Jesus Strong

The Perfect Day
This morning you woke up and had a picture in your mind of what the day would like. You envisioned yourself bouncing out of bed full of energy, walking out of your room to find each of your children dressed and ready to go, a morning commute without traffic, your boss greeting you with a smile and a promotion for all of your hard work and then ending the day with your spouse providing a dinner you didn’t even have to ask to be prepared. So...that probably didn’t happen :)

The Real Day
For most of us our days are filled with twists and turns that we didn’t plan for. We got an unexpected bill in the mail, our car has a flat, the dishwasher is leaking...this list goes on. It’s easy to throw a pity party for yourself. We can all start complaining and saying to ourselves, “why me?!?”. But we can’t let our emotions get the best of us, here are three simple things you can do to stay strong during times when you want to throw up your hands and give up.

Stay Strong During Stressful Times With These Three Things

  1. Say something positive. The Bible tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. Sometimes, YOU need to hear YOU say something positive. You need to override the negative thoughts running through your mind with positive words.
  2. Do something nice for someone. When you take the focus off of yourself and put it on someone else the things causing you stress start to shrink. Call someone, tell them know you are thinking of them and wanted to say hello, give a gift to someone or post something on their Facebook page that will encourage them.
  3. Take some time to laugh. You need to lighten up and cut loose. One of the easiest ways and places to find a good laugh is YouTube. Just go to YouTube and search something like clean comedy, or funny cat videos or cute baby videos - you will have plenty to choose from.
You Have Been Created to Win
Philippians 4:13 says it loud and clear - I can do all things through Him who gives me strength. If you want to handle all that life throws at you then remind yourself, every day, that the Holy Spirit lives in you to empower and equip you to take on anything. 

Weapons of our Warfare

If you are living and breathing you are in the midst of a spiritual war whether you realize it or not. It’s easy to lose that awareness when life is going smooth and you aren’t encountering trials, trouble or testing. But, it’s in those quiet and seemingly easy seasons of life that you can’t let down your guard and become apathetic. You have to remain vigilant and actively building your relationship with Christ through prayer, Bible study and worship to stay strong when the battle becomes real and visible. It’s important for you, as a follower of Christ, to understand that you are in God’s army. The Bible tells us that we are always in a spiritual battle - a battle of good against evil. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that Satan, our enemy, prowls around as a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. But, in 2 Corinthians 10:4 we are given our marching orders -  “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of stronghold.” Through prayer and God’s word you can walk in victory over your enemy. You can overcome the challenges and hurdles that are thrown your way. When you realize that you are a spiritual warrior in God’s kingdom and that His power lives and flows through you, you can run the race that is in front of you with confidence. 

Dance, Sing, Praise, Live, Love

Have you sat back and watched how a toddler lives life? Each day seems to be filled with laughter, singing, spinning, dancing and a joyful approach to life. The average child laughs 300 to 500 times a day while the average adult laughs only about 15 times a day. There’s something wrong with that picture and it’s not that kids are laughing too much :)

Sometimes, maybe most of the time, what you need more than anything is a change of perspective. When your day, week, month, year….life isn’t going as expected it may be time to step back and get a new outlook. If you aren’t laughing and enjoying life try looking to God and praising Him in spite of the tough times you may be finding yourself in.

Psalm 104:33 says, I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. As you begin to praise Him and develop an authentic relationship with Jesus you will begin to fully understand His promises and His commitment to you.

Life is a gift from God and His desire is that you enjoy it. God is a good Father and wants good things for you, His son or daughter. He wants you to experience joy, laughter and happiness. There’s nothing you cannot do or accomplish without His strength. You can walk in great purpose, passion and power because the Holy Spirit lives inside of you. Don’t give up, don’t quit - love life, laugh and LIVE! 

Pray More - Worry Less

Every day we face situations and circumstances that challenge our faith and steal our peace. From a stressful family relationship to your car breaking down on the way to the office, there never seems to be a shortage of things that cause us to say, “why me?” The good news is that you don’t have to let these things overwhelm us, you can believe God’s word. The Bible gives you a great plan to help you make it through tough times. Philippians 4:6 says, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

  1. Don’t be anxious - turn your thoughts and mind towards the Lord and remind yourself that He is good and wants good things for His children.
  2. Pray & petition - simply talk to God, don’t worry about using “religious” sounding words, talk from your heart and let your heavenly Father know how you feel and what you need.
  3. Give thanks - don’t just ask, but tell the Lord thank you, have a heart of gratitude and thankfulness for who He is and what He has and will do for you.
Spend time reading and studying God’s word so you can be prepared when “life happens”. Memorize Philippians 4:6 and don't give in to worry, instead, pray and give thanks. This blog post was inspired by the Pray More, Worry Less t-shirt

13 Reasons Why You Should You Be Wearing a Christian T-shirt

13 Reasons Why You Should You Be Wearing a Christian T-shirt

  1. In the last 40 years, over 1 billion people have died who have never heard of Jesus, and around 30 million people this year will perish without hearing the message of salvation.
  2. 70,000+ people die everyday in the unreached world without Jesus.
  3. One-in-four adults under age 30 (25%) are unaffiliated, describing their religion as "atheist," "agnostic" or "nothing in particular."
  4. About 2.6 billion people (or 38 percent of the world's population) have heard the gospel but have not accepted Christ yet.
  5. At present, just over 50 percent of the world's population (or 3.5 billion people) have not heard the gospel and most of them do not have a realistic opportunity to hear the gospel.
  6. Nearly half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43%)
  7. Two out of three born again Christians (64%) made a commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday.
  8. One-in-five adults have no religious affiliation
  9. Despite Christ's command to evangelize, 67% of all people from AD 30 to the present day have never even heard the name of Jesus Christ.
  10. 90% of international students are unreached by ministries while in the United States.
  11. 97% of Christians die without sharing their faith.
  12. Do you want to be part of the 97%?
  13. Would you like to get the gospel in front of more than 3000 people?
In a recent survey we learned that 98% of those surveyed wear Christian T-shirts in order to share their faith, and not just as a fashion statement. Almost half the people surveyed said they’ve been able to share Christ with an unbeliever because the message on their T-shirt sparked a conversation. And get this! - 1 in 14 reported that they’ve helped an unbeliever reach a decision to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior after having a conversation that began because they decided to put on a Christian T-shirt!
  1. Do you want to change your kids, their friends and their school?
  2. Do you want to get people thinking and talking about Jesus?
  3. Do you believe you can make a difference and change the world?
The harvest is ripe and the Holy Spirit is tugging at your heart to step up and become a witness for Christ. Now is the time to take action. Now is the time to become a t-shirt evangelist!