Sunday, September 29, 2013

Obsessions---Are you in the drivers seat for hurt and disappointment?

Learning to let go of obsessions for people, places and things will free our minds to be at rest. If you are so obsessed with people or a person that all you can do is think about them and try to manipulate and control their actions and run their lives, you are in the drivers seat to get hurt and disappointed.  We will get hurt less when we allow God to handle these situation and free us from the obsessions to get our way or try to guilt people to do what we want them to.  We will discover that we have more energy for accomplishing our own life's goals when we give up our obsessive thinking about other people and their lives and focus on ourselves and who God would have us be.  Only God can control others and while often asking for help is hard, they will usually ask us if the need our help.  If an opportunity arises for you to be a blessing then you should do so; but you should do it without obsessiveness and without a price tag.

Being quiet gives us the opportunity to notice the beauty around us: the birds singing, the flowers blooming, the snow falling, the rain cleansing the air and the streets---the beauty and evidence of God in creation. Even more, the personal blessings we each have received. None of us are outside God’s reach and His love.

Today I will notice how God is present in my life and let go of obsessions, trying to control other people or making things that aren't my business, my business.  While I will continue to encourage others and inspire hope, I will also make sure I'm taking care of myself as no one else can.  I will reflect on how God has blessed me.  Being quiet in contact with Him will open my mind to that knowledge.  I will be still and know He is God.  

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Who's directing your steps---your decisions? You or God?

" A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure."

I used to make big decisions and even small ones on my own.  Sometimes it worked out and often it was a train wreck.  Today, I lean on God for guidance, direction and strength to make the right decisions big and small and continue down the path He'd have me be on.  I've learned if there is an uprising in my spirit and the internal alarms are going off in my God conscious, what I'm about to do or say is not in my best interest. 

Maybe you've been making decisions on your own and not praying over the steps you take often wondering why things are such a mess in your life or why you can't seem to get anywhere or make any headway.  Today, ask God what you should do and follow His lead.  Pray over the decisions you have to make and let Him guide you.  He'll never lead you astray, He'll give you the guidance needed and if He brings you to it He'll be faithful to see you through it!  

Friday, September 27, 2013

In His Time

Today, if you are in a waiting period in your life, don't loose heart or faith; but, let your hope and anticipation build as you wait on God, knowing that He's not brought you this far to drop you and that He's up to something.  At the right time and place you will see the culmination of God's goodness happen in your life and the answers you need come to pass.  Today, be patient in the waiting times knowing God's help is on the way!  He may not be early or deliver when we think; but, He's never late, always on time and is always faithful!  "Those who wait on The Lord shall renew their strength." 

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Bless and Be Blessed!

"If you reach beyond your own situation and bring God's love to others, the circumstances you face will fade away and disappear. And you'll experience the wondrous joy of making a difference where it counts."

Are you so busy building your own empire that you can't or just don't make time to be about the Father's business?  When is the last time you lent a helping hand to one who needed it.  No matter how difficult we think our circumstances may be, take a moment and look around.  Someone near you is going through something much worse---hurting, struggling, needing a job, has lost a loved one or is doing without.  Hurting people are all around and often just a listening ear and showing we care by an act of kindness makes a huge difference.  When we take our eyes off self and place it on being of selfless service to others our own challenges are minimized and it opens the doors for God's blessings to flow freely in our lives.  

"It takes determination and commitment to stretch ourselves to help others; but, that's how God wants us to live. God says that when you truly give and pour yourself out for others, He will use you. "Your light shall dawn in the darkness and your darkness shall be as the noonday.  If you pour out that with which you sustain your own life for the hungry and satisfy the need of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in darkness, and your obscurity and gloom become like the noonday.  The Lord shall guide you continually and satisfy you in drought and in dry places and make strong your bones. You shall be like a watered garden and like a spring of water whose waters fail not."

Today, get out of yourself.  Bless and be blessed!  

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

One Thing Remains. The love and mercy of our Creator is constant and forever!

"One thing remains.  Your love never fails, never gives up, and never runs out on me."

His love and grace never fails or leaves us.  His peace that passes all understanding is a constant when He is the center of our lives and we allow Him to fill us spiritually at the core of who we are with His spirit.  

Have you ever really deeply thought about this and how awesome it is that the Creator of the Universe, the one who has all power, our Creator, loves us with this type of ongoing and unfailing love and mercy?  It's good to take time to meditate and remind ourselves of this.  You can't get that with people or things external as often now days so many people love, or pretend to love, with a price tag.  A price tag that expects something in return, that looks to see what you can offer them, that expects you to act, be and do as they would have you.  

Today, take heart in knowing that no matter what's in the past or how many times you may fall short, God's love never changes.  His grace and mercy is there to cheer you on and bring to pass the great things He has in store for your future and fulfill the greater purpose He has for your life!  Thanks God!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Have YOU surrendered all!

All to thee, my blessed Savior, I surrender all."

"Surrendering is a highly personal and spiritual experience.  Surrender is not something we can do in our heads. It is not something we can force or control by willpower. It is something we experience.  Surrender sets the wheels in motion. Our fear and anxiety about the future are released when we surrender.
We are protected. We are guided. Good things have been planned. The next step is now being taken for surrender is the process that allows us to move forward. It is how our God moves us forward to the greater purpose and good things He has in store for our life."

If you are like so many others, we often want to surrender certain things, and keep a couple of things on the side for whatever reason.  We may have fear of having to let go of something we are attached to that deep down we know isn't God's best for us.  Whether it's a relationship or friendships that are unhealthy or a job that is holding you back.  Maybe it's an addiction, maybe it's spending money when you really shouldn't.  Maybe it's a negative attitude or always counting your losses instead of your gains, what you don't have instead of what you have to be grateful for.  Maybe it's unforgiveness.  Maybe it's a chip you've had on your shoulder since childhood or the pain of a traumatic event that happened to you.  Maybe it's the loss of a friend or loved one in which you won't accept and move on. Maybe it's wanting to be in control and manipulate people and the outcomes of situations.  The list could go on and on.  

Today, know that God wants our all, our will, our lives, not just a part.  If you only give Him a part, He can't fully give you the fullness of the great plans He has in store for you and clinging to things that we should really surrender hinders the opening of the doors for God's best in our life.  Sometimes letting go isn't easy; but, when your putting your life fully in the hands of you Creator to lead, guide and protect you, you can't go wrong.  I don't know about you; but, I don't want to miss the fullness of God and the greater things He has prepared for me as new chapters of my life unfold.  It may mean some change in life; but, change is good and if it's for your best why would you want to miss it?  Today, don't miss the goodness of God and the fullness of the greater purpose He has for your life by lack of surrender.  Instead, today, surrender to win and let God take you to the places of blessings, victory, peace, joy, happiness, freedom and the greater purpose He has for your life!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Closeness to God

"Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh unto you." 

"We are as close to God at any moment as we choose to be."  One thing I've learned in my relationship with God is that He doesn't go anywhere.  We are promised that "He will not leave or forsake you; but be with you till the end."  If anyone moved it's us.

If your not feeling the closeness of God as you'd like or as you see others experiencing, ask yourself:  Am I spending time with Him daily?  Am I inviting Him into each new day to lead guide and direct?  Have I done something in which I really know better and isn't God's best for me that's shut me off from His spirit?  When is the last time I was still, knowing He is God and simply listened to what He wants to say to me?  Am I being the best I can be, the person I feel God would have me and showing God's love to others?  When is the last time I simply thanked Him for His blessings and all I have to be grateful for?  There are simply times that we all feel closer to God; but on the days we don't it doesn't mean He's gone anywhere and we can take a quick inventory to see if there is something blocking us from His spirit.  

Today, make a decision to be close to God whatever it takes and let His spirit lead guide and direct you to better things and greater purpose.  Enjoy everyday life knowing God is near and just a prayer a way in our time of need or in times in which we just want to say "Thanks God!  I have much to be grateful for and you continue to be good in my life!"

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Put your mind in gear before putting your mouth in motion!

"A kind word turns away wrath; but, a harsh word stirs up anger."

"You can't control what happens to you; but, you can control your reaction. God says maturity and responsibility are evident in your life when you can handle the pressures and pains of life without becoming stressed out, angry, bitter and blowing up. The way we usually express our emotions is usually through our words and actions."

"So if you want to be responsible and be the person God would have you be --- God says you need to put your mind in gear before you put your mouth in motion!"  You need to think before you speak. It's part of allowing Him to renew your mind each day and direct your thoughts which often lead to actions as you encounter various situations throughout the day.

"Don't let evil get the best of you, but conquer evil by doing good."  Have you ever seen someone who has the utmost patience and regardless of how heated or uncomfortable a situation they encounter, instead of blowing up and saying a lot of things they would regret later, they practice self control and are able to diffuse the situation with the way they conduct themselves and the words they choose?  I have and it's a quality that God has much improved in me; but, is still under construction.

Police officers don't have an easy job and often catch a lot of flack for simply doing their jobs.  I know a police officer who I have watched work for years, often under pressure.  I've seen him handle tense, sometimes heated situations by the way he conducted himself calmly and by saying exactly the right things at the right times to quickly diffuse a heated situation.  I admire him very much and it's obvious God is at work in His life, helps Him in these situations and is using him to help others.

Today, put your mind in gear before you put your mouth and actions in motion.  Pause and let God help you be who He'd have you be regardless of the situation.  When it's all said, done, over and passed, you'll be grateful you did.  You'll be able to walk away from the situation with God's peace and without the regrets of acting on emotion in a heated situation and saying or doing things without pausing and letting God lead your thoughts, words, actions and deeds!







Friday, September 20, 2013

Finding Rest in a Restless World.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

"In this day and age, our culture has become so accustomed to having constant activity going on — computers, cell phones, television, email, video games, school activities, ball games, etc.  There's nothing wrong with that stuff; but, sometimes, we have to stop and be still so we can focus on knowing God.

This is especially true during the difficult times in life. When you are facing a challenge, it’s easy to want to run to a friend or talk about it with a neighbor; but, at some point, you have to stop and say, 'God, I rest in You. I know You have me in the palm of Your hand.' When you choose to be still and know that the Greater One lives on the inside of you, you are saying to the whole world, 'I trust God. He is my Defender.' When you choose to believe in Him and 'Be still and know He is God', you will enter into His rest.

Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord. As you are still before Him, as you tune out the distractions of the world and lean into Him, you will find rest and experience His victory and blessing in every area of your life." (borrowed)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Prayer from the heart changes things!

"... earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer ... makes tremendous power available."

When I first truly surrendered my will and life to God, I had to learn to pray again.  There were days that it felt like my prayers bounced off the ceiling.  I often used written prayers with much meaning to get the grip of praying again.  At some point as we grow in our relationship with Him we find that we begin to pray on our own from our heart to God.  We no longer need what I've heard called "mechanical prayers" written out for us although we may refer back to those from time to time.  There comes a point when we simply outgrow the "now I lay me down to sleep" prayers we may have been taught as a child.  That has been my experience and my prayer life is much changed and different today than a few years ago.

"Communing with God every day brings us power for daily living and provides us with a spiritual reserve. Daily contact with God gives us special insights into our own actions and helps us look with love on those around us."  It helps us to wait patiently for the right answers to come and the right doors to open.  It helps us make right choices and decisions and be the person God would have us be as He leads and guides us along the way.

Today, take time to pray and talk to God from your heart and not your head.  There may be prayers that we pray everyday as we are waiting for a breakthrough in everyday life; but, we don't have to beg God to answer.  He hears our prayers, especially when they are from the heart.  If the answers haven't come yet, it's either not time or God has something better in store.  Today remember, prayer changes things and if your not doing it, then how can you expect things to change in your favor and on your behalf if your not communing with God each and everyday.  Prayer, today, just do it, from the heart, and see the results come to pass.  Sometimes quickly, sometimes slowly; but always right on time!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

With God on Your Side ! ! !

With Him on our side, "everything is possible for those who believe."

You are the apple of God's eye.  Your are His child who He created, loves and cares for deeply as your Heavenly Father.  No matter what, He see's you as His most perfect creation and prized possession.

You may make some mistakes, you may fail (that's human and no one is perfect); but, He is right there ready to pick you up, clean you off, attend to your wounds, help you learn through those times and calm your soul with His unending Grace as He leads you on your way.  In His eyes, you are an overcomer, you are victorious, you are strong.  In His eyes, you are pure and whole.  

Today, trust in His love, His goodness, His favor and blessings and trust that you can find safety and rest in Him as He goes before you and works on your behalf.  Today, eliminate a "barely-get-by" mentality and let God's seed take root and His blessings, favor, direction and guidance take hold in your life.  Let Him take you to greater places of blessing and purpose.  Enlarge your thinking to make room for God's greatness, blessings and favor in your life.  See yourself as God see's you.

Today, I ask this question my friend, what father who dearly loves His children would want to see them anything less than blessed, whole, happy, joyous, free, prosperous and living anything less than a life of greater purpose?  Not one!   God has victory, favor and great purpose in store for your life and no matter what, don't settle for anything less than God's best for your life and --- "DON'T STOP BELIEVING"!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Arranging Life to Suit Ourselves Only

"As we go through the day we pause, when agitated or doubtful, and ask for the right thought or action. We constantly remind ourselves we are no longer running the show, humbly saying to ourselves many times each day “Thy will be done.’’ We are then in much less danger of excitement, fear, anger, worry, self-pity, or foolish decisions. We become much more efficient. We do not tire so easily, for we are not burning up energy foolishly as we did when we were trying to arrange life to suit ourselves."

