As I was driving to pick up my daughter from babysitting last night, I started wondering, if today was my last day here on earth, did I make the most of it? Did I hug my family enough? Did I tell them I love them? Do they know it and will not question it in the future? Did I get to spend enough time with my husband? Did I help anyone in need? Did I remember to pray for everyone? Did I share the Word with someone? Have I done all that God has wanted me to do today?
I am going to have to stand before Him and account for all my choices. I KNOW I have screwed up way more times than I would care to admit. I miss my prompting to go and take the blanket to the homeless lady, give the call to the friend on my heart, add that extra ten bucks to the tip for the stressed out waitress. Those are the easy ones I have skipped. I have passed on the times the Holy Spirit has nudged me to go and share the word or pray with someone, mainly because I felt awkward and didn't want to look like a weirdo. I have missed times to love my husband because I was "too busy" doing things for others, when he SHOULD BE my MOST IMPORTANT. I have missed times when I was stressed & instead of spending time in His word for comfort and soul recharging, I wanted to watch a television show and veg, not think about anything. 😕 Ugh. I am a fail. I am sorry Lord.
So now I am about to pick my daughter up, in my mind I am still questioning, if today is my last day to be the hands and feet of Jesus, have I done what He has requested of me? Do I live to serve Him or myself? If I did serve, did I do so with a joyful heart or out of obligation? Did I serve the One who took the nails for me? Did I share His love the way He wanted me to today...any day He asked...?
Oh friend, make EVERY SINGLE DAY COUNT!! We have no clue when our last breath will come. We did not come with expiration dates. What we did come with, is the command from Jesus to love.💗✨Matthew 22:36-40 says"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”Love my neighbor as my own self-centered self. Live to love others. Die to myself and live for Him. Yes Lord, I will do better. For You have CHOSEN ME and I choose to serve You.Let's get this new day started!!I am here to serve!!!
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Nov 17 2016
Jesus. Never. Fails.We have nothing to fear. God is in control. His will be done. 🙌🏽 YES!! That is so freeing!! YOUR WILL LORD, not mine, but Yours! All I am to do is be obedient, even if it makes no sense to my limited mind. You have already orchestrated the outcome to Your plan.Hallelujah!!!
So today I will spend worshiping You Lord, for You alone are great and holy. You alone deserve all glory, honor and praise. You sent Your only son to come and walk a sinless and humble life among us, teaching us of Your power and mercy, to then die a horrific death as the most PURE SACRIFICE TO ATONE FOR OUR SINS. Our amazing Savior is stronger than we can even imagine! He conquered death and 3 days after His last breath on earth, our King rose again! He then walked among the people for 40 days professing the Word of God, before ascending into heaven, to sit at Your glorious right hand!! What a gift we have been given! Jesus, the lamb of God, He will never fail us.
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom He hath chosen for his own inheritance." Psalm 33:12 KJV
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Nov 08 2016
Sharing the gospel has never been something I really wanted to do. I know the bible tells us too, but is intimidating. I have seen great evangelists and have found them inspirational and so brave. If I am honest, I also looked at them like they were crazy. Seriously, who wants to put themselves out there like that? You have heard how the world talks behind their backs.JESUS FREAK!BIBLE THUMPER!!We all know the name calling gets worse.
I know Jesus is my Savior, but I am not sure I know the bible enough to be able to back it up when an atheist attacks. My recall under pressure stinks. My high school teachers from the past I am sure can attest to that! So I remember telling God " I love you but I can't evangelize for You. I am too scared. I don't want to screw it up and turn someone away from You. I will do something else for You though Lord!!"
You know what? I think God chuckled when He heard that. He began equipping me and I did not even know it. It started with bible studies. LOVE THEM!! We would talk about Jesus. I really enjoyed that! I started teaching bible to my kids for school and really diving in deep to the Word with them. It filled me with joy to have conversations about Jesus over cocoa with them!! I was so blessed to see Jesus sparkle in their hearts!! I LOVE to learn more with them about our Savior!! Then MOPS became my ministry. LOVE THE GIRLS!!! Guess what? We would talk about Jesus, I love to talk about Jesus!! I truly LOVE to talk about Jesus!!! He is the ULTIMATE!! No wonder talking about Him makes me so happy!!
So God in His amazing goodness, showed me that talking about Jesus is a joy! So when the people came to my door to teach me about their faith, I confidently swung open the door sure that I knew exactly what to say. Sadly, fear gripped a hold of me and all my glorious thoughts of sharing my King went blank. Ugh. I lifted a silent prayer and asked for the Holy Spirit to use me. I only remember a little bit of what I said that day. I remember inviting her to our church baptism that Sunday. I remember telling her how GLORIOUS Jesus Christ is. I remember telling her how AMAZING it feels to be saved! I told her that I prayed she felt that amazing FORGIVING LOVE, if not now then soon, because it SETS YOU FREE. I remember she left looking confused and has never been back.
I on the other hand, felt stupid that I couldn't remember anything evangelistic before I prayed for help. On the positive side, I did have an overwhelming JUMPING going on in my soul! It was a PURE JOY!! I didn't know what that lady needed to hear, but God did. When I allowed Him to guide the conversation He did all the work!! FABULOUS!!! I loved being a part of that!! Still with all that happy joy I still struggle to go up to strangers and share...but I am obedient & I try. 🌟BUT, if you come up to me and ASK ME about Jesus, that is a completely different story. I will talk your ear off about Jesus! HE IS MY GREATEST LOVE!!!
So how do I get people to come up to me and ask me about Jesus? God brings them. And they know they're supposed to talk to me because I'm the lady that wears the shirts from His print shop.
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Sep 16 2016
Sometimes we just need to remember why we love.Is it for ourselves to feel important & special?Is it that the other person is worthy of our attention?Or do we choose to love to lift up someone who is special to God?"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God."1 John 4:7
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Sep 15 2016
I need my sisters in Christ.💛💛💛You have no idea how much a simple phone call or a text from one of them can give me the peace that is trying to be robbed from my day. That quick message of "I prayed for you today" can be that boost to my armor as I battle through the chaos of my life. I am so thankful for the friends that call and set up the coffee dates with me. They may be few and far between, but that time together connecting and talking about Jesus FILLS MY SOUL with a POWERFUL, INTANGIBLE STRENGTH that will PROTECT against the spiritual attacks that come my way, keeping their evil sting at bay.
Fellowship can bring us STRENGTH to face the world. Life is hard. We NEED each other!! The enemy is strong and conniving, but TAKE COURAGE!!Our God is STRONGER!!Let's build each other up and fight back UNITED with God!!!
Psalm 44:5-8 "Through You we will push down our enemies;
Through Your name we will trample those who rise up against us.
For I will not trust in my bow,
Nor shall my sword save me.
But You have saved us from our enemies,
And have put to shame those who hated us.
In God we boast all day long,
And praise Your name forever. "
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Sep 15 2016
This morning I stubbed my toe and it HURT. It was the kind of pain that shoots straight up your leg and your vision goes all white.
I'll be honest with you-the first words that slipped from my mouth weren't the prettiest. They weren't even in the same realm as pretty. In fact a couple of them were downright UGLY.
My pain dissipated rather quickly as I was instantly condemned. Which, in a way, was a lot more painful than stubbing my toe. All I could think of was "would you ever say these words in church?" Growing up my mama would have washed my mouth out with soap or smacked me straight across the head for that kind of talk. Of course I wouldn't say those words in church! I wouldn't even dream of speaking so carelessly! Then God reminded me that I AM THE CHURCH.
Oh, let me tell you, my heart DROPPED. Nope. I was pegged. I was condemned the the nth degree.
Now, I've never been too interested in cursing. But I often will use variations or something cheesy along those lines. What I have forgotten is that God is ALWAYS around. He hears and sees what I am doing regardless of where I am. And that I am supposed to be a representation of His kingdom.
Christian, our mouth has barriers. We can bite our tongue, catch the words between our teeth, or press or lips together. Bible warns us not only to guard our heart and our thoughts, but also our tongues! Now, I understand my convictions are my own and this is my lesson, but I pray that you consider this in your heart. What we say is just as important as our actions."Whoever guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles." Proverbs 21:23
Posted by Aimee Martinez on Sep 14 2016
Someone pointed out to me today that I talk about Jesus a lot. I think they meant it as a bad thing, but I don't care 🙈 It's the truth! I can't help it. I'm so CRAZY in love with Jesus! I want to tell everyone about Him! He's my joy and my strength. He's my hope when all seems lost. He's my guide through the trials. He's my redeemer and my advocate. He's ever faithful. He's unfailing. He heals + restores. He's merciful + righteous. He's just + compassionate. I can't even begin to express my adoration. I couldn't be happier to serve Him
Posted by Aimee Martinez on Sep 13 2016
✨TALK ABOUT GOD✨
God has done so much for us. We should BOAST about Him ALL THE TIME!! Tell EVERYONE!! Don't leave God out of your thoughts and actions. Make Him interwoven in your daily walk. Dedicate your life to God!! He is everything good!! Give God all the glory! Love Him with all your heart, soul and strength!! .
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Sep 12 2016
The hardest thing to pray is "what do you want me to do today Lord? Use me." Why is this so hard? Why can we not freely give back to the one who gave us everything? It is actually really simple...sad, but simple. We want to do what WE WANT the Lord to ask...not necessarily what He has planned for us. There in lies the rub.
It's a choice.
Do we give to Him all of ourselves, freely without reserve or do we only do what is easy and doesn't really ruffle our feathers?
Stepping out in faith is difficult. Allowing ourselves to be open to ridicule (or worse) from those who choose to live by their flesh is terrifying! I know!! It is!! I can't lie to you and say that it is easy. I can tell you this truth though, every single time I am obedient to the Lord, step out of my comfort zone, I AM BLESSED. When I choose to follow His plan, as uncomfortable as it may seem, I grow in ways that I would never have thought possible. When I have been there in that moment, that divine appointment that God has orchestrated for me to be a part of...I can feel it...my soul has been changed for the better. It's phenomenal! Oh how I wish that feeling for everyone!! Our God is so good that He will not force you to be His hands and feet. No, He waits patiently for us to choose Him, to want to serve Him in any capacity He has planned. He waits for us to come freely. We all have the opportunity with every glorious new morning, we get the blessed question of, "whom will we serve today? "
I CHOOSE JESUS. 💛
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Sep 03 2016
Hard to believe, but this old broken body of mine gets up in the morning with every intention of working out. Some days it works & some days...well my back is just so crunchy it seems like my work out is going to be simply to get up!! You will see what I mean as you start to ferment with age too!! 😂 The workout I never miss, is my time in the Word. It might not always be in the morning, but it WILL HAPPEN at some point in my day!! That spiritual workout as I LIFT my RIPPED bible, STRETCHES my understanding and STRENGTHENS my faith!!! That is a workout I don't ever want to skip!! So I RUN TO JESUS every morning, even when my earthly body creaks and moans, because He fills me anew and my spirit soars on that joy💕
Posted by Aimie Martinez on Aug 26 2016