Thankfulness

It is so good to say what we are thankful for sometimes. So here is another what I am thankful for post!

I am so thankful for God’s life changing, awesome, powerful, living word! I have been spending more time in the word lately, not significantly but maybe another half hour or hour just reading the word. I really enjoy having fellowship with my heavenly Father and getting to know Him more.

I have actually been making a habit of writing out my day hour by hour to help me stay on task. I am trying to manage my time more efficiently. I make sure to write down a set time I plan to be in the Word, pray, worship and fellowship.

It has lead me to have a stronger trust in God and this helps me to believing in His promises to me. It brings me more faith to believe in what He says about me. At church we are being taught about the Blessing Covenant.We are learning that we no longer live cursed lives but that our lives are richly blessed! Our Father is good and He wants only good for us because He loves us!!!

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written that cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14.

Easter is coming soon and we get to celebrate one of the most powerful events ever to happen; when Christ was raised from the dead!! I mean we can celebrate that everyday but since becoming a born again Christian it has meant alot more to me. It’s not just a holiday and a time to get together with family. It’s most definitely not about a bunny with a basket of eggs and candy! It is about Jesus giving up His life so that we can live free in Christ

I really feel the Lord is leading me to spend more time with Him. He is drawing me closer to him. I’m excited to know more of Him. I don’t know if I will do any blog posts between now and Easter; I will just be lead by the Holy Spirit.

Be blessed everyone!

I think this cake was from last years Easter!
Yum!

Daily Forgive

So just recently I picked up a cheap journal at Walmart. I find that it is not an easy thing for me to come out and speak what’s on my mind to the Lord. I do make an effort to practice doing it but I find that writing out my thoughts and the words that I want to express to the Lord are just as good on paper. It has really helped in terms of opening up to the Lord, it brings me closer to him.

At my job there are two kinds of work so there are two different schedules. I am considered “a floater” I can work both types of jobs but primarily I am put on just one schedule. Sometimes though I can be put on the other schedule. There have been a time or two that it is not brought to my attention that I am put on that other schedule. Long story short I thought I had the day off, when really I didn’t. My work called me and said that I was scheduled to work. I was still in my pj’s! It was 9 am and that is when we start work!! I quickly took a shower made my lunch and rushed out the door. I was a little upset and frustrated. I had made plans with a friend which now had to be put on hold.

On the way to work, which is about a 20 minute drive I had time to think of what I was going to say and do once I got to work. I was in the mood to let them really have it!!! Although in my spirit, I knew that I didn’t want to enter work being mad because we all know that it just makes things more difficult. When your mad your not really concentrating on anything else, I like to be a pleasant person at work and I really don’t like conflict. By the time I parked my car my anger was all fizzled out. When I entered through the doors I had made a plan to write my boss a note, telling her of my frustration. You know how that is though the right time never really presents itself.

So I got myself busy on a daily project and the whole time I was talking silently to the Lord in my spirit. Basically I was just letting all the frustration go. Sometimes we just need to talk to someone about whatever is bothering us. That can make a world of difference. It is such a blessing to always have God with us. “I remember asking the Lord what should I do about this then? Lord this isn’t the first time this has happened!” And He just told me in my spirit ‘Cover it with grace because isn’t that what I would do for you?’ All the anger, all the frustration just left me in a second. I thought, my boss probably just made a mistake. She probably had a lot going on. I just let the whole thing go. About an hour later she came and apologized to me for the mix up and I just said it’s all okay.

What if I would have hung on to the frustration, the anger??? Would it have caused anything to be made right?? During my silent talk to the Lord all the things that I heard preached about grace and forgiveness came flooding to my head. Is holding on to the hurt and the grudge going to hurt her or me more??? If I don’t let this go and forgive, who will be effected more?? Her or I? I once heard it said that if you don’t forgive and if you remain mad at someone it is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. It hurts us more! So why hold on to hurt?! The other person is not feeling your hurt only you are, so why continue hurting when you can simply, I didn’t say easily, let it go and forgive???

I have forgiven many things of many people, I no longer feel the weight of carrying the hurt. Recently at a teen night at my church my pastor talked of being abused and bullied by siblings. Our Pastor told us of how it was surprising to know the hurt was still there. Through preparing to teach on it with the Lords help, my Pastor was finally able to let it all go and forgive. We had some teens and others of our teen ministry share their testimonies but in the end we prayed to forgive and let it go. We can all go through something like this, some less extreme then others but it can greatly effect us in more ways then we know. Being able to let go of those buried hurts and forgive those who have hurt us can truly free us. We can then truly be effective and useful to the Lord.

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every kind of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesian 4:31-32

Repent, then and turn to God, so that your sins many be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord Acts 3:19

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him Daniel 9:9

As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12

The Precious Word of God

Thank you for your peace!

Hey everybody! I took a week off in posting, it was actually because I was cat sitting for my parents in my home town for a week. I could not access their internet!!! HA!!! Plus I still had to go to work and do church activities so I was driving a ton of miles. Also the weather was super cold, snowy, and just not pleasant at all. Despite all of that, I had found a wonderful sense of peace through out those days that is truly notable. Do you ever get a chance to feel a peaceful calm in the midst of a crazy busy life? It can pass us by when we need it the most. That’s why I had made it a practice during my long drives to focus on Jesus. Talk to him, give him the things that I didn’t want to hold on too so then instead I could be at peace. ‘You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.’ That is Isaiah 26:3 the Living translation.

Peace is always there, but we need to keep our focus on it otherwise we can lose it. This peace that comes from God is shalom which interprets to be whole, nothing missing nothing broken. The circumstances that come are what can take our attention off of God’s blessings and keep us from staying in His peace. This can lead to doubt unbelief, and can leave us feeling alone. Why go through life acting alone when the one who cares and loves you the most is closer then you know. We can know that our heavenly Father is always there right when we need him.

When I find that peace is difficult to come by it’s often because I am not walking in thankfulness. What I mean is being thankful in our hearts and mind, and then actually thanking God out loud for what He has given me; my family, my job, my apartment. I thank Him for my church, for His mercy, etc. I thank God for loving me and sending Jesus to save me from eternal life in hell. Once I start thanking and praising God for all that, the peace of God just fills me. It causes me to remember His love for me, it causes me to know He is good and wants good for me. It stirs me up!!!

This last week there was one day in particular that was tougher then normal. It was one of those days where everything tried to get to me. It was like nothing was working that day, but I made it worse by letting it get to me. It was making me lose my focus on God’s peace. Then on a 15 minute break, I was scrolling through Facebook when I came across a post that stopped me in my tracks. A place I used to work a few years back posted about saying a heartfelt goodbye to one of there employees, someone I use to work with! She was a gal a few years older then I, married with three small children. She had passed away; it said tragically and unexpectedly!!! I didn’t really talk to her a whole lot after I stopped working there. I only remember how sweet she was and the laughs we shared when we had worked together.

I thought about her and thought of all she had and of all she will miss now.
It really hit me, harder then I realized. I looked at my own life and what I often take for granted.

How often do we come face to face with what we don’t have and point out what is missing because we base it on what another person has. Then in return we think our lives are incomplete and we fall into longing, then complaining and then envy. We lose our peace over trivial things, we stop being thankful with what we do have and sometimes we can be thankful for what we don’t have . It was then the Lord spoke to me and said “You have a lot to be thankful for, even for the breath in your lungs. Your life is full and complete because of me and I love you!” This made me feel so small and convicted. How often do I take for granted what I have and the life that God has given me?! To just be thankful?!

That night when I got home from that day I was with the Lord and I just opened up in praise and worship, thanking the Him. Thank you God for my family and friends! Thank you for the places I have been and all the awesome things you have done for me! Thank you for all the awesome things I have seen You do through people and for the people who believe in you! Thank you Father God for loving me when I wasn’t lovable; when I couldn’t even love myself!!! Thank you for setting me up for a wonderful eternal future in heaven with you!!! I cried a little too.

Before I went to sleep I lifted her family up in prayer that they would find comfort, peace and to be thankful for the time they had together.

Thank you Jesus, thank you Father God!

Abe thankful for sun!

Laying it down

Lately in my walk with the Lord, He has been working with me on my ‘getting alongness with others.’ Yes it’s been a buried issue that the Lord brought up to me recently and helped me get rid of it once and for all.

Let love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil, but hold fast to that which is good. Love one another as members of one family—live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, readily adjust yourself to people. Never overestimate yourself. Repay no evil for evil. If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:9-18. Amplified version and its paraphrased. I encourage you to read it through and study it.

I am heavily involved at my church and one thing we absolutely do not joke around with is strife. It is defined as a strong or bitter disagreement or fighting. It is a killer of many churches and ministries; many marriages, families and friendships have ended because of strife. The list can go on and on about how strife enters. Once strife is there and if not resolved and stopped it can be devastating. At my church we just absolutely do not give place to it at all! I am glad too, because it is so much more better to be in unity.

Unity is not getting offended when someone else’s idea is used and not yours. It’s putting others interests first before your own. Its not thinking your better then someone else. It’s not being jealous but happy for someone who gets blessed with a new car or raise at work. Unity is also forgiving even when you think they don’t deserve it. Getting along sounds a lot like walking in love and that’s why its important.

It says in 1 Peter 3:11, Let him eschew evil and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it. This means that we need to go after peace with everything we have so that we can live at peace with God, others and with ourselves. Peace means freedom from disturbance and tranquility.

I know that I want my body to function in a healthy unified way. In the body of Christ we all have our part to play and staying in unity keeps the body healthy and strong. If one part of the body is not at peace the whole body is affected and as a whole we need to put a stop to the part that is bringing disruption. The pastor of my church brought this topic up one night and I was deeply convicted; from that point on I am determined to never let strife enter in any way. As a church family we need to be accountable to each other like that. We need to ensure that strife will never enter in.

I have started a personal bible study on ‘getting along.’ I have found that there are so many great scriptures about it in the bible. If you struggle with this same thing I encourage you to seek God, he’ll tell you if there is any strife in you. Then find the scriptures that point you in the way you can live towards others in a unified peaceful way. We are to stay unified and in love to bring glory to God for His kingdom and to bring an end to strife.

Eyes on Me.

When I have been faced with tough times in my life, when the walls seem to be closing in on me, one phrase would always come up on the inside of me. I say “Just keep your eyes on Jesus.” If Jesus is my focus, then nothing else can distract me.

The story of Peter walking on the water inspires my faith because Peter was a regular person just like us. He called out to Jesus and Jesus said to Peter, ‘Come.’ Peter had to decide then to act or not. How often are we faced with that same thing. Peter might have thought ‘okay He said it was him, I’ll just wait till He gets to the boat.’ No Peter acted on His faith!

It probably wasn’t easy stepping over the edge of the boat and out onto the water. It wasn’t a ‘calm as glass’ kinda water either, it was a windy and wavy kinda water. But Peter walked and the story goes on to tell us that Jesus was a ways out from the boat. As Peter walked He kept His eyes on Jesus, but as soon as Peter’s attention turned to the wind and the waves he became afraid and began to sink. Then Peter cried out “Lord I’m sinking!” and immediately Jesus was there to take Peters hand. All Jesus asked Peter was why he had doubted.

I have been in doubt before and when i catch it, i am quick to repent and get back into faith. Doubt is there to trip us up on our faith walk, it can lead us off course and can keep us from taking a step. We all know the storms of life come, Jesus said that they would come. He also said that we could overcome them. How? By keeping our eyes on Jesus. We can put God’s word in our eyes, ears and mouth. We can confess God’s promises over the situations that face us. We can lean on church family who totally get what we’re going through and pray for us. That is how we can act on our faith!

I was at a christian retreat in college many years ago. A girl got up and shared something with the group. She was looking at the stars one night and just praising the Lord. She focused her attention on a specific star and she kept her gaze upon it. All around that star tiny shooting stars would fly by or she would hear the wind in the trees trying to distract her. Inside her, she heard the Lord tell her to just stay focused on that star and don’t look around. I’ve always remembered that story and it reminds me to stay focused on Jesus despite distractions that come and it will keep me on the path the God has for me.

Remember that God has a great path for each of us and by keeping our eyes on Jesus and trusting in Him; He will get us there.

