PROPAGATE SOME ROOTS
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58
How many of you read the end of a book before you read the entire thing? I do not, but I know so many who do. The reason I don’t is that I like the element of surprise. I don’t even like books with predictable endings…I like to be kept in susp...
Let It Rise Up
“LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.
Many are they who say of me, ‘There is no help for him in God.’ But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.”
How much more can we love?
Luke 15: 11-24
11Then he said, "There was once a man who had two sons. 12The younger said to his father, "Father, I want right now what's coming to me.' "So the father divided the property between them. 13It wasn't long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. 14After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and ...
Under His Wings
In my house I have a picture of a bird, a mother bird, who has her wings spread just enough so you can see that under her wing are her babies. She has them nestled under there so that you can barely see them, but in the picture, her eyes are watching. Watching for anything that could possibly harm those babies. Under it there is a scripture verse and it is Psalm 91:4, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; and his fa...
Use The Tools
I look up to the mountains - does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber....
“Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.
Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?...
It Won’t Fit
“I don’t think the way you think. The way you work isn’t the way I work.” GOD’s Decree. “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth, doing their work of making things grow and blossom, producing seed for farmers and food for the hungry, so will the words that come o...
“Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.
Put Your Clothes On
I’m going to be transparent here – I have had a couple of rough days. I haven’t slept, I haven’t felt well – you know, THOSE days. SO of course, this morning I would up just before 7 when I’m supposed to be leaving the house. Not being a morning person, I need to wake up gently and ease in to my day. I need quiet until after my shower and then only minimal conversation. I know, I’m just that rough in the AM. Waking up and realizing that you have overs...
II Timothy 3:15-17
There’s nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
Reading Ephesians chapter 11, I am always in awe that not only did the author (Paul) talk about faith, but he proceeded to give examples of people of great faith. He starts it out like this in verses 1-2;
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for....
Ephesians 5:21-33 – The Message
Out of respect for Christ, be courteously reverent to one another.
Wives, understand and support your husbands in ways that show your support for Christ. The husband provides leadership to his wife the way Christ does to his church, not by domineering but by cherishing. So just as the church submits to Christ as he exercises such leadership, wives should likewise submit to their husbands.
What Happens When God Answers Prayer?
A few weeks ago I spoke on Wednesday night in our women’s discipleship class. When preparing, I asked God for direction and I heard, “Speak on what happens when God answers prayer.” Now this was the same time frame in which my dad had a stroke, then he got bronchitis, Nathan lost his job, I broke my tooth (will be a nice piece of my retirement money!) and both of my grandbabies got sick. While I am very familiar with His answering praye...
The Vault of Your Heart
This flu season has proven to be one of the most challenging in the last many years. Not only are people getting sick in catastrophic numbers, but they are getting this flu more than once! I know people who are on their second round. Schools are closing with 40% of their students being out sick. Ministries are seeing decreases. You can’t get in to a doctor unless you are dying. Emergency rooms are overloaded. Hospitals understaffed with their emplo...
Catch Your Breath
Psalm 23 – The Message
1-3 GOD, my shepherd! I don’t need a thing. You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath...
Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
We are talking about seeking God first and all that it entails. To seek God first means to be in continuous communication with Him, not just when we have a litany of things we need Him to do. I know that communication with those dearest to me is something I crave. I can’t wait to hear about what my grandkids have done or said. I love to hear the funny stories Ed has about what happen...s at Home Depot! Communicating with them is life to me. I love hearing from my son who lives in Minneapolis, to know what’s happening in his life and how we can be praying for him. Communication is a form of seeking.
Another form of seeking God is through His Word. The Bible is a manual for this Christian life we live, yet often we try to fix ourselves without opening the book. We want to know God’s will and we want to know the WHOLE picture, but the verse I have referenced says that His Word is a lamp to our feet. Now in this day and age, a lamp can light a parking lot, or a room, but in Bible times the lamps were smaller and basically only illuminated the next step in front for you. There is a spiritual premise there! God lights each step as we walk so we won’t get ahead of Him, or lag behind. Once the lamp has moved, the place behind is no longer lit up.
In our daily walk with the Lord, we must seek Him for today’s direction. I remember one time in my life when difficulty was pressing in, and Nathan’s pastor spoke a word to me and it was, “In the past, God has asked to take a step of faith, but during this time, He is leading you step by step. Just walk with Him.” That word was profound to me and it was during that time that I began to understand the lamp unto my feet. Too much illumination could cause us to run ahead – to take things into our own hands – all the while thinking we are doing exactly what He wants us to do, but the reality is that the Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-24 in the Message “God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up. They are created NEW EVERY MORNING. How great is your faithfulness!”
If His love and mercies are created new every morning, the importance of us seeking Him is all the greater. TODAY He created new mercies for me and for you! Think about that? Follow His lead daily with the illumination for that day. Wait on Him for new mercies every morning. See what God has for you today, and walk in it! Then seek Him again tomorrow! Let His light, light your path!