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My Mother, My Teacher

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My mother has played a very dominant role in my life throughout my almost 53 years of living.  She was my Sunday School teacher when I was 6 years old, and she taught me the Bible.  I would sit on her bed when I was a little girl and Momma would begin to teach me things and quote scriptures to prove her point.

I was never an academic powerhouse.  I had a hard time hearing something for the first time and remembering it.  Repetiti0n and lots of it was the way I finally got it through my thick skull!   But, when Momma would quote the Bible to me, it was like my mind became a steel trap.  She only had to say it once and I had it forever, even until today, many years later.  

There were snippets when Momma would literally mentor me.  She was a busy lady because she went to college while I was in school and taught as a public school teacher many years after I was grown.  She was involved in various organizations and I didn’t always get ‘focused’ time with her.  Like all mothers and people in general, it is hard for us to stay focused and concentrated on one thing for long periods of time.  We don’t learn until later in life the ‘things’ really didn’t mean as much as we thought and our attention was wasted.  I don’t blame Momma for this because I fell into the same trap with my own children.

When Momma was focused on teaching me life’s lessons from the Bible, it was as though I was a sponge that couldn’t soak in enough!  Until this day it is that way.   My mother is 76 years old come May and I am anxious for more of these ‘mentoring’ times.

One day recently, Momma and I had to make a couple of trips to Houston, and fortunately my mom began to teach me invaluable things about Jesus!  I, yet again, soaked it in and craved more!  During Easter, her teaching began to surface in my mind and God began to feed into my spirit in a mighty way.  I had new information and I will never lose it!  It brought revelation in a way I will use today, and it will bring me great peace in the years to come.

I began to post some of it on Facebook.  Soon many shares began to show up and many retweets and favorited tweets on ‘twitter’ came from it.  Momma hates modern social media, but little did she know her message was literally going out to thousands!  You touch far more for Christ than you even can dream that you do!

I long for my mother to teach me more earnestly from her vast knowledge and wisdom.  No greater heritage could she leave me.  Nothing more valuable or comforting as the years progress and as long as Christ tarries His coming will I ever be given!  Everyone needs a mentor.

People want titles, initials, inventions, and legacies left after they are gone…they all mean squat compared to what you give from God’s mouth to your ear to someone else’s heart!  Change your priorities because if these are your priorities you are missing the whole boat!  Your significance is not in what YOU accomplish, but what GOD accomplishes through you!  Don’t let this be a cliché’ but a reality…please!  People need what God has planted inside of you!!

Jesus was a mentor to twelve, and you are expected to be a mentor as well…don’t lose the great reward of something you can never imagine may affect the future of so many.

 

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Then Suddenly…

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We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.  Proverbs 16:9 NLT

On a morning recently, as I was checking my Facebook, I saw a post by Lone Star Jake of Lone Star Inspirations.com.  Jake is a fellow blogger and he is also one of my friends on Facebook.

Jake got married not too long ago and is blissfully happy!  He often post about his sweet bride, Mrs. Lone Star Jake.  One of his post grabbed my attention, and when it did  a light bulb went off in my head!

When I woke up on a particular morning with my coffee in one hand and the other hand typing out fb.com, I immediately noticed the first posting was by Lone Star Jake.  It just ‘grabbed’ me.  This is what it said (I am using it with permission and changing the names).

Would you like to hear a story? Two years ago from today, I was volunteering at ??? School of ??? Ministry for set-up/tear down for a speaker. I had saved seats for 4 of my classmates However, one of them brought an extra friend, and being the gentleman I am, I offered to move. I sat some ways back with a few other friends. I looked behind me and there was the future Mrs. Lone Star! After class, I shyly walked up and introduced myself. That moment changed my life! I would like to thank all folks involved. All of you played a part in my favorite romance story which I believe, was written by God.

As I read this God began to speak to my heart about it.  He had me notice when Jake woke up that morning, he had no idea God had gone before him and arranged a day that would forever change two people’s lives.  He had no idea God had gone before him and had literally orchestrated a blessing, not only for that day, but a blessing for every day of his life from that day forward.  He had no idea his friend was bringing a friend.   It may have looked like he had served and served his friends, just to have to move and sit alone, yet that decision pushed him toward an orchestrated and divine destiny!

As I thought about this love story, God reminded me He goes before us and makes the crooked paths straight.  Your life may not be anything like you want it to be and relief may not seem anywhere in sight, but God has gone before you and orchestrated great things for your life, too.  God doesn’t play favorites.  What God did for Jake, He will do for all.

I thought of my children, who have yet to find that special person.  One ‘small’ decision on their part will lead them straight to who God has for them and He knows how to set up the circumstances to get them to take that path.  I have prayed many years for my children’s spouses.  I know God has not only heard me, but has answered me and they will be a blessing to our family.  

I know God has gone before me and prepared a house for hubby and me.  One change in plans, one prompting of the Holy Spirit to ‘turn here’ is all it takes to walk right into the incredible blessing God has planned for us!

My brother is an attorney.  He was working on an important case and needed to speak with another attorney that was working with another firm on a portion of that case.  It was so important that he speak with him.  He would call and this gentleman would be unavailable.  Later, this gentleman would call my brother back and my brother would be unavailable.  It was as if they were just missing each other by seconds.

My brother had to fly to New York for a business meeting.  He had prayed God would help him meet with this man.  Time was growing short and the necessity of that meeting was becoming more and more urgent!  

 My brother and the other attorney are both from and are still living in Texas and my brother made a mental note when he got back to Texas he HAD to see this gentleman as soon as possible.  My brother’s flight had been delayed while in New York and he had to take another flight which made him have to go to another gate.  This meeting was weighing so heavily on his mind, as he walked quite a ways out of the way to get to the gate where his rescheduled flight would be boarding, he was praying about it.  Just as he rounded the corner, there sat the man he needed to speak with.  He was on the same flight from New York to Texas as my brother.  Ready for this?  Their seats were side by side.  By the time they got to Texas, their business was taken care of and all was well!

You see, friend, things such as delays, a change of seats, unexpected events in life, etc. can change your whole future and they happen so fast you stop later and think, ‘Whoa!  What just happened and how??  I couldn’t have worked that out so perfectly if I tried!’  God always has a way of getting your destiny to you, and He is never late nor can the enemy stop it.

You may have been the low man on the totem pole, so to speak,  all your life but when God gets ready to promote you, you are getting promoted!  You may have lived in abject poverty all your life, but when God commands the blessing, God also has a way out of poverty and into ‘the palace’.  People may have thought you weren’t much of anything, but when the time comes God will raise you up and His glory will so shine upon you, people will stop and say, “Who would have thought??” just as they did with Jesus’ disciples.

They had impressed no one.  That is why people were so dumbfounded as they were used by God.  Because they were known to be ‘unlearned men’ yet they spoke as though they had been to the greatest schools and had been trained under the greatest teachers.  No matter what your level  of education is, or the lack thereof,  it won’t and can’t stop God’s blessing and favor upon your life!

Stop trying to make things happen.  Stop trying to make God hurry His plan.  Stop trying to figure out how He is going to do it and start believing He is.  He has the way, keep your mind clear to hear His voice.  Before you know it, you will be living the vision.

 

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Holiday Recipe-Snickers Dip

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HOLIDAY RECIPE

The Christmas holiday is upon us (Praise God for the supreme gift of Jesus!!) and so are our Christmas celebrations!  I have found new recipes on Facebook, and if I don’t save them here they tend to disappear from my wall for some unexplainable reason!!  I don’t want to lose this one…I love Snickers and this is just far too yummy!!  Enjoy!

Ingredients:

2  (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, softened…
1  (8 ounce) Cool Whip
1/4 cup brown sugar
6 Snickers bars, chopped

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together.

Chill overnight to better blend the flavors.

Serve with pretzels or graham crackers.

 

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The Dead Have No Rights

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 DAILY BIBLE DEVOTION

Galatians 2:20

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20 I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.

In Christian circles we hear a great deal about dying to self, living unto Christ, counting the cost (as in giving our lives up, even mortally, if God sees fit to martyr us), YET if you make a “Christian” mad you can see just how alive THEY are!  Suddenly we hear words like, “I had every right to the way I felt, I had a right to be mad, I had every right to be offended”!  But the truth is, no you don’t if you are truly born again. 

You gave up the natural for the supernatural when you got saved.  In the natural, you deserved hell, you deserved to live a life of penance for your sins, you deserved to be sentenced for every wrong you ever thought of doing, for to think it is the same as doing it!  When we heard the message of grace, forgiveness, no longer being under the curse but under the blessing, we were all to eager to leave our natural lives behind and step into the supernatural things of God…until someone ruffled our feathers, so to speak!  Suddenly we are all to eager to grab hold of the natural things, the very things we wanted and knew we needed to be saved from.  Suddenly the words “count the cost, die to self” are words of yesterday…today is TODAY! 

I am amazed at people who are all too quick to pull out the scriptures about blessings and living in health and healing, protection, victory, but are so quick to live a life that is not much different from those who have little to nothing to do with God. They have RIGHTS, and you better not violate them!!   They have no concept that when they reached back into “fallen living” they placed themselves in a place where God CANNOT bless them, no matter how badly He wants to do just that!

When God says, “Keep your lips from speaking guile and long life will be yours”, we grab “long life will be yours, but forget there is a condition to that long life!  Let us take a good, hard look at Psalm 34!

12 What man is he who desires life and longs for many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Depart from evil and do good; seek, inquire for, and crave peace and pursue (go after) it!

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the [uncompromisingly] righteous and His ears are open to their cry.

Suddenly, when we have been made “rightfully” mad or “offended” we forget the Bible says to seek peace, not vengeance!  We want to see them get theirs and then we don’t want to see them at all!  They deserve to be “unfriended” from Facebook, they deserve to not be spoken to, they deserve the cold shoulder, they deserve for others to know what was done by them, they deserve to PAY for upsetting us!  Oh, yeah we know Jesus said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do” right down to an undeserved crucifixion and slow agonizing death, but He was deity!  God certainly cannot expect that of a “Christ Ambassador” or a “Christian” or someone who stepped down to an altar and said, “Use me God!!  I’ll count the cost!  Unless, it isn’t comfortable…then the cost may be just a little too much.  I mean we are only human!  We live in the natural, but God don’t disappointment me by not giving me the supernatural moves and blessings You promised!  We don’t want YOU to look bad!”   

We are quick to forget the part where He says, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the UNCOMPROMISINGLY righteous and His ears are open to their cry.”  What is ‘compromising’?  It is where one gives a little and the other gives a little, but neither fully have their way.  Compromising with God instead of being uncompromising will get you “little”.  You will have little grace, little blessings, and little power.  It is not worth it to live to ourselves!  In the end, the short-term pleasure of flesh unleashed is incomprehensible to all we could and would have gained by choosing to live (as hard as the choice was, it was still a choice) unto Christ  and His way of doing and being!

“Choose ye this day whom you will serve” doesn’t just mean decide if you are going to choose salvation over hell.  It means are you going to choose to do things God’s way as His Word commands (not suggest!) or live as seems good to you.  Leaders, you are judged at a higher standard, so choose wisely and cautiously what realm you want to live and function in!  (James 3:1)

Have I fallen short of the glory of God?  Yes, I have and for that I ask forgiveness of my Father and of others.  Will I remember next time I am tempted to exercise the ‘rights’ I gave up when I asked Jesus to live in me and through me so that I no longer live for myself, but for Him…I certainly will, because the One Who truly lives (Jesus) in me doesn’t forget, either!

 

 

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Did Anyone Get the Memo God is No Longer in Control?

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No, you did not get that memo, because God is FULLY in control and I have wonderful news, sweet friend!!  God ALWAYS will be in control!  When I wake up the first thing I do every morning is turn over, unplug my phone that is on my nightstand and go through my emails.   I am signed up for all kinds of news posts to be sent to my email, and I don’t have to tell you, the news seems to get worse daily!

I began to notice not long ago, first thing in the morning, I would feel a sinking feeling on the inside.  I then would roll out of bed half mad and half disappointed and my feet had not even touched the floor for the day!  Before I began the habit of reading the news first, I would get out of bed thanking God, and now I seem to be asking, “God, what is happening??” and feeling utter dread and despair.  Before I can even get a cup of coffee, my day seems to be starting out anything but joyous.  This is NOT me, nor does it reflect my personality.

I have ALWAYS  lived my life centered around God and His word.  I have found myself living my life centered around the news of the next imbecile thing our government does that only reflects the interest of about 13 per cent of America’s population!  Can you feel me getting frustrated again?  Why?  Because my focus has become more “man” ward than God ward!

I thought getting off of Facebook for a couple of weeks would help me, but of course, the emails kept coming.  I spent more time in prayer, but my prayer time seemed frenzied instead of peaceful and confident.  Have you ever watched the fights on television?  Hubby and Kate love them.  I can’t stand them!  But, for this occasion in life I can relate something from them.

Before a big fight, they get both opponents on camera and they talk all kinds of silly mess.  How one is going to pummel the other one, they aren’t the champion they are, how they have more fights under their belt, etc..  It just goes on and on like that.  But I have noticed there is always one that doesn’t do all of that trash talking.  They talk about what is necessary to focus, train, and to be ready when the time comes.  Rarely, does the one who talked all the garbage wins!  It always seems to be the one who kept their mind focused on the positive and necessary things, instead of all the smack talk that walks away with the prize!

It is just like that with the devil.  The devil will ALWAYS show you how bad things are!  The headlines will be negative.  The statistics of the economy and all that is happening to weaken the country more and more will follow.  One story after the other of utter negativity and hopelessness from one news agency to the next seems to be all too available!

Your emotions become involved…I have never seen anybody happy to hear bad news!  You begin to feel sullen and whipped!  You see no way of it changing.  Then the Holy Spirit begins to speak.  “What about Me?  What about all of the places in the word that promises you, you are the victor no matter what you see around you?  What about all the examples of when I sent My Word and performed mighty acts on behalf of those who put their confidence in Me instead of circumstances?”  Oh, thank God for the Holy Spirit!!!

I don’t deny our country is in a mess!  I don’t deny that even hopelessness, anger, and a spirit of offense has tried to trickle into the body of Christ due to it!  BUT I DO DENY ITS POWER TO ADVERSELY EFFECT ME AND MINE!!  God is my stronghold!!  On Him I CAN depend!!  My enemies may come at me one way,  BUT THEY SHALL FLEE SEVEN DIFFERENT WAYS!  What does that mean?  When they see you armed with the Word of God, joy is overflowing, and you know the FIGHT IS WON BY JESUS AND HIS VICTORY OVER THE CROSS WAS YOUR VICTORY, TOO THEY CAN’T “SPLIT” FAST ENOUGH!!

I am going to post a Psalm for you and for me!  It is the guarantee of what I have told you!  I am putting it before my eyes several times daily!!  Here is the memo!  YOU ARE VICTORIOUS!  NOTHING THE DEVIL PLANS WILL PREVAIL AGAINST YOU!  STOP BEING AFRAID AND CONFUSED!  DON’T BE OFFENDED (you forfeit power and  the ability to be used of God as He wants to use you when you do!) AND YOU WILL SEE YOUR LIFE FLOURISH AND THRIVE IN THE WORST OF TIMES!  GOD LOVES YOU, AND NOTHING CAN CHANGE THAT FACT!!!

Psalm 37

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Psalm 37

[A Psalm] of David.

1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness (that which is not upright or in right standing with God).

2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.

4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.

6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.

7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.

8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.

9 For evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait and hope and look for the Lord [in the end] shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the evildoers will be no more; though you look with care where they used to be, they will not be found.

11 But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

12 The wicked plot against the [uncompromisingly] righteous (the upright in right standing with God); they gnash at them with their teeth.

13 The Lord laughs at [the wicked], for He sees that their own day [of defeat] is coming.

14 The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who walk uprightly (blameless in conduct and in conversation).

15 The swords [of the wicked] shall enter their own hearts, and their bows shall be broken.

16 Better is the little that the [uncompromisingly] righteous have than the abundance [of possessions] of many who are wrong and wicked.

17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the [consistently] righteous.

18 The Lord knows the days of the upright and blameless, and their heritage will abide forever.

19 They shall not be put to shame in the time of evil; and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.

20 But the wicked shall perish, and the enemies of the Lord shall be as the fat of lambs [that is consumed in smoke] and as the glory of the pastures. They shall vanish; like smoke shall they consume away.

21 The wicked borrow and pay not again [for they may be unable], but the [uncompromisingly] righteous deal kindly and give [for they are able].

22 For such as are blessed of God shall [in the end] inherit the earth, but they that are cursed of Him shall be cut off.

23 The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step].

24 Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.

25 I have been young and now am old, yet have I not seen the [uncompromisingly] righteous forsaken or their seed begging bread.

26 All day long they are merciful and deal graciously; they lend, and their offspring are blessed.

27 Depart from evil and do good; and you will dwell forever [securely].

28 For the Lord delights in justice and forsakes not His saints; they are preserved forever, but the offspring of the wicked [in time] shall be cut off.

29 [Then] the [consistently] righteous shall inherit the land and dwell upon it forever.

30 The mouth of the [uncompromisingly] righteous utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks with justice.

31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.

32 The wicked lie in wait for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and seek to put them to death.

33 The Lord will not leave them in their hands, or [suffer them to] condemn them when they are judged.

34 Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land; [in the end] when the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.

35 I have seen a wicked man in great power and spreading himself like a green tree in its native soil,

36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was not; yes, I sought and inquired for him, but he could not be found.

37 Mark the blameless man and behold the upright, for there is a happy end for the man of peace.

38 As for transgressors, they shall be destroyed together; in the end the wicked shall be cut off.

39 But the salvation of the [consistently] righteous is of the Lord; He is their Refuge and secure Stronghold in the time of trouble.

40 And the Lord helps them and delivers them; He delivers them from the wicked and saves them, because they trust and take refuge in Him.

Now that is a memo!!  Blessings, precious reader!!  I will see you soon!

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