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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.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What Are You Thinking About?

Set your mind on things above, not earthly things. Colossians 3:2
Keeping your mind focused on good things is truly a discipline. When you dwell on past problems, worries, things that may happen, world issues, and a host of other things , it is nearly impossible to have peace. That is not the kind of life God wants us to live. He wants you to cast or throw your burdens on Him then walk away and trust Him to handle things. Also sitting around speculating about things can you make you almost mentally sick. Let it go and move on.
Whatever is on your mind today why not make sure it is a good and happy thought. If you start thinking about stuff you know you should not, don't even go there. If you have to, say out loud "Devil get thee behind me as I am not thinking wrong thoughts". Sounds a bit crazy if you have never done it but it sure helps, I know I have done it. 
When you make it a consistent habit to 'think on things above' then you will end up in the long run being a more kind, joyful, and gentle person.  Find a way to think of others more than yourself and you will start thinking right. 
PRAYER: Lord I choose this day to keep my mind focused on 'things above' and get in the habit of praising you instead of having a wandering mind. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Four Men

He created them male and female and blessed them. And he named them "Mankind" when they were created. Genesis 5:2

When I arrived at my doctor appointment for a follow up visit a few days ago I was the only female in the office. There were four men in the waiting room and everyone that came in was also male. I decided to silently pray for these men that they would be the men of God that He wanted them to be. I prayed that their families were thriving and intact. I prayed that they would be the spiritual head of their home or ask Jesus to be Lord of their life.

In our world today,men are often the butt of jokes in commercials or television shows. Sometimes they are made to look like bumbling idiots. This is wrong because God designed the man to be the strong one,the provider,the head of the house and so it goes. Many liberated women do not like this scenario but it is the way God intended it from the Garden of Eden. I did not make it up. This does not mean men are better or are to lord over women like they do in the Muslim culture, but that they are designed by God to do certain things. 

Many of the problems of our world we see on nightly news are a result of the breakdown of the family or the absence of a father figure in the home. Dads, you are important. Your kids need you regardless of their age. They need your imprint in their lives.  Your are important. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus you designed a perfect creation. It is only mankind that has messed it up. You want man to be head of the house. We know this does not mean they are better but this is plan for a good life. Help me not resent this and bring honor and respect to those men in my life and for men praying this prayer help them to be the men you called them to be. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Looking At My Watch

For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

On a recent trip, while waiting in the airport for flights, a common scene were passengers looking at their watches. Men and women  were scurrying about trying to get to their gate on time while others were checking how much longer till their flight departed. The watch is a valuable tool to have to keep us on track. 

Our watch will not matter when it comes to wondering when Jesus will return. He will in fact return one day so we need to always be living like today could be the day. No one knows the day nor the hour this will occur so your watch won't matter much. Many may make Christ's return into a joke but it is no joke I can assure you. He will return like He said He would.

If the Lord came today do you know for sure you would go to heaven? Baptism or church membership are not the keys to heaven so that is not the right answer. Being dedicated as a baby is not the key. Being a certain denomination is not the answer either. Knowing for sure you have asked Jesus into your heart to be your Lord and savior is the answer. You can say a simple prayer right now and like this. "Lord Jesus, I need you. Forgive me for living my own way and doing my own thing. I ask your forgiveness and ask you to come into my heart today." 

Now go live for Him and don't worry about your watch.

PRAYER: Lord God I love you and want to serve you all the days of my life. I know I need to keep looking up and not letting the enemy drag me down with his lies. I have placed my hope and trust in you, In Jesus' name. Amen.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don't Be Scared

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah  41:10

Halloween and the holiday to scare people is behind us, thank goodness. Don't get me wrong. Halloween can be fun for children and some dressing up is not necessarily evil but this one day all the stops seem to be out. I have heard Halloween decorating is second to Christmas. Some of the decorations are quite elaborate with zombies in front yards and howling sounds coming from some hidden speaker system. So what is so wrong with people wanting to be scared on purpose? 

Many differing opinions are in the Christian community on this holiday. I am not here to judge or preach at you about this but to say the concept of being fearful is not from God. God offers peace and tranquility not a shop of horrors. There are many things people are fearful of things such as heights, getting on escalators, darkness, being alone, and dying. I for one used to be afraid of birds no thanks to the Alfred Hitchcock movie "The Birds" and I was scared of flying monkeys thanks to 'The Wizard of Oz'. 

