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I Pray!

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When you are facing mountains of trials. When the world moves faster than you can keep up with. When life feels like an uphill battle. Pray…for with God all things are possible!

God bless and keep you always! In His love ❤

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Do not be anxious about anything,
But in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
Present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6

I Pray

Lord as I walk this twisted road of life
I pray you will hold my heart
Keep me centered on You
So I can avoid the pit that lies below

At times when I am too weak to carry on
I pray for Your strength
Fill my cup till it overflows
I can soar like an eagle for You help me grow

When my feet slip as they often do
I pray You will lift me up
Steady and secure my way
Keep my spirit full of Your unending love

And Lord when I have sinned and fallen short
I pray Your mercy will cover me
For with Your grace I am saved
When I walk by faith I know I will rise above

Remember Why!

Believe it or not, you are not on this earth to get things, to have more stuff, and to live the life you always dreamed!  Seriously….you aren’t.  Now I am not saying that these things are bad at all.  You are designed to live life and to live it fully, just not the way your worldly eyes perceive.   You were created by a God who has plans for you, bigger plans than your earthly dreams can comprehend.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.

Proverbs 16:19 A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.

You were created to bring God and the message of Christ to this lost and dying world.  Will you get more things by doing this?  Will you live the life YOU dreamed?  Will you have more stuff to keep you busy?  Maybe.  But doing the work of the LORD is the most rewarding work you will ever do!!  The treasure you accumulate here on Earth will one day pass away, and LORD knows you can’t take it with you when you die.  However, the treasure you store up in Heaven will never rust, never be destroyed by pests, and will not get broken or stolen away from you.  No, the treasure you accumulate in heaven will last forever and will be much more precious than anything you could get or achieve here on earth.

Matthew 6:19-20 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do no break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 

Be true to your path…true to the plans of God.  Go and minister to all around you!  Share the good news that Christ has come to save the lost and that He indeed rejoices for all of His children.  You may not be good at speaking or maybe you are shy or stutter.  You may fear what people may think of you, but you can share His message of love by showing love to others in word and in deed!  If you struggle with words, then show who God is in your life through deed….serve, give, provide.   Be the witness you were called to be and remember…God uses the imperfect to show His perfection and you CAN do ALL things through Christ who gives you strength (Philippians 4:13).

God bless and keep you, and give you the courage, strength, and wisdom to share His love with those He brings your way.

Rejoice in the LORD always and again I say rejoice!!

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.   ~Luke 15:71

Remember Why!

I know in my heart the time is ebbing closer each and every day

The time when God will say He’s had enough and whisk us all away

To love yourself is simply inadequate to access the gates of Heaven

It takes reaching out to others and let them know they are forgiven

Always be loving, compassionate, kind, and caring to all whom you encounter

And know that surely you too would be lost if Christ’s sacrifice had not occurred

The weak, misguided, bitter, and the hateful are those that we must reach

In order to God’s disciples, His word to them we’re required to teach

They may recoil and even turn away, but we must continue our mission

Te reach each and every lost soul, should become our life’s ambition

Remember tonight as you kneel to pray that God has blessed you so

While thanking him for all you have, pray for those who do not know

Never forget there is a reason He places the lost sheep in your path

To help them find His truth, to turn from sin, and avoid His day of wrath

Be ever vigilant and stand strong in your faith because certainly that’s the key

To storing treasures that will last in God’s breathtaking eternity

Judgment Day

There are times in this world when I do what I don’t want to do, and I don’t do what I should do! What appears to be so easy is indeed quite difficult when it comes to my flesh, and the drive to have what I want when I want it, or avoid the things I don’t want. Paul discusses this same concept in Romans 7:15-20:

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

Sins of the flesh often surface even when we want to do what is right. The old adage, “If your best friend jumped off a cliff, would you do it as well?”, applies here. Just because the world beckons you to do something it deems as “fun” or “feels good”—be it partying and getting hammered, having sexual relations outside of marriage because you feel like it, lying to avoid consequences—whatever the something is, does not always mean it’s the right thing to do. On the flip side, we often want to do the right thing, but the flesh keeps coming back stronger than ever, tempting us to choose the “dark side” of life.

One very important point comes to mind for me when I think upon Romans 7:15-20…”How do my actions change people’s perceptions of me as a Christian?”

Whenever you are about to do something, whether having a lot to drink, having sex outside of marriage, using drugs, cursing like a sailor, gossiping, or anything else inappropriate, STOP for a minute. Evaluate the impact your choice will have on how others view who you are. Will they see Christ in you? Will they know that you are “walking the walk” of the Christian faith? Or will they see the same thing they see in everyone else…nothing different that will draw them to Christ? Will they see the world in your life or will they see Christ? The choice is yours. Choose wisely.

Blessings and may you always think twice before doing those things you don’t want to do, and work hard to do the things Christ calls you to do!

