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Good Fruit

From Jesus himself,

“This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”John 15:8 NIV.

We have all been called to be his disciples. I want to encourage you to daily look for those God ordained moments to show the love of God to others.  You don’t need to be pushy about it. Sometimes a simple smile and a hello to someone can impact them. A random stop at a Taco Bell opened the door for me to pray with a stranger. I was afraid but I knew God needed me to be brave. Today my prayer is that God would give you eyes to see the need, and ears to hear when He calls you. I pray that He would give you the words to speak.

You have been called to be a disciple. May you bear good fruit and bring glory to God.

 

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Beautiful, Beloved, Without Blame

With God, we can find our real identity. I have seen women move from lives of sorrow to lives of joy when they open their hearts to receive his love and forgiveness. In him they were truly remade. They tossed away any labels the enemy had them believing and raised their eyes to the Lord for a true picture of they are!

Scripture has a lot to say about who we are in Christ, and when we dig in to find the truth, we can expose the lies that we believed about who we are. Just look what scripture says about who you are in Christ.

❤️God loves you…”But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved)” Eph 2:4-5 NLT

❤️ You are God‘s masterpiece...”For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do good things he planned for us long ago”. Eph 2:10 NLT. God created you and has a plan for you. You need to understand that, no matter what lies you have believed. God sees you as his beloved daughter.

❤️ You are without blame… “Even before he made the world, God loved us and shows us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes” Eph 1:4 NLT.   When you allow God to erase the lies you carry from your past you will begin to see yourself as He sees you…without blame.

I hope you let the truth of those scriptures sink in. You are beautiful, beloved and without blame.

Have a Simply Blessed day.

 

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You Can Scale the High Places

Recently my family took a hike to Hunt Lake in northern Idaho. Every time I take that hike God shows me something. I have a chapter in my book that I wrote about our drive to hunt lake but, on this particular day God showed me something else. As we scaled the large boulders up to the lake I noticed that my knee that has had 2 surgeries was so much stronger. My ankles were also so much stronger and I scaled the rocks with a new ease. All my PT and working out had made a huge difference. This mountain of big boulders did not seem so big anymore and I knew the beauty of the lake would be worth every scrape on my legs and any soreness I would feel the next morning. As I climbed I remembered that God can give us feet like a deer to scale the high places. You need to trust God to get you up the mountain and… there needs to be some training from you. All of the PT and other exercising I did made my legs strong enough to climb that mountain. When you study the word of God you will find strength to overcome the mountains of life. I love what scripture says…

”Yet I will rejoice in the Lord; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. Habakkuk 3:18-19  And, here is another one of my favorites… “It is God who arms me with strength and keeps my way secure. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You make your saving help my shield, and your right hand sustains me; your help has made me great. You provide a broad path for my feet, so that my ankles do not give way. Psalm 18:32-36.

Dig in and study the Bible. Today I challenge you to grab your Bible and read one of the two chapters I have cited.

Keep pressing forward in faith and you will reach the mountain top.

Have a Simply Blessed day.  

 

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Taste and See

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” Psalm 34:8 

Taste and see is an invitation to…Try this because you will like it. When we taste and see all that God has for us we will find that He is good. We will discover that…

💜God is kind, He is good to all and has compassion for all (Ps 145:9)

💚He can deliver us from our fears (Ps 34:4)

💙He can supply our needs (Ps 34:9)

💛He is our rock, our fortress and our deliverer (Ps 18:1)

🧡He is close to the broken-hearted (Ps 34:28)

💜He gives wisdom (Prov 2:6)

💚His forgiveness is given for all (Jn 3:16,17)

💙and His forgiveness is…”as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.”(Ps 103:12).

When we dig into the word of God we will be able to “taste and see” all that God has for us.  Grab your bible and read Psalms 34 and share with me in the comments what awesome things you found because you choose to “Taste & See”.

Have a Simply Blessed day.

 

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Pruning is Necessary

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NIV

Recently I learned that if the grape-vine is not pruned, after 7 years it will no longer produce fruit. Like the vine must be pruned to produce fruit, we also must be pruned. Though we have been saved our sanctification is on going. God in his perfect timing snips away the things that are not life-giving. It could be a certain kind of show or movies we have been watching. It may be a person or persons who are not healthy for us. God might even lead you to move to prune away many things.  Whatever it is that is removed…you can trust that there will be something better that will begin to grow .  Be patient new growth doesn’t happen over night. Trust God to be your master gardener. After all who wants to be like the vine that no longer produces fruit?

 

 

 

 

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Deep Waters

The book of psalms is filled with so much wisdom. In times of pain I find that comfort can be found within the Psalms.

Psalms 42 is a prayer for rescue and a psalm for those who have been hurt or slandered.

I believe that when we dig into the word of God it allows for His goodness to wash over us. It is refreshing to our soul. One of the verses that stood out to me in Psalm 42 is…Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls: all your waves and breakers have swept over me” Psalms 42:7

As I am writing this I happen to be at the Priest Lake and the water level is extremely high. The ramp to our dock is covered in water and we have no beach at this point. The lake has crept across the grass of my dad’s cabin next door and the wind is creating waves that are crashing over docks and yards around the whole lake. All of us around the lake know that the water will subside and we will be able to fix the damage done by the high water and crashing waves.

There is nothing that says we won’t find ourselves in what feels like deep waters. As the storm rages around us and the waves come crashing in, we can cry out to God for help. We can count on Him keep us afloat.

