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11/01/2011

Finish strong.

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So, run that ye may obtain.

9/26/2011

I wanna be where You are



If it's an oldie, is it still considered secular? At any rate, I heard this song the other day and the application was so obvious to me. Just listen, and I'm sure you'll be humming this tune all day.

I only want for me, whatever God wants for me. Nothing less. I only want to go, where He wants me to go. I want to be exactly what He wants me to be. And, oh yeah Lord, I want to be where You are.

Be a blessing

9/24/2011

A familiar scripture...

Yesterday, while driving home from work, a familiar scripture came to mind that rejuvenated me immediately.

The scripture is found in Psalms 84:11 and says "For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."

A friend of mind -that loves me, no doubt - had mentioned a certain disappointment in my life and unbeknown to her, that memory brought a bit of sadness to my day. But, thank the Lord for gently whispering those words to me to lift me back up to where I needed to be.

My safest place is in the arms of God.

Be a Blessing

9/22/2011



The Return of the Prodigal Son (engraving by
Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld)


"Make me your servant." - The Prodigal son (Luke 15:19)

After coming to the realization that sometimes it's better to wait

on our inheritance.

7/15/2011

Looking for a hiding place?

I'm encouraged today in knowing that when I hurt, or am fearful, or uncertainty has found a place in my heart; when stresses of life arise and overwhelm me or my internal navigation system has become compromised and clouded; when I am seeking a hiding place from my enemies, or I am tossed too and fro by the storms of life; when the four walls I call my shelter cease to provide me the refuge I desire, I know that...

* For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion, in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock (Ps. 27:5).

* He shall cover thee with His feathers and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thou shield and buckler (Ps. 91:4).

* The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it, and are safe (Prov. 18:10).

* God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Ps. 46:1).

* He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty (Ps. 91:1).

Be a blessing

7/11/2011

the real definition of Coincidence

Coincidence (koh-in-si-duhns), noun

According to Webster's Dictionary:

the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection; It's a coincidence that I received an unexpected bonus on my pay check the same day that my mechanic told me that I needed immediate repairs on my car.

According to The Holy Bible:

the revelation that there is no such thing as coincidence but that the alleged accidental occurrence of events is actually the manifestation of all things working together for good to them that love God to them that are the called according to his purpose; Praise God! The same day that my mechanic told me that I needed immediate repairs on my car, God blessed me with an unexpected bonus on my paycheck.

Be a blessing

6/26/2011

No-thing is Impossible

It's been a long time since I sat down at my computer to write. But God is still blessing and I look forward to every opportunity to share His goodness and faithfulness with others.

I got up early this morning to take my ritual Sunday morning drive to McDonald's for a cup of coffee. My route takes me past a house that I have adored since I was very young; my dream house. I can't even remember the number of times I've driven past that house and asked the Lord to bless me with a chance to own it someday.

For some reason, this house has always seemed out of my reach. If I ever made enough money or was in a financial position to purchase it, would the opportunity ever come my way? Growing up, the house was always occupied. But, as I live and breath, here I am, years later, ready to purchase my first home. The house just so happens to be on the market. It's been empty, almost looking abandoned for several months. After contacting my real estate agent and going on a walk through, I learned that the house was lost to the previous owners by a foreclosure. The house is available at an asking price of almost half the price it would have sold for in it's "hay-day".

The house would need a little work; tender loving care, but it's an incredible opportunity that I can't pass up. Whether the house will be mine someday, I really don't know, but what I'm amazed at is the idea that with God, no thing is impossible (Luke 1:37). There's just no telling what lengths my Heavenly Father won't go through to make my impossible, possible. There's no estimating what He won't shake, rattle, turnover, twist, break, bless, bend, or up heave to bless His children.

I think of a child desiring something that's on a high shelf and alerting her loving father that she desires that thing, as she rises up on her tippy toes and stretches her arms out trying to grasp that thing. The father simply, without effort takes hold of the object and hands it down to her. God desires to give good gifts to His children (Matt 7:11). I feel my faith ignited as I think of how God cares for me. He will withhold no good thing from me (Ps. 84:11).

Be a blessing

4/19/2011

a lovely day


This is day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24

I woke up this morning. This simple fact means that I have another day to live my life for this amazing God, my saviour Jesus Christ. Today is another day that I will have a chance to worship Him. Another day to sing praises unto Him. Mercy is new this morning.

Today is another day that I can be a blessing to those around me and share the love of Jesus. A chance for me to allow His light to shine through me. I'm given another opportunity to teach my child to - above all else - trust in God.

Another morning for me to remember all His blessings in my life. Another day jam packed with God's loving-kindness. Another chance for Him to work on me and continue to mold me into a Vessel of Honor.

One more day that I can proclaim that He is my portion.

It's going to be a lovely day.

Be a Blessing

4/17/2011

Eyes Wide Open

Our kitten, Titus loves jumping up on our aquarium and terrifying my daughter's turtle. In the wee hours of the morning, I hear the weight of his body as he grips the side of the tank and pulls himself up to take in a full view of his fishing ground. He knows I hate it and he knows he'll get a stern voice and a spray with the water bottle if he's caught in the act. Plus, the turtle has this look on his face as if he's wondering, "does anyone else see this?".

As soon as I hear Titus' gentle thud on the top of the tank, I jump out of the bed. He immediately jumps down. He's clever enough to even run to a resting position right outside my bedroom and stretch and yawn, as if he's been right there sleeping the entire time. It's gotten to the point that even if I shift in the bed a bit, or if Titus hears the creak of my mattress springs, he'll jump down instantly. This proves to me that he knows right from wrong, but the temptation is great and his feline instinct and nature has an incredible pull on him. I'm willing to bet anything that in his little cat heart, he wants to do the right thing.

What came to my mind were the words of Jesus in Matthew 26:41. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

This is the setting of scripture where Jesus is about to be betrayed by Judas and then crucified, and is praying and travailing in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus had requested of the disciples that they stay with Him and keep watch. Jesus returns three times to find them deep in sleep. The scripture says, their eyes were heavy.

It's important to put on the whole armour of God afresh each day (Ephesians 6:11-18), so that we are able to stand against the wiles or schemes of the devil. Applied practically, the devil's wiles are things that are constantly being laid out before us to tempt us to doubt God or live to satisfy our carnal man. The devil's focus is to keep us unfocused, side-tracked, faithless, fearful, and complacent.

Scripture teaches us that we are not struggling against flesh and blood, but against principalities and spiritual wickedness. So when the enemy starts "messing", remember that we are soldiers enlisted in God's army and that there is a spiritual war raging. It's time to shake ourselves, take a firm stand on righteousness and bring our flesh under subjection. So, take up those weapons of warfare and fight. Let's stay awake!

Be a blessing