A Time to Remember

When sorrow is sitting heavily on your chest and you ask the Lord how much longer and why He’s allowed you to experience such heartache and pain….

Remember when you were carried through prior sorrows. Sorrow and grief won’t look the same or last the exact amount of time but remember that He carried you. He never left you alone.

Memories and dreams will come that seemingly put you back at square one but remember. God carried you before and He’ll do it again. He’s faithful to the end. He’s a God that cannot lie.

Remember that all things work for our good. God’s reasons and plans are greater than our temporary pain and our understanding that cannot be matched to His. (Romans 8:28, Isaiah 55:8:9)

Keep the faith, keep believing and don’t doubt. Won’t He do it? Yes He will.

Do you remember?

“I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in From this time forth, and even forevermore.”

Psalms 121:1-8 NKJV

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Through it all….I Worship You

Words can’t seem to describe the thankfulness that is running through me. Its really hard to do it but I want to allow others to feel what I feel to the best of my ability.

The wonder, the love, the power, the gentleness, endless mercy and grace, peace, joy even through hard times I know that I know that the Lord Almighty goes before me and is a keeper of His word.

He can do all things BUT fail.

I worship You Lord not just for blessing and protecting me but because of Who You are and who I am not. I am nothing without you. I cannot sustain day to day without You. When hard knocks come, when the wind blows extremely harsh in my life it seems and I feel as if I will topple over …You O Lord, my Rock and sure Foundation keep my foot from slipping.

I worship You! I worship You with all that I have within me…. I bless You Lord. Hallelujah!

When I have yet to hear a word back from You I know that I am heard because my faith tells me so. When I fail You time and time and again You continue to love and encourage me. I am not worthy of nothing but You give me your best and that alone brings tears to my eyes O giver of Life. My Creator, Father God, Abba my soul cries out with a heart of thanksgiving.

My life is Yours dear Lord. Please help me to live my days with great love and sincerity as a reflection of my love for You. You are worthy of all of our praise. Not just today but everyday. Glory to God!

Dear beloved as you read my words, I would like for you to reflect on the goodness of the Lord in your life and of your loved ones. He has been quite generous to us all. We do not deserve anything but because of His unfailing love and His remarkable ability to see us past all of our faults He is worthy of  a dance, a shout, a Hallelujah, Glory to God and whatever else you feel led to say and do. A God Who does not love conditionally but unconditionally, a Father and Creator who saw me and called us His own before we were even formed within the womb of our mothers. The Lord saw us in all our mess and still chose us. He has called us His people. I bless Him this day and I desire for my relationship to go nowhere but deeper and more intimate. I pray that you do as well.

Give glory and honor to Him brothers and sisters even when your day is not going it’s best. Sometimes your praise will turn your outlook around. I know this for myself. Hallelujah!

Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord , all the earth. Sing to the Lord , bless His name; Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples. For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Give to the Lord , O families of the peoples, Give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name; Bring an offering, and come into His courts. Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth.
Psalms 96:1‭-‬9 NKJV

 

Life Withers and Issues Fade Except The Word of God

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The Lord is Everywhere

I Peter 1:22-25 NKJV

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, because “All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, But the word of the Lord endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Do we recognize that God is everywhere and in all things? He is the Creator of heaven and earth and all things in it.

This morning when I was reading a devotional plan that I follow on YouVersion called “Now Is The Time: Acts Adult Journey” today’s devotional sat a little deep with me today. It really gave me a lot to think about.

Do our words and actions seem fit for the Holy One that surrounds us? The scripture for this Bible reading was Acts chapter 7. (Stephen was stoned to death for speaking truth.) At the end of the reading a reflection and respond was posed:

REFLECT :

Where do you think God dwells? In church buildings or in the whole universe—including the places where you live, labor, or enjoy leisure? Can we feel God’s presence everywhere? Can we be faithful anywhere?

RESPOND:

Ask God to help you acknowledge him wherever you are, and to be faithful to him. In four different places today, thank God that it is his space—God’s Personal Space (GPS). You do not need to close your eyes to tell him. Take a moment to share this divine experience with others!

Gracious God, thank you that my family, friends, and I are all in your personal space. Please help me to know your personal presence – your GPS – as did Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David, Stephen and so many other men and women.

While I was beginning to feel some kind of way as my morning progressed I went outside to pull weeds. ( I tend do a lot of thinking outdoors for various reasons and to also capture a pic of a butterfly if possible ) Anyways, I walked up the driveway to clean out another flower bed and noticed an overgrown lawn since the neighbors moved out. The real estate company has not been by to maintain the grass. I digress.

The pretty yellow and tall standing dandelions setting against the sky……..

Amazing

Breathtaking

GOD IS IN EVERYTHING.

His presence surrounds me and I’m feeling it in this very moment. It washes away the thoughts of things bothering me. Loving that sibling in the Lord that’s hard to love, putting another kid through college this coming fall as well as accepting the fact that my nest of 5 children will go down to 3, the heartache I bear of knowing that my very best friend lost her mother over the weekend and the list goes on and on.

“The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.”

Life changes in some shape or form but God never does and neither does His Word. I can take hold of that and stand firm because it’s true. If I love and trust the Lord with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind and all my strength then I can follow through accordingly with all things. He’s there with me.

He’s present. Right here with me. And you.

Dear friends,  do you feel the presence of the Lord here with you today? Just take a look around and see Him. He’s there. How worthy He is to acknowledge and spend time with. God bless each and every heart this day.  I pray that you are encouraged today in some way. I know that I am.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord , my strength and my Redeemer. Psalm 19:14

Pride vs Prayer: Help! I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up.

Pride comes before destruction, and an arrogant spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18 HCSB)

Dear Reader,

I have but a short message for you today. It’s something to meditate on and worthy of calling on the Lord about.

“Where is your heart today? What thought pattern are you walking with?”

The Lord wants us to come to Him with a childlike faith believing Him for what we know He is able to carry out in our lives. Say if we do not know, then why not step out, call upon the name of the Lord to see and experience for ourselves that He is able to do exceedingly more than our minds can comprehend?

“Will you take matters into your own hands, give justification for your thoughts and reasoning which leads to action?”

Put away that haughty heart and tell our faithful Savior that you are standing in the need of prayer. Do not look to see what anyone else is doing or the lack thereof in their life. Look to Jesus because their downfall can keep you in the pits along with them.

Misery loves company.

As a child of The King, we are free. We do not have to live in emotional bondage over anything. We will experience valleys but we can have peace in the middle of dark days.

You have many who are willing to pray with you and for you. With Christ you do not have to walk alone.

Pride will deceive you and trip you up from receiving your blessing.

If you happen to trip and fall, I pray that it’s on your knees saying “It’s me, it’s me, it’s me O Lord standing in the need of prayer.”

My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise. (Psalm 51:17 NIV)

*I know there are many versions of this song you may have heard but I want you to meditate on the words and reflect on your life and where the Lord may or may not fit it. There’s no time like the present time to make a change for the good and edification of your soul. Peace and rest be with you all in Christ Jesus. God bless you and may you be encouraged this day.

 

Meeting in the Clouds

While I’m not really sure where my recent fascination with clouds came from, I do know that I have always enjoyed looking at them since I was a kid. As of late, I have been going outside taking pictures of the sunsets or any type of cloud formation that I find interesting around the perimeters of my home. Occasionally I will take pictures if I am out with my family and my camera just so happens to tag along. This photography hobby has been keeping me preoccupied and it gives me a broader outlook when I capture God’s creations in still form.

I have noticed that the more I think about creation, it was and is by One source that all this came to be.

God created the heavens and the earth! I enjoy living simply in abundance of His blessings. Truly!!

There are some days that I find myself going to sit outside during the day or as the sun starts to set and have a “meeting in the clouds” with the Lord. I find myself singing or praying while smiling with a heart filled with gladness knowing that I have favor upon my life. What a reason to be thankful….. because He surely did not have to give me anything.

I take the time to converse with the Lord about my day, my thoughts and prayers for others who are in need of Him. Many are laying up in hospitals, some are literally lost due to being kidnapped, children are being forced in sex-trafficking, someone is plotting to take the lives of innocent people for no just cause, a new life has been brought into this world, a lost soul just gave their life to Christ after fighting the desire to live by the ways of this world. So much to think about. So much to be in prayer about. Much to rejoice in as well as times to mourn with others.

We only have one life to live. May we not take it for granted. It can disappear before our very eyes.

PRAYER IS KEY. It is our lifeline of communication with the Lord. It’s a time of communion and fellowship with our Creator.

Will we forsake the glorious ways of our God, his majestic splendor, his love and mercy? How awesome is He?!!

Our God is “the Man with the master plan”. He’s “all that and then some”. You get what I am saying.

Jesus tells us : Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:30-34 NKJV)

My front porch

So whether it is on your front porch, outside taking a stroll or just sitting still thinking, take some time to thank the Lord for all He has done. Today may not be all that it could be but at least you are still here. You can choose to make the best of it or wallow in pity. Someone has it worse right about now. Someone is on their death-bed and the clock still keeps ticking. When they pass on….. they will never be able to say that they wish they could have done things differently in their life. We all will go through various things in our life time. Storms do not last always. You cannot have a rainbow without the rain.

Make the best of today and live it like there is no tomorrow. God is good. He is faithful and He is present.

Creative photshop editing after a thunderstorm

Will you go meet Him in the clouds today?

Enjoy the slideshow of pictures (< link) amongst others that I have taken over time. I stand in awe of the works of His hands. What a wonderful God of heaven and earth!

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*Here’s a song I’d love to share with you. I can’t help but lift up my hands and worship the Lord for He is Glorious!

Unforgiveness Swept Under the Rug

As I was in the bed unwinding for the night, two men came across my mind. One I forgave immediately and the other……. well let’s just say that I did forgive him years ago but I swept it under the rug. I didn’t want to relive emotional pain over some words and lack of understanding and compassion I felt so many years back.

Over 25 yrs ago I was struck by a car driven by an 18 yr old driving 75 mph in a 25 mph school zone. I was at the cross walk in front of my middle  school. From what I can remember and what I was told, I was knocked about 30 feet. The only thing I suffered was a broken femur. ( thigh bone ) I know it was no one but God who saved me.

I endured 2 years of being on crutches and rehabilitation to learn how to walk again between 2 surgeries. One to fix my thigh and the other to remove the plate and screws attached inside. Wow… these were the years I was just beginning as a teenager and I had a complex about my long and ugly scar.

The day of the accident, all I could think about was the good citizen who came from across the street to cover me with a blanket until the paramedics arrived and thanking God that I was alive. Nothing else mattered then. I take that back! I was wearing a brand new pair of Lee jeans and I was upset that they had to be cut open to see if any broken bones were openly present.  ( excuse my way of thinking as a new teen just beginning to like fashion back in the 80’s in hope that my pants could be spared. Lol ) Between blacking out and coming to, the lingering screams I heard from friends are still with me to this day.

I never knew what happened to the guy who hit me, other than my parents taking legal action against him. Believe it or not, I had no ill feelings towards him. I wasn’t even mad at him for all the pain I endured mentally and physically. I forgave him. I was ok. It was my school principal that I had bad feelings against, all because he made an issue about the school flag coming down because of my accident.

“Are you serious?!!” I couldn’t believe that a flag had precedence over my life. Well that is how it made me feel. It hurt me bad. Oh believe me, it became a big issue enough that resulted in my mom going up to the school to address the principal.

Well to speed this up, I moved on with my life, became a Christian, asked God to forgive me of my sins and along my walk for me to forgive others I harbored unforgiveness towards. Well at least I thought I’d forgiven them all. TRULY forgiven them. Obviously I didn’t.

Needless to say, the other night I truly forgave the man who I harbored anger and unforgiveness towards. I also prayed for him hoping that his life has turned out well in general. I hope and pray he believes in God and has excepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. I also hope and pray the same for the guy who hit me. I can only hope he doesn’t have any bad feelings towards me for any repercussions he had to face for his negligence. I hope he knows that he is forgiven. My prayers for their salvation has nothing to do with me but the fact that we all have not accepted Christ into our heart. The way we live our lives until we die plays a part as to how we live this life and treat others.

We all make mistakes. We learn and forgive as well as ask for forgiveness. I thank the Lord for placing them on my heart as I chose to act in obedience to forgive immediately. No questions asked. It’s a wonderful feeling to let a wound completely heal. I had the right prescription to heal me though I didn’t realize I was still carrying the pain. Thank you Jesus!

I don’t know why I’ve taken another step in opening up my personal life but I rather be obedient than not. There has to be a reason behind this. All I can say is Thank You Lord for second chances. Thank You for awakening my heart to check under my rug that may harbor anything I have not completely given up. I want a clean temple for the Lord to reside in. My purpose is to be a light unto the world as a child of the Most High and share salvation with others. Sharing my experiences will hopefully let others see that Christians aren’t perfect, yet we strive daily to be Christlike. I’m not perfect but I’m made perfect in Him. It reminds me of why I love butterflies so much. So much is going on inside the cocoon to transform the caterpillar into a beautifull butterfly. Once the transformation takes place, it is then I can truly spread my wings and fly.

Dear friends, if you have any unforgivenness swept under a rug, pray and ask God to reveal it to you so that you will be released from anything that keeps you from being totally set free.

Bless you all on your journey to becoming a better person in the Lord.