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  • My thoughts On Singleness in a Relationship Obsessed World

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    As a single at 25 years of age I’ve spent years hearing people say things like “why are you still single?” “That person would be great for you” “oh, you’ll find the right one someday” and the list of quotes goes on. So these are my thoughts on being single in a relationship obsessed society. While a relationship can be a blessing being single is very much a blessing too. It’s something that would be recognized as such and a whole lot easier if society didn’t teach relationship=happiness and pressure singles to “find somebody”. This causes singles to run out and try to find anybody who is willing to date them in an attempt to attain this happiness and get out from the judgemental “why are you still single” questions. The problem is a relationship doesn’t equal happiness. I would say a relationship=frustration and sorrow. The real equation would be a relationship with the right person = joy, laughter, sorrow, tears and everything in between. The key word is the Right person. The right person will compliment you not complete you and if happiness is what you are seeking and it’s something you don’t already have than you most likely think a significant other will complete you. The only one who can complete you is God and without Him this completion you seek will never be obtained. Another person can’t complete you, only God can do that. If you find you feel an empty place in your heart and you’ve tried to fill it with other things finding no peace or joy than you need to give your life to Jesus. You won’t regret it and He will heal your heart and bring you more joy than you can imagine. Until you allow God to change your heart and mind you will always be searching for fulfillment in the wrong things. Relationships being one of those things most likely. Singleness is a time to be celebrated, there is so much to be thankful for, so much time to grow and learn, to travel and make big decision, to seek God and find out who you are in Him, to serve God and bring the world to cometo know Him. Maybe one day He will bless you with a significant other to share your life with but until then seek God and rejoice in your time of singleness. There’s so much to be thankful for and to rejoice over. Consider my advice it doesn’t come without lesson on my part. After years of waiting for “Mr. right” I’ve come to the conclusion that God is the only one who can complete me and I will no longer put my life on hold for “Mr. Right” to show up (after all there’s so much life to live why waste it) if he comes he comes and if not I’ll have lived a life not missing or on what God has for me. I hope this article has helped some of my fellow single people out there. Live your life, serve God and if He has someone for you they will be in your life when He says it’s time, not before, so don’t try and force it.

    Love and God bless,

    Christine Sawyer

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  • Trials Build Character

    Trials cause us to dig deep into our faith and the promises of God and to acknowledge that we can not do it on our own but with God’s help we can overcome. They reveal our strengths and weaknesses. They draw our weaknesses to the surface so we can see them as they are, once exposed we can hand them over to God to strengthen us. As I look back on my life I see that every trial every tribulation I have experienced God has used to shape me into the person He has called me to be. And while we wish that we didn’t have to endure any sort of discomfort, pain, or suffering we will find that God will take all things meant for evil and use them for the good of all those who serve Him just as He promised. I’ve seen it in my own life time and time again. God is faithful to His children and He has a plan for each and everyone of them. While we live on this earth we will endure many trials and tribulations but in every single one we can be sure of this that in Jesus we can overcome them, because that is God’s promise to us, that is what Jesus won at the cross and resurrection. We have victory in Jesus over every obstacle. Trust in that today. That God knows what He’s doing and He will be faithful to His promises and to His children. You might not understand what’s happening now but in due season you will. Don’t be afraid.
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  • A Man Of Noble Character

    “A man of noble character cannot exist without the presence of God. Who is The Author of nobility and the One in whose image the man was created.”
    -Christine Sawyer
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  • God’s Provision/The Heart Of God

    Yesterday God gave me an awesome opportunity and in that opportunity He provided as well. Every time I get my paycheck I always pull aside a tithe. The amount of the tithe depending on what God shows me to give. This last week I had some things I needed to get so I had to pull extra money out of my check to do so. Which by the end left me with $20 for myself which needed to last me two weeks. For this weeks tithe I felt like God was showing me to give $40, but because I was so short I was very much tempted to only give $30 because it would have been considered 10%. I thought the extra $10 would help me get by better. But after a quick run through in my mind I stopped and told myself “no! There is a lot you can do but cheating God is not one of them. I will not take from God for myself.” So I gave the full $40. Not too much after that the money I had set aside for myself for the two weeks had dwindled to $5 and I still have a lot of days to go.
    But yesterday it snowed and as much as I hate snow God used it to bless me. In my town there is an ordinance that the snow must be shoveled off the sidewalk within 24 hrs. So whenever it snows my neighbors and I all help each other shovel snow to get it done faster.
    My next door neighbor is unable to shovel his driveway and sidewalk so my brother and I always go next door and shovel for him. We never ask for anything we just do it knowing he really needs our help. Yesterday he insisted on paying us (which we never ask for and refuse if he ever offers but he was very adamant about us taking the money). I was surprised at this not because he isn’t a generous man but because we’ve always had this understanding that helping each other is what neighbors do. He insisted we take the money and so we did and he gave me $20. I thought back to the beginning of the week when I had thought to take $10 from my tithe and I realized that God had provided for me because I had chosen to give to Him what He had asked instead of holding onto it selfishly. I trusted that God would do what needed to be done with this tithe and that He had laid the amount on my heart for a reason. Because I was faithful, God provided for me just like He promises. You see, we don’t give to God to get and we don’t give to God because God needs our money. God doesn’t need our money but what He wants is our obedience. Tithing is for others but also for us. When we give we are trusting God to use it for His purposes, we are trusting Him to take care of our needs, we are helping others in their need, we are learning to be selfless, to give of ourselves, and we are getting a glimpse of God’s heart. God loves to give to His children and by giving to others we get to see that, we get to be a part of it. We learn selflessness and compassion. God gave us Jesus, a Promise, Salvation, He didn’t hold back. God provides all His children’s needs. From the Spiritual to the physical there is no need that God can not fill.

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  • God Will Lead/God’s Calling For Your Life

    Last night God gave me a Revelation for Bible study that was so last minute even I was blown away by what He had coming out of my mouth. So blessed to serve a God who is not only full of amazing surprises but never leaves His children without. I had a teaching all set up to talk about and God was laying Gideon on my heart but I feared doing so as having read Judges 6&7 a week before and hadn’t seen any way to incorporate him into what I had planned to say. All the way up until the last song in worship I was going to teach from 2 Chronicles but God told me no teach about Gideon. Having no idea what I was going to say or where God was going with it, I completely trusted Him and lead my group in the reading of Gideon. A few verses in I still didn’t know as then all of the sudden We hit that one verse where The Holy Spirit just said “This one, I want you to teach on this one. The Called” and that’s what I did. Everything that came out of my mouth was all the Holy Spirit was showing me to say and it came out as if I had rehearsed but I didn’t. That is what is so cool about God and His Holy Spirit, He never leaves you empty when you trust Him and follow Him without holding back. I could have easily been afraid and stuck with what I knew, but I didn’t. And God revealed Himself in a way that resonated with each and everyone of us. What I’m saying is God is so amazing and we should never be afraid to follow Him in His will for our lives in every moment if God instructs you to do something do it. He won’t lead you into something that He won’t see you through to the end.
    The message from last night is you are all called, don’t question it and don’t be afraid to go after what God has called you to do. God will see you through to the end. Don’t be afraid, seek Him and He will lead you in the way He should have you go.
    In the end “Who are we to question whom God calls because it’s not our call to make its God’s” don’t question who God calls especially yourself. Go for it God knows what He’s doing.

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  • Prayer For Today

    I am just one person, I am small, I am a sinner who makes mistakes on a daily basis, but with God I am much more. I am redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour. Jesus bought me at a price and He saved my life. Because of Him I can be used by God to do great things. I offer my hands, my heart, my life to Him and if it be God’s will that He should touch people through me than I am living/serving the life full of purpose He has called me to live. Nothing is more satisfying and nothing is worth more to me than that. To live the life God has for me as His servant walking in humility and Love with His Love and Grace forever and ever. I surrender it all to You my God and my Saviour, amen.

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  • Say Amen God Is Faithful

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    Everytime I think of all that I’ve been through in my life I find great joy in both the good and even the bad because in all those times God has proven Himself faithful to me and He has made me stronger than I ever thought I could be. God never promised that everything would be easy, but He did promise to be with us through it all and give us the strength to overcome. Everyday I hold on to His promises and everyday I see His Love more and more.

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  • God’s Calling For Your Life (Accompanying Song: Ready Set Go By Royal Tailor Ft. Capital Kings)

    God has a great calling on your life. It’s up to you whether you want to live it out or not. God won’t make you accept it, He wants you to choose to serve Him. Don’t feel like you’re not worthy of the call God has for you. Many of the people in the Bible who were called by God were not the strongest, the fanciest, the biggest, or the most likely to succeed so to speak, but God called them by name and chose them to do His will. They were people who were humble and willing, the servents not the served. God loves an obedient, humble, loving, and willing heart. Don’t be afraid of the calling God has for you, He will protect you and guide you through it. God will go before you and prepare the way for you, all you have to do is trust Him and take the first step when He tells you to. God is calling, are you ready ?