I trust in the Lord with all my heart and I do not rely on my own understanding. I acknowledge the Lord in all my ways, and He promises to direct and make my paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6

Second Post

In 2008, I became a born again Christian, I gave my life to the Lord and attended a great church. Fast forward a few years, and I had moved to a different place in 2012. I started attending a different church and there I rededicated my life to the Lord. I started reading my bible regularly everyday. The church I attend emphasizes greatly on the significance of the Word of God. When we read our bibles it changes things for the better, I am a testament to what the word has done in my life. I have been healed physically, and set free from many hurts in my life that kept me in bondage.

A verse that sticks out to me is in Romans 12:2(AMP) “Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to it’s external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed), by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

I made a quality decision to spend time in God’s Word every morning and every evening. At the beginning it was just routine, but the more I have learned about God and who I am in Him; the habit became a great desire and its a joy to fellowship with my Father in the Word. Every time I read the word, or listen to the word being preached I am learning who my Father is. I am shown the way to become more like Him. As I let the word fill me more and more, I find that the things that use to annoy me don’t bother me anymore. If someone is being hurtful, I don’t retaliate but instead act loving towards them. I am learning to let the nature of God be my nature. If Jesus said to love your enemies and forgive then I will. If Jesus doesn’t want us to be sad but full of joy then I’m going to be.

By no means do I always get it right, yes I do slip up. That’s why I keep going to the word and filling myself up. The parts of me that need to change will eventually change because I want to be like my Father.

In Hebrews 4:12(AMP) it says that the Word of God is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword and it penetrates to the deepest parts of our souls and nature and exposing, sifting, analyzing and judging the thoughts and purposes of our hearts.

I recently had an event that was truth to what I am talking about. On the way to work in my car one morning a loud clunk, a bunch of rattling and my sense brought me to the side of the road and I found one of my tires was flat. I also realized that morning my phone was not with me. Instead of freaking out and getting angry, I calmly was led to start walking to a farm house that was very a little ways up the road. Fortunately a very kind man stopped and brought me the last few miles to the town where I work. A few phone calls later and I had a friend come and find and put new tires on my car. I was on the road again that same day. Praise God!

At the end of the day during my time with the Lord, I realized not once did I raise my voice in anger, not once did I throw something in frustration and it most definitely did not ruin the rest of my day. It so stunned me to realize that I hadn’t acted that way!! A little voice spoke on the inside me, and said ‘it was because of the Word of God, it changed how you reacted in that kinda situation.’ My jaw dropped and I responded “Yes Lord, Thank you for Your Word!” And just sat there giving praise and thanking God.

God’s Word is so amazing and it changes things, including us.

First Post

Hi there! I am so new at this in every way so bear with me, OK? But it is so neat how God can use this as the  topic of my first post.
A friend of mine suggested i start a blog, and so after giving it some thought and seeking God about it, I was given the “inner” go ahead. 
I thought this is gonna be so easy! I did a step by step How to Start a Blog online. Let me just say, it all quickly started to become a bit overwhelming. And I was like this obviously isn’t something for me, I am not meant to do this. It’s way too complicated for someone like me, so should I even be doing something like this to begin with?  Maybe I should just quit? 
‘I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have made it. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.’ Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG)
What an amazing verse! And just at the right time too! After doing the step by step, I became aware that I must have missed something because I couldn’t find what they had me install and blah blah blah. It made me so frustrated! So i just closed the computer and thought not gonna happen.
I was doing my nighttime devotional and just told the Lord I was casting this on Him, so I would sleep without this weighing on my mind. Well 4 am and I woke with this thought to look in my email. I did and followed the emails and links to lead me to this spot!!!  I’m so happy i didn’t give up. What if everyone gave up after the first few tries? I’m glad Jesus didn’t give up on us.  Where would we be if He did???!
I sure don’t have it all together and I am definitely no expert, but i keep my eyes on Jesus. What has been on your heart? What do you dream of doing? If he is calling you to do something bigger then you ever dreamed of and you just might be on the verge of giving up. DON’T! Just take one day at a time, one step at a time, one breath at a time.  Build your faith up in the word and rely on the one who is The Expert, He knows it all!