Wednesday, February 26, 2014

When things don't go your way, what do you do?

Good morning all-

I have spent the last weeks anticipating getting a five year client.  And of course praying with all I have.  I did pray God's will and His will was done, unfortunately, I didn't get it.  The anticipation and all the hard work that went into it was amazing.   I really thought it would be mine but instead I had to come to the realization that God's will was done and there was nothing to cry about.

I may never know why I didn't get it but I do know that my success is in His hands and I will not lean on my own understanding but His.  I was even able to go to my son's senior night, watch his game and celebrate with him.  It was a great night because I surrendered all to Christ and said Your will not mine.  I could walk out with my son, look at his accomplishments and celebrate.  Thank You Jesus.

I had a choice yesterday.  I could choose to be defeated or I could pull myself up and remember who is boss.  I did that and although I'm disappointed I'm counting on Christ to pull my company through.

I'm counting on Christ to guide me and to help me be His woman.  At the end of my life it won't be about what deals I won or how successful I was.  It will be about Jesus and the moments I made with my husband and children.  I'm giving this one up to see the reward that God will provide tomorrow.

I'm still praying that God will bring us a great amount of business and I believe He will.  I hope you are also making decisions to let go and let God be in control.  He knows what's best for us!

Make moments today and remember that our success is in the hands of God, not the other way around.  Be well my sisters and know He is near.

Hebrews 11: 1 NIV

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

When is surrender easy?

Good morning my sisters-

Well life continues and with it comes many challenges.  I woke up this morning with a premise and I know its not Gods'.  I don't know what the answer is yet but I know it didn't come from Him.  I also watched as someone close to me found out yesterday that the news was not positive and more than likely it is cancer.  The feared word for all.  For some it means long life for others it's months.  We all know someone that has faced it and either beat it or drowned in it.  Was it there time?  Absolutely, but we are weak and it doesn't take much to crumble us from the inside out.

This person is a mighty warrior.  I have seen obstacles so large they looked like a massive swell on the sea and yet it's been faced and conquered time and time again.  Unfortunately, people that are mighty warriors believe they can do everything on their own.  It's hard to surrender when you can't do anything but wait.  That's where he is right now, waiting and trying with all his might to stay focused, aware and on target.  

On Saturday, I sent him Psalm 23.  You may think that a strange passage since its read at funerals but what I like best about it is it symbolizes God's strength in time of darkness.  It is a word picture for all of us to see and if you have water near you, you know its peace.  So I stepped out on faith because this person doesn't always believe.  He is a skeptic but I did it anyway.  I wasn't sure how it would be received or if it would be laughed at.  It was received very well and it was on Saturday that he told God, "It's in your hands."  That's big for a mighty warrior who has taken himself from nothing to something.

Like all warriors they fight to the end.  This one will too.  I just needed to give him hope in the battle and strength to fight the darkness.  I need to be there as a friend and as a prayer warrior for him and he needed to know where I go when I have no strength left to fight.  He is a good friend and I owed him to be forthright and to tell him the good news.  It wasn't easy.  I have been slowly infusing Christ into our conversations for months.  Talking to him about what makes me a warrior and reminding him that God is all we need.  On Saturday, he received the word and I know he will need it in the coming months.  The fight is on and Jesus must take the wheel.

In this life we have two choices.  We can choose to go it alone, make rotten decisions, and feel darkness at every turn or we can choose light, walk towards Jesus and surrender all.  Surrendering is never easy and for people that believe they are strong, it's even harder.  Strong people believe they can do it on their own.  No one can do anything solely relying on themselves and why should we.  Jesus hung on a pole, which is the cross, to ensure we would never be condemned or alone again.

If you haven't surrendered lately, you need to today.  The first thing I did when I woke to that dream was say, "Jesus I give you all."  You may be asking yourself what that means for me.  What it means is that I am surrendering everything up to Him.  He is the Father of my soul and He will decide what happens in my life.  I won't be successful in business without Him.  I can't be healthy without Him.  I can't make my marriage work without Him and I definitely can't raise good men without Him.  Finally, I can't truly know love or give love without Him.

In the last couple of years, I have become bold.  I realize now that my strength doesn't come from within, it comes from proclaiming Jesus.  He is my strength and if I'm a warrior it's because He wants me to be.  I hid behind myself for a long time wondering what people would think.  Well, if you took time to read this blog, you know exactly what I think!

May God bless you and keep you today and may His spirit guide you toward Him in every circumstance.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:1-6 NIV)

This life is not about what we gained, how mighty we were or how much we did.  It's really about surrendering and loving a God we can't see.  Please pray this prayer today.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

What did David know that we need to?

Good morning my sisters-

I have a friend that will find out this week if the condition he is facing is Cancer.  It's a scary thing to be faced with health issues.  People think, "I'll never get sick."  I said it myself.  But the truth of the matter is that our bodies age and things happen and illness can be one of them.  I always told myself that I would never take medicine and here I am taking three pills a day.  I guess I could shout at something, stop taking them or say, "God where are you?"  Instead, I'm grateful there is medicine that can help and that God provides it.

I have heard it say that health is one of the biggest gifts we can have and to some extent I think people are right.  However, when I look at my life, I think one of the biggest gifts I've received is mercy.  David experienced mercy, especially when he took what he wanted and didn't look at the consequences.  The hours he must have spent berating himself because he went against God.  And without a doubt, he suffered for it.  But in the quiet, David knew one thing, his God was merciful and righteous.  He knew that God kept His promises and whether, death nor life, His God was good.

Many believe that because we have free will that we do things on our own.  Free will isn't about forging out into this cold cruel world, its about choosing Christ, having faith and looking at the promises that God has kept.  Rainbows were a symbol that we would never have another horrible flood.  Isaac's almost sacrifice was the symbol of God's redemption for us.  His Son's life is the sacrifice and our reward is eternal life.

In the Psalms, you can read of David's journey with God.  You can hear his thoughts and feelings.  You may even experience a moment when his cry to God is yours.  Many times I have prayed a Psalm to The Lord.  I guess I could have written my own prayer but why?  His heart was at the core in many of his pleas.  We are lucky to be able to hear the cry of one man to his Lord.  This wasn't any man, this was a crowned king.  He is a historical figure, a great warrior and the feller of a giant.  He was strong, mighty and powerful and yet, when he did things on his own without God; He was empty.  His heart yearned to be near God, to love God and to pray for mercy.  He knew the one thing we must all know, God is merciful and full of love for us.  We are sinners.  At the end of the day, that's just what we are.  God must right the wrongs of  humans.  We get on our soap box and honestly, probably without a lot of prayer.  We think our thoughts align with his thoughts but have we really taken the time to get on our knees.  David spent hours with God in caves, traveling the land and in his kingdom. His heart and mind sought God at every turn.

In the quiet, we must seek Him.  We must find Him and pray that He would be with us.  We may have to reconcile ourselves with illness, disappointment, divorce or a prodigal son or daughter.  We may wonder where our riches are or how we are going to get food on the table but in the end one thing must stand clear; Christ is our Savior and if we get any help, it comes from Him.

I pray that we are all looking into the mighty mercy of Christ.  His death was just another symbol of God's holy commitment to His people.  He didn't come for one of us; He came for people with every skin color, in every nation and in every religious group.  He is a selfish God who wants us to love Him and in return, He is waiting.  It's time for us to quit saying that we can do things on our own.  We must pick up the cross and realize Christ is merciful, strong and powerful.  We are His and He is our King.  Let's bow to Him today, not because we have too but because we want too.  I want to be like David, open and honest, full of repentance and calling on my God.  May you be blessed today as you find Christ.  I know I am.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord, as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord; may your love and faithfulness always protect me. For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me. May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!” But as for me, I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; you are my God, do not delay. (Psalm 40:1-17 NIV)

Saturday, February 15, 2014

In the quiet, do you hear Him?

Good morning my sisters-

I was in the shower today thinking about all kinds of things.  I'm meeting a good friend for lunch, my son is about to finish his season and my oldest is about to become an engineer.  And of course, there's the day to day stuff, like grocery shopping and errands.  My brain is on fire.  But before I sat down to write this blog, I read a text message from my sister in law, it had Psalm 23 on it.  She has been sending me daily encouragement and oh how I've loved it.

Just as my fingers began to type, I started humming, "In the quiet."  When do we hear God's voice, is it in the quiet or when our minds are racing?  How can Scripture penetrate in the shower when the brain is racing 90 to nothing.  It can't.  It needs time to be still, to meditate and to think only on Christ.  I don't have many moments like that really.  They mostly come before I go to bed or as I sit to write.  Why?  Because that's when I'm most quiet.  I'm winding down or winding up for my day and I need to hear from God.

So it stands to reason that when we really want to hear from our Father we need to be still.  Maybe that's why everyone loves to quote Psalm 23 at the end of a funeral.  Things are still and the valley of death is no longer scary but a celebration of life.  It's there that our souls meet our Savior.  Death is really the beginning of life.  But while we're here we need to be quiet.  In the quiet, we have a better chance of hearing from Him.  When we are at peace, it's His peace we feel and when we get direction; it's because we were still.

I love The Lord with all my heart.  He is the joy of my life and the healing to my soul.  So when I'm quiet, I feel Him and know He is near.  Scripture is the band-aid that covers us and prayer is the connection between our souls and His. He is our Savior and He wants us to hear Him.  He is our intercessor and we must spend time with Him in order to know Him.

So while life is still, I sit and write and when I get up from this iPad I will be at a dead run.  But just sitting still has reminded me that God is all I need today and that His blood covers me.  I'm praying for those that don't know Him today.  I'm praying that when their still, they see Christ.  But mostly, I'm hoping that we are sitting still, seeking Him and asking Him what to do to further His kingdom.  I love you all and thank you for being part of my journey.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. (Psalm 23:1-6 NIV)

My prayer today:

O, Lord lead me to You.  Often I'm off in my own mind, wandering in my thoughts and feelings but this morning I found You in Scripture.  You are my rod and staff.  You comfort me in times of trial and You prepare my way from this day forth.  I am blessed to have people in my life that encourage my walk and that remind me daily You are near.  You are the force of my Salvation and You cover me with Your blood.  Please Lord guide people to the word and to blogs like this one.  May they find You as I have.  Keep us still and be our God.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Friday, February 14, 2014

God loves you every day?

Good morning my sisters-

I woke up bright and early today to make blueberry muffins for my husband and kids and brownies for the office.  There is no way to tell someone you love them better than to cook for them, or so my mom always said.  It's wonderful to feel love and be loved.  And isn't it sad how many people wait for one day, Valentine's Day to show it.

The world waits for this day to see where the romance will go, will it be a diamond pendent or a dozen red roses?  For some it could be a warm place to sleep, a helping hand or a hug.  For others it's about the money and how much you spent.  For me, Valentine's Day is just another day in my week where I can show love.  I believe that we should be showing love to every one, every day.  Love is what makes this world.  And if truth be told, its what made every one of us.  God loved us, He created us and He created everything for us.  He is a loving God full of passion, color and might.  He shows us every day with every provision that we are His.  Every day in Heaven is Valentine's Day.

This day can put people in depression, make them feel unloved, and unconnected.  You know what I'm talking about, we are all women and we have all felt that from time to time.  But it should be a day we reach out more and cherish every relationship God has given us.  WE ARE LOVED!

I'm so glad to be here today to tell you that in all your trials, in all your sorrows and in all your joy, God has been there, walking beside you and loving you.  My greatest Valentine's gift was the year I found Christ.  He saved me, He comforts me and He loves me.  I don't have to be wearing great clothes, have my hair fixed or be the most beautiful; I just have to be His daughter and I am loved.

I pray today that you feel my prayers for you and that you hear how much you are loved.  I love you and so does God.  Be well today and sing the praises of Jesus because His blood is the only proof you need that you are loved.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16 NIV)

That's our gift, take it and love Him back.......

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Where is your faith?

Good morning my sisters-

I have a client in town so I won't be able to write very much but this one question has been on my mind,"Where is my faith?"  I was asked yesterday what keeps me moving and I didn't proclaim the one thing I should have, Christ.  So, after a while I sent a Scripture to someone that is near to me at work and hoped that it would help.  I don't want to reveal the circumstances but I would ask that you would pray for strength and courage for this person and even faith.

The person I am referring to got some news yesterday that could be bad.  I could tell that there was fear and trepidation and all I could do was comfort and say, "Wait for the tests."  The tests will be done on Monday and the results will be back by the middle of next week.  This person has known what it's like to wait for tests and I know the fear is high.

I felt that same fear over a year ago when I found out I had high blood pressure.  It was scary and I was so full of fear I thought I was having panic attacks.  My mom's first heart attack was at 45 and my uncle had a massive stroke at the same age and here I was facing possibly similar circumstances.  I couldn't share my fear with anyone except Christ.  So I lay night after night trying to give my fear to Him because fear does not come from Him but from the devil.  The only fear we are to have is to fear Him, not our lives or our circumstances.

The first thing when I woke up this morning I sent this person a text with Scripture.  I wrote the following: "Be strong and courageous and know He is with you in all things.  He is our lamp, our Savior and our healer.  You are His and He loves you."

The Scripture that I put on that same text was: "Where is your faith?" He asked His disciples.  In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him."  Luke 8:26 NIV

Of course the winds and the earth obey Him, He is God.  So whenever my emotions start running away from me, I look up and ask myself, "Where is your faith?"  If I don't know, I get into Scripture and try to find it again.  I'm a little ashamed I didn't say something in words yesterday but maybe words were not what this person needed.  Maybe he just needed to hear from Christ.  I leave you today with that thought and to remember that everywhere we look there is someone that needs to hear a good word and that word is Jesus.

May God comfort and keep you today and please take time to pray for people and Nations.  We need to be the hands and feet of God.  One mind, One heart, One soul.  In Jesus Name, I pray.

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Have you found Him?

Good morning my sisters-

The question we must all ask ourselves is, "Have we found Him?"  I ask myself that every day.  Mostly, I ask myself, "Have I looked for you Lord in every circumstance?"  As I have written this blog I have thought that time and time again.  Was my first thought, "God what do you want me to know today?"  I can't say I wake every morning with that thought but I do most days.  My goal is to think about Jesus a lot during the day, especially when a problem arises.  Every day for me is a challenge because I'm helping to run a company, sell for that company and be a mentor to my employees.  At home, I'm responsible for being a good wife and mother, taking care of my home and making sure that my family understands who holds my heart.  These are great responsibilities.  If Christ is not first, then my day will be overwhelmed with worry and strife but when Christ is first; He is my guide.

When I first found Christ in my late teens, I spent hours in my Bible.  I gave up music, boys, really everything for the light I found in His word.  Those months that I spent with Him were some of the most fulfilling months of my life.  As I grew up, many responsibilities came upon me, like raising a family, providing for that family and trying to fit my busy life around Christ.  I still struggle with that  today.  It's not that I don't fit Him in, I just get carried by the tides of my responsibilities.  The women I have known that are most secure in themselves are those that spend time in the Word.  They understand being human and needing a Savior.  If I ever hear someone say, "I can do this on my own," I know it's time to pray.

Finding Christ has been the highlight of my adult life.  Going to Him in grief, joy and tribulation has positioned me to trust Him more.  Now that doesn't mean I don't have times of doubt.  I have and when I do I ask for Him to make me likeminded with Him.  His word is my guide and His truth is all knowing.  The people that haven't found Him yet don't understand.  They think that other things will fill their lives and maybe for a time they will.  Eventually, those things will fall short and it's in that moment I pray they find Him.  Every one of us will have things happen to us that are difficult, this life is not about roses, it really is about the storms.  Where do you go in times of trouble?  People have two choices, themselves or Jesus.  There is no other God but Him.  He was not just a prophet.  He was God's Son and He is known.

I hope that you hit this blog today because you were looking for Him.  There is no other place I would rather be than in His care.  By myself, I make a mess of this life but with Him, I can move mountains, ride out the seas and find peace in my turmoil.  God is almighty and as much as we want to blame Him, we need to stop, find Him and proclaim Him.  We don't know His thoughts but we do know His grace.  How do we know?  Because He lifted the veil and we found Him.  His blood is on us and He deserves our thoughts, our time and our devotion.

If you're feeling challenged so am I and that's just good.  He is our lighthouse when the fog is in front of us and we can't see.  Would you go toward the light in that moment or steer into the darkness?  That's what we do when we're in control.  Don't fear looking for Him, take joy in finding Him.  May God bless you and keep you today as you look for Him.

For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. (Deuteronomy 30:16 NIV)

then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. (Philippians 2:2 NIV)

My prayer today:

O, Lord my God how precious you are to me.  My mind is on You and the fullness of peace I feel in Your presence.  I know that life gets in the way and I know that doubt and worry creep in.  You are the might God of my heart.  Lead me and the women that follow You so that we can seek You all our days.  Make Your word be the river to our thirsty souls.  Keep us from temptation, O,God and light our paths through this life.  Your light is all I need.  Make us like-minded in You and give us wisdom in  You!

Untol tomorrow...

Saturday, February 8, 2014

When are we going to believe that God is who He says He i

Good morning sisters-

Have you ever been challenged to believe even when life is not going your way?  I just read a blog from December 30th from Anne Graham Lotz regarding a pastor in a Tehran prison.  The prison is horrible and just like in Paul's day men are treated horribly for believing in God.

People in the US have it so easy compared to others around the world.  We lose hope easier, we complain more and because of all we have, we feel less, love less and live less fulfilling lives.  This pastor didn't murder anyone, or commit any crime but to love Jesus.  The letter that was displayed was so full of hope. 1000 days imprisoned for loving Jesus and the note reads of love, devotion and hope!  I'm challenged, I'm inspired and I'm praying for this man to be united with His family.

Anne's devotion today made me think about the excerpt and to think about the title of this blog.  Is Christ your rock?  Is your foundation strong enough to have joy in suffering?  Can we stand with Christ in sorrow without knowing Him? These are the questions I'm asking myself today. I am praying for those that are suffering for loving Jesus.  Will you stand with me and pray for them too?

