Dear family and friends,
Welcome back to Heartstrings! Actually, I was already here typing away on my computer, no longer using the laptop, and trying to get a handle on this new format. Or whatever they call it. Yes, I am a grandma with computer issues. I just don't get it!
Anyway, thanks for your patience here as I try to work things out. I lost what I wrote earlier all due to hitting the wrong button. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. I need a one on one teacher!
Now back to the main point. Whether we are unexpectably facing a new challenge physically, emotionally or spiritually...we need a teacher to guide us.
My best place is found in the time I spend holding my Bible in my lap, turning pages and being still. This time isn't about studying, but about listening.
James 4:8 says, "Come closer to God and He will come closer to you." Well, there is more in that verse but here is the depth of our relationship with God. Where we our recognizing His voice above all others. Where we learn about His unchanging character.
Recognizing I am flawed and need a Savior and His blood sacrifice for my sins brought me out of darkness. Praise the Lord!
When I was a small girl, my grandparents had a big old radio. It didn't tune very clear like todays, so we had to scoot closer and really listen up.
I remember the thrill of getting our first tv, a small black and white. The shows, though very few, amazed us kids. Again, we had to scoot a bit closer to see the pictures clearly.
That is what reading our Bible does for us. We get a closer picture and better sound when we tune in to God's Word. It is Holy and alive! It meets us right where we are at in any given moment.
Why should we run here and there for guidance when we have the best counseling. Is your Bible sitting on a shelf collecting dust?
Today was pretty wonderful for me, inspite of the fragmented understanding I have of the computer. I got an answer to a long time prayer!
It really pays to stay in constant touch with the Lord because He knows everything from your beginning to your end. He is able to perform the things that matter most to your heart.
When I felt that prompting of the Holy Spirit to reach out to my loved one and obeyed quickly, I was rewarded in such a way that even now brings tears to my eyes.
What happened to restore our relationship? Well, God sees both sides of the story. Only in letting Him turn the page at the proper time will we know what that is. With a heart full of gratitude, try to express your thanks to Jesus.
When you read something like Jeremiah 29:11...even though it was spoken of the people of Israel, isn't it wonderful to see it applied to your own life?
Everytime I read it, it becomes fresh life to me! What other scriptures do you see that seem to breathe over your situation? It is all so amazing to me!
So, this evening as I wrap this up, I trust that you know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and Friend. If you don't, then please, take this opportunity to make it so. Tell Him you know He is God's Son come to redeem your life from destruction. You certainly can't fix yourself. Come out from your own controlling nature into a surrendered, peace filled, intimate relationship with the Prince of Peace.
I believe that even though I had to rewrite, this is what the Holy Spirit would have wanted for us. He is faithful and true. Soon, we will be standing before the throne of God, unashamed for letting Him reign in our lives!
God bless you until we meet again in the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...growing in His grace
Dear family and friends,
Finally, a new day. The night was so troubling and my body wouldn't let me sleep through. I spent the time praying and speaking God's words to my heart and soul. My mind is weary as a result, but I am taking the path God has chosen for me today, relying on His Strength.
If you are dealing with troubled nights, and days for that matter, where do you go? Do you feel like all you do is pray and still you don't find the results you long for? That diagnosis the doctor placed on you doesn't have to be the banner over your head. His banner over you is love!
Rewired. That means more to me today than before because my computer was needing help the other day. My son needed a specific wire to make things really come together. It will have to be replaced. In the meantime, I am using my little laptop to write to you.
What about that wireing job? Maybe, all those wrestless nights that turn to prayer is exactly the path God has chosen for you and I. He certainly gets my full attention. And, I believe because He wants fellowship with us, He will use our circumstance for that good outcome.
In order to get plugged in to the right source of power we need to be in God's perfect and true Word. ALOT! Not just on Sundays but throughout the week! WE also can't expect others to fill that place we are called to in God's heart.
1 Thessalonians 5:16 begins with..."Be happy [in your faith] and rejoice and be glad-hearted continually (always);"
This isn't just when my tummy is satisfied, there is money in the bank and my hormones are balanced! And, when those things aren't just right, which can be at the drop of a hat...I am to still be happy in faith and rejoice with a glad heart...always.
Verse 17..."Be unceasing in prayer [praying perseveringly];"
Many do not know how to persevere, at least in this nation. Life is fast, so the service should be fast. Right? When we have time to spend on social media, we have time to keep a conversation going with the Lord Jesus. He died for us to have sweet fellowship now through eternity. It is up to us to choose who will be our Master.
Being thankful and telling Jesus whether in traffic or in the kitchen washing dishes is a good thing. I can talk to Jesus, my Savior at any time. The moments, minutes, hours can be consumed with thoughts of the Him, because He is my first love.
Plus, always be listening to hear what He wants to speak. When Jesus lives in your heart it is for life. So, why unplug from LIFE? And, if you knew the Lord was coming to your house for dinner at a certain time, wouldn't you want everything prepared?
This is our time for preparing before we see Him. During this time, not all our prayers will be answered. Only the ones on the path the Lord chooses. Usually it is His Word that brings me answers. Sometimes, I hear His still small voice. At those times I know I am rewired and ready for anything. I am being made His ready Bride.
Psalm 119:11 tells us that we are to hide His Word in our hearts so we don't find ourselves in sin. If the end doesn't match up with the plug-in the thing just won't work. The more I spend reading my Bible and openly talking to Jesus about what it says, the more power comes into my everyday life.
Finally, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18..."Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus (the Revealer and Mediator of that will)."
That about says all I can say for now. After last night, I am aware that more love, more power, more of God in my life comes through constantly staying in fellowship with the One Who made me. How about you?
Father, thank you for the priveledge of sharing Your goodness with each person here. I ask that You will speak openly to each heart and bring all of us into that perfect union of fellowship You designed from the beginning. We love you and will trust you for the wisdom to stay plugged into Your Spirit. Wire You Word into our hearts and minds so our souls will know true freedom. Jesus it is in Your matchless name we pray, amen.
Abundance is...wired for worship
Dear family of God,
I sincerely need your prayers this morning for wisdom, patience and healing. Waiting for an answer from the Lord is always in His own time, haven't you found this to be true?
I woke with a headache. My vision is effected and since I can't take drugs, I have to stay within a calm place of mind. The only place I know to go is to Jesus. I know the Father sees me and has good plans for me. I do hope to be able to write to you and trust the Holy Spirit to use His Word in your life. Thank you for your prayers.
Psalm 37:7 says, "Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him.."
When you are going through trials isn't it good to know we can lean on Jesus? Sometimes we pray and pray and wait and wait and still don't hear from Him. Don't give up! Wait in the right place, where He can meet with you.
In Romans 8:25 it tell us to wait with patience. The Lord knows our need better than we do. The promises He gives us in The Word are equal to His presence. There is something that happens in my weakened soul when I consider this. To be in His presence then is to have His promises. Right? The purpose in waiting is to bring more glory out of our situation.
Patience takes away self-works. The work that He desires is that we believe. John 6:29. When we believe then, we will know that every little thing is going to be alright.
Patience takes away our want of anything but more of Him. It is by trusting that Jesus is doing the work that through this we will become stronger. But, more than that, our desire for His will is really going to happen.
Patience takes away all weakening. Because God is working on a greater supply we must be readied for it. This is God's timing too. He is all our supply isn't He? The Lord goes with us through the storm, will take our hand and lead us to calm delight.
Patience takes away all wobbling. "Make me stand upon my standing" is what Daniel 8:18 talks about. No matter what causes us to loose footing; whether an Angel or an anxiety or illness...WE CAN be made strong. God's foundations are steady; and when His patience is in us, we are steady while we wait.
Patience gives worship. A praise filled patience sometimes means "longsuffering with joyfulness." Colossians 1:11 tells us..."[We pray] that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) WITH JOY."
This is the emphasis I am longing for today. Even with all this physical stuff happening, I want JOY to be what pours out of my life. We are told in James 1:4..."But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing."
So while we wait on the Lord WE CAN be greatly enriched. I am again so grateful for those who have gone before me. This entry was written with highlights from "Streams in the Desert". Right where I am at.
I hope you are encouraged with me. I do pray that we all will learn to see the treasures of patience. Our journeys differ in circumstances but I believe the Word of God is alive today. Will you?
May the joy of the Lord be your strength as you let patience do a perfect work. I pray for you in the matchless name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and King. Amen.
Abundance is...reflecting on His promises
Dear family and friends,
Thank you for coming to Heartstrings once again. May your hearts be encouraged as you "Bless the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ." Ephesians 1:3.
In the last several days I have heard some pretty intense prayer requests. Missing young people. Emergency surgeries. Sick family members and friends in pain. I know you ask God why, just as I do.
As I count my blessings each day I am realizing the most precious and richest are spiritual blessings. These can be overlooked in a world of unrest and searching for peace. I know there is more to this journey than the physical and emotional needs we have. And we know God will supply all we need, don't we? What about the spiritual ones? We cannot overlook this facet in the kingdom of God.
So, I am going to share with you something I read in my devotional from 'Streams in the Desert'. In Matthew 17:14-22 Jesus is instructing about faith. Besides showing us in the way He had compassion on the people; He speaks to our personal soul, even in this generation.
The disciples came to Jesus saying they couldn't cast out the demon. They wanted to know why. Makes sense to me. Then in verse 20-21, we have the answer.
"And He said to them, "Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you. But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."
Back to my devotional. It stressed "It Is Possible! For those who really are willing to reckon on the power of the Lord for keeping and victory, to lead a life in which His promises are taken as they stand and are found to be true."
"It Is Possible to cast all our care upon Him daily and to enjoy deep peace in doing it."
"It Is Possible to have the thoughts and imaginations of our hearts purified, in the deepest meaning of the word."
"It Is Possible to see the will of God in everything, and to receive it, not with sighing, but with singing."
"It Is Possible by taking complete refuge in divine power to become strong through and through; and, where previously our greatest weakness lay, to find that things which formerly upset all our resolves to be patient, or pure, or humble, furnish today an opportunity--through Him who loved us, and works in us as an agreement with His will and a blessed sense of His presence and His power--to make sin powerless over us."
I am so grateful for the wisdom of others. This was an exerpt from H. C. G. Moule. It's all about believing in Divine Possiblities! We can choose to choose how much of God we want! When I think about this, I am possitively excited, even in my puny thinking!
If you have the key to unlock a treasure chest and were able take any amount you want, it is your choice, right? Why settle for one when you can have the whole treasure chest? Discussion closed!
God, our Father has so much for us...if only. Instead of spending time wasting away with worry about the weather, worry about the body, worry about which food is safe to eat, worry about the job, worry about the family. You know. None of that will move the hand of God.
But, our praise will! Our faith in His ability to bring to pass His goodness and grace will! I want to be courageous as I pray for others. My list continues to grow and grow. Intercession may not be an open ministry for others to give us honor. It takes the stance of a bended heart and knee, submitted to God. Here in the quiet place where we abide with Him.
The question for me isn't "why God" but, it is "when God." My place is to continue in prayer. The way Jesus taught. And, everyday my personal prayer is to have mountain moving faith.
If you want all that God has for you, then put your trust in Him today. He is the most trustworthy of all your relationships. Every moment, every hour, with every step, throughly trust the Holy Spirit and walk with God. Invite Jesus to be your Lord and Savior this very minute. He is waiting with open arms because you are His treasure.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. I love you in His matchless name, amen.
Abundance is...without a doubt
Dear family of God,
Welcome back! I hope you have had a good weekend. What has God spoken to your heart lately? Do you need a fresh Word? There has been a number of references to having 2020 vision this year. I take this as more than just a play on words, or numbers. I really believe God wants our attention to be on Him.
Since this is a new day, we can walk a new way, think a new way and abide in Jesus like never before. He is the bridge to a brand new life. I love having another chance! When we read the Word of God, we have the opportunity for a total make-over.
You might think like I did just now, it's about the whole remake of our external person. But, there is so much more than makeup and a new wardrobe. I saw a couple of those shows and I always wondered how those people lived a year down the road?
I sure hope someone is encouraged today. The Good News is, we have a new way in the Love of God. We are made new from the inside. The light in our eyes reflects the beauty and glory of God. That is what people will remember about us. What do they see?
Last Saturday I was writing something in my journal. My pen ran out of ink. I tried three others and they did the same! Finally, I grabbed a pencil. Frustrating? Yes. Then, I went through two more on Sunday. What are the chances of that happening?
So, I just kept thinking about running out of ink. Which in turn made me think about running out of energy, joy, peace...you get the idea. Well, I asked the Holy Spirit to show me what I needed to know. Open my eyes Lord!
Have you ever prayed that? When our lives turn dull and the cataracts of worry cause our sight to be dimmed, our vision begins to wane. Like those pens. The "ink" that speaks, doesn't have to run out. WE have an eternal fountain from a loving Lord and Master.
We can come for a fresh supply each day, as often as we need. We can apply the Words of God to our situation. When we lack the ability to focus on things that are good and sound, we only need to go to our Source. Jesus Christ.
Reading through the Gospels, I am seeing that every person with a need found Jesus was the healer, the provider, the Way, Truth and Life. The only ones that missed His grace were those too religious to recognize Him.
Like Pharoah, with all the signs and wonders God made right in front of him...he turned his back to God and was hard hearted. He remained an empty soul.
Think about Noah. All those years of people watching and waiting to see what would happen...only to find themselves too late, pounding on a big door in the rain.
If I surrender my life to God, really surrender then I can trust Him to keep the flow going. More than once Jesus said, "Your faith has made you whole." Do you want to be whole? I sure do! Whole and full!
Be sure that your journey is towards God, not away from Him. Before you begin enter into His presence where you will find strength to proceed. Keep your eyes fixed on Him.
There are so many scriptures I can think of that I could have tucked here and there today in Heartstrings. Will you take the time to search out the ones that Holy Spirit wants to show you?
If you are in trouble, do as David did and cry out to the Lord. Submit your burden to Him. You will find His mercy and forgiveness for your sins. Be still for awhile. Then lift your praise to His great and Holy name!
Psalm 16:2..."I say to the Lord, You are my Lord; I have no good beside or beyond You." In the matchless name of Jesus, let Him be your All in All.
Abundance is...a ready pen in His hands