Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Direct My Path in the New Year

These are just a few of the things I desire to change in the New Year. God wants us to correct those things in our life that are not horning to Him. Take a moment to begin thinking about those things that need changing in the New Year. Get your notebook out and start making a list. The only way to change it is to acknowledge that it needs to be changed!

It is time to get those note pads out and start making your list. Listing all the things you want to change in 2010! I have made a list of a few things I would like to change in 2010. Here is my list!

• Love God more!
• Memorize scripture!
• Be an example to those around me that may not know Christ!

God disciplines us when we need disciplining. He will speak to our hearts when we need speaking too! God challenges us to seek Him with all of our hearts! Still, there are times in our walk with God that we need to be corrected. I like how the writer put these verses in the New Living Translation.

“I know, Lord, that our lives are not our own. We are not able to plan our own course. So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.” Jeremiah 10:23,24NLT

It is so true that we would want the discipline from the Lord just not the severity of it! We would rather that God would be “gentle” with us. Gentle just as the writer states it. Still, we do not know how God will ultimately discipline us. It is in His own agenda that He does this. Yet, no matter how much He disciplines us, He still loves us! He loves us no matter what we have done. He desires so much for us to walk with Him!

So, as the New Year approaches begin to pray, and ask God what He would desire for us to change in our lives. Once you are done, put in on paper, and sit back and watch as God begins to mold you into that person He desires you to be! Start your New Year in the direction God would have you go. Happy New Year! God Bless!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Real Reason We Celebrate Christmas!

Luke 2:1-21 NLT

(1) And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. (2)This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. (3)So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. (4)Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, (5)to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. (6)So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. (7) And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. (8)Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. (9)And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.(10)Then the angel said to them “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. (11)”For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (12)”And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (13)And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying; (14)”Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (15)So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” (16)And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. (17)Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. (18)And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. (19)But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. {20)Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them. (21)And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called JESUS, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.


Monday, December 14, 2009

The Lord Wants To Bless Us!

“The Lord remembers us and will bless us.” Psalms 115:12 NLT

After I read this passage I was blown away by the thought that God wanted to bless me. “Who am I that God would bless little oh me!” I thought as I read this. How could he bless me and why would he want to bless me? I am just a sinner saved by grace!

That thought puzzled me. Then as I read on I realized he has blessed me so much in the little things of life. I can see, I can walk, I can talk, I can hear, and I can feel. If I couldn’t do any of those things my world would feel upside down. Agree?

We need to mindful of the things we already have that many do not have to be blessed with. More importantly it teaches us to trust in God. By trusting in him, we learn how to grow our relationship with Him.
We must be mindful that He is our helper and our shield. This helps me to remember to put my trust in Him. He will also be there for us.

“…be satisfied with what you have. For God said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Hebrews 13:5 NLT

It is awesome to know He really wants to bless us. He wants to bless our children as well. He delights in knowing we have received a blessing from Him!

Furthermore, we can sing praise to the Lord for our blessing. This tells Him we are happy with the blessings we have received.

“But we can praise the Lord both now and forever!” Psalms 115:18 NLT

He has promised us we can praise Him forever and receive His blessings forever! Join with me this week as we are reminded that He is mindful of us! Have a wonderful week in doing this activity.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Open Doors Are Certainly Gifts from God

Received any open doors lately? God grants us many open doors, and He will close those same doors just as well as He opens them! Certainly, we can acknowledge at times these very doors that are opened for us seem like true gifts from God. God gives us those gifts in various ways!
Can you think of the last gift that God has given you? Maybe you can and maybe you can’t. Nevertheless, He loves us and wants for us to give our all to Him. He desires for us to choose Him!

“…I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word and have not denied My name.” Romans 3:8

God has spoken very clearly here in this verse that if anyone knows my name and kept my commandments. Doors will be opened for you! When those doors are opened no one but God can close them! Wow! How awesome is this!

I know in our lives, we all struggle and many times bare things on our own. Still, we must be reminded even in the hard time that God gives us many gifts, we should all be thankful for. Sometimes those gifts can be staring us right in the face. It is us that need to reach out and take the gifts that God gives us. This is Him showing His compassionate love toward us.

As the economy is getting worse every day, I know I am thankful that I can a roof over my head and place to sleep at night. Many folks do not have this. There are many folks living on our streets that have been hit by hard times. Many of those folks are just glad to be alive. To them, that is their open door!

There are many others I could share about the thoughts of opened doors that God has provided to me and to my family. That would take a page or two to write! So, I will leave you with these two thoughts for this week.

“even the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3”22-24

All of us can accept Christ through His love. It makes no difference where we come from. He wants so much to love us and to accept Him as God! The God who gave us the open door!

Once we have begun a daily walk with God in our lives, then He can begin to open the doors for us. Then we can begin to recognize them as gifts from God. Because that is what they are! They are true gifts from God.