Monday, January 16, 2017

Love the Lord your God ♡

 
"And thou shalt love the Lord  thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: 
this is the first commandment. "
* Mark 12:30 *


33 years ago on January 21 at the age of  25,
 I trusted in Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.
On that day, He became the Lord of my life. 
I knew I was a sinner and came short of the glory of God.  *Romans 3:23*
I acknowledged that the wages of sin was death, 
but the gift of God was eternal life through Jesus Christ.  *Romans 6:23 *
I acknowledged that while I was a sinner Christ died for me.  *Romans 5:8*
I confessed with my mouth,  believed in my heart and called upon
the name of the Lord,  and was saved by God's grace. *Romans 10:9&13*
It was a day I shall never forget, a day when the burden of my sin was lifted. 
The love of God was the leading grace in my renewed soul. 

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As I began to grow in my relationship with Lord,
I longed to have a deeper knowledge and understanding
of  who God was.
I can remember wanting to read and read the Scriptures,
and as I read I had question after question,
oh there was so much I wanted to learn in a big hurry.
I wanted to know Him through His Word, so I followed the instructions
found in Joshua, a verse I came across early in my walk of faith.
"This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth:
but thou shalt meditate therein day and night."  *Joshua 1:8a*
To meditate involves thinking and living.
"I have chosen the way of the truth;
thy judgments have I laid before me."  *Psalms 119:30*
I knew that as I took the time to meditate on God's Word
it would increase my understanding.
There were times I would challenge myself to memorize chapters at a time.
That was one of the best things I did for myself,
in fact, I have picked it back up, because as I age
I'm finding my memory needs it.
I began to realize that the more I saw the Lord in His Word,
the more I loved Him.
The Pharisees studied the Word, but they failed to see the Lord in it.
My desire was to be like Paul~ "That I may know Him."  *Philippians 3:10*


 After a couple of years into my walk with the Lord 
I came across verse 30 of chapter 12 in the book of Mark ,
which became my life verse.
"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God 
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, 
and with all thy mind, 
and with all thy strength, 
this is the first commandment. "
When I found this verse I fell in love with it!
I said to myself, "that is your whole being, Debbie."
Verse 29 tells us that " The Lord our God is one Lord."
If I was going to believe that truth, then it was sure to follow
that I was going to love Him with all of my heart.
He is my God, therefore, I ought to love Him,
to set my affections on Him, and delight in Him.
He is one Lord, therefore, my desire is to love Him whole heatedly. 


In the years I have known and walked with my Jesus,
He has proven that He is for me by His unfailing love
and personal involvement in my life.
His grace and presence has been enough for my every need,
every trial, in any circumstance. 
He is my all-sufficient, all-powerful, all-loving, all-sovereign God.
As a child of God, my life is blessed.
I know that I will continually receive His limitless love, 
His immeasurable grace and His boundless power.
May the joy in my heart be the sign that God is everything to me!
"As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord
so walk ye in Him.
Rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith,
as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving."
Colossians 2:6-7 *
 What a glorious promise. 
My spiritual birthday wish is that I will so walk in Him,
and become more like Him, until the day I meet God face to face. 


Precious Heavenly Father~
I praise You for my salvation, and thank You, that You were willing
to give up Your Son for my redemption.
Guard my heart, increase my faith
and mold me into the image of Christ.
Amen.

To God be the Glory!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, January 9, 2017

Growth Through Faith ~ Stretching Situations

Hello to you my dear friends!
I appreciate your visits and those kind words left in your comments.
  Thank you for gracing my life with your friendship. ♡
The New Year is well on it's way and many of you have shared
on your Blogs already of your WORD for the year. 
I have so enjoyed reading your posts as to why you chose the word you did. 
Some of you have already shared testimonies of how
the Lord is working in your lives with and through your word.
One of you dear ladies has a terrific word for this year
and I have quietly claimed it as a second word for my own life
and have put it into practice in a BIG way over this past weekend.
I'm  looking to ACCOMPLISH a lot in the way of purging 
in both my home and our outside buildings this year.
My husband had better keep an eye on his garages. 😉




As Christians we all want to experience the fullness of the Christian life. 
There is so much more to having a relationship with God 
than simply having our sins forgiven.
But in this life we will all encounter faith ~ stretching situations
in order for us to grow in our walk of faith;
that is, if we are willing for the Father to speak to our heart
and direct us through those difficult situations
that are most certainly going to come into our lives at one time or another.
The beautiful thing is that whatever the Lord allows
into our lives it is for the purpose of increasing our intimacy with Him.



