Journal How To

 journaling how toJournal – How-To

Episode 25

Do you keep a journal in the traditional way or do you keep a journal as a tool to jump start your Christian walk? Journaling is an amazing way to see the truth, answered prayers and your spiritual growth. There are many ways to journal and there is no definitive way, however, in this episode, we discuss ways to journal.

Answered Prayer Through Journaling

answered prayer through journalingAnswered Prayer Through Journaling?

Episode 24

Only when I began journaling did I see answered prayers. Have you found that by journaling to see answered prayers you can actually see that God has listened to your pleas? In this episode, I discuss journaling as a tool as well as the blessing that I found within the pages.

Show Notes: Answered Prayer Through Journaling

In today’s show notes, I want to ask you some questions to gauge your interest in journaling.

  1. Do I feel that God hears my prayers?
  2. Do I know how many times the Lord has answered my prayers?
  3. I have journaled in the past and …
  4. Journaling has been a passion of mine because …
  5. I’ve never tried journaling but would consider it, because…

Have you ever journaled? If so you know the impact it can have on your life and those around you. By documenting the answers to prayers, it helps us to see that the Lord hears us. In addition, it helps us by allowing us a snapshot back in time. Was there a desperate prayer, or one you really wanted answered? Was it answered? Was the answer all you hoped it would be or did it fall short.

No one said Christian life is easy, but it certainly is blessed and by journaling, you can keep an eye on ways you need to improve your relationship with God. There are many different ways you can journal. In the next episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, we will explore some of those ways.

Chose Happiness

chose happinessChose Happiness – the Best Choice

Episode 23

Happiness is a choice and the way we chose to live our lives is also a choice. We can choose to live our lives miserably or decide that today we chose God and therefore all we have left is to rejoice. No matter what your life circumstance the Lord knows your situation and is there to help.

Are we happy because of life circumstance or are we happy because we choose to be which is not dependent on our lives or our circumstances?

Joy transcends all understanding – Joy is given to us by the Lord, however, happiness is a choice we can make. We can select that as an option each day. Is it really depends on what is happening in our lives? Yes, but then how about we take charge, chose for God and chose to be happy. In this way the Lord can bless us with the joy that does transcend all understanding and our lives will change for the better. I promise!

  1. Chose Happiness the basis of all other choices
  2. We chose to be happy because of all the Lord has done in our lives.

1 Timothy 6:17
Verse Concepts
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

Psalm 16:11
Verse Concepts
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 21:6
Verse Concepts
For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.

Psalm 111:2
Verse Concepts
Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.

Time Well Spent

time well spentTime Well Spent

Episode 22

Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our “lists,” it makes us feel that we’ve spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can’t finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?

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When I look at my day I think, “What is the best use of my time each day?” Other than with my friends and family the best time is with God. How can you fill up without the One who truly gives us that grace to get through each day? Who do you spend time with and is that time well spent? In this episode, we explore how you can make the time. Let’s strive to make the most out of every minute of every day.

Look at your day, how can you incorporate time well spent? We all say we don’t have enough time each day!

  1. Identify the time wasters. Relaxing is wonderful for everyone and we don’t need to “produce” every day! However often we say we don’t have enough time for prayer because we don’t use our time wisely.
    • What are the things in your day that waste your time
    • How can you avoid the time wasters
    • Does making a list help you
    • We all waste time, and often we all need a break, so enjoy
  2. What is the one thing you can avoid? Is there something on your list that you can eliminate or reschedule in your day so that you can make more time?
    • Social media
    • Emails in the morning or afternoon
    • Shopping without a list
  3. Can you make 5-10-15 minutes or more to spend with God in prayer? Look at your lists above and see where you can add more time to your day. Five, ten or fifteen minutes helps tremendously! Time well spent with God is so helpful in our day. Often we leave prayer time to night time. Praying in the morning, the first thing you do — will change your life and is truly time well spent.
  4. Who do you spend the most time with? Is it family, friends, virtual friends? Ist it fictional characters in books? Truthfully, sometimes we let virtual friends take the place of real ones. I have good friends online, some I’ve never met in person. Nurture your friendships but remember the one who will fill you with faith, love, and joy.
  5. How can you make that time productive? Spending it with God first will increase your productivity all day long.
  6. Can you be a witness or a blessing from the Lord to someone in your life? Do you ask God to use you each day? Do you see the people in your life as a blessing? How can the Lord use you? How can you be an example of God’s love to others?

 

God’s Grace

God's GraceGod’s Grace is Sufficient

Episode 21

God’s grace, is it sufficient for you? Or do you rely on the world for the help you need? In 2 Corinthians 12:9 we read the passage that many sermons are built around, but how do we apply this to our life? In this episode, I’ll explain how I strive to have more of Him and less of me in my life.

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How do we live a grace-filled life when most of the time we can hardly get out of bed without being overwhelmed with all that needs to be done each day? Now that my children are older I’ve taken on some extra activities that put me in the path of people from all walks of life. Some are Christians, others are not, but it is hard to tell the difference. Years ago a good friend of mine used to be asked all the time, “What is different about you?” She carried the joy of Jesus Christ with her wherever she went. She was my writing partner and while we each attended different churches, she was an evangelical Christian and mostly attended non-denominational churches, I am a Catholic. We agreed on the solid foundation that without Jesus there can be no joy in your life.

Jill showed the love of Jesus in her life. She showed others that even if she was under a life burden she would still praise God. Jill loved her children unconditionally as she loved her friends and even her acquaintances. She didn’t live a life without hardship. She went through a painful divorce, bankruptcy and she died suddenly in 2007. Before she died she told me she would soon be homeless if things didn’t change in her life. Yet, she told me she was not worried – she had God. And, instead of being homeless, God took her home. I have never publically told that story before, and while I still miss her tremendously I am happy for her because I know that as she lived she was an example of God’s grace being enough.

It is the inspiration from friends that we surround ourselves with that we too can learn about that joy and that grace should be sufficient for us. That grace that surpasses anything that we can earn or attain in this world. Remember friends, it is in Him that we can have true life. As I record this episode it is the end of November and I approach the Christmas season with a sense of expectancy in the true miracle of the birth of Christ, but also in the miracle that we can be, by example for each other.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Another Day

another day another chanceAnother Day, Another Chance

Episode 20

Another day. Have you ever had a horrible day and wondered how you can make it to the next one? In this episode, we explore our feelings when all things happen at once and our ability to cope only with the grace of God.

References – Bible verses: Biblegateway.com

Show Notes: Another Day: Another Chance

  1. This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice!
  2. God is a God of second chances.
  3. Nothing is impossible for God.
  4. Everything is a gift from God – Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
  5. Faith takes trust: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

No matter how bad the day is or if you’ve messed up in some way. Go to the Lord, repent. Ask Him for forgiveness and rejoice! Tomorrow is a new day, let us rejoice and be glad.

Scripture References:

Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at our right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for me.

 

Living Well

living wellLiving Well

Episode 19

We hear the term all the time. Live well! What exactly does that mean? How can we as Christian’s live well in Christ? Is there a way to live our lives without becoming legalistic in terms of “if I do this – God will do that.” In this episode, we explore the meaning of living well and living for Christ.

Show Notes: Living Well

Living well is a cliche, but for some living well is a way of life. If we were sitting all together in a room and I asked you, “What does living well mean to you?” I’m sure the answers would all be different. For some it is financial freedom, for others, it might be finding your true love. For some, it might mean peace within their family or having a loved one who has strayed come back to the Lord.

Living well ultimately can’t happen without wisdom. The wisdom to discern right from wrong and the wisdom to understand that living well means so much more than materialistic acquisitions or ambitions. People think that living a Christian life means compromise but it is so far from the truth. Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations that bind us, however, these ideals set us free.  The fear of Christianity is that if you follow Christ you will lose everything! I remember a faithful girl who was a friend of mine in college, she lead me through the salvation prayer although I followed the Lord, I never professed it in prayer – in that way. Everything that happened to her was horrible! Her new car was totaled. Her major included many sciences and looking into the microscope made her queasy. To an immature Christian, it would appear that following Christ equals problems! However, she showed me Jesus in a real way by the reactions to the disasters in her life. She showed, by her example, how to live a good life when all is falling apart in your world.

However, the focus on living well, in this present age, takes work. It takes learning how to pray and listen. We’ve discussed this on episodes of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, it means taking the time out of our day to spend time with God. Learning how to pray includes learning how to listen. It means seeking God’s word in the Bible and meditating on the meaning. (Ask the Holy Spirit to help you! This is a grace that the Holy Spirit bestows upon us that is there just for the asking.)

Living well means sharing your faith, learning from others with a deep faith and asking those hard questions. What does it mean to live well for Christ, and how can you live in the world without being of the world. Living in the world means living out your vocation in life – is it as a wife or father, a son or daughter, a sister or brother? Is it as a friend? Is it as a co-worker. It also means living a life that doesn’t compromise or succumb to the temptations of this world. Will we sin? Of course, but it is what happens after we sin that separates us from those who do not believe.  Repenting for our sins and asking forgiveness rather than taking pride in our sinfulness. Those who are the most vehemently opposed to Christianity are those who carry around great sins that are unconfessed. These sins are a burden and the only way they can live with these sins and call evil good is to put down others who think differently.

Living well means not putting down those who oppose us, but praying for them daily. It means avoiding those who would lead us to temptation by staying far away, even if it means changing jobs or removing ourselves from those who are toxic in our lives. If a situation is a dangerous one we should seek help or advice from someone trusted.

Living well has nothing to do with wealth or an accumulation of things, this has nothing to do with living. The world will tell you that living well is a wonderful vacation, a spa day or a shopping spree. Yet, what happens once you return from that fabulous vacation, spa day or shop? The real world awaits. Things break. Work is still waiting for use each day. So, isn’t it better to embrace each day, be thankful for what we have or don’t have and focus on living for the Lord?

Living well does not guarantee we will no longer have trouble. It does mean that the trouble will ultimately be fleeting. No matter how wonderful the things of this world are that nothing compares to the love of God. Living well means praying for God’s wisdom to follow His roadmap for living a good life through the words in The Bible. Do you take each time to read the Word?

God wants to use each one of us – spend time each day in prayer and ask Him to come further into your life. Let’s pray – Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you in all things and I thank you for all things. I thank you for the small and the large inconveniences, and I thank you for the gift of life. Mine and those you’ve brought into my life. I ask you, Lord, to help me understand the meaning of living well through you, help me in my Christian walk and help me in all I do, let it bring you all the glory and honor you deserve. And, I pray this in Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Scripture verse references:

Matthew 6:34

Psalms 16:11

Overwhelmed – Find God!

Overwhelmed Find GodOverwhelmed? Find God!

Episode 18

Overwhelmed, find God! When you are overwhelmed that is the perfect time to find God. In this episode, I’ll discuss how you can find God even when you are under pressure, busy or overwhelmed by life. It is the perfect way to get refreshed in a hurry and continue on with your schedule. This sure-fire way has been my go-to for years, and when I actually *remember to do this, it has been a lifesaver.

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Show Notes: Overwhelmed? Find God.

Spiritual Side:

  1. Identify why you are overwhelmed. Writing helps
  2. Ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Renew your commitment to the Lord.
  4. Ask the Lord to give you more of HIM and less of you.

Practical Applications:

  1. Ask God to help you find answers
    • Simplification
    • An answer to a pressing problem
    • Cutting back
    • Saying, No!
  2. Find God in the simple things
    • Sit and listen
    • Enjoy the outdoors
    • Watch the antics in nature
  3. Ask God to use you.
    • To be an answer to someone else’s prayers
    • To be His hands and feet
  4. All God asks for is our love – that’s it!

Rejoice, the Lord is waiting for you to ask, and He is ready to answer. You can find the Lord even when you are overwhelmed and especially when you are so busy — like during the Christmas holiday. The Lord has an answer. The Lord hears you. It is that small still quiet voice. Are you listening?

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Episode 17

Have you missed Divine appointments? Have you experienced one? What is a Divine appointment? All this and more will be discussed in this podcast.

What is a Divine Appointment?

It is a time when the Lord allows you to meet someone who you can help – perhaps by sharing the Lord, something He’s done for you – or perhaps just listen and pray for someone. You will know it is from the Lord because:

  1. The person will say, “How did you know?” or something similar.
  2. You can’t remember saying that –or you feel lead by the Lord to pray for the person.
  3. The person expresses an improvement in their situation – perhaps you’ve helped them by praying, or shared a situation with them that the Lord is urging you to share and it is just what they needed to here. Or, perhaps you tell them about the Lord and lead them to a prayer of acceptance of the Lord Jesus as Savior!

Have you experienced one?

  1. Someone has helped you through a situation and you feel so blessed by it.
  2. Someone responds to a need without you even sharing you had this need.
  3. A person calls who you meant to call – possibly lead by the Lord because the Lord has put you on this person’s heart… and that person helps you in some way.

How can you hear the Lord to intercede for someone else?

The entire theme of these podcasts is listening to the Lord – hence the name of this podcast – AFMWG … are you spending time daily in prayer? Are you growing in your walk with the Lord each day? I heard a wonderful sermon where the pastor taught if you are not moving ahead you are moving behind!

Keep praying and asking the Lord to use you – to use you to intercede for others in prayer, to use you in ministry to others, however, you feel prompted to be used by Him. If you have someone you can pray with for discernment if it is something big – like street ministry (share Sue Ellen’s invitation to me…) etc. do pray with a pastor or friend.

Keep an open mind – hearing the Lord takes practice if we are so busy talking it is hard sometimes to discern HIS voice over our own.

Know by the fruit if you mess up – if you reach out and someone is not open to hearing anything or you don’t feel like you are helping that was from YOU and not the Lord. It happens – just learn from this experience but don’t shut the door! It is better to be a fool for the Lord than to just be a fool!

