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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

NESTLE VS. WRESTLE

Elijah said  “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”  Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep."

When we fall into fear of the future. Loose thoughts come to mind. Awful death threats come out of our mouth. Negativity continues to ramble in our thoughts. We can't see freedom.
This is the wrestle.

Stop! Stop! Stop!
This is Nestle:
God: I love you with an everlasting love.
I got your back.
Remain with me and I will remain with you.
Climb up on His lap and wait and think of all that is going right!

The wrestle:
rambling, loose arguments going on in your head!

Do you want to wrestle?
Do you want to nestle?

Your choice!
 

Saturday, August 9, 2014

THE BEST OF ME



Dear Friend:

I woke up feeling like I was in a fog. In reality my husband was away visiting a very sick family member. My daughter was home sick with mono. My other daughter just left for five days of camp. My other son called me from California, he can’t find work. I am going on a bike ride. I am going to meet some people at a bagel shop then I will feel better. The eight mile ride to the bagel shop had not lifted the fog.

One lady I had not seen in a while was there. I told her my husband is switching his job to this certain company. Her response “That company is horrible.” Well that responses prompted me to change the subject. I tried again. My daughter switched schools and is now going to a Christian college. Another lady over heard me and blurted out “My daughter did the same thing and she hated that Christian school.” Oh my this is not going well. No relief from the ride or these people.

I got back on my bike and I begin to laugh hysterically. What just happened?  I think I know what is best for me. I am in control. Did I greet God today? Did I ask Him to help direct my day? Of course my response was “No.” I am in the minority when it comes to the amount of people trying to have a close relationship with God. My understanding of God and the validation I need is limited. I ran the wrong way. I must stay faithful to the small things. I dragged out my phone and put on a podcast that was preaching on Faith and I heard these words:  No matter what! No Matter how! You will not be shaken!  Just those words put a fight back in me. I felt as if the fog lifted. I then greeted God asking for forgiveness saying “I am sorry I let my thoughts and emotions get the best of me. God I want you to get the best of me I don’t want my thoughts to get the best of me. Forgive me.” In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
If you are recovering from an illness and it seems so slow.
If you lost your job recently.
If you are trying to buy a new business.
If you are waiting to close a deal on a house.
If you are waiting to sell your house.
If you have a broken relationship.
If your child is being rebellious.
If you just got a bad diagnosis.
If your heart is not in the right place.
If you just had a miscarriage.
If you cannot have children.
If you just lost someone.
If someone close is dying.
If your dream has not come to fruition.
If you are waiting for a job promotion.
If you need a break from work and you can’t right now.
If your marriage is falling apart.
If you are single and want to be married.
If you cannot pay your bills.
If someone rejected you.
If someone is bullying you.
Be strong no matter what is going on in life. I know it is not easy to navigate. But I want to share that God is good and that he loves you. God will hold you. Hug you. Never let you go. I am reminded in my strength now that God is for me. He helped me to look at things differently.

Remember when the Shunammite woman met with Elisha and he prayed to God to give her a son. Later, the son got a headache and died. The woman would not accept this fate. She ran to Elisha for help. She did question Elisha saying “Why did you raise my hope of a son.” She was shattered. Yet Elisha confidently sent Gehazi to take his staff and put it on the boy to heal him. It did not work. The Shunammite woman insists Elisha must go to her son. With God’s help Elisha raised the boy from the dead. (2 Kings 4:8-36)

We never know what will happen. We do not have a crystal ball to the future. We have to rely on God for the future. For everything!

Run as quickly as the Shunammite woman did to Jesus! Ask Him where to go and how to get there.
We are living in a time where we need to cry out to God constantly. We need him to intervene in our situations. Throw off whatever is hindering you and do not delay in asking God to help you today.
Don’t let your thoughts get the best of you. Give your best to God.

Be Blessed and encouraged today!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

DECORATOR OF THE MIND

 Dear Friend:

Stinkin thinkin! I felt like giving up. I had had this back pain for months. Things weren’t getting better. I tried many avenues for healing and nothing had changed. Fear was creeping its ugly head into my brain, and interrupting my peace with the interjecting question, “What if…it is something serious?”

Over twenty years ago I had to address the problem with my thoughts; to think about what I am thinking. My conclusion was that I had to re-train my brain. I went through four steps:  awareness, acceptance, action and available. Those four steps were the technical ways I was led to inner healing.

My fun personality likes to put it this way:

God reached down and did what I love most: decorate and shop! He decorated my mind as I shopped through the Word picking out my favorite verses that help destroy old patterns of thinking and gave me a new sense of freedom and perspective. Not Elaine’s perspective, but God’s perspective. In my newly decorated mind I have this brand new gorgeous shelf now full of thoughts filed neatly with plenty of space for other thoughts. I feel lighter and brighter to shine with the glory of God, awaiting the moment to speak to any audience of overloaded or stressed-out lives to welcome this “God Story.”

My favorite verse that was the catalyst to this process was:
“We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity” (2 Corinthians 10:5-6 MSG).

I can now rejoice that He is enough for me. When I am in pain I remember the powerful God-tools and in my awakened state, I choose the path Jesus taught me and together we walk the road.

PRAYER:  Father in heaven thank You for the powerful God-tools. Thank You for reaching down and clearing my mind obstructions and bringing me to a place of peace. Amen.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

SACRED DISCOVERY

I was so sad for Moses.
“One day the Lord said to Moses, ‘Climb one of the mountains east of the river, and look out over the land I have given the people of Israel. After you have seen it, you will die like your brother, Aaron, for you both rebelled against my instructions in the wilderness of Zin’” (Numbers 27:12-14 NLT).
My thought upon reading this is that God wants Moses to look over the land and maybe worship with Him. Then the blow came when God said, “You’re going to die because you rebelled.” All my thoughts of this being a Sacred Moment instantly came crashing down. But wait a minute!  I took a look at Moses’ response. “O Lord, you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Please appoint a new man as leader for the community” (Numbers 27:16 NLT).
My reaction was, “Are you serious, Moses? Defend yourself!”
Instead, Moses’ response was full of humility, worship, care, compassion and love. He was “other focused”.
How would I have responded if God had just told me that I would die because of my rebellion? With deeper thinking and prayer I asked, “God, why did Moses not come to his own defense? Was he so old and worn out that he just accepted this fate?”
Hebrews 3:5 says, “Moses was certainly faithful in God’s house as a servant.” (NLT).  He was a holy man of God. God said “look out over the land”. Moses acknowledged, worshipped, praised and gave thanks! In that moment he connected to God as he always did. He loved God and trusted God more than his life. Moses clung to his hope of being in heaven with God one day. That hope far surpassed his earthly calling. What a leader Moses was. He didn’t have anyone around to impress. It was just him and God. Truly a sacred moment. Some days I do not find time to spend with God, yet I respond to social media, watch TV shows, exercise, read a book, do my puzzles and volunteer. These are my distractions. I allow them to keep me from being fully devoted to God. Are you distracted, too?
Moses’ sacred moment with God helped me with a sacred discovery, not to condemn myself, but to pray for more sacred time with God. PRAYER:  I pray that I can fix my eyes on You today. I look forward to sacred moments with You, Father. I want to be other focused. Help me to be more aware of how I can do that. Amen.