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Matthew 9: 36-38  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then he said to his disciples, The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.

Eastside Mission had it’s kick-off community block party outreach yesterday.  I must say it was absolutely amazing to be back on the streets after 8 months of “being still” and waiting on God.  During the 8 months God was growing, stretching and preparing us as He was about to expand our borders.  After 4 years of inner city street ministry on Main Street in Hamilton we thought God had really given us a HUGE mission field.  Now, reflecting back we realize that was our time of preparation.  

Back to yesterday, we had all kinds of fun activities for our introduction into the neighborhood. Pastor Felix and I spent the time by getting to know our neighbors, meeting their families and talking about their needs and the community needs.  At one point, I remember standing a midst all the busyness of serving and lovin’ on people I had a count of 175 people that we were blessed to serve this day.  We have approximately 1700 people within immediate radius, we passed out 560 total flyers and served 175 men, women and children.   As I’m standing there and process all of the conversations I was having, watching the kids playing I am feeling overwhelmed with all the needs.  Trust me, the needs in this area are many!  As we suspected there is a lot of heroin and addicted mommies and daddies.  Many generations living together in small houses and not being able to make the ends meet.  

For some time leading up to the kick-off and even more today we have been posting pictures, sharing needs, asking for volunteers and I’m starting to feel myself getting stressed about how in the world are we going to accomplish this.  This is 4x what we did and served over on Main Street.  God what in the world are you thinking?  So as I’m starting into that familiar tailspin I pick up my bible and I start reading about Jesus going into a city and Him telling the disciples that the harvest is plenty but the laborers are few.  Man God is so awesome 2,000 years ago He knew that there would be a great need for workers in the harvest field.  God knows we are facing many needs financial, volunteers, supplies, etc. but God ALSO knows that the laborers are few; therefore, as He is guiding me in His word to ask Him to send out workers into His harvest field.  Because bottom line – He has given Pastor Felix and I the charge of stewardship over this mission and building His church among these un-reached people and whether He sends us 2 or 20 we are going to praise Him, serve others and glorify our God as we pray for God to send the laborers.  Won’t you take a minute and join us in praying for this harvest field and the workers to serve in it!!  God might also be calling you to take a step out, he may be calling you to step outside of the church you are comfortable in with the friends and family you love and do some water walking!

Praise Him!!

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Monday Morning Motivation

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What a Magnificent Monday Morning.  Glory be to God!  As you reach over to silence the ringing of your alarm clock sticking your arm out from the warmth and comfort of your cozy bed your thoughts go to, “I hate Mondays”.  I’ve had such a great weekend, why does the weekend go by so fast?  You slowly and begrudgingly place your feet on the floor and start making your way to the coffee machine.

This morning, I want to encourage you as you inhale the warm aroma of your freshly brewed hot coffee to exhale and purpose in your mind that this is going to be a magnificent Monday. You can change the course of your day just by renewing the way you approach your day in your mind.

As your taste buds come alive with the anticipation of the hot, creamy, smooth first sip of coffee allow God to energize your mind.  Some of you don’t like your job, some are okay with their job but spend the week wishing it was Friday.  Perhaps you are not employed.  Whatever your circumstance may be, allow God to direct your steps today in a positive manner.  Stop your stinking thinking and your complaining and embrace this day as the gift that it is.

Serve your customers, patients and employers as you are serving Jesus himself.  Each person you encounter may be Jesus in disguise treat them as such.  Take your disappointments and renew your mind by embracing them as an opportunity to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Savior.

Place a smile on your face by picturing Jesus lovingly looking into your eyes and guiding you as you type each letter, take someone’s temperature, assist your boss, load trucks, deliver food, fill teeth, whatever it is that you do.  He is saying to you as you do to these you are doing to me.  Love them as you love me.  Embrace your day as an opportunity to live it as fully as you possibly can.  Make each moment count, take every thought captive and bring it into line with God’s plan for us to have joy and peace.

You have a choice on how you will live today.  Embrace it with love, joy, peace, excitement and an opportunity to love and serve God and others.  What a glorious day the Lord has given us.  Let’s make this Monday Magnificent.

Praise Him!

Negative Thoughts

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Friends, I pray that your day will be blessed and that you were able to take some time with God yesterday. 

How many of you have regrets in your life?  Perhaps you started out in college but didn’t finish or you made a career change.  Perhaps you wanted to start crafting and you bought all the tools and books but never actually got anywhere with it.  Can anyone relate to those statements or something similar?

 Do you seem to be people pleasing; or even have negative often self defeating thoughts?  Do you have a to-do list a mile long and you feel trapped by it?

Sisters, today I want us to focus on living in the here and now.  I mean the kind of living where we wake up and realize that today is a gift that has been wrapped up so beautifully and handed to us by God.  Can you imagine with me for a minute that you are lying in bed just gently waking up and you feel the peace and presence of our God lovingly handing you a gift, the gift of today.  I don’t know about you but, wow, that makes me smile.

I can probably say that most of us don’t think that way.  Our typical morning routine would be to jump out of bed with the alarm clock buzzing loudly; we rush to grab our coffee and get our day going.  After all we have that dreaded to-do list that we need to tackle and accomplish today.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with organizing your day with a to-do list.  However, we should never get so locked in that we measure our days and the success of that day in the amount of action items that we have crossed off.

Girlfriends, I’m talking about embracing our gifted day with the excitement and enjoyment of the here and now.  Be present.  Be mindful.  Be in love with yourself, your family, your creator and your life.  Take the steps today to remove negative thinking from your lives.  Most of us can’t even begin to remember the last time we actually felt good about ourselves.  We are just too busy being overwhelmed that we put too many pressures and restrictions upon ourselves. 

We need to break the cycle of the same old negative thoughts we have playing and replaying day after day.  Today we need to start to make a conscience effort to make an audible or inaudible acknowledgement that when we start down this same path of negative thinking that we abruptly stop it.  We have got to say to ourselves it is time to change the channel because I am not listening to this tune any longer. 

Stay on top of this and you will begin to see that your negative thoughts will not come as often and not only that your attitude will start to change and your mood will start to lift.   We are not victims to our negative thoughts – we are told by God to take every thought captive. 

Spend some time alone with God today reading, praying and meditating on His word found in 2 Corinthians 10:5.  Journal about some thoughts you need to yield to Christ.   What thoughts and thought patterns do you need to capture?  Write them down, pray over them, and then release them. 

Keep in mind that our thoughts can hold us back from becoming the women God created us to be.  It is so important to start our journey by recognizing and acknowledging how important our thoughts are.  Now, is the time to make that change and release it all to God and live in the here and now.  It is time to be peacefully and successfully present and arrest the clutter that goes on within our minds.  So girlfriends, it’s a brand new fresh day and God is standing over you holding out this beautiful gift – what are you going to do with it?

Praise Him!

Receive God’s Mercy

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Psalm 90:14 Amplified Bible (AMP)

O satisfy us with Your mercy and loving-kindness in the morning [now, before we are older], that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

The buzzing of the alarm clock slowly coaches your eyes to open and your senses to gear up for your day.  As you stretch your arm over toward the alarm clock do you press the off button or hit the snooze?

How is your attitude when you wake up each morning?  Now, I understand that some people are not morning people but your attitude upon waking can set the mood for your entire day.  I used to sleep until the last possible moment then I would jump out of bed and hit the ground running.  Sometimes dragging about in the morning to the point of procrastination that I would rush to get out of the shower, get dressed, put my face on and hit the door already 15 minutes behind.  When I arrived at the café I would be rushing around trying to get it together before customers start arriving.  What a stressful start.

I have made a choice that I do not want the devil to guide my daily footsteps with his hurry sickness.  And I truly believe that our hurried days and lives are an attempt from the devil to steal our time and joy.  So we grouch when we get up because we’ve got another day of work, another day of running the kids all around, another day of groceries, cooking, cleaning, yada yada yada.  I will tell you there had better not be traffic in my way today.  I have made a choice to wake up every morning and thank God for HIS gift to me of another day.  I have made a choice to thank him for HIS mercy and loving-kindness of another day. Then I speak my Faith in God’s Word by proclaiming Psalm 118:24.

Psalm 118:24 New King James Version (NKJV)

 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.

 I WILL – yes that is right I WILL; you have a choice.  You can allow Satan to have you today or you can accept God’s gift and proclaim that you will rejoice and be glad in it.  God I am expecting something good today.  I know your favor is upon me.  I am your child and I was purchased at a great cost by the blood of Jesus Christ and I will honor my Savior and His sacrifice in my day.

As you begin your day think about it.  You are you going to allow someone to control your day. You do have a choice. Your footsteps, actions and thoughts will be influenced by either God or Satan; it’s your choice.  Will you allow God to have your morning so that you can wake up, seek Him first then slow down and enjoy all the beauty that is around you.

I encourage you today before you hit the ground running about that you accept God’s gift and mercy for today.  You dedicate some time this morning to being alone with God and building your relationship.  Kiss and hug your kids and your spouse.  Give thanks for your warm house, the car that you drive, the clothes on your back, the crisp cold morning air.

Make it a great day!  Praise Him!  Amen.