May 11, 2019

Mother's Day Remembrance



This is the first Mother’s Day I will face without my mom. It will be different to say the least.

For those of you who knew my mom, you know that she was a prayer warrior and a peace maker. Though she struggled tremendously with her health in her latter years, she VERY RARELY ever complained. She suffered in silence for the most part, because she wanted to stand in faith believing for her healing and didn’t want others to hurt knowing she was hurting.

She was in the hospital last Mother’s Day and past away about 3 weeks later (due in part to Cirrhosis of the Liver). And as Mother’s Day approached this year, I found myself thinking, ‘How in the world did she endure all of that suffering? How in the world did she find the faith and hope to continue, when so many ailments seemed to plague her physical body?’ Well, if ever there was an example of someone looking to Jesus instead of focusing on themselves or their problems, it was CERTAINLY my mama. She found hope in Jesus and her DAILY belief in the verse she quoted every day to help keep her from depression and keep that faith and hope alive.

Psalm 118:24 - This is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Yep, that’s it. That’s what it was all about for mom. Her motto to live by. Her confession of hope. And if you spent any length of time around her, you would hear her quote it and sometimes sing it.

You know, TRUE JOY IS NEVER DEPENDENT ON OUR CIRCUMSTANCES. And though we may know this in our head, it might be hard to walk out every day. Learning to choose joy in hard times takes effort and action on our part; it requires our hearts to be set on Jesus. God is faithful to help us, so that we can choose well. And we can be assured that in His grace, He has made every day, and for that gift itself we can ‘rejoice and be glad in it.’ No matter what we face, we can still believe in God’s goodness and love, for that’s what carries us through the most difficult of seasons.

We might be facing the toughest of times right now, but the truth is this, Jesus has STILL given us breath for today. He came to give us hope and freedom. He’s the very reason we can live with joy right in the midst of battles and have peace that is unexplainable to the world. He’s with us and will never leave us or  fail us. His love covers us. He gives us the strength to face every trial and obstacle with courage and grace. We can rest in the security that He brings. No matter what you’re up against, be confident in God’s unchanging love for you, ALWAYS.

To the best godly example on this earth I ever had, to the one who taught me how to NEVER GIVE UP, to the one who CONTINUALLY encouraged me to keep going despite all the illnesses that come against me (even though she always said it was the other way around, 'if you can do it, so can I'), to the BEST. MOM. EVER.

---- HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY MOM, I LOVE YOU ❤
Father, I pray that You surround Your children this Mother's Day with Your love. You are the best Father/Mother that anyone could ever have. Thank You that even if our father and mother abandons us, You will take us up and adopt us as Your own (Psalm 27:10). Help all to have a good day, though some are consumed with grief. May all find joy in Your presence (Psalm 16). May everyone get along. GIve grace to all the hard-working mothers out there. Bless them for their faithfulness. May we all have PEACE LIKE A RIVER. In Jesus' name, amen 🙏





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If you are in crisis and need someone to talk to, text the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Go' to 741741 - anytime 24/7 or go to their website at https://www.crisistextline.org/textline/.

See also: Believing for a Loved One   and   How's That Wait Thing Working Out?





Jan 22, 2018

The Lord is with You, Mighty Warrior


Then the Lord turned to him and said, “I will make you strong! Go and save Israel from the Midianites! I am sending you!” But Gideon replied, “Sir, how can I save Israel? My family is the poorest in the whole tribe of Manasseh, and I am the least thought of in the entire family!” Whereupon the Lord said to him, “But I, Jehovah, will be with you! And you shall quickly destroy the Midianite hordes!” Judges 6:14-16

Are you facing a situation for which you feel inadequate? Ask God for His strength to help you.

There's peace in knowing that whatever we do and wherever we go, we go with God, who promised to never leave us or forsake us.

Father, help us to ask You for help and then trust that You're answering. With You on our side, we have all that we need. In Jesus' name, amen. 

Feb 11, 2017

Go Forward



When the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the Lord, the ruler of the whole earth, touch the water of the Jordan, the water coming downstream toward you will stop flowing and pile up. Joshua 3:13

We must learn to take God at His Word, and go straight on in duty, although we see no way in which we can go forward. The reason we are so often balked by difficulties is that we expect to see them removed before we try to pass through them.

If we would move straight on in faith, the path would be opened for us. We stand still, waiting for the obstacle to be removed, when we ought to go forward as if there were no obstacles.

Father, help us to have faith that goes forward so that we may triump. In Jesus's name. Amen.



Dec 15, 2016

Got Warts?





Are you an excessive worrier? Do you find yourself worrying about anything and everything?
 
Worry is a habit that has negative consequences, for it affects us emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Perhaps you subconsciously think that if you "worry enough" you can prevent bad things from happening. But excessive worrying can lead to anxiety and panic attacks, which cripple you from ...living an abundant life. There's not one good outcome from the habit of worry. Worry will not add one day to your life, but it's sure to shorten it.
 
The habit can be broken with the transforming power of God's Word. Let God replace your worry with His peace and help you to develop your faith and dispel worry once and for all. Ask for His help and follow His guidance.

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Live one day at a time. Matthew 6:25-34
 
Father, I pray that You help us to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to find peace in our minds as we cast our cares on You and trust You to take care of them and not pick them back up. In Jesus' name, amen.
 
 
 
 
 

Dec 7, 2016

Dig a Ditch



And he said, “This is what the Lord says, ‘Make many cisterns in this valley,’ for this is what the Lord says, ‘You will not feel any wind or see any rain, but this valley will be full of water and you and your cattle and animals will drink.’ This is an easy task for the Lord; He will also hand Moab over to you. 2 Kings 3:16-18 

To human thinking it was simply impossible, but nothing is hard for God.

Without a sound or sign, from sources invisible and apparently impossible, the floods came stealing in all night long; and when the morning dawned, those ditches were flooded with the crystal waters, and reflecting the rays of the morning sun from the red hills of Edom.

Our unbelief is always wanting some outward sign. The religion of many is largely sensational, and they are not satisfied of its genuineness without manifestations, etc.; but the greatest triumph of faith is to be still and know that He is God.

The great victory of faith is to stand before some impassable Red Sea, and hear the Master say, “Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord,” and “Go forward.” As we step out without any sign or sound—not a wave-splash—and wetting our very feet as we take the first step into its waters, still marching on we shall see the sea divide and the pathway open through the very midst of the waters.

If we have seen the miraculous workings of God in some marvelous case of healing or some extraordinary providential deliverance, I am sure the thing that has impressed us most has been the quietness with which it was all done, the absence of everything spectacular and sensational, and the utter sense of nothingness which came to us as we stood in the presence of this mighty God and felt how easy, it was for Him to do it all without the faintest effort on His part or the slightest help on ours.

It is not the part of faith to question, but to obey. The ditches were made, and the water came pouring in from some supernatural source. What a lesson for our faith.

A.B. Simpson said, 'Oh, for that faith that can act by faith and not by sight, and expect God to work although we see no wind or rain.'

Are you craving a spiritual blessing? Open the trenches, and God will fill them. And this, too, in the most unexpected places and in the most unexpected ways.



see also:  Just Say No to Reasoning
                 The Man with the Plan


Sep 28, 2016

No More Fears

Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice. Isaiah 41:10

Experiences and people in your life may have taught you to fear, but the Word of God can teach you to push past that fear. You can learn to be bold, courageous and confident. Work with  the Holy Spirit and He'll teach you.

Don't let the fear of something prevent your success and joy in daily living. Don't let it immobolize you. Don't let it cause you to panic and tremble. When you feel afraid, you don't have to quit or turn back. GOD IS WITH YOU, and because He is with you, you can feel the fear and do what you need to do anyway.

Don't let thoughts and/or memories of fear keep you from God's best for your life. You don't have to cower anymore. Hold your head high and walk in God-fidence. Believe in yourself. Believe in God in you. God's got good plans for you.

Father, help us not to be afraid. Let Your love wash over us and melt away the horrible terrors, fears and dreads. May the good news that You are with us bring us peace. In Jesus' name, amen.

Sep 7, 2016

Door of Hope (for Suicide Prevention Month)



There is one ray of hope: His compassion never ends. It is only the Lord's mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in Him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him, to those who seek for Him. Lamentations 3:21-25

Have you lost your hope? Are you feeling hopeless? Some feel hopeless about specific areas such as their marriage, children, parents, school, significant other, health, finances, or job. But for others, this emotion permeates their entire lives. They exist but have no hopes, dreams, or goals. This is not the way God intends for us to live. He created us to live with purpose, working toward goals with a sense of anticipation for things to come.

This month is Suicide Prevention Month. There needs to be awareness, to bring it out in the open, to let others know that they don't have to be ashamed, to let others know that we all struggle at times, and even more so, that they are loved and valued and that there IS hope ... one day at a time ... so DON'T do it ... is part of what it's all about.

Where there is no vision [no redemptive revelation of God], the people perish. Proverbs 29:18

Hope is a word of optimism, and it defines what we are living for. Jesus can change our hopeless perspective into joy we can only imagine. There is no such thing as 'beyond repair' for God. He has a purpose for each of us, and there is a reason for the trials we face. Sometimes only God can see a way out, but there is ... and Jesus is the way-maker because He is the way.

Why are you discouraged and depressed, O my soul? And why are you disturbed and in turmoil within me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God. Psalm 42:11

God HAS NOT forgotten you. He HAS NOT overlooked you. He DOES see you. He DOES hear you. He DOES long for you to draw close to Him and to sit at His feet, just basking in His presence.

Our spiritual lives are full of highs and lows, valleys and mountaintops. But some people panic, or grow bitter and angry, when they face a disappointing situation. They ask, Where is God? Why hasn’t He answered my prayer? Why is He silent while I’m hurting? Many become disillusioned and hopeless. And instead of seeing a valley, they see an endless tunnel with no light at the end.

If you are at a low point and feeling hopeless, be encouraged. The Good Shepherd, who is the Sovereign of this universe, IS with you. You may not always sense His presence or see how He is working, but He IS there. The Lord DOES love you unconditionally and IS ready and willing to help. All you need to do is turn to Him.

God does not send anyone into a valley, but He may allow us to enter one to teach dependence upon Him. One day, perhaps you’ll look back and think, Thank you, God, for never leaving me, and for carrying me through the low place. You’ll never be able to thank Him enough.

TRUST GOD. Even in the low points in your life. Especially in the low points of your life. YOUR HOPE LIES IN GOD. Cast your cases on Him; lay your burdens at His feet. In His great compassion and love, He will sustain you.

If you haven’t discovered who God is and how He operates, then start now. Spend time reading the Bible each day, learning His promises and committing them to memory. Remember to trust Him with all your heart, and don’t lean on your own understandings—or emotions.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5

Follow Jesus, and He will walk with you—and you will never be alone again.

LIVE and have HOPE, for JESUS is the DOOR OF HOPE.

Father, no matter what problems those who are depressed/discouraged are dealing with, I pray that you help them to find reasons to keep living. Give them hope. Encourage them. Be the lifter of their head/countenance. As they reach out to You for help, minister to them. Love on them. Show them who they can go to that can be trusted with their heart to talk things through, such as a friend, teacher, family member, church member, counselor, a help line. Whatever they need Lord, give it to them I pray. In Jesus' name, amen.



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By calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area - anytime 24/7 or go to their website at http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

You can also text the Crisis Text Line by texting 'Go' to 741741  - anytime 24/7 or go to their website at http://www.crisistextline.org/textline.



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associated AFTA blogs: Don't Self-Harm  You're Worth More  Do You Hate Yourself?