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My Eyes Are on You, God

 

psalm 139 23
 Do your eyes wonder? Do your thoughts make you ashamed? Do you think, maybe, you are not worthy? Then you are human, imperfect, and filled with doubt. That’s Ok. Because as long as we take a breath, as long as we live in this world, our lives will be filled with all the above.

 However, there is an answer to our daily struggles, God. If we keep our eyes on him, he will help us through each day. He will remind us not to wonder, not to be ashamed, and not to feel unworthy. You see, the adversary wants us to feel that way so we can take our eyes of God. Don’t let him win.

 Keep your eyes on God

Every day, when I wake up, I wonder what kind of day I am going to have. I wonder if I am going to make it through the day. If I am going to be worthy of God’s grace or if I am going to fail miserably. The truth is that by keeping my eyes on God, I will have the best day possible.

Keep your thoughts on God

 When I feel my thoughts attacking me, I think of God and how he works in my life. I read a passage in the bible, or I pray for help in keeping my thoughts on him. I will not allow the adversary to win.

 Feel God’s presence in your life

 When I take a breath, I feel God’s presence. He gave me the air to breath and the lungs to breathe with. When I open my eyes, I see his masterpiece surrounding my life. The wonders of God are all around us. Each marvel brings a thought of his amazing powers.

 If you feel as if you are wondering about life, then do so with God by your side. Let him help you find your way, let him fill your thoughts, and let him remind you that you were worth dying for. He gave us his son Jesus. Why would he not give you a good day?

 Exodus 33

 14 And the Lord said, “My presence will go with you”

 Psalm 139

23 Examine me, and probe my thoughts Test me, and know my concerns!

 Mark 12

11 This is from the Lord, and it is marvelous in our eyes’?

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In God’s time

 

I have had many experiences in the late that have taught me about trusting God. Not only to answer prayers, but also to work on all issues in his time, not mine. Seems like the wait is endless, but the results are fabulous. It amazes me, day after day, how little things can become big things, yet trusting God to be in charge resolves all in a way that we never imagined.

 At times, a problem that we can solve in various months through much effort, resolves itself earlier and effortless. That is the power of trust. That is the power of God. When God is in control, all things are possible with unlimited potential for the best outcome.

 2 Corinthians 6

 2 For he says, “I heard you at the acceptable time,

 Galatians 4

 4 But when the appropriate time had come, God sent out his Son,

 It is then, that believing in God, trusting him, and allowing him control takes on great faith. Faith can be the belief in the unseen and the unheard, yet seen and heard. For if we open our hearts, we will see him reveal himself to us, and we will hear what he has to say. Is your heart open to God?

  •  Believe in God
  • Trust Him

  • Allow Him Control

 Let blessings flow by giving to him all that burdens your heart, not some, but all burdens. From those as small as a grain of salt to those that take up our entire universe. Let blessing fall in his time. God’s time is the right time.


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Honor, Obey, and Love

Ephesians 6

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord for this is right.

2 “Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment accompanied by a promise, namely, 

3 “that it may go well with you and that you will live a long time on the earth.”

Most of us regain our respect for our parents after we become parents ourselves. It is unfortunate. If as children or teens, we made a point of listening to them, we may very well avoid much heartache. Although, parents come across as strict, not understanding of our situation, the truth is they have our best interest at heart.

Honor your father and Mother

In order to honor our parents, we must conduct ourselves with respect. We must treat others in a way that shows caring, understanding, and love. We must revere them. We must not act in a way that would be an embarrassment to ourselves and to them.

Obey your parents

We may not want to listen to our parents; however, their advice is wise and knowledgeable. They were our age in the past. They have experienced many of the situations we will, as well. Their wisdom surpasses our age-appropriate foolishness, and can keep us from harm.

Love your Parents

We all love our parents; however, we must show them love. We must let them know how we feel about them. We must be loving when we reference them. We must uphold a loving attitude towards them.  We should do so in speech and action.

If we honor, obey, and love our parents, the Bible teaches us, “we will live a long time on the earth.” We will have years added to our longevity. We will follow their example, as to obedience and respect for God. We will absorb our teachings and learn lessons.


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Verse of the Day – February 22, 2015

ruth 2

Verse for the Day

Ruth 2:2-3

 One day Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields so I can gather grain behind whoever permits me to do so.”  Naomi  replied, “You may go, my daughter.”

 So Ruth  went and gathered grain in the fields  behind the harvesters.

Ruth, knowing that they needed food, went to the field and picked up what she could for her and Naomi. She was willing to pick up only what was left behind. She did not care for her pride, but for a few leftovers on the field that would be sufficient to feed themselves. What a great attitude to have. Instead of whining about going hungry, she did something about it without having to ask for a lending hand. She knew that she must do something about her situation and act upon it.

If only we could have that attitude about all we do in life. We could humble ourselves like Ruth did, and God will provide rewards for our good actions.

Prayer for the Day

Oh! Lord, give us a sense of humbleness in our daily endeavors. Remind us that you see all we do and know when to award your just rewards. Thank you for all the leftovers in life that become a way to an abundant life. If only we could accept our place on Earth, we shall be exalted in Heaven.


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For God so Loved the World

john 3 16

 

 

Acts 20

27 For I did not hold back from announcing to you the whole purpose of God.

Today, I was speaking to a lady who is a strong believer in the faith. When I told her I manage various blogs for the glory of God, she said I was helping spread the Word of God to many who otherwise may not be able to hear it. Then, I thought, “I am doing the Lords will with my life and helping spread his word. It can’t get better than that.”

I am His vessel. God is using me at his will. All I do is obey his command and spread his Word, the Word of salvation through him, and him only. For there is no other way to eternal life but by believing in Jesus, who died, was buried, and resurrected to atone our sins.

 

What is the plan of salvation?

A very simple one. Believe that Jesus died, was buried, rose again, and is now seated at the right hand of the Father and we shall have eternal life.

 

John 3: 16

16 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

There is no need to add, take away, nor embellish the simple plan of salvation. It speaks for itself. Believe in the Son of God, and we shall be saved.

 

Prayer for the Day

Lord, today I heard your simple plan of salvation and I believe in your son Jesus Christ. I believe that he died, was buried, resurrected, and is now sitting at your right hand. I accept the truth of salvation and want to live eternally by your side.

If you said this prayer, and believe it in your heart, then you are now a child of God. Read the Bible, join a church, and continue growing in Faith.

God be with you, today and always.

 

 


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God is in Control: Let Him do the Driving

Psalm 73:24

You guide  me by your wise adviceand then you will lead me to a position of honor.

I have a tendency to drive when I am in the passenger seat. That means that I give directions on how to drive, I press my foot on the imaginary break, and I give my opinion on what route to follow. As a passenger, I have no control over what the driver does. If someone else is driving, I need to understand that they are in control of the vehicle, not me. I have a hard time practicing this simple task. The same situation happens in my relationship with God. He is in control, and I need to trust his driving. I need to trust that he is doing what is best for me, that he takes me at his own speed, and that I need to let him pick the best route for my life.

 What is Best for Me
 I have an idea of what I think is best for me, but I found out that he does not always agree with me. I feel as if God has a great sense of humor, although I do not think it so at times. I remember saving a couple of thousand dollars to purchase an old used vehicle. I said to him, If you think a vehicle is for me, maybe it should appear out of nowhere, and let it be parked right in front of my eyes. Ironically, a couple of weeks later, a friend went to trade in his old vehicle and because he was only offered a few hundred dollars, he did not trade it in. Instead, he asked if he could park it in front of the house with a for sale sign. I asked how much he wanted for the car, and to my surprise, he said only $1,000.00. You guessed it. I bought the car.
 However, when I asked for the vehicle, I never stated that I wanted to drive it, I just asked for a car to be in front of me and there it was. As it turns out, my daughter’s car broke down a couple of days later. Total engine fail, no fix for it. Since, I worked from home, I let her use it. Once she figured she could not save for her own, she asked if she could keep it. We made an agreement, and she bought it six months later.
I ended up without a car, again. I had been trying to get one for two years. I felt that he knew the circumstances of my daughter ahead of time, and made it possible, through me, for her to get a vehicle. Her work was 45 minutes away and there would have been no way for her to get to it, had I not had one available. 

There lies the irony. I thought I had it all figured out, yet he had a different plan, all together.

 At His Speed
 A year later, I had decided that I was going to save money for another vehicle, but this time I put my sight on a newer model. I made a budget, and it would take me one more year to save the money for the down payment. In all, it would be two years I would wait to have a car again.
I was speaking to my son about the decision I made, and he said, “Mom, how about if you buy my car, instead.” I asked him how much he wanted up front, and he said, “Absolutely, nothing. You can have it in a couple of weeks.”
Needless to say,  few weeks later, I had a newer model car, no down payment, and a year earlier than I thought possible.
God’s speed is his own. When I thought I was ready to have a vehicle, he made me wait a year, but when I thought I had to wait a year, he did not make me wait.
 The Best Route

After this story, I wonder, “What is the best route to take”? Not because I do not have any direction in my life, but because it may not be the right one. Since I bought the car, there have been situations where I thought I was on the right path, yet, he put on the breaks and made me stop and think. Over the summer, I applied to start my Bachelor’s degree. I was registered, had financial aid approved, and had purchased the books. I was on my way to become a college student. A couple of days before school started, I received an email from Financial Aid, that there had been an error, and I could not get approved.

 I contacted the school, spoke to everyone that I could, and the end result was that I had to stop pursuing it. It was short notice, and I could not come up with the tuition. I had to drop. I cried. I was upset. I was disappointed. I looked up in Heaven, and asked him why. Well, I had asked for the right things, but it was not what he wanted me to do. In the meantime, as I browsed the internet, I found out that Yahoo had a network for writing contributors. I looked into it, applied, was accepted, and I started writing. I never thought that while looking for a way to fix my situation, he was leading me into the path that he had laid for me.

Within a few weeks, I started my own website, and started a blog. Before I understood where he wanted to take me, I started writing. I realized that he wanted my voice heard for him. I realized that getting a Bachelor’s Degree was for my own benefit, but that a Blog with him in it, with his guidance, and inspiration, could reach others, which may need uplifting.

 It was not but a week into my first blog, that I received a comment. It said, “Thank you, God knew, I needed to hear these words today.” That comment certified that the route I wanted was not at all the best route.

I share this small story because I felt compelled to write about it. I only write when I feel him guiding me to do so. His voice needs to be heard, not mine. Yes, I do the writing, but he gives me the words. He is the author. I am just a vessel. As he writes the story of my life, I put the words together. When the words are wrong, I erase them and he gives me the right ones.

 To trust God to be in control is not an easy task. As a human, I question it, but as a believer, I follow it. I have to say, that when I trust him to drive for me, the path is clearer, straight, and the destination is always reached.

Do you trust God to be in control?

Do you let him drive you?

Does he guide your life?

  Psalms
119:35      Guide me  in the path of your commands, for I delight to walk in it.
119:105     Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.

Proverbs

 3:6           Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.
4:11          I will guide you in the way of wisdom and I will lead you in upright paths.


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Inner Voice

inner voice

When we make a decision on what to do, we all have an inner voice that wrestles with our thoughts, and guides us. That inner voice is the Holy Spirit. It speaks to us and helps us to understand the difference between right and wrong. As we get older, our knowledge is greater and our conscious works harder at making the right decisions. When we make the right decision, we feel peace, when we make the wrong decision we feel guilt. Do you listen to your inner voice? Do you allow it to guide you in your decisions? Do you feel peace, or guilt?

Peace

We are faced with decisions to make, from the moment we get up until the moment we go to sleep. We need to decide on simple things as much as we need to decide on complex things. The simple decisions may not carry major consequences, but the complex ones may. How do we know what is the right decision that will bring peace?

First, we need to consult God. Ask him for guidance and listen to what he has to say. He answers us in his time, so we need to be patient and wait.

Ecclesiastes

7:8 The end of a matter is better than its beginning; likewise, patience is better than pride.

Lamentations

3:26 It is good to wait patiently for deliverance from the Lord.

Second, we need to rationalize the consequences of the decisions we make. Once we do this step, then we need to understand if the consequences are positive or negative.

If the consequences are negative, can we avoid them? If it cannot be avoided, can we live with the decision in peace? If we cannot live with the decision in peace, then we need to look for other avenues that we have not followed. Take a second look at the decision and look for other ways to change it into a positive outcome.

If the consequences are positive, how do we know is the right decision?

We know is the right decision, because when we consult God, we will have peace in our hearts, we will have no doubts, and we will have a positive outcome.

Psalms

72:1 For Solomon.

O God, grant the king the ability to make just decisions!

Grant the king’s son the ability to make fair decisions!

Guilt

When we make a decision that makes us feel guilty, then we have not made the right decision.

Guilt stays in us and does not allow us to feel good about what was decided. Guilt eats away in our minds. When we feel guilty of anything we have decided, then we are listening to the inner voice that is guiding us along. It is letting us know that something is not right.

The Holy Spirit convicts us and does not allow us to feel peace. However, if we confess our guilt to God, talk to him through prayer, and listen to his guidance or teaching, then we can release the feeling of guilt and replace it with peace.

Ezra

9:6 I prayed, “O my God, I am ashamed and embarrassed to lift my face to you, my God! For our iniquities have climbed higher than our heads, and our guilt extends to the heavens.

Every decision we make has two possibilities. It can be negative, or positive, peaceful or guilty. As individuals, we are free to make any decision we want. However, as a child of God, every decision we make, needs to be guided by the Holy Spirit, the inner voice that tells us what is right or what is wrong. If we, patiently, listen to our inner voice, will be making the right decision.


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Temptation, Thoughts, and Overcoming

 

1 corinthians 10 13
It is remarkable how our mind works. We have millions of thoughts that run through it.  As our daily lives continue, we struggle. Temptation comes our way and we think about it. We wonder whether to act on it or overcome it. Our best choice would be to overcome it. However, it is easier said than done.

So, how can we overcome thoughts brought about by temptation? Well, we can chose to do the right thing, if it is too much to handle, we can take it to God in Prayer, or if we feel we are about to cave in, we give it to God to handle.

1 Corinthians 10

 

13  No trial has overtaken you that is not faced by others.  And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.

Choose to do the right thing

The problem with thoughts that carry temptation is that we are at risk of acting upon them. We can be tempted in so many ways that our reasoning could be curved and influenced into thinking is ok to go through with them. Unfortunately, if we act upon them, we now face guilt, shame, and many other convictions that we must live with.

Thoughts can flood our minds and run through it like a mad river. We obsess over the object of our temptation and we come up with many scenarios on how to justify acting upon our tempting thoughts.

Our mind is a wondrous machine that can video play many of the outcomes with vivid results that can entice us into stepping into the forbidden world.  However, as Christians, we have the guidance of the Holy Spirit that can help us discern right from wrong. It is its influence that will carry us through and help us do the right thing.

Luke 12

 12  for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that moment what you must say.”  

Take it to God in prayer

If the thoughts are too much to bear and we are failing at doing the right thing, talk to God, talk to Jesus, and pray to be helped. It is ok to admit we are weak and we need help. God only gives us trials that we can bear. If we are failing at doing the right thing, ask for help.

The benefit of being a Christian is that we are never alone. God is on our sidelines watching us, leading us, and listening to us. Let him lend you a hand with your problem. Like the loving father that he is, he will hold your heart and help you through any situation.

Psalm 118

 7  The Lord is on my side  as my helper. 

Give it to God to handle

Hmm! How many of us are willing to take on other’s burdens? Some of us are. However, God is always willing to take on our burdens. If we feel we can’t do the right thing, or prayer is not sufficient, then give God your problem. Let him be the one that deals with it. Let him handle it. Wow! Really? YES>>>>>>>

When God knows that we can no longer bear the problem, thought, or temptation, he provides a way out. That is him. He is our way out. Give him your thoughts. Give him your temptations. Let him carry you through.

Psalm 55

22  Throw your burden upon the Lord, and he will sustain you.

 It is not easy to go through with the above, but fervent belief, faith that is unconditional, and love for the truth will be our Holy Spirit’s guidance and advice. Pray to God and let him help. Finally, give God all you can’t bear. Let him be the one that solves our problems, removes our burdens, and opens up our hearts to be filled with inner peace.

God be with us today and always. 


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February 13 – Verse for the Day

ephesians 5 21

 

Verse of the Day

Ephesians 5:20-21

always giving thanks to God the Father for each other  in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,

and submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ. 

Prayer for the Day

Thank you, Lord for family, friends, and loved ones. I thank you for each and every one of them. It is to them that I must witness for you, each day of my life.

 


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Trusting God: He Leads the Way

 

psalms 119.105
A few weeks ago, I was faced with circumstances that tested my faith. I wondered if there was going to be a solution to the problem I was facing. It seemed that everything surrounding me was spiraling down without end.

It all started in December, changes started happening that did not seem to have any correlation to the end result. However, all changes did have a correlation. They all intertwined and made all the pieces fall into place.

What happened?

I needed to make decisions in my life that would affect the lives of others. What I did not know was that God had other plans made.

The Wonders of God

Even though, I thought I had it all figured out, nothing came to be the way I planned it. I think the wonders of God are never ceasing. He manages to show his face and wisdom and takes control of all we trust him with.

When I was making decisions, I was talking to him. When all was falling apart, I was trusting him. When all was resolved, I gave him the praise.

God leads us in unknown paths. However, he does not let us fall into darkness if we have full trust in him. When all seemed to dim around me, he placed a torch in front of my path that made it clear where I needed to step next. How wonderful? I did not have to stray or fall. His light was so bright that I did not lose my way.

Psalm 119

105 נ Your word is a lamp to walk by, and a light to illumine my path.

Calmness in the Storm

There was a storm amidst my life. Clouds of trouble stacked one of top of the other. The problems rained and flooded my mind, yet I was calm. Those around me said that I was not showing concern for the situation we were faced with. However, that was not true.

I was trusting God. I decided not to worry, for all would be resolved if I continued to allow God to be in control. It was a great test of faith. It was a test like no other. I felt peace within my heart. My mind tried to worry as my human nature would surface, but my heart continued to be at peace. I passed the test. He resolved. He controlled. He lead my path.

Philippians 4

 

6 Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.

 

7 And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

The Answer Was Clear

When God decided it was time, he intervened, gave me the correct answer, and all the pieces fell in place. It was amazing. There were no doubts, no more problems, all was resolved, in a matter of minutes everything that seemed impossible became possible.

God is so amazing. Each time he shows himself in my life, he makes it clear to me that it was his doing. Why? Because there is no other explanation for the end result. He tested me and I passed the test.

I Corinthians

13 And God is faithful: He will not let you be tried beyond what you are able to bear, but with the trial will also provide a way out so that you may be able to endure it.