The Big and Small Ways God Loves Me

Rounded Lillies of the Field

Every day God reminds me of just how much He loves me and how special I am to Him. Recently, I temporarily lost my wedding rings. I had just returned from McDonald’s and was in the kitchen preparing breakfast for myself. I remember taking off my wedding rings because I didn’t want to get food on them. That’s the last I remembered of them.

When I searched for them I could not find them. I checked my purse, I checked the counter-tops in the kitchen, I checked the garbage disposal . . . . . . nothing! I quickly prayed to ask God to help me find my rings. I took everything out of my purse and laid it on the bed . . . still nothing! I decided to go back to the kitchen, sit down, and eat my breakfast and call my husband to tell him of the situation. He asked me had I checked any bags I had. I told him I didn’t have any bags . . . . . then I remembered . . . I went to McDonald’s to get a cup of coffee and asked the rep to give me a bag so that I could put my creamers and sweetener in them. Sure enough I checked the trash can in the kitchen where I had thrown the McDonald’s bag and inside the bag were my wedding rings!

Thank you God for using my husband to tell me where my rings were located. Also thank you for answering my simple prayer to help me find my rings. The lesson I learned that day is this: God is soo concerned about me. His love is everlasting and He is concerned about every facet of my life. If He so clothed the lilies of the field which are here today and gone tomorrow, how much more is He protective and concerned about me?

Thanks Dad!

 

 

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is!

 

Rough Seas

Matthews 14:22-32
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd .23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “Tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

I love this passage because it illustrates that fact that as Christians, we live this life by faith and not by sight. When Jesus went to meet the boat, it had begun to be tossed by angry waters, He walked on water towards the boat. The disciples were already afraid because the boat had begun to toss to and fro. On top of that, here comes this figure in the distance walking on water towards the boat. By this time, they were terrified! They thought it was a ghost! But Jesus immediately told them not to be afraid and take courage. It was merely Him. Peter, still not convinced said, “prove it Jesus!!” If it’s you, beckon for me to come out the boat and meet you.

Be careful of your declarations because at some point, God is going to require you to act on them! Jesus told him, “Come on!” Paul got out of the boat and began to walk toward Jesus. As long as his eyes were upon Jesus, he stayed upright upon the water. As soon as he took his eyes off Jesus and looked at the situations around him, he began to sink. This is soo profound! Peter cried, “Save me Lord!” Jesus reached out his hand to catch him and the two climbed back into the boat. Jesus told him his faith was small and asked him why he doubted. The Bible says after they got in the boat, the winds died down.

Wow, what a wonder lesson for all of us! God told us to keep our eyes fixed upon Him and not at the circumstances around us. Those circumstances were designed for one main reason; to cause fear to develop in us! God bids us to keep our eyes squarely focused on Him and Him alone! Since He and His word are one, we are to keep our eyes on what He says in His word. As we do this, the circumstances of life won’t scare us or cause us to lose our faith.

Thank You Jesus for this lesson!

~Selah

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Childlike Faith!

 

Childlike Faith

Remember when we were children? We didn’t have a care in the world. Most of us didn’t think about how the bills were going to get paid. We just knew we were ALWAYS going to have lights, running water, housing, clothes, & food. We left those concerns up to our parents. Our sole concern was our next cartoon or when we were going to get the chance to go outside and play!

The Bible says the following in Matthews 18: 2-4

“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

Our heavenly father wants us to know that even as adults, He still wants us to have this kind of child-like assurance that we are ALWAYS going to be provided for. A wonderful songwriter once penned the words to a song. The chorus read the following:

“And when they asked Him, whose gonna be the greatest in the kingdom, Jesus called a little child for them to see. If you really want to be the greatest in the kingdom, just like this little child you gotta be!”

Jesus wasn’t speaking of our need to reach spiritual maturity. In order for us to really tap into our “heaven on earth” experience we have to constantly and relentlessly pursue that “higher calling” (Philippians 3: 14-15) which is in Christ Jesus.

What Jesus was referring to in Matthews was our need to have the type of belief system as a child. Most children don’t have to think twice about basic provisions. For most of us, especially in the United States, we were born, and had some place we could lay our heads at night and not have to worry about how to keep that roof over our heads. That was for our parents to figure out.

In the same way, our heavenly father wants us to depend on Him to meet our needs, even during times when we feel most challenged. Jeremiah 29:11 declares that God knows the plans He has for us. They are plans to prosper us and not to harm us. Plans to give us a hope and a future.

Childlike faith doesn’t happen overnight. It takes daily deliberate decisions to put our faith, trust, and hope in God. I encourage you to make those daily commitments to enter into that childlike faith. Let’s take this journey together!

~Selah

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Where Do You Find Your Encouragement?

shaking handsA number of years ago, a friend of mine at the time had obviously bought a new pair of shoes and she proudly wore them to an event we attended. I initially had not noticed her shiny new shows and I would imagine she was growing increasingly impatient with no one making a comment on how pretty they were. Finally, when she couldn’t take it anymore, she asked, “Do you like my new shoes?” I thought it a little strange that she would need validation for her shoes. Her admiration of her purchase was not enough. She needed the confirmation from another person that she had made the right decision in purchasing those shoes.

I’m sure each of us has looked for validation from others over the course of our lives. Children need validation and approval from their parents in order to gain a level of confidence in their lives. Employees look for validation from their employers to ensure they are on the right course with their careers! Performers look for validation from the audience as a way to gauge their performance.

What happens when we don’t receive this validation? Do we begin to question the value we bring to a situation? Do we begin to question our talent? The Bible speaks of a time in King David’s life when a situation arose during one of his battles. While he and his men were off fighting war, the enemy captured their wives and children. When they returned from battle and discovered what had happened, they wept until, the Bible states, “they had no more tears left to weep. At this point, David’s men became angry and conspired to stone him. I would imagine they blamed him for the calamity that had occurred in their lives. The Bible goes on to say that during this time, David encouraged himself in the Lord.

You see, even though we don’t always have someone to inspire or encourage us, we know that we can ALWAYS find encouragement in the word of God. God said in his word that He would NEVER leave us nor forsake us! He says that He knows the plans that He has for us, plans to prosper us and not to harm us. His plans will bring about His expected end in our lives.

If you have someone in your life that acts as a support and encourager, praise God for that person or people. However, if you find that those channels of inspiration are closed for you, take heart! God hasn’t forgotten about you and we can ALWAYS find comfort and encouragement in His word!

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Those Pesky Weeds!

Weeds

What kind of seeds have we planted in our gardens down thru the years? For some of those seeds, we need to pray to God for crop failure on them! If watered and nurtured long enough, those seeds we planted YEARS ago will eventually start to grow.

 They will start to grow like weeds! One thing about weeds, you can cut them off above ground, but in order to truly get rid of them, you have to dig deep and remove the root!

 Another thing about weeds, they don’t need a lot of water and nutrients to grow, and once they start growing, they spread their seeds to other parts of your beautiful garden!

 No matter how many other beautiful plants you put in your garden, you will always have to contend with those weeds . . .UNTIL you pluck them out by the roots!!!

 I wonder, how many of us have weeds growing in our beautiful garden of life and no matter how many beautiful flowers or good deeds we try to plant or do, somehow they eventually get overrun by those IRRITATING weeds!

 First things first! Deal with the weeds and ONLY then will you have your beautiful garden called life!!

 He that has a discerning ear, let him hear!

 Love you.

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Begin Again!

Rock Begin Again

I know I can begin again but I don’t know where to start

Lord speak to my heart

I know I can realize my dreams but fear wants to grab a hold

It has to let go

Only God can help me move beyond my fears

Only God can heal the wounded child within

So I trust that He will lead me to the place

Where my soul can find the strength to run this race

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What is a Thought?

Thoughts

What is a thought but a picture captured in the past
And frozen in time, waiting for someone
To come along and dig it out of a deep freeze.
What is a thought but an event played out in
Our imagination over and over again, looking for a way
To escape into our reality.
Thoughts represent the best of us.
Thoughts represent the worst of us.
Each one searching for a place in our present existence.
Thoughts become the fabric that make each of us unique,
They become the tools by which we carve out our livelihood.
They become the mirror that reflects the person we truly are.

Leslie Brooks

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