Saturday, March 31, 2012

Mega Lessons

The Lottery for over half a billion dollars. I am sad to say I bought a ticket and happy to say I did't win.

After spending my $1, I felt slimed. Ugh! Did I really fall for that? The slick hiss of the enemy's idea of instant wealth. I repent. Won't do that again. But I am thankful for the wisdom the  Lord showed me.

Pondering on the events if I had won, I was stricken with how having so much wealth would instantly put a wedge between me and the Lord. I would no longer have to look to Him for my daily bread. (At least I would think I didn't.)

That large amount of wealth would tie me to this earthly life. After thinking about winning, the thought came of how awful to win and then die. Really? As a Christian, we are eternal, death is life with the Lord. Doesn't get better. (not that we should want to die, but we all believe life with the Lord is better than what we have here on this planet now.)

Then what about family and friends. How much to give? Where to give? And what would we be doing to those we showered a million on? Would they too lose grasp of heaven for the $?

Yes, I learned my lesson. Won't buy a ticket again and am immensely happy for what the Lord has given me. For He will not give us gifts to hurt us. 

Happy to pray for my daily bread. Happy to look to my Lord for what I need.

Psalm 23

 1The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Friday, March 30, 2012


But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: 
he is their strength in the time of trouble.

There is One who knows our troubles. Who walks with us and holds our hands, who is a very present help. We are not alone. We suffer not alone. We weep not alone. We cry out in pain but are not alone.
For God is with us. Comforting, loving, and offering hope. Love covers us because God is love.

Jesus bore His troubles alone. For us. He endured the beating, the death, the sting of our sin upon Him. And most of all - because of Sin, our sin because He is sinless, God the Father turned from Him. Alone. Alone Jesus paid the price. For you and me. For the sin of the world.

While we might have troubles here on earth, we are never alone. Run to Jesus and cling to Him. Acknowledge HE is the Son of God and you will never walk alone.

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wisdom for the Ages

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

If ye love me, keep my commandments.
John 14:15

So, we aren't under the law anymore, right? 

Hmm, check it out: What does Jesus say? 

It is the Narrow Way. The path of following the Lord. Seeking Him, Listening to Him. When our hearts are set heavenward to hear the Lord, then we will walk in His ways. In His love. 

Our society declares do what feels right. God says keep my commandments. 

We are not under the law, Jesus came and fulfilled all the law and through Him we are righteous. But only through Him. We can't do enough good to get into heaven on our own. 

But the life and freedom given us because of Jesus' sacrifice does not give a license to sin. There will be consequences. 

Instead, strive for wisdom. Fear of the Lord is the start. Keep His commandments and live for the Lord.

Walk on the narrow way. The Way of Life.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Look Up

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

'These things' are basically the headlines in the news today. The time is ripe. When life overwhelms you, look up. Our life here on earth is not the whole story. Those who have called on and believe on the Name of Jesus and His sacrifice have all of eternity to look forward to.

So if you feel like you're underwater, the flood of troubles has washed over you, and you're going down for the third time -- Look Up!

The best is yet to come.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Lord's Bouquet

Spring Bouquet

In God is my salvation and my glory: 
the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. 

Are we not the Lord's bouquet? Creation's crowning glory. Made in His image. Breathed into life by his breath. Destined to live with Him forever.
Even after the Fall, God Knew. God Provided. God Saved us. 

We are His, but live only because we have been grafted into the True Vine. 

John 15:5
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Draw from the living waters, tap into the God flowing source of the Vine, Jesus, and live gloriously. So full of Life that you give off the sweet fragrance of Grace and Mercy. Drawing others to the Lord as they gaze on the beauty of a life lived in Him.

Spring Forth!

Monday, March 26, 2012

How's that Suffering going?

For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 

Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. 

Christians will suffer for their faith. Jesus told us we would. But we never suffer alone, for He is with us - always forevermore.

And we have the promise of eternal life. We do not perish. Stand bright and shining. Salty to give the world reason to seek. Proclaim the Good News. And don't be surprised when the world forces, those aligned with the enemy, come against you. For it will happen.

Rejoice! Not that we might suffer, but that we may be counted worthy to suffer for Him. For in Jesus is the truth, the way, and the life.

Apart from Christ there is nothing.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Darkness Flees

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

A storm system passing by. Dark followed by light. So, too, in this world we have troubles and the promise that they shall pass.

We are born to a fallen world.

We are born again into eternal life.

IF today, your world is dark and it looks like there is no light. Take heart, the darkness will pass. IT will flee in the Presence of the Lord.

John 8:12
Jesus Is the Light of the World ] Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying,  I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life. NASB

Rejoice! Darkness will flee.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12 

A rain-washed sky. Tender yellow-green leaves. Newness. The trees and plants are coming out of their tomb of winter. A testimony to the crown of life promised to those who believe in the One who walked out of the tomb alive forevermore.

God tells His story in so many ways. He woos the children of man to come to Him. To seek Him. To know Him and talk with Him as Adam did in the Garden.

Look! Listen! Seek!

He has His nail-scarred hands open to receive any who would call on His Name - Jesus.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Rejoice in the newness of life. Call on the Name. Receive Him and receive life.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Spring Storms

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11 

In the Old Testament times, Spring was the time the kings went to war. And they knew war would come. King David royally messed up when he stayed home that certain spring. Saw Bath-Sheba and the rest is history

King David shrugged off his Kingly duties. Things he knew he was supposed to do.
As a result - he was loitering around on the roof and saw the pretty wife of another.
Lust was added.
He acted on the lust.
She was pregnant by him - and his troops were still at battle - her husband included.
He came up with a plan. Apparently did not go to God.
Brought her husband back.
The man was honorable. I am sure that stung David. Maybe with such force he devised a plan to kill the man.
And David still didn't get it.
Not until the Prophet Nathan told him a story. And then had to tell him that he was the offender in the story.

David's response - He repented. Wept before God because he had sinned against God and God alone.

All sin is ultimately against God. Circumstances impact others, but it is going against the Lord that causes it.

You can read about King David in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings.

Now, the devil is roaring around looking for Kings and Queens who have not gone to battle, but are sitting around looking where they shouldn't. As a Royal Priesthood in Christ, we are Kings and Queens.

And I have to ask myself - have I gone to battle? Am I seeking the Lord as to where I need to be, what I need to be doing? Am I praying for my brothers and sisters throughout the world? Praying for the authorities over me?

Working on it. 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring Surprise

Spring. New Life. Surprise.

Newness of life. Flowers bud. Tender sprigs of bright fresh green. Life explodes.

Awakened from the dead of winter, life bursts forth. Wonders. Green Luna moths. Pink azaleas.

White popcorn trees. Bluebonnets. Lush green grass. Spring showers.

And the greatest of all...Blood red death on a cross. Payment for the black stain of sin. Jesus dead.

A man born of a virgin, buried in a virgin tomb. Son of God forsaken for my sake.

The Father turns away. The Son alone, pays the price. The final sacrifice.

Descending into into Hell. Defeating the devil. Taking the keys of hell and death.

And as foretold, the Spring surprise. The Risen Son. Walks out of the tomb, out of death. Alive

forevermore. Bringing with Him all who believe. Stepping into Life Eternal.

Spring. New Life. Believe.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Word - nothing more, nothing less

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 1 Peter 2:2-3 

The Truth and nothing but the truth. That's what I want to know. Unfortunately, my brain is cluttered with teachings - some good - some not so good.

I desire the pure milk of the word. The Truth from the heart of the Lord. Nothing more and nothing less.

So how do we get there?  I've started reading the red. The Words of Jesus in the New Testament. That's a starting place. What did Jesus say?

I don't want to know what others think or say He said. I want to know for myself. God gave us His Word. His Holy Spirit to teach us. But human nature is lazy. WE want to go and drink from others. Not saying we can't learn from each other, because we can and should. But first lay the foundation strong in your heart. Have a living communication with the Lord. Knowing that everything should line up with God's word.

If there is something you want to believe but it is not in the Word - cast it out.

This is the age of deception. Some Christian leaders and churches have fallen into error. Beware of preaching that tickles your ears.

We must know the Lord and His Word or we to will fall into the trap the enemy sets. The snares of his lies. And don't forget the enemy will use 90% truth with a twist of lie. So beware.

Drink the pure milk of His Word and truth.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Life's Flow

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 

As sure as the ocean waves flow and ebb, so to will people be born and then at the appointed time die. Death is the last part of life.

What we do in between marks us for eternity.

Some only survive until death takes them.

So what is life supposed to be like? I would say like Jesus. He walked in the Spirit. Preaching the Good News and doing good.

Life is not supposed to be boring, a dutifilled living death.

If your life has lost its excitement, consider your relationship with the Lord. When was the last time you knew what He wanted you to do? Did you do it? Go back to that place. Seek out the secret place and ask of Him. Listen and Do what He would tell you to do.

In the meantime, eat of the fruit of the Spirit and share it's tasty fruit. Life is not supposed to be a waiting room for death. It is meant to be lived. In the abundance that Jesus brought for us. Seek Him and listen. And LIVE.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Did you see that?

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Psalm 23:1-3 

The Lord is my Shepherd. The promise that God watches over us. But do we often recognize His loving hands at work in our lives? Or do we rush onward in our harried lives intent on accomplishing what we want to do, and if something gets in our way, gripe and complain?

Yesterday, we were driving toward home from our little vacation. We planned to stop in Vicksburg. (as much as my husband and I can plan. We didn't have reservations at a motel.) BUT we missed the exit for the tourist bureau where we were going to get a booklet to save money on our rooms. AND you guessed it, we were crossing the Mississippi River and into Louisiana. Bye bye Vicksburg.

We drove on and stopped in Delhi, LA. Ate at a lovely family restaurant and stayed at a very nice Best Western.

This morning, my husband talked with the lady in the room down from us. She told him they tried to find a room in Vicksburg but they were full.

So God's hand worked in our favor, leading us on. We could have been angry that we missed the exit. Complained.

Instead, the Lord had a blessing on down the road for us. We saw that.

Life is so much more interesting, exciting, and fulfilling when we recognize that the Lord is our Shepherd. Our Good Shepherd.

Watch how you look at things. You just might see God's hand at work for your favor.

Friday, March 16, 2012


Psalm 144
 1Blessed be the LORD my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

On the road again. To home. To reality. To war with the day to day. I guess I don't really need a battleship, but sometimes those dishes, dust, and bills tempt me.

The biggest strategy the enemy- Satan, the devil - the enemy of God, has deployed is to deceive the children of man that their enemy is flesh and blood. The lie that there is no devil or demons. The Western world of reason bought this lie in grand style.

The battle is not against flesh and blood but against the schemes of the devil.

So I strengthen my heart with the Word of God, put on my armor, and brace for the reality of the battles of the everyday. The familiar that tempts us to let down our guard. Wears us down by rote.

I'm excited. Refreshed. And Ready.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Love Factor

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

In Christian circles, teachings, and preachings, I hear the phrase - people come first. But is that what we are to be about?

Yes, we are to love one another. They will know we are His disciples by our love for one another. But how do we get there? Can we really love one another without first loving the Lord with all our hearts?

1 John 4:7
Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

A kind of which comes first puzzle. Or maybe they come together. I know when I was 'zapped' and born again, I certainly was able to love others in ways I wasn't before.

The closer we become to the Lord, the more we move from ourselves. Jesus loved by doing only what He heard the Father say to do. God first, people second.

If we put people first are we cheating them? Giving them only what we have instead of what HE has to give them.

Matthew 19:16-18  16And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

 17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

Only God is good. 

When we listen to the Lord and do as He says - that's when miracles happen, when lives are changed. 

Love God and your neighbor. One is built on the other.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Faith +

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8 

All you need is faith - right?

Only if you want to remain a baby in Christ. But we are called to grow in Christ. We do that by adding to our faith.
Faith - born again. Trust in the Jesus as the Son of God our savior.
Virtue - moral goodness.
Knowledge - understanding of God's Word and ways.
Patience - steadfastness, perseverance, one who is not swerved from his purpose
Godliness - reverence, respect, piety toward God
Brotherly Kindness - love for brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Charity - affection, good will, love

These definitions were from the Strongs Lexicon Blue Letter Bible

I really found this interesting as the first 5 qualities were Godward. One added on the other until we reach the last two which are toward each other.

Like the cross, the faith, virtue, knowledge, patience and godliness point upward to the heavens, Brotherly Kindness and charity represent the horizontal beam.

Yet, in our Christian circles we have reversed the importance. Love and brotherly kindness are preached and extolled as our duty.

But they will fail unless built upon the other 5.

God's way is to build upon faith, the starting block. the one sure foundation. Any other way is a crumbling institution.

Unless we, the Christians, build up our character in the Lord, we will not have the power to make change. Feeding the poor a sandwich is nice but will have to be done over and over.

Walking in the power of the Lord with purpose and power allows the Christian to hand out more than a sandwich. A Christian who has added to his faith can walk in the power of the Lord and unlock the chains that bind people to a life of addiction. Preaching the gospel to the poor, setting captives free, healing the sick - much more than a sandwich.
The time is now that Christians must add to their faith and walk in the purpose God set before us.

Add to your faith.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Love God

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Ah, to wake and glory in the love of God. To acknowledge there is one greater, magnificent, and beyond me. To know that He loves me. First loved me.

That He woos mankind and His fingerprints are everywhere. A beautiful sunrise, flowers of all shape, size, and colors. The animals in all their diversity. The stars at night.

God is. To understand that is to love Him.

To listen and obey Him is to love God. For we are called according to His purpose.

To look at others and treat them kindly is to love God.

Oh what a beautiful day!

Monday, March 12, 2012


Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Peter 1:4

We've been bought by the Blood of Jesus and redeemed. Partakers of the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Hmmm, why do we (me) constantly look at the world and demand it to straighten up, when apart from Jesus they are incapable? The world is chained to the lust of sin and corruption. Unredeemed, they are without hope.

SO - our job if - our mission - share the good news that there is an escape from the death of sin. Tell of His glorious mercy and wonders. Sharing how we have been redeemed to eternal life. Unchained from the lust of this world.

Friday, March 9, 2012

When God Smiles

The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;

We're on our little vacation. A trip to take my 90 year old Father in law to Florida to visit with his daughter. My husband and I and Grandpa piled in the truck Wednesday and pulled into my sister in law's on Thursday. I always enjoy the trip. Nothing like seeing miles of God's creation.

So this morning I was waking up and thought, my hubby can go make Grandpa breakfast. I'm on vacation.

Then I feel that little prick in my heart. You know the one. God's finger nudging your shoulder. I could feel Him say - Love My 90 year old child.

I was thinking - I'll be spiritual and do my blog.

Love My 90 year old child and make him some waffles.

Sometimes, I may be slow but hopefully not stupid.  I got up and cheerfully made Grandpa his waffles. Talked with him and enjoyed our time together.

Then I felt it. Could see it. God smiled at me.

I hadn't evangelized Africa. Prophesied to the nations. Or raised the dead. But I had done what I heard the Lord say to do. And HE smiled at me. Even now I can feel the warmth in my heart. The joy flowing through me.

His love, like a tidal wave, takes over where I leave off and overtakes me. I am far more blessed than I was a blessing.

It just doesn't get better than that.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

...lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24

We're on the road again. Travelling to Florida to visit my sister-in-law. I love road trips. To fly down the Interstate and see miles and miles of God's creation somehow sets my spirit free and in a right place.

We have a GPS. Maps. Yummy junk food. All the necessities.

BUT it's the Holy Spirit I desire. HE leads me in the everlasting way. HE is my HSGPS.  Keeps me on track with the Lord. On track for my eternal destination.

As you travel along on life's journey, make sure you check in with the Lord. Use His guidance system. And we'll all meet on streets of gold.

Have a good journey today  : )

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Made New

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

Through Adam, all of mankind was sentenced to death by sin. Through Jesus all who believe on His name have eternal life and the promise of the resurrection through His atonement for the sin of the world.

Like these flowers that only months before were seeds, dormant in the ground, the warmth of the sun and life giving force of the water, came alive. From death to life.

And so will we. Even now, we hold the seed - Jesus Christ - in our hearts that we too will be resurrected into eternal life. We who know the Lord will walk in the River of Life. We will burst forth in life to die no more. 

There is only one way. One God. One Savior. 

Trust in Jesus Christ, the first-born of the dead, by whose blood we are cleansed from all sin and awarded eternal life.

Doesn't get better than that.

Monday, March 5, 2012


Be ye angry, and sin not:

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

Well, yesterday I messed up. Wrote something out of anger and I was wrong. Hate it when I do that. Had to apologize. Plus I was on my computer on Sunday and I have been staying off because it is my Sabbath. So I had several marks against me. 

Not that sin is ever good., ah but the Love of God that comes when I confess and repent and He covers me with His Robe of Righteousness. And the sin is no more. GONE. How amazing is His Love. And I am cleansed by the Blood of Christ that washes me. Can't beat that.

I am blessed because He is.

Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

God knows the time?

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith 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. Isaiah 55:8-9

I look at my country and the insane immorality that has breached our walls. Good is called evil and evil good. Our TV shows and movies drench our people in sin as if it is perfectly all right but fail to show the consequences of a godless people.

How long will the USA stand in the face of such debauchery? Are we destined to fall as Rome fell? We are certainly following in their footsteps.

The Lord set this nation apart as a shining light. A beacon of freedom. A Christian nation. We have seemingly lost our way.

But I believe there are many who have not bent their knees to Baal. God knows. And God's mercy is surely much grander and deeper than mine. He knows.

God knows the times of every man, woman, and child. And the times of every nation. Whether we are on our way to darkness and judgment, or if by God's grace we are to have a reprieve and another wave of revival to pull us from the abyss, God knows.

As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Proclaim the Goodness of God, and watch and pray.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Is the Sky Falling?

Matthew 24:14

 14And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

It's 2012. The end of an ancient civilization's calendar. Prophecies abound that this could be the year. The global economy is tanking. Wars and rumors of wars are in the news. Iniquity abounds. Good is called evil and evil good. Tolerance is preached for all but the truth. 

The love of many grows cold. Lovers of self. Earthquakes, famines, and pestilence are in play. 

It doesn't look good--for those in the world.

But we who are called by Jesus' name are not of this world. Fear not. We do not have to panic as if this is all there is. NO. We have a sure place. A sure Hand that holds us. As Christians, we are to stand tall, shine brightly, so that the gospel can be preached unto all the world.

The time of His coming very well may be near. Many think it is. But for us it is a time to repent, be a light, knowing that we are eternal as our Father in heaven is eternal. 

Weep for those children of the flesh, those who are ignorant of our Lord, those who are perishing.

Repent and turn from the evil of this day. Don't be caught up in it so that our light may shine to those who are perishing.

Watch and be alert for the days are evil and short.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Pray for those hanging in the balance, who have not made the decision to follow Christ.

Rejoice. For our Lord is coming. 

Come Lord Jesus!

Thursday, March 1, 2012


Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Psalm 73:25-26

Ouch! Hurt my back again. Nothing serious, just a nagging pain in the back. I just can't vacuum anymore. Oh the grief.  LOL  A painful funny to me.

But what do we do when faced with situations and circumstances that we cannot handle alone?

Praise the Lord!  We are limited, God is not. He is our strength. When faced with limitations, learn to rest in Him. Rely on His strong right arm.

When we are weak, He is strong. Remember the song - Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so ...

Sing it out. and Believe it!  For when we are weak, He is strong. Strong to heal. Strong to provide. Strong to make a way where there isn't one.

In our limitations - we can learn to rely on the Great I Am. And that's where we need to be anyway.

For He is strong.