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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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Keep Shining The Light....People Need It!



In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Even though the world you live in may be content,  peaceful, financially stable, and comfortable many people do not experience those things. Their world may be full of hurt, disappointment, pain, bad news, homelessness, sickness. This world needs people to be God's hand and feet and shine for Him. 

Are you shining or has your light dimmed or gone out completely? What do you need to do to get it to shine brightly again? First you might start with insuring you are spending time alone with the Lord daily. Facebook may let you find out all about your buddies but it sure is not a tool of joy necessarily and it is a huge time waster. How often have you spent your entire morning checking Facebook and no time in the word? Ouch. 

To shine light to have to fuel yourself so God's light comes out of you. You learn how to be kind, generous, joyful, patient, caring, loving, empathetic, and forgiving by studying the word of God. Sunday is not enough. Start today to shine Jesus love everywhere you go. 

PRAYER: I want to be used to bring brightness into someone's life who is walking in darkness or just hurting. Help me remember to not neglect my daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, August 16, 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 rent the DVD '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 get this film today! 

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. Even believers who are being deceived by Satan. Help me show love and remember to pray for light to break through the darkness. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

My 'Sign' Is Jesus!


All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. Surely they are like stubble; the fire will burn them up. They cannot even save themselves from the power of the flame. These are not coals for warmth; this is not a fire to sit by. Isaiah 37:13-14

I am always taken aback when a believer who is a Christian asks me what my horoscope sign is. I don't beat around the bush,I just say I don't believe in horoscopes which to me borderlines on fortune telling. If you are a believer you don't look to the stars to tell you what kind of person you are but you look to God who made you fearfully and wonderfully with no help from a horoscope to define your personality.

To some this tradition of going by a star sign may be rooted in some family tradition or cultural issue your never gave much thought to but I am asking you to think about it now! Why does a believer need to read a horoscope to tell them what kind of day they will have? The Bible is the only book you should get guidance from in my humble opinion.

God made you in His image and created you in a very unique way. Everyone born in a certain month is NOT a certain way and believing that is really from demonic spirits.  Now if I have stepped on some toes I am sorry but really think about what exactly it is and why you dabble in it.  Every person is unique and God has distinct purposes for you no matter what month you were born in. Do a study yourself on what the Bible says about horoscopes and then see if the Spirit isn't speaking to you to cast that practice from your life if are following one.

PRAYER: My hope is in you Lord and in your word. Period. I cast off any works of darkness that may appear innocent but really have nothing to do with my walk with the Lord. Give me strength to always choose the things of the Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Keep Shining The Light...People Need It!



 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

Even though the world you live in may be content,  peaceful, financially stable, and comfortable, many people do not experience those things. Their world may be full of hurt, disappointment, pain, bad news, homelessness, sickness. This world needs people to be God's hand and feet and shine for Him. 

Are you shining or has your light dimmed or gone out completely? What do you need to do to get it to shine brightly again? First you might start with insuring you are spending time alone with the Lord daily. Facebook may let you find out all about your buddies but it sure is not a tool of joy necessarily and it is a huge time waster. How often have you spent your entire morning checking Facebook and no time in the word? Ouch. 

To shine light to have to fuel yourself so God's light comes out of you. You learn how to be kind, generous, joyful, patient, caring, loving, empathetic, and forgiving by studying the word of God. Sunday is not enough. Start today to shine Jesus love everywhere you go. 

PRAYER: I want to be used to bring brightness into someone's life who is walking in darkness or just hurting. Help me remember to not neglect my daily time with you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

God Is Taking Too Long!


Come and hear, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me.I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue.If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; Psalm 66:16-18

What is it you have been believing God for and are just to the point of giving up? It is hard to understand what goes on 'behind the scenes' as God orchestrates the answer to your heartfelt prayer.

Know this my friend, if you are following God and doing what pleases Him He hears you. He hears your cries, your anguish, your desperation. But also His ways are beyond knowing. You need to be patient and I often think that is one of the reasons things don't happen instantly in our deliberate manner. You may have a way you want God to deliver this answer but it is not his way. Even when things look beyond hope, hope exists.

