Monthly Archives: February 2014

What Makes God Smile?

Traveling Together,   sometimes along a winter road...

Traveling Together, sometimes along a winter road…

Welcome! As I sit here typing, I am basked in sunlight. It feels so warm against my back. We have just endured another New England winter storm with about 6 inches of new snow. I watch the birds in the feeder and it makes me smile.

Remember what is it like to make someone smile? A parent, spouse, child, friend or even a stranger…it is so satisfying to make someone smile. Most times it doesn’t take much..just a desire to please another above all else.

Have you ever wondered what makes God smile? AND would you believe it is YOU who makes Him smile?! I know, it sounds crazy that the Creator of the Universe would take the time to focus on you & I and that we can make Him smile. So what does it take??

Let’s find out as we continue to journey together to find our purpose in life according to what our Creator says.

Here is Day NINE of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren

DAY NINE: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE  (Taken directly from the book, page 76)

“TODAY’S FOCUS:  What Makes God Smile?

POINT TO PONDER:  God Smiles when I Trust Him.

BIBLE VERSE:  ”The Lord is pleased with those who worship Him and trust His love” Psalm 147:11 (CEV)

QUESTION TO PONDER:  Since God knows what is best, in what areas of my life do I need to trust Him most?” I need to Trust God with the direction of my life, to go where He sends me…knowing He has equipped me abundantly to do His Will.

Here are the treasures I found from DAY NINE:

God smiles when we LOVE Him supremely.
God made me so He could love me…He wants me to love Him back.
God smiles when we TRUST Him completely.
Trust Him knowing He knows what is best for my life.
God smiles when we OBEY Him wholeheartedly.
Do whatever He asks without questions, objections or reservations. What God looks at is the attitude of my heart. Do I want to please Him most of all?
God smiles when we PRAISE & THANK Him continually.
Thank Him with heartfelt praise & appreciation for Who He Is.
God smiles when we USE our ABILITIES.
He wants me to use my abilities & talents.

“There are NO unspiritual abilities, just misused ones” Rick Warren page 75

“I have no right to argue with my Creator. I am merely a clay pot (and a cracked one, at that!)shaped by my Potter. The clay pot doesn’t ask, “Why did you make me like this?” Isaiah 45:9 (personalized by me) Yet, I ask and I sometimes compare my gifts to those of others. It makes My father sad to think I am unhappy with what He gave me. Anytime I reject a part of myself or long to be something else, I am rejecting God’s Wisdom & Sovereignty in creating me…

Every human activity, EXCEPT SIN, can be done to make God smile, if it is done with an attitude of praise.

Using MY gifts & abilities with a happy heart makes my Daddy smile 🙂 You CAN make Him smile too…

Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 69-76
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YOU ARE LOVED!

HE FIRST LOVED US...

HE FIRST LOVED US…

No matter what is going on in your life…if you just broke up with someone, didn’t get what you expected on this Valentine Day, don’t have someone who loves you, lost a loved one or are just not having a good day…DON’T DESPAIR…Things have a way of looking a whole lot different tomorrow.

PLEASE REMEMBER…YOU ARE LOVED!

WE ALL have a Father in Heaven who LOVES YOU & ME. LOVES us NO matter where we are and what we have done.

I hope that on this Valentine’s Day that you feel HIS love…that it totally encompasses you and lifts you. That you feel HIS HUG wrap around you as only a DADDY can give…

May the Lord SMILE on YOU.

“May the Lord Bless you and keep you. May the Lord show you His kindness and have mercy on you. May the Lord watch over you and give you PEACE.” Numbers 6:24-26
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Find your INNER POWER

One key to success is discovering your innate power and using it to deal with challenges.

Don’t wait for others to open doors for you.  Make a conscious effort to find your power source, use it to fuel your passion, and release the greatness within YOU!

My inner power is Jesus Christ.  ”I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”  Philippians 4:13

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Enthusiasm Draws a Crowd

BE EXCITED!

BE EXCITED!

Have you ever noticed how some people can really draw a crowd? It is usually because they are enthusiastic about life and that passion overflows into whatever they are doing. People enjoy and flock to enthusiastic people. This passion influences every aspect of their life. Real enthusiasm is hard to miss and cannot be faked. It permeates the very being and cannot be restrained. Over time, this type of personality can greatly influence others and can make and keep that person more successful in business than others.

I think that being an enthusiastic leader can help keep my team members motivated and can help fuel their passion. I am hoping that by sharing my passion for life and truly caring about each person…that I can draw a crowd.

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 Versatile, delicious and good for you

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Planned for God’s Pleasure

aruba sunset 3Welcome to DAY EIGHT!

This journey is about finding our purpose in life according to what God says.

Here is Day EIGHT of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren

DAY EIGHT: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE  (Taken directly from the book, page 68)

“TODAY’S FOCUS:  Planned for God’s Pleasure

POINT TO PONDER:  I was planned for God’s Pleasure

BIBLE VERSE:  ”The Lord takes pleasure in His people” Psalm 149:4a (TEV)

QUESTION TO PONDER:  What common task could I start doing as if I were doing it for Jesus?”

Here are the treasures I found from DAY EIGHT:

I was planned by God! He intentionally made me! He was happy the day I was born! He didn’t have to create me, but He chose to…with all my quirks,flaws and mistakes. No matter what I do, I am loved and wanted. However, I was not made to do anything I wanted to please only myself, I was made to bring pleasure to my Creator…to worship Him.

What is worship? So many people—so many different definitions of worship…music, Bible reading, sermon, a type of song, part of a church service, a ritual, and the list goes on.

Worship is far more than music. Worship is every part of the church service. If it is offered to God in spirit and truth, it is an act of worship.

Worship is not for your benefit. Our motive is to bring Glory to God. God is more concerned about the state of out heart. We should
offer sincere praise and heartfelt prayers.

Worship is not a part of your life, it IS your life. In 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV) it says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it ALL for the Glory of God.”

Everything can become worship when we dedicate it to God and preform it with an awareness of His Presence.

Ordinary become extraordinary with Jesus

Ordinary become extraordinary with Jesus

Back in Bible times, I don’t think there was anything much more ordinary than fishing, but fishing for Jesus…now that is exciting!

Cleaning the toilet will take on new meaning to me…What ordinary/mundane task will take on a new meaning to you?

Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 63-68
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The Reason for Everything

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWelcome..we made it to Day SEVEN my friend! I hope you are enjoying this journey together.  This is a picture off my front porch after a recent storm…so beautiful…the glistening snow…a hushed creation all around me.

This journey is about finding our purpose in life according to what God says. Day SIX really struck me. I have to sadly admit that I have betrayed my King and my homeland many times as I try to fit in with worldly ways and forget that I am just a visitor on Earth. I sometimes get way too comfortable here.

Here is Day SEVEN of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren

DAY SEVEN: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE  (Taken directly from the book, page 59)

“TODAY’S FOCUS:  The Reason for Everything

POINT TO PONDER:  It’s all for Him

BIBLE VERSE:  ”For everything comes from God alone. Everything lives by His power, and everything is for His Glory.” Romans 11:36 (LB)

QUESTION TO PONDER:  Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of God’s Glory?”

Here are the treasures I found from DAY SEVEN:

What is God’s Glory? I often wondered that. It is the essence of His nature, the weight of His importance, the expression of His goodness.

God is powerful, is very organized, is creative and has an amazing imagination…just look at the variety and colors and scents and beauty He uses! I am in Awe of His Majesty!
We see evidence of God all around us…if we take a moment and look.

I Saw God Today By George Strait –
“I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know he’s here
But I don’t look
Near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I just slowed down to stop and stare
Opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today”

God’s Glory is best seen in Jesus. He is the Light of the World and He illuminates God’s nature. Jesus accomplished the task He was given on Earth. He fulfilled His purpose and glorified God.
When anything in creation fulfills it’s purpose, it brings glory to God. Mankind has a unique opportunity to Glorify our Creator.
God created us each differently. We all have different talents, personalities, etc. and a different purpose. We were created to bring Glory to God. Fulfilling that is the greatest accomplishment we can do wih our lives.

How can you and I bring glory to God?
1. By worshipping Him
2. By loving other believers
3. By becoming like Christ
4. By serving others with our gifts
5. By telling others about Him

Living my life for the Glory of God will require a change in my priorities, and other areas of my life. It will not always be easy. Because I have free will, I can choose the road of complacency and comfort…living to fulfill my own wanton ways or I can choose to give God His due…and know that I will have my promised eternal reward.
I need to look beyond the pleasures of today to see a tomorrow that I can barely imagine! Can I do it?? Not always, but I strive for the prize…God will give us all we need to live our lives for His Glory.

He loves you & me, He created you & me for a purpose, you & I are NOT here by accident, A HEFTY RANSOME was PAID IN FULL by JESUS CHRIST on a cross for us, If you & I believe those things…WE ARE EQUIPPED TO SERVE OUR PURPOSE.

God’s Word says, “Whoever accepts and trusts the Son gets in on EVERTHING, life complete and FOREVER!” John 3:36a (Msg)
GOD SAID IT & I BELIEVE IT

Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 53-59
Lyrics by George Strait – I Saw God Today
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Life is a Temporary Assignment

Aruba is a great place to visit, but it is not my home.

Aruba is a great place to visit, but it is not my home.

Welcome to DAY SIX fellow traveler!  

This journey is about finding our purpose in life according to what God says. DAY FIVE I was reminded that life is a test. If I transform my mind by focusing on God, and NOT transforming to this world…I will be ready for each test and see if they align with God’s will.

Here is Day SIX of “The Purpose Driven Life” by Pastor Rick Warren

DAY SIX: THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE  (Taken directly from the book, page 52)

“TODAY’S FOCUS:  Life is a Temporary Assigment

POINT TO PONDER:  This World is NOT my Home

BIBLE VERSE:  ”So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (NIV)

QUESTION TO PONDER:  How should the fact that life on Earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now ”

Here are the treasures I found from  DAY SIX:

I shouldn’t get too attached to Earth. I won’t be here long. I am just passing through. I am not supposed to be comfortable here. I am an Ambassador for Christ. If I am too comfortable here, my loyalty to Heaven will change. I would betray my home and my King. Oh how many times have I betrayed my King and my Homeland?!

How many times have I broken His heart? I can tell you…ALOT! Take my latest vacation for example. I had lots of time to ponder Day SIX. I just came back from 8 glorious days in the beautiful island of Aruba. It is so sunny and balmy and I think a bit like Heaven …

Very easy to become comfortable there. With maid service, free and half price exotic drinks, gambling just outside my door…so many worldly temptations. I must say I did sample a fufu drink here and there and I took a chance on some slot machines…I could easily become “of the world”, but I should not.

It is very easy here to forget that life is not about indulging my every earthly pleasure. The Bible clearly says, “The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:18b (Msg)

As I was enjoying the 80+ degree weather and not missing the below freezing temperatures in NH…I felt a bit like I was betraying my homeland. However, I must remember I am native to NH not Aruba. Just like Aruba…Earth is not my home, it is a great place to visit, but it is temporary…I am Heaven Bound.

I know God planned it that we will never be fulfilled on Earth. It brings to mind these lyrics
There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And the restless soul is searching
There’s a God-shaped hole in all of us
And it’s a void only he can fill

Taken from the song, “God-Shaped Hole” as written by Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, Wayne Kirkpatrick Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Eternal values, not temporal values, should become deciding factors for my decisions. I should want to make choices that effect God’s Kingdom…not Earthly life. AND NOT so I can get what I want in this life.

Following God does NOT always mean I will get my way, it doesn’t guarantee success in a career or even a ministry. I just need to be faithful and God will do the rest.

I don’t want to be like the Israelites…becoming so complacent on Earth that I lose my focus on the REAL Promised Land…HEAVEN!

How about you, my traveling buddy…are the choices you make today going to effect Eternity or just Earthlife?

Reference: ”The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, 2002 Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pages 47-52

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