Serving Others

What does it mean to serve others?

Philippians 2:3–4 says “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” True service requires sacrifice. We must sacrifice our abilities for the good of others, not just ourselves.

To truly serve like the Bible calls us to, we must do it with zero expectations of a reward. There is no guarantee that the people we serve will return the favor or even notice our efforts. Still, we are called to serve others anyway.

Matthew 10:45 says it this way, “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” If anyone deserves to be served, it’s Jesus. But He spent His life showing others that they matter. We can show others that they matter as well.

Here are 10 Ways to Serve others:

1) Volunteer.

2) Mentor Someone.

3) Bring a meal to someone who is not well.

4) Write an encouraging note to a different person once a week.

5) Support a ministry, prayerfully or financially.

6) Start a Bible study in your home.

7) Go on a short-term or long term missions trip.

8) Sponsor a child, one time or on-going.

9) Pick someone and commit to pray for them every day for a whole month.

10) Call a parent you know and offer to babysit for free.

There are many other ways that you can serve others, but here are just a few. Write in the comments below, how you plan to serve someone this month.

Do you have Self Confidence or God Confidence?

The world tells us to believe in ourselves, to be fearless, and to believe we can do anything we put our minds to. That might work when you know you can actually do something, but what about those times you are aware of your limitations.

Self-confidence comes with the definition of being self-assured in our own abilities and qualities. Self-confidence is something that everyone needs. But, as a Christian dedicated to Jesus, self-confidence sounds a lot like being dependent on ourself instead of aiming our eyes towards Jesus.

Jesus made us who we are today for a reason. He wants to use us right where we are. We might be hurting from others, feeling distant from Jesus or experiencing a time of feeling alone. Let God confidence build within you and it will show you a light that burns brighter than any form of darkness.

As our faith in God grows, so does our courage because our confidence is placed in God instead of in ourselves. Having confidence in God makes sense when we know God and becomes easier as that relationship grows, because God’s power and strength have been proven again and again, both in the Bible and in lives all around us.

An example of courage in the Bible is David standing before Goliath. A key element of the story is that David directed attention from himself onto God, emphasizing that it was the Lord who had the power and strength to defeat the enemy (1 Samuel 17:45-47). David didn’t imagine for a moment that he alone could defeat Goliath. He displayed no confidence in his own abilities. The difference between David and the other Israelites was not that he was more capable to fight than they were; David was the least qualified among them. What made David stand apart was his unwavering faith in God. If David seemed fearless, it wasn’t because he didn’t recognize the danger in front of him. Instead, David chose to put his trust in the living and loving God he knew intimately, and it turned out he was right to do so.

Cultivating God confidence will change how we see personal appearances. Jesus made us into who we are at this very moment. Whether we like how we look or feel frustrated with how we present ourselves, having ultimate confidence in God gives us worth everyday. To achieve anything or take any action consistent with God’s plan for your life, you must first place your confidence in God, knowing that he works all things for good to those who love him. No one is unreachable when it comes to seeking Jesus’ love, grace and hope. God confidence doesn’t mean you need to have everything figured out. Just like being a Christian doesn’t mean you won’t struggle, it means you won’t struggle alone.

My Trip to Winnipeg in February 2020

From February 17, 2020 to February 21, 2020 my mom and I went to Winnipeg.

On Monday February 17, we drove through Portage La Prairie and we saw the Largest Coca-Cola can in the world.

On Tuesday February 18, we went to The Canadian Museum of Human Rights.

We also went to the Manitoba Museum. A highlight of that was seeing the Nonsuch Ship. The Nonsuch Ship is a replica ship of the real ship, but this replica ship has actually gone on voyages. It was such a cool experience to see it! Here are some picture below.

The bottom of the boat

A bench

A bed

On Wednesday February 19, we saw the Winnipeg Bear Statue that is on Winnie the Pooh. If you would like to read the true story of the bear that Winnie the Pooh is based on you can click this link https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/winnipeg-the-bear-statue

We also went to Snow and Moon which has Korean ice cream with some friends. It was amazing!

