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Living Out Loud Blog

Living Out Loud Blog

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The Journey

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (55)

As I travel on my own journey, I feel as though there are more pieces of my own puzzle that make more sense, as I move through different parts of my life. Sure, God could put it all together for me quickly if he wanted. However, we are not always ready to know things that are to come, and so we get each piece when we are ready. I have also come to understand how important prayer is in any situation. It helps me to understand my own role and that of others. I always want to be a blessing, yet I so often end up feeling so blessed by the privilege of meeting other people and learning what their part in the puzzle might be. There are many unexpected surprises when we do as a friend suggests and "take me out of your box". We all have different gifts, different roles, and are equally as important in the grand scheme of things. I remind myself of this with God's word, when I forget it. And we also should remind others of this - those who may not know that even people who cannot speak for themselves are equally as valuable. I am very glad I am not a lost piece of the puzzle.

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

For the body is not one member, but many.

If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?

If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?

But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.

And if they were all one member, where were the body?

But now are they many members, yet but one body.

Whom Shall I Fear

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 10:30 AM Comments comments (0)

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A Life In Christ

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 9:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Your life in Christ should not be an event

on Sunday morning; it should be a lifestyle throughout the week. Your

life in Christ should not be represented by your Sunday school, church, small

group, Bible Study, necklaces, bumper stickers, and yard signs, but by how God

is expressing His life through you. Your spiritual activities are nothing

but kindling for feeding the fire of Christ’s life in you. Your life in

Christ should be clay that is being sculpted into a beautiful and powerful

testimony through the power and work of the Holy Spirit in you. 2

Corinthians 4:7 says it this way, “But

we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is

from God and not from us.”

The faith mentioned here is not passive, but active—a faith that believes God’s

truths, trusts God with all things, and is willing to step out in faith.

Seeing “the

love you have for all the saints”

is not merely talking about love, but allowing God to actively love others

through you. This is a manifest love where lives are cared for, the

lonely and outcast are included, compassion is shown, and the love of Christ

extends beyond your personal rights being violated. Live your life

passionately for Christ so that Christ’s life in you is the living Word of

God to others!

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Corinthians 3:1-2 “Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need,

like some people, letters of recommendation to you or from you? You

yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by

everybody.”

Trimming Our Wicks

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (0)

  

Anyone who has ever used an oil lamp knows about trimming the wicks.

Why do we trim the wicks?

 We Trim wicks to improve oil lamp performance.

You probaly realize where I am going with this.:)

Ultimately we are only responsible for keeping our own spiritual wicks trimmed.But the love we have for others drives us to minister to others so that they can prepare as well for the Bridegroom.

 Oil lamps burn olive oil or highly refined lamp oil, carried by a wick from a reservoir. The oil vaporizes above the wick, charring it. When a ragged wick burns, it produces a greasy smoke known as sooting. When lamps begin sooting, their globes must be cleaned and their wicks trimmed.

There are times in our lives we must see that our light doesn't shine as brightly--things of this world cares and tribulations from others can cause our wicks to smolder with soot and darken.

In all the times of aggravation, consternation and head shaking of being a servant of God, a loving wife, a joyful mother, a spiritual leader to other women, young and old, there are times when I have just laid on my bed and cried feeling helpless and discouraged that I just couldn’t measure up to the expectations of all these people!(I am sure you have been there too) I have felt so small and inconsequential as I reached out to people with encouragement, assistance and a smile knowing that my little bit of help was not really going to make a big difference in their lives.(wrong!)

 

When I was in my twenties I really thought my words had weight but as I grew older I found that most people went ahead and did what they were planning to do despite my opinion even when they had asked for it.(Even when others tell you please correct me when I do wrong) People often resisted asking my opinion as I grew into my thirties even today(because I would share what Gods word says) because I was the pastor’s wife and I would give them the answer they already knew was in the Bible, the answer they did not want to hear. It still breaks my heart when I  see the consequence of their actions which could have been avoided if they had only listened to the wisdom of the Bible.

