Friday, March 1, 2024

Not as bad as I used to be

 Nehemiah 9:3 "They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the Lord their God for a quarter of the day, and spent an other quarter in confession and worshipping the Lord their God."   Can you imagine spending over half your day learning the Word, confessing and worshipping?   I have a hard time getting my clients to read a verse a day.  I used to wake up in the morning and “work out.”Now I wake up in the morning and spend time learning the word, and worshipping God.   My mantra is; When you put on your faith you are fit for anything “.  ( I still value exercise, I value Faith more. 1st Timothy 4:8) When reading this verse I am reminded that I truly don’t spend much time in confession.   My sins aren’t as loud today as they were 20 years ago when I was actively drinking.  But I am humane so I am still full of sin.   In AA we have a saying, “ Our secrets keep us sick.”   Today I am inspired to look at my heart and truly confess what my pride is telling me is “Reasonable behavior and desires”.   The world’s standards are not Gods standards.   Joyce Meyer says,”I am not as bad as I used to be, but I’m not where I want to be.”   It's very good for my health to stay in confession and worship.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

No matter what

Nehemiah 9:6 "You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heavenly worship you."   Reading this verse I am remembering how GRAND our Heavenly Father is.  He is also amazingly intimate.  He knows each of our words before we even form them.   He is so GRAND!!   I am in the middle of a remodel project.   I am  getting a bit overwhelmed by the can of worms I opened.   I am feeling the money crunch as everything is adding up past my budget.  I am tempted to be anxious.   Our Lord is GRAND.   He didn't bring me this far to drop me now.    Chapter nine of Nehemiah talks of the many ways the Israelites turned away from God and how when they turned back He showed compassion on them.   Even if I am way over my head here..... God is GRAND.   He did not bring me this far to drop me now.    A remodel project is not personal.  Many of us are going through things much more emotionally challenging than this.    Our God is GRANDER and more intimate than we can think.   He will never leave us not forsake us.   He will not drop us now, NO MATTER WHAT!!!    Trust!!!   I feel a bit embarrassed to bring up a silly remodel project.  But my anxiety about it is real and woke me up last night.   If something is causing you anxiety no matter what it is.   It's not to small of a problem for God.   He wants you to call upon Him!!  He is ever present, ever listening, ever loving!!!!😇🙏❤️

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Do not Grieve!! Let His Joy be your strength

 Nehemiah 8:10 "Nehemiah said, "Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks and send some to those who have  nothing prepared.  This day is sacred to Our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength."   Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!!    Sometimes i get mad at people and have a hard time practicing forgiveness.    We are commanded “not  to take offense in the first place”,  we are to forgive.  Forgive not only once, but over and over again.  This can be so against our humane nature.   My humane nature wants to hold a grudge and be justified in my anger  my Spirit man says "Love Them!"   When I am walking in  unforgiveness my souls aches and I am grieved.  Do not grieve!!! The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength!!    No matter how personal the offense seems to be it is best to not take offense.   Hurting people hurt others.  Most of the time if I look at what wrongs people are committing including my own  it's out of a broken Spirit trying to find comfort in a moment and not having the patience to "Wait upon The Lord.” We all face many, many  trials in this life.   Let’s get through them without malice or grief by keeping the Joy of the Lord as our strength!!! 🥳🙏❤️No Matter What!!!!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Only if it’s in the Lords plan

Lamentations 3:37 " Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?  38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? 39 Why should any living man complain when punished for his sins?”   …….55 “I called your name, O Lord, from the depths of my pit.  56 You heard my plea: Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”  57 You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.”

Yesterday I spoke of my pride; thinking other people should do things the way I do them.    My pride is also very evident when I think God should do things the way I think He should do them. I am humbled by these verses remembering that even if I am not a fan of what is happening, I can TRUST God has His hand upon it all and as I call out to Him, He hears!    Are you walking in pride or humility?   Don’t worry, there is a method to what appears to be the madness!!

Monday, February 19, 2024

Judgy?

Isaiah 26:3"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, is the Rock eternal."…12 “Lord, you established peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.”     Trusting God is sovereign give me peace.   I often struggle with pride.   God has given me many talents.  Sometimes I think it’s me who has accomplished this or that.    Yes of course, I physically did whatever.   It is FIRST GOD that gives me the ability.  Today I’m thinking of where I would be if God didn’t give me the ability to get and stay sober.   I’d likely be in a complete mess if alive at all.   Even with this heart knowledge I can get prideful.  I can think of myself more highly than others. I can be “judgy” in my heart.   My humane nature says “Why doesn’t that person do what I’m doing?  My way is good”.  Everything I have comes from God.  Everything I will ever have will come from God.   When I TRUST in His amazing provision I can feel His Peace.    Today.  I will simply try to stay thankful.  If I’m tempted to think others should be doing what I do…. I will simply Trust that God is working His Way in them too!😇❤️🙏

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Be equipped

Hebrews 11:20-21 “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen"

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday , marking the first day of Lent.   Years ago I started giving something up for Lent as a daily reminder of the sacrifice Jesus made for me by leaving Heaven and living a perfect life, of a servant,  in this world, so He could fully pay our sin debt with His sacrificial deaf.  Giving us by faith salvation and eternity in Heaven to look forward to.   Wow.   What a powerful gift, the gift of Jesus!!    With Jesus we are truly equipped with everything good  to do His will.     I am trying again this Lent season to remember daily the Powerful gift of Jesus.  I will try daily to simply rejoice and be glad in it!!   May you too be in awe of Jesus this Lent season and beyond!! 😇❤️🙏

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Be filled this Valentine’s Day.

Proverbs 14:30 "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones."   Today is celebrated as Valentine’s Day.  This is a day that really promotes having that “Special Someone”.     I have been single most of my life.  When I celebrate Valentine’s Day I choose to be thankful for what I have not what I don’t have.  I have the love of Jesus that will never leave me not forsake me.   I have friends that I can send a note to to let them know I am thinking of them.   I have family, sisters brothers, children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts and cousins……. Today as I look at everything I have it far out weighs having someone that will send me flowers.   Today the “ world “ may tell me my life is missing someone.   That is a lie.   God is with each of us supplying all our needs in His perfect timing.  Even those I’m missing that are in Heaven today, He has them safe in  perfect love.   Happy Valentine’s Day!!   Today is the day the Lord has made let’s rejoice and be glad in it!!!  Let’s be thankful for what we have.    Our greatest gift is the powerful gift of Jesus!!!  Let us nurture all the gifts He has given us today!!   Let us simply be thankful for what is!!😇❤️🙏