Having A Grateful Heart Everyday

HebrewsTherefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and to worship God acceptable with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”                                                       Hebrews 12-28:29

We spend most of our days running around and trying to accomplish everything on our to do list. But, the one important thing on our to do list is having a grateful to God for all of his blessings he has bestow on us.

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A thankful attitude open windows of heaven through which spiritual blessings fall freely. All that God requires to be able to rain those blessings down upon us is our gratitude! It seems such a simple choice, yet we stumble over it almost everyday of our lives. Let God help you become more grateful as you can received bountiful blessings through those openings into eternity. As you go about your day, keep these things in mind. Throughout the Bible, God repeatedly command thankfulness because it is vital to our well-being, since God is our Creator, Savior and King. When you thank God we acknowledge how much he has done for you. This attitude brings joy both to us and God. Giving thanks is similar to priming a pump with water so that it will produce more water. Since thankfulness is one of the spiritual blessings that he has bestow on us, it will increase along with others when we prime God with thanksgiving. Remember that God is a God of all grace. When we fail in our endeavor to be thankful, simple ask him for forgiveness. As we freely receive this priceless gift-thinking about what it cost God, his only son on a cross for you and me. Look up to God and see spiritual blessings cascading down upon us through heave’s wide-open windows.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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In Your Hands Lord

Jeremiah 18.jpgThis is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord. Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message. So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands, so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as the potter does? declares the Lord. Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.                                        Jeremiah 18:1-6 NIV

Jeremiah, led an emotionally, tortured life, yet remained steadfastly faithful to God, and the call to deliver his stern message. He spoke to Judah in the last decades before Babylon destroyed the nation.

The life of Jeremiah was never an easy one to say the least, God had called Jeremiah to be a prophet, and I am sure at times he was not thrill with that job at all. However God knew Jeremiah’s heart and he knew he had called the right person for the job he had in mind. If we all can take a moment to realize that God also has a job in mind for each one of us, I am not sure what God is calling you to do in your life, and it may not be an easy one at that.  As God is shaping each one of us into what he is calling us to do, it can be at times very painful, however in the end, it will be a beautiful thing. We all have a passion in our lives, something that God has given to us, and when we do what we love to do it brings us great joy. I have read more than once the book called “You were Born for This” by Rick Warren, and as you read thru this book you will begin to think what God is calling you to do with your own life. Rick Warren talks about the Miracle Life Keys—The master key is an urgent prayer to be sent by God on a miracle mission. Your request alerts Heaven that you are more than just available, you’re committed to respond whenever God nudges you. It’s called the Master Key because your urgent plea opens the door to a life of miracles. The People Key–readies you for the inevitable moments when Heaven’s agenda collides with your own. When you apply this key, you put yourself and Heaven  an notice that you have decided to make God’s heart for people your won. Because you now share His passion, you’ll be prepared to deliver miracles to whomever He ask whenever He asks. The Spirit Key—-prepares you to cooperate with God’s spirit, especially in regard to His supernatural power. The action of this key releases you from any false assumptions about your ability to do a miracle and aligns you with the supernatural power that’s always required to accomplish a miracle outcome. As you learn more about the Spirit works through you, you will come to rely on Him with increasing confidence. The Risk Key—shows you how to intentionally live in such a way that you take risks of faith, relying on God to accomplish what He wants done. You act in dependence on God despite feelings of discomfort or fear, trusting that He will bridge the gap between what you can do and what only He can do through you. When He bridges that gap with a miracle, His power and glory are on display. You see my friends God is the potter and we are His clay, and he will shape our lives into what He has called us to do here on earth, and all we need to do is simply trust in Him.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Frieds

God’s Love

Jeremiah 31.jpgThe Lord appeared to us in the past, “saying: ” I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.  (Jeremiah 31:3)

Our God has loved you and me since before he began laying the foundations of the universe. He has loved us since before there were plants and stars, since before there were mountains, and oceans, before there were grass blades and snowflakes. Before all that God, was already loving you and me with a love that will never ends. What’s more, he has drawn us to “himself” with loving-kindness. “Nowhere do we see that loving kindness as vividly displayed as on Calvary’s cross. There, God drew us to himself because despite his love for us, we had revolted against him. We were lost in our rebellion. In extreme love, unbelievable love, the Father sent his Son to live a perfect life in our place, to suffer our death on the cross in punishment for our sins, and to rise from death, never to die again. Because of this wonderful life, we too have eternal life.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Plan

God's Plan.pngFor I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

As I re-read these words from the book of Jeremiah this morning, I come to realize that God’s plans for my own life as well as for my children are never the same as I would ever thought they would be. As we are growing up we have so many dreams for our own lives, what type of career we would have, if we would marry or not, and how many children we would love to have and of course we would love to live at, the city, beach, mountains etc. However, we never could see or even image for any bumps along the journey of life. But, we all go thru it, rather it is a job loss or opportunity, to buying our own home, or even we are hit with any health issues for us or our family. As we are all going thru life how many times did we stop to ask God for his direction for our own lives, and have we truly listen to what he just might be saying to us. Have we put our children’s in the hands of God as well, yes we are their parents however God’s plans is always better than we can ever dream of or even imagine for us and even our children.

I remember learning that I was going to be a mom to my oldest daughter, the joy within me was wonderful, this was something I always wanted to be and that was a mom. My daughter and I are very close, as I little child before her brother came we always did everything together and I cherish each moment. I remember oh so well, dancing with her in my arms to her baby lullabies. I remember when she was on the back deck in her stroller looking at the trees and listening to the birds singing and she herself was laughing, they were bringing her joy. I realize then thru her eyes the beautiful world that God has created. As she was growing up she was sick so much and like any mom it breaks your heart when your child is ill. For many years we never knew what she had and more important to take her pain away. Then one day I heard the news from her doctor that she has lupus, I was shock, angry, I got mad, and how I wish it was me and not my child. As I was going thru scriptures I cried not knowing what I would do next, when I came across this scripture from Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord.” I knew then that God loves my daughter more than her dad and I would ever love her or even comprehend the love that God has for his children. I know that God has a plan for her life as well as my own, and his plan is so much better than ours. Even thro she is chronically ill God can still use her to glorified his kingdom. She runs a blog about all chronic illness, as well as a page on face book. She also leads more than one Bible study for woman on line, for the woman who is sick like her, some who are busy with life and family, and she has also written a book. A devotional and prayer book for thirty days which is called Honest Moments with God. I was once told by a pastor as long as you have the willing heart God will use you. Go to God, search thru scriptures as well as thru your daily prayers for God to share with you His Plans for your life, and believe me it is better than you can ever dream or imagine.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Son of the Living God

Peter.pngWhen Jesus came to the region of Caesarea, Philippi. he ask his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is? They replied, “Some say John the Baptist: others say Elijah: and still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” But what about you? he asked Who do you say I am? Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, ” Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gate of Hades, will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.                                               ( Matthew 16:13-20)

If Jesus was walking the earth today as he did so many years ago would any of us recognize him? Would we be willing to following like Peter, James, John, Matthew, and the other disciples did, to wondering who is this strange man and what is the Kingdom of God all about, or we would just go thru life not curious at all. None of us today can truly understand or know what any of Jesus disciples could of been be thinking at that time. They all were willing to give up everything they ever knew and just follow him why because Jesus said come follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Could you or I be willing to give up our jobs, family, friends and all we knew of to do the same to , I would like to think I would no doubt what so ever. I grew up in a church learning about God the father, Jesus his Son, and the Holy Spirit, the Holy Trinity. I went thru the motions but did I truly know Christ at all, the older I have become I began to ask the question like so many others also have, is this all there is to life, what on earth was I born for, what is the reason I am here. Many years ago I had read more than once the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren as well as You were born for This, two great books to read. So I began to search over and over, seeking to know and understand God more than I ever did before. I was always involved in my church in one way or another but over the last few years my hunger to understand God’s word the Bible grew inside of me, the more I read and understand the more I want to learn more and more about who this Jesus was, and is and forever will be. For me I can truly say Jesus you are the Messiah the Son of our Living God. The Jesus who went so willing to the cross to die in my place, if you ever wondering how much Jesus loves you, he spread out his arms to be nail to a cross and died in your and my place, that is how much he loves us. Someone once ask me, Eileen, how do you know that God truly does exist, my replied, I know that I know deep within my heart he does. Look all around you right where you are, yes their are things they may look ugly but, my friend look pass it, look with your heart besides your eyes, to see all the beauty that God has created for us in this world. Springtime will be here soon when all the things we know of begin to bloom, look in the eyes of your child with all of their wonder, let me tell you ask a little one this question is God real? and they will tell you of course he is real mommy or daddy he lives within my heart. (wow) Take a walk if you can in the mountains, along the ocean, in a city, anywhere and you will see all the beauty that God has created for you and me.

Jesus is asking You and Me, who do you say that I am

ME: YOU ARE THE MESSIAH, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD

 

Grace and peace to you my friends

 

 

 

Faith (Part 2)

1 Thessalonians.pngRead 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (NIV) Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, Rejoice! (NIV)

Giving thanks to God no matter what we are going thru in our lives is never easy, and yet God want us to. You no doubt are saying to yourself why, doesn’t he know that right now I feel as thro I am in a pit, a hole, down in the valley of life. Yes God knows all of that, he understands your pain and he sees every tear that you or I have ever shed. That is where Faith comes into play. It is those times in our lives that you or I may feel as thro the world is against us, Praise God, when darkness seems all around you Praise God, when you don’t know how you will pay your bills, Praise God, when you are walking the floor at night watching as your loved one is in terrible pain Praise God, no matter how you or I ever feel,  at that one moment we need to Praise God anyway. You may be thinking right now how can I possible say this. You see my dear friends I too have been in the valley of life, more times than I could ever want or care to. I am a mother of a chronic ill child who deals with lupus as well as other autoimmune diseases. Believe me more than once I can truly say that I have yelled at our God, the God of all creation I was so angry because watching a baby go thru all she has gone thru. More than ten years going from one doctor to another with no answers of why she had so much pain, and I had so many questions and yet doctors could not give me an honest answer of W_H_Y. It was not until she was nineteen years old that we finally got an answer and the fear cripple me, lupus a disease with no cure. I remember so well one day while alone in my car, I began to yell at God the why question, Lord you bless my womb why my child, what has this precious child done to you for her to have lupus. Then stillness, and than in my very soul, I heard these words, then why MY SON in your place at Calvary, Wow, I never ask that question again. But then I started to read scriptures even more, I prayed before ever appointment (even to this day) before her test she goes thru, when she has to have her chemo treatment, my daughter and I prayed, thanking God for the day, for his blessings but more important to guide the doctors and nurses who are involved. Even thro I may not know what will happen God has given me such peace within my own spirit that no human can rob me of. When I feel the grip of fear trying to get a whole on me I remember the words from the prophet Jeremiah chapter 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  I don’t know what the future wholes for my daughter but God does, so I need not to fear, but just have the faith that God is in control, and believe me he is.

Grace and Peace to you my friend