Daily Archives: August 31, 2012
I am so happy to announce to you that “I’ve Made The Cut” … My article Southern Pimento Cheese has been published in this week’s issue of Blog Book Magazine. BBOOKS, is a weekly E-Zine that started in Aug, 2012. It is focused on non-fiction and original content from the blogs.
- To channelize information from blogs.
- To promote bloggers.
- To bridge the gap between printed mass media and blogs.
- To provide a medium for easy and quick read to good posts on blogger, wordpress, tumblr etc at one place.
- To build a platform where readers could interact and vote for the authors.
This weeks publication is about “Continental Foods” and out of 20 blogger entries I was selected along with 5 others to be spotlighted in this week’s issue. To check out this week’s publication and to vote for my article as this weeks “Favorite Article” visit: http://bbookmagazine.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/continental-food-published/
To all my family, friends & followers I want to personally “Thank You” for making The Rays Of Sunshine a dream come true. It’s amazing to leave doing something you LOVE and go to doing something that you LOVE. If that at all makes any sense to you. LOL.
This opportunity to be showcased for what I absolutely love doing is truly a blessing. BBOOKS, you had me at “Congratulations” & I Thank You for this opportunity again. Even though The Rays Of Sunshine may be 2 months young; I whole-heartedly believe & boldly confess that this is just the beginning of “The Best Is Yet To Come!”
Love You Much & Be Bless, Tameca
by Joyce Meyer – posted August 31, 2012
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. — 1 Corinthians 2:2 (KJV)
This is such a glorious Scripture. You and I try to know everything, and here Paul is telling us that he did just the opposite. Unlike us, who worry about all the things we don’t know, Paul was trying to get rid of some of the things he did know. Why? Because he had discovered that, as the Bible teaches, sometimes knowledge can be aggravating (See Ecclesiastes 12:12). He had also discovered that knowledge can create pride, . . . [Yet mere] knowledge causes people to be puffed up (to bear themselves loftily and be proud) —1 Corinthians 8:1).
Sometimes the more knowledge we accumulate, the more problems we create. Often we plot and scheme and finagle to discover things that would be better left alone. Have you ever schemed to find out something that was going on and then when you did discover it, you sincerely wished you had stayed out of it? That is why Paul said that he had determined to know nothing but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. Sometimes the more I think I know, the harder it is to follow God.
From the book New Day, New You by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2006 by Joyce Meyer. Published by InProv. All rights reserved.
Read: Galatians 1:11-24
Bill was a friend of mine in semi- nary who had come to Christ out of a blatantly sinful lifestyle. He described it this way: “I was driving down the street drinking a bottle of brandy with another man’s wife at my side. When I saw some Christians on the sidewalk witnessing to passersby about Christ, I drove by and shouted, ‘Fools!’ But only a few weeks later I found myself kneeling in a church and asking Christ to become my Savior and Lord.” Bill’s conversion resulted in his giving up his old ways and experiencing a new life in Christ. It was a life-changing turnaround.
True repentance, which is initiated by the Holy Spirit, includes a real turnaround. Often we see that the greater the opposition to the gospel prior to conversion, the more stunning the change of direction afterward. When Saul of Tarsus encountered Christ on the road to Damascus, he was changed from a persecutor to a preacher of the gospel. Of this many observed: “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy” (Gal. 1:23).
Authentic conversion includes repentance, which is a change of mind and direction. For the follower of Christ, repentance means to keep turning away from sin and turning toward Christ in obedience.
Jesus, I come, Jesus, I come;
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee. —Sleeper
And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment. – Hebrews 9:27, NKJV.
So many people live life worried about what everyone else thinks and wondering how they can impress other people. But we have to realize that when we come to the end of life, we’re not going to stand before people to give an account of our lives, we are going to stand before Almighty God. He is not going to say, “Why didn’t you do what so-and-so said to do? Why didn’t you fit into their mold? Why didn’t you take their opinion?” No, He is going to ask, “Did you become who I created you to be? Did you stay true to what I put in your heart?”
This is where Saul missed it. Saul had a big destiny. God had great things in his future, but Saul was so insecure that he let people squeeze him into their mold. He was afraid he was going to disappoint somebody. He said in First Samuel 15:24, “I disobeyed the Lord’s instructions because I was afraid of the people, so I did what they asked.” Notice Saul knew what to do. He even admitted it, “I disobeyed God’s instructions.” Why? He was a people pleaser. He forfeited his destiny in order to please people. Friend, don’t let that be you! Don’t be a people pleaser, be a God pleaser because pleasing God is all that matters when all is said and done!
Prayer for Today:
Father God, today I set my heart and mind on pleasing You. Help me to break away from the snare of people pleasing. Help me to stand strong against criticism and learn to walk in love always. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing to You always in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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