Refusing to Get Offended

I am not sure exactly when it happened, but after most of my life having been inundated by criticism, always at home- by parents and sister first and later husbands- I drew close and deepened my relationship with God. First, I read my Bible every chance I got. Then later my heart softened and at Ling last humility became my constant companion and I was at long last able to humble my heart to pray and kneel to my God, the Almighty. Then I started the obedience of fasting once a week and that drew me closer to God even more. And somewhere on this journey with my Lord God, He revealed to me that His is the only opinion that matters and that He loved me and made me on purpose for Himself and His kingdom. And that, my friends, when you finally grasp that and hold it in your broken heart, frees you from anyone’s criticism. You are above that level of insecurity and immaturity and distraction and certainly those lies. And you realize that God’s encouragement and blessings far far outweigh any pathetic attempt to put you down. God is way bigger (to entirely understate the magnitude of that) than any evil coming against your soul for the Holy Spirit lives there now. So, I refuse to get offended now. My pride is not puffed up and I know the truth about God and the secret that He is in charge. What people say about or to me is discarded the second it does not line up with God’s Word about me. And I genuinely forgive them instantly, feel sorry for them not understanding that God loves them too, and then praying for them to get it. And here is my secret. You are welcome.😄❤

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Jesus Christ, Our Savior

Almighty God, my Heavenly Father, I thank you for your great love. It stirs my heart to comprehend the great sacrifice you made on our behalf. We deserved punishment for our sins, crimes against Your holiness. But you did not leave us guilty. You gave us Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Jesus Christ, our Messiah, your only real Son, born of a precious girl and your Spirit. You allowed His work and words to be written down and poured out for us. 2,000 years later, we can see it all play out in the Words you wrote, the Bible I adore reading and can’t get enough of. Your Son, you loved, Jesus Christ, our Savior died horrifically and rose for us to be guiltless who ask for salvation. Your love is so great for us, the people you made and the saved ones you had mercy on and saved. And all who humbly trust you will be saved still, regardless of their crimes, all sin being equal in your eyes. Oh, Lord God, thank you. Thank you, Jesus Christ. Thank you, Holy Spirit. Eternity is secure because of your love and mercy. Please help me love and obey at every given opportunity. I love you so much, dear God. You are worthy of all praise and honor! May your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. May your name be praised in all the earth! Praise Jesus Christ! In His name I pray, amen.❤❤❤

Wisdom

I have no wisdom of my own, knowing my limitations as a finite individual. However, God gives n wisdom generously to whoever asks Him with a humble, pure heart. And I know that wisdom from God n is more precious than any amount of treasures on this planet. God’s wisdom is better than time, better than riches, better than power, better than honor, better than the best luxury or vacation mansion. How can that be? God’s wisdom provides the big picture, the eternal perspective and view of God and Jesus that allows and instructs you to live in thr luxury of the fruits of the Holy Spirit- love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control, with an enormous injection of hope. ❤ ❤ ❤

As I Fly

As I Fly through this life,

And the turbulence grows,

I know who holds up my wings.

For I once used to walk

And sluggishly climb

But God gave me the Spirit for my keeping.

And along now I fly

Through life’s high points and low

And I never run out of fuel

For even if I glide

For a little while

God raises me body and soul.

We are not alone

On this flight we are on

Even if it seems that we are.

No, God’s in control

When we ask Him to be

So we can have peace and just smile.❤

Fruit of the Spirit

Love this list of attributes of God that we can build on and work toward. These characteristics are the natural traits of God, who He is, what He wants us to aspire to and grow to be. And what a powerful and graceful list! Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Wow. How perfect is that list and God whose nature entails all of those. Perfect! How great is our God! May His will be done.❤❤❤

The Flow of the Spirit

The Holy Spirit working in us is not usually a dramatic work, although He can function however He wants. He is God. I will never limit Him. But the Holy Spirit most often works in a beautiful flow. A flow of truth, of thought, of shows of love, of generous encouragement. We can easily stifle His gentle urging by distractions, loudness, super-activity, sin, clinging to unforgiveness, many things. But when the Holy Spirit is flowing in your life and you free yourself (or humbly ask God to free you) to listen and move with His flow, it is peaceful, joyful, gentle, kind, good, loving, patient, faithful, self-controlled and is intrinsically hopeful. There is a reason we need Him. These things are life to the soul and eternal life. Beautiful flow. ❤❤❤

Power Over Blite

Blite (early in this case) is this horrible disease my tomato and blackberry bushes acquired from the incessant 3 week rain we had last month. It comes from the dirt splashing up on the plants and is a fungus that eat leaves when the plant can’t dry out. It sucks because it is a death sentence to the leaves but is slow to kill it. The treatment is removal of effected leaves and spray with a baking soda mixture to prevent spreading to good leaves. One tomato plant could not be saved but the other is now thriving again and jury us still up on the blackberry plant. We shall see. But the blite comes on as a few black spots then the outer edge turns black then curls and the death spreads to the next leaf. That is the slow death. The fruit is not effected but the leaves die so there is no nutrition to the fruit and it dies too. Now, I realize we are talking tomato plant here, but how like sin and lies that is for us. Sin and it’s accompanying lies are like blite for us. Sin cannot damage our fruit, our service to God but He can suffocate us with distractions and guilt and sin and lies until our fruit dies from a lack of spiritual nutrition and health. But what we need to remember is that hope is never gone. The Holy Spirit is the cure, the baking soda mixture we need to overcome. God prunes from our lives the dead parts sin caused and spreads medicine on us to cause what remains to thrive even better than before. God has all power and that certainly includes Jesus’ power over sin/blite. All we need to to receive that power and healing is humbly ask Him for it and stop doing n the sin. How awesome is that?!😄❤