Ask my kids. I’ve told them from the beginning, don’t put your faith in me. I’m human, I screw up all the time. Who can you trust? And they’ll say, God, with an exasperated sigh from hearing it so much. But, at some point, in their lives, they are going to understand how true this is and how much it means.

I have spent most of my adult Christian life, trying to be someone I am not, someone who does not exist, someone the church culture would accept. I refuse to do this any longer. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you’re reading this, I’ve probably tried to please you.

The more I live with God and believe His word to love Him and love people, I know that I am HIS and He is MINE. I know that nothing I can do will erase this promise. I am secure in our relationship and I trust He knows me better than anyone else ever could. He knows how I need time to see, see me through His eyes, see the path I’m on. He is infinitely patient with me.

He blesses me and yet I screw up all the time. I’ve said this once, but it bears repeating. I’m sinning everyday. If I’m not speeding, I’m yelling at my kids. If I’m not yelling at my kids, I’m judging someone on their looks, envying someone’s job, or coveting their relationship with their husband. Seriously. A person could go crazy trying to be perfect. According to Jesus’ own words, I’m an adultress, who shouldn’t remarry. I feel like the disciples, if it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God, WHO THEN can be saved? Jesus used this kind of hyperbole all the time. I love His absolute desire to make us dig deeper, to think, to wrestle. He doesn’t say, you need to think for yourself. He MAKES me think for myself.

Is there better advice on how to live? Is it better not to speed? To yell at my kids? Of course! But a person could go crazy trying to follow the law (Pharisees, anyone?).

Instead, I focus on “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. For against such things, there is no law.” There is no law. There is no condemnation coming from God. For all Paul’s “perfecting” instructions on how to live a “good” Christian life, he really nailed it when he said, “everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.” Who will help me live above the law? Not you. No offense, but as much as I love you and I take your advice into consideration, I am guided by the Holy Spirit inside me. I have to live out my choices, not you and vice versa.

This IS the good news of Jesus, that I am not left alone, to struggle through all this life, the Bible, how to be, who to be, how to live, how to parent, what to do, what job to take, what path to pursue, etc. etc. etc., but accompanied, guided, comforted by the very best lover of my soul, who knows I’m a screw up and YET loved me first. This is grace and grace is the absolute opposite of the way the world operates. Grace is what separates and allows love to cover a multitude of sin.

I’m not a good, Christian girl. I’m a beautiful child of a good God, saved AND sanctified by grace in Christ with all the mystery of a million universes.

True freedom is worshiping God. It doesn’t seem like that would be freedom, right? How can it be that love is not self-seeking and God is love and yet, He requires us to worship Him?

Worshiping God is for you. I’m not going to try to explain that in human words or experience. It is just truth that you have to find on your own. But you will be a slave to something. When God is your Master, He sets you free. When sin is your master, it grinds you down to nothing. When self is your master, you will be utterly alone.

Discover worship and what the apostle Paul calls praying without ceasing.

IHOP-KC (International House of Prayer in Kansas City) offers 24/7 worship/prayer streaming LIVE on the web. Go to http://www.ihop.org/prayerroom/. We prayed for human traffickers today. For Father’s yesterday and Israel the day before. Anytime day or night. It’s free. Donate if you can. It costs over $100,000 to provide this amazing service. God provides and His plans will not be thwarted. You can be a part of this!

Psalm 34:9
Worship God if you want the best; worship opens doors to all his goodness.

Ask yourself simply: Am I free?

No Fear

Posted: December 31, 2011 in God the Father, Holy Spirit, Jesus
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No FearThere is so much fear in the world. There’s comfort in fearing the Lord and when the Lord is feared, there is no other fear. A good reminder for a new year.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. Psalm 19:9

The fear of the Lord adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. Proverbs 10:27

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided. Proverbs 16:6

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure. Isaiah 33:6

Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. Psalm 34:9

As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him. Psalm 103:13

You who fear him, trust in the Lord— he is their help and shield. Psalm 115:11

He will bless those who fear the Lord— small and great alike. Psalm 115:13

Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him. Psalm 128:1

Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the Lord. Psalm 128:4

Let FREEDOM be the measuring stick for 2012!

All verses taken from the New International Version of the Bible.

http://www.familycalledus.org/content/The SOAR Network is one of the most comprehensive units that helps the homeless in Central Arkansas. Formed and birthed from A Family Called Us, the SOAR Network brings the homeless, former homeless, individuals, companies, churches and nonprofits to work together to provide real solutions to homelessness. Because homeless persons are involved, the programs developed are meeting real needs of people finding themselves hurting for food, clothing and other basic needs. I am calling on all Christians, to stretch themselves this week and dig a little deeper so that the bills for the Lindsey East Homeless Outreach Center can be paid. (That does not even take into account the lack of food right now.)

The Outreach Center provides offices, technology center, transportation, food and donation storage, a laundry room and much more. All of these services require money to keep the refridgerators, computers and lights on. May our God provide all your needs through Christ Jesus as you prayerfully consider these needs. Don’t keep yourself from donating because you can only give a small amount. Small amounts add up.

Below is a letter from Dennis, the Director-Volunteer and Super Hero who selflessly gives his all to help the homeless.

The last couple of months have been especially difficult for Us.  We have had higher than usual expenses and lower than usual donations. I want to ask you to help us by (1) making a donation yourself; (2) sending an email to those you know asking them to also support us; (3) consider becoming a corporate sponsor. For a minimum of $100 a month pledge, we will provide your company with ads on all the pages on our website http://www.soarnetwork.org – which currently receives over 3,000 unique visitors a month, largely from the central Arkansas area and it is growing steadily. I would like to invite you to come visit us if you can and let me show you what we are doing.

CLICK HERE to make your donation or pledge instantly online.

    or, mail your check to
    Family Called Us
    PO Box 251705
    Little Rock, AR 72225

thanks for your consideration
    peace
    dennis   

Plan B

Posted: August 28, 2011 in Not For Sale
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http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/free2walkThe weather was fabulous today for our rescheduled Free2Walk Freedom 5k! We are so thankful for all the great participants, very inspiring and wonderful to observe. Get ready for next year’s walk/run! Mark your calendar. This time we’ll pick two dates and have a Plan B for rescheduling, if weather does not permit again! Thanks to all our wonderful and selfless sponsors! Arkansas En Espanol, Arrow Plumbing, Little Rock Zoo, Magic Springs, Wild River Country, Larry’s Pizza West, Starbucks on Sam Peck, East of Eden Rejuvenation Salon, Imprenta Printing, Shawn Hancock, Whole Foods, Road ID!

Stay tuned for more Not For Sale Arkansas Events!  Consider volunteering as much time as your schedule permits. We are dedicated to raising awareness and eradicating slavery in our lifetime! There are several of us who would love to come to your event and speak. Contact us through notforsalear.org. We meet every first and third Thursdays, 7pm, at the CityChurch building at 2201 Brookwood Drive in the Riverdale area of Little Rock.

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/free2walkGet your running shoes on, Arkansans! The annual Free2Walk Freedom 5k is this Sunday morning, August 28. Registration is at 6:30am and the run begins at 7:00am (this is a time change from earlier posts).

Come join us at the Murray Park/Big Dam Bridge!

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org/free2walkWe are so thankful for the rain! But the lightning prevented us from hosting the annual Free2Walk Freedom 5k on Saturday, August 13. But we are going to resume the run on August 28, which is a Sunday morning. Registration is at 7am and the run begins at 7:30am.

Come join us at the Murray Park/Big Dam Bridge!

Free2Walk Freedom 5k 2011

Free2Walk Freedom 5k 2011

http://www.notforsalecampaign.org

Dear Perspective Sponsor,

Most people think that slavery ended after the Civil War and that all people are free to make choices and decisions for themselves. They could not be more wrong! There are 30 million people living in slavery right nowmore than any other time in history, including the height of the African slave trade.

Modern-day slavery or human trafficking exists in the shadows of our societies. Not For Sale Campaign is an international non-profit that is shining the light into those shadows. As a grass roots organization, we work to combat human trafficking on city, state, national, and international levels. Our mission is simple: to end slavery in OUR lifetime!

 AUGUST 13, 2011, 7 a.m.

On Saturday, August 13, 2011Not For Sale will host the FREE2WALK Freedom 5k on the Big Dam Bridge, as the people of central Arkansas come together to declare, “We will not stand for people being sold in our community any longer.”

We are shedding light on the horrors of trafficking in our own backyards, including prostitution, child trafficking, debt bondage, domestic servitude, manual labor, hotel or restaurant work or any of the other forms of trafficking. Unfortunately, slavery does exist in Arkansas. We will not stand by while men, women, and children are bought and sold on our streets!

We invite you to join with us to be a part of this special day. We are currently seeking sponsors for the FREE2WALK event. Our sponsors will be showcased on our website and facebook page as well as featured in all promotional materials for the event.

Platinum sponsors: $300+                              Gold sponsors: $200-$299
Silver sponsors: $100-$199                            Bronze sponsors under $100

Sponsorship covers the cost of prizes, event T-shirts, insurance,http://www.arrowplumbing.net onsite EMTs, finish line equipment and other race related costs. We ask all sponsors to send us an electronic copy of the company logo. Not For Sale is a 501c3 organization and all sponsorship is tax deductible and you will receive a receipt in the mail for any and all donations. Join Arrow Plumbing, Inc., East of Eden Salon & Rejuvenation Studio and Hancock Family Art as a sponsor today!

Thank you for your consideration. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. This event will not be possible without the help of individuals and companies like you. Together we CAN change the world and create a place where ALL people are truly free!

 I am not for sale! You are not for sale! No one should be for sale!!

XXXchurch has the most beautiful witness, taking Jesus’ light into the darkest places of society. Read on about how Jake shared Jesus with sex offenders in prison.

Hey! I am Jake. I started Fireproof Ministries with Craig back in 1998. We have known each other since I was in 7th grade. I speak on behalf of the ministry several times a year and I write on the pastors blog. I spoke at a church in Chandler, Arizona last weekend. I was asked to share a message the day before to a group of sex offenders in prison. I called Craig a few days before and asked him what do I say to this group? I know XXXchurch has done outreach before in prison but I had never done this. Over the next couple of days I will be sharing this experience.

Do some of the most hated people in the world deserve the encouragement of God’s grace? As I walked into the Florence Jail and headed to speak to the Sex Offenders yard I was excited, as strange at that sounds. I was excited to step into a maximum security prison and come face to face with people who have made mistakes that will forever separate them from society. They are the outcasts. The sins of these men will bring even the most compassionate person to experience emotions contrary to their life. Read more at the XXXchurch blog.