1 Chronicles 14: 13-15
And the Philistines yet again made a raid in the valley. And when David again inquired of God, God said to him, “You shall not go up after them; go around and come against them opposite the balsam trees. And when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then go out to battle for God has gone out before you to strike down the army of the Philistines.”

Maybe you are too set on doing it your way. Maybe there’s another plan and God has already gone before you to clear the way. I know I have times when I will plan everything out for God because my way seems so simple and comfortable only to find out that God had a better plan and somehow didn’t need my help planning it out.

Before you bolt ahead with your plans, ask Him. Ask Him if the plans you have laid out are His or yours. Double check to be sure that you are on the same page with God on this. As many battles as David had fought against the Philistines and won, he could have just assumed that he was to go up against them again but he didn’t, he asked first. Just because you have maybe faced the same thing before, don’t just assume that God’s answer this time is the same, He may have a better way. Part of the reason David was a man after God’s own heart was because He didn’t just assume He knew what God was up to or thinking, but he always trusted Him!

How much easier is it when we ask God first for His plan and follow it than it is if we just bolt ahead and then find out that God had something else in mind so we are back to square one! God wants to go before you, He wants to give you victory and His best in this so ask Him! Follow Him unreservedly and watch as He goes before you and wins this one for you!

I don’t know what you are facing today that you may have all figured out in your mind, but I would encourage you, if you haven’t cleared your plans yet with God to do so first. I am chief at coming up with things that just seem to make so much sense to me only to find out, yup, that’s a great plan Janet, but not mine! OOPS! (So, we can’t bury that crabby person in the back yard?) Just kidding, but seriously now, God’s way is always best and it is easier to follow it the first time instead of having to back track! How many lives were saved because David followed God around and through the Balsam trees than he would have lost just going up to face the Philistines?

Girl, just stop for a moment and pray about it. That doesn’t mean it isn’t going to happen, it just may mean there is a better and easier way. Make sure your plans line up with Gods and then go forward with the confidence that He’s got this for you!  The best way is always God’s way so be sure your plans are lining up with His today!

“It’s not where you start ~ it’s where you finish that counts.” Zig Ziglar

1 Chronicles 3:9
All these were David’s sons, besides the sons of the concubines, and Tamar was their sister.

As I read that verse this morning, I thought, hmmmmmmmmm, David had several daughters but the only one mentioned was Tamar. I have to believe that the reason Tamar’s name was mentioned when none of David’s other daughters were mentioned was because God saw her pain!

In 2 Samuel 13:19 we read, “And Tamar put ashes on her head and tore the long robe that she wore. And she laid her hand on her head and went away, crying aloud as she went.” Her step brother Amnon had defiled her (in modern day terminology ~ he raped her and then threw her out of his house) He stole the one thing from her that women had in that day; her virginity, which meant she would never be able to get married and have children! Her pain did not go unnoticed!

What pain are you facing today? Maybe it is something you are pretty much trying to deal with alone because you are too broken or ashamed to share it. It breaks my heart when the victim is the one who feels ashamed and broken and if it breaks my heart I can only begin to imagine how angry, frustrated and sad it must make God. Obviously it matters to Him or why would He have mentioned Tamar here in this verse. Tamar was only known for this, it isn’t like she was a Mom to a king or did any great things, she was broken and it touched the heart of God.

Please hear me today ~ your brokenness, your heartache and your pain have touched the heart of God! He loves you so much, every tear you have shed, every crack in your heart has touched the heart of God. Don’t feel that you are alone today, don’t feel as though you have to go it alone. God wants to mend your broken heart, He wants to hold you in His arms today to comfort you and He wants to get you to the point where He can give you the strength to set you back up on your feet so you can move forward. He wants to give you your joy back, remove the shame and brokenness, or your heartache and build you back up into all that He created you to be!

Don’t allow Satan to have victory today. Don’t allow him to hold you back by keeping you where you are in your pain! Take everything you have been through and give it to the one who truly cares and who can mend your heart and relieve you of the hurt and pain! Jesus wants to release you from the captivity of your hurt and pain, He wants to free you to be all you can be. He wants to use all that you have faced to help others.

As you go throughout your day today remember, your name, your face, your pain have not escaped God’s notice, it has touched His heart! He loves you and He will carry you through to the other side! Truly the best is yet to come!

“The best way out is always through.” Robert Frost

Chocolate Winner

July 27, 2015 — Leave a comment

C&G WINNERLadies we have a winner!  Brenda won our Chocolate contest courtesy of DeBrands fine chocolates.  I’m not sure about you but I think this looks amazing.  So the question is, will we do this again?  You better believe it and hopefully soon!  Enjoy Brenda!

God Bless,

Janet Scott

Ephesians 4:32
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Be nice! More often than not, you have no idea what that person is going through so be nice! A simple smile, a kind word, a thoughtful action; holding the door, paying it forward, any simple thing you can do to make someone else’s day a little brighter is noticed by God and it will bless you as you do it. You may never know the day that person has had or the loss they may be facing. Would it hurt to just take a moment to show a little kindness and love.

Maybe you don’t have the time or money to do something grandiose today but we can all find little things to do that will bless someone. What if each of us took the time today to just do something little. Maybe there has been something on your heart for a while that God has put there for you to do to bless someone ~ how about doing it today. Don’t put it off, we tend to let things slide when we don’t just ‘do it’! Maybe you have a neighbor that could use a kind word or bouquet of flowers, maybe there’s a single parent who could use even an hour break or a gift card to go out to eat, maybe you should take a moment and sponsor a Compassion child. (Check out some children that are waiting here) Ask God to show you someone you can bless today.

Is there someone you need to forgive today? Forgiveness can be one of the biggest blessings you can give yourself and someone else. Life on earth is just way too short to be holding grudges and unforgiveness ~ what purpose does it serve anyhow? Find your freedom today in forgiving anyone today that has done you wrong or hurt you deeply. Give it and them to God and move forward with a fresh outlook.

Ask God to help you today to see others through His eyes! Anyone come to mind right there that you thought, “well, okay except for this one person…… I don’t want to see them through God’s eyes, they annoy me.” That’s who you need to pray for God to give you a tender heart toward and His love for them as well. Believe me, I know we all have people like that in our lives but God wants us to show them His love as well.

My challenge today is for each of us to avoid wearing our feelings on our sleeves, don’t be easily offended, find someone else to bless today even if it is with a simple smile in the grocery store and forgive where we need to forgive. Try this today and see how refreshed you feel when you have. You are an amazing woman of God, becoming more amazing every day as you give it all to Him!

“A compliment is the lift in the elevator of life.” Sue Cox

Luke 12:6-7
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.
We serve such a mighty God that He knows and cares when even a sparrow is having a bad day, how much more will He care about yours? As it says in verse 27 of this chapter; “Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you that even Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Ladies, I think maybe we all worry too much about whether or not we are going to be cared for by God especially when we are asked to step out in faith for something. God cares about every detail of our lives.

I really think that there are many times when the reason I am “lacking” in an area is because I haven’t taken the time to pray about it. I know that God knows what we need even before we ask or think about it but He still wants to hear from you! He wants to be sought out, He wants us to want a genuine relationship with him not just see Him as the “Quick Order Catalog” in the sky! Jeremiah 29:12-13 says, “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.” This doesn’t mean that you take inventory of what your needs are and make a list and sit down and pour it all out before God and then you are off and running again, it means He wants you to truly seek Him.

God doesn’t want some wishy washy relationship where you just show up because you need something, He wants you to seek Him with your whole heart! He wants your love and attention, He wants you to get to know Him. James 1:6,7 says, “But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.” When we get to know Him we will have the faith we need to understand that He will do what is best when we ask Him for something and when we truly seek to know Him we will ask in faith and with the right attitudes and motives.

It amazes me when I think of how vast the world is and that God knows everything about every little thing! Nothing escapes His notice. We think we are doing well when we multi-task, I would say our multi-tasking doesn’t even scratch the surface of it. God is God and we need to be sure that we don’t limit Him by what we are capable of or by what we comprehend. We cannot comprehend all that He is and all that He does so we just have to trust that nothing is too difficult for Him and He has a plan because He hasn’t missed a thing that has gone on or will go on. Trust Him today to meet you where you are and to meet your every need. Seek Him with your whole heart, don’t settle for an acquaintance relationship with Him, really get to know Him!

“If what you believe doesn’t affect how you live, then it isn’t very important.” Dick Nogleberg