Still serving…

Where do I go? To find myself. To lose myself. To surrender. To find strength for the battle. Where else can I go but to The Lord?

My ways are not enough. They lack in every area. I am precisely imperfect. My abilities will fail…they will falter and crumble. I am weak and afraid. I can not rely on my courage. I am but a handful of dust so easily scattered and lost on the winds of change.

However, yes, however, my Savior is my strength. He is my compass, my defender. My champion. He searches for me and keeps me in his care. He lifts me high above the danger and carries my feeble frame.

I surrender to His might. I surrender to His very name at which even the powers of darkness run from the slightest utterance. Jesus.

I will serve Him night and day for all the days of my life. I will sing His praises and tell of His mercies.

My Lord, my God may your voice be ever present in my soul, guiding me and leading me on my way home to you.

Humbled and Feeling Blessed

 

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard this song. It stopped me in my tracks. I felt so small and unworthy. I felt  ashamed and guilty. I try…or do I? I believe that I try. I know I will never be  good enough…so I need to accept the fact that Jesus loves me anyway!

  If you get a chance go listen to this song.

I pray that it touches you as deeply as it did me.  I am so blessed!!  Praise God!  I am so very blessed!

 

 

 

Jesus….thank you for loving me even though…..

I am the thorn in your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then I turned away with a smile on my face
With this sin in my heart, tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night I still call out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

But You love me anyway
Oh God, how You love me
Yes You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life
That I’ve ever known
Yes You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

I found these lyrics on elyrics.net  The group is Sidewalk Prophets.

You’ll See a Miracle.

I’ve been away from the blog scene for a few weeks due to the flu!!  I’m sorry for being gone.  However, I’m back and still spreading the word.  What is the word you ask?  The word is Celebrate!  Rejoice!  Sing!  Shout!  Delight!  Be overjoyed!!  Why??  Jesus is coming so very soon!!

There is no sorrow, no hardship, no financial struggle, no health issue that can hold me down.  Those things are all just tiny specs of dirt on this canvass we call life.  The big picture is that this worldly battle is over!!!  We have won and the end is coming soon when we shall see our Saviour in the clouds saying “Come up hither.”

I’m ready to go.  Ready to join the wedding feast!  Ready to battle alongside the saints!  Are you ready?  Are you telling everyone?  Better yet, are you showing everyone!!

Today, I was listening to one of my favorite preachers.  His name is James McDonald.  He is awesome.  He talked about living a life of abundance and never fearing for the future or having enough “stocked up”.

JESUS WILL PROVIDE!!!  Not just enough…but more than enough.  That is what He did with the fishes and the loaves.  They didn’t just get enough…they got all they wanted!  All they WANTED!!!!

I’m so very excited about tomorrow will hold!  It is going to be awesome because I’m walking with Jesus and He is going to show me something amazing.  I hope and pray that you will allow Him to show you something amazing as well.  Cast your cares on Him and look to Him to answer and fulfill your need.  You will see a miracle!!

I can’t wait to see the miracle waiting for me!

No Fear!!

Today, I will show no fear.

I will not waiver on my choices because deep
down I know right from wrong.  I will not lie “just a little” so that I can make
someone feel good about what they said, what they are wearing or what they did.
I will boldly proclaim the truth because truth is righteous and truth is truth.

What I send forth will not be sent in vain.  It will be planted, it will
be watered, it will be fed and it will grow.  I have no doubt.

My soul will rejoice even in sorrow.  My tears will be caught and my hurt will be
healed.  My hunger will be satisfied and my thirst will be quenched.

My eyes will be open and my heart will be giving.  I will reach out to those who
are in need.  I will feed.  I will clothe and I will give shelter.  I will be a
better person.

I will be an example.  I will be a light…a voice…a vessel.

Today, I will show no fear.

I will shout the good news!  Let my voice fill the air and carry the name of Jesus on it’s wings.  Let it swirl and
blanket those who need to hear His name…know His story and receive His salvation.

I will not be ashamed.  I will not quench that beautiful spirit.  Let me rise up to meet His calling and fulfill my purpose.

I am a warrior.

I am a lamb.

I am a child of the King of Kings.

Today, I will show no fear.

Fear thou 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.
Love and Prayers ~

Somewhere in Time

I once heard someone compare God’s view of time to what we see during an ariel view of the Macy’s Day Parade.  They explained that as participants in time, that would be us presently…we know that time exists and that it is in motion.  Moving forward. But, we can’t see the beginning or the end.

 

However, from God’s perspective he can see everything.  He can see all the twists and turns and stops from beginning to end .  More importantly, he can see all the participants and what they are doing.

 

Time has always fascinated me!  I’ve always loved shows about time travel.  Good grief!  Throw in a  love story and I’m hooked!  I’m just saying….have you seen Somewhere In Time?  Great movie.

 

God created time!  He just didn’t throw it out there and say…”let there be time.”  He cares more than that.  He made it eternal.  He divided it into day and night, winter, spring, summer and fall.   He molded it into perfection.

 

And as I see prophecy coming to fulfillment before my very eyes, everyday on the news, I know that we are living in a perilous time.  In end times.  I’ve heard people say…”Oh they said that when my grandparents were little” or “they are always fighting in the middle east.”    Be still and remember this…

 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentence.

2 Peter 3:9

Isn’t that beautiful?!  The Lord is not slack!!  Time is eternal.  That is true.  Just not our time on earth.  That will end.  He is longsuffering.  Why?  So that when our time on earth is over…we do not die in sin…as sinners.  He is waiting for everyone to repent of their sin and find life eternal and spend forever in the presence of God.

 

One way or another our time on earth will end.  When it does, we will be judged, rewarded and shown to our eternal home.  Are you ready?

 

 

Love and Prayers~

Prepare For Battle

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  Ephesians 6:11

 

Are you a soldier for the cross?  Maybe you are in basic training…learning the skills necessary for battle?  A kind of spiritual boot camp so to speak.  If so, you better get ready because you will be deployed and you will see action!

After I was saved by the blood of Jesus I felt like nothing could stop me.  I could have charged Hell with a water pistol and still have come out unscathed.  I had a clear and definite understanding that the battle I was about to face had already been won.  As the song says, the battle is His…the victory is mine.  I just didn’t have a full grasp on what awaited me.

No one told me that I was going to be tempted and tried…at least not to the extent that it happened.  I believe this is an area that, as a Christian, we need to be more open and forthcoming about the war getting ready to explode inside of us.

 It is true, the battle is won and the victory is ours.  However, the enemy is smart and cunning and will stop at nothing to win you back.
 for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

I guess it stands to reason…He was an Angel to begin with so why wouldn’t he be able to transform?  Scary thought, huh?!

I felt tormented.  After the ‘high’ of being saved and getting baptized there came a moment of spiritual silence.  I liken it to Jesus being tempted in the desert.   We must all face that temptation.  You will have everything you ever desired laid out in front of you.  Prepare yourself.

Have a strong Christian support system.  Someone you can call on when it feels too heavy to bear.  And never, ever forget that Jesus will never put more on us than we can stand.  There will always be a way out.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

 1 Corinthians 10:13

Thanks Kim for the water pistol comment!  You are awesome!

Christmas Spirit…

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

2 Corinthians 9:7

 It was a day of presents today at the shelter.  People’s goodness and generosity never cease to amaze me.  Everyone talks about hard times and how they are struggling just to make ends meet…even still, when Christmas rolls around people’s hearts begin to melt as fast as the temperature drops.  Lights go up, carols are sung, gifts get wrapped and spirits are lifted.  Christmas truly is magical.

In my ten years of working at this shelter for women and children, I am never so touched as I am this time of year.  I see miracles everyday.  Seriously!!  When a mom or single gal is ready to move out she might mention that she needs a couch or maybe a stove.  It never fails that in the same day we will receive a phone call from someone saying they have a used couch or stove and just wanted to know if we knew someone who could use it.  It blows my mind.

We help women and children who have been through all kinds of unimaginable life events.  Day after day of hearing these tragic stories and seeing these innocent children suffer because of their parents drug use or domestic violence or just plain old poverty, takes a toll on your heart.  Sooner or later you start to feel like there is no good left in the world and that all people are mean and out for themselves.

Then comes Christmas. The celebration of God’s greatest gift to mankind. Suddenly, people start to do good. They give of their time and their money to help those less fortunate. People are smiling and laughing and talking to total strangers as if they were long lost friends. I wonder what makes people so happy? I mean, any other time we would all be complaining about spending money we don’t have or giving up time we can’t spare…not at Christmas.

You see it too, right?  I’m not just imagining this feel good time of year.  However, I don’t think it’s the gifts or the glittery wrapping paper.  It’s not the mistletoe or the stockings.  I’m not betting on Frosty or Santa either.  I know, without a doubt what it is for me…

 

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.   And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for, behold, I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.   For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.   And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.   And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and goodwill towards men.'”

Luke 2: 8-14