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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.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Put On Your Armor



Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. Ephesians 6:11

Each day a soldier serving in a war zone puts on protective gear to help protect him. Police officers likewise don certain pieces of gear meant to keep them from encountering bullets. Likewise believers have the armor of God to protect them if only they remember to use it daily. 
The word of God is that armor. It is strong and powerful and not very effective if not read and studied. Satan is not scared of those people who claim to be believers but rarely, if ever, open up their Bible and read. You can not force someone to read scripture. They have to want to and it is the Holy Spirit's job to bring conviction. When we are complacent that is when the enemy loves to attack us. He works through lies and deception. If a person never reads God's word then how will they know the truth and be able to counteract the devil's lies and schemes?

Today be on your guard. Know that when you leave your home each day it is not the morning show or Facebook that protects you but it is getting a good dose of God's word to send you out into the battlefield. 

PRAYER: I know Lord when I neglect the reading of the word that I am susceptible into believing lies of the enemy. I want to stay rooted and grounded in the Bible. Help me Lord to not make excuses for why it is not necessary. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Don't Leave Home Without Him!



The name of the Lord is a fortified tower. The righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10

There's a credit card commercial that reminds the viewer to "don't leave home without it" meaning you better be using our card to get great deals and be able to buy things. Credit cards can get you into lots of trouble as well. The one thing you should never leave home without is Jesus, yet many well meaning people do daily. "What do you mean Becky, I am a Christian!" 

Many name the name of Jesus and sort of are like a 'club member' doing what they think it necessary but nothing more. People who only give Jesus one little hour each week on Sunday are missing out on the protection He provides in your daily life. Church sermons are given where the preacher could  mention getting closer to God and spending time with Him, yet these people go home and fall into same  routine of shutting Him completely out of their day except for a standard dinner time prayer being uttered. It could be that there are those who really don't want to spend time as they are rushed and it is too "religious" for them. These are the ones who Satan likes to get to. They have no 'armor' on to keep away his fiery arrows He shoots daily. 

Today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart and do not play Holy Spirit for others. 

PRAYER: There was a time I used to be that Sunday person and then my eyes were opened. I pray for those who may not desire you yet just desire church. Bring them a personal encounter with the King of Kings. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Being Kind

A new command I give you:  Love one another.  Just as I have loved you so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know you are my disciples if you love one another.  John 13:34-35
The ache of rejection is hard, at least for me. I have been rejected by close friends before. Some though have been rejected by family members or spouses which is much worse probably. 
Thinking about Easter which we recently celebrated, Jesus was despised and rejected by men. Beat up, mocked,whipped, scorned yet all along he said not one word. Accounts have Him grimacing in pain from this torture but never once saying once ugly word. How many of us could endure that type brutality without wanting to say something back? Luke 23:34 says "Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up his clothes by casting lots." 
Is there someone in your life you need to learn to be kind to? Humanly maybe they deserve to be spoken ugly to, but that is not God's desire. He desires kindness. Start your week being kind under impossible situations. You will feel better for it.

PRAYER: There are people who rub me the wrong way sometimes Lord but I know it's not right to be ugly back or even think ugly thoughts. Help me remember to be kind and pray for them, not gossip. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

I Am So Very Thankful



I will give You thanks with all my heart;I will sing Your praise before the heavenly beings. Psalm 138:1

Today marks the end of a 'school calendar year' of praying with the Moms in Prayer group I am a part of. At the end of each year it is very exciting because we have a 'Thanksgiving celebration' to give thanks once again to many answers to prayer during the year. Our group consists of college/career/and military moms.

To be thankful for things helps you stay focused on the positive things of life. God does care and it is a comfort to go to Him with prayer and thanksgiving. Complaining and being ungrateful comes easy and usually drags other people down besides the one doing it. If you have trouble being thankful stop a moment and just sit with a pen and paper or your computer and make a list of all the things you are grateful for. I have a blessing jar at home where each day I put one thing I am thankful for or blessed because of.

No matter what is going on in your life,keep praising Jesus through the storms as one day you will indeed see the sunshine.

PRAYER: At times I have forgotten to get up and say thanks for another day of life and another day to try to be a blessing in this world. Forgive me Lord for not being more thankful. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link for a song of Thanksgiving:
http://youtu.be/xtxmSAqMtDA

For more info on Moms in Prayer go to www.momsinprayer.org

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Fallen World



"I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Ever since the beginning of creation and the sin of Adam and Eve we have lived in a fallen, imperfect, sinful world. It wouldn't have been,  as God did not intend that, but now sin is rampant. The enemy, Satan, is alive and well and operating overtime on planet Earth deceiving and lying to Christians and non Christians alike. Many do not even acknowledge Him and even realize they are captivated in his spell. 

Don't lose heart because we still have a beautiful Earth and God is still God. He gave us so much to enjoy. Though problems and tests will occur, it is how a person handles these situations that shows if they are walking in the Spirit or not. A consequence of falling away is disobedience to God. Deep down you know what is right but you do something wrong anyway. Some even change scripture to suit their needs or 'the times'. 

The way to know God and be aware of situations that could cause you to fall is to stay grounded in the word of God. That is where truth is found and that is where you learn how much Jesus loves you. 

PRAYER: Lord I do not want to step foot in the enemies camp. I am aware of Satan's schemes to get me to fall away from you. I choose to not make excuses why I can not study your word daily. Help me stay on track and say no to distractions. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Think Right First Thing



In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3

I myself find the best time to get alone with God is in the morning. It is kind of like exercising. If I do not do it first thing it is harder to be motivated later in the day. One advantage of doing it first thing is it sort of prepares your mind and heart for the day ahead. Your thoughts and mind are turned to Him and His word so it is a good way to start 'thinking right first thing'. 

Try this. Put God on your calendar. Do not schedule everything else then forget about time alone with Him. How can a person know anyone without spending time one on one with them? Same holds true for knowing Jesus. Sunday being spoon fed  by a pastor or priest is not the answer. You have to do it yourself on your own. 

Do you want a renewed peaceful mind? Try getting up and casting your cares on the one who loves you more than anything. 

PRAYER: I choose today and every day to let you have first place in my life. First place before Facebook. First place before the morning show or news. First place before the newspaper. Help me stay disciplined and learn to say no to things that take my time from you away. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link below for a wonderful song to get your Monday off to good start:

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Look Up!



Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN A CLOUD with power and great glory. “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:27-28

When I was in the United States Army we had a jody call that said "What's the use of looking down, ain't no discharge on the ground. One two three four. One two give me some more". These songs were meant to motivate us to keeping running or keep marching. That particular little jingle sort of stuck in my head here 40 years later. We are indeed to keep looking up.

When a person looks down they miss things. For instance when we are glued to our mobile devices we are not paying attention to people or things around us. Someone with their nose stuck in their phone as as a passenger in a car may miss beautiful scenery out the window. If we are looking down and not paying attention either and not looking to Jesus as our hope we may indeed miss Him. Some day is He going to come back and it is going to be so exciting. 

Are you 'looking up' and ready for His return?

PRAYER: I love looking up at your creation and also pondering what it will be like when you return in all your glory. Help me keep looking up to the needs of those around me. In Jesus' name. Amen.