Thursday, July 23, 2009

Do Unto Others

The Golden Rule is to do to others as you want them to do to you. This is a great way to live a life free from guilt and regrets, but what about the times when others do not return your kindnesses?

I have found that many times I will do for others hoping they will get the hint and do the same for me. when they don't I feel hurt and unloved. The problem does not start with them but what is in my heart!

Doing good to others so I can get good in return should not be my motivation for doing what is right. Selfishness and self centeredness can never be the foundation for our good works. Good deeds should flow from a heart of love.

Father, You love purely. Teach me to do the same! Set Your golden rule deep within my heart so that I might love like You!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009


Even when I do not sense His presence, Jesus is ALWAYS with me!

He is always faithful
Always loving,
Always knows
Always gives,
Always right!

Jesus is always available, ready to hear my prayer and answer with wisdom. Always with Him is a wonderful mysterious delight!

Lord, thank You! You are always to be praised!

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I Like Minutes

Awhile back my Granddaughter, Brooke, became frustrated waiting for a fun outing. she expressed her frustration to me saying, "I don't like hours! I like minutes!" I understood perfectly, because I, too, like minutes better than hours when waiting for the good things promised to me.

It tries our patience to wait, but in the waiting and persevering we can reap the reward of Gods' best. We may need to persevere for years before the best shows up. It beats a second or third best any day, though.

Wait upon the Lord. Wait and don't settle for second best. Wait for God's ultimate best! This is what I keep telling myself and someday I will be delighted in the very great reward My Lord has planned for me. Till then I wait in expectation staying faithful and pushing through the doubts and difficult times. His best always is wrapped up in more of HIM!

Teach me to wait, Lord! Teach me Your ways! I want more of You!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Joy Unspeakable

How can we describe God? We are given many names for God in scripture that describe to us who He is. I AM. I cannot recall any scripture describing Him as Joy but it is the fruit of the Spirit and so I conclude that He is Joy as much as He is Love!

Joy unspeakable is Our God and Lord Jesus Christ dwelling in us, living life fully with us. We cannot explain our joy in Him. It is unspeakable.

His Joy may not be said in words, but it will be seen on our countenance and in our living life to the fullest serving with happiness.

God of Joy, fill us with You till our hearts are so full that we have no words to speak the pleasure that You are to us! Let it shine through us and be a light in the dark world.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Pour In~Splash Out

Pour in Gods' Word and good things will splash out.

Oh how I wish I could keep my mouth shut! I don't talk idle talk often but every time I do it seems to come back to me in the wrong way. When will I ever learn?

Cleaning up the mess of careless words is like trying to catch the spilled milk before it reaches the end of the table or the space between leaves. On the other hand pouring Gods' word into myself and others will allow only good to splash out and no clean up is necessary! It is time to clean up a mess, but also time to pour in God's word. Maybe the splash will help with the clean up!

Father forgive my careless talk and teach me to guard my tongue even with those I think I can trust. Help me as I try to clean up the mess and stay true to the truth. I know Your word will help me!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


We must be faithful in our belief, while God is faithful in being believable!

There are times when our faith is tested. It is in those times that we must remain faithful to what we believe about God. For myself, I believe God is with me always. He is always Good and loving. His way is always right. I believe that I will someday see the blessing that comes from faithfully following Jesus even when I face trials and suffering.

God is believable! My faith remains in Him.

Faithful God, I trust in You alone! The world and all it contains will never be what I need but You are! I am determined to persevere and be faithful to the end because of who You are!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Heavy Burdens Turn Light

Heavy burdens can become lighter when we walk with the Lord.

During our Firework tent sale we had many little problems that ranged from minor irritations to the more serious "Let's talk this over, Lord" situations. A couple of our tents had rain that puddled and made things miserable for our workers and customers alike. In fact one tent was so muddy that people were driven away by the mess. We also had the hot muggy weather with which to contend. Then there were the permits and inspectors that were a struggle to obtain this year or caustic when dealing with them. Opposition and attacks of theft burdened our days. But in it all we were blessed to be around many people who were celebrating the freedoms we still enjoy.

God enriched our lives with His simple delights! He always makes our burdens easier to bear. My daughter told stories of tourists from other countries who came to their tent just to take pictures! They had never seen anything like it. They were shocked at our freedom to sell such things that explode just so we could celebrate our nation's birthday. A little old man and his tiny dog came by our tent and as he left God spoke to my heart to go talk to him. I simply asked him if he was a Veteran. Yes, he was, from the Korean war. When I thanked him he was taken aback. He told me that so few people had ever thanked him for his service to our country. He was visibly touched and so was I. Late on the Fourth I narrowly escaped two possible accidents. A deer ran across the road in front of me and someone ran a red light as I neared an intersection.

We welcomed little children who spoke about their lives and what they were doing to celebrate; met a man who is an alumni from our Alma Mater, Colorado State, living here in Central Florida; encouraged people to get involved in the political process and campaigned a bit for Marco Rubio for Florida Senator. Family and friends came to visit and some even helped without pay! We were brought cookies and enjoyed some really good food, especially after it was all finished!

We could dwell on the losses and the trials but we choose to put our trust in God, thinking about the good things. His provision, protection and pleasure is more than enough. It does not matter that the enemy is against us, because God who lives in us is greater!

Thank You, Provider of all good gifts. We have been richly rewarded because You have watched over us in all things. Thank You for lifting our burdens and bringing Son light into our lives!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

233 Years!

Happy 233rd Birthday, U.S.A.!

I am so very happy to have been born here! I pray that our beautiful and unique nation will return to its roots and be strong for as long as Our Father God will allow.

Have fun, my friends! Be safe, and enjoy the birthday of this great nation!

Independence, freedom, God and country, are the words that come to mind today! May we stay strong under the guidance of The Lord God of heaven and earth!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Patriot Prayer

God of our Fathers, You have created our land and blessed us with freedom! You are our foundation and our only hope.

Thank You for the freedom to speak out, worship You or even other gods, bear arms to protect our families and our possessions, and so many other freedoms from You and confirmed by our founding Fathers. Thank You for our inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Thank You, O Mighty God, for speaking wisdom into our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. It is You alone who give freedom!

You have lifted us up from the lowest to the highest power on earth, but we have not taken care of what You have gifted us with. We have become spoiled and greedy. We have forgotten the fight for freedom and the cost of liberty. Forgive us! Have mercy on us. We have turned our hearts away from You and Your gift of freedom and trusted men to provide for us. Forgive us!

Reveal Yourself to us anew. Heal our blind eyes that no longer see Your precious gifts of liberty and justice. May our hearts be set on fire for You. May we turn our hearts to Your good and perfect ways. May we Your people speak out with boldness and faith.

As You have said in Your word, O Lord, may we Your people, who are called by Your name, humble ourselves and pray, seeking Your face and turning from our wicked ways, You will hear us, forgive us, and heal our land. (2 Chron. 7:14) I, your daughter, now humble myself and seek You in prayer for my beloved country. I turn away from evil and stand for what is holy and good in Your eyes. I ask You to heal America! There is much to be healed. Without You we have no future. Give me strength to do Your will in the midst of rising opposition to You and Your ways.

Lord, I remember the glory You have bestowed on America. Bring it back I pray! I humbly bow to You.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009


I think that most people would agree that our beloved country is on a fast and furious downward spiral. We are losing ground as a nation under God, and as the most powerful nation on earth. It is most tragic to note that we have chosen this path ourselves through our blind-folded eye as we vote.

What will become of us? Only God truly knows, but I have my own opinion. I believe that we as citizens are allowing ourselves to become slaves to our government. We no longer are the directors of our fate. We have handed our rights and freedoms over to our greedy, godless, government. It is a time of grief for those who remember the wonderful pride we had in our leaders, our heritage and our strength. We are fading fast and will soon be living under the rule of men who would dictate our every move. All the while our hearts cry out for freedom!

This Fourth of July I pray that we will remember that we are a country for the people and by the people, not a people whose lives are directed by a few men and women in the seat of power that we have elected. I pray that we will remember that we have GOD-GIVEN rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I pray we remember, because if we do not remember we will be forgotten.

Almighty King and Lord of the Universe, You are our sovereign ruler. You alone hold power over men. You are Good and Righteous. You offer freedom and hope to the oppressed. I pray that my fellow beloved countrymen would turn our hearts back to You. Allow me to be one voice crying out for You in this dark age!