September 25, 2016
God is Not finished!
Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.
If you have Facebook, you are familiar with “on this day,” it is a daily reminder of what took place on each day, of every year you have had Facebook. Today I open mine and was reminded of how great and faithful God is. Three years ago on this day I was awaiting the birth of my youngest child. Two years ago today I was given the determination to lose the weight from my pregnancy and get back into shape. Last year on this day I had accomplished many of my fitness goals. Today I am on a six week recovery plan from having a total hysterectomy two weeks ago. If I said I have not been struggling with the restrictions I am on, especially from exercising, which has been a huge part of my life, I would be lying. Truth is Satan doesn’t miss a day to remind me of what I not able to do; his many lies of how my hard work prior to my surgery was all for nothing. After looking back at all my days over the years, I was reminded that God has a purpose, (Jeremiah 29:11,) and that He is not finished with me yet, (Hebrews 12:1.) I know this to be true, because while I was in surgery the doctor discovered I had cervical cancer. It was at the last stage before spreading throughout my body and taking my life within a few years. As I am sitting in this hallway with many doors closed behind me, I am praising my God for healing me. I know that the next door God will open is greater than the doors behind me.
Lord, I praise You in this hallway, while I wait for where you are leading me next. Father help me to be reminded daily, that my testimony is a reflection of who You are and what mighty works You have done in my life. Lord help me to be that light, even in the hallway, in Your name I pray Jesus, Amen.
September 22, 2016
The Answer is Silence
Habakkuk 2:20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.
The prophet Habakkuk lived in a time, when violence and injustice was the moral decay of Judah. His prayer to God was, “how long shall I cry, and thou will not hear, even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou will not save, Habakkuk 1:2.” This is a plea to God to hear his prayers. He sees the injustice around him, and does not understand why God is not punishing those involved. When turning on the news or social media these days, we too find ourselves crying out “how long”? It is hard to sit back and watch the chaos and destruction of our nation today. Habakkuk 2:1, starts off by the prophet separating himself from the evilness going on around him, in order to watch for God’s answer to his prayer. While many maybe on their knees praying for our nations, as we should be, many of us believers are in the midst of the chaos pointing fingers of hate and anger. Jesus, knew the importance of being alone in prayer, listening to God, (Luke 5:16.) We do our best battling on our knees, rather then with words or weapons. When God answered Habakkuk, He reminded him that He is still sitting upon His throne in the holy temple. God is not blind to the evilness of the world, He is not deaf to the cries of His children. The trouble is, that we tend to focus on the problem, rather than our mighty God who fits the entire universe in the palm of His hands. Our ears can not hear, because our lips and minds are not silent to hear His still small voice. God’s answer for each generation that has faced the same devil and his demons will always be the same, (Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth, Psalm 46:10.)
Lord, I pray to spend time on my knees praying for my nation and for many to turn back and to You. I pray to watch in silence, for Your answer and mighty works in the hearts of this nation. Father I pray to stand strong and united with my brothers and sisters in Christ battling for souls to be saved, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
September 21, 2016
Delivered from the Fire
September 21, 2016
Daniel 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
This summer without a doubt has been emotionally, physically and spiritually draining. My family has all been riding on a crazy roller coaster that has taken one to many loops. Back in July, I started experiencing some female health issues and by August I was diagnose with a bad case of endometriosis, which set me into early menopause at 36 years old. It was hard to except that I would have a total hysterectomy at such a young age. My faith, is what help me to understand that God has a purpose and His ways are always for my good, (Jeremiah 29:11.) On September 9th I had my hysterectomy and have begin my road to recovery. Five days after my surgery, my father in law who had been suffering with health problems, passed away of heart failure. Just when we thought the ride was over, it started back up again. The same thoughts I had battled with myself, came creeping back up with the loss of such a great man, I was blessed to have in my life. God again reminded me that His ways and thoughts are not mine, (Isaiah 55:8.) The day after his passing, I went for my post-op and God answered my many questions. My doctor discovered while I was in surgery, that I did not have endometriosis, but instead it was cervical cancer. It was at the last stage, before busting out of the cellophane bag it was contained in, before starting it’s next stage of spreading. Praise God, my doctor was able to retrieve it in time leaving me as a survivor of the number one cancer that takes the lives of many women. The inside parts I had been mourning over was the same parts that housed a cancer that would have taken my life within a few years, leaving my husband behind with our three children. Walking out of the appointment that day, I was reminded by God, that He is faithful and He will always deliver us out of the fiery furnace in different ways. I was delivered from the fire, and my faith has grown so much stronger. My father in law was delivered by the fire, into God’s arms, and his faith is now made prefect in heaven. When we are delivered from the fire that has no power, without our hair being singed, clothes being burnt or smelling like smoke from the furnace, God’s glory is all that can be seen from our deliverance, (Daniel 3:27-28.)
