Share Jesus With These 5 Helpful Tips

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We all have people in our lives that we desire to share Jesus with. A family member, friend, co-worker, neighbor. However, with our best intentions, we often don’t know how to go about sharing Jesus with them. We may know the gospel well but feel uncomfortable talking about it with others. I know how that goes. We want to but we fear what the outcome will be or how it will be received. It makes sharing Jesus more challenging than it should be. So, today I want to share with you 5 helpful tips that will assist in building the confidence we need to speak the gospel boldly to others.

1. Know your testimony. All believers have a testimony. We all know the exact moment Jesus called us to walk with Him. We know the circumstances or situations that caused us to seek Jesus. Everyone’s testimony of faith is unique to them and worth sharing. Know your testimony well and always be ready to give it when God moves you to. …always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)

2. Develop a friendship. This is an important part to being able to share the gospel with someone. It all begins with building a relationship with that person. By doing this, we are building trust. In building trust, they will be more apt to hear what you have to say to them, especially about Jesus. This friendship must be built on honesty and sincerity. Think about how Jesus ministered…in kindness and in love. He was sincere in his care for the lost.

3. Know their story. In sharing the gospel with someone, we must be sure we know them. Learn their story by being truly interested in who they are, their background, and so on. Be interested in their life honestly and wholeheartedly. Don’t pry but listen and learn as you grow that friendship. In being invested in them truthfully, they will be willing to hear about Jesus and the free gift of salvation through His death and resurrection. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)

4. Be a good listener. James 1:19 says, “… let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak…” We can’t know their story if we don’t listen. Sometimes we can be so excited about sharing our faith in Jesus that we forget to listen to the one we’re sharing with. Being a good listener will help us know how and when to approach the topic of salvation when talking to our unsaved friend. Really desire to hear their story.

5. Seek the Lord for guidance. Most importantly, always seek the Lord for direction when desiring to share Jesus with others. God knows them so much better than us and will show us how to minister the gospel effectively and timely. We should always hold in prayer the person we desire to minister to as well as ourselves as we minister.

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15)  We are commanded to share Jesus with those around us.

We are to “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.(Psalm 105:1)  Sharing Jesus with others is a wonderful calling and one we should embrace without fear. One note I want to make here: even if you are the one who has nurtured a heart to know Jesus but they pray to receive Jesus through another avenue (church, christian concert, pastor, etc), do not be disappointed it was not with you. You did just as God had planned. Your role was important in that person’s salvation. Instead, be grateful and receive your fellow believer into God’s family with JOY.

 

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Monday’s Musings #176 & Caring For Pop

 Caring For Pop & Monday's Musings #176 | What Joy Is Mine

Well, Pop (my father-in-law) came home on Thursday and it’s been a whole new way of life for all of us. Pop is doing well and getting stronger each day but he still has a ways to go. He is readjusting to being at home as is Lady (my term of endearment for my mother-in-law). In keeping with Exodus 20:21–“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you,” all the immediate family is partaking in the care of Pop and Lady.

One way is family has decided to bring them dinner twice a week and signed them up for free delivered lunches from our local senior citizen center. They are light eaters so this arrangement will work for them. It also relieves Lady from cooking meals daily. Now she can pick and choose when she wants to do that.

Another way is our children and I will go over once a week to do some cleaning so that its not overwhelming for Lady as she still likes to tend to her home. We don’t want to “step on her toes” yet we still want to help her out. Plus, Pop and Lady are getting more comfortable with asking for help which has not been easy for them.

Thirdly, since we are a big immediate family, we have decided to pick days for each family to spend time visiting and filling any needs they may have. It can be overwhelming for lots of people to be present at once as Pop is still in the healing process. We want to be sensitive to this while we love on him.

Lastly, we have discussed grocery shopping, general home maintenance, car care and other concerns.

I share this with you not to boast but to show how we are taking care of Pop and Lady in this stage of life. Maybe you will find encouragement if you are in this season or coming up on it. It can be a trying and emotional time for families as their parents grow in age. However, it is about evaluating the situation and finding what works in the moment. The Word tells us, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.(1 Timothy 5:8)

Wonderfully, the Lord has blessed us with precious people to cover Pop and Lady in prayer as well as offer to help with any need. I, personally, want to thank those of you who held Pop in prayer. Lady was just telling me how much they have felt the prayers. So, thank you friends for praying for my father-in-law. It truly means so much to me. God bless you.

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5 Sure Ways to Minister the Word to Others

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We are called to minister to others. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Ministering is simply being bold to serve others in a way that draws them unto the Lord. When we minister–attend to and serve–our sole goal should be to open others hearts to see our awesome Lord and there are different ways we can do this. Ministering to others shares the love we ourselves personally receive from our Savior. This in turn will hopefully, open their eyes to the love He has for them as well. Let’s look at 5 sure ways we can minister the love of God to others through sharing His Word.

1. Share scripture. This is one reason memorizing the Word is important, to have it on hand at just the right time. I have found that the Lord is faithful to bring scripture to mind just when I need it, when I take the time to hide it in my heart. Another way is to have our Bible handy. Nowadays, we can even have one on our phone if keeping one on our person is not an option. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom…” (Colossians 3:16)

2. Give them a Bible. We have done this a few times. There are inexpensive bibles we can purchase and hand out. By giving them a bible, we are allowing them the opportunity to read it in their own timing and as they desire. We all know God’s Word does not return void. So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11)

3. Invite them to church. This is a great way to make available to them sound biblical teaching. Have them come to church with you. Let them witness what the body of Christ looks like when they worship together and receive the Word of God in a congregational setting. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24,25) 

4. Show hospitality. Yes, invite them to our home and demonstrate the love of Christ in an intimate setting like having a meal together and sharing in uplifting conversation. Visually witnessing what a home with Jesus abiding in it looks like can only be of encouragement to them. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling.” (1 Peter 4:9) Hospitality is a great way to minister the Word of God.

5. Live out your faith. One of the most important ways to minister to others is to let them see our life reflect Christ boldly. What we say, how we act and how we respond to life situations is a grand witness of our faith. It says in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.” Living out our faith honors and glorifies God.

Ministering to others to draw them unto God is very doable. And every day we’re given opportunities to increase the kingdom of God. We just need to be aware of the ways we can minister’s God’s love to those who don’t know Him and those who have lost their way.

How do you minister to others?

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Monday’s Musings #147 & Hospice Support

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So, I write today’s word from experience. We have spent the last week at hospice in support of some dear friends (we actually consider them family) who are in the process of losing their father/father-in-law/grandfather. They were initially told that he would only live another day or two but he has exceeded that prediction by a week. It has been a trying week as they have decided to spend every day, as much time as they can, with him. Their vigil has had its ups and downs but they are determined to be there so that he is not alone. I wanted to share how we can support friends and family during a hospice stay of a loved one. 

1. Offer to take the children, if they have some, for a few hours or a night. This allows the parents to sit with their loved one without worrying about their children for a bit. 

2. Bring them a meal at the hospital or home. Where our friend’s dad is staying they have a kitchen/dining area for the family. It’s perfect for bringing warm meals since they have decided to spend much time there. 

3. Sit with them for a spell at the hospice room. Be a good listener and offer encouragement as needed. Share good stories about the person passing if you have some. Talk about other topics (weather, work, your family, etc.) to take their mind off of what is happening. This is a good breather. 

4. Offer to help with any home duties they might have like laundry, small cleaning jobs, yard work, etc. Since they are spending much time at the hospital, those things will fall to the wayside. Maybe help with any errands they need as well. 

5. Pray with them and for them. Pray with them if you visit them in hospice. Pray for them daily. Ask them for specific prayer needs. 

6. Offer to help with the funeral/memorial service and/or reception. If they don’t need help, graciously accept that. Just being at the service will bless them. 

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”    (1 Peter 4:10)

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Has the Handwritten Letter Become Extinct?

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When I was younger, probably around the age of 13, I was the pen pal of a man who spent six months out of the year away from his home. It was good for him to have someone to write to and I truly loved being the recipient of his letters. He would send me stamps from different countries he visited. I ended up with a real cool stamp collection because of the foreign stamps I received. He also shared stories of what he did while gone. They were his precious adventures he penned just for me to read.

This pen pal of mine was my father. A Navy man.

I still have those letters. I reread them every so often and relive that sweet time. I felt ever so close to my father during that time. I anticipated his letters every month and was very excited when one arrived. I’d crawl onto my bed and for a moment get lost in his words.

The written word is not so prominent these days with email and texting being a faster choice in communicating. However, a simple letter or card sent through the post office is still a welcome blessing to the recipient. It says so much when someone takes the time to hand write a letter or card. Who doesn’t get excited when they receive a handwritten note just for them?

Now I’m not knocking emailing or texting as a good way to communicate but a handwritten letter takes on a more personal touch. Stationary is selected that is perfect for the message being written. The writing instrument chosen is usually something that glides smoothly across the stationary. Then, there is the opportunity to use your handwriting ability that was learned in school. Why waste such a valuable learned skill? Put it to use and write a letter, right? Practice will keep it in shape. Plus, I believe a handwritten letter makes us be more purposeful with our words. Thought goes into it.

Lastly, this can be a wonderful ministry unto glory of God. It’s a way to show you care about what is going on in another’s life. Whether its a celebration like a birthday, job promotion or anniversary or a time of concern like a death or health issue, a handwritten letter will be a JOY to the one receiving it. “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4)

I recently joined a group of ladies in a writing adventure. Every week we write encouraging letters or cards for someone to receive via snail mail. It has been fun reading how this effects them in such a positive way. The excitement of getting a handwritten note is a huge boost to the heart and soul. If you have let this art of the handwritten letter wane in your life, I hope you will find inspiration today to make it a new habit and bless another.

When was the last time you received a handwritten note/card in the mail? When did you last write one?

 

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