Are You Smarter, Wiser or Perhaps More Creative Than God? NAWWW…. Who are we kidding?!!

 

Let’s face it. If a tv show ever existed we would lose hands down, way way down. I mean wayyyy down. We are not smarter than God. We surely cannot outwit Him even if we tried. (remember that it was He and He ALONE who created every thing seen and unseen.)
He is The Man with the Master Plan.
Last night was not unlike any other in my home but it was a great time to experience as my husband, a couple of the kids and myself were watching Animal Planet and the show basically was about life in the ocean. All sorts of living organisms and creatures were shown and talked about. I seemingly cannot find a picture of this fish that I thought was ummm….. ummm not cute. So I’ll opt for this one below. It looks interesting still.
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Mola Mola (Sunfish)

Fast Facts

Type:
Fish
Diet:
Omnivore
Average life span in captivity:
Up to 10 years
Size:
11 ft (3.3 m)
Weight:
Up to 5,000 lbs (2,250 kg)
Group name:
School
Did you know?
Ocean sunfish can become so infested with skin parasites, they will often invite small fish or even birds to feast on the pesky critters.
Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man:

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(Photo Sources: National Geographic and Wikipedia)

Anyway, as the show carried on my mind started thinking about just how smart, wonderful, majestic, and powerful our God is. Who can compare? There is none like Him. Just as we human beings were made with great craftsmanship from the inside out, characteristics and all, the same has been done for life in the ocean as well as the skies. All of the universe for that matter.
I was smiling and thinking to myself “Wow!! God made a diverse amount of sea life that I have yet to see and learn about. He created everything in a matter of days. No one else could ever do that! Ever. My Lord, I just want to give You props. I can’t wait to see You one day. How on earth do I still try to complete tasks or think things through on my own when YOU have all of the answers.
We need praise the Lord just for being Who He says He is. He made us all and we simply cannot live this life without Him. He holds the keys to the world. All these earthly treasures are great to look at, touch and enjoy but nothing stands in comparison to the treasures in heaven. While I look forward to the treasures in heaven, I look most forward to meeting Him. O’ what a day that will be!
I get excited when I have these little moments with the Lord as He shows me pieces of Himself. Living Simply in Abundance fills my soul, fills my heart and mouth with delight to worship, praise and give thanks for all that has been done for me and you.
Let’s take delight in the Lord always. There should never be a dry season or day to not exalt His lordship, love and faithfulness. The water, stars and winds praise Him. We should do it too. He rules. He reigns. He lives forevermore.
Our God is great. Better yet, He’s grand and I am so glad that I have the opportunity each and every day to draw closer to Him to develop a better and intimate relationship.
We have so much to learn from Him! He will always be smarter and wiser. The best we can do is sit, listen, learn and apply.
God bless each and every heart, mind and soul this day as you praise Him. He’s worthy of our lifted voices to glorify and magnify His holy Name.
Here’s a Psalm I read yesterday morning way before I even seen the television show last night. Isn’t God so smart?!! He knew exactly what His plans were with me and I am tickled pink! Here is goes:
Psalm 148
Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens;

praise him in the heights!

Praise him, all his angels;

praise him, all his hosts!

Praise him, sun and moon,

praise him, all you shining stars!

Praise him, you highest heavens,

and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!

For he commanded and they were created.

And he established them forever and ever;

he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away.
Praise the Lord from the earth,

you great sea creatures and all deeps,

fire and hail, snow and mist,

stormy wind fulfilling his word!

Mountains and all hills,

fruit trees and all cedars!

Beasts and all livestock,

creeping things and flying birds!

Kings of the earth and all peoples,

princes and all rulers of the earth!

Young men and maidens together,

old men and children!

Let them praise the name of the Lord,

for his name alone is exalted;

his majesty is above earth and heaven.

He has raised up a horn for his people,

praise for all his saints,

for the people of Israel who are near to him.

Praise the Lord! (Psalm 148:1-14 ESV)

* May The Lord add a blessing to the reading and hearing of His most holy word. Amen.

 

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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!

