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Friday, June 27 2008

Attitudes

   

Minus  Or Positive

    _                +

 

Every time I look at a minus sign, I feel negative.  I think of taking something away...from me.  Every time I look at a plus sign, I think of good things and stuff added to me.  There are two ways of looking at this life we have and we are either going to look at it as “the glass half full” or “the glass half empty”.  But, you might be saying, Molly, you don’t know what has happened to me in my life; I have a right to be negative.  Well, I know that bad stuff happens to all of us but I also know it is up to us and the way we look at things which will determine the outcome of our lives…

 

These statements are typical of us as humans.  Why doesn’t anything happen for me? Why are you making me do this?  How come everybody else gets to do it but me?  How come you prosper them and not me?  Why? Why? Why? Why don’t you help me?  Why does my husband do what he is doing?  Why don’t you make him stop?  Why aren’t my children better?  Why are they all messed up?  Why does my wife complain all the time?   Whine,Whine,Whine,Whine,Whine (not Wine!)….Complain, complain, complain, complain ……

 

Years ago, the Holy Spirit woke me up about 2:30 a.m.  How did I know the time?  I have always been aware of time especially when I know I have to get up early to begin my day. I was still somewhat groggy, being half in and half out of a conscience state and the thought that kept playing over and over in my mind was, In the beginning was the Word.  The Word became flesh and dwelt among them. (John 1:14)  Over and over the same exact phrase kept going through my mind.  I said, “What are you trying to tell me?”  The reply was, “Molly, the Word became flesh and dwelt among you.  Your words are alive and you are dwelling among what you are speaking.”  Well, it hit me like a knife as it always does when God is trying to tell me something.

 

Here I was trying to follow Jesus and do what I thought He was telling me to do but I was missing it!  How could that possibly be?  I was practically giving every breath to the church, to the children, to people I encountered everyday….I would pray, fast, offer, tithe, rebuke, cast out… how could this be happening to me?  But I knew it.  I just knew it…I wasn’t moving along as fast as I thought I should in God’s plan for my life and the problem wasn’t everybody else, it was me. Bummer!

 

So, now what?  Well, I just let it sink in the rest of the day but I knew that I was the problem. My mouth and my attitude were the problems and this had nothing to do with God.  I knew that God had formed the world with words and I knew they were powerful….and my attitude… well, I had become bitter because of the things that had happened to me…  

 

Now I know Proverbs 18:21 states that life and death are in the power of the tongue. What I was speaking out from a sour attitude had an effect on what was happening to me.  The God I know is a God of changes but you have to do your part…He is not going to do for you what you can do for yourself. 

 

We need to sit up and take account for our lives.  We might well have had hurts and pains..I have but I have a God who is big enough who will help me overcome them “If I am willing.”  Trying to follow Jesus is not a cakewalk if you really want to follow Him… but it is so worth it.  Don’t be hardheaded like I was and think that your words and your attitude don’t matter.  Look at your life..and I mean really look at it honestly if you can.  Look where you are dwelling and see if you need some help.   

 

I have already lived in defeat and I can tell you I have made the effort to correct my mouth and my attitude and the Holy Spirit helps me everyday so I can be a winner in this earth..right here and right now….

 

As for being sour in your attitude, it is your choice…what do you want?  Do you want something different than you have right now?  Don’t you want to be happy?  It is up to you….stop whining and do something about it…..

 

Which one of these (-  Or +) do you want to be remembered as?  The choice is before you.

 

 

 

Molly 

 

         

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Saturday, June 21 2008
 

Good News!

How many of you could use some Good News?  Good News to me is like medicine to my soul.  It is “Soul Food.”  There are a lot of hurting people today.  Instead of going through a list of these hurts, why not just fill in the blank?________ (your hurt goes here).  Then what I want you to do right now is close your eyes and picture that hurt or need being met in the fullest capacity…How does that make you feel?  

