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God Will Never Ask You If You Served, Rather How Much Love Did You Put Into What You Did

i see you with my heart

 

Lately, the Lord has really been speaking to me about what I am seeking and if it is what HE would have me to seek.  It is so easy to take confession of houses, lands, raises and bonuses, jobs and better jobs and make that our focus.  I am not against confessing these things.  God wants us to have all these things.  If He had not wanted us to have it, He would not have been so specific about what He would do if we tithe and give.  He tells us He will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing on us we cannot contain.  He said pressed down, shaken together and running over men would give to us.

I love that scripture, but never does He tell us to seek these things.  He tells us to “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.”  How many times have I made these very confessions and never thought anything about the kingdom of God or His righteousness, only the things that would be added.  How many times have I asked for a dream home, when I should have been asking for wisdom!  How many times have I asked for material things, when I should have asked God to show me what I could do with what I already had to bless others.

Proverbsway.com had a Mother Teresa quote recently.  This particular one hit me right between the eyes and has come up before me in my prayer time and in my thought life over and over.  She said the following,

I am not sure exactly what heaven will be like, but I know that when we die and it comes time for God to judge us, he will not ask, ‘How many good things have you done in your life?’ rather He will ask, ‘How much love did you put into what you did?
― Mother Teresa

God is not going to ask me did I get my dream home, did I ever drive a BMW, did I earn recognition for my creativity, did I make a six figure salary.  He isn’t even going to ask DID I SERVE!!!!  He is going to ask HOW MUCH LOVE DID I SERVE WITH!  He is going to ask did I serve those who were considered inconsequential by people with as much vigor and “love” as I did those I wanted to impress, who were considered “somebody” by the world’s standards, whether Christian or secular.

At that point I began to look.  Who had I served?  I served my family with love…but don’t most wives and mothers?  I served my pastors with love, but they are always so loving and generous toward me…it is easy to serve those who love you and treat you with great kindness!  I had served my parents, but again, I love them because they are my mom and dad.  WHO had I truly served out of a heart of the love of God?

It hit me, the whole time I was confessing houses and lands, raises and bonuses, jobs and better jobs, cars, and wearing the “best”, I should have cried out, “God, take away a stoney heart and give me a heart of flesh!  Give me eyes that see the needs of others, and the good in people.  Give me godly wisdom and sense!  Give me Your desires for my life, which is to love my neighbor as myself,  and to be more interested in loving and serving You and bringing that love in physical form to the lost, than in serving my wants and desires and using YOU as an excuse to fulfill vanities!!

I had a pastor’s wife once who was big on material confession.  I am not against confessing these things, I AM against them being our focus!!  My brother had been to New York on a business trip.  While he was there, he bought my daughter and me Coach purses.  These purses, if they are original, come with some type of certificate to verify their authenticity.  They are wrapped in a special cloth that says, “Coach” on it.  As we were leaving prayer meeting one day, she asked me about my purse.  I told her my brother had bought if for me and she immediately asked me for the “verification paper”.  It was a major thing to her that I produce it, otherwise it wasn’t really what it said it was. I was in complete shock!  How rude for one thing to insult the gift my brother had given me, but how sad her interest in me that day was whether my purse was a fraud or not instead of who and what I was in God .  What had happened to this lady?  She had confessed material things so much, she had become consumed with materialism.  Oh, that we are that concerned over the lost and hurting as we are over “high-end” purses!

After meditating on this quote,  I envisioned the day I will stand before God and hear this question.  What would I say?  How much of that very love had I really served with?  I didn’t like what I saw.  I was shocked at the little reward I was really going to receive.  My prayers changed that day.  I began to literally cry out to God to fill me with compassion above all else.  I cried out for eyes that see as He sees and ears that hear the voice of my good Shepherd and that I am an obedient daughter.  I repented, that I too had fallen into the vanities of life, and not fallen more in love with the cause of Christ!

Ask yourself, precious reader this question.  Envision what your answer will be.  If you have gotten off focus, you still have the chance to change it!  Praise God for His mercy and new days!  How wonderful He “brings us to ourselves”!

Blessings to you!  May we grow in wisdom and revelation of His word and, more than anything, in our love to all mankind!

 

 

 

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I am Probably Not the One to Ask!

