Monday, July 29, 2013

Saving the Best for Last!

Saving the Best Present for those that Wait!
Scriptural References: Psalms 27:14

     “Wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage; yes wait for the Lord.” Psalms 27:14

     When I was a child, Christmas time was a very exciting time for me. It was a time of family, celebration, and a time of reflection. It was a time of reflection because I had to retrace the previous 11 months quickly through my mind to see whether I had been a good girl or not. Many times my parents would pre-wrap some of my Christmas presents and place them under the tree. I often wondered why they would put so many presents under the tree before Christmas Eve. To me that was a form of torture because I would go by the tree several times to see if I could figure out what was wrapped in each of the beautifully wrapped presents?
     I would also check the boxes to see whose name was on each box and who they were from. Many times the boxes would have To: Julie, From: Mom & Dad. At that time I would shake and rattle the boxes in anticipation of what I thought was what I’d asked for.  After investigation for a couple of days, it was finally Christmas Eve. I had done everything in my natural (carnal) ability to figure out what it is that my parents had bought or promised to buy for me. I would always get mad because I felt I had been shown all these wonderful gifts but could not open them yet.
     Notice what I just said (wrote) I had done everything in (My) SELF (Julie) natural ability to figure out what my parents (ABBA) was doing or whether He was going to give me what I prayed for and what He had promised me.
     The psalmist David wrote in Psalms 27:14 “Wait for the Lord, b strong and let your heart take courage; yes wait for the Lord.” Watch how this works. As a child at Christmas time, I had plenty of causes to be in fear and lose courage. I had cut up 11 months prior to the one day that I knew was coming. I became anxious because I knew I had not done everything I was supposed to do. I was not 100% obedient to my parents (ABBA). There were times that anxiety would attack me and I would be filled with doubt. This is an occurrence of Christians today. This is why David writes in Psalms 27:14 … Be strong and let your heart courage. During the waiting period we often are given the opportunity to let our hearts grow weary. A person that has developed courage in there hearts has studied and meditates on the Word of God daily. Courage develops into trust. Being strong means that you know that you know God loves you! That His Word will not come back void, if you just wait on Him.
     Waiting on God is not laziness or indifference. Waiting means that you are ready to obey His commands. Waiting on Him means I have so ordered my life that nothing will conflict with the will of God when he speaks or directs. Waiting also means that I am alert, listening, dressed and ready to obey Your Father. We wait and watch while God works. It takes time for God to teach us to wait and have patience.
     Imagine if my parents had allowed me to open my Christmas presents before it was time. I would have ruined the surprise. I also would not have been ready for the responsibility for taking care of new things, it was not yet time. This biblical scripture is interesting in that it repeats the phrase, “Wait for the Lord” twice. Not only is this a scripture but it is a command from God himself. The basis of Psalms is that David was hurt and in trouble. David knew that God was listening to his prayers.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

This Song Has Been On My Heart All Week! My Testimony!

This is one of my favorite songs! It has been on my heart & mind all week! I woke up a couple nights, in the middle of the night singing it! Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Looking Beyond Disappointment (Dr. Charles Stanley)

Looking Beyond Disappointment

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
When disappointments come your way in life, it is easy to blame yourself or others—or even both. Frequently it is difficult to know what to say or do because you cannot quite identify the real cause or purpose of the letdown.
Disappointment is often an emotional response to our own failure—or someone else’s—to achieve a desire, hope, dream, or goal. This can lead to losing faith in someone on whom we were depending—perhaps even a person we love.
The gospel of John tells us that Jesus loved Martha, her sister Mary, and their brother Lazarus. Because of this, they didn’t sense the need to tell the Lord anything more than “He whom You love is sick” (John 11:3). Their expectation was that as soon as Jesus heard this, He would come and heal their brother. But He didn’t set out for two more days.
When He arrived, Martha came out to meet Him and said, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died”(v. 21). She’d had the expectation that He would come right away, thereby saving Lazarus’s life. She didn’t see His purpose, which was to perform a greater miracle.
God has reasons for permitting us to experience disappointments. He could prevent them, but He wants to show us His purpose. His desire is that we will trust and believe—and let our circumstance bring glory to Him (vv. 4, 25).
When disappointments come, will you be stalled and derailed from God’s plans for your life? Or will you find yourself open to what He wants to show you and eager to understand His purpose and lesson in those situations? The right response is simply to trust Him.
Copyright 2013 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved. In Touch grants 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Moment of Peace

It's 4:15am and I am up having a "me" moment. My son is quietly swinging in his swing and mommy is listening to her favorite songs while shopping for shoes! LOL! I enjoy moments like this because it's some much needed "me" time! I'll take it at whatever hour!

This is one of my favorite songs! I love lil Mo! As you know I am a true music fan! She is one of very few soprano's that can really sing!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

God Is with Us in Dark Times

God Is with Us in Dark Times

The life of Joseph teaches important principles about challenging times. Here are three of the lessons we can learn from the adversities he faced:
1. Difficulties will continue until God’s purpose is accomplished. In Joseph’s case, God’s plan was to prepare him to rescue his family as well as the nation of Egypt from famine. In order to ready Joseph for a position of authority and responsibility, God placed him in an important Egyptian household as a slave. There, in difficult circumstances, Joseph could learn key lessons needed for the future. Not only did he acquire valuable skills, but his faith and relationship with the Lord were also strengthened. God still operates that way so we will be equipped to accomplish the work He has planned for us (Eph. 2:10).
2. We learn more in the dark than we do in the light. Besides discovering the Lord’s faithfulness, Joseph learned how to discern God’s presence, reject temptation, and handle any position, whether respected or lowly. The lessons and principles of Scripture truly become “ours” only after they have been tested and proven reliable.
3. What we learn in the darkness, we are to share in the light. Joseph openly shared his faith and knowledge from God when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams (Gen. 41:15-16). He did not let imprisonment stop him from helping others (40:1-23). What we learn in our trials is to be offered to those who are suffering.
Nobody looks for adversity, but hard times seem to find us often enough. Instead of fearing hard circumstances, we can trust God and embrace His plan, knowing He uses trials for His glory and our gain.
Copyright 2013 In Touch Ministries, Inc. All rights reserved.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Jesus Christ Has Risen!

Matt 28:5-6 And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.
Matt 28:6 He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Easter is a holiday when most people think of the Easter bunny, decorating eggs, dressing up in your best Sunday outfit and going to church.
Easter should be more than just another holiday to a Christian. It's the Sunday set aside to recognize the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. GOD sent his WORD in the form of a child, being born to Mary the Virgin as God's only Begotten Son. He lived a very short time on earth, having been a carpenter and then God's messenger the last three years or so of his life. He was crucified, nailing all our sins to the cross, covering them with his precious blood. If we believe on him, accept his free gift of salvation, then we too will see him in all his Glory one day!
Jesus was compelled to bear his own cross, to travel to Golgotha, where they placed upon his head a crown of thorns and proclaimed him "THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS!". They placed him between two thieves hanging on a cross, drove nails through his hands and feet, later piercing his side to make sure he was dead. They took his garments to draw lots to see who would get them.

Mark 15:33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? "
He was mocked and given vinegar to drink instead of water.

John 19:28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst.
John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Mark 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Mark15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

Mark 16:1 And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the [mother] of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.
Mark 16:2 And very early in the morning the first [day] of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.
Mark 16:3 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre?
Mark 16:4 And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away: for it was very great.
Mark 16:5 And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were affrighted.
Mark 16:6 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is risen; he is not here: behold the place where they laid him.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Putting God First!

Q: Jesus said that the way to be happy and successful in life is to “seek first the kingdom of God,” but how is that possible today? How can I lead a God-centered life, do more than survive in this materialistic world, and still be me?
A: Yes, it is possible to do all three of those things–and it’s not as hard as you probably imagine.
The first step is to assess your values and goals in life. Put pen to paper. Be honest.
To “seek first the kingdom of God” means to bring your priorities in line with God’s, so the next step is to know what God’s priorities are. What would He like to see you do? Many people stop here because they expect God to ask something impossibly difficult or sacrificial of them. They would probably be pleasantly surprised if they knew how simple and clear the Bible is on that, and how attainable it is:
“What does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8). “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3). “The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14 NIV).
Yes, living for those things isn’t always easy and may involve some initial sacrifices, but they are sacrifices that are soon more than repaid. “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
God wants to give you not just the good life, but the best life there is!
It’s also important to clear up another common misconception: While it’s true that the Bible doesn’t define success in terms of material comfort and gain, God isn’t against material success; it’s what people do with their success that matters to Him. The Bible doesn’t say that money is the root of all evil, as 1 Timothy 6:10 is so often misquoted; it is “the love of money” that’s to blame. God will be more than happy to bless you materially if you will use those blessings to “do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with your God,” and “love your neighbor as yourself.” In fact, the Bible promises, “Delight yourself … in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4), and “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly” (Psalm 84:11).
And what about the third part of your question: Can you still be “you”?–Yes, only you’ll be a happier, more focused, and more fulfilled you. God made you to be a unique expression of His love. He’s not going to spoil that, but rather improve on it!
God wants to give you not just the good life, but the best life there is! It’s within His power to give it to you, but you’ve got to want it too. When your values are in line with God’s values and you let His priorities become your priorities, it’s a win-win situation!