Jackie's Journey "Jolly Jungle Christmas!"

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This tree stands alone on the bank of the river Pucuro, at the bottom of the trail behind our house... 

Years ago, buried in the remote jungles of Panama and a week or so before our first Christmas interior, I experienced what could only be called…loneliness.  It’s true we were isolated, our village was secluded at the top of the river Pucuro headwaters; yet, even now, I look back and am amazed at the phenomenon because we lived in a small village and I knew the name of every family, their children’s names, and all their aunts and uncles!  There were people in my house and my business every minute of every day.  I had two little girls and lots of activities with the mothers and women of the village all the time.  There were very few uninterrupted moments in a day.  Lonely...what…really?

What was wrong with me?

Being lonely in a crowd isn’t new.  The holidays certainly foster opportunity for these unwelcome “feelings.”   Ann Kiemel wrote, “People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.”   It was eye opening to realize my wrong focus had built a wall between God and I and my self-focus had taken center stage…again!

I had been “commissioned by God for a life of good worksand I had lost sight of His vision for me.  True contentment involves surrendering to the words aptly spoken by Jonathan Edwards, “I go out to preach with two propositions in mind.  First, everyone ought to give his life to Christ.  Second, whether or not anyone gives Him his life, I will give Him mine.”  Contentment is realizing God has provided everything I need for my present happiness.  I Tim. 6: 8  (Gothard)

Every woman’s work is a portrait of herself.” Anonymous

If you would make a woman happy, don’t add to her possessions but subtract from the sum of her desires. Teach her to live with less, not more!  Apples of Gold   I don’t think loneliness would qualify as a possession…or would it?  The opposite of loneliness is companionship. I certainly had my share of companionship!  I had found God to be my all in that little village on the Colombian border.  Not, Christ, plus my need for someone to fill my loneliness!  Or Christ, plus______  (you fill in the blank) 

It is Christ, plus nothing…He is all or He is nothing!.

 “I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. ”Phil. 4: 11  Christ is enough to satisfy the hearts of all who confide in Him and who leave everything in His hands regardless of the circumstance.

“A Christian asked another how he was getting along.  Dolefully, his friend replied, ‘Oh, fairly well, under the circumstances.’  ‘I’m sorry’, exclaimed the other, ‘that you are under the circumstances’.

The Lord would have us living above all circumstances, where He Himself can satisfy our hearts and meet our every need for time and eternity.”  H. A. Ironside    He is all we need!  He alone can satisfy our thirst for whatever it is that we are seeking apart from Him.  What did I need other than Him and the fullness of His companionship!  He was the only one that could fill that loneliness. 

What had I been thinking!

Loneliness was my gift that Christmas and it became my friend.  Whenever it reared its ugly head and started building a wall between God and I, red flags flared up and it became my signal to pray for someone that I knew needed Him.  Satan hated that!   He would withdraw that temptation and run. Developing my prayer life was not in his plan! That Christmas I learned one of the most valuable disciplines of my Christian life.  Loneliness was not my enemy; it was my cue to pray and in doing so I began to use Satan for God’s glory!

Whatever your circumstance this holiday season, 

take the temptation to feel left-out, forgotten, over-looked, displaced……

and

Prayerfully seek Him

by instantly pursuing Him in petition for a lost person!

Watch Satan run…guaranteed!

“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.”

Romans 8:37

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "Recipe for a Miserable Holiday!"

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 “It is not only the most difficult thing to know yourself, but the most inconvenient one, too.” H. W. Shaw   Mostly because we do everything possible to avoid being known…really known!   Being honest with others or ourselves is an unwelcome exercise we practice every time we are in an uncomfortable or awkward space…whether outside our comfort zone alone or facing an unfamiliar group.

There are so many articles written this time of year because the holidays are symptomatically filled with houses full of family fun and activity or houses empty, full of loneliness.  Some houses are a combination of both!  Misery is an equal opportunity venture.  

