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Walking the Talk – A Lifestyle of Sharing Jesus

God is Great!

Walking the Talk – A Lifestyle of Sharing Jesus

Souls are Won, One at a Time

Have you ever wondered what inspires Christians with what they do for the Lord?  This article will be very personal.  Prayerfully, I can give you a glimpse of why I say, “God is Great!” as well as get excited about Christians making an eternal impact with whomever God places along our path each day.  Until the day God calls me home, I want all that is within my life to point people to God!

It has probably been eight years ago now.   God, and only God, was the inspiration to study the book of Revelation at that time.  (This is the last book in the Bible.)  As Revelation can be a difficult book to study, my Pastor recommended getting John MacArthur’s commentary on the book of Revelation.  In just a few short words, the study of that book alone would make any Christian get excited about sharing Jesus with anyone in hopes of people giving their lives to Jesus.  There is a most glorious day coming for Christians, and I personally think we are very close.  However, if you are not a Christian, you do not want to be on this earth for the seven-year tribulation that the is outlined in the book of Revelation. Oh, give yourself to the Lord today!

In 2015, God started to speak to my heart on what is included in the Walking the Talk book.  This book actually has two parts to it.  The back half is the ABC’s of Walking the Talk.  This section is literally the alphabet spelled out with words going with the letters.  There would be scriptures and Christlike examples given to support an idea.  Some examples would include:  B includes the word “Blessed” and a scripture reference of Matthew 5:1-12.  Also, under the letter “B” is the word “Birthday” where this may be an opportunity to show a kind deed on a special day.  I knew as I was putting this section together that the “Authority of the Believer” and “Battles” had to be included.  I enjoyed how God would just lead me, or remind me, of the scriptures to use, especially on these two topics.  In a very short time, literally a few days, the Authority of the Believer had nine references, and “Battle” had fourteen scripture references.  I had notes, and I could not wait to hear what God had to say next!

The first half of the book was written later.  This was a product of stepping alongside one of the members of my church and teaching on Evangelism.  This is where I need to be honest.  Many church members do not get too excited about Evangelism (sharing Jesus with others) or Stewardship (managing God’s resources) classes.  This is where I say, “Oh, but God”.  During the week, both of us would simply study what God laid on our hearts.  But, come Sunday, this is where we saw how awesome God is! What he studied and what I studied complimented each other.  To add to this, we would get surprised by who might be in class.  One Sunday, the men’s group joined the class.  Another Sunday, we were asked to join one of the other classes.  My most favorite class was the Sunday before Christmas one year.  We had students from 5th grade to junior high join us.  We were able to take the Christmas story to the Crucifixion / Resurrection, and even talk about heaven with these dear souls.  They were engaged, asked questions, and we prayed together at the end of class.  (I wrote a Christmas program based on this class.  Please visit my website www.lovedalways.net.  Go to the “My Testimony”, and you will be able to find it about midway down.  Enjoy your Christmas in July!) 

We watched the Lord each and every Sunday we did Evangelism class.  As we were in the worship service, God would echo a topic, scripture, or even a song that came out of class.  It did not matter if we had a guess minister. (I am trying to remember how long this was.  It was not a few weeks.  It became several month of seeing God do this wonderful work!)   We had a difficult time saying, “God is Good”.  With what we saw God do, we had to say, “God is Great!”  We still do that years later. 

By the time the front half of Walking the Talk was done, it included chapters on Team Jesus, The Road to Heaven, Appointment with God, Prayer, Rewards, and Heaven.  Any book on sharing Jesus with others needs a prayer of salvation, and this book has this too.  

During my Loved Always podcasts, we have been digging into this book as part of a Bible study. Yes!  Bring your Bible!  However, I can only just touch the surface of its content.  There are just countless scriptures and examples included.  I truly want to give you a foundation to work from.  God knows how to beautifully open doors and put people along our path each day as well as moments to listen to them.  God can also give us the words to share and guide our actions with people.  If you have ever found yourself questioning words or actions, I would like to invite you to grab a copy of the book and let it inspire you!  God most definitely wants to work in and through each person.  We are blessed to be a blessing!

