Thoughts from "Serenity" a member of our congregation...
|Posted on October 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM||comments (1)|
Is there a storm brewing in your life?
Shield yourself with Faith!
Faith brings the unseen into view and makes the impossible, possible.
Your pain has a purpose, your problems, struggles, heartaches, and hassles cooperate toward one end... the Glory of God!
Right in the midst of the storm when it is at its fiercest, don't hold back from the trial of it. Go right on in, God is already there to meet you and keep you. There is where you...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 28, 2013 at 4:20 PM||comments (1)|
Our Trials are great opportunities, though all too often we look upon them as even greater obstacles!
We're too blinded by our own wills, wants, and ways to see that the Lord intends for our troubles to deepen our character - to make us more like Him.
Job was tried so that His godliness might be confirmed. Why are you being tried?
Let's look at Job:
His afflictions left him with a higher conception of God and lowlier thoughts of himsel...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM||comments (1)|
As I was talking with a sister in Christ, we shared a mutual feeling; we were both seeking the Lord in a deeper way and yet felt something was lacking.
How so? We pondered!
A few days later the Holy Spirit answered – “When we are seeking Him with a passionate heart, to follow and obey, to become more like Him, we will be content and fulfilled, yet there will always be a longing – a yearning, for “oh, so much more!”
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|Posted on July 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM||comments (1)|
Are pursuits, pleasures, and possessions more enticing and more exciting than the things of God and eternity?
If you claim faith in Christ yet you remain just as humanistic and materialistic as those who don’t, then something’s amiss!
I mean, Hello!?
You cannot be a man or woman after God’s own heart and still have “this ole world” by the tail!
Making a decision for Christ is not a surface thing to gain eternity. It’s ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 12, 2013 at 3:55 PM||comments (1)|
Journaling during my quiet time with the Lord, I needed a phrase to relate "Who I am in Him". After jotting down this one and that and scribbling them out, I was in deep thought when in the margin I wrote "By His design". At that very moment my eyes were drawn to an old devotional book "Streams in the Dessert" and "June 1st" resonated in my spirit though it was only mid May. As I read, the tears trickled down - for an out-pouring of the Holy Spirit was taking place. The book's first pri...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 28, 2013 at 9:10 PM||comments (0)|
"Same old same old" has me singing the blues!
I make a cup of tea to lift my mood and I notice as I figit, the teabag tag has a message...
"Work, but don't forget to live!"
Is that what I have done!? By always doing, have I failed to become?
O Lord, extinguish within me the feelings of self-importance and my egotistic longing to "do it all". Help me Lord to overcome the hold that habit, routine, dullness, fatigue, an...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM||comments (0)|
When confusion, conflict, calamities, or chaotic situations come into my life, I cause alot of commotion myself...
complaining and murmering, "woe is me!"
But scripture teaches the opposite:
"Count it all joy when you fall into various trials..."
(oops! I can't count all of the times I haven'tRead Full Post »
|Posted on May 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM||comments (1)|
With my hands in dish water and gazing out the window at the birds gathering at the feeders the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart "Psalm 62".
I resisted, but the Spirit persisted (that I too be fed), "Psalm 62" was the message resounding now. I sighed, dried my hands, and I read as I underlined and "starred" selected verses...
"In God is my salvation and my glory; the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God." verse 7 NKJV
I was immediately el...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:55 PM||comments (0)|
Recently Pastor Joe read Psalm 30 in the Worship Assembly and it hit home for me... again!
It is a familiar passage that I've trekked through many times. Psalm 30 is marked in my Bible as a "revelation" in 2011 where I had underlined verses 1 and 5(b) and then in March of this year (2013) I wrote this:
"Down deeper and deeper into the gloom of depression I fell, I lifted my eyes in what I thought to be hell, though not a sign of a fiery furnace.
I wa...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 6, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (1)|
Clearing some "clutter", I picked up a "Coffee Table" book that I had used for decor to put it back on the book shelf, it had served its purpose, or had it!?
As I thumbed through it, I came across a chapter entitled "He laid it down". In this chapter, when it came time for a Missionary couple to return to the USA, she had to "let go" of many sentimental keepsakes etc. She continued to "hang on" to all this "stuff" as her husband continued to say "yield!" Realizing she needed the Lord's ...Read Full Post »