God’s Word…

Welcome My Friend!

Thank you for taking time to stop by.

It is truly a blessing.

Today’s scripture focus is from 1 Corinthians 2:14 —

“The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him,

and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.”

Halleluiah!

Friend – many would agree there is no substitute for God’s Word in the life of a believer. 

We don’t have to be Bible scholars, knowing all there is to know in 66 books of the Bible.  

The more we get to know God through His Word, 

the more we are going to be accurate when it comes to matters of spiritual discernment.  

Why?

Because the Holy Spirit will never work contrary to God’s Word; 

it is God-breathed.

He will always be in harmony with what He has already given us.

It will always line up.

Praise God!!!

Will you please bow your head and pray with me —

“Father – Thank you for Your Word that brings us

guidance,

comfort,

inspiration

and

encouragement.  

We love your Lord and

our heart’s desire is to know Your voice.”

Amen.

God hears us when we call…

Warmest Welcome Friend!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today!

It is ALWAYS my hope that you find the words here encouraging and inspiring as you continue on your journey seeking Jesus Christ – your Friend and mine. 

Also,

I am prayerfully believing ALL is Well with you – and that our 

God

is blessing your life with much love, laughter, joy and peace.

Praises to You Lord!

Our Scripture focus today is Isaiah Chapter 55 verse 6:

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.”

Friend,

Isn’t it wonderfully wonderful to know God our Father is near

and 

that we may call on Him

 at anytime

day or night

for help with anything in our lives.

We do not ever have to go it alone 

nor

think we have to be ready or change ourselves before God will hear us.

Friend, God loves us and in His Word He says

“Do not be afraid, for I am with you” 

(Isaiah 43:5)

So, run to Him not from Him.

You are ready right now – even though you may not feel you are.

I read that we often don’t feel we are ever ready for the “challenges” and/or “next steps” in life.  

For example – many don’t think they are ready for the “big” events  – like getting married or having children.  Couples often say before deciding to start a family, “We are just not ready for children yet.”  

But when a baby arrives they can’t imagine life without him or her.  The child opens new avenues of love in their hearts that they didn’t know existed.  

That is the way it is with God, too…we are not ready for Him.  We think if things get really bad, then we will turn to Him.  Or maybe we will seek Him when we get older when circumstances are better/right.

Many, many have found that only after going through years of trying on their own that they realize there is no other way out of  messes, situations, circumstances, etc

THAN

with God’s help.  Only then do they dare to call out to God for help and are surprised to find – He is there!  He is with us!  He hears us!

I believe the poem below that I read recently – sums up very nicely the goodness of God and what can happen when we TRUST in His Words –

Like a shot in the dark,

His words came flying;

Straight to my heart,

And stopped me crying.

And speechless I stood,

For words never could

Explain what happened to me.  

Out of the night,

Into the light,

Where there is no shadow of turning.

Where I was torn,

Now I’m reborn.

Will you please bow your head and pray with me-

Lord, you said that we will find you when we seek you with all our heart(Jeremiah 29:13).   Please help us Lord God not to waste another single day waiting for a change to occur in us and/or circumstances to be right before we willingly call out to You.  Please touch our hearts right now Lord – so we know and believe you hear us and are with us.

Halleluiah!!!

Thank You Father God.

Thank You Lord Jesus.

Thank You Holy Spirit.

In Jesus’ Name – we pray.

Amen.

 

He is Risen – He Lives!

Welcome Friend!

Thank you for visiting on this Resurrection Day!

Our Lord and Saviour

Jesus Christ 

has risen –

He lives!

Praise God!

I have no words on this day –

only a song from my heart that I love to sing

of assurance and trust in our Lord JESUS called

—In the Garden—

“I come to the garden alone,

while the dew is still on the roses,

and the voice I hear falling on my ears,

the Son of God is calling

and He walks with me

and He talks with me

and He tells me I am His own

and the JOY we share,

as we tarry there,

none other,

has ever known.”

Blessings to you on this day!!!

Amen.

A Rule of Life (Focus on God)…

A Warm Welcome to you Friend

and

Thanks for taking time to stop by and visit today!

I do hope the words you find here encourage and inspire you

as you continue on your journey seeking Jesus Christ – your Friend and mine. 

Also,

I am prayerfully believing ALL  is Well with you –

and you are blessed with much love, laughter, joy and peace in your life.

Praise God!

Our Scripture focus today is from the book of Jeremiah chapter 29 verse 11:

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace …to give you a future and a hope.”

Friend,

I rest calmly each day knowing I don’t know it all

but

my God does

and

He has promised you and me a future and a hope.

Isn’t God AWESOME!

and

it is wonderful to know of His promise to us!

Now friend,

you can be sure

that each of us has our part or parts to do in order to receive His promise. 

One being to develop a “Rule of Life” –

which very simply,

is an intentional, conscious plan to keep God at the center of EVERYTHING we do.

Please don’t be intimidated by the word Rule.  

The word comes from the Greek for “trellis” which is a tool that enables a grapevine

to get off the ground and grow upward, becoming more fruitful and productive.

In the same way,

a Rule of Life is a trellis that helps us abide in Christ

and become more fruitful

SPIRITUALLY.

It provides guidelines and direction for us to intentionally 

pay attention and remember God in all we do.  

We should all have a desire to be with God and to love Him.

Recently,

I read that very few people have a conscious plan for developing their spiritual lives.  

Most Christians are NOT intentional, but rather functional,

like cars on autopilot.

Is it any wonder that most people live off other people’s spirituality

rather than taking the time to develop their own direct experience of God.  

Most Christians talk about prayer but don’t pray.  

Most believe in the Bible as the Word of God but have little idea what it says.  

One example in the Bible of someone with a Rule of Life is Daniel –

who was carried off to Babylon as a slave – where the goal of the Babylonians was  to eliminate his desire to focus on God.  

God’s Word tells us  that Daniel renounced certain activities,

such as eating the king’s food and engaged in others such as daily prayer and

somehow fed himself spiritually and grew into an extraordinary man of God in a hostile environment.  

I believe by the grace of God –

Daniel knew to resist being absorbed into the Babylonian culture and their values

required a plan that would enable him to pay attention to God.

Friend, God has made each of us unique and different –

but,

our goal is the same:  

union with God in Christ,

transformation into his image,

and

the freeing of our hearts from anything that stands in the way of Christ living in and through us.  

How we get there will vary, depending on our personality, gift mix, temperament,

geographic location, and our calling from God.  

Wrapping  up –  consider the following  four broad categories and sub-categories

as a way to start developing your personal Rule of Life:

Prayer

(Scripture, Silence and Solitude, Study)

Rest

(Sabbath, Simplicity, Play and Recreation)

Work/Activity

(Service and Mission, Care for the Physical Body)

Relationships

(Emotional Health, Family, Community-companions for the Journey)

Know that developing your personal Rule of Life takes trial and error.  

You will need to learn a great deal about yourself.  

Such as what kinds of spiritual practices bring you closer to God?  

What drives you away from him?  

Give yourself lots of time for the slow development of what works best for YOU.  

Example:  an outline for Prayer might be:  

-Pray the Lord’s Prayer each day at work, several times a day

-Take fifteen minutes for silence at lunch three times a week.

-Fast for one meal every Wednesday during Lent.

Last, if possible – find a companion for this journey.  

It may be a mentor, a trusted friend, a mature Christian or a small group.  

This will serve to keep you on track.  

Remember Friend – God loves you.  

Ask Him (as I’ve done) to help you – I believe He will.

Let us bow our heads and pray —

Father,  we love you – please show us what one small step we can take to begin to build a life around you.  

Please help us pay close attention to your voice and give us the courage to faithfully live your unique life in Christ.  

Let your love invade us Father and teach us what we must do.  

We praise you and thank you.  

In Jesus Name.  

Amen.

 

Rest in God.

Welcome – Welcome My Friend!

I thank you for taking a moment to visit today.

It is truly a  blessing. 

And I’m ever prayerful you will find the words here to be  encouraging and inspiring as you continue on your journey seeking JESUS – your Friend and mine.

PRAISE GOD!

I’m led today to share about resting in God and the blessings that come from it.  

Our Scripture focus today is three-fold:

Starting first with Psalm 5: verse 3 —

“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.

Brothers and Sisters – spending time with the Lord every day is absolutely essential to our spiritual growth.

Rising early in the morning to talk with God works well for me.  

It is said that if you meet the Lord before you meet anybody else, you’ll be “pointed in the right direction” for whatever comes.

But you have to plan it and stick with it!  

It won’t just happen.  

I highly recommend it and believe you will be blessed.

During these times – as I am still – listening for God’s voice in my heart  – He  reminds me that He loves me and He has a plan for my life.

Halleluiah!

Then, our second scripture is Psalm 23—

“The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Forever.”

Isn’t it wonderful to know The Lord JESUS CHRIST is our Shepherd and He will take care of and provide for us!

Now our last scripture for today is Hebrews 4: 1-4—

The Promise of Rest

“For as long, then, as that promise of resting in him pulls us to to God’s goal for us, we need to be careful that we’re not disqualified.  We received the same promises as those people in the wilderness, but the promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive the promises with FAITH.  If we believe, though, we’ll experience that state of resting.  But NOT if we don’t have faith. ”

Yes Lord.

Please help us Lord to have FAITH in You.

Will you please bow your head and pray with me—

Father God, thank you for your LOVE, your grace and mercy and each blessing you’ve bestowed upon us.  We LOVE you!  We stand on your WORD Lord.  Please help us to TRUST and have FAITH in you with no doubt – and not to worry nor fear for you are with us (Immanuel – God with us).  Also Father God – please help us to remember your promise of rest and willingly move to enter into it – knowing when we do – we are safe in your Everlasting Arms and All is Well.

PRAISE GOD!

AMEN.

 

Servant By Choice.

Welcome Friend

and

Happy New Year!

Thanks for stopping by and if it is your very first visit – know

that I am ever prayerful you will be encouraged and inspired

by the words you find here as you continue on your

journey seeking JESUS your Friend and mine.

Also please know —

that I am a big believer in the power of PRAYER

and

if you have a prayer request for yourself or others

I invite you to click on “leave a comment” located on bottom left side of  this page

and type in your prayer request.  

You can be assured – I will lift it up without delay to our Lord and Savior

Jesus Christ.

Today our scripture focus is from the book of Psalms Chapter 85 verse 2 —

“I will listen to what God the Lord says;
    he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants…”

Isn’t it great that God our Lord PROMISES peace to his faithful servants!

I say YES it is and I am thankful! 

Personally, I surely strive and want to be a faithful servant of God and receive peace.

And I wondered what it actually means to be a “servant” verses to “serve” in the church for 

example as an usher or in any capacity.  

Is there a difference?

In the past few days of prayer and study – I’ve come to understand – Yes – there is a difference.

To Serve seems to be something religious where we may serve but not necessarily by choice but rather by compulsion.  Note:  when we choose to serve – we are still in control.

To be a Servant on the other hand means we  choose to have a relationship with God and do at all times what is best for others.  We choose to see people through the eyes of Jesus.  Note:  we give up the right to be in control – God is in control. 

 Further, I see myself as being a servant who has chosen to have a relationship with God.  Also, I understand better now that being a SERVANT with a relationship with God – often involves doing different things at different times – such as giving of my time, talent and/or treasure to help another.  

We must have Faith and Trust in God to invest in his Kingdom and let go of something we treasure or want to buy for ourselves to meet the need of someone else.  

I see better too that our tithes and offerings given to our churches are important investments in God’s Kingdom – because we are God’s hands and feet – we are “the church” and it is good practice to put others before ourselves and let go of our treasure to help.  

God will provide – He is able.

I’ve decided to let go and let God!

I stand on His Word and Promises.

I point you to Luke 6:38 —

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed downshaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” 

and

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches.  If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Yes Lord.

Will you bow your head and pray with me —

Father, thank you for YOU – you are awesome and we give you all praise, honor and glory.  You are everything to us.  We love you and need you.  Please help us to listen closely for your still small voice guiding us – so we (“the church” – your hands and feet) may be obedient and do your will – quickly.

In Jesus Name we pray.

Amen.

Confronting The Wall.

Welcome Friend!

Thanks for stopping by and if it is your very first visit – know

that I am ever prayerful you will be encouraged and inspired

by the words you find here today as you continue on your

journey seeking JESUS – your Friend and mine.  

Also,

I’ve never shared but I’m led to do so on this day that I’m a big believer in the power of PRAYER

and

if you have a prayer request for yourself or others

I invite you to click on “leave a comment” located on bottom left side of  this page

and type in your prayer.  

You can be assured – I will lift it up without delay to our Lord and Savior

Jesus Christ.

Our scripture focus today is not from the Book of Psalms as it is normally 

but instead from Joshua chapter 6 verse 20:

“…and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout , the wall collapsed…”

Friend, recently I read that Christian life is a journey with many stops, starts, detours, delays and trips into the unknown.  All  often referred to as  phases/stages/seasons orchestrated by God to keep us moving forward, to grow our faith and to help us understand the larger picture of the work He seeks to do in our lives.  

God is determined to complete the work He started in us, whether we like it or not.  Therefore, many say that at some point during life’s journey every follower of Jesus will confront the Wall.  

The Wall comes to us in various ways throughout our lifetimes.  It is not simply a one-time event that we pass through and get beyond.  For most of us the Wall appears through a crisis that turns our world upside down or a number of events piling up one after another leading us to long-lasting depression or loss of motivation to serve Christ.   

Walls are David fleeing a jealous king for thirteen years in the desert.  Walls are Abraham waiting twenty-five years for the birth of his first child, Isaac.  Walls are Job losing his ten children, health, and possessions in a day.

Jesus, our Lord and Savior confronted the Wall when He resisted the temptation of the devil in the wilderness to act before his Father’s time.  

Consider also Hannah, Moses, Elijah, Nehemiah, Jeremiah and Paul – all appear to have gone through the Wall numerous times in their journey with God.  As can we.  Halleluiah!  

And when we make it through the Wall, it is said we will no longer have a need to first and foremost be well known or successful, but to do God’s will.  

The journey through the Wall is in essence Letting Go of Power and Control.  

Learning  like the apostle Paul, “the secret of being content in any and every situation” (Philippians 4:12).   

Ultimately, God is the One who moves us through the Wall.  

How and when God takes us through is up to him.  We make choices to trust God, to wait on God, to obey God, to stick with God, to remain faithful when our greatest temptation is to quit or go backwards but if we are still, listening for his voice, God will see us through the Wall. 

I will close with this – remember, God’s purpose for us is to have a loving union with him at the end of the journey.  We joyfully detach from certain behaviors and activities for the purpose of a more intimate, loving attachment to God.

Praise You Father!

Will you please bow your head with me and pray:

“Heavenly Father, thank you for YOU and your love for us!  We are lost without You.  We are nothing apart from you and we love you.  Teach us to trust you even when we do not know where you are going.  Knowing faith is the assurance in what we hope for but do not yet see.  The storms and winds of life blow strongly all around us at times.  Help us to rest in you and know that all is well.  Open our eyes to see you are with us and we are safe.  Grant us grace to follow you into the unknown, into the next place in our journey with you Lord.  

We have FAITH in you Father and You alone.

Amen.