Thursday, November 29, 2012

HE Calls Me His FRIEND!

Yesterday morning, I told my husband about the way this truth has fascinated me this year in particular... Now, let's see... I have been growing in the LORD for over 44 years so I'm sure I've been aware of the fact of Jesus having said this to his disciples... Wow!  It amazes me to see how our Heavenly Father has such a personalized plan for each of us as we 'Go, Grow, and Glow' in Him more each day,week, and year!
Luke 12:4 is where HE says, "I tell  you my friends...." This is only one reference to the familiarity Jesus holds with us.  How wonderful is this? I love the hymn,  COME THOU ALMIGHTY KING since it begins by us addressing his KINGSHIP, but the last line of the last verse ends by calling HIM our FRIEND!!

Saturday, November 17, 2012


TRY, TRY AGAIN... At least that's the way the saying goes!  This message was going to be brief because I simply wanted to say when we do things in our own 'power and strength...' We set ourselves up for frustration and fear of failure... But, when we TRUST,  RELINQUISH, and YIELD to HIS wondrous power and ways, we are truly en route to being 'successful' in our endeavors. Well, so much for brevity! Read on! Now, I have never liked that word phrase, 'Successful Christian Living,' because it can suggest another source of potential 'failure,' to any who struggle with such matters... I MUCH prefer, the term, SIGNIFICANT CHRISTIAN LIVING. If you have time to read through the devotionals from several years ago, please do.. Otherwise, just stop to ask yourself if you are truly TRUSTING our LORD for all your needs, and to lead you in a life which pleases and glorifies HIM. Also ask if you are RELINQUISHING  all sense of what you may believe your 'rights' to be.. Our only 'rights' are to the fulfillment of the promises HE has made to any/all of us who welcome his LORDSHIP in our lives.. Finally, examine yourself to see where you may not be yielding to his desires for/through you.. For me, the recent 'flood' in my life is one of asking myself if all of my choices are truly pleasing to HIM... One final thought for now... The only way I fully understand what FAITH is, is by realizing it is fully TRUSTING in HIM and all HE is and intends for us..               Forsaking All, I Trust In HIM, is a great way to delineate FAITH for me.. (see 2nd devotional below)


TODAY’S message will actually address two words that can bother me..  I mentioned in  
   #44, BACK IN THE SWIM that I don’t like ‘success’ because it implies failure is
   possible. (As a Christian, I personally don’t think I can fail but, I can deprive myself
   and others of the fullness of all the Lord intends for/through me.) The other word
   which concerns me is, ‘why?’.  #42, NOT ‘WHY?’ BUT ‘HOW OR WHAT? spoke a lot
   about this…
THE reason I am revisiting these words is because I am ‘facing up to the fact’ of the
   presence of both of them in scripture!  In our study of THE LIFE OF MOSES this
   year, John and I have just read of when Moses was rather flustered as Pharaoh
   insisted on acting irrationally. EXODUS 5:22 finds Moses returning to the Lord asking,
  “O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?” The
   Lord never answers the ‘Why?’ but, He does go on to tell Moses just what He intends
   to do! Check it out, if you’d like!  I’ve said enough about ‘WHY?’- Now, ‘SUCCESS?’
THESE FAMILY DEVOTIONALS  are not being written for any reason other than to help
   all of you as well as myself, develop fuller, personal walks with our Lord. As we do, He
   will be glorified each time someone looks into our eyes, realizes that we didn’t act
   irrationally in times we might have, or otherwise notices a quality of life they may be
   secretly craving?!  I will testify to this by letting you know that within 2 months of me
   having welcomed the Lord into my life, a Girl Scout acquaintance of mine told me she
  ‘wanted what Pam, Debbie, and I have!’
   AT ANY RATE- I see ‘my’ devotion to writing these, NOT as something to be able to
   SUCCEED in, but as something that is definitely SIGNIFICANT, thanks to the feed-
   back which lets me know how HE is blessing through these.
RECENTLY, John and I were reading something said by a Christian athlete, I believe. He
  really “HIT THE NAIL ON THE HEAD” for us when he agreed that the use of the term,
 ‘Becoming a successful Christian’ can really intimidate someone, thus deterring them  
 from even considering Christ’s desires for their acceptance or fellowship. (That implied
  possibility of failure might cause them to think, ‘I don’t need another area to fall short
  in!) SO- dear one, PLEASE don’t allow yourself to fear failure as HIS, but, do let Him
  use you in ways that are significant for yours and others’ encouragement in Him.  As I
  write this, I am listening to a very old 33 RPM album on which EVIE (whom we named our
  daughter after!) is singing ALL THE GLORY MUST BE TO THE LORD.  Living life with
  this desire will definitely let you succeed in pleasing the Lord, thus being significant!
FATHER GOD, help me live significantly for/through you each day! In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


TODAY I opened a devotional book that I use a lot- The state-
        ment I read simply said, I NOT ONLY LOVE GOD and
        TRUST HIM, I LOVE TRUSTING HIM!  It made me con
        sider if I do or don’t truly TRUST Him IN everything or
        not! I was once challenged deeply by this question—
        “DO you TRUST the LORD as much as you say you LOVE

THIS line of thought led me back to the passage in HEBREWS,
        chapter 10, verses 19-23 that I will refer to for the next
        few weeks as I ‘digest’ it myself…  After 2 verses tell us
        about our SURE personal access to the LORD- (no more
        veil or barrier between HE and us due to the blood of
        JESUS!), the passage continues by encouraging us to

THERE is a song which states  that ‘TO hear with my heart, to
       sing with my soul- To be guided by a hand I cannot hold- To
       trust in a way that I cannot see- That’s what faith must be!’
       It played on my computer as I sat here! I wish that you all
       knew the light-hearted, almost whimsical melody that it has!
       I encourage you all to LET THE LORD lead you to delight in
       trusting HIM more and more each day! Tell him your fears,
        frustrations, concerns, etc… He wants to hear them!

THIS prayer might help--  FATHER GOD, I really DO want to
       enjoy trusting YOU! YOU are my source of TRUE LIFE!
       I love you LORD- In JESUS’ name,   AMEN!                                                          

Saturday, November 10, 2012

3 D

It seems as though one must pay the extra $$$ in order to view many movies today through 3-D  lenses.. I don't know about you, but I'd rather just see the movie in 2-D to save the $3 or so.. but, I know my eyes would rebel! Oh well.. Thankfully, most of the 3-D ones are not ones I want to see anyhow.. So, what's on my mind with today's title???             While praying aloud today for a lady who has spent all of her adult years in what we consider to be a major cult..(not that any cult is 'minor,' mind you.. ).. I prayed against  the DECEPTION, DEPRIVATION, and DESTITUTION of her soul... Those 3 words just 'tumbled' out of my mouth without me thinking of them... What an appropriate set of 3 "D" words for how the enemy wants us to live our lives.. DECEIVED into thinking anything other than the facts of; the HOLY TRINITY, salvation by GRACE- not by any sort of 'works' or accrued 'points,' and man's desperate state apart from the redeeming blood of our LORD JESUS CHRIST shed on the cross. DEPRIVED of all the LORD intends for us if/when we look only to HIM in all of his goodness, compassion, mercy, grace, and, SO MUCH  MORE!  andDESTITUTE, if we let our pride block our acknowledgement of need to humble ourselves in order to  receive the forgiveness which restores us to the wonder of living in a personal relationship with our LORD.
In direct contrast to these 3 "D's,"  I am one who is  DELIVERED, DILIGENT,  and DELIGHTED.. at least most of the time! My LORD JESUS has set me free from man's ideas of how I should live in bondage to lust, fear, low self-esteem, and more! I am more and more diligent each day/week/month/year to ask myself if the choices I am making are PLEASING to my LORD. Finally, there is NO question about the FACT of my delight as a daughter of the KING OF KINGS and LORD OF LORDS! 
May each of you pause to consider just which 3-D 'movie,' you are being cast in currently.. I pray it is the second one.. Bright, bold, and beautiful, as is the blue print contrasted with the alarming red used for the first one!! Take care, and be blessed, as well as, a blessing!!