Dear family in Christ,
It shouldn't amaze me but it does! How easily distracted and off course in my thinking I can be when I don't spend time first in God's Word. I mean, the news, which is hardly ever good, can redirect me in ways that I least expect. But, I am getting wiser. The very best thing for each of us to do is Stay On Course.
Have you ever received a card or letter that the person put a scripture in it for you? My birthday was Monday and two cards sent scripture. Psalm 34:8 says, "O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him." So, this is the best news of the day! A precious reminder that the Lord's goodness is for us as we trust in and let Him be our safe place.
Another one reads from Romans 15:13..." May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope." Oh, this is my desire! Is it yours? It can be fulfilled in Christ!
What I experienced this morning was a snag in how I should spend my time at the rising hour. It was a dumb thing going right to the news media. Sadly, it had nothing to offer me but seeing the lack of integrity, morality and godliness in people. It shook me and I turned it off. When I reread the verses on my cards I took them personally. I asked Jesus to wash away the anxiety caused by bad news with His good news.
I am not saying to never listen or be aware of what is going on around you. Not by any means! We are to keep watching. First and foremost is to read our Bibles daily and then stay informed of the events around us so we can know how to take a safe course in the dangerous days ahead. We are to be wise and constantly communicating with our Father and bring these happenings to His throne room in prayer.
It would be quit the voyage if there were not a navigator on board. The navigator for our journey is the Holy Bible. If you haven't picked it up in some time begin now! Allow the Holy Spirit to speak into your heart and bring His grace over your mind as you tackle the days events. Whenever I have asked God to make all my appointments I find His grace leading me where I might not have gone before. He will even bring someone to cross my path that needs to know the love of Jesus over their life. I have never been disappointed when I place my trust in God!
Jesus is coming! Keep watching! We have this promise in Titus 2:11-14..."For the grace of God (His unmerited favor and blessing) has come forward (appeared) for the deliverance from sin and the eternal salvation for all mankind. It has trained us to reject and renounce all ungodliness (irreligion) and worldly (passionate) desires, to live discreet (temporate, self-controlled), upright, devout (spiritually whole) lives in this present world, awaiting and looking for the [fulfillment, the realization of our] blessed hope, even the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One), Who gave Himself on our behalf that he might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people [to be peculiarly His own, people who are] eager and enthusiastic about [living a life that is good and filled with] beneficial deeds."
That is a mouth full and worthy of meditation! Wouldn't it be wonderful if everyone determined to live according to God's Word?Are you ready for this kind of life? If you are then we are commissioned to (verse 15) "Tell [them all] these things. Urge (advise, encourage, warn) and rebuke with full authority. Let no one despise or disregard or think little of you [conduct yourself and your teaching so as to command respect]." Amen!
When we stay on course, keeping the Lord about us and taking time daily to read His instructions then, and only then will we be able to walk in full authority. Because our self will be humbled before God we will be respected; His character working in us.
I pray that you will look these passages over again and really ponder the truth here. We are living in a time when we need to hear our Navigator's voice and follow explicitly His directions. He will tell us go to the left or the right or just be still and know that He is God. Where You lead me Lord, I will follow. In Jesus name, amen.
Abundance is...staying on course, of course!
Due to illness I had to wait to write to you. I hope you are well in body, mind and spirit today. My mind is a bit foggy with this head cold, but am better. Thank you for praying for me.
Even in sickness we can praise the Lord for seeing us can't we? When I feel the worst I do know that I can always go to my heavenly Father for comfort and assurance this trial won't last forever.
Psalm 107:31 says, "Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness to the children of men." Amen.
I love how my hope and confidence is in the only One who can save me. I just want to express praise to Him tonight through the Psalms. As we gather before Him we can lift up our voices. Psalm 108:3-5 says, "I will praise and give thanks to You, O Lord, among the peoples; and I will sing praises unto You among the nations. For Your mercy and loving-kindness are great and high as the heavens! Your truth and faithfulness reach to the skies! Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let Your glory be over all the earth." Praise You Lord!
Thank you Father for Your goodness toward us. Although we are weak and can't see past the end of our noses most of the time, we place our trust in You. Teach us Your ways Lord and help us walk in Truth tonight. Psalm 119:35 says, "Make me go in the path of Your commandments, for in them do I delight."
Psalm 119:134 says, "Establish my steps and direct them by [means of] Your word; let not any iniquity have dominion over me." Psalm 125:1 says, "Those Who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever." Let's praise the Lord!
There is nowhere that you or I can go that we can not find the Lord. If our path leads through the valley of the shadow of death He is still our Great Shepherd leading us. I am thankful that even in these dark days of winter nothing is hidden from Him. He will perfect the things that concern you and I today. Reading the Psalms gives us wings to fly above the circumstances, any of them! Yes, I am still sneezing, coughing and feel yucky, but I know without a doubt He is able to deliver me.
