Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Keep Your Focus On The Good Things of God

"Analyze your environment. 'Conduct spiritual housecleaning, if necessary, and do not let evil enter your presence.'  Your mind will clear, temptation will lift, and you will dwell in God's safety, protection, healing, blessings and favor." 

"Finally, my friends, keep your minds on whatever is true, pure, holy, friendly, and proper.  Don't stop thinking about what is truly worthwhile and worthy of praise." (Phil. 4:8)

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Focus On Me-God

"Do not expect to be always be treated fairly in this life. People will say and do hurtful things to you, things that you don’t deserve. When someone mistreats you, view it as an opportunity to grow in grace. See how quickly you can forgive the one who has wounded you. Don’t be concerned about setting the record straight. Instead of obsessing about other people’s opinions of you, keep your focus on Me. Ultimately, it is My view of you that counts."


"When others treat you unfairly, remember that My ways with you are much better than fair. My ways are Peace and Love, which I have poured out into your heart by My Spirit." (Borrowed-Jesus Calling-Sarah Young)


"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."

—Colossians 3:13

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mercy Calls. Don't Be Reluctant to Show Mercy & Grace.

"In Godly fellowship, people will experience mercy. Fellowship is a place of grace, where mistakes aren't rubbed in but rubbed out. Fellowship happens when mercy wins with open arms of love and grace."


"It's impossible to have Godly fellowship without and a closeness to Him without  forgiveness because bitterness and resentment always destroy that fellowship and stand in the way of our relationship with God.  Human beings make mistakes which can cause hurt-sometimes intentionally;  but, usually unintentionally.  Either way, it takes massive amounts of God's mercy and grace for us to create and maintain fellowship with God and our fellowman."


"The mercy God shows to us is the same mercy we are to show others. Whenever you're hurt by someone, you have a choice: Will I use my energy and emotions for retaliation, anger, resentment and get bitter or will I show God's mercy and grow closer to Him and my fellowman.  You can't do both." (borrowed)


"So [instead of further rebuke, now] you should rather turn and [graciously] forgive and comfort and encourage [him], as God has done to you, to keep him from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow and despair. " (2 Corinthians 2:7 AMP)


"Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as God has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. " (Colossians 3:13 AMP)


Saturday, October 25, 2014

In Him, with Him, through Him, by Him-THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE!

"Pain is part of life. Rough seasons come. When they do, you can be bitter or hopeful. When we focus on our pain, it solves nothing. When you focus on what depresses you, it lasts longer. Bitterness keeps you in pain." 

"How can you hope on the dark days? Remember, 'The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy continue.' You can count on it! His mercies are fresh as the morning-sure as the sunrise."

"When you realize He's all you need, your outlook improves. No matter what 'in Him I put my hope.' There's no better place to be. In Him, with Him, through Him, by Him-THERE'S ALWAYS HOPE!"

Friday, October 24, 2014

No Condemnation In Him. Honor God---He'll Honor You!

"There is no condemnation in Him.  His grace covers your past,  present and future.  He's not shocked by any of your failures or shortcomings.  He's not mad at you.  In receiving Him, and His perfect forgiveness, you are living under His grace!  Others may condemn you and not understand;  but, God does.  He has forgiven you---that's what matters.


Today Honor God.  Show His love with your life.  Thank Him for His grace.  When you honor God, He’ll honor you. He’ll open the door to His blessings and favor for your life , and you’ll see increase and the greater purpose He has for your life unfold--- in every area of your life!"

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Where The Spirit Of The Lord Is There Is Freedom!

"Where the Spirit of The Lord is, there is Freedom!"  What do you need freedom of/from  today?  Worry, fear, finances, peace in a relationship(s), health, job,  etc.  "You have not because you ask not---Ask  anything in His name believing and it will be given to you."  While God is not an ATM, He does answer prayer and wants the best for His children.  Fill in the blank ______, turn it over it to God, let Him give you freedom and His perfect peace and watch what He can do---"Exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ask or think."

