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Friday, November 21, 2014

THANK FULL



I see the sun shining.
I hear the wind whistle.
I hear the paws of my dogs on the wood surface.
Pitter-patter of them being playful
I hear my praise music and I sway and soak in the words.
My soul is fed with the word.
Wait for the Lord
Be strong and take heart and
Wait for the Lord.
My children and grandchildren
Prosper in the Land God has called them to.
I sit with the confidence that I will see the Lord.
In His unfailing love He will lead me who He redeemed.
I smell the baked cookies
And delight in the thought of those who will eat them.
Keeping my day fresh and new.
I THANK
I AM FULL.


My prayer is that the joy of thankfulness will radiate your home

This Thanksgiving and always.

Blessings of the Lord be with you always,
Elaine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

RENEW 2

You have a moment where you feel like someone wronged you. You confront them and they get defensive. All that you wanted from them is that they would just say "Oh I didn't even think that I hurt you or made you sad. I'm sorry." Now you are left feeling frustrated. How do you move on?

You can continue to dwell on it or choose to forgive as the verses below state. With God's strength you can do this. It is a way of resolving conflict within you.

Matthew 6:12 "And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors (NIV).
1 Corinthians 13:5 " It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs (NIV).
Ephesians 4:32 "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (NIV).
 
I will not dwell on this incident.
I will not bring this incident up and use it against you.
I will not talk to others about this incident.
I will not allow this incident to stand between us or
hinder our personal relationship.


My choice is grimm if I continue to dwell on things. God gave us renewed hope. I can follow these four promises. I want to restore my inner self. Unforgiveness separate me from God. I just want peace. 

Do you have people in your life that dwell on incidents? They bring things up over and over? Alright, I have been guilty of this. How about you?
I just thought this was a great way to be reminded to let it go...

Pray with me:
Father In heaven I want to forgive.....help me to practice these promises and truly let it go with your help. Renew my mind with more constructive things. I am tempted to keep bringing this incident back up, help me to stop it! Amen.

Letting it go is freeing. Don't beat yourself up for the past. Just think of the future and how you will be FREE...

Friday, November 14, 2014

RENEW YOUR MIND 1

Dear Friend:

I found this so graciously comforting. I pray that you need this timely word like I did.

God said twelve times in Exodus 23 I will...

I will be an enemy to your enemies. (Now that's loyalty.)
I will oppose those who oppose you. (That's protection.)
I will bring you into the "ites" land. (That's safety.)
I will wipe them out.

Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water.

I will take away sickness.
I will give you a full life span.
I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.
I will send my terror ahead of you.
I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive out the "ites".
I will drive them out before you.
I will establish your borders.
I will hand over the people who live in the land. 

The point is that he is loyal, protecting, bringing safety, turning things around, ending confusion and healing.

God never neglects us or abandons us. Do you catch yourself asking "Where are you God?"
The Israelites who just witnessed the parting of the Red Sea and received the Ten Commandments were asking the same question. I confound myself when I doubt. I have the bible full of God’s love and story yet I still ask “Why is this happening?”

Your thoughts that are opposing you or people who are trying to steal your position. Think about your circumstance today (journal them). After you make your list write and tell yourself "God is working things out, I must wait!"

Don't think for one minute God wants to oppose you. Quite the contrary! He wants to give you PEACE OF MIND.

PRAYER:  Father in heaven thank you for your willingness to rescue me. Renew my mind with this truth today. In Jesus' name. Amen.




Friday, November 7, 2014

OSCAR

Out at sea
He appeared
Flying out
Flying in
Flying up
Flying down
Seems to be Stuck!
Free Will?
Or
Instinct to stay close?
Just as we know
We should
Stay Close
It is safer
When we obey.
Each day
We listen,
We learn.
Then will come a time
We understand!
We won't seem stuck!
We are free!
Free to fly!
Out,
In,
Up,
Down.
Wisdom!

Oscar appeared on our cruise this past fall, we were far out a sea. He visited us daily. I wondered is he stuck or not? We got to an island after frequent visits from Oscar,(our name we gave him). After that we never saw him again. I believe Oscar was wise. He knew what he could and could not do. When he was free from possibly an air currant keeping him close to the ship, he took off.
Philippians 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Let's pray: Lord help me to cooperate with your plan and with all of your guidance and wisdom. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

Flying FREE,
Elaine

Thursday, November 6, 2014

A NEW POST

Dear Friend:

I started writing Heart 2 Hearts in 2003. I remember my very first one. It was about God adopting me into his family. I call God my Abba, Father. We were rescuing at dog which I resisted to do but then I prayed. A whisper impressed me with the words, just as I have adopted you into my family adopt the dog. It is a symbol to demonstrate God's love to your family. God's message to my family showed us the love of taking in a lost dog which is the same thing God did for us. He takes us into his fold and watches over me.

Today years later I find my past messages filled with such faith and choice words. I am in transition to many changes. It prompts me daily to fall on my knees and ask God to help me to carry on.

The empty nest stage. The time when my relationship with my husband changes. My relationship with my children now young adults shifts. My hormones rage. My focus shifts in all pieces of my pie to life: family, friends, community, church and personal self. How do I now slice the pie pieces? Some days my head screams your work is done. I know it to be a lie but yet it rages. I'm struggling. I am undisciplined and unstructured. I am talking about "I" way to much!

I stop. I cry for no reason. This is hard. Is anyone out there finding this hard? The second half to life.

I know God taught me the first half. Now I await the keys to the second. I pray as I walk God will show me the way so I can be the audience of one and then be the recycle girl for this next phase that we can all walk together. I am impatient. I am waiting. I am trying to be still.

Let's spur each other on! Each day we smile and get to live and breath. Isn't that enough! To be honest it is not always enough.

I want to be honest.I love being a mom. I love those kids. I want to go back. It's the best job ever. What's up with this season. I never knew this was going to be so hard. All I wanted to be is a mom. Can anyone identify with this?

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FOR YOU TODAY


Dear Friend: 

Here is a Devo written by a friend.
 

For you today!
 

Have you ever seen withering flowers that need water?

Petals breaking, dying, withered, and tired;

similar to how you might feel after life doesn’t go exactly how you planned

or piles of stress. Sometimes we feel broken, withered, tired, and weak

but in 2 Corinthians 12:9 Jesus tells us His grace is sufficient for us,

“My Grace is sufficient for you for My power is made perfect in weakness.”

God wants us to cast our weakness upon Him so He can water us with unending love, fill us up, and watch us grow.
 

Do you ever feel like you need to be watered? 

Grace for today:

God’s love and grace is fulfilling and free.

Trust in Him, you’re made perfect in your greatest weaknesses.

He loves at all times, even when we do not understand.

Acts 16:31:

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
 
by Caroline Hopper. Thanks Caroline for a beautiful DEVO. Caroline is Senior in High School. She is an active participant in a group called Younglife in Champaign, IL.
to contact Caroline:
@team_caro Twitter
caroline.hopper1997@gmail.com  e-mail