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Rescue me……

Matthew 11:28-29 “…Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light


I don’t know about you, but there are days that I have heard enough, read enough, listened to enough, and had enough!

I have to come back to the reality that things may have changed but God’s wisdom and promises remain the same. I have to come back to that place of rest in him, away from all the “fact checkers”, social media craze, and just be still. I sit in silence, with nothing no computer, no phone, definitely no news or social media! They are all limited in my life anyways, either then trying to send positive messages and listening to music and preaching the “good News”. Yes, the “good news” of God’s word, in fact his word is unchanging as he is, he is for us not against, and he longs for us to sit still and silent in his presence to renew our minds!

Pretty sure my mind needs to be renewed daily, I need to laugh, cry, joke, dance, speak with my friends, go for a walk and clear my head. But most of all I need to rest in Him!

No one can constantly be bombarded with fear and dread, and remain steadfast and trusting in God, he still has a plan for your life and mine. He wants us transformed, we never, ever submit to things against His will and nature. He longs for us to rest in Him, and depend on him so he can reveal his truth, you don’t need fact checkers to understand that!

  Romans 12:2

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

I cannot imagine, not being able to hang on to the truth of God’s word, especially in these times now. When fear and panic are created to cause such distress, we need to seek truth, “His” truth! What comforting words he supplies us with regarding our fears;

“Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”  Or 2 Timothy 1:7 7 “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline”.

We are humans and we will fear, we will feel overwhelmed, but we are not meant to live in fear, and be oppressed, live in our failures, broken, dismayed,  wondering if we are going to make it for just one more day. And certainly not living like “the other shoe is going to drop at any time”, “he put his light in you and I”, we are the salt and light of the earth! If he says you shall overcome then believe and receive it, because you will! I lived too many years, believing less of myself and less for myself. I allowed my failures and bad choices fill me with shame, rather than rejoice because I overcame. Truth is he knows we will fail, we are still human, we will make bad choices and we will never do everything perfectly. But the good news is, we can be rescued by the very God that fights every battle for us and collects every tear we cried. He already won, so have you now live like it! Yes, we will have trials and tribulations, but He already overcame the world! Go, let your light shine!!

Matthew 5: 13-16 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Shalom

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The Deceiver

He was a smooth talker, his words were sweet and ever so convincing, and his promises of having it all seem genuine. He was so very good at seemingly reading your thoughts, came up with quick answers that seemed so acceptable to you. After all it is what you needed to hear, giving all the struggles you were going through. His promises of more, perhaps even of all that you ever dreamed of or wanted, the only thing he asked that you believe him and follow him? I imagine if he came in human form, that he would be tall, dark and handsome, charismatic personality, convincing and able to sway many, as he already has. The truth is he cannot read your thoughts, but he certainly is a good guesser. But there is a cost, one that I would not want, because his promises are lies, he is full of deception, a deceiver, and one that does not value you or your eternity.

The definition of deception “consists of using a lie to promote something that is not of value.” Someone that deceives is a scammer. The intent of deception is to exchange something of inferior value for something that is of value.”

God sees us as His, created in His imagine, loved and valued, in fact His intentions are for our good and he is our eternal hope. The road to him is a narrow one, full of struggles, but also full of his promises, of his strength, comfort, love and his peace.

Deception takes us away from God, it separates us from his truth, and leads us to a place far from eternity. Proverbs 14:25“A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.”

God is truth, his ways are much higher than ours, perhaps we truly do not always understand his ways. But his ways lead us closer to him, his promises do not fail and more importantly he values us so, that he gave up his son on the cross for our eternity.

So as much as sweetness, of deception may sound or feel, it is never for your eternal value. It may seem enticing, for a moment even for a while, but the end results, can cost us deeply. And as hard as our struggles may seem, God always promises to be with us, to make a way that seems impossible to us. Unlike the great deceiver, he cannot lie, for he is truth, he is the way, the truth and the life. He never promised us this life would be an easy one, in fact he “says in this world there will be trouble, but take heart because I have overcome this world”.

John 3:16

 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

In these times, many have been deceived and many will be, we have been given a free will to choose, will we be deceived thinking the answers lay in having everything we wanted or that feel good? Or will we, choose wisely and understand the depth of love and promises of peace, and hope for an eternity with him.

I choose, his promises for an eternity, as well as the ones for here and now. I choose his ways and his love, peace, comfort, that regardless of my struggles, he will never leave me and that he will supply all my needs.

I want all that he has for me, and I’m grateful for what he has done for me; and I stand on his truth, that he is all I will ever need and hope for! The choice is yours!

Shalom

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And He Loves Us So….

I have to confess, even though I’m a woman of strong faith, I have my days of struggling to keep positive and focused.

Certainly not because I don’t believe God’s word or his promises, if anything I have to cling even tighter to those promises.

But being human, there are days I feel overwhelmed and my mind reeling with negative thoughts. I have stopped listening to the news, limit my time on social media unless I’m posting something positive to say. I surround myself with positive people, read good books and keep in touch with my friends and family, whether via phone or other ways. At least there are a few positives about technology, but I miss the opportunities to meet for coffee with my friends and dinner with some family members. I continue to pray for breakthroughs, for our nation, leaders and support our Pastors and churches.

I have learned on those days, I listen to music, read and connect within myself, to find the peace that God provides me, and remember his words that bring my overwhelmed thoughts back into the words he speaks within me. The promises he gives me and remembering how much he loves me. There are many days, I spend a great deal of time in prayer for my beloved friends and family, and remember to appreciate all he has done for me. Prayer helps to bring healing for those I know that have suffered greatly with losses of family members, work and so much more.

I have to often remind myself that He hears my prayers, and loves me so, as he does all of us. It’s hard to wrap my head around things and to fully understand some of the horrific things that have happened this past year. I also know people make decisions, and have a free will, the unfortunate part is that their wrong doing affects all of us.

So I begin each day with gratitude and a heart of thanks, quite honestly some days have more struggles than others, but I remember the words that God speaks to all of us, his promises remain. “He will never leave or forsake us, and He will find a way when things seem impossible”!

And lastly this scripture gives reassurance of his steadfast love for all of us: Ephesians 3: 18-19, 20 KJV

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Many of us have days of struggle we are human, on those days may we be reminded that the things that are out of our control, we have to let go of and believe the very one that holds our lives in his hands, has already won our battles for us.

May His peace surround you, may His presence sustain you and may His comfort remind you, that you are His!

Shalom

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And He Loves Us So….

I have to confess, even though I’m a woman of strong faith, I have my days of struggling to keep positive and focused.

Certainly not because I don’t believe God’s word or his promises, if anything I have to cling even tighter to those promises.

But being human, there are days I feel overwhelmed and my mind reeling with negative thoughts. I have stopped listening to the news, limit my time on social media unless I’m posting something positive to say. I surround myself with positive people, read good books and keep in touch with my friends and family, whether via phone or other ways. At least there are a few positives about technology, but I miss the opportunities to meet for coffee with my friends and dinner with some family members. I continue to pray for breakthroughs, for our nation, leaders and support our Pastors and churches.

I have learned on those days, I listen to music, read and connect within myself, to find the peace that God provides me, and remember his words that bring my overwhelmed thoughts back into the words he speaks within me. The promises he gives me and remembering how much he loves me. There are many days, I spend a great deal of time in prayer for my beloved friends and family, and remember to appreciate all he has done for me. Prayer helps to bring healing for those I know that have suffered greatly with losses of family members, work and so much more.

I have to often remind myself that He hears my prayers, and loves me so, as he does all of us. It’s hard to wrap my head around things and to fully understand some of the horrific things that have happened this past year. I also know people make decisions, and have a free will, the unfortunate part is that their wrong doing affects all of us.

So I begin each day with gratitude and a heart of thanks, quite honestly some days have more struggles than others, but I remember the words that God speaks to all of us, his promises remain. “He will never leave or forsake us, and He will find a way when things seem impossible”!

And lastly this scripture gives reassurance of his steadfast love for all of us: Ephesians 3: 18-19, 20 KJV

18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

Many of us have days of struggle we are human, on those days may we be reminded that the things that are out of our control, we have to let go of and believe the very one that holds our lives in his hands, has already won our battles for us.

May His peace surround you, may His presence sustain you and may His comfort remind you, that you are His!

Shalom

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Just Like a Child

I love having conversations with my grandchildren, they make me laugh, there is something about their innocence that is so adorable and quite frankly they are real!

There isn’t any falsehood about them, they are pretty straightforward, and they are truthful and to the point but without being intentionally mean, but definitely real.

I recently was talking to my granddaughter who is five years old, surprisingly for a rather shy child, she is a good listener and a thinker. Her brother is a big personality, has quite the sense of humour, and very focused and active.

As I was chatting with my little granddaughter who had just got her hair cut, I said “I love your hair, you look so beautiful” (yes we all think our grandchildren are beautiful but mine really are). She said thank you nanny, I love my hair and I know I’m beautiful, with such enthusiasm and honesty.  

I smiled at her and gave her a hug, you are right my love you are absolutely beautiful. Then it hit me, what happens between the sweetness of our childhood and us as adults?

We lose that wonderful childlike quality along the way to adulthood, not just the innocence but the self-confidence and truthfulness. Somewhere in that precious smile, that little soul, has a deep understanding who she is, beautiful and greatly loved. Perhaps with the sufferings and trials along the way, we have lost a sense of who we truly are?  Our journeys are never easy, some of us have more trials and tribulations then others, we get so caught up in doing things, our careers, obligations, raising our kids, we forgotten to be real, to love ourselves, I mean in a healthy objective way.

 My grandchildren lift my spirit, I pretty confident there is a reason Jesus asks us to come to us a “little children”, perhaps because children are humble, they do not question their faith and are simplistic. Children, implicitly trust their parents, they know their parents will take care of them. Faith is never about knowing everything or do everything right, it is about however, knowing regardless of what happens our Father will take good care of us.

 My granddaughters awareness of her beauty, and that she is deeply loved struck me, but God designed us in His image, we are beautiful to him, he says so, Psalm 139: 14 I praise you because I am freely and wonderfully made, or verse 17: How precious to me are your thoughts God, how vast is the sum of them!”

So why all the struggle, to find ourselves, and the need to figure everything out and always think we need to know everything? Why can’t we just be!!

I so admire those two little cherubs, believe me they have taught me many things, and I truly can be who I am around them. Why can we not go to our Father, like these little ones, confident, beautiful and deeply loved? Regardless, of all the strains, stresses, obligations, why can’t we run to our Father in the simplicity of our child likeness?

Maybe we just need to sit with Him for a while, remembering who we really are, created in His image, deeply loved, beautiful, and confident, reassured he will take good care of us no matter what happens? Maybe, we need to remember whose we are, and that we have been created in his image. Even for a moment to leave all the worries and troubles of this world aside. Remembering the safety of our Fathers arms, just simple childlike faith, no doubts, humble, knowing with great assurance he will always be waiting for us no matter what!

Shalom

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The Outcast

As I listen to the lyrics of this beautiful song tonight, it brought tears to my eyes. I haven’t heard this song for years, it’s called Alabaster Box, the lyrics tell the story a woman that came to Jesus, with an alabaster box filled with ointment to anoint his feet.  It speaks of a woman that was a sinner, an outcast, one that society didn’t want anything to do with. Who was truly sorrowful for what she had done and how she had lived her life; even when she came to see Jesus, the Pharisee didn’t understand why Jesus would interact with her to them she was someone not needed or wanted.

Yet, she washed the feet of her master, with her tears and dried them with her hair and anointed his feet, seeking his forgiveness. He forgave her of her sins, as he does to all of us that are truly sorrowful for what we have doneLuke 7:50 and he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

The lyrics states, “I can’t forget the way life used to be I was a prisoner to the sins that had me bound, I spent all my day pouring life without measure. Into a little treasure box I thought I found, until the day Jesus came to me and filled my soul with the wonder of his touch.”

I think we all can relate to that, feeling like an outcast, in fact if we understand Jesus’s ministry he would be around the outcasts, the forgotten and the down trodden. There are times in all of our lives, we regret the choices we have made and the pain it has caused us and perhaps others we love. Or we try at times to fill that hurt or pain with things either then God, not understanding fully well, its sin, if left unaddressed can take us to places that are not good for us or will cause us so much more pain.

But more importantly it separates us from our relationship with Jesus, he is the only one that can redeem us from our sin and completely forgive us. We become prisoners bound up and need to be set free, like the woman who went to see Jesus, knew He was the only one that could set her free. “He fills our souls, with His love and peace”, bringing us back to a healed relationship with him.

 The song finishes by saying, “so now I’m giving back to him all the praise he’s worthy of. I’ve been forgiven and that why I love him so much!”

I’m not sure I truly grasp all that Jesus has done for me, I know that I fall short frequently, in fact I find it harder at times to forgive myself. I wonder how many times I have grieved the spirit of the Lord that hurts me.

Ephesians 1:7 “in him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace”.

But I know that I can rest in the grace of his love and mercy that brings peace and redemption to my spirit.  Jesus loves the outcasts, there are many examples of this in His word, not just the woman that fell at his feet, Matthew the tax collector, the lepers, the unclean, all those who society has rejected.

There are times we may feel we don’t fit in, we fell like an outcast, the good news, you can sit at the feet of Jesus, be forgiven, set free and know you have a savior that loves you.

Jesus did that on the cross, won’t you come sit at His feet!

Shalom

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A Time to Rise

Some of you may know the story of Esther in the bible, Esther was a true heroine of her day and times. She was anointed by God,to carry out his divine plan to save the Jewish people from destruction, how inspiring.

I love the fact Esther knew and understood her anointing and calling, that she was obedient to God and her cousin Mordecai, who had raised her since she was a small child. Esther had, a difficult beginning, since both her parents had passed away, she understood loss, and to be taken away from everything that was familiar to her. The hardships she had suffered, were not in vain, as God prepared her and used her greatly in His plan to save his people.

She was a woman of prayer and fasting, and understood God’s direction, and followed Him out of love and obedience.

 I can’t help admire, her faithfulness, courage and strength, it must have taken a lot of faith and trust to be able to endure, and perfect, such a divine understanding of God’s timing. To walk on a path that the Lord had given her, and to understand the steps the Lord had ordered. As well, she had such a great love for the Lord and her people, as to risk her own life.

I so want to be that obedient to God’s call on my life, to know Him so intimately, that I do not doubt or get off course, with distractions or so wrapped up in my own selfishness.

When I pray and fast, that I can see mountains move, and people lives change, that I would so clearly understand His direction and the steps he orders me to walk. Perhaps the suffering we all endure, opens a path of vast love and understanding for him and others. A passion to see and fulfill our anointing and calling, to count each blessings as well as the pain as an opportunity to grow and be pruned by his hand. I believe now more than ever God is calling his Esther’s to rise and stand strong in their holy calling.

“And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.

Perhaps, all the hardships and sufferings we have all endured, were not in vain, regardless of how we felt going through them. All the losses, sufferings, fear, loneliness and pain was to prepare us for something much greater. Not just in the kingdom to come but right here and now.

The questions I like to leave you with is this; are you prepared for your royal position, your calling?

Time to rise, the Lord may just be calling His Esther’s for such a time as this?

Shalom

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Heart Matters

In a society where our appearance matters, we seem to go to extreme measures to keep ourselves youthful looking.