There is a tried and true recipe for its development.  It goes like this…all you have to do is:

Think about yourself.

Talk about yourself.

Use I as often as possible.

Mirror yourself continually in the opinion of others.

Listen greedily to what people say about you.

Expect to be appreciated.

Be suspicious.

Be jealous and envious.

Be sensitive to slights.

Never forgive a criticism.

Trust nobody but yourself.

Insist on consideration and respect.

Demand agreement with your own views on everything.

Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favors shown them.

Never forget a service you may have rendered.

Be on the lookout for a good time for yourself.

Shirk your duties if you can.

Do as little a possible for others.

Demand your entitlements

Love yourself supremely.

Be selfish.

(From Apples of Gold)

Sound like anyone you know?

Whenever you are selfishly looking out for your own interests, you have only one person working for you…yourself!  When you reach out to help a dozen other people with their needs, you have a dozen people working with you.  Wm. B. Gwen, Jr. 

We have been given the key to a recipe for happiness, joy, and contentment.

Do you want it?  

Here it is:

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.  Rather, in humility, value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you looking to the interest of others.”  Phil. 2: 3-4

Losing our lives in others for their success comes with the promise that we will find the abundant life.    Since it is impossible to serve others and be selfish at the same, it requires a willful choice!

The holiday season brings perfect opportunities to create a new, tried and true, recipe…one that will not only benefit others but will profit our families and us. Inviting and accepting new ways to get outside our comfy box and catch a glimpse of others who are needing a “hand up”, a loving touch from the Master, an encouraging word and the hope of our redeeming Savior is the first step.  This is the compensatory recipe that can, by choosing, be written on our hearts during this time of year that we set aside to remember the reason God sent His Son to us.

Which will it be…

 A recipe for joy and blessing or

A recipe for misery and disaster??

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "What!...My thought Life?"

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“Thinking is the hardest work there is,

which is probably the reason why so few engage in it!” Henry Ford

My grandmother had an inviting Missouri screened in porch that wrapped around the house.  It had a country porch swing and a huge comfortable rocking chair.  In the early evening, after supper, my three sisters and I would find our grandmother sitting on that porch, lost in her thoughts after a busy day in the garden, cooking, baking apple pies, canning, fetching water from a well, etc.  She would quietly urge us to stop our scurrying and sit, rock and think with her.  Her thoughts would wash over us in some of the funniest one-liners I have ever heard!  If we took her up on her invitation, we were blessed beyond measure.

Thinking is the talking of the soul itself.”  Plato

Thoughts are a response to our will.  We give our thoughts permission to control us.  Thoughts can be triggered by our emotions, but where they take us is determined by our will.  It has been said that the secret of being miserable is to have the leisure to contemplate whether we are happy or not!    

How is your thought-life?

We talk when we cease to be at peace with our thoughts.  Talking too much usually follows our thinking too little!  One great use of words is to hide our thoughts!

“For as he (she) thinks in his (her) heart so he (she) is.” Pro. 23:7  

 God defined for us what our thought life should be.  We are to fill our thoughts with God’s thoughts; those things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtuethink on these things. Phil. 4: 8    We are not to yield our thought life to selfishness, fears, self-pity, gossip, rudeness, worry…

“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Mark 7:21-23

“The only reason some people become lost in thought is because it is strange territory to them!”  Most moms are too busy to stop and access their thoughts.  Between being a wife, mother, cook, nurse, teacher, counselor, taxi-driver and the multitude of pressing E-mails, Instagrams, twitter, Facebook and social, academic and athletic activities,…what mom has any spare time to contemplate anything at all! 

“As a woman thinks in her heart so is she, not only embraces the whole of a woman’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of her life.  A woman is literally what she thinks…her character being the complete sum of all her thoughts.” James Allen

Are you distressed, in turmoil, confused or sensing loss or failure?

Have your thoughts wandered away selfishly into aimless

fantasies, longings and imaginings?

