Happy New Year!!! 2020 is Here!

On January 1, 2019 – 2 1/2 months after brain surgery – I opened the door to 2019 with great joy!! I’ve made it through an entire year … I am so grateful!!!!

I spent all of 2019 getting to know the new me. Facing truths in life that I hadn’t seen clearly before. Seeing diversity come alive in the global missions world. Seeing our regional leadership plan in Africa become a reality. Building ministry relationships that will help us step into new areas strongly. Being part of a body of believers that love us and see what God is doing through us. Mentoring young folk. Lloyd preaching. Me singing and teaching. A beautiful partnership with a local Christian counseling ministry. Grateful to have one of my sisters back in my life. Rejoicing as my daughter was married and gave birth to baby #2. Rejoicing as my oldest son was married to the woman God created for him. Excited for both of my sons to begin the ministries and businesses that God has led them to do. 2019 was a good year.

It’s a New Year!  I want to keep running to the finish line.  The only life prize that matters is the one that has been promised by God, through Jesus Christ … eternal life with him.  I’m not there yet, God knows I’m not!!! But I’m committing to leaving the junk and mistakes of 2019 back there … and moving on in 2020, allowing His Spirit to guide and direct me, and doing every single thing for the sake of His glory.  No! I’m not yet all that God wants me to be, but I’m pushing hard to let Him change me, mold me and make me all that He’s called me to be.  It’s what my Savior wants from me. It is why He made me His own!!!  (Philippians 3: 12 – 15) So … for 2020, I want to keep moving after some things and add new things that’ll help me be what He wants me to be.  So here’s my 20 for 2020: 

  1. Focus on the problem solver, not the problem (preach Reginald!)
  2. Believe I can do things, because He told me to do them
  3. Love, even when the love is not returned
  4. Forgive, even if it happens again
  5. Repent and repent again
  6. Ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit each and every day
  7. Extend mercy to people, just as I beg for mercy from Him
  8. Grace, I’ll give it to others just as He gives it to me
  9. Share my joy
  10. Speak truth
  11. Build friendships
  12. Pour in to relationships that I’ve neglected
  13. Be a respecting baby sister – listening to and being taught by my older sisters, who are amazingly God filled women
  14. Listen and learn from the Word of God
  15. Love and pour truth into my children and grandchildren; love and bring joy to my mother
  16. Take care of my physical body 
  17. Lead well in every role God has placed me in
  18. Serve well in every place God has sent me
  19. Love, obey, adore, serve, encourage, care for, invest in … my wonderful gift of a husband
  20. Serve, obey, glorify, uplift, reflect, praise, submit to, listen to, talk to  … my God, my Savior, my King, my Father, my All In All

Happy New Year, friends and family!!! Let’s take the next step in wonderful new ways for the sake of His glory!!

Discipleship is Teaching the TRUTH of the gospel

learn_the_truthA person who does not believe the truth of the gospel – will necessarily rail against it.

As believers, our motive should always be that people come to know and understand the truth of the gospel.  Not only that they can be saved from Hell – but that their lives can be redeemed for the sake of the Kingdom of God; the Kingdom that will never end.

When people call themselves believers but they rise up against the truths that are in the Bible because it does not suit them, I am forced to ask myself if they are true believers.

Paul mentions his former ways and clearly tells us that he did these things out of ignorance – because he did not know that the gospel was truth.  But once he knew – his life and his behavior was transformed.  His life became about exposing people to their redeemer, Christ, and teaching them how to live for Him so that their lives would matter in eternity.  Are we doing that?  Leading people to Christ AND helping them to live for Him?

Father,  May it never be enough for my heart to see a person come to salvation, but may I always desire that they know you personally as Father and are able to give their lives to you so that they will be made fruitful.  Thank you for using me as a vessel of honor.  I bless your name! Amen

1 Timothy 1:12 – 14

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus”