Saturday, August 27, 2016

Mark 12:30 Amp
30 And you shall love the Lord your God out of and with your whole heart and out of and with all your soul (your life) and out of and with all your mind (with your faculty of thought and your moral understanding) and out of and with all your strength.

The love of the Lord for us is immeasurable...He is infinite. Our love for Him can't even come close because we are finite...measurable...human...we have limits. Yet we can love the Lord to our fullest capacity...with everything we are...all that makes! With our heart we feel love and give love...from the depths of our being...our very soul! Once you know Him...experience His love for can't help but to know that love from Him and you will love Him back. You feel it clear to the depths of your being...your soul. It's like a burning down deep that you just can't don't want it to's all consuming!  In your just know...that the all consuming burning fire within the Lord!  His presence...His fire within amazingly awesome.  
Don't try to live without His love because that's not living.  Seek Him until you truly find the way that draws you close to Him...that you know deep inside of you...He is really there.  Seek Him until you feel His presence...His fire burning in you!  Give Him your whole heart...your soul...your mind.  Surrender all to Him and love Him with all that is within you.  He will come to You and make Himself known like you have never thought possible. 

Proverbs 8:17 Amp
"I love those who love me, and those who seek me early and diligently will find me."

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

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Each Moment

In Your presence Lord
is where I want to be
I want to live my life
connected Lord to Thee
Only by Your side
is where I want to stand
Help me Lord each moment
to hold onto Your hand

With every breath I take
I humbly now do pray
That You will come and guide me
along the narrow way
You're always right there waiting
even when I leave Your side
Help me Lord each moment
to let You be my guide

Lord let my life reflect
the love You've shown to me
When You were nailed and pierced
and died upon that tree
Help me to overflow
with Your love anew each day
Help me Lord each moment
to love all that come my way

In Your presence Lord
forever I will stand
You're the Rock of my salvation
my Comforter my Friend

I lay everything I have
at Your feet just now
Help me Lord each moment
to You I humbly bow

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Overwhelmed By Him

If you can get yourself to a place of trust miracles will happen in your life...they have for me.  Somehow you have to trust people have to trust God enough...and you have to believe in what you have been told...what you know is truth.  And then...then just breathe in.  Breathe in what the Lord has for you.  No...actually breathe Him in...then exhale.  Exhale your fears...exhale your insecurities...exhale all the pain you have kept bottled up inside for most of your life...exhale the grief and depression you have allowed to rule your life.  Give them to them at the foot of the cross...behind the cross...and know...know that you will not pick them up ever again.  Why?  Because you have now given them to the Lord...turned them over so that you can begin a new journey.  A journey of peace because you are are being are becoming more and more free with each passing moment.  Free to be who you were born to be...who you were created to be.  Let Him heal your heart...let Him soften your heart.  Allow the tears to flow...freely and often.  Then...stay close to the Lord and He will stay close to you.  Run into His arms of love...let Him embrace you...hold you until you know that He has always got you in His grip...firmly yet lovingly.  You are His.  He loves you.  He loves me with a never-ending...undeniable...all

Jeremiah 31:3
The Lord appeared to me (Israel) from ages past saying,
I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued my 
faithfulness to you.

Ezekiel 36:26
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you.
I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender responsive heart.

Psalm 73:28
But as for me, how good it is to be near God!
I have made the Sovereign Lord my shelter,
And I will tell everyone about the wonderful things You do.

I have been truly overwhelmed by a truly overwhelming Savior!
Only He can satisfy...only He can heal...
Only JESUS...only JESUS

Monday, April 25, 2016

Crushed Souls/Broken Hearts

Lord tonight I come to You yet again bowed low.  So many need Your healing touch to reach clear to their souls.  It seems that the winds of the storm are huge for some and some are even right in the eye of that storm.  Lord tonight I just have to believe that You are in the eye of it with us and that you know that some have souls that feel crushed and have hearts that  have been broken.  Oh Father God I just have to believe...with all that I have left in me...that You are going to bring us out of this storm...this desert...this valley...and help us to stand again.  Help us to breathe in Your grace...Your mercy...Your calming that we can once again begin to live the life that You have planned for us.  You have done so much for me Lord and I won't believe that You would leave us in this place.  I know that You Lord can heal crushed souls and broken hearts...I give mine to You Lord and I pray that others I know will turn to You as well.  Thank You Lord for all You have given us...

In Jesus Jesus mighty name...Amen

Morning Prayer

O' Lord I come to you this morning bowed down low.  I need You today so much...more than yesterday...and I know You know.  Lord you are aware of all my sufferings right now and You know what will come tomorrow. me to find strength in You.  Help me just to know that no matter what I am feeling...all will be good.  I can do this...I can make it...with Your help. Please come with Your great power Lord...Your swift response...Your mighty love.  My soul is heart broken...I so need You today.  Please come in with Your great power Lord and rescue me today. In Jesus name...In Jesus name...

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Lesson From Elijah

As of late I have been defined by my struggles...but that's not what I want to be known by.  I want others to know me by how God has changed me.  Not for accolades for myself but so others will know what God can do for He works in lifes and does miracles in helpless...hopeless people...that's me.  How He changes hearts...heals you clear way down deep into your very soul...I want people to know and see that! 

