Scope, Time, Cost, Stakeholder

Using project management terminology, we must all discover the scope, time, cost, and stakeholders of our appointed missions in life.

With whom are we to be involved?  How much are we to be involved?  What is it going to cost us?  And who has a vested interest in our mission?

The scope – How big is our mission field?  To whom are we called to minister the grace of God?

The time – How much time does each relationship need in order to bear good fruit?

The cost – What must I invest in each relationship to ensure the success of the relationship?

The stakeholders – Who is affected either directly or indirectly by my life?

Big questions, but worth asking.

Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

Seneca wrote, “If a man does not know what port he is steering for, no wind is favorable to him.”  

Solomon wrote, “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.  

How then can anyone understand his own way?”  

So, I guess we ask the questions, and then we wait on Our Father to provide the answers in his good time and his good way.  

If this is true, then it behooves us to know Our Father well, since he himself is our ultimate port of call, and he alone knows the way home.

~ Brad Heilhecker

When We Can’t See What’s Ahead – God Can

Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.” ~ Romans‬ ‭8:26-28‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Jesus acknowledges every detail. He understands every one of our circumstances, even when we forget that he already knows where they will leads us. 

He is here, even when it feels like he seems far away or non-existent. 

He is with us, because his breath dwells within us and he loves us in every way. 

Some of the greatest gifts come from the moment that is in the present, in the smallest amount of grace, and a power far beyond our imagination!

~ Baring His Beauty,

    Tiffany Thomas 

Road Map 

WORTHY THOUGHT: We are pilgrim’s of this world and we need a “road map” to help us guide our way. 

I am but a pilgrim here on earth: how I need a map -and your commands my chart and guide.-Psalms 119:19 Live Application Bible

Planning a long road trip usually requires some kind of map, or (GPS) to help guide to the final destination. 

Most people usually trust and never question the directions of the map and assume it gives safe and accurate directions. Without the map you could be lost, or worse, lead to destruction.

As believers, we need Jesus Christ’s assistance to help travel through this life. 

Reading and studying God’s Word is our ‘road map‘ to our final destination. 

The Holy Spirit will help lead and reroute all paths safely away from the pit falls, obstacles, dead ends, and help us to never get lost. 

Read the Bible and know Jesus Christ is the surest and safest way to travel to your final eternal destination.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

Never Get Lost 


A compass is used to help you find your sense of direction and ultimately guide you where you need to be to get you where you need to go.  

            

               A great tool when lost.  

An even greater tool to always keep on hand. 

That is how many are in the world today; Lost; without a sense of direction of where they need to go.  

A compass points you North, East, South or West- but the Great Compass of life; always points to Jesus. 

You won’t get lost or wander aimlessly with Jesus.  

   
He will always help you find which way to go. 

      ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Can You Handle The Truth

If the truth sets you free then why do people get upset when the truth is told?

I have been reading in Jeremiah 42 and how the people begged and asked for a message from the Lord and they still chose not to obey it when they received it.

In Jeremiah 44 God is asking them- Why are you hurting yourselves continuing to worship idols- why do people make Me angry by making idols?  

So as I was thinking on the above question regarding truth, here are my thoughts:

Maybe it’s because people want their own wills and ways. They would rather remain in bondage instead of choosing to be free.  

Some get addicted to the attention of pity and a victim mentality so they will keep asking for truth from idols (other people) instead of seeking God. 

They have no real intention of ever following it. 

When people seek other people’s opinions or views as truth they get varying responses. Usually a watered down version that still feeds their egos and they like that and want more of that because it feeds into their neediness. 
But when people do get an in your face obvious truth they will reject it and swallow the bait of offense instead.

They don’t like what they hear.  

They can’t really handle the truth.

When we seek God and His truth- we only get One Truth- not one that feeds our egos.

The real truth is what people don’t like so much because they will have to act on it and make a choice to change their actions and behaviors.

Like picking up our own mat and get to steppin.

Before picking up that mat it first requires us to make a choice. 
Will we leave our pity, victim mentality, egos and warped perceptions in order to pick up that mat? 

I believe people reject the truth, get upset and instead seek their idols and remain in bondage because they aren’t willing to make the choice to change. 

When you hear the truth you must act on it. 
We are only as bound as we choose to be. 

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” ~ John 5:8 

                  ~XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Our New Promised Land 

Leave Babylon; flee from the Chaldeons! 

  We are called out of this world’s system. 

We are subjects in a new kingdom, with vastly different laws and family traditions than citizens of this present age. We are not to be short sighted or consumed with the earthly ambitions of pleasure seeking, the accumulation of wealth, or the attainment of status. Rather, we are to find our pleasure, possessions, and status in our relationship with the King and with the princes and princesses of our new heavenly kingdom.

Wisdom delights in creation and in its creatures, especially in mankind. We delight in the saints – the glorious children of God. We are taught to be forbearing, patient, and long suffering with one another, just like Our Father. We share our possessions, our time, our affection, and our encouragement. Gone is the scarcity mentality; now there is abundance, provision, and all sufficiency in Christ.

We leave behind fear, anger, and hate. We leave behind vain glory, selfishness, and meanness. Love, acceptance, nurturance and discipleship are our new watch words. We are not competing; we are cooperating in the creation of a glorious future where righteousness rules, where peace and harmony are the order of the day.

We can now come to Our Heavenly Father for loving approval, inspiration, and soul restoration. Generous approbation Our Father is ready to lavish on us when we seek his face; he longs to praise us as we put our faith in him and in his loving care. He will praise us and bless us with blessings suited to our new promised land. He will lavish his love upon us as we reciprocate and love him with our whole heart.

~ Brad Heilhecker 

Storms

Worthy Thought: The secret to faith is going through a storm.

Faith is a mindset that expects God to act. 

When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat and started across sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they rowed about three to four miles they saw Jesus walking on sea and coming near the boat. And they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they were glad to take him to the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.  

-John 6:16-20

Jesus was teaching that such storms are part of life and can be frightening. We often face spiritual and emotional storms and feel tossed about like a small boat on a big lake. In spite of the terrifying circumstances if we allow Christ Jesus to take control in our lives, he can give us peace in the midst of any storm.   

The disciples were frightened when they saw Jesus walking on water because they were not expecting Jesus to come to them like that or prepared for his help. 

However, the disciples welcomed Jesus into their boat then immediately the storm was over and they were at the shore. 

If we allow Christ to take control in our lives, he can give us peace in the midst of storms.

~ Angela Lipe-Pattengill 

A New Path 

He pursues them and moves on unscathed, by a path his feet have not traveled before.~ Isaiah 41:3 NIV

Walking in faith isn’t always easy. I get nervous about the life I can’t see ahead. I entertain thoughts of who will accept me and who will deny me. I fear failing at things that I am actually capable of. I become afraid of the pain that will come with having relationships. I run rampant trying to control environments that are simply out of my control.

Lord, in my flesh, I am weak.

Holy Spirit come. You are welcome here. Where I am weak, you make me strong. In the circumstances that I second guess, you have no doubt. When I make borders around my heart, you come in and provide open spaces. In the places I have felt pain, you soothe and provide me comfort. Where I am afraid to move, you give me the power to pick up my feet and run.

Holy Spirit your strength is my edification.

Jesus,

You pursue my Spirit, and I praise and honour you for your dedication. Thank you for allowing me to have another opportunity to understand who you are and the purpose you’ve called me to. In this season, may it be so.

Baring His Beauty,

Tiffany Thomas 

The Strength Of My Heart 

Today while I was unpacking Psalm 73 some things stood out to me… 

In verse 21 it says:

when my soul was embittered,  when I was pricked in heart

How many times have you felt pricked in your heart and your souls has become embittered?

I know I have! Even today I can feel that way sometimes.

And verse 16 says: but when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task; 

Umm oh yes- I have felt that way for sure!

When someone wounds us and hurts us and we are trying to wrap our head around it and understand it all – it is a wearisome task.

But check out the second half of verse 16-

Until! ( I love a big ole – UNTIL! ) 
Until I went into the sanctuary of God

Wow! How many times has God revealed the truth and comforted you during worship? I know He Downloads a ton and gives me greater discernment when I am in His presence. 

Then check out verse 23 and 24:
Nevertheless, I am continually with You, You hold my right hand, You guide me into Your counsel. 

His counsel is found in His Word- The Bible.

How many times have you found comfort, direction and truth in His Word?

And finally in verse 26: 

my flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 

Today God spoke to me and reminded me- stay in worship- stay in The Word, when your heart is pricked and your soul is embittered- let the Living water wash it away-let Me be the strength of your heart.

You can do the same- take that pricked heart and embittered soul to God right now and begin to worship and read His Word and find comfort and strength for your heart.

You can start here with this great song 

And by reading all of Psalm 73
Truly God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart. But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled, my steps had nearly slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For they have no pangs until death; their bodies are fat and sleek. They are not in trouble as others are; they are not stricken like the rest of mankind. Therefore pride is their necklace; violence covers them as a garment. Their eyes swell out through fatness; their hearts overflow with follies. They scoff and speak with malice; loftily they threaten oppression. They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth. Therefore his people turn back to them, and find no fault in them. And they say, “How can God know? Is there knowledge in the Most High?” Behold, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase in riches. All in vain have I kept my heart clean and washed my hands in innocence. For all the day long I have been stricken and rebuked every morning. If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed the generation of your children. But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms. When my soul was embittered, when I was pricked in heart, I was brutish and ignorant; I was like a beast toward you. Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. Psalm 73:1-25 

~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

Joshua 

WORTHY THOUGHT:  Great leaders are often rare. To be strong leaders we must be ready to listen and move when God instructs us. 

After the death of Moses, the Lord’s disciple, God spoke to Moses’ assistant, who’s name is Joshua (The son of Nun) and said to him, now that my disciple is dead, (you are the new leader of Israel). Lead my people across the Jordan River into the promised land. -Joshua 1:1-2

In The book of Joshua we see he succeeds Moses as Israel’s leader. Joshua was Moses’ assistant for 40 years, whether he was prepared or not Joshua must thought to himself those are big shoes to fill in to be a great leader like Moses. 

But the Bible is clear that God was not asking Joshua to follow in the same shoes as his previous leader Moses. 

No two leaders are the same.

Joshua knew to succeed as a leader was to be lead by God, obey scriptures of God’s law, be strong and brave because the task ahead is not easy, and to constantly lead God’s people in the Word. 

Faith and obedience to God brings victory.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made, no two people are alike or created the same. 

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” -Ephesians 2:10

Joshua’s new job faced many challenges. One of them consisted of leading more than a million people to a strange new land and conquering it. Without God this could be dangerous and frightening. However with God we are assured just like He assured Joshua that He is with us. We face many challenges but God also promises He would never abandon or leave us. 

Yes, be bold and strong! Banish fear and doubt! For remember the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.-Joshua 1:9 

We may not conquer nations but we do face many difficulties. By asking God to direct us we will conquer many of life’s challenges.

        ~Angela Lipe-Pattengill