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Mind Games

March 23, 2017 — Leave a comment

Do you every struggle with thoughts of doubt? I sure do.  I wrestle with my thoughts of doubt every day.  I question my ability and potential in almost every aspect of my life.

Am I a good mother, wife, co-worker?  How does my Sunday school teaching match up with others?  What about blogging for this Ministry.  That’s a huge one.  Am I listening to your voice Lord, or am I being self-centered.

You know what I’ve discovered.    I allow my mind to question what I know.  Make me second guess myself and the Lords direction for my life!

“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”   (2 Corinthians 10:4-5, NIV)

That’s pretty good advice from Brother Paul.  Don’t let doubts get in your way!  Confront them head on as lies from the enemy!  Demolish them, he said!  See, if we crush them flat they will never rise again.

I must…”take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ”.

It’s hard for me to stay focused on the abilities that God gave me and not have doubts, but I’m determined that with Christ direction I will not let others control my mind—only He has that privilege! Deb~

 

God is in Control!

October 17, 2016 — Leave a comment

Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t have an answer.  In the middle of different trials, I will admit I have cried out, “Lord, why did this happen?”  So far, I haven’t come up with any answers, but there is one thing I’m VERY sure of… God is real and in control! 

Nothing happens that He doesn’t know about before hand.  He has a purpose for every experience in our lives no matter how painful it might be.  (Romans 8:28) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

There is no way I can grasp God’s greater plan through your heart ache or loss, but I know that He is with you through your pain, confusion, helplessness, and loss!

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord, As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”(Isaiah 55:8-9)

One of my favorite gospel songs…”My God is Real, real in my soul, my God is real for He has washed and made me whole, His love for me, is like pure gold, my God is real for I can feel Him in my soul.”

I stay rooted in His word and His promise!!  Deb~

Attititude or Graditude?

November 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

Thanksgiving…it’s all about food and football right?  Having to spend time with family that drives you crazy!  Another day of cooking, cleaning and chasing kids…blah, blah, blah!

Holidays aren’t enjoyed by everyone.  Maybe you’ve lost a loved one, your children aren’t coming this year, you have no family to share the holiday with, money is tight and you just don’t feel like celebrating.

 Scripture tells us “In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18, NIV).  Give thanks in everything, that can be challenging …we may not feel very grateful.  There are things that cause a negative effect on our lives that steal our joy and cause us to take our eyes off the Savior.

Sometimes I find myself going through the motions.  I’m spiritually and mentally prepared for whatever event we have for the day but my heart just isn’t in it.  My attitude stinks and I just can’t get myself out of the mood I’m in.  I’m not FOCUSED on Him! 

“Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the praise of Israel.” (Psalms 22:3,NIV)

Love Heart, you may not feel you have anything to be “Thankful” for, but I challenge you to seek HIM.  Take your focus from you to others.

Volunteer at a shelter or hospital.   Invite friends, neighbors, and co-workers over for dinner…  Your probably not the only one alone this holiday.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.  His love endures forever.  (Psalm 136:1, NIV)

Life is what you make it, Reach out…change that attitude to gratitude. ~Deb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coincidence

January 23, 2015 — Leave a comment

imageCoincidence; there is no such thing!  God has a plan for our lives and sets certain events in motion to achieve “His good and perfect will.”

Like in the life of Saul, the first king of Israel.  His father owned a business where donkeys were relied on to transport goods.  Some of those donkeys were missing and Saul’s father sent him to look for them.

“Now the donkeys belonging to Saul’s father Kish were lost” (1 Samuel 9:3).

Saul and a servant traveled for three days looking for these donkeys, with no success.  They came to a town and the servant suggested that they ask the prophet that lived there and maybe he could tell them which way the donkeys had gone.   image

Samuel the prophet knew that Saul would be there because God had told him.  The prophet was able to tell Saul everything that was in his heart.

God orchestrated every step in Saul’s journey.

God sent the donkeys away, which made Saul have to go looking for them. The servant suggestion that they consult the prophet and the Lord spoke to the prophet of things concerning Saul.  Nothing was left to chance, it was all God.

It’s the same with our lives, Love Heart.  God leaves nothing to chance; he is in control of every aspect of our lives.  ~Debra  image

“I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV)

Rainy Day

May 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (4)I’m sitting out on my deck soaking up the quiet and writing on my ipad.  I hear the rolling of thunder in the distance.  I take a deep breath, inhaling the smell of rain.  I continue to write as the thunder gets closer and closer.  I can’t believe my husband hasn’t been out a hundred times to tell me to get in the house.  I continue to enjoy the symphony of wind, thunder and fragrance, when small raindrops began to fall.  I still have a little time, I think to myself as the umbrella from the table on our deck shelters me.  I inhale deeply as the smell of rain gets stronger and finally the clouds let loose of their bounty and I’m forced inside.  I stand at the door and continue to watch as the rain comes down in sheets and the parched ground soaks up the needed moisture.th (7)

I smile, as I head into the house, knowing that I will sleep well tonight as I listen to the thunder and rain as God’s sweet lullaby.

When the storms of life hit you head on, remember that you are never alone.  th (8)Thank You God for your refreshing presence and your gentle reminder of all creation. ~Debra

Deuteronomy 31:6  “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”