Sunday, May 25, 2014

God said...move from this mountain

Good morning my sisters-

Time has flown by.  It's been raining and we are thanking Jesus for it.  We are lucky because God has provided for the earth and it's inhabitants.  Praise the Lord for all He has done.  I'm sorry I haven't written lately.  Both my sons' have graduated and there were parties to plan and time just flew by but I'm back writing again and spending precious time with our God.

My life is changing fast.  One child may be moving and the other is not far behind him.  Before long my house that was full of laughter and noise will be quiet and very clean.  Be careful for what you long for.  Yesterday, I gave my boys hearts from Hallmark that said Remember I Always love you.  I wanted them to have something that reminded them no matter what was going on, I love them.  It's nice to have that reminder especially when times get tough.

God left us that reminder.  We have a book that is over 2000 years old to remind us of His love and dedication.  He fulfills His promises and that is comforting to one that finds that people aren't especially trustworthy.  I'm praying that as each day comes we will remember the words of our Father and follow Him with a glad heart.

We are lucky because we can worship Him freely.  There are young women right now in the grips of terrorists that hate Christians,  These women have been beaten or killed for their faith.  They were taken to prove a point and I'm praying that the men that did this will become Christians because of their act.   I know that evil lurks but I also know that even during war men have found Christ.  I'm praying for that now and if any woman suffered death because of their faith; they are beside Jesus and I am thanking God for His unending mercy on the powerless.

The Bible is real and true.  Many things have come to pass that were promised.   It just takes reading the Old Testament and getting into the New to see all the prophesies fulfilled.

READ the following:

The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites; go to all the neighboring peoples in the Arabah, in the mountains, in the western foothills, in the Negev and along the coast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the Euphrates. See, I have given you this land. Go in and take possession of the land the Lord swore he would give to your fathers—to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—and to their descendants after them.” (Deuteronomy 1:6-8 NIV)

The Lord has been with us from the beginning.  He directs our path and as we look toward Him; He will show us our way.  We don't need a prophet to tell us which way to go.  Now, we can ask and the Holy Spirit will guide us to our destiny.  Please pray for every single person that needs to move or was forced to move.  Pray that God will alter their steps and that He will fulfill His promise to the church.  Jesus promised to come back and to free the world of evil and we must never forget that our purpose here is just a blink of an eye.  God is real.  Three persons in One.  There is only one God and He is the God of all people.  Evil comes and wants to destroy what is good but God has a plan and we are part of it.  Join with me today and ask God to move His people from their mountains and into the promise land.  Be well my sisters and know I love you.

Monday, May 19, 2014

God said...In the beginning

Good morning all-

If you're like me life has gotten very busy.  I have two graduated, one trying to find an engineering job wherever he can and the other contemplating the next steps of life.  The graduation presents have been bought and the party will take place next weekend.  In the midst of that, I have been working a ton and trying to solidify our business.  Where is the balance?  I'm not quite sure anymore.  My husband asked me if I was going to take a vacation this summer. When I look at the work ahead, I really don't know when and to top that all off; I realized June is just a few weeks away.

Days, hours and months fly by and I have no idea where they go.  We know a day is 24 hours, an hour is 60 minutes and a month could be 28, 30 or 31 days and yet they seem to be going in a blink of an eye.  Yesterday, I heard my pastor speak on Genesis 1.  No one really knows what a day is in God's eyes.  Man has manufactured time.  I doubt it even truly aligns with His time but then I'm not with Him so I can't ask.

All through Genesis 1 God talks about life, creation and the abundance of what He's creating.  He created the Heavens and the earth and if He's literal, God did it in seven days.  I took that to heart yesterday as I went to church, did laundry, vacuumed, helped my husband, drove nails into an outside wood staircase and cooked dinner.  Somewhere in between all that I rested for a little while.  My life is full of events, business and chores.  There's not much time to rest and when I think of God creating all that in six days my head wonders, "How did He manage that?"

There are many  mysteries that will never be revealed.  The Bible is a glimpse into the world our Father completed but He's not finished.  He has left things out and we just have to be good with that.  If you're struggling with finding time to rest, watching days go by like hours and really can't see the end, sit down with your Bible and peak into the world of our God and know that He is in control.

Our days may be flying by but God has us and is working to use us in His time.  May God bless and keep you today as you seek Him.  Take some time every day to enjoy the wonder He created in just a few days!

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day. And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day. (Genesis 1:1-31 NIV)

Sunday, May 18, 2014

God loves the widow

Good morning all-

I woke up with prayers on my lips and a song in my heart.  Days like this make me feel blessed.  However, there have been mornings in the last week that I woke up anxious, tired and worried.  On those days it's just hard to find God, especially if I don't get into the word of God.  You know what I'm talking about.  You run until you fall.  Well that was me last week and for some of you, it was you too.

In the last months, I have really been trying to get with God every morning.  It sets the tone for the day and it helps when the challenges of life come rushing in.  It has also helped me hear God's calling for the women of the world.  I have never felt a passion for reading about other countries like I have the last couple of years.  I never wanted to go on missions or leave the comfort of the US.  But now I find myself reading about Syria, Nigeria and the Ukraine and my heart aches for the tragedy that is happening all over the world.

Women are vital to the future of our generations.  We are the nurturers and the guiders of the youth and when we are being crushed, families will be crushed.  Recently, I read an article about the Syrians going back home and it broke my heart.  Women are homeless and without their spouses.  Men fight and women suffer.  So today, there are more and more widows and fatherless children.  They are the leftovers of hate, war and freedom.  What does God say about the widows?  He will take care of them.  If you feel led, please pray for the widows and orphans.  They are God's people and prayer does make a difference.

I have to go for now but remember we are a body that needs to pray for the lost, the lonely and the fatherless.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Jesus said...because I live

Good morning my sisters-

I woke up to a beautiful blue sky, birds chirping and a heavy heart.  Two out of three isn't bad, right?  Yesterday, I had to put two dogs down.  Sometimes the circle of life is a heavy burden to carry.  The house feels empty and so does my heart.  Like all death, I will eventually get over it but it sure does feel empty.

An animal is God's creature and in some ways they get to go better than we do.  Many suffer horribly painful deaths but not animals.  In less than a minute these very old dogs were gone and I was left feeling sad and lonely.

I have never understood the taking of lives or the desire to hurt anyone.  I know that our military has to in order to protect us but there is gang violence, dictators with their own agendas and evil everywhere.  Why must we hate when we can love?  Loss is devastating enough as it is.

Jesus came to this earth to teach us love and service.  His gift was love and sacrifice.  Yesterday, I watched my son cry over two small dogs and I was reminded of how great he loves.  He is God's man full of love and feelings.  My prayer is that both of my sons will love like Jesus and that every living creature they touch will know love.

I know putting two dogs to sleep is not the same as human life, destruction, war or anything else we could categorize as bad but in our house two little creatures showed us unconditional love and they will be missed.

Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” (John 14:19-21 NIV)

I will forever be grateful that my Father loved me so.  He is at the right hand of His Father, one God for all time.  His love carries me through my sadness, puts my feet on solid ground and reminds us all that God is the maker of all living things.  His love never ends.

Be well my sisters.  I hope you have learned something from my series on Jesus said.  His words are powerful and should be written on our hearts.