Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Moving Beyond Anger~

Hello, Blog Friends~ It's a cold and blustery day here in Missouri. February is already quickly moving along. We are just a few steps closer to Spring ~ can I get a hallelujah? 

God has been allowing us to go through the fire. We have found ourselves caught in the cross-fire of evil and selfishness. It is so hard for me to hold my peace when I see what is behind political agendas.  Last week~ I wrote from a paralyzed state of fear~ frozen in my place and unable to move forward. With hands opened wide and empty, I surrendered it all to Him. It is here where only God can work and bring faith instead of fear, peace instead of war and forgiveness instead of revenge. It is our very nature to want to manipulate and retaliate but God wants to fight our battles. He can do a much better job at settling scores than I can anyways. 

In the midst of this season in life, God has done amazing things in our hearts. He has not only answered prayers but He has confirmed to us that He has done things that only He can do. He is walking a step closer to us and holding our hands a little tighter. He is planting our feet on solid ground and He is taking what others meant for our evil and turning it into pure gold.  In time, I know He will trade beauty for our ashes. Amen and Amen!

James 1:19-20 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Baby It's Cold Outside Soup~

It is freezing here in Missouri~ so I decided to warm up the family with this soup.
 It is a simple soup with all the normal ingredients you have in your kitchen.

Vegetable Soup~

1 pound ground chuck
4 cups of chicken broth
4 cups of water
2 packages dry onion soup mix
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 (16 ounce) frozen mixed vegetables
3 cups cubed potatoes

 1. In a saute pan, brown ground beef, over medium heat.
 2. In large stock pot, combine broth, water, onion soup mix, tomato sauce, celery, onion frozen      vegetables and potatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer until potatoes are tender.
3. Add browned ground chuck, mix and serve.

Be ye, therefore, followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. Ephesians 5:1-2 KJV

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

I'm No Longer A Slave To Fear~

I once heard that being afraid is really not all about the situation at hand but the fact that you think you believe you can't handle it. Whatever the reason fear paralyzes us.  I don't really know but there are circumstances that are out of our control. It is natural to fear when things happen to threaten our security or well-being. There are those times when we are just not sure of the outcome. 

What do we do when we have done all we can and now we can only stand on God's promises?  Promises that He will turn the bad that others meant for harm to the good of His child.  When you have begged God to intervene and change the situation~ what do you do next? When you have begged Him for a miracle in the form of deliverance ~  now you just stand.

The children of Isreal found themselves in a horrible mess. (Exodus14) They had left the bondages of slavery from the Egyptians only to be chased by them after Pharaoh decided he wanted them back. They come to the Red Sea with Pharaoh's armies closing in on them only to come to a huge road block~ the  Red Sea. The Word of God tells us God opened the Red Sea and allowed the children to cross over to the other side. 

We have found ourselves at a road block. It feels as big as the Red Sea. I just want it to be over and I want to cross over to the other side. But for some reason~ God is allowing us to stand at the edge of the sea and wait. It is not a pleasant place to be. Just like the children of Isreal ~ I am fearful when the enemy is nipping at our heels. Our giant also has a hardened heart ~ a selfish heart ~ a heart that consumed with evil. I am praying God pierces that heart in one way or another. 

Here is the promise God gave to His children when the enemy wanted to crush them. 

Exodus 14:14 The Lord shall fight for you and ye shall hold your peace. 

I was listening to a song yesterday and it just goes along with my thoughts this morning. 
 I am no longer a slave to fear. I am a child of God.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Coming To The End Of Myself

I have come to the end of myself. I have grown tired of all the questions clouding our life. I don't know what direction to move and I am tired of searching. Moving forward is for sure but I have lost the desire to manipulate or control the situation. I only have a burning desire to be right where God wants me to be.  This storm has tossed us into a desperation only to linger to a dull roar where we have come to the end of ourselves. It is here where we have found peace in the midst of the dark skies and rest in the arms of our Heavenly Creator as we wait ~ expectantly for God to show us our very next step.

When the winds began to blow and the skies turned dark we were fearful but not now. We have desperately turned to our God and gone deeper in our faith. We are receiving a new and fresh manna for each day and just for that day. Before that made us fearful but now we only ask for what we need to get through the day and for strength to shine in the darkness.

Every ending has a beginning. We certainly see the ending and wait in faith for the next beginning. God has allowed this road bump in our lives so we would look only to Him and allow Him to guide us day by day. It may seem uncertain to us but He knows just what He is doing. He has traveled this journey before us and He has the plan to give us a future and a hope.

So today ~ while I wait this is my prayer.

Psalm 25:4 Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths.

Friday, January 29, 2016

All That Can Be Shaken Is Shaking~

Everything that can be shaken is shaking.  Changes are in the making and it seems God has uprooted just about everything in our lives. Changes are occurring so quickly I can hardly acclimate before the next one gets ushered in. God is in charge here~ He has pried our fingers  from all we love and hold dear~ our plans and our dreams are being shaped and remolded to the unknown by our God.

  It seems we unable to slow the progression but at times, we still wait. Wait on our God to show us the very next step through His Word ~ through a message or an open door. We know God is stirring our hearts and souls in a new way.  I know there's a bigger picture and a plan much greater than our little place in this world. 

God is calling us to  emotionally and mentally let go of the past so that we can move forward.
He is calling us to a new place of faith and trust. To step out of the no- risk- required zone to a fervent desire to only please God and only march to His drum. It is time to let go of our stagnant faith and move from glory to glory.  The funny thing is ~ I am so ready to go. 

 I am not sure where life may find you today but remember God is in charge and He can be trusted. 

Hebrews 11:6King James Version (KJV)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

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