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I have been using this time at home to develop my single mom ministry. It is something that I have wanted and tried to do since 2006. I have felt through the years that my ministry was to be an online ministry. The idea of an online ministry appealed to me because I am an introvert and can be socially awkward due to social anxieties. I fought God on it though because every other ministry for single moms that I knew about were in person ministries. I argued that I couldn’t have a successful online ministry. I was fixated on the idea that I had to have in person support meetings/Bible classes. ENTER COVID-19 and life as we knew it has changed over night and I hear God telling me, “I told you so! I told you I knew what I was doing!” YES! God knows what He is doing! Everything He does is for a reason. When He leads us in a specific direction it is for a reason. Even when that direction is going against the norm, don’t question it. God knows what He is doing.

So, I now find myself in full writing mode, developing the L.I.F.E discipleship program for single moms, setting up a Facebook group to go along with it, writing content for my blog, promoting this ministry in order to be able to serve single moms locally and nationally. I Know that others might oppose me because it is not a “paying job”. I know that others might ridicule me as being lazy and settling for the easy thing. I know that I may make others angry because I choose to obey God rather than man.

TESTIMONY TIME:

I left my job May 3rd of 2019. I moved to Georgia where I went through the training and became a certified Biblical lay counselor. In Georgia, I finished God Is: A Seven Week Bible Study For Single Moms, I volunteered with a community ministry, and I wrote my first 2 articles for The Life Of A Single Mom Ministries. It was a preparation time. I did not have a job. Fast forward to the present (August 2, 2020) and I still don’t have a job, but somehow I have not run out of money. I am not perfect. I sin just like everyone else, but I try to live in obedience to God in everything I do, even when others don’t get it. I believe this is why God provides. I give as God leads. I try to be a good steward without hoarding my money. I trust God to provide. God has taken care of me as I step out in faith to minister to single moms. Is opposition uncomfortable? Of course it is. It can be downright painful, but God is bigger than those who oppose us! I trust in HIM!

 

 

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I am wondering these days how not to give into the panic that has rocked us all this year. With every passing day, we hear something new that has the potential to terrify us even more than we are already terrified. Early in the year our world was turned upside down very quickly. None of us had any time to breathe before we were given stay at home orders. Everything shut down almost over night and left us reeling. Around the world thousands of people are getting sick and dying and none of the experts knows how to get rid of it. To mask or not to mask, that has become the question. Major league sports have been cancelled. Amusement parks and beaches have been closed. EVERYTHING shut down overnight and we all have been trying to adjust to a new normal that may last for a long while.

Then in June, the racial tensions that are and always have been boiling under the surface, boiled over. Protests and riots in the streets across America. People are being killed in the streets and once again, it seems that no one has the ability to stop it. DEFUND THE POLICE! And then what? Is that really the answer? We have all turned against each other. No one wants to listen to anyone else’s opinion or perspective. No one has any compassion for anyone else’s experiences. Those perspectives and experiences that could bring us together if only we would stop the fighting and LISTEN to each other. No one feels safe anymore.

Now, we have a coin shortage and businesses threatening to go cashless. Now, we face a whole new reason to panic. A cashless society. Will the chip (what evangelicals are calling the mark of the beast) be next? People are running around in a panic. People are still hoarding supplies. Stores are still out of products that we need to survive.

The reality is that things are not going to change anytime soon. We have gotten away from our relationship with God and Satan is wreaking havoc. America has become his playground and he is not going to leave until Christians turn back to God. We are listening to conspiracy theories, contradicting advice from the experts, and we can find articles to support any view on the internet. We are listening to everyone accept for the ONE who IS the TRUTH, JESUS.

We, the masses of people who this effects, have no idea who is telling the truth or who is lying. We all have our opinions based on who we have been listening to, but can we really trust anyone anymore? Has it all been manufactured to bring this nation down? Do we believe that circumstances have been manipulated to turn us into a communist country? Who do we vote for in November? Because one side isn’t any less criminal than the other. We don’t have to worry about outside terrorists groups taking us down, because they can sit back and watch this country implode.

God has given me a burden for this country. My heart aches deeply for this nation that has the potential to be a beacon to the world. We are fighting against each other, when we need to be fighting against the devil.

Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

What is the answer?

REPENT! REPENT! AND TURN YOUR HEARTS TO GOD!

Jeremiah 18:7-10

If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned. And if at another time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, 10 and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it.

WE CAN TURN THIS AROUND!

HEED THE WARNING AMERICANS!

This nation will be destroyed if we do not, as a nation, turn our hearts back to God.

We need to REPENT

We need to PRAY

We need to READ THE BIBLE

We need to EMBODY THE LOVE AND COMPASSION OF GOD

We need to TURN OUR HEARTS BACK TO GOD!

Do we really need more warnings to wake us up? Do we really want to see what else will happen?

I think that most of us agree that we are nearing the end times. I don’t know when the rapture will be. Will it be before the tribulation period or after? Does anyone, but God really know? Is the CHIP the mark of the beast? No one but God really knows. That’s the point. We don’t know, so we need to be ready.

I watch the masses running around in a panic, not knowing what to do with the worry, anxiety and fear. Suicide rates have gone up. Hopelessness, anger and hate fill the hearts of people. So, I pray and I pray and I pray.

Our Father in heaven,

Protect this country from the evil one that is so intent on taking us down. Wrap a hedge of protection around the borders of America to keep the evil out. Shine a light on the darkness within our borders and stop the evil plots against us before they cause anymore destruction and pain. Bring justice where injustice lives. Pour out your Holy Spirit to overflowing. Gives us hearts that radiate love and compassion in abundance. Give each of us a desire to abide in Christ so that others will see Christ in us. Give each of us a heart for unity instead of hate. Heal our hearts and our differences. Heal our land. Allow the winds to blow the Coronavirus out, so that we, as a nation, can heal physically and financially. In this time of uncertainty, help us to learn that we can survive this better if we work together instead of against each other. Give us each a heart for you, Lord. I am praying that each person in this great nation will be filled with a burning desire for you and to do ONLY your will. Bring us together under YOUR banner, crying out to you in repentance. Bring us together in UNITY in such a way that our voices raised to you in prayer will give the devil no choice but to flee. We belong to the Lord! Bring us back to you, Lord!

All of this in Jesus name,

Amen

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Matthew 6:28-29

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

It has been a hard few months for all of us. We have all been thrown into chaos between the Coronavirus and racial tensions. Some of us don’t feel safe anymore. We question are own thoughts and motives. We try to erase history instead of learning from it and bringing our different perspectives/experiences to the table in a inclusive discussion. Each side thinks they are right and each side is right, but each side is also wrong in some ways.

We rebel against being told what to do, but is it for our safety? Can we listen to the media or are they trying to instill fear in the masses? Are deaths being inflated to benefit the hospitals? Our world is growing more and more chaotic. We have all sacrificed the last few months. I am missing my mom and dad, who should be here for their bi-yearly visit from California. They could not come. Praying for September, but nothing is certain anymore.

I have to remember the ONE thing in this world that will NEVER change: JESUS.  I remind myself that the God who made the flowers in all of their beauty, is still in control and I am not to worry about the future. I LOVE the Spring and seeing the hundreds of varieties of flowers that God has given us. He has blessed us with gardens of so many vibrant colors. He dressed the flowers in beauty. He will dress our futures in beauty too.

         

 

In these days of uncertainty, remember the ONE who still blesses us with beautiful things to remind us of His presence and LOVE.

 

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Psalm 27:14

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

 

God has been trying to teach me patience. I say trying because I know there are days when He shakes His head in frustration when I ONCE AGAIN try to take control and do things my way. It never works out the way I plan and in the end I run back to my heavenly Father determined to be better, to do better.

