This morning I found myself overwhelmed w missing my Mother, just thinking about Thanksgiving and all the Holidays, even her birthday this past September. Oh my gosh. She used to start building up and getting everyone ready for her birthday, reminding everyone as if anyone had ever forgotten. I used to think what the heck, I make a big deal every year. How did she forget that!?!? She would have already been bugging me about every element of Thanksgiving now for at least the past two months. To which I would be rolling my eyes. Because yes every year for almost 30 years I have rolled out the most extravagant family meal ever and yes I was trying to make her happy. I do love cooking for everyone, making their faces smile. Most importantly I enjoyed making memories for everyone. I am thankful for the years, the family memories, and the household my children were able to experience.
Right now all I can think of is all her bugging and all the memories. She wasn't bugging me, she was edifying me, building me up and making sure I knew she noticed every little detail that I did for everyone. Well, Thank You Mom!! I sure did need those memories, I am treasuring them.
The below verses outline some real heavy stuff, speaking in tongues and prophecy. Im thinking we may want to step back and look at the message as what is edifying the church. People get so caught up in their abilities, and want to flaunt them for their own edification. Shame on us.
Even at work, people focus so heavily on how important their own contributions are, threatened by any value add by others. This entire practice is so backward... And seriously we even do it at church. Yikes right. We need to build each other up, and build the church up (the body of Believers not a building). Trust in the Lord, He will send you the person or persons to build you up.
Okay, I know all of you that know me and knew her are thinking wait she was judgy Sam, she loved on your brother not you; you are really giving her a lot of slack. Well people you are right I am, because we all should. So what she wasn't perfect, so what we had our issues, we all do. I only hope I can learn from my mistakes and hers and hopefully say something now and then that will jar you. Free you from past bad habits, past wrong thinking. Open up, open your heart to the Lord today and see what you can do. Take me for example, zero Thanksgiving plans, not 30+ people for my carefully prepared everything, not even 1.
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy. For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit. But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. Anyone who speaks in a tongue edifies themselves, but the one who prophesies edifies the church. I would like every one of you to speak in tongues, but I would rather have you prophesy. The one who prophesies is greater than the one who speaks in tongues, unless someone interprets, so that the church may be edified. Now, brothers and sisters, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?
1 Corinthians 14:1-6 NIV
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