Where

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Where do you go when………………….?

you’re a child of alcoholic or drug addicted parents

the person you trusted most sexually abuses you

your family is torn apart by deception

physical violence starts showing marks on the inside not just the outside

you aren’t protected by those who are supposed to protect you

words being spoken are better at tearing you down than building you up

the one you love proves that your love isn’t enough

your child suffers by the hands of another

a sickness or accident takes a loved one and drops you in a mist of tears

your plan leaves you stranded

disappointment and sorrow seems to be your most faithful company

homes are destroyed

wealth is lost

homelessness continues

hatred grows

sin has a stronghold

the bottle looks more promising than the bible

sounds in your head are louder than whispers of forgiveness

trust is a fairy tale when real life shows it’s true color

you search for a soft shoulder and all you find is a hard knock

pain bears down

the end is drawing near

tears flow

sorrows strong

you’re at a cross road with no signs

family leaves you

friends turn away

there seems to be no one to catch you as you fall

a smile is forced but a frown is simple

Where do you go when………………….?

Romans 10:13 

For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Better

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1 Samuel 15:22 

 But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices  as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice,  and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

Back in the days before Jesus it was customary to do burnt offerings and sacrifices. This was a ritual of killing the “best” of what you had to show your love for God. And you didn’t do it just half way! You had to give your best. And then Jesus came and everything changed. Now we have a real person in the flesh to be in relationship with and to help us see the need to change our ways. So no more burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Today we vary in our ways and we justify our sacrifices (services) as being enough rather than getting real with Jesus. We make ourselves believe that is our best (our works) because if we got down and dirty with our Lord about who we are, being honest, it might look our “best”initially but in reality, it will be grimy and stained. It will be covered in sin. It will be riddled with shame and smothered in regrets.

But there is a way to give to the Lord BETTER than our best. We can obey and give HIM our whole being. Don’t put on a fake front and only give until it start hurting……give BETTER…. give until HE washes away the hurt, grime, sin , shame and regret. Obey is BETTER.

One

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One God!   That is what I can come up with. Because He is the only One that counts.  He is the only One that matters.  He is the only One that is forever. He is the only One!

But in the full realm of my life One God is not all that makes impressions on my world.  There are many impressions, some good some bad, some joyous some sorrowful, some bring fullness some bring breaking down but the One, the One God, can and will handle them all.

John 8:25-30  “Who are you?” they asked. “Just what I have been telling you from the beginning,” Jesus replied. “I have much to say in judgment of you. But he who sent me is trustworthy, and what I have heard from him I tell the world.” They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.  So Jesus said, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he and that I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught me. The ONE who sent me is with me; he has not left me alone, for I always do what pleases him.” Even as he spoke, many believed in him.

He is the ONE and Only One

We are constantly faced with decisions to make. With each new day there is a new decision.  New choices. New actions. New reactions. New people. New problems. New joys.  And with each of those things we sometimes have to bear the burdens of the others.  Sometimes painful choices that dig deep within our souls.  Sometimes those souls just can’t handle it any longer.

Mark 4:21-25  He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand?  For whatever is hidden is meant to be disclosed, and whatever is concealed is meant to be brought out into the open.  If anyone has ears to hear, let them hear.”  “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more.  Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”

Sometimes we have to….

  • Be the one who bears that burden
  • Be the one who puts on a brave face
  • Be the one who prays and cries alone
  • Be the one who seeks wise counsel
  • Be the one who turns to the word
  • Be the one who shares the load
  • Be the one who allows HIM to strengthen us
  • Be the one who turns it over

So

The only ONE who can carry everything is able to be seen.

He is the only One, just believe.

Burden

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When I first think of the word Burden, I immediately go to things in life that I have had to carry.  Things/experiences that have literally weighed me down and I could not carry alone. These are things that we need others to help us with.   Or they are experiences that others have placed on us.
But then I thought of our world today.  The days of blame and not taking responsibility.  The days of no respect for authority.
Days when we as God’s children and those who don’t know Him need to live by this verse.

Hebrews 13:17

Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you.
Was it so different in Jesus’s days?  He carried all the burden of sin to the cross for us.
And Jesus says:

Matthew 11:30 

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

I now have come to understand that if I would only release my burdens to HIM, allow Him to take them, I find refreshment, my burdens are easier to carry.

