Good days ~ Bad Days

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My attitude is trust in Jesus!!!! Depend on God's grace!!!!

My attitude is trust in Jesus!!!! Depend on God’s grace!!!!

 

I am not feeling good today. I suffer with chronic illnesses. This is one of those good days bad days things and this is the bad day. As I’m dealing with this suffering today I have one thing on my mind….Jesus. I have one thing in my heart….Gods Grace.

 

Jesus and grace is what will help me to get through this day.

 

Please don’t feel sorry for me because I did this 1 Peter 5:7 Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

 

These scriptures back me up on this….and I trust God.

Isaiah 26:3You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Life is not easy…but it is much much better when you have your eyes on Jesus!

 

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Resurrection Sunday thoughts 2014

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This true meaning of Resurrection day is:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus torture, death and resurrection services that we celebrate every April is a blessing because it’s a blessing to reflect on the details of this love provoked set of life changing events for the world. But I have a different way that I celebrate it.

This is my opinion and practice and I’m not pushing anyone to do what I do or I think how I think. I celebrate Jesus sacrificial act a few times a week by having communion by myself. I ask God to forgive me of any wrong doing…reflect with scripture and meditate on the course of events. Then I have Juice and bread. I also thank Jesus daily for what He did for me. I thank God for sending His Son to die for my sins.

The more I walk with God…the more grateful I am to Him for creating me, loving me and saving me. The wonder of who God is drives me to think of His deep love for me and why he was motivated to do what He did for me.

You know the other day I was thinking about the Holiness of God and I could not believe that He in all of His glory would humble Himself and allow Himself to be reduced to a human being. To have a human woman take care of Him, to have His diaper changed, to be carried around, and to be taught by human parents. God… the Supernatural Highest supreme being in the entire universe was a man!!!! Then He allowed sinful men to do unspeakable things to Him! He did this for me and for anyone who will believe in His son Jesus.   This is something to celebrate every single day! I’m celebrating this in my sanctified soul right now!!!!! I was dead in my sin and now I’m alive in Jesus! I was lost and now am found! I have an eternal life! Praise the Lord!!!

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A few years ago Hollywood came out with a movie called the Passion of Christ…which was a graphic dramatization of the events surrounding Christ death and resurrection. It was very powerful and as I left the theater I could not speak. In fact everyone in the theater was silent as they were walking out.  I feel that way every time I read the crucifixion details in the bible….there’s no difference because the Holy Spirit makes it that real to me.   But these events also make something else real in my heart.. and that is how much God loves His creations. Can Hollywood produce that? The Holy Spirit can!!! Jesus death and resurrection means love to me….I see love.

This is the deal…..God is Holy… God is love… and God is a Spirit. We can’t understand these incredible three things because we are human…but the Holy Spirit can and does enlightens us. Now this is the intriguing part that’s hard for us to get….God’s Holiness is what makes it impossible for us to be in front of God physically. He is way too pure for us. This is what people don’t get. He didn’t make Himself pure…He just is. The Glory in Him would burn anyone up in less than a billionth of a second. But because of His great love for us He had Jesus take on human form and sacrifice Himself to remove all original sin from humanity for anyone who would believe in Jesus Christ. Without Jesus….no one could ever stand before Holy God because they would be impure and in need of a blood offering.

 

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Thank you Jesus!

 

Jesus the Lamb of God was the blood offering for us. Jesus blood was required!!!!!!!! No other blood! There is NO…I say NO other way to see God face to face when your human life has ended!!!! This is what Resurrection day celebration is all about! This is why I celebrate this as often as I can!! I’m sooooo grateful!!!!! This is the big picture!! You cannot separate the Holiness of God and this event….they are connected.

So Jesus…I get down on my knees and then I fall on my face before you. With your loving sacrificial act in my heart and mind… I kiss your feet and say…thank you so much for what you did for me! Thank you for your obedience to your Father. It saved my life!!! I can’t wait to be with you forever!!! Until then I will keep praying for others. I will write my blog and pray that someone who has not heard of your good news for their lives will read this blog and believe in you.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 

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Turn this picture up side down and see what’s happened when I believed in Jesus Christ

Easter Sunday or Resurrection Sunday?

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Let’s start with the word…Easter!

 

 

 I will no longer be calling Resurrection day… “Easter” Sunday. In researching information for a Resurrection Sunday message for my blog I found out new information to me… that Easter is a pagan holiday name for the goddess of spring time named “Eastre or Eostre” which is celebrated on…you guessed it…Easter Sunday. This goddess loved rabbits and eggs were part of the spring celebration representing fertility. This is new to me and this information will change my thinking and words I used from this day forward.

I do celebrate Resurrection Sunday in church and later on we have dinner with all the trimmings with our family and friends. I know the Lord has no problem with that because He knows the truth of my heart and mind that I’m celebrating Him!

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So what about the Chocolate candy, peeps, and baskets? When I was raising my 6 kids…we had some candy… but we were careful to pick out general kind of stuff. We didn’t do the eggs…but my mom would always have the egg dying over her house with my kids although she knew my thoughts on the matter. I didn’t let that be an issue because I loved my mom and she had fun doing that with them. I knew God was not going to get my mom for boiling eggs. My mom loved the Lord very much.

You have to be careful with your kids so they don’t feel totally different from what’s going on around them.  As Christian parents… it was our duty to teach our children the truth of God’s word so these kinds of things don’t influence them from being led astray from the real reason for our Resurrection Sunday celebration.

 

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We have to teach our children and grandchildren what Resurrection Day is really about and that it is more than the clothes, candy and baskets.

 

Back then Easter basket, Easter clothes, Easter eggs and Easter bunny was in my vocabulary and now it’s not. You live and learn and grow. Is God going to hold the past against me? No way…as we grow in knowledge and truth we learn and move on continuing to please our God.

So I will rejoice and celebrate Resurrection Sunday….formally known as Easter Sunday to me….with all the respect and seriousness this special refection of God love and forgiveness deserves. Amen!

 

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What to do when weary

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Mathew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. This is as a result of having wisdom and understanding (vs 21)

 

I usually have visions for other people but today I had one for myself. I have a rare disorder which makes me very ill sometimes. I have been having a rough time lately and it has worn me out physically. I wasn’t able to go to church today. So I was a little upset and went into prayer because I know where my help comes from.

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He tucked me in covers that looked something like this.

I was talking to God … just spilling out my problems on Him and then I got quiet so I could hear Gods voice. He told me a few things and then said He loved me. I was like….aren’t you going to say more….can we talk a while longer? (You see… sometimes God and I can talk for hours) But God gave me a vision of Him tucking me in this amazing bed with beautiful soft white sheets and a big fluffy quilt folded back. He pulled the covers up to my neck and then He kissed me on my forehead. He said He wanted me to rest and be at peace. After that vision…wonderful peace came over me in real time. I just love my Heavenly Father!

Isaiah 26:3 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

If you have a problem…the only way to get through it is to seek God!

 

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I’ve got fantastic news for you today!!!

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Are you as excited as he is?

 

Let’s not lose this happy and exciting expectation of Jesus return to get us and bring us….home!

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

I’m doing a happy dance in my heart!!!

Thank you Jesus!!!!!

Trying to impress God? Forget about it!!

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Stop trying to impress...humble yoursel ... you'll be blessed.

….humble yourself … you’ll be blessed.

 

Mathew 19:16-22 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

In Verse 20 it says: All these I have kept,” the young man said to Jesus…..”What do I lack? Really? He said he was keeping the commandments…all of them! Was he trying to impress Jesus with that foolishness? Didn’t he realize who He was talking to? The King of Kings and the Lord of Lords!!! The thing He should have done was to fall on his knees and beg Jesus for mercy for His evil soul!!!!!!!

Do you know there is NOTHING that we can do to impress God at all? When I first became a committed Christian…I tried hard to impress God. Look God… I’m in church today. Look God… I’m helping people. Oh God look…I’m feeding the poor. God I’m doing lots of good things for you! God…aren’t you proud of me? Thank God for the Holy Spirit who has broken this thing down to me over the years? His instruction and teachings have been life changing for me. I’ve also had plenty of good godly trials and testing’s that have straightened me right up over time.

Because of the low self image I had as a child…I tried to please/impress everyone my whole life and so I guess I thought I needed to impress God also…..but all that did was take away His glory from Him.  That made me feel bad  because I was ashamed of being prideful.   We just can’t impress God!!! He’s not impressed by anything we do or anything we have.  God Himself is the most impressive being in the universe so  how can we possibly impress Him?  ( But we can please Him though!!)

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Peter tried to impress in Jesus by using his little security guard skills to protect Him.

John 18:10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest’s servant, cutting off his right ear. NIV

What was he thinking? Really Peter?   Were you really going to impress folks all by yourself and defend Jesus against a gang of men who came to capture Him. It wasn’t impressive at all…it was…foolish!

