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Luke 13:6-9
And Jesus told this parable: A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

The vinedresser in this story is Jesus and He is pleading the case of someone who isn’t walking with God to the degree that there is no “fruit” in their lives to even show that they have a relationship with Him at all. Does your life feel a little like the fig tree, everywhere you turn things have been churned or dug up and there seems to be manure everywhere you look? Maybe God is trying to grow you up to be fruitful and effective for Him.

There are times when we are going through tough times because we are not walking with God and then there are times we are seeming to just glide along in our walk with Him complacent, not looking for ways to grow. God allows situations and people in our lives at times to help us to grow up in Him. Some of those annoying, crazy people in your life are there for you and until you stop praying for them to go away and ask God what you maybe need to learn from the situation, they are there! Now, understand as well that just because you see someone going through a tough time or maybe you are doesn’t always mean there is something wrong with you or them, it can also be because we live in an imperfect world and life happens, you know in your heart if it is you which it is.

I would encourage you to take whatever you are facing today to God and ask Him to show you if there is something you can learn from it, no matter why it is there and ask Him to guide you. His desire is for you to be all you can be for Him so trust Him to guide you to that!

Quote:
“Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there.” Will Rogers

Matthew 19:14
But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

Children learn what they live! However they are raised is what will be their “normal”. If they are raised in a godly home where God comes first in all that their parents do and say then they will feel that is “normal”. If they are raised in a home where God takes a back seat to everything and church is either optional or non existent they will learn that is what is “normal”. It is our responsibility to make sure that our children, grandchildren and any other children that are given to us to influence know the way to God!

If you pay attention, each generation takes what is done by the parents and 9 times out of 10 when it comes to God, they often do what their parents did at a lesser level. Now there are times, I will say, that the children by far surpass any thing their parents would have even thought to have done for God as well, but I think that can also be a result of prayer by the parents for their children when they were young. Raising a child to know, love and serve God is not something that should be taken lightly, it should be one of the most important things we could ever do. I have watched as some parents choose to totally cut out the church in every form and now their adult children don’t even read their Bibles, what a horrible loss. Is the church perfect? No, neither are you, but if you have a problem with the church, seek God to be all you can be and ask Him to help you make a difference in the church, not just for yourself but everyone involved. Be the difference you want to see for the sake of your children and others!

“Children are a heritage from the Lord” Psalm 127:3 That is not something to take lightly. We all make mistakes as parents, but we should do our best to raise them for God, it is truly the best gift we can ever give our children! If you are looking for resources for your church or even as an individual, I would encourage you to check out my sister’s web page and resources for Mom’s for your church. Josie was a Kindergarten teacher for years and Director of a couple different preschools, she is an amazing Mom, wife, Teacher and loves children. Her website is www.its4umom.com ~ check it out!

Every child on earth deserves to have at least one person who adores them and cares enough to show them who they are in Christ and to lead them to Him! Take the time today to make a plan for how you can better teach your children or grandchildren or any other child God brings to you. Show His love to them and teach them, you may be the only Jesus they will ever see!

Quote:
“The young do not just follow our preachings ~ they follow us.” Robert Brault

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Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

What are you thinking about? What is the one thing you base most of your decisions on? If you have to make a choice today of whether or not to be accepted or “cool” at work today, will you go with the crowd or stand up for what the Bible says is right?

As women our minds are constantly going, usually about more than one thing at a time. We are never just “blank”, we are not capable of not having anything running through our mind! We absorb so much that is going on around us that we can even see it when we close our eyes at night. I always thought everyone was like that but men aren’t. We went on a safari in Africa a few years back and at the end of the day after seeing all different kinds of animals in the wild, a lot of which I had never actually seen before other than in pictures, I asked Bill what he saw when he closed his eyes and his response was, “dark”! I asked, “don’t you see animals when you close your eyes?” and he said “no, my eyes are closed, I just see dark”. I figured maybe it was just random so I asked another guy on the trip what he saw when he closed his eyes and he said, “dark”. All of that to say, Ladies, our minds are going all the time, we need to make sure that part of that time is focused solely on God.

If we focus our hearts in to meditate on God and we spend time with him on a regular basis the words of our mouths will be right. It is out of the heart that we speak. Matthew 15:18-19 “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.”

Spend time in God’s Word, focus on Him. When you need to make a decision, seek Him and His answers. Protect your time alone with God. Pray for Him to fill your heart with what is good and right and seek His guidance in all that you do. You can tell a lot about a person and their walk with God by what comes out of their mouth. Let’s seek to be all we can be today for Him!

Quote:
“Reputation is what others think about you; character is what God knows about you.” Adrian Rogers

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Psalm 13: 5-6
But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

When you feel as though you have no hope and you can’t seem to see or feel God in your situation and there seems to be only silence coming from Heaven, hold onto all of the great things you have seen God do in your life and the lives of others and know that you can trust Him and His steadfast love to move in your situation.

Verses 1-2a David says, “How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day long?” He continues through verse 4 about his enemies, he is frustrated because everything seems terrifying around him and he seems to not be getting any response from God at all so in verse 5 he changes his tune and says, “but I have trusted in your steadfast love…….”

David knew, just like you can know, that God would answer in His time and He would do what was right. He knew in the past that God had dealt bountifully with him and he would do it again. You may not be able to see God moving in your life and situation, but you can trust that He will handle your situation because of His love for you! He will see you through and He will do what is right.

Don’t give up just because your timing isn’t His timing. We all want what we want when we want it, but as we grow up in life we realize that just isn’t reality. We have a four year old grandson who has a tendency to believe that he should get what he wants when he wants it and if he doesn’t he often cries in the hopes that it will speed things up. Well, this Mimi, doesn’t work that way so I just continue doing what I am doing and he can cry if he wants but when he stops and pulls it together then I will listen and we can figure out a solution, but he isn’t going to get something like that snack before a meal or the toy someone else is playing with just because he throws a fit and he wants it now! There are times he just has to wait until the timing is right whether he likes it or not. I am thinking God and I have gone the same route a few times….. how about you?

Rejoice and praise God today no matter where you are in your situation knowing that you can trust Him to deal bountifully with you in His time with His answer!

Quote:
“A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.” William A. Ward

1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For,
“Whoever would love life 
   and see good days 
must keep their tongue from evil 
   and their lips from deceitful speech. 
 They must turn from evil and do good; 
   they must seek peace and pursue it. 
 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous 
   and his ears are attentive to their prayer, 
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.

Society would probably not agree with any of the above statements in these verses. The nature of people today is to repay evil with evil and insult with insult (a classic example of that would be during the political campaigns) What is it like in your home? Do insults fly? Is everyone holding onto something that was done years ago to use in the next argument? Do you use sarcasm to be witty in your jabs? If we want God’s blessing on our lives ladies we must be careful to watch our words and behaviors. We need to behave and respond the way Jesus would, God is watching according to these words and we need to do what is right regardless of the way others around us are behaving. If your husband is mean and insulting? It won’t help if you are. I am not saying “be a doormat”, I am saying that we need to pray for God to give us the right response, whether it is your boss or husband or parents or friends, whomever it is we need to have the correct response.

Pray today that God will give you self control and wisdom in this area and pray for His blessing on your life as you pursue doing right. Let’s grow into the women of God He has called us to be where our beauty, as it says in Proverbs 31 “outshines them all” because it is His!

Quote:
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”