Take your thoughts captive and focus on His thoughts (His Word)

and be assured of a thought-life that is honoring and pleasing

to God, to your husband and to your children.

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "Purposely Thankful!"

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When we attend an English speaking church, we have the privilege of sitting under a man who challenges our hearts and understands how to walk with God.  We are grateful for his faithfulness and teaching of the Word of God.  This summer, I pulled this from his Weekly Words in the church bulletin.

“The Bible tells us that ‘every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father’ (James 1:17).  God is certainly benevolent and generous to us.  He gives a variety of good things, from the gift of life in a newborn baby, to the satisfying experience of a good meal after a long day’s work.  No matter how profound or how seemingly mundane, the good we experience comes from the mind and intentionality of a gracious good God.  One of the reasons the connection between good gifts and the generous giver is so critically important to keep in mind is because, like spoiled and presumptuous children, we can easily become ingrates!  Thanksgiving is not an extracurricular activity reserved for the deeply pious or the overly thoughtful.  Being purposely thankful is at the heart of true Christianity.  To celebrate the redemption of Christ, or to be grateful for a good night’s sleep is a reflection of our awareness that God is God, and that we are utterly dependent on His kindness.  So today, be cognizant of the blessings that God is dispensing in your life, and take the time to express your sincere gratitude to the Giver of all good things.”  Pastor Mike Fabarez

 HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Posted on November 20, 2017 and filed under Announcements, Parenthood, Spiritual Growth.

Jackie's Journey "How do You do in the Trenches?"

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Virtue is the positive influence my life has on others by my right responses to life’s situations. The woman in the last chapter of Proverbs sets the standard.  Who wouldn’t want to be that Proverbs 31 woman of virtue?  Our claim to fame would be we are “mighty in spirit”!  We would be noble in character, have the trust of our husband, lack nothing, be clothed in strength and dignity, our children would call us blessed and our husbands would praise us!  Sounds good to me…A “Win-win”…

The alternative, of course, is a despicable choice!  As moms, we would not want our children to accept impurity, in any of its forms, as normal and we, definitely, would not want to give them a bad example to follow, would we?  “Virtue, by definition, is the moral excellence and purity of spirit that radiates from our lives as we obey God.” (Gothard)

 “There is but one virtue…the eternal sacrifice of self.”  Henry George

A vibrant Christian life is found by losing our lives in others!  “Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life in others for my sake will find it.” Matt. 10:37-39  All the virtuous character qualities in the world can be summed up in the truth of that one verse…dedicated deference living for the benefit of others and the glory of God.  Not stumbling blocks, but stepping-stones!

 It would make us all declarers of truth, servants, teachers, exhorters, givers and bearers of one another’s burdens.  The body of Christ would function.  The home would be filled with God and His ways.  Our children would rise up and call us blessed.  Harmony would rule!

Who doesn’t want that?

 These are the last of the 31 virtues from last week.  These verses can be prayed into your life and the life of your husband and children.  There are 31 total…one for each day of the month (with your Proverb of the day).

16. Peace-loving.  “Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14: 19)

 17.Joyful.  “May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (I Thess. 1: 6)

18.Perseverance.  “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do and helpthem especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.  (Heb. 12:1)

19.Humility. “God. Please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.”  (Titus 3: 2)

20.Compassion. “Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of Compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21.Responsibility.  “Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load. (Gal. 6:5)

22.Contentment.  “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in every situation, through Him who gives them strength.”  (Phil. 4: 12-13)

23.Faith.  “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.”  (Lu. 17: 5-6; Heb.11: 1-40)

24. A servant’s heart.  “God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.”  (Eph. 6: 7)

25. Hope.  “May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)

26. Willingness and ability to work.  “Teach my children, Lord, to value work ad to work at it with their heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Col. 3: 23)

27. Passion for God.  “Lord, please instill in my children a soul that follows hard after you. (Psa. 63: 8), one that clings passionately to you.”   

