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Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Teamwork Builds Character

This quote from one of the most successful coaches in the NFL says it all. A person with character will push themselves, do what is necessary, and work with a team. 

Do you have examples of how teamwork helped build character into your life? Share your thoughts.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Do You Know Who You Really Are?

by Barbara Latta

If you are a Disney fan you have probably watched the scene of the evil queen talking to the magic mirror in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the
Evil queen depended upon looks
fairest of them all?” she asks the glass image. She was always pleased with the answer as long as she was the fairest in the land. When the answer she heard was unfavorable, she fell apart because her value came from her looks.

A glass mirror can only project back to us the physical image looking into it. When we depend on that to gauge our view of ourselves we are limited. The physical part of us is not our true being. The Bible says, “…because as He is, so
Mirror image is not our true self
are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).  When we look at ourselves in our body with all its faults and weaknesses, it becomes difficult to believe that verse because we are judging by what we see in the physical realm.

But the Bible gives us promises about who we are and what we have been given:
  • We partake of His divine nature (1 Peter 1:4).
  • The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us (Romans 8:11).
  • His power in us will do above and beyond what we can ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).
  • We are new creatures; the old is gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17).
  • We are delivered out of darkness and into the kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13).

These promises and the hundreds more in the Bible are the spiritual mirror we must see ourselves in because this is who we truly are.

A distorted mirror like those in arcades and circuses will portray the wrong image. We may look super tall or incredibly fat but what we see is not the true person. We can laugh when we view these images because we know they are not true. We have seen ourselves in an unflawed mirror numerous times during our life so we know what we are seeing is not a reflection of our true body.

Distorted thinking does the same thing an arcade mirror does. An image is set in our mind that is not true about our identity. We need to see ourselves in God’s mirror daily so the reflection of Him will replace distorted thinking. The more we see ourselves through the mirror of the Word, the less we will believe lies about ourselves. Knowing who we really are in Christ will empower us to resist temptation (James 4:7).
Find your identity in Jesus

If we could ask the mirror who is the fairest, the answer would be Jesus. And because He has made us to be like Him, we can be the fairest, too.

Are you seeing yourself through the correct mirror? Find the right one and you will know who you really are.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Responsibility and Freedom

by Barbara Latta

Freedom means being responsible for actions

How responsible are we if we as a nation make a deal with Iran and impose their evil values on the rest of the world?

Share your thoughts.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

What Happens When You Dig for God's Treasure?

 by Barbara Latta

Diamonds are found by digging
“There is gold and a multitude of rubies, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel” (Proverbs 20:15).

My hometown is very close to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, North America’s only diamond mine. The mine is not a cave like the image brings to mind, but a big field of dirt. You take your buckets, shovels, and screens and go dig to see what you can find.

Many people have found treasures here over the years and the larger finds always make national headlines.Recently, an eight carat diamond was found almost breaking a park record.When there is potential for finding something valuable, human nature drives us to search no matter the cost. The work can be hot or cold, dirty, bug infested and back breaking, but none of that seems to matter when the chance of finding a gem is calling.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Find The Value of Solitude

by Barbara Latta

In our electronic world, turning off the gadgets for a time can be profitable for our mind and body. Try taking one day per week away from the computer, internet, social media, and the cell phone. Your mind will thank you.

Share your thoughts about how this is working for you.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

What Can We Learn From The Wizard of Oz?

by Barbara Latta

“There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home,” Dorothy chanted as she tapped the heels of the ruby slippers together.
Ruby Slippers displayed at Smithsonian

The Wizard of Oz is familiar to all ages and has been broadcast year after year on television to millions of viewers. What can we learn from Dorothy, the Scarecrow, Tin Man, and Lion?

They were all asking the wizard for something they already had.

  • At the beginning of the story, Dorothy runs away from home, but her one desire throughout the movie is to find a way to get back. Her dream of being over the rainbow became a nightmare when she discovered she was in a strange place.
  • The Scarecrow wanted a brain, but every time a problem arose for the group, he was the one who figured out a solution.
  • The Tin Man’s desire was for a heart, yet his compassion arose time and again when someone was hurting. His tears caused him to rust and the oilcan had to come out to loosen his joints.
  • Cowardly Lion shook in his paws when facing the Wizard for the first time, yet marched into the wicked witch’s castle to rescue Dorothy.

