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Boxing up

I had a dream last night about packing.

It was weird (as most dreams tend to be).

Yet, I clearly saw my recent mental gymnastics reflected in the stressed out “me” in the dream.

It is due to a combination of two priorities which don’t work together: packing our house and homeschooling our son.

I have often had to guard against the mental “what if?”.

Because not only am I fighting my flesh which wants things a certain way, there’s also doubt which tries to wind me up and rob my joy.

But in my heart I have peace.

God will supply all our needs.

He is faithful.

Like yesterday.

We finished school early.

We started by seven (which is definitely the Lord’s blessing).

We drove down yesterday and signed papers on the new house!

Praise the Lord!

God supplied all our needs throughout.

He has made “a way in the desert”.

I know He will help me get everything done in His time and without me stressing.

Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV — “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

It’s so true!

I have all I need, because Jesus has me.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for understanding my fears and worries and showing me a better way. Lord, thank You for showing me what I’m struggling with, because if I’m blind to my own sin I can’t repent and turn away from it. Lord, please continue to hone my heart, to help me to be soft, gentle, kind, loving, quick to forgive, quick to listen, slow to anger and slow to speak. Lord, please place a guard upon my lips that I might speak “no unwholesome talk” for I do not want to grieve Your Spirit. I don’t want to spread my own struggles to others. Lord, please forgive me if I have already done so in anyway. Lord thank You for walking us through all these things. Thank You for Your provision of a new home and new job. Lord, please show us how to glorify Your name in all these things. I love You, Jesus! Amen.

“…and comfort them.”

17 Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them. 18 You will bring justice to the orphans and the oppressed, so mere people can no longer terrify them. Psalms 10:17‭-‬18 NLT

The cries of the helpless are not missed by God.

The Lord speaks clearly in His Word about His care, especially those who are in extreme need.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.
Psalms 146:8‭-‬9 NKJV

We too can find comfort in God through Jesus Christ.

His salvation brings even the most desperate hope.

Luke 4:18-19 KJV — The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus was reading from the book of Isaiah and pronounced that He was the one who Isaiah was writing about.

Luke 4:21 NKJV — And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

Sadly, those listening didn’t understand and were greatly angered by Jesus’s claim, but His life bore witness to Who He was and His resurrection bares witness to what He said.

For those who accept the truth of Jesus and the hope in salvation, there’s no greater comfort.

He made it clear, His comfort is to be shared.

Matthew 28:19 NKJV — “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NKJV — Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

His gift of hope is a comfort to all who put their trust in Him.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your salvation. Thank You for the truth of Your Word and the hope we have through Your sacrifice. Lord, we easily become distracted by the cares of this world, the expectations of others, the lusts of the flesh. Please help us to remain steadfast upon Your truth, Your love, and to live in obedience to Your commands. Lord, in Your Word is life. Please help us to both find peace and rest, comfort for our souls in You, as well as pass on that comfort to others. I praise Your holy name, Jesus! Amen.

…may God settle you.

1 Peter 5:10 NKJV — But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.

For the follower of Christ there will be suffering.

If Jesus Christ was persecuted, we too will be.

But just as the Lord knows what is best and how to use what the enemy means for evil to our benefit, we can cling to the truth that Jesus will settle us.

He will use the tribulations of this fallen world to perfect our faith, establish His truth, and strengthen our hearts in Him.

He will guide, direct, teach, exhort, and hone those who remain diligent in following Him.

And some day, He will settle us in our home.

John 14:2-4NKJV — “In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Be encouraged follower!

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV — For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your promises. Thank You for salvation. Lord, truly, there is no greater joy than to know one’s soul is safe with You. Lord, so many things in this life are temporary, thank You that You never change, Your Word is always true, and Your gift of salvation is all we need. Lord, please continue to teach us, to help us to be willing to walk through any circumstance knowing You will use it for our good. Lord, please help us to be loving, gentle, kind, compassionate, and faithful. Slow to speak and able to discern the truth, wise and meek. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Exactly what I needed

John 14:1 NKJV — “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.

When I opened my Blue Letter Bible app this morning, my eye fell on this verse.

It was exactly what I needed this morning.

For although I have a long list of “to do”s, I didn’t breathe well last night and am feeling the consequences of such today.

So, when I spent my morning in prayer, the Lord reminded and comforted me with His truth.

I am responsible for obedience to Him,

To rely completely on Him for my everything,

To trust Him.

For He is faithful.

He has every part of all these things in His hands.

He’s aware of the things which need to be done and I’m sure He will show me what He wants me to accomplish today.

What doesn’t get done will, in His timing.He knew I needed a reminder this morning.

He knew I needed a reminder of these truths this morning.

How faithful He is!

What a blessing to serve Him.

Truly, I can walk in peace, because He cares for me.

1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV — Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your faithfulness. Lord, thank You for caring for me. Thank You for Your Word which teaches me and reminds me of what is right and true. Thank You for Your Word which lights my path before me. Lord, thank You for my family who are so patient with me. Thank You for using them to supply my need. Please continue to teach me to be humble, that I might wait upon You and not rush ahead in my own strength or ideas. Please continue to help me to completely surrender myself before You, daily. Thank You for Your salvation. I praise Your holy name, Jesus. Thank You! Amen.

Those who love God…

Like the variety of colors which blend to make these leaves into the lovely creation they are, so the numerous character traits which make up the definition of those who love God are a beautiful variety.

Romans 8:28 NKJV — And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

People who love God are marked by goodness through adversity.

Joseph’s words to his brothers:

Genesis 50:20 KJV — But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Those who love God place their trust in Him.

2 Samuel 22:31 KJV — As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.

David’s life was marked by people trying to kill him, but God was a shield to David and he lived a long life.

When he was given the opportunity to strike down the man who sought his life, he trusted God rather than reacting from fear.

1 Samuel 24:6 KJV — And he said unto his men, The LORD forbid that I should do this thing unto my master, the LORD’S anointed, to stretch forth mine hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the LORD.

Those who love God obey Him, for the truth is, His commandments are for our own protection.

1 John 5:3 KJV — For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Proverbs 4:4 KJV — He taught me also, and said unto me, Let thine heart retain my words: keep my commandments, and live.

Noah is an excellent example of someone who obeyed God and his obedience was protection for him and his family.

Genesis 6:22 KJV — Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Lovers of God are also people who love others, because they abide in Christ by whom they were redeemed.

1 John 3:23-24 NKJV — And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

The life of John who wrote both the Gospel of John and the letters of John bring into crystal clear truth, that loving God means loving others.

The same man who wanted to destroy others for their behavior,

(Luke 9:54 NKJV — And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them, just as Elijah did?”)

was the man who wrote:

1 John 2:10-11 NKJV — He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

These are just a few of the characteristics which mark those who love God, those who are called according to His purposes.

We have the gift of scripture to guide and teach us that through the help of the Holy Spirit we might walk in the character qualities of those who love God.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these truths and the way You have shown us how to live, what things are best, and what it means to be lovers of You. Lord Jesus, we are unable to walk in Your ways alone, thank You for Your Holy Spirit and the Bible. Please continue to hone our hearts daily. Lord, please make me more like You and help me to pick up my cross and follow You with joy. Thank You. Amen.

Sharp truth

Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool. Proverbs 10:18 NLT

Is there any who can not see themselves in these words, at one time or another?

God’s Word cuts through our excuses for ungodly behavior and reveals the truth of what these attitudes are:

lies and foolishness.

Rather, we must be on guard against allowing such things in our lives and be quick to repent when they are discovered among us.

For our tongues are to be under submission to the Lord Jesus.

When they are not we bring ridicule to our Savior.

James 3:9-10 NKJV — With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

If we are followers of Christ Jesus, our actions, our attitudes, and our words need to be in line with what God says is His expectation for His children.

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV — Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

God’s Word is sharper than any two edged sword.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV — For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

And it is a wonderful gift for us, the children of God, to teach us, admonish us, encourage us, and to bring us life.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV — All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the truth, direction, guidance, and correction we find in Your scriptures. Lord, please help us to read, understand, and accurately apply Your truths daily. Lord, our lives often get bogged down in the muck of our sin and the more of a sinful world. Lord, please help us be on guard against sin and to repent quickly when we have sinned. Lord, please place a guard over our lips that we might not curse our fellow man nor mock another of Your creation nor slander or neighbor. Lord, please keep us from bring dishonor to Your name by walking in ways which are counter to Your character. Lord, please teach us how to love well, to live selflessly, and to be totally surrendered to You. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

October 19

Today’s prayer:

Psalm 24:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You that all is Yours. Every person is Your creation. Every plant, every animal, every part of what we see belongs to You. Lord, my heart is grieved when I look at the consequences of sin upon this beautiful world You created and those who live in it. Yet, I am overwhelmed by Your gift of salvation. You died on a cross to redeem Your creation. Thank You so much! Lord, nothing belongs to me, not my possessions, not my family, not my friends, not even my own life. All are Yours and I trust You to do what is best with each one. Lord, please help me to live completely surrendered to Your Word and Your Holy Spirit each and every day. Lord, please guide and direct me, that I might not sin against You. Lord, to You belong all glory, honor, and praise! I love You and I want to serve You with every breath I take. Please help me to walk with You in integrity and truth. I give You this day and I thank You for it in advance. Amen.

Transplanting

This pot was an anniversary gift from Handsome.

We had talked previously about my desire to repot some of my plants, especially the roses, which came with me from our other house.

I had mentioned to him the need for larger pots due to the fact they had outgrown the ones I brought them in.

2 years in one pot is a lot for a plant especially a rose.

My red rose had to be planted this summer due to it’s inability to continue to thrive in the pot I brought it in.

My white rose was planted right after our move, because the container it came in was unsuitable.

Yesterday, with Anne’s help, we transplanted my cabbage rose to a larger pot (pictured).

We dug up my red rose and repotted in anticipation of our move.

My white rose will be remaining here.

Because it’s just now recovering from the trauma of it’s past.

When I first got sick my plants all suffered neglect, but my white rose was attacked and eaten multiple times by a deer which the dogs failed to keep out of the garden.

As we dug it up to move it was an act of faith, because it looked very dead.

But it wasn’t dead.

Both this summer and last it put out a few beautiful flowers.

It’s foliage and growth this past summer is the best I’ve ever seen it have.

And as I prayed about what plants to take and which to leave, I knew it would be best for this one to remain.

Because often times, I’ve found what is best is to let go, rather than “hold on” to things.

The only clinging which should be occurring in my life is my relationship with Christ.

John 15:4 KJV — Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

This is simply another opportunity to listen to the still gentle voice of the Lord and to walk in His ways.

I’m so thankful for the circumstances which remind me of what is important.

It’s not where I live, what I have or do not have, or even my emotions which are most important.

It’s Jesus Christ and as long as I have Him, I have all I need.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for guiding and directing us as we prepare for this transition. Lord, thank You for reminding me of what is important. Please continue to show me myself clearly, help me be aware of the snares of sin and the deception of the flesh which is constantly at war with what is right and holy. Lord, please help me to live daily unto You in all I say, do, and am. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Just thankful

Colossians 3:15 KJV — And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Looking backwards, this verse is what my week required.

Although, I wasn’t successful in walking in peace every moment, it was certainly an opportunity to learn to be at peace and simply be thankful.

Because it’s been a challenging week.

I had a migraine from Friday evening through Monday and spent most of Monday in bed.

I was so thankful to God that I was still able to teach Jase homeschool, even though I wasn’t able to get up and do stuff.

Tuesday and Wednesday I felt so much better, but the rest of the family was struggling with illness.

Thankfully, we were able to just remain at home and rest.

Yesterday, everyone was feeling better, but it was my most challenging day.

For some reason I couldn’t get things done without interruptions and I struggled with feeling frustrated and stressed.

By dinner time I’d lost my voice and had to content myself with just resting.

Thankfully, God provided exactly what I needed, through my gracious family.

As we finish out the work week and the homeschooling for this week, I’m praising God for His faithfulness and provision.

Because the biggest test of our peace and thankfulness was the news that the house sale might not go through.

My husband and I talked and prayed and gave it to the Lord.

We acted upon the direction we felt God was leading and put it in His hands.

I specifically asked the Lord to not allow this move if it wasn’t His will, although we were looking forward to this opportunity, because we never want to be outside His leading.

Yesterday, as my husband drove home from work, he let me know God had answered and the sale should go through without any further issues.

We are very thankful.

And I have joy in knowing whatever the future holds we can “let the peace of God rule” in our hearts.

Psalm 100:1-5 NKJV — A Psalm of Thanksgiving. Make a joyful shout to the LORD, all you lands! Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing. Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.

Dear Lord Jesus,

How great is Your faithfulness! Your mercy and grace are amazing! Lord, thank You for loving us so much. Lord, whether in need or with abundance You are there. Whether we are healthy or sick, You are there. Whether we are celebrating or mourning, You are there. Thank You. Thank You for providing Your Word and Your salvation. Lord, thank You for being all we have ever needed and walking with us daily. Lord, Your name is great and greatly to be praised. We thank You for all Your wonderous works, both the seen and the unseen. May our lives bring glory to Your name, Jesus. Amen.

October 14

Today’s prayer:

Zephaniah 3:5 NKJV — The LORD is righteous in her midst, He will do no unrighteousness. Every morning He brings His justice to light; He never fails, But the unjust knows no shame.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for being righteous. Thank You for bringing justice to light. Thank You for never failing. Lord, Your truth is incredible. Your Word is powerful. Your love is what saves us. Thank You for Your sacrifice. Please help us, each one, to focus upon serving You with our actions, our attitudes, and our words. Lord, please help us to be people of integrity, who shun evil and speak truth. Lord, please help us to be lovers of You, not lovers of pleasure. Lord, please keep our minds fixed upon Your truths, Your ways, and Your Sovereignty, for You are the author and finisher of our faith. You alone are worthy of praise, honor, and glory. To You I look. To You I dedicate myself and my day. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.