Always Remember

Well, it’s day number 7 of 2018 – how’s it going?  My new year is fantastic!  I went in for my final appointment with the surgeon – and I got cut loose!  I’m officially mobile and getting into trouble again on a regular basis.  It’s great to be up and going again!

God wants us to know that no matter what circumstances we face, He will be by our side, take our hand and guide us through it.  There are no endings while we rely on the Lord to lead us down the pathway.  There are only endings when we decide to let go of His hand and give up.

10-11 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  – Jeremiah 29:10-11

Have faith in God – you know He has come through in the past – so of course, He will make a way now.  He didn’t bring you this far to leave you alone!  I love the part of this Scripture that says, “I’ll SHOW UP and TAKE CARE OF YOU AS I PROMISED AND BRING YOU BACK HOME.”  I also love the reminder that He knows what He’s doing!  I sure do need to be reminded of that once in a while.

I love this poem by Lucinda Berry Hill:

Our God keeps every promise He makes to us.  We know our joy is not dependent on our circumstances – but it hinges on our faith in the One who is worthy!  Thou art worthy, oh Lord!  

Don’t let the enemy of your soul steal your joy because you’re focused on circumstances instead of keeping your spiritual eyes open with your physical eyes studying God’s precious Word.  It’s through His Word and the time we spend with Him in prayer that keeps us filled with His joy, hope, peace and love.  Trust your relationship with Jesus, and the sovereignty of God.

Isn’t she wonderful and encouraging?  I hope and pray we all have a wonderful 2018, and that the sovereign God that we put our trust in no matter what – will bless us beyond measure in our lives.  🙂

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

Yes, I know this is not Sunday – LOL!  I’m interrupting this Friday the 13th, which is typically seen as the worst day you can possibly have, to bring you some GOOD NEWS!  But first, let’s review a few things that historians have claimed:

They claim that Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of Knowledge on Friday the 13th.  They also say that the great flood began on Friday the 13th.  And finally, the builders of the Tower of Babel started their work on – you guessed it – Friday the 13th.  And what about the New Testament?  Well, it’s notable that there were 13 people present for Christ’s Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, the day before Jesus was crucified on Good Friday.  Now – was that a Friday the 13th?  I think not.

One Friday the 13th, I was watching a telecast of a sermon by Joseph Prince.  I don’t like to say I have a favorite TV preacher, but I enjoy listening to him.  He interjects interesting facts – and on this Friday the 13th, I was not disappointed.  Let’s take another look at this verse in Hebrews:

Let us go forth therefore unto HIM outside the camp, bearing His reproach.  – Hebrews 13:13

Well, the obvious thing is that this is the 13th Chapter and the 13th verse.  Joseph Prince also pointed out that there are 13 words in this verse – but wait, it gets better.  The word in the center of this verse is HIM.  I l LOVE THAT!!!  So, what is that take away?  If we have HIM, do we have to dread Friday the 13th as the world does?  NO!  No, we do not!  

I vowed that I would point this out to everyone here on the blog the next time we have a Friday that falls on the 13th.  I want to promote the positivity that belonging to Christ brings!  He brings His children joy, peace, love, and all the fruits of His Spirit.  Lucinda wrote a neat poem about Hebrews 13:13.  I know you’ll like it!

I wasn’t able to find the sermon by Joseph Prince, but Hebrews 13:13 means even more to me since I saw this sermon.  I hope you will watch with receptive hearts and minds.

So…  let’s keep the positive side of Friday the 13th in mind, and throw away the other stuff.  Oh, I do want to leave you with something that I think is HI-larious!  Frankly, this is what comes to mind when I think of Friday the 13th:

Isn’t that funny???  I’m rollin’!!!  😀

PRAYERS & WISHES FOR THANKSGIVING

tl-thanksgiving-2016-11-12-thru-11-24There is so much to be thankful for…  and I have two more posts for Thanksgiving!  Decisions… decisions.  Today I am so very thankful for Warmth – and by warmth I mean not just the snuggly feeling of being in a coat on a cold day.  Warmth on the outside, yes – but also warmth on the inside.  I’m so very thankful for a sense of security and confidence because of a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I’m thankful for God’s joy and His peace that passes all understanding.

I am thankful for my new coat – and I have to show it to you:

new-image5It’s snuggly and warm – it resists moisture and the strong Kansas wind!  And…  it is TEAL BLUE which is my favorite color.  It was my mom’s favorite color too.  I also like to wear it on Friday for Blue Friday for diabetes awareness.  It was half price which cinched the deal for sure.  I’ll be toasty warm  this winter and for that – yes I’m very thankful for physical warmth and protection.  Oh, and by the way…  I know my hands are inside the sleeves.  Yes, I do have hands – but the coat is not a petite, so…  well – if you’re short, you understand.

In a spiritual sense, I feel very secure and God instills confidence in my soul every day.  There’s nothing like having God’s love, joy and peace within.  I know you know that.

Let’s take a moment to thank God for the warmth He give us – inside and out:a-poem-prayer-for-thanksgivingAs we acknowledge God in all our ways, He promises to direct our paths.  I don’t take those promises for granted, do you?  I take Him at His word and lean on Him for help every moment of every day.

When we ask God for things like security, acceptance, confidence, and peace…  He is faithful to answer those prayers – and it’s a different answer for each of us.  I think that’s great, and more proof that we are not robots, but were created by a loving God who knows just what we need and how to provide for that need!  I love how God answers our prayers.

Lucinda does too!

thankful-for-the-way-god-answersI wish for you answered prayers!  I wish you more of whatever it is you need.  I wish for you better relationships, and success in life.  I wish that more of your plans and dreams will come to pass if it is God’s will.  🙂

 

ELECTION DAY IN THE USA – AND JESUS IS STILL LORD

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The LORD was moved by prayer for the land.  – 2 Samuel 24:25

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Most of my friends say they will be glad when this election is finally OVER.  I took advantage of early voting and voted by mail.  I was done with the campaign after I voted – after all, I’d done everything I could possibly do, right?

Was there another person I could persuade to see things my way?  Well, I didn’t think there was, but God apparently wanted me to meet up with some folks who were still wavering on the fence.  One was ready to forfeit her right to vote this time around.  We had a good conversation – she told me how she felt about both candidates and I asked a few simple questions.  I think I helped her see how not voting is not helping matters.america-needs-you-lord

Voting is probably the most personal of all things we do in life.  Just as some people choose to keep their faith to themselves and practice in private – some people are that way about their political views.  I tend to clam up if I’m in mixed company and the subject of politics comes up – but I can be the big mouth in a group if I’m with like-minded people.

Women should remember that it’s important to exercise their RIGHT to vote because that right was not always there!

If you’re a woman making the decision NOT to vote, regardless of your party or candidate, remember that just a short 96 years ago some very brave and incredibly strong women won a long hard-fought battle to grant you the ability to do so.  To sit at home, complaining about your country and the path it’s going down and NOT exercising your right to vote, is a slap in the face to those women and women everywhere.  – Bridget Montgomery

11-7-god-understands-donkeys-and-elephantsFor me it’s like this:  there will be no politics in Heaven.  Political rallies and campaigns will not take place beyond the pearly gates.  If you ever needed an incentive for going to Heaven…  there it is.  I’m joking – there are better incentives than that!

I have one observation to inject here – for what it’s worth.  It’s well-known that blue is the democratic color and red is the republican color.  What do you get when you mix those two colors?  PURPLE!!!  What does purple represent?  It represents ROYALTY.  Christ Jesus is KING and how wonderful if America was not red or blue, but PURPLE!!!  Let’s bow down to King Jesus regardless of whether blue or red is at the helm of this country.

God loves everyone regardless of political affiliation.  He loves liberals, conservatives, and everyone in-between.  That’s the truth that will help our country to heal after this election.  Somebody is going to lose this thing.  It’s important that we don’t let the hurt destroy our souls in the process.  The differences between liberals and conservatives are clear, but we must remember that God doesn’t see our political affiliation and beliefs…  God sees a soul that will either turn to Him for help or will not.god-holds-the-worldWhen the election is over…  will you trust GOD to hold your world together?  The ultra rich people running for President of the United States are not able to save us, you know.  They may have programs and plans that you feel will benefit our country, but they can’t save you.  Only God, through His only Son, Christ Jesus can save you now and for eternity.

At this point, we don’t know who our President will be…  but we know without a doubt that God knows who it will be…  and that is comforting!  He knows how this will go down and what lies ahead…  because He’s already there – in the future!

 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.  – Hebrews 11:8

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Here’s a prayer from http://www.hopeforthebrokenhearted.com/15027956_10154749935764939_5908825399816599926_n

Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords!  You know the truth.  What will you do about it?  You have a choice to accept God’s love and the sacrifice of Christ, or reject it.  The proverbial ball is in your court.  Have a blessed day.  🙂

NUMBERS 7:1 ON 7/1

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When Moses finished setting up the tabernacle, he anointed and consecrated it and all its furnishings. He also anointed and consecrated the altar and all its utensils.  – Numbers 7:1

What if Moses had finished setting up the tabernacle and not dedicated it to the LORD right away?  What if he had not instantly declared that it was GOD’S TENT?  What if…

When we are serving God in whatever way we serve Him – whether it’s through music or writing or…  do we get all set up to do what we do – and dedicate it all to Him immediately?

