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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.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Dehydrated? Spiritually I Mean.


Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

Water is essential to life. No water, plants die. No water, animals die. No water, we die. But there is something way worse than this and that is being dehydrated in the spiritual sense. The water of life is Jesus! You may think you can do life without Him but you are wrong. 

What is your normal day like? Do you feel you are just here by some accident? What are your feelings about spiritual things? Even if you call yourself a believer do you schedule time to be alone with Jesus similar to scheduling meetings or time with friends? If not you should start doing this or you may end up not spending time with Him at all. 

Don't allow yourself to be parched spiritually. The enemy may make you think you only need to get baptized as a baby, be in a certain denomination, join a church, go to church at Easter and Christmas but there is way more my friend. Don't allow the devil to deceive you into being complacent about your walk with Christ. This Earth is not our real home. Don't get so tied to it you end up dehydrated. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I need you in my life. I do not want to allow the enemy into tricking me into thinking I can just say I go to church and that is enough. There is more and I want it. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No More Lassie



I will not set anything worthless before my eyes. I hate the practice of transgression; it will not cling to me. Psalm 101:3

Many people reading this who are younger than baby boomer age or from another country may not understand my title exactly. I am referring to the kinder and gentler 3 channel TV days of family friendly TV on every station. It was a great time to be a kid and grow up. Television taught values and made you laugh at clean things. Today'sTV is far from this wonderful classic television of the 50's and early 60's. One decent show that did teach values was abruptly cancelled recently by ABC.

What my point of this devotion is, is that TV sort of shaped America. Similar to the wonderful aspect of being allowed to pray in school, have the Gideon's come and pass out New Testaments, letting children walk home without fear, now we have a whole new desensitized ball game out there. Call me old fashioned and I say "NO" but call me wanting decency in the minds and hearts of the populace once again. Before we went to bed watching Lassie rescue Timmy from the well, now we watch autopsies and sex scenes and programs trying to reshape minds. 

Satan indeed is prowling around like a roaring lion seeking who he may destroy. He attacks the fabric of the family unit and destroys values and deceived many to become angry and complacent. It is time to kick Satan out of America. Are you with me? 

PRAYER: Oh Lord I love America. Evil and wickedness have slipped in seemingly bit by bit undetected and now rage in the hearts of many inside this great nation who want to see it transformed. Oh Lord restore us to our former day's. Bring revival in the hearts of men. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Graduation




However, as it is written:“What no eye has seen,  what no ear has heard,and what no human mind has conceived,   the things God has prepared for those who love him— 1 Corinthians 2:9

This is the time of year for high school and college graduations. Proud excited parents often shed a tear or two thinking of how their little one is now an adult. It is a surreal time in many ways. 

There is another graduation of sorts and that is when we leave this earth and if Christ is in our hearts go to be with Him in Heaven for eternity. The verse for today indicates no one can imagine what this will be like. Many atheists and marginal church goers may mock this thinking Heaven sounds boring, with harps, angels and gold statutes. My friend NO ONE KNOWS what awaits us in the Heavenly kingdom. It is our graduation from this short life we live here. 

Are you ready for your graduation? Do you know you will 'graduate' or are you not sure? No one knows when they will draw their final breath. Death is not to be feared unless you have denied Christ or not asked Him to be Lord of your life. If you are not certain why not ask Him to come live in your heart today.

PRAYER: I am ready to graduate. I know greater things await me when I leave this world. Help those who don't know you come to know you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Stop Overthinking Things


Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:5

How many of you out there are guilty of not being able to decide on things or wondering if you should do such and such or say something to this person or that person due to worry or fear. You may conger up thoughts in your mind or think things that are not even happening or real. Worry that someone thinks something they don't and on it goes. If only we could get out minds under control. 

First and foremost give this stuff to God. Don't allow the enemy to make you nutty over junk and think crazy things. Stay occupied and recognize when you start to slip into this frame of mind and capture it right then and there. Bible teacher Joyce Meyer has a best selling book 'Battlefield of The Mind' and people struggle with this and that is why this area of so crucial to get discipline:. 

Mind your own business first and foremost.  Don't worry about things you can not control. Be Christlike in all manner of thinking and acting. A thought should stay a thought and not a comment to someone, so work on getting that area under control as well. Above all, feed your mind daily on scripture. Pray about areas you need work on. Do a study on the mind of Christ. No go be in control with God's help. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus help me as I seek to kick out wrong thinking and embrace right thinking. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Extreme Hatred...Why??



For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12


Hate comes in all forms. Excuse me as I don my semi political hat for a few moments. Many readers don't like me doing this but it is necessary because political hatred affects us all especially when the source of daily news most people feed their minds on is geared to hate towards our current president. Misinformation done intentionally to rile people up and get people wearing shirts that say simply 'resist'.  Pray for these people okay? 

We are in a war against Satan not man. This nation founded on Christ little by little has been taken apart by demons and demonic forces trying to get any semblance of God or Christianity out of it. Satan is a master of blinding and deceiving people and hatred of extreme measures like we have seen lately,  is not from God. This hatred hurts, destroys, lies, and demeans. Some of people caught up in it can't see their way out. Pray for them.

Today I ask you how is your heart? What do you believe? Maybe it is time for you to take a break from watching the news. We say we have freedom of speech but only hear one side. It is time for all people to tune in to God and turn off the nightly news. It angers, lies, tells half truths, and tries to push propaganda. Further it separates friends and family. Today turn to God and let your mind be saturated with his word. Start to pray when you feel like hating. And be nice to people. 

PRAYER: I am grateful Lord for nations that still name your name. I know Satan loves to try to destroy those who love God. I pray for those I know who may be deceived and who are haters. Also I pray for strangers who fit this category. May we remember to pray for our nation and its' leaders. In Jesus' name. Amen.

For my foreign readers: Please remember to lift America and its' leaders up in prayer and to stay on your knees for your own nation as well. Pray also for those religious groups who hate America and would seek to kill us. 

Friday, May 19, 2017

Need Beauty Supplies?



Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fineapparel—rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 1 Peter 3:3-4

Sorry male readers but could not resist this title.  For those men out there consider this to be male grooming supplies, how is that? Many people are overly concerned on outside appearances and making impressions. Are you? What if these same persons were as concerned with the inner man or woman and how beautiful they were inside? 

Looks are so fleeting. A car accident, a fire, a disfiguring disease, or an illness could destroy a person's outward appearance in an instant. It is what is inside that matters more than the outer shell you are 'housed' in. Billions of dollars are spent annually,  mostly by women,  to improve their outward appearance, get younger, get thinner, and on it goes. Why? Why do you care so much as this body is oh so temporary. Sure we are the temple of the Holy Spirit but not so sure this means buying billions of dollars in make up for improvement. Each person has to decide this on their own. 

The point today is each person reading needs to insure they are beautiful or handsome inside. Care more about that than trying to impress people. Take time to beautify the inner self by feeding it a diet of God's word daily. I guarantee you that you will then radiate Beauty. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord thank you for making me just like I am. I know I am responsible for staying in shape and treating my body with respect but help me not try to overdo it so much and be more concerned with my inner self. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Be Thankful And Say So!


This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy. 2 Timothy 3:1-2
My generation grew up not only saying thanks for something but also writing actual thank you notes and mailing them. I feel in many cases being thankful is not happening. The verse above mentions this as a sign of the end of times. You never know. 
Being thankful is important. It shows you are thoughtful and aren't taking someone for granted. Even if you get something from a family member don't ignore thanking them. Sure we are busy. Busyness is like a plague in America. 
Take time to appreciate people and the blessings they bestow upon you. And don't forget to thank Jesus for what he has done for you as well. 
PRAYER: I want to always have a thankful heart. Nudge me Lord to say thanks and not forget people and help me forgive people who forget to say thanks and not hold a grudge. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Be Nice To Mean People


Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable.Romans 12:17(NLT)

Recently someone deeply keyed the back panel of my Subaru Outback. I was sad and devastated to wonder what kind of a person does that to people's personal property. Could have been due to opposing political opinions since I had a couple prominent stickers on my window.  Whatever the reason was it was wrong, immature, and hateful.

I know the reaction from this act stirs up many emotions in people  such as "they'll get theirs someday" or "let them reap what they sow". Oddly enough I have no ill feelings for whoever did this to me. Sure it upsets me but  losing control is not the answer. And this person definitely needs prayer and lots of it. I made a report to law enforcement so it went on record. Other than that I will get it fixed.

Are you angry at a person in your life maybe a complete stranger perhaps? Anger solves nothing. Try to let go of whatever it is that has got you worked up. Don't shift blame or make excuses. Pray for whoever it is that has hurt you. That's in the Bible too!

PRAYER: It is so easy to be upset but I choose to let any bad situations in my life be handled by prayer and forgiveness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

No Guardrails....Really?


The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
When you are on the interstate highway or any type road, if there are ditches or bad curves in the road or a bridge crossing, more than likely you will see guard rails. They are there for your protection usually more able to protect you when you obey the posted speed limits and keep your eyes on the highway. I have a funny pair of socks from Pikes Peak that say "women don't need guardrails" which is intended to reflect my spirit of adventure not that I break rules. It is funny but all of us indeed need boundaries and guardrails in life.
Life requires guardrails if you intend to stay on the path God has planned for you. To go rogue without letting the Bible guide and instruct you is asking for trouble. I have a few people I know who declare themselves free spirits, atheists, church goers, socialists, and on it goes. Even a person who says "I go to church" may not in fact have Jesus in their heart. The saying goes that "Going to church won't make you into a Christian anymore than going into McDonalds makes you into a hamburger!" and that is oh so true.
Are you allowing God to be your guardrail or are you blowing Him off and going your own way? Does Jesus get any time during your day or just a quick dinner prayer, if that? Perhaps it is time to see if you need to install some guardrails in your life. 
PRAYER: Lord forgive me when I have rebelled and gone my own way trying to do life without your guidance and protection. Use me Lord to help encourage another who may think guardrails are not necessary and help me stay within mine. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Don't Worry, Pray Instead


Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Worry and fear go hand in hand. Some people almost feel justified in worrying or being fearful. That was never God's intent to make you uptight and concerned all the time.
Bad news as well as good news is part of life but by you worrying it will not change the situation one bit. Bad doctors' report? Pray. Financial problems? Attempt to cast your care on your Heavenly Father instead of trying to figure things out on your own.

Try to relax and give your situation to the Lord then try not to think about it so much. This takes discipline. We all have issues that are hard to let go of, but for your own peace of mind it is essential you try.

What do you need to give to God today? Now when you give it let Him have it. Trust Him.

PRAYER: At times when bad news comes or bad things happen I need your strength to just relax and be at peace. Help me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Everybody Has A Biological Mom



As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you. – Isaiah 66:13

Unless you were born in a laboratory test tube, you have a biological mom. Your relationship with her may have been terrific, okay, so so, or non existent.  Mother's Day may be wonderful for you or extremely painful. Some are blessed to be chosen children of adoptive moms and dads. Some of your moms may have already died and hopefully are in Heaven with Jesus. So this day mostly is a day to celebrate. 

You may be a mom reading this, a mom to be, a new mom, a grandmother, or a lady who was unable to have children. You may be a man reading this, and as we know it does take a man for a lady to become a mom and we are grateful for fathers too. This is a day to celebrate what the woman who raised you did for you. We have all probably seen celebrities or sports figures on TV when the camera is put on them what comes out of their mouth? Hi Mom! 

This is a day to be thankful for not only our moms but for life in general. If you have aborted a child in the past God can forgive you and their is help in the form of counseling to get you through this trauma. All children are special to God no matter how they got here. So whether you are a mom, a dad, a mom to be, a grand mom or great grand mom you are to be saluted. It does not take a village to raise a child but a dedicated and loving mom and dad willing to sacrifice for their new born. Happy Mother's Day to all moms out there. Enjoy the day. 

PRAYER: I am thankful for my mom Lord. I know there are those who have a difficult time today because their mom is no longer on Earth or their mom may be incarcerated or maybe she did nothing for you at all. Help each of us today to not harbor any hatred on this special day and celebrate the gift of life and the Mother's who birth children. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Your Anchor


This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. Hebrews 6:19
What are you anchored to? A hobby? A job? A relationship? A sport? God? An anchor as most of you probably know is what sailors put down to keep their boat safe in the water and still. This anchor would hold it safely through a storm and keep it from floating away. 
Jesus Christ wants to be your anchor. He wants to be what you connect to to keep you from drifting elsewhere into stormy waters. Are you letting him be your anchor or are you anchored to one of the other things I mentioned above? If He is not your anchor it is easy to float away from anything not of Christ and get caught up in weeds and storms and all the things that can drag you away. 
Today take inventory of your life and be honest and decide who or what you are anchored to? Maybe it is time to pull up anchor? 
PRAYER: Lord I need you in my life 24/7. Forgive me for the times I have put down anchor in stormy areas or made bad choices and shut you out. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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Friday, May 12, 2017

A Life Of Victory



But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Do you feel victorious or defeated? Simple question. Do you feel passionate about your walk with the Lord or is it becoming dull? Maybe it is time for you to check where your affections really lie and get them realigned so you can have a victorious life.

A person can claim to know the Lord but then could care less about spending time with Him in prayer and quiet time or even setting aside the Sabbath for worship. Your life feels defeated in the sense you just don't feel any power over this 'world' and how it can drag you down and try to conform you to its' mold. Maybe you aren't aware it has drug you down, now that is scary. 

Are you living more for this temporal world or are you seeking things above and a life of victory? A question each of you have to honestly answer for yourself. 

PRAYER: You are the potter Lord and I am the clay. Help me recognize when I am getting too sucked into a wrong belief system or way of thinking.I pray for family members who are trapped in wrong thinking as well.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

All Humans Are Precious To God


You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. Psalm 139:15
One day as I was driving somewhere I started pondering as I gazed up at billboards with someone's picture on it thinking "that person was a precious innocent baby once" and indeed every adult walking around is a gift of God, a tiny precious baby, at one time or another. Some were wanted, some were not. The thing is there are no accidents with God. All life is precious. God wants all of us! 
Look around you when you start to condemn or judge someone and just think to yourself, that is a creation of God. They may not acknowledge or act like that but every creature is worth trying to save. Not one person is beyond hope, no one! "Oh but wait Becky, what about the child molester, rapist, murderer, that meddling family member?" Surprise, God loves them too! Many of those problems were created by a fractured family or lack of a father figure.
You are valued in the eyes of God. He has a plan and a purpose for all His creation. Glorify Him in what you say and do. 
PRAYER: Lord Jesus I thank you for being born. I thank you for the gifts and abilities you have placed within me. Help me use them to bring glory to you. In Jesus name. Amen.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Love Connection


Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. Romans 13:8
Do you want to be lifted up from the muck and mire of the everyday life you might find yourself in? Sometimes your attitude is brought on by yourself and it is easy to snap out of it. It is called the 'love connection' and is only truly found in believers. When you are filled with the love of God you can't help but spill your joy over to others.
The world's love is conditional. God's love is unconditional. It does not care what you look like, what your income is, what clubs you belong to, how you dress, or what church you go to or don't go to. Often times when you show love to another you can help win them to Christ. This is not done by shoving Jesus down their throats but by your day to day demeanor.
If you are feeling bad and having problems try building into the life of another and help someone. Pretty soon your love meter will start to go up and I guarantee you will feel much better. 
PRAYER: Help me Lord to stop being self centered but to reach out beyond myself. Help me be kind to those who look like they are having a bad day. Use me in the life of another. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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THIS IS LIVING NOW - HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE [Lyric Video HD]

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Your 'Job' Friends



One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.Proverbs 18:24

You may recall in the book of Job in the New Testament, Job was greatly tested to see his allegiance to God. If you have never read this account take some time and read this book. In Job 19:19 it says "All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me."

I have 'been there, done that, got the tee shirt' as the saying goes and it is not fun. It is very confusing particularly when you are clueless as to what brought it on. Indeed you do learn from bad situations in your life although they are devastating to endure.

If you have been shut out by a close friend first and foremost pray for this person. You may be angry, and confused. Think about Jesus when he was betrayed. How He must have hurt. Cling to God and He will get you through these times.

PRAYER: Lord I can't control other people and what they do but I can pray. Help me never be hateful when I am rejected but to remain steadfast in prayer. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Post Dramatic Stress Syndrome(PDSD)


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Life in general can create allot of drama. No one really has to hold the title of drama king or queen for this to occur. Stuff just happens and sometimes the human reaction is just to sigh and throw up your hands. After this occurs a good case of PDSD may occur.

Perhaps things happen in your life and seem to barrel out of control. You feel overwhelmed, exasperated, frustrated, and just want normality to return. When you get this way the best thing to do is stop what you are doing. Regroup. Pray. Relax. Now do that same sequence over. Take a breath. This too shall pass.

Give your worries to God. Give your relationship issues to God. Give your heart and life to God.

PRAYER: I am thankful I do not have to allow frustrations to define me. I am thankful I can go to call out to God at any time. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Running Off At The Mouth



 Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Psalm 141:3

Does your mouth get you in trouble? Most people could honestly say yes or at least there have probably been times when you say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Perhaps you hurt someone and never asked for forgiveness. Maybe you lied about something?Gossiped?  The tongue indeed can cause lots of trouble if not kept in check.

Once something is said it is out there. It could be recorded to haunt you later or in form of a letter, text,  or email. The main thing to remember is to ask God to help you if this is a weak area. Your mom may have told you at one time "If you can't  say something good don't say it at all" and indeed how true that statement is.  James chapter three in the New Testament talks about no man being able to control the tongue. Oh if you and I could just think before we communicate.

Let your yes be yes and your words and thoughts  stay positive. You need right thinking and right thinking is developed by a steady diet of God's word. So what do you say...only good things I hope!

PRAYER: Lord I thank you for your forgiveness and grace cause when I mess up with my mouth I am feeling horrible and I need your help to stay on track. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Mayday, Mayday!


He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. Psalm 91:15
Recently we celebrated May Day or the first day of May also known as Loyalty Day for working Americans. But there is another kind of Mayday meaning a cry out for help in disaster mainly in the air or at sea. A distress signal in other words. 
Our cry out as believers for help is crying out to our Father in Heaven to rescue us from evil. Evil is alive and well on planet Earth. Often times we are sucked into it without really knowing, or we are desensitized to sin and evil. You may have seen it happen to someone close to you. You yourself might have cried out to God in trying times when you just did not know what more to do. Good news. He is here 24/7.
Do you have a Mayday call? Cry out to God. Don't listen to the enemy whose job it is to make you fearful and worried. Trust God and know help is on the way.
PRAYER: May Day May Day! Jesus! Jesus! I know you hear us when we cry out your name. Help me never forget that. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Life Of Victory



But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:57

Do you feel victorious or defeated? Simple question. Do you feel passionate about your walk with the Lord or is it becoming dull? Maybe it is time for you to check where your affections really lie and get them realigned so you can have a victorious life.

A person can claim to know the Lord but then could care less about spending time with Him in prayer and quiet time or even setting aside the Sabbath for worship. Your life feels defeated in the sense you just don't feel any power over this 'world' and how it can drag you down and try to conform you to its' mold. Maybe you aren't aware it has drug you down, now that is scary. 

Are you living more for this temporal world or are you seeking things above and a life Of Victory? A question each of you have to honestly answer for yourself. 

PRAYER: You are the potter Lord and I am the clay. Help me recognize when I am getting too sucked into a wrong belief system or way of thinking. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Do You See The Light?


The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2

If you have not done so already do yourself a favor and go see 'The Case For Christ'!  In this true story, Chicago Tribune reporter Lee Strobel, who is a self proclaimed atheist, comes to terms with his beliefs after his wife accepts Christ. In trying to disprove and discredit her new found faith something miraculous happens. Go see it.

Many walk in darkness and do not accept or know the truth. You probably know some of these lost souls. The enemy of the cross of Christ, Satan, has blinded them and deceived them into believing lies. Therefore they walk in darkness whether they think they are or not. Many of these who are wandering in darkness just cannot be reasoned with. It is only the Holy Spirit who can break through the darkness and lies. 

If you encounter those who claim to be agnostic or atheists pray for them. Love them. Jesus loved those who did not love or agree with Him. Don't get preachy and self righteous. Shine the light of Jesus and  pray for opportunities to share. 

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for those times in life you bring non believers across my path. Help me show love and remember to pray for light to break through the darkness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

You Are An Original!



Yet you, Lord, are our Father.We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8

You are unique. There is only one you. Different DNA, fingerprints, and cells in your body. It would be boring if all of us were alike. That was not ever God's intent. 

Seems like in growing up during the teen years especially girls try to fit in and be like their friends. This age is hard to navigate through and can be trying on parents. Every person has a distinct giftedness and personality. The saying goes "bloom where you are planted" and indeed that is so true. We are not meant to be carbon copies of each other.  

A sign I have on the wall of my home simply says "Be Yourself. Everyone Else Is Taken". Can you do that? Can you just be yourself and not worry about everybody else? Relax and follow God. 

PRAYER: Thank you for creating me just like I am. You have plans for me. You want me to be who you created me to be. Thanks for helping me as I navigate through life. Help me not try to be like everyone else. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I'm Outta Here..You Joining Me?


We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8
Some day the trumpet of God will sound and believers will be taken up to meet him in the air. Are you going to be one of them? Are you sure? If you have trusted God as your savior and asked Him to be Lord then no worries. 
I know of people who dread death. They want to stay here on Earth so much when in fact dying for a Christian is a promotion. Interviews with those who have died and were brought back to life reflected a glorious peaceful experience on what many refer to as 'the other side'. Our life here is so very short compared to what awaits us. 
On this earth our struggles are not against mankind but as it says in Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this world's darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." Keep that in mind. There is a Heaven and there indeed is a Hell. We should not wish anyone to go there. 
PRAYER: Lord Jesus help me to give peace to those who struggle with fear of dying. I know your kingdom is indescribable. Thanks for the glory that awaits us as we leave this temporary dwelling place. Comfort those who fear and use me Lord to help show people the way. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, May 1, 2017

What Do You Have Faith For?



Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.Hebrews 11:1

 Do you have faith? Do you know God is working or would you rather waste valuable brain cells stewing over things you have no control over? 