    Accompanying Song: Ready Set Go By Royal Tailor Ft. Capital Kings

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  • God Is Love

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    1 Corinthians 13
    New International Version (NIV)

    13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
    8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
    13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

    What is love ? How do we love others ? How do we love people who don’t show it back ?

    Love. At first glance it seems so small and easily understood, but the more you look at it the more you realize how big and deep love really is. Love is not just a word to be said or something to be celebrated in February, but it is a Being. God is Love and without Him there isn’t any. God created us in His own image, giving us the gift of being able to love. Sadly when Adam and Eve sinned they became corrupted and so the gift of being able to love that God gave us became distorted, conditional, and we lost the understanding of what love truely is. God doesn’t want His children to live this life never knowing Him, never knowing His love for them, never understanding the Gift He has given us, never knowing the power of love when we give it over to Him to refine us.

    Love is a live and Love is a gift. A gift freely given to us from God. Not just our capacity to love but God gave a Gift to redeem us so that we could have understanding of His love again. The Gift I am talking about is Jesus. God sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins and pay the debt that we owed. You see, the penalty of sin is death and eternal separation from God. God is Holy and He can not sin and He can not allow sin into the Kingdom of Heaven. God loves man so much and wants man with Him for eternity. The Bible says that God doesn’t want anyone to perish.

    The Bible says God loved us so much that He sent His only Son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins taking the punishment we deserve. Jesus was without sin, He didn’t deserve to die on a cross, but He did so that we could be saved. What Jesus did was True Love. Jesus’ life, death and ressurection on earth was God’s ultimate expression of love towards us. Jesus not only walked in love but Jesus Is Love. To truely understand Love we must give our lives to the One who Is Love and that is to give our lives to Jesus. When Jesus died on the cross and rose again He redeemed our capacity to love and by giving it over to Him in prayer and looking to Him (By reading God’s Word, Praying and asking for understanding and asking God to help us to love) we not only have a better understanding of Love, but God starts to remove the distorted love we have and replace it with a love like His. Learning to love others as God loves us is a process and we will often times make mistakes, but God is patient and He is always ready to help us.

    In order to love others, especially those who don’t show it in return we must ask God to help us. God knows what it’s like to love those who reject Him and even those who hate Him. With His help we can grow in our ability to love others and even to love God Himself. The more we see how much God loves us the more our love for Him grows and by seeing how much God loves someone (me) who hurts Him daily with their sins we come to understand the importance and power of loving those who hurt us. We understand the power of forgiveness, compassion, and so much more when we ask God to help us to love and to give us a better understanding of who He is and Who God is, is Love.Love1

    A Prayer
    Dear Father God,
    We praise You and thank You for who You are. We thank You for loving us so much that You sent Jesus to die on the cross for us and take the punishment that we deserved. We ask for Your forgiveness Father because we have not loved others the way that You would love them. We ask that You would help us to have a better understanding of Your Love Father God and that You would empower us through Your Holy Spirit to love as You love. To love those who are hurting, who are broken, who are lost, and those who have hurt us. To love those who need You Father God so that by me showing them Your Love they would see past me and see You. Help me to have an understanding of love Father God and please renew this heart and mind everyday. As it says in Your Word Father God “create in me a pure heart O God and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.” This is my prayer to You Father God.
    In Jesus’ Mighty Name We Pray Amen.

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  • The Presence Of God (Accompanying Song: In Your Presence By Beckah Shae)

    Psalm 16:5-11
    5Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
    you make my lot secure.
    6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
    surely I have a delightful inheritance.
    7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
    even at night my heart instructs me.
    8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
    With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
    9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest secure,
    10 because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    nor will you let your faithful one see decay.
    11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

    In the presence of God all of the things that are not of God must leave. In God’s presence there is love, perfect peace, mercy, forgiveness, healing, instruction, security, and there is rest. God wants us to know just like a child comes to his earthly father with his joys, sorrows, concerns, etc. we can come to Him (our Heavenly Father) with everything. God wants to hear from you, He wants to talk to you and He wants you to talk to Him. To build a relationship there has to be communication, God already knows but He wants to hear from you. You’ll find that you’ll draw closer to God when you talk to Him and allow Him to talk to you. In the presence of God there is rest from the burdens that we attempt to carry, the ones we so stubbornly hold onto that we need to hand over to God.

    Accompanying Song: In Your Presence By Beckah Shae

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