The topic of today's writing even sounds selfish as I read it over and again.  Arranging life to only suit ourselves---what a tiresome, selfish job.  I have found myself physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted on days in which I've done this.  On the days I truly rely on God, knowing He is ever present to help, and do the next thing set before me, I feel productive, know I'm in the center of His will and I'm not thinking about just me for I am working to help others God places in my path and accomplish the things He's laid before me to do throughout the day. 

Some of my best days have been when my agenda for the day and my plans and schedule have completely flipped and gone out the window and I just follow God's lead.  We've all heard the term "go with the flow."  When I go with God's flow and I'm not selfishly trying to arrange life the way I want it to be and making selfish demands, I have some of the best days and most incredible things happen to me which I could have missed if I'd forced my own way.  

Today, let God guide you through the day.  Do the things set before you to the best of your ability and be blessed and reap the rewards of doing so.  Don't panic if your day's agenda gets completely re-written and your schedule flips upside down.  Instead, look for God at work, follow His lead, go with His flow and receive/be a part of what He is trying to accomplish and be blessed.  Today reap the benefits of a God led life in lieu of a selfishly led life and let God accomplish through you, in and around you the things He is working to accomplish and receive the blessings He has in store in the process.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Walking through "it" with God's power and peace and being OK!

"I will give you My peace during the trials of life and the power needed to overcome them."

"Isn’t it good to know that God cares about everything that concerns you—even the little things. Your part is to pray and have faith, and God’s part is to provide the power to meet your need."

So---"easier said than done---Just turn it over and stop worrying about it?"  Yes!  When we exercise our Faith and trust in Almighty God to give us power, guide and direct us, to see us through and to meet our needs, Yes, it's that simple.  "God doesn't make too hard terms with those who seek Him."

What troubles you today?  Is it really bigger than God?  No!  Have you given it to Him and asked His help, guidance, protection and care. If your carrying "it" around 24x7, you haven't surrendered it to Him.  Today, lean on God, turn over you cares to Him and let Him in return give you guidance, power, peace and serenity to walk through "it" and be OK!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hurt feelings ?

"Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. "

"We all get emotional occasionally, or lose our temper once in a while; but, if you are out of balance in either one of these areas, it is very important to get back in balance if you want your day to go right."

"If your feelings get hurt because someone looks at you crossways, or because friends or family forget your birthday (or whatever the case may be), spend more time with God. He will fill you with so much love and such a sense of self-worth that you won’t feel ill-tempered or touchy toward anyone."

Today,"seek God with your whole heart.  Talk to Him about your problems, turn them over him and stop carrying around a load of baggage everywhere you go and knock that chip off your shoulder.  Enjoy yourself, knowing that He, the one who's most important, cares for you!" Do you really realize how awesome that is?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Forgive for your own GOOD!

"But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your failings and shortcomings."

"Unforgiveness hinders our faith from working, so in contrast forgiveness enables our faith to work.  There are many benefits of forgiveness. I’m happier and I feel better physically when I’m not filled with unforgiveness; but, it's been proven serious diseases can develop as a result of the stress and pressure that result from bitterness, resentment, and unforgiveness.

Our fellowship with God flows freely when we’re willing to forgive; but, unforgiveness serves as a major block to communion with God. It is difficult to love others while harboring anger. When we have bitterness in our hearts it's often taken out on those closest to us that we truly love and really don't intend to harm.

God promises to pay us back for our trouble if we turn the situation over to Him.  Today, "don't let the sun go down on your anger" and allow the enemy keep you bound in bitterness.  There is no end to the benefits in your life if you are quick to forgive and trust God with the situation.  Today, remember the grace and forgiveness you've freely received and bestow it on others, even if they don't ask.  Don't let anyone or anything steal your peace, serenity, happiness, joy or freedom!  If you are like me, you've worked hard to get these things and they are priceless precious gifts in daily life!




Friday, September 13, 2013

Be Free In Him to be who He'd have you be!

"He who the Son sets free is free indeed."

For so many years of my life, I worried about what people thought about me.  My appearance, the job I had, the cars I drove, the places I lived that all carried a certain status.  I felt if I had all these things in place I would be liked more and thought highly of. So much time and energy placed in externals and appearances that at the end of the day fade away.  A "look at me" mentality and building entourages of people around me to build my confidence and feel accepted and make myself look good.

Thank God, He has freed me from that mentality.  It doesn't mean that I don't take care of myself and try to look my best or that I don't like nice things; but they aren't the most important in my life.  If I decide to go to the grocery store in my PJ's, I will, for who am I trying to impress?  When I finally let God fill the void within, my confidence no longer rests in man and things external, it comes from my core relationship with God.

Today, if you struggle with confidence, and you're bound to some of the same things I was in an effort to be liked, God can free you from that and give you confidence from within that will not fade.  You'll find God putting the right people in your life at the right time and place.  You'll find that you're no longer bound by the opinions of man; but, the one who matters---God.  Today, be free in Him with the confidence that only He can give and find yourself happy, joyous and free to be who He'd have you be---free from the opinions of man, confident in God and being good with God!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Patience or lack thereof. Do you need more?

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] the gifts He has in store."

As we a know God doesn't work on our timeline.  Thus, it often takes faith and patience to wait for the right answers to come.  The world, people, and those we find ourselves dealing with daily neither work on our timeline.  From standing in line to get tags renewed to waiting in traffic.  How many times have you stood in line at the grocery store behind an elderly person counting out their change for payment to the very penny and maybe wanted to just say "I got the change" to move the checkout process along quicker?

We are spoiled in today's times of conveniences.  Electronic gadgets galore from smart phones, computers, iPads and electronic tablets, many of which will integrate into our vehicles or homes.  With the touch of a finger it's amazing what we can do today.  We have become a spoiled society who doesn't like to wait, wants what they want when they want---usually right now.

God has worked a lot with me on developing patience.  I'm told by many I have a lot of patience; but, I too still have times when my patience runs thin. While it hasn't been perfected in my life, it's much improved.  Just when I think I've conquered the patience thing, I have to deal with someone of something that really tests my patience, like yesterday on a business call in which the person I was dealing with couldn't have been more rude, lacking any tact or people skills, abrupt and seem to hate her job.  There were times I just wanted to jump through the phone and choke her! Thank God I'm not who I used to be; but, it's in life situations like this God shows me I still have room to grow in patience.  

Today, whether its waiting in the checkout line behind the grandmother counting her change or maybe something bigger like waiting on an answer and direction from God, "let patience have it's perfect work in you so that you are complete lacking nothing", and so that you can be lead by example and be the person God would have you be, accomplishing the things He'd have you accomplish the way He'd have you accomplish them---ultimately reaping the rewards on the other side.  

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Expectations. Lowering and/or removing expectations to prevent hurt, pain and emotional trauma to ourselves.

"So you fell short.  God's arms are open wide to get you back on your feet and moving forward.  He doesn't expect perfection."  "One thing remains.  Your love never fails, never runs out, and never gives up on me. "

Growing up, there were people I thought would never fail me and could do no wrong.  To me they were indestructible, invincible, could fix anything and always seemed to have the right answers and do things perfect.   Later in life when their failures and shortcomings were exposed, my world was devastated and seemed to come crashing down.  It took me a long time to trust again and I was left confused in my concept of God, often blaming God instead of those at fault.  I struggled for many years after to find my way in life.  I'm not blaming or pointing fingers at anyone, just talking about my experience.  Over time, fences were mended, relationships restored; but, I had to learn to change, lesson or get rid of certain expectations on people to not place myself in a position to be hurt.

Back then, I had not realized, conceived or believed that God was the only one in my life that would never fail.  I had not fully relied wholly on Him to fill the void in my life and tried for years to do it with external things that always faded.  I had not fully surrendered my will and life to Him.   Not anymore---Thank God.

While our employers have expectations that we'll show up and do our job or if we have staff working for us, we expect the same.  I'm not talking about these type of expectations.  I'm talking about the day to day expectations (often unrealistic) we place on friends. family or people, in which we end up getting let down as our expectation was not met and find we placed ourselves in a position to be hurt.  We also can place unrealistic expectations on ourselves to be perfect, perform perfect and never fail or have shortcomings and then when we realize we are less than perfect or feel as though we fell short even though we did our best or made a simple mistake, these expectations can leave us hurt and beating ourselves up.  I know no one on earth who's perfect.  Although we strive for perfection, we should allow ourselves some room to make mistakes or realize that we have room to grow in certain areas of our life.  God isn't mad at us when we are less than perfect.  He see's out heart and doesn't require perfection.

There is only one, God Himself, who will never fail us, who is perfect.   Today look at the expectations you've been placing on others and see if they are causing you hurt and pain in your own life.  Could it be that in lowering or not placing expectations on others, we set ourselves free from unnecessary hurt and pain?  My experience says yes.  Today, place fully and wholly your trust and confidence in God, not man, and free yourself from unnecessary hurt, pain and emotional trauma due to expectations (often unrealistic) placed on yourself and others!  Give yourself and others a break.  God does!  

