Pursuing What Counts in 2013

This blog was first launched on December 29, 2010. Two years of triumphs and tragedies have passed since then, and I am thankful that I am still here to share this special moment with you Рthe end of yet another year.

We’ve seen significant changes financially, spiritually, socially, in politics, and in our communities all around us. We’ve buried many children due to violence, like the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School horror in Newtown, Connecticut (USA) and Trayvon Martin’s untimely death in Florida. Some cities like Chicago, Illinois (USA) have buried over 500 people in 2012 due to violence alone. Wars have erupted in the Middle East and in other world regions as governments and regimes fight for various rights or privileges. People crush each other any moment they get a chance (on social media, in the workplace) because of the fierce competition that is now ensuing.

What about our futures? What type of world are we creating for the generations coming up behind us? Are we proud to show our children how materialistic we’ve become? Is having all the latest gadgets, clothes, shoes and cars the only way to show that we’re “really living”? Do we make the effort to extend ourselves to help others, or are we content with the “us four, no more” mentality?

When we are at work, can anyone say that we genuinely care about their well-being, even if we are managers? Or is self-preservation the name of the game?

What about our church circles? The shame and embarrassment seems unending when news is broadcasted about our issues. Are we willing at all to step aside and allow God to take full control of our private appetites so they do not boil over and become public disgraces?

We need a revival of our souls. We are thirsty and are reaching for things that will never satisfy us!

2 Chronicles 7: 14 – 15 (NKJV, Holy Bible) states:
“….if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place.”

I have such a spiritual hunger and thirst deep within me now that I cannot truly explain. I’m at a place in my life now where dressing in the latest labels and designs are a nice-to-have and is not required. Driving the latest model car means nothing to me now; I’ve done that twice before. Living in the “right” zip-code means very little; I’ve done that before too. What I NEED, more than anything else, is more of GOD. He speaks to me in the small things and in the big things. His care is evident. His love is precious. He speaks to my soul in ways I cannot describe adequately. Dreams, desires and ministries are birthed when we submit our lives into His hands.

As we embark on a new journey that begins in just a few hours (less than 12 hours), let us stop the busyness, step away from our electronic devices for some time and give God our undivided attention. He longs to commune with us. His presence gives us unexplainable peace of mind. His presence brings divine revelations on how to proceed in our lives. His love envelops us and heals us of past hurts and disappointments. These are not just cute sayings; these are REAL results when we stay and pray. Meditation on the Bible is vitally important in growing and developing us as living examples. Reading biblically-grounded books help as well. Take notes as you meditate, read and reflect. Allow God to push you into your next place of blessing (or testing).

I want to worship God with ALL my heart, mind, soul and spirit. I want to worship Him as I approach a new year with new challenges and new blessings.

Will you join me?

I wish a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous 2013 to you and your families!

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Merry Christmas!!!!

Christmas has always been my favorite time of the year! I LOVE the songs, the movies, the food, the laughter and happy memories that the season brings. People also seem to be kinder and more patient during this time.

As the years have gone by and different circumstances have occurred, my level of celebration has changed, but I haven’t forgotten what Christmas really means. When I cannot taste the wonderful dishes (because I’m sick at home this year), or hear laughter, I treasure the beautiful memories that were created many years ago that still make my heart shine.

I watched my son open his gifts last night, and the wonder and excitement (and his gratefulness) made it all worthwhile. Are we as thankful today for what God did for us on that first Christmas? Jesus was sent here on earth in the form of a baby, a human! That aspect alone is a miracle, something that our finite minds cannot grasp.

The fact that Jesus willingly chose to go through what we go through (natural birth, growth from a baby into an adult) and went as far as dying like a common criminal on a cross is enough for me. All that gives meaning to my life has already happened before today. I am a believer in Jesus Christ because of what God did at Christmas!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all of you and your families. Enjoy the special times and memories with your children and other family members. Hug and love on them as much as possible.
Also remember those who are not as privileged; some are incarcerated, others are in hospitals, nursing homes or hospice. Some buried loved ones recently. Many are lonely today. If you know any of these people, please stop by and let them know that you care. It means a LOT when others know how much they mean to you.

Blessings to all,

Michelle Cameron