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The Father’s Good Pleasure!

5 Mar

 

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The Father’s Good Pleasure!

5 Mar

The Father’s Good Pleasure!

Little Lamb Luke

Luke 12:32  (KJV) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

As I write this, I was thinking about the past few weeks and how the Lord has just blessed my family beyond anything that we really asked him to.   I also thought about people who are still waiting for their promise to come.   Sometimes when it seems the Lord is passing out to everyone but to them, something just sort of rises up in them and mumbles, “Wait a minute, why am I not getting blessed? They are asking the Lord, “When is my season going to come?”  I know about those questions because I’ve been there, and I have asked them myself.  The one thing I’ve really learned, however, is that it is all available to me and has always been available.  I don’t want to get upset because others are getting theirs and totally miss mine because I’m off pouting somewhere. My Pastor calls a pouting mentality an orphan spirit.  If I am a child of God then all that He has is mine!   I’ve learned to rejoice with others, because I know that the same blessings are available to me!

When the prodigal son left the Father’s house to go and “live it up and waste what his Daddy gave him” He had to come to a place of realization.  He had to realize that regardless of what he did or didn’t do the Father’s love was enough and that he could go home to the blessing. His older brother, however, was upset that the Father would just welcome the prodigal son back home and throw him a party, kill the fatted calf, put a ring on his finger, give him His best robe…Why? The older brother didn’t realize that all of it had been available to him all along.  The eldest brother could have lived in a perpetual party, but he let envy and bitterness rob him from receiving the blessing of the Father. How sad it will be that many Christians will get to heaven and only then find out what was made available to them while they lived upon the earth, but they never received it because of envy and jealously.  

When Jesus bled and died, He said “It is finished!” So everything is available to us, but not all things are entrusted to us right away.  Like the prodigal son had to go through some character building lessons, so do we.  My son would love to have a mustang car, he is only 13.  Do you think I will give him a mustang car now?  NO WAY….Why?  Because he is a child and he is not mature enough to handle a mustang…Many Christians are still childish and they are not mature enough to handle all that they want from the Lord.   As the above scripture states, Luke 12:32 (KJV) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  The Father is not withholding from you, but maybe he is protecting you long enough for you to build up a strong character, that whatever you want from him will not destroy you, but will benefit you!

 

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A little Spring to Lift the Spirit!

27 Feb

The First Signs of Spring to Lift the Spirit!

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Matthew 6:26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

The past few days in Georgia the weather has been simply beautiful, the earth is waking up!  It is amazing to see how green the grasses have become.  It blew me away to see how fast my beautiful jonquils shot forth out of the ground and began to bloom! Less than two weeks ago, we had an ice storm and snow!  Also my wisteria is starting to have little green shoots.  They will probably bloom this week as well.   I don’t know about you, but with the change of season, comes a change in mood!

The mornings are still really cool, but I throw on a flannel shirt and get out on my front porch and just listen to the sounds of the birds singing their songs!  The other day I had the privilege of getting to see a huge flock of Robins land in my yard.  There must have been several hundred of them!  I love to hear them communicate to each other.  I am sure they were saying “Look at what treasures our Father has provided for us beneath all of these dead leaves!” This usually always means Spring has sprung.   Through the signs of Spring, the Lord lifts my spirit!

With everything coming alive and the birds singing their praise to the Lord, it seems as though the following scripture is coming alive! Matthew 6:26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Why worry, when the Lord has already told us in his Word and showed us that He intends on taking good care of us!   I hope as you hear and see the signs of Spring outside your window or if you are like me, you get right outside in the thick of it, that you will know that you are valued and that the Father is taking good care of you!

Life’s little Rewards!

20 Feb

Spring on the Farm

 

Life’s little Rewards!                       

          Everything that I have ever accomplished in my life was always with the help of others.  Whether they physically helped me or just encouraged me to do it, when I achieved it, we all enjoyed the reward of having accomplished somethingI believe that as human beings, brothers and sisters, that we have been put on earth for purpose and reason.  I also believe that we all have our own journey or path to walk, but that the God of the universe who has made us and put us on planet earth intended for us to interact with one another to complete that journey.  No man is an island unto himself, but we need each other along the way!    This is why I am writing this story or blog!  I want to encourage you!  I want to encourage and pep you up, and be your cheerleader and shout, “Come on you can do it!”

I grew up in a little rural community in Kentucky.  We owned a pretty good size farm and raised tobacco on our farm at well as on others.  We learned firsthand as we drug our bodies out of our warms beds at 4:00 in the morning the meaning and value of hard work and sweat.

I remember looking on my Daddy’s face when Spring would come.  His whole persona would change as he couldn’t wait to begin tilling the fields for our huge garden, and of course the tobacco which was our money crop.  He would go outside and began walking a huge field that was seated at the end of our side yard.  My Mom would have us girls, six of us altogether; open up the windows to let the fresh air and Sunshine take the winter’s stale odor out of our two-story farm-house.  When we opened the windows wide, we could hear faint whistling sounds coming from that field.  It would be my little Daddy whistling a tune of gladness!

As we all worked to raise the crops our reward of our labor would come at different times as the crops were harvested.  I could remember picking green beans and tomatoes for my mother to can.  She lined the shelves of a root cellar in an old smokehouse that sat behind the house.  We dug a wagon full of potatoes and God only knows how much cabbage Mom put up for soups and  Sour Kraut .  When she would finish canning and the shelves were full, she had this satisfying proud look upon her face.  This was one of her rewards. She knew that she was providing food for her family for the winter.

I remember my Daddy would have that same look of satisfaction on his face as my Mom’s when he sold the tobacco at the end of the year. It was usually always around Christmas time!  His reward was providing for his family by selling his crops. Although it was backbreaking work, my Daddy simply loved being out there in those fields and doing what he had to do for his family.

My Dad and Mom however, wasn’t the only one who enjoyed the rewards of their labor!  My parents would call all of the girls into the kitchen and dining room area that was just one big old room.   We would gather around the dining table in great anticipation as my parents wore a smile upon their faces.     Our faces beamed as well, as my Dad would start with the older girls who had done the most work.  He handed them a crisp new 50  or 100 dollar bill, which was a lot of money back then.   The amount would usually depend on how much tobacco we had raised that year and what it sold for.  Then, of course, he gave the younger girls their share! We were all excited and felt like we were the richest people in the world.  We had received our reward for the year’s long work!

In my own journey, there were many pathways that I could have taken. I feel that the way my journey began made a huge difference in how I chose pathways and viewed the roads I have taken. We learn by experience whether those experiences are good or bad.  I have found there were milestones in my journey!  Some of those milestones were good and some bad that propelled me to the next pathway.  The important thing is to learn from your journey.  There are many goals that I’ve set in my life that I just have not been able to accomplish. I cannot use the unrealized goals as an excuse to stop! Those goals are still a possibility for me! I’ve realized that even the mistakes that I’ve made have lessons to be learned.  If I will let them teach me, they may have something in them that will help me on my next path.

Nothing is wasted!  Even the bad experiences have their reward if you will glean from them.  The important thing is to keep pressing toward the goal!  Also to simply notice that Life’s rewards come disguised sometimes, but that they are always there.   I cheer you on my friend!  I hope that your Life is full of great blessings and rewards!

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Let us Remember!

13 Feb

God mercies are new

Have you ever gone through something that just seemed so horrific that it felt as though you weren’t going to make it this time!  Well, I have, more times than I can count!   Maybe you are still going through something like that.   Today, I hope to encourage you by pointing out the fact that I had gotten through it and am now on the other side!  You too can get to the other side! Sometimes, the easiest, but most effective thing we can do to begin seeing victory in our lives is to simply remember!

I am sitting in a place of such restoration that I am in Awe of what the Lord has done for us! I do not say that to boast, but to really encourage you that God is not a respecter of persons! I guess the thing that keeps coming back to me is the fact that the Lord has continued to be so faithful to us even in times when we were a little shaky. There were times I must admit that we wondered if we were going to make it this time.  We didn’t know how he was going to do what we were asking of him, but just kept holding on to the fact that the Lord has been faithful to his word to us in the past!

Our Pastor preached a message when I was going through a devastating time in my life that absolutely stirred my heart.  The message was basically this: “Miracles erase options for the believer!”  What he preached on was the fact that once the Lord performs a miracle in your life, that it is something that is concreted into your spirit.  You are never the same, and hopefully as Pastor preached “You will remember!”  You will remember the miracle when the next trail comes or the next obstacle comes, because if the Lord did it once for you, he’ll do it again….Always!  That settles it! There is no changing in God.   God is the same yesterday, today and forever.  What he has done, he will do again…

My husband and I are living proof of the miracle-working power of the Lord.  But you know sometimes we forget what the Lord has done for us. Recently, I thought that I would begin writing down all of the miracles that the Lord had performed for me.  Honestly, I became so overwhelmed. He had done so much that I had not even thanked him for or realized it was him!  It is our nature sometimes to forget, but as I began thinking back of all of the times when the Lord came through for us, I suddenly realized, if he did anything for me before, He is the same God!  He will do it for me again just as he had done it over and over again in the past!  So, I want to encourage you today, right now!    Take the time to REMEMBER what the Lord has already done for you.  You know all of those good things that happened before that we sometimes call coincidence!  Realize that those good things were not coincidences but God was working on your behalf.  Oh what a faith builder it is to take the time to simply remember!   It could be the very thing you need that will thrust you forward like a catapult and land you right into the miracle that you are believing the Lord for right now!

Feeling all Rosy!

7 Feb

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Feeling All Rosy Inside!

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I wanted to encourage someone today with these rosy benches.  You might be saying to yourself,” This gal has gone off somewhere.” When I found these old benches at a flea market, they looked like they once were possibly stained red, but they were so weathered that it was hard to tell for sure.  I shook them and they were pretty wobbly, but I bought them for practically nothing and took them home.  I remember asking my husband if he could tighten up the legs to see if they would become sturdier! Well when he had done as I had asked and tightened the screws that were in them, the benches were as solid as could be.  They were really sturdy and stable.   I then sanded and repainted them with a base paint.  I found that I honestly liked them just with the base color.   However, I could see something else in them.  I began painting the first rose and then the second until Viola! I had two matching rose benches that I received awesome money for at an arts and craft show!

“Okay, okay, you’re still wondering, what does that have to do with me?  How could that possibly encourage me?” Well, I once was like these old benches. I had been through some things that really made me look and feel pretty wobbly.  You might say I was very unsure of my purpose and wasn’t the least bit stable in my mind, will, emotions, spirit, or even in my body.   Life is a rough game to play sometimes, and especially if you play it hard!  Eventually the life you’ve led catches up with you.  But one day, when I thought I was no longer useful, or was so ugly that no one could ever want me, The Lord Himself bought me with the highest possible price!  He didn’t just slap a coat of paint on me, but he cleansed me from the inside out and totally remade me. He tightened up every” loose screw.” I was stable again and had new purpose and meaning.   I was in HIS eyes as beautiful as any rose….like these benches, He seen something more in me!

Jeremiah 18:2-4 (KJV)

2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

He is looking at you right now with the piercing eyes of the great Creator, The Master Potter and Artist.  He is remaking you and creating something so beautiful in you.  I just wanted to encourage you to know that you are of great value, worth and purpose.   He has paid the ultimate price to purchase you.  He loves you so much and considers you His finest piece of art!

Resolution

22 Jan

 

Resolution-A Call to Action!

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Luke 6:45

 For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. (KJV)

                       

          You may think it strange that I would have Scripture from the Bible and a trash can in the same blog, but I inserted the “pretty little purple trash can” to make a point! That although the trash can is all dressed up and looks like a designer’s special on the outside, it still holds trash! Regardless of how pretty the color, how sleek, or thin, it still holds trash.   Now that we are taking steps into a brand new year, many of us have made resolutions in hopes of changing something in our lives for the better.   We wish we could lose weight, we wish we could get that new promotion, make more money, or we wish we could be a better person etc…Well frankly we can wish all we want, but a resolution is not simply a wish, it is a call to action!  If we truly want change it must be in our hearts to want to do something to affect change!  How many times do we make the same resolution year after year but in a week or two, we have moved on because we feel hopeless that real change will come.

If you are one that makes the same resolutions year after year, obviously you have identified areas in your life that need to be changed. You have actually made the first step, which is to be brutally honest with yourself and say “yes I need a change.” In order to stop wishing to change you must on purpose resolve or began action to implement change.  No I do not have a blueprint, or a formula to implement change, I only know that nothing happens if the first step is not made, than the second, third etc.   If you do not make the first step, then you remain in the same place…You cannot get somewhere if you do not move….THIS IS A CALL TO ACTION!

Webster’s online definition of resolution:

1.The act, operation, or process of resolving.  2. The state of being relaxed; relaxation.  3. The state of being resolved, settled, or determined; firmness; steadiness; constancy; determination. 4. That which is resolved or determined; a settled purpose;

I personally love the definition of resolution, because it is a close definition to how I would explain my faith !  Faith is not just a noun, but it is an action verb!  Faith is believing and then acting on that belief.  Too make a resolution is a call to action!  We must take action by first believing that we can change and then making a firm and determined decision to do things differently toward that change!

Okay, now it is my turn to be brutally honest! I am going to be very transparent.  I have been like these “pretty little trash cans.”  I am constantly doing an examination of my life to see if my motives are pure.  They have not always been pure, and my heart has not always been kind toward others! I sometimes let things fly out of my mouth and when that happens, I am surprised myself.  I have literally said, “Where in the world did that even come from?  I didn’t think that was even in my heart!” I might have dressed myself all “pretty on the outside” but on the inside there was something that I needed to deal with. According to the Bible in Luke 6:45  if we listen to what comes out of our mouths, it is a sure-fire way to see what is in our hearts!  If we are kind and speak words of encouragement and love than our hearts are in good shape, but if our words are always full of bitterness, hurtful and resentment then “trash” needs to be dragged to the curb. It only takes us to hear our own words to know what is in our hearts!

Now, maybe what you have to change in your life would not be classified as “trash”, maybe you just need to make some small adjustments to help you be better, however I would say to you that if what needs to change is constantly hindering you or causing you to not be happy, or causing hurtful, harmful things to happen, then it is time to truly make a determined life choice.  It’s time to resolve or act to implement what it takes to change!  If it is not benefitting you, then resolve to throw it out, resolve to get rid of it, drag it to the curb. I also realize that I am making it sound rather easy, which believe me, I do not mean to make our actions of change sound like a walk in the park!  There is a saying that “nothing in life worth having is free,” I have found this saying to be so true in my own life. A life full of happiest and contentment comes with a great price, but I have found that every change that I have made to obtain this kind of life has been worth it!

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Three Steps to Change!

27 Oct

I do not know who it was that posted {Three Simple Rules in Life} on my facebook

Timeline, so this is not my original idea, but it really rang true to me.  If I want change in

any area, then I must be the one who moves toward or presses into what I

desire!

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