Saturday, October 28, 2017

October 28

Hunting season has begun! I come from a family of hunters that enjoy the thrill of it all. I love their concern for the preservation of the animal. They try first to harvest the older animals and leave the others for another season. I think they’re just spoiled and have killed so many that now they wait for the best to enter their sights. Don’t we all like the best of things? We were made in the image of God and He expects excellence. We bring our sacrifice or offering to Jesus, our High Priest, and He dissects it to make sure it’s worthy to be presented to the Father. Just like a hunter kills his game and carefully cuts it up with a sharp blade, saving the choicest parts for himself; the Lord Jesus is like the butcher and can see everything down to the joint and marrow. Don’t bring your sloppy substandard gifts to Him; He can see right through it. Give Him your best, He deserves it!

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Hebrews 4:12-13

Friday, October 27, 2017

October 27

I watch God recreate scripture when I failed to carry it out myself. My heart had been broken and my stubbornness had caused me not to remedy the situation as He has instructed. This woman, whom I once called a dear friend and I, attended the same conference. The people around us were all friends. When I walked in on the last day, there she was, right there! No longer would He allow me to ignore, avoid, or hide. We spoke and hugged, and I felt really good about it, but that wasn’t all! As the conference let out she came up to me and together we forgave! My husband and pastor witnessed the healing take place. He tells us to go to that person that has sinned against us, and to take others along if that doesn’t work. He orchestrated the whole thing because I was going to keep living with the pain, but He didn’t want either of us to live that way any longer. Now we can go on being friends again!

"If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. Matthew 18:15-16

Thursday, October 26, 2017

October 26

There is a misconception that people who are unmarried should be continually on the hunt for their perfect mate. Those of us who are married tend to feed into that lie by always bringing it up to them. During a conference meeting I witnessed a young woman who began to feel that burden and believe the lie that she wasn’t good enough. We saw her raw, heartfelt emotion as she poured out to God and asked for healing. What lies do you believe about yourself that others are feeding you? Our hearts belong to God! He’s the only one who has the right to tell us who we are and He only says good things. When you see someone’s lips moving and hate is coming out of them, remember to pity that person because they have become a tool of the enemy. Today is a good day to begin a practice of building people up and be a tool for God. Say something nice to someone today!

Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers, who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows, shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear. Psalms 64:2-4

So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better. 1 Corinthians 7:38

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

October 25

I was invited to do a book signing in conjunction with the reopening of a church library. It was hosted by the women’s ministry, who also open their doors to the community for a free dinner. God’s love just poured from them making it obvious that they were covered by the precious Holy Spirit. It gave me the opportunity to speak and share my love for Jesus with them. It was a great relief from the battle that’s been brewing around me. The Lord knows when it’s time to give us a break and offers a reprieve from the craziness. Even if it was just a few hours, I felt like God had sent me away to hide like He did Elijah during the drought to be fed by the ravens until the brook dried up. Though I wouldn’t compare those ladies to ravens, they did take care of me and feed me. My hope is that you would also get a break from the madness that surrounds you and that God would send ravens to feed your soul.

"Depart from here and turn eastward and hide yourself by the brook Cherith, which is east of the Jordan. You shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there." 1 Kings 17:3-4

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

October 24

One of my favorite fruits is the lemon. It can be used for a variety of different things including; lemonade, desserts, cleaner, cosmetics, and so much more. It seems fitting that, as a Florida girl, I should have a lemon tree in my yard. So, my husband and I prepared an area of our yard, dug a hole, put the tree in the ground, fertilized, and watered it. Then we had to keep it watered and control the insects and weeds, and then be patient and wait for it to bear fruit. Once it bears fruit, we get to consume its deliciousness! As workers for Christ, we are to do the same thing for the sake of the elect. We must cultivate and help prepare others for eternity. It’s a tough job, especially fending off the weeds and insects! And being we endure everything for the chosen, we will also reign with Him if we hold out to the end. It’s worth the fight, for we want to leave no one behind!

It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. 2 Timothy 2:6

Monday, October 23, 2017

October 23

I get the amazing sense of awe when I watch the sunrise over the water. Even when it’s a cloudy day, when the sun begins to rise, the things that were once hidden in darkness appear, and they are no longer as big and scary as you once thought.  When there is a slight breeze blowing, the tiny waves look like sparkling diamonds, doing a beautiful, shimmering dance upon the water. It’s like God is calling, ‘saying arise and wake up my love, the day is fresh and alive’! I pray that God blesses your day like a new dawn with fresh light. I hope that what appeared scary under the cover of darkness, is nothing more than childlike fear of the monster in the closet, so when the lights are turned on there’s nothing to be found. I hope the big noises you heard were only a tiny creature scampering across the leaves. You’ve got this! Go out and seize the day!

For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. Mark 4:22

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 22

My husband and I facilitate a class at church that encourages our members to plug into and get involved in the church ministries that suit the spiritual gifts that were given to them when they accepted Jesus as Savior. I encourage each of you to find out what your gifts are, so that you may also begin fulfilling God’s call on your life. If you connect your gift with the ministry that best matches the God given desires of your heart, you will thrive! What a wonderful way to serve our King and Savior! Just as Paul emboldened Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God, I want to inspire you to get fired up! Your heart will never be the same once you become enthralled in the plan that God has for you. Don’t wait for someone to push you into it, go out and grab everything God has for you now. Don’t let the spirit of fear stop you, because if God calls you to it, He will get you through it!

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:6-7