Unexpected Blessings

Psalm 8.png Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!                                                                          Psalm 8

As you read these words written by King David which can be found in the Old Testament, these words rings so true in todays world. Too many times we as humans seem to get pleasure of complain about something or someone, and we love to give ourselves a pity party every now and then. However instead of complaining to someone what if we begin to stop and realize the blessings that God has given to all of mankind. As each day gets shorter because of the winter drawing near I take walks after dark or early in the morning, and I just love to look up to the heavens to see the beautiful canvas that God has created with the stars, it is truly breath taken for all to see. I just stand still looking up and feel the wind upon my face and listen quietly for the voice of my heavenly father, and for me to say Thank You, this is just so beautiful. As I was planting the bulbs for springtime again I think what a blessing for me to see next spring the beautiful colors within each flower and knowing with the dead of the winter it will not be the end but all is asleep waiting for the beginning warmth to burse out in song to our Creator, God Almighty and all the colors will be amazing for us humans to enjoy. When the fall season begins at least for myself I enjoy the apple and pumpkin picking with my children as seeing all the beautiful colors from each and every tree. For many people it is a reminder of the winter coming closer but for me it reminds me of the harvest blessings that God has given to his children.  There are so many wonderful blessings around each of us each and everyday we truly don’t need to look too far to find them.

So on this day that God has given to you look around for his unexpected blessings he has given to you.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Finding Rest In The Father

Exodus 33-14a.pngRest is something all of us truly need from time to time from everything we try to do, especially being sick you have no choice but to simply stay put and get some much needed rest. This is what has been happening over the last week I came down with a bad cold and laryngitis (my husband was glad to hear me being quiet for awhile)  I continue to have my devotion time alone with our Lord, and I can picture myself in my Father’s arms just resting from everything. These words touch my heart in the book of Exodus 33:14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”  God presence will go with me, and he gives me rest. Sometimes when you are quite weary, all you can think about is finding rest. As a result your awareness of God presence grows dim. He assures you and me, through, that even when our attention falters, God does remain steadfast. Rejoice that the One who always take care of you and me has an infinite attention span! You must be clear about one thing above all else: You are God’s child who loves you even when you are sick, and too tired to go on. In fact, he loves you and me so much that he carries us through our difficult times, and even when we are sick he is close to you. Beloved, child rest between his shoulders like a lamb being tenderly carried by its shepherd. In addition to being your Shepherd, God also is like an eagle caring for its young while they’re resting, and he watches over us constantly. When our strength fails as you are flying and you start to fall, He spreads his wings and catches you and me on them. He continues to carry you or me until we are ready to fly again. Until that times comes, I continue to find rest in the Father’s Arms

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Holy Whispers

1 Kings 19.pngAnd the word of the Lord came to him. “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He replied, I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too. The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.                    (1 Kings 19:9b-12)

God is the Creator of the Universe, yet he choose to make His humble home in our hearts. It is there you know him most intimately, it is there God speaks to you and me in holy whispers. He knows this is more than we can even imagine, that someone so great and majestic would choose to live in someone so small and even so sinful. It is even so hard for me to imagine you Lord living within my heart, it is something at times that I struggle with to understand. Yet in spite of my short comings and regardless of me being a sinner you choose to dwell within my heart. It is times like this Lord in the quiet of the morning or perhaps in the evening that my spirit longs to be with just you. It is during these times my spirit hungry to hear your voice in guiding me to understand the “Great I Am”.  You are living in my heart because you deeply desire intimacy with me and I with you. I know that I am weak, and easily distracted by so many things in this world. Yet I want you to help me to hear your gentle whispers in my heart. I need to be still and very quite during these times to feel your presence, to Be Still and Know that I Am God (Psalm 46:10)

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Being The Hands & Feet of Christ

Matthew 25.pngThe words of Jesus taken from the Gospel of Matthew 25:35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did fro one of the least of these brother and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

For the last many weeks we have seen so much horrible things happen on the news each day, from hurricanes, wildfire, earthquake, and even deadly shootings and many will say where is God when we need him? Take a good look around my friends and you can see him everywhere. After any tragedy that we see around us we can also see many people being the hands and feet of Christ, during and after hurricanes and even today you still can see many people helping the ones that are in need, neighbors helping neighbors, and even strangers helping someone they do not even know. After the earthquake we can also see the same others thinking of someone else long before they think of themselves. During the shooting in Las Vegas we have heard so many different stories of strangers coming to the aide of someone they don’t even know and even some sacrificing their own lives to save another and through this horrible acts of one man you can see the love of Christ pouring out among one another. Strangers standing in line to give blood, others handing food out to those same people as they wait.  When any of us see someone in need we are called to act to help someone else. Christ lives in each of us and when we become the hands and feet of Christ we become more like him in many ways. There are so many ways if we just think for a moment we are able to help someone such as helping at your food pantry, giving the clothes you no longer want or need to a complete stranger, many places during the cold months have a coat drive, or collect hats and gloves for children. At Christmas time the Marines do a drive called Toys for Tots, donate food to a church during the holidays and anytime through out the year. What about a animal shelter God wants us to also help his animals by giving anyway we possible can. How about visiting a neighbor who may live alone, or a nursing home where many residents never get any visitor. God gives us many ways for us to become his hands and feet by doing his work here on earth. And thru it all just a simple hug to another who is hurting so deeply is something they really need at that time. In the book of Romans 12:13 the Apostle Paul tells us Share with the Lord’s people who are in need . Practice hospitality.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Keeping Faith

Romans 4.pngTherefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s off-spring-not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: I have made you a father of many nations. He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed-the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him. So shall your offspring be. Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead-since he was about a hundred years old-and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief, regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.        Romans 4:10-21

It is always quiet easy to have faith when things are going our way and everything seems to being smelling like a rose. But, the question to you is this! how is your faith when life seems to be falling down all around you. No matter how hard you maybe trying, at times things seems to go from bad to worst and that is when your faith or even mine is being tested. As we read above in the book of Romans, we read about Abraham a man of great faith, he truly believed that God would do for him what he had promise, which is for him and his wife Sarah to become parents even being quiet old, and that he would become the father of many nations, and Abraham believe and it came to past. What is faith, faith is believing in God, trusting him for he knows what is best for all of his children. To have great faith like Abraham or any of the prophets we need to practice at it each and everyday. The different ways to practice that faith is to continue to study the Word of God, having a prayer life with our Creator, and being a part of a community of other believers.  When things become hard for you and even for me our faith can with stand the test of faith, and knowing that God will give us the strength to continue to move forward in our faith journey.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

The Lord Is My Strength

Psalm 18.pngI love you, Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer, my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I have been saved from my enemies. The cords of death entangled me; the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me. The cords of the grave coiled around me, the snares of death confronted me. In my distress I called to the Lord, I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, my cry came before him into his ears.                                   Psalm 18:1-7

These are the words that King David sang to the Lord after he delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. We should thank God for our weakness, even better boast gladly about your weakness, Boasting can be either good or bad, depending on the object of the boast. People who brag about their wisdom, strength, or riches are offensive to God. King David was on the right track when he wrote about his soul boasting in the Lord. God wants us to express pride in Him, just as the child of a good mother or father likes to brag about his big strong parents. People who are well aware of their weakness are less tempted to boast about themselves. However, they are more vulnerable to other temptations, indulging in self-pity and complaints. So it is essential for weak ones to take pride in God rejoicing in the Great I Am.  As you and I rejoice in our weaknesses, you and I open ourselves to God’s Power. Let the sacred Power rest upon you, displaying His delight in you.  Even through we feel that so many things in our lives seems so overwhelming to us we can rest in God knowing that He always here the cries of his children. As David said in Psalm 18:32-33 It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he causes me to stand on the heights. When we depend totally on God and his strength we become award how strong we can be with God’s help, and with God all things are possible. When I feel the need to run and hide I found my resting place in the arms of my Heavenly Father to keep me safe.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Way Is Always The Best Way

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In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9) The words in the book of Proverbs this morning sound so true to me and I am sure to the one who is reading this post at this very moment. How many times that we as human try to map out our future and all the plans we try to make at times never seems to come to past, as we would say at times life seems to get into our way and of course of our plans. Let us look into the book of Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are you ways my ways,” declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. We need to understand that God is the Creator of all things, and he is already there at all of our tomorrows. Even thro you and I don’t understand everything in our lives God does, and even when we make all the plans for our own lives, God ways is always best and he does know what is best for his children. So instead of us getting so frustrated with trying to make any plans let us first go to God in pray and ask his will for our own lives, and believe me in the end of things we will learn that God always knew what was best for us all along.

As the rain and the snow come down rom heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth. It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends