Often times we live our lives out watching others and their progress, their ups and downs and blessings, feeling at times as if we have been left behind to live out the mundane. We should be thankful for God’s work in others, continuously praying for wisdom and strength for them. With every prayer for those who are growing and prospering in God we should offer up a thankful heart for all of the amazing blessings we have received and for our growth and purpose in God’s Kingdom. God will use us, if we are willing, right up to the last breath and heartbeat. For He continues to pursue us with a Fire, His goodness is always running after us. For this I will forever be thankful!
For the Son of God came to seek and save that which was lost. Those who were hopeless, alone, afraid, dying, confused, consumed with their own lusts, greedy, self absorbed. The haters, the murderers, the rapists, the abusers, the thieves, the liars. He came….for us. We fit into these profiles, we are those faces because we were without God. But His light has come to change us, redeem us, give us hope, give us real life, real purpose, real joy, real direction, real eternal life in His presence. There is nothing that you can own that will ever come anywhere near to the vastness of His treasure that will complete your life. He is everything that has been, is now and ever will be. And He is waiting, watching, hoping for the lost to come to Him. His love is deeper than anything you have ever experienced, and it is there for you. To ask….no matter who you are or what you think of yourself, or what you have done. Nothing, can keep Him from wanting to live inside of your heart and to give you eternal life. Seek Him and you will find Him. Forgiveness is His desire for you. Come unto me, He says, and I will give you rest. He is waiting…on you.❤️
I am so very thankful for the truth and insight written in God’s word, The Bible. It helps us to see beyond the things that appear on the surface and goes into the truth that is behind the scenes. Ephesians 6:12, KJV: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” When we see unrest, pain, anger, fear, hatred, there is a deeper spirit at work wanting to destroy and cause pain on so many levels.
Seeing and hearing all of the things that are taking place, we naturally focus on individuals or certain groups that are saying things, doing or not doing things and we concentrate our dislike, anger or hatred toward those groups as being the cause of everything that is going on. Scripture tells us that it goes beyond that, it goes into the Very spirit of those actions. Instead of going with the flow of bitterness, destruction and chaos, let us choose life, hope, love, truth, healing and compassion in everything we do. “While we were still sinners Christ died for us”
Those that we are hating, those we don’t agree with, those we find ignorant or rejecting of the truth, those who are destroying, those who are generating words of bitterness, remember Christ died for them also. We should not give in to those behind the scenes manipulators in the spiritual world and pray for every one that Christ could bring life, hope, love, compassion, change, understanding, truth and salvation to their world. We are the light not the darkness. Give in to God’s spirit and not the spirit of darkness. As quickly as we are prone to judgment and anger, may we be even more swift to pray for God to touch those with His life. A light to our world, a hope for all mankind.
Every day, This day, is one that is designed and given to us to be thankful for , to rejoice and to be glad in. Every breath that we take is another opportunity to bring hope, life and light into this world that we touch. In our present world there are so many chances to breathe life and hope and peace to all those around us. To do that we should start our day with thanksgiving and a time in God’s presence to hear His voice, read His words, seek forgiveness for our distance from Him, to thank Him for all the blessings we have had showered down on us. To be still in His presence and find out what ways, and in what direction God is leading to be the hands and feet of Jesus. In His still and quiet way, He calms our worry and anxiety, He helps us remember that We are not alone nor are we in charge. HE IS STILL The Lord of all creation. HE IS STILL The Light in the darkness. HE IS STILL The Peace that passes all understanding. For us to remember that HE IS STILL who He promised to be and that all His promises are true, LET US BE STILL and know that He is God❣️
I have several friends that I know of, and possibly even more that I do not, who suffer from anxiety. It is a real battle that wars within them on many levels. With our current conditions they are anxious about health, theirs and their family. They are anxious about loss of income, the struggle with getting supplies that they need and the very absence of interaction with others. I ask for your prayers for all of these, countless individuals around our Nation and the world who need God’s peace and comfort. He is our strong foundation, our rock, our hope, our peace.
I thank you Lord for times of restoration and renewal. Life can be so overwhelming and we try way to often to conquer it by ourselves and it leaves us totally drained of your presence. I love the times of being home, the quiet, the forest around me, the pets…and in those simple things i feel your presence and i can clear my thoughts and frustrations and hear you again. I try way to often to muddle my way through tension and solve problems with my meager abilities. When what i need to do is face everyday from the beginning, with your peace, strength and wisdom. And as the day goes on, and the problems sometimes increase, then my focus on You should increase as well. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks, the actions react, the love becomes even more noticeable. May my struggles become less of a distraction in my quest to be more like you, and they become mere trophies that shine to your glory of what is always possible with God.
God is as close as our heartbeat, the air that we breathe, the sound of the wind blowing in the trees and touching your face. He sees, understands and feels deeply your needs and concerns. Although we can’t gather with you in real life, to walk or hug, hear the audible sounds of laughter or concern, I am convinced that God is there and will never leave you or forsake you. As He rose from the dead to secure our eternity, He returned to the disciples to encourage and remind them that He would be with them always and He would send the Comforter of the Holy Spirit to strengthen and give power to them, to survive what things lay ahead. We are not alone in anything we experience, He goes before us, beside us, behind us and most of all within us❣️The Son of God walked out from among the tombs, the places of the dead, to bring Life, Hope, Purpose, Peace and Determination to show that Freedom Alone is found in Him❤️ and Strength to Survive Everything that comes our way so that we may shine His Light into the darkness of all mankind. He Lives so that We can Live.
There is this thing, that the world…society, puts on us…it’s called limitations. I have yet to see the “BOOK” which must exist because people quote from it all the time. You know the one, the one that says you can’t do this because of the place you were born, or you shouldn’t wear your hair like this because of how old you are, or you shouldn’t be so bold because you’re too young to understand. There is an awesome excitement about being young, about feeling relentless, unstoppable, always motivated. Age hits, you slow down, you feel less powerful, less motivated, but deep inside there is this wisdom that has developed over the years. To tie those two things together is an amazing powerful thing. To be confident, not just in yourself, but confidence that is real because you’ve seen God come through in so many critical things, your faith grows, your understanding becomes clearer, now take that and couple it with the vision of being unstoppable….and life can still explode. No matter the age, the lack of teeth and hair, the slowness of mobility…yet the spirit thrives. Though the outward man perishes, breaks down, slows downs, at the same time the inward man is renewed day by day by day by day. Be encouraged…no matter the age….The God of All Creation…can work, and will work!! Be blessed.
John 14:27 is probably one scripture that many people remember and one that we need to focus on very intently right now. One that we need to believe in our hearts, one that will help keep us strong through our current conditions, one written long ago yet living words straight from God’s heart to all of us❣️ John 14:27 (LEB): 27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you—not as the world gives, I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them* be afraid.” We lift up our world, our nation, our towns, our neighbors and our families. God is not slack concerning His promises. He walks with us through the valley of the shadows of death and we shall not fear. He is with us and will never leave us or forsake us. His peace be ever with you, share that peace, hope and encouragement to all around you, especially those who do not know Him❣️ He is Life, I love you my friends 🙏💕
My granddaughter and I were traveling together today and I was pointing out things to her and asking questions to which she was giving her very rich interpretation of. Then she was silent for a while as we were getting into more traffic, buildings and the busyness of the city. After a bit she said, “Poppy town isn’t very clean”. I told her that what she saw was because of people working, streets being repaired, construction going on and because of that there was a lot of things that made it look messy but when it was done it would be pretty again, maybe even prettier than before.
Sometimes we look at lives around us and consider them not clean. They are messed up, broken and in need of repair. I think God sees those lives as under construction, in need of repair yes, but when the reconstruction and renovation is finished by His skilled hands, they will be more beautiful than before.
May we learn to see the hidden potential, the priceless worth of those unclean lives and roll our sleeves up to give aid by way of God’s vision to bring those families back to what His vision has always been. To be whole, Blessed, Beautiful and Complete by the hands of the Master Carpenter for we are all fearfully and wonderfully made❤️
For a while now I have been having some repairs and restoration done to my home where the weather and years have taken a toll on its structure. Among other things I am repainting several areas, the kitchen, the living room and a small sun room. For all the painters out there, you know that there are steps to create a nice look that requires patching holes and cracks along with cleaning of surfaces to get the best results. Time and elbow grease is needed to make the end result something that looks good as well as one that will last for long time.
Although I very much like a clean environment, I don’t always spend enough time to consistently keep everything as spic-N-span as I should. Doing this painting project really points out areas I miss and how much I should work on those on a regular basis. In Psalm 51:10 it says “Create in me a clean heart O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Yes God can create a clean ❤️ heart within us, there is no doubt, yet like our homes and our environment, it’s not a one time shot, it takes our determination as to how we keep our hearts clean.
We have to think on what is good, righteous, pure, holy, every day not just once a week or once a month thinking we will be strong enough to resist attitudes, or actions or desires or any other thing that can put distance between ourselves and God’s plan and purpose for us. Be careful what you spend your time on, the people you spend time with, the things you watch, the things you listen too. May we spend our times wisely, keeping clean our temple that God will be happy to inhabit it.
He is worthy of our praise, worthy of our time, worthy of hearts that are cleaned and ready to be filled with His life, love and compassion.
I just want to say thank you to everyone who stops by and reads or comments on the blog. I pray that God uses it to encourage, to bring joy and hope and always point toward God and His truth to bring peace and purpose to lives that may be struggling. I have been and continue to be blessed by knowing Christ and His touch on my life and world! May that touch be yours today! ❤️