Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I Peter 2:19-21 says, "For it is commendable if someone bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because they are conscious of God. But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps."
Peter was urging slaves to be submissive to their masters in this chapter. When someone hurts your deeply, you almost become a slave (so to speak) to their words and actions. How? Because you think it to death, can't get past it and disdain toward that person grows in your heart. When you make the choice not to retaliate, you are conscience of God. Even more so, the offending person is made mindful of God because you are not waging a similar war against them. Instead, you are waging a spiritual war in not letting your flesh get in the way.
Leave room for God to have the final word. Leave room for Him to do battle.
(Barbie will be the guest speaker tonight at the Pocahontas Baptist Church ladies dinner. She will be speaking Tuesday night at First Baptist Church Batesville.)
Monday, March 21, 2011
In Mark 4, Jesus had just spoken to the crowd using various parables. Night had come and He was ready to get in the boat and leave. Jesus told his disciples in Mark 4:35, "Let us go over to the other side." While out on the lake, a storm came and a large wave washed over the boat. All the while Jesus was sleeping. His disciples woke him up and asked for help and you know the rest of the story.
When Jesus told the disciples, "Let us go over to the other side", he said nothing about stopping midway and drowning. Although He didn't promise an easy boat ride, He certainly said nothing about dying, drowning, or giving up. When He said, "Let us go to the other side", He meant they would indeed make it and He would be with them, but no one in the group thought about the choice of Jesus' words.
How many of us stop along the way and become frightened by the storms and circumstances around us?
Jesus was the one who told the disciples to leave the area where they were and to row to the opposite side of the lake. In other words, there will be times in your life when God leads you out onto a stormy sea. The sky gets dark, the lightening crashes all around you, and the waves get higher and higher. You have no idea how you'll make it through, but God knows. He is the One who led you to this point and no matter how rough the waters become, He will carry you to safety.
Whatever you're facing today, God is urging you to keep rowing to the other side.
Monday, March 14, 2011
The things viewers have complained about the most, I changed. For instance, they complained about my pregnancies, I'm no longer pregnant. They complained about my weight, I've lost 60 pounds. They complained about my clothes, I bought new ones. They even complained about my long hair, I've donated it 3 times. Just last week, a lady called to inform me that the hair on the right side of my head was longer than the left side!
I once looked up the meaning of my name. Barbie is derived from Barbara which means in the Greek "stranger, an alien in the land". How fitting that someone once told me people are not criticizing you; they're criticizing the Jesus in you because you're different.
2 Timothy 3:12 says, "Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted." Another way to put it: the anointing will not keep the criticism from coming, but the anointing will make you not care about the criticism.
If you find yourself being criticized by mean-spirited people, press on. You're a stranger in the land you are just passing through!
Here is a video I did with the Beacon staff on this subject. If your computer won't let you watch it, you can click here to see it: http://vimeo.com/17366631
Friday, March 11, 2011
In Acts 16:6-10, Paul was headed to preach in Asia Minor but the Holy Spirit spoke to him and stopped him. "They passed through the Phrygian and Galatian region, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia; and after they came to Mysia, they were trying to go into Bithunia, and the Spirit of Jesus did not permit them; and passing by Mysia, they came down to Troas. A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him and saying, 'Come over to Macedonia and help us.' When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them."
Did God not care about those other cities? Sure He did; He just had a different plan in mind. He knew the direction He wanted Paul to go and redirected Paul and his friends. Paul would later travel though Asia Minor and many would be saved, but this wasn't the time for it to happen.
Timing is everything to God. He knows exactly when to hold us back and when to motivate us forward. However, to hear His guidance, we must surrender our plans and be willing to wait, perhaps indefinitely, until He leads us to the next step. Waiting is an active step of faith and obedience.
(Barbie will be speaking at the Mississippi Student Council Convention this weekend in Starkville.)
Monday, March 7, 2011
God cares for you or He would not allow disappointments to come your way. Ask any athlete and they will tell you victory comes with some pain. In a similar way, we are being trained to serve God and honor Him with our lives. He wants to teach us to be compassionate, to love and pray for those who have hurt us. Although when you hurt, He hurts, He will use whatever problem or adversity we face to draw us closer to Him.
1 Peter 5:6-7 says, "humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you." When God gives you strength to go through whatever it is, it is not a self-induced strength. Is is a God inspired strength that comes when we humble ourselves before God. This means we submit our lives to Christ, trusting Him to take care of every problem and trial we have.
God will always listen. He is committed to answer your cries for help. He see your prayers as faith in Him and He will move on your behalf! Go through your day with this in mind!
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Friday, March 4, 2011
A strong cold front will move closer to Mississippi later this evening spawning thunderstorms. These storms could contain hail and damaging winds. Here is a graphical depiction from the NWS (click the picture in order to make it larger):
Heavy rain is possible Saturday. Considering we ended February with a 2.60" deficit, rain will be welcome for most of the state. Storms could intensify again producing severe thunderstorms, hail and damaging wind gusts. At this time, the risk for tornadoes is small, which is good news. Here is the graphic depiction from the NWS for Saturday:
Temperatures will drop behind the cold front Sunday so don't go to church unprepared! Meantime, another cold front bringing storms to the area is expected next Wednesday, so this is shaping up to be a busy start to March!
As always, you can follow my weather updates on Twitter @BarbieBassett and "Like" my Facebook page called "Barbie Bassett WLBT". Please be sure to stay tuned to WLBT for the latest weather information and have your NOAA weather radio on.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
I want to thank St.Dominic Cancer Services for sponsoring Great Lengths and for housing the wigs in their 'wig room'. And a great big thank you goes to the Mississippi Institute of Aesthetics, Nails & Cosmetology in Clinton for hosting the event.