Stare into the Face of baby JESUS!

This time of year, I always find myself staring into the beautiful porcelain nativity placed in the greenhouse window above my kitchen sink. It’s there for two reasons. One is, no little fidget can accidentally bump into it, and break the head off Mary! Reason two…because as I stand at the sink, so often during the Christmas season, I can literally stare into the face of Jesus! It kind of helps to keep me balanced and focused on what it really is that I celebrate this time of year!

Looking into the face of baby Jesus I somehow absorb peace of mind and serenity for just a few moments as I “Be still and know that He is God”. I personally, desperately, need that reminder and reprieve as it is all too easy to get caught up in our “Christmas” traditions and routines! Decking the halls, baking cookies, planning Christmas dinner parties, tree lightings, festivities with friends and family, shopping, wrapping, gift giving trying to create the perfect hallmark Christmas! (and just for the record, lest you think that I am some kind of a Christmas magician, that just doesn’t happen lol) Scuttling about in so many directions I can stop at any given moment and stare at that tiny little baby and a sense of peace, and calmness comes over me!

Silly as it seems, while beautiful, it’s just a ceramic representation of the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. His arms are lifted towards Mary as she stares lovingly down at him with wonder emanating from her eyes!

Even though he’s just a ceramic replication, and probably a very poor one at that, of the real life baby Jesus in the manger of old. I am always filled with awe as I stand in silence staring. I try to let it take me back in time, and I imagine what it was really like with the cattle lowing (maybe) and the angels singing, and the shepherds seeking, and the Wisemen giving!

While all the circumstances surrounding Jesus birth, that we sing about, read poems and write songs about, and believe, may not be true. I still have a deep sense of wholeness as my heart overflows with sadness and gratitude for what this little baby grew up to do for broken humanity!

Sadness because what He would suffer for us is clearly written. He could’ve called down 12 legions of angels to fight for himself! But no, as hard as it was, He chose to fulfill the written scriptures that predicted His birth!

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

He chose to fulfill scriptures that predicted His death as well! Proof that He is who He said, He is the Son of God that came to earth on a mission to redeem His lost children!

When Judas along with the high priests’ cronies, was sent to arrest Jesus, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. At this one of Jesus’s companions, drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priests’ servant. As Jesus touched the ear and healed it, (Luke 22:51) he told him to put his sword away, and then he said this….

Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled. Matthew 26:53-56

The angel Gabriel, when he came to Mary made these claims about her Divine baby

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David…The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:32, 35

God Himself called Jesus his Son.

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

That sense of peace, awe, and calmness humbles me as it is mixed with feelings of sadness. Yes, I am aware as I look into that precious little baby face of the reality of who that little baby really was, and what He would one day face! The very Son of the living God. The King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. The great I am. The alpha and the omega. The creator of the universe and the creator of you and me! The one who hung the stars, the moon, and the sun in place, and caused them all to function, so we have night and day! The creator of every living thing! The Light of the world! Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Prince of peace! Most importantly, the One who was born and died for the forgiveness of my sins, that I could one day be with Him in heavenly paradise!

I encourage you take time to “be still, and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10) I encourage you to take time, and stare into the face of Jesus, this Christmas season!

and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5-6

Stare into the Face of baby JESUS!

This time of year, I always find myself staring into the beautiful porcelain nativity placed in the greenhouse window above my kitchen sink. It’s there for two reasons. One is, no little fidget can accidentally bump into it, and break the head off Mary! Reason two…because as I stand at the sink, so often during the Christmas season, I can literally stare into the face of Jesus! It kind of helps to keep me balanced and focused on what it really is that I celebrate this time of year!

Looking into the face of baby Jesus I somehow absorb peace of mind and serenity for just a few moments as I “Be still and know that He is God”. I personally, desperately, need that reminder and reprieve as it is all too easy to get caught up in our “Christmas” traditions and routines! Decking the halls, baking cookies, planning Christmas dinner parties, tree lightings, festivities with friends and family, shopping, wrapping, gift giving trying to create the perfect hallmark Christmas! (and just for the record, lest you think that I am some kind of a Christmas magician, that just doesn’t happen lol) Scuttling about in so many directions I can stop at any given moment and stare at that tiny little baby and a sense of peace, and calmness comes over me!

