An Aha Moment

social-network_110002686-012814-intThis morning while my friend and I were on a walk, we were discussing how sometimes we can fall into just following along. Whether it is a person, an idea or a movement. I told her that I use to be that way when I was much younger. As normally happens, a story came to mind.

I recounted how I had worked many years in the title and escrow business. In those days, if a branch manager got upset at the county manager, she would up and leave and take her entire office with her to another title company. I was so young and naive that I would “just follow.”

My friend and I looked at each other, as if we were having the same thought, and I said, “Isn’t that what God wants? For us to just follow him?”

"They didn't ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed."

“They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed.”


“Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisherman out of you. I’ll show you how to catch men and women instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions, but simply dropped their nets and followed. Matthew 4:19 The Message.


Your Heart’s Desire

ImageDon’t ever underestimate the power of your prayers. Most certainly, don’t ever underestimate God’s answer to prayer. I am learning that God does immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. (Ephesians 3:20). The Holy Spirit is the power of the work that is in us. From Him we draw on his strength to have faith, hope and trust in the Lord.

I have some friends whose life motto is, “God does ALL things well.” They are experiencing a difficult situation at the moment and their hope, their faith and their trust is in a God who does all things well. This morning I was reading a devotional; here is an excerpt from that reading, “How do you react to the emergencies and tragedies of life? Are you able to rest in the fact that God is in control and that he does all things well?” (The One Year Christian History A daily Glimpse Into God’s Powerful Work).Image

I am also learning that through the trials and challenges in life, one situation, no matter how difficult it is to walk through, can hold the answer to a multitudes of prayers, sent up to a loving God, who hears each one.

Dear One, whatever your struggle is, focus on God, who is sovereign in all things. When we do we are less likely to miss the answer to prayer, especially when the answer looks completely different than what our mind has already played out.

The Holy Spirit keeps whispering, “If I am for you, who can be against you?” Indeed Lord, who.

ImageWhat then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32.

Let Freedom Ring

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The People of Connecticut acknowledging with gratitude, the good providence of God, in having permitted them to enjoy a free government; do, in order more effectually to define, secure, and perpetuate the liberties, rights and privileges which they have derived from their ancestors; hereby, after a careful consideration and revision, ordain and establish the following constitution and form of civil government.

We, the people of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and to transmit the same, unimpaired, to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution of government.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This is not a history lesson, nor is it meant to stir up a debate. I was struck by something I read this morning and it led me to think about how my Country, for the most part, use to find It’s identity in God. Thus, some of our states preambles listed above as well as a sentence taken from our Country’s Declaration of Independence.

What I read this morning was Deuteronomy 4:6-7: If you obey them carefully, you will display your wisdom and intelligence to the surrounding nations. When they hear about these laws, they will exclaim, ‘What other nation is as wise and prudent as this!’ For what great nation has a god as near to them as the LORD our God is near to us whenever we call on him?

Moses was giving the Israelites instructions and laws to follow as they prepared to enter the Promised Land. If they obeyed God they would be a wise and prudent nation; their wisdom and intelligence would not go unnoticed by other nations. I believe the founding fathers of my Country understood and even practiced this. They understood the exhortation of Psalm 33:12;

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage!

My dear ones, I encourage you to pray for your country, wherever you are around the world. That as one we would seek God for our countries as we do for one another. How awesome it would be to know world peace because each country of the world finds its identity in God and their wisdom and intelligence is displayed to one another.


Are You In The Wilderness?


I was struck by these verses this morning:

Normally it takes only eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh-barnea, going by way of Mount Seir. But forty years after the Israelites left Mount Sinai, on a day in midwinter, Moses gave these speeches to the Israelites, telling them everything the LORD had commanded him to say. Deuteronomy 1:2-3.

Moses was preparing the Israelites to enter the promised land. Their promised land. The land God had promised to give their ancestors Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The land they had wandered 40 years to final enter. The land flowing with milk and honey.

What should have taken them 11 days to get too, took 40 years. Their rebellion and disobedience caused them to wander the wilderness for those 40 years.

Sometimes we can walk in the wilderness not because of rebellion and disobedience, but butterfly on flowersbecause it is a new season of growth. Shedding off old ways, thoughts, habits, mindsets. Be encouraged! “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.

Then again, sometimes we walk in the wilderness because of our rebellion and disobedience. Beloved, take heart! Ask your heavenly Papa to show you those area’s in Knowledge keyyour life of rebellion and disobedience. But don’t stop there. Confess and repent and ask the Holy Spirit to help you in your repentance; the turning away from rebellion and disobedience. He cherishes when we ask for his wisdom. “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5.

You are dearly loved, wholly chosen and absolutely beautiful in His sight.