Posts Tagged ‘God’

Hosanna! Hosanna in the Highest! – Great post to share

If you don’t follow EnglishRose2014, she’s a good person to follow. I came across this post yesterday and had to share. What a beautiful statement and reminder about what the upcoming weeks are about. Jesus is alive!

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Being Community – Acts 4 Living

I’m puzzled lately by how far off we are in living the ideal form of community so easily understood by the new Christians in the New Testament Book of Acts.

Here’s why….

Acts 4:32-35 (NIV)

The Believers Share Their Possessions

32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

All the believers were one in heart and mind. Furthering God’s kingdom and the message of Jesus Christ was the goal. Living as Christ taught us was achieved.  I’m sure there were spats — we are flesh — but I believe that they took the Word of God as truth and used His teachings to end disputes, choose leaders (leaders didn’t declare themselves in charge), and treat others as they themselves would want to be treated.

No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Cults/humans have corrupted the word of God. God’s word is easy. If you have placed burdens on yourself and your possessions, this is not of our Lord. The indescribable acts of cult leaders have taken this scripture and bound it with the chains of hell. How awful it must be to walk in to a society hoping for Acts fellowship and living only to be deceived, brainwashed and taken advantage of. Pray for those bamboozled by cults today, that they may know the true heart of God.

And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them.  What????? NO NEEDY???? No homeless on the street???? NO HUNGRY???? They gave to their church family, and the church took care of its own. If you were a follower of Christ in Acts, there was no need among you. Join the fold and all would be forgiven and fine. AMEN!!! Are there people hurting and hungry in our churches today? YES! And, as Christ said, “Feed my sheep.”

For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. Now, I’m not asking you to sell your possessions and give the money to the poor — Jesus will do that (See Luke 18:22). But, what would the church look like if we sold the stuff we didn’t need and gave it to a missionary? A hungry family? The church itself to keep the lights on? Pray today that God will show you the things you no longer need that will serve a purpose in His Kingdom.

God has brought us together in families for a reason. Not just the biological sort, but our church family. Trust your neighbors. Love each other. Know that God is in control. Trust that He has the situation at hand. He is good. Don’t keep your lawnmower to yourself. God heaps blessings on us so we may heap blessings on others.

We own nothing; God owns it all.

In His name,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Heaviness – Don’t Give Up. Keep Knocking.

My heart is heavy.

And, I don’t know why.

I think it’s worse when I don’t know why. If I had a struggle I was going through or a test, I’d at least feel like I should have a heaviness.

So, I’m praying today. Earnestly. For an answer. For completion. For joy to return to my heart.

For at least an answer of why. Or a hint. Or, an “it’s not time yet to know.”

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. ~Matthew 7:7-8

I will be that lady with the judge. The one that bugged the fire out of him until he gave her the answer she requested.

18 One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” he said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”

Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” ~Luke 18:1-8

Do you have a heaviness today? I feel that a lot of us may have lost our faith. Lost our hope. Lost our dream. This is not the life God has planned for you. Trust in Him. Pursue Him today. He will give you the desires of your heart. He will.

He is good.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Scripture of the Day – Psalm 46:1-3

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, through its waters roar and foam, and the mountains quake with their surging. ~Psalm 46:1-3

1700 square feet

We live in a three-bedroom, two-bath house. It was built in the 60’s by my grandparents. It’s old, totally not cookie cutter, and I love it.

But, how much space do we need?

My husband and I went on a housing search last year. The American Dream. Own your own home, and be a slave to your mortgage lender. Blegh. Makes me sick to my stomach.

Our house we live in is paid for. My grandparents built it and paid for it. I don’t even know if there was ever a mortgage on it. I’ll have to ask my mom.

But, the best part of it is there is no mortgage now.

What not having a mortgage has allowed me to do:

  • Stay at home with our beautiful treasure: our foster daughter we are waiting to adopt.
  • Be a less-stressed mom, wife and Christ follower. I’m giving all my worries to God — trying to anyway.
  • Re-evaluate what is really important to me and what I can do without.
  • Have time to write, think and breathe.
  • Garden.

Now, this all hasn’t been easy. Adjusting to half an income is hard. Especially in today’s world. Why is dirt and water so expensive? I don’t get it.

Anyway…

What not having a mortgage has taught me:

  • That I don’t need 1700 square feet to survive.
  • That I am much happier in a smaller space.
  • That a smaller space is easier to clean.
  • That living with others teaches you the love Christ has for us.

You see…instead of buying our own home, we decided to live in community with my mother. Our floor plan is such that we can separate into two “homes.” One: a one-bedroom apartment with kitchen, and the other: A two-bedroom, one-bath with a living area, and a converted minimalist kitchen in the dining room we never used except for holidays. Now, it is used daily. The living area is the heart of our home, and we are happy. At least I am. If momma ain’t happy…

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And, momma is happy. In our smaller space we can enjoy each other. We stay outside more and enjoy God and His creation. We garden not only to be outside and I have time now, but to provide food for us and for others. God is faithful.

This isn’t for everyone, and I get that. But, it is for me and my family. We are minimalist with too much stuff, simple livers who love God, and a family who would rather be with each other than with our co-workers. God bless’em!

How much space do you need? Is living in community the way to go? Chime in by clicking the link above this post.

God bless y’all on this minimalist journey,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Verse 11

11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:11

I read Romans 8 this morning, and didn’t make it past verse 11. How many times have I read chapter 8?

Countless.

How many times have a stumbled over verse 11 and been awed?

Zilch.

I love how alive the Bible is. I heard once that in restricted countries, they take a Bible and tear it up in order to distribute it amongst the faithful. That one page breathes life into that Christ-follower for years — decades maybe.

Could I survive on one page of His Word for the rest of my days? Most definitely! He is the writer and finisher of our faith. He created in me a clean heart to see His Word. He reveals to me daily the new breath that I need to receive from it.

I’m so glad I live in nation where I can carry my Bible with me, display it on a table anywhere I go, and read to my heart’s content.

God bless the USA!

Okay, I’m back from my patriotic moment (I’ll be putting our flag out on the porch.)

So, today, God showed me new life in verse 11. My Bible is an NIV, so here is the verse as it is written:

 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

“The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead.” This is powerful stuff. Not the normal stuff I speak of trashing or donating, but powerful, God-centered truth to keep around and harvest.

The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in YOU.

Can you grasp that today? Do you that Jesus also said that those who came after Him would be able to do the miracles he did? He didn’t save it for Himself. He wanted those who believed he is the Lord and Savior of all to be able to

-Heal the sick in His name

-Perform miracles and wonders

-Prophesy

-See and DO the things the disciples did 2,000 years ago.

Our God’s not dead. He’s surely alive.

Let’s live it. Let’s walk it. Do you know Jesus? It’s time you do.

Be real in Christ~

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

What is the difference between the Gift of Wisdom and the Gift of Knowledge? Read more here.

God Chunked Me.

My entire tomato harvest!

However you want to say it, my two little tomatoes have made me so happy! Two little tomatoes can be quite an exciting harvest. I have around six tomatoes plants. They sprouted up from everywhere. From inside the cactus pots. From in the Easter lily container. From a random pot that contained something last season, but was a vast wasteland of dirt since last fall. From cast outs and forgotten, rotten, bottom-of-the-veggie-drawer tomatoes, my little tomato plants grew. You see, my mother chunked them outside into planters hoping for the best.

Life.

It amazes me. From one tiny little seed, a plant grows — sometimes in the oddest of places.

My mother and I enjoyed our tomato babies with fresh avocado diced into a lovely salad.

I feel like that tomato plant. I feel like I got chunked into a place. Not the place I would have chosen. Not the place I thought I could grow. But, God chunked me here. And, with Him, I sprouted roots and reached for the sun. Or, maybe I should say Son.

I was gross and rotten, too, before I knew Him. We all are. We are all sinners and yucky and moldy. We do things we shouldn’t. We say things we regret. But, one things for certain. With God ALL things are possible!

HE changed me. HE chunked me into a place. HE watered me. HE fed me. And, He watched me grow.

And, when my little leaves were too weak from the hot Texas sun, HE held my stems up so I could praise Him and keep growing.

God is good.

And, the best part: Now that I know Him, He searches my heart every moment and shows me how to be more like Him — A faithful Christ follower who HE can now use to help someone hold their stems up and reach for the Son, too. He wants the best for us. Allow Him to water you.


23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting. ~ Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Thank you, mom (And God) for the chunkin’.

In HIS service,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle