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It is my hope that by reading this daily you will grow in your walk with Christ and be set free from any struggles in your life that are weighing you down. Be blessed to be a blessing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

There Is Still Time Before The Holidays

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:34

Oh no, it's only May, yet I recently saw an article about remodeling before Christmas. It gets earlier every year and can create great stress and expectations. Here it is not even half way to December 25, yet we are made to feel we better hurry up, like now, or else.

Why not just enjoy life and not get all caught up in making things perfect? That is unless you are throwing a party for the Queen of England or something. There is nothing wrong with planning home improvements, but this ad struck me as funny in that it was specifically for the 'holidays'  known to most as 'Christmas'. So please relax and do not stress right now about decorating and shopping and such.

 Each and every day of your life, wake up and thank God for giving you breath. Then make an effort to go into your day being kind and peaceful. This may be difficult for those of you in the business world but at least give it a try. When your are tempted to put others down or speak ugly, stop. You get the idea. Don't worry about Christmas, just take care of today.

PRAYER: I thank you for another day of life. Things may not always be perfect but I rejoice and know you love me Lord. When I am tempted to complain help me stop instead and give praise for something. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Are We Near The End?

You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. These things must happen, but the end is still to come. Matthew 24:6

I have heard many speculating that they feel the end of the world and the coming of Jesus is very near. Prophecies are being fulfilled, morality has taken a nose dive, people are believing lies over the truth and being deceived. Crazy times for sure. 

Further in Matthew 24:36 it says that "no man knows the hour" so all these people trying to forecast doomsday and saying it is such and such a day have no clue. But for sure, it is closer than yesterday obviously.  When men no longer listen to God, when a nation elects a president that won't defend Christian rights yet promotes rights of illegal immigrants and Muslim rights, something is amuck. It is time to take off the 'political hats' and get serious about praying for revival in this land. 

What are we to do? Certainly not fear and dig a hole under the ground. We are to be engaged in our culture, winning the lost to Christ and doing it in a spirit of love. It is pretty scary when we see that because our government has let unchecked,many people into the country who could in fact be terrorists, that more attacks like 911, Boston, San Bernadino and Fort Hood, Texas could occur. Do not fear but pray and keep on praying. 

PRAYING: Father I feel angry at times when I see what appears to be intentional destruction of this country by a leader who is supposed to help protect and defend us. I pray for him Lord and his heart to be softened and him to turn from evil to good. I also pray to use me how you would to win the lost to Christ. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

But God 2

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

How many of you have prayed and prayed and prayed some more about a certain situation that has not changed? The enemy may make your mind wander and make you feel defeated. These feelings of defeat are not from your Father in Heaven. When things seem impossible just remember 'but God' and you may be able to get a better perspective on things. 

Job searches, medical bills, fear of the future, betrayal, prodigal children, stock market crash, shunned by who you thought were friends, threat of job loss, divorce, the list is endless. Where is God in all this? Many are quick to blame God on all their problems not knowing and realizing that His plan is more perfect than our plan. "Yeah God so why did you let my child die?" then you turn your back on God. This is when you need to embrace Him even more.

Imagine God is holding a rope and you are hanging on to the rope. He does not want you to let go. He loves you so much and you need to believe that and embrace that. Don't ever quit hoping and believing. 

PRAYER: You Lord are my strength and shield and I need you even when Satan tries to get me to turn my back on all things Christian. I look to you and I know your plan is perfect and I need to keep praying. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Dog Eat Dog

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6

This phrase which is my title means that people will do anything they have to in order to get ahead primarily in the business world. Lies, back stabbing, betrayal, forgery, and on it goes. Christians are supposed to be above all that but some of you may have been on the receiving end of this and when you discover it you become so hurt and angry. 

How do you react to this? Who do you go run to? You have been a faithful employee, why you? When people lie about you behind your back to exalt themselves they must really be hurting people. As much as you would like to go throw paint on their car, I don't recommend you do so. 

This is the time to show love and ask God what you are to learn from this. Don't stoop to the level of the person hurting you but as hard as it is, pray for them. God will see you through. 

PRAYER: Help me Lord to act Christlike even when my conditions tell me it is okay to be ugly. Shine your light through me in all circumstances I encounter. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Click link for a song of praise: http://youtu.be/WOUn-Czjsys

Friday, May 20, 2016

Loving Your Enemies

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Matthew 5:44

Is it possible to truly let go of anger felt when people are mean to you, gossip about you, betray you, refuse to be your friend, won't accept forgiveness, and lie about you?The answer is yes. Granted it won't be easy but it can be done. 

So you say you love your enemies yet you still speak mean about them and the question is then is that really loving them? Only you can answer that. It is necessary and crucial to move beyond hurt, a list of wrongs and try to form new speech patterns. If you catch yourself starting to talk negatively  about a particular individual stop yourself and repent and ask God to help you truly love them. This includes countries and people who even hate America and our way of life. 

The key is to pray and keep praying. It is hard to bash others when your mind is set on Christ. Remember to overcome evil with good as it says in Romans 12:21. Now go on, show God's love!

PRAYER: Wow it is a tall order Lord to truly love some people that are mean or evil. Help me develop a new habit of praying for those who may rub me the wrong way. Touch the hearts of my enemies and let them know the truth. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Puny Man

Puny man! Frail as his breath! Don’t ever put your trust in him! Isaiah 2:22
My oh my, how some people think they are fine and dandy without God. Some world leaders act high and mighty and think they are in control. To God, mere men are just puny creatures, especially when their arrogance sets themselves up against the Almighty. Anyone who on earth feels superior is certainly not superior or above the Creator of the universe. 
As a human, have you caught yourself somehow trusting man more than having faith in God? Does your earthly status make you feel more important that you really are? Keep in mind you are created by God for His glory. People can easily forget this when they become exalted humanly. Once they have 'arrived' when they should be praising God, they are puffed up and feel no need for the savior anymore. He is great to cry out to in times of need, but hey,"look what I did" you might say. Who needs Jesus anyway? 

This may describe you or someone you are close to or know of. What you can do is to pray for humility and if you are hurting because a person close to you has rejected their need for a personal relationship with Jesus, just keep praying and believing.

PRAYER: I need you every day Lord. I thank you for the blessings in my life. Help me never envy others and to be at peace where I am on life. If I receive praise may you get the glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Humiliation 101

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts. Colossians 3:15

There is a verse in John 10:10 that says "The thief comes only to kill, to steal, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life and have it more abundantly." When you get your eyes off Jesus, even but for a moment,  it can send you into a tailspin. Our enemy loves to get us flustered. I write about not being flustered, but believe me, I have to constantly work on it. As the verse says he kills and steals our joy. 

Recently when I discovered, after the fact,  that the first 350 copies of my newly released book had errors in them, such as missing the all important dedication to my dear husband and the extended biography and photo of yours truly, I went temporarily crazy. It upset me that all these close friends at my book launch party and those who got a copy by Amazon and other online sources, would think I was horrible to not mention my husband.  My older sister helped snap me out of it helping me keep things in perspective as in the big scheme of things this was nothing. But oh for about an hour I was letting Satan mess with me big time. I was humiliated. Humiliation is not a fruit of the spirit at all. It is from the pit of hell. 

I don't know what has happened in your life but when something happens and you don't try to calm yourself and take a deep breath it is easy to overreact beat yourself up. Satan is referred to as 'the accuser of the brethren' in Revelation 12:10.  When you feel yourself fretting over something and beating yourself up stop and realize this is NOT from God. Tell Satan to get behind you then invite Jesus to take his rightful place as Lord of your life.

PRAYER: Forgive me for the times I have had melt downs because I took my eyes off you and forgot to be still and pray first. I know tests will come to teach me and help me to pass these tests with flying colors. In Jesus' name. Amen.

NOTE: my books problem is fixed now so anyone who buys one should in fact get the corrected version.