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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.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Waiting Game



But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

Waiting is never fun. It is not something any of you probably do but it is part of life. I got the idea for this topic as I waited 20 minutes for a simple coffee drink as other customers who came in after me with larger orders came and went. I stayed cool. Finally I spoke up and had I not I would never have been served. 

What do you wait on? Traffic lights, food orders, birth of a baby or grand baby, paycheck, news of a new job, medical report, internet connection, a table at a restaurant. To be patient is a fruit of the spirit mentioned in today's verse. It is of utmost importance to develop this quality in your life. If you are raising children you do them a disservice by giving in to their every desire because patience is something as adults that will make or break a person.

Is there an area of your life you need to develop patience in? Maybe many areas. Take a breath, be still, and realize this too shall pass. Getting impatient leads to quarrels and other not so good things. Stay cool and wait. 

PRAYER: Lord I confess to you that many times I can get a little perturbed at waiting but I know it is necessary to do to stay at peace and to grow in life. Thank you for the opportunities you give me to practice being patient. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mouth Check

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 21 July 2017 

May the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14
Wouldn't it be great if we all were perfect in the use of our words? There would be no arguments, no divorce, no anger, no misunderstandings among friends. You get the idea. That mouth of ours can get us into a heap of trouble. If yours doesn't or hasn't please let me know and I will submit your name to Ripley's Believe It Or Not! 
Lies, gossip, backbiting, yelling, arguing, blaming, cursing, disrespect, hurtful words all proceed from that little 'hole in your face' and somehow it has to be tamed. But alas James chapter 3 reminds us "no man can tame the tongue" but we can sure try! 
Your assignment, and I hope you choose to accept it, is to use your mouth for praise, love, compliments, encouragement, truth, kindness, and praising the Lord. If you can make a habit to do this daily your outlook on life and love for others should increase. Now go have a blessed day.
PRAYER: I always hate it Lord when I say something I regret or send an email or text and wish I could take it back. Help me be mindful or the words I use. If I have hurt someone help me go to them for forgiveness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Relief From The Heat

ORIGINALLY RELEASED 21 JULY 2017

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. Psalm 91:4
Depending on what part of the world you live in, the temperature can vary a good deal. Personally I prefer winter and fall. Here where I live, right now it is hot and humid. I still get out to exercise but have to find shade to stay cool. I got to thinking how Jesus is like your shade or umbrella of sorts from the 'heat of life' that can come on you occasionally. 
A big shade tree is a welcome sight on a hot day if you are outside and just want to sit where it is cool. Let Jesus be that shade tree. Rest with Him each and every day. You have to be more or less intentional to have this 'shade tree time' with Jesus. Everything else is so important such as Facebook, the news, the newspaper, so where is spending time with God and resting under His shade tree before you head out the door?
You hear the sermons probably that say 'make Jesus first' but He is not really first if you only make time for him one hour a week. Some of you may live with someone who goes to church but little more than that. Say nothing and let the Holy Spirit do the convicting. You may have adult children who have lost their passion for the Lord. Once again let the Holy Spirit convict them and just keep praying they will want to sit under 'Jesus' shade tree' again really soon. 
PRAYER: Lord Jesus it is so easy to say you are first place but them following it up with action is where I often fall short. I know Satan loves it when I forget my 'Jesus time' so nudge me daily Lord to spend time with you. Also I pray for family members who could care less about a relationship with you that you will light that flame again. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Love Always Wins!



      Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.    1 John 4:8

Right now going on in the nation I live in , the great United States of America, are people still mad at the results of the election resisting the government and being very hateful. You don't hear about it as much but there are pockets of dissenters out there as well as a shadow government trying to bring disruption. You either love or you hate. No in between. 

God is a God of love. No matter if someone spat on Jesus He would turn the other cheek. He did not cause trouble when people mocked Him, spoke evil of Him, or even when He was going to be crucified. He warned us there would be trials and tribulation in the world. He also told us to Rejoice!  

Is there someone you are having trouble loving who maybe hurt you with actions or words? You know what you need to do don't you? Show love back regardless and give the situation to God. Pray for those who you may have trouble loving. And pray for our leaders. Now go show some love! 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus give me a heart to love ALL people even those who humanly I may not agree with or don't understand. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Gone


The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 1 Peter 4:7
Do you realize one day this Earth will be no more? One day you will be no more as well. You are born, you die. During this time you choose to accept or reject Jesus and His teaching. You can live for the temporary which is very fleeting or you can choose things of eternal value. 
Your 'religion' won't save you. Church membership won't save you. Being a certain denomination won't save you. Baptism won't save you. Going to church on Sunday won't save you. Being righteous won't save you. Believing in the Lord Jesus Christ and calling on his name is what you need to do. 
Satan will muddle the truth and in the times we are living in allot of lies are being made to seem like truth and much that is sinful is being accepted as normal. Only the Holy Spirit can draw people unto Him and convict their hearts. Don't despair but continue to pray for many to come to know the Lord and if your 'walk' with Him is not so great maybe it is time to get back into the word. Someday it will be too late and no one knows when that day is. Be ready. 
PRAYER: I thank you Lord for each and every day you give me on this Earth. Help me to remember that I am here to make a difference and not live to just please myself. Help me remember to pray daily for those I know to come to know you as their savior and get serious about their 'walk' if they aren't already. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Catching Any Fish?



