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The moon will shine like the sun,
and the sunlight will be seven times brighter,
like the light of seven full days,
when the LORD binds up the bruises of his people
and heals the wounds he inflicted.
~ Isaiah 30:26

Broken Heart

Intense pain of a haunting past
Anguish consumes the heart
Bleeding under God’s crushing hand
Torturous to mind and soul
Struggling simply to exist
Lord, You cut the heart deeper each time
Endless lies once festering pour out freely
Creating wounds that reveal your truth
This affliction is so harsh, so devastating
Why does it have to be so hard?
You slice and rip the flesh apart
Bringing brokenness once again
To embrace Your truth means letting go
Releasing deceptions harbored in the dark
Lovingly this pain flows forth
Leaving room for a God filled heart

Simple, yet True…God is with YOU!

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

God is glorious, victorious in all.   He provides grace sufficient to cover the worst of sins (2 Corinthians 12:9).  He constantly shelters those who trust and seek him (Isaiah 25:4, Psalm 91:4, Psalm 28:7).   He builds the nations up and burns them down according to his good and righteous plan (Ezekiel 36:36, Proverbs 15:25, Acts 17:26).   He is the be all, end all (Revelation 1:8, Revelation 22:13).   He is Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1), the maker of every human who walks the earth (Genesis 2:7, Isaiah 45:12).   He knows you by name, every hair on your head, and the number of days set for you (Isaiah 43:1-7)!   He knows your thoughts before you do (Psalm 139:2, Proverbs 15:3)!   He thinks of you more than the grains of sand that exist on earth (Psalm 139:17-18)!   You are the apple of His eye (Psalm 17:8, Zechariah 2:8)!   How special and dear you are to him, so much so that he rejoices over you (Isaiah 62:5, Zephaniah 3:17)!

A thought to always hold tight to–you were created on purpose for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10).   There are no coincidences in this world, only orchestrated events that lead each and every heart through God’s good and glorious plan!

Have faith, hold tight to peace knowing God has you always and will never let you go..for you are His and He is yours.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

God bless and keep you always and may your trust in the Lord draw you closer to His presence and glory! All my love ❤

Jesus….the ReAsoN for the SeaSoN

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God,
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold,
I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
~ Luke 2:11

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
~ John 3:16

Jesus is the Reason

Christmas day is here at last

With presents and decorations galore

The tree stands aglow

Twinkling like the stars in the night sky

A reminder of the that one blessed eve

Over 2,000 years ago

The angels appeared to the shepherds below

Telling the birth of Immanuel

He is the ultimate gift and Savior to the lost world

Born in Bethlehem, a lowly babe

Sent from Heaven above

God gave us His only Son to live and die

A sacrifice for all mankind

Though presents are lovely

And stockings filled with goodies bring a smile

Remember that fateful night long ago

He is the reason we celebrate

The magi came from afar to worship and adore

They brought Him gifts of frankincense, gold and myrrh

The gifts we give to one another are thoughtful indeed

But the best gift we can give

Is the message of eternal life and love

Give the true gift of Christmas this year

Give the message of God’s mercy and grace

The promise of forgiveness of sins

A hope for an eternal life spent with Him

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 God bless and keep you and your family always, and may you have the courage to share the love and sacrifice of Christ on this blessed Christmas day!

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Go Tell it on the Mountain! Jesus Christ is Born!!

And then he told them,  “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” ~ Mark 16:15

Share the love, share the message!  Jesus Christ was born to save you, to save me, to save us all!  Come to Him, ask Him into your heart, live in Him, walk with Him, take up your cross and follow Him, and celebrate Eternal life!  May the message of Christ be with you now and always, shining bright for all to see.
God bless!  All my love ❤

With Thanksgiving….

Rejoice always,
pray without ceasing,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

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With Thanksgiving….

Possess an attitude of gratitude
Be thankful always
Sing praises to the God of heaven
Thank him for the sacrifice he gave

See the blessings that surround
Thank God for all he has done
Knowing he has given you life
His blessings have only just begun

Thank him for your very breath
Each one comes from him alone
Thank him for eyes to see
Absorbing colorful beauty shown

Thank him for ears to hear
Listen for his still small voice
Open up your heart and mind
Hear the heavenly hosts rejoice

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Thank him for your home
A place to lie your head at night
Praise him for running water
Thank him for food and lights

Thank him for your family
Broken though they may be
Thank him for hugs and love
For the blessings of security

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Thank him for your freedom
It comes at a heavy price
Remember those who fought and died
Thank them for their sacrifice

Thank God for his only son
Who died upon the cross
Thank him for his grace and mercy
Through him you are no longer lost

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Thank God for the simple things
The ones you take for granted
Thank him for things that bring you joy
For the seeds in the heart that have been planted

Thank him for the beautiful things
Like flowers, rainbows, grass, and trees
Mountains, sunsets, and drifting snowflakes
Birds that sing, and a soft ocean breeze

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Thank him for family and friends
For happiness, smiles, hugs, and love
Enjoy the companionship given you
Give thanks to God above

Stop whining and complaining
Readjust your attitude
Know that God blesses you daily
Honor him with your gratitude

God bless and may you truly be thankful this Thanksgiving, despite the circumstances of life. Choose to be lost in the love of God rather than the despair of the world. Make your mind up to be joyful, even when the rains fall. See the silver lining, the glass half full! Love to you and yours ❤

Nehemiah ~ Yahweh Comforts

“I pray, LORD God of heaven, O great and awesome God.
You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments…”
Nehemiah 1:5

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Nehemiah ~ Yahweh Comforts

There is comfort in the Lord
A light to show us the way
An example for the masses

Hope is wonderful
Prayer is useful and necessary
But life will not happen by hope and prayer alone

Open your eyes
Seek God in prayer
Pour your heat out to Him

Be active and involved
Prepare for the doors God will open
Be willing to trust His way

There are always obstacles
Some sent from Satan to deter
Others sent from God to test our endurance

Research and study
Find ways to adhere and grow
Rely on God’s gracious hand to grant opportunity

Build and renew
Claim God’s promises for you own
Focus on Him and give Him the glory

You O Lord!

I will praise the Lord according to His righteousness
and will sing praise to the Lord most high.  ~ Psalm 7:17

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Heavenly Father
You set my heart on fire
Igniting passions I have never known
Giving me freedom unsurpassed
Though life is confusing
Full of chaos and uncertainty
You O Lord remain unwavering
Ready to lead me
Helping me to trust and obey
Filling my spirit with love and compassion
My tongue speaks only Your words
Led by a soul that seeks only You
You are my shelter Lord
Set me on the path of righteousness
Teach me to do Your will
Help me fulfill Your mission for the life You have given me

Lift Me Up

‘I saw the Lord always before me.  Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
my body also will live in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the grave,

nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;

you will fill me with joy  in your presence.’  ~Acts 2:25-28

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Lift Me Up

Lord, bring about your will, Your desire for my life
Giving me just what I need to grow in strength and love
Revealing to me revelations that change my direction
You reach down with grace from the heavens above

Your words of love and mercy fill me with Your Spirit
Setting my feet on solid ground and placing my heart in Your loving hands
You give me discernment and wisdom when I come humbly and ask
You give me strength to obey Your laws and assertion to take a stand

Continue to walk with me, helping me grow in Your word
Speak to me each day and help me lean on the safety of friends
Give to me discernment and trust, refill my cup of faith
Help me to always rely on You and praise You through to the very end

Lies and Deception!

Smack dab In the middle of life lies confusion, distortion, and destruction! Satan wants nothing more than to rob you of your hope, filling your heart and mind with an endless supply of lies—that there is nothing better than what you have, that you are not worthy of good and wonderful things, that you will never measure up to whom you were created to be so why bother, that you can do whatever you want and no one will care or ever know, that your life is meaningless and has no purpose. LIES!

Each and every one of those thoughts are lies created by Satan meant to deter you from receiving all the Lord has to offer you—direction, clarity, wisdom, discernment, peace, joy, comfort, righteousness, forgiveness, purity, wholeness, love, hope, and so much more!

Why is it that you listen to the lies of the enemy so easily, yet struggle so to believe the truth that exists right in front of you? Why do you knock yourself down and beat yourself up when the Lord accepts you and loves you as you are? Why do you turn your back on the beautiful promises that the Lord brings only to hold onto the brokenness and deception of this world? Why?

Because you are a mere frail, weak human! (Matthew 26:41)

Because you have not let God penetrate your heart to the deepest, darkest parts!

Because it is easier to believe the lies than be vulnerable and exposed by the truth of God!

Because your flesh has desires and cravings for things of this world and does not desire to transform!

God has designed you with perfection in mind, but it cannot now, and never will be attained in this world. This world is designed to strengthen and refine who you are and how you perceive your worth. It is an integral part of shaping you to appreciate the true beauty and glory of God! Think about it!! As you traverse the alleys of doubt, it is the Lord’s truth that brings you clarity and helps you reveal God’s grace to the lost and broken. As you walk the streets of despair, it is God’s comforting love that renews your hope and gives you reason to reach out and encourage others. As you swim in the ocean of sin, it is God’s forgiveness and mercy that cleanse you, building a repentant heart that all can see.

You see, you are in this world to have the time and opportunity to become like Christ! He wants you to grow in your faith, renew you heart, and fill your soul to overflowing with His power, His might, and His glory! You are an imperfect vessel strategically placed in this world to become a perfect reflection of Christ!

Psalms 40:12-17 For troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see. They are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails within me. Be pleased to save me, Lord; come quickly, Lord, to help me. May all who want to take my life be put to shame and confusion; may all who desire my ruin be turned back in disgrace. May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!” be appalled at their own shame. But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The Lord is great!”

