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LIFT HIGH THE NAME OF JESUS

Posted on November 9, 2019 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday November 9, 2019


Good Morning, dear Friend of mine!!!  I'm so sorry I didn't write yesterday.  I've been very sick, but that's no excuse.  Forgive me!  Wakey, Wakey.............  It's the weekend.                     


That's cool - weekend.  The end of the week.  I hope it is a time of rest, relaxation, and FUN, FUN, FUN for you!!!  Have you had a strenuous week?  Perhaps you think the sky has fallen?  Maybe you are just too exhausted to think you are high and mighty, nose lifted to all, and just plain sore from riding that high horse?  Meetings, deadlines, practices, kids running you ragged, your head spinning out of contro, chaos screaming, too high of mountains, too low of trenches.  An unravel here, a slip there, and pretty soon.......................  Well, I think you get the picture.                                   


The God of all Creation LOVES YOU!!!  Jesus Christ DIED FOR YOU!!!  And, by the way, Jesus is all  that matters.  I was talking to my friend Sam, and I was telling him - "I am almost out of Hope!"  But, then I said, "No - as long as I have Jesus, I have HOPE!"  No matter how hard things get, GOD IS STILL GOD!!!  JESUS CHRIST STILL HAS THE VICTORY!!!  And despite what I think of myself, my WORTH IS STILL IN WHO HE IS, NOT WHAT I'VE DONE!!!                     


I have 2 important words for you today..........  HOLD ON.  Love will find you!  HOLD ON.  Help is on the way.  HOLD ON to that single strand of HOPE, that the enemy threatens to cut down.  Remember, as sure as God Remains, HOPE REMAINS.  The two are ONE!  Jesus has already claimed your life!  Has already won your VICTORY!  HOLD ON, Beloved.........................  What the enemy offers is DEATH.  What God is LIFE ETERNAL. 


So, what are you going to choose today?  Rest in God's Promises?  OR, the clammoring noises you hear calling you from the world?  It should be a no-brainer.............  But, maybe you are clinging on to something SO HARD, and refuse to let it go.  The enemy wants you to grip it with all your might, and keep you from God.  But God....................................  He has the answer to whatever question you ask!  And, He has the Forgiveness for every single thing you Repent of!  Only Jesus makes that Possible - for us to come to God.  Jesus makes spending Eternity Possibe with HIM.                 


His Word for you today, is HOLD ON!!!!!  He will SUSTAIN you.  He will HOLD YOU,  He will make a way for you!  And if you feel unraveled, alone, hopeless, afraid, empty, abandoned............  LIFE HIGH THE NAME OF JESUS!!!!!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

IN THE FIRST PLACE

Posted on November 6, 2019 at 4:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday November 6, 2019


A Very Good Morning to you!!!  I hope you woke up this morning saying, "IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL".  We are ALIVE!  We've been CHOSEN!  FORGIVEN!  RANSOMED!  And for us this day, God's Mercies are BRAND NEW!!!!!  (Lamentations 3:22-23)                                     


Over the past few weeks, I've taken a good look at my life.  I am CONVINCED that all I need is to be more like Jesus, and more Pleasing in the Sight of God.  With God, it all starts in the heart.  He sees EVERYTHING.  Yes, even the sin we sweep under the carpet.  That just needs to STOP, STOP, STOP!!!  If we pray, "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."  We need to pray it over and over and over and over................................  Until we change our own minds!                 


Oh, I want a clean heart.  Oh, I want pure motives.  I want to Love God and Love people.  If we could come to the realization, that life is NOT about us, it's ALL ABOUT JESUS - Oh, what we couldn't accomplish!  It sure is exciting thinking about it, yes?  The point, though, is that we need to LIVE IT, BREATHE IT, LET IT TURN OUR WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, CONSUME US and KNOCK IT OFF OUR HIGH HORSE!!!!!                           


Wow, that was a mouthful.  A LIFE FULL.  God wants us to live life to the fullest!  WIth giving Him 100% Surrender, there is nothing we can't accomplish through Christ.  Just imagine - Our willingness colliding with the Grace of God!!!  CAN I GET AN AMEN?!?!  My heart yearns for that.  My mind is steadfast with Christ.  My body is clean and trembling with anticipation.  My spirit, well, I'm ALL IN!!!  It's time we stop looking at the temporary things of this world, and all it's emptiness.  Let's stop getting entangled with satan's lies, or caught up in words.  Let's stop striving for our Salvation, for it is FREE.  Stop losing our Joy over comparison.  And, whatever you so neatly placed in your baggage.  God wants YOU, just as you are!  Then, because He Loves you so much, He will turn you into why He Created you, IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!