Lord I praise You, for Your mighty deliverance. My faith has grown and I know now without a doubt that You see me and hear my prayers. Thank You, Father for healing both me and Sam, in Jesus name I praise and pray, Amen.
September 20, 2016
John 4:14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Rooted deep in a big red rustic flower pot, is my beautiful purple potato plant. I planted about 8 single small potato plants at the end of spring and now those small plants have grown into long lushes full vines. Over the summer my potato plant has reminded me the importance of water. When it is thirsty, the leaves on the vines will droop. Within 10 minutes of watering it, the leaves perk up and the potato plant is full and beautiful once again. I usually keep up with watering it, but when it gets droopy like that, I know it needs a quick drink. That potato plant is a great example of my own christian life. When I have been drinking out of the Word of God and spending time in His presence, I look alive and radiant, but when I have gone days without so much of a sprinkle of life, I look dry and droopy. My first drink of the living water, Christ, promised me eternal life; but refreshing drinks in God’s Word the Bible keeps me thriving throughout my journey here on earth, heading home to heaven.
Lord, I praise You, for Your living water that not only saved me, but keeps my thirst quench daily. I pray that when I begin to droop, I will come to the well for a serving of Your living water, in Your name I pray Jesus, Amen.
I have been avoiding some closets in my life that need to be opened up and cleaned out.
These last few weeks I have been busy and have been avoiding some closets in my house as well too. Today I open a closet door and just when I was about to close it, God whispered..you can’t keep avoiding and putting off that mess, it’s just gonna get worse. I stop for a minute, and thought, God, You are right..I need to deep clean my heart. So today as I deep cleaned my closets, I ask God to deep clean my heart and take away what was not intended for me to carry. A dirty heart does not always mean that you are harboring sin; sometimes it means you are holding onto “junk” pains, hurts, sorrows, bitterness and unforgiveness that you need to clean out to make room for new blessings God has for you. It’s hard to enjoy something new, when you are hoarding things that are broken!
Lord, thank You for this message today. My heart has been crammed packed full of burdens, that is taking up the space where Your blessings should be. Lord I nail them to Your cross and place it under my feet to make it a stepping stone for where You want me to be, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
Read 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
We all have thorns in our lives, that no matter how many self help books we read or yoga classes we take, they just never seem to go away. We excuse them as, “this is just how I was made,” and that we try our best to keep these thorns from poking others around us. Like apostle Paul, I have gone face first on the floor, begging God to take my thorn from me. The struggle of my thorn is truly too much for me to bare at times, and many times I get on my own nerves because of this thorn in my side. In the past when I have read these verses in 2 Corinthians chapter 12, I alway thought, in my weakness, I am strong through God; I always referred to Philippians 4:13, “I can do ALL things through Christ, who strengthens me.” Today God open my heart to receive a message I heard about these verses. I was amazed by what God was truly saying to me about my thorn through Paul’s own thorn experience. We all have thorns that frustrate us, and often times reveals the worse in us. We blow up with our frustration when our thorn starts to fester and then look around as the smoke disappears, wondering if anyone saw that fit we just threw. We fall to our knees praying for God’s forgiveness for the test of our frustration we once again failed, weeping in embarrassment of the heavenly host we just entertained. As I listen to the message, it became clear to me that my thorn was the source where Satan hit me the most, and like any sore that is infected, I tend to react with frustration, rather then humility. When God said, My grace is sufficient, His message was, that our thorn can become our greatest strength, rather then our weakest moment with His grace that abounds within us. God does not remove our thorns, because He wants it to teach us how to be humble and come to the throne room of grace for His strength in our weakness of our thorn.
Healed, by Jesus Touch and My Faith
Mark 5:34 And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague
I love when God brings Scripture to life and shows me my life through His Word. Each time in the past that I have read the story of the woman who bleed 12 years “Mark 5:21-34,” and finally at the end of her ropes, decided through faith to just touch the hem of Jesus robe and that she would be cured. I always thought this story to be a great reminded that through just a touch of Jesus will bring us mighty healing, even with our little faith.
Today I heard a sermon on this story that placed my heart in park as I meditated on the truth behind the healing power behind her touch to Jesus hem. “Mark 5:21-34,” When Jesus arrived at the sea shore, there was a great crowd, ready to hear His teaching. At that time an important man named Jairus came on the scene, desperately needing Jesus’ assistant. This certain ruler of the synagogue had a little girl who was dying and he knew that Jesus was the only healer who could save her. Knowing the urgency of the situation, Jesus followed Jairus and the crowd followed Jesus. While Jesus was heading toward this important matter, this woman who had been bleeding for 12 years reached out from behind Him and touch the hem of His robe. Immediately she was healed! Jesus could have just kept going, knowing that someone had touched His robe and was healed by the power of His almighty presence, instead He stopped and ask who touched me? The disciples informed Him that the crowd that followed was to large to know who touched Him. BUT JESUS, halted the mission of Jairus’ need to save his daughter, to see who reached out for healing. The women spoke up afraid, and told Jesus her reason for touching Him. Jesus told her, daughter you are healed because of your faith.
