God’s Love and Discipline

“For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; Even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:12‬ ‭KJV‬‬

God must have felt so torn as His “chosen” sons and daughters wandered into new lands and continued to break His Commandments. He wanted to protect them and reminded them to stand firm and follow His Plan for them. We do not understand why bad things happen to good people. It seems as though the harder we try, the more trouble follows us and bombards us. We were never promised that following Jesus would be easy. In fact, we are told that it will be difficult because Satan wants us to fail.

I love my children and grandchildren so much, and God loves them more than I do. That amount of love is an unimaginable quantity. I have never been a good disciplinarian. I always thought love and talking could solve situations. However, sometimes the situation needs a firmer approach. As we read God’s Word, we are disturbed by the violence and wars that happen over and over. However, we have to realize that discipline has to be taught to everyone, and it is necessary in order for people to exist in our world.

Looking back over the years, I realize that everything that has happened in my life, (the good, the bad, and the ugly) made me who I am today. I have been able to help others who faced similar situations, and I am able to understand and witness to others because I have been there. I know God Loves me and you, and that is the most important thing!

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

Heavenly Father, we praise you and thank you for the protection, presence, and mercy that you offer to us. Please hold on with a firm loving grip to us as we continue on our journey. Help us to be more like Jesus! Amen!

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Faith Over Fear

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Lately, every where I turn, I have been experiencing news, events, and reasons to be afraid. Sermons about “the End Times” seem to be flooding social media. Descriptions of what will be happening are abundantly given. However, Our Heavenly Father has already told us HE IS The WINNER!!!

We have the truth in God’s Holy Word. The Price we pay for Following Jesus is not an easy path. HE gave HIS LIFE for ME and YOU, and He never committed a sin. What more proof do we need? FAITH over FEAR! Our Heavenly Father is always with us! I am praying for all God’s children to abundantly be blessed!

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God’s Grace

What is Grace? Grace is when God gives you what you need, not what you deserve. Grace is when God says, “I am going to take your problem and make it my problem.” Grace is God’s Riches given to us at Christ’s Expense. Grace is what we should be offering to others instead of criticism and blame for everything that occurs in our society!

It amazes me how many people have nothing better to do than to criticize everything that is written, said, or done! What does it even mean to have a personal opinion without someone jumping down your throat and trying to persuade you that their opinion is better or the only right opinion? That is unheard of today. It frightens me to think what we are modeling and teaching our youth today. They are learning that if you say something long enough and loudly enough it will be true! It does not even matter whether it is really true at all. Respect for educators, law enforcement, and even for family is almost a lost practice! Respect for a person’s own identity and rights is being replaced with the idea that, “I am owed!” “I don’t have to do anything to earn anything because the fact that I AM means anything I want is mine!”

We make every problem in our society about politics. The sad thing is when all those politicians are long gone, our world will be left with lots of broken relationships, hurt feelings, and memories of protesting that brought anger and ruin to our society and influenced our children in many ways we really did not expect. All it teaches them is to scream loudly and get what you want. What has happened to honor, respect, and innocence? If enough people proclaim loudly enough for long enough, you are guilty! It does not matter what the evidence points to or how innocent you are.

We are in dire need of change! Education doesn’t necessarily make us intelligent! How we use our education determines how intelligent our society is. Each of us needs to determine if we want to be a part of the problem or a part of the solution. Personally, I want to be part of the solution. Most of the time, I try to keep my opinions to myself, and I try to listen to all sides of situations! Sometimes, I suffer from “foot in mouth disease” and speak when I need to just listen. The thought I try to keep in mind is will what I have to say really make a difference, is it necessary, and most of all, “What Would Jesus Do?”

As it is written:

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.” Proverbs‬ ‭10:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools.” Ecclesiastes‬ ‭7:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” Proverbs‬ ‭15:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

If we follow God’s Plan and Jesus’s Example, we can make a difference in our homes, communities, schools, society, and even our government!

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

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Answered Prayers

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
‭‭1 Thessalonians‬ ‭5:16-18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

My Heavenly Father is ALIVE and in control. He answers prayers! Sometimes we get weary and even wonder if HE hears our prayers. Through the years, I have been the recipient of numerous answered prayers and many blessings. I regret that I have not kept a prayer journal because it would be amazing to see them written. I cannot mention all of them, but God has truly been busy answering my prayers. Recently He performed a miracle in my daughter Heather’s life. He brought her back to life not just once but twice in a short period of time.

For close to seven years, I have dealt with a pain which has depressed me and kept me from doing things I needed and really wanted to do. Praying for some relief was basically what I did after exhausting all efforts like medications, doctors, tests, and research. One morning, I posted a message on Facebook requesting prayer. I am in awe of the number of replies I received. God WAS Listening just like He always does. We do not always get immediate answers. In HIS Time, He answers. Sometimes, the answer is not now, no, or wait! I am telling you now I have been pain free for a week. Glory to God! What an Awesome Heavenly Father! Take all your worries, needs, concerns, and praises to GOD.

If you prayed for me, thank you! If you need prayer, please let me know, and you can be assured I WILL pray for you.

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What Does God Really Want from Us?

