Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas time!

Do you know exactly what you are celebrating? Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of Christ’s birth however many Christian articles I have read goes against the idea of celebrating Christmas. You can find a complete article here at http://bible.org/article/should-christians-celebrate-christmas

Here is a little bit of a knowledge base which I found on Christmas  I wanted to share with you:

Christmas means “Christ’s Mass” which refers to a Roman Catholic’s Lord’s Supper or a festival involving religious activities.

No one knows exactly when the date of Jesus’ birth really is so who was given authority to decide Christ’s birth date was on December 25th and that the whole world should celebrate it on that day?

Santa Claus is fictional, this idea distracts us from focusing on believing we are receiving God’s blessings all the time to receiving gifts because you have been good and receiving a tonne of gifts on Christmas.

 


We are told to remember Jesus’ death when taking bread and drinking the cup however it does not state for us to remember His birth.

Christmas traditions such as the Yule log and the mistletoe actually came from pagan practices.


Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of Christmas and love to exchange gifts, have family around a big table of food and doing special events together with your loved ones.
I do agree that it can be materialistic and just another day to spend lots of money buying gifts and decorations, but I have been enlightened by the information I have discovered.

Ultimately it’s your decision whether to celebrate Christmas or not but it would be a great idea for you to educate your family and friends about something most people don’t know about Christmas.

My main objective here is just to share with you a little something I learnt and hope to bring awareness of what we really are celebrating on Christmas.

My husband and I planned on taking our family to the mountains this Christmas and we weren’t going to buy gifts for the kids so we can educate them on some of the topics mentioned, however my husband gave in and got a little something for everyone…

So let me know what you think, will you and your family celebrate Christmas traditionally? Do you think Christmas is ok to celebrate?

Last but not least, I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, enjoy your holidays and spread hugs and love to everyone around you!

 



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Love God

Do you know of God but don't love Him? Do you just accept the idea of there is a God up in heaven but you don't truely know Him or have a relationship with Him?

If you know and believe there is a God watching down on us, why won't you accept Him into your heart? God wants nothing more than to have an intimate relationship with you and I can't stress that more. He is your friend and your father only if you allow Him to be.

Open your heart and just open up to His loving kindness so He can fill you with more joy than you can even think of, He is all you need and all you want. He can offer you so much more than this world can, items in this world don't stand a chance in matching up what He has in store for you in heaven.

He is LOVE, how much more can He show He loves you than to die for you? He laid His son down for you.


Let Him love you and love people through you.



Have you met anyone who know of God but does not love or accept Him?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Women are made to love!

An interesting sermon I heard on my lunch break today made my head nod with agreement from beginning to the end of my lunch break.

Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her.


Have you noticed how the bible commands men to love their wives unconditionally but it does not say anything about women loving their husbands unconditionally? The reason is women were created to love!

It is natural for our body, heart, mind and soul to love with true passion. We aren’t emotional we just have a lot of in depth feelings about everything because God made us this way and He is using us to spread love around!

So go spread God's word and give everyone great big hugs, shower love on everyone you know and don't know because that's what women of God do!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Are you living a true Christian life?

Carrying the name of a Christian does not make you a true Christian. Attending Sunday services with your family along with a bible and putting a couple of dollar bills in the offering box doesn’t make you a Christian.


Being a Christian is much more than acting like one and hence the word ‘acting’; you have to live it. The term Christian is to be Christ like. Christ doesn't go clubbing and get drunk, He does not swear or cuss, He doesn't hate nor discriminate. Christ is the definition of love and He was here to show the people in the world how a person should be.

Devote your life to having a relationship with God, worship Him and honor Him whenever you can. Spread His word to people around you and show them what He has done to bless your life. Show Him off!

You’re not drawing yourself closer but rather further away from God when you are being fake, it actually harms your soul! God knows all and He reads everyone’s hearts and knows when you are real or pretending and playing the part just to look right and just

Be honest to God and to yourself and make it right with Him. If you are struggling with this then pray, cry out to Him to bring you closer to Him. He is always listening to your prayers even if you think no one is listening, He is listening.   

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Last days


We covered The Book of Revelations Chapter 8 and 9 in our Saturday evening service with Senior Pastor John Knapp and the subject was on the judgement that will pass on those unsaved. It was very graphic and quite frankly it was crazy, hearing about some of the things that will happen on this earth after the rapture has taken the church.

Pastor John closed the sermon mentioning we are all living in the end times witnessing Israel as our prophetic timeline. He ended with an interesting comment, he said, "How will YOU spend the rest of your time here on earth? Will you live it idolizing celebrities you see on television? Will you be trying to enjoy as much worldy things as you can, such as going to the club, drinking and gambling? Or will you spend it loving one and another as much as you can, spreading the word and trying to save souls?


Ask yourself that question. Maybe this will wake you up and help you see the truth. 

Stick together as a family and put God in the middle. He should be the center of our lives and we need to focus on getting right with Him and spread His love.  Be about our Father's business.

How will you spend the rest of your time here on earth? 


Monday, November 14, 2011

That's MY KING


AND THE KING LOVES YOU!

How amazing is this sermon recording, it's an eye opener that someone like this loves you and has died for you. He's your friend, your father and your King.



That's MY King! Is He yours too?

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Help me decide God!

Recently, I was presented with the opportunity to transfer from my receptionist position to the call center. Cynthia, the manager in the call center wanted me in her department because she knew I spoke chinese. She thought it would benefit the call center as they were starting to take Canadian calls and was told many Canadians spoke chinese.
3d small people - call center - 3d small person - operators...

 
My manager Frannie and Cynthia had been communicating with each other about my transfer. Frannie had brought the topic up casually and asked me if I had any interest in working in the call center. I initially hesitated because I recently started working at the front desk, I had just settled into my receptionist position and I was scared not knowing if my chinese was up to par to use in a professional environment.

My husband and I talked about it over lunch one afternoon and I told him "I really don't know what to do!". I was confused, I didn't want to let Frannie down and didn't want her to think I disliked working as a receptionist. So many thoughts went through my head as I battled to make a decision for myself.

We went back and forth and finally decided I should let God choose. If He wanted me to take this position, he will light the path and I put my trust in Him and left everything in His hands.


My husband prayed for Him to guide me and make it obvious enough for me to know His decision. I strive to hear God's word but at times it's difficult.   

A few days later, I felt He nudged me into taking on the new position as he lined everything perfectly. Frannie presented me with the news that the decision was final, I will be transferring to the call center BUT will still cover the front desk for lunches and after 5pm for an hour.

God couldn't have made this any more obvious, He wanted me to take on a new challenge and opened up doors for me to learn and grow. This way I had the best of both worlds and didn't have to leave one position behind for the other!

This was the result of putting faith in Him and had the mind set of "whatever you want me to do, I'll do it."

My lesson learnt here is when you're in doubt of making a big decision in your life and have no clue which path to take, remember that God has a plan for you. He wants you to rely on Him and just ask Him to lead you. Ask Him to make it obvious for you, just like me!



Have you faced a crossroads in your life where you had to leave it to God?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

I feel special!

 
I feel very special today. Very, very special and do you know why? Because today I realized my Father, The Lord of Lords and King of Kings has chosen me. 

He chose me to be a Christian wife to a faithful Christian man. God has chosen me to be my husband's helper and backbone, in his leadership role as head of the house. The father has enlisted me as a Christian mother in this battle, raising the next generation of strong Christ-like individuals.

He chose me to be one of His sheep making Him my shepard and my master, leading me down the right path and guiding me. He's there to protect me from the thieves that come to steal, kill and destroy me. He is my shield in my war against the world. Being chosen He is the rock which I am building my foundation on and rely on for all things.

He chose me to proclaim His glory, to shout His name, to be a carrier of His wonderful message and to be a witness to His magnificent work. 

He chose me when I was an enemy and still sacrificed His son for MY sins. 

The creator of the heavens and the earth chose me to be His child, to be His friend and to have an intimate relationship with Him.

I am Chosen.



Has He chosen you? Will you let Him choose you?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Going to Heaven


On the subject of Halloween, zombies, ghouls, and of course, death… I had heard something interesting while listening to a sermon this morning on the radio by Skip Heitzig where he was talking about death. It’s not a very uplifting subject to ponder upon but it is something that will open up your eyes and help you realize what is going on around you in the world today.

Skip had mentioned when people have near death experiences, they come back telling their story of seeing a bright light at the end of a tunnel thinking that’s seeing God. The entertainment industry also helps push the idea with portraying the image of family members who had passed welcoming them into heaven and going into a bright white light as if going toward heaven and seeing God with movies such as Ghost or The Sixth Sense.

Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” What better way to bring false hope to people thinking they are all going to heaven than to pretend to be the light of Jesus!

My husband turned on a light bulb on in my head saying “that’s why everyone thinks they will go to heaven even though they aren’t Christians.” But the truth is only a few people will.

Romans 10:9 says, “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” –And only then are you saved.

You might be going to see Jesus but you will be judged and you won’t be allowed into the gates of the Kingdom of Heaven because you have not accepted Jesus as your savior.


So educate your family and friends about this message and pray for them to accept Jesus and His Truth. Don’t let them assume all is good at the end of their journey here on earth but truly and lovingly accept Christ as Lord and savior.

Did you think everyone was going to heaven after they passed? What are your thoughts?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Guest Post on 5 Minutes for Mom!

5 Minutes for Faith


Recently I was contacted by Barbie Swihart the Managing Editor of the Faith Lifts site on 5 minutes for mom and wanted to feature my "Are You A Godly Friend?" post as a guest post on Thursday, November 9th!

When I got this news I was so happy I was in shock! I could not believe such a blessing was happening to me!

I realized God had a plan for me all along and He is using me to exalt His name. We are made to praise Him, to worship Him and to love Him with all our heart, our soul and our strength.

I want to thank Barbie for allowing me to post on 5 minutes for faith, and to Lolli Franklin the Managing Editor over at 5 minutes for mom for acknowledging my effort to write a guest post on their site. I am so honored and words cannot describe how thrilled I am. I am overwhelmed by the excitement and joy and can't wait to write more.

Please go visit 5 minutes for mom and continue to support them through out their ministries especially their Faith Lifts site 5 minutes for faith.

Thank you so much!

Love,
Rosalind

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Happy Halloween?

 Does anyone know how Trick or Treating began? Some of you might know and some won't but here is a little bit of history for those who are interested.

Many present-day Halloween customs are directly descended from the Celtic peoples of the British Isles and France from 200 B.C. to 200 A.D.

October 31st, a joint feast honoring Sanheim and the Sun God, was the most important religious event of the Celtic year.

The Druid priests believed that sins of the evildead could be expiated through gifts and sacrifices to Sanheim and would continue as animals or humans and so many sacrifices of animals and humans took place.


Tables of food were prepared for the spirits, in hopes that they would be pleased and help with the magical spells and curses invoked during the feast.
Afterwards, villagers wearing masks and costumes led the ghosts away from town.



Researcher Richard Cavendish writes, "The singers and dancers went from house to house in blood-curdling masks and costumes which
may have been meant to protect them against evil and which were probably also tangible representations of what lurked unseen in the night.
"It is these masks and disguises which have descended to children, who visit the neighbors for
the offerings which once belonged to the dead and play small malicious tricks on those who
refuse them".

We as christian families should rethink and be careful of what we bring into our children's lives, whether it be celebrating halloween going trick or treating as it still counts as participating in a Celtic ritual in my opinion. We don't have to do what everyone else does just to fit in, there are plenty of different ideas we can have fun with!



This halloween, our kids aren't going trick or treating however our church is hosting a Harvest Festival where we have jump houses, candy, rides and lots more and the kids will still be able to dress up. Instead of dressing up as skeletons, dead zombies or anything worshiping the dead, another idea which I got from listening to a sermon on the radio the other day would be to have them dress up as a biblical character! I had the idea of dressing up as Mary and my 10 month old baby as baby Jesus :)


What will you be doing on your halloween? What do you think should be done on Halloween?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Godly friendships


Are you a Godly friend? What are Godly friendships?

I grew up having many “friends”, but I’ve grown to realize that they are not necessarily GODLY friends.  There are 3 people that I call my “best friends”, and even though they aren’t all Christians, I can say that they are my truest friends. We’ve been friends since we were in junior high and still talk to this very day. Gradually, as I went to university and started working, I became shy and it was hard to make new friends.  I didn’t have people around me that I could call upon for help.  But God had a plan for me.  He wanted me to learn to have Godly friendships.  I am so thankful that He led me to the Calvary Chapel Women’s Retreat in Murrietta Hot Springs earlier this year.
During the retreat I met these wonderful young ladies who helped open my heart to more of God.  We talked about getting together after the retreat ended and I can honestly say that I had my doubts.  I remember when I was in school my “friends” and I talked about hanging out but it never happened.  And then I ended up hurt because that was not what friends do.  So it was only natural for me to have these negative thoughts about my new “friends”.  But this time I was proven so very wrong.  My new friends initiated a get together the following week!  I was so thrilled and excited and told my husband, “They really are different!”.
As someone who is new in their walk with Christ, I learned a few valuable lessons on Godly Friendships at the retreat:
A Godly friend cries when you cry, they support you when you are weak, they fellowship with you, they lend a hand whenever you need that extra help and they draw you closer to Jesus.
Most importantly, they remind you of how important it is to have God in your life and to turn to Him first before others. They constantly share with you the good things God has done in their own lives and encourage you to seek Him and to rely on Him.


Are you a Godly Friend? What qualities do you look for in a Godly friend?

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trust in Him

I know a lot of you have heard about putting your trust in Him, but what does it mean exactly? How do you put your trust in Him "practically"? Today I am here to tell you a little story about me and putting my trust in God and what the outcome of it was.


I'm new to America, I don't know my way around the streets very well and I always thought I had a great sense of direction but have been proven wrong too many times trying to find my way across the grid of Las Vegas.

Several nights ago I had dropped my husband off to school and grocery shopping was on my To Do list while I wait for him to get off. I missed an exit I meant to take and ended up on a street I didn't even know existed. I started to circle around trying to find a building or a landmark I was familiar with and nothing was registering in my head. I was lost, again.

I decided to pray while I was stopped by the traffic lights and had asked Him to help me get "un-lost" and guide me, show me which road to take to get to where I had to go. I completely let go and followed His directions. I started driving, not knowing where I would end up and stop light after stop light, I had a strong feeling of making certain turns and eventually, I made my way to a crossroads and saw a familiar landmark, Southpoint and knew exactly where I was.

Finally I reached my destination after following the streets I'd knew and I realised He really helped the little ol' lost me. I put my faith in Him and trusted that he was going to lead me the right way and look, He guided me! 

I hope this message encouraged some to trust in Him and rely on Him with each and every step you take in your life whether it be a big decision or a small incident of getting a little lost like me. 

-Rosalind 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Topics to come

I can't wait to start posting more and reaching out to whoever I can with the message He has given me. One of the first topics I would like to write on is my experience in a Women's Retreat by Calvary Chapel at Murrietta Hot Springs California. I gained friendships, new knowledge and He has touched my heart. I now know how to live The Abundant Life.


I also would like to share with you what we go through at church. My family goes to Calvary Chapel Green Valley and have the privilege of having Paster John Knapp as our pastor. He goes through the bible verse by verse and it helps me understand the bible and the word so much better.

We are going through the book of Exodus and Revelation and there is so much information to share.

I hope to see you all very soon!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Hello Everyone!



Hi and welcome to my first blog ever! I've been trying to find a name that would reflect what I want to write about for a long time and I think I have found it!

My name is Rosalind. I am a young wife, a mom of 2 and a growing christian woman and I’m here to tell you  about my walk with Christ.
Being a christian wife and mom is harder than it seems. Especially when you're building a new relationship with Christ. It’s not just going to church and following the commandments, it is way more than that. I've learnt a lot and want to continue to build a much stronger and deeper relationship with Him and be the best christian wife and mom I can be.

I encourage you to join me as I discover new ideas, thoughts and lessons throughout my walk with Him!