HELD

Posted on November 5, 2019 at 4:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday November 5, 2019


Greetings on this Tuesday Morning!!!  I'm feeling a tab bit tired, and YOU?  This day is OURS, as a free gift from God.  I pray I live it well, and for His Glory, not mine!  Come on in, and sit with me a while.   


I love today's quote.  It proves God is God, and WE ARE NOT!!!  Life can get messy.  Life can be so much of a tizzy, we think the sky is falling.  Something happens, and our hearts RACE.  It is at that exact moment, we make our choice.  Fall into the arms of worry and anxiousness, or in God's Arms of Peace and Grace.  I can tell you from experience, the world has nothing I want or need.  NOTHING!!!  So, OH YES, I WILL RUN - as fast as I possibly can - to the One Who is never "out of sorts", never huffy, but waiting to greet me with His Love, Grace and Hope!               


I know life is hard.  It can throw the best curveball.  It does what it can to keep us busy.  It assures us that "We can do everything in our own strength!"  Who needs God's help???  Ahhhhhhh, I DO!  What God Promises are Eternal, never Changing, never anxious..........  And, DRAMA?  God has no use for!  Drama takes our eyes off God, and on ourselves.  It's sneeky and sly.  Suddenly, we find ourselves in a full-fledged panic attack, and we worry ourselves into the ground.  I HATE THAT FEELING!!! 


There is SUCH FREEDOM in letting go!!!  We tend to carry chains that we never meant for us to carry.  OH, THIS BAGGAGE..............  DROP IT!  Go ahead and DROP IT!  God knows exactly what we are going through, knows exactly what we need, and He's not about to abandon us now!!!           


1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us, "For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace......"  God has no need for drama, no need for dis-order, or chaos.  God is Peace, God is Love, God is Rest.  When we give Him our problems, our circumstances, our brokenness, our sin and shame, He Invites us to COME.  When we enter the gates of HIs Presence with Thanksgiving, we will find ourselves held.  Held by the Arms of our Creator.............  It's OK - you can let go now, and just be HELD!!!!!



WHAT JESUS DID???

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 5:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday November 2, 2019


Top of the morning to you, dear Friend!!!  All those in favor of staying in bed all day, say I........  NO?  Ok then, all those in favor of taking a nap, say HI HO........  Well, whatever you do today, live it WELL!!!     


You know, why can't we all just get along?  This holding grudges, drama, back-stabbing, gossip and bullying HAS TO GO, GO, GO!!!!!  If we say we love God, but hate others, we are being DECEIVED!  We were made to LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE.                 


Why don't you call an old friend today.  You know, the one you let pride keep you from.  Maybe reconcile with a family member.  Bake someone cookies!  ALL IN FAVOR OF COOKIES, say.......................  Maybe you've let unforgiveness make your heart hard and cold.  All that weight is holding you down.  Be Kind today, to EVERYONE!  Sit, be still and just b r e a t h e!  You will find Peace at the Feet of Jesus!  You will find Redemption and Joy immeasurable!  Forgive yourself, so you can move on!  Keep in mind, God will NEVER remind you of the things you Repent of!  His Hands are not clenching a gavel, but they are open WIDE, WIDE, WIDE FOR YOU!  If you feel unloved, HE IS THE LOVE THAT WILL NEVER LET YOU GO.  With God, you can face today, and every day to come! 


He is with us always...........  Whatever circumstance you are facing today, give it to God and LIVE!  He thought you up in His Heart, and it was so full of LOVE, He had to BREATHE YOU INTO BEING!!!  He set your feet into motion!  Your soul into Believing!  Today is YOUR DAY, Beloved........  Being angry and full of pride leads to death.  Forgive them, even if they aren't sorry.  Love them, despite how they treat you.  Afterall, isn't that exactly WHAT JESUS DID???



THE LOVE OF GOD IS CALLING YOU

Posted on November 1, 2019 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday November 1, 2019


Greetings and Salutations!!!  It's NOVEMBER..........  How wonderful indeed!  And since change is inevitable, we might as well ENJOY IT!!!               


Today, I want to focus on one Scripture found in Romans 8:38-39.  Are you ready?  Set?  Here we go!  "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels or demons, neither present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus".  WHAT A PACKED PROMISE!!!           


