Choices!

choose_me_lordI am so not good at making choices. I mean horrible at it sometimes. When it comes to restaurants, I want to know what everyone else is getting first, in case something they get sounds more appealing than what I’m TRYING to choose. I don’t like choosing furniture or Bibles. Opposite spectrum but that’s how it is. I study, study and over study everything. Maybe I’m more paralyzed with the thought of not liking my choices. When I choose I am responsible for that choice. Ugh, isn’t it sometimes easier to just let someone make choices for you? Funny thing though, I had no problem choosing Danny for myself – and I chose quickly lol. And it’s a choice I still make every single day.

As I was thinking about choices yesterday afternoon I heard God speak: Even when we have a hard time making choices, God never quits choosing us.

He says “I choose you” every day.

Oh beloved, have you heard Him say that to you? Do you know He feels that way? When you’re unsure of your choices, unsure of yourself even, He still chooses you. That choice He made at the cross still stands. And the choice you made at the altar of your heart was a response to the greatest love story ever told. He is more betrothed to you than earthly loves. Scripture refers to Him as your husband – this means He is over you with love, He is caring for you with love and He is committed to you with His love. When important choices come you don’t have to wring your hands or hope you do the right thing. All you have to do is roll your cares onto Him. You have the mind of Christ, so while in the flesh it may seem impossible to choose, in the Spirit you have access to the right choices every time. And you can hear His still small Voice speak. You have His Word which is His bond. Life’s insecurities, uncertainties, and decision-making problems are covered. No need to be desperate for God stills your heart as you make each plan known to Him and defer to Him to guide you, lead you and bless you. He understands that some choices are so life changing that you falter in fear. Even when you feel disappointed with your choices you are covered by Love. He always loves you, cares for you and returns you into His will each time you stray – just like sheep. No excuse to make wrong decisions, but the enemy would have you believe you can’t return to your King, but oh beloved, you can always return. Aren’t you and I blessed?

God loves you and He’s for you. Old message, often repeated. But desperately good news! Run to the Lord this morning and ask Him to help you decide, reside and absorb His love. Ask Him to teach you to Trust Him more than yourself. And thank Him that He is your abiding Presence for decision making. And praise Him that you can live in the Light of His wonderful ways and amazing grace!

Isaiah 53:6 All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you

Proverbs 2:6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding.

Psalm 19:8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes

Isaiah 48:17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.”

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Prayer – The Final Frontier

Prayer – the Final Frontier

For some reason I was wide awake in the night last night. Could be the weather. I checked my weather app and the temperature had gone up instead of down. Since I was awake I decided to pray. There was a special prayer request I have for the Lord and I began to talk to Him about it. I am sincerely not sure what to pray exactly – having prayed for a long time for this particular situation. I mean a long time.

I heard the Father say – Even when you don’t know what to pray you can lift them up to me.

Prayer is your best opportunity to build relationship with God. Why is it so often it appears to be a final frontier? A place so rarely visited? Some of us are taught to pray from childhood. But truthfully I wasn’t taught to talk to the Father in intimate conversation. Lots of us lived in homes where we blessed meals, prayed before trips (kinda but that’s another story) and said the Lord’s prayer. But reciting things doesn’t mean we’re talking to the Lord does it?

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that He hears your heart cries. He understands your pain. You want answers. He wants conversation with you about everything. He is read, willing and more than able to answer prayers immediately, without hesitation. But there is more going on than just recitation and receiving. Even if you don’t know what to pray, God wants to hear from you. He needs you to know that you need Him. Not just His Word, but His presence. He wants you to know that praising Him when you don’t see answers is your battle cry of trust. He wants you to know that lifting people, situations and yourself to Him when there are no words is beautiful in His sight. And He wants you to know that He’s changing you in the midst of the wait. He wants you to pray His Word back to Him for He delights in His Word and He wants you to delight in it as well. But He wants a personal, up close, quiet time with you.

Regarding those people you pray for – He loves them more than you do. Regarding asking Him to speak to their hearts – He’s already wooing them. Pray that they receive Him, that they listen to the Spirit’s call, that they respond to Him.

God loves you and He’s for you always. This thing called prayer should be renamed – battle. For there is a vast army that is coming against every word you breathe to the Father. But don’t be dismayed, for God is greater than that army and He is greater than your weakest prayers. Keep seeking His face and keep handing it all to Him, daily, hourly, whenever you have it or them on your mind. And know that you can live with faith, wait in trust and enjoy fellowship with the Lord any hour, anywhere you may be. Let’s resolve to take prayer from the Final Frontier to the First Landing as we live in the Light of the privilege to talk to the King of the Universe about it all.

2 Chronicles 20:12 O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this great multitude who are coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are on You.

Isaiah 55:6 Seek the LORD while you can find him. Call on him now while He is near.

Isaiah 26:9 At night my soul longs for You, Indeed, my spirit within me seeks You diligently…

Psalm 27:8 My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming.”

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When Will I Be Loved?

Valentine’s Day. How well I remember being a secretary at a junior high school and all the chaos surrounding that day. We had to have a system because the florists and parents would bring dozens of gifts to the school. We were in charge of disbursing them out to the right student. Believe me, it was not easy. And woe to us if we gave the wrong gift to anyone. Of course, there was always a leftover or two that didn’t get picked up for one reason or another. It was the roughest school day of the year! It’s often a rough day for the average gal, especially. It’s meant to make us all feel loved, but really it’s almost brutal. Like the country western singer croons “When will I be loved?”

Last year was a monumental year for me. Finding illness beating at our door, along with other issues we could not control, I found myself face to face with fear of being alone. I understand in a whole new way how it might feel to lose that one Valentine above all others. But God has such lavish love for me and for you that we don’t have to fear the future. We can’t live in that fear, not at Valentine’s Day or any other day.

Oh beloved, God is so lavish with you. He pours His love out on you every single day. He won’t miss a single person in His pursuit of presenting all His love to you. Yes, He loves the whole world, so much so that He sacrificed His own Son for everyone. But He loves you personally, perfectly and perpetually. You can’t earn His love and you cannot stop its flow towards you. He isn’t out to get you for past mistakes and other issues. Even if this is your worst Valentine’s Day ever you can rest in His love and find hope for your heart. It’s so much more than a box of candy and a card. It’s sweeter than the most fragrant flowers. It’s worth more than the most expensive perfume and never runs out.

He also wants you to know that you are His most favored one. How can this be? Wouldn’t it be chaos to disburse all His love and gifts to everyone? In the natural this is impossible. And the enemy wants you to live in touch with the natural. But beloved, you are in Christ, and therefore the love you receive must be received beyond your natural life. He covers your bad days with hope, your sorrowful days with joy and your lonely days with a Companionship that is out of this world. You aren’t the sum of what’s happened to you, even if someone has walked away, refused to love you or wanted you to believe you aren’t worth it. God says you are perfect for Him and He is going to stay the course beyond any holiday or above all human means of showing love.

God loves you and He’s for you. Happy Valentine’s Day and Happy Everyday! Rejoice beloved that you have someone to run to and find comfort and joy in His presence, as you live in the Light of God’s Redeeming Love!

2 Chronicles 20:21 After consulting the people, the king appointed singers to walk ahead of the army, singing to the LORD and praising Him for His holy splendor. This is what they sang: “Give thanks to the LORD; His faithful love endures forever!”

I Timothy 1:14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal comfort and a wonderful hope, comfort you and strengthen you in every good thing you do and say.

Psalm 59:17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

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God’s Word Over All Others

Yesterday two things happened to acquaintances that just floored me. One received a text meant for another person. It was rude and maligning about the person who received the text. Oh my. The other person was supposed to be on hold but it didn’t work, so they heard the diatribe about themselves over the phone line.

Oh beloved, you are so special to the Lord. It might be that you’ve been through this type of situation. It could have been recently or on the playground or the party line many years ago. It still hurts. You may not have ever felt like you truly fit in. But God wants you to know this day that the hurt and pain will stop here. You are not the sum of accusations, gossip, or rejection. God is your source of all that is good. And you can keep following Him and living for Him even when you feel uninvited, unfriended, discouraged or left out. The enemy wants you to hone in on your feelings so that you stay hidden away in your anxiety. But as you recite the Word over yourself, pray for your “enemies” and give no place to the devil he will move on. You are not a victim of any situation, you are always victorious. Not on your own and neither am I. But with the Lord as our focus, none of us has to live with shame, fear, or worry about fitting in. You, beloved, were called to stand out! And as you walk with the Father, He will give you beauty for the ashes of wrong motives, strength for fear of feeling less than, and joy to carry you through life no matter what goes on around you.

God loves you and He’s for you. Aren’t we blessed? His love is greater than anything. His love is a suit of armor against the enemy’s tactics. His love allows us to move on without pain so that we can share His love with others. Run to Him this morning and thank Him for His feelings towards you and live in the Light of His thoughts towards you.

Romans 8:31 What shall we say in response to all this? If God be for us who can be against us?

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is for me; I will not fear; What can man do to me?

Isaiah 8:10 Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted; propose your plan, but it will not stand, for God is with us.

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

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God’s Ways Are Higher

Danny is rebuilding a motorcycle. This will be an ongoing project for a while. He could not find the right pair of handlebars he was looking for at the swap meet, so he resorted to online purchasing. But it wasn’t that simple. Everything had to be right. More things than I even knew about. I couldn’t have gotten the right pair because I don’t know all the details. Finally, after much searching and reading, he found the pair he knew would work.

I hear the scripture speak to my heart this morning – “My ways are higher than your ways.”

Oh beloved, we want to get it done and have it happen quickly don’t we? Sometimes we fail to wait on God and what we get is not what we hoped for. Can we trust Him to wait? Can we release it to Him? Do we believe that He will withhold nothing good from us?

God wants to remind you – He has just the right answers to your prayers. He has just the right conditions for your life. He has every intricate detail He needs to make good decisions on your behalf. There’s no reason to rush Him – He is perfect in timing and results. There’s great danger in plunging ahead and making your own decisions – for He alone knows just what you need.

He knows what is going on in your life much better than you even do. How can that be you may ask? Because He sees it all from a totally different perspective. His eye is on you from before you were born. His hand is guiding your life because He knew you when you were being formed before you took your first breath. He also knows what’s ahead and how important it is for you to have the right things delivered to you. You could have all the money, resources and abilities – but nothing is worth leaving God’s perfect plan for your life. You may have money problems, no resources and feel you aren’t talented at a thing. That’s no problem for God. He doesn’t check the things man checks before He delivers your needs. And even when someone has said you aren’t worth it, you can’t handle it, or it’s too late for you – God is still working all things together for your good.

God loves you and He’s for you. Jesus walked through hell so you could live in the heavenlies with wisdom, power and love. This is no light thing – it’s amazing, unbelievable and miraculous! Run to Him this morning and release your desires and wants to Him. And trust Him as you walk freely waiting on Him in the Light of His purpose and peace.

Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.

Psalm 84:11-12 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord bestows grace and favor and honor; No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, how blessed and greatly favored is the one who trusts in You [believing in You, relying on You, and committing themselves to You with confident hope and expectation]. AMP

Psalm 34:9-10 The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; But they who seek the LORD shall not be in want of any good thing.

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