April 9, 2014

It’s amazing what can happen in a day. Things can change with a phone call. A friend called me about a job opportunity that was close by. I called the people, met them the next day, and the following day after that I began work. It’s something I’ve never done before, which seems to be my life since I’ve been in Texas. I’m a personal care attendant for a woman who is paralyzed from the waist down. Turns out, she is the sweetest and loveliest person I could ever meet. It’s been a joy to serve her. I have to be up before the sun shines but I’m thankful for God’s provision. I’m looking for another job to supplement this one.

This season of my life has been very challenging. It’s causing me to look to the Lord more than ever. He is really the passion of my heart and life. Where I live or what I do isn’t as important. However, He has given me vision for the future and I’m still believing He will make a way for it’s fulfillment.

I’m thankful for friends like the Kenyon’s who know me well and stand with me no matter what. We all need friends in the Lord who can be a source of encouragement especially during the times of testing. NEVER GIVE UP!!! That’s what God would have us do. Stay focused on Him and His Word. He will direct and guide. His ways are not my ways and His thoughts are not my thoughts. He is Wisdom. He see’s the future, I don’t.

So, I keep on looking to the author and finisher of my faith, Jesus. I pass that wisdom along to you as well.

My prayer…..”Thank you, Lord, that I can rest in the assurance that You love me, will never forsake me and are always with me…..AMEN.”

March 20, 2014

Things can change in a day, sometimes in a moment. February 23 was one of those days. I went to work and the minute I arrived it seemed nothing was going to go right. I cut my finger slicing lemons  (a bloody mess) which meant I had to wear a plastic glove to serve my customers (tacky). One thing led to another and the next thing I know I’m out of a job. My boss and two supervisors had decided that my time was up. Business was slow. The week prior the Assistant Chef was let go. I guess it was my time to go. Six months I worked as a waitress. Trust me when I tell you there is a lot more to serving people in a restaurant than meets the eye. I learned a lot but I don’t think I fully got into the “groove.” My co-workers were seasoned waitresses who had worked for years working in restaurants. It seemed so effortless to them. I was on a learning curve every day I went to work. However, I will always be grateful for a waiter/waitress who does a good job. They are my heroes.

Since that time I have been more diligent than ever to find another job. Living in the country is a disadvantage in that regard. But, I know that God is not surprised by my circumstances so I must “press on” and believe that “He will open a door that no man can shut.”

In the meantime, I keep looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, believing that He will make a way for me. He is my everything, so I cling to Him and not let the circumstances bury me. Finances are “zip.” So, if you happen to be reading this blog, please pray for me. And, by the way, feel free to send an email with your prayer request and I will pray for you.

My prayer today..”Lord, You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Your Word is true and never fails. My trust is in You. Thank you for your faithfulness….AMEN.”

February 3, 2014

It’s been over a year since I last wrote in my blog. A lot has happened. I’ve moved twice. Lived with a new friend, Donna, for 4 months. Now I live with a wonderful lady, Susan Mooring. She is a retired missionary who served in Kenya, Africa. She is a trained nurse who worked at an orphanage taking in abandoned babies. She adopted one of them, Anthony, who is now 11 years old. He has cerebral palsy and is mentally retarded. He’s a joyful child, however, he can be very noisy. I greatly admire Susan since she is in her 60’s taking on a special needs child. She is a hero of mine.

Last August I got a job as a waitress at a restaurant on a golf course in Holly Lake Ranch, which is a private gated community. This is a first for me. I’ve never worked as a waitress before. It took me a while to figure it out. It’s physically exhausting yet I enjoy the people I work with and the customers who frequent the restaurant. The pay depends on tips. My income is not great. So, I’m looking for either another job or an additional job.

Living in the country is a big adjustment for me. I’ve lived in big cities most my life. I like the convenience and culture of an urban setting. The country is open and simple, however, driving long distances to go the grocery store is not enjoyable. I believe the Lord has brought me to Texas, but, I’m still not completely clear on why. My job interferes with involvement at my church. I’m praying for the Lord to open a door that gives me my weekends back.

My music has suffered because of all that is going on. I would call this season of my life “a detour.” God sometimes does that. I think of Moses or David in the Old Testament. The years they waited for the fulfillment of their call and purpose. I certainly don’t put myself in their elevated category, but I do understand more fully that God’s timing is certainly not mine. He is in control. It’s my job to stay close to Him and move forward as He leads me. My faith is being stretched continually. I have financial obligations that are overwhelming. Somehow the Lord makes a way. Most of all, His Grace and Mercy continue to flow to me. I wouldn’t be able to keep going without Him.