When I re-read these verses, this story became very clear to me, that I was the woman with an issue of blood. Jesus was on a mission January 5, 2011, someone came to Him in prayer needing His healing touch on a loved ones life. On that same day on my knees in prayer I reached out and touched the hem of Jesus robe with faith and immediately was healed of 15 years of drug addiction. Jesus stopped and seen who touched Him, and said, my daughter YOU ARE HEALED BECAUSE OF YOUR FAITH! My Jesus stopped and looked at me and healed my issue, on that day I became a child of God, while Jesus was about His Father’s business.
Thank You Lord, for healing me, I am no longer a slave, but now I am a saved child who has been healed through the power of Your shed blood on the cross for my sins. Because I believe, I will live for all eternity, praising and worshipping You, In Jesus name above all names, Amen.
Jesus thought of me when He was on the cross. His love for me and plans for my life, “Jeremiah 29:11” is what drove each nail into His hands and feet. He had already thought of me at the foundation of this world, “Ephesians 1:4.” Knowing I could never make it to heaven on my own; He humbled Himself and died in my place, so I could be forgiven of my sins and have everlasting life, “John 3:16.”
Lord, I know it was my sins that placed you upon that cross, I could never thank You enough, for saving a wrench like me. I am looking forward to spending my eternal life at Your feet, praising You as my Savior and King, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.
I pray to be a woman of valor. The Bible has provided me with the best example of women I can look to, to becoming a Proverbs 31 woman.
Sarah a woman of learning, like Sarah I pray to be a woman that measures my life by how much I grow, rather than gain.
Rebekah a woman of kindness, like Rebekah I pray to be a woman that is a rose among the thrones, by showing kindness with the true reflection of God’s love.
Rachel a woman of compassion, like Rachel I pray to be a woman that has compassion for others even as she spent years barren, watching her sister bring happiness to the man that she loved.
Miriam a woman of faith, like Miriam I pray to be a woman of faith, who prepares to sing praises and worship to God while in the midst of tribulation before the waters even split.
Deborah a woman of leadership, like Deborah I pray to be an example to my husband that brings him to God, by seeing my faith and wanting to see it more.
Ruth a woman of character, like Ruth I pray to have integrity like hers and to stay by the side of those I love no matter what life has thrown my way.
Hannah a woman of prayer, like Hannah I pray to be a woman of prayer, and being consistent with my prayers, knowing God will answer in His timing and will.
Abigail a woman of peace, like Abigail I pray to be a women of peace, I pray to have a heart that encourages others to have an open heart and react with love and not out of anger, regretting what may come.
Esther a woman of courage, like Esther I pray to be a woman of courage who is not afraid to pray and stand up for her faith and family to the enemy that seeks to destroy them.
As I read about these women and their lives in the Word, one thing is clear, they are women just like me. They had their good and bad days, they seen their share of heartache, disappointment and loss. The thing that stands out to me about each of these women, God uses to tell His story, is that they all had faith that never gave up! Each one of these women suffered with some sort of sorrow in their life, but remained faithful with trusting, loving and believing that God would deliver them. As I look at these biblical women, I see many women in my life today that God has placed as mentors for me to see their faith and want to be a godly Proverb woman as they are.
In the Potter’s Hands
Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
I am clay in the mighty hands of my Creator. Daily He shapes and molds me into the woman that He sought me out to be from my mother’s womb. His plans for my life, begin not just at the moment of conception, but at the moment He laid the foundation of this world. I have chosen many paths in life that took me off course and away from His will, BUT GOD, my potter has always been able to smooth out the rough edges and make them beautiful. There are many stubborn spots on this piece of pottery clay that tends to buckle and fall out of shape at times, BUT GOD, even with His mighty hands, gently guides His creation back on course. God takes time each day to handle me with care as He turns this lump of clay into a beautiful vase that is holding the greatest gift that anyone can receive, Jesus that dwells in me. I am in God’s hands while Jesus is in my heart, and the potter is preparing my heart for heaven where Jesus is building my home with His mighty the hands.
Lord, thank You for this message, it is so full of amazing truths of how You have me in Your mighty hands. I am resting in the promise of my forever home that Jesus is building, as You are preparing my soul for eternity, in Jesus I pray, Amen.