But you must be careful
so that your freedom does not cause others with a weaker conscience to stumble.
1 Corinthians 8:9

Judgment Day

Freedom comes in many forms
Allowing choices to be made

You can walk by faith
Choosing to follow Christ

You can traverse the worldly path
Choosing to side with the enemy

Be cautious which side you choose
For all will come to pass
When death knocks upon your door
Answers will be sought

All the gifts given you
Their application will be reviewed

All the words you speak
They will be accounted for

All the deeds you do
A judgment will take place

Standing transparent before the Lord
What will you say

I chose to follow my own path
Or I chose to follow you?

Wake Up!

I sat in church today enjoying our guest pastor’s message on the denial of Christ (as Peter did in Matthew 26:69-75). It was indeed very intriguing and need I say, very convicting as well!

Peter was a strong follower of Jesus, giving up everything to follow Him and learn His ways. He was a leader among Jesus’ disciples, and was one of the inner three closest to the Lord. But even with this impressive spiritual resume, Peter still had weaknesses and made mistakes. He was impulsive and often spoke or made decisions before thinking them through. This human disciple was not immune to falling, and fall he did….hard and and fast! He thought he had it all together…stating to Christ that “Even if all (referring to the other disciples) fall way on account of you, I never will” and “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” (Matthew 26:31-33). This spiritual pride and arrogance is what led to him denying Christ three times.

Through this Biblical account, the Lord convicted me. The pastor stated how Peter got the point of being an on-fire, born-again follower of Christ to a weak, fear-led human of this world.

1. Spiritual Pride – thinking you have greater knowledge and understanding of God, Christ, Biblical principles, etc., feeling that you are morally superior to other believers
2. Spiritual Slothfulness – Being lazy in regards to prayer, meditation, praise and worship of the Lord, lack of active involvement in learning and growing in the Lord which leads to a weakened flesh
3. Spiritual Distance – the act of distancing yourself from the things of the Lord

As the pastor spoke on each point, I continued to be convicted. The point that struck me most was Spiritual Slothfulness. I have to admit, my prayer life recently has been lazy and lackadaisical (perhaps due to summer vacation). I tend to fit it around my schedule rather than making it the center of my schedule. Without an active prayer life, I leave doors of temptation wide open, beckoning Satan to come on in! Prayer and Biblical reading and meditation should be the start of my day, should carry on throughout my day, and should end my day (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Philippians 4:6, Deuteronomy 11:18-21). The last 6 weeks I have found that I have spent more time asleep or watching television/movies than I care to admit, while spending very little time learning and growing in God’s word! I can do better, oh so much better! I don’t want to fall because I have lacked the spiritual discipline necessary to keep me grounded and protected by the Lord.

good morningWe must always be vigilant, watching and waiting for the Lord’s return. We must continually seek the Lord, coming to His throne daily, meeting with Him, reading His word, listening to His still small voice, and communicating with Him through prayer.

Don’t get caught up in the ways of this world, but rather, get back on track to the path of everlasting life and heavenly glory!

God bless, and as I pray for you, please pray for me. In God’s love!

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Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12

Wake Up!

Worldly desires
Materialism
Greed
Lusts of the flesh

Spiritual pride
Disobedience
Arrogance
Sleeping with the enemy

Weakened body
Slumbering
Distanced
Spiritual atrophy within

Godly desires
Worship
Praise
Longings of the soul

Spiritual sweat
Obedience
Humility
Vigilant in the Lord

Strengthened flesh
Alert
Watching
Waiting for His glory

Seasons of Life

Life is a never-ending cycle of changes, both good and bad.  One never truly has the opportunity to sit still or get comfortable in one setting or with one situation.  We move from one house to another, change jobs, lose loved ones, and enjoy the birth of new family members.  There are new people in and out of our lives on a daily basis, be it people we work with, attend church with, live next door to, or meet in various places like the mall or grocery store.

All change brings a certain amount of stress, whether it is the good stress of a planning a wedding or the bad stress of a divorce.  Feelings run rampant, emotions get over charged, and our bodies take the brunt of the stress causing fatigue and sometimes illness.

Whatever the change, one thing is consistently the same….the presence and control of God!  God never changes, even when our lives and our circumstances do.  He stays the same.  His love is never-ending, just as the seasons of life that we experience.  His grace is dependable, and will provide us the strength and patience to adapt to the changes we face each day.  His mercy is reliable, helping us find healing, renewal, and restoration when change brings us to the edge of ourselves.

God is the rock amidst the sea of uncertainty.  He is the steady shelter from the storms of chaos, and He is the unfailing foundation amidst the ever-changing seasons of life.

May you turn to God when change befalls you, relying on Him to meet all you needs, bring you peace, and provide you strength and endurance to make it through all the changes that come!

Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed.
But You are the same, and Your years will not fail. ~ Hebrews 1:12

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Seasons of Life

Seasons change
They come and go
Taking with them the old
With the promise of renewal

In our own lives
Change is inevitable
Sometimes it brings joy
Other times sorrow and pain

As circumstances change
So to do our emotions
Constantly seeking security
Relying on the unknown to aid us

Comfort though
Is not found on this earth
Nor is it within the starry sky
Those we meet provide only temporary solace

Only one source of peace exists
That can provide encouragement
Shower us with blessings overflowing
And give strength to endure

He was with you yesterday
He is with you now
He will be with you always
God is your unwavering serenity

Eyes to See

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You may not always know where God is leading you in this life, but you can rest assured that all his plans are good and he will bring you to a place where you will have comfort, peace, and joy.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  ~ Hebrews 11:1

Eyes to See

Eyes to see what lies ahead
A reflection of God’s love
A hope that more is to come
The gift of entity above

Fixing my eyes upon heavenly realms
Lights to lead the way
A place to rest out thoughts
When we weary of the day

A vision of the future
One glimpse of God’s plan
Living in faithful confidence
Resting in God’s hand

Glory and power forever
Circumstances are now so small
Letting God have the glory
Giving to him our all

Sight Unseen

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen,
since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18

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Sight Unseen

We see what we want to see
Letting light shine only when we choose
Gazing through the looking-glass
With nothing left to lose

We view our life through circumstance
Struggling to hold on
Looking for the answers
Feeling so withdrawn

We scrutinize what lies before us
Grasping for understanding
Waiting for the response
Something solid to which we cling

We perceive no end in sight
Immersed in a whirlwind of fear
Spinning wildly in our minds
Life seems so unclear

We glimpse a moment of peace
Hoping for a breath of fresh air
Coming up above the storm
Our faith in God we declare

God’s Masterpiece

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Ever wonder who you are or how you came to be? Do you ever think about what God was thinking when he designed you? Can you think of a time or two that you wished you could have asked God to make some changes before He completed the blueprint of your being? You know…maybe you would have asked him to be taller, to give you a witty sense of humor, to provide you with a body free from disease, or to give you more spunk and courage. Believe it or not, God made you just the way you are on purpose! He created you in His image and designed every fiber of your being to help fulfill his plan for you life and in the lives of those around you. God made no mistakes when He created you!! You were created on purpose for a purpose….and it was predestined and perfect! Take a peak….

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Romans 8:28 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them, male and female, He created them.

So next time you question if God could have given you the “skinny” genes, or the blue eyes instead of the brown eyes, or when you wish you could have been designed to not have cancer or a wacky thyroid, just remember….you were created to shine his glory and it is through your life–your appearance, your health, your character, and your intelligence–that God can do the most marvelous things!

God bless you and keep you and may you always know that YOU ARE PERFECT, because GOD MAKES NO MISTAKES!!

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For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb…Your eyes saw my substance,
being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me,
when as yet there were none of them. ~Psalm 139:13 & 16

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God’s Masterpiece

You are a jumble of colors
Mixed up in the swirls of life
There is no definitive design
No shape or portrait that can be seen

In the heavens the artist lives
Looking upon His palate of colors
Amazingly He envisions the finished work
The product that is yet to come

He dips His brush delicately
One color at a time
The first strokes are the lines of love
Ever so gently His masterpiece begins

One glance reveals His next colors
Ones of joy and happiness
Their vibrance glides effortlessly
On the canvas of life

To this He adds peace
With a touch of humility
Together they fill the heart
Yet He must add more

The darker colors
Turmoil, long-suffering, and pain
They give His portrait meaning
Adding depth, dimension, and shape

To soften His masterpiece
He brings in a stroke of gentleness
To this He adds ribbons of goodness
Creating a unique work of art

He enhances His creation
Adding colors of hope, grace, and mercy
Then with a splash of faith
The portrait is complete

Looking down at His creation
He has pleasure beyond compare
You, the fruit of His vision
Brought to life by the Creator’s hand

Related Articles:

* God Made the Wonderful You   (thisdaywithGod.wordpress.com)

Dreams

Ah, I simply love the nights when my dreams are immersed in the glory of heaven and I wake up refreshed and filled with joy!  God bless and keep you all, and SWEET DREAMS!

My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.  Isaiah 26::9a

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Dreams

Slumbering silently

Images pulsate within the mysterious mind

The heart sincerely seeks meaning

A peaceful pathway yet untouched by immeasurable knowledge

The mind explodes

A ticking time bomb of vibrant blinding beauty

With incredible alacrity the soul doth cling

Awakening with astonishing acceptance

Bringing life to the dead

Strength to the weak

Humility to the proud

Compassion to the merciless

True expressions of boundless love

This is what dreams are made of