While we are living on this earth, we are going to make mistakes.  Down-right sin, as a matter of fact.  There is absolutely NOTHING that will change God's Mind about us.  Nothing will shake God, or come as a surprise to God.  Our attitudes, motives, our nasty thoughts and dead words, will make God stop loving us.  He knows us through and through.  He sees it ALL.  Yes, even the sin we sweep under the carpet, hoping God will never find out.                             


Hear this loud and clear.................  WE DO NOT HAVE THE POWER TO SEPARATE OUTSELVES FROM GOD'S LOVE FOR US!!!!!!!  We sin, we REPENT, then we have to forgive ourselves and MOVE ON!!!  Do not let satan remind you of your past, or tell you God could NEVER forgive you AGAIN.  LIES, LIES, LIES - straight from the pit of hell.  If it's IN THE BIBLE, you can BELIEVE IT.  There are no if's, and's, or but's about it.                                             


Let God pull you in..........  Let Him pull you in close!  He is FAITHFUL!  He is Constant and True!  He cannot lie!  Go ahead, and hold God to His Promises!!!  Nothing is so big, that God isn't BIGGER!  Nothing is so deep, that God cannot go DEEPER!  No pit of sin is beyond God's Loving Hands or Christ's Redemption!  Don't let fear grip you, or shame strip you of who you are in Christ!  Your worth is found in HIM, not your mistakes.  RISE UP, BELOVED...................  THE LOVE OF GOD IS CALLING YOU!!!!!






JESUS RUNS TO ME

Posted on October 30, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Wednesday October 30, 2019


Happy Wednesday to you, dear and lovely Friend!!!  I've been thinking about you, therefore, I've been praying for you!  I'm so glad you are here.  Now, FIRST - HUGS, HUGS, HUGS!!!               


Oh, the elements................  The world has wrapped it's weak hands around it!  Scientists don't believe Jesus exists, because they can't figure Him OUT!  Therefore, WHO NEEDS HIM?????  OR, they try to explain away millions of reasons why this world needs Jesus!  People jump on the "big bang theory" band wagon.  "Oh, all we need is Water, Air, Food and Light!"  "What can this "Jesus" do more than THAT?????                   


And, here lies today's quote.............  Go ahead, have a little looksie!  (or look-see, however you see fit.)  Take away these 4 things, and WE DIE.  Our bodies crumble, our blood dries out, our mind is crazed, our hearts crushed.  If, in fact, you are hanging to the Scientists knowledge, yes, you will DIE.  But not just your body, YOUR SOUL dies, too.  Showing up to the big Eternal party WITHOUT JESUS, all of you, ever single spec of your existence, all the sins you never Repented of, all your loves, your masks.  "But, God, BUT GOD???  I can do better this time.  I will hold onto Jesus.  Just, PLEASE LET ME IN!!!!"  NOT A CHANCE.                                      


Oh, but...................................  Jesus!!!  He is our Living Water!  He is the very BREATH inside us.  He is the Bread of LIFE.  Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD!!!!!  What can HE give you that the world CAN'T???  EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Did any gods of this world SAVE YOU?  Can his blood cleanse your sins?  Most of all, IS THEIR TOMB EMPTY???  Go ahead and find out.  I guarantee you will find dead, dry bones.  Those bones hold NO PROMISE!  NO HOPE!  NO REDEMPTION!  NO HEALING!  NO ETERNAL LIFE IN HEAVEN............                       


GIVE ME JESUS!  Someone asked me a while back, "Is your blog only about GOD?"  "Absolutely!", I replied.  Someone elsed asked me, "So, what you're saying is that God is a part of your life?"  I said, "Absolutely NOT!  HE IS MY LIFE!!!"  Do I get laughed at?  Ridiculed?  Called ODD?  Weird???  I will claim JESUS every single time.  WHY?  Because, despite the promises of this world, their empty, worthess promises, I have found the One Who SET ME FREE!!!  The One Who Loves me!!!  Slashes my chains, rips prison door down!!!  Breathes me BACK TO LIFE!!!  Saves me from the ELEMENTS.  I know no other way, than to............................  Run to Jesus, as JESUS RUNS TO ME!!!!!



