Provider of the Greatest Gift

The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. (Psalm 118:14)

We recently celebrated a very special time of year where we all had a reason to express just how Thankful we are. In your time of giving thanks, did you remember to Thank Your, My and Our Father for the greatest gift that has ever been given to this world?

Yes, Thanksgiving is a great time to spend with the ones you that love and give thanks for all the blessings received. This holiday is also followed by a holiday where many gifts are given in honor of the ultimate gift/sacrifice that was given to us so many years ago.

While sitting around the Thanksgiving or dinner table did you or do you picture who in your family, including yourself, that you might give as a sacrifice if it meant saving the entire world from sin? Could you imagine this choice being one of your children? While I may only have what the world considers “fur children” I couldn’t imagine having to make this decision.

Fortunately, we have a Father who LOVES US so much that he gave a gift greater than anything that can be purchased at some ultimate Black Friday sale. Long ago, His Perfect Son, Our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ, was born to :

Rescue us from the dominion of darkness and transfer us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. (Colossians 1:13)

So, as you continue to celebrate during the holiday season, no matter what gifts you give, remember the ultimate gift that was born, died and was raised from the dead in order to give you eternal life, peace and love from HIM WHO LOVES US MOST!

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Cast Your Cares Part 2

The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. (Psalm 103:8)

If you read last week’s blog post, you know that our Loving Father loves us enough for us to cast each of our worries/cares on him. I guess that he had more to say on this subject because he gave me the perfect example at the end of last week that I thought might give readers a clearer picture of just how much he cares for each of us.

I am the mom of two beagle puppies, who makes her primary income from freelance writing. I knew that I had a bill or two as well as some household shopping to do last weekend and had budgeted for such, including a check that I had received from an outlet that I write for. I had intended to take this check to the bank and pay a vet bill that  I had. When I got to the bank last Friday I realized that I had left this check at home. When I went home to find it, I certainly did, but it was shredded into many little pieces all over the living room floor courtesy of my fur children.

Although the solution to this is simple, I had a couple of difficult trial days prior to this and I have to admit that I melted into the floor wondering how I was going to rebudget all the items that I needed to pay for?

Fortunately, my father heard the prayers that I said while on the floor and both kept my finances stable and assured that I received a replacement check within a few days. I also had some other family-related concerns come up over the last couple of weeks and he is continuing to resolve these.  He sure loves us, doesn’t he?

THANK YOU FATHER!!!!

 

 

Love Large Enough to Cast Your Cares!

Present your request to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Phillippians 4: 6-7)

Who do you turn to when you are struggling with a problem? Your family? Friends? Or even a co-worker? When you do so, do you often find the perfect solution that brings you peace or do you still find questions or worries in your mind about whose advice to take?

To be completely honest, I have often taken each of these routes – depending upon the issue at hand. Fortunately, as time has gone on I have often learned that I over complicate each situation by doing just this.

Recently, God reminded me of this while listening to a Joyce Meyer CD on  letting go of Worry (https://store.joycemeyer.org/p-54-the-cause-cure-for-worry.aspx) . While listening to Him remind me of how much he Cares for Me & You, I realized once again that HE loves us all enough to “cast all of our cares”!

As it says in Phillippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything , but in everything, by prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.” 

So, the next time you have any issue or problem that is delving up worry and anxiety, remember to turn the one who LOVES YOU MOST. He is always listening and caring!!

Blessed With His Strength

Even those who feel small can accomplish the amazing through His Loving strength.

Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. (Psalm 84:5)

I just love the Bible story of David vs. Goliath (1 Samuel 17), which proves that even those who feel small and weak can take down evil giants thanks to a strong faith in the one who loves us most. After a trying and a rather sad week last week, I was so happy to be reminded of this story during our family Bible study last Sunday.

The fact is, I am always trying to take on whatever the world throws my way. When I try to do so on my own, I am always left exhausted, stressed and worrying how I am going to tackle what comes next? The funny thing is when I call out to God and my Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ things just start falling into place and the great accuser (no matter what form he chooses to show himself in – whether as a giant standing in the way of glory or in some mess that takes my very limited time to clean up – seems to fall away.

So, if you are feeling weak and unable to tackle the giant Goliaths in your life call out to the one who loves you for who you are and is ready to give you HIS STRENGTH to tackle any giant that stands in your way.

Speak Your Faith

Therefore, I say this and testify in the Lord. You should no longer walk as the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their thoughts. They are darkened in their understanding and excluded from the life of God. (Ephesians 4:17)

I just love weekly Bible study with my family. Every week, I seem to learn the perfect lesson. The same can be said for this past Sunday. I often speak out loud my worries, frustrations, and concerns vs. speaking at them with the positive message that God provides.

This week, we talked about being born again and not letting our negative minds, which are often controlled by the devil, control the way that we speak. While most of the week that is exactly what I was doing I decided to give this a try again all day Sunday.

Within a matter of a few hours I saw my perspective changing and even saw situations changing for the better. So, let’s ask God to be with our mouths today and every day and speak our Faith in HIM, who loves us no matter our flaws, into existence.

  • If you are in need of healing speaking healing words over whatever ails you.
  • If you are in need of financial relief. Speak about how God has and always will supply all your need.
  • If you are overwhelmed in grief. Speak about how you always have a loving Father who is there for you no matter what. A Father who gave his only begotten Son to bring us into his eternal family. A family what will be reunited in the heavenlies.
  • Etc., Etc.

And….If you need a shoulder to lean on, ask God to give you the words to speak a more positive outcome over your life and your circumstances. What are you waiting for? A better life is out there thanks to the Unconditional Love of God and our Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ!!

Just A Closer Walk With Thee…

 

As the last few days have unfolded, I have wondered if I have spent too much time working and wondering if it was possible to find my way back to my walk with God? I have also wondered if  I am on the path that of HIS choosing? After all, not as I will but as you will (Matthew 26:39).

Just as I began praying for his loving guidance, he took me in HIS Unconditionally Loving arms to embrace and assure me that he has and always will guide each of my steps in the direction towards his plan. While I continue to make mistakes and sin along this path, he is always there to catch me when I fall. Even when my Trust waivers, his love is always there.

Isn’t that AMAZING? Even when bad things happen. He is always there. Do you need an example of just how much he loves us even during the storms of life? An accident at a local drug store, which took an elderly woman’s life yesterday, took me back to my Bible asking why things like this are allowed to happen? The fact is, the devil is still a part of this world and will always do everything that he can to turn us away from HIS Love.

One such story is that of Job, who loved and praised God even when the devil tried to turn his head to the left and right after cursing him in every way possible.  So, if you are needing a closer walk with the one who loves you more than anyone else say a prayer and ask him to take a closer walk with you today.

We are Made Strong in Weaknesses

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“Therefore, so that I would not exalt myself, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to torment me so that I would not exalt myself. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But he said to me…My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness. Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So, I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions and in pressures; because of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 12: 7-10)

Due to the judgmental world, we all have become masters at hiding our weaknesses from our friends and families in order to avoid being judged by others for not being what they may have expected. The funny thing is when we confess our weaknesses to the Father who truly loves us and even to others, then HIS LOVE gives us HIS AMAZING STRENGTH to do anything. So, no matter what you are facing, remember that his STRENGTH is sufficient enough to get you through anything.

Love Makes The World Go Round

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

We have been blessed with a kind of undying love that never, ever gives up! This lost sheep is so grateful for that. I know that it has been a while since my last post, but along with being busy I have also been feeling a little lost and wondering if I am the person that God wants to use to share his loving messages?

This morning, I was reminded of how much he loves me and wants to use me to spread HIS LOVE to others. So, I am back to remind each of you to love one another because this love changes everything!

We all spend a lot of time trash talking others for their faults and I am as guilty of this as anybody. What I have begun to notice lately though is that things are so much more peaceful and the whole world seems to be a happier place when we show our love towards one another. So, today I encourage you to show your love to another in need. Like the Beatles said…”All You Need is Love”.

Loves Us Enough To Heal

TRUST HIM TO HEAL…..
I am a big fan of Christian Activist Christine Caine, who has been a big inspiration for this blog as well. One such story that she tends to share to inspire others is one of healing. A few years ago, Christine was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor on her trachea. Since her calling from God is to use her powerful voice to spread HIS message to others this could have been very frightening, but she used her faith to keep her strong. Through this faith in HIS love, she was both healed and able to keep her voice to continue HIS good work!

This was obviously HIS love showing up as this was the story that I remembered when I suffered a pretty massive cat bite last week. This deep bite was suffered on my right (writing) hand. Although I was hesitant to receive medical treatment, instead trusting God to heal me, I took the advice of my boss and went to a local urgent care center that put me on a round of antibiotics.

I am not a real fan of taking medication and have had a bad reaction to these type of meds in the past. Knowing that I was being pushed by the one that loves me more than others, I took the meds and prayed continuously to the ultimate healer. The most miraculous part was that I was not only healed to full function of the hand that HE has given me to spread his message, but this happened in two days! In fact, I was able to stop the antibiotics early. Although I experienced some mild complications from this medication, I was also healed from this in one day.

So, no matter what you are in need of healing from remember that the HE LOVES YOU enough to heal you. Whether mental, physical or spiritual he is always there.

By GRACE….

For it is By Grace….
While God made me in his image, I am still in this World, which means that I am still weak and will make mistakes.  In fact, we will all make mistakes. One of my biggest fears throughout my life is that of disappointing others, including the GREAT I AM.

Today, I felt such a surge of relief when He once again reassured me that it is BY GRACE that I am saved and not by my PERFECT WORKS. So, when you start to doubt that HE loves you because you have made a step out of what you consider his line of forgiveness, remember that it is by GRACE that you have been saved and given his PERFECT LOVE and not because you have made all the right decisions in life.