Give to Multiply?!?!?!

I have to say that my husband and I love to give!!! We truly find joy in it even when we can’t really afford to do extra. We always know God will take care of us!

I have learned to truly… Truly look at the fruit of the ministry we are giving to. I am not going to give to a ministry who drives fancy cars, dresses in expensive clothing, and who, more importantly does nothing to give to others.

I honestly don’t care what they drive or wear… But if they have all those material things and don’t support other ministries that feed children or involve themselves in missions and charity work, they won’t be getting support from me any longer unless the Lord speaks to me specifically about their ministry!

I believe it’s fine for Christians to take care of themselves and enjoy life to the fullest as scripture tells us. However, we are not to enjoy the fatted calf, promise healing and restoration then leave hurting people to fend for themselves. A promise from man using the Word or not only goes so far!! Where is the action?!!!

We want to tithe to our church of course because their fruit is active and sweet and juicy!! 😉 not rotten and dead! We wouldn’t be there if we felt otherwise! We also support a local missionary and his family who we just love to pieces!! We truly have a spiritual connection with them and believe in what they are doing for the kingdom of God! We also want to be able to send money to Africa to help drill wells, to India to buy food and clothes for the rag pickers, orphanages, homeless mothers, (Hope For Today), we want to be able to give to the skateboard ministry in Ft Lauderdale because they go on several missions building skate parks for ministry purposes, and more!!!

This is our hearts desire! We also want to go on other missions in the future!

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We are hungry to give, not to sit at a table of luxury drooling with greed!

Are the ministries you support active? What are they actively doing?… Bingo nights and tea parties, or taking care of widows, homeless, and hungry?? What is Kingdom business all about?? What did Jesus do when He walked the Earth? What did He commission us to do?

He gave away everything and went around feeding the hungry, healing the sick, taking care of widows, etc… He did not trade in his donkey for a new one every year or wear the finest silk robes and dawn a crown of gold on His head while everyone else starved. He put action where His promises were!

He showed love.

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To my readers

Hi guys and gals. Just wanted to let you know that June is crazy busy for me so please be patient with all the nuggets 😉 you may go several days without them. If you are increasingly antsy about getting one, feel free to go back and read some you haven’t read in a while.

One of my favorites is “The Rooster Crows Again”!!! Love that one!!!

Also, I really do plan on getting to my blog awards soon… I promise!! I have nothing but love for my fellow bloggers and readers and thank you so much for your understanding!!!

On top of running a business and home schooling, I am in charge of crafts for VBS (250 kids), I’m throwing a baby shower, and I’ve been very busy with my songwriting as I have an appointment in Nashville very soon.

Please pray for God’s strength and rest for me during this month!!

I’ll post again as soon as I can!! Stay blessed and keep living a life upright, pure, and holy unto the Lord!!!!

Running the Race

I was in the Word just a few minutes ago and found something very interesting. I’ve heard the scripture preached several times; 1 Corinthians 9:24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV). However, they’ve always stopped there!! The focus is on winning a prize. The focus should be on the training to win the prize!!

The rest of the passage says this : Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. (1 Corinthians 9:25-27 NIV)

Living a Christian life for a new believer is very different than those of us who have been around the block for a while. We should all strive to live a pure life, but baby steps are expected of most new believers. The rest of us need to run the race in a strict training regard. We must always be tune in to the voice of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. We must not sit quietly by in situations that do not honor the name of Jesus! We must not consciously maintain a sinful life with the belief that God’s grace will cover this up 😉 once saved always saved as if we can do no wrong and live a life without conviction because we said a prayer when we were 5 years old. We are held to a higher level of accountability because we know and understand the Word of God and the life and death of Jesus Christ!

Run the run. Train with strict Godly guidelines. Win the race!

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Now what?

So you’re ready to start looking for a church but you’re not comfortable “church hopping”. So, where do you go from here?

I really recommend going to a church for 3-4 weeks before making a final decision. The first Sunday we went to the church we currently attend, somehow we got stuck right behind some people who talked through the entire Praise and Worship time. It was discouraging for me because that time was so crucial for me with all that was going on!

We continued to go because the message was written just for us every week and the Holy Spirit kept leading us back. If we would have gotten so upset from those 2 people who talked the whole time our very first visit, we would have missed out on so many blessings and the meeting of new friends and building of new relationships. Sure, we would have life experiences wherever we ended up, but not with these people, on these mission trips, with this ministry/ church family.

By the 3rd Sunday at this church… After the 3rd sermon confirming God knew exactly what was going on, exactly where we were, and exactly what we needed to hear from the Word, it was a done deal! We knew without a doubt that this would be our new church.

As I’ve stated before, we don’t know if we’ll be there for 5 years or 50 years. What we do know is that this is where we are supposed to be now. We are open to the leading and guiding of the Lord and realize there are seasons of life. We are completely enjoying this particular season and believe that no matter how long we stay here or how many new friends move from here, we have made some wonderful covenant relationships that are sure to stand the test of time!

Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit and forgiving of minor dents or potholes or whatever you want to call people who talk through church 😉 realize that people are human. Your very first visit may be a little awkward no matter what just because of nervousness. Don’t allow this to make you stay home in your Jammie’s next weekend! Be faithful to search the will of God through your entire journey! And no matter where you end up, enjoy the process!!

Ostracism

I’m trying to muster up my feelings about this subject! Here goes…

Why in God’s creation (I mean this with all honor to Him!!!) do church “families” feel it’s ok to stop all communication with a “sheep” who has left the “flock”??? It’s sick and perverted! It is not an act of God!!

It is absolutely appalling to me that people who call themselves Christians would do this to other believers! This act is not at all a characteristic of Jesus! It is not a characteristic of 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter! It is not a characteristic that a Christian should carry!

It amazes me that some Christians get so offended by other people calling them hypocrites. Yet, some continue to shun those who don’t follow what the leaders want them to do. They shun unbelievers who need to be shown the love of Jesus more than anybody. They choose favorites within churches, favorites between their children, gossip about their friends, and ostracize other Christians and even family members.

God help them!! God have mercy!!

Look for these signs! Ostracism is unhealthy, heartbreaking, and twisted. If you have done this yourself, repent and ask God to help you in this area. If you have watched your church do this and have ignored it, repent and ask God for wisdom… Maybe to know when to leave. If you are currently looking for a church, listen around for cases like this. Be watchful and be careful. You want to be a part of a healthy church body who lives by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, who acts like Jesus, and loves unconditionally!!! I said… Loves Unconditionally.

Btw… Everyone is welcome here at Wise Little Nuggets! 😉 have a blessed, safe, and happy weekend!!!