Friday, February 23, 2018

what are you passing to others?

"But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere." James 3:17

She had a stomach virus.  And the nasty bug zapped the life out of her.  Who would the next victim be? So with disinfectant in hand, we went from room to room spraying and wiping to kill the virus and stop the spread. Isolating her from others was necessary too. With symptoms still present, she was contagious, and the danger of catching the nasty bug lurked for all in her path.
What are you passing on to others?  Is it good or bad?  Discouragement, encouragement... rumors, truths... threats, understanding... hate, love... hurt, compassion. 

If it's the wisdom or love from God, keep passing!  We all need Him.  But if what you are passing on is Satan-infested germs, pray for a thorough cleansing from our Father and isolate yourself with Him until He heals you from the virus.  Don't let it zap the life out of you and others.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Thursday, February 22, 2018

he's home...

"Walk in obedience to all that the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess."  Deuteronomy 5:33
He set the example for millions... not for personal gain, but for a Kingly gain. 

Thank you, Mr. Graham for living out and sharing your passion, pouring out your life and love for God on all.  I smile, thinking how you must be joyously singing now with the angels, "blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!"  

"He has shown you, friend, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." Micah 6:8

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

is it over?

Wilted flowers, torn wrapping paper, empty candy wrappers...
Valentine's Day was a week ago, are you still feeling the love? There is One we can always count on. The love of our Father is as unshakeable today as yesterday or tomorrow. From a beautiful sunrise to a cooing dove to love letters, He serenades us nonstop. 

How would you like to receive a love letter today? Because that is exactly what He has for you! No matter who you are, where you are, or what you are doing, YOU ARE GREATLY LOVED!  May we always remember Whose we are and Who first loved us. Read and believe His blessings for you  -- His beloved, forever Valentine.  

Dear (your name),

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?   (Isaiah 40:21)

I will never take my love away from you.  (1 Chronicles 17:13)

To you, I will be compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in love.    (Psalm 103:8)

I will never leave you nor forsake you. (Joshua 1:5)

I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.  (Isaiah 41:10)

Since you are precious and honored in My sight, and because I love you... do not be afraid, for I am with you.  (Isaiah 43:4 5)

I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, you are mine.   (Isaiah 42:1)

I will quiet you with My love. I will rejoice over you with singing.   (Zephaniah 3:17)

And remember, dear Child of Mine, My love endures forever.   (2 Chronicles 20:21)


What a Love!  What a God!  What a Father!

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it, 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ watching

"From heaven the Lord looks down  and sees all mankind;
14 from His dwelling place He watches all who live on earth—
15 He who forms the hearts of all, w
ho considers everything they do." Psalm 33:13-15
Looking back at the One who loves us best

Whatever is going on in our life... if we can just keep looking up, we will find reason enough Above to keep smiling.  And rest assure, even when we forget, He is still watching over us.

Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Monday, February 19, 2018

Words to Live By... praise

“...I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalm 34:1).

The word of the week is PRAISE.  Since God inhabits the praise of His children (See Psalm 22:3 KJV), that's reason enough to praise Him, inviting His presence and power into our pain or into our joy. 
It's interesting to note that the Psalmist declared an intentional and continual act of praise, blessing the Lord at all times. And yet, a look at the definition of continual (as compared to continuous) shows us that continual praise means frequent, often, and occurring at regular intervals whereas continuous means without ceasing. Somehow i am comforted by that distinction. It's almost as though the Lord gives us permission to pause, catch our breath, ask some hard questions, and then choose to trust Him and praise Him rather than expecting our praise to flow continuously. After all, it's sometimes a challenge to praise Him when we're hurting or watching someone we love walk through a dark valley, right? Although we may not be able to praise Him FOR the circumstances or the pain, we can praise Him for being WITH us at all times.

It also helps to remember that "Nothing too good or too bad lasts too long."  Our joys may seem fleeting and our trials seem forever, but in reality, they cycle through our lives like the seasons. We can certainly praise the Lord for the change of seasons!

For other ways to activate the word PRAISE in your lives, please join Linda and Dalene on their Weekly Words to Live By Facebook page and in their Words to Live By book, pages 127-132.  

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Friday, February 16, 2018

new beginnings

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens:  
a time to be born and a time to die, 
a time to plant and a time to uproot,  
a time to kill and a time to heal,  
a time to tear down and a time to build,
 a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
a time to mourn and a time to dance..." Ecclesiastes 2:1-4

Due to warm days and rain, beautiful daffodils are emerging through the dirt and crumpled leaves.  A true and needed breath of fresh air for me. The cheery colors, sweet aromas and new growth are a welcomed change, signifying hope for a better tomorrow. 
Through the wintry days of heartaches and disappointments, our Father is always about His business watching, preparing and tending to our needs.  He lovingly sprinkles signs of hope in our path, reminding us a new season or new beginning is coming.   

How thankful i am in His faithfulness.  He reminds me over and over that He knows how and when to changes seasons... those on earth and those in us.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,

Thursday, February 15, 2018

a Mighty Word ~ still

"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10 
When we don't understand, we just need to sit with Him.
Father, we need You. Help us.

we are loved and chosen by God,
may we live like we believe it,