Silly as it seems, while beautiful, it’s just a ceramic representation of the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes. His arms are lifted towards Mary as she stares lovingly down at him with wonder emanating from her eyes!

Even though he’s just a ceramic replication, and probably a very poor one at that, of the real life baby Jesus in the manger of old. I am always filled with awe as I stand in silence staring. I try to let it take me back in time, and I imagine what it was really like with the cattle lowing (maybe) and the angels singing, and the shepherds seeking, and the Wisemen giving!

While all the circumstances surrounding Jesus birth, that we sing about, read poems and write songs about, and believe, may not be true. I still have a deep sense of wholeness as my heart overflows with sadness and gratitude for what this little baby grew up to do for broken humanity!

Sadness because what He would suffer for us is clearly written. He could’ve called down 12 legions of angels to fight for himself! But no, as hard as it was, He chose to fulfill the written scriptures that predicted His birth!

A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD ; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

He chose to fulfill scriptures that predicted His death as well! Proof that He is who He said, He is the Son of God that came to earth on a mission to redeem His lost children!

When Judas along with the high priests’ cronies, was sent to arrest Jesus, Judas betrayed Jesus with a kiss. At this one of Jesus’s companions, drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priests’ servant. As Jesus touched the ear and healed it, (Luke 22:51) he told him to put his sword away, and then he said this….

Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” In that hour Jesus said to the crowd, “Am I leading a rebellion, that you have come out with swords and clubs to capture me? Every day I sat in the temple courts teaching, and you did not arrest me. But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled. Matthew 26:53-56

The angel Gabriel, when he came to Mary made these claims about her Divine baby

He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David…The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:32, 35

God Himself called Jesus his Son.

While he was still speaking, a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!” Matthew 17:5

That sense of peace, awe, and calmness humbles me as it is mixed with feelings of sadness. Yes, I am aware as I look into that precious little baby face of the reality of who that little baby really was, and what He would one day face! The very Son of the living God. The King of Kings. The Lord of Lords. The great I am. The alpha and the omega. The creator of the universe and the creator of you and me! The one who hung the stars, the moon, and the sun in place, and caused them all to function, so we have night and day! The creator of every living thing! The Light of the world! Wonderful Counselor, Almighty God, Prince of peace! Most importantly, the One who was born and died for the forgiveness of my sins, that I could one day be with Him in heavenly paradise!

I encourage you take time to “be still, and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10) I encourage you to take time, and stare into the face of Jesus, this Christmas season!

and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve His God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. Revelation 1:5-6

An Attitude of Gratitude fosters Thanks-Living!

This is the time of year when there is MUCH talk about being grateful and thankful. But lets face it. Life is hard! We don’t always feel like being thankful and content in our circumstances. We get into our little funks and before we know it the grass is looking much greener on the other side of the street;

If we’re honest we’ve all been members of the “IF ONLY Club”. If only I had a better job; a better boss; a loving husband; a more respectful wife; children that listen or didn’t drop out of school; a bigger house; a newer car; more money; more time; a dog that was house trained; a vacation home… If only I could eat more and weigh less; live in the tropics; have a paid vacation; have a longer vacation… and the list goes on and on… we can all fill in the blanks.

Are you familiar with the “If Only Club”? If so the following list and link helps us to realize that the grass is not always so green on the other side of the street. It always looks greener until you have to mow it. Then it’s back to the club house meeting with the audience in our minds!

This list by Dr. Bob Hoffman, co-founder of The Masters Circle helps us to see just how wealthy we are compared to the rest of the world. It is really interesting and put things in a clearer perspective for me and I hope it does for you to!

If you woke up this morning with more health than illness, you are more ‘fortunate’ than the million that will not survive this week.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation, you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.

If you can attend a religious meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death, you ‘have more religious freedoms’ than 3 billion people in the world.

If you have a refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of the world.

If you have money in the bank or in your wallet and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.

If you hold up your head with a smile on your face and are thankful, you are a ‘beacon’ because the majority can…but most do not.

If you can hold somebody’s hand, hug them or even touch them on the shoulder, you are graced because you can offer ‘the Creator’s’ healing touch.

If you can read this message, you have received a double gift in that someone was thinking of you, and furthermore, you are more ‘educated’ than over 2 billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12: “I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need.”

It really is a matter of being content and fostering an attitude of gratitude. Membership into the “If Only Club” only holds one pre-requisite. That we are discontent! Discontentment in our lives, in our jobs, in our relationships, the street we live on the home we live in…

The truth is most of us are better off than the person with the green grass on the other side of the world, the neighborhood on the other side of town or even across the street.

Being grateful and content for every thing is not easy but I want to be able to say, like Paul, “I have learned to be content with whatever I have. I have learned to live on my side of the street where the grass isn’t always so green or maybe there isn’t any grass at all! I am thankful for what God has given me at this moment in time and will walk this path with an attitude of gratitude”

So while we are surrounded on Thanksgiving with an abundance of food, family and friends my prayer is that we will really understand the importance of being content. We will cherish the riches God has given us and understand just how wealthy we are. Let’s shut down the “If Only Club” together and perpetuate a spirit of Thanks-Living all year long not just on Thanksgiving Day!

HE CHOSE THE NAILS

TO GIVE YOU THE HAMMER!

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the POWER that works within us! Ephesians 3:20

This power that works in us to receive this blessing of abundant life more than what we could even ask or think or hope for is not just positive thinking! Although we are directed through scripture to take every thought captive to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, (2 Corinthians 10:5) and to think on Whatever is: true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable…if anything is excellent or praiseworthy… we are instructed in Philippians 4:8 To think on THESE things!

This power talked about in Ephesians 3:20 that works in us to receive His blessing of abundant life is not having or sending someone good energy. This power that lives in us is NOT meditating on positive thoughts! IT IS SO MUCH MORE THAN THAT. It’s like having a, humongous, big as GOD hammer to smash, crush and conquer! To knock those automatic negative thoughts, desires of the flesh, habits and hang Ups into oblivion and turn them into millions of beautiful, minuscule fragments of son light that burst forth into a kaleidoscope of colorful patterns of peace love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness and faithfulness!

It is the very power that raised Jesus from the dead. If you are a believer that power through the Holy Spirit lives in you! Jesus said this to his disciples.

“I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you… But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; He will speak only what he hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you” (John 16:7, 13—15). 

The same power that rose JESUS from the grave lives in us who call Him Lord!

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” 2 Corinthians 4:7 (NLT)

This is What the Lord Says

This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’ Jeremiah 6:16

Now like never before we must ask again what the good way is! Now like never before we need rest for our souls! We need to be FREE FROM FEAR and walk the path of peace…

Believers, Christians, Christ followers -we Have a choice to make… Will we walk in it? 2 Chronicles 7:14 is a good place to start. Will we choose to walk in the good way?

2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways then will I hear from heaven and heal their land!”

That’s a great scripture but what exactly does it mean to humble yourself and pray? To seek God‘s face? To turn from our wicked ways? How do we do that? Prayer isn’t easy for everyone and the Lord knows that a posture of being humble is so much more than bowing your head and shutting your eyes and folding your hands!

Seeking God‘s face doesn’t mean that we over spiritualize every little happening. Every beautiful sunset or sunrise although we can see God In Everything around us -He is everywhere -He is omnipresent. Seeking His face is much more than acknowledging Him in nature. Humbling ourselves And seeking his face in this Scripture are connected!

If we call ourselves believers, Christians, Christ followers we acknowledge that God’s ways are higher than our ways even if we don’t understand them! He is omnipotent – He is all powerful

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord”, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

Even when it clearly looks like evil is manifesting everywhere, when we see blatant lies Masquerading as truth…fraud and deceit being touted as normal…We TRUST HIM!

Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19. It is totally, 100% absolutely, positively out of character for God to lie!. We need not think that evil can hide from Him! He is omniscient – he knows everything!

We must believe that no matter what circumstances manifest beyond our control we humbly trust God. We acknowledge HE is still in authority HE is still in control HE is still on the throne of heaven.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? … Mathew 5:43-48

We must continue to seek His face by allowing him to speak to us through His Word! We Humble ourselves, as we seek His face by doing His will when we pray for those who persecute us…

We seek Gods face by searching our own hearts that there be no evil in them. By asking God to allow us to see things through His eyes to love in His power when we can’t do it on our own and by humbly admitting how much we need Him!

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you. Deliver me from the guilt of bloodshed, O God, you who are God my Savior, and my tongue will sing of your righteousness.

Psalm 51:10-14

May our hearts break from what breaks His heart!

We seek His face by humbly praying and believing that He will do what He says He will do if we humble ourselves and if we seek His face and turn from our evil ways when He convicts us In prayer and during the reading of His word. He promises He will heal our land!

So the question just popped into my head are you praying for President Trump? Vice President Pence? Are you praying for President Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi? Are you trusting God that he is going to roll out the circumstances As we humbly pray and turn from our wicked ways that He is going to bring heaven a little bit closer to earth as He rolls out the circumstances surrounding this election exactly the way He chooses?

Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done on earth as it is heaven….

Do we really mean these words when we pray?

WAR IN THE HEAVENLIES

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

Never before have I seen battle lines so clearly defined! The war that is being fought is not between friends with different perspectives or of different skin colors or ethnicity, nor political parties. The war is clearly a war in the heavenlies for good against evil God against Satan. We have never been in the dark in regards to this war as it’s been going on for centuries since the beginning of time. God has graciously given us the Bible.

Abraham Lincoln once said that the Bible is the best gift God has ever given us..

The Bible was written over the course of 16 centuries By 40 different men from all walks of life some of whom never knew each other And whose lives were separated by hundreds and hundreds of miles. 66 books were written by a doctor, lawyer, fisherman, shepherd, Kings, prophets, vine dresser, orchard workers whose divinely inspired writings wove together the oldest and most influential book that has ever been written! Jesus God’s Son is the central character… From Our creator Jehovah God’s mouth to our ears no other book has touched lives and hearts like the Bible.

James Allan Francis wrote in, “A Solitary Life” of Jesus

“All the armies that ever marched, and all the navies that ever were built, and all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned, put together have not affected the life of man upon this earth as powerfully”

Scripture clearly reveals truth from the beginning of creation to the end of life as we know it! I guess I say all that to say within the amazing pages of scripture it is clear that there is a battle and it is also clear that Jesus will win it! He will win it in the hearts and lives of believers and he will win it in the heavenly realms!

The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name … Your Right Hand, O Lord, is majestic in power; Your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy. And in the greatness of Your excellence you overthrow those who rise up against You; You send forth Your burning anger and it consumes them as chaff.” (Exodus 15:3,6)

Love this old battle song by Ron Kenoly

https://www.musixmatch.com/lyrics/Ron-Kenoly/Making-War-in-the-Heavenlies

Making war in the heavenlies

Tearing down principalities

Standing firm

In Jesus’ victory

Making war in the heavenlies

Casting down every high thing

That exalts itself against

The knowledge of christ

We do not bow our knee

To the prince of the air

For we know the truth

Has set us free

And under our feet

He will shortly be crushed

And having done all

We’ll stand in victory

Our hearts are set apart

For the courts of the lord

And we will not be bought or sold

AM I WALKING IN THE IMAGE OF GOD?

March 26, 2020

How are you all doing?

I was not right yesterday! I was having a bad day! I will admit it! I paid too much attention to the news for one. I heard a friend had pneumonia. Another was very sick. I was immersed in business stuff. I was snapping at my precious Hubby who had even made me breakfast!. I was having a really hard time Focusing to pray. I just didn’t feel peace! I really couldn’t break through that myself until my husband prayed with me! I did not want another day like that today!

