In Our Creator’s Hands

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Aren’t we so blessed the Father has our days in His hands! Thanks be to the Lord for the confidence and comfort this brings, being children of the Most High.

Re-read the verse in Jeremiah. Go to the Word and read the surrounding passages (which is always a good practice with any verse, to get the context and intent of what is being said). Consider what the Lord is telling us here and how precious we must be to Him.

If you are or have ever wondered what your value is as a person, look to the One Who created you. The Cost for us to be called Daughters of the Almighty was the spilled blood of Jesus Christ on our behalf.

Only our enemy would attempt to convince us on one extreme or the other: Either mankind is self-sufficient with no need for a Savior or worthless, sinful and hopeless. He is a liar the father of lies (technically should be upper case, but I refuse) and there is no truth in him.

Remember, our Father is always mindful of His children! His watchful eyes are upon us constantly! Find peace in the knowledge of His presence!

Psalm 8:4
4 What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

PRAYER

Almighty Lord

Father and King

Thank You for this beautiful day

For the breath You give us

Let us send it back to You on wings of praise

We recognize You for Who You Are

Lord of lords

Majesty

Great Jehovah God

Thank You for the blood spilled for us

Thank You that we can call us Your God

And that You call us Your people

Please give us understanding

About what a tremendous position that is

There could be nothing greater than being Your child

Glory to God in the Highest!

In the Name of Jesus

Amen

songs

Glory To God

I Lift My Hands

Jesus Messiah


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Earthly Pursuits Dimmed By Heavenly Focus

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to me, Amanda, Aunt, Brecca, Brittney, Carolyn, cathy, Courtney, Emily, Ginger, Janet, Janett, jonathan, Kim, Paula, Sonya

COLOSSIANS 3:1-2

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

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There have been far too many times I have wasted countless hours, piddling around the house or scouring the web.  It amazes me how I can get so involved with things that are so insignificant.  

After a while, I search out passages for the devotional, but by then I’m too tired to give appropriate focus to what I  hoped to share, so I’ll wrap it up for the night, intending to send something out the following day (which too often it’s usually longer).

Rather than looking on websites for things I may or may not buy, beach houses we could never afford or places I won’t visit, I believe the Lord has been calling me to invest in sharing His Word with others. 

The Holy Spirit makes me aware of my ability to get distracted by things of this world, yet I neglect His gentle reminders. Is that intentional?  It must be.  My attitude has been more like, “Of course spending time on other things is much less important than working on the devotionals.”   

Really? Where is my proof?  Where is my heart?  It seems to me as though I’m saying one thing, but my actions do not support it. Where and how am I spending my time and effort? What are my priorities showing to be?

Praise Our Wonderful, Forgiving Lord.  He allows me time to learn, grow and continue to share. With God’s guidance, I will see distractions away from Him for what they are, and avoid them, through His Power and Strength.  In Christ, the lure of things on earth will weaken, as within me,desire for that which is eternal grows ever stronger.

Gracious Lord

Thank You for this and every day

Please forgive us our sins against You, others and ourselves

Please give us a heart of obedience 

And desire to please You, Father

We seek to hold in value

 That which is truly valuable

Our Lord

As the world pursues more and more material reward

We find our Treasure in You

Please dim the lure of all that is not of Christ

Fill us, please, with Your Truth 

That things of this world are of no use

With You

Abiding in eternity

No matter how inticing they may seem

Nothing or no one can compare 

To the priceless hope of those who place their trust in Christ for salvation

No Higher Price has or will ever be paid

Than Christ’s Blood shed on Calvary

In Jesus Name

Amen

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Ruth: Leaving Her Past Behind For A Better Future

Ruth 1:16-17 

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.

When they married, Ruth and Orpah left their parent’s home, and the people and places familiar to them.

Sadly, both of their  husbands, Mahlon. Chilion and  Father-in-Law perished, leaving their Mother-in-Law, Naomi, without her husband or sons. 

The widow learned that the Lord had blessed His people with food, so Naomi,  Ruth and Orpah headed toward Judah. 

At a certain point, Naomi told both women that her hope was for the Lord to deal kindly with them, and that they should return to their mothers’ houses. She told them the reasons why and even went so far as to tell them that the Hand of the Lord had gone out against her, so they should separate for their good.

It was a tearful goodbye, but Orpah kissed her Mother-in-Law, and returned to people, gods and what was familiar to her. Ruth, on the other hand, clung to Naomi.

At the beginning of barley harvest, the two women arrived in Bethlehem. It was here that Naomi claimed God had dealt bitterly with her.

In God’s Perfect Providence, history introduces a wealthy kinsman of Naomi’s husband. 

We see throughout, the great blessings Ruth had because she was willing to leave her past, entirely.  We do not read about regret that she abandoned the false gods, clinging to the One True God.

Our Lord requires our loyalty. When we are rescued from death into life eternal by the Blood of Christ, we are called to abandon what we knew, even though life offered the comfort of familiarity. 

There is only One Truth, anything else is a lie. Darkness and light do not “coexist”. As cherished children of the Most High, we are expected to assume our role as royalty, forsaking anything not approved  by our Father, the King.

Father God

Thank You for this day

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

Like Ruth, please let us cleave to You

Please let us willingly give up anything that will lead us away from Your Will

Thank You for Ruth’s example

And that she did not choose to return to where she once was

Just because it was familiar

Please let us do likewise

Please let us encourage one another in obedience

Uplifting each other in faith

You are the One True God

With Your Work within us

Our past does not have to dictate our future

In the Name of Jesus

Amen

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Devotional: The Blessing of a godly Mom

Psalms 127:3 – Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the Fruit of the Womb is His reward.  


Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.


Proverbs 31

The words of king Lemuel, the prophecy that his mother taught him.

What, my son? and what, the son of my womb? and what, the son of my vows?

Give not thy strength unto women, nor thy ways to that which destroyeth kings.

It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine; nor for princes strong drink:

Lest they drink, and forget the law, and pervert the judgment of any of the afflicted.

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction.

Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.

She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar.

She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.

She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.

She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.

She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.

She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.

She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.

Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.

She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.

Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.

She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.

She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.

Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.

Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates. 

Every Mother’s Day, what means something to me, is remembering and honoring my own Mom. Although she departed for her Heavenly Home in 2005, not a day goes by when something reminds me of her. The Springtime brings glorious blooms and fragrances. Summer comes upon us quickly, as the white beaches and warm ocean invite us to walk along the shore. The Fall decorates the trees with vibrant colors. As we move toward Winter, there are lights galore to enjoy as we celebrate the season’s festivities

.My Mom found something special in every season, and that was only part of what made her special to me. 

The pretty blossoms made her happy, walking along the seashore, taking in the colorful leaves and riding around, admiring decorations, no matter what, she was agreeable and would find something she enjoyed in situations.

Even though her parents divorced when she was eight and she was widowed with six children at fifty, she did not let her circumstances dim her view of life, as I ever observed, her faith in Christ only seemed to strengthen over time.  Mom was a friend to so many, and volunteered to help anywhere she was needed. All that being said, the Lord, in His Goodness, chose to knit me together in her womb! 

I have much to be thankful for this Mother’s Day. I’ve been blessed with a sweet husband, three wonderful, generous, precious. intelligent  children (and Son-in-Law), three (almost 4), darling grandchildren, a 95 year old Mother-in-Law, more than I could ever list and most of all, deserve.  Something I will never understand, yet forever appreciate, is God’s gift that I was trusted to the  care of Katherine Wilson and that Brittney, Courtney and Charles were entrusted to me.

To all, if your mother has passed, praise God for the time you had. If your mother is still around, praise Him for the time you have!

Lord God

Thank You for this day when we acknowledge mother

sPlease forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

You created us to be in a particular homeYou determined who our parents would be

And other members of this earthly family

Where and when we were born is all Your Perfect Design

Thank You for those of us who were or are blessed with godly mothers

Who depended upon You and showed us by their lifestyle

What it meant to love and trust in You

Mothers who prayed for us

Who loved us enough to teach us about you

Mothers who sincerely loved and served the Lor

For those who did not have that particular situation

May Your  blessing be upon them as well

You know where there is blessing and where there is lacking

You fill voids, no human possibly could

You gave a young lady the willingness to carry the Christ Child

She gave birth to Jesus and she watched as He grew

Until He hung on the cross, giving

His life for those who would believe

The Son she delivered was her Deliverer As He is ours

Thank You, Lord, for things we are yet to understand

In Your Holy Name, Jesus,

Amen

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Devotional: God’s Word Was Written To Be Shared

John 15:12

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

The other night, I started writing down a prayer list of my family, then my extended family, each one of their children and children’s children.  After getting those written, I moved on to my friends, listing each child and grandchild as well. Next was our church family.

 As I continued on down the list (in no level of importance), acquaintances were included (such as my hair-dresser, the servers at the restaurants we frequent, etc).  When I ran out of names that came to mind, I took a look at that list and was astonished at the length! 

How God has blessed me over the years to have come in contact with so many individuals.  Now, not everyone there is someone I get along with, necessarily, but for whatever reason, the Lord has them in my life.

Now that I think about it, I need to go back and  put the leaders of this country (by name), even if I  do not agree with them.  Additionally, no one I really dislike is on there (Ugh! Typing this confession, I can’t help but notice  that I need to be adding to my list!)

Included, there are several  who share faith in Jesus Christ.  Those  who don’t, now is not the time to shy away from discussing the Lord, as none of us are aware how much time we have, until we have no more.

Matthew 13:44 Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.  


Mark 16:15 – And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. 


Matthew 5:16 – Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.  


Luke 11:33 –No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.  

Almighty God

Thank You for this and every day You give us

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

Father, please provide us with opportunities to talk to those who don’t know You

Lord, You have given  us the Gift of eternal life

How can we withhold telling others about such a blessing

If we won’t share with our family and friends, then who?

Please open doors where You would have us tell others

About Your Love, Grace and why we place our faith and trust in You for salvation.

Please let our words and actions glorify You,

That others will recognize and desire the peace we have in Jesus.

Even though this world is in chaos

When evil seems to be everywhere we look

Father, we as Believers can look to You

Please give us boldness, and let us step out of  the way, that You will speak through us

To You be all glory given

Thank You, Father

In Jesus’ Name

Amen

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Devotional: Step Away From The Kid’s Table

1 Corinthians 3:2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. Sitting here  nibbling on animal crackers, I remembered back when I was 4 or 5 years old, doing the same thing as my Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Blount, told Bible stories using an old school flannel board. 

Now when I was a little girl, that was fine.  I looked and took in the Word in simplistic terms as I munched on my crackers and sipped my juice.  Those demonstrations and snacks were tasty, but neither the treat nor the lessons were intended to sustain me.  What if that was all I was given the entire week? I would be malnourished and  my caregivers would be irresponsible. What if in the college class I sat around in a  small chair, chomping graham crackers, as the instructor read from a picture book of  the Bible? That’s just crazy. Long before then, I would be expected to feed and study for myself.

As I grew, my tastes matured and my hunger for a deeper study into God’s Word did as well. In Matthew, Jesus tells us that those who still crave more are blessed, because He will fill us. We know certainly that what the Lord gives us will certainly nourish and satisfy.  Like our stomach growling to be fed, so should our soul cry out for God’s Word. 

Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 

 Father God

Thank You for this day

Thank You for the many things You have to teach us

Please encourage our hearts to open Your Word

That we might learn more about You
 It’s time we leave the “kid’s table”, Lord

We can’t remain in a juvenile mindset, Almighty God

We need to learn, grow and mature
From Your Word, we need to learn what has been and what is to come

Please put the desire to obey within us

Thank You for providing all we need

Your Word has the delicious aroma

 Please let us come, craving the satisfaction only found in You

In the Name of Jesus

Amen


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Where Do You Place Your Trust?


Psalms 20:7
 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the Name of the LORD our God.  


A few weeks ago, I was going to take the dogs for a  walk beside a lake close to our house. I put everything together (poo bags, bottled water for me, leashes, etc.) .  I covered the passenger side seat with towels , lowered the top and finally went down to get two excited dogs suited up for our big adventure. 

I sat down in the driver’s seat, buckled my seatbelt, turned the key ……NOTHING.  Okay, so I know I had not driven the car in over a month, and Jonathan even mentioned a few times that I needed to drive it (even around the block or to the store), to keep the battery from dying.  

These things ran through my head as  I wiggled out of my seat so I could get Jonathan.  I really hoped that no one walked down our street (especially with a pet), while I ran inside, leaving the dogs unattended in the convertible out in the driveway. The battery indeed was dead.  It had not been too terribly long since we bought one, so we really wondered if that was the actual issue (thankfully it was).  We took   it to the store and had it replaced for free since it was under warranty (Isn’t God great!).

Far too many times there have been dead batteries, low tires or other circumstances that took me from what I planned to something totally different.  My dependence was in the wrong place. Are our expectations on people or things too high, or the confidence in Christ low? 

Even the most reliable person can potentially let you down at some point, most likely in an unavoidable situation, but mostly because they are human. I remember being in school, feverish and feeling terrible, trying to rest on those horrible clinic beds, while the nurse tried over and over to reach Mom (who apparently was having a marathon telephone session with someone!)  These were the days of busy signals! I think the person who created call waiting must have experienced this at some point!

What about those newer model cars you have passed on the interstate with the hood up and a frustrated owner, ranting on the phone,  pacing back and forth? Certainly they must not have anticipated having issues! They may have invested in the later version to avoid such aggravation. Let’s take the next few days and think about who or what it is we depend upon and just how much we know that our God can be counted on anytime, anywhere, giving Him praise and glory for allowing us to depend on our Merciful Heavenly Father.

 Almighty God

Thank You for the days You’ve given us

Both here on earth and  eternity with You


Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

To You be all praise, honor and glory

We know that we can have confidence in You

Even if and when things do not turn out “our way”

You love us enough to tell us “No”

We can depend upon You, Father

When things are chaotic around us

Or when there is peace

Or where there is sorrow

Or in times of celebration

You are there!

We depend upon You Alone

For only You can meet every need

Please grow our desire to be closer to You, Lord

To want what You wantTo desire to please You

To walk in obedience to Your Will

In the Name of Jesus we thank You

Amen


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FUTILITY OF WISHING~POWER OF HOPE IN THE LORD

Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I Am Thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the Right Hand of My Righteousness.  

Romans 8:24 – For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  




  • WISHES AND HOPES DEFINEDWISH
    A feeling that one would like to have or do something or to see something happen; a desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.
  • An expression of a desire, longing, or strong inclination.



    HOPE The feeling that what is
  • w To feel that something desired may happen
  • Archaic. To place trust; rely 

  • Throughout our lives, we have found ourselves wanting. As children, perhaps we desired a  pet or a particular toy. As we age, the things we seek differ/ Although our minds are more mature and should carry  some sense reality, there are times we take leave of our senses, finding ourselves daydreaming or fantasizing about things completely unreasonable or unlikely, disappointed when we are snapped right back to our actual existence.

  • Jonathan has worked with me for YEARS, attempting to show me that there is a difference between “want” and “need”. Regardless of  how much we’ve convinced ourselves that we
  •  need something, either tangible, attention, a promotion or a situation to work out a certain way, there is nothing certain outside of the Lord. Whatever He determines to give or remove from our lives is absolutely what will bring Him glory and is best for us.
  •   Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want
  •  John 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in My Name, I will do it.

  • Taken out of contexts, the Bible can be manipulated to say what It NEVER intended. Terrible but true, G od’s Word has been twisted and manipulated to justify behavior. The Almighty God is not a genie, available simply to grant our every whim.   Yes, we are encouraged to go to our Father, yes. He tells us in The Word that He knows best how to give gifts, not meaning that we are entitled, overly-indulged, spoiled brats of the King.
  • Consider, when asking the Lord for anything, praying His Will for whatever it is. If He allows it, acknowledge and appreciate His generosity. Sometimes (depending on the motivation of the heart), the answers seem to be a continuing “no”.  Don’t be discouraged, know that our Loving God, Father, Savior, is working out something far better. 

  • Consider your hopes.  Are they in the Lord? Maybe they’re in our belongings or other people .Do we have hope in our own strengths and abilities? Is it found in finances or friends?  As Children of the Most High, we know that our Father is the Only One worthy of our hope, all of it. 

  • Almighty God
  • Thank You for this day
  • Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves
  • Lord, You are our Hope and our Salvation
  • Praise You, Father, that we can trust in You
  • You know what we want and what we need
  • You know when, how and what is best for each child
  • Please give us peace and acceptance and appreciation for what You allow into our lives
  • We thank, You above all, for the hope we have in eternal life In Paradise
  • Because we trust in Jesus for our salvation
  • .In the Name of Jesus
  • Amen
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God Defines Love

1 Corinthians 13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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1 John 2:15-17

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

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So, the Lord tells us in these verses and throughout His Word, what love is and what it is not.  There will always be people trying to define love, but since God IS Love, His definitions are factual, they do not change and it is certainly not a matter of opinion!

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If you’ve known me for a while, you may remember that I chose the 1 Corinthians passage to be read at my Mom’s Going Home service.  