My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase both the Walking the Talk and the Heaven Bound books. I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request at www.lovedalways.net.  

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

Heaven Bound – Walking with the Lord

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Heaven Bound – Walking with the Lord

Can you imagine the excitement in heaven when a person gives their life to Jesus?  I would like to think there is a huge praise party.  I do not believe God wants His relationship with any of His children to stop there.  That is why once we are saved, we are “Heaven Bound”, and we, as God’s children, get the privilege and opportunity to “Walk with the Lord”. 

Prayerfully, this article is personal and gives further insight on God’s inspiration in my life.  After writing Walking the Talk – A Lifestyle of Sharing Jesus, God stirred in my spirit that there is more to life than an individual deciding to give their life to Jesus and waiting for heaven.  There are moments before we go to see the Lord face to face in heaven.  That is the time we get to grow with the Lord.  As Romans 12:2 says,

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJV)

I had the blessing of growing up in a Christian home.  My family was always active in church and Bible class.  This started my roots of growing with the Lord.  My father taught me to sift any preaching or teaching against the Bible.  God’s Word will always stand.  The Bible will always be a foundation for anything I write.  I feel I need to say that life happens. We all know this.  I have found that God’s Word still stands, and God’s presence and His Word are there in the good, and not so good days too.  Sometimes, God shows up the best in those bad days.  In simple terms, I only know to live life within God’s presence, grace, mercy, and love very day and point people to the Lord! 

There are times we as Christians get excited about people giving their lives to Jesus.  But do we leave them there?  Do we assume they will simply come to Bible class or Worship services?  Do new Christians have questions we did not even attempt to answer?  When new Christians hear the words “grace, mercy, cares, rest, rewards, or spiritual gifts” does that lead to more questions?  Do Christians wonder what heaven looks like?  In short, Heaven Bound – Walking with the Lord was written to help Christians with those terms and questions.    

The book was written with 26 “steps” or chapters.  It starts by celebrating giving your life to Jesus.  The next step had to be getting a Bible.  The final step is all about heaven where we will be one day.  I think every Christian will say there are days we have challenges.  We have days where it is easy to say, “Thank you, Jesus”.  We have other days when we say, “Oh, dear Lord, help me!”.  There are “steps” that cover those times.  Ever had a question on prayer, thoughts, words, or serving God? God wants His children to rest, and God is also a rewarder.  Included all of those too. 

As we grow with the Lord and study the Bible, we start to have scriptures that are near and dear us.  I have included some of those in the Heaven Bound book that I have learned over the years.    Rather than simply list them, I have the scripture along with a journaling area for each one.  It helps the reader make the book very personal as insights and prayers can be written in.   

Please know there is a place in your heart that only God can fill.  Above all, God loves you!  He invites, and truly wants, each person to make Jesus the Lord and Savior in their life.  But God is so great!  He wants to have a relationship with each person for all eternity.  This includes every step through every day!  You are invited.  Say “Yes!”.

During my Loved Always podcasts, we have been digging into this book as part of a Bible study. Yes!  Bring your Bible!  However, I can only just touch the surface on this book’s content.  There are just countless scriptures and examples included within the pages of this book.  I truly want to give you a foundation to work from.  Ever had a question on this path with the Lord?  I would like to invite you to grab a copy of the book and use it as tool in your personal growth!  To pastors and church leaders, perhaps this book will become part of your new members packets!  To God be the glory!

My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase both the Walking the Talk and the Heaven Bound books. I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request at www.lovedalways.net.  

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

Love God? Love People?

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Love God? Love People?

Love God. Love People.

God amazes me.  We all get excited at Christmas when we celebrate Jesus’s birth.  Our Savior has come.  At Easter, we celebrate Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection.  Our sin debt was paid in full.  By making Jesus our Lord and Savior, we are on our way to seeing Jesus in heaven one day.  Are we enjoying His presence and love during the rest of the year?  I love the good Lord sharing precious promises such as this one:

I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love [and do not doubt My love for you]. John 15:9 (AMP)

Can you see Jesus with His presence wrapped around you wherever you are?  Do you have a confidence in His love despite what is going on in your life? God loves YOU.  I would invite you to often envision Him telling you that personally.  There is a peace in knowing the good Lord wants to interact with each of us daily, not just when we get to heaven.  Can I get an AMEN?

God is simply so much greater!  As Christians, God wants to work in and thru us.  Will we let Him?  Enjoy these rich verses:

34 I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.”  John 13:34-35 (AMP)

God gives us the opportunity to make an eternal impact on those around us.  We can touch their hearts by the words we speak or the kind deeds we do.  We may see a broken world in many ways.  It is my hope and prayer that we Christians are doing random acts of kindness each day that absolutely frustrates the devil and glories the God who loves us immensely.  I want to see as many people choosing Jesus as their Lord and Savior and growing with Him daily.  Where we Love God and Love People!

Over the upcoming weeks, I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in Bible Study. We will be diving into sharing Jesus with those around us as well as growing with the Lord.  We will be working from my two books, Heaven Bound and Walking The Talk. You can read along and listen to my recent episode of Loved Always. My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase each book. Bring along your Bible as it is the foundation for any book I write to help believers.  There are countless scriptures in these books.  We will only be able to touch the surface within this framework.  I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request.  

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

Freedom is Never Free

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Freedom is Never Free

Here in the United States, we have celebrations during the month of May.  Are you ready to celebrate Memorial Day?  When we visit cemeteries this time of year, there are flags that different people and organizations have put up in honor of those who have given their lives to win us the freedom we enjoy and prayerfully cherish.  Have you ever given thought to what you are free to do in your daily life that someone was willing to die for?  That alone is worth meditating on and thanking the Lord for those blessings.  Let us keep our governmental leaders in our prayers that they fear the Lord and make wise, God honoring decisions for all people. 

There is a far greater freedom for all people.  Jesus won that for us.  Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus laid down His life to pay our sin debt in full.  For those that choose to make Jesus their Lord and Savior, we have the freedom from guilt and condemnation.  There is a joy in knowing God removes our sins as far as the east is from the west.  He remembers our sins no more.  Now, that is a freedom to celebrate every day!  Praise the Lord!  Can we live out that freedom in praising and magnifying the Lord every day?  Can we recommend Jesus to others?  We are blessed to be a blessing!

I want to extend my thanks to those who serve in the military.  Thank you for your service and in defending our nation.  For those of you who may have lost a loved one and have moments of grief in your heart, it is my prayer that Christian friends and family will join around you to comfort you.  Please keep the good memories in your precious mind.  I look forward to the day where I get to see my loved ones in Heaven.   Getting excited about seeing our loving and gracious Father very soon should inspire us to share Jesus in our daily lives.  Lord, we pray for open doors and the wisdom of how to speak and act to share your love with others.    

We have been digging into two of my books, Heaven Bound and Walking The Talk.  I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in Bible Study. We will be diving into sharing Jesus with those around us as well as growing with the Lord.  You can read along and listen to my recent episode of Loved Always. My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase each book. Bring along your Bible as it is the foundation for any book I write to help believers.  There are countless scriptures in these books.  We will only be able to touch the surface within this framework.  I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request.    

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

Focusing on God

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Focusing on God

This is a sharing moment!  A friend shared this social media gem with me.  I laughed as it is so true and wanted to share it with you.  Enjoy!

A lady went to the Pastor and said, “I won’t be attending church anymore”.  He said, “May I ask why”?  She said, “I see people on their cell phones during the service.  Some are gossiping.  Some just ain’t living right. They are all just hypocrites”.  The Pastor got silent, and he said, “OK.  But can I ask you to do something for me before you make your final decision”?  She said, “What’s that”?  He said, “Take a glass of water and walk around the Church two times and don’t let any water fall out of the glass”.  She said, “Yes I can do that”!  She came back and said, “It’s done”.  He asked her three questions.      

  1. Did you see anybody on their phone?
  2. Did you see anybody gossiping?
  3. Was anybody living wrong?

She said, “I didn’t see anything because I was so focused on this glass, so the water wouldn’t fall”.  He told her, “When you come to church, you should be just that focused on God, so that YOU don’t fall.  THAT WHY JESUS SAID ‘FOLLOW ME’!!!  He did not say follow Christians.  Don’t let your relationship with God be determined by how others related with God.  Let it be determined by how focused you are with God.”

How easy it can be to look around at other people?  While this post gives a great illustration, our Bible does have some great scriptures that I pray get rooted and grounded in your heart. 

The next day Jesus decided to go into Galilee, and He found Philip and said to him, “Follow Me [as My disciple, accepting Me as your Master and Teacher, and walking the same path of life that I walk].”   John 1:43 (AMP)

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.  John 10:27 (NKJV)

My prayer is for all Christians are growing in our relationship with God where it is easier every day to stay focused on God, and we are enjoying the rich love He has for us.    

We have been digging into two of my books, Heaven Bound and Walking The Talk.  I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in Bible Study. We will be diving into sharing Jesus with those around us as well as growing with the Lord.  You can read along and listen to my recent episode of Loved Always. My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase each book. Bring along your Bible as it is the foundation for any book, I write to help believers.  There are countless scriptures in these books.  We will only be able to touch the surface within this framework.  I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request.  

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

Father’s Love

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A Father’s Love

In June, we celebrate our fathers.  This is a day where many people send well wishes and gifts to their earthly fathers.  I was blessed with a father who took the lead on family devotions and prayer.  He made sure we did not miss an opportunity to be in Sunday School, Church, or youth group.  He was not a pastor, but a farmer who very well knew the importance of God being in our life.  In May, my nephew’s home was blessed with a baby boy.  This is a verse I shared with him and his wife:

Train up a child in the way he should go,
And when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)

For those dear fathers in this world, it is my prayer that God is continually growing you to be the men God has called you to be.  That you are the spiritual leaders in your home and that you are growing with the Lord.  The Bible is feeding your spirit daily, and you walk in step with the Holy Spirit. 

There are people who do not know their early father, or their father passed away when they were young.  Our greater Father to celebrate is God the Father.  The Bible also refers to Him as “Abba”.  The Bible tells us for God loved us so much He gave His one and only Son to save us.  (See John 3:16-17)  God made a way for us to join Him in heaven for eternity one day.  As I continue to study the Bible, these are words I can think of to describe Him:  Creator, Protector, Provider, Promise Keeper, Miracle Worker, Payer Answering, Care Giver, Burden Bearer, Healer, Good Shepherd, Listener, Battle Warrior, Loving, Preparer, Faithful, Gracious, Merciful, and Powerful. The list would go on!  He is a wonderful Father, and He chooses to love you richly and intimately.  Sometimes, God can overwhelm me and leave me speechless.  That is how awesome He is!  I have a passion on sharing that with you. 

We have been digging into two of my books, Heaven Bound and Walking The Talk.  I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in Bible Study. We will be diving into sharing Jesus with those around us as well as growing with the Lord.  You can read along and listen to my recent episode of Loved Always. My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase each book. Bring along your Bible as it is the foundation for any book I write to help believers.  There are countless scriptures in these books.  We will only be able to touch the surface within this framework.  I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

Celebrating People

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Celebrating People

Here in the United States, we have celebrations during the month of May.  The first one is celebrating mothers.  When we look back on Jesus’s life, we can see His love for His mother on the cross.  Can you imagine Jesus in His agony caring and loving His earthly mother so much that He gave her care to the disciple John?  Sweet Mary had to watch her Son’s sacrifice.  All the grueling comments, beatings, cruel treatment, and the crucifixion.  The blessing is she knew He rose.  And the finished work of Jesus is what we can celebrate as Christians every day.  My gentle encouragement is to always celebrate your mother during the year.  There may be those whose mother is not present with them this year.  Please reach out and care for those sweet soles.  They may terribly miss their mother on this day. 

