THree Nail Thursday -10/21/21

Three Nail Thursday

A Song that I am listening to.

Build my church / Maverick City  – to listen to it click the link. 

The words of this song are the most potent declaration you can state as a believer. 

Considering the state of the world and the timing of days we find ourselves in, this must be a truth we not only declare but actively pursue the building of God’s church! 

It’s like the man said – you can pray all you want, but eventually, someone (David) had to pick up a rock and use a sling to defeat his Goliath! 

It’s not enough to declare that He build His church; we must actively allow Him to build the church. We must do our part in building His church. For we know the gates of hell cannot prevail against it! SO, let’s be the church so that God can build the church. 

How do we build the church?  -Go! Matthew 28:18-19

A Scripture that made me think.

God is the Lord,

And He has given us light:

Bind the sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar.

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ps 118:27). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

In the old tabernacle, there were two altars. There was the brazen altar and the altar of incense. For simplicity’s sake, the outer court altar was for all the issues, negativity, and problems of your life. The second altar was where fellowship with God took place. The problems (sins) were dealt with, and we can enter the next phase of our relationship with God through Christ. 

The scripture from Psalms speaks of binding or tying the sacrifice with cords to the altar’s horns. On both altars, there were four horns, one on each corner. Thus the sacrifice would be secured if it were bound to the horns. So often, we want to move away from the altars of life before the work is completed in us. Therefore, we must tie ourselves to the altar until there is a completed work in us.

The number four represents creation. When we tie ourselves to the first altar, we become a new creation; old things are passed away. Then as we bind ourselves to Christ through relationship at the second one, we become transformed into the image of His likeness. New mindsets, attitudes, and lives are created when we remain in the position of being altered by an altar. 

A quote that challenged me.

Wait upon the Lord, and you will be renewed in your strength.

Willingly
Accept
Immanuel’s
Timing

Are you Waiting on the Lord? Will accept his timing for your life? 

Three Nail Thursday 10/14/2021

Three Nail Thursday

Three Nail Thursday is a list of three things that have helped me through my week. Thursday is my Friday, as my work schedule is Sunday through Thursday (Normally). Considering all that is happening, I need some inspiration to keep me focused on the task at hand. So I’m sharing with you three things that keep me grounded, focused, and inspired throughout my week. Here are the three nails!

A Song I am listening to .

I am Gonna Wait – Maverick City 

Our staff blessed us with a weekend away with our family. In addition, we were blessed with four tickets to a Maverick City Music concert. I had heard this song before Friday Night, but hearing it live was quite the experience. 

Waiting on the Lord is an often overlooked practice. It seems that patience is out of style. Yet, we need it, and we need it right now, is the cry of the present generation. In that demand for instantaneous, there is a development of frustration. We miss the appreciation for the blessing of patience. We never appreciate the renewal, reviving, or restoration without patience. 

Isaiah 40:31 states:

“But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.”

There is renewal in waiting, and the revival will breathe life into your strength. You will be taken to new heights, have the energy to run the race you are in, and walk out your faith, all by waiting on the Lord.

So, I am going to wait on the Lord. 

A Verse that challenged me.

Job 42:5 NLT:

5 I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. 
6 I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” 

This is a place where we all need to get to, moving from just hearing about God into a real place of revelation about Him. More simply, from listening to seeing God!  

When this happened in Job’s life, Job went from declaring how righteous he was and how unfair the events that had transpired were and took back everything that he had said. Then pride turned to repentance. Finally, Job could’ve placed blame or let his anger kindled against his friends. But, instead, he directed all of that towards himself. That’s what happens when we truly encounter the Lord; it becomes about ourselves and our shortcomings, more than others. When Isaiah saw the Lord, he said:
So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because I am a man of unclean lips,
And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;
For my eyes have seen the King,
The Lord of hosts.”

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Is 6:5). Nashville: Thomas Nelson. woe is me, I am a man of unclean lips

A Quote that inspired me.

In the book of Exodus, we learn that God is the God of exits. Therefore, since He is the God of exits, you are never trapped. – Dr. Daniels

That’s why we call Him the waymaker! He makes exits where there weren’t. He makes ways in situations that there seems to be no way. Just ask the children of Israel as they came upon the Red Sea. That’s where God again proved that there was no obstacle other than their doubt that could keep them from their destiny. The same is true for us.

Three Nail Thursday 10/7/2021

Three Nail Thursday

Three Nails Thursday is a weekly bit of items that have helped me through my week. Thursday is my Friday, as my work schedule is Sunday through Thursday (Normally). Considering all that is happening, I need some inspiration to keep me focused on the task at hand. So I’m sharing with you three things that keep me grounded, focused, and inspired throughout my week. Here are the three nails! 

A Song I am listening to.

Isn’t He – Natalie Grant (Click on the song title to visit the Three Nail Playlist or to listen to the song)
 
Something is captivating about this song. Although, I know it’s not the song that is captivating as much as it is the song’s subject. Think about all the things that God is. The beginning of worship from the heart is to allow your mind to think about the characteristics of God. Then, suddenly, the flow from your heart is worship about the greatness of God. 
Think about this across the experiences you’ve had and then ask, isn’t He? 
 
Isn’t He wonderful? 
Isn’t He the mender of million pieces? 
Isn’t He the captivator of the searching heart?
Isn’t he the giver of grace that none deserve? 
 
All of this is Jesus! 

A Verse That Challenged Me!

Ecclesiastes 7:10 

Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Ec 7:10). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

Maybe like me, you have longed for the way things used to be. Certainly, that is more likely than ever before due to the season of life that we are in. But, trust me, you’re not alone in having the thought about wanting it to go back to the way it used to be. I had those same thoughts, and the more I desired it, the more I realized that I was incorrect. 

Often, we long for what we remember as the good and ignore all the bad of the former days. But, unfortunately, the “good ole days” cliche doesn’t consider the “bad ole days.” 

I believe a little perspective may help concerning the season we live in versus another period.

I read this about those that were born in 1900. At the age of 14, World War I would begin and end when they were 18 years of age, and roughly 22 million would be deceased in the four years.

Shortly after World War I, a global pandemic would cover the earth in 1918 called the “Spanish Flu” that would kill nearly fifty million people. You are now 20 years old.

Nine years later, the Stock Market would crash! A global economic crisis abounds; the great depression commences.

Just four years removed from the most significant economic collapse, you are 33 years old and the Nazi’s rise to power in Germany. Six years later, six million Jews were exterminated, and over sixty million would die in those six years. You are now 39 years old.

Finally, a brief respite from war, plague, and financial ruin! At least until you are 52, then the Korean war begins. Then, twelve years later, the Vietnam war begins and lasts until you’re the age of 75.

Think about the people who lived, or maybe you lived through most of this! 

Just maybe the word of the Lord is accurate when it says.

18 “Do not remember the former things,Nor consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing,Now it shall spring forth;Shall you not know it?I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

 The New King James Version. (1982). (Is 43:18–19). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

A Quote to Ponder!

The human condition is to magnify the negative. Instead, we should downplay the negative and amplify the positive!

It’s easy to focus on all the negativity; it’s what makes the headlines. Negativity is the easier path. It takes work to focus on the positive. My dad would tell me that it’s easy to be against things; it takes work, study, and diligence to be for something.

Please make it a challenge to focus on what you are for versus what you are against. Magnify the positives and ignore and downplay the negatives.

Three Nails Thursday 9/30/2021

A Song I am Listening to.

Show Me Your Glory – Brandon Lake

There has been a cry in my heart for normalcy. I am not sure I even know what that is anymore, what it looks like, or how it will likely feel. I know that the normal is ever-changing; our world’s normalcy is something with which I’m not comfortable. Therefore the craving that I have then is going to what I recognize as comfortability. For me, this is the presence of God. I have been a believer for over thirty-five years. It’s basically all I’ve ever known is being in the presence of God. It’s where I am the most comfortable, so I long for it. I say like David; Lord never take your presence or your spirit from me. 

I heard this song in a worship service this Monday; it brought me to the place of comfortability, in His presence. So if you feel uncomfortable, uneasy, stressed, anxious, then I encourage you to get into the presence of God; I promise it will change your perspective quickly.

A verse that spoke to me.

Isaiah 22:1 NKJV
The burden against the Valley of Vision.
What ails you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops,

I give you a verse from this chapter, but the whole chapter is necessary to read. It was the first line that caught my attention—the burden against the Valley of Vision. At first glance, I’d say that it is hard to hold on to the vision for your life while you are in a valley. I know that when things get low in my life, it’s hard to think high. When my attention is forced to view the issues of life, it’s hard to keep my energy moving ahead.
The next part lets us know something was bothering them in the valley, which is why they went to the rooftops. They needed to get to a higher vantage point to see the issue differently.
Jerusalem is built on a hill, more prominent mountains surround it, so it is, in a sense, a valley. Even though they were already elevated, there were still issues and circumstances requiring them to gain a higher vantage point to see the problem more clearly. Regardless of whether we are in a valley or on a mountain top, all of us still need to ensure we have the best vantage point. All of us need to come up higher so that God can show us what we need to see. That was the invitation to John in Revelation “Come Up Higher” so that I can show you the things to come. Let’s go up higher!

A quote that challenged me.

“Faith sees the opportunity in the obstacle and the potential in the problem” – Dr. Daniels.?

Now, how’s that for perspective? When you see a problem, do you see the positive potential that comes from the problem you’re facing? Do you recognize the strength that will be created from the obstacle you’re about to overcome? 

If we are going to face trials and tribulations, let’s at least gain something from them. Let there be gain from the pain. Take an inventory of your life now! What can you gain from the pain of your life?

Three Nail Thursday 9/16/2021

Thee Nails Thursday 9/16/2021

Three Nails Thursday is a weekly bit of items that have helped me through my week. Thursday is my Friday, as my work schedule is Sunday through Thursday (Normally). Considering all that is happening, I need some inspiration to keep me focused on the task at hand. So I’m sharing with you three things that keep me grounded, focused, and inspired throughout my week. Here are the three nails! 

Here's Three Things that helped me this week!

A Song I'm listening to.

Keep Me in the Moment by Jeremy Camp.

Many years ago, during the dedication of one of our girls, a statement about how fast kids grow up. At the time, I just listened and agreed. But, the reality was that it does go fast. Life does more than just march on. That march is more of a sprint. The scripture states that life is but a vapor. Another translation says it like this; How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone (James 4:14).
If I’ve learned anything during the past eighteen months, it’s not to take anything for granted. In a matter of a few days, things, people, places, travel, hobbies, and moments were halted. We were all allowed to see a whole different life without the things, people, places, and everyday life happening. Now that those are again happening in our life, we should endeavor not to miss the moments. Capture every moment, let the moments with people be filled with the intention to enjoy every moment to the fullest. We’ve learned not only is this life sprinting by but life can be snatched away. So, stay in the moment, and enjoy it.

A Verse that spoke to me.

Psalm 38:12–14 (NKJV): 

Those also who seek my life lay snares for me; Those who seek my hurt speak of destruction, And plan deception all the day long.13 But I, like a deaf man, do not hear; And I am like a mute who does not open his mouth.14 Thus I am like a man who does not hear, And in whose mouth is no response.

Everyone has individuals who do not have your best interests at heart n their life. There will always be people who are bitter, envious, jealous, and filled with malice. That’s what unregenerated hearts produce. We cannot control the feelings, actions, and plans that they have. We can only control ours. 

Winston Churchill said, “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” 

A Quote that inspired me.

“The past is a stepping stone, not a millstone” – Robert Plant

Your past should shape who you’ve become instead of grinding you into submission. Unfortunately, many people have allowed mistakes, people, and wounds from the past to paralyze them in the present, thereby destroying their future. 

Take all that hurt, pain, and lessons learned, and make something out of yourself. Turn the pain into gain, mistakes into missions, and don’t allow the people who’ve wounded or hurt you to paralyze you. Instead, use all of that as motivation and climb up higher. 

It’s like the old story about the donkey who fell into the hole. They couldn’t find a way to retrieve the donkey out of the hole. So they decided to bury the donkey in the hole. As they threw the dirt onto the donkey, he’d just shake it off and step up. They kept throwing the dirt; he’d shake it off and step up. This process continued until the donkey climbed out of the hole. What they meant to bury him with was what he used to climb out of the problem. You can do the same in your life, you can either succumb to what they are throwing at you and on you or use it to climb higher.