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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Let Go Of The Fear

It's hard at times to lay bare our souls to others and yet...we know that when the LORD has called us to do so...we must. 

Fears...common ground for us all even when my fears are different from your fears.  Common ground because no matter what the fear they all bring on the same destruction to our bodies...our minds...our souls. 

If we are following Christ we know that our Lord...our God...is taking care of us.  He never sleeps nor does He slumber.  He is right in the middle of everyone of our lives with us.  We know this...that He is here guiding and protecting and that He will never leave us and yet...here we are letting ourselves be shaken by the circumstances that surround us.  We let fear of the illness that plagues us...fear of the lack of finances...fear of being alone...fear of what's gong on in the world around us...fear of this and fear of that...take over every fiber of our being until fear is all we think about.  Though at times fear will and does strike right to our very core...we have a remedy to it all.

JESUS!

Even though we may have things...life...tearing at us from all sides...GOD...our LORD...He is our refuge.  Our very present help in times of trouble.  The Lord is our Rock of protection, our fortress where we can hide and be safe.  He covers us with His feathers and we can hide under His wings of protection and know the safety that is ours.  With Him we have nothing to fear because we are His!  Right there...wherever we are in life...in the middle of our every situation...He will never leave us nor forsake us.  You just need to be strong and courageous because the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go and through whatever problem you are having,  He will watch over you and never...Ever...leave your side!  Right up to the end of your life when that time comes.  We have the assurance of all of this through His Word.  Just depend on the Lord and don't allow yourself to be shaken to your core. 

So many thoughts and scriptures running through my mind this morning and I can't even begin to tell you where to find them all.  But as I am sitting here with my bible open I looked and saw this verse highlighted...

Psalm 31:14 NLT

But I am trusting You, O Lord, saying, "YOU are my GOD!"

When David wrote this he was in the midst of adversity...where he often was.  Yet he knew that God was in control.  He just needed to trust.  As followers and believers in the Lord...we know that as well.  We just need to read His Word and become as close to the Lord as we can.  Let our faith become rock solid in Him.  Walk and talk with Him on a continual basis.  Don't fail or falter in your faith.  Place your trust in Him and Him alone.  Believe...believe...believe...in all that He has done for you when He died on the cross for you. 

Let. Fear. Go. because GOD. Has. Got. You!!  In the midst of it all...

Here is a list of a few scriptures to read;

Deut. 31:6-8
Hebrews 13:5
Psalm 91:5 ~ 46:1 ~ 31:14
Joshua 1:9
Proverbs 3:5-5

Help me Lord to let things go.  The fear that sometimes washes over and wants to overtake me.  Bind me up in You Lord.  Help me to turn over all of my fears to You as I humbly come and fall on my face at Your feet.  Let me feel Your love and protection all around me as I come into Your embrace knowing, and believing, that You are in control of my life.  You hold me in Your hands and You will never let me go.  Thank You Lord for all that You have done and saved me from.  In Jesus name...Amen...Amen...Amen....




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Let Him Breathe On Me

Let Him breathe on me
Let Him breathe on me
Let the breath of God
Now breathe on me
Let Him breathe on me
Let Him breathe on me
Let the breath of God
Now breathe on me

This is an old chorus we used to sing in church when I was just a child.  I love the words to it because now as a child of God it has real meaning to me. If you don't know it...or even if you do...find it on You Tube.  I'm sure it will touch your heart.

This morning while I was trying to do my devotions this song was running through my thoughts.  I noticed it and yet not really because I was concentrating on what I was reading.  Then suddenly...with more force...I heard that song quite clear as it moved to the forefront in my mind.  So I stopped reading and let the song take over.  Suddenly I realized that it was the Holy Spirit wanting me to listen...really listen...and hear the words. 

When things in your life have you stressed to the point of not being able to keep your thoughts on what is good...the Lord and all He's done for you...and your peace seems to be failing a bit...the Lord will do what He has to so He can get your attention.  For me many times it's a song.  I love music and what He was saying to me was simply...

Stop.  Lean into the Lord and give Him control of all the situations that are tying you up in knots.  Let Him breathe life onto and into you...clear to your very soul.  Give Him all your worries and concerns.  He loves you with a love like no other you have known.

Psalms 55:22  Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you.

Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love.

Tonight let the Holy Spirit breathe on you and into you.  Let Him breathe life to you.




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!