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Trend or Classic: What do you Believe?

It is spring and time to look around for the latest trend in fashion for our wardrobe.  Like most women, I want to stay abreast of the latest trend in fashion.  However, there have been times over the years, that I went for the latest trend, and it proved not to be suited  for me, even though it was in style.  For example, when I was a teenager in the 60’s, the mini skirt hit the fashion market.  While Andre Courreges gets the credit for inventing the mini skirt,  it was Mary Quant who started producing short mini dresses and skirts that were set 6-7 inches above the knee.  Women could now expose as much of her legs as her body shape permitted.  I loved the mini skirt, but, unfortunately, I was endowed with wide hips and round legs.  I quickly came to the conclusion that the mini skirt definitely didn’t serve me well.  It was then that I made the decision to just stick with the classics.

I believe that is the way it is in our spiritual life.  We are faced with trends in the church world that may or may not serve us well.  I am particularly referring to the onslaught of modern technology that is booming in the church.  Do these sound familiar?

Live Stream

Ipad

Websites/Blogging Facebook/Twitter/Texting

All of these have allowed the gospel to be spread in more ways than I could have ever imagined.  I must confess that being part of the ‘older generation’, I sometimes have to sit back and ask myself the question, “How is that working for me”?  Must I throw myself into this trend, or stick to my old ways of communicating to receive spiritual enlightenment?

The Bible says you can’t put new wine into old wineskins.  That scripture has always been my philosophy when making changes in my life. So, as the world and culture is constantly changing around me, I want to always be open to putting new wine in this old wineskin.  Therefore, I have concluded for my own self that I will become a part of this church trend, and go with it. 

However, I want to make sure that there are some classics in my spiritual closet that must remain as I venture into this trend.  To name a few of those classics:

  1. Forsake not the assembling of yourself together -- As long as I am able to walk into the doors of a church building, Live Stream won’t ever take the place of my assembling together with other believers, shaking their hands, looking them in the face, and giving them a hug on Sunday morning.  And may I also add:  “May I never allow Live Stream to keep me from brushing my teeth, getting out of my PJS, and getting dressed for church when I have an able body to get me there.
  2. The Family Bible -- I just have to believe that it  is valuable for my grandchildren to see Nana reading from an open Bible when they visit me, and not some mechanical devise I hold in my hands.  There is something about flipping the pages of that sacred book, and pointing out to my grandchildren pictures of David, Jonah, and yes, Our Lord, that will make a lasting impression on them.
  3. Websites/Blogging -- One of the highlights of my life has been the privilege of blogging on Created Woman.  I have always loved to write, and I never imagined that I would been given an opportunity to pour my heart out to people all over the globe. However, may I never forget the elderly who do not have internet service or those in the nursing homes who would enjoy a written card to brighten their day.
  4. Facebook, Twitter, Texting -- Oh, how I do love Facebook and texting!  They have, not only afforded me the opportunity to connect with friends and family, but has given me the opportunity to quote a scripture or type a special thought to brighten my friends’ day on the spur of the moment.  But, may I never forget that what they may need for me to do sometimes is to meet with them face to face and give them the time to pour out their heart to me.  No devise can take the place of a human voice, a listening ear, and a soft touch made by human hands.

I could go on and on with a long list of spiritual classics that I am trying to keep in my spiritual closet in the midst of the current trend of modern day technology.  It is up to each individual as to what trend or classic they believe best suited for their own spiritual closet?

Trend or Classic: What do you believe ?

Sleep On It

When I think of sleep, I usually reference recharging my battery or even escaping from my troubles, but Jesus slept and he was doing neither of the two.

Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat.

But Jesus was sleeping.Matthew 8:24

Jesus and his disciples were on a boat facing a huge storm and as the disciples flipped out, they looked over and found Jesus asleep.

The storm they see does not match the peace they see Him resting in. They wake Him up ask Him to do something. They look for a solution in the form of action. He surprised them all when He rose from His sleep, spoke to the storm and all the elements responded. The raging waters and fierce winds ceased and the storm was over.

Life in the Now

My favorite Bill Johnson quote is "You have no authority in a storm you cannot sleep in.”

Recently, my Mom and Dad were given horrible news that my sister had cancer and would need emergency surgery. They comforted her and one another then each went off to pray.

They found a quiet place to intercede for their daughter and with conviction, reminded God of His promise of healing. After a time, peace came over them and sleep followed. Soon after came the news that the doctor could not explain. The cancer they had seen was no longer there. "We are not sure what is going on," but the family knew. The peace that came brought rest, then healing. God first gave them rest and then the storm blew over.

Think About It

Is there a storm in your life that keeps you awake? Are you looking for a solution that is action oriented?

Talk About It

Dad, You are the source of all peace. No matter how bad the storm, You still provide all the answers whether I see them or not. Take me to a resting place in Your presence where I can be certain that You are in control, amen.

More of the Truth

Psalm 23, Romans 8:6

Hot - Cold - Lukewarm

Where does your mind immediately take you when you hear the words hot, cold, or lukewarm?  No doubt, five people would have five different answers.  So that we are all on the same page as we think about these three words, may I suggest that we use them as a means of examining our relationship with God. Come with me to The Church at Laodicea where God had sent the Apostle John to address the Christians.  I know you well - -you are neither hot nor cold; I wish you were one or the other!  But since you are merely lukewarm, I will spit (spew) you out of my mouth!” [Rev. 3:15-16]

Whoa—back up!  Let me read that again!  “I wish you were hot or cold, but if you are lukewarm, I will spit you out of my mouth.” I don’t know about you, but that word lukewarm grabbed my attention.  Why, that’s the same thing I do to a mouth full of lukewarm coffee!  It is so disgusting to me that I immediately spit it out of my mouth!  Would God really do that to me if I were a lukewarm Christian?

Questions buzzed around in my brain.  What precisely does lukewarm mean?  A quick Goggle search yielded this definition as it pertained to a person’s attitude or action:  UNENTHUSIASTIC.

My next buzz questions was:  What caused The Church of Lacodicea to become unenthusiastic that produced a lukewarm attitude in regards to their relationship with God?  I believe we find the answer in verse 17:  “You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.”

You see, the city of Laodicea was affluent, rich, and prosperous.  It was known for 3 main things:  wealth, black-wool textile industry, and housed a world-renowned medical school which discovered a miracle eye-salve.  The city was so rich that it needed no financial assistance from Rome in rebuilding after a major earthquake.  So, we have Christians living in the richest commercial center of the ancient world, which, no doubt, yielded them much personal wealth.

Next buzz question:  Is Jesus scolding them for being wealthy?  I don’t think so.

It was then that I had my  “Aha moment.” Could it be that The Church of Laodicea had become so secure and self-reliant in their natural habitat and had no need of anything, that the same self-reliant attitude had spilled over into their spiritual life and their relationship with God?

It took me back to my early years of being a Christian where I was totally dependent upon God to supply every piece of clothing I wore, food for my family, and His guidance to solve all my problems. I jumped out of bed in the early mornings hours to talk with the King of Kings before rushing off to work.  Oh yeah, the two of us were engrossed in a very intimate relationship with one another and I relied totally upon Him for everything.

Had I now developed an attitude that seemed to be apparent in The Laodicean Christians?  “You are no longer hot and enthused in your pursuit of me; you are not excited and on fire about the faith.”   “You are not cold either, because you have not left the faith, you still go to church, call me your Savior, but---------

I didn’t like the sound of where this nudge might be leading, so I went quickly into my prayer closet to do some soul searching.

How about you?  Have you become self-reliant and handling things all by yourself lately?

Good news!!   We are God’s children; He really does not want to spit us out of his mouth.  So, He has provided a way out of being lukewarm.“ For whom the Lord loves, I rebuke and chasten.” “Be zealous therefore and repent.” (vs 19)

“I already feel my spiritual temperature warming up.”

Created Woman Devo Team-Meet Martha

Saturday morning devotionals begin on Oct. 2. The writers are  smart, courageous and they're women who are honest about life. Martha will share her personal stories and thoughts in the months with five weeks ,on the fifth Saturday.

Martha is excited to be a part of the Saturday morning devotional team. She has a collection of her own special devotional books   and they have played a large part in her spiritual growth.  It is her prayer that she, too, can become an instrument in setting the tone for women to have an uplifting day, as well as "grow in their walk with the Lord."

For the past 15 years, her passion has been helping women heal from the emotional pain of hurts and losses in their life.  The Grieving Process, which she taught at her local church, led her to see testimonies of how God takes that was intended evil for us and turns it around to help save much people.  [Genesis 50:20]

It was through her time teaching adult classes that she began to see the need for building a foundation for children to help them work through the losses they are faced with today.  She is  currently in the process of writing her first book to be published in the very near future entitled:  Helping Hurting Children:  A Journey of Healing.”

Martha is a former school teacher, wife of 44 years, Mother of two grown daughters, and has 2 grandchildren. She lives  in Orange, Texas.

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'become the woman God created you to be,'

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Motivation to Change

Motivation to exercise and eat right! Why don’t we have it? How do we get it? Change in our routine may be necessary from time to time.  Have you ever thought if I have to get on that treadmill one more time or hear that instructor tell me what to do with her bubbly smile, I will scream?  If you are not willing to try something new, you will eventually quit all together.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut doing the same things over and over and then wonder why nothing is working and why we have lost our motivation.  We want to be healthier, stronger, have consistency in our habits and of course, see results, but we are not always willing to change a behavior.  So we lose our motivation to keep going because we are bored and begin to think nothing is working.

Another reason we may lose our motivation is that we are holding to the same thing that motivated us in the past and then wonder why it is not working.  It may be time to think of a new motivation.  For example:   20 years ago, the only reason I exercised was for my appearance.  Today, I do still care about how I look  (lets all be honest), but if I tried to use my looks as my ONLY motivation to eat right and exercise, I would probably quit on those days I could care less how I look.   My motivation to live healthy is to set a good example for my children, to have a higher quality of life and most of all .... be the best I can be physically and mentally for myself and my family.

To have results in our health, fitness and life, we need to be willing to make changes even if they are small.  I once had someone say to me, you may not be able to do what you want to do, but WHAT CAN YOU DO. Here is a little tip, try logging your exercise and food for one week to see if you are really eating what you think you are or exercising hard enough.  Are your eating healthy food but your portions are way too big, are there hidden calories that you never thought of, or are you sabotaging your workouts by ending it with a 300 calorie drink? Once we identify behaviors that may need to change, and connect with our motivation, we can then begin to have consistent behaviors that bring us results.

Our health is a lot like our spiritual growth.  We pray for something new, but all we do is pray when God may be calling us to step outside of comfort zone, take a risk, or be open to new opportunities.  What worked in the past may not be working any longer.  We are not open to new things because we know that is not what would work for us.  It did not work in the past so why would it now. I have a new favorite verse Isaiah 42 :9

Behold, the former things have come to pass.  Now I declare new things: before they spring forth I proclaim them to you.

How about this quote, which for me personally, can be kind of painful-

“If you want to change attitudes, start with a change in behavior.”

William Glasser

Forget about what may have worked in the past, think about something new.

What is your new behavior and motivation?

To learn more about how to be fit for life by creating a  plan just for you with your personal Wellness Coach, contact me crystal@crystalclearchange.com or 409-550-7606