Jesus wants us to strive for peace, not fear. Sure suspense such as in the children's books Nancy Drew mysteries which I read as a child, and Hardy Boys, is perfectly okay. But to get to the point of just deliberately wanting to be frightened is another thing. Today seek for peace in your life and in your heart. Surround yourself with things that bring peace. Make your thoughts peaceful and good. Do not purposely try to terrify yourself with bad images and things you know Jesus would not want to go to with you. 

PRAYER: Lord Jesus I want to have peace, joy, and contentment in my life. Help me avoid those things which can pull me down into a kingdom Satan has prepared and that is one of terror. I choose to remain in a state of harmony and with your help and conviction of Holy Spirit I can and will. In Jesus' name. Amen.  

Saturday, November 22, 2014

His Reward

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him. Psalm 127:3

Today is my son Matthew's birthday. I am excited to celebrate whether he is able to come home or not. He was our first born son 32 years ago and he has been a joy and blessing. I am thankful for his life and his kind and honoring spirit. 

Children really are a blessing and gift from the Lord. The scripture goes on to say in Psalm 127:5 to "let your quiver be full of them" and I know of a few families with more than 7 children. Instead of gasping we should say what a thrill these families are choosing to raise up a family for the Lord. Children truly are a gift and should be treated as such. Not spoiled but trained in godliness. If later on they choose a different path you simply believe in faith God will restore them and bring them back to the truth of His word.

If you are blessed to have children make sure you see your responsibility to train them in godliness and pray for them daily. Take your responsibility of a Christian home seriously. Christian parents are raising warriors and leaders for the future. Keep that in mind stay home mom if you ever feel you are missing out by not being in the corporate world. Children are only with us a short time so if you are able to be a stay home mom be thankful. Mom and dad both have a vital impact in the life of the child. Pray for God to give you his strength in each stage of life of the blessing he has given you and learn when it is time to let go and let God. 

Happy Birthday Matthew!

PRAYER: I am so very thankful for the gift of motherhood. Mend the broken hearts of those moms grieving the loss of a child  by miscarriage or stillborn and restore hope to the hurting parent of the wayward child. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Friday, November 21, 2014

It's Blue Jean Day!

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18

Those working in corporate America surely become excited like little school children on foot long hot dog day when Friday rolls around. It is casual Friday or blue jean day for those not requiring a uniform to work in. It is a fun way to end the week being casual and perhaps more productive in the long run. 

Wouldn't it be great if Sunday were like blue jean day and we actually looked forward to going to church and learning and growing? For many it is just simply a routine formality they have  been doing for years with no real thought why. For some it is because this is the way our family has always done it without perhaps even making a personal commitment to the Lord and being excited about the Lord. 

Does this describe you? Are you in a rut where church is no fun and you see little sense in it?It might be time to find a growing dynamic church where you look forward to going. This may mean breaking with the family tradition of doing something just because ma and pa did. Find a church that is more about love and grace and less about denominational man made rules. 

Above all search your heart. Is Jesus truly Lord of your life,  first place? I if not why not ask Him to be today. 

PRAYER: Lord I need you in my life.I want to grow and get excited about Sunday and every day. Direct my steps and see if there is any wicked way in me and cleanse me. Show me where you want me to be where I can grow and serve you and be excited in the process. In Jesus' name.Amen.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Comparison Monster

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. 2 Corinthians 10:12

As I sat in a local coffee shop writing one day, I could not help overhear two women chatting at a nearby table. Apparently the one woman had just published a book and was giving the other woman a copy. All of a sudden the envy monster reared its' ugly head. Then came the comparison monster. Next came the 'what's wrong with you' monster. These feelings and thoughts are not from the Lord and need to be rejected and replaced with faith,thanksgiving, and patience.

My writing journey has gone on for about 6 years now and I am yet to publish a book. First of all I am working with an editor. It is only me that beats myself up as to what is taking me so long. But I know and am assured that all things happen in God's perfect time and not mine. Why should it matter if it has happened yet? I I am still writing and apparently people are still reading. Hopefully no one has grown frustrated waiting on this book,which is in progress by the way.

Is there something in your life that you have not done and intend to and you do like me and compare yourself to others? First of all the only standard we need to measure by is Jesus. He is the one who gives us our dreams and visions and puts hope in our hearts.It is the enemy Satan who tries to put wrong thoughts in your head and rob you of purpose and joy. Don't allow him to do this friend. Stand strong and charge on in whatever task God has called you to. Do it by His timetable.

PRAYER: Forgive me Lord when I don't trust you with the timing and details in my life. I know you have a plan and purpose and in you I put my hope. In Jesus' name.Amen.

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