What Will Your Family Know About You?

Genealogy is one of my favorite hobbies. I absolutely love researching, and scrolling through old records, pieces together information that will create a story, a story of my family’s life. When I research a name, I am not just researching vital records but I am researching that person as well. What kind of person was she? How did he take care of his family Who were their friends? What was the socio-economic situation in the area that they lived? Where there any health epidemics that they faced? All the bits of data that I pull together to form the environment of that person that I am researching.

One of the most important pieces of information I try to gather is Did they know God? Did they love God? Time after time, I found that their were different denomination in my family tree: Anabaptists, Amish, Huguenots, Baptist, Methodist, Quakers… so many different denominations but most importantly I know that they loved God. There were many ministers in the lineage, and interestingly enough, many that suffered religious persecution because of their faith. Jesus said that would happen in his Word, but to actually see the history of time in front of you was amazing. One of my family lines is the Hochstetler’s who came from Switzerland as Anabaptists, and then when they came over to America were Amish. Jacob and his wife Anna Hochstetler, and some of their children were attacked by Indians, and because of their Amish faith, Jacob forbid his sons to fire upon the Indians, resulting in Anna and two of her children being murdered and the remaining sons taken and kept by the Indians for years. (http://www.berkshistory.org/articles/hoch.html)

Thinking about my generation, what will my descendants know about me? Will they be able to see that I loved Jesus? Will they know that I lived my life for Him? Realizing that my future generation of family will not be able to talk to me, to get to know me personally, but will rely on bits of information that they research or are told from stories passed down from one generation to another.

Think about your situation, what will your family see? What will they find out about you? Will they know that you lived your life as an example for Christ? Remember they will not be able to talk to you personally, so they will form preconceived notions in their head about you, I am hoping that they are what you would like your family to know about you, food for thought!

The Importance of Making Good Decisions

2 Timothy 3:1-7

New International Version (NIV)

3 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents,ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

6 They are the kind who worm their way into homes and gain control over gullible women, who are loaded down with sins and are swayed by all kinds of evil desires, 7 always learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Beth Moore ‘s Breaking Free Study is definitely a study if you havent already participated in, is one to surely do in the future. She is down to earth, and honest and has an amazing ability in getting to the heart of the matter regarding women’s issues. As I watched her session ten video today, I thought of a few things that she covered. One thing we do know is that the “End times” are certainly coming. All the prophecies of the Bible that have been fulfilled align with the one’s that have not been fulfilled yet, and will equal as they say in math terms, “the total sum of the Bible”. We are encouraged to be ready for the time that Jesus returns to get his people, as well as the events that will happen in history both before and after.

I say all of this to say that the message in 2 Timothy 3:1-7 is clear, descriptive, and of the truth. God’s Words never are to fall on deaf ears, but to be mediated and applied in your life. Ok, I am getting to the point, quoting Beth, “What will most remarkably define the times as terrible (verse one) will be social phenomena rather than natural or environmental. ” Isn’t that scary? It saddens me that we already live in a secular world that is so hateful and cruel to people, but to know that it is going to get worse! We will have to be prepared to fight, the Sword of protection that we are given is the very Word of God. If you do not know it, how are you going to be able to protect yourself? We are to know the Word now, in this lifetime when we are dealing with people, relationships and experiences; the best “How to do” is not you tube, or google, but the Word of God.

One of the things I was thinking about today was the portion of the Breaking Free video that talked about how God is a God of Progression. God created us in His image, and wrote the Word of Life for us to live by, over a fifteen hundred year period, the key point is this, “If anything is worse something it will take time.” Why do we allow ourselves to get involved in unhealthy relationships, destructive friendships with people who although we say “just met”? Why do not value ourselves enough to take the time to decide if someone is healthy for us? We take the time to ensure that the products we buy, or the food that we eat are good, so why wouldn’t we want the same for our spiritual and emotional being? I urge you to take a good assessment of the people who you bring to your spirit, for we truly are in God’s image.

Is Praying Natural For You?

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This morning I was flipping through the pages of the book, “Too Busy Not to Pray” by Bill Hybels and caught an interesting statement, it said “praying is unnatural to the human being”.  Thinking about this statement, Is it true? Is that why I have such a difficult time staying focused when I pray silently in my head? Is that why my prayer life is sporadic, and not consistent? Most importantly, is that why I am not as close to God as I would like to be? I believe all of these questions to be true.

The easiest method for me to pray is when I journal my prayers to God and write them out. The ability to put my thoughts on paper allows my brain to focus on my thoughts, and expressing them through the written word. The problem that I do have with this is that I often get lazy and do not feel like writing everyday, causing me to forgo days without talking to God, and Him talking to me. Satan loves those missed opportunities! He strives to make it difficult to slow down and pray, keeping us often overly busy, rushed, stressed and frustrated. When I dive into the Word, God will speak to me as well, but the problem there again is laziness and inconsistency. I feel closest to God when I am in His Word but must admit that times I look at the Bible and think OK, “Where do I start?”

Anyone else? Share your thoughts?