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Danger – Beware!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Beware of bears! – Joy Ware Miller

 

 

 

Hey…at least I was warned…right?  The directions tell me exactly what to look for and how to avoid a bear.

Now my natural instinct is to OBEY the directions and stay clear of any and all bears.  I may want to read the directions again and take any necessary precautions…just to be sure!  That just makes sense!  No one wants to have an encounter with a bear…not now…not ever!

This situation made me think of how tricky the enemy can be.  At all times the enemy is looking for opportunites to take something from us.  He’s really out to “kill, steal and destroy” (Jn 10:10).  Yet sometimes, we take the directions (The Word of God) so lightly…we miss the warning signs.  We don’t understand the directions that tell us to “flee the very appearance of evil”, (1Thes 5:22) – or to “put on the whole armor of God” (Eph. 6:11) – or to “renew our minds” (Rom 12:2).  That would be daily!

And somtimes…we just take the directions (The Word of God) for granted…and walk right into the bear (the enemies territory) and then wonder “what happened?”

I know what happend!  The warning signs were ignored, DIS-OBEYED, missed and wrapped in honey!  Lack of prayer time, lack of intimacy with God, being swift to speak and slow to hear rather than swift to hear and slow to speak, giving into our own desires rather than God’s.  The list could go on and on.  The Bible tells us “that the Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)

I was reminded recently that we should “take our post with the spiritual responsibility that has been intrusted to us.”  Thank you Amani!

I’m taking my Post…won’t you join me?

CONNECT & REFLECT: Our strength will always come from Jesus – He IS our Source!

Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait I say, on the Lord!

 

 

 

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Rivers In The Desert

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Perspective - 

Isn’t it amazing that when you lose your perspective on God or His Word, how clearly you can see everything negative in your life!  Without keeping your perspective on God’s Word,  our circumstances look hazy, our family looks unfamiliar, our finances seem non-existant, our over-all outlook on life is dim.  So how could something like that happen?

We can easily lose our perspective when “life” happens and we get consumed by our outward circumstances.  We get busy being busy.  We see how deep the water is and forget about walking on it!  Work demands our attention, our family deserves more time.  Church activities become burdensome and we feel the “time to make the donuts” syndrome.  We wake up counting the hours before it’s bedtime again.  Be alert – that sounds like signs of depression! (An enemy tactic for sure)!

So what do we need? More rest? More money? More time? More responsibility?  Nothing wrong with those things.  However, I am finding “More Perspective” – seeing Jesus clearly is what makes the difference.  Spending time at the feet of Jesus, in His arms – face to face gaining His perspective.  Seeing everything through His Eyes only!   In Isaiah 41:17-20, we are reminded that the Lord hears us, we are not forsaken, and that He will create open rivers in desolate places.  Basically, with clearer perspective from God…we can see His Hand in our lives…even in the wilderness.  That’s the hard part sometimes but should encourage us to press on!

If you ever find yourself in the desert or a wilderness season…don’t lose your perspective – or clear view of Jesus.  Take the time – make the time to climb up in your Daddy’s lap and get His perspective!   He definitly sees you and will guide you through and eventually out with His Right Hand!

CONNECT & REFLECT: Don’t be afraid…He is the Alpha and Omega and everything you need in between!

Isaiah 41:13 For I the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you ‘Fear not, I will help you.’  NKJV

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Comfort At 25,000 Feet!

Monday, March 16th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

I’m currently  flying at 25,000 feet.  It’s 5:30 in the morning and still very dark outside.  In the distance I can faintly see the runway lights and the lights from the city.

However, right on the wing are lights that continue to blink and can be easily seen whether cloudy or dark.   It’s so cool…because I sense God saying “I am here”.

Three little words at 25,000 feet are precious to discern.

Whether you are experiencing a high situation or things are at a low..God is reassuring you…”I am here…I am with you…you are not alone”.

Today…sit back and leave the flying and the lifting to God!

Read Psalm 91:1-2

 

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Peace

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world is giving us so many things…all wrapped in one small four letter word.  However this small four letter word is designed to wreck havoc in our lives starting from within.  We hear about wars, beheadings and terror.   Many don’t know what tomorrow holds…financial issues, health challenges, job difficulties, family disconnected, loneliness and are worried about the future.  The world is offering the four letter word of fear.

How do we handle fear?

Don’t forget, God gave us so many things within Himself, that should absolutely resonate in our lives as Believers.  I trust the headlines on and in our heart reads “PEACE…no matter what.”   Our God never said it (life) was going to be easy…but He gave us tools through His Word that we must continually pick up AND use!  Daily!

One tool is peace!  ”Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. ” John 14:27

God has given us peace…His peace.  Nothing can compare!

When we know Him…we know peace!  No God…no peace!

 

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

 

DESIGNED BY GOD ~ Joy

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.  Psalm 139:14 | NKJV

You are Somebody regardless if anybody recognizes you at all.  Everyone sometimes wishes they were somebody that everyone woud see and admire.  However, that’s not how it works.  Usually you are somebody because everybody else says so.

What?

What if nobody is saying anything about you…but talking about everybody else?  Are you less of a somebody if nobody recognizes the wonderful and unique somebody in you?  Don’t you sometimes want to shout “Hey…I’m over here?”  Then everybody would look your way and wonder just who is that nobody and what are they shouting about.   Ya hafta laugh!

So What?

Does it mean you are less of a somebody if nobody knows you?  Absolutley not!

You are SOMEBODY regardless of all the other bodies…because God has a special plan designed only for you!

You are Uniquely and Wonderfully created and made by God!  You are His Somebody…and don’t ever let anybody make you believe anything else!  You have a label in your shirt that says “Designed by God”.

Got it?  Good!

 

 

 


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