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

No Matter What

"No matter what your circumstances may be, you can find Joy in My Presence. On some days Joy is generously strewn along your life-path, glistening in the sunlight.  Other days are overcast and gloomy.  Regardless, My Joy is still attainable.  Remember that I have created this day, it's not by chance occurrence.  I am present with you.  Talk with me about whatever is on your mind.  Listen to My Still Small Voice within.  Rejoice in the fact that I know your perfectly and I know exactly what you are experiencing.  As you continue communication with Me, awareness of My Marvelous Companionship will infuse Joy and Strength whether the sun is shining or the day is gray!" (borrowed)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Grateful and Content or Entitled and Wanting More

We've all heard the expression "the more you make, the more it takes," or the infamous "keeping up with the Jones'."  Yes, the cost of living has increased, but is it really necessary to live under the demands of these clich├ęs?  Only if we allow it.  I've been in the vicious cycles of both and looking back could have made much wiser decisions in many areas of my life and lived with a lot less stress.  Thank God I don't live that way today. 


We can learn to live with gratitude in times of abundance and in the lean times---always totally depending on God.   When we really gain a true appreciation for being a blessing, giving back, paying it forward and being of service to others, no matter how great or small, life takes on new meaning and the new attitude and outlook God gives us on life is even greater.


Look around you today and thank God for your many blessing and all you have to be grateful for.  " All good things—your possessions, your family and friends, your health and abilities, your time—are gifts from God. Instead of feeling entitled to all these blessings, respond to them with gratitude.  Be prepared to let go of anything; but, never let go of God's hand! "



Monday, October 20, 2014

Good At The Core - Credit Where Credit Is Due

When we were small and growing up or maybe today we watch our children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or friends little ones at some point take credit for something they had a lot of help doing---"I did it all by myself!"   Maybe they made the cookies "all by themselves"; but, someone helped---they got the ingredients together, baking dishes ready, prepped everything and did most of the work behind the scenes.


It's nice as adults to receive credit for a job well done.  We see it in sports, at work, at home, with school projects; but, likely there was some team effort involved.  Someone blocked that running back and threw him the football making that touchdown possible.  Someone gathered all the materials for that school project or a team of employees likely served on that project at work---helping bring the accolades, at-a-boys, praises, and cheers for your success.


As we grow daily in our relationship with God, we begin to be strengthened, purified and good at the core of who we are.  God gives us a new attitude and outlook on life, provides His favor and blessings and makes things possible that without Him wouldn't be possible.


Today, may I remember at the core of who I am that God is my strength, has given talents and abilities, provided for my needs and put good people in my life to help me pull it all together.  May I humbly give credit where credit is due and thank Him for all He does in my life to help me move  forward each day to be a little better version of me than the day before and successful at even the smallest things in life.  "With Him, ALL things are possible," and "nothing is impossible."  Thanks God!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nothing To Difficult - Nothing Impossible

If the road before gets rocky, you can trust God to get you through the rough patches.  His Presence goes with you, His Grace covers you and provides the strength and confidence needed to embrace His gift of another day---hour by hour, minute by minute---right down to the very second.   


If He can set the world into being, create complex beings like you and me, cause the sun to rise and set, and care for the creatures of land and sea,  He can fix our problems and take care of you and me.   


God can and will do the impossible.  Nothing absolutely nothing is too difficult for Him!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Priceless - I Went In To Get Groceries And Came Out With So Much More!

Each day we are gifted another day with multiple "present" moments comprising the day.  Some have schedules they follow, or certain times to be somewhere.  It could he picking up the kids at school, a work schedule, a meeting somewhere,  an obligation to keep, and the list could go on.  We live busy lives these days; but, in any given day we have moments in which we get so busy we can often overlook God at work, an opportunity to be a blessing, show God's love, a divine appointment (if you will), etc.

