Wednesday, January 23, 2019

When you are Weak...I am Strong!

"I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no man can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name." Revelation 3:8
 
Take heart dear ones... The Lord knows your heart and discerns your thoughts. Here, He offers encouragement... "I know that you are tired and weak, but you have stayed true in the battle with a loyal heart."
 
"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 39:11.
 
Don't you LOVE the promises of His Word!!
 
When you are weak, I AM STRONG!!!
 
Sweetest Blessings,
Jo

Monday, December 31, 2018

A "New Day" With God

 
2018 will NOT be among my favorite years... Or will it? It was a challenging year for my hubby and me. Nothing new to anyone journeying through their seasoned years. But this year seemed the mountains were steeper and the valley's deeper. Why, I wonder? Can it really be about aging? Was our youth really any easier? This I know, every season comes with challenges and disappointment, but I am reminded that they also come with equal portions of victories and joy. Challenges have nothing to do with age! Our Lord knew there would be days, even seasons that would challenge us. O' but our God, who is full of hope, mercy, grace and love, left us with a book full of promises!
 
"They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness." Because of the LORD’s loving devotion we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness! "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in Him." Lamentations 3:22-24.
 
If 2018 seemed challenging to you, take heart... Instead of greeting the "New Year" greet each "New Day" and continue greeting each day that follows with a Grateful Heart! Greet each morning with confidence that today is new and you are safety abiding in the Presence of God. I challenge you to join me in keeping a daily "Grateful Heart" journal in 2019 as a reminder that you are chosen, cherished, loved and protected by a faithful God! What a priceless gift!
 
"This is the day that the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118:23-24.
 
Sweetest Blessings,
Jo 
 
 


Thursday, December 20, 2018

Hearing is believing...or is it?

 
Hearing is believing...or is it?
 
Do you ever stop to think about what you are saying? Do you ever wonder how people interpret what you say? Misunderstandings have caused many a hurt feelings. But... is it the fault of the one who spoke the words, not meaning to offend, or is it the fault of the one who misunderstood and took offense? We can take casual comments at face value or we can look for hidden meaning in sincere remarks. Being aware of both giving and receiving words is a rich lesson to learn. Jesus gives us a stunning bit of information about our words...
 
"Encourage one another daily, as long as it is called "Today," so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:13.
 
It is so important that we understand that speaking and listening comes with responsibility. God knows His people are in need of grace-filled reminders, so He calls us to encourage each other. Encouragement is shared with the hopes that it will lift someone's heart. If our words contain beauty people treasure them. The Bible says the way to avoid misunderstandings is to love one another.
 
"Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love..." Romans 12:10.
 
Whoever is at fault, it is our obligation to try to make it right as soon as possible, even if you feel you were misunderstood or overly sensitive. Speaking words and hearing words are ultimately ours to own. We can either take offense or be a grace giver.
 
"The words of a man's heart are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook." Proverbs 18:4.