For he and all his companions were astonished at the catch of fish they had taken, and so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.”Luke 5:9-10

A few weeks ago in church our pastor was talking about going fishing for men. Just as the familiar verse above indicates we need to go fishing for souls. Not an in your face type of fishing but by being available to share the reason of hope in you.

Once you accept Christ you need to step up to the plate, or get in the boat, in this case and do your part for the kingdom of God. God uses us to spread His word and draw men and women to Him. Your smile, your kindness, your willingness to go beyond the call to help.

Go get your tackle box ready and be prepared when you may be asked. Don't ever be ashamed or afraid to share the Gospel with those you may come in contact with.

PRAYER: The world around us is hurting, confused, scared and in many cases hopeless. Use me Lord to plant seeds of love and hope and share Jesus with others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Words,Words,And More Words


I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. Psalm 34:1

Every day you engage in conversation with people. Your family, your friends, telemarketers, co workers, merchants, waiters, neighbors, mailman, UPS driver, folks at the gym, and you can add more to your list I am sure. What you say can make you or break you. Words are so vital and thinking before speaking as well.

How many problems have been caused by miscommunication, a misspoken word, a misunderstanding? From my experience, many. Do a search in the Bible for the word 'words' and many things pop up. If you only could think before you randomly communicate many problems could be avoided.

Why not try this week to purposefully use your mouth to say kind, uplifting, encouraging, and praiseworthy things. Try to be alert to any negativity that creeps in. And certainly beware of gossip or saying cruel things. Make it a point to use your mouth to praise God and build up others, not tear them down. Oh yes and remember to also say 'I forgive you' to those you need to.

PRAYER: I have said things in the past that has been hurtful or misunderstood. Help me Lord to choose my words wisely and to make a point to be positive and kind. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Bread Of Life



But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Dads and moms out there are you focusing on Jesus first in your home or is He not even a passing thought? Jesus is in fact the 'bread of life' yet to many He is not even part of the equation. I realize that in writing I am preaching to the choir so to speak and only the Holy Spirit can do the conviction and drawing men and women to Him.

Be intentional. Get to a growing church you hate to miss. Make it a priority. If you have family or friends who seem to be lethargic when it comes to things of the Lord just continue to lift them up in prayer and do not stop or lose hope. 

The world we live in is certainly not 'Christ centered' and it is necessary to stay on your knees in prayer and get serious about falling in love with Jesus. Is Jesus what you are feasting on daily. Don't starve yourself. Get your 'bread of life' today. 

PRAYER: Each day Lord I know you yearn for me to take time to stop and spend time with you. So may things cry out for my attention. I choose to start my day with the bread of life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tethered To Jesus


For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,2 Timothy 4:3
I live in the area where space exploration is king. The Marshall Space Flight Center where they build the International Space Station is about 25 miles away.
A tether for a space walking astronaut is extremely important. As depicted in the Hollywood movie ‘Gravity’, if things go wrong it can have devastating consequences. For Christians Jesus is that tether that keeps us connected and not floating away into sin. The tether keeps us grounded and connected to the Holy Spirit.
Are you tethered so you won’t float away into sin?
PRAYER: Lord I thank you for being my ever present tether and keeping me grounded. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Take Your Medicine



A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:2
You have heard it said, "Laughter is the best medicine" and actually that truth is right off the pages of scripture. Getting a good belly laugh not only can cheer a person up emotionally but physically as well. 
Being downcast and gloomy only serves to drive you into a pit of despair. If you get this way go find something to make you smile. Satan loves to get people sad. When you are sad you tend to have self pity. Self pity is not from God. 
Don't watch things that make your fearful or anxious. Get on some clean comedy and smile awhile. The nightly news is not your choice for smiles so keep it off. Buy a joke book with clean humor. Stay away from pessimistic people. Keep looking up and go get well. 
PRAYER: I thank you for creating the gift of laughter, not at crude degrading humor but at decent funny moments in life. I choose to focus on what makes me smile and run from gloom. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, July 13, 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.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Keep Your Eyes On The Cross!

(NOTE: This was Sunday July 9, 2017 devotion I forgot to put on blogger.)

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do-this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it. Romans 7:18-20

Temptation to do wrong is everywhere. It would be easy to get off the righteous path with all the junk screaming at us from every direction. R rated movies, horrible tv in prime time, brain washing going on in schools and colleges, believing lies. You just have to make up your mind who and what you are going to listen to. Hopefully it is the voice of truth.

What is truth? The Bible is truth. In it you learn how to live. Through its' pages you learn to love and to forgive. You can use it for all decisions of life. You learn what is sin. If you don't regularly have a quiet time I urge you to do the most important thing and schedule one daily. The enemy will distract you with all sorts of things and help you make excuses as well. What is more important, Facebook or His book? Not intending to guilt you but make you think. Which one has eternal value?

Today get started and start the day with truth so you will recognize lies and evil and be able to counteract them with God's word.

PRAYER: Thank you Father for your word. Many nations are not able to freely read the word without fear of death or persecution. Help me not just let my Bible be a dust catcher. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Fervent Prayer....Are You Doing It?


