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Archive for November, 2013

How to Keep Your Heart HAPPY – in everything.

24 Nov

How do you deal with life when you find out your husband is having an affair?  How do you deal with life when your child is addicted to drugs?  How do you deal with cancer in your body?  How do you deal with losing your spouse?  How do you deal with losing your job?  How can your heart ever be happy again?

Sometimes our heart just springs a leak!  Sometimes life dishes out more than we think we can handle.  Fear is the greatest reason we lose our joy.  You have God’s grace but because it is a gift of faith, you must trust Him.  Learn the FIVE ways that Jesus guarantees you a happy heart, always.

Philippians 2: 12-18  …

1.  Remember that God is with you, in you and for you!

2.  Be grateful, don’t grumble!   (Read Matthew 12:36)

3.  Keep your conscience clear!  You can’t be happy when you are filled with guilt or shame.

4.  Learn and Live God’s Word!  Change the way you think.

5.  Use your life to serve God by serving others!  Miserable comes from the word miser.

Everytime your life isn’t what you had hoped it would be, in every situation, ask yourself, “What would Jesus do?”   Follow God’s Five step plan and you will find happiness in every situation.  Life won’t be any easier, but you will be happier and find the peace that you so desperately desire!  It’s simple…It’s not easy!

Watch …  Saddleback.com  – Online Campus – Archive – Part 4

I wish you all a Blessed and Joy Filled Thanksgiving.

Hugs  Thelma

 

 

New Bundle of Joy

17 Nov

There is nothing that touches a woman’s heart as much as holding a new baby.  It is even more so when that baby is your own or your grandchild.

In my opinion, it is the greatest miracle and changes us forever.  When that little head appears, we begin to cheer and encourage, anxious to welcome this new life into our world.  When we hear that little cry and know that our baby is now breathing our air, we fill with excitement and love.  This love is unbreakable, it is like nothing else we have ever felt.  This is our child, this is life from our life.  This is the same thing that our God experiences with each new life.  We love unconditionally.

It is not easy.  There is more pain than many of us can ever believe we could endure, but when they lay that baby, our baby, on our body…without thought or couxing, we hold our baby and weep.  This is our miracle and we thank God for this blessing, believers or not.  Through us there is new life, and unknowingly we understand the love of our Father in Heaven.  For that moment, there is a connection with the Father whether a woman recognizes Him or not.  Through that little baby, God reaches out to us and says, “I Love YOU.”

Sometimes, everything is great and sometimes it is not…but we all know for that one little moment we are a daughter of God!

Thank you Lord, for this miracle of life…our little ones.  Thank you Lord for my new little Grandson…Thorin William Scully.  Born 11-13-13.

Hugs   Thelma

 

Humility and Harmony – Philippians 2:1-11

10 Nov

How can we reduce conflict in our lives?  Do you realize that when we don’t have harmony, when we are in conflict with others, we can’t and won’t feel happiness in our lives?  So what can we do.

In Philippians 2: 1-11, Paul teaches us how to reduce conflict.

1.  Never let your pride guide you.  Pride is the root of all sin.  Pride is the reason that Satan was kicked out of Heaven.   Galatians 5:19-21 tells us that “Our self-indulgent nature shows itself…in conflict, quarreling, jealousy, outburst of anger, selfish ambition, causing divisions amoung people, and the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group.”   Sound familiar?

2.  Be humble don’t stumble.  To be humble does not mean to think less of yourself…rather to think of yourself less!  It’s not about you.  James 4:6 says that “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  Are you struggling with some of your relationships?  Do you understand why?  Could it be your pride?

3.  Learn the art of paying attention.   There’s a difference in listening and paying attention.  When I pay attention to you, I will begin to learn who you are and begin to feel what you feel.  Without that, I really don’t know what you’re thinking and saying.  Understanding is not found in the words, but in the emotions and the feelings.

4.  Ask what would Jesus do in this situation!   If you want to increase happiness, you must decrease conflict.  Don’t demand what you think you deserve.  Look for ways to serve others.   Do what’s right even when it’s painful.

I discovered that I really have a ways to go. .. How about you?

For the best words of the week, watch at www.Saddleback.com – Online – Archive – Part 3.

Hugs,  Thelma

 

Sin – it’s never worth it!

03 Nov

James 5:16 (NKJV)

      Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

We’ve talked about the fact that sin is always delicious.   If it wasn’t, we could easily turn away, but even though we know it is wrong, too often we do it anyway.  We believe that we can “beat it on our own.”  The fact is:  We can’t!

When things get tough, when life begins to push in around us, we will fall.  You want to exercise, and so you go gung-ho, what happens?  It gets tough, you get sore, you find a million and one excuses and you quit.  If you are lucky enough to have a friend going with you, they encourage you and challenge you and your chances of success go up.  It’s the same wih dieting, starting a business, raising children and having a successful marriage.  When we think that we can do it on our own, we will give in to the challenges, we will grasp every excuse that comes our way and we will eventually quit.   Those are the ways of our humaness.

Sin is a bit different.  When we give in to the temptation of sin, we get an enthusiastic partner…my name for him is Satan.  He will encourage, offer justification and fullfill many desires and that hunger for whatever it is you are looking for.  You give in, and almost immediately you know inside that it wasn’t really worth what it will eventually cost you.  Most sin, will lead you to feelings of shame and guilt…will leave you less satisfied…may cost you relationships, loved ones, your job, your life as you know it.   That delicous sin is temporary, it is never long-lasting, the feeling must be renewed over and over again.  If your sin is never ‘caught’, it will change you!

How do you learn to say NO?  How do you find the ability to turn your back and walk away, when everything inside of you is saying, “I want that”…when it is so delicious?   You head for the light.  If you stay in the dark, if you hide your desire and you keep it a secret…it will eat you alive!  You need to find a safe place, a safe person.  Someone who will listen and love you, who will correct and support you, who will take you out of the wilderness and walk with you on the path of righteousness.   God’s grace allows us to ‘walk in His light”…it’s always worth it!

Hebrews 4:16 (NKJV)

     Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hugs  Thelma

excerps from today’s sermon – Kurt Bubna, East Point Senior Pastor.