Leaning on My Heavenly Father

In Romans 15:5, Paul calls the Lord “the God of endurance.” This title really gets at the center of where hope is to be found. Our hope is not to be found in our willingness and ability to endure, but in God’s unshakable, enduring commitment to never turn from His work of grace. Our HOPE is that we have been welcomed into communion with One who will endure no matter what. It is so important to understand this because there will be moments when we will forget whose we are, and we will get discouraged and quit doing the good things God calls us to do. Perfect endurance demands perfection. Since none of us has reached perfection yet, we must look outside ourselves for hope. Our hope of enduring is not to be found in our character or strength, but in Our Heavenly Father’s. He will always be faithful, and He will give us what we need to be faithful, too.

When difficulty exposes the weakness of our resolve and the limits of our strength, we do not have to panic because He will endure even in those moments when we don’t feel able to do so ourselves. I am praying God will shine brightly in your life today. May His glory be shone and you stand in awe of the one who holds every moment of your life. May His strength flow through you and your weakness become His revealed strength. May you be fully aware of Him and allow His endurance to carry you for He loves you dearly and made you for Him. The trials may get more or tougher because of getting so close in a relationship with Him. Trust Him and don’t be blinded by satan. We are not of this world, we are His. We have to ask Him for intervention and favor in our situations and trials, He can handle it, but we have to ask. We often get lost in the situations or emotions when we should go to Him first, even in the little things. Little things can grow bigger but God is bigger. He is strength in our weakness.

God is my protector—in Him I have all I need. However, when trials come my way it is easy to forget that He is still in control. When I look at the world around me, I sometimes grow discouraged, and my thoughts begin to spin out of control. Heavenly Father, make me strong and courageous.
As I step into the plans You have for me, please give me the courage I need to trust in You. Remind me that You are with me, and that You will continue to instruct and guide me. Show me that You are near. Encourage me when I feel worn out, and renew my strength when I’m overwhelmed. Give me rest when I need it, and remind me of Your promises. Help me to take every thought captive as I give You my concerns. Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts, and Your ways are better than mine. You give hope to the hopeless, and strength to the weak. You alone can renew my mind and remind me of my purpose. Counsel me as I reflect on Your Word, and help me to apply Your truths to my life. Give me the courage I need to do what is right, and help me to pursue You above all else—always. Amen 🙏🏻

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Faith In Our Heavenly Father

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Throughout the Bible, we encounter individuals who have their faith tested and who suffer greatly. I have learned That being a Christian requires an immense amount of faith. Often frustrations and challenges arise, and we are left wondering where God is. Thousands of years ago, a man found
himself in a struggle. God had chosen Abraham for
great things. However, the man who became the Father of Nations had to learn to take the smallest steps of faith before he could complete what God had chosen for him to do.

Reading the stories of the prophets, disciples, saints, and especially Jesus, we learn how each one suffered and paid the ultimate price for their faith. Why should we be different? We are never promised an easy life, but we are promised eternal life with Our Heavenly Father if we have faith and love God and others(everyone)!

Ohhhhhh, to have the faith like Abraham! When I think of all God has been to me, all He has provided for me, and the times he has protected me, I feel a sadness overwhelm me because I have not been steadfast in my faith. Heavenly Father, forgive me for my lapses of faith. You are truly a loving Father. Thank You for a life filled with Your Love, Forgiveness, Mercy, and Grace! Help us to always look to You for guidance and to have faith in You.

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Goodbye, 2021–Hello 2022

As 2021 becomes a part of our past, I welcome 2022 with optimism and hope and pray that God will forgive our world and help each of us to be more like Jesus. Heavenly Father, please guide our actions and our words, and bring us closer to You.

A kiss, a hug, a smile, a tender touch, a joke, a soft laugh, a big full out belly laugh! A tear, a sob, a misunderstanding, a disagreement, an estrangement, a loss of friendship! All of these are moments in time, but they do not define us! How we deal with these moments is what defines us. We cannot take them for granted, but we must cherish the good times, look for the best in what happens to us, and learn from both the good and the bad.

When I was younger, many times I let the smallest things upset me. I gradually learned that I was only hurting myself because I could not move on to better things if I allowed myself to wallow in the negativity and hurt feelings. In addition, if I felt someone else had wronged me, I was giving them permission to continue to have a hold on me. I learned it was easier on my emotions to forgive them and move on to other things.

Even as an older adult, there have been incidents involving deceptive acquaintances which almost turned my life into a major disaster. However, my faith in my Heavenly Father and the support of my precious family gave me reasons to hold my head high and continue my journey. Family and friends are absolutely important to living a healthy and full life! Just like watering plants and feeding our pets, it is vital that we nourish and cherish our relationships.

Part of this blog has been posted before, but I felt I needed to remind us all that the BEST is yet to come in the future- Jesus Christ, our Precious Savior! Please pray for me as I am praying for you!

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Happy Birthday Jesus

14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭7‬‬:‭14‬ KJV)

21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (‭‭Matthew‬ ‭1‬‬:‭21‬ KJV)

Our Heavenly Father sent the most precious gift to Earth to redeem us — Jesus! HE knew everything that would occur— the persecution, the rejection, the betrayal— AND God still sent Jesus! What Mercy, Grace, and Love Our God possesses! I cannot imagine sending anyone into a situation which is certain to include all the horrific treatment our Precious Savior endured!

We are truly blessed to be God’s children. Each step we take brings us one step closer to the last step when Jesus will change our earthly bodies into forever bodies. NO pain! No depression! No sickness! No more chaos! No end! Only Eternity with God!

I am thankful for the loving and caring people in my life. Some of you are friends from birth, childhood, school, and even some whom I have met on Facebook. You are all extremely important to me. Some thoughts as we encounter the holiday season…It is important to remember that not everyone is looking forward to Christmas. Some people are not surrounded by large wonderful families and friends. Some have problems during the holidays and are overcome with great sadness when remembering the loved ones who are no longer with them. For many, it is their first Christmas without a particular loved one, many others lost loved ones at Christmas time. Many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness. We all need caring, loving thoughts right now. May I ask my friends wherever you might be, to kindly remember for a moment and whisper a prayer of support for all those who have family problems, health struggles, job issues, worries of any kind and just need to know that someone cares. Please do it for all of us, for nobody is immune. Wishing you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year filled with an abundance of God’s Blessings!

Happy Birthday, Jesus! Thank YOU for Your Love, Mercy, Grace, and Sacrifice!

Until next time, Hester

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Trust and Obey- No Other Way

December 15, 2021

By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones. By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. Hebrews 11:22-23 NIV

Throughout the Bible, we read about men and women who trust and obey God. Many of these same people suffer greatly because they trust God and follow Him. Sometimes they question God, but their faith in Him outweighs their doubts. Why do we doubt God’s Abilities and His Love for us? That is the human side of our personality. We cannot understand because we are incomplete individuals. Until we surrender completely and hold nothing back from Our Heavenly Father, we will not be able to imagine how we can be of service to God!

I am thankful for the ability to see how others deal with problems and adversities in their lives! When we are in the midst of our own troubles and stumbling blocks, we think we are the only ones facing these things. However, if we just open our eyes and hearts, we see and realize we are not alone. I believe that the obstacles we confront prepare us to help others facing the same situations. At times, we are able to offer advice, comfort, and support because we have firsthand knowledge. God gives us so many opportunities to be more like Jesus! We just have to be willing and open to those opportunities! We must trust and obey and be bold in following God’s calling to serve Him. Thank you, Heavenly Father for giving me opportunities to show your love to others!

Please pray for me as I am praying for you. Until next time. Hester

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Go Tell It OnThe Mountain

“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭2:2‬ ‭KJV

During my life, I have been the recipient of many blessings that I refer to as miracles. In the past, I have witnessed to others about God’s Grace and Mercy. However, I have recently been convicted to go tell it on the mountain. We are quick to share incidents which occur in our lives, our family’s lives, and even in stranger’s lives. We hesitate to share the wonderful things Our Heavenly Father does on a daily basis. Why? I have been told on more than one occasion that I should not discuss religion or politics in public because it may offend someone. So, what? Social media has become a platform to share anything and everything.

