Archive for July, 2015

Keeping Unity in Your Church

Because church splits, fights, and bickering are far too common in churches today, we, as Christian women must do all we can to help keep unity in our churches. Most of the time, people get upset over the way things are done, not why they are done. If your church is experiencing disunity, here are some practical suggestions to help you keep unity in your church.

• Before coming to services or meetings, bathe meetings fervently in prayer. The more you focus on prayer and keeping an intimate relationship with Jesus and His Word, the more you will be able to bring unity to your church. Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

• Many times people jump to conclusions because they have limited facts; make sure you know all the facts. Proverbs 18:13 He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.

• When talking with other members, focus on solutions and not on other people. Proverbs 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise.

• Never compare your church or her leaders to other churches and their leaders. 2 Corinthians 10:12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

• If your church leaders are not corrupt, stand up for them. When you criticize your leaders, you tear down the unity in your church. Hebrews 13:17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls…

• Focus on furthering the cause of Christ and not on furthering your own desires. When everyone in the church wants to see the cause of Christ go forward, the more church will be unified. Psalms 40:16 Let all those that seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee: let such as love thy salvation say continually, The LORD be magnified.

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What Kind of Day Will I Choose to Have?

As I look forward to the day that God has set before me,  I am excited about all the things I might accomplish.  The choice is up to me! What kind of day will I choose to have?

If it is raining…I can choose to complain because it is raining, or I can choose to thank the Lord that He is watering my grass for me, and it is not costing me a thing.

If I am low on money…I can choose to feel sad because I don’t have enough money, or I can choose to be content and ask the Lord to give me wisdom to plan my purchases more wisely and also learn to be more frugal with what He has already given me.

If I am not feeling well…I can choose to moan about all my aches and pains, or I can choose to rejoice and thank the Lord that He has given me another day to serve Him.

If I am feeling I have been wronged…I can choose to  give someone a piece of my mind, or I can choose to use kind words and  be an influence for good.

If I am feeling resentful over my past…I can choose to grieve over the way my parents treated me when I was growing up, or I can choose to be thankful that they did the best they could.

If I am feeling sensitive over a friend’s comment…I can choose to overlook what she said to me, or I can retaliate  with unkind remarks and become bitter.

If I am feeling irritated in my garden…I can choose to complain that my roses have thorns, or I can choose to thank the Lord that He made thorns with beautiful roses.

If I am feeling tired…I can choose to be depressed because I have to go work, or I can choose to be joyful that I have a job.

If I am feeling I discouraged in my studies…I can choose to complain because I have to study, or I can choose to be thankful that I can open my mind to the many, wondrous things I have not yet learned.

If I am feeling overwhelmed with housework…I can grumble about doing it, or I can feel privileged that the Lord has provided me with a home.

The choice is up to me!

To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy . . . is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.                — Ralph Waldo Emerson