Yesterday while grocery shopping I was running 90 miles an hour to get in and out of the store quickly.  As I was traveling down the seemingly miles and miles of the frozen food section, I hear a lady's voice calling out to me---"Sir, Sir, Sir, Excuse me, Sir."   As I brought my shopping cart to a screeching halt, I turned and made eye contact with this frail little gray haired elderly lady with thick glasses in an electric wheelchair.  Well my mind went a thousand different directions as I couldn't imagine what she wanted.  "Yes ma'am" I said.  Her reply "Would you be so kind as to hand me a box of those ice cream sandwiches from the top shelf."  I said, "Of course.  I'd be more than happy too."  As I reached in the freezer, grabbed the box she wanted, turned around and handed it to her, she said "Thank you SO much!"  (with tears in her eyes---you'd have thought I'd given her a million dollars).  "Your very welcome mam.  You have a blessed afternoon!" I replied.  As I turned and pushed my cart away at a slowed pace, I felt the suddenly felt the very nearness of God in that "present" moment, and my mind went a thousand different directions. 

"How long had she been sitting there?  How did she get to the grocery store and back?  I wonder if she has a spouse,  friends or family to help her unpack her groceries at home?  I wonder why she is in a wheelchair?  She seems like a really nice lady, I wonder what her story is," and on and on.  Suddenly I became filled with a huge sense of gratitude, realizing how many things that came to mind for which I have to be grateful.  How in such a quick moment, slowing down and being attentive to one person and their needs, I was able to be a blessing, pay it forward and be so blessed in return, with such a small act of kindness.   

By no means am I "tooting my own horn;" just, simply sharing my experience.  We each have "present" moments in our day God has gifted us.  Are we maximizing them to the fullest or passing them by because of our fast paced lives and being caught up in our own little worlds?  Are we capitalizing on the moments we're given to show God's love, make someone's day a little better, and living in a constant state of gratitude for how blessed we really are, how much we have to grateful for, and how close God is to us at ALL times?

Whether it's handing a wheel chair bound elderly lady a box of ice cream bars from the top shelf of a freezer at the grocery store, opening the door for a mother and her children,  or picking up the phone and calling someone who's on our heart and giving them a word of encouragement---we all have "present" moments God gifts us each day.  They may not be on our schedule, yet they are on God's.   How blessed we could really be to just slow down a little, open our minds, eyes and hearts to pay it forward and make the most of each moment of everyday. 

May I do a better job living in a conscious awareness of those "present" moments, those "divine appointments," slow down, sow a seed of God's love and kindness, and never forget, regardless of what life challenges I may be facing, how much I have to be grateful for, how blessed I really am and how near God is all the time.

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the "present."  Pay it forward my friends.  Be blessed in being a blessing.  Slow down and show up for those "divine appointments" God adds to your calendar and find yourself blessed and a little closer to Him in the process. 

Thanks God!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Build Your Faith Looking Back and Remembering God's Faithfulness!

When we face uncertainty, chaos, the unknown, sickness and life's challenge hit, our Faith is put to the test and given a chance to work or grow weak.  When we don't know what the medical reports are going to reveal and we face our own mortality, with our heart feeling as if is  in our throat, are we going to give into fear---"is God going to come through for me?" Or, dig a little deeper and hold on to our Faith knowing God's with us and regardless of what a medical report reveals or what life brings our way, affirm our faith knowing God will be faithful to see us through? 

Your faith can weather the storms---all of them.  God's not gone anywhere.  When we look back, we see where He's been faithful before and today, we can be assured that He'll do it again!  Take heart my friends.  God will always see you through!  It may be in a different way than we imagined.  He may answer our prayers in ways we didn't dream possible.  He may work things out in our favor in a manner we couldn't have even penned on paper.   In any regard God is Good and He is Faithful.  He hasn't run out of resources, ways or means to meet your needs and "He who began the good work in you will be faithful to complete it! 


Monday, October 13, 2014

God Already Has An Answer Before We Even Know To Ask

As God's plan for our life unfolds, every step of Faith brings us closer to Him, His favor and the great things He has in store.  If fear knocks at the door, answer it with Faith.  God knows our needs and already has the answers before we even realize there's a need to ask. 


View what you have with gratitude and the right perspective as our possessions are gifts from God.  They are not our true source of joy; but, they are a reason to be thankful.  We can be content, regardless,  when we realize with God we have everything we need and every good and perfect gift comes from Him!


