Sunday, March 22, 2015

Good Morning # 2 Zephaniah 3:17

Did you sleep well? 
Perhaps you've dreamed of far away places. 
Maybe you  tossed a bit in your sleep for some reason 
or even had a nightmare. 
In every case the long hours pass 
and there is one who's watched us all night long. 
He, at the moment we flutter our eyelids, 
is eagerly waiting to greet us. 
Our Heavenly Daddy, Abba-Father.

He has an exciting plan for today. 
He is ready to share in all our details.
He has wisdom, humor and creativity to pour out on us. 
 He is willing to carry us when we cannot go on; 
whispering Faith Promises to help.
He also longs for us to read His letters of life and love 
to encourage and instruct you and me.
Daddy is listening to our hearts; 
waiting to hear us call His name so He can answer.

Abba Daddy is smiling on us.
He is joyfully catching us up into His embrace.

I can't wait 
to hear His joyful laughter 
when he greets us in our Heavenly Home.
What a great thought to start our day with.
Don't you think so too?
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

Good Morning...

 A  wide pink  smile greets me this morning
 on the face of a cold yet heart warming dawn.
I am drawn in by the beauty
of  the promise it reveals;
that I can face whatever  comes.
He who holds every day, every moment-
has given this hope to me.
Jesus my Lord, my Savior
When I gaze at each new dawning
it's Him I see.

Most of us are not famous personages.
Yet, did you know  a whole host of entities
await your waking moment? All are vying for your attention.

There is the valet waiting to cloth you
in any distressing details you may have.
"Not that heavy armor sir; that Christ has created for you." 

There is the chef
whose has created an assortment of delicacies to
tempt you away from healthy and nourishing thinking;
thinking that will feed your soul for the day.

Who will you allow to serve you as you greet the morning?

"My voice shalt thou hear in the morning,
O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer 
unto thee, and will look up."
Psalm 5:3

Thursday, February 5, 2015



It's a fact- what you put in your mouth has consequences. Good food- healthy body- bad food- on a consistent basis will produce a whole gamete of problems. 
As an illustration- my mom about 7 or 10 yrs ago had some tests done on her heart revealing she had a good strong heart with no problems. 
I remember shortly after that my then 81 yr. old mom started with some new favorite snacks; a certain kind of milk chocolate bar, a certain kind of cookie and also an old favorite -Pecan ice cream. 
She would have one or all of these every day. 
Because my mom is small and had actually had lost about ten lbs and so we let her eat those thing along with her regular meals. 
I can really say I never gave thought to the damage it was causing. It was something that was taking time building up.

Fast forward  to Christmas 2014. My mom after a few days of complaining about a funny feeling in her chest when getting out of bed  needed to go to the Emergency Room. Originally we all thought it was her blood pressure
 because it would disappear as fast as it came, then we thought she had pneumonia or Bronchitis 
because she was short of breath. 
It was only the intervention and miracle of God that she did not die. She had 8 block arteries and underwent a quadruple bypass. She is now recovering.

In our Spiritual lives this can happen too. Are you eating too much seemingly harmless things 
like TV Land T.V, Pop music and 
what about conversations that reflect a worldly mind. 
We all know about the obvious things that affect our soul. But I'm speaking of things that are not sin but harmful to our spiritual health when not in balance.  
You may not sense it right away. It's so important to keep a strong vertical with Christ. The moment you realize you are beginning to prefer or gravitate towards those "harmless" pleasures; 

Run! Run as fast as you can to the Spiritual Emergency Room of Prayer.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Precious gems or worthless stones?

"Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness;  Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son".
Col. 1:11-13 KJV

There is a story of a man who was going on a little journey. His father gave him a bag filled with something, 
saying "this will help you later on".
  Early in the evening the son set out on his way. 
His route brought him along side of the sea shore. He sat down to nourish himself with some bread and cheese as he watched the sun go down. 
When the moon rose he went along his way.  

