The week while preparing for my Heart to Heart this thought came to me…

What are my bullet points for this new year in my life?

What is really important to me?

Birthdays to me, are like a New Year. A challenge to move forward.   

I was born on August 26th, and August 28th is my Spiritual birthday.  It is the day as a small child that my sister and I accepted Christ as our personal Savior, while attending a Vacation Bible School of the Bertrand Bible Church, in Niles MI., in a huge tent meeting about a block from our house and that church had a bus ministry.  They followed up with my sister and me and began picking us up for Sunday School.

To me, it is a lot like New Years Day when folk reflect on the old year and consider changes they might want to make in their lives for the better.

I would like to think seriously about making it a special time to Challenge myself to consider, what my ‘bullet points’ are for this new phase of my life.

  • Have I won anyone to the Lord Jesus Christ since my last birthday?
  • Do I have someone in mind whom I might be able to impact for Christ in this next year of my life?
  • Do I have something in my life that I should change that would make me a better Christian example to my children, siblings, parents, other relatives, grand children, fellow believers, neighbors, co-workers? clerk in the store, teacher, etc.
  • When I consider giving gifts to others on their special days, do I give spiritual gifts such as Bibles, Devotional books, or even a prayer, written out and perhaps framed so that that person knows that you I praying for him or her?(and make sure to pray.)
  • Can I say that this Scripture is a good description of my heart for Christ and influencing others for Christ?

Please read this thoughtfully and again this week and pray the following prayer as your commitment to challenging yourself to a  sincere walk this year to make a spiritual difference in the lives of other for His Glory.

Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV) 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

“Father, I want to speak for You today. Bring me across the path of someone who needs to hear there is a God who loves and cares for them.  If I can’t give the whole gospel story, help me to at least point them toward Jesus, Speak through me —- through my words and my smile with Your words and Your smile.  Help me to forget about my own selfish will and desires. Today, I will I surrender to you.”   That is my prayer.

If we who read this today, are not willing to make this commitment, there will not be any growth in our circle of influence nor in our ministry here.

A special prayer.

“Lord, I give up all my own plans and purposes

All my own desires and hopes

and accept Thy will for my life.

I give myself, my life, my all

Utterly to Thee to be Thine forever.

Fill me and seal me with Thy Holy Spirit

Use me as Thou wilt, send me where Thou wilt

And work out Thy whole will in my life at any cost now

and forever.”

~Betty Scott Stam

On Dec. the 7th, 1934,  John and Betty Star were captured by the Chinese communists and were beheaded for the cause of Christ. They had hidden their little baby, Helen Priscilla, just 3 months old, and she was rescued and taken out of the country by Chinese friends.

Tim Sisk, Professor of Intercultural Studies at Moody Bible Institute said “We often fool ourselves into thinking that the command to make disciples across the globe can be done with little or no sacrifice,” Sisk said. “The story of the Stams reminds us that it is a war and that the evil one will oppose those who go to make Jesus known.  Their story should remind us all of the cost, but also challenge us to wholehearted obedience as the Stams modeled for us.”