Thanksgiving

Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— Psalms 119:2 NIV

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles‬ ‭16‬:‭34‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalms 23:6 NIV

According to the dictionary, thanksgiving is an expression of gratitude, especially to God. It is easy for us to be thankful when things are wonderful, but the real test comes when trials arise in our lives. However, when we choose to be thankful in the most dreadful of situations, it is an invitation for the God of Miracles to show up and move on our behalf. This November is the first November in over twelve years that I have not made any posts saying for what I am thankful. I decided this year would be different, and I am trying something that is more meaningful.

It is relatively simple to voice the words, but it is even better to walk the talk. My goal this year and in the future is to show my thankfulness through actions and deeds rather than using words. I want to reach out and touch others and make a difference in my world. God has blessed me with a wonderful family, amazing friends, and other people who have made me who I am. Many of the people in my life have given me their love, friendship, support, encouragement, and opportunities to be the best person I can be. It is important that I reciprocate with my love, friendship, support, and encouragement at every opportunity My Heavenly Father provides me.

I am praying for each of you. Please pray for me!

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Love, Mercy, Grace, and Forgiveness

Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:3 NIV

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” John 14:21 NIV

When God created our world and us, He gave us everything we could or would possibly need or want. Sometimes we allow our wants and needs, our desires, to overpower us, and we allow greed and fear to control and destroy our relationship with Our Heavenly Father. If we keep our faith and stay in HIS Presence, HE IS ALWAYS with us, loving us, being merciful to us, giving us HIS grace, and forgiving our sins. We will inherit HIS Gift of Eternal Life with HIM.

What an awesome and amazing gift! Our Heavenly Father IS The BEST. He created a perfect world, but humans corrupted His Masterpiece. Why do we think we can do better than HE could and try Him at every opportunity! God’s Way IS the only Way. We show our love and appreciation to Our Heavenly Father by obeying HIS Commandments and following HIM faithfully without any hesitation or fear.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you.

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Preparing for Eternity

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18 NIV

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3‬:‭11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

When we observe God’s Creation, we see absolute perfection. Every thing HE does, says, and creates possesses HIS Own beauty and design. Every single person, animal, plant, and creature was created with HIS plan and HIS purpose. Nothing was left to chance or unforeseen. HE knows all, sees all, and has everything planned. All we need to do is have faith and trust and obey HIM. Our love for Him and His children and our praises to Him should be our priority.

The problems, suffering, and persecution we have to overcome in our life seem almost insurmountable at times. The truth is everything, every person, and every event is preparing us for an eternity of excitement or regret. If we follow Our Heavenly Father’s Plan for us, we will have an amazing eternity filled with joy with Jesus.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you.

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God Looks at Your Heart

“But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers.”
‭‭James‬ ‭2‬:‭9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.””
‭‭John‬ ‭7‬:‭24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“For God does not show favoritism.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭2‬:‭11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
‭‭Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I am praying this post is received as the blessing it was intended when it was composed. My heart has been touched by many people throughout my life. I am so thankful my Heavenly Father blessed me with opportunities to reach out to everyone HE has placed on my journey. Racism does not have a place in God’s Heart or in a Christian life. If this offends anyone, I am not sorry because I truly believe God looks at our heart not our color or race.

If God places someone in your life, you are told to love them. We need to make this our goal in life. It is not up to me to judge others. If I stay busy doing what HE wants me to do, I will not have time to criticize others. Persecution and condemnation has no room in a Christian’s life. I, personally, want to be all about My Father’s Business

The color of our skin is in our DNA, and we don’t control it. The way we treat others comes from the heart and how we were raised, and we do control that. Some of the people who mean more to me than my own life don’t share my skin color! God’s Plan for me is to love 💕 whom ever HE places in my path. That has been true all my life, especially in my teaching career and dealing with students, parents, coworkers, family, and friends.

We all suffer from society’s problems and conflicts, but we all have the responsibility to turn the other cheek and make this world a better and safer place. Love makes the world go around! When we remember that Jesus suffered the most horrible injustice of all time; however, He gave His unblemished self for every one of us! what the whole world needs now is Love, understanding, compassion, tolerance, and forgiveness!

Please pray for me, as I am praying for you.

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Mission Accomplished

October 20, 2022

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had,
Romans 15:5 NIV

Ohhhhhh, to be more like Jesus!! As my journey through life has progressed, each day I realize that my journey is one day closer to being able to be with those I love who completed their mission in life before me. Family, friends, and others become more important and precious. I treasure everything I am able to participate in and enjoy those moments with people who mean so much to me. Thank You, Heavenly Father, for giving me opportunities to share with others and help me achieve the mission You gave me.

When I see and hear about people who are struggling, burdened with debt, health issues, and relationships that are not beneficial to them, it hurts my heart and makes me feel sad. I often wonder if there is something I can do to help. I know that prayer is really all I have to offer because God IS the ultimate Source to correct the “wrongs” in our society. However, I believe we can and should make a difference. It is like the question and answer: How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! We have to start with one person and continue until the change begins to happen. Start with family and friends, and continue to reach outward to others.

One example is to make new acquaintances feel more comfortable and welcomed. A smile, kind words, or a warm greeting can be enough to put a person at ease. How often do we have a smile on our face or an expression of gratitude! Even pretending to be happy can change the atmosphere around us. If you could see me when I am alone, I try to keep a smile on my face and a song in my heart. I know it sounds as if I am just a crazy woman, but I know it makes a difference in my heart, mind, and life. It truly makes me feel better.