Proverbs chapter 5 speaks to us on the security in wisdom
and it is full of instruction. 
"Keep my commandments and live."Verse 4

"Get wisdom!Get understanding!" Verse 5

"When you walk your steps will not be hindered,
and when you run you will not stumble." Verse 12

"Take firm hold of instruction and do not let go." Verse13

" But the path of the just is like the shining sun,
that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day." Verse 18

"Keep your heart with all diligence,
for out of it spring the issues of life." Verse 23

Those are just a few of the excellent verses on getting wisdom
found in chapter 5.



So when we face trials 《and we will》 or must make decisions 《and we must》
that require strength and wisdom far beyond our own,
that is when God wants us to seek Him through His Word
and in prayer.
Likewise, He asks us to pay attention to the promptings 
of His Holy Spirit, to listen to that still small voice
and be confident He'll work through our obedience
to Him in an amazing way.
As we seek to serve God obediently and trust Him to lead 
us in our Christian life we can trust Him in everything,
even those faith ~ stretching situations.



Heavenly Father~thank You for Your unfailing love.
Help us always to trust Your will and Your ways.
Amen.

Be Blessed!
~ Debbie ~

Monday, January 2, 2017

My Word ~

Hello to you my dear and faithful friends ~
I trust that you had a most beautiful Christmas and New Year's Eve
filled with all the joy that the Lord so graciously and abundantly showered you with.
I know that as we sat around our Christmas tree
there was joy and laughter through out our home
with the sweet fellowship of our precious family.
Grandchildren certainly have a way of putting a smile in your heart.


For many of us the New Year brings with it change;
changes that we desire to make in our own lives
after all, it's a New Year and new beginnings
seem to touch us all in different ways.
When I became a Blogger in this wonderful blogging community
I would visit many of you and see that you had a "word" for the year.
I had never heard of such a thing, but found it to be quite intriguing;
before I knew it, I was hearing about these "words" people had for the year
as I would daily go about my life.
This year I am going to come aboard with some of you
and claim my word for the New Year.
Actually, the Lord has placed a word upon my heart 
and it keeps coming into my mind and tugging at my heart strings.
In fact,  I have been putting my word into practice long before the New Year arrived. 
My "word" for this year is Uplifting.
Two of the definitions in the dictionary are:
"influences intended to uplift and inspire"


 I find myself talking with others that tend to be "Negative Nellie's" 
and at times it can be easy to go along with them
or just agree when that's not at all how I feel.
I have found that by speaking in an uplifting manner 
it causes the other person to do the same
and actually makes the conversation sweeter and more pleasant. 
I desperately want them to see the brighter side and find the joy of the Lord.
I want to encourage them along the way, and isn't that what God would have us to do?
And then there are those who may be discouraged
and need more of a positive uplifting word of encouragement.
I want to be sensitive to the needs of others when I have a conversation with them
and speak in an uplifting, God honoring manner. 
I think you get the idea of where I'm going with this.
God's Word tells us in Colossians chapter 4 verse 6 to ~
"Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt,
that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man."
I desire to speak what is spiritual, wholesome, fitting, kind, sensitive,
purposeful, complimentary, gentle, truthful, loving and thoughtful.
Seasoned with salt  ~ just as salt not only flavors, it also prevents corruption.
I want my speech to be a blessing to others no matter what type
of conversation I may come into contact with.


"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)
I want  my speech be all that God wants it to be.
I desire to be encouraging, inspiring and uplifting 
to all who may cross my path. 
 Will you be having a word for the year that will draw you closer to the Lord?



Heavenly Father ~
Draw us ever so close to Your side
and help us to be the people You desire for us to be
as we walk, talk and live for Your glory.
Amen.

Be Glorious!
~ Debbie ~ 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

A Gift to Remember ~

Hello to you my dear and faithful friends!
I trust that you had a most wonderful Christmas
with your loved ones?
Due to both of my daughters being married 
we celebrate Christmas together on what ever day works best for everyone.
This year we gathered together and celebrated Christmas on the 26th
and what a beautiful day we had.
We now have with us our oldest daughters three boys
and will enjoy them for the remainder of the week.
Unfortunately the flu bug has hit a couple of the boys
and my husband and I are feeling a bit under the weather.  
Oh well...that too shall pass.


