Thursday, October 30, 2008

Squatting Privilages? NO!

This piece of art work is painted by Ron DiCianni.

We are all approached with difficult situations.....but we're not to accept them. They may be laced with facts, they may be diagnosed and in black and white, they may be the FACTS surrounding part of our lives, but they are not the truth according to God's Word. God's Word says something else and is always BIGGER than any devil from hell and the adversity that it tries to bring. satan would have any of us to believe otherwise.

If we will only set out mouths in agreement with God's Word, bind up the attack from he_ll according to the Word of God, and not "sign" for it with our will help us to escape from the snare of the fowler.
If I don't sign for a UPS package, the driver will not leave it with me. If I do not "sign" for ANY package from hell then it cannot be delivered to me. It may be staring at me in my face and screaming at me and trying to intimidate me, causing me sorrow and pain in my spirit, soul or body, causing fear, grief and UNBELIEF, etc etc etc.....but what I've GOT TO DO is to speak to that giant in front of me and tell it that it's NOT MINE, I do not accept it and that it has to go back to he_ll where it came from. I've got to take the Word of God and use it against that giant and it WILL hit it's mark - and WHEN it's taken DOWN, then take the Sword of the Spirit and cut of it's head.

The Word of God says that death and life are in the power of the tongue.

I'm given opportunities to be ill, to be depressed, to walk in defeat, to have calamity, grief and sorrow to come to my life, and if I set myself in agreement with any or all of it, it WILL INDEED come to STAY and if I sign for it with my tongue I'm camping out with it. BUT I WILL NOT, in the Name of Jesus. God has a better way for us. He is FOR us, not against us.

Nope! I'm not pitching a tent and dwelling THERE! I'm dwelling in the Secret Place of the Most High.
I'm made an overcomer by the BLOOD OF THE LAMB AND THE WORD OF MY TESTIMONY!
GREATER is HE on the inside of me than he that is standing in front of me screaming at me.
I RUN to the tower GOD MADE FOR US, and hide myself in HIM.
I'm a daughter of THE MOST HIGH, and He knows how to protect me...and I run to Him.
I take the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT, which is the Word of God and it ALWAYS makes it's mark.
God said that His Word will NOT return void, but that it would always accomplish what it was sent to do.

We are all walking through a land full of giants, but if they know what is good for them, they'll not come to MY HOME or YOUR HOME. The Body of Christ MUST rise up to be the warriors we've ALL been called to be. The battle isn't even's the Lord's....we just make use of what He's left us with. His Word, The Blood of His Son, and the Name of Jesus. He's given us the weapons of warfare. (Ephesians 6)

There may be symptoms, situations, snares of any kind, but not by my invitation. I will not give them squatting privileges.

I choose not to agree with a thief (John 10:10) he's not a creator, he just steals what's not his and perverts it. But I will agree with the GREAT and MIGHT GOD, Creator of Heaven and Earth, author and finisher of my faith, and with HIS HELP I will always AGREE WITH HIM!!! In Jesus' Name. We will sing of YOUR LOVE FOREVER, of Your power and might FOREVER, of the victories You give us FOREVER!

Father, HELP US to come running to You. Help us to recognize the devil when he comes our way, even with a whisper in our ear and to pull him down with Your Word. HELP US to be the warriors that You've intended us to be. HELP US to RUN TO YOU and YOUR high tower, and make use of Your Word, The Blood of Your Son, and His Name. HELP US to not give the devil any squatting privileges, in Jesus' Name.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Seeking God?

In the Psalms we're told that we lift up our hearts with our hands before God.

Jeremiah 29:11-14
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
13. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.
14. I will be found by you, says the Lord

This is one of my favorite full of hope and promise, isn't it? The notations in my Bible has this to say about it as well....


Seeking God and Spiritual Warfare, Faith's Warfare.

Throughout Scripture we find repeated references to God's people seeking after Him. Implied in these passages is a quest for God that includes a level of intensity beyond what might be termed ordinary prayer. The word "search" along with the phrase "with all your heart" suggests an earnestness that borders on desperation. The word "search" (Hebrew 'darash') suggests a "following after," or close pursuit of a desired objective; it also implies a diligence in the searching process. In II Chronicles 15:2, Azariah promises the Lord will be with His people if they "seek" (darash) after Him - another indicator of God's emphasis on intensity and diligence in prayer


In the New Testament we see that Paul tells us that the effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much. James 5:16

John tells us in I John 5:14,15
14Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

We have to seek Him, seek out His Word to understand His character, to KNOW what His will is. We have His will and testament left to us....His Word. Jesus is the executor of that will to us - He bought and paid for it with His own Blood, the New Covenant to us.

In the Gospels where the life of Jesus was noted, He told us repeatedly that if we've seen Him we've seen the Father, because He did nothing but what the Father led Him to do or say.

The life of Jesus is a marvelous display of WHO Father God is, and what His character is like and His heart towards humanity.

I invite you to SEEK Him.
There's a passage in Matthew 7:7,8 that tells us to:
7. Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
8. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

The red lettering indicates that these are the words of Jesus.
He paid too big a price for us NOT to take advantage of such an offer, didn't He?

Father, I ask You to HELP US, come to You boldly. Help us to SEEK You in Your Word, and through prayer. Help us to have confidence in who You say You are, and what You say You can and want to do. Thank You for making Yourself known to us this day and for the rest of our lives. In the Name of Your Son, Jesus.

Friday, October 24, 2008

God's Faithfulness

While thinking of God's faithfulness to us, I tried to think of an image that would symbolize it.....and about everything good to any of us, it would be the cross, wouldn't it? The finished work of Jesus.

Not many weeks ago, God brought to me a Scripture in Jeremiah 31:17 that says
17And there is hope for your future, says the Lord; your children shall come back to their own boarders.

At the time, I did not know what the Lord was making reference to, but I quickly agreed with Him and began making confession of that Scripture over all of our children and grandchildren....not knowing what and who He was speaking about.

Over the last week, there has been some most tragic happenings in our home that God took into His own hands and turned around completely by His Spirit, for His Glory. We are to be thankful - always, before the Lord, but there are just some things that are deserving ONLY of giving thanks on our bellies, before Him. That's where I've been. There will not be enough time even in eternity to give Him all the praise that is in my heart.

God always knows how to prepare our hearts, and to get our mouths in agreement with Him and to make a difference with what HE knows lays ahead of us. We need always to be sensitive to Him and His voice, and follow His leading, and to trust and rely on Him to be the Deliverer He tells us He is. Thank God.

He really Is our GREAT and MIGHTY God!

Father, THANK YOU for HELPING US to trust in You, in Your Word and HELP US to be led by YOUR Spirit. God it is YOU alone that will make a difference in our lives. You ARE our GREAT and MIGHTY GOD, You're to be trusted, because You are Trustworthy and Faithful to all generations. It is You alone that we're to put our trust in, and Help us to LEAN ON YOU, walk with You, talk with You, follow You on into eternity with You. In Jesus' Name.

Monday, October 20, 2008

First Things First

First things First

During my years of walking with the Lord, He has taught me many wonderful things. He has taught me about faith and righteousness, healing and prosperity. He has taught me so many vital truths from His Word for which I am very grateful. And He’s teaching me more every day. Yet, if you were to ask me to name the most important principle of Christian living that I’ve learned, I could answer you without hesitation.

It is the secret of maintaining a living connection with God. Staying in daily communion with Him is, without question, the No. 1 priority of the Christian life. It is the key that opens every door to this life and the next.

If we don’t really know God, it doesn’t matter how much information we have about Him. We can be full of faith knowledge. We can understand how it comes, what it does and how to release it. We can study about love until we have memorized every love scripture in the Bible. We can know the steps to healing and prosperity backward and forward. But, we won’t have the momentum to put those things into action unless we spend time with God and maintain a living connection with Him.

When all is said and done, it’s not what we know that counts; it’s what we actually do. And without vital, continual union with God, we won’t be spiritually strong enough to do what we know to do! As Philippians 2:12-13 says:

Therefore, my dear ones, as you have always obeyed [my suggestions], so now, not only [with the enthusiasm you would show] in my presence but much more because I am absent, work out (cultivate, carry out to the goal, and fully complete) your own salvation with reverence and awe and trembling (self-distrust, with serious caution, tenderness of conscience, watchfulness against temptation, timidly shrinking from whatever might offend God and discredit the name of Christ). [Not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire], both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight (The Amplified Bible).

It’s amazing how many Christians don’t realize that. They rush around trying to do things in their own strength. They run from one good thing to the next, trying to serve the Lord. But because they don’t maintain a living connection with God, they end up tired, frustrated and defeated.

They are like Martha on the day Jesus ministered in her home. Instead of sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to Him teach the Word as her sister, Mary, was doing,
Luke l0:40-42 says:

But Martha [overly occupied and too busy] was distracted with much serving; and she came up to Him and said, Lord, is it nothing to You that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me [to lend a hand and do her part along with me]! But the Lord replied to her by saying, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; there is need of only one.... Mary has chosen the good portion
[that which is to her advantage], which shall not be taken away from her

An Awesome Privilege
As you can see from Mary’s example, there is nothing complicated about establishing a living connection with Jesus. Even the newest believer can do it. Abiding with God is simply fellowshiping with Him. It’s staying in touch with Him. It’s talking to Him and listening to Him. It’s setting aside the distractions and demands of life and taking the time to commune with Him in His Word and in prayer.

Some people say, “Well, I’d like to do that, but my schedule just won’t permit it.”

Actually, I don’t believe they would say that if they realized what an awesome privilege it is to fellowship with Almighty God. If they had a genuine revelation of the fact that the Creator of the entire universe has made Himself available to personally meet with them every day, they would change their schedules. They would find some way to make time for Him.

Think about what an amazing opportunity it is to personally commune with God. Adam and Eve had that opportunity in the Garden of Eden. God would come and walk with them in the cool of the day. But then they sinned and lost their ability to have that kind of contact with God. They died spiritually, so they were unable to respond to Him as they once had done.

When God came calling for them, instead of standing righteous and unashamed in His presence, they ran and hid because they were full of shame and condemnation.

What a loss! What a tragedy that was!

Because of their sin, for 4,000 years afterward, mankind was locked out of the presence of God. Even the Israelites—God’s special people—were unable to fellowship freely with Him. When they needed divine help or healing, they had to go to the priest. And though the priest had the anointing of God on him, even he couldn’t go boldly into God’s presence whenever he wanted. Only the high priest could go behind the thick veil of the temple into the holy of holies where the presence of God dwelt. And he could only go there once a year with great precaution and always with the blood of an animal to atone for his sin as well as for the sins of the people.

But, hallelujah, when Jesus went to the cross for us all that changed! He paid the price for our sins. He shed His own blood not just to atone for sin, but to remit it. His sacrifice of Himself for us restores man’s lost fellowship with God when we choose Him as our Lord and Savior.

Now, as born-again believers, we “have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus” (Hebrews 10:19, AMP). God is accessible to us once again. He has made us new creations and put His own Spirit inside us so that we ourselves can be temples of the living God. He has given us His righteousness so that instead of hiding from the presence of God, we can “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”
(Hebrews 4:16).

My, what a privileged people we are! We can commune with Him any time of the day or night.

God has flung open to us the door of fellowship. He has said, “I’m here for you. Just draw near to Me and I’ll draw near to you. I’ll give you the wisdom you need. I’ll strengthen you and equip you and help you in every area of your life.”

Yet how many Christians are daily taking advantage of this wonderful privilege? Too few. They’re too busy with the affairs of life to take the time for Him.

“Well, Gloria,” you might say, “considering how much we have to do these days, that’s understandable.”

Is it? Think about it from another perspective for a moment, and I think you’ll change your mind.

