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The Table Acronym

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  • T ~ talking-Statistics have shown that a family who eats and spends time together around the table lowers their children’s chances of getting into trouble and making poor choices. There is nothing better than sharing life with those you love around the kitchen table. Problems have been solved and many victories have been celebrated there. The memories created will last a lifetime.

~Deuteronomy 6:7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.

  • A ~ activities-Bonding is happening when you do things together. What a blessing to watch the activities around the table: birthday celebrations, countless meals, card making for caroling and other special occasions, games won & lost, inventions, creations made with Lego’s and we do not want to forget the endless hours of homework (well, maybe not so much bonding with that one, lol).

~I Corinthians 10:31  Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

  • B ~ Bible studies-Some of my greatest joys have been opening the Bible with others to learn and grow together in our walks with the Lord. Hearing the powerful testimonies of what God is doing in and through each of us has been such an encouragement. His word sure is alive, powerful, and transforming!! It is so humbling going with others into the throne room of God to seek His wisdom and will.

~Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

  • L ~ laughter-Hearing funny stories with belly laughter around the table is the best. There is nothing like a good friend who always has a story to tell that will get you laughing.

~Proverbs 17:22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.

  • E ~ eternity-Our kitchen table has been one of our greatest investments. The talking together, activities shared, opening of the Bible, and the belly laughs have all in one way or another have been used with the hopes of seeing many around the eternal table. Spending eternity with our Lord and those we have done life with is something I and those found in Christ look forward to.

~Revelations 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’”

I love and am so thankful for my kitchen table. So many wonderful memories have been made there and I look forward to the numerous ones to come. Is your kitchen table a special place?

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Spring is New Life~Winter is Gone!!

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I love springtime in Michigan!! Springtime is invigorating because it follows the darkest, coldest season of the year. Winters can be long, cold, and depressing, but thank God they do not last forever. Spring ALWAYS comes, even when we wonder if it ever will. Spring is a time when people emerge from their homes with smiles on their faces and a walk in their step. Many are out cleaning up what was left undone during the cold winter months. We can hear birds chirping, see trees in full bloom; feel the warmth of the sun; and smell worms after an April rain. We feel alive again after being shut up for so long.

     One of my favorite things about spring is seeing the beauty of so many trees filled with flowers. I love flowers!! Every year, the same excitement wells up within me as if I’m seeing them for the first time. Sometimes I wonder if people tire of me pointing them out year after year. I just can’t help myself. I feel like God gives them to me to energize me and send me on my way. He lets me know that I am special and He is not done with me yet. He still has more for me to do.

Flowers motivate us and let us know we are loved and life is worth living. Think about it! When someone passes away, funeral homes are usually filled with flowers to let loved ones know that they are special and there is still a life to be lived. On Valentine’s Day, so often a man will bring his love flowers to let her know that she holds an extraordinary place in his heart. When someone is sick or feeling down, often flowers are brought to cheer the person up. Yes, flowers are special!!

Maybe you’ve been going through a cold, dark season in your life. I can assure you there is an end and spring is here!! Whenever you see a flower, know that God placed it there just for you and you hold a special place in His heart. He wants you to know that you are loved and unique. Like that flower, you are one-of-a-kind, created for a purpose that only you can fulfill. Trees filled with flowers are God’s bouquets to you!! You have a life to be lived and a purpose to be fulfilled! Get up and go!! It’s time to go clean up the debris from the past so you can live your life to the fullest and complete the purpose you were created for!!

Thank you God for spring!!!

By: Linda Svacha 🙂

 

Only a Reflection of the Son

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The color and illumination of a harvest moon is breathtaking. People will look at the moon and stand in awe of its beauty. The remarkable reality is that the brilliant light and color do not come from the moon; they are merely the reflection from a greater light, the sun. Often, we are so captured by the splendor of the moon that we forget where its source of beauty and light come from. Without the light of the sun, the moon is dark and barely able to be seen. When the earth, the moon, and the sun are in the proper alignment, the total reflection of the sun is visible and the results are spectacular.

This truth reminds me of being a Christian. When the Christian, the world, and the Son are in proper alignment, people are able to see the whole reflection of the Son shining from us. That light does not come from us, but from Christ. Without Christ, our lives are unable to shine with such brilliance. It sure would be nice to take the credit, but we cannot. As Christians, we want our lives to bring glory and honor to our Savior, not us. Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” The next time a Christian blesses your life or you see their life shine with peace, joy, and happiness, remember none of that comes from them, but is a reflection of their Savior. Their life is simply aligned with Christ in such a way that you are able to see the total reflection of Christ. Enjoy the fruits from a Christian, but remember the source and acknowledge Him.

Christian, let your life shine with such intensity that the world will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven!

By: Linda Svacha, BCBC

Lesson Learned: Loving Those Who Act Unlovable

This morning I read an article that Rhonda Hines had posted about loving the people who are acting unlovable. Well, God gave me a chance to do just that. I went to give blood and the nurse checking me in seemed a little blunt and snippy. When she took my blood pressure, it was a little high. I thought, “Yeah, you’re probably the reason.”  After I finished answering some more questions, a real nice nurse throwing out compliments completed the check in. When I got to the table, what nurse did I end up with? You guessed it, the snippy one. I thought, “I wish I would have gotten the other one.” God had different plans. He wanted me to love the one who was acting unlovable. I wasn’t lying there more than two minutes when my nurse said something to another nurse about dealing with the stress of caring for her elderly mother. That nurse told my nurse that she’s learned to give things to God. My nurse began to cry.

I began to share a couple of situations that I was faced with as my mother aged. My nurse then began to unload some of what she was going through. We were able to talk the whole time I gave blood. When it was time for me to leave, my nurse said, “Thank you so much for listening. I didn’t mean to be so snippy earlier. I’ve just been under so much stress. Thanks again for listening.”  I gave her a hug and told her, “This world needs more children like you. You’re doing great toward your mother.”

Now, I pray that the Lord will give me the people acting unlovable because they are the ones who need a touch from God. I want to be God’s vessel to bring hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak, encouragement to the stressed, and a smile to the unlovable.

I’m thankful that God continues to teach and use me.

By: Linda Svacha 🙂

Bridging the Gap Between Generations

 Women, we are not taking seriously what God has called us to do. God has called Christian women to teach the younger, less mature women how to be what God has created women to be, which brings joy and freedom. Because we are not stepping up to the plate, the world is teaching girls and women to become everything that God did not create them to be, which is harming them and putting them into bondage.

Titus 2:1-5 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things – that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

We are losing our godly women!! It is God’s desire for women to be protected and valued, not exploited and used!!! It IS TIME for women to wake up and open their eyes to what is happening and demand the respect due all women. Below is some reality of what is happening:

  • Sex trafficking was unheard of, now we are selling our girls for profit!!  Sad to say, sex trafficking is becoming one of the biggest money makers in the U.S. Females are not sex object; we are valuable and precious.
  • Back when I was a kid, Ricky and Lucy were not allowed to be in the same bed on TV and they were married. Today, people will see over 14,000 sexual references. Nine out of ten children will have seen porn online before they reach the age of 18. Sex is a valuable, precious gift between a husband and wife. Outside of the marriage bed, sex is cheapened; it is a temporary pleasure that damages deep into the soul. If a man says he loves you and wants to spend forever with you, why won’t he make the commitment? Why? Because he wants to use you and not treasure you.
  • Twelve thousand new STDs are contracted every single day in the United States. Back when I was a teen, there were 5 STDs. All were curable. Your chance of contracting one was 1 in 56 and that was if you had multiple partners. Now, there are approximately 30 and 5 are NOT curable. Today, if you are sexually active, your chance of getting a STD is about 1 in 2 and that is with NOT having multiple partners. More women are dying of cervical cancer than HIV. Condoms do not protect against all STDs. Sex with warts and sores does not sound like the sex I want to have.
  • In 1977, there were 3 million single moms; today, there are over 10 million. Sounds to me like more and more males are using females and disposing them like menstrual rags (something to be used and tossed), instead of loving and treasuring them like fine linen (something worth keeping for life).
  • Women are getting more involved in illegal activity. In 1977, 12,279 women were jailed; in 2001, 85,031 women were jailed. That is a 592% increase. Women wanted freedom. Does that sound like freedom to you? I think we need to go back to true freedom which is found only in Christ.