We will look to Him and see His goodness! Do you agree? Well, I need to go for now, but just wanted to stay in touch with you and encourage you in whatever trial you may be going through. Give it to Jesus and tell Him all that is in your heart. Speak His name in the face of trouble. Lift up Praise and the enemy has to flee! In the name of Jesus Christ I surrender to His will. Amen.
Abundance is...we will stand in His goodness!
Good morning dear friends,
Oh, I love the sunrise claiming a new day is in store! I would say that I crave the light. When things get too dismal I will turn the light on or even just light a candle. Light brings me hope when my day is claiming pain and sickness over my body. I wasn't sure where this was going to take us today. But, when I changed the picture at the bottom of my home page, I knew. It is captivating! Anything that can reflect the last rays of light do!
In our walk with the Lord, He is our living Light, Eternal and clear. Have you ever hiked a trail you never before used? The promise, if you have a map, is that there is a final goal that will be met. Usually, you are rewarded with spectacular views and always up higher than your starting place. One time I got to hike to nearly 8,000 ft. elevation with a bad hip and lots of pain. But, even though I didn't make the complete climb to the high lake above, I was tickled that I even made the climb I did! It was a hurting kind of joy-ache. I have never regretted that day!
When we are on top, all other thoughts of the valley below fade. When we enter the heavy growth of trees and all you have is the trail ahead of you, you press on. Soon, there is an opening in the dense shade and you can see how far you have come. I guess that is what keeps me moving forward. Not looking back but looking forward is the process that gets me from a low point to the high places where all around me is light.
So much of life is like this. I think maybe, Habakkuk the prophet understood this. Chapter 3:19 describes what I am talking about..."The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!" Wonderful!
What has that to do with keeping the light on? Well,I am learning that as I keep my eyes on Jesus, my light and salvation, then I am able to climb above those besetting circumstances. Proverbs 4:18 says, "But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared]."
There will come a day when we will really need to focus to see through the haze. Go on to read verses 25-27..."Let your eyes look right on [with fixed purpose], and let your gaze be straight before you. Consider well the path of your feet, and let all your ways be established and ordered aright. Turn not aside to the right hand or to the left; remove your foot from evil." This is the day to focus! Right now!
Matthew 5:16 tells us to let our lights shine before men. Chapter 13:43 tells us to shine like the sun in the kingdom of our Father. Have you ever used a battery operated light? How long does the battery last? There is only One Light that is eternal. And without that Light ever present in our lives we can't make light on our own that will last and make a difference in this dark world. John 1:4-5..."In Him was Life, and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shines on in the darkness, for the darkness has never overpowered it [put it out or absorbed it or appropriated it, and is unreceptive to it]." Walking in darkness is a choice that I stand against in my life today. Jesus make my life to shine!
I was reading in Revelation One this morning where John describes Jesus in His glory. Take the time to read this incredible book. In verses 12-18 the picture is for us..."Then I turned to see [whose was] the voice that was speaking to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands [One] like the Son of Man, clothed with a robe which reached to His feet and with a girdle of gold about His breast, His head and His hair were white like white wool, [as white] as snow, and His eyes [flashed] like a flame of fire. His feet glowed like burnished (bright) bronze as it is refined in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and from His mouth there came forth a sharp twoedged sword, and His face was like the sun shining in full power at midday. When I saw Him, I fell at His feet as if dead. But He laid His right hand on me and said, Do not be afraid! I am the First and the Last, and the Ever-living One [I am living in the eternity of the eternities]. I died, but see, I am alive forevermore; and I possess the keys of death and Hades ( the realm of the dead)."
I wasn't going to write all this out, but then, the Holy Spirit reminded me that this Word wouldn't return void. Maybe, you don't have a Bible of your own. Every scripture copied only brings the Truth to those who don't have it. It is a priveledge for me. I am humbled and in awe of this Light that has come to us! I feel so blessed to know Him. If He really dwells in this simple temple, my self must bow in worship! Believe.
Today, I take His promises and keep them close to my heart because I sure don't know what is around the bend ahead. Could be fearful, but I take courage in Him. Could be the enemy lurking around those dark trees, but I have not been given a spirit of fear! I have a spirit of power and love and a sound mind just like 2 Timothy 1:7 promises! Praise the Lord with me today for His ever present Light in our lives. It is Jesus!
Abundance is...keeping the light on!
Good Saturday evening everyone,
Psalm 34:1-3 says, "I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My life makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble and afflicted hear and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together." Amen and glory to God!
I want to share with you some descriptives; observations really of my trip to town early morning. Without trying to be poetic. Words that bring God's creation to the center of my heart. I hope you get a picture of His beauty through His creation.
