HOPE CHANGES EVERYTHING
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Wednesday October 7, 2020
Good Morning to you!!! Welcome to a brand NEW day...... I've been waiting for you! I've saved your favorite place, so come on in! Don't be shy, for all are welcome here!!!
Have you talked to God lately? Maybe you don't even know how. The first thing you should know, is that you can COME AS YOU ARE! You don't have to be all prim and proper, nor make an appointment to seek His Face! Your Prayer does NOT have to be eloquent! His Children are equal in His Eyes!
He invites us to come to Him, to find Rest and Peace for our souls........ There is a precious place we can go to drop all our baggage, all our failures, our fears, our devastations, our brokenness, all our messes. At the feet of Jesus, we find Cleansing and Healing! He takes all our pieces of rubble and makes it all BEAUTIFUL! His Loving Redemption, transforms us and makes us NEW!!!
Oh, how He LOVES time with us! He really misses us when we find ourselves to busy for Him! It's the enemy that makes us that way, so he can keep us living in chaos. He wants us to take our eyes off of God, and put them on ourselves and our circumstances. He is the father of confusion.
"For God is not a God of confusion but of peace." (1 Corinthians 14:33) I SOOOOOOOOO need God's Peace! I can't stand all the world's drama, and striving. What it offers is empty and worthless. We may not see that at first, but it's promises lead to death. But the things of God, lead to LIFE! ETERNITY! The thing you should know about ETERNITY, is that it HAS NO END!!! IT IS FOREVER!!! PERMANENT!!!
If you are a wandering Christian, or do not know Jesus at all, SEEK HIM.......... With all that is within you! "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." (Jeremiah 29:13) Jesus tells us to, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Matthew 22:37)
Let go of anything that is keeping you from Him! Run away from whatever is compromising a relationship with Him! Whatever you are watering down your Faith with, FLUSH IT! Whatever you love more than you love Jesus, will bow down to Him! All it's power is NO MATCH FOR JESUS!!! Get rid of everything that keeps you from hearing His Voice! He will fill you, if you let Him! If you are thirsty, drink of the Living Water! If you are hungry, taste the Bread Of Life! All He IS, and all He HAS can be yours for ALL ETERNITY!!! You can trade all you have of this world, for THE VERY HEART OF GOD............
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Tuesday October 6, 2020
Good morning, dear Friends!!! Don't you look all chipper today! Me? Not so much! But, because I am a Child of God, I WILL RISE!!! AND, so will you........ Rise up in Victory! The Glory of the Lord is everywhere - All we have to do is LOOK FOR IT!!!
I have to tell you, all I want is MORE OF JESUS....... I just can't seem to get enough of Him! I crave all that He is! I want to touch the Heart of God, now more than I ever have!!! I want to constantly be drawn to Him. I want my heart, my words, my motives, my actions, my thoughts to line up with the Word of God, and be pleasing and acceptable to Him. I cry out, "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10)
If we look at the world these days, all we will see is turmoil, chaos, uncertainty. It's drowning in sin. It's promises are worthless. People put their trust in it, and come up empty. It carries people so far, and then............. DEATH! People have the mentality to say, "Well, everyone else is doing it, so I can too!" God says, "The heart is deceitful above all things." (Jeremiah 17:9) Yet, people still follow it. People try to find their worth in the world, and in how people look at them. I've had the world and all it's desires. I have 3 words for you...................... NO. THANK. YOU.
I am in the world, but NOT OF IT. I'm on the road to Eternity! I look at Jesus. What HE has, and who HE is, reigns ETERNAL. "so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternall life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 5:21) I WANT THAT!!! How about YOU? What will YOU choose? Where do you put YOUR Trust? The wide road, OR, the narrow road?