If ANYONE I’ve ever known understood what love is, it was her.  She was kind, compassionate, forgiving, understanding, patient and anything else defined by love.  

I know she was not perfect, as none of us are, but she was a godly woman, who in losing her husband at 50, showed how much she dearly loved him by living into her 80’s, never remarrying. 

She loved the Lord.  The two of us talked about Jesus and His glorious creation, and just about anything and anywhere we went, she found some way to turn the conversation to Christ.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.

Mom loved her family, friends and strangers.  She had six children and several grandchildren she enjoyed. 

At her service, so many people came to me to say that she was their “best friend”.  How can one person be so special to so many people?  She was who she was, a genuine friend and confidant, a prayer warrior and someone anyone could trust with their deepest secrets and darkest pain, knowing the information would never go anywhere else.

She worked a hotline where calls would come in all throughout the night and I would hear her softly console and converse with strangers as though she had known them all their lives.  From the time the phone rang, until sometimes hours later, she never acted sleepy, bored or uninterested. She stayed engaged and focused on their needs. 

I thank the Lord for allowing me to call Kay Wilson my mother, and that I grew up with such a precious example of a godly, smart, beautiful,loving lady. 

Father God,

Thank You for this glorious, rainy day

Even when it is not so pleasant outside, You are preparing the earth for the next season

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

We ask that You heal those who are not feeling well

Those who are low in spirit

Please remind those who have cause to celebrate for any reason, that You bring blessings into our lives

Please give them a heart of thanksgiving 

Lord, thank You for love

Especially, thank You for the love Jesus had to go to the Cross for us

He gave His Life for us

Please give us delight in giving our life to Him

To use for His glory

In the Name of Jesus

AMEN

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God Does NOT Have A “Maximum Capacity”

Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  

Isaiah 53:4
Surely our griefs He Himself bore,
And our sorrows He carried;
Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten of God, and afflicted.
1 Peter 2:24 “Who His own Self bare our sins in His Own Body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed.”

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.

We were not created to solve the problems of the world. We were not even created to carry our own burdens, much less those of others.

We were built with a “maximum capacity”, of what we can bear.  Outside, or over that , we sometimes find ourselves surprised when we get physically, mentally and  even spiritually overwhelmed. Why? 

Well, as with anything, our design, which God Himself set in motion, is to handle each situation with His  help and guidance, through the strength He gives. Whether we want to admit full dependence on the Lord or not, we are completely reliant upon Him.

The One Who gives us each breath, also allows us the ability to breathe it. So we do not need to attempt holding on and trying to deal with our burdens by ourselves, much less those of family and friends, because that is not following God’s design. Something may seem “fixed” by our own doing. Either it isn’t repaired, or we didn’t do it on our own.

There are counselors, pastors and those trained to hear people talk out issues, but they are not personally taking on the problems upon themselves, they simply utilize tactics they’ve learned as techniques, possibly help the struggling, more easily adapt and handle situations as they arise. 

Some find comfort in those resources, others do not .Why not avail yourself to the Source of  Truth. Pour over God’s Word and seek guidance from Him. With the Lord, there is no awkwardness, trying to explain your life situation in an hour.  He already knows your family dynamics, your hurts, pains and fears.  He understands your circumstances.  

Unlike human counseling, there is no use attempting to cover up or intentionally mislead your actions, inactions or intent. Go to the Lord, and admit your need for Him. He will certainly answer you, probably not audibly (although He certainly could). 

Nor will the resolution probably come how or when you want it. BUT, the Lord will give wisdom liberally when asked, as the Word says in James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

NO appointment needed, 24/7  access! There is no reason to go elsewhere! Why go to the Subjects for resolve; Instead  go straight to the King Who holds all of the power!

So when others come to you, don’t think that you are being “mean” by not listening, I mean,  you can listen, but  time is better by turning to Christ, not to you who may be filled with “ideas”, but lack the authority to make changes!

Great and Glorious King

Thank You for this and every day You’ve given us

Please forgive our sins against You, others and ourselves

We ask that You direct our hearts to seek Your Perfect Wisdom

We appreciate those You have given us who will direct us to You and to seeking out Your Will in every situation.
O God, we know that You are the King above all kings

The Ruler and Supreme Authority

Please lead our hearts to seek Your Will for our lives

And please bring us to obedience

Out of our love for You

Because You first loved us.
In Jesus’ Name

Amen

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