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Lord of all creation - I come to You now in the name of this Jesus I have heard about.  I was born into a sinful world and have lived in ignorance and rebellion to Your truth.  Jesus, I accept You as God manifested in the flesh, born as an offering for my sins.  Born to pay the price I am unable to pay - the price required for restored fellowship with my Creator.

I am sorry for all my sins and turn away from them. Please forgive me and make me a vessel fit for Your use.  I release any bitterness or unforgiveness in my heart and ask You to deal with those situations.  I believe You were born of a virgin, died on the cross, rose from the dead on the third day, ascended into heaven and are now sitting at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for me.

You are now Lord of my life.

JESUS IS COMING SOON! HOW SHALL WE ESCAPE IF WE NEGLECT SO GREAT A SALVATION?

Confess Jesus before men and He will confess you before the Father.
Take me home now please.

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may 21

thank You, Lord


"in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 thess 5:18

even though i clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings.  thank you, Lord, that i can hear. There are many who are deaf.

even though i keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible.  thank you, Lord, that i can see.  many are blind.

even though i huddle in my bed and put off rising.  thank you, Lord, that i have the strength to rise.  there are many who are bedridden.

even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.  thank you, Lord, for my family.  there are many who are lonely.

even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.  thank you, Lord, for the food we have.  there are many who are hungry.

even though the routine of my job often is monotonous.  thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work.  there are many who have no job.

even though i grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.  thank you, Lord, for life.

- author unknown
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it's easy to complain and take everything for granted.  i "assume" so much.  thanks for the little things that we take so easily for granted: running water, clothes to wear, even a toilet that flushes.  i remember a friend having visited a foreign country years ago on a mission trip.  she commented she had to squat at a hole in the ground.  modern conveniences - yes, we are blessed.

from this day forward i will strive not to assume my everyday blessings.  Jesus loves me and His grace is sufficient for me.  "in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 1 thess 5:18

Lord, i first want to say thank you for this day of rest.  help me to turn off distractions and find true sabbath through my relationship with you.  show me how to live a life that is focused on your purpose in my work and in my rest.

work is not always easy but i know you gave it to us to honor you.  God, help me to see work as your creation designed to give me purpose, fulfillment, and to be a light in the world.  may my work matter not just to my business and company but to your Kingdom.  renew my strength in my workplace and help me to remember that i am to work with all my heart as for you!  amen

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winding down or winding up


"to everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven" eccl 3:1

i feel a change coming in my spirit; a change of some things winding down as perhaps others are winding up.  i think even the heathen world is sensing something happening, though they find it indistinguishable. 

it is almost three years now since the Lord began having me write these "dailies" as i call them.  i was sent home in hospice with a DNR order placed on my wall because i refused a feeding tube.  BUT GOD!  but God had other plans.

the Lord brought purpose into my life just when i thought it was ending.  that's what our God does.  He picks up the wounded and dying and breathes life into them again.  i know i haven't always been listening attentively enough or expressed it all as eloquently as the Lord does but i have tried to be obedient in this last phase of my life.  i know i have drawn closer to Jesus and wondered wonders i never have before.

could i have done it all much better?  without a doubt, in my own eyes anyway.  but He uses our imperfections if we let Him.  "therefore most gladly i will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 2 cor 12:9  as a dear friend used to say, "let go and let God."  He will take that sinful, broken vessel and turn it to something useful and beautiful.

i have so often wondered why  the insignificant "I" was chosen to live in these end times.  why were any of us?  i believe this is the most significant time in history since our Lord Jesus walked the earth.  i just stand amazed that i was chosen to live in these times.  we all were chosen.  scripture tells us so.  "and He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings" acts 17:26

mock me (as others do) if you wish, but scripture says, "wisdom is justified by all her children." luke 7:35  the wrath of God is about to be pored out on all flesh and Jesus will receive us to Himself before that time; a time which could possibly (even likely) be this year.  i can already hear everyone saying, "no one knows the day or the hour."  we are also told, "but you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief." 1 thes 5:4

even as the world frolics in it's gaiety and exuberance without restraint, their sin is openly displayed and being met and measured by God.  they are "weighed in the balances, and found wanting." dan 5:27  their sin has not been concealed by the blood and now it is too late.  "He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever." psa 103:9

no, He will not keep His anger forever.  seven years is enough to confine His displeasure and wrath.  in their ignorance and spite they claim they were made this way or that God made a mistake.  in truth it was their own lust for sin that shaped them.  "let no one say when he is tempted, 'i am tempted by God'; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  but each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed." james 1:13-14

we all steer our own boat. free will allows that.  each boat has many passengers in it.  these are those the Lord has put into our paths for a purpose.  we must seek to fill each with enough faith and fear to keep them from jumping out of the boat before the shore has been reached; faith in the promises of God and fear of the awesomeness of His power.

imminency - it tells us we live on the edge of eternity.  the rapture might happen at any moment.  however, as the moments become days and then weeks, months, and years, we struggle to maintain our eager anticipation of Jesus’s appearing.  we see so many biblical signs of the end times and yet we wait and wait.  i know it’s not easy, not at all.  the silence in most churches regarding our “blessed hope” makes our expectation all the more difficult to maintain.
 
we know His timing, like everything else about, Him will be perfect.  so are we winding down or winding up?  perhaps both i think.  Father, "let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight." psa 19:14  guide my boat and others to a safe harbor and a full deliverance.  i am but a passenger as well.  You steer for You see a way through the fog surrounding us.

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"Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know."
Jeremiah 33:3

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