Mag's Thoughts

Sunrise with God

Philippians 4:6

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Sometimes I used to turn the news on in the first hours before the sun was up. Lately I have changed my habits in those early morning hours because I found myself dwelling on the chaos in the world. Sitting alone with God as the first hint of sun appears has remedied the anxious feeling in my stomach before I start the day.  Turning to God first calms my thoughts, and He sets me straight. You see, He already has our days, and talking with our Heavenly Father gives me peace, confidence, and clarity of thought for whatever comes my way. Watching a Texas sunrise while conversing with God reminds me that I need to let my light shine brightly for Jesus Christ all over Hilltop!

What We Do


 "Connecting  Others to Christ" is the logo found on my church's website. We are about opening our hearts, giving  our time and our service, finding ways to reach our community, and concentrating our prayers,  all to bring our community to know Christ.  In Acts1:8 Christ told his followers saying, " But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, andto the end of the earth.”

In all areas of our lives, we, the church or rather the body of believers,  are to spread the Good News of Christ. The verse I learned as a young child, John 3:16, is what we live,  breath, proclaim,  and share in the grocery, to our neighbors, on the golf course, in the building that we call a church, and anywhere we can. We have been given the Holy Spirit to be our helper, to guide us as we share Jesus Christ,  and we have the gift of prayer. We can go to our Father at anytime and He hears us.

We are equipped with God's Word, the Holy Spirit, and prayer to our Heavenly Father. We know what Jesus commanded. We are the body of believers. We have work to do!

Romans 10:13-14 ESV

"For 'everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.' How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?"

 

Change

 

Our lives bring transitions every day. As we age a bit, it seems the biggest changes are physical. I just see those changes as “prepping for heaven,” but that phrase is not my own, but an old friend’s comment! It is correct, however, as we age we grow closer to the greatest transition we will ever experience, that of leaving this finite world to an eternity with God.

We must adjust to change physically, but not give in in or give up. You see, our Lord intends His children to live each day fully. If we cannot run, we can walk. If we cannot walk, we can encourage on the sidelines. Our ability to serve may depend on physical limits, but prayer, the first activity of each day, is always the most important.

 

We can pray for our spouse, our kids, our friends, our pastor, our fellow Christians, our country, and most urgently pray for those who do not know Christ. Before we even start our day, conversation with our Creator is crucial for our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Prayer is first!

If we understand Hebrews 13:8,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” then we know an unchanging Savior is with us. Though we experience change, our Lord and Savior is never changing and ever with us. When we pray, he hears, and responds to us. When we are in true relationship with God, change in our lives is experienced with knowledge that He knows and cares. If we allow Him, He guides directs, and comforts us.

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