Hoping this day finds you and yours quite well and filled with great joy this day. Time seems to be passing truly fast. Mother’s day 2014 seemed like it was just yesterday and here it is again.
Joyce Meyer remarked today in her radio broadcast that she could not preach what she preaches had she not learned from the furnaces of affliction. As it relates to family, especially children, I must say that for me the burning of the fires of affliction regarding a prodigal child, or children, is the most difficult testing of patience and unconditional love. For me it is harder than financial loss because the momentary (and I must say momentary because this I truly know … I serve God who is able to restore: Joel 2:25 “I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten” and reconcile and works all things out together (Romans 8:28 ) for the good of those who love him and serve him) loss allows for an opening of the condemnation of one’s heart, and the condemnation comes in the voice of … you must not have been a good mother, or, you must not have shown enough love, or, it must be me for why would they act the way they do, or, have I done what scripture says in Colossians 3:21 “exasperated my children so that they have [lost] heart.” But I recall 1 John 3:20-21 and my hope is renewed “For if [my] heart condemns, God is greater than [my] heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if [my] heart condemn [me] not, then [I] have confidence toward God.” (Hallelujah!) Continue reading →
Hello all! Depending upon what part of the world you live in there is really not any telling what your weather was like today. The US had temps ranging from -1 to 78! Today, I heard a newscaster say that Houston is the only place where in the same week (or even the same day) one can get frostbite and sunburn! The weather is definitely one thing that is not controlled by man!
The last few weeks I have been meditating on three things that I heard some months ago in a sermon from Ed Young of Second Baptist Church in Houston. I cannot recall what the sermon was about, but the below stayed with me, and the verses have really comforted me and allowed me joy in the last few weeks.
God is with me …
Hebrews 13:5 For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
God is for me …
Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
God is in me …
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
It just doesn’t get any better than that. Be open to all that God has for you!
Father, when all else fails, it is quite comforting to know that you are always consistent. You are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are indeed faithful. You are WITH me; you are FOR me; you are IN me. Thank you for all that you are to me, and all that I am in you! In Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Submitted via email distribution January 28, 2014.