Friday, April 27, 2018

"Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ." Ephesians 4:15 NIV

Speak the truth in love. I love this phrase because it can keep me out of trouble. We all need reminding of God's Word and the truths it speaks to our hearts. We need to meditate on His word so that it satisfies our souls and lifts our spirits. Keeping His word in our memory will bless us over and over again.

I haven't memorized scripture in a while, thinking it would be too hard since I'm older. If it is worthwhile which I have already said it is, then why not continue? If we don't try to overcome obstacles, we will never know how Jesus can meet our every need.

If we have the pure Word of God in our hearts it will then flow out of us in time of need. I am writing a book about my victory over depression by the grace of God. Many times scripture will come to me at the right moment to fit into the exact place it is needed. I need every ounce of grace as I write so I will take it!

I didn't wake up one day and decide to write a book. First the Lord placed it on my heart to start this blog.Three years ago I began and I have learned a lot. I am also a member of a wonderful writing community called Compel Training. The teaching has given my faith muscle a spiritual workout.

Every person who teaches has a personal experience in writing or publishing. Compel has fed me with truth and skills I need to grow. I also am a member of an Iron Group. This consists of writers who are lovingly critiquing each others work. When I heard about Iron Group I wanted no part of it. I was scared to have someone tell me my faults in this area.

As my faith muscle became stable, I gave it a try. It was hard, but now I am glad I humbly and cautiously moved ahead. Part of my story has to do with overcoming fear. I look for opportunities to put fear behind me when it is not a situation where I could be physically hurt. Sky diving is not on my bucket list of things to do before I die. 

I have grown in my skills because those who are teaching and sharing are not harsh. Love makes all the difference. As the oldest child in my family I was the first to experience everything. School, driving, dating, you name it. Caution was my middle name and fear was right beside it. Learning to walk with my heavenly Father is a new experience and because of who He is, I think it will always be new!

God is forever young, fun and playful and innovative, and creative. When we draw close to His heart we feel these things in Him. He calls them out if He has placed them in us. I never knew I could write something anyone would want to read. God is calling it out in me. How about you? What is He calling you to do? Take a baby step, and He will show you what to do next. Blessings and love.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."  Ephesians 4:14 NIV

I am so glad to hear the birds chirping in my yard. What better sign of spring then the birds coming back from the south to grace us with their voices. Do you ever wonder what these little ones may be thinking? I'm pretty sure there isn't any bit of thought going through these bird brains.

It's not their fault. God didn't design their brains if any to think. We know the tiniest babe has thought processes. When a child grows we expect their thoughts  and abilities will mature too. There is a problem when the body grows and the mind doesn't. 

Have you ever been tossed by a wave? I will never forget one wave I was tossed by. We were at the Atlantic Ocean a few miles from our house. The beach was known for its waves and rough waters. I've only been there once and that was enough for me.

I was tossed over and over again and I couldn't find the ocean floor. Sand was tossed along with me, and I could't wait to get on shore. I wasn't sure I would find the beach. It was a scary feeling. How I wished someone saw what happened and would rescue me!

Our society is like the rough waters that toss us around. When we say we are sure of God's existence every other person will challenge us on it. Some do not want to believe in absolutes. Maybe their thought is acknowledging truth will mean changing their ways.  Could fear come behind this? 

One thing is for sure: as we mature in our understanding of God's Word, we have less fear." The name of the LORD is a strong fortress; the godly run to him and are safe." Proverbs 18:10 ESV Maturity and trust go hand and hand in the spiritual realm. God expects us to go in faith and we can because he is good!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

"Until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ."  Ephesians 4:13 NIV

We will need teachers, evangelists, apostles, pastors and prophets until we reach unity. This is called the five fold ministry. I used to be a member of a church called Pinecrest and this chapter was our declaration. I appreciate this chapter because it teaches us much of what we need in the body of Christ.

This "attaining of the whole measure of the fullness of Christ" is an overwhelming task. It could never be undertaken in our natural selves. Some of us may have tried to do this in our own strength. All this did was exhaust us, and defeat us as christians.

 We were never meant to take on a spiritual task in the natural. Actually the idea is quite ridiculous, and I tried it not realizing at all what I was doing. Once I got on track with God leading me life it was immeasurably easier.

Right now I can say I will never be complete on earth. God's work on my life will not end while I'm alive. We can always learn, grow, and become more like Jesus. I want to be reaching farther and growing more everyday. We need to be hungry!

What do I mean by this? I want to search deeper, grow stronger, be healthier. Our natural self will take over if we stop. We are leaky as christians. I watched a u-tube video made by Dr. Caroline Leaf, a christian neuroscientist. She said we need to listen to a talk or read information over and over again in order for it to make it into our memories. She told us if we want to increase brain intelligence we need to laugh. Good word!

What makes you laugh? Maturity is the ability to laugh at ourselves among other things. Do we take ourselves too seriously? I was mad at my daughter for not respecting my wishes. As I thought about it, I realized she didn't really understand what my wishes were. 

She was caught up in her own thoughts about her High School Formal and hadn't heard me. I apologized about being mad with her, and asked God to help me assess the situation in the future with better  accuracy before I jump to a conclusion.

God listens to us, as parents we need to take the initiative to follow in His footsteps and listen to our children. We aren't going to change overnight, so taking one step at a time will make a difference over the years. Let's give ourselves some slack, and not judge ourselves too harshly. The world will judge us harshly. "Laugh at the days to come!" Proverbs 31:25

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

" His intention was the perfecting of the saints {His consecrated people} {that they should do}the work of ministering toward building up Christ's body [the church]," Ephesians 4:12 AMP

The young man in the picture is Christopher Heimerle. He is in South Africa on a Missions Trip with his Bible School. The little boy is having the time of his life! 

Chris said where ever the students went children would follow them. If 15 children were invited to a meeting, 100 would come. One meeting had 1,000 children who came from all over to hear the Americans. Racial discrimination was obvious.

 One young man told Chris he would not be able to attend college. The separation between black and white was also a financial issue. This man would not be able to get a job that would afford him enough money to attend college.

 Chris said this fellow was very smart and frustrated with his situation. He couldn't understand how God could give him the ability and understanding of a college student, but not the opportunity. My answer was for him to think outside the box. Easier said than done, I know.

As Christians we need to be sensitive to the needs and feelings of others. Chris is in the United States again, and I don't know if he will ever have the opportunity to speak with this South African man again. I can't understand how a society could be closed to helping  their own countrymen, but it happens here too. 

This ugly, dirty slave called racism. It stifles love, opportunity, and kindness. It is on both sides. Most of us have been guilty of it. Lord, help us. Building up Christ's body. Can we bridge the gap? I don't mean any individual, but then maybe God does. Who knows what God can place on the heart of one christian?

Monday, April 23, 2018

"And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:" Ephesians 4:11 KJV

Have you had a chance to get away for a weekend? Have you been able to spend some big chunks of time looking to the Lord? I went on the Women's Retreat with my church this weekend, and I was refreshed. Do you ever get an opportunity to do this? I hope you can say yes!

It is so important to get away with the specific purpose of seeking God. We can get caught up in the daily grind of our schedules, and our children's schedules, and our husband's or friend's agenda. In our society where God ways are not cherished we need to relax in His presence. We need a good soaking in His presence. We need to be doused in the worship that is led by the Holy Spirit.

Everything in life on Long Island and other places gravitates around moving fast. Texting had become so easy for me, that I don't like making phone calls. I am not even aware that I speed when I drive.

Maybe you can relate? I'm sure you can. Relationships, in order to be healthy don't work on the 5 minute plan. A pat on the head doesn't satisfy a child. We were made for touch, and good words, and kindness.We need time with our people. We need time with God.
 If you have never had a regular prayer time, start with 5 minutes a day. Be faithful to your 5 minutes, but if you're not, don't worry, just start again, and again and again if you need to. Don't give up and don't give in to discouragement.

These godly people mentioned in our verse today didn't become godly overnight. It took time. It takes time for us too. Change doesn't come quickly, not because God is slow, it's because we can't handle God working too fast in our lives.

We need to feed our bodies healthy food so that we can function at our optimal ability. Without certain vitamin and nutrients our body is sluggish and compromised. This is true of our spirits. Energy in, energy out. We begin to flow to our best ability. Some stress is eliminated on our digestive systems and we relax.

Take a deep breathe in, and hold it for a second. Breathe out. Doesn't this help? Good, now do the same for your spirit. I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise will continually be on my lips." Psalm 34:1 NKJV Say this verse a few times, and really think about what it means. Let it sink into your heart. Maybe you need to say it all day, or another verse that means something to you.

Can you eliminate some poor choices in what you read, look at, or listen to? Feed your spirit truth, which can be found in the Bible. Strength will be the reward. Start with one thing you feel isn't feeding you according to God's standards. 

This is why the Bible teaches us to come into His presence everyday through prayer. Read His Holy Word, and let it sink into the deepest inner resources of your being. Don't be distracted with other things on Sunday. Get to church, or Bible Study or that Prayer Meeting. Be faithful to God, and your life will not be the same.

Friday, April 20, 2018

" He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe."  Ephesians 4:10 NIV
Stop for a moment, and think about this verse. I had no idea when I first came to know God what He had done for you and I. In His humanity, Jesus submitted to His Father's plan. He knew His Father's plan included the cross. The sinless Son of God would hang on a tree, between two thieves.

His choice, fully knowing the consequences, was to be crucified. This doesn't mean it was an easy choice. It wasn't what He would have chosen for himself, but He wasn't motivated by His own choices. He knew His purpose for coming to earth, and He was determined to fulfill it.

In the old testament times, a spotless, perfect lamb had to be sacrificed on the altar in proxy for all of the Hebrew nation. Only the High Priest could go into the Most Holy Place to perform this sacrifice, for the atonement of sin.

A Priest studied and worked hard in order to be chosen for this highly respected position. He knew that being in the Holy of Holies could bring death, because God's presence was there. If He moved the wrong way, or had any sin in His own life, He might not return from this place.

Once a year this Priest would make a visit to atone for sin. Once and for all Jesus gave himself up to the plan of God. He became the Lamb that was slain. He took our place so we could live. He sits at the right hand of the Father now praying for us. God no longer sees our sin, because He sees the blood of Jesus instead.

This reality can be mind boggling when you consider that He chose it. Not because He wanted to suffer, but because He knew it would bring us to God.What kept Him on the cross? Only love for us could do this!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

"This is why it says: When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men. What does 'he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions?"
Ephesians 4:8-9 NIV

What a day it is today! You might be wondering what I am referring to. Today is the day that the Lord has made, we will rejoice an be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 It may seem ordinary, and rainy, but it is a day that God has made for a purpose. You and I may not know what God is up to, but for sure He is doing some great things.

Our verse today refers to Jesus rising from the dead. Those who are "captive"are the souls that died before His resurrection. He freed those who had passed away previously from the sting of death and the grave. Why did He take these to heaven? They were believers in the promise of the coming Savior.

 We are saved from death{our souls I mean}because we look back to the work that Jesus did on the cross. These who were led by Jesus into heaven were those who believed before He came. Our God is so wonderful. He has made a way for all to partake in His grace, as long as we are willing.

When Jesus was crucified, be went into the "lower earthly regions" as Paul writes. The purpose of this was for Him to rise above all principalities and powers, and truly be Lord over all! He reigns over every lie, and destructive thing the enemy tries to put on you.

The power of the resurrection is beyond our understanding. We have not seen God moving in His power in this country the way He wants to move. Is it because we don't pray? We do pray, but maybe we haven't hit the mark yet. Maybe we need more dedicated time in prayer specifically for revival?

Some of you know I lead a prayer ministry in our church called 24/7 prayer.We hope to have someone praying every hour around the clock for revival, and blessing on our region.We are not complete yet, but are trusting God to send more people who will dedicate an hour once a week.

Who knows what God will do through prayer on Long Island? We know He is willing. May our cries reach His heart with sincere reality of our needs. He will answer with His might. It is all in His timing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it."   Ephesians 4:7  NIV

I took this picture myself a few years ago at Bethany Beach in Delaware.The pics I have used recently are from a site, and don't have any personal attachment. I can't wait to be on the beach! Usually we go to our local beach on the Long Island Sound, only 10 minutes away. There is little traffic, and it's easily accessible.

The trade off is it is not the Ocean. There are rocks instead of a lot of nice clean sand, and if you don't wear beach shoes it's not fun at all. Bugs can be a problem too, since there isn't a strong ocean breeze. My husband Rudy isn't up for a ride to the ocean on the weekends. He rather sit in our own backyard and listen to the birds chirp, and not hear people.

He's not anti social at all, He's tired after a busy week, and I understand him. I go to our local beach sometimes during the day to walk and get my feet wet. I might pray a little when no one is around. I feel the Lord's presence in the outdoors. It is His domain.

This is the first week that us Long Islanders have had a day where the temp was above 60 degrees.  My sister in North Carolina has had spring weather for two months. Those of us in the northeast have had to rely on God's grace to get us through.

I'll bet you were wondering how I was going to fit this verse in! God's grace isn't something we can take for granted. It is given when we trust Him to be who He said He would be. Our faith ignites the grace of God in our lives. We become aware of this marvelous grace when faith is present.

Can we trust God that He will apportion to us the grace that is needed in our circumstance? Yes, because He knows better than anyone how much is necessary. He is keenly aware of our lives and knows all the details, better than we do.

As I read the Word of God I am aware of His grace being poured out on lives in both the Old and New Testaments. Since God NEVER changes we can lean on His lovingkindness to be liberal in our lives. How wonderful to know the Lord of All the Heavens and the Earth.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"---one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."  Ephesians 4:5-6  NIV

This picture is of myself with our son Matthew. It is on the day he graduated from High School. Five years ago I could never have imagined that he would now be ready to graduate College.

 He wasn't a good student in High School. He was close to graduation before we knew if he would actually graduate with his class. Wrestling and goofing off was more his style. Immaturity was high on the list of reasons for this behavior.

More than once in the past five years he has told us things that he did in school during High School. We are so glad we didn't know about these escapades earlier. We had enough angst as it was! More than once we had to talk the school into giving him one more chance.

Daily prayer is responsible for his turn around. As he began Community College he became close to a professor who was dynamic and easy to listen to. He had a son who was a wrestler, and Matt him. They had wrestled together during the summer practices when our team from our small Christian School would meet with the Public School team.

This meeting wasn't by chance. God knows who to put in our paths to bring us into what He wants for us. Matt's grades went from barely passing to A's. He was inspired to work for what he wanted for his future.

In a month he will graduate from Stony Brook University with a bachelor's degree in International Business. Prayer has been the fuel behind his success. He will tell you that he worked hard, which he did. Without prayer I don't think it would have worked out as well, if at all.

Those things that we bathe in prayer bring the grace and strength of God into the picture. As I continue to pray, I believe God to complete the work that He began in Matt. God works in situations in ways we can never imagine. Who knew this Professor at Suffolk Community would be the springboard for Matt to succeed? Only God.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

"--one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all."  Ephesians 4:5-6 NIV

I used to get nervous when little bodies pushed chairs over to the sink. Things could get out of control easily with the water and soap flying. Look at the joy on these children's faces! It is a time to be a little more free.

A lot of time can go by when children are occupied with such activities. I tried to supply my children with lots of activities that varied from arts and crafts to running and playing outside. One of our favorite times of every week was playing with our friends, the Gaudios. 

Cathy Gaudio has a son who is the same age as my son Rudy. Both of them are 28 years old, and are still very good friends. The two of them went to Miami for vacation last week. My daughter is the same age as Cathy's second son Ken. Rachel and Kenny had some fun times together. 

 Kenny took her to her Prom in High School. My son Matt is the same age as Cathy's son Mike. After that she had a forth son, who is two years older than my youngest daughter.

Cathy and I have been friends for 28 years. We don't get to see each other as often now. She is a Speech Pathologist at a local Elementary. Her family keeps her busy on the weekends. Our friendship picks up where ever we leave off. It doesn't matter how much time has transpired. We both acknowledge that God gave us each other as a special blessing in our lives.

God is the same always. He never changes. He is our God and Father over all. He is the one who keeps us. No matter what life throws our way, we know He is faithful! He has a way of putting us together so life works. This doesn't mean that it is perfect.

Our lives may not turn out the way we pictured it years ago. There are unexpected twists and turns. Sometimes we may feel as if an avalanche blocked us from achieving what we had planned. I don't know what I had planned before depression hit me, but it doesn't matter now. Nothing blocks us from God's plans as long as we are sticking close by His side.

Depression was part of God's plan to make me whole. He was not the author of it, but He used it in ways I still cannot fathom. My life has been put together in stronger ways than before. Sorrow and heartache can work for our good. 

He says:" And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,  and are the called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 KJV We can trust God hand. If He has allowed something in our lives, know that He can also work it out as a blessing in the end.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

"There is one body and one spirit- just as you were called into one hope when you were called-  Ephesians 4:4  NIV

This little girl looks like my daughter Stephanie. She doesn't play any sports as this child does, but she likes to look in the fridge. Usually she says,"Mom what is there to eat?" I would like to reply maybe by saying, You are the one looking in the fridge, you tell me. I don't ever say that.

My daughters only like certain things, my sons like almost anything. After Steph has said her part I usually go down the list of the foods that I have and I know she likes. It can be tough sometimes! She has eaten cereal for dinner more than once.

To make matters worse, what she may like this week, she may not want the next! I cook basic paleo food, but I make anything that my kids may like outside of this. Unity would be a great thing for my family when it comes to mealtime.

Thank God he doesn't give us too many choices.There is one body, The body of Christ, made up of simple individuals. The everyday people like you and me, are who God's people are. Unity comes in the body when all eyes are focused on the head. Christ Jesus, our one and only Savior is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.

All  good things come from His loving hands. He is the hope of nations the Bible says. Biblical hope is steadfast, without wavering. It isn't what we may think. We might say, I hope it doesn't rain. Biblical hope is a strong declaration similar to faith. Our hope is in the Lord. It is unmoving, just as He is.

Life can throw us tsunamis out of left field. We can feel helpless and overwhelmed. In a world with much upheaval it is wonderful to know that Our God reigns! He reigns over every circumstance and situation that we hand over to him.You are being called into His presence where peace and joy can fill your heart. When we release burdens into His capable hands we can be filled with such blessings.

Let God lead you into His peace and grace and carry your heavy burdens for you. We were not made to carry emotional turmoil and heartache. It will weight on us and pull us down. His grace is sufficient for us, and His strength is made perfect in weakness. Based on 2 Corinthians 12:9  

Maybe none of this makes any sense to you and you would like to talk. Questions and comments:  Love to all.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."  Ephesians 4:3 NIV

Peace is a gift of the Spirit of God. It is something that every person on the face of the earth wants. Some people try to find it in ordinary ways, like listening to God and doing what he says. This is the best way to obtain it.

His peace rests on those who line up their lives with His truth. Not everyone wants to go about this the easy way. Rebellion in our hearts doesn't want to yield to God. Youth says to us, lets try to go around "the rules."Years of learning tells us that it's smart to go with God. Many have died trying to live contrary to the way of grace.

Wisdom might also say that it's not smart to have a dog in your wedding if you want to keep your dress white. I'm getting off track here, please forgive me, but dogs make me happy. 

Paul admonishes us to make every effort because it's that important to have the unity of the spirit and peace. The harmony and oneness of the spirit is what gives peace and grace to every situation.  In verse 2 we see the importance of making allowances for others because of love. 

Love is the only sincere way to keep people in harmony with one another. If our focus is to follow Him, the flow follows. Peace is the natural outflow of this focus. I hope this makes sense. So many things going on around me right now as I try to write. I promise I will be free of distractions tomorrow.  Love and Prayers to you.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2 NIV

My words can be toxic sometimes. All of us are capable of saying the wrong thing. As a parent I wish I could take back foolish words spoken in the heat of the moment. Cutting words that we don't think will hurt usually do. Afterward our thoughts are burdened with the weight of what we said.

I have learned to be careful. I believe I have not fallen into this trap as often as I used to. Be completely humble means I have had to eat those mean words by asking for forgiveness. Walking in love means that I have to pay attention to what I say, do, and think. Do you feel the same way?

I know people who don't have filters. Words come out of their mouths without any thought whatsoever. My son had this problem until we taught him how wrong it is to speak every thought. Brain action is required before the mouth opens when you live with others who want relationship with you. 

Some people have to learn this later in life. It can only be accomplished by the power of the Holy Spirit. Patience is a learned action. Being careful is a life long lesson that will reap abundant blessings.

No matter our age we know that humility is not automatic either. Our natural selves want attention to be drawn to itself. Lessons well learned save us heartache later on in life. If only I knew this when I was younger! Thank God, He works in our lives no matter how old we are. Blessings to you this day.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

" to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:21 NKJV

What is this little girl thinking? It's anybody's guess. She seems inquisative but maybe thoughtful? We can read most anything into someone's facial expressions. 

 I like to think she is being challenged which a question. This is the teacher in me. I like it when kids use their brains instead of their fingers. Texting can cause lack of brain activity. Just kidding.

 I was thinking today about whether this current generation is more worrisome than any previous one? I remember older adults being concerned about my generation and what we would amount to. Would there be a strong body of believers to deliver the message of Jesus to the masses?

Today with the internet the gospel has reached almost to every people group. This generation has an increasing amount of wrong doctrine to contend with. The moral fiber of the nation has decreased to a greater extent than in the past.

Young people tend to accept alternative lifestyles with less resistance than in the past. That which was unacceptable or considered sin in the past may not be today. This is a serious mistake moving in the wrong direction. 

High moral standards is essential for any society to thrive. Societies that have moral decline cannot stand for long. History is replete with examples for this. One thing is for sure. Jesus wants to invade our darkness and expel it. He has always been about this. Ask the Lord today to cleanse our land, and lovingly turn hearts toward him.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," Ephesians 3:20 NIV

This looks like a fun family activity. We love water sports but usually do them with friends who have boats and waterfront property. Last summer we didn't do much on the water, but this summer is in the planning stages!

First things first. We need to have sunny days and warm weather. Snow is in the forecast again, but I am not believing it. This is the month of April. We have rain, not snow. This is the way things work. Put away the winter clothes, sweaters, hats, scarves and gloves.

Only God can cheer me up about the weather! When I think of Him, I know this is temporary. He holds all creation in His hands. Eternity will be filled with sunny days, and warm temperatures. 

My son Rudy is in Miami, Florida this week enjoying 85 degree days. Our weather is not world wide, and sometimes I forget this. Our problems aren't as deep as they may seem to us. God is able.

"Now to him who is able"is a snippet of our verse that I am tickled with today. It says a lot right here. It means He is, and He will, and He has. The "He has" is part of history. The "He is" is from the Word of God. The "He will" is part of prayer. I know he will answer me, because he always has.

