Start the New Year Out Right

” It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.”
Psalms 118:8

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5

Trust is defined as: to have confidence, faith or hope in someone or something.

So what does all this mean? Simply put, all trust belongs to The Lord: not others and not self. They…..and We will fail. But He will never fail us! Let’s start the new year out on solid footing, but placing our trust on The Solid Rock-Jesus Christ!

My Biggest Cheerleader

“And whatever you do, no matter what it is, in word or deed, do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord Jesus. . .” Colossians 3:17
“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as something done for the Lord and not for men.” Colossians 3:23

WHO motivates us? God or man?

If we live for people’s approval, we will not only become disappointed, but we will become bitter towards them when they fail to stroke our ego. People will fail us, disappoint and discourage us; disapprove and even reject us.

People don’t mean to let us down, but a person just doesn’t have the capacity to supply us with the emotional, spiritual and physical fuel we need. Depending on another for these needs, will quickly burn them out. But I know The One who has an unlimited capacity! The One who can supply EVERY one of our many needs.

God not only encourages us, but He equips us for a job well done. HE is our biggest cheer leader. He knows what we need before we even ask. He promises to never fail us and never leave us!

Let’s be sure we are following the plan that GOD has for us, not man. God’s way is always right; not only right, but fruitful with the rewards He has in store for us.

Click the links below for more supporting scriptures.
Mathew 6:8
Hebrews 13:5
Hebrews 13:20-21
Zephaniah 3:17

Live Faithfully, Not Fearfully

“No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. . .” Isaiah 54:17a
“. . .in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
“I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.” Luke 10:19
“The Lord is my light and my salvation– whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life– of whom shall I be afraid?

The Lord is on OUR side!!!! Whom shall we fear? He has promised that weapons made against will fail. He has given us authority and power over ALL the enemy’s powers. Furthermore, God said, “I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you. (John 16:33 ampc).

All of this, because He loves us so much. He has equipped us for everything! The enemy wants us to live in fear and doubt. Be encouraged today by these scriptures that the Lord is on your side! He has equipped us to live faithfully, not fearfully. What a mighty God we serve!!

Break Over!

I think it’s important to try to be present with whatever it is you’re doing. And if you can’t be present, take a break”.
Emily Giffin

You may be wondering where I’ve been, so I wanted to give you an update. I’ve had some very eventful months full of changes. Among the fun and memorable moments: my last two children left the nest, marrying the loves of their lives a short five months apart. During this time, I was finishing my Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Needless to say, that semester required a substantial amount of work to be completed. So when I graduated with my degree, I also graduated into the world of being an “Empty Nester!”

Also, during this time I endured some major changes on the job. Sadly, our boss of 15 years quit; we are now on replacement boss #2. Nuff said. Now, that things seem to be settling a bit, I feel I can actually be present with whatever I’m doing.

Thank you all for sticking with me! You can start looking for new material.

Quick Nugget: Whatever You Do

“And whatever you do -No matter what it is- in word or deed, do everything in the name of the  Lord Jesus.” Colossians 3:17

“Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily-from the soul-as something done for the Lord and not for men” Colossians 3:23

What a great motivation to do a good job every time, in everything I put my hands to do. God is my boss-not man. If we live for people’s approval-we will not only become disappointed, but we will soon become bitter towards them when they fail to stroke our ego.

It May Be Time to Stir Things Up a Bit

One of my favorite parts of doing laundry (well, really like the ONLY part I enjoy) is getting my nice, warm, clean smelling blanket out of the dryer and wrapping up. It’s comfortable, it’s nice, and it’s enjoyable.

One thing I know is that much like our walk with Christ, the washing process often takes much longer than the drying cycle. I was challenged tonight to reflect on the wash cycle I am in right now. It’s not easy, and sometimes I feel like I’ve been tossed in circles and dunked in water. But there is a beauty in this wash cycle. There is a purpose. This is a greater process then I can understand. There is an end goal. A warm, gentle embrace with the Father – a moment wrapped in His arms telling me “well done, my good and faithful servant.”

Sometimes the cycle we are in seems long, and difficult but if only we would walk in the strength of our Father and realize that He has us right where He wants us, to do exactly what He wants to do in us. ❤️

Excerpt eloquently written by my sweet daughter in law, whom I love very much….Courtney Geercken. This goes so well with this devotion.

Godspeaks2us

AGITATION:Agitation is the act of stirring things up, like the agitation of a washing machine that moves the water, detergent, and clothes around and gets the dirt out.

In order to clean, there must be some agitation.  Take washing clothes for example. No matter how far you look back in history, some sort of agitation was necessary for the process of cleaning.

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When I clean my house, I may stir things up a bit, especially when I dust! Sometimes, my house looks worse before it looks better. For example, when I recently cleaned out, organized and purged items from my closet, my house was in disarray. I had stuff everywhere!!!! BUT, I knew it was just part of the cleaning process.

But why did my closet need cleaning? I could barely step inside my closet to reach my clothes. It had gotten cluttered with various storage items. No, it…

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A Changed Mind….An Unchanged Circumstance

You can have peace no matter what. It’s a promise!

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Peace iv

While many may not admit it, Christians often struggle with doubt, anxiety, tormenting thoughts, fear, and the like. All of which will promptly steel your peace and be long gone before you even realize it. The thief in the night, you might say. I’ve been there recently. And this is the comforting word the Holy Spirit gave me:

My circumstances do not have to change in order for me to experience God’s freedom from tormenting thoughts. I can have God’s peace in the midst of a stressed filled situation!
His grace is enough!

Your circumstance may not change, but your mind can!!!! Keep your thoughts fixed on God, and He is sure to keep His promise of peace!

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