Monday, April 7, 2014

Prayer...our greatest adventure

Hello friends,
Today I want to encourage you and remind you how important prayer is to the Christian life! It really is our life-line.  It's a 24-7-365 connection to God Almighty, the One who created you, knows you, and loves you for you! He wants to hear you talk to Him and He's ready and waiting.  When you are feeling guilty, angry, confused, upset, happy, excited....everything, God wants to share your emotions.  He will help you control them if you ask.  Do you ever get so so excited about something and just praise God right there and then? What about when you are having a bad day at work, do you stop and seek His help? Prayer isn't something for mornings and's a lifestyle.  I'm not saying that we shouldn't pray when we wake up and before we go to bed, because we should; however, it needs to be more than that.  Paul tells us in 1 Thess. 5:17 to "Pray without ceasing".  All the time, and I know you are thinking that that is something that is impossible. How do you pray without ever stopping?  I get it. I feel the same way at times.  It's a difficult concept to grasp.  But prayer is an attitude.  How's yours been lately? An attitude of thanks when God sends a special blessing into your day, and really a thankful attitude no matter what happens.  We know that God's ways are higher than ours.  An attitude of forgiveness when your co-worker mistreats you.  Those simple prayers, "please help me Jesus", are some of the best! Prayer takes practice! It's something you must work doesn't just happen the instant you get saved.  It's a quality that as a Christian, you have to work at.  Believe me, I'm still working at it.  It's not easy, but prayer can be the greatest adventure you ever dreamed of!  An adventure with the Almighty, who has far greater plans than you.  A dream becomes an adventure when you bring it to God. He can write a life story, love story, career story, or any other story greater than you ever imagined.  So keep waiting, keep praying, and never give up!

Isaiah 55:9- "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lessons From the Life of a Squirrel

Hello friends,
It is a beautiful Monday where I live and I hope that you all are enjoying this last day of March!
Today I want to share a truth with you that I was reminded of while watching a squirrel! As I sat in our sunroom looking outside, I saw a squirrel look around, jump from the tree to the ground, and run, stop, look around, and stop.  He kept stopping, I'm sure you've seen them do this! He would stop and check his surroundings and even while he was getting something from the ground, he would look down and then up again repeatedly! It must be a tiring life for him always checking his surroundings like that!! Then I was reminded of the spiritual warfare we face each day.  The times the devil tries to entice us and oh how many times we fall for his trap.  God wants us to be like the squirrel, checking our surroundings because the "devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour" 1 Peter 5:8.  Those are strong words, the devil is like a lion prowling on YOUR life to see if he can devour you.  Um, I'm not sure about you, but I prefer to not be dinner for the devil! We need to look around and be aware of the lion who may sneak up on us to attack at any time...he tries to get you every day.  What ways have you been allowing him to devour you?
As I said above, I thought about how tired the squirrel must get staying on guard like that and Christians get tired too. But the squirrel seems to relax a little more when he is in a tree. God is our Tree as Christians.  We can rest in God! Deuteronomy 33:27 tells us: "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them."  Wow!! What an encouragement! God is our refuge and we can rest in Him! He will take care of our enemy, the devil, for us!  But you may be thinking how do I rest in God? And I think the number one answer I could give you is His Word! Memorize His Word. Read His Word. Trust His Word.  So remember to be on the look out and rest in God!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Embracing today

Hello friends!
Hope you are enjoying this March day! I was reminded of a truth...and my dog helped me remember that truth! We really don't know what tomorrow will bring or what an hour from now will bring. We do have the ability to plan; however, our plans get interrupted at times.  Something that typically we do not like too much.  Dogs do not have the ability to plan and they really have no idea what may happen to them...they are at the mercy of their owner.  My dog had a grooming appointment just the other day and he gets very excited when we get in the car to go somewhere.  He loves to go with us, especially because when we take him, we are typically going to visit my grandparents (who he loves to visit because he gets to play with their dog).  Well he got in the car Saturday, probably thinking he would go to my grandparents, although he ended up going to the groomer.  I think so often we think we know what's going on in our lives, but we do not.  We need to live in the trusting assurance of God, our Savior.  He does have us in His hands, and we do live at His mercy.  Aren't you glad His mercies never fail!! Live in His assurance knowing that His will is perfect. This is something I know I need to work on, and probably we all do to some extent.  You see, my dog did not want to go to the groomer; however, we, as his owner, knew he had to go.  It was best for him, and I'm sure now he feels more clean and much better because we made him go.  It's the same with God, He makes us do things sometimes that are not what we would choose, but it is only because it is best for us.  We may not ever feel cleaner or better because we went through what we went through, but trust Him, it was helping you.  So next time you take your pet to the groomer/vet, remember that God is your Owner/Maker and He is leading you along the path that is best for you!

Romans 8:28-"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."

Lamentations 3:22-"It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not."