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You are not alone in your walk with Christ if you have difficulty sharing your faith because of shyness. There are many other Christians that get nervous when they even think about witnessing. Do you struggle with sharing your faith because you have no clue as to how to witness in spite of your shyness? If so, I’ve got a few things that will help you.

 

1. Understand that witnessing isn’t always about words.

St. Francis of Assizi once said, “Witness at all times; if necessary use words.” The first thing that will reduce the pressure of shyness in your life is to know that you don’t have to use words to witness. You can use actions, and many times they speak louder than words. You can send letters to nonbelievers in Christ and let them know you are thinking about them. You can get them a gift and take it by their house to let them know how valuable they are. Doing these kind of things will be sure to open up a conversation, and they will end up, most likely,  asking you about your faith. When they do, just tell them what Christ has done in your life. No need at all to give them a bible study. Just share your life, and how Christ has changed it for the better.

2. Witness at home

Witnessing at home is easy because you already feel safe. Live before your family a changed life. Living for Christi in front of your family is the loudest witness you will ever do. Each family member is watching, and learning from you. They, in turn, will hopefully live the same way. That is making disciples without words.

3. Witness on vacation

Next time you are on vacation, witness to those who clean your room. Leave a great tip each day, and a hand written note of encouragement to them. Then sign it with a bible verse. Pray over the note, and let the Spirit of God do the rest.

4. Take advantage of birthdays

Collect as many birthday dates as you can and send them a card or an email. In the same way, you would write a note while on vacation, do something similar with a birthday card or email. To make this step automatic, do a Google search of free sites that remind you by email when a birthday is near.

I could give you many more, but I think you get the idea. What are some ways you have found that work? Leave a comment and share with others.

 

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I love getting the mail from the mailbox. In fact, it’s an obsession of mine. I have to be the one that gets the mail and looks at it first. I’m not entirely certain as to why I have such a fixation over the mail, but it goes all the way back to when I was a little boy.

I would get letters from my grandparents or a friend, and I loved it. I would be so excited and would open them and read them again and again. There is just something unique about a letter. Letters arrive and spend time with you. They took thought to write and send. Facebook, text, and skype just don’t hold the same special place as a letter. I become sad when I think how today in our day and age; letters are considered obsolete and antiquated.

So, why all the talk about letters? Well, because the Bible declares that we are letters of God to a broken world. We are letters of the right way. We are letters of the Good news of the Gospel. We are letters of eternal life.We are letters from the future, read in the now, of how it will one day be.

Have you ever thought of yourself as a letter? Have you ever thought of yourself as a living communication? We live in a fast world of sound bites, emails and text. Written letter are rare today. I’m not anti sound bites; I’m not anti emails or text. But God never called us to be that small. He called us to be big beautiful letters to the world. You and I declare to the world the greatest news of all times. If your life is a declaration, what are you declaring? You need to give it some serious thought.

Your life is God’s letter of hope and mercy, to a world that is broken and fallen. He writes a letter through your life as you submit to the blessing of being used to witness daily to the world around you. We are His epistles written for all men to see, and read.

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You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all. 3 And you show that you are a letter from Christ delivered by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

You are a letter that is to be known. Your faith was never intended to be isolated. Your faith is a letter to be read by all, not tucked away in a private place. I want you to picture yourself as a blank letter just before every conversation, or interaction with a person, or a group of people. Then, just allow God to work through you. Let God do the writing of the letter to the other person.

How is your letter reading to the world around you? How is your letter reading to your friends? How is your letter reading to strangers and even your enemies? Only you can truly answer those questions, and only you can make changes were the changes need to be. You are a letter of God and having a consistent walk with Christ is the best letter the world will ever read.

 

 

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You have more time than you think.  If you are like me, you have a list of things to do and time seems to be in slim supply. Fear not! There are ways to find a little more time in your day if know where to look and what to do.

Below are seven ways to find more time

1. Take an inventory

You must know where your time is going before you can adjust it. Trust me, you have more time than you think you do. Grab a notepad and keep up with your time for a day or two. Write down what you do in time intervals. Once you take an inventory, you will be able to see where your time is really going. You will be amazed at how all the things you do can be consolidated. For instances, look for and discover on your list a few things that can be done together instead of spread out through you day.

Example-Want to read that book but don’t have the time? Then try reading when you are in the bathroom. I know that sounds funny but hey, everyone goes to the bathroom. 🙂

2. Little adds up

Some goals in your life are big and take a lot of time. They are so big, many times you might find yourself giving up altogether. Guess what? You don’t have to. Why? The reason why is because little adds up.

Example-Do you want to write a book that is 50,000 words? Then write 500 words a day. In 100 days you will have that book.

3. Don’t disregard small increments of time as having no value

You would be amazed at what just 5 minutes given to a project or goal in your life will do. Sometimes people don’t work on a goal or project because to fully complete it that day would take an hour. Guess what? You can divide that project or goal up into 5-minute increments and it will get done eventually. It might be slower than you wanted, but never forget…the snail made it on the ark -even if he was the last one on. 🙂

4. Capture a weekend

There will be times that 5-minutes will not be the best choice for you. That’s okay. Just look at your calendar and find a weekend that must be yours and plan to use that weekend to get the task done. You would be amazed at what can happen with a whole day with no one to bother you. Let’s face it…we waste a lot of time on weekends recovering from the week. Take one weekend and own it for your goals. Don’t let anything social get in the way and steal that marked off time.

5. Cut the radio off

When you are driving, cut the radio off. You will be blown away by how it clears you mind and allows you to think. I almost always drive without music. I love to write and of course I write sermons for each Sunday. Many times in my truck I think of great thoughts. I simply grab my iPhone and record my thoughts to listen to later and work with. (Note: This one can be dangerous. Keep your eyes on the road and do this one at your own risk)

6. Get up earlier

This one is simple. Get up 15 or 20 minutes earlier and use that time. Do it!!!!!!

7. Pray longer than normal

I know this one sound crazy but you would be amazed at how spending extra time with God will give you more time. I’ve learned, that many of the blocks in my writing will go away when I’ve prayed more. It seems that God blesses me with fewer roadblocks, and what would have taken an hour to do, often ends up taking just 30-minutes.

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NOTE: Thanks to all who download the free copy of my book. 887 copies were downloaded and my heart is full of joy. I’m so thankful for my salvation and it was great to share a free gift with you all of you on the day that I gave my heart to Christ.

August 24, 1988 I surrendered my life to Christ. I want to celebrate by giving away a free copy of the Kindle version of my book, The Descent to Compassion. I hope you enjoy it and will share it with others. If you can, after reading it, please go to Amazon and leave a rating and a comment. God bless all of you and thanks for following my blog. (Free Book Download Last for 24 hours only)

Here is the link to the free copy. GIVE ME THE GIFT

Book Description

The disciples walked with Jesus outside the four walls of the temple and learned what sharing the Kingdom message was truly all about. In the Descent to Compassion, the author takes the reader beyond Sunday morning service, past evangelism projects, and out into the highways and hedges where life happens and does not stop for a 30-minute sermon. The author takes the reader to where Jesus is walking and working everyday, desiring His people to join Him in the work. Divine moments happen everyday because God is always at work. Each and everyday we get up, if we open our eyes, we can see the hurting and we can see Jesus actively pursuing their hearts. We have the option of joining Him or walking away.

Writing is a great way to achieve clarity in your life. Thinking through your life is great but writing down what you want out of your life is even greater. When you write your goals down, or the things you want to change, or the things you want to accomplish…the fog clears.

The fog clears because once you put thoughts to paper, it moves from a floating thought that can be sucked out to space, to a clear goal to achieve. It has been said, “Thoughts disentangle themselves when they pass through the lips and fingertips.” That is so true. Once you write it down you become more accountable to see it through.

What are the things you want to accomplish in the next 5 to 10 years? I bet you could make a great list if you really tried. Go ahead and dream big and write them down. I have my own list and it has helped me tremendously.

Here is a list of topics you might want to use.
1. Personal (e.g. write a book or books)
2. Finances (e.g. becoming debt free)
3. Family (e.g. create memories together)
4. Travel (e.g. top places you want to visit)
5. Crazy Bucket List (e.g. skydive, surf)

Please share with me in the comment section some of the things you hope to accomplish in the next 5 to 10 years. I would love to hear about them. (Click “Leave a Comment” at top of post)