We live and we die in this world, and then, we stand before God. What will He see when He looks at you? What will you hear Him say to you? Where will you spend Eternity? These are the most important questions you will ever need to answer!!! If you don't know where you will spend Eternity, or if you don't care, then RUN TO JESUS FAST AND HARD!!! "God's Love isn't for me!" "He could never Forgive what I've done!" Hear me LOUD, and hear me STRONG................. GOD'S LOVE IS FOR EVERYONE!!!
"He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." (2 Peter 3:9) There is no sin God doesn't know about, no sin beyond Forgiveness, no life unworthy of Redemption, no heart to broken to Heal, no baggage to heavy for the Feet of Jesus! God Loves you PERIOD!!! He Treasures YOU over all Creation. Apart from God, we are NOTHING! Apart from God, we HAVE NOTHING! SO, you are on the road of life, and you come to a fork in the road. Your choice is either take the wide road, and try to dodge the things of this world. OR, take the narrow road, grab the bat God hands to you, and hear Him say, "SWING AWAY!!!"
|Posted on October 2, 2020 at 3:30 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday October 3, 2020
Greetings to you on this Saturday morning!!! Aren't Saturday's the day to SLEEP IN? It's 3:30am here, and yet, I write! I actually love writing in the early morning. I love the quiet, the calm....... Before all the stresses, busyness and chaos, I find an amazing PEACE!!! I love the night. I love resting in the Arms of Jesus! But WAIT - it's MORNING, so rise and shine, precious Friends!!! You'll never know how very blessed I am having you here. Thank You for sharing some of your time with me......
JESUS IS LORD!!! No matter what is happening in this world, JESUS IS LORD!!! In loss and devastation, He changes NOT!!! I know how hard it is to not let our circumstances swallow us whole! In despair, everything is cloudy. Everything seems uncertain. It robs us of our Peace and Joy. It makes us panic and anxious. Our hearts race as we slowly let fear in. Doubt and worry aren't far behind either! We wonder how on earth, we will get over this!
The beautiful thing about God, is He takes the devatations of our life, and turns them into GOOD! Hard to believe, right? I tell you what, I feel things DEEPLY. It's how God made me! My heart is so HUGE, that when it get's hurt, it can ruin me! Would you like to know 2 things I have to do INSTANTLY, before I do ANYTHING ELSE??? I pray with all that is within me, "GOD, PLEASE DON'T LET THIS BREAK MY HEART!!!" And, then I must remember that what someone does TO me, is not GREATER than what Jesus did FOR me!!!
But, the key to this is FORGIVENESS......... Not as easy as it sounds, I know! But IT IS NECESSARY for our hearts! You say, "But what if they don't deserve it?" "What if they aren't sorry?" I say this LOUD AND STRONG........... We are NOT responsible for what someone does to us, we are responsible for HOW WE RESPOND TO IT!!! Matthew 5:44 tells us to, "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you." Is that EASY??? Nope - but for your sake, IT IS WORTH IT!!!
Let's look at it this way. Do WE deserve God's Forgiveness? Our sins are why Jesus hung on that Cross, but it was LOVE that held Him there! He loves us in spite of ourselves! We do the exact things Jesus nailed on the Cross and paid for! ARE WE NUTS??? Forgiveness in NOT AN OPTION!!! "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." (Ephesians 4:32)
There have been times where all I could pray was, "I forgive them BY FAITH!" Don't be put in the prison of unforgivenss! Don't hold grudges! Don't get even! Don't be robbed of the Blessings of God! God will help you through this! Give your hurt and anger to Him! Give Him all the pieces of your broken heart! Lay your burdens at His Feet! Maybe all you can do is cry - Go ahead, but PRAY THROUGH THE TEARS!!! Do not let go of God for ANYTHING or ANYONE!!! Just be still....... Rest in His Calm....... Lean up against Him and B R E A T H E....... Give it all to God - all your hurt, your rage, your brokenness, your confusion, your struggle to forgive, your crushed spirit, your chaos, your storms. Yes, give it all to God, and find Strength and Peace! Give it all to God, and have FREEDOM! Simply put...................... Give it all to God and LIVE!!!
|Posted on October 1, 2020 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
Friday October 2, 2020
Good Morning, lovely Friends!!! It's FRIDAY, and I can't believe it's OCTOBER! Time sure does fly, and I wonder where it goes?! I love that the things of God are TIMELESS. He has NO END! That is such a comfort to the one who follows Jesus. But, for those who do not, well............. Eternity is a VERY LONG TIME!!!
Why do you think satan "comes only to steal and kill and destroy" (John 10:10)? He owns ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!! He is against everything that God calls LIFE. All he knows how to do is take the things of God, and twist them, turn them inside out, RUINS THEM. There is no truth in him, "for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44) He is constantly whispering in our ears, and looking for an opening to our hearts. Looking for any opportunity for us to take our eyes off of God. Makes us too busy to spend time with God.......... A few of his favorite phrases are, "God has left you!" "God doesn't care about you!" "You don't need Saving!" "There is still time!" He takes what God calls BEAUTIFUL, and ruins it.
Oh, but GOD............................. Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10:10) "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows." (James 1:17) The Creator of all things, calls us Chosen. Worthy. Treasured. But Jesus says in John 14:6, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." EXCEPT THROUGH ME!!! That is why it says in Acts 4:12 that, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved."
If you believe there is more than one way to enter Heaven, you are being DECEIVED!!! Another lie from satan. DO NOT BELIEVE IT!!! Face it, dear Friends, YOU ARE LOVED......... By the One Who says, you are "fearfully and wonderfully made." (Psalm 139:14) He says, "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:6) God is Faithful. He is never late. He never sleeps nor slumbers. God takes what is broken and ruined, and makes them BEAUTIFUL.
There is nothing you could ever do, to change His Affection for you! There is no sin too dirty, that He cannot Forgive! No trench too deep, that He cannot pull you out of! No mountain that cannot be moved! No heart that He cannot change! No chain too strong, that He cannot break! He can do the IMPOSSIBLE, in you, through you, and for you, IF YOU LET HIM! No chaos that He cannot CALM! If you are lost, it is SO GRAND being found by HIM! If you Repent of it, God Forgives it and Forgets it! But it is only by the shedding of Jesus' Blood, that makes the way to Forgiveness!!! HOLD ON TO JESUS, with ALL YOUR MIGHT!!! And, when satan comes to you with all his lies and deceit, kicking and screaming in your ear, send him BACK TO HELL WHERE he BELONGS.......... And, God? Well, His Heart is FIXED ON YOU!!!
|Posted on September 29, 2020 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday September 30, 2020
Greetings to you on this fine Wednesday morning........ How are things? If you say, "Well, not so good!" I have Good News for you! His Name is Jesus. Come, come, gather 'round. But first, HUGS!!!
If you've noticed, God's been talking to us about, THE HEART. We've NEEDED talking to about it. I know I sure have! Our hearts are sooooooooo precious. To us, and to God! No one can see our hearts except God! I wonder how we would LOOK, if our appearance took the shape of the state our heart is in. That alone is proof that "The LORD does not look at the things people look at." (1 Samuel 16:7)
How is your heart doing, Beloved? It's OK, just breathe! Have you been hurt? So much, that you think you might die? Have you entrusted it to someone - someone who vowed to protect and love it forever? Maybe a friend has betrayed you. Whatever your wound, it runs deep! Has the life been sucked out of it? Are you so devastated, that you think you'll never recover from it? Has it been ripped out of your chest, and trampled on? It is laying on the floor in a million pieces? Have you been violated and bullied? Do you feel lost and alone? Can't see the light?
The truth is, life is hard........ Much harder than we would like, wouldn't you say? But there is one Truth that far outweighs our troubles and hardships - GOD IS GOOD! No matter what we face, GOD IS GOOD! Even in the dark, when we feel lost and alone, GOD IS GOOD! In our weakness, GOD IS GOOD! When we fall flat on our faces, GOD IS GOOD! When we are dangling by a thread, GOD IS GOOD! In the lions den, and in the fire, GOD IS GOOD!!!
Today, whatever your circumstance, remember this.................... Grace WINS!!! God can take your brokenness, and make it BEAUTIFUL!!! He is your HEALER!!! Your STRENGTH!!! The LOVER OF YOUR SOUL!!! Today and every day, hold on to John 16:33, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." Being Born Again does NOT mean we are immune to the troubles of this world! But then, there are these 3 beautiful and Hopeful words..................... BUT TAKE HEART!!! Don't believe me? Go to the end of the Bible. Guess what................... GOD WINS!!!
|Posted on September 28, 2020 at 2:55 AM||comments (0)|
Tuesday September 29, 2020
Good Morning, and welcome to Tuesday!!! In the morning when I rise, GIVE ME JESUS! The very second my eyes open, GIVE ME JESUS! From the start of this very day, until the end and everywhere in between, GIVE ME JESUS! When I am weak and full of fear, GIVE ME JESUS! Whether I am here or there, GIVE ME JESUS!!!
My heart's desire is Jesus........ All I want is for MY heart, to beat in time with HIS! Oh, how I want it to be clean and acceptable to Him. "Change me and make me clean", cross my lips more than once a day! I want Him to burn out EVERYTHING in me, that is NOT of Him. I want no competing loves above Him. Nothing I find in this world, compares to Him. It has nothing I want!
Our hearts were made to be filled with God ALONE........ But HOW, I ask, is that possible if we are filled with all of OURSELVES??? Pride sucks the life out of our hearts, piece by piece. We look down on people, when what we should be doing is looking UP!!! The world shouts, "FOLLOW YOUR HEART". SNAP OUT OF IT!!! Jeremiah 17:9 says, "The heart is deceitful above all things." So where on earth would it lead us to?
"For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it." (Matthew 7:13) I could care less if everyone else is walking that road, I say again, GIVE ME JESUS!!! "But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:14) I'll take a ONE WAY TICKET, please! And, because my feet and eyes point FORWARD, I will not dwell on my past mistakes! Anyway, when we Repent, God FORGIVES.......
Be very careful where you place your heart, dear Friends. Whatever you fill it with, you will become. "He must become greater; I must become less." (John 3:30) You know, a great burden would be lifted, if we accepted the fact that life is about JESUS, not us! Not what we want, but what He DESIRES! How do we do that? By putting God in His Rightful place in our lives......... FIRST!
He CAN be Trusted, you know! With all things, and in all ways. If we would just let go of how we think our lives should be, and grab on to what GOD made us to be, oh what FREEDOM!!! Oh such JOY!!! The PEACE!!! So, what road will you choose today? It is a daily decision that only you can make! Choose wisely......... It really is, LIFE OR DEATH!!!
|Posted on September 25, 2020 at 4:30 AM||comments (0)|
Saturday September 26, 2020
Good Saturday Morning....... Oh, how God LOVES YOU!!! This day is His Gift to you. It is fragile. It is fleeting. LIVE IT UP FOR HIS GLORY!!! Enjoy every moment today. Won't you come and sit with me a while?
God is really AMAZING - In all He IS, and in all He DOES. He took the vast expanse, and made all things. Genesis 1:1.......... "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Nehemiah 9:6 Proclaims, "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things; by Your will they exist, and came to be." Psalm 24:1, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it."
Three such powerful Scriptures, don't you think? The One and True Living God Created EVERYTHING, and you and me. He knows every star and calls them by name. He stretched out the Giraffes neck. He tells the ocean to go only so far. Tells the sun when to rise and when to fall. Made the Zebra with black stripes (or white, depending on how you look at it!) Let's the wind put a Bird into flight. The Fish to breathe UNDER water. Let's the Ant carry how much it's weight? Makes the Flowers release it's perfect fragrance in the air. Mountains to rise above the surface. Carved edges on the horizons. Made leaves to CHANGE, to expose their perfect color. Instructs Bees to make honey. Has a Rooster exclaim a NEW day by shouting, cock-a-doodle-doo :)..........
I could go on and on and on about the Perfect Creations of God!!! He is the Ultimate Artist! The Greatest Comfort! Stronger than all things! Reigns above all things! Clears our path! Heals our wounds! He LOVES the word, IMPOSSIBLE! He breaks chains! Pulls us out of deep waters! Restores our souls! Forgives AND Forgets! Keeps track of our sorrows and collects our tears in His bottle! He quiets the chaos! Crushes our enemies!!! AGAIN, I could go on and on and on.........
Find Rest in His Presence today, dear Friends! Listen as He sings Songs of Deliverance over you! Give it all to God and LIVE! HE IS ON YOUR SIDE! Let Him Love you, and let Him hold you! If you are reading this, you still HAVE TIME! Accept Jesus, and let Him turn your life around! He will make you BRAVE! He will make you NEW! His Blood washes away every sin! His Love casts out every fear! The things of this world are TEMPORARY......... But the things of God, ARE ENDLESS!!!
|Posted on September 24, 2020 at 4:10 AM||comments (0)|
Friday September 25, 2020
Good Morning!!! Let the SON SHINE BRIGHTEST......... The Light of Jesus can lead everyone out of the darkness. His Light in US, enables us to do that very same thing! I say we SHINE, SHINE, SHINE!!! And, if someone doesn't like the Light, SHINE ANYWAY!!!
I have a question. What is the absolute, most terrible thing you've ever done? Now, let me ask you this. Do you think it defines who you are? GUESS WHAT? I DOESN'T!!! You are so much more. God doesn't make junk. God doesn't make mistakes. He never thinks a sin is too unforgivable. No situation too impossible. God is GOD, no matter what! "For I am the LORD, I change not." (Malachi 3:6) What a POWERFUL Scripture!
If you don't want to come to God because of what you've done, even how many times you've done it, NOW IS THE TIME! God's Love for you is Unfailing, Ever Constant, Unconditional, Extragavant, and it endures FOREVER!
My dear and lovely Friends, God loved you SO MUCH, that He sent Jesus! He stepped off His Throne for you! God made a way for you to come back to Him, because He knew you couldn't Save yourself, so He sent Jesus. To FOREVER RIGHT YOUR WRONGS!!! To pay the price for your life! To make a Way for you to find Forgiveness for your sins, through Jesus. To be Cleansed from all your unrighteousness. There is NOTHING GOD CANNOT FORGIVE!!! NOTHING THE BLOOD OF JESUS CAN'T REDEEM!!!
Would you believe God would have sent Jesus, even if YOU were the only one?! He does not want you to perish, but have Eternal Life! (2 Peter 3:9) He thought you up in His Heart, Breathed you into life, and has a Purpose for you! The fact that God Loves us IN SPITE OF OURSELVES, brings me to my knees......... I cry, "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." (Revelation 4:8)
There is not one of us who is without sin. And, there is not one of us who does not need Jesus! I don't care what you've heard about God that makes you run scared. The enemy is telling you that, NOT GOD!!! Satan will do everything he can to keep you from God! DON'T BELIEVE his LIES. Don't let him come NEAR YOU. Cast him into the pit of hell where he belongs, and grab on to the Hand of Jesus! He will pull you out of the deepest, darkest, dirtiest trench. See no way out? CALL ON JESUS! He will change your life, if you ask Him to! And, you will never regret letting Him!
