100% Disinfected 

100% Disinfected 
1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory. 
Today as I was cleaning my house, I noticed that my cleaning supplies that disinfect, each of their labels read kills 99.999 % of bacteria.  

This made me think about how Jesus precious blood is our disinfecting shield against death. The moment we accepted Jesus as our personal Savior, His blood covered us 100% inside and out, killing the sting of sin and death, forever. 

Unfortunately I have to daily use these cleaning supplies to keep bacteria away from making my family sick. Praise God, that my one time cleansing by the blood of Jesus is guaranteed 100% to disinfect me for all eternity, (Hosea 13:14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death; O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes.) 
There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy

You wash me in mercy

I am clean

“Natalie Grant- Clean” 
O Lord, thank You, for washing me clean from sin and death. I praise You that I am no longer infected with sin, but disinfected from the bacteria called death that is caused by sin. Lord thank You, for finding me worthy and washing me clean by Your blood, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Press Pause 

Press Pause 
Psalm 46:10a Be still, and know that I am God.
We tend to go through life at a fast pace through the hustle and bustle of each long day, from sun up till sun down. We forget to focus on the important things that matter the most in life, like family. We take for granted that they will be there tomorrow, forgetting that tomorrow is never promised. When sickness or death creeps up on us or a loved one, we hit our emergency brakes, leaving skid marks behind us, falling onto our knees.

Pausing from life, gives us time to focus on others rather then ourselves. Being still gives us a chance to pray and hear from God on matters in life that leave us needing His comfort. I think God sometimes allows the sudden smacks of reality in our lives to slow us down and pause. When we are still, we give God the opportunity to work His peace into our hearts. This rest reminds us that He is God and that His timing is always right and His will be done. 
Lord I pray for peace and comfort for my family and friends. I know that there are many heavy hearts in need of rest. Lord I pray for Your will to be done, and know that Your timing is always perfect. I pray for understanding, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Cast our Cares, because God Cares

Cast our Cares, because God Cares
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Before I started my run this morning, I prayed that God would strengthen me to endure my track workout. As I hit each mile around the school track, I begin to feel pains in my body. Each time I would feel these pains, I would loudly rebuke them and pray for God’s healing touch. The pains would go away and then doubt would creep in, I would rebuke the doubt and pray for more of Jesus’ strength to keep me pressing on toward my goal. 

God reminded me during my run, that this was exactly how I am to live everyday. Casting all my pains, fears, needs and desires onto Him. He cares about my goals and He wants me to be my best, for the mission I am on to share the message of Jesus salvation, strength and love with all those I encounter daily.  

God will provide us with the ability we need to achieve our goals, we just need to cast our cares on Him and allow Him to strengthen our steps.

Lord, I am thankful for the strength and determination You have given me to achieve goals I have set for my fitness journey. I pray to apply this same truth to my spiritually journey as well. I pray to share Your mighty works in my life with others as I press on, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

What A Day that Will Be! 

What A Day that Will Be! 
Revelations 22:20 He which testified these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 

 

Today makes my granny’s 8th birthday she has spent with Jesus in heaven. I drove by a few houses she lived in today, and this took me down memory lane.  

I can still hear her reminiscing on old times, telling us grandkids stories of cowboys and Indians. I can still see her kneading dough to make her delicious buttermilk biscuits. I remember playing card games with her and she beat us kids every time. I remember our vacations to Colorado we would take with her and my grandpa every summer when I was a kid. My favorite memories of her is listening to her read the Bible and seeing her kneeled down at her bedside praying. Her faith is my best memory of her! 

Talking a stroll through my childhood today, just to get a glimpse of her in my memory, has giving me a longing to see her. Knowing that she was a proverbs women that feared the Lord, I know I will see her again in heaven, and what a day of rejoicing that will be. 

This same yearning I have in my heart to see my granny again, is the same yearning I have in my heart to see my Savior! What a glorious day that truly will be. It will be the greatest family reunion filled with happiness, joy and celebration! (Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.)

Today all I have is pictures of her beautiful smile and memories of her loving and gentle spirit. Happy birthday granny, I love you and miss you! 
Lord I praise You, for blessing me with the best granny any little girl could have ever ask for. I thank You for the memories I have of her to cherish. I anticipate to see her again as I yearn to see my Savior. I pray to instill precious memories of my faith in my children and grandchildren as my granny did for me. Knowing she is in heaven with Jesus, gives me comfort, even so come, Lord, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Burden For the Lost


Burden For the Lost
Romans 9:1-3 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost.

That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 

For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.

My teenage daughter is participating in a program at school called, “Shattered Dreams.” This is a program that helps students and their families address the deadly consequences of distracted driving which includes alcohol, drugs, texting while driving. My daughter’s role in this program will be “Living Dead,” each student playing this role will be pulled from class throughout the day to symbolize the number of lives taken by distracted driving, an obituary will be read, when they are pulled. Later when these students return back to class they are to go throughout the remaining of the day without speaking to anyone, head down making no eye contact. This is to represent how their presence will no longer be with us, only a memory. 

We parents of the students playing the role of the “Living Dead,” are encouraged to write a letter to our child. This letter gives us an opportunity as parents to write things we would want them to know if given a chance before they passed. 

As I sit here in front of a blanket sheet of paper, thinking of a novel I would write to my daughter. I can’t help but reflect on how this should be our mindset everyday with loved ones and the lost we encounter.  

Each new day God wakes us, is another blank sheet of paper to share with others, the gospel of Christ, the message of salvation, love, encouragement, support, prayer..etc. Our time on earth is not promised, at anytime we can take our last breath and forever be just a memory. Many times when we lose a loved one, our exact thoughts are, I wish I could see them one more time, to hug, kiss, laugh with, talk to…etc. Looking at this sheet of paper, I can think of a million things to say to my daughter of how much she blessed my life. One thing that does bring me comfort is knowing she is saved. Wishing to hug, kiss and talk to her once more, will come again for us when we are together in heaven. 

Out of all the things here on earth I have shared with my daughter, the most important thing I shared with her was Jesus and His gift of salvation. There will be many things I wish I could say to those I have lost, but knowing they are saved gives me peace, because I don’t ever have to wish I would have shared the gospel of salvation with them. 
Lord, I praise You for giving me another day to share the glory of Your amazing grace. I pray Father to not take this day for granted, but to live as if Jesus is coming to take me home. Lord I pray to have a burden for lost hearts and share a your gift of salvation with all, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Well Waterd Heart

Well Watered Heart
Isaiah 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.
I love that God provides all I need spiritually and physically. His Word provides to this 

thirsty soul, that which rain does to the dry and barren land. The Lord is known as Jehovah Jireh, which means “the Lord our provider” or “the Lord will provide.” God provides the water our thirsty hearts need, daily! 

 Without the rain, we would not have crops that grow as our food and flowers that bloom showing the beauty of God’s abundance. Without God’s Word our hearts would become a dry and thirsty desert, with little life. 

When we spend time in the Bible, we give God the opportunity to water our hearts and bring forth fruits from the seeds He carefully planted in the rich soils of our hearts. 

A well watered heart is evidence of God’s abundant spring He has created in us, to flow out to others. The same power God uses to pour rain out onto a seed that will bloom in the spring, is the same power He uses to flood our hearts to bloom and release seeds that will be planted in another’s heart, (Isaiah 55:11 So shall my Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it). 
Lord, thank You, for placing a spring in my heart, and daily Your flood pours out to others. Lord I pray to be receptive to Your Word and allow the seeds You plant to become trees that will burst out with buds and produce seeds that I can scatter for Your glory, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Stand Still, the Victory is God’s! 

Stand Still, the Victory is God’s! 
2 Chronicles 20:15b Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s. 
Reading through this portion of chapter 20 in 2 Chronicles, it is clear that God wiped out the enemies of Judah and Jerusalem. 

(2 Chronicles 20:17 Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you). 

God does not need us to fight, the battles we face in our lives as a believer, these battles belong to God. The same purpose for why God fought battles for those we read about in the Bible, is still the same reason He does it for us today, for His glory. 

Our Battles we face today, are much different, then what we read about in the Word, but the same sovereign hand of God is available for us, through His victory of defeating the enemy. 

Four months ago, I faced a battle that had to do with my health. When I was told I was to have a hysterectomy, I felt defeated. Little did I know, the real battle was deep inside, waiting to take me out. God’s only request of me, was to trust His reason for my surgery. I was not to fight, I was to stand still and see the victory of the Lord. 

