Don’t Waste Your Angel

Pastor: Steven Furtick

•Be renewed according to your new reality
•God patiently awaits our maturity to develop as we wait upon his assistance or promises
•God provides the resources before assigning the tasks
•God establishes parameters to allow us to enjoy our blessings within a protected/protective boundary
•We entrust our blessings and gifts to God in order to prevent the development of trust in our provisions
•Jesus, the angel mentioned in Exodus, was sent ahead of us to guard us and lead us to the promised place (heaven)
•God protects us along the way, but we tend to see it, not as it occurs, but after it has been complete
•God can solely protect us as we are in motion, not while we are ensnared or without movement
•God cannot dispatch his assistance for an assignment which you are not present for
•Do not waste your angel in refusing to accomplish your assigned task

A Canvas of Love

F

Your life

D

A canvas of love

F A

You painted this fallen world

D

With your blood

F

And now I

F A

See streaks of your grace

F

Though there once was no hope

D

In this place

 

F A

Your masterpiece

F D

Was strewn across the floor

A D

Shattered pieces of love

Lying undone

F D

Broken by the weight of our sins

 

A

And everything

F D

Was stripped of its color

Shades of black and grey

F

Concealed all the shadows

A

Of our weary souls

 

F

Your life

D

A canvas of love

F A

You painted this fallen world

D

With your blood

F

And now I

A

See streaks of your grace

F

Though there once was no hope

D

In this place

 

But one gloomy night

A

Hope came to life

F D

As the author of salvation

F D

Walked amidst creation

F A

To redeem our damaged hearts

 

With my faith

F A

My pain is the past

D

I am reborn

A

From the dark ashes

F D

I rise

 

Not Just a Farmer’s Saying

“You reap what you sow.”

Another term that can be used for this is the effort put in is the reward received. It’s like a good form of karma.

“What goes around, comes around.”

A smile given is a smile received. My favorite version of this saying is an actual, true story.

My mother went into a drive through at Starbucks. She was single with me and my sister and was rather broke. A gentlemen in the car in front of her paid for her Starbucks, and we were all so thankful! The next time this happened, my mother paid for the person behind her and that person paid for the person behind her and the chain continued almost all day! Kindness given is kindness received (usually/eventually).

However, if one is in a position where they are constantly kind and receive harsh treatment or abuse, it is okay to leave such a situation. It is self-respect, not giving up on that person!

A Day in the Life of Me

Everybody has a passion, an interest, an idol or role model. What is yours and why do you appreciate it? Mine is God. I love talking and thinking and writing and singing about him. I always have and probably always will.

I thought I was useless. My brother spoke often of politics. He could engage and humor a crowd, and I easily saw God’s delight in my brother’s gift. I thought I was useless because I had no natural gift or talent. Then, one day, my aunt described spiritual gifts or gifts in the realm of the spirits. In other words, she spoke of encouragement and motivation, of patience and evangelism. Nobody has no use. A God who is good and righteous, who sees and knows all, does not create “useless.”

Dear God Diary

Note: Please read the last paragraph if you are struggling with the shame of a broken past. It is very important and changed my life! I understand it is not the case with every circumstance or event, but it can possibly change your perspective and help your hurt and that would mean the world to me!

Dear God,

Today you offered me a new perspective. I sought answers to soothe the agony in my heart over a dysfunctional childhood, and you revealed to me the truth: if I were to view my past from a perspective other than my own and understand multiple aspects, then I would discover my past was not nearly as heart-wrenching as I had originally thought.

I do not deny the pain developed from years of abuse, but I now understand that there was more to my childhood than I originally thought. For example, I imagined rejection where there was none. I over-exaggerated a multitude of circumstances and I was oblivious of circumstances and perspectives other than that which directly interacted with me.

This is my recommendation to anyone struggling with the pain of their past: seek God through prayer that he might direct you to one who could reveal their own thoughts about your past. I finally sought my mother for answers and realized truths I was previously unaware of. Please, please take my advice after some prayer. I have never felt less confused and more free.

Byproduct

I’m a byproduct of years in this life

Burdened and weary from tears and strife

My heart is shattered and dull-ish

My thoughts scattered and foolish

 

But I awoke one morning to mercy anew

For I was introduced newly to you

Your love and your grace

Lifted the shame from my face