These sayings are intertwined just as our bodies are connected to our spirit, and souls. How do I know He will? I have a history with God. He is faithful. He is, because I know the Word of God says so and I see His hand in all things around me. This builds my faith for the coming answers because the He will comes from He has, and He is. Does this make sense to you?

I hope so, because I am being blessed. If you can't join in I've lost something. I hope you got the message that God can do a lot of things. What an understatement! Immeasurably more, goes farther than a lot. He is beyond our wildest imaginations. Better than our best dreams will allow. When you are reaching higher than before, keep going and you still won't reach beyond His best for you. Let that sink in.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

"and to know this love that surpasses knowledge- that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."  Ephesians 3:19 NIV

It is a rainy day, similar to the one in this picture. I can imagine these children saying, "But Mom, it's April do I really need to wear a winter coat?" It's not warm yet, but it is coming. When the temperature stays in the 50's for a week, then I can call it warm.

Love that surpasses knowledge? Our minds cannot comprehend a love that never gives in or gives up. We try to reason what it would take for him to be like us. He isn't. Jesus took on flesh and became as a man, but without sin.  

He doesn't hate anything but sin because that hurts us. Sin tries to grab you when you least expect it, and take you down like an crocodile who twists around until its victim drowns in the water. What does that mean to us? Be aware of his lies, and know God's word.

Nothing stops the enemy of our souls but God's word. This is why Jesus used scripture any time he spoke to satan. He said, "It is written, and the enemy had to leave.The enemy tried to temp Jesus to eat while on a fast. Jesus said,"It is written, Man cannot live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:4

Jesus had fasted for 40 days but He could not do what satan said. He way is to lie, cheat and steal. Nothing good will ever come from his hand. God is good, and when the Bible says this it means it in the purest form possible. The word good might mean many things to us.  In the Kingdom of God "good" is in the highest form of the word because it describes the one and only Lord God Almighty. 

Nothing can come close to "good". We have other words that we might use that would trump this, but not in heaven. God is good is a statement that can shake the very core of a mountain. When we read that Ephesians 3:19 says"that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God," we could praise Him for all eternity just for this.

Everything about our God is beyond our comprehension. His love is indescribably. His fullness is running over in our lives. His grace is beyond amazing. Who can write the right words to be enough? 

Monday, April 2, 2018

"may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ," Ephesians 3:18

Do you have a rabbit in your kitchen? I don't know I thought maybe I missed the latest trend. My dogs would not go for this. Not even a bird can light on our lawn without a lot of barking. I thought it was a cute picture. 

On this day all over the world, people stop to think of Jesus. Some as a passing thought:others as the Savior of the World. You have all levels of understanding in between. What do you think of him today? 

I browsed through the new "Evidence That Demands a Verdict ," by Josh and Sean McDowell. It is quite an extensive work, with all sorts of research on the validity of scripture. From archeological findings to historical references and comparisons of the gospels. There can be no doubt that the Bible is a unique book.

Those of us who walk by faith have a knowing in our souls before we read any research by the experts. These wonderful works only add clarity and strength to those who seek after God.

There has been much written about the love of Christ. He is the only one who could ever put all that we see together, to make sense. In this day, we live under the burden of sin, but only for a short while. Soon our Lord will release all of the world from the curse of sin and death.

His work on the cross is our deliverance. Our victory here and now is the power of the resurrection. His resurrection power belongs to us as believers.Our ability to see past this natural realm enables us to stand on our mountains.

His love will abound in a way that we cannot comprehend on the day of His return. He will pull back the veil, to reveal all the perfection that he desired for us from the beginning. We will sing and rejoice beyond our natural ability now. Knowing His love is what gives us the strength we need while here. 

God never intended for us to be sick, have relational problems, or to suffer heartache. The world He designed for us was pure, unadulterated, and free. We will return to that Garden of Eden, so to speak, without the Fall in view. Blessings and love always.