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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!