While our daughter and son were in college, my husband and I really watched our money!   I was driving a BMW and it was getting to the point it had seen better days and just needed to go into “retirement”.  I am a very ordered  person that plans every detail.  Every “i” must be dotted and every “t” crossed!  If I plan on giving a July 4th party, I begin the planning stages at the first of June!  If you give me a project, I start it the minute you finish telling me about it and I don’t stop until it is finished!  Procrastination drives me INSANE!!  Well, you can imagine what I did before the purchase of my next car.

I began to “research“.  I researched colors…I found out white is the only color that doesn’t fade.  I researched performance and maintenance costs.  I researched how much insurance would be monthly.  I researched “Consumer Reports” and how each car compared with the next.  I looked at the one that appealed most to my eye and pocketbook and I was ready to shop!

I began my car buying journey and could not get the first salesman to budge on price.  It cost more than I paid for my house!  Absolutely not!  I tried to get that man down for almost a week.  Finally, I had, had it!  I grabbed my purse, thanked him for his time and decided I was more than willing to settle for my second  choice.  I headed for the city, but decided that was silly since in my little community they had a dealership that sold my “second choice” car.  I wheeled the BMW around and headed back to “town”.   I parked my car and walked through the front door.  Honda had been bragging they were number one in dependability and pleasure of driving their Accord.

I walked to a counter and saw no one.  My first thought was, Wow!  The car business must really be good because nobody showed up to help me for about five minutes.  Usually they hop on you like flies to sugar!  Finally, a young man appears.  “May I help you, ma’am?” he asked.  “You certainly may!  I would like to see your Honda Accords!”  He looked at me and said, “I cannot show you one ma’am.”   I reply, “And, just why not?  You are supposed to be the number one car sold in America at this time.  If you are so popular, just why is it you don’t have any?”  As I say this, I boldly plop my arm on the counter and looked out the window.  Sure enough, there are NO Honda Accords.  I knew I had him and good!  Somebody had paid off  “Consumer Reports” and those Hondas were not as good as they said they were!  The young man looked at me dumbfounded. Finally, he gained his voice and said, “Because you are in a Toyota dealership.”  My face went red and so did his.  I put my arm down, grabbed my purse, said, “Thank you very much!” and got out of there as fast as I could, vowing never to show my face in my hometown again!  The whole world would know about this!!

Boy, was I right!  Yet, again, I have told off on myself!   Hope you have a good laugh at my expense!  :)


I am Probably Not the One to Ask!

While our daughter and son were in college, my husband and I really watched our money!   I was driving a BMW and it was getting to the point it had seen better days and just needed to go into “retirement”.  I am a very ordered  person that plans every detail.  Every “i” must be dotted and every “t” crossed!  If I plan on giving a July 4th party, I begin the planning stages at the first of June!  If you give me a project, I start it the minute you finish telling me about it and I don’t stop until it is finished!  Procrastination drives me INSANE!!  Well, you can imagine what I did before the purchase of my next car.

I began to “research“.  I researched colors…I found out white is the only color that doesn’t fade.  I researched performance and maintenance costs.  I researched how much insurance would be monthly.  I researched “Consumer Reports” and how each car compared with the next.  I looked at the one that appealed most to my eye and pocketbook and I was ready to shop!

I began my car buying journey and could not get the first salesman to budge on price.  It cost more than I paid for my house!  Absolutely not!  I tried to get that man down for almost a week.  Finally, I had, had it!  I grabbed my purse, thanked him for his time and decided I was more than willing to settle for my second  choice.  I headed for the city, but decided that was silly since in my little community they had a dealership that sold my “second choice” car.  I wheeled the BMW around and headed back to “town”.   I parked my car and walked through the front door.  Honda had been bragging they were number one in dependability and pleasure of driving their Accord.

I walked to a counter and saw no one.  My first thought was, Wow!  The car business must really be good because nobody showed up to help me for about five minutes.  Usually they hop on you like flies to sugar!  Finally, a young man appears.  “May I help you, ma’am?” he asked.  “You certainly may!  I would like to see your Honda Accords!”  He looked at me and said, “I cannot show you one ma’am.”   I reply, “And, just why not?  You are supposed to be the number one car sold in America at this time.  If you are so popular, just why is it you don’t have any?”  As I say this, I boldly plop my arm on the counter and looked out the window.  Sure enough, there are NO Honda Accords.  I knew I had him and good!  Somebody had paid off  “Consumer Reports” and those Hondas were not as good as they said they were!  The young man looked at me dumbfounded. Finally, he gained his voice and said, “Because you are in a Toyota dealership.”  My face went red and so did his.  I put my arm down, grabbed my purse, said, “Thank you very much!” and got out of there as fast as I could, vowing never to show my face in my hometown again!  The whole world would know about this!!

Boy, was I right!  Yet, again, I have told off on myself!   Hope you have a good laugh at my expense!  :)


What to Do While You Wait (The Power of Prayer Series, Part 2)

Yesterday we talked about the first step in prayer.  We know we ask  according to the Word of God, believe in faith, and receive in your heart.  The Bible says when we pray we know He hears us and answers us!  We know God stands behind His word and if we pray according to the word, He guarantees He will answer!  Not all  answers to  prayers are instantly seen.  In fact few answers happen instantly!  Usually there is some degree of waiting.  Many times this is where the fruition of our prayers can be lost.  People pray, they don’t see an immediate result and therefore come to the conclusion God’s answer was no and they stop expecting and  believing for what they have prayed for.  This couldn’t be further from the truth!  It is trickery from the enemy to get you to stop your faith which has power to move mountains!

In Philippians 4:6 it tells us,6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.”  Amplified BibleWhile we wait, this verse tells us we thank God for the answer!  It also tells us to have NO anxiety about anything!  Why?  Because fear and anxiety negate faith in God answering us!  We are to always pray with thanksgiving!  Gratitude will take you to new levels of latitude!  Mark 9:23 tells us that ALL things ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES!  ALL is a big word to be only three letters!  All means ALL!   Let me give you an example of what gratitude in the wait will do for you.  When Hurricane Rita came through Texas in 2005 my home was hit.  I had retired from teaching school in 2002 and we were totally debt free.  It was my son’s senior year and when we evacuated it was not cheap.  We incurred debt, again.  We now faced the expenses of his senior year, his upcoming freshman year of college, and the expense of evacuation, and my mother in law died two months later and my father in law did not have all the money he needed for her funeral.  It was so funny but as much as my husband and I fought to stay out of debt, even though we began to incur quite a bit, I had perfect peace!  We had our house repaired and our insurance company was very good to us, our son graduated, went into college, but still there was debt hanging over our heads.  One night (God speaks mainly to me at night) I began to think of all the blessings God had given me all of my life!  I began to name them off one by one, just like the old hymn says.  Suddenly, I could no longer lie in bed.  I had to get to a place where I could kneel and thank God for all He had done for me.  I quietly slipped into the bathroom, so that I didn’t wake my husband and fell to my knees, raised my hands and began to thank God with all of my heart!  About six weeks later a check for an exorbitant amount of money showed up on my doorstep!  It paid ALL our debts off and we had more besides to give in tithe and offering to our church and to other ministries!  Glory to God!!  But wait,  it doesn’t stop there!  Two days later I was given a BMW all expenses paid for as long as I owned the car!!  Gratitude moves the hand of God in blessing, my precious reader!  Fretting and worrying STOPS it!  It literally ties God’s hands from giving you what He  so desperately  wants you to have!! Gratitude is what led me to write this blog!  I was so filled with gratitude I could feel praise bubbling inside me and God spoke to me to write it down and share it!  I would not be here today with all of my precious readers and fellow bloggers if I had been upset my mother had, had to go through surgery instead of giving thanks to God for bringing her through it!

You can never underestimate thankfulness.  It is a form of praise and praise moves the hand of God beyond anything you can imagine!  Praise always yields an increase!  Just because you may have to wait a little while to see the answer to your prayers, if you have prayed according to the Word, don’t listen when the devil says, “Well, God did answer your prayer…He just said no!”  Oh, no He did not!  You prayed in accordance with the Word of God, therefore you prayed THE WILL OF GOD!  If it is His will, His answer is yes and it is on the way!  Thank Him while you wait and expect great things!!

I am so glad you stopped by, dear reader!  I hope you were blessed by the devotional today!  I will see you next time!


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