Wednesday, April 10, 2019

April 10

There are times when you realize just how important it is to have friends in the faith and their dedication to jump in and help at a moments notice. Sometimes the best help is the easiest to accomplish, prayer! A simple word lifted up to the Father may be all that’s needed, after all, where does our help come from? It comes from the Lord. I’ve been shouting for joy since yesterday’s big win before the county commissioners, and I attribute it to my friends interceding before the throne. Whatever direction God chose to take this, would have been the right answer to prayer, but being it was the direction our minds had been set on, it made the answer so much sweeter. There have been times where we’ve felt blessed, and times we’ve felt abandoned, but at no point has our faithful Father ever left our side, He just offered us challenges that He knew we could overcome because it is He who strengthens us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing in our burden by taking a moment to pray.

Please read the scripture. It’s incredible to me how the pieces so closely match my situation.

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. Philippians 4:10-14

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

April 9

When the Holy Spirit gives you a word to define the coming year, you better put on your seatbelt if that word is “adventure!” When I got that word from Him, I politely asked for a different word, but it turns out, that word has defined my year thus far! The surprises and extraordinary happenings of this year, haven’t stopped, and this is only April! The peace within me has been challenged by the gauntlet of things God is taking me through. An athlete doesn’t just show up to play a game, they must first hone their skills. Even though there have been challenges, I have never felt alone, and the peace that passes all understanding, has been the guard of my heart and mind through it all. If I focus on the things that could go wrong, I might end up on the floor in a crumpled mess, but instead, God has brought to my mind the good things that can come from the year of adventure. The lesson in this is to set your mind on the good, and peace will accompany you.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9

Monday, April 8, 2019

April 8

My husband and I have a project being considered by the county commissioners at their meeting on Tuesday. We did a rezoning many years back, but we weren’t financially ready to build at that time. Now the rules have changed, and what had been acceptable then, is no longer acceptable. Our attorney has been working closely with the planning commission, architects, and engineers, trying to come up with a plan that could be approved. We were rejected by the area planning commission, then the county planning commission, and now it will go before the county commissioners. We aren’t doing anything out of the ordinary, and their reasons for not approving it doesn’t make any sense, being that what we want to build is surrounded by the same kind of construction. Needless to say, the anxiety is building! The stress level is through the roof! What’s the point of this story you ask? The next segment of scripture that I’m feasting on!

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Here is a prime example of why you should always read your Bible! He speaks and His timing is perfect!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

April 7

I had a pleasant surprise as the last of my snowbird tenants left my vacation rental, the place was spotless! Imagine walking into the smell of bleach and cleaning supplies, and being able to relax without the worry of slaving over someone else’s mess. I was able to unload the owner’s closet and put my things back in their place without a second thought. Our lives are a comparison to that clean feeling. Someone may have come into your life like a wrecking ball, destroying whatever peace you may have had, but Jesus came in and cleaned it up for you. The problem is, we try to keep cleaning, even when the job has already been done. The hurt is so deep, and the filth that was left upon us was such a stain, that we think we can still see its outline when it’s not even there. The blood of Jesus is better than bleach, not even a shadow of a stain is left; we just need to relax and accept it. Jesus took on all of your burdens when He went to the cross, it’s up to you to accept that cleansing.

how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. Hebrews 9:14