This is my prayer…..”Dear Lord…..thank you for your love and protection. My heart is yours. Lead me in your ways so that I may fulfill the purposes you have for me. I put my trust in you and look forward to doors opening that only you can accomplish…..AMEN.”

December 22, 2012

Merry Christmas!! I love this time of year. Jesus’ birth gives us a future and a hope. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). The grace He offers to each of us is undeserved. Yet, He knows that however hard we may try to measure up to His holiness we will fail. He had to take it upon HImself to become sin for us so that we may live. What a wonderful Savior!!! You are worthy of worship and praise!!

I have been in Texas for over 3 months now. It has been quite an experience. I live in a forest on a beautiful lake. Nature is flourishing all around. Daily I see deer, raccoons, squirrels, and all kinds of birds. I’m told there are snakes in this area but fortunately I have not encountered any. I enjoy sitting on the dock by the lake. It’s a time of prayer and worship to an awesome God. There is peace and tranquility here.

I’m attending a vibrant church near Longview. It’s about 30 miles away. It’s not unusual to travel long distances when you live in the country. The people are warm, friendly and full of the joy of the Lord. I’ve been greatly blessed by the teaching and the visible move of the Holy Spirit among the congregation. A couple of months ago, the church was invited to a Jewish Temple for a special celebration of the Torah. I was thrilled to have the privilege of holding the Torah while I danced around the sanctuary. It was an experience I will never forget.

At the end of October Daniel Nkata from Uganda stayed with us for about a week. He has two orphanages and a church he pastors. What a godly man. He was so full of the joy of the Lord. We were greatly blessed to have him stay with us. He traveled across the U.S. for about 3 months sharing his ministry and its needs.

There have been many wonderful experiences along the way so far. I’m still waiting for the Lord to give me direction for the next step of my life. It’s in His hands.

My prayer….”Lord, thank you for sending your  Son to pay the price for my sin. Your love is more than I can comprehend. Because you came and accomplished what we couldn’t, I know that your plans and purposes for my life will be fulfilling. I look forward to serving you…..in Jesus Mighty Name…..AMEN.”

September 18, 2012

The Lord is faithful. His timing is not my timing, yet, He comes and makes a way clear and opens the door so I can walk through it. I was to move out of my home September 1. However, I was still waiting for God’s door to open. Labor Day, September 3, everything became clear. The door He opened required me to pack all my stuff, store it in Los Angeles, get in my car and drive all the way to Holly Lake Ranch, Texas (Northeast Texas). It was quite an adventure I must say, but, I know I’m where I’m supposed to be for right now. I’m staying indefinitely with friends who have opened their arms to me with such love. This is a new day and a new time. The Lord has new things to reveal to me. I look forward to this journey.

Waiting on God is worth it. Only God can orchestrate things in such a way that not only do I feel His blessing but He prepares the way so others are blessed as well. My heart is full of thanksgiving to Him.

This is my prayer….”Dear Lord….Thank you for making a way for me. I know you have new things to reveal about who You are. I look forward to the journey. Thank you for Your kindness, Your love, Your grace and Your mercy. In Jesus name….AMEN.

August 9, 2012

This is a challenging time for me. God is stretching my faith to the point of no return it seems. I’m having to totally trust in Him like never before. It seems I’m in a place of transition. The Lord spoke to me last year to “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.” This statement is taken right out of the book of Exodus in the Bible. Moses is leading the people of Israel out of Egypt after many great trials. They come to the Red Sea and find themselves boxed in. The Egyptians are pursuing them and the sea is in front of them. No place to go. “BUT GOD.” God instructs Moses to raise his staff and command the sea to part. The miracle happens. God delivers His people because He is faithful and loves His people. He will not forsake them or leave them. Yet, the people had to trust God and have faith that they would be saved.

I’m boxed in right now as well. I’m facing my Red Sea metaphorically. Yet, God is growing my faith. It is getting to the point of no return very quickly. I know my God is faithful and will make a way for me. I want His direction most of all. Financially I’m at the end of everything. So, here is where we find out who God is. We see His character in its purity. His Word never fails. I know that a door will open that will bring a new season, a new day, a new time for me.

This is my prayer….”Lord, I worship You because You are worthy of praise. I know you are with me and working in ways I cannot see right now. Thank you that you have a plan, a future and a hope for me. My life is in Your hands. Thank you for your love and care for me. I trust You Lord……AMEN”

May 23, 2012

Coming to the end of Spring Term. It’s been an enlightening journey studying the New Testament. My life has been greatly affected by all that I’ve learned. Summer Term is ahead, however, I will be taking some time off. I’m seeking the Lord for direction and provision. I’m at a critical place financially. But, I know the Lord is my Shepherd and I will lack nothing as I continue to keep my focus on Jesus as He leads me and guides me. Through the power of the Holy Spirit living in me, I will have the strength and wisdom to move forward.

I’m thankful for God’s mercy and lovingkindness. He continues to be faithful. The Bible says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” I stand confident in the Word of God knowing His love never fails.

My prayer….”Lord, You are mighty. Nothing is impossible with You. I put my trust in You. I worship and adore You. I look forward to what is to come because I know You will be with me every step of the way. In Jesus Name…AMEN.”

April 4, 2012

This is Easter Week. The most important event happened over 2,000 years ago. Jesus Christ came to set us free so that we could have fellowship with God. He was crucified on a cross to pay the price for my sin and your sin. The joy of His resurrection means victory over sin, death and hell. What a hope there is in Christ. He is a wonderful Savior. He is my Lord, my King, my God, my friend, my life. My life has purpose and destiny for eternity because of Christ. I am rejoicing with praise and worship to my Lord!!!!

Spring Term has begun at The King’s University. I’m currently taking New Testament II. It’s a wonderful class. Dr. Jon Huntzinger is the professor. Looking more deeply into the Word of God is enriching, enlightening, nourishing, and life-giving. This term ends two years of study. I’ve got a lot more study to go before I finish and obtain my Masters Degree in Practical Theology, but I look forward to the learning process.

My prayer is…..”Lord, thank you for your great love. Because of what you accomplished by dying for my sin has given me an eternal hope. Not only in the future but right now. I want to learn and grow. I want to be a light for you so that others will come to know you. I worship and adore you, in your mighty and awesome name…..AMEN.”

November 3, 2011

Fall is here. Thanksgiving and Christmas are drawing near. I love the cooler weather, especially the fall colors displayed on the leaves of the trees. Change is in the air. The seasons are a reminder of change. I’m grateful that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. His Word is true, His power is in me to navigate the changes life brings my way.

Fall Term is in full swing at The King’s University. I’m taking two classes. I’m writing a paper that requires quite a bit of research and planning. The Lord is my strength during this term for sure. I know I can’t do all that is necessary for these classes unless He gives me wisdom, direction and strength. I’m growing and learning, though.

This is my prayer…”Lord, thank you that you are with me 24/7. I need your guidance and wisdom as I pursue my studies. I need your peace that passes all understanding….I love you, Lord…..in Jesus Name…..AMEN.”

July 4, 2011

This is a day to remember our freedom as a nation. I’m so thankful this is my country. However, my heart grieves for the spiritual lack I see in our culture. I desire to see a revival touch this land whereby peoples hearts are turned back to God through Jesus Christ. So, today I’m celebrating, but I’m praying as well.

As far as news about my life these days, I finished my Spring Quarter at The King’s University with an “A” in my class. So far, I have a 4.0 grade point average. I hope to continue in the Fall. Growing in my knowledge of God has been enriching and life-changing.

God has called me to a path of faith in every way, including provision, for many years. He has brought me to a place of total dependence on Him through the journey. It certainly is an adventure. Right now I’m waiting on Him to fulfill my need in a big way. He has brought me to this juncture and has reassured me that He will make a way for me. Keeping my eyes on Jesus is where I gain strength. I have some dear friends who are great prayer supporters and continue to be faithful friends during testing times in my life. I’m so thankful for “true blue” friends. I treasure them.

This is my prayer, “Lord, I know you see the future, so I pray you would open doors that no man can shut and that you guide my steps. Thank you for your faithfulness. Thank you that you are the same yesterday, today and forever. Thank you that you will never leave me nor forsake me. I love you Lord. I wait upon you for your timing….in Jesus name….AMEN.”

March 31, 2011

Spring Quarter has begun. It has been a very short break between Winter Quarter and Spring Quarter. I must admit I don’t feel quite rested enough. It is a challenge reading, researching and writing papers let alone studying for finals. But, the reward is what I’ve learned in the process.

Tonight begins my Christian Theology III class. Dr. Huntzinger is a wonderful professor. He has been inspiring and challenging. Once again, I will be on the adventure of learning that I love.

I’m depending on the Lord to continue to provide the resource needed to continue on this learning journey. He has been faithful and I know He will continue to be faithful because that is who He is. As I stay faithful to the path He has before me, I know He will provide.

I lean on God’s faithfulness every day. I have friends who are preparing to move to another state. It is difficult to say good-bye. I’m already feeling the loss of their companionship. I know we will stay in touch but it won’t be the same. It’s a reminder that change is a constant in this life. I’m so glad that the Lord is with me always. Loneliness can be so painful yet God’s Presence fills my heart and enables me to rejoice with my friends. I know a new season is ahead for them. My prayer is that it is full of joy and blessing.

This is my prayer….”Lord, you have said, “I will never leave you or forsake you,” I lean on that today. I need your assurance that Your love is steadfast and true. Thank you that You are always near……in Jesus Name….AMEN.”

February 26, 2011

I love school. I’m proud to say that I’m thriving and doing well in my classes. Last quarter I got all “A’s.” This quarter has been challenging but fulfilling. It’s such a joy to study and learn more about God and His Greatness. I just finished my final paper for my Theology class and turned it in on Thursday. It is my Statement of Faith on Jesus Christ. Such a big subject. I read many books and, of course, looked at much scripture. My God is an Awesome God. The more I study the more I want to worship Him. There is no one to compare to Jesus.

I have much work to do for my other class, Ministering Healing to the Abused, with only a few weeks remaining in the quarter. No time to spare, however, I love what I’m learning. The comfort I have is knowing the God is our Healer. There is hope for any who have been abused. God’s love is abundant, restoring and transforming.

My prayer: “Oh Lord, I bow before You because you are worthy of worship, honor, glory and praise. Nothing is impossible with You. All things are possible because of You. I gladly put my faith and trust in You, knowing You have a plan, a purpose and destiny for me and all who are willing to follow You. I choose to follow You, Lord. In Jesus name…AMEN.”

November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving is here!! I have so much for which I’m thankful. This year has been a remarkable journey. But then, walking by faith with Jesus is a wonderful adventure that is full of surprises. The trip to Israel was life changing. Upon returning home I experienced an overwhelming desire to learn more. I went through 2 online courses and attended 2 seminars. In August the Lord spoke so clearly to further my education.  So, now I’m a seminary student finishing my first quarter at The King’s University. I’m in the masters program for practical theology. I’m preparing for finals which is next week. All my papers are done and I’m proud to say that I’m doing very well. My view of the greatness of God has grown and expanded.

I’m very thankful for God’s provision that has allowed me to go to Israel and go back to school. He is so faithful. As He leads, He precedes. As He guides, He provides. He desires for all of us to seek Him and follow Him. He has a purpose and plan for each one of us. However, we have to choose to step into it.

This is my prayer, “Lord, I thank you for the vision of ministry you have given me. I thank you for the provision you are providing to fulfill that vision. I thank you that You will continue to lead and guide my steps. I look forward to the next adventure….In Jesus Name, AMEN.”

August 22, 2010

I just finished an online course with King’s University “Keys to Revelation”. It was very enlightening and enriching. The pastoral perspective brought such a glorious picture of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I especially love Revelation 4 & 5. It is humbling to see Jesus as “The Lamb of God” coming before the Throne of God to receive the Book of Seals. He is the only one who can save us, reconcile us, redeem us, restore us, rescue us, transform us through His Spirit.

He is worthy of worship, praise, honor and glory. There is no one like Him, there is no one besides Him. He has paid the penalty for our sin and yet He reigns forevermore as our Lord and King.

I know He is coming back and I look forward to His return with anticipation. I don’t know the day or time and I don’t know if He will come in my lifetime or not, but I want to follow Him and be faithful to whatever He has for me to do for His Kingdom.

I challenge you to read Revelation and prayerfully seek the Lord for understanding so that you will know in your heart that He is Faithful and True.

My prayer is….”Oh Lord, I pray for your Spirit to enlighten the minds and hearts of all who read Your Word. I pray that You would reveal Yourself to them that they may see Your beauty, majesty and glory and fall down and worship You for You are so worthy of praise and worship…In Jesus Name, Amen.”

June 20, 2010

Today is Father’s Day.  My father died July 21, 2005.  He was 98 years old.  I remember receiving the phone call that he had passed away.  I was shocked as were all three of my brothers.  You see, my mother was having health problems at the time and my father was her caregiver.  It was more likely to get a phone call about her passing.  But, I must say with all sincerity and conviction of my heart, my father lived a long and fruitful life right up until his death.  He was spared sickness and decline in health.  So, in retrospect, he was blessed to go suddenly.  The joy we have as a family is the knowledge that my father was a man who had enjoyed a rich relationship with Jesus Christ for many years.  He was a mentor to all of us.

The fact that my father passed away suddenly is also a warning to all of us.  Where are you in your relationship to God?  We may think we are in control of our life, but we really are not. We cannot control death.  It will happen to every one of us.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that Jesus Christ through his death on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and his resurrection from the dead to conquer sin, death and hell for all time, is the only way to have any peace in this life let alone have any assurance when death approaches.

What Jesus Christ as the Son of God accomplished for all of us is beyond our own understanding.  Having relationship restored to God the Father is a wonderful gift.  We cannot earn it we can only receive what Jesus did for us.

If you have not yet received Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, now is the time to do it. Jesus offers an invitation to you, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Rev.3:20.  Not only does He offer salvation for your sin but He offers relationship and fellowship as well.  I have walked with the Lord for years now, and I can say that it is the most amazing relationship of my life.

This is my prayer…”Dear Lord, I pray for those who will read this blog and don’t know you.  I ask that you open their hearts to receive you as Savior and Lord.  Open their eyes to see you as you really are and open their ears to hear your voice and know that You love them with an everlasting love…..AMEN.”

May 8,2010

ISRAEL WAS FANTASTIC!!  I will never be the same since walking that great land.  Literally, I walked, climbed, stumbled a few times.  It is a rugged place.  Such a small nation and yet it is alive with history that goes back thousands of years.  All the wonderful stories in the Bible were right before me.  When I read the Bible now, it’s a living testament not only because the Holy Spirit gives revelation to the truth but also because I was there.  I feel tied to Israel stronger than ever.  After all, I’ve been “grafted in” to God’s family through Yeshua Messiah (Jesus Christ).

I’m gathering my thoughts and reflections so I can make a permanent journal to enjoy through the years.  My overall sense is that God has His Hand on Israel.  His Presence is there.  As our group moved across the land, we were in prayer for the people.  How I long for them to open their eyes to embrace Yeshua as Messiah.  I am committed to be vigilant in my prayers for Israel.  I saw a people who are strong and determined to thrive.  They have reclaimed the land through agriculture and business.

All the wonderful people who shared this experience with me will be in my memory forever.  I have many photos to enjoy and remember.  Thank you, Lord, for opening the way for me to be in Israel at this time.  I’m grateful and blessed.

This is my prayer, “Oh Lord, bless Israel.  I pray for Your Spirit to move across that land and open their eyes to Yeshua as their Messiah.  I pray for peace in Jerusalem.  I pray they would be a nation that worships You to become a testimony of Your Greatness across the earth….in Jesus Name….AMEN.”

April 18, 2010

Tomorrow I leave for ISRAEL.  This is a dream come true.  Something I have wanted to do for years.  In fact, I’m going with 75 people led by Dr. Jack Hayford who will teach us from scripture and lead us in intercessory prayer for the nation of Israel.  Pastor Jack, as he is affectionately called, has had the most profound effect on my understanding of what it means to walk with God and be victorious through the power of the Holy Spirit.  For many years he was my pastor.  His leadership in the church worldwide is unprecedented.  I know I am going to learn a great deal on this trip.  I will be in Israel 10 days.

What moves me emotionally is that I will be on the ground where Jesus walked 2,000 years ago.  I will see the historical sites that mirror the many wonderful accounts in both the Old Testament and the New Testament of the Bible.  I expect the Lord to reveal Himself to me in new and wondrous ways.

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in our group.  It’s an opportunity to gain new friends as we all experience first hand sites that we only knew from reading the Bible.  Now it will be real and part of our living experience.  I suspect that reading the Bible will take on new meaning.  I will actually see the places in my mind’s memory as I read.  How exciting!

So, I go with faith in my heart and with this prayer…”Dear Lord, give all of us on this tour safety as we travel and bless us with Your Presence each step of the way.  I look forward to those special moments when a new revelation of who You are will fill me once again with worship and praise to Your Glorious Name.  Thank you for this wonderful opportunity…in Jesus Name I pray….AMEN.”

March 7, 2010

Today is my birthday.  I find it interesting that I still feel the same even though the years go by.  Sure I have matured (I certainly hope so).  But the actual “number” doesn’t compute in my mind. However, I’m thankful for family and friends who acknowledge my birthday with lunches, dinners, gifts and especially birthday cards.

