What’s driving you? What are you chasing after?
32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is it’s own trouble. Mathew 6: 32-34
12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive. Jer 29:12-14
Only God should be our motivation and the driving force in our lives. Not money, not fear, not our personal comfort, not what others think.
What are we chasing after? Entertainment? Self-satisfaction? Self-glorification? Self-promotion, popularity?
God needs to be our focus and drive. we need to be chasing after God.
When we seek God with all our hearts he will be found of us. Read Mathew 6:19-21
We can’t serve God and mammon.
“No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. 14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they [a]derided Him. Luke 16:13 -14
Mathew 6: 19 -21
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Jer. 29:10-14
How to raise mission-minded children? Podcast
I can't say i have the answers to raising mission-minded children because this has not been my focus over the years, nor sadly was not what has been a part of my own personal life nor what I felt we needed to be training our children in. Missions and being missionaries were for others. That’s not who we were or what we did.
We just lived our lives for God and kept our faith much to ourselves or at least was not out evangelizing as missionaries that was not our call.
But recently I have been very convicted in this area. The great commission is a command for all. And I feel it is definitely something we need to be doing ourselves and raising our children to be mission-minded. How do we expect them to care about the lost and unreached if they don’t see that care in us the parents and showing them by example? They will just follow our footsteps of living their lives very much just for themselves.
So i can’t really i don’t have to how-tos, but i have the don’ts.
Missions are not just for missionaries, the call is for all. Ann Dunagan
I just came across some really great missions podcast. First, i listened to Pam Feilds podcast number 19 titled Mission Minded Motherhood where she interviewed Ann Dunagan. Ann talked about her family’s ministry and about how we are we all have a responsibility to share the gospel.
From that podcast, i went to Ann’s podcast called Mission-Minded Families podcast, and from hers found a couple of others too. Missions suitcase,
Ann Dunagan Podcast mission-minded families
The Mission Suitcase by Lisa Batchelor
The Mom Next Door By Pam Feilds # 19 Mission Minded Motherhood with Anna Dunagan.
Dos: Here is some ideas that i think we will help besides just being a good example in being mission-minded. IS praying for the unsaved, reading missionary stories, listening to missions podcast, watching missionary or missions-minded films
Dont’s: Don’t be too focused on entertainment, stuff, money, activities that pull families every from home in different directions.
The apostle Paul I believe is a good example of a missionary who was not driven by money, and went through numerous hardships for the gospel’s sake, not considering his own health and wealth. And many more noble yet humble missionaries in our history who were so dedicated and full of compassion for the hearts and souls of the lost that they went to the very ends of the earth, risking their very lives in so many different ways, had very little of material wealth, and this world's comfort for no other reason except all for the Love of God and for the sake of bringing the gospel to those that hadn't heard.
That is what we need to be presenting to our children. And are they still in? Are they still hungry for God and for living out their lives for Him and purposes? Are they willing to say yes not considering the cost or what this may cost them? Not considering what they may lose here on earth, but what they will gain in heaven.
If we are of Christ then our hearts need to be in alignment with His.
The love of God is laying down our lives for others.
In Him, Mae Renfroe
Hey fellow mothers, I'm back! it's been awhile since I've been able to do an episode , and I'm excited about doing this one. I talk about the verse 2 Corinthians 5:20 that says we are to be ambassadors for Christ.
So I dig into what exactly is an ambassador, and how that looks for us as Christ followers. What is our role as ambassadors and what makes a great ambassador.
We as mom's are to ambassadors for Christ and we are to be raising our children to be ambassadors.
When we realize just who we are in Christ and fully embrace and step into that then it takes care of so many other issues in our lives.
We can then have our perspectives and priorities in the right alignment with God and His will.
2 corinthians 5:20
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God."
We are to be ambassadors for Christ.
But what exactly is an ambassador?
Ambassador [amˈbasədər] NOUN
an accredited diplomat sent by a country as its official representative to a foreign country.
An ambassador is an official envoy, usually a high-ranking diplomat who has been appointed to be in another country on behalf of their own country. They represent the moral principals and standards of their country, even though they may be far away from their homeland. When people see them they think of the country they represent.
a person who acts as a representative or promoter of a specified activity.
"he is a good ambassador for the industry"
campaigner · representative · exponent · promoter · proponent · advocate · champion · supporter · backer · upholder · protagonist · booster
And what does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ? It could be said this way, that the “best of the best” is to be representing God, through His Son Jesus Christ here on earth! It must be someone who exemplifies Jesus. God wants to speak to us and through us, by His Son. (Hebrews 1:2-3)
What is the role we are to carry out? we need to be in tune with that which is godly. “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread.” Matthew 6:10-11.
God’s will be done! How can this happen in my personal life? In order to have His will done in my life, my own will has to be done away with. “Behold, I have come … to do Your will, O God.” Hebrews 10:7-9.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
What are the qualifications of a good ambassador? As an ambassador for God, my self-will must be crucified so I can do God’s will.when my “self” is given up, then Christ can live in me and through me, to an ever increasing degree.
4 but just as we have been approved by God pto be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not qto please man, but to please God rwho tests our hearts. 1 Thessaianloians 2:4
We need to be equipped in the word and in the knowledge of His Truth and righteousness.
Be strong and courageous.
Be bold and fearless.
Be ready to give an account of the hope that's in you.
A Christian is someone whose behavior and heart reflect Jesus Christ.
Answers to Prayer - don't always come when we want nor look the way we want them to - video blog post
God hears us before we even speak a word, ( Psalms 139:4 - Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. Isaiah 65:24- Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. )
So we can be assured that He hears our every prayer. And we can also be assured that He answers our every prayer too.
But what we need to realize is that He answers in His time, His way and His will. So the answers don’t always come when we want, how we want and don’t always look the way we want them to.
But He answers our prayers according to His will and what’s best for us for our good and for his glory.
And that is really what we want anyway. We just want Him in our lives and His will done in our lives.
I believe God answers every prayer in one of three ways. Yes. No. And not yet.
In this video I want to encourage you to not give up or get weary in prayer, and not lose hope.
But continue to seek the Father and His will and His heart. And seek and pray that your desires and heart longings are aligned with those of God’s.
Psalms 37:4 tells us that when we take delight in the LORD, he will give us the desires of your heart. But first and foremost God himself needs to be the desire of our hearts. God and His Will for our lives need to be the desire of our hearts.
And when we desire or love God with all our hearts, soul, and mind then hearts should be in the right place and we will be desiring the right things.
May you be blessed and encouraged with this post and video about prayer.
In Him, Mae
I'm adding this video, taken out in our woods, to the Hope From the Cemetery series that I've been doing over the summer of 2020.
It's done at the accident site of where we lost our son. I did a video here early in the spring before starting my series at the cemetery. ( there is a link to that video below )
I thought this video would be a great way to wrap up the series. I hope to do one more at the cemetery though .
Here is the link to the first video I did out here in the woods of spring 2019.
https://youtu.be/P0bXS8FG4uU And here is the link my first video from the cemetery in Hope From the Cemetery series 2020 https://youtu.be/eDbS5qSCHqY
Hi you all!
God has been speaking to my heart lately on many things and so I just had to squeeze in time for this video and share with you all.
Some of these things I have shared before about making the most of our time and how we should be living in a since of urgency for spreading the Word of God and being the light in our crazy world.
But I am being more and more convicted that we need to be all the more diligent about spreading the gospel at this time and being the hands and feet of Jesus if we truly love Him. If we love God with all our hearts, soul, mind, and strength then it should show in every area of our lives. we should be just as passionate about reaching the lost, the lonely, and the hurting just as Jesus was. We need to have the heart of the Father.
For more resources, and to connect with me please visit my website and blog at www.maerenfroe.com
In Him, Mae Renfroe
Here is a video just for my faithful subscribers!!
I reveal our surprise in this fun video of our travelling on a four-day road trip with 10 of us! I also talk about a verse that's been on mind the past couple of days, and I talk about Walking by Faith .
We don't look at those things around us, but we look up to the One who keeps and holds us in His hands. We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
He is with us wherever we go. Joshua 1:9 We are instructed to be strong, bold, and courageous.
Not fearful, not timid, not weak. But we walk in the strength and power of God. We don't walk by fear, but only by faith. We don't have to be afraid. He said He will never leave us or forsake us.
And we can say with boldness He is our Lord and our helper. Our refuge, shield, and strong tower. Proverbs 18:10 Hebrews 13:5 -6
Sure we don't know what tomorrow may bring, but we know who holds our every tomorrow.
please feel free to connect with me here on my blog and i will get back to you as soon as i can.
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of over 22 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 3 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
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"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae