The Lord has a Funny Sense of Humor

Sometimes in ministry you have some let downs. I had such a one recently. I was determined to not allow it to steal my obedience, love, and faithfulness to my Heavenly Father, but it was a challenge at times.

This morning, as I opened my Bible I was thinking about a passage someone shared with me the other day. They explained how the Lord had used it in their life and how the Lord gave them strength and spiritual encouragement through it. I was trying to remember the chapter. I thought it was Hebrews 15.

Well if you know your Bible you know there is no chapter 15 in Hebrews. I shrugged it off thinking I just heard the wrong chapter number.

Instead of going back to the book of the Bible I have been reading, I picked Hebrews 13.

I read the first verse and literally laughed out loud!

God has such a sense of humor. He knew exactly what I needed to hear.

Let love of your fellow believers continue. Do not neglect to extend hospitality to strangers [especially among the family of believers—being friendly, cordial, and gracious, sharing the comforts of your home and doing your part generously], for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as if you were their fellow prisoner, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body [and subject to physical suffering]” Hebrews 13:1-3 {AMP}.

If you are discouraged or struggling with a let down — whether in the midst of the body of Christ or your sphere of those around you…know the Lord is with you and He sees. Run to Him in prayer. Run to His Word. Run and remember.

“Thank you Lord I am greatly humbled, shake in knowing You see me, You care for me in such great detail. You felt and understood my hearts ache. Oh Lord, thank you! Thank you for making me laugh and reminding me to remember; to shift my eyes to where they need to be….on YOU!”

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Living Inside Our Means = Freedom

Times of both plenty and want mark our lives, but wisdom tells us to pay our debts, live with what we have, don’t spend what we don’t have, and make room for generosity.

Tiffany Bluhm
  • Our culture attempts (and does a good job at it) to convince us “we need it” “we deserve it” “we have got it have it“.
  • They also say that debt is an acceptable way to live because our hunt for the latest gadget and gizmo is deserved (not warning the consumer that they are the ones who suffer when swallowed in payments/debts they can barely pay).
  • But if a debt is building then our savings and our means of giving opportunity dwindles, it is time we take stock of what our checkbook and monthly Visa statements look like.
  • Take a hard look to see what kind of purchases fill your registers.is wisdom, to not it to live foolishly.
  • What you see will reveal your heart’s passion. Be honest with yourself! You just may need to confess and ask God to forgive your love of want.

It’s easy to slip into a pool of jealousy over what others around us have, but it never pleases God, never. And if you didn’t know, the one who losses in this jealous is you!

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed. Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law” (Romans 13:7‭-‬8).

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Excerpts of today’s thoughts come from a devotional called, ‘Flourish: 21 Ways to Thrive Before 45’ by Tiffany Bluhm which is available on the YouVersion app. The Bible version used today is the ESV. May God be glorified and our hearts turned to Him.

When God Uses Your Kids to Remind You of Himself.

While having family devotions the other night one of our children said…

More than we’d like to admit, we often forget when a child becomes a daughter or son of God they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit instantly.

The Holy Spirit doesn’t gradually increase as they grow older in age or in spiritual understanding; they are indwelt with all of the Holy Spirit exactly like the moment we called upon the name of the Lord to be saved.

We would all agree, a new born babe isn’t eating meat, but rather drinking milk. The level of spiritual knowledge increases as our children (and ourselves) walk with Christ. He is the developer. He is the one who matures a soul. It is when we become more intimate with His that our application of God’s Word is obeyed; loved. As our children are nurtured their walk with Christ flourishes. The ‘amount‘ of Holy Spirit for a child or adult is actually the same upon the day of salvation.

I love when God uses our children to remind us of Himself. The Lord uses the smallest people in our lives to show us Himself through these timeless, effective, and wisdom filled words or actions to convict us, encourage us, remind us that the power of the Holy Spirit is among us; including our children.

God doesn’t save us to leave us.

What a powerful statement. Why is this such a bullseye to the soul? Well, let’s see:

  • God is purposeful. You are His creation, His workmanship, His poem, His masterpiece. You are created in the image of God. You are an heir to the throne of the King of Kings; lest we forgot no one or nothing can change that or take that away (Ephesians 2:10; John 10:28-30). In His purposeful plan He fills it with specific tailored details, a course of action set for you alone by God Himself with a love that is indescribable, unfathomable and gracious.
  • God cannot voilate Himself. This is beyond comfort. We can trust God because His very character is trustworthy.
    • What God says He does. Period.
    • When God says it will be or not be. We are guaranteed it will come to pass.
    • How God says it will be or not be…we know this too shall come to pass.
    • Deuteronomy 31:6; Hebrews 13:5 tell us “He will never leave us nor forsake us…be strong, be courageous, be content and do not fear.” Those are guaranteed words! Those are comforting words. Those are life giving words. Those are life sustaining words to continue in assurance in His will. Those are words spoken from a Father to His child…YOU!

God doesn’t save us to leave us.

You are already victorious. You have already won the battle because of Christ. The million dollar question is: Are we going to live accordingly?

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Comparing Pastors

Below is an article I read on Comparing Pastors from Church Answers/Thom S. Rainer on January 11, 2021. Worth posting. Worth reading. Worth evaluating.


Comparisons of pastors have been around since we’ve had pastors. Paul wrote about it in 1 Corinthians 1:12 “Some of you are saying, ‘I am a follower of Paul.’ Others are saying, ‘I follow Apollos,’ or ‘I follow Peter,’ or ‘I follow only Christ.’”

In the first part of the twentieth century, local church pastors were compared to well-known radio pastors. In the latter part of the twentieth century, they were compared to television pastors. Beginning in the twenty-first century, the comparisons were to podcast pastors.

The Idealized Pastor Versus Our Pastor

Church members can have idealized perceptions of pastors they don’t know. These platform personalities often have charisma and incredible communication abilities. It can be tempting for church members to believe their other pastoral skills are as gifted as their communication skills.

We see our own pastors, however, up close and personal. We see their gifts, but we also see their humanity. We see them when they lose patience. We see them when they stumble in their sermons. We see their family members who, like the rest of us, are not perfect. So we often criticize them for their imperfections.

Our Pastor Versus the Idealized Pastor

But those platform personalities will not be with you in your deepest of valleys. They will not be an embrace when your loved one dies. They will not be there for weddings, funerals, celebrations, and moments of deep pain.

Your pastor knows you. The platform pastor does not know you. Your pastor is there for you. The platform pastor does not know where you are. Your pastor loves you and prays for you. Platform pastors can’t pray for you by name, because they don’t know your name.

It Is Time to Rethink How We Treat Our Pastors

  • It is time.
  • It is time to be less critical and more prayerful.
  • It is time to be less judgmental and more forgiving.
  • It is time to be less expecting and more serving.

The beginning of a new year is a time to start fresh patterns and habits.

May some of those habits include loving your pastor more unconditionally, evaluating your pastor less harshly, and praying for your pastor more fervently.

“I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God” (Ephesians 1:16-17).

Thom S. Rainer
Founder, CEO, & Lead Coach
© 2021 Church Answers


  • Your pastor is the one standing in the pulpit in your church.
  • He is the one that prays for your soul, your needs, your family, your requests.
  • He is the one that walks along side you when sorrow strikes or when joy comes in the morning.
  • He is the one that God called to lead, the church, you call home…and lest we forget, he is the one you voted for.
  • He is the one that Scripture clearly states we are to honor, provide for, obey and follow because he is the one shepherding and leading God’s flock called the church.
  • He is the one prayerfully, scripturely, leading you because he watches over your soul.
  • He is the one that losses sleep, weeps in distress, and cares more than he will ever tell because he is humble at heart.
  • He is the one that carries the load of burdens when no one else will because he takes his God-calling seriously.
  • He is the one that lives in loneliness, isolation, and questioned or critique because he is constantly second guessed.
  • He is not viewed as educated or acknowledged as professional because often times he is seen as a threat to the pride and ego of individuals who have purposely built a status or facade around themselves.
  • He is not looked at as a friend or someone who truly cares but rather detested or rejected because he is thought to have an agenda. He couldn’t possibly love freely.
  • He is the one that knows the intense freedom and power the Truth gives yet experiences the rejection of man, both believer and non-believer, which tears his soul into pieces.
  • He is the one that rejoices with you, watches your children succeed, learns your history and life, even though you reject his existence, time, effort, and love.
  • He is the one that loves you unconditionally because he cannot do anything less. He loves because he has been loved by His Father, God, first-handedly and it grips his soul in dedication to the One who placed this call on his life; he sees himself as a sinner saved by grace and nobody special.

So, how are you doing? What does your relationship with your pastor look like? Do you have a relationship with his wife, their children? Could you say you know him personally; you could name a few of his favorite foods or color. You know his birthday or anniversary. You know some of his life’s history or sorrows. If you don’t ask you will never find out.

  • When is last time you asked for his counsel or advice…and followed it?
  • When is the last time you showed him you cared?
  • When is the last time you told him what you learned from the preaching of God’s Word…from the sermon just preached? (or were you to busy critiquing him or just not interested?)
  • Do you know your pastor or do you think you know him? He knows where you stand.
  • Do you pray for him?
  • Do you like him?
  • Do you love him as another brother in Christ?
  • Don’t worry about putting on your Sunday front; the cloak is visible.
  • And don’t worry…your pastor will be the first to acknowledge he isn’t perfect. He too is a workmanship created in Christ Jesus, a progress in God’s hands that has said ‘yes’ to the God-call on his life.

We do well to evaluate are own hearts in how we act or react to the man we call, Pastor! God is watching (not because the man is special but because God said so).

Go. Do. Be an encouragement today.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}