I want to send hope to the nations that God is who He says He is, in war and in suffering.  He is in our homes, our churches and our hearts.  If you feel dead inside it's not because of Jesus.  Ask Him to show you who He is and He will. 

‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” (Matthew 22:32 NIV)

But whoever loves God is known by God. (1 Corinthians 8:3 NIV)

For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:9 NIV)

My prayer today:

Dear Lord in Heaven come to us as you did in the days of old. Fill our hearts and minds with revival.  Challenge us to look at You in a whole new light and to believe that You are who You say You are.  In countries all over the world, men and women are being persecuted for loving You.  I pray specifically for those that are imprisoned for loving You.  Please Lord give them strength and courage as they work out their days fulfilling Your mission for their lives.  Give us hearts to pray for them until Your will is done and they are released.  Provide us with compassion and passion for the lost, the hurting and those we don't know.  Lift up those that are struggling and as they come to know You reveal Your mighty power to them.  We are all like wheat, one day believing, the next being harvested.  Help us to stand firm on the Power of Jesus Christ.  The one sacrifice that will save nations, destroy evil and reign forever.  Make us like Abraham, strong and faithful and help us be part of the army that proclaims "YOU ARE GOD."  There is only one way and that is straight to You.  Be with Your warriors today and light our paths as we serve You, one day at a time.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

What about tolerance?

Good morning my sisters-

I read a Facebook post by a distant family member and it really disturbed me.  I've been thinking about it for the last couple of days.  It's obvious to me that she thinks Christ is a joke and that Christians are horrible people. Her anger and her argument started because someone said the laws come from the Bible.  She was furious and her post definitely illustrated her immense anger.

Then the comments came about tolerance of other religions and that Christians should keep their opinions to themselves.  But I think what really struck a chord for me is when she said the same person that said this didn't want to deal with foster kids and others that might need help.  Wow! Are we all that far from compassion or is it that one person who believes in the Bible but doesn't do everything right reflects who Christ is?  People are watching our words and our actions.  We are being categorized as persecutors of other religions and people groups and our actions do matter.

I find it hard to believe that everyone has a measuring stick and when a Christian talks they are measured, hung and ridiculed because of what they believe.  However, that is the case.  I also believe that just because we are Christians we must be cautious with our words and not judge others.  The Bible is clear, hate the sin but love the sinner.  I think sometimes this is confused, especially in today's world.

So what did I do about this post, which was loving the Hindu's, Buddhists, and hating the Christians?  I did nothing except I began to pray.  I prayed that her eyes would be open to seeing who Christ was and for finding grace instead of judgement.  I also prayed that Christians would come into her life that would show her the God I know and tell her the good news.  I did not post back with a comment that could have been misinterpreted or even rejected.  I sat still and prayed because anyone that is that passionate against Christ needs Him.  Whenever you run into someone like this, don't steer clear but show them the compassion Christ showed you when you were down, making mistakes and running from everything Him.  People need Him and the more they turn to false religions the more they need Him.  A golden calf did not save the Israelites, God did.  All the prophets in the Bible and those of other religions didn't save us, Jesus did.  In the end times, people will wander away from the truth, don't judge them, pray for them.  You may have someone that is Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Jewish in your friend or work group, don't deny them Christ's love, give it freely.  I have always believed that I am a sinner so it's easy for me not to judge.  All I have to do is run to the mirror to see the retch I am.  I'm glad for that because when I run into someone with a different view point; I listen and then I pray for them.

I believe that Christ is the only way to Heaven.  I believe He died on a cross and that He saved me from Hell.  I believe that I am not perfect, that I sin and that when I sin; I must confess.  I believe that there is a veil that blinds people but I also believe that when we seek Him, we will find Him.  My beliefs come from my experiences and diving into the truth which is the Bible.  I believe in these things so much I write a blog that anyone can see.  It bears my name and it bears my Saviors.  Again, my proclamation is not to judge but to love.  However, if confronted I will proclaim that I love Jesus and that I'm proud to be part of His army.  I won't hide behind false gods just to be safe.  I will say to all of you that we must pray for those that don't believe what we do and that we must be aware that our actions are being watched.  So be careful with your tongue but be in constant prayer for those that think Christ is a joke.  He's not.  He is our Savior and worthy of our praise.  Love today my sisters and show that Christ is real, He is true and He is worth the persecution.

He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down, the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the foreigner and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked. The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 146:6-10 NIV)

He called out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied. Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. (Luke 18:38-43 NIV)