|Posted on September 18, 2020 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday September 19, 2020
Good Blessed Saturday morning!!! Come on - shake off that sleep, stretch and yawn, and open your beautiful eyes! The night is gone, the weeping has ended, and God's Mercies are NEW, NEW, NEW......... The coffee is ready and your favorite place is waiting! I'm so glad you are here!!!
It seems like a good day for ADVENTURE! How, you ask? Since we are stuck inside, I say we bring the adventure to life with what we have, and where we are! Grab your kids and share your imagination! It's time to slay some dragons, protect a princess, and would you look at THAT???
A GIANT........... What is the giant in YOUR life? Some impossible hurdle? Jesus can help us OVERCOME them, whatever they are! How do you think David felt when he saw Goliath? This story in the Bible is a lesson of courage, faith, and overcoming what seems IMPOSSIBLE!!! A 9 foot giant of a man, against a teenager with a slingshot and 5 rocks..........
I imagine the Philistines laughed at the sight of David, standing alone with no weapon. Little did they know just how BIG David's GOD WAS!!! It only took ONE SHOT to bring that giant down. ONE BOY to win the war for Israel against the Philistines........ David put his Trust in God, and God was FAITHFUL!!!
Are you of little Faith? Think you have to have an army to defeat your giants? Let's look at Matthew 17:20, "Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there', and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
Why would ANYONE want to fight their battles WITHOUT JESUS??? Face a mountain ALONE??? He Overcame the world, and so can you! If you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, there is nothing He won't do for you! He did the ULTIMATE thing for you, by dying for your sins, and paying the price for your soul. Jesus defeated the enemy ONCE AND FOR ALL!!!
So, are you looking at the bigness of your giant, 9 FEET TALL, seemingly impossible to conquer? OR, the bigness of GOD? Where are you putting your Faith, and in what? Maybe your hanging by a thread, and think there is no Hope for you! Maybe you are at your wits end, with steam coming out of your nose! Maybe all you see when you look UP, is your sky falling! Maybe you're lost, confused, with no sense of direction! Jesus is your Way out of the pit of sins....... Jesus thinks YOU are WORTH DYING FOR!!! There is a powerful quote - "satan says THEY ARE ALL mine! Jesus answered, OVER MY DEAD BODY". And, guess what? Jesus MEANT THAT LITERALLY!!!
|Posted on September 17, 2020 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
Friday September 18, 2020
It's FRIDAY.......... How wonderful! This morning has broken into a Glorious NEW day! What an honor it is to be used by God! For HIS GLORY, not ours. I am astonished that God chooses to use me AT ALL. There are certainly better Christians, better writers, more faithful hearts. Yet, I say everyday, "Here am I. Send me!" (Isaiah 6:8) All I possibly have to offer God is my heart. Doesn't seem like much! The most beautiful thing is? That's all He wants!
How is your heart feeling, by the way? It is SO precious to God. Psalm 139:23 says, "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts." Why do we get anxious? Maybe it's because we believe that God won't do a thing! OR, maybe we decide WE can do it BETTER!!! WHAT?!?! I've tried that. More than once. OK, more like a million times........ Anxiety, panic, fear, worry, doubt - They happen when we take our eyes off of God, and put them on our circumstance!
I, for one, am way too tired to fight my own battles. I'm not strong enough, but GOD IS! "Surely God will crush the heads of my enemies." (Psalm 68:21) One of my favorite Scriptures is found in Romans 16:19-20, "but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil. The God of peace will soon crush satan under your feet." He doesn't have any business being anywhere HIGHER than under our feet! His place is in the pit of hell where he will spend all ETERNITY!!!
Let God's Grace carry you today! Let His Love cast out all your fears! Let yourself off the hook by giving God your life! His plan for you is SO MUCH GREATER than even your highest hopes and dreams! His Ways are wonderful! Do you think a thing is not possible? God LOVES the IMPOSSIBLE, and He is the ONLY ONE WHO CAN DO IT! (Matthew 19:26) He will unclutter your mind! Pull you out of the trenches! Set you on Higher Ground! Clean up your messes! Break those heavy chains! He is the Light in your darkness! Hope for every uncertainty! The Answer to all your Prayers! The Lover of your soul! Beloved, the LORD IS SO GOOD!!!. All you have to do is................. COME, TASTE and SEE!!!
|Posted on September 15, 2020 at 4:00 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday September 16, 2020
Good Morning to you, dear Friends!!! "Rise up, take courage, and do it." (Ezra 10:4) How encouraging! A beautiful Scripture to back that up is in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who strengthens me." So, we have no excuse, do we?! Let us, "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you." (Isaiah 60:1)
I just saw a quote by Charles Spurgeon.......... "We shall not grow weary of waiting upon God, if we remember how long and how graciously He once waited for us." That puts things in a whole, new prospective, doesn't it? It's SO hard to wait on God sometimes, or well, MOST times. We want things NOW, but we never weigh the consequences, or even think what we are Praying for is not good for us! When God asks us to WAIT, it really is for our own good. Going ahead of God, can lead to real disaster!!!
