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"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3

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When life throws you lemons

When life throws you lemons

“And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” Genesis 1:29 (NKJV) There is that old saying that when life throws you […]

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Humility before honor

Humility before honor

“Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility.” Proverbs 18:12 I have heard the saying, “death before dishonor,” on many an occasion. Usually while watching war movies. I often wonder – what does that really mean? Does it mean that […]

Light and Dark

Light and Dark

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”John 1:1-5 NIV

I was sitting outside this morning next to my hydrangea bush.  It was slightly overcast, yet a bright ray of light shone down.  I noticed how beautifully the leaves were illuminated.  I took this photo with my cell phone … no edits required.  The sun brought out every single beautiful intricate detail.  I thought to myself; what amazing handiwork God.  You planned out every single detail of the world, even down to the formation of this leaf.  With all the darkness that this world can bring, beauty still exists and can be found. For all the darkness we would face in this life, God sent Jesus to overcome it for us. These small miraculous glimpses are a reminder to me of who God really is. It can be hard to find beauty in such an ash ridden world. I guess we would never really know or appreciate the light without first experiencing darkness. Slow down and enjoy the simple things… embrace those quiet moments …. that is usually when clarity will come.  If you are facing a situation that is troublesome and confusing … stop and take a moment.  God knows all that we will face, and has a plan to work everything together for the good of those who seek His face. His word existed before the world began and it remains true today. No matter how dark things can seem, call on Jesus – the light of all mankind.

Sphere of Influence

Sphere of Influence

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 (NIV) Everywhere we go, we have a […]

He is Risen!

He is Risen!

“It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit […]

Windows of Opportunity

Windows of Opportunity

“When you have that window of opportunity called a crisis, move as quickly as you can, get as much done as you can. There’s a momentum for change that’s very compelling” Anne M Mulcahy

There comes a time in our lives when we are faced with windows of testing, windows of blessing, and windows of opportunity.

When Noah built the ark, there was a window of opportunity. When he was faced with adversity and doubt, there was a window of testing. In the end, because Noah held onto his faith, and the window to the ark was opened, there was the window of blessing.

“After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.” Genesis 8:6-7

I am sure there were times that Noah felt worn out, waiting for the promises from God to come to pass. He probably grew tired taking on such a big project, and dealing with opposition the entire time. Whenever a crisis comes our way God does not leave us empty handed. He gives us the tools we need to carry out the tasks he gives us, and the grace to sustain us through our trials, until we reach our promise. People may call us crazy at times for having such great faith, but faith pleases God. (Hebrews 11:6)

Most times the windows of opportunity, that usually fall within a crisis pass by us, because we are too caught up in the moment that we forget to see the silver lining, or the opportunities for blessings that lie ahead of them.

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” Henry J. Kaiser.

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”  Malachi 3:10

God understands doubt more than we know. He instructs us to trust Him. Test the waters, and see if God will not pour out a blessing bigger than we could ever imagine. Not that we should do things for God, always expecting something in return. But, expect that if you heed the word of God, an answer to every problem is just around the corner, along with the promise of a blessing/reward for our faithfulness in the end.

 “So, she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.” Joshua 2:15-16

Rahab, was in a pretty sticky position. She was taking a risk by hiding the two men/spies in her home. But, she had faith in what the Lord has already done for them, so, in faith she kept them hidden. In return, her life, and her family were spared.

Sometimes our windows of opportunity are time sensitive, and can go against every grain in us. We can either heed God’s instruction with obedience, or reject it. The choice is yours; time is a luxury that we as humans do not have, so seize every opportunity, do as much as you can to keep up momentum, because there is an opportunity for change to take place. I feel that this is the year of change. It can be change for the better, or change for the worse, that really is up to you. It isn’t always easy, but nothing worth having is going to be easy to obtain. Run as if you are in a race, and don’t give up.