“We love him, because he first loved us.”
‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:19‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12 NIV

“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:27‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Have you ever thought about what God really wants from us? The heart of religion is worship, and the heart of worship is sacrifice. God wants us to give our hearts to Him. Our Heavenly Father Loves unconditionally and provides us everything we could ever need. He wants us to worship Him by sacrificing “self.” He wants us to love one another as He first loved us.

It is absolutely amazing how much God loves us, and HE extends His LOVE to His enemies, too! He told us in the New American Standard Version of the Bible, 541 times. In the Gospel of John, love is mentioned 57 times. I believe GOD Wants us to forgive, forget, and, follow HIS example!

One of the most heartwarming things we can do is to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. If you want to make a difference in the world, look for ways to help others. Whenever you have time and energy, try to give your dear ones emotional support, love, and care. Who is your biggest supporter in life? Have you thanked him/her recently? It only takes a moment to be kind and does not cost anything but the effort. Everyone likes a pat on the back, a hug, or even a smile or an “atta boy/girl”!

I know it is extremely difficult to have a forgiving heart towards someone who has hurt you. When I am feeling unforgiving, I remember Jesus’s Words,

“Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭23:34‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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Life’s Little Discoveries

My morning has been extremely interesting! I have discovered I have difficulty following directions. Now, I have spent over seven decades successfully following directions for everything under the sun, but my senior moments seem to be taking complete control of my existence! I turn left when I am told to turn right, and that is just the icing on my cake(life)! I believe my brain is telling me I am on information overload! I wonder if I could filter out the unnecessary tidbits of knowledge and keep only what I really need. With the little hints I have been receiving lately, that may very well be a huge mistake!

Well, one mistake I will definitely never make is to stop listening to My Heavenly Father! That line of communication will always be open and busy. God has answers to all questions, even the ones that have not been asked. I search for answers and solutions from multiple sources, knowing God has all the answers in His Infinite Knowledge, and all I have to do is have FAITH and BELIEVE! He will never lead me astray! I can depend on HIM. I do not have to live in fear. He Loves ME.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 NIV

I have learned when God wants me to step out of my comfort zone and do something for HIM, I need to get busy and do what he asks me to do. I have become that crazy person who sees someone, usually a stranger, and roll down my car window or walk up to them and say, “I love the message on your shirt. God Bless you, and keep shining for Jesus.” “You have a beautiful smile. It warms my heart. Keep smiling for Jesus.” “You have a God Given talent. Please share it with others for Jesus.” Clyde always told me I needed to be careful about sending mixed signals because I could get in serious trouble! I think if I can share my thoughts and feelings with others I can shine for Jesus. When I was teaching, I always tried to make sure my students and peers knew I cared and believed in them. Old habits die hard. Some habits never die; they just fade away.

Step out of your comfort zone and Shine for JESUS! Please pray for me and all God’s children, as I am praying for you!

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Are you Discouraged?

“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy GOD IS with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

Many times I find myself in situations of discouraging feelings and unable to change the things that are happening to me and around me. This happens mainly when I try to understand and work through problems without first seeking answers from My Heavenly Father. God IS Faithful and always with me. I need to rely on Him. He never fails me. His plan for my life was created before He created me. Why do I continually think I can do life alone? Why am I weak? Why do I need God? I need to take my sins and God seriously, but I do not need to take myself seriously. Taking myself too seriously leads to pride and failures.

Our society/world is filled to capacity with people who only think about their own feelings, wants, and desires. Taking one of our childhood games to another level, WHAT IF each individual took self out of the equation and put others in his/her place. I can visualize a world which would be extremely different. No chaos, hunger, homelessness, abuse, war, or crime. WOW!! It sounds like Heaven! That is exactly what GOD WANTS For Every Single One of His precious children. He does not want us to suffer and be discouraged. How many times does He Forgive and give more opportunities for us to GET IT RIGHT?

Throughout the Bible God assures me, “Fear not . . .” 365 times in His Word. I need to obey God and spend the precious time I have loving and helping others. If I am busy taking care of God’s Plan for my life, I will not get discouraged or have time to worry about things over which I have absolutely no control. He is my Heavenly Daddy, and He LOVES me unconditionally just as He Loves all His children. As a parent, there were times I had to discipline my children, and even my grandchildren. It was the part of my job description, even though I did not enjoy it. I can now understand what my earthly Daddy meant when he said, “This hurts me worse than it does you.”

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

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Who Am I?

Recently, I awakened to a reality that shook me to my core. Somewhere in my journey of life, I lost me! The person I was has disappeared, and she will not and cannot reappear. I am not sure I would want her to come back even if she could. She would not recognize who I am today. I believe she would like some of the changes, but I am afraid she would be shocked at some aspects of my personality. I am the product of all my experiences, education, relationships, and most importantly God created me.

When we go through different stages, it changes us. It isn’t that we make a decision, and voila we are a new person. However, it does happen! Sometimes, it actually upsets me to see myself in a mirror. My first thought is, “Who is this old lady who has stolen my body and my life?” Then, I remember that living this life can take a toll on us. Loss, illness, relationships, and aging have negative consequences on our bodies, minds, and personalities. However, giving our problems to God and leaving them with Him can have positive influences for us. He WANTS us to be happy, successful, and a blessing to every person with whom we come in contact.

I remind myself each day I can make a difference. A smile, kind word, and a helping hand to others can change the world around us one person at a time. God’s Plan will inevitably play out, no matter what happens. He is my Heavenly Father, and He doesn’t make mistakes!

“We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah‬ ‭53:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

My Heavenly Father IS always in control; however, He gives us the freedom to make choices. At times, I am guilty of making a bad choice and live to regret having chosen the wrong attitude, decision, or words uttered. I admit that I need to hit the pause button and rethink many decisions I make.

As I contemplate all the craziness happening in our world, it truly amazes me that God allows us to continue on the path we have chosen. In reality, He Wants all His Children to choose Him and His Plan. Standing on His Promises and Honoring HIM is definitely the right choice to make.

I am praying for you. Please pray for me.

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Reading and Living in God’s Word

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 2 Peter 1:3 NIV

The following message came in an email from a site to which I subscribe: “Reading the holy Scriptures confers two benefits. It trains the mind to understand them; it turns man’s attention from the follies of the world and leads him to the love of God. Two kinds of study are called for here. We must first learn how the Scriptures are to be understood, and then see how to expound them with profit and in a manner worthy of them . . . No one can understand holy Scripture without constant reading . . . The more you devote yourself to the study of the sacred utterances, the richer will be your understanding of them, just as the more the soil is tilled, the richer the harvest.”
— St. Isidore of Seville, p. 201
AN EXCERPT FROM
Witness of the Saints

Much of my time now is spent in God’s Word. I think about all the years when I was just living my life and not giving enough time to My Heavenly Father. It really makes me wonder why HE is so faithful to me when I neglected HIM so much. His Love is unconditional. He does not just have love. HE is Love. He created it, and it is His Nature.

I have completed my study of Jeremiah and Ezekiel. I must confess that I will need to do the study again because God gave me so much information, and it may have gotten a little mixed up in my hard head. The truth is every time I reread the Bible, certain scriptures stand out more with each reading. I believe that God leads me to different places in His Word for a reason.

I am studying the Book of Revelation now because it seems relevant to the things going on in our country and across the world. It is difficult to read and understand all the things that will surely happen because God told us through His Prophets what would be true. My constant prayer is that people listen and heed His Word. God IS Faithful and True to His Word. He Wants EVERY Soul to be saved. I am praying for our country to put God FIRST and turn back to Him.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you.

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Being Blessed and Being Thankful

Recently, circumstances have reminded me that personal relationships are vital to my life. My most important relationship is with God. He is the center and single most precious blessing. God enriches my life with people who love me and support me, and He is always with me. I cannot imagine a life without God.

I have been reading and studying the prophets Jeremiah and Ezekiel for the past couple of weeks. Wow!! The unconditional love of Our Heavenly Father is amazing! We fail Him, and He Forgives us over, and over, and over again! Jeremiah and Ezekiel gave prophecies about the temporary nature of all nations which were players in the ancient world and all have disappeared: Elam, and Edon, and Sidon, and even the Empire of Egypt. These are all just lines on a map. They are not eternal like the Word of God is. Some day, the world as we know it will no longer exist. We as Christians have to be careful that we do not place too much faith in human institutions and political entities. They are all built on sand and made of straw! I love my country, and I will try to make it a better place, but I have to keep in mind that this is not my TRUE home or country. That my allegiance really belongs to God, and my true home is with Him in Heaven. God and our souls are the only things that are eternal.

I have to ask the questions “Why do we waste our time and resources investing in earthly material things, ideas, and trends? Why don’t we go about Our Father’s Business and Follow Jesus’s Example?” Jesus is the Perfect Role Model for each of us. In the books of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, God’s Words warn His People over and over, each of us are responsible for living a life in God’s Will and telling everyone the Truth about His Promises to us. Teachers, Pastors, Parents, and all who are in any type of leadership position have a responsibility to not only live a life exemplifying Jesus, but also to teach about His Life, His Teachings, and His Unconditional Love for us. If we do not tell others and show it with our daily lives, who will?

What is our level of responsibility for continuing to evangelize to others, even after they themselves have made the decision to stop or never even start practicing the faith? Ezekiel, in Chapter 33, has this to say: ” if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes, and takes any one of them; that man is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.” We are not responsible for the DECISIONS of others regarding faith, but we are responsible for making sure they know what exactly they are deciding. All we can do is keep blowing that trumpet. How the person responds to God’s call is his or her decision.

Heavenly Father, we give you praise and glory. Thank You for continuing to put wisdom as a goal before us so that we can have You as the one thing that our hearts are set upon. Lord God, in all the things we have to do, and all the people we have to love, and all the things that we care about in our lives which are gifts from You, they can cause us to take our eyes off you, the Giver. Please help us to have our eyes, hearts, and all our desires fixed on You so much that we desire nothing more than to live wisely so that we can attain you, that we can have you as the source and the center of our lives. In Jesus name I pray. In the name of the Father and of The Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen 🙏🏻

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