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

You're Not Alone. You never have been.

"I'm the one Who's loved you all your life---all your life."

"...You found me, where I was hiding, and now I'll never ever be the same!  It was the sweetest voice that called my name saying...You're not alone, for I am here, let me wipe away your every fear.  My love, I've never left your side.  I have seen you through the darkest night, and I'm the one who's loved you all your life...All of your life!

You cry your self to sleep, cause the hurt is real, and the pain cuts deep.  All hope seems lost, with heartache your closest friend, and everyone else long gone.  You've had to face the music on your own; but, there is a sweeter song that calls you home saying...You're not alone, for I am here.  Let me wipe away your every tear.  My love, I've never left your side. I have seen you through the darkest night, and I'm the one who's loved you all your life...All of your life!"*

Have you ever been in a bad place mentally, physically, emotionally, mentally and in life in general and felt alone?  Even with a crowd of friends, family and acquaintances around, you still felt alone.  Sensing a void in your life, something missing and maybe overwhelmed by events in life, tragedy or poor choices made, you bear overwhelming guilt.  God wants to and can fill that void in your life, forgive your shortcomings and by His grace, make all things new.  When you reach out to Him and allow Him to do so, even though at times you maybe alone, you'll never feel alone as His presence will be constantly with you.

Today, if you are going through a tough time or maybe you have in the past.  Maybe you've given up on God as you've tired from waiting on prayers to be answered, or for a dream to come true and you struggle with feeling alone.  Maybe you feel you could never be in right standing with God---nothing could be further from the truth.  Today let God fill the void inside, renew you by His grace and take care of the inside job that changes the outside for the better.  You'll never have to feel alone again and as you let God begin to direct your life, your choices and your future, He can take your mess and make a message out of it.  He can take what could have destroyed you and make it one of your best assets.  He can take you to places you never dreamed in life.  Don't give up on God for He certainly hasn't given up on you and if your reading this today, know that God's not finished with you yet and has awesome plans for your life!  " Those who wait on The Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like Eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint. "

*Lyrics from "You're Not Alone".

Monday, September 9, 2013

Don't let your future be dependent on what you can only see today.

"Thank God, the future is never limited by what we can see right now."

Airplanes are dependent on fuel, tons of technology and gauges to take off along with a trained and certified pilot to go air-borne and get the passengers and cargo from point a to b.  It's very similar to the cars we drive, boats or jet skis we operate, and even things like lawns mowers, etc.  Without fuel, training and starting any of these, we wouldn't get anywhere if we never started them and used them for their intended purpose.  We can get in a car; but, if we just simply sit there and never start and drive it, we're never gonna go anywhere or use the item for its intended purpose and plan.

So it is in life.  Are you sitting in the car not going anywhere in life because your afraid to start the car and begin your journey?  God may have given you dreams, plans and goals deep down inside and you wonder when these are going to take place.  When are the doors gonna open to either get the training you need, the finances you require or to get you where you need to be?  When are your dreams gonna come to pass?

I've repeatedly heard stories where people have not been or felt qualified to do what God had called them to do; but, he gave them the ability, talent and resources to do those things prosperously.  He put the right people in their lives at the right time to bring it all together.  He can do the same for you!  Today, if you have a dream, goal or something God's placed in your heart to accomplish---take heart in knowing "He who began the good work in you will be FAITHFUL to complete it."  He can open doors that can't be closed and properly equip you to do whatever it is He's called you to do.  He can give you favor and line up the right people to make 'it' happen.  Today, trust God, do your part, and trust God's timing.  In His time and at the right time and place, He'll cause the culmination of things to come together in your life and take you to places you may have never thought possible.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

C H A N G E D

"A spiritual experience is something that brings about a personality change. By surrendering our lives to God as we understand Him, we are changed. "

" 'Come unto me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.'  For rest from the care of life, you can turn to God each day in prayer and communion. Real relaxation and serenity come from a deep sense of the fundamental goodness of God and His universe. God's everlasting arms are underneath all and will support you. Commune with God, not so much for petitions to be granted as for the rest that comes from relying on His will and His purposes for your life. Be sure of God's strength available to you, be conscious of His support, and wait quietly until that true rest from God fills your being."

It's a change in us when we begin to trust God who we cannot physically see; but, when we look around carefully at His creation, His handiwork, the times He's seen us through and through the inner workings of His spirit---we stop doubting the power of God, we begin to see it.

Today, no matter where you are and what stage your your at in your relationship with God, change will begin to occur in your life for the better from day 1.  You begin to see the good in people and the world instead of always the bad and the shortcomings of others.  You begin to see God work and hear his inner still small voice nudging you in the right way and leading you to make the right choices and leading you in the right direction. 

Today, in allowing God to bring forth good change in your life may you find your whole attitude and outlook on life changing for the better and begin to see the handiwork of God in your everyday life---knowing there is a God, all powerful, who wants good things for you life.  "Don't look back 50 years from now and find yourself in the same place your are today!"  Let God take you to higher plains, better places and in bringing change, bring greater things and fulfill the great plans He has for your life!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Chronic Complaints or Joyful Delights.

"Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

"Whom would you rather be around - someone who chronically complains and talks about what a mess everything is, or someone who finds joy and delight in watching the antics of two squirrels in a tree?" Someone who admires the elderly couple who've been married for 60 years shop for groceries together and hold hands as they do?  Someone who celebrates the birth of their friends new child?  Someone who enjoys and sees the beauty of God's creation in the sunrise, sunset, and the rainbows?

Are you pleasant to be around?  Do you take time to notice the beauty of God's handiwork in each new day or do you constantly complain about what's wrong in your life, the world and the lives of others?

Today,  be the attractive person who emulates God's joy in their live.  Let others see God's love in you as you work, play and go throughout your day.  Complaining and murmuring get you no where and its been proven it takes fewer facial muscle to smile as frown.  Today in being the person God would have you be, find His blessings on your life and Him placing the right people in your life at the right time.  Build others up instead of tearing them down.  Find and surround yourself with people who will do the same and find God changing your whole attitude and outlook on life for the better!

Friday, September 6, 2013

C O U R A G E →→→Fear that's said it's prayers!

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing; but, a broken spirit dries up the bones. "

God has created a new day, and He created it so that we can enjoy it.  When we take our minds off of ourselves, our circumstances, and our problems and put our focus on God, loving and selflessly giving back to others, we are embracing an attitude that will bring honor to Him and enable us to view every day as an exciting, new gift from God.  It causes life's challenges to be minimized as none of us have to look far to find someone who is going through something much worse than we ourselves and find much to be grateful for in our own lives.

You may say "I don't feel like it!". I know how that feels---I've been there; but, do you realize that sitting in self pity and maximizing and focusing on your life's challenges, sorrows, hurts or disappointments will only drive you deeper into depression and feeling sorry for yourself.  There are those around you who love you, who want to be around you and share the excitement of a new day with you. Instead of looking at what's wrong with your life, look at what's right.  There are people that need to hear what you've been through and how you made it through.  There are people that need to see your smile today and hear your kind and encouraging words. Do you really want to miss God's divine appointments and waste the day away feeling sad and sorry for yourself and sitting in self pity?

Today, if you're reading this my friend, God's not finished with you yet and has a divine purpose for your life.  He's lining up the right people to put in your path.  He lining up good things in store for your future, He wants you to live and enjoy everyday life to the fullest and not waste another day. You can't do that laying in bed with the covers over your head, or sitting on the couch, over analyzing your hardships and beating yourself up.  You can only do this when you make a decision to get up and get moving---when you suit up and show up asking God "What can I do?  What do you want me to do?  Take me, guide me, show me.  Thy will not mine be done!"

Today, you can touch the life of another like no one else can.  Be excited about another day to love and be loved, to selflessly give back and reap the crops of sowing good seeds.  Don't let the enemy steal your joy, your day and defeat your greater purpose.  Rejoice and be excited for God's given you another day.  The question is, what will you do with it?  Enjoy it walking in greater purpose with those around you or waste it away in self-pity?  

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Emotions, Grief and Loss in Life.

"Even when my way goes through the valley, I will not be afraid.  You walk by my side, holding my hand.  You make me feel secure.  You carry me when I can't carry myself."

"People experiencing tragedy often go through stages of emotional expressions of sobbing and hysteria. These may come and go when least expected. Confusion, disorientation and fear are also common."   Anger is also a stage of grief or loss as well.  In addition, blaming and beating ourselves up with the "if only I'd ..." statements can even make it worse.  Feelings of "how can I go on?" and "what am I gonna do now?" can set in.  "Depression and waves of overwhelming feelings are experienced by many."  In addition at times we may feel like God is mad at us or we've done something to be punished and experience these losses---nothing could be further from the truth.  Life simply at times can be tough!

"Most of us go through emotionally difficult times when tragic loss occurs." I have experienced various kinds of loss more in the last 2 years, than in my entire life.  Me and my family have lost 8 loved ones in 2 years, that doesn't include friends and acquaintances, nor does it count the other types of losses we've experienced in life.  God has consistently been there, a source of strength showing himself strong and as we look past the tragedy we can always find His goodness somewhere in the midst of loss.  His faithfulness bringing good out of seeming bad, joy for sorrow, and strength for the weary.  Had I not had a relationship with God, my faith in Him and a strong spiritual foundation paired along side those who loved and supported me/us, I don't know what I would have done.  

Loss doesn't always have to be death, it can be the end of a marriage, relationship or friendship you thought would be intact forever.  It can be the loss of a job, home, etc. "If you are hurting right now due to a loss in your life, a new beginning is in front of you. You will not always feel like you may right now" and "this too soon shall pass".  Trust and praise God even when you don't feel like it.  Today remember, "what the enemy intends for your harm, God can turn around for your good!  Those who are walking in faith come out of it, and they come out of it better than when they went in."  Let God be your strong arm and today, know that God is not mad at you, He loves you!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Grateful for another day!

" This is the day The Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad..."

Recent events in my life and the life of my family and friends have made me realize and understand the frailty of life regardless of age.  Multiple deaths, some tragically unexpected and some following illness have made me realize none of us are promised tomorrow.  We have now.

Today, are you glad for another day of life?  We all deal with things we wish we didn't have too and experience life's challenges; but, if we look past those things we can see sprinklings of God's goodness and His hand guiding our lives if we stay close to Him.

What if you knew today was your last day?  Is your house in order?  Are things good with you and God?  What would you do different?  Would you be kinder to people?   Would you work harder?  Would you make those amends you've been putting off? Would you make those phone calls you've been putting off or visit those friends or family you haven't seen in sometime?  Today, regardless of where you are in life, be glad that you've been given another chance to do things a littler better than yesterday.  If we all look around we can find things that will fill us with gratitude, if we want to find them.  Today, be grateful for another day to be who God would have you be and experience His fullness and greatness in your life for some don't have that chance today!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

For I know you are Faithful my God!

"When you pray, God hears and answers!"

Are what seem to be unanswered prayers really unanswered or is the answer simply different than what we expected?  So many times in my life when I've prayed over certain situations and outcomes---things that concerned me or people I care about, my prayers were answered; but, not in the way I expected.

" Try not to lose the consciousness of God's spirit in you and in others. As a child, stay sheltered in the understanding and love of God. God will relieve you of the weight of worry and care, misery and depression, want and woe, faintness and heartache, if you will let Him. Life up your eyes from earth's troubles and view the glory of the unseen God. Each day try to see more good in people, more of the Unseen in the seen. "

" The spirit of fear will always try to keep you from going forward. The enemy has used fear for centuries to try to stop people, and he is not going to change his strategy now; but, you can defeat fear, because you are more than a conqueror through Him who loves you. "

Today, take hope in knowing whose you are.  He hasn't left your side.  He will never forsake you even when the days seem dark and like they are gonna last forever, do not fear, get stuck in a rut, lose hope or give up. The sun will shine again.  God will see you through by His all sufficient grace.  Today remember, it's often darkest before the dawn!  Don't give up on God.  He's not given up on you!  

Monday, September 2, 2013

Guided by God's still small voice

"But you are not living the life of the flesh, you are living the life of the Spirit---( if the Spirit of God dwells within you, directs and controls you)."

"A prompting from God is not like hitting someone over the head with a hammer to prompt them to do something! God comes as 'a sound of gentle stillness' and 'a still, small voice.' "

I have learned the hard way, if I listen to the still small voice of God inside and follow His lead, I never go wrong.  If I choose to ignore it, do things and make decisions based on self, going it my own way, ignoring God's directions and those inner alarms that sound, that's when I go wrong, hurt myself or others and usually end up with a mess to clean up and amends to make.

"The prompting of 'a still, small voice' is not necessarily a voice; it can be God's wisdom giving you direction in that moment. 'But it is from Him that you have your life.  If He and His spirit are is inside us, we have God's wisdom in us to draw on at any moment!' " 

Today, draw on God's wisdom to make the best decisions and choices in life and let God take you to greater places in life.  Remember, unless we listen to God's wisdom and His divine direction, it won't do us any good. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Always

"Oh my God, He will not delay.
My refuge and strength always.
I will not fear, His promise is true.
My God will come through always."

Sometimes we may wonder where our strength is going to come from to get through adversity, the loss of a loved one or whatever battle we may be facing in your life.  God has brought me through somethings that looking back it's unfathomable how I got through it with strength and came out in the other side.  It's because God made it possible.  I tapped Into His strength and He came through for me.  My help came from The Lord.  

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”

Today, lift hour eyes up, no matter what you face and Let God come through for you.  "I lift eyes up.  My help comes from The Lord."