Scripture Memory 10/15/2019

Did you know the book of Philippians is also known as the book of joy? It talks of the all-sufficiency of Christ, in every circumstance. Not just the good circumstances. You can have joy in the bad circumstances too. Paul urges us to be like Christ. In Philippians 2;4, he says we shouldn’t just look out for our own interests. He says we should look out for the interests of others. What a wonderful world this would be if we all did that! Further in this same chapter, he encourages us to put action to our faith.
If you have lost your joy, you can get it back! Begin considering others above yourself. Begin encouraging others. Begin serving others. That’s living out your faith. That’s putting action to your faith. That’s joy, my friend.
Now is a great time to put your faith into action. Make it a point to pick up some non-perishable food items, like peanut butter or spaghetti sauce, or whatever you would like. It’s that time of year when we all start planning for our Thanksgiving dinners. Pick up extras. Put these together and take them to your local food pantry. Better yet. Organize a food drive during your fall festival, or at your place of business. Here in Montgomery, Texas, we have the Coat of Many Colors food pantry. They help over 100 families. I’m sure they would appreciate your donation. www.cmcmi.org 936.672.7808.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

SCRIPTURE MEMORY 10/1/2019

As the sun was coming up, we found ourselves in our backyard, enjoying the birds that were singing. Mallory was running back and forth on the back porch, chasing lizards, as she loves to do! She caught one a while back, but quickly let it go because it startled her! She wasn’t expecting to catch it! She just loves playing chase!

We sometimes forget to stop and listen to the beautiful songs that God has given to us through nature. Little birds singing, little frogs talking, little Mallory’s running around talking to the lizards, crickets chirping. The sounds of nature are there, but are we listening to them? Do we hear them?

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”

In this instance, hearing means to accept with a positive response. Word means something uttered by a living voice. Christ is God, the Diety.

We accept with a positive response that which is uttered by a living voice concerning God.

God’s Word changes lives for all of eternity. We should pay close attention to it. We shouldn’t take it so lightly. How many of us have Bibles on our shelves that we never open? They sit there, looking pretty, or maybe they sit there, gathering dust.

Remember the definitions from above? We accept with a positive response that which is uttered by a living voice concerning God.

That’s why listening to a sermon is critical. That’s why reading your Bible out loud is important. That’s also why I ask you to share the videos with your friends and family. Someone you know may need to hear God’s Word in order to hear it and believe (the positive response to something uttered by a living voice concerning God). Did someone’s name pop into your head just now? That is who you should be sharing your faith with. If you’re new to sharing your faith, share this devotion/video with a group of friends. Facebook, for example, is a great place to share because it doesn’t single out any individual. Your simple act of obedience to the Holy Spirit’s prompting to share with someone doesn’t just have the power to change their life. It has the power to change their life forever. For. Ever.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.

In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 9/15/2019

I started out in Ephesians, which led me to Acts, which led me to our scripture in Joel. In Acts, Peter talks about the Day of Pentecost that is in Joel 2:28-29. The section in my Bible calls it “The Promise of the Spirit”.
You were baptized in the Spirit the day you accepted Christ as your Savior. It didn’t happen when you went through with believers baptism, when you were immersed, or sprinkled. It happened when you asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. Do you believe this or do you “think” it’s true because someone said so? Do you have an experience in your life where you KNOW you accessed and activated the power of the Spirit inside you?
I recently watched a video of a grown man who was asked to sit in a tiny chair. He refused to sit in this chair, even after he heard the specifications that proved the chair would support him. In fact, he didn’t sit in the chair until he saw another guy, similar to his size, sit in the chair. His brain knew the chair would hold him, but he couldn’t take the action til he saw someone else do it first.
Are you going through something in your life that your brain is telling you God can help you, but you just can’t take the action of handing over to Him? Instead of asking God to change your circumstance, ask Him to lead you through it. We do that in the name of prayer don’t we? We ask God to change our circumstance to something easier for us. If you will ask God to take it and lead you through it, instead of wandering around on your own, you will grow in your relationship with God. Isn’t that why we are here?
If you recently took the step of faith with God, share your situation with someone. They may be going through something similar and need your encouragement. Remember the guy in the chair?
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 9/1/2019

I was reminded of a promise in a scripture that I have read many times before. I had applied the truth and experienced it for many years, however, I realized God was reminding me to believe it once again.
Have you ever had a splinter in your finger? I bet it was so annoying and painful you couldn’t forget it was there. How can something so small be so painful?!? It reminds you how human and weak you are, doesn’t it?
In 2 Corin 12, Paul tells us he was given a thorn in the flesh to keep him from becoming too proud or conceited. He even asked the Lord to take it away – 3 times! Here’s the best part……
2 Cor 12:9 – And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.”
Jesus was saying God’s power is best accomplished in our weakness so we will know that He did it and not us. If we know we have done all we can do to fix something and THEN go to God about it, we know without a doubt that when it’s fixed, God fixed it. It couldn’t be us because we already tried all we knew to do. See?

I have an area of my life where I used to live this promise, but found myself asking God to take it away, over and over. God reminded me His grace is sufficient for me. I am acknowledging this “thorn in the flesh” for me is God’s way of keeping me grounded in His power. Does this magically remove the nerves? I wish! It does mean God’s got my back, though. Hopefully, when you see me trusting God and obeying God, in spite of the nervousness, it will encourage you to also trust and obey God, followed by telling others of His goodness. His grace is sufficient for you too.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 8/15/2019

Last time we talked about how to handle our offenses with one another. We shouldn’t hinder the spiritual lives of other Christians. We should make every effort and keep pursuing things that lead to peace. We should build up one another.

Romans 14:19 says, “So then let us pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.”
Building up is another way of saying edifying.

A friend of mine and I recently found ourselves in a situation where someone wasn’t being truthful with us. We were getting so upset and frustrated. We both realized we had a decision to make. We could either argue and show that we knew what they were doing, or we could choose to extend grace. We both thought about our motives for our actions. I”m so thankful we both decided to extend grace. I’m also thankful that we both knew that others could be watching how we handled this situation. Later that day, and several more days afterward, folks approached us to tell us how they saw how we handled it. It goes to show us that just because we “can” say or do something doesn’t mean we should.

How are you using the freedom you have been given in Christ? Ask the Holy Spirit to expose any hidden motives you may have that are for your gain, not for someone else’s gain. Start to use your freedom in Christ to serve others, not yourself.

Paul tell us in 2 Corinthians 6:3 that we do this so our ministry isn’t discredited. We tend to think that he was speaking to folks who preach, teach life groups/Sunday school classes, write books, lead worship. If you are a Christian, you have a ministry. Folks are watching you to see how you handle yourself too. You may be the only “Church” or “Jesus” your friends see. How would they describe you to others? Are you loving? Are you caring? Are you joyful? Do you live your life as someone that truly appreciates the debt you couldn’t pay, but Jesus paid for you? Noodle that one as you sit quietly. Talk to God. He’s listening. He’s faithful. He will not condemn you. He will help you. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 8/1/2019

We are looking in the book of James, Jesus’ half brother. In my studying, I read James spent so much time on his knees in prayer that they became as calloused as the knees of a camel. Did that comment give you visions of the famous camel that celebrates Wednesday? It did me! Now you have a little glimpse of what is floating around in my head as I’m studying. 🙃
All joking aside, if you would like to enhance your prayer life, check out James 5:16.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
First, back up to the beginning of the chapter so you can have the context of this verse.
In the original language, this verse tells us to acknowledge our offense to one another, and pray for one another, so you may be healed. An active prayer of someone whose heart is right with God has the power to prevail. This is talking about spiritual healing, if you have become weary. Have you been praying about something or serving in a certain capacity and beginning to feel weary? Mutual concern for one another is a great way to fight, or combat discouragement. This isn’t talking about “misery loves company”. It’s talking about sharing with someone in your church family so they can join you in prayer and help encourage you. I have a couple ladies in my life that I consider my prayer partners because I know, without a doubt, I can ask these ladies to join me in prayer, without giving them the details , and they will join me. I also know they will not judge me when I do share details. Personal confession and wholehearted prayer are also vital to this process. The great news is, as a Christian, you have the power to prevail inside you. You activate, or unlock, this power through earnest prayer.
I encourage you to start living out this verse today. Watch God do amazing things in your life as the Bible comes to life for you.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 7/15/2019

2 Chronicles 7:14 – and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray, and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
God’s promise here is those of us who are addressed by His name, meaning Christians, will humble ourselves and pray, seek God and turn from our displeasing ways of life, He will hear us, pardon us, and heal our land. Wow that’s powerful isn’t it? If you have accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior, no matter what you have done in the past, are doing now in the present, or will do in the future, God forgives you. Jesus paid the price for ALL sin. Your sin is as far as the east is from the west. Bow before God, pray and ask for forgiveness. He will forgive you. The other part of this is you also must forgive yourself. You are here on this earth to glorify God, to make Him known to others. You can’t do that if you’re still walking around with the anger, guilt, fear or shame of your past. Your God story isn’t finished yet. Tell God how you feel. Ask Him to remove the shackles from you so you can live in freedom to tell others of his amazing grace and mercy.
We just celebrated our nation’s independence. No matter your political affiliation, I hope you will join me in a prayer I’ve been praying since October 2017.

Safety for those serving our country.
An awakening across our country and we put God first because the Bible says one day every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Peace
All lawmakers follow God’s lead.
God’s will is done through our President.

Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 7/1/2019

Have you ever really thought about where you will spend eternity? I mean, when your time on earth is through, have you thought about the place you will be forever? I was talking to someone about living Kingdom-minded. I see the beauty that God has created all around me, I hear about heaven, but I don’t think I grasp the Royal kingdom I will live in one day. Revelation 21 talks about the new jerusalem. We are given specifics so we can know it is a real place. There are details of the length, width, and height. It tells us of the precious stones that are there. The streets are made of gold and the gates are one single pearl. The “pearly gates” aren’t these ginormous gates plastered with tons of pearls all over them. The Bible tells us each gate (there are more than one gate) is made of a single pearl. Wow! Can you close your eyes and imagine how beautiful that single pearl must be? That’s just the gate! You step inside and you are standing on gold!
Rev 21:23 – And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Wow wow wow! God’s splendor gives it light!
I had selected this verse and written this devotion a couple days before Earl and I attended a memorial service for a friend who recently passed away. At the service, our friend’s brother shared a conversation they had about heaven. Although he was grieving his brother because he was missing him here on earth, he was thankful he knew they would be reunited one day, for all eternity. As a child of God, this excited me. I told myself I would begin to live more Kingom-minded so others will want to live there too! Don’t you?
Be intentional today to share God’s love with someone. Be intentional today to invite someone to church. If someone’s name popped into your head just now, that’s who you are to contact. I encourage you to do it today. Don’t let another day go by. If a name didn’t come to your mind, it’s ok. It could mean you haven’t met them yet. Ask God to reveal them to you. They could be at the grocery store, dry cleaners, or a restaurant. They might be your neighbor that just moved in. Whoever God reveals to you, do it today. Finish today’s assignment so you are ready for tomorrow’s assignment.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 6/15/2019

Ezekiel 18:30 -Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, each according to his conduct, declares the Lord God.
The Israelites had refused the Lord’s ways for a very long time. He was saying He would punish the individual for his conduct. He was telling the Israelites to lay down and retreat from their transgressions so they may not cause them to waver/trip and fall. I have a friend who says she has tripped over the same rock more than once. I know I sure have. The enemy knows we do, and that is precisely what he tries to do. He knows our weakness so he tries to tempt us in that area. If it continues to work , he continues to trip us up.
I believe this scripture is telling us to break the cycle of poor decisions that have happened over the years in our families. We tend to be punished like the generations before us because we continue to make the same decisions and actions they did. We learn from our families, good and bad.
In my career as a Customer Service Consultant, I reviewed processes and gave recommendations on ways to improve efficiency and the customer experience. When I would ask the associate why they did a process a certain way, their response most times was, “That is how the person before me did it. “ I would refer to this as the “post roast mentality”. You see, there was a little girl in the kitchen with her mother one Sunday afternoon, learning to make pot roast. She saw her mother cut off the end of the pot roast and discard it before placing the pan in the oven. The little girl asked why she did that. Her mother said she learned to cook the pot roast like her mother cooked it, and that’s what she did. Since the pot roast was so good, she did it the same way. The little girl went to her grandmother and asked why she cut off the end of the pot roast before placing it in the oven. Her grandma said she learned how to make pot roast from her mother and it was the best she ever had, so she did the same thing. Still puzzled, the little girl asked her great grandmother why she cut off the end of the pot roast. Her great grandmother replied, “Well dear, it wouldn’t fit in the pan. “ You see, over the years, this action was passed down through generations. It wasn’t until the little girl asked questions to understand more clearly, that the cycle could be broken. Our pans and ovens have changed over the years so it is no longer necessary to cut off the end and waste that portion.
The same is true with our lives. We can ask the Holy Spirit inside us to reveal our poor decisions and actions and help us to make better ones. We can break that cycle. Through Christ all things are possible. What rock do you keep tripping over?
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Scripture Memory 6/1/2019

Are you ready for the summer? I’m sure lots of children are looking forward to their summer break. Who wouldn’t be excited about going to the swimming pool, trips to the beach, and spending time with their friends? What if you incorporated a trip to the library one day a week to help your children or grandchildren continue to gain knowledge and keep their mind active?
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of Thy Words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”
This is saying the unfolding, or the entrance, of God’s Word helps us understand more clearly.
What? Entrance of a word? What does that mean? Ok, have you ever been in church, listening to a sermon and you think the Pastor wrote the sermon with you in mind? It feels like he is speaking directly to you? He even has you squirming in your seat as you listen to him? That is the Holy Spirit inside you, revealing God’s Word to you. It is giving you light and understanding. That’s the moment you go from head knowledge to heart knowledge.
On the other hand, your Pastor could be speaking on one subject and God is giving you light on a completely different subject. You can’t ignore it because it’s bursting within you.
Either way, it’s God’s Word being revealed to you and you should pay attention.
When you are reading your Bible today, look for the words that jump off of the page. You may have read that scripture many times and all the sudden you see something you have never seen before. Pay close attention to those words. That’s God revealing His Word to you.
Build bridges and allow God to change your life. You will never regret it.
In His love,
Tini

Build bridges and allow God to change your life – You will never regret it.