“The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy.” Ps. 111:7 ESV
Thought for the day: Asking. What do you ask God for?
Is it things: new car, house, boat, a vacation, more money, or any other thing?
Those are not bad things to want, or ask for. It shouldn’t be our focus and main request. No where in the Bible does God tell us to ask for those things. Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry about “things.” Instead if we are lacking, we are to ask for the “things” of The Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. Eph. 22-26.
There were many times I asked for the wrong things and found myself unfulfilled, making sad choices, and wanting more. Today, I will choose to seek the things of The Holy Spirit instead. When we focus on those things all rest become less of a priority.
Thought: what “things” are you asking for? Material things, or things of the Holy Spirit. The choice is yours. #spreadthewordaroundtheglobe
Thought for the day: Trust. Now it’s getting deep. We better put our floaties on. Trust. Who do you trust, and why? The real answer lies in the ‘why’. There could be many reasons why we trust someone. But, what would happen if one day that trust was shaken? Most likely we’d begin to doubt. What about Jesus? Do you trust Him? That is a loaded question. Many times I will say, “I trust you Jesus;”but then go my own way. Or try to control a situation. Is that really trust? No. I’m still a work in progress. You? For years my professional life was on the uphill, there were uncertainties at times, yet for the most part it was good. Then. One day, a few years back that changed, and it was like I fell from a mountain top. I suddenly found myself unemployed, struggling to find a full time job. It took a few years. My trust was split wide open like the San Andreas Fault. For you it may be something else. Yet, can you relate? However, during those years Jesus never left me. Oh, I promise, it may have felt and looked like it. You? Worry, fear of the unknown, all creep in. But. At just the right moment, things turned! And now my feet are on a new path with Christ! Trust. It can be difficult. Hang in there! He will not fail you. And one day, once again, we’ll say “See, God has come to save me. I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD God is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.” Isa. 12:2 NLT TRUST. Do you? #spreadthewordacrosstheglobe #trust #doubt #Hewillnotfailyou
Thought for the day: Advice. Who do you go to for advice? Why? We all have that person, or people, we seek advice from when we are at a crossroads. The real question is: do you follow their advice? It has worked both ways for me. There are a handful of people who I go to. And by handful, I mean less than five. God is included in that count. Sometimes I listen and follow, other times…. Perhaps I didn’t like what they said (including God), so, I did my own thing anyway. You? I’m pretty sure, our stories of doing our own thing all turned out similar. Difficult, and stressful. Can you relate? Why, do we do that? Two words: pride, easy. Our pride that we know best gets in the way, and we want an easy, comfortable, life. Yet, we get the opposite. You? There was a man that at every trun in his life sought advice from God. Moses. He led the Israelites out of Egypt. No simple task. Throughout the Book of Exodus we can read over and over, he cried put to God. May we take his example and when we cry out to God for advice, DO what He says. “Then Moses cried out to the LORD,… So Moses did this…” Ex. 17:5-6 #spreadthewordacrosstheglobe #advicelistenanddo
There’s a word that has many different meanings.
Depending on who you ask it could mean:
Having the newest item out on the market
Having the most toys
Living in the biggest house
The list could go on..
If any of those are on your list, as some used to be on mine, allow me to ask this question.
What if you lost all, or some, of it tomorrow? Could you still be content?
It’s a struggle. Life becomes uncomfortable. Friends may even begin to exclude you from things.
As I look back on my life, and the years I was losing a career path and savings, God was rearranging my priorities. The years he said “you dont need…you have Me and I want you to learn I am enough” it was a sifting, a pruning.
A time to get rid of the old to make room for the new.
Was it easy? Huh, no. I’d like to tell you yes, but it wasn’t.
Jesus says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” Jn. 15:5 NLT
Thanksgiving will be here in less than two weeks. As it approaches, let’s ask ourselves:
Am I content with where God has me right now?
If not, ask God to show you how. For he says,
“…be satisfied with what you have…I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Heb. 13:5 NLT
Life’s lessons can be hard. They can even be more difficult when we leave Jesus out. Or go against what He wants us to do.
The lesson for me over the last three years is, be content right where I am. Once I became content, God moved me. Yet, the longer I resisted and complained, He left me longer. What about you? Can you relate?
As Thanksgiving approaches may our goal be to find contentment, and peace, right where God has us.
“For I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.” Phil. 4:11b NLT
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
“Your unfailing love, O LORD, is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds.” Ps. 36:5 NLT
Several days have passed since I posted Thankful Day 7. It’s really more like day 17, but I’ll pick up where I left off.
For the last 10 days I, along with about million other people, have had to deal with Hurricane Irma. Added not having power for a few days after, then once my power came back on my son and his family came to stay with me, until their power was back on.
There’s so much to be thankful for. During the stress, and uncertainty, of Irma God remained faithful. Many of us in Florida were out of power, and many are still without power.
During that time God reminded me to focus on the positive. To think about what I am thankful for. He knew what was coming. He knew the devastation people would face. The heat, no water, power, air conditioning, stress increases, and patience runs short. In it all what I witnessed was friends taking in other friends. Family taking in family.
Of all my friends I was the only one without power, so I went to stay with one of them until it was on. I became the refugee. It wasn’t me having someone stay at my house. I was the one needing help. My friend took me in. I am thankful she opened her house to me.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed help, and a friend stepped in? If so, you know what a relief it is.
“Share in each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” Gal. 6:2 NLT
After my power came on, my son and his family came up to stay a few days. They had no power. I enjoyed having them, and spending time with my grandchildren. I don’t get to see all of my grandchildren as much as I’d like, so any time I get to see them I am thankful to God.
During the time of Irma, admits the chaos, I am thankful God allowed me to spend valuable time with friends and family. That we were all able to help one another in a time of need! After all, that’s what it’s all about.
To imitate Christ is to put others ahead of self, and help. Even if it means we have to be out of our routine for a while.
“If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Gal. 6:3 NLT
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
One week of posting, it feels good. I didn’t have time last night due to final preparations for Hurricane Irma. So this Day 7 is on Day 8, but for yesterday.
In times like this you realize who your friends are. Who cares about you, and is concerned. I’ve had friends reach out to me and offer their homes, both in Florida and those that live out of state. God has given me good friends, and I am very thankful for all of you! To my friends out of state that offered, I won’t be there for Irma; however, I have you on my list as a vacation destination for later!
I will be watching the storm closely today as she is projected to make her arrival into Tampa in the wee morning hours of Monday, 9/11. By tonight I will have made the decision to stay hunkered down in my house, or go to a nearby friends home.
“..if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Ro. 12:8b NLT
With the impends storm headed this way I’m thankful God had planted in me a week ago to focus on the positives in my life. A week ago the storm was headed for the East Coast of Miami, and Tampa would get wind and rain by the time she made it up the state. However, God already knew the path of Irma. He knew the panic that would set in within people. Yet, as I sit and type this I am so thankful He placed in my heart peace, and positivity, even in the midst of possible destruction.
No one knows the outcome. If you listen to the news, its Armageddon. I’ve been in contact with my family, and friends, in Southwest Florida checking on status. Getting real time updates.
Those that I know, we have done all we can do in preparations. We prepare for the worst, and pray for the best. It is in God’s hands. I’m thankful to know He is with all of us, watching and protecting.
Friends, look for God in the details. Not in the big things – life becomes an adventure when you see Him in the details.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Gal. 5:22-23 NLT
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
Today was rather adventurous. Each day when I think all the preparations for the storm are done, something else comes up. Incase you don’t know there’s this hurricane headed our way – Irma.
When there’s a category 5 hurricane headed your way it makes it difficult to focus at work. The list just kept growing. Things to do to prep.
Relief came at 12:20pm this afternoon. An email. It was the news everyone was waiting for. All offices were closing at 1:00pm. It was the extra hours I needed to get things done. For that I am thankful.
Later this evening, I am grateful the opportunity presented itself to be able to help another person. At first I declined the offer. Within a couple of seconds I saw the opportunity begin to pas away. Thankfully the Holy Spirit quickly intervened to have me change my mind.
I once heard my pastor say “your neighbor is anyone you have the ability, time, and/or resources, to help.” I am thankful I had the opportunity to help “my neighbor.”
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Prov. 11:25 NIV
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
There’s so much going on in the news with Hurricane Irma that it’s easy to lose focus on things. People are evacuating, and preparing. Those of us that are riding it out are making final preparations.
In all of this, I am still thankful that God gives me the ability each day to get up, and go to work. He provides each day, and today was no different. There was food on my table, and clothes on my back. Part of me feels like I should be worried about the impending storm. Yet, I remind myself of His word:
“So don’t worry about these things, saying,’What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows your needs.” Mt. 6: 31-32 NLT
Tonight I had one last item to pick up in order to prepare. A bag of charcoal. Incase we lose power we can still cook food. Typically charcoal is easy to find, and no reason to ever think they’d be sold out. Not at the current moment. There are items that are now scarce, no where to be found: water, any non-perishable food, gas, propane takes for grills, lighter fluid, and charcoal. I stopped at a popular hardware store to see about charcoal, and the shelves were empty. When I left I stopped at the grocery store across the street. As I walked in I prayed that God would allow me to find one. To my left – two bags. To top it off, the kind that did not need lighter fluid! Immediately I whispered, “thank you Jesus!” Paid. Then on my way home.
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Th. 5:18 NLT
Thank you Jesus, even for the charcoal.
Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017