WFR Devo Blog – Proper Planning Perspective (David Bromley)

I’m a planner. I like to know where we are going, how we are going to get there, when we will be there, what we will do when we are there and when we’re coming back.  Google Maps is my friend.  I write list, make notes and try to think through every detail. I’m not much for the unexpected. Some may say “I wish I were more like that” other “that would drive me crazy”.

I don’t think I’m alone. We all like to have some idea where our life is going and how it will end up. To be able to dream about and plan our lives and activities is a God given blessing we must keep it in its proper perspective.

James 4:13-15 encourages what I call a proper planning perspective.

Several challenges are listed.  First, see our life on how God does.  It’s a short moment. A vapor.  It’s been said that our life on Earth is practice for eternity. Our goal is to see past where we are and where we are going.

Second, we don’t have to know everything. We planners can get so caught up in so many details that often we fail to act or plan God right out of the way. We don’t know everything but know we serve the One who does.

Third, don’t forget that our plan fits nicely into God’s plan for our life which is to glorify him.  Therefore, when we seek his will our plans will succeed and he will be glorified.

So go plan your life. Plan your business. Plan your vacation and hobbies.  Plan your fun and not so fun things to do but always plan humbly.  Always remember anything you can plan or imagine about your life, God can imagine and do greater.

WFR Devo Blog – Intimacy, Got to do it! (Terry Davis)

I know you are close to your physical family.  We tolerate the invasion of our personal space by not only our kids but our spouse as well.  We don’t mind the invasion.  We are intimate as a family.  What about our church family?  Do we invade our personal space?  Are we arm-length apart?   We have to work on being intimate.  Last Sunday, we had sung the song “The Greatest Command” while holding hands across the aisle.  I know there are people who don’t enjoy this invasion of their personal space.  The opposite is true as many this was their highlight of the week.  They got out of their comfort zone and got closer to their church family.  Church- Let’s work on being intimate and/ or moving closer to one another.

In Jeremiah 29:11:

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Jeremiah 29:11

We make our plans that the Lord already knows.  Let’s plan to be closer to not only God but to your church family as well.  We as a society try our best to be arm’s length away from people.  Do we treat God the same?  What about your church family.  It’s about love.  In Romans 12: 9-13, we learn more about love.  We need to practice this as a church. 

In Revelations 3:14-16, we read about a church in Laodicea. We don’t want God to come knocking at our door to get our attention.  We must remove our arm-length approach and let go.  We should be intentional with our church family.  I have challenged the staff and our 60’s group this morning to remove that arm- length mentality.  Let it be about others.  Let it be about God.  Let us be like the John 13 example of Jesus washing feet.  Nothing is more intimate than letting someone else wash your feet.  In closing, I have three things to remind about practicing this principle:

1.         It takes time to implement

2.         You will have to try your best to be transparent and letting others see you. \

3.         You must be intentional

Let’s continue to be intimate with God and with each other!

With All My Heart – Kristin Kellett

February. The month of love. The season of all things pink, red, and heart-shaped. That special time of year when, for only $5 extra, you can have your pizza cut into the shape of a heart, resulting in less pizza for more money. Whose bright idea was that, by the way? Obviously the genius behind the heart pizza didn’t intend to eat it. I feel certain he wanted it only for ulterior motives. To impress a girl, perhaps. As a woman myself, here’s a tip. If you want the heart pizza for the joy of eating it, go right ahead and delight in your overpriced pizza. Please don’t let me stop you. But if you’re using the heart pizza to impress someone, I beg you to reconsider. You’re better than that, my friend. I mean, don’t we all want someone who’s willing to invest a little more than a heart pizza in us? Don’t we want someone who is willing to invest his or her whole heart? Keep the standard high, people! I work in a retail store where there is no end of heart shaped items to purchase for your loved one. But let’s dig a little deeper this year. Because if we are honest we all want more than a gift that simply represents someone’s heart toward us. A representation is only meaningful when we already know we have the real thing.

Remember in elementary school when we made homemade boxes/bags/envelopes to hang around the classroom for Valentine’s Day? All the students would bring valentines from home that they had made or bought. Some even had the student’s school picture on the front. (What were we thinking with that?) So at some point throughout the day kids would go around the room depositing their valentines in each person’s box. And by the end of the day each kid went home with some valentines. It was nice enough. But let’s get serious. How excited did you really get about the valentines from people who weren’t even your friends? If the person wasn’t nice to you on a regular basis then the valentine didn’t really mean much. But if the person was your best friend…that valentine lasted at least until St. Patrick’s Day. Which is about as long as anything can last in elementary school. Because we do not just want the valentine. We want the heart behind it. The love, authenticity, and mess that makes up real life. And we want all of it. The same way God wants all of ours.

They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

                                                                             Jeremiah 32:38-41 (NIV)

Almost anywhere we turn in Scripture we can see a picture of God’s heart toward us but, for the moment, this is my favorite. Because it’s not just his covenant to be their God. It is a covenant that He will never stop doing “good” to them, and not only will he never stop doing good but he will rejoice in doing it. But here’s the kicker: God promises to plant his people in his promised land with all his heart and soul. Now I’m not a Bible scholar by any means. But just off the top of my head I can’t think of any other place where God says he will do something with all his heart and soul. And yet fulfilling his word, doing good to his people…that He does with all his heart and soul.

Now don’t get me wrong. I believe everything God does; He does with all his heart and soul. A God loving enough to sacrifice his only Son to save sinful people does not do anything halfheartedly. No heart shaped pizzas for him. But I love that here, He says it. Because sometimes we just need to hear it. To be reminded with words that the One who pursues us does so with all his heart and soul. It’s like our very own valentine. A reminder that someone is willing to invest his whole heart in you. Now what do you do with a valentine like that? I don’t know about you but if someone ever sends me a valentine like that I plan to reciprocate. Especially if that someone is God. How do we do that? Singleness of heart and action. (That’s really about the only kind of singleness I can get behind anyway.) Loving him with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Is there any other response? Because when you start to realize that everything God does He does with all his heart and soul, heart shaped pizzas don’t cut it anymore. So give him a valentine He can keep past St. Patrick’s Day: love him with all your heart. Because that is how He loves you.

May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.  2 Thessalonians 3:5 (NLT)

Saturdays of Compassion

Saturdays of Compassion

 

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We have all been affected by the recent flood that some have named “Little Katrina”. Some lost very little and some lost everything, however through our losses we have gained community. The love of our Creator has been on display these past few weeks. Northeast Louisiana stands with soggy feet on common ground. Blood, sweat and tears have been shed. We have pulled together and helped each other when our community needed it the most. We should all be proud of the work we’ve done.

But our job is not over yet. There are still over 100 families that need help. We are going to make one last push to help the remaining families get the help they so desperately need. Each Saturday in the month of May we will be meeting in the WFR Church parking lot at 7:30am and 12:30pm. We need you! We need you to pray for our efforts and if you are able to help with clean up we would love that too.

If you are interested in helping you will need to bring

  • A Utility Knife
  • A Hammer
  • A Pry Bar
  • A sack lunch

We need all the help we can get. This is going to be great! We are going to put the cherry on top of an already beautiful display of God’s love that he has shown through our community!