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Good evening everyone…and a “Happy New Year” to you! I don’t know about you; but I’m not only looking forward to leaving this year behind…but even more, I’m anticipating the new things that God has in store for me in this brand new year, which truly gives me hope…and something to look forward to, in the days to come!
Well…here we are once more. Are you ready to join me this evening…and take that final step into the year 2020? As we lift our foot, to make this final step…we are now going to prepare our minds, for the unknown days that lie ahead of us. Can we all say today that our minds are set to walk in a direction that will lead us to the things in life that can bring joy and happiness; despite what we may be facing at the present time? If we could just prepare our minds, to see each new day as something special from God; then life wouldn’t seem so overwhelming. Even now, as we prepare to enter the New Year, we are taking it one step and one day at a time. If we could continue this throughout the entire year; then we would also find ourselves in sync with God, which would always keep us connected with Him.
As we prepare to take the final step forward, let’s read Lamentations 3:22-24 and we read… “His compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. (23) Great is his faithfulness; his lovingkindness begins afresh each day. (24) My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him.”
As we begin to put our foot down into another New Year, are we aiming our lives in God’s direction or are we testing the waters, by attempting to figure life out, as we take one baby step at a time, while possibly dreading the moments that lie before us? If so; then these moments will detach ourselves from God and make life much more difficult to get through, which only makes us feel like giving up on life. Also…are we allowing stress and anxiety to control our lives and dictate our feelings or are we looking for God to lead us peacefully, from one day into the next, while anticipating His very best for our lives? If we would stop dragging the problems of yesterday, into the moments of today and look for a fresh new start each morning; then we wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed by the difficult moments we face. When we see God as our aim in life; then instead of living with dread, doubt and fear, we will live with a hope that will carry us down each path in life. We need to remember that the connections we make in life, will determine how we cope with life and how the tough moments come to an end.
Now…as we place our foot directly into the year 2020, can we say that we’re willing to leave the old way of thinking behind and step into thoughts that will relay a message to God, of the things we truly desire? One thing we should think on today is this…how we enter this New Year, will either give us a rough start or a new beginning. We also need to remember that resolutions can become empty words that never reach their destination. If we want to experience the better things in life; then we need to pursue them, with a heart and mind that isn’t willing to give up, until we have found what we’re looking for.
Now that we are focused on God’s purpose for our lives, while leaving the excess baggage behind, let’s begin to aim ourselves in a direction that will help us to walk one day at a time through this New Year with God. Here we go…let’s close the door to the old year and enter a new year that is filled with hope…new possibilities and all that God has in store for us.
Happy New Year everyone…and remember one thing, as you begin this brand new journey; that when you anticipate God’s best…your sight will always be looking in His direction.
Blessings on your New Year!
Goodnight & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very “Happy New Year’s Eve Day” to you! I hope that your day is off to a good start…and that you will truly experience God, in this final day of 2019!
This morning...before visiting with you, I had a talk with someone who has been struggling to live with reality. It’s amazing how we can easily find ourselves creating a world that is so unreal…a world of our own choosing. The only thing bad about this; is that when we don’t live with reality…then we find it that much more difficult to handle what is set before us.
As I have been thumbing through some Bible verses this morning…God led me to one in Philippians 4:8, which reads… “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Even though reality can make us feel discouraged at times…like me living in constant pain; there are thoughts that can help and encourage us along the way…like knowing that we are surviving these difficult moments, as God sustains us, from one day into another.
So many times, we find ourselves caught up in what is happening to us; that we either try to make it less than what it is…or we become too deeply focused on everything…to the place, where we can’t find the good through the bad.
In my own life…it’s not always easy to see life going downhill; but rather than focusing on where I once was…and where I am today; I begin to look for the things that can become worthy of praise, even in the midst of what I’m facing. When we can do this; then I have truly found that a light of hope always remains flickering within the soul.
As we prepare to enter another new year…may I encourage us all to face reality with God…but not in a way, where reality takes complete control over our lives? When we can face these difficult moments with God; then we will learn much…like how to lean on Him, during these difficult times…or even on how we can deal with what is before us.
When I was a young girl...I was brought up in a home, where I was made to feel that everything was always ok…or it was always perfect, when it actually wasn’t. Because of this…I pushed so many hurtful feelings deep within the heart…feelings that should have been dealt with at the time…and due to this; everything that had been pushed deep within the heart; erupted in the early years of my adulthood, which made it even more difficult to deal with.