If you are reading this today and your soul is downcast, I want to encourage you to grab your Bible and read Psalms 42. If you don’t have a bible with you here is the link to Psalms 42. Put your hope in God and praise him even in the storm. Let His truth sweep over you like the roar of a mighty waterfall and trust Him in the deep water and crashing waves.

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Comfortably Numb

I woke up with the words “comfortably numb” on my mind and it reminded me of the song by Pink Floyd.  Comfortably numb…hmm…have
I become comfortably numb? Have you become comfortably numb?  As the day went on, those two words continued to roll around in my head like the clothes being tossed to and fro in my dryer.  I was sure God was trying to show me something that needed to be shared with others.

The next morning at 4 a.m., I am wide-awake because I am still hearing the words “comfortably numb”.  As I lay in bed I say, “Okay God, I hear You, You have my attention. What are you trying to show me?” Any thought of staying in my warm bed was gone at that point.

Snuggled in my warm bathrobe with a cup of coffee, I sat down and got to work trying to understand what God was showing me. Thank goodness for Google because at 4 a.m. I was not ready to go looking for a dictionary. I looked up the definition of “numb” and its synonyms.

Numb when used as a verb means to “deprive of feeling or responsiveness”.  Some of the synonyms for numb are: apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling.

Ouch! The definition of “numb” should be enough to get our attention and the synonyms ought to pierce our hearts.  Have we as Christians become numb to the needs around us?  Have we become apathetic, indifferent, callous, detached, aloof, disinterested, insensible, unconcerned, and unfeeling towards those lost in the darkness?  Are we so “comfortably numb” that the depravity of this world no longer bothers us? Is it possible that we can make a difference?

In Ezekiel 22:30, God is looking for intercessors, people who will stand in the gap.

“I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn’t have to destroy it. I couldn’t find anyone.” (MSG)

God couldn’t find anyone. Not one priest, not one prophet, not one prince, and not even one person who was willing to intercede in prayer.  Today God is still looking for prayer warriors who will stand in the gap. He is looking for those who have not become comfortably numb to the needs of those in their community and the world.

One person can make a difference with their prayers. Will you answer God’s call in Ezekiel 22 and pray for the lost. Can we join in prayer against the wickedness of this world?  Will you pray for our leaders and will you pray against the division in this country? Lets ask God to burden our hearts for the needs of this world so that we never become “comfortably numb”.

What was Pink Floyd singing about in their song, “Comfortably Numb”?  Some say it was drugs. Roger Waters who wrote it said it was not.  I really don’t think it matters.  What matters is that God is creative and he can use any means to reveal his message to us.  Let the opening lyrics of the song play in your head and listen closely for what God has to say to you.  They seem to go perfectly with Ezekiel 22.

Hello? Hello? Hello?

Is there anybody in there? (Or in this case, “out there”?)

Just nod if you can hear me.

God is looking for someone to answer the call to intercede in prayer for this world. Is that you?  Just nod if you can hear Him.

Until next time, may you be Simply Blessed.

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Learning Never Ends

Photo Credit J. Holesworth

We teach our children and they also go to school to learn.  The learning or the instruction should not stop at the school or within our homes.

Learning does not end when we become adults. Daily we should be seeking the wisdom and instruction of God. He is the greatest teacher. Jesus was also called Rabbi or teacher. The lessons God has for us never end. We have to be willing to learn and grow or we will miss what he is teaching us. No matter how old we are we all need a teacher, a Rabbi, God…and we should never stop listening to His instructions for our life. We should be digging into our text book…the Bible. And we need to do so on a regular basis.

I love psalm 119:33,34 in the Message transition:

God, teach me lessons for so I can stay the course. Give me insight so I can do what you tell me—my whole life one long, obedient response.

Lord, today I pray that whoever reads this will seek to learn from you. That they will open their bible and dig in. I pray that daily they will learn from you and find lessons from you in the most unexpected things. Thank you for being our teacher and for always wanting to help us grow in wisdom. Amen

Remember that learning does not end just because you are an adult.

Have a Simply Blessed day:)

 

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Keep Moving Forward

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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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Happy New Beginnings.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;  his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

The “steadfast Love” means the…unchanging, unwavering, unhesitating, unfaltering, unyielding love of the Lord. It is a love that never ceases. His mercies or you could say his forgiveness never comes to an end. They are new every morning and today as we start a new day and a new year, you can hold on to the promise of his word. 

Today is the day when everyone picks their new years resolutions…”I am going to go to the gym and get in shape”, “I am going to read more and learn more”, “I am going to work towards a promotion at work”. The list is long of the new starts and new goals.

Before we move full-steam ahead on our New Years Resolutions, it is my hope that each of us would take a moment to ask God to forgive us of the things we need forgiveness for. By doing so, we can start the new year with a clean slate. Thank God for his steadfast love. Thank him that his mercies never come to an end. Thank him that every morning they are new and they are also new with the start of a new year.

As you think of your New Years resolutions, take some time to think of a scripture for 2018 also.  Mine is Psalm 143:8.

Let the morning (and the New Year) bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8. 

Write your scripture down and place it where you will see it on a regular basis. Feel free to use the same one I did if it speaks to your heart. Please share in the comments what scripture you choose.  Your scripture just might be what someone is looking for.

Happy New Year and Happy New Beginnings. 2018 is here…a new start! 2017, the old is gone.

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