What is that to you? You follow me…

A few months ago, I was grumbling about some people. I mean they were really aggravating me! I was thinking things like, “I thought they were anointed! Why are they acting like that?” Well, the Lord let that go on for a little while and then He got my attention. It seemed that “out of nowhere” I started thinking about a passage in the last chapter of John.

By this time, Jesus has died and has been resurrected from the dead. Peter decided to go fishing and a few of the other disciples decided to go as well. Later, Jesus shows up on the shore and John realizes that it was Him. Peter jumps into the water and swims to shore and the others come to the shore in the boat. They have a meal together and Jesus begins to talk to Peter. He asks him, “Do you love me?” three times. Previously, Peter had denied Him three times. Peter answers Jesus, “Yes” each of the three times. Then Jesus talks to Peter about the end of his life. John 21:20-23 says,

“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, Lord, who is the one who betrays You?’ Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.’ Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but,’If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” (NKJV)

Well like I said earlier, the Lord had my attention! I am not supposed to allow other people’s actions to move me out of love. I mean, come on, He entrusted me with a ministry and said to call it Faith Through Love Ministries! Faith works through love. He was telling me, “Steve, what is that to you. You follow Me.” And to be transparent with you, he has had to remind me a few times since then.

Let us not allow the actions of other people to move us out of love. Thank God we do not have to do this in our own strength. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us! (Romans 8:11) If we will yield to the Holy Spirit in us, He will assist us in staying in love with people. Yeah, even those that you are thinking about right now!

If there is anything we can pray with you about, click HERE and share with us!

In Christ,

Steve

Don’t Let Your Dreams Die…

As you can see it has been many years since my first blog post. Why? You may ask…  I have never liked to journal or write down my thoughts. Also, life has taken many turns since the creation of our website.  We relocated to a new city, started new jobs, purchased our first home and, well you know, life happened.

Over the past few months, the Lord has been encouraging me to start some blogs. Yes, me, the person who does not like to journal. He sure knows how to stretch us. So, this is the second “first” blog for me. It is my plan to continue on a “regular” basis, maybe not daily or even weekly, but it will happen.

The title of this blog is “Don’t Let Your Dreams Die”.  I titled that because when God gives you a dream there is no expiration date.  God gave Steve the vision of Faith Through Love Ministries in 2002, 18 years ago and yet it is not “fully functioning”. Why has it taken so long? The same answer as above, life happened.  Have we procrastinated in some areas? Yes!  Do we mean to procrastinate? No!  The one thing we have been consistent on is not letting the dream die. Has it been easy? Of course not.  There have been many times we wanted to give up and just live our lives but when God gives you a desire and a ministry He will continue to encourage you to bring it to life no matter how long it takes. The Word says,

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desire.” Psalm 37:4 NLT

I see this verse two different ways. The first is what most people read. That the Lord will give you anything you desire or dream – emphasis on YOU.  Your wants.  Let’s look again. Do we want our desires and dreams to come from Him? Of course we do, but how do we make sure they are coming from the right place? By taking delight in Him, and then he will give us the desires that our hearts have. Make sense?  Read the paragraph again!

Getting back to Faith Through Love Ministries. That “desire” came from the Lord to Steve and therefore it is a dream that will not die as long as we are delighting in the Lord and trusting him to do things that are difficult in the natural. One example is us buying a house 6 months ago.  That is a blog for another day but believe me it was only by trusting God that it happened.  I sit here now, writing this blog on our patio, watching God’s beautiful creation – a dream I had almost given up on.

How do you keep your dreams alive?

  1. Take delight in the Lord – spend time with him and trust him, no matter what.
  2. Take time to find out what desires he is giving you – car, home, ministry, marriage; whatever it is, if it is from Him it can never die as long as you trust him.
  3. Take action when it is the right time. Also, be willing to not take action when it is the wrong time. Ask me how I know!!!
  4. Write down your dreams. Vision boards are extremely popular right now so if you like that idea then make one. It can be as simple as a list of things and as creative as a whole wall of pictures. Just do “you” and don’t try to be someone else.
  5. Revisit them often and spend time with the Lord talking about them. Don’t I mean “praying”? Nope!  I mean talking to Him.  Don’t be so “high church” about your time with him.  Just BE with him.
  6. Finally, do what you can do with what you have. Luke 16:10 says, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much…” (NIV)

If you have a dream/desire that God has given you, we would love to stand with you and believe it will happen.  Click HERE and tell us about it.

Blessings always,

Trena 

Introducing Faith Through Love Ministries!

Welcome to Faith Through Love Ministries. We are so excited to be entering a new season of our lives as God has led us to begin a new ministry in which we will teach and preach the life of Faith through love.  We hope you join us in this journey and welcome you to follow along as we begin sharing the way to live your life by using the Word of God in every area of your life!

God’s Word is powerful and means much more than just words on a page.  It is living and breathing.  Every question you have for your life has an answer in His Word! When you begin to read and put into practice the directions He gives us your life will change more than you could ever imagine!

May you begin today to seek Him with all your heart and you will find Him! (Jer. 29:13)

God bless you!

Steve & Trena Jones