I don’t know how – but God pops scriptures into my head and I know it’s Him because it’s not sometimes anything I’ve been thinking about. I’ll be going through a situation or talking to someone and all of a sudden POP here comes the word of God into my head! I love that about Him! Funny thing is He never pops the scripture address into my head. I usually have to look that up. That’s what happened this morning!

The scripture was “create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me! Psalm 51:10. I know why that popped into my head!

So this morning not only did God bring the scripture verse to my mind encouraging me to seek his help in cleaning the Muck out of my heart AND head, He reminded me of another scripture that I think just about everybody on Facebook Has seen recently!. And a lot of people in our nation have understandably heard and are quoting in prayer and otherwise!

The scripture is this:

2 Chronicles 7:14! I even got a YouTube video from my grandson of a young man, who couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15, explaining how that scripture verse relates to what’s going on in the world today! Do I think that it relates to what’s going on in the world today? I absolutely think it does in so many ways. But I also think first and foremost again it’s about us dealing with our own heart…

As I was praying and thinking about that scripture this past week, reminding God of what He was promising, God highlighted a few things for me!

He really spoke to me in regards to how this verse Is encouraging me to deal with my own heart!!

The scripture says, “if my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land”.

As I thought about that it became very clear to me that this scripture was about me! More so about me as a Christian and my heart than it was about asking God to heal the land! The scripture was telling me that I needed to search my heart – that there were things in my heart that were not right that I needed to get right with God. There were sins in my life that I needed to ask God to forgive me for… Which backtracking He brought to my mind this morning! That healing our land was a consequence of me and other Christians getting their hearts right with God! This was about a revival in my own heart and life!

It’s been so easy through this pandemic to point blame and push others away and Turn on our INWARD eyeballs as we worry about ourselves and our families. Which I admit is kinda justifiable right now.

If we say we trust God and we worry about those close to us at the expense of others then we are sinning. Sin is a kind of an old word these days and it sounds so evil we really don’t use it a whole lot, however, Basically it means to miss the mark! Just as an archer misses the bull’s-eye! It means we are off. Like I was yesterday! Sometimes being off just means we’re not trusting God.. When we don’t trust God we begin to feel like we need to be in control of ourselves and others as well.

We were all created in the image of God as hard as that is to believe! We may not walk in the image of God but we were created in the image of God. I don’t sometimes treat others with the respect and honor thats do them. I’ve seen Facebook posts that have attacked groups of people, individuals, judging others, etc. We’ve all seen the arguments!

Create in me a clean heart, o God, as I seek Your face! Help me to turn from my wicked ways as I am humbly asking Your forgiveness!…Like I had to do with my hubby! 😳

I love all you guys and I am not pointing my finger at any of you. I’m pointing it at myself and just wanted to share some of my heart with you this morning!

ARE YOU NOT OF MORE VALUE THAN THEY?

March 17, 2020

OK so how is everybody doing? Praying for all of you! Life has taken on a new normal…

For all of us humans anyway!

I have become a birdwatcher and I am loving it! They are loving me feeding them! But the blessing of their song makes all the money I spend on bird feed worth it! And they are not affected by this pandemic not one little bit!

So this post is a little bit about birds and a little bit about panic!

I’m going to be honest here. I was doing pretty good not panicking keeping my eyes fixed and focused on Jesus- praying. Encouraging others.

Then- the continuous notifications started coming from news channels that I subscribe to. Emails from almost every company on my email list hundreds of them! All using the dreaded “C” word! So I stopped all the notifications and started deleting, and not reading, the emails! I was doing pretty good UNTIL I got a horrific and I mean a really horrific email that someone asked me to print for them which I read, and I could feel the fear trying to get a grip on me. I began to pray and ask God to take authority over this atrocity and the horrible thoughts and feelings that I was having!

This is when I heard it! The most beautiful bird song! This bird was literally singing at the top of his little bird lungs! I have to tell you I was mesmerized by his Melodious song! He got my attention and as I listened I could hear other birds singing and making beautiful bird music in the forest… And I knew at that moment God was grabbing my attention and making a point! I heard Jesus saying …

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; (nor run to the store to hoard toilet paper- lol) yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

Are you not more valuable than they? YES we are valuable to God! And He is Who He says He is – And He does what He says He will do! He gives us this day our daily bread!

He says:

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

He is so Many things to us!. Our Shepherd our Father our KING!

He has filled me with His peace right now! I could go on and on with His promises! I guess I just want my friends and family to know that you can have that peace too!. Ask and you shall receive knock and the door will be opened! So at such a time as this-if you feel fear setting in or gripped with panic take a walk outside – listen – and hear God say. “I Am still on the throne! He’s got this!

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON!?!

I could scream!! OK I will admit that some may have considered me a Germaphobic at different times in my life! Yes I admit, I do not touch handles and door knobs in public restrooms and I flush with my foot! I am very careful to wash my hands and use hand sanitizer continuously especially when I’m traveling on airplanes or in public places! I pay attention to the people around me in Restaurants, grocery stores and airports and if they appear to have a cold and are coughing and sneezing I stay far away and do not inhale until I am far away!.

I get plenty of vitamin D from the sun shine every chance I get and try to eat as healthy as possible keeping my immune system strong and naturally detoxing with fresh fruits and vegetables and my latest cleanse chia Fresca! I have taken Lauricidin For years which is a natural antibiotic derived from monolaurin that comes from coconut oil…. (I’d be happy to share that information with anyone that is interested by the way)

When I travel I spray the drawers with Lysol disinfectant much to my daughter Christina’s dismay – and I just about Never ever ever get sick! AND IM NOT PLANNING ON IT! so Why do I feel like screaming?? Because In a day when we have so many things that are plaguing our minds we now are being bombarded with every single case of the coronavirus that someone gets! Yes I am praying for those who have contacted this virus but 16,000 people, many of whom got the flu vaccination, Died last year and we didn’t get inundated with text messages & emails and messages everywhere we went!

Friends and family God is still in control! I love Matthew 6:34 and the way the message puts it….

34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.

And I have to admit that I am wondering if this induced panic is not being partially pushed by those who are going to profit. Just my opinion! sorry I needed to vent!

Just one more detail…! I don’t sit on toilet seats in public places!

Written March 9, 2020

CHOOSE PEACE & PROMISES OVER PANIC

OK so how is everybody doing? Praying for all of you! Life has taken on a new normal…
For all of us humans anyway!0303764D-DF63-4C01-AF1A-CC6D0158FF74

I have become a birdwatcher and I am loving it! They are loving me feeding them! But the blessing of their song makes all the money I spend on bird feed worth it! And they are not affected by this pandemic not one little bit!

So this post is a little bit about birds and a little bit about panic!
I’m going to be honest here. I was doing pretty good not panicking keeping my eyes fixed and focused on Jesus- praying. Encouraging others.

Then- the continuous notifications started coming from news channels that I subscribe to. Emails from almost every company on my email list hundreds of them! All using the dreaded “C” word! So I stopped all the notifications and started deleting, and not reading, the emails! I was doing pretty good UNTIL I got a horrific and I mean a really horrific email that someone asked me to print for them which I read, and I could feel the fear trying to get a grip on me. I began to pray and ask God to take authority over this atrocity and the horrible thoughts and feelings that I was having!

This is when I heard it! The most beautiful bird song! This bird was literally singing at the top of his little bird lungs! I have to tell you I was mesmerized by his Melodious song! He got my attention and as I listened I could hear other birds singing and making beautiful bird music in the forest… And I knew at that moment God was grabbing my attention and making a point! I heard Jesus saying …
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; (nor run to the store to hoard toilet paper- lol) yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

Are you not more valuable than they? YES we are valuable to God! And He is Who He says He is – And He does what He says He will do! He gives us this day our daily bread! He says:
“Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

He is so Many things to us!. Our Shepherd our Father our KING!

He has filled me with His peace right now! I could go on and on with His promises! I guess I just want my friends and family to know that you can have that peace too!. Ask and you shall receive knock and the door will be opened! So at such a time as this-if you feel fear setting in or gripped with panic take a walk outside – listen – and hear God say. “I Am still on the throne! He’s got this!