The most precious resource that you and I have been given to care for is one another. Have you ever looked around and missed someone? Have you ever had someone come across your heart while in prayer or cross your mind while thinking or going through your day? Did you act on those moments of realization? Recognizing, realizing and reaching out to your brother and sister in the Lord, The family of God, has a powerful return on investment. Care is a commodity that is truly priceless. There is a word in Hebrew, mish’pohhah, The word “mishpahhah,” means family, and comes from the root word”shaphahh,” meaning “to join.” The family is a group joined together where each role in the family serves a specific function to keep the family joined together. Notice the intensity of the latter part of the definition, “to keep the family joined together. We have a part to play in our “togetherness”. The enemy works to pull this intentional divinely inspired design apart. There is power in the family of the Lord and our connection to one another. Look around regularly, pay good attention to one another and see the care extended through your touch and tones bring triumph to the lives of those around you and remember you will reap where you have sown. We love you all! Make the mish’pohhah a priority in your life today.
The below email was originally written exactly one month before the car accident that changed my life in 2012. Thank you to Barbara Stevens for sending it back to me. It was a powerful reminder for me. Please take a moment and read it below: Originally written on August 15, 2012…
Thank the Lord for His goodness and mercy that has been extended to all of us. I am excited about our future together in partnership at HWWC, ARE YOU? I sure hope so. So many times I find myself dreaming of what I believe we can, could and should be as a church to our community, surrounding area and also to each other. I know that God has greater things for us to be a part of. Have you ever said or heard someone say…..”could you imagine if”….We say this a lot as it relates to the Kingdom of God, COULD YOU IMAGINE IF or WHEN, and it becomes in many circles the talking point of future potential. I submit that this is a good thing to dream and consider however, I also believe that there must come a time when the CAN YOU IMAGINE, becomes a NOW reality in our lives. I will give you some key examples below of things I have heard in the Kingdom of God and I pray you grasp the power behind this email today……
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone would come together and pray……….
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone came to service ready to worship and went after God……
Could you imagine what would happen if every leader was as committed as they talk about…..
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone got involved somewhere……
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone tithed and gave according to God’s Word….
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone witnessed to others and stood for righteousness at all times….
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone invited someone to church and followed through with such invitations…..
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone read their bible and lived it in the earth…..
Could you imagine what would happen if husbands and wives lived as the scriptures declared for them to live towards each other…
Could you imagine what would happen if our children were admonished according to scripture and not the “political” ways in which many have fallen….
Could you imagine what would happen if the church spoke up in society instead of cowering behind their four walls….
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone layed aside excuses for behavior and decisions and were accountable…
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone understood the power of their life and testimony and then shared the same…..
Could you imagine what would happen if everyone in the Kingdom had church attendance as a higher priority than it is right now….
There are many others that I could write and no doubt you have thought of others as you have read this, but I want to leave you with one more that I pray speaks to each of us…
ARE YOU READY FOR IT?
Could you imagine what would happen if WE as believers stopped “imagining” and started becoming all these things and more…..NOW THAT IS A WOW MOMENT, time is ticking…LET US AT HWWC ARISE AND BECOME!!!
I love you all and count it an honor to stand with you!
Living and moving in this life while being continually aware of the power, presence and leading of the Holy Spirit is absolutely possible. One of the greatest moments that we can have is in and during our corporate worship gatherings. Seeking the presence of God in our present is so vital. As worship lifts and our hearts are aligned together in praise, something happens. God, through the power of The Holy Spirit, manifests Himself in a tangible way. We feel His presence move. Lately the sense that I have and the intensity that I have felt, I believe that we all have experienced. This is God doing a work in us together. He is preparing us for greater influence, greater ministry, greater capacity and a greater reach into the world around us. Are you seeing Him? Have you come into the House of The Lord today anticipating an encounter with Him? This is a key! We must all come expectantly and worshipfully with reverence seeking Him. When we do, He always moves and reveals Himself. Who did you come to see? I hope it is Him! What did you come to see? I hope it’s Him! What did you come to experience? I hope it is only and always Him! Together let’s worship and run after the Lord. Let’s hear Him and walk in that renewal! We love you all!!
The distractions of the enemy are great and many. His design is to get us off of our mission, purpose and vision. Do an inventory… Have you experienced this lately? Attack after attack? If so, your future is being attacked before you get there because the enemy see what you can be and will do all he can to stop it and or prevent it from ever coming to pass. The enemy see, knows and can sense the hand of God on your life and knows that if you reach your full potential, you will bring havoc against the kingdom of darkness. Light diminished breeds darkness in big ways. As light subsides, shadows cover the land. WE MUST BURN BRIGHT! Cast off the distraction, keep your eyes on Jesus! Do not be swayed by the storm, the struggle, the voices, the noise or any such thing that is trying to scream louder than God’s voice or plan that you know He has laid before you or written upon your heart. Keep the faith! Stand strong! Deuteronomy 31:6Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you. Stand! Do Not Faint! For the Word of God tells us in Galatians 6:9-109 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. Running this race is the hardest thing you will ever do, but the rewards are eternal. We love you all!
We have been given a tremendous gift in the family of God and that gift is each other. The Family of God, The Household of faith is a place of safety that we have been provided on this life. Do you value one another? Do you anticipate and look forward to seeing your fellow believers? The thought of meeting and worshipping together gives me strength. I am ministered to just by being in the room with all of you wonderful people. Hearing the voice of the corporate body energizes my soul and as the presence of the Lord fills the house all cares melt away before His goodness and grace. I encourage you to find value in one another. Build relationships through fellowship and getting involved in an area of service together. We must value our connectivity with each other. Romans 12:10 says, “Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.” Be concerned with each other, pray for one another and be kind. We love and value each of you and we are grateful for the journey that we are on together.
Often the enemy designs distraction in destruction and other debilitating forms. Distractions are not always from TV, the pursuit of riches, the pursuit of position, people or power. Rather, his greatest form of distraction is the reality of the present trouble that we often find ourselves living in. Sickness, pain, loss, discomfort and all the like lead us into worry, and this can lead us
An incredible opportunity lay in front of us both individually and corporately in 2019. The Lord has put us together and desires to raise each one up to be a beacon of light. A beacon that points the hurting, the helpless and the hopeless to the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. His Name may not be popular, may not be considered politically correct but it is still the Name hat is above every name. It is still at that Name, the Name of Jesus, that the hurting can be healed, the helpless are rescued and the hopeless can catch their breath and live again. We must diligently, with passionate purpose look for and move into opportunities to bring forth, proclaim and live out our faith visibly to this world around us. Too many today, take the veil off of their faith in Jesus for the Sunday morning rally so other “believer’s” see their Jesus too, only to recover or conceal Him after leaving the parking lot of the one hour to ninety-minute after the BIG reveal. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was never supposed to be treated like a concealed weapon, HE has always been for OPEN CARRY! Stay TUNED!!!!