My word for 2018 is rest. Am I doing a good job going into month three? Resting in Jesus is not easy because doubts creep in.
I am in the Book of John 1:29-34.
John the disciple and John the Baptist are both so open. Their hearts are genuine and real. They LOVE the Lord!
Sitting in my warm home looking out at the sunshine and fresh fallin’ snow, I imagine what it would have been like to be John the Baptist. To be watching his cousin approaching him as he was baptizing others and to have the LAMB OF GOD walk into the waters. Oh my!
My Big Things
What are your big things in life right now? Health issues, children, marriage, job, financial problems?
Have you asked yourself “how can I really rest in__________? Your blank is whatever the unrest is.
My big things (notice the S) is our season coming up in ministry. Meeting financial obligations. Being strong in my walk with the Lord to be able to help others. Events coming up and the planning it takes. Keeping the animals and ranch in good care. My list could go on!
Doubt creeps in!
Resting in Jesus within this HUGE responsibility of life is hard!
What I need to remember?
Let’s take a look at what happens once Jesus is placed under water. “John the Baptist testified, ‘I saw the Holy Spirit descending like a dove from heaven and resting upon Him’. Do you see that? John witnessed the Holy Spirit resting on Jesus.
Our friend John goes on, verse 33 “I didn’t know He was the One, but when God sent me to baptize with water, he told me, “the One on whom you see the Spirit descend and rest is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
Can you just imagine this scene? Well, folks, we do need to picture this especially when we are facing life issues! If we have confessed our sins, and claim Jesus as Lord, we too have the Holy Spirit RESTING on our shoulders. NOT the problems of the world…the Holy Spirit Who gives us courage, strength, and hope to carry on! What a gift we have!
Resting in the ONE…Jesus! Resting in knowing, without doubt, the Holy Spirit will give you the power to overcome!
HOW IN THE WORLD do I do this?
Simple…get in the Word of God. Memorize His promises. Post them on your mirror in the morning. Say out loud “Lord I confess I have doubted you in____________ (name it) and I know you will repair, fix, or have it in the palm of your hand!”
Resting in the Big Things is resting in Jesus!
Trust me, The Lamb of God has the BIG and little things in your life!
Now go rest, pray, and rejoice in His power!
God’s blessings upon you!
Love deeper, Talk sweeter,
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“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased.” Luke 2:14
I have been pondering and journaling this verse all week and one word just poured over me. Peace overstress. Is it possible? Well, I believe yes! No, I CHOOSE to believe yes.
Imagine, being pregnant, or your wife is. You have to travel at the worst time because the government has an order. You get to your destination and they lost your reservation and to top it off, you go into labor so you find the next best place, a barn. (I think this would be kinda cool, but still scary)
Have you ever had so much stress in a day, a week, a month, or year? Does it ever seem like there is no hope in your situation?
The thing is, the angels on that day declared Peace on earth. God had a plan. His plan? For peace to be in people’s hearts. Yet here’s the thing, it will only impact ones who sincerely get the reality that a baby Who’s name is Jesus, came into the world for them, YOU and ME! And to accept it.
Peace only comes to ones who want to see AND experience the peace from the pressures of this world.
Just like in the Christmas story with Mary, Joseph, and their new baby we see stress. Stress happens, it builds and it seems like the struggle will never stop!
However, when we choose to have peace in the One who is Peace, He can bring calm within the storm. Flowing rapidly within your heart!
It won’t matter to you what the doctor tells you, what a person says bad about you, what is happening in the world. “The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phill. 4:7
I personally experience this peace when I hear bad news. Having cancer. Losing my dad. My oldest deciding and becoming a police officer AND moving 1600 miles away. Plus a ton more! Stress happens daily. But it is always in the CHOICE of how we choose to deal with that stress.
How would you love to embrace a peace that nothing can pierce through? How is that possible?
First, it’s through acceptance. Accepting you are a sinner, that every day won’t be a wonderful, peachy day but you will trust God through it.
Next… and this is a tough one…do not waste time thinking things over and over in your mind. Worrying, repeating the situation in your mind, instead, choose to set “your affection on things above.” Colossians 3:2
Lastly, give thanks in every moment you can. Set your mind to bring everything to prayer instead of fretting over things you can not fix. Phill. 4:6 “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be known to God.” Have you Thanked GOD for a problem, situation, relationship issue, or any bad news? YES, this verse is saying IN EVERYTHING be prayerful and thankful! It’s hard, but I did this for the first time several years ago when our son almost died. I THANKED God. Why? Because within thanking Him for the 19 months I had with Mitch, I was giving him back to Jesus. God knows and HE is in control. There is SO much Peace in receiving that one truth!
God will turn all things to good…He promises!
So this season, think of the First Holy Family, starting out stressful, in a corrupt world, yet finding the peace that this new child is the born King Who is called, Prince of Peace!
May your season this year and next be filled with HIS Peace that ONLY HE CAN GIVE!
In Jesus Name!
LOVE DEEPER, TALK SWEETER,
This year we are celebrating 20 years that our son Mitch got his second chance at life. A living related liver transplant gave sacrificially by his dad.
We are in awe every day of how our God works, especially in offering us second chances.Our extended family, our niece, is about to receive that same gift of life. Anna is her name and she will be undergoing a kidney transplant in the weeks ahead. Presently, she is doing dialysis three times a week and building strength. She is also beginning the stages of undergoing the testing as well as hoping one of her brothers will be able to step up and be the donor. (Just typing this is giving me the flashbacks and chills!)
Think about this for a minute what transplant really is all about.It takes two.
Two organs, one good, one bad.
And MANY praying!
Transplants have become one of the leading surgeries for giving someone a second chance. I love the picture this paints!
One life is sacrificing themselves for the other to have a life.
In some cases when looking at cadaver donors, there are many lives that can be saved from just one person who has died. I am still overwhelmed by that!
One donor saves up to 14 people!
But it took a sacrifice. The family member of that person who died is allowing for a very different celebration of life ceremony. Can you picture that? They may be gone physically, but they are living and active in many others. WOW!
Only our God can do that!For the living related transplant like we endured and our niece will undergo, is still the same sacrifice. The one giving is susceptible to problems, health and otherwise. Yet, many of us would not hesitate to do what it takes to help a loved one, no matter what the cost.
Like my husband, like whoever is CHOSEN for our niece. A very special gift indeed.
You see, I believe the Lord works through all these things. He has a specific plan in place and purpose for each one who is undergoing times of trial. For Anna and her family, they each are given this opportunity to trust and believe our Jesus. To know HE has her in the palm of HIS holy hands.
“For I hold you by your right hand…I the Lord your God. And I say to you, ‘Do not be afraid, I am here to help you.” Isaiah 41:13
How amazing it that VERY promise for the God who created her, and who knew this day would come! The God of the universe is holding her hand. That is just plain powerful! AND…comforting!
Below is a song I hope will encourage any of you who need a second chance.
You may not need a transplant physically.
But you may need one spiritually. Today is the day.
Our Jesus can be your Jesus. And HIS promises can be promises you can claim.
We have witnessed over and over HIS faithfulness and HIS promises have all come true! (You can read our story in my March 28th post, Mitch’s birthday.)
This songis especially a blessing to me in all seasons, but in a trial, HE does show HIS faithfulness! Listen, I think you will find it true for you too.
From time to time, we all need to undergo a transplant of our hearts and mind. We all need to exam our lives and ask God to give us a transplant, a second chance, and a new hope.
Taking time each day to OPEN HIS word and read about how your life can be changed and renewed will empower you to face the trials ahead. We believe today in a God who will heal Anna. We choose to put our faith in the Great Physician and put our hope in HIS HOLY HANDS!
May the peace of our Lord be with you!
Love deeper, talk sweeter and be thankful for your second chance,
August 8, 2017
2 Timothy 2: 15-21
Are you a hard worker? Do you struggle to stay focused while on the job? Have you ever gone on Facebook, or “went shopping” online while on work hours?
Are late to work or appointments?
Are you giving your employer 100% of yourself?
The things above you know in your heart would be wrong to do as you know while on your bosses time is work time and not your own.
As I read this scripture today and am looking at my work in ministry, I asked myself a question.
Am I an Approved Worker for our Lord Jesus Christ!
If we are honest, whether you work outside the home for an earthly boss, or are a stay at home worker, we ultimately work for Jesus if we call ourselves believers in Jesus Christ. What we do every day is ministry! If we are a stay at home mom or dads, work outside the home, volunteer our time, all is “working for Jesus,” our ultimate BOSS.
I have to always make sure I begin my day with prayer, seeking if I am right with the Lord. What I need to repent of and ask for forgiveness. In this passage, I read, “The Lord knows those who are His, and all who belong to the Lord must turn away from evil.” Verse 18. NLT. Every day, even throughout the day, we all must do a double check on ourselves. Am I turning away from evil, things that make my faith, Jesus, look bad? Am I being an example of Christ? Am I honoring HIS name in all I do and say?
The passage goes on in verse 20, “In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. 21 If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.” Did you catch the last part? A special utensil. Are you a special worker for the Lord Have you cleaned yourself up so HE can use you today? In this verse, Jesus our Master expects that we are to remove our old ways. (The wood and the clay utensils) What habits did you have before you were a believer? Swearing, heavy partier, revengeful, self-pity party, late to work, pride. What was the sin you keep falling into? If you want to be that SPECIAL UTENSIL (Gold and Silver) for Jesus today, take this time to repent, ask for forgiveness, and tell Jesus you desire to be HIS, clean, golden, and ready for use!
May Jesus POUR over HIS blessings upon you today!
Love deeper, talk sweeter!
I had a session today with a young teen. It wasn’t as joyful as I thought it would be as her story was filled with pain and no hope. Pain that many of us would rather not see and if you could hear her story would bring you to tears. The pain of sex trafficking. This teen had been trafficked for over 3 years. She is 17 now. Marked for life. Memories that will not be easily erased.
During our session, she was struggling with fear. Fear of what she will become now?
Will the pimp come after her? Will she ever have a “normal” day… EVER?
As she played with the horse each fear came upon her. This huge horse was like all her fears in one big body. Yet…she could move the horse. She could back him up. She could move parts of his body with only a look. She could even have him dance around her and with a simple bend of her knee, he would swoop his neck around and trot right into her! She was overwhelmed with a moment of feeling like she was in control and this new friend with 4 legs wanted to be her partner in a loving, respectful way.
For the first time, she experienced a healthy relationship based on trust and love!
Tears began to flow. Tears not of sadness but of hope. HOPE that life CAN be different.
We ended the session with her taking some essential oils that we love from Rocky Mountain Oil.
She would go through the oils and place them on the horses back and feet. She would use different oils she liked. I decided to let her choose an oil, offer the horse to sniff it, and if he liked it to rub it wherever she wanted. She chose his back and his feet. She chooses Peppermint,Lavender,Aligning(which is a wonderful blend great for alignment) and I asked her why those places and she responded, “because he carried me through and I think this will help him feel better.”
I gave her an empty bottle and told her to pick 3 of her favorite oils and put a few drops in the bottle. This bottle would be what she could use whenever she needed to feel like she needed to be “carried” again.
Each drop represents tears. Tears are ok. I went on to tell her how our Jesus holds our tears in a bottle. I put her oil in this littlesilk pouch with the verse, “You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in a bottle.” Psalm 56:8 NLT. I also like these pouches as well.
She walked down our long driveway with a bottle of HOPE which will empower her to overcome her past and begin a new life.