On Thursday February 20, we went to the Canadian Mint, we went to Prairie 360 which is a restaurant that is 30 stories high and is a revolving restaurant that gives you a 360 degree view of Winnipeg. We also went to the Forks and saw Louis Riel’s grave.

That night with the same friends we had ice cream with, we went to the Largest Snow Maze in the World! So cool!

Viola and I with the snow bales

My mom and I

Before we left to go home on Friday February 21, we went to the Winnie the Pooh Gallery. I learned so much!

The real Winnie

Winnie with the group.

Experiencing Fear?

John 14:27 says “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

Fear is a common emotion. We might tease our friends for their fear of clowns or mice, but deep down, we all know that we have our own fears. It might not be furry creatures that startle us. Instead, we might fear being alone, or losing everything we’ve worked to gain, or being rejected. Whatever its form, fear is something we’ve all encountered at some point in our lives.

Scripture has a lot to say about fear. If we were to look up the word “fear” in our English Bibles, we’d find hundreds of occurrences. Yet in the Bible, not all fear is the same. There are two main ways that Scripture talks about it. First, there is the fear of God; second, there is the fear of everything else.

This second kind of fear that the Bible speaks of is about our desire to control the world around us. It’s the fear of losing what’s important to us, whether it be our job, our family, our reputation, our health, or our lives. Sometimes that means hiding from what we fear in the hopes that it can’t find us. Other times it means trying to control every detail of our lives, clinging tight to what matters most to us. This kind of fear pulls us away from God. It tells us that we are on our own and there is no one who cares to help us. It tells us that God is not really concerned about us. It makes giants out of what we fear, giants so big that we think even God can’t beat them.

When it comes to this kind of fear, the Bible says to abandon it.

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).

Yet there’s another fear that the Bible speaks of, one that we must have. This kind of fear is good. It stands up to all our other fears. It brings wisdom, joy, rest, and life. It is a holy fear — the fear of God.

“The fear of the Lord leads to life; and he who has it rests satisfied.” (Proverbs 19:23)

“Praise the LORD! How joyful are those who fear the LORD and delight in obeying his commands.” (Psalm 112:1)

To fear the Lord is to be like Moses and remove our shoes because we are standing on holy ground (Exodus 3:5). It is to be like the woman at the well who came face to face with the One who knew her so well. She encountered grace and left wonderstruck, running into the village to tell everyone, “He told me everything I ever did” (John 4:28–29). It is to be like the disciples who feared for their lives in the midst of a terrible storm at sea. But after seeing Jesus calm the storm with just his words, they stood in awe. “And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’” (Mark 4:41). This kind of fear is to grasp the wonder of the gospel that a holy and righteous God would take on flesh and enter into this sin-stained world to rescue us from the clutches of death. It is to be utterly blown away that, because of Jesus, we are children of God and we go freely before the throne of grace with complete confidence and without shame. It’s to see his work in our lives and be amazed at how he loves, provides, and cares for us. I don’t want fears that grip, paralyze, and control me. I want a fear that turns and runs to God, finding shelter in him. I want a fear that trusts him in the midst of storms, and stands in awe of his amazing grace. I want a fear that lets go of everything in my grip and trusts him to be everything I need. I want a right fear, the kind that chases away all other fears. I want the fear of God.

If the Israelites had truly trusted God’s promise, even their enemies in Canaan shouldn’t have been a threat to them. God was going to give Israel the Promised Land, just as he’d said to Abraham hundreds of years before. And during our moments of fear and panic, God is whispering promises to us too.

Some of God’s promises:
1. God’s truth. Is what I’m thinking about really happening? Or is it just my imagination running wild? Paul reminds us to dwell on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8).

2. God’s presence. We can be comforted remembering that we are not alone. God is with us. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

3. God’s grace. God promises to provide us with his all-sufficient grace for every trial that comes our way. “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness,” Jesus told Paul. And therefore, with Paul, we can “boast all the more gladly of [our] weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon [us]” (2 Corinthians 12:9).

