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God Sees You

Hagar was in a dry desert place, her search for water felt futile, so she decided to just give up the fight...but then something amazing happened. God sent an angel of The Lord to her in her distress, and encouraged her so Hagar found out one of God's names in a deep and personal way: El Roi, the God who sees. I was having a not so great day, though I tried to keep my anxious thoughts at bay, I could feel the cares and worry nagging at the back of my mind. Then something amazing happened while I was getting coffee, a stranger came up to me and began pouring words of encouragement into my soul, and like Hagar I could say God sees me. You see it's not just the giants in your life that He's interested in slaying, but even the small cares of your life concern Him, because He cares for you and delights for you to not only know about His many names, but to also experience them first hand.

Right On Time

Of all the biblical characters and stories, I've always felt the most affinity with Joseph. Joseph was a dreamer, and when he was around seventeen The Lord gave him a dream that was apparently so real and vivid to him, that he held on to it : through the pit, slavery, and wrongful imprisonment. The bible never mentions that Joseph became bitter, angry, or disillusioned; instead in Psalms 105:19 it says "Until the time that his word came: the word of The Lord tried him." You see Joseph knew without a doubt that The Lord had personally given him a word. Yet in his present circumstances he could not see how that word would come to his dream tested his faith. But thank God that He has his appointed time and seasons in our lives, for  when the time came about thirteen years after Joseph first had his dream, God lifted him up to a place of stature, and brought his dream to pass. That story encourages me, that no matter how long it may take God's word to come to p…

Breathe Gentle

Life is just a breath, a mist, like a dream-too short.
Forgive, make room for errors: we are only human.
Laugh, love , treasure each day.
Keep sight of what's really important.

My Forever Friend

I want to tell you about someone I know...I've known him all my life, and think of him as my forever friend. He knows everything about me: the good, the bad, and even the things I'm ashamed of...yet he still chooses to love me. When I think of just how deeply he loves me, it really blows my mind...I've never known love like this : selfless and unconditional. His are the arms I run to whenever I feel down or afraid, and it doesn't matter how late it is, whenever I call he answers. He tells me I'm beautiful, tells me I'm worth dying for, he has totally changed my outlook on life for the better. I want to introduce you to my friend, his name is Jesus, and he would love to get to know you better...


Beauty For Ashes

Isaiah 61:3 King James Version (KJV)

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.

From the ashes You've drawn me,
Carried me from the midst of darkness to an everlasting light,
With unconditional love You've healed me,
Bound up the wounds which lay beneath the surface,
You've replaced sorrow with joy and given me beauty for ashes,
Oh Lord You are good, this I know full well and because of Your great love, I can stand and declare that it is well with my soul,

I Will Listen

Brief Statements of Truth

Pray all the time.  If necessary, use words.
God forgets the past.  Imitate Him.
Greed I’ve often regretted.  Generosity—never.
In buying a gift for your wife, practicality can be more expensive than extravagance.
Here’s another: Don’t ask God to do what you want.  Ask God to do what is right.
You’ll give up on yourself before God will.
Flattery is fancy dishonesty.
You’ll regret opening your mouth.  You’ll rarely regret keeping it shut.
And I’ll close with this one:   To see sin without grace is despair.  To see grace without sin is arrogance.  To see them in tandem is conversion!

-Max Lucado


And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day

God delights to speak to us, and while He does often speak audibly and in a variety of ways, most often it is a still small voice in the cool of the day. It might be that time early in the morning when you're halfway between sleep and wakefulness, when your body and mind are both at rest, the myriad of upcoming daily activities not yet crossing your subconscious, and God not having to vie for your attention ...that's how it happens for me. I once heard a pastor describe God as a gentleman who won't force Himself on you, and that is so true...He gently speaks words of love to us, an unconditional love that stands this test of time, not that we ever did anything to deserve it, nor can we ever earn it : it is a gift. For God is love, and immutable, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Could it be that God is trying to speak words of love to you today?