Well, Good News is here right now.  Jesus came and died for your sins and mine (Thank God!)  so that blank I used as an example could be filled.  We don’t have a big, bad wolf as a Father in Heaven but we do have a Father who does require that sin be atoned for.  But, the best news of all is that He is willing and ready to fill that blank in your life..no matter what it is.

The only requirement is that you have to accept Jesus as your personal Savior.  It won’t cost you one thin dime. (And they are getting thinner as I write this.)  Jesus came so we could have life and have it more abundantly, but there are many of us walking around in lack in one form or another.  But, the Good News is that you don’t have to. It doesn’t necessarily have to be money.   We have all been deceived by Satan long enough.  When is enough enough in your life?  Well, I don’t know about you, but I had had enough when I turned to Christ with my heart.  The unfortunate thing is that no one was telling me or explaining Him to me in a way that I could get it and partake in what He died for me for…. 

There is a lot more that we have available to us as God’s children than you know.  It is more than church and working yourself to death in the name of Jesus.  But, YOU have to want more than you have right now…it is there for the taking and yes, it does take effort.  I have discovered that I have more grit than I ever knew and I have also discovered that the GOOD NEWS is that Jesus did, in fact, die on a cross for me over 2000 years ago so I could have life and have it more abundantly….what about you?  Couldn’t you use some Good News for a change?

Remember, Good News is like medicine for your soul…let your soul be cured by the greatest medicine man that ever lived….Jesus Christ of Nazareth. 

Love,

Molly 

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Wednesday, June 11 2008
 

Cussing 

The definition of cuss:  a curse; a difficult person

Since we are on the subject of our mouths and tongues, it seems fitting that we discuss words….bad ones.  The Bible states that we will give an account for every idle word that we speak. (Matt 12:33-37) Oh, my gosh!  I recall having that really sink into my spirit when I read it. 

Now my immediate thoughts didn’t go right to gossiping about others (which I also had to repent for) or talking bad about someone, (which I also had to repent for) but my thoughts went straight to the cuss words I spoke.  Now mind you, I didn’t go around cussing all the time (nice girls weren’t supposed to do that) but when I cussed, I cussed.  I hadn’t been raised cussing but as things happened in my life and disappointments came my way, so did cussing.  It was like nothing took the place of a good cuss word…nothing…especially, for me, the “F” word.  I would say, “Well, it just rolls all the others up into it and you don’t have to say them all; you can just say THE BIG ONE and it will take care of all of the little ones. (What thinking!)

I thought I could pick and choose when I would use them. After really turning to Christ with my life, I knew I had to start getting this area of my mouth and my words under control.  I tried to be so good.  Then I was put to a really big test that taught me an invaluable lesson.  Titanic the movie came out and I didn’t go see it.  As a matter of fact, I really had stopped watching TV and movies altogether…I was too busy trying to finally find my life.  I had a friend that had a birthday and she wanted me to watch Titanic with her.  Her husband was going to be away and she really kept begging me to watch this with her.   I finally gave in and said, yes, but I really didn’t want to.  You are probably thinking, “Come on, Molly. It’s only a movie.”  I know but I am telling you that my stomach had a big ache in it the day before and the day of watching this movie. The day came, she brought the movie and within the first five minutes or so, the actors had used the Lord’s name in vain several times…every time they did, it was as if a knife cut my chest. 

The movie was good. In fact, I fell in love with this movie so I watched it several more times…until this one day.  I was vacuuming and cleaning my room and something fell over and broke. Well, the very first words out of my mouth were GD it!  It came out as fast as lightening from the Heavens.  I couldn’t believe it! I was in shock. I stopped and repented over and over…I just couldn’t believe that the God I loved so much heard me use His name in vain.  I was so embarrassed and ashamed.  When I prayed that evening, I couldn’t even look up to Heaven, as was my custom because I just couldn’t look Him in the face…What did He think of me?  I felt I had let Him down. 

