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Happy Thanksgiving

November 27, 2014 — Leave a comment

Psalm 100:3-5
Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with Thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.

My prayer today is that you have multitudes of things to be thankful to God for. I know that the holidays can be tough due to losses that seem to stand out with empty seats at tables and changes in locations, changes in jobs, etc. Please let me encourage you today to stop for a moment and take a look around and see what God has blessed you with.

We can spend the holidays wishing and mourning those things we don’t have or we can take today and recognize all that God is doing in our lives and all we are blessed with. Just like there is always someone who has it “better” than you there are many people in the world who have it much worse!

God deserves our praise today! We need to take the time, as the Pilgrims did years ago and remind ourselves of all we have to be grateful for. They had suffered major loss before that first Thanksgiving day. So, I am not trying to get you to make light of your loss or your struggles I am just asking you to focus on the goodness of God today instead. Bless your family and those around you that you come in contact with today with your gratitude for all God is and all He has done! He loves you so much and His best for you is still on it’s way, He has a wonderful plan for you and He will bring it all to pass. Take today and honor Him by entering His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with your praise!

I pray you have an incredibly blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Quote:
“Life is like a game of tennis; the player who serves well seldom loses.” Anonymous

Joshua 14:8
But my brothers who went up with me made the heart of the people melt; yet I wholly followed the Lord my God.

So girl, which one are you? Are you the one who says “we can do this, God is leading us to follow Him, let’s go”? Or are you the one saying, “do you know how much work that is going to be” or “we will never be able to do that”?

Caleb inherited the land God promised and the others who dragged the people down and discouraged them from doing what God told them to do wandered in the desert for the rest of their lives! Who here enjoys those “wilderness” times in our lives, where you feel as though all you are doing is existing but never really see the blessing of God? I don’t! I want God’s full blessing on my life and I want to learn to be the one saying like Caleb did, “let’s go! We can do this with God’s help and leading!”

Whether or not you think so, you have a great influence in someone else’s life! We all do and there are some who are just watching to see what you are going to do. God has a plan for each and everyone of His children, you are not exempt. We all play different roles in His plan but what we do and don’t do always affects others! Remember Jonah? He didn’t think his running from God and God’s plan would affect anyone, he just figured God could send someone else to Nineveh and it affected people he didn’t even know. There were people on that ship losing everything because they had to throw it overboard because of Jonah and his decision.

God has given us a free will and that free will affects all of those around us all the time. It is your choice today whether or not you will have a good and positive attitude about this day or a grumpy, negative attitude about all that God has called you to do and trust me which ever one you choose it will affect those around you. It’s like that old saying, “if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”

Ask God today to help you to be an encourager and a motivator for others to do His will! If there’s something you are unsure about when it comes to a decision or God’s will, ask Him and seek godly counsel but don’t allow the negative keep you from God’s best for your life and those around you!

Quote:
“Happiness is a choice, not an automatic response.” Mildred Barthel

What Should I Do?

November 25, 2014 — Leave a comment

Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do in word of deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus. Well, that should make decision making a little easier some days, shouldn’t it ladies? If we run decisions by “the name of Jesus” to see how it fits, our decision may be a little more clear. Let’s think about a few things here:
~Should I allow my daughter spend the night over at that girls house that doesn’t seem to have any genuine walk with God or should they maybe just hang out at our house even though that isn’t always convenient?
~ Should I be talking with my friend of the opposite sex about my spouse when we are struggling?
~ Should I be going out for coffee, drinks or meals with someone of the opposite sex alone when I am married?
~ Should I give to the poor?
~ Should I volunteer my time at the church when I have time?
~ Should I read my Bible every day?
~ Should I make things right with ___________, we haven’t talked in a long time because of a grudge?
~ Should I ………………………..(fill in the blank)

Now if you run each of those things along with any other questions you may have today by the idea of doing them all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, your decisions may be a little more clear. Don’t go through life picking and choosing where you will fit God in – do all things whether in word or deed in the name of the Lord Jesus!

God loves you and cares about every detail of your life. The best in life is always found in following Him and all that He has planned for you!

