Apr 13, 2012

Friday SHINE.....

Today's Reading: 1 John 4

Happy fun Friday, SHINE!

Wow! What a week we have had in 1 John! Oh, the treasure we have discovered!

Let me take a minute to encourage you, sweet friends. If you have been with SHINE since day One...and a lot of you have...you are going on 4 straight months of daily Bible reading.

Do you think you are changing?

Let me answer that for you....YESSSS! Can you hear me through your computer? I hope so!

Girls, we cannot read God's word and NOT change. Seriously, it is not possible.

Okay, so maybe you just joined SHINE yesterday or today, guess what?

YOU are changing too!

God's word is LIFE! So, when we read it, it's like taking a hit of oxygen to our souls. It gives us energy, joy, power and all that good stuff. The more we get of it, the more we crave.

As I envision your beautiful faces, a lot of you I do not even know, I get teary eyed. Do you know how much our Father loves you?

Imagine this with me: What's it like when you see your children reading God's word or singing praise music?

Doesn't it just melt your pretty little heart?

Now imagine this: The Father seeing you read His word, daily.

Do you think there is even a word to describe how He must feel? I don't think so.

Girls, you are the apple of His eye. Period.

Now imagine this: Do you want mediocrity for your children? Do you want them to just "get by", and not try to live their sweet lives to the fullest and with the most joy?

Don't you think the Father feels the same way about you, the apple of His eye?

Excellence, girls. That's what He so desires for us.

As we wrap up this week of talking about excellence, our love walk, and our fence-riding, let's end with this Friday challenge:

Be excellent in everything you do today. Everything.

(remember, excellence is NOT perfection. it is serving Him and making anything we do about Him.)

So, what's on your precious agenda today?

Is it working? Cleaning? Babysitting? Going to school? Lunch with a friend? Lunch with your spouse? Play dates with your little loves? Running errands?

Whatever it is, do it in excellence. Do it unto Him.

See how it changes things.

Let's ask ourselves throughout the day if what we are doing is honoring the Lord.

Is it the most excellent way?

Dear Father,


We desire excellence in all areas. From our marriages, to our home lives, to our children, to how we  spend our time, to honesty in all things, to giving and tithing, to our love walk, to what comes out of our pretty little mouths---to it all


Excellence is our desire, Lord. 


We come from the most Excellent King. We can and we will serve you in a way that you deserve to be served, Father.


Help us and remind us.


In Jesus name,


Amen.

"Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24


9 comments:

Mary Hudgins Balicki said...

Love you. Love this challenge. Love this blog ministry.

xoxo

Lisa said...

Love you sweet Jill, you are a blessing to me...and countless others.

Have a great day.

Anonymous said...

I love you too Jill! Keep bringing the good Word! :) My pastor sent a e-zine article today that he writes, and one line caught my attention. "Satan can’t penetrate a heart that’s pure, saturated in the Word and fortified by faith in God." Bishop Fritz Musser
Just had to share. It comforted me! Love, Sarah

Melissa Martin said...

LOVE this precious prayer and will be repeating it throughout the day!!

conny said...

Love you Jill ... You are so special and a bless in my life .....

Women Who Pray said...

Love you all!

Anonymous said...

Love my Jilly, and the ladies that hold us up in prayer day after day. Thank you for your love language, through Christ our Lord.

Angela Crowe said...

Powerful. So. Powerful. You are a vessel that God is using to speak to so, so many through SHINE. I am grateful for your obedience and your discipline in bringing us His word day after day. May God pour His favor upon you and your family for your faithfulness and your complete transparency on these SHINE posts. My life is better because YOU, little sister, are in it! Love you so stinking much, Ang~

Angela Crowe said...

Good stuff Sarah! Thanks for sharing that. I love that and I am passing it along to my children. Definitely comforting words...