No matter what we face in life…we need to accept it for the time; so we can work with God, to rid our heart and soul of these hurtful moments; that we may learn how to also find something good, in the midst of what seems to be the very worst. When we can do this; then instead of being attached to the problem…we begin to see that we are now becoming more deeply connected to God.
Well…I have truly enjoyed this time with you today…and these thoughts have become a great reminder to me as well. I sure hope that you will enjoy your day…and don’t forget to come back here this evening…around 8:00 pm EST, as we take the final step together, into the year 2020.
Have a great Tuesday & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good evening everyone! It’s so good to be with you this evening, as we prepare to finish our journey through the year 2019…to enter another brand New Year of 2020! You know…sometimes it can be difficult to enter a New Year, due to chronic pain and illness…no job…grief or some other deep embedded heartache that we are experiencing at the moment; so I thought that if we walked into the New Year together; then we could learn how to leave the old year behind and anticipate God’s best, in the New Year to come. Are you ready to begin a journey with me…one that will eventually walk us into a brand New Year? Ok…let’s begin…
As we lift up our foot to take that first step towards the New Year…one of the first things we need to do; is to get rid of the excess baggage of the past…along with worry, doubt and fear, so the journey ahead can be a lighter one. Many times, we find it difficult to press on and face another new year because we are already drained and sometimes overwhelmed, from the year that we have been living…so it’s time to get rid of some unwanted baggage.
As we begin, let’s read Philippians 3:13-14, which reads… “No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be, but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, (14) I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.”
The first piece of unwanted baggage we need to lay along the wayside; is to realize that we are not perfect people…and life will always be a continuous time of learning…for this is how we gain the knowledge and strength we need, to continue our journey through life. As we prepare for another new year, we need to begin, by not living up to people’s expectations and begin to live up to God’s expectations. When we make God happy; then we have succeeded in life and will find that through time…the journey through life will be much easier.
Now that we have left one piece of unwanted baggage along the wayside…by not living up to other people’s expectations; let’s let go of another one, by leaving the past behind; because when we choose to live in the past moments of hurt and pain; then we will never be able to enter the present moments, which will only make us feel as though we are not making it in life…which only leads to giving up. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t deal with the past because there may be moments when we need to do so; but at the same time, we shouldn’t make plans to remain in the past. When we can learn how to let go of the pain and heartache from the past; then we will soon find that we have also let go of one more piece of unwanted baggage.
The final piece of baggage that we need to unload, before entering another New Year; is to quit studying the mistakes and wrong turns we’ve made in life and continue to focus and strive for the prize that will become the reward we receive, for a journey well-traveled. When we begin to study everything that is wrong in our lives or even the hurtful moments of the past; then these moments only become other obstacles that enter our path, which only keeps us from pressing on.
Many today suffer with chronic pain and illness, along with deep heartache…and these moments can make it difficult to enter another new year because we tend to feel as though this journey never has an end; but rather than focusing on what is happening for the moment, why don’t we do as Paul did and strive to reach for the moments that can allow this awful part of the journey, to serve some great purpose in our lives.
Today, we can find hope and a reason to prepare for that second and final step into another New Year, when we are willing to leave all the unwanted moments of our lives behind, while choosing to exchange the negative thoughts and feelings, for a better outlook on life….knowing that a new year will also bring us new possibilities. When we choose to enter the New Year in this way; then we will find that the journey does become easier…the load does become lighter…and there’s much more room for God to work in our lives.
Well…I don’t know about you…but I have now laid aside all the unwanted baggage…and now, I’m ready to walk through a new door…into a New Year. I hope you will join me tomorrow evening, as we take that final step together, into another New Year…a year of new hope and new possibilities. Goodnight…and God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Monday to you all! I hope your day is going well! It’s a beautiful morning here…in fact, we had a light dusting of snow this morning, which actually makes it look like someone took a can of powdered sugar and shook it lightly all around me. Thank you Lord…for giving me such a beautiful start to my day!
This morning, as I’ve been sitting here in my office…the Lord placed a thought on my mind, which reads… “We experience Christ, when we listen for His still small voice.” In I Kings 19:11-12, it says… “And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: 12) And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.”
Have you ever wondered where the ideas that pop into our heads come from? First of all…they can’t come from us; so they have to come from something or someone else. I would say that the wrong ideas; that attempt to deceive us and sidetrack us in life come from Satan…but I believe that the ideas and thoughts that actually help us in life…truly do come from the Lord.
How many times has a thought or idea popped into our minds; but yet we do not listen. Instead, we choose to try it our way…only to find out later that just maybe we should have listened to the idea or thought that came to us instead.
I have no doubt within my own life; that there is a still small voice that comes from Christ’s heart to ours…after all; that’s how I write. It’s not an audible voice…but a soft and quiet voice that enters our spirits…our thoughts or even what is placed upon our hearts…and when we choose to follow through with these thoughts…plans and ideas; then we are truly following Christ.
We must remember as Christians; that Christ lives within us. He’s the one, who reads each of our thoughts and feelings…thoughts and feelings that are etched upon the heart. From there…I truly believe that this is when He begins to work within the heart and even the mind…to help and sustain us through these difficult times…and sometimes that’s through the still small voice of His Spirit.
No matter what we face in life…or no matter how destructive life may seem; Jesus knows it all…and I believe that His first desire; is to come running to us…to speak to us, in ways that can truly become the remedy and cure, to a hurting heart…body and soul. The only thing we need to remember; is to not only pray…but listen for His response. So many times we suffer needlessly; because we have our minds and hearts shut off from His presence.
Today, may I encourage you to anticipate Christ’s presence within you, rather than everything that is going on around you? I truly believe that when we take time to listen, rather than always talking…that is when life will get better…Amen!!
Well…time for me to begin my day; but before I go…don’t forget to stop by this evening…sometime after 8:00 EST, as we begin to start our walk into a brand New Year! Take care…have a great Monday…and I will see you this evening…God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good evening everyone…and how was your Sunday? I sure hope it was a good one! My day was so relaxing! I started out the day, by spending time with God and Keith…a quiet dinner and an afternoon of rest. Now I’m sitting here, as darkness brings on the end to another day.
Tonight…as we begin our time together, I would like to share something special with you; that I have planned for a couple of evenings…up to the New Year. We all seem to be struggling with something in this life…and sometimes it’s not always easy to enter another New Year; so God and I would like to take the steps with you, as we walk together, into the year 2020.
Tomorrow night (Monday), we will be taking our first step together…and then Tuesday evening, we will prepare to take the final step into the New Year. These writings that I feel led to share with you, will truly give you the strength to press on into another New Year…so if you know of anyone that may be struggling or feeling overwhelmed by life…I would encourage you, to also invite them to these powerful writings. The writings will take place…right here at the Risen Hope Ministries Social Blog…and will be posted around my normal time in the evening…sometime around 8:00 EST…or a little after that. I truly hope that you will take the time to check them out!
As we prepare for another new day…a brand new week…and the onset of another New Year, I would like to share a Bible verse with you, from Jeremiah 29:11…and we read… “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
You know…stepping into a new day…a new week…and a New Year can make the path ahead seem uncertain. Fear can even set in, while doubt takes us down a road; that makes us even question God’s ways.
One thing I have truly come to take hold of; is that God has not only created us in His image; but He has also designed our lives…and what would take place in the days to come. He already knows everything that is about to take place, which means that He has complete control over everything in our lives…and you know what…His plans aren’t meant to destroy us; but rather, they are plans to prosper us and give us hope and a future.
I think that so many times…the thoughts that lurk around our hearts and minds…only stems from the problems we face…for Satan not only longs to afflict us…but he also longs to make us believe that these moments will end in total destruction.
Tonight…we need to stop believing the thoughts that are being conveyed through a circumstance…and start believing God’s word…such as this verse in Jeremiah 29:11…for these words will truly give us hope and strength to press on.
No matter what you may be walking through in life right now…just know that God’s got you…and He is going to stand on every promise He makes to you, through His holy word…for His love will lead you to His very best…I know!
Well…I’m off to relax and enjoy the rest of my day off; so I can put my all, into what God has in store for me tomorrow! It sure has been a good visit tonight…and I pray that God will bless your night with peace and sweet rest! Take care and I will see you tomorrow!
Goodnight & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Sunday to you all! I hope that your day is off to a great start…and that you will experience God, in all you do…in this brand new day!
As I’ve been looking back this morning, on this long journey that God has been walking me through for many years…I see moments of deep pain and heartache…a storm that seemed endless, as the rain poured down upon my soul; but then a time came, when the sun began to reveal itself once more to me…and it seems that as each day passes…the sun gets brighter…even through the darkness that attempts to overtake my soul…and why…because I have not only discovered a better day; but I have truly found the light that can shine in the midst of anything I face…the light of Jesus Christ.
One of the Bible verses that have truly kept me disconnected from the past; so I could remain deeply connected with Christ; is found in Galatians 4:9…and we read… “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?”
I have come to see over the years; that remaining committed to people…who only keep me locked up in the bondage of the past…only ends up keeping me disconnected from the future…and all that God longs to do within my life. I have lost many relationships over this…because they choose to remain stuck in the muck and mire of the past, rather than allowing Christ to set them free.
As I look back on my past…and where I am now; it’s so different…like night and day…and I’m realizing more and more within my life; that I cannot be committed to others over God…for if I do that; then all the steps that have taken me forward in life…would all be in vain.
Sometimes I wonder why we become so committed to relationships here on earth, over a lasting relationship with God. Seems like we find it to be more difficult to walk away from people…but yet, we are the ones who tend to walk away from God.
One thing I have truly come to discover within my own life; is that I can trust God…because of all I’ve watched Him bring me through. Also…I know that His love is real…and it’s a love that doesn’t break my heart or abuse me. I guess we become so caught up into tradition; that we allow tradition to control our lives. I’m not saying that we all should leave family and friends, for no reason at all…or even stop loving them or praying for them. I’m just saying that we seem to find it easier to remain committed to an abusive relationship or a dysfunctional past…over a true and loving God…One who longs to love us and bless us in a real way.
In the past, I have had family members abuse me and lead me into a dysfunctional life…along with not keeping their word, which has greatly affected my life, when it comes to trusting others; but when I put them on a scale with God…I truly see so much more with God…and He truly does satisfy my soul.
No matter what we face…and no matter what hurts us deeply; we don’t have to remain stuck within the muck and mire of that despair, when there is a God who longs to lift us up and away from those hurtful moments, into arms of true love…a love that is pure and flawless…a love that will never give up on us…and a love that will always be there, to shelter and care for us…no matter what we may face.
As we walk through this brand new day, I pray that we will experience the perfect love of God…a love that will hold us close to Him, during the trying times…and a love that will always keep us distant from bondage!
Well…time for me to enjoy this brand new day that the Lord hath made! I truly hope and pray that your Sunday will be its best! Take care & I will see ya soon!
Many…many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a good evening to you! How was your Saturday? I truly hope that you had a very nice day! It’s been another great day for me! Since Keith and I are living on leftovers…I really didn’t have anything much to do; so I camped out in the office, with my husband today…and what a relaxing day I had!
One thing I did do early this afternoon; was make some ham salad sandwiches for lunch. I couldn’t believe it; but Keith never even knew what that was…so I surprised him, with chopped ham…chopped red onion and salad dressing. You could use mayo…but my mother used to make it with salad dressing (Miracle Whip). Anyways…what a sandwich…and I even made them with wheat bread and lettuce. I’ll tell you one thing…Keith knows what they are now; because he talked several times this afternoon, as to how he enjoyed them.
After a nice afternoon of peace and quiet…I decided to get an early shower and come in my office and spend a little time with you this evening. As I sat here on the daybed…looking out to an almost darkened yard; God led me to a song by David Phelps, titled…“Someone who cares.” For some reason, I knew that God was laying this song on my heart…but couldn’t quite figure out why. Well…lately, I have been feeling a little alone, with all the pain I’ve been going through…and I just think that God was reminding me this evening; that there is someone who truly cares about me…and that is Him.
While listening to the song…I continued to stare out the window…and as I looked up to the sky, God began to speak to my heart, while leading me to a Bible verse in I Peter 5:7…and we read… “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
You know…sometimes, we can become so caught up in the hurts of this life; that we find ourselves either holding tightly to them or wallowing in them; even to the place, where we forget to hand them over to God. I know for me…that when the pain gets out of control…I can completely forget about everything around me, except for the pain that is attempting to take me down; but you know what…when I find the strength through God…to turn upward to Him, rather than straight into the eyes of pain…that is when all the negativity…stemming from the pain...begins to leave, which truly helps me to connect with God instead.
One thing I have come to see over my lifetime; is that Satan not only longs to afflict us; but he also longs to wiggle the thorn of affliction and keep us distracted; so before we know it…we find ourselves lost and alone within the affliction. We must remember though, that there is truly a God who cares…and He even understands every hurt we’re facing…and all He asks; is that we would hand every care over to Him. I have truly come to see, through these little reminders…that when I do that; then the care that left my life to enter His hands, has now been exchanged for His loving care.
No matter what you may be feeling or experiencing tonight…may I encourage you, by saying; that God loves you more than you will ever know…and all He longs to do; is take the weight of despair from you and love you through these trying times in your life; but first, we must be willing to quit holding so tightly to despair…and let Him have it all; that we may truly feel and experience His comforting spirit.
As another day draws to an end, I praise God for His love…and for caring enough, to lead me to songs and Bible verses that can lift me up and draw me away from despair…into loving, caring and everlasting arms…His arms!
Well…time for dinner…a phone call and then some more relaxation. I truly hope and pray that you will find God, to be a loving and caring God…no matter what you may be facing at this time. Have a good night…and I pray many blessings on your night! See ya tomorrow!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Saturday to you all! I sure hope that your day is off to a good start…I know mine is! As I look out the window this morning…I am experiencing the beauty of God’s presence all around me, as I look out onto a frosty morning…praise Him!
This morning…before coming to visit with you, I was reading an email from an old friend…and this person has been going through a lot in their life…especially recently. As I read the email…one thought crossed my mind…in fact, it’s really a question for us all to answer…and here is the question… “How many of us can say that we are willing to wait on the Lord and not get in a hurry, when it comes to a serious situation…or really anything in our lives.”
You know…one thing I have come to observe recently; is how people tend to be in a hurry. Sometimes, I think that people pray and then go off with the idea, as to what they think God is relaying to them, rather than what He truly is relaying to them.
In Psalm 27:14, we read… “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” Have you thought that maybe God doesn’t always give us the answers we need right away; because He just may be using this time of waiting on Him, to strengthen us, for other similar moments that may arise in the future?
As I look back on my own life…the remedy or cure to a lifetime of brokenness didn’t come easy; but one thing I can say…because it wasn’t easy, I was able to learn much and become even more strengthened along the way, which I praise God for today.
One thing I can say to you right now…without a doubt; is that I definitely wouldn’t be where I am with God today, if everything would have happened in my time. God has a reason for everything…and especially for the moments that may seem long and drawn out to us. In fact, I have come to see how He takes the most distressing moments…to twist them around into some spectacular; that can truly help us in the days to come.
One day, I was looking back onto all the weakened moments of the past…and now I see…and even my husband sees a woman that handles life in a much easier way; then she did years back. I’m not saying that it’s easy…but I am saying that God has used these long and drawn out years of waiting on Him, to give me what I have today…and to make the load a lot lighter.
One thing I have truly come to see in my life is this…if we have to say, “I think” this is what God wants me to do; then we shouldn’t walk down that path…but if we can say… “I have no doubt” as to what God is longing for me to do; then we should continue to press on in that direction. I have found that it is better to wait on God and be patient…trusting Him all the way; rather than finding ourselves down some unknown path; that is only going to lead us further into needless suffering.
No matter what you may be facing…the moments of waiting on God may not be easy; but let me tell you this…they are worth waiting for!
Well…time to enjoy a day off…a time that God has made just for me! I truly pray that your day will be a very special one too! Take care and I will hope to see you later!
Have a great Saturday…and many blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Good evening everyone…and how was your Friday? I hope it was a good day! My day was kind of busy but one thing I took the time to do, was carve and freeze some meat. You’re probably wondering what I’ve been up to…so let me tell you what I’m talking about. To begin with…I was blessed with 2 free turkeys this year. Around Thanksgiving…the store had a special…and if you spent $100 for your groceries…then you automatically got a free turkey…and any size too, which was a really good deal.
Anyways…we ended up with two free turkeys; so Keith and I ate on one of them for Thanksgiving and then we saved the other for Christmas. Plus…on top of the turkey, I had bought a small ham. Since it was only Keith and I this Christmas…I had a plan…and that was to cook turkey and ham and then put a lot of leftovers in the freezer, which would help me tremendously, in the days to come. See…now that’s how a person with a bad leg tends to think…plus, I’m sure that God helped me with the idea…so now, I have quite a few packages of frozen turkey and ham, which is going to help me a lot later.
