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

The Lord is My Shepherd

Psalm 23The book of Psalm is a book of poetry which is filled with prayers and songs that express the full range of human emotion. The psalms represent personal journals of the writers’ relationship with God. The thoughts and feelings they express help their readers draw near to the Lord as well. Some of the psalm were used in public worship services.  This chapter in which I am about to share with you was written by King David.

The Lord is my Shepherd——THATS RELATIONSHIP!

I shall not want————-THATS SUPPLY!

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures——–THATS REST!

He leadeth me besides still waters————THATS REFRESHMENT!

He leadeth me in the paths of righteous———–THATS GUIDANCE!

For His name-sake———-THATS PURPOSE!

Yea, through I walk through the valley of the shadow of death—–THATS TESTING!

I will fear no evil————THATS PROTECTION

For thou art with me————THATS FAITHFULNESS!

Thy rod and staff they comfort me——-THATS DISCIPLINE!

Thou prepares a table before me in the presence of mine enemies—THATS HOPE!

Thou anointest my head with oil—–THATS CONSECRATION!

My cup runneth over—-THATS ABUDANCE

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life—THATS BLESSINGS!

And I wo;; dwell in the house of the Lord—-THAT’S SECURITY!

Forever—-THATS ETERNITY!

This version of Psalm 23 was written by an unknown author that I came across around fourteen years ago, and I thought some of you would enjoy reading this.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

 

 

A Morning Devotion

Prayer 1.png I enjoy my time totally alone with God thru reading his word and thru prayer, sharing my day with our Lord as well as my hopes and dreams, But, more important I learn to “Be still and Know I am God (Psalm 46:10) to understand God desires for my own life. I have learn over many years that God truly has a better plan for me than I could ever dream possible. As I have read many times from the book of Matthew 6:5-13 as the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray this is what he said.

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seem by others, Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret , will reward you. And when you pray do not keep babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. This , then, is how you pray:

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. This reading is thru the New International Version, each Bible can be a little different.  Also when we do have fellowship with others and we know of a need or hurt it is good to come together and pray. For when we do come together we are never alone Jesus is right with us, where two or more are gather he is always there. Prayer is a powerful tool for us as Christians, it draws us closer to our Heavenly Father.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends

Ash Wednesday

untitled5465.pngThe season of lent will begin on Ash Wednesday March 1, 2017 and will end on Saturday April 16,2017. Ash Wednesday is an important day to us as Christians, many of us will attend some kind of service. It is in many ways a somber day, many pastors will smudge ashes on our forehead at some point of the service in a sign of the cross. These ashes that a pastor uses are the psalms from last year Psalm Sunday. They remind us of our mortality and calls us to repentance-seeking God’s forgiveness for our sin, both the things we have and also for the ones we have not done yet.

During these forty days of lent we can take a hard look at our own lives, as we draw closer to God, and his desire for our own lives. God has a plan for your life as well as my own and that no one but you or I can do. We can do different things such as forgive someone who has wrong you in someway, and believe me that is one that is so hard for any human to do. You may need to ask someone for their forgiveness if you have wrong them in anyway, and more important you need to forgive yourself of any sin that you seem to hold on to. Jesus already died on the cross for all our sins and he has forgiven you, now you must forgive yourself. Take time out to pray, pray thru out your day, pray is our conversation that we have with God everyday. Some people fast, at times a meal, some may do an entire day what ever is best for you and always check with your doctor before you begin to do any fasting. Find a way during this season to serve, in a church, your community, the possibility are endless for all. One thing that we can do is BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD  (Psalm 46:10) it is when we are quiet that we can hear what God needs to share with us, and hear his calling on own life.

Psalm 51:1-2 (NIV)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from sin.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends