Thursday, February 15, 2018

MAYBE GOD HAS SOMETHING NEW FOR YOU


MAYBE GOD HAS SOMETHING NEW FOR YOU
By: Cindy Feeman

Have you ever made the statement... "Lead me Lord I'll follow?"
I know I have many many times.. I have prayed, I'm willing to do whatever you want me to do. And at times He has required that of me. For the most part I have done that. I have done things I never thought I could or would. I have gotten out of my comfort zone at times. Or so I thought that was out of my comfort zone... but was it??? I have done what He asked and had gotten comfortable in my abilities to do what He asked. BUT.......

At this time in my life God has placed me in a very uncomfortable place in this journey. I have endured ailments for over 2 years that have hindered me in working for the Lord like I used to. I did have some health problems but I was able to do most of what I wanted. I am now unable to walk without a walker or cane, I have had multiple infections in my leg and generalized weakness. I know that God is my healer for I have experienced his healing touch many times. But at this time in my life He has chosen not to. (So Far)

I have prayed and searched scriptures, I have made my petitions known to God. What I wanted from Him. I have been anointed numerous times and have felt Him touch me... but no healing. I want to do all the things I could before. I don't want assistance from people or equipment. Lord just let me go back to doing what I could before. I know you are able to do that!

One day a few months back as I was making my petitions known to God again... He spoke to me and said... Did you ever think that isn't what I want for you? Maybe I have something new for you to do. I'll be honest I did not like that statement. I have to say it knocked me for a loop and I pouted all day!

It was and is difficult for me to pray, "Lord, whatever you want me to do, I will do it." I am praying more and asking Him to lead me in His word to find His will in my life.

Through out all of our lives we will go through some very trying times, but it's all in His plan... He will lead us where He wants us to be and it is for a reason and maybe for a season... but He is in control.

I don't know what 2018 will hold for me and what tomorrow will even bring, but I'll continue on this journey and see what lies ahead. God may have something new for me again... but I can honestly say now (without pouting) "Where He leads me I will follow"... cause I know He's holding my hand!

Monday, January 29, 2018

THE WORD BECAME FLESH

THE WORD BECAME FLESH
By Cindy Feeman

That the Word, Jesus Christ, became a man is the wonder of wonders expressed simply in the phrase, "the Word became Flesh" and dwelt among us. John 1:14
Jesus had a human body just like you and I have. The Virgin birth, this is a mystery too profound to understand by nature. But by the spirit and written word it is clearly truth. He lived, breathed, ate, drank, slept, worked, laughed, cried, and spoke among us. He was real to the eye, real to the touch, real to the ears. He was living with men, women, and children.... GOD AMONG US.
Have you ever wished that Jesus lived today in human flesh and that His house was in your neighborhood? Have you ever thought how wonderful it would be to knock on His door and say, "Jesus, would you please show me what to do? Tell me what to say!Can you help me I'm miserable? Can you tell me more about God? I'm sure many of my neighbors would want to be His neighbor too.

We, as a child of God, have received the written word into our hearts as a seed, miraculously affecting our whole person so that the very life of Christ is produced in us. We each live next door to people who can knock on our door and say, "Will you please show me what God is like? You and I can show them because we have become, somewhat like Him as we have studied, worshiped and obeyed Him.

when someone says, "Can you please help me?" We can lend a helping hand because we have given our bodies over to be used in service to others.

When a friend says, "Please help me with a broken relationship, I'm miserable." we can give loving counsel because we have been in the Word and with the Word and are able to tackle the problems that people around us face.

As Christ became flesh and made His dwelling in us, will we become Christ in the flh, to our neighbors.


We're Back!!


There has been a bit of a lapse in the blogging of late. That is entirely my fault. Life just gets hectic and stressful sometimes. But through it all we have the assurance that Jesus is our strength and that he will see us through every storm. So, that being said, let's try getting this started again!

AGC Women's Esprit blogs will now be posting every other Monday afternoon, starting today! So be sure to check back for encouraging words from our WE Director and various other ladies of the church.

                                                                                                                                     - Sis. Elisha

Friday, December 1, 2017

Know this, You can start over each day!

Know this, You can start over each day!
By: Cindy Feeman

Growing up with all brothers, I had to learn to adapt to playing what boys wanted to play. I learned the art of baseball, basketball, and tackle football. I could climb trees with the best of them, ride skateboards and wade through the creek catching craw dads. I was s fast learner and got pretty good at all of it. 

The only thing I struggled at was how to ride a bike. I was 7 1/2 and still hadn't got it. I was fearful of falling (wasn't fearful of falling from being tackled or falling from a tree) and I would overcompensate while trying to steer. My oldest brother would try to help and encourage me but to no avail, I just couldn't get it. Two of my younger brothers were already riding and I was sure I was the only 7 1/2 year old in the entire universe that couldn't ride a bike. 

Frustrated, every day I would go in the house crying and venting my failure to my Mother and she assured me to start over again tomorrow, you'll get it! A new day came and I was out there trying again.

Many times throughout my life, through disappointments, failures, struggles, heartache, grief, etc. I could still hear the echo of my Mothers words, "You can start over again tomorrow."

