Scar Sharing 

Scar sharing

 

Throughout 2019 my pastor taught on “simple church” and the four foundational corners in which to build our lives upon — prayer, worship, learning and sharing.

I believe sharing your testimony is the key foundational point for a believer.

My tongue will proclaim your righteousness, your praises all day long. Psalm 35:25

As someone with a “roadmap” of scars on one leg and a “pot hole” on the other, I’m reminded of the day when a precocious three-year-old neighbor boy looked at me and asked, “Why is there a hole in your leg”? I remember his mother being so embarrassed that he would ask such a question and trying to shush him from speaking.  Of course, I gave him a simple answer without including words like car accident, cancer or surgeries. Continue reading “Scar Sharing “

 Go be wonderful!

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How amazing is it when we look at nature and see all of the beautiful things that just seem to “take care of themselves”?

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Matthew 6:26

Amazing how tiny a seed is covered in the deep, dark, damp underground; yet if it is left still ‒ just being ‒ it pushes through the ground at the right time! It was given a “gift.” It was given intention (its talent, if you will) from God whether it be a flower to be placed upon a grave or a plant to brighten up your landscape or a vegetable to be consumed for nutrition… It was given a purpose.

YOU have also been given attention by God. Continue reading ” Go be wonderful!”

Listen

Listen

“Those who listen to instruction will prosper; those who trust the Lord will be joyful.” Proverbs 16:20

We’ve all heard those stories – or maybe even told them ourselves.

“I felt a nudge to call her right then and she needed to hear from a friend.”

“I paid for the person behind me and found out they really needed someone to show they cared.”

Just love hearing these things! It warms my heart. Evidence that God is working even in the little details of our lives.

BUT…

What happens when we hear that still, small voice and brush it off as a fleeting thought?

We think “I don’t have time to make a meal for that family.” “I don’t have the energy to _________” “That’s too hard.” “I’m not qualified.”

What happens when we say, “No.”? Continue reading “Listen”

Put on your oxygen mask

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I don’t know about you, but December was quite a month!

I suppose for most of you, December was packed to the brim with Christmas shopping, wrapping, baking, parties, school programs and visiting every relative within the tri-state area.

Or maybe this was an especially difficult season for you due to sad memories, missing loved ones or other significant losses.

Or maybe your month was more like mine. It began busy with the remodel of The Connection’s new home and then came to an abrupt halt when I came down with a virus. I turned into Rip VanWinkle and slept for a few weeks while the rest of the world kept on going without me. Continue reading “Put on your oxygen mask”

5 things I learned in 2019

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Welcome to our guest writer, Laura Acuna!

I don’t know about you, but an ideal New Years Eve for Pat and I is quiet, cozy, and uneventful. This year, we had a fun and early dinner out, then came home to a movie and a relaxing evening. Perfect!

Even though I am not much for partying on New Year’s Eve, I do like to take a look back at the year that is ending and ponder what God has taught me along the way. Each year – without exception – I’ve looked back and been able to trace God’s faithful provision and care.

Here are 5 things I’ve learned in 2019: Continue reading “5 things I learned in 2019”

5 Things about Jesus’ birth that you may not have known

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Suddenly, an Angel of the Lord appeared to *shepherds guarding their sheep and announced to them, “Today in Bethlehem, in the city of David, a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord!

And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped in *swaddling (strips of cloth) cloth lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 9-12

So much to unpack but let me point out 5 things that you may not already know… Continue reading “5 Things about Jesus’ birth that you may not have known”

5 Golden Things

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It’s that time of year again where we get to Jingle Bell Rock our way through the stores and wrap gifts through the Silent Night. Wait…shhhhh…Hark! The herald children screams as they run through the decked halls! What child is this who should be sound asleep all nestled in their beds with sugar plums dancing in their heads. Instead, Tommy is pretending to be the Drummer Boy while Cindy called me names. Mom is sitting on her bed with Christmas wrapping and closing her eyes dreaming of Christmas shoes all to herself. All she wants for Christmas are 5 goooooolden things. Continue reading “5 Golden Things”

5 things I do while cleaning & organizing to give credit where is due

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Lindsey Montejo. I’m a wife and mom and let me not forget to tell you… I love Jesus. I also love all things cleaning and organizing. That includes cleaning the toilet…Crazy huh?

I’ve come to desire to inspire and motivate others to clean, organize and revamp spaces in their homes.

I say “I’ve come to desire” because before desiring what the Lord has placed in me to use for good, I held on to using this gift as a way to glorify myself instead of him.

I wanted everything around my home to be perfect. I wanted my house to be one of those Pinterest-inspired homes. A home that when you walked into people would go “Wow, this is so clean and organized.”

But I wanted that at a cost.

The cost was stress and anxiety as I began an obsessing over having everything perfect. Anything out of place and I was yelling at my husband and kids. “Pick that up, I just organized!” OR  “Seriously I just did the laundry!” OR “Ugh! Why do I have to do everything around here?”

Wait…

Did I just say why do I… I, myself… have to do everything?

Reality check! Who told me I had to do everything? Who told me I need to have a perfect home?

Resentment crept in. It became a Me, Myself, and I party. What I enjoyed about cleaning and organizing had turned into doing what I loved for the wrong reasons.

“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 to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:3-4 NIV

I had selfish motivation in me to WANT those around me to recognize all that I do for them instead of doing what I love for the LORD. I was given a desire to clean and organize to help my family and those around me NOT given the desire to expect anything in return.

So here I am today, after getting over myself and realizing that my love for cleaning and organizing is to be used to help others. It is not meant to give me stress or resentful feelings.

I’ve come to find joy in using my gift to help those I love dearly and others in this world, because it is after all God who created me to be me. Not me, myself, and I.

The glory should be given not to me, but to the creator himself. God.

So here are 5 things I do to keep myself in check while cleaning and organizing for my family so I can be sure to give credit where it’s due…

  1. Pray. You will go into cleaning with a more joyful heart. Trust me!
  2. Put on your favorite Christian music!
  3. Ask for help if you need it. You do not have to go it alone. Kids especially love to be helpers.
  4. Start small and remember it does not need to get done all at once
  5. When you are finished do a happy dance and thank God for all you got done!

Lindsey Montejo

Lindsey Montejo
Lindsey resides in York, PA along with her husband and three daughters. She has a heart for Jesus and a desire to share her growing relationship with others so they may know that His love is unconditional.

Lindsey also happens to love everything about cleaning and organizing! You can find Lindsey at https://www.facebook.com/ATCbyLindsey/ where she hopes to use the gift the Lord has given her to bring some fun, motivation, and inspiration to tackle spaces in your home as she does spaces in hers.

 

Are we accepting of others?

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You know how it is…

You walk into a meeting or gathering.

You’re afraid because you don’t want to do or say anything wrong.

You just want to sneak in and out because if anyone really knew you, they wouldn’t like you.

You think everyone knows your problems — even though they don’t.

You think, “Oh Lord! Please let me be accepted here. I know I have problems, don’t let them see what they are.” Continue reading “Are we accepting of others?”