Friday, November 20, 2009

Appearances Vs. Lifestyle

Matthew 3: John the Baptist Prepares the Way
1In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the Desert of Judea 2and saying, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." 3This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
"A voice of one calling in the desert,
'Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.' "[a]
4John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. 5People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. 6Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

7But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9And do not think you can say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our father.' I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11"I baptize you with[b] water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. 12His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
I can honestly say, that I do judge situations based on appearances! This is not necessarily a good thing! John the Baptist lived for Christ - he was not concerned with anything else but doing what God commanded him to do. John was probably scary looking and didn't smell all that great, and yet people came to be baptised!! This just proves that God's mission is accomplished regardless of what other's may think, say, feel, or do.

I believe that it is time for me to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the areas that I am just keeping up appearances and not living by faith!! God has done a great deal of work in me so far, I am sure He is not done yet!! He will be glorified with all that He does!!!

Prophecy Fulfilled Again!!

Matthew 2: The Return to Nazareth
19After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."
21So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets: "He will be called a Nazarene."

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Prophecy Fulfilled

Matthew 2: The Escape to Egypt
13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son."[f]
16When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
18"A voice is heard in Ramah,
weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
and refusing to be comforted,
because they are no more."[g]
In verse 15 it tells us that prophecy is being fulfilled, pointing to Jesus as God's Son - the Messiah, the Savior, the Prince!!!

Joseph knew that the baby was a very special child, and knew to obey when an angel appeared to him and gave him very clear instructions...Praise the Lord that Joseph had such a heart for God to obey!!!

Monday, November 2, 2009


Matthew 2: The Visit of the Magi
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem 2and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east[b] and have come to worship him."
3When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had called together all the people's chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ[c] was to be born. 5"In Bethlehem in Judea," they replied, "for this is what the prophet has written:
6" 'But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.'[d]"

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8He sent them to Bethlehem and said, "Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him."

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east[e] went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.

These Magi were definitely smart and brave! They recognized Jesus' star and followed it until they came to a baby, and they were overjoyed!!! Uncontainable joy that just spills over into the rest of you!!! The Magi immediately worshipped Him and then gave Him gifts!! I can not imagine the feelings that those Magi experienced during that moment! and then to receive a dream with a warning, for their own protection but also the protection of the baby! What an Amazing picture that Scripture paints for us!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Matthew 1: The Birth of Jesus Christ
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins."

22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"[d]—which means, "God with us."

24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

What a wonderful beginning to our LORD and Savior's birth, scandoulous!! 2000 years later, it is still a beautiful display of God's Power, Love and Wisdom!! I love how Joseph needed clarification and verification from God's angel before he did the "right" thing. Granted, in that time, I am sure that Joseph thought he was doing the "right" thing for himself.

As a human, I seek the beginning, middle, and end. Jesus' birth is the beginning of His ministry on earth, but He had to grow like a human child first. He was completely dependant on Mary and Joseph for His basic needs. Can you imagine being Jesus' mom having to teach Him or discipline Him? Jesus - HOT - HOT - Dont touch!! I wonder if He just naturally stayed away from that stuff? Mary had a Perfect 1st born child, I wonder if Jesus ruined it for His younger siblings? Can you see Mary saying, "Why can't you be more like your brother?" Mary was human! She might have had a moment of weakness.


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Challenge or Accountability

Good Evening Everyone!!!

A little over a week ago, God planted a seed in my heart. This seed was getting into God's Word without a formalized Bible Study. Scary, I know. The Bible has intimidated me for a long time, I love God's Word but I always feel like I am missing something. Thus the multitude of Bible studies, books, and groups. Please do not misunderstand these intentions - I love Bible Studies and they have been used to grow me closer to God and have taught me how to read and study the Bible. I believe God is asking me to step out in faith and give Him the reigns as to what He chooses to teach me, on a daily more intimate basis.

I am offering a challenge and an opportunity for accountability. I will begin reading in the New Testament and write any thoughts that God reveals based on what He reveals. I know that God will bless this time that we (God and I) will be spending together. My prayer is that through this blog His children are encouraged and convicted as we journey together. Please feel free to comment too!!

Matthew 1
The Genealogy of Jesus
1A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
7Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[a] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
15Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.
17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.[b]

My very first instinct is to draw out a family tree for Jesus. Seems kind of fitting since the celebration of Jesus' birth is coming soon, and to have as a focus for my kids this year (along side our customary Christmas tree) would be Jesus' genealogy.

