Monday, November 11, 2019

What Rolls off your Lipstick ?

For years now, my mornings in my private little "girlie" bathroom
have been my time to ponder.
What do I ponder on you might ask?
Just about everything ~ from my family to this world's happenings 
to the relationship I have with Jesus, (examining myself before God)
but always on God.
It's early...It's quiet...I'm all alone...And I know God meets me there.
Mornings spent in my little corner of our home
are directed in personal quiet talks with the Lord over so many things. 
This precious time is also used for my Scripture memory time, 
which allows for the beginning of the day to be focused on God, the One
who is greater than all the things which fill up my mind and heart.
As I finished off getting ready for the day ahead with a splash of lipstick
I had a thought and was reminded (from God I know) of certain Scripture verses
pertaining to my lips, my mouth, and what comes out of it.
As women, some of us like to pretty ourselves with a splash of lipstick
adding some color and sweetness to our lips.
But...what do we allow to roll off of those pretty little lips?
The Scriptures are very clear as to 
flattering with our lips.
"He that goeth about as a talebearer revealeth secrets:
therefore meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips."
~ Proverbs 20:19 ~
"A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a 
faithful spirit concealeth the matter."
~ Proverbs 11:13 ~
A talebearer is a gossip, someone who likes to talk about others.
It's as easy as sitting over a cuppa with friends,
sharing and having a wonderful time together 
when someones name comes up and before you realize it,
that sweet fellowship can lead to gossip.
At that moment, are we willing to honor God's Word
and be of a "faithful spirit" who honors God with our lips?
Or will we fall prey to evil and open our lips saying something we shouldn't have?
"He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life:
but he that openeth wide his lips
shall have destruction."
~ Proverbs 13:3 ~
Oh Precious Jesus... as Your messengers, Your mouthpiece 
and Your ambassadors, may our lips be all that You want them to be ~
  encouraging, exhorting, edifying and uplifting.
Words really do matter.
They have the power to heal, to hurt, to love,
to hate, to change people and relationships.
"Hear; for I will speak of excellent things;
and the opening of my lips shall be right things.
For my mouth shall speak truth; 
and wickedness is an abomination to my lips.
All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; 
there is nothing froward or perverse in them."
~ Proverbs 8:6-8 ~
Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise.

Heavenly Father, 
we know that out of the abundance of the heart
 the mouth speaks ~ for good or evil.
By the power of Your Holy Spirit 
and as we apply Biblical Truths to our lives
help us to place a guard upon our lips,
to be true and faithful with our speech
so as to give You all the praise and glory.

Be Lovely!

Monday, November 4, 2019

Thirsting for God ~

"As the deer pants for the water brooks,
so pants my soul for You, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God."

~ Psalm 42:1 &2a ~

"O God, thou art my God; early will I seek Thee:
my soul thirsteth for Thee, my flesh longeth for Thee
in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is."

  Psalm 63:1    

Water is the rich symbol of salvation, especially to people who
lived in the dry land of Palestine.
"Whosoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
[ reference to the Samaritan woman at the well ]
but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him
will never thirst.
But the water that I shall give him will become in him
a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life."
~ John 4:14 ~

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"In the last day, that great day of the feast,
Jesus stood and cried, saying 
If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said,
out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."
~ John 7:37-38 ~
Amen and Amen!


Monday, October 28, 2019

Yes ~ God hears our Prayers

We have such a blessed assurance from the Scriptures 
that God hears and answers our prayers in His time.
We can have the confidence in knowing that as we turn 
to the One who gladly listens to us as we pour our hopes 
and fears our joys and concerns out in prayer,
those precious moments will bring us very near to the heart of God.
As I was reading John's birth announced to Zacharias
in the book of Luke chapter 1 certain words leaped off the page;
not that I had never read those words before, as I most certainly had,
but they spoke differently as God's Word does each time we read it;
Because it is the Living Word of God.
"But the angel said to him [Zacharias] 
"Do not be afraid Zacharias, for
Your prayer is heard;
and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son,
and you shall call his name John."
Chapters 1-3 are so exciting because they speak of
John's birth, Christ's birth announcement, Mary's visit to Elizabeth 
and the song of Mary. was those words "your prayer is heard"
that spoke so strongly to my heart this particular day.
The angel Gabriel, stood in the presence of God,
and was sent to bring Zacharias good tidings. WOW!

"But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself  him who is godly;
The Lord will hear when I call to Him."
~ Psalm 4:3 ~
Psalm 4 speaks of why we should pray ~
In God's infinite love and wisdom, God always knows
what to give us in answer to our prayers.
I think we can all attest to the fact that our prayers
do not always change our situation,
but they should always change us.
As we bring our anxieties to our all-wise, all-loving,
and all-sovereign God, we can be assured,
He is enough!

