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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

WOO HOO


Dear Friend:

I was looking at my friend’s cancer care page online. I know many patients now have care pages where they can post their thoughts and receive comments. It is empowering for them.
My friend's page was brimming with names of volunteers willing to care for her. It listed people to contact about providing food and gifts. From her end, she is willing to blog and update readers about her treatments. She included her plan to deal with infertility and the gradual losing of her hair.
I thought of this verse after glancing at her site: "So Jesus said to them, 'Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, "Move from here to there," and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you'" (Matthew 17:20 NKJV).
I wrote to my friend, "Your website is moving that mountain of cancer. It is so detailed and combative toward this disease. The cancer has no choice but to move out. You are not going to take this lying down. No way! This plan is the faith you need to fight and tell that mountain of cancer to move!"
She responded "WOO HOO." I picture her hand in the air giving me a high-five back!
On any given day something can happen and suddenly things are spinning out of our control. Some things we can fix, and others we have to have faith to give the situation to God. It empowers us to have some sort of plan for how to move forward. The care page is an example of moving forward while being filled with the love of so many people helping to care for body, mind and soul. High-five to family, friends, doctors and nurses!!!
PRAYER:  Father please give me the faith I need for today. Amen.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

IMPULSIVE RESPONSE STEEPED IN TRUTH


Dear Friend: 

My day was disrupted by my family making an accusation against me. I felt it was unjust.
I stirred within. I questioned "Why don’t they respect my truth?" I wanted them to understand what was deep within me. I hate quarrels. My desire is to talk things out. Taken aback, I made an impulsive response steeped in truth–but I said it wrong.
Ugh! I needed help. I ran to my bedroom and prayed. My heart fought. I asked God for forgiveness. "Help me. I don’t want to hold things against others. Take my thoughts, emotions, body and impulses. I can’t do this. I’m too forceful. I need Your perspective so that I can let it go."
I was reading through Exodus 10 where Moses asks Pharaoh "How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me?" (v. 3, NIV).
Imagine if we all walked humbly with our God.
I want to do what the scripture says, yet I don’t want to be a doormat. I want to walk humbly with my God and love others. "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).
Jesus invites us to come and learn from Him for He is gentle and humble in heart. If we learn from Jesus we can be more gentle and humble in heart. Yeah, progress! We don’t have to stay the same.
It is important for me to have these scriptures memorized. At times like this the Spirit gently reminds me of how God wants me to deal with conflict. I was able to give it to Him and let Him take care of the hearts of those in the home. Sometimes He may have me state a fact and then let it go or He may have me go back and apologize for my quick tongue.
I found each of their hearts had been softened. We were able to talk together and speak the truth in love. We can all come to a simple conclusion. Each of us can have a day like this. We love each other and we want to stay in the relationship for better and for worse. Nobody is perfect, after all!
PRAYER:  Father in heaven I want to walk humbly with you each day. Take me, walk with me, and teach me your ways. Amen.

Friday, October 3, 2014

NOT THE END

Dear Friend:

A song came to mind, “The ants go marching ten by ten hurrah, hurrah! The ants going marching ten by ten hurrah, hurrah! The ants go marching ten by ten the little one stops to say ‘The End’, and they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain. Boom, boom, boom!”

All I could do is sing as I cleaned and sprayed my kitchen counter when I was confronted with a whole lot of ants. I wasn’t happy. In fact I was tired. I had been resting from surgery. I was just getting back in the swing of cleaning and this mess was wearing me out.

Before discovering the ants I was on my back porch taking in the blue sky, sipping a good cup of coffee and spending sweet time with God reading his word. Peter greets, “To those who through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ have received a faith as precious as ours… For this very reason, make every effort to add … perseverance … For if you posses this quality in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:1-8 NIV).

I was totally caught off guard with the ants. In a flash I was itchy and crabby. It took quite a while to clean and the heaviness was not lifting. I contacted a friend who was clear headed. She had me pray “by the weapons God has given to me and by the power of the Holy Spirit in Jesus name I take authority over every belief system, high thing and thought that keeps me blinded from the truth. I capture and demolish that in Jesus name. Thank You, Lord, for your help. Amen.”

I doubted that spending time with God would give me energy for today. That is a lie. I had a bump in the road. I did exactly what God asks; persevere. On any given day one of my children could need me more than usual. They may come to me constantly. I would keep opening arms and comforting them. Like my kids coming to me I can keep going to God and His arms will be wide open. I was needy.

Instead of pouting like our children tend to when trouble brews we need to pause for prayer. Realize God is there 24/7/365. It was “The End” for those ants but not for me.

PRAYER:  Thank you Lord with you everything is possible. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

MONKEY SEE MONKEY DO



Dear Friend:
My daughter wrote this recently for a talk she was giving to a group. I read it and asked myself questions. I will tell you those questions at the end of this devotion. For now just read the words God gave her.

In High School I was in a group of friends that I had been close to since the sixth grade but then something happened. I saw back stabbing, talking behind each others, text fighting  and someone always had a problem with someone else. One girl had health and family issues and she confided in me. It bothered some of the girls that they did not know what was going on and dropped her out of their lives. Is this true friendship? Jesus encompasses all the things that make the perfect friend-loyal, trustworthy, faithful, good listener, honest, supportive, caring and accepts me for who I am. 

Jesus was sent to earth by God so that we may get to know and experience a perfect friend. John 15:15 “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”

Jesus wants what’s best for us. Jeremiah 29:11 “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.” Jesus cares about us so much that he is constantly thinking, guiding us to what’s best.

Jesus has time for us! Joshua 1:9 “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” You may say you will always be there for your friend, and you might do a pretty good job keeping that promise. But not the way Jesus does. Jesus is there 24/7 to listen to every problem you may have and he cares and is loyal.

Jesus loves us Romans 8:35-39 “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death (as the scriptures say, “For you sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Even if we sin and mess up. Jesus is never mad, annoyed or upset with us-NEVER.

You’re going to have bad friendships in life. Some people will let you down or betray you. Whatever the case you have one perfect friend Jesus. Jesus #1 wants the best for you and will do whatever it takes to make that happen. #2 Jesus is with you 24/7 and is there for you in a way no human can be. #3 Jesus love you NO MATTER WHAT, ALWAYS, FOREVER.
Jesus is my friend, and He’s  your friend too, even if you may not realize it or understand, He’s waiting for you to accept that He’s there for you no matter what.

Questions:

Have I been trusting God first in my life to be my BFF?
Do you recognize all that Jesus encompasses as a friend?
Am I relying on others for the perfect friendship?
Am I good friend? (Jesus calls to be holy as he is holy.)
What percentage of time in a week do I spend with Jesus? 

There is merit in establishing how much time we spend with Jesus especially in  light of the old saying "Monkey See Monkey Do." 

PRAYER:  Father in heaven thank You for being my friend. Help me to remember that no matter what You care. Lead me to friendships that are good for me. By the power of the Holy Spirit help me to be a good friend to others. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.