Friday, January 18, 2013

Listen Wisely

I’m surprised that you’re so quickly deserting Christ, who called you in his kindness, to follow a different kind of good news. But what some people are calling good news is not really good news at all. They are confusing you. They want to distort the Good News about Christ.                                                 -  Galatians 1:6-7

The Galatians are receiving a warning, to be aware!

I love to read.  I especially love to read books written by pastor's and christian laymen in ministry.  I love that so much insight can be given to me by others.  But sometimes, I get into a book that everyone has "raved" about, and realize... wow... something is just not right here.  

I believe that in today's society where there are so many "flavor's" of Christianity, I must be careful what I set my mind on when reading.  And even more so, I must be cautious of what is being taught to  my own children.  We must be diligent to compare everything by the one standard that never changes - the Word of God.

Jesus, I am so thankful for so many Godly writers, and for their passion to share Your word.   Please help me to be wise and make good choices in what I read.  Help me to understand, just because it is the latest and greatest, that it may just not hold up to the test of Your sacred Word.  And my YOUR Word, always be my first focus!  Amen

Friday, January 4, 2013

Asking for Prayer

....He hears the prayers of righteous people.  Prov 15:29

In the past few days I had to make a decision.  I have a family member who has chosen an  "alternative" lifestyle.  He is a very close family member.

I have not seen him is over six years, and most of my children have never met him.  It's been mostly my choice.... He isn't very fond of me - I'm his "crazy christian sister".

I'm also the mother of some precious children, including boys.  I have kept this door shut for a long time... and I believe my choice has been best for my family.

I was in desperate need of prayer.  I needed peace.  I needed to know someone was praying spiritual protection for my kids.  I needed to know that God has this all, and people I knew that really "had His ear" was in the middle of it.

So I sent a message to many of my Warrior friends.  Some knew what was going on, some didn't and just knew to pray.  I received so many responses, words of encouragements, scriptures to stand on, and more. 

I know that God hears every prayer I pray.  I know that He cares about me and my family more than anyone ever will.  I know that He is always with me.  But.... there is something special about knowing that at a particular time, when you need it the  most, you are being lifted up to the Father by other people. 

Moses needed people to lift his arms, the Word speaks of where 2 or 3 agree... and so many more places where God's people supported and prayed for each other........ it is scriptural.

Not everyone has to know your "business"... maybe only a few really close Warriors may know, others just know to pray........... But when we fail to ask for prayer, when we try to make it alone, when we try to take care of everything ourselves, we are missing out.  There is strength and PEACE in the multitude of praying people!  I am so thankful for that.

If you do not have at least one or two people that you can share needs with, that you can call on at any moment and know they are going to STORM HEAVEN for you, I pray that you find them.  I pray that God will make these types of people plain to you.  Pray for God to send them your way........ BE ONE for someone else who is in need.  It is so, so good!

By the way... I went to see this family member, and my children came too.  The moment I pulled in the drive, my Pastor's wife text me... Praying Now!  Oh what peace.  The visit was calm and just peaceful.  I pray that whether this person every listens to me, that the Light of Christ that shone from my children was enough to pierce the darkness.  That for just a moment, the love and compassion that Jesus gives to the lost, was shown fiercely through the smiles and laughter of my children.  God uses the smallest sometimes, to do the greatest things!  God is so good!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013


After writing my blog for the 1st, God lovingly showed me my "theme" and the scripture for it for 2013.

He did not promise my year would be easy.  He did not promise that we would not struggle with even new hardships and changed.  But He did tell me, He is there, and He is my peace.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 - A new year....

The Lord will give power to his people.
    The Lord will bless his people with peace. (Ps 29:11)

It is hard to believe another year had come to an end, and a new one has begun!

Last year held so many challenges for my family.  So many changes, and we are still working through setting a schedule and organize our time with school and just "life".  But I know we will find it soon.

God has taught me so much over 2012, about relying on Him.  My plans are dust to Him, I'm grasping that!   (Regardless of how hard I struggle with it.)  Only He knows what the path my life and the life of my family will take.

All I can do is stay in His Word, pray for His .Wisdom, and keep my eyes on Him.  I can rest when I do those things.  When life get's too busy with "my stuff" to give Him the time needed, everything is torn apart, and I stress.  It is only through a close and intimate walk with Him, that I can just relax and know that He has all things for my good in the works, even when it is NOTHIN, like what I had planned.

Why do we find it so hard, to simply trust that God knows what is best for us?  Why do we try to do it our way so often, only to fail?  How much hurt and pain would we go without, if we just learned to walk beside Him and listen?

This change of course for me, my life and my family is not over, there are still so many unknowns just around every bend, so for 2013, my goal is to daily learn to rest in His promises.  I want peace to rule in my life like never before.  I want His peace and rest to saturate my life.

I long to be closer to my Savior in 2013... and to see my family grow closer in the process.  I know I have little eyes watching me, and although they know I am human, and I fail, they do watch my relationship with Jesus.  May my feet never lead them astray.

Jesus, it is at Your feet, that I find rest and perfect peace.  May this year, be set in motion with me at Your feet, and in Your presence.  For everything in my life depends on it.  Amen.