Friday, May 9, 2008

Party of 1, Part 3

This week's focus has been on my serving God. Today I'd like you to think about how you are serving God. What is your gift? Romans 12:6 says we all have different gifts according to the grace given us. They include serving, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership, and mercy. It then goes on to encourages us to use our gifts.

We are also blessed with the gift of talents. Music, writing, cooking...the list is endless. One of my friend Sue's many talents is playing bells. I encourage you to view this link of her bell solo. You will be filled with joy of seeing God's gift used to his glory. It is amazing.

But what if you feel like your gift isn't as great as all that? In 1 Corinthians 12 we learn that different gifts are all important. The feet are as important as the hands to the body. So each gift is important to the body of believers. So what is your gift? If you're not sure, try this spiritual gifts on line quiz. It can point you in the right direction.

It is important to know your gifts and talents, so that you too can be doing the good works that God prepared in advance for you to do. There is quote that says "look out for number 1." I encourage you to, yes, look out for Number 1 - the number 1 God and creator that is indeed looking out for you. "The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forever more." Psalm 121: 8

Jesus quoted Deut. 6:13 in Matt 4:11 and Luke 4:8 , when he said "Worship the Lord your God and serve him only." Are you serving a party of 1?

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Party of 1, Part 2

Monday's blog focused on serving a party of 1, God. Matthew 5:16 says "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." But are my good deeds pointing people back to God?

Monday I mentioned a comment about shinning like the moon. How does the moon shine? (and here's a hint, if you google "moon shine" you will not get any references to the moon, but to alcohol.) But one web site described the moon shinning like this "The moon shines by reflecting sunlight. Without the sun, there would be no moonlight."

Without the sun, there would be no moonlight. Without the Son, would I be able to shine? Ephesians 2:10 says "For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. " Prepared in advance for us to do? You mean it was God's plan all along that I do this blog? To glorify him? Letting my light shine so that YOU may see him through me.

I pray you are seeing God through this blog. That you are encouraged, uplifted, filled with the Holy Spirit as you read God's word. And I, too, am encouraged. Because even if no one reads this blog, I am glorifying God because I am obeying him.

I AM serving a party of 1. I am serving God, just like he planned.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Now Serving Party of 1

One of the blogs I visit has a subtitle under their title that says "Read by Tens of People Every Day." I think that is so funny. But here I am aspiring to just have ten readers, let alone "tens." It can be frustrating. Especially when I write something fantastic! (Yes, my four readers, I know you are asking "when was that? I must have missed that day!")

I have to ask myself what am I writing for? Am I writing for me? Well, kind of. Hopefully having the pressure to consistently write will improve my craft and make my writing better.

Am I writing for you? Well, kind of. I am hoping to inspire you, make you laugh, and keep connected. I'm glad you're here!

Am I writing for God? Whoops, there it is! Am I writing for God? The bible says "whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God" in 1 Corinthians 10:31. God should be glorified in everything that is done. Am I writing for God? I hope so. I try to point all my blogs back to him.

A comment by "Susan" on my Friday post said "my daily goal is to 'shine like the moon.' I desire to be a reflection of the Son and to claim no light of my own." Am I glorifying God? Am I shining...but like the moon, reflecting the Son and claiming no light of mine. Am I making a difference for God? I don't know.

But I know my focus needs to be on serving a party of 1 - God.

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Sunday, May 4, 2008

Happy Anniversary!

To my husband, Happy Anniversary and thanks for 12 wonderful years of marriage! Thanks for being an encourager and urging me on in my writing career. I love you!