Another example is to get deeply involved in God’s Word and in writings by Christian authors. The more we fill our minds with knowledge about God and His Plan, the less room we have in our lives for the evil and perverted ways of our world. The negative side of life will not burden us because we are thinking about and doing positive things! We can greet Our Heavenly Father with, “Mission Accomplished!” I am praying He will reply, “Well done My Good and Faithful Servant.” Please pray for me as I am praying for you!

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Living A Good Life

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 experience health issues, 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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Living Without Stress

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:5-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

““But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.””
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I know what it is like to be stressed. I know how it feels to be burdened by life’s pressures and responsibilities. Stress is a reality and a problem for most people. However, the presence of stress does not have to dominate a person’s life. We can respond to stressful situations in a positive manner that permits us to enjoy life, and not just endure it. We can live in a way that is evidenced by the presence of God’s peace instead of our anxiety.

A definition of stress is a fearful concern experienced when the demands of life seem greater than our ability to meet them. It can be difficult people, circumstances, or events which we encounter. When I find myself in a stressful situation, my first reaction is to begin praying to my Heavenly Father. Most of the time a peace that comes from God—a peace that has its source in God and is sown or grown in us through the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit—surrounds me. When everything around me seems to be falling apart, I have to remain hopeful and peaceful. I can not do it on my own, but with God’s grace and help I can be filled with the peace that surpasses all comprehension because I am seeking HIS PEACE.

Please pray for me, as I am praying for you! In the present times which we are living, we need to continually pray for each other, and especially those who do not have a relationship with our Heavenly Father.

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Living for Jesus

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8 NIV

Heavenly Father, help me to always be ready, willing, and able to do YOUR Will. Give me the strength, courage, and ability to help others who YOU place in my life. Thank You for Your protection, provision, and patience with me, and for Your Presence and Promise of spending Eternity with YOU. Amen 🙏🏻

Since I was a very young teenager, I have always wanted to help others and be the person God planned for me to be. I know I have failed many times and always am so thankful that My Heavenly Father does not give up on me. We all make mistakes and wander off our paths, but the awesome thing about GOD is HE FORGIVES and HE Welcomes us back with Love, Mercy, and Grace.

We each were created and given a plan for preparing for eternity. We will each make mistakes and wander off our paths, but God IS waiting with open arms to welcome us back. Forgiveness is our reward. HE loves us and wants us to be in communication with Him. He does not want us to suffer and wallow in pain and fear. Our FAITH must be stronger and constant. Our prayer life should be an ongoing process, never ending, permanently part of us just like breathing and our heartbeat.

Reading God’s Word and our prayer life is essential to our salvation. Please pray for me, as I am praying for each of you.

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Carry Each Other’s Burdens

2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6‬‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Many people are faced with burdens, concerns, and challenges that seem impossible to overcome. Our Heavenly Father does not want us to feel alone in our times of suffering, grief, or despair. HE is always with us, and HE desires us to rely on Him and other believers for the strength and courage to overcome.

Recently, my sister, DeLores Peavey Nichols, contacted my grandson, Cason Guest, about being a penpal for twin brothers who are four years old. She has been sending them hand drawn cards and other items. One of the young boys has cancer and is going through chemo. Cason was so excited because he loves to draw, and he wants to share with other kids. I was extremely happy about his decision because I believe he can bring joy to the brothers and even comfort. Also, it can be a blessing not only for the children but also for the adults involved.

Sometimes, it does not matter what we do, but how we approach the situation can be a blessing for others. A smile, a kind word, a pat on the back can be a blessing. It is not how much we spend or how much it costs. The action of showing we care is the important thing. Think about what makes you happy or makes you feel good. The simple things we do can spread joy, comfort, and happiness. The world will be a better place if we all think about “What Would Jesus Do”!

Please pray for me and for all God’s people, as I am praying for you! Spread some love and joy. Be a wonderful blessing to someone, even a stranger.

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Giving Is More Blessed Than Receiving and Asking for Help Is Okay

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.
Proverbs 19:17 NIV

Recently, I was able to donate many items to an amazing organization, The Tree House — Hospice of South Georgia, which in return provides assistance to hospice and others who are less fortunate. I experienced blessings beyond my wildest dreams. It truly is better to give than receive! What a wonderful blessing to know that things I treasured will help others and, hopefully, will provide blessings to others.

Many times we miss out on opportunities to bless or be blessed because we are afraid to ask for help or give help to others, or because we believe it might be difficult to interfere. It is okay to say it is hard. It is okay to ask for help. It is okay to admit that you do not have it all under control. Even if you cannot say it to someone, you can say it to God. I believe HE would reply:

I know life is hard, and I AM walking with you through it. You cannot see it now, but I AM working—even in this. Precious Daughter/Son, I am your help, and I have placed people in your life so do not be afraid to reach out and seek help. I know you do not have it all under control, but I did not create you for that. The control you cling to is mine, and I have wonderful things planned for you.

If only we could hear God’s reassuring voice and feel HIS strong arms wrap us in an embrace, maybe then we could know HE truly understands. Now, in this moment, through the hard things, I believe He wants us to know . . . It’s okay. Our Heavenly Father wants us to keep our hearts and minds open to ways we can help others and be a blessing for HIM.

Please pray for me, as I am praying for you!

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