Never Give Up

Psalm 71:2

In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me; turn your ear to me and save me.

God really does have a sense of humor.  He knows exactly what I need to hear and when.  He knows when I’m wavering in my faith and he knows when to give me more understanding.

I have seen wavering!  I have questioned Him many times and I have lowered my face in times of struggle.  And then He would come to me loud and clear!   It may even be with a note in a fortune cookie……………  He says “NEVER GIVE UP”, I am always with you and will hold you in my arms to the bitter end.

So I say to you, “NEVER GIVE UP”!  He is also with  you!

Lord I come to YLOVE SHAPED LIKE THISou grateful for Your love.  I am reminded in the most outrageous ways that Your love for me is great.  I know that even in my human wavering, You are steady.  I know that even in my questioning, You are Just.  I know that even when my head is lowered, You will lift my face towards Your light and give me hope.  I ask You to be with my family and friends and give them the strength to never give up. Amen!

God Chosen Lives

Psalm 16:3

And these God-chosen lives all around— what splendid friends they make.

I’m overwhelmed with the blessings of my friendships. From as far back as 48 years ago, I so look forward to those still to come. Friendships are something you should always cherish and hold on to for life….God has put them in my life and they are spread from TX to LA to FL to NC to SC to IN to KY and many more.  So since HE cherishes relationships I should too!  I look forward to many more years of friendship here on earth and then beyond in Heaven!

James 3:17

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.
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Yikes that’s a mouth full. And usually that’s where I need to keep it! I may have some years on me and I may feel that I am wise in some ways but I know that I open my mouth and step in it. I need to choose my words wisely and honor God with them. And with those words honor the friendships He has given me.

Lord I pray that today I will use the wisdom that you have given me to glorify You and lift up others. You are a God of grace and I ask that I too show that grace to those around me. That I remember for every ounce of grace that You give me, I will give. Thank you Lord for Your great love and I pray that You will be my deciding factor. Amen!

 

Rejoice and Be Glad

Matt 5:12

Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Rejoice and be glad! What a concept! Do we walk around daily being envious of others possessions, tearing ourselves down because we aren’t as pretty or handsome as someone else, working ourselves to the point of exhaustion so that we can get the pat on the back of “good job”, putting on the blinders of those that need and/or love us, sacrificing our moral standards so that we can fit in the group, judging others so that we can feel better about ourselves, hiding the hurts inside so that people around us will think that “we have it all together”, letting the things that flow out of our mouths tear down instead of building up, expecting others to think like I do without considering they are their own person, watching/listening/reading things that create anger-resentment-lewd thoughts or feeling and walking around with a snarl on your face that lets others know they better stay away from you.
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Lord, what a true blessing it is to lean on You daily, knowing that You will provide me with everything that I need, most things that I want and just the right people around me to enjoy my life with. I get pulled in sometimes believing the ways of the world forgetting that it doesn’t matter what size my house is as long as it gives me a place to lay my head, it doesn’t matter what kind of car I drive as long as I use it to gets me to places where I can show others “YOU”, it doesn’t matter if others get the praise from the world as long as I’m praising “YOU”, it doesn’t matter how others look at me as long as I remember You created me just as I am, understanding that life will be hard sometimes and I may questions “why me” but seeking You out through the pain is what I’m learning so that I can be a light for someone else, being cautious about what I allow in my soul so that which comes out will be pleasing to You and being a smile for someone that is struggling to make it through their day. I can do all this by Your strength in me!

Thank You Lord for creating me Perfect in Your eyes! Please be with my family and friends, help them to understand that perfection is only if the eye of the beholder is You. Amen!

 

Living Water

John 4:26

Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”

This verse comes from the story of the Samaritan woman, the well and Jesus in John 4.   This is a scripture that talks to me loudly.  If you’ve ever read this story and know a little about the “big picture”, it was way beyond breaking all boundaries for Jesus to speak to this woman.  Never mind that it was a Samaritan and a woman, she was also a sinner!  Just ask around, everyone in her town would tell ya. But Jesus had never been to her town gathering information on her.   He just knew!  The sins that we carry around, the shame that keeps us wanting to cover it up and the guilt that makes us believe that we are unworthy is no match for the “I am”.  Jesus knows it all!  And He loves us anyway!    He is our promise for a better ending to our life.   This Samaritan woman had a story of redemption because of Jesus, he gave her the strength to tell it and that gave others the hope for their own story.  I know that story, I understand that shame, that guilt, that heart ache and I understand that Love that He has for me.  That is what makes it possible for me to hope for a better ending.

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So don’t waste your story……………every story is worth sharing!

Lord thank You for being my living water.  For washing me clean daily and giving me the strength to share what You have done for me.   Please continue to walk that path with my family and friends.  Help them to see!  Amen

Testimony

2 Timothy 1:8

So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God.

Psalms 66:16

Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.

I had the privilege to witness a testimony the other week from a young man that started out by saying, “I’m saved by Grace”.  What a wonderful way to start out a HARD story.  Even though all of our stories look different, they are stories of victories, hardship, rejoicing, heart ache, happiness, sorrow, love and hate.  Different but we can all relate in some manner.  For such a young man, you could literally see the clarity in his heart that he knew who his savior was.  It was such a sweet/peace filled place to watch.   He was so filled with the love of Christ that he had trouble keeping it in and he made some really insightful statements…….
1. Even in the hard times there is hope for transformation
2. We want to go in our own direction, after what we think is “all that” , talking to God, saying “Come over here Lord help me here” when all the while we should have been going to where God was and asking Him “where do you want me to go?”.
3. He read Phil 2:13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose and then he shortened it to to say for it is God who will fulfill His good purpose……….not me!
4. He remembers God saying to him, “Put all that energy in to me!
5. Now He has given me the OPPORTUNITY to be OBEDIENT

How marvelous are these few little statements?

I have been blessed with the opportunity to give my testimony several times and I can tell you, it’s not easy but God doesn’t always call us to do the EASY!  But it’s worth it.   The freedom / the release that it provides is mind blowing!  It was said in church this morning, “When Jesus shows up He will blow up any man made rules and walls” and “when He shows up in your story BIG things happen”. God has given us a tool (our testimony) to share with others so they will see that there is hope on the other side and to bring them closer to Him.  So if you have a chance, take the

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Lord I coTestimony 2me to You thankful that You have given me a story to tell.   A story of pain and heart ache and a story of joy and love.   But mostly of story of redemption and freedom that is only given by You.   I thank you!  Lord I pray for my family and friends.  I pray that if they are holding on to pain and uncertainty, that they will release it into Your arms and trust that only in You will all the answers be made clear.  Amen!

 

His Perfect Love

1 Chronicles 16:34

 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Forever, without fail, for all future time, for always, a very long time, ever more, for good, until the end of time, constantly, persistently, repeatedly……  Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
I absolutely, in my own right, do not deserve the love that Jesus has for me.  That He gave His life to cover my sin.   He gave His life so that I would live without shame and guilt.  He gave His life so that I would never feel unloved and alone.  He has carried me, sat with me, held me, sheltered me and forgiven me.

 In His perfect Love!

Grateful! Amen!

Psalms 91:11

Psalms 91:1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

When we are faced with turmoil and heart ache, there is only ONE true place where we can turn to find peace.  The only true place that will bring us through.

Lord, I come to You today finding peace for my soul.  I want to dwell in You for ever and ever.  Amen!

 

Aroma

2 Corinthians 2:15

For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.

Can you close your eyes and breathe in deep?  Smell the aroma of clean country air, fresh cut grass, honeysuckle blooming in the woods edge, wood stove fire billowing through the chimneys and bacon cooking on the stove.  Those are the aromas of simple, peace filled love.  Imagine that we are that aroma to Christ!  The simple, peace filled love that He has for us! Imagine!

Lord, I’m grateful for Your love.  A love that never leaves, a love that never disappoints, a love that hangs on, a love that only wants the best and a love that will give beyond. To know that love is the greatest gift given.  Lord, please be with my family and friends.  I pray that they will understand the love You have for them.  Amen!

Galatians 6:7

Galatians 6:7

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

Like it or not we will all one day be judged for our actions here on earth.  Only the Lord is worthy of giving that judgement.  Don’t be fooled that a mere “I’m sorry” will do it.  For words out of our mouths come easy but true regret only comes from the heart.  Regardless of my words the Lord knows my heart, for whatever I sow, I will reap!  We are not expected to be perfect but we are expected to strive to live in the image of Christ.

Lord, I’m weak in many areas and I pray that You will continue to do a good work in me so that I can live forever by Your side. Amen!