baby crying. I am really getting upset as I go from car to car to figure out which car has this crying baby in it. When I find it I am going to call the police. Who leaves their baby in the car and goes into a restaurant to eat?
So as I am looking around this cute little family gets our of their car, and I ask them if they hear what I hear? "Oh yes those are squirrels." "What?" Sure enough they pointed up into the trees and showed me the nest and told me, "They do sound like a baby crying now that you say that." Now, because they knew about "Crying squirrels" here in Florida, they thought it was hysterical that I thought it was a baby crying. They are used to the noise in their little town, I was not.
Here is a picture of my cry baby. Obviously I was closer to his/her nest than preferred. I backed away as he/she continued to cry. I walked back to my car glad I didn't call 911 or start jerking door handles because in Florida there are so many tinted windows I couldn't see inside the cars. Someone watching me probably thought I was a thief trying to break in cars. I guess I was blessed no one called the cops on me. Just goes to show you these five physical senses of ours can really play tricks on us, and make us look pretty squirrelly.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 (NAS) "But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good;"
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.
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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.