Birthdays are a reminder that I’m growing older.  That part I don’t like (who does?).  But it does give one pause to think about the value of life.  Am I fulfilling my purpose here on earth?

What I have learned in my walk with God is that I have only this day to trust Him.  I can’t go backwards into the past and I can’t jump forwards into the future.  God only promises to give me His Grace for one day.  That means I rest in Him and trust Him for what I cannot see and what I cannot make happen beyond this day.

There is peace in knowing God is completely aware of my life.  He is able to order events and bring people together in miraculous ways.  I have experienced His Hand in my life so often. My response every time is to worship Him because His love is in the midst of everything He does.  I just want to be where He wants me to be because I know there is safety and assurance that He knows the pathway ahead better than I do.

So, today I rejoice in knowing that God is in control and I can enjoy the day He has graciously given me.  “This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

This is my prayer….”Lord, thank you for giving me another day to worship You.  You knew me in my mother’s womb.  You know all the days of my life.  Your thoughts towards me are as numerous as the sands of the sea.  You have said I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Thank you for loving me.  Thank you for guiding me.  Thank you for Your Presence through Your Holy Spirit.  Thank you that You will never leave me or forsake me.  Thank you that You are with me always.  I love You Lord……in Jesus Name AMEN….”

January 4, 2010

A new year is here.  It’s daunting to think about the next 12 months.  The only way I approach it is through prayer.  My life is in God’s hands and my desire is to follow Him and fulfill His plans and purposes.  He has given me a vision for ministry that I’m believing will have release this year.  Last year was about preparing for the release of the ministry.  So…I look forward to the adventure God has ahead.

That’s the way God works.  He does not work in a vacuum.  He likes to prepare us so we will have the confidence to continue to walk with Him in faith and obedience when He opens the doors of opportunity.  It requires the focus to be on Him and not myself.

It is challenging walking with God.  His ways and His thoughts are far above mine.  He sees everything all at once, the past, present and future.  He is not limited by time like I am.  What I discover as I follow Him is that our relationship becomes the most important part of the journey.

The hardest part of walking with God are the obstacles and surprises that seem like boulders blocking passage to get through to the goal.  I know I’m speaking in principle and not in specifics but it is the case with everyone who wants to follow Jesus.  Those obstacles become the shaping of character so I can be victorious.  The comfort and assurance I have is that God’s Word is true and His love never fails.

It’s in times when I question or am tempted to doubt and I don’t have enough strength to go on that I’m thankful for friends who will pray and stand with me as I continue the journey.  I know I can’t do this alone.  I need the Holy Spirit’s power, the Word of God, and the help and support of other believers.  Bottom line is that I must believe God so that His promises can be fulfilled.

Hebrews 11:6  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

There is great joy when I stand on the truth of the Word and see God work.  He is so amazing.  I’m in awe of His Greatness, Majesty, Power and Love.

This is my prayer…”Lord, I look to You for guidance and direction.  You alone know what lies ahead.  I pray you open doors of opportunity that will bring Glory to Your Name.  Give me wisdom, revelation and knowledge with each step I take.  Thank you for Your Love and Forgiveness in my life.  In Jesus Name….AMEN.”

December 6, 2009

We are weeks away from the most significant event in history, the birth of Christ.   We couldn’t have the “Cross”, which shows our need for a Savior, without His first coming as a baby.  He completely identifies with us by His humanity and yet His Divinity brings us hope. I think on that often as I decorate my home for the holidays.

This is a time of celebration because of the greatest gift available to anyone and everyone…..salvation from sin, which has brought death, to life in Christ for eternity as we surrender and embrace His Great Love.   How absolutely amazing!!!!  It is humbling to think of such a love.

His love for me has changed my life.  I don’t have the ability to conquer sin, death and hell.  I need a Savior to be the perfect sacrifice for my sin so that I might become the righteousness of God in Christ.  It is a gift that I can only receive by faith in what He has done on my behalf.  The good news is that He rose again and has forever conquered sin, death and hell.  There is no greater gift than that.

I would challenge you to embrace Christ as your Savior and Lord.  Celebrate the gift of life that is more precious than gold.

This is my prayer, “Lord, open the hearts of those who are seeking for the truth.  May they see You as You really are and bow down and worship You for You are worthy of all praise”. AMEN.

October 9, 2009

Walking with God is a great adventure.  He is faithful to guide us as we seek Him and wait for His direction.  It requires prayer and meditation on the Word of God.  Knowing the “still small voice” of the Holy Spirit is crucial.  Keeping our ears tuned to hear from God is important.

All that to say….God cannot be put in a box.  However, He knows all things and He especially knows the depths of my heart.  I desire to be in His will and plan so I wait for the move of the Spirit in my mind and heart.  It’s really simple…BUT the temptation is to run ahead of God.  I know from experience that it is not worth it to move without God leading the way.  Moses said it best…”If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here” (Exodus 33:15).

The challenge is to stay faithful to the direction God gives.  His way will never be compatible with the ways of the world.  It can be frustrating sometimes because the world cries out for everything to happen “now”.  But God always “prepares” the way.  Sometimes He takes a route that seems unusual.  I must remember that to accomplish all that I believe God is calling me to do requires orchestrating people and circumstances with a timing I can only say is “miraculous”.  God is truly amazing.  It is like a beautifully choreographed dance with unexpected twists and turns that always moves with grace.

When the road seems long, I remind myself that God loves me and desires to fulfill His purpose in my life.  My hope is that I please Him and bring joy in the midst of the process. Bottom line….it’s about enjoying relationship with my wonderful Heavenly Father and letting Him take me to the destination He has for me.

This is my prayer….”Lord, I love you.  Thank you for loving me with an everlasting love.  I trust you to do what I cannot do.  I wait for you to open doors of opportunity that no man can shut.  I worship You and You alone.  I give praise and honor to You.  In Jesus’ name..Amen.”

August 28, 2009

The summer is ending and we are approaching Fall as September is only a few days away.  I have always loved the Fall season.  I was raised in Michigan and that usually meant the cooler weather would bring a clear, crisp, clean sensation with anticipation in the air.  It also meant, wool sweaters, football games, apple cider and looking forward to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The lazy days of Summer would turn into the busy season of Fall.

I think it is still true even today, however, the pace of life is much faster. Technology rules the day, cellphones, computers, video games are a mainstay of America.  We can literally communicate instantly with anyone anywhere at any time.  To keep up with technology is also a challenge.  We all know what it feels like to buy a computer just to find out within days or a few weeks it has already been superseded by a newer version.  It is impossible to keep up unless you are very wealthy.  So, it is easy to feel outdated in a matter of minutes.

But….God has His time and usually it is not my time when it comes to plans and schedules.  I find that I will be able to navigate this fast pace by spending time in God’s presence.  It is only His peace that will give me the strength to carry on.  In fact, He will order my steps as I’m diligent to seek Him and ask Him what His priority is for the day, week, month, year.  I don’t have to allow the frenetic pace that would suck me in to rule the day.

We have an arch enemy, Satan, who would love to drive us crazy.  I refuse to let that happen because God is greater.  I’m victorious in Christ…I’m an overcomer…I’m on the winning side when I walk with God.  I may not see ahead but God sees and He is worthy of all my trust.

Isaiah 55:8-13

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.  Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

This is my prayer: “Lord, I put my life and all that You have given me to do in your hands.  I trust You to release Your purposes and plans for me in Your time.  I believe Your time is the best time.  Thank you in advance for what You will do”.  AMEN.

July 15, 2009

The loss of so many renown people has turned my attention to the words Jesus spoke in the Sermon On The Mount.  I find myself exposed to the bright light of the truth as it cleanses my mind and heart.  I’m not afraid of the light of the Holy Spirit because Jesus Christ paid the price for my sin on the cross.  He conquered sin, death and hell and now intercedes on my behalf in heaven.  I have a present hope and an eternal hope.  I am not defeated because I am an overcomer through faith in Him.  I have the Holy Spirit living in me. ” I am a new creature in Christ, old things have passed away and all things are become new.” (II Cor. 5:17)

Since the passing of my parents and of a very dear friend, I have thought much about heaven. I think the word that describes what most people feel when they think about death is “fear”. But knowing Jesus has taken the fear out of death.  If anything, I want my life to count for Him.  It causes me to evaluate everything I do in the light of fulfilling the call of God in my life.  It ceases to be about gaining material wealth or position.  It becomes a desire to be about my Heavenly Father’s business and pleasing Him.

It’s about having an intimate relationship with God.  It’s alive and dynamic every day.  When I spend time in His Presence all I want to do is worship Him.  There is no one like Him or besides Him.  Nothing in this world can compare to His Majesty and Beauty.  Just to be near Him fills me up to overflowing.  He is so Awesome.

