Scripture Motto

"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Courage to Stay the Course. Courage to Keep the Faith Focus.


A recent devotional from www.InTouch.org prompted me to examine how I handle the obstacles in my life. Referring to the story of 12 spies, Numbers 13:25-14:10, it basically asked to whom am I listening and trusting; the 10 pessimistic discouragers or the two optimistic encouragers.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

B – Bold Courage



Courageous Christian Living

It is not my intend in any way to offend anyone who is not a Christian, but rather to give all an understanding of who I am in Christ Jesus.

“…pray that in proclaiming God’s message
I may speak boldly and courageously,
as I ought to speak.”  Ephesians 6:20

Bold Courage is for the one who must speak and live?

Not being afraid. Not being intimidated.

For me, Livin’ Out Loud 4 Jesus is just that. It is not being ashamed to live—my actions and my words—as a Christian every day in every way—all without being abrasive. It’s about my relationship with other people, whether Christians or not, as well as before Jehovah God.

As a Christian, first and foremost, I am commanded to love the Lord God with all my heart, all my soul, and all my mind… and my might. [Matthew 22:37-38; Deuteronomy 6:5]

Friday, April 1, 2016

A – Adventurous Courage



Courageous Christian Living

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity,
but of power and love and discipline.”
2 Timothy 1:7 nasb


Adventurous Courage is for the one who seeks exciting experiences; a curious risk-taker; sometimes, but not always involving danger


I slipped the straps over my shoulder, tightened the belt around my waist, and took my first ever steps onto the Appalachian Trail relying my husband’s experience and the map book in his pack. I trusted the trail markers, the blazes painted on trees, boulders, or attached to man-made posts to lead us. I depended upon the successful journeys of those who had traveled these hills before us. But inside, I was afraid…



…afraid of the unknown... the unfamiliar... 
the unpredictable… going outside of my comfort zone.


Monday, February 1, 2016

Love Without Hypocrisy



 

 “…Love one another,
even as I have loved you,
that you also love one another. 

By this all men will know
that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.” 
John 13:34b-35 (nasb)


Jesus commanded us to love one another (fellow Christians, brothers & sisters in the Faith). But, He also knew we were humans and would fall short of this many times over. So, praise God for His grace by which we are forgiven. 

This is a list of "love one another" attributes which we should strive to achieve.

Monday, January 18, 2016

There was a man…blameless, upright, turning away from evil

 There was a Man of Integrity... the quality of possessing and steadfastly adhering to high moral principles or professional standards; the state of being complete or undivided; being sound or undamaged; righteous, honorable, truthful, blameless, graceful, upright, disciplined, faithful, holy

When life throws you into despair, how do you react? Do you “Walk the walk,” “hold fast to integrity,” and “act as the same person when people are looking as when they are not”?