Quote:
“All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” Helen Keller

Genesis 21:6
And Sarah said, “God hath made me to laugh so that all that hear will laugh
with me.”

Sarah laughed because the miracle that God performed in her was so unbelievably out of the norm and she was just so happy!  God gave her the child she had waited for all her life after she had gone through menopause. She was old and beyond thinking about it anymore, I am sure.  She probably figured since she had messed up and gave her maid Hagar to Abraham to have a child with that there was no hope of God’s blessing, the odds were all against her in her mind!  She had sinned and hadn’t waited on God and took things into her own hands (which one of us ladies haven’t done at least some of that?) so her hope of blessing was suppressed by the lies of Satan telling her that it would never happen now.

I’ve been there, where I just thought I have made too many mistakes, it will never happen now.  I knew I was suppose to do something for God, but figured he had given up on me.  God never gives up and He always has plan B just waiting for you when you are ready to move forward with His plan!  Sometimes we take a detour or get impatient, but God’s plans and blessings are still there!  It just might take a little longer because of the route we have chosen to get there.

In Joshua chapter 1 verse 3 God tells Joshua that He will give him every piece of land he sets foot on.  How much has God already given you that you are afraid to take.  What has God called you to do that you feel you are no longer qualified to do?  Is there a blessing you have prayed and prayed for and you have stopped because you gave up hope?  In Genesis 18:14 when God told Abraham that Sarah would have a child she laughed then too (Sarah obviously loved to laugh because she seemed to do it all the time)and God’s response was, “Is anything too hard for the Lord”?  No matter what it is
that you are thinking about right now that has a hold of your heart, do you really think it is too hard for the Lord?

I would encourage you today to start again, whatever it is; a prayer for something or someone you gave up on, something you felt you were suppose to do for God with your life or whatever it might be.  Don’t give up now, the best is yet to come!

Quote: “Some people drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.” Anonymous

Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,

There is a reason for everything and a time for everything just like this verse says our job is to stop and realize what season we are in.

Do you feel buried right now by what life seems to be throwing at you? Maybe you have lost a job or your marriage is falling apart or maybe one of your friends or your children are heading down the wrong path and you aren’t sure you can handle it all right now. Let’s stop here for a minute and figure out; are you buried or has God planted you?

Once there was a couple who had this wonderful black lab and even though he was 4 years old he still bounced around as though he was just a pup, getting into everything and continuously seeming to get into some kind of trouble. Well the neighbors had complained on many occasions that the dog was coming into their yard and disturbing their children’s bunny that was in a cage on their back patio. The young couple tried so hard to keep him contained and had even put in an invisible fence. Well one day as Susi was cleaning the kitchen she heard Boomer scratch at the back door and as she opened the door much to her horror all of her fears of what Boomer could be capable of loomed in front of her! There he stood wagging his tail covered in dirt and fur, holding their little bunny in his mouth. She quickly grabbed the bunny and knew right away that it was dead. She was horrified and decided to do the unimaginable, she just couldn’t have the neighbors find out that their dog had killed their bunny it would create all kinds of havoc between them so she washed the bunny up, blew dry his hair and when she saw that the neighbors were gone rushed over and propped it up in the cage with the hopes they would just figure it died of natural causes. Susi spent the day feeling a bit guilty and sad about the whole situation but what else could she do? That afternoon when the neighbors came back home all seemed to be well and Susi thought her plan must have worked when there was a pounding on the back door. There stood Mrs. Williams holding the bunny in her hands hysterical and screaming, “you have got to help me!” Susi wasn’t sure whether or not to just cough up the truth when Mrs. Williams said, “Look at this! Just look at this! Our rabbit died yesterday morning and we buried it in the back yard and when I got home today he was back in his cage!”

You see the Williams family had “buried” the rabbit, they didn’t expect it to spring back up, they hadn’t planted it. Sometimes when we feel buried God has really planted us and unlike the bunny He is anticipating new growth and life for us! Don’t let your circumstances get you down today. Ask God to show you today for the encouragement and insight you need through this season so you can bloom into everything He has planted you to be!

Quote: “You can’t wait for inspiration you have to go after it with a club.” Jack London