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Neither To Young Or Too Old


But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 1:7-8 (NIV)

What a great follow-up on my post from last time. I am quick to disqualify myself to be used by God, but reading this scripture let me know God uses those who feel the least qualified. This allows Him to display His glory and mercies through us. I guess that means I qualify, because I feel so unqualified. I am a Christian and I have gone through enough unhappiness in my life to understand what people are going through. I’m beginning to understand I am qualified because He uses my inadequacies.  Through all my confusion, He will have His words touch those that need a particular message. He’s got my back.

Do you feel like you are not mature enough or smart enough? Those are not the requirements that God is looking for.  What ever disqualifications you or I may put on our service, He is there to help us. He  only wants us willing to obey His direction. You know that little nudge you feel to help and you talk yourself out of it, that’s when He needs our help the most. Remember if it is beyond your comfort level, you are the person best qualified for God’s plan. We just need to go where we’re sent, say what he asks, and not to be afraid. He is always with us and will rescue us. 

Lord, thank you for using us as we are. Thank you for helping us conquering our fears, rescuing us from our mistakes, and becoming what you call us to be. Amen

Treasure of the Heart


Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Luke 12:32-34 (NIV) 

If God were to look into where my heart is, what would he see? According to scripture, one of the first spots he looks at is how I use my resources. God has already assured me that He wants to give me the kingdom. The way to accept his promise is in giving freely to others. If God wants to know what I really value, the first place he would look is my checkbook. By checking my spending He will see where my treasure is. Do I give to the poor, or do I hang onto my treasure for a rainy day?  I am truly fearful of those rainy days. However, He is assures me that the more I give, the more I will have. Not necessarily money, but the goodness I feel in my heart. This is something that can never be destroyed. By keeping my heart and pocketbook opened, I am a happier person.

When you give some of your resources to those in need, you will feel something special in to your heart. By giving to the poor, He will supply your needs. He understands our fears, especially now days with all the disasters around us. He’s asking us to not be afraid for anything and help Him take care of his flock. He will give us what we need. We don’t need as much as we think. He doesn’t care if you give a little or a lot. Many of His flock are hurting right now. Find a meaningful charity and share. Remember each one of our dollars multiplies many times over, each can of food at the food pantry adds up and each piece of clothing given to the Good Will grows. We will be giving ourselves purses that will not wear out or that no one can destroy. Remember Luke says, “Where your treasure is there your heart will be also.”  

Lord help us to remember that you are always with us. You are aware of our needs and will take care of us. Help us to depend on you and not be afraid. Amen

Rest and Be Well


“Come away alone with me and get some rest,” –Mark 6:31

God is so concerned about my wellbeing that He asks me to stop working and rest. Christ always went to be alone, when he needed to get some rest and pray. God wants me to rest, too. I need to hear from Him before I start a new project or get into a situation that will require a lot of time or energy. I’ve been using my mornings to do meditations and journal about my prayer time. I find the early morning a great time to sit on the front porch (that’s nine or ten for me) relax and be with God. I search for more free meditations for this special time. If I don’t have meditations, I use spiritual music and my special prayer-book. I walk away with a lightness in my heart that carries me through the rest of the day. I can start my writing or housework having pleased God.

We all need to take the time to get away and get this rest. Daily distractions don’t allow our spirit to open to the Holy Spirit. A time  comes in our spiritual walk, when we realize any action short of obedience pulls us out of sync with God. God will allow us to wobble through these lessons as precursors to trusting us with more. In so doing, He refines us and affirms us. Like work, rest is important. Jesus did it. God expects us to do it and through it He will help us find our way. How about it? Are you willing to lay down your agenda and rest in God’s love? If you can’t do this first thing in the morning, end your stressful day, in prayer. Lay your worries down in the evening and rest in the love of the Lord.

Lord, even though we know it’s in our best interest to start our day with you, we don’t always  take the time. If we hurry through our morning, help us to at least bring our burdens to you at the end of the day. Help us to rely on you and rest in your comfort and care. Amen

God’s Purpose


 

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6, NIV)

Do you become anxious about situations you have no control over? I do, too. Early in March, my husband of 44 years landed in the hospital. I emailed my writing groups and my best friend in Washington and asked for prayer After much testing, he was diagnosed with lung cancer,it had spread and he wasn’t a candidate for surgery, but Jim already explained to me he didn’t want surgery.

Even after everyone’s promises of prayer, I would take the burden back and begin to worry about our future. While running back and forth to the hospital I wondered how I would handle his illness later, would he make it, would chemo make him sick, what I would do, IF something happened to him. He is my partner, friend, confident, support and the love of my life. I turned on the radio and flipped to the Christian channel. Philippians 4:6 was the topic and as the commentator spoke, my spirit was calmed and I was able to lessen my husband’s worries, when I reached the hospital.

If you have a pressing problem find a verse that speaks to your heart. You don’t even have to ask, God will give you one, if you are looking for guidance. It’s amazing what he gives us if we are listening. Don’t take on the burdens that He is willing to help you through. I know what the doctors mean with their diagnosis, but I don’t know what God’s plan is  for our future. I do know it’s not in my hands, but He will supply what we need through this crisis. Whatever time he gives us, each moment will be lived lovingly and with purpose.

Father, remind us to rely on you. You are the one constant in our lives. We know you have the answers and meaning for our lives. Thank you for loving and caring for us during our earthly trials.

Peaceful Attitude, Peaceful Life


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A peaceful attitude can go a long way toward living the message of the Gospel. If we think (and pray) before we speak or act, we will save ourselves and others a great deal of misunderstanding and heartache. –Lent with St. Francis

I don’t know how many times I have said the wrong thing. I was in a hurry to make my point and didn’t take the time and choose my words carefully. My mouth worked quicker than my brain. I was always left feeling bad and my friend embarrassed. When I’m especially annoyed it’s wise for me to take a deep breath and ask for help. Sometimes that deep breath must make the other person think I’m going to explode. When I don’t they’re so relieved that the argument stops. Then I’m relieved. 🙂

Do you find yourself speaking before you think about your words? Do you get angry and mean to your friends? Living peaceably with others is  as easy as speaking carefully, acting kindly, and giving each other a break. It depends on us to do our part. Rely of God’s goodness to monitor your words. We don’t always have to say what is bouncing around in our brain.

Lord, help us keep a peaceful attitude as we live each day. Remind us to choose our words before we speak.

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