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Easter Remembrance 

15 Apr

It’s that time of year again when all the little girls are  getting ready to be dolled up in brand new dresses and little boys will be running around scuffing up those brand new church shoes. Ladies have picked out their perfect outfit, some with the final touch of a perfect hat, as the men prepare to get suited up  a in their Sundays best. So many of us fixated with our eyes on our appearance, and I can’t take my eyes off the cross.

I always get super emotional around Easter and I just can’t help it. The idea; the thought; the emotion behind someone dying for me, is more than my heart can even handle at times. 

I find myself going through the gospel from time to time  in disbelief, because we all know how flaky human beings can be at times, and even when Jesus asked God to “take this cup from me” he didn’t allow temptation or fear to overwhelm him. He carried out what was set before him and if that isn’t love, I don’t know what is. 

Today, as we remember the power of the cross and the depth of his love, let us not forget what it means:

1. Jesus died for us because God loves us so much. (John 3:16) Sin was keeping us from the world, and Jesus’ death became the bridge back to our father and that bridge is ALWAYS open, which means nothing we can say or do will keep us from him. 

2. God isn’t asking us to be perfect, he doesn’t expect us to be perfect ( he is) so don’t put expectations on yourself that God doesn’t even have for you! (I will get into this point more a few lines down) 

3.  God loves everyone ( go back to point one). We aren’t here to justify what is right or wrong, we are here to love and point people to the word, let them see for themselves how much God loves them and discover truth. Don’t let a “view” or “mindset” distort who God is for others. He’s pretty awesome, and here for errybody (yes, I meant it like that).

4. God wants what is best for you. That doesn’t mean life will be easy. Everything works for the good of the Lord ( Romans 8:28) Not some things, sometimes, on occasion, EVERYTHING. So just hold on, he’ll pull you through.

5. God isn’t keeping score. He isn’t condemning  u for what you have done. ((Romans 8:1) There arent bonus love points for being a pastor and news flash, there are no GOOD christians.  There is no such thing. So stop beating yourself up and telling yourself you need to be a “better” Christian. Love him, follow him, and keep his commandments. (And guess what, if you don’t, he still loves you). 

Be encouraged, friends. Stop being so hard on yourself! Oh how he loves us and I’m so glad he does and on this Easter, I just want to remind you what that love means.  It means he loves us when we do good, when we do bad and when we are in the darkest places, his light is still shining, if you look for it. You are never too far from God, and on this Easter, I hope you feel the love our Good, Good, father has for us.

Until Next time, much Love,

Mrs.Spj:)

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A $10 and an I love you

30 Sep

So after the initial interruption in my last post where I blessed a mom with a mere $10, I went to Bible Study last Wednesday and something remarkable happened.
At the end of Bible Study, a woman handed me $10 to bless someone else. REALLY!??!?
I sat there literally in shock, and called the Women’s Ministry Director, Shannon, over at Rock Creek.
We both just held our mouths open, and when I finally got home, I said to myself, “Okay God, I see where you are going with this. I will save this $10 and bless someone else with it.”
I let the hustle and bustle of life, being a mom, and the weekend, occupy me, but I never forgot that $10.
I knew from the minute I was given the $10 who I was going to bless with it.

Ms. Oliver.
She’s a 53 year old amazing woman who took in 6 kids in her house to give them a place called home.
She’s such an amazing person, and I can’t imagine how big her heart is to take on a task that huge.
She gives these kids love, gets them to school and church faithfully, and gives everything she has to these kids.
The thing is though, it takes a lot out of her, and she struggles to do so. I called her on Monday and asked her what she needed and she said whatever I could bring. She had just got out of the hospital after being there for a few days and she wanted the kids to have the food. I began asking her what kind of food the kids ate and I just started creating a list. When I got to the grocery store, I realized my $10 and her list didn’t add up, but I was determined that I was going to get what was on her list, and not be guided by this $10 although that’s what prompted it.

I began placing in my cart, chicken nuggets, cereal, Crystal Light, Sandwich Meat, Cheese, etc. I was determined to get everything on her list regardless of the cost. I added quite a bit to the $10 and was thankful for the seed placed in my heart but was more happy that I’d be able to put a dent in what this family needed.

When I got to their home, Ms. Oliver was so thankful, and so was the youngest! I captured this cute photo of him in the kitchen while I put away the groceries!
20150928_134611She was so grateful, and as I filled her refrigerator I was completely humbled. She barely had anything in her refrigerator and in her pantry. I still think we can do more!!!

I share this with you, not for the “go stephs” or “bless your heart”, but I share this with you so that you can be encouraged to be a vessel, help others, and see people around you who may be struggling. Last night, as I left a work dinner, I met a homeless man in the middle of the street. He could barely be seen, but there he was just standing, looking for food, money, etc.After giving him some money I asked him his name. His name was Johnny and he was just really trying to find something eat. I assumed by the looks of it, he wasn’t a stranger to the streets and had been just wandering around downtown. I told Johnny I had to get home, but that I’d be praying for him and that I loved him. He looked at me rather shocked, and said well I appreciate that, I love you back, and you don’t know how much your smile alone, means to me.

This is what Jesus was about people! It’s not about doing good a few times of year and then going back to your cozy homes and lifestyles! It’s about loving on people, sharing with people, and being a friend to those, that others may turn the cheek to. It’s about loving people regardless of their past, their political party, their failures, and their horrible decisions. Last night I stopped in the middle of the street, and the light was green. Some people may call that crazy, I call it trusting God and KNOWING that he puts people in my path and me in places for a reason.

So I encourage you today, do something nice for someone else. Really SEE people, instead of just passing them by like so many other people in this world do. A great message from one of my favorite people (although he probably doesn’t know it), Greg Kirskey, encourages us to get back to the place where we see people as opportunities other than opponents. To hear the full message you can go here,


I’m still learning and growing, and trying to live my life more like Jesus!
Don’t worry, I’m always safe. I go with God.  I want you to just look around you and really SEE people and
the difference you can make.
To think, this week I’ve simple done it with a $10 and I love you.

Let’s make our lives missional people, instead of simply going on missions.

Until Next time, Much Love,

Mrs. Spj 🙂

P.S.- If you aren’t ready to make a difference, or you aren’t sure how to begin, please pick my brain for ideas! At my job we work with over 3200 children and youth in poverty so I’m pretty sure I can find a way for you to give back and help. 🙂

The Roof is On Fire!

23 Oct

The past few days have been hectic at my job because we are finally getting some work done on this old house we call our office.
Today, I looked up to see the beautiful roof the men worked so hard on. It’s beautiful. A pretty light gray color, and it lays so perfectly.
Then I looked at our old building. Our office building is pretty tattered, and we could use a new building altogether. It was then,
God spoke to me. He said, “You can’t put a new roof on an old building“.

It was such a profound message, I had to stop and appreciate it!

It reminded me of all the passages in the Bible that talk about the importance of a Strong foundation.
I  also reminded me  of Matthew 9:16, “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment,
for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse”.

It was such a special message, I went and shared it with a co worker. She reminded me that sometimes, you have to get your roof fixed. My belief, is that by starting over, building a new, SOLID ROCK foundation, it will make us new all over! I believe that is what God wants for us. He wants to make us new, rebuild our foundation, and change us all over. God can fix ANYTHING! He can restore us, renew us, and ultimately set our roof on FIRE! God loves us, and he wants so much for us!

Let us pray that God will fix us from the inside out! That he can strengthen our hearts, our foundation, our lives and make us new! Afterall, if anyone can, he can!

Until Next Time, Much Love, mrsspj
P.S.- This post will be featured on Sprinkle Of Jesus soon!
www.sprinkleofjesus.com

Praise Party

4 Jan

So yesterday I got some not so great news about something that happened in a very close friend’s life. This person is very close to me and so my heart went out to them. However, the song ” My Help” popped into my head. It was written based on Psalm 121 and I love the first few lines of the song:

” I will lift up mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help,
My help cometh from the Lord.
The Lord Which made heaven and earth”

The song is simple but very powerful. It’s basically saying I will look up to God far any help and I know that I can  depend on him.  This song is a favorite of  my close friends. I thought, geez I need to send them this song but I don’t know if they will get it. How can I make them get it immediately. Then it hit me, I can send it in a text! So I clicked on my voice recorder on my phone and recorded myself singing it on my phone and sent it to my friend who was very touched by it.  Here is the song if you have not ever heard it before…

Anywho, after that I started thinking about how powerful and transforming gospel singing is. How it just has the ability to comfort you, to touch you, to comfort you. You could be going through something, and a gospel song can just be that one thing you need to hear at that time.  Then I started doing some searching on youtube and came across some powerful gospel singing.

First, this little boy Isaiah singing one of my favorite gospel songs,  “Lord I’m available to you”. I love how he starts off nervous and then by the end of the song he is just truly giving God all the glory and praise.  Amazing! Goes to show you God will use anybody to touch others!