“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24

What obstacles or giants are you facing today? Daniel faced his giant with a single stone of faith. Noah faced his mountain by pressing on with the project God had given him, regardless of adversity. Rahab knew God’s faithfulness, so she did what she knew was right regardless of the risks that lay ahead. I’ve heard the saying,”The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.” This simply means “God is faithful.”

“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV

Trust God, and watch miracles unfold. Be Blessed!

Life Support

Life Support

“So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.” Romans 12:5 (KJV) Today after church a man we all held dear was in a car accident with his wife and friend. This friend had decided to come back […]

Smoke and Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors

“Then the Lord spoke to the man in linen clothing and said, “Go between the whirling wheels beneath the cherubim, and take a handful of burning coals and scatter them over the city.” He did this as I watched.” – Ezekiel 10:32 (NLT)  I had […]

Unshaken

Unshaken

This devotional I wrote last January for an online publication called, Happy Sis. The magazine issue was called, Overcoming Fear. I decided to share this devotional again because we all have something to gain from it. I encourage you to go to the website and check out all that it has to offer, even freebies! Click Here To Visit Happy Sis!

Unshaken

“Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.” – Psalm 91:6

I hate to sleep in a room that is too warm.  I decided to open my window one night to let some fresh air in.  My dog likes to sleep right beside me and she seemed not to mind the fresh air.  Sometime around 3:00 am I was awoken out of a dead sleep to a deep snarling sound, followed by a super loud cat scream.  Tingles immediately went up my spine and a shot of adrenaline pumped through me, I was literally numb.   It’s very rare to have cougars in this area of Ontario, but I was sure that there was a cougar right outside my window.  It was chilling……  I had spotted one about a few months prior around the train tracks, so I knew that’s what it was.

I looked over at my little dog that surprisingly was still sleeping soundly right next to me.  I thought how in the world she slept through this, is insane!  It sounded like a caged cat fight outside. She normally is a very barky little dog, and wakens to everything.  Very overprotective of me and her home; however, somehow she was in such a position that she felt safe and – unshaken.

This is how I long to be with my God.  No matter what is happening around me, I want to be steadfast, unshaken.  (1 Corinthians 15:58)

There are many things in life that can cause us to fear; and it’s not to say we will never feel fear it’s completely normal.  The difference in a Christians walk with God is that we have the ability to overcome it through Him.  We have a God that is bigger than any mountain of fear we face.  There is nothing to hard for God.

“I am the LORD, the God of all the peoples of the world. Is anything too hard for me?” – Jeremiah 32:27

Jesus says that in this life we will endure hardships, but to take heart for He has already overcome anything in this life that we will face.

“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

Therefore we can tell that mountain to move in faith, and it will move.  (Mark 11:23)  The devil loves nothing more than to cause us to fear, but fear is not from God.  (2 Timothy 1:7) Resist the devil and he will flee.  (James 4:7)

I’m not saying to go out and attempt to fight the cougar, we must use wisdom.  But know that God is always with you through anything.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” – Isaiah 43:2

I did not immediately jump up in fight mode, I simply lay there and prayed the name of Jesus, until the fear passed, then I went back to sleep.  Sometimes it’s a mind over matter thing.  The saying, “If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter,” is such a true statement.

The things we give power to in our lives will have power.  Fear is only powerful if you allow it to be.  The devil has no control at all, unless we give it to him.  If we keep our eyes on the Lord through any storm, we can’t sink.  A child will look to their father or mother when they are afraid, and in that Love all fear passes away.  Perfect love casteth out fear.  (1 John 4:18)

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” – 1 John 4:4

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”  – Romans 8:37

“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

James bond always had the famous saying, “Shaken not Stirred.”  In my story, the line reads, “I may be stirred, but I will not be shaken!”  In Jesus name.

“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.”  – Psalm 62:6

 

 

 

This Old House

This Old House

 “For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.” – 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV) I got married in August of last year and moved to a house […]