Flowers of Blessings

There shall be showers of blessings, the old hymn begins, and a prayer that they might fall and there be a season of refreshing and revival as we call on Him. April will bring just that, in answer to prayer sung by those blossoming in Christ, a spring breath and kiss of sunshine to flowers gardens everywhere. Sleepy little flower heads will open and leafy arms reach for the sky, in praise. Baby blooms of purple thrift blanket the ground that is no longer hard and cold, at least in the south.

Roses bloom and their fragrance swirls into the air. Tulips pop in many colors and make a parade over lawns. Wildflowers sway in the wind. It is if there is worship in the wind. In the afternoon, there are scented breezes and the occasional late afternoon thunderstorm. I love that smell, to stand outside in a gentle wind as the streets are washed clean and the house and hopefully the souls living there. The air is pure and clean, and the pollen leaves yellow streams trickling by the curb.

The spring rains drizzle, watering both flowers and lawns. Like a sprinkler, set to an appointed time, the Lord has ordered the seasons and the soothing of a gentle shower of blessing. It happens many afternoons as the sun warms up the south, and as the Son warms up hearts.

As promised we are studying the beauty of His Word, what does the Bible say about flowers? We know Jesus is called the Rose of Sharon and Lily of the Valley. SOS 2:1 What else? We are to consider the lilies, in Matthew 6.

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God. Isaiah 35:2,3 a prophetic verse about Israel.

Actually, the Bible has little to say about flowers, except comparing their life span to ours, grass or wildflowers. Job 14:2, Psalm 103:15, Isaiah 28:1 and 40 :6, James 1:10. Very few species of flowers are mentioned in the Bible although they abounded in Palestine. There are up to twenty five hundred species are calculated to be in western Syria and Palestine. Israel has many flowers. Of that large number about 500 hundred are thought to be British wildflowers, and of course there is mention of fragrant herbs and spices.

However, we are blessed with multitudes and varieties of species, all of His creating. And while the Bible has little to say about flowers, it has much to say about the showers falling on the them at least if we are the blossoms, the fragrant flowers of Christ and His Holy Spirit, may we spring into action, praise Him for His grace and blessing and that He reigns on us, may we be flowers of blessings. Rebecca Jones / Brigit Tohm

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The Blessing of Yes and No!

 

Do you remember when Jesus instructed the disciples on giving answers, He said to let your yes be yes and no, no. Anything else is from the wicked one. Let’s look at the actual verse.

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:37, James also reiterates it, 5:12.  This is New International or NIV, but the other translations are almost the same. What is He talking about? You do have to back up and read a few verses.

It has to do with swearing. People will swear they are not taking drugs, orare an alcoholic, even in the opposite that everything is fine,”I’m okay.” People wither over communicate with phones and texts or don’t communicate at all. I’m not even sure what some people are talking about sometimes, and I’m sure they don’t get me. My life has to center around the Lord and not me.

If you read my blog at all, you know I like to talk. I am honor bound though to tell you what His Word says, and make it as plain as I can. Admittedly, I like  to talk and sometimes I talk too much. That got Joseph into trouble didn’t it? It just made his family mad. I have heard he was bragging, maybe, maybe not, I never had that impression. I think they were jealous and despised their father’s love for him and God’s plan. Joseph is a foreshadowing of Jesus, who could keep His mouth shut.

He was under constant accusation. He could shut the devil up with the Word, so can we. He didn’t defend everything to everyone or answer every criticism. Though He plainly told them the devil was not casting himself out. He was mocked, scorned and ridiculed more than any human being, and withstood more than we could ever hope to endure to save us.

Yet, God made an oath, it will say swore in some versions, there was no one higher person to make a vow to. He made it to Himself, by the body and blood of His Son. This is how He keeps His promises. He wants to save, to heal, to restore. We don’t have to defend His Word, it defends itself.

We do not have to tell things and add our own spin. I have caught myself saying things like, ” I promise I telling you the truth.” , or giving sound advice and even wisdom, even insisting, but i don’t have to do that. Sometimes, if you protest, too much it makes you look like the heavy. And you don’t want to flatter, as I was praising the Lord for something one day I felt Him stopping me, I was just too excited and He slowed me down. Was I overdoing it? even to God?

Just remember yes and no is enough, don’t swear, make it clear and concise, don’t brag, even about Jesus you can slow it down a little, and I know that’s hard. And one more verse, For all the promises of God are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him, our “Amen” is spoken to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20.

Isn’t that great, let’s amen His promise of yes. Say no to the devil and don’t over speak, and allow him a place. In fact, let’s let God say the no’s…

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord. Isaiah 54:17, NKJV

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus Romans 8:1, NIV

For no word from God will ever fail. Luke 1:37

No harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. Psalm 91:10

There is no fear in love, but perfect love, because fear has to do with punishment, the one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful, He will not let you be tempted above what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13

I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. Revelation 21:4

And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there, and those the Lord has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away. Isaiah 35:8-10

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit to His wisdom. Psalm 147:6

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The Blessing of Benefits

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Psalm 103 is a favorite of mine. It’s been a prayer and a quote for many years. We are talking about blessings this month and the benefits listed here are indeed a blessing. Let’s look at it.

  1. Bless the LORD, O my soul,
    and all that is within me,
    bless His holy name!  — It is a benefit, even a privilege to use His name.

2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, — Here’s the list.
   and forget not all His benefits, 

3. who forgives all your iniquity,
    who heals all your diseases, — That is a two for one, forgiveness of sin and healing.

4. who redeems your life from the pit,
    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, — He saves us from hell and gives us a      crown of life.

5. who satisfies you with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. — That’s a beauty secret. 

6. The LORD works righteousness
    and justice for all who are oppressed. — His death made us righteous, the only way we      are. And who among us have not been oppressed by the devil? See Acts 10:38.

7. He made known His ways to Moses,
    His acts to the people of Israel. — Unlike Moses, we have the Holy Spirit always, like          Abraham was God’s friend, Jesus is ours.

8. The LORD is merciful and gracious,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. — He is so patient, I can testify to that.

9. He will not always chide, ( chastise, rebuke or admonish )
    nor will He keep His anger forever.

10. He does not deal with us according to our sins,
      nor repay us according to our iniquities. — This is a perfect blessing, we don’t get                what we deserve.  I always tell Him, He’s too good to me, I do get irritated sometimes,        little foxes.

11. For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
      so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear Him; — We cannot fathom the              depths of His love.

12. as far as the east is from the west,
      so far does He remove our transgressions from us.— Why dredge them up?

13. As a father shows compassion to his children,
      so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear Him. — Fear not having Him,                    respect.

14. For He knows our frame;
      He remembers that we are dust. — We are limited, He is not.

15. As for man, his days are like grass;
      he flourishes like a flower of the field; — Our lives on earth are shorter than intended.

16. for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
      and its place knows it no more. — We are a breath from eternity.

17. 18. But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who        fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep His                      covenant and remember to do His commandments. — He gives eternal life. Jesus                actually keeps that covenant better than us and for us if we receive.

19. The LORD has established His throne in the heavens,
       and His kingdom rules over all. — He is there for us, always.

20. Bless the LORD, O you His angels,
      you mighty ones who do His word,
      obeying the voice of His word! — Angelic protection and divine intervention are a              part of salvation. And when we speak His word, they respond.

21. Bless the LORD, all His hosts,
      His ministers, who do His will! —- Angels have various assignments.

22.Bless the LORD, all His works,
      in all places of His dominion.
      Bless the LORD, O my soul!

And there you have it, blessing of benefits. We have the name of Jesus to use to ask of the Father, He forgives sin and heals us. So doesn’t that say to you that many times our ailments are tied to sin or disobedience? Not all. But many things contribute to our health or lack of, including the knowledge of knowing and speaking His words. He redeems us from hell, which would have been good enough, but not for Him, so why  do people settle there? He gives us that crown of life, and wanted us to experience abundant life.

He satisfies like no one or nothing can. It renews our youth. It is why I can be in the fifties and pass for thirty something. He is so loving and patient but will tell us what is what in no uncertain terms. He made us righteous and we don’t have to be oppressed of the devil.

He’s not dredging up things like fishing for an inner tube or shoe. The accuser does that, don’t listen. Hold fast to Jesus. We can’t measure His love or how far away transgressions go, just like we can’t count each strand of hair or stars or sand, or innumerable angels. His love is inexhaustible when I am exhausted.

He knows our limits, we have strong wills and spirits and push beyond them many times. He is Omnipotent and unlimited in resources and imagining good things for His children. He intended us to live forever, but sin entered and He loved us too much to let us live forever that way. He sent Jesus. While our lives may be shorter, unless we see the Rapture, we have eternal life. His throne is eternal.

And angels, wow, angelic beings who excel in strength. We serve and amazing God, full of amazing grace, let’s not forget His benefits. Rebecca Jones / pexels

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Commanded Blessings

 

I knew there were blessings, some of them I thought you had to do something to obtain, but loving Jesus and obeying God causes Him to command them over us. But we have a choice to choose between good and evil, many things we don’t even consider evil but God does. Many of our words and thoughts, even a heart of unbelief. So, it is wisdom to check out our spiritual lives and do a little soul  searching , allowing Him to cleanse us anew this spring.

And here are some of the commanded blessings that will catch us. I chose the altered photograph to show them coming. It is not an aura, new age or, chakra, karma or anything like that, it is God. And He sends blessings to His children as they learn and grow and follow Him. The blessings are in Exodus 23:20-31

Angels on assignment, He sends us angels ahead of us as well as all around, but we are not to be rebellious, that goes against God and His ways, even though His anger lasts a moment, we do not need Him angry nor the angels that were assigned us. We all need angelic protection and divine intervention.

He promises to chase away enemies to be an adversary to our adversaries. While Israel dealt with all those ” ites “( Canaanites, Hittites, Midianites ) We have our adversary, the accuser of the brethren, the devil. And we know he comes to steal, kill and destroy, ans while we may not see invading armies swarming our houses to take us captive and loot our possessions, there are those plans in the spiritual that lie in wait and over a period of time will do just that, so be watching, sober and vigilant. He will show you where things are going wrong. I want Him to be an adversary to my adversary.

When we worship God, He will take away our sickness, disease and afflictions, that are often caused by the wear and tear of life, the battles of our mind, the stress on our bodies. Many things are a spiritual attack, and nothing more. When God intervenes, health is restores. He promises a full life in Exodus, and Jesus came through with a better covenant of better promises. He is on the other side of John 10:10, He came for us to have life and life more abundantly.

He is a fountain of youth, there is blessing on our food and even the fruit of our bodies, our children. He does not want us to be barren, in any respect, or in any area of our lives. He has blessings in place. Abundant and overflowing blessings. Although Exodus speaks of boundaries and borders, and God establishes them, He is also establishing them in our lives with boundaries we can set to keep the enemy out and in the ways we deals with others. And not only those, but He can increase our land or business. everywhere Abraham went, wherever he stepped was his. God has more than enough of blessings to go around.

And as we are obedient, and continue in His ways, as we worship Him in Spirit and in truth, He is command not only angels, but He is commanding blessings. Rebecca Jones / pexels

The Blessings of Life

 

I was a little overwhelmed and overjoyed the other day. Not that I haven’t been before, but I have been making some strides in my faith and I had a realization of what it means to ” count it all joy, ” actually means. It is not easy be thankful or grateful for problems but when you can get the hang of continuing to praise Him through it all you will experience a new depth to the meaning of life and life more abundantly.

I heard someone talking about the grass not being greener. It if you have been inside a long time. Getting tired from walking a lot is pleasant, after not being able to walk outside, but when you have not been able to walk at all, it’s heaven. I prayed for a lady this week, who ended up having a leg amputated, I prayed for healing. It is not that God didn’t answer. Someone else, in fact, two, did not have to have it, it is just hard to believe the miraculous when you are in pain, He is also merciful. I counted my legs joy even with a swollen ankle. Breathing fresh air is wonderful and exhilarating after not being able to breathe, having suffered flu or coming off the ventilator as many I have prayed for. In fact, every breath is a blessing. Sing His praises.

Your baby is much dearer after years of infertility, or a miscarriage. Even that grief is an experience that was deep and you may have suffered and endured through prayer, while anything bad is not joy, the takeaway from what you have learned is invaluable to your faith, to strengthen you and make you grateful for how precious life is and that each moment counts. Going back to school, finally being able to retire, we should see the blessings of life.

Every call, every card and conversation over coffee or tea is step closer to someone’s heart. Every kind word or deed is a seed sown and grows into a blessing or harvest, if sown in good ground. the Lord of the harvest prepares hearts,we speak His words. I recently suffered a lot of pain. Some of it was stress related, a spiritual attack but when I realized that healing and growing into your faith and place with God has some pain involved, I was suddenly not exactly grateful for it, but deeply aware of how much more Jesus bore, truly bore for me. Someone compared crucifixion to having a baby. How about millions? We can’t perceive that agony. We would die. and not for someone to be saved.

It was easier to give it to Him and become lighter. He lifted me like never before, higher and higher than before. I was exalted like never before, He was putting me into the place He wanted me to be, a place of freedom.  And a place of joy.  I can count it all joy, that I have experienced life, and life more abundantly. The burdens of a cross are much too much to bear, although many say take it up and follow me, that was to the disciples, and many were martyred but after He was lifted up, I believe He carried the brunt of our lives as long as we believe. He calls us friends.

Jesus tasted death for the children’s sake. I am His child and He loves me but I know I am more deeply aware of how I am appreciative I am of the life He gave me and is giving me, life and life more abundantly. He chose to leave heaven to give me eternal life. With death all around and the retelling of His sacrifice last week, something I hold dear but hate to recount, I am thankful for every moment, I still spend it with Him. He is my life.

It may require some soul searching, letting go of pain and agony that He already bore, it may take believing in unseen angels and a mighty hand of God moving for me, removing what is against me, but I can truly say I am grateful for the blessings of life. Rebecca Jones / Sakaham Gangwar, thanks.

The Blessing of the Beloved

I have been comparing our relationship with the Lord to marriage. He desires us to know the intimacy of His heart as well as a spouse. Did you know the word for beloved is agapetos, divinely loved, it is made up of two Hebrew root words that literally mean to breath for and to long for.

Jesus longs for us to be the beloved. He breathed on the disciples. Every word is God inspired, God breathed, here’s a verse to ponder.  The last line of Ephesians 1:6, to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the Beloved One. We are often referred to as beloved or dearly beloved children.

Song of Solomon 6:1 is a familiar verse, that I am my beloved’s and He is mine. Whether you are married or not Jesus can cover you with His love and it can be intimate, He can help you bear the pressures to live like everyone else, His love can enfold you and your desires will be toward His will, protecting you from the wrong choices. You don’t have to cave to peer pressure or over explain your decisions, either. You should not want to be picked up or a fling, when you can be the beloved.

So many more verses contain the word beloved if you care to search. Jesus was called the beloved son of God, in Hosea and Romans quoting it God says He will call her that was not beloved, beloved. God calls things forth, and He calls us beloved, He was calling us before we ever came to Him. Long before we walked the aisle to receive Christ as Lord, or knelt or wept tears of repentance, before we ever spoke His name in prayer, He was calling us beloved.

How much more so are we beloved now as we walk with Him, no matter how we may feel about it, His divine love is always the same. Weary and heavy laden, you’re still the beloved He gives rest to? Are you sick, you are still the beloved, and He the Lord who heals. Are you in financial difficulties? You are still the beloved, and He will supply your needs.

Whatever you are going through whether it is a joyous time or one that’s emptied you of joy. Whether you are taking heart medications or heartbroken, He is still your beloved and you are His as a believer. He is still calling your name. In fact, He is longing for you, He breathes on you, He is close to you.

I have been praying for many people on ventilators, I pray for Him to breathe on them and for them. And I have seen the results of those prayers. I have learned how to pray using prayer breathing in and out to verses, an ancient Christian practice of the early church. I constantly remind women to just breathe, relax and rest in the beloved.

And if you are not yet beloved and have never received Jesus as Lord, He’s a breath away. Just believe in His death and resurrection, and confess your sins to Him, they will be drowned in a sea of forgetfulness. You will breathe freely as He freely gave Himself to us, He freely loves us. And it is time we all experienced a daily encounter with the one who gives us our very breath, and that we are grateful for the blessing of the beloved. Rebecca Jones / Petr Ovralov, thanks.

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The Blessing of Tears

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You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. Psalm 56:8

When I was a child I believe I was a silent cryer, I kept it inside. As a woman it started to come out in my 20’s and 30’s. In my 40’s I had morphed again trying to be the strong one, to have faith and be wise and do the Lord’s will. But later on the dam broke after hearing a prayer that released me from all these pent up and raw emotions.

I had literally stopped crying in an effort to be strong, no matter how much pain I was in, or what was going on, I went on believing I had to be this woman of faith that was super human, I literally wept for six weeks. My mother didn’t get it, she too had been over run with work and let it take a toll on her health. I stepped in to fix things and could not even begin  to fill her shoes.

I opened my soul to Jesus and He has cleansed a lot of old wounds and is gently scraping away a veneer that took the polish and shine off me. I was gaining freedom. I’m not telling you to cry all the time, certainly not to maneuver loved ones into doing things or give them a guilt trip. That is wrong and sinful.

I am talking about the heart that loves Jesus and sometimes just needs a release from it all. God provided the body with that mechanism in the form of tears. There are three kinds of tears. Basal tears keep our eyes lubricated, they protect the eye from the elements. Irritant tears or reflex tears are produced when the eyes are hit by wind or sand, flying debris. Both these tears protect the eyes. May I say that if you think shampoo is bad, toothpaste and Listerine,when splashed burn terribly. Hair color is another no no.

Emotional tears, sometimes called psyche tears are secreted in moments of intense feeling, tears of joy, but more often sorrow. They contain stress hormones,crying gets rid of them. It is very therapeutic when we’re under a lot of stress. I think God knew just how to cleanse the soul. Sincere tears are one way. He knows the heart. One photographer even captured them on film to see if the were different and they are, sad tears looked more like shattered glass to me.

Too often, I have seen tears that are very convincing but you don’t fool God. Child actress Margaret O’Brien was such a good cryer, she would ask the director where he wanted it to stop halfway down her cheek or let it roll. Of course, she was not as bratty as her characters could be, her mother didn’t allow it. A friend had me watching soap opera a while in the 80’s, at lunch time we turn on the melodrama, I like the make up and clothes, the crying women, not so much.

And men crying, absolutely nothing wrong with that, it is not a sign of weakness but strength, even Jesus wept, and He was the strongest man ever to bear what He did. he did it with His Father’s love. It is also not effeminate. Too many sensitive men have been labeled and stereotyped while brutes play the tear game to control what they feel is theirs. As I said the Lord knows hearts and He is never fooled and we will not be if we listen to the Holy Spirit’s prompts.

Probably the worst thing I ever heard from a well meaning singer was not to let the devil see you cry. So I stopped crying. It is a better idea to cry in the arms of your loving Father, in the secret place of the Most High, in your prayer closet. he is the God who sees. He saw the tears of an eleven year old in the backseat when no one else did, perhaps she was weeping then to prevent a wrong or just starting her journey of faith, that had far too many twists and turns. But she has found her way home, never a prodigal, more like the brother, He was always there, with the blessing, I never wanted Jesus to die for me, but I’m glad He chose to and chose me, for I would not know how to live or love with out Him. And He has my tears in His bottle, I probably have a whole shelf.

Tear bottles were used in ancient times, usually by women or paid mourners, and even in Victorian times. I have Pinterest boards called A Woman’s Tears, and Tears In A Bottle. Also, Turn You Eyes Upon Jesus. It’s okay to cry, sometimes. It is a healing process a provision from God, He hold them dear, and I am thankful for the blessing of tears. Rebecca Jones /pexels

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The Blessing of Rest

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I can never emphasize rest enough to a believer. I declared the month of December a Season of Rest because i felt the Lord urging me too, to slow down, remain in His rest. It is more than a good night’s sleep you’ve missed, it’s more like hundreds or thousands. Is anyone else wearied?

Whether it is work or ministry of just family life, it can get monotonous, complicated, stressful. There is a time to scale back, set priorities, take a stand of faith or a leap if you have to. it’s okay to say no.

I opt out of a lot of things, I have too. I used to run everything. Or try to. God might trust me to be in charge of somethings but I could never do His job. Perhaps, run is a bit of an overstatement, sometimes it was more trying to fix things or make people happy, to be the good Christian, I wanted to be in control of my my life but I was often being controlled by others, trying to help them and inadvertently, the enemy that creeps in on you and then you are exhausted.

What’s a body of Christ to do then? Rest. I’m sorry I can’t babysit for you. I have a previous engagement, ( with the Lord ). No son, you can’t join another school event. Mothers are not expendable, they are reliable, dependable and on overload. I’m surprised women aren’t jumping around like my washer when it dings and says overload.

And it doesn’t take much, a bath towel here, or jeans there. There’s not a warning until it starts shaking. But we are different. The Lord is with us, we have His Spirit and if we make time to rest and be  secure in His love, knowing He’s in control, He will show us things to come the Bible says, not only good things but warnings. I realized this morning as I was preparing some post ideas, that He showed me some signs of a problems a long time ago that I missed, I misunderstood Him then and I won’t again.

He knows the hearts of all and will guide you deeper and deeper into faith and love. He is precious and gracious and has restored to me a lot that I had allowed the enemy to make me lose sight of as I was determined to be the strong woman I thought I had to be. When in truth, I already was, because I had Him and while I’m not perfect, He is. So when I rest, and let Him guide, my path is clearer, things fall into place and mountains move.And when they do, the weight of the world comes off of you.

The lady in the picture has an empty chair beside her. I read that somewhere people leave one for a guardian angel, well why not the Lord? What if He were sitting across as you look out he window, what would tell Him? The places you read or pray are often where He will come to meet you, His presence is there waiting, make your bedroom a sanctuary, married or single, and find yourself a prayer closet. Rest is not only a priority, the wandering Jews did not enter and God was upset but offered it again, a Sabbath rest, and eternal rest that you can have but it’s just your old self passing away. Hebrews 4 is the chapter to read.

I never knew rest was such a big deal, I don’t think I even really knew what it was, I was running a race I’d never win. I can guess you may be too, but I assure you it is important, even sacred and holy for Lord to rest on you and for you to rest in Him. He carried your burdens, though I have had people tell me He didn’t come to make life easier. I don’t think, when He said His burden was light, that he meant it to be super heavy or hard, would anyone of us be able to carry that cross of shame? Even Jesus fell under it’s weight.

He did say He would divide people, the gospel does that sometimes,, that’s just the way it is some people believe and others do not. Some believe a little and still others pick and chose what they believe, or add their spin to it. I think when you speak for the Lord you should get it right. I am very direct in what I share and the verses are there to read. I want everyone to decide for themselves,  I hope to share and make it easier to believe in a loving God who has defeated every enemy and wants us to and is there to help.

He does not want us weary. He goes before us. And I am always thankful for what He’s given me, and one of those things is the blessing of rest. Rebecca Jones / pexels

The Blessing of Grace

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Aren’t you just always amazed by His grace? I know I am. I am so thankful for it. I even got the perfume by Philosophy, I even gave  some as gifts. Honestly, I was blind but now I see. I was wearing blinders of faith put on me by what some had taught me, and still what others stole from me. Jesus said no man could take His joy, but I foolishly gave it up when others disagreed with me.

He also said He left me His peace. He willed it to me, bequeathed it to me, He had to die for it, to give it to me, I always had trouble with that. I hated for that to have happened to Him. While a lot of people might wish they had a rich uncle to put them in his will. As a believe we have an inheritance in Christ. We are His heirs. I used to say I wished we had had a relative who had invented something, I joked about my lack of money, saying I had a trust fund, it had to trust God with it. or that my Father gave me a trust fund. And you know it was true. But we are to be good stewards over what we have.

I never wished anyone dead for money but didn’t realize what I was saying either. I wasn’t the Prodigal who demanded his inheritance, he essentially wished his father dead, and when he returned after squandering it, he was just hungry and wanted to be a servant. But the father who loved him never let him ask that, he could have had him stoned but restored him instead. That is a type of His amazing grace. God does the same for us.

But wasn’t I the brother, well sister? I have caught myself wondering why things didn’t work for me. My Father was always there. Yours is too. I hope you will join me in June, the Holy Spirit inspired a Father of the Bride series.

I’m amazed at His grace, He has given some people chance after chance and they still won’t receive. He has given us grace upon grace. How often have we run across the word grace and just casually glanced at it. As we study blessings this month, remember that grace is a huge blessing. Jesus brought us grace and truth.

Look at what Adam’s sin did, and how much more did Jesus give us grace through His death on the cross, he was called the second Adam. I never like to see people abuse their grace by living any way they want, but the truth is that sacrifice was deep and covers us completely, even if we don’t accept or believe His grace it is there, and it is amazing.

I have seen it turn my life around, I have lost a lot of the old chains that i dragged like baggage. I knew I was forgiven, but I still didn’t hold on to who I was in Christ. I’m an heir and I am loved and I receive with joy what He so graciously gives. I love that  salvation is a gift, I was still trying to earn it without realizing it.

I always want readers to believe Him and not just what I say. I always had high expectations, He meets them with grace. I hope you will read more about grace, the undeserved favor of God. It is springing up daily like the fountain in the picture, a fountain of life and youth, we are renewed daily in grace. And I invite you to be thankful for the blessing of grace, because it is amazing! Rebecca Jones / pexels

 

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The Blessing of Shine Don’t Whine!

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Shine, don’t whine! It became my mother’s favorite saying to daycare children. She would sing rise and shine and give God the glory to wake them from nap time. It was one of the many songs we sang with toddlers.

Children are pretty resilient, they bounce back, with little or no sleep. I think some could go on and on like the energizer commercials. But then when they are overwrought, over tired or just cranky, someone takes a toy or they’ve spilled their milk, they whine.

And then there are tantrums, arguing and complaining, even lying that they didn’t do it when you saw them do it. And just plain lazy, refusing to pick up, a favorite phrase I’m hearing lately is, ” Not my mess. ” ADHD and ODD and other things are so much more prevalent than our daycare days.

Whether we like to admit it or not, it is our mess. Whether we made it, someone made it for us or we were drawn into it, even trying to help, and it went south on us. Perhaps, we went in over our heads, or just in over our hearts believe we could do something only God could fix.

Children are different than in years past, and in some ways not so different, If we thought television was a babysitter what about phones and games and the never ending amount of stimuli. Children need to learn to be quiet, calm, to rest. I am even seeing children that don’t respond to Jesus stories, that bothers me. Most children have a spirit so fresh from God that they are enthusiastic about Him.

What are we doing to them by not intervening with prayer and personal attention as parents or providers. Schools are not teaching morals. Children should be a priority on our list. I am not condemning parents or Christian, just making you aware of a spiritual warfare, that is the enemy of children and families. I am not suggesting everyone home school or give up all electronics, just monitor them closer.

We also should make ourselves a priority when it comes to giving our spirits a time to rest and heal and to be calm. It will make for better parents. Spend time with the Lord, not just at church, but with Him at home,separately and with each child. There are lots of coloring pages and crafts with Christian themes, stories and Children’s Bibles.

Do everything without complaining and arguing. Phillipians 2:14, a Steve Green song it continues, that you may become blameless and pure children of God. Which should make us ready to rise and shine and give Him the glory.

But whatever happens during your day, turn inward to the light of Jesus in you. Look to Him as the author and finisher of your faith, and remember to Shine, don’t whine. Rebecca Jones / Adriana Calvo