May 2010

Stop, Look, and Listen to God.

Story of the day: (Stop, Look, and Listen to God)

First of all, I want to apologize for not getting Quote out consistently in the last few weeks and also wanted to let you know that Quote of the day won’t be running at full speed ahead for the next few months.  It is with great excitement that we wanted to let you know that Jeff and I will be getting ready to launch our new church website where Quote of the day will fall under. And because of this, Quote of the day will be undergoing some reconstruction, as we begin to line things up with our Sister Church in Dayton, OH.

I wanted to share with all of you the things that God has given us the green light for. On Thursday, we were given the blessing from God to begin having church in our home. We listened to God and followed through with what He asked of us. It was an amazing time of movement, prayer and worship in the Lord. God has also shared with us that Living Water Worship Center-Southwest will be here in New Mexico, not in San Antonio as I was originally praying for. I think that was more of an emotional endeavor that I wanted and thought I could talk God into doing (funny right?) But God clearly has had other plans. He has provided so many doors to be opened, and is clearly sending and putting people where He wants them to be. God also sent people our way with seed money to put into the church, the same day that God shared with us that the time for the church was going to be here and now. They told us that God had put it in their heart to give to us and to be obedient in doing so because of what God was going to be doing here in New Mexico, a clear confirmation to us that this was His will.

As we begin this next step in the ministry, we wanted to ask for prayer from you all and to thank you so much for being patient and understanding. We are so excited to see what God is about to do!

Quote of the day: Les Brown

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it, you will land among the stars”

Bible verse of the day: Hebrews 3:14 (NIV)

“We have come to share Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.”

Prayer:

Thank You God that You never change. Father, we are so blessed and excited to see what all You are about to do. Father, may we not take our eyes off of You, because in doing so, we will lose focus. Thank You for placing me under Your wing and guiding me where You want me to go. Father, I will go and do whatever You ask of me, praying that all that I do is Your Will for my life. Thank You for showing me that You never change, regardless of what goes on around me. I love You and thank You for this blessed day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen

Jeff and Christy

February 2008

Our Self Portrait

sunset.jpg                                                                                                                                                                                       Story of the day:  Our Self Portrait

    Pictures can say a thousand words.  I especially love self portraits of people, because they fascinate me the most.  Their eyes in each of the pictures speak volumes as their stories come to life through these still images.  They tend to be a reflection of our Heavenly Father and if you look deep into the eyes of these pictures, it’s as though you can see through their eyes and into the depths of their souls.  I guess that’s why I love them so much.  And after the picture has been taken, there is no fixing it to change a pose or change their outfits.  We can take more pictures, but you can never recapture the same moment in time once a picture has been taken.  There is one picture, if I could go back and take, would say a thousand words.  It is a picture of perfection, simplicity, and built on a lot of love.  It is the picture of the Garden of Eden.             

    Nanette Kinkade illustrates this picture by saying,”God knew He needed more.  Adam was king over the ocean, the sky, the trees, the animals-nothing existed that he didn’t have, except her.  Eve, conceived through Adam’s own life, became the necessary angle of a spiritual triangle that helped mankind best see God.  With God above and the two below ever seeking His face, inevitably they grew closer together as they neared God’s presence, a perfect picture of God’s love relationship with His family.

    But since the Fall, things haven’t been the same.  Where love and trust once grew, seeds of doubt, and despair have sprouted around, covering the accurate picture of hope God intends for His people.  The truth is, Christians are bound to perfection, still.  We just don’t need to look for it in our mates or others.  Instead, we find strength and a steady love from above, from our Heavenly Father who does not change like shifting shadows.  As we receive from Him His endless grace and abounding mercy, we find the freedom to love the spouse and others that God has given us and to allow ourselves the vulnerability required to trust God and our mate or others.  God says that perfect love casts out fear.  When we discover God’s perfect love for us, our fear of failure, rejections, and of being forgotten simply fades away, and the beauty of Christ’s light warms our hearts towards all those around us.”  It does so in a way that is a reflection of God, just as the pictures that are taken of us, it is our Self Portrait.

Quote of the day:  Christy Povolish

“The Self Portraits tend to be a reflection of our Heavenly Father and if you look deep into the eyes of these pictures, it’s as though you can see through their eyes and into the depths of their souls.”

Bible verse of the day:  Genesis 1:27

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

“We have fallen so far from that original picture that You painted in Eden for Your children.” Our self portrait was given to each of us and created in Your image which in turn has become a masterpiece.  May my eyes continue to tell the story of Your will in my life.  May every picture I take radiate the Love that comes only by knowing You.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen