Ways and Means

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

via Phil 4 KJV;CJB – Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved – Bible Gateway.

 

It’s a Momma’s  job to keep the home relaxed.

That statement my Friends was my first thought this morning even before the opening of my eyes. I am leaning toward this being a word from above. And if that be so I am certain this directive is to be done and can only be done in CHRIST JESUS.

My question to you dear Friends is what are your tried and tested Ways and Means of doing it? 

Yes, I am serious.

Happy Wednesday,
Kathie

 

Not Obligated

“You are not obligated to act on every suggestion made by others. Concentrate on your family’s future well-being.”

If I could recall the name of the Author I would surely state the name but I failed to make note of it. Even so, does that statement grab you? Obviously, it did me as I am sharing it with you. Now this was written to parents of young women in the throes of a crisis pregnancy; but I think I could apply it to other areas. How about you?

Further, in some quiet moments with ABBA this morning I confessed to Him that I have some daily hindrances to healthy living. He agreed. I came away with this: There are daily hindrances to healthy living – mind, body and spirit – and when I make friends with those hindrances they become my excuses. It smarts but I think it will be helpful when I call it to remembrance with my next hindrance to healthy living – mind, body and spirit.

Romans 8:37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

via Romans 8:36-38 KJ21;CJB – As it is written: “For Thy sake we – Bible Gateway.

This summer cold or whatever that has attached itself to me is hanging on long. Your prayers to kick this thing would be appreciated.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

 

Not So

Without radio or TV playing, one in the kitchen can hear the voices of GRANDS in their respective bedrooms. And as Josh called out to Isabel to ‘come here’, a sweet thought came to me that perhaps will give you a moment of kind reflection or some encouragement.

When JESUS calls to us ‘come to Me’, it’s only a step for us because He has already come to where we are.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all of you who are struggling and burdened, and I will give you rest.

via Matthew 11:27-29 KJV;CJB – All things are delivered unto me of my – Bible Gateway.

Not always but sometimes we call out for someone to come to us because we are comfortable where we are and we don’t want to make the effort to go to them even though we have a message for them.

NOT SO with JESUS. He had/has a message for us but He does not call us to come a long distance to receive it – only a step – for He has already traveled the distance to meet us. HOW AWESOME is HE?! And how blessed a truth is this for us?

Blessings Dear Friends!

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

Thank You, ABBA, Thank You LORD YESHUA for coming the distance for us and thank You HOLY SPIRIT that You keep doing it for us. And I know You are doing so for GRACE in this moment. As I think about her agony as she grieves the death of her son, I know only You can get her though this season and so I pray; pray for her to just be in You and I pray for family and friends to come alongside and bless her with love and arms to lean on. And, ABBA, there may be others today with similar depths of grief, I pray for them too to take that step to Your comfort. For all the hurting who come to this page or for those who come bringing someone else in their heart, I pray for all of us to take that step and receive Your comfort. Thank You, LORD JESUS. amen and amen.

Its’ really quiet in the house . . . wonder if I should check on that? 🙂

Tongues

5 So too the tongue is a tiny part of the body, yet it boasts great things. . . . 9 With it we bless Adonai, the Father; and with it we curse people, who were made in the image of God. 10 Out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing! Brothers, it isn’t right for things to be this way.

via James 3 CJB;NASB – Not many of you should become teachers, – Bible Gateway.

Immediately upon reading and with it we curse people the probing, convicting question came: does that include me?
The flavor of the question was not do I curse people. Much to the contrary, the question was ‘Do I curse myself with my own words’?

I am well familiar with the answer. Are you?
And what shall we do about it?
And does it not seem rather humble to assess myself in the negative?
To be forthcoming with my perceived deficiencies? Nay, He says! Tiz putrid pride, my beloved, that you would condemn what He has purchased by His own Blood.

A centuries-old discipline was to wash the child’s mouth with soap when foul words were spoken.

I believe I experienced such discipline this morning.

