What’s in your Well?

One of my favorite scriptures is in Proverbs 20:5 The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.

Purpose means, ‘for which something is created or exist. It can also can mean for which something is done.’

I notice the word purpose is plural, meaning more than one purpose, or opportunity, is available in a man’s heart.

If you ask someone what’s on their heart, you should be prepared to listen.

If you ask what’s in their heart you might expect to be shocked.

The heart is like deep waters, it takes listening to understand to draw purposes out.

Listening to ‘draw,’ up what is life giving, and life sustaining is, ‘listening to understand.’

The heart of man is like a deep well, springing up! It’s has plenty of life giving water.

Purpose is creative, beautiful, and yet can become overwhelming sometimes. It’s like the ocean, we can’t really swim the whole thing at once. We can’t even see land.

At the same time we cannot just shrug our shoulders and say, ‘ that’s too deep for me.’

That is missing opportunities to develop the purpose or purposes in life.

We have to set parameters on purpose to draw it up. There is a way to navigate deep and wide waters.

Like the picture above we have to be willing to ‘dive,’ in to the ocean of purpose. We can’t bring up everything we see. We have to sift through and find what’s most important to us.

That is developing our vessels to navigate the waters. It’s not allowing everything in the ocean or in our well springs to come to the surface. Only what is beneficial to our lives.

In that big, beautiful life of yours, what is most important? What do you need to bring to the surface today?

What’s in your well?

These are good questions, I hope you take the time to answer them today!

Rise to Live

I often quote wise and inspirational sayings as a way to encourage others, to rise from failures, and keep moving forward.

Many times, as I look at words penned by man, they give me pause. Because, many sayings represent a worldly viewpoint.

I have no desire to focus my attention on something that can only be temporary. My vision for my life is eternal.

Today I read this quote by Miguel de Cervantes, ” He can, who believes he can.”

Cervantes was a Spanish Author and Poet, and if it interest you, look at his outcome to see if faith in yourself is the best legacy to pursue.

Not a bad quote in itself. Yet, it’s actually asking you to have faith in yourself, which is a temporary solution, in a temporary world.

To be eternally focused one should give attention to the words of Jesus, who says, ” By myself I can do nothing.”

In John 5: 24, the encouragement of Jesus, in his own words, says, ” I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and will not be condemned, he has crossed over from death into life.”

From his word, I have faith to rise, not just momentarily, for a season, in a temporary world, but also eternally!

Ah, the best of both worlds, where we have confidence in the author of faith, and eternal life.

When I preview the history of Jesus, concerning his outcome, I believe he died, and rose again!

When I have faith in him, I rise to live.

I believe in God, not in myself. I trust, that I will live life and life more abundantly by believing his word.

What do you expect your outcome to be when you leave this world?

Inspirations of Life

I draw inspiration from the beautiful mountains.

The first time I saw the mountains in Colorado, I was not just inspired, I was in awe.

I wasn’t prepared for the beauty!

They appeared in front of me as big, beautiful, priceless oil paintings. Yet, they were real!

I couldn’t imagine living in the area, as I could never take my eyes off the sheer beauty!

After a few days, I was less aware of them, and they became the background around me.

The gift of life is just as awe inspiring. It’s big, beautiful, and priceless!

Yet, as we live life daily, the beauty fades into the background. Our focus becomes smaller and we allow life circumstances to become rivals for the forefront of attention.

Circumstances happen, but they should never be larger than life.

We shouldn’t let the beauty of every day become our background.

How can we flip the script?

As I thought about this, I decided. As for me and my life, I am going to make it my goal to live a big, beautiful, awe inspiring life.

I am committed to keep my eye on the great gift of life, God has already outlined for me.

I may not be the artist, but he has given me my own will. I get to fill in the lines.

Honestly, I don’t think I can look at his creation without first thinking of Him. He is the artist.

I draw from that perception. I am aligning my view to his view. As I do, I see circumstances taking a back seat on my journey.

Sure they will be there, that’s a given. But, my present troubles do not determine my journey in life. They don’t have the right!

Troubles do not design me and you.

We don’t have to allow them to refine us. Only God has the right.

Circumstances do not outline our future. God has already done that.

We have been given life and life abundant. John 10:10

The present circumstances don’t determine where we can go, they merely determine where we start.

–Nido Qubein

View life like a journey, if circumstances determine your start, recalculate.

Have a big, beautiful, awe inspiring life!

Upside down

Sometimes we are up and sometimes down! It’s life!

Yesterday, as I swept the pine straw off my front porch, I noticed the welcome mat was upside down. I laughed, as I wondered how long it had been that way.

Our circular drive leads visitors to our back door, so we don’t use the front door often. Let’s just say if someone knocks on our front door, we know they are visitors. But still, when someone approaches your home, you want to be hospitable.

It gave me pause to think about welcome signs in life. When someone approaches our lives, what is their first impression?

Does it depend on how we feel that day?

If we feel up, do they see and feel peace, joy and happiness?

If we feel down, is our welcome mat upside down?

Maybe, we don’t get upside down on purpose. Life is hard. Sometimes, we don’t want visitors to even cross our doorstep. But when we view hard times as necessary as good times, we can be in charge of our emotions.

E-motion. Energy in motion.

If we understand emotions are our energy in motion, we can be more intentional as to where they lead us.

We don’t have to let negative e-motion drain us. It doesn’t have to be the first thing people notice about us. We can be intentional.

We may not get to decide what comes to our front door, but we can decide what comes in.

When we are more discerning of what we let into our lives, we can regulate our lives better. We can decide whether the approach is clear and right-side up.