Little Birdie Minding Their Own Business or It Teaching Us A Life Lesson?!!

Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4 NKJV)

*instead of Pressing It from my photography blog Divine Creations Photograpy, I chose to share this post from my primary blog. Hope you enjoy it.

Now this was a super sweet moment for me when I took this picture. My girls were outside playing with their friends on the side of the house and found this little birdie just sitting. One of the other neighbor’s pet Chihuahua named J.C. snuck out of her fence (as usual ) to come and try to nip at the bird. The girls came in and told me about it. I surely had to grab my camera and run out! J.C. left the bird alone being as it was that she seen me coming, so I think she thought I was going to chase her. (giggling)

NOTTTTTT!!! I was not about to waste my time chasing a dog when I have the opportunity to get a picture of this cute little bird that did not move from where it was standing.

I was in awe of this little bird just sitting under the tree in the shade of the few leafs that surrounded the bottom of the trunk. It was just looking up toward the sky and kept blinking it’s cute little eyes. I was overjoyed that God has been providing opportunities for me to capture His creations right around my own home! Now I don’t know if this little birdie was sick simply because it did not budge as close as the kids and I were as well as the dog. I said a prayer under my breath for this lonesome animal for I did not know how it got there and if it was sick. I just did not want the dog or any other animal come and maul it to death. I was also taking into to consideration that it could be carrying a disease so I warned the kids to stay away from it and to not touch it.

One of my best friends was in agreeance since she happened to be on the phone as I was snapping pics. I was glad that she was able to share the experience with me. I took a picture on my iPhone and sent it to her. The picture above was taken with my photography camera.

This picture is raw and unedited. I simply wanted to leave it as is because I had a close encounter with this little bird that seemingly was not afraid. It never took its eyes off of the skies.

Kinda reminds me of how we are to be with Jesus. No matter what is going on in our life, especially the hard times, we are to not take our eyes off of Him. Just like Peter stepping out into the body of water to meet Jesus, he could walk on water UNTIL he shifted his focus. He took his eyes off of Christ when the sea started to move around him due to the strong wind. He became scared and started to sink. Christ rescued him though . Just imagine that……. (you can read this story in the Bible. Matthew 14:22-33)

The little bird did not budge though I could have harmed it or little J.C. could have killed it. It made a simple statement to me with a HUGE impact on life.

“Do not be afraid of the unknown if you have God on your side.”

For I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you! (Isaiah 41:13 AMP)

After I finished taking pictures I walked away to go back into the house. The dog came back to bother the quiet and still bird just for it to show that it was not afraid. It took off in flight with ease and landed on top of my neighbor’s roof and joined the family of birds that was watching us all from above!

Isn’t God amazing?!!

The Potter’s Hand

I will sing of Your love forever my Lord. I am yours. Create in me all that is meant to be. Praises ring in the courts, praise will continously be my song! I release tears of joy. My mind cannot fathom the magnitude of Your holiness. How great Thou Art! Oh bless my soul and all that is within me. May righteousness be my guide all my days. May my feet be rooted in Your word springing forth life as I go before man sharing the Gospel for the sake of knowledge and salvation. I am clay wanting to be used. Keep my thoughts O Lord that I may stand firm when evil strikes. Keep my soul stirred and fired up that I may not wander away. Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I worship You my God. My Redeemer. My source of living You are. Blessed be Your name is all the earth! Amen.

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! (Psalm 139:13-17 NKJV)

Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him, all the earth. (Psalm 96:9 NKJV)

Praise Break: Jesus Is On The Mainline

I don’t know what it is about being in the kitchen during the time when I am about to fix dinner plates for the family, but random songs come into my head and I get into this PRAISE mode of singing and dancing! My poor, but patient family! They are about their business unless they are starving as they say or I call everyone to come eat!

A burst of prayer and singing led me from the kitchen to the dining room, to the foyer and eventually the computer. I tell ya, GOD IS GOOD!!

Precious Lord Take My Hand by Mahalia Jackson started me off and things took off from there. I listen to a variety of music that leads me into worship so you will see collection of different videos and scriptures over time.

Dear friends all around the world….. God loves you! Tell him all about your day. Share your life with him on a daily basis. He’s so precious! Words can never express my gratitude, my adoration, my reverence for Him being Supreme in my life. We will have those times when we just need to go into our prayer closet and spend some time with Him. And when you can’t make it there, just pause. Pause and give Him the glory, give him the praise for he is worthy of it. He is available all hours of the day. Just call Him.

Then I called upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I implore You, deliver my soul! (Psalm 116:4 NKJV)

The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, To all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them. (Psalm 145:18-19 NKJV)

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing his head with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15 NKJV)

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, And all flesh shall bless His holy name Forever and ever. (Psalm 145:21 NKJV)

Lord shine down your blessings upon the earth and shall we praise Your holy name

Feel free to share your praise break experience however you feel led! He’s more than deserving because He’s done more for us than we could ever do for ourselves.

And the Lord says: 

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Mattthew 7:7-8 KJV)

He Knew Just What I Needed (for a time like this)

Where mercy found me! Thank you Jesus for finding me and changing my life!

A couple of hours ago, I was sharing some encouraging scriptures and quotes on my Tumblr and Pinterest accounts while I was waiting for my son to get ready for football practice. We headed off and as I was driving, I was just soaking up God’s presence and had this pouring of love all around me. I smiled and just thanked Him again for waking me up this morning.

Let me back this story up just a little bit….

I woke up earlier to see my husband off to the gym and work but when I woke up, I woke up HAPPY! I thought to myself “I am actually still alive today! The Lord saw fit for me to be here another day. My goodnes it’s nothing but his mercy and grace that has me here! Thank – you – Jesus!”

Anyway, as I was dressing for the day, I checked my email. I had a “nasty-gram” question in regards to a picture quote I shared about God (posted below). I decided to answer him even though he told me that he did not believe in God and that he was still a very loving person, but that I could take my God loving quote and shove it up where the sun does not shine. (I tweaked his choice of words).

Ummm…… yeah. Now where in the world did that come from?!!

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Photo source: imforeverfaithful.tumblr.com

I said a prayer for him and then I had a few things I took to the Lord about responding to people in love as well as sharing the Gospel. There are many people who believe in God but do not have a relationship with him. There are many who do not believe in His exsistence at all. I cannot force my beliefs on anyone. I can only share my experience and lead them to the truth. God found me. I did not find him. I accepted him after realizing how much of a mess my life was without him.

We all have had different walks in life and how we came to know the Lord is a testimony in itself. God loved me first and forgave my sins. This is how I can love others despite cruel ways and nasty words and forgive them just the same.

Then it hit me…. this guy is searching for Truth. He isn’t mad at me. He does not even know me. I did not say anything to bash unbelievers. I merely posted something I found to be true. Maybe he has had some bad run-in’s with people who tried to force Jesus on him for all I know. Either way, he is lost in darkness and I pray that somehow and some way the Lord will provide an avenue for his love to consume the heart of this lost soul and that of others that they too will believe in the God who created the heavens and earth and reigns on his throne forevermore just as well as to repent, receive and develop a relationship with Christ Jesus.

I can’t say that the whole thing did not bother me though I really wondered what goes through the minds of those who reject and refuse to believe that God is real. My heart truly feels for them because they could be hellbound if their thought process does not begin to change. Sheesh.

So needless to say, I prayed as I drove back home. An awesome song came on the radio and just soothed my soul like a balm. How I wished I could have raised both of my hands in worhsip as I was driving! Instead, I worshipped in lip service and with a humble heart as the words sank in deep. I cannot get this song out of my head now so I thought I would share it with you all.

Be blessed one and all and take a moment to thank the Lord for a new day. You are still here for a purpose. Make the best of it and always seek his wisdom and guidance in all you think, say and do.

What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth. (Romans 9:14-17 NKJV)

Feeding the Multitude

THIS COULD BE ANY ONE OF US……………….. NEVER SAY NEVER.