As he continued he became a little bored, and feeling in the bag his father gave him, he pulled out some stones. 
Thinking they were there just to pass the time away he began to throw and skip them along the water.

It was dawn as he approached his destination. Taking the last stone from his bag he caught a quick sparkle. The light from the morning sun shone on the last stone in his hand and he realized too late what he had been throwing away.

Only now did it dawn on him; 
the incredible value of what he had been given..
Why hadn't he realized from the beginning that his father's gift would never have been for worthless amusement?

This little story ends here 

but for some of us it can be a beginning.
Are you in a season that seems worthless to you? 
Are you thinking to yourself, 
"Where is the value in my pain and suffering"? 
I cannot remember any trial I was ever in, 
that my first instinct was to count it a blessing.

In this story the man could not see that he was tossing away something much more valuable than stones 
because he was walking in the darkness.
If only he had thought on the fact that it was his loving and wise father that had given him the bag.  Then he would have thought on the character and nature of his father. Finally that would have led him to conclude that whatever was in the bag his father has given him- it most certainly was valuable.
Beloved, consider our Heavenly Father. 
He has prepared us for our journey in this life. 
To each of us He gives particular blessings; 
'jewels' that our natural perception may think to be stones,
something worthless, just to endure.
Each trial and challenge gives us the valuable strengths and wisdom for our specific walk.
Let us embrace and cherish our particular 'jewels' in times of darkness when most easily we can mistake them 
as having no value. 
See and the Giver above that which is given, 
then what you have will always reveal its true value.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Simply Faith

"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain,
 ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Faith can never be too big or too small. 
Faith comes in all sizes and one size fits all.
Beloved, it's not the size of your faith but whom you put it in. 
That of course is Jesus Christ.
Faith as small as a mustard seed 
will move mountains if it is in Christ. 
This post is a little longer than most of my posts. 
Please bear with me for it is a testimony of what God can do with just a particle of faith put in Him.
Many years ago, my first lesson in this 
took place in a small park in Milford, Massachusetts when
I was about eight months old in the Lord. 
A friend and I both being mothers 
would take our babies to stroll around this park and give tracts to others- mostly mothers.  

 While there we noticed a very tall,large,
 black man wearing no shirt, only a black leather vest and on his arms, leather wristbands that had metal studs on them.
He also wore jeans and leather boots.
Completing this outfit, he had a floppy hat and dark glasses.
To me he was gigantic and a little frightening,
most definitely to be avoided.
He was watching us as carefully as we were watching him.
Decidedly, we ignored him and gave him a wide berth.
While passing tracts out, I kept hearing a little prompt in my heart; 
"Go tell that man I love him".
"You don't mean that man, Lord" 
I, of course, brushed it away-out of fear, 
rationalizing that would not be a good idea 
and it couldn't be God- could it? 
The prompt got louder and more persistent.
It seemed to grow in my heart till 
I thought it would burst through.
It was now nearing our time to leave- yet, I found I could not because ofthis constant cry in my soul. 
With a trembling heart and tiny faith, 
I asked my friend 
if she would watch my son Jason 
as I needed to go and give a tract to that man.
All I remember 
was her mouth hanging open in fear 
as she said "you can't."
I remember my legs feeling like water as I approached him. 
I was so fearful that I began talking loudly to him 
from about 3 yards away. 
"Excuse me sir, but I need to tell you something."
Removing his glasses 
to get a better look at this "ant" who was disturbing his day,
he fixed his gaze on me. 
I stopped about 3 feet away from him and told him that
God wanted me to tell him that He loved him.
He responded with a very gruff, "what did you say"?
I moved a little closer and said, 
"Do you know that God loves you very much?
Do you know that He sent Jesus Christ to die for your sins 
so that
you can have forgiveness"?
I continued on with the Gospel 
and sensed the power and presence of God.
I was filled with joy and completely at ease as he listened-
 even though all the while, 
he was looking around as is for someone.