While you wait why not try praising Him. There is power in praise. Give thanks to Him for all He has done and will do. 

PRAYER: Oh Lord I love you. I know you care for me and the person I lift to you in prayer. Miracles are needed but you are the God of second chances and miracles so my hope and trust still remains in you while I wait. In Jesus' name. Amen.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Be The Bigger Person


If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. Proverbs 25:21

You know when people are having conflict or someone is gossiping or saying mean and hate filled things about others you know what you have to do? Be the bigger person and show your good character by setting an example in word and deed. Don't chime in and lower yourself to the ugly level of bashing and putting down others. 

My parents used to say "If you can't say something good don't say anything at all." And how very wise and true that statement is. Your words reflect your character or lack thereof. When your mouth opens up don't justify being mean but simply pray that nothing comes out that doesn't edify others. 

If you struggle in this area of being the 'bigger person' God is willing and able to help. Problems with people? Give them to God then stop talking about them. As a matter of fact try praying for them. Yes I said pray for them. Now get going and be that bigger person.

PRAYER: I want the things I say to buildup and not tear others down. Forgive me I ever feel anyone is justified to be treated poorly. You want me to be kind to everyone no matter what. Help me Lord. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Are You Hungry For God?


"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:” Amos 8:11

When it is time to eat either breakfast, lunch, or supper most of us are ready and sometimes eat more than our bodies need. But when it comes to feasting on the Word of God are you hungry? The Beatitudes, found in Matthew chapter 5, states in verse 6, "blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled."

Can you honestly say you and hungry for hearing and reading God's word or has Satan made your love for it cold? The only way to grow to be more Christlike is to 'hide' God's word in your heart as it says in Psalm 119:11 "I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you."

The prophecy in the key verse above should make you do something to prepare for this 'famine'. Imagine not being able to grab a Bible anytime you wanted and get comfort and strength. Now is the time to be memorizing key verses and not treating it just like another book in your library. Sadly some people can't even find theirs. Hope that does not describe you. If you are more excited about reading a secular magazine than spending time in God's word, better check your spiritual heartbeat. Just saying.

PRAYER: I am so thankful to live in a country where I am free to own Bibles, go to church, listen to Christian radio and watch Christian television. I intend to make sure I don't neglect your word and will pray for family members who have become lethargic and complacent spiritually. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

People Problems?

But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, Matthew 5:44
Do you allow people so much control over you that the bottom drops out when a friend walks out? Friendships have uncertainties cause you never know what is inside someone's head and can't control them. 
Choose today to not allow broken friendships or ugliness to derail you. Stay on the track of peace, joy, love, grace, forgiveness. Jesus had people problems so He understands rejection and that type of pain but He did not allow it to control Him or let it fester. 
Today you have to make a decision to move ahead beyond the pain. Pray for those who hurt you or misuse you. As hard as it is, you have to shake it off. Believe me I know how hard it is as I have had this problem more times than I care to remember. Don't seek revenge or wish evil on these people who hurt you but sincerely lift them up in prayer. 
PRAYER: Father it is so hard to be rejected but then I don't need to tell you that. Oh Lord help me love despite hatred that may be encircling my life. Help me to maintain joy despite my circumstances. In Jesus' name. Amen.  



Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Not An Accident

Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. Psalms  115:3
'God things' or whatever you want to call them, how many times has a person called right when you were thinking of them or you avoided an accident when you got a stop light that frustrated you. All kinds of examples exist. I have had people tell me they were 'thinking' of me just at a certain point in life when I needed prayer. You can probably start a little journal and keep a list of your 'God things'. The 'world' may call it luck or chance but I beg to differ. 
Life has twists and turns, good things and not so good things. Many people come across our path, some for a reason or a season. Some of these cases are in the 'God thing' category. I have a long time friend who I just happened to meet at the same time her family was registering at the school counselor office moving to the town from Phoenix where we also moved from. Small world, maybe? God thing, for sure.
Start paying attention to the little moments in your life many of which are really big moments. God uses all sorts of people and situations in your spiritual journey so don't write them off and stay tuned for your next 'God thing' as it may be right around the corner. 
PRAYER: Thanks for the times you have spoken to me through people, events, or situations. With you nothing is impossible. Thank you how you work in my life on a daily basis. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Spiritual DNA/Leaving A Legacy

A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,
 but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. Proverbs 13:22

What is more important to you? Leaving an inheritance to your children and grandchildren, which is scriptural by the way, or insuring a spiritual legacy is left behind?Both are VERY crucial. 

When you raise children, often times the 'God equation' is forgotten. Even many who don't darken the door of a church somehow make it there for infant baptism which is the tradition in many denominations and families. Although a nice family occasion and 'religious ritual' even for those who do it, it is still the parents responsibility to raise their child to love the Lord and walk with Him daily. My husband was baptized as an infant and a year ago decided he wanted a 'believer's baptism'. Now as an adult who loved the Lord it meant something and His heart truly was changed. 

Point being, whether a baby or adult baptism, don't neglect raising your child in a church where later on he or she will become hungry for the Word of God. There is a saying, "Going into church won't make you into a Christian any more than going into McDonalds will make you into a hamburger." Ponder that statement for a while. Don't be afraid to change denominations or churches if you feel lethargic and stale. Walking with Jesus is supposed to make you feel alive. Raise those little ones to be excited about Him too. 

PRAYER: Lord I want to be a Christian in my heart, in my heart. These words are in a familiar child's worship song and they ring true. Help me remember to sing songs of praise around the little ones in my life. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, August 7, 2017

F.R.O.G.



Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Are you fully relying on God? That is what the above acronym means. When you pray do you trust God or keep fretting? Didn't you pray? Don't you believe? God is not on your time table.

In order to not waste your days worrying and fretting, it is necessary to truly let God be God and trust that He has your back. Don't sit around conjuring up doomsday stories or 'what if' scenarios in your head. Satan is the master of bringing on fear. Who are you going to rely on? Will you do it 'fully' or only be partially in?

Start each day thanking God for a new day and being excited for what He has in store for you. Don't allow negative fearful thinking even come in. Nip it in the bud with praise and thanksgiving.

PRAYER: I want to do more than just remember the acronym above but I want to live that way. I want to knock down any fear barriers and faithfully trust you. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

ET Phone Home


 Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20

In the 1982 classic blockbuster Hollywood film, ET, the extraterrestrial who crash landed in a California backyard occupied by a very young Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, was lonely to go back home pointing his boney little finger towards the sky and saying "home". The classic line from the movie was "ET Phone Home". 

I often think about God looking down on us and wishing many would 'phone home' so to speak or in other words, give Him the time of day, at least sometime. We are His creation yet many don't believe and choose to ignore this fact totally. There are others who pay homage to Him by saying "I am a Christian" but that is just about where their devotion ends.

Where is your heart? Do you love God or are you agnostic, complacent, or just what I will call religious? God isn't about religion but is about relationship. Are you desiring to 'phone home' or in other words do you miss your Heavenly Father? Today if you hear His voice do not harden your heart. Let Him into your life today. 

PRAYER: Lord I love talking to you in prayer. I pray for those whose hearts are not fully yours. Keep knocking on the door of their hearts. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Get Up And Run!!

Do you not know that when 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
Do you feel stuck? Unmotivated? Discouraged? No way out? Do you realize feelings like that do not originate with God? Our enemy, Satan,  is the one who causes you to be down in the dumps. He is the master of negativity. 
Sometimes it is necessary to just push through those feelings. I have had them and once I had to say out loud "In the name of Jesus I will mop this floor!" Sounds comical but when you are trapped in depression speaking the name of Jesus is the best thing EVER! You might even have to shout "Satan I am bought with the blood of Jesus and redeemed from your curse so leave me alone".
 Ok know that God loves you and Satan hates you. God has a wonderful plan for your life. Find a good dynamic growing Bible believing church and go regularly. Read your Bible. Start staying away from those things pulling you away from Christ. You should know what they are. Now go have an awesome day. Jesus Loves You!

PRAYER: Yes Jesus loves me the Bible tells me so. A child's' song but it rings so true. Forgive me for allowing the thinking of this world to entrap me and drag me down. I cast off that stronghold in your mighty name. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Your Mess....Your Message


"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
No one has a perfect life. Often times you may assume a certain church leader or Bible study teacher has it all together when it reality they may be hurting greatly or going through something no one is aware of. Often times the messes of this life turn out to be our 'message' or testimony later on.

Just because you have accepted Christ does not mean your problems go away. What it does mean is you are better able to get through to the other side. No matter what happens in life do not turn your back on God. Why is it when bad stuff happens many times people get angry at God? Why not blame Satan for a change? 

Just know that trials do indeed make you a stronger person as pat an answer as that is. Problems develop your character and make you into a better person. The main thing is to stay in the word of God. By reading you can grow and get what you need to see you through trouble that may come your way. 

PRAYER: No matter what Lord I trust you. When answers to prayer seem slow in coming I know you are still there. Your ways are not our ways. Help me trust you and remember that. In Jesus' name. Amen.





Thursday, August 3, 2017

Staying A Baby Forever Is Not Good


I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 1 Corinthians 3:2

Parents who have newborn babies don't want them to stay a baby forever. It may seem cute to have this little tiny human, pure and innocent, but if they stayed an infant it is not a good thing. Can you imagine going to junior high in diapers, or crawling when you are in grade school. Also if your baby continued to eat Gerber baby food,  or drank infant or toddler formula, that too is not wise. Eventually they have to grow up. 

Likewise spiritually it is necessary to grow up. Many people are under the impression to baptize a baby, join a church, or go on Sunday is enough to be able to say you are 'religious' and sort of have made it in that 'church life category'. First I hate the word religious. I am not religious, I love Jesus. When a person seemingly is going 'too crazy' for the things of the Lord often times a label is given to them by those who don't understand. It might even be from other 'church people'.

This Earth is NOT our home. Why not use the time you have now to get to know Christ better. If you have not asked Him to be Lord of your life, do so. Baptism alone does not save you no matter what a 'religious leader' may have said. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Once saved shouldn't it be a natural thing to want to be mature in Christ and get some spiritual meat? Put down that pacifier and get strong in the Lord.

PRAYER: It is easy to go through life being spoon fed even for those who attend church on a regular basis. But Lord I don't want to stop there. I desire maturity. I pray for nay in my family who may have grown complacent to desire to grow in you again. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Your Playbook



All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,2 Timothy 3:16
Football season is upon us all over the US. I could care less as I am not addicted to it nor is my husband but for those who are it is a big event. 
In football the coaches use a 'playbook' to write out moves for the players to make. Players follow this guide the coaches have drawn up for them in order to hopefully have a successful game.

Our 'playbook' in life is our Bible. Here in the US many of us may have numerous Bibles but sometimes they just gather dust. If the 'playbook' for life is not followed then you are likely to follow the wrong crowd and do the wrong things. Hopefully you don't fall into the category of a complacent Christian who just exists but never reads the rule book of life. Start today to pick up God's playbook, The Bible, start reading and maturing in your walk with Him. 

PRAYER: Father God I am sorry when I have gone my own way and not followed the playbook you have laid out for me. I know the enemy jumps for joy when I neglect it because then he has more power over me. I choose to follow your word. In Jesus' name. Amen.  




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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jealous.....Maybe Sometimes


You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 1 Corinthians 3:3

What makes people get jealous? First, it is not an emotion from God so let's get that straight. But most of us have felt it at one time or another if we are honest. It is not listed as a 'fruit' of the Spirit so how do you nip this monster in the bud?

Possessions, talents, feeling left out, money, being in the loop, family issues, appearance, comparison. It is not good. Why do we let it occur? Mostly if you let your mind dwell on negative you can conjure up so many things that are not real. Satan loves it when we get jealous. From there he might have you say or do something you regret terribly and even ruin a relationship. 

Be content with what you have(that's in The Bible) and your station in life. Get up daily and thank the Lord for what you have because if you make a list I am sure it would be quite extensive. Don't allow your mind to wander off to the jealousy pit.

PRAYER: Oh dear Lord I want to not even entertain jealousy in my life. Forgive me when I have let it rear its' ugly head. Help me replace it with praise. In Jesus' name. Amen.