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Victory over Darkness

I don’t know about all of you, but it seems like everyone has lost their minds lately!  Scripture speaks of the end of times where folks will call good bad and bad good.  My education is limited, my knowledge is not up to a Harvard or Yale student’s but I am old enough to have observed and learned plenty and it seems to me that we are living in such a time.  The enemy of our souls (Satan) is pulling out all the stops, animating willing individuals to behave in unconscionable ways, unreasonable, unwise, and irresponsibly hateful ways, just as was foretold in the Word. Fear is running rampant, hate is hyped up beyond all reason, violence is at an all time high it would seem — if you listen to our media.  The philosophy of the day seems to be divide in order to conquer?  Many are willing to rebel for rebellion’s sake.  Resist, resist, resist.  And, what does that get us?  There is no peace, there is no joy, no love, only rebellion.  And just as an fyi…rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as idolatry. (1 Samuel 15:23)  King Saul lost his crown and kingdom because of this.  What are the Resisters going to get I wonder?

However, let me encourage those of you who are weary of all the nonsense.  There is Hope.  When the enemy comes in seemingly like a flood, the Lord raises up a standard against him.  We can have confidence that our God who created this world has it well in hand, in spite of what the news and naysayers tell us.  He holds us in the palm of His hand, He covers us with His feathers when the arrows fly and pestilence tries to take a foothold in bodies and souls.  When fear raises its’ ugly head, God says “Fear not for I am with thee!”  Greater is He that is in us than He that is in the World!  Remember, our fight isn’t and shouldn’t be against people.. our fight is against the principalities and rulers of darkness..God’s enemies. We fight in our prayer closets, clothed in our armor (Ephesians 6:10-18), doing battle against the evil one and wresting souls from his hands!

Now, more than ever before, it is time for the Body of Christ to come together, loving God and one another more than anything, love the sinner despite their sin and pray that God will push the enemy’s evil plans and devices back on himself.  Walk in forgiveness, live Ephesians 4 and 5, James 3, 1 Corinthians 13, and pray for opportunities to share with those willing to serve the enemy that they serve the wrong master and there is hope to escape his doom.

We are at war, spiritually, for the hearts of men and women, boys and girls,  and THAT has never been more evident than in the last few years.  We must not be afraid to speak the Truth clearly and with boldness, exposing Satan’s lies, and lift up the Name of Jesus with courage and conviction.  Give honor to whom honor is due. Give Him Praise, Give Him the Glory due His Name.  Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords and the Battle belongs to Him.  We will be and are Victorious in Him!  And remember, whether one believes in Jesus or not, in the end everyone — great or small, young or old, rich or poor, of every color, race, creed or nationality — will bow their knee and with their tongues will proclaim Jesus the Lord of All.

 

It’s About The Cross

63983_167850546584562_6867947_nIt has been a very long time since I have shared with my readers, but today I came across something, sent by a very dear and long time friend, with whom I disagree on about almost everything but one, that I feel bares sharing with you because it is important and will likely get pushed out of our minds and hearts during this busy and tumultuous season.  Since we are celebrating during the month of December, I would like to put forward something most serious to consider.  It’s about the Cross.

During the recent election, and for the past 8 years for sure, we have become so undeniably divided.  By race, color, creed, belief system, by financial status, fashion, age, IQ, disability (imagined or actual), political persuasion and the list goes on. This is not only unhealthy, it is very unwise.  We are all human beings with a tremendous amount of creative power to do good and righteous things at our disposal, hampered only because we have neglected our spiritual side and are not connected to the right stimulus or resource.

There has been a lot of discussion of late about being politically correct.  But I for one find political correctness to be a way of somebody other than God (hint, hint), to destroy our creativity, moral codes, values and intelligence, which ultimately make us losers on the playing field of life.  “Say what you mean, mean what you say” is a phrase that springs to mind as a way to move forward.  And, if straight talk offends you, may I suggest living a life of forgiveness instead of being offended. “Let it go, let it go” ….

God gave us the greatest gift of all---His Son!

God gave us the greatest gift of all—His Son!

With that in mind, may I just say that personally, my faith is in Jesus, the Son of God, and there is no other God but Him.  Other religions, other than true Christianity, are just that… religions — man’s attempts to get to God.  In contrast, He provided the way to enter into His presence, the only way, thru the shed blood of His Son on the Cross at Calvary.  Basically, He reached down to lift us up.  It’s pretty obvious we are not capable of being united enough to figure out how to get to God so He did it for us.  In His Perfect love for us He gave us a choice, a free will, and if we choose not to accept His way, then … well, then ultimately we must accept the consequences for our choices.

But I digress.  Please take a moment to listen to this song. It really says it all during this Christmas Season.  We must look past our hatred, bigotry, name calling, divisiveness, and malice because this life of ours, if we want to live in peace and tranquility, is really all about the Cross.

 

Today Is A Good Day!

Good Morning!Good Morning!

This is a new day, a new opportunity to write a good story for yourself, another chance to leave the old behind and forgive the ones who have hurt you.  You are important, special to God, a treasure, a true gem, and the child he longs to be with today.

You have what it takes to make it today.  You are enabled by His power to access His bountiful resources.  He has given you abundant life, but you need to go for it!  Live your best day today.  Be diligent, forgiving,  kind, merciful as He is merciful.  Remember, He daily lavishes on us blessings and mercy so He’s able to help you do what doesn’t come naturally.

You are blessed, forgiven, provided for, healed by those stripes He took on His Body.  You are saved by His Grace, Redeemed (bought back from the enemy) and paid for by His Blood, filled with the Holy Spirit, and created anew in His image.  Your eternal home is Heaven!

What more could you ask for?

 

HopeSome weeks ago, I opened my Facebook page to see the sweet faces of two of my dear friends  (J and C for privacy purposes) who were celebrating their 5oth wedding anniversary.  Having known a little of what they have been through together over the years, it is truly amazing that either of them are alive, let alone together.  Their relationship in the good times and bad is one I admire deeply and would wish we could all learn from their example — trust God with everything and everyone in our lives, have confidence that somehow He will bring us through if we don’t give up, and do it all with joy.

C and I met and became fast friends and prayer partners in the late 80’s/very early 90’s, where we both worked at McDonald’s. We spent our fair share of time laughing and giggling while cooking so it’s a wonder the food ever got done on time!  The times we spent in prayer and fellowship after work though are forever etched in my heart with gratefulness and joy and I missed both of them greatly when they moved away. C was a gift from God given at just the right time when I needed a best friend.Things work out best

J is now retired from a lifetime of driving trucks and other short term jobs that he worked as needed;  C still does what she can while being confined to a wheel chair after a motorcycle accident many years ago that left her able to move only her arms somewhat and turn her head.

They have raised six wonderful children, and have loved and nurtured 24 grand kids and some very fortunate foster kids along the way as well.  Their children have all been very supportive and loving to them in return.  Their unwavering commitment to Christ and godly principles have under-girded them through the very, very hard times, and their effervescent senses of humor and joy are something that could only have come from the Lord to sustain them.  “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.”  They are individually and as a couple truly an inspiration to everyone they meet.

To say that C’s accident was probably the biggest turning point in their lives would be an understatement, but to have come through the trauma, heart ache, shock and disbelief, life upheavals and changes in even her bodily funDon't give upctionality, with the positive mind set they now have is indeed quite an accomplishment and truly a miracle of God.

One profound comment that so touched my heart and made me decide to give honor to whom I felt honor is due, was written by J himself.  After all the congratulatory messages by family and friends were received on Facebook, he wrote:

Thanks for all the congrats and stuff on our 50th anniversary? A bit of advise for the rest of you that may want to reach that lofty pinnacle. We all got stuff we like about our mate (the whys of why we love them) and we all got stuff about our mate that drive us nuts (the whys of why we don’t like them). If you meant that part about “as long as we both shall live” you have to pay a lot more attention to the what I like about you part than the what I don’t like about you part, cause if your focus is on what you don’t like pretty soon there’s nothing to like anymore! Then throw some God glue in there to cement it. Thanks again…. 😎

Don’t think I could have said it better.  Here’s to happier and healthier relationships.

rain dropsThe first time I sat down to create “a blog”, whatever that was, it took me hours to design:  make choices in color, pictures, fonts, size, and so forth.  Then came the hard part — what did I really want to say in this opus I was creating to house my “words of wisdom”?  All I knew at the time was that I had a premise — I’ve always had confidence in God, no matter what situation I find myself in, and I’d like to share how others can too.

With that in mind, it’s been almost a year of just going through life since my last post but my confidence in Jesus has never wavered.  To be truthful, however, it has been tested and challenged a bit.

Have you ever had your grand kids move in with you?  If so, you’ve probably guessed where I’ve been for the last year and why I said the part about being tested and challenged.  It’s not as if these are little kids either…they are grown men.  Both have lived lives, well let’s just say I would not wish what they’ve gone through on anyone, nor would I choose their lifestyle under any circumstances.  But, I have to say that I am learning, slowly–more’s the pity, to be more accepting and patient of those with different perspectives on life.  And fortunately, they are learning about their Grandma’s values and life perspectives and are becoming a little more understanding and accepting as well.

In addition to all of that, I am now officially a Medicare recipient, about to file for social security after my 66th birthday this year and am still working full time.  My body is feeling its age and I would love, love, love, love to retire from work but the bills just seem to keep piling up.  How does that happen?  In any event, unless my 1/11th portion of a mineral/oil/gas lease goes crazy and supplies more than $75 a year, I will be working for a very long time.

Ok, so that didn’t sound terribly positive, but I know that’s where many of us are these days.  Yet, I also know because of the preponderance of times He’s provided for me in the past, I can have confidence that God has a plan and has made provision for my future.dove2 sun

But, this is not all about me.  This is about you too.  You have been living life all year long as well.  Some of it was really good, some bad, and maybe some was just awful.  But maybe you have not felt so confident that it’s going to get any better.  I know that things in life may seem to drag on forever and circumstances seem to remain the same.  They are not!

God is all about change.  He’s all about His kids living an abundant life and enjoying the life He’s created for them.  He’s all about challenging us to come up higher and live by His standards of excellence.  If you have made the decision to give your life to Christ, you can have every confidence that your life is going to be better than you expected.  Jesus lives in you!

Let 2016 be your year of having confidence in God and watch Him change the circumstances of your life.  The impossible becomes possible with Jesus.  Trust. Grow.  Discover.

 

tree by a river“[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green.  It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.”  Jeremiah 17:7, 8  The Amplified Bible

Just a short post today with a Scripture I read this morning.  Have confidence in God and be blessed!

Cold Milk and Tar

Written a little over a year ago, but felt like sharing again. Hope you enjoy my little story! Don’t get stuck in the tar!

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Doesn't this sound good on a hot summer day? Doesn’t this sound good on a hot summer day?

When I was a kid, about seven or eight years old, I remember living in Pocatello, Idaho near a fraternity house that was on the other side of the alley.  As it happened, we lived very close to the college so to have a frat house close by was not unusual.  One particularly warm summer day, I smelled the most awful smell and when I went to investigate I can remember seeing a big machine with this steaming hot, black gooey substance overflowing and dripping down its side and some men standing nearby, their clothes stained in black as well.  I couldn’t imagine what was going on at first, but those guys sure looked thirsty!  In my little girlish mind I thought I knew just the thing that would cheer them up — a cold glass of milk!  So, I proceeded to pour two or three glasses…

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Just a quick thought for today:

God gives rest to the weary and joy for the sorrowing.  Reference is Jeremiah 31:25 New Living translation.

If you are weary today or full of sorrow, God has just what you need.  Trust and have confidence in Him to lift you up and fill you with His joy.

Blessings……

Choices

“My friend Harry taught me that.  He chose to be the best of himself.  It’s the choices that make us who we are, and we can always choose to do what’s right.”… Spiderman 3Death of a Friend

I find this quote from the movie, spoken by Spiderman/Peter Parker about his closest friend Harry at his funeral, to be incredibly profound, and surprisingly wise.

What choices have you made that you regret?  And what choices have you made that you are the most proud?

During our lifetime, we are given multitudes of opportunities to make choices and I would challenge you today to consciously begin to make choices for right and good, and those that would be pleasing to the Lord God.

He made the ultimate choice to sacrifice His Son for us.  Could we possibly do any less for Him?

Here’s a story about a good friend of mine and my daughter’s that I’d like to share with all of you. If you feel like going the extra step, as I have, and contributing to Dani’s special fund, please do. But most importantly, please Pray for Dani. Remember, that at any given moment on life’s journey, we all need each other to lend a helping hand. Give forward in any way you feel you’re able, wherever the opportunity arises. Trust me, God will bless you for it.

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Yep, I’ve been mostly mute this week. There were multiple things taking place that threw me off my emotional equilibrium. I tend to hunker down and ponder and analyze until I feel level again. 😉

One of those events I want to share with you here, today. For the purposes of this blog, I AM ACTUALLY USING REAL NAMES! I know, shocking.

When I lived in AZ, I met and was befriended by an amazing woman named Shonda. We were co-workers and friends, and grew to become like family. She was with me when I found I was pregnant with Maddie, she coached me through Maddie’s labor, and – due to a completely crazy scene at the hospital – she DELIVERED Moses’ head. The nurse made it for the rest of his body. Haha. Shonda often teased me that I needed to have a third child, so she could just…

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