Verse of the day...

~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Don't be Afraid...............

      My days starts out as just a typical day ... but becomes one with a lot of thought.

Waking up early as I usually do!  Fresh pot of coffee brewing.  Spend some time in Gods word.  Youngest off to work at his new job.  Sun coming up... shinning so bright... yet the air is nice and cool.  Load of laundry done.  Working on orders to get ready for the mail.

While driving to the post office this morning... listening to one of my favorite Christian radio stations.... I heard a story of a little 7 year old girl that had become afraid to go to church after sitting through a sermon from a visiting pastor about the rapture in Revelation.  The parents were asking for advise and prayer.  
Well.... after praying for her.   I found myself just mulling over ideas of how to help her... which then brought me to where I think we all are at many times in our lives.... Afraid!   Afraid to go into that church... afraid to talk to that person... afraid to hear that bad news... afraid to open your heart... afraid to be alone... and yes... even afraid of the rapture and being left behind. 
So... First God tells us to not be afraid... and as you all know.. that's not just that easy.  I would love to not be afraid ... but sometimes I am.... and when I'm afraid ... I feel like I need to protect myself.  Which then brought me to ............ Ephesians 6:10-18   A way to protect myself ... from this world of negativity ... from uncertainties...  from the whole reason behind any fear... Satan!

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. ~Ephesians 6:10-18

And there you have it.................. God is our strength!  To get through it all!  Fear... Sadness... Anger.... Disappointment... Worry... Self-doubt... and so on.   God gives us the tools to protect ourselves!   Its up to us to use them! 
So.... Don't be afraid... God is with us!   Always!

Have a wonderful rest of your day my dear friends!  
God Bless

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Feeling free & blessed through the stress.........

Good Afternoon.................
    What a beautiful day!!!  Sun is shinning... not to hot out... so many flowers have bloomed... butterflies fluttering all about.... and just plain peaceful!
I love Gods world!  I love being a child in Gods world! 
Thank you Father God for sending Jesus to take my sins and set me free!  Free to follow you and live a life of loving you Lord!  Free to have a relationship with my Father God!  You're only truly free when you live a life with and for God!  

And with that... I will be leaning on God a lot more this month... because it is and will be an emotional month...
I'm getting ready to send my last two children off to school these next couple weeks.  One is off to his Freshman year in College and the other one is off to his Senior year in High School!  I cant believe how fast the years have gone by.
My oldest and youngest have birthdays coming up... and my wedding anniversary is on the 29th.
I'm always a crazy basket case on the first day of school.   I miss my kids so much all day while their at school.   I cant believe I'm down to my last baby here at home.   😭 
I will miss my oldest for his birthday .... but I was blessed to have him home last month for mine.
My youngest... wow... cant believe how he's so grown.  Celebrating his 17th birthday this month... his Senior year in High School ... and his new job at our local HyVee Starbucks!  Busy boy!
The end of this month will be the 2nd year of celebrating my wedding anniversary without my love!
He was definitely that 'one of a kind' kind of man!   We never wanted for anything!  Family... that's what this house is all about!  Love... kindness... sharing... support... giving... and our Faith!! 

I do want to share a couple fun things I've been working on lately....
I love my crochet time at night after a busy day of working my flower seed business!

This is a girl baby blanket in the works...
~12 point star~

This is a toddler or lap blanket that is just about done......

Well.... its time to get some more work done around here and then off to dinner with family!
I love Tuesday night family dinners! 
Have a wonderful day and evening!
God Bless

Today's Bible Verse..........
For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. ~ 2 Corinthians 5:21

Monday, August 7, 2017

Letting God.................

Good Morning........
   Its been quite some time since I've actually spent any serious quality time here.
   Well.... its time to get back to it!! 

This past year has been really tough with the passing of my husband ( my love )! 
I've had my good days ... my okay days... and my NOT great days!   I've leaned on God... Yelled at God... begged God.... trusted God... and just plain questioned God. 
Its time to really start letting God take care of me... my family... my life!  I've been living a life on a "rollercoaster" driven by Satan. Even in my good days of loving God and trying to trust Him.   God hasn't been the one in control

This weekend the sermon at church was just what I needed to hear to get me moving again!  I know... all the other sermons in the past should have been too... difference is... this time I had just made a decision the day before that I have had enough!  Enough of Satan being in control.. enough of doubting myself... enough procrastinating... enough of not being the child God has created or called me to be!  
This weekend was the beginning of a new sermon series .....

"How we respond to adversity
will determine the depth of our Faith"

Its been tough.... as I said .... and my response has shown the depth of my faith.... not good!  I'm so very thankful that my Lord God loves me so deeply that He never gives up on me... even when I at times seem to give up on Him.

Now don't get me wrong... I'm still going to have bad days.... but as of today............ I'm "Letting God"  take control!  No more "rollercoaster"   its time to get back on the "path" God has laid out for me!  Will my path be bumpy... absolutely... God clearly tells us that life will not be easy.  But He does say that life will be worth it!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ~ James 1:2-4

12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. ~James 1:12

Are you tired of riding Satans rollercoaster?   Pull that emergency brake NOW... Jump off and get on God's path of your life He has all laid out for you!  
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ~ Matthew 19:26

Well... my dear friends....
I'm off to refill my coffee cup!
Have a marvelous Monday
God Bless