Monday, May 14, 2012

Live Love Loud

From the Heart of Abigail Joy
“If the Holy Spirit is the comforter, and we live lives that are comfort-laden do we even need His empowerment and relationship?” (Francis Chan in The Forgotten God)
Whoa. Sometimes when I read a quote...I have to reread it…again and again. This is one of those heart-shaking quotes. It stirs me inside because I am not one who runs to action. I do not seek to be challenged. I do not hunt for risk-taking-life-threatening-thrill-adrenaline-pumping action. I sew….not sky-dive. Is my life too comfortable?
The truth is…I DO long for adventure. My heart beats faster when I see other people living life—living out the love of Christ….growing…being challenged…and running after God. No matter the sacrifices that may be made, no matter where God may take them, the people that are far from being comfort-laden—I want to live like that!! If we long to see the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives—His “empowerment and relationship”—maybe it is time to start stirring up prayers.
True life is ignored when you play it too safe!
“In so many places, we sit and talk about compassion, unimaginable love, revival. And then an hour later, we are still sitting there talking about it. But revival is happening. Now. Compassion is working; unimaginable, selfless love is real. It is right here….” (Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie, Page 143)
The moment is now! The day is today! Let’s quit sitting around and talking about it and get something done. I do not want to play it safe.
God gave me so much compassion and mercy for the hurting, the broken, the unloved, and looked over. Some days I feel as if I may burst…my heart literally may explode…I want to be serving…to be acting and LIVING LOVE LOUD…giving others what Christ has given me. Want your heart to ache and stir with me? Read this quote.

“The truth is that there are children like this all over the world, sick, starving, dying, unloved, and uncared for. The truth is that the 143 million orphaned children and the 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases and the 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions and the 2.3 million who live with HIV add up to 164.8 million needy children. And though at first glance that looks like a big number, 2.1 billion people on this earth proclaim to be Christians. The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any statistics left…” (Katie Davis, Kisses from Katie, Page 92).

Ah! If this does not leave you eager to jump off the couch-dropping-the-potato-chips and wanting to DO something...then I don’t know what will!
If He commands it…why are we questioning whether or not we should act? What are we doing Church? The needy are right where you live…hungry, hurt, neglected, homeless, broken. I am not necessarily saying everyone should sell everything they own and go serve in a jungle (although that would lead to a really cool story and adventure)…but we have no excuse for overlooking those who need loving…Look at all Christ did for us!!
Paul says in Colossians…[Colossians 3:12-17]
“12So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Maybe it is time to recheck our priorities. If you want to be different in today’s crazy society…follow Christ! Seek His commands and promises…get in the word. Check out what you could be doing to help out those around who are crying out!! Let’s get rid of statistics and care for children! Live out the love of Christ. Above all—Pray…to be challenged…stretched…taken out of comfort zones!! I can’t wait to see what God has in store!
Today is the day. Let’s quit playing it safe. Start trusting in our Holy powerful loving awesome God! Let go and allow yourself to be used by Him...and get ready for the adventure!!

Pictures from missions trip to Dominican Republic

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Recklessly Abandoned

From the Heart of Abigail Joy
Completely surrendered to God…craving the truth…aching for excitement to overwhelm the heart. Why do we grow weak and irritated? When does the word become the good news of great apathy? What does it take to reignite the drive and passion that God intended us to live each day with?
So often we wake up and get pulled into the daily routines and agendas of our everyday lives. We go through the motions, checking off the list, getting things done—then before you know it our head is hitting the pillow—we wake and do it all over again the next day.  We may be spending a quantity of time with our God but is it quality time? Somewhere through monotony we lose the spark. I believe God can use us wherever He may place us for such a time—but if we are not intentional about living in the moment for Him—who do we end up serving? Remember.
Tonight at Church, as friends, we broke bread and gave communion. Together we remembered the generous love of our Savior. We remembered His selfless act…He had to die in order for us to gain life…His scarred hands….the bloodshed…the love poured out…we gave thanks and worshipped.
To worship: to kiss the face of God. Offering thanksgiving...lifting songs of praise… worship. I want to sing. I want the great joy to accompany the good news!! Jesus is alive. Our Savior is here.
“Extravagant worship leads to extreme reactions”—Pastor Daddy
I want to be like Mary (John 12 NASB)
Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” 6 Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. 7 Therefore Jesus said, “Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. 8 For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”
…completely abandoning myself to Jesus…offering her most valuable item. She let go. Broke the rules. Ignored the criticism. She didn’t do enough to just get by…
Give it your all…cherish…surrender…pour out your praise!! It is time to reignite the passion. Now begin to give the One who gave us time, quality time…break the routines...crush apathy...give thanks and remember.

“I want to live like that and give it all I have, so that everything I say and do points to You! If LOVE is who I am, then this is where I’ll stand…Recklessly abandoned—never holding back—I want to live like that!”