I feel my limitations every day of my life, but, I turn to Him and His love gives me the strength and the courage to move forward as Paul says, “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil.4:13,14)

This is my prayer, “Lord, help me to keep my eyes on You, strengthen me to keep moving forward in the things you have given me to do for You.  I pray Your Spirit will open the way for the good news about You to go forward and be proclaimed.”  AMEN.

June 21, 2009

Today is Father’s Day.  This is a day to remember not only my father but my mother as well. You see they have both passed on to heaven, my mother one year ago (June 20, 2008)  and my father four years ago (July 21, 2005).  I have three brothers, so, it seemed appropriate to call them and express my love as well as reminisce about our parents.  It was a very healing and fulfilling exchange.

The relationship I had with my earthly father was loving.   My dad was a man of great integrity.  He loved the Lord passionately and it never wavered.  He was a faithful husband and father.  He was not perfect because I had some things to work out about our relationship through the years, but, I always knew he loved me and would be there for me no matter what.

My relationship with God has been helped because of my earthly father.  My dad evidenced many of the characteristics that reflected the Lord in his life.  But he would be the first to say that it was God’s grace in his life that made it so.  I know the things my dad experienced in his young life, much tragedy and loss in fact.  So when he found Christ, he literally flung himself into the arms of God.  That sense of total commitment never wavered even to the day he died.

I have learned that flinging myself into the arms of God every day is the only way to really know God.  My faith is in Him always to be true to His Word.  My dad lead the way to that kind of trust and faith.

I’m so grateful for my father.  Living in a christian home opened the way for me to come to know Jesus as my Savior and Lord.  My love for the Lord grows deeper and stronger every day. He is the air I breathe and the food that fills my inner hunger.  He is the only One who can fulfill my heart’s desire.

So, I give tribute to my dad and to my Heavenly Father today.

This is my prayer, “Lord, give me strength to walk as Jesus walked, give me the courage to believe Your Word, and give me the power through Your Holy Spirit to love as Jesus loves…AMEN.

June 1. 2009

Today is the beginning of a new month.  I can hardly believe we are in June already.  Time steadily moves forward whether we like it or not.  I find it can be intimidating at times.  This is when I cry out to God for help because I need His perspective.  The world is full of so many messages that have a sense of “now” or it’s too late.  Well, I’m here to say that is a lie.  God has a plan that will come to pass if we will be faithful to seek Him and wait for His direction and guidance.  The only place we will find peace is in His presence.

Isaiah 26:3,4  “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for in YAH, the Lord, is everlasting strength.”

Turning to God’s Word is critical.  However, we must believe the Word and surrender to it by faith to allow the Holy Spirit to raise us up “on the wings of eagles” so that we may soar.  Ever notice that eagles spread their wings and let the wind carry them?  Our wind is the Holy Spirit.  Never forget that the Holy Spirit is the power of God that gives us the strength and courage to do what seems impossible.

When I look back at the choices I believe were directed by God, I’m amazed.  It truly is an adventure when we trust God.  But, He is also the Good Shepherd who will always prepare the way first.  And while He is preparing the way, He is also our rear guard, encamping all around us as well.  We are in His protective care.  The safest place to be is in God’s hands.

This is my prayer, “Lord, I choose to look to you for direction.  I choose to wait on Your timing.  I choose to believe Your Word is true.  I give you my life this day.  In Jesus Name, AMEN.”

May 26, 2009

My relationship with God is the foundation of everything I do.  Proverbs 3:5-6 has become the cornerstone of my life.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Leaning on the Lord has brought me through many adventures that I would not have chosen otherwise.  God is more interested in transforming me to become more like Jesus.  I seem to be more interested in what I’m experiencing in the moment.  But when I turn my attention to Him I may not have the reason for everything but I know I can trust Him.  So, the issue is more about surrender.

Trust is challenging.  I would say that is the most difficult thing for me to do.  But, when I believe God’s word and move in faith, He fulfills what He promises.  Before I know it, I can look back and see the faithfulness of God.

Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” This is where trust in God and His word is a sure thing.  He never changes.

I have to admit that I’m in a process.  I know I have grown in my faith but I also know there is more to come.  The best part is that God does not disappoint when we trust Him.  Life disappoints, people disappoint, but even though we don’t understand or we don’t have the answers, God always has a higher purpose.  He sees the whole picture.

This is my prayer, “Lord, give me the strength, the courage and the faith to trust you even when I don’t understand.  Help me to see You in the midst of each day so that I may worship you and give You praise.  Thank you for Your Grace and Mercy.  In Jesus name AMEN.”

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