I’m Bursting!

You ever have one of those days where you feel the Word of God just brewing in your heart & in the pit of your stomach?  Well today is one of those days.  I feel like I could stand in front of 1000s & get my preach on.  So, you’re going to get it.

My God is a very good God.  There’s nothing that we have gone through that He hasn’t gone through.  Birth?  YA! He gave birth to the ground we walk on, He gave birth to Adam & Eve & you & me!  Broke?  He walked the land as a man without a job speaking to His children, trusting that His Father would provide.  Pain or disability?  Uh, hello, whipped, beaten & hung on a cross.  He knows what we are enduring, He knows first-hand what we are going through!

My God is with us, holding our hands through every blessing & every adversity.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

He speaks even if we don’t think we are listening.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  Hebrews 4:12 ESV

He wants to use you!

For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:13 NIV

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.  Philippians 2:13 NLT

He loves YOU!

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39 NIV

My God loves YOU!  Abba is waiting for YOU.  Will you make a decision today to ask Jesus into your heart?  Will you ask Him to be your forever friend?  Ask Him to forgive you of your sins?  Ask Him into your heart!  He’s waiting for you.  He loves YOU.

Here is a prayer from Jesse Duplantis Ministries; “Lord Jesus, I ask You to come into my life and forgive me of all my sins. I confess my sins before You this day. I denounce Satan and all his works. I confess Jesus as the Lord of my life. Thank You for saving me. I believe with my heart and I confess with my mouth that You rose from the dead. I am saved. Write my name in the Lamb’s book of life. Today is my God-day with the Lord Jesus! I pray this prayer to the Father in the name of Jesus. Amen.”  I won’t know if you prayed this but, I am celebrating believing you did.

Purposefully Seeing Jesus

Today I’ve decided to look for Jesus everywhere. This might end up looking like a list but, I need this so, I’m assuming you might too.

I live in the northwest. It’s super cold, we’re under a winter advisory. We might even have a white Christmas! Well, I was able to scrape my car windows quick & easy. That’s Jesus.

I got a coffee (did I mention I’m from the NW?). I gave my barista a better tip than normal. The smile on her face was Jesus.

I made it to work safely EVEN with the black ice. That’s Jesus.

When I got to my desk there was a fresh loaf of zucchini bread waiting for me. Thanks Jesus.

SANTA BABY by Madonna finally came out as a single! I’ve only waited since 1987! Thank You Jesus! {Might seem silly to you but, I’ve looked for that song, JUST that song for years, lol}

A laugh shared with the ladies at the office to start our day. Jesus has a sense of humor too. 

A long time employee came back to work today. He’s dependable & excited. Thank You Jesus.

Holy cow! My work is just flying off my desk. That’s God!!

My sweetheart brought a coffee to me at my office. He’s so sweet. That’s God IN him.  

I was able to leave work early to help 2 employees. That was God. 

Came home to my favorite man in the whole world! Jesus loves me, He gave me my sweetheart. 

Had a tummy ache BUT, I had peppermint tea to soothe it. Thank You Healer. 

We had a short visit with our youngest daughter & our 3 year old granddaughter. That was a blessing from God. 

Dick & I enjoyed our quiet evening & slept well. Oh the grace of the Father.

These are all small things. God doesn’t have to present Himself in grand gestures. It’s those little things that show us the grace of our Savior. He feeds us, shelters us & most importantly… He loves us.  

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26 NIV

My prayer for you today is that you see God’s presence in all the little things. I pray that you feel that you matter to Him just because you are His. 

Purposeful 

There’s so much to do & no energy to do it. Know what I mean? It’s the holidays & I have a list a mile long & most of it has nothing to do with the holidays. Sigh. I’m tired just thinking about it. 

That list of mine won’t get done without my Savior. I’m practicing goal setting this year. My word for 2016 is PURPOSEFUL. That’s going to be a bit of a stretch for me. I like just going with the flow, seeing what God has planned for me. But, I have a lot of responsibilities too & they feel like they are piling up. 

Some things in life need to be done purposefully. I read my Bible, I pray, those 2 things don’t usually just happen. I stop & make time. When I start my day that way I tend to have a better day. So, why don’t I start every day that way? Cause, I’m human, selfish, too busy. It’s all about the choices, about being purposeful. 

I have to choose to read my Bible & talk to God first. Then the rest of my day can get organized. Bible study, exercise, eating healthy, work, household … it always comes back to housework, lol. 

Every day, every second of every day we make choices. Why not choose to let Jesus be your first seconds? Let Him organize your day. He’s much smarter than us, He knows the plans He has for us.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11-13‬ ‭NASB‬‬


My life verse is also very purposeful. I’ve read it for years, I have it memorized yet, today is the day I realize how purposeful it is. 

 
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” ‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:5-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬ 

 
So, for 2016 I will work with a written planner, I will make my moments count. I will be purposeful. I will love the Lord, my God with ALL my heart, with ALL my soul & with ALL my strength! I will live on purpose, WITH purpose. 

A Calling

A calling.  You know that feeling?  When you feel God is saying He wants you to go into the world & do something?  But, you question yourself.  Is this really God or is it me wishful thinking.  Like when I was a kid (this morning) singing in front of the bathroom mirror imagining a stadium full of people, lol.  Thank goodness that’s not my calling.

2 Peter 1:10-11 ESV - Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to make your calling and election sure, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“Make your calling & election sure” I think that’s where I’m stuck.  It feels so real in my heart, I’ve dreamt about it but, how?  How do I go & do it?  I know … you wonder the same things.  God has called each of us to a time, a season.  The cool part is we don’t have to know how, we just need to have faith.  If God has called us to it, He will bring us through it.  I never thought I would be involved in a ministry like Proverbs 31 Ministries.  I never thought I would be teaching others about leading women to Christ.  I thought I would teach children’s church forever.  But, God (I love that phrase).  But, God had a better plan.  He drew me through a desert, made my faith grow, made me more dependent on Him.  He prepared me.  The only thing I did was lean on Him.  I stayed in faith, I stayed in prayer.  That’s it.  Can it really be that simple?  YES.

Galatians 3:6-9 Consider Abraham: “He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham.  The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

I believe God.  That Man doesn’t lie. Because I believe His Word, because I have faith, I am righteous. Righteous people have callings. I’ve been called!

Matthew 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.

I’m still not sure about this specific calling but I’m sure that my God has a better plan than me. I have faith & that faith tells me when the time is right it will happen. I just have to wait (can you hear my foot tapping?). 😉  Yep, I still need to work on patience.  Lol.

Grow

Mark 4:2-8 Jesus taught them many things, using stories. He said, “Listen! A farmer went out to plant his seed. While he was planting, some seed fell by the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky ground where there wasn’t much dirt. That seed grew very fast, because the ground was not deep. But when the sun rose, the plants dried up because they did not have deep roots. Some other seed fell among thorny weeds, which grew and choked the good plants. So those plants did not produce a crop. Some other seed fell on good ground and began to grow. It got taller and produced a crop. Some plants made thirty times more, some made sixty times more, and some made a hundred times more.”

 

There are seasons, seasons of hardship, seasons of pure joy, seasons of growth.  I’m not a kid, I’m a grandma!  Yet, I feel I’m in a season of growth.  I love that!  God can take us at any age & help us grow!  I’m so hungry for His Word, for prayer time with Him, to be used by Him.  Did you read the last sentence in the verse I shared?  “Some plants made 30 more, some made 60 times more & some made a 100 times more.”  Holy cow!  Can you imagine if God used you & me to make a 100 times more?  Then used each of them to make another 100 times more!  Heck, I’m excited when He uses me to touch 1.  But, that’s the beauty of our God.  He made us, he knows how many hairs on our head, he had a plan for each of us before He made the world!

Ephesians 1:4 Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes.

 

I’m a humble woman, I know my worth but, I know it’s not me.  It is Christ IN me.  He uses even my weaknesses.  How glorious to be used by the One that created us.  I want Him to use me more!  I think this is one time it’s ok to be greedy, lol.  I don’t want it for my glory but for His.  Now, I’m not saying it doesn’t feel great when you know He has used you cause that would be a lie!  But, I feel that someday I will be with Him in heaven & He’s going to show me a film, a film about my life.  It will show me the people He used me to reach.  I won’t even know that I did anything, I was just me.  Writing a post, holding a door open, praying, maybe just smiling, I don’t know.  But, our God is wonderous like that, He can take the most minute thing & turn it into something glorious!  Look at the mustard seed!!  It’s so small yet so big!

 

If I continue to live a life where God is at the head, where I reach out to Him before I allow a sound to leave my lips, I wonder how much He will use me.  I just want to be conduit for Jesus.  A tool He uses to touch the life of many.  I pray that when people see me or read something I’ve written they don’t see me in it at all just Him. 

Starting Over

Its been quite a while since I wrote on my blog, this blog, here. I enjoy writing I think I just allowed myself to get distracted. But, God has a way of making things clear, of reminding us of what we need to do. This is something I’m supposed to do. 😊

I’ve been busy. Taking care of my sweetheart & my mom & forgetting about me. I made sure I made time for God, I thought but, did I really? Lately I’ve been making my time with Him more of a priority, like breathing. I’m journaling my prayers, I’m finding scriptures that talk to my prayers, I’m writing them down, praying them into my heart & mind. I’m being purposeful about my relationship with my Creator. I put a lot of time & effort into my relationships with my sweetheart & our family. I make sure to find time to be with them, to talk with them, to listen to what they have to say. But was I doing that with God? I prayed everyday but, was it more of a wish list? God, give me … Hmmm. God, fix this … uh oh.  I don’t go to my family that way. So, I’m changing. I’m doing things differently. I’m making my self open, vulnerable to my Savior, I’m asking Him to change me, use me, take me, do whatever You need to me. I’m hearing Him now. I mean I hear His soft voice IN me! He’s such a gentleman, He waited until I invited Him. I never want that to go away. That means I will need to stay purposeful about this relationship, I will have to choose every moment to call out to Him. I must be purposeful & choose Him.

I’ve always loved Jesus. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t. But does that mean I’ve always been in relationship with Him? I don’t think so. Think about it, I know my baristas. They are super nice people that give me a cup of the best coffee EVER. I talk to them on a regular basis but how well do I know them? I know one of them has twins, I know where he goes to church, he’s a friend but, the others? Have I taken the time to get to really know them? No. I don’t think they expect me too but Jesus does. He expects me to read His Word, He expects me to pray without ceasing.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ESV – Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work

I have to be intentional. I have to choose to follow Jesus. I have to choose to speak with him without ceasing. He chose me.   Wow!  HE CHOSE ME!!!  Thank You Jesus!  I choose You too.

Some Days

There are days. Lots & lots of days. Some good some not so good. I remind myself continually of all the blessings in my life but things happen & it throws me off course. A cough that won’t go away. The pain my sweetheart deals with daily. My mommy who does not remember much. The taxman … Caesar is greedy but, I’ll give to Caesar what is Caesar’s.

All these things happen seemingly at once but that’s not true. The cough is temporary, taxes will be paid. It’s just so much.

“Together is a really good word. Together is what we need when we hit tough patches in life. Making decisions when life is making you cry shouldn’t be done alone.” The Best Yes by Lysa TerKeurst. 

I remember that when Dick holds me or touches me. I remember that when I reach out in prayer. I remember that as one of my girls texts or calls me. I’m blessed.

Mark 12:17 Then Jesus said to them, “Give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God’s.” And they were amazed at him. 

I am amazed. I will give Caesar money. I will pay their debt. A debt that is based on my sweetheart’s disability. It’s already so hard on him but he’s busy making sure I’m okay. I’m so blessed.

John 14:26-28 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I stand on this. Stand on God’s Word.

I’m in a funk. Being God’s girl doesn’t remove me from the things of life. I still struggle sometimes, I still want to say it’s not fair. What it does is give me the knowledge that this is not meant to harm me. Good will come from this. I will grow because of this. My faith will see me through because I KNOW that I KNOW GOD LOVES ME!  The enemy has no foothold on my life. He can try and try and I will still give praise to my Heavenly Father. I will still choose to follow my Savior. I am a child of God, I am His chosen daughter.

Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

I. Am. Free.

I. Am. Victorious.

I. Am. A. Chosen. Child. Of. God!