Four years ago when my dad was undergoing triple bypass surgery 
I called upon many of you for prayer,
and you were faithful.
I knew that you were faithful in your prayers, because I could sense 
the presence of God in that time of great burden.
There was a peace that was unexplainable, 
a peace that passed all understanding for what was taking place.
One evening during those last days when dad would be with us
mom and I were ready to rest our weary heads upon our pillows 
when mom said to me ~
"Debbie, I'm exhausted... yet I do not believe I will be able to sleep"
Mom was wasn't looking good for dad.
I too was exhausted...
But ~
I knew that I could lay my weary head down and sleep peacefully
because you see, there had been people from all around the globe
praying for our situation throughout the day.
Now it was evening for us, but not for those across the world,
 we had prayer warriors who would be holding us up in prayer 
while we slept, because for them, it was daytime.
What an incredible peace that was to my soul!
We had prayer warriors around the clock,
it doesn't get any better than that!
I reassured mom with that very thought,
and she slept like a baby in the arms of a Loving Heavenly Father,
while our many prayer warriors covered her in prayer.
Did our situation change?
No, God took my dad to his heavenly home.
But ~
I know that I changed.
God hears our prayers and answers our prayers
in His time and according to His will.
How we would have loved for God to heal dad,
but that was not His will.

"Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me,
and I will listen to you.
And you will seek Me and find Me,
when you search for Me with all your heart."
~ Jeremiah 29:12 & 13 ~
The Lord would restore His people when they turned back to Him
and sought Him with all their hearts.
When we earnestly seek God anywhere and everywhere 
with our whole hearts, He will meet us at every crossroads 
of our lives, and through pain and victory 
with each step we take with Him, we will come to know
our God who hears and answers our prayers
in a very real and personal way.

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you,
you will ask what you desire,
and it shall be done for you.
By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit,
so you will be My disciples."
~ John 15: 7 & 8 ~
In our relationship with God, His words abide in us
and our branches abide in Him.
A natural outgrowth of that abiding relationship is prayer.
Chapter 15 goes on to say that Jesus wants 
the Christians joy to be full.

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God;
and the peace of God, which passes all understanding,
will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
~ Philippians 4: 6 & 7 ~
When we take our anxieties to God in prayer,
we discover the peace of God.
We are also promised something better: the God of peace Himself,
His protection, presence, comfort, and encouragement.
God seeks our prayers.

"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus
from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 
make you complete in every good work to do His will,
working in you what is well pleasing in His sight,
through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever."

To God be the Glory!

My photos were the last days of our spectacular colors
before the blanket of snow covered their glory

Monday, October 21, 2019

I Will Sing and Give Praise ~

"O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nation's.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens, 
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, 
And Your glory above all the earth."
~ Psalm 108 1-5 ~

O Lord, You are so worthy of our praise!

Glory to God in the Highest!

Monday, October 14, 2019

Sincerely from your heart ~ Rejoice

  Sincerely, from your heart rejoice in the Lord
and forget not His benefits throughout the year.
Our God is a Great God and deserves our heartfelt 
praise for all He does for us.

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"Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice 
of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips,
giving thanks to His name."
~ Hebrews 13:15 ~

 In the Old Testament ~ Hosea 14:2 speaks of God's people 
offering Him "the sacrifices of [their] lips" 
in contrast to the animal sacrifices under the Old Covenant system.
As Christians we now offer sacrifices of praise and worship to God.
Whatever season awaits you outdoors where our loving God
has placed you ~ be it a gorgeous autumn afternoon ~ a day blanketed 
in beautiful white snow ~ a bright spring day ~ or a hot summer afternoon ~
everyday is a day of Thanksgiving.
Because those of us who love God, it is! 

"I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples.
And I will sing praises to You among the nation's."
~ Psalm 108:3 ~

"But I will sacrifice to You
With the voice of Thanksgiving 
I will pay what I have vowed
Salvation is of the Lord."
~ Jonah 2:9 ~

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks;
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 ~

"For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth."
~ Psalm 149 4-8 ~

Heavenly Father, 
Give us a heart to rejoice always, pray continually 
and give thanks daily for Your goodness to us.
Amen and Amen.


The photos were taken last week when we received 7 1/2 inches of snow
 I have so enjoying my new camera
 capturing some of God's beauty close to home.
Friends, have a most glorious day and be blessed!
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