Typically this is not like me to write a random post without the leading of the Holy Spirit but then again, this could be such doing and my emotions and compassion for the lost, broken, and hungry have stepped forward in a bold moment. This message in regards to Feeding the Multitude applies to those who need physical nourishment as well as spiritual. We are called to go out and tend to them. The widows, the orphans, the sick and all. Believe me when I say that I am speaking to myself as well as you because we all need to pitch in and help. We are instructed to do this in an act of obedience and love.

The Outworking of Love

“By this we know love, because He laid down his life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.” ( 1John 3:16-18 NKJV )

I could easily throw up a Thanksgiving Day picture fully decorated with all the delighful looking food and happy people, but I choose not to. The foundation of this celebration is about giving thanks to the Lord for all that He has done, bringing people together in fellowship and enjoying a meal. At least that is what I think it is. This is what I have learnt over the years as an adult. I didn’t grow up knowing that I was to give thanks unto the Lord and being grateful for my family and friends. It was just food cooked out of TRADITION. We ate and went our way year after year in my eyes and opinion. I am not, in no way throwing my parents under the bus so to speak. Maybe they didn’t know any better, but it wasn’t until I married that I learned the true meaning. It took some getting used to. ( and I still have a hard time getting in the swing of festivities believe it or not for that very reason ) Ok. Enough digressing. Back to getting on track with what I was saying.

Jesus is calling us out to go boldly in His name to preach the Gospel to the world and to take care of those in need. This place we live in isn’t getting any better and more lives are being lost daily. People are becoming more and more selfish by the minute. Where is the love? Where is the compassion? Do you really think it is good enough to look at the television or newspaper, the man standing on the corner, reading the “junk mail” that asks you to consider sponsoring a needy child over in another country, to drive past a food bank or shelter and say “Lord bless their hearts and provide for them” and so forth? NO. It’s not good enough.

Many of us can honestly say that we are blessed enough financially that we have a roof over our heads, a job, clothing on our back, good health, a good and sound mind to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, but how about the ones who can’t. Do we just rely on the state to take care of them? How about the volunteers willing to give their time willingly to help those who have less than? The answer should be NO. Who is looking out for their spiritual health at the same time? I am sure that some of them are richly blessed in spirit more so than some of us. They may not have a dime in their pocket but their hearts are rich in faith. That is something to think about.

I am not trying to convict anyone at all and if I have offended you, please forgive me, but realize that any given day your life could go from being on top to hitting rock bottom. Then what?? You will be that very same person that the world turns a deaf ear and a blind eye to. We reap what we sow. Now it’s up to you what you can give whether it’s financially or spiritually but being a bench warmer isn’t going to get it. It’s time to get proactive. Not just during the holiday seasons but during every day life.

This painful post is because I was sitting down eating dinner and my eyes began to well up with tears because of a story I read. A man lost everything and is now living under a bridge. Wife left him, he’s without a job and a home. But he was thankful for whatever food the shelter/ sponsoring businesses that rallied together to feed and clothe the homeless supplied. What caught my attention more than anything was that despite his situation, he was willing to share the Gospel with anyone willing to listen to him. In the mean time, he is holding on looking for that day to come when he can get back on his feet.

That’s HOPE.

Prayerfully, I want the Lord to direct my footsteps in the direction He wants me to go to in ministering to the lost. I can say that I know that I know that I KNOW that He is preparing me for something greater in my ministry. It’s all about Christ. Living who I strive to be in Him and taking care of those less fortunate however it may be. To God be the glory. May I be stripped of anything that is not pleasing to Him so that I may live a righteous life through him and be an example to those living in darkness.

Dear friends, I am not asking you to do a thing except pray and ask the Lord to direct your thoughts and footsteps. Think for a minute if you would and try to imagine yourself in the shoes of a sinner without repentance and salvation as well as the homeless person without. You can think back to the lost sinner you once were before Christ came into your life? Can you just imagine how you could live if you didn’t have the basic needs?

This is just Food for Thought.

May the God is Who is able to do all things but fail bless you and keep you always………

Terra