Forgiveness by Grace through faith. It’s the only way!
Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered. Psalm 108:6
What an awesome prayer to remember. We do not bring people to Jesus. We are His right hand and He will help us, but again we must begin the conversation.
-From the Study Portion of my devotion – David prayed not only for rescue, but for Victory! Look for ways God can use your distress as an opportunity to show His mighty power.
I don’t have any real distress in my life, and what I do have is completely and totally self-inflicted. I mean if I could just get out of my own head and let God wrap His arms around me I would probably be fine. Unfortunately my stubborn nature wants to do everything by myself. And I can’t believe I just said that! Meri always wants to do everything by herself and I always say, let me help you. And that is what God is trying to say too. Are you listening? Are you hearing what God wants you to hear? Are you letting Him help you on your journey? Let’s make a promise to let God help us on our journey. Let’s open our hearts to Him today.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught and overflowing with thankfulness. Col 2:6-7
I was about to read my devotional and a prayer struck me. So I prayed, I read the verse and then an aroma wafted by my nose. I realized I hadn’t taken a sip of my coffee yet and voilà I was having coffee with Jesus!
The prayers of the day are many today, as everyday I guess, but today there is illness and spirit that need to be healed. I pray that the Lord will hear my prayer and bring peace to not only me, but those others who are also praying and needed answers.
Bless us this day oh Lord with peace and love for one another as we should love you! Fill our hearts with happiness, kindness, compassion and the zeal of David! Empty our hearts of loneliness, sickness, hatred and complaining. Thank you Lord for not forgetting about me. I am only one and you love me…
Philippians 3:12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. (13) Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. (14) I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
I was just thinking about this, because sometimes I feel like if I read the right book or if I finally find that perfect verse I will have this huge epiphany and all will be right in m y world. But that is not how Jesus wants us to gain access into his Kingdom. It has to be sought after and worked for or it doesn’t mean anything to us. Like the child with to many toys, the ones he just opened for Christmas are tossed aside when the next one comes.
Our salvation and entrance into the kingdom of heaven is not going to be served to us on a silver platter because we know our bible verses. Paul says he is straining toward what is ahead, not smooth sailing toward what is ahead. I think we need to be excited about what is ahead, but not expect it’s going to be easily obtained.
Our goals should be aligned with Paul’s, are yours? I know I have a bad habit of worrying about what will happen next instead of anticipating what God has in store for me next. Trust is what God and Jesus are all about. If you don’t have faith you don’t have anything. My prayer for you today is faith in what God has in store for you life.
The view from here today is spectacular. The sun is just beginning to rise over the Beltrami State Forest. The Jackpines are standing at attention while a pink and orange hue dances around the tips of their tops.
I was listening to a radio program yesterday and it mention Philippians as being the book of Joy. If you feel you have lost your joy you will find it again in Jesus, not in reading a book or listening to someone speak or even your family and friends. Joy is a super natural experience.
In reading Philippians I found Paul who was devoted to his people and their salvation. Paul has his people in his heart. He prayed for them and their salvation constantly. I can’t even say that I think about my family constantly. With all of the distractions around how can we? He was in jail and being criticized and persecuted and still he prayed for his people. WOW! Double WOW!! It shows me how much I let “other” things block me from God’s word and God himself. No wonder I don’t have joy all the time.
God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
From the study bible explanation – Their love was not based on feelings but on what Christ had done for them.
Read Philippians 1:9-11
Through study of God’s word we may find love and righteousness. We will be able to block those distractions and discern which are not healthy for us. We need to do this everyday until Jesus comes.
My thought for the day is in this last verse. Ponder and absorb what it means to you!
Because of my chains, most of my brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.
I used to watch Sex I’m the City and wonder what it would be like to walk down 5th ave like Carrie Bradshaw. I dreamed of being a published writer with book signing engagements and people wanting articles from me. I thought that was when I would know I had made it big! Little did I know that God had a different plan for my life.
I have made huge mistakes and given up to easily when someone told me I couldn’t do something. I believed them and my insecurities alike. What a fool I have been. I know God let me make those mistakes, so I could begin learn how to be comfortable in my own skin and living for Him!
I am alright now. Everything I have done and learned has led up to this moment in my life. The trick now is to keep believing and not forget how I got this point. One big fear I have is being real and not the fake someone that I thought I was. I don’t always have to be right and I don’t always have to be heard. I am really working on being still and being quiet. What a big job!
I don’t know about you, but I am longing for the days when my son was five and thought I hung the moon! Today he is ten and I must be the dumbest person he has ever met.
I hear my mom’s words coming back to haunt me. I hear my self thinking and saying the exact same things she used to say to me.
“What were you thinking?”
“Don’t sass me!”
“Don’t give me that look.”
Oh boy, I have turned into my mother and my son has transformed into a sassy pre-teen who knows everything and has the world by the tail at age ten.
So what is it with us humans and not wanting to follow our parents advice? Why is it we always think we know better than those that walked before us? Back to Adam and Eve to find the answer to that question. Free will and curiosity.
Now I just have to follow Gods example of patience and humility. Boy do I have a long way to go. Study and lots of prayer are the best ways to survive these years. Giving our kids to God is not an easy thing to do, but it is necessary.
Letting go of control is not my strong suit. I never thought that I was a control freak before really getting to know the Lord. He showed me quickly how much I needed to let go of. I am still working on this part of my journey. Obviously!
Anyway, my hope for you today is peace with your children no matter what age they are.
Do I need to say more? I don’t think so, but that is not my style, so I will simply say SILENCE! Pray, meditate what ever you want to call it. Just think about what God can and has done for you in your life. He has the master plan we ought not forget that! Biblos.com is a website I happened upon today. It is fantastic. It has the whole bible or pieces of the bible and references and dictionaries and translations and everything you need to understand what the bible is talking about or if you have a question you can type it in and it will give you verses to look at that pertain to your question. Have a blessed evening!
I have just watched a fantastic heartwarming movie. The Letter Writer. I hadn’t ever witnessed a preview previously, but caught a glimpse on Netflix. It looked good, so gave it a try. It is so sentimental and symbolic. If you are wondering why you exist you should watch this movie, pray and listen for God to tell you! You are here for a reason you just have to stop being so stubborn and listen for the path that God wants you on. And remember to bless someone else during the course of your day.
Do not ask or expect a repayment for you kind gifts. Give freely. It’s a direct command from Jesus who gave as freely as anyone. Don’t hold on to “what people owe you”. Let it go and be happy in the deed of giving!