Saturday, January 26, 2019

January 26

It’s chilly outside for most of us, and I have plans to be outdoors! Today, I will enjoy spending a little time with my Sister Keepers girls. We will all become pistol packing mommas before lunch! My girls in Plant City aren’t just pretty faces, no, they are die hard lovers of Jesus with a sassy side, who want nothing more than to enjoy all that God has to offer. So, we will enjoy a little target practice. I know that it’s different than what you might think of when you look at the Christian lifestyle of church ladies, but what I want to know is who set that standard! We are going to break every mold, and become what God wants us to be, not what someone else has decided is appropriate and proper. I want to encourage you to examine your life and see if you are living like you do out of tradition, or are you making the most of your life and breaking molds. David was bad to the bone, but had an undying love for the Lord. Maybe you need to change it up a little and slay a few giants too.

And as soon as David returned from the striking down of the Philistine, Abner took him, and brought him before Saul with the head of the Philistine in his hand. 1 Samuel 17:57

Friday, January 25, 2019

January 25

And, there is joy in the morning! I think that sometimes the Lord makes us aware that we are just traveling through this world by giving us a glimpse of who we live among. He doesn’t want us to be too comfortable. We need to make the best of our time here, and surround ourselves with other soldiers in the ministry, our sisters and brothers in Christ. Who better to feel our struggles while dealing with the enemy’s attacks than our co-heirs. The older I get, the more I realize what little time we have to make a difference in this world, so don’t get stuck in pitiful misery, use your time wisely. Give the Lord the praise He deserves. Lift up your voice to Him in thankfulness and adoration. He sees us, He knows our struggle. Our joy is found in Him, not in this place.

O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol; you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit. Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning. Psalms 30:2-5

Thursday, January 24, 2019

January 24

After spending time in my favorite place, I came home to heartbreak and disappointment. It was nothing major, but just a reminder that there is a better place than this, and that my ambassadorship here on earth is just temporary. Thank goodness! I do not want to spend eternity in a place like this, and continue to rub elbows with the weak who follow the desires of Satan! This world is becoming more and more undesirable as the Lord prepares for His return. Satan has so many people hoodwinked, and they can’t see beyond the lies. God help us as we endure living among the dead. We may not see changes until we see Jesus on His throne sitting in judgment of the world. Keep following what God has called you to do, and try to make a difference the best you can. Hold on to what you have, He’s coming soon!

And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Revelation 20:13

And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Revelation 20:15

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

January 23

I’ve started this new journey in my life. It began with the 21 day fast that a lot of churches do at the beginning of the year. Many years ago, during this time, I cut out meat for a healthier lifestyle. Believe me, that was a hard one to do, being I come from a long line of cattlemen, and because bacon is my friend!  Now, I’m on a new journey to cut out sugar and other things that add to the production of sugar in my body. Did I mention that I also come from a long line of incredible cooks, and dessert makers! Is there anything left to eat after you cut all of that out? Well, there is much more than I expected. Part of the battle is to keep my weight under control. So, twenty-two days ago, I started my sugar free life. It was all going well until I stepped on the scale today and had only lost the initial eight pounds. I’ve been working hard too! I’m not going to stop though, I feel healthier and more energetic than I’ve felt in a long time.

Doing things God’s way can lead to the same results. You are doing what you are supposed to be doing, praying, trusting, staying in touch with Him through His Word, loving one another, and loving Him. It feels good, even though your situation is still the same. You don’t just stop when you don’t see miracles happening in your life, sometimes it takes patience. Just like with dieting, things are happening behind the scenes that we know nothing about. The point is, keep going! Don’t stop!

"but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."  Isa 40:31

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22

Our Savior is preparing for His return, and some are living as if they have all the time in the world. I had a dream about being a part of a wedding party where thousands of people were coming for an unknown couple. There were only two of us trying to get people in their places. The groom took his place on the stage, but the people were not ready. He waited a while, but it was taking so long that he left. There are people in the church that are good disciples, and there are those who think they are. Examine yourself and your actions, and determine if you need to make some changes. Don’t be like the five virgins who were locked out of the wedding and have Jesus say, “truly I say to you, I do not know you.” It will be your own fault if you’re not prepared. Get over yourself! Be ready for Him! True belief, adoration, and love for Him are great places to start.

And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. Matthew 25:10-13

Monday, January 21, 2019

January 21

I’m no scientist, but I expect that the full moon, and possibly the lunar eclipse from last night may have contributed to the extremely low tide this morning. Grassy areas that are usually covered by water were exposed. A few docks over I heard a boater trying to get their boat out that was beached, it made for a nice wake up call on the early morning bay. When you choose a home built on a sandbar, you have to expect a few unusual situations to pop up now and then. It’s like the road less traveled, it’s not an easy trip, but the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Jesus is the road less traveled, and we are seeing it more and more as today’s society tries to pass off the heinous and disgusting as moral. You might get stuck on the sandbar occasionally, but while you’re there, take a look around, you might find a few treasures. If you do get stuck, just wait, the tide will change and you will be well on your way once again.

“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14

Sunday, January 20, 2019

January 20

In the underbrush of the mangrove, grows an insignificant plant. It seems to thrive in the salty soil, being that it gets swamped by the high tide during the dark moon phase. If I were going to clean up the mangrove and create a lush landscaping, it would be one of the first weeds that I would pull out. However, knowing what I know about it now, I wouldn’t touch it! On occasion, while walking down the boardwalk, an amazing smell wafts through the air. I always look around for the culprit of fragrances, but this is one of those plants that I kept overlooking. One day while walking through, I figured it out. The flowers are small, and barely noticeable. Now that it’s winter, I found out something even more interesting about it, it has brightly colored red berries that look like Christmas bulbs, or a small red pepper. As you consider your significance in the kingdom of God, never underestimate your importance. Keep loving God, and loving people. You might be like this plant in the mangrove underbrush, and have a bigger impact than you think.

As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15