|Posted on October 22, 2020 at 3:10 AM||comments (0)|
Friday October 23, 2020
Good Morning and Happy FriYAY!!! It's time to get up, Up, UP....... "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you." (Isaiah 60:1) Need I say more???
So, what are your plans for today? Note the word YOUR........ If what you are planning for today, is only what you can do in your own strength, what a pity! Do you KNOW that there is a better way? GOD'S WAY! GOD'S PLAN! Let's look at Ephesians 3:20, "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."
I want THAT, don't you? IMMEASURABLY MORE!!! If I only get what I want, I will be missing out the the BLESSINGS OF GOD! You see, WE can only go SO FAR. But God? Well, He wants to do the IMPOSSIBLE in us, and for us! WE are limited, but GOD IS LIMITLESS!
What the world offers, is a temporary fix. Oh, we may be happy for a while, but we always come back for MORE! Apart from God, we cannot be satisfied. Apart from God, we can do nothing. (John 15:5) And, we remain restless, until we REST IN GOD! The safest place for me, is to say, "If God's not IN it, I DON'T WANT IT!!!"
I know how things work out if I try to do them without God! It's NOT pretty! There is going to come a time when all you have strength to do is, give it all to God! "Yet not my will, but yours be done." (Luke 22:42) Trying do things on our own, is exhausting! It's a burden we are not meant to carry!
Want some comfort? "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10) Trade your chaos, for STILLNESS. I love peace and quiet! It's highly underrated. When stress comes, BE STILL. When things are out of control, BE STILL. When you think the sky is falling, BE STILL. When you feel lost and confused, BE STILL. When you are full of fear, BE STILL. When you are being pulled in a hundred different directions, BE STILL.
"You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." (Psalm 32:7) "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." (Psalm 91:4) "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." (Exodus 14:14) All I can say, is RUN TO JESUS! Spend time in HIS PRESENCE! Breathe a DEEPER FAITH! He is your STRENGTH! Your FORTRESS! Try HIS WAY today, dear Friends........ Place your heart in His Hands. Don't listen to satan's lies, but live in GOD'S TRUTH!!!
|Posted on October 20, 2020 at 3:20 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday October 21, 2020
Welcome to a BRAND NEW DAY!!! Glory to God for giving us this wonderful Gift! Let's live it for His Glory, not ours. This is the stuff of ETERNITY! Let's sit and tell the stories of Jesus. A life without HIM is dead........ Choose wisely today!
Let's choose JOY on purpose! KINDNESS and LOVE and FORGIVENESS! Let's plant seeds of HOPE! Shine the LIGHT OF JESUS, and lead others out of the darkness! Tell someone today, that there is a BETTER WAY! That they don't have to live in sin and shame anymore! No more fear, no more panic attacks, no more feeling abandoned!!!
The biggest choice of the day is, are we going to follow the world, or follow Jesus? There is NOT some "in between" choice. God has no use for wishy-washy Christians. Believe it or not, we CANNOT WALK WITH GOD AND satan AT THE SAME TIME!!! ARE WE NUTS??? Who would WANT to, in the first place! How exhausting! How confusing! How dangerous! How devastating!
Matthew 6:24 says, "No one can serve two masters." That thing you are holding SOOOOO tighty to, DROP IT!!! If it is not of God, run as fast as you can to the Arms of Jesus!!! Look at it this way.......... The world and God cannot live in the same place. It's either Faith or fear! Light or darkness! Love or hate! Life or death! Truth or lies!!! Everything, yes EVERYTHING that competes with God will fall flat on their face before Him.
"It is written: "As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before me; every tongue with acknowledge God." (Romans 14:11) All of man's laws, all of man's "says so's", every king, every president, and to every power of this world, I say THIS.............. THEY ARE COMING FOR YOU!!! You will finally REAP WHAT YOU HAVE SOWN!!! (Galatians 6:7) To stand before God at the end of your life WITHOUT JESUS? Then God will have to honor your choice, your decision - Because Heaven cannot be filled with sin, fear, pain, unforgiveness, sickness, shame, lies and deceit. That high horse of pride, will be NO MORE!