 

 I think a lot of it is simply a new level of wisdom which God has graciously imparted. I maintain my high moral standard for myself.

 

I try not to judge others (a difficult thing) but seek to give all people the benefit of the doubt. As Paul said, “There, but for the grace of God, go I”. The words of scripture help me straighten the path of  myself and I let God be the guide for the others. I try to speak the truth in love and let the Holy Spirit be the conscience pricker. My job is  to keep watch over my tongue, my household, and my own responsibilities. I cannot solve all the world’s problems but I can make a difference in a few lives that will make a difference in another generation to come. Some of our work will never be seen until another generation or two goes by and of course, our name may not even be associated with that work. But the Lord is faithful to remember our labor of love for His name’s sake.

 

If you are a woman feeling the pressure of trying to please too many people, the congregation,  your own family, try backing off for a while and taking a deep breath of Jesus’ grace. When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Him He diverted everyone’s attention from her trembling body to what He was doing, writing on the ground. He knew she couldn’t stand the pressure, the stares, the accusations, the finger-pointing. He gently reoriented the crowd of accusers to look at their own lives, not hers and seek forgiveness for their own sins leaving the woman to deal with hers directly with God. Jesus didn’t abandon her, though. He gently told her that He didn’t condemn her, (she was forgiven) and to go and sin no more. Wow! She got another chance! I hope   we can all talk to her in heaven to find out how her life turned around. She probably had to move to another town to get away from the wagging tongues but at least she could start over again. That is the grace of God.

 

When the pressure is on, stop, breathe deeply, and consider who you really are trying to please. The major person you need to please is Jesus Christ and next to Him is your own husband (or future husband if you are not married). We must minister the Gospel just as it isno matter what others may do or say-  Now, if you can juggle the desires of all  people you are doing great!

Be wise and careful about all your other commitments.Walk in your calling not someone elses~ Do the will of God by setting a good example to the rest of the world, showing love and kindness, but keep your eyes on Jesus. He’s the one who will be your real judge, not others. Set your priorities and don’t get side-tracked by inconsiderate comments or post or some ill-informed person may make from sowers of discord.

Begin preparation~ Trim your wicks~ keep full of the oil ~ and know that one day soon you will meet the bridegroom and the marraige feast will be beyond what you could ever imagine!

 

 

 

Unlimited Possibilities

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (28)

 

From the highest

 

mountains in the world, people seek for higher places to climb, When in their

 

heart, It is where the climb always starts. (unknown)

Jesus dangled unlimited

possibilities before the desire of His disciples saying to them in Mark 11:23-24

 “Embrace  God. Really embrace him, and nothing will be

 

too much for you. This mountain, for instance: Just say, ‘Go jump in the lake

and it’s as good as done." and in verse 24 “Whatever you desire when you pray,

 

believe you receive it and you will have it.” Our only limitation is what we

 

believe. Don’t be afraid to seek the Lord; it is His desire to do great things

 

through you and through me. Even if you fail at times, and you will—don’t quit.

 

Keep moving forward. Never say, “I can’t do it.” Scale the mountain! Don’t run!

 

Step out from behind the veil of uncertainty. Crawl out from under the covers of

 

rationalization. God does miracles—today and everyday. He does not change. You

 

have never tested God’s resources until you have attempted the

impossible.

 

 

 

 

How can we do the impossible? Follow Christ’s example.

 

The miracle life of the Lord was simply a reflection of His private time with

 

God. Jesus spent thirty years getting ready for God to work through Him. He

 

prepared Himself by walking in fellowship with His Heavenly Father and

developing a relationship of intimacy with Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

E. Stanley Jones said, “The only

 

thing we really believe in is the thing we believe in enough to act upon.” Mark

 

11:23-24 outlines a process that begins with desire. Delight yourself in the

 

Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). As we delight

 

ourselves in God He places His desires in us. Mountain moving faith grows out of

 

the relationship we develop with the Lord. Desire fuels action. When desire

 

motivates us towards prayer and communion with the Lord, we will experience the

 

power of God at work in our lives (2 Corinthians 13:14). Faith is not a

 

one-night stand. We gain faith through God’s promises and put it into action

 

through prayer. For more than three years Jesus spent 24 hours a day with His

 

disciples, preparing them and shaping their lives. Let’s see—three years is 1095

 

days or 26,280 hours—minus time for sleeping—the disciples did sleep. They slept

when they should have prayed, but Jesus never gave up on them.

