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It’s loving one another

John 13:34-35NKJV — “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Jesus made it clear.

It’s loving one another which testifies of our identity.

Not what we have.

Not where we live.

Not our occupation.

It is loving as Jesus has loved.

That is a tall order.

Jesus loved to the death and beyond the grave.

His disciples did too.

Church history records each and every one of the eleven (Judas the betrayer committed suicide) was persecuted for their devotion for Jesus Christ and only John survived these persecutions.

All the rest died for their love of Jesus.

And through their testimony innumerable people were saved.

These eleven men proved Jesus’s words were true and they are just as true today.

It is through loving as Christ loves that we show ourselves disciples.

1 John 2:5-6NKJV — But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

1 John 3:11 NKJV — For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another,

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for Your Word. Lord, please help me to love as You do. Lord, please guide and direct my heart. Please grant me discernment for today and wisdom. Lord, thank You for Your love and for Your example. May our lives shine the truth of Your love, that others may come to know You. Thank You for Your wondrous works. Thank You for healing, provision, understanding, and salvation. Please continue to reach those who have yet to know You. Thank You, Lord. Amen.

Trusting…

God knows what I need far more than I do.

My own understanding is not only short-sighted, it’s tainted.

Sin distorts my ability to perceive things accurately.

Therefore, my heart must trust in the Lord and His Word.

Proverbs 3:5 NKJV — Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

Walking in this means surrendering my own opinions on what is best and chosing to place myself in the hands of God by following His commands.

Reason alone might argue the antiquity of scripture renders it out dated and unconventional, placing it’s instructions on the shelf as “good for only a season” which has long passed.

Yet to this argument we find God’s response:

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV — All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Our daily choice is whether we apply God’s Word to our lives or walk in our own ways.

Proverbs 3:6 NKJV — In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.

Trusting God, is choosing to follow Him, with our cross upon our shoulder, our eyes fixed upon His truth, and a heart completely surrendered to the One who loved us first and best.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You that no matter the circumstances I can rest in You and find comfort in scripture. Lord, thank You for this season I’m currently in. Thank You for teaching me so many things and walking me forward into each day. Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love and how perfect Your perspective is. Thank You that I can know my soul is safe with You and there’s nothing more comforting then that. I praise Your holy name, Lord! Thank You for Your truth! May my life bring glory to Your name. Amen.

We have moved

Praise the Lord!

We are so thankful to God for His blessings while we have walked through this transition.

I’d have to stop and count how many times we have moved in our 24 years of marriage, but each one has held different challenges and blessings.

This one stretched me in ways I didn’t think possible.

The Lord has taken our family through many changes and this one is as full of His lessons as the others have been.

God has been in our move the whole time and provided in ways we didn’t expect.

Yes, we had wonderful help!

Anne came for Thursday and Friday.

Our oldest daughter’s hubby spent all of Wednesday and Saturday.

It has been an incredible testimony to God’s goodness as well as a chance to learn through new experiences

Throughout this transition of buying, remolding, and moving I’ve been seeking the Lord’s face.

Because I’ve learned that on my own I haven’t the slightest idea of what is best, only through the Lord’s leading can I have discernment and wisdom.

I’ve also wanted this transition to be filled with peace and joy, not striving or disagreement.

It has been through the Lord’s Word that I’ve found the key to be able to stay in unison with my husband throughout this whole process.

Romans 12:10 KJV — Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Neither of us has held tightly to anything, but instead we’ve prayed, discussed, and adjusted.

If we had opposing opinions on something we talked about our different ideas with kindness and gave each other the opportunity to see the individual concerns or priorities.

Continually, I prayed about details along with the general things.

We had some set backs, but rather than allow stress to rob me of my joy, I prayed and trusted the Lord.

Our plans have been changed and adjusted, our schedule has been continually shifting, but through it we have learned that we can be flexible and loving no matter what.

God has used each circumstance to give us an opportunity to trust Him more, to surrender our desires, and to prefer each other rather than demanding our own way.

It’s been a beautiful process and I’m so thankful.

Through this move we can glorify God for His faithfulness and love, His provision and direction, His blessings.

Especially, the joy of new opportunities in a new home and a new community.

Praise the Lord!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your help in all of this. Thank You that we have learned so much throughout this long transition. Lord Jesus, we want to be a blessing in this place to those around us. Lord, please help us to honor You with all we have and in all we do. Thank You, Jesus. 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.

Arguing

Like this picture, my perspective was a little skewed.

My husband had said, “Why do you do that? Why do you contradict everything I say?”

I nearly laughed when I responded with, “I don’t.”

He raised his eyebrows at me and smiled.

I apologized.

Although, I really didn’t feel I always contradicted my husband I did feels prick about it when I was praying.

If it’s important to my husband it should be important to me.

So, I asked the Lord to help me see when I was arguing with him.

Turns out, I do contradict him, often.

It’s not malicious nor was I really aware of it.

But there’s so many little moments when I was not careful with my words.

Yesterday we were Zooming a friend and I realized my “quick to listen and slow to speak” was backwards.

I’d been quick to speak and slow to listen.

Uhg.

Thankfully, both God and my husband are very patient and forgiving.

Today, I’m asking the Lord to continue to help me with this area.

First, that I see myself clearly and then that I am careful with my words.

Because words that build up are not words of contradiction.

Yes, there are times and places to stand for the truth when a lie is being pronounced as truth.

But between my husband and myself, there’s no reason for me to speak as I have.

I know if we have a conflict or misunderstanding the way to handle it is not before others, not with words that infer he is completely wrong, but instead with honesty, compassion, and love.

My contradicting him was simply a blindness to my own carelessness.

Frankly, I’d be embarrassed if it weren’t for my husband’s loving attitude.

Which in turn makes me want to deal with this poor behavior even more.

It’s wonderful how God has brought to light an area which was askew and is teaching me how to correct it.

Just another example of God’s love, His goodness, and His grace.

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV — who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.

I’m so thankful to God!

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for showing me my error. Lord, please continue to teach me to guard my words, to be quick to listen and slow to speak. Lord, please continue to heal my perspective, that I might not sin against You or anyone else. Lord, my heart is glad You have broken through an area I was stubbornly refusing to see. Please let the words of David stand for me as well.

Psalm 69:5-6 NKJV — O God, You know my foolishness; And my sins are not hidden from You. Let not those who wait for You, O Lord GOD of hosts, be ashamed because of me; Let not those who seek You be confounded because of me, O God of Israel.

Lord, please do not allow my sins to hinder my family’s relationship with You. Instead, please use my errors to help my family avoid these things in their own life. Lord, I thank You for Your mercy and grace. I thank You for Your truth and patience. May Your name be glorified today. Amen.

Abstaining

1 Peter 2:11-12 NKJV Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul, having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

How are those called by Christ’s name to witness to those who have yet to know Him?

Two things: abstaining from fleshly lusts and good works.

These instructions are given elsewhere as well.

Romans 13:14 KJV — But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

The Lord knew we needed more than just the command “don’t do”: put off fleshly lusts; He knew we needed a “do”: put on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Because without Jesus, we are simply slaves to our flesh and chained to our sin.

Scripture clearly outlines what fleshly lusts leads to, that we might recognize the danger.

Galatians 5:19-21 KJV — Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

1 John 2:16 KJV — For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.

Scripture also gives us many verses as to those things we should be “putting on”, the gifts of the Spirit and the works of Christ.

2 Timothy 2:22 KJV — Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Galatians 5:22-24 NKJV — But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Colossians 3:12-14 NKJV — Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

God’s Word tells us that putting off the flesh and putting on Jesus Christ is a testimony to those who accuse us, to those who have yet to know Him.

It is how we shine brightly in a lost and dark world.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for these practical and understandable lessons. Lord, thank You for giving both a warning and an instruction. Thank You for sending the Holy Spirit to convict of sin, that I might not deceive myself, thinking I’m fine, when the truth is I need You daily. Thank You that Your Word brings me such peace as I daily learn to walk with You. Lord, for those who have yet to know You, please continue to use my life and the lives of others who love You as a testament to Your goodness, Your glory, Your holiness, Your truth. Lord, please let the world see the truth, turn to You and be healed. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Blessings from God

We were so grateful for the gift of time with our family this weekend.

Of course, it went by quickly, but we enjoyed it.

The babies have grown and learned so much in the short time we’d had them last.

I was thrilled to hear our granddaughter clearly calling, “Grammy! Grammy!”.

I just don’t have enough kisses or hugs to bestow all my affection for these two little people.

One evening, we pulled out the swimming pool and I held my husband’s hand and laughed as the littles splashed themselves and each other over and over.

Jase was with us, enjoying the show as well.

Later, we placed Bubba into the backpack and I held Faye’s little hand and walked around the neighborhood.

As we were arriving back at the house, my heart was spilling over with thanksgiving for the blessings of God.

I simply don’t praise Him enough.

He has provided for our family for so long.

He has walked with us through so much.

He has been faithful and I know He will always be.

I’m especially thankful to God for children.

There’s nothing that compares to the beauty and innocence of a child.