28. Self-discipline.  “Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1: 3)

29. Prayerfulness.  “Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kind of prayers and requests.” (Eph. 6: 18)

30. Gratitude.  “Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20, Col.2: 7)

31. A heart for missions.  “Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples.” (Psa. 96:3)  (These 31 verses were given to me many years ago with no author referenced...they are too valuable not to pass on to you young mothers) 

The Proverbs 31 virtuous woman has no name and we don’t know what she looked like or her personality.  We learn of her inner character.  She understood God-control and the blessing of surrendering to Him in her choices.  She is being praised for her spiritual character…not her physical beauty or accomplishments.  Many of the virtues listed here are acknowledged in this last chapter of Proverbs.

Are you a woman of excellent character?

Do those following you see God in you… in your conversation, actions and attitudes?

 Moral Excellence is not made in crisis or in the trenches; it is only exhibited…

Crisis reflects our virtue or lack of it!

 How are you in the trenches?

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "Virtue??"

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Ever wonder what that word means?  There’s a lot of talk out there regarding the desperate need for it in our present culture.  Can you give me a pragmatic definition for biblical virtue?  How would we go about building virtue into our princes and princesses?  And, by the way…

Are you a virtuous woman? Proverbs 31

We have been given everything we need to live a godly life.  There are no excuses for not living a life of moral excellence.  “For this very reason, we are to make every effort to add to our faith, moral excellence; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 

For IF you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  II Pet. 1: 3-9

There are 30-31 days in a month; just enough time to read a Proverb a day (written by the wisest man who has ever lived!) and finish the book each month.  If you prayed the 31 virtues (that I am about to share with you) along with the Proverb of the day, into the life of your child…just one each day…you would be well on your way to seeing God’s will placed into the heart of your child and a clearer understanding of your own position and calling as a parent.  Part of virtue is learning to build personal moral standards into your life, which will cause others to desire a more godly life.

Let’s take a look at a few…

1.     Salvation.  “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:8; 2 Tim. 2:10)

2.     Growth in grace. “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (2 Pet. 3:18)

3.     Love.  “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25; Eph. 5: 2)

4.      Honesty and Integrity. “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and protection”.  (Ps. 25: 21)

5.     Self-Control. “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.” (I Thess. 5: 6)

6.     Love for God’s Word. “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much more pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19: 10)

7.     Justice. “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Psa. 11:7, Mic. 6:8)

8.     Mercy. “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful”(Lk. 6: 36)

9.     Respect (for self, others, authority). “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands.”  (I Pet. 2: 17)

10. Biblical self-esteem.  “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.”  (Eph. 2: 10)

11. Faithfulness.  “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3: 3)

12. Courage.  “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.”  (Dt. 31: 6)

13. Purity.  “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions. (Psa. 51: 10)

14. Kindness.  “Lord, may my children always be kind to each other and to everyone else.”  (I Thess. 5: 15

15. Generosity.  “Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (I Tim. 6: 18-19)

“There is but one virtue…the eternal sacrifice of self.”  Henry George

All the virtuous character qualities in the world can be summed up in the truth of that one statement…dedicated deference living for the benefit of others.  It would make us all declarers of truth, servants, teachers, exhorters, givers and bearers of one another’s burdens.  The body of Christ would function.  The home would be filled with God.

Our children would rise up and call us blessed.  Harmony would rule!

Who doesn’t want that?

 Please look for the remaining 15 Virtues next Monday…I’ll see you then.

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "Keeping on Point!"

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“Keeping on Point”…the words that bring us

back to purpose and direction!

I have the privilege of meeting each week with a beautiful, newly married young girl named Yasmin.  Together we are exploring what it means to become a wife of excellence.  She is a blessing to my heart as I watch her take biblical truth and apply it to her life…

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.  For what is seen is temporal, but what is unseen is eternal” I Cor. 4: 18    ”…eyes straight ahead, fixing our gaze directly before us…not swerving to the right or the left…we keep our foot from evil.” Pro. 4: 25-27   Maintaining God-consciousness in a world filled with a multitude of distractions is definitely the challenge.