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Let The Hope of God Surround You With His Unfailing Love

" We can have hope in life no matter what surrounds us, because we serve a mighty God who cares, knows us by name, understands the desires of our heart and who knew us before we were even formed in our mother’s womb. "

Friday, October 10, 2014

Free Of People Pleasing - Free To Be ALL God Wants You To Be

We're not really free to be all God wants us to be,  until we're free from trying to please everyone. For years I wore myself out living this way.  It was miserable and I'm so grateful that God set me free from it.  In treating our neighbor (others) as we'd like to be treated, yes, we should be respectful and kind, but, not living to "people please"---living to please God.


Who doesn't want to be liked?  We all do; however, not everyone is going to like us, no matter how hard we try to make them.  It's impossible to keep everyone happy, make everyone like us or win over every critic.  With God's help, we can break free from what everyone else thinks, live in true freedom and start rising to new heights in being all He created us to be.


When you're finally free from living your life to "people please," you'll break free from the associated undue anxiety, stress and worry.  And, to top it off, you'll find yourself blessed, at peace and free to become ALL God wants you to be---living the best life of greater purpose He has in store for you---regardless of people (places or things)!  Today, if you've been living in bondage to people, God can set you free.  You can be all He'd have you be---living life happy, joyous and free!


Thursday, October 9, 2014


Things which are out of our control are not out of God's.  We may not be able to change a situation, but, we can pray, ask God, and He can change it.  He specializes in solutions to seemingly impossible situations---doing for us what we can't do for ourselves.  

If you have a situation in your life which you'd love to run "fix it" and make it "all better," but, you can't. God can---Ask Him!  Don't find yourself in a place where "you have not" because "you ask not."



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Better Than We Could Have Planned

Going forward a day at a time, we realize when we place ourselves in God's hands, things better than we could have planned.

Follow God and live in a new wonderful world, no matter what your circumstances. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Take It Easy

It helps to remember that we are never given more than we can handle, a day at a time.  

"God I depend on You for my very breath. Help me realize that the more I depend on You, the more I accept Your help, the more I can handle."


“And whatever you ask for in prayer, having faith and [really] believing, you will receive.”

Monday, October 6, 2014

God Wants to Bestow His Kindness Upon You

It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done, God loves you and wants to bestow His kindness upon you.  He's not mad at you.  He loves you.  Don’t let fear or condemnation hold you back.  Turn to Him. Experience His goodness. Trust His faithfulness. He’s promised that He’ll never leave you nor forsake you. Don’t wait another minute — He is ready and waiting for you to come and know His kindness today!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

God Specializes in The Impossible

When the pursuit of your dream or a situation in your life deteriorates from difficult to impossible, congratulations! You're in good company.  You've come to a place to be in absolute trust in God.  God specializes in impossible dreams and can turn the seemingly impossible into reality in ways you never thought possible.  Trust Him today and watch what He can do!  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

God Is With Us

God is with us through the power of His Spirit that works within.  He leads us during good times and is a strong arm---a source of strength and protection during difficult times.  We can count on Him to speak to us, teach us and help us---no matter what is going in in our lives! 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Kindness Matters

 Simple acts of kindness go along way.  We don't always have to bless someone financially or with expensive gifts to be kind.  Showing God's love in the simplest acts of kindness toward others such as opening a door for an elder or a mom who has her hands full with 3 children, complimenting a cashier at a place of business or telling those we love that we love them---all  go along way and may be just what those we come in contact with need to brighten their day.


Today be kind to someone.  Plants good seeds and be a blessing by showing God's love to others and tithing even a small blessing to someone.  You'll reap God's rewards of doings so many times over.  


Thursday, October 2, 2014

God's Favor --- Now!

 "God wants to amaze you with His goodness and overwhelm you with His love. Too often we think, 'Something great is coming in my future. I know God is going to be good to me.'  But, we also need to realize that God wants to be good to us today! Right now! He wants us to know that we are living in the time of His favor."  (J. O.)


Thanks JO.  Thanks God!



Wednesday, October 1, 2014

A Fresh Daily Supply

God has a fresh new supply of strength for us daily.  Take hold of His limitless supply of strength.  Find it perfect to meet your needs.  His strength working within you will lift you above the cares of life and help you walk with purpose into the great things He has in store!