Their need for love, protection, and guidance remind me of my need for God.

And every child is a precious gift, created by God, distinctly different from any other God has ever created.

I have been so blessed to be the mother of four and now I’m finding a whole new meaning of the word as a grandmother.

Talk about a tangible blessing!

Psalm 127:3 KJV — Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You so much for Your blessings! Lord, I especially thank You for children. What wonderful gifts they are. Lord, please continue to remind me to depend completely upon You, as a small child depends on their parents. Lord, please continue to teach me to listen well, to obey quickly, and to be thankful in all things. For from You I have all I need and through You I am able to do all that is required. Thank You, Jesus! Thank You. Amen.

“Whom shall I fear?”

Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

It’s a slick, crafty, sneaking kind, the voice of fear which piggybacks upon “reason”, “caution”, and “sense”.

Too often its poison has seeped into thoughts and begun to sway actions before those influenced by it are even aware of the change.

It takes God’s Spirit and His Word to reveal the truth of fear.

Because if we succumb to fear, our very existence becomes tainted and our love dies.

Fear is a cruel and unjust Master.

Fear is the direct enemy of love.

It often leads the heart to hate.

But God has defeated fear by crushing sin and death.

Without the fear of eternal death, what is there to fear?

King David, of all people, understood what it was to live through extremely frightening circumstances.

He was on the “hit list” of both his own king, his own son, and from enemy countries.

He had literally run for his life many times.

Yet, he penned these words:

Psalm 27:1 NKJV — A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

His trust was solid.

His love of God was unwavering.

His heart knew he need not fear.

And ours should know this as well.

For Christ died and rose again, and His sacrifice is our salvation.

With this security, we need not fear, but trust and love our Lord Jesus.

We do this by putting our lives in His hands, surrendering ourselves into His perfect plan, and living obediently unto His Word.

Psalm 56:11 KJV — In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Proverbs 29:25 KJV — The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

For the redeemed, God’s love is our security, our sanctuary, our safe place.

1 John 4:18 KJV — There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your promises. Lord, thank You for being life, truth, and the way. Lord, You reach us exactly where we are. Your Word is truth in every generation. Please continue to help me to walk in Your love and to be on guard against fear. Lord, help me remember that fear kills faith and strangles love. Lord Jesus, I want to walk with You in all things; to be loving, faithful, kind, honest, honorable, and wise. Please help me to do so. Please walk with me in today. Thank You for showing me where I was afraid and teaching me to trust. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

May 23

Today’s prayer:

John 15:9 KJV — As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, You alone are worthy of all honor, glory, and praise. Great is Your faithfulness and greatly are You to be worshipped! Please help us to worship You in spirit and in truth. Please shine Your truths into our hearts and minds. Lord Jesus, please open our understanding and heal those things which have warped and or twisted the truth or our understanding of Your truth. Lord help us to have a pure perspective one that is Holy and aligns with Your Word. If there is anything which has been marred by sin, our own or other’s, please bring it to our attention and give us discernment and truth. Lord, please help us to be humble. People who refuse pride and arrogance. People who cling to You and Your Word. Lord Jesus, please help us to lift up others, encourage and support those around us with Your truth and love. Lord, it’s not easy to be a servant. Our nature wants to be served. It’s even more difficult to look at life through other’s eyes. Please help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and abounding in Your love. Thank You. Amen.

Loving my neighbor; April 24

Leviticus 19:18 NKJV — ‘You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD.

Zechariah 8:17 NKJV — Let none of you think evil in your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the LORD.”

Matthew 19:19 NKJV — ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”

Dear Lord Jesus,

Thank You for Your Word. Lord, I lift up our neighbors to You. Lord, I do not know each person. I’m unaware of most of the every day things. Lord, You know what each person is dealing with. Lord, You know what each one needs. Lord, for those things I am aware of I stand in the gap for them. Lord, for the family whose house was damage by water, please provide all they need to be able to repair it. Lord, for the family struggling with illness and fear, please bring them peace, let them find their strength in You. Help them to find hope in You. Lord, for the family who have just moved, please help them to feel at home and to find rest here. Lord, build relationships and provide for this transition. Lord, for the elderly, please protect them from those who would try to take advantage of their frailty or ignorance of this day and age. Lord, supply them with help. For the marriages, Lord let them be devoted to one another, supporting and encouraging each other. Let them think of their spouse before their own needs and desires. Please help these marriages to be built upon Your solid foundation. Lord, for the children, please keep them from evil. Watch over them and provide for them. Help them to learn about You and to find security in Your salvation. Thank You for our neighbors. Amen.