My second thought is who are all these people? Yes, I know a few of them, but honestly, some I only have a child's picture of who they are. So if God chose these people to be ancestors to Christ, I am curious as to who they were, how they lived, what great thing did they do for God, why did God chose them??

God has planned a nice little rabbit trail for me to follow tonight as I begin looking up the names I don't recognise, and learn about them...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Peace and Joy

Romans 5
Peace and Joy
1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
6You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

9Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God's wrath through him! 10For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11Not only is this so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A Prayer of Moses

Psalm 90: A prayer of Moses the man of God.
1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
throughout all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You turn men back to dust,
saying, "Return to dust, O sons of men."

4 For a thousand years in your sight
are like a day that has just gone by,
or like a watch in the night.

5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death;
they are like the new grass of the morning-

6 though in the morning it springs up new,
by evening it is dry and withered.

7 We are consumed by your anger
and terrified by your indignation.

8 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 All our days pass away under your wrath;
we finish our years with a moan.

10 The length of our days is seventy years—
or eighty, if we have the strength;
yet their span [a] is but trouble and sorrow,
for they quickly pass, and we fly away.

11 Who knows the power of your anger?
For your wrath is as great as the fear that is due you.

12 Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

13 Relent, O LORD! How long will it be?
Have compassion on your servants.

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love,
that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
for as many years as we have seen trouble.

16 May your deeds be shown to your servants,
your splendor to their children.

17 May the favor [b] of the Lord our God rest upon us;
establish the work of our hands for us—
yes, establish the work of our hands.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Colossians 3: 15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pleasing God

1 Thessalonians 4: Living to Please God
1Finally, brothers, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more. 2For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus.
3It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4that each of you should learn to control his own body[a] in a way that is holy and honorable, 5not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. 8Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit.

9Now about brotherly love we do not need to write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to love each other. 10And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia. Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.

11Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, 12so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Prayer For My Brothers and Sisters

Ephesians 3: A Prayer for the Ephesians
14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Refuge and Restoration

Psalm 14

1 The fool [a] says in his heart,
"There is no God."
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven
on the sons of men
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.

3 All have turned aside,
they have together become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.

4 Will evildoers never learn—
those who devour my people as men eat bread
and who do not call on the LORD ?

5 There they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.

6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.

7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

Monday, September 28, 2009


Galatians 6: 7Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature[a]will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

How many of us get so tired with the busyness of our schedules and almost get to the point where you don't want to do anything at all? i am one!! I run a lot, and my boys come along for the ride. Our nights are filled with friends and activities (normally church, Bible study, fellowship, meeting with a lost one, encouraging a sister in Christ, etc). I know where and when God calls me to serve, these meetings are from Him and I need to make sure that I am prepared for each one His way!! How am I able to maintain this crazy schedule from 6:30AM til sometimes 10PM every night of the week and weekends are even more jammed packed? God sustains me through it all!! I literally carve out time to spend with Him!! The Holy Spirit needs to be filled and my heart needs to be in the right spot to serve God, His children, and the lost!!

i have learned several ways to carve time out for God through out my day!! I used to be surrounded by God's Word in my little cube (my new desk has Scripture on it). Now I get to listen to worship music all day long!! my dear sister gave me an MP3 player for my birthday and loaded sermons on it for me to listen to - whenever! I have a devotional in the bathroom! I have a Bible on my desk! Another devotional on the work bench, and I have just purchased another Bible study series to work on in my quiet time. My eldest son has to read 30 minutes each day - guess what he reads - the New Testament! My younger son wants to be home schooled, so we have home school Bible lessons after he goes to public school. And this all happens outside of the Bible studies that I attend or host.

I am eating and satisfying my hunger for God's Word, drinking in time with Him, and talking with Him all day long!! I remember I used to wait until I had a few hours to do my Bible study homework (which rarely happened) I would push the boys away when I wanted my quiet time, just reading His Word, because they distracted me. God does not want me to wait until I think I have time, He wants to be with me NOW! In my everyday run of the mill routine. He wants to be the focus of my life and whole day. He wants to saturate every part of my being, and I welcome His type of immersion!!! As a result of keeping open lines of communication with Him, the Holy Spirit inside me is always fed, ready and willing to serve where ever God calls us!!

Honestly, it isn't "always", there are days that I desire more Jesus than other days, but I think that the events of the day are what depict my level of craving. There are days where I don't want to see anyone - I want to be with God and only God for hours, until I am able to face the public. Its like i am either healing from an event or God is preparing me for something!! Either way, I love how He clears my schedule so that we can have that face time!!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


Proverbs 29: 23 A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.

Pride - I take pride in the work that I do! I want to do a good job regardless of what I am working at: whether it is dishes, laundry, cleaning the house, doing a Bible study, actually going to work and putting my best foot forward!! Is this the kind of pride mentioned in this Scripture? I don't believe so because of where my heart is. My motives are to complete a task with talents God has blessed me with, so that He receives all the honor and glory!! I am able to sing His praises as I am washing dishes, thank Him for providing the cloths to wash and the soap to clean them, I am grateful for the home He has planted us in! The job I hold, comes from Him too!! I can not do anything with out God! He has given all of these things to me because He loves me!!!

Now, the moment I try to do any of these things with my own power - I am toast. I need God's help to do the dishes, otherwise I loose my grip with the soapy slippery plates or glasses and end up breaking them. Laundry, God helps me to go the extra mile by shaking the shirts and pants out before putting them in the dryer to minimize wrinkles, I would never consider opening His Word without talking with Him first!! I need the Holy Spirit to reveal truths to me!!! Otherwise it is in one ear and out the other!!

What are your motives behind everything you do? Think about it...

Monday, September 21, 2009


James 4
7Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

What do these verses mean to you? To me they remind me of the wonderful power God has granted me access to when my human limitations are worthless...through my weakness He is able to shine through and His strength is revealed!! God gets all the glory, because there isn't any possible way that I could have conquered on my own!! Which brings God's Awesome power and knowledge to the front of my mind so that I am able to submit to His commands - because He is faithful, trustworthy, and in control of my life!!

Submission is not a bad thing - if it is done God's way!! What does Scripture say about submission? It is surrendering to God's authority. Matthew 11 28"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

I gladly turn to Him for His perfect insight, guidance, comfort, and direction when facing life on this planet!!!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Proverbs 23: 15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad; 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right. 17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

I have noticed lately that I have been asking a lot of questions and not necessarily interesting in the answer given to me. Normally I am able to focus and keep my attention on the person in front of me - especially if I love them!! I do not believe that my heart is currently being wise, and I know that my heart has not been its normal zealous self.

A very dear friend asked me if I would "retreat"? At the time I was going strong!! God had just done a tune up on me and I had a full tank of gas. Now, I am sucking fumes and there is a good 600 miles to go. I believe God is calling me to His gas station for some fuel, a little walk outside, maybe a milk shake!!! So, my very dear sweet friend - I am taking you up on your offer!!!! You tell me when it will be convenient for me to "retreat"!!!!!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Living for God

1 Peter 4
Living for God
1Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin. 2As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do—living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. 5But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
7The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. 8Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 9Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely. Psalm 147:1 KJV

Praise the LORD. How good it is to sing praises to our God, how pleasant and fitting to praise him! Psalm 147:1 NIV

How do you praise our LORD and Savior? Jumping up and down screaming is pure and utter delight! Arms stretching upward to give God all that you have! Singing along with worship music! Maybe it is smiling uncontrollably and His light just shines through you! Whatever way you Praise our LORD, do it with an open heart and without any inhibitions!!Praise God just for the joy of Praising His Holy, Precious, Glorious, Mighty, Wonderful, Awesome, Lovely Name!!!

God has blessed you today, I know that He has. If you can't see it ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you what those blessings are - and then you can begin Praising Him with thanksgiving!!!!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Fear of the Lord!

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
Proverbs 9:10 KJV

What does it mean to "fear" the Lord? Majority of first thoughts would probably resemble being scared. This is kind of fear is no way near the definition God intends for His children to comprehend.

Fear is like an intense love that goes beyond the human boundaries and limitations that we establish. My desire to please my ABBA goes so much further than my human response to loving my dad! This love from God doesn't waver either, it is consistent. Humans have a tendency to rely on their feelings thus that is how they treat their loved ones. Not the love that God has instilled in us!! Feelings do not apply!!

It is almost like being a pitcher that springs a leak. God continues to pour love in me to the point of overflowing, but He doesn't turn off the faucet!! Then because I am not invincible, I spring leaks and His love begins flowing through me to those around me!! Pretty Cool!!

We are aware that the more time we spend with a person, especially one that is easy to love/like/get along with, the more we open up and become vulnerable with them, and in turn they do the same. This is where friendships truly begin! When 2 people are at a point wherein they can honestly learn about each other on a completely deeper level.

Our relationship with God is the same way. The more time we spend with Him, the more we allow ourselves to be vulnerable with Him, the more we allow ourselves to fall in love with Him, the deeper our relationship goes and grows!!!

Do you crave time with God? I can honestly say that I do!! and I have even posted a Big Brother Bear at the cave door to make sure I get that time!!!

Love you All!!!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Little Eyes

1 Corinthians 11
1Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Have you ever really stopped to think about this? Yes the obvious answer is our children! OK but what about all the people who witness what you are doing through out your day that don't even register on your radar?

I worked for a company nearly 4 years, during this time I had been advanced and worked on all 3 shifts. Here is the cool part. One of my co-workers, a young man, had actually watched me for 2 years and finally saw an opportunity to stop me and talk with me. I didn't know him from Adam, so if you can imagine the scene of a 6 foot something young buff and good looking man walking toward me with purpose, I was kind of intimidated!! The first thing out of him mouth was "How are you so happy all the time? I have seen you for 2 years, working all kinds of hours, and I have never seen you anything but happy!" I looked at him with a huge smile on my face and said simply "JESUS!!" Hallelujah!! Here's that opportunity as believers we pray for and jump at when it presents itself!!

God presents people and situations to us daily for us to just BEAM for HIM!! Granted it is His light shining through us, but we still have a choice to let Him reign!!

Love you all!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Challenges for God?

Is any thing too hard for the Lord?

Genesis 18:14 KJV

What do you honestly, even subconsiously think it too hard for God to handle? Is it your relationship with your kid? maybe a co-worker? maybe a financial issue? maybe it is all the balls that you have been juggling for so long that your afraid of one dropping...This image was me before God got a hold of me!! And I have tried juggling after He began living within me, and I am here to say "It is not worth it!!" Depending on God completely is the most amazing freedom, regardless of circumstances!! I urge you to take a moment and pray with me:

Heavenly Father! You are my ABBA!! My Daddy in good and bad times and I know that You are in complete control of the situation that I am currently dealling with and You have blessed me with a wonderful peace! It is so wonderful that I know that it can only be from You!! Thank You so very much!!!! Father, I lift this situation up to You as an offering and an invitation to You. I ask that You use this as an opportunity for You to grow, mature, refine, and mold me into a better reflection of YOU!!! God let Your Heavenly Light warm the spot where I stand!! I feel Your presence and I thank You for coming closer to me!!! Stay with me a little longer!!! I love You so much!!! Thank You for my big brother and his wife!!! I love them very much and I know that You have orchastrated this relationship to grow all of us and continue to bless us!!! In Jesus Holy and Precious Name!! Amen!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Loving One Another

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:12 KJV

Heavenly Father, place Your children in my path today to just love them as You have designed me to. Father, help me to love them the way You love them!! Have Your love overflow through me, as Your light shines through me too!!! Please use me to further Your kingdom!! In Jesus Holy and Precious Name!! Amen!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Good Morning All!!!

I turned on the radio this morning on the drive into work, and realized that 100.9 were just static so I tuned in to 91.1. I was surprised by a K-Love announcement on the radio. I knew that there was going to be a change, but I didn’t think it had happened yet, it seemed too soon!!!

Music is one of God’s gifts to His children!! Music is a mode of worshipping our Heavenly Father, Psalm 100:2 Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. It is also mood altering, 1 Samuel 16:16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the harp. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes upon you, and you will feel better."

There have been times in my life wherein I am “out of sorts”. I am not really frustrated, irritated, happy, sad, mad or glad, I just don’t know what is bothering me I am just bothered!! Music is a tool that I can use (besides prayer) to help God quiet my soul, and bring me back from “botheredness”. It is a great way for me to express what is in or on my heart, and work through it, especially when I am not sure what was laid there.

It is also a great way to spend time together as a family – my boys and I enjoy our time listening and chatting or doing chores with our favorite CD’s playing. Usually the louder the better!!!

These are a few good songs that not only have a catchy tune, but have a message to motivate me to continue pressing on for God, following Christ, with the Holy Spirit and all God’s children!!!

If you are not able to spend time with God in His word in the morning, then maybe beginning the day with a good worship song and singing with thanksgiving will help get you started!!

Have a Blessed day!!!!!