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Every Day with Jesus Can be Sweeter than the Day Before!

As I am getting ‘up there’ in ageūüėČ and paying more attention to God’s voice, I learn that every day can, indeed, and should be sweeter than the day before. God teaches me something new every day, and sometimes it is something I get happy and excited about, but sometimes it is something that convicts me at first and I want to push it aside. I do eventually, before the day is out, accept it and say, “Thank you Lord for what you are teaching me today.” “Please help me learn something new from you every day, even when it might hurt my pride a little.” It is very obvious to the world around us, who watches the ‘Christian’s’ every move very closely, whether we are really learning and growing in our walk with the Lord or not. The lost pay special attention to how we treat each other. That makes a big difference in their decision to join us in the Lord or not. They do not think like we do about each other – “Oh well, sister so-and-so must not be listening to that still small voice and in the Word much lately.” And we pray for them.

When some days seem not so sweet because of attacks God is allowing in our lives to bring us closer to Him remember –¬†Romans 8:38-39 “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,¬†Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”¬†NOTHING CAN SEPARATE US FROM GOD’S LOVE!

Yes, Everybody Ought to Know and Every Day with Jesus is Sweeter than the Day Before! He is the one I’m waiting for! Hope this puts a smile on your face as it did mine.

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in God's Love

 

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Competition Can be Good or Not

Yes, competition can be a good, healthy thing when it is a common struggle for the same goal. It can inspire us to study harder and run faster. Being challenged and pushed to reach a goal is not wrong in itself. But, when sin starts to edge its way into the competition, the goal of personal achievement gets distorted into an obsession to show up someone else. Such competition can move our eyes from our focus on the intended goal and instead make us dwell upon comparing ourselves to others. This is not wise and this is where competition can become a bad thing.

2 Corinthians 10:12 “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”

Competition has become so commonplace in our culture that we assume it is acceptable to God in any form. Scripture does not support that position however. The ideal taught in the Bible is cooperation, agreement, and unity among believers. God’s Word uses several metaphors to describe such cooperation among us children of God: we are a “building” with parts jointly fitted together, a “body of Christ,” a “chosen generation,” a “royal priesthood”:

1 Corinthians 12:27 “Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.”

Ephesians 2:20-22 “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;¬†In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:¬†In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.”

1 Peter 2:9 “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;”

The gift of the Holy Spirit was bestowed on the early church as those who gathered reached “one accord in one place” –¬†Acts 2:1 “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” The apostle Paul spoke on many occasions of the need for unity of spirit –¬†Ephesians 4:3 “Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

When Jesus came to visit, Mary and Martha started using their gifts of service. Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, loving and being loved by Him. Martha, a practical “doer,” started preparing food and a place to rest. However, Martha looked away from her goal of serving Christ, and she began to evaluate Mary’s performance. Both women were serving in meaningful ways. The problem came when Martha, in her anxiety, overlooked the fact that she and her sister were both on the same team and began to sit in judgment of her sister.¬†Luke 10: 41, 42 “And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:¬†But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”

The gifts of the Spirit are given to work in harmony with one another as the Holy Spirit directs, so that the entire body of believers is built up –¬†1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 12 “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal…But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will…For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.” We are responsible for one another’s welfare; we are to pray for one another; we are called to be one-minded and to live in peace¬†2 Corinthians 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” Indeed, there will be times when arguments arise. We are to give preference to one another–or to yield our own feelings for the sake of achieving harmony.¬†Romans 12:10 “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” In other words, there are times when we must choose to “be the bigger person” and let some things go in order to keep peace and unity in the family of God. In times when I have had to do that, I have received Christ’s peace by lifting others up in prayer and letting God handle things, while I go about the business of working on things in my own life. We can take comfort in knowing that God always takes care of things in His Godly and just way, especially when dealing with His children. We are all indeed on the same team, we are just in different levels of growth in our walk with Christ. The mature believer will usually find it more beneficial to the Body of Christ to yield in order to keep peace and unity. We must be a good example for the babes in Christ, and those in between, and keep lifting them up in prayer as they grow.

I pray daily that I keep my focus on what God needs to do in me to shape and mold me to become the Godly woman He needs me to be. I pray God help me to never be a hindrance in the growth of His family. A verse that is very helpful for me is Psalm 119:165¬†“Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” For if I am truly seeking to grow to be more like Him, I am spending time in and loving His Law/Word, and I find things that would have offended me before just kind of roll off like ‘water off a duck’s back.’ That is not to say that we don’t have feelings and should not feel pain when we are wounded. God’s Word is alive and it will meet all our needs if we have it hid in our hearts and turn to it daily.

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2016 in Godly Women

 

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Anna’s Custom Crochet has a Store!

Please visit and share my new store on Scott’s Market Place. I do intricate, high quality work. Many years’ experience. ¬†Maybe you will find something you like or ask and I can create it for you.‚̧

Thank you in advance:

 https://www.scottsmarketplace.com/store/annascustomcrochet/

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2016 in Call to Action

 

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Keep on Praising!

Yes, one of the toughest lessons God is still trying to teach me is to praise Him in the midst of trials. This song goes along with the story in God’s Word of Paul and Silas in the jail and how God threw their shackles off as they praised Him in one of their darkest hours!

Acts 16:25-34 King James Version (KJV)

25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.

26¬†And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.

28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.

29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,

30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?