I am a blessed and beloved child.  I have sisters and brothers, don’t I? 🙂

I could perhaps should, wait until Monday to post this as who knows I may have nothing to write for Monday; but, I’m not. 🙂

Happy Saturday, my Friends!

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

Pups

This excerpt from my You Version Reading Plan prompts this post.

Two puppies were thrown into a backyard wading pool by their playful master. One yelped hysterically while the other romped and played in the cool water. The master observed that the difference was not in the pool but in the pups.

via Day 348 – Draw Near – 365 Guides to Greater Intimacy with God | YouVersion.com.

Same pool. Same water temperature. Same environment, but what a difference!

Lets say we are pups.  How will we respond when we hit the water today? How have we already responded thus far?

The pups’ master in our little story we assume loved his pups; he is characterized as playful; meaning throwing them into the pool was a benevolent act. An act not to harm them but to give them an opportunity to enjoy being a puppy. Perhaps he had a plan; a plan to take them on a journey that included a much larger body of water – the pool was preparatory.

We have a Benevolent Master and He has a plan: that we enjoy being a human AND He definitely has us on a journey and He definitely prepares us for the next large body of water. Question is . . .

Which pup am I? Which pup are you?

The MASTER speaks:

John 10:10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.

via John 10:9-11 KJV;CJB – I am the door: by me if any man enter – Bible Gateway.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.

via Jer 29:11 NASB;CJB – For I know the plans that I have for – Bible Gateway.

Be Hidden in CHRIST,

ABBA, thank You for this story, thank You for the prompt, thank You for the lesson; thank You for forgiveness since I already messed up BUT in this moment I can begin again and not only me but all of us; thank You for being more than benevolent toward us! I pray for each person who comes here to read and pray or just to read for whatever reason; I pray, HOLY SPIRIT, all will experience You as a benevolent, playful, serious, all-wise, loving, kind, perfect Master, Savior, Friend and ABBA.  And with our praises and our thankfulness we come with our petitions for Others and as we bring their names and faces before You we trust You to do all things well concerning them. {Jamie, Terri, Jill, Nicole, Dori, Kerri, Lance, Anna, John, Valerie, Perry, ________} And we pray for Others to receive strength to repent and believe on and in JESUS name. 

 

A Quiet Summer

Summer is underway!  The days are long, the nights are short and GRANDS put a smile on my face and a warm glow in my heart!

As we navigate these next several weeks, praying for one another is of utmost importance. Busy days and short nights leave less time it seems to sit quietly before the LORD. I covet the prayers of the saints that times of quiet and refreshing will be the norm and not a rarity this summer. Perhaps you do as well.

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your trust in the Lord Yeshua and your love for all God’s people,
16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you. In my prayers I keep asking
17 the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of him.
18 I pray that he will give light to the eyes of your hearts, so that you will understand the hope to which he has called you, what rich glories there are in the inheritance he has promised his people,
19 and how surpassingly great is his power working in us who trust him. It works with the same mighty strength he used
20 when he worked in the Messiah to raise him from the dead and seat him at his right hand in heaven,
21 far above every ruler, authority, power, dominion or any other name that can be named either in the ‘olam hazeh* or in the ‘olam haba**.
22 Also, he has put all things under his feet and made him head over everything for the Messianic Community,
23 which is his body, the full expression of him who fills all creation.

via Ephesians 1 CJB;NKJV – From: Sha’ul, by God’s will an – Bible Gateway. *the world to come. **this world [mine]

 

Amen and amen, ABBA, for each One who comes here to read and pray, I pray the eyes of our hearts will be open this Summer; that You will indeed give each of us wisdom and revelation; to more and more be intimately acquainted with You; that we will more and more meditate and practice the knowledge and power that You are within us. And we continue to ask for healings of certain Ones so loved and so ill, especially those to the point of death. Many concerns we bring with us here; sort them out, comfort, convict and transform as You will, ABBA, in JESUS name.

Be Hidden in CHRIST my Friends,