Sunday, March 11, 2018

Live A Seasoned Life In Full Bloom

"The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of our lives." Psalm 37:23
Live A Seasoned Life In Full Bloom... If you are in the seasoned years of your life, how do you see your value, your purpose? The enemy would want you to believe your life is over. You have no purpose or value left. It's a lie! To me, it means living a life with love, and peace, hope and purpose. The shadow years of our life are meant to be the best years of our life.
Most of us have retired, our children are grown, and maybe we are asking ourselves "What now?" We all had our own view of the ideal life. We worked and saved and built what we thought would be a perfect retirement. But did we plan for the change that illness and disabilities and even the loss of a spouse might bring? Probably not.
You may think "what's left?" My dear friends, if you are still breathing, "LIFE" is left! As long as you have air in your lungs, ask God to breathe new life into your bones and live life in full bloom with greater wisdom of God's presence through it all. God delights in every detail of your life.



Sunday, March 4, 2018

Living A Simple Life

"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage." Galatians 5:1
Living A Simple Life... My husband and I have reached an age where we feel a desire to live a much simpler life. Our faith is the most important thing to us now. Everything functions around our faith. Did you know that there is a spiritual side to minimalism? If our faith were not in tact, our life would be in constant chaos. Our faith effects how we live, how we make decisions, how we spend our money, our time, our relationships and our future.
It is our faith that keeps us focused on what's important and what's not. In reality, a simple life is what most of us desire at any age. Living a simple life is peace of mind. We are not free to live a simple life if we are bound by a yoke of bondage to things that have no eternal value. One day, everything we possess will be gone and Lord willing, we will be standing before the gates of heaven without baggage.
"He brought me out of a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me." Psalm 18:19.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Press On

"You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." 1 John 4:4
Press On...In our hectic lives, our day's all too often, just plan seem overwhelming! Every day comes with new demands and so many challenges. Many Christians have built their faith through trials, but still, we grow weary and find ourselves asking God, "Why?" The Word teaches us about trials, and it also gives us wise council. So why do we constantly need reminded? I wonder, have we grown lax in trusting God? Do we take time to talk to Him? Do we spend time in the Word? Do we pray?
We can't always make sense of our suffering but when trials come, we can take heart in Paul's words, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have it's perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing." (James 1:2-4). Powerful words to remember. When we understand God's truth and what is real, we also become aware when of the enemy whispers lies to us. When discouragement rises up...Press on.

I recently ran across this quote (No name). May you find comfort in it. 

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.

My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I’m done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need prosperity, position, promotions,or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.

My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear. I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus.