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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Crowd

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I’m an introvert, always have been and always will be.  That’s just my nature.  That’s why writing is such a joy for me.  A means to have my voice used without the risk of all that comes with speaking in a crowd.  So as an introvert, I “DO NOT LIKE CROWDS” or at least the kind that require me to be a part.

Over the last several years of being forced into crowded places, full of people I don’t know.  With a move, new job, new church, new community, I have had to lean more of Christ for my strength, my courage, my justifying and my protection, so the introvert is beginning to break out of her shell a bit.

Yet, crowds still overcome me at times.

Then I think of the other types of crowds, those that no one notices, no one cares.  Those that no one sees you at all.   As in the woman who had a bleeding problem and was and outcast in her crowd.  She, also found that healing from Him.   “If I could just touch him!”  “If I could just touch him!”

Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

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Oh how the healing could be if everyone in the crowd could have that faith to say, “If I could just touch him!”

Oh how the healing came to me when I said it!

Then there is the crowd that will be in the heavens.

But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
Even as an introvert, I’m so looking forward to that crowd.  The crowd that feels nothing like the crowds of this world.  The crowd where sin will be gone.  The crowd where there will not be pain written all over the faces.  The crowd that will be at peace and will have peace through out their souls.  Oh, how I look forward to that crowd.
Lord, thank you for seeing me in this crowded world.  Thank you for saying, I’m yours!  Thank you for giving me strength and courage to maneuver through my life of many hills and valleys. Thank you for healing me and redeeming my soul.  Help me to be a light that shines Your greatness so others can feel that healing in their crowed world. Amen!
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Rain

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I love rain!  If it’s raining, you can bet that you’ll find me on my porch.  Day or night, it doesn’t matter.  And I particularly love storms with lightening.  I know that sounds crazy, most are running for cover and shelter of a center room in their  homes.  Not me!  I want to get up close and personal with them.  What exactly does that say about me?

So I googled it!  Interestingly enough in the whole internet world I only found 1 post on why people like storms.  And I found it enlightening to my own personality.  This particular writer said obviously anyone can like storms but for him, he was a thinker, his mind never stopped but also he was an introvert so being alone in a storm was okay.  Ultimately he said that in storms he found peace.  And if I’d searched my soul instead of the internet, my soul would have said the same thing.  I too am a thinker and an introvert but mainly I too find peace in the gentle rain showers.  I find peace in the down pours.  I find peace in the lightening filled skies.  What I also find is that at the end of the rain storms the earth around me is cleansed.

Psalm 107:29

He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.

But there are times when the rain storms of life, metaphorically speaking, are not so peace filled.  They can engulf you to the point that we can not breathe.  They can wash away any since of peace that we may have.   They may feel as if they will never end.  But what I find is at the end of that rain storm, if I am looking, I can find evidence that God was there with me.

Psalm 46:1 

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

I have found that the more rain storms I weather, the easier it is to find Him in the middle.  The easier it is to see the cleansing that he is doing in my life.

So I say to you my friend, look for Him in your rain storms of life.  Seek Him out for the cleansing that He wants for you.

Lord, I praise you for all that you are in my life.  I praise you for giving me the peace that I need in the middle of the storms.  I ask for  you to be with those who are walking in that storm now and that they will feel your presence among them.  Amen!

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Rush, Loyal or Both

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Well yes! I’m behind but maybe that was God’s design. I was out of town last Friday and it seemed that I just couldn’t get it together enough to write my “Loyal” post. Yes, it seems that my life this week has been in a “Rush”. And then when this weeks word popped up, I thought, “These words work perfectly together!
I know you’re probably wondering, how is that possible. They are such different words!

Proverbs 1:16

for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.

 

When we think about “rush” it tends to always have a negative feel. In this world of “gotta get to done now!” We are always in a rush We rush down the road, rush through our days, rush our meals and rush our conversations just to get to the next thing. We are missing out on what could be. A beautiful field of wild flowers, a kind word from a coworker, a needed insight to our family’s day or a request for prayers from a friend who just learned some heart wrenching news. We rush…… we miss out and sometimes even sin because of it!

With so much rushing are we using any of it to “rush” to the arms of Jesus. Are we anxiously awaiting His arrival and marking our path out so it brings glory to Him? Are we?

Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.

Hallelujah! Our Lord God Almighty reigns! And I am grateful.

Now with all this talk about rush, how does that fall in line with loyal. To be loyal we must be still long enough to build relationships. That means a relationship with our Lord and relationships with others. Loyal equals Time!

 

1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 

I use the picture of my grandson with his companion for this post. Most people believe that dogs are the most loyal. What are the character traits of a dog? Protector, unconditional love and will stay be your side to the very end. That is what Jesus is for us!

Are we going to rush through life and miss out on what He has for us? Are we going to be loyal to Him by staying in His word and sharing His glory with others?

1 Corinthians 11:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

If you’re gonna rush, rush into His arms. Be a loyal soldier for Christ!

Lord thank You! Thank you for being patient with me. Giving me grace and being my loyal companion through a life that sometime, a lot of times, seems to be too rushed. Amen!

Loved

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John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 

This is the one word that is universal.  Everyone wants/needs/desires to be loved.  But love is not something that can be bought or created.  It’s not something that we can find through the perfect atmosphere.  Some will do anything trying to obtain it.  Oh how I pray that everyone will understand that they already are!  Oh how much we are already loved.  He gave His only Son because He loved us even before.

So now that we are know how much we are loved what will we do with that?

Psalm 51:10

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

God has sent many into my life that have loved me and still do.  He sent some who were here solely to help me grasp how much he loved me.  He sent some to walk this road of life that I have loved back.  He sends some that need to be loved.  Those who still don’t know.
So now that we know, how am we going to show others how much they are loved?
Do you know you’re loved?  Do you share His love with others?
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Lord, You have blessed me with so many.  Help me be brave and share that love with others.  Amen!

Anniversary

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Anniversary, that’s a day of celebration!  Whatever it is you’re celebrating.  Usually it’s thought of a wedding anniversary or it could be the anniversary of starting a new job or putting down that drug of choice.  These are all special times and times worthy of celebrating.

But we could also think of an anniversary as a milestone, worthy of celebration!  We have many milestones in our lives.  When we started walking, said our 1st word,  cut our first tooth, started school, started driving, went on our 1st date, graduated high school, accepted into college, finished college, got our 1st “real” job, first promotion, got married, had a baby and our 1st grandchild.  And the list could literally go on and on with many in between.  All worthy of great celebration!

Our 1st celebration was the celebration of our birth. Obviously we don’t remember all the joy that surrounded that moment but it was the moment that started the movement towards all the other celebrations, milestones and anniversaries.   At this moment, this child was knit together by a Father that would walk with us through the rest of our celebrations.  We may not acknowledge His presence but that doesn’t mean He is not there.  We may not see His impact on our daily lives because we may not be looking for it. But the day we do, the day we accept Him as our Father, the day we accept Jesus into our heart and the day we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our walk is the 2nd greatest celebration, milestone and anniversary.  If I’m being honest and I usually am, I didn’t grasp that great anniversary when it came.  It has taken me almost 40 years to truly understand the reason for that celebration.  But now that I do understand it my mind goes directly to the greatest anniversary I can imagine.  The celebration, milestone and anniversary of the greatest day in my life that will ever be.  The day the Lord calls me home.   I know that is usually a day of great sadness for people, particularly if the circumstances surrounding that day were not joyous, but for me, I will be celebrating that great anniversary.

1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Many of us living and walking this earth do not know of most of these reasons for celebration.  Many have suffered great, either by the hand of others or by their own choices.  We all have the opportunity to hear His call.  We simply have to be listening.   But you may say, some don’t know, some aren’t hearing.  To that I say, for those of us who have celebrated, had the milestone and reached the anniversary of accepting Him into our hearts, that is where we come in!  We must pave the way for those who don’t know of the reason for celebration.   Show them the way to hear Him call.

Lord, Wow!  You amaze me and make me joyous !  You have provided for me a path that leads to the greatest anniversary there could ever be.  Help me Lord be brave enough to show others.  Amen!

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1 CORINTHIAN 13

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1 Corinthians 13 (click here)

Only if we all would live by these standards.

Lord help me love even when love is not being shown.  Help me love as you love.  Help me show the love that Paul writes about in Corinthians.

LOVE IS

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