Suppose you wake up one morning, walk into your kitchen and Jesus is sitting at the table. “Well, Jesus!” you would say with surprise. “I’m thrilled You came by. I’ve really been wanting to see You. I have some serious problems and I need Your help. I wish I had time to talk to You about them right now, but I have to run. I’m having lunch downtown and I have to take care of some business. Maybe we’ll have time to talk awhile when I come home tonight.”

When you arrive home, your son has a Little League game, so you rush out the door saying, “I’m sorry, Jesus. I have to go to the game right now. We’ll spend a few minutes together before I go to bed tonight, OK?”

But when you return from the Little League game, you are so tired. You think, I just need to watch a little television to relax. Then you fall asleep in front of the television, while Jesus continues to sit and wait for you at your kitchen table. Finally, the day has slipped completely away, and you have missed your opportunity to be with Him.

Of course, you probably think you would never do such a thing. If Jesus physically came to your house, you’d stop everything just to be with Him. Yet, when you understand how real the spirit realm is, when you fully realize that His precious Holy Spirit is right there inside you, waiting for you day after day, you’ll see that it’s just as foolish to neglect your daily fellowship with Him in the Word and in prayer as it would be to leave Jesus sitting alone at your kitchen table.

It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit will give you a deeper revelation of that truth and He will strengthen you in your commitment to put first things first and make a living connection with Jesus every day. I know from experience, it will forever change your life.
(This article was excerpted from Gloria Copeland’s book To Know Him.)


Father, I ask YOU to HELP US, to be hungry and thirsty after our time with You. Help us to desire to be with You as we would a long cool drink when parched, and be as jealous for it as You are. Lord, Help us to PUT YOUR FIRST in our lives, for all of our days. In the Name of Your Son, Jesus.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Enough Time?

I've heard folks say that they don't have time to spend before the Lord, to make Him first in their lives...including myself, from time to time. But, God has given us just enough time to do everything He's called us to do. Including having a relationship with Him.

While listening to a person the other day about the "difficulty" having a "relationship" with the Lord. You know, getting before Him, spending time with Him, and listening to Him. Blah, Blah, Blah......and some say they'd have to quit their jobs to have a relationship with God. Well, we have a relationship with our spouses and children and don't have to quit our "jobs" for that.

I began to see that we give the devil so much of our time. What we put our eyes, hands, ears and feet to....if it's BEFORE we put any of our time before the Lord, it makes them FIRST in our life, not the Lord.

Matthew 6:33 tells us that we're to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Rightousness and all we have need of will be ours.

Time is of the essence.

Father, I ask You to HELP US to put You first in our lives, and to KNOW when we are not. Show us all how simple it is, Lord. In Jesus' Name.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

The Job For All of Us

Mark 16:14-18 says:
14 Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.
15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Father, I ask You to HELP US to be DOERS of Your Word. To make a difference in our world with all You have created. Help us to learn to listen to our hearts and obey what we hear, and to be moved with Your compassion, in Jesus' Name.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Free From Sin and Sickness

You know, on yesterdays post, in Andre' Crouch's testimony, before he played and sang the song he did, he said that he'd been sick unto death and had learned about Jesus being his Healer, not just his Savior.

I've come across this article entitled "Free From Sin and Sickness." This is what I'm sharing with you today.


Free From Sin and Sickness!

“…Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matthew 8:17)

When Jesus bore away our sins, He also bore away our diseases. The Cross pronounced a complete cure for the ills of mankind.

The Church of Jesus Christ has been made just as free from sickness as it has been made free from sin. A Christian may continue to sin after he has been born again, but he does not have to. Sin shall no longer lord it over him unless he allows it (Romans 6:14).

A Christian may continue to be sick after he has been born again, but he does not have to. He has been redeemed from sickness. The price has been paid for his healing. Sickness can no longer exert dominion over him unless he allows it.

Most believers have only known a part of their redemption. Their faith will operate to the degree of their knowledge of God’s Word. They would have begun to live in divine health long ago if they had realized that healing belonged to them.

As you accept the fact that as surely as Jesus bore your sins, He also bore away your disease, weakness and pain, your days of sickness will be over.

The light of the Word of God will destroy Satan’s grip in your life in the area of physical suffering. The truth makes you free from his dominion when you realize that your healing has already been purchased by the sacrifice of Jesus.

“Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5).

All of Isaiah 53 is about the substitution of Jesus for man. It says, “Surely he hath borne our griefs.” Young’s Analytical Concordance says choli, translated griefs, means “sickness, weakness and pain.”

Surely He has borne your sickness, weakness and pain! Jesus bore sin and sickness in order for you to go free. Verse 6 tells us, “The Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.” Verse 10: “Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief….” (According to Dr. Young, the word grief means to “make sick” and should be translated, “He has made Him sick.”)
It could not be God’s will for you to be sick with the sickness that Jesus suffered for you.

Because God loved the world, He engineered the substitution of His only begotten Son to redeem man from the curse of Satan. Galatians 3:13 says, “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.”

Jesus was willing to take the curse in His own spirit, soul and body so that you would not have to continue under Satan’s dominion.

There was no sickness before man became one with Satan. Sin is the root from which sickness came. As sin is the manifestation of spiritual death in the heart of man, sickness is the manifestation of spiritual death in the body of man.

Not only did Jesus pay the price for the new birth of your spirit and the healing of your body, He also bore the chastisement of your peace. Satan has no right to torment you mentally. You have been redeemed from fear, mental anxiety, depression or anything that keeps your mind from enjoying peace. You don’t have to rely on a tranquilizer. Jesus has already paid the price for you to be whole in your mind and enjoy peace. So don’t allow Satan to steal your peace.
Total Redemption

Jesus came to destroy all the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). He did not destroy sin only to leave sickness in dominion. Partial redemption from Satan’s power would not have pleased God nor would it have fulfilled His plan for His family.

He redeemed the whole man—righteousness for his nature, peace for his mind and healing for his body. Redemption left nothing in force that came upon man because of sin. Jesus completely destroyed the works of the devil in the lives of men.

First Corinthians 6:20 says, “For ye are bought with a price.” A great price! “Therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” There should not be any sickness in the Body of Christ. When one who is sick comes into our midst, the healing power of God should flow so that he receives healing.

In the book of Leviticus, Israel used a scapegoat. The priest laid hands on a real goat, put the sins of the people on him and sent him to the wilderness—totally away from the people. That’s what Jesus did with your sickness and disease! He bore them away from you!

So stand up in the Name of Jesus and command sickness and disease to go from you. Refuse to allow them in your body. Command them to depart from you—out of your very presence, out of your home and your family.
Salvation Covers It All

The English word salvation does not communicate what the original Greek word sozo really means. Salvation is not just the new birth of your spirit. It is also peace for your mind and healing for your body. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words says salvation denotes “deliverance, preservation; material and temporal deliverance from danger and apprehension.”

Mark 16:15-16 says, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” The gospel is the good news of what Jesus did in His substitutionary sacrifice at the cross.

“By whose stripes ye were healed”
is not a promise. It is a fact. It has already taken place. Jesus bore sickness away from you, and by His stripes you were healed.

There is no sin so great that Jesus’ sacrifice at Calvary will not cancel it and wipe it away—as though sin had never been.

The power of God cleanses and changes one who partakes of the gift of salvation until there is no trace of the old man or his sins. When you are born again, you become a new man, a new creature. Your new spirit is created in the righteousness of God.

There is no disease so devastating to the human body that the same sacrifice at Calvary will not cancel it and wipe it away—and heal that body as though sickness had never been!

The gospel is the good news of what Jesus did for every person in His substitutionary sacrifice at the cross. He bore your sins, so you do not have to bear them. Now you can be forgiven! He did that for every sinner. He bore your diseases, so you do not have to bear them. You can be healed now! He did that for every sick man! He bore your pains. He did that for every sufferer. That is what the gospel is—good news of what Jesus did for all.

Jesus commanded that this good news be preached to every creature because everyone who hears it and believes it will be saved and healed now.

As the Body of Christ, we do not have to tolerate sickness any longer. Jesus paid the price for our redemption from all the curse of the law. Let’s receive our freedom now!


This article was authored by Gloria Copeland and was retrieved from:

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Through It All - Andre Crouch

When my husband and I were just married we saw a concert that Mr. Crouch put on - on the grounds of a church in Southern California. On special occasions we would visit his fathers church, which was ALWAYS a blessing. Now Andre' is a minister himself, not only of music, but pastors.

When I saw this link at a board I frequent, it blessed me. Reminded me of the faithfulness of God...and how important it is for us to be steadfast and to always depend upon His Word. Hallelujah!!!!

Thank You Lord, that You HELP US to depend upon Your Word! FOREVER! In Jesus' Name.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Now This is the Confidence we have in Him...

I John 5:14, 15
14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

Doesn't God's Word bring encouragement and Great Hope???? Thank God.

We've been told that we ask anything according to His will He hears us....His Word IS HIS WILL. He also told us that if He heard us, that we'd have the petitions we asked of Him.

We have His will and testament in book form. All we have to do is to read it, believe it and make use of it in prayer. All we need to do is to renew our minds to His Word (Romans 12:1,2) God, help us to remember that faith comes by hearing, and hearing the Word of God.

Thank You Father for HELPING US to believe You. Help us to believe Your Word, Your Promises, to us. Help us to renew our minds to Your Word, and to be transformed by it. Thank You that there is a seed of faith that You have put inside of us all, and thank You for helping us to cause that seed to grow, with Your Word. Help us to remember that You instructed us to come boldly before the Throne of Grace to You. Help us to remember that all we need to do is to ask, seek, and knock and to have GREAT CONFIDENCE in Your Word, in Jesus' Name.

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Simple Womans Day Book

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For Today...

Outside my Window...There has been a gentle, vertical rain for most of the day. Blessing. There's no need to water anything in my yard.

I am thinking
...about my recent trip to the East Coast, just returned home yesterday, it was a good trip to help celebrate my husbands mothers 87th birthday.

From the learning rooms...Any of you have one you use with your teen sons? Ideas? There's a book entitled "You Can Be Led By The Spirit of God" authored by a man by the name Kenneth E. Hagin. Something I desire all of our children to LEARN, to be led by God's Spirit.
Have been meditating on a passage that I read this morning. Psalm 50:23 that tells us .....Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; and to him who orders his conduct aright, I will show the salvation of God.

I am thankful for...the Lords provision and protection.

From the kitchen
...ordered pizza out this evening.

I am wearing...a blue denim skirt with a leopard print top.

I am reading
...a cook book I purchased on our trip to Virginia, in a museum we visited. What a fun piece of work.

I am be able to bring several women with me to our ladies retreat this month.

I am items.

I am hearing...Our youngest grandson color in a coloring book with his Mom.

Around the house...the kitchen is unkept, the laundry is caught up, but I have yet to unpack from my trip. My husband and I went away on our first trip by ourselves for two weeks to see family.

One of my favorite things...Watermelon...God made it just for ME...and Avacado too.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week .....To cut some squares out of used denim to use in a few lapcovers, and organize the pictures we took while away to send to be reproduced.

My husband and his lovely mother whose birthday we celebrated with.

This IS the day the LORD has made, I WILL rejoice and be GLAD IN IT.

The Easy - Open Book Test

I Peter 3:8-12
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For

"He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.

11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
And His ears are open to their prayers;
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."

Doesn't God have a good idea? For those of us that LOVE life and want to see Good Days for our lives....and showing us HOW to have them. :)

I'm remembering a place over in Jeremiah 29:11 that tells us:
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Oh Father, HELP US to hear and listen to Your instructions for our lives. Your burden is really light for us all. Help us to hide your Word in our hearts so we can be delivered from every trap that satan would try to lay for us, and so we will not sin against you. Help us to follow You and the paths YOU have FOR us. Thank You that Your thoughts really ARE of peace and not evil, and that Your love is shown to us every day of our lives. In Jesus' Name.