I enjoyed my trip to NZ. check out Instagram for further images of the journey.
I enjoyed my trip to NZ. check out Instagram for further images of the journey.
For me part of the journey of my faith is whatever I have done in each stage still believing for the miracle until finally it looks like what I have been believing for has died and is completely impossible and even then I don’t give up. I park outside the tomb of impossibility and determine in my faith and say EVEN NOW God can do this. I think every person alive has to make this choice as to what you’re going to believe. We can make a difference both as individuals and a unified body of believers in circumstances around us. We can make a difference by the choice we make. We can choose to believe there is a God who’s word is more powerful than anything you can see or experience in life and His word can change what we are doing. When you take a promise and mix it with the Word of God and worship in His presence miracles will happen.
Father, I believe that you are real and you hear us. I am asking you for a manifestation of your Word and your will in lives, families, cities, nations and over the entire Earth. Complacent Christianity has not done so well for our nation and our only hope is an awakening in you…
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Those of you who are Christians, followers of Christ we practice believing in our Father for His promises to come through and be truth for our lives. But… What if your life looks like a constant mess and struggle despite paying your tithes, attending service, daily prayer and daily devotions and time in His word? What is the answer then? I wish I could answer this but I know this is a reality for some if not many. Do we give up on our faith? Do we walk away broken hearted and feeling betrayed and foolish? Do we press on? Do we have support or do we not? So many questions and literally no answers other than those we find in His word of the promises he has made for each of us that are everlasting guarantees despite not seeing them manifest.
I know I personally would love your feedback here. What are your thoughts? A wise man recently said to me concerning my own life challenges in this season…
I am going to keep praying for you and this situation. Yes keep coming because you are worth it. I don’t understand what is going on tempted to G-d’s silence but I remember the woman who kept pestering the judge until he responded so I’m going to keep pestering G-d. -Loved one
There are many messages proclaiming how the Father has a breakthrough, a miracle, a gift, or blessings just waiting for you in His timing… That may be true but I have noticed it seems to be a more peace giving manifestation for those given support and a covering of family of friends that are actually family. What about those individuals in our midst without either of those. They become weary and their arms become tired of fighting. Their mind becomes bogged down and the darkness nearly swallows them. How do we truly practically help them because it IS our responsibility.
God didn’t mean us to be a victim but to be victorious.
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We often think of the “three” most important words we can hear from someone… I love you! We sometimes hear those words and they seem empty. I have to wonder in those times what does love mean to you, what does love mean to me?
When I think about love I think immediately of hope! Then again hope comes to my mind at the slightest provocation these days. For those of you walking my journey with me understand… and for those of you who are clueless it’s easiest enough to understand we all have an adventure called life and it’s better with community.
I have come to believe hope changes everything from our inner being to our outer-most viewable behavior. Something I have observed in our search for hope when we need it most… Many struggle, are at war within, of how to meet our needs without presenting ourselves as weak!
Heaven forbid we are viewed as weak and in need. Which brings me to the two most challenging words for many individuals to speak out loud… Help me. Whether that’s with a ? Or a ! Or in a quiet whisper of desperation these words are often choked down and never verbalized. What is the road block? I am asking myself this here as well… What is the hold up or the catch in our throats actually made of… Pride? Fear? Feelings of worthlessness? The potential to hear silence as a returned answer? How scary that feeling certainly is! We need helping hands, cheerleaders, shoulders to hoist us up, bent knees, hand holding, and shouts for victory with hand painted banners to wave! We al deserve this but fail to see it and sometimes we fail to see or believe we deserve it because it’s literaly not there or available. For some of you out there you have asked for helped, grasped in the darkness for aid and found nothing but more darkness. This deters from future reaching. Let us agree that that is not okay! Someone has to stand up and say no more! Do I want to be that someone… no I don’t but there are a lot of those moment in life.
Here is a thought I could be off base with but its worth pitching it… What if some people mistakenly conclude that cultivating compassion is all about the benefit of others, whereas the first benefit is to self. Compassion brings us peace of mind. It attracts friends, potential loved ones. Friendship is based on trust and trust develops and deepens when we show concern for others thus creating beautiful intimacy you can find through no other avenue in life outside of another person.
It would mean a lot if below you would leave us feedback on how you give to others and what helps you! Maybe if we share somewhere, we can help spread it everywhere!
More than anything I would like to see shared ideas and inspired change…
The way Heaven sees you is different than the way others see you. Agree with Heaven! I am reminded of a monumental scene in Remember the Titans is Coach Boone leading the young men to Gettysburg.
Trinity church youth have even made it part of their message to their peers and anyone partaking in their art in multiple human videos. I hope to find their latest piece soon and will share it with you. It brings undeniable truth to the need for racial reconciliation to our communities.
Jesus wants to activate His church so He can kick the devil’s agenda in this generation. –Pastor Jim Hennesy
Our mandate and a portion of our prime directive is to legislate peace, but peace does not equal passivity. “Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.”-Eph. 4:1-6 What do we first see here? I believe it is to stand united.
Get your past out of your present. It’s never too late to be who God imagined you to be. –Pastor Jim Hennesy [Trinity Church Cedar Hill, TX]
This challenge would present itself to us in such a way that its only an American challenge. As if only Americans have tension and strife between races and people different, seeing others, people, in terms of “us” and “them”. The ‘Us” versus the “you”. How can we become ONE as the body of Christ with this site of mind??? I am often given opportunity to travel to other countries and work with varying cultures. All of this is made possible by others who believe in the vision of care strategy! Helping others in the greatest way without hurting them. Sometimes our help may received with joy and gratitude but this is where we are forced to assess whether what we are doing is helpful or hurtful in the grander scheme. The story comes to mind most of us are familiar with…cliche’… give a man a fish he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish he will feed himself his entire life. I venture to add that he will feed his family and possibly pass this trait on to further feed his village. The fear and unease that can arise in mistrust and suspicion is not easily overcome by just closing your eyes or saying a prayer. Its real concern for others that breeds trust and leads to friendship and a sense of security. Inner peace found through Holy Spirit and intimacy with The Father; a practical source of peace and confidence creates a deepening of warm-heartedness and a concern for others’ well being.
We live in a first world country where, for the most part, this is not our challenge. So practically how does this apply? Very good question. I am still working through that question myself. Can we agree, in our American culture, that the “teaching him to fish” analogy would most likely play out by our helping others deal spiritually and emotionally with life’s problems? Do we even want to bring that up since there is not a great deal of loving and helping “thy neighbor”? If we do this, then we have the relational equity to bring the gospel into their lives as well as build deep and meaningful community relations. Are we caught up in too much of self to accomplish this? I believe we certainly are; without Christ but are we too self centered and far removed from Christ-Centered. Instead of teaching, discipling, and loving on our brothers and Sisters in Christ, our willingness to jump in the water with them is not to help them fish and care for their family but to beat them down and drown them? Harsh, yes… but is it true? Others lives do not come to us packaged neatly with a pretty red bow but more often a messy mess of humanity that if we are honest with ourselves resembles our own at some point in time even in part NOW! It’s hard to face our own humanity, reflections don’t lie despite our protests to seeing the truth. But our reflection should not be of ourself, it should be of the Father; without race, creed, color, or family of origin, but the Creator of all beings Father of us all. How do we relate to others who are not like us? I would venture to say begin to relate to them as Our Father would.
I believe racial reconciliation only possible through the Holy Spirit. His baptism of love changes our heart which changes how we love. Hate is not longer possible. Prejudices are no longer able to stay. God gives us a new heart which see people through love. -Becky Hennesy
To have an idea what genuine human compassion is like, look at children. Naturally open and honest, they don’t care about other children’s background, what their religion or their nationalities are, so long as they smile and play together. It’s as we grow older that the trouble begins—we only smile to get what we want. But when we see other human beings as being like us and show concern – that’s genuine compassion. – Dalai Lama