Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Attitude is Altitude!!

Matthew 23:26 " Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also."   Inside out.   Attitude is Altitude!!  To be healthy and well, I fist need to check my head and heart;  am I living in thanksgiving and contentment?  Is my head and my heart at peace with God?   Often not.     I tend to come up with my own plan and ask God to bless my way, instead of seeking His guidance and Wisdom.              Another quote I like this week is; "failing to prepare is preparing to fail".   I have to intentionally prepare my head and heart to focus on Christs redeeming love,so I see myself as a conqueror, in right-standing with God, forgiven and made new moment by moment, a fresh start.  With the strength of Jesus to keep on keeping on in His direction!!!     Philippians 4:13 " I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength". 

Friday, August 12, 2022

New old boat

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become new."   I'm reminded of this verse today as I look out on my"New " old boat.   πŸ˜‡.   My brother in law put on a new motor on my old boat.  He said, “It runs great, even better then the original one. Not just better but brand new, works great, you're going to love it better!!!  I can hardly wait to try her out!    That what happens to is when we TRUST Jesus as our Lord and Savior.    He takes our sins and removes them as far as the East is from the West and remembers them No more.    But He doesn't leave us void.  He give us His nature to replace our old sinful one.   He gives us His righteousness, His righ standing with God. His eternal life!!   In our death here on Earth we get a new glorified body so we will look like we've been made new.    In the mean time we are kinda like my new old boat.    New on the inside.  Look the same on the outside.      Today be inspired to freshen up inside out!!! One of my dearest friends Judy used to say, "When you have Jesus in your heart, you look younger".  I like that too.  πŸ˜‡❤️πŸ™πŸ¦…πŸš΄πŸΎ‍♀️

So don’t be all worried about the outside, be renewed inside out!!!   I’m 60 this year.  So I do get a little irritated with how I look on the outside.    What is most important is who I am on the inside.   Let Be who He makes us to Be today!!!

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Let go of Expectations

Colossians 3:13 "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put in love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."    Forgive as Jesus forgives us.  Bear with one another, whatever the grievance.  Put on love!!   Wow.  This is a tall order.   The only way to do this is to fist be full in Christ Jesus.   (COL.2:9).    On my own thinking I can hold unto resentments.    Often people don't meet my expectations.   They are not supposed to.     I am supposed to love people as they are not as I want them to be.  That is how Jesus loves each of us.   As we are!!!    I'm not saying He enjoys our sinful choices.  Through Jesus we are not our sinful nature we are His righteousness. Let's see His righteousness in each other.   Let's love and forgive with pure hearts,  bearing with each other in love no matter how many times people don't "meet our expectations ".   Avoid resentments by walking in true Christ like love. Love others as they are,  without holding them to “your” expectations. πŸ˜‡πŸ™❤️πŸ¦…This includes loving ourselves this way!!   

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Deep joy helps in being still

1 Thessalonians 5:18 "In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ".  Today I am filled with Thanksgiving.  I got to meet my grandson Monday. A brand new beautiful life.   I witnessed the love his mom and dad poor on him.    I got to see his beautiful eyes, tiny little hands and feet.  Wow.  Such wonderful gift!!! God loves this  little man even more then we do and He knows every hair on his precious little head.  Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."    I am simply going to rest in thanksgiving today.  Being  still and seeing what is right with thankfulness,  is the best thing in the world!!!  On a day to day basis this can be hard for me.  With the miracle of this Beautiful Baby.  Being thankful is the only thing I want to do.  πŸ˜‡πŸ™❤️πŸ¦….  How fantastic to simply be filled with joy and thankfulness!!!

Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.  11 The Lord almighty is with us; the God of Jacob  our fortress."    He is with us !!!   We can be still and TRUST.

Monday, August 8, 2022

So you don’t break down

Life is 10% what happens to you & 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll ><> Proverbs 15:15; Proverbs 17:22; Luke 6:20-23

John 16:33-4 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”   ( Words of Jesus).   This Summer I have had lots of trouble.  But I have great joy too.   My first Grandson was born yesterday and he is so very very beautiful!!! I currently on my way to meet him.  But broken down on the road with my boat in tow.   I am choosing to be thankful, that this to is manageable and that I have been so blessed to be a grandmother.   Praise the Lord!!!   Life is full of obstacles but it is also filled with joy.   Today see what’s right and be thankful,  so you won’t break downπŸ˜‡πŸ™❤️πŸ¦…

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Learning through life lessons

John 5:14 "Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him,"See you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."   

We are forgiven and made right with God through the powerful gift of Jesus.    Yet, we have consequences for our actions.  This verse reminds me to try hard to keep turning away from sin.   If I ask people for advise many will tell me I'm doing good.   I'm being to hard on myself.   I'm not trying to live up to people standards I'm trying to be more like Jesus. God sees my heart.  He is making me truly well from the inside out.    The only way I seem to pay attention is through consequences.  Sometimes I wish I could just "get it" without the painful life lessons  but even in the middle of my mess. I remember, He is with me, loving me through it!!   Jesus also told the woman at the well, "Go and sin no more!!" That is impossible this side of heaven but we can joyfully accept the refining process and keep on keeping on, through the powerful gift of Jesus.    Through Him we are not defined by our sin. We are defined by His righteousness!! 

“See you are well again,  stop sinning or something worse may happen to you”……,this also reminds me of when I was actively trying to quit drinking.   I could quit for a bit then I would think life was going good and I could handle a glass of wine …. Pretty soon I would be drinking full force again and it would take “Something worse” a new rock bottom before I would try to get sober again.   I praise God I survived my last rock bottom. 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Let Jesus fill the hole in your heart

One of my dearest friends just lost her mother.   No matter how old or seemingly ready you are,  you can never be truly ready to loose a loved one here on earth.   When they leave us here, they leave us with a hole in our hearts.    The only One big enough to fill that hole is Jesus.    If you are suffering a loss let Jesus fill your emptiness.  He is truly the Only One who can.  When we have lost a loved one, who is in Christ Jesus,  we have the assurance of their eternal life.  We have assurance that they are " Safe in His arms".  We have assurance we will see them again, our separation is only temporary.     Hold tight to the promises of God through the powerful gift of Jesus!!! John  6:40 "For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day."        TRUST your loved one is safe in His arms!!