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The Beauty of Autumn Leaves – Galatians 6:9

The Beauty of Autumn Leaves Galatians 6:9

Autumn is a time of change. The carefree days of Summer have passed and we look forward to a new season. Here in the Ozark Mountains, the temperature is falling and soon the Master’s paint brush will turn the leaves from green to brilliant red, orange and yellow. The colors are so vibrant and there’s a sense of excitement for the change ahead. Since moving to Arkansas, Fall has become my favorite time of year. I revel in this brief moment of beauty that God gives to us.

But Autumn is also a time for new obligations. The beginning of school for the kids, Sunday school and Bible study classes, football practice, the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays and so much more. We keep the wheels turning by taking care of our families, volunteering at church and witnessing to those around us who are not saved. And as much as we love doing all of it, these new commitments can leave us feeling stressed out and just plain tired. Sometimes, it can feel a little bit overwhelming.

So, during this busy time of year, let’s seek a little inspiration from the words of Paul to the Galatians.

And let us not grow weary in doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
                                                                            Galatians 6:9

As women of faith, we endeavor to do what is right in God’s eyes. We want to do it all and be everything to everyone. But the challenge for us is, to do good and to not grow weary. When life becomes hectic and we start to feel like we’re being pulled in a lot of different directions, the truth of this verse is a source of encouragement for us. It has so much to say about how to get through these busy moments we all experience.

Let us not grow weary…

We all have times when we feel overwhelmed, discouraged, tired and downright unappreciated. In these moments, it’s easy to think that no one sees the good work that we do. But God does see the effort we put in and He doesn’t want us to give up and throw in the towel.

In due season we shall reap…

Sometimes it feels like that “due season” is just out of reach or will never come. But the seeds we sow today will determine what we reap in the future. God has a plan and He promises to reward us for all that we do in His name. His timing is different than our own and if we keep looking forward our season to reap that reward will come.

Do not lose heart…

We may feel like we’re drowning in a sea of endless things to do. And we may feel down and out, but all is not lost. God is on our side and ready to offer our heart the encouraging boost we need. But we have to be willing to take hold of that encouragement and use it in a way that will cause us to not lose heart.

Just as God creates the beauty of the autumn leaves, He also wants to create beauty in our lives. He knows that we’re only human and that we get tired and discouraged. When we’re down, He wants to encourage us to forge ahead and to not grow weary. And He promises us that when we do, we will reap the reward of a life well lived. So, during this time of great change in nature, I pray that we will revel in all the beauty God has put in our lives and in the beauty of Autumn leaves!

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sue

9/29/2017 09:21:07 am

Weariness is part of the curse, but I’m hiding in Christ with God (Col. 3:3) and learning to let Him to His thing through me.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:58:39 pm

Hi Sue! Thanks for sharing this with me. I’m saying a prayer for you today. May God bless you!

Lyli @lylidunbar.com

9/29/2017 01:47:28 pm

Hi, Connie,

Welcome to Faith on Fire! Thanks for sharing your wisdom and creative artistry with us this week. I look forward to reading more from you in the weeks ahead.

Blessings,
Lyli

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/29/2017 02:49:12 pm

Hi Lyli! Thanks so much for welcoming me into your community at Faith on Fire! I’m looking forward to being a part of it and contributing in the weeks ahead.

Lani

9/30/2017 08:51:57 am

Beautiful writing

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

9/30/2017 10:15:25 am

Hi Lani! Thanks so much for your encouraging words. I appreciate it. God bless!

By | 2018-02-05T14:13:05+00:00 September 27th, 2017|Fall, Thanksgiving|0 Comments

Give Thanks -Psalm 107:1

Give Thanks Psalm 107:1

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.
                              Psalm 107:1

A few years ago, I was sitting in Monday night Bible study and a young woman there shared something that totally changed my life. She quoted a saying you may have heard before, “What if tomorrow, you only had the things that you thanked God for today?” I thought about this for several days afterward and decided that I needed to start thanking God for what I have today. It’s easy for me to dream about tomorrow or get caught up in all of the things that I wish I had. But God is good to me right now and I need to show Him my gratitude for all that He does in my life today.

A little bit of thankfulness goes a long way. Imagine if you did everything for someone and they never once said thank you to you. It wouldn’t make for a long lasting relationship. Over time you would lose interest in helping them and then distance yourself from them too. Thankfully God isn’t like this. No matter how we act He always loves us and promises to care for our needs. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t say thank you to Him.

So, I begin thanking God each night for the things He has given me today that I can’t live without tomorrow. Here’s a list of some of them.

#1 Salvation

Where would I be if I didn’t have salvation in Jesus Christ? I would be lost and condemned. Salvation is definitely the top priority on my list of things I can’t live without and the one thing that I am most grateful for.

#2 My family

Every day I pray that God will take care of my family, and I’m sure that you do the same for yours too. I mention them each by name and ask God to take care of their individual needs. But I have also started saying thank you to God for them as well. This has made a big difference in my relationship with my family. I see them in a different light now because I recognize how thankful I am for each of them and the unique qualities they bring to my life.

#3 My home, food, car, clothes, etc.

Food, shelter and water, these are the basic necessities of life and I certainly don’t want to live without any of them, especially food. Nobody wants to go hungry. God has always been faithful to provide for me and my family. We may not always have everything that we want, but we always have what we need.

#4 My Country

What a privilege it is to live in a country where I am free to worship God! I am so grateful for the opportunity to live in a nation where I can express my views and practice my religion without fear.

#5 Answered Prayers

Like everyone I ask God to do certain things for me and then when He does them I conveniently forget that He has just answered my prayer. So, I have started to put into practice thanking Him in the moment for that answered prayer. But I also want to remember, during my nightly prayers, to say thank you again because I am truly grateful that He has heard me and cared enough to answer.

There are usually a few other things that happen throughout the day that I say thank you for but this list represents the things that I don’t want to live without the next day.

Saying thank you to God has had a huge impact on my life and my relationship with Him. I feel different, better in so many ways. The depression that I sometimes feel is diminished and I feel closer to God. Instead of focusing on what I don’t have, I choose to focus on what God has blessed me with already. That gratitude has changed my way of thinking and my outlook on life. God is good. Always good.

I hope that this will help you in some small way as you grow your relationship with Christ. My prayer for you today is that you will see all of the wonderful things God is doing in your life right now, give thanks to Him and be blessed by that thankfulness.
May God bless you greatly this Thanksgiving!

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The Harvest Is Plentiful -Matthew 9:37

The Harvest is Plentiful Matthew 9:37

Everyone needs a Savior! But how will they know about Jesus if we don’t tell them?

How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard?
                                     Romans 10:14

For most people the idea of “witnessing” is scary. It can be a daunting task. We wonder, will they think I’m crazy? Will they make fun of me? What if they ask questions? Will I be able to answer them? Our minds are filled with doubt about our ability to be an effective witness. But as Christians we are commanded by Jesus to take the gospel to the people who need to hear it.

Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.
                                                                                                        Matthew 28:18-20

Some of us may feel that there isn’t any one that we can witness to. We mistakenly think that everyone around us is already saved. But when we take a closer look, we can see that there are so many people in our lives who need Jesus. They may be co-workers, friends, or even members of our family. God in His wisdom, has placed us where we are in life for a reason and He puts these people in our path so that we can tell them the good news of salvation. This is our mission field. My pastor likes to call it “a divine appointment”. Jesus called it “a harvest”.

The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
                                                                                                         Matthew 9:37-38

So we need to ask ourselves, are we willing to step out of our comfort zone and follow the command of Jesus? It’s hard sometimes, especially when we feel like the person we are witnessing to will not believe. When that happens Jesus says…

And whoever will not receive you or hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the dust from your feet.
                                                                                                         Matthew 10:14

There have been times in my life when the person I was witnessing to would not accept Jesus. I thought they were hard-headed and couldn’t see the plain truth in front of them. I felt discouraged and like I was not being a very good witness to them. But Jesus is telling us that some will believe in Him and others won’t. We just need to keep telling everyone we meet about Him and then the next person, and then the next. It’s not up to us whether they become a Christian or not. We don’t have the power to make anyone believe. That is ultimately their decision. But it is our job to tell them the gospel, to pray for them and to disciple them if they decide to accept Jesus as their Savior. Leave everything else to the Holy Spirit. He will do the rest.

My prayer for you today is this, that you will be encouraged to spread the gospel of Jesus to the people in your life. All you need  to be an effective witness, is a willing heart. God will give you the right words to speak and He will bring to remembrance the right verses. Your mission field is right in front of you and the harvest is ripe for the picking! May God bless you in your pursuit of His kingdom today and always!

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Ruth

11/15/2017 02:43:27 pm

Amen! Our job is to witness and pray for them, not to make them believe.

Connie from Master’s Hand Collection

11/15/2017 04:49:33 pm

Hi Ruth! Thanks for the encouraging words. May God bless you as you witness and pray.

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