Saturday, November 30, 2013

November 30, 2013

Good morning all-

I listened to stories, laughed with family and had some of the best food in my life. Fellowship is absolutely one of the most wonderful things this life has to offer.  It made me think of the disciples sitting at a camp site recounting their day, laughing and thanking God for miracles.

We laughed about all kinds of things this week, we embraced our traditions and we spread love.  Not human love but Godly love.  The kind only God can give through His mighty spirit!  You know when that love is  being poured out because everyone is feeling deep connection.  We were feeling so connected that Mark poured His heart out last night and in his confession I heard his deep pain.  For a moment, I was struck with the feeling that this can't be happening and then I listened to what he was saying and realized how vital it is to make amends as parents but more importantly as people.

Pain can create immense feelings of anger and on some levels rage.  It eats at us from the inside out and makes us say and do things we don't mean. Those intense feelings can push people away and leave you feeling empty and alone.  Our feelings can't be our guide.  We must ask Jesus to be what our parents couldn't be.  Actually, we need to ask Jesus to fill the gaps in all of our relationships.  Feeling unwanted will destroy you.  Embracing Jesus will comfort you and enlighten you.  Not everyone gets to have great patents, spouses or friends.  It's really up to us to seek Jesus.  He will fill our hearts with acceptance, love and peace.

I heard my aunt say yesterday that part of her reaction to religion was her feelings toward being a sinner.  Regardless of what you believe, we all are sinners.  That doesn't mean we are horrible creatures. What it means is that since the fall of Adam and Eve, every human has a sinful nature.  I believe it and I live my life with that knowledge.  It grounds me because then I know how much God truly loves us all.

I wish I could paint this life differently; I'm sure Jesus did too.  Why do you think a man gave His life for you?  There isn't a reason in the world I would give my life for thousands of mean people.  And yet, God gave His life for me. Humbling, don't you think?

This week has reminded me that love never ends.  We had several generations in the room and once again I was reminded that we are the keepers of the next generation.  If you do nothing in this life, give the gift of Jesus.  Talk about what He means to you, embrace His love and pray for the broken hearted.  They are everywhere.  I loved showing Him this week.  Like a great light, my heart was lit up, pronouncing His name!

Worship, fellowship and pray for God's hand.  We are the keepers of the next generation.  Be well my sisters and know the love of Jesus.  If you don't know Him and you would like to investigate who Jesus was and is, go to a pastor or search the web.  You can find all kinds of information about Jesus. The best place to find Him is in a Bible.  Their is a great app called the Bible app.  It translates te Bible in many languages.  He's worth the time; I promise.

 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends! I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:1-7 NIV)

Friday, November 29, 2013

November 29, 2013

Good morning all-

Thanksgiving is gone and  all I could think about was the love of Jesus.  In our midst yesterday was a Muslim from Saudi Arabia and a man from India.  It was fun and they were very nice.  My son spent a lot of time talking to the students.  Their lives are much different than ours.  This was their first Thanksgiving feast and I'm sure it's the first time they've heard a prayer to Jesus.  I have no idea how it was received.  They come from strict religious background but I know there are no coincidences in life.  My prayer is that one prayer will begin a journey towards Jesus.

I hope wherever you are you spent time loving.  Moments fly by and with them comes much.  I'm so thankful that my God is a loving, merciful God.  I'm hanging onto the hope for another revival.  It's hard for me to think of religion as a way of life and that's what it is for many.  Rituals, praying to gods or believing in things like sacrificing yourself for many virgins.  This is a way of life in many different parts of the world.  We need to pray that God would reveal His fullness today!

A life filled with rituals is boring and full of rules.  A life filled with Jesus is taking His word and building a relationship full of love.  I have never been into repetition.  I have always loved leveling.  What does that mean?  It means building a step at a time, enhancing, shaping and investing.  Anyone can learn a ritual not as many can build a relationship.  We were meant to build relationships! It's by design our Maker chose to give us free will and I definitely see the benefits of that!

So if you have been talking to people who don't know Christ be sensitive to the fact that they have been programmed for years to believe in their religion or in their lack of one. Pray that God would bless you with the words to speak to them and most importantly pray Christ would reveal Himself.  That's what I will be praying.  My prayer will be tat those to men will see the face of Christ.

Be well my sisters and pray without ceasing! Our best way to Jesus is through prayer.  Invest in it and you will begin to see the face of Jesus.  Although the Bible does not speak about Sara, Mary or Eve's prayers, you know they were.  We are here together because of them.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

Be well my sisters!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

November 28,2013

Good morning all-

I'm up this morning at 5:30 perking my coffee, starting laundry and remembering every single Thanksgiving. My tables are set to entertain over 22 people, family is in and we will be joined by two students from another country. Am I ready? We will see!  What matters most is not how good the food is or how glorious the house looks; what matters most is honoring God in Thanksgiving.

I'm sure you've noticed I haven't been on here very much.  I have been dealing with a personal issue that has been draining all my energy.  Part of it was attitude and the other part I don't wish to state on the Internet. Needless to say, God has been faithful!  My time with Him has helped me take each day as it comes and although my situation hasn't corrected itself ,He is showing me that there is hope.

Two things get me through difficult times, prayer and Thanksgiving.  We don't always remember the times He took us over a mountain or helped us through the flood.  Did you ever wonder how the Israelites doubted?  Of course you have and so have I.  But at the end of the day if the journey is long we will doubt.  My only solution in those times is to pray and thank Him for what I do have.

So wherever you live take time today to reflect on what you have. Give thanksgiving for the food on your table, for the people that nurtured and invested in you ,but mostly, thank Christ for dying on a cross. Remember that He gave His life so you would have eternal life!

I have a lot to be sad about during this time of year but I'm choosing to be thankful for every day, every memory and every season because God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son!  I'm not sure when my personal journey will right  itself but until that day I pray for my heart attitude to stay faithful full of Thanksgiving remains!

I pray that  wherever you live; you are praising Jesus!  Tonight I will give the prayer and in it I will thank Christ for every memory, for every blessing and for every challenge.  He is my Savior and just for that, that's the best reason to thank Him!

May today be full of love, life and praise! Be well my sisters and know I love you so!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4 NIV)

I'm entering now, how about You?  If you've reached this blog and don't know Christ, I encourage you to investigate the truth behind the cross.  He's seeking you to come into His fold.  Don't believe in coincidences because there aren't any!

My prayer today:

O, my Lord, You are my mighty king!  I pray today with thanksgiving and ask that You come into the hearts of men and women all over the world.  Let today be a day of thanksgiving, opening our minds and hearts to You.  I offer up mine today declaring You are the one, true God! Open their eyes Lord to the wonder that is You!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

November 24, 2013

Good morning all-

Baby it's cold outside!  I can't believe we went from being 70 degrees to being 22 in a matter of days but I love it.  My favorite memories are of my mom setting the tables for Thanksgiving, drinking hot chocolate and being bundled up because it was so cold outside.  The house would smell of wonderful things and we knew that soon, she would be baking dozens of cookies, a pan full of fudge and Swedish braids.  (They're still my favorite).

Yesterday was a busy day for me.  I have 22 people coming for Thanksgiving.  My aunt will be coming from New York, a cousin from Austin and 2 foreign exchange students I don't even know.  My house will be full of family from 5 to 75.  Wow!  The only thing missing will be my parents and brother but they will be here right in my heart.

This time of year has always been my favorite.  I love the excitement leading to Christmas and yes, I love to serve and buy gifts.  I love to look in the World Vision catalog to see what I can get and think that at least a few undernourished children will get to eat this year.  As a kid, I just loved the fact that my family would be around, I never thought of anything else actually.  I never thought what it would be like to be the oldest left in a family or being responsible for the traditions to be passed from generation to generation.  I only thought of sitting at the table with the china and the glasses and the beautiful smells of the holidays.

As I was cleaning yesterday all I could think of was how much I missed my parents.  My sister-in-law came over yesterday and helped me set tables, we polished silverware together and laughed about the table cloth that wouldn't smooth out.  I hate wrinkles but this was crazy!  Anyway, we finally got it to a place we both could accept, set the table and we now have 19 of the place settings done.  The last remains for me to do, otherwise, we won't be able to walk in my living room.

There are things I'm very thankful for this year.  I'm thankful that my family is coming.  I'm thankful that I had a mom and dad that made family important and I'm thankful that what they started is moving forward.  I'm also thankful for having a house that can hold so many people, a job that allows me to keep it and to pay for the food and of course, good health so I can continue to do it all.  I am blessed.  My prayer for the coming years will be that we all work to keep those traditions.  Family, friends, giving and serving should be on our watch list of important "to-do's."  We are saved for a purpose and I hope that by building a foundation and a place where Jesus is praised, my family will carry on when I'm gone.

I hope as the days draw nearer to Thanksgiving in the United States we reallywould put our thanks at the feet of Jesus.  The Indians celebrated harvest because it meant survival, we should celebrate because we have life through Jesus.  I know how short life can be so I want to spend my time giving to others, being a good steward and worshiping my God. Miracles still exist, we just have to look for them.

I hope wherever you live, your enjoying the weather and remembering the good moments of your life.  The years fly by, so take each one and embrace it. I'm going to leave you with a prayer that has almost haunted me this week.  In the words, I can hear the raw emotion of a man that loved God's people.

Hear his words:

Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you , being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!  AMEN.

This Scripture has been flagged in my Bible App.  If you don't have it, I would encourage you to get it.  It allows you to have your Bible anywhere you go and I love to set bookmarks, now I just need to figure out how to share them between my smart phone and iPad.   I know that many of you may be down during the holidays and that loss and life can make us hate the holidays.  I would encourage you to pray this prayer and to really hear the words.  These were the words prayed thousands of years ago for you and me.  I think that's why I say they haunted me this week, for I know these words have been heard by Christ and carried through the centuries.  Be well my sisters and pray this prayer.  I have prayed it at  least 10 times since I stumbled upon it and although I love to share my prayers with you this one is so powerful, we should all be praying it.  Finally, thank you all for carrying the burden of prayer.  It's a mighty way for us to come together, to love one another and to realize that all of us, no matter where we live, are one with our Father.

Friday, November 15, 2013


Good morning all-

Well it's been two years since I watched my dad slowly take a turn for the worst. I took the opportunity to read the words I wrote on 11/11/11.  You can read them if you wish, they are posted on my November 12th blog 2012.  It was hard to go back and to read my cries for help.  I felt so helpless and really had no where to turn but to Jesus.  I feared that I had failed and in many ways I did. It took a 21 year old to stand on his faith and begin to speak of Jesus.  I will never forget that conversation or the time that passed.  Austin felt called to witness to his bpa while the rest of us shook with fear.

Those days that I sat with him were some of the most torturous of my life because I was helpless. He was dying never knowing Jesus all because I wasn't brave enough to tell him my deepest feelings.  I know he knew though and for that, I'm thankful.  This week has brought back lots of memories for me.  He was an outstanding human being, not to mention a wonderful husband and father. He didn't know The Lord until those last days on earth but he practiced love, kindness, patience and sacrifice.  He was my hero on earth and the reason I can love Jesus so deeply.

When I look over the last seven years lots of thoughts and feelings come to mind but the thing that's most on my mind is the deep conviction my loss has given me to spread Jesus's love.  Fear has no room in my life anymore. If you don't agree with my conviction I'm going to love you anyway but I'm going to stand up and proclaim it!

I have been very blessed.  I'm not sure my brother realizes that a day after my dads favorite day and the marker for his decline from this earth, he was baptized as a son of Christ.  Someone stood up and ministered and proclaimed the name of Jesus!  I know that not everyone is called to stand up and preach but we are called to speak on what God has done in our life.  I'm speaking now and praising Him for His majesty!

So whether my life feels wonderful really doesn't matter because The Lord has done great things for us!  Be blessed my sisters and tell the good news. No one should wait until only dreams can save a man. I learned that the hard way and yet, I was blessed then too.

He does great things that ⌊we⌋ cannot understand and miracles that ⌊we⌋ cannot count. (Job 5:9 GW)

Remember we are not here for ourselves, we are here for His glory just as the Son came to earth and sacrificed His life, we must do the same.  There is no greater  treasures whether it be gold or fame than to be in the presence of Jesus!

Be well today.

Until tomorrow...

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

November 13, 2013

Good morning all-

I'm sure you have been wondering where I've been.  I am concluding 6 weeks of travel and finally will have time to sit down and write.  My job gets really busy towards the end of the year and I have to sell so that others can have a paycheck.  So during my time of travel I have noticed many things and they have stuck with me for the last two weeks.  One, I don't see a lot of soldiers anymore.  Two, people seem to be more agitated and less likely to be courteous and finally, the homeless.  I seem to see them everywhere I go.  Although, I noticed them a little before, that's all I see now.

I'm a bleeding heart and once upon a time I was very trusting.  I am not as trusting of humans as I once was but I still believe that everyone deserves a chance.  That's why when I look at the true homeless my heart breaks.  There's a story behind every blank stare, every babbling sentence and every basket.  I don't live in New York, Houston or LA but lately, I have seen many that are destitute with no where to live.  I guess that's why my heart is breaking for those in the Philippines.  We are so worried about the people in the US but most of us can reclaim what we once had, at least put a roof over our heads.  They have lost everything.  Most countries do not have property insurance so once they have lost their possessions, they have lost everything.  I'm sure that no one is thinking about the clothes they lost or the house that washed away, they're just trying to survive.  According to the headlines they have one week to save thousands.  Every picture makes my heart break and often I feel helpless.  Not just with what's happening in other countries but what's happening here too.  Another man took his life last week.  Another father left his wife and someone decided that being married meant you didn't have to try. 

All over the world people are suffering from things we can and can not see.  People hide behind smiles and things to keep from falling apart.  I have often wondered what life would be like if we gave of our time more, helped those that are helpless and prayed for those we don't know.  Selfless acts of kindness, where would we be?  I know where we would be, at the feet of Jesus.  He sees everything we see and He rescues those that need rescuing.  He knows their inner turmoil and how hard it is to fight to survive.  He witnesses the natural disasters and calls to His people to serve and to pray.  Why?  So that when we sit in our glass houses, we remember that all things come from Him and at any time those things can be crushed.  The only thing on earth that can't be destroyed is our relationship with Him and that's because He allowed His flesh to be destroyed so that we could be in His light.

This journey is taxing and many bad things happen but as I sit here and write I'm thinking of a prayer I prayed in 1985 for my family.  I prayed that everyone of them would know my Savior.  I asked Him to bring forth His spirit on my family and finish what He started through me.  Yesterday, the headlines read of the devastation in the Philippines, murder, destruction and the downturn of our economy and all I could think about was that prayer.  Why?  Because my youngest brother was baptized and all day long all I could think of was that God had fulfilled a prayer. I was 19 years old when I prayed that prayer and I am 47 now.  When I got saved I truly believed the Lord could do all things.  As I got older, I would wonder and to be truthful I still wonder.  I guess what I have learned is that I don't know God's ways but I do know that He loves His people and when we pray for His will great and mighty things begin to happen.  I am so thankful to a God that shows grace, mercy and understanding on a fallen people, aren't you?

This blog has gone all over the place today but it still comes down to the same thing, love one another and believe that Christ can do all things.  I know that the world makes us question why and we will continue to until Christ comes back.  Maybe instead of questioning we should pray that the homeless find homes, the soldiers come home and the lost be found.  Please take time to pray for those in the Philippines, they are in a state of emergency.  They need our prayers.  Thousands may have been lost and thousands more could be lost.  Pray that the God that found you would find them and come to their rescue.  If we can't be His hands and feet then let's be His warriors, praying on the sideline for a miracle of mighty proportions.

May the Lord of light intercede in your life today.  I know life isn't easy because I'm living it too.  What I do know is that there isn't a day that goes by that I'm not aware that I have been redeemed and it's through that selfless act, I live.  Be blessed my sisters.
The Bible application has this Scripture up today and I thought it fit this so well.

Psalm 33:4-5 NIV

     For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.  The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of His unfailing love.

Make this true today my sisters and love someone!

My prayer today:

O, Lord, thank you for being our deliverer.  Just like those that have gone before us, bad things happen to good people.  In the darkness, please be the light that we walk in and help us to see You in and through all of our circumstances.  Help us to know where we are needed and give us the strength and courage to continue to spread Your word. I am humbled by the fact that You have fulfilled a prayer that I said so long ago.  Continue to spread Your spirit on future generations all over the world and guide us now as we try to stay true to You.  You are the most important thing in  my life and without You I would die.  Thank You for caring about Your people and for always showing us our way.  Help us to divest of our images and begin to only care about people finding You.  I can't imagine a day without You and luckily, I don't have too.  Take care of the men, women and children in the Philippines and hold them because we can't.  I'm praying for protection from hunger, disease and chaos.  Be with them now Lord and let them see the miracle of You.  In Jesus name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

Sunday, November 3, 2013

November 3, 2013

Good morning all-

I spent most of yesterday on household projects getting ready for my family reunion.  Luckily, I was able to go outside and help my husband take down the decorations so that he can get ready to put up the Christmas lights.  The other time was spent taking off wallpaper.  I don't know how many of you have ever actually stripped border or wallpaper but it's quite a task.

This was actually border on a small room that we are turning into an exercise room.  It used to be the boys computer room until the Internet decided not to work very well.  Now, we will be moving our equipment in so that Mark and I can exercise together this winter.  With the time changing and the season getting colder I thought it would be nice for us to continue to workout together.  Plus it gives  me an excuse to change the room.  Anyway, I started yesterday around 10:30 am and finished taking off the last piece around 5 pm.  It was quite a task with only taking a break to fix lunch and to help take down the decorations with Mark.  He loves to do projects together and I realize how happy he is when I help.  Like many things though, I have my own projects and I don't always want too.  More and more I'm finding that if I want us to be cohesive in every way I need to continue to help him.  Isn't that what we were made to do anyway?

By 8 pm we were cleaning the room and I was looking back at the pure destruction I had caused.  There were millions of little wallpaper pieces everywhere.  Mark asked if I couldn't have been more organized in my demolition.  Of course I couldn't.  If you've ever taken it down you know what I mean!  Anyway, what I realized is I was much more energized than I've been. I think it's because it was totally physical labor.  It took me out of my head and into putting all my energy into peeling each layer, scraping and peeling again.  It was a full upper body workout and my mind didn't have time to contemplate the world crisis, my son's destinies or my future.  All I could think about was the stupid border and how long it was going to take me to get it down.

It's not easy doing manual labor but I'm wondering if that's why people that do seem more content than the rest of us.  Maybe those of us that think instead of work have a harder time because we fixate on things that really don't matter.  Instead of problem solving, like stripping wallpaper, we mull over problems until we can't sleep at night or we're too exhausted to participate in other activities.  I don't have an answer for any of that but I do know that I slept very well last night and nothing could have woke me.

As I woke this morning, I thought of how yesterday made me feel.  I felt accomplished and I felt happy.  I love to change things.  It's probably the renewal that I really like.  Often, I will paint a room just because I love to see how it changes.  Walls don't talk back, they don't have feelings and they change by your hand, it's a win, win.  So this morning, I'm sitting in the room that I demolished thinking about all the work that needs to be done.  It won't be easy.  My husband picked out another border that he really likes and as I put it up to the wall I realized the top portion is cut out.  What does that mean?  I get to paint first, then border.  Yea!  Well at least I opened the package first and put it up to the wall before I got excited about getting this project finished.

All of this home improvement got me thinking about being renewed in Christ.  You know what I mean.  It's like riding a bike really.  You know how to do it, you have already fallen a couple of times and know how to stay up and after awhile the bike becomes one with you.  There aren't any real challenges as long as you avoid cars and don't jump over a ramp.  It's just easy.  The same goes for this room.  I could have kept it exactly the same, moved in the exercise equipment and been done but something said to me, change it and make it new.  I wonder how often God states that for us.  Don't you?  I'm sure He's watching over us, seeing that we are in the same pattern and thinks, "Are they aware of how far they've gotten away from me."  You know it's really easy.  We spend our weeks at home or at our jobs.  We may hop in our cars Wednesday nights to take the kids to church and definitely on Sunday.  We go to lunch after church and may or may not talk about the sermon.  And then we drive home, start our routine and hopefully put our minds on Christ at some point in the week.  You know it's true.  People even read their Bibles routinely but that's just it.  We aren't doing a complete overhaul.  We're simply fitting Him into our day hoping it will suffice.  Now if you're feeling convicted, so am I so don't shoot the messenger. It's just the truth.

So every once in awhile I feel Christ peeling me back, scraping off the hard edges and encouraging me to change.  It's never a major overhaul but it definitely is a work in progress.  You know, like wetting down the walls, taking the wallpaper scraper and trying to find an edge, peeling off anything that will peel and then scraping some more.  And when it's all off, putting the new on and seeing the glory in the work.  That's what Christ has to do to us in order to change the old and bring in the new.  Although, I doubt many of us change in a few hours.  It normally takes time, maybe a day, a week or a year before we have that moment when the light bulb goes off and we realize that something inside has changed and we are better for it.

Like most, I am comfortable with status quo.  It's easier actually.  But is it?  Not in reality.  We must grow in order to teach, in order to know Him more and in order to live according to His word.  If we are just doing enough to get by then we will only know half of what He wants us to know.  It takes us giving of our time and wanting to change to change.  Free will is in the middle so I encourage you to be a work in progress so that God doesn't have to do a major demolition on your soul.  It's much easier to change in increments.  My project is a perfect example.  I didn't try to do everything yesterday.  I could have but I realized that it would be better to start fresh in the morning when I had the energy to renew my mission.  That's what Christ asks of us.  We must renew our minds and hearts on a regular basis so that when He needs to adjust us, we will be open to it.

I hope this post hasn't been to long today but working on my room got my creative juices going.  It's wonderful to pour out my thoughts onto this blog and see what God has done in my life.  These writings aren't just about spreading the gospel, they're for me too.  I'm no different than anyone that reaches this blog.  Like Paul, I am the least of these.  He knew that God had done a  miracle in His life and just like him, I know Christ has given me a gift.  When He poured His blood on my soul, I knew that I'd been saved.  I am lucky because although I am a sinner; I have eternal life through Christ Jesus.  Be well today my sisters and embrace the changes you are going through.  Anything that is happening in your life is because of your commitment and love of Christ.  He will renew your mind and spirit as long as your willing to let him.

Deuteronomy 30:6 NIV

     The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love Him will all your heart and with all your soul, and live.

1 Samuel 2:1 NIV

     Then Hannah prayed and said: "My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.  My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, please bring me to a place that I am always willing to be changed.  I am like the wallpaper I took down yesterday, glued and sometimes hard to reach.  I often have to be peeled, scraped and then renewed.  I know that about myself and I am humbled that You revealed it through my project.  As I sit and write today I would like to praise You for the many changes You have made in me.  I know that I am a sinner. I can be stubborn but when I look upon You I know that Your my deliverer that  conquered my wounded soul.  I will never be able to repay You for the burden You bore for me or for the sacrifice that You made but with every breath I pray that I will live for You alone.  Keep me in today and help me see what needs to change in this moment.  I can't worry about tomorrow but I can face the day knowing that I must be humbled to Your will.  Continue to provide word pictures of the things that are important to You and please help the women that reach this blog know You better through prayer, Scripture and me.  I am a servant, one who loves You with her whole heart.  Grant me, O, Lord the spirit of renewal and let me seek You all my days.  In Jesus Name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...

Saturday, November 2, 2013

November 2, 2013

Good morning all-

Well October is a thing of the past and we are off to November.  Have you ever noticed how the months seem to dissipate in a blink of an eye?  They come and go so fast anymore I can't seem to even enjoy them.  Soon, I will have Thanksgiving at my house and then Christmas will be upon us and then, a new year will dawn.

I love this time of year.  Mainly because people give of themselves.  Thanksgiving is a time of true family tradition.  Anyone that ever had a family meal knows what I'm talking about.  I can remember not having much money, my parents scraping for every cent but there was always a nice fat turkey on the table, dressing, and mashed potatoes.  Those are the foods I remember most.  My mom liked things like cranberry dressing and pickled beets; I still get nauseated thinking about those but the memories are precious.

I got up early today and thought about what I would write.  This time holds many precious moments for me and memories I will take to my grave.  Family was a part of who my parents were.  My mom ingrained us to think about family and to remember that each one of us held the key that would take us into the next generations.  We are family and with that there is a responsibility to care and nurture that family.

I am so glad to be the matriarch now but with it comes much responsibility.  On Thanksgiving, I'm hosting the last of my mom's siblings and my cousins for Thanksgiving.  I'm a little nervous about it but every time I want to get stressed; I just think to myself, this is family. 

