Ask HIM!


A bible-study I’m participating in supports the power of keeping a journal – (recording your thoughts and prayers and noting responses to prayer).  It’s an interesting study and it brought to mind, that over the years I have seen many answers to my prayers (I can recall them now because I highlighted them in my notebooks or journals).  There have been some pretty amazing answers, and some pretty amazing words have been ‘given‘ to me while I have spent time in God’s ‘presence’.  I have been given short responses, long responses and poems, as well as timely and astonishing ideas that were definitely not ‘of me’.

I plan on sharing them, as time goes by:  no point making note of them and then keeping them to myself, I think God always intends us to pay special attention to what He tells us, and is then hopeful that we will share His comfort and messages with others, as we can.  So here goes!

Some years back , I was envisaging being with Jesus: in my mind’s eye I put myself beside Him at the well and asked, “What do you want to say to me, regarding the things I am learning?” (still a relevant question today and in fact was one we were asked through the study I am doing, which in turn drew me back to my old journals) – mmmm – in writing this I am thinking “was this a God-thing?”

His reponse came quickly to my question at the well:

SEEK!

As the earth is whole, My love is!

As the waters flow, I AM TRUE.

Speak your heart to Me, I will meet you.

Let Me live in you!

I AM THE WAY!

It still gives me reassurance and comfort – still gives me a sense of awe and I am presently drawn to a bible passage

John 4:26 – “I who speak to you am HE“.

In Christ,

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Time Out!


‘I AM your Creator and I take joy in all you do’.

I can often be found, seated by a picture window in our sunroom, ‘taking in’ the beauty of the trees and flower gardens outside – OK, to the onlooker I’m merely staring into space, or taking ‘time-out’, however, I am not being idle – I am ‘listening’ for that gentle voice within me that will help me start my day in the right way.  I’m listening for the ‘voice’ that says ‘I AM always with you’; ‘I AM your Lord and Saviour’; ‘I AM so pleased to have your attention, because I have much to tell you’: He sometimes must also think, ‘Well Patricia, just in the nick of time, I AM glad that, at last, you are listening’,  (in fact, a journal entry some time ago, expressed that sentiment – and yes, it got my attention). 

Oh, these are not the specific words I ‘hear’ every day – these are a sampling of quiet murmurs that have attracted my attention in the past, (I know because I have records of whenever I have been ‘spoken’ to.  I love it when it happens because His thoughts and words, are certainly not my thoughts and words.  I choose the quiet of the early morning, because  I cannot concentrate or focus on God’s (inner) promptings, if there is noise and chatter around me, and so I ‘plant’ myself in my comfortable chair each morning, hoping He has something to say or show to me. 

Matthew 6:6 – But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

I wonder if God ever longs for quiet?  I wonder if, with all the prayers and supplications that are sent to Him every second of every single day, He ever murmurs, ‘Oh, please, I need quiet, how can I concentrate with all this noise going on around Me!’  I somehow, think not; after all He is the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent One, (the all-seeing, all-knowing, all-powerful and universal) God.  The Great I AM: therefore, I do not envisage Him whining for solitude so that He can think (to focus).  He is our Creator, Teacher, Father; He longs for us to be in relationship with Him, He yearns for us to accept Him through Jesus; He hears our every prayer and desire. 

Matthew 28:20b – I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

His gentle promptings and ideas, and often a solution to a challenge I have been unable to solve, are always uplifting and so awesome.  Why would I not seek to hear Him, when I experience such joy each time I hear His ‘voice’.  I am so glad He doesn’t need to take time out!

Prayer: Abba, let us never take for granted, the quiet times of our lives – so many people around the world have no opportunity for this privilege, due to oppression.  Let us always be willing to listen for Your words and be ready to share them with others.  Amen

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God Bless You!

Taking a Plunge!


I tend to distrust my abilities – and writing is a new-ish venture for me. 

A friend recently suggested that I send an sample of my devotionals to a particular Christian website, and to the attention of a particular person, inquiring if they are accepting new writers – after all, looking at and reading the website, I see VERY recognizable big-name authors posting their devotionals (I’m not that good);  EEK, and here I am asking about acceptance of my work!  Oh well, nothing ventured, nothing gained – so yesterday, I gritted my teeth and did it, not expecting too much response in return!  However, within a few hours I heard back from the Pastor and ‘yes’ my devotionals were liked!  In addition to that good news, they had been considering adding a new writer!  (Oh really? – OK, cynical cut it out).  Golly Gosh! 

