Thankful Thursday! July 19, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

Cool breeze at Aqua Zumba class!

Long lunch with my dear friend Tamara💜

Mutual love for books/reading

Watching Ren and Lex take care of Tru

Having the 3 of them here💜💜💜

FaceTime with my sweet Pres! 

 

....continued from July 12

And here, I hope, something important is beginning to come into focus. The idea that there can be only one way to rescue man from his terrible trouble is beginning to look more reasonable after all. This singular, unique, miraculous, historical event on Calvary explains what has understandably troubled many, causing them to think poorly of the message Christians have always called “good news.” The trade explains why Jesus is the only way of salvation.

Most ailments need particular antidotes. Increasing the air pressure in your tires will not fix a troubled carburetor. Aspirin will not dissolve a tumor. Cutting up credit cards will not wipe out debt that is already owed. If your water pipes are leaking, you call a plumber, not an oncologist, but a plumber will not cure a cancer. Any adequate solution must solve the problem that needs to be solved, and singular problems need singular solutions. Some antidotes are one-of-a-kind cures for one-of-a-kind ailments. Sometimes only one medicine will do the job, as much as we may like it to be otherwise.

Mankind faces a singular problem. People are broken and the world is broken because our friendship with God has been broken, ruined by human rebellion. Humans, you and I—are guilty, enslaved, lost, dead. All of us. Everyone. Everywhere. The guilt must be punished, the debt must be paid, the slave must be purchased. Promising better conduct in the future will not mend the crimes of the past. No, a rescuer must ransom the slaves, a kindred brother must pay the family debt, a substitute must shoulder the guilt. There is no other way of escape.

This is why Jesus of Nazareth is the only way to God, the only possible source of rescue. He is the only one who solved the problem. No other man did this. No other person could. ...Only Jesus of Nazareth could save the world. Without him, we are crushed under our overwhelming debt. Without him, every single one of us would have to pay for our own crimes, and that would take eternity. Jesus alone, the perfect Son of God, paid the debt for those who trust in him so they would not perish under God’s punishment, but have life with him fully and forever....

I want you to think for a moment about what that means. You can exchange your ponderous list of crimes, the heavy chains of guilt you forged in life, for the goodness of Christ. It is a gift, and the gift is free. It cannot be earned.  Jesus has already paid. It can only be received, humbly, on bended knee. You must simply trust him for it. And this is what the Story means by “faith.”

Excerpt from:

The Story of Reality , by Gregory Koukl

 

Thankful Thursday! July 12, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Friends!   Coffee with Susan, Mims & Linda! 

Watching the World Cup with Gil & Whitty

Dinner at Whole Foods

Air conditioning!

Thank you, Lord, that you know me and are always with me!

 

 

 ...continued from July 5th

“...when the full payment is made, when the last of the debt of those who trust in him melts away, when the justice of God is fully satisfied, Jesus simply dismisses his spirit into the Father’s hands and dies. 10 But before he does, a single word falls from his lips. It is the word tetelestai.

Jesus’ solitary word requires three English words to translate: “It is finished.” 11 Do not misunderstand, however. Jesus is not collapsing in exhausted relief at the end of suffering. The ordeal is done, true enough, but the Son of God rejoices not in what is over. He celebrates, rather, what has been accomplished. His words, precisely rendered, mean, “It has been and will forever remain finished.” 12 Christ’s torment has not simply ended. His goal has been reached; his task has been achieved. The divine transaction is complete. Jesus takes our guilt. We take his goodness. That is the trade. And its effect extends forward, continues on, and changes the world forever. 

...Christ’s single act of submission and sacrifice that cost him his life. ...we will simply call it ...the “Marvelous Exchange.”

The Story puts it this way, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God,”  and, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that he might bring us to God,” and, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace,” and many other statements such as these.

Let me offer another way of making this same point. 16 Imagine, for a moment, a king who, having discovered a theft in the royal treasury, decrees that the criminal be publicly flogged as payment for the crime. When soldiers haul the thief before the king as he sits in his judgment seat, there in chains crouches the frail form of the king’s own mother.

Without flinching, he orders the old woman to be bound to the whipping post in front of him. When she is secured, he stands up, lays down his imperial scepter, sets aside his jeweled crown, removes his royal robe, then steps down and enfolds the tiny old woman with his own body. Bearing his back to the whip, he orders the punishment to commence. Every blow meant for the criminal lands with full force upon the bare back of the king until the last lash falls.