 

 

 

 

You

 

can develop mountain moving faith one step at a time. Fight doubt. Doubt limits

 

what what we think God can do in us and what we can do through Him. Spend time

 

with the Lord. Feed your spiritual desire with God’s Word. Learn to be led by

 

the Holy Spirit. And when you sleep through an opportunity, get up and move to

 

the next one Jesus provides (Matthew 26:36-46). He will not quit on

you.

 

 

 

"Faith is confidence in God’s faithfulness to me in an

uncertain world, on an uncharted course, through an unknown future." (Pamela

 

Reeve)

 

 

 


 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

God Sings?

Posted on May 28, 2014 at 6:40 PM Comments comments (55)

   In my devotional reading today I came across a scripture that just stood out! Then I was online and saw  a pic with the same thing..

How great is our God? Did you know that God Sings?! and he sings over you?

When you feel like you are getting nowhere when you feel there is no hope ...remember that God sings over you -he rejoices over you!

I don't know about you but that sends chills over me just knowing ~you should draw encourgement in this thought ...

Can You Hear Him

Posted on May 21, 2014 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

How easy is it for us to become overwhelmed, stressed-out, or even frightened by circumstances beyond our control... especially in this day and age? Many times (sometimes, it even feels like "too many times"), we face difficult and painful storms that intrude uninvited and unwelcome into our lives. It's easy to focus on the things we can physically see happening around us, and difficult to ignore the pain it may be causing. In these moments, it's easy to pray and seek God for help and deliverance. Carrying on a continuous conversation with our Beloved Father even seems to come more naturally for us.

What becomes difficult and easily forgotten during these life junctures is that a conversation requires a dialogue. Simply, that means sharing the task of talking and listening. God desires and loves listening to us. Even more than a close friend, He wants us to download on Him, to share everything, our thoughts, concerns, fears and anxieties, all of it. But He also wants His turn "on the floor," to remind us of His great love and concern for us.

You've all heard the phrase "Help! I'm talking and I can't shut-up!"? Do you know anyone like this? :)

 God created us all DIFFERENT... and for a good reason (when you figure this out - please call me). We all need to learn how to deal with and accept those differences. We may not always understand them, but we can accept them and learn how to work with them, as opposed to how to work them(Yet Stand Firmly On The Word of God) and not work against them. I believe that just as we need to learn how to communicate effectively with our friends and others, we also need to learn or be reminded of how to do the same with our heavenly Father.

Have You Given The Lord Time Today~Listen Can You Hear Him?

 

PRAYER

Posted on May 15, 2014 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

1 Tim 2:1-3 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,

 

Place priority on prayer. It is easy to complain and speak bitterly. This accomplishes very little, and will even become stale in the ears of those who agree with you. Paul urges Timothy, his dear son in the faith, to pray for those in authority all the way up to kings and down to the local authorities.

 

Why? I'm sure there are people in authority that each of us might like to see replaced with someone more receptive to our point of view. It remains a fact that they are there. The more possibly disturbing idea for some is that God placed them there. Daniel would address the earthly king he severed with, "Oh King live forever!" Daniel honored the position of the king and respected the man and his authority. He lived an unimpeachable life before the king. In the end the king came to follow "the God of Daniel."

 

Does this mean we may not disagree with them? The kings Daniel served knew of Daniel's faith. He made no secret of it. He asks of the king that the wise men who could not interpret the king's dream be spared against the king's decree. He reads the writing on the wall written by the hand of God that decrees the punishment for the king's disrespect of the vessels taken from the Temple. There is no anger, no name calling. The king accepts Daniel's request that the Jewish people be allowed to defend themselves against Haman's plot to kill them all.

