May 11, 2016

Today’s devotional is titled “The Lonely Around Us.”

I’ve heard in songs, “Let my heart break for those things that break Yours, God.” If our hearts are to be one with God, then what breaks God’s heart?

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
James 1:27

When I read this, I started thinking that I don’t know any widows or orphans.  Then I was hit over the head with God’s 2 x 4.

I know people that have lost the true love of their life and have been alone after their love’s death.  They are constantly reminded of grief as the life they planned together was cut off too soon.

I also know people that were tragically killed in an auto accident and immediately left 4 children orphaned.

Did I feel God’s heart break over this … yes, I did.  It was almost too unbearable and I was the outsider to these events!

God wants us to love those that are lonely, hurting or lost.  We don’t have to fish slap them in the name of Jesus.  We just need to love them like Jesus.



May 10, 2016

Have you ever spent time faking a smile while inside you were broken. I mean really broken, heart shattered, mind shattered with whatever did the shattering. This could be a child, health, relationships, you name it. You don’t know how you can become whole again. To avoid talking about this, you put on the happy face. But to those that know you, they see the happy doesn’t reach your eyes. They can see that you are hurting. Those that don’t know you, take your smile as you are fine and go about their business.

Sometimes with those people, I just want to bonk them over the head and yell “See Me!!!” I’m hurting!!

How many times have you felt that way?

Thankfully God sees me! Sees my brokenness. Sees my heartache. He sees I am struggling. I just want to climb up in His lap and cuddle.

May 9, 2016

My devotional today talks about hanging in there. When I’m going through my own storm, people tell me to hang in there. But do I really? Do I really understand the words?

The author of the devotional I am reading, his family was going through their own major storm. As he prayed, he heard God tell him to hang on. Don’t stop his project of the new album or the new devotional, but to hold on … He has this. To trust God with not just part of the storm but ALL of the storm. They did and their storm, that shook them to the core, has passed and they are in a much better place than when the storm started.

With my health, I have to remember to hear “Hang in there,” not as a blanket saying, but as a direction from my Father. Letting me know to hang in there, hang on to Him as I go through all the waiting to find out my results of my tests. As I wait for the doctor’s appointment. As I wait …

May 6, 2016

Have you ever had something happen to you that you needed?  A check in the mail that covered your rent;  An outfit for a wedding;  A food truck given to you;  A car given to you to drive;  Bread baking pans in the mail.

I know of people that the above has happened.  It has even happened to me.  Where do you think that comes from?

God can work through other people.  He’ll take your prayer and put it on someone’s heart to answer that prayer.  I’ve seen it happen.  I’ve heard stories of it happening.

God provides we just need to have faith and believe that He will provide.  If it’s His will, it will be provided.  When it is, shout out and praise Him as He reigns!

May 4, 2016

Have you ever had an enemy?  It could have been at school or at work.  It’s funny how they may start out as a friend, then all of a sudden turns.  Like they were gathering intell and once that information was gathered, they would use it against you.

Sometimes, that enemy is me.  The voices in my head sabotage every thought as I’m trying to step forward in my faith.  I know who the real enemy is … it’s the enemy of my soul telling me I’m not smart enough, pretty enough, young enough, healthy enough.  I’m NOT …

Have you ever had an advocate?  I have had several and they do hold a special place in my heart.

Do I believe God is my advocate?  Yes, I do.  I believe Jesus speaks my name to God on the throne in my behalf.  Every time the enemy says to God those thoughts above or tells Him that I’m not worthy to be God’s child, Jesus speaks up and says, “Back off satan, this one is mine and is one that I love!”

How exciting is that?  I know my name is spoken in Heaven and I know Jesus loves me and calls me His beloved.

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father.  He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.

1 John 2:1 NLT

May 3, 2016

Who is your favorite superhero?  It’s interesting that they have to go through a darkness before they become a superhero.   My favorite is Iron Man.  I like his wit and his brain.  But he went through a darkness and full of pride until he crashed to the bottom.  He had isolated himself.  Until he joined forces, he able to conquer the enemies.  He figured out that working as a team was better than working alone full of pride.

I’m not saying that his pride didn’t show, because it did.  He just knew that he needed to be a part of The Avengers to take down the enemies.

I can relate to isolating.  Sometimes I like to sit in that isolation and loneliness.  However, if I sit there too long, I get to thinking about things.  Things that I’ve conquered in the past.  Things that I assume are true, but really aren’t.  Then my pride starts in and I start to self talk about my hurts of the past and start blaming things or people that may or may not be true.  It’s my perception of truth, not real truth.

We weren’t meant for isolation.  I think it hurts us more, the more we isolate.  Once I fill my brain with that self-doubt, pride, blame, resentment and eventually anger, my whole attitude goes downhill.

Have I conquered my isolation, well, not really as it’s only hubby and I in this apartment.  I don’t venture out much.  I miss fellowship with others, but I’m thankful for technology so that I can still be in touch with those that challenge me and help me be a better self.

When I am alone, I now talk to Jesus.  He saves and He keeps that darkness from taking over my being.  There’s power in the name of Jesus.  This power is inside me.

May 2, 2016

Which would you rather do, buy a new house or an older one?

A new house, well everything would be new, however, the price may be over budget.  An older house, although the price would be reasonable, one would have to consider the cost of renovation and add that to the price for a good comparison of both.  However, an older one should have a mature landscape … which can also create problems; tree roots, old plumbing pipes, basement leakage, etc.

If one is not a handy person, the obvious choice would be to buy new.  But, what if God took that mindset with us?

What if He decided that we, being the one that needs renovating, is too much trouble?  Where would we all be?

I’m thankful that God doesn’t take the easy road with us!  He chooses to work on the existing person.

We don’t have to wait until we are perfect to come to Jesus.  Here’s a news flash, we will NEVER be PERFECT in this world!  God meets us right where we are; in the midst of pain, in the midst of our own destruction, in the midst of the darkness.  God is right there with you, waiting for you to call on Him.  Only Jesus will make you perfect, in God’s timing.  Don’t be surprised if it is when He returns. He is still working on me.  I’ve fallen into the wilderness too many times to count, but, He still picks me up and puts me back on His path.

I’m remembering a cartoon on Facebook.  It was a drawing of Jesus and me (not me, but it might as well be me!)  The first frame says, “When you see only one set of footprints, that’s when I carried you.”  The next frame, still the same picture but it says, “When you see a drag mark, that’s when I dragged you kicking and screaming!”  There have been many times that He’s done just that!  No I’m not proud of it, but thankful that He did.

When we find ourselves in the wilderness, who moved?  Not God, He has a path and plan for our lives.  He stays steady on the course.  We are the ones that drift in the current.