Keep It Simple

July 21, 2012

Well, I have had so much work to do in the last few days and this is just the time that my ISP had some major “outage” and thus NO INTERNET.  Gosh, do they not know I had a couple of deadlines to meet, research on some new projects to work on, an online course to complete, and on it goes and . . . . it’s not just me.  We do rely on technology these days.  Wow.  So, I did a few bits of writing with . . . yes, a pen and notebook.  Amazing how odd and inconvenient it seemed.  I also, having a forced upon me clearer schedule had a good bit of extra time to pray, read some scriptures, and catch up on a book I needed to read. 

Honestly, even though having my fingers away from the keyboard was making me twitch a little, my day was delightful.  I’ve been working on some spiritual growth issues, or I should say the Lord’s been working on me.  There was one point He seemed to really drive home in me today.  He reminded me that the sheep did not run about seeking the shepherd but rather the shepherd went after the sheep.  Can’t speak for all of you, but when I’ve gotten my self lost spiritually or otherwise, I tend to waste a lot of energy running about trying to “find” and all the while the Lord knows what I need before I came to even need it in the first place.  I don’t need to run off looking for Him, He is pursuing me!  I just need to see with the eyes of my heart, turn to Him, and let Him handle things.  Look, listen, obey . . . He pours His favor on us.  We, like the sheep, really have the simple part.  Why do we make it so hard? 

We are so amazingly loved.  When we stray, He’s not only there to love us, forgive us, and lead us home again, but He’s excited about it!  When we turn to Him with all our stuff, the good and the bad, He’s overjoyed and takes such delight in showering us with His grace.  We just have to let Him!  At one point today I was reading a hard to receive message from the book I’m studying.  I found myself starting to get anxious about it and this time I STOPPED.  I put the book down, and asked Him to bring me to a peaceful place and help me to be receptive to the message He had for me in it.  I felt His peace at once.  It was only then that I could hear the message of love and reassurance He had for me.  There is just nothing better.  Let Him love you!  Keep it simple.  Be like the sheep!

 


Monday Bible Verse

June 11, 2012

““Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”” Psalm 46:10 NIV1984

When I am truly still I ALWAYS hear the Lord speak to me.  Sometime in the sounds of birds singing, puppies scampering about, children at play . . . sometimes my spirit hears Him say “I am with you always and I love you.”

 


Please BE QUIET!

May 31, 2012

I admit it.  When I first read this quote, below, I had issues with it.  Please do not feel discouraged by it.  I am sharing it NOT to accuse, but to encourage.  The quote:

All of the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms.

– Blaise Pascal –

 

Our Lord seeks to take all our “stuff” on Himself!  When I turn to Him, He gives me His peace.  My quiet times with Him are life-giving.  All the challenges of this world do not go away for there are new ones coming along all the time, but when I turn to Him and listen in quiet and simply rest in His loving arms, my challenges no longer overcome me.


Devotionals For People Who WANT MORE!

February 29, 2012

Okay, today is decision day.  It is.  I kid you not.

So, what decision . . .

Did I propose to a man?  No, but it’s tempting . . .

Did i win an election?  No, but given who is running, maybe you’d like me to?

So, what decision you ask?

Okay, the decision is that I’m going to write a book of devotionals.  The Lord’s been nudging me and I’ve been giving Him the “I’m listening” but actions speak louder than words, sorry. 

I have felt like “I can’t make money doing that . . . ”

None of those editors want someone like me . . .

I can’t self publish . . .

Mainstream publishers aren’t all that interested in Jesus . . .

How can this possibly work?????

Okay, He gave me skills to write, but someone needs to read the manuscript!!!!!!

Know what?  God is God and Martha is Martha.  So, I am going to do this and if He wants y’all to buy one, He’ll take care of it.  Mine will be different.

How different? 

For one thing, no dates . . .

that way if it’s 2-29, you’ll have one to read a

nd if you get caught up in life and slack off, no guilt laden reminder when you see that your bookmark is still in mid-February and tomorrow’s March. 

If you, like me, have days when you need a little light “kiss” from Jesus to remind you that you can get through the day 0r the morning, or the next 60 minutes, there’ll be a little reflection of Christ and His love in your purse where you can slip to it and find a wee kiss waiting . . .

Yup, that’s it.  I”m doing this . . . and as our dear friend Bob said the other day when he was sharing Wendy’s healing and discovering a call from the Lord in his heart, “If He wants me to do this, I”m not going to let lack of finances and confidence stop me from doing His will.”  Nope, I”m not either, Bob. 

So, stay tuned, keep praying for me, and watch for updates . . . and make room on your nightstand! 

 

 


The Lord is Present With Us and Hears Us!

July 10, 2011

I know He hears our prayer and answer us – often before we ask.  We don’t always listen well enough to know this and sometimes get distracted, but I want to share a personal testimony to show you this.  I was noticing that today He has revealed Himself to me in new ways.  My seriously poor eyesight is quite suddenly improved, my spirit has become lighter, and He’s shown me that the vocation I’ve been thinking He’s placed on my heart and one which has been bringing me joy, IS REALLY OF HIM.  I admit, the evil one had placed doubt on my heart, but this time I prayed for a sign and clear vision and got it both spiritually and physically.   As I shared this with some friends, saying “I’m not sure if the changes He’s making in me are just healing of my heart and soul or if more change is coming with my other needs, but if it’s “just” my heart and soul I am blessed in great abundance.”  As soon as I sent off that email, the Lord put the following quote from the Bible directly in front of me:

“being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 NIV  Keep praying, dear people.  He hears and answers!


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