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

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

Strength in Christ

phillipians 4.pngThe Apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians to the church at Philippi. His personal letter stresses the joy that can be found in any situation in our lives even today. Paul delivers his own testimony on the meaning of his life, encourages his readers and instructs them on living in harmony with others and in obedience to God.

In Philippians 4:13 Paul states that I (we) can do all things thru Christ who gives me (us)strength. Some of you just might be thinking, Paul is not living in times like this or going thru what I am going thru right at this moment. Let me share with you, being a Christian in Biblical times was never easy. Paul whose  real name was Saul and he did at one time in his own life persecute all Christian. If you go to the book of Acts in the New Testament chapter 9 you will read this story of Saul. As he near his journey on the road to Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him (Saul). He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? “Who are you Lord? Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting, he replied. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do. And so Saul did what Jesus instructed him to do, he later became Paul, a great follow of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus never promise to any of us that once we accepted Him as our own personal Lord and Jesus that we would never go through trials, in order for us to appreciate being on the mountain tops when also must endure the valleys in our lives. Look to the book of Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. I personal don’t know your own struggles that you are dealing with but God does, he hears your silent cries you cry on your pillow at night, as you tried to make sense of it all. I personally deal with a child who is chronic ill with having lupus as well as a few other autoimmune diseases and it is never easy. It took us more then ten years of going from doctor to doctor to try to find out what was making my child so sick. From over the last couple of years from almost dying from the disease, and what ever I have to go thru as a caregiver I draw my strength from God. How so you may ask, from always being in God’s word on a daily basis, sometimes more than once a day. From every doctor visit, hospital visit, or test that she must endure and even chemo, I always carry my bible with me, and before we enter to that facility of whatever needs to get done on her, we both stop in my car and ask God for his strength to open the eyes of the doctors to see what he already knows what is going on in her body, and more important to give us his peace. As you read in John 14:27 Jesus said to his follows: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you, I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your heart be troubled and do not be afraid.  My own strength that I do have from being a caregiver only and I mean only comes from God. All of her doctors are two hours away, (one way) and their have been many, many times, driving to a hospital in the middle of the night with her because that is what she needed, for having maybe a hour of sleep caring for the rest of my family or any other responsibility that I may have, I know that my strength comes from the Living God, the Great I Am. So the next time you feel that you can take another step in your life open up your Bible to get a boost of energy.

Prayer: Dear Lord

I do not know the challengers that your children must go thru but I know you do, O Lord. I ask you to give them the Peace that can only come from you as well as the strength to handle anything. Help to remind them that you are The Great Healer, The Great Physician and the Great I Am, and victory will be your now and forever.

Amen

 

Grace and Peace to You my Friends