Change

When it comes to change, make sure you are doing it for yourself. There is really no need to boast about it verbally or boast about it on social media. If change is something that you are truly pursuing, I doubt that social media will even get most of your time. The thing about change is that you should be doing it for yourself and not others. Architects have a set design that they follow in order to build homes and businesses. Without that design, things can go wrong. Well, in order for you to build positive change in your life, you should follow God’s design. It’s a design that is stable and strong. It won’t be blown down by the wind of people’s opinion. It’s a design that will shine brightly so there will be no need to even boast about it. If you need to make a change, don’t waste time saying you are about to do it and listing details every step of the way. Sometimes, God wants to deal with you one on one. Let Him Everybody don’t need to know what your plans are. Just as there are those who pray for your success, there are those who pray for your downfall.

Get Right or Get Left

Allow me to take you to Exodus 15:26 which says, “He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.'” God made a promise to the people of Israel that they would never suffer any diseases if they obeyed Him. But what did they do? Yep, they did not obey Him just as the world does today. Because of their rejection to God and the laws of His love, people suffer instead of prospering and living a healthy, abundant life. God doesn’t take pleasure in seeing any of His people suffer but it is all a part of His plan to teach us the necessity of obeying His law. God will allow diseases and other afflictions to affect people to the point of repentance. God is not destroying the world extensively; He is punishing the world in both love and measure so that we can turn from the wrong and go right. The coronavirus along with other plagues and/or diseases is only a small part of God’s Plan. The worst hasn’t taken place yet and we will be caught up in it if we don’t repent. Angelic spirits are already in position to perform the tasks that God has assigned them to do and it is all to prepare for the Great Tribulation, the Day of the Lord and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Let’s get RIGHT or get LEFT!!!

Give Them Jesus

I can remember my mom taking me to my kindergarten graduation. She took me to cheerleading dance events at high school. She took me to all of my honor banquets. She and my dad took me on trips out of the state, swimming at my favorite lake several times during the summer, and numerous family cookouts. More importantly, my mom ALWAYS took to me to church. Out of all the places I have gone, I am more grateful for my mom taking me to church. Now that I am older with children, I understand why. She allowed God’s Word to plant a seed inside of me at a young age. I rebelled for so many years. But because of the seed of God’s Word that was planted inside of me when I was young, I couldn’t stay away. God kept tugging on my heart in so many situations and experiences. I knew where my True Help came from. So like the prodigal son, I returned. Today, I am grateful for my mom always taking me to church when I was younger. I am grateful for those early morning Sunday School classes, Wednesday night bible studies, summer vacation bible schools, and every other church event that I attended. Psalm 23 was embedded in my spirit at a young age and now that I am older and understand it clearly – I am thankful that the Lord is My Shepherd. That seed that was planted in me has now grown into strength and beauty. Because the Lord is My Shepherd, I endured and persevered through so much. It is so important to plant the seed of God’s Word in your children when they are young. They may not understand it then, oh but later, they will! It’s good to give your children money and take them shopping. It’s good to make sure they are involved in every extracurricular activity and/or sporting events. It’s good to take them on vacations around the world. But it is FAR GREATER to take them to church! It is FAR GREATER to give them JESUS!

Why I Believe

I have encountered so many conversations where others tried to get me to abandon my faith in the Lord. It felt like these encounters came from the devil but it very well could be a test from God – a test to see if I will leave Him after all He has done. A test to see if I will stop trusting in Him and His Only Son that was sent to die on the cross for all of our sins. A test to see if I will really walk what I talk. Well, I believe in the Lord. I believe in His Son. I don’t believe me nor my ancestors came from a bowl of soup called lava. I believe that God created me. I believe in Him because of my relationship with Him. I believe in Him because through that relationship, I know His voice. I know my Master’s touch. I know His Comfort. Most of all..I know His love. I know that doing rightis right. Being kind is kind. Doing my best to lead my children to Him is right. Faith in Him is what keeps me going each day. Me come from lava? No! I am God’s Masterpiece!

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery