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.

Umbrella over the city street_edited-1.jpgWe work, we play. The busy-ness of our life runs to and fro;  so many activities, kids, job, church, sports, hobbies, family, that sometimes our soul runs dry. We lose sight and can’t see the ray of hope that God shines willingly over us.

We take so much value in superficial things, the location of where we live,  how big or small our home is, the contents, the restaurants we visit, vacations we take, with little to no time spent in learning God’s ways through reading His Word.

Do we take time to stop and hear his still small voice?  Maybe the concern is getting out from underneath the lack and difficulties in life.  In abundance or in lack, God is always with us. He so longs for us to sit and talk with Him. He is patient and kind to wait for us to get to that point.  If we don’t he certainly will get our attention one way or another.

When we find the love we long for in Him, not by way of human love, he shows us that he is the Great I AM .  Will we receive it? Allow time from “the doing”, by way of performance — the job promotion options, relationships we desperately hope approval from, building our status quo with money, beauty and fleeting things of this world. Let the Father embrace you with the peace that passes all understanding.

Take time today to be quiet; seek him, with few words; allow Him to whisper his love into your soul. May he guide your every desire and create the perfect space he has in store for you and you alone.  You need to value His love more than anything else today;

May the umbrella be a visual for you today and always, showing you his banner over you is love, even in the midst of your gray and busy days.

You are loved.

 

Let’s pray:

Father, I ask you to be with me today; help me to quiet my mind, so I can learn your Word, hear your voice and take direction. I know ultimately, it will make my life more complete and peaceful. I am so grateful for your umbrella over me that keeps me from being flooded with nonsense and things unnecessary; when I do go my way, please gently bring me back to your safe haven. I love you, Jesus. 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!

Psalm 94:19 niv
Psalm 94:19 niv

Effort : the result of an attempt
If you want principle to take seed into your life,                                                                be certain to plant seed where you want.
If you desire to be respected, honored, with humility and grace, you must also be humble. You reap what you sow.
So, if you demand, throw fits, cuss, swear, or things of that nature, don’t expect others to treat you with dignity.
Place into your mind, thoughts of love, grace, others before yourself,                honor, care, and use these wonderful nouns as you would sow into a  garden.

          Cultivate positivity  into your everyday life or the opposite will run wild like weeds in and around your life.
Let your mind think of goodness and care. When someone you       encounter is  difficult, ask yourself why or what could be the matter in their                         life that they are   acting out the way they are. Something is usually amiss.                                                    Take time to nurture and grow trust and allow your caring ways to help them to become calm
Become a helper, not be part of the problem.
Let go of impure thoughts and frustrations.                                                                   Grace and mercy  overcome all things bad.

God gives us instruction to not let anxiety or worry or frustration rule our minds, nor to be discouraged.

Focus your mind,with God’s amazing help, in prayer, and surrender, take captive your thoughts so you can overcome the devil’s ploy to keep you living frustrated or in anger. But live in peace and love !!!

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Scriptures:
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2 Corinthians 10: 3-6
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.
http://biblehub.com/nlt/2_corinthians/10.htm

Philippians 4:4-8
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice!
Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
http://biblehub.com/nlt/philippians/4.htm

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.

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Prayer:

Father thank you so much for your love and patience with me, I ask for a double portion of grace and patience when I feel frustrated. I welcome the Holy Spirit every day, and ask that You help me with living out YOUR WORD GOD. I need you every hour of every day. Your grace is always enough, and I praise you all day long for what you give me! ~ Amen!




Did 2012 take a bite out of you? By year end, were you tired, exhausted, or sick? Did everything seem to be removed from your hands – not by your doing or choice, but circumstances out of your control?

As I was reading Isaiah 40 this morning, I was reminded yet again, of God’s power, his LIMITLESS and amazing power. He created it all, go to Genesis 1,http://niv.scripturetext.com/genesis/1.htm

Soak it in. There was void in all the earth. He created water, the sun, moon, stars…. and He has the stars numbered and named! Imagine that. The “gazillion” stars out there – and each is named. He created every animal, knowing they would each have a purpose. Just like you and I, we are uniquely designed with a plan for our life.  

Going back to Isaiah 40, it says if you go to the mountain top, he is there. You don’t ever need to be afraid, He is with you! No matter where you are. In the field, on the mountaintop, his arms stretch wide and with power (v10), He carries you close to his heart as a shepherd to his flock. His ways are gentle and secure.

He measures the water (who can do such a thing??!!  only our God, who knows the exact depth of the water – e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.!!!!! Verse 12 says he measures the water in the hollow of his HAND!!!!!!! (that’s HUGE!). The verse continues to say that he holds the dust of the earth in a basket – hello!– THAT IS A LOT OF DUST!!!! It also says he can weigh the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance!!!! Come on now. Take a pause here and imagine it!  ……. Go there. God, our God — BIG God — The ONE who owns the cattle on the hill, yes Him! He WANTS you to live in peace. He desires for you to give your problems to him. Let him show you how to deal with every single thing. There is nothing that comes as a surprise to him. Give it up girls (and guys). Be purified  today, just as he intended you to be.

Let 2013 be the New Year like none other. Set the slate clean.  Free from clutter and issues. He will give you the answers and how to resolve all things, in a calm and effective way. This benefits not only you to be stress free, but also it helps show others a living proof of who He is. When we live in peace, that ministers to others too. Let his glory shine through your life.  


Let’s take our deepest despair, disappointments, sickness and all other problems to Him, and proclaim out loud: Peace, be still! Matthew 8:23-27


God’s Word stands forever (Isaiah 40:8b) ….. So receive his blessings today, and every day!
Please read the rest of Isaiah 40. (click here http://niv.scripturetext.com/isaiah/40.htm).   And as you read it, let God reveal Himself fresh new way that will strengthen your faith.


If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, and would like to start a new life – fresh and anew with the guarantee that you will spend eternity in heaven with Him, please pray with me here, and say,
Lord, I know I am a sinner, forgive me and cleanse me today. Be the Lord of my life. I want to change from the things I should not be doing, and live a better life. A life that God has in store for me. Thank you for changing my heart and life and giving me a fresh start. In Jesus name Amen.

It is by the blood of Jesus as he died on the Cross at Calvary, it is finished! Your sins are washed away! as long as we ask,and recieve this free blessing in our heart and life,  and then follow up by making a commitment to know Him personally every day of your life. Seeking what the Bible says, in prayer and in fellowship with other believers, it is  the growing and learning how to walk this Christian life out, in His freedom, one day at a time. Each person has his or her own unique design – just the way God made us. Never compare your life to someone else’s life. But strive towards the goal that God has for you.

Welcome to the fellowship and awesome life as a Christian. If you need a bible or prayer, or need help finding a good home church, please contact me, and I would be glad to help you! You can email me at donna.dbpbd@gmail.com  

“Teach us how short our lives really are so that we may be wise.” Psalm 90:12 NCV

 Jesus stood up and commanded the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it became completely calm. Mark 4:39 (NCV)

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40: 28- 31 NIV 1984

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