Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Be Beautiful: Tuesday Devotional If You Say So, I'll Do It Again!



While sitting by the lake I was studying scripture sitting by the lake at work on my lunch break, I started studying Luke while Jesus was teaching doing some open air preaching he got in a boat that belonged to two men that the night before struggled to catch fish.  These men made their living off of catching fish, as they were fishermen. They had given up and called it a day as they had to go home without if you will money for their families, but Jesus was not the type to give up, he still is not the person to give up. He eventually calls attention to simon who owned the boats and asked him to do something that seemed really silly being that they were out there all night 24 hours and nothing, not one fish! You have to read for yourself to get the rest of the story but what God spoke to me and that   I noticed is that in my life, my walk with him, He has had to take me away from the edge  where it was safe where I just lived life as usual  and take me into the water where I could not depend on no one but him. Then that is where my Lord and savior dealt with me.  With death feeling like it was knocking at my door, my health had failed me in a way I did not know how and why, Joy was non existent  even before that,  I either was going to continue with the shallow non fulfilling life I was living or cast my faith into the deep. After a fight  I tried to give by thinking I could somehow make this better on my own, I put my faith into the deep and said I have failed but I am willing to do it again and this time I surrender it all to you. I totally surrender and  when I said that meant it, God did AMAZING THINGS!   His Amazing things were for one, this online ministry, a closer relationship with Him.  Giving me a husband who loves the Lord, children who know the Lord, and love him, a job where I can have opportunities to share the good news, He developed my gift of teaching, and learning to operation in a spirit filled life just Truly amazing things!   I have since still had my faith tested… oh how I have, but I know that when I leave the shallow, I have a loving, faithful, providing Father waiting in the deep to give me full coverage on every side that the blessings are so plentiful that I have no choice but to spread the love to others and hope that they can experience the same as I have.  This is what my going into the deep is all about.  It is about sharing, bringing others closer with my story, allowing my life lessons and struggles to be diamonds in the rough for people I have no idea will be set free from it and most of all allowing God to get all the glory forever Amen.   You may have been  trying just as these fishermen were all night,  and for you it may have been all week, all month, all year, but just follow the master, trust him, He may be leading you into deep waters, for your faith to become full lacking nothing and  while you are in the deep you can be assured He will protect you and sustain you and when He leads you out there, you can't fail!


When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking.
Luke 5:4-7 NLT
God may be asking us to reach into the deep waters. Asking us to try again, go out of our normal routine... Many times miracles, the impossible, the supernatural lies in your willingness to go deeper. Into a deeper knowledge, a deeper relationship with God Almighty. For me often times this means giving up control. It means for me stop trying to be in control. It means for me more dependence, more mediation. I am not sure what exactly it means for you, but I know going back in that spot where you were not successful at first seems crazy but Your Master may be telling you to cast your nets back out there for whatever it is your believing him for and go deeper this time.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Operation Handmade Blessing Outreach Almost Here!!!




                               



I am so excited.  This Saturday we will be going out to one of the local nursing home and giving out gifts and spending some time with the elderly.  This is my 5th year and this is always so excited for me.   I want to thank everyone who handmade items and donate things they can sell that they have made by hand, but offer to help out to those that are in need of a little blessing.   I am so thankful for all the help and participation it has been an amazing event!  If you would like to donate please click on the donation button on the left sidebar.  no matter the size any amount will help.  $5 dollars can bless someone. It is amazing.  If you would like to see what we do in action, please go to www.handmade-blessings.blogspot.com




Friday, December 4, 2015

Book Review The Atheist Who Didn't Exist


So I got this book really just wondering what was this going to be about and I actually liked it.  I like the twist at not arguing God's existence but rather finding humor, with truths about if in fact he does not, is there meaning?  To life that is!  It actually puts forth much more effort to not believe than believe.  I like that I was able to laugh in this book and also have to take it serious at the same time.  This was actually a pretty genius book. Never read one quite like it but it does remind me of the evidence bible.  This actually was more of a read and points were made. Some which were good points by atheist and some that are just bad that can easily be argued.  I like this because it help us as Christians to be prepared since Atheists are now not hiding, they are very vocal about not believing and we are now the crazy people who believe.  It is always good to see the other side of things with wisdom and humor and know that there is no such thing as not believing, you either believe you believe or believe you don't believe.   I love to read and hear about things that are debated about the Christian faith and I love to be able to provide evidence from scripture. So this one helps me when it comes to certain things that may come up as I did not really know all the known claims of atheist I know a few more and have more knowledge and wisdom concerning it.  I  received this book from Kregel  Publishing for an honest opinion of this book.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

I am Confident In His Goodness







When I look at the world and all the madness it can be hard to think of goodness. When feeling the stings of life and my inability to be perfect and strong all the time it does not seem like much to be joyous or glad but when I look to the God of my life the one who has no limitations I am glad, I find Joy, I see goodness, I find courage, I find endurance! Hallelujah!!!!!
[What, what would have become of me] had I not believed that I would see the Lord's goodness in the land of the living! Wait and hope for and expect the Lord; be brave and of good courage and let your heart be stout and enduring. Yes, wait for and hope for and expect the Lord.
Psalm 27:13-14 AMP