Psalms 73:26 My flesh and my heart May fail, but God is a strength of my heart and my portion forever. I have enjoyed writing for many years now. What a great way to express joy, love and even sadness and heart ache. Most of all it can give us a chance to share what God has been doing in our lives. If I can stress to everyone reading this to grab a journal or scrap piece of paper and just jot down a quick thought or feeling once a day. Sometimes getting things off your chest can make you feel so much better in so many different ways. I can be angry and write down what I’m angry about, read it back to myself and realize how ridiculous I’m being. Write down a moment in your life that made you smile or how your heart skipped a beat. If we save these writings we can go back and look at how we felt and how we dealt with it. I don’t know how many times I’ve looked back at things I’ve written and realized how God got me through all these things. How he cracked open a hardened heart and softened it till it beat again. How he got me through a death in the family or hardship with a friend. I really really enjoy however writing my experiences strengths and Hope on this blog. I know that when I read other people’s stories it helps to strengthen me in what I’m going through. I feel like when I don’t write I am neglecting others and myself of something truly enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong there are days when I don’t want to express myself. I don’t necessarily write when things are going badly but it’s out of my own stubbornness. As of this moment one of my best friends is going through something that I can’t even fathom. She found out that she has cancer and just before she found out that awful news her husband was needing a brand new knee replacement badly. I was hoping that she would write about her experiences through this ordeal as it unfolded to help encourage others. I completely understand not wanting to talk about things that are life changing but God is working serious miracles in her life and is totally praise worthy. God wants us to encourage others, in fact the ENTIRE BIBLE is made up of all kinds of different ways to encourage. I also understand not wanting people to know that I am weak and not strong like I sometimes portray, but the moment I put pencil to paper God shows me that through my weaknesses I am stronger. In every story in the Bible everyone who has hit their knees and given their problems to God were made a hundred times stronger. I heard a saying once, “If life gets too hard to stand, kneel!” By telling God that you don’t have the strength and you need his power he will give it to you. The same as when we write or talk about our problems showing people that we are vulnerable makes us stronger. I hope that this message inspires and encourages all of you too find enjoyment and release through your words and thoughts. 2Corinthians 12:9 but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power May rest on me.
Karen and I have been sick for some time now and wondering when we will be healed. We both have different ailments but have kept us down for quite some time. People around us see and know that we are sick and try to help by telling us we need to bring our problems to God and lay them at his feet. Oftentimes when we are sick we don’t want to hear what we already know. But it’s extremely important to rely on God in every aspect of our lives. We need to be on our hands and knees through every decision that we make every illness that we have and every great experience or happy moment that goes on. Often times when we are going through great times we tend to not have such a prayerful life because there’s nothing for us to complain about. That’s when the devil trips us up is when we are not plated with the armor of God. When that unexpected thing happens that brings us down we forget that we need to bring it to God so he can help us through. He is the one that gives us the strength to get through what this world has to offer us. So please remember that in all circumstances we need to be on our knees giving our selves to God. 1Thessalonians 5: 16-18 Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
It saddens my heart to hear all the despicable things that are happening around us. People filled with stupidity and anger along with so much violence. Every time I turn on the news there is a horrible story about racism or someone attacking another person with a machete. I can’t stand to turn on the TV anymore because it just fills my mind with all kinds of horrible sickening thoughts. It’s so hard in this day and age to keep your mind on the positive when there’s so much evil in it. The devil is working overtime on all of us. As Christians, we all need to stick together, but most of all stuck on God. The more and more we fellowship and praise God and look to him in all aspects of our life, that’s when we prevail. We don’t give the devil a foothold! On top of all the horrific things that are going on around us we also have normal things like being sick or the health of a loved one. We have to be on guard every second of every day otherwise the devil will overtake us. Remember also that we cannot fight against a spiritual enemy. It is up to God to help us do that. We need to be looking towards him to be our armor against the fiery arrows of the devil. I don’t want to be all doom and gloom today. I just want to send a clear message that I need to hear myself also. Study, prayer, surrounding yourself with goodness and Friends is how we’re going to make it. Trust and have faith in our God up above and he will get us through any obstacle.
Have you ever looked around at all the things around you. Maybe looking at a leaf seeing all of its veins and beautiful colors of the flower itself. Taking a look at the night sky with the billions of stars in it sitting in wonder. Or the miracle of a baby being born and holding him or her in amazement. My all-time favorite is watching the sun come up, watching the light come out of the dark. So many different colors and hues it literally takes my breath away. To think God the creator of our entire world thinks about little old me and you. He thinks enough of us to guide us through this life with love and compassion. He is always there whenever we need him day and night trial or victory. Take a moment today and thank God for all these wonders that are in our life you never know when we are going to pass. Heavenly Father I would like to take a minute to tell you how much we love you. We want to thank you for everything in this world that you’ve created including us we don’t want to take this life for granted we want to live it to the best of your ability with your guidance and your leadership. help us to be the best disciples we can be today Lord so that others can be worry and stress free and enjoy everything that you have made for us here. In Jesus precious name amen.
I love listening to prayers from different people. Some prayers are very eloquent, some are short and sweet and then you have all the others in between. Sometimes you get tricked into thinking someone is going to have a lengthy prayer, just to have them turn around and say,” Jesus, please heal this man.” I love it. On occasion, I have problems expressing my feelings to God. Every once in a while I feel like screaming at him and anger because I don’t understand something. Then there are times where I just don’t understand what to pray for. I will give you an example of what I’m talking about. I used to pray to ask God to relieve me of my anger, what I should have been praying for was God to fill my heart with love and understanding, which in turn kicks the anger out of my mind. All of these things we end up learning through time and patience. God wants to hear from us in all our circumstances, whether it be anger, sadness, confusion, happiness, or just to chat as a friend. The holy spirit intercedes for us to God helping us and guiding us to what needs to be said. So please don’t shy away from prayer today. There is no such thing as a wrong prayer. So long as you are pouring your heart out to God that’s all he wants to hear. Romans 8:26 likewise the spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Let’s talk about insecurities. All through, growing up, I was insecure about everything. From the way, that my breath smelled, to my weight, my size, and being able to get along with others. Just getting, and keeping friends was difficult for me. I always felt like an outsider that everyone around me was judging all the time. I weighed in between 250 to 285 lb during my adult life, most of which was due to lifting weighting. I stand at 6 ft tall and look like a police officer. My muscles grow abnormally large and people quite often stare at me. I’ve even had people come across the gym to grab my arm and shake it saying, “I wish I could be as huge as you.” In my mind, however, I was quite the opposite. I was always the fat kid even at my strongest. I’ve had struggles even through my marriage in feeling adequate for my wife in many different ways. Even though my wife has never made me feel insecure.
When I started walking with God, for the first time in my life, I felt secure in my life. God accepts us just the way we are. He doesn’t tell us to go to the gym and run 20 miles and eat like a bird. He will use us, however, whenever and whatever we look like. When we are reading our Bibles, being still, listening to God, and fellowshipping with others we get, “THE GLOW,” as I like to call it. This is when we are so in tune and intimate with Jesus that we are filled to the brim with His Holy Spirit! I gotta say that that feeling is outstanding, to say the least. If you’ve ever heard the phrase, “Floating on cloud nine,” this would be that. The insecurities, worries, and doubts about yourself just fade away and you are left with the ultimate comfort that the God that created our entire universe, “Treasures you.” Once you have this immense approval and feeling of overwhelming love it will never matter what others think of you. Psalms 34:4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary, and they show walk, and not faint. Isaiah 41:10 Fear not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea. I will help thee; yea. I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and love, and of a sound mind. These are just a few of the many verses the Bible has on this topic. If you would like to be more secure in God’s love and please join me in prayer this morning. Dear heavenly Father, thank you so much for yet another beautiful day. Thank you so much for all the blessings in our life including all the little ones that we take for granted every day. Heavenly Father helps us to keep focused on you today on your needs, on your will, and what you would have us do. Lord, we know that your love is the only one that truly matters. We were made in your image to be like you in heart, soul, and mind. Help us to be the best version of what you intended us to be today. Getting rid of all of the worries fears and anxieties in this world. In Jesus’ precious name amen.
“For here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to take you out of these countries, gather you from all over, and bring you back to your own land. I’ll pour pure water over you and scrub you clean. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I’ll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands. You’ll once again live in the land I gave your ancestors. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God!”
Ezekiel 36:24-28 MSG