 

We are told to occupy until the Lord returns - to hold up the standard that He gives to us. All this should be prefixed with prayer for these people in authority. We need to ask they be given wisdom and insight, that their hearts and minds would be open to God's leading - and that they would come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

 

 

 

 

Lord - please hear the prayers of your children for the leaders in our towns, states and provinces, and nations that they would be lead by Your mighty hand as they go about their duties. We ask that they would hear Your call and accept your offer of salvation, or rekindle their faith understanding that it is the foundation of wisdom. Amen.

 

The Last Place We Look

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 11:40 PM Comments comments (27)

Have you ever stopped to wonder what it means when someone says, "I found

it in the last place I looked"? Kinda silly huh? I mean even if you found

your wallet, keys, or whatever in the first place you looked it would also

be the last place you looked, right? Are people really saying, "Luckily I

was smart enough to call off the search when I found what I was looking for"?

"Yeah I found my keys three days

ago. But it's been so much fun I just kept on looking for them."

As Bill Engvall said a few years ago, "Here's your sign!"

Nevertheless, we are slow when it comes to looking for things real or

at least I know I can be sometimes. How come is it we never think to look for God first.

Usually,for a lot of people turning too God is a last ditch effort.

They have used up all other options kind of thing.

Are you that way too? Again - here's your sign!

But this sign should have a verse from James on it.

James 4:2 - Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and

desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war

, yet ye have not, because ye have not.

We try all the earthly sinful ways we can think of to attain something;

we lie, cheat, gossip and destroy. But we don't seek after God's will in prayer.

As it is stated in the Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown Commentary on this

passage "God promises to those who pray, not to those who fight.

Are you looking everywhere else to fill the longings in your heart?

Look toward God first--- It will be the best thing you will ever do.

Depending on God for you every need......

 

 

Welcome To Live Out Loud Blog

Posted on May 14, 2014 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (2)

 

Deborah J. Baird Founder and President of Vessels of Honor Worldwide

Hi! My friends,

Welcome to my new blog! I know that there are a lot of blogs out there some awesome and some well...they are really out there lol !

I want you to know from the beginning that I am not really concerned if this blog is rated in the top 10 so to speak... My desire is to just speak from my heart what is going on and what God is speaking to my spirit that I feel is relevant ,and hopefully it will not only encourage you but prepare you and position you to higher walk with God.

You see, I am sure you have noticed that I called this blog "Living Out Loud".

Well the reason I have done this is because in the past several weeks I have spent time in prayer and God has been speaking to my heart about many things and one of those things is how the enemy has fooled you and I into thinking that if we just sit on the back burner and say our prayers every so often everything will be alright...

My friends, God wants his children to rise up and it has become apparent that it is time we need to rise up, position ourselves and prepare for battle! Now I speak of Spiritual Warfare! No longer shall we sit idly by quietly twiddling our thumbs hoping God will raise up someone to battle for us....that someone is You-that someone is Me!

Scripture says that One can put to flight one thousand and two will put to flight ten thousand! Just think of this....Those of you who are great at Math ...If God's people would step out and no longer be a CLOSET CHRISTIAN...AND "LIVE OUT LOUD" for Christ just imagine the battles that can be fought and we can have VICTORY!

The enemy would have you think that you are incapable to do anything that can make an impact upon others and change their life...But what does the word say? That satan is the father of all lies.

You are a mighty warrior, you are an overcomer , you are VICTORIOUS! Praise God! So I encourage you to LIVE OUT LOUD and let your light shine where ever you are and where ever you may go....whether it be online making your presence known or whether you be in line at the shopping center and anywhere in between ,,, The Point is "Live Out Loud" and you will see the difference and impact you can make .I hope you will stop by soon and please share this blog with everyone and comment on anything posted .. So how about it ? Are You Ready To Live Out Loud!

 

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