Monday, January 30, 2012

Words of Faith

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a reward of them that diligently seek him.

 Moved any mountains lately? I haven't either...yet doesn't the bible say if we had faith the grain of a mustard seed we could do that (Matthew 17:20)?? I believe it is the measure of my faith that really determines how joyful, confident and secure in Christ I live my life.

I have a little dog that likes to sleep right behind me on my office chair while I am working. I am not sure why but he stays right there with me until I get up; sometimes I forget he's there but I can always turn around and there he is. We can always be assured that God is with us too - Prov. 18:24 says He's closer than a brother. Our faith can be renewed that He is there by reading his word and seeking him.

We can live with faith and pray with faith - not based on anything we see - not based on anything we do - but based on everything HE is and did for us! Have a great day! CC

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Seeking Peace

Psalms 34:14 Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. 

For me I feel like this verse is straight forward and direct. I like the "bottom line" approach when I do my work - just tell me what I need to know and do and I will do it. However, while it is direct - it is also multi-dimensional.
The command to stay away from evil or sin, is followed up with you should also do good things. The second part the command to seek peace is followed with you should live a daily life to keep peace.

For me, I think the hardest part of that verse is the second part. Peace is hard to come by and  even more difficult to keep sometimes, isn't it? Worry, anxiety, frustrations, anger, hurt, loneliness, sickness, finances, and so many troubles can rob us of our peace.  But this verse reminds us we have to seek peace and pursue it. That takes action on our part.  Won't you join me in trying to actively seeking peace in turning over our troubles and anxiety to the only one who truly can help us? God is good and ready to help! Have a great day!

Psalms 34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Becareful little mouth what you say....

Psalm 34:1313 Keep your tongue from evil,
         And your lips from speaking deceit.

 Do you remember that little Sunday School song: "Be careful Little Mouth What You Say"? Our mouths can sure get us in trouble. Psalms 91:11 tells us though that He sends angels to watch over us to help us and keep us going in the right path!! That's another one of the amazing things about being a child of God! We have heavenly help anytime we need it. He is always ready to help us and equip us with the necessary tools to get the job done.

I don't know about you but I sure feel like I could use a host of angels not only to hold my tongue from evil.... but to give me the right words to say some days!   God is good! Have a great a day! CC

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Anxious Much?

Philippians 4:6 
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

 If there is one thing I am really good at -it's worrying.  I worry about my kids, my husband, myself, my family, my job - their  health,  - well, you name it...there's no end to the list of things of silly things I can imagine. Maybe you don't do that - and I wish I didn't.  I have to work hard at not letting my imagination get carried away. I have to remind myself that God doesn't want us to live with anxiety and fear. He wants us to hear our worries - there's nothing He can't do to help us - just like Philippians reminds us we just need to ask.
A great reminder isn't it?
Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


 He loves the righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalm 33:5

Charles Stanley writes about God's goodness: it always seeks to encourage and lift up rather than tear down or condemn... God knows the times you struggle, and He longs to pour out His encouragement and hope over your life.. Nothing is strong enough to deter His help when you call to Him.

That's just what I needed to hear after a couple of difficult days. I hope it helps you too. Have a great day!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Isaiah 43

 Isaiah 43 1But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

 2When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

Isaiah 43:25 “ I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; And I will not remember your sins. 

 I hope you will take some time to read through Isaiah 43. What wonderful promises and reassurances we have there there :  Fear not; I will be with thee; thou art mine; thou wast precious in my sight; you are my servant whom I have chosen; I will not remember your sins! Nothing is stronger than His love for his and he never remembers what we do wrong, to hold it against us later. Once you confess it - He forgets it! That's quite amazing, isn't it?  Have a great day! CC



Thursday, January 5, 2012

Do Unto Others

 Luke 6:31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

 Matthew 7:12Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Can you imagine how different our world and lives would be if we would all live by these verses? What do you think?

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Balanced Life

Proverbs 11:1 A False balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.

 I constantly struggle with maintaining proper balance in my life, do you? Maybe everyone has at  least one area in his/her life that tends to get out of balance. For some it may be spending, shopping, TV, gaming, internet, etc.  I don't know - I probably struggle with most of those at sometime - throw in there reading too much too -  but I most often tend to let work consume too many hours and too many thoughts in my day. After all, I tell myself we have financial obligations so I need to do a good job; but the truth is I just put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself. I know God has a perfect plan for us and part of that plan is to be happy. When I don't follow that plan and make choices that aren't good for me I won't as happy I could be. The truth is balance takes work; balance happens on purpose by making good choices - the right choices. Proverbs is full of advice of making good choices for our lives.
Do you struggle to maintain a balanced life too? What will do this year to keep balance in your life? What are your favorite tips?


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Who Am I?

Exodus 3:11 And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?

 4:1 Moses answered and said, But behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither theretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech and of a slow tongue. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the story of Moses' calling, he was a keeping a watch on his father-in-laws flock of sheep when he had a visitor. An angel appeared to him in a burning bush. Once God had his attention, He called to him and told him to take his shoes off because he was on holy ground. God then told him he had seen the affliction of his people and wanted to deliver them and send Moses so that he could deliver his people out of Egypt.
 In the verses of above Moses is explaining to the God of the Universe - who created all things- including Moses himself,  why God isn't good at making decisions. You see, Moses thinks he's just a lowly Shepard, they won't listen to him, he can't talk right, he would never think of anything to say... God tries to tell him that HE would be with him and HE would teach him what to say. Moses asks him to send someone else and God gets angry at Moses but He doesn't change his mind he sends him Aaron as a spokesperson.

Do you and Moses have a lot in common? I do... maybe we all do the same things to God a lot more than we realize. We don't like the way He made us look, the gifts He gave us, the life He gives us, the task before us.  I have to admit that I think Moses and I must be the same personality types.  If God showed up in a burning bush, if I didn't try to talk him out of it - I'd blast him with 50 questions and He'd be angry with me too. I struggle with feeling like Moses all the time.  However, this I know-- it's not about what I can do, or what I can't do, but it is about what He CAN do and that's important here. He is ready and able to help us face whatever we will need to accomplish today. It's not about who I am or who you are - it's about who HE is.
Have a great day today!

Monday, January 2, 2012

A New Year - 2012

I sure didn't keep up my posts for the year. I pretty much quit half way through the year. I have plenty of excuses and none of them very impressive nor worthy of posting. However, I had convinced of myself of the fact that no one would really miss these little posts of mine anyway and that no one really reads them. I am not sure of the truth in that but this is what I think; I am sure Satan wants me to quit. I like doing them though; just on the chance they may be a blessing to someone - or lift someone up someday.  So, instead of beating myself up for not doing these like I had planned - I am just going to start over. That's what a New Year is all about... Fresh Starts... Trying again... Hope for success...  and I know God is never giving up on me or you! He's always ready to help us whatever the task ahead. and  He is always thinking good things about us! Have a wonderful New Year!

Jeremiah 29: 11 - 13
 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
 12Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
 13And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.