It is so easy to go through the motions without inviting God to be a part of it.  It’s easier still to leave Him out completely – it can become routine and familiar to us.  Yes – US – I’m talking to myself too.  Nothing is easier for me to do than play the piano, however, if I’m getting ready to serve the LORD, I’d better dedicate my service to Him – or it will be worthless. 

We dare not boast one bit about anything we do for God.  Without His presence, His love, His guidance – it means nothing.  The second we forget that and start making it about our own ability or skill – we’ve lost out on the blessing from God.  When we try to go it alone, that is when failure happens.

Moses teaches us to prepare to serve and be careful to invite God’s Holy Spirit into the service.  If He is part of the service – part of the process – then what you do must succeed because it’s backed by God Himself.  He can not fail and He will not let your plans fail – especially your plan to serve Him.

If you are serving the LORD and it seems to be more difficult than usual, ask yourself if you invited God to be in the midst of your efforts.  You may think it can wait – that you can take care of it later – but it can’t wait.  Before you begin doing what you do, ask God to do what He does!  He will bless your tiny efforts and make them huge!  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I COULD NOT HAVE DONE THIS

Have you ever wondered how people cope with difficulties if they do not have the Lord in their hearts and lives? All you have to do is turn on your television to learn the answer to that question. There are so many addictions to choose from! I’ve been asked if I think a person can get too much Christianity – too much “Jesus” in their lives. Well, no I don’t think you can go overboard on your walk with the Lord.

I’m so thankful for God’s Holy Spirit in my life! I acknowledge His working in my life every day. To be honest, I don’t think I could take my next breath without Him. If that’s too radical, then so be it. Remember the guy who said his barns were all full and he made all these lofty plans to build more barns to store more of his stuff? God called him and fool and said that night his life would be required of him – he was gonna die.

When we get to thinking we are indestructible and infallible, we are treading on dangerous ground. When we have the attitude that we are somehow self-made, God can and will humble us and quickly. Back in the Ten Commandments we are told that our God is a jealous God – He will not have anything or anyone compete with Him. God is either Lord of all, or He’s not Lord at all. Those are the choices. There is no middle ground.

If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be writing a blog post on a fairly regular basis, I would not have believed it!  A dyslexic writer – ???  That’s an oxymoron if ever I heard one.  But you know what?  The glory goes to God because He is definitely guiding me!

Old McDonald was dyslexic, I-E-I-E-O.  – Billy Connolly

I could not have taken on so much this year if He was not leading me. God has a plan for my life and every morning I wake up with a new enthusiasm, anxious to watch His plan for my life be revealed a little more. Where are these opportunities leading? I don’t know, but that’s okay! My heavenly Father knows! That’s good enough for me! 🙂

NEW YEAR’S EVE

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For me, this day is a time of reflection. I do a lot of thinking about the past and all of the times I’ve heard the song AULD LANG SYNE in my lifetime. My most vivid memory is sitting in front of our black and white Zenith television watching the Guy Lumbardo New Year’s Eve special, eating popcorn, roasted hot dogs and toasted marshmallows. We used to roast wieners over the wood-burning fire in the fireplace then toast the marshmallows for dessert.

When the clock struck midnight, my little family would hold hands and pray the new year in. There was something so comforting about knowing we had invited God into our lives for another year. We knew that everything would be alright at that point.

There’s something so sad about the song “Auld Lang Syne”. I cry every time I hear it! The very meaning of the title is sad to me. It means “Times Gone By” in Scottish. Although it was written back in the 1700’s and transcribed by Robert Burns so we in America could sing it, the tradition is so deeply rooted that we just don’t realize it is a new year without singing that particular song at midnight on New Year’s Eve. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight to avoid hearing it.

The words “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by” just about kill me inside. Those really were good times and I can’t stay there very long. I must look ahead toward the new year. I am determined to make these my best days. My future looks very bright and exciting!

So what lies ahead for Linda? I am praying about that and waiting on God. That’s a great plan to have. Until it is time to realize my dream, I will keep preparing for it. When God says it is time to move, I will be ready. I will have my ducks in a row, for to pray for a dream to be realized is more than just wishing and hoping. It is hard work and preparation. It is knowing that you have poured the very best of yourself into a project. But the timing is in God’s hands. I leave the timing to Him.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  – Hal Borland

I will not write the next great novel, but I would like to publish a book of poetry, prayers and quotes. Thus far, I have over 80 poems, about 10 quotes and 20 prayers written. I just keep writing and waiting. When it’s time to do something with them, I will know.

I pray God blesses you richly in 2014. Happy New Year! 😀