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The mime

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Oh the mime…what an interesting art. I’ve never put much thought into miming; until today. As I was reading through 1 Thessalonians last night, my commentary compared the conduct of Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy to that of a mime.

A mime artist {Greek—mimos, “imitator, actor”}is someone who uses mime as a theatrical medium or as a performance art, involving miming, or the acting out a story through body motions, without use of speech.

 These men of God DID NOT:

Come to speak in vain

use flattering words

seek glory from man

 and they DID:

Speak to please God who tests their hearts

Treat the people gently; comforted and exhorted them

Pour into those they ministered to with all they had

Labor all night and pray for them as if they were their own children

My thoughts are, “Who do others see that I am imitating when I am silent?” Interestingly, the mime makes a living without saying a word. The message he sends to his audience is very clear. He never says a word, but you know by his actions what he’s trying to express.

What message do you send when you’re not speaking? Do you tell others how you serve and love, or do you just do it?

We can’t witness to others through complete silence however, during our moments of silence our lifestyle and actions can speak louder than any words we could ever speak.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:22

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Be Blessed…

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What would you say if someone asked…

 

We continued this past Sunday “Living in Joy”. Tim walked us through Philippians 3:1-11 {click here to listen}. Here’s a bit from the message that I though I needed to share.

 

If someone asked you, “are you a believer” what would your answer be?

I go to church. I was baptized when I was 12. I joined the church. I went to VBS EVERY summer. I give regularly to a church. I read my Bible every day. Each of these answers shows confidence in the flesh, and doesn’t have anything to with saving us. These are all great things to practice, but if we are true believers, who believe that Christ died for our sins & He is the only way to heaven, then we must believe that our works won’t get us anywhere. You see, there is NOTHING we can do. We can’t “do” our way into heaven. It’s what HE did for us.

In the book of Philippians we read the accounts of the Apostle Paul. Paul’s heritage couldn’t save him. Paul’s experience couldn’t save him. Paul’s wisdom couldn’t save him. Paul’s works couldn’t save him. Paul’s religiosity couldn’t save him. Neither can yours. {Philippians 3:4-6}

“Like most religious people today, Paul had enough morality to keep him out of trouble, but not enough righteousness to get him into heaven. It was not bad things that kept Paul away from Jesus-it was good things. He had to lose his religion to find his salvation,” Warren Wiersbe.

Paul continued his entire ministry counting or evaluating his life and what he had. He realized that without a true relationship with Christ, he had nothing…and neither do we. James 1:26 “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” Do you have a true personal relationship with Christ?  You may ask, “What does that look like?”  For me, it means seeking him by praying and reading His word. Loving my neighbor. Humbling myself and realizing that without Him, I am nothing. Excepting the fact that His grace is enough and there is nothing I can do on my own to earn a spot in Heaven. When Christ died on the cross, He didn’t make us righteous, He declared us righteous. Not because we earned it or deserved it, but because He loved us that much.

What does your personal relationship with Christ look like? Are you a believer? The answer to that is NOT what you DO, but it is who you are…in HIM.

Be Blessed…

 

 

 

 

 

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Confessions of a PW

con·fess  admit or acknowledge something reluctantly, typically because one feels slightly ashamed or embarrassed

Being a Pastor’s Wife, a teacher, a mother, and most importantly A GIRL, there is a lot of pressure placed upon what others expect from me. If you know me well, you will know that I am FAR from perfect (yes, I just admitted it). I try at times to act like I have it all together, when in reality, I’m often a HUGE MESS (just ask my husband).

So, here goes…I’m laying it out there on the line. I’m confessing some of my quirky ways. Hoping this will be liberating for me and you can better understand who I am.

  1. I love the ‘Hollywood scoop’.
  2. I’m not the best cook in the world.
  3. I organize best in piles.
  4. Everything I have has meaning to it. This causes me to not want to let go of it. (Thanks to my friend Shanna, I’ve learned to let go of a lot of things).
  5. I LOVE MY MAN…like a high school teenager. I get giddy when I see him ;).
  6. I love to start new things…sadly many of them don’t see an end.
  7. I haven’t dusted my house in…well, let’s just say it’s been a while lol. I don’t even know where my mop is…oops.
  8. All of the movies I watch are NOT rated G.
  9. I LOVE my heels (even though I fall often in them).
  10. I do love a new purse…sadly the more expensive, the more I love it. (I love getting it for a bargain even more).
  11. I’m reading this book that tells me how to be a better wife (Biblically) and I secretly LOVE it.

Your turn…what are some of your confessions?

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Hand Warmers

So, after reading from Twitter, Facebook, and all of my PW’s blogs, yesterday was NOT just another Sunday. “My God is not dead, He’s surely alive. And He’s living on the inside roaring like a lion!” These words from Kristian Stanfill couldn’t ring more true! The word that God gave each Pastor was so timely for ALL of His people. The word brought to Greenbriar Church was no different.

Tim spoke on “The Door,” taught by Jesus in Luke 13:24. “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” The message was full of truth and great illustration of how we must strive (hand to hand combat in an athletic event is the original meaning of that word) to enter The Narrow Door who is Jesus. However, it was the hand warmers that caught my attention.

Picture this; our world is filled with doors. Some lead to material things, others to quick fixes. Some to different religions and others to vein philosophies. Some lead to worldly idols but only ONE leads to eternal Salvation…Jesus Christ. This door is the only one light that beams from behind. So many people live their life on this side of this door. They go to church, know the Word, serve others, have good morals, and help their neighbor…but they won’t walk through the door. They sit and warm their hands by The Light that shines from behind. How heartbreaking to think of those who are too prideful, afraid, and worldly to walk through The Door.

Hebrews 10:31 and 1 John 1:7 says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” I encourage you today to share this with someone you know, who is just a hand warmer. Be bold…show them The Light that lives inside you. Let the story of Easter continue until The Light consumes this Earth.

Much Love…

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Just be Yourself

Lost email…

I am a firm believer that God’s timing is PERFECT! I was searching through my emails looking for an address for someone and I came across an email from a PW from back in February. I try to stay on top of my emails but for some reason, this one slipped. I hope that this information and answer to an often asked question comes just ‘at the right time’ for someone out there reading this. PW or not, this could bless you.

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Which Who are you?

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” Dr. Seuss

On the birthday of Dr. Seuss my mind floods with stories, tv movies, quotes, and that crazy looking Wocket that my sweet Landy Kate sleeps with. As silly as his stories and characters are, today I declare that there is wisdom in those crazy tongue-tying rhymes.  

Last night as I was listening to the JUSTone conference on Relationships, Patty Wyatt and Lisa Young said some things that rang in my ears. We tend to let what others think of us identify who we are. We can’t be who God created us to be because we worship others and let their reactions to our actions control us. They were speaking of women in ministry, but I find it true with women in general.  Dr. Seuss says, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” (Now let me add that I’m not saying Dr. Seuss is Bible…but he does make since lol). Psalm 139:14, “I will praise YOU, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are YOUR works” God formed EVERY complex detail of our bodies, minds & spirits. Who are we to not be exactly what God created us to be? So what if you’re loud, can’t cook, don’t sing well or play the piano. So what if your prayers aren’t eloquent or full of scholarly words. You are the way you are because God saw fit to put that characteristic of HIM in you. He trusts that you will take the nature of HIM that HE has instilled in you and live it out to the fullest. Together, each possessing a characteristic of God, we form a great body.

“I’m afraid sometimes you’ll play lonely games too, games you can’t win because you’ll play against you”

“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you”

Let’s remember Dr. Seuss’s words today. If your not alone you will be at some time. Reach out to other women who may be feeling alone. Encourage others around you who may be different than you. LOVE your brothers and sisters in Christ. John 13:34-35 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Just for fun…what’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book or quote?

Be Blessed…

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