Sunday, October 18, 2015

Hardest Speech Of My Life

I enjoy being a speaker.  I'm addicted to words and love to share words that inspire and uplift others.  The entire purpose of this blog is to "inspire the whole world" since life can just get crazy.  I rarely have writer's block because words seem to flow seamlessly when I'm in my creative mood.

Recently, I unexpectedly lost a cousin.  Born the same year as me...I remember the phone call that changed everything.  It was early morning and I was on a treadmill exercising.  The words heard on the other end were shocking.

"He's gone".... and just that quickly, life took a sharp turn.

NOTHING prepares you for a day like this!
As the funeral plans started to unfold, I was asked to speak at the funeral to give reflections.  I struggled to deal with my own hurt, loss and anger but to speak seemed TOUGH.  I didn't sleep much that night thinking this is truly one of the hardest speeches of my life.  What do I say, what if I break down, what if my tears outweigh my words...

God got me through it.  You truly can't sum up someone's life in a few short minutes.  You also can't say words that comfort when the pain for family and friends is so new, tragic and painful.

Many of you might have faced deep loss in your own life.  Your world STOPPED but everyone around you kept on going - it made you mad.  Our family is still grieving but there is HOPE - soon there will be a place where there aren't anymore tears or sorrow.  My cousin has finally discovered that sweet place.

"He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain." ~Revelation 21:4

I cling to this scripture because it provides a blessed assurance and HOPE for me. For those of you dealing with memories or recent loss, be encouraged that we have HOPE.  A new earth and heaven are coming soon. (Posted by Roslyn)

"Don't be troubled.  You trust God, now trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father's home, and I am going to prepare a place for you.  If this were not so, I would tell you plainly.  When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.  And you know where I am going and how to get there."  ~John 14:1-4



Monday, October 5, 2015

Are You Sharing?


The other day I headed out of the house to rush off to the grocery store.  Out the corner of my eye, I could see a group of teenagers walking the streets.  When they saw me moving toward my van, they quickly approached me.  To my surprise, they wanted to offer me the gift of salvation.  They were middle and high schoolers from the local church.  Evangelism was probably their topic of discussion for the past few weeks and tonight was their time to practice winning souls for Christ.

 

They were sharing their faith……how about you?


 

Each day we encounter numerous individuals and it’s an opportunity to share our faith.  Be mindful though not to impose/force your belief on others.  Read God’s instruction in Romans 14:22 (MSG):


 

Cultivate your own relationship with God, but don’t impose it on others.

 


Here are some ways to share your faith:

 

  • Invite your neighbors to church.  Make it an “easy” ask by extending an invitation around holidays.
  • Forgive others.
  • Ask your server at a restaurant if you can pray for them before you bow your head to say grace.
  • Forgive others.
  • Serve others in your community.
  • Forgive others.
  • Offer coworkers to pray for them if they are dealing with difficult situations.
  • Share your testimony (story of victory) with other
  • Be mindful of your actions and words in front of others
  • Did I say forgive others?

 

Forgiving others of past mistakes and hurts is a profound way to share your faith.  It’s not always easy but VITAL.  Have you heard this saying? ”Unforgiveness is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”  Colossians 3:13 reiterates this point:



Be gentle and ready to forgive; never hold grudges. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.

 



Be intentional in your efforts to share your faith.  It’s easy and life changing! (Posted by Renee)