ACT UP part 5

Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

So my story for the last challenge is that I gave some clothes to a donation center but felt like that wasn’t quite enough. I felt the Lord impress on my heart to buy a large t-shirt. Later that night on my way home there was a homeless guy sitting at a stoplight. I rolled down the window and asked if a large would fit him. His reply, “I’ll take anything that’s dry.” It had been raining all day and I was able to provide him with a dry shirt. I was excited about that.

In continuation with the verse we’ve been following, the next challenge is to look after someone who is sick. I think I’ll stop by a hospital and give a toy to a kid there. I’m not sure exactly. I pray that you take this seriously and allow God to minister through you. Be creative, have fun and BE EVER MINDFUL.

 

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since when did a negative equal a positive?

I hear so many people murmer about how things are going poorly in their lives. I have even found myself, at times, really down about whatever has not gone the way I planned. The problem is that this attitude is addictive and spreads like a septic disease. Once you jump off the cliff into a negative outlook, it’s hard to climb back up. DON’T FALL FOR IT! (pun intended) You cannot have a negative mind and a positive life.

Joyce Meyer gives a great example about buying a dress pattern for a skirt and using it to sew a business suit. One does not work for the other. You follow a pattern to get a specific outcome and that’s it. God’s pattern is for us to think, speak, and believe positive things. If you do not follow that pattern, you can end up anywhere. The only way to have a positive outcome is to have a positive mindset.

ACT UP part 4

Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

That last one was tough. I prayed about people I came across asking God if there was some way to invite them in. I felt impressed to simply be kind especially to ones that don’t appear to have many friends. It does make you think though doesn’t it?

The next one is to clothe someone.

It’s easy to donate some old clothes. Maybe you can take a family out and buy their kids a shirt. Or you could give a friend something you wear that they always seem to like. As always, be creative, have fun, and be EVER MINDFUL.

Are you ambitious?

Well, are you? Ambition is a good thing. I believe God breathed a spirit of ambition into us when He formed us. You may not think you’re ambitious…yet.  Your answer to this question may be something like…”I’m ambitious sometimes,” “Maybe a little bit,” “Not that often.” Think of three things that you’ve done that were ambitious. These should be times where you worked hard and accomplished your goal. Maybe you studied really hard and passed a test you never thought you’d pass. Maybe you’ve courageously spoken up about a matter and saw a positive outcome because of it. Maybe you stepped out of your comfort zone to do a task you never thought you could do, and it worked out. I encourage you to write down a few of these successes from your life and think on them daily. After a week or so of doing this, you will begin to realize that YOU ARE VERY AMBITIOUS! You’ll begin to believe that you really can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Sometimes we just need a little confidence boost.

“And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in Him AND HE IN US.” John 14:13

Whatever God has put in your heart for you to begin, He has given you the strength to get through whatever stands in your way and to finish. Do not give up on yourself!

In the storm?

“I was sure by now, God You would have reached down and wiped our tears away, stepped in and saved the day. But once again, I say “Amen”, and it’s still raining
As the thunder rolls I barely hear Your whisper through the rain “I’m with you.” And as Your mercy falls I raise my hands and praise the God who gives and takes away.
And I’ll praise You in this storm and I will lift my hands, for You are who You are, no matter where I am. And every tear I’ve cried You hold in Your hand. You never left my side. And though my heart is torn I will praise You in this storm.”

song lyrics to Praise You in this Storm by Casting Crowns.

ACT UP part 3

Matthew 25:35-36 “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

How’s everybody doing with this challenge? It certainly makes me more aware of the people around me who may need a pick me up. We’ll continue on through the verse with a tougher one. Invite in a stranger. You can do this a number of ways. The easiest may be to just say a comforting word to someone who is a stranger to you. Maybe you can befriend a person who doesn’t seem to have many friends. Have someone over for dinner that has never been over. Be creative, have fun, and be ever mindful!