Comfort

Psalm 119:50

My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.

These birds have found comfort in each other during the cold hard winds.  They know instinctively that huddling up close to each other will help keep them warm.  They know that this too shall pass, the spring will come and the promise of a sunny day is around the corner.  The Lord created them that way.  He also created us!  He created us to need others in our lives to comfort us.  To support each other when the cold hard winds start blowing us around.  To hold each other up when we’re too weak to withstand the harshness of the world.  The Lord knows exactly what we need and He is willing to give it to us.  So, when we find ourselves trying to withstand the winds alone, remember Who created us and where we can go for comfort.

Lord I come to You today knowing that You alone are my comforter.  Thankful that You have given me people in my life who have comforted me in the physical and helped me stay on the path to Your comfort for the eternal.  I am grateful!  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray that they will not feel alone in their pain.  I pray they will seek out those who You have placed in their lives.  I pray they will seek after Your comfort.  Amen!

 

 

Give Thanks

John 6:35

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Today on Thanksgiving, we are all about the food.  Most of us actually started several days ago and will last throughout the weekend.  But there are some that will barely get anything at all, regardless of the fact that “Thanksgiving” is all about the food.

Thanksgiving can be documented back as far as 1602 in United States and farther in other areas.  You can find varied thoughts on the subject but I personally like this one that came from Christiananswers.net.

“And although it be not always so plentiful as it was at this time with us, yet BY THE GOODNESS OF GOD WE ARE… FAR FROM WANT.”  “As Americans celebrate Thanksgiving each year, we hope they will retain the original gratefulness to God displayed by the Pilgrims and many other founding fathers, and remember that it is to those early and courageous Pilgrims that they owe not only the traditional Thanksgiving holiday but also the concepts of self-government, the “hard-work” ethic, self-reliant communities, and devout religious faith.”

The true fact is that Jesus is the bread of life.  We may be physically hungry but we will never be hungry spiritually.  We literally need Him to sustain us here in the physical so we will be with Him in the eternal.  To look to Him as more than a means to get by today but a necessity for our after death.   We can have all the “food” we want, till we’re stuffed to the brim and passed out on the couch but a few hours later we’ll be wanting more.  But taking our eyes off that cupboard full of left overs and focusing on letting Jesus be “our bread of life” will fill us for eternity.

Lord I come to You full!  Full of Your love, Your grace, Your forgiveness, Your joy, Your blessings, Your word, Your fellowship, Your everything!  And I’m grateful!  Lord I pray that I will never loose sight of needing You to fill me.  I pray that I will take my eyes off the physical and place them on the eternal.  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray as they are filling their bellies, they will also be thanking You for Your blessings.  Amen!

Precious

1 Peter 1:7  that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Is my faith much more precious than gold? I pray daily that I am able to show my God that I am honoring HIM with my words and actions.  I am though very aware of my flaws and even though I don’t desire it, I know in my mind when I’m not praising, honoring and bringing glory to Him.  Even though I desire total faith, I seem to do what I do not want to do.  But wait…………..He knows me and is aware of my actions even before I do them and yet He still loves me, forgives me and desires for me to return to him.  Without shaming, condemning or throwing away!  The fires of this world are real and God knows who masterly plans them so He has provided us a way to defeat and not be defeated. My faults may be who I was but they are not who I am in Him.  Satan may get me at times but I refuse to let him keep me. God is who I desire to be led by, God is who I have total faith in, God is who I will give all the glory, honor and praise to and God is who will accept me always.  Never think of yourself as beaten by this world because God always provides a way.

Dear Father, I am so humbled by Your gifts You continue to give me.  My faith in You grows stronger and stronger each day with new challenges and fires to walk through.  I pray that I will pull all my strength from You, showing this world around me the praise, honor and glory that You, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit deserve.  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray that they will learn from their fires and they will draw from Your love for them.  Amen!

Strategies

Ephesians 6:11  Amplified Bible

Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.

The devil has definitely been active in my life.  Pulling and tugging at me, trying to wear me down and  was more successful at it than I would like to admit.  He is crafty and will put thoughts into my head, making me have self-doubt, disbelief of God’s love for me and my worthiness of it.   He can do it through others, people we trust.  He can do it through things, the desires to “have” is a strong pull and sometimes a need to be accepted. He can do it through our careers, building our egos, filling the pride bank.  He can do it through just about anything there is out there.  And the only way that I’ve been able to fight it is to keep His armor on.  Stay in the word! Spending quiet time with Him! Surrounding myself with “safe” people, those that I know are Godly and willing to share with me in our weaknesses!  By being highly aware of the things that can entrap me and staying clear of them! By being honest with myself about my weaknesses and building my strength muscles!

If I can do it with the Lord’s help, you can too!  Put on the full armor of God.  Let Him fulling arm us so that we are able to stand up against all the schemes, strategies and deceits of the devil.

Lord, I am so grateful that You have provided me with Your armor. Giving me the strength and courage to stand firm against those around me who want to pull me down.  The workers of Satan!  I pray Lord that I will never lose sight of You.  I ask that You walk close to me always.  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray they will allow You to equip them for their battles.  Amen!

Store up

Luke 12:21

“This is how it will be with whoever storeup things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”

This reminds me of the parable of “The Rich Fool.  When the man’s crop yielded so much and he decided to store it up for his own use and then take it easy and do nothing else.  But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

When we store up things, only thinking of ourselves, not being willing to share with others that which God has given to us, we are forgetting the One who gave it to us to begin with.  Yes, we need to be wise with our blessings but we are also to share them.  If we keep our eyes of Christ and trust that He will provide for tomorrow then we will be more likely to give.

We are so blessed with our everyday needs that we forget to think what it would be like to not have.  Don’t store up when you know that your neighbor is without!

Lord, the blessings that You have given to me are abundant! Never has there been a day that I wondered if I would have what I needed.  I trust that those blessings are from You!  Lord I pray that I will not forget why I have and who You were willing to give so that I could have.  I pray for my family and friends Lord.  I pray that they will store up only what they need and will be willing to share remembering that You are the greatest giver. Amen!

Light

Luke 11:36 “If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”

There were times in my past when the darkness of my life was all around me, suffocating me and sucking every bit of joy out of me.  I was choosing to live in that darkness, believing that there was no way out.  Choosing to react to my circumstances negatively, without seeking out that which is good to help me find  the light at the end of the tunnel.  Accepting that this was the only life I would know even though it was killing me inside.  And then it was like a light woke me from my sleep and said “I have been here all along,  why will you not reach for me, I am your rescuer, I will not fail you, I will not disappoint you, I will never leave you, I will always lead you to peace, I will always love you….so don’t live in that darkness any longer my daughter……rejoice in Me, seek Me daily and I will restore your soul”.  There are people in our lives that are living in darkness and they don’t know how to find the light at the end of the tunnel.  Or are you also living in darkness, allowing Satan to keep you there?  There is a better way, a way out that is full of peace, joy, love and contentment. Be that light for someone or simply release that hold that Satan has on you and look up to the light Himself and He will fill you.

Father, I pray that today I will be filled with the light of Your love, that Satan will be rebuked and will not be able to darken my world.  That I will remember that You are my way out and I will reach to You.  I pray that You will give me the strength to continue down Your path of righteousness and as I’m traveling down that path I will show others the way to You.  Lord be the light for my family and friends.  Continue to pursue them and I will pray they will see it. Amen!

Beauty

Proverbs 15:21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, but a man of understanding walks uprightly.

Understanding the love that our Lord has for us, all that He has sacrificed for our salvation, what He is willing to give us if we will remain faithful to Him, how He designed us to live, the walk that He teaches us in His word and the definition of forgiveness we are to give, these are the things that we can walk uprightly about.   Do I have joy in my folly……some of the time but is it spiritually beneficial to my being? Never!  To have discernment that means I actually have to stop and listen and seek out His teachings before I put my mind or body into action.  I know that I don’t always practice discernment because my human desire get in the way but I want to.   I have learned many lessons from my folly over the years and decided that it makes for a more peace filled life if I’ll simply “stop” and “listen” to Him!  I don’t understand all that He has to teach me and probably never will until I am with Him but through the process I can walk uprightly in my trying!

Dear Lord, I am amazed at the beauty that You have created for me.  I pull such joy from watching nature transform daily by Your hand.  I pray Lord that I will be still today and hear Your voice telling me what I need to hear.  I cherish the lessons that You teach me because I know they are leading me to a life of transformation.  I love You for loving me! Lord, please be with my family and friends.  I pray that they too will STOP and listen today.  I pray that their folly will not cause long term pain for them as they travel through life figuring out how to lean more on you.  Amen!

Flourish

Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

Flourished again.  Hum………….  We are all on a journey to who God created us to be and during that journey there are going to be times of growth and times of just gliding through.  He will be working in us through all those times but at the perfect opportunity He will use it to create growth.  But we must be looking for Him.  No hurt, no turmoil, no illness, no loss, no joy, no change, no day…….is wasted if we seek His guidance.  We should never feel stuck in a bad situation or should never think we have arrived to our heaven on earth because the only thing that we are guaranteed is the next moment in our life here on earth will change our future.  Embrace it!  We need to get excited about what He is able to do with us.  Rejoice in our change knowing that God’s plan is at work.

Lord father as I sit here, I’m recognizing that it’s time for change in me.  I release my control of my future to You.  I know that my tendency is to hold on tight to that which I believe to be true but I continue to learn that I don’t know as much as I think I do.  Lord, I pray that I will embrace the changes that are happening around me and in me, admitting that I am powerless.  You are a great and mighty God and I celebrate life in that one truth I know for sure!  Please wrap Your loving arms around me, my family and my friends, so that we will feel Your presence.  Amen!