Monday, December 28, 2015

Pleasant Reminder

God's word is so good, even when you have read the same thing time and time again.

James 1:22-25 New International Version

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

Lord, I pray that I will serve you in everything I do and say.  I want your blessings and I want to bless others.  Without you, Lord, I am nothing.  Thank you for dying for me and giving me grace.  I continue to lift the hurt and sick, they cry out for healing Lord just as King Hezekiah (Isaiah 38) did when you gave him 15 more years of life.  Lord God, give them 15+ more years of life along with a deeper closer relationship with you.  If they are not saved Father, I ask that you turn their hearts to you.  I praise you and ask these things in your precious son's name, Jesus, Amen.

I have read the story of King Hezekiah's illness time and time again, but it just rings hope into my heart.  The thought that God hears my cries is so pleasant to my soul, so reassuring, so comforting.  I know that I can stand on the promise that He will heal, whether it be on earth or in Heaven, but it will be done in Jesus' name.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Whoa, Just Stop!


It's interesting that we rush, rush, rush when our children are young.  Then as they prepare for adulthood and are soon to depart, we start seeking ways to keep them by our sides.  Our firsts are always the guinea pigs of the matter, whether they ask for it or not.  Once we make a mistake with one, we try as we might to correct it with our next.

Just where has the time gone? I mean I was nursing babies, running after toddlers, and cleaning up the mess our toddler loved to leave us on the walls and doors of the house (bless you Anna, you were always so proud of your art work).  Now, I stop and look back to wonder where the time went.  I miss those years and long for them again.  Instead of yearning for the past, I have to hang on to the future.  Enjoy every moment I have with my blessings while their in my midst.  God is so good and He loves them more than I, so I must hang on for the ride and give them to Him.  He will keep them safe.

Lord, I wonder if I have left lasting memories for my/our children to preserve? If I haven't, please help me to create those moments now. Thank you for mending broken hearts and putting us together as a family.  I desire my children to be close and to love one another deeply, never leaving each other or allowing something petty to keep them from spending time as they continue to grow.  I also desire Lord that my children will know you more and more each day, and that their spouses will Love you and them as well.  I pray for them to have great health, and for them to lean unto for all things.  Give me the strength to get through these days, and please Lord protect their hearts from anything that could hurt them-Even from my mouth.  Thank you Lord for them, for the life that has become and was, and for whatever you hold for me or them in the future.  I look forward to spending all of eternity with you. Amen

Ashamed or Recklessly Abandoned

Many times, when serving the Lord, we get lost in what people will thing of us.  We have to come to the crossroads of being ashamed or completely abandoned to God's love, mercy, compassion, protection, and leadership.  Honestly, I feel like this crossroad comes several times in our lives.  It is truly an important milestone, and has so much meaning each and every time.

We need to remember that the only opinion that counts, or we should be concerned with, is that of God's.  We will have to answer to Him for the life we lived here and how we produced fruit or not.

1 Corinthians 15: 58
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.

Father God,
Thank you for your love, protection, provision, healing, mercy, and grace.  You are my rock, my salvation and firm foundation.  I ask that in ALL things that I give you Praise and honor that you deserve.  Lord, I pray that the words from my mouth will give testimony of who you are and how much you love us.  Give me the strength, Oh Lord, to live recklessly abandoned for you.  Amen.