He makes ALL THINGS NEW!!! What a PROMISE. It's time to let go of your past mistakes, and walk in Freedom! "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1) Come to His Throne of Grace. Drink of His Living Water. Taste and see that HE IS GOOD!!! And, remember one very important thing.......... God WILL NEVER bring up what He has Forgiven you for!!! And................................................................ NEITHER SHOULD YOU!!!
|Posted on September 22, 2020 at 3:45 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday September 23, 2020
Welcome to this BRAND NEW DAY........ God is here. You are here. I couldn't ask for anything more! There are 2 things for certain - God's Mercies are NEW today, AND, He has a Reason for us being here. TO BUILD HIS KINGDOM!!! What an honor, but what a responsibility. Let's LIVE IT WELL......
With each NEW day, comes all NEW choices. Again, what a responsibility! First and foremost, we either choose JESUS, or the world. With JESUS, all things are possible! With the world, all things are temporary! JESUS leads to Eternal Life! The world leads to Eteranal death! With JESUS, our brokenness is held together by LOVE! With the world, we wander aimlessly without purpose! JESUS casts out all our fear with His Love! The world feeds off of our fear and helps it grow! In JESUS we find our Worth! The world tells us we are not good enough!!!
Our choices for this day, start before our feet ever hit the floor! "Oh, I'm just too busy to Pray!" ARE YOU REALLY??? "My life is so stressful!" IS IT REALLY??? "Jesus, You are the Strength of my life, and the Joy of my heart!" YES HE IS!!! Be careful with your words, for they shape your life! We either speak LIFE or DEATH in all circumstances. Be careful what you let fill your heart! Never follow your heart, for it is deceitful above all things! (Jeremiah 17:9) And, we need NOT try to grasp the carrot the world dangles in front of us, for it never satisfies us anyway!
What choices will YOU make today? My dear and lovely Friends, CHOOSE WELL...... Only the things of God will last. In HIM, all things are Eternal! All things are good! All things actually MEAN SOMETHING! Let go of the empty, worthless and temporary things of this world. None of it will matter at the end of your life! WHAT will you choose? WHO will you choose? What is your heart beating for? Will you choose FAITH or fear? There is no room for BOTH!!! You can't walk with Jesus and hold on to the hand of the enemy!!! CHOOSE, for there can be ONLY ONE........
|Posted on September 21, 2020 at 4:25 AM||comments (0)|
Tuesday September 22, 2020
Good Morning!!! Guess what TODAY is??? THE FIRST DAY OF AUTUMN!!! I have been waiting for this day, and I am REJOICING....... What a gift it is to live in a place where all 4 seasons can be viewed and experienced! What a Glorious day it is indeed!!! Remember, Jesus changes EVERYTHING!!! Hope IN HIM, changes EVERYTHING!!!
What a perfect day to talk about CHANGE......... Change is often hard, but change helps us to grow! I am in awe of everything God has Created. But the whole "caterpillar/butterfly" thing, well - enough said! Just when the caterpillar thought all was lost, the "oh my gosh, I'm DYING" feeling was soon replaced by the NEW. That NEW could not happen without CHANGE.
And so it is with US! We get so comfortable in our little "comfort zone". Without God, we would probably stay there FOR LIFE! It's SO comfy, SO cozy, and SO ultimately STUCK. Christians know full well that they cannot fulfill God's Will staying in their comfort zone!
Do you know what God loves to hear us say the most??? "Change me, O God!" I pray daily for God to change my heart. Anything hidden, everything that goes against God, the hardness, the anger - "BURN IT OUT OF ME, GOD!!!" I want all God has for me, PERIOD! I want Him to Heal me - physically, mentally and spiritually. Change can be GOOD, if we let it! This, "Oh no, why me?". Get over yourself, and get INTO GOD!!! Get over the things that have PASSED, and welcome in the NEW!
God says in Ezekiel 36:26, "I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh." Change WITH GOD is a beautiful thing. It unfolds Glorious Possibilities! Unlike the world, which is bound by limitations. Change WITH GOD, can really BLOW YOUR MIND......