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Friday, January 13, 2017

Jesus...Priority

Sitting with my bible open in front of me...coffee beside...trying desperately to get my act together. 
It's been a rough week.  But then it always is whenever I decide to do something out of the ordinary that is spiritually good for me.  And we all know why that is...who that is.  So words to myself today...

Get it together and silence every thought that is not from the Lord!

So as I turn the pages on my bible I stop at Isaiah 55...highlighted with notes written.  So many good things in this chapter!  It reminds me to come...fall at His feet!  Drink in His Word...promises...He will give me strength!  Open my ears...Listen!  Above all...Seek HIM...JESUS!  Feed my/your soul with Him...what He gives to me/us!  Don't let yourself waste away by not coming to restore and refresh yourself in Him daily! 

We are told in verse 6:Seek the Lord while you can find Him. Call on Him now while He is near.
verse 8:"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts," says the Lord, "And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine."

We gain our strength by reading the Word and spending time with the Lord.  Do it daily...multiple times daily.  You may not be able to physically sit down and read and pray but you can whisper a prayer...in your heart even...as you go about your day.  Even just mention His name...JESUS.  Oh, the comfort...joy...peace you will find by just doing that one simple thing...keeping in contact with the Lord through just a whisper! 

We are as close as we want to be.  JESUS...make Him your priority.


Friday, December 30, 2016

One Word 2017

JESUS

He seems to be uppermost in my thoughts this morning and I am thankful for that.  I read something a few days back and knew immediately what my ONE word for the coming year would be.  It's different than the normal words you would have and yet I know...without a doubt...this word is right for me this next year.  My ONE word encompasses so much and is for everyone and yet...so personal and only for me at times.  My ONE word is JESUS.  He is the Author and the Finisher of my faith. 
This comes from

Hebrews 12:2 AMP

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

I also like verse 12 AMP
 
So then, brace up and reinvigorate and set right your slackened and weakened and drooping hands and strengthen your feeble and palsied and tottering knees,

Then verses 26 and 27 talk about how God shook the earth with His voice but He will shake all of creation and only what's found to be unshakeable will remain. We must follow Christ if we are to be part of His unshakeable kingdom...no matter what happens here on earth.  We must build our life on and in JESUS and follow Him only.

Normally I have a verse to go with my word but it seems...and I had no idea of this until I was just now writing...that I have a whole chapter for 2017...and this is a good thing!  

I also know that my ONE word is not just for me.  No...it is for others as well.  JESUS...all I know right now is that He is all encompassing...for everyone in every circumstance of their life...and sharing is inevitable.  JESUS...He is mine...and yours and yours and yours...everyone who will bend a knee and accept HIM...

The verse of the day from Bible Gateway fits in so nicely;

John 16:33 AMP
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence.  In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted!  For I have overcome the world.  [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

To all who need strength today...look to JESUS...no one else will do.




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Early Morning Thoughts

This morning I got up to read and just couldn't focus.  Focusing has been hard for me of late...but I kept reading and trying.  Before I knew it I was picking up my journal and writing down the words as they dropped into my thoughts.  I wasn't really sure where the Lord was taking me with it all...or if I would share it...yet here it is.  Uncut and raw...thoughts in the early morning...

It's important everyday to take time to feel and be thankful.  Feel the pain and hurt...then feel the comfort and love.  The pain and hurt of this world...this suffering we must sometimes endure called life.  Yet the comfort and the love of the One who gave us life.  The One who suffered more than we could ever bear so that we could bear the pain that comes when we expect it least...yet know it is inevitable.  Life is filled with much joy but amidst the joy we know that suffering does loom.  For some it is off in the far distance.  For others...in the here and now.  How we each react to that pain within us is up to each of us.  If we have the Lord with us...as He longs to be for us all...we can know and be confident that He is faithful to walk with us and hold us close when we need Him most.  He doesn't seem to stop the pain and suffering from hitting us all...any of us...yet He cushions it...makes it somehow bearable. Because with Him there is a knowing that all things...in the end...will be okay...will be bearable...because there is comfort...His comfort for us all.  All that know Him and stay close to Him.  If you know Him...Jesus...He will bring you through it all and you will be comforted and you will know.  Through Him...with Him...all things will be made new.  All things!  Your body...will be whole and will be healed.  Your mind...will be pain free and without confusion and fear.  All things!  And you are loved.  And they are loved.  Through it all we are held by a loving Savior.  The One that will make all things...all life...new again.  Behold...a Savior is born and He is Christ our Lord!  Wanting nothing more than to hold and comfort you.  Give you the peace that passes all understanding!  Behold and be held by Jesus...our Savior...today!

And at the bottom of my journal page is this verse;

Psalm 145:13

The Lord is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Oh How He Loves Us

This morning picking up my bible I opened to a scripture that I read earlier this week.

Jeremiah 31:25
For I have satiated the weary soul and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.

Oh how He loves us so! He takes these truths and places them deep within us so that we know...we feel it deep...that He is with us always! We need to know this not just in our minds but our hearts as well...clear down to the very depths of us...our souls! There seems to be such an urgency in my spirit this morning that you know and understand Just how much our Savior loves us! He died for us! As far as the east is from the west is how far His reach for us is. We will never find the end of His love.
Oh...how HE loves us so!! Through all of the things in our life...all of the things going on around us...the Lord is our comfort and our peace. He is our rest in our troubles...He is with us in our sorrows and in our joy! He loves us...He loves us...He loves us! His love...His grace...is all encompassing. Like a blanket thrown over you it covers you from head to toe. The only difference is that it's not only all around you...oh no...it is inside of you as well! Forever and always He will give to you His grace and mercy because He has such an amazing love for you. Out of His great love He lifts us up and gives us much needed rest.

Psalm 107:9
For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with good.

John 4:14
But whoever takes a drink of the water that I will give him shall never, no never, be thirsty any more. But the water that I will give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into) eternal life.

Trust Him today with your sorrows...your failures...your heart. Let Him hold you and give you rest and peace.





Saturday, October 29, 2016

He Just Was

John 1:1
In the beginning the Word already existed.
The Word was with God,
and the Word was God.

John 1 is such a powerful chapter!  The excitement I feel as I am reading it this morning I can't even explain!  Just powerful to my soul!  Before I was a Christian it was important to me that I know where God and Jesus came from.  How they "were" so to speak.  No one could ever give me an answer.  They always said, "They just always existed.  They just were and are."  That was never good enough for me.  I needed to know.  Well, I am now a Christian and all I know is, "They just already existed.  God just is and always was."  Then the Word...Jesus...well verse two explains that...

John 1:2
He existed in the beginning with God.

He just is.  And you know what?  Today that is good enough for me.  Why?  Because somehow that is enough.  My finite mind doesn't know where they came from, or really understand it.  But...in my heart somehow...I just get it and it is exciting!!

The whole first chapter of John is so exciting to me.  So many nuggets of truth...

John 1:14
So the Word became human and made His home among us.  He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness.  And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Fathers one and only Son.

Jesus.  He became human.  He came here and lived to sacrifice Himself for us so that we can live with Him forever.  Gods one and only Son came to earth and lived as a man so that He could die for each and everyone of us...that we might live! 


John 1:29b
..."Look!  The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!"

Ohhh...what a proclamation from John the Baptist.  John telling everyone who Jesus is and why He came.

As I said...powerful chapter!  There is so much more and it is so exciting.  If you let it happen...The Word...will just reach out and grab hold of you...and you will never be the same!






Monday, October 24, 2016

Ever Thankful

This day...today...has been an amazing day.  Why?  I'm not really sure.  There was nothing special about this day really...and yet...it was special.   Why?...because even though I slept very little I woke up alive...feeling light and good...knowing that whatever the day held it was going to be ok.  Why?  Because Jesus was with me.  I know...that no matter what...He is faithful and will never abandon me.  He lets me know over and over again that regardless of what's going on around us...if we are trusting in Him then He is right there...surrounding...holding...protecting...loving.  And for me personally...when things get crazy in my world all I have to do is whisper...Jesus I need you now...or...Jesus help me...and He comes with this amazing peace.  Really it's as if He just drops it on me.  I don't even always notice the moment peace takes over but as I'm working I realize that everything is good and I'm calm.  It's an amazing thing! 

I. Am. Ever. Thankful. and I. Am. Blessed.

Psalm 107:1
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 28:6-7
Praise the Lord!
For He has heard my cry for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and shield.
I trust Him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

It is a feeling that is hard to describe that the Lord has filled me with tonight!  Joy...surges of happiness and comfort...unending.  I believe that at times the Lord blesses us with these times so we can share it with others.  To let others know that no matter how bad things may seem...if we are walking with the Lord our God...He is with you and helping you always. 

Give Him thanks
Give Him praise
Give Him your all
and He will give you His best
Then you will know
Yes
You will know



Saturday, October 22, 2016

Our Safe Place

Today I have been drawn to Psalm 61 and 62.  They are about security and assurance.  Letting us know that we can place all of us...our broken selves...in His hands.  That we can trust Him with us...He hears our prayers...whether we speak them out or breathe them silently.  He is always there...always listening...always holding His arms out to us.  Life is hard...many times it breaks us...we have no one to turn to but Him...and He is enough.  Even when you're not sure He hears...or really cares...He is faithful and He has not abandoned us. 

He. Is. Our. Safe. Place.

I'm not sure if what I have shared next is a prayer or just a pleading from within...but it is what I want...no...what I need.


Today my heart...my soul...needs to be filled up with You Lord...so please...

In my life Lord lead me.  Lead me to the Rock...You Lord...that is higher than my thoughts...my feelings...my hurts...my struggles...my pain.  When I am totally overwhelmed with all that life is...when my heart has been breached...fold me into the safety of Your wings.  Shelter me where the storms can't whip around and pummel.  Place me in Your fortress where Your light is ever shining and Your grace is all I know.  Lead me...fold me...shelter me...placed forever in Your arms of love.   

Psalm 62:1-2

I wait quietly before God,
For my victory comes from Him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.