All these characters asked the Wizard of Oz for something he couldn’t give them.

Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow
Why? Because they already had what they were asking for. He merely awarded them with tokens to help them discover the hidden treasures inside them.

Dorothy had to find out she already had the means to get home with her all the time. Glenda, the witch of the north, had to reveal to Dorothy the power of the ruby slippers. All Dorothy had to do was tap and ask.

How many times do we go to God begging and pleading for Him to answer a prayer He has already provided the answer to?

Jesus death and resurrection defeated the power of the devil. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8).

As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue (I Peter 1:3).
Knowing the truth sets us free

Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed (I Peter 2:24).

And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:24-25).

This is where renewing our minds comes in (Romans 12:1-2). The more Word goes into us, the more revelation we have about what God has given us through Christ. We find out we already have inside us what we are asking God to give us.

Dorothy tapped her heels and said “there’s no place like home.” When our emotions rise up and tell us lies, all we have to do is tap into the Word and say “I believe.”

Join the conversation and share your thoughts.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

What Is Liberty?

by Barbara Latta

On July 4, 1776, Congress officially adopted the Declaration of Independence which voiced the intent of the colonies against the tyranny of King George and the British Empire.
The Declaration of Independence
The signers were affixing their names to a document that would seal their fate as traitors should the colonial army lose the war. They believed in what they were doing so much they were willing to sacrifice home, family, health and lives to ensure the independence of the new country.

The struggle of war continued until 1783 with a victory over the superior army of Britain. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution which would later follow offered Americans protection from enemies and various freedoms such as religion and speech.

Apparently, some think those documents are outdated and should be eliminated or re-written. Others think those freedoms only apply if you are a liberal God-hater. The ruling by the Supreme Court on gay marriage is one example.

American was founded on God
Many states voted to define marriage as between one man and one woman but since the liberal activists didn’t like that they pushed to get the Supreme Court to overrule the rights of thousands of Americans and say the votes are worthless. The desire of those states is worthless. Our right to vote is worthless.

The founding documents of our country give me the right to voice my opinion whether liberals agree with that or not. The title of this blog is Navigating Life’s Curves for a reason; because there are things in life and society we need to navigate correctly.

What is liberty? It is the right of a people to oppose a government that is misusing the laws. That's what the Revolution was all about.

It’s time for us to stand up for what is right and be loud enough to be heard. Not in an obnoxious, violent manner the way the liberals do, but in the method granted us by the document adopted on July 4, 1776. We have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those things are now being downtrodden by the decay of America.

We can take back the rights of families by calling for a repeal of this outrageous law. We can contact congressional representatives and encourage them to adopt legislation to put America back where she belongs. We don’t have to accept this as final, and we don’t need to shake our heads saying how bad this is and then do nothing about it. We WILL be voting in another year, and hopefully enough people will wake up and vote according to biblical standards and not in favor of whoever is going to give them something for nothing.

Celebrate Independence Day thanking God for this country and the reason people died to found the government of the people, by the people, and for the people. 

Happy July 4! God bless America!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

I Am Not Your Enemy

by Barbara Latta

The cross of Christ brings salvation to those who believe
You can’t get any clearer than Romans 1:18-32 about homosexuality. Those who are parading around celebrating it and mimicking the crucifixion of Christ are ignoring these warnings from God. This is a lifestyle that brings harm to the soul and the body.

Flaunting their sin before God and the world, these blasphemers are saying they don’t care what God says and are making themselves their own god. This is the ultimate height of arrogance.

The Supreme Court made themselves god this week, as well. The Bible says in Romans 1:32 that those who approve of such things are just as guilty as the ones carrying out the act. Jesus said, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female...for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh" (Matthew 19:4-5).

Those statements are not filled with hate. They are filled with love for mankind by giving a warning of impending judgement. Sodom and Gomorrah were wiped out to keep this kind of sin from spreading. Christ took God's judgement upon Himself at the cross, so God is no longer judging people in this way. He is extending mercy. He warns people to repent so He can save them from destruction.

But there will come a time when mercy and grace ends, and judgement will come for those who have rejected Christ and His sacrifice for sin.

"Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?" (Galatians 4:16).

I hope and pray eyes will open and hearts will turn toward God and His love. He really does love the world and wants all to know how much!