I have learned that waiting on God brings me Peace. Just resting in His Presence fills me with Joy. By giving God full control of my life, relieves SO MUCH PRESSURE!!! Let yourself off the hook, dear Ones. You were never meant to carry the heavy loads of life. That's where Trust in God comes in. Be willing to let go - LET IT ALL GO - "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14)
Do you wonder how Faith can be so easy??? Good! It's because of the ATONEMENT......... The definition is: the reconciliation of God and humankind through Jesus Christ. The Truth of that is found in Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God." Saved by Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ!!! And, you don't have to WORK FOR IT, or PROVE YOURSELF, or JUMP THROUGH HOOPS TO GET IT!!!
Such a Precious Gift........... For God so loved YOU, that He had to make a Way for you to be Reconciled to Him. You may not think you're WORTH it, but God thinks you are! And, because Jesus was sent to pay the price of your sin, you can be FORGIVEN. You can be REDEEMED. WASHED CLEAN. YOUR SLATE WIPED CLEAN......... God is waiting for you! He wants you to CALL ON HIM! He wants to Forgive you! To Bless you!!! But, it all begins with Jesus...... It all starts with your willingness...... You can stop brushing your sin under some carpet. "Oh, but what if God finds out who I really am?" Guess what??? He already knows, and LOVES YOU STILL.........
|Posted on September 14, 2020 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
Tuesday September 15, 2020
Good Morning!!! It's a brand NEW day........ I sure need God's New Mercies!!! It's a good day to start over. What do you say? Care to join me?!
So, how's it going? You know, life and all. This life can be tricky without God FIRST in your life. We're either following God, or the world. I particularly don't like this world AT ALL!!! It has nothing I want or need. People of this world do WHAT they want, WHEN they want, and HOW MUCH they want!!! They don't want Jesus because they don't want to be accountable for anything.
Each day we are given is an EXTRAORIDINARY Gift. He has given us THIS DAY, to make a difference for the Kingdom of God! To show Jesus to a dying world! To replace hate, with Kindness! Lust, to the Love of God! Strife, with Unity! Brokenness, to be made NEW! Because satan owns NOTHING, he has to steal the things of God, and twist them into his way of thinking. IT'S TIME WE MAKE A STAND FOR JESUS!!!
We certainly can't make a difference IN this world, unless WE ARE DIFFERENT!!! You know, march to the beat of a different drum, doing what's RIGHT, and actually LIVE what we believe, in God. "And he said to them, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19) Have you cast out your net today??? What are you doing about the Gift of this day God gave you? It's our responsibility how we use it! I say we stop what we are doing, so we can join in what GOD IS DOING!!! His Ways are SO MUCH BETTER than our ways! AND, He know's what He's doing!
Do not fret about how long your Prayer is taking to be answered. If you are Praying, God is Working! Making you ready! Clearing a path for you! Moving mountains! Calming the waves! Setting captives FREE! Slashing your chains! Healing and Restoring you!!! Simply said, EVERYTHING IS JUST BETTER WITH JESUS!!! His Peace is so precious. And, He is strong enough to carry all that baggage wearing you down. He is Strength in our weakness!!! Let's gather at the river with Jesus! Hop in the boat, and set sail! Go ahead.............. Cast your net, and, GO FISH!!!
|Posted on September 11, 2020 at 4:45 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday September 12, 2020
Glorious morning to you, dear and lovely Friends......... Rise and SHINE!!! Wherever you are in this great, big world, remember one very important Promise - GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS!!! He sees what you are going through, and He will make a way where there seems to be NO WAY.
Jesus................ He makes ALL THINGS NEW! God............... He makes ALL THINGS POSSIBLE! Together, They are in the business of changing lives. Do you think you're too far gone to be Saved? Not a chance! Too dirty to be washed Clean? Forget about it! Think you're not Worthy? Think again! Too broken to be cared about? God makes beauty from ashes! Feel lost? Let God find you! Alone? God will never leave you!!!
For every feeling you have, and every question you need an answer for, let God Breathe you back to life with His Word!!! He thought you up in His Heart, and set you in this world for a PURPOSE! We are not OF IT, as told in John 17:16. We are just passing through it, on our way to ETERNITY! It's up to US, where we spend that Eternity. People say, "Why would God send people to hell?" He doesn't................ WE CHOOSE IT! And, if you think you can make it into Heaven by "good works", you are being deceived. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
All that baggage you're carrying? Lay it all at the Feet of Jesus! That prison you are stuck in? Jesus is your Chain Breaker! There is nothing you have done, that Jesus can't REDEEM! No sin too horrific, that God can't FORGIVE! No storm in your life, that He can't CALM! No Prayer you utter, that He can't HEAR! And, no matter how many times you've been rejected, God calls you HIS CHILD!!! Give it all to God and LIVE!!! Give it all to God and RISE!!! He made you to WIN, for, "we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:37) So, if you are holding on to your life with all your might, it's OK, Beloved...................... YOU CAN LET GO NOW!!!
|Posted on September 10, 2020 at 5:15 AM||comments (0)|
Friday September 11, 2020
Good Morning....... This is a sad day in history! I lift up every single person who lost a loved one in the 9/11 attacks. And, I lift up those responsible for the attacks. Their only Hope is JESUS!!! Everyone can find Forgiveness in Repentance..........
Let's ponder on JOY and Happiness today! Are they different? OH YES! JOY is ETERNAL. Happiness is short lived. JOY has a foundation. Worldly happiness is on shifting sand. I'm not saying happiness is wrong, but let me touch on 2 kinds of "happiness". One is, "Oh, I am so happy for you!" That is an expression of real affection for someone. Two is, "I am so happy it's Friday!!!'' That happiness is very fleeting.......... HOW? Because come Monday, you can't wait for it to be Friday again! Another phrase is, "I'm not happy with that anymore, I'm going to get a new one!"
"For the joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10) "A joyful heart is good medicine." (Proverbs 17:22) "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds." (James 1:2) JOY is essential for the Born Again Christian! Worldly happiness can rot your bones....... It only keeps us searching for a replacement! But JOY was Created in Heaven, that's why it is ETERNAL!!!
With JOY comes PEACE! "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:7) With all that's going on in your life, find your JOY in Jesus! Let no ONE, or no THING, steal it from you! Don't give satan a foothold, or an open door! Stop LOOKING, and try FINDING. Find your firm foundation in JESUS! And, if you're not sure HOW to find your Joy, open God's Word. Listen to a Praise song. Dance - and if you can't dance, tap your toes. KEEP TAPPING THEM!!! Quote Scriptures!!! "but those who hope in the LORD will renew their stength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isaiah 40:31) Beloved, HOLD ON TO JESUS!!! Then, hold on to Him FOR DEAR LIFE!!!
|Posted on September 8, 2020 at 5:25 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday September 9, 2020
Good Morning to you! I hope all is well with your soul....... If you went to bed crying, REJOICE, for JOY comes in the morning! That is a PROMISE OF GOD, found in Psalm 30;5!!! He sees your wounded heart and crushed spirit. He will MAKE YOU WHOLE!!!
Oh, the simple life............ By the worlds standard, I have nothing! No car, no money saved, no house, no credentials. I measure my Worth in JESUS! How do you measure YOURS??? Do you have a dozen letters behind your name? A fancy house, a couple cars, a picket fence? Are you riding the high horse of pride? Always look DOWN on people?
WHERE IS JESUS IN ALL THAT??? "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all the mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." (1 Corinthians 13;2) Do you think God cares how big your bank account is? He cares about YOUR HEART!!! Let's look at 1 Samuel 16;7, "But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD doesn not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."
I could care less what anyone thinks about me! If God is FOR me, WHY SHOULD I??? (Romans 8;31) Peoples opinions of me are not requested. The ONLY thing I care about, is what GOD thinks of me! If the world says, GO LEFT and you will be accepted. But God says GO RIGHT, and I am already accepted! The thing of about "worldly possessions", it keeps us happy until the thrill wears off, then we have to keep looking elsewhere to fill that void. WE WILL NEVER FIND IT IN THE WORLD.......... JESUS is the ONLY ONE WHO CAN FILL THAT EMPTY SPACE!!! And He was born, not in a palace, but a stable.
You can be a millionaire, and without Jesus, YOU ARE NOTHING......... Keep in mind, you will take nothing with you when you die. "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven." (Matthew 6;20) By the way, millionaire, are you giving to the poor and needy? If a beggar asks for $1, do you just walk away? By the way, you BOTH are the same in God's Eyes!!! There's something to be said about living a simple life.................... Try it! YOU MIGHT LIKE IT!!!
|Posted on September 7, 2020 at 5:30 AM||comments (0)|
Tuesday September 8, 2020
Good Morning!!! Oh, what a beautiful morning! Oh, what a beautiful day! Oh, what a beautiful Gift from God! Let's LIVE IT WELL....... We were made to THRIVE, not just survive.
WORDS.............. They are powerful. They can dictate a whole conversation. They can literally change a person's day. They can truly hurt, or heal. Hinder or help. I just saw a quote by TobyMac...... "Never speak words that allow the enemy to think he's winning." HELLO?!?! How many times do we just let words fly out of our mouths without thinking? What we say is important to God!
"Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be." (James 3;10) "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up." (Ephesians 4;29) WHEW!!! I fail at that alot! I used to say, "God, if I can't stop sinning against you with my mouth, then CUT OUT MY TONGUE!!!" Then it hit me......... "For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." (Luke 6;45) My Prayer quickly changed to, "God, change my heart! Whatever is in it that is NOT of You, burn it out!!!"
Our words can quickly be JUDGMENTAL. Oh, how easy they join in GOSSIP. Our words can give full reign to satan, and believe me, he's ready and waiting! "Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out." Another TobyMac quote! If our words are not pleasing to GOD, then WE SHOULD NOT UTTER THEM!!! Plain and simple, right? If we have trouble with our words, ask God to help! His Strength is made PERFECT IN OUR WEAKNESS!!! (2 Corinthians 12;9) Let us SPEAK LIFE, and let our words POINT TO OUR FATHER, and may our words SPEAK TRUTH!!!
Are you having a bad day? PRAISE GOD! Is someone trying to annoy you? PRAY FOR THEM! If someone lashes out, BE KIND! Been told you are a mistake and good for nothing, BELIEVE GOD! Our Worth is found in Christ, not this world or the people in it. If you keep slipping up with your tongue, Repent and ask God to help you. Keep doing it, until you've changed!!! But FIRST AND FOREMOST, ask God to CHANGE YOUR HEART! A beautiful Scripture to Pray daily is found in Psalm 51;10, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."
Ask God to give you an UNDIVIDED HEART!!! (Psalm 86;11) And be sure NOT to follow your heart in anything, but to FOLLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT!!! Why do you think He says in Jeremiah 17;9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" We are responsible for our own hearts. What we say, we will become! What we believe determines our future! What we think will become an action! And, because "out of the mouth the heart speaks", tell me................. WHAT DOES YOUR HEART BEAT FOR???
|Posted on September 4, 2020 at 5:40 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday September 5, 2020
GOOD SATURDAY MORNING!!! It is SOOOOO good to see you! Do you have any grand adventures planned for this day? I always Pray before I begin writing. Today I said something PROFOUND!!! Want to hear it? OK..........
I always Pray to God first, then Jesus, and then the Holy Spirit! Apart from Them, I truly am NOTHING! My life would have no meaning, no direction. So this morning, I said, "Well Jesus, if it weren't for YOU, there WOULD BE NO BLOG!!! I would have no reason to write! THANK YOU......" 1 John 3;1 says, "See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him."
Oh, what manner of LOVE IS THIS.......... How OUTLANDISH! How WONDERFUL! He thought us up in His Heart, and Breathed us into LIFE! Why? Because, FOR GOD SO LOVED!!! (John 3;16) God SO LOVED YOU! God SO LOVED ME! It may sound crazy, but it's TRUE....... It may seem impossible, but it's NOT........ Forget what you've been told all your life. Forget the hurtful words and actions, of even those you love.
Have you been forsaken? I have, from my own family! BUT GUESS WHAT??? I HAVE JESUS!!! Who cares what anyone else thinks about you. Your WORTH is found in JESUS. Have you had unspeakable, and unthinkable things done TO you? REJOICE!!! See what Jesus has done FOR you!!! He will Heal the hurt. Heal your mind and your heart. Restore you. Make you NEW!!! God is FOR YOU! It matters not who you are, or what you've done! Jesus shed His Blood so there would be a way of Forgivness! Jesus is our only WAY to God. Jesus is the only TRUTH. In Him, we have LIFE!!! All you have to do is COME AS YOU ARE.......
"It CAN'T be that simple", you say??? OH YES IT IS! If you weren't in His Heart, there would be no reason for Jesus! He gave His Best, and we should give Him ours, as well. You are Valuable. You are Worthy. OH WHAT MANNER OF LOVE IS THIS??? You are not forgotten. You have not been abandoned. You can run to the ends of the earth to hide from God. But guess what? You are not UNREACHABLE..........
|Posted on September 3, 2020 at 4:20 AM||comments (0)|