One week after my surgery I found out, that my doctor had removed cervical cancer that was days away from being in curable, even though I had a blood test ran, the evidence was not revealed until God’s timing. Even my doctor was struck with the AWE effect of how great our God is! God did not need me at this battle, He only wanted me to come, after He wiped my enemy out to pick up the blessings that remained behind, from His victory He had won! 

(2Chronicles 20:25-27)
Lord, the battle is not mine, it is Yours! Daily You remind me with the scars on my stomach of how great and mighty You are. These scars remind me of how the battle is Yours and I am to trust in You even when I can’t see where my enemy is hiding, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God’s Power not My Abilities 


God’s Power not My Abilities 
Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my LORD, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, not since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. 

 

 

Our greatest down fall as a believer, is our lack of confidence. When God calls us to service, He does not based on our abilities, but rather His power. Our confidence should be in our mighty God, not our qualification. If each person God used in the Bible, based their performance on their own abilities and strength their stories would have turned out different. 

-David would have worn the armor and lost the fight against Goliath.

-Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would have eaten the kings meat, never having the fiery furnace or lions den deliverance. 

-Noah would have not built the ark.

-Moses would have never lead the Israelites out of Egypt.

-Gideon would have not defeated the Midianites.

God’s divine plan does not take our ability, only our faith and obedience. Next time you feel inadequate to serve the Lord, take a look in the Bible, you are not alone. Each of these believers had one thing in common, they were unqualified to do what God called them to do, but God made them qualified by their willingness in faith and through His power. 
Lord, I am thankful for Your strength that gives me the ability to serve Your kingdom. I pray to stay focused on Your power, and not my ability. Lord I pray to be emptied of my fears, so I can be filled with Your confidence in Your qualifications, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

God NEVER Sleeps 


God NEVER Sleeps 
Psalm 121:3-4 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 
As a mom I sometimes tend to wake up in the night to check on all three of my children. I especially did this when they were babies and they co-slept with me. I would wake up from a deep sleep, in the middle of the night, just to check on their breathing. This must be an automatic reaction we parents do to keep watch over our kids, even in the night. 
I love Psalms 121 and the promise that God gives us in these powerful verses. We can rest assure that not only is God watching over us in the day, but He never sleeps and keeps watch over His children in the night too, (Psalm 121:5-6 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.

The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night). 
God is in control of all the elements we encounter along our journey’s path, (Psalm 121:7-8 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.

The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for ever more). 
He is our very help as we ascend through the mountains and valleys throughout our journey, (Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 

My help cometh from the Lord, which made the heaven and earth). 
We as parents are limited on keeping watch over our children. Our eyes can only be in one place at one time, focused on what is ahead of us, or closed to rest. God however is omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence. He is all powerful, all knowing and is everywhere at all times. We can rest in the knowledge that He is our all mighty God, who holds us in the palm of His hands, leads us through each day and never turns His mind, heart or eyes off us. We can rest in assurance that God’s very protection and help is with each of our children too. 
Lord, I know the limitations I have as a mom, I praise You, that Your eyes are always on me and my babies. I pray to have comfort in the hedge of protection You place around my family. I praise You, that You are all knowing and that you hold not just mine, but the future of my children too in Your mighty hands. I can face tomorrow, because You, have already been there and Your plans are for me. Thank You for Your promise guidance of each step I take along the way, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. 

Cry Out in Faith, Jesus heals! 

Cry Out in Faith, Jesus heals! 
Luke 18:42 And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. 
I love the story of the blind man that would not be rebuked, it holds a powerful message. (Luke 18:39 And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.) 

When the disciples who were ahead of Jesus, told the blind man of Jericho to be quiet; the blind man just raised his voice and kept calling out to Jesus for healing. He knew that Jesus was the only one who could heal him, and restore his sight. 

Wow! If only we had this kind of faith when we cry out to Jesus in prayer. Imagine the healing that could be done not just in our lives but others we pray for too. 

This is a great example of how we Christians should live our lives for Jesus, OUT LOUD! Our prayers should be bold, knowing that Jesus is our healer! 
Lord, I pray to have a mindset like the blind man of Jericho, knowing that You are my hope and my healer. Thank You, for Your healing touch, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.