The Bible declares in Lamentations 3:23, "God's mercies are new every morning". Those words now echo in my ears! How thankful I am for that! I know I am not the only one who gets frustrated with myself, when I get discouraged or feel worthless, hopeless. When I've struggled with pain, failure (sin) and heartache. Just hold on till morning and that darkness will appear and you will feel the warmth of His new merciful day flooding your soul... great is His faithfulness. A fresh new start... A new beginning. A opportunity to put that darkness in the past with new determination to strive for the prize... to share His light... His love and... His mercy. 
So know this, you can start over each morning!

And by the way, my Mother was right. Just starting over each day with the mindset that I could conquer that bike... I did. I mastered it before my 8th birthday... and rode off like a boss!

Friday, November 24, 2017

WHAT YOU TOOK FROM ME


WHAT YOU TOOK FROM ME
By: Cindy Feeman

This is a title of a song by the Whisnants. I have sung it many times as a special and I came across it again the other day. What a perfect time of the year for this song. I remember the first time I heard the song, how much it spoke to my heart. I love it still today and I've been playing it over and over. I hope the words will bless you and allow you to see how blessed we are for the things He took away!


Lord I come today to thank you
But not for things I've ever mentioned here before
Not for blessings you have given
or the Joys you promised are in store
So As I bow before you
Give me the words to express my deepest thanks
Not for what You've given
But Lord, for what You took away



You took my guilt and shame
and all my sinful blame became as yours
You opened wide your hands
and as a guilty man you wore my crown of thorns
You took the death I'd earned
and all that I deserved on Calvary
Lord thanks for what You've given
but most of all
thanks for what you took from me


Father please forgive me for all the times I failed to mention this before
I've been so concerned with treasures
Went so far as to even ask for more
But you've shown me lord what's precious
are not the things you've given me today
For their worth to me is nothing when compared to what you took away


You took my guilt and shame
and all my sinful blame became as yours
You opened wide your hands
and as a guilty man you wore my crown of thorns
You took the death I'd earned
and all that I deserved on Calvary
Lord thanks for what You've given
but most of all
thanks for what you took from me

Friday, November 10, 2017

An Attitude of Gratitude


AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
By: Cindy Feeman

I love Thanksgiving! It causes me to think about all the special things and people in my life and expressing gratitude for them. If you are like me, you wish this feeling could last all year long (and it really should). Just imagine feeling proud, thankful, and joyful on a regular basis, not just during the Holidays. 

How can we keep an Attitude of Gratitude? We need to make it a habit to express thankfulness ans appreciation in all areas of our life, on a regular basis, for both big and small things, alike.

Author Lewis Howe stated in his book, "Attitude of Gratitude", that "life is better if we developed an attitude of gratitude". He also stated, "if we concentrate on what we have, we will always have more. If we concentrate on what on what we don't have we will never have enough". It is a tough mindset to always have a grateful attitude. Here is a menu of tactic he endorses to help develop this mindset. Just pick a few.

1. Wake up everyday and express to yourself and to God what you are grateful for.

2. Tell whoever you are with at the end of the day 3 things you are thankful for. 

3. Tell someone you're with during the day 3 things you're thankful for at that moment.

4. Read God's word and His promises.

5. Start a gratitude journal... noting things you are thankful for that day. 

6. Acknowledge yourself for what you have done and accomplished this week instead of comparing yourself to others.

7. Acknowledge other people and thank them for inspiring, helping or supporting you.

Each day won't be perfect, but focusing on what we are grateful for tends to wash away feelings of anger and negativity. In addition to improving your mood, recent studies show that feelings and expressing gratitude leads to better physical health as well.

So try adapting some of these tactics above into an overall mindset. It may take a little work, but having an attitude of gratitude is one of the most impact habits for a fulfilling and healthy life.

Here's to Thanksgiving all year round!




Friday, November 3, 2017

The Importance of Being Real With Jesus


The Importance of Being Real With Jesus
 By: Julie Hatfield

             I'm so thankful that God is approachable.  When I'm going through something and feeling like I'm failing in life Jesus always listens.  Don't ever think that He doesn't care about you.  He wants you to be open and honest with Him.  Sometimes I feel like I'm too emotional but honestly it's a blessing.  When you hold things inside it causes stress and health related problems.  Learning to open up an talk about things saves you a lot of problems down the road.
            Does Jesus really care about me??  Yes He does!!  That is why in 1 Peter 5:7 it says:  "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."  He want's you to be real and raw with Him.  Whatever is causing you pain or causing you to struggle, open up to Him about it.  Sometimes the only way to get over something is to talk about it and move on from it.  I have learned before I have a conversation with God to plead the blood over my conversation so it will remain private between Him and I, that way the enemy won't know my struggles and weaknesses.  Get away by yourself with God and cry out to Him.  Groaning in the Holy Ghost can speak more to God then any words you can say on your own.

           I use to think that if I allowed myself to get to this point with God that I somehow failed Him or was doing something wrong.  Why is it so hard for us to be so open even with Jesus?  I think we've allowed ourselves to believe that we have to be perfect to live for God.  That's just a lie from the enemy. How is God suppose to lead and guide us if we  haven't completely allowed Him to see us in our most vulnerable moments.  Struggles in life are as common as victories are.  Through my weakness He is made strong.  I'm so glad that no matter if I'm on the mountain top or down in the valley Jesus is always there.  Real communication is not only key in marriage and friendships but it is one of the most important aspects for your relationship with Jesus.  So start being sincerely real with Jesus and He'll start being real with you.