So what if, the world, the ones who want to play the blame game.  The ones who feel their burdens are too heavy to carry anymore so they “sin”, in hopes to reduce the load.  What if we all looked to Jesus instead of others.

What if?

Thank You Lord for carrying my burdens.  Amen!

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Repeat

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Do you find yourself living in the revolving door?

We can find ourselves in that revolving door, over and over again.  Repeating the same thing with the same results.

Doesn’t matter what got us there, we just keep going.

We Stop and Repeat!
do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
There is a way out of that repeating cycle.
God gave us a choice.
We have to recognize it for what it is.
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.
Once we recognize it.
We can get out of it.
Instead of continuing in the revolving, repeating cycle.
Choose a different route to repeat.
Choose God.
Choose Obedience.
Choose You.
Thank You Lord for showing me how to get out.  Thank You Lord for being there for me to turn to when that sin wants to draw me in again. Stop and Repeat a Life with You! Amen!
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My Who Moment

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As in most days of my life, I’ve got too much going on so I needed to take a little break from writing.  Not that my brain totally shut off from it but simply the effort it took to put those thoughts on paper has been too much for me.  Hence why I am 2 weeks behind in my Five Minute Friday writing.  But then when I saw the word for this past Friday my mind told me, “this was by no accident”, God had me take a break for a reason.

So all that to say, this may be longer than five minutes of thinking/typing time.

When I thought of Who, I immediately went to who is God and who is He is to me.

Well first I had to understand that………

God is Sovereign – He is the #1 ruler of the universe.

Psalm 103:19 

The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.

God is Eternal – He has no beginning and no end.

Isaiah 44:6 

“This is what the Lord says—    Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

God is Omniscient – He possesses all knowledge.

Hebrews 4:13 

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

God is Omnipresent – He is infinite and everywhere present through all time and space.

Jeremiah 23:24 

Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the Lord“Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.

God is Omnipotent – He is all powerful having more than enough strength to do all things.

Philippians 3:20 

But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ

God is Immutable – He is never changing in His nature.

Numbers 23:19 

God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind.
Does he speak and then not act?  Does he promise and not fulfill?

God is Righteous – He would never cause or do anything wrong. In fact it is impossible.

Psalm 111:1-3 

Praise the LordI will extol the Lord with all my heart in the council of the upright and in the assembly.  Great are the works of the Lordthey are pondered by all who delight in them.  Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever.

God is Just – He will never do anything that is unfair to Himself or to others.

2 Timothy 4:8 

Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.

God is Love – He loves freely and without  any thought to the loveliness or merit of the object.

John 3:16 

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.

Who is God?  He is my Everything!  What moment did I realize this? Not soon enough!

The first decade of my christian-hood (if there is such a word) was riding on the tail of my husband and his family.  I truly didn’t know I was supposed to have a personal relationship with HIM.

The second decade of my christian-hood was spent figuring out who God was to this newly divorced, new married and newly becoming me moments.

The third decade of my christian-hood was when that moment found me and showed me Who God is in my life.   And since that moment there have been more and more of those moments.

I have seen how He has been sovereign, eternal, omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, immutable, righteous, just and oh so much love.   I am seeing more clearly how He was working in my life way before I even knew that He knew who I was.  It was actually before I knew Who He was.   He has been preparing me for this MOMENT!

Lord I’m amazed with each and every new day! Thank you God.  Thank you Jesus.  Thank you Holy Spirit for guiding me.  Amen

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Praise

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Who doesn’t like a good party?

I’m not talking about some of those we see posted all over our favorite social media sites or the ones that are talked about through out the bible.  Parties where we don’t want to face the other people that we were with the night before or maybe we don’t even remember who we where with.   Parties where we did things that we, in most normal situations, wouldn’t have done.  Parties where all our morals, thoughts and cares go out the window and sin lingers in.

I mean a party full of laughter and love, smiles and hugs, sharing life and celebrating victories.  A party where encouragement is abounding and praise is overflowing.  That is what I expect Heaven to be like!

2 Samuel 22:50

“For this I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations, and sing praises to your name.

But until I get to Heaven, I want to live that party here on earth.  I want to cultivate friendships that are strong and everlasting.  Be engaged with people who love to party.

So what does that mean for me?  I need to live my day, regardless of the things I face, regardless of the trials that confront me and regardless of the pain I endure because Jesus faced those same things and still faced them with Praise on His heart for His Father.  I want to Praise like that!  I will have heart ache and joys in this life but in the end…………….

I’m gonna party like there is NO TOMORROW! 

Lord, I praise Your name and I look forward being with You forever. Amen!

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Share

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I absolutely love sharing life with others.  Laughter, tears, pain or joy!  I am not ashamed to LOVE BIG!  I have not always been like that.  I loved big those who loved big back.  I loved big those who were easy to love big.  I loved big the select group who would bring gain to my life.  It’s not so easy to love big to others. But that is who we are called to love.

Romans 10:14-15

How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

About 6 years ago God pulled me out of my comfort zone.  Out of my place where loving big was easy.  Out of my place where sharing life didn’t really take any effort.  He moved me to a new place, a place where others didn’t want to share life with me.  They were like me before, comfortable. And sharing out of that love big zone was unneeded and unwanted.

God created us to share.  Share our life with those around us.  He designed us to Love Big!

I’m coming to understand that this time has been in His plan all along.  He designed me to Love Big outside of my comfort zone.  He designed me to share life.  He designed me to say “I am not ashamed”.

So I press on.  I pray hard. I question His plan at times.  I share who HE is to me. I trust.

So, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Share life with someone today. Share who Jesus is.  Share the salvation He promises.

Lord I praise Your name and Your glory in my life.  I will trust that you will guide my steps.  I ask for your ever present guidance.  Amen!

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Potential

What drives our potential?

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Genesis 1:27

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Maybe we should look at who created us.

Omniscient  – All knowing – Job 37:16

Omnipotent – All powerful  – Gen 18:14

Omnipresent – Ever Present – Jeremiah 23:23-24

Immutable – Never changing – Malachi 3:6

Holy –  Able – Psalm 99:9 & Habakkuk 1:13

Righteous – Perfect – Matthew 5:21

Sovereign – Just – Rom 1:18

Love – Infinite love – Rom 5:8

Merciful – Forgiving – Luke 15:11-32

Veracity –  Absolute Truth – John 8:32

Trinity – 3 in 1- Never alone – Ezek 36:27

If I am made in His own image, then I have  potential to do anything that He has lead me to.

But what is driving our potential?  Is it God or is it self?  Are we following our head or following our heart?

God created the whole “ME” and therefore I should use the whole “ME”.  With all the above attributes of God in me through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit my potential is limitless.  I simply need to believe it!

So we should not doubt our potential if we are listening to His voice.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,

Philippians 4:13

 

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

Do you Trust HIM?

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Complete

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Definition of Complete 

ahaving all necessary parts, elements, or steps

As a child, I thought like a child. I have to admit that my childish thinking lingered, lingered on well into my adulthood.   But we only know what we know. Right?

As a young girl, I had my dreams.  Dreams of my night in shining armor, sweeping me off my feet and setting up house with white picket fence and all.  Then adding to that fairy tale dream, our babies and our family would be made perfect, would be complete.

Your dreams may have looked different but completeness is what we all dream of.  In our families, careers and material possessions.  When we have________ we will be complete.

And then I lived that dream and the dream didn’t come to completion as I had planned.  I think that you will know what I’m saying without me having to say it, because you also, I’m sure, have lived that dream.

I had all the necessary parts, the elements were all laid out and my steps were taken and then I realized, “I was living the dream of my making.  Trying to come to completion of my dream.  I was determining the steps and those steps were not those of God”.

Definition of Complete 

ato make whole or perfect

Now, I have to admit that in my 5#’s those dreams, or others I’ve added, still creep in.  The dreams of “if only ______, then life will be complete”, wants to take over my mind.  But what is different now is that I know WHO is in control of my life.  And it’s not me!  I take things in stride and I seek to learn from all the minor details and major interruptions.  God has a plan!  He may not orchestrate all the fine details and major interruptions, because we (I) have free will to interject our plans, but in the end His plan will prevail.  Ant at that point, I’m convinced, my life will then be COMPLETE!

Revelation 22:20-21  He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.   The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.

I look forward to the day Lord when I sit complete next to You.   Help to be the best me for You while I’m here and be brave so that I can introduce Jesus to as many as possible. Amen!

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