John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
John 14:1 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God ; trust also in me.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Are there Giants in your land?
Threatening to take you down?
It's faith in God that helps you stand.
Bringing those Giants to the ground.
Look at Him... You know the drill!
Don't let those Giants cause distraction.
Do what you know... Follow His will.
With eyes on Him, spring into action.
Your equipped to win the fight.
It's for this moment you've been groomed.
Use what you've practiced...You know what's right.
Trust God in the battle, till every Giant is consumed.
Your strength does not come from your size
But from the One whom you believe.
He makes your courage grow inside,
When His direction you choose receive.
What are your Giants?
Saturday, December 12, 2009
How do I throw off that which hinders?
When it clings to me like glue?
When the sin that easily entangles
Masquerades as what is true?
How do I run with perseverance,
The race marked out for me?
Fixing my eyes on Jesus,
Is the only solution I can see.
When my eyes are focused on the Son,
And my mind is set on Him.
The perfect faith that Jesus authored,
Lives in me and chases sin.
For the joy of my salvation
He endured the suffering of the cross,
Scorned it's shame and took His place,
At the right hand of God, The Boss.
I think of Him, and what He did
To free me from my chains,
Just so I would not lose heart
Or grow weary in my pains.
How can You love me that much Jesus?
The sinner that I am.
That you would shed your blood for me
As a sacrificial lamb?
I surely don't deserve this gift
But accept it gratefully.
Humbly I receive Your grace
And my faith is set on thee.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Wandering in desolation
Hopeless with despair
Couldn't see through darkness
Caught in evil's snare.
Entangled by the lies
Coiled up in sin
Engulfed by sheer deception
Advancing for the win.
I call out to my God
Reaching toward the sky
God puts His hand in mine
Quieting my cry.
God sees me in my weakest state
Renews me with His strength
Reclaims the land I've lost to sin
He goes to every length.
To assure my life in Him's restored
That I may rest secure
Under the shelter of His wings
Till I'm strong enough to soar.
He leads me by still waters
Walking hand in hand
He gently helps untangle sin
Helping me to stand.
I thank You God, that when I'm weak
I find my strength in you.
Your loving hand sustains me
in all I'm going through.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Seemingly out of nowhere, instilling great fear.
Will we clear them, or fear them?
Will they cause us to fall?
Can we maneuver around them?
Avoiding their call?
Blind sided, hidden, strategically placed,
These holes in the road of life must be faced.
Will we keep to ourselves or take hold of God's grace?
Will we stay in the pit, wrought with worry and shame.
Or let God's hand lift us
Back into the game?
Obstacles, stumbling blocks, pitfalls and such,
Can turn into stepping stones, used as a crutch.
To aid in the climb from the pit we are in
Helping to lead us away from our sin.
God sent His Son, Jesus to give us a lift,
Out of darkness to light, with His ultimate gift.
Isaiah 49:11 I will turn all my mountains into roads, and my highways will be raised up.
Isaiah 57:14 [ Comfort for the Contrite ] And it will be said: "Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people."
John 16:33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Monday, November 30, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
2 Corinthians 9:15 -"Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"
To You each one is special
You meet us where we are
Offering us freedom
Your hand is never far
When we choose to take it
You open up the door
To walk the road of life
With you for ever more.
We lift Our thanks to you, Lord
Today and every day
For the gift of our salvation
And showing us the way.
In every situation
May our praises rise
To You Lord, our Creator,
Whose love for us supplies.
Monday, November 23, 2009
With a thankful heart I lift this prayer,
To my God, my All, For His loving care.
For providing everything I need,
And guiding that I may succeed.
For sustaining me though numerous storms,
And showing Himself in many forms.
For placing my feet on the path He has set
And shining His light, lest I never forget.
For calling me out of darkness and sin,
And His still small voice set deep within.
For His sacrifice that saved my soul,
And restoring my life, making me whole.
I will sing Your praises Lord, everyday!
Exalting Your name as I go on my way.
For You are Lord over heaven and earth!
And I am ever so grateful for my second birth!
May I make You famous in all I do!
Bringing honor, enjoyment, and glory to You!