In like manner, in those dark hours when Christ hung from the cross, the Father took those who would put their trust in Jesus and wrapped them in his Son who shielded them, taking every blow that they deserve.

This was not an accident. It was planned. The prophet Isaiah described it seven hundred years earlier:

“Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way;

and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

To be continued... 

 

Excerpt from: 

The Story of Reality, by Gregory Koukl

Thankful Thursday! July 5, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Lunch and a movie with Whitty

My parents - lunch with them and Whitty at the mall.

Finishing a book

Visiting with Brenda

New workout songs and exercises

Seeing sweet Truett

 

When a debt was owed in the first century, a “certificate” of the debt was made, much like the notice placed above Jesus’ head. When the obligation was settled, it was officially resolved with a single Greek word placed upon the parchment’s face: tetelestai. It meant completed, paid, finished, done. Archaeologists have unearthed ancient receipts that have been “canceled out” in this way using the word tetelestai or its abbreviation.

... Hidden to all but the Father is another certificate “nailed,” so to speak, to that same cross. The Story says it is a record not of Jesus’ debt, but a rap sheet, of sorts, “consisting of decrees against US,” that is, against you and me.  It is a record of debts that will be displayed before the world at the very end of the Story, at a great judgment of all the dead who stand before an imposing, white throne and are put on trial. Each of the dead is judged by his own behavior, not by comparing one person with another but simply by a raw accounting of each person’s conduct recorded in books open for all to see. Every misdeed has been logged, every sin has been written down, and every careless word has been noted.

There is a reason for this dark event at the close of history. As we have seen, if God is good, he must punish the guilty, and if he is good he can punish only the guilty.... Now, that may be comforting to those who count on faring well in the final assessment, but that is only because they do not quite realize how their lives will actually look when the light shines brightly into every corner, and every act, motive, and desire is laid bare before God and the world....

In the same way, none will find safe harbor in his own merit since all things hidden will be revealed, and the Story is quite clear on this point. In the final reckoning, every man will be shown to be a debtor to God—something each of us already knows deep in our own hearts.

Before that white throne, each person who is judged by his own behavior is found guilty,.... It will be clear to all that God is justified when he speaks and blameless when he judges....No one escapes the guilty verdict save those whose names are written in another book that is also opened, the Book of Life. Those listed there are as guilty as the rest, to be sure, but their debt is not held to their account. It has already been paid. Their rap sheets, their lists of decrees against them, have been nailed to Jesus’ cross, their ponderous chronicle of offenses pinned upon Christ himself. Jesus told us to pray, “Father, forgive us our debts . . .” This is how God is able to do that.

In the darkness that shrouds Calvary from the sixth to the ninth hour, a divine transaction is taking place. Jesus makes a trade with the Father. Punishment adequate for all the crimes of all of humanity—every murder, every theft, every lustful glance, every hidden act of vice, every modest moment of pride, every monstrous deed of evil—punishment adequate for every crime of every man or woman who ever lived, Jesus takes upon himself as if he is guilty of all.

...to be continued next week... 

Excerpt from:

The Story of Reality, by Greg Koukl

Thankful Thursday! June 28, 2018

Thank you, Father, for:

My dear husband!  30 years of marriage!!💘

Coffee with LaMarr

Hanging out with Whitty, yet doing our own thing

FaceTime with Quinny!  So happy to see his beautiful face! 💜

Holding Tru...gazing into each other’s eyes💞 and visiting with my dear son!

 

 “The Lord caused the sea to go back . . . all that night (Exod. 14:21).

 

In this verse there is a comforting message showing how God works in the dark. The real work of God for the children of Israel was not when they awakened and found that they could get over the Red Sea; but it was “all that night.”

 

So there may be a great working in your life when it all seems dark and you cannot see or trace, but yet God is working.”

 

Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, gracious and generous Lord for:

My new sweet grandson!!  Tru Valor!

My beautiful, strong, loving daughter-in-law!

My tender hearted, devoted and wise son!

Dear precious Tru!  It’s amazing how one tiny little life matters so much!!  I hope that my sons see how much they have been loved...just like we all love and adore little Tru!

My dear caring friends!

 

 “He Himself has said . . . . So we may boldly say . . . .”

HEBREWS 13:5–6


    My assurance is to be built upon God’s assurance to me. God says, “I will never leave you,” so that then I “may boldly say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear’” (13:5–6). In other words, I will not be obsessed with apprehension. This does not mean that I will not be tempted to fear, but I will remember God’s words of assurance. I will be full of courage, like a child who strives to reach the standard his father has set for him.

... “When it seems that there is nothing and no one to help you, say to yourself, “But ‘The Lord is my helper’ this very moment, even in my present circumstance.” Are you learning to listen to God before you speak, or are you saying things and then trying to make God’s Word fit what you have said? Take hold of the Father’s assurance, and then say with strong courage, “I will not fear.” It does not matter what evil or wrong may be in our way, because “He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you . . . .’”


Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers


 

Thankful Thursday! June 14, 2018

Thank you, Father, for:

Dinner at the kitchen table with Gil.

Holding hands

Michelle’s surprise visiti...flying in to be at the beach with us!

Lunch at Padaro Beach Grill.

Walking on the beach

Dear, long-time friends!   What a treasure!   

 

Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you… Exodus 12:13

 

On the night of the first Passover, many of the children of Israel were probably anxious. Imagine one Israelite asking another nervously, “Did you hear that the angel of death is passing through tonight?”

“Yes! We were told to put the blood of the lamb on the doorposts of our home and everything would be all right. Is that true?”

Like the Israelites, you might be wondering, “Can the blood really protect me? How much blood do I have to put on my doorposts? Will the angel of death get me if I am fearful?”

My friend, don’t add to God’s conditions. He said, “When I see the blood, I will pass over you and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you.” He did not say, “When I see the blood, plus your understanding, efforts, obedience, faithfulness and refusal to give in to fear, then I will pass over you.”

It is the blood of Jesus alone that delivers you. If you think that it is because of your faith, then you will always be wondering, “Do I have enough faith?” No my friend, it is His blood alone that saves. And when God sees that you see that it is the blood alone that saves, He calls that faith in the blood, and every plague will pass over you!

God wants you to know that it is Jesus’ blood alone that saves because every time you think that your deliverance depends partly on God and partly on you, you will not have a settled peace in your heart. But when you know that it is the blood alone that saves, you will have an unshakable peace.

It was the blood that saved the children of Israel from the destroyer on that Passover night and it is still the blood that saves today. And all you need to do for the blood to avail is to say, “Father, I thank You that the blood of Jesus alone covers me and my family.”

excerpt from Joseph Prince Ministries

Thankful Thursday! June 7, 2018

Thank you, God of Love, for:

Barre class with Kerri and then Coffee Bean and mall with Kerri and Sienna!💜

Biola student store with Whitty and Lexi

The Block at Orange - lunch, bowling and shopping with Whitty, Lexi and Parker.  Such a treat for me!

New shoes for Zumba and Aqua Zumba this summer 

Practicing for my classes.  

 

 “Because you have kept My command to persevere . . . .”

REVELATION 3:10


    Perseverance means more than endurance—more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, “I can’t take any more.” Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. Entrust yourself to God’s hands. Is there something in your life for which you need perseverance right now? Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him” (Job 13:15).

    Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life—throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.

    God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our all with total abandoned confidence in Him.”


Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers


 

Thankful Thursday! May 24, 2018

Thank you, Father, for: 

 My baby...

My baby...

Whitty’s graduation! 

Whitt and Tripp coming home with their caps and gowns🤗❤️

Prayer group!!

Lunch and birthday shopping with my dear friend! (Gift cards and money from my moms & dads😜)

Nanny and David saved us good seats at graduation

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Lexi coming out to graduation💜 - and shopping with her for graduation gifts   

 

 ““If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple” (14:26). This verse teaches us that the only men and women our Lord will use in His building enterprises are those who love Him personally, passionately, and with great devotion— those who have a love for Him that goes far beyond any of the closest relationships on earth. The conditions are strict, but they are glorious.

    All that we build is going to be inspected by God. When God inspects us with His searching and refining fire, will He detect that we have built enterprises of our own on the foundation of Jesus? (see 1 Corinthians 3:10–15). We are living in a time of tremendous enterprises, a time when we are trying to work for God, and that is where the trap is. Profoundly speaking, we can never work for God. Jesus, as the Master Builder, takes us over so that He may direct and control us completely for His enterprises and His building plans; and no one has any right to demand where he will be put to work.”

 

Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers

 

 

Thankful Thursday! May 17, 2018

Thank you, dear Lord, for:

These fine men who have made me a proud mom!!

A peaceful Mother’s Day with my Mom, Dad, Gil, Park and Whitt. 

FaceTime with my sweet Quinny!

Rendon sent me “our song”💜💜 

After School conversation with Whitt and Tripp.    

 

 “Which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it . . . .”

LUKE 14:28

 

“Our Lord was not referring here to a cost which we have to count, but to a cost which He has already counted. The cost was those thirty years in Nazareth, those three years of popularity, scandal, and hatred, the unfathomable agony He experienced in Gethsemane, and the assault upon Him at Calvary—the central point upon which all of time and eternity turn. Jesus Christ has counted the cost. In the final analysis, people are not going to laugh at Him and say, “This man began to build and was not able to finish” (14:30).”

 

Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers

 

Thankful Thursday! May 10, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

Friendship

Wherever I have felt lack in my life, You have always provided...and more in abundance!! 

Talking on the phone to my dear son while he’s far away.  I miss him so!!!

Shopping with Lexi. 

Working in the same room as Whitty while he does his homework. 

All the wonderful and dear ladies who help me with Lexi’s Shower - Mary, Vicki, Kerri, Susan, Sue & Sandy   

And all the lovely caring friends who came to shower their love and gifts on sweet Lex! 

 

 

God is attracted to weakness. He can’t resist those who humbly and honestly admit how desperately they need him. Our weakness, in fact, makes room for his power.“

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, loving Father, for: 

 Chatting on the phone with my dear Pres🤗

Walking to coffee with my dad, then hanging out with him.

Training a new client;  looking forward to seeing her growth.

The beach with Gabe and Owen.    He’s such a doll!  I love him!   And my dear friend Gabrielle’s birthday! 

 

 

A ROARING LION

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5: 8

Peter gives us a warning and wants us to open our eyes. This is a verse worth writing in gold letters. Here you see what life is really like. It’s almost enough to make us wish we were dead. We’re living here on the devil’s turf. Our situation is similar to travelers who stay at an inn where they find out that everyone in the place is a robber. If they had to stay there, they would arm themselves in the best possible way and probably wouldn’t get much sleep. In the same way, we now live on this earth, where the evil spirit is the prince. He controls the hearts of the people under his power, and he does whatever he wants through them. This is a horrible situation if viewed correctly.

So Peter warns us to be alert. He wants us to be like faithful servants who are aware of what is really happening. Therefore, he says, “Be self-controlled.” For those who eat and drink too much are like stuffed pigs that are good for nothing. Therefore, we must keep this treasure with us at all times. “Be alert,” he says, not only spiritually, but physically. For lazy people who like to sleep won’t be able to resist the devil after they have gorged themselves and drunk their fill. After all, it’s hard enough for those who have faith and the Spirit to resist the devil.”

Martin Luther

 

Thankful Thursday! April 26, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

My awesome Strength class ladies... being there for each other! 

Gale working out even with a cast!  Wait,...TWO casts!!

All my ladies offering to help me with the shower  

FaceTime with my sons💜💜 

Everything is so green this time of year!

Open windows! 

 

Do You Feel Yourself Sufficient?

THEN PETER, LEADING CASPIAN, forced his way through the crowd of animals.

“This is Caspian, Sir,” he said. And Caspian knelt and kissed the Lion’s paw.

“Welcome, Prince,” said Aslan. “Do you feel yourself sufficient to take up the Kingship of Narnia?”

“I—I don’t think I do, Sir,” said Caspian. “I’m only a kid.”

“Good,” said Aslan. “If you had felt yourself sufficient, it would have been a proof that you were not. Therefore, under us and under the High King, you shall be King of Narnia, Lord of Cair Paravel, and Emperor of the Lone Islands. You and your heirs while your race lasts.”

—Prince Caspian, Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis

Thankful Thursday! April 19, 2018

 Thank you, Lord for:

Babysitting precious Owen; hanging out with LaMarr and Skylar.

Visiting with Gabe

Snuggling with my sweet husband.

Making 4 sandwiches for my dear son’s trip 

Sweet hugs goodbye💜

Seeing my son’s new place. 

 

“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me . . . .”

MATTHEW 11:29


    “Whom the Lord loves He chastens . . .” (Hebrews 12:6).

How petty our complaining is! Our Lord begins to bring us to the point where we can have fellowship with Him, only to hear us moan and groan, saying, “Oh Lord, just let me be like other people!” Jesus is asking us to get beside Him and take one end of the yoke, so that we can pull together. That’s why Jesus says to us, “My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). Are you closely identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God when you feel the pressure of His hand upon you.”

”.. . to those who have no might He increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29). God comes and takes us out of our emotionalism, and then our complaining turns into a hymn of praise. The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and to learn from Him.

    “. . . the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). Where do the saints get their joy? If we did not know some Christians well, we might think from just observing them that they have no burdens at all to bear. But we must lift the veil from our eyes. The fact that the peace, light, and joy of God is in them is proof that a burden is there as well. The burden that God places on us squeezes the grapes in our lives and produces the wine, but most of us see only the wine and not the burden. No power on earth or in hell can conquer the Spirit of God living within the human spirit; it creates an inner invincibility.”

 “If your life is producing only a whine, instead of the wine, then ruthlessly kick it out.”


Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers

 

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Lord!

Practicing Zumba

Praying with my friends!  What a comfort and joy to come to the Lord together!  Thank you for being with us, my Lord and my Savior!!  I love you, Lord

Baking cookie to send with Pres, Ren and Lex on their journeys. 

Cool bird in the yard!

Whitty and I helping Ren and Lex pack and move.

 

“Princes on earth give themselves titles expressing their greatness, as ‘High and Mighty.’  God might have done so, and expressed Himself thus, ‘Our King of Glory, our Judge,’  but He gives Himself another title, ‘Our Father,’ an expression of love and condescension.  

That He might encourage us to pray to Him, He represents Himself under the sweet notion of a father.   The name Jehovah carries majesty in it; the name Father carries mercy in it.”

Thomas Watson

 

”Christ taught us also to approach the Father in His name.  That is our passport.  It is in His name that we are to make petitions known.” 

E. M. Bounds

Excerpt from “Reflections on the Lord’s Prayer” 

Thankful Thursday! April 5, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for so many small joys!

The top off of my Jeep

Making Pres’ favorite meals this week.

Popcorn and a movie at home with Gil on a Friday night

Sleeping in on Saturday!

All my precious kids here for dinner and the “shooting for dollars” game😜


 “So, man has value that is not added on in some way but is built in, so to speak, intrinsic to being human. And this is something we already know because the knowledge of our value is built in too. Here we come to the core question about our innate dignity.  Why are human beings, of all creatures, this way? Why is man so different from everything else? It’s all well and good to believe you are special, but if there is no good reason to think you are, you might be tempted to believe people are actually mere animals after all—and that leads to nothing but trouble.

This is where the Christian Story stands out dramatically from all the rest. 5 The Story answers the question “Why?” It tells us why man is different, why humans are special, why you and I are wonderful in a way that can never change. It tells us that in all the world, God created only one creature who was, in a unique and important and almost indescribable way, like himself, bearing his own likeness, having a soul imprinted with his very image.

If you have ever asked yourself the question “Who am I?” you now have your answer. The Story says you are a creature, but you are not just a creature. You are not a little god, but you are not nothing. You are made like God in a magnificent way that can never be taken from you. No matter how young or old or small or disfigured or destitute or dependent, you are still a beautiful creature. You bear the mark of God. He has made you like himself, and that changes everything.”

”The Story of Reality“ by Gregory Koukl

 

Thankful Thursday! March 29, 2018

 “Seven time’s a day I praise You...” Psalm 119:164

Thank You, Lord, for: 

Guiding me! 

Having Parker around, working in the yard

Meals together with my family

Praying together with friends!  What a gift God has given us in prayer!

All 4 of my dear sons at Whitty’s banquet.  It warms my hearty to be around them!❤️

My dear ladies who work so hard in class, enjoy each others company and bring me hope and encouragement as I watch and listen to their lives!   I’m blessed!!!

 

 “Lord, I worship and praise You as the all-knowing knowing and all-powerful God of the universe. verse. You are Immanuel, God with us. Thank You that You are always with me. Thank You that Your presence frees me from all doubt and gives me increased faith. Thank You that You hear my prayers and will answer in Your time and in Your way. You, Lord, are without limitations. tions. I don't want to limit Your working in my life by my own faithlessness. Help me to "be joyful ful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12 NIV). I know that You have called me to pray, but I also know that answering prayers is Your job. Help my heart to rest in You.”

”Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” COLOSSIANS 4:2

The Prayer That Changes Everything, by Stormiest Omartian

Thankful Thursday! March 15, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

Rain! 

Private Pilates training.  I enjoy the one on one!

Lexi coming over - Home Depot, hanging out, dinner, tea lattes and watching a movie. 

Park and Whitt helped us bring all the mulch to the backyard

Preparing a garden.

Breakfast with my dear son!💜

 

 “May you awaken to the divine power of a grateful heart.

