Truth, Transparency, Transformation
Volume IV, Fall 2018 Issue
Asking God for Money
Never in my wildest dreams would I think to ask God for money. I trust that He will sustain me financially. He has promised, “Bring the full tenth into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way,” says the Lord of Hosts. “See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.” (Malachi 3:10). He also tells us not to worry. “So don’t worry, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Matthew 6:31-33). There was a time when I wanted something I knew I did not have the money for. I prayed, and God’s answer was true to His mysterious ways.
Prayer: A Family’s Survival Tool
There are so many tools that a family will need to survive. As for believers, we know that we cannot do anything without the Lord and His son, Jesus Christ! Therefore, when we pray, we should always pray to God through His Son. We ought to pray in the name of “Jesus.” We give God thanks for all He has done and for His protection. We thank Him for keeping our entire family safe from harm and danger as we continue to keep our families covered in prayer. We pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayer is spiritual communication between man and God. It's a two-way relationship in which man should not only talk to God but also listen to Him. Prayer to God is like a child’s conversation with his father. It is natural for a child to ask his father for the things he needs.
June was Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. The Alzheimer's Association uses the month of June to help raise global awareness and funds to advance research and end Alzheimer's! In the month of June, advocates are asked to wear purple and use their brains to help fight Alzheimer's disease. June 21st was considered the "Longest Day" because the summer solstice is in June in the Northern Hemisphere, and the winter solstice is in June in the Southern Hemisphere. The "Longest Day" was all about love for those affected by Alzheimer's disease. The events were held from sunrise to sunset to honor those facing Alzheimer's with strength, passion, and endurance.
I don't know anyone who wouldn't feel better- more confident and sure- if they knew that no matter what they were facing, they had someone they could depend on. Someone they could faithfully lean on. We put a lot of stock in being able to say this about people, so much so that when we can't, we allow that to drive our actions and responses even more than when we can say that about them. Humanistically, we love to depend; we just love doing so on our own terms, more.
Sadly, we treat God the same way. We want to depend on Him only when we want to be dependent. I caught a song the other day that in essence said God is here to do what we can't. Ultimately, this is a huge failure on the part of the perspective, heart, and make-up of man…
Celebrate Good Times! Come On!
Humans have been so conditioned to more readily recognize the wrong in ourselves and others rather than focus on our strengths. It is a direct consequence of the negatively prone society that we live in today. We simply do not celebrate ourselves or each other enough for the “little” things that we are doing well.
I have a solution! Instead of waiting for someone else to give you a pat on the back for the success and progress you make, how about you CELEBRATE YOURSELF!! YEP! I SAID IT! On purpose and everything!! What a concept!
I Won’t Apologize
I won't apologize for being who I am whether you agree or disagree.
God gave me the right, and the choice I make is to be me.
God gives me free will, and on this day
I choose to live and do things my way.
I won't allow you to change my style or my manner.
You tripping on my color? This summer I'll be even tanner!