Fully Equipped

If God has called to do something, He has equipped you for the task. You may not like the tools you have to use to get the job done or lack familiarity with how to use them. Once you agree to use what you have at your disposal and take the time to become proficient in the use of them, you will accomplish the task he has put before you.  You are fully equipped for the task at hand!

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Gift of Faith

Faith is a oneness with what you know to be true according to that which has been awakened in your spirit according to the Word and Spirit of God. It is not a mental ascension. Nor can it be gained by self-will. It is a gift of God. ~ Dawn Klauman

As Yourself

The Bible teaches to love your neighbor as yourself. Many take that and say, you can’t love others until you love yourself and spend their entire lives trying to attain a perfect self-love relationship never coming to the point of being able to focus their hearts towards others. They erroneously believe they must develop a perfected self-love before being ready to pass it on. The solution is in valuing your neighbor as much as yourself rather than being so self-absorbed you don’t take the time to notice the needs of others. I’ve found that although my level of self-love may not be perfect; when I at least give according to the level I have attained that which I do have it is made even more mature. Since we are all in a manner of speaking, ONE, showing love towards my neighbor is in a sense loving myself. ~ Dawn

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Although we’ve got grand visions and goals we are striving to manifest it is sometimes necessary to slowdown breathe quietly remembering today is really all we have. Take it one day at a time trusting God has got it all in his hand. If you continue in him you will get to that desired end. #No need to bedazzled #Godhasgotyou

If you see a need…

What should you do when they see a need? My parents instilled in me the mindset of being proactive about taking care of things that need to be done. Its applications are seen in examples like not walking by the trash on the floor, opening the door for someone who has their hands full,  giving a little cash to the guy on the corner with the sign, or providing a listening ear or a shoulder to cry on for the emotionally distraught. The motivation for this behavior comes, not out of obligation, but from an understanding that we are all one. Assisting one person helps humanity as a whole by both the benefits of the action and the example shown. Why then, do so few people operate in like manner? I think it is because society has lost focus from the ‘collective-we’; we have forgotten how to be neighbors.

Many people believe themselves to be part of the ‘collective-we’ because of their being part of the larger society based on their extensive social media network, having ties to a sorority or social club, or even joining a local church congregation, but these platforms severely distort the idea of being a neighbor. They blind people from seeing the needs of those around them by providing a false sense of community. In substitute for compassionate actions, one need only click the crying emoji to get the feeling have had compassion. That three-second emotional fix gained by clicking the emoji is quickly replaced by laughter at the next item in the scroll, and so it goes as we the cycle creates in us a numbness to reality. That numbness allows one to observe a need without being touched enough to address it; she has become blind the true ‘colletive-we.’ That blindness separates one person from the other in a manner that we no longer exists. It creates a mentality that says – there is only me and mine and if anyone wants access to it they must ask, and I will determine if their need is worth my attention; if it should be my problem to solve. This mindset is contrary to the ‘collective-we’ i.e. the Biblical example of being neighborly.

The Bible has many guidelines for how society should function inter-relationally as a ‘collective-we,’ and Jesus specifically addresses the idea of the ‘collective-we’ in the parable of The Good Samaritan. This parable speaks to the truth of who should be considered a neighbor by showing how different people react to seeing a man in need. It tells of two people, a Priest and Levite – both holy men, who were too focused on their travels to stop and give aid to a wounded man along the roadside who was obviously in need of assistance. It goes further to tell of another man, a Samaritan – considered unholy by society, who saw the same man in need and had compassion enough to pause from his travels long enough to see that the man in need was cared for. He didn’t just throw money at the situation; he went as far as to take full responsibility or the care of the wounded man by offering to come back through and take care of any expense accumulated in caring for that wounded man.

What should one do when they see a need? Go back to those values taught by my parents and preached by Jesus himself. Take action to meet the needs of your neighbor. Begin to cure society of numbness and blindness to need by providing stimulation and light through example in action. If you see a need, do something to meet it!

Be Encouraged

Be encouraged:
God wants the best for you. He wants you to live a life that is full abundant and overflowing. He wants you to be the best you in every situation or circumstance, in every area of your life. He has even provided for you the way, ability, and strength to be so. Trust in the leading, guiding, and direction of His Spirit in your life. Even when you don’t understand how; He knows the end result before you begin.

Accounting for the wind

We often find our sense of purpose, our value and worth our happiness in what we feel we’ve accomplished for the Kingdom of God. It is human nature to keep score, but in doing so we sort of are “counting the wind”. We take a since of pride in having done something for God and we push our chest out a little further believing we’ve added to our heavenly account. The movement of the wind (Movement of Holy Spirit in the earth) cannot be credited to an individual or certain group of people. It is solely under the charge of God Himself. We have no right to try to add that to our account. We can take no credit for what God has done.

We can participate with the wind by not resisting His movement allowing ourselves to go along with His current. We can even benefit from the atmospheric changes brought about with His movement. We can and must and celebrate Him for that which He leaves behind as He moves through our lives. But we most definitely cannot count the wind. Only God can get the Glory for what He has accomplished in the earth; it is His work alone.

Post Election 2016 – What now?

Now that the Presidential election is finalized I see many fearful of what comes next. I was going to address that by writing about t the importance of our praying for those in leadership positions, but I have found a great article from Franklin Graham that I will recommend your reading instead. The article entitled ‘Praying for Those in Authority is a Biblical Command’ was written September 2014. As we move forward with our new President elect, it is important that we follow the Biblical imperative to pray for those in authority.