YOU LOVE

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 7:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday October 29, 2019


Good Morning and Happy Tuesday!!!  Look at me, all oversleeping :/.  I am so sorry!  How are you, this fine day?  October is coming to a close.  How time does fly!  There is something so exciting about NEW things, yes?                                       


Thanksgiving..................  A time for GIVING THANKS!  1 Thessalonians 5:18 says it best, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus."  One more Scripture I love is 1 Chronicles 16:34, "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever."  There are tons of Scriptures on being THANKFUL.  Note these 2 that tell us to GIVE THANKS, and then WHY we should. 


Being Thankful does so much for us!!!  It opens the door for God's Favor and Blessings!  The very fact that Jesus died for us, is enough to keep us Thankful for the rest of our lives!  Also, God's Grace is enough!  The problem we have, is that we are not content with WHAT WE HAVE.  The world always keeps us wanting more of the empty, worthless things it serves up!  Paul tells us in Philippiand 4:11, "For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance."  I don't know about you, but I have a long way to go!!!                        


Only the things of God will REMAIN.  Only the things of God are Good and True.  He IS the Best, and wants to give His Children His Best!  His ULTIMATE BEST IS HEAVEN..............  So, what the heck is wrong with us???  We need to SNAP OUT OF IT.  We have a Father Who will never leave us.  He will never walk away when we are weak.  He will never let us veer or stumble.  He will never forget our name or our Purpose. 


Afterall, He DID think us up in His Heart, and Breathed us into Life.  He set our feet into motion.  Our hearts to dancing.  He made a way for us to come to Him, through Jesus.  And, if we take the SIDE OF GOD, we will spend all Eternity with Him..........  So YES, it is certainly worth being Thankful.  "Oh, GOD, give me a Grateful and Undivided heart.  Keep me from sinning against You today.  Give me a Pure heart and motives.  Thank You for loving me as only YOU can.  And most of all, let me love like YOU LOVE!!!"


   

WELCOME HOME, PRODIGAL

Posted on October 26, 2019 at 6:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Saturday October 26, 2019


Happy Saturday to you!!!  Oh, I could have just stayed in bed with the covers over my head this morning!  Life sure can be exhausting, can't it?  We could probably sit for days sharing our war stories.  But, oh such JOY, to have the Full Armor of God on!  (Ephesians 6;10-18)  Plus, the battles has already been WON, WON, WON!!!!!               


Guess that means WE ARE VICTORIOUS!!!  If our road feels rocky, and our heart unsteady, and our spirits being tossed by the wind, HOLD ON TO JESUS, because He is HOLDING ON TO YOU!!!  The One Who paid the price for your sin, fights your battles.  There is no need for us to get all in a tizzy - NO, NO, NO!!!  Just be still and know...........                       


Victory sure is sweet, isn't it?  Freedom is the breeze under our feet, which says, "WALK IN IT!!!"  If we are found in Christ, we are Overcomers!  But, it doesn't always feel like it.  Sometimes it just feels like we are going it alone.  NOT TRUE!!!  When Jesus asks us to get out of the boat, it's because He is already walking on water!  OH, YES HE IS.........  Where He calls us, He is already there! 


Take heart, all who wander!  Rise up out of the ashes and SHINE, all who play with matches!  Can't see where the next step is, look for the Light of Jesus to pull you forward!  Let His Perfect Love, cast out all your fear!  Can't hear His Voice over the crashing waves, close your eyes and listen to the still, small Voice calling you Home!  Wherever you are.  No matter what you are doing.  If you are walking in darkness.  Could care less about God.  Are simply, lost.  Do you think your Father even notices you're gone???  OH, YES HE DOES!!!  YOU are His Hearts Desire!!!  He is calling for the fatted calf, the best lines, a party for the ages!  OH, YES, the Father Loves you very, very much.  His Arms are open wide, there are tears in His Eyes, and Heaven's JOY all around Him.  All He cares about is YOU ARE HERE!!!  WELCOME HOME, PRODIGAL!!!!!  



LET IT GO AND LIVE

Posted on October 25, 2019 at 4:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday October 25, 2019


Good Morning and Happy Friday!!!  Rise up and SHINE FOR JESUS..........  His Light helps us find our way out of the dark.  So if WE shine for Jesus, we are able to show people a way out of their own darkness.  There are SOOOOOOOOO many people who so long to be set FREE.  From their sin, bondage, shame, their prison, from those heavy chains.                               