I know that in the US this is a big celebration.  I'm sure in other countries you may have similar holidays to express family but this is ours.  Our founding fathers wouldn't have survived the harsh winters without the help of the Indians.  Them breaking bread together is what our history is founded on. In the US more people travel during Thanksgiving than any other time of the year.  All you have to do is book a flight around November 26 in the US and you will see what I'm talking about.

It's known that people will travel for a few short days to break bread with their families.  It's a wonderful tradition and one that hasn't left the US.  Now only if this Thanksgiving could be more about family getting together.  It would be great if Thanksgiving became a time of spiritual awakening.  I will have many different people at my table this November.  Some will know Christ and some won't but I'm going to give the prayer just as I have for the last 20 years.  I have said the prayer since I was 17 years old and I will continue until my death.  Why?  Because I have food on my table because of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is in the world. We may not be able to see Him but every act of kindness, every smile and every triumph comes from God.  With every sunset and every sun rise we should know that no matter where we live in the world, Jesus lives!  He is not a figment of our imagination.  He lived, He rose and He will come again.  For all the skeptics in the world there are many of us that know that He saved a wretch like me.  He did not come here for His own gratification but to do His Father's will.  He is One inside a Holy Trinity and we should never forget that everything under the sun belongs to Him including us.

My prayer this season leading to Christmas is that every generation will experience a revival in Christ.  I'm praying for the doubter and the addict.  I'm praying for those that judge and have much pride.  And at the end of the day, I'm praying that people will unite all over the world and sing to the One that deserves our praise.  It's not easy in these times.  Many are fearing for their lives, many are starving and many need a Savior.  I know how lucky I am and in that I praise the name of Jesus.  I would be lost without Him, no matter my wealth.  I must rely on a God that is merciful because at the end of this day; I'm still a sinner and I know it.  As we step into this month and next, please pray that a Christmas miracle would reach every country on this earth.  I'm praying that many will come to know my Father and finally see His hand on their lives.  I'm also praying that I would know Him more, love Him more dearly and follow Him all my days.  On that note, I'm praying the same for you.  We must be His hands and feet.  Why? Because we are commissioned to spread the good news and not be silent.

I hope today is filled with knowing Him and loving Him.  He is amazing in every way!  Take care today and know that you are on my mind.  If you are brave, tell your story by commenting on this blog.  Let us all join to pray for your needs and to glorify our God.  Be well my sisters and know that Christ is near!

1 Chronicles 23:30 NIV

     They were also to stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord.  They were to do the same in the evening.

1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV

     Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things, in your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.

My prayer today:

O, Lord, my Father, how worthy are you?  You have more worth than the most precious stones.  I look upon You and see Your mighty hand on this earth and thank You for Your tremendous gifts.  Lives are being changed all over the world and only You can do that!  We are impressed when our pantries are full, our mortgages are paid and our bellies are full.  We praise You when everything is going our way, when we have abundance and when we feel safe.  Lord, I ask that You would grant us peace in turmoil, prosperity in destruction and thanksgiving in sadness.  These are the times when we often go off into ourselves and these are the times we need You the most.  Today is a day to thank You, not for the abundance of riches or health but because You, alone, gave Your life for us.  We never deserved a gift as precious as You and yet, You saw fit to give Your life.  I pray today for the lost and ask that men and women that love You would embrace Your call and love others.  I pray that we would love our neighbors more than we love ourselves.  At the end of every day, I pray that we are singing and praising You for who You are and not what You provide.  Our lives are about us but when we look upon You, they become about others.  As we go into the season of Thanksgiving, I pray that we will repent of our sins, ask for wisdom and pray for the masses.  Only You can encourage us to be the men and women You need in this battle. Our time is now to do Your will and to seek You first.  In everything, I give You thanks and ask for a revival throughout Your kingdom.  For all is Yours!  Be with us today and help us be Your servants.  Protect us as we go about preaching Your word and blind us to the things that are false, only revealing the things You want us to know.  We come before You, loving You more today than yesterday and asking for Your Holy Spirit to steer us today!  You are our King... In Jesus Name, AMEN

Until tomorrow...