After all the work of carving both pieces of meat…on top of everything else today, I decided to get a shower and just put my feet up again. As I was getting around for the evening…God led me to a song that I hadn’t listened to in quite some time and it’s titled…“Under His Wings.” As I was listening to the song on YouTube, just a little bit ago…God also led me to a Bible verse in Psalm 91:4, which reads… “He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” What a great verse to read…especially as another day is coming to a close. Just think…no matter what has taken place in our day; we can find refuge, under God’s almighty wings…a place, where we can be renewed in the presence of God.
There have been many nights, when my health hasn’t been that good. Sometimes the pain gets persistent…or maybe it’s just been a long and draining day. No matter what has taken place…I get as comfortable in bed as I can; then I ask God to cover me with His almighty wings of love…and you know what…I’m asleep in no time…and I know that as long as I am under His wings…I will be safely protected, as I rest throughout the night.
Maybe you have also had a busy day…or maybe you got some bad news…or maybe your health isn’t good this evening. No matter what it may be…get comfortable tonight and ask God to cover you with His loving wings. One thing I know…His presence will become a comforter…to keep you safe and warm; that you may rest in His loving arms, as He renews you for another new day.
As God slowly pulls the shades down to another day…I pray that you will find yourself sheltered within His almighty and loving wings…and I pray that all the cares of the day will be gone; that your mind and heart may be renewed, for another new day!
Well…a busy day is behind me…and now, I’m going to enjoy an easy dinner and some rest! Please take and I will hope to be with you again tomorrow.
Goodnight & God bless!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
Hello everyone…and a happy and very blessed Friday to you all! I hope that your day is going well…and that you will truly experience the hand of God upon your life today…AMEN!!
Well…my day started out early…with snow falling down all around me, which reminds me of a poem I wrote many years back, titled… “God’s Tears”…and a little of it goes like this… “Dew drops fall from Heaven…His sweet tears water each growing thing; tears that have that special touch, for the flowers to bloom in the spring. Dark clouds form, and the rain falls, as He weeps; is He lonely and forgotten and hurt, while a world is too busy or sleeps. Snow begins to fall…His frozen tears cause a deep sleep to cover the land; it’s His blanket of frozen tears; that keeps all creatures safe in His hand.”
You know…God has a way of caring for all of creation…and I praise Him that He is here for me…no matter what I face. Even though these uncertain and painful moments in our lives can sometimes allow fear and doubt to creep into the heart…one thing I can say today; is that I am sure that God will always be there for us; and I know without a doubt; that He is there to meet every one of our needs.
The other day, I shared a Bible verse with you, from Matthew 6:26…so today, I would like to add a few more verses from Matthew 6…and they are verses 27-34…and we read…“Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28) "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29) Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30) If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31) So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32) For the pagans run after all these things and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Isn’t it amazing how worry can easily take the place of faith? When everything is going well…we can easily speak words of faith…but the true test of our faith in God comes, when the worst is standing before us. One thing I am being reminded of today; is that if God made us in His image; then why wouldn’t He care for His very own? In other words…why would God choose to create one that He could love; but yet not care for the one whom He lovingly made?
You know…there are times, when the pain in my body can be difficult to handle…and there have been moments, when I stopped to question God’s ways…as to why He wasn’t relieving the pain; but then later, I came to see that it wasn’t Him that didn’t care for me; but rather, I was allowing my faith to weaken with the pain, which only allowed me to be more deeply connected with the pain, rather than God. Once I turned that around and began to call out His name, with a heart of faith; that is when I truly began to see the difficult moments become much easier.
Today, can you truly say without a doubt; that you are for sure that your God will take care of you…no matter what you face? In other words…do you have a faith that is steadfast and strong…one that can lift you above the moments that attempt to take you down? You know…it doesn’t matter, if we are struggling financially or whether we are dealing with chronic pain…illness…or even deep heartache…because the God I have come to know; is the same, for every situation we face…and if He can care for the flowers of the field…and the birds of the air; then why wouldn’t He care for us?
No matter what your circumstance is attempting to convince you of; may I encourage you, to reconnect with a faith; that can help you to soar above these difficult moments you’re facing…that you may disconnect from a controlling circumstance, to reconnect with a God, who will truly care for you…AMEN…PRAISE HIM!!
Well…I’m off to my kitchen to do a couple things…and then we’ll see what God has for me next…but I truly hope and pray that you will have a very nice Friday! Take good care and I will hope to see ya soon…God bless!
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