Isolation, Separation and Hope

Isolation – “various measures taken to prevent contagious diseases from being spread”~Wikipedia

Separation – “The act of disuniting two or more things, or the condition of being separated.”~Wikipedia

Hope – “The feeling of trustconfidencebelief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.” “A person or thing that is a source of hope.“~Wikipedia

Are you tired of all this isolation during the COVID-19 quarantine? Feeling separated from those you love, those you want to see and spend time with again? Feeling cooped up, wanting to just get out and GO somewhere?

Have you been unable to work? Struggling to pay bills? Wondering when this all will end? Wondering if we’ll ever return to “normal”? Or wondering what this “new normal” will look like going forward?

I understand…and I want to encourage you today with the Hope we all have even in the midst of Isolation and Separation.

“What strength do I have, that I should still hope? What prospects, that I should be patient?”~Job 6:11

“You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety.”~Job 11:18

“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”~Psalm 9:18

“Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.”~Psalm 31:24

“We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield.”~Psalm 33:20

“In his name the nations will put their hope.”~Matthew 12:21

I want to encourage you today to hang on to Hope as you hang on to Jesus!!

Do you know The Lord Jesus Christ? Is He your Savior and Lord? If so, you will know that there is always HOPE.

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2020…New Year, New Decade, New Promises from God!

Well, here we are in 2020, another year, another decade, and full of new promises from God! I am thankful for His many blessings in 2019 and look with great anticipation to all the NEW things He has for me in 2020. How about YOU?

I have not been as faithful to write on this blog in 2019 as I had intended, but I plan this year to work diligently to change that. My purpose in writing this blog is not only to express myself as I walk out this thing called life with Jesus, but also to be an encouragement to others and to lead them to Jesus if they don’t already have a personal relationship with Him, and spur on those who are already walking with Him.

My husband and I started attending a new church in September of 2019 and it has been an amazing place of growth for me. As I’ve watched God moving in our midst, I am in awe of His wonder, mercy and grace!

As I enter 2020, I wait upon YOU Lord, with bated breath, to see all that YOU will do in me!!

I created this graphic this morning from my bible app. It was the verse of the day today and it pretty much sums up my expectations in this new year. I long for new revelations from God through His word, and they are more important to me than anything else in this world.

Here are some excerpts from my notes this morning as my pastor spoke:

  1. We have to have a place of victory in order to have a witness for God.
  2. We wage a battle that is not against flesh and blood.
  3. Our Father Knows Best!!
  4. Don’t just look for a place of comfort; look for your purpose.
  5. God works ON us so He can work THROUGH us.
  6. If we hang on, God will bless us past the irritation we’re experiencing.
  7. Jesus came to get us and give us power over the devil.
  8. Until we dedicate what we want to the Lord, it is not good enough.
  9. Believe God’s prophets and you will prosper.~2Chronicles 20:20

Leave a comment sharing which of these spoke to YOU…

Giving Thanks for ALL that God has Done for me!

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday season, I have to thank God for bringing me through so many things in my life, and I want to encourage whomever is reading this blog post that He will do it for you too!

God is love.  He truly loves us, so much so that he sent his son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sins and give us entrance into Heaven with Him!  We will all spend eternity somewhere.  Let’s spend it with Jesus!

Have you trusted in Him?  Read here if you still have questions.

I am thankful for YOU, my Internet friend.  Leave me a comment, won’t you, to let me know you were here!

Love…

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 New International Version (NIV)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking,it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

God is Love!!  I pray you feel His love for you today my Internet friend!!

Led by the Shepherd

Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is MY Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me].  I shall not lack.  He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters. He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him-not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.” AMP

Revelation 7:17 “For the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will be their Shepherd, and He will guide them to the springs of the waters of life; and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” AMP

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Jesus Saves Leftovers

Jesus Saves LeftoversWhen they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over.  Let nothing be wasted.”  So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.” ~ John 6:12-13

Do you eat leftovers?  Leftovers are some of my favorite things to eat for breakfast or lunch.  I don’t like to waste food, and I usually don’t throw much away unless it goes bad.

Jesus was not wasteful.  Even while He did things in abundance, He was specific in this passage to instruct His disciples to “Let nothing be wasted.”

I love this!

Not only did Jesus feed over 5000 people with a boy’s 5 barley loaves and 2 fish (in abundance), He wanted to make sure they saved any leftovers so they were not wasted!

Do you ever feel like a leftover?  Have you gotten discouraged over something in life that left you feeling inferior, unloved, left out, or leftover?

Jesus loves people.  He wants everyone to come to him and be saved…have eternal life in Heaven with the Father.  No one is a leftover to Him.  Everyone is welcome.  Everyone is valued.  Everyone is loved.

When I think about the story of the woman caught in adultery and how the people of the town wanted to stone her for it, Jesus simply wrote in the sand and told the one who was without sin to cast the first stone.  This woman was a valuable leftover to Jesus, and He made sure she was not wasted.  He did not condemn her but instead instructed her to go and sin no more.

2 Peter 3:9 tells us that “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”

Jesus came that we might have life and have it abundantly.  That includes the leftovers!  We only have leftovers when there has been abundance.  Have you given your life to Jesus?  Are you living in the abundance He alone can provide?

And while we’re talking about leftovers from the 5 loaves and 2 fish, I think it is interesting to note that there were only leftovers from the loaves.  I guess the people ate all the fish…just sayin’!!

Here are some of my favorite verses from the Bible

Some Favorites from God’s Word

Hebrews 2:1 KJV  “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.”

Zephaniah 3:17 NLT  “For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Matthew 6:34:  “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” 

Colossians 3:12  “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

James 4:17 NASB  “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

Proverbs 22:1 “A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Psalm 37:23-24 “The steps of the godly are directed by the Lord. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.

Isaiah 58:10-11  “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring”

Psalm 125:1 NIV  “Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever”

Colossians 3:23  “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”

Psalm 40:8  “I desire to do Your will, O my God; Your law is within my heart.”

Ephesians 6:10-13  “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

John 15:5  “Apart from me you can do nothing.”

Psalm 127:1a “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.”

1 Corinthians 3:12-13  “If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.”