Saturday, June 23, 2018

June 23

I love summer, except for the oppressive heat! We get to set our tables with the most beautiful foods harvested fresh. The colors are a delight to the eyes! For instance, the watermelon, you could consider it the national sign of summer! The beautiful green striped exterior and the vibrant red center; such a contrast in color makes you want to dive in and eat it all up! We have to thank our farmers for the hard work they do to keep us fed! If God gives us such delights here in our earthly home, can you imagine how pure and beautiful the food will be when evil is removed from this world and a new heaven and earth is created? To think that our taste buds haven’t even experienced true bliss is unimaginable. For now, we will just have to enjoy the supplements we are given and keep our eyes fixed on Him, who will bring about eternity in due time. Enjoy your weekend everyone and eat some watermelon!

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. Genesis 1:29

Friday, June 22, 2018

June 22

So much of our trouble and turmoil could be avoided if we would just listen to the one who has the power and strength to help us overcome it. You say “well how can we hear Him?” And I say, when was the last time you opened your Bible? Solomon said it best when he said that ‘there is nothing new under the sun.” The scriptures written in the Bible are the very words of God himself! He has a solution for your problems, wisdom to help you prosper, comfort when you are downhearted, and encouragement when you need a push. Instead we find our scripture on memes, wisdom from the words of a dead “god” on Instagram, or some other social media avenue. The Bible is relevant, it is living, and the God of the Bible is alive! The one true and living God has the power to raise the dead, don’t you think He has the power to help you with your problem? Put down your social media and pick up a Bible, there is truth in those words!

My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:20-22

Thursday, June 21, 2018

June 21

I went to the eye doctor and found out that I needed an adjustment in my prescription. My left eye has become considerably weaker than it was. It’s a little scary to think that my eyesight has gotten worse, so I’ve brushed it off as having the wrong prescription initially. Who am I kidding? I’m not getting any younger! Now the fun begins, the adjustment period! New glasses can make you feel a little dizzy and unsteady to begin with, but once you get used to them, you can see so much better! The Holy Spirit is our glasses when reading the Bible. People trying to read it through natural eyes will find it to be incomprehensible, but give them a pair of glasses (the Holy Spirit) and the words come to life! New believers may even feel a little unsteady or dizzy when working with the Holy Spirit, not literally, but being convicted of sin and learning to listen to that still small voice takes some getting used to. The Holy Spirit will give you understanding of things unknown to non-believers! Only through Jesus can you have the Holy Spirit!

Yes, to this day whenever Moses is read a veil lies over their hearts. But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. 2 Corinthians 3:15-16

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

June 20

My dog Rudy, sits with me each morning as I read and study the Word. When my husband gets out of bed, sneezing and blowing his nose, Rudy gets scared and climbs into my lap. If I put the blanket over his head, he will calm down. He sits very still and quiet. He loves Richard, but the noises freak him out. I guess the blanket gives him a feeling of protection and security. The things of this world will sometimes make me feel anxious just like Rudy. Every day there is something new and more disturbing that draws our attention. The enemy knows how to stir the pot and make us feel insecure. He forgets that our security comes from Jesus and that anything he throws our way can be deflected by the protective barrier of the Holy Spirit. We seek our shelter in the comfort of the Almighty and the things of this world is of no consequence because of who we are. We are in this world for just a short time, but we are with our Father for eternity, so don’t let the enemy get you down. Trust in the One who loves you the most and seek shelter under His wings! If you need comforting today, read Psalms 91. It’s my “go to” scripture when I feel anxious or defeated.

He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. Psalms 91:4

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

June 19

We are all given different gifts and they motivate our actions. You can see this come to life in the different reactions to the current outrage. If only everyone knew their motivating gift, we could see the angle or slant of their view. For instance:

-If God gave a person the gift of prophecy, they will probably be rule-followers and would be outraged that laws were being broken.
-If God gave a person mercy, they would be outraged by the discomfort of the human experience.
-If a person is gifted to serve, they may say “what are we waiting for, we need to help them now.” 
-A person with the gift of teaching may want to know who dropped the ball, and why we didn’t see this coming. 
-A giver may be inclined to give money to bring about the change that is needed. 
-The one who exhorts would be trying to encourage everyone to get along. 
-The leaders would organize all of these people to get the job done! 

You can see from these examples that any one person or gifting would make for a one sided picture, but if all worked together as God had intended, what seems like a disaster, could be avoided. Pray for our country - we need God to be the leader!

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8

Monday, June 18, 2018

June 18

We’ve all seen them. We know who they are. They preach a good biblical message, full of the Holy Spirit, and it’s so good that you want to hear more. Then they do something that disappoints you. Their behavior doesn’t match their anointing! I watched one preacher seething with anger; so angry that the words spewing from his mouth made me think he was possessed! The veins in his neck were showing and I couldn’t believe my ears! Though he destroyed our class, God picked up the pieces and put them back together into a beautiful mosaic. Jesus warned us about such as these. He spoke against the Pharisees and the scribes more than any others. They were considered blind guides, the blind leading the blind. He says we should observe and do what they tell us but not what they do. One thing to remember if you encounter such as these, they are only human, and all have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. They will be forgiven too if they love Jesus.

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. Matthew 23:2-3

Sunday, June 17, 2018

June 17

After an evening of wedding festivities, we had a long, nearly two hour drive to get back home. When your family raised you in the middle of nowhere and the wedding was held deeper into nowhere, it makes for quite a long and arduous trip. The countryside was beautiful, dotted with pasture land, ranches, and wildlife, which helped pass the time. I have never attended a more beautiful and God filled wedding, where the guest of honor was Jesus, and the gospel message was brought in a way that honored the couple, but focused on our Heavenly Father. It was proof that when you live a life centered around God, and He gets the credit for where you are in your journey, all the pieces fall into place perfectly. Take this day and honor your Dad, but most important of all, give all glory to our Father in Heaven - after all, He created this day and deserves all of your love and respect. In doing so, you will see the fruit of your dedication to Him. Happy Father’s Day!

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. Matthew 22:37-38