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, June 12, 2019

Psalm of the Week - 18:1-3

I love God with my whole soul. God isn't going to move; he will keep me stable and safe. God will deliver me and give me strength. God is trustworthy and I  am going to trust him. God will shield me because he is the power and strength of my salvation. He will keep me safe from my enemies.

My enemies are anyone, or anything that means me harm, isn't good for me, or keeps my focus off of God and his plan for me. This includes

  • Satan 
  • Addictions
  •  People who tear me down with words or actions
  • Busyness

Grammy Life - A Cloud Conversation

Grammy Life 😁🤣
In the car with 3 grandkids of very different ages.
5th grader: Grammy aren't those cumulonimbus clouds?
Grammy: Yes they are.
1st grader: They look like rain clouds to me.
3 yr. old: I like hoomo nimbut clouds!
1st grader: That is NOT a real word!
5th grader: He's saying cumulo nimbus.
3 year old: Yah! I said hoomo nimbut clouds!
1st grader: They are cumulo nimbus clouds.
3 year old: That's RIGHT!
5th grader has both hands over her mouth trying HARD to not dissolve into laughter. LOL

I'm blessed to be able to spend time with my grandchildren and enjoy the humor of conversations like this. No wonder Jesus told the disciples to let the children come to him. 

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:18

Circumcision was an issue that was dividing the Hebrew and Gentile Christians. Hebrews were required to be circumcised by the law. Gentiles were not under the law and therefore not following this. However, some of the Hebrew followers of Jesus began to expect Gentile followers of Jesus to follow the law about circumcision. Paul disagreed with this quite vocally.

Paul preached the foundational doctrine of Jesus' teaching that sinners are justified by faith alone and no one is under the law. 
Romans 7:4 and 6:7 backs this up that we died to the law through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We died to sin through Jesus' sacrifice when we place our faith in him for our salvation. We don't need to follow rules or laws to follow Jesus. 

Christians are free of the Mosaic law. 
Why would we want to place ourselves back under sin? Jesus is not the minister of sin. He died as a ransom sacrifice or sin offering for all of us and rose from the dead three days later and ascended to heaven to be with his Father God. Titus 2:14 says,
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Verse of the Week - Galatians 2:17

Paul believed sin can never be justified. 
There is no good reason for sin. God does good BECAUSE of who he is. I can't go on sinning to prove how good God is by giving me grace and salvation. Romans 3:7-8

Thursday, January 24, 2019

To Retire or Not to Retire

I wrestled with the decision to retire for weeks. I looked at data and made calculations until I had a headache. I am NOT a math person. My sweetheart was supportive and encouraged me. He prayed with me and for me. Still I wrestled with the decision. 

Calmness would be mine for about 24 hours before I  started feeling doubt and indecisiveness again.
Do you remember Dr. Doolittle's pushmi pullu? It was a "gazelle/unicorn cross" with a head at opposite ends of its body. That's what I felt like. One head would be thinking about retirement while the other was dealing with today and I  wasnt getting anywhere with my decision.

Finally on my way to work, I had a one sided conversation with Jesus; he listened and I talked.
"Lord Jesus I am surrendering this decision to you. I've wrestled with it enough. It's up to you. I know that financially I can retire. If I'm supposed to retire, I  know you will let me feel the peace that only comes from you when I  think about it. Thank you for the sacrifice that you made so that I might be saved and become a coheir in the kingdom of God. Amen"

And I didn't think about retirement all day. That evening the retirement decision tried to creep back into my thoughts. Immediately I told myself that I'd given my retirement decision to Jesus and it was his choice. And I didn't think about retirement all evening or at bedtime.

24 hours after I  surrendered my retirement decision to Jesus, I woke up filled with a deep and unshakable calm. The doubt and indecisiveness were GONE! I knew in my head and my heart that retirement was the next step on my journey with Jesus.

Proverbs 3:5‭-‬6 NKJV
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.