After getting so wrapped up in this boys singing I then started thinking about how not only does gospel have a way of touching lives but praise dancing. I then went to the video of my sister and I praise dancing to “Never Lost My Praise”.  There was just soemthing about that song and I knew when putting together the moves for this piece that it would touch so many others. Here it is:

Then I saw this video and the tears just came.

I tried to stop them, but this touched me so much. I don’t think it is simply because of the song or her moves but just the profoundness of this young girl being able to praise dance at her own Mother’s funeral. If that isn’t praising God no matter what the circumstance is, I don’t know what is. I can tell you one thing, I wouldn’t be able to do it and I think the video simply shows the power that God can give us to do what may seem impossible and also the strength to keep going when our circumstances our grim. There’s a true praise in that.

Then towards  the end of the night, I was listening to Israel & New Breed’s, “Alpha & Omega” and “To Worship you I live”  which are both powerful and beautiful songs!!!!

How can you NOT love that song? Then I went back to the original song I started with, “My Help” and it led me to one of my all time favorite Gospel Songs, ” Total Praise”. There are truly no words for Total Praise all I can say is that it pretty much sums up how I feel about God. Combine that with Fantasia and you have one powerful experience there…

Whew! So as you see, I was having a quite amazing Praise Party last night.  My husband then came home and I realized I had spent 3 1/2 hours listening to Gospel, being touched by Gospel, watching praise dancers, and I realized I just had an amazing little praise party in my house. As most of you know, I don’t have a church home here in AR but Ill tell you one thing, you can praise God anywhere. You can have him impact your life anywhere. All you have to do is be open to it. Now I know you may not get to listen to every single song on my blog that I share today, but come back and listen to them when you can, and experience the power of God through music. I’m telling ya, it’s pretty awesome. Just like God is.

I just wanted to share that special lil moment I had last night with you. What songs empower you and touch you? I’d be interested in listening to even more so please, tell me the name of the song so I can hear it!!! Be blessed folks!

Hopefully reading this, you had a little praise party of your own 🙂

Until Next Time, Mrs. SPJ 🙂

Getting to Know you.. Getting to know all about you..

31 Mar

Well not you.. But Jesus..

The beginning of this year, I said I was going to do better about praying and reading the Word. In the beginning I was getting side tracked but still trying to dive into the bible…. Well one of my Lent promises, is to sacrifice some of my time each night and dedicate it to reading the Bible. I started With Job (due to personal things I was going through), then to Ruth (love her commitment), and now I’m in MARK. I must tell you.. I’m learning a lot about Jesus even more than I thought I already know.. I mean I already knew he was awesome, but I’m discovering even more Why he is so awesome.

You see, that’s the cool thing about reading the Bible.. You don’t just have to listen to a preacher telling you, or your Sunday School teacher, or a fellow worshiper, but you discover and interpret the word for yourself. Also, my husband and I talked a lot about it while I was reading, and we were really seeing what it was like and how God intended us to be… I’m telling you, if you just take the time and really read, there is so much goodness in there. I mean, I do have to stop from time to time, to get my Bible Dictionary, or to re-read things, HOWEVER… It’s becoming an amazing experience that I plan on continuing with even after the Lent Season is over. Some really cool things I’ve taken from reading Mark so far:

1. Jesus truly sees everyone as his brother and sister, he doesn’t just say it.. I mean he sees no distinction (Mark 3:35 “For whoever does the will of God, he is My brother and sister and mother.”)

2. Jesus wanted everyone to remember that it was the Lord who gave him power, and not himself. Therefore he didn’t want the credit of God but wanted people to look towards God. We have to remember who allows us and is truly doing the remarkable things we do.(Mark 5: 18-19 As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed was imploring Him that he might accompany Him. 19And He did not let him, but He said to him, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you.” )

3. It’s about the power of God. I will have to do a separate blog about this sometime in the future…. (MARK 5 34And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace and be healed of your affliction.”)The really cool part about this passage is that Jesus didn’t turn around and touch this woman, this woman was made well because she believed in it..POWERFUL STUFF!

4. We’ve heard it before but it’s true.. God will use people from all different backgrounds. Just look at the 12 disciples…. (Mark 3:16And He appointed the twelve: Simon (to whom He gave the name Peter), 17and James, the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James (to them He gave the name Boanerges, which means, “Sons of Thunder”); 18and Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Zealot; 19and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him.)

But hey, don’t take my word for it. Read it yourself…

Until Next Time,

Mrs. SPJ 🙂

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