Later in May, we celebrate graduations.  This is where students have successfully achieved one segment of their studies, and they are moving on to the next phase in their education or career.  God truly blesses His children with education and celebrating those achievements.  It does not matter our age. God’s Bible study plan continues until we are at home with Him in heaven.  We can always celebrate spiritual growth and knowing our God in a deeper way. 

While we take a moment to celebrate on a special day, let us be in an attitude of thanksgiving to God for these special individuals.  Continue to pray with and over them.  For those of you who may have lost a loved one and have moments of grief in your heart, it is my prayer that Christian friends and family will join around you to comfort you.  Please keep the good memories in your precious mind.  It is always my prayer that more and more people are making Jesus their Lord and Savior.  What a glorious day it will be when we are home in Heaven seeing Jesus face to face, and we are gathered with those we love! 

Over the upcoming weeks, I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in Bible Study. We will be diving into sharing Jesus with those around us as well as growing with the Lord.  We will be working from my two books, Heaven Bound and Walking The Talk. You can read along and listen to my recent episode of Loved Always. My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase each book. Bring along your Bible as it is the foundation for any book I write to help believers.  There are countless scriptures in these books.  We will only be able to touch the surface within this framework.  I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request.  

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

A Treasured Possession – Your Bible – God’s Love Letter

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A Treasured Possession – Your Bible – God’s Love Letter

God loves!  We have seen that in Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrections.  His love does not stop there.  Rather, it continues.  How do we know?  Our Bible tells us so. 

God calls each of us into an intimate, vibrant, and growing relationship with Him every day.  Part of deepening that relationship with Him is studying His Word daily.  In 2 Corinthians 1:20 (NASB) we read: “For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore, also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.”  Amen means “it shall be so”.  This alone should get us excited to see how many promises He has made toward us.  He will make sure they all come to pass.  Our Bible gives us stories where we see both the promises and how He has fulfilled them. 

When we place a priority on growing with the Lord, we will find quiet moments in our day to study the Word.  That may mean getting a study Bible that provides deeper insight to the scripture.  We will ask the Lord in prayer to reveal Himself to us when we read the scripture and go through our day.  God wants to interact with us during our days.  We will find a God who is with us always, and He will not fail us for forsake us as He has promised.  (See Matthew 28:20 and Hebrews 13:5)  A reason to say “God is Great”!

Over the upcoming weeks, I would like to invite you to spend some time with me in Bible Study. We will be diving into sharing Jesus with those around us as well as growing with the Lord.  We will be working from my two books, Heaven Bound and Walk The Talk. You can read along and listen to my recent episode of Loved Always. My website, www.lovedalways.net, has links to purchase each book. Bring along your Bible as it is the foundation for any book I write to help believers.  There are countless scriptures in these books.  We will only be able to touch the surface within this framework.  I would like to make sure you have great resources that help you in your journey with the great God we love, serve, and worship. 

Please enjoy the verse of the day or leave a prayer request.  

In His Service,

Sheila Srna

Loved Always Ministries

www.lovedalways.net

24 The Lord bless you, and ]keep you;

25 The Lord cause His face to shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord lift up His face to you,
And give you peace.’

Numbers 6:24-26 (NASB)

  • The Lord bless you, and keep you;
    Numbers 6:24 (NASB)
  • The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
    And give you peace.
    Numbers 6:26 (NASB)
  • The Lord make His face shine on you,
    And be gracious to you;
    Numbers 6:25 (NASB)