Monday, July 25, 2016

What Happened When I Laid Down My Weapon





For the weapons of our warfare 
are not of the flesh 
but have divine power 
to destroy strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:4

The current hotly debated  topic of gun control has caused me to reflect upon the handling of my own weapon...  a weapon that I have recently laid down with dire consequences...

I'm not someone who thinks about Satan being "behind every bush" or dwells on thoughts of Satan in any way.  

But lately, as I struggle in a spiritual funk, I realize that I have indeed allowed myself to come under spiritual attack...  

My desire for spiritual things has been waning.   My prayer life is not what it used to be.   My old, besetting sinful habits are resurfacing.  I have been pulling away from time at church outside of Sunday mornings.   I am physically fatigued.   I feel overwhelmed, pulled in many different directions...

I have essentially abandoned my "first love".  Rev 2:4

Why?  Because I voluntarily laid down my weapon...  My weapon against spiritual warfare...

Sounds pretty much like Satan's modus operandi, doesn't it?  A chapter right out of C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters where Screwtape gives Wormwood detailed advice on various methods of undermining faith and of promoting sin in "the Patient".

We can learn much about the importance of keeping our weapons drawn and ready at all times for the attacks of the devil from Screwtape himself!

Screwtape says...

"Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts."

But God says...

Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is 
the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is 
the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Matthew 7:13-14

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it.
Isaiah 35:8

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.
Matthew 7:24-27

For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol; Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; 
In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
Psalm 16:11

Screwtape says...

"It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out."

But God says...

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think on these things. Whatever you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, put these things into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.…
Philippians 4:8

Screwtape says...


"There is nothing like suspense and anxiety for barricading a human’s mind against the Enemy (God). He wants men to be concerned with what they do; our business is to keep them thinking about what will happen to them."

But God says...

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Isaiah 26:3

Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7

We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2 Corinthians 10:5

Screwtape says...

"If once they get through this initial dryness successfully, they become much less dependent on emotion and therefore much harder to tempt."

But God says...

...Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have prayed for you... that your faith will not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.
Luke 22:31-32

God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity,
 Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
Psalm 68:6

Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD.
Amos 8:11

 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:12



Can you relate to how I've been feeling lately?  Have you laid down your weapon?

We must persevere and hold firm to our faith.

Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
1 Corinthians 16:13

But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
1 Peter 5:9


How do we persevere?  By always carrying our weapon...

Our weapon of persistent prayer

Our weapon of time in the Word

Our weapon of Scripture memorization

Our weapon of fellowship with other Believers

Our weapon of service in our churches and communities

And above all, our weapon of the Cross of Christ


Let us pick up our weapons and fight the good fight, so that we may finish the race, having kept the faith, so that we will receive the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous Judge will award us on that day.  - 2 Timothy 4:7-8 




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Monday, July 18, 2016

The Word of Their Testimony




I am very blessed to have a Pastor who is passionate about sharing the Gospel.  You will find him at every major event in our small state, "rallying the troops" {our congregation} to join him in passing out Gospel tracts.  His preaching showcases that same passion for reaching the lost, a passion spurred on by the fact that we don't know when Jesus will return - it could be today!

Our Pastor supplies many resources for the congregation to use so that we will always be ready to give a [logical] defense to anyone who asks {us} to account for the hope and confident assurance [elicited by faith] that is within {us}, yet {to} [do it] with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15

One such resource is a book called Your Story Counts by John Sorensen, President of Evangelism Explosion International.  The book's back cover boasts...

"One of the greatest witnessing tools you have is right in your back pocket.  It's your story.  Skeptics may debate Scriptural principles, but no one can contend with your particular, intimate experiences with God.  How He has blessed you, changed you, encouraged you or perhaps transformed you through the trials of life.  your story transcends the abstract into reality and, ultimately, communications God's inseparable relationship with you.

In Your Story Counts, Dr. John B. Sorensen explains how to easily and confidently prepare your story, or stories, and share them with those around you.

Peter wrote that we should "Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have."  1 Peter 3:15.  Your story contains the power to present Jesus, active and alive in you that you may administer the grace of God to edify others and build up the Kingdom of God."

I read this book from cover to cover in one afternoon.  It is a very easy read that shares examples of many people's testimonies, and how to develop your own "two-minute" testimony.  The testimony template is built off of two "diagnostic questions" to determine a person's understanding of the Gospel.

Diagnostic Question #1

Are you absolutely certain that if you died today you would go to Heaven?

Diagnostic Question #2

Suppose you were to die today and stand before God, and He were to ask you, "Why should I let you into My Heaven?"  What would you say?

The author shared the following key points for sharing your testimony with someone:
  1. Emphasize the positive in your testimony.  Mr. Sorensen says that too often people will belabor the story of their life before Christ.  Instead, he says to focus on the command that says "Go... and tell how great things the Lord hath done for thee".
  2. Identify with the people you imagine you will be sharing with.  Mr. Sorensen says when you begin to write your personal testimony, you will discover that you have multiple testimonies of what God has done in your life.  He said when witnessing to friends, family or coworkers, by identifying with people, you can share the testimony that relates the closest to their situation.  For example, if you have a friend that suffers with anxiety and you have a testimony of how God has freed you from anxiety, then that is the testimony that would probably be the most effective for reaching that friend.
  3. Do not give answers {to the above diagnostic questions} before you ask questions.   Mr. Sorensen says when presenting the Gospel to a friend, it should have certain elements of mystery.  "You confront the prospect with a problem in a manner that identifies him/her with the problem.  As you let him/her see and feel the problem, the suspense mounts and he/she gets into the problem; then you solve the problem by presenting Christ in the Gospel.  However, you do not want to give any answers to the diagnostic questions you will ask later."  He suggests rather than saying "When I received Christ", saying "When I received eternal life".   The purpose is to ensure an authentic response from the friend you are sharing with rather than the person parroting back what you said in your testimony.
Your Story Counts provides a questionnaire for developing your own two-minute testimony.  

Here is one of my testimonies...

Before I received eternal life, I was an anxiety-filled worrier.  Many nights I would lay awake in bed shaking, filled with anxiety over some perceived and/or actual health situation.  My general anxiety level then increased throughout any given day.  I went on to panic attacks and a season of agoraphobia, afraid to leave the house.

Then I met Cindy who asked me if there was anything I struggled with.  I said YES!!  ANXIETY!  She invited me to do a Bible study with her about anxiety and through that study I eventually received eternal life.

Now that I have eternal life, I know that my life is in God’s hands; that He goes before me and is with me, that He will never leave me or forsake me.  My anxiety level has reduced greatly, and I am filled with peace.

This peace became very evident through two difficult diagnoses; one for what appeared to be a serious heart rhythm problem, and the other, the possibility of thyroid cancer.  I remember thinking my Heavenly Father knows my body and exactly what is going on.  In both instances, I could feel myself surrender to the Lord knowing that whether I lived or died, I would be kept in His loving care.  The Lord blessed me with healing in both situations.

My assurance that I have eternal life and will go to Heaven when I die, allowed me to go through those serious health problems in perfect peace, free from the anxiety that once plagued me.

As you can see, I share a personal struggle that someone could identify with, build suspense and then end with the solution to my problem - receiving eternal life.  Asking the diagnostic questions afterwards will hopefully begin a great conversation.  The person will remember the freedom I received from my struggle with anxiety and will be ready to ask questions on how they themselves can receive that freedom through eternal life.

I highly recommend this book.


Another great resource I recently received from my Pastor is a short E-Book written by Neil Macaulay called The Way to Heaven.  

The author breaks down all aspects of a sinners life, from before knowing Christ to walking with Christ in a way that gives much clarity and encouragement.

Mr. Macaulay shares a questionnaire for developing a two-minute testimony.  This testimony differs from the first style suggested in Your Story Counts, but is equally as powerful.  Every person and every situation is different - just like every testimony...

Here is my testimony using the questionnaire from The Way to Heaven...

1. What was your life like before Christ?

Before I knew Christ, I was a Miss Goody Two-Shoes.   I had a guilty conscience that would keep me on the straight and narrow most of the time.  I was respectful of my parents and everyone I came in contact with.  I never smoked, drank or did drugs.  I was a good student.  For the most part, I always did the right thing.  

2. How did you receive Christ?  Mention one Bible verse.
How did you hear?
I first heard about saving faith through Jesus Christ from a friend of a friend, Cindy, who invited me to do a Bible Study.  She said I could pick something I struggled with.  I picked anxiety, and she chose a Bible Study on conquering fear.  It was not so much through Cindy’s own words, but my own personal reading of the Bible as I completed that study which opened my eyes to the Gospel.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Romans 10:17

         What did you hear?
The more I read God’s Word, the more I realized I wasn’t  a Miss Goody-Two Shoes  after all, and that I needed a Savior to cleanse me from all my sins; and One who would free me from the bondage of fear.

How did you respond?
I didn’t respond right away to the Gospel, but over a period of a few months, as I continued to read and learn more about the Savior, my heart responded.  I don’t know the exact date, but I know it happened because I then truly understood God’s Word whereas before “it didn’t make sense to me”, AND I noticed changes for the better in my behavior and thoughts, even as a former Miss Goody-Two Shoes…

3. What is your life like after receiving Christ?
After receiving Christ, the anxieties that plagued me as a child through to just before my conversion subsided.  I have a love and hunger for the Word of God.  I enjoy working in ministry endeavors the Lord has laid upon my heart.  I love talking about the things of the Lord with fellow believers.   I now never cease to stand in awe at how the Lord answers my prayers, prayers whose answers may not come until the 11th hour and in incredibly unexpected ways; but answers that bring me joy that I had never known prior to knowing Christ.   I no longer see myself as Miss Goody Two Shoes, but as a sinner saved by the Grace of God through the blood of Jesus Christ, whose blood cleansed me from all unrighteousness so that I could have eternal life.

Mr. Macaulay shares about the responsibility those with saving faith in Jesus have...

 "A Christian is one in whom Jesus Christ lives and abides; He now will live His life in you and will do His work on this earth now through you and His other true followers.

He will bring others to His fold, others into His family through you."

I found myself re-reading those words over and over again.  Letting the magnitude of them sink in. We truly are God's messengers.

They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
Revelation 12:11


Our testimonies are Christ's story in us...



I found the exercises for writing personal testimonies shared in Your Story Counts and The Way To Heaven very helpful.  

Having these testimonies ready in my back pocket has increased my awareness to be in tune to conversations where I could offer Hope to someone, and the confidence to do so.


If you are interested in reading Your Story Counts, you can find it at Amazon here.  

If you would like to read the Ebook,  The Way to Heaven, you can find it at Amazon here.


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Monday, July 11, 2016

The Gift Zone




Just this past week, my husband and I were talking about spiritual gifts and whether or not all believers are expected to evangelize...

Evangelize according to the Amplified Bible:

Evangelism is teaching (heralding, proclaiming, preaching) the gospel (the message from God that leads us to salvation) with the aim (hope, desire, goal) to persuade (convince, convert).

What picture comes to your mind when you see the word evangelist?  If you are like me, you picture a person going door to door or to a popular event handing out Gospel tracks.  Or you may picture a person, no matter who they are talking to, stranger or friend, will share the Gospel with the hope of converting.  I admire people like that.  My Pastor and several of my long-time friends fit the very picture I painted of an evangelist.

I started to feel convicted when my church was going to be handing out Gospel tracts at our town's big 4th of July parade, a parade that sees over 100,000 people descend upon our quaint little town.  You see, walking up to complete strangers to start a conversation of any sort, is way out of my comfort zone.  Yet I know we are called to leave our comfort zones, trusting in God's strength to buoy us in our weakness.

I posed the question to my husband of whether everyone is called to be an evangelist - "out on the streets".  He responded with the following verse:

And it was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, {some} to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for works of ministry,
 to build up the body of Christ,
Ephesians 4:11

I can remember a situation where a person was fulfilling a role in a Christian setting, but wasn't really gifted at all for the position, so much so that it became a delicate situation.  The leaders prayed about a way to lovingly persuade the person to follow an area that was more within their giftedness.  It turned out, the person really didn't enjoy what they were doing in the original role, and it all worked out for the best when they were then utilized in an area of their gifting.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,  so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy,
 in proportion to our faith;  if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;  
the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:4-8

It would seem that the verses above would indicate that not all are called to be evangelists in the street-corner preaching or out on the streets sense of the word.

But I do believe we are all called to share our faith and the Gospel as the Lord presents opportunities.  I have spoken about it before here on the blog, what I will call  "urge to push evangelism" where the Holy Spirit prompts me in such a powerful way to share the Gospel, and it might even be to a complete stranger!

There are also other ways that we can evangelize within our own giftedness, and that's okay too.  Whether through serving, teaching Sunday School, in our relationships with family and neighbors, building new relationships or in a ministry close to our hearts.  {For me, it was a ministry the Lord laid upon my own heart to create, the Ephesians 6:15 Sock Ministry, where over 1000 U.S. Marines received a Gospel of  John tract.}

Evangelism looks different for everyone and that is the beauty of the Body of Christ.  Just like there are many ways to share the Gospel, there are many ways the Lord has prepared a person to receive the Gospel.

This doesn't mean I won't ever participate in street evangelism, but I will trust the Lord to nudge me, if and when that time comes.

This also doesn't mean I will never do something outside of my comfort zone...

I will actually be participating in a Women of Faith Conference at our church where we are hoping to minister to homeless women and those with little means.  You might say, "Well Karen, what makes this different than street evangelism?  There will still be strangers there that you will be interacting with."  And yes, I would say you are right!   Indeed, this will be outside of my comfort zone, but the difference is, this is in my wheelhouse of gifting.  The Lord has blessed me with the gift of teaching and mentoring, and I believe both will be utilized at this conference, to God be the Glory.

I think we are more likely to leave our comfort zones when some portion of our gifting is part of the activity; even though we might not realize it...

Again, I want to reiterate that I know that we can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens us.  And I do believe it is good to stretch our spiritual gifting muscles, but I also believe it is okay to not serve in a particular area if  the activity is outside of our gifting or we have not had that "urge to push".

We are the body of Christ and as such, we all operate in different capacities within our Gift Zone so that the Gospel will go forth in a wide variety of ways to reach the broadest audience in the hopes that many will come to a saving knowledge of  the Lord Jesus.

Let us all be ready to give an answer for the Hope that lies within us ...


THE GOOD NEWS!

 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
Romans 10:9-10


*NOTE* When I sat down at the computer, I was just planning on writing a short post to tell you all that I would be back next week with a full blog post. The reason,  I was called to participate in an exciting project this past week, one that I will share more about in the coming weeks.  Because of the time spent on that project, I didn't have any content for a blog post.  Or so I thought... 

As I was reflecting upon how much the Lord was in everything {I} accomplished for this exciting project, it caused me to think about gifting once again; the apparent lesson of my week!  And so I wrote...  


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Capturing the Good Times

Life is like a camera
Just focus on what's important
Capture the GOOD TIMES
Develop from the negatives
and if things don't turn out
- just take another shot.
Author unknown


Today's blog post was actually motivated by another blog post I read last week.  I love when that happens! 

