Simply put, fear doesn’t have to be a factor for you! With Holy Spirit residing in you, God has given you a brand new capacity for love, power and self-discipline. Now you have the power of Holy Spirit, love of Holy Spirit and self-discipline of Holy Spirit to assist you in engaging others around you in a way that glorifies God and helps them to know Him better. Today seek to engage others, be daring and don’t let fear prevent you from being all God has called you to be!
Why did God demonstrate His love as He did?
In whats ways does still demonstrate His love to you? How have you seen visible displays of His love lately?
How does God’s love differ from other “loves” in your life?
How does knowing God loves you like this affect your way of thinking? Living? Loving others?
I arrived back in Atlanta last evening around 5pm. Once I collected my baggage and had my car dropped off, I began the little more than an hour drive back to Covington, GA. Once I got onto the highway, I knew I was back in GA…the traffic was slow and the roads were packed with rush hour traffic. But I couldn’t help but remember the roads and traffic in India and be a little more than grateful for even being able to have a car in such traffic.
Our trip home was a little eventful with challenges from flying “stand-by” but there was nothing over-the-top-major. We did have a little snag in Amsterdam when we checked in. Unknowingly, Brandon had scheduled his flight time for a later departure than ours. So we had to make some quick adjustments and try to get ours switched so we could all fly out together. We were able to make the adjustments. However, once we arrived at the gate a couple hours later, the lady working for KLM was not very happy with us citing that we had caused them major problems. She thought we had simply wanted to skip the first flight in hopes of getting better seating but this was not the case. After explaining a few things to her, she calmed down but one thing’s for sure, she was not a happy camper.
We eventually made our way back home and got through customs without any hiccup. I will make plans to write a more informational final blog detailing the trip and what I gathered from it next week, once I get readjusted to life here. I have many things to take care of this weekend, as well as I’m preaching two services at my church. Thanks so much for your prayers and support. Here are some of the pics from the last few days in Vijayawada.
This weekend officially ends my summer activities and commitments. And I go out with a great celebration! Three good friends of mine have gotten married in the last two weeks. Two of them, Nick Poole and Shane Vicry were former interns with Vision 2 Hear and the third, which I actually couldn’t attend 😦 was for former Board Member of Vision 2 Hear, Tony Lawson.
So as I wrap up the summer, here are a few things I learned from weddings this summer.
Family is number one priority.
There are very few things that bring people together anymore but thankfully we still have weddings! People travel from far and wide to be part of weddings and to celebrate with their loved ones as they begin this epic journey called marriage. Even though I am not “blood-related” (nor were many others), I logged a lot of miles (as did several others) to celebrate with my “sons” in the ministry. If things would have worked differently, I would have attended Tony’s wedding also because he’s a dear friend known to many as “Uncle Tony”. If there’s only one thing to take away from the wedding experiences this summer it’s a reminder that seeing family and being part of each other’s lives is paramount to the human experience. But I did learn a couple of other things too 🙂
Take advantage of the venue, area and travel.
Traveling such long distances for things like weddings not only costs much but can require a fair amount of time. Building in an extra day of time to sight-see, or even rest and simply enjoy where you are is something I feel quite valuable and rewarding (as long as it’s not on a Monday in Dallas. It seems all museums are closed on Mondays!) Not quite sure what I could have seen in Williamsburg, KY haha but we could have had fun in the Sav-A-Lot parking lot I suppose. jkjk!
Enjoy reliving past stories and creating new ones.
From bachelor parties to rehearsal dinners, weddings are great events to relive great and meaningful stories from the past as well as create unforgettable memories for the future. The weddings I attended over the last couple of weeks were full of so many wonderful tales that have been told and retold for years now. But there were also some incredibly funny and touching stories created during these life events that I’ll not soon forget.
Say the words that need to be said.
It’s a given that certain people will make toasts to the bride and groom, parents will make speeches and the bridal party will share their thoughts, but even if you don’t fit into one of those categories, share your words, thoughts, feelings and support publicly and privately with the bride, groom and other close friends. As it’s seldom that we get together with this many people that we love and miss at a given point in time, take advantage of moments of vulnerability and transparency to say what is really in and on your heart. even though we expect the Bride and Groom to say “I do”, it’s a great time for you to reaffirm how much you love those in attendance as well.
I have much more to contemplate from this summer, but these were just quick and on my mind so I wanted to share them. Let me say a huge congratulations to Nick and Maribeth, Tony and Jenn and Shane and Maddie on their recent weddings. I love you guys and wish you the very best lives together as possible. Thanks for letting me be part of your families and I’m truly thankful to have you as a part of mine.
46 Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
With what is Jesus asking you to trust into His hands?
With today being Resurrection Day, what connotes “good, new life” to you?
Now that Lent is over, how do you see that your prayer has changed? Fasting? Spiritual awareness?
What does Christ want you to do in this next season of life?
30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John 19:30
What did Jesus mean when He said: “It is finished”?
With Easter one day away, how do you feel about your Lenten season? Will you finish well?
Is there anything which you have started that you did not complete?
How can you work on that?
What task is Christ desirous for you to complete?
As Lent ends tomorrow, what will you walk away thinking was the most memorable?
Was there anything extremely difficult about Lent for you? Anything easier?
What lesson will you take from Lent this year that you feel is the most memorable or life-altering?
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is,“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
How have you felt abandoned? Alone? Desperate?
Where have you turned on those occasions? To whom or what have you looked to for peace, satisfaction, or relief?
Have you ever felt like God has turned His back on you?
Have you ever turned your back on God? Another?
How have you been crying out to God this Lent season? In what ways has God met you in your times of “abandonment”?
26When Jesus saw his mother and his favorite disciple with her, he said to his mother, “This man is now your son.” 27Then he said to the disciple, “She is now your mother.” From then on, that disciple took her into his own home. John 19:26-27
What does this passage teach us about relationships?
How has Lent helped you in your relationships?
Do you feel that there are any relationships that need to change? Be strengthened?
What are your roles and responsibilities in your current relationships?
As Lent continues, how do you need to focus more time and energy in your relationship with Christ? Family? Friends?Those who need Christ?