Focus on the light

Matthew 6:22 “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.”

Want do you see when you look in the mirror?  When you look at your children?  When you look at your loved ones?

A lamps job is to illuminate, to shed light on a subject.  Our eyes are the gateway to our hearts.  When we look at something that is pleasing we feel love, peace, joy, happiness, and maybe tranquility.  The opposite is true when we look at something that we deem as not pleasing.  Our actions will follow.  If we see something pleasing our actions are typically positive.  If we see something that is not pleasing our actions are typically negative.

When people look at you what do they see?  Do they see a person who is smiling or frowning?  So they see a child of God or something different?  The way you see the world and the people in it will determine your actions and words.  It will also determine how others see you.

Father, when You see me I want You to see Your son.  I know that my words and actions are not always pleasing to You.  Thank you for forgiving me when I focus on worldly things instead of You.  Help me Lord to see the world through Your eyes that I may be a light to those around me, especially to those closest to me.  You have given me family and friends as a gift, help me to see and treat them that way.  In Jesus Name, Amen

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Garden of Your Heart

Hebrews 10:23 “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”

Ever wonder what the garden of Eden looked like?  Ever wonder what it would be like to walk with God and be able to see and touch Him?  When we accepted Christ as our savior we began walking with God.  We cannot physically see or touch Him; we have something better, His presence within our heart, mind, body, and soul.

I have often dreamed of walking with my Heavely Father in this beautiful place.  My understanding of the garden of Eden is one of complete beauty, whatever that means to you.  It is a place filled with tranquility, peace, joy, and beauty.

Some days this image Might be the only thing keeping you going.   Other days you might feel shut out of this place and alone.  God says on these days we need to look into our hearts and find Him walking with us as He did with Adam and Eve before sin was brought into this world.

When life feels unfair, full of burdens, and you feel alone find encouragement in your Heavenly Father, he is  walking with you through every moment of everyday.   Finding His peace is beyond our true comprehension so sit there and let the troubles of this world be released to your Father who loves you more than is humanly possible.

Father, I come to you today and ask that you reveal to me the garden within my heart where we can walk in with You in times of sleeplessness, pain, fear, anxiety, worry. and loneliness.  I don’t want to live in this state. I want to walk in the light of Your presence.  Give me strength to be able to see You and walk with You through the storms of life. Lord, I release all my fears, worries, and anxieties to You for You are my rescuer, healer, and redeemer. In Jesus Name, Amen

Let Me Love You

Isaiah 41:10 “So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and hep you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Let me love you, I hear the Lord say.  Come to me in your weakness and I will give you strength.  You are broken and I will heal you.   Be still and know that I am your God, your strength, and your shelter when the storms of life come.  Come rest to me and rest in my arms for I am your comforter and healer.

Do you ever just feel overwhelmed by life?  God tells us to come to him in our brokenness, pain, worry, and our hurting.  He is our strength in times of trouble.  He has come to seek and save the lost.  So, do you feel lost today?  Do not fret, he is waiting to hold you.   His arms are open ready to hold and comfort you.  He is the healer of broken relationships, broken hearts, and a mender of souls. No matter what you face today He has a plan and not just any plan, a perfect plan.  So, run into your Father’s arms and find comfort, healing, and best of all love.

Papa, I am so grateful to know that I am never alone.  In the midst of the storms of life you are right there with open arms.  In your arms I can find comfort and healing.  Allow me to sit with you today.  Speak to me and draw me closer to you.  Change me Lord and make me more like you.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Specks and Planks

Matthew 7:3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?”

It is often difficult to look under the hood of our hearts to see what is really going on in our lives. It seems so easy to look at someone else and find their shortcomings or faults, especially those we are with everyday. When we find fault in others we, according to scripture, we have a criticism problem. This means that we are quick to find fault in others.

When criticism lives in our hearts we cannot walk in freedom with The Spirit. This is how the evil begins to devour and control out lives.  A critical spirit comes to kill and destroy anything that is good and pleasing to the Lord.  This spirit takes a kind act and turns into an irritation, destroying the goodness behind it.  It is amazing how a driver on the road, that you don’t even known, can make this critical spirit rise us within.  As you become aware of this spirit begin to pray that God would replace it with His fruits of joy, peace, love, and self-control.

Gracious and Loving Father, I praise you for what you are doing in my life.  Father, open my eyes to the critical places in my heart.  Do not allow the evil one to invade my relationships.  Where he already has a foothold break those chains and free me to see You and Your love.  Replace any critical spirit with Your Spirits of “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)  In Jesus Name, Amen

Kind Words

Proverbs 12:25 “Anxiety weights down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”

Our world seems to be falling apart.  Everywhere we look there is a new threat.  People shot while driving their cars or worshiping in their church, it is hard not to become worried or anxious.

Throughout scripture God tells us not to be anxious or worried.  In a world that is being “given over to itself” we need to come together and breathe life into the world as Christ followers. Allow Christ to shine through you into this broken world by using kind words.  Our words can bring healing, joy, love, and peace:; be aware because our words can also bring fear, anxiety, and pain.

When you don’t know what to say, pray.  God will give you the words that are needed for whatever situation you find yourself.  Allow God to use you.  Ask yourself, “Jesus, what are you doing in this situation, I want to join you.”  Remember that you are joining Jesus on His mission not the other way around.

Father, thank you for always being my guide.  Forgive me for the times I don’t listen to you and go off on my own.  Help me to find strength in knowing that you are with me guiding me.  Father, take away any fear and anxiety that I have.  I want to walk in peace with you.  Papa, guide me today and give me words that bring kindness and healing to those around me.  In Jesus Name, Amen

When You Feel Dumb

Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice.”

We have all met them, people who think they are alway right and will do anything to make you feel dumb or inferior.  These are the people who always feel the need to be right.  People who refuse to see the truth even when it is starring them in the face.  The ones who refuse to accept another point of view.

We often refer to this type of person as a narcissist.  The personality qualities, of a narcissist include: thinking very highly of oneself, needing admiration, believing others are inferior, and lacking empathy for others (Mayo clinic definition). When we encounter someone with these qualities we need to remind ourselves whose we are.  God is clear in His Word on how we are to act as Christians.  The problem with Christians today is that they are not studying the Word.  More and more people seem to be finding scripture that supports their belief instead of studying it and listened to God.

I want to encourage you today, make time to study God’s Word.  Listen to what He is telling you through the written word.  Gain wisdom from your Father don’t manipulate The Word to fit what you want it to say.  Don’t become a person who has to be right even when faced with the TRUTH.

Father, Thank You for Your precious word.  Come Holy Spirit and help me to understand what your Word says so that I can live a life pleasing to You.  I don’t what to be a person that twists The Word to suit me and not understand its true meaninng.  Open my ears to hear Your still small voice, speak to me.  Help me to gain wisdom and understanding about how to live a life pleasing to you.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Open My Eyes

Luke 23:34 “Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.’  And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.”

We go through life and we get so focused on our own issues that we don’t often take the time to look up and learn someone else’s story.  This could be true in any area of your life, including your closest relationships.

When we become comfortable with our life, we also stop striving for better and settle for good enough.  I don’t know about you but, I don’t what to settle because if I do, I become like those that cast lots for Jesus’ clothing and I miss wonderful.  These men didn’t see the person infront of them they saw an opportunity.

Don’t be so complacent with life that you fail to look up and miss an opportunity. .

Father, thank you for forgiveness and for looking out for me even when I don’t see it.  Today People will cross my path, I ask that you remind me to look up and see them.  Help me to engage and not miss what you have for me today.  Thank You for accepting death so that I can be free.   Open my eyes so that I may truely see, I don’t want to miss an opportunity.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Swept Clean

Isaiah 44:22 “I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist.  Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”

When our homes get dirty we clean them.  How often are we examining our hearts to make sure they are clean?

Life is full of oppertunities to become offended and hurt.  God does not desire us to live hurt and offended.  As a matter of fact, offense is a door to the evil one.  When we become offended the evil one enters our heart and mind causing all kinds of heartache and strife.  Allow God to come into your heart, mind, body, and soul to sweep away not only your offenses but the offenses of others.  God calls us to return to HIm and be reminded that we are delivered from sin and set free from captivity.  Nothing can hold you in bondage except what you allow.  Let God free you from the pain you hold and walk in peace with your Father.

PaPa, Thank you a love that has the power to take away my sins.  Come into my heart like a morning mist that cleanses and restores.  Draw me closer to You and set me free from anger, strife, and offense.  You and You alone have the power to restore me.  Wash over me with a love that can only be found in You.  Free me from the bonds that hold me captive.  Bring freedom and peace.  Strengthen Your love within me so I can show that love to others.  Help me recognize when I am becoming offended or angry and encourage me to pray for peace that is only found in You.  In Jesus Name, Amen

God’s Strength

Philippians 2:12-13 “Threfore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”

It is not our job to decide how to live our life, it is our job to choose to follow Jesus.  The Holy Spirit dwells in us directing our step, we need to be willing and able to hear His voice.  Often times we go through our day and feel is it up to us to determine what needs to be done, truth be told it is God working in you that allows you to do the things you do.  Ever wonder how people do the jobs they do: doctors, paramedics, teahers, nurses, construction, creative design, the list is endless?  Who do you think gives the gifts and the desire for people to learn and study those specific skills needed that allow those jobs to be done?  When we follow God we allow him to direct our path and give us a strength we will never truely understand to will and act according to his good purpose. Allow God to work through you today, listen for that still small voice because He loves and cares for you.

Father, thank you for giving me the knowledge and skills to do my job.  Thank you for the schooling that you have allowed and the passion to be the person You created me to be.  Father, as I face the challenges of theirs world I need Your guidance and clarity to know that I am in your will.  Strengthen me as I continue to do Your will.  Help me to learn and grow according to Your will for my life.  In Jesus Name, Amen

Take My Hand

Isaiah 41:13 “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

When life seem to be going too fast and all you want to do is slow down and enjoy what God has for you yet, there doesn’t seem to be enough time just to sit.  God gently calls us to take His hand and walk with him.  Life will go on whether the dishes, the laundry, cook dinner, or even go to the grocery store get done.  So, why do we continually strive to meet all the demands this earth has put on us rather than taking God’s hand and allow him to help us.

We are all on this earth for such a short time.   I have been on a journey and discovered that I cannot live for this life because all of that will pass away.  So, I am learning to live for Jesus and that will bring the greatest hope of all, an eternity of joy, peace, love, and walking with our LORD hand in hand.  So, when things go a little crazy in this life remember that we have an eternity in which we are preparing.  In eternity we are going  to rest, praise, worship, and love.  When we put our hand in His and allow Him to guide us we can put things into perspective, relationships come first.

Father, thank you for taking my hand and helping me through this life.  Thank you for continually drawing me closer to You.  Thank you for molding me and chipping away at what if not like Jesus.  Thank your for comforting me and guiding me.  Father, as I go forward in this life and I face opportunities to become offended I need You to open my eyes to this and prompt me to pray against the spirit of offense.  Lord, I ask that you remind me of the belt of truth so that I test every action, thought, and feeling against Your word, which is TRUTH and lead me away from offense.  The evil one uses offense to gain access into my heart and mind to destroy and draw me away from you.  Protect my heart, mind, body, and soul.  In Jesus Name, Amen