Prayer Challenge

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 to 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 the 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, February 24, 2016

Sowing Seeds for Jesus

The picture above was taken while Bill and I were standing gate duty in Sturgis, Kentucky during the 2015 Kentucky Bike Rally. This lone plant, towering over the surrounding plants, caught my attention and reminded me of Jesus' parable about the sower and his seeds.
Parable of the Sower   Mark 4:3-9 AKJV
3 Listen; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 4 And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the wayside, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 5 And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 6 But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 7 And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 8 And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 9 And he said to them, He that has ears to hear, let him hear.
Parable of the Sower Explained         Mark 4:14-20 AKJV
14 The sower sows the word. 15 And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. 16 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution rises for the word's sake, immediately they are offended. 18 And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word, 19 And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 20 And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty times, some sixty, and some an hundred.
Verses seven and nineteen are personal to me. I was one of those who had the thorns grow up around them and didn't yield any fruit for a very long time.The cares of this world and the lusts of other things entered into me and choked off the word. Eventually, I returned to Jesus. My life was a thorny mess. He didn't care. He welcomed me back the moment I knocked on his door and asked to come back into his family.

Today, that original seed is in good ground and yielding fruit. My ride with Jesus is amazing. He has taken the broken pieces of my life, assembled the pieces into a new shape, and called me to be his servant through motorcycle ministry and writing. Today, I am obedient to Jesus' call to be his servant and doing my best to sow seeds for Jesus.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Psalm of the Week - 27:14 - February 22, 2016

"God's time to help those that trust in him, is, when all other helpers fail."         Matthew Henry

" of good courage; the saints have need of courage, considering the enemies they have to grapple with;
  •  the corruptions of their own hearts
  •  the enemies of a man's own house
  •  the worst of all, Satan, and his principalities and powers
  • and men of the world
 they(followers of Jesus) have great reason to be of good courage
  • since God is for them
  • Christ is the Captain of their salvation
  • the Holy Spirit, that is in them, is greater than he that is in the world
  • angels encamp around them
  • they are provided with the whole armour of God
  • they are engaged in a good cause, are sure of victory
  • and shall wear the crown of righteousness..."                                                                                                                                                   Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Note: I reformatted and edited John Gill's original writing into a more readable form.

Verse of the Week - Philippians 3:20 - February 22, 2016

Toddlers focus completely on what they are reaching for. It doesn't matter if it is out of their reach, a toddler will continue to stretch and reach for the desired object.  In the same way, followers of Jesus need to focus completely on Jesus. He is the prize. Our conversations should reflect this focus. Cursing, gossiping, and bad mouthing have no place in the lives of Christians. Are we perfect? No. However, we should be striving to be more like Jesus. Keep your focus on Christ, not on the earthly temptations that surround us. Have the focus of a toddler.
"He who runs a race, must never stop short of the end, but press forward as fast as he can; so those who have heaven in their view, must still press forward to it, in holy desires and hopes, and constant endeavours. Eternal life is the gift of God, but it is in Christ Jesus; through his hand it must come to us, as it is procured for us by him. There is no getting to heaven as our home, but by Christ as our Way".                                                      Matthew Henry's Concise Bible Commentary

Friday, February 19, 2016

Grain of Truth Number Twelve

 "God has already identified you as His, He’s already put His holy DNA inside of you when you were born again and He says you are strong, mighty, warrior, princess, holy, accepted, positioned, anointed and appointed! It no longer matters what the enemy says, what your former alliances were or what the world decrees"                                                                                  writer Rebekah Beene

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Driving in the Fog

The weatherman said that conditions were favorable for the formation of black ice and a heavy fog was blanketing our area.

I drove significantly slower than usual. The visibility varied from a hundred feet to half a mile. Occasionally, twin pinpoints of light would appear from the fog and a vehicle traveling east would emerge from the misty blanket of moisture. Carefully, through the enshrouding fog, I scanned the pavement ahead for frosted or shiny areas that would indicate ice. 

As I drove through the fog, my thoughts turned to Jesus. 
When life wraps around us and we can't see more than a few feet in front of us, slow down and know that Jesus is there. He is going to keep us from running into obstacles and sliding off the road. Trust Him. Have faith.

Proverbs 2:8 NIV 
for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones.

Psalm 66:9 NIV  
he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping.

Psalm 121:2-3
My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.He will not let your foot slip-- he who watches over you will not slumber;

Christian Comedian Nazareth

On Monday,  I was driving to work and listening to SpiritFM. The music program changed to a Christian-Middle Eastern comedian, named Nazareth. Wow, he is funny! Immediately after arriving home, I searched YouTube for videos and found this video from July 2015. The performance is at the Dream Center in Los Angeles, California and lasts about a half hour. The end of the video includes a call to follow Jesus with a prayer included. 

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Time of My Life Tour at Greentree Christian Church, Rolla, MO

Alright! Tickets for the Time of My Life Tour featuring The Afters and Chris August at Greentree Christian Church are...
Posted by Greentree Christian Church on Thursday, February 11, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

Verse of the Week - Jeremiah 1:5 - January 31, 2016

God had a plan for Jeremiah. God has a plan for you. The choices we make effect the plan that God has for us. I went off the path when I became lonely and decided to "lower my standards" to be in a relationship. 

Months later, my fiancee broke our engagement and I was heart broken. However, I reached out to my heavenly Father, sat in the shadow of his feet for a while, and paid attention to my relationship with Him. 

Oddly, I felt as if the months I had spent outside of God's plan had never happened. As a widow, I made a choice to be single and devoted to God for one year. I needed to heal from my husband's death. Jumping into a relationship because I was lonely didn't heal me, it hurt me. 
. A Joyce Meyer message entitled, Hanging On the Vine." helped me make my decision to devote a year to the Lord. That year was amazing. I studied my Bible, grew in biblical knowledge, and deepened my relationship with Jesus. 

Jesus loves us so much more than we can imagine. He died for me on a cross. He died for you on a cross. Reach out to Jesus today and make him the focus of your love. The rewards are worth it. 

Psalm of the Week - 139:16 - January 31, 2016