Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Spiritual Growth

Some time ago I was lead to make changes in my life. I put my life completely into the hands of my Creator and He lead me to a new path of exploration. With a confidence and peace only He could give me, I jumped into the waters at Bayside Church and began to see what He had for me. Since then I've completed Belong 101 and Grow 201 and joined a Small Group. I can see positive growth and maturity happening! I can see my relationship becoming more intimate and much more meaningful. I've been praying about increased faith for a long time. To see the rewards of me giving my life into His hands is awesomely humbling and uplifting!

My small group has been very instrumental in my growth. We started with a 5 week study of Francis Chan's "Multiply" after completing that we began a 6 week Beth Moore series on Deuteronomy. Our last class in the series is tomorrow (Tues.) evening. I'm going to miss my small group. They are an amazing group of ladies with... a depth of understanding that I have wanted but could not find. Where I was feeling lost and unsure; they have helped me to find my way.

Even my appreciation for church services and the messages and teachings I receive during weekly services has increased! I have always embraced the messages of my pastors and other wonderful speakers; but now I actually reflect upon the words that I hear and look at how they can be applied in my life.

I am humbled and blessed by how I have begun to adore reading the words of the Bible and how my comprehension has increased. Thank YOU Jesus for increasing my faith and giving me the greater understanding and passion to continue to learn Your word! I am humbled by Your response to my prayers! You met me right where I need You. 
I can not begin to thank Pastor Dan Nalley of Church of the Harvest for showing me what Christianity and passion look like. I can not thank him enough for being the Pastor that taught me about God and gave me the desire to have a passion for God and His Word. If not for him; I would not have even had a true foundation to build upon. My past foundations were build upon misconception and the agendas of others. Pastor Dan showed me a rock; and gave me the tools needed to begin building a house upon a rock.  

 "You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory."
Psalm 73.24 ESV
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Thursday, April 11, 2013

I will rejoice and be glad in it!



Rejoice and be glad in it. Begin the day with open hands of faith, ready to receive all that I am pouring into this brief portion of your life. Be careful not to complain about anything, even the weather, since I am the Author of your circumstances. The best way to handle unwanted situations is to thank Me for them. This act of faith frees you from resentment and frees Me to work My ways into the situation, so that good emerges from it. To find Joy in this day, you must live within its boundaries. I knew what I was doing when I divided time into twenty-four-hour segments. I understand human frailty, and I know that you can bear the weight of only one day at a time. Do not worry about tomorrow or get stuck in the past. There is abundant Life in My Presence today.

This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. -PSALM 118:24

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. -PHILIPPIANS 3:13–14