Then I asked him, "would you like to pray 
and ask Jesus into your heart right now"?
Much to my surprise and joy he said "yes".
With great joy I prayed with him. I also invited him to come to Framingham and visit our church there. 
With deep regret and seriousness he replied, 
"Little lady, I'm sorry I can not come and 
you will never see me again. 
You see I have a gun in my back pocket. 
I came here to kill someone, but I cannot do this now- 
because of Jesus. 
I must go far away or I will be killed". 
I was sad as I told him I will see him again one day.
As I said goodbye to him 
I could only wonder at the power of God to use
 the smidgeon of faith obedience I had 
so He could change a life and gain a son.
Beloved, walk in faith of any size- 
put it in Christ and change the world of one life
and then another and still another. 
Yours will be changed also-forever.
Have a beautiful day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Godly friends are quite the gift from God.
 Most of what I learned in being a Godly friend I have learned through the ones God has given to me. I am quite privileged to say that I have several who truly are just that. We have many acquaintances, and a few of them may be wonderful friends
yet to have been given 
more than a few truly godly and mature friends, 
is a  rare benefit indeed. 

A genuine friendship is not measured in years or in sameness of likes and dislikes,
 nor  is it measured in the countless times they have taken your side. 
The Gold standard for quality of friendship will always find its root
 in its alinement with the Word of God. 
Will you as a friend stand with your friend against all 
when they are standing in Christ and the precious Gospel of Grace? 
Will you also in love reprove your friend with the Word of God,
 though it may mean risking that friendship? 
 Can any of us be a true friend, if first not a true friend of God?

I often speak about and quote my first pastor, Carl H. Stevens. 
Here was a true friend, of God first
 and then to any other who would or not receive the love of Christ through him.
 He became a dear friend to me.
 We did not "hang out together" as common with friends.
 We were not close in age, still, as my friend, he never failed to give me the truth 
with love and kindness.
I do not say that I always liked to hear it.

True friendship is filled with the character and nature of God's love and
 is therefore able build a capacity in others to hear what is right.
Thank God for your true friends today and thank them by always having Christ between you.

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Covanant Gate-way

"I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you."
Genesis 17:7

All of my past experiences, my culture and education,
my family and friends, as well as my religious upbringing have served to produce a specific map of thought in my soul.
 I am familiar with the highways and by-ways there.
I learned to negotiate the traffic of a life without Christ. 

The problem with that,
is that every roadway and path led to a dead end. 
I was not even aware that my compass- my own reasoning,
was wrong.
Then Christ came into my world and became the center of my life.
His Word is my compass. He is my true North.
A lot of road work is going on now.
Some of my dead ends have been closed off.
Some have been repaired and opened up,
all of it leading on to a new destination.
How has this happened?
He is our Amazing God. He is the creator of our very lives.
He is the creator and redeemer of my life.
It is because I have entered through the Covenant Gate-way.
This, simply put, is the cross of Jesus Christ.
This is where the Father made His covenant
with His Son for our sakes.
This blood covenant can never be revoked.
We enter into this agreement simply 
by receiving what has been done for us.
Then all the benefits and promises of God become our own.

People say there are many paths to God.
This is incorrect-
There are many journeys- but only one path.
Our journey must begin by going through the  
Covenant Gate of Calvary. 
Passing through the cross by His grace is where it all begins. 
It is the Master Mapmaker who leads us in our particular journey.
After we have entered through the  Covenant Gate-way,
our experience  along the paths of our particular journey
will be determined by the tools we use to cut through
the thicket that fills our paths.
The tools He-Himself has given to us;
faith, hope,His precious Word. the Body of Christ and 
the armor of God that is described in Ephesians 6.
We have all we need for our journey in Christ Jesus, and Calvary is the only point of entry for this resurrected life.
Have a great Life!

 He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.  2Cor. 3:6