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Letting Go

Asking for God to give me the grace to let go of former things so that I can embrace what He has for me in the future. 

Ecclesiastes 3:6

Blessings. 

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Memory Verse #5

Hurdles are difficult, especially in ministry.  We all have them, hurdles, I mean.  I feel led one way, you feel led another.  Why can’t they be the same thing?  Are they the same thing?  If we are praying for guidance and discernment, and they are, why is the path different?  Because I want to approach it from left field, but it has been done this way for years, why is left field wrong? Is the way that has been done wrong? No.  Just different.  Different gifts, different approaches. Hurdles. 

I believe that God leads those that are willing to listen.  A vision, path, road is given, and I have been given one. I can see it.  Along the road there are hurdles.  They are in the distance, and small in height.  The closer I get to the hurdles the higher each one becomes.  I have short, stubby legs.  They are difficult to climb over large hurdles.  God places the hurdles at heights reachable for me, if I continue to rely on Him.  The race/path/road is long.  I am approaching a storm, and lots of hurdles.

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.  His love endures forever.” Psalm136:1 NIV

For those that pray, please pray for guidance in my words and actions.  Thank you.

Blessings,
Jerry Ann

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Today’s Daily Devotion

Then he said to me: “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole earth; “Every thief shall be expelled,” according to this side of the scroll; and, “Every perjurer shall be expelled,” according to that side of it.”  Zechariah 5:3 NKJV

I am struggling with this, especially today.  This is my devotion today, and the little story that came with it was about a woman witnessing another woman shoplift.  She did nothing about it, and thanked the security cameras so that she didn’t have to confront the person or security to take up her time.  The decision of confronting the person or turning her in was a difficult one.  Is it to be made?  All of us sin.  We are all forgiven if we choose it.

The prayer that went along was this:
Dear Lord, heavenly Father, I pray for Your righteous justice for this woman and for everyone, because we’re all sinners.  Bring us discernment and judgment as we go through each day, and help us to make the right decisions.  In Your holy name, amen.

I truly want to do the right thing.  Is it always what we should do?  We are supposed to confront our brother or sister in Christ when we are aware of wrong doing.  Someone else took care of that for her.    I pray that I do what God wants me to do, especially in difficult situations.  It doesn’t always work that way.

Do you watch and do nothing just to let past be the past?  Do you pray for that person that you are aware of wrong doing? I struggle with that more than anything.  Pray for the person?  Seriously?  Yes, Lord I know, what I am supposed to do, but I don’t always WANT to do it.  I don’t always want to do what people tell me to do either.  hmmm, I think I see a pattern.  It is easier sometimes not to do anything.  It causes less conflict, stress, and issues. 

Then I think about my character.  Is my witness and character what God would want it to be?  Do I show in my daily actions of doing the right thing?  Does it show that I am loving and forgiving? 

Lots to pray about today.  I pray that you have a good day, and that you make right decisions.

Blessings.

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Common Ground

I am truly amazed at God’s blessings. 

I was approached several months ago by a new Mom and her infant to help a colicky child and a transition into motherhood.  

I prayed to have God show me what I was to be for them, and wow, has He shown me.

Common ground is uncommon in generations.  Bring an infant in, and it changes the scales.  Balanced.  Being reserved, and not being critical is crucial.  I can honestly say that I do not have it with my own children, my beautiful teenagers, but I do when God reminds me of my purpose.  Listen.  Amazing what ground can be covered when I do that.

The simple act of taking an infant from it’s mother’s arms and give loving care while the parents have dinner, can be a hard two hours for you and the child, but blissful for the parents.  And, really – it wasn’t that difficult.  And, then there is a bond that is created between you, the parents, and child. 

How often do we get answers to prayers so quickly, and not even realize it?  I am amazed at God’s love, and how wide it spreads, just by doing what He asks. 

Kind words, hugs, smiles, all of these are so simple, yet spread so very far.  You will never know how you affect someone by any of these things. 

Simple. Comforting.

Remaining on common ground with God —well, now that is a different story. But, I am trying. 

Be an encourager, smile at someone today!