Living in Christ daily allows him to awaken inside me what is hidden, broken, distraught and disheveled. The inner place where my soul is unleashed, allows God’s word to grow within me, faith is developed for my future; it lays ahead of me. Breath life into my soul, Lord. May I see your humanity, as it relates to my personal struggles. May change happen, letting go of what does not benefit me, as I lean into your direction and wisdom. This is my prayer.

The simplicity and beauty of nature.

I must be willing to say Yes Lord. Heal me. Help me. I bow my head in total adoration, with a heart overflowing with love for the One who came to earth, to relate to me, just as I am.

Jesus. Born in a manger. Lowly. Dirty. Next to sheep, cows, chickens and dirt. Set in a cow trough on hay.

God’s power displayed though Jesus, by using a humble and obedient servant, Mary – and her beloved Joseph.

God knows what I need. What WE need. Each of us have a unique perspective, lifestyle, pains, hurts, discouragement, failures….. shall I go on? You get where I am going. Life. It’s real. It’s good, and it is tough. But HOPE with God’s GLORY, is what we can rely on. Always. Forever. Until eternity comes we choose to live on our own strengths and wisdom, or ask the One who knows what we should do. What a wonderful PARENT God is.

He is in Heaven…. in his holy thrown. Surrounded by what he made as perfect. But this world is not perfect. The Devil, Adam and Eve erred. Hence, we all now suffer at their choices. They chose the fruit. Now we need Jesus to redeem us/me.

Think about it, Jesus is Immanuel. God with us. Jesus understands me, and you. He helps our weakness (when we ALLOW him to). He shares in our joy, pain, ache, happy times – through it all. He is with us. How comforting.

God is with every single person. The Buddhist, The Methodist, the tax collector, the rich, sick, poor, the drug induced, alcoholic, healthy, happy, sad and the lost….. he is with all people. He made each and every living creature.

Stop for a minute. Think of the worst person and the best person you know. God is with both. He loves both. He wants relationship with e.v.e.r.y single human being. As some reject God’s goodness, others run towards His love….. we all have a choice. We can seek Him, or reject Him. He waits patiently until we come to the place of unwavering desire to live in the goodness of His love and parental guidance. It’s a choice. Satan choose to go his own way. Eve chose to try the apple, out of curiosity.

Until the end of the age. Immanuel, he is with us. He is a good good Father. He is Faithful. He is with us.

Jesus understand everything about you. Each weakness, (and yes we all have a set of them), the joy we have, the pains, concerns and circumstances. Oh, how he is with us giving peace, when we allow him to take us to that sweet quiet and soothing creek of his protection. Just as a parent soothes a child as he cries. Jesus does the same for us.

He is with us until the end of time. No matter what happens in the world. The worst things – he is totally aware of. Trusting Him during those times is pivotal so we don’t lean into worrying nor fear. He is God. Master of the whole Universe. Nothing gets past Him.

His voice leads us. Imagine this: The Messiah ~ on a chariot, descending on a fiery cloud. He emerges. He came to this world as a baby, out of the womb of Mary. Laid into a bed of straw in a manger. Humble. Sweet. Loved. Powerful. Yet he lessened himself so we can relate to him. What a powerful thought. THAT, my friend, is pure love.

Simple

Plain

Ordinary

Jesus! What a gift from God.

Not one person is beyond the reach of His hand. He is our helper. Our Guide, the One, the Only purified Son of the Living God. He is the everlasting One.

God gives us favor as he did to Joseph and Mary, because they were faithful. In obedience, even in the unknown, risking shame and scorn from “people”, they said YES Lord. We will go, That is pure love. Because they went, they gave birth to Jesus, in the flesh, the One Son of God, Child of Mary to save the world.

There are no limits nor boundaries, God’s mighty hand reaches from Bangladesh to Texas ~ from Pekin to Peoria and beyond. He is with us always and everywhere we go.

Simple

Profound

Timeless

Boundless

Jesus relates to you and I. He offers hope. What an extraordinary love.

Will you trust Him today? In the midst of any crisis, virus, need, sickness, confusion, lack…. no matter the situation….. lean into Christ. He knows. He has been there. He wants to lead you. He leads me, even when I wander like the one sheep that walks away from the group. He calls your name. His peace is beyond anything this world can offer.

Father, we come before you today, trusting you in all your glory. You have the power to stop any bad or negative thing that comes our way. You are the Author and Finisher of my Faith, I want to lean into you, casting all my cares into your hands. Take them, fix them, fix me, help my heart and mind to line up to you every moment of every day. I love you Jesus. Amen.

What a great visit to LW Christian Church in New Lenox today. The sermon started with this song by Ray Charles….(you don’t know me), a good song, but kinda sad… right? Which is a thought provoking topic to really think about as we ponder such a topic. I’m going to indulge and share even more of my thoughts with what the pastor shared today. It’s kinda important stuff this relationship thing!!!!

The crowd – does anyone really know me?

Ponder it. Do you know me? Do you know your “friends”, “acquaintances”, “family/relatives”, “neighbors”, etc? Probably not as much as you think. We usually just know the surface things. Stay with me here… I’ll dig a bit deeper……..

Most of us who have been around for awhile get it. We know that there’s no perfect relationship. We misunderstand, love, like, mistreat, take for granted, get snarky and so on. (We won’t dive into the real ugly ~ for the sake of not going down a negative bunny trail!). What I will add here, is that we must keep in mind, that once sin came into the world, we needed a Redeemer. Adam and Eve broke the perfect plan by eating the apple. So…. we know all people are fallen, sinful and live in the flesh. With that said, we know that some are just nicer folks than others. This brings to a head, grace, mercy and honesty to all. Communication (appropriately executed) is key to keeping relationships running as smooth as possible. We “soulfully join our spirit with others”.

Relationships are work. This is something we really need to emphasis to our children when they are young and formative. It’ll save a lot of hurt and pain later down the road, learning how to build relationships.

If at best, we might have one or two super close people in our life. But we can work on improving such associations and live as peacefully as we can, because we need each other more than we need technology. God made us for relationships. (I will add, there are some times that we need to remove ourselves from volatile people who refuse to work at communications and developing themselves and with others. Another topic for another day).

We usually show most of our colors of the rainbow as we spend time with people. Those we work with, the family we live with; they know our idiosyncrasies, the outline of our lives, what we eat, our families etc. That’s a pretty close relationship over all. But even closer is that of our spouse, children and parents. BUT, sometimes those closest to us don’t see or like when we stretch out into new waters. New goals, new things we do to improve and grow, make others nervous, jealous and so forth. So, communication is key, being open and honest).

I tell the story in my new book “Forever Hope”, how God brought me to this little podunk town back in 1970, as a young girl, to meet my best friend. We became soul sisters. I never imagined the depth of care, concern, love, fun, and joy in having someone that never condemned, no jealousy, and never had an argument. We had fun together, we laughed, we cried, and grew in each season of life together. In all my relationships in life, no one matched the level she and I had. We could sit quietly with no words for long periods of time. We could talk, fix people, fix each other ( or try to at least, lol). We often talked how rare it was to have a long lasting relationship with no boats rocked – never! We loved each other for who we were. And we were opposite in many ways.

But the bigger point in this story, is twofold. Without God, we cannot love others.

Matthew 22:36-40 
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. … then to love others as you love yourself.

We cannot love others when we struggle with our own issues. We need to be whole and not the master of our own destiny. God planned our lives out before we were born! The only way to work that out in this world is to break the cycles. Be honest with yourself and the shortcomings. It is a work in progress for our WHOLE life. Cuz once we conquer one issue, we gotta get to and through the next. Take care of you by running to the Father. Asking for forgiveness through the blood of Jesus.

This chapter explains it perfectly. Stop and reflect as you read it. Know that the power of God is in you, on you and with you. Reach into HIS heart and let him enter into your heart……

Psalm 139

You know me Lord

You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.

If only you, God, would slay the wicked!
Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!
They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
Do I not hate those who hate you, Lord,
and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?
I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 139:17 Or How amazing are your thoughts concerning me

God is with us each moment of each day. He is ever present, and knows everything in our mind and heart before we even act on it. Reaching for eternity is key. The promise is the most important relationship we have. God first, others then ourselves. But we need to be sure to wake up each day, seeking forgiveness when we fall short, make mistakes, say things we should not have, loose the temper etc etc etc. God loves us. He loves YOU. He is personal and generational. he loves the young, and the old and the in-between! His promises are for all of us. No matter where you go, no matter what you do. No matter the struggle. Seek God. Talk to him like you’d talk to your soul mate. If you don’t have a soul mate, you know how to imagine that relationship. God is that and a bag of chips! 🙂

May we be kind to ourselves, which in turn will turn into kindness to others. May our lives be a double fold blessing to everyone we meet. Even if they don’t want to accept the gift of joy, love and happiness.. those are the ones who are lacking love most. Pray for them.

People need to know you care. People need the Lord. You are showing HIS love in a tangible way when taking the time to say a hello, get to know someone on a deeper level. Spend time together. Make a difference today! Don’t let people be faceless and alone. Let’s promise to dig deep with the help of our Savior, who will show us how to build each relationship in its unique way. God is faithful to help us.

Catch the truth of God and ALL he has for you in this day and time. Be sure to read the Bible every day. Pray every day… even if it’s on the way to work. you can speak outloud or quietly in your mind. God hears your heart.

Prayer: Lord God, I need you, every hour every day. You know me well. And I admit I need you more than breath itself. Help me today within my own life. Heal my body, my mind and my heart. I need to release some things so I can be whole. you are the one who can do that. Forgive me for being short tempered, judgmental, and hurtful in words and actions. Help me to do better each day. Quicken in my soul when I am about to go to a dark bunny hole of sin. I repent. My heart wants to be joyful, live in peace, love and have mercy and grace that abounds from your heart, through mine. Thank you Jesus for all you’ve done for me. The Great I Am. God of all creation. I love you. Amen

If you are in the Lincoln Way area in Illinois, please check out LW Christian Church. they have two services each Sunday at 9 and 10:30. They have a wonderful children program, and it’s very family oriented. There’s lots of space, they are community minded and love Jesus.

Also, if you have lost hope and need some encouragement, whether it’s a prodigal family member, struggles with parents, unsaved loved ones, or you are grieving the death of a child or spouse, or friend, please grab my book on Amazon. Forever Hope, it offers encouragement and hope in spite of the struggles we have in life.

The Lord is speaking into your heart today, he wants you to know,

That he wants to be welcomed in.

He waits for you to lean into his arms. He wants to tell you how much he cares.

He’d be able to make it better, only if he could have the chance to help,

because the answers are right there,

He says:

There is so much to tell you, it would be an honor to be  trusted,

with the love I so desire to share within your heart, but  I need to be asked in to your life.

Let the circumstances could be released, and the emptiness you feel

could be filled up with joy,

If you would only let me in.

You could release your deepest fears, and enter in to the fullness of My love.

Promises I give will make your life complete. I am your friend, your help and your love.

I want to be your Protector, to keep you from all harm, I would be so happy, if

We could walk this life together, I love you

More each day, I hope you let me in.

Let’s Pray:

Father God, I am so sorry I ignore your voice and sometimes even your loving prompts. May my ears be soft to hear, and slow down to hear you tell me how much you love me. I do rejoice at  how much you love me. I know you love me more than anyone I have in my life.My desire is truly, to have more of you and less of me.  

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Seeking God for  directions in every area of life
Seeking God for directions in every area of life

Make your ways known to me Lord

Tough decisions to make? Not sure which way to go? Doubt makes you wonder what is up or down. ~ Rest assured my friend, God knows the path for you at this very moment.  Batter up, (go willingly to God), Swing (pray with BELIEF and NO doubt), then once that ball and bat connect, run with what God gives you to do. Do it with all your might. Philipians 1:6 tells us: Be confident that he has started up a good thing in you, and he will help you see it to the finish line! (HOMERUN!). With God ALL things are possible if you only believe! Matthew 19:26

Let’s Pray: Father, thank you for  a new day. I praise you and honor with you in all things. I lift my life to you and seek you in these decisions I need to make. Thank you for the clarity you will bring to me today and always !

Taste and see that the Lord is good. Psalm 34:8

Jesus is always a prayer away

Deuteronomy 4:29 Seek the Lord and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Jan 6 2013 
 Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing shall be impossible.”
New year, new goals.

I have waited on the Lord. Gone thru each emotion and struggle. Trying to learn along the way, yes, frustration has hit my mind hard. Discouragement seemed to be my friend. 
Yet, God. He knows, He is. He planned my life out. I will not waiver.
He knows my name. He sees my pain.
Nothing I have gone through remotely comes close to the suffering of Jesus and why he died for mankind.
Perspective.
Favor. Faith. Trusting God. New levels of believing I am who he says I am.

No more doubts. Only belief.

I will wait. I will believe. He made my life, for such a time as this.
His plan is amazing and beyond my wildest imagination will he bring me into the fruition of His purpose. I have vision, plans and ideas that I believe he planted in my heart and mind (which some were from many years ago), now is the time. The past few years have been a time of harvest, preparation & getting ready, not  in my ways, but His developing in me. No one can break the bond I have with my Savior, and His will. 
He will reveal each step, a moment at a time. (For if I knew the whole picture, I would be overwhelmed at his goodness, and probably had been more afraid of the sad and inevitable pains that happened along the my life’s path). 
What’s a girl to do? Stay in clear communication with my Poppa. The Holy Spirit intercedes on my behalf. I want the intimacy only He can bring, no earthly person could even come close to the deep relationship I have and desire from my Heavenly Father. I will stay in step with Him, not go ahead, nor lag behind.
I am resting in the Word of God that assures me, I have a blessed life, I am victorious, I am a friend of God’s. He has wonderful plans that will exceed abundantly, more than I can ever imagine! (and I have a pretty good imagination!).  
So, here we come  2014, a time of release, goodness, mercy and great outreach is about to unfold, not just in my life, but to develop and help others become all they are suppose to become, in God’s plan for each one of you. 
Praying that each of YOU, are blessed this 2014, with the peace and love that only our Father in Heaven can offer. Here are scriptures to dig into that will bless your life!

Psalm 27:11-14(CEV)


11 Teach me to follow, Lord,
and lead me on the right path
    because of my enemies.
12 Don’t let them do to me
    what they want.
People tell lies about me
    and make terrible threats,
13     but I know I will live
    to see how kind you are.
14 Trust the Lord!
Be brave and strong
    and trust the LorD



Psalm 25:1-3(CEV)A Prayer for Guidance and Help


25 I offer you my heart, Lord God,
    and I trust you.
    Don’t make me ashamed
    or let enemies defeat me.
Don’t disappoint any
    of your worshipers,
    but disappoint all
    deceitful liars.


Psalm 40(CEV)

(A psalm by David for the music leader.) A Prayer for Help


I patiently waited, Lord,
    for you to hear my prayer.
You listened 
and pulled me
from a lonely pit
    full of mud and mire.
You let me stand on a rock
    with my feet firm,
and you gave me a new song,
    a song of praise to you.
Many will see this,
and they will honor
    and trust
    you, the Lord God.
You bless all of those
    who trust you, Lord,
    and refuse to worship idols
    or follow false gods.
You, Lord God, have done
    many wonderful things,
and you have planned
    marvelous things for us.
    No one is like you!
I would never be able to tell
    all you have done.
Sacrifices and offerings
    are not what please you;
    gifts and payment for sin
    are not what you demand.
But you made me willing
    to listen and obey.
And so, I said, “I am here
    to do what is written
    about me in the book,
    where it says,
’I enjoy pleasing you.
    Your Law is in my heart.’”
When your people worshiped,
you know I told them,
    “Our Lord always helps!”
10 When all your people met,
    I did not keep silent.
I said, “Our Lord is kind.
    He is faithful and caring,
    and he saves us.”
11 You, Lord, never fail
    to have pity on me;
    your love and faithfulness
    always keep me secure.
12 I have more troubles
    than I can count.
My sins are all around me,
    and I can’t find my way.


My sins outnumber
the hairs on my head,
    and I feel weak.
13 Please show that you care
and come to my rescue.
    Hurry and help me!
14 Disappoint and confuse
    all who want me dead;
    turn away and disgrace
    all who want to hurt me.
15 Embarrass and shame
all of those who say,
    “Just look at you now!”
16 Our Lord, let your worshipers
    rejoice and be glad.
They love you for saving them,
so let them always say,
    “The Lord is wonderful!”
17 I am poor and needy,
but, Lord God,
    you care about me,
and you come to my rescue.
    Please hurry and help.


Ps 62:1 Only God can save me,
    and I calmly wait for[a] him.
God alone is the mighty rock[b]
    that keeps me safe
    and the fortress
    where I am secure.


Ps 106 :1 We will celebrate
    and praise you, Lord!
    You are good to us,
    and your love never fails.
No one can praise you enough
    for all of the mighty things
    you have done.
You bless those people
who are honest and fair
    in everything they do.
  Psalm 119:4   your worshipers will see me, and they will be glad that I trust your word.


Is 64:4 You are the only God ever seen or heard of who works miracles
    for his followers.You help all who gladly obey
and do what you want,
2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new