Saturday, August 23, 2014

Love the Lord

Thank You Lord

"In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  1 Thessalonians 5:18

It is a particularly difficult time to be grateful in the world today.  News of persecuted Christianin Iraq are heart-breaking and war in the Holy Land rages on.  

Yet God says to thank Him at all times.  He knows each hair that falls from my head and your head and He is on control.  Even when we don't see His hand moving.

So I will thank Him for today.  

An unexpected blessing was a conversation I had with an atheist.  He said that whenever he talks to me he doesn't know why but he is at peace.  I told him it is the love of God that he feels through me.  He was not offended but seemed to digest the words slowly.  It's been years I've known him but I could only share buts and parts about my faith.  So today I hope I have planted the seed for him to know of God's redeeming love.

I was watching a film on Youtube "Evolution vs God"  I was amazed at people saying a rose was not intelligently designed.  It became clear to me that people were putting their faith on scientists instead of in the living God.

Friday, August 22, 2014

From Trouble to Trust

I'm sure you'll agree with me that the news is pretty disturbing nowadays.  Sometimes I think my sister is on the right track. She doesn't read the news.

My dad celebrated his 88th birthday last August 18 and in his wry sense of humor he let me sing the morose version of Happy Birthday.  Something that goes like this (but my voice is cheerier)  It's not my favorite version but it's descriptive of the times.

 War, oppression, trouble.  This was not the only time in history when people wanted to say "Why?".

The prophet Habakkuk was talking to God and asking why evil prevailing.  God told him to "just wait and see".  (Habakkuk 1:1-4)

I think Habakkuk realized that the question of suffering could only be answered by God and He went on to realize that God was bigger than all of this.

"See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright-- but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness"  Habakkuk 2:4

The righteous will live by faith.  They will put their faith in a faithful God.

My favorite verse from the Book for Habakkuk follows:

"Though the fig tree does not bud
    and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
    and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen
    and no cattle in the stalls,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord,

    I will be joyful in God my Savior."
Habakkuk 3:17

God is faithful!  His promises are sure!

So when you are tempted to be problematic, just praise!
instead of worry, worship!
instead of be doubtful, believe!
instead of complain, claim His promises!

"The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all"  Psalm 34:19

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Great Faith Moves God's Heart

Just imagine wandering in the desert for 40 years.  The heat is excruciating.  To walk a few steps makes you weak.  The food and water is scarce and you never know, it might just run out.  Only by the grace of God do you survive.

But a promise of abundant green pastures, "a land flowing with milk and honey" stands before you. What do you do?

Sometimes a blessing comes our way.  An answered prayer and then just before we receive it, something tells us to "stop"!  This is too good to be true!  This is not for us!

We oftentimes let our doubt eclipse our belief and stop the blessing from coming into our lives.

This is what happened to the Israelites.  God promised to get them out of Egypt (which He did).  God promised to take care of them and feed them (which He did).  God promised them a land they could call their own (which He also gave and yet, the people stopped short of entering it).

In the past,we can see how God has helped us go through a lot of difficulties and hardships and we have come out unscathed.  Many of us who have given over our lives to the King of Kings have been taken out of darkness and brought into His marvelous light!

So why would we doubt God's goodness?  Why did the Israelites doubt?  They saw the way God saved them from the hand of Pharoah and saved them from slavery and yet they still doubted.

The Israelites saw that there would be a battle before them against the inhabitants of the land.  They seemed fierce and the looked like "giants".  They felt small (like grasshoppers).

The battle is there to be overcome.  Believe in the King who has already promised us victory.  The enemy doesn't want you to claim Gods promises.  He wants you as miserable as possible.  Do give him that satisfaction!  Fight and conquer your fears.  Claim the blessing He has in store!

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Mustard Seed

"He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-35

Every act of love is a sign that God is present since God is love.

Whenever you love, you are planting a seed that will grow to a bountiful harvest when the time comes.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Despite Doubt

Every day our minds are a playground for a whole variety of thoughts.  We have good thoughts and not so good ones.  Sometimes a day is going so well and then doubt creeps in and takes over.

It was the same for Jesus disciples.  They were fishermen, craftsmen, businessmen, ordinary men who thought ordinary thoughts.

Their leader, their hero had fallen and though reports of Him being raised from the dead circulated, followers were walking away.  They were discouraged, fearful and doubt reigned supreme.

Jerusalem was where it all happened.  They started walking away.

But Jesus was alive and He told them not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for something big that was coming their way. (Acts 1:1-11)

How many times have we tried to be patient and wait yet only to let doubts tell us to just move on and to flee from desperate, seemingly impossible situations?

Or how many times have we felt unworthy of good things and let them slip away from us?  How many times have we run away from God thinking of how we've messed up and how He couldn't possibly want us back now?

If we choose to walk away from God and our experiences of Him, giving way to fear and doubt, we miss out on what He desires to give us.

The disciples who stayed received the power of the Holy Spirit.  They had changed minds and hearts that enabled them to change the course of the whole world.

Do we want everything God wants to give us or are we fearful of it?  

During the times we are waiting, we don't sense His nearness to us.  We think He isn't coming or He isn't going to do something - I need to.

But these times of waiting are essential to prepare us for His coming.  We grow in faith with waiting. 

The 11 disciples went up on a mountain and saw the Risen Lord.  Despite the unbelievable of a man coming to life again and their seeing Him face to face, the still doubted. (Matthew 28:16-20)

Even when good things happen, we doubt. 

Despite doubt, go with God.  Despite fear, go with God. Despite sin, go with God. He will bring us from glory to the next.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Singing Songwriting Spree


Do you see the dust on the street?  Under your feet!!!  Well I wrote a song about that.  READ ON...

I received some good news and I'm so excited to share it with you!

Just about a week or so ago, I entered some of my original compositions in a songwriting contest.  Then I got an e-mail last night telling me that one of my songs was chosen to be included in an album yeyyyyy!

Together with 14 other songs it will actually be published AND HEARD. This is huge for me.  I don't really care about the honor of being selected. It's the fact that someone will hear it and the message it has.

I am not by any means a professional.  In fact I can't play a lot of the chord flats but what little chords I can play, you can already make a little song.

The recording is really brutally raw (I mean listen hard enough and you'll probably hear the dogs singing / barking with me).   It's just me and a guitar.  Hopefully the singing is soulful enough and the message is something you will like to hear.

This song was born out of prayer and I guess it's just an expression of how overwhelmed I am at who God is and how much He loves us!  Thank you Lord!

Curious enough?  Here's the Sound Cloud link

So what do you think???

Here are the words...

Please do let me know your thoughts about the song in the comment box below.  I will accept ALL your comments and won't get offended.  Promise!

Thank you for reading my post today!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Give Your All

The Lord can turn nothing into something, turn lack into abundance.  He can make the desires of your heart be filled and your needs fulfilled.  

What it takes for us to see his work is generosity of spirit.  We need to give him all we have no matter how little so he can use it felt others in need.  That little boy was for sure, also hungry but he gave it up for God.  God used his life offering for others.  

Therefore, give your all to God so He may bless you and others as well.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Look up

These days I've been trying to memorize wisdom from scripture.  These words from the psalms charmed my heart softly so it was a delight to know that this is an easy verse to remember.  Psalm 34:5. Just count the numbers and you've got the verse!

This will be one of my "life verses"!

I like drawing something to remember life verses.

This woman represents my desire to keep looking at God.  

To look on His love is a gift.  To look on the gift of His life is to experience His mercy.  To look on His mercy is a divine grace.  To look on the His grace is to have hope.  To look on the eternal hope He gives us is joy.  To look on the joy of every moment in His presence is to grow in loving Him.

"Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.  Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways." - Proverbs 4:25-26

We cannot see what is before us unless we look forward.  We cannot see what lies ahead without the light of Christ in this darkened world.  We are more likely to stumble without the wisdom that comes from His Word.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Seek First

Happy Easter season everyone!

It is a time to celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death!  His sacrifice saved us!   We can now enter into the Holy of Holies, into God's presence, because Jesus' precious blood has washed us clean! 

In Jesus we can look to our future with hope!  Whatever circumstances we have in our earthly life, whether trial or comfort, it is nothing compared to heaven.

Sometimes we think that this life is all there is!  We get caught up in the busyness and forget to have an eternal perspective on things.

Here i am (in my drawing below), trying to seek first God's Kingdom and His righteousness.


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