Nuggets of Truth

“All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast.” Proverbs 15:15

I want each day to be a feast. I want to be happy and you can’t be sad if you are always smiling and believing good things. That’s why being grateful will change your mood quickly.

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21

Every word out of our mouth says something about us. Are we bringing life to those around us or are we bringing death. It starts with your thoughts. Take control over your thoughts don’t listen to the enemies ranting, be your own cheerleader and speak God’s words over yourself. Then you can be strong to speak life to others.

“Start children off in the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6

It is important to teach your kids about God. But it is more important to teach a child how to live a Godly life. Actions speak louder than words. It should not end when they grow older. Continue to speak the goodness of God and continue to grow with God so they see it.

“My son, give me your heart and let your eyes delight in my ways.” Proverbs 23:26

Don’t just get head knowledge of God, get to know him and his ways. And then keep his ways and make him the apple of your eye. Your best friend and confidant. One you never want to let down.

“Lord, I know that peoples lives are not their own, it is not for them to direct their steps.” Jeremiah 10:23

We need great wisdom to know God’s will for our lives. On our own we tend to make a mess. We cannot see the big picture and don’t understand God’s ways.

“…the terms I commanded your ancestors when I, brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace,” I said, “obey me and do everything I command you, and I will be your people, and I will be your God.” Jeremiah 11:4

This was very simple and easy to understand. But do you think they obeyed? NO! I have been reading in the prophets, such as Jeremiah and Ezekiel lately and he is really letting them have it. They have done so much and really deserve to be punished but I would not choose to be in their shoes. To hurt the Lord so badly and be such a disappointment. And they had a chance for great things.

“I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 17:11

Thank you Lord, that you know my heart. You know why I do as I do and you will show me the errors of my ways so I can turn from them. I often can not see my sin but I don’t wish to continue in my sin.

“Lord, you are the hope of Israel; all who forsake me will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the Lord, the spring of living water. Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:13-14

Lord you are my hope, my healing, my refuge, there is none but you and you offer so much.

Nuggets of Truth

“If you are pure and upright, even now he will rouse himself on your behalf and restore you to your prosperous state. Your beginnings, will seem humble, so prosperous will your future be.” Job 8:6-7

That is exactly what happened because Job was a humble man. You are never far from God, no matter where you might be or what you may have done. He made you and he loves you. Come to him, he is waiting. With him comes all blessings and goodness.

“Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him, I will surely defend my ways to his face.” Job 13:15

Evan if you take me home. Where I will live eternity with you. I know you are righteous and just and I know what we have together and nothing can separate us. I am confident.

“A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” Job 14:5

We all live by an absolute and that is death. We are given so many hours on earth and then we will spend eternity somewhere. How we live our lives during that time determines where that will be. If we are ready, does it really matter when our time here is over.

“My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of man he pleads with God as one pleads with a friend.” Job 16:20-21

God is the best friend I could ever have. He will never let me down and always meets my needs. I can come to him about anything.

“I know that my redeemer lives, and in the end he will stand on the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see him with my own eyes-I, and not another .” Job 19:25-27

One day when we close our eyes for the last time and breathe our last breaths we will open our eyes to see his face. No man can see God and live. But one day we will see him in all his glory. We will have brand new perfect bodies and no limitations and perfect wisdom. As the song claims, ‘I can only imagine?’

“Is not God in the heights of heaven? And see how lofty are the highest stars! Yet you say, what does God know? Does he judge through such darkness? The thick clouds veil him, so he does not see us as he goes about in the vaulted heavens.” Job 22:12-14

Look into the heavens one night and try to imagine the one who knows every star by name and all that he has made with his hands. Nothing is hidden from his sight or from his understanding. God sees everything.

“Submit to God and be at peace with him; in this way prosperity will come to you.” Job 22:21

Be at peace with God, he is in control and he is good.

“If you return to the almighty, you will be restored: if you remove wickedness from your tent.” Job 22:23

Come to him.

“He will deliver even one who is not innocent, who will be delivered through the cleanness of your hands.” Job 22:30

…even if you have sinned you can come to him because he loves you and made you. You are very important to him. He can make you righteous from this moment. Just ask!

