It’s In There!

Remember the Prego tagline, “It’s in there?”

Listening to Pastor George Pearsons from Eagle Mountain International Church this morning, I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to write this when he made the statement, “It’s in there!”

Do you realize how many good things God wants you to accomplish?  Do you know for certain that everything you need to know for life and godliness is found in His word, the Bible?  Yes, my friend!!  It’s In There!! Continue reading

It’s Just NOT MY DAY!!

Driving in to work one day recently, I heard Jamie Grace talking on the radio station about what prompted her to write the song “Beautiful Day” and it really struck me as profound.  She said whenever she would say something like, “It’s just not my day!”, her dad would respond, “No it’s not your day.  This is the day the Lord has made, so let us rejoice in it!”

Isn’t that a wonderful perspective on our Awesome God!!  Every day was created just for us by our loving Heavenly Father, and we can rejoice in it even if things are not “going our way” as we would like them to.

 

So, here is the song by Jamie Grace.  It took on a new meaning to me today.

Have You Thumped Your Bible Today?

Bible Thumper.  Read that term recently as it was presented critically about someone.  Got to thinking, Yup, that’s me!!

I want to be called a Bible Thumper because the Bible is where I go for wisdom, direction, comfort, strength, because it is the God-breathed word of TRUTH!!

So, I ask you, have you thumped your Bible today?  Have you gleaned wisdom, direction, comfort, strength from the TRUTH presented there?  Have you met with God in His word today?

I invite you to become a Bible Thumper like me!!  Become changed by the Word of God and never look back, and never take offense at being labeled a Bible Thumper.

The Wonders of His Love

I’m sitting here this Christmas watching the University of Mobile passionately perform their beautiful Christmas concert, and I am so very blessed.  I was reminded today by a couple Facebook posts that it was 27 years ago this day that my first husband went into the hospital so very sick with cancer and went home to Jesus 21 days later.  Wow!  Seems like so long ago but yet it sometimes seems like yesterday.

Raising three children from the ages of 8, 6 and 5 as a single mom for 15 years, I was blessed to watch them change and grow, seeing them love Jesus, growing up into wonderful adults that make me so proud, now raising families of their own, blessing me with 10 grandchildren!!

I am truly blessed!

Oh the wonders of my God; how amazing He has been to me!!  Oh the wonders of His love, how He loves me and provides for me, yesterday, today and forever!

Now I celebrate 11 years with the wonderful man God blessed me with later in life.  Our marriage is such a blessing to me, as is my husband.  I have seen God do such amazing things in my life and his, and we will celebrate 12 years of marriage next June.

God’s word is truth, and He is more than enough to help you go through anything and everything life throws at you, even cancer, even death of a spouse or parent.  I hope to encourage anyone who may be facing difficult circumstances today.  My story is one of victory in Jesus in spite of life circumstances.

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel, the Son of God, who came to earth as a baby so he could grow into a man and suffer and die on a cruel Roman cross to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind, I thank Him that we can have victory over all things here on earth, and we can live in eternity with Him if we put our faith and trust in Him!  Thank you, thank you Jesus!!

I believe that Christmas lives in me.  I believe.  He truly is the Lamb of God!!  Sweet Lamb of God.  I love the Holy Lamb of God.–some stanzas from the concert playing as I type.

For the friend who may be reading this and struggling with something difficult in life, let me encourage you to turn to Jesus and never look back.  You will not regret it!

Feeling Deceived

No!  It cannot be!  Tell me it isn’t so!!

That’s how I felt the day my brother spilled the beans and told me there really wasn’t a Santa Claus!

How can it be?  You mean Mom and Dad lied to me?  You mean they told me this jolly guy in a red suit was not the one to bring me gifts?

I was devastated, and I felt deceived.

So why is it that we tell our young children of a jolly old man in a big red suit bringing them presents each Christmas when it isn’t true?  Because it makes them happy, right?  Because it brings some magic to the season, right?  Because it gives them something to look forward to with great anticipation, yes?

Well, when my children were growing up my husband and I decided to forego the whole idea of Santa Claus, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, and the like.  Call me a mean momma if you want, but I just felt that it was important to teach my children truth and nothing but truth.  I didn’t want them to one day be told that their fondest memory was nothing more than a fake and an outright lie.

Anyone else ever felt this way about Santa Claus?  Now sure, the myth certainly is a fun idea, but what about truth?  Doesn’t truth outweigh fun?  I think God wants us to have fun, but I think He puts a higher value on us being truthful than enjoying ourselves with something we consider fun.

Just some of my thoughts.  Not really that spiritual, not judgmental of anyone, just my thoughts.  Anyone want to comment?

Franklin Graham-Decision America Tour: Time to Stand

Decision America Tour: Time to Stand

I have heard from people all over America who believe that our nation is in trouble—morally, spiritually, and politically. But as attention turns to an election year, I do not believe that Republicans or Democrats (or any other party) can turn this nation around–only God can. That’s why in 2016 I will hold prayer rallies in the capitals of all 50 states. We’re calling it the Decision America Tour, and it starts in January. God hears the prayers of his people, so I’m calling on people of faith in every state to pray fervently for America and our leaders. I want to challenge Christians across our land to boldly live out and promote biblical principles at home, in public and at the ballot box. The only hope for this country is if the people of God are willing to take a stand for truth and righteousness.

To start the tour, we will hold prayer rallies at noon in these four cities: January 5 Des Moines, IA (capitol building) January 12 Tallahassee, FL (capitol building) January 13 Baton Rouge, LA (location TBD) January 19 Concord, NH (capitol building). Decision America Tour will not endorse political candidates or legislation, and no candidates or current public officials will speak at any of the rallies. Instead, I will be sharing the life-changing truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in every state. Will you come out and pray with us?

Get more information about the other 46 states in the coming months at www.DecisionAmericaTour.com, a ministry of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

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Posted by Franklin Graham on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Am I Acting in my Strength, or Am I Acting in my Weakness?

Too much.  Over the top.  I did it again!!

I come to the end of way too many days thinking I ate too much, thinking I spent too much money, second-guessing myself and my decisions that I made throughout the day, and feeling like I’ve failed to depend on God again.

Why is it so hard to break this cycle I often find myself in?  How can I repeatedly begin each day with the best of intentions and come to the end feeling like I failed again, and then do it all over the next day too?

Well, maybe it is because I have been acting in my weakness instead of my strength!  My weaknesses….there they are….right in front of me each and every day….stopping me from the things I want most to conquer and accomplish.  My flesh rises up and too often I let it rule and reign.  My flesh is weak, very, very weak!

So, why don’t I act in my strength instead?    2 Samuel 22:33 states, “It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”

In those moments when the familiar wants to take over in my eating, my spending, my self-talk, I need to turn to the One who lives inside me and ask Him to take over and help me act in my strength instead of my weakness, for in Him I am strong!

He promises in 2 Corinthians 12:9 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

Wow!  When I am tempted to act in my weakness, that is when His power, His strength, His might is made perfect!!

Lord, help me depend on you to be my strength so that I can act in that strength instead of in weakness!!  In Jesus’ name, Amen!

I love you, O Lord, my strength.  Psalm 18:1

It’s September!!!

Wow, the summer is slipping away and Autumn will soon be setting in.  Personally, I just love summer and I never like to see it go.  I love wearing sleeveless tops and sandals.  I love the summer breeze, and I love the water, at the beach or on the boat.

One thing good about September though is that it is the start of lots of activities that gear up this time of year and continue through until Christmas.  Oh, don’t we all love Christmas??  I know, not yet, not yet!!  Summer is still here for a little while longer.

Really though, this time of year just seems to bring some order into what sometimes has been a crazy, chaotic summer.  You know, those lazy, hazy days of just kicking back and doing the fun stuff, the outdoor stuff, the beach stuff, vacations and the like.

I am personally getting ready to begin two bible studies, one with Proverbs 31 Ministries and one face-to-face bible study in my local area.  Both have tremendous value to me, and I so look forward to each one and the rich study they will bring to my life and my walk with God.  I am also looking forward to the Beyond Women’s Conference in October!

How about you?  Will you be finding yourself digging into God’s word this Autumn?  I hope so!  God’s word is rich with truth, wisdom, insight, grace and love, love, and more love!  Go ahead, dig in!  He is ready and waiting to meet you between the pages!

 

The power of prayer

I went with a friend this past Friday for the opening debut of the movie War Room.  What a wonderful movie about the power of prayer!!

One of the measures of our faith is prayer!

If I find it hard to pray, that means I don’t expect God to answer.

We need to pray with the belief and expectation that something is going to happen, something good!

We need to ask God for whatever it is we are lacking.

We need to forgive.

We need to let go.

We need to love.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it!

The Lord has set my heart FREE!

  • Lord, teach me
  • give me understanding
  • direct me
  • be my delight
  • turn my heart toward You
  • turn my eyes away from worthless things
  • keep me focused on worthy things
  • preserve my life
  • fulfill Your promises
  • give me Your righteousness
  • Your unfailing love
  • Your salvation
  • Your promise

Inspired by Psalm 119:32