Suit Up!

September 7, 2017 — Leave a comment

Do you know any “Prayer Warriors?”  A warrior fights against an enemy. In this case it’s you know who!  And because it’s a spiritual matter instead of a physical battle, the warrior’s weaponry is prayer.
Philippians 6:11-12, NIV states…

“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Satan is not happy when we are doing God’s will and he will do everything within his power to stop us.

The rest of Philippians 6: 13:17 tells us just how to suit up. “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.  Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with readiness that come from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Sprit, which is the word of God.”

God’s promise to the faithful!…Psalms 91 and 121.

We serve a faithful God who sees the beginning and the end.  Let’s join hands and pray together as warriors for His kingdom.  Deb~

 


               On a trip to San Antonio, we stayed at the Comfort Inn and Suites.  There I met a delightful woman named Georgia.  Now, when I say delightful, I mean delightful!

She worked in the dining area where breakfast was served, and she made a point to greet all the guests.  The smile on her face and twinkle in her eyes were warm and genuine making you feel like you might be in Georgia’s own kitchen.

I listened as she greeted wave after wave of hungry, sleepy guests.  I was drawn to her kindness and joy.  I gave her a Love Heart Ministries card and told her how I appreciated her work.  She told me that she loves her job.  That went without saying!

When she noticed that my card was for a ministry she got very excited and showed her friend, Gracie.  We talked a little more and she again talked about how much she loved her job.  She told me that her beauty came from within.  Did she know what I was thinking?

What Georgia doesn’t realize is that her beauty from the inside spills out all over her outside making her beautiful all over.  The encounter reminded me of Colossians 3:17 which says, “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

The day we left, Georgia must have had the day off.  The dining area was quiet, still full of sleepy guests, and I really missed the sound of sweet Georgia’s voice greeting everyone without judgement or prejudice.  I’m very thankful for the opportunity to meet her. You are in inspiration to us all, Georgia! Gwen~


Discouragement can rob you of your peace, joy and satisfaction.  But I have GREAT news.  You’re not trapped!

I know people who seem to be in pickle! Then in a few years they are in a better place.

Either their circumstances or emotions have changed.  Why?…you may be asking.  They never gave up!!  Instead of wallowing in self-pity, they made the decision to believe God!

Nehemiah is a perfect example. (Nehemiah 2:1-8, NIV) He had every reason to be discouraged.  His people were in trouble and after receiving news that the city wall had been demolished, this man of God was very disappointed and grieved.  The pain was so great, but Nehemiah didn’t allow himself to stay in this pit.  He cried out to God for direction. 

Sadness wasn’t allowed in the company of royalty and would lead to death.  But God answered Nehemiah’s prayer and incited the King to realize his servant’s sadness and how he could help.  This wonder led to the rebuilding of wall and the deliverance of God’s people.

God can take any situation and turn it around!  Do you live in anticipation of what God is going to do?  Or do you live in despair?   God can take your petition…just like Nehemiah’s…and turn it into something wonderful.  Don’t allow negative emotions to take a stronghold, call on God!  Deb~

 


When our boy was a pre-schooler, every day when I picked him up I had to listen to what he had, or hadn’t done, that day. When we got his ADHD medication adjusted, I was hoping for some relief. I got to school to pick him up, and the lady at the desk handed me a piece of paper telling me that he had failed his eye test of all things! Now there was something else to deal with. Discouraged? You bet.

The years pass too quickly to imagine. In this third session of lamenting a different child, I want to tell you what a wonderful and Godly young man he is today.

A non-ADHD male brain does not fully mature until age 25. It has taken our son a longer than usual time to figure out what he wants to do with his life, but after a few lessons from the University of Hard Knocks, he is in college and has a direction in mind.

He has been home from school this summer and has worked on an asphalt crew. Hard and dirty work, but fulfilling nonetheless. At 25, he is maturing wonderfully.

We have always had what we’ve called our “Saturday Morning Conversations” where we talk together about deeper things, such as God’s plans for our lives, how to correctly handle a particular situation, and other hearty topics. Recently he told me how he wants to live a holy life, and how in his position this semester as Wing Advisor at college, he wants to be a servant leader, helping those who are struggling. I have no doubt that he be a great role model for other students.

Love Heart, if God has gifted you with one who at this stage is making you crazy, just hang on. It doesn’t matter if they are 5 or 35, God is still in control, and has created them for a purpose. Don’t give up!   Know this…He loves you and your child more than you can imagine!

“You have searched me, Lord,

and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise;

you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down;

 you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue

you, Lord, know it completely.

You hem me in behind and before,

and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

 too lofty for me to attain.”  (Psalm 139:1-6)

No mistake made here. God knows everything and is completely in control. Gwen~


Goal!

August 20, 2017 — Leave a comment

Do you have a dog?  Does it snore?  My cocker spaniel snores like crazy.  Sometimes I’ll be lying on the sofa and she will be lying next to me – snoring up a storm.  Now, the bad thing is we sound alike!  My husband will ask, “Is that you, or the dawg?”  I’m not sure what to think about that, but you have to admit it’s pretty funny.

Let me ask you.  Are you so much like Jesus that people can’t tell you apart?  If you’re like me, probably not.  But, that’s our goal…to be like Jesus.  That’s where we’re headed, to be so much like Him in the way we live our lives that we make a difference wherever we are.  With each passing day we should be more like Him.  Will we ever get to the point where we achieve that sinless perfection?  No, not while we’re on this old earth.

In 1 John 1:8 the bible says, “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (NAS)  So, if you run into somebody who claims to be sinless, watch out.  You know the truth.  But if you know somebody who’s striving to be like Jesus, encourage them.  Cheer them on!  Help them up when they fall.  Let them know you can see Jesus in the way they live.  Praise God for His mercy!  Gwen~