Month: November 2015

Getting Back Focused

Focused2Are you a part of the 8, the 3 or the 1?

I know you are like, “what is she talking about now?” LOL! This was the question my Pastor used to close out his sermon this Sunday titled “The Exceptional Few” from his new series “Extraordinary Focus.”

During his sermon he spoke about Jesus’ journey to the garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26:36-46 and the roles in which His disciples played.  At the time there were only 11 disciples with Jesus in the garden as Judas had already separated from the group to go and betray Jesus. So he would be the 1, Judas “the nonessential”.  Jesus told Peter, James and John (3, the Inner Circle) to come with Him and asked the others to sit there and watch while He went to pray.  So Jesus told the 8 “the Close” to stay behind to watch out for the betrayer. The close (the 8) were still a part of Jesus’ disciples, He had a bond with them, but needed them to stay where they were while He went further to pray, but couldn’t stay awake not even an hour to obey the Master’s request. He asked His inner circle (the 3) to come along with Him to pray. They were the 3 that He had the tightest bond with and often went with Him to perform miracles. He kept them closer than the others. I hope you are catching the drift of the story. And then there is Judas (the 1), the betrayer, who sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of silver. Hmmmm. Let that sink in for a minute.

I won’t go any further into the sermon, if you desire to hear it feel free to look up VisitMRC on Ustream, but I just wanted to share what this message meant to me. It really hit home and stung a little. But that’s good though, the convicting Word is the best Word in my book. It challenges me to do better, to evaluate areas that need work, it petitions me to draw closer to the Lord. The whole ride home Sunday all I could think about was truly being honest with myself and figuring out which category I fall in…the close (8)…the inner circle (3)….or the nonessential (1). Sure first instinct is to say I’m a part of the inner circle, but then reality sets in and I confess that I’m not there yet. There are SO many areas that I need to improve in to strengthen my relationship with Christ. I truly desire to be in His inner circle, one that He can ALWAYS count on no matter what!

So what’s stopping me? DISTRACTIONS!!!!!!!!!!!! Point. Blank. Period. A bunch of nothing! How many hours do we waste doing nothing in a week? How often to do we scroll thru Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, etc. when that time could be put towards deeper personal Bible study or prayer time? I had to be honest with myself and say hey I waste entirely too much time doing nothing. I need to get back focused on the things that matter the most and the top of the list is my relationship with Christ. I need to get my fire back, let go of the nonsense and push forward to be all about Kingdom business. I need to get refocused in other areas as well and really evaluate things that are needed at this time and others that need to be put on the back burner. I don’t ever want to be too tired from the ins and outs of my day to spend intimate time with Him. And neither should you. So now I flip this thing around and ask you…

Are you a part of the 8, the 3 or the 1?

Peace & Blessings,

 sig KT

Year One…

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Hey luvs!!!! It’s been a few days, but I’m here today. Have you ever had a moment when you’re just not “feeling it”??? Yea that’s been me the last few weeks…just been in that BLAH feeling. Then one day while at work, cleaning papers off the desk and came across notes that I took last year when talking to the doctors and trying to understand medical terminology. It dampened the mood a little, but not for long. After work, I celebrated with one of his favorite drinks…San Pellegrino Blood Orange drink (even though I don’t drink carbonated beverages). I’m so excited about the small things these days. He may not be here in the physical, but the memories are just as good. Have a happy and blessed Tuesday!

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sig EF

P.S.

I’m giving a special shout out to my baby brother…today’s his 18th birthday!!!!! (can we say photo-bombing lol but I SOOOOO luv luv luv this picture!)anthony