See how our life is affected by our choices? Life is but a vapor, dear Friends! We are not promised TIME! Are we going to go after what WE want, or what GOD HAS for us? Are we going to swim with sharks, or in the calm waters with Jesus? I don't know about you, but I will choose Jesus, EVERY SINGLE TIME.......... The things of this world are empty, chaotic, hopeless, useless, worthless, and temporary! Their foundation is built on pride, on sinking sand! Remember, it's what we choose NOW, that determines HOW WE LIVE FOR ETERNITY!!!
|Posted on October 19, 2020 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
Tuesday October 20, 2020
Good Morning!!! This is the day the LORD has made........... LET'S REJOICE!!! I am so very Thankful that God makes all things NEW! Let go of the past. Don't look in the rearview mirror, for it's purpose is to see what's BEHIND us! Look AHEAD, for with it, comes EVERYTHING OF GOD..........
When I was praying this morning, I was Thanking Jesus for being Faithful to His Father in what He did for us! How astounding!!! Can you imagine if He wasn't? It wouldn't matter how much we Repented, there would be NO FORGIVENESS!!! NO REDEMPTION!!! NO WAY for us to come to God!!!
Oh, but look what Jesus did......... Was it easy? NO! Was He lied to by the enemy? YES! Did He feel abandoned by His Father? YES!!! But, guess what??? HE DID IT ANYWAY!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU JESUS........ How can this be, that He would look at me and call me Worthy?!
Now let's look at US............ A quote by Johnathan Edwards is simple, yet POWERFUL - "Resolution one: I WILL LIVE FOR GOD. Resolution two: IF NO ONE ELSE DOES, I STILL WILL" Obedience is the key to success, dear Friends! If we will give up our wills, and do the Father's Will, there is nothing He won't do for us! If we remain FAITHFUL to God, we will live for ETERNITY WITH HIM!!!
Will it be easy? NO! Will the enemy lie to us? YES! Will we sometimes feel abandoned by God? YES!!! But, guess what??? KEEP DOING IT ANYWAY!!! Just because the world crowds one road, that doesn't mean we have to follow! Doing what's RIGHT takes guts! Living for Jesus is serious business! It takes all we have! We are either ALL IN, or we aren't at all. There is no room for wishy-washy Christians! "So, because you are ludewarm - neither got nor cold - I am about to spit you our of my mouth." (Revelation 3:16) "Choose this day whom you will serve." (Joshua 24:15) Do it while there is still time!!!
It's plain and simple - Our Worth is found in Jesus, NOT this world. Our lives are NOT about us, but it's ALL ABOUT JESUS. If we think we don't need Jesus NOW, then we will spend Eternity without Him! All that will matter in the end, is what we did with Jesus. Don't be caught DEAD WITHOUT JESUS!!! Let our lives SHINE the Light of Jesus! May our words and our actions line up with the Word of God! Do what's RIGHT, even if no one is doing it! And, most of all............. We see how Jesus' Faithfulness to God turned out in our favor! That's enough right there for us to be FAITHFUL TO GOD, YES?!
|Posted on October 16, 2020 at 3:55 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday October 17, 2020
Greetings to you on this Saturday morning........ Wakey, wakey! Rise and Shine for JESUS!!! What a beautiful day to begin again, you know, a FRESH START! Come on, let's DIVE RIGHT IN!!!
Oh, the weekend........... I was in Walmart yesterday, and what to my wondering eyes did appear??? Christmas! Trees, lights and the whole shebang. It's coming, you know. A little over 2 months. How wonderful!
A season of Hope. Peace. And, the Promise of a Savior! I can't WAIT TO SEE JESUS!!! He is the Only Reason, I am living and breathing! The definition of "breathing" is: the process of taking air into and expelling it from the lungs."........... Today we are given the chance to make a difference! An opportunity to further Glorify our Father!
You know, it's easy to believe that the only way we can do that, is by doing something BIG! Not so. Look around you. Look inside you. All you need is a willing heart. A heart that loves God, and loves people! In this world of hate, BE KIND! Help someone in need! Run an errand for your neighbor! Offer to walk their dog! LIVE! BREATHE! Then, do it all over again! Lend a hand to a single parent! There are a million possibilities for us to Shine for Jesus!
How about giving yourself permission to take a rest! What a concept, hey? All week, the world has been trying to put on us, drama, panic, busyness, stealing our time, and trying to put a foundation under our feet! DON'T LET IT!!! Come on now, it's time to make a stand for your life! What's it going to be? Chaos or Peace? Fear or Faith? Unrest or Rest in Jesus? The world puts options in a hat, and makes you pick one. Good luck with THAT!
God will make you BRAVE!!! He will make sense of all our messes! He calls us to COME OUT, COME OUT, WHEREVER YOU ARE!!! He calls us to come out and play....... Hey, I can hear that disbelief in your doubt! God tells us, that, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10) Life in ABUNDANCE!!! If He says it, why on earth would you doubt He will be IN it? "The joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10)
JOY IN ABUNDANCE....... LIFE IN ABUNDANCE....... Jesus is in it ALL! It is made Possible, only BY Him! Don't you doubt that for one single second! He is with us wherever we go, and in whatever we do! So, it is safe to say that He wants to be a part of our FUN, as well. Yes, He is even in our HAPPY DANCE. Hey, He's the REASON for our happy dance! This life. In every Gift from God. In our highs, and our lows. In every circumstance we are facing. In our choices. Our decisions. Being IN the world, not OF it. As we run the race of perseverance. When we fall, and when we RISE. In every breath we take. Where we find our Worth. WHO we are living for. WHAT we are living for.............. Through it all, we keep our eyes on Jesus! WHY??? Because He is the BEST PART OF ALL!!!
|Posted on October 15, 2020 at 2:55 AM||comments (0)|
Friday October 16, 2020
Good Morning!!! Did you wake up Refreshed and ready to greet this Friday? It's 3:06am and I wonder what God has in store for me today! And, because I let HIM decide, and because I trust Him with my life, I will not fear or be shaken. I know that nothing formed against me will prosper. All I have to say is, "YOU GO, GOD!!!"
Do you know that God never loses Strength to rescue us! To Save us! To Heal us! To Forgive us! Our hearts are in the most safest place, when we lay it in His Hands. Anything is Possible when we give Him the reigns of our life. He uses our willingness, for the things of Eternity. What we Repent of, is covered with Redemption.
But what does it all cost us? Giving up OUR lives, to follow HIS!!! Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to let go of your sin, and be given a hunger for Holiness? God will use you for His Glory, if you let Him. It is the GREATEST HONOR to be called a Child of God! To think He uses someone like me, is astonishing! I am living proof of how God can change a life. He pursues us with the GREATEST LOVE OF ALL.........
What the world offers us, is weak, powerless and empty. Oh, but GOD..................... He gives us Strength! He is MIGHTY to Save us! In Him we lack no good thing! The Name of Jesus, the Blood of Jesus, and the Authority of Jesus IS POWER! He took all our sin, all our shame and guilt, all our fears, all our sickness, and every possible thing we could EVER go through, and NAILED IT!!! Why??? Because He doesn't want to spend Eternity without us!
God says your life is Worth Saving! Forget what you believe about yourself, and ESPECIALLY what other people think about you, and how your life should be. Your Worth is not found in this world. It is not measured by dollar signs or popularity. Your Worth is found in Jesus ALONE! You can trade in all your chaos, all your devastations, all your brokenness, all your failures, for the PEACE OF GOD!!! Dear Friends, "Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him." (Psalm 34:8) Know this......................... It will all be worth it, IN THE END!!!
|Posted on October 13, 2020 at 4:45 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday October 14, 2020
Good Morning and welcome to Wednesday!!! Rise and Shine, lovely Friends of mine....... This NEW day carries with it, God's NEW Mercies. I say we go forward today with GREAT EXPECTATION! Let's give it ALL to God - the good, the bad, the ugly, and all our messes - For He is Faithful........
Remember childhood chants? One in particular......... "Ring-a-round the rosie, a pocket full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down". Ashes and falling. THE END? Such is the world. We try and try to do things in our own strength, which always is accompanied by FALLING ON OUR FACE!!! Then what??? We try and try AGAIN to do things in our own strength........ WILL IT EVER END?!?!
It certainly can! We cause ourselves so much grief, when all we have to do to find PEACE, is by giving it to God!!! He does MIRACLES with our ashes. All our failures, all our sin, all our disappointments, all our devastation and all our striving, is a pile of rubble we can lay at His Feet! He Redeems every single piece, and makes it all NEW!!!
We may go to Him with all our ashes, but we NEVER, NEVER, NEVER leave with them! In Genesis 50:20, Joseph said, "You meant evil against me, but God used it for good." The thing about satan is that he famously kicks us when we're down. He lies, and we believe him! STOP IT, STOP IT, STOP IT!!! Whatever messes our lives are in, no matter how many times we fall, we REALLY need to stop and just let God help us UP!
We are meant to RISE UP IN VICTORY! How? By what Jesus accomplished for us on the Cross! We are OVERCOMERS!!! Why? Because Jesus He did! (John 16:33) The truth is, not even one of us is without sin. Romans 3:10 says, "As it is written: "There is no one righteous, not even one." That is why God sent Jesus. He is the ONLY WAY we can come to the Father! Our ONLY TRUTH for Salvation! And because He gave HIS LIFE, and shed HIS BLOOD, He made the way for Forgiveness!
Think it's IMPOSSIBLE??? Think you are beyond Saving? That you don't need to be Saved from ANYTHING? Do you believe good people go to Heaven, and bad people go to hell? WOW!!! Guess what? YOU ARE BEING DECEIVED!!! First of all, there is no sin that God will not Forgive if we Repent of it! Secondly, pride will kill you! And because none of us are GOOD, it's the FORGIVEN that will live with God for all Eternity!!!
What lifesong are you chanting? Who is in control of your life? What do you have in FIRST PLACE, in this day? Got sin? RUN TO JESUS! Got brokenness? LET GOD HEAL YOU! Feel UNWORTHY? UNWATED? Hear what GOD has to say about you! Got tears? He wil wipe them away! Are filled with fear? Let God LOVE YOU!!! God does NOT play games, Friends! He is in Pursuit of your very heart and Loves you UNCONDITIONALLY, IMMEASURABLY!!! SO.............. Got ASHES? Go to God! I assure you, He WILL RAISE YOU UP.........
|Posted on October 12, 2020 at 4:00 AM||comments (0)|
Tuesday October 13, 2020
Good Morning, dear and lovely Friends!!! It's a NEW day, and you know what that means......... EVERYTHING IS NEW!!! We have a fresh start, so let us always give thanks with a grateful heart! Do not fear, do not doubt, do not worry, for GOD IS ON OUR SIDE!!!
Who do you trust? What do you trust? Are you standing on shaky ground? Who do you believe? What do you believe? Are you going to believe your EYES??? We have a choice in everything that concerns us. I admit that it is sometimes easier to focus on my problem. But that's EXACTLY what the enemy wants me to do.
Are you Praying for something specific right now? I'm Praying for Healing - full body, mind and spiritual Healing. I believe Jesus when He said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10) ABUNDANT LIFE!!! That's God's Will for us....... So, I have a choice - Am I going to believe my BODY, or believe GOD???
God is our HEALER! No matter what our body tells us, remember Isaiah 53:5, "But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed." Hard to believe? BELIEVE IT ANYWAY!!! Do not doubt what Jesus nailed to the Cross for us! Everything we can possibly feel, Jesus had Victory over!
Life is too short NOT to Trust God! So, we can either believe the LIE, or believe GOD!!! May God Forgive our unbelief........ What do you need? Healing? Restoration of your marriage? Financial help? Favor in your job? God to Save your children? Oh, how satan loves to torture us! His goal is to make us take our eyes off of God! Can't see God in your circumstance? Can't feel Him moving in your life? Don't believe He hears you? Think He doesn't care?
I have 3 very important words for you......................... TRUST. HIM. ANYWAY!!! If it's easier to trust yourself, TRUST. HIM. ANYWAY!!! If the world is screaming all around you, and you are being swallowed up in the chaos, TRUST. HIM. ANYWAY!!! If your sky is falling, and you feel crushed and devastated, if all you see is darkness, and feel abandoned and full of fear...................................... Believe, trust, and remember -TO WHOM YOU BELONG!!!
|Posted on October 9, 2020 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday October 10, 2020
Greetings to you on this fine Saturday morning!!! Oh, the weekend........ How wonderful! Come on in and take a load off! Hold on to every moment today, dear Friends!
Would you like to come on an adventure with me today? But, if we are going to have FUN, we need to shake off all the things that are bringing us DOWN! No stress is allowed on our adventure! And, if by chance you have failed yourself, God is the God of SECOND CHANCES!!! Today is about JOY. So, grab a fishing pole, because we are about to REEL SOME IN.........
While we're at it, we might as well throw some silly things into this adventure. Are you with me?!?! Think of some things you did as a kid. Let's open our imaginations, shall we? We could blow bubbles. Catch butterflies. Fly a kite. Build sand castles. Dress up like a princess. Get ready to slay some dragons, afterall, you have a princess to rescue! Catch a ride on a cloud. Dream of what you want to be when you grow up. Climb a BIG tree. Hang upside down. (by the way, it will give you a new perspective!) Catch frogs. Sing with all your might. Dance in the rain. Play hopscotch. Make mud pies. Do a hula hoop. Build a fort in the living room, and have a picnic. Make cookies. Make a wish. Believe it will come true. Roast marshmellows. Go snake hunting. Catch grasshoppers. Fly on the wings of a dream. Run through the sprinkler. Play badminton. Have a game of croquet. Take a bubble bath, and by all means, take your toys with you! Dream BIG. Soar with the eagles. Share your cookies. Be your own hero. (But let God Save the day!)...........
OH MY GOODNESS, OH MY GOODNESS!!! This could be a never-ending list! I hope you are adding to it with the gazillion things I missed! The point is, HAVE SOME FUN!!! Remember what THAT is? Let go of all your troubles, and just B R E A T H E.......... Take some time for yourself today! But, I have to tell you - whatever you do and wherever you go, BRING JESUS! He just makes all things BETTER!!!
Life is more than just survivng, it's about LIVING! "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10) God Created all things for us to enjoy! What an Artist He is. Everywhere you look, you can see His Glory! His Beauty! His Majesty! His Goodness! Choose JOY today, for it is Eternal. Happiness is temporary and seems to always keep us wanting more. JOY was Created in Heaven, and is so satisfying. It's important for us to enjoy, and see the beauty in, the little things! Take time to stop and smell the roses. LITERALLY!!! Have a cup of coffee while you watch to sunrise. If you cried yourself to sleep last night, RISE UP, for JOY COMES IN THE MORNING!!! (Psalm 30:5) Let God pick you up and set you on solid ground. Let Him Love you. Let Him Heal you. Let Him Restore you. Let Him, MAKE YOU NEW..........
|Posted on October 8, 2020 at 2:40 AM||comments (0)|
Friday October 9, 2020
Good Morning....... LOOK! It's Friday!!! The week is winding down. We can breathe easier, for the Creator of ALL THINGS, is ON OUR SIDE!!! If that doesn't bring us comfort, nothing will.
What kind of storms are you facing? The wind is high, the waves are crashing, and you find yourself in the middle of it all! But TAKE HEART............. God is bigger than them all. In fact, God is bigger than ANYTHING we face. The first lie of the enemy is, "Where are You, God?!" That feeling of abandonment SCREAMS in our ears, and resonates in our hearts.
Sometimes, do you wonder what is of God, and what is not? The answer is plain and simple! GOD'S WORD!!! If it does NOT line up with the Word, it is NOT of God. And NO, God is not a hypocrite! That is a lie satan uses to allow ourselves to keep on sinning! We cannot believe some parts of the Bible, and some not! DO NOT BE DECEIVED!!!
God's Word is not only Truth, but Light and Life! The Word promises Hope! Will we suffer in this world? YES, we will........ But, will we be alone? NOT A CHANCE! What is our greatest weapon against the enemy? THE WORD OF GOD! And you better believe, satan knows it! He doesn't care if we read our Bibles, but he does everything in his puny power to keep us from LIVING IT!
He is terrified by the Power of Jesus! He cringes at the Name of Jesus! He runs at the sight and sound of the Blood of Jesus! He has already been DEFEATED by them ALL!!! Yet, he still tries to steal our Joy and Peace. We compromise our Faith, a little here, a little there. DON'T GIVE satan AN OPEN DOOR to our heart! The world is desperate, and we look for anything to hold on to!
If we stand for nothing, we will fall for ANYTHING! Standing on the Word of God is POWER!!! Will it always be easy? Nope. But I assure you, it will be WORTH IT........ 2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us, "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all."
I sometimes don't understand God's Ways! But, because He is for me, and because He will never leave me, and because His Ways are PERFECT, I find rest in Trusting Him, NO MATTER WHAT! When the storm is crashing, when the mountain towers over us, and when we are devastated by our circumstances, if we are on the Side of God, we will RISE IN VICTORY!!!
Whose side are you on today? We have to choose daily. It's either the worlds side, or God's side! Death or Life? Darkness or Light? Turmoil or Peace? Chaos or Rest? Letting YOU decide or letting GOD decide? Fear or Faith? The clamoring noise of this world, or God's Whisper? Fighting your own battles, or letting God fight for you? Trying to find your worth in people's opinions of you, or believing what God says about you? Living in guilt and shame, or by God's Grace and Forgiveness??? Oh Beloved, stop running and REST! Stop striving and BE STILL! Let God rid you of your shackles, and WALK IN FREEDOM!!!
|Posted on October 6, 2020 at 5:20 AM||comments (0)|