Elevate Jesus

Thank You Jesus for your still small voice….

He must become great, I must become less.
John 3:30 NIV

When I was twelve years old I gave my life to Jesus. I remember the transformation that took place – all of the anxiety and pressure built up in those years left me, and in its place came peace and wellbeing.

I then had the realization that my life wasn’t about me anymore. It wasn’t solely about becoming successful or being better than others. I knew then I was made to live for Jesus’ purpose.

When I feel overwhelmed and downcast I tend to look inwards to myself, trying to find something to make me look better, be better, and act better. I think this happens to all of us – we look to ourselves and become a recluse when “life” happens.

Let me encourage you today – Jesus is there with you in the dark times just as much as in the good times of life. I’ve learned that during these times in life you just have to look to Jesus, and not to yourself.

Take some time today to look and see where you can elevate Jesus above your situation, whether it is good or bad.

by @willpat

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God -commissioned

I need to remember to return here, whenever I feel as though I do today. I feel Ill-equipped. I know I am hated. One thing I have never wanted… being the people pleaser I am. I also think God has a plan to work on my personality.

Today, was, at times, difficult. I feel lost and lonely. I have thought many ti.es these last few weeks of quitting. Though, today when I searched edjoin, there was nothing for me…

At some point today I got past my frustration, and carried on. Now, sitting in the pool, stl not looking forward to work tomorrow…. I read this devotional. I am not in a traditional ministry, per se, but I do believe it is a ministry….I never wanted this role…. if I felt appreciated, which, more often than not, I don’t , or didn’t I would have loved staying at VCIS, changing lives…. but God had other plans for me….

Let’s go back to the basics. Back to the very reason you are serving God in your role. Take a moment, and let this question roll around in the corners of your mind:

Am I God commissioned?

Some of you feel strongly called to leadership and ministry. You can remember the details and circumstances preceding the acceptance of God’s call on your life. Others find yourselves in leadership by default. You married an accountant turned pastor and are now knee deep in leadership you never envisioned. Maybe you said you’d never marry someone in ministry, yet here you are … leading by default. Some knew you were marrying into a life of ministry. You were excited about your role as a pastor’s wife. However, you’re well aware you don’t possess the gift of leadership, yet you’re married to a very gifted leader. You find yourself in a position of leadership and influence into people’s lives. You feel misplaced and confused by what ministry looks like for you.

No matter how you found yourself in your role, we believe you were God commissioned.

None of us were called into ministry by popular vote. Take a stroll through our Facebook feeds or Google our names or ministries and you’ll find people not sending their votes our way. Whether they are giving your church a one star rating online, spreading gossip about your family, or launching a full-scale attack campaign, we are crystal clear that popular vote didn’t get us where we are today.
We didn’t jump into ministry by our own appointment. We could fill journals with lists of personal weaknesses and could easily drum up one hundred and one shortcomings. We didn’t appoint ourselves to these roles because we know us. We doubt ourselves. And if we are gut-level honest, we doubt God’s ability to use us.
Not by popular vote. Not by our own appointment. We are God commissioned. He chose us for these positions. He carefully placed us as pastors’ wives, ministry leaders, and influencers. If He commissions us, then He will surely equip us.
There is incredible joy found in the calling that comes directly from Jesus. Hang on to that today.

Before you get in the truck: Take time today to praise God for His calling on your life. Soak in the truth that you are God-commissioned.

His workmanship

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.2.10.NIV

I know that God called me to the job I am currently in. I know He desires for us to inspire others…. staff and students alike. I pray that I stay open to his leading…. to not second guess…. but to trust, and act at the appropriate time.

Ask…

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
John 15:7 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/jhn.15.7.NIV

What do I ask for? Simple:

  • that my family would spend eternity in heaven with Jesus
  • I would have wisdom and discernment that can only come from God
  • I would not second guess the wisdom and discernment God gives me, but I would have courage to act upon it
  • I would walk in the way of Love.

Embraced

“Embraced: 100 Devotions to Know God Is Holding You Close” by Lysa TerKeurst –

“Dear Lord, I want to make decisions that honor You. Lead me as I develop a trustworthy discernment. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.”

As a matter of fact, when Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14–15. Yes, they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but the first part of their calling was to “be with him.” Fullness comes when we remember to be with Him before going out to serve Him. He wants our hearts in alignment with Him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for Him. So, He extends what we need and invites us each day to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from His Word. And He lovingly replenishes our cup while whispering: “This isn’t a race to test the fastest pace. I just want you to persevere on the path I have marked out especially for you. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with Me.” That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying. Dear Lord, I’m choosing to stop in the midst of everything to just be with You. Let me never forget what a gift it is to spend this sacred time in Your presence. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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As I read this, I am feeling lonely. Lonely for my husband, whom I spent 5 days with… and now, not even 5 full hours in the last 5 days. I wont see him until Tuesday, and he leaves again on Wednesday… To work Wednesday and Thursday…. then we have littles for the weekend…. as I think about this, I know I need more time with him, to feel loved.

I wonder, does Jesus yearn for our time and attention like this as well? Does he want us to just be there, with jim. Like I want to just be with Craig? Is Sunday morning ever enough? I begin to be sad, and lonely when I dont spend enough time with my husband. How much more I need to spend time with my savior! Forgive my busyness Jesus. Please fill me with your spirit, that I would be able to get everything done that I need. That I would spend time with you before attempting to write the Lcap or my dissertation.

Help craig and I to remain connected even when he is having to be gone a lot.