I have been in a waiting pattern for awhile now. In Georgia when my car broke down and I couldn’t go anywhere. Recently, when I moved back to Indiana, we immediately went into the stay at home order and once again, I was stuck waiting. And then there is the whole partially torn rotator cuff issue. I had to wait until May to see the doctor because of the coronavirus. I had to wait until I was approved for the Indiana low income insurance to get a referral to an orthopedic doctor. That appointment was on June 23rd. I waited for my doctor in Georgia to send my previous MRI results, which never happened, so now I have another MRI set up for July 20th. After that I wait to see if I need surgery or not. Whatever the treatment, it is going to take some time for my arm to heal fully and in the meantime I wait and wait. I have been waiting for 14 years to be able to start a single mom ministry. I am NOT a patient person and I get tired of waiting!

But…WHAT IF…God was waiting for just this moment, knowing that I interact with less anxiety online than I would in person or in a group setting? WHAT IF…God was trying to save me from constantly worrying about groups or having to organize complicated events? God knows my weaknesses and my strengths. I like simple. WHAT IF…this pandemic is actually the perfect time to launch a single mom program out of Patti Burris Ministries?

So what do I do while in this season of waiting?

  1. I PRAY for wisdom and discernment. I also pray for financial provision if this is to be a full-time ministry and for the ministry partners that will offer the prayer and financial support that I will need to be able to serve single moms in a full-time capacity.
  2. I STUDY THE BIBLE. I keep up on devotions and Bible studies. Right now I am picking apart Revelation.
  3. I am PREPARING for ministry. I am planning the services I will offer single moms locally and online. I am adding posts to my blog and keeping it up to date. I am planning my next Bible study for single moms and developing my L.I.F.E discipleship program for single moms. I am preparing to be “in ministry” within the next few weeks.
  4. I STAY CLOSE TO GOD. This is so important! It is so easy to slip back into bad habits thinking that this waiting season means that God doesn’t care or that He has left us. This is not the case at all. These seasons of waiting are God’s way of teaching us patience and obedience.

 

How much longer will I have to wait? 

Good question! I am almost ready to start serving single moms and I can do this regardless of my arm or the pandemic. So while I long impatiently to take control of things, God restrains me until such a time as this.

 

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Ephesians 4:26

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger…

As a mom, it makes me ANGRY when a person or people come against one of my children unjustly. My kids are now 26, 25, 23, 20, and 18, but age doesn’t matter. If one of my kids is under attack, the protective mama bear arises from her slumber and wants to destroy.

This has been the situation the last few days with one of my sons. This situation has caused me to become very angry and protective. He is 20 years old, a man, and can handle himself, but I DON”T CARE!!! I have a protective mom heart that wants to SCREAM, “LEAVE MY CHILD ALONE!!!” I really wanted to tear them limb from limb and remind them NOT TO MESS WITH MY SON!

I wanted to send messages and rant in my rage, but fortunately, I did not. As a child of God with the living, breathing, Holy Spirit living inside me, I knew I could not. As much as I wanted to let loose my fury on my son’s behalf, I instead, looked up every scripture on anger I could find in the Bible (there are many!) and reminded my heart of what I already knew…anger leads to sin and separation from God. Unchecked anger does not solve anything. Unchecked anger only adds fuel to the fire and I knew that was NOT God’s will.

So instead I pray that God will work in the heart’s of those involved and that He will work in the situation. My anger will only cause more drama. I know that anger in itself is not the problem. Anger can cause people to fight for causes and injustice, but when that anger leads us to sin, that’s where the problem lies. I won’t allow Satan to trip me up and cause me to stray away from my heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus. Satan knows all to well that the way to trip up us mamas, is to attack our babies. Not this time!

I encourage you to look up the verses on anger and remember that being angry is okay, but make sure you use that anger to fuel constructive action and not destructive action.

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