Thankful Thursday! April 18, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Spending time with Preston💜💜

Having Rendon over a few times last weekend!☺️

Friends

The beautiful fragrant jasmine in my yard

 

 

 “I stood once in the test room of a great steel mill. All around me were little partitions and compartments. Steel had been tested to the limit and marked with figures that showed its breaking point. Some pieces had been twisted until they broke, and the strength of torsion was marked on them. Some had been stretched to the breaking point and their tensile strength indicated. Some had been compressed to the crushing point and also marked. The master of the steel mill knew just what these pieces of steel would stand under strain. He knew just what they would bear if placed in the great ship, building, or bridge. He knew this because his testing room revealed it.


It is often so with God’s children. God does not want us to be like vases of glass or porcelain. He would have us like these toughened pieces of steel, able to bear twisting and crushing to the uttermost without collapse.


He wants us to be, not hothouse plants, but storm-beaten oaks; not sand dunes driven with every gust of wind, but granite rocks withstanding the fiercest storms.”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! April 11, 2019

Thank you, Lord for: 

Steam cleaning my floors!

This perfect little orange chair from Mary!

Watching college basketball with Gil.

Playing with Tru

 Hanging out with Lex

 

 “As Corrie Ten Boom observed, “If you look within, you’ll be depressed. If you look at God you’ll be at rest.” How can you keep focused on God instead of yourself? I encourage you to make a habit of preaching grace to yourself every day. Remind yourself often of all the ways that you are elevated in Christ. Thank Jesus that through the cross he is the …

… At-one-er. I was hostile to God, but Jesus has made me “at-one” with him, breaking down the wall of division and welcoming me into friendship.

… Battlefield Hero. The forces of fear and evil held me in their oppressive grip, but Jesus, the Warrior-King, has crushed the enemy’s head and claimed victory.

… Chain-Breaker. I was a slave to darkness, selfishness, and anxiety, but Jesus is my great Liberator who purchased my freedom and cut my chains.

… Defense Attorney. I broke the laws of an infinitely just Being, but Jesus took my death sentence and now pleads the winning case for my innocence.

… Eternal Priest. I was unclean, but Jesus became my spotless Lamb and serves as my Priest so I can stand confidently in the presence of divine Perfection.

… Forsaken Son. I was left to die at the human dump, but Jesus became Forsaken in my place so that I can enjoy adoption as a cherished son/ daughter of God.

Praying through these six biblical images may take six minutes, or it may take sixty seconds. That brief time of preaching the good news to yourself can turn an otherwise anxious day into something worshipful and grace-filled.

 

Excerpt from

Reflect by Thaddeus Williams

 

Thankful Thursday! April 4, 2019

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Going to the beach with Parker and Tru

Spending time with dear friends

A job I love!

Preston home for a few days!

A great walk with the ladies

 

“I remember a summer in which I said, “It is the ocean I need,” and I went to the ocean; but it seemed to say, “It is not in me!” The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, “The mountains will rest me,” and I went to the mountains, and when I awoke in the morning there stood the grand mountain that I had wanted so much to see; but it said, “It is not in me!” It did not satisfy. Ah! I needed the ocean of His love, and the high mountains of His truth within. It was wisdom that the “depths” said they did not contain, and that could not be compared with jewels or gold or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and our deepest need. Our restlessness within can only be met by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us. MARGARET BOTTOME”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! March 28, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Spending time with Gr Gil and Pamela.  

My floor steamer!!

Sunshine!

Getting passports with Whitty...he makes everything fun!

Spending the day with my sweet Quinny!

 

 “Deep Water, Fiery Trials, God’s Faithfulness - 

All God’s children go through deep waters and trials by fire. There’s no if—only when. But with the when comes a Who. God never allows His children to swim alone. His buddy system is sink- and fireproof. More sure than the when is the Who. It is God who assures His children, “I will be with you”—when!

Can you see God in your trials by water or fire? God says to you, “I will be with you whenever, wherever, and forever.”

JAN CARLBERG”


“Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

MATTHEW 28:20


“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”

ISAIAH 43:2


Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for you are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me  “

Psalm 23:4


Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey

Thankful Thursday! March 20, 2019

 Thank you, Lord, for:

Sunshine! ☀️

Children!

Little Gracie running around with her arms up...so happy to be outside playing!!

My dear friend Fiona and her great example and attitude! 

 

”Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord,...” Ephesians 4:1

“Paul in prison.... Do you want to see how he takes it? I see him looking out over the top of his prison wall and over the heads of his enemies. I see him write a document and sign his name—not the prisoner of Festus, nor of Caesar; not the victim of the Sanhedrin; but the—“prisoner of the Lord.” He saw only the hand of God in it all. To him the prison becomes a palace. Its corridors ring with shouts of triumphant praise and joy.


Restrained from the missionary work he loved so well, he now built a new pulpit—a new witness stand—and from that place of bondage come some of the sweetest and most helpful ministries of Christian liberty. What precious messages of light come from those dark shadows of captivity.


Think of the long train of imprisoned saints who have followed in Paul’s wake. For twelve long years Bunyan’s lips were silenced in Bedford jail. It was there that he did the greatest and best work of his life. There he wrote the book that has been read next to the Bible. He says, “I was at home in prison and I sat me down and wrote, and wrote, for joy did make me write.”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman

 

Thankful Thursday! March 14, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for: 

The wonderful people You’ve put in my life! 

The kindness and self-less acts I see amongst the ladies in my classes

Your great love for us!   Jesus left His place and came to earth to be mortal like us.   Being utterly blameless, He paid our penalty...the full price of our sins, he paid with his life, that we might be united with Him!    Thank You!!!  Thank you!

 

 “Harvard researcher Robert Putnam found that “if you belong to no groups but decide to join one, you cut your risk of dying the next year in half.”  One famous study even found that relationally well-connected people with bad health habits —smoking, poor diet, and heavy drinking —consistently outlive isolated people with healthy habits. Relationally disconnected people were three times more likely to die than connected people!   Why are we such profoundly social creatures?”

 

Excerpt from “Reflect,” by Thaddeus Williams

Thankful Thursday! March 7, 2016

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Thank you, Lord, for: 

My friend, Cindy, and her faith in You!

Ren, Lex and Tru spending the evening with us

Lunch with Pres and Whitt

Dinner and conversation with Gil💗

Pilates chair challenge with Whitt and Tripp😂

 

“How many times . . . has the Lord said, “Yield up the pieces, the scraps, the leftovers of your lives. All you’ve got is all I need to make a mountain from your molehill of faith”?

He said that through Elisha to a woman who came to the prophet in great distress. Her sons were about to be sold into slavery as a settlement for her late husband’s debts (2 Kings 4:1–7).

The widow had one small container of oil—nothing else of value.

“Gather up all of your empty vessels—whatever old pots and pitchers you can find or borrow,” the prophet commanded, “and begin to fill them with oil.” 

 “The widow did as she was bid, and she found to her amazement that there was enough oil to fill every vessel—enough to pay the debt and keep her family for life. . . .

God stands ready to transform all that we offer (when it is all that we have) into all that we need.

CLAIRE CLONINGER

Excerpt From

Joy for the Journey: Morning and Evening

 

 “[Jesus] took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

MATTHEW 14:19–21


“As for God, His way is perfect;

The word of the LORD is proven;

He is a shield to all who trust in Him.

2 SAMUEL 22:31


 

Thankful Thursday! February 28, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Your amazing patience with us!! 

Beautiful sunset!

New ladies in my classes

A great walk in our Outdoor Cardio Fitness class!

Spending time with Preston & Parker

Playing hide the bean bags game with Rilynn and Mercy

 

 “What does your life say is the most important thing in existence? If you were to stop and take honest stock of yourself —how you choose to spend your daily dose of breath and energy, which ideas occupy the most space in your thought world —what, more than anything else, moves you? Think about it. Be real with yourself. Whatever that ultimate something is for you now offers tremendous clarity about the person you are turning into. Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson helps us to see why:

‘A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will come out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our loves, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshiping we are becoming. 1

Emerson makes two keen observations. First, that everyone worships something; and second, that those deities will shape our identities. Celebrated American novelist David Foster Wallace echoes: “In the day-to-day trenches of adult life, there is actually no such thing as atheism. There is no such thing as not worshiping. Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” 2 During his work as an economist, Bob Goudz-waard also came to the conclusion that everyone “absolutizes” something. We all serve god( s), take on the image of our god( s), then build society in our (that is, in our gods’) image. 3 And long before Emerson, Wallace, and Goudzwaard it was Paul, the theologian, who opened a famous letter to Rome with the insight that whether it’s the Creator or the creation, everyone worships.

For the poet, the novelist, the economist, and the theologian above, the question is not whether we worship. They took that to be an obvious fact. The real question is what we worship. With reverent hands trembling we all place something on that altar of empty space we find inside ourselves. These diverse minds converge on this point and encourage us to choose that sacred something with extreme care because, for better or worse, whatever we choose to worship will inevitably shape us.”

Excerpt from: 

”Reflect” by Thaddeus Williams 

Thankful Thursday! February 21, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Time spent with my sweet sister!

Gil taking such sweet care of me while I was sick.  He made dinner every night and rubbed my head

Sweet texts and emails from my friends and ladies, checking on how I’m feeling. 

New clients...and my beloved old clients. 

Your provision and guidance. 

Better communication with Gil!

 

 “Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.” 2 Samuel 24:14

 

“Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!

Morning by morning new mercies I see:

All I have needed thy hand hath provided—

Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

 

One of the stunning realities of the Christian life is that in a world where everything is in some state of decay, God’s mercies never grow old. They never run out. They never are ill timed. They never dry up. They never grow weak. They never get weary. They never fail to meet the need. They never disappoint.”

 New Morning Mercies, by Paul David Tripp

Thankful Thursday! February 7, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

My precious family!   Each and every one of them! 

Ren & Lex spending time with us

My husband taking care of things

Picking up my dear Whitty from the airport, spending time with him again!

God’s promises and His faithfulness! 

He is my strength and my shield!   My heart trusts in Him and I am helped!   My heart leaps with joy and with my song I will praise him.   

 

“When amazing realities of the gospel quit commanding your attention, your awe, and your worship, other things in your life will capture your attention instead. When you quit celebrating grace, you begin to forget how much you need grace, and when you forget how much you need grace, you quit seeking the rescue and strength that only grace can give. This means you begin to see yourself as more righteous, strong, and wise than you actually are, and in so doing, you set yourself up for trouble.”

So we need to remember.

Remember the horrible disaster of sin.

Remember Jesus, who stood in our place.

Remember the righteousness that is his gift.

Remember the transforming power of the grace you and I couldn’t have earned.

Remember the destiny that is guaranteed to all of God’s blood-purchased children.

Remember his sovereignty and his glory.

Remember that remembering is spiritual war;

even for this we need grace.

 

“New Morning Mercies” by Paul David Tripp

 

Thankful Thursday! January 31, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

Sweet Jeanine who took the time to reach out and asked if there was anything for which I needed prayer. Heart warming!

A peaceful Sunday!   

Beautiful sunshiny, perfect temp day!

My wonderful, loving husband who makes me laugh!!  (I looove to laugh!)

Clean bathrooms & floors 🤗

 

“And I will ask the Fater and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. John 14: 16

 

It’s correct to say that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor, because that’s what he does and is supposed to do....

The word counselor shows us how we should think of the Holy Spirit. A counselor is not a lawgiver or someone like Moses, who frightens us with the devil, death, and hell. No, a counselor fills a troubled heart with joy toward God. A counselor encourages us to be happy that our sins have been forgiven, death has been conquered, heaven has been opened, and God is smiling upon us. Whoever understands what it means for the Spirit to be our Counselor will have already won the battle.

That person will find nothing but pure comfort and joy in heaven and on earth. Because the Father is the one who sends him to help us, and because Christ is the one who asks him to do so, this sending is certainly not done out of anger. Instead, it flows from a fatherly, heartfelt love. So Christians should remind themselves of this name for the Holy Spirit. He is a counselor, and we are the troubled and timid ones whom he helps.”

Martin Luther

Thankful Thursday!

Thank you, Lord, for:

Gil and I being grandparents together, the opportunity to babysit and getting up together to feed him at night   

Tru slept til 5:30!!! Then went back to sleep after his bottle!

A nap! 

Gil always cleaning up and putting things away.💗

Papa and Poppy and the Kelly’s at Whitty’s game!

Whitty playing well even though he’s hurting


“There’s a Place for You

When you feel like you don’t fit in, may you walk in faith because you have a place at the Table of Grace.

When you feel like you’re just not enough, may you remember that His Enough is more than enough for you.

When you trip up and fall short, remember that He stoops down to make you great.

And when you don’t feel victorious, remember that you’re already seated with Christ because He won the victory for you.

Have a great day!



But he said to me,

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

2 CORINTHIANS 12:9”


Excerpt From:  lBlessings for the Morning” by Susie Larson

 

Thankful Thursday! January 3, 2019

Thank you, Lord, for:

 Planning new songs and new choreography for my classes.

Putting away all the Christmas decorations. 

The house all clean!

Preston being home.

Babysitting our sweet Tru.

Parker meeting us at dinner and going to Whitty’s game.

 

WHAT AN EXTRAORDINARY place!” cried Lucy. “All those stone animals—and people too! It’s—it’s like a museum.”

“Hush,” said Susan, “Aslan’s doing something.”

He was indeed. He had bounded up to the stone lion and breathed on him. Then without waiting a moment he whisked round—almost as if he had been a cat chasing its tail—and breathed also on the stone dwarf, which (as you remember) was standing a few feet from the lion with his back to it. Then he pounced on a tall stone dryad which stood beyond the dwarf, turned rapidly aside to deal with a stone rabbit on his right, and rushed on to two centaurs. But at that moment Lucy said,

“Oh, Susan! Look! Look at the lion.”

I expect you’ve seen someone put a lighted match to a bit of newspaper which is propped up in a grate against an unlit fire. And for a second nothing seems to have happened; and then you notice a tiny streak of flame creeping along the edge of the newspaper. It was like that now. For a second after Aslan had breathed upon him the stone lion looked just the same. Then a tiny streak of gold began to run along his white marble back—then it spread—then the color seemed to lick all over him as the flame licks all over a bit of paper—then, while his hindquarters were still obviously stone, the lion shook his mane and all the heavy, stone folds rippled into living hair. Then he opened a great red mouth, warm and living, and gave a prodigious yawn. And now his hind legs had come to life. He lifted one of them and scratched himself. Then, having caught sight of Aslan, he went bounding after him and frisked round him whimpering with delight and jumping up to lick his face.

Of course the children’s eyes turned to follow the lion; but the sight they saw was so wonderful that they soon forgot about him. Everywhere the statues were coming to life. The courtyard looked no longer like a museum; it looked more like a zoo. Creatures were running after Aslan and dancing round him till he was almost hidden in the crowd. Instead of all that deadly white the courtyard was now a blaze of colors; glossy chestnut sides of centaurs, indigo horns of unicorns, dazzling plumage of birds, reddy-brown of foxes, dogs and satyrs, yellow stockings and crimson hoods of dwarfs; and the birch-girls in silver, and the beech-girls in fresh, transparent green, and the larch-girls in green so bright that it was almost yellow. And instead of the deadly silence the whole place rang with the sound of happy roarings, brayings, yelpings, barkings, squealings, cooings, neighings, stampings, shouts, hurrahs, songs and laughter.”

Excerpt from —The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

 

Take a good look...and see that God is indeed “doing something”!!!  

“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” Jeremiah 29:13 NLT

Thankful Thursday! December 27, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

Sending Your Son to free us from sin!!! 

My dear Parker!  28 years with him!  He’s been a blessing in so many ways!💖🎉

Pres and Whitt home safely!

Lunch with Whitty!   SO great to hang out with him again!

My whole family here, less Parker, hanging out, having dinner, watching basketball and football together (Sat and Sun).   My home and heart are full!

Great conversation with Pres  

A sweet time with just our immediate family before everyone else came on Christmas Eve.


“As My servant Martin Luther once wrote, ‘You have not yet considered the weightiness of sin.’ The self-serving energy..., ruling so often... and actively present in you, is a far greater offense to Me than [it is] to you. Only when you see the source of your hassles as a greater insult to Me than to you will you rest in My plan to deal with it.”


Excerpt From “66 Love Letters” by Larry Crabb


 

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Thankful Thursday! December 20, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

Sweet time (brunch) with my (Wednesday) Strength class ladies.

I love my outdoor classes...especially in this gorgeous fall weather!!  

Breakfast after class together!🤗

Lex and Tru here baking cookies!  Then Ren came over as well!🤗 

“Hiking” on my hillside with Tru.  He laughed so hard at the crunch of leaves!😂🤣

All my dear sons together at Whitty’s game!💜

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. —2 CORINTHIANS 4

 

Hard pressed, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed? Anyone who thinks the Bible doesn’t face suffering head-on hasn’t read it. Yet, while outwardly wasting away, those who draw on Christ within, who listen to God’s Holy Spirit speak to them through his Word, and who gather with the church, Christ’s body, can be renewed day after day.

