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There are times in my life that may not reflect that I follow Jesus and that I committed my life to Him. But this I know, Father God carried me and protected me through difficult times and truly loves me like no other. God loves you! He wants you to follow Him. He wants a relationship with you. He created your life and values you. The world is not enough. So I hope you decide to follow Him and commit to Him today.

Prayer

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me of my sins, change and restore my life and live in my heart. I believe that you died and rose again for me to have eternal life. I receive you as my personal Lord and Savior. Direct my path from this day forward. In Jesus Name, AMEN!”

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Welcome to His Kingdom! This is the best decision you will ever make in your life time. So, now what? I suggest, you find a Bible and read it, pray for direction and find a bible believing church. Do not be stagnant in this decision. Pursue the Lord!

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It’s Not About Me -

“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than ourselves.  Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Philippians 2:3-4

 

Our relationship with Jesus is a personal one.  Jesus pursues us deeply.  He is always trying to meet us daily.  When we actually focus, we can see it and it fills all the emptiness in our lives.  However, when we hear from the Lord, it may not be a specific message for us, but for others.

 

There are times when I pursue God and hope to hear a specific word for my life.  I have been to conferences at different churches, where there are evangelists and pastors speaking and teaching.  There was one specific gathering where there was a pastor blessed with a prophetic and discerning gift.

 

In the past, I have been to two of  his gatherings.  At both of them, he called me up and spoke these amazing words over me.  So, in anticipation and expectation, I was hoping for it to happen again.

 

Before the sermon began, we had a time of worship.  One of my friends came over and stood next to me.  I felt the Lord gave me a vision for her.  I saw an old vase cracking and break a part.  Then, she came out of the vase, ever so beautiful (and she already is a beautiful woman).  The Holy Spirit continued to give me words of encouragement for her life.  I told her and hoped they would give her strength.

The service begun.  The pastor began to speak encouragement and prophesy over some of the people there at the service.  Lives were being changed as the Holy Spirit moved.  The service ended without him saying anything specific over me.  I was jealous, upset and angry.  Not something you hope to feel after witnessing the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

As the days continued, I felt more depressed.  I knew it was because I was still upset, there wasn’t a word for me.  There was a young woman, at this same meeting,  where the pastor spoke  over her life that matched exactly what I would have wanted to hear of my life.  But I knew I need to ask for forgiveness, because these depressed feelings were not of the Lord.

 

I began to pray and asked the Lord to forgive me and take any feelings of jealousy.  I heard the Lord say, “It doesn’t have to always be about you at these things.  There was a whole room of people who didn’t get a specific word from this pastor.  You were there for your friend, to give her that word of encouragement.”  

 

As much as you attend church or gatherings to hear specific words from the Lord, what you hear may be for someone else.  It means that God trusted to use you for advancing his Kingdom and to bring people comfort.  We shall never take that for granted but still remain in expectation for that good word.

 

Lesson Learned:  God is everywhere, we just need that heart of expectation and ears to hear it for whoever it may.

 

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for being jealous of others when they receive blessings from you.  Refine my heart and mind to align with your heart and mind.  If there is a good word for someone, give us the courage to share it.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

Guarded by God -

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”  Psalm 91:11

 

Have you ever wondered why things happen the way they do?  There have been countless times, when things go badly, I grudgingly ask, “why?!”  God has good reason to allow things to happen.  One Sunday Morning, I was thankful for something going wrong.

 

Every Sunday, before church, I go grocery shopping at two stores.  One Sunday morning, I put cash, allotted from my budget, in my pocket.  Usually, it goes straight in to my wallet, but I thought my pocket was deep enough not to worry.  Also, I just had a car accident, where someone hit me from behind and I wasn’t feeling so great. (It turns out I sustained a concussion from the accident, so I definitely wasn’t well.)

 

At the first store, I did my grocery shopping.  When it was time to pay,  I reached into my pocket and my $100 bill was not there!  Reluctantly, I paid on a credit card.  However, I  decided to go home to look for that $100 bill instead of going to the second store.

 

By the grace of God, I found the $100 bill on the floor.  I put away the groceries and went back out to the second grocery store with that cash secured in my wallet.  I did my shopping and asked for help out, since I was starting to be in some pain.

 

One of the clerks at the store went out to the car with me.  As we exited the store, one of his co-workers was coming back from her meal break.  He said, “you will not believe what happened when you were out on break.  I will catch you up when i come back inside.”  Anyone would have their curiosity piqued by that comment, so  I asked him.

 

He told me something sad happened.  He began to tell me about an elderly customer that always comes into their store.  I interrupted him and said, “does he wear glasses and looks homeless?”  He said, “yes, but he isn’t homeless.  He just died in our parking lot about 30 minutes ago.”  He started to describe what happened.  Thankfully, he spared me most of the medical details.  I told him to take it easy because he witnessed something quite traumatic.  After he put the groceries away, he went back into the store.   I got into the car and began to cry.  

 

I was sad because he died so suddenly and traumatic.  But I heard the Lord say, “this is why I let you temporarily lose that $100 bill.” If I didn’t lose that money and went grocery shopping at this second store, I would have seen the whole thing unfold.   I am in NO way minimizing his death.  But the Lord knows us so well.  If I witnessed this man die, I would have been anxious for weeks, maybe months.

 

This event happened a week after September 11th.  I have read lots of stories where people who worked in the Twin Towers in New York, who were late or didn’t plan to work that day.  Whether it was because they hit traffic, their child got sick, or they had to go to the dentist because of a toothache, these things saved them from death or injury.  I know realize that even though things don’t go according to my  plan, God still has the best plan for me.

 

Lesson Learned: Nuisances can still be a blessing in disguise or a lesson that needs to be learned.

 

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive for wanting life to be easy and perfect all the time.  Thank you for days when they go well and even when days do not.  May I see that your plan is always better than my plan.  I pray for a hedge of protection and your full armor everyday.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

When People Disappoint -

“He heals the broken in heart and binds their wounds.” Psalms 147:3

My child has just started 4th grade.  She loves her teacher and seems to desire to do well in school.  Unfortunately, she is having trouble socially.  She has been coming home sad that she lost a friendship.  It is hard to watch.

As a parent, all I want to do is fix the problem for her.  I want to make the hurting she is feeling, to stop.  Yet, deep down I know, this something we all go through in our lives.  These situations build character.

I may be hurt by this more than she. It stirs up a lot of old wounds where I was rejected by friends growing up.  I have done everything within my parental power to try to fix this situation, but nothing has helped.  

Then I came across this photo on Facebook and it came at the right time.  This photo is a great lesson for letting go.

 

        

There are seasons in life, where we  just have to let people or things go.  This can be friendships, relationships with family, a spouse or a significant other, commitments at work or school.  My daughter may have to let this relationship go.  I have to let go of trying to control that I think I have and let my daughter experience life as it is, hurtful and messy.   So, the only option maybe to walk away when we have tried our best to save it.  As difficult as it maybe, life isn’t fair.

We learn we have to cleave to God, when people disappoint us.  Otherwise, our situations or circumstances will continue to drag us down.  We pray for healing of our wounds and restoration in our life.  God never wastes any pain we experience.  God has something or someone better for us in the future.  

America has been going through some tough times.  This country is divided politically on many issues.  Both sides are relentless in their pursuit of trying to prove each other wrong.  It has been bad for the last couple of years and even uglier in the past month.  People are disappointing one another in record levels.  

Recently, North America (as well as other places in the world) have been encountering many natural disasters: hurricanes, flooding, wildfires, and major earthquakes.  In the wake of these natural disasters, we have been seeing strangers being kind to one another and people helping out in anyway they can.  They are giving food, water and shelter to those in need.  Many are putting their lives in danger to rescue others.  The human spirit is alive again.  

Seeing this example of love gives me hope that love truly conquers all.  We can still love someone or something after you have let them go.   And letting go of that someone or something, shows you love yourself.  Let’s learn to love ourselves enough to not be hurt or disappointed, is one of the greatest gifts.

Lesson Learned:  When people disappoint, let go and let God.

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for putting my hope in people or circumstances.  Help me to forgive those who have treated me or my family bad.  Let anger, turn to love.  Show me compassion for myself to let go and move on.  Give me discernment when to let things go and when to fight for them.  Help me to remember the season of letting go is short and that you will bring forth a beautiful Spring.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”

Decluttering the Mind -

“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious.  If there is any excellence and if there is anything that is worthy of praise,, think about these things.”  Philippians 4:8

 

Admission time…I have anger issues and I am not proud of it.  I use bad words.   Flip my lid.  Yell and scream at my husband, our child and strangers.  I leave passive aggressive notes for my neighbors.  This is a very dangerous road to be on.

 

I arrived at church with a knot in my stomach.  The past 2 weeks haven’t been my best physically.  I threw out my back, had a migraine for 3 days and now my stomach burned.  And to top it all off,  the weather was  100+ degrees for one of those entire weeks.  Plus, I was angry at everything.  It didn’t matter the reason, large or small, I was angry.

 

As I got out of the car, I saw my friend.  She is a mighty prayer warrior.  I consider her my spiritual mother due to her strength and spiritual wisdom.  I asked for prayer.  She prayed and tears streamed down my face and I began to tremble from all the anger that I had been holding on to from the past, let alone the past two weeks.

 

My friend knows I am a minimalist at heart.   She told me it is time to do some decluttering of my mind.  My friends said remove the thoughts that are working against you, not for you.  Think of the way Jesus sees you, more eternal, less earthly thoughts.  The day changed from there.  I enjoyed the church service, my stomach stopped hurting and it was a day of rest from those thoughts.

 

Today I read the following quote in a Bible devotional, “Whatever you believe on the inside will manifest on the outside.”  Most times, anger, anxiety, fear, depression manifests in us physically.  My back, my head and my stomach were all being attacked because I was allowing anger’s energy to control me.

 

The world today thrives on anger.  People are short fused and it reflects in society.  My hope for the near future is that I can use anger in a useful way.  If I see injustice, I try to come up with a possible solution.  But most importantly, I don’t let the angry thoughts consume me and manifest and to also pray and lean on the Lord.

Lesson Learned:  Think of what is true and good and the mind will be renewed.

Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for letting my thoughts over take my mind.  Forgive me for dwelling on the past and relying on my own strength.  Remind me when I begin to give in to anger.  Give me a renewed mind, like the mind of Christ.  Change my focus on what is eternal.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”