Monthly Archives: February 2020

He Prepares A Place

Isaiah 45:2 NASB, “I will go before you and make the rough places smooth; I will shatter the doors of bronze and cut through their iron bars.”

Thank you big brother Matt at Jesusluvsall for the birthday post on yesterday, and thank you to everyone for the birthday blessings and prayers. It was an enjoyable day, and all of your kind words made my day even better. I’m very thankful to celebrate another year of life!

While I was at lunch yesterday, I was reflecting on the Lord’s goodness. It’s amazing how He takes such good care of His children. I thought about how life can bring so many changes, some may be pleasant but some may not be. However we never have to be afraid, because through every change, He is with us.

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God has a way of always working things out. As I was reflecting on His provision over the years, and even now, He spoke to my heart and said, “I prepare a place for you.” No matter what we go through, when we are being faithful to the Lord, and following the path He has laid out before us, He will “prepare a place for us”. All we have to do is choose to obediently follow Him. Even if it seems inconvenient at the time, trust God and know that His plans for you are perfect. The details of life that may seem imperfect to us, are no surprise to the Father, and are perfectly crafted into His will for our lives.

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As Isaiah 45:2 says, “He makes the rough places smooth.” Knowing that we serve a God who will provide what we need to walk in His will is a true comfort. I heard Dr. Charles Stanley say, “If necessary, God will move heaven and earth to show us His will.” Whatever leap of faith God is calling you to take, remember He has prepared a place for you, and boldly go forth knowing that He will never leave you alone. He will provide all you need. I pray you feel the love of the Father as you go through your day.

The Bee Love Award

Thanks Beverley at Becoming the Oil and the Wine for nominating me for this award!! Beverley is a wonderful Bible teacher and shares inspiring lessons from God’s Word on her blog. Her blog encourages us to dig deeper into the truth of God’s Word and apply it to our daily lives. I’m thankful that she is my sister in Christ and my friend. Check out this recent post she wrote entitled, “Loving Your Enemies”.

Guidelines for Bee Love Award:
1. Attach the Bee Love Award logo on the top of your post, or you can use it as the post’s featured image.
2. Pingback to my site.
3. Thank you to your fellow blogger who nominated you.
4. Nominate your fellow bloggers.
5. Write your definition of true love.

My Definition of Love

I believe love is action. If someone truly loves you, it will be expressed through some type of action. That action could even be something as simple as offering a prayer for someone. After all prayer is one of the greatest gifts we can give to people. I’m in awe that Jesus expressed His love for us through prayer…

John 17:20-21, “20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”

Wow! As the song says, “Yes Jesus loves me!” He had us future believers on His mind, and prayed for us!

When we see kindness in action it causes us to feel loved by others. I realize that many people do many things but it may not all be in the name of love if their motives are not pure. It’s easy to fall prey to wrong motives in today’s world, but I’m thankful God can see the heart. He’ll have the final say on which actions are pure, and done in love, and which are not.

John 21:17 NIV, “The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”

Jesus called Peter to take action in order to show love to Him. He said, “Feed my sheep.”

God set the ultimate example of love by sending His Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins. The unconditional love that He has for mankind, moved Him to take action and send His Son to the cross on our behalf.

I think our continuous prayer should be, “Lord teach me to understand and show love”. It’s a daily process and we will be ever learning, but we can trust God to teach us because He is love, so He knows exactly what true love should be.

I nominate the following if they choose to participate…🤗❤️

Imago Dei

Joy Cottage

Beyond My Limitations

Mrs. T’s Corner

Adascorner

Great is God’s Faithfulness

Herry Chic Counsels

He is Faithful and Just To Forgive

1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

When we confess, God forgives. It’s a simple truth, but can at times be hard for us to accept, especially when we struggle to forgive ourselves. Sins we’ve committed, rather past or present, can keep us stuck in a place of guilt and shame if we let it. Conditioning our minds to receive God’s forgiveness can take determination.

We must be determined to see ourselves through God’s eyes and understand that He is faithful to forgive us when we confess our sins to Him, no matter how big or disgraceful the sin is. Although God forgives us, there still maybe consequences we have to endure. For example, if someone steals, they may have to repay money and go to jail. If someone gets caught cheating on an exam, they may end up failing the class. But God will strengthen us as we walk through any consequences we must face. The key is to receive His forgiveness and let His love bring healing to your heart.

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Remember the criminal on the cross beside Jesus in John 23:39-43. He recognized his sin, and he spoke these words…

We are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”

“…Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”

And Jesus spoke these words back to him…

“…Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

He acknowledged that Jesus was the One who could save Him. Jesus forgave him and promised Him a home in eternity. Jesus forgave this sinner, even as he was facing death. He also forgives you and me.

We must believe what God says about forgiveness and reject the lies of the enemy. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1), so enjoy freedom from guilt and shame, and rejoice in the victory that His forgiveness brings!

When God Opens Our Eyes

Isaiah 43:19 NIV, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

Since I just returned to the area, all week I had been using my GPS for the drive to and from work until I get used to the route. Yesterday was the first time I felt pretty confident without it. When I left work, it was about fifteen minutes earlier than usual, so it was lighter outside. It was interesting though, because as I drove home I kept feeling like I was lost. But I really wasn’t. I was on the right path home. It was just that, due to the fact it was lighter outside, I was seeing things that I didn’t normally see. All before I had been driving home in the dark and was not aware of my surroundings. Instead off relying on what I saw, I was relying on the sound of the GPS to tell me where to go.

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Through this little experience, I thought about the many times we can be headed down a certain path or going about our daily activities and not even be aware of what’s around us. When we turn off things that are distracting us, our spiritual eyes will be opened and we will become aware of people, things, or even opportunities we had never noticed before. When God brings us to a new place, we have a choice to embrace the new thing or stay comfortable with what we know.

I believe God wants to do a new thing. His people, you and me, are the vessels He will use to help accomplish it. But in order to be part of His vision, we have to turn off any distractions so God can open our eyes to His plans. Often times what we’re looking for is right in front of our eyes, we just need to take time to see it.

I pray that the Lord would open your eyes to see all the opportunities around you to love and serve people in even the smallest ways. As He equips you for your daily tasks, may you find everlasting joy, satisfaction, and purpose in contributing to His vision.

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One of the many reasons I love Him…Patience

One of the many reasons I love the Lord is because of His patience. My heart overflows with thanksgiving when I think of how patient He is. Looking back I can see how far I’ve come and how consistent and unchanging the Lord has been. Rather I was being faithful or faithless, obedient or disobedient. He remained the same. He was still God. He never wavered in His love for me. He patiently waited as I grew in faith and obedience.

Any discipline I have received from the Lord has always been done in love and tailored just for me (Proverbs 3:12). It was exactly what I needed to cause me to repent and turn my heart back to His. But there were many times He waited for me, and even today, although I have made some progress, the reality is that He is still waiting on me.

Psalm 139:16 NIV, “Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

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I’m thankful that God loves us and is patient through our ups and downs. We often become impatient as we are going through periods of waiting. But as we wait, we must remember God is waiting too. Our lives were His idea in the first place. As Psalm 139:16 tells us, the plans He has for us were in His heart before we were even born. His love for us will not allow Him to rush anything. Now that’s true patience!

I pray the Lord would strengthen you as you continue to patiently trust His timing in every area of your life. May we be a reflection of His patience to others. May patience have her perfect work in you and me.

James 1:4 KJV, “But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Seeing The Good

This phrase came to my mind recently, “Seeing the good”. As I pondered it, I thought of how it can be hard to see good when things seem less than good. Our vision is limited when we only look at the natural circumstances that are before us. However, when we look at circumstances through our eyes of faith, we are able to see past the natural and have hope. We can “see” the good that the Lord wants to do in our lives according to the promises in His Word.

Ephesians 3:20 NIV, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,”

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I was also reminded that when the Lord Himself looks at us, He can see good. He sees all that He can accomplish through us. I can’t imagine the excitement that flows from His heart when He sees us becoming who He desires for us to be. When He sees us taking steps of faith to see past the natural and believe Him for good things, I know He is delighted.

Zephaniah 3:17 NIV, “The LORD your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

Our Heavenly Father is proud of us when we work to fulfill His purpose for our lives. Sometimes we can feel discouraged if things are not happening as fast as we would like. But our Father makes everything beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Even now, there is beauty in the process as we are growing day by day. If you struggle to see the good in where God has you today, don’t lose hope. Embrace His promises and choose to believe that what He says is true. And also remember that…

“Those who hope in the Lord will never be put to shame.” Psalm 25:3

Keep “seeing the good” through your eyes of faith. And wait expectantly for God to move on your behalf!

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Keep The Lord First Place

Psalm 37:5 ESV, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.”

The Lord always takes notice of our dedication to Him. When we give our hearts and lives to fulfill His purposes, He will act on our behalf. He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Committing our ways to the Lord does require humility and sacrifice. Having a humble heart will allow us to be open to the Lord’s direction. His direction can come from His Word, the voice of the Holy Spirit, or He will sometimes use other people to speak into our lives, just to name a few.

God is not limited in His ability to get through to us, but we must be willing to listen. In order to go deeper with the Lord, we must also be willing to make sacrifices or give up things that are hindering our progress in our relationship with Him.

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Learning to trust the Lord, requires spending adequate time getting to know Him, the same way we do with our earthly relationships. There are many things that we commit to as we go through life, but our relationship with the Lord should always be number one on our list.

I pray that we would make the Lord first place as we commit our ways to Him. We can be confident in His faithfulness, as we trust Him to act on our behalf.