They do however, prefer submissions twice a week and to date, Miss Tardy here, has been very relaxed in effort and has been writing perhaps four a month (at a push) – that would definitely have to change.

The neat thing is that I’ve started getting feedback on some of them and I find that exciting – makes me feel as I would if I’d won a huge jackpot!  So, perhaps I will ask if I can be that new writer, (perhaps it’s Gods’ way of giving me a prod and saying, ‘I want you to do more of this) – my friend had mentioned she thought it was a God-thing, when she was ‘burdened’ to encourage me to apply; so, here goes, wish me luck (prayer would actually be better) cos’, I’m about to jump in and try ‘new water’!  Hope it’s not too cold!  Hope the waves don’t get too big!  Hope there are no sharks in there!  OH, for goodness sake!  Stoppit, and just ‘get on with it’.  Ok, here goes………………………………………..splash 🙂 🙂

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Easy to Say!


Have you noticed, how easy it is to give advice to others, while overlooking what you yourself might need guidance on?

Recommending a change of direction or lifestyle is easy to voice, it often is not so easy to do- for many reasons depending of who you are and what you are dealing with.

The world sadly, has many folk who make unrealistic and cruel demands on others; they are ensuring their own rewards and needs while completely ignoring the difficulties and restrictions they impose upon others. 

A saving-grace in complex situations, (if you believe in God) is to remember that you have a ‘safe place to go’.  God lives in the hearts of all believers and no-one can take Him away from us.  Life can be full of regulations and controls that burden us, even cause us to consider ‘giving-up’, but at those times, God’s people can seek the quiet of a God-filled heart; can forgive cruelties placed upon them, can pray for and receive a strength that is beyond the understanding of non-believers (in fact they will often ridicule our dependence upon a God that cannot be seen); we however, trust in His provision of peace, strength and comfort and seek His wise and kind counsel, whenever we are perplexed or troubled by life and humankind.

Psalm 71:1 – I run to You, Lord, for protection.  Don’t disappoint me. (CEV)

Prayer:  Father God, let us always remember who is truly in charge of our lives.  We can be overwhelmed by the control that others have on our lives: help us to focus on You and trust in Your provision for our well-being, our inner peace and ever-growing faith.  Amen

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Help when you are Struggling!


Is your life ‘out of control’?  Are you worried, or sick, or perhaps grieving the loss of someone or something precious to you?

Life and circumstances can be unpleasant.  However, I found a place that gives peace, comfort and understanding.  Where?  In the bible.  Oh, come back” – don’t dismiss this message yet…….after all you don’t even know what I’m going to say yet, and do you really want to stay in your present ‘frame of mind, where thoughts are causing you so much anguish?  Is it such a fun place to be?  The bible really can open up a new pathway in life and lead us to better places……

He will light your way and guide your path.

He will be your comfort through this storm,

He will be your solace;  Ask and you will receive.

Matthew 7:7-8  Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  (NKJV)

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

And lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He shall direct your paths.  (NKJV)

Many times, in my life I have floundered and made really bad decisions; trusted the wrong people, and still many more times He reassured me and drew me closer to Him, gave me hope and a future worth living.

Jeremiah 29:11-14a – For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.  And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me, with all your heart.  I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity.  (NKJV)

This passage gave me such peace years ago, when my life has been turned upside down, by marriage breakup, job-loss and rejection by loved ones.  However, in ‘hanging on’ to the those words, I was drawn into the bible (because I desperately needed reassurance that I would be OK); I decided to trust that life could and would be better.  I’m not saying that life will be without troubles, because life just isn’t like that, I do however, guarantee that you’ll have a quiet place to ‘hang-out’ when everything around you is ‘going ballistic’.

Why not give it a try; there are many translations of the bible: a favourite, easy to understand bible, is the Contemporary English Version, where everything is written in everyday words.  Do you have internet?  Then go to www.biblegateway.com and look up these bible passages (Proverbs 3); (Jeremiah 29); (Matthews 7:7-8) – choose the Contemporary English Version bible and start reading.  What do they say to  you?  If nothing else, you’ll be drawn to a better way of thinking, but I pray that you’ll find much more there. 

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Hope Eternal


1 Thessalonians 2:19 (CEV)

19After all, when the Lord Jesus appears who else but you will give us hope and joy and be like a glorious crown for us?

Morning light is just visible – and the birds are way ahead of it; their song is already erupting into the skies and into my ears.  Oh, what absolute joy their ‘voices’ bring to my heart.  I have to open my windows, in order to hear them more clearly – I do not want to miss any of their exuberant song.

Such a small thing really – however, I tolerate the winters here in Canada, in expectation of the annual arrival of beautiful sight and sound of the birds that return to my garden.  The cacophony of song they bring is a ‘tonic’ to my entire being.

Try to imagine, if you will, the joy to be experienced after the ‘sleep of death’, when our eyes and ears are once again awakened and we will look upon the sight of Jesus and hear His voice!  We will no longer have to tolerate the pains of physical life on earth; because we have hoped and trusted and changed, because we need to believe “there is more to life than this”.

How do we insure we are among those who will be given opportunity to experience this?  When this world no longer exists – what do we look forward to and how do we get there?

2 Peter 3:11 (CEV)

11Everything will be destroyed. So you should serve and honor God by the way you live.

Isaiah 32:3 (CEV)

3Then everyone who has eyes

   will open them and see,

   and those who have ears

   will pay attention.

We need to trust in God’s Word – it tells us all that we need to know! We need to believe in Jesus and all that He did for us!  We need turn from all that we are doing that is wrong and anything that causes us un-necessary worry, pain or fear.  We need to completely trust the advice for right-living found only in the bible.  Change can be hard, but if we don’t give up, all the joys of heaven can be ours. The beautiful sight of Jesus and the sound of His voice will be a bringer of joy that even song birds cannot match.   Eternal life will be blissfully pain-free, trouble-free and filled with the constant song of heavenly choirs.  Sounds to me, like joy beyond compare. 

Prayer:  Father, we are so thankful for Your creations, their beauty elevates our spirit each time we choose to focus on You.   We live for the hope of spending eternity basking in the beauty of Your heavenly home and Your presence.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Patricia Day

Innisfil,Ontario

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To Tithe or Not To Tithe!


Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  ‘Test me in this’, says the Lord Almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room for it”’

When you have very little income at your disposal tithing is often considered an unwanted strain on resources.   It has amazed me over the years, the number of (professing) Christians I have met that refuse to tithe because they say they can’t afford to.   I, on the other hand, have learned over the years that I can’t afford to not tithe, no matter how small my income has been.

The New Testament teaches generous, sacrificial giving, from the heart, according to our means. For some, $1 might be a sacrifice, while for others, even giving 50% of their income might not induce a sacrifice. In the Old Testament, ONLY the farmers tithed, and it was equal percentage (a tenth). The New Testament teaches the principle of equal sacrifice instead of equal percentage. Equal sacrifice is much harder to achieve, if not impossible, than giving ten percent.  1 Timothy 5:8 (KJV) “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.”  (last paragraph by kind permission of Gary J. Arnold – for more indepth teaching on Biblical tithing see his website –  http://www.tithing101.com/).

My husband and I have (in the distant past) ‘skipped’ tithing because at the time, we felt we could not afford to give any away,  our income was often was not even enough to meet our own commitments – so how could we possibly give a percentage away!  However, each time we chose to not tithe, we invariably suffered consequences of far greater cost than the small amount we should have (cheerfully) given; by way of unexpected repairs or demands on our financial resources!   

I would like to urge you to think again if you are considering keeping all that you earn for yourself, and dare to not give a portion to God – He is the giver of all that we possess – and He can take it all away in ‘the blink of an eye’ (been there – experienced that).  I believe He does this, not out of malice – but to draw our attention to His ways, to grow in our faith and to trust in His provision. (This is just my viewpoint of what has worked for my family –  decide for yourselves what is right for you and yours).

