Archive for June, 2012

AwAreness: Waiting

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 27, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Waiting for God’s timing is neither passive nor idle–it takes discipline and commitment.  Waiting upon the Lord is one of the wisest, most important decisions we make in life. And contrary to popular assumptions, it is an active endeavor that requires faith, humility, patience, and courage. When you rely upon God and wait for His timing, the various facets of life fall into place.

Isaiah 55:8,9 – “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor ae your ways My ways,” says the LORD.  “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

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AwAreness: Servant

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 26, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

When Jesus left His home in heaven, He didn’t come to earth to be a superstar. He came to serve. As His disciples, we’ve been left here on earth to follow His example and serve a lost and hurting world.  What are the qualities that make us a good servant?

Awareness: There are people all around us needy, empty, and searching for hope. But too often, we’re preoccupied with our activities and don’t even notice them.  Availability: What could be so important that it keeps you too busy to give others what they need most–your time?  Acceptance: We’re called, not to fix people but to share the transforming gospel of Christ.

Maybe it’s time to slow down and open your spiritual eyes to see all the needy people. God places opportunities all around us, but if we’re not attentive, we’ll miss them.

Mark 9:35 – And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

 

AwAreness: Criticism

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 25, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

No one likes criticism, but encountering some is inevitable, so we need to learn how to respond in a godly way. Although you might be tempted to become defensive or angry, remain calm and listen. The words may hurt, but great benefits come to those who carefully consider what is said.  If we refuse to accept reproof, we’ll limit our potential for Christlike character development and spiritual growth.

Some of life’s best lessons come through difficult experiences. If God allowed the situation, you can be sure that He wants to use it in transforming you into His Son’s image. Whether the criticism is valid or not, whether it’s delivered with kindness or harshness, your goal should always be to respond in a way that glorifies the Lord.  Every rebuke is an opportunity from God. It’s a chance to let your Christian character shine by showing love to your critic.  Criticism is also an occasion to humble yourself and accept the Lord’s correction.

Proverbs 15: 31, 33 – The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise.  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom, and before honor is humlity.

AwAreness: Summer Solstice

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 21, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

While the 2012 Winter Solstice is well recorded as an event that his foretold by the Mayan calendar we seldom hear of the Summer solstice in relation to 2012. What then is the Summer Solstice and is there a connection?  The sun reaches its’ highest point in the sky on or around June 21st. The Solstice actually begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20th at 6:09 pm CST.  This signals the coming of a warmer period where we get to experience longer days. The June 21st event is named the Summer Solstice.

The northern hemisphere of the earth receives more sunlight during this time because the planets vertical axis is not perpendicular to the sun. The planet is tilting slightly. The southern hemisphere of the earth receives less sunlight or a greater distribution of sunlight during the time that follows June 21 due to the same axial tilt.
During the days of spring, or the days preceding the Summer Solstice, the Sun slowly moves towards the north. If you monitor the sunsets during this spring time movement you can observe this movement. The Sun will set at its most North Westerly position on June 21st.  If you are located north of the equator during the few days that follow June 21 you will experience the full meaning of solstice. This word means “sun stands still” and it does just that. The morning sun will rise in exactly the same position for a period of days starting on the morning of the Summer Solstice.

The Summer Solstice also signals a reversal in the direction of the sunrise and sunsets. This reversed process lasts from June 21st to December 21st when the Winter Solstice shows the sun at its lowest position in the sky.
The pendulum keeps shifting back and forth in time and the Summer Solstice is one of the transition points that indicates a reversal in the cycle of time.

Joshua 10: 13 – So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies.  Is this not written in the Book of Jasher?  So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.

AwAreness: Stumble

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 20, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

The Lord doesn’t want the members of His body to live in isolation; believers are intended to function as a loving family who actively care for each other. One of our responsibilities as part of God’s household is to come alongside a brother or sister who has stumbled.  Paul specifies that those “who are spiritual” are to restore the fallen ones to fellowship with the Father and the family.

“Spiritual” doesn’t mean some elite group of pious leaders; it refers to any Christians who are living under the Spirit’s control. A key element in this process is the attitude of the one who seeks to restore a fellow Christian.  Instead of sharing the latest gossip about a fallen brother or sister, let your heart break, and come alongside to love and help.

Galatians 6: 1,2 – Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

AwAreness: Grace

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 19, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Grace is one of God’s most amazing gifts. It provides us with everything we need to live in perfect freedom: pardon for our sins, healing for our hearts, the companionship of God’s indwelling Holy Spirit, and access to freely cultivate our relationship with Him. We work, worship, and enjoy life surrounded by His unconditional love. His grace upholds us, fills us, and sustains us.

Since we are forgiven people, the Lord responds to us not as enemies but as His dearly loved children. He hears our prayers, speaks to us, and acts on our behalf.   The Lord is committed to transforming each of us according to His special plan for our lives. Even His correction is an expression of His loving favor. When we falter or fail, we can rest assured that His amazing grace hems us in and always offers us redemption.

Hebrews 12:14, 15 – Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord; looking carefully lest  anyone fall short of the grace of God…

AwAreness: Time

Posted in Gypsy Carns on June 18, 2012 by Gypsy Carns

Time is a most valuable commodity. Since it’s irreversible and irreplaceable, we ought to give careful consideration to how we spend our days—and even our minutes. Time is a gift from God. That means we are not owners but stewards and will one day be held accountable for how we used what was entrusted to us.

Those who realize that their days belong to God are careful how they live. Their goal is to understand the Lord’s will and align their schedules and activities with His purposes. As they seek guidance each day through intimate fellowship with Him in the Word and prayer, their spiritual eyes are opened to discern which opportunities are from the Father and which are not a part of His plans for them.  To make the most of your opportunities, begin each day with the Lord, submitting to His will and asking that He direct your activities.

Ephesians 5: 15-17 – See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.