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First Things First!

The Book of James beckons me most mornings.  I don't know why. I have most of it memorized and yet it is alive and new everytime I read it's truths. Today...1 Timothy!  I have been pouring over the passages reminding my heart of the instruction written out here.  So many things stick out to me this morning..but the Lord whispered to me about Order. So I thought I'd share.

As I read the passage about Bishops, the Lord nudged my heart with these passages. They are valid for all who stands before others and proclaim His truth...even for me as I instruct my children, facilitate Bible Studies and as I blog.

1Timothy 3:4-5 tells us that "He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive,(5) for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church?"

For me, this means putting first things first.

If I do not teach my children how to behave, if they are not being trained in the way they should go (Pro 22:6), if I have no order in my can I instruct others about the Truth in the Word? I am therefor a living contradiction to what I say is TRUTH!

Isn't it true that we lead by example?  This IS true and it is not only true concerning how we lead our young children, but also in how we lead others.

When I lead a Bible Study and quote scripture about dressing modestly, the message is  better received when my household and I dress in modest attire. RIGHT? My actions are an outward showing of what I believe to be the Truth in the Word. When my outward life doesn't line up with what my lips are causes those who hear to question.  They question the Truth. They question whether or not I actually believe what I say. They wonder why I teach something I don't believe.

Are you teaching others?  Do you work in the Nursery at church?  Do you lead a Bible Study? Do you Blog? If you are in a position of leadership...ask yourself what your home is reflecting.  Is your home in order?




Auto Pilot

The Fog horns are blowing. Visibility is about 20 feet in front of us.

There are no signs of the the oil barges that have speckled the landscape of the Gulf for the past 8 hours.

We are no longer on auto pilot.

So many times in our lives, we, too, are on auto pilot. We just live a well programmed life. One that seems to not need a Captain at the helm. We read the Word, go to Church, take the kids to school, do the laundry, cook the meals and pay the bills. Our live runs smoothly. We are on auto pilot.

Then the FOG comes.

We can’t see much ahead of us…we MUST turn to the Captain to steer the boat.

Our God is the mighty Captain! He knows the controls of the ship, he knows what is best for it’s passengers…For their safety and Happiness.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11”

Whatever your FOG is…give the Captain back the helm and let him Steer the course. Be intentional to give it up! Whether it’s a fog of mundaneness or a fog of tragedy in your life…Give up the helm!