Wednesday, March 25, 2015

We don't always have to be on the front line...

A while ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first will you join me and pray for my friend Marti . Lord we lift Marti up to you. I ask that you keep her safe and that her life be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Marti hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word in my time of need. I thank you for her faithfulness and prayers. Amen.

OK, so Marti suggested  2 Chronicles 32: 7-8

2 Chronicles 32:7-8New International Version (NIV)
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

we don't always have to be on the front lines.   
click that link to view a short video that explains the title of this blog.

Be strong and courageous.






Sometimes we do not feel physically strong or mentally strong but we must remain spiritually strong and rely on our mighty God in the rough times.

Never let the Enemy cut off your communication line with the Lord. He is there. He is with us. God never leaves us.


Do not be afraid or discouraged because of...
fill in the blank....the cancer, the miscarriage, the behavior of others, the loss of a job....
there is a far greater power with us...than with any of those earthly trials.

For those earthly trials are only momentary! Just a blip on the radar screen. WE keep our eyes on spending ETERNITY in Heaven with God.


For the Lord our God is with us- He is right there with us to fight our battles. So keep the confidence. You must always remember that the Lord your God is with you. He will never forsake you.

For a  long dark month in February of this year I lay physically and mentally exhausted yet hung on for dear life to my belief, my love for Christ and I prayed.

That was all the courage I could muster up. But God was there to close the gap and today I claim VICTORY over the enemy.

Amen.


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Where's all the burning bushes???

A while ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first will you join me and pray for my friend Heather . Lord we lift Heather and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Heather hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word in my time of need. I thank you for her faithfulness and prayers. Amen.

OK, so Heather suggested  Psalm 29:11:



Psalm 29:11New International Version (NIV)
11 The Lord gives strength to his people;
    the Lord blesses his people with peace.
 
 
When I wrote that FB post I had lost all peace. Yet I knew, as a believer , others could bless me and show me peace.
Me not feeling so well with my husband  by my side.
 
When I was weak and weary my husband was my strength provided directly from God. This is what God does. People say were are the miracles, the burning bushes and the angels? I tell you I have experienced angels here on earth. My husband, my friends, my family all surround me in good times and bad times.
My Mom came up from Florida to take care of me after surgery.
 
 I appreciate a hug and a person saying "I have no words for what you are enduring right now" but they prayed for me. That is what mattered. Or the person who indeed lost a child and permitted me to grieve for as long as it takes.
 
 
 Sometimes you need to hear - go ahead, cry, get mad, be sad, ask for help.
 
 
 Utilize your friends and family. They are your angels on earth. If they edify you , lift you up in prayer and maybe even get you to laugh on a rough day....Well then, you my friend are blessed!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

God = Comfort

A while ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first will you join me and pray for my friend Kathy . Lord we lift Kathy and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Kathy hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word in my time of need. I thank you for her faithfulness and prayers. Amen.

OK, so Kathy suggested  2 Corinthians 1:3-7:

Praise to the God of All Comfort

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.


Wow the word comfort appears nine times in these four verses of scripture. I imagine the reader would agree that God = Comfort. How quickly we forget God and His infinite comfort when we are Uncomfortable. Yet here it definitely says if we share our sufferings we need to share our comforts as well. Don't just complain. But go to great lengths to comfort others. Lift them up. Brighten their day! For soon you may be the one in need. It's the Old Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you!
In Her Dad's Arms


 Imagine, everyday we get to plug into The God of all Comfort, The Father of Compassion.
But...with that comfort comes the responsibility to share. Give back.
Big Brother comforting a sad little sister
So comfort is there for the taking. You need only to remember to sit and rest with the Lord. I forget this all the time. I must go go go....but then I miss out on his grace and mercy. It's often hard for me to ask for help, accept kind words and comfort from others. But there is a time and a place that we must stop running and accept the blessings. I am learning this....slowly!
God sends comfort through our four legged companions too!


just for today remember: God = Comfort.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Just Show Up...

A few weeks ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first will you join me and pray for my friend Sharon . Lord we lift Sharon and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Sharon hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word and a song of worship for my time of need. I thank you for her faithfulness and prayers. Amen.

OK, so Sharon suggested  Psalm 91:


Psalm 91 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.
If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.
and then she shared this worship music with me: take a minute and enjoy
 
When you believe in the Lord you need not worry- no harm will come to you . He commands angels to guard you. Because I love the Lord, He will rescue me in my time of need. He will protect me. He will be with me in troubled times. He will deliver me from evil. I will be blessed with a long life and God's salvation.
 
I pray to dwell in the shelter of the Lord, to just rest in his shadow. I now am reminded and content with knowing he is my refuge. He will save me and not allow me to be harmed. I have trudged through a season of illness, loss, death, sadness and depression, and I always knew I was not alone. Not in a physical sense but a spiritual sense. This Psalm backs up the feelings I had. Many times I wanted to throw in the towel and quit. Ye the Lord raised me up and had me slowly place one foot in front of the other and continue to show up for life. Psalm 91 encourages that. Show up , just as the Lord shows up.
amen. God Bless.
 
 
 

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I kneel before the Father...

A few weeks ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first you join me and pray for my friend Barb . Lord we lift Barb and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and warm during this winter season and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Barb hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word for my time of need. I thank you for her faithfulness and prayers. Amen.

OK, so Barb suggested  Ephesians 3:14-21
New International Version (NIV)

A Prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
20 Now 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, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

I SHOULD kneel before the Father. I pray to be filled with His strength and power to fill me during this difficult time.
I pray that in my faith Christ will dwell in my heart.

I am positive that I have NO idea how wide and long and HIGH and DEEP Christ's love is for me. I will never know how much He is able to do. I know sometimes I try too hard to do it on my own. It's time to step back and look at all God's handiwork.

 If He can pull off a sunset He can handle my life.

If he can make it 70 one day and snowing the next he certainly can handle my prayers.

If He created my beautiful children HE created me to be a light in the world as well!


His works are just that. HIS works...NOT mine. He's got this.


May He dwell in my heart and protect me forever and ever. Amen.

Friday, February 27, 2015

He is able to do more than all we ask or imagine....

A week ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first would you join me and pray for my friend Candice. Lord we lift Candice and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and warm during this winter season and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for Candice hearing your small still voice and offering me a Word for my time of need.

OK, so Candice suggested Ephesians 3:20.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is a work in us. --Ephesians 3:20


The Father is amazing. He has a plan for us that we can't even begin to imagine. We may wish our paths started differently but in the end we know that God is and has been there right with us...all along. In good times and bad. It's difficult right now for me to see where God is in a situation that our family is experiencing right now. But I know years from now, maybe even months I will look back and see glimpses of Him all over this part of our testimony.

God's Winter Art


He doesn't just bring us to the edge of the fires or rough waters, He walks us straight through them. A good shepherd, always aware, always alert. If we stay silent long enough we can feel His presence. The presence of the Lord is comforting to me. I know He is with me forever and always.

Amen.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weary? Burdened?

A week ago I asked my friends on Facebook to give me a go to scripture. I was weary, burdened, my heart hurt and my emotions we so very low. Over 25 friends took time to respond and in no particular order I am meditating on the scriptures that they shared and also praying for them at the same time.

So first would you join me and pray for my friend Monica. Lord we lift Monica and her sweet family up to you. I ask that you keep them safe and warm during this winter season and that their home be filled with love and laughter. I praise you for gifting me with Monica and her awesome husband as friends. Thank you Jesus, Amen.

OK, so Monica suggested Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

The Lord will give me rest. All I have to do is go to Him and He will GIVE me rest.

What is it to rest in the Lord? Is it to literally lie down? slow down? or press into His Word? Perhaps it is to set yourself apart and be with him daily, or go on a retreat, or even that 5-10 minutes that you set aside to be just with him in the morning or the evening.

It's hard to say but there is much peace to be experienced in the presence of the Lord and sometimes sitting still and being with Him can provide that peace and rest we need so much. To simply quiet your mind, listen to a devotional, read a short bit of scripture. Anything to get a word from the Lord to set upon your heart.

This week was a time for me to hear: don't give up. Keep going, press onward and upward much like these blades of grass in the snow. 
It has taken everything in my power some days just to stand in the Lord, much less walk anywhere. My feet and heart were heavy this week. This has been a season of loss and all who encounter me say...REST. Rest in the Lord. Why can't YOU just rest?
So ...what does resting in the Lord mean to you? Leave your answer in the comments section.
Have a blessed day and pray for those who must endure these cold temperatures. amen.