Lately I have been praying a lot...I have much to talk to God about...much I need help with.  What is most amazing to me is this...

Even though I have not been stellar...great at...being what I need to be...God has not left me.  As for me...I never left either but I did back away a bit...I don't even know why.  You see I know that when things in life start to unravel the best thing I can do is to press in...not back off...but I increasingly backed away.  I recognize now that it was me...not God...that backed off.  (I am truly grateful that was pointed out to me.)  With that said...

This morning I simply said..."Lord, please show me something to read today that I need to hear."  And He did.  I have always liked this passage but today I learned something new in it.

1 Kings 19:9b-14

But the Lord said to him, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

Elijah replied, "I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty.  But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with You, torn down Your alters, and killed every one of Your prophets.  I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too."

"Go out and stand before Me on the mountain," the Lord told him.  And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain.  It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake.  And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire.  And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper (a gentle blowing).  When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave.

And a voice said, "What are you doing here, Elijah?"

He replied again, "I have zealously served the Lord God Almighty.  But the people of Israel have broken their covenant with You, torn down Your alters, and killed every one of Your prophets.  I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too." study bible tells me that even though Elijah feels like he is the only one left...he is not.

What always stuck out to me before was that God doesn't necessarily speak to us in a loud booming voice.  No...many times...He speaks in just a whisper.  Sometimes in the stillness of your sleepless night...He speaks and you just know. 

What is pointed out to me now is this...After the storm God asks a question and Elijah answers with the same answer as before.  So we can see...nothing had changed for Elijah even though God did these mighty things to get His attention.  Elijah just stayed hidden in the cave...not really wanting to "see"...hear...what God was saying to him. 

For me...right now in my life...I get it.  God has allowed some big storms to hit me in the last few months...right up to very recently...and my world has been rocked!!...I am broken.  Like Elijah I have not "really" seen or heard.  I have not really "got it" up to this point.  I have just stayed hidden in my cave...going my own way...thinking that in the end it would all be okay.  But I was wrong.  Nothing is okay. 

So the scripture that comes to me now is...

Psalm 27:8
My heart has heard You say, "Come and talk with me."
And my heart responds, "Lord, I am coming."

The great thing is...When we do "Come and talk", He listens and cares.

The Lord is good.  As I looked that up I saw reference to another verse...something I so need today...

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let's settle this," says the Lord.
"Though your sins are like scarlet,
I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson,
I will make them white as wool.

Thank You Lord!

Lord I just ask that You hear my heart today.  I come before You...bowed low...and ask You to make me whole.  Forgive me of all my thoughtless actions and sinful ways.  I only want to live for You Lord.  Help me to seek You in every part of my life.  Thank You for giving me chance after chance after chance.  I fail miserably most days yet You are willing to forgive and take me back if I will but bow low in repentance and come to You.  Help me Lord to always do that...sooner rather than later.
Thank You.  In Jesus Jesus name...

Friday, April 22, 2016

Walls Of Salvation

This thought just hit me like a ton of bricks...

If we don't tear down the walls around our hearts and swing wide the gates of our souls...JESUS will never really be us.  He will be our Savior...if we have asked Him to forgive our sins...but we will still always be longing for something...never quite feeling like it is well with our soul.  

Last night as I was reading my Bible it seemed that every passage I turned to talked about gates...doors...walls.  I know that the Holy Spirit is speaking to me.  I know...because I know.  The gates of Heaven are only going to be opened to those that are those living according to what is written in the Word of God.  We all fail at times.  Different areas for all of us but still yet...a fail is a fail...a shortcoming is a shortcoming...a sin...well...sin is sin no matter what else you label it.  The last scriptures I read before going to bed last night were these...part of a song to the Lord.

Isaiah 26:1-4
In that day, everyone in the land of Judah will sing this song;

Our city is strong!
We are surrounded by the walls of God's salvation.
Open the gates to all who are righteous;
allow the faithful to enter.
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in You,
all whose thoughts are fixed on You!
Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.

In life we have lots of trouble...much stress.  But if we live for the Lord and let Him be our anchor...supported by Him...dwelling in Him...listening only to Him...things of life will not shake us to the point of being uprooted out of our life for Him.  We will be surrounded by His love...held in His arms...sheltered by Him.  We will have peace in Him.  We must keep our thoughts on the Lord trusting only in Him.  I really like the last line of verse one...We are surrounded by the walls of God's salvation.  That is how I want to feel at all times.  As if there are literal walls surrounding me...walls that I know are put around me by God Himself !  I could even think that the feeling may be...being held by the arms of Jesus.  Soft and gentle...yet...strong and mighty!!  Where nothing but good can penetrate. 

Father God do a mighty work in me.  Help me to tear down the walls of my heart and swing wide the gates of my soul so that Your Holy Spirit can enter in and do the work only HE can do within me.  I want to live fully and completely in Your will.  Thank You for allowing me to see things in me that I need to let You change.  Only You Lord...only You can help me and change me.  Thank You for the work You have started in me and for the work You are going to finish. 

In Jesus name...In Jesus name...