So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. Acts 12:4

What does it mean to fervently pray? I would say it is to be steadfast, serious, focused, and intentional. Not just thinking to yourself, "I have to pray so let's get on with it" but to set time aside for the purpose on interceding in a serious manner. Get on your knees or better yet, your face, before the Almighty God. 

You may need to set aside a couple hours or even a day for serious prayer.  I was introduced to the concept of a DAWG Day or 'Day Alone With God' through the ministry of Moms in Prayer International(formerly Moms in Touch) and try to do this every few months. It has to be scheduled just as you would schedule a lunch with a friend. 

Are you serious about seeing breakthrough in someone's life you have been praying for? If so you need to keep on praying, don't stop, and believe for a turn around. Through the prayer discipline God is working on you as well as working on the person you are 'lifting' up to Him. So how about it? Want to be fervent?

PRAYER: As I rush through my day forgive me for not being intentional about prayer or thinking it is someone else's job to pray. I know I can even talk to you in prayer anytime so prompt me to get started and get serious. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Melting Pot

They promise them freedom, but they themselves are slaves of corruption. For whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. 2 Peter 2:19

I am blessed to have friends from the following countries who immigrated here legally. Hungary, Germany, India, Vietnam, South Korea, France, Mexico, China, England, Africa, Spain and through the ministry of Moms in Prayer International and attending their events have met many from so many other nations as well to include Israel, Moldova, Egypt, Uganda. 

America is indeed the land of the free and home of the brave. So many want to come here and come the right way and for the right purposes. We have been known for religious freedom, freedom of speech, the land of opportunity where everyone has a chance. A few times tyranny has reared it's ugly head but 'We The People' stood firm and did what was necessary to stay free. 

God has blessed this nation because we have honored Him and His word. If we start getting high and mighty and go against His word that blessing may not continue. When we say "God bless America" we have to remember to be keeping his word and doing things that please Him. Stay in the word because the truth will set you free. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord and am thankful to have been born in the United States of America. Thank you for the freedom we enjoy. Help each of us be vigilant to recognize evil and corruption and not become slaves to them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Look Up


"At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” Luke 21:27-28

When I was in the Army there was a Jody call we sang while marching or running that said something like "What's The Use Of Looking Down, Ain't No Discharge On The Ground. Sound Off, One two and so on." Indeed you miss stuff when constantly looking down. 

Today  much time is wasted looking down at the 'tiny screen'. Parents I challenge you to take phones away while on trips and engage the family in road games. When walking don't look down at your phone but look at nature. If you drive and look down a bad accident may occur.

So many may think this short life is all there is and just live for now and self. God's plan is much greater and expansive. Get in the habit of looking forward to the coming of the Lord. If you are scared maybe your relationship with God needs some work. Where are you at today? Are you prepared for the coming of the Lord? Keep looking up!

PRAYER: Father I pray for people who just live for now and think nothing of Heaven. I pray that you will use me to help share with others just how they don't need to fear death. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Be Sure Your Sin Will Find You Out


"But if you fail to do this, you will be sinning against the LORD; and you may be sure that your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23

Ever since the original sin in the Garden of Eden mankind has been sinning and trying to make excuses, cover it up,  or hide it. On the nightly news a pretty regular feature are video clips from a hidden camera at the local big box stores catching a criminal leaving after misuse of a credit card that was not theirs or outright shoplifting. Then there are the mug shots of most wanted. It could be a hit and run accident. Somehow people feel they will escape. You can run but you can't hide.

Maybe you have been in a situation where you fled or wanted to flee. Human nature wants to escape. The little voice inside of us may say, "don't do that" but you still do. Then guilt ensues, fear, worry, and other emotions. When you do wrong you eventually have to face it. It is better to not do wrong in the first place. It could be as innocent as a teenager sneaking around behind their parents' back or lying to cover up things. Lying too is a sin. 

Stand firm and stay in the word. Know that your mistakes can be redeemed and some will have greater consequences such as jail time. Know what is right and run from wrong. Know that your enemy puts many temptations and obstacles in your path and perpetuates many lies to get you to go his way and not God's way. 

PRAYER: Lord forgive me when I have allowed the enemy to make me get off your path. Help me recognize evil and wrong and stay far from it. Help me admit when I am wrong. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Notes In The Bible



"A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” Proverbs 13:22(NKJV)

I have a good friend in Arizona whose mom recently went to Heaven and she was going through her Bible and found all sorts of treasures and little notes that made her heart very glad. At a time she was mourning these 'treasures' brought her great joy. 

If you were to die today is there any sort of spiritual legacy left behind in your Bible or Bibles? Your Bible is meant to be used not just as a coffee table ornament or dust catcher. It is packed full of wisdom to get your through life. There is more to life than just waking up, going to work, hanging with friends and having fun on weekends. Is Jesus part of your life and how big a part? Ponder that for a moment. 

Only the Holy Spirit can draw you. I remember when the 'lights came on' for me back on 19 March 1975 and I became born again. At that point in time I thirsted for God's word. Things happened along the way but thankfully I am on track now. If you don't have a thirst for Jesus why not? If you were to die today would a spiritual legacy be left for your family and children to make them smile? 


PRAYER: How I love you Lord and my heart aches for those who have no relationship with you other than saying they are a Christian. I pray for those I know and am close to to fall in love with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Blowing Stuff Off


Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

There are many things in life that can get your 'feathers ruffled' so to speak. Many of them aren't worth getting angry over. One example is in this day of people looking for electric outlets such as in airports and coffee shops, occasionally you run into a 'plug hog'. If you do you could kindly ask "may I use one of those since you have two" or let it go. This is one example of a minor irritation.
You have to choose your battles and many things that happen are very small in the big scheme of things. For instance, on the day I noticed my car got keyed I was surprisingly not that upset. I felt sorry for the person who stooped to such a low level to vandalize my vehicle.
Staying  peaceful when your human nature would rather you explode and cause a scene, not only is it better for your over all well being, but for your walk with the Lord. When you name the name of Jesus people are watching you. Got a Christian sticker on the car? Slow down. Wearing a Christian tee shirt? Smile and be polite. Going to court to sue? Reconsider.  You get the picture. So now go out today with joy and peace and love life!

PRAYER: Most gracious Lord thank you that through you I can have true peace. Help me let go of minor irritations and seek things that are 'above'. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Babble On

He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30

I am sure many of you have heard of the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament(See Genesis 11) about when mankind got too high and mighty and thought they did not need God. He therefore confused their languages so they could not try to become greater than God. I was thinking of that recently as I said something to a family at a table next to me at a local establishment and was looked at with perplexed stares. I realized they spoke Chinese or a similar dialect. I just smiled. We are a world of different languages now mostly English being the universal one. 

God is pretty clear that we are not to exalt ourselves over Him. Many instances in scripture speak of that fact. My verse for today is simple in that it says God must be greater. That is a tall order in the selfie obsessed society we live in. Dying to self is a foreign concept to many. It's all about me, me, me!

When you 'babble on' in your day to day comings and goings do you ever even think of talking about the wonderful works of the Lord or stop to ponder His greatness. Many are caught up in babbling about their activities, their achievements, their jobs, and a host of other things not that that is bad but the point being is God gave you a voice. Do you ever stop and praise Him with it? 

PRAYER: Lord I say I love you and say you are first but then do I follow through with my actions? Forgive me for being a Christian in name only. Help me use the voice you gave me to lift your name on high! In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Freedom


Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
I absolutely love the 4th of July and things I have done on this special holiday with family and friends are seared in my memory. What a glorious time to think about what freedom is and what it means to you. As a military veteran this holiday is all about the feeling I get when I see The American flag.
Freedom is a gift from God. God never intended us to live in tyranny being dominated by our fellow man but to enjoy the free gifts and wonderful democracy He has blessed us with. There are readers from other nations some of which are free and some of which are ruled under a strong fist. My heart goes out to those who are dominated by evil rulers. If we in the US are not vigilant it could happen to us and it just about did under what is known as soft tyranny. 
Satan prowls around like a roaring lion and Satan does not like freedom. He does not like it when we love God. He does not like it when we resist him full of faith. We are not ignorant of his devices. Look at North Korea and the evil domination they are under. Brother and sisters in the US stand firm to defend your liberty and the freedoms we have from God. 
PRAYER: I am so thankful for freedom and for being a citizen of these United States. I am thankful this country was founded to uphold Biblical principles even though there have been many who have tried to remove you from our country. I pray for those whose hearts are filled with evil and hate, trying to destroy liberty. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Is Your Mind Set? What On?


Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Philippians  4:8

Today I want you to think about what you think about. You may have goals you want to accomplish or stuff you need to be disciplined to do in your daily life. Part of that could be exercise to keep the temple of God, aka your body, in shape. Maybe it is a daily time alone with God. Too much gets in the way and usually Bible reading and prayer take a back seat. Perhaps a task around your home you need to finish. Whatever it is it is necessary in order to gain success to 'set your mind' kind of like how Jello is watery until it 'sets up' under refrigeration. 

An undisciplined mind is on the road for trouble. You have to stay focused. You intentionally have to not let wrong thoughts into your head. It may mean turning off TV. Putting down certain reading material. Choosing different friends. Whatever you need to do the goal is to set your mind on things above or on Christ. Kind of hard to do if your Bible is either gathering dust or worse yet, you don't own one or can't find the one you do own. There are many good Bibles and versions out there. I personally like the Life Application Bible in NEw International Version.

Maybe it is time to take a serious look at your schedule and decide you will intentionally focus your mind on good and positive things and get back to loving the Lord or start loving Him if you never really did. 

PRAYER: I love you Lord. I don't like to get wrong junk in my head and I know I need to be on constantly aware of the things I think on. I choose to start feeding my mind daily with scripture and not allow the enemy to keep me from it. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Cold Shoulder




Cold Shoulder 

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28
I get the titles for my devotions from the oddest, most unlikely sources and this one is not an exception. On a recent visit for physical therapy on my left shoulder I got to experience the ice machine for the first time. I think it is called 'In The Game' or something like that. It was marvelous. It is the only 'cold shoulder' you should ever want. 
Generally speaking you have no right as a believer to give the proverbial 'cold shoulder' to anyone, that's right, anyone. You don't have to agree with everyone but you should still love them and pray for them and pray for open doors to minister. 

Many people may rub you the wrong way or be ugly or hateful but ask The Holy Spirit to help you love them. Maybe they are having a hard time with you as well. Let your smile and love radiate throughout your world to Muslims and other Godless religions, shave heads, tattoo queens, body pierced people, prisoners, homosexuals, the homeless person on a park bench, the pregnant unmarried teen,  or the foreigner. Don't get all high and mighty. Find ways to reach out if you can either emotionally, physically, or financially. But don't forget to tell them who you work for! JESUS!

PRAYER: Oh Lord I have been at fault at looking at others and judging them. That is totally wrong and goes against everything you stand for. Help me show unconditional love to others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

The Whole World In His Hands


“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you." Jeremiah 32:17

As a child I grew up singing 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands' but often as hardened adults we forget that tune and medley and forget what it means. I was in DC the day of the baseball field shooting on 14 June 17 and on the way home from the airport that evening was praying on the phone with the Capitol Hill Prayer Partners 24/7 free conference  call line.
Not sure who on the line mentioned this but indeed God does have the whole world in His hands from the little bitty baby to the housewife and her family and everyone in between. That day the prayer was God had these shooting victims in His hand as well. 

It made me think about prayers for those I frequently lift up in prayer mainly in my family and I visualized God's big powerful hand holding each of them and  not letting them fall. Even though people may not acknowledge Him, or be angry at Him,  or falling into purposeful sin, have hatred for politicians, are angry all the time, God still loves them and has not dropped them, so you don't either!

Keep praying my friend!

PRAYER: I know Lord you have my back so to speak and I know you have the backs of those I pray for. This doesn't mean everything happens like I want it to or on my timetable but you make a way. In Jesus' name. Amen.

NOTE: I urge you to call the free conference call line any time day or night to lift up this country, its' states, and its' leaders in prayer. The line has a moderator who guides the prayer at top of each hour. Sometimes there is singing or the blowing of the Shofar. It is so uplifting. The number is 712-770-4340. Once connected after the prompt enter 543555# and then mute your phone by pressing *6. That is all there is to it. I hope you will at least try it once. It is great to put on speaker phone while you are driving. To God Be The Glory!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hurt Feelings....It Happens


And to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:19
I often wonder if Jesus had His feelings hurt when He was rejected. His rejections were big ones not petty ones like some of you go through here on Earth. Being left out, being ignored, being unfriended on Facebook, being blocked on Facebook, divorce, being talked down to by someone, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, lies are spread about you, someone close says hurtful words. Rejection hurts and you kind of have to blow it off and not dwell on it. 
Maybe some of the rejection helps you to reassess your life and make changes. It is not always bad. But it still hurts, take it from someone who has been 'tossed under the bus' a few times and by people close to me. Ouch. For sure you have to learn to move on and let it go. If you don't you can build up resentment and bitterness and turn into a very harsh person. Some deeply wounded people may need to seek professional counseling.
Rejection can be a form of demonic bondage you need to be released from. A stronghold that needs to be broken. Wherever you are today know that Jesus and God never rejects you. Come to Him just as you are. He forgives, heals, extends grace and let's you have new beginnings. Just let Him. 
PRAYER: I have been angry after rejections Lord and I know that is not good as a believer and it does not help me stir up feelings of love for sure. Help me move on, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

No Connection

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10


I am sure glad I have a 24/7 connection to God and can communicate and get through to him anytime. No waiting on a connection, signal or the power to come back on in order to do so. People now days who live off the grid, and there are getting to be more than you could imagine, have ways to connect to what is important. God is for sure important.

Even though you have this 'all access back stage pass' to our Heavenly Father, how many of us take Him for granted and just call on Him in crisis? Ouch. Maybe your experience growing up in church was cold and impersonal and no one encouraged you to get into the word of God and spend time with Him daily. It is only when you make an effort to do this that you truly become more like Him, and that is your goal correct?

Being a Christian is not boring. It is exciting. If you are bored maybe it is time to see if you ever truly did ask Jesus to be Lord of your life and not just sign up to be a member of thus and such church. Not pointing the finger but simply asking you to examine your heart and if you don't want to spend any time with Jesus ever then maybe something needs to be fixed.

PRAYER: My prayer today Lord is to pray for those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus to examine their hearts. I pray to Lord that my love for you does not grow cold. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monsters Within Us



Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

As much as you might try to tame it the jealousy monster inside of you sometimes it rears its' ugly head. Jealous of a persons' status or title. Perhaps jealous someone got promoted over you. Maybe it is jealousy between siblings feeling like their parents are favoring one child over another. It could be jealous that one grandparent gets to see the grand baby more than them. Perhaps you are jealous of another person's freedom. Maybe you are jealous of another's lifestyle and possessions. I am sure you could add to the list. 

The bottom line is simple. Stop it! All that stuff is not from the Lord. He didn't create you to be like that. It is the enemy, Satan, who attempts to divide and conquer and jealousy is one of his key tools. Don't allow it in your life. If you struggle with it now confess it to God and ask Him to create in you a different heart that isn't like that. It clouds your thinking and makes you say things you don't mean. 

Be grateful for where you are in life and what you have. Get rid of all those earthly sand bags weighing you down and keeping you from enjoying the life Christ intended you to. When you feel jealous stop right there and pray and ask God to break that stronghold in your life. 

PRAYER: Oh Father I don't like the feeling of being jealous. It creates anger, hatred, division and it simply not your choice for me. I ask you to help me rebuke the attempts by Satan to make me slip onto that mode. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Friends In The Junk Folder


But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew
 5:44

Friends are very important. Close intimate friends are even better. But to have a trusted friend betray you or stab you in the back is hurtful. If I could take a show of hands from readers I wonder how many of you would raise your hand that this scenario has happened to you. You are placed in the 'junk folder' of sorts.

You can't dwell on stuff like rejection or it can eat away at you. You can't try to figure it out. You can't beg the person to come back in your life. You just simply have to trust God and pray and try to keep the hurt from eating away at you and robbing you of the joy of living. 

Satan is the one who causes division and he uses people to do his dirty work. Sometimes these people are aware and captivated by evil and at times they may be unaware. Being kind, loving, and forgiving is the way to achieve victory over this painful experience.

PRAYER: Father I hope I have never been guilty of hurting someone or being mean or ugly to them. Relationships are hard and they take work. Help me kind and loving to the friends you have placed in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Get Rid Of Time Wasters


So, then, be careful how you live. Do not be unwise but wise, making the best use of your time because the times are evil.Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17

As I sat recently at a coffee shop doing what I always do, writing, it amazes me how much junk mail comes not only in your snail mail box at home but on email. It takes forever it seems to wade through it and purge it releasing it to a junk folder. How much 'junk' is there in your life that needs to be put in a junk folder of sorts? Time wasters, energy suckers, good causes but over obligations?

Americans in particular are guilty of always being busy and almost feeling guilty if you are not. Why? I once heard an acronym for busy and that was 'Being Under Satan's Yoke'. Now that's an eye opener for sure. Young parents out there, start your child off right teaching him the value of work and responsibility but of also learning to be still. During this still time perhaps model getting closer to Christ. You may drag kids to soccer, dance, figure skating lessons, judo, and a host of other things but do you do the most important things parent can do and that is teaching them the value of being still.

Each of us reading this today should take stock of your schedule. Is it necessary to volunteer for every committee. What about be in every club that comes along? Or do you feel you have to do every social thing that comes down the pike? Sit back, take a breath, and learn to say no and learn to get quiet with God.

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to say no to even important things and to make sure you then my family have quality and quantity time. Help me have courage to say no to things that may clutter my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Time Wasters


If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
In this technological generation you find yourself in you must be intentional to use your time wisely. As I sat down to write one day the massive amount of junk email that had to be waded through just to get to the writing was phenomenal and a bit frustrating. Oh to sit by a babbling brook and listen to birds.
You have to decide what in your life is truly important and what to say no to. You know you can let the phone ring and don't have to answer every text. You can actually leave your mobile device at home if you are not in a career field that demands you be on call 24/7. So much can be whittled away to allow you to have more peace, less stress, less pressure, but it has to be intentional. Some of you reading this may chuckle and say "This lady has no idea what I face at work daily" and indeed that would be correct. But it is your choice how you choose to start and finish your day.

I would suggest to you that this world is not your home. Some of you were once in church and maybe really on fire for the Lord but something happened and you became cold to things of the Lord. That is between you and God.  But daily as you flit from one thing to the other does Christ even pass in your thoughts? Try to make time EACH day to sit down alone somewhere with a Bible and notebook and spend time in the word. I challenge you to NOT wake up and go to Facebook or turn on the news. Before you know it there is no time for Jesus. Is He really important? Then do something about it.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I love it when I sit and ponder your greatness. I thank you for the word of God and the privilege I have to own it and read it. Draw those people to you who have become cold in their faith. Wake them up. Help them make time for you. In Jesus' name. Amen.



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good Morning World!!


This is the day the Lord has made;We will rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24

Similar to how Air Force DJ, Sgt Adrian Cronauer kept the morale of the troops in Vietnam up by uttering a hearty "Good Morning Vietnam" out on the airwaves of Armed Forces Radio Network during the Vietnam War we as believers should wake up daily displaying a similar positive attitude particularly if you are not living in a persecuted nation such as many do.

It is easy to get in a slump over bad news on TV, a dismal medical diagnosis, a dissolved marriage, bad grades, disobedient or disrespectful children, being unemployed.  Morale is all about your attitude. Needless to say the service men and women serving their country in a very unpopular war needed a cheery funny person to listen to daily. Even though Sergeant Cronauer played by Robin Williams in the 1987 film, bucked the military rules to entertain the troops, his broadcasts brightened their otherwise awful day. 

Maybe just maybe your attitude could make or break someone's day. When life has you down look up to the King of Kings. This is a very temporary stopover with the ultimate destination being Heaven for those whose heart is right with Jesus. If you have not asked Jesus to be Lord of your life what are you waiting for. If you aren't feeling so cheery today stop and pray then read the Psalms. And oh yes, don't forget to give thanks.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus help me stay on top and stay cheerful no matter what life throws at me. I never know who may be going through a worse day than me. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Warning! Warning!




Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23


There are all sorts of warning signs in life. Near where I live on Interstate 65 both South and North bound near Exit 1 are signs with flashing lights warning motorists to slow from 70 to 65 because of a couple bad curves in the road. Numerous roll overs and other accidents have occurred here and the guardrails have been replaced more times than I can number. 

Warning signs are in God's word the Bible yet how many choose to go their own way and think the Bible is one big joke? Even well meaning brothers and sisters in Christ who maybe once had a decent and strong walk with the Lord are now in a lethargic state  or sinful lifestyle and choose to just ignore the scriptures and give heed to another way of life. God is far from them. I know some of these people. Only the Holy Spirit can draw them back to Him and wake them from the stupor Satan has them in. But keep praying. 

Don't listen to the voices in the world because they will mostly 100% of the time be wrong and lead you astray. if you say you are a Christian and love God then act like it. If you know you are doing something displeasing to the Lord then stop it. Satan has deceived so many people. The world we live in today is unrecognizable from the one I was in as a child. God's word is not old fashioned. Read it and do what it says today. If you have left God run back to Him. He can and does forgive. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus my heart aches for those who know better yet choose to follow Satan and demonic stronghold spirits and have idols in their life choosing to put you on the back burner. These people know who they are.  I pray you will speak to their hearts and convict them drawing them back to you in a powerful way. In Jesus' name Amen. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

What A Pain!


Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires. James 1:20

Many things in life can tend to frustrate. My predicament as I write this sitting in the shade at an open air mall is that after purchasing a $5 iced beverage and was ready to cozy down in a comfortable chair at a nearby coffee shop, the WiFi would not connect. So I sit in about a 90 degree shade for about an hour picking up a free signal from a nearby store that works. I could have chosen to get angry and make a scene at the place I was or just go with the flow and chalk it up to experience and select a coffee shop with more dependable wi fi since I had writing to do. 

Do you let things aggravate you that should just be blown off? If you want to be a good witness for the Lord you make a choice. Stay cool or gripe and get angry. Literally in my case I had to stay cool so thus I found shade. But coolness means to just drop it before it escalates because there are more important things to get irritated over. 

Whatever you are facing today at home, work, or out in the marketplace try to just breathe and learn to let things go, and oh yes, smile. It always helps. 

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to stay at peace in every kind of situation. When others try to get me upset help me just be still. I choose to learn to blow things off. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Boots On The Ground





I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Joshua 1:3

The term which is my title for today is usually a military term indicating fighting men and women are being deployed and 'boots are on the ground' but for my purposes I am referring to the practice or habit of prayer walking. 


I had never ever prayer walked until I moved to Alabama back in 1999 and it was through the ministry of  Moms in Touch International now called Moms In Prayer, that I learned this very valuable and crucial spiritual discipline. I was a member of a high school praying mom group at the time and before the school year began we would gather in the high school parking lot and break up into small groups of two or three ladies each. From there we would walk the outside of the campus and pray for anything pertaining to the school. The teachers, the administration, the curriculum, the activities, sports, for faith based clubs to be allowed and on and on. 


If you have never done a prayer walk you can even go alone. You are not out to draw attention to yourself and as a matter of fact, don't ! You have a specific reason for a prayer walk. I have done many prayer walks now in various places probably Washington, DC being my favorite place. You sort of get addicted to it which is a good thing! Walk around your city hall, county courthouse, school, abortion clinic, but be careful to not be on grounds marked no trespassing as that would defeat the purpose. Consider what you are walking around like a wall that needs to come down. Take scriptures ahead of time to read pertaining to your walk. Let the Holy Spirit guide you. Now those boots are made for walking and you are made for praying!

PRAYER: Lord there are so many needs in our nation and around the world. Thank you that you cover us with your protective wings. With sincere hearts let many go forth and walk where walls need to come down. In Jesus' name. Amen.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Taming That Busy Side Of You



You will keep in perfect peace 
those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Isaiah 26:3
I am the self confessed 'Energizer Bunny' even given that name by a couple good friends. But even though I have an abundance of energy, thank the Lord, I still need to make times to not be busy. Busyness can be a real detriment to your life and your relationships. Do you feel you achieve some sort of status by being able to answer when asked "how are you" to answer "Busy"? Why? Time to maybe be able to say "at peace". 

Want to try to not gain status by telling everyone you are busy? Your worth should not be determined by your busyness. You should not be ashamed to tell others that you are just sitting reading a book or the Bible. Why on Earth do so many feel compelled that you are not worthy unless you are busy? It is time to get over that and try to work on some free time and not keeping the proverbial schedule full. 
Start today and your first thing on the agenda should be God and quiet time. If you are not doing this why aren't you? No desire or is your answer "too busy"? Granted there are things that have to be done but perhaps you may be bringing some of this schedule overloading on yourself. Ponder that for a while. Today is the day to stop and seek Jesus and then re-do that schedule. Give it a try. 


PRAYER: Help me really look at things I see as crucial and maybe take a step back and schedule some down time. For those with families I pray they teach this principle to their children as well.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Tender Hearted?



For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Ezra 7:10
I don’t know about you, but I can get my feelings hurt easy. Guess God made me with a tender heart. I care about people. I care about those who are hurting. Do you possess a tender heart or is your heart cold and hard?

In the world we live in today it is evident by the hatred you see being spewed forth by those who don’t like the US President that many people are in need of a heart transplant. More people need to learn to soften their hearts and get down on their knees and pray. Hatred is a tool of wickedness and the devil. Tenderness is from God above.
Do you need a tender heart? The Holy Spirit can indeed transform you if you want Him too. Evil thinking and evil actions is straight from the pit of hell but a loving, kind, and forgiving heart is from the Lord. Which do you choose?
PRAYER: Father I want to always be tenderhearted. Forgive me for any times I have had a hard heart. Help those people I may know personally who are in need of a heart transplant in order to love more and hate less. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daddy



"And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" Ephesians 6:4

This is a special day at least here in America. It is Father's Day. My dad went to be with Jesus back in 1992 but for those who still have dads it should be a celebration. Often times though it is not. Statistics prove the dad is just as important if not more for a stable well developed loving family. Society has many problems due to the absence of a father in the home. Many are in jail or deadbeat dads or were never around to begin with.

For those of you blessed by a good Father/child relationship be thankful. Women's lib would like to think men are not necessary but on the contrary how are babies born? Hmmm. The dad traditionally has been delegated even by God as the authority figure and bread winner. That does not mean he is superior but that is the role in the Biblical family. Someone has to be the final authority cause there can not be two captains of one ship.

If your dad is still alive be sure to call him today. If he is but you are estranged from him, forgive him. If he hurt you, forgive him and let it go. If you have deep issues go seek Christian counseling. If you are a dad be the best you can be. Be a godly dad who stays on his knees in prayer and reads the Bible. Your family needs a spiritual leader not just a paycheck.

PRAYER: Abba Father you are my daddy in Heaven. I thank you for daddies here on Earth that sacrifice so much for their families. Help dads everywhere come to take on the responsibility of the spiritual leader of the home. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Finish Line


Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24

I don't know how many of my readers are runners, bike riders, Boston Marathon runners(I know two)Olympians(I know one), Kentucky Derby jockeys,  NASCAR drivers , or American Ninja Warrior competitors but the finish line is the ultimate goal. Getting there takes stamina, training, dedication, and above all discipline. It is the prize even if you aren't the first one over it. In the times I have been in running competitions it sure is nice to see that finish line sign up ahead. 

Our race here on Earth is to obtain the ultimate prize of eternal life in Heaven. You just don't go to church on Sunday, join a church, even just be sprinkled as an infant or go to Confirmation classes. These are all fine but there has to be a real change in your heart and believe me you will know it when there is! Salvation entails much more than denominational rules and regulations. First understand Jesus does not wish for any to perish but for ALL to come to repentance. To repent means to turn away from and stop sinning and to confess and start a new life. 

Are you sold out to this race to win the Heavenly prize? Start in the book of John in the New Testament and read God's word daily. How can you expect to be close to Him and know Him if you never pick up the Bible. Pray for the Holy Spirit to enter your heart as well. Run the race to win and don't let Satan or what people think hold you back. 

PRAYER: I once was blind spiritually but now I see. Help me Lord to not put off the reading of your word. Help me stop putting myself and my fun ahead of you on Sunday. Give me a desire for growth in you. In Jesus' name. Amen. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Go Beyond Nice




Go Beyond Nice

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32

Have you ever found yourself in a difficult situation whether in a public place, at home, or on the highway where your human nature screams "get back at him" but your God nature says "be kind and go the extra mile"? I know I have. Sometimes I pass the test and other times I fail and am ashamed of myself. Letting a car in front of you who is trying to turn onto a busy road. Giving the table at Starbucks with the only outlet to another person(ouch). Picking up trash you did not toss on the ground or leave in the movie theater. Being kind when you are verbally attacked?  

You can choose to let things go or you can choose to have them escalate. You can choose to put things in your life that make you peaceful or subject yourself to things such as maybe the nightly news, that get you upset. Be careful what you 'feed' yourself for there lies part of the problem to wanting to be just like the 'world'. 

Christ wants us to be set apart, to be different. How can you effectively witness to anyone if you are being ugly and mean? Pretty difficult task I would think. So choose this day to start it off in God's word. You say He is first so prove it by spending time alone with Him daily. 

PRAYER: Help me Lord as I seek to be peaceful and kind and a good witness for you. Help me learn to turn the other cheek even when I don't feel like it. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Wake Me Up When Jesus Comes Back


For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Do you ever feel this way as the title suggests? You are exhausted and just wish Jesus would hurry and return? I will be honest and say I have. But He is not finished with you or the world in general.

Every day wake up with hope and knowing God indeed has plans for you. Just because things aren't always going the way you think they should not make you think He has abandoned you. Often you can hear from God more when you are going through struggles and when stuff is going peachy then you may ignore your need for Him.

My friend cling to Him, run to Him, 24/7. He can and does help get you through the struggles of life if only you won't turn your back on Him.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for trials for in them as I look back I can see what I learned as a result. In Jesus' name. Amen.