May you know there’s victory in praise and breakthrough in thanksgiving!

When you stomp your feet, raise your hands, and sing a song of praise, the enemy scurries away, covers his ears, and his plans come to nothing.

With God on your side, you have all you need to win your battles and grow in love.

Sing a song of praise today even while you wait for your breakthrough!

A blessed day to you.


Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.

PSALM 95:1–2 NIV”


Excerpt From

Blessings for the Morning

Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! March 8, 2018

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Pres and Whitt moving my desk upstairs!

Enough money to buy new glasses!

Reinstalling the kitchen faucet

Rollerblading

Walking with Gabe and Owen!   He’s SUCH a cutie pie!!💜

“This, then, is how you should pray:

“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” Matthew 6: 9

Because Jesus is the author of the prayer in this passage, it’s undoubtedly the greatest and best prayer. For if this good, faithful Teacher had known a better one, he certainly would have taught it to us. This doesn’t mean a prayer that doesn’t use these exact words is worthless. For prior to Christ’s birth, many believers who had never heard these words also prayed. But we should be cautious about other prayers that don’t convey the meaning of this prayer. The psalms are good prayers, and they express the same thoughts as the Lord’s Prayer but don’t express them as clearly.

So it’s a mistake to prefer other prayers over this one. Watch out especially for those written out with titles decorated in red ink, in the hope that God will give us health and long life, possessions and honor, indulgences to free us from punishment, and so on. Through these kinds of prayers, we pursue our wills and our honor more than God’s will and his honor. Many people have begun regarding these other prayers more highly than the Lord’s Prayer. Not that I completely disregard these prayers, but people put too much confidence in them. Subsequently, the true Lord’s Prayer, which is inner and spiritual, is despised. All forgiveness, all blessings, all that is useful, and everything else that people need for their bodies and souls on earth and in heaven overflow from this prayer.

It would be better if you prayed one Lord’s Prayer—praying it with all your heart, really thinking about the words, and letting it change your life for the better—than for you to recite all other prayers combined.”

Martin Luther

Thankful Thursday! March 1, 2018

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Thank you, Lord, for:

This curious squirrel checking out our workout!🤗 

Taking Ren to the airport.  Spending time with him.  I love him!

Lexi coming to Zumba with me and then back to eat, chatting with the boys and me, having tea lattes. 

Walking the stairs with Karen, Erica and Dolorita.

Driving Gil to Irvine - just being together!

 

“UNWORTHY TO PRAY

But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, “God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Luke 18: 13

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Some say, “I would feel better about God hearing my prayer if I were more worthy and lived a better life.” I simply answer: If you don’t want to pray before you feel that you are worthy or qualified, then you will never pray again. Prayer must not be based on or depend on your personal worthiness or the quality of the prayer itself; rather, it must be based on the unchanging truth of God’s promise. If the prayer is based on itself or on anything else besides God’s promise, then it’s a false prayer that deceives you—even if your heart is breaking with intense devotion and you are weeping drops of blood.

We pray because we are unworthy to pray. Our prayers are heard precisely because we believe that we are unworthy. We become worthy to pray when we risk everything on God’s faithfulness alone.

So go ahead and feel unworthy. But know in your heart that it’s a thousand times more important to honor God’s truthfulness. Yes, everything depends on this alone. Don’t turn his faithful promise into a lie by your doubts. For your worthiness doesn’t help you, and neither does your unworthiness hinder you. A lack of faith is what condemns you, but confidence in God is what makes you worthy.“

Martin Luther, “Faith Alone” 

Thankful Thursday! February 22, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

My dear friends Michelle, Donna, Dustin and Arianna coming out to visit!

Peaceful drive listening to an audio book.

Linda and Judi always bringing me the newspaper clippings of Whitty.

Shopping, lunch and a movie with Whitty

Lunch with Park, Pres and Whitt.

Making breakfast for the boys on a Saturday morning. 

 

Good but Not Safe

“You’ll understand when you see him.”

“But shall we see him?” asked Susan.

“Why, Daughter of Eve, that’s what I brought you here for. I’m to lead you where you shall meet him,” said Mr. Beaver.

“Is—is he a man?” asked Lucy.

“Aslan a man!” said Mr. Beaver sternly. “Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the wood and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the-Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion—the Lion, the great Lion.”

“Ooh!” said Susan, “I’d thought he was a man. Is he—quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”

“That you will, dearie, and no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver; “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”

“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ’Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

—The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe