Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Purpose




God's purpose and a plan for us...

God doesn’t use the most talented; He uses the most willing.

God gives His people purpose. 

If you don’t feel good enough, or if you don’t know what your purpose is, just know this: God will give you purpose. You don’t have to be the best or the most talented—you just have to be willing. Be willing to let God use you.



Now is the time to start doing what it takes to live out the purpose God intended for you.


Start now with the small things that will help lead to your big dreams.



Be blessed and be a blessing!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Worship



What is Worship?

Worship is not the slow song that the choir or praise team sings. Worship is not the amount you place in the offering basket or small group or Bible Study you sign up for or lead. Worship is not volunteering as a greeter or in children's ministry. Yes, these may be acts or expressions of worship, but they do not define what true worship really is.

Worship is defined by the priority we place on who God is in our lives and where God is on our list of priorities. True worship is a matter of the heart expressed through a lifestyle of holiness. If our lifestyle does not express the beauty of holiness through an extravagant or exaggerated love for God, and do not live in extreme or excessive submission to God, then let’s make worship a non-negotiable priority in your lives.

We worship God because he is God. Period. 

“Worship Him in the Spirit and in truth” (John 4: 24). A whole new world opened up. We can meet God anywhere at any time, enabled by his Spirit, even at work!




“Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17). This is what sustains, refreshes, nourishes, and strengthens us—this water of life, the only true elixir that will give us eternal worshipping life.


 "Let all creation rejoice before the LORD…” Psalm 96:13a NIV

Be blessed and be a blessing!




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Nice vs. Kind




























The nice person is focused on himself – he does nice things in order to be perceived (by others and by himself) as a “nice person.”

The kind person is focused on others – all he wants is to relieve the suffering of the living, conscious creature in front of him.

When we dig deeper into these two “personalities,” we will find that they are often diametrically opposed.

     * The kind person is strong. The nice person is weak.
     * The kind person is selfless. The nice person is selfish.
     * The kind person feels empathy. The nice person is narcissistic.
     * The kind person is happy. The nice person does not know happiness.

Ultimately: The core of a “kind person” is love. The core of a “nice person” is fear.


Which would you rather be – nice or kind?

I did a search in Biblegateway.com, there were zero results for the word "nice."

“Anyone who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty. (Job 6:14 NIV)

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12 NIV)




Saturday, July 8, 2017

Joy





Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds – James 1:2 (NIV)

Joy is a choice. It's choosing to see the goodness of God in the midst of my circumstances. Choosing joy is seeing God's plan beyond my temporary pain. Things may be falling apart now, but this “light and momentary struggle is achieving for me an eternal glory” that far outweighs everything I'm going through. This testing of my faith will produce endurance, character, strength and trust. But it’s so painful during the process.  I can choose joy because His approval is all I need. No matter what we’re going through, no matter the struggle, no matter the pain – we must choose joy. 

Looking back at the hard times, how has God used them for good in your life now? How can you intentionally choose joy today? 

Be blessed & be a blessing!




Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!


Happy Independence Day!

Today we celebrate our nations birthday! How blessed we are to live in America - even with all her problems, we are still able to pursue Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.




I pray you will have a safe and happy 4th with your loved ones. So thankful we are physically and spiritually free!

Be blessed and be a blessing!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Eagles Wings





Be Blessed and be a blessing!







All Photographs in this post/blog © Cheryl Howard

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Lighthouses

Tybee Island
Ponce de Leon Inlet


Jupiter Inlet

Cape Canaveral

Tybee Island

Tybee Island

St. Augustine

Tybee Island

All Photographs in this post/blog © Cheryl Howard. Enjoy!

Purpose

God's  purpose and a plan  for us... God doesn’t use the most talented; He uses the most willing. God gives His people pu...