I sit at the table this morning, the screen door open to enjoy fresh air. I’m listening to the birds sing and fluttering all around. It’s was a late start to spring, and now summer is near end. The promise of green will be turning shades of orange soon. The weather forces us to be patient, appreciate and stop to smell the roses.

Listening to the sounds of nature is and can be relaxing. My thoughts brought me to the current chaos in our world and community. Corona Virus/ C19, has brought out the worst in people. Yet some folks are kinder and softer spoken as we either use our fight or flight mechanisms, to realize we have to wait this one out. But for how long? We do not know. Will the stuff hit the fan until January 2021, after the elections are over? Will it end by summer… or fall? The ‘what’ questions are endless. We have never seen such a “thing” as this happen before.

In the midst of so much fear and anger, I am at peace. I hear the birds sing, and am reminded that God tells us do not worry about this life. (Worry is a sin, after all, let’s not forget we don’t lean onto our own understanding, but must have the faith of our forefathers, who have been through it all. I

I am reminded every day, how Ecclesiastes tells us, there is NOTHING new under the sun. What we are going through are the same pangs and issues that were happening 2000 years ago. It all just goes by a different day and different name.

Autumn comes to allow things to settle.

How do we get through this without frustration, impatience or intolerance? …..Rely on God.

Psalm 119:114 (NIV) You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.

What a ROCK we rely on. God is the place and the person we can be assured will be with us, even when times get tough. Stand firm. Do not waiver. Be still and know He is God. He will move and change when the appropriate time arrives. Until then, love your family. Kiss your kids a whole lot. Play games, laugh, have fun and take this laid back time to appreciate the blessings in your life. Enjoy the moment. For what it is. You are safe and secure. Praise God for that today.

Summer was…. it’s almost over… we will get through this.

These have been stressful days.

I have seen many comments, memes and blogs wanting a do over for 2020.

Interesting, isn’t it? Many of us had visions of just that: 2020 – you know.. like eyesight. If you wear glasses, as I have for fifty years now, I dream of having 2020 vision. Oh, just to wear an option cute sun glass now and again, without NEEDING clarity with those things on the bridge of my nose. Sigh. I will digress if I continue down this bunny trail! ( I say with a smile).

Let’s go back to the title that probably drew you into check out what I had to say.

Sometimes, I just like to keep it simple. Enjoy life. Can we? Yes I do believe we can.

I made a small list of suggested things to help calm your weary mind. Take the stress from the craziness in this world gone bad. Would you like to just take 20 days, and do one suggestion each day… take action: even if it be only 20 minutes a day. (get it? 2020).

for you.

breath again.

be refreshed again.

Say yes. Make this simple plan.

Enjoy the cluster of photos, grab this list. (hint take a phone shot, that way it’s with you no matter where you go).

I’d love to hear back from you; let me know how many days you took time to refresh, reflect and renew. You might gain 2020 vision again – for the better!

Remember to love.

God rewards us when we share love.

Enjoy your pet today. They adore the attention!

Remember the song by Bobby Vinton? Red Roses for A Blue Lady. It’s a sad song, but fitting for two points on the list. Music, and flowers. Both will lift us up out of the blues for the day.

Enjoy the blue skies and beautiful leaves on the trees.

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God keeps me safe, not matter the chaos in life. I am safe. I am secure.

It is not by my works, but with a willingness to follow Him, I will be obedient.

He keeps me. Alive. Fulfilled. I lack for no good thing.

I will obey God in all I do.

He preserves me.

He has my life in His hands.

God is faithful. He holds me close to his bosom.

I will praise the Lord – with my soul.

I am faithful to God – because he has been faithful to me, before I was in my mothers womb.

I am purified by the Blood of Jesus. Whole. Blameless.

God has set me on secure ground, and on high places. He guards me with his angels, who go before me, keeping me safe.

God delivers me from evil.

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To this, I sing Praises to the King.

I say Yes and Amen to his promises.

Yes and Amen is what God says when I lean into HIS word and trust Him with all of me.

In these times of restlessness and evil bouts of hatred across the world. Sickness threatens our being by the organizations that may have an agenda.

But we stand secure. With God. We stand. No fear. Only live in Hope and Faith. We stand on His Word. We praise him in the storms of life. We pray without ceasing. We love God. We trust Him. We lean on him, and ask his wisdom for what to do. We love, even when it’s hard.

God, you know all things. We trust fully in your plan. No weapon formed against us shall prosper. We, your people have the land. It belongs to us, because you said you’d take it from the wicked and give to the righteous. We / I am your righteous child. I am yours. Imperfect, but holy, because of the blood of Jesus that lives in me.

I love you Jesus. I will lay my head down to sleep tonite, and rest in your arms, keeping me safe all the days of my life. You plan my moments. You are mine and I am yours. Praise Your holy name. I say this, trusting you bring me through like a shining star. Amen.

Verse mapping and diagraming scripture!

Each branch has it’s own style and personality. The bark, like dry skin, has had a life of wind blown, snow driven, ice and rain whipped inside each crease. Yet, it stands the test of time. Winter strips the green life from it, much like death. But spring comes, with singing birds and blue skies as leaves grow with HOPE again.

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What does the Bible say about times that seem to be out of control?

Letting go of what we cannot control, and simply trusting God in all things

Doesn’t this Corona virus seem to be out of this world type of crazy?

People are to stay in their homes, wear masks and gloves if they have to go out. We are being told how to wash our hands and how to sneeze (into a tissue or our elbow), as if we are ignorant to this simple tasks. We forget. We take life for granted. Now we have to find a NEW awakening to a (?new?) normal.

2 Timothy and the 3rd and 4th chapters are very real words written to us for this day and age. (click on the link to read the whole chapter(s).

Let’s take the time to have a cup of coffee or tea, and think about these words. People are living for their own selves. Seeking money, boasting, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, the law, government …. slandering, haughty, brutal, haters of good, unholy, trailers, deceivers and deniers of Gods power, and the list goes on.

Let’s not be gullible, and think this has become the way of life, or normal. Nothing about the list just written is normal, it’s not good, it’s quite bad. we have to check our hearts, and run to God, seeking his forgiveness. I need to do this every day, even a few times a day. I don’t want to go to bed with shame, guilt or ugliness on my hands, nor in my heart or mind. Jesus forgive me/us.

We have to manifest FAITH. Faith leads to HOPE. Hope leads to love, grace and mercy.

The peaceful knowing that God is always in charge of everything.

Let us become a people that will help others. May we teach our children the goodness of God. Good things. Not slander and ungodly attitudes.

When we are persecuted, and we will be, let us endure and not retaliate. Let us be Jesus to this dying world. That is worth repeating. Let us be Jesus to this dying world.

Why? Because if we are CHRISTians, we are like Christ. Christ endured the path to the cross, dying for us. Being there for us as a way to salvation into ETERNITY. The long term affect is life in hell or heaven. Let’s remember that.

we are to preach the WORD of God. The Kingdom is at hand. Let is be a beacon of LIGHT today to this world – they need US NOW!

Be ready to tell of His love in season and out of season. When it’s convenient and non convenient. We are to convince, rebuke, exhort with long suffering and teasing. there will be a time they will not endure sound doctrine (sound familiar?). People are led by their own desires and not listen to sound teaching. Wow. That is from ch. 4, verses 2-5.

Listen.

Pay attention.

God’s Word is real. It is relevant. The lost in this world need to know TRUTH, and sometimes it needs to be convicting, with love and care.

Let us be the Light today. Do not wait. Share the Bible and its FULL instruction, not just part of it.

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.

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Because of Jesus’ perfect work on the CROSS, I am righteous by His blood.

I am greatly blessed.

I am complete.

I am healed.

I am highly favored, coming in and going out.

I can expect with confidence to have good success, because I am blessed coming in and going out.

I am confident in HIM, not in my own strength.

When I am weak, He is strong.

I stand on favored ground.

I am is favorite child!

Jesus, I Love you, FOREVER and ever! Amen.

The soothing sound of soft winds blowing on a sunny blue skied day, (especially in Florida), bring such peace. As I am hear visiting my son, and I must say, it’s quite strange to think Christmas is in only five short days, and I am outside in 78 degree, blue skied days, full of soft soothing winds. My mind feels like it’s playing  games!  Adapting – takes time I suppose. When I get back home to Chicago next week, we will have wintery grey skies, possible snow and lots of cold – (with no complaints from me – I enjoy the 20-35 degree weather)!

It’s just a bit more challenging in the deep of the Midwest winters to go outside and listen to the wind and clouds, it’s much to frigid at times to enjoy the blue skies – or not so blue many times; that’s what is so special about going away for a period of time, where the climate is different.

The other day while enjoying  the JAX Beach, it  brought me to a total relaxed state. (haven’t had that in a l.o.n.g. time, sad to say). Something about the vastness of the ocean,  and the beautiful white sand, with no shoes that bring such ease and peace. It’s truly  the most serene place for me personally. I can lay on the beach and be content just sitting there, hours at a time. My mind rests and reflects best on the beach. The swoosh of the waves, the simplicity of watching kids play making sandcastles, sweet couples, old and young, holding hands while walking along the water; There is no place else that brings such relaxation and true enjoyment with sweet reflection of life.

The goodness of God. He told the waters where to stop – have you ever wondered that ? That spot at each beach should just flow  further and further onto land. But it doesn’t. Unless  a storm rages – (yet even then, the water can only go so far). Because God speaks.

Just as He spoke 2000+ years ago, he speaks now. God speaks these words into YOUR life, hat means you can speak these words into your life as well….   His command makes a demand on a situation!    You do the same!   Today!   Do you need peace?   healing?  joy ? hope?

Where is that place of solitude you need to go to today?  Run to the Father. Talk to him, cry out to him with your deepest need.  He may need to work in and through you, just as he has done with me, MANY  times.     Taste and SEE the Lord IS good!

I hope that as you end this 2017 year, your goal and hope for 2018 will be the wonderful attributes that He has in store for you. You just need to find  that quiet place – be it your own backyard, the car, or shower – somewhere where you can settle your mind – and speak to God clearly, and wait for his wonderful assurance  – he will give you your hearts desire as you line  up  your life and thoughts with  His words!

 

Merry Christmas to you – enjoy, relax – don’t go over crazy with stuff, but simplify as much as possible to see your family – be attentive to their lives. Love wins – every time!  May the soft sounds of the wind and waves ease your mind today!  ~ love you guys and gals!

FEAR disconnects us from God’s VERY best.

God’s grace fills us up to OVERFLOWING!

The devil RIPS us apart and tears us down.

Worry and fear  are OPPOSITES of faith.

Who will you BELIEVE today?

God, or the devil ….

Speak Life over yourself and your family.     I AM BLESSED! Speak LIfe – Toby Mac

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PRAYER: 

Lord God, my Father,

Thank you for LIFE! You are my Creator!  You say in your Word that I am the HEAD and not the tail.  I am Above and not beneath.  I am a lender and not a borrower. I am strong and courageous, am a LIGHT sitting on a hill. I praise you because I  AM fearfully and WONDERFULLY made!  I speak life into myself and my family. Remove all doubt and fear, because YOU live in me God! Jesus is my Savior, in Him I breath and have my being!  I bless you Father, because you blessed me first!  Hallelujah and AMEN!  New life is mine each morning.

 

The just shall live by faith.
I shall not change my lifestyle because of the current times we live in. My faith keeps me from wavering too and fro, like an unsteady tide.

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No need to muster up faith once disaster strikes, because I already live by and in FAITH.
God moves mountains, and stills the waters, when life’s problems arise. So, I hear the Word, therefore, I live in faith (not by fear that the world stirs up).
Victory comes in the unwavering faith that I stand on. I am an overcomer. I BELIEVE I am an overcomer. I take what is mine, I have the victory over the world. I have faith in GOD, who delivered me out of darkness and bondage and into the marvelous light in Jesus.

Father, thank you for adopting me into the family of righteousness. You are a good good Father… it is who you are. Good, full of mercy and unfailing. I cling to You, you are my safe place, my refuge and my rock. I love you Jesus!

Hebrew 11

1 John 5:4-5

Galatians 3:11

Habakuk 2:4

Romans 1:17

Proverbs 4:8

1 John 2:10

John 14:21