Archive for May, 2010

Day 26: I promise to heed all warnings. (Nehemiah 9:33-35)

It does my heart good to be able to quote a promise from my favorite book of the bible, Nehemiah. To me this book is all about the possibilities when you ignore what others are saying, and you truly follow the holy spirit. Nehemiah had to have appeared half-crazed to go to the king and request time off to rebuild the temple, but then to ask for the supplies to do it – what courage. I hope to be so bold in Christ one day!

But I digress. Today is about heeding warnings, and Nehemiah shares that because the Israelites didn’t heed the warnings from God, they were suffering the consequences. Today on FaceBook a friend posted a video and put a warning on it for mature audiences only. Then on the radio yesterday, they were reporting about a horrible child molestation case (aren’t they all), and warned to turn it down if small children were in the car. I heeded these warnings! I didn’t watch the video, and forget turning the radio down, I just turned it off all together.

Yet, I don’t always heed the warnings on the small things that will snag me into sin. Like, I don’t always pause before I answer a person in my anger (Proverb 15:1), I don’t avoid gossip like I should (Proverb 16:28), and then there are times I opt for the easy way out by lying (Proverbs 6:16-19)

These are the things that readily flare up in me, and I promise to heed the warning signs. I promise to confess, seek help and prayerย  when these things pop up.

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Sunday we made a return visit to LaPlata Community Church, Jamie MacGregor is the pastor. This is a family-friendly Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), and Jamie has pastored them well as they are always very cordial and warm whenever we visit. Jamie preached a serious message on divorce from Matthew 5:31-32 and Matthew 19:1-12.

It was great to hear a message that reaffirmed mine and Ryan’s commitment to our marriage. We knew that marriage wasn’t going to always be a walk in the park (meaning I always get what I want, and he’d always get what he wants) However, it was going to be some loving on each other more than ourselves, and sacrificing for the good of the other person. This wasn’t really anything we had experienced in our dating relationship. To be very honest with you, we had a tougher time relating to one another when were just dating, and could easily walk away. I’m not sure what encouraged us to consider marriage based on that three year history.

I am glad we did! Because as a married couple we can attest to the fact that a cord of three strands (God, Ryan, & Antonette) is not easily broken (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

I pray you remove divorce as an option from your marriage, and work on strengthen the lose cords! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Day 18: I promise to commit my plans to the Lord! (Proverbs 16:3)

I’m in my 10th year of business, and loving it! I actually made a huge transition this year, and moved my focus from Virtual Details, my virtual assistant practice, to Nonprofit Connectors, my consulting business.

I truly want to work with individuals who want to start nonprofits. I want to assist them in getting their visions off of paper, and made into reality. A few years ago, I attended Stacy Brice’s “What’s Next Retreat,” and created a resource guide to help people find answers about how to start a nonprofit. Then the What’s Next group recommended that I offer my assistance to help people get the paperwork done. Voila a new business was born!

This has been a long time coming, but today is the day I hand this business over to God, and let his will be done in it and me!

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Day 19: I promise to leave the whining and complaining alone. (Philippians 3:5)

Yesterday, I posted about how when worry creeps up I remember how God takes care of the birds of the air. Well, it got me to thinking about how careful I also need to about complaining.

So, the bible is instructing me to do all things faithfully, and with joy. Well, last night a letter arrived from Intern Revenue Service announcing that my business is being audited. I’m elated to have this opportunity to put into practice my current two promises! ๐Ÿ™‚ Without Christ, who strengthens me, this would not be possible.

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Day 18: I promise to not worry! (Matthew 6:25-28)

I can clearly remember a time when I felt completely at the end of my rope. I sat in my living room very early this particular Saturday morning, and cried out to the Lord. I told him that I had no idea what I was supposed to do to get out of the mess I was in. I was worried sick with my situation.

Later that following week, I went on a women’s retreat with my church at the time. We went to Sandy Cove, a Christian retreat facility in Maryland, and there’s water from almost every view! I remember going for a walk around the beach area, and noticing the birds swooping down for fish and up again. A light bulb came on over my head! Then the above verse came to my remembrance: 25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

God graciously gave me a real life example so that this verse would be burned into my heart. If I dare to worry, I just remember that bird that swooped down, caught his breakfast, and went on about his business. So, when I’m tempted to worry, I simply say to myself, “What is there to worry about when the God of the universe holds your very existence in his hand.” Then I answer, “NOTHING! Not One Thing!”

So, here I sit tonight writing this post remember that there is nothing to worry about, and reminding myself of another truth, do everything without complaining. Can you guess what will be the subject ofย  my Day 19 promise?!

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Day 16: I promise to not trust in earthly wealth. (Luke 12:15-21)

This parable is about a rich man, who upon getting richer decides to keep his wealth to himself. He says, he’ll eat, drink, and be merry the rest of his life. That night, he dies. So now, who will enjoy his wealth? Not him! Verse 21 of this passage has always struck me. It reads: “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

When the $60K debt we were in was exposed, my heart laid wide open to be examined. Now, if you really know me and Ryan, you’d know there’s nothing about our lifestyle that would imply we HAVE $60K worthy of stuff around us. But my heart was still exposed because just like that rich man above, I was hording wealth of a sort. I was coveting the richness of the praises of others who reaped from the so-called “help” I was giving.

I had to take this issue of pride to the cross. I had to reconcile myself to the fact that even though I wasn’t saying it outwardly, I was puffed up on the inside about the help that I had given to others. So, in a way, it served me right to end up with the debt and the deflated ego. It will always serve as a reminder for me to check my motives. Jesus did (and still does) far more than I ever did, or can even imagine doing for others. His death and resurrection are what makes me rich beyond my imagination. And, the best part, there’s more than enough of his riches to go around the world an endless number of times.

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Day 15: I promise to share with my hubby one reason why I love him everyday for at least a week. (Colossians 3:18)

Today I attended the best graduation ceremony EVER for the class of 2010 from the Washington Bible College. The lady who graduated invited my mom and I to have lunch with her and her family afterward. During the luncheon, she shared how she and her husband exchanged the gift of telling each other one thing they loved about the other everyday, and they’ve been doing this now for 15 years. She challenged others to try this, and I decided to pick up the mantle. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love my husband, and he’ll die knowing that for sure. However, I’m not sure if he knows why I love him. So, this is going to be a fun promise to keep. ๐Ÿ™‚ Are you brave enough to try this out for one week with something you love? I am expecting that the seeds I plant during this event will grow something spectacular in our relationship. Deeper love is what I’m going for! ๐Ÿ™‚

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