Since it was just my husband and I on Christmas day
we did something we have never done before,
we spent the day together on the ski slopes.
You might think that would be the norm while we live in the mountains
and near a ski area, but it's not.
This is not my usual kind of post, but I wanted to share with you
the beauty of our day and the gentle hand of God
as He directed, protected and orchestrated our day.
***
As most of you know, I have been looking at having a knee replacement
for months now, but the Lord  for some reason has put me on hold.
I could become anxious over all the strange details that have taken place,
but with Jesus as the Lord of my life, I shall patiently wait upon Him,
knowing that He has my best interest at heart.
I heard that you can rebuild cartilage and so that is one of the things I am trying.
I believe the aqua aerobics I have been faithfully doing have helped as well.
With that said; I wanted to find out for myself if I could ski
since I have not been on downhill skies for 10 years.
I've been nervous about skiing since I have two bad knees,
but life is too short and should something happen
there's always a fix, right? 
***
I wanted to give my dear husband a gift he would really enjoy
and remember for years to come.
He was shocked that I wanted to go skiing
and a little apprehensive about my knees.
We had the time of our life!
This was the best Christmas gift I believe I have ever given my husband
and what a gift to myself, I found out that I need not fear.
My God was with me throughout that day,
keeping watch over my knees even when I would come to a stop
and gently fall over due to my balance issue.
Life is too short and I'm going to enjoy the days God has blessed me with by
doing the things that bring me joy with those whom God has graced my life with.
40 years ago on January 21st. I met my dear husband on Vail Mountain;
I was working as a chairlift operator in the Game Creek Bowl (chair 7)
when he and a friend were visiting from Canada and enjoying the ski season.
There he was, on that beautiful winters day
 skiing with such grace and style towards my chair lift
when my heart went pitter patter.
 And the rest is history... 

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I gifted my husband with a GoPro camera for his 60th Birthday
and we had a great time using it together on the mountain.
Thanks to YouTube I'm able to share a glimpse of our day with you. 
At the bottom of my post click on the link to view the video.
Thank you for taking the time to stop in. I always enjoy your visits!
See you next year!
Blessings and be safe.

Joy!
~ Debbie ~
The music is from the Michael Buble′ Christmas CD
  Amazon

Monday, December 19, 2016

O Come Let Us Adore (Worship) Him ~

Vintage Christmas Church Image – Beautiful!

The joyful sounds of Christmas carols being sung at every turn
is sure to bring gladness and joy into our hearts
as we prepare with anticipation the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
For myself, this Christmas season has been one where I have yearned 
with-in my own heart to worship the King,
to bow down on bended knee in the presence of His Holiness.
It seems as if daily I find myself humming or singing,
"O come let us adore Him."
~
I was reading in my Zondervan Pictorial Bible Dictionary
that public worship consisted of ~ preaching ~ reading of Scripture ~
prayer ~ singing ~ baptism ~ the Lord's Supper and alms giving.
"Worship ~ Bow down, when given to God, worship involves an acknowledgement 
of Divine perfections. It may express itself in the form of
direct address, as an adoration or thanksgiving, or in service to God;
and may be private or public.
Worship presupposes that God is, that He can be known by man,
and that His perfections set Him far above man."
I visited a small town near where I live and they were having a sale at their Library;
so of course I wandered towards the area where the old books were located
and came across an old dictionary that was printed in 1931.
I love dictionaries, especially the older ones.
This dictionary speaks well of worship ~
"Adoration, devotion, aspiration, heavenly-mindedness, spiritual-mindedness,
vow, homage, service, kneeling, genuflection, prostration,
prayer, praise, offering, divine service, honor, revere, idolize, admire."
These are just a few of the words used to describe worship in this dictionary.

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"Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days
of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem.
Saying, where is he that is born King of the Jews?
for we have seen his star in the east, and are come
to worship him."  (Matthew 2:1-2)
~
 Christmas has come to mean many things: family, love, gift-giving,
service, celebration, joy, and so much more ~
all are certainly worthy expressions of a multifaceted event;
but as we look to the birth of Jesus, may we not forget
or overlook our worship of the One who is worthy to be praised.
A King worthy of worship has been born, and when Simeon,
the godly saint in Jerusalem who was looking for the Messiah,
first held the baby Jesus in his arms, he blesses (praised) God
in a beautiful prayer of praise. (Luke 2:28-32)
As we look at the first ones in Scripture and their response
when they saw the newborn King,
may we find ourselves like minded bowing down in worship and adoration
of our newborn King, our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord.
Jesus seeks true worshipers ~
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers
shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth:
for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth."
(John 4:23-24) 
 Those who are wise still seek and worship Jesus today.

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"O come let us worship and bow down:
let us kneel before the Lord our maker."
Amen.

Dear friends ~ From my heart to yours,
 I wish for you a Christmas filled with the joy of the Lord!
My prayer is that your heart will be filled with the Psalms as you sing unto the Lord
and worship Him, with your whole heart.
Have a most Blessed and Christ centered Christmas ~

Be Joyful!
~ Debbie ~  
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