Having worked in the cosmetic industry as a makeup artist, I was amazed the amount of money spent on skin care, Botox or fillers to remain youthful. I’m not against taking care of ourselves externally, but many times we cover the outside, to give the illusion we are good, we look great and all seems well. But many times there could be nothing further from the truth, we are often full of pain and turmoil on the inside.

It takes a lot of strength to work on your heart, the healing that takes place inwardly reflects your true beauty outwardly. It can be a very painful process, a lot of stuff can pile up over the years if not dealt with and sometimes you are at a tipping point before you are forced to deal with those soul hurts.

I have reflected about this before, we are like onions, multilayered and all those layers need to be stripped away before you and God can get to the very core of your pain, your heart.

Things sometimes get so buried into our being, that we become use to living in such a way you have forgotten what freedom looks like, we have forgotten, what joy and excitement feels like. We need to count each day, and appreciate the good things we do have, but that is hard to do when you look through a faulty lens.

The deeper the digging, greater the pain, messes take time to deal with but the outcome of freedom, to be who you truly are, is worth all the struggle.

God desperately wants us to be healed, your heart matters to Him, and he understands the grief and sorrow a heart can carry.

 He offers us healing, hope and even greater his love! I truly believe love heals all wounds. He opens his arms and waits for you, to come into his presence.

(Psalm 147:3) “He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.”

I like cosmetics, loved playing with them when I was a little girl, dressing up and wearing my mom’s clothes. But I am forever convinced, the beauty people see on our faces from a healed heart and being, radiates the beauty of a God that truly loves us.

Our physical beauty will fade in time, but our inward beauty will live on, in the people whose hearts we touch, in the kindness we speak to others with our words and actions.

(Proverbs 3: 15-18)She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who lay hold of her; those who hold her fast are called blessed.

Shalom

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Unmistakable Joy

I picked up my little granddaughter from school yesterday, I got to say there is something about children that lightened up your day. Maybe it’s that cute dimpled little face and that enormous smile, as she ran towards me with her arms open for a big hug. I got to tell you that word “nanny” brings a smile to my face and I feel pure joy just spending time with her. I felt the same way when my grandson was born, my first grandchild, just holding him moments after his birth that can do wonders for a heart! I know what it is like to be a mom, but it’s a whole different level being a grandmother. Maybe we don’t have all the responsibilities as we did as parents, but there is something in holding your own child’s child, that makes your heart burst with joy!  Oh how I wept when they were born, but tears of joy and maybe a few shed because their grandfather never got to meet them. They make me laugh, they have such beautiful spirits and are such amazing little characters. Their questions are endless, their imaginations one could write a book on! But those moments, are treasures, one’s you keep close to your heart, that are forever etched into wonderful memoires.

Somehow I can imagine that is the way our Father in heaven sees us, oh yeah, I get it He knows, we screw up and we are far from perfect. But He loves us unconditionally, I truly envision, Him cradling us in His arms, with a smile of pure joy on his face. Happiness can be fleeting as the saying goes, but joy is something we experience in the spirit, it’s a possession given to us by God. There is a renewal, something unexplainable that happiness when we sense his presence, of peace, joy and love.  

When we realize that life is truly a gift, despite that life has trials and tribulations, it is full of blessings and opportunities. To love others, to make an impact in others’ lives, to show some compassion and kindness to each other at a time when people truly need it.

Maybe for just a moment we envision, that little girl with the enormous smile and those sweet dimples, running towards us, arms flung wide open waiting for a hug. Or perhaps just sitting in the stillness and quietness of his presence, “experiencing the peace and joy of knowing that God is our strength, our refuge and hiding place from all that causes us pain and sorrow. “

Romans 15:13  May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

We cannot allow our joy to be stolen even for a moment; “let our spirits Lord, soar to new heights, may our journeys be filled with the joy of your presence, even in the hardest trials and tribulations.”

Shalom

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