Monday, September 24, 2012

my address of faith

The whole eleventh chapter of Hebrews is about people who lived "in" faith, and my devotion last week gave me an additional perspective I never considered before.  It's the "in" part.  

Each man and woman mentioned in this chapter received a word from God for their lives.
Although it was difficult to do, they held tightly to their mandate from Heaven. 

FAITH was the location where they lived - and because they stayed in that place
where God had called them to be, they brought great pleasure to Him.

This is discipline: the only way to stay "in" faith is to keep my eyes 
fixed on Jesus!
The evil one is always trying to discourage me from being steadfast and faithful.
He is always orchestrating situations to make me take my eyes off Jesus
and to fill me with fear and doubt.
If I let the enemy's plan succeed, it won't be long before I pack my bags
and move "out" of faith to slum areas of defeat where I
will not please God.

I am determined each day to depend on God to never leave the address
of faith where God wants me to live!
I am diligently refusing to allow the evil one to fix my eyes on the
circumstances.  I will not take the enemy's path that leads me straight
"out" of faith!

When circumstances try to knock me "out" of faith, I am clinging to Jesus
and I have a fierce, unwavering commitment that I am not going to leave 
where God has called me.

I am making every effort I can to stay at my address of faith and I know I
am living in the most beneficial place for my life.  I am living where God
can bless me!

And without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he who comes to God
must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Hebrews 11:6

Friday, September 14, 2012

A Tribute to my Husband on our Anniversary

I don't have a perfect husband, but I do have God's perfect husband for me.
Today is our 28th year anniversary and I am thanking God for Glenn and celebrating our marriage
that He has preserved over these years together.  I have such respect for my husband and I have
learned so much from him over the years.   Without knowing it, he has taught me of grace, love,
forgiveness and unconditional love.  He is so kind and approachable and I am so proud to be
his wife.

He works hard (especially this last year with his day job and his responsibilities at church).
He always thinks the best of others and treats people kind, in a sweet way.
He is a man of integrity and humility, whether he is out or at home.

Each day is a blessing to be married to this man of God, and often he makes me feel like we are
still newlyweds!  Yep, I know I have God's best and I am truly thankful for that.  We are a great
threesome only because God is in the middle and He is what makes our marriage SO incredibly


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Five Things (Linking up with the Marvelous Flight of Cara!)

Five Things I Still Want To Do:

1.  Be together in inner-city ministry with my children and their families.

2.  Memorize a book of the Bible.

3.  Knit on a small loom.

4.  Learn how to add personal touches to our/my blog.

5.  Share Jesus with every unsaved soul God brings my way.

These were the first 5 things I thought of!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

God all alone to myself!

An Hour In The Garden

"He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when evening was come, he was there alone" (Matt. 14:23).
The man Christ Jesus felt the need of perfect solitude--Himself alone, entirely by Himself, alone with Himself. We know how much intercourse with men draws us away from ourselves and exhausts our powers. The man Christ Jesus knew this, too, and felt the need of being by Himself again, of gathering all His powers, of realizing fully His high destiny, His human weakness, His entire dependence on the Father.
How much more does the child of God need this--himself alone with spiritual realities, himself alone with God the Father. If ever there were one who could dispense with special seasons for solitude and fellowship, it was our Lord. But He could not do His work or maintain His fellowship in full power, without His quiet time.
Would God that every servant of His understood and practiced this blessed art, and that the Church knew how to train its children into some sense of this high and holy privilege, that every believer may and must have his time when he is indeed himself alone with God. Oh, the thought to have God all alone to myself, and to know that God has me all alone to Himself! --Andrew Murray

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

God has given me butterflies!

What God has done in my heart to prepare me for China:

As i think about all that God has done to bring me to this place in my life
I stand in honest disbelief.

I don't understand it.

I have never been a part of something way beyond myself.

I am so amazed at my King.  Only He has the power to do this in me.

It has been a transformation, a slow process.  He knew exactly when certain events in my life
would need to take place to get me onto "His plan" for me to submit to go joyfully.  He knew the perfect timing for every little detail.

I keep praying for an increasing love for my Savior, and He is giving that to me.

I don't want to be just a "missionary" on assignment.  I want to be a "passionary".
I want the inner fire that Paul had and to be able to say joyfully, "I get to go to China
to share Jesus!"

When I am with my Lord and think upon everything He has done and is doing in me,
I get butterflies inside!  I get excited that He has made His desires, my desires.

This is how I can go to China, because of His work through me.