Bless This Day, Lord


Today, the brutally cold grip of winter has eased. Just a little, but enough to give hope of warmer days ahead.

It reminds me that sinful ways, are equally unrelenting in the vice-like grip that they hold over our lives. Despair grows, and each day brings no relief; just more pain. Then, we are introduced to the love of God. We hear about Jesus and the sacrifice He made for each one of us willing to listen and to be brave enough to change our ways.

Gradually, as the truth of God’s Word (the Bible) is uncovered life becomes more tolerable. Just a little, day-by-day, until there is a break-through. The day arrives when we feel lighter, brighter and safer. We realize that life truly is worth living, and we eagerly absorb the comfort it brings.

Our spirits begin to soar. We want to sing out loud, but all that can be heard is our heart saying “Thank you, Lord.”

The dark days slowly slide behind us and each new day becomes an opportunity to grow, and be grateful for every single moment. To never give up.

Lord God, we thank you for all that You show to us, as we choose to allow You to change our ways. Please bless us bless this day, and guide us according to Your will. Amen.

Jesus!


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It’s Christmas-time once more. The season for frantic shopping; planning and entertaining and spending far too much.

What’s the point of it all? The true reason for the season is to honor the Christ-child, Jesus. To remember why He was born and be thankful.

All who believe in and follow Him, have been changed forever by His birth. Saved from worldly values to live according to the Word of God (the Bible).

Matthew 1:21 says it so well. An angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph to reassure him and to tell him what was about to happen. It was an event that changed his and Mary’s life forever. ‘And she (Mary) will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.’ This was the birth of Christ. The first Christmas to those who looked for and adored Him. No jangling cash registers or crowds of shoppers; but a quiet event, on a cold night, that brought a sigh of relief to many. Peace. Comfort. Reassurance.

May Peace, Love and Comfort be yours, now and forevermore.

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Patricia

Restoration



Jeremiah 30:17;For I will restore health to you and heal you of your wounds,says the Lord. (NKJV)

I look at my desk and see chips in the veneer; and yes, you are right – that tells you it is not solid wood. It fitted my needs, when I bought it.

I do have a remedy for the damage; a small bottle of stain. It came with the purchase. I can readily disguise the small areas of damage, making the desk surface look new again.

Christians can become flawed too, but these misdemeanors (or sins) can be obvious. The Bible has specific instructions on what is proper behavior for God’s people. Repair (or forgiveness) in these instances has to come from God. His mercy and grace can repair any spiritual imperfections.

Just as I return the desktop to its former beauty; God can do the same for us.

Let Him restore you today. He can, if you will let Him.

Patricia

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Overwhelmed, But Not Beaten


I am certain, there are many of us, that can relate to the sense of feeling overwhelmed, by daily circumstances.

You know the things: Job loss. Broken relationships. Financial needs. Illness. Each one of these can throw your daily routine into anything but……routine.

You lose focus. Feel hopeless and helpless. Don’t know what to do next; in fact, you wonder what will ‘hit’ you next, when so many things in your life keep zapping you – and they’re not good things.

For any unbelievers, trials can be daunting. However, followers of Jesus, can take comfort in knowing that He will guide and encourage, as needs arise. He helps us to be overcomers, knowing that He allows nothing into our lives that we cannot handle. Often we cry out to God as if toe say, “Hey – I’ve had enough. When is this going to end?”

The answer to that is ‘when it is time for the end’……….not much help while you’re going through ‘stuff’. The trick is to persevere. To not give up. Resist the temptation to try an easier route and let God work His wonders according to His timing.

Take a break, by putting on music you love. Read a good book. Spend time in your garden, or take a walk. Anything to keep your mind on positives. Even though, you might not be feeling thankful, look back on your life and count the blessings you have experienced. Be thankful for each one. You will find that, little by little, the despondency will lift as you dwell on good things.

I recently heard this. When trouble besets you and disaster strikes, plan to be thankful and positive. When you do this you will find that is something the darkness did not take from you.

Be blessed and be comforted in knowing that God loves you, and always will. He is with you, even in the worst times. Believe this and hang on to it – always.

Patricia

That Was Easy!


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Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved. (NKJV)

I begin each morning in this order – - coffee, devotional reading from the Daily Bread, Bible reading and then prayer.

My prayer today was that I please God in thought, word and deed. Nothing to it, or ‘That was easy’, as a certain company jingle tells us.

Next I sit at my computer, ready to read newly arrived emails. And I sit. And sit And – - “come on computer, don’t start my day working at a snail’s pace. I’m not sitting here to waste time”. My, that was easy – I’ve blown my good intentions already and the day has just begun.

“Whoops, Lord – sorry. It didn’t take much for me to forget”.

How easy it is to plan our day, and how easy it is to allow distractions to destroy them.

Prayer: Help us focus on what is good today. Let us follow Your directions so, at the end of our day, we end our day knowing we have done our very best, in all ways. Let us then justly claim that ‘that was easy’. Amen.

Seeing is Believing


Jesus was crucified. He was buried. He rose again on the third day, as was prophesied. He was alive and well, after the horrors of flogging, rejection and crucifixion.

It would be easy to doubt His resurrection. It is not usual for anyone to come back from death. Yet, Jesus did. It is not only written about; there are also eye-witness accounts.

He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve (Apostles). After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles. Then last of all He was seen by me (Paul) also …. (1 Corinthians 15:6-7)

So, who are we to doubt? Faith is believing in someone greater than ourselves. It is to believe the promises written about in the Bible. God – promises us that the Bible contains the absolute truth on how to behave, how to trust and how to live.

When there is nothing in your life worth a cent, putting your trust in God and in His written (God-breathed) words, can often be the difference between a life worth living and one of unspeakable heartbreak.

Jesus lived for us. He died for us. He lives for, and waits, for us to follow Him.

Choose life!

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. (NKJV)

Doubting Thomas!


Are you a doubting Thomas? Do you only believe what you can actually see with your own eyes?

Holy Week is not about chocolate, bunnies and eggs. It is about the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus – for us all.

He was wholly human and some days was sad, just as we can be. He was real and He suffered rejection, hatred and brutality. He was crucified. Buried. Rose from that death. Many did not believe it was Him. Many, even now, disbelieve the credibility of this historical fact.

Thomas was skeptical of the disciple’s and peoples’ reports, that they had seen Jesus – alive and well.

“Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe”. John 20:25

After eight days His disciples were gathered and Thomas was with them. Jesus came, and stood in their midst, saying “Peace to you”. Then to Thomas He said, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing”. And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and My God”. (John 20:26)

So how about you? Will you only believe when you actually see Him? It’ll be too late to choose Him then, because He will not know you.

Choose Jesus now. He is just waiting for you to decide.

Don’t be a doubting Thomas.

Jesus come in to my heart and soul. I need You. Forgive my unbelief and help me to start again. In Your Name I pray, Amen.

The Name of Jesus


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During prayer time, this morning, a beautiful song kept invading my thoughts. Perhaps my words were not what He wanted to hear; although first thing in the morning, they are more pleasant than my singing. However, the tune stayed with me and I had to find the words. I needed to know if there was a message for me or one that I could share.

My conclusion is – - I do not know. The only thing left for me to do, is to print the words here. Perhaps, somebody else needs to know about the power and grace of Jesus Christ.

YOUR NAME

As morning dawns and evening fades,
You inspire songs of praise,
That rise from earth to touch Your heart
And glorify Your Name.

Your name is a strong and mighty tower,
Your name is a shelter like no other.
Your name let the nations sing it louder,
Cause nothing has the power to save,
But Your name.

Jesus in Your name we pray
Come and fill our hearts today.
Lord give us strength to live for You,
And glorify Your name.

What beautiful words. I hope your spirit has been calmed by them, and I hope you trust your life to Jesus and His redeeming grace.

So, whatever else we do today, let us Live for Truth. Live in truth. Stand for truth. Speak the truth.

Prayer: In all our ways, our words and our actions, let us honor You and Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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Novel – A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story coming soon

The Storms of Life


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When life deals you one crisis after another, it can be very easy to succumb to defeat.

Our energy levels diminish and it is all we can do to get up in the morning. Once risen, we stumble through the day not sure how we can stay the course to reach the end of the day.

In between, we accomplish nothing of value thus setting the stage for depression. We feel weary and unworthy of anyone’s time or attention and begin to withdraw into a dark place. It is a place where joy has died and anxiety rules. It is a destructive, selfish place where pity-parties gain control, bringing our lives to a full stop.

When this happens, we need to reach out to others – not withdraw.
We need to be thankful for all that we have – not keep wanting more. We need to help others and we do this, our own needs and expectations take a back seat as willing service for or to someone else, begins to grow joy in our own lives.

Life storms come and go. Some of us will flounder while others overcome the battering of the emotional and spiritual waves. Taking control of our thoughts and actions can and will take us to a better place, once we rely on God’s guidance. He will always steer us in the right direction and place our feet on solid ground.

Matthew 8:25-27 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

If wind and wave can obey Jesus, why can’t we? Why is it so hard for us to trust God, choosing instead to live life our own way?

Storms will come and go, but once we allow God to control our lives we can always find a safe haven. We can always find peace.

Prayer: Abba, we tend to want to control everything in our lives. We complain about the crisis points of our lives, never thinking to come to You and hand over our stuff. Please help us to be willing to hand it all to You as we strive for a better way to live. Amen

Once we do this – can we find quiet in our storms? I know we can, but we have to be willing to let go – then let God guide us in all our ways.

Easier said than done – but so worth it!

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DO NOT WORRY


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2 Corinthians 12:9 ..My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness”. (NKJV)

Ahh: Worry. Some folk worry even when there is nothing for them to worry about. They are concerned that they won’t be equipped, or ready, to handle the next crisis in their lives.

I’ve heard that, “Worry is like a rocking chair – it is always in motion but never gets you anywhere”. (Excerpt taken from Barrie Free Methodist Church book of devotionals for Lent. Day 9)

We tend to concern ourselves with everything. Not that it is a bad thing, because we need to be able to cope in all situations, but to constantly focus on the negatives in life, will inevitably attract more of the same. So what is the solution?

Well, one very powerful way is to lean on God, and commit (or give) everything to Him: not trying to “go it alone”.

There are many passages in the Bible to encourage us in this.

Matthew 6:31-34 tells us: To not worry about what we will eat, or drink, or wear. God knows that we need all these basics, so we should concentrate more on the kingdom of God: that is – our eternal or spiritual life, for when we do that all our other needs will be met. “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be taken care of”.

We are, therefore, to take one day, one moment at a time and trust God for everything. Worry accomplishes nothing but more worry.

So Lord, help us to follow You. To trust You and lean on You in the good times, as well as the bad times. Let us trust that Your grace is sufficient for each of us, as we give our daily concerns to You. Keep us away from the rocking chairs in our lives, and lead us in Your way. Amen