Whenever you feel overwhelmed or in despair, it can make such a difference when you choose  to ‘go to God in prayer’;  He will reassure and raise you up above the troubles of this earthly world.

“The Lord your God is with you.  He is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing”.  Zephaniah 3:17

Prayer:  Abba, please hold the reader close to you and give him or her a sense of Your peace.  In Jesus Name, Amen!

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Trust the Word!

The gardens of our minds, can sometimes become choked with weeds; that is a time we can lose our way, because the pathway is not clear – we can make bad decisions – we can place our trust where it will not be honored – it is a time that we need to trust in the ways and the promises found in the Bible: I love the psalms, and in this instance I am particularly thinking of:-

Psalm 91:15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.

What a wonderful message of reassurance!

To Him be the glory, for this beautiful day!

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Casting a Wider Net!

I read the Daily Bread each morning, and today the subject is “Fishing Where They Ain’t”  – an attention getting sentence that suggests, as Christians,  we should make attempts to spend time helping, not only the Godly-living folk of this world, but also get out of our comfort zone and help the “lost” souls, who otherwise have nobody to care for them.  Suggesting it’s no good “fishing where there ain’t no fish” (doing good with only the saved folk of the world – we need to be “casting our net” (of attention) beyond them ) to share God’s love and kindness to those who have not experienced too much of it in their lives, and who are living lives that compromise them in so many sad or dangerous ways.

The lesson is:  to share God’s love not collect it and store it for ourselves.

Mm..m………Point taken, Abba – where do you want me to start?

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Blessed and Highly Favored!

My husband often uses the term, that he is  “Blessed and Highly Favored”,  in reference to his work and income, which, because he is self-employed and is in the service industry, can vary greatly day by day.

Many times when our income does not stretch to meet our outgoings, he and I question what, if anything, we are doing wrong – we tithe on every cent of income we receive and help in other ways whenever we can, when we are challenged by really low-income and it takes strength to dismiss the negative thoughts and bring ourselves back to ‘just being thankful’ for what we do have, and not what we think we should have, or need.

Stirrings of discontent, or fear, or envy are not of God – His presence and blessing in our lives gives us contentment;  strength to overcome and face whatever challenges us and additionally, causes us to be thankful for what we have – however modest our material wealth might be.  95% of the population of the world are poorer than our poorest here in Canada.  So – would you rather be who you are with what you have – or would you rather be one of the 95% who have far less – some do not have a home – have little or no income, having to beg for their daily needs, some are traumatized every day by conflicts within their country and they do not feel safe at any time of the day or night.  Is that how you would prefer to live?

God can and does, give us true peace within when we accept Him and His Holy Spirit, into our hearts. He accepts us just as we are and chooses to bless us anyway, with all that we need!

Colossians 1:21-23  And you, who once were alientated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight – if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven…..     (NKJV)

Pray:  Father God, help us to recognize our blessings and to be thankful for each and every need you fill.  Keep us from harboring resentments that are grown from thoughts of what we think we need, when in reality they are just “wants”  – which never bring true satisfaction, even when we get them.

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God’s Love Letters to You (book review)

Beautifully written ‘letters’ that touch your heart and soul. 

Take a break from the bustle of your day and spend a few quiet moments reading one letter a day (for 40 days) – take time to reflect on each one and then take a moment to pray. 

A spiritual spa-time during which you will begin to develop a closer and more personal relationship with the one and only God, who knows you by name and calls you to be one of His chosen ‘children’.

I received this book free, from Booksneeze in exchange for a review.  My review is not required to be positive.


Keeping My Distance

I’ve made the acquaintance of a dear lady, who is a neighbour in our new community.  She is vibrant, funny, well-educated, world-travelled, and well – VERY independent; so when she recently shared with me that she had slipped in the bath and badly bruised her side (she could walk, but with obvious difficulty) – I was concerned for her.  She has refused all offers of help and I am OK with that, as long as I see her out and about.  I am very independent myself and certainly wouldn’t want to pressure her in any way that I, myself would find intrusive. 

I have been concerned about her, nevertheless,  because in the past few days,  I’ve seen her outside, less and less.  Respecting her privacy, as I hope mine would be observed, I satisfy myself with the reassurance that she is OK, when I see her window blinds open up in the morning – then at least, I know she is up and about and taking care of herself.

I’ll keep close watch, from a distance and be content to be a respectful (but nevertheless vigilant – not nosey)  neighbour.

When I put this all into perspective, I think about God – I guess He does the same with us; He knows we need help and must, at times, desperately want to “jump in” to assist, but we  display very clearly that we can manage, so leave us alone but thank you for your offer to assist.

I am not at all hurt by my neighbours refusal, but God must be saddened by our continual attempts to “go it alone”, and disappointed that we choose to do things our way, without His ever-present help-line being available to us 24/7.  However, thankfully, He’s a good guy and doesn’t get upset with us; He patiently “keeps His distance”, until we realize that, we’re not doing so well, and perhaps could use some of His help after all.  God just wants us to want Him in our lives, just as  I suppose,  I want to be needed in my neighbours life.  I, too, can be patient – but I hope too, that she recovers and is fully able to re-establish her daily routines, quite independently, whatever they might be.

Praising God for Grace and Understanding (Wisdom).

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Clean-up Time!

We have two really large poplar trees in our backyard – apparently they are twenty-five years old – they are not particularly attractive trees, as they are constantly pruning themselves, shedding boughs, twigs and leaves with the slightest breeze.  Messy trees, I call them – because they cause a lot of (clean-up) work. Today the wind (it is so strong, I can hardly call it a summer breeze) is rushing through the leaves, shaking them and dislodging them as it goes; I love the sound of the leaves twisting – turning – shaking, it makes the trees ‘sound’ alive, as they respond to the currents of air coursing through them.  I liken the sound to Gods’ breath as He makes Himself apparent to me – calming and refreshing.. 

Some of us, in our hearts, are cool-spirited and untidy!  We have habits, and perhaps sins that keep us from being the beauty that God intended us to be; bogged-down by difficulties and overwhelmed by worries.  We have grown too big for our own good; we affect everyone around us with our careless attitudes and spiteful words; we need to be pruned and cleaned up, and in some instances we need to be cut down and replaced with something completely different.  A warmer heart, a cleaner spirit and beautiful attitude that radiates warmth to attract all that is good and clean, not to destroy. 

Prayer: As difficult as it may be for us sometimes, Lord, may we learn to leave it to You, trusting that we will be guided through whatever difficulties we may have, no matter how big or how small. May we know that no matter how messy things may get, nothing is too big for You to deal with. We give You thanks for when our trials are over, we will be stronger and closer to You. Amen.

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Who or What is Love?

Revelation 22:8-9

Now I, John, saw and heard these things.  And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that.  For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book.  “Worship God”.   (NKJV)

Who or what is love?  God is ‘Purest Love in purest form’.  Not any human, nor material thing.  God alone is wholly pure and dependable.  God is Love!

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Ants scurry along their pathways, busy working, collecting and storing.  They’re so tiny, as to be insignificant to us, and yet beyond the frantic busy-ness that we humans see, we tend to overlook that their one main purpose in life is to honor, by providing for and defending, their queen!

Oh, that we would be so focused and determined during every waking moment of our days: that our main purpose would be to honor, by serving and defending our sovereign too; but in our case it would be our Lord and Master, our eternal, everlasting King –  Jesus!

Colossians 3:23-24 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the rreward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.  (NKJV)

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Zap!  One less mosquito left, to bite me.

Zap!  One less black fly to take a ‘chunk’ of my skin.

Zap!  ‘Go away, flies and wasps – quit bothering me’!

So happy, we have chickadees and house finches nesting in our garden, helping to reduce the numbers of bugs & ‘er-nasties’!

So glad, God doesn’t ‘Zap’ (as in, crush) us each time we annoy or upset Him!

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