I want to ask you to say this prayer out loud, if possible.
“I belong to God. I am a holy vessel, because I have the Holy Spirit of the Living God. The Lord of Heaven and earth has said over me; “I declare you holy!”. I commit to start believing what He says. I AM HOLY! Remind me daily, Spirit of the Living God, to treat myself as holy, open my eyes to every scheme of The Enemy to treat me as if I'm not. You God, are Holy. Your word is truth. This day Father, I chose to believe you! I ask this in the mighty name of your son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross for me so that I could be a coheir to the kingdom of God. Amen”
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Sunday, August 6, 2017
|Photo by Sallee Bonham April 2017|
I had to learn to reach out to others and work the steps of recovery with them in order to maintain my own sobriety.
One of the helpful recovery sayings that stresses the need to focus on others is:
"You have to give it away to keep it."In my walk with Jesus I can also apply this spiritual axiom to comfort.
Here is an example of how I can give away the comfort that I received from God. As a new widow, I was given comfort from the Lord in the form of people, bible lessons, and personal revelations from studying my Bible.
Today, I can use those experiences and give comfort to another new widow because I truly know what it is like to lose your spouse. It doesn't matter how terrible my trouble was or is, I can take the comfort that I am given and give it to others who need the same comfort that I have received.
- Give God the glory for all that you do - praise him and tell others what he has done for you.
- Humbly thank Him for enabling you to do all things - thank Him for giving you the power and strength that you need to make it through your trouble, trial, or struggle.
- Accept the work of God's hands in you - be willing to be shaped and molded according to God's plan.
Sunday, July 30, 2017
- Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the troubles of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others.
- Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of trouble.
- When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy.
- The sorrows of the disciples would soon be turned into joy; as those of a mother, at the sight of her infant.
- The Holy Spirit would be their Comforter, and neither men nor devils, neither sufferings in life nor in death, would ever deprive them of their joy.
- Believers have joy or sorrow, according to their sight of Christ, and the tokens of his presence.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Jesus' Soul was Deeply Grieved
As Jesus sat in the Garden of Gethsemane, he knew his terrible death was near and he would be leaving the disciples. How did he feel? He felt grief and sadness, just like I felt when my husband died. Knowing that Jesus also felt this soul-deep grief, helped me to feel closer to him.
Facing the death of a loved one is tough even when you know Jesus.
I remained with Jesus in the midst of my grief. I read bible verses about the bridegroom, and I read about Jesus' ministry. I may have lost my earthly loved one, but I had a heavenly bridegroom who wanted me to be comforted and gave me a strength I don't have on my own. Jesus was faithful and kept watch with me.
When I wanted to isolate myself, I didn't. When I needed a hug, I asked close friends and coworkers for one. At work, I could focus on the job and forget about the grief for a little while. It brought me out of myself and kept some normalcy in my life.
Then, I started walking three times a week and somewhere during my walking, the deep grief lifted a bit. It wasn't overnight. No, it was a long process. However, by seeking Jesus and walking, I unraveled the blanket of grief that I was wrapped in.
- There are two sides to the events which occur, and which seem so discouraging to us - a dark side and a bright side.
- We are prone to look only at the dark side, to see only what is gloomy and discouraging.
- Looking only at the dark side, often becomes in a sense voluntary, and we find a melancholy satisfaction in being miserable, and in making ourselves more unhappy, as if we had been wronged, and as if there were a kind of virtue in dejection and gloom. It can be because we are mad at God, or we don't want to accept what has happened.
- God's beloved children need to look at the bright side of things; to think of the past mercies of God; to look at the blessings which surround us still; to look to the future. in this world and the next, with hope.
- God wants us to come to him, and cast the burden on him.
- Every sad and grieving Christian ought to say to his soul, "Why am I in despair?"
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Bill and I rode our bikes to West Plains, MO yesterday. It was a wonderful 125 mile ride. We stopped for gas about halfway to West Plains.
Team Bonham Works Together
As I was standing in line for the restroom a woman engaged Bill in conversation saying she would like to buy a motorcycle, but her husband was against it. Bill then directed to conversation to me by saying," This is my wife and she rides her own bike." Bill and I are a tag team. lol...lol
Do You Know Jesus?
The lady and I chatted for a minute or two and then I asked her if she knows Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. She smiled and said he was a good friend of hers and I said I was happy to hear it because he is amazing to have in your life!