by Sharman J. Monroe
My last post was about pity parties. About how in life we are dumped into situations we don’t like. About how when we don’t get our way, we hold pity parties for ourselves. And about how pity parties don’t move God but that God moves when praise parties show up. Yep, praise parties!
Now I know when you feel like moaning about your life, praise is the last thing on your mind. But think about this for a moment…….when you moan and groan, you feel weak and powerless. God doesn’t want us to be this way because these feelings open the door for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, worry and despair. But more importantly, these feelings don’t bring glory to God; we are not good ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20). Continue reading
by Sharman J. Monroe
The whole congregation of the Israelites [grew discontented and] murmured and rebelled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, and the Israelites said to them, “Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread until we were full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this entire assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:2-3 (AMP)
The children of Israel cried out to the God for help during the 400 years they were slaves in Egypt. God used Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh and, after a while, Pharaoh let them go. They witnessed God part the Red Sea and walked through it on dry land on their way to the Promised Land. When they reached the other side, they were finally free of Egypt forever! And what did they do? Every time things got difficult on their way to the Promised Land, they murmured and complained and lamented.
In today’s times, we act like the Israelites. We ask God for something (more patience, more time with Him, deliverance, etc.). When He starts us on our way to it but it’s not the cakewalk we expected, we murmur and complain. In other words, we have a pity party hoping to get God’s attention so He will do another something to make everything easy. Sometimes we invite others to our party. Unfortunately, pity parties don’t get God’s attention. Why? Continue reading
By Carlyn Paschall
Ever made any? We all have and unfortunately it can have a snowball effect. Did you marry the wrong person and are now loaded with emotional, mental and financial debt? Did you have a baby out of wedlock and thought the guy would marry you, then he didn’t? The person you were once enamored with has now become a thorn in your side, because you, knowingly or unknowingly, stepped a head of God.
He or she had money, a nice car, looked good and had it going on in all the right places. Basically, they looked good on paper, but did they look good to God? God looks at the heart and will provide you with someone who has your best interest at heart. He will provide you with the Prince or Princess you need, when you need them.
Tammy A. Phillips
My early days as a full-time missionary did not fill me with joy. Mosquitoes had left bruises, bumps, scars and the remnants of all three on my limbs, feet, neck and face. The Internet was as reliable as a Jamaican snowman. Transportation, food and electricity were shamefully expensive. Most people operated on the “I’ll see you whenever I get there” schedule and I had not had a cup of decaf in weeks. While I was adjusting to my new life as a missionary, God had to remind me more than once of His word: “Do all without murmuring and complaining” and “pray without ceasing.”
I was reminded of those around the world who are covered with sores that will never heal. I remembered those whose lives are so full of pain, suffering and fear that they could care less which gadget was not working. I thought of places where food and water are like precious stones: scarce and available only to the privileged. Continue reading