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I’ve been thinking.

Don’t laugh! I know what you might be saying! lolol… I do a LOT of “thinking”! ……As I have been speculating how many people have lost their homes, jobs, or on the verge, due to this long year of lockdown and strange circumstances we have lived with during Covid19. Even in our vibrant community, small businesses have struggled – some have shut down after years of building a wonderful rapport with the area.

Sad. Reality. Truth. How do we change and help?

There have been a few times in my life, when I knew of family who needed a place to stay. My husband and I agreed, since we had the space, even in the inconvenience of it all, they moved in with us while they got back on their feet. It’s what we are suppose to do. Yet, sadly, the majority of people don’t help – especially when it comes to having someone live with you. Why is that? What are people afraid of? Reality? Others might see how we live on the inside? Shame? Selfishness?

I’m afraid that our culture has become just that. Private. Never be inconvenienced.

As I pondered more on the subject, I realized that those who haven’t much to offer are the ones who will share the most. Those with the big houses, money, cars etc tend to keep their lives tidy within their agenda, not wanting anything to upheaval their schedule and lifestyle. Think about it…. other that throwing money at someone, do those you know help in big ways – ways that put their lives aside for the sake of someone else?

Here’s what God says about HOSPITALITY:

Acts 16 verse 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.

BE JOYFUL when entertaining others. You are hosting angels in the midst of your company.

Luke 14 12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Dance with joy when you help others.

Luke 14 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8“When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Be happy to help others
Joyfully sharing with others

The list can go on and on…. at the end of the day, ask God : Who can YOU help today? If someone is in need of a place to say, bring them in, give them food and a pillow. Help by sharing with wisdom and prayer while they get stronger and options open up. God will richly bless you more than you know!

Here I am in Jacksonville, enjoying Christmas in the warmth of Florida! First time I have been here  in December. the difference from the winter vs. spring time, it is subtle, yet obvious. The humidity is still  alive and well, and the wintery affect of the clouds that welcome me every morning (so far), yet, by lunch time, the clouds have parted, and  the sun is shining  brightly, Florida style.

The purpose of visiting Florida, is to spend time with my son, who recently moved here.  With this visit, I scope out the area to see what this city  has to offer. First night, we visited St. Augustine, with Christmas lights all around, with the buzz of Christmas fun. It was a bit chilly, almost glove weather….. almost.  We wore warmer jackets and walked about. Learned a bit about the history…sweet…. and enjoyed a small bit of hustle and bustle with other couples and families who were visiting and enjoying the festival of lights, as we celebrate Jesus and his birth.

Most everyone knows the story of  Mary and Joseph, (click link to read more), with this sweet season, as we  celebrate Christmas;  the many lights are so representative of His light….scripture tells us clearly,  Jesus IS the Light of the world,  which brings me such comfort and peace, when in the darkness of the night, and in this world, brightness of Christmas  lights that shine everywhere  – sweetly remind me of the of His birth, His love and the wonderful peace He offers, as we accept Him for who He is.  The Deliverer, and fortress, He our Rock, he is with me in times of trouble, and in good times.   Such renewal I receive during Christmas, especially when  the lights abound all around the streets and in the cities we visit.

As we completed our circle of town square, I am feeling comfort that only comes from Above. I hope and pray  that you sense His wonderful love as well. May you know Him as Savior and King of Kings. You are welcomed into the Kingdom of His Grace any time. May 2018 bring you the Joy of knowing you will be living in eternity forever.

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Prayer: Lord thank you for salvation, that is free in the asking. Thank you for the birth of Christ our Savior.  We celebrate YOU Lord. We love you, and praise your Holy Name. Thank you for forgiveness and  grace, in the midst of my/our shortcomings. May we lean on you, today and every day, learning  your ways. May our ears  and heart be attentive to your call and go where you want  us to go, and say or do what you ask. Eternity awaits  us, so while we are here, may our lives be strong and courageous and be a light  in this dark world, in Jesus name… Amen.   

 

 

 

Abiding  in Him

When can I go into His arms, and snuggle into the bosom of my sweet Father? When I need to, any time I yearn for that safe place, when I am frightened, confused, and just don’t know the answers to life,  I go and abide in Him. I have learned the hard way, my way doesn’t always work so well.

When I make prideful mistakes, or even honest mistakes, He offers me no condemnation, but a sweet guidance, care unimaginable and has the perfect solution to each and every need. He is my branch. My solid foundation, I am the vine; as I stay connected to him, he cleans me up, sheds the unnecessary weeds in my life that I collect along the way, whether by choice, or put on me by others expectations.

I become more fruitful when he weeds away the messy gunk. I don’t ever sense being alone, because He is near. How do I know he is near? Because I choose to have him closer to me than anything in this world;  and he offers me a sense of wholeness, peace and joy.

Matthew 12:33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.

I abide in my Father, and my Father abides in me. What an assurance  I have in that verse.

It is not just obedience that I long to offer Him, but my heart, and all I do. I yearn for more of Him. Every day is a new chance to draw closer into more of who he is, and the further I rely on God, the calmer I become, the more wisdom he offers me. This does not happen over night, because living with the Savior, is a daily walk. Each season of life brings new struggles to learn from, and prospect for new growth.  Often, pride rises up, wanting to do life my way. Oh, it happens to me, ad to the best of us. It rears it’s ugly head. But I know when that happens, I can push that away, and RUN into my Jesus arms for help. (sometimes it takes me a bit longer to release that sense of pride, but I know the signs!)

Galatians 2:20 says: I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me
and gave himself for me.

I need Jesus, I want Jesus. I am more in love with Him, the more I know His presence, and purpose for my life. I am confidant in who I am in Him. He offers me the very best equipment I need to live this life to the unique fullness he purposed for me. He has the same plan for you! You are His special design. How awesome is that ?
 

When we live in Him, we will go through trials. Satan comes to kill our walk with Him. To many give up and give in because the struggle gets intense, But the more intense it gets, the more we know we are on the track of freedom in Christ. (who wants to live in bondage and in chains?).

Satan has stolen much from me, tried to stomp all over me when I am / was at my weakest. He has taken time, emotions, sickness, finances and even tried to get some of my purpose.

But I know the Word says, greater is HE in me, than anything this world can take. So, I declare, I want my stuff back. I am stronger than I’ve ever been. I stand on the Rock of my Salvation. Jesus IS greater in me – in ALL areas of my life, even when I mess up!!!!

I will longer let doubt, fear, worry, concern, confusion, desperation or frustration take any part of my life, my mind body or soul.

It is in Jesus I have freedom. I ask him for forgiveness when I have kept those raw emotions to close to my heart and mind. Letting Him free me from it, and heal me as only my sweet Savior can do. Living life – and abiding in Him… always and forever!

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Let’s pray: Oh, heavenly Father, you are so sweet to love us so. Just like a loving daddy, you yearn for us to run into your arms and offer an unconditional love and grace to each of your children. I love you so. Thank you for giving me new life, and living it to the full! I desire more of you every day Lord, show me your ways. Joy fills my heart because of you and am gonna praise you forever! ♥♥♥ In your name, Amen!

John 10:10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.

John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.

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