Mother’s Day 2019

Hello –

Today is Monday, May 13th, 2019.  Yesterday was Mother’s Day and I had the honor of speaking at my church along with another incredible speaker who shared her story of motherhood with the congregation.  It was a beautiful day of celebrating women, mothers and spirit mothers who share and teach the truths of Jesus and His love.  I wanted to share the service with you and hope that it blesses you in some small way.  Wishing all women a belated “Happy Mother’s Day!”  Also, to the dads that do double duty, being mom and dad! Happy Mother’s Day to you as well!

Beautiful and Touching Story Reveals a Woman’s Only Flaw

When God created woman he was working late on the 6th day…….
An angel came by and asked.” Why spend so much time on her?”
The lord answered. “Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?”
She must function on all kinds of situations,
She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time,
Have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart,
She must do all this with only two hands,” She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day”
THE ANGEL was impressed “Just two hands…..impossible!
And this is the standard model?”
The Angel came closer and touched the woman
“But you have made her so soft, Lord”.
“She is soft”, said the Lord,
“But I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.”
“Can she think?” The Angel asked…
The Lord answered. “Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.”
The Angel touched her cheeks….
“Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her”
“She is not leaking…it is a tear” The Lord corrected the Angel…
“What’s it for?” Asked the Angel…. .
The Lord said. “Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering and her pride.”…
This made a big impression on the Angel,
“Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything.
A woman is indeed marvelous”
Lord said, “Indeed she is.
She has strength that amazes a man.
She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens.
She holds happiness, love and opinions.
She smiles when she feels like screaming.
She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy and laughs when afraid.
She fights for what she believes in.
Her love is unconditional.
Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies but she finds strength to get on with life”
The Angel asked: “So she is a perfect being?”
The lord replied: “No. She has just one drawback
She often forgets what she is worth.”

—Author unknown

~Peace~

 

Furlough

Hello to all my friends-

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts with all of you and honestly I’ve missed sharing God’s Word. I purposely decided to take a break after posting everyday during Lent, I thought the rest would be beneficial. What I have discovered is that I feel disconnected. Disconnected from this platform of fellow writers and bloggers. This space and platform here on WordPress provides fertile ground to share ideas, opinions, beliefs, faith and fantasy to list a few. It’s a community that encourages and promotes one another, a place to express oneself. Speaking only for myself, I have only encountered positivity from others utilizing the site. What a blessing!

The past few weeks I’ve felt like a wanderer, not really going in any specific direction and my thoughts have also been distracted. It’s been tough to concentrate on life in general. During Lent I truly felt purpose and direction, I was on a mission of sorts. The culmination of Easter and the celebration that Jesus conquered death and paid the debt of since, once and for all! Church services on Easter Sunday were spectacular at my church. My best friend from work attended with his beautiful family, what joy it was to see them worshipping with my church family. Another dear friend from work also attended with her entire family that was visiting from another state. An entire row was filled with friends of mine and my heart was full. The other wonderful thing that happened that morning was that my church was full, filled with people praising God and singing songs of resurrection. Memories of my childhood flooded my thoughts, remembering wearing a new easter dress, carrying an easter purse and wearing an easter hat. At one moment while singing a familiar Easter song, I closed my eyes and I was transported back to the church of my youth, standing in front of the old wooden pews and seeing the faces of old friends and mentors, long gone now. It was a gift, indeed every day we have is a gift from God. One might think that I’m promoting the space and building of that Easter morning, but you would be incorrect. While attending church is vital and important to me and my journey, my joy that morning was being with the people gathered at the service. The building provided shelter, but our hearts and minds were connected through our love for God and the incredible gift of salvation because of Jesus.

Churches provide many things to many people for many reasons. Our relationship with God and fellow believers is something far greater than a building. When I think of Heaven, I don’t imagine a building I imagine a collective presence praising God, a connectivity with others who love God. It’s similar to an environment I wish we had now on earth. Even if you don’t believe what I believe, why can’t we live in peace. Why can’t we simply respect one another and the choices we make as long as we are not harming others. As a Christian, I want to share the love of God but you have a choice to decide for yourself. If your an atheist or agnostic, I respect your belief and only ask the same in return. There’s days I wish I had more money, maybe not millions but more comfortable but by no means do I think those who do have millions should have to share it with me. No matter my circumstances, I have choices. I could get another job, I could work multiple jobs, I could sacrifice social and family life, but to what ends… I can’t blame someone with money for me not having any. Some have don’t nothing but being born to be rich, others have worked and sacrificed, while others might just be lucky. Life is more than money, that statement is easy to say when you have money. It can also be easy to say when life is entrusted to God. I am not rich by any sense of the word, do I struggle (?) absolutely and I make sacrifices and plan for things I want and try to make informed decisions about the things I absolutely need. It’s not magic and there’s no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow but I know that since surrendering my financial situations to God and seeking His direction, God has always provided. When I say provided, I mean that my eyes were opened to opportunities; maybe it’s working overtime, maybe it’s prioritizing needs/wants, sometimes it’s giving because someone else’s needs are greater than mine. God’s provision isn’t simply money falling from the sky, often it’s not money at all and the value of the lesson learned is priceless. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that when you’re giving, give with a grateful heart…it makes a world of difference! Trusting that God only wants and desires the very best for you!

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” ~Matthew 6:34

As I’m sharing my thoughts with you, please know that I am not an expert on any of these topics or subjects. I am human just like everyone else on this planet, wishing and hoping for peace and acceptance. I’m interested in learning and understanding things that are foreign to me. I would not say that I’m worldly and I’m not necessarily naive but I would say there’s a great divide between the two.

Speaking plainly, there’s a lot wrong in the world right now and I think most would agree with that statement. However, there is also a lot of GOOD going on in the world today. For all the things we all disagree with, I’m willing to say that we many things we do agree with and why don’t we celebrate those things. Goodness can grow as quickly has hate, we just have to change the conversation. I don’t care what your political affiliations are or what your religious beliefs might be, can’t we just treat one another like we want to be treated?

Even if you don’t want to do good, how about do no harm?

Here’s some questions we can all ask ourselves before we act/do something:

• “Why am I doing this?”

• “Will my actions hurt anyone?”

• “Is this ethical?”

• “Is this illegal?”

• “Who does this affect?”

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9 – 

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

www.purposefairy.com/82808/deep-questions-to-ask-yourself/amp/

Lent 2019 – Easter Sunday

“Mary Magdalene left and announced to the disciples, “I’ve seen the Lord.” Then she told them what he said to her.” ~John 20:18

Hallelujah! He is Risen! Christ is Alive!

Good Morning Dear Friends! For all who have been a part of this Lenten journey, I thank you for your support, encouragement and your prayers. I have truly enjoyed sharing with you everyday using this format. It has been a learning experience for me to re-read and lament on the story of Jesus, his life, his ministry, his death and his resurrection. We have talked about living like Jesus and doing what Jesus would do. We looked at letting go of things that distract and keep us from fullness of life and relationship with Jesus. We learned that Lent is not necessarily about giving something up but can also be about giving into things as well, such as attending a bible study, going to Sunday school, listening to Christian music, reading your bible more to list a few. And most recently, we talked about grief. We have imagined the grief the disciples might have experienced and the pain that Jesus’ mother, Mary would have endured. The one person, we have not really talked about is God, the Father and the sacrifice made and the enormous pain inflicted because of love, love for you and me.

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another. ~John 15:9-17

In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. ~ 1 John 4:9-11

What a glorious day! I’m looking forward to Sunrise Service, Church Breakfast, Sunday School and Church Service. I love Sunday mornings, seeing my church family and friends. Singing worships songs and praising God alongside my family, my family and my church are synonymous! The Lenten season may be over as far as the giving up or giving into but our journey continues. We are called to spread the gospel to all, where that’s traveling the globe or just to you neighborhood, they are all important destinations for us to share the love of Jesus. Sharing and spreading the Good News of Jesus is accomplished through both our words and our actions.

Go forth is peace, knowing that sin no longer has a hold on you, Jesus paid the price for all.

Remember, we are called to love everyone. To love someone does not require you to agree with the other person in every aspect. Remember, God will not judge you based on someone else actions, only yours.

I’m a true believer that love and mutual respect can solve a lot of human-made issues. I’m not saying it’s easy to love everyone, I know for an absolute fact…it is HARD. I work on this every day and I hope you will join me as well.

Today is CELEBRATION DAY – HE LIVES, CHRIST JESUS IS ALIVE!!

Wishing your day will be blessed! I wish this Easter will bring you and your home peace, love and happiness. Wishing you a renewed faith in life to strive harder for your goals and ambitions on this Easter Sunday. Easter is a time to rejoice and be thankful for the gift of salvation, forgiveness, life eternal, love everlasting joy.

Breath Prayer: Alleluia,…Alleluia!

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.abingdonpress.com/

https://www.abingdonpress.com/catalog/search?term=The+Sanctuary+for+lent+2019

https://www.abingdonpress.com/juan_huertas

https://www.ibelieve.com/blogs/asheritah-ciuciu/14-inspiring-bible-verses-about-gods-love.html

Lent 2019 – Holy Week – Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019

“Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting in front of the tomb.” ~Matthew 27:61

Friends, Greetings to you on this Holy Day-Holy Saturday. Let your imagination take you back in time, imagine being with the disciples and other followers of Jesus and grieve with them. The person they had followed and had abandoned everything in their lives for, was dead. They watched in agony as the Roman soldiers crucified him on a wooden cross. He was mocked and shamed and worst of all, he was completely innocent. It is very difficult indeed to imagine this event yet we know it is true. I’ve watched several movies made depicting the crucifixion and the Mel Gibson film, “The Passion of Christ” has been the most difficult for me to watch as its cinematography is so real, it reaches out and touches all the human senses.

Today, as believers we know the rest of the story but those who were there with Jesus did not. The grieved, they mourned, they were confused and they were angry. They did not understand or comprehend all that Jesus had told them about events that were happening. Not much has changed over the centuries when it comes to death, we still grieve and mourn and ask questions. We also continue to practice similar rituals if you will, like watching and waiting. I’ve attended several funerals and many have the same practices along with specific cultural variations. A common ritual is seeing the body, a reality check and convincing ourselves that the person is really gone. At funerals, people come to support the family members and to share common stories and to show respect for the person who had passed. In my personal opinion, it is a celebration, celebrating the life of the person who passed and validating their existence and the impact they had on individuals and their communities. It was difficult for me to accept the passing of my mom, as it is for others, I’m not special in that regard. The stages of grief are the same but the way in which we each process them is different and that’s ok. God is with each one of us at whichever stage we are going through. There’s no right way or wrong way to progress through the stages, just be you and lean on Jesus and the support of friends and family. It’s been nearly seven years since I last saw my mom, I remember the day, the time, the event, the circumstance, the place, the words and that final “i love you” and the last hug and embrace. I can sometimes almost hear her laugh as in the distance. I miss our Saturday afternoon phone calls. I also remember getting “the call”, the time, the place, my actions and my response. I remember wanting to see her, convince myself it was true. By the time I reached my parents home several of my relatives were already there but, my mom was gone. She had not just died but her body was gone as well and to make the situation worse, I was not allowed to view her body until three days later at the funeral. At the time I remember my aunt Helen telling me it was for the best but I didn’t think so. Years later, I’m glad that my last memories are of the hug and embrace and hearing “i love you.” It’s a blessing I never saw coming but I’m so thankful for now.

Friends, do not rush through today because you know the joy that comes tomorrow. Let’s sit with the events that unfolded long ago, contemplate and ponder a savior who died. Rest and wrestle with the hopelessness, for it is there that new life can truly emerge.

These are the last recorded words of Jesus written in the Gospels:

Here’s two references to the Old Testament book of Psalm from Matthew and Mark:

Breath Prayer: Stay with me…as I keep watch.

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Photo credit:

https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&channel=ipad_bm&tbm=isch&source=hp&ei=fj-6XNrLOsKWsAXuvoroDA&q=the+passion+of+the+christ&oq=the+pass&gs_l=mobile-gws-wiz-img.1.0.0l5.2990.5182..6077…1.0..0.91.616.8……0….1…….5..35i39.U6NIkYiATqE#imgrc=Ma7O50W7wv55DM

Thank you!!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement for my blog, the posts and comments.

I have so enjoyed this Lenten season and sharing my thoughts with you. I look forward to whatever journey God takes me on and I hope you will continue to travel with me.

I am also inspired and awe-struck by the talented individuals I follow and find through this platform. Also a huge shout out to WORDPRESS, you have helped make my dreams reality and your customer support is second to none!! Thank you!

Here’s to all of our successes, are words hold value to each of us individually but what joy is attained when we can share our words with others and hopefully spread knowledge, love and respect to one another.

~Peace~

Lent 2019 – Holy Week – Good Friday

Friday, April 19, 2019

“When he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed.” Bowing his head, he gave up his life.” ~John 19:30

Death, it’s a subject that most of us do not like to think about or talk about. Our author, Juan Huertas remarks on the topic as one he deals with as a minister and states the obvious that “In some real ways we begin dying the moment we take our first breath.” My experience, personal and from a distance has led me to believe that death is hard whether it is expected or unexpected. I’ve experienced loss of grandparents, a parent, cousins, uncles, aunts, friends, distance relatives and coworkers. Each one affected me differently, I sometimes have wondered why? The why…death is part of life. The effects of someone passes depends on a lot of moving parts in life yours and the person who passed. The closer you are to the person the more is affects you. When my mom passed it shook me to my core for a very long time. It’s been nearly 7 years and I think of her every single day. I miss her absolutely but my thoughts are not filled with grief, the happy memories flow in and out all the time. Missing her is selfish, she’s happier with God and it was her time to go and God needed her more than I needed her. I can say that with confidence now but seven years ago I was angry and hurt that she was gone. It’s true what they say about grief, it’s not something you get over, it’s a process that last your entire life. It really is ebb and flow, and I’ve made peace with that.

Now how does any of that help with today, Good Friday? Well, Jesus had been preparing the disciples for his death, he even foretold the events leading up to his death and yet, they were completely taken by surprise by the acts and events. Even some of those who lived, walked and witnessed all the miraculous acts of Jesus, denied knowing him and betrayed him when things got difficult. It would be easy to judge but dare not to because they were human just like we are and we all would have don’t the same thing. We are weak and sinful, I am stating these as excuses but as facts. What separates humans is those who believe and seek forgiveness and those who believe they don’t need saving. We know that death will come and did come for Jesus but praise God, “The Son will Rise!” The Son DID RISE! We have salvation because Jesus endured the cross, accepted the price and paying for our sins – his life, he agreed to die for us. Death was a short victory for satan, Jesus overcame the cross and defeated death and sin, he arose from dead/resurrected and reigns forever as Lord and Savior!

Death where is sting?

“And when the rotting body has been clothed in what can’t decay, and the dying body has been clothed in what can’t die, then this statement in scripture will happen: Death has been swallowed up by a victory. Where is your victory, Death? Where is your sting, Death? ( Death’s sting is sin, and the power of sin is the Law.) Thanks be to God, who gives us this victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!” ~1 Corinthians 15:54-57

As Christians, death is not final we know that it’s a new beginning, being with God for all eternity. There is not shame in grieving, it’s a nature process for everyone and everyone grieves differently. Hold onto this truth, the work of salvation has been completed by Jesus, yes it was messy, scary, mysterious, yet completed!

Now we can wait in grief and hope, for only by dying can we be born again.

Accept the Lord Jesus today and live into the fullness of life, the life God created you for.

“…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” ~Psalm 30:5

Breath Prayer: May my grief…lead to life.

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2030:5&version=KJV

Photo credit:

https://www.ourdailybreadcrumbs.com/john-19-30/

Additional reading:

https://www.allaboutjesuschrist.org/prophecies-fulfilled-by-the-crucifixion-of-jesus-christ-faq.htm

Lent 2019 – Holy Week – Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Today is called Maundy Thursday and is the Christian holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter. It commemorates the foot washing and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, preceded by Holy Wednesday and followed by Good Friday. 

I love the first sentence by our author, Juan Huertas, “So many of us are certified control freaks.” I literally laughed out loud after reading it because I definitely relate to it. For anyone who knows me or has read some of my earlier blog posts, you know that I have openly shared my thoughts and feelings about control and concern. I’ve learned over time that I have many things I have concerns for but in reality I have few things that are under my control. Juan goes onto tell a story about a lay person in her congregation that said this in response to Juan stating he’s not competitive. This person said this, “I don’t think that you are not competitive; I think if you are not going to win, you do not play.” What an insightful statement to make. How many of us are like that? Do we simply say, “Thanks but no thanks” when we see a situation or activity that has a “no win” possibility alignment(?). I am competitive and I like to win, but I’ve also lost at a lot of things and I mentally understand the logical involved in this process. Life is the lessons we learn from experiencing both, winning and losing. I do think we as a society can take wining and losing to extremes. We make the mistake of thinking winning as good and losing as bad, although they are contributing factors especially in sports, the logical of the game even before it starts is that someone will win and someone will lose. Losing is an experience we all absolutely need to experience. The joy of winning can only be filled felt and appreciated if you know what it feels like to lose. For ever action there is an equal reaction. High/low; up/down; left/right; light/dark; sweet/salty; hot/cold. This actual has a name, it’s called Newton’s Third Law of Motion.

There are two forces resulting from this interaction — a force on the chair and a force on your body. These two forces are called action and reaction forces and are the subject of Newton’s third law of motion.” The statement is more commonly stated this way: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Here’s a great song to help explain this better…

As we begin to think about Mandy Thursday and perhaps all a church service, this day is an annual reminder that our way is not God’s way. We live in a time and space where we think about life from a self perspective, self power; Jesus approached life by demonstrating servant hood. We think control and Jesus tells us to let go. We think about ourselves, living life as best as we can and Jesus shows us it is about dearth, death to self and selfishness.

A good question, we should be asking ourselves is, “Are we sure we want a part of in God’s way?” I certainly do, but I also fail every single day, I fall and I must ask Jesus for grace and forgiveness.

An accepted practice on Maundy Thursday also involves the act of washing the feet of other, just as Jesus did with his disciples a long time ago. We do this in remembrance of what Jesus did for his followers, his brothers. Most services of Maundy Thursday also include serving communion and in my church the communion table to open to everyone!

At the end of the day we need to understand that following Jesus means we must “LET GO.” We will also have to accept the fact that we will not win, at least not according to what the world thinks to be true.

Over the next two days we will be moving into, “The Growing Darkness. If you are interested the scripture passages are as follows:

• The Shadow of Betrayal Foretold (John 13:21-30)

• The Shadow of Betrayal (John 18:1-11)

• The Shadow of Denial (John 18:15-18, 25-27)

• The Shadow of Questioning (John 18:12-14, 19-24)

• The Shadow of False Accusation (John 18:28-40)

• The Shadow of Condemnation (John 19:1-16)

• The Shadow of Crucifixion (John 19:17-27)

• The Shadow of Death (John 19:28-30)

• A New Beginning (John 20:1)

Friends, over the couple of days let’s meditate upon the Acts of Humility and Service .

• An Act of Humility and Service (John 13:3-11)

• The Washing of Feet or Hands – An Example for All. (John 13:12-15)

• Witnesses To The “I AM” (John 13:16-20)

Remember God is has a plan, Trust the Plan! Amen.

Breath Prayer: Wash me…in your way, O God.

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

Lent 2019 – Holy Week

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Betray:

• to lead astray

• to deliver to an enemy by treachery

• to fail or desert especially in time of need

• to reveal unintentionally

• to disclose in violation of confidence

Betrayed:

• treacherously abandoned, deserted, or mistreated

Betrayal:

• the act of betraying someone

• the act of betraying something

• the fact of being betrayed

• violation of a person’s trust

• violation of a confidence, of a moral standard

• revelation of something hidden or secret

The scripture verse today is from the John and starting at verse 21 through 30 is annotated in my bible as the “Announcement of the betrayal”

Jesus knows that he will be betrayed and by whom. Jesus was “deeply disturbed” because he had provided safe places for his disciples along with intimacy and trust, and now one of his own disciples was going to be his betrayer. But what did Jesus do, he faced his betrayer with honesty, safety and love. I can’t even fathom how hurt Jesus was by this act.

Have you ever been betrayed?

Have you ever been a betrayer?

Have you fallen victim to a betrayal?

These are all difficult things to think about and even worse to experience.

Life can be cruel at times.

People can be cruel at times.

Will live in a sinful world, filled with sinful fallible humans. God has not orchestrated bad things to happen to us, but they do. Accidents happen, diseases occur, fortune and fame exist, famine and wars happen…I don’t have answers as to why these things happen to some and not others. What I do know is that God loves all! God commands us to love.

1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

John 15:12: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

1 Corinthians 13:13: “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

I have friends and family in my life who feel betrayed by their bodies. Young and old alike, diseases do not differentiate who it strikes. Death too is not particular who it comes calling for, but as Christians and children of God we know that death has no hold on us, our spirit is secure in God.

John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live.”

2 Corinthians 5:8, “Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The scriptures also tells us that God is in control and that he has plans for each of us, plans for good not evil. “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” ~Jeremiah 29:11

My message is a message of hope, place your hope and trust in God, no matter what you might be struggling in or with, He will be will you every step of the way. He truly loves you that much.

I had the honor of speaking with a friend yesterday who is currently fighting cancer, she is strong and brave and faith-filled! She told me a story that left me awe-struck and wanting a measure of her courage. She told me that when she is struggling with the pain of her cancer treatments she thinks about Jesus and the enormous pain he endured carrying his cross to Calvary and that he never gave up, and that encourages her to continue. Although Jesus could have said at anytime, no I don’t want to do this anymore, “He Chose The Nails”. He knew that the cross was the only way that we could be saved. To my friend and the many others struggling with things (losses, betrayals, illnesses, finances, relationships, addictions and so many more) please claim of the power of Jesus for your strength, comfort and peace. The more we practice circles of safety and love in difficult times, the more our trust will grow and we will become more effective in doing what Jesus does. Love is always the right answer.

Lord, open our hearts to love, help us to welcome adversities and life challenges knowing that you are always with us no matter what. ~Amen

Friends you are so very loved! 💙🙏🏻

Breath Prayer: In betrayal,…help me not become bitter.

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/

He Chose the Nails: What God Did to Win Your Heart

 

Esther’s Circle – You Lift Me Up

Hello friends! For those who are unaware of “Esther’s Circle,” it is a women’s group at my church that I have the pleasure of being a part of. I’ve been involved with this unique group of women since joining the church. We meet once a month at one of our homes or at the church, our gatherings consist of great food, good conversation, a devotional or study lesson, offering and pray time. I love this group and the tapestry of faith displayed by each individual woman. We love and support one another by any means possible. We also participate in many aspects of our church from committees, deacon, elder, worship team, media, church growth, mission work local and beyond, and community support.

Our meeting tonight was a blessing and a shout out to each of them for the impact they are having on my life because of their faith and commitment to living like Jesus, doing what Jesus would do.

You are my friends, Circle sisters, and my family. 💙 Ann, Barb, Beth, Debi, Dora Faye, Freda, Laura, Lisa, Michele, Pat, Theresa 💗

Tonight, I shared two short stories for our devotional time and wanted to share them online with you. They are not original works of mine and I will provide the links for you to find more stories by these writers in you’re interested.

The first stories I thought everyone could relate to, given everyone has children and grandchildren, I believe.

The Hand of God

Little Bobby was spending the weekend with his grandmother after a particularly trying week in kindergarten. His grandmother decided to take him to the park on Saturday morning. It had been snowing all night and everything was beautiful.

His grandmother remarked…”doesn’t it look like an artist painted this scenery? Did you know God painted this just for you?”

Bobby said, “Yes, God did it and he did it left-handed.”

This confused his grandmother a bit, and she asked him “What makes you say God did this with his left hand?”

“Well,” said Bobby, “we learned at Sunday School last week that Jesus sits on God’s right hand!”

*Bobby was obviously listening very intently at Sunday School! HaHaHa!

The U in Jesus

Before U were thought of or time had begun,
God had stuck U in the name of His Son.

And each time U pray, you’ll see it’s true,
You can’t spell out JesUs and not include U.

You’re a pretty big part of His wonderful name,
For U, he was born; that’s why He came.

And His great love for U is the reason that he died,
It even takes U to spell crUcified.

Isn’t it thrilling and splendidly grand,
He rose from the dead with U in His plan.

The stones split away, the gold trUmpet blew,
and this word ressUrection is spelled with a U.

Jesus left the earth at His upward ascension,
He felt there was one thing He just had to mention.

“Go into the world and tell them it’s true,
That I love them all – Just like I love U.

So many great people are spelled with a U,
Don’t they have the right to know JesUs too?

It all depends now on what U will do,
He’d like them to know, but it all starts with U.

Will U pass it on?
JesUs Loves U!!!

Esther 4:14

~Peace~

References:

https://truthbook.com/stories/funny-god/the-hand-of-god

http://varietyreading.carlsguides.com/christian-stories/u.php

Lent 2019 – Holy Week

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” ~John 12:24

Hello friends and welcome to Tuesday!! The reading for today reflects on dying to the things that separates us from wholeness in Christ. Letting go of things that keep us from being fruitful and walking with Christ. My church is sponsoring such an opportunity for our congregation to participate in during Lent. We have a wooden cross in the Sanctuary and a table with index cards, some preprinted with words describing what might be causing separation from Christ along with encouraging bible verses and blank cards for people to write their own words on. We also have a basket at the foot of the cross where people can place their cards and the congregation will has been praying for these specific things (words) that seem to cause separation.

It has been a wonderful opportunity to come together and prayer for one another. We are all seeds in this earthly garden, just what kind of seed is up to us.

Seeds of faithfulness?

Seeds of discord?

Both can multiply!

The story provided today by Juan Huertas made me think of my own family. I was raised in the church but my parents did not always attend with me, by no means did that mean that they were not believers. My parents gave me many valuable learning opportunities and advice when I was growing up. They loved their families, friends, community and God, not necessarily in that order either. My parents taught me to work hard, to be honest, to be fair, to show respect and to love God. I am proud to be their daughter! Every day is a new day to serve God with a whole heart, may your day be filled with all you require. May you feel the presence of God in a real and powerful way today.

Thank you so much for sharing this Lenten journey with me. Let go and be fruitful!

Breath Prayer: Nurturing God, help me…bear fruit.

*Link to the lyrics is listed below.

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

https://www.google.com/search?q=lyrics+to+so+long+self+by+mercyme&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari