Are you Available?

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I know that the Lord is speaking to me. Prayers that I have lifted up to Him are being answered. My life should first and foremost be about living for God and walking His Word out in my life.

If you don’t mind, I would like to speak to the ladies for minute. (though this applies to the Body of Christ as a whole)

Ladies, may we not be complacent. There is so much out in this world that we can be doing. We have influence to use for all the right reasons. As godly women will we just sit back or become the active hands, feet and mouthpieces for Christ ? Pray and ask the Lord to stir up the desires that may be dormant in your heart, to wash away any thoughts that tell you that you are not capable of doing a certain task.

If God brings you to it He will bring you through it.

The Word tells us:

Philippians 4:13 NKJV
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

So…………..Are you available?

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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

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Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
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.

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……… Lord, we are not our own. We have been bought with a price. You alone know what’s best for us. Write Your story on our hearts.

Blank canvas. Clean, white and without markings. To the natural eye, we can fill it with what we think is suitable and to our liking. With God, it’s limitless and far beyond our imagination what plans He has in store for us. The Creator of the heavens and earth, the Father of lights pours down immeasurable gifts upon us. His mercy. His grace. His favor.

James 1:17-18 NKJV
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures.

Salvation. The ultimate gift and sacrifice that’s available for all to receive. This blood stained canvas has covered every inch of our sins that we have committed past, present and future.

We’ve been given an opportunity to start new. Our sins have been washed away. We have a blank canvas that can be filled with an abundance of life- giving blessings, wisdom, knowledge, intimacy with the Lord Himself as we share with others the goodness of the impeccable art grafted into our hearts.

Will you allow the Lord to write His story on your heart? What do you have to lose? From my standpoint….. nothing if He’s the Lord of your life and the lover of your soul. God bless you with all the love and compassion He’s placed within me to see you grow and prosper in Him.

Hello Mornings

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Lord, I long to be in Your presence when I arise and when I am sleeping. Cause me to always look to you for all my needs, cause me to wake up with a humble heart in the morning desiring to be close, to walk and talk with You. Renew my heart to want what You want and to hate what You hate. Let mercy and grace clothe me, let love pour out like a wellspring that never ends. Cause my heart to long for Your teachings so that I can be the light of the world all the days of my life to build up and edify for the Kingdoms sake. I bless you Lord with honor and glory. Dominion and power resides in your hands. In You I trust…. Amen
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Thirst, Fences & Roulette

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A PRETTY FENCE IS JUST A DRESSED UP AND HARMFUL LIE

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Invitation to the Thirsty

1“Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without cost.
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Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
3
Give ear and come to me;
listen, that you may live.
I will make an everlasting covenant with you,
my faithful love promised to David.
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See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,
a ruler and commander of the peoples.
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Surely you will summon nations you know not,
and nations you do not know will come running to you,
because of the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel,
for he has endowed you with splendor.”

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Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
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Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
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“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
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so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
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Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.” (Isaiah 55 NIV)

Now is the time to reconcile ourselves back to Christ more than ever. This world is becoming more and more evil. So much is at stake. This applies to believers and sinners alike. How long can we run away from the righteous things before we fall into a pit?There is nothing good that can come from the sinful desires we lust after.

Material possessions, relationships that are unhealthy and/or forbidden, lifestyles and any other god that takes precedence to the Lord that should be cast away should be ridden of. Being ostentatious, taking a fancy to idolatry and giving higher praise to things and people we place above the Lord is simply wrong and a sin. Even our time we give away can be out of line. We know what is right and we know what is wrong yet we still want to ride the fence.

God is a jealous God will have no other gods before him.

* “for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God), (Exodus 34:14 NKJV)

Must we play roulette with his grace? Where is the reverence, what happened to our integrity, our morals and values? Where did the covenant go that we made with the Lord after we received salvation?

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We snippet things here and there just to have the “best of both worlds” when we are actually playing with fire. How soon will it be before we are consumed entirely? I hope it’s never.

When we know right, we should do right. Count the cost. May we live out what we declare. Let’s not conform to the ways of the world.

* “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”(Romans 12:2 NKJV)

If your heart cries for what is noble and trustworthy, righteous and upright, lean not to the thoughts and ways that lead to destruction. Do not fall into the snare ( trap ) laid down by lies, deceit, false beauty and gain. Refrain from being seduced by worldly matters and monetary gain.

Every measure of good and bad will be judged by the Almighty God.

It’s time to make a change. Who do we love more? Whom will we serve? There cannot be two masters in our lives. We will either serve the Lord or serve the deceiver.

* Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:12-18 NKJV)

May we press forward and not look backwards. Friends and family alike may not agree with you. They may even turn their backs on you because they do not understand the goodness of the Lord and the holiness that he requires of us.

The Word tells us:
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy. (1 Peter 1:13-16 NKJV)

We may not turn into a pillar of salt like Lot’s wife in these modern days (Genesis 19:26 NKJV) but I encourage you to take heed to the promptings of the Holy Spirit when conviction comes upon you. Do not look back at what you think you may be missing out on when blessings are plenteous ahead of you if you just stay faithful.

Allow the Lord to balance your life in all aspects.

Think on it and walk it out.

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