November 22nd Posted in: Uncategorized with No Comments
“I don’t understand.” How often does this thought run across our minds? Weekly? Daily? Probably every time we watch the news or hear of a dear friend living through a hardship. Events happen in our own lives that don’t seem fair. We know God has the power to make it right, and we get frustrated and mentally exhausted as we rack our brains trying to put together the pieces, yet nothing fits.
In Psalm 73, Asaph, David’s music director, felt the same way when he saw the wicked succeeding in their ways. In verses 16-17, he said, “When I tried to understand all this, it troubled me deeply till I entered the sanctuary of God; …”
It is troubling to try to understand things in our lives that don’t make sense, but when we enter into the sanctuary of God, the quiet place of His presence, through prayer, praise, worship and reading Scripture, we understand clearly what He wants us to understand and gives us peace about the things that are only for Him to understand. It is in this place that your spirit senses you are safe in God’s presence, and you no longer have to rely on your own understanding.
But don’t be discouraged. There will be a day when all will be made right and everyone will see justice. For now, however, God is abundant in mercy and wants us to rest in our trust in Him.
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’ And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then he said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’” Revelation 21:4-5.
August 13th Posted in: Uncategorized with No Comments
When I think about the job of our Air Force fighter pilots, I think about the incredible and honorable missions they carry out to protect our nation and combat our enemies. They and their families sacrifice, often putting themselves in high risk situations and harm’s way.
Fighter pilots control highly powerful missiles capable of massive destruction, requiring a superior level of education, training and experience. Missions are carried out by a unit; the pilots receive orders from their commanding officers and then command their crews. Hitting the right target at the right time requires preparation, the clearest communication and everyone acting in their proper order. All of this is essential to accurately use such powerful weaponry. Otherwise, the mission may not be completed effectively or could altogether fail.
Do you know that as a believer in Christ Jesus you are in control of extremely powerful weaponry? Sharing Who Jesus is and proclaiming His Name is the most powerful missile we carry. God has placed certain individuals in positions of authority over us (our pastors, church leaders, etc.), and may have placed others under our authority. As we prepare by studying the Bible and spending time in prayer, praise and worship, we learn to understand the voice of our Commander in Chief, Jesus. The more we prepare and the better we communicate in our proper God-given order, the more we will strike our targets with the powerful Name of Jesus – at the right place and at the right time. Otherwise, God’s mission may not be carried out as effectively or may actually be hindered.
Understand that when we, the Church, carry out God’s work under the authority of Jesus Christ, the enemy will have to surrender his territory and will be brought to confusion (Psalm 40:14). So prepare because our operation, Mission: Possible, is starting now.
“Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26 NIV)
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
June 11th Posted in: Uncategorized with No Comments
When you think of an item that is handcrafted, what comes to mind? A knitted blanket, carefully fashioned together thread by thread? Or perhaps handcrafted jewelry made by the artist’s vision of beauty and perfection? Handcrafted items are typically considered high in value because they are unique, one of a kind and made with passion and finest attention to detail. Yet this world’s most intricately handmade items cannot compare with God’s most loved and cherished creation: EACH ONE OF US.
If there is ever a time when you question your value or worth, do not let the enemy influence your thoughts for another second. Lets take a minute and look at how lovingly and wonderfully you are made by the One who holds everything in the palm of His hand.
“For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:13-14
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
God fashioned together the deepest part of your heart, your every level of intelligence, every cell of your body, and every hair on your head. He brought every thread of your being together with perfect love, and He wants nothing more than for you to be His. For this reason, Jesus stopped at nothing to rescue us from the chains of sin and death. He paid for you by shedding His blood on the cross so that you, His precious creation, can be with Him for eternity. If you have not accepted this precious gift to walk with your Creator forevermore, I encourage you to bridge the gap by asking Jesus to be your Lord and Savior.
Always remember you are handcrafted, one of a kind, cherished, purchased with the greatest price, and above all loved by the King!
April 18th Posted in: Uncategorized with No Comments
Over the past years of our country’s economic recession, many people have found themselves unemployed and searching for almost any job opportunity that will bring relief to their financial pressures. Someone may search online for a job title that fits their line of work only to realize that they don’t meet the requirements for education, experience or necessary skills. After this disappointment, they keep searching.
What if you were in this situation and you came across what looks like a great job opportunity? The job title perfectly reflects the job you want and are gifted to do. You open the link, and this is the description you see:
PAY and BENEFITS: Endless; Abundant; More than you could ask for or imagine; Forgiveness of Sin; Eternal Life in Heaven with God
LOCATION and HOURS: The place and time you were created for that is perfect for you.
REQUIREMENTS: JUST SAY YES
Wow! What kind of dream opportunity could this be? And all I have to do is accept it? Well, guess what. This opportunity is available for every one of us. So what is this job title? SAVED AND BORN AGAIN FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST.
There are no prerequisites or minimum requirements, and you are wanted for this position more than you can fathom. The boss, Jesus, who is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, has made all arrangements for this position to be available to you by giving His life for you on the cross. He then rose from the grave, putting all things under His authority, and now He is alive wanting you to accept this position, or should I say glorious gift! You don’t have to go back to school, gain experience or act and look the part. JUST SAY YES!
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do..” – Ephesians 2:8-10
March 12th Posted in: Uncategorized with No Comments
One evening as I walked into our kitchen to start washing dishes from dinner, I felt overwhelmed from all I needed to do that evening: clean up the kitchen, bathe the children, pick up the toys, fold the laundry, etc., etc., etc. I had the feeling of heavy weight on my shoulders as I tried to figure out how I could get it all done before the night reached a ridiculous hour.
Right when I reached for the first dish, my husband, PJ, walked into the kitchen and said, “You go do something else that needs to get done. I’ll do the dishes. I’ve got it.” What wonderful words to hear! I felt like I could breathe a little easier as I felt a load come off of my shoulders. That was one big chore I wouldn’t even have to think about for the evening. He was taking care of it.
I then thought, I bet that is how we are supposed to cast our cares on Jesus. He tells us every day, “Cast your cares on me because I care for you, put Me first and I will take care of everything, and come to Me and I will give you rest for My burden is light.”
Keep in mind that when PJ came to clean up the kitchen, I didn’t hang around and tell him how to wash the dishes. I didn’t try to still clean the kitchen “my way”, wasting precious time. I didn’t get impatient and tell him to move faster. He had it taken care of, and I could just consider it done without any worry or anxious thought!
If you are in a situation where you are frustrated and tired from feeling like you’re trying to push against a brick wall or wanting to change the circumstances or their timing, I encourage you to allow Jesus to take over and listen when He tells you, “I’ve got it.” Then enjoy the peace and rest that can only come from full surrender to God.
“Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” – Matthew 6:31,33
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matthew 11:28-30