In the Bing online dictionary faith is described as follows: strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Now of course Bing is not a Christian based web search engine so naturally it would say there is no proof. That is why it is called faith.   Romans 4:17 talks about "calling things as not as though they were" or as I like to say, believe in your heart and trust God to carry it out.

Are you believing God for a turn around in your life or the life of a loved one? These things take prayer, patience, quietness, and faith, a big dose of it!  Know that without faith it is impossible to trust God fully. Faith is what being a Christian is all about. 

PRAYER: I have faith that when I take an elevator it will not plunge me to the floors below. Similarly and more powerfully I know Lord you have a plan and I trust you to carry it out. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Angry? Why?


My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. JAMES 1:19-20

Lots of anger is going on in America now because of a man elected to Make America Great Again. The anger does not help but hurts. Riots, outbursts, vulgarity, cursing. Even reports of a shadow government trying to destroy this man and destroy our democracy.  How does a believer respond? You respond in love and don't get ugly yourself.
 I am not trying to be political but making a point about any kind of anger. Anger destroys families. Anger causes fights. Anger kills. Anger divides. Anger is a tool of the enemy Satan and does nothing to build up a believer or the cause of Christ.

Step back a moment and reflect on the goodness of God. Pray for those people who may be creating discord in this nation. We know God has a plan. If you are angry might I suggest to sit down and read the book of John and pray for a transformed heart.

PRAYER:Lord I know being angry, holding grudges, having bad feelings about someone is not your will. Lord Jesus transform the hearts and minds of those who would want to cause revolt in this great nation. Help peace reign. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link for a wonderful song of Praise:
https://youtu.be/cEFGr1S8SkA

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Seek Higher Ground



Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2

In a flood or a tsunami the advice is given to get to higher ground to avoid impending calamity. Wise advice getting out of the path of torrential flood waters. But in your life too it is wise advice to seek 'higher ground' as well. Look up, choose the high road as a good friend of mine once told me.

It is easy to get trapped if you choose to remain and grovel in dangerous situations or things that do nothing to build people up. When it comes to politics for instance,  you can choose to be ugly and mean and say hateful things or you can choose to go higher and be kind, pray, and trust God.

Whatever you do ask yourself am I seeking things higher or am I stuck in the mire?

PRAYER: I want to do things Lord that lift up and not tear down. Use me in the world around me to help people look higher. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link for a song of worship:
https://youtu.be/N5m17Ubn54E


Friday, April 28, 2017

Who Or What Is Your Focus On?


But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:33-34
What is it that you think about the most during your day? How do you spend your spare time? What things in life are important to you? These series of questions are not meant to condemn or judge you but to make you think about just what you are focusing on?

As a believer hopefully one of your answers was the things of the Lord? It is essential to grow up in Christ to spend time in His word. It is way more than a Sunday ritual at church. If you have not done so already why not try scheduling Jesus into your day. Now some of you may think they sounds silly but don't you make schedules for other important things?

I challenge you to get into the word of God and try making it a regular habit. Usually that takes a period of 21 days. If you find Bible boring start with a Bible study book or start reading the book of John or The Psalms. Ask God to reveal to you things in His word. Now go make that schedule!


PRAYER: Lord you are good and you are patient. I know it makes you sad to have your 'children' not want to be with you. Help me develop a plan to draw closer to you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Boll Weevil


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Both our sons were born in LA, Lower Alabama, and lived in Enterprise for a short time after birth. In this small town outside Fort Rucker Army installation, is a statue in the center of the town to an insect. Yes an insect, the boll weevil. Why would a town in Alabama spend the money to celebrate with a statue to a bug? 
The story goes that the primary crop in that part of the state had been cotton but one year there was a Boll weevil infestation that destroyed the cotton crop. In order for the town and farmers to stay afloat financially they chose a new crop to grow. Peanuts. This proved to be even better for the region and a blessing from God in the long run bringing in very good revenue. 
Do you sometimes wonder why bad things happen at first because you can not see the big picture? I am sure the folks in Enterprise were devastated and had no idea what to do. Sometimes just hanging on through the turmoil is what is necessary. Trials will come in life but our God is way bigger than them. Even boll weevils. 
PRAYER: Help me Lord look for the good when bad things happen and help me keep my cool. I know you will never fail me nor fore sake me. In Jesus' name. Amen.
Note: Further info on this bit of unknown history to friends who do not live in Alabama.Recent years has the weevil been brought under control. Weevils first entered the United States from Mexico in 1892. They reached Mobile County in 1910 and had infested the entire state by 1916. Alabama's economy was almost entirely based in agriculture, with cotton being the primary cash crop, when the weevil struck. By following George Washington Carver's advice, Coffee County, in contrast to the rest of the state, rebounded economically in 1917 with the largest peanut harvest in the nation.In 1919, Enterprise city councilman Roscoe Owen "Bon" Fleming proposed a commemoration of the pest for turning Enterprise's economy around, and on December 11 of that year the city dedicated a statue to the boll weevil in the middle of Main Street. The actual bug part was added in 1949.(Copied from encyclopediaofalabama.org).

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spiritual Burnout


For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians
 1:21

Have you left your first love? I am talking about Jesus. Maybe many who have,  aren't even reading this as even 1 minute with Jesus is too much trouble. There could be those who listen to the sermons about putting Jesus first and may think they are, just by being in church or being in a certain denomination.

There is a verse in Revelation that says "if we are lukewarm, he will spit us from his mouth". ( See Revelation 3:16).   Now how about that for a word picture? If you hang out with the wrong crowd they can drag you down to the gutter with them and try to make you think like them, even if they go against what you know  to be right. Maybe you need a new church home that is on fire for the Lord not one that is constantly telling you how bad you are. Love is where it is at and it is God's job to judge not ours.

Wherever you are at on your spiritual journey know that God is there for you. He understands and loves you. He forgives and forgets even when man can not. Allow Him to light your spiritual fire today.

PRAYER: I love you Lord and I don't want to listen to the world and its' ways as this world is not my real home. Help me not allow Satan to get me to turn away and believe lies. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Click link for a song of hope and encouragement: https://youtu.be/JiD0_Krgbo4

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Come As You Are


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
You all probably have heard the phrase "come as you are" meaning no need to get fancy and dressed up, just show up. Jesus invites us to come as we are as well. He chose the most unlikely characters to be his disciples. If you are addicted, messed up, pierced, tattooed, broken, sinful, a criminal, prostitute, liar, rebellious, homosexual, thief, gossiper, judgmental, he says simply "Come". No matter your outward appearance or the condition of your heart. 
Jesus is the one who loves us unconditionally. Now he does not want you to remain in your sin but he is not sitting there condemning. Remember what he said to the woman caught in adultery? (See John 8:1-11). "Go and sin no more" period, end of story. 
Church is a place for broken souls not people who have it all together. If you haven't been in a while find you a church that loves you warts and all. Don't let Satan lie to you and make you feel you will not fit in. If you have been away for a while might I suggest a non denominational church. Also might I suggest reading the book of John in the New Testament. Now go and know Jesus loves you and wants you to love Him. 
PRAYER: I am so thankful for your love for me. I know you want me in worship whether I have nice clothes or a suit. Help me not be judgmental of others but love them unconditionally. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Not Just About Me


As it is written: "For Your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." Romans 8:36

Me, me, me. It is all about me. Our selfie culture would certainly lead people to think that. Look at me! You know there are other people out there besides yourself. It is certainly a challenge for parents today to raise selfless children or those who think of others more than themselves. 

The world is made up of all sorts of people. Many hurt and have no friends. Sometimes in our little cocoon of sorts it becomes easy to insulate yourself from the real world. I am not talking about the world according to the media but the actual world of ups and downs and hurt and pain. Sometimes getting out of your comfort zone and helping another is just what the doctor ordered so to speak. 

What can you do today to reach beyond yourself?

PRAYER: Lord help me look around my world to see how I might have a positive impact on another's life. They might even be in my own family or circle of influence. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Beyond Easter


From that time on Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Matthew 16:21

So Easter 2017 is behind us. Christ is risen, He is risen indeed! But now what? The Easter lilies are wilting, the cute dresses are hung back in the closet, the candy is being consumed, but what next? You continue the Easter journey, that's what.

Realize there is way more to a relationship with Jesus than just Easter Sunday. Jesus died for all of us no matter how messed up we are or no matter how much you reject or deny Him. He doesn't wish any to perish but man has a free will and thus sometimes just doesn't want anything to do with what some call being 'religious'. I tell people I am not religious but I just love Jesus. Being religious is too much of a chore. 

So if you are reading this today and want to know more about letting Jesus be Lord of your life I would be happy to tell you. Give him first place, not your leftovers. 

PRAYER: I am grateful that you love me warts and all Jesus even sometimes when I hardly give you the time of day. I pray for those people who totally reject you to have a change of heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Your Frame Of Mind


Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Philippians 2:5

Many times if you can just change your environment or outlook on life you will develop a better, cheerier disposition and overall well being. Your mindset is important and at Weight Watchers meetings it is one of the keys to learn  positive thinking and thus help you with your goals. Also the recent running of the Boston Marathon on April 17 is a good example of athletes who need to develop a mindset to get them to the finish line. 

You can choose to succumb to wrong attitude and feelings and live in the past or you can choose to press on to new goals and new dreams learning from your past failures or setbacks. No matter what it is that makes you want to throw in the towel and just quit stay the course. A relationship, a weight loss program, a job hunt, an illness,  waiting for the answer to prayer, the return of a prodigal child, keep going. Recently I heard the report of a family reconciliation after about 7 years of not speaking. Wow, God is good. 

Spring time is a great time to begin practicing new ways of thinking. As you look at budding trees and flowers, baby ducklings being born and other signs of newness,  know that you too can experience this sense of being alive again. 

PRAYER: Oh how I love you Lord. I thank you for seeing me tough situations and helping me learn through them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, April 21, 2017

So You Say You Love All People....



And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 1 John 3:23
....But then all of a sudden you make a comment that stereotypes a group of people of a certain race or country or people group. Whoops. As TV character Steve Erkel would jokingly say "Did I do that?" It really is no joke. We all have probably been guilty of it sometimes innocently. 

Jesus said to love. Now love doesn't mean we necessarily agree with someone or what they are doing or the lifestyle they live but it means to love. PERIOD. No gossip, no crude jokes, no jokes, no ugliness, just prayer. Can you do that? 

We were all made different and unique. Sometimes you may do something that rubs someone the wrong way or you know is wrong. Poking fun at handicapped people or those who look funny or the poor is not what Jesus would have you do. It is time to examine yourself and what comes out of your mouth and get on board saying only that which builds up people and not tears them down. Can you do that? 

PRAYER: Father I thank you that you convict me when I have said something less than pleasing to you or something that hurts my witness as your follower. Help me TRULY love one another. In Jesus' name. Amen. 




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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Stop Fretting...,Can You?


"Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? " Matthew 6:26-27

Why do we humans feel we have to worry so much? Mastering the art of letting God give you His perfect rest is what all of us need to try to do. One thing I do is to keep the news off and also not conjure up 'what if' scenarios in my mind. It is a discipline but you have to focus on above. 

Did you know who loves it when you worry? Satan! He can get your focus off God and His promises and onto all sorts of things to bring you concern. Are you going to allow this in your life or are you going to instead pray and know God's ways are beyond our understanding? Why not choose to live your life in freedom and cast off wrong thoughts that may come your way and take captive every thought as it says in 2 Corinthians 10:5. 

PRAYER: I am guilty many times of allowing things to make me fearful. I want to be able to cast off that stronghold of worry that can so easily grip me. I choose to look up and trust you Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Be Still...Without Your Phone


He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations,I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm46:10

Can you be without your electronic devices for a day? Maybe more than a day? Our world is so wrapped up in being connected, chatting, texting, tweeting, that it is hard to imagine putting down these little devices and just being still. Even as I sit here on my 'device' writing I look around at many people staring at their small screens. 

Let me present you with a challenge. Unless you absolutely have to be connected due to work or a medical emergency I challenge you to go a day without your phone. Get outside if you can. Go to a park or hiking trail.Ride your bicycle. Take a walk.  If you are home turn off the radio, the television, and stay disconnected. It is quite refreshing. Why is it necessary to constantly be needing to know everything? 

If you are a parent I feel it is crucial to teach children how to just be still. Learn to rest. Learn to be creative in your mind and think without technological devices clamoring for your time and attention. Play a board game with your family. Talk. Read a book without your E reader. Challenge your self to spend one on one face to face time with a friend. Now go and be tech free for a day. 

PRAYER: This world can be noisy and busy. Help me Lord to discipline myself to sit at your feet and hear your voice without electronic devices vying for my attention. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Bloom!


Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. Ephesians 4:15-16

Spring is an exciting time of year. A time of fresh starts, new beginnings, gardens, flowers, freshness in the air.  I used to live in the dessert Southwest, which I loved,  and spring time was glorious with cactus blooms and other wild flowers.

Wherever you are in life you are to bloom where you are planted. Flourish for the body of Christ, even if you don't necessarily feel like it. Just as plants sprout new growth and blooms in springtime, you as a believer are to sprout and bloom for the kingdom of God. You need to stay rooted and grounded in good 'soil' by studying and reading God's word daily. Just like having plants that need water and fertilizer to do well, you as a believer need a daily dose of Jesus to do well.

Start your day today but pulling out the weeds or the bad stuff in your life that is hindering you from being all you can be for the kingdom.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I want to be a glorious crop in the garden of believers. I know weeds will come and I will not allow them to stay. In Jesus' name. Amen.