4. God’s sovereignty. God is in control over every situation in our lives. “All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:35).

5. God’s listening ear. Pour out your heart to God in prayer. “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).

6. God’s trustworthiness. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3–4).

7. God’s big picture plan. No matter how awful this trial may seem, God promises to use everything together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). We may not see the good in our situation at the time, but we can trust God and his plan.

My 4th Cruise

From February 15, 2019 to February 24, 2019 my parents and I went on our 4th cruise.

On February 15 we spent the day flying to Miami.

On February 16 with how the flights worked out we were able to spend the day in Miami. We went to Bayside Marketplace and went on the Millionaire’s Row Cruise Tour.

The inventor of Instagram lives in this house.

We also saw the largest cruise ship in the world. Symphony of the Seas.

We also saw a house that had 32 palm trees and they all had to be imported from another country and they were $10,000 a tree. This house also had a tennis court and a greenhouse!

On February 17 we boarded the ship Carnival Magic to start our cruise.

I am officially a gold status cruiser!

On February 18, we went to Key, West Florida.

The Southern Most Point

Ernest Hemingway’s House

His library

All of the cats at his house are the original decesdants of the cats that Ernest Hemingway had. This cat has 6 toes on one paw.

On February 19, we had a day at sea.

One activity was life size Yahtzee. This was my team, and Lorraine, the lady in the middle is now a dear friend.

On February 20, we went to Roatan, Honduras.

Went to an iguana farm.

Toured a chocolate factory and tasted cacao beans.

Went to a beach on the tour.

Looking at the view of Roatan from the ship.

I got to play “Hasbro The Game Show”. I didn’t win but it was so fun! Here I am putting my card in the Monopoly money machine. I got to play the lifesize game of Simon.

On February 21, we went to Belize.

We toured a museum that used to be a prison and this used to be a prison cell and 13 people would be in here at one time!

This tree was real and made of mahogany wood.

There was a dog behind the blue “e” amd you couldn’t swim in the water because there were alligators in it.

Belize has the most beautiful water I have ever seen!

On February 22, we went to Cozumel, Mexico.

We toured a chocolate factory.

We also went in a submarine and saw a small shark! As well as many other fish.

On February 23, we had another day at sea.

We went to the Dr Suess Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast.

My mom and I went to a towel making class and I made a dog, an elephant and a dinosaur.

There was an ice carving.

We went to a balloon drop party.

On February 24, we flew home, but before we flew home I was able to get a picture of all the towels animals that we had in our room throughout the week together.

It was a great trip and I hope to go on another cruise again soon.

5 Things to Remember When you feel Discouraged

Have you ever thought about what makes a good day “good,” and a bad day “bad”? Many time we let our circumstances dictate how we feel from day to day. Here are 5 things to remember when you feel discouraged.

1. No matter the reason for the discouragement, think about the Lord.

When we let what people say or think of us influence us there become expectations that we have to live up to and many times we cannot live up to those expectations and then we get discouraged. We should be looking up (vertically) to Jesus and not looking around (horizontally) at the world.

Hebrews 12:1–3 says, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

These verses say, “Look unto Jesus” and “consider Him.” When we bring our lives before the Lord we find encouragement. All our reasons for discouragement fade away when we look up and see Him.

2. This moment won’t be wasted.

Whatever you are going through God has a plan and He is going to use it for his purpose. I once heard someone say “Today’s test is tomorrow’s testimony.” Trust your hope in Jesus and that he will carry you through.

Romans 8:28 says “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

3. Today’s troubles are temporary.

When we define our value and our measure of success by Christ’s work in us, which He began at the cross and promises to complete when we are with Him in glory then every day becomes a good day. We can face even terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days with joy because Christ is working in us. We are free to define a good day as one where excellence is pursued, self is left behind, and Christ is magnified!

