Jill’s Corner

Inspirational News From Jill Burcham

Maybe…

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Maybe Im a different spirit. I just don’t understand singeling out who someone is based on gender, race, politcal preference, religious preference, social status or personel likes.
In raising my children, I taught them that what we are on the outside is our spiritual suits and who were were was what was inside – a child or God.
I owned a manufacturing company when being a women wasn’t popular. I had people threaten to quit because they didn’t want to work for a woman. I had sugar put in my gas tank, dead fish put all over the front porch, and numerous hate phone calls. I was given token political positions because I was a female and used that as an opportunity to enhance local businesses and those around the state. Even as a Pastor, many do not recognize women in the pulpit and it’s ok because God is going to place me where HE wants me to be.
If you walk in gender, race, social status, religous preference etc. you are missing a whole big world and limit your opportunities. Walk as a child of the most High God, and watch Him place you where He wants you.~ Work Hard, and when you do the right thing….Trust God!! HE will elevate you when man won’t!!

On My Soapbox

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If someone has asked God for forgiveness, what makes people think they can continually judge a person’s past. I’m really tired of the super spiritual, super churchy mentality!

A Transparency Moment

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I think of myself as a patient person and one that goes with the flow. I can honestly tell you, I have flunked my own advice these past 4 days. I am housebound!!! The road has been very icey and dad can’t get out in this. Every ounce of laundry is done, floors mopped, bathrooms cloroxed, paperwork finished, bills paid, cooked meals, washed and put up dishes, read, watched ball games, read some more, studied and read some more.
I sat back tonight thinking of all the wild days we have had at PUSH and how many times we said “oh we need a day to rest”. Well……be careful what you ask for.
God quietly nudged me and reminded me that we are ALWAYS to be thankful no matter how tough things are. Soooo, Im going to watch the Alabama/Clemson game and continue to appreciate we have a TV, the house is warm, my daughter was able to get us some groceries, driveway is plowed, streets melting and tomorrow I get to get out!!
Im grateful for a moment that reminds me Im still a work in progress!!!!

The Two S’s

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In watching society, it is clear there are two types of serving – one is a servant and the other is a slave. The definition of a servant is: “a devoted and helpful follower or supporter” The definition of a slave is : ” a person who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.”
It is such a blessing to see someone giving from their heart and serving… It is VERY difficult to see people who are ” bought” and feel obligated to do whatever they ask and work as though they are owned. Being “bought” can also be a mentality such a poverty mentality, being a sex symbol, lack of confidence etc.
Being a servant is a result of a Spiritual understanding of giving of ones self. It is very freeing and empowering. A slave comes from allowing someone to “buy” someone through paying off debts, allowing them to live with them, feeding them, or knowing something that the person doesn’t want to have shared so they live in fear and allow chains to be wrapped all around them.
God created you to be free. Don’t allow anyone to try to own you. Allow God to empower you to serve in Freedom not in Chains!

Bothered

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I was put in a situation that really bothered me. Someone wanted to give BUT had to have the name and address so they could deliver the gifts themselves and expose poverty to their children. Although I’m sure there was no ill intended, it was representative of so many that feel they need to give and get glory from man. STOP STOP STOP.
The bible says: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.“
Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. ..” Matthew 6: 1 – 18

Just A Thought

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Why is it that whining seems so easy and so prevalent with only temporary solutions? Praying is always a last resort and produces lasting answers. My conclusion is that whining gets attention for those who don’t want to have a real answer. Prayer is for those with real needs and wants a situation to be resolved – Suddenly!

Forever God

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You can only play wounded so many times before people turn their ears off. God did not create us to be dependent on the world but dependent on Him. The world’s resources will dry up BUT GOD’s will never end!!

God Bless America

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Tonight, as I read posts, listen to the news, recieve IPAW alerts, and hear hate and confusion, the only thing I can think to do right now is Pray – “Our Father who art in Heaven, Holy is your name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive our tresspasses as we forgive those who tresspass against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kindom, Thine is the Power and Glory for ever and ever AMEN!! ~ May God bless and lead America into Peace and Love!

Recycle With God

Instead of accepting people's "garbage" take it and help them recycle it into something productive. As a Pastor, I've heard so much "stuff" that is disturbing BUT I know that I know God can take the garbage and make it into a 5 course meal.  It is your choice to hold on to other people's stuff OR hand it straight over to God and let Him make something productive out of it.  Allow God to use you. You are not a garbage can but a recycle bin!! With God...........ALL things are possible.

Instead of accepting people’s “garbage” take it and help them recycle it into something productive. As a Pastor, I’ve heard so much “stuff” that is disturbing BUT I know that I know God can take the garbage and make it into a 5 course meal.
It is your choice to hold on to other people’s stuff OR hand it straight over to God and let Him make something productive out of it. Allow God to use you. You are not a garbage can but a recycle bin!! With God………..ALL things are possible.

Time To Get Real!

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The reason Jesus came on earth was to save us. He laid out instructions and shared truth. Many were saved BUT Jesus expected the church to nurture and spiritually feed those who had been converted. Today too many churches are proud of their numbers that have come forward to be saved but leave them sitting on the pew with no support. It’s time the Church wakes up and gets their priorities straight and realize that God charged them with great responsibility towards their communities and not just those sitting in their congregations.