Gratitude is Always in Style

Today I want to take a moment to simply thank the Lord for His goodness; for His mercy; for His grace.  I know this world is full of challenges, but God is still good and deserves our praise.  My pastor often shares a great reminder that goes something like this… “What you’re complaining about is someone else’s answered prayer.  The family members that get on your last nerve… someone else is believing God for a family…”   I hope you get the picture.

I believe an attitude of gratitude opens the door for more goodness to enter our lives.  I believe it pleases God when we express gratitude for even the seemingly small things in life.   After all, everything we have comes from Him.

No matter the season, an attitude of gratitude is always in style.

Selah.

Meditate on this:  “I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” — Psalm 34:1

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Trust and Believe

Whew!  We made it through the first week of 2018.  There’s still an excitement in the air that a new year always brings.  I trust you’ve envisioned what you want 2018 to look like.  I’m asking God to increase my understanding of His Word.  I’m also asking for direction in my career and business ventures.  I have a dream in my hear that was planted when I was 8 or 9-years-old.  I’m still trusting God to bring it to pass.

What are you believing  God for this year? Is it a new home, career or relationship?  Perhaps it’s greater faith or healing that you need?

As long as your desires align with God’s will for your life, they can come to pass.

How do I know?

I know because God is a keeper of Hs Word.  He watches over His Word to perform it.  See Jeremiah 1:12 which states, Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.” 

God’s Word includes healing for His children.  If you profess Jesus Christ as your savior, then you are a child of God and all the promises of God belong to you.  That includes physical healing and all that makes for a prosperous life – thriving relationships, financial resources, divine encounters, etc.

Our faith lays the foundation for God to do the crazy, impossible in our lives.

It is my prayer that God blesses you abundantly in 2018. It is my prayer that you trust and believe that God is able to do exactly what He has said He would do.  Live expectantly, and watch God work.  Here’s to a bountiful 2018!

Selah!

Meditate on this:  Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”  Jeremiah 1:12

 

 

Do Not Worry!

I was driving down the freeway the other day when a flock of birds caught my attention. They were perched atop a power line that spanned several feet.  Immediately, I thought of the scripture found in Matthew 6:26. It reads, “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more of value than they? 

Beloved, are you not more of value than they?  Of course you are!  Why then do we worry so much?  Some worry about past mistakes. Many worry about the future.  I suspect it’s because we have to determine in our hearts and minds that we will release our cares to God.  We have to work towards making this a daily practice – no matter the challenges we may face.  It’s easier said than done. I know.

I recall years ago when I was preparing to relocate from Michigan to Southern California.  I was busy searching for a new place to live without really knowing much about California at that time.  I quickly became frustrated with my online search.  A spirit of worry began to take over.  What if I choose an area I end up disliking?’  ‘What if I can’t afford the rent?’  These thoughts and others started flooding my mind. What if…. What if…..’

Finally, one night before going to bed in frustration, I prayed a simple prayer. ‘God, I need your help.  You’ll have to figure this out because I don’t know.’  

I know in my heart that I had TRULY released the matter to God.  I could feel a difference physically.  It felt like a major weight had been lifted from my body.   Have you had that experience too?  You just know, that  you know, you’ve truly given the matter to God.  You aren’t still tinkering with it.  Yep, you’ve released it.

Well, a few days later a relocation counselor that had been assigned to me called and guided me through the process of finding a new place.  This was a benefit that came along with my relocation package.  This little perk had been in the works all the time, but I didn’t know it.  Whew!  If I had only trusted God from the beginning! 

I’ll admit, I was embarrassed that I had failed in this area, and wrongfully presumed that  I had to figure out everything on my own.  If I  had only been willing to trust and turn the matter over to God from the beginning, I would have spared myself a lot of frustration and sleepless nights.

Don’t let the spirit of worry claim ground that doesn’t rightfully belong to him.  Child of God, you deserve peace!  (And a good night sleep!)

I believe this message is for someone today.  I pray it blesses you and reminds you that God can be trusted.  Give the matter over to Him.  Do not worry.  Do not worry about your past.  Do not worry about your future. Take hold of God’s Word, and trust Him.  He has your best interest in mind.  Always.

Selah!

Meditate on this:  “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not more of value than they?  Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? — Matthew 6:26-27

 

 

We Serve a Big God!

As followers of Jesus Christ, we serve a big God.  A really, really big God. I know sometimes in life it seems as though the issues we’re dealing with are simply too big for God to handle. Death. Sickness. Divorce. Layoff, etc…

And yes, these are heavy issues. But our God can handle ALL our problems.  The Word of God declares that nothing catches Him by surprise.

“Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” — Isaiah 43:13

We have to exercise faith and believe that God is working out the fine details that we cannot see with our natural eyes.  Just as the scripture says, we have to believe that before there ever was a problem, God knew.  He is able to shoulder our burdens. He is able to work it out. He is able to make all things new again.  He is able to mend a broken heart.  He is able to bring healing to sick bodies. He is able to restore finances. He is able to restore fractured relationships.  He is able. Amen!

That’s why I love this recording, “You’re Bigger”, by Jekalyn Carr.  It’s an awesome song and powerful reminder that the God we serve is bigger than any challenge we’re currently facing or might face in the future.

I pray this song ministers to you today.  Click here to listen.

 

Meditate on this: “Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?” — Isaiah 43:13

Selah.

 

An interview with Christine George

In may latest podcast, Christine George, author of “I Remember: Memoirs of a Child Remembering, Forgiving, and Letting Go to be Free”, shares a moving account of  childhood trauma and how she learned to forgive in order to move forward with God’s plan for her life.

To listen to this inspirational interview, click here.

You can purchase “I Remember: Memoirs of a Child Remembering, Forgiving, and Letting Go to be Free” at traditional brick & mortar bookstores, or online at Amazon.com, Apple iTunes store, Kobo or Barnes and Noble

 

 

A Valentine’s Day Message

God has a message for you today.  He loves you.  It will be the same message tomorrow and the next day too. HE LOVES YOU. And there is nothing that you can do to change this fact. You can search your entire life, but you will never find the beginning or end of God’s love for you.  His love is eternal. He loves you with an everlasting love. Yes, everlasting….

All around the world, people are celebrating Valentine’s Day today. Expressions of romantic love are on display with flowers, candy and other sweet gestures. If  you’re feeling lonely or forgotten, don’t. Wrap yourself in the knowledge that there is One who will never leave you nor forsake you. It’s hard, I know, to grasp the fact that there is someone who loves us unconditionally.  Just as we are.  In all our mess. Knowing this makes me happy today.  How about you?

Selah!

Mediate on this:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” — Hebrews 13:8

Dream, but don’t sleep

The other day, I saw a phrase online that said, “Dream, but don’t sleep”.  Well, how profound is that, I thought. I don’t know where the phrase originated from, but it’s  definitely good advice. For me, it resonates deeper than any advice column on maneuvering the corporate world.  I’m thinking of spiritual matters.  “For the things which are seen are temporary…” 

If you asked me how to apply this simple phrase to your life, I would tell you to stay vigilant. I would tell you to stay close to God and never let go of His promises. Dream yes, but don’t sleep on the tactics of the enemy to bring discouragement into your life. Stay full of the Word so when the enemy comes (and he will, trust me), you will have a ready answer for his lies. Dream, but don’t forget the greatest dream giver of all – Jesus Christ. Seek council in His Word. Dream and dream bigger, but trust the Word of God as the final authority over all your circumstances.  Don’t sleep on the promises of God.

Selah!

Meditate on this: “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a for more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen.  For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”  — 2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Celebrating Life and Legacy

Today, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of my favorite quotes of Dr. King is, “Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”  Do you ever wonder what the condition of our world would be if all people, regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, embraced this creed?

I wish you blessings and peace as we reflect on the life and legacy of a remarkable man.

Meditate on this: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” – MLK

 

Blessed Assurance

Congratulations!  You made it through the first work week of 2017.  If you’re like most, you’re still basking in the afterglow that accompanies the start of a new year. After all, it’s still too early yet for the spirit of frustration and defeat to rear its ugly head – right? You’re full of excitement and expectation that THIS will be the year that all of your hopes and dreams come true.

I’ll admit it. I was happy to wave “bye-bye” to 2016. It was a tough year for me. Some days I felt like I was maneuvering a slow moving mud slide.  I often wondered, when will I reach the bottom of this thing? (I’m still waiting for the post office to locate my box of winter coats that were shipped to Michigan over a month ago!) Thankfully, I believe in miracles. Regardless of the challenges, I must proclaim that God has been faithful to me.  His Word never fails.  This is the reason for my hope. This is the reason for my joy.

I hope that 2016 was a great year for you. It’s my prayer that 2017 will be even better. If you’re a child of God and you’re standing on His promises, just as I am, you can expect God to move in a mighty way in your life. How can I be so sure? Because God is bound to His Word. Whatever He has said, He will perform.  That is our blessed assurance – no matter what it looks like in the natural.  Whatever God has promised, He will do.  Our job is to align our words with His.

You can expect the enemy to start sending negative thoughts your way, very soon.  By the time we reach March, it seems many people have given up on their goals and slipped back into their old habits and routines.  They stop going to the gym, eating healthy, getting up earlier to spend time in prayer, and so on. Don’t join this club!  Whatever you’re believing God to do in your life this year, pray and find a scripture to stand on. When the enemy throws you a curve ball, (and he will) don’t quit. Hold on even tighter to God’s Word. Hold on like your life depends on it. Rehearse His Word in your heart.  Repeat aloud the scriptures you’re standing on several times a day.  (Remember, faith comes by hearing the Word). Whatever you do, don’t stop believing.  We have the blessed assurance that God will perform His Word.

Selah!

Meditate on this: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”  _ Matthew 24:35