Samuel M. Zwemer wrote, “Prayer is the gymnasium for the soul”.  God says He will answer a prayer that is in His will and that He delights to do so!  Yasmin and I looked at six petitions that were clearly in His Word and His will.  We decided to begin praying these six requests into our lives and into the lives of those we love.

1.     That I may know God’s Word and obey it.

2.     That I may delight in Him.

3.      That I may seek Him with all my heart.

4.     That I may be pleasing to Him regardless of my circumstances.

5.      That I may cultivate an attitude of joy and gratitude in what God is doing in my life no matter what my husband does or does not do.

6.     That I may have joy in God deciding how my life and circumstances can glorify Him most, that He can use me for His glory.

             (from The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace)

Bulls Eye!

Definitely on Point!

Definitely His will and purpose for our lives!

                                                          "Keeping on point" paid off!!!

                                                          "Keeping on point" paid off!!!

“Prayer is the preface to the book of Christian living, the text of the new life sermon, the girding on of the armor for battle, the pilgrim’s preparation for his journey and it must be supplemented by action or it amounts to nothing!” (Anonymous) “The world has yet to see what God will do with a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to the Holy Spirit.” (Henry Varley)  D. L. Moody said, “I’ll be that man!”

Might I challenge you to pray these six petitions

into your life and the lives of your children?

“Nothing lies beyond the reach of prayer except that which lies outside

the will of God.” Anonymous

True fulfillment in life is not deciding what I want to do or become, but ‘keeping on point’, discovering and completing the purpose for which God made me.”  (Gothard)

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

 

 

Posted on October 30, 2017 and filed under Character and Virtue, Spiritual Growth, Motherhood.

Jackie's Journey "What's the Prize?"

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“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run,

but one receives the prize?” I Cor. 9: 24

 

Are you the proverbial “Soccer Mom?”  Maybe it’s baseball…tennis…?

Monday nights are game nights on T.V in many homes across America. We put our children in team sports almost before they can walk, let alone kick a soccer ball!  We hear the competitive nature of the game as parents stand and shout encouragement at players and periodically yell at the officials.   The philosophy of how a game should be played is wrapped up in the words “the most important thing is winning, not how you played the game!”

Whether it’s sports, academics, the best school, the best clothes,

or the best… whatever…

it’s important that our children catch God’s perspective, not the worlds.

A WINNER…

…makes time

says, “Let’s find out”

…empowers

says, “If it is to be, it’s up to me”

…is not afraid of losing.

          …wants to, not ...has to.

…is part of the solution.

          …does it.

…makes commitments.

…works harder than a loser.

     …learns from others.

…says, “I’ll plan to do that.”

…says, I’m good, but not as good as I

                               can be.”

                                       … listens.

…catches people doing things right.

   …says, “I was wrong.”

 ….says, “There ought to be a better

                                way.”

…sees opportunities.

…celebrates with others.

…feels responsible for more than her

                                 job.

…translates dreams into reality.

…expects success.

A LOSER

…wastes time.

…says, “Nobody knows.”

…controls.

…says, I can’t help it.”

…is afraid of winning.

…has to, not...want to.

…is part of the problem.

…talks about it.

…makes promises.

…is always “too busy”.

…resents others.

…says, “I’ll try to do that.”

…says, “I’m not as bad as a lot of other

                people.”

…just waits until it’s his turn to talk.

…catches people doing things wrong.

…says, “It wasn’t MY fault.”

…says, “That’s the way it’s always

                been done.”

…sees problems.

…complains about others.

…says, “I only work here.”

…translates reality into dreams.

…expects failure.

(Family Circle – Words to Live By 1997)

Sacrificing whatever it takes to win… your example,  your integrity, compliance with a coach who says “trip the kid in front of you”…breaking the rules…whatever it takes.  Winning is the objective.  “Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” I Tim.4: 8 

Teaching our children the true definition of winning is often by-passed on the altar of “me first winners!  Losing is not an option.

Don’t misunderstand me.  Team sports are a part of our American heritage.  Just don’t miss the importance of genuine winning found in an eternal goal…   “…Straining toward what is ahead. Pressing toward the goal to win the prize…” Phil.3:13

What prize?

How do you define winning?

Are you a winner?  Or are your goals temporal?

What do your children see you seeking?

“A man’s steps are directed by the Lord.  How then can anyone understand his own way?” 

Pro. 20:24  

God has a plan for our success.  It stretches beyond our view.

How can we think apart from His purpose??

God has called us “heavenward in Christ Jesus.  All of us who are mature should take such a view of things (our view should include an eternal perspective)  And if, on some point you think differently, that too, God will make clear to you.” Phil. 3:14   Competitive sports show us the importance of setting a goal and straining to reach it!  Binding ourselves to His plan (spending eternity with Him) and continually pushing forward toward Christ for His equipping us, as wives, mothers, parents, teachers and examples make us winners.  His empowerment is the prize. 

We are not programmed to get the job done apart from Him.

Do your children have this view?

For when the One Great Scorer comes,

To write against your name,

He writes not that you lost or won,

But how you played the game.

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "Daughters of the King Devotional"

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Look what"s NEW!

 DAUGHTERS OF THE KING DEV0TIONAL

is written with your Princess in mind! 

 

 

Daughters of the King Devotional is written for little girls who want to live like princesses.  This delightful book will help your little princess engage in Scripture and open her heart to God, as you join her in reading at night while being tucked into bed, in the morning devotion times or anytime.

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Jackie's Journey "I Hate Flaws!"

Welcoming our failures and flaws, as friends, is a foreign concept,

but it is the key to genuine spiritual growth… Jas.1: 2

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This was one of the most beautiful clay pots in my garden.

There is a story told of a water bearer in India who had two large pots, each hung on the end of a pole, which he carried across his neck.  One of the pots was perfectly made and never leaked.  The other pot had a crack in it; and, by the time the water bearer reached his master’s house, it had leaked much of its water and was only half full.  For a full two years, this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house.  Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments.  But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do. 

After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer one-day by the stream.  “I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you.”

“Why?’ asked the bearer.  “What are you ashamed of?”

“I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half my load, because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house.  Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work and you don’t get full value from your efforts,” the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.”  Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path and this cheered it some.

But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because it had leaked out half its load and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure.  The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path, but not on the other pot’s side?”

That’s because I have always known about your flaw and I took advantage of it.  I planted flower seeds on your side of the path and everyday while we walked back from the stream, you have watered them. 

For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master’s table.  Without your being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty grace his house!” 

Each of us has our own unique flaws.  We are all cracked pots.  But if we allow it, God will use our flaws to grace His table.  In God’s great economy nothing goes to waste.  Don’t be afraid of your flaws.  Acknowledge them and you, too, can be the cause of beauty. 

 Sometimes it is easier to focus on our flaws, not realizing that they are a reminder that “God’s grace is sufficient for us…His power is made perfect in our weakness.” II Cor. 12:9

Do you ever focus on your flaws?

Be thankful for the things you are not able to do, they remind you who’s your source of strength and power…CHRIST.

Know that in our weakness we find our strengths.

Years ago, a young girl named Jessica sent this little story to me.  Jessica is one of my girls from a discipleship class I taught in a local church for three years.  She continues bless my heart…

Thank you, Jessica…

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~Jackie Johnson - I am a former tribal missionary to the Kuna Indians on the Colombian border in Central America.  Fluent in several languages, my husband and I currently pastor a Spanish-speaking church in Southern California.  My passion is discipling and equipping dedicated young women for life, marriage, motherhood, and beyond. I am the mother of two daughters and the grandmother of three Princesses and four young Knights. 

Posted on October 9, 2017 and filed under Character and Virtue, Spiritual Growth, Motherhood.