2 Corinthians 4:17 says “For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.”

4. God is fighting for you.

The same God who helped David slay a nine-foot giant with one smooth stone fights for you. The same God who helped Joshua tear down a city with a trumpet blow fights for you.

God Fights on your side! A verse that reminds me of this is 2 Timothy 1:7 which says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

5. God is always good!

Even when our circumstances feel really bad, we can have hope in our good God.

Psalm 145:9 says “The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made.”

The Fruit of Love

Galatians 5:22-23 says “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control.”
In Galatians, love is the first fruit of the Spirit listed. Perhaps that’s because love is what enables us to develop the other fruits of the Spirit in our lives, paving the way for what God wants to do in our hearts.

-Jessica Fick

There are many ways to love people and there are many people in our lives that need love .

Here are 3 specific types of people that we should love.

1. Love Those in Need

An example of this is the story of The Good Samaritan in Luke 10:26-37. In this passage Jesus talks about loving your neighbour as yourself and gives the example of a Jewish man that was traveling on a road and some robbers came and beat him and took all of his possession and just left him there to die. A priest was walking on the road, he saw the man and just walked on the other side of the road. Another man saw the man but also walked on the other side of the road. Then a Samaritan man came along (Jews and Samartians didn’t get along) and cared for his wounds, and paid for him to stay at an innkeeper and get better, whatever the cost was. We should be encouraged to love those around us whether we get along with them or not. We should first see a need to love others and then act on that need of loving others. We should be in the act of love that puts others first.

2. Love the “Undeserving”

I put undeserving in quotations beccause no one is truly undeserving of love. We just think they dont deserve to be loved. An example I have is the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10. In this passage Jesus was coming through a town and a man named Zacchaeus who was a tax collector wanted to see Jesus but the crowd was to big so he climbed a tree to be able to see Jesus. When Jesus passed by he saw Zacchaeus in the tree and told him that he was coming to his house. But when people heard Jesus say that they complained and said that Zacchaeus was a sinner and as a tax collector took more than he was supposed to. Zacchaeus repented to Jesus. Zacchaeus knew he was a sinful tax collector but he wanted to see Jesus. Zacchaeus can be labeled as “undeserving” of love because he was unkind, and unpleasant and a thief. Even though these people thought Zacchaeus was undeserving of love, Jesus reached out to Zacchaeus and loved him when everyone felt that Jesus shouldn’t love him and in the end Zacchaeus’s heart was changed. This example shows that even if someone has wronged us it doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t love them.

The second example I have is The Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32. In this passage a man had two sons. The younger son wanted to move away from home, so he asked his father for his inheritance. While he was away he spent his money foolishly and had no money left. He got hired by a farmer to feed the pigs and since he had no money to eat he was eating what he fed the pigs. One day he realized that his father’s servants ate better than him so he would go back to his father and ask to be a servant. While he was still a far ways off his father saw him coming home and ran to him. His father threw him a party, for his lost son had been found. The other son of the father was working in the field when the son came home and heard music and dancing. He found out that his brother was home and killed the fatest calf to celebrate. He was very angry at his father because he had never gone against his father like his brother had. This son can be labeled as “undeserving” of love because his brother didn’t think that his father should treat the other brother the way he was treating him (with love) when he left and wasted his money away. This is another good example of when someone wronged us that we should forgive them and welcome them back into our lives even if some people think we shouldn’t.

3. Love the Lost

An example of loving the Lost is in Luke 15:1-7. In this passage Jesus talks about if you have 100 sheep and you loose 1 but still have the other 99 you will leave the 99 and go and find the 1 lost sheep and then rejoice with others when it is found. The bible compares us to sheep. We all have gone astray. It is important to love those who are astray. Whether they have fallen or whether they have never known Jesus, it is important to love them. We can even consider The Prodigal Son to be someone who was lost, but the father was out there loving his son waiting for him to come home, even when the brother didn’t feel that was right. The father did what was right by loving his son who was astray.

Romans 8:38-39 says “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, one depth, nor any other created thing , will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”