Archive for Fortitude

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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It May Take More Than Glass Cleaner!

Monday, March 9th, 2015

 

 

 

 

It May Take More Than Glass Cleaner!

Dust, dirt and grime have a way of blocking out the sun.  Those particles settle in and cause a film or build-up to dull the shine.  It definitely creates a barrier of perception.  We just can’t quite see clearly.
I think that sometimes happens in our lives and we don’t realize that dust, dirt and grime have clouded over our thoughts, dulled our hearing and clogged up our relationship with Christ!  if we were talking windows…just a good glass cleaner would do the trick.  But when we are talking about our hearts…it’s another thing all together.
Our hearts are our vibrant lifeline to Jesus.  Let the dust of complacency, busy dirt and lack of the Word grime set in…and we have let the enemy come in to set up house-keeping in our lives, our home, our future.
The dust, dirt and grime the enemy brings is subtle and designed to slowly cloud our thoughts, dull our hearing and clog our relationship with our Creator.
Today…let’s recognize the barrier and clean our hearts with His Word, His Presence and His Truth.  Our hearts can only beat vibrantly for Him…when we get the “gunk” cleaned out.
The Son is shining…can you see Him now?
Deuteronomy 4:9  The Message ~”Just make sure you stay alert.  Keep close watch over yourselves.  Don’t forget anything of what you’ve seen.  Don’t let your heart wander off. Stay vigilant as long as you live. Teach what you’ve seen and heard to your children and grandchildren. “
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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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War Stories

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

Confrontation, in your face and behind your back!

 

by Joy Ware Miller – May 24, 2014

That’s high school in a nutshell!  Oh my goodness.  During middle school I had the wonderful opportunity to home-school both of our daughters.  What an awesome experience.  Believe me…there are stories to share about that too!

However, today…we’re talking War Stories from public high school.  Now understand…it’s not the kids, it’s not the teachers, it’s not the homework that is the problem.  The problem is the devil.  The enemy that comes to steal, kill and destroy lives.  This age group is so vulnerable to the plots and schemes of the devil…that all hell usually breaks out without a skirmish.  Not so sure about the adults! (ANYWAY)…

The enemy is slinging lies of self hatred, hatred of others, hatred of everything and anything.  So many kids are just mad…and they don’t know why.  Our culture has no restraints and says yes to everything that feels good, looks good, taste good and is fun for the moment.

Things look out of control!

It’s refreshing to know and hear War Stories of young adults who are praying and crying out for their schools, for their classmates and teachers.  There is a generation of those sold-out to Jesus and they are in our schools, they are on the playgrounds, they are in the lunch rooms.

My daughter recently said “this life isn’t easy, but God didn’t say it would be”!  “He just said it will be worth it”!  These young adults are praying for you, our families and community!  Every ambulance and fire-truck that goes by…these warriors are crying out for your protection and life for those you are rescuing.

Just when you think it’s over…the real battle has begun!  God is raising up those who will seek His face…and obey His voice!

CONNECT & REFLECT:  Always wear your armour…and don’t think you’re ever too young OR too old to fight.

Ephesians 6:11-18

 

 

 

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Hate To Exercise?

Monday, February 25th, 2013

HATE TO EXERCISE?  

              ADD THESE TO YOUR LIST…because they do not work!

CLIMBING  the walls

DRAGGING  your heels

GRASPING  at straws

SKIPPING  your meals  (may need this one more than others) :)

SPINNING  your wheels

JUMPING  the gun

PASSING  the buck

KICKING  yourself

STRETCHING  the truth

RUNNING  amok

CONNECT & REFLECT   Putting on the ole tennis shoes and sweatin’ to the oldies…just might be the best thing yet!  Sometimes it seems harder to exercise “self-control”!

Colossians 1:11  (Amplified)

“We pray that you may be invigorated and strengthened with all power according to the might of His glory, [to exercise] every kind of endurance and patience (perseverance and forbearance) with joy”

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