Friday, February 26, 2010
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
They say God gives peace.
Wish I could have peace.
My mind is so full of "stuff".
My life is crazy.
How will I ever see my way clear of this situation.
I just have too much to do.
I don't have enough money this month to pay the bills.
The kids are acting out and I don't know how to keep them under control.
He hit me again. I need help!
My babe is sick again.
Oh no! Here he comes and he's been drinking again.
"She" called again... what am I going to do?
They found drugs in Johnny's locker at school.
A grandmother? At my age? This can't be happening to me - to us.
and on and on it goes......
Do these comments conjure up any familair scenarios for you? Maybe they remind you of your present situation. Maybe they remind you of a time past when your felt that peace could never be yours.
I want you to know, dear ones, that God's peace CAN rule in your heart. If your life is full of anxiety and distress - no matter the cause - you CAN have PEACE... the peace of God that surpasses all understanding! And you CAN have it "in the midst"....
Isaiah 9:6 tells us that Jesus is the "Prince of Peace".
John 14:27 - "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world does. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid."
Romans 5:1 - Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.
Isaiah 26:3 tells me that He will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is focused on Him and who trusts Him. Again - action is required.
Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
and finally -
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Dear one - God has a peace for you that is indescribable - that is hard to understand until you experience it. However, you must seek after Him; trust Him; give every thing to Him. Tell the enemy to get away; fill your mind with Scripture and with all those things that are true and noble and pure and lovely (Philippians 4:8).
Has God been speaking to your heart today? If He has, I trust you will take some quiet time to spend with Him and allow Him to fill you with His Peace.
May His peace be yours today!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
181. His Peace when hubby is stressed.
182. Warmth in our home.
183. Good sales from the "shop".
184. A full tank of gas from hubby!
185. Tears of joy!
186. A God who hears!
187. My lovin' pooch!
188. Tulips from a friend - bringing a "spring-ness" to the home! I "love" spring flowers! Thank you, Judy! :)
189. A beautiful, vibrant winter sunset!
Thank You, Lord for blessing my life as you do! I am grateful for Your gifts to me. May I always see your hand at work in my life! Praise Your Name!
Blessings on you today , sweet ones!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Trust - unquestioning belief in the integrity, strength, or ability of person or thing
Everyday we walk in faith. We all have faith and/or trust in something - or someone!
For example: spouse; children; friends; doctor; vehicle; banks; science; ourselves; God.
On and on the list goes.
Who or what do you put your faith in?
Do your trust God to have everything under control?
Is your faith in Him unshakable? or is it shaky?
Do you doubt His ability to look after you - to meet your daily needs?
Do you doubt that He has a desire for you?
Maybe your faith is strong and secure - in HIM! I pray that this is so!
However, maybe there is someone in your life who does not have complete faith and trust in God; who doesn't see the necessity to "let go and let God". That 'someone' could be your spouse, or a child, or a friend.
Did you know that the disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith?
The apostles said to the Lord, "Increase our faith!"
Jesus had been asked to heal a boy with an evil spirit; here is part of the conversation between Jesus and the boy's father:
Mark 9:22 - 24
"It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us."
" 'If you can'? " said jesus. "everything is possible for him who believes."
Immediately the boy's father exclaimed, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!"
Have you ever cried out to God to help your unbelief? to increase your faith? We can, you know! When we pray and ask Him to increase our faith He will do this for us! He desires for our faith to be steadfast and strong - all He asks from us is a willing heart!
And we can ask this for those we love! If your spouse, or child or friend is lacking in faith spend some time with the Father, asking Him to increase their faith.
Pray this prayer over your loved ones today:
Dear Father God,
I pray this on behalf of _____, Lord. I pray for them to seek You today! Send Your Holy Spirit to place a gnawing in their heart that will bring them to You - a desire to talk and walk with You. Give ______ a belief in You that surpasses anything they've experienced thus far! Father, lead ______ by Your Spirit; fill their mind with thoughts of You; with Scripture they may not even know they have remembered! You are so awesome God! I thank You, that You love _____ even more than I do! May they know Your love and live in it today! Lord, increase their faith today. Protect ______ today, Father; Save _______ from the evil one. I Praise you Lord and I give You thanks!
In Jesus Precious Name I pray,
I pray for His blessings on you today!
Resting in HIM,
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
What's on your list today? May your day be filled with thankful moments!
Blessings - Ruthie
Monday, February 8, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Love you, Sweet Sister!
I feel it is very fitting to share this today.
It will be a week tomorrow since a dear friend left this world to be with his Heavenly Father! Many memories have flitted thru my mind in this past week and he has been present in our conversations... may it always be so!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
The title of todays writing is what God has placed on my heart these past 2 days ... so I'm running with it!
My very dear friend lost her husband this past week to cancer... that is why I have been MIA lately. In the midst of his battle with cancer we experienced an amazing miracle within our church family ... [read "Miracles" posted on January 19, 2010 - where this man literally stood up and walked after 4 years as a quadraplegic].
Of course, the question always comes - "Why him and not me? Why them and not us?"
Only God knows the answer to that!
I'm believeing that after fighting the battle with cancer to the best of his ability -
with courage & strength he could only have received from the Lord - it was time for Gary to "stand up and walk" again!
He is walking on streets of gold, seeing Jesus face to face!
It is so hard to let him go - his family needs the comfort, peace, & strength that only God can give them at this time! Love you dear ones!
Sometimes our miracles are here on earth - and sometimes they occur in the heavenly realms!
I am so thankful that we can know that Gary is with our Heavenly Father now; that he is pain free and walking again; breathing deep lung-fulls of fresh, clean air!
Please allow me some liberty here - I wonder if there are beaches in heaven? If so, that is where he will be found! Walking on the rocks, looking for treasures!
I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth.
And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see him with my own eyes - I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Blessings on you today as you reflect on life and death - as you ponder the peace that is without explanation - as you pray for loved ones - as you give of yourself to those in your world.
RESTING IN HIM ....... Ruthie