May you strengthen your FAITH…
May you encourage your heart with HOPE…
May you fill your spirits cup with GOD’S LOVE…
May the word of God be a light on YOUR PATH…
December 29, 2016
This past week the key pad to my vehicle decided to stop working. Even with a new battery, it had to be reprogrammed. Reprogrammed is an interesting word and concept; ‘re’ means to do again and ‘program’ means to provide coded instructions for the automatic performance of a task or to arrange per a specific plan or schedule. The key pad to my vehicle had to be set again to perform the task it was designed for.
This concept started me thinking about the New Year and beyond. Perhaps we need to reprogram our thinking, our plans, our desires and ideas so they line up with what God has planned for us. His plan is far more perfect than anything we can imagine.
My key pad allows me entry to my vehicle and it’s important to have one that is reliable. I depend on it daily. A relationship with God is like that. We can depend on Him to always be there. He is reliable. He has provided a way to have eternal life with Him. The question is this: What are you depending on for entry into Heaven and eternal life with God; your success, intellect, beauty, own wisdom, etc….? The list goes on.
the truth? Jesus is the answer!!! Just as entry into my vehicle is dependent on that little key pad, entry into Heaven is dependent on faith in Jesus. He has done ALL that needs to be done to have eternal life.
John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life and no man comes to the Father except through me.” If you are depending on anything other that faith in Jesus for a relationship with God, let the New Year be the time to ‘reprogram’ your thinking. If you have been depending on yourself and what you can do instead of depending on God’s plan for your life, let this be the time to ‘reprogram’ your thinking.
God has a plan for our lives. His plan is always best. You can depend on it.
Emergency Bible Numbers
The Lord is my Strength and my Song
A new journey, a new path, a new walk, a new destination, and a new question! YET, ALL with the SAME ANSWER that our Lord Jesus Christ provides our strength and our song – for the duration….. Dad always said the journey of a thousand miles begins with ONE step. The first step in our daily path is turning to our Lord Jesus Christ in prayer.
For HE IS OUR STRENGTH AND OUR SONG. 💜💚💙💚
A message for Easter is found in these words from a book titled, “Know your Bible BY Paul Kent”. The following paragraph speaks to the values of Faith, Hope, and Love.
From the first chapter of Genesis, when God created Adam and Eve, to the last chapter of Revelation where God welcomes ALL to take the water of life freely (22:17) , we see God intimately concerned with each of our lives. His AMAZING LOVE is shown in the death of His son Jesus on the cross. This sacrifice for sin allows anyone to be right with God THROUGH SIMPLE FAITH IN THE WORK OF JESUS CHRIST.
Healing of our temporary body is never guaranteed. But healing of our spirit and soul is an eternal guarantee, and it happens every moment of every day as we walk in the light of God’s word.
2Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in your weakness”. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
By accepting Jesus as our Savior we receive the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
This is my prayer for today. That people show love and kindness toward one another. We have had tornadoes in Dallas, a blizzard in the west, floods in Missouri, and brutal cold across the nation. Seek God during these difficult moments and help each other find peace and comfort.
I reflect on the Christmas Eve service I shared with my sister: God sent his son to be a light for the world. His light and His Word are there in the midst of hopelessness and trials. We greeted Christmas morning at 12:01 singing Silent Night with candles glowing to remind us of His Light.
May the Light of Jesus which is Peace Love and Hope shine upon YOU today! Amen.
Blessings to all, Debbie
The Heart of Giving
As I looked at the packages under my Christmas tree, I began to worry that the recipients might not be pleased. Money was tight, almost non-existent and for the first time in a number of years I wasn’t able to give in the same manner that had been my custom.
Society has in a magnificent way taught us to assess the value of a gift by its price tag rather than the heart of the giver. Nothing under my tree had a price tag worth bragging about; art supplies, a truck, candy, play-doh, a doll with homemade clothes, etc… The squeals of delight alleviated my fears and reminded me again of the true meaning of Christmas and the bearers of three gifts presented to Jesus.
The ‘Three Wise Men’ brought gifts fit for a king. They brought the best of themselves, gifts from their hearts – gifts to worship and honor this new born king.
Isn’t that what God wants from all of us; our best, our heart totally devoted to Him and then service to others?
Jesus is the greatest gift we have ever been given! He gave His all, His very life. No price tag could ever account for that gift.
As one who has accepted God’s gift of grace through faith in Jesus for eternal life, I want to give more of myself to others in this new year. I want to give from a heart full of gratitude for God’s priceless gift. Will you join me? 2016 can be the year where we truly let Jesus shine through us.
Blessings for the New Year! Debbie
Prayer during difficult times
Recent world events have created a host of emotions in the lives of people all across this country, believers and unbelievers alike. One of the strongest emotions I have heard expressed is fear.
Fear is a very powerful emotion. It can literally paralyze you so that you are immobile and useless, or it can motivate you to irrational action. Both of those responses are equally dangerous. We have all probably experienced fear at some point in our life, so as believers, how should we respond?
First, we pray and remember what God’s Word says. II Timothy 1:7 is a good verse to reflect on. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.” NKJV
Then we wait!! Waiting is hard for me yet very vital in my walk of faith. Reading in Charles Stanley’s In Touch Devotional this past week, the following two statements really spoke to my heart. Perhaps they will speak to you as well.
- “If impatience temps you to jump ahead of the Lord’s timing, you risk stepping outside of His will and missing His blessings. But waiting until He gives clear direction, you will walk in His peace with certainty, instead of stumbling around in anxiety and confusion.”
- “Christian maturity becomes evident in the ability to wait in peaceful confidence, trusting that in God’s time, we will know what to do.”
So during this time of crisis, panic, confusion and fear, we can pray and wait, as we move on toward maturity, confident that our loving Heavenly Father is still in control. In His time, ALL THINGS will be made RIGHT!!!
A Daily Prayer
Every single day, Lord, There is just so much to do.
So I bow my head and Pray And give it ALL to YOU.
I Pray for YOU to guide me, To lead me gently through.
Teach me Faith, Hope, and Love… Lord,
In everything I do. Amen…