Our walk with God, our Cross to carry, our willingness and obedience to follow Jesus, is CRUCIAL to someones life!  We may be the only Jesus people ever see.  Our response to God's Calling on our lives, well - someone out there is COUNTING ON IT!!!!!  Let's not be stingy or selfish.  We are given this ONE LIFE to make a difference, for God's Glory and for ETERNITY.  I consider it a great honor to be used by God.  Plus, being in the Center of God's Will, is the safest place to be!                             


I don't trust myself, so I have no other choice but to Trust God!  But I also have to keep my HANDS TO MYSELF!!!  God is able.  God is All Powerful.  All Knowing.  Therefore, He does NOT need our help.  The very instant we pray, God starts to work.  I don't care what I want, I want what GOD wants for my life.  I desire what HIS HEART desires.                                               


I find it amazing at how quickly we can fall.  A lie here, a waver there.  A tiny compromise that God couldn't possibly notice.  A slight watering down of our Faith.  A need to be accepted by others.  Soon, we get all tangled up in our words, and we lose our balance.  Our eyes are swiftly taken off of God, and put on OURSELVES.  Satan tells us we don't need God.  He makes empty promises, and his handbook for life has small print:  sin leads to death.                                       


It's time to hold on to Jesus tighter than we ever have!  We need to hold on to the Word of God, and never let go!  His Word is LIFE and LOVE!  Jesus is our REDEMPTION!!!  And let us not dare think we have the power to change God's Mind and Heart toward us.  But, until we realize that life is all about Jesus and NOT US, we can never have Peace and Rest.  It's time to get off our high horse, and that fence.  Neither one is of God!  He can't fill us if we are filled with ourselves!  Be strong and courageous, for God is on our side!  He cannot fail, He cannot lie.  Let's hold Him to His Promises, and believe what He says about us!  And, all that baggage.............  Just LET IT GO AND LIVE!!!!!



TIME

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Tuesday October 22, 2019


Good Morning.........  This day is a Gift from God.  We are not to squander it in any way, shape or form.  Time is promised to NO ONE!!!  It is with a heavy heart that I write today............. A QUICK NOTE:  I won't be writing tomorrow, but I will be back bright and early on Friday.


You know by now, that I am a sports nut.  Football is at the top of my list.  I especially love College football.  I love following players all through college, and then play in the NFL.  This past Saturday was no different.  It is ALL DAY COLLEGE FOOTBALL DAY!!!!!  But, last night, something happened that I can't fathom.                                               


Jordan Wiggins, age 18, a Freshman at Georgia Southern, died.  I wouldn't mention his name, but I just watched him play on Saturday!!!  My heart is burdened, because like I said, TIME IS NOT PROMISED!!!!!  We are literally ONE BREATH away from dying.  Dying is not for the old.                 


Do this with me for a moment:  Just sit and breathe.  Pay close attention to every breath IN, and every breath OUT....................  Now, pause everything and count your heartbeats...................  We kind of take it for granted, don't we?  One day - SOMEDAY - we will exhale our last breath on this earth, and our very first inhale after, we will be standing before God.                 


Let me ask you this.  How will you be found by God at the end of your life?  There are only 2 ways you WILL be found - WITH or WITHOUT JESUS!!!  There will be no more chances, no hoping, no wishing.  What you choose to do with Jesus in your life NOW, determines your Eternal Destiny!  Eternity has NO END.  And, because sin cannot enter Heaven, God will have no other choice but to honor your decision.  "OH GOD, just give me ONE MORE CHANCE!"                             


If YOU took your last breath on this earth today, are you certain where you will spend Eternity?  If a single spec of doubt is in your answer, stop what you are doing, and RUN TO JESUS FAST AND HARD!!!  He died so you could LIVE!  And, without the shedding of His Blood, there would be no chance for Forgiveness of sins.  And, there can't be Forgiveness without REPENTANCE!!!  YOU CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT JESUS!!!!!  You can't even come to God without Jesus!  Jesus is the only One to make it Possible for us to do so..............                                             


Beautiful Friend, no matter where you are or what you are doing, or even what you have done, you have the chance to come home to God!  As long as there is air in your lungs.  As long as there is a beat in your heart.  As long as there is one ounce of willingness in you, COME!!!  COME and find the Grace of God!!!  YOU are at the Center of God's Heart!!!  Whatever you have to Repent of, the Blood of Jesus REDEEMS!!!  No amount of dirt and shame can change that.  Bring all your baggage, and lay it at the Feet of Jesus!  But Friend, you can only do it, while you still have.........................................  TIME!!!




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