The old saying of “in the mind, out the mouth” kept resounding through my brain that day…. I knew from that moment on that what I watched and listened to would somehow, someway manifest itself out of me for good or for bad.  I knew I had to be smarter than that in my walk with the Lord if I was going to gain the victory for myself.  Have I slipped since then? Yes. I would be a liar if I told you that I hadn’t.  I have learned one great big thing about my mouth though. Knowing that I will kneel before the Lord to answer for every idle word I have spoken helps keep me on my toes, so to speak, with my mouth.  Learning to control my words is one of the biggest battles I fight.  Remember the saying,” Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt me."  That is a lie.  Words can hurt you.

My new “F” word is Father….thank God!  We are given the option of having either Widescreen or Fullscreen when we watch movies.  Why don’t we have the option of watching with cuss words and sex or without?

 Molly   

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Thursday, June 05 2008

I Am Somebody

 

God has many names.  There are two of them that became my favorites early on.  One was “The Ancient of Days” and I think my most favorite is “I Am”.  God knows exactly who He is whether we like it or not.  Recently the question was posed to me  who I thought I was or what did I call myself in order to have this ministry.  Well, in the eyes of the world I am not anybody special, but to God, ‘I am Somebody’.  I am just like you.  I get up everyday to face life before me and whatever comes my way, but I KNOW who is telling me to do it and more importantly, I know who is behind me if I am obedient…but it took me a long time to know I was loved unconditionally.  I don’t want you to have to wait that long… 

 

I learned about God quite innocently.  I had no idea what I would find.  I didn’t set out to have this ministry but the more I walked with God and the more I learned about Him and His ways, the more He revealed to me His plan.  I still have no idea the whole ball of wax.  I am walking this walk with the Lord solely by faith.  It is not as though I have gone to college to get a degree to do this and am making a salary with a retirement plan.  I do have years of time spent with the greatest Master of them all. Recently I told a Pastor friend of mine that the only thing that really bothers me in my flesh is not having a degree.  Sometimes the comfort of having a salary, benefits, etc., can pull on me, yet I know through prayers at this moment in time, I am not to get one…but who knows what is up ahead?  By doing this through faith alone, I have been taught to lean on God for everything, from new tennis shoes to a new laptop, which allows me to produce videos so others can learn about how BIG God truly is. I have told God for years that if people only knew what He had done for me and what was available to them, they would all be fighting to get to the Cross.

 

God wants me to be a living example to you.  You can think you are nothing because of what people have said about you.  In the eyes of the world you might be nothing, but the eyes of Heaven see something different.  Knowing who you are in Christ can get you on the path you were destined to be on since the beginning of time.  You can still be a winner...even when the world calls you crazy.  You have a divine purpose to fulfill just like I do.  He has made it crystal clear that I am not like anyone out there and I have to have the confidence to believe in who He says I am and what He is calling me to…but it isn’t easy.  Unfortunately, there will always be people who make you feel less than…and we all are supposed to be God’s children.  Your purpose, your path is just waiting for you…but you have to be the one to go get it.  All the fads of new or old teachings won’t do what God can do for you…but you have to want something more than you have right now.  The MORE of God is what I have discovered along the way…

 

He saw my hurts, pains, frustrations and great sin and still forgave me….which is a miracle in and of itself.  He has called me to be transparent with my life to let you know that if He has forgiven me, He will forgive you.  There is a woman in the Bible named Mary Magdalene.  She had seven demons in her that God delivered her from.  I have told God many times that I think I had twice as many as she ever did.   

 

YOU are somebody.  God wants you to know that.  You don’t have to settle for defeat in your life.  It is never too late to turn things around but now is the time.  All you have to do is cry out to the ONLY one who can set your life on a higher ground.  Don’t pay any attention to what others say about you…Lift up your voice to THE ONE who is “I AM.”  God is the same (thank God) yesterday, today and forever and as long as He is on the throne, you have hope…not just a chance that your life can be better.

 

From someone who felt like no one until “I AM” came along……………

God Bless you.

…And remember YOU ARE SOMEBODY!

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