Robert Rogers’s entire family drowned in a 2003 Kansas flash flood. In a moment, he lost his beloved wife and all four of his children. This Christ-centered family went to church, tithed, read the Bible, and prayed together. After the disaster, Robert entered a dark world of Job-like suffering.

We need only to read Scripture, or look around us, or live long enough in order to learn that trusting God doesn’t ward off all evil and suffering. He never said it would. In fact, he said just the opposite … but with a promise: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16: 33).

On the worst day of his life, his ten children taken from him, Job worshiped God. On the worst day of his life, when a flood swept away his wife and four children, Robert Rogers turned to God in worship. He told me he did so because he felt his loss so deeply that he could not lose the one object he had left to grab on to: God. He couldn’t function, couldn’t go on living, without worshiping God.

Our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. (Romans 8: 18)

 “Well,” a critic might say, “such affirmations reflect the naive idealism of someone insulated from evil and suffering.” But the apostle Paul made these statements. He’d suffered through hunger, thirst, cold,

imprisonment, murderous mob attacks, and repeated beatings and floggings—five times within an inch of his life. He described himself as “exposed to death again and again.” This is what Paul means by “our present sufferings” and “our light and momentary troubles.”

Paul insists that our sufferings will result in our greater good—God’s people will be better off eternally because they suffer temporarily. From Paul’s perspective, this trade-off will in eternity prove to be a great bargain.

In fact, the argument for the greater good may be the strongest biblical case for God’s permitting evil and suffering. However, this requires trust on our part, since the promised greater good is future and we can’t see it in the present. Faith is called for, since we do not know everything God knows. But instead of trusting ourselves and our flawed judgment, we can choose to trust the one who has an eternal plan of sovereign grace and has gone to inconceivable lengths to see that it will be accomplished.

Lord, you tell us that though it may seem heavy, compared to eternal glory, our current suffering is light and momentary. You tell us not to fix our eyes on popular culture, not on fleeting accomplishments and wealth, but upon what is eternal, what will still matter a billion years from now. Remind us to focus on you, our soon-returning Savior, instead of on our suffering. Give us the eyes of faith. Don’t wait until tomorrow, Lord, for we need faith today, this very moment. “

 

Excerpt from Ninety Day’s of God’s Goodness, by Randy Alcorn

Thankful Thursday! December 13, 2018

Thank you, Lord for: 

Seeing my sweet Preston💗💗.   Chatting and laughing with him!

The deep red tops of the trees

Watching my Rendon with his son

Spending time with Lex and Tru! 

Texting with my son

Lunch with Nanny & David!

 

 “It is not in me (Job 28:14).


I remember a summer in which I said, “It is the ocean I need,” and I went to the ocean; but it seemed to say, “It is not in me!” The ocean did not do for me what I thought it would. Then I said, “The mountains will rest me,” and I went to the mountains, and when I awoke in the morning there stood the grand mountain that I had wanted so much to see; but it said, “It is not in me!” It did not satisfy. Ah! I needed the ocean of His love, and the high mountains of His truth within. It was wisdom that the “depths” said they did not contain, and that could not be compared with jewels or gold or precious stones. Christ is wisdom and our deepest need. Our restlessness within can only be met by the revelation of His eternal friendship and love for us. MARGARET BOTTOME”


Excerpt From

Contemporary Classic/Streams in the Desert

L. B. E. Cowman



Thankful Thursday! December 6, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for: 

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A great night’s sleep.

Beautiful fall weather!  Thank you, Lord!!

My sweet outdoor fitness class walking inside on a rainy day!😀

Cozy rainy day!

Fresh baked zucchini bread!  (With lots of butter😀).  Mmmmm! 

 

 “Faith must be tested, because it can only become your intimate possession through conflict. What is challenging your faith right now? The test will either prove your faith right, or it will kill it. Jesus said, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Matthew 11:6). The ultimate thing is confidence in Jesus. “We have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end . . .” (Hebrews 3:14). Believe steadfastly on Him and everything that challenges you will strengthen your faith. There is continual testing in the life of faith up to the point of our physical death, which is the last great test. Faith is absolute trust in God—trust that could never imagine that He would forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5–6).”



Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers

 

Thankful Thursday! November 29, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for: 

Watching Witty’s game with Gil and Rendon!

Your great love!!!

Winter candles

Babysitting Tru!! 

Pres and Whitt being home.  💗💗

Gil setting up our Christmas tree!

 

 “THE PURPOSE OF PRAYER


“. . . one of His disciples said to Him, ‘Lord, teach us to pray . . . .’”

LUKE 11:1


... Prayer is the way that the life of God in us is nourished. Our common ideas regarding prayer are not found in the New Testament. We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself.

 ... When a person is at his wits’ end, it no longer seems to be a cowardly thing to pray; in fact, it is the only way he can get in touch with the truth and the reality of God Himself. Be yourself before God and present Him with your problems—the very things that have brought you to your wits’ end. But as long as you think you are self-sufficient, you do not need to ask God for anything.

    To say that “prayer changes things” is not as close to the truth as saying, “Prayer changes me and then I change things.” God has established things so that prayer, on the basis of redemption, changes the way a person looks at things. Prayer is not a matter of changing things externally, but one of working miracles in a person’s inner nature.”

 

Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers

 

Thankful Thursday! November 22, 2018

Thank you, Lord, for:

A super quick drive home...no trafficat 9 pm!

Hanging out with Lex and Tru!🤗

Meeting Whitty’s friends at Biola. 

Babysitting Tru and going in to get him after his nap when he’s all peaceful and sweet.

Gil and Pamela coming to Whitty’s games. 

i love my Outdoor Cardio Fitness Class! 

 

 “ARE YOU EVER TROUBLED?


“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you . . . .”

JOHN 14:27


    There are times in our lives when our peace is based simply on our own ignorance. But when we are awakened to the realities of life, true inner peace is impossible unless it is received from Jesus. When our Lord speaks peace, He creates peace, because the words that He speaks are always “spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63). Have I ever received what Jesus speaks?“. . . My peace I give to you . . .” —a peace that comes from looking into His face and fully understanding and receiving His quiet contentment.

Are you severely troubled right now? Are you afraid and confused by the waves and the turbulence God sovereignly allows to enter your life? Have you left no stone of your faith unturned, yet still not found any well of peace, joy, or comfort? Does your life seem completely barren to you? Then look up and receive the quiet contentment of the Lord Jesus. Reflecting His peace is proof that you are right with God, because you are exhibiting the freedom to turn your mind to Him. If you are not right with God, you can never turn your mind anywhere but on yourself. Allowing anything to hide the face of Jesus Christ from you either causes you to become troubled or gives you a false sense of security.

    With regard to the problem that is pressing in on you right now, are you “looking unto Jesus” (Hebrews 12:2) and receiving peace from Him? If so, He will be a gracious blessing of peace exhibited in and through you....

When a person confers with Jesus Christ, the confusion stops, because there is no confusion in Him. Lay everything out before Him, and when you are faced with difficulty, bereavement, and sorrow, listen to Him say, “Let not your heart be troubled . . .” (John 14:27).”


Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers


 

Thankful Thursday! November 15, 2018

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Thank you, Lord, for:

Dinner with sweet Pres and watching Whitty’s!

A good night’s sleep

Taking Ren to the airport

I have a great job!

New ladies in my classes  

 

 “PRAYER—BATTLE IN “THE SECRET PLACE”

“When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

MATTHEW 6:6



    Jesus did not say, “Dream about your Father who is in the secret place,” but He said, “. . . pray to your Father who is in the secret place . . .” Prayer is an effort of the will. After we have entered our secret place and shut the door, the most difficult thing to do is to pray. We cannot seem to get our minds into good working order, and the first thing we have to fight is wandering thoughts. The great battle in private prayer is overcoming this problem of our idle and wandering thinking. We have to learn to discipline our minds and concentrate on willful, deliberate prayer.

    We must have a specially selected place for prayer, but once we get there this plague of wandering thoughts begins, as we begin to think to ourselves, “This needs to be done, and I have to do that today.” Jesus says to “shut your door.” Having a secret stillness before God means deliberately shutting the door on our emotions and remembering Him. God is in secret, and He sees us from “the secret place”—He does not see us as other people do, or as we see ourselves. When we truly live in “the secret place,” it becomes impossible for us to doubt God. We become more sure of Him than of anyone or anything else. Enter into “the secret place,” and you will find that God was right in the middle of your everyday circumstances all the time. Get into the habit of dealing with God about everything.  Unless you learn to open the door of your life completely and let God in from your first waking moment of each new day, you will be working on the wrong level throughout the day. But if you will swing the door of your life fully open and “pray to your Father who is in the secret place,” every public thing in your life will be marked with the lasting imprint of the presence of God.”



Excerpt From

My Utmost for His Highest

Oswald Chambers