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!!!
Amplified Bible (AMP)
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!
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
2 Let Israel now say that His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
3 Let the house of Aaron [the priesthood] now say that His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
4 Let those now who reverently and worshipfully fear the Lord say that His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever.
5 Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place.
6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
7 The Lord is on my side and takes my part, He is among those who help me; therefore shall I see my desire established upon those who hate me.
8 It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
27 Those who give to the poor will lack nothing….
God awakened me at 3:15 a.m.. He immediately began to speak to me and have a talk with me I needed. If you are new to my blog, I’ll fill you in quickly. My husband works for the I.R.S.. Ironically, we are supporters of the Tea Party and are conservative Christians. We are so conservative and such Christians, we could be put on a poster to show what conservative Christians look like! In a moment you will know why it is so important for you to know this.
When God woke me today, He reminded me of a vacation we took our children on when they were little. We had gone to San Antonio, Texas to the River Walk. You could ride in a gondola and they would take you along the River Walk and tell you various aspects of the different buildings and the history behind them.
I will never forget one building in particular. As I looked at this tall building and the architecture of it, it struck me how much money had to go into building such a massive structure and architecturally intricate building. It had several storeys and on the corners of the building were very ugly creatures. The guide said they were gargoyles and had been placed by the business partners on the building to “guard it” and their money to keep it safe. They were billionaires in their own right and did not want to part with their money or their status of two of the wealthiest men in the world at that time.
Ironically, it wasn’t long after the building was finished the “Great Depression” hit and they lost every dime of their money. I remember one man committed suicide, but I don’t remember what happened to the other exactly other than I believe he died a pauper.
I thought to myself at the time, “This is what happens when you put your trust in anything or anyone other than God! Had they not trusted in gothic, mythical creatures to protect them, they probably would have died rich and this would not have happened!” God reminded me of that this morning.
My husband is in the lay-off due to the United States government shutdown. We have always been tithers and givers and God has always miraculously made a way for us. We have never trusted anyone but God when it came to our finances. Not long ago, we went to see our son who is a college and career pastor in Arkansas. On the Sunday morning we were there, his pastor preached on making sure you knew God was your source and no one or nothing else. He provides for our needs and is faithful to take care of us! Our jobs are just our REsource, but God ultimately is our SOURCE.
I had a feeling when he preached that message it would be an important one in the weeks ahead for us. I had no idea the government was going to shut down, but I had become far too comfortable in my husband’s job being the provider of our needs instead of seeing God as the one Who was using my husband’s job at the time to do it. Thank God, I had a timely and necessary reminder that day!
We are going into the ninth day of this shutdown. We have a president who will not budge or compromise and is determined things will be done his way or people can just suffer as punishment for what “the Republicans” won’t do! He does not seem to care that families are going hungry, children do not have food or other necessities. His goal is to get what HE wants at any cost. He is happy with the discomfort of people because discomfort often means pressure and he wants the pressure to be put on the Republicans to pass funding on the ”Affordable Health Care Plan” otherwise known as “Obamacare“. This is his mark on history, and by God he will have it, even if it is disastrous to the people it will have direct effects on! Why else would he and others opt OUT of having it themselves if it is the answer to all our problems??
I have never in 30 years seen a shutdown like this or furloughs such as we have endured. I have never seen a president, Democrat or Republican, that could turn their heads with nonchalance, to the needs of their own people of this great country to get what they wanted or had proposed. Obama does not seem to have the American people‘s best interest at heart…he will do what he deems necessary to prove his point without a willingness to compromise in any way, even if that means starving John Smith and his family and letting congress know they can give him what he wants or face the consequences of telling him no!
This had begun to cause me great distress! I began to feel fear try to grip me. I knew I had to remain strong on the outside for my husband’s sake and for the sake of my family. It is what a mother does! A mother is the glue that holds her family together and I am not going to fail my husband or the rest of my family!!
When God woke me up, He reminded me of what happens to people who put their trust in other things other than Him. He reminded me HE holds my future in His hand, not the government and certainly not a president who appears to be immature, childish, and reacts in a passive aggressive manner when he is told no in my opinion! God is the highest authority, contrary to certain people’s belief, and HE WILL MAKE A WAY FOR THOSE WHO TRUST IN HIM!! I am on God’s mind, God cares about the fact my family needs to eat and bills need to be paid. God cares about us and will never look away from helping us, EVER!! His ears are open to our cries and He will not fail to provide!
David wrote in Psalm “I was once young and now am old and I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor His seed begging bread.” I have quoted this many times throughout the years and now I can say I was once young and now I am older and NEVER have I seen the righteous forsaken or His seed begging bread, including my family and me!
My trust is in God alone and it is well placed. He rules this universe and He rules my world. On Him I can rely and I do! I can literally hold onto my peace, because no matter how magnificent the circumstances may seem, God will take care of them and me.
God bless you, dear reader! May your every need be met, and never forget God is mindful of you and you can trust Him. Make Him your source today and always and you will never be disappointed or put to shame!