Morning sun blazing on pristene, white mountain tops. Frozen ponds and a coat of frost on tree branches, wire fences and the reflection of bare limbs on the creek. Heavy clouds with the promise of snow. Redwing blackbirds balancing on frozen marsh grasses. The river flowing with purpose. Patches of morning light dancing in and out of mountain valleys. Ah, Christmas carols in my head and on my tongue. I am thinking how loved I am, praying blessing on our relationships and asking God to help me see them with His eyes of love, acceptance and forgiveness.
Sometimes you just have to write reflections. It does the soul good! Because of the Good News; the birth of Jesus, I rejoice and magnify His excellance. Psalm 89: 15-17 says what my heart longs to declare..."Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the people who know the joyful sound [who understand and appreciate the spiritual blessings symbolized by the feasts]; they walk, O lord, in the light and favor of Your countenance! In Your name they rejoice all the day, and in Your righteousness they are exalted. For You are the glory of their strength [their proud adornment], and by Your favor our horn is exalted and we walk with uplifted faces!"
I want to tell you today, as we are praying for one another, we can speak this into lives to bring hope and surety of salvation. To know the Lord Jesus as Emmanuel, the One who controls what is happening in our governments, Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and our Prince of Peace. We have been given so much that we should be worshipping Him right now. No matter what the immediate condition of our life is. Though my body is reacting in pain due to a fall, I have to praise Him for keeping me and never turning His back for a moment. I believe this was another jab to get my eyes off Him and onto myself. Thank you Lord for making me aware of Your endless love.
Do you want to be wrapped in His love today? We have to remove the wrapping of the past, of pain today and fear of loss tomorrow. We have to place our complete trust in Abba Father's ability to keep us. I am definately speaking to myself, but maybe, there is someone out there who needs this too. We can trust the name of Jesus Christ!
I want to pray with you before I leave off until Monday. Father God, we bring all our stuff and such to You today. Our troubles and concerns we give to You and offer up praise with a submitted heart. We can't fix ourselves and we don't see down the road like You do. We want to trust You to shelter us under Your everlasting arms. Enlarge our hearts to see others with Your eyes. Give us ears to really hear what they are saying. Show us how to direct them into Your presence. Help us by the power of Your Holy Spirit to move in the direction You choose. Heal our minds and help us to forgive as we are forgiven. Thank you Father God. Bless each one of my Heartstrings family tonight with peace that passes all understanding. Guard their hearts and heal their wounds. Make each of us vessels of honor. We give you all praise and worship You alone. You are Mighty God and we magnify Your Holy name. Thank you Lord Jesus for hearing our hearts cry tonight. Amen.
Abundance is...to us a Son is given!
Do you have peace today? Luke 2:14..."Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with who He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor]." This peace comes as we please God. There doesn't seem to be any other way around it. So, I need to dig deeper and take a closer look at what is going on with my heart if I fail to find peace. There is no shame in asking the Lord to reveal the condition of our heart. The shame comes, when we don't. Find Jesus, the Prince of Peace and you will have peace regardless of circumstances.
Let's look at Isaiah 9:6 once more..."For unto us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace."
You may not be able to comprehend this kind of peace because you are walking in darkness. You will not know this Peace of God without His Son as your Savior. In Psalm 119:165 we see..."Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble." Jesus is the Living Word and in Him we find the peace our heart longs for and what the world cries out for. "Psalm 34:14 says, "Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for , and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!" Seek the Prince of Peace with all your heart!
This is His own promise to us; John 14:27..."Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing youselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]" Right after that Jesus promises to come back for us, His disciples. Those who are pleasing the Father. Peace be to you!
In Ephesians 2:14 we are told that He is our peace, our bond of unity and harmony. Do you receive His peace today? Are you troubled by having one foot at the cross and another in the world? So many times I have wondered where this peace flew off too! When I got to a really low spot on the road is when I finally surrendered my wandering, complaining and being so absorbed with what my flesh wanted. It is a place to remember coming from. Praise the Lord for His patience! He is ready and waiting for us to make a choice to lean into Him completely. From there, I found that harmony and unity with Him...and with others. Giving Jesus my self centeredness is always the best thing to do.
Of course, you probably already know this, but in Philippians 4:7 another promise knowing the Prince of Peace..."And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." I know in this Applified Bible there are alot more words. But, I love how it brings understanding to my mind! This is the kind of peace I want! How about you?
So, we agree that we want to please God? Good! Here is 1 Thessalonians 5:23..."And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)."
Glory to God for sending us the Prince of Peace! The angel proclaiming this Good News had it right on! If you have and know for certain Jesus as Lord and King, then you also have His peace. Never let the enemy tell you different! In fact, I have had to declare this today in my own life as thoughts from the father of lies tries to trip me up. No way! The Prince of Peace is Lord and my life is hid with Him! In the name of Jesus Christ. So, get behind me satan. You can bring no harm to this girl! I am sanctified!
As I make this my prayer for you today, let blessings attend you. 11 Thessalonians 3:16..."Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all." In the name above all other names, Jesus Christ, amen.
Abundance is...He is my Peace