Satan throws lies at you to rob you of your life—joy, hope, peace, comfort, love, beauty, direction, and more—but the Lord is great indeed! He stretches out His mighty hand to hold you, beckoning you away from the deceit, offering so much more through His love, grace, and mercy. Open your heart, and let God fill with the truth. Open your eyes, and see that through every moment Satan attempts to tear you down, there is opportunity for growth that brings you that much closer to the perfection of Christ. Open your ears, and let the still, small voice of the Lord provide direction, wisdom, and discernment amidst the chaos that Satan throws at you. Open your mind, and allow God to transform your worldly, fleshly way of thinking into powerful thoughts of freedom and eternity.

1 Peter 5:8-11 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Be vigilant. Pray. Seek. Devour the living Word of God. Transform your heart and mind into the image of Christ!

God bless and keep you in all your ways and may you hear the truth of God instead of the lies of Satan!

 

Stand! –A Writing on Freedom

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and  be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.”  Matthew 5:10-123

Fourth of July is a day in which our freedoms are celebrated in the United States of America; a day in which we honor those who fight bravely for our country, for our rights as American’s, including free speech and beliefs that comprise this great nation.  I am so very blessed to have been born and raised here, in a place where I can speak my mind freely.

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However, it is with great concern that I pray for this nation, for our freedom, for our rights to believe and speak about subjects close to the heart and soul.  Little by little, we as a Christian community are being told that our beliefs are not valid, but rather narrow-minded, hateful, and politically incorrect.  Amazingly enough, scripture stated hundreds of years ago that this would happen, and would continue to happen until Christians are persecuted all over the world for their beliefs, as many are in other countries already.

“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.  If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.  Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.”  If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.  If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.  They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me. ~ John 15:18-21

In America, people from many professions and walks of life, from teaching to the military, are being told to shut up when our views do not match those of others around us, lest we offend someone.  Some churches have even been threatened with fines for preaching moral values from the scriptures that do match the general consensus of the areas in which they exist.  Even military chaplains have been threatened with demotion or discharge for speaking Christian scriptural beliefs that go against socially accepted norms.  Am I the only one that feels that is pretty crazy since military chaplains are part of the very institution which is fighting for our rights and our freedoms as American citizens, yet they cannot speak freely?

Well, let me say, I am offended that I cannot share my belief with others without being called a hypocrite, or worse yet, a hater.  The true fundamental base of Christianity is to love.  We are called to love others, no matter their opinion, no matter their sin (for we are all sinners!).  We are called to love our neighbor as ourselves, and to speak the truth in love and with gentleness.  We are called to hate the sin and love the sinner, for they are God’s creation, made in His image (as everyone is).

My heart cringes when I hear of pastors being sued, or churches being harassed for their moral beliefs and scriptural values.  But at the same time, my soul is angered when I see fellow Christians condemning and judging others.  We are called to speak in love, to call what is right right and what is wrong wrong, but we are not called to judge the person, to condemn them to hell.  Nor are we called to determine their worth or value in the eyes of God.   There is only one judge, Jesus Christ, and on the day that I face him, I want to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  I want to share the love of Christ, not the condemnation that comes through human selfishness and ignorance.

All I speak and all I believe to be true in my heart, mind, and soul are not always going to be the beliefs of others.  I understand that I may offend, or I may upset others by my words, but I too am offended and upset by the words that others speak to me as well.  The difference is that I welcome their opinion, not trying to shut them up, but instead taking the opportunity to learn and converse about our differences, our likenesses, and our systems of belief.  You may not agree with what I say, but we can agree to disagree.  No one needs to shut the other up, but rather through our lives, be witnesses to what we believe and what we know to be true.  I cannot turn hearts toward Christ, only God can do that.  But I can be a light that draws others to Him, makes them want to discuss my beliefs, and creates a desire to know more about the One True God.  If their hearts are to be changed, it will not be through my words, but rather through the reflection of Christ in my life and the glory of God.

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One thing I know for sure, no matter how much I am told I am wrong, no matter how many times I am called a hypocrite, no matter how often others try to shut me up…my voice will carry on in the crowds of millions!  Through my belief in the power of God, I will be heard, whether by voice or by actions.  As our freedoms as Christians stand trial and are slowly stripped away and denied public grounds, God’s voice will stand.  He will be heard, and I am ever so thankful to be called one of his children—called to share his love, his grace, his mercy, and his plan with the world!

You can strip me of all that is good, you can take every possession I own, you can drag me to ends of the earth and back, you can cut me down, but I will stand on the Word of God until the day he takes me home to be with him!  That is my freedom, it is my right, and I will stand!

Happy Fourth of July, and may you stand for your beliefs, whatever they may be!  Continue to fight for the freedom to speak your mind, but remember that we all have that right, including the Christian community, and we can agree to disagree.  In God’s love!