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This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. – Psalms 118:24 (KJV)

A New Dawning

Feb
21

It’s a new day, it’s a new beginning, it’s another week and here we are so very lucky to still be at the very early point of this New Year, 201720” being ‘Redemption’ (Biblically) and “17” meaning “Victory”

Anything that happened in the year 2016 that we wish to forget, we CAN forget, we CAN move away from, we CAN walk away from. 2016 was not the end, 2017 is just the beginning. The bible tells us that through Christ, we CAN.

 

  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

 

And not only that, it tells us that through HIM we also have strength. Let me first start this post off by saying this: I just feel led to say this. If you feel you have no hope left, if you feel you have lost your way, if you feel you cannot be saved from this road of destruction and turmoil that you are on. Let me just tell you this, you are wrong. The devil and some people would make you think it’s so hard to be saved, but that’s not true. The scripture says:

 

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9 (KJV)

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:10 (KJV)

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 10:11 (KJV)

 

The scripture tells us to repent, (which means to make reconciliation with God) ask him for forgiveness and turn – WALK away from the things of the past.  The scripture tells us that:

 

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 (KJV)

 

If you know in your heart that the word of God is true and pure and perfect, then you must know that his word does not turn void. It is established and it is irrefutable. People may try and discredit it all that they can, but if you have just experienced a miracle in your life or in your spirit or in your day at all. Then you know, you know that he will not lead you wrong. You may not truly believe it in your mind, but in your spirit you know. The scripture tells us that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Sometimes we let ourselves be consumed with worries and fears and even a little ‘regret’ now and then. But be not dismayed for he is with you, he is leading you and guiding you as we speak and he has carried you through many dangers, toils and snares, you have already come! (As the good old hymnal goes)

 

 

Amazing Grace:

 

 

How SWEET the SOUND. His Grace IS Sufficient! Now – when you take that very first step and you start serving God you will find many challenges arise. Because the devil don’t bother what he already has, but he will do his hardest to try and get back what God has just taken away. But woah, woah woah! Just hold up there devil, God did not take one thing away from you. He took BACK what you stole from HIM! Hallelujah! Dearly beloved brothers and sisters don’t you think for one second that the devil owns you, because you are God’s now. You have ALWAYS belonged to God, you just lost your way. But now you have found your way back and you are now no longer bound to sin! It no longer has dominion over you! (Romans 6:2, 9) The bible tells us that we are free, we are FREE…

 

FREE INDEED:

 

So before we go any further, let’s recap –

 

 

  His Grace Is Sufficient!

 

We Belong To HIM!

 

We Are FREE!  

 

 

Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the past, it’s hard to move on. We want to hold on to the life we had, we wanna stay where we felt comfortable. A familiar place where everything went right (or at least appeared to go right) a place in which we find solace. But if we look in the bible we can find that Jesus never stayed in one place more then a few days. He was constantly moving, he would go and preach to the people of each town and they would either LOVE him or HATE him. They would either accept him or refuse him. Now most of us aren’t meant to stay in one place or one situation for too long. There are times in which he has greater plans for us. We may not know why or how we ended up where we are today. We may not understand why it is so hard. We may wonder why it is that things can’t just work out for us, or why we can’t just ‘fit in‘ somewhere.

But we must understand one thing, this world is not our home. We need not get too comfortable. We aren’t meant to LIVE here, we are meant to occupy until he comes. Jesus told us to ‘occupy’ until he comes. (Luke 19:13) We’re all Strangers Here traveling through this world of woe. If we truly put our trust in him, if we truly trust in him at all times and pour out our hearts before him and trust that he is our refuge (Psalms 62:8) then we know that we walk where he would have us to walk and if we aren’t too sure then we must seek him deeper and deeper until we know for sure that we are walking in his will and his truth. And if we are. If we know that we are. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God and to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)

 

 

In Conclusion:

 

 

So let’s STOP. Let’s stop torturing ourselves with the questions that I know many of you must be all too familiar with. It is in our human nature to question what could of been, what should of been. What IF? IF only, ‘IF I would had just done this differently – IF I would have done something else. Could of I? Should Of I?’ No, no no! You are looking at this situation completely wrong my friend. Listen to me very closely, please. You are a child of the living God whom hath given you new life and with new life comes new adventure, new adversities and new places to go. He is guiding you and leading you. Do not look back, do not think back on what could of been or what may. Do not think upon these things because it will only cause you to grow regretful and bitter and your emotions will take over and when we let emotion take over we lose sight of the Kingdom.

The bible tells us to take no thought for our life what we should wear or what we should eat (Matthew 6:25) For the fowls of the air sow and reap not, yet our Father in heaven feeds them. Are we not better than they are? (Matthew 6:26) It goes on to tell us that our heavenly Father knows that we have ‘need’ of these things. But for us to seek first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto us. (Matthew 6:32-33)

We could sit and drive ourselves crazy about what could have been or should of been. But we must not be deceived for he is faithful and he will deliver (2 Thessalonians 3:3) and we are going exactly where he wants us to go. All of the people that you’ve lost touch with along the way, don’t be bitter towards them or angry that they are no longer in your life. God moved them out of your life and put you out of theirs for a reason. You aren’t going the same way that they are going and he has greater plans for us than we could ever even begin to imagine. So… Until next time my friends, May God bless you and keep you, May God make his face shine upon you, May he lift his countenance upon you and may he give you…

 

SHALOM –

Lost Time

Feb
14

The crack of an egg into a hot skillet can be heard throughout the entire house, as a whisk scrapes against the bowl of fresh made pancake batter and the sizzle of sausage is thunderous – while the morning sun rises from behind the wooded skyline.

It’s breakfast time… Or is it? Do we have time for that? Why is it that we tend to ‘lose track of time’? What is so wrong with us that we cannot even make time for a homemade morning meal. Sausage, eggs and pancakes for goodness sake! (I love pancakes with sausage right in the center of them drizzled in maple syrup. Yummy) You know – when I was younger breakfast was my most favorite meal. Whether it be breakfast pizza, bacon and eggs, perhaps biscuits and sausage gravy or maybe pancakes in the shape of mickey mouse. Sometimes it was as simple as butter and jelly on toast. I loved breakfast and when I make the time, it is still my most favorite meal. It IS the most important meal of the day, after all.

I find that breakfast is the most savory delight in the morning. Nothing beats your hunger in the mornings like a good ole’ fashioned home cooked breakfast accompanied by a nice tall glass of Orange Juice – It seems to me that a big American breakfast just cannot be made without a refreshing glass of orange juice. I do enjoy breakfast. But that is not the reason of this blog post. Though it does play a good part in it. We have lost time. In every way in our lives, we lose it every single day and we do not even take that very fact into consideration. We have become so consumed with doing our work faster and faster that we forget to breathe. We don’t take the time to smell the roses. We don’t think we have the time, if something is not done at high-speed then we just curl up in a ball and want to die. Our lives are filled with “Rush, Rush, Rush” or “Hurry, Hurry, Hurry”

“Move faster, faster! Don’t wanna be late! There’s no time for that. Maybe another day!” We work so hard, we move so fast. Yet, it seems we never really accomplish that much good. And we are always turning our lights out for bed as fast as we get up out of bed that morning it seems. Time flies when we fly. But I have noticed that time is also very still, when we are still. The days last longer, when we take the time to enjoy the little things in life. When we take the time to enjoy that glass of orange juice for breakfast. When we take the time to read those bible verses BEFORE breakfast. Ahh… Now we are getting somewhere…

 

Feed The Soul AND The Body:

 

The bible tells us that:

 

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  – Matthew 4:4 (KJV)

 

I remember my Pastor and Spiritual Grandpa (Now with the Lord – Brother Thurman Ward)  every morning he would get up and before breakfast was even thought of he would have his bible out on the table and would be reading some sort of passage. When we would visit them early in the mornings he would invite us to join them and he would give a full bible teaching before breakfast. He loved the word, he lived in the word and the Word lived IN him. Long gone are the days of the men of ole’. They have passed on and the generation left in this world have big shoes to fill. And for many us, myself included am convicted of this too. We are not at all the warriors for Christ we were made to be. That we SHOULD be. We are to be ‘Soldiers‘ in the LORD’s Army!

We are to walk in the fullness of God, to be a light in the darkness. But too many times, we let time get away from us. We choose to use our time in other activities, perhaps we can’t pry ourselves from our binge session of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” or BBCA’s “Doctor Who” or maybe that new Marvel movie? I have been guilty of this as I’m sure we all have. So many will shout and cheer and erupt in emotion at the Super Bowl or Friday night football, but when they are in the presence of the Almighty God, when they come into his house, wherever that may be. They show no emotion.

We sometimes act as if God has done ‘NOTHING’ for us. I have been guilty of this as well. Not studying in his word like I should, not praising him like he should be praised when he is MORE than deserving of praise, he is worthy of all praise. But we lose track of time. There are no more episodes left to binge of ‘Supernatural’ or ‘The Flash’ or ‘Breaking Bad’. And we find ourselves tired, worn out. When all we’ve done is stare at a screen for hours. ‘Losing time’ so to speak. How dare we. How dare we say we are too tired to give him praise.
 

HOW DARE WE:

 

He is the Messiah, he is the Son of God, he is our SAVIOR! He is our LORD, Our Redeemer! He died on the cross for our sins, he suffered the ultimate sacrifice. He paid a debt we could not pay, we could never pay in a million years. We are so unworthy, we are so filthy. We are so pitiful, such vile and wicked evil people that we are. To sit and watch hours and hours of TV, movies, reading books, whatever it is that we are doing. Losing track of time. And complaining about how much time we’ve lost. God have mercy on us, forgive us of our sins and trespasses against you O’Lord, we are not worthy. We are like filthy rags compared to you, we are gone out into darkness, we are no good. Lord fill us with a fire in our souls, let those Holy Ghost flames roar within us. Pour your spirit out on us and cleanse us of our sins and pour out upon your Church a passion for your truth.

Let our hearts be humbled and our eyes be opened. O’Lord let us walk in your way, hold up our goings in your way that our footsteps slip not. Time is of the essence. The day of salvation is now, we know this.

 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O’Lord my Strength and my Redeemer. – Psalms 19:14 (KJV)

 

In Conclusion:

 

I know that time can get away from us all, I know that it can be hard sometimes to keep a daily bible schedule. But we must feed our Spirit to sustain our bodies. In word, and in prayer. The bible tells us – JESUS tells us:

 

Watch ye and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26:41 (KJV)

 

It is so easy to fall, to stumble and trespass against our Lord. It can be so easy to neglect him and his word. In this day and age it can be far too easy. But to keep going in this life, to keep walking in his truth, to be able to fight this good fight. In these days especially. We must bury ourselves deep in his word. We must put on the whole armor of God. The bible teaches us that the enemy will come, he will tempt us. He will tell us we are not saved, he will tell us we can’t make it. He will tell us that it’s not worth it, we are not worth it. That Jesus does not love us, that he has forsaken us and that we might as well just give up and die. But the bible tells us when we are tempted, we must remember these three important things:

 

  1.  Call upon the name of the Lord.
  2. Speak the word Of God
  3. At the name of Jesus – The devil must flee.

 

HALLELUJAH!

 

He is most certainly worthy of all praise. Be not dismayed brethren. For the Lord our God is with us and he is looking out for us and he will deliver us from our enemies.

May he bless you and keep you, may he make his face shine upon you, may he be gracious unto you, may he lift up his countenance to up and may he give you…

SHALOM –

My Daily Walks!

Feb
22

Hey everyone! I know it’s been awhile since I updated you on my daily walks. Well, they haven’t been so much daily as they are supposed to be. With the weather being as cold as it is and with it pretty much always raining here in Texas, I miss out on some days! I started my walking back the 18th and then the 20th it was supposed to be raining throughout the day so I didn’t go, but I did still have some form of exercise!

Daily Walks With God

I did my Total Gym. I don’t know if you have ever heard of that but it’s the one that Chuck Norris promotes and he doesn’t promote much, but I know that this machine does work. But it’s not going to work if I don’t work on it!

Kind of like faith without works is dead. Most people think that they can ask God to heal them and that they will instantly be healed. Well, in most cases this isn’t going to get you anywhere. Because if you have true faith in God, you will do whatever is needed is possible for your healing. And I’m not talking about having to go to the doctors and having all kinds of surgery. What I’m talking about is either fasting, or taking natural medicines that can heal your body, because there are herbs that can heal your body and help you, it may take a little longer then a drug but it will and much better than any drug in most cases.

Anyways, back to my daily walks! I can off track sometime. Hey, that was a funny pun don’t you think? Get back to my walks, get off track? Well however your sense of humor works,I guess. I am happy to be getting to my walks and my daily exercises. It does make me feel a lot better and more energized and a good daily walk supports good oxygen throughout the body, lowers blood pressure and even prevents against the cold! There are many other great benefits to walking. It builds up your bones and prevents a stroke! Also, walking can be quite inspirational!

 

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.”- John Muir

 

That’s where I find most of my inspiration. Other times I find it in the night sky, or maybe while watching a sprig of grass blow through the wind. Any way you look at life, it’s full of inspiration – whether it’s for a book a song, a movie or a poem. Look around your own front yard or out your own house window and you’ll see that there are many things to find inspiration in. I love walking here on the roads we live near because all the grass is always so pretty. I get greeted by ranchers’ cattle sometimes. If they only knew though how much that I like a good juicy hamburger!

I should be getting back to my walk soon. The rain is supposed to have ended and I will be able to go out for a walk without having to worry about being drowned in the rain. But sometimes the rain is good for us anyhow. Have you ever thought about that? You know how though in life we don’t like rain or storms but most times those things end up helping us prosper later on with time? It’s just like your personal rain and your personal storms. Just think about it and I’ll get back to you on this one.

God bless y’all!

Sincerely,

Daily Walks With GOD

Jan
06

Daily Walks With God

Yesterday  I talked about my new devotion with my best friend. Well, today I’d like to talk you about my recent reinstated devotion to God all on my own.

Last year in the month of October I started  walking – daily. Well, after writing about  praying with my best buddy I went outside about 2:30 in the afternoon and noticed that it was a lovely 48′ degrees out and the sun was shining brightly it was beautiful. I was filled with a rush of energy and decided I was ready to begin my daily walk again. Not only for my physical health but also for my spiritual health as well.

 

I like to call them my “Daily Walks With God” a mile each day to this little church where I have a short rest time and then I embark on my return to the ranch. The photo above is the lane that my route normally takes place. It is an experience that can be breath-taking walking down this little lane makes for much time to think about the things  going on in my life that is stress relieving for me. The smell of honey-suckle that intertwines through the barbwire fences, the scenery of pastures most of the grass is still green and filled with cattle. Funny how every time passing them they run up to me like wild, but if they only knew how much I enjoy a good hamburger!

 

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

 

This quote explains the perfect example of another plus in walking! I have many great thoughts while on my walks! As a matter of fact, the thought to write this blog post about my daily walks was while I was on my daily walk yesterday! So many things to think about, with every step goes yet another thought of doubt and worry. Only to be replaced by thoughts of belief and inspiration. Where does the “Walking With GOD” part come in?

I’ll tell you now. On my walks, I feel a sense of his presence with me. I mean, what better place to feel God than the great outdoors that he created? You can feel his spirit dwell in the great tall pines; you can feel it coming from the sun shining down on you; you can feel it from the water (we have a creek on our property); you can feel it from the soft yet sharp breeze of cold air. You can hear his voice speaking to you through the whispering pines, and you can hear it through the running water. It’s quite funny how many times I’ve either driven myself down this little road or been riding in the car going down this little road – but none of it even comes close to the experience of actually…

 

WALKING  IT  WITH GOD

Talking to him about the things going on, not in a manner of prayer but just having a real genuine conversation with him as if he were walking right beside. Because I most definitely believe that he is walking right there with me. He gives me the strength to continue my route and the energy to even begin it. Physically and spiritually while on my walks I am overflowing with an enormous amount of strength and energy from above, it fills me with great joy, peace, serenity and happiness.

 

Today I will be going on my walk for the second time this year. With the weather changing it had gotten harder on me to go – but with weather permitting I’m going to walk every chance I get! So if you’re in a difficult time of your life right now, why don’t you just step outside reach out for his hand and have a walk with God? He’ll be there to guide you through whatever situation you’re going through. Also, like I said, not only will it be healthy for you physically, but spiritually as well.  Now do you see how this ties in with my post from yesterday? They both have to do with taking the time out for God because he took the time out for you before you were even thought of. He loved you before he ever spoke you in to existence and he knew you were special before you ever were brought to this earth. He knows where you are going, who you are going to be, and what you are going to do. God has a plan for each us. Let’s take that walk with him while he shows us what that plan is.

 

I pray you are all blessed with a great day in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Sincerely,

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