The entire house

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(This is an excerpt from my sermon on Sunday)

Sometimes we struggle in life because we need to be in control – we find it difficult to let go and let God!

Are you giving Jesus access to all areas of your life, or do you still feel to need to hold on to certain parts?

Do you pray and think about God on Sunday, but not the rest of the week?

Are you struggling in some area of your life and wondering where God is?

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Jesus knocking on door

I’ll tell you that I write and research these sermons and there’s always something I need to hear too – this is one of them.

A man had a 2-story house. One day, he heard a knocking, opened the door, and found Jesus there, so he invited Him to live in his house but only gave Him one room on the top floor. One night the man was sleeping and heard a pounding on the door, he opened the door a crack and the devil barged in. He had a terrible fight, trying to resist the devil and his temptations, yelling out for help all the time. Eventually, he managed to throw the devil out. In the morning, he went upstairs to Jesus’s room and said, “Why didn’t you help me last night? Couldn’t you hear me calling for help?” Jesus: “The problem is, you’ve got this whole big house to yourself, and you only gave access to this one room.  “Ok, I see your point.” The man replied, “You know what – You can have the whole top floor, and I need to keep the bottom floor for myself.” A few nights later the man was sleeping and heard a pounding on the door, opened the door a crack and the devil barged in again. They had another terrible fight, the man was trying desperately to resist the devil and his temptations, yelling out for help all the time. Eventually, he managed to throw the devil out.  The next the morning, he went upstairs to find Jesus, “Why didn’t you help me last night? Couldn’t you hear me calling for help?” Jesus told him “The problem is, I have the top floor, but you still have the bottom floor to yourself.” Finally the man said, “From now on, the whole house is yours.” That night, the man was asleep, and there was a pounding at the door again. This time Jesus went to the door, opened it wide, and stood in the doorway. The devil took one look at Him, bowed very low and said, “I’m sorry, but I think I knocked on the wrong door.”

Sometimes it’s hard to have faith and believe that God will turn things around.

But changing your mind and inviting Jesus into your house – your entire house –will bring you peace and joy and you will discover that you are never alone.

 

Change your mind

This Sunday I will be preaching at Lordship Community Church @ 10 am in the Lordship section if Stratford Connecticut.

I will be preaching on Matthew 21:28-32 the parable of the two sons. My sermon is titled: “Change your mind”

My good friend Jerry Rasmussen will join us and provide some uplifting original music.

It promises to be an awesome service. If you are in the area, I would love to have you join us too.

Next week I will post some excerpts from the sermon here.

Have a great week,
Sally

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Godwinks for my daughter

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 GODWINKs

by Sally Green

 

wink smilyOur song played on the radio,
after I had talked to you.
A simple prayer for help,
has increased revenue.

Thinking about your grandma,
a penny just appeared.
A shooting star reminded me
of the memories we shared.

And what about that rainbow,
on the day that you turned nine?
And bumping in to Uncle Chris
while in the grocery line.

Whenever these things happen,
I ask, “What are the odds”?
Is it merely a coincidence?
Could it be a wink from God?

You are more

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I haven’t posted here in quite a while, but I have been writing.
Today I wrote something and felt like it needed to be shared.

I hope you enjoy it.

 

YOU ARE MORE

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Darkness disappears when light appears.
Battles are won by taking consistent steps in the direction of your goal.
Plan the life you want.
Love the life you have.
Trust that God will lead you.
So you will know when to surrender,
and when to forge ahead full speed.

A new day dawns, with new possibilities.
A new beginning,
A new start,
Never too late,
Never too soon,
Right now is the time to move,
to shake things up,
To become,
to design your life,
and be,
and live,
and face your struggles head on,
and know that you are more.

More than your problems,
More than your body,
More than your finances,
More than your relationships,
More than your illness.

You are more!
Your day has come,
and it is now.
This is the only day you have.
So learn,
and love,
and quit complaining.
and do,
and be the person on the inside,
that is screaming to live life.
that is desperately desiring to burst forward
into the world.

You were meant to conquer.
Struggles are everywhere you look.
Problems arise at the most inopportune time,
but you are more.
Do not say, “woe is me”.
Today there is no time for a pity party.
Today you can shine your light,
and face the darkness,
because you have a powerful force within your grasp.
You possess light of God’s grace,
And the light of love,
And the light of kindness.

So show up today,
Conquer the world,
You are,
I am,
a child of God.
and we are more.

Isaiah 43:18-19
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

God shaped hole

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God inside a heartThere is a Christian song on the radio that says:  ‘There is a God shaped hole in all of us” I believe that’s true, and the key to filling it, is staying connected to God.  However, sometimes we get caught up in all the things we need to do on a daily basis, all the work that needs to be done, all the shopping we need to do, all the television we need to watch and games we need to play.  And you know we have to check our face book page and tweet!  … Oftentimes we get sidetracked and we stop looking for God.  We are so busy and fill our days with so much noise, that we don’t have any time to pray, we forget to be thankful, and we are too tired to read our bible… and that God shaped hole inside of us remains empty.  Then we come to church seeking new ways to fill the hole. Searching for answers, knowing that we should walk with God but not knowing what to do and in some cases we believe that we are not good enough or not worthy of that closeness with him.

Every month we hear about celebrities who turn to drugs or alcohol because even though they are talented, have money & fame – they don’t believe they are worthy, they believe that they need more money and stuff to make them happy,  but don’t feel connected to anything, and that god shaped hole remains empty.  We see people going in for surgery to fix this or change that.  Plastic surgery is a multi-million dollar business.  The doctors will tell you that they can make you look just like the guy or girl in the magazine.  Have this operation, and you will look like everyone else!  The problem with that is that you are one of a kind!  God made you that way.  I wish I could hammer that into the heads of our younger generation.  We need to stop comparing ourselves to everyone else.  I know that’s difficult in today’s society.  We watch television shows, commercials, games and even songs telling us that in order to be happy we need to be thin, to have perfect hair, to wear designer clothes and have a lot of money, and then once that happens – you will finally be happy and successful.  They’re telling you that if you look like everyone else, if you act like everyone else, and if you do what everyone else is doing then you will be happy.smiley faces

But, it’s the person who breaks away and discovers their hidden talents, the person who tests their capabilities by doing activities they didn’t believe they would ever be able to do that finds true joy.  It’s the person who stops trying so hard to be someone they’re not and who stops trying to please everyone else and says… ‘this is me, this is who god created me to be, and I am going to live my life in a way that feels natural and comfortable and not worry about what others think or say. It’s simple, but not easy.

You have the power to create the life that God designed for you. It is not too late.  You see, you need God, and God needs you.  You have talents and skills that no one else has.  You matter, you’re important, and you are a vital piece of God’s grand plan.

In the end, we decide to take that action and move closer to God… We read the bible, praise him, live a life of gratitude, pray and meditate, take care of our mind, body and spirit, take care of others, learn change and grow.  When we do that, we will come to a place where we will not only find happiness, but discover a true sense of joy that will surpasses all our expectations and fill up that God shaped hole inside of us.  It’s that simple, and it’s that easy.

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