Wow, another good year, almost gone. The doors to a new year, new opportunities are just around the corner. Time is truly passing quickly. So fast, and we are so busy doing so many things. We are living.
It is during this time of year that I take time out to reflect on the events in my life for the time passed. I ponder about the good things, the unexplainable things, the blessings, the tears and the pain, worries, anxieties, the hope….the journey of my life for the past 12 months.
This year was exceptional for me. I went through some things, many things. I truly tried God and His promises, and He showed His faithfulness, His loving kindness, His mercy. I thought I knew God, my triune Jehovah, but this year, I believe I came to learn to love God in a manner unlike any other time in my life. I sought Him and I found Him in His Word. I believed I was a prayer warrior, but this year, I learned how to let go and truly cry out to Him, and you know He lifted me up every time: He heard my prayer. I say learned, but really He opened me up to learning – I am still learning how to let Him be God in my life – to let Him reign in my life, direct my path and align my every thought, word, step with His will for me. He wiped my tears away. He replaced my despondency with joy. He gave me sleep on countless nights when there was no sleep to be had. I didn’t understand and He taught me, with His word, to lean on Him, to delight in Him, to truly trust Him. For the first time in my life, I am learning what it is to rest in the finished work of Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit revealed Himself to me in such a way that it changed me. I am learning what it is to truly trust Him and let the peace of Christ Jesus reign in me. Continue reading →
Did you happen to look, or walk outside this day, and see what a beautiful day it is? The weather is great: the sky is beautiful blue, and the breeze is cool. It made me want to laugh, to smile, to open my arms wide and almost cry. Such a beautiful day! Did you happen to feel the hope that is in the air? Do you feel the changing of the season? This morning, as I awoke to the brisk air, I fell on my knees in thanksgiving, praising God for such a wonderful and pleasing gift. Does Scripture not say that He has given us everything for our enjoyment?
How can we not look at a day like today and not rejoice and be glad in the day that the Lord has made? Sure, the stock markets around the world are tumbling, people are losing material things, and people are struggling with whom to vote for in the upcoming presidential elections; we don’t know what tomorrow holds, some of us are sick and dealing with health issues, some have financial and family issues, BUT how can you not see God’s handy work when you see and feel a day like today? How can you not see God’s controlling hand in how things function and how they work together for the good of those who serve the Lord? How can you not see the hope that God has for His people? I say this day, as in Psalm 118: 24 This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. James 1: 16 – 17 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. Today, as is everyday, is a good and perfect gift from He who sustains us.
Lord, no matter what happens, no matter what my circumstance, Your hand is at work. Let me rejoice and be glad in knowing full well that You are in control. Let me not be anxious for nothing, but let me look into the beautiful and lovely days and nights and see how wonderfully made everything is; how precisely everything flows together. Father, how you hold everything together. You make everything work. I just have to look into the night and see the stars and the moon to know this. I am reminded of Scripture which says that everything works together for the good of those who serve the Lord! For every breath I breathe, let me remember that You are the creator of all that is. Use me Lord, as You see fit. Holy Spirit of God, wrap Yourself around me and let me feel You. By the Blood of Christ Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A few weeks ago I was so ill, I thought I was dying. As I lay on my bed thinking this must be my end, I did as Job did, I prayed for my children and my grandchildren, thinking “Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” I wanted all to be well with them should this be my time to enter into God’s glory. It wasn’t my time, and during and after my recovery, I rejoiced in God’s goodness, especially His mercy.
The last few weeks have been tough for a lot of us in the Houston Metroplex area. We have had to deal with Hurricane IKE and its aftermath. But, in all the circumstance of Hurricane IKE, God showed His mercy. For all that Hurricane IKE was, it could have been worse. I recalled Philippians 4: 4 – 7 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Continue reading →
Last week, while praying the Lord’s Prayer, I began to associate different pieces of Scripture with each phrase. I hope you enjoy these verses as I did in searching and selecting them. Again, my hope, and my prayer is that these pieces of Scripture – of the Bible – of God’s Word, allow you to draw nearer to Him so that He may draw nearer to you.
Romans 8: 15 -17 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Continue reading →