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
1 Corinthians 13:12-13 "Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I cry out for release.
Calm my frazzled heart,Lord
Send to me your peace
My energy's depleted,
Trying to keep up;
With all the things that people need...
Lord, please fill me up.
Free me from the bondage,
Of the busyness of life.
Quiet down the chaos,
creating all this strife.
I'm fashioned by Your hand,Lord
To be a human being.
I've become a human doing,
Please help me in the seeing.
Teach me to be still, Lord.
That I may learn to rest,
In the shelter of Your presence,
When I am feeling stressed.
Job 6:24 Teach me, and I will be quiet; show me where I have been wrong.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
This is not always an easy task, especially when those little annoying daily "happenings" show up! How many times in a day do our thoughts turn to grumbling and complaint?
*You come out of work and your tire is flat
*You're in a hurry and there's a slow driver in front of you in a no passing zone.
*You're exhausted and come home from work to a messy house when the rest of the family was home all day?
*You can't find an important paper needed for an appointment you were supposed to be at 15 minutes ago.
*The last bit of ice cream was eaten before you had the chance to get any
*Your husband leaves his drawers hanging out after getting dressed and his dirty clothes strewn all over the floor.
*Your kids leave a trail of mud on your freshly washed floor.
*You're asked to do the 101th thing of the day.
This is certainly not an exhaustive list of things that we face everyday. Yet, we are not to complain. So how do we get from our natural tendency of annoyance and complaint to praise and thanks?
First of all, I have discovered that when I give in to complaining, my already frustrated heart becomes even more miserable, it doesn't make me feel better to berate someone else, or whine about a situation. It doesn't change the situation but can actually make it worse. My complaining and grumbling causes division in relating with others, and separates me from God.
I began to wonder...what if God were standing in front of me? Would I continue my complaining attitude? No way! That would be like telling God he's not good enough for me. No, I needed to change my way of thinking to be in tune with God's will for me...But how?
Gods word has this answer for us too! Psalm 34:1 says, "I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace."
Psalm 42:5 says, "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him..."
Praising the Lord is the solution to our complaining...I can choose to look at the problems in my life differently. There is always "something" to be thankful for in every situation. Even in those really tough times of major calamity, though we may not be able to see it right away, we can trust that God sees the bigger picture and we are assured that He will work for the good of those who love Him.
I have learned not to complain, but rather put my effort towards praising the God who has given me so much. Instead of seeing my husbands messiness I thank God that I have a loving husband. Instead of becoming anxious when I'm stuck behind a slow driver, I am thankful for the extra time to spend talking with God, and instead of worrying about my freshly washed floor being dirtied, I thank God that I have a home to live in and kids to dirty it.
It's all in the way we look at things. So next time you feel the steam coming out of your ears, Try turning that complaining into praise for all God has done. We are so blessed in this country, let us not give satan the satisfaction of seeing us complain. Give this way of seeing things a try! It is God's will, and it works!
God Bless you in your quest!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." -John 16:33
Like a packed junk drawer.
Sorting it out, can be quite a chore.
I store lot's of stuff.
Thought's in abundance, more than enough.
Of the things I don't need,
Is sometimes painful indeed.
I pull each thing out.
Keeping or throwing it, comes with doubt.
Lay there for such a long time,
Becoming ingrained in my mind.
Good mixed with bad,
The most perplexing job I've ever had.
It's a pleasure to see
The grand transformation in me.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Are your thoughts causing you distress?
Do you constantly put yourself down if you fail?
Are you quick to second guess?
How do you measure your successes?
How do you view yourself?
Is it through the eyes of how God sees you?
Or through the eyes of someone else?
Do you want to be free of this thinking?
To look at yourself differently?
I will let you in on a secret...
You must understand how our God sees.
You are His creation
Calling you by name
Masterfully, He forms every detail
You were made to bring Him fame.
The possibilities are endless
If following God is your choice
You'll be set apart as Holy
As you listen to His voice.
Train your mind to think upon good things
That which is lovely, pure, and true.
Doing this will secure the promise
That God's peace will come shining through.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
You sell your unwanted stuff and buy the freedom and care of a girl, a precious girl, made in the image of a holy God, who has been treated like trash. From junk to gems, from trash to treasure, these girls need your help.
