The Platter

The platter

When I was making the most recent birthday cake I had a particular platter that I wanted to put it on. Try as I might to look for it I could not find it anywhere. I could even remember putting it somewhere but couldn’t quite remember just where.

Then while I was texting my precious cousin sister friend in faith, I told her to please pray that I would find that platter. She prayed right there on the text. And I told her I would text her as soon as I found it.

I returned to the search with a big flashlight that helps me see back in my cabinets. And there was. Less than a minute after the prayer the platter was brought to my eyes. I texted her immediately and said is this fast enough answer to prayer?

Oh beloved don’t we wonder why sometimes prayers are answered so quickly? And then other Prayers seem to take so long? If we’re not careful we will spend all our time worrying about yet to be answered prayer and lose connection to the One who answers. It’s imperative that you and I remember Jesus Himself is ever making intercession for us. If He doesn’t quit praying then we shouldn’t either.

God loves you and He is for you. Trust keeps praying. Faith keeps waiting. Love keeps hoping. Run to Him this morning and submit completely to Him. And live in the Light of His presence always.

Romans 8:34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!

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God’s Presence- Better Than A Forecast

One look at the forecast tells me that it’s about to be fall. Although the forecasts don’t always happen the way they predict, there’s a night temperature of 48 degrees one night next week. I’m ready for the chillier weather. Now if we can just get some rain.

Oh beloved, are you ready for a change? Not just the weather. But life change. It’s going to happen. Looking forward is part of life. And generally it’s looking forward to something good isn’t it? We always think the future will be brighter. Sometimes we spend so much time looking at the future report of the weather (or our lives) that we forget to enjoy the here and now.

Even if things aren’t going how you like them right now, you can rest assured that the One who carries the power of all creation and beyond has good things in mind for your life. As much as you wish away the hard things, still there is opportunity to see His hand. All you need to do is to praise Him each day – as you wake up there is the potential for the heat of your situation to cool down. There is always change coming and you can trust that God knows best. Every harsh time you endure becomes your season of blessing – as you see God’s hand over your life. As the song lyrics go – “I see the evidence of Your goodness all over my life”. It’s not about better weather or better finances or better anything. It’s about His presence. His presence makes your life more than tolerable. It makes life here and now oh so good.

God loves you and He’s for you. Don’t forget to pray about all things. And bring your needs for change to Him. Know also that He is working behind the scenes for your forecast to be blessed, contented and glorious as you live for Jesus and watch the Word come to pass in extraordinary ways.

Psalm 74:16-17 Yours is the day, Yours also is the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.

Jeremiah 29:12-13 Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied in Your presence.

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PURPOSE – Five Minute Friday

This first thing out here this morning as I say the word purpose to myself is wondering. Wondering what the purpose of things are. Wondering what the point of going through things could be. And most of all wondering what on earth is God doing and how can he make this turn out right?

Oh beloved. As far as our end, there are two purposes in our life. Only two. One purpose is to be saved. Secure this relationship with Jesus and your life wills find rich and rewarding purpose.

The other purpose is to be confirmed to the image of the Savior. And that beloved is the amazing life of learning how to see God in everything. And learning how to see yourself as loved, cared for, and secure in everything.

Purpose in life is not always easy. But purpose in Christ makes everything easier even in the hard places. Keep your focus on your true purpose. It will cause you to trust God in a deeper way and learn how to live for Jesus alone.

God loves you and he is for you always. He does want to give you a life with real purpose and you will never have it apart from him through Christ. Rejoice today that you get to live in the light of the purposes of God in a magnificent display of his glory as you walk with Jesus all the way.

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.

Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose

Join me another self at five minute Friday when we talk about the word “purpose“.

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No Waiting To Speak With God

The two day delivery of an important order came to a halt as I saw the shipping site’s message: delayed and pending. Neither of those words were good news. I will tell you it took me a while to talk to a human being with that company but finally I was on the phone with a lady who checked the order and expedited it so that it would definitely come here today by 3 o’clock. I sure hope it’s true! LOL

Oh beloved, more hurry up and wait isn’t it? You get on the phone with people and they make you promises and sometimes they keep their promises and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes it’s out of their hands. Sometimes they just don’t care.

One thing God says to you and me both this morning is you have no need to work to get through to Me. No waiting to speak with Me. I am that I am and I am more available than the closest phone call you can make. What I say I will do and you have no need to worry about it. If you have to wait you can know that I know the schedule and I know how long you have been waiting. Trust is what you need now. You might not be able to trust the shipping company but you can always trust the Lord!

God loves you and He’s for you. That’s His theme, that’s His calling card, that His logo so to speak. To truly believe God and trust Him for everything you will have to first understand the love and care He has. Otherwise you will be pushing buttons and trying to get through on your own in the flesh.

Run to him this morning and tell him thank you for everything that pertains to your life and godliness as you walk in faith with Jesus in the power of Holy Spirit today!

Hebrews 4:`16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

I John 4:13 This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us: He has given us of His Spirit.

Ephesians 3:12 In Him and through faith in Him we may enter God’s presence with boldness and confidence.

Psalms 145:18 The Lord is near unto all them that call upon Him, to all that call upon Him in truth.

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The Grand Prix Of Life

The other day driving I reminded the driver that we weren’t on the Grand Prix Highway. He wasn’t going fast. It’s just the curves were feeling a little fast for me. (remember I love 45 miles an hour lol) Then I noticed yesterday several cars “racing” to their next destination. I know this because I was headed to the same place. Life is not a race, but we often treat it like it is.

Oh beloved, what are you racing to today? What is on your agenda that you must get done or get to quickly? Your life is busy and full even in these pandemic times. While your life is not a race, you may actually feel like it is. And some of you are wondering what you will do if somebody adds one more turn to your highway for the day.

God wants you to know that He sees your initiative. You are resourceful and you don’t waste a thing – not even time. He also sees your schedule. He knows how busy you are and how frazzled it can be. But this morning He is encouraging you to slow down a little. First of all slow down and take in His Word for your daily meal. Without it you will be weaker and more frustrated than ever. You can’t drive the Grand Prix on fumes and you can’t live life without spiritual fuel. In addition to that, slow down and pray and take time with the Lord, just to talk to Him about everything – including your plans for each day. There’s an amazing bonus to time with Him – the bonus of peace, calm, and assurance. You will get to where you need to go. Something about time with the Lord that multiplies time and prioritizes schedules. It will also give you more time to appreciate relationships – spouses, family and friends. These all tend to take back seats in the race of life. But they are precious relationships that you need and who need you. You are so much more valuable than what you do and where you go!

God loves you and He’s for you. He’s not saying quit everything. He’s just calling you sweetly into His presence for everything. You will find rest, peace, calm, as well as a renewed sense of your importance to Him. Busyness has you feeling like you’re not enough. But time with Him will renew your sense of worthiness and remind you that you are oh so loved. And then in the race of life you can be assured you’ll get there with Him with no need to compete to the finish line of life.

Luke 10:41-42 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.

Psalm 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.

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