31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

32 And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.

33 And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.

34 And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.

 

 
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Posted by on July 14, 2016 in God's Truth

 

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In the Hollow of Thy Hand

Many who know me know that my greatest gift from the Lord is His calling me to be the prayer warrior that I am today. To me it is a great honor and privilege to spend time in conversation with my Master, lifting others up to Him. That He would even consider a sinner such as I to come into His presence is a mystery to me, but while I am there those thoughts vanish as I attempt to lay my worries and concerns at His feet. I have learned from the storms God has allowed in my own life that the prayers of others have been a reason for the peace and comfort I have experienced in the hollow of His hands.

In that quiet, prayerful time this morning several dear sisters in the Lord came to mind, the first being my Pastor’s wife. She was paralyzed in a bad car accident 3 years ago yesterday. I can’t help but think about how hard it must be for her since this accident. Just a young woman in her 30’s with 4 young children. My heart aches for her at the thought of how very drastically every area of her life has changed since that horrible accident. Yet, she is a wonderful example to others as she gets up every day and continues on in her work for the Lord. I look at myself and wonder if I would be able to stay so strong in the Lord if I were faced with the trials she has faced and will face to the end of each day. I suppose it is true what they say that “We don’t really know how we would react in a certain situation unless it actually happened to us.” I believe that God places an empathy for others on our hearts when these things happen. I continue to pray and ask my Lord to heal this precious sister and let her walk again, but I can’t help but wonder how would I become if I were in her shoes. Would I keep on keeping on like she does, staying in church and serving our Lord when many of us would give in and say, “No, I can’t today. I just don’t feel like it.” Perhaps she knows that we truly do gain strength in times of trial when we choose to stay close to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We so need the Godly support that they have to offer. I wonder if she knows the huge difference her example has made to so many.

Another sweet sister who was laid on my heart this morning recently had her 30-year-old son go to be with Jesus through a tragic accident. I cannot even imagine what she faces each day as she awakes and realizes that she will not be hearing from her sweet boy, or by chance run into him in her travels around town. Yes, she must take some comfort in knowing that she will join him with Jesus one day, but until then, there is a great storm to get through here in our world. And again, here is a Godly woman who continues on sharing Jesus as she visits with others who have visited our church, encouraging them to know God and live for Him. I have a young son, and as I have tried to put myself in her shoes, the hurt in my heart just thinking about it is too great for me to stay there for any amount of time. I have a sweet momma and daddy in Heaven now, and of course several other family members, and two best friends over the past several years who have also went to be with Jesus. The thought that Heaven is indeed looking sweeter to me each year that God gives me on this earth comes to my mind more and more. So, I know that pain of losing a loved one, but there is something so very different about the thought of having to say good bye to a child I have raised and has been a part of my life for many years, unimaginable. That is just not the natural order of things. Oh well, I digress, as usual in these things, but my point is that I feel so very blessed to call this lady my dear friend. What a great example she is to me as I watch her stay close with God as she goes through this storm.

What a great example and encouragement these women and others like them are to so many of us, as we watch them trusting in God’s healing, in His time, as they lean on Him “Til the Storm Passes By.” They know that The Master is Nigh! None of us can get through this life’s storms without Him.

The song “Til the Storm Passes By” was the song for today in my morning devotion. How very fitting for each and every one of us.

 
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Posted by on July 6, 2016 in Godly Women

 

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Got Problems? Seek God’s Solutions!

You say, “What do you mean, Got problems?! Of course I’ve got problems. Don’t we all?” Well I guess it’s all in our perspective. Sometimes what we see as problems are just God’s way of bringing us through an experience to teach us to be more like Him. I am understanding more and more as my days go by, that if God is allowing a challenge in my life, it is because I need to learn something about Him and therefore, I am more able to become more like Him, and be more able to help others in their need. I can crawl within myself and have a pity party or I can ask, “What are you trying to teach me today Lord?” If we are truly saved by the Blood of Jesus, we will see as we mature that life is full of lessons to draw us nigh to Him. We can wallow in self-pity and never mature in our Walk, or we can seek God and ask Him what His solutions to these problems are.

The first step in overcoming problems, whether they are physical, emotional, or spiritual, is to admit to ourselves that we are in need and that we desire a change. Jesus asked the man who had been lying by the Bethesda pool for 38 years a very important question: “Wilt thou be made whole?” In other words, “Do you care enough about your problem to do something about it–even if it requires on your part some action, effort, sacrifice, or even suffering?”

As is typical of so many in need, this man answered the Lord with self-pity. When Jesus sees us in need of help and He sends a willing person to help, do we play the martyr role? “There is no hope for me. Nobody loves me.” The person who clings to this attitude is unlikely to experience healing.

Because Jesus is gracious and He knows our deepest desires, He often cuts through our weeping and self-martyrdom and puts us to the test. “Get up,” He says. “Take your problem and move on. Do not wait for other people to pity you. Get up.”

If we are in need of a touch from the Lord, we must ask ourselves if we are so eager to be changed that we are willing to do something about our situation. When we let God know we are obedient to His will and we are eager to do whatever it takes for us to be whole, He will send Jesus in the form of a person, a verse from His Word, or a new thought in our minds. We must act upon what God tells us to do. He made us, and He knows how to fix precisely what is broken within us.

Finally, when we feel God’s power bring about positive changes in our lives, we must not let doubters convince us that these changes are only coincidental. We must walk firmly away, as did the man with his mat under his arm, and simply say, “Jesus healed me.”

John 5:1-15 “After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.¬†Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.¬†In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.¬†For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.¬†And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.¬†When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?¬†The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.¬†Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.¬†And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.¬†The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.¬†He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.¬†Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?¬†And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.¬†Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.¬†The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.”

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2016 in God's Love

 

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