How widespread is it? Worldwide, more than 2 million children are trapped in sex slavery. (UNICEF) In the U.S., sex slaves number more than 100,000. (FBI/ABC)
How old are sex slaves? The average age is 11. Some are as young as 5 years old. (CIA)
Is human trafficking big business? Yes! Human trafficking (included sex slavery and forced labor) is the world’s third largest criminal enterprise after drugs and weapons. (U.S. Department of State) The total market value of illicit human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion.
SAVE THE GIRLS!
1. Tell us and we’ll list it on this site and promote your yard sale. Use the handy checklist (downloadable for free at right) and send press releases to the media (also at right).
2. Get out the message of this horrific crime against children. Provide informational handouts at your yard sale. Wear and sell Save the Girls tees and Save the Girls prayer bracelets(both available at Store).
3. Donate a percentage (or all) of your proceeds to respected Christian groups that rescue sex slaves
After Your Yard Sale
Donate a percentage (or all) of your proceeds to one of these respected Christian organizations that help stop child sex slavery. Or choose another charity, the one God places on your heart. Then report back here with your amazing stories and photos!
Purse of Hope runs a home for freed sex slaves in Uganda. The girls receive medical care, counseling in the name of Jesus and job training.
World Vision rescues sex slaves and provides medical care and Christian counseling.
Founded by singer Natalie Grant, The Home Foundation cares for freed sex slaves, medically and spiritually, in India and elsewhere.
For more information about this ministry or Lucy, you can visit her site at: http://www.lucyannmoll.com/savethegirls.htm
Now That you've read this post...what will you do? Please join us with getting the word out and raising the money nesecary to rescue these girls and also to provide them with the much needed after care. Imagine it it was your daughter or grandaughter. If you are moved to help, let me know what you are up to. The yard sale is a great idea but I am sure there are many ways in addition to this to raise monies and awareness. I would love to hear and post any and all appropriate ideas! Thanks and God Bless!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The day ahead unfolds before my eyes.
I give to You the plans I have, set firmly in my mind.
To bless and help me to prioritize.
Since I've come to know you Lord, I look forward to this time,
Of Your instruction in the way I should proceed.
When You're walking right beside me, every move I make,
Gives me confidence that my plans will succeed.
I will put my trust in You Lord, take me by the hand,
In faith I will follow what You say.
Instill in me the courage, to walk the narrow path
That I won't slip into the worldly way.
Not too many understand the faith I place in You
Believing in someone I cannot see
But in holding on to You Dear Lord, I will not be shaken.
Help me live so that you shine brightly through me.
Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalm 16:8-I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Matthew 5:16-In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 7:13-[ The Narrow and Wide Gates ] "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
Matthew 7:14-But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I want to learn to walk in your ways
To see the world with Your eyes
Change my heart from complaining to praise.
Lord, I just want to be happy
I want my heart to be set on You
Loving others sincerely
The way You want me to.
Lord, I just want to be happy
To embrace the pain in my life
I want to know how to transform it
Gleaning something joyful from my strife.
Lord, I just want to be happy
I am aware this life is rough
Even in the midst of suffering
I want You to be enough.
Lord I just want to be happy
I want to grab hold of Your grace
Live my life contently
No matter what circumstance I face.
Lord I just want to be happy
I want to seek You in the storm
Anchor myself to You
When life's problems start to swarm.
Lord, I just want to be happy
You have made me to this end
To experience joy, love and peace
When on You I will depend.
Lord You have made me happy
Now that I'm rooted in Your love
You've given me the tools I need
To take my trails and rise above.
What does it mean to be happy?
Look to God and you will see
That He is the only answer
In our search to be happy.
"But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God;may they be happy and joyful" -
"Surely you have granted him eternal blessings and made him glad with the joy of your presence." - Psalm 21:6
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Many kinds of tears are shed
Tears of sorrow, tears of dread
Tears that saturate our bed
And those that stay tucked in our head.
Tears that trickle, tears that gush
Tears that turn our heart to mush
Tears of embarrassment that make us flush
Anxious tears when in a rush.
All these tears have wet our face
Each one has it's special place
But today, these tears, filled with God's grace
come flowing at a frantic pace.
The realization of what He's done
For you, for me, for everyone.
Placing our sin on His only Son
Who willingly took it, so the battle was won.
Then sending His Spirit to guide our way
To be with us night and day.
Flowing tears of thanks convey
The grateful hearts we now display.
The special meaning of each tear
Is something that our Lord holds dear
Collecting them, He's always near
Using what He's caught to wash away our fear.
Then very gently, He wipes us dry
Lifting our faces to the sky
On Him, we learn, we must rely
Each time we have ourselves a cry.
Friday, October 16, 2009
My heart is ever grateful
To the Lord, for answered prayer
When I send up my requests to Him
I know He's always there.
He listens with His faithful ears
To every word I say
He does His best to grant for me
The things I ask and pray.
Sometimes He doesn't answer
In the way I think He should
But through the years I've learned to trust Him
Because He looks out for my good.
When I sit and listen
In the silence of the night
I sometimes hear Him whisper
"Child, it will be alright."
There's nothing I can't tell Him
For He already knows
But every time I open up
The bond between us grows.
I'm glad for this connection
Between my God and me
For never will I be alone
Because I know the God who sees.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Friendships are a treasured gift given to us by God. He commands us to love Him first and then to love others. He places those others strategically throughout our lives. It got me thinking just what does it mean to love them. I've been thinking a lot lately about loving. Not romantic loving, but real heart to heart loving, the way Jesus did. I fear I fail miserably to really love my fellow man at times...like today for instance...as i was driving to meet my friend for lunch, I saw a homeless man standing in the pouring rain, holding a sign: "Will work for food." I have seen him there before and as before I drove right by...but today it really bothered me. I was going to buy him some food on my way home but he was gone. I prayed some kind soul did what I should have done. I feel like that was a missed opportunity to show Jesus love. Everyday we have opportunities to show this love. to our spouses, our children, our friends, our acquaintances, and strangers, who in essence may be friends just waiting to be met. Lord, please help me see and seize these opportunities.
I am blessed to have many friends. I don't ever want to take them for granted. I want to share my heart with them and hope they grant me the same privilege. My heart goes out to those who are alone, who don't know the Lord's love for them. I realize that I may be the only form of Jesus they will ever meet. Since Jesus lives in me I need to be able to share him with everyone I come in contact with. not in a preachy way, but through my actions.
Am I loving as best I can? I thought about Jesus when He walked the earth. His mission: To carry out His Fathers will. How? By loving God first then others. Loving well means seeking God then going out and following Jesus example. In Jesus' 3 years of ministry He walked among the people, interacted with them, listened to them, prayed for them and with them, taught them, healed them, served them, shared with them and sacrificed for them. In essence this is what loving well is all about. Being a follower of Jesus is more than just believing in Him and what He did for me. It means becoming like Him in every area of my life. To follow is an action not just a statement.
Lord, help all of us who choose to follow You to do just that...stand up move forward and take hold of every opportunity to follow Your lead. Place our fears and pride aside and help us learn to love well, so that the message of Your life can be spread as You intended. Thank You for the privilege of this great calling! In Your precious name I pray...Amen
Friday, October 9, 2009
That He wants you to share
It's a message of redemption
Of love and hope and care.
From the moment you accept Him
You're commissioned to go forth
Bearing witness for His Kingdom
Reaching south, east, west, and north.
Telling the story
Of life giving change
How when Jesus entered
Your heart wasn't the same.
He opened you up
To a love you've not known
Gave His life as a sacrifice
The greatest love ever shown.
God took all your sins
Forgiving each one
Put them all on the cross
With Jesus His Son.
You have every reason
To go out and tell
Of the wonderful mercy
You now know full well.
Grace has been showered
Now what will you do?
Keep it all to yourself?
Or pass on the news?
Your life has been spared
From the depths of the pit
Will you stand up and shout it?
Or on this gift will you sit?
Today is the day
What will you choose?
There's a dynamite message
Will you dare light the fuse?
Blowing the lid off
This worlds point of view
Gives God the Glory
That He alone is due.
The time is now...share with others, what having Jesus in your life has meant to you.
In hind site, I wish I would have realized how quickly my time with my children would go. I wish I would have spent more time enjoying and less time being busy with things that just don't really matter. Like, did I really have to make sure the dishes were done immediately after dinner every night, or was it so important to have a spotless house or that all the kids toys were perfectly put in place? Nope, looking back those things really had no meaningful impact other than regret. I f I had to do it all again, those dishes would sit and I would have spent time playing board games or cards with my kids. I would have cherished time to talk and laugh with them over a clean house and I would play with the toys along side of my children if given a second chance.
Once a moment is gone it's gone forever, this can be a sad thing when we waste our moments. God created us, placed us in His beautiful earth and gave us everything we need to live happy, successful, contented lives! What is our measure of happiness, success, and contentment? Do we measure it by how much we have, what position we hold, and if our lives are running smoothly? If this is our measure we are bound to be disappointed, all of those things are temporary and could be taken away at the drop of a hat...then what? How we measure these things needs to be rooted in the eternal...Our relationships with God and others, how well we love, and faith. When we use these measures of success and are striving to live from the eternal point of view we will find we take less for granted, we see time, material possessions and positions in their proper perspective. They are just things.
Think about this: what if you had every single thing you've ever wanted, worked hard to get it all your life, persevered through trials and finally GOT every THING you wanted, but in the process you forsook all your relationships, justifying it that you just didn't have the time! Well here you are king of the mountain so to speak, your standing on top... but...You are alone. Alone with all your things. You though getting all this would make you the happiest person in the world! As you shout from your mountain you realize there's no one around to hear or share your accomplishments. Sad, but that's just the way many of us are going through our lives.
Take some time today to examine your life. Where do your priorities lie. What is most important to you? I am not saying that having things, doing things, or having a career is bad. It only becomes bad when they are out of order. Loving God first, then others, is the only order for success and contentment...everything else will fall into place. God is our only source of true lasting peace and contentment. Seek Him first, You will not be disappointed!
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Slow Burn, Fast Read!, October 8, 2009
Mary Dreisbach (Emmaus, PA USA) - See all my reviews
Mary DeMuth has done it again! In this second book of the Texas Defiance Trilogy, she takes us into the lives of those involved with the disappearence and murder of 13 yr old Daisy Chance. The first book in this series focuses on that incident, and gets us to know the characters surrounding Daisy Chance. The gist of the first book "Daisy Chain" is seen through the eyes of Daisy's best friend Jed Pepper. His agony, guilt and shame about letting his friend down.
We all have burdens. Situations come into our lives that may feel heavy, annoying, hopeless, and just plain too much for us to bear. Our human tendency is to lash out or crumble
under their weight. To be honest, if I did not know God and continually keep Him in the forefront of my heart, soul, and mind, I would resemble a squished bug at this point.
When my oldest son was in the throws of drug addiction I and my whole family was living every day in a cyclonic funnel. Uncertainty was the norm. Nothing we did to "help" our son seemed to be helping, life was out of our control, he was completely out of control, and fear ruled in our hearts. Day by day we watched helplessly as he continually made poor choices, rebelled against our rules by staying out late, came home high, stole from us and others, and constantly lied. Adding to these obvious stresses, was the internal battle going on inside of me. Why God? Why my son? What did I do wrong? I must be a horrible mother that my son chose this route. I was riddled with guilt and shame. I felt nervous all the time. I feared that phone call or visit from the police telling me my son had overdosed. Truly this was one of the most burdensome times in my life.
I am sharing this with you in light of today's passage in Psalms. At the time all this was happening, my relationship with God was born. I was so distraught at one point with the reality that I could lose my son at any moment, that I could scarcely function. I honestly didn't know if I would make it through. I felt if anything happened to my son that I would surely die, and actually looking back I was in danger of dieing. Had I not cried out to God in that dark moment literally casting my burden on Him, I am sure Satan would have gotten his way and I wouldn't be here writing this today. In my desperation I begged God to take this burden from my heart, to take control of my life and take control of my son's life as well. I gave my son to God entrusting the God who gave him his life to take care of him and me. I was so completely broken at my failure.