What happened?

  • We have believed a lie. We have believed the world! God’s way is the way to true love and freedom.
  • We quit talking and communicating.  One of the biggest complaints you hear from parents is, “My kids do not listen to me!”  Yet, it’s interesting that one of the biggest complaints from young people is, “My parents won’t listen to me! They are always talking at me.”  THE TIME IS NOW to begin to bridge the gap between generations. NOW IS THE TIME for us to really listen to each other’s hearts and get into the lives of younger women.

What do we need to do to get started? We need mentors to walk alongside of parents to help younger girls and women think clearly. We need the 16 year-old to quit worry about getting a guy and get into a younger girl’s life as she enters puberty to show her that Christ needs to be the love of her life, not a boy. We need the 23 year-old to be there to help the 17 year-old make decisions as she enters adulthood.

  • Parents, it is time that we start talking with and not at our children. Talk openly about all subjects. It’s time we start listening to the heart. When the heart changes, the behavior will follow.
  • Church, it is time we stop trying to entertain and get serious with mentoring and discipleship. Jesus discipled; He did not entertain.
  • Younger People, it is time that you really listen to what God is telling you. Get into His word and to allow older godly women to come into your life and pass the wisdom that God has given them to you.

God is calling the church to stand up and receive what He has for her. We need to no longer settle for what the world has to offer. We see from the above statistics that the world’s way stinks! God has so much more for His children, if we will only listen & obey.

Ask yourself what is stopping you from really getting into your children’s lives and the lives of those younger that God has placed before you.

  • Maybe you are too busy, you care only about self, or you just don’t know how.
  •  Having a good, healthy relationship is vital for good communication. If you have a relationship that isn’t where it should be, pray for healing and restoration.
  • Is God speaking to your heart and you are not listening to Him or those with more wisdom. Are you willing to really listen to what a more mature Christian has to say and not blow them off? Are you willing to research what they have to say to see if there is any truth?
  • You do not have someone who is helping you grow? Go to a more mature Christian who you look up to and ask them if they would be willing to mentor and disciple you.
  • Are you a more mature Christian but have not taken seriously the call to mentor the less mature in Christ? Have you filled your life with things that are not as important as getting to know people and building relationships? Ask God who He would like you to mentor (your child, a friend, a girl/woman at church, a neighbor).
  • Has your life been focused on self? Begin focusing on God and His plan for your life.
  • Possibly, you are willing to start being a mentor, but do not know how. It’s easy. Ask the Lord to bring someone younger into your life, start building a relationship by talking about what is going on in her life (struggles, triumphs, etc), and ask her what she thinks about certain subjects. The important thing is to get to know her in an intimate way. You can show her what God has to say about a subject and what the world says. Help her to see where both ways lead. Maybe begin a Bible study to help young women grow in their walk with the Lord.

Start today!!! We need to take back the land Satan has stolen. I would love to hear what one thing you are going to do to make a difference in a girl/woman’s life.

By: Linda Svacha, BCBC

Life without Christ When We Leave This Earth

In my last blog, you saw that a life without Christ on earth can be very different. Some people may have all the world has to offer, while others live a life of drunkenness and poverty.  That is not the case when someone dies without Christ. When people leave this earth without having trusted Christ as their Savior, they will all live the same, in a lake of fire. Money, status, race, “religion,” or being a nice person does not conclude whether a person will go to heaven or hell. What will determine where a person will spend eternity is what he/she did with Christ while on this earth.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

The fact is, if you do not have a personal relationship with Christ, you will perish. Once you leave this earth, your destiny is already determined.

Revelation 20:10 The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.”

Revelation 20:14-15 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

In Matthew 25:31-46, the Bible tells us that Christ will come in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, and then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. He will set the sheep on His right hand and the goats on His left. He will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” Those on his left He will say, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angles.”

It does not even matter if you did all kinds of things for Christ; if you don’t have a personal relationship with Him, you will perish. Matthew 7:21-23 says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord,  have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

If you died today, do you know without a shadow of a doubt that you would go to Heaven? What you do with Christ is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. Trust Christ as Savior and live for Him on earth = Heaven. Reject God’s gift of salvation = lake of fire. If you have not trusted Christ as your Savior, now is the time.

It is as simple as A,B,C when it comes to accepting Christ as Savior.

A ~ Admit you are a sinner. Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

B ~ Believe that Christ died on the cross to take the punishment for your sins. Acts 16:31 …Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, …

C ~ Confess Christ as your Lord and Savior. Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Trusting Christ as your Savior is not something you want to put off. He can return at any moment (I will discuss this more in the next blog) or you can die at any age (we have seen this more in today’s time than ever before with shootings in schools and theaters). Tomorrow may never come.  Once you leave this earth your fate is sealed. Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.

When you stand before the Judge one day, will your sins be covered by the blood of the Lamb which will allow you entrance into Heaven or will you pay the penalty yourself in an eternal lake of fire?

Life without Christ Here on Earth

What does a life on earth without Christ entail? It can be different for different people. To some, it is horrible and they make a mess of their life. To several, it is grand and they become “someone” in life and have “all” the world has to offer, except God. To others, they just exist and have no real purpose in life. Life without Christ is different to different people while on this earth, but life without Christ when you leave this world is the same for all, an eternity in a lake of fire. What you do with Christ while you live on this earth determines what your life will be like when you leave this earth. You must believe in Him or you are without Him and will not enter into Heaven. John 3:18 tells us, “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

 Without Christ on earth, we are like sheep without a shepherd. We look for happiness and contentment in things that do not satisfy (relationships, money, fame, etc) In Matthew 9:35-36, Christ saw the multitude and had compassion on them because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. Sheep wander aimlessly not knowing what to do and are totally unaware of the danger that is around them.

That was my life. I was walking in circles. My behaviors were self-sabotaging and I was continually making bad decisions. My life was missing something and I just could not get to a place of fulfillment and purpose. What I was missing was God! I am so glad that God saw my faults and still welcomed me with open arms. When I accepted Christ as my Savior, God changed my heart and began the process of renewing my mind with His Word. The changes were hard sometimes, but slowly and surely old cycles and habits were broken. He began to help me make wise decisions. Psalm 32:8 says, “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with Mine eye.” God has led me from a life of going in circles to a life filled with joy, peace, love, and the compassion to help others.

People look for happiness and security in people, money, and things. The bad thing about that is those things are temporal and can be gone in a matter of minutes along with their happiness. When our happiness is Christ, it will not waiver because He is eternal and unchangeable. There are many people who have millions and billions of dollars and are living the life of “Riley”; yet, when they stand before God after they leave this earth, what good will their money do? Money cannot buy you eternal life. We can see with the economy and other events in the world that even on this earth, it can all be gone in a matter of minutes. Look at what happened in Oklahoma. You just never know when you can lose it all. Let Christ be your happiness, your rock. If you have Christ when the things of this world come and go, you will remain standing and He will walk alongside of you through it all.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasurers in heaven, where neither moth or rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

 In the next blog, I’ll talk a little more about what will happen if you leave this earth without Christ.