A Cup Each Morning

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In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice, in the morning I lay my request before you and wait expectantly.                              Psalm 5:3-4

The alarm rings. As our minds wake from the fuzziness of slumber, thoughts of the day come rushing in, as we go over what needs to be done. The day ahead may hold some unpleasant tasks; perhaps our to do list is so long it makes us tired before we can even begin. In any case, some mornings, we’d rather stay in bed so we don’t have to face the day at all.

Can you even imagine instead of the same way,  begin your day before your alarm goes off, grab that cup of coffee, tea, or cold drink, get to your comfy place with your Bible and begin your day with a cup of Christ. The words of Beth Moore (founder of Living Proof Ministries) Imagine how different our days would be if we had our cups filled by Christ first thing in the morning. When Christ fills our cups, He gives us His love, joy, peace and patience. We’re able to be kind, good, faithful, gentle. (The fruits of the Spirit which can be found in the book of Galatians 5:22-23) A little self-control might come in handy at an opportune moment as well. 

Invite Jesus into your thoughts by whispering his name, and then suddenly your day brightens and feels more user-friendly. When you speak Jesus’ name in loving trust, you sense His presence and feel yourself drawing closer to him. There is great power in His name: Simply whispering Jesus, can turn a hard day into a good one. By calling on his name frequently, you acknowledge your continual need of him. His very being, Jesus is joyfully responding to your invitation by coming nearer to you.  

Jesus is pleased by your desire to rely on him in ordinary moments as well as in the big events in your life. When you whisper Jesus, Jesus, he respond not only to your neediness but also to your love for him. As you look to him, his face shines upon you in radiant approval brightening your day and helping you feel secure. What a wonderful way to start off each and everyday with a cup full from Christ.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends 

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God Remembers Your Sins No More!

Isaiah 43.pngWash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; through they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.                       Isaiah 1:16-18

I enjoy reading many books by Max Lucado a Christian author, and I have been reading his one book called “God Came Near” during this advent season. In the one chapter that I have read which is called “He Forgot” it made be think of the words from the book of Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my won sake, and remember your sins no more. Wow, Now that is something to talk about, God doesn’t just forgive us for our sins, he forgets them, he erases the board, he destroys the evidence. He doesn’t remember our mistakes. ( I can say thank goodness). For all the things he does do, this is one thing he refuses to do. He refuses to keep a list of our wrongs. When we ask for forgiveness, he doesn’t pull out a clipboard and say,” But I’ve already forgiven you for that at least a hundred times.” He doesn’t remember. ” As far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12 Do you think God is the voice that reminds you of the putridness of your past? Do you think God was teasing when he said “I remember your sins no more? Do you actually believe he would make a statement like ” I will not hold their in iniquities against them” and then rub our noses in them whenever we ask for help? Of course you don’t. You and I just need an occasional reminder of God’s nature, his forgetful nature. Think about this for a moment, if he didn’t forget our sins, how could we pray to him, or better yet worship him and sing praises to him, God is the “Great I Am”.  Let us remember the scriptures I shared with you as well as another from Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness, and will remember their sins no more.”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Tea Time With God!

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God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, through the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, through its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. The word trust is in the scriptures more than one hundred and fifty times, and yet we always have a very difficult time in trusting God with our own lives. We maybe able to tell others to trust in him but we do not take our own advice with the same matter. God is an Awesome God! Who but him could be everywhere at every time, ceaselessly working in our behalf? It does amazes me that one so great as the Almighty would care about all the many little details in our lives but he does. When you ponder these glorious truths, we can feel safe, knowing you are never alone. When you don’t keep these truths before you, you fall back into your default mode; straining and striving as if outcomes were totally up to you and you alone. When you really need to keep God always before you- not just truths about him. It’s so easy for God’s children to confuse knowledge about him with knowing him. The apostle Paul understood this distinction: He wrote needing Power, through God’s Spirit, to grasp how wide, and long and high and deep is His love for all mankind. Knowing God is so much more than an activity of the mind. It is largely a matter of trusting him. Sometimes you are keenly aware of God’s presence, at other times, this awareness is little or even absent. When you feel alone, you need to rely on your trust in trust The “Great I Am” Continue to live and communicate as if he is with you just like a friend or a love one is with you because truly he is. Jesus as promise us in the book of Hebrews 13:5 Never will I leave you or never will I forsake you, and that is a promise he has always kept with all of mankind. So take the time to get to know him and truly trust the Savior of the world Jesus Christ!

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

Insomnia

Psalm 4.jpgFor all of us at one time of another we seem to have trouble with sleeping thru the night, rather it is because of a dear one who is sick, being worried over bills, or the outcome of any situation, we just cannot sleep peacefully at night. For me when those times have come into my own life, I simply open the word of God and begin to read the following words in order to have a restful night.

In peace I will lie down and sleep for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

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Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God, he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.                      Psalm 62:6–8

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.       Matthew 11:28-30

He will cover you with feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge, his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.                          Psalm 91:1-4

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.                                         Psalm 42:5

Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.         Hebrews 3:1

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, will surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.

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Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that hovers over its young, He spread His wings and caught them. He carried them on His aloft                        Deuteronomy 32:11

You are His Beloved. Although you experience many difficulties in your life, he shields you all day long. You cannot imagine what your life would be like if God was not protecting you continually. The adversity he does allow you to experience is ultimately for your good and His Glory. You can rest secure by trusting that God protective Presence is with you always, no matter what trials you may be enduring. You must be clear about one thing above all else: You are most assuredly the one that the Lord loves! In fact, He loves you so much that he carries  you through your toughest times. Beloved, you can rest between His shoulders like a lamb tenderly carried by its shepherd.

Sleep well God’s little children

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Devotional

Psalm 56.jpgWhen I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me Psalm 56:3-4                                                        In  God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise. In  God I trust and not afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, my God. I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death, and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.        Psalm 56:10-13

I have been walking down a difficult path in my life Lord, at times I simply don’t understand it at all. However, in you I will put my trust in you and not in humankind, for they have judge me and at times have unforgiven hearts. I do know and understand Lord how your love is so deep for me as your child, and I cannot begin to say thank you enough for that love.  You have created me and I am fearfully and wonderfully made! You are the gardener, and I am your garden. Even when I am enduring sun-scorching trials you can satisfy my needs and you keep me watered, like a spring whose water never fails. To received your unfailing provisions, I need to trust in You and to continue to thank You Lord no matter what may come my way. You are my sovereign Lord, you will always guide me. You delight in watching over me and help me walk in your ways. It is important for me to study your word to have a completely understand of you, my deserve grows deeper with each passing day. Show me your path for my life journey and help me to keep on the right path.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Overcomer

“That day when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples.,” Let us go over the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious storm came up, and the waves broke  over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown. He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be Still” Then the wind dies down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? They were terrified and asked each other. “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”                                                        Mark 4:35-41 NIV                                       These words in the Gospel of Mark, talked about Jesus’ disciples who became so afraid because of the storm that they were facing, reminded me with the storms we all face during different times of our lives. No one here on earth is ever perfect neither is their lives, oh yes they may tell you everything is wonderful, but truth can be told not really. When we are children most of us can say that while growing up you had no worries at all, we ran and play, attend school, and perhaps church, until a storm becomes so real to us. Perhaps during all of your childhood you didn’t face some kind of tragedy, but eventually you will, just like all of us do. It is the way we all seem to handle life storms, do we run and hide, and cry out Lord save me!, sounds familiar to you, I have said this and perhaps you as well. Many such storms are the death of someone you loved very much and you feel as through you simply can not go on, overtime with God’s help you will be an overcomer. When financial difficulties come around and you simply don’t know how you are going to make this months bills, and somehow you do, that is when you are an overcomer. Sickness for you or someone you love, such as myself with a child with chronic illness and more than one. I try to remind myself in the middle of the storm that is going crazy all around me, just to ‘BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD”

 

Praise the Lord, my soul

Psalm 103.jpgThere are times in our lives when we find it difficult to Praise our Lord, when our pain within the very being of our soul, that is when we find it so difficult. This is when I find that reading the book of Psalm brings me comfort. King David was one of the writers for this book, it is a book that is filled with prayers, many prayers, as well as songs that truly express the full range of human emotion, that we all seem to go thru. It represent personal journals of the different writers and their relationship with God. The thoughts and feelings they express helps people like you and me draw near to the Lord just like they did. I personally have been on a difficult journey in my own life, just trying to understand it all, and how painful this has been and still is, and not having answers of where I am going and just trying to understand it all. As I opened up my Bible and just thinking of what I want to say to God and longing for that deep relationship with him, I came across these words that King David wrote and it reminds me of myself.

Praise the Lord, my soul, all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—-who forgives all your sins, and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things, so that your youth is renewed light the eagles. The Lord works righteousness and justice for all oppressed. He made known his ways to Moses; his deeds to the people of Israel: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever, he does not treat us as our sins deserve, or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth so great is his love for those who fear him, as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him, for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field, the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children–with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, my soul.             (Psalm 103 NIV)

It really doesn’t matter where I am going, or how long it all may take me, all I need to do is simply Trust My Lord day by day.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends