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Keep Moving Forward

Photo Credit J. Holesworth

Life is not always butterflies and rainbows There will be times of pain. In those times we can look to the one constant thing…God. He will walk through the fire with us. When we turn to His word we find truth. It is the truth of His word that we will be encouraged to keeping moving forward even when we feel like stopping.

Scripture tells us:

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire , you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you. Isaiah 43:2 NASB

If you are walking through something painful, you are not alone. God is with you. You just need to trust Him. He loves you so much that he sent his only son to die for you. Hold tightly to Him and keep moving forward.

Have a Simply Blessed day.

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Help…Please Water Me!

My poinsettia sits in my kitchen slowly shriveling because I have been so busy that I have forgotten to water it. I noticed it the other morning and felt horrible. I quickly got some water on it and by the end of the day it had come back to life. What a perfect mental note that I needed to slow down and make sure I was filling myself with what was important…the living water.

That beautiful poinsettia was a reminder to me of what we are like on the inside when we are not filling ourselves spiritually. Just as we fill our bodies with food, we need to fill our spirits with prayer, study, fellowship, and worship.

I know this is a busy time of year. All the Christmas fun and celebration followed immediately by New Years can be draining on us. We can’t let the most important things fall to the side in all the hustle and bustle or we will become dry like my poinsettia. The shriveled petals and the leafs that had fallen of the poinsettia were screaming, “Help! Get me some water”.

In no time at all the poinsettia sprung back to life when I gave it a drink. What about you? Are you filling yourself with what you need or are you running on empty…spiritually dry?

Take some time and open your bible today. Refresh yourself with the living water of Jesus and while you are at it double-check your Christmas tree or any plants you have. They may need water too. Jesus is the reason for the season but he should be the living water we fill ourselves with on a daily basis.

May you have a very Merry Christmas.

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In all things…”FROG”

My friend’s daughter and I have a special thing that we call ourselves…

We are “FROG SISTERS”. Not because we look like frogs, and not because we like frogs but, because of what FROG stands for…

F-ully

R-ely

O-n

G-od

In all things the two of us remind each other to do just that.

When life throws the sucker punch, and it often does. You also need to trust God, trust the truth of His word, and remember that He is sovereign in all things.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Today take a moment to dig into the word of God and read these two scriptures: Psalm 9:9 and Psalm 18:2 . Mark them in your bible as a reminder that you can Fully Rely On God. You can also simply click on the two scriptures and see what they say.

Have a “Simply Blessed” day and in all things FROG

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Keep Your Eyes on Him

I hope that your day is off to a fantastic start. I pray that in all you do keep your eyes, mind, and heart on the Lord. You can count on Him to go before you through the valleys and to the mountain top moments. You just need to stay focused on Him. Proverbs 4:25-27 is the perfect reminder of this…

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Just like we keep our eyes on the road when we drive, we also need to keep our eyes on God for direction.

Today my payer is this.

Father God, Today I pray that you will remove the distractions from in front of us so that all we see is you. Guide us and keep us from evil. Bring us from glory to glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Change Your Perspective.

I love to take pictures of my daisies.

While photographing them, I felt drawn to look at some the daisies from another angle. The simple beauty of the daisies stretching towards the setting sun spoke to my heart. The word “perspective” rolled around in my head as I looked at the picture I had taken.

Perspective…what you see depends not only on what you look at, but also, on where you look from. -Author unknown.

Sometimes we need to change our perspective to see things more clearly. To change your perspective…”set your mind on things above and not on things that are on earth” Colossians 3:2. In other-words, set your eyes on God.

If you find yourself looking at things through the eyes of the world change your perspective and look at things through God‘s eyes.

Father God, I pray that you would give each one of us a new perspective where it is needed.  Help us to see things as you see them.  Help us to see the beauty in the hardest trials. Father, help us to always keep our eyes and our minds focused on you, not on what the world wants us to see. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

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Don’t Just Frost Yourself

The thick layer of frosting swirled perfectly on top of the cupcake was calling my name. 6604420_sI’m a frosting girl. One bite into that cupcake, that looked so beautiful, led to instant disappointment. Underneath the frosting was a very dry cupcake lacking any flavor.

We can very easily be just like that dry cupcake. On the outside we can frost ourselves with our cross necklaces and bracelets. Over our shoulder or on our arm we may carry a beautiful purse that is adorned with a silver-studded cross. Maybe there is a pair of cowboy boots decorated with a turquoise cross that you have your eye on.

One thing we need to remember is, no amount of jewelry or clothing worn on the outside is a true reflection of our walk with God. I am not saying we should not wear things with crosses. I have a cross necklace that I wear almost daily. In my closet hang items of clothing with crosses and I do want a pair of cowboy boots with a cross on them. No matter what we wear on the outside, it is not as important as what is on the inside. We need to make sure that what is on the inside is not dry like the cupcake I bit into. No amount of frosting could ever cover up how dry and bland that cupcake was. And no amount of cross swag worn on the outside can hide how dry and bland we may be on the inside.

Cooking is not one of my strongest giftings. More than once I have forgotten to add the salt to what I was making. Forgetting to add the salt to a batch of chocolate chip cookies can change the way they taste. I can’t help but wonder if some salt would have helped improve the bland taste of that cupcake.

Scripture teaches about the importance of salt.

” For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Mark 9:49-50 (ESV)

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Matthew 5:13 (NIV)

Salt not only adds flavor, it is also a preservative. We are told to have salt in ourselves. If we are not salting ourselves with the peace, love, kindness, gentleness and truth of God, we will become dry and bland in our walk. Just as salt preserves, God preserves. We need to make it a point to not lose our saltiness. No amount of frosting could make that dry cupcake taste good and no amount of outward religious swag that we adorn ourselves with will ever hide our dryness in God’s eyes. Sure the world may think we are Christians because we wear a cross necklace but God looks at our heart.

Don’t just frost yourself… salt yourself.

In closing, l will leave you with this prayer.

Lord, I pray whoever reads this will have a love for You that is much deeper than their outer appearance. May they be salted from the inside out and filled with the peace, love, kindness, gentleness and the truth of You, God.

Have a blessed day.

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