As I Look to the Future

“There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭23:18‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ NIV

Throughout my life, I have tried to plan my future with prayer and a great amount of thought about the best things to do to ensure success and happiness. Many times those plans had to be altered due to unforeseen circumstances. Accidents, mistakes, and other people or things can cause a person to take a detour or stop and regroup. Since I do not live in a safety bubble, I have learned the hard way that life can throw some terrible curve balls that really hurt my feelings and cause me to rethink my goals for myself.

I have always been “a people pleaser!” Whether that was good or bad, a blessing or a curse, I have not decided. However, I know within my heart that I truly intended for everyone with whom I interacted to know that they mattered a great amount to me. When I say I Love You, I am being sincere. For the past few years, I have felt at times I was not going in the right direction. God has protected me, provided for me, and allowed me to make mistakes and choices that were not good for me. Do not misunderstand. I am not blaming My Heavenly Father. He allows us freedom of choice even when it is a wrong choice. The important thing to remember is every choice I make has a consequence which can be rewarding or difficult. If I hurt someone, I cannot be happy or satisfied until I apologize and seek forgiveness.

I search for answers by reading God’s Word, praying without ceasing, and remembering to listen for HIS still quiet voice or tender reminders that HE IS IN CONTROL. My prayer always includes my praises for HIM, thanks for HIS Love, and a request that He allows me to take HIS Hand while He leads me on my journey.

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Thank YOU, Heavenly Father

“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭143:10‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Joy feels my heart, soul, and body when I realize how great My Heavenly Father’s Love is for me. He has to chastise me when I am wrong, but HE does it with Love and fairness. Just as I had to correct my children and grandchildren when they were in the wrong, HE corrects me. Judging others has always been a character trait with which I have struggled. I am a work in progress, and I continue to work on this daily. God willing, I will conquer and move forward leaving the judging to My Heavenly Father.

The world is filled with judgmental people who think they know everything about everything!! The reality is God IS The Only One Who is all knowing. He is truly the only one with the knowledge needed to make judgments. WOW!! How wonderful it would be! We can have differences of opinions without destroying each other. I just want to build up others, and I want others to know they matter.

What a wonderful blessing it will be when I meet my Savior face to face. I pray daily for the strength and ability to love, care for, and help others to know that peace that passeth understanding that comes from having a personal relationship with God. I, also, pray for God to be able to say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” I know HE is not finished with me yet. I believe HE has things I need to do! When HE is finished, I want to be able to say, “It is well with my soul, Heavenly Father, please take me home!” Please pray for me, as I am praying for you. Amen 🙏🏻

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Sticks and Stones

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭18:21‬ ‭NIV‬‬

As a child, I was told the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me!” However, throughout my life, I must say, I have been hurt more with words than with sticks and stones. It is not necessarily the actual words that hurt, but the tone that is used or the manner in which they are spoken. Sometimes, words can sound disrespectful or judgmental. I know my words have hurt others, and I have had to ask forgiveness on many occasions! I always pray, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight, Lord God, my Redeemer and Heavenly Father. “

The words we speak do affect those who receive them. We can encourage or discourage with our words. We can build up someone or destroy them with our words. I have always tried to be an encourager and not a stumbling block. I love everyone I meet, even though I do not always like things they do or say. We all are human and make mistakes, but I truly believe I can be better with God’s help.

I need to be careful with my words and ever mindful of My Heavenly Father’s Will. We can fill our churches to capacity with Believers if we are more like Jesus and speak the truth without being judgmental or discouraging. Love like Jesus ! Smile and speak with a purpose of building up and not tearing down. Our ultimate goal is to fill the streets of Heaven with BELIEVERS! Now, we need to be about Our Heavenly Father’s Business! Please pray for me, as I am praying for you!

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Now Is NOT The Time To Be Silent

For the past few years, I have spent a great deal of my time looking back on choices and decisions I have made. Some of my choices were not very wise and not in my best interest. I can’t change the past but I can do something about my future.

Seldom do we evaluate our values or question our perceptions until we have a crisis. When we find ourselves in deep pain, we begin to examine what we’re basing our lives upon. Sometimes it’s materialism, feeling good, or looking good, and then we realize there has to be more.

That’s why it’s so important that we ask ourselves — before we’re in pain — what’s going to last?
We are encouraged by society to do just the opposite. Our society values the here and now. Tomorrow or next year doesn’t matter. The future doesn’t matter. Live for today.

However, the Bible says something different in 1 John 2:17: “The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever” (NIV).
When we’re tempted, it isn’t just a battle between good and bad or what’s best and what’s not best. Temptation is always a battle between now or later. Do I do what God says and enjoy the benefits later, or do I do what I want and enjoy the benefits now?

The Bible says to “fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever” (2 Corinthians 4:18 GNT).

Now is NOT the time to sit back quietly and watch as horrible injustice is being committed against believers and God’s Children. We have to embrace God’s Plans and do everything possible to ensure the safety and well-being of our world. Please pray for me as I am praying for you!

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Reflections on Forgiveness

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭NIV

Many times, I become concerned because “things” are not progressing as quickly as I think they should or could. The best I can do is slow down and wait for God’s timing. When I try to rush events, I will experience problems and even failures. God’s Timing is perfect.

Thinking about the times I have felt lost and like I am up against an immovable force, I realize that God has a purpose for everything I go through. Sometimes it is because I need to change what I am doing or even stop doing something. I know and believe God doesn’t want me to suffer, but HE wants me to love Him, follow Him, and rely on only Him. The spiritual side of me is in total agreement; however, the human side has difficulty submitting to total submission! God knows my heart, and He is always with me!

Often, through the years, I have had an opportunity to share with others an experience I had because I had encountered a situation which was hurtful to me. I think God allows us to suffer because our paths will cross with someone who needs our encouragement. Also, I know I have problems and insecurities which need healing. I want to be the best ME I can be.

Reading and studying the Bible is an amazing blessing! When I flounder and stumble, I have a deep desire to bury myself in God’s Word where I feel God’s Presence. I make mistakes, ask forgiveness, and move forward with God’s Help. Just as Our Heavenly Father chastised, corrected, punished, and forgave His Children, I believe He does the same to me because He truly desires my presence in Heaven. He wants all of us to be more like Jesus.

Please pray for me, as I am praying for you! Amen 🙏🏻

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Change Is Often Necessary

Today was a good but bittersweet day! I don’t really like all the changes we face in life. However, I know change is necessary if we continue on our journey through life. After attending church and enjoying lunch with family, I spent the afternoon thinking about changes and the effects those changes bring.

After hours of contemplating changes I need to make, it was almost like a peace enveloped me, and I knew everything was going to be okay. God always shows up at times when I need to hear His still quiet voice! I just began singing, and the song gave me the assurance I needed in order to make wise decisions and right choices.

🎶🎶 When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.🎶🎶

🎶Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.🎶

🎶Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.🎶

🎶Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.🎶

🎶Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.🎶

🎶Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Oh, Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.🎶

🎶🎶And ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!
Oh, for grace to trust You more!🎶🎶

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Today

8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (‭‭Micah‬ ‭6‬‬:‭8‬ NIV)

Today, let us surrender to what the wind brings,

Let us see the hills that come as GRACE,

Help us make our trials into Holy Trails,

Let every stone in our path be another step to God.

Today, help us to be bread to feed others,

Allow us to mend much brokenness with our tenderness.

In the name of the Only One Who ever loved us to death and back to life.

In Jesus’s Holy Name,

Amen

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

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Preparing for Eternity

May 11, 2022

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.” Matthew 6:19 NIV

Over the last few years, I have reminisced about my life and all the various choices I have made. Some choices were good, some were bad, some were generous, and some were quite selfish. My choices that dealt with relationships were of the most concern. I was a people pleaser, and I think it was because I was the oldest of my siblings, and I was always trying to be the best sister, daughter, and friend I could be. It was not often that I thought about what was best for me.

Now, at this stage of my life, I always talk to God before making a decision or choice. HE is the one constant in my life and never changes! I can trust and depend on HIM. HE will not lead me astray, and, in fact, HE prevents me from making many mistakes. I am thankful for all the blessings, memories, and people HE has provided for influencing my journey! I am thankful for the opportunities throughout my life to witness and play a small role in other peoples lives. God is such an awesome Father.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you! The more time we spend in prayer provides a closer relationship to Our Heavenly Father!

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Return to Our Heavenly Father

““Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.””
‭‭Joel‬ ‭2:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭55:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭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

Many times, we have an idea of what our future will be like. We make plans, and we start out with the intention of following those plans to a fulfilling conclusion. However, life happens, things get in the way, or circumstances prevent our success. I have witnessed so much heartache, brokenness, and misfortunes caused by failure to achieve goals we have set for ourselves. I believe the most disturbing situation is when I am not in total union with God’s Will for my life. Reading scriptures, praying, and seeking God’s Will is important to my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Our world is filled with people who are lost, lonely, hurting, and searching for something. The truth is that everything for which we are searching can be found with God’s guidance. Throughout the Bible, God continues to tell us who HE is and what HE wants us to do. Why do we struggle against doing what HE wants us to do? We are stubborn! I wish we had a spiritual button which was a quick way to return to where we feel safe and return home to God. We can come back to a safe place in the arms of our Creator and welcomed into His divine presence.

When I study God’s Word, I realize that unless I turn everything over to HIM, I will remain in a constant struggle with the fear of failure to be in HIS Will. I believe God wants His people to be happy, but I think we don’t always heed the signs that we are heading in the wrong direction. The news depresses me so much, and I find myself not even wanting to know what is happening. However, I believe each of us can make a difference in the world around us. Praying is necessary if we want to alleviate some of the pain and heartbreak. Returning to Our Heavenly Father’s guidance and care is the ONLY thing we need to do.

Please pray for me as I am praying for you!

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Jesus Knows Me, This I Love

I am doing a study of the Bible In A Year for the second time— back to back — because I feel the need to be more knowledgeable about God’s Word. The first time I completed reading the Bible I was a young teenager, and truthfully, I was not able to understand everything I read. Even as I grew older, I still did not understand much of what I read. I began praying before I read and asked God to open my mind and heart to receive and understand HIS Words!

“Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:105‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“Open my eyes, that I may see Wondrous things from Your law.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Our Heavenly Father Loves us and He wants us to do His Will. He gave us specific instructions and information to help us in our journey through life. If we want to join HIM for eternity, we must always put GOD first and dedicate our lives to doing HIS Will. When I am confronted with decisions, I always ask myself, “What would Jesus do?” Just like the prophets and other followers, I must always be about my Heavenly Father’s business. The most important and precious blessing is that God has given me my orders, and all I have to do is follow HIS Guidance!

Everything I need, every question I have, all my answers can be found in HIS Precious and Holy Word! The more I read and study, the closer I feel to my Savior. The closer I get to Jesus, the more I. Love 💕 HIM. The more I LOVE Jesus, the more I know Jesus Loves me! The more Jesus Loves ME, the closer I feel to My Heavenly Father and my Savior—Jesus Christ!

Please pray for me and all God’s children, as I, too, am praying for you and all God’s people!

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