Sometimes a person may not be ready to hear and you are only planting seeds – just quietly pray first before calling or approaching a person and the best advice I can give you is to say nothing unless you are prompted by the Lord to speak! Sometimes the best advice is no advice and just a listening ear… (share Gina’s listening ear to me!).

  1. You keep thinking about this person – and you pray for them, but the Lord keeps bringing this person to mind. This may mean you need to reach out to them – check in and say, “hi!”
  2. If you do reach out – listen!
  3. Pray as the person talks – ask the Lord to give you the words HE wants you to say

Share the story about “Mary” – waitress – led her to the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to let me know when I should be your hands, your feet and your voice to someone in need. Father, use me to do your will – use me to help others – use me to be an intercessor in prayer by calling someone to mind who needs prayers. Lord help me to learn to discern your small still voice so I can know it is from you and not my own thoughts. Lord I pray for all who a, e listening today, that you send your Holy Spirit with every good gift – renew the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives, stir up the Spirit to minister to others, and I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Answers From God

Answers From GodAnswers From God

Episode #16

Do you want answers from God? Does God know a better solution to your problems – even better than anything you can come up with? In this episode, I share what the Lord has done in my life and how His amazing ways are so much better than mine!

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Where do I start? First, I want to remind you that this podcast does have a purpose and that is to encourage you daily to spend a few minutes –hopefully, longer, with God! Do you spend time each day in hearing God’s small still voice? I hope so!!

Do you trust God? Dumb question right? Of course, we trust God – He is the Almighty the Creator of Heaven and Earth – He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and has opened the gates of heaven… we trust God, even our money says, “In God we trust.” But do we really? In our life we’ve been taught to be self-sufficient to get up and produce, we are not slack! We work hard to let go and let God.

So then why do live lives that are burdened, or worrisome, or hold on to past hurts? Why do we look at the godly people in the past – the Saints of the Bible – or the people in our lives and say, “I can’t be like them.” Recently there was a major decision I needed to deal with… I gave it to the Lord, I asked Him to take the burden away, I put out many fleeces to the Lord – please Lord show me, please Lord tell me what to do, please, Lord, please Lord.

How He wasn’t sick of hearing from me, I’ll never know!

And this went on for some time. In fact, the easiest way to deal with this problem was not to deal with it at all. As the time grew closer when I finally needed to address the issue, my husband and I prayed and we decided to give it to God. Even if we did not like the outcome. Without going into a very, very long story… we had decided it was time to downsize, yet our home was still quite full. Where were we moving to Lord? Help us Lord to find a perfect home where everyone could fit – one that was in our price range, one that could accommodate construction vehicles for my husband’s business…

So, I began looking and what I found were some gorgeous properties that were in and out of our price range and yet, not one could accommodate our family. Either it had space in the home but not the yard or vice versa. So, our prayer went something like this – Lord take it. Take it all, I can’t deal with this any longer. You can have everything, our property, and possessions… and then tragedy struck! My father went in for a routine physical and within a few weeks was gone!

I was devastated. Life came to a screeching halt – but I heard one very clear message – the Lord was telling me not to worry, that the outcome would be better than anything I could imagine. Are you kidding? I’m a writer. I can imagine some really great things! After this quick commercial break, I’ll share with you the outcome and how when the Lord makes a promise He over delivers!

Friends, God works in mysterious ways, Amen? He does – He works on His own timing, not ours. This prayer about our house – what to do, do we stay or do we sell – do we move out of our area – how do we make it all work? This prayer went on from about 2009 to 2017 when the solution finally came. The clearly showed us through a series of events that we were to stay in our home – and I still can’t believe it!

It was not even an option I considered. And that is another long story.

God is amazing and He only asks a few things.

  1. Pray
  2. Everything is a Gift
    1. We give all to Him
    2. It’s not our anyway, everything is a gift from God
  3. Unite our will to His
    1. God knows best
    2. That we agree that whatever happens He will take care of it
  4. That we listen
    1. That small-still-voice will speak to our heart
  5. Prepare for the worse and hope for the best
    1. Releasing things into God’s hands
    2. Allowing Him to work in our lives.
  6. Thank God ahead of time
    1. We thank God in advance for answered prayers
    2. We thank God in advance even if our prayers are not answered in the way we would like to hear.

Let me pray for you –

Dear Lord, I don’t know what is going on in the hearts and minds of the listeners but You do and You have a perfect plan for each of our lives. Lord we release all things to You, all of our possessions and all of our wants and needs –we give them to You because we know You love us more than we will ever know or comprehend, You love us with a pure love and know what is best for us. We ask Lord that You hear our prayers and that You answer them in a way that is better than anything we can imagine Lord – I ask this for those listening today just like You answered my prayer in that way. I praise You ahead of time and thank-you for your perfect will for our lives and I pray this is the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

 

 


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