What would Jesus do?

The expression may have become a cliché, but the question is the most important one we can teach our children to ask themselves. It only takes a few seconds, but those seconds could change the entire course of their lives.

Would Jesus stand up for the girl being teased! Would Jesus lie about where he was going? Would he take that drink? 

This world offers endless temptations, and some of it can be a lot of fun-at least in the moment. Whether it’s us, a trusted friend, or an intriguing new acquaintance, sometimes we just want the opinion of someone for just about every decision we make. We need to encourage the only source that matters-the power of prayer!

We all get easily caught in the moment. Gods wisdom is the only true wisdom. Open your heart to God; let him show you the parts you are keeping from him, the decisions you save for yourself. Ask him for the courage to turn everything over to him!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Do not depend on your own understanding. 

Seek him in all you do, and he will show you which path to take!(proverbs 3:5-6)

Delete

Immediately after the moment, we went to hit delete. We want to go back in time just a few minutes when we could feel our blood pressure rising and knew we might say something we’d regret. We knew we might lose control because we just couldn’t handle it anymore. We were done. I was done. 

But the moment comes, we react, and then we apologize: it’s the vicious cycle of our humanness. Thankfully, through the blood of Jesus Christ and our repentance, we are forgiven, set free, and released from the burden of our mistakes. We are given a clean slate to start over. 

Some days, like today, that gift feels bigger than other days. Some days, we rely heavily, on the grace of our Lord and Savior just to get through the day and that’s ok. 

Ephesians 1:6-8 To praise of the glory of His grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished on us.

Did you know that you ARE forgiven through the blood of Jesus? Accept his gift; and you are forgiven. 
Forgive yourself and keep moving forward.

Hello, Sickness, it’s me…

It’s late on a Sunday night and I’m in my bed with three little kiddos who are comfortably fast asleep and I’m watching ‘Trolls’. I could watch anything, but I’m watching Trolls…

Sickness has returned to our home….again. I’ve been down all weekend with stomach pains and nausea, while my poor kiddos have been suffering with runny noses, high temperatures, and running around naked. Yes, running around naked, my son. 

We spent all evening with Kaylee in the ER. The ER was super busy and Kaylee had a super high temperature. I typically don’t go to the doctors office, never mind the ER, however, the last time Kaylee’s temperature got that high she had a febrile seizure. I’d rather be in a hospital knowing if she had a seizure, she would be safe, than at home with me not knowing what to do. 

We decided to leave since the wait had gone up and her temperature seemed to have gone down; we just went to Kroger and stocked up on ice pops and plenty of rest.

Being sick is such a Debbie downer; we all just want to be waited on and rest and watch a movie, read a book or whatever. 

In Proverbs (17:22), A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. 

We have to remember that while we are sick, we need to make sure that our hearts are joyful, our minds are happy and our souls are at peace. If not, it’ll take so much longer to get better. 

We also have to remember that in Jeremiah, (Jeremiah 29:11) the Lord says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Please keep our family in your prayers as we continue to heal and clear up this poor sick family. 

“Love the Chattins”

When God commanded us to love our neighbors as ourselves, he wasn’t saying to have them over for dinner one night and check it off our list. We should love them literally as we love ourselves and our children. This can be difficult. We can’t get over that unkind comment made last week, or last year.

We are commanded to love even when it doesn’t come naturally to us. Our flesh wants to seek revenge or simply not be hospitable. Jesus loved all he encountered. He desires us to be his hands and feet-his walking and talking love here on earth. When we say that we love the Lord, and yet do not show it to those around us and to those we “hate” we look no different than the world.

“Love the Lord God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

Is there a person is your family or a friend in the community who you’ve wanted to connect with but haven’t? Can you invite them over for a dinner? Lunch date? Breakfast date?

You can spread the love of Jesus by loving those around you-especially those you “hate” by engaging in conversation, inviting them into your home, and/or learning about their life.