My Favorite Team

I’m a HUGE San Francisco Giants fan, and have been since the womb, lol. I have some misguided friends who love the Oakland A’s ūüėČ , and even worse I have friends who don’t even watch baseball! (???) Whether you know me personally or via the world-wide web, I leave little to the imagination when it comes to where I stand. I talk about the team, wear their gear, and I’ve even been known to sport some bright orange nail polish¬†on my toes! It brings me great pleasure to know that my enthusiasm has rubbed off on my basketball-loving husband, and I experience a sense of jubilant pride with every win. ¬† Today was no exception for me as The Giants advanced to the NLCS!¬† At the end of their victory I shouted with glee, clapped my daughter’s hands, and took to social media to post the wonderful news. ¬† In the midst of all my sharing I realized that as far as sports teams go we all have a tendency to ‚ÄĚrepresent‚ÄĚ to the fullest. ¬†This is great and all, but then I had a thought. Am I as bold when it comes to representing Christ?

I don’t hide my faith by any means, but there have certainly been occasions where I’ve shied away from the topic, instead of sharing my love for God and all He’s done for me. ¬†I’m not talking about those instances where Holy Spirit intervenes and tells me to use wisdom, but there have been missed opportunities. ¬†I’ve missed chances to share my testimony and the indescribable joy that comes with knowing there’s eternal life through Jesus Christ. Funny that I can’t recall a time I’ve ever hesitated to share my solidarity to my favorite team…

Leisure activities are a great deal of fun, but in the big picture what do I gain from my allegiance to certain franchises or celebrities? ¬†Why are we willing to go hoarse at a rally or event, but it seems like a chore for some of us to praise the Lord¬†with the same exuberance? ¬†If someone were to ask you why you cheered for “fill-in-the-blank” I’m sure the reasons would roll right off your tongue. Does the same hold true when you’re asked about Jesus? ¬†Do you know why He’s such an important part of your life? Have you ever denied your close relationship with Him because you’ve feared a negative outcome? ¬†

I’m not posing these questions to badger you, but because they’re worth being asked and answered. ¬†Trust me when I say I’ve done my share of reflecting as well. I like being the person that some of my friends regard as the baseball aficionado, with facts and game summaries to update even the most novice fan. ¬†But do I take my knowledge of Our Almighty Father beyond my circle of comfort? ¬†Do you?

As you go about your days and the athletic seasons change, please be reminded that there is only one constant. ¬†The constant and unconditional love of the One who died for you and I, and was never too ashamed to share His love for us with the world. ¬†Don’t be ashamed shine as you represent Him!!

Matthew 5:15-16 (NKJV)                                                                                                                                                                                                 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

WHO’S TEAM ARE YOU ON?

 

Leaving My Worries Behind

How many of you remember the show Unsolved Mysteries? Growing up I remember my mom watching it on a regular basis, but I wanted no part. I was scared and would flee from the room as soon as I heard the eerie opening music. I had no interest in seeing what new psychopath was still on the loose, nor what he would do if he found me. The thought of who might be lurking in the shadows sent chills down my spine.

It wasn’t just this show that had me spooked. I didn’t like being left alone and I never watched the news because of the abundance of negative reports. Having to present a current event in my history class was like a death threat, because I was forced to read about the often melancholy happenings of the world. Even throughout my teenage years I harbored this fear. The reason being that I was terrified one of these tragic events would happen to my family or I. Worry and anxiety secretly consumed me, and before I even knew the Lord I would pray to someone for the protection of those I loved.

After accepting Christ as my Lord and Savior I realized I’d been living in a type of bondage. These outlandish thoughts were out of control, and it was time for me to put them under submission. In 2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV, the Bible instructs us to ‚ÄĚ…cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…‚ÄĚ That’s exactly what I began to do! It didn’t come easy at first, but in time I trusted that God truly hadn’t given me a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7) and my sound mind would now be filled with positivity. I learned how to reject the poison the Enemy tried to feed me, because I realized that God valued the safety and security of my loved ones as much as I did! His love for us knows no bounds, and as any father would, He protects His own.

As a new mother I found that old habits die hard. Although I knew Alexandra was growing healthy and strong in my womb, I had to fight to keep my mind from going to that place where bad things happen. Thank goodness for Holy Spirit! He reminded me that worry is a sin. Worry means that we don’t have confidence or faith in The Almighty to do what He said He’d do, and I had no intention of letting my own sinful doubt reign supreme! I knew God would take care of my daughter just as he’s always taken care of me, and anything that says otherwise is a bold-faced lie.

His desire is to do the same for you! I urge you to join me in releasing the burden of worry (anxiety too) and operate in faith. Do not let your mind become your own worse enemy, and please let me know how it feels to have the weight off your shoulders!

Matthew 6:25-34 AMP

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink;  or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?  And who of you by worrying  and  being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature  or to the span of his life?  

And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.  Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.         

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive  and  green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? 

Therefore do not worry  and  be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?  For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and  crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all. 

But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be given you besides. 

So do not worry  or  be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries  and  anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

Need a little more?  Check out this amazing article and leave your worries behind TODAY!!:

http://simplyjuliana.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/i-am-worried-about-you-because-i-love-you/