Friday, May 17, 2024

Opening Up!

 


"How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I take counsel in my soul
and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?


"Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.


"But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
because he has dealt bountifully with me."


King David, a mightking, a rich ruler,bowed down to by all. Yet this mighty king, had an intimate relationship with God. He bowed down to God Almighty. He worshiped God with a deep abiding love in his heart for God.

Is our relationship with God this loving?

Reading the words of David enables us to see into their relationship. Do you sense the intensity of it? His connection to God was emotionally and spiritually close. God was many things to David. He was his friend, helper, comforter, protector, provider, companion, avenger and his Father. He was everything to David. He talked to God as if he could see God sitting there. He was honest with God and told him his feelings, worries, concerns, fears, problems and asked God when was He going to help him.  This is one of the reasons David had a close relationship with God. He was open with God.

Maybe, we should open our hearts up and share with God the way David did. Our relationship would then be as close to God as David's was.

Blessings!

Friday, April 26, 2024

The Palm of His Hand

 


"I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Psalms 16:8"


In my devotion this week I was studying communing with God. During this time of quietness, these words came to me: "Keep your focus on God".

I had to wonder how often during the day do I keep my focus on God. My mind is focused on things I do around the house, errands to run, and family. If you are working outside the home, you have all sorts of things going on around you. I had to confess I wasn't focusing on God during my day.

This quickly reminded me; I miss wonderful opportunities to talk to God and to listen to Him. I am repentant that I have not kept my focus on Him throughout my days. Even when I am busy doing other things, I can still say a quick prayer, or thank Him for an opportunity or a blessing.

When our focus is on Him and not the world, we can have the peace He gives us. We can have calmness because of Him. It is like being in the palm of His hand.

 


Friday, April 12, 2024

Have You Shared His Gift With Others?

 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20

Not only did Jesus tell His disciples to do this, but he has told us this is our commission to.

Colossians 3:16 says, "Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts."

Jesus has called all those who believe in Him, who live for Him, to be His hands and feet. To reach out to others and share the good news with them. The good news is how much He loves them and because of His love He died for us. He took our sins upon Himself at the cross and died in our place giving us forgiveness and eternal life with Him.

That is quite a gift. Don't you want to share that with others, to let them know Christ has a wonderful gift for them?


Blessings!

Friday, April 5, 2024

Growing In The Garden

"...and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit." Amos 9:14

God did create the first garden, the Garden of Eden. From everything we read, it must have been beautiful. I for one cannot begin to imagine just how beautiful. You see, I think of the prettiest garden I have seen, and know, that God's garden was prettier than it.

In Amos 9:14 God says when He brings His people back from exile they will rebuild the ruined cities and there they will live.

Along with the rebuilt cities, He wants them to plant vineyards and to create gardens.

I think one of the reasons God wants gardens created is so he can walk with us in the beauty not only of the colors and smells but because we will be in the midst of growth, not just the garden but us too.

Blessings!

Friday, March 29, 2024

It Is Friday~The Day Christ Was Crucified




  We know Jesus died Friday, but praise God the grave could not hold Him!

Let us remember why.

All for us.

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