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He is MY Refuge

Psalm 91:2, 9-10  I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge  and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”  Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place,  no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling. Sometimes the lines are blurred when it comes to distinguishing the believers from the non-believers. As I was reading Psalm 91 today I was reminded that there is a difference in saying He's my Lord and making Him Lord. People will tell that you are a true follower of Christ more by the things you do than the words you say. Don't just talk about Him, live for Him! Today, the Lord may be asking you, "what have you done for me lately"? Live your life worthy of the One that called you. Don't just say He's Lord, make Him  your  Lord:)

Getting What You Need

Proverbs 3:9-10  Honor the Lord with your wealth  and with the best part of everything you produce. Then he will fill your barns with grain and your vats will overflow with good wine.  There is one sure way to always have what you need: to  honor the Lord with your wealth . For much of my life I honored what I needed. My wants, desires and bills would be first. Then if there was anything left, the Lord would get a share. Living this way never seemed to provide an increase in any area. Then I learned about giving and becoming generous. I learned how to honor God with my wealth, at least with what little wealth I had. He no longer would get leftovers. God would come first! He would get the best part of everything I produced. For some time I was religiously stuck with ten percent of my income. As I grew older, and wiser I could see that I could not overdo it when it came to giving to the Lord. That percentage began to grow: I gave more time, more energy and ability and more m

Set Free

 " Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you." EPH 5:1 Freedom is a good thing. It's even a God thing. Christ HAS set us free so that we can live a free life. To do so will require us to make adjustments. Why? Because freedom doesn't always mean liberty. Think about it. When the children of Israel were liberated out of Egypt, they were set free of the bondage of Pharaoh. But it wasn't long until they could be heard grumbling about the way it was over where they were. They had to learn to adjust to the new found liberty and take a stand IN freedom. As Moses began to lead them and God began to orchestrate a plan to bring them to a land of promise, they had to deal with this new life and the "rules" that God was setting up for them so that they could live the free life.  They began to look at this freedom as a new kind of bondage . They were seeing this as a harness of sl

Big Love

Last night I had the privilege to share this very special prayer at an event for a group at our church. The event was built around how much "God Loves Us". Jesus told us that two of the greatest things we could ever learn to do are; 1-to love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and mind and strength 2-to love your neighbor as yourself. Fact is, I can only truly love myself when I realize that I was created by a God who loves me, wants the very best for me and will assist me whenever I call upon him. I can't possibly fathom how great His love is for me so I simply accept it by faith until it is rooted and established in my heart. This simple prayer that Paul prayed for the church in Ephesus I pray for you today. Take a moment before you rush off and read it, letting the Word soak into your inner being. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your

It's Beginning to Make Sense

The further you get into life, the more it begins to make sense. You also become more interested in the storyline, the other characters and especially the ending! Most of the things I learned so far have been because of trial and error. I jump into nearly everything and attempt to learn along the way. Making a mistake seems to be the best way to weave that lesson into the fabric of my life so that it doesn't happen again. I am also grateful to the many mentors who have helped me to miss many of the difficulties and road blocks and served as spiritual guardrails for my life. It's true that a different degree of wisdom comes with age. My childhood punishments: going to bed early, not leaving the house or going to the party and no dessert, are now my goals! Yes, it's all starting to make sense to me!  Enjoy your day, be kind and share a little encouragement with someone else!

Psalm 91 #saturdaysmiles

I've always loved this scripture in the MSG Bible and the celebratory feel that comes when you completely surrender your own personal agenda and decide to hold on to what the Lord has for you. Walking in faith and trusting God can be scary at times but ultimately, you will escape trouble and have the best of care.  Check out the #saturdaysmiles video on Facebook for more!

Crock-Pot Temper

Proverbs 15:1 tells us that a "soft" answer can turn wrath away . Staying calm, cool and collected is a learned skill. It does not come naturally but super-naturally. A few years ago I bought my first Crock-Pot. I was looking for something that would cook for me and do it without very much attention and the Crock-Pot fit the bill. And then I found dinners pre-assembled that you just have to mix up in the morning, place in the pot and then in 8-10 hours my meal is waiting!  Now the interesting thing about this item is that it can be on all day and not burn up what is inside. The temperature that it cooks with is perfect! It made me think about this scripture in Proverbs and I realized that many times I am a microwave of angst and emotion when God would rather I be more like my Crock-Pot. If I could just allow myself to remain at an even temperature there would be no sudden outbursts or explosions that leave messes. At the end of the day I could enjoy the grace of God tha

You Made the Team Part 2

Since  God chose you    to be the holy people he loves ,  you must clothe yourselves  with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others . Above all, clothe yourselves with love , which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  COL 3:12-14 I am so happy that He chose us to be his people; the holy people He loves. Think about that for a moment... God loves you ! That's so comforting. To know love and be loved is what every one of us desire. He has forgiven every silly thing we have done and even provided us a uniform to wear each day as we play this game of life.  Let's stay with this baseball theme. We have to clothe ourselves; put on the right uniform. We have to forgive ourselves and make allowance for the shortcomings and mistakes of others. And we are reminded to forgive others too. No matter how our seasons

You Made the Team Part 1

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves , you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  COL 3:12-14 Isn’t it an incredible feeling to know that God chose you? When I was a kid and we played games, often there would be times when we would be in a line and be chosen to be part of one of the teams. Standing there and waiting to be picked always made me anxious. When they called my name and chose me, I was very happy. That was just a game. God chose me to be a part of the holy people he loves every day! You and I are on the team! And now that I am on his team, I need to put on my uniform. I need to clothe myself with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. All of these t

What is Your Life Saying?

“This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives . This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began.”    Titus 1:1-2 NLT Proclaim faith  Teach them to know the truth  Show the how to live godly What does a good leader do? We talk to people about faith, then we instruct them in how to walk by faith. The way we live will SHOW them how powerful this faith is. (we live as an example) “A church leader is a manager of God’s household, so he must live a blameless life. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered; he must not be a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. Rather, he must enjoy having guests in his home, and he must love what is good. He must live wisely and be just. He must live a devout and disciplined life. He must have

Are You a People Pleaser?

It took me many years to learn a valuable lesson; that everything you do, you do for the Lord and not for people. I used to find myself disappointed when the things I did were not noticed and my accomplishments were not acknowledged. It seemed like nothing I was doing was appreciated. What I realized was that I was working for people and their approval. Yes, I was a people pleaser! I decided that I would practice gratitude and thank the Lord for the opportunities He was providing to me. The moment that I started to thank the Lord for my job and my co-workers and gave my days and skills to Him, everything changed. I no longer needed the approval of others. In an instant, I stopped being disappointed. Why? Because I knew the Lord had created me just like I am and that He was always championing me as I served Him. Everything I did and everything I had belonged to Him and originated with Him. What an incredible different this made! If you find yourself upset because the boss doesn&#

Finding Good Things in Bad Situations

So much can be said for keeping a positive attitude. Trying to look at the "bright side" in every situation can begin to transform the way you think and even change the outcome of the things that you go through. Some people see the glass half full. Others see it half empty. And yes, there are those that are simply thankful to have a glass! What type of person are you? Do you see difficulty in every opportunity, or opportunity in every difficulty? It will help you determine whether you re a negative thinker or a positive one. Try framing the circumstances that you face in a a more positive way. Find the good things in those bad situations. Something will grow from all that you are going through; and it will be you.

Laughter is Good Medicine

A man who reeked of alcohol flopped on a subway seat next to a priest. The man's tie was stained, his face was plastered with red lipstick, and a half-empty bottle of rum was sticking out of his ripped jacket pocket. He opened his newspaper and started reading. After a few minutes, the disheveled guy turned to the priest and asked, "Say, Father, do you know what causes arthritis?"   The priest, disgusted by the man's appearance and behavior, snapped, "It's caused by loose living; being with cheap, wicked women; drinking too much alcohol; and having a contempt for your fellow man!" "Well, I'll be," the man muttered and returned to his  newspaper. The priest, thinking about what he had said, nudged the man and apologized. "I'm sorry to have come on so strong – I didn't mean it. How long have you been suffering from arthritis?" "I don't have it, Father. I was just reading here that the  Pope does.&