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Some of you may know, but my husband and I sort of team-preach … in a way.  He preaches on stage, and I do a prophetic drawing while he’s preaching.  Whatever the Lord puts on my heart, I draw.  Live.  The audience watches, on the screen, while the drawing is being constructed from a blank canvas on my iPad.  It’s something that works out well for us, and often people tell us that the message was more meaningful because there was another dynamic being added, other than just listening.

In this sermon, my husband preached about making sure Jesus is the first priority in your life.

I drew a picture of the “rich young ruler” that Jesus talks about in scripture.  He’s got his car, his blender, TV, and fancy clothes, but he turns down the offer of salvation.  What God put on my heart was, that even though this guy had everything, in the end, he had nothing!  What does it profit for a man to gain the whole world, yet lose his soul? (Matt 16:26) We are not guaranteed tomorrow (James 4:14). All this stuff we worry about is not going to last.  When eternity slaps us in the face, none of it will matter.  Our house, our car, our job — none of it can come to Heaven with us.  It’s time for us to put a priority on growing up spiritually and getting closer to God than ever before.  It’s time to realize our spiritual life is more real, and more important, than our physical life.  When we die, it’s not going to matter what kind of house we lived in.  What will matter is what we did with the gifts and talents God gave us.  Did we use them for His glory?  Did we do the things He called us to do?  Or did we get so busy with things of this world that we failed to do anything spiritual at all?  Psalms 39:6 says “We are merely shifting shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it.”  Philippians says that we are citizens of Heaven.  It’s time to remember who we are, and find out what it is we’re supposed to be doing for the Kingdom.  Before it’s too late.  Before we look back and realize how much we wasted our time, talents, and resources.  

God’s Kingdom is on the move.  Jesus is coming back soon.  If you don’t know what you’re job is, it’s time to find out!  You are an important part of God’s Kingdom and you play a special role in His work in the earth during this time!  It’s not an accident that you’re here now!  Start spending more time reading the Bible and praying and find out what God’s will for your life is.  It’s not a waste of time to be obedient to God.  It’s the most rewarding (and dare I say, fruitful) way to live life!  

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  Don’t worry about the things of this world.  God will take care of you if you put Him first.IMG_0164-1024x768


  1. Elise

    Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing.

    Do you have any tips and hints for inexperienced blog
    writers? I’d really appreciate it.

    • Kristen

      Hi Elise! Thanks for commenting — as far as tips, #1: read, read, read! I read books, and blog posts, about writing and get a lot of good information that way. Also, reading anything, helps you write well. #2: write, write, write! Practice writing every day, and you’ll get better at it.

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