Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Thinking of You

Jeremiah 29:11-14

I think it's safe to say the many of us are familiar with verse 11 in this chapter, "For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (NLT) God knows the future and His plans for us are good and full of hope. As long as God, who knows the future, provides for our agenda and goes with us as we fulfill His mission, we can have boundless hope. This does not mean that we will be spared pain, suffering, or hardship but that God will see us through to a glorious conclusion (on earth or in heaven).

Verses 12-14 (NKJV): Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord... How awesome are these verses - God is here! He's just waiting for us to call out to Him.

Have you ever lost or misplaced something? How much time did you spend looking for it? Your keys, wallet, cellphone, or whatever...usually we don't stop looking until whatever it is, is found or we determine - it's lost. God is not lost, He is right here, He's always - right here waiting for us!

Dictionary.com defines "seek" as to go in search of or quest of: to seek the truth or to try to find or discover by searching or questioning: to seek the solution to a problem. God is truth and we discover that truth in His Word and He has given us the solution to ALL our problems - His Son Jesus. God is waiting patiently, He can and will be found when you seek the truth. Seek Him with your whole-heart not half-heartedly or lethargically.

In these verses we also reveal to us the mind of God as He thinks about His children (you and me). Amazingly, those thoughts about us produce peace in Him. He is our Father, our Abba Father; yes, Our Daddy and knows that He has placed within each of His children His Spirit - how wonderful is that! God never abandons His own Spirit or those of us in whom the Spirit lives.

Sooner or later the Father knows His child will act upon the inner nudge to call home. Some call out to the Father early in life, others call out later in life but He is always waiting with open arms to welcome us home. He never gives up on us, we give up but He never does. He hears all our prayers!

In the listening, He will not respond with words that condemn us, belittle us, or reject us. In fact on the contrary, the Father doesn't even ask for an explanation He asks only that we come home. And He joyfully say, "Let's eat and be merry: for this my son/daughter was dead and is alive again. he/she was lost and is found." Luke 15:23-24 (NKJV)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Eagles Wings

 

Eagel

Isaiah 40:29-31 But those who wait on 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.

Those who wait on or depend on the Lord will exchange their weakness for God’s strength. Neither soring with wings as eagles nor running is pictured as the climax; rather the sought-after prize of walking is presented as the mainstay of the Christian experience. As Christ-Followers we can exchange our weaknesses for God’s strength in our daily walk of life.

 

#YesToGod, #Amazed, #MaryKay

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Today Matters

Your days are as fun as you make them! This is one of the pictures I took this morning as I was about to go out for my walk. I took this one and the ones below my iPhone so they didn't come out as nicely as I would have liked. I liked the reflection of the houses and the clouds in the background just as the sun was starting to come up.



So, then I decided to see what other fun things I could snap while I was out on my walk and there were some beautiful flowers hidden among the weeds and the trees. I thought about the phrase "why blend in, when you can stand out." That what God wants from us -  to stand out, not to be like everyone else and make a difference. He wants us to be in the world, not of the world, sharing the God News - the Real News. So that the world can see the Light of Jesus shining in us - the way we talk, act, think, behave and even how we dress.



Today is a New Day! Today does Matter!

John Maxwell, in his book "Make Today Count" says, Your greatest possession is the 24-hours you have directly ahead of you. How will you spend it? Will you give to pressure or focus on priorities? Will you allow pointless emails, unimportant tasks, telemarketers, interruptions, and other distractions to consume your day? Or sill you take complete responsibility for how you spend your time, take control of the things you can, and make today yours? If you don't decide how your day will be spent, someone else will.

Saying no to things that are good allows you to say yes to things that are great and saying no to things that aren't a priority allows you to say yes to things that are.

Right priorities and good time management demand awareness that today is the only time we have to work with. The past is irretrievable gone and the future is only a possibility. Being consistent with our priorities we must be God first and consult with God the Father regularly in our quiet times.

Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry. we are to "Seek first the Kingdom of God." Living one day at a time keeps us from being consumed by worry. Starting our day seeking God first helps us set our priorities.

By making today great, you can make your life great, because when you take care of today, tomorrow will take care of itself.

God wants to do a new thing! 2 Corinthians 5:17

Run to God not away from God. Proverbs 18:10

God knows what's best for our lives. Romans 8:28

Shine like the stars in the universe as we hold out the Word of Life! Philippians 2:15-16

Enjoy you day - stand out and make a difference! Today does matter!!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

God's Presence


Matthew 14:25-33 - is the story of Peter walking on water but it's much more than that - Jesus demonstrates His power over the laws of nature when He fed the five thousand and walked on water. "Come on" is the invitation. How many of us would have accepted that invitation? Peter didn't have to be told twice. It's not every day that you walk on water through waves that are taller than you are...

The disciples question - What hope do we have of surviving a stormy night? My question - Where is God when His world is stormy?

Doubtstorms: turbulent days when the enemy is too big, the task too great, the future too bleak, and the answers too few.

Every so often a storm will come and I'll look up into the blackening sky and say, "God, a little light, please?"

The light came for the disciples.  A figure came to them walking on the water. It wasn't what they expected. Perhaps they were looking for angels to descend or heaven to open. Maybe they were listening for a divine proclamation to still the storm. We don't know what they were looking for. But one thing is for sure, they weren't looking for Jesus to come walking on the water.. and since Jesus came in a way they didn't expect, they almost missed seeing the answer to their prayers.

Unless we look, and listen closely, we risk making the same mistake. God's lights in our dark nights are as numerous as the stars, if we'll only look for them.

"When Jesus comes," the disciples in the boat may have thought, "He'll split the sky. The sea will be calm. The clouds will disperse."

"When God comes," we doubters think, "all pain will flee. Life will be tranquil. No questions will remain."

And because we look for the bonfire, we miss the candle. Because we listen for the shout, we miss the whisper.

But it is in the burnished candles that God comes, and through whispered promises He speaks: "When you doubt,  look around; I am closer than you think."

God loves you. Personally. Powerfully. Passionately. Others have promised and failed.

Each time a write this blog, sometimes I wonder - "what will I write?" Other times I have something plan and God says share this today. Today is one of those days I felt like God wanted me to share this with you instead of what I had planned. I don't know who this is for but somebody need to know how much God loves them - He truly loves you. Call out to Him today and He will answer, you will feel His presence.

This was my devotional today from Max Lucado's Devotional Bible. One of my favorite's!!

Have an amazing day because we serve an Amazing God!!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Amazed


Yesterday's blog I titled "Alone with The Father" - finding your quiet place - just like Jesus we need to find our secret place. It's my prayer that you found that special place and will commit to spending just a little time each day with The Father.

What amazed me yesterday was Pastor Mark's message was all about prayer! Isn't our God good, He wants this message to get out to ALL His children! At your convenience you can listen to or view Pastor Marks teaching at www.calvaryccm.com, he taught from 1 John 3:21 - Confidence to Pray...we have confidence before God; confidence to pray to God with expectation. Prayer gives us direct access to God, we can come before the throne of grace (Heb 4:16). 1 John 3:22 ...and receive from Him anything we ask because we obey Him and do what pleases Him.

The question: Why do we pray? I would love to get your thoughts and comments. Pastor Mark gave us several in his message. Prayer maintains our personal relationship with God The Father. Prayer also pleases God!

Many are familiar with "The Lord's Prayer", as you read and meditate on the words Jesus gave to His disciples (us) why not personalize it, re-write it and make it your own. Matthew 6:9-13 - NIV:

This, then, is how you should pray:
   Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
10 your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us today our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
    as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,[a]
    but deliver us from the evil one.

Whatever God is asking you to do today just "Say Yes to God"!!! A simple act of obedience doing what God asks us to do! God's will is always best for us and because of that He will give us increased faith, guidance, provision and success!!

Have an awesome day!

#Amazed, #PalmsUp, #YestoGod,
#MaryKay



Sunday, August 18, 2013

Alone with The Father


Matthew 6:6 - When you pray go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place. Do you have a quiet place where you can get alone with God? He loves to hear from you! Just as much as we spend time on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter - God is wanting a little of our time. Our time with God is so important, it's the best part of our day; everything else falls into place when we start our day with God.

Matthew 14:13 If solitude was an important part of Jesus' life, shouldn't it be an important part of ours. Jesus often went to a quiet "deserted place" by Himself to get away from the crowds (the multitudes).

Mark 1:33 Again we see Jesus get alone with the Father in a solitary, quiet place and "there He prayed." Jesus prayer life was much more than ritual it was part of who He was. Some days we may need an hour other days it may  just just 10 minutes but it's important to daily spend time with the Father to be refreshed and invigorated. Consistently seek time to pray - it's so important.

Find a quiet place where you can close the door and communicate with the Father. Choose a time - morning, afternoon or evening; open your Bible and let God speak to you from His Word. Thank Him, praise Him and make your request known. He will answer your prayers - Yes - No - Wait; according to His will. It's in the waiting that's the hardest! Just Do It!!!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Today is a New Day!

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

They (God's mercies) are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)

Often as women we are overwhelmed by too many things to do (Martha & Mary) because there are many choices concerning how we divide our time. Setting priorities is to determine what is important and how your time will be divided - who or what will take precedent over other parts of life.
  • Your personal relationship to Jesus Christ
  • Your commitment to home and family - spouse & children
  • Work/employer
  • Your service to God through ministries in the church and involvement in the community
Faithfulness describes who God is...No matter what you do, God cannot be unfaithful because He cannot deny Himself (2 Tim 2:13). He is steadfast and trustworthy. He keeps His Promises (Heb 10:23) God's presence is assured, even if we are unaware of it. He just want our obedience - obedience is better than sacrifice.

Radical obedience.  I’ll be honest, that word “radical”  means “affecting the fundamental nature of something” (dictionary.com).  God is calling us to fundamentally change the way we view obedience to Him.  He is asking us to let our thoughts and actions reflect what we say our hearts believe. That God loves us.  That God has a perfect plan for our lives that is better than our own plan.  That God’s plan is for our good. <Ginny Blankenship #YestoGod>

Have an awesome day!
Cheryl
#MaryKay, #SayWhat

Friday, August 16, 2013

Life

On the road trip of life - always follow your heart (but make sure your brain rides shotgun!)

Hope you're having an amazing day!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Face the future with a brave & happy heart!

Your days are as fun as you make them!

Deuteronomy 8:6 - Radical Obedience

“Obedience is the key that unlocks this secret place with God” and “The more we say yes to God, the more we will live in expectation of seeing Him.” Lisa Terkeurst

Is God speaking to you...is He stirring something in your heart to do today. Well I must confess, for me it's writing a blog. I don't know where it's going to lead but I'm doing it! This is it!


Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him. Deut 8:6

 ‪#‎SayWhat‬ ‪#‎YestoGod‬ ‪#‎MaryKay‬

Have a great day!

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