Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Life of Harvest

I woke up this morning with this thought on my heart...God blesses obedience... I couldn't lay there in bed I had to get up and write this note. I knew that I had to put it on paper in order to bless someone today. It sure blessed me. I realize that I talk about God in almost every one of my status updates. I kind of think I'm a little fanatical. I'm sure most of you think that I am. But I just can't help myself. I'm living a life of HARVEST. My life is full and abundant and overflowing and I want that so much for all of you who care to read this. And all of those who don't take time to read this. I don't know who reads this and when I write it's certainly not to receive a popular "LIKES" to be clicked, but I write in order to share with you the harvest in my life.

It got me to thinking about Harvest... What does harvest mean. I looked it up. Here's what the dictionary said...

1. The act or process of gathering a crop.
a.The crop that ripens or is gathered in a season.
b. The amount or measure of the crop gathered in a season.
c. The time or season of such gathering.
2. The result or consequence of an activity.

I like the #2 definition in relation to my life. I am harvesting what I have already planted. The activity that is evident in my life is in direct relationship to the activity that I do on a consistent basis... It is the law of reaping what you sow...

And I harvest in spring, summer, fall and winter because I am sowing in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

I wanted to write this note to offer a little encouragement to those who are harvesting a "bad Season". You can change and start harvesting a good season by the things you choose to do daily. Today you can start choosing to live a life that is in DIRECT OBEDIENCE to the Lord. You may not even know what that consists of. You may never have read a word of the Bible in your life and haven't because some "Christian" turned you off to Jesus a long time ago. You may have to have proof that Jesus exists before you will even try to read the Bible. I don't know what stage of life you are in, I don't know what struggles you may currently be under. I just know that without God's word as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, then we WILL take the path that looks right but ends in death...

These last few sentences were all scripture, and because I have hid it in my heart, I live it... day after day after day...

Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.

Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end
it leads to death.

Acts 17:31 For he has set a day when he will judge
the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this
to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

I've had many conversations with people who are turned off by the words that I speak. Some have even said, "Stop quoting scripture. Just tell me what you think." and I honestly can't do that. It doesn't matter what I think... Really it doesn't... It only matters what God thinks... And he has told us what he thinks on EVERY subject that is common to man...(another scripture)

I Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has seized you that isn’t common for people.
But God is faithful. He won’t allow you to be tempted beyond your abilities.
Instead, with the temptation, God will also supply a way out so that you will be
able to endure it.
I just wanted to emphasize how real and true and vocal God is. His word is active, living, breathing, alive...

But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the
sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and
marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all
creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes,
and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
Take a chance and try God for yourself. I want so much for you to walk in the fullness of his love and mercy. To receive the blessings for your obedience. God will not be mocked. He may not punish disobedience on this side of heaven, but he ALWAYS blesses obedience with a fruitful harvest on this side of Heaven. And to think of what our heavenly rewards will be is almost incomprehensible. I CAN'T WAIT...

This may be long, but I wanted to end with an example of sowing and harvesting that God has revealed to me just last week.

I've written before about my job and the way I felt God was leading me toward promotion.

IE... Heb 5:4 No one can be promoted to the position on his own, he must be called by God.

Ps 109:8 Let his years be few, let someone else take his position.

The fact that corporate was talking about promotions and looking for those within the company who might be up for promotion...

The fact that another person was put in a position that I was currently working and the same day Cecile announcing she was getting married and moving to New York and her position would be open...

The fact that my bosses didn't post the job because they felt I could do it and they moved me right up...

All these things happened in a way that God directed them. I just listened to him and followed him and stayed faithful throughout all of last year.

Then in September when Life Action came... I was at the alter every night and I struggled with God about my job. I didn't want to give up my new position... I really liked it... And I felt God asking me to give it up... For a week I struggled with it. Then finally, on the 8th night of the revival, I surrendered it. I said... FINE GOD... you can HAVE MY JOB!!

And I told him that HE was more important to me than my job and that I would go wherever he told me to...

You see... He didn't want me to GO ANYWHERE ELSE... he just wanted to know if I was WILLING to go if he asked me to. My faithfulness was rewarded...

Little did I know that at that same time, things were happening in the spiritual realm that I couldn't have orchestrated. God was arranging my favor with MEN because he was pleased with my surrender and obedience. All this to say that I was awarded MVP for third quarter sales in the ENTIRE Raycom company... 48 TV Stations... And all this because of three things...

1... I sowed the seed of good work, EVERY DAY...

2... I stayed faithful and faith filled EVERY DAY...

3... I surrender COMPLETELY to the Lord my life and my work

He blessed my obedience... and he hasn't asked me to give up my job. And I'm still sowing good seed... And I'm still staying faithful... And I am completely surrendered to the Spirit... Wherever he Leads, I'll go...

I just wanted to share my faith with you today and give you a little look into my life's exceeding greatness...

I love you and wish a fruit-filled day!!!

Lea Anne

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Object Lesson from a KumKwat Tree

This morning as Dana and I were cleaning the yard, he called me over to the backyard where he showed me this HUGE thorny bush growing in the Kumkwat tree. From a distance, you really can't tell the thorn bush is there. You can see the kumkwat are full and the tree looks healthy.

Taking a step closer, you can see the sprout at the top of the tree is bare of fruit.

But as you look closer, you see that the fruit is almost smothered by the thorn tree. This is the lesson that Dana received from this thorn bush.

The thorns represent the junk in our lives. This junk may not seem like it would hurt us, as you can see there is still fruit on this tree. But the junk is stuff that we allow to grow in us and can hinder our witness. It is thick and thorny and can cause us to become prickly and stubborn and smother the good stuff in our lives. The thornbushes are usually more sturdy than the fruit limbs and are very difficult to get rid of. We sometimes don't even notice the thornbushes that crop up in our lives because they sort of blend in. But they aren't healthy. They poke other people. It's a little irritation at first, then it becomes self-defense and it will usually result in a wall of bristly thorns that nobody wants to be around.
The only way you can deal with the thornbushes in our lives is to cut them out completely. We can't just prune them back and hope that they stay under control. We must uproot them until there is no thornbush enbedded in our lives.

Once we removed the thornbush from the kumkwat tree, I couldn't believe how BIG it was. It was over 10 feet tall and the thorns were over 2 inches long... This is how the junk in our lives begins to take over. Little by little. The only way we can keep the thornbushes from growing is with daily maintenance. We have to stop and take inventory of what our lives represent.
  • What is filling up our day to day existence?

  • Is it full of godly behaviors?

  • Are you filling yourself up with the spirit through daily Bible study, worship and prayer?

  • Do you surround yourself with Godly people and things?

Taking inventory every day is the only way to recognize and maintain your godly life. If you see a stalk of sin like the thornbush below, then immediately CUT it out of your life. Don't let it take another day away from you. Start living in the Fruit of the Spirit.

I wish I had a better picture to show you how pretty the kumkwat tree looks with the thornbush removed. I hope this demonstration of the object lesson of the kumkwat tree spoke to you like it did Dana and me.

I love you and I love when the Lord reveals himself in nature. He is the creator and the maker of all things. He is LOVE and the fruit of the spirit is just waiting to grow in you like this tree.
Lea Anne

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Words are Mindsets...What is your mindset today?

This collage spoke volumes to me this morning. I printed it out and framed it where I will set it beside my bed. If I ever feel depressed, or discouraged or a little blue, I can look at this and be reminded of who I am. These words are more than just words, they are attitudes... they are actions... they are emotions... and they can change my disposition by claiming them out loud. I hope that you will take the time to look over the words and claim one of them today.

Happy New Year!
Lea Anne