“But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread.” Job 23:10-12

God knew Job and when Satan questioned God he was proud of Job and knew his heart completely. That he would not say or do anything against God. God doesn’t need to prove anything but I do believe he can be proud of what he has made that is good.

“And he said to the human race, The fear of the Lord- that is wisdom and to shun evil is understanding.” Job 28:28

To revere and respect the Lord and to love him and his ways with your entire being, that is wisdom and understanding. The more you do that, the more he will open your eyes to his truth. The more you will see him.

“And after Job prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him before came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him on all the trouble the Lord had brought on him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part.” Job 42:10-12

After, we always need to make the first move, Job had been right in knowing who his God was. His friends thought they knew God. Man’s assumptions are seldom correct though. His friends were sure that he was in the wrong. His friends and family had abandoned him. What could they say when it did seem that God was against him. It is hard to be around those who are suffering and in pain. But when God came and showed his love for Job and turned things around everyone was his friend. Yah, he’s my brother! They were proud to know him then. Well God gave him double for his troubles. Sort of hazard pay. God always comes through and he is more then just.

Nuggets of Truth

“Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so that it may go well with you and you may go in and take over the good land the Lord promised to your ancestors.” Deuteronomy 6:18

He’s promised to do everything for our best, always. We should want to do the next right and good thing because it truly is for our best.

“And if we are careful to obey all of this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.” Deuteronomy 6:25

Doing the right thing leads to our righteousness. One thing at a time, little by little.

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9

If we do our part, he will always take care of us. Even if we don’t, he is faithful he continues to love us and take care of us.

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.” Deuteronomy 30:15

Right here God lays it all out. Do you want good in your life? Well here is the answer. Want to be prosperous? God tells us how.

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this book of the law on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9

God laid it all out for Joshua. First he encouraged him, then he told him just what to do to be successful. He then tells him how to go about it. Taking over Moses job was a daunting task. Especially at his age. But God gave him the strength of a young man. Then he explained that this was a command. If this people were going to go forward and defeat their enemies they would have to follow instructions. He even told him why. Because I am with you always! You are not doing this alone.

“They said to Joshua, “the Lord has surely given the whole land into our hands; all the people are melting with fear because of us.” Joshua 2:24

God is a God who fights our battles. He has a history of faithfulness. He also has an actual recorded history. These are facts that actually happened. The people were terrified of God’s chosen people. They had heard all the stories of what had happened and they were worried.

“So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself of its enemies, as it is written in the book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.” Joshua 10:24

This is another amazing story. I’m sure it can be proven by astronomers. The sun stopped! It stayed daytime till all their enemies were defeated. That didn’t just happen. It never happened before or since. God is good to have on your side.

“Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the Lord will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.” Joshua 10:25

Joshua encouraged the people the same way he was encouraged. It was God who was fighting for them and he would be with them just as he is with us. Whatever you are fighting today God is ready to takeover. He will win.

“Then you crossed the Jordan and came to Jericho , the citizens of Jericho fought against you, as did also the Amorite’s, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hittites, Gergashites, Hivites, and Jebusites. But I gave them into your hand.” Joshua 24:11

They were up against strong and valiant enemies who fought. Every town fought them but it was a loosing battle and they knew it. They knew of this God. News traveled fast even 2000 years ago. If God was so well known why did everyone worship other Gods?? God brought them into this good land and he fought for them. It was not their strength it was God’s. They inhabited homes and lands that God gave them. Crops they didn’t plant and many good things were given to them.

Nuggets of Truth

“Then the Lord said to Moses,”I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.” Exodus 16:4

His provision is provided but he had a million whining people to take care of. He has storehouses of supplies and fed them each day miraculously with bread from heaven and even meat. There were no stores, or crops and the animals they had were required for sacrificing. Everything they needed was up to him. Their clothes and shoes did not wear out. They always had enough.

“The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna till they came to the border of Canaan.” Exodus 16:35

For forty years he took care of over a million people and they thrived and grew in numbers. I like camping out and I did it for years with my family but there was so much to pack and then to clean up when we were done. But they had what they could carry on their backs and that was enough.

“Keep my decrees and laws, for the person who obeys my laws will live by them. I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5

There was only one request from God. To love and obey. Is that too much to ask for all he provides?

“Your threshing will continue till grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue till planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.” Leviticus 26:5

When they came into their special land God continued to provide. He made sure that from harvest to harvest there was plenty. They were blessed.

“You will pursue your enemies, and they will fall by the sword before you.” Leviticus 26:10

Your enemies will run from you. They won’t be a problem for you. I will take care of it.

“I will look on you with favor and make you fruitful and increase your numbers, and I will keep my covenant with you.” Leviticus 26:9

I’m giving you everything and making you successful also. Wow!

“But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with your whole soul.” Deuteronomy 4:29

If you screw up, and you will, don’t give up. I will still be there. Come running back.

Acknowledge and take to heart that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” Deuteronomy 4:39

God has proven himself time and time again. Make him Lord today.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5

Give him the love and respect he deserves.

Our Best

“In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them.” Isaiah 63:9 NIV

When we suffer he cares. In this life we will have trials. That is a given. But when we suffer he blesses us with his presence. Knowing he is with us can bring comfort. Knowing that we are not alone and that he will help us is important for strength. When we are weak he can be strong. When I am dealing with hard things such as my health and pain it always helps to know he cares and in his time he will bring about what is best for me. His best is always more than I expect. He loves me and as I focus on being the best I can be for him, he wants to bless me. He is always doing special things for me. Whenever I think I am going to need something, a special gift I never expected will show up. Like this week the bag of chocolates I got from Christmas was almost gone. I had enjoyed having a little treat in the afternoons and even though I could do without. A package came from my daughter of a large bag of chocolates. Just God’s way of sending blessings my way. Extra special blessings. I always say thank you. And I feel that he always cares. I had pneumonia a few months back and it came on quickly and strong. One minute I was enjoying time at church with friends and feeling fine. Then at dinner I felt dizzy and nauseous. This has never happened before and I thought I was having a heart attack. I had to trust that God knew what was going on and that he was in charge. But that didn’t happen at first. I gave myself a panic attack first. I felt my heart race and I knew I needed to relax. God helped me fall asleep when I thought I couldn’t. He helped me rest the next few days when my roommate was loud. It took about three weeks before I started feeling myself again. God was with me though. Recently as I prepared to go to a conference at my church I woke in the middle of the night worrying about all the things that could go wrong. My ride being late. Not being able to open doors and get around on my own. I laid awake for a while worrying. I finally said a prayer that he would provide for all my needs. I reminded myself that he had it under control and that I had nothing to worry about. As the conference came and went it went off without a hitch. Better than I expected. I had a great time. Let him have your cares for he does care for you.

What care do you have that you can give to him?

The Road Is Narrow

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only few will find it.” Matthew 7:14 NIV

Jesus has promised life to any and all that would but ask. So why is it that only a few get it. We live in a world of billions of people and billions have traveled this earth before us. They have come, made their mark, and left. It seems that with all the churches around the world that the numbers would be large. So many people say that they are Christians and I believe they truly believe it. But what are we not getting? All you have to do is believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved, right? I think that is where we have gone wrong. Churches are leading people to the altar, but where do we go from there? We can’t just change ourselves over night, especially on our own and with our own power. What does it mean to be a Christian? First being a Christian is being like Christ. We should look at ourselves every day and see that we are becoming more like Jesus. In everything we do we should see through his eyes. When he was here he was setting an example for us. First and foremost was to do what his father, God, called him to do. He spent many hours in prayer talking to his father. He also spent the sabbaths in his fathers house. I saw a quote this week that touched me. ‘God gave his life for you, but you can’t get up Sunday’s for him.’ That says it all. Where does our devotion lie? I know I’ve been going out for church for years and I can’t wait for Sunday’s. Even though Covid has me locked in now I never miss on line. Now I will admit that all snuggled in bed it’s hard to get up but I know it makes my day so I just do it. Discipline is just doing it when your flesh says no. Learning to discipline yourself is actually freeing. I read the Bible first thing in the morning and know what God wants me to do. I have made his will a priority. If Gods word says to do it, I’m going to do it. That settles it. Period. There is no room for discussion. It is set in stone. This way I don’t make it about me. I am happier doing want God wants than just whatever my little mind wants. I know I believe that so I don’t change it. When I was younger my dad had us in church whenever the doors were open so it’s habit for me. The next thing he did after honoring his father was to honor all others. He loved people and had compassion for them. I’m a fixer, every minute I see people around me with needs. They may be tiny or they may be large. I try to fix everything. God has shown me I can’t do it all. Others need to help and I need to let them. But I like to be in control. I can do it. I hate seeing needs around me. I know it’s an honor to help and gratifying. That’s why I volunteer often. I have an electric wheelchair so I get around easily where others can’t. I’ve been here a long time and I know routines. I also have a great memory and remember names. When God leads me to help I jump. I want to be a just say the word and I’m there kind of Christian. We all should be but we tend to put ourselves first. We should always trust God.

What can you do to be more like Jesus?

Special Touch Camp

Earlier this year I was feeling like I needed to give money to my church above my tithes and offerings. So many people were in need because of the coronavirus. People were out of work, things were shutting down and so many needs. I know that when God tells me to give he knows what he is doing. I felt led to give the money I set aside for camp. Something told me I wouldn’t need it. I was a little concerned because camp is the highlight of my year. I have gone six times and this would be my seventh year. A week with my friends in the pines 24/7 and learning Gods ways. I did not know the plans God had for us but he did. They we’re canceling camps before ours but ours was in September it should be ok. There are several camps throughout the US. Well Florida decided to hold theirs online, virtually. Oh boy I had to watch. It was awesome. It just so happened that I had to be in another unit in isolation for two weeks and I was not real happy about it. God told me to think of it as a fun vacation and do the virtual camp. Attitude is everything! I actually enjoyed my two weeks and every morning I was up by 5:00am to be ready for morning chapel. I was excited and just couldn’t sleep. They did eventually cancel my camp but I was enjoying so much online stuff I didn’t really care. I went to three camps instead of one, each in a different state but online. I met some great new people and really got a lot out of them. The theme was Jeremiah 29:11 God’s got your next. Well he really did. God really does plan our futures perfectly. I don’t know what tomorrow is going to look like but I know he’s already there working it all out for my best. Divine appointments with people, getting my needs met and keeping me safe. I have nothing to fear cause he loves me and will never leave me. I am special to him. We all are. I started fretting after a few weeks locked in my room. God just said relax I got this. I have and do you know some great things have been happening while I trust him. I am so happy. Now after six months of being locked down in my room I’m enjoying myself. I kinda like just me and God. Thanks God!

Just trust, you’ll never know how freeing it can be.

When You Need Prayer

“…you do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” James 4:2-3 NIV

Whenever you need something come before God. Even though he knows our needs before we ask does not mean that we do not need to ask. The Lord loves to answer our prayers when we ask. If it is important to you it is important to God. Don’t think you are bothering God, or that it is too petty to take before God. Everything you tend to worry about, or get anxious about is important to give to God. It is important to be specific about what you need. Tell God what’s wrong but you don’t need to tell him how to fix it. He may not do things exactly how you see them as being done. He knows us because he designed us. He knows exactly what is best for us. Just because he does not answer immediately just the way you think he should does not mean he’s not listening. He will always answer. In his time, in his way, and always what is best for the person involved. If it’s not for my best, I don’t want it. I trust him. I don’t always understand why someone is not healed, or dies when I had been praying for them. Like when my grandson died just before his fourth birthday. I had prayed for him to be healed every day, but he died. Sure it would have been great if he had been healed. But was that the best thing for him? Or was that the best thing for me? Sure I miss him and my daughter misses him but so many things tell me he is better off. He is in heaven in a perfect body with No pain forever. All his Tay-Sachs friends are with him and they’re all perfect . His grandfather, who always wanted grandkids but died before any were born , and his great grandpa are with him. He’s with Jesus. There is something I have learned about prayer. I always ask God if I can be a part of what he is doing in the world. I want to make a positive impact on the world. He showed me I can do that by praying. Praying puts me in miracle territory. When ever you pray for needs you get to be apart of the miracle when those needs are met. In my prayer life I have seen so many prayers answered in such unique and special ways. Just recently a friend and minister from camp was on his death bed with covid19. On a ventilator and unconcious. Drs we’re giving up. But two weeks later he’s up and walking with a walker. This has brought boldness to my prayers. When I see great answers I get excited and pray for more. It is a privilege to come before God and see him answer.

Do you know someone who needs prayer today?

God’s Plans

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

I learned this scripture when I was in my 20’s. I was a very young mom struggling to make my way. Learning who I was and who God wanted me to be. It was always a scripture that I loved and I quoted it a lot. It held so much promise and hope. But it wasn’t till a month ago I heard it preached in its entirety. I never knew the context of what was going on at the time it was written. Now it means so much more to me. God’s chosen people had been rejecting him and his prophets for some time now. God tells us in his word that sin will be dealt with eventually. God is very, very patient. We sometimes see him as if what is going on before him goes over his head and will never be dealt with. But that is not true. He loves man even if we don’t deserve his love. He wants the best for us a keeps waiting for us to change. He doesn’t want us to perish. He allows other countries to sweep on in and carry his people off to bondage. He has it all worked out. They will suffer for a while and then they will remember how good I was to them and then they will be sorry. In the meantime the nation’s who put them into bondage will be punished for their evil and new country’s will prevail. God has it all planned out. All the time he is in control. He is supporting his people. What he tells them when they are in a tough spot is just what he tells us when we are struggling. Just keep on keeping on! Don’t give up. I am God and I am in control. He is supporting his people. It is going down just as I planned it. It may be tough right now but keep going. Marry and have families. Keep doing just what you have done for generations. Family and friends are important and they are what will see you through. But don’t forget me! Remember I am always working everything out for your good. It may not feel like it just now but I don’t lie. You can trust me to do what I say. Right now I have been quarantined to my room because several people got the flu and I was one. It was breaking out throughout the facility and they panicked. It had to be stopped. So I had to remain in my room all the time for two weeks. It seemed a little extreme at first but I have a private room with plenty to read, plenty of good food, my very own shower, and a big picture window so I can enjoy the weather outside. It seems like it has been a long month. But it is for my safety and it will be over eventually. God told me to just keep reading and enjoying my time with him. Just relax! What good does it do to complain and pout? None. I’m sure God is working through this time and is teaching us so much. He always is.

Can you trust God when times are hard?

Is Faith Enough

“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8 NIV

When we go through trials and difficult situations we need to run to the Lord. We need his strength and wisdom. Jesus was living a life that was hard, and he went through so much. He can understand our struggles. He can relate. He, more than anyone, had faith and trust in his father. This last week I have had challenges. With them God has shown me so much. Trials are tests are hard and God may not remove them but he will help us through them. I have an electric wheelchair and have had for 12+ years. My chair is comfortable and allows me independence. My chair will tilt back so I can relax. A while back it just shut off and wouldn’t turn back on. I was put in a manual chair but it was very uncomfortable. I could only handle it so long. I can not move it myself so I was very dependent on others. I had also been praying fervently for a few people at deaths door. People who were young and had so much to live for. I found myself crying out to the Lord. We have been promised that if we have faith we can move mountains. When you really want those mountains to move you will cry out. Jesus had great faith. He commanded the storm to calm, the blind to see, the lame to walk, and the dead to rise. When he spoke things happened. As his death drew near I know he did not fear death. The chance to be back home with his father had to be a welcome thought. But like all of us, the suffering coming was scary and unwanted. He cried out to God to take this pain away. Not once, not twice, but three times. When God uses something three times it is significant. Jesus was doing something we do naturally. Help, enough. I can’t do this. God does not expect us to do more than we can but he knows more than we do. I was praying for a young man in an automobile accident that had killed his grandma instantly and by all intents he should have died instantly also. But he held on and everyone was praying for a miracle. After a couple weeks God took him home. Why didn’t God answer our prayers? Why didn’t God answer the fervent prayers of Jesus. Why did Jesus even pray them if that wasn’t God’s will? We have to trust that God sees the big picture. Everything and everyone involved has needs and everything works together for the good of everyone. That one little trial may have a big cause. Just think what would have happened if Jesus had not died for our sins. We were lost and needed a savior. It had to be somebody perfect like God’s son. He is the only one who could do it. Might God have found a different way? Maybe, but the impact of that sacrifice has saved so many lives. It was not easy but it was Gods will to save the world. Jesus did it gladly and looked forward to seeing each one of us in heaven with him. God helped him endure the suffering and he will be our strength too. Trials do help us grow also. The more we go through the stronger we become. Physical, mental, and spiritual strength.

Can you trust that God does know what is best?