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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Listening to God...

Are you listening for God's words?

How do you talk to God?  How do you LISTEN for what he offers you for a life's plan?

   If you are doing all the talking, how can you hear God?  If you are talking to a friend and you do all the talking, you don't find out much about your friend, or Their life, their loves and concerns.

It is that way with Jesus and our Lord.  It is hard to hear God's answers when you are praying if you never thank God and his Son for listening to YOU, nurturing you, blessing you in so many ways that you do not even notice because you are so full of yourself.  Be still, God is listening and knows your needs and your thoughts as soon as they occur to you.  God is all-knowing and omnipotent.  He is ever present, everlasting, and all powerful.  If you approach the Father and the Son with a humble, thankful heart, He will answer you. Sometimes, it is only a whisper, from God's lips to your ears.  So be still.....  I wrote a doodle on my desk blotter that says, "shhhh!  God is speaking."  It calms me when I look at it.

Places to hear God:  Nature, sunshine, animals- wild and domestic, fishing, meditating, walking and of course church, if you are not distracted by what the people next to you are wearing or their singing voice or how you look, etc.  If we let go of "me", we find THEE.

Bible references:  

James 1:19 ..."we should be quick to listen and slow to speak." 
Matthew 11:15 ..."he who has ears to hear, let him hear."
"He who answers before listening--that is his folly and his shame." (Proverbs 18:13).  

Listening is hard work as is giving someone or the Lord your full attention and patience.  And when you ask for things and do not get them, you have to accept and acknowledge that God does say "NO" at times.  He sees the best plan for your whole life.  You are living in your past, your present and your future.  You should be living in the present, looking for blessings that are sent your way if you open your heart and ears to see and Hear them.

Suggestions:  Find a quiet place where you can let go of all that is in your head (working, family chores, bad memories, regrets, holding grudges, etc.) of the world.  Perhaps reading a passage from your favorite Bible verses, proverbs or psalms will trigger your peace.  Tell God you are ready to listen and just relax, see what thoughts come to you.  Hold your hands palms up expecting a blessing....

Before I wrote today's post, I was checking e-mails and face book but the theme of listening to God came over me and wallah!  A post was born!  It is amazing how the Lord works and much fun to see what he has in store for my days!  So now I am going out to cut my lawn, excuse me I mean weeds!  And my heart is full of joy from the Lord so my burden will be light....

Thank you for coming today, you are blessed and I am blessed.

My Christian heart to yours...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

People do need the Lord

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Can you imagine your life without Jesus and our Lord?  And for those of you that are yet to come to the Father, what a blessing you have in store for you!

Have you always wanted to have that look and feel of joy that you see on Christian faces despite their circumstances and the things that life throws at them in this earthly world?  You can have this, it is yours.  It came with a price but Jesus paid it FOR YOU by his death on the cross, the one true lamb that was sacrificed for our sins.  

You need only to confess your sins and invite the Lord and Jesus into your heart.  "If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.  The old has gone, the new hath come." 2 Corinthians 5:17  When I became a new baby Christian being born again in Christ (a change of heart as though you were born again) I jumped for Joy and woke every morning not being able to wait to see what the Lord was going to do each day.  And I prayed daily, "Lord let the joy of my salvation be on my lips and show on my face that others might see."

Sometimes we lose our joy as I did when my hubby passed from a terrible cancer after 7 yrs. of fighting it.  Never before had I needed God and his Son so much!  Now 3 months later I am learning to live again---as one.  And if it were not for my Christian faith, I would not have been able to go on, I NEEDED THE LORD.

Please play the beautiful video on the right of this post, People need the Lord.  It says it all so beautifully.  And right now wherever you are, invite Jesus into your heart and you will be filled with peace, love, kindness and joy.  And jump for joy if you want, it's okay!  Then share your joy with others so that they might know the same joy.  You are Bless-ed to be a Blessing!
            Have a most wonderful Sunday.
It's all about Love, isn't it?

My Christian heart to yours...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Mother's Day

Can you imagine being the Mother of Jesus??  Mary raised this beautiful babe, child, man only to lose Him at the cross.  Can you imagine how that felt?  Being a Mother is special not just for Mary but for all of us.  A Mother is love, caring, nurturing, sad, happy, tired but doesn't always show it or give in to it.  I hope you spent a wonderful day with your Mom.  If your Mom is now with Jesus and our Lord, rejoice!  Mary, Mother of Jesus found her son again in the risen Lord, Hallelujah!

My neighbors who are in their 80's have lost their son this past week.  What terrible timing for her heartache to come and she tried not to cry when she told me.  He was 52 and his daughter who is graduating from H. S. this June found him.  The cause of death is un-known at present but was natural.  My heart hurts so much for her and we hugged and cried together.  My Mom lost her eldest son, my brother, when he was only 42 in a car accident.  But she knew where he was and did not have to worry about him any longer.   How should we handle sorrow?  

"The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking." Psalm 34:18 But I am telling you this strange and wonderful secret; we shall not all die, but we shall all be given new bodies!  It will all happen  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown.  For there will be a trumpet blast from the sky and all the Christians who have died will suddenly become alive, with new bodies that will never, never die; and then we who are still alive shall suddenly have new bodies too.  For our earthly bodies, the ones we have now that can die, must be transformed into heavenly bodies that cannot perish but will live forever.  When this happens, then at last this Scripture will come true...
"Death is swallowed up in victory."  O death, where then your victory:  Where then your sting? " 1 Corinthians 15:51-55

Say a prayer for the wonderful Mothers out there who have lost a son or daughter.  I hope no mother had to spend this day alone!
My Christian Mother's Heart to yours.....