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Saturday, September 16, 2017

True Joy

True joy...inner joy...comes from our relationship with Jesus not our circumstances in this life. Life happenings can bring us joy for a time but invariably things happen that change our feelings. But true joy...everlasting joy...springs up from within and nothing can take that from us. Not loss...pain...sickness...nothing can take it away!! True joy is more than a feeling...it's a gift from God...a never ending way of life when He is the One whom bestows it...gives it...too you! 

Joy...Joy...unquenchable joy
Given us by the Lord through love
Joy...Joy...undeniable joy
When we are filled with His love
Joy...Joy...such amazing joy
Dropped down from the Lord up above
Joy...Joy...awesome joy
Falls on us as sweet rain from above

"until we see JESUS...face to face"

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Come Holy Spirit

Except for the sound of the crickets the night is quiet and calm where I am. Though not so much that way in my thoughts. I am a bit on the edge and have been all day.  For me the calmness will only come when I read the Word...listen to worship music...and actually worship the Lord while doing these things. Oh...and writing...it helps to just pen my thoughts and feelings down.
The Lord brings peace to us in the midst of our troubles. And I am thankful.

So, while trying to sort out for myself the things that are putting me on the edge...I took a break and picked up a magazine! In the story a line from Steel Magnolias was quoted..

"Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion."

Well, I have to say that tears and emotion aren't even "words" I like. Not to mention actual things I like! But...God used that one line to speak this to me...


Hold on to the moment when you are able to find laughter in the midst of your tears...don't ever take it lightly. Why? Because to reach the point where you find the laughter you first have to fight through all the heaviness...the pain...the reason you are filled with the tears. So when you can once again tell the stories and release the pain...laughter will surely flow back in to you. Then, when the laughter comes allow it to flow through you because I think it is a gift from God. To have laughter, and let it flow out of you, is a by product of having allowed the Holy Spirit to apply the salve...the healing balm...to your mind, heart and soul for the hurt/adversity you carry in your heart.

Ask the Holy Spirit to come. To fill you with Him.

Come Holy Spirit.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR0uTNwIqOY

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

All We Will Ever Need

In the light of His presence...the wholeness of His healing...the comfort of His love...we find sweet amazing grace...strength to face our fears...peace that passes all understanding.  In our brokenness He comes and shows us that He really is all we will ever need.  When we are tired...He grants us rest.  When we are broken...He is our joy.  When we are weak...He gives us strength.

2 Corinthians 12:9
But He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” Therefore, I will all the more gladly boast in my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ [may completely enfold me and] may dwell in me.

You need to become deeply rooted in Him so that whatever comes your way...

You. Will. Not. Be. Shaken...ever!

Colossians 2:6-7
Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude.


Psalm 16:8
I have set the Lord continually before me;
Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 62:2
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
My defense and my strong tower; I will not be shaken or disheartened.


So praise Him today and always!  For He is our Lord...our Savior...Jesus.  He has made us new and alive in Him and someday we will be with Him...

"until we see JESUS...face to face"



 

 


Monday, June 26, 2017

"I Am Here"

Sometimes the pain is great
We think too much to bear
But then we hear the Lord
He whispers "I am here."
I'm here right in the midst
Of all your heartache and your pain
Your sickness and your fear
Just come to Me and cling
Let Me take it all
The pain and misery
Turn to Me just now
Lay it down for Me
Enter in My rest
Come humbly now and stay
Nestle in find comfort
Find peace in Me today
I'll take your pain and heal you
Body mind and soul
Enter in just now
My rest will make you whole
I love you oh My child
More than your heart can know
Fall in My arms again
My love will make you whole



Thursday, June 1, 2017

Pursue

If you don't pursue the things that draw you in close to the Lord you will die a little bit more each day. You need to press in close...keep your focus...breathe in deeply His love for you so your soul will become...and stay...alive with Him always. If you don't keep all that is good and true...JESUS...alive in your life your faith will begin to melt away like the snow on a warm winters day. If you are weak...no...when you are weak...bow your head low and call on the Lord. Focus on Him...read His word...press in.

Hebrews 4:12-13
12 For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And not a creature exists that is concealed from His sight, but all things are open and exposed, and revealed to the eyes of Him with whom we have to give account.

"until we see JESUS...face to face"

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thoughts On A Friday

There is one thing I know for sure today...

The enemy of our soul lies to us...continuously.  As long as we keep believing...even living by his lies...he will keep feeding them to us and reinforcing them every chance he gets!  The enemy lies to us to try to keep us defeated.  I will never forget what a friend use to always tell me when I was letting satan get the best of me...actually it's a picture I carry in my mind of what to do.  Satan is a snake...so I put his head under my foot, stomp on it, then twist/grind him into the ground.  Of course that comes with telling him to get away from me and standing on the promises of the Word.  Jesus defeated satan and is stronger than him in every way.  We just need to believe and trust in the Lord.  The enemy is always doing his best to fill our head with lies...but the Lord fills our heart and minds with truths which allows us to defeat satan.  The only question is...which one will you believe?

This whole thought process this morning happened because I was reading Psalm 62 about waiting quietly before God and how our soul finds rest in God alone. We can be stressed and let the enemy fill our soul and mind with fear and unrest or...we can wait quietly before the Lord giving Him our fears/distress and know that He is our refuge.  Hide ourselves in the Lord and satan can't touch us!  In my current thought process this morning...by doing this I am effectively putting the enemies head under my foot...stomping on it...twisting it...into the ground!  Defeating him through Jesus. 

Psalm 62:5-8 NLT

Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
    for my hope is in him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress where I will not be shaken.
My victory and honor come from God alone.
    He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
O my people, trust in him at all times.
    Pour out your heart to him,
    for God is our refuge.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Because of Jesus

Easter...such an amazing day!

But before that day...

Jesus was betrayed...beaten beyond recognition...made to walk through an immense crowd carrying His own cross...spat upon...mocked...had a crown of thorns placed on His head and then shoved down into it...hung on the cross with nails (spikes) driven through His feet and wrists...suffered agonies we can't even imagine...all for me...and all for you. 

It isn't just a story or a fairy tale that scribes penned down from their imaginations...no...it is real life and Jesus lived it for us. I'm not going to relate to you everything that happened because you can surely read it for yourself...and you should.  But I do want to tell you something that I have found out for myself about that cross...His cross...the one Jesus bled and died on so that we could live fully and forever. 

As Christians we can go to the Lord in prayer asking forgiveness for our sins...anytime...and we can leave our burdens there. A burden is something we carry that is heavy on our hearts...it can weigh us down so deeply that we can't even breathe at times.  I know from experience that getting to the cross at times is hard!  We are human...flesh and blood...and the surrendering of oneself can be a process you have to learn...and you must!  You need to completely abandon yourself at the cross.  Place all your hurts...needs...wants...everything...leave them all at the foot of the cross and walk away.  Then ask Jesus to come in and do the work inside of you that needs done...change you from the inside out! Hard...so hard...but so amazingly worth the pain.  Because the pain turns into peace...joy...and knowing that you will be okay. 

Because of JESUS...all because of HIM!

So on this Easter weekend pick up your bible...read.  Start with the betrayal and read through to the resurrection. Jesus rose from death and came out of that tomb and lives today! You can live today as well...it's up to you.

Luke 22 through 24
An excellent read!

"until we see JESUS...face to face"