Now I'd love to say that everything just melted away and we lived happily ever after, but that is NOT how it went. My son's behaviors actually escalated, he did end up overdosing(my worst fear) but thankfully his life was spared. He ended up spending a couple years in and out of jail. He became more and more manipulative and self centered. He wouldn't accept any help, or acknowledge he had any problem unless it was what we wanted to hear in order to get what he wanted. But what did happen in my life was incredible. I no longer was alone in this battle. God became a very real presence, He guided me to constructive resources and placed support people in my path. He helped me see that my son was also His child and just as he was watching out for me all these years he was also watching over Him. That as much as I loved my son, He loved him even more. This brought me a great amount of peace, just knowing I was not alone. As I sought God and met with Him throughout my days, He opened my eyes to the ways I could truly help my son, He showed me areas where I was enabling his behavior and He gave me the strength to stand firmly in this truth making it clear and guiding me in ways to reverse my enabling patterns. When I began to change my ways of reacting to my sons manipulation it pushed my son to start manipulating others who were even less likely to let his poor choices slide and the result ended in his final incarceration. Gods divine orchestration of this final lock up is just so clear to me today. He placed my son in situations where he had to really look at himself and make some choices. Thankfully my son chose well. He no longer had his enabling mother to "save" him. and he had plenty of time to think about it as he sat in prison for 8 months.
Had I not given my burden to God to help me carry, I and my son would not be where we are today. I am sure we'd still be in that cyclone of a life or we would not have any life at all. Choosing God was, is, and always will be the answer. He doesn't necessarily take the circumstances away but He rather takes your hand and accompanies you through it.
Today, 2yrs later, my son is following God. Realizing, without Gods hand in his life he would be completely lost. Sometimes we have to go through crushing burdensome times in our lives. How we go through them is the key. Do we try to go it alone, struggling in our own power feeling crushed and hopeless? Or will we let go of ourselves and our burdens, trusting them into God's hands? God promises when we do, that He will sustain us...and He DOES!
What is weighing you down today? Have you been going in circles with something? If so take some time today to get alone with God. Pour your burdens out to Him. Even if you think it's hopeless, do it anyway. Give all your thoughts, feelings, and circumstances to Him, admit your weakness, and when you've laid it all out before God...leave it there and trust that He will now take what you've left with Him and be your life sustainer though it. There will still be things you may need to do. But God will help you to see it more clearly and give you the strength needed to persevere.
Thank You Father God, for Your desire to carry our burdens, for making Yourself available to us 24/7 in order that we can come and cast them onto You. Help us to be aware of our weakness and powerlessness over our lives and to realize that our strength and power reside in You and You alone. Help our faith and trust in you grow, and may we boldly bear witness to all the burdens You have helped us carry over the years so as to bring glory to Your name. Amen.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I remember when my friend first announced that she was pregnant. The joy I felt inside of me was incredible. She and her husband had just gotten married a year before and this little baby was a result of their love. I can recall how happy I and my whole church family felt for them.
Over the next nine months we prayed for them. Followed her progress. Marveled over the Ultra Sound pictures and rejoiced when we found out the baby was going to be a little girl. My friends husband was so hoping for a girl, probably because he came from a family of four boys and one girl. So, we were so happy for them when they got this news. We watched as Baby Olivia Joy grew in her mommy's tummy. We prayed as my friend found that she had gestational diabetes, that all would be well with them both. As her due date approached, we prayed the delivery would be smooth, and when the day came for Olivia Joy to be born we were updated throughout the labor. Their family was with them and their church family was praying.
I feel such a joy and privilege to have been part of this birthing process. To know this child is so loved, so wanted, so beautiful, just makes me want to sing God's praises. I just feel I need to thank Him for allowing me to bear witness to His Amazing love. I Thank Him for placing Olivia Joy with a loving, caring, God fearing family and grateful she was born into an extended church family that will help guide her as she grows up in the Lord.
I am posting this because I have come to the point in my life where I don't want to take anything for granted. God's orchestration of events in our lives have deep deep meaning. Babies are born every day and yet we give them very little thought. But the fact is, they are all beautiful little image bearers of Christ. Yet some never get the chance to be born. Their mommy's aren't seeing them as they really are and they are snuffed out before ever being given the chance to love or be loved.
God's word says in Psalm 139 that "All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be." also, "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mothers womb." Its very clear that we were thought of and planned before we were ever conceived. on the day of conception God began the knitting of our earthly body's as we grew inside the protective secret place of the womb. Think about this for a moment. As a baby grows we can't see the process because baby is hidden away, being formed by the Almighty Himself. Every detail was carefully sculpted and developed by God's own hands. We all started out the same way. Every human being goes through this process. On the day of our earthly birth we are just as we should be.
It's our responsibility as Christians to see to it that we love all of Gods children, love the mothers, love the fathers, and love each other with all our hearts and through the eyes of Christ. We all start out the same way... Every life is precious to God, every life has a purpose. When we see teens walking the streets with there pants hanging and boxers showing we are so quick to judge, when we see a homeless man all dirty and begging for food we so often just look the other way and drive right by. A child throwing a tempertantrum in the middle of the grocery store, do we stop and pray for that mother and her chid or is our first reaction" well he sure is a spoiled brat!" When we see an obviously anorexic or obese person we tend analyse that they must have some kind of problem not our problem... and we shy away, or a handicapped person sitting alone, how often do we befriend them. What about the drug addict who steals for his next fix or a murderer or rapist. Can we look upon them with Jesus' eyes? They too started out the same as us. They too are called to be part of Gods family. We all start out the same way, but unfortunately due to the brokenness of this world, other people, and circumstances, we get blown way off the course that God has planned for us.
My challenge to all who are reading this is...Stop, take time to see people as Jesus did. Pray for those people that come into your path. Know they are just like me and you. Take nothing for granted. Picture them as a little baby. They were once you know. And above all show love. Love is the thread that holds us together, individually and collectively. Love never fails, Love covers a multitude of sins, Love is our highest aim. God is love...So choose love. Start today and see what happens. I can guarantee powerful results!
From now on, we regard no one from a worldly point of view (2 Corinthians 5:16).
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
A psalm of David.
1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for his name's sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
We all know this Psalm, most of us recognise it as one read at funerals as a passage of comfort for those mourning death. For me this Psalm is not only a comfort in times of mourning but an encouragement to enhance our living.It fosters ideas that lead us to holy confidence in our God. God's word, the Bible is so deep and rich, and the message within is one of hope and expectation of getting to know Him more intimately as we choose to follow Him. Lets look at what this Psalm promises those who choose to make God their All.
Promise #1 - God is our Shepherd, our care taker, protector,rescuer,provider, Under His care ALL of our needs are met.
Promise # 2 - God takes us to places of plenty He fulfills our lives, brings peace to our chaos, offers us His best, again meeting our needs.
Promise #3 - When God brings us to this place of peace and fullness, he doesn't just leave us there to fend for ourselves, He restores our souls, nourishes our spirits and fill us to overflowing with His love and peace. Restoring means bringing something back to its original condition. Sometime, by the time we come to God we feel beaten down and broken from being out in the storms of life on our own. When we finally find God and enter His flock His work on restoring us begins. God takes our hand and leads us down His path of righteousness. This Restoration and transformation brings glory to His name, we become a witness to His faithfulness and love.
Promise # 4 - Even though there may be times in our lives of great struggle and sorrow, trial and tribulation, hurt and pain, frustrations and illness, even when it feels like to world has dumped all of its garbage right on our heads, we have nothing to fear because God is right there with us. God is always with us bring comfort, encouraging, strengthening, and helping to dig us out from under the garbage heap. As a shepherd tends his sheep, so God tends to us. We may find ourselves in some pretty precarious situations over the course of our life time but Fear Not! God is there and working to free you from your mess.
Promise # 5 - God promises peace, protection, and confidence in Him, so much so that we are able to "dine" in the presence of our enemies. Imagine feeling calm enough to sit right in from of someone wanting to kill you and enjoy a meal. It's that kind of peace and protection that we find in God. We are under His special anointing, His silver spoon is in our mouths. I like the picture of our cups overflowing and washing the enemy away!
Promise # 6 - Surely, yes surely, when we are walking with God, goodness and love will follow us all the days of our lives and we will dwell in His house forever.