2020

God’s Faithfulness

Deuteronomy 32:4 – “He is the Rock,” His works are perfect,” and all His ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is He.”

When we consider God’s faithfulness, what is it that we think about? Do we assume that means no sorrow, no pain, no trials, or discomfort? It took 400 years for the Israelites to be freed from Egypt. Does that diminish God’s faithfulness? Did they question God’s faithfulness when they reached the Red Sea and things looked really bad? They were not confident at all that they would reach the other side. However, as God always does, He was right on time. He shows up and shows out.

Psalm 91:4 – He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”

In the above Scripture, the word rampart means defense. In Deuteronomy, God showed His defense for the Israelites. Though life brings serious difficulties and pain, God will bring us through. The question that might need to be answered is if you had no difficulties, no challenges, no pain or sorrow, would you still need God? Of course. We would not be here without God. Difficulties for some may be more important because of financial challenges. However, those with money still find there are serious challenges. Money will not fix everything. It will make physical things a little more comfortable. Do the tears on a down comforter feel less significant?

Lamentations 3:22-23 – 22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Consider that every morning, you have another opportunity to make things better, do things better, accept God’s love for you and appreciate the day. How awesome is that!

Romans 3:3 – What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?

We must ask ourselves the hard questions.

Still Committed, Faithful

Nature expresses God’s faithfulness.

Expounding on the post regarding being committed, it would serve us well to look at our standard for commitment. God. He is committed, faithful to us. There are Scriptures, of course, that speak to this characteristic of God. In order to become wise about commitment, let us go the Scriptures. God loved us so much and was so committed to us that He gave His only Son that we might have life, and that more abundantly.

John 3:16 - “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 10:10 - “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

The Psalms are such comforting chapters for us no matter where we are or what state we are in and sincerely speaks of God’s faithfulness. When we seek comfort for heartache, tough circumstances, and anything else this life throws at us, the Word says the following, from the Old Testament to the New Testament.

Deuteronomy 7:9 - “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, He is the faithful God, keeping His covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love Him and keep His commandments.”

When reading the Old Testament, it is clear that God was faithful to the children of Israel, from the parting of the Red Sea to providing manna from heaven and water from a rock. Just the simplicity of God providing something out of nothing moves me. Sure there are times when it is difficult, but remembering His faithfulness is strengthening and refreshing. Understand that God’s thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways not our ways. There are times when patience has to have that perfect work where you endure because you are faithful to Him and trust Him.

Psalm 145:13 – “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,” and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.”

There is nothing that you will experience that God cannot get you through. Not unless you don’t want Him to. He is omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent. He is present everywhere, knows everything and is all powerful. If there was ever a source to connect to, He is it. Yes, things are crazy and chaotic right now. Some might say they don’t believe because of that, what would they be committing to? But know this, God is still and always will be in control. He has allowed things to happen for His glory. They are at times uncomfortable, painful, and just get in the way of us getting what we want right now! Let’s keep it real, when we feel the most discomfort, it’s because we believe that we are not getting what we want and He may be keeping it from us. However, since God is all knowing, there may be something that will be harmful to you and God will not allow it. That said, what He does allow He knows you will be alright.

1 Corinthians 10:13 - “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

God desires our heart. He wants us to be committed to Him; not our flesh, not the enemy and not the world. Are you committed? Are you still committed?

Committed

Devoted, faithful….

Today, this post is about being committed. What are you committed to, voluntarily or involuntarily? It can be supposed that you are in complete control of what you are committed to. However, after doing some research, I find that you may be involuntarily committed to things you don’t want to be committed to. Our habits definitely paint a picture of what we are committed to. Think about what you do daily without even thinking about it, and you will find that there are things you might not have thought about. Work, hygiene, TV time, game time, etc. are just a few. Granted hygiene and work are very important. Wondering were I am going with this?

Commitment to God and our spiritual lives is equally, if not more important. It’s difficult to be committed, effective and productive at work, if you are falling apart. It’s difficult to care about your hygiene if you are depressed. The point is that there is a serious need to be committed to your spiritual life and eternal destination. While some may not deem this to be that serious, take a look at the world today. Something is amiss with all the hate, anger, frustration, and destruction going on. Then, throw on top the pandemic and the other natural disasters that have continued which we have no control over whatsoever.

In my recovery journey, a major part of what I have learned is just that, what I have been committed to involuntarily. The obsessive compulsive behaviors that had control over my life including my thoughts I was involuntarily committed to until I began to really face what I was committed to. It was about what I was doing on a regular basis without even thinking about it. And, as we all know, our thoughts compel our behaviors.

1 Kings 8:61-And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God, to live by His decrees and obey His commands, as at this time.”

I would like to challenge you to evaluate what you are committed to. In that process, consider your commitment to God because He is committed to us. He loves us so much that He gave His only Son that we might have life, and that more abundantly. A synonym for committed is faithful. God has shown His faithfulness to us by reconciling us through Christ Jesus. Let us consider the value of the things that we are committed to. Are we faithful to Him like He is to us? Would replacing some commitments be so farfetched if your eternal life depended on it? No matter what is going on in the world today, however challenging, our presence here is temporary. That is why it is so important to make your spiritual and eternal life the priority.

What are you committed to?

Pray, Pray and Keep on Praying

I was reading my post “Welcome 2020” again. Who knew? Wow, this year has brought some major stuff our way. From the pandemic, the injustice to people of color, the anger leading to destruction and who knows what else. There are times when the only thing I can say is “Jesus help us. We need you.”

I have God’s peace even with all this going on. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel the pain of others though. Even those who have responded in destruction to the pain they feel. I will continue to pray that God moves us through this chaos and His will is on the other side of it. Right now, I believe that God is calling us all to pray for those hurting and those doing the hurting. Our hearts need to change, first toward God and then towards others.

II Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The enemy only comes to steal, kill and destroy. He’s having a field day right now. Prayer warriors, let’s move forward in prayer, like never before! This is warfare.

He’s got my attention

Started writing the day before yesterday. Of course, I scheduled to come home, get to work to make sure this post was done. And yes, of course, something came up. But, here I am. I have been quiet because it’s been chaotic and a bit crazy the last couple of months. There’s been so much information flooding the Internet, it’s unreal. And then, having to sort through it all.

Well, praying all is well with each and everyone of you as well as your family and friends. I feel wonderfully at peace. (Peace that passes all understanding.) This is the first opportunity I’ve taken to write on the matter. God has allowed this pandemic to wake us up. He desires our attention and devotion. You may agree or disagree but my beliefs are in no way intended to offend anyone. I do hope and pray that the pandemic has motivated you to seek and trust God even more. There is nothing He isn’t aware of. This moment in time has made me even more sensitive to the fact that this is not my home. I am a temporary resident and have been more focused on desiring His will for my life in the daily practices. Looking forward to eternity.

As careful and safe as we can be practicing the safety protocols, we have no control other than to pray for God’s hedge of protection over our lives and loved ones. I would like to encourage all of you to trust God no matter what it looks like. And yes, I know it’s really looking totally crazy right now! No worry for the future though. It’s all in His hands. The past is gone. Today is all we have. Each day I wake up, I thank God because I didn’t have to wake up. That’s now more apparent than ever, particularly in this current climate.

There are various details all over about COVID-19. They are not in this post. The only detail I ask you to remember is that God is still in control. Trust Him and be led by the Holy Spirit. If your relationship with the Holy Spirit is a little distant, now is the time to get a lot more personal.

Trust God, keep the faith, and stay safe!

AHEAD in 2020

It’s about moving ahead now. We must be diligent in our pursuit of God. More even than we were when we pursued the things of the world. It’s time to move ahead with focus being the key element. The focus for this year has been streamlined. The primary focus will always be God. Submit to Him and then you are able to resist the enemy. In order to fulfill our purpose, we must streamline the extras that are distractions from His plan and purpose for our lives.

There was a major process that I had to experience to move forward in God’s plan and purpose for my life. Part of that process was recovery. I truly did not understand the wide expanse of what that included but I needed to learn how to love myself.

Learning to love myself has been a challenge and as I go through my recovery journey, it is more important than ever. I am good for encouraging others but also had to learn how to encourage myself. The Word tells us to love others as we love ourselves. How can we love others when we don’t know how to love ourselves? This doesn’t mean the egocentric, “I’m all that” attitude. This means taking care of yourself the way God wants you to in order to be that vessel fit for use. This process has been cleansing and heartfelt. Now that I can see much clearer, my desire to help and encourage others can be much less hindered.

One other important note I would like to add is that as a believer, with a much lighter load, I can express the joy that I truly feel as a child of God. I am more motivated to be thankful, as well as acknowledge who I am in Christ. As I move forward, simplicity is my key. What’s yours?

Welcome 2020!

Moving forward in 2020! There is so much to share. I realize I can’t share it all in one post but will begin the year back at home writing. There was quite a bit going on in 2019. I have three grandchildren now and that is a true blessing. Loving this phase of my life. Seeing these children grow and being able to really watch them and see them develop, seeing their personalities -who they are even from infancy – is amazing. As a single parent, there was a lot of enjoyment I missed just being busy with the roles of mother and father.

Another part of my journey I will share this year is my recovery. The onion is being peeled and there are layers that were hidden for many years. As I continue my walk with God, He is faithful to me with love, revelation and growth. This will certainly be an interesting chapter. I was somewhat invisible in 2019. However, it is all good. I do believe that sometimes we need to step back and gather ourselves.

Revamping my site is a writing project on the list and I am looking forward to this part. I accept that everything cannot be done in one felt swoop but takes time and I am hoping that many of you will continue on this journey with me. I had a totally different post to put here today but this is what landed. Looking forward to re-uniting with my favorite writers and seeing the wondrous adventures you’ve experienced.

More than anything, I am glad to be back in the forum that allows me to bless and encourage others on this journey!

GRASP THE MAGNITUDE!

 

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The magnitude of God, even the creation speaks of the goodness of God. 

 

As I return to my writing, I thought it would be encouraging to speak about the magnitude of what Jesus has done for us. January started with reading the Bible in a year. There are several reading plans available that include the Old Testament, the New Testament, Psalms, Proverbs, etc. I just like to start at the beginning in Genesis and read through Revelation. I could read it like this all the time. What I most like is the story of Israel and God’s relationship as it unfolds. Most important and why I deemed the name of this post “grasp the magnitude” is the struggle we as humans have in giving it all to God, truly not fully appreciating and understanding the true depth of His love for us.

 

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He set the earth on its foundations so that it should never be moved. (Psalm 104:5 ESV)

 

The Israelites really did struggle and Judges shows the return of evil again and again in the sight of God. The evil is truly turning your back on Him and choosing other “gods”, whatever they may be. Only you know what you have given your heart to. As I read, I reflect on what Jesus truly did for us. Between the burnt offerings, sin offerings, and feasts as well as the cleanliness protocols, I tend to flinch. I am not sure that I would have been okay. But what Jesus did when He died for us and rose again is give us the option to choose Him and let Him do the rest. Can you imagine giving your child everything he may want for Christmas and then act like you did nothing? The attitude of insignificance and no big deal would drive us nuts.

Grasping the resurrection and us receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit in us as a real deposit for eternal life is magnificent. All God wants us to do is worship Him and He promised to provide all of our needs. That includes physical, emotional and spiritual. How awesome is that! Simple, but not easy. We are so easily distracted by the world and things that we forget that He created the world and things through us. We make the thing created more important than the Creator.

IMG_0134Each time I start reading the Bible from the beginning, it moves my heart more towards God. Not saying I am always diligent in keeping it that way, but I do love God and desire to worship Him only. I have experienced God changing my heart on things I was holding to and found difficult letting go. Grasping the wrong things instead of His heart about those things. Intangible objects can do nothing. It is our heart towards those things that make us move to do what we do not desire to do. Paul really did have a clue. Grasping that we have the power within us, the Holy Spirit, to change that is just the tip of the iceberg. Is it so impossible to fathom that we have a God that loves us so much that He cared for us and loved us in and through our mess to give us not just a more abundant life here on earth but eternal life as well?

Can you grasp that?

 

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Can you grasp the magnitude of what God has done for us through Jesus Christ? He created the heavens and the earth, as well as us. And even when we did not honor Him, He cared enough to offer up His Son as a sacrifice to draw us back to Him. 

 

The Pinching

20160421_192851One addiction has been conquered and another rises to the service. When things begin to drop off – when you start dropping the baggage in your walk with Christ – what remains rises to the service. The pinching begins as God calls us to raise our standard to the way of life he has ordained for us as believers. It is a call to draw you even closer to Him and to walk worthy of the calling.

Ephesians 4 – “I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Things become more challenging as He calls us back to making Him the center and the first priority again. It is amazing to me how many layers are uncovered as I strive to give everything to God. The flesh will always rise to contend with your spirit to glorify God. This is a very real and true aspect of the spiritual battle that we face every day. You have to resolve in your heart and mind to put God first. I haven’t always been successful in this area, however, I will never give up but continue to strive to fight the good fight of faith.

spiritual-warfare3Timothy 6:12 “Fight the good fight of faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Eternity, eternal life with Jesus and our heavenly Father, is certainly worth it. He has already given us everything we need. The victory was won on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus died on the cross.death-and-resurrection1

Going from glory to glory in the Lord is our life on earth, though definitely not our permanent home.

2nd Corinthians 3:11 – “For if what was brought to an end came with glory, much more will what is permanent have glory.”

As I write, I find that the focus needs to change from self to the Lord. Not our circumstances or what is going on around us, but what the will of the Father is for us. Jesus came to do the will of His Father, God the creator of heaven and earth. Can we not strive to be obedient to Christ because He was obedient unto death?

GOD BLESS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

pexels-photo-266430.jpegFirst and foremost, God bless and “Happy New Year!” God has been very busy with me; had to keep my eyes on Him. With all the things that were experienced last year, I have become even more rooted and grounded keeping my eyes on Him. There is a new level of peace that came with the challenges and growth of last year. A new beginning that is certainly welcome with a better understanding of living with the peace that passes all understanding. (Philippians 4:7) No matter what the circumstances are, God will bring you through.

Philippians 4:7 – “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

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I have re-focused and am back to writing. God has sincerely blessed. As a grandmother of another baby girl, I am very excited about being able to be hands-on with her; already seeing God move as I was lifting her in prayer before she arrived on the scene and she did come with pomp and circumstance. It has been a blessing to see the smile from the angels on her face. With a new place to live, a full-time job, a new car and becoming roommates with my sister, God has truly blessed. He is also bringing me to another place to serve Him. Becoming part of the leadership team at my church, I am moving forward in God’s purpose for my life. I did learn quite a bit more about patience, for myself and others. And that peace is so sweet! We get so much negativity from the world, we don’t realize how ingrained it becomes.

His peace is bringing forth my creativity again and that makes my heart glad. Truly rejoicing in what He desires for my life. Of course, my time has changed quite a bit and exercising time management is key to staying focused on Him. Not allowing distractions to make me lose sight of what’s important. I will say that I have missed the sharing and connection that I experienced on the WordPress blogs. Once again, I put my pen to paper to share my journey with you. Looking forward to excitement, growth and new things for us all. Be encouraged and stay the path with the Lord. He is worthy to be trusted and praised.

What’s in my heart at this point is to encourage you in your journey. Do not allow distractions to take your focus off of God and what He has for you. We all know the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy. This is even when he knows you cannot be separated from the love of God. He will still try to distract you to keep you from ministering to those God has called you to. Remember, it’s not just you the enemy is after, but those God has given you to influence and draw into the Kingdom.

God is faithful. We must be as well. The more we lean on and seek His face, the more we will trust. The more we trust Him with our lives, direction, and path, the more triumphs we experience. There is nothing more important than your relationship with Him, through Jesus Christ our Lord.