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Monday, September 29, 2008

Who Knew

My friend Lauren has the coolest camera EVER! While we were on our trip this past week she took some of the most amazing pictures I thought only a professional photographer would be able to take. I had no idea this camera existed or the possibilities it possessed. Needless to say I got excited at the new found ability to document our time in the mountains with not just your average pictures.

Follow me for a second, Psalm 105:1 instructs us to "tell everyone we meet all that God has done". There is a more common word we use for this particular activity- witness. The word witness comes from the Old English word wit. Wit simply means “to know”. So a witness is someone who knows something and shares that knowledge.

As I researched Lauren’s camera on the Internet, I soon realized it was not new to the market and many people owned one or at least knew about it. I was just not aware of it UNTIL someone “witnessed” to me.

Sometimes I think we over analyze our call to witness. See, I am sure Lauren could not tell me every detail regarding her camera. There are some things only the creator of the Power Shot SD1000 understands and knows.

Likewise, to witness we do not have to know all the answers concerning God or the Bible, all we have to do share our very own experiences with Christ. It is as simple as showing someone the different features on a really great camera. No manual, no Power Point presentation, no outline needed.

So today as you go to work, the grocery store, school or just visit with your friends and family, the odds are you will encounter someone who desperately needs to know about the awesomeness of God. And how will they know? Only if we witness (share knowledge) of our life with Christ with them.

No one made Laruen share her camera with me, but I am so glad she did.

No one had to share Christ with me, but I am so glad they did. Why would I want to keep it to myself? Life and liberty in Christ is for everyone, but we have to be willing to witness so everyone can have the same opportunity to know.

Our call to the mission field may never lie overseas. Your greatest harvest just might be found on the mission fields of every day life!

By the way, is it too early to tell Santa what I want for Christmas? Do I have to even wait until Christmas?

Just wondering...


Pictured: Me, Lauren, Caley (of course this was taken with Lauren's really cool camera!)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Hello Tennessee!


Just wanted to let you know where I am. Mark and I along with 4 other couples from our church are in Tennessee at a Couples Retreat.


We are heading out to have a fun day!


I wanted you to see what I am looking at on this beautiful day.


Wish you were here!
Tina


p.s. I will try to be a little more spiritual in my next post!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Simply Speaking

It is here at last. The autumnal equinox for the northern hemisphere! (A.K.A. - Fall) This is a wonderful thing for people like me. People, that is, whose hair will not stay and frizzes in this North Florida heat and humidity. The only thing is I’m not so sure Mother Nature has yet to receive the message that change is suppose to be in the air. Which leads me to want to walk outside and tell the weather to lighten-up, literally.

Unfortunately, that will not work. There are some things that I cannot seem to change by simply talking to it (like my kids, lol). But there are other things I have full authority to speak to and command to change. Remember my last posting regarding the line in In Christ Alone. We visited the fact that Christ commands our destiny and because Christ is the Commander in Chief then He has all authority. (God has put all things under the authority of Christ- Ephesians 1:22). But what is so great is Christ does not keep it for Himself. In Luke 10:19 He told the disciples, “I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy.”

So how do we exercise our authority? The same way God did in the first book of the Bible. The same way I would love to change the weather. Simply command it by using your voice. Nine times in Genesis chapter 1 you find these words, “And God said….” and something great was created. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that life and death are in the power of our tongues. Our words have more power than we could ever imagine. As a matter of fact, the pathway to salvation requires confession of the mouth (Romans 10:9).

So let me encourage you (and me) today. Whatever may be obstructing your path, simply speak and command it to move. Not because of your great power, but because of your belief in the One who has given you an all-access-pass to the power, dominion and authority you will ever need. In Matthew 17:20 Jesus again tells his disciples, “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible!”

Do we believe it?

Then let’s start speaking it!

Praying you have a Wonder Fall Day!
Tina

Sunday, September 21, 2008

In Christ Alone

I do not know if you ever get like me or not, but every so often when I do buy or download a new CD I find myself listening only to those 13-17 songs over and over and over again. I get all the goody out of it and then it's time to return to iTunes again and purchase some new music.

This is exactly what I found myself doing the first week in April of this year. After a trip to Jacksonville to see Beth Moore I downloaded Travis Cottrell’s Alive Forever. Travis travels with Beth and is the Worship Leader for all her Living Proof Live events. I initially heard him in Mobile, Alabama years ago at my first LPL experience. I have enjoyed his voice and music ever since but not like I have these past few months.

The reason I am stuck on the album is due to a song written about the implications of Christ’s life, death and resurrection entitled In Christ Alone. In my opinion you can match it up against any hymn written in the 20th Century and it will be at the top of the list. When you listen to it you will immediately know this is a timeless piece of music artistry. But what amazes me is that it was written not in the early 1900’s but 2002 by two song writers in England.

The entire song is awesome but I want to quote the last stanza (if that is what it is called, my music theory left me years ago).

No guilt of life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
‘til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Like I said the entire song is very powerful and I could address so many points in just this last section but look at the 4th line and read it again. I cannot tell you what that does to me each time they sing this line. It excites me to no end! Do you get what those words are saying? Jesus commands my destiny. If he commands it then that means He is in charge of it. If He is in charge of it then no one or nothing can change it. I hope you are really getting this. It does not matter what happened to you, where you find yourself in life today or what you have done He is still in control! He is the Commander in Chief of your life. He has the final word. It’s not over until he says it’s over. Psalm 119: 96 says, “Even perfection has its limits, but your commands have no limit.” There is no limit to what God wants to do or can do in your life.

My husband and I had lunch today with a couple in our church. I got in the car afterwards and said, “That is so neat.” Marks replied, “What are you talking about?” You see, this couple is coming to the realization that Jesus is commanding their destiny and what they thought once was impossible, it is more than possible to them that believe. And that is, well, neat.

All my love, Tina

Friday, September 19, 2008

T.G.I.F.

It is finally here. Yes Friday. But more importantly tomorrow is the opening day of Bow Season, the day that my husband, my son and a host of men and some women look so forward to.

My intention for this blog is to always provide you with a word of inspiration along with scriptures to help us through our daily lives. The scripture that comes to my mind today of course is Psalm 42:1 “As the deer longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God.”

If you study deer or any animal in the wild, you will soon discover that when that animal becomes thirsty it begins a deliberate quest to find water. Nothing can stop or distract it. They have one and only one thing in mind, find water and find it now. And when they find their salvation, that animal will sink its head into that cool stream, forgetting everything else around him.

Which led me to ask, when was the last time I was that intentional about finding the Living Water with such a reckless abandon? When was the last time you were on that quest? If it has been a while let’s purpose together to begin our deliberate quest to find the Living Water as if it was a matter of life or death, because it is. I promise when we seek Him with a whole heart He will be found. And nothing or no one will satisfy our souls or quench your thirst like Jesus!

Please click on the comment and let me and those reading this blog know we're not alone. There is strength in numbers. The Bible tells us God has raised us up together to sit in heavenly places… let’s do this thing called life together!

Happy Hunting,
Tina

p.s. I have to leave you with the text my husband received this morning from a fellow hunter.
“Tomorrow…Tomorrow… I love you, Tomorrow…You’re only a Doe away.”

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Carpe Diem

I want to revisit our scripture again from the last post. In Corinthians 1:27 Paul teaches us that God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. Power by definition is the ability to do or act; capability of doing or accomplishing something. Think about it, nothing can operate on its own. Cars need fuel. Light bulbs need electricity. Our bodies need food.

In 2003 The Gap clothing company introduced a new pair of jeans known as Carpe Diem (seize the day) denim. The jeans fit into their new marketing campaign that was aimed towards women's empowerment. I am sure you know that if a pair of jeans had the ability to empower us and change our lives, then Gap would not be able to keep them on their shelves.

To give them a little credit they were on to something. There is somewhere we can go to get empowerment it is just not sold in a retail store for $49.99. Philippians 4:13 says “I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me.” I do not know about you, but with all I have to accomplish in a day for my family, my church, my friends and most importantly my God, I have to have fuel. If I am running on empty then I am not going to run anywhere and a pair of jeans I may purchase in a store, well they are not going to give me the power to live a life of contribution, blessing, joy and purpose. God is our only source. Plug in ladies and let’s allow the power of God to fuel us not for "women's empowerment" but for His glory!

Powered by God,
Tina

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tee Time

In Corinthians 1:27 Paul teaches us that God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful. This has always intrigued me. Because if you consider yourself foolish, if you consider yourself powerless, then he is proclaiming to us there is good news. We are the kind of person that God deliberately chooses to do great things through. The problem is we have a hard time believing a perfect God would use imperfect me.

My husband and 17 year old son love to golf. There-fore (pun intended) if you glance in my laundry room you will find the typical items that accompany the golfers life. Golf bag, golf shoes, golf socks, golf gloves, golf tees and golf towels. (Yes they have their own towels.) But if you take one if the golf balls and look closely at it, you can see that the surface is covered with dimples. Those dimples make the ball look less than perfect. However, experts tell us that a perfectly smooth golf ball would only travel about half the distance as the ball "flawed" with dimples. Those apparent imperfections minimize the ball's air resistance and allow it to travel further than a perfect ball would.

In a similar way, we possess imperfections and weaknesses along with limitations in our own lives. However, it is those very limitations, those very weaknesses, that make us prime candidates for God to use and work through.

God has not asked us to be perfect, just to have perfect willingness. Let me help simplify it for us, whatever God has done for you, He also wants to do through you. If He has blessed you, are you willing to bless others. If He has loved you, are you willing to love others. If He has inspired you, are you willing to inspire others. If He forgave you, are you willing to forgive others.

So as you go about your day today I want to challenge you to do unto others as God has done unto you. He may just be setting you up for your next tee time!