Yesterday I had gotten off work early in the morning and couldn’t wait to get home. My friend and landlord is in his mid 80s and was in need of help even though he would never ask for it. We all live on a seven acre ranch and the weeds can get out of hand. I hadn’t seen him outside for a while cutting his grass and weeds because his lawn mower was broken so I decided to use mine. Luckily I saw him before I started and he told me that he had fixed his finally and it was ready to go he just hadn’t had time to get out there and do it. Plus I believe that the last 7 Days of over 100° weather hasn’t helped him either. So I jump on his lawn mower and took my time because the grass and weeds are almost 18 in high. As I finished the main part which was the heavier part I decided to jump over to where all of his fruit trees are. As I started driving around the trees I heard metal bumping against the bottom of the lawn mower so I drove it over to a shady spot so that I could check it out. Joe my landlord is really good at mechanicking so I called him over to help me take a look at it. I am a bull with natural brute strength so I grabbed the bottom of the ride on lawn mower and turned it over on its side and held it up while Joe investigated the problem. Even though I could hold this in position all day Joe asked me to put it down. I went over and grabbed a jack stand while he went and grabbed some tools. I picked up the machine again and Joe placed the jack stand underneath. Apparently it wasn’t in a good spot but didn’t notice until Joe was underneath trying to fix what was wrong with it. I turned away only for a second and Joe’s elbow had hit the jack stand kicking it out from underneath and the lawn mower had started to fall! I had just turned my eyes back toward him as it did this and was able to catch it with one arm! I told Joe to get out from underneath and the look on his face was solid fear. After he got out from underneath he asked me if I was okay I placed the machine on the ground and I had a large mark on my arm but nothing bad. Everything was okay so I went and grabbed some blocks and put those underneath the tires which helped a lot more. After a couple of laughs and a little bit of work we ended up fixing the mower. I told him that we should go into business together I would lift all the equipment and he could fix it, he laughed at me and just shook his head. I jumped back on to the lawn mower and worked a couple more hours before finishing up. I was so happy because this property is so large and it takes a lot to keep it up. I get so busy with work sometimes that I don’t get a chance to help out with different things and I love helping people. It brought joy to my heart that I was able to make him laugh and be able to fix his machine. I got to thinking about it and if I hadn’t have used the machine Joe would have ended up using it and breaking it and I probably would have been at work not able to help him fix it. I asked God to place someone in my path that needs help each and every day and I praise him at the end of the day when I’m able to help someone out. I look for any opportunity to be able to help someone in this life, not only does it help them but it encourages my journey and my walk with God as well. We ask God for help quite often but do we look for a chance to help others? Romans 12:10 be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. It can be something as small as telling a joke or listening to someone, even sharing your lunch. I tell you the joys of helping others is beyond comprehension and it feeds your soul. I challenge you today to make a difference in someone’s life. Ask God to place that special person in your path today. Do not be discouraged if you feel as though you hadn’t helped anyone. Sometimes doing our work to the best of our ability can help someone else who is watching you and you wouldn’t even know it. If you would like to start implementing this into your life and please join me in prayer. Dear heavenly father thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Thank you for the ability that we have to be able to get up and go out and do the things you have set out for us to do. We ask you to open up our hearts as wide as you can Lord so that we can go out and love others. Please place a special person in our life today that needs our help. Give us a strength to be able to help that person whether it be physically mentally or spiritually. In Jesus precious name amen.
Over the years things have been said about Christians that have really been bothering me and I’d like to clear the air. When we go to church what are we looking for, “God”, and we are looking for Him because we are spiritually sick, wounded and lost. Taking the first step through those double doors can be nerve racking, first off you may not know anybody there and maybe not even used to being around people all that much, so the thought of having to introduce yourself and meet new people can be a challenge in itself. Giving yourself over to God is another challenge also, letting go and trusting that someone else is going to have control over your life is very hard for a lot of us. In this blog I am speaking to new Christians, existing Christians, and people that aren’t in church at all. I have said this in quite a few of my other entries but no one is perfect and no one should be expecting others to be either especially Christians. Romans 3:10 as it is written:” There is no one righteous, not even one;. So that being said we should not be judging others since we are not perfect either. It can be hard at times but we need to forgive people for their sins and trespasses knowing that we all make mistakes. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you. There’s a huge misconception about how we are supposed to present ourselves before we walk through the church doors and this really needs to be said. I hope that all the readers out there take this to heart. YOU ARE NOT TO BE PERFECT BEFORE YOU WALK THROUGH THOSE CHURCH DOORS!!!!! We are all seeking God whether we know it or not, it’s like God has a homing beacon in his pocket and all of our lives we are meant to find him. Most of us don’t even know that we needed to search for God and just stumble upon Him. Some of us may have heard about him and want to see what all the hubbub is about. But the majority of us search for God because we know that our lives are unmanageable, we’re lost in drugs, alcohol, gambling, sadness, depression, spiritually broken, and not having any hope. We want something better in our lives than our current situation. Remember this, IF WE WERE PERFECT WE WOULD NOT NEED GOD IN OUR LIVES! And since we just established that no one is perfect then that means we all need God in our lives. We are searching for God because he is the great physician. Mark 2:15-17 When Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: ” Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” On hearing this, Jesus said to them,” It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” So basically what Jesus is telling them is that you don’t have to be perfect to come to him. He is going to meet you where you are in whatever condition you are in so long as you’re willing to open your heart to Him. The Bible is absolutely full of scripture like these. If you were looking for a church and the pastor or some of the congregation tells you any different than what I have written then you may want to look for a different Church. Even after we start our journey with God we will continue to make mistakes. There are a couple people that are apostles and just regular disciples that walked with God and made mistakes after they gave themselves over to him. Peter was one of the apostles of Jesus and had denied Jesus three times after he had been walking with him for so long. Jesus was then crucified and Peter became one of the stronger apostles after realizing his failures and shortcomings. He was actually the first apostle to produce a miracle. Acts 3:1-10 one day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer- at 3:00 in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the Temple gate called beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said,” silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the Temple gate called beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. So what I’m trying to tell you is that even after we start our journey with God we are going to stumble and we are going to make mistakes, but it’s up to us to pray and ask for forgiveness which God freely gives and continue on our journey with him. Please join me in prayer this morning for a little bit of strength. I would like to challenge you to walk through those Church doors after this prayer or if you were at church and were discouraged at what someone said please give it another shot. Dear heavenly father thank you so much for being there for us each and every day even when we don’t fully know you we can still come to you in prayer no matter where we are in life. Help us to find you Lord, help us to notice you in our surroundings. Help to soften our hardened hearts from all that has happened in this world. Hold us like only you can Lord we are sick and in need of your guidance. Please pick us up out of the dirt and embrace us and hold us comforting us like only you can. Help us to know you more and everything that we do and see and say. In Jesus precious name, amen!
How do we talk to people? Are we arrogant and stuck up? Are we discouraging and damning? Are we bossy and controlling, passive-aggressive, or just plain rude? I don’t know about you, but I can be all these on any given day if I choose to be. I don’t always pray that I have the best attitude, but I do pray that the Holy Spirit would use me as his Temple speaking through me to people when I come in contact with them. It helps to build people up and encourage them in this life.
I also ask God for good listening skills, like listening and pausing before I speak. When I stop and think about what’s being said, I have found instead of just shooting things out of my mouth; the conversations usually turn out very well. I am very quick-witted and love jokes, but not everybody does, and most people don’t understand my humor. It’s like if you brought a 15-year-old to a grown-up party. Proverbs 16:23-33 the hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end leads to death. The appetite of laborers work for them, they’re hunger drives them on. Scoundrels plot evil, and on their lips it is like a scorching fire. The perverse stir up dissension and gossips separate close friends. The violent entice their neighbors and lead them down a path that is not good. Those who wink with their eye are plotting perversity, those who pursue their lips are bent on evil. Gray hair is a crown of splendor it is attained in the way of righteousness. Better a patient person than a warrior, those with self-control then those who take a city. The lot is cast into the lap but it’s every decision is from the Lord.” If you would like to curb the way that we speak then please join me in prayer this morning. Dear Heavenly Father please forgive us for any of our sins and trespasses. We lay our worries, stresses, fears, and struggles at your feet. Lord, we would like to have your Holy Spirit dwelling in us, using us as your temple. Please help us listen and pause before we speak, and give us the words to encourage and inspire others. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.
Wouldn’t it be tragic if a disaster was declared and the only way to be safe was to get on a ship at a specific time to take you to safety? What if, because of your unbelief, you missed the ship? Maybe you thought it would be too difficult or painful . Would you be willing to do whatever it took to be there even as the ship pulled away?
There was no catastrophe on why we needed to be on the ship. We had planned a cruise to Alaska long before we knew my husband would have a total knee replacement. He dropped me off on the dock with our luggage as he went to park our car. We had plenty of time, so I was not concerned. Gary was going to flag down a cab to bring him back to the port. Time flew by, and Gary had not returned. He did not have his phone, so I could not call him. Was he mugged? Did he have a wreck? What happened to my husband? About that time, I heard over the loudspeaker that we needed to board the ship. It was pulling out to sea in 20 minutes. Gary had been gone at least an hour.
I told my situation to the lady who announced that the ship would be leaving. Gary was nowhere in sight. She told me that I needed to board soon. I responded with fear, “ I can’t leave my husband behind.” She said we will be leaving in ten minutes. They told everyone they had to board. I looked up, my husband was far away but I could see him limping as he came down a steep street to the port. I ran to the porter yelling, “ there is my husband. He is coming.” I ran over and showed Gary’s passport to the lady as she smiled and checked him in. They started taking up the ramp as he was walking up the plank. He was able to jump on with help from the crew. Everyone was clapping and celebrating that he had made it.
It reminds me of our spiritual walk with God. We will have pain, suffering, and trials but never give up. God is our help in times of weakness. He will give us the strength to overcome anything that comes our way. “Because of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.”
2 Peter 1:5-7 NLT
“But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
Matthew 24:13 NLT
A friend sent me this Bible plan this morning. As I read the devotional it made me think 🤔.
What do I value the most in my life? What do I spend most of my time doing? What do I spend most of my money on?
I challenge you to join me in examining your heart and genuinely discover if God is first in your life. Is something or someone else on the throne that belongs to Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Dear Heavenly Father, We humbly come before you today to examine our life. We do not want to deceive ourselves. Open our spiritual eyes to see if you and only you are first in our life. Please help us to knock down anything that we have put above you. Father, forgive us. We love, worship, and praise you. I ask this all in Jesus’ name, Amen
May you pause today and look above your disappointments and frustrations. Do you see Jesus in this place? He is with you and for you. He’ll sustain you. He intends to strengthen your faith, sturdy your frame, and stir up a fresh passion for His Name. He is more robust than your fears, and He’s alive in you! He has more power to heal you than your hurts do, to diminish you. His love for you is more potent than your insecurities. May Jesus open a window of heaven and give you a glimpse of who you are because of Him. He sings over you. In due time, He will deliver you. Refresh your perspective today. You are loved!
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV ~ “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
I was in Dollar Tree last night, and there was a lady and two kids behind me in the LONG line. One was a big kid, and the other one was a toddler. The bigger one had a pack of glow sticks, and the toddler was screaming for them. The Mom opened the pack and gave him one which stopped his tears. He walked around with it smiling; but then the bigger boy took it, and the toddler started screaming again. Just as the Mom was about to fuss, the older child bent the glow stick and handed it back to the toddler. As we walked outside at the same time, the toddler noticed that the stick was now glowing; and his brother said, “I had to break it so that you could get the full effect from it.”
I almost ran, because l could hear God saying to me, “I had to break you to show you why I created you. You had to go through it so you could fulfill your purpose.”
That precious child was happy just swinging that “unbroken” glow stick around in the air, because he didn’t understand what it was created to do – which was “glow”.
There are some people who will be content just “being,” but some of us are chosen… we have to be “broken.”
We have to get sick.
We have to lose a job.
We go through a divorce.
We have to bury our spouse, parents, best friend, or our child…
In those moments of desperation, We were broken. But… when the breaking is done, then we will be able to see the reason for which we were created. So when you see us glowing, just know that we have been broken
My friend posted this on Facebook. I thought about how I discard things that are broken. But our Heavenly Father restores our sinful, broken life through Jesus Christ, who died on Calvary for our sins. John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. When we believe and accept Jesus in our hearts, we are born again by the Holy Spirit. We are set free from our guilt, shame, and sin. All self-righteousness and pride are gone. We have been broken, as the story says. Then we can shine brightly for God.
It’s time to come out of hiding. There is more freedom to be had. More glory to experience. Many more levels of revelation. Greater and more profound encounters awaiting you. All it takes is the complete opening of your heart. The uncompromising vulnerability to invite him into every part of your being.
Every dry, stained, and neglected area of your soul must be opened to him. Don’t camouflage anything or sweep it under the rug. Invite him into the ugliest, messiest areas of your life. He already sees what you don’t want to face yourself. Those embarrassing thoughts, feelings of anger, inconsistent beliefs, or dark temptations you’ve tried to ignore haven’t been missed by him. He’s extending the invitation to clean them up with you. It’s time for beauty to blossom from the places the enemy mistakenly thought would take you out.
Holy Spirit, search me. I prostrate myself before you and open myself completely. As the impurities rise to the surface, I won’t try to hide them. Wash me clean. Set me free from even the most seemingly insignificant impurities. I want to be as close to you as I possibly can with no barriers between us.
Marriage is not easy for all of us. As a matter of fact, I’ve never met a single couple that had it all together. My wife and I have struggles, and it’s not been easy for the last 3 to 4 years. Doctors have been unable to figure out what’s going on with me, and my frustration level is pretty high. When it comes to Colossians 3:19, husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. I’ve fallen short. I love my wife more than I can ever put into words, and being a writer, believe me when I say I’ve tried. She is my every breath, so when I am harsh with her because I’m tired and in pain, it makes her and I feel worse. She does so very much to try and make me feel better and work. 1st Corinthians 13:4-8 love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I will get that printed up and stick it on my bathroom mirror and the front door before I leave the house. This should be a constant reminder to us every day, not only of how to treat our spouse but how we want our spouse to treat us. Ephesians 5:25 – 28 husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. This is what I’m struggling with now is loving myself. It’s hard sometimes to have a positive outlook on life when it feels like everything around you is crashing down and there are no answers within arms reach. Sometimes it can feel like God is not answering us through our pain, but he is always there! We all need to continue faith because God is the great physician who heals all. If you are struggling with your spouse, remember that you are not alone. Everyone has trials and tribulations in their marriages. But there is a light, and that light is God. Go before him on bended knees and pray this prayer. Heavenly Father, my wife and I were married before you joined together as one. We lay our marriage at your feet this morning with all its pitfalls and bruises. Place in our hearts what you desire from us. Please help us to have empathy for one another and to hold each other in our arms, remembering that we need to respect each other. Heal our wounded hearts, Lord, touch our minds giving us kindly and encouraging words to say to one another. Thank you so much for yet another beautiful day, Lord in Jesus’ precious name, amen.