SoTo Tithe or not to Tithe?  Let me put it this way – God loves a cheerful giver and I want to be obedient and please Him, and so I happily give my portion –  right away, then it’s done – and ‘No’ I do not sit back and wait to be blessed, I just rest in the knowledge that I have given what I can and then get on with my day!

Patricia Day

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Choose Wisely!


John 12:36 –  If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going.  As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.  All these God-signs He had given them and they still didn’t get it, still wouldn’t trust Him.  (Message)

Beginning my day, as I always do – reading my bible and praying for family and friends, enjoying the view from my sunroom – and watching the birds at the feeders, all of a sudden, my eye ‘catches’ a bright flash of color!  Sunshine yellow – a beautiful American Goldfinch – the first one I had seen at the feeders.  What joy!   Instantly, my day was brighter by seeing this little ‘bringer of light’ into the still drab (winter-weary) garden – (from ‘darkness to light)! 

Life can also be a matter of light or darkness.  We need to choose wisely in how we live.  Light – (meaning a life of believing in and trusting in God) and leading a life of integrity and purity, in thought, word and deed; or deciding to continue in ‘darkness’ and living life as we always have, right or wrong.  Trusting in something or someone we cannot see, or choosing to stay in (a life of) darkness! 

The latter choice can put us in the tenuous position of losing our freedom (to come under the control of someone else), of losing the respect of all those we love, by leading us into demeaning lifestyles, where we no longer respect ourselves and become people pleasers, to those who have dark minds and spirits.  No love, no respect (no light)– only control in all that they demand of us (darkness).

John 12:44-46   Then Jesus cried out and said, ‘He who believes in Me, believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.  And he who sees Me sees Him who sent MeI have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness’.  (NKJV)

John 3:15  5Then everyone who has faith in the Son of Man will have eternal life. (CEV)

I pray for each of us that we choose the lighter pathway in life. That we become willing to trust in the wisdom of the bible, and live according to its’ guidelines, (it can change our life)! It will not guarantee a life without troubles, but it will ensure we each have an inner strength to draw upon, when life becomes too hard to bear.  

Many years ago, new-found Christian friends helped me re-learn trust in this way – they helped me see that by trusting in an unseen God, each day each new day became brighter, brought joy and renewed hope, instead of dread. I chose to follow their biblical advice and I began trusting in God: I found a calm that was not of my own making; when I gave up trying to control my life.  Just as a goldfinch can bring ‘light’ into a garden, so God, through inviting Jesus into our lives, can bring life-giving light to our hearts.

John 14:6 – I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.

Prayer:  Abba, grant us the courage and the wisdom to choose what is right for us, what is good for our lives.  Help us find the right pathway and step out of the darkness of the world, into a life that is filled with You, with Jesus, with love, kindness and respect.  In Your precious name, we pray, Amen

Patricia Day

Innisfil, Ontario

Ride of a Lifetime


Deuteronomy 2:4b warns us: …….watch yourselves carefully: (NKJV)

 John 16:33b further advises – ‘In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world’.  (NKJV) 

 Life can feel like a thrilling roller-coaster ride.  A day can be filled with ‘scream-provoking’ or ‘fear-filled’ moments, that overwhelm you by their intensity, or they can be mere side-show distractions that draw your attention and keep your mind focused on trivialities, rather on a true, meaningful purpose for your day.  Step by step or thought by thought, we can reach the end of our day feeling exhausted and unsatisfied, because  our attention and energy has been depleted by all the ‘stuff’ we allowed to distract us.

Jesus seeks to have us focus on Him, to believe on Him and rest in Him and then we will find perfect peace, and yet it can be so much easier to stay where we are even though it might be uncomfortable.  We tend to hang onto what is familiar because it is our ‘comfort zone’, even when it is detrimental to our well-being. 

 People or situations can be a source of danger if you do not remain vigilant, so we need to be gainfully employed body, mind, soul and spirit.  We should not give in to despair or temptation only then can we be refreshed and comforted, by God’s Grace and Love.

 Prayer:  Father, help us to focus on You and Your Word, instead of allowing the empty, merry-go-round of the world hold us captive.  Let us be enticed by all that You have for us and keep us from resorting to worldly values, as we progress through each day.  May we rest in Your tender care and follow Your guidance in all we do.

In Jesus Name, Amen

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