I decided to start this blog (2010) because my son, John-Robert gave me a One Year Bible for Christmas, the New Living Translation... reading it has changed my life... I post a daily Bible verse on my Facebook page every day and it has been well received... I thought that this would be a wonderful way to share part of what I read each day!... I hope that you enjoy it.

This Year 2012 I am going to do things a little different... not much...just a little. I am again reading through my One Year Bible (for the 3rd time). But I am also using "The Secret Power of Speaking God's Word" by Joyce Meyer. This book is divided by putting scriptures under different categories so they can be used to speak over our life situations. Each day I will read a category of scripture and pick a scripture in that category to write about.



Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Colossians 3:12-14  Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.  Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

My Thoughts
When we get dressed in the morning... when we clothe ourselves... we make a deliberate choice in what to ware then we put on what we have chosen. This verse is telling us to choose to be tenderhearted, kind humble, gentle and patience... to make allowances for others faults... it is telling us to chose to forgive... to choose love. It is telling us that no matter what the circumstances are in our day... no matter how we feel we are to to choose these things. Each day, in each circumstance we find ourselves in...we have a choice to make in how we act or react... and no matter how we "feel" we can always make the choice to clothe ourselves in the right clothes!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Mark 9:23-24 What do you mean "If I can?" Jesus asked. "Anything is possible if a person believes." The father instantly cried out "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!"

My Thoughts
This man's belief seemed to waver a bit... I think he was saying I do believe, then I don't believe...I so want to believe... Please help me.  Jesus did help this man, he healed his son. I am sure that this man never doubted again.  I wonder which request Jesus was answering here? The request to cast the evil spirits out of his son ... or the request to help his unbelief? This is the first time I ever though of it this way but  I think it may have been the request to help the man's unbelief. What do you think? I believe the man never had unbelief again once the evil spirits were cast out of his son!

I am learning that the way that we can get help for our own unbelief is to learn the scripture and say it out loud.  I heard Joyce Meyer say there have been studies that show that we believe what we hear... and we believe what we hear ourselves say more than we believe anything else. So if we believe what we hear ourselves say...and we know the Bible is true...but, we have trouble believing that God can do some of the things His Word says that He can do...then our first step is to start quoting his word out loud over our lives. Couple speaking the scripture and prayer asking God to help us with our unbelief and God will step in and changes us!   When we make the effort, God's grace takes over and makes all things possible. Even unbelief!

God did just change this man's unbelief for the moment, God changed this man's unbelief for a lifetime!! God can and will do that for us! What this man had to do is be honest with Jesus and honest with himself. Once he did that Jesus changed his world. And He will change our world too!

Sunday, February 26, 2012


Mark 8:22-26  When they arrived at Bethsaida, some people brought a blind man to Jesus, and they begged him to touch the man and heal him.  Jesus took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village. Then, spitting on the man’s eyes, he laid his hands on him and asked, “Can you see anything now?”  The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.”  Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.  Jesus sent him away, saying, “Don’t go back into the village on your way home.”

My Thoughts
Today when I read this I thought about all this man could have missed out on if he had not been honest with himself and with Jesus. He could have said "Yes, I see." after all he did see more than he had ever seen before. This man had a "full" conversation with Jesus...not just a quick "let me give you the answer you want to hear, conversation." He would have missed out on so much had he been trying to be a "yes" man.

God wants us to talk to him about everything... we can share everything with God, even our disappointments! God knows that we feel them.... He also wants us to talk to him about how we feel, leaving nothing out.

I wonder how much we miss out on because we have vague conversations with God. This man's vague answer could have been a simple "Yes" when Jesus ask "Can you see?" Then he would have walked around seeing only outlines of people... he would have missed out on a completed blessing!

When we talk to Jesus, when we talk to God we need to tell him everything. We don't need to be vague, or tell God what we think he wants to hear...we need to give him our all! I sure don't want to get half of what God has planed for me, do you?

Saturday, February 25, 2012


Proverbs 10:16 The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.

My Thoughts
Too often we think of our money as something we earned...something to do with what we please because after all we earned it, it is ours.  But the truth is that our money is a gift from God, our ability to earn money is a gift from God. How we manage that money shows God how much we appreciate His gifts to us.

The better we manage what God has given us the more God will want to give  us.  This is evident in the story of the gifts of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 ... the person that received the most talents did the most with them The person that received the least talents buried them in the ground, his were give to the person that made the biggest profit on his money. The servants that did something with their money were given more. The person who hid is money in the dirt lost all that he had. When we put our money in things... it can be the same as hiding our treasures in the dirt.

I do believe that God wants us to have things... Jesus died so that we could have our lives and have it abundantly (John 10:10). God also ask that we take care of people in need and God ask that we give 10% back to Him by giving to the Church... God ask for his 10% first and then He tells us he will take care of our 90% (Malachi 3:10).

I also have come to believe that when we use credit to live beyond what God has blessed us with that we are saying to God, "You have not given me enough."  How sad that, that must make God. When we borrow money for a house we have a house to give back if we can no longer afford it... the credit I am talking about is the things we can life without... the things that won't even be there when the bill still is.... when we make a bill on a "toy" that interferes with our ability to pay for the necessary things in life, the things we actually need we are telling God that we are not happy with what He has chosen to provide us with. I believe God first provides us with enough to cover our tithes and our needs... true needs... a roof over our heads, food, heat in winter, air in summer (for us southerners). Then God gives us a little more and watches what we do with it... when we manage it wisely God gives us more... some to do for others, and a little extra to do for ourselves..then if we manage that good we get more. He give us enough to help us and not hurt us...and for each of us that is a different amount.

Our part is to treat what we have been given as what it is, a gift. Then use that precious gift as God intended it to be used... once we learn to do that oh the changes we will see in our lives!!

Friday, February 24, 2012


Mark 6:34 Jesus saw the crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shephard.  So he began teaching them many things.

My Thoughts
An article entitled Psalms 23: A Shepard's Prespective the author writes "Sheep are completely reliant on their shepherds. Their lives and well-being depend on the person who oversees them each day. If God calls us his sheep I wonder what he is trying to say?"

Here Jesus said the people were like sheep without shepards and he began to teach them many things... If we are like sheep we are so in trouble in this world without God.... I want to share an article I stumbled across this morning.... it will explain how much we need God since God is our shepherd and he sees us as his sheep.

Psalm 23: A Shepherd’s Perspective
Psalms 23:1-6

Greer’s Chapel United Methodist Church


"Shalom my friends. My name is Yeshua ben Yosef. I am from the ancient land of Palestine and I’m a shepherd by trade. It is an honor for a man of my occupation to be allowed to stand here and speak with you today. You see in my nation shepherding is not looked upon with favor. For most of my countrymen it is a job to be avoided rather than sought. The hours are long. The work is dirty and backbreaking. You should see the thick calluses on my feet. And the pay ... well let’s just say you’ll never get rich tending sheep for a living. I learned the trade from my father and I continue the family tradition.

You pastor thought it would be helpful for me to come and speak with you today about my lowly occupation. I’m not really sure what a humble man such as I could teach you, but I’ll tell you everything that I know.

Did you know that in the Bible you read, God refers to his people, you and me, as sheep nearly two hundred times? You may have never considered the significance of that comparison but I have because I work with sheep day and night. Let me tell you it’s not a compliment to be called a sheep. Why not rather eagles - majestic, swift and beautiful? No, God calls us his sheep. Why not lions - strong, fearless, terrifying? No, instead, God calls us his sheep. Oh they’re unique, but to be compared to one is nearly an insult. A sheep is perhaps the stupidest animal on the face of the earth. Have you ever seen a trained sheep in the circus? You’ll see elephants, horses, bears, seals even hippos, but not sheep. They’re too stupid to train. Sheep are also quite filthy. The wool that you see in clothing has been cleaned thoroughly. The fluffy white sheep that you view on your television sets didn’t get that way on their own. Sheep will not and cannot clean themselves. The shepherd or his hired hands must do it for them. Not only are they dumb and dirty, sheep are utterly defenseless. They have no claws, no fangs, no wings. They can’t run fast or scare an enemy off with a loud roar or spray a predator with a noxious scent. All they can do is bleat.

Sheep are completely reliant on their shepherds. Their lives and well-being depend on the person who oversees them each day. If God calls us his sheep I wonder just what he’s trying to say?

Maybe you would understand God a little better if you spent a day with me. Come with me on a journey shepherding sheep.

The day begins early, before dawn. It is my job to provide food and water for my sheep. This is not an easy task. You see in my country the land is parched and dry. We have nothing like the vast green pasture lands that your sheep and cattle enjoy here. You can just turn your animals loose and they have all the food they need. But not in my country. Oh no. Grass can be found only in narrow strips separated by long stretches of rock and dust. Except during the rainy season, water is provided by natural springs or wells spread out here and there. I sometimes have to lead my sheep miles just for a few yards of grass or a quick drink of water. It is for that reason that we arise early. It takes all day to find the nourishment my sheep need.

I know the area like the back of my hand. I’ve walked every square foot of it many times. This is how I’m able to lead my sheep. You may have imagined that shepherding is like those old Westerns you’ve seen where the cowboys, riding their horses behind the herd, drive the cattle forward. Shepherding is somewhat different. I walk in front of the herd and they follow me. Wherever I go they go. If I were unfamiliar with the land or the sheep were left on their own they’d starve to death. But I lead them. I know where the grass is. I’ve been there beforehand.

We spend the entire morning traveling from pasture to pasture. By mid-day the sheep are exhausted and thirsty. They need refreshing or they will die. Along the route I know the location of several oasis. These places have shade and lush pasture for the sheep to rest. I make they lie down and drink. Speaking of which, did you know that sheep won’t drink from just any water source. Oh no. They will only drink from quiet still pools. They have a natural fear of fast moving water and for good reason. If a sheep should slip into a river or stream its wool would soon soak up the water and become completely saturated. Sheep are poor swimmers anyway, but the weight of the water in their wool would cause them to sink and drown. That’s why the waters must be gentle and still. If I can’t find a pool I have to create one by diverting water from a stream. Now you’re beginning to understand what hard work shepherding is.

My sheep will be fine and have everything that they need as long as they follow me. I lead them along well-worn paths where I know we will find food and water. They need my guidance.

My sheep also need my protection. The land where we travel is fraught with dangers. Predators like lions and bears stalk the herds. There’s the occasional pack of wild dogs. Some harmless looking plants, though tasty, prove to be poisonous. A sheep might easily stumble over a cliff or fall into a ravine and die. But my sheep have no need to fear. I watch out for them. If they begin to wander off in the wrong direction I have my trusty shepherd’s staff to prod them back in the right direction. If they should fall into a pit or a ravine I use the other end of my staff to reach down and lift them to safety. I carry two sticks, though. One is a staff, but the other is a club. The staff is for my sheep, but the club is for predators. My sheep may be dumb, but I’m quite attached to them. I’ll fight tooth and nail for their lives. Some of the hirelings and other shepherds I’m acquainted with have seen me battle a few of those big carnivores. They laugh and joke and tell me that some day one of those lions or bears will have me for lunch. That may be true, but I can tell you that I won’t look the other way or run the other way like those cowards. No, that’s the difference between a good and a bad shepherd. A good shepherd will lay down his life for his sheep.

As long as they follow me I guide and protect my sheep. It’s tough work, but I always make sure my sheep have food to eat. I always check out the fields before I allow them to graze. If there are poisonous plants in the area and go through and weed out everyone by hand. I also check the ground for snake holes. I told you it’s dangerous in my land. We have tiny little vipers that live underground in some of the pasturelands. When they sense the sheep grazing, they pop their ugly heads out of the ground and bite the sheep on the nose. The infection or venom from the bite could kill them. But I have a remedy for those viscous little enemies. I walk off the entire area looking for snake holes. When I find them I pour a little olive oil into the entrance of the hole. Then I anoint the head and nose of each sheep with the same oil and allow them to graze. The oil prevents the slick bodies of the snakes from crawling out of their holes. They’re powerless to harm my sheep. It makes me laugh to watch my little lambs have a picnic in the very presence of their enemies.

By evening we return to the sheepfold. One by one I examine each of them. If I find any cuts or scraps on their bodies I apply healing ointment to their wounds. I make sure they have water to drink. If I find one nearly overcome with thirst I have a special cup-shaped bucket and let him drink by himself. Sometimes those sheep are so thirsty that they stick their heads in too fast and too far and the water overflows and wets their heads.

Before bedding down for the night I always count my flock. Occasionally one of the lambs will stray, and there’s nothing more vulnerable than a sheep without it’s shepherd. I go immediately to find it and bring it back to the sheepfold.

Every once in a while one of my lambs will develop a habit of straying. I remember one little fellow. I named him Jake. He came from a fine family. His grandfather was one of my very first sheep. I called him Old Abe. Jake’s father was Isaac. Both Old Abe and Isaac faithfully followed me and stayed on the path, but not that little rascal Jake. He turned up missing more times than I could count. Sometimes he was in search of greener pastures while at other times I found him chasing butterflies. He never realized the danger he in, but I understood it clearly.

Something had to be done. We shepherds have developed a technique guaranteed to prevent straying. It is used only as a last resort -- when a sheep refuses to stay with the flock. The last time I caught him straying I used it on little Jake. No doubt you will think that it’s cruel, but it saves the life of my sheep. At the end of the day I found little Jake wandering dangerously toward a steep gorge. I picked him up, put him on my shoulders and carried him back to the sheepfold. He didn’t struggle. Jake just looked at me with only trust in his eyes. I sat him down and quickly placed his right front leg across my staff. With one swift motion I pulled down of the long bone of his leg and broke it. Wild-eyed, Jake struggled to get away. He immediately fell to the ground in pain. He couldn’t understand. The one who provided for him and rescued him, the one who he trusted was inflicting the most excruciating suffering he’d ever endured. I didn’t want to, but I had to do it to save his life.

Over the next few days, little Jake could barely get up. As the flocks moved from pasture to pasture I carried him every step of the way. I held him close in those days. He was suffering with that broken leg, but all the while I carried him close to my heart. I sat him down to eat and drink. Gradually he was able to walk again, but the smallest hill looked like a mountain to him and the shallowest stream like a mile-wide river. Whenever he encountered and obstacle all he could do was stop and look to me. Then I’d pick him up and help him over. Jake learned to trust and to follow. I had to break him to save his life. It worked. Jake is still with me today and one of my most loyal sheep.

Well that’s a day in the life of a shepherd. It’s not glamorous, but it’s a living.

As undignified as my profession is it still amazes me that God compares himself to a shepherd and his people to sheep. I can see the truth in it though. After all he meets our needs by providing the necessities of life, by guiding us each day and by protecting us. I guess we would be as content and at peace as my sheep if we’d just learn to trust and follow him. Even if we don’t understand where he’s leading or what he’s doing in our lives, if we’d just trust him and follow him we’d be satisfied.

Thank you for listening. I’ve got to get back to work. This shepherding is a never-ending job if you know what I mean?"

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Psalms 39:1-5  I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.”  But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse.  The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words:  “LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is.  You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

My Thoughts
Even David had trouble keeping his mouth shut! When he could stand it no longer he talked to God.  Not people, God.  God gives us so many words... an ABC study showed that The women spoke 16,215 words a day, while men spoke 15,669. More often than not we use those words talking to each other... talking about. I wonder how much our lives would changed if we used half of those words to talk to God each day?

God called David a man after His own heart. Not because David never messed up, David messed up plenty! David was a man after God's own heart because he was always, always talking to God. 

When we find ourselves wanting to say something in a crowd, just to be heard... that can be a reminder to us that those words can be saved up for God. The wonderful thing about talking to God is that He always listens.... He will listen to everything we need to say... even our frustrations... and when our thinking is out of line God will help us put everything back in order. When we talk to God it is never, ever a waste of words!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Proverbs 10:9 People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.

My Thoughts
We are always learning to do better.... growing as a Christian is a process... one that the devil loves to interfere with.... if this verse was put into a modern day manual of instructions  it might go something like this... Check list 1. If you keep slipping your integrity is out of line... to keep from falling adjust it with your words, your actions, your thoughts...be honest with yourself and others.... listen to the Holy Spirit.

So often the devil tries to deceive us by making things okay in our heads.... the minute we find ourselves justifying our words and our actions we are slipping... instead of giving into that justification we can learn to use those kinds of thoughts as red flags for our words and actions...once we hear ourselves justifying our words, our actions, our feelings even, that is the point where we need to stop, go to God and ask Him to help us walk in integrity...God can put us back on the right path.... we are doing better when we catch ourselves and climb back up on the path... we are making steps toward being a better person...we are being better people when we stop the fall.

Next time we feel ourselves justifying our words or action... justifying our feelings....we can STOP and pray and say God I am messing up here...I am not even being honest with myself..... help me to see things as they are...he me to see me as I am....help me to do the right thing. God wants us safe and He will help us know when we are truly walking with integrity...we just have to keep in communication with Him.

Monday, February 20, 2012


Proverbs 10:7 We have happy memories of the Godly but the name of the wicked person rots away.

My Thoughts
I don't know a person alive that does not want to be remembered! Some more than others, but we all want to be remembered when we are gone.  The Bible tells us here how to be remembered! If we are godly people will remember us with happy thoughts.

Everything that we are comes from God.... that means that our deepest desires are planted in us by God. Sure the TV...and magazines tell us all the time what we want.... but the things that we all truly want...that are often masked my commercialism or our own insecurities... the things we think we want because we are trying to fill the emptiness inside of us...the things we truly want... things like wanting to be remembered...those things are put there by God... so it makes complete sense that the Bible would hold all the answers to our happiness.  Look God even tells us how to be remembered!

Sunday, February 19, 2012


Mark 4:24-25 Then He added, "Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given--and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken from them."

My Thoughts
Have you ever read something from the Bible that you found amazing, that you think you will remember forever, then it just doesn't stay in your head or you put it so far back in your memory that it isn't there when you need it? We all have! We need to study and study God's word... we need to keep reading and doing our best to understand...then one day it is there... dropped down into our spirit where it is always present! In the King James Bible there are 774,746 words! So much to learn!  But we have a lifetime to learn it all.  The important thing is that we keep reading, we keep studying so that God's wonderful word will not ever be taken from us. The more we read and listen the more we will  understand. The more understanding we have the more we want to do what God ask of us. The more we do what God teaches us the better our lives get. Jesus knew how to listen to God, to hear God... Jesus came and lived on this earth and spent his time teaching,  wanting us to so understand how wonderful it is to really know God. Jesus wants us to have all that He has. He was saying pay attention and listen close, do what I tell you and your lives will be better and better and better. Our lives can be better and better and better if we spend time in God's word and act on what we have learned. It is so important... it is life changing! We so often go about looking for ways to make our lives better and we never pick up the Bible. A better life starts with understanding all that God has for us... and God teaches us how to get that better life in those 774,746 words. We just have to read them.

Saturday, February 18, 2012


Psalms 37:5-6 Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you. He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn, and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

My Thoughts
"Commit everything" that is so much... that is our steps... our words... our thoughts... our work.... our love.... every action we take. Seems a little bit overwhelming... partly because so much of what we do, we just do.

I can comprehend this more, the more that I grow in God.  Recently I started praying specifically.... I have a long way to go with this specific praying....but I am learning.  What I am learning is that when I pray specifically is that I better know my part, and I better know when God does His part. When I pray over something vaguely, which are the only kinds of prayers I remember hearing out loud when I was a child, I don't recognize my part...and I can so easily overlook what God has done....I promise I am getting to my thoughts on this verse... and this does tie in).  Let me give you an example of what I mean.  I can say God help me eat better....then I go about thinking how I should eat better... and I have not actually put God in charge of any part of that plan... I have not really even made a plan.  But, I have noticed when I pray specifically it goes more like this... Dear God help me not eat chocolate, help me want more fruits, help me eat smaller portions.  Then I hear God when He reminds me.... and I can do my part by acting on what God tells me.  When I walk into the kitchen after having said that specific prayer and I open the cabinet the chocolate is in... then God reminds me to eat the raisins instead I am aware that God is reminding me..and I don't want to disappoint God, so I do my part and shut the cabinet door and reach for the raisins. They taste good I smile...and I have a moment that I know God made me strong...and I thank Him. It also makes this eating better think not just about me...but about pleasing God.

From that I can see that if I commit the things I do to God that I will go about them with a stronger resolve... I will be aware that I have said "God this is for you." That awareness will make me make better choices. For instance if I was having trouble with a co-worker and I committed that relationship to God each morning...and at times through out the day... I would be so much more careful to watch my actions, no matter what the other person said or did, I would want God to be proud of how I act. I would want God to be proud of my words and actions toward that person, even if my co-worker never took time to notice I would still what to do what is right for God because I told Him I would.  And the Bible tells me if I commit my actions to God, He will take care of the rest. It is a win, win!!

Another example is that if we commit our work to God,  no matter what happens in a day, if the boss is in a bad mood... we will be aware we are working for God not for the moody boss and we will do a good job. The good job we do will help our place of business prosper, our attitude and our commitment to God will be honored by God, and no matter what happens to our moody boss God will take care of us because we were working for Him. Oh yes the moody boss, if we commit our thoughts to God each time that moody boss came to mind we would send up a prayer...and that situation would change in the process.

Our lives can only improve with a commitment to do everything for God... God always has our best interest at heart. We just have to trust God enough to give Him our all... when we do that God will take care of all parts or our lives in a way that we could never accomplish all on our own.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Psalms 36:7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

My Thoughts
I love this verse... I get such a visual when I read it.... I see us as baby birds in a big nest and a storm coming... then the strong mother Eagle comes in and stretches out that vast wing over those babies...snuggling down ready for the storm...the babies are able to sleep because they know the are protected by the wings of their mother. 

I leave in Alabama when the storm of April 11, 2011 came through they hit all around us... I was able to go out a couple of days with my church as they helped families We were in this one area where the destruction was like being in a war zone.  I talked to one man who told the story of his neighbors.  The couple were sitting at their kitchen table, unaware of how bad the weather was ... then the tornado came through. Within in minutes their house was gone almost nothing left standing.... yet that couple and their kitchen table remained in that spot in which they were sitting alive and well them and their kitchen table. Each time I read this verse I think of the wings of God spread out over this man and woman as they sat at their table... just the thought, after having been in that destruction, still overwhelms all my senses. I still can feel as in awe of God's power as I was when that man stood there and told me that story as a tear slipped from his eye and ran down his cheek.

God loves us so much .... we just have to choose to stay in that nest that He has built to keep us safe... that is our part... when we do that we can have victory over any storm that passes our way.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Proverbs 9:16-18 "Come with me," she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgement, she says, "Stolen water is refreshing; food eaten in secret taste the best!" But little do they know that the dead are there. Her guest are in the depths of the grave."

My Thoughts
This made me think of how the devil is always trying to get us to do things when nobody is looking.  He starts when we are just small children and never lets up. It can be as simple as getting home and seeing on your Wal-Mart receipt that something in your bag didn't get scanned... the devil will say "It doesn't matter nobody will ever know." But, we know...and God knows. If the devil can get us with the little "Nobody will see." he can then move up with baby steps...getting us to hide more and more and more... it is a slippery slope! Anytime we find ourselves hiding anything but a wonderful surprise, that is a sure sign that the devil has deceived us... it is a red flag that we need to step back and take a look at what we are doing that we should have to hide. I have known women that hide their purchases from their husbands..and men that hide their total amounts of their paychecks from their wives. No good can come from that. We recognize that any time a child feels they have to hide something from their parent that it is not a good thing for them! We need to recognize that if we are doing anything that we need to hide from anybody that is not a good thing for us. The more we hide the more isolated we become... the more isolated we become the more vulnerable we are to the devil. Every time the devil is able to get a hold on us that puts us another step closer to death. Not physical death but the death of our souls. Oh that is a lonely place to be. The scary thing is that it can start out as simple as a piece of pie that nobody has to know we ate.... the first time we do that it does seem to taste better.... then before we know it... we are eating it all alone and not even tasting it. We are so much better off when we see things as they are... we are so much better off when we recognize those red flags in our lives and use them as a signal that it is time to call on God and His grace to get us through a moment that could lead to a change in our lives... a change that could grab hold and take us far away from God.

God's word tells us all the time what to watch out for... right here we learn to to be careful of things done in secret...something as little as eating in secret can lead us to the depths of the grave. Next time we are tempted to do something because nobody will know... we can send up a prayer to God instead and ask Him to give us strength to do what is right.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Proverbs 9:11-12 Wisdom will multiply your days and add years to your life. If you become wise you will be the one to benefit. If you scorn wisdom, you will be the one to suffer.

My Thoughts
Wow! It is up to us to seek wisdom.... which is found all through out the Bible..... we seek and act on that wisdom and God multiplies our days.  People are always looking for ways to prolong life, scientists study it...yet it is right here. Do what God ask and you will live longer. When we don't do what God ask we move outside of God's protection.

I find that when I do, do what I have read in the Bible, when I do listen to the Holy Spirit inside of me...that I don't use up all those extra beats of my heart living with anxiety, I sleep better... I just feel so much better. When I do live outside of the will of God I wear my body out with anxiety and worry.

Why would we ever choose to walk outside the will of God? Yet most of us do just that on some days, some of us do it for a whole season of life. Some of us just have not learned the power of God's word and doing what God ask of us. I know that I didn't understand it for years!!  I have learned that when I read God's word daily, it puts me back on track if I have slipped off... it starts my day out right... and it saves me so much trouble!!

If your days are just not going like  you think they should, if you are not sleeping, if your heart is constantly trying to beat out of your chest because of anxiety. Please pick up God's word and start reading it!!  Don't give up...keep reading... It will change you... it will change the way people see you.... the wisdom of God's word makes all the difference. We all go about looking for life changing experiences when there it is, where it has always been, in God's word.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Psalms 34:18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted: He rescues those who's spirits are crushed.

My Thoughts
Wow what a verse to read today... I love it... today on a day re-created to celebrate being in love this verse stands out in my Bible reading. So many people feel so lost and alone today... we have all had a Valentines Day that felt lonely.  But God says right here that God is close... and he knows that we sometimes have crushed spirits and He cares. So today if your spirit is crushed, if your heart is broken tell God... Look up to heaven and say "God I need you today... I feel sad and lonely, I feel broken hearted. Please send me your peace and joy." Tell God, He will hear you!  God cares about our broken hearts!

Monday, February 13, 2012


Exodus 36:1 The Lord has gifted Bezalel, Oholiab and the other skilled craftsmen with wisdom and ability to perform any task involved in building the sanctuary.  Let them construct and furnish the Tabernacle, just as the Lord has commanded.

My Thoughts
These were just ordinary craftsman... ordinary! Yet when God needed them to do what He asked them to do they were able to build an  the extraordinary, a Tabernacle for God. They were able because God gave them the ability. Let me tell you Bezalel did it all...he carved, he wove fine linen and embroidered them. All the wood structure fit perfectly, yes perfectly together! Bezalel inlaid things in gold. He was able to do it all! I imagine this ordinary craftsman when told all that he was going to do laid in bed and thought "I will never be able to do all, ALL these things!" Yet he was able because God ask him to and gifted him with the wisdom and ability to perform the tasked he needed to perform.  I bet each night Bezalel and Oholiab went to bed wondering how they were going to do the next days task...and each morning they woke up with that "Oh, I know how to make this work!" feeling.

How many times have we gone to bed and wondered how we were going to do something and woke up with the answer, while never stopping to thank God for giving us the answer? I have done it so many times... too many to count. This is one thing I learned from this scripture. I have learned to thank God when the answer comes... because it doesn't come from inside of me, it comes from God's gifts to me...His gift of wisdom and ability for the task at hand.

The other thing I have learned is this... when God ask me to do something for Him, when I get there...when I step foward and start the task, God will give me the wisdom and ability I need to do what He has ask of me. If  he ask me to pray for a complete stranger in the store, He will give me the words. If He ask me to tell somebody about Him, he will give me the wisdom I need. If God ask me to build an ark he will give me the plans and the ability to understand those plans.

God ask Robby to take care of me and Madison and John-Robert... and he has given Robby the ability to go to work, and the will to work hard to support us... even before Robby met me he walked into the the doors of UPS so that he could provide for us, for me and Madison and John-Robert. All because God gifted him with the ability to do so!

I have so much to thank God for! Every good think in my life...every good thing in our life is a gift straight from God himself.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


Psalms 33:13-15 The Lord looks down from heaven and sees the whole human race. From his throne he observes all who live on the heart. He made their hearts so he understands everything they do.

My Thoughts
I love this.... God understands everything we do... He is always watching over us...each and every one of us. God made us and knows just how we work. Just like the man who builds an engine understands how to fix the engine he built, God know how to fix our heart because God made our heart.  We just have to take our heart to God when it isn't working the way God intended it to work. Then God tweaks our heart...and He washes it with the blood of Jesus... and then God tells us exactly how to keep our hearts in good working order... He even gives us a manual that helps us keep our heart working right. We are so special to God. He  loves us  so much that He will fix us over and over again until we understand. He cares that we "get it." We are never too big a problem for God. We just have to take our hearts to him. Just like a little child takes a toy to their daddy, we can take our hearts to God and say "I didn't something wrong, I have broken my heart." When we do that God will reach down and take our heart in His hands and make it all better again. How special is that!

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

My Thoughts
I love this... God has plans for us... God's plans for our lives are good... God wants us to have good... I find this so comforting.  In John 10:10 Jesus tells us  "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." God sent Jesus...and Jesus died for us so that our life could be wonderful.... full. The devil likes for us to believe that we don't deserve... that God is always mad at us.. the devil likes for us to be discouraged. God does not give to any of us because we deserve it .... God gives to us because he loves us. God forgives us not for something we do to deserve forgiveness...but because He loves us. God wants our lives to be full... because He loves us. God loves us so much!! God's plans for us are wonderful, wonderful plans.... when we get how much God loves us we have hope, hope is an amazing thing! I love knowing this! I love knowing that God loves me no matter... the thought just makes me want to be a better person!!

Friday, February 10, 2012


Exodus 31:1-5 Then the Lord said to Moses, "Look, I have specifically chosen Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. I have filled him with the spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts.  He is a master craftsman, expert in working with gold, silver, and bronze He is skilled in engraving and mounting gemstones and in carving wood. He is a master at every craft."

My Thoughts
My crafting friends will love this!! I love how God gives us each something to be good at. God gave Bezalel this gift to serve Him. We are all given our gifts to serve God. Joyce Meyer puts  2 John1:6 this way "When we walk in love God is present." (The Secret Power of Speaking God's Word). These verses make me feel as if each time I use my ability to create and share it with somebody, God is in that gift that I am giving away.  After all God gave me the ability to understand and do my knitting... when I give it is out of love...and God is love... so when we make things and give them to others out of love then God is present in those gifts... God is present in us when we are creating those gifts and when we are giving them. How special is that!!  Now wonder if feels so good to give... when we are giving God is present!! There is no better way to have God in our lives than that!  What gift do you have? How can you use that gift to show the love of God today?

Thursday, February 9, 2012


John 16:33 "I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

My Thoughts
I love this!... Jesus is saying I am bigger than any troubles...any sorrow that you may come across. In 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Paul said "We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed." For now we live here in this world full of troubles where we get so confused...and sometimes life seems so hard. When life gets that hard we need to always remember John 16:33... Jesus has overcome the world. We are told in 1 John 4:4 that He that is in us is greater than he that is in the world. Jesus left the Holy Spirit to live inside of us to direct us... Jesus overcame the world for us by dieing for our sins. We have God on our side... and God is so much bigger, so much stronger than anything we have to face and God is by our side always, there for us always. Bigger and stronger than anything this world has to dish out.  The world may be able to knock us down... but God picks us back up and finishes our battles for us and when He does, He turns what was meant for our bad into something amazing!

Next time the devil sends out the "big guns" against our lives...we can say "Go ahead Satin, send what you want... because my God is bigger and the prize at the end is going to be wonderful!"

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


Matthew 25:14-15 Again, I say the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.  He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last -- dividing it in proportion to their abilities, He then left on his trip.

My Thoughts
God has giving each of us what we can use wisely, what we can handle.  God knows what our abilities are. God doesn't hold things back from us because he does not love us. God holds things back from us because we are not ready yet for more. God does not want us to be overwhelmed so He gives us just enough.  When we do good with what He has given us... when we learn what we need to learn to grow... God gives us more.  If we find ourselves stuck in life... we can go to God and ask "God, how have I failed to use what you have given me?" Then we can listen for the answer and improve.... as we improve, as we grow, as we change into the people God wants us to be ... we become more able to be in-trusted with more of what God has in store for us.  God only holds back from us because He loves us so much.... we have a part to do, our part is to learn to use what God has given us so far.... then God will shower us with more of his wonderful blessings!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


Matthew 24:43-44 Understand this: If a homeowner knew exactly when a burglar was coming, he would keep watch and not permit his house to be broken into.  You also must be ready all the time for the Son of Man will come when least expected.

My Thoughts
When I got to this verse I instantly  thought of how so many of us these days have security systems in our homes.  We walk in set the alarm... we set the alarm as we are leaving.... there are people in place to make calls for us if our alarm goes off and we are not able.  We have made our homes ready. We can even check on our houses from far away places if we have the right security system.

We need to make our hearts as ready, secure for Jesus' coming. We need to start our days with prayer and God's word securing our actions for the day... we need to set in place people that will step in and pray for us when we are unable... that will pray for us when we have stepped out of the security of God. We need to keep God close no matter where we go talking to him all the time, no matter where we are.  Our hearts and minds need to be as secure and ready for the second coming of Jesus even more than our homes need to be prepared for a burglar.

We set about making sure our homes, our things are safe.  We need to be that diligent in setting about making sure our souls are safe. We make time for social media, for television for text messages everyday...  Yet we often think we don't have time to secure our steps, our souls for the day. We do have time.... We just have to make God a priority, as much a priority as pushing those number on our keypads in our home security systems.

God's word is, after all the best security system for our hearts!

Monday, February 6, 2012


Psalms 29:11 The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.

My Thoughts
This passage tells me that if I find myself needing strength... of find myself without peace that I have left God back at a cross road.  When stress has zapped me of all my energy..and anxiety has entered my life there is something that I have not gone to God about.  If I have and still feel these things... I may have laid my problems at Gods feet...but I left them tied to my body and when I walked away I drug them with me.... instead of really leaving them with God. I want to put this verse in my remembrance so that when I feel myself weak or not at peace I will be reminded to go to God with any problem that I have, with any anger that I have... with any unforgiveness that I have.. with any worry that I have.  When I feel my strength returning...and peace in my soul... I will know that I have successfully laid all that I have at the feet of God.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


Matthew 23:25-26 What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy-- full of greed and self-indulgence! You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish and the outside will become clean too.

My Thoughts
When we let the world see the best of us and then we go home and we are not as good a person as what the world sees, we are not fooling the world we are fooling ourselves. The Pharisees thought that they could follow the law without any care for the intent of the law and they would shine like new dishes!   Jesus told them different... Jesus said your heart and soul have to be right then the rest will follow.

Our actions reflect our hearts even when we are trying to cover up how we really feel.  But, if we make our hearts right...if we love with our hearts our actions will follow. When we find ourselves saying and doing one thing in public and coming home and being and feeling totally different about it in private that is a red flag ...a red flag that our heart is not where it needs to be. That is a time to go to God and say "God I see my heart is not where it needs to be, I felt like I needed to cover up how I felt... If I needed to cover up how I felt then something is wrong in my heart....I see now that I need changes in my heart. Will you please help me with that." When we go to God and truly want to do better, when we want to be a better person." God sees that and He sends down His grace to help up grow, to help us be better!

When we spend time in God's word, in prayer, in worship. Especially when we spend time alone with God, We get the inside of our cup clean... then the outside sparkles too.  God loves to fill our cup overflowing...when our cup overflows it spills out onto others.  What we want our cup overflowing with is God's love. To make that happen we have to do all we can to learn all about how much God loves and cares for us. As we learn, as we spend time with God love begins to fill our hearts....and when God sends down his blessings, He always sends down enough for us to share!.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Matthew 22:37 Jesus replied, "You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

My Thoughts
Love! We are to love God first...then we are to love others and we are also called to love ourselves. So many people have not been taught how to love... so many people have messed up so much that they think that nobody loves them and they don't even love themselves. They can't even imagine that God could love them. Our job as Christians is to go about loving God first then loving everybody that we come in contact with. Our neighbor is the person next to us no matter where we are. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 tell us what love is...4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

So often we plan our days so packed full of stuff... we make ourselves think we have somewhere to be (home to watch a ballgame). We get in such hurry that we don't have time for love! How sad is that!  Sometimes a person's first glimpse at love comes from a complete stranger standing in line with them at Wal-Mart. Even at Wal-Mart we are called to be patient and kind, we are called to love by not demanding our own way...even if we have to wait ten minutes to get sugar from the shelf... we need to wait in love. We need to never give up on finding opportunities to show people love. We need to never lose faith in the fact that when we do what God ask of us that He will take care of the rest of our day if we have taken time to love.

God loved us so much that he watched His Son die on the cross for our sins.... the least we could do is practice love with each and every person that we come in contact with. To love others as we love ourselves we can ask ourselves "If I were in that situation what would I want somebody to do for me?" then act accordingly. 

Love it not hard, or complicated... but it does take action and effort... love takes time. We are constantly taking time for the "important" things in life and missing out on opportunities to love. Jesus tells us here that there is nothing more important than love. Today when we are out and about we need to take time to love the person standing next to us...after all that is our neighbor. 

Thursday, February 2, 2012


Matthew 22:29 Jesus replied, "Your mistake is that you don't know the Scriptures, and you don't know the power of God.

My Thoughts
I asked Jesus into my heart long before I learned to read and study God's word. I was missing out on so much! So much that God had planned for me. The more I seek after God's word, the more I know it, the more it drops from my head to my heart, the stronger I become. The more I know God's word and how to use it in my prayers, the more I see my prayers answered. The more I know God's word the more I know God's power. The more I know God's power the more God uses that power to change my life. I wish that I had know my mistake long ago...I missed out on so much. But I am so blessed that I am learning and learning and learning. God is changing me through his word! To truly see changes in our lives we must do our part... we must pick up our Bible and read it, and read it and read it... until it becomes who we are!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Matthew 21:43-44 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit.

My Thoughts
Jesus was at the temple talking to the leading priest and the elders who were trying to trip Him up. What I get from this verse and how it applies to us today is this...It doesn't matter how much we know, it doesn't matter if we can quote the Bible word for word. It does not matter if we grace the doors of the church each time it is open if we don't show love...if we don't produce the fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22) these are the things that come with a truly changed life. God knows when we do it to brag about it and when we do it because we love Him... people will know too by our love.

One example of this in today's world is a person that goes to church on Sunday morning.... then out to eat... then they treat the sweet kind waitress with contempt because she was working on Sunday and not going to church. They have been to Church but don't show love, they don't show the fruits of  Spirit. The waitress on the other hand has been nothing but loving and kind, gentle and self controlled, but has not been to Church. If Jesus came back and could only take one person back with Him to  heaven who do you think he would take?

We need to always act in a way that shows the fruits of the spirit.. we need to walk in love! God is love and if God is in our lives love with be in our lives. When we find ourselves not acting in ways that show love that is a warning sign that we are stepping away from God, even if we are in Church on Sunday mornings. It is not our Sunday morning clothes that prove we are a child of God, it is our actions! As the song says "They will know that we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know that we are Christians by our love."