Sunday, January 30, 2011

Getting Up Again

"For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again," (Proverbs 24:16a NKJV) You're going to fall down...whether literally, financially, or in your career. Life is made to have ups and downs. It's a given. Colonel Sanders secret recipe was rejected 1,009 times and who doesn't like original Kentucky Fried Chicken! It's only those who chose to permamently quit trying that fail. As long as you pick yourself up and keep trying you're a winner. And, the good news is also that God is there to pick you up too. No matter who you are or what you've done, if you allow Him, God will pick you up. So, the next time you feel like a failure, pick yourself up - God will help you - and remind yourself that you are a WINNER, and you have the ultimate boss! Love, Beau

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A True Friend

"A friend loves at all times...Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails." (Proverbs 17:17; 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV) Jesus is our friend, and He is all these things to us. His love for us is unwavering and unconditional. Jesus believes the best in us and wants the best for us. He rejoices with us when good things happen and consoles us in our troubles. Jesus endured EVERYTHING for us, including being tortured and dying on a cross, because He loves us so much and wanted us to always be with Him. True love never fails and that is how God wants us to treat one another. Let us strive each day to live up to the standards of God! Love, Beau

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Talented Disciples

"And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand....’ Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light; and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops." (Matthew 10:7, 27 NKJV) It doesn't matter how much you have, what you wear, or even what you do for a living. In the end when your body dies and you go before God, what He wants to know is who did you help, how did you change your world, and what efforts you made to bring people to God. The Holy Bible teaches us that we are to go out and preach. That doesn't necessarily mean we have to stand at a pulpit and give a sermon. What it means is that we are to share the word of God with others, tell them what He has done for us, what He can do for them, and that God loves them. God wants us to tell them that if they truly repent He will forgive them, wiping their slate clean, and give them a fresh start. God wants us to teach others how to come to Him. And, He wants us to use our unique talents and gifts to do this. Some by writing, others by music or art. Some even have special gifts with certain age groups. Whatever our gifts and talents, God wants us to utilize them to "go out into the world... ." Love, Beau

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Bright Future!

"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV) Mom loves this Bible verse. She finds it comforting and reassuring. In some versions the word thoughts is replaced by plans. Either way, it tells us that God is not only thinking about us in the present, but also about us in the future, and that He is and will always be connected to us! It also tells us that He only wants peace and good things for us! When times get tough, we have a tendency to doubt and or question God, but God never doubts. hesitates, or acts with uncertainty. God knows what He wants for us and acts with unwavering grace and faith. God promises us that when our end comes, it will be positive and for our best. God comes to us forever in mercy and grace, and the things we endure will not be in vain! What blessed joy! Love, Beau

Sunday, January 2, 2011

New Beginnings

It's a new day, new month, new year. And it's a chance to start over and have a new beginning! God tells us, "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the Lord, ' Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow;" and "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Isaiah1:18a; Psalm 103:12 NKJV) Thanks to Jesus dying for our sins, our past is forgiven so that we may start over. We can let go of all the pain, guilt, and regret and focus on a positive future! "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Cor. 5:17 NKJV) We are a new creation...and we can be the animal we want to be! We can even change our world! So, let us begin anew, happy and carefree...and remember to thank God for all our blessings! Love, Beau