I am trying to find the link for the blog post, but haven't been able to locate it.  If you recognize what I'm about to share as coming from your own post, please comment below with the link so you can receive credit.  :-)   

The blogger shared about scientific research that showed how our thoughts can effect our overall mindset. We remember the bad moments in our lives much easier than we remember the good... Human nature tends toward dwelling on the bad.  According to research, if we dwell on something for just 15 seconds, we essentially imprint that image or thought into our minds with lasting effects.  

We've all been there, dwelling on the negative...  It's not pretty...  And it really does effect our overall thought process.

The blogger went on to challenge her readers to savor the sweet moments in life for at least 15 seconds.  In so doing, the mind that dwells on whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, will reap a harvest of blessings.


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights
James 1:17a

In looking back over the last month, there were many moments that I felt fully present in, moments that I soaked up and treasured, moments indelibly imprinted on my mind...  Moments captured in photographs... 

Moments that I'd like to share with you.  :-)

As I've mentioned before, we are blessed to have a gorgeous park right in our home town.  On my birthday, my daughter, granddaughter and I took advantage of  the gorgeous summer weather to take a walk there.  

Mr. Ox says, "Happy Birthday Karen!"  :-)



Lexi LOVED seeing the Ox!



This tree canopies down and forms the perfect hideaway.  
I'm peaking out at my daughter and granddaughter from inside.  :-)



We babysat my granddaughter on the evening of my birthday and she went with us to play mini-golf.

She was an awesome scorekeeper!  :-)



A few days after my birthday, my husband and I celebrated in town by trying out a local grill on the waterfront - with outside seating!  In the 28 years we've lived here, I can't believe we never went to this restaurant!  The food was great and reasonably priced!


This was the view from our table - Priceless!


Afterwards, we went to a concert in the park, and then took an evening stroll downtown.

This beautiful town common is actually the view from my work office window as well!



And in more birthday celebration news, this past weekend my parents came up from New Jersey. We relaxed outside on Saturday, and took a walk along the ocean in the evening while enjoying a few belly laughs.

Lexi loves her Great Nana and Pop Pop.  <3



On Sunday, my parents, daughter, son, son-in-law and granddaughter were here to celebrate.  (We missed my daughter-in-law who was on-call, but we got to FaceTime with her which was a treat!)   We enjoyed a cook out, playing Kan Jam and going for a walk at the park.

My granddaughter honing her Kan Jam skills!  :-)



My daughter treated me to a belated Mother's Day outing in the city.  Although you'd never know we were in the city as the restaurant we went to had a beautiful, peaceful terrace out back to dine in. It was the perfect summer evening to enjoy good food and sweet conversation.  Oh and their espresso cupcakes were AMAZING!!

My Angel - beautiful on the inside and out!  



Afterwards, we went shopping.  I LOVE spending time with my Angel.  :-)


My granddaughter is 15 months old already!  She has been walking since she was ten months old.  She keeps us smiling and laughing.  Oh what a delight she is!!

Lexi trying out her new pool.



Lexi and Papi enjoying each other's company.



Lexi loves flowers, especially picking them.  lol.  She picked this fake flower from a bouquet in my room.  lol.



My two Angels.  <3


The sunsets at our hometown park are a sight to behold, always providing a different show every night.  I never take one of them for granted...










And finally, on a funny note, my hard boil egg fail turned into a delightful surprise.  Doesn't it look like a chick breaking out of the egg?!



For every photograph taken
there is one less moment forgotten...
Author unknown

I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for all the beautiful moments He blesses me with, moments to savor, moments to cherish, moments that bring to remembrance His greatest gift to me, Jesus, my Lord and Savior, who hung on a tree so that I would be set free from the penalty of sin and would one day be welcomed into my Heavenly Home where Jesus has gone to prepare a place for me.  

What beautiful moments await us in Heaven!

What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, 
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
1 Corinthians 2:9

 Oh that we would continually imprint upon our minds the goodness of the Lord for  "Behold, {He has} inscribed you on the palms of {His} hands".


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