When You’re Desperate For A Breakthrough

When You’re Desperate For A Breakthrough

God never told us life would be easy. Somehow the world believes Christians have it easier than they do. But we know better. We have weren’t born just yesterday and didn’t just fall off the turnip truck. No, we know our Christian walk is no picnic at times. I have friends aching to have a day of boredom. I have friends just surviving until barely making it through each moment. I have friends struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our own family has its own barriers and walls that need tearing down. As much as we’d like the world to see us as perfect people, we know there is no such thing. Only God is perfect. I’ve longed for a breakthrough in several situations over the past several months. Weary beyond comprehension at times, I feel a weight upon me so heavy I can barely breathe. But I’m learning, slowly, oh so slowly, that the way to a breakthrough is not in my own strength and power, but in the power and might of the Lord.
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Ever The Same

Ever The Same

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 “The God who lived in Moses’s time is just the same today.” He (Phil Keaggy) makes this statement a few more times, each time changing the name in it. For example, in the next chorus he sings, “the God who lived in David’s time is just the same today.” But no matter what name from the Bible we might put in there, the idea and feeling is just the same to me. God never changes.
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Always Hope

Always Hope

She was brave. She doesn’t think she was brave. But she was. I know she feels like a failure. I know she feels like she let me down—and herself. I know she thinks she’s ruined her young life. None of those could be further from the truth. The fact is, she gave it a try. She gave it a shot. Was it everything we hoped it would be? No. Are we disappointed? Most definitely. Isn’t that the way it is? We get a victory in our life, but instead of living victoriously, we wallow in the reasons why it all went wrong. We give in to the bad thoughts. We dwell on the negative. But what if, instead of letting our thoughts drag us down, keeping us from living an abundant life, we focus our attention on Jesus? What if, instead of wallowing and pouting, we open our Bibles and turn our thoughts to the truth?
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Spring Fever

Spring Fever

Suddenly, the skies are blue with white fluffy clouds. Winds are calm and pink buds are making their debut. Yellow tulips are popping up all over the place and little purple poppies are boldly making themselves here at home. It’s been quite the “weathery winter” this time around hasn’t it? And while parts of the U.S. are still under snow and water, and more is yet to come, we can rest assured in this promise: the salvation of the Lord is upon us. Spring is a time of renewal. Many of us will do what is called Spring cleaning. Ridding our houses of dust and grime that accumulated over the Winter. Sometimes this consists of a thorough going over from top to bottom while for others, it is simply getting rid of a few things and just making everything sparkle a little more than it did before. Springtime is a great time to exam our hearts. Do we have things in our hearts and minds that are not pleasing to the Lord? Perhaps the many months of cold and snow dampened our spiritual lives as well as our physical selves?
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Growing Up Is Hard To Do

Growing Up Is Hard To Do

A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the LORD directs his steps and establishes them. Proverbs 16:9 AMP I don’t feel like a grown up. That’s what I told my therapist and she laughed. She said, “I don’t either.” We both agree that when we’re around people our own age, we don’t feel or think we act as mature as they are. I’m so glad I’m not alone in feeling like this! (And, if you do too, come join the party. The more, the merrier!) I have to say growing up I was pretty sure I knew where I was going in life. I knew I loved the Lord with all my heart and I wanted to serve Him. I knew God had special things planned for me. At least, that’s what I thought. Growing up is hard to do though. Life has a way of giving us plot twists. Some good, some bad, but each one gives us a chance to let God continue to weave His story through us. That is, if we’ll let Him. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I sure am glad I know who holds it.
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Breathing Jesus in Springtime

Breathing Jesus in Springtime

A few weeks ago I attended a women’s luncheon. Although the theme of the luncheon was discipleship, God had another message for me. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:1, 14) I couldn’t get enough of this second verse. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Because the Word became flesh and in becoming flesh, He became life to us. When words become life, they breathe. And when they breathe, they move. In reading John, perhaps once again God’s Word would move within me again. I had spent the night before in a hotel room asking God to speak to me. Do you know what happens when you ask God to speak to you (and you take the time to listen)? Hint: He speaks.
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Draw Me Nearer

Draw Me Nearer

I’m not sure, Lord, what I’m doing. Everything feels like it is falling apart. Yet, I know You hold all things in Your hands. That song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, has run through my mind more than a time or two lately. And You know what amazes me? You don’t just have the whole world in Your hands, you have me in there too. As if I’m the only one You are holding. How can that be? Yes, Lord, Your love and grace simply amazes me. Lord, open the eyes of my heart please. Let me see Jesus. I want to reach out and touch you. Just let me see You. Open my ears, too, Lord. Help me to listen to You. Help me to hear what You have to say to me.
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Who Controls You?

Who Controls You?

Like a city that is broken down and without walls [leaving it unprotected] Is a man who has no self-control over his spirit [and sets himself up for trouble]. Proverbs 25:28 (AMP) When I think about the word discipline I think of a parent spanking or punishing a child. But recently God has been talking to me about having discipline in my own life. Discipline is not punishment, but it is self-control. And self-control is the foundation of living out the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. “Scripture describes self-control as a product of being connected to God. It’s something that grows when your life is rooted in divine reality. In fact, if it’s missing, your faith may be a ruse. No fruit, no root.” ² Okay, so that is an OUCH to the highest degree! Can you see why I would not have any peace in my life without establishing self-control? Drew continues on in the next chapter with this: What self-control requires, ultimately, isn’t control but surrender. ... Self-control, then, is about listening and obeying...submitting every decision we make to God. It’s about surrendering. When we do this consistently, it’s called self-control.” ² Which means even though it begins with the word “self”, it is not about me at all. It’s about God and my relationship with Him. It’s about letting HIM control mySELF.
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Do You Trust Me?

Do You Trust Me?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 Elva and Sharon were not only my friends, they were my mentors. I looked up to both of these ladies so much. I wanted to be like them, these two women missionaries to Bangladesh, India. As part of helping me learn what missionaries do, they took me on a trip to one of their meetings to tell a church what they did in Bangladesh and asking for support from that church. And I loved every minute of it. Part of our trip was to visit Old Sacramento for some fun time the next day after the meeting. I remember we started driving toward Old Sacramento but we got lost. This was back in the day when we didn’t have the GPS. Only maps and God.
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