It doesn’t negate your feelings to reign them in.

Have you noticed that when you are patient to judge a situation, it’s not as bad as you first thought?

Maybe the old adage, ” sleep on it,” is wisdom after all.

Your thoughts?

Traveling on Mission

The word mission is defined as a assignment carried out, particularly involving travel.

My husband A.B.and I are missionaries with A/G Maps. More specifically, RV Maps. We have been on board since 2017.

We continually stand amazed at these mostly senior members, of the body of Christ. They are phenomenal! Some of them have actually called us youngsters, and we are in our sixties!

The Glory of God is over them on a daily basis. He protects them as they travel from place to place, he protects them as they climb up on roofs, dig ditches, paint in high places, and bend for extended periods of times.

He blesses them to bless others with their skills and gifts. In some assignments, the women work beside the men, doing numerous things related to construction, remodeling, sanding, painting and a plethora of necessities where churches, centers, and bible camps need help. They can get it done!

In other ways these men & women contribute with their gifts and abilities to minister as needed.

You don’t have to look far to see servant hood, humility, and sacrifice displayed.

You will easily find members of the Fivefold Ministries among the RV’ers. There are Apostles, Prophets, Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelist. You have to be observant though. It’s not something you know until you work alongside one of them.

I mean this in the most humble way. They do not and will not touch God’s glory. But, some of them are God’s Generals.

I hesitate to say it, not because it’s not true, but because, the true ones won’t say it. They are at the age in life, where they do not need or want anyone to build them up.

I’m not trying to do that. But, I am trying to honor them, and this ministry. It is God ordained and we are so honored to be apart of it.

Having been Pastors of a small church, we understand the need for helping these churches, and ministries.

A.B. and I are especially drawn to the smaller venues, because we know the struggle of small ministries and businesses. It’s a part of our dream to come alongside and help, in anyway we can.

Servanthood. Sacrifice. Humility.

That is not just what I have observed, I keep hearing pastors, and leaders say this about the, ‘RV Mappers.’

AB and I call this season in our ministry, “Living the Dream.” Not because we enjoy traveling, of course we do, but it because we travel on mission.

Serving is truly the greatest way to preach the gospel.

In the past, we have planted a church, we have served as Pastors in full time ministry, where we took Jesus to the Street. We also have served as leadership and staff in our home church in both Evangelism, and Missions.

In this season of our lives, as we begin to retire from our occupations, we simply are excited that we are not retiring from preaching the gospel! And, sometimes we even get to use words!

We are blessed to be a blessing!

Because it needs to be said

There is a great onslaught of deception being released right now into the world.

The Christian believer has always encountered misunderstanding as we share our faith in God.

It is just one of the things that goes along with being made righteous.

Case in point. The fact that we are made righteous through faith and proclaim that of ourselves, separates us from those who have not chosen to follow Jesus.

Legal righteousness was made available once and for all on the cross. Jesus took our sin and gave us opportunity for atonement. He took our punishment and made forgiveness possible. However, we all must make the choice to accept or reject this truth.

When we make the choice to accept Jesus redemption by faith, we are legally adopted into the family of God. We are new creatures. New creatures, because we belong in God’s world, where the Spirit of God rules.

We are made righteous legally, by Jesus death. That’s a fact. The scripture is fulfilled by Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God.

The word might in that scripture means a possibility based on a condition not fulfilled.

Legal Righteousness is granted through faith in Christ redemption. Yet, righteousness also must be a lifestyle experienced and walked out by faith in Christ.

We cannot accept any alternative lifestyle and continue in true godly righteousness.

We all know, that in a family we can have the same mother and father, the same name, the same heritage and one child be in agreement with family values and the other completely opposite.

It’s is the same in the family of God. There is nothing you can do about another persons choice once they reach the age of accountability.

The choice not to follow the family order causes division, strife, and hurt, and loss of relationship.

Nevertheless, they must be allowed to choose. God does not force people to do things his way. He simply makes his way clear.

Blessing comes from reconciliation. Curses, the opposite of blessings, come from rebellion to his clear path. The sad thing about choosing the wrong path is that it leads to death.

That’s why even though we may be legally made righteous by our faith in Christ, we must understand that that’s not the end of our life. We still have to follow God’s way of doing things.

As the family of God we have the calling to be ambassadors for God.

We must continue to make the appeal for restoration. Remembering, as long as someone has breath they have opportunity to choose Life.

It’s vital that rebellion be dealt with. Rebellion will not be justified by Jesus, and the rebellious will receive wrath and judgement. Yet, we cannot force the decision on a person. Repentance has to be chosen by the individual person.

We also as Christ Ambassadors cannot allow a choice to be forced upon us that would disagree with God’s Covenant with us. We cannot veer off the path to rescue someone who has made the choice to reject God.

There will be those in our earthly family unit, who will willingly reject God’s word, and follow the worlds ways.

We cannot agree with their ‘truths.’ We must stay on God’s path. It’s vital to their eternal life.

Though we pray, and believe God to snatch them back from the fire, we cannot in any way, shape or form, agree with rebellion. Rebellion is seen as witchcraft to God. Witchcraft is evil. It rejects Gods truth.

It has to be said. ” We must quit taking rejection of the world personally, even if your loved one lives and abides in this world. Though we have compassion for their results, we can alleviate them, except that we lead them to repentance of sin, into the reconciliation of Christ by faith. It is the only way.

We live in God’s world and we do God’s word. This in itself will cause a separation from others. But the good news is that you have the presence of God, and all his resources to help you. He’s waiting for you to call upon him!