DUH!!  You know… I was going to say…men!    A woman wouldn’t have done that…we would have tried to talk these men out of it LOL! But I’ll step away from that one!

What does move God is our obedience, our forgiveness and our love for one another. The most powerful thing we can ever do to touch Gods heart is……drum roll here….is to believe in His Son Jesus Christ. God is also moved by our worship of Him.  So… God can have reactions to things we do…but I believe He draws a blank if we try to impress Him…and  I think He would say something like…speak to the hand… I’m not impressed!… kind of thing.  Well really …that’s what I would say not God.  God would  just tell the Holy Spirit to correct us and we would probably get a trial to bring the point home.

I can tell you from my experience….IT IS ALWAYS BEST TO BE VERY HUMBLE IN DEALING WITH THE LORD! This will serve you very well in your walk with God!   Now here is a very spiritual statement…. We are not all that and a bag of chips because we’re God’s child!!!  Yes we are heirs to the throne but we must know our place! I would do anything for my children…but if they thought they were all that with me….that mothering would come out in me!   I have personally seen God bring men down who tried to impress Him…..and I want to add that He does this out of love because the results are life saving and life changing….for our present and for our future with Him.

 

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I personally have learned to put my face into the floor (humble myself) in my walk with God. (Learn to be prostrate in your spirit) There are times I feel the devil encouraging me to stand up….you know the pride thing…look what I’m doing thing….but I feel those thorns and I go…”ouch ouch!” and I get myself back down on that ground in humble adoration and respect for my Lord and Savior.

Satan did try to impress God and you see where that got Him and he tries to get us to do that too so that God will be very ticked off with us. He does get the non-Christian to act impressively and say they don’t need God for eternal life and as a result they don’t get into heaven.

I’m sharing this information today because I want Gods very very best for you. You don’t have to impress God because Jesus did all the impressing for all of us…… on that cross!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  

 

Proverbs 3:5 Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.NLT

Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them. NIV

 

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How to pray if you are a Christian and if you’re not

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How to pray if you are a Christian

Sometimes we need a little refresher course on how to pray. Prayer is not complicated…but there is a way to pray that the bible reveals to us. Jesus even spoke of it when He was down here on earth. I talk to God all day long and I talk to Him like I’m standing right by Him.  He accepts me talking to Him in a more familiar way because we can have that kind of relationship with Him… but I don’t always do that. For example…I’ll say…”God…do you know how much I love you?  You’re  the greatest Jesus.  Thank you for that parking space…I was so tired.”

Most of the time I talk to God like Jesus told us to.  It’s more formal and addresses Him with all the respect He deserves. Like….” Heavenly Father…I praise your Holy name….I thank you for all you’ve done for me. My daughter needs a healing in her body. I thank you for the victory…In Jesus name.

The key here is to….pray! Daily! Prayer should be as natural as breathing. . If you’re a Christian…pray! Don’t save it for going to church on Sunday or special times.  If  you know you have to eat then you should know you have to pray. Both are nourishment for the body.

Here are some helpful hints and scriptures:

1. In order to talk to God so that God hears your prayers you must be right with God. There is NO getting around this at all!!!!! If your heart ain’t clear…He don’t hear!

2. You must believe that God can and will answer your prayer. You must have faith. If you believe you will receive!

3. In EVERY situation Pray (talk to God), tell Him your need and then thank God for all He’s done for you and for what He will do for you. State you case and ask in faith!

4. Ask all prayer request in Jesus name. Depend on His fame and ask in His name!
5. Remember to give God all the praise. Give God all the glory and you’ll have a story.

 

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James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Mathew 6:9 “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Mathew 22:21 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”
 
John 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

 

How to pray if you are not a Christian

1. You can talk to the Lord but you have a limit on what He needs to hear from you. You are limited to asking for mercy. Lord have mercy before I’m put in the hearse-see!!!

2. There is one prayer that God will hear from the non-Christian. A prayer in which you ask the Lord for forgiveness…you repent of your sinful ways and believe in Jesus Christ. If You Remember Jesus….He’ll remember you!!!!

 

Romans 10:13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Luke 23:40-43 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

 

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We must take time throughout our day to talk to the Lord. This is for our benefit so that we can keep our mind on Jesus. This helps us to stay very focused and to walk with God. It will build our relationship up to the point where He is our very best friend. We will feel so much closer to the Lord and will have a stronger walk with God.

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