I believe the good news happening all around us needs to be shouted from the mountain tops, rooftops, and anywhere an individual can go. Jesus and His Disciples gave their lives so everyone could hear and learn about God’s Plan and His Will If Jesus is our personal Savior, we MUST share with others. One of the most difficult things I ever had to do was teach in the public school system without verbally sharing my thoughts and love for My Heavenly Father. I tried to always present myself in a manner that my students and peers could see Jesus in me. I know I made mistakes, but I always prayed before and after every class. My heart was in the right place.

While listening to one of my many podcasts, I became aware that every person I have a relationship with is a soul I am responsible to witness to, pray for, and to whom I must be an example of a follower of Jesus Christ! That is an awesome responsibility and an amazing blessing! I am determined that when I stand before my Heavenly Father, He will say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!”

Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Grace, Mercy, and Love. Thank You for never giving up on me and for all the Miracles you performed in my life and the lives of my family and friends. I know there were some miracles of which I was not even aware. Help me each day to be more like Jesus and less like the world. In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit! Amen 🙏🏻

Please pray for me, as I am praying for you! Until next time, Hester

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Friends Are Important

“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:”. Amos‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭KJV

God’s Word has always been important to me, and IT is the the foundation I depend on for strength and guidance. The evil in our world is all around us, and it can be difficult to see because Satan makes it so enticing. The truth is the more dedicated we are — the more determined and creative he is in his pursuit of us The more we suffer, struggle, and stress out – the happier he is.

True Friends are the ones who stay by our side when the party is over, when trash covers the tables and everyone else is packing up to go home and when the excitement has stopped, and the chattering of conversation has turned to silence. They are the ones who stay and ask if they can help. They are the ones who are there when there is no fun to be had, only work to be done. They are not living to be the life of the party, but simply to be a part of our life.

They are the ones who are by our side when everyone else has forgotten. They are the ones who are there when everyone else has gotten tired of our crying. They are the ones who let us grieve, and hold our hand while we mourn. They are there through the rough, and the tough, and the waiting until we can get back up and walk and be ourselves again. They stay and celebrate and clap when we win and stand at the finish line to give us a hug because they genuinely want good for us. They are with us through those major life events, when things get turned upside-down, when there is no easy fix, when all we.need is one friend to understand. They are with us through losing, winning, and all the times in-between. They are with us when we are on top of the mountain, and when we are stumbling through the valley.

They stay and praise when we are in victory-phase, and give grace and forgive when we fall flat on our face.
They push us to be better than the person we were yesterday. They encourage us to shine brighter, and love harder. They tell us the truth when everyone else does not have the courage to give it to us straight. They believe the best and are with us through the worst, because they know after every storm God sends a rainbow and sunshine. In reality, I have just described “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

Please pray for me, as I am praying for you! Until next time, Hester

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Living for Jesus

November 24, 2021

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. Psalms 28:7 NIV

Sometimes I wonder how people who don’t know Jesus as their personal Savior can make it through the day. He IS my constant companion. Even though I have been experiencing health issues for the last few years, I am and always will be thankful for His Love, Mercy, and Grace! My desire is to serve God, My Heavenly Father, and to be more like Jesus until I get to Heaven.

Reading and studying the Bible fills my heart and life with joy and happiness. The more time I spend in God’s Presence is less time for Satan to be able to cause chaos and stress in my life. It is interesting to me that my heart and mind hungers for more of God’s Presence!

Dear Jesus, You hear our cry, every worry, every concern. Thank you that You are the One who sees us, knows us, and leads us beside still waters. Our world is chaos right now, screaming here, yelling there, bullying in our schools and in our society, and we have lost our center. Be that center that we revolve around. Be that rock that anchors us to the truth that there is nothing to fear as long as we are embraced and established by YOU.

So many of our children, young people, and even many adults are experiencing bullying like never before! Lord, it is causing feelings of hopelessness and insecurity for them. At times, they think there is absolutely no way out but to end their own lives. Thank You that You are bigger than governments, politicians, crime, evil, trafficking, lies, bullying, and anything the enemy of our souls uses to destroy us. Instead let us become lighthearted and joyful because You simply love us, help us to be content in knowing that we do not have to micromanage our lives and the lives of others to find joy. Losing control willingly and surrendering to You will bring us so much more peace. Help us to recognize those things we grab at to make ourselves feel better or more alive, and remind us that they do not ultimately fill us. Instead You fill us, Lord. Renew us Give us Your perspective on this crazy world we live in temporarily. Please teach us to say YES to what You are calling us to do, no matter how silly or insignificant or how profound and scary the obedience is. Make us brave and dependent on YOU and only YOU. Thank you that we know You are the solution and we can depend on You because YOU will bring peace to those who are suffering.
Amen

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Precious Memories

“but they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭KJV‬

Over the past few weeks, I have learned of the deaths of four of my classmates I graduated with from high school. There were around 115 in our class, and we were like a large family. We were a really close and caring class. At our class reunion, we were reminiscing about the wonderful friendships we had shared. It reminded me that time is precious and should be spent wisely. Our time spent in God’s Word is valuable and necessary to our growth in our walk with God. I would like to share a poem I think is truly a blessing and excellent advice

Each Moment Is Precious by Pat A. Fleming

Live in the moment,
Just take it all in.
Pay attention to everything,
Right there and right then.

Don’t let your mind wander
To what’s coming next.
Cherish this moment
And give it your best.

Don’t let tomorrow
Make you rush through today,
Or too many great moments
Will just go to waste.

And the person you’re with,
In that moment you share,
Give them all of your focus;
Be totally there.

Laugh till it hurts,
Let the tears drop.
Fill up each moment
With all that you’ve got.

Don’t miss the details;
The lesson is there.
Don’t get complacent;
Stay sharp and aware.

It can take but a moment
To change your life’s path.
And once it ticks by,
There is no going back.

In just 60 seconds,
You may make a new friend.
Find your true love,
Or see a life start or end.

You become who you are
In those moments you live.
And the growth’s not in taking
But in how much you give.

Life is just moments,
So precious and few.
Whether valued or squandered,
It’s all up to you!

Heavenly Father, we praise you and thank you for the protection, love, and mercy that you offer to us. Please hold on to us with a firm loving grip as we continue on our journey here on earth. Help us to be more like Jesus and and help us treasure our time with you Lead us and guide us to spend the precious time You give us wisely and in ways that glorify You Amen

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Loss Can Bring Joy

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matthew‬ ‭5:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬

During the last few weeks, I have learned of the deaths of four of my classmates who graduated with me. When we are young, most of us do not encounter death very often. Personally, I have to admit I have never been scared of dying. When I was nine years old, my baby brother who was two and a half years old was hit by a truck and killed. My mother witnessed the accident, and it was extremely traumatic for our entire family. When my parents explained about his death, they did it with love and not in a frightening manner. As a result, it truly prepared me for the many, many deaths I would encounter during my life. The sadness and grief that accompany death is expected, and each individual must deal with it in their own way and time.

The more I study the Bible and read about the violence that has been a part of our history, the more I wonder why God has allowed our continued lack of obedience. He is our Heavenly Father, our Dad! Most of the fathers (dads) I know would not have been as patient, loving, and giving, and forgiveness would be another difficult situation. He Forgives and Forgets our disobedience and our sins. All we have to do is repent and try harder to be more like Jesus. When we give our hearts and lives to God, we become His Children, and we can go to Him just as we go to our earthly dad, father, daddy.

I love to talk to God. I, also, love for Him to talk to me. I have always believed that voice in my heart is God’s Voice. I had to learn to listen to Him. I can truthfully say, if I don’t listen to His Guidance and warnings, the price I will have to pay is more than I want to have to confront.

As a result of the accident which caused my brother’s death, I learned to treasure relationships and friendships. I truly try to put others first. I pray every day that all my family members and friends know Jesus as their Savior and God as their Heavenly Father. I believe He smiles when I am talking to Him and call him Daddy.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you! God Loves You, and I do, too.

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