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I’m testing out video’s to see if I can do this thing or not… we’ll see. Check it out and let me know
Today is the day we celebrate all the mom’s! Women everywhere will be recieving homemade breakfasts of fruity pebbles, or cheerios, perhaps with a side of pop tarts, or doughnuts! Their children will call it the “Breakfast of Champions.”
Flowers, chocolates, jewelry, and cards will be distributed. But for each mother, the gift that will hold the most meaning is the one that was presented when they heard that first little cry of their new baby. Their memories will take them to the time they heard the words “mama.” And, the gifts going forward that were made from their little hearts and hands. 💕
I don’t want to just address the women that have had children, but also women that have never had children. If you influence a child and are involved in their life you may be serving them in the mother role. You are a vital person in their life, and a role not taken lightly.
May I not forget all the men in the world that serve as both mother and father. I applaud you! You are impacting a child’s life more than you know.
For all of you – through all the trials, tears, and tribulations, face the future without fear. Trust in The One that guides you.
Happy Mother’s Day!
This morning this verse brought back memories from 2012 – 1q 2017. I went through fire and water, to the edge of dispair, and yet the faithfulness, love, and mercy, of God brought me to a place of abundance. Friends, I emplore you to hang in there! Stay focused, and cling to Him, because you don’t know when your day is coming!
Nooooooo, not yet!! It’s too early! I don’t want to think about it. I don’t have any money.
I’m sure that as soon as you read the title one or more of those thoughts raced to your mind. Christmas seems to bring that initial response out in people. Retailers seem to be setting up right after Labor Day, while Halloween and Christmas share isles, and Thanksgiving’s corner gets moved each year to a single shelf, on an end cap.
At this time, I will challenge each of us to move towards Christmas with a new outlook and focus. We have nine months until Christmas, and within nine months another event is anticipated with joy and excitement. This year won’t you please join me as we await the arrival of a birth! A birth of a baby boy.
Awaiting the arrival of a new born baby can be the most exciting time, and the most worrisome time. Emotions can be all over the place. It’s been a while since my children were born, however just four short years ago my family anxiously awaited the arrival of the youngest of my grandchildren.
During this study we will focus on the meaning of “Christ”mas, and what the birth of Jesus brings to a lost world. What His birth did for us, and Who He is.
“But you, Bethlehem, David’s country, the runt of the litter— From you will come the leader who will shepherd-rule Israel. He’ll be no upstart, no pretender. His family tree is ancient and distinguished.” Micah 5:2-3 MSG
This is a nine-month focus. The same term as a pregnancy. We will begin in April and go to December. Each month we will focus on one aspect of anticipating the arrival of a baby. There will be an item that I will ask you to place in your house and scripture readings for that item. Each item will lead to the expected arrival of our Lord and Saviors birth. To the true meaning of Christmas and celebration behind the commercialized holiday.
“The LORD says, “Shout and rejoice, O beautiful Jerusalem, for I am coming to live among you!” Zech. 2:10NLT
This idea came to me as we just moved through Easter. We celebrated His resurrection from the grave, and how he conquered death. But, it all began with His birth. God becoming a baby, born to a virgin, in a manger, surrounded by animals, and wrapped in swaddling cloths. Notice I said cloths, not clothes. Big difference. There was no fancy hospital, skilled doctors, and blankets.
With that I quickly counted on my fingers and wondered – how many months before Christmas? What do you know – nine months. The number of months a woman carries her child before giving birth.
I then took my thoughts down memory lane. What did I do, prepare for, and start stocking up on? Then took my thoughts on a stroll through Babies R Us. Mary, Jesus mother, did not have the luxury of Babies R Us, or the local store to begin stocking up. There were no registries, or showers, to provide much needed items. However, like any expectant mother I’m confident she did some preparing, and planning. Even if it was only mental preparation.
If you’ve never experienced giving birth to a child, or are expecting a child, you know mental preparation is just as important. Your life is about to CHANGE. And that is exactly what happed to the world when Jesus was born. Life CHANGED. That is what happens to us when we embrace Jesus as our Savior – our life CHANGES.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Zech. 9:9 LB
If you’ve not had children of your own that’s ok, because I’m pretty sure you have anticipated the arrival of other babies. Family, or close friends, all welcoming in a new member to the family. You have seen, heard, or been a part of the anticipated arrival.
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” Jer. 23:5 LB
So, what is it we do when we are anticipating the birth of a child.
We will begin this week with the announcement – the news that a baby is coming! And, based on conception this baby will be born at Christmas! The greatest present we will ever receive.
The announcement has been made! A baby is coming!
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.” Isa. 11:1 LB
Please join me in this nine-month focus as we are Moving towards “Christ”mas.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2017
*picture thehaystack, littledribble, pinterest
What is Easter to you?
Is it bunny rabbits, baby chick’s, coloring eggs, and peeps candy?
For Christians around the globe it’s so much more. It is when Jesus Christ rose from the dead. The grave was conquered! When the promises of God sealed.
Easter for Christians is a new life, confidence in the living Christ, and proof of the power of God. His love for us in which he gave Jesus up. His one and only son to save us. Jn.3:16
This morning I finished reading the book of Nehemiah. His last words struck a chord in my heart
“Remember me, oh my God, for good.” Neh 13:31.
Isn’t that what we want? To be remembered. To know that someone has us in the forefront of their heart, and mind. They look out for us.
The last two words of the verse jumped off the page also, “for good.” Too often we remember only the bad things. I’m guilty of that at times. This weekend as I ask Jesus to “Remember me, for good.” I also ask He forget my sins, and help me to remember others – for good.
We are not alone in our request. There is another that also asked Jesus to remember him. On the day of His death there were three that were crucified. Jesus, along with two criminals. Lk. 23.
One made snide comments, taunting Him, as they both hung there. The other knowing who Jesus was asks him
“Remember me, when you come into your kingdom.” Lk.23:42
On this Easter weekend may we remember our sins He took with Him to the cross, and like one of the criminals that hung next to him ask “Remember me.” Lk. 23:42
“Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Lk.23:42
From my family, to yours have a Blessed, and Happy Easter! Remember He IS risen!
Are there any words left?
Over the past year and a half I haven’t had the time to write. My job has taken priority, and as each day passes I wonder – are there any words left?
As the events of each day come and go my mind searched diligently for how God could tie this in. After all, His hand is in all things.
As the day moves to a close the thought came to me – for the first time in my life I may be speechless.
Yet, I pray that the God of the Universe has me in a holding pattern. I look forward to the day that the words spew forth, and together we spread the Word across the globe.
If you’ve had those speechless seasons how did you handle it? What did you do? For my desire is there and strong, but the words are few.
“Heaven and earth will disappear, but My words will never disappear.” MT.24:35 NLT
What does it mean to you when someone says, “I know that person”? It is different than saying, “I’ve heard of that person,” or “I know of them.” When we know someone it is on a personal level. We know details, and perhaps secrets, habits, the way they think, likes, dislikes, and how they would act in a given situation.
Just before I sat to write one of my friends called me. I have not spoken to her in years, yet we keep in touch via social media. She is one of my dear friends from way back. You know – the ones that know more about you than you care to know about yourself. You have more than dirt on each other; you both possess knowledge that is clay from the Earth’s core.
What I love is that through social media we have seen the changes in each other’s lives. We also have personally experienced Jesus in miraculous ways, felt His unearned grace, and received His unmerited favor upon our lives. This is what happens when God in his sovereignty reaches his hand down, and places his finger tip on the pulse of our lives. When that happens a person can’t help but not change.
“And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” 2 Cor. 3:18b NLT
God doesn’t just place his finger tip on our lives – He shows up! Through Jesus He chooses to reveal himself. He gives us a glimpse of his presence. To reassure us He is here.
“No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him.” Mt. 11:27b NLT
Jesus shows up to say:
As I ended the conversation with my dear friend, and she shared her revelation of Jesus in her life, we shared our thoughts on Him. We both conclude when He shows up – it is nothing but AWESOME! As I type this I have chills on my arm, for I can still see Him in my mind’s eye. When Jesus reveals himself you will know it’s Him, but it will blow your mind so much that you will need confirmation to make sure you are not seeing things.
When he reveals himself it can be in a multitude of ways: Through His word, other people, circumstances, prayer, or the church. You will just know because you won’t be able to explain it. You won’t be able to contain it. And the timing – well, it will be spot on!
His presence causes a combustion so great, you will have to share. As you search for an explanation, and the right words, all that will be left are only three “it was God.”
I love that He shows up to two lost people. At two different times. Two different life circumstances. Two different states. Two people on a path to destruction many years ago, and instead of allowing us to derail. He went to the Father and said, “Let’s stop them. Change their life. And, reveal ourselves to them. Decades later those two lost people who will belong to Me will see the same face. My face.” The idea that He loves us so much tickles me to my toes!
It tickles and humbles me to no end because God has taken our sins, our past, our mistakes, and erased it all on the cross! Luke 23.
If my friend were sitting here she would agree – we saw the same face. His face. Do you see Him? Do you know Jesus? Has He revealed himself to you? Or do you just know of Him?
If you will allow me, I encourage you, if you do not know Him – get to know Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself to you, then watch what happens.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015, edited re-post 3.1.2017
*pictures by imagebing, epkyliving
In Life There Are No Make-Up Exams. Choose Carefully.
Those words hung on a poster in an English class today. Each time my eyes scanned the poster, my mind remained focused. They circled my thought process like an athlete running a three mile relay on a dirt track. At each circle “no make-up exams,” no, none, nada. It seems so final, and I did not want to believe that. What I began to fear is all the students that read those words every day may begin to believe that applies to everything in life?
Those words may be true to an extent. A teacher may say upon giving an exam, “it will be on this day, and only this day.” You may be faced with these words when you face the loss of a loved one. On earth death is final, there is no second chance with the person that has passed. But, for those that know Jesus and have accepted him into their life, and believe that He is the Son of God, death is not even final. In other situations, I believe that there are, at times, make-up exams, and second chances.
The times that there IS a make-up exam, a do-over, a second chance, or another opportunity, will occur with Jesus:
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” 2 Cor. 5:17 NLT
Yes, there are choices we make, and I’ve made my share of them which caused irreversible results. As I sat in class I tried to make up a list of irreversible things. Outside of death I could not come up with a lot, because each time Jesus would gently remind me of His make-up exam.
Giving a child up for adoption – nope, not final. A dear friend of mine gave her baby up for adoption when she was born, and 18 years later they reunited. Today they are wonderful friends, and involved in each other’s lives!
Broken Relationships – nope, not final. Another dear friend of mine has had her relationship restored with her son and his family! She would be the first to tell you. This is definitely a make-up exam!
Wayward Child – nope, not final. In Luke 11: 15-32 Jesus tells the story of a wayward child that returns home.
Blindness – nope, not final. In John 9: 1-11 Jesus heals the blind man.
Mental Illness – nope, not final. In Luke 9: 37-43 Jesus heals a boy that is troubled.
Imprisonment – nope, not final. One of my good friends operates a men’s prison ministry, he can tell you many stories of several inmates that lead bible studies within the cement walls. They live within the walls with a new found freedom!
In life there are many make-up exams, but they all occur with Jesus. He is the giver of the make-up exams;
“Every chance in the world if you trust God to do it.” Mt. 19:26b MSG
If you need a make-up exam, and you do not know Jesus, stop where you are. Ask Him to forgive your sins, and come into your heart. At this point your make-up exam begins.
“We beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, the ‘right time’ is now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Cor. 6:1-2 NLT
With Christ you get a second chance.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015, re-post of When You Get a Do Over 2/2017 edited
*pictures by thesedaysofmine,
“Fit every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.” 2 Cor. 10:5 MSG
If you are anything like me at times you may have a long list of things to do, and as you look at the list the smallest thought that comes into your mind distracts you from getting started. Some would call it procrastination. Some call it an inability to focus. Some call it ADD, Attention Deficit Disorder. Others may call it taking a break, or re-grouping your thoughts. For me it is –getting distracted. Once I find myself on the rabbit trail of a new thought, or chore, that takes me off my list I have to purposefully remind myself to focus, and buckle down.
In working in Corporate America I have taken several time management classes, and seminars. In a fast paced world with many demands, and technology exploding all around us, it’s easy to get distracted. Social media and all the avenues it offers can suck us into a time warp, and before we know it several minutes or hours have passed. Not only Social Media, but people can be a distraction.
People pleasers may find that because they want to please everyone it leaves little time for what they need to get done. In all of the classes and seminars I attended each one would say “do the important things, the big things, first. Then do the small things.” For each of us, depending on the stage of our lives the important, and big, things will be different.
At work you may be facing a deadline on a project, or a report that is due for a meeting. That will take precedence over leaving work early to play a round of golf. My pastor has referred to being distracted as “the Devil trying to get you off task. To confuse you from completing the task at hand.” In all the above situations any distraction can occur, and do occur. There is truth in that.
This morning as I write I find myself being distracted by thoughts of other things that really have nothing to do with my list. Since I missed the Oscars my thoughts are to check the internet to see who won what, who was best dressed, etc. all things that would consume valuable time, and add zero benefit to my life. As I search the scriptures for verses about being distracted I am reminded that we should keep God first, and remain focused.
“But I fear that somehow your pure and undivided devotion to Christ will be corrupted, just as Eve was deceived by the cunning ways of the serpent.” 2 Cor. 11:3 NLT
There is a peace that comes when I am reminded that God is in control, when He has given me a task to do, He will see to it that it is complete.
“Now you should finish what you started.” 2 Cor. 8:11a NLT
While I work on the task at hand, He will watch over the other things. When things happen I like to feel like I am not alone.
“The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shade.” Ps. 121:5 NLT
Some of you may deal with the exact thing of being distracted, getting behind on a task, or a project, and re-prioritizing to try and make more time. How do we make more time after we have been distracted? I did not surf the Internet for information on the Oscars, but instead continue in the scriptures with what does God say?
We can take our example from Jesus in Matthew “see first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.” (Mt. 6:33) Jesus is talking about worrying about our daily needs of clothes and food. But, I will tell you whenever I have sought Him first thing in the morning, amazingly by the end of the day my list is completed.
The Devils mantra for each day is to “kill, steal, and destroy.” (Jn. 10:10) When distractions come our way, I’m not talking about full fledge emergency situations, we should recognize them and take those thoughts captive to Christ. What does that mean, take captive to Christ? My New Living Translation study bible says “when we are exposed to ideas and opportunities that might lead to wrong desires, you can turn away, or allow them to take you captive and follow them. (NLT p. 1973fn) The key to that is “taking them to the Lord, and asking Him to re-direct your thinking.” (NLT p. 1973fn) This takes discipline. I don’t know about you, but I am still a work in progress.
When we fix our thoughts on God’s word the distractions become limited.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isa. 26:3 NLT)
Jesus himself says –
“Yes, 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
With that planted in my mind this task is complete, and I am on to the next; keeping my thoughts on what needs to get done, and submitting it to Jesus.
May you avoid distractions by keeping your thoughts on Him, remaining in Him, and thereby produce much fruit!
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015, re-post edited 2/2017
*pictues by plymouthgrove, galaxyexplorer, now-phenomonenon