July 11, 2018


Reminder – Day of prayer is held the first Thursday of each month at noon at Lafayette City Hall.

 Colossians 3
8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Sometimes I grab that old garment back out of the closet and put it on with pride. I guess I hold onto it just in case I might need it again. Not sure why, but I seem to always keep it handy just in case. Every now and again filthy language just seems to “fit” the situation. Sometimes that person “deserves” my anger. Well, that person did something that “needed to be shared”.

We can always come up with logical reasons (logical in our own minds anyway) of reasons to pick up our old habits and push onward. But, God called us to a new way of thinking, living and loving. A way without anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. A honest way, full of love for each other like Christ loved the church.

Take an inventory of your own life today and think about what garments of sin you keep handy in that closet. Maybe it is time to remove them completely from your life so that you can accept every bit God has to offer when you make room for his goodness and not your old self.

Lord, thank you for reminding us that you want all of us. Help us to see the areas of sin in our lives and open up the doors for us to clear our closets and our hearts. Fill us with the goodness you have to offer and help us to walk in your love today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 

 
July 3
1 Peter 3
9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  10 For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.

I tell my kids all the time, “just because your brother was mean to you it does not give you the right to be mean back”.  Although in adulthood, I struggle with this concept.  I want to repay evil with evil.  I want to be mean when someone is mean first.  I want to stand up to bullies and kick them in the shins!  I could give up a blessing here or there to get a good insult in at the right time – or so I think at times.  But, do I really want to give up any of the blessings of God?  Who knows what He has in store for me in eternity that I will give up for a few minutes of pleasure.

As I was reading this I could picture God’s goodness and blessings on one side of the scale and all my worldly pleasures on the other.  Every time we pick something from the “flesh” side – ( a quick insult back at the perfect time) we would have to remove something from the blessing side (that perfect parking space).  Some of the small blessings we take for granted or look at as luck are pretty easy to give up for some of the “good stuff” of life.  But what if we gave up the opportunity to see our grandchild for the first time, or seeing our children graduate, or being by your best friend on their wedding day, or the opportunity to walk across the stage and grab your college degree?  Would that insult or repayment of evil still be as important?

Now, I am not saying God takes things from us when we are mean or you must do good deeds to get on God’s good side  – I am simply saying think about what blessing you may fail to inherit because of your actions.  WE might not see the consequences of our actions immediately, but we will see it.  God says, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.

Lord, thank you for the blessings you bestow on us every day and everything else we take for granted.  May you continue to be the center of our life, the provider of all things and the one we turn to in good times and in bad.  May you get all the glory in all things in our lives today.  Help us to keep our tongues in check and our hearts in the right place!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen! 

Kelly



July 2

Exodus 34
6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, "The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness,

This morning I worked on something called Formational Prayer. It is an opportunity for you to invite Jesus into a painful memory so he can help heal that wound. As I worked on this prayer this morning I was touched by how much compassion God has for each and every one of us. He created us. He loves us. We don’t surprise him by our thoughts or actions. He knew they were coming and he loved us in spite of them.

This morning I walked away with a different perspective on the compassion of my God. In those moments where I felt he was angry, disappointed or disgusted and turning away from me with more  hate than love in his eyes I only saw love and compassion this morning. I saw forgiveness in those eyes before I even asked for it. We often forget that he created us and knows us better than we know ourselves. He sees the end of the world and every minute in between. Nothing shocks him. We are human. We make mistakes, bad choices and can be downright mean, but deep in our hearts is the love he put there. We just need to find it so we can share that with others and not just the pain from our hurts.

Lord, thank you for letting me see that love in your eyes and feel the compassion in your heart for me despite my actions. You can see past the past and into our hearts, even the dirty ones. You see the people we can be and love us until we see it in ourselves.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



June 28


Ecclesiastes 8
26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. 27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 

There is a song by Elevation Worship called “Give me Faith” that reminds me of this verse every time I hear it.  It is a reminder that we need God in our lives and that we may fail time and time again in our lives, but our God is true and faithful to forgive and lift us back up if we surrender our lives to Him.

I need You
To soften my heart and break me apart
I need You
To pierce through the dark and cleanse every part of me


All I am, I surrender

Give me faith to trust what You say,
That You're good and Your love is great
I'm broken inside, I give You my life


And I may be weak but Your Spirit's strong in me
My flesh may fail, but my God, You never will


This is one of my top favorite songs because it is true and real.

Sometimes people hold Christians to a standard of perfection instead of seeing us as humans that fail, sin, choose poorly and yet are forgiven by a God who knows every little flaw, yet still calls us His children.  We are no longer the people we were – we are forgiven children of God with a new outlook on life. The difference between a Christian and anyone else is that we put our faith in God and believe Jesus Christ is our savior.  We believe our God will never fail. We still sin, for only Jesus was the spotless lamb, but we shouldn’t be living in that sin.  We should feel convicted when we gossip, lie, cheat, lust or any other sin and stop it immediately.  With God truly in our hearts we find there isn’t much room for the things we used to do and be.  We step away from a life we lived and enter into a new relationship with Jesus that begins to change us into being drawn to living a life where we sin less and are quicker to repent and ask forgiveness – and to give forgiveness. 

If being a Christian was perfect, none of us could claim that title. So, remember as Christians we should be spending more time with God so he can mold us into the men and women he has called us to be.  We should be walking away from temptation and gathering around like minded people to hold us accountable to our decision to follow Christ.  We should strive to live a life like Christ did – showing love, mercy and kindness wherever he went.

Lord, thank you for continuing to be faithful always.  Thank you for being there for us to rely on and to call upon at all times.  Thank you for opening that doorway so that we may come boldly to the throne and call on your name.  May each person reading this today be renewed in Spirit and have a boldness of faith like never before.  May you always get the glory for everything we do.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

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June 26

Daniel 3
28  Then Nebuchadnezzar said, "Praise be to the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, who has sent his angel and rescued his servants! They trusted in him and defied the king's command and were willing to give up their lives rather than serve or worship any god except their own God.

How many of us would react the same way? Would you give yourself over to flames to be burned before you bowed down to another god? Would you stand so strong in your faith that you would give up your life for your god?

I pray I would be so brave and so in love with my God that I would quickly, without reservation, would say I will not bow down to anything other than God.

Then I immediately think of the times when I did not speak up about my God to those who don’t believe. I think about the times that I let earthly loves take my time away from spending it with God. I think about the times I lied, cheated, stole, coveted and murdered without a second thought as to what my God would think or say.

We live imperfectly in an imperfect world. We are humans. Flawed and lost at times, but never forgotten by our heavenly Father. He knew that sin we would commit and how we would turn our backs on our God, but he sent his son to die so that we could be forgiven. He loved us more than we could even imagine. Time and time again we turn away, yet he still stands firm in his love for us.

So, even if you are like me and wonder how brave you could be, know that the God that created you is always right by your side, no matter if you turn away or fear man more than God. He is there waiting for you to turn back to him. He is there. He is able to meet every need you have. He is there for us just like he was for Daniel, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego.  We can trust in Him always. Trust in the only thing that is trustworthy – God.

Lord thank you for always being there and being trustworthy. I pray that today I can turn more towards you and less towards this world. I pray that I will trust you no matter what my eyes see or my ears hear. You are more than capable to hold me when I need it the most. May today be the day we all turn towards you fully and completely.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




June 25

John 5
28 "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.

This is what life is all about.  We are here for a purpose and in the end it is how we lived our lives in the eyes of God that counts.  It’s not what we drove, or where we lived, or what we spent on our wardrobes, or the achievements of our kids, it is how we lived that matters. 

In that moment before God, it is our heart and our life that will be examined.  It will be that moment where God sees if our actions were from our heart or for man.  He will know if our actions were simply for show.  He will look deeper and see what our intentions were – was it to be seen as “good”?  Were we only doing what we thought we should be doing?  Or, was it out of the love we have for Jesus and each other that our actions took place?  What do we do when no one else is looking?  Is it Godly? Our God is awesome and He will return one day to judge each and every one of us. 

Lord, thank you for your death on the cross that allows us to have God’s grace and mercy upon our lives.  Thank you for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our lives that tugs at our conscience when we are walking in darkness.  Thank you that one day I can stand in front of you and know that my sins have been forgiven and I have been washed as white as snow – no matter what choices I made in the past – your blood washed it away when I gave myself to you.  Grant each of us a peace today that can only come from you.  Help us to feel your presence in our lives in the simplest things of life.  Help us to see our actions as you see them.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



June 21


2 Timothy 4

7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8 in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.

In this day and age everyone wins, no one loses, trophies all around.  No one gets their feelings hurt, no one is left out, everyone is a winner no matter how much practice, sweat and tears went into the season. I was always taught you get out what you put in – not what everyone else is getting.

 Sometimes I think we do more harm than good to our kids by letting them all win.  There will be a day when someone will tell them “no”, “you failed”, “go back until you get it right”, “you didn’t follow the directions so you don’t get the prize no matter how hard you tried”. That will be one harsh wakeup call!  Hopefully it isn’t for an eternity you will never leave.

I asked myself a few questions this morning after I read this part.  Am I raising my kids to work for what they get or am I giving them way more “good” than they deserve?  Am I getting them ready to answer the call of God or man?  Am I pushing them towards living for God or living for themselves?  I am the parent. I am the guardian.  I am the one they come to for answers.  Do I teach them that failing is ok?  Do I push for perfection?  Do let mediocre get the gold star?

There will be a day when we each face our creator.  He isn’t like us, he won’t let you through those pearly gates because you give him some sweet eyes, bake him a cake nor will he be charmed by your words.  He will look straight through your act and see your heart.  He will see if you did what He commanded.  If you only got to third base, then you don’t get to go home with Him.  What a sharp reality.  It is time for a reality check for many of us, including myself.

 

Not all of us will get the prize.  We have to follow the rules and live as he calls us to live….not how we want to live.  Just because this world recognizes you with a trophy or ribbon, doesn’t mean you will gain the ultimate prize – heaven. 

Lord, help each of us to look honestly at ourselves and our hearts.  Are we living in a way that will get us an earthly prize or a Godly one?  I want what you have – not man.  Help us to live for you always.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


2 Timothy 2
5 Similarly, anyone who competes as an athlete does not receive the victor’s crown except by competing according to the rules.

God made each one of us different.  Some love a challenge, others shy away from anything out of the norm and some just muddle along no matter what comes their way. I can remember in grade school that one girl who could outrun me every time we raced. My goal was to beat her just once so I could be the victor for a change and not just a member of the race. Well, that was one goal I never reached, although I tried with everything I had.

Sometimes our lives end up like that as well.  Always striving for the crown, but always falling short for one reason or another. Some of us take those failures to heart causing us to lose focus on what really matters because all we can see is that crown. Others take those failures and turn them into something positive as they continue the race not just to win, but to just do the best they can in that situation. Others give up the race all together because they feel they can never win so it doesn’t matter anyway.

That is how many of us look at our faith. It is either a win or a loss. But God sees us as faithful believers when we just continue in the race no matter who passes us up, how many times we trip and fall, how many times we try to just pass that baton off and it hits the ground.  God wants to see just how many times we put our faith in high gear to catch up, or how many times we get back up and start the race again or how many times we pick that baton back up and give it to our team member ahead.

So, if you feel you are not winning the race, remember God just calls you to run it as best you can, he never said you had to win every time. He just wants to see you persevere and continue to believe God will be with you every step of the way to coach you through this race of life.

Lord, thank you for reminding us it isn’t always about the win, it’s about how we run the race.  Faithful and true to our God no matter how many pass us by.  Help us to get back up and try again instead of just walking away from the race. May you always be the inner strength that helps us back up time and time again.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!
 
Kelly


June 19

2 Chronicles 17
3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat because in his early years he walked in the ways his father David had followed. He did not consult the Baals 4 but sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. 5 The LORD established the kingdom under his control; and all Judah brought gifts to Jehoshaphat, so that he had great wealth and honor.

As I read this passage I could picture this image of Jehoshaphat with piles and piles of gifts surrounding him and him standing in awe of it all. Amazed by God’s love and provisions set before him.

That should be each and every one of us. We should be able to close our eyes and see ourselves in the middle of tons of blessings. So much so that they wouldn’t be room for anything else around us. Can you picture that? I can.

The amazing part of this passage is that Jehoshaphat just obeyed God, followed his commands, and not the ways of man. He did what God called him to do….Believe and follow. God provided above and beyond what he needed….and not just wealth – honor. Now, I am not saying believe and money will fall from the sky, but I am saying – Believe, follow, trust, love and obey – and God will honor your love for him. God gives and he takes away. The Lord establishes kingdoms! You simply must seek Him, know Him and follow Him. We each have a part to do – Do yours and God will take care of His. You will see doors open, hearts changed, lives saved, love shared and restoration take place.

Lord, thank you for your provisions in our lives. Thank you for calling each of us to you. I pray for those who are still lost and don’t know your love. Let each of us take advantage of every opportunity we have to share your word, your love, your eternity with someone today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




June 18


2 Timothy 1
7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner.

I was blessed to be able to take a trip to Rome and stand in the Mamertine Prison where it is said that Paul wrote parts of the New Testament. To stand in that dark cold cell underground and realize what he did while he was there makes me look at how I spend my time.  Getting up early to read scripture on the computer while sipping tea does not seem so difficult in comparison.

It was so humbling walking around the dungeon and looking up through the iron gate covering the only hole in the ceiling where prisoners were lowered down into the cell. It was the only light source in the room. It was there that he wrote words to encourage and inspire others. It was there that he reminded us that the Spirit of God gives us power. It was while he was imprisoned that he spoke of the power of the Almighty God.

We fail to speak of God’s faithfulness when we are being blessed by His goodness. We fail to speak of his greatness when we have food to eat and beds to sleep in. We forget how much God has blessed our lives and we live as if all we have is owed to us instead of the blessings that they are.

Today I am thankful for the air that I breathe. For living outside of four walls made of damp stone and for having a God who loves me wherever I am. I am thankful that I have the words Paul and others wrote that draws my heart closer to the heart of God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



May 25, 2018


1 Peter 2
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.

Just think if everyone took this word to heart and did what it said. What would your part of this world look like if you did this? If you let go of envy and malice and instead showed love and honor to those around you, how would your life change? How would those around you feel?

So often we get caught up in what other people are doing or saying to and about us, but the only thing we can change is ourselves. We can only make a difference in how we act or react. We have no control over anything else, so why do we fight so hard to change others?

If we all just spent an hour ridding ourselves of these things we would be amazed at our own thoughts and actions. If we consciously made this decision to change our attitudes we could change more than just ourselves, we would impact everyone around us – in a positive way.

Do some spring/summer cleaning and rid yourselves of malice and all deceit, hypocxrisy, envy and slander of every kind and let God do a work in your heart and the hearts of all those around you today. All it takes is you making a change.


Lord, thank you for your word and for loving us despite how we act. Give us eyes to see our own actions and how they affect others. Help us to see the love you have for us and the love we should have for one another. May today be a day our hearts look more like yours.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




May 24


Romans 12
10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

This is such a powerful verse. It should be the verse that we follow for our lives. It should be on our mirror at home, posted on our computers or the wallpaper for our phones. If this was our motto for life think about how that would look for a moment.

We would be more concerned about others than ourselves. We would look for the goodness in others to honor, not nitpick them to death for the little things that may annoy us. We would celebrate them and honor them. We would ask how they are doing and mean it. When someone looked sad we wouldn’t avoid them we would engage them. If someone was alone, we would befriend them. If someone was struggling we would be there to help them through.

But, most of the time we are more concerned about ourselves and our own futures. We look at how people can help us get to the place we want to be now how we can help each other. We put our needs first and foremost all the time before others. We don’t look to see who we can help, we look to see who can help us. We don’t really care about how others feel or what they think because there isn’t enough time to worry about ourselves and others.

Now, I know there are boundaries and some people just don’t accept help. We could probably list out a whole lot of “buts” in this section, BUT – we can do better than we are doing. We can show love and look past ourselves from time to time.

Make time to be engaged with others for others sake not our own today. Smile at someone. Show them love. Be a better you and watch others be better in your presence.

Lord thank you for waking me up and getting me moving this morning. Thank you for reminding me to put myself aside and look out at the world. Help me to see things as you see them not as I do. May you place others in my path today that need your love and let me be the one to share it with them.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!
Kelly 




May 22

Jeremiah 29
11 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 hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

God has plans for us.  We have plans for our lives as well.  Often, those two plans don’t match.

Been there and have done that.  Wandered out in a direction I wanted to go, only to be stopped and turned around, time and time again.  Some people may consider those “stops” failure, but I see them as redirection.  For God, it’s probably like corralling cats!  Just when we look like we are headed the right way, we turn right or left.  We are human after all - with free will!

The most important thing I see in this scripture is that God is planning our destiny.  He has it all mapped out, every intricate detail.  We just need to seek His direction in our lives and walk it out.

A few years ago a friend of mine was trying to find an old friend to invite to her daughter’s graduation.  They had tried a few leads, but were not able to locate her on their own.  All they knew was the name of the church she might be attending.  The weekend before graduation, while out running errands for graduation, they see someone at a local store with their church shirts on with the name of the church her friend supposedly attended.   So, my friend inquired if by chance they knew the lady and she did.  In fact, it was her best friend.

Now many would say that was just a coincidence.  I say it is God weaving our lives together at the perfect time to meet the desires of our hearts on every little detail in our lives.  Think about all the things that had to happen for that lady to be in her church shirt at the exact moment my friend was at the store.  God was in that woman’s closet that morning, with His still small voice, encouraging her to put on a particular shirt.  Every light had to be timed perfectly including the minute she left the house.  Every red light, slow car, lost key or any other time delay was perfected by the one above. 

We need to be reminded that God is in our lives, orchestrating even the smallest detail for his glory.  So, next time you are caught in traffic or you catch every green light on the thruway, know that God is on that ride with you.  “I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord….” plans to give you hope and a future.”

God’s plans are perfect.  God’s love is perfect.  We are not.  But, he loves us anyway.

Take time to thank God for orchestrating your life.  Thank him for being found when you seek Him.  Thank Him for holding your hand and guiding you through it all.  Thank Him and praise Him for every little thing He does in your life.  Seek Him and you will find Him.  You have a purpose for your life; live like it!

Lord, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you are in my life.  Thank you for waking me up, allowing me to have food in this house, family and friends to share my life with, and every struggle that comes my way that strengthens my faith and resolve.  May you be the one who gets all the Glory.  Use me for your glory today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



may 21

Ephesians 5
4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 

As I read this passage I began to think of the foolish talk, coarse joking and obscenities that have left my own mouth.  A little quick wit here, a curse word or two there and a little bit of foolishness to wrap it all up.  How bad can a few words really be after all?

I notice that if I let a curse word slip a time or two, they come a bit easier and more frequent.  If I spend time sharing crude jokes on Facebook or sharing gossip with others, it too seems to flow more often.  It is like opening a little whole in a large dam; it trickles out at first but then the wall starts to break away and it is almost impossible to contain.

It is the same with our thoughts and our words.  If we dabble in what God calls us not to do, before we know it our words won’t just be dabbles any longer.  It will start to flow just like the water coming through the break in the wall and before we know it, it has become another bad habit.

It can also work the other way as well.  If we swap our obscenity, foolish talk and coarse joking for true thanksgiving, it too will begin to flow out without us even thinking about it.

Take some time today to actually hear what comes out of your mouth.  We get into a rhythm and do not really hear what we actually say.  It is just another habit we have formed without realizing it.  Start with watching the curse words that leave your mouth and watch what else changes within your heart.  It’s a small step, but one that will make a huge difference in what you speak into your life and the life of others.

Lord, help us to actually hear what we say.  Give us the wisdom and strength to change our ways to line up with yours.  Help us to make these small changes but see huge results in our lives.  May we continue to strive to live as you live.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

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May 18

Jeremiah 3

1 If you, Israel, will return, then return to me,” declares the Lord. “If you put your detestable idols out of my sight and no longer go astray,2 and if in a truthful, just and righteous way  you swear, ‘As surely as the Lord lives, ’then the nations will invoke blessings by him and in him they will boast.”

This is such an easy answer –“ If  you will return to me” declares the Lord. All we have to do is turn away from the path we are on. Turn away from the sin we are chasing. Turn away from a life without God. Turn away from that temptation. Turn away from that conversation that will lead you astray. Turn away from what you do in private. Turn away from a path of destruction.

Easier said than done in so many ways.

But you don’t know what I have done.
But you don’t know the life I came from
But you don’t know how he/she treats me.
But you don’t know what they have done to me.
But you don’t know how mean he/she is.

To all of that God says, “Don’t you know what my son and I did for you?”

But, I forgive everything you do when you turn back to me
But, I forgive every word you spoke when you turn back to me
But, I forgive every thought you had when you turn back to me
But, I forgive every hurt you gave when you turn back to me
But, I heal every hurt you felt when you turn back to me

The first step is just turning around. Make that turn today and watch what God will do in your life. He is just waiting for you.

Lord, thank you for getting me out of bed this morning and drawing me in. Thank you for your word that always speaks so loudly to my heart. Thank you for forgiving us time and time again and loving us through our choices. Help us to turn away from just one sin today. Help us to see it as you see it and forgive us as only you can do.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




May 17


Exodus 23:2  Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.

I have been reading all of the laws passed down and this one really struck me this morning.  I tend to be the black sheep in a group – thinking and acting differently than the others.  Sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad – just like following the crowd.  The crowd does not necessarily know where it is going or even why – it simply goes.  It usually is easier to go with the flow of the group but God never called us to do the easy thing – he called us to righteousness.  He called us to himself.    My dad used to preach this all the time – we called it lecture 217.  He used to ask us, “if all your friends were jumping off a bridge would you do it”?  I would want to say, “Well it depends on if a bungee cord is tied to my leg, or if someone else was catching me, or how long the fall would be, and a host of other questions. 

Peer pressure is everywhere – for the young and the old.  We get persuaded to do things because “everyone else is doing it”.  We stand quietly in church instead of raising our hands praising your name, we feel like everyone will be watching how we act instead of wondering how God will feel when he sees us embarrassed to praise him, we put other things ahead of our time with God, we gossip, we lie to each other, we are unfair to others, we stretch the truth, we borrow without returning, we steal time from work…..and justify it all by saying everyone else is doing it – or if I don’t someone else will.  Follow God’s rules – obey Him and not man.  Be what God calls you to be – what he wants is what matters.

Lord, I thank you for your words and your guidance that leads us to you.  I praise you and give you thanks in all things.  I thank you for this day.  I thank you for this beautiful weather, I thank you for your mercy and forgiveness, I thank you for calling me by name, I thank you for your Son, and I thank you for your love.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



may 15

Proverbs 15
3 The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, keeping watch on the wicked and the good.

How many times did I tell my kids, “I am watching you!”? My boys were constantly picking on each other so I was always half looking at what I was doing and half trying to catch them in the act. It is amazing how well they acted in front of me, but let me turn my head for a second and it was on.

I guess that skill stays with us as we grow up. We act one way in front of one person but differently in front of another. We act one way on Sunday morning as we sit at church, but differently just a few hours before. I speak lovingly to my children in public but give them that look that says, “Just wait until we get home”. We act one way with our closest friends and another way with strangers.

God sees it all. He sees the good, the bad and that ugly we want to hide from the world. He sees the sweet caress you gave your baby last night and he hears the harsh words you spoke to your spouse. He sees the mother who steals to feed her baby and the mother who steals for drugs. He sees the father molesting his children and the man who bought an extra meal to feed the neighbor’s kid. He sees the teenager pulling out the gun and hears the cries of the mother who just lost her child. He sees the fake smile you put on your face and the tears you shed as you drove to work. He sees it all. His heart hurts for everyone, good, bad and ugly. He created each of us for a purpose to serve Him, but we all failed. We all chose poorly. We all made mistakes. We all SIN.

Never think your actions or thoughts are hidden from everyone. God sees. God knows. God cares. Live your life like someone is watching your every move, because God is. Live your life like someone cares, because God does. Live your life like it matters, because God says it does.

Lord, thank you for being there no matter my actions. Thank you for never leaving me nor forsaking me in the good, the bad and the ugly. You see it all and yet you still had your son place his body on that cross to forgive me for everything I have ever done and those I have yet to do. Help me to see you at all times.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 

 May 14
Proverbs 13 (NIV)
10 Where there is strife, there is pride, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.

When was the last time you found yourself in the middle of strife? Yesterday? Last week? This morning? Maybe it is time to check your own heart and actions instead of those of the people around you.

I hate being wrong. I hate making mistakes. I hate when things don’t go like they are supposed to? But in every one of those instances, the hate comes from me. I am in control of my actions or reactions. I am in control of my feelings at every moment. They are mine to choose. They are mine to pick from.

Pride is defined as a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one's own achievements, the achievements of those with whom one is closely associated, or from qualities or possessions that are widely admired. Pride sneaks in when we want to see ourselves as the best, right or righteous. It is based on what we do, not on what God does. It is formed when we begin to believe more in ourselves than in the talents God gave us. If we begin to give credit where credit is due we take the focus off of ourselves and place it on God. If we stop getting offended by others and let God’s grace prevail, we will see healing. If we stop getting upset when things do not go our way, we begin to let God’s plan unfold instead of our own. If we stop hating those around us, we will begin to see the goodness that was placed in them by the God who created each of us.


Take inventory of your strife today. Where is it coming from? Are you really upset with them or something within yourself? Does strife follow you wherever you go? If so, maybe you are the one dragging it around.

 Take advice from God today and seek the wisdom and not strife. Seek love and not hate. Seek goodness and not wickedness and watch God’s greatness begin to saturate your life.

Lord, help me to see where my pride blocks my relationships and your love. Help me to see that strife starts with my pride, not someone else’s actions. Help me to see my motives and my heart first.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


May 9


Proverbs 3

5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

This is my verse today.  It is the one I will hold on to and stand on.  It is the one I will believe in with all my heart.   It is a verse I have read over and over and am glad I have in my arsenal of verses to live by when I need God’s strength and love to persevere.

The part I struggle with is the human side of trusting in the Lord.  That part of me that gets angry, frustrated, that feels alone, scared, worried and doubts…..at least for a little while.  The part of me that wants to walk (ok usually run) away when I know it is time to put on the armor of God and pick up my sword and fight the spiritual battle not the earthly one.

It is the balance between being human and believing and trusting in my God that is hard for me to find at times.  If I worry – that seems like my faith isn’t strong.  If I get angry – maybe I don’t trust God as much as I should.  If I doubt – where is my faith.  What I and everyone else needs to remember is that we are human, we stumble, we let our flesh take over – but our trust and faith in God comes when we take all those things to the cross at his feet and leave them there.  It is when I hold onto them that I lose sight of who God is in my life.  He is the Alpha and the Omega….the beginning and the end.  He is my everything and that is where my strength comes from.  The more you exercise your faith the stronger it becomes – the easier it is to face adversity with a smile.  The less flesh you allow to run with issues before giving them to God.

I (actually all of us but I’ll only talk about me this time) need to strengthen my faith and build up my arsenal before I need it so that when the enemy attacks- and he will – no matter what I am faced with I will have faith in the one who created me for His purpose.  And if he chose that purpose for me it has to be very important and totally awesome.  I will have faith in the God of truth.  I will have faith in the one who said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.  The one who will fill my cup to overflowing.  The one and only that loves me in spite of myself and gave his son up for me.

So, today I chose to trust God in all things, at all times and in every moment.  I ask now, to give me the support I need to help me face life with an attitude of love and compassion for those around me.  I ask now, for a heart after God.  I ask now, that I have mercy and grace in my heart to give to those around me. I ask now, for the ability to look past the earthly side of things and for eyes to see the spiritual side and the faith to stand firm.  I ask for the ability to see the blessings in the midst of my struggles.  I ask for the love of God to surround me today. I pray for each person reading this today that they too can strengthen their relationship with you and be able to stand firm in the face of adversity and trust you with all that you allow them to have.  I thank you God for who you are and that you are always trustworthy.  I give you all the glory, the honor and the praise in all things.

In Jesus’ name I pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly





Proverbs 27
18 He who tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who looks after his master will be honored.

My husband bought my first Satsuma tree a few summers ago. I was so excited to have my own tree, especially since I can literally eat my weight in Satsumas!  Well, as the season approached I started with about a dozen flowers.  I was so excited.  That should last me about 3 days….maybe.  As the season went on, I watered it every now and then and really only just admired the little green balls that were beginning to form.  I was more excited about the end result than tending to my tree.  Well as fate would have it, my trees fruit looked amazing – perfectly round and outrageously orange.  I was so excited when my husband said it was time to pick the first one off the tree!  I couldn’t wait to get home.

Well, I can say the tree was fruitful, but I was so disappointed in the taste of the fruit.  They were dry and tasteless.  Oh, how disappointed I was!  My crop was not what my hopes had in mind.  Thank goodness my neighbor’s tree or I would have never made it through that fall!

Tending to the fruit of my tree was my responsibility.  I proved that just looking at it and admiring it did not produce the outcome I wanted.  I needed to get dirty.  I needed to drag that hose around and sit outside with my baby tree and nurture it.  It needed some TLC and I did not provide it; and in return for my negligence – it produced some nasty fruit.

How many of us do the same thing with our relationships.  Spouse, kids, parents, friends and especially God.  We might nurture it a bit at the beginning.  Watering it with love and affection, intimacy and wonderful conversation but then we try to let it grow all by itself.  You cannot continue the nurturing when you aren’t there and you don’t water.  But, if that tree is left alone someone else might just come and desire the fruit of that tree more than you do.  Our trees will bend towards wherever they are getting fed and nourished.  This goes for our spouses, our children and our friends.

My husband and I have been married for almost 28 years.  There have been times that we watered with a vengeance, times we probably pruned a bit too hard, times we used the wrong spray to kill the bugs and times where our fruit almost died from drought.  There have been times we both wanted to just take out the ax and cut it down at the base!  But, we persevered thus far because we can see when our fruit and flowers start to wither and we know when to water now.

Your faith is just like that satsuma tree. You need to nurture it, feed it and make sure it is being tended to as well. God wants to give us all that he has to make sure we flourish so that we can feed those around us. He wants us to spend time with him so we can produce a crop worth sharing. 


Lord, help us to seek you first so we can have an abundance of fruit in our own lives. Open our eyes to the trees we are failing to tend to.  Let us know when to prune the trees in our life down, how to spray for the bugs that creep in and when we need to water.  I pray we can all see more fruit from our trees and that the roots can grow mighty and strong so our trees will not waiver in the wind or bend away from what is good.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly




May 7

Habakkuk 3
17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.

I would like to say that I would still be rejoicing in the Lord, but I know I would be struggling to do so if all those negative things were happening to me. If all my provisions were gone, would I still praise the Lord? I would hope so but life can be hard.

I know what I would want myself to do; start looking for things to thank him for instead of focusing on what I was losing. Even in the midst of horrible circumstances, God always gives us glimmer of hope to hold onto. It is up to us to seek it out, search for it with everything we have and then hold on tight to the one who provided it - God. We have to remember that he is still with us in good times and in the bad. He doesn’t retreat away when things are difficult. In fact I believe he nudges in just a little bit closer so he can be right there when we seek him out. He turns into us in those moments we feel the furthest from him.

If struggles are all around you today, seek him out. He is there. Seek the goodness in the situation and you will find it. Hold tight and don’t let go. This too shall pass and when it does, you will be holding on to the only thing that matters – our God.

Lord, thank you for loving us through everything we encounter. Help us to see your love and beauty despite the situation. Help us to reach out for you in everything we do.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 


May 2

Genesis 39
19 When his master heard the story his wife told him, saying, "This is how your slave treated me," he burned with anger. 20 Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined. 

But while Joseph was there in the prison, 21 the LORD was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph's care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

I have been reading about battles, victories, God being with us in the midst of it all, and how his hand is on his children no matter where they are. His word might speak about times past, but every word spoken is so relevant to our relationships today. How many times have you been put in a situation due to someone else’s actions? I tell my son often, “The choices you make don’t just affect you – they affect all those around you – whether they like it or not. Think about what you do and say”. Poor Joseph was just doing his job, tending to what he needed to tend to – and boom – his world is completely uprooted because of something someone else did and said. But even in his struggle – God paved the way for him. This is where having an optimistic outlook really helps – He continued do God’s work in the middle of his trial. He never stopped being the best at whatever God placed in front of him….and God gave him favor in his situation. How awesome all of our lives would be if we just simply praised him in everything – no matter how it looked on the outside – because we should know the heart of God. We as Christians should know that God is with us no matter what our earthly eyes and ears show us. 

All of us face our daily battles – satan’s attempt to turn us from our one and only God – but we must always see things for what they are – battles for our souls – and continue to look to God for our answers, our love, our everything. He is often there in such a subtle way that we mistakenly think has left. He is just such a part of us that we sometimes take what happens around us for granted. 

Thank him today for being with you today. Thank him for those green lights that got you to work on time. Thank him for that breakfast you had. Thank him for your health today. Thank him for your transportation. Thank him for your job (even if you don’t like it or don’t have one). Thank him for things that have not even happened yet. Speak those things into your life that are from God. Believe in Him. Trust Him. Get to know and love Him.

Thank you Lord for all the above! Thank you for speaking to me even when I don’t realize it is you. Thank you for your goodness, your guidance, and your love. I lay myself down at your feet this morning and ask that you fill each and every one of us with an extra dose of your Holy Spirit this morning to help us continue to seek you in all things. For the glory is all yours!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



April 30
Proverbs 30
I am weary, God, but I can prevail.


Ever been there? Feeling too weary to go on? Feeling like you cannot take on one more thing or one more conversation? Feeling like if you hear Mama or Daddy one more time and you will scream? Or feeling like you cannot face one more difficulty or it will surely break you this time?


We all feel it from time to time. We all get overwhelmed by what life throws at us, but we can always take one more step when we hold onto God to move forward. The key is never letting go of Him even when you feel like you are holding on to nothing. He is always there, despite the circumstances you are in. HE is always there no matter how much your heart is hurting or how much your fear is climbing.


I am weary, God, but I can prevail.


Lord, thank you for reminding us that no matter what we see, you are there and we can prevail. Thank you for never leaving us nor forsaking us even when we stray away. Thank you for all that you are and all that you do for us even when we don’t say thank you.
In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly




April 26

1 Timothy 1:15-16, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” (NIV)

Often we try and hide the fact that we are sinners. We pretend we are perfect all while pointing out the imperfections in others so that no one looks close enough at our own life.  But, God sees it all.

I attended a seminar several months back that opened my eyes to my own thoughts. It made me look deep within myself to see why I do things I do. It opened my eyes to moments of judgment on others. It brought light to perceptions I had of myself. I could see all the time wasted on trying to be perfect instead of just being me. It was definitely a time of being vulnerable and open and it brought so much clarity.

Being open and honest brings trust. It allows you to get over the hurdle of appearances and perceptions and allows for freedom. We all sin. We all make mistakes. We can own them and work on being better or we can hide them through insults towards others, anger, frustration or attempts at perfection.  All of those do nothing to grow us; they only stifle our true selves.

Be vulnerable today. If people walk away, they were not meant to be in your life anyway. If they stay and support you, you know you who your true friends really are. Share your struggles don’t pretend they are not there. God put others in your life to guide and help you. Let them do that and watch God move in all of your lives.

I’ll start. I am fearful of failure. I hate making mistakes. I do not like being vulnerable because I am afraid of being judged. I will sometimes question every sentence I type and wonder if it will change people’s opinion of me. I struggle at times with making decisions because I overthink them. I worry about making others upset and try too hard to keep peace. My boundaries need a lot of work. I find it hard to relax because I am too busy thinking about everything that needs to get done. I struggle with putting outfits together and am thankful for uniforms. I struggle with trying to be the perfect mom, wife, sister and daughter because I do not like letting others down.


So, be open today. Share your struggles. Everyone else has them too. Your struggles and what you overcome are not there to hold you back, they are there to lift others up and show them they can make it through anything with God  and good friends.

Lord, thank you for your Spirit that guides us from Glory to Glory. Help us to realize it does not matter what others think, it matters how we live our lives for you. If we sin, we must repent and move on. We walk in grace, mercy and forgiveness – not condemnation.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




April 25
James 3
8 But no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

I have been fighting my tongue for a few weeks now.  My mind wants to say one thing, but my heart knows it is not the wise thing to do.  It’s hard to hold your tongue when you know you are right.  It’s hard to hold your tongue when you are angry.  It is hard to hold your tongue when you feel hurt.

But, it also takes you on a path that leads to destruction. It takes you away from where your heart knows you need to be – but sometimes our mouth overrides everything inside us.  It takes over before we even realize it.  One person saying just the right (or wrong) word – gets our entire wrath….at least that is how it works for me!

I had a very wise woman speak to me yesterday about this very thing.  It always amazes me when God confirms what I need to do or say through his word and one of his people.  I wanted to lash out and fight what I believe is injustice.  In my mind I am completely within my rights, but as she put it, it would be stooping to a level I don’t want to be on.   She reminded me that I have always handled things professionally and letting my mouth override my senses would only bring me down….even though it would feel so good in the process! 

How many of us let our mouths run freely without ever thinking about where it will take us.  Will it lift us and those around us up or will it bring everyone, including ourselves, to a place lower than we would ever want to be?  Our tongues can be our downfall or be the one thing that lifts us out of the pit we are in and lets God’s glory be seen in our lives. 

So, let us think before we speak today.  Who is our tongue working for- our self or God’s glory?  Let’s be thoughtful in our actions and our words today.  Listen to what comes out of our mouth.  Who does it benefit?  Is it uplifting or is in bringing everyone down?  We need to make sure we have friends around us who can put our tongue in check when we need it.

Lord I thank you for the tongue you gave me.  I promise to truly listen to what comes out of my mouth and try to make it words that only give you glory and lift up your people.  Continue to bless me with friends and acquaintances that can remind me of what my words would do or could do.  Keep me surrounded by people who help me through situations instead of those who let me stumble.  May I be that light to others around me and let my mouth remain closed when my whole body wants me to scream and shout.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly





April 24

Proverbs 24
29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

This is easier said than done most of the time. We want revenge and we want it now. We want others to feel the hurt and pain they have caused us to feel. In our hearts, they deserve it. But, our God handles our revenge. Our God makes things right. Our God forgives others their trespasses just like he does ours.

I think that can be the hardest part to understand. We want grace and mercy when we make mistakes or hurt others, but we are so much slower to give it when we are the victim. We want people to pay for what they did.

Those of us, like me, who have been given plenty of grace, realize the power in that action. We know we don’t deserve the grace, but we received it from God through repentance.  We tend to offer it a little quicker at times and know that forgiveness undeserved is simply grace. We all need it. We all get it. We should all share it way more than we do.

Make today a day of grace. Instead of plotting revenge – give grace. Instead of making someone else’s life harder because they “owe you” – give grace. Instead of paying back evil – give grace. God sees every action we do and every one done to us. He saw what was done. He heard what was said. He already has a much better plan than you could ever dream up to make amends for the hurt. Let him work while you give grace and mercy. Walk in the faith that all things work for good for those who love the Lord (Romans 8:28).

Lord, help us to give grace freely. To turn the other cheek and love those who don’t love us. Let us walk in your grace and mercy today with forgiveness in our hearts and your love in our minds. Let today be a day we choose to be better.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

April 19

Proverbs 19
11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

 When was the last time you found yourself feeling offended by someone or something? Was it this morning when you had to share your space with someone else? Did you read or watch something in the news that upset you? Did you trip over that toy again this morning? Did you leave work yesterday offended by something your co-worker did or said?

By now you may even be feeling that anger and hatred again as your thoughts went back to that moment. But god says it is “to one’s glory to overlook an offense”. So, let’s think back again to a time you gave grace and mercy to someone who offended you. Can you remember the last time you forgave someone or just stepped over that toy instead of losing your mind? Can you remember the last time you just smiled and walked away from a rude or ugly conversation and thought loving thoughts instead of sending daggers out of your eyes and deep within their soul?

Think grace before you react or offer that harsh word. Think love before you send out hate. Think forgiveness before you allow offense to take root. Look over those offenses today and keep God’s joy in your heart for others to see.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 

April 12

Proverbs 12
26 The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.

I began reflecting on the friends that are within my circle. Such a wonderful variety of ladies and gentlemen who lift me up when I struggle and who encourage me when I need it. They call on me the same way. It is called a friendship. A mutual sharing of life’s ups and downs with someone else.

I have also had a few “friends” that pulled me down instead of lifting me up. They opened up avenues in my life that showed me that they may not have truly been a “friend”. I know we all have had a few of those and maybe even have been that “friend” to someone else.

Over the years I guess I have gained a little wisdom in this area. I have learned that true “friends” love you where you are and are there to help you move to a better you. They know the “stuff” in your heart and know you are moving to another level of glory. They do life with you not against you.  They don’t collaborate with you in wickedness, they grab your hand and tell you the truth about how you are acting.

So, if your friends are not making you a better you and you are not doing the same for them….maybe the wicked are leading others astray. If your friend helps you get back at someone else, walk away from that friendship. If that friend just agrees with all the negative things you say about someone else instead of trying to help you see the good in others, walk away. If that friend agrees with everything you say, walk away.

Choose your friends carefully. Create your circle of friends out of those who are honest, who love God and want the best for themselves and for those around them. Make sure you have people around you who will correct you when you are wrong and will tell you when your heart is not where it belongs. You get to choose your friends. Choose wisely.

Lord, help us to see ourselves and our friends as you do. Surround us with loving caring friends who want us to grow spiritually into stronger men and women of God. Help us do this life in love, joy and compassion for others and may your spirit open our eyes to those around us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




April 11

Psalm 141
8 But my eyes are fixed on you, O Sovereign LORD; in you I take refuge--do not give me over to death.  9 Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers.

One of those little stickers that I used to have on my old computer said “keep your eyes on God”.  I would look at it pretty often when I was going through a few trials a few years back.  It was so hard to do.  There was so much going on around me screaming for my attention.    So many projects that were not completed.  There were nights when I thought I couldn’t handle one more thing on my plate.

But, the thing that should have been the most visible to me – was hidden behind all the little stuff, the worries, the concerns, the feelings of anger, disappointment, despair and a few others.  God was there all along, just waiting for me to look up and take his hand.  I know I reached up and grabbed it so many times, but I would let my focus turn back to all the other “stuff” and I would lose my grip and he would be out of sight again.

I was reading a book, Breaking Bondages, that described this journey so well.  It’s a visual image I will now use every time I find myself drawn away from God.  It described the journey to God as a long empty road, with sidewalks and buildings lining the sides.  Nothing on the roadway so you were free to walk anywhere on the road you wanted.  But, as the journey began, people begin coming out of the buildings.  They call your name trying to get your attention.   They hurl insults at you tell you lies.  They are forbidden to enter the road, so they continue to scream out to you to distract you from your journey.  You can talk to them if you wish.  You can argue with them about what they said but they can’t reach you.  You can walk along the sidewalks with them, befriend them and even get on the sidewalk, but they can’t enter the road.  The choice of how much you engage with them is totally up to you.  You can stop and stay anywhere along the road, but that choice is yours. 

At the end of the road is God.  He is still there on the throne.  Never moving or leaving, always right in front of you.  Satan is the one who stands on the sidewalks screaming to get your attention.  He is the one who hurls insults at you or tells you that you are incapable of getting to God.  He distracts you from your journey.  He can’t get to you because you are a chosen child of God.  He has already won the battle you just have to walk the victory lap to get to him.  If you stand and argue with satan on the road, you do nothing but slow your journey.  Satan doesn’t leave, you don’t win the argument but he wins your time. 

That image was so profound to me.  I spend too much time yelling at the spectators and too little time just running the victory lap with my eyes on the prize – God.  Take time today to see just what is distracting you from your journey.  Satan doesn’t have to come hard and fast, he comes ever so slowly so you don’t even realize he is there.  Get back in the center of the road.  Journey on.  Get your tunnel vision going and ignore the rest.

Lord, thank you for the words you give each day.  Thank you for giving me visuals I can understand and relate to just when I need them.  Help me to realize when my eyes have drifted from your face and to the side of the road.  Give me grace and mercy for today and for others. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


April 5
Romans 8:32 He did not even spare His own son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

I woke up earlier than usual this morning but stayed in bed talking to God. We talked about the day I had yesterday. I thanked him for amazing parents that love me and my family. I thanked Him for a puppy dog that showed up in my life over a year ago that had been a desire in my heart for a very long time and for that unconditional love it provides. I began to thank him for friends that I have and family that remain close. I have a roof over my head and love in my heart.

It is amazing what happens when you take time to be thankful and grateful for what you have. It makes the times when you feel like you have lack shrink. When there are times when you feel like you are just treading water, he reminds you that he created the ocean. When I feel like I don't know which way to go, he reminds me that no matter what path I choose, he is there.

I prayed for His wisdom this morning. I asked for the Holy Spirit to work through me today. I prayed that my enemies are blessed and will come to know God through that blessing. I prayed that today I would be able to see and feel His presence and have discernment as I walk through this day.  After I prayed for these things this morning, I opened up my bible and read the verse above. How awesome is our God, that in my time at his feet, he had already prepared my readings for today. He answered the prayer I had that I did not even known I would pray this morning  - but He did.

Lord, thank you for confirming just how much you love us and that you know our hearts inside and out. Help each of us to see you and feel you in our lives today. Let us have amazing "God wink" moments today to remind us just how awesome you are and how blessed we are to saved by your grace.

In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




April 4

Proverbs 4

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.

What a powerful proverb. If we look straight ahead we can see where we are going. We can see what is next. we can see the obstacles. We can see the people along our path. We can see potholes, rough patches and dips. But, many of us are too busy reminding ourselves of what is behind us. We rehash the decisions we made, words we said or thoughts we shared. God wants us to learn from what was in the past and only take the lessons forward, not the shame, guilt or pain.

Take time to refocus your eyes today. Look forward. Look up. Look to your maker to guide your path. Leave the past where it belongs, behind you. Nothing can change it. Nothing can make it disappear. Nothing can remove it, but the future takes you away from it.

Lord, thank you for new mercy each day. thank you for letting yesterday be unchangeable so we can move forward with the day you have planned for us. Help us to take away the lesson and not the rest of what satan wants to attach to that moment. May we walk in the grace and forgiveness you so freely gave.

In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



March 26

Romans 8
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing we do can separate us from the Love of God. Even in our lowest of moments, he was there. Even when we turned our back on him, he was still there. Even when we ran so far from him, he was still there. Even when we did the unimaginable, he was still there.

No matter how bad, disgusting, vile or evil your actions were, His love for you is still there. He forgives us and loves us despite any of the things we did or said. Sometimes that is hard for us to imagine because we hold on to hurts of others, but God is not like us. He is love and he does forgive and leaves that evil in the past even if man doesn’t.

Walk in his peace today. Walk in his love. Hold your head up high, smile and live like you are a child loved by the King of Kings and the Lord or Lords because you are loved by God.

Lord help us to accept the love you so freely give. Help us to walk in the freedom the cross gave us as a gift from the father. Help us to walk out our faith and allow you to love us where we are.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 







March 21

Deuteronomy 31:8
The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

When I read this scripture I often think of God being with me when I move forward in life. He will be there in the next minute, when I choose this or that. He is walking along side of me as I do life. Every now and then I remember the image of one set of footprints in the sand showing how he carried me.

But, in those moments of deep hurt, sadness, pain or anger, I often forget he was there. I push him out of the picture.  I forget that he stood there right next to me when that pain was inflicted or that wound was made. He was right there when I made that stupid decision, wrong choice or said that mean thing. He was there in that moment I constantly strive to forget. He was there in that nightmare that keeps coming back. He was there in that one moment I wish I could get a “do over” for.

The Lord himself was with me. The Lord himself stood right by my side. The Lord himself cried with me, laughed with me, felt pain with me, felt shame with me, felt alone with me.

So, remember that he has always been there and will always be there with us. When that “thing” happened, whatever it is for you, he was there. He gave this world free will and Adam brought us sinful natures. People do mean things, we do mean things, but God brings healing to the pain and love to the situation. He can bring redemption where hate resides. He can bring freedom from hurts. He can be the salve for our wounds. Invite him to sit with you in that memory and let him love on you where pain once stood.

Sometimes opening up the memory is the hardest part. It hurts. But, with God all things can be made whole again. God is our healer. Let him in your heart today.

Lord, thank you for reminding me that you are always here and are always ready to heal. Help us to not be fearful or discouraged, but be filled with the love of God in the deepest places in our hearts. Let forgiveness flow and healing begin.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




March 20

Matthew 27
42 "He saved others," they said, "but he can't save himself ! He's the King of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' "

Before Jesus was crucified, he went away and prayed about what was to happen to Him.  He asked God to take this cup from Him, but ended it with, “Let your will be done.”  Jesus knew that God’s will would prevail, but He let God know what He wanted.  In the end, God didn’t answer Jesus’ prayer, He let His will prevail for the good of all.  I cannot imagine what God felt at that moment.

A couple of weeks ago a dear member of our church passed away.  Our family had been praying for him for quite some time.  We prayed for miraculous healings, peace and comfort for the family, and for God’s will to be done.  One day, Luke said we needed to pray right now for the family.  He led the prayer and asked God to “let Mr. L go to heaven and not suffer anymore.”   Several days passed and Mr. L hung on.  Luke would ask each afternoon after school if I had heard anything yet to which I replied, “No, God’s not done with Mr. L just yet.  He must still have some work to do on earth.”

About a week after Mr. L died, Luke asked to talk to me.  He shared with me that he was really having a hard time believing in God because He didn’t answer his prayers of healing and he didn’t let Mr. L go to heaven when he asked.  I shared with Luke that just because you pray for something doesn’t mean it will happen.  It just lets God know what you desire.  God sees the big picture and sometimes our prayers must not be answered for reasons we probably won’t know while we are here on earth. 

I shared this story of Jesus going away to pray about his own death.  I am sure God loved Jesus enough to give him anything he wanted, but God saw the bigger picture and denied his prayer.  Even knowing how difficult Jesus’ last few hours of his life would be, God knew it would change the world.

Sometimes our prayers need not be answered.  It doesn’t mean you didn’t pray hard enough.  It doesn’t mean you weren’t living right.  It doesn’t mean God ignored you.  It doesn’t mean you deserve what you are getting.  It means, God’s will comes first.  Now, should you not pray?  NO, God says to come to him and share your heart.  Many prayers in the bible were answered.  Some changed what God was planning to do.  God wants to hear from you.  Just because he doesn’t answer doesn’t mean he isn’t listening.  Jesus was denied and God loved Him.

Lord, thank you for listening to us when we call on you.  Thank you for not answering some of our prayers.  Let each of us always remember that you are there, despite what it looks like. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



March 19

Deuteronomy 26
18 And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. 

His treasured possession!  Think about that for a few minutes.  All of us have something that we treasure – could be our time, our cars, our homes, our jobs, our kids, our parents, or a host of other things.  Think about what you treasure.  How do you treat it?  Is it in a case on a shelf? Do you keep it stored up and protected? 

Sure you do – and so does God.  I am his treasured possession.  Sit and picture that in your mind this morning.  God – treasuring you.  Holding you carefully as to not hurt you.  Brushing your hair out of your eyes, fixing your clothes, wiping smudges off your face – and making you perfect.  Caring for you.  Keeping you safe.  Protected. 

You are his treasured possession.  He created you and loves you.  He asks that we keep his commands – those things he told us to do for our own good.  To keep us safe from the enemy.  To keep us focused on him as we go through our days.  Remember who you are today and act like it. 

Lord, I thank you for creating me and loving me and calling me your treasured possession.  Help me to always remember I am a child of the living God and that I am to keep your commands and that your grace is sufficient for me. 

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen! 

Kelly




March 15

1 Corinthians 5
20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Let those words soak in a minute….Christ’s ambassadors.  A representative of Christ. 


That is a huge commitment with loads of responsibilities.  If God were your Supervisor and he had to do an evaluation on you every year where would you rate?  Would you be up for a raise or would you be working a discipline plan to get you back in line to keep your job?  So, let’s see. 

Knowledgeable of His rules and regulations?  Yes/No  Do you read your bible?  Do you know what He requires of you?  Are you studying how you are to live under His law?

Works well with others?  Yes/No  Do you have to be right all the time?  Do you share your toys or do you hoard them?  Do you help others along the way or do you simply stay focused on what is ahead and ignore those around you?  Do you work for God’s glory or your own?

Takes the initiative (spreads the gospel)?  Yes/no  Do you answer the prompting of the Holy Spirit to share with those around you?  Have you stepped out in faith to share your knowledge of Jesus Christ?  Have you taken the challenge of reading His word in a year on your own?  Do you wait for others to tell you what you should know or how you should act?  Do you put the responsibility of your learning God’s word on others – your priest, pastor, brother, etc?

Has a positive attitude in the workplace?  Yes/no  Do you reflect the light of Christ?  Do you know your savior lives and walk around smiling all the time because of His love?  Do you look at things half full or half empty?

Ability to learn new skills and put into practice?  Yes/no  Can you read God’s word and implement what He is calling you to do in your life?  Do you fight him every step of the way trying to show Him that your way is better?  Do you think you do not need to learn anything else?

Demonstrates concern for other’s needs?  Yes/no  Do you put other’s needs before your own?  Do you share all you have today believing God will provide what you need for tomorrow?  Do you run the race so you alone will finish – or do you stop to lift others up along the way?

Completes tasks at hand?  Yes/no  Do you do what God has called you to do?  Do you finish or give up when things get too hard?  Do you believe He is worth your efforts?

Work Quality – Accurate (truthful)? Yes/no  Are  you honest?  Do you tell little white lies?  Do you sugar coat your activities to make them easier to swallow?

Thoughtfulness – thinks of others?  Yes/no  Who comes first – you or God and others?

Thoroughness - looks at everything?  Yes/no  Do you simply base things on your own perspective or do you look at things with God’s eyes?  Are you quick to judge yourself and others?

Consistency – follows His word always?  Yes/no Are you always a follower of Christ – or only when it works for you?  Are you always luke warm or do you burn for Jesus Christ always?

Other duties as assigned:  Have you kept the vows you have made?  Do you treat your spouse and/or children with respect?  Do you honor your parents?  Do you share your time and talents with others?

Well, how do you rate yourself?  Do you get a huge performance raise or do you simply get a cost of living adjustment?  Should you be put on probation and given a 90 day follow-up review?  Or should you be fired – or sent back for more training? 

Depending on the day of the week – I could probably fail in all of these sections.  We all find ourselves in times of spiritual droughts – but we have to remember, we are indeed Ambassadors for Christ and should be ready and able to do our jobs at any time as he calls us to do them – not like we want them done.  

Lord, thank you for today and for getting me up in the middle of the night to reveal your words to me in a special way.  Thank you for reminding me that I am a child of God and should always be ready to be judged by you.  My actions and thoughts are always being documented by you.  I also thank you for taking those write ups at work and disposing of them forever!  Help each of us to remember that there will be a day that we are evaluated on our performance here at work and there is only one chance.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



March 14

Deuteronomy 17

1  Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect or flaw in it, for that would be detestable to him.

As I thought read over this section I thought – well of course I would never give God anything flawed or second rate.  He is my God, my Lord.  Only a perfect gift could be given to him…and then I thought about what I do actually sacrifice to Him.  Then I thought about my heart and my reasoning behind my attempts to sacrifice.  Most of the time my heart is pure, my sacrifice is not defective – but sometimes I do it because I need to, not as an act of worship.  I let it become what it should not be – a chore.  Most of us try our hand at giving up chocolate, sweets, soft drinks, bread, meat and a ton of other things.  All of which are great, when your heart is where it needs to be and it is done not just to say you gave something up, but to show God how much He means to you.  To give Him the worship he so deserves. 

I guess the key to it all is where your heart is on the matter.  Does your sacrifice draw you closer to God or does it actually separate you from him?  Are you simply giving something up or taking something in – like a change of heart, or attitude, or walking in a spirit of love when  you are among your enemies, are you taking that time of fasting and using it to pray for your enemies.  What do you do with the time you have left from not doing “something”?  Do you fill it with something useless or do you spend it at the feet of Jesus? 

Lord, thank you for teaching us how to sacrifice and reminding us to make sure it is not flawed in your eyes.  Help each of us to really look inward at our hearts when we chose to sacrifice something to you. Let it truly be an act of worship and not simply an act.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



March 12

Proverbs 12

The fool immediately shows his anger, but he shrewd man passes over an insult.

This verse made me look at my reactions to insults. Do I get angry immediately? Do I sit and ponder if there is any truth in the words? Do I yell insults back? Do I smile and just walk away? To those I say, yes. I have done all the above at different times.

It can be hard to hear an insult and walk away without making a comment in return especially if it strikes a nerve.  I have always tried to look at what was said to see if there is any truth in it. Are they right? Is it true? Can and should I change something? We can all improve. The rest I ignore.

As I tell my boys, arguments are usually not worth the breath they take from you. Kids will say and do mean things, then they grow up and do it as adults! We just need to remember we are all children of God – we just mature at different rates.

Lord, help us all to live as you called us to live. Slow to anger and quick to forgive. Help us to never stop growing closer to you in our words and our actions. May today be the day we stop reacting and start becoming shrewd men and women who pass over an insult. May today be the day you change our hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




March 7


Romans 6
16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

I sat here thinking about my life and searching deep to determine what I am really obeying. Is it God, satan, friends, family, spouse, biblical laws, norms in society, my flesh, my neighbor or co-worker, the person at the corner store? Where does my loyalty lie? To what do I give my attention and desire?

Almost too deep for this morning! But, if we are honest with ourselves, we are slaves to a lot of things. We build our self-worth on what others think. We build our foundations on what others expect. We put our hope in what we can do for ourselves. We do life by guidelines God never intended for us to use.

This past year I have searched my heart, soul and mind to see who I really am. At first it was a bit scary because I was not sure who I would really find. But, along the journey, I am finding my true self. The one God created to be a slave to Him. To live a life that pleases Him and Him alone. It is a whole lot easier than fighting myself on this journey.

So, maybe it is time for you to search your own heart and see where your obedience is focused. Is it centered on God or is your flesh getting in the way? There are a lot of things vying for our attention be mindful of where it goes.

Lord, thank you for opening our eyes to our tendencies to obey everything outside of you. Help us to return our focus to you and your righteousness. Help us to see ourselves as you do, broken and in need of a Savior. Continue to give us strength for our journey so that we can hear, “Well done my faithful servant”.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




March 6

Psalm 71
3 Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress.

When I was little, I spent hours playing in our gravel driveway with my cars.  I created highways, overpasses, and tons of detours through those rocks.  I was in my own little world.  I could drive wherever I wanted, see whatever I dreamed up and visited with whoever lived in my little rock world.  It was my refuge of sorts. 

As I thought about my travels I was reminded that no matter where I turned on my make believe highway – there were rocks everywhere.  I could move them aside, ride over them, build a mound to live in  - but no matter what I did with them – they were still there – in my presence – whether I realized it or not.  I used those rocks to create the world in which my imagination lived.  I get such peace thinking about those times.  Those rocks, looking back, were like God.  No matter what shape I made them into or even if I pushed them all aside for me to get by, they never left me.  They were always there waiting to be used on my journey.

Our God is our rock.  Our point of refuge in times of trouble and in times of joy.  He is along our road of life – waiting to be used, waiting to be seen, waiting for us to pull up and visit.  There are times when we roll right over him, detour around him or push him to the side, but, he never changes, never cracks no matter how bad we abuse him.  His love is forever.  His mercy is forever.  He is our rock and our fortress in life.  We just need to realize he is there.

Lord, you amaze me every morning when I read your word.  You take me to a place of love and joy and help me to realize just how amazing you are in so many ways.  Help me to keep myself open to your presence.  Help me to see you in the rocks along the way and know that even through all the obstacles and difficulties I face – you are still my rock and my fortress and you are always near – even if I don’t realize you are at the time. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



March 1
Matthew 13

16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.

Today’s verse was from Experiencing God Day by Day, by Henry Blackaby &Richard Blackaby. They talk about having spiritual eyes and ears to see and hear as God does. As I sat here meditating on it this morning, I began to think about the men and women in my life who truly can see and hear as God does. One person can tell when someone’s spirit is troubled, without asking or saying a word. One can see angels around us almost every time we begin to discuss a scripture or what God would say or do. There is one who gets a “creepy feeling” around some people that I would never consider “evil”. Another is blessed to be able to see the sin that keeps them from Jesus. One must truly have eyes in the back of their head because they always know what is going on without being told a thing.

As I began to think about these people, I almost started to become a bit jealous of their beautiful gifts. It is easy to do when you let your fleshy take over. We begin to covet what others have, instead of being truly honored by the giftings we were freely and purposefully given by God. Our creator took time to bless us for a purpose, but we are too busy looking outwardly that we forget the true love of God we have just for us.

Now, some of us may quickly say we do not have any gifts, but we would be wrong. God has gifted each of us for our purpose, we just have to seek him and see what those things are. They will be unique to us and will be needed for His kingdom, not our own.

Take time to sit with God today and ask him to show you your gifts. You may be amazed that what you take as natural, is really a gift from God. Each of my boys is gifted in different ways. I can see how God is using each of them differently. Those differences should be appreciated and encouraged, because they were given by a wonderful God who knows way more than we do about how to use them.

Lord, thank you for reminding me of the gifts you gave to me. Thank you for allowing me to have ears that hear as you do and eyes that see as you see. Thank you for changing my envy into praises for who you are before it took root. I pray that when others seek you and their gifts that you open their eyes and ears as well to the beauty of who you are.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



February 23



Psalm 37
12 The wicked plot against the righteous and gnash their teeth at them;  13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he knows their day is coming.

I love the image I get reading this verse.  God up there – watching my enemy planning away – and him saying, “Really you think that is gonna work against her”, as he proceeds to laugh out loud.  I imagine him to have such a majestic, mighty laugh that is contagious.  Everyone laughing at my enemy knowing that he has no chance to overcome me.  My God wins. He has overcome the world.  He created everything in it and he knows its limits. 

He knows just how much I can take; he knows just how much the enemy can throw at me and he knows that I trust in Him no matter what my eyes see and my ears hear.  He is the father of all and will cover me with his grace, mercy and love all the days of my life.  Whatever satan means for harm, he will turn for good for those that follow His word. 

We need to remember that God does laugh.  He does weep.  He does long for us.  He gets angry and his wrath is real.  And most importantly – HE LOVES.  Unconditionally.  Without prejudice or cost – he simply loves.  His son paid the cost for us to be in his presence and enjoy His mercy and grace.  We are forgiven, loved and cared for all the time.

What emotions have your drawn out of the Lord?  Has he heard your cries in the night and wept with you.  He has had his hand on yours whispering to you that he is in control.  He wants you to continue the good fight and walk in his ways always.  He is telling you that right around the corner is your breakthrough – just hold on.  Has he smiled, danced and sang along with your praises no matter how bad you sound?  It’s not the sound he hears – it’s the condition of your heart he sees.  Has he laughed at you as you start out on your journey without consulting him?  I know I have made him laugh long and hard on many of occasions.  Have you made him sad and heartbroken when he watched you make bad choices and remain in the sin he warned you about?  Was he grieved by what you did and the consequences he knew you would face?

I have set him from one end of the emotion spectrum to the other – but in all of them the one that is constant is love for me – no matter emotion I was pulling from him – Love overcame them all.


Make God smile today with your actions and your words.  Praise him for all he has allowed in your life that has made you who you are.  Give him the respect and the love he so deserves.  Be the child he has called you to be today and act in that manner.  Let him laugh at your enemies because you are following his ways.  Lord, thank you for making me have the joy and the peace that only comes from you.  May we all be a blessing to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

February 22

Numbers 14
11 The LORD said to Moses, "How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?

Ever have one of those scriptures that stir up such emotion in you?  This is one of them for me.  I love reading and hearing God’s words. I get excited when I read “the LORD said”.  It is like I am right there and He is talking to me.  I long for Him to speak to me, but hate it when he speaks like this! 

 If I close my eyes I can see the pain in his eyes as he speaks.  I can see the heartache I caused him to feel because I didn’t have faith in what He has told me.  It’s as if I am calling him a liar to his face.  I discredit everything He has done for me.  In spite of everything He has done so many of us lose our faith in the only thing faithful.  We put our trust in liars, thieves, cheaters, and back stabbers instead.

How painful it must be to watch us in action!  Knowing the plans He has for us are perfect, yet having to watch us take so many different detours along the way.  Every one of our actions affects someone else in some way or another.  Today, I am going to make an effort to make careful thoughtful choices so that in everything, God is glorified and honored.  I want to hear “well done my faithful servant” instead of “How long will these people treat me with contempt”

Lord, thank you for speaking to me in so many ways and stirring up such emotion this morning.  Thank you for continuing to give me grace and mercy when I sin against you. I love getting to know your heart and the love you have for me as I read your amazing words.  Help me to put you first in my life and always live my life for you.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



February 20

Psalms 118
28 You are my God, I give you thanks my God, I offer you praise. Give thanks to the Lord, who is good, whose love endures forever.

Most of us have read this verse, spoke this verse or sang it dozens of times, but how many of us live it? For the 40 days leading up to Easter I am challenging myself to be in a state of thankfulness for the things God allows in my life, be it good or challenging. It is amazing how much free time you have during your day to just say Thank you God for ______. As with most things, it takes focus at first, but before you know it, it is just part of your day and part of who you are.

There is a stairwell that I use very often at my office. I climb up to the second floor and back down again time and time again throughout the day. I like to call it my prayer stairs. I say the Our Father on my way up and I try to be thankful for something on the way down. If I have a file in my hand, I read off the name and pray for that person and ask God to bless them wherever they are and in whatever God is doing in their hearts.

I never want to make praying something I have to do; I want it to be who I am, deep within my heart. Using the stairwell as a reminder is just a way to help me remember it is time to talk to my creator. You can use anything to help spark this love affair with God. When you get in and start your car, take a minute and thank him for what he has provided to you. When you stop at a light, thank him for lighting the way in a dark world. Instead of punching your kids when you see a Volkswagen beetle, tell them what God loves about them or why you are thankful they are in your life.  It is easy to spread the love of God and to remind yourself to be thankful if you focus on God and not your circumstances.

Lord, thank you for your love, your guidance and your faithfulness to each and every one of us. Help us to be more mindful of the love you have for us and to be thankful for all that you do for us every day. Let thankfulness be what is on our lips today instead of groaning.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



February 16

Matthew 5

3 Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

In today’s devotional by Max Lucado, Grace for the Moment, he speaks on this verse. This part struck a chord in my heart this morning as he reflected on the beatitudes. “”Those who mourn.” Sinners Anonymous bound together by the truth of their introduction: “Hi, I am me. I’m a sinner.”…

I think we are often so caught up in what other people are doing that we forget our own sin nature. We are sinners. We say the wrong things. We think the wrong thoughts. We act the wrong way. We use mean words that hurt other to their core. We talk behind people’s backs. We gossip. We commit adultery. We kill. We destroy what God creates.

Maybe we need to start our day with this, “Hello God. It is me, Kelly. I have sinned against you and I am sorry for _______________ (fill in your deed here). “

We may begin to be a little less critical of others. We may  just see that we have a bit more patience. We may find that our blank gets smaller and our hearts and minds get wiser. We may just find that we begin to hesitate when we are faced with the opportunity to sin that way again. And, before we know it, that sin is no longer the norm in our lives.

So, before you lash out about someone else’s sin, look at your heart, your mind and your soul and remember, “Hi, I am me. I’m a sinner.” We should be working on ourselves first before we seek to make everyone else “better”.

Lord, thank you for your word that cuts right through our hearts and shows us what is deep inside day in and day out. Help us to see ourselves as you see us, forgiven children of a loving God. Help us to hear our words clearly as you do and help us to change them into words of love not condemnation.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

February 15

Proverbs 15

1  A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

This verse is so true. How many times has a harsh word added to fuel to a fire?  Or how many times has a harsh reply changed a perfectly calm conversation into an argument? This verse made me think of the last few conversations I had and some I have witnessed. Yes, gentle answers won out. I see this in my boys, one will give a smart answer instead of a loving response and it is like the bell rings in the corner of the ring and the argument begins.

Now, this is not just with kids. This happens with spouses, co-workers, strangers, family and anyone in between. Think about the last time someone spoke to you or said something that sounded rude or ugly, what kind of response did you want to have? What kind did you end up giving? Maybe today we can be more mindful of our answers and the tone of voice we use. Maybe today can be a day you begin with a new attitude of love and not hate. Gentle answers instead of harsh words. God is ready to help if you are ready to learn.

Lord, thank you for your words that guide and direct our hearts and our mouths. Help us to hear the words we say and the way they are said. Help us to remember that gentle answers turn away wrath and that is what we want to strive for today. Let today be the day that our mouths begin to reflect the love in our hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!
Kelly  



February 14



JEREMIAH 31
3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.  NLT        


1 John 4
8 God is love

 1 John 4
16 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.

 1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Today, on Valentine’s Day, I just wanted to remind all of us that God is love. He loves us with an everlasting love that is not based on anything. He created each one of us for his glory and his purpose and he loves his creations.

So, as we celebrate love today, remember who loves you more than anyone else. Look for his love today and you will be amazed at what you find.

Lord, thank you for loving us with all that you have. Help us to see your love as we go through this day you have blessed us with. May we share the love you give freely to those we encounter today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly

 

 




February 6

Proverbs 6

16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

I have behaved in some very hateful and detestable ways. I used to say that I have not killed anyone, but if you think it in your heart, you have done it. I think many of us have this scaled list of sins where some are worse than others, but God sees them as what they are – a sin – and he hates them.

Webster defines haughty as “arrogantly superior and disdainful”. Have you ever looked down on someone? Thought you were better than they were? What about that neighbor, coworker or customer?  What about that homeless man on the street corner holding a sign as he stumbles around? I have done all the above. In fact, I have done all those things God hates. I am a sinner.

But, the good news is that I can go to the Father and ask for him to forgive me. I can be mindful of my haughty eyes and work on remembering that we are all children of God and are loved by Him. I can repent for my actions and strive to not do them again. I can show love instead of hate. I can speak truth and not lies, no matter how little they are they are lies. I can be mindful of my heart and the thoughts in my head. I can surround myself with people who can hold me accountable so when I start to falter, they can speak truth to me and pull me back from my old ways.

We are all sinners. We all fail. We are all children of a loving God who wants nothing more than for us to turn away from our evil ways and serve him. Make that choice today and serve the Lord.

Lord, we thank you for your proverbs and this day. May you show us throughout the day when we do things that you hate. Let your Holy Spirit speak to our hearts and guide our thoughts and our words. May today be the day we turn to you with our whole heart.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly   




February 5


Psalm 145

18 The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

I wanted to share just how awesome and present our God truly is. Yesterday I attended a very powerful small group meeting where a guest speaker, a prophet from South Africa, spoke on how we can limit the power of God by our words, actions and thoughts. Like the scripture states we have not because we have asked not. So, this morning, after my alarm went off, I sat with my limitless God. I didn’t increase my list of please do this and please do that for me, but I did sit with God with a different perspective of his abilities.

I praised him for what he has done. I reminded him of his greatness and praised him for creating me for a purpose no one else was created for on this earth. I thanked him for raising the dead, healing the sick, and making a way when all we see is the sea or a mountain blocking our paths. I praised him for all that he is and what he is capable of in this day, not just in Jesus’ time.

I told him I was calling on his name and seeking wisdom from him for my life. I want direction. I want to see miracles. I want to know that I know that I know you are near me even during those times when I don’t feel like you are.

Well, as I opened my devotionals this morning, I flipped to the ones for today, 2/5. As I held the last one in my hand, that little voice in my head said, see what yesterday held. I flipped back on page and read today’s scripture, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

Yes, God hears us. Yes he is right here in our presence whether we see, hear or feel him – he is there. He is in the midst of our praises, right next to us in our hurts and before us on our journey. Never forget that he will never forget or forsake his children. And everything is in God’s timing, not ours.

God is still a God of miracles. He is still a God that heals, seeks, loves and makes ways through mountains. He does the impossible time and time again. If you are only asking for the things that are possible, you are limiting the abilities of your God. Stand on your faith, believe in Him and watch the greatness of God unleashed in your life.

Lord, thank you for creating us for your purpose and being there when we call upon your name. May we never limit your abilities and always have faith in the impossible.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



January 31, 2018


Colossians 3:12-14

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Did you hear God? He spoke to you and to me and to our enemy. We are His chosen people, holy and dearly loved. He is calling us to live together in unity. Forgiving and moving forward. Giving compassion, kindness, gentleness, patience and being humble. What amazing qualities to have and to give to others. But, sometimes we can’t see past the hurts or the aggravation to see the heart of the person standing right in front of us.

We can’t change anyone else but ourselves. We can’t make forgiveness happen. We can’t make compassion be shown. We can’t make others gentle or patient, but God through us can make each of us into that caring, loving, humble man or woman of God.

I tell my kids, “Sometimes we just have to start over from right here, right now and forget who did what and when and just step forward from now”.  

Sometimes we just have to start a new chapter in our book. Turn the pages of yesterday over and look to the next chapter with excitement and eagerness. Never forgetting what the past chapters held, because it is how we got to the chapter we are in, but not holding onto them as we move forward. Not returning back to them time and time again to rehash those thoughts or feelings, but to embrace what is ahead.

God calls us to forgive. To move past our hurts and embrace unity and love. He calls us, his chosen people, holy and dearly loved, to share that love with those around us out of the goodness from within.

Maybe it is time for you to turn that page. Start a new chapter. Or maybe, buy a whole new book. Let go of the hurts and embrace the day ahead. Each day is new, just like God’s mercy. It is up to us what we drag along from yesterday.

Lord, thank you for your love, forgiveness and for new days. Help each of us to let go of the past and move lovingly into the future. Let the paths we take be the ones you have paved.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!
r
Kelly 

January 20

Matthew 7
7 Ask and it will be given to you: seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

 This is the verse of the day on my phone app. It is one I have read time and time again. But, today, as usual, God makes me stop in my tracks and whispers in my spirit, “Why are you still standing at the door? God ahead and knock. I am on the other side just waiting. What are you afraid of….getting what you ask for?”

I struggle sometimes with talking to God about what is going on in life. He created me with a pretty analytical mind and that can get me caught up in thinking things through way too much. I spend too much time trying to figure out that place between what I want, what I need, what I think God wants me to ask for, what sounds right and finally what my mind thinks I deserve. It can be a very noisy place in my head during those times. But, as God would have it, he brings this verse to me again when I have been working on that.

So, today, I sought, I knocked, I found and I asked. Not as a kid with a Christmas list, but as a daughter of the most high, with hurts in her heart, desires in her soul and joy in her spirit. I brought my broken and scattered pieces of this puzzle of life, that is way too hard for me to complete, and dropped them at his feet. I knocked and he answered the door – not a guardsman or a doorkeeper, but God himself.

Sometimes we just need a reminder that he is right there just waiting on us. Watching our every move, standing there whispering behind the door, “Come on, I’m right here. Come on, just knock already! What are you waiting on? I have all the answers you need just knock”. I imagine there are a few “Don’t go in there!!!! What was she thinking?? Lord, help us all!!!” that have come from his mouth while he is waiting on me as well!

So, no matter what you are dealing with, just knock. He is always awake, always there and always willing to serve his children.

Lord, thank you for fresh manna from heaven every morning. Thank you taking “old” scriptures and making them new again. Thank you for answering every time I knock and I thank you for making me new again.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


January 29

John 10
39 Again they tried to seize him, but he escaped their grasp.  40 Then Jesus went back across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing in the early days. Here he stayed 41 and many people came to him. They said, "Though John never performed a miraculous sign, all that John said about this man was true." 42 And in that place many believed in Jesus.

I must admit I get caught up in pride wanting to be the one that can do that miracle!  I want to lay hands and raise the dead, heal the sick, make the blind see and the deaf hear.  I want to be used by God in amazing ways.  But, it would not be so much about God and his greatness as it would be about me.  Sometimes I want more than I have but not because I am seeking God, just because I want it.  This is where my flesh fails.  That balance between serving God and self-serving behavior.  There is a fine line and it is easy to slide from side to side before you even realize you have moved.

As I read the words of God this morning, I thought about John.  I never realized John did not perform any miracles.  All John did was speak about God, live a life as God called Him to live and draw people near to the loving arms of God.  We don’t need to do miracles to change lives.  We don’t need to be the focus to draw others to God’s love.  All we need to do is be obedient on His call on our lives and support those around us in need.

Be a willing vessel and let God use you as he sees fit.  Don’t force something that isn’t God approved.  Be patient, listen and seek God’s wisdom.  You could be confirming what God spoke into someone’s life, by sharing your heart, just saying hello at the right time, reaching out to help someone in need at their moment of crisis, saying the right words at the right time, and just being yourself.  The self that God created for His purpose.

It is time for us to be the best we can be – not for ourselves or our pride, but for our God.  Open yourself to be used by Him in the way He sees fit.  Be the best you that you can be, that is why he made you.  He calls us to share the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to those around us.  We don’t have to have fanfare, lights or cameras.  It is about building relationships and loving one another.  Let others meet Jesus through you today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 26

1 Samuel 7
3 And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."

Many of us proclaim that Jesus is our Lord and King.  We put our faith in Him, worship Him and give Him praise.  But – how many of us still have “foreign gods” we hold on to or worship?  As I pondered on these words this morning I thought of all the things that could pull our worship and faith from our God.  Those things we rely on to protect us and provide for us.  Now, these things are not all bad, it is how we see them and treat them that are the deciding factors.  We need to remember that we should turn to God in all things and for all things.

Money, houses, families, children, cars, friendships, statuses, positions, jobs, power, strength, endurance, abilities, our bodies, fame, fortune, etc.

All these things can be gifts from our one true God, but how we treat them is the key.  Do we worship the things we have over our Lord and Savior?  Does the gift mean more to us than the giver?  Would we give up the time and energy we spend with God to spend it on these other things?  What do we put highest on the pedestals we have?

Satan uses so many things to separate us from the love of God.  He even uses the wonderful gifts our father gives us to draw us away.  He did it in the Garden of Eden from the very beginning – and we are no different.   We must be aware of the traps that are set before us and always remember God is the one worthy of all our worship and praise.

Lord thank you for this awesome day you have given us.  Not everyone has this opportunity.  I pray that you give each of us wisdom in how we treat all the blessings you have bestowed upon your people.  Let us always remember to you be the glory and honor in all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



January 24

Philippians 3
27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow.

How many “sorrow upon sorrow” have we been spared? Think about those that have been sick that God healed. Think about situations that people were delivered from? Think about a choice that could have been made that took you down a different, sinful path that were averted. How many accidents were barely avoided?

Until a few minutes ago, I never really thought about someone else’s healing being something God spared me from. I never thought about all the little and big things God diverted from my path by delivering someone else. Look at all those blessings that I thought were just bestowed on someone else, that God had my heart in mind as well. What an incredible insight! God’s purpose and plan for each of our lives is so intricately woven into everything and everyone around us. Only God can make those things happen.

So, next time a blessing or healing takes place within my sphere of influence (those around me) I will delight with them because I will see it as my blessing too. When someone is spared heartache, I will praise my God to the fullest because he spared me as well. When I am feeling alone or sad, I will look around at how incredible my God is because only God could weave his love into such an intricate pattern around me. God has mercy on me and on everything around me because he loves me and you.

Lord, thank you for opening my heart and my eyes to your everlasting love. Help me to see you in the faces of those around me. Let me celebrate victories of others like they are my own. Let my heart not get jealous or callous because of what I see others get; let me see it as a blessing to me as well. May my heart always stay focused on the God you are and the love you have for me and let me always see that silver lining that is always there.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



January 19


Revelation 17

14 They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

I want to be his called, chosen and faithful follower!  I want to be on the winning team.  I want to hear well done good and faithful servant. 

So, I will live as God calls me to live.  I will treat others as he calls me to treat them regardless of what I think they deserve.  I will have faith in Jesus that all of His promises are true.  I will turn from the enemy when tempted.  I will share my faith with my brothers and sisters.  I will follow righteousness and not the world. I will help those that the Lord places in my path.  I will boldly show the love of Christ to others.  I will stand up for righteousness and stand against the enemy.

But, most importantly, when I fail at any of these, and I will, I will repent, and seek his face once more.  No one is perfect.  No one is nice all the time.  No one is without sin.  But, in the end, it is our efforts and our faith that keeps us moving in the right direction.  And it is by his stripes, suffering and death that we are allowed in his kingdom.  And when it is all said and done – entry into the kingdom is far more important than who was right or wrong on this earth, or who came out first, or whose project was better, or what car or house we had.  It is who sought out the face of Jesus, adhered to his word and faithfully followed his commands. 

Lord, thank you for sharing your word with us.  Thank you for giving us the guidelines to enter your kingdom.  Thank you for letting each of us wake up to face another day in  your presence.  Thank you for everything in our path and the grace to over come all obstacles the enemy tries to place in our path.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 18

Hosea 10
12 Plant goodness, harvest the fruit of loyalty, plow the new ground of knowledge.

In Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado he says this, “Want to see a miracle? Plant a word of love heart deep in a person’s life. Nurture it with a smile and a prayer, and watch what happens”.

As I pondered on this verse and his words I began to think about the last true seed I planted into someone’s life. What bit of love did I give someone without anything in return?

We have such amazing opportunities to sow into each other’s lives. We can sow hatred, bigotry, jealousy, doubt and self-reliance in an instant without a second thought. But when was the last time you sowed a little love, hope or encouragement? What about some excitement, desire or comfort? Our words and deeds are so powerful when we use them together for God’s glory. We can take those hurting and lift their spirits with a word of encouragement, “I’m here if you need me” or “Remember God works out all things for good for those that love Him” or “God never leaves us nor forsakes us”. If we can take time to look at an app on our phone, we can take a minute to lift someone’s needs up to God and ask for him to intervene in their situations or we can spend a minute with them and show them we care. Remember we reap what we sow.

Unfortunately, we sometimes plant things we don’t want to reap. When we show resentment or anger towards someone else that seed can grow quickly into gossip or animosity. When we turn our back on someone that can plant a seed of worthlessness and self-doubt can grow.

We have so many seeds available to plant, we just need to make sure we are planting what we want to reap from others, because whatever is planted will grow and spread.

Smile at someone today. When you pull up at that traffic light, ask God to bless the person sitting in the car next to you. When you get to work, smile even if you want to be in your warm bed. Make the most of the day you have been privileged enough to have, not everyone was so blessed this morning. Some are out in the cold today. Some are at funeral homes saying goodbye. Some are alone with no one to care for them and others are being abused. Plant hope and love not anger and hatred. It is your choice, be wise today. Nurture the seeds you plant and watch for the miracle harvest.

Lord thank you for today. Thank you for giving us the free will to sow and to reap. Remind each of us throughout the day to spread hope, not hatred. Give us a fresh infilling of your Holy Spirit and let your mercy flow from us today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

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 January 16

Psalm 27

8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”  Your face, Lord, I will seek.

I woke up seeking God’s face this morning. Before my eyes opened or my body realized I was awake, my thoughts and hopes turned to God’s face. I placed myself at his feet and soaked in his love. I rested in his presence. I reminded myself of all the things He is; My creator, provider, healer, conqueror, source of wisdom and love. Scripture after scripture ran through my mind reminding me of just how powerful and complete his love for me truly is. That is the way to wake up – engulfed by his presence.

After a morning like this I wonder why I don’t wake up like that all the time? Why don’t I always seek His face first thing? Before I questioned myself too much or beat myself up for not doing this or that, I stopped and went back to his face and enjoyed the moment.

Today, take time to purposefully be in his presence. Let your mind run wild with his words not your thoughts. Let Him have his way with your heart and watch what he can do. Let him remind you of his goodness.

Lord, thank you for your presence and your love today. Help each of us follow our hearts and seek your face. May your presence change our hearts and our minds so that we can radiate your love to others.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


 Kelly 

January 12

Luke 10
40 Martha was distracted with much serving…But Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.

I always struggled with this verse, probably because I am often a Martha, because someone has to get dinner on the table or everyone will starve. I often feel like that. Busy doing all the details of life but finding out that I am missing the very life I am trying to make. Trying to clean house to have a safe clean place for my kids only to realize they are having fun in the mud without me. We can get so stressed out and sidetracked with the details we miss living.

My focus the last few years has been to enjoy the little stuff in life. It is where the memories are made and life really happens. It isn’t in what we think is the big stuff. It is the time spent talking in a car pool line. It is sitting on the side of a bed asking how was your day. It is helping find the “cleanest dirty pair” of school shorts in the morning because we stayed up watching our Netflix shows together.

In Grace for the Moment Max Lucado says it best, “As she began to work for him (Jesus), her work became more important that het Lord. What began as a way to serve Jesus, slowly and subtly became a way to serve self….She has forgotten that the meal is to honor Jesus, not Martha….” We need to remember why we are doing what we are doing. We have to continually watch our motives to make sure they did not shift inward.

Why do I care if my sink is clean and my floors are mopped? For my kids to have a clean place or because someone might come over and see it? Do I care how my child goes to school for hygiene purposes or because I think he is a reflection of me? Do I wash my car every other day to keep the dirt off of it or to try and show others that everything is in order on the outside when the inside is in chaos?

Careful who you are serving in the name of Jesus. Is it for Him or for others to see you?

Lord, thank you for opening our eyes to our own actions and motives. Help us to see it as you see it. Help us to live life, not just survive it and may you always be at the center ofeverything we do.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



January 11

1 Corinthians 14
33For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.

Well then – God must not live in my closet, in my kids’ room or in the utility room outside…and probably a few other places in my home (and work) if I asked someone else’s opinion – but that is ok. He lives in my heart – for my heart always strives for peace. May not always get it, but it is something I really work towards. Now order is another matter. Seems like just when I get something in order – something messes it all up! Takes my joy, my comfort, my order from my life. I know that when things are orderly, my focus can be on those things around me that matter – my relationships. Relationships with my husband – because we aren’t busy doing all the busyness of life that comes from raising kids. Relationships with my kids – instead of fussing about order or clean this and clean that – I can ask them how their day went, what they are thinking or learning about, what their friends do and think, what they dream about being one day (way too soon) when they grow up. Relationships with my family – running over to visit instead of doing laundry, cooking, cleaning etc. Relationships with my friends – visiting, mentoring, supporting, just being there. And most importantly – Relationship with my Jesus – spending time in the word, sharing my beliefs with others, knowing God’s heart, arming myself for battle with His words of wisdom.

Satan is always at battle with us for our time and our order. Now it is important for my house to be sanitary, but there is a balance between complete order and peace. Satan can get us all wrapped up in getting things perfect or messing with our order – but our God is a God of Peace – not disorder.

It is a new year, a new day which comes with new blessings – if you are struggling with peace and order – turn to God and ask Him for wisdom in maintaining your peace. He has all the answers if you ask and seek them. Ask Him to reveal the source of your disorder so that you correct it at the source – not just fix the symptoms from it.

Today, I am taking a step towards order by seeking God’s wisdom and revelation as to where my struggles are and taking things on one item at a time - so that through His love and guidance – the order I long for will be simply a part of who I am – and then peace can simply follow.

Lord, thank you for being a God of Peace. Thank you for sharing your word with us so that we can be closer to you. Give us wisdom in our walk so we may gain peace from your presence. Watch over and protect each of us as we strive to become better people.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



January 10

Proverbs 11

17  The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh.

It always amazes me how much forgiving others releases something inside my soul. I can feel it when I really mean it and I can feel it when I don’t. I remember one “discussion” my husband and I were having one night, well not so much the topic, but the feelings. Whatever he had said or done at the time made me angry. I can remember accepting his apology but saying I just want to be angry for a bit to get this out of my system first. I don’t know if that is quite the right way to do it, but when my 15 minutes were done, I was ready to forgive and forget. Now I did not rant away, I just stewed quietly but it was all I needed to let it go. It was an honest discussion about how I felt. It gave us both time to reflect and when it was over it was over.

When we harbor unforgiveness or anger it does something within our hearts and makes them harder. When we plan revenge, it hurts our own souls. When we pay back hatred with hatred it blocks God’s love from completely reaching our hearts.

Today I will show mercy. Today I will show love. Today I will not trouble my own flesh by being cruel to others. Today is a new day filled with mercy and grace and that is what I will reflect to others because that is what God reflects to me.

Lord, thank you for this day and everything you have planned for me.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



January 8

John 13:5


He poured water into a bowl and began to wash the follower’s feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.

In Grace for the Moment devotional by Max Lucado, he referenced this scripture this morning and I loved the way he described the washing of the feet by Jesus. Jesus has the dirtiest part of the body in his hands. The part that has traveled many a “forbidden trails and followed the wrong paths”.

The part that touched me the most this morning was when he said that we will never be cleansed until we confess we are dirty. That is hard for many of us. We often can’t even see the sin we so easily show others. We can’t hear the nasty tone in our voice or the lack of empathy in our words. We can’t see how our actions hurt others without even giving them a second glance. Now, it really isn’t because we “can’t” it is because we choose not to. We don’t want to see our sin, because we may have to change it. We don’t want to hear our words, because we don’t want to stop saying them. But, we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge. We have to be honest with ourselves and others that we ALL fall short of what God calls us to do. Not just your neighbor or your spouse – but you and me.

Let God show you your filthy dirty feet and just admit you are a sinner. Let him take the forgiving water of life and cleanse your feet of all the dirt they have picked up along the journey of forbidden trails. Let him be the source of your cleansing so it can be done right and completely.

Lord, during this week I ask that you help us see our feet and our hearts as you do. Help us to repent where we failed and allow mercy to fill those places. May we hear your voice as we open up our hearts to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



January 5


 Corinthians 16
13  Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14  Do everything in love.

This verse struck something deep within my heart this morning. “Do everything in love”. What an incredible world we would live in if our motives were pure love and not out of envy, jealousy, hatred, self-centeredness, fear or anger. What if we tried to out-love those around us? What if our goal each day was to see how many people we could make smile just because? What if we truly believed the words of God and stood on them no matter what was happening around us? What if we went around encouraging others instead of ignoring their pain or gossiping about their situation? What if we only talked about the good things in life instead of the negative stuff?

Wow, what a different world we would see. What a different attitude we would show. What a lovely place we would live. In this new year, pick something positive to do in life. Make a difference one smile at a time. Share love and not hate. Share your love for others no matter if they show it in return. Change always starts with us.

Lord, thank you for loving us with a pure heart of love. Help us to love more like you do. Help us to see as you see so we are not blinded by satan. May today be the day an amazing change starts within our own hearts and nothing but love starts to overflow from within.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



January 4, 2018



Matthew 5

43  "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor  and hate your enemy.' 44  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45  that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to pray more for others and to document the outcomes. Are they healed? Did they get an answer to the prayer? Was their life changed? What did God do in that situation? He hears our prayers and our requests we make of Him. He also answers in his timing not ours and he sees the big picture not just the issue at hand so I am looking forward to seeing his handiwork in my life and the lives around me.


One of the more difficult things will be to pray for my enemies. Now, I do not have a list already written out under the title ENEMIES, but I will be more mindful to pray for those I want to complain about instead of gossiping about what they have done. I will pray for blessings upon those who do not wish blessings upon me. I will pray for good fortune to come upon those I sinfully decide don’t deserve it. Those who show hatred, I will pray for love to encompass their hearts. Those who are deceitful, I will pray for honesty to overwhelm them and for blessings to be upon them. As it is written in Proverbs 25:21 if your enemy is hungry,  give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. 22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you. I am going for the reward instead of sliding into the darkness with gossip, judgment and hatred. I much prefer to get the reward and heap hot coals through the Lord. For his vengeance is way better than what I could dream up.

As the New Year moves on, don’t just decide to give something up, or to work out a little harder, do something that will change your heart towards God. Do something that will allow you to build a relationship with the one who created you. Seek first the kingdom of God and the rest will start to fall in line. Get your heart and mind focused on what is good and right so you can clearly see the other things God has in store for you.

Lord thank you in advance for all the wonders I will see. Thank you for hearing my prayers and changing my heart. Help me to stay committed to loving you more and seeking you first. May I see the glory of God in every prayer I say.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly
 

 

 

 



January 3


1 Corinthians 13

4  Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

So, with that definition in mind, who do you love? If it keeps no record of wrongs have you ever started a sentence with “every time you….”? If it is patient, have you ever gotten frustrated while waiting on your spouse, child, parent, friend, etc? If it is not self-seeking, do you often find ways to do what you want instead of what someone else would want? If it is not angry, have you raised your voice or struck someone when things did not go your way?

Well, it’s a new year and maybe it is time to look at new attitudes of love. It is never too late to change if your heart desires to make that leap. Take time today to see if you really do love someone. Do you love yourself? Do you love your God? Do you love your spouse, child, parent, friend, and/or co-worker?

I think this world needs more true love. More purposeful and mindful actions. Ponder on what love really means today and let that move your heart towards more outward actions.

Lord, help us to really see our actions and words as you see them. Help us to learn how to truly love you first so that you can fill us with the love we need for ourselves and others. May this year be the year we let you guide our hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!


Kelly 



December 21, 2017

Luke 2

6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

When we take time to really think about the day Jesus was born and everything that happened, why it happened and how it happened, it humbles me greatly.

I think about a young woman, pregnant out of wedlock, riding on a donkey, 9 months pregnant and ready to deliver at any moment. She was probably having contractions on her way. I imagine her thoughts at that time. Where am I going to have this baby? Will it be out here just off the path? Will I make it to next city? I sure wish my family was here with me. I hope my mom can be there when I get there.

I remember that day in my own life, 9 months pregnant, feet and legs swollen, cranky, tired and so ready to have my baby. But, instead of riding on a donkey, I was sitting in my friend’s home, feet up, watching a movie when the pains began. I walked around the neighborhood for a little while to see if they would keep going or stop. I was only a couple weeks early, but we still had everything we needed to bring my sweet baby into the world. We called the doctor shortly after, drove on to the hospital and by morning I was holding my beautiful son, all clean, fresh and shiny, wrapped in a soft baby blanket, nestled in my arms.

Stark differences between the two. What an amazing young girl she was giving everything to get everything for everyone.

As this Christmas day approaches, and you run around getting last minute gifts, gathering with friends and family, remember this – Jesus was born many years ago in a stable to save the world from its sin. It does not matter if you got the gift you wanted, or if you have to exchange something for a better size, or if you were with 50 or if you were alone, Jesus still came for you. He is the greatest gift we could get, acknowledge him in the midst of your day – because he acknowledges you every day of his.

Lord, thank you for coming to us through such humble beginnings. Help us to remember just how blessed we are in this life and what this season of Christmas is all about. Help us bring your love to someone in need this week and may it be all for your glory!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




December 20



3 John
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.

The other day I was discussing fashion and shoes with someone. I mentioned that I had gotten some new tights, but couldn’t find shoes that I felt comfortable in to go with them. She talked about wearing booties, boots or any kind of shoe. I responded by saying, “I just can’t get used to seeing those shoes on my feet. I would have never thought to put some of those together. I look down at my feet and think, no, those don’t go.” She laughed at me and said, “Then quit looking down”.

How many times are we so caught up in imitating what others are doing, saying, wearing or believing that we forget that the only thing that really matters – what does God thinks….because it does not matter what man thinks.

If we all looked up more instead of looking down, we wouldn’t see all the imperfections in others. If we looked up more, we would overlook the insignificant things of life that steal our joy. If we all looked up more, we would begin to see ourselves in God’s eyes and quit caring about what others think. If we all looked up more, we would see what really matters – God.

So, if you don’t like the shoes I choose with my tights, just keep looking up, because that is where my eyes will be.

Lord, help all of us to keep our eyes focused on you and not on trying to imitate the world. Help us to continue to do good works and turn our back to the evil desires of our heart. May we only try to satisfy you in this life.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



Revelation 3
20 here I am! I stand at the door and knock.

In Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado he speaks about how when we make room for God in our hearts, he makes room for us in his house, heaven. What an incredible description. God knocking but instead of the door opening just to our hearts it opens up heaven as well. I only thought of that door opening being a way for God to meet me never the other way around.

 When we say “I do” to God it joins our lives together. What is mine is his (it was already his, but that is another study) and what is his is now mine. Just like in a marriage, everything is joined together. You get the good, the bad and the ugly on earth, but with God, it is all glory.

I needed to be reminded that God and all he is in on the other side of that door. Maybe it is time we step out of our comfort zone in our house and step out and see just what God has waiting for us.

Lord, give us strength and courage to step through the door and outside of ourselves and our comfort zones and let us live in the glory of the Lord. May today be the day we venture outside of ourselves and grab hold of the life you are waiting for us to fully live. Go out and live a little with God today, you may never come back to that comfy spot.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




December 7


REMINDER: Day of prayer TODAY, Thursday, December 7, at Lafayette City Hall in the atrium.  Come out and pray for our community! Prayer changes everything!


Proverbs 7
2 Keep my commands and you will live: guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.

As I read this scripture this morning I began to think about the ring on my finger and the marriage vow that I spoke over 27 years ago. My ring is the outward symbol that I made a promise to my husband in front of God, family and friends to be with him forever. Sometimes when I see my hand and my ring, I think about my hubby. I remember something funny we did or something he said. It can bring me back to thoughts of him most of the time. But, there are times that I can look at my hand and never even see it because it is just part of my hand at this point. I am used to seeing it. It is just there.

As I pondered these thoughts and these verses I thought about all the verses that I “wrote on my heart” from God. Sometimes when a thought or feeling comes up, I can reach down and pull a verse out of the writings on my heart. I may not remember where it is in the bible but I can pull the important words out when I need them. But, just like my ring, those words etched on my heart can get overlooked or stale. Even though they are there, I may not think to seek them out at times. Instead, I wallow in self-pity or in anger, instead of letting go of those things and letting God love on me and I on him instead.

Sometimes we just need to refresh our hearts, our rings and our minds and remember to keep God’s commands first and foremost. We have what we need if we are in the presence of God. We just need to not get so complacent in our walk with God and our relationships he has blessed us with.

Lord, thank you for a fresh look at an old verse. Thank you for a husband who loves me and a God who loved me enough to create me. May I never take any of it for granted and always seek to write more of your loving words on my heart.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



December 6



Philippians 4:13
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

I love this verse. It speaks to me when I am having a rough day. It speaks to me when things are going well. In the moments when I think I am in over my head, I hear God whisper those words in my ear and I can keep going no matter what it looks like in front of me. It allows me to keep pushing forward when everyone else would have retreated. It reminds me who is in control and who is not. It reminds me that nothing is impossible with God. I just need to believe in His word and in His goodness.

Commit those words to your heart today and let God remind you of where your strength always comes from – Him.

Lord, thank you for giving me the opportunity to study your word and for always being with me opening my eyes to new things each day. May I always remember where my strength comes from and that glory is found in you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




December 5

Philippians 4
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Lately this has been a struggle for me. While I am praying or meditating on something true and noble, my mind wanders far away from where it should be at that moment. I start to think about my to do list, what I will fix for dinner, the errands I have to run at lunchtime and just about any other thing besides God.

I will draw my thoughts back where they belong and within a very short time, I am right back to some other thoughts. I get so frustrated with myself at times wondering if I am made in the image of God, then why can’t my mind think like his. I have to remind myself that I am also flesh and that fights the spirit often.

Instead of frustrated, I will begin to be thankful that God lets me see when my mind is wandering. There was apparently a period of time that I never realized or cared enough to even acknowledge I had drifted away from His presence. The Holy Spirit is there, reminding me of where I need to be and drawing me back to Him.

God is in the present waiting for me like the wonderful gentleman he is. He knows my heart, my flesh and my mind and delights when I turn to him, over and over and over again. I will gain joy when I turn to him instead of frustration when I turn away. I will continue to turn to him and focus on excellent and praiseworthy things instead of having a mind focused on the heartache or chaos around me.

Lord, thank you for loving me even when I am focused somewhere else. Thank you for letting me realize when I turn my focus away from you and guiding me back into the presence of God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly







December 1

New day, new month, new mercies - Praise God for all he is!



Ephesians 6
8 The Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.

As I read this verse this morning the first thing I thought are the words I have said to myself many times before, “no good deed goes unpunished”.  Wow, what a contradiction from God’s word! If we truly look at what it is we would see Satan at work immediately. It is like when Jesus gives the parable of the sower and the seed. When the seed is thrown on rocks, it sprouts, but dies immediately for lack of water. Just like our good deed. Satan wants us to think it was seed wasted, so he makes us think our good deed is being “punished”, but our blessings aren’t in this world anyway. Our treasure is in heaven and nothing can negate that.

 Our hearts, mind and soul should be focused on doing good deeds here on earth but never for the reward we would see now. It should be for the glory of God and that will be seen when we leave this earth empty handed. Nothing we do here comes with us when we die. The only blessings we will have are the ones we send now without seeing.

Lord, help us to do for others without seeing results, bless without being blessed now, and live for a place we cannot even imagine. Help us to bless others without hesitation or thought to what we may get in return. It is like putting pennies in your penny bank when you were little – you couldn’t see them but you know they are there, waiting for the moment when you get to break it open and head to the “storehouse” to see what all you can receive in exchange for those pennies. Next time you see that penny on the ground, don’t just pick it up, use it as a reminder to do something good for someone in that moment. God will give you the opportunities if you look for them.


In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




November 30, 2017

John 9

1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"   3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. 4 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the light of the world."

I often wonder what I did to deserve “this” or “that”.  Did I bring it on myself?  Was it my actions somewhere along the way?  Did my sin finally catch up with me?
 
As I read these words this morning, it sheds a different light on things in our lives that might not be the way we want them to be.  I know there have been times where I wonder what in the world is going on.  But – in reading these words and then reflecting on different times in my life where I have struggled very hard – I see it as a time where God was hard at work in my life.  His work is displayed all throughout my life in all sorts of situations. The most difficult and heart breaking times in our lives are the ones that lead us even closer to our creator – so how bad can they really be? 

Instead of looking at things negatively – look at them from God’s eyes.  It is an opportunity for His work to be shown in each of our lives.  People watch others and see just how they will act or react in a situation.  Can people see that God is at work in your life – or is Satan having the time of his life instead? 

I know the work of God has been displayed in so many ways in my own life.  Instead of looking at everything and wanting to hide under the covers and say “why me?” – I have had a peace that can only come from God.  I have a strength and a resolve that has kept me from collapsing.  His presence is so evident in many seasons of my life that I no longer see the difficulties, frustrations or disappointments – I simply see Him.  I thank Him every morning for the grace and mercy to face each day instead of whining about what is to come. 

Lord, I thank you for drawing me closer to you each and every day.  I thank you for revealing your heart and your love for me in your words.  They are such a beautiful gift that we often take for granted.  Give each of us a new filling of your Holy Spirit today to keep our hearts and minds focused on You and not our situations.  I praise you and give you all the glory.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

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November 28


Hebrews 2
6 But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? 7 You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor 8 and put everything under their feet. "In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

Maybe it is time to be reminded of “our place” in this world. He made us a little lower than the angels. What an incredible statement. In those moments when we feel less than most things, we need to remind ourselves that we are just a little lower than the angels. The angels that reside in heaven. The angels that minister to our needs. The angels that were created by God. The only reason we are below them is that we have not made it up to heaven yet.

Maybe instead of repeating the negative talk about ourselves, we could start reminding ourselves that we are indeed just a little lower than the angels. What if we walked as if we were right there next in line behind all of them? What if we acted and spoke and treated others as if we were next in line for those angel wings. Would our words and actions look and sound different? Would we hold our heads up a little higher? Would we walk with a little more confidence in who our God really is? Would we expect greater things in our lives if we believed that statement?

Put a post it note somewhere you will see every day and remind yourself you are next in line behind the angels. Remind yourself you are just beneath them in the line to glory. Remind yourself whose you are and that he holds you in high esteem. He has placed everything under your feet and under your control, walk and act like that statement is true. Claim your true identity in Christ Jesus, not what man has claimed you to be.

Lord, thank you for reminding us of our true place in this world. Help us to act like we are children of God who are almost home. Let our hearts continually seek after you and our minds seek out your wisdom.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net 



November 27


Proverbs 27 
1 Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

I was visiting with a friend of mine just the other day who was so busy  thinking about the next thing that she could not even finish her cup of coffee without moving on to another task. Our other friend finally said, “Sit and enjoy your cup of coffee while it is hot.” She was so busy with the next thing that she could not enjoy the moment she was having, or the cup of hot coffee. I must admit, when I read this verse I immediately thought of her….and then myself.

I am the same way more often than not. I believe everyone should multi-task and that there is always something else that can be done. In my mind it is good time management, but I can see where it is living in the next moment instead of the one I am in. I could argue with myself that I am getting so many things accomplished so I can “rest” but there are always more things to do.

Guess what I am saying is maybe it is time for me to “sit and enjoy my cup of coffee while it is hot” as well. It is time to enjoy the moments, instead of worrying about what has to be done next. It is time to sip hot coffee, call a friend or just sit quietly and listen to what God wants to tell me. Maybe it is time to be like Jesus, always moving forward, sharing his love, but never too busy to stop or interrupt his schedule for someone needing him in the moment.

Take time today to sip your coffee, call a friend, and especially sit with God. Live in the moment, present and focused on the task at hand, not the one coming up next.

Lord, help me to slow down and enjoy the moments in life that you give me. Let me not boast about tomorrow, but let me live in today. May I always remember that you have equipped me for this day and hour and have not promised me tomorrow.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



November 21


1 Samuel 12
10 “Then they cried to the Lord again and confessed, ‘We have sinned by turning away from the Lord and worshiping the images of Baal and Ashtoreth. But we will worship you and you alone if you will rescue us from our enemies.’

How many times do we put a “but” and an “if” in our requests to God? We put stipulations on our requests as if we have leverage to use against God. We do it with those around us as well usually without even noticing it.


When was the last time you sat and just thanked God for what He is and what He has done for you? Do you talk to Him without the “buts” and the “ifs” clouding your sentences? Or are you too busy bargaining with God to even see or hear him?

As thanksgiving approaches it always reminds me of how thankful I should be and makes me reflect on how thankful I really am throughout the year. Would I still thank him if my life looked like Job’s? Would I still thank him if I were asked to sacrifice my son? Would I thank him if I was walking in the desert for 40 years? Or would I only thank him when I felt like I was living in the Garden of Eden?

Take time this week to be thankful to the God that created you in his perfect image. Spend time with him without the “buts” and the “ifs” filling your conversations.  He just wants you to spend time with Him. Praise Him today despite the situation. Find the things that you are thankful for even if it is a cup of water from a faucet and not a dirty stream. Start somewhere and watch him show you his glory.

Lord, thank you for the simple things in life we take for granted. Running water, electricity, a bed to sleep in, blankets to keep warm on this cool morning, a pet that loves me unconditionally and eyes to see beautiful sunsets at the end of a day.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 





1 Samuel 13
14 The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.



I began a new devotional on seeking God’s heart this week and I have been reflecting on my own heart and what it seeks. Does it really seek God? Does it seek what it wants or desires or what it needs? Do I really even pay attention to where it pulls me?

The devotional took me to 1 Samuel. In this section of God’s word, it talks about the people who followed Abraham. For a time they would adhere to the word of God, but then they would stray just a little. They would turn away from God the repent and turn back. But it took God disciplining them for them to fully turn back to God. It was a cycle of following God fully, then slowly following the ways of man until God showed up and turned them around, they would repent, serve God, and then slowly retreat into their old ways.

How often do we find ourselves doing the same things? On fire for God, filled with the goodness of God, and then slowly letting daily irritants get the best of us. Next thing we know, we are gossiping about what happened. Then we turn on each other and begin to worry about ourselves and not the community of God. Then we only worry about what we can get for ourselves and what others can do for us.

We have to stay grounded in God’s word, surrounded by like-minded men and women, so that when we begin to falter, they can step up before God does and remind us of who we are truly living for – God, not man.

Take some time to reflect on your own life and the cycles you encounter. Do they ever take you back to God or do you just dance around with satan? There isn’t any middle ground with God – you either love him or hate him.

Lord, help me to see myself and my actions as you see them. Help me to better understand your heart and your desires for my life. Help me to grow closer to you with every word I read about who you are. May I never stop seeking you and may I surround myself with others who will hold me accountable always.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


November 14



James 3

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.

Wow, how many times have I found myself pushing uphill at every step in life!  Those are the times when I finally realize my deeds are for me – not out of humility – but out of self-gain.  Ever been there?  I have.   I can honestly admit it.  When I think about that “wisdom” being of the devil, it makes me realize how far away from God my selfish ways get me!

I want the wisdom in me that comes from heaven and is pure, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Oh, what an amazing love we would walk in.  When my life feels like such a struggle I always look at whose help I am seeking.  Is it under my own power I am trying to change the world or at least my little part of it or is it through His power?  Those powers are so different and are at opposite sides of the universe.  When we seek God’s wisdom in decisions we face or deeds we do, he makes the way clear.  Now, that does not mean life is all perfect – far from it – but you will feel the presence of the almighty and see that there is peacefulness to the chaos.

So, faith without deeds is dead – but deeds for our own gain will bring disorder and every evil practice.  It always goes back to a heart check.  Where is your strength and wisdom coming from?  Why are you doing what you are doing?  If it is not with the right heart – change your heart – not necessarily the deed. 

Lord thank you for the wisdom that is open and available to all who seek it.  Help each of us check our motives and line them up with your word.  Let our deeds be done with the right heart and not for selfish gain.  For all things should be done for your glory and not our own.  You are the one who should shine through our actions. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly




November  9

John 13
15 I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.

“Do as I say – not as I do”, ever heard that quote before? I have. I have even said it to my kids a time or two. I am a hypocrite at times – I must admit. If my son would drive like I do on the highway, I would have yanked his license away from him in a heartbeat! If my children would lose their temper and scream like a madwoman, I would give them at least a 30 minute time out until they cooled down. And I am sure if I asked them they could come up with many more - but it is too early for that!

The point is that we do need to be examples to those around us. We should be the exception in this world we live in – not the norm. We should be trying to stand out – not fit in. We should be doing for others instead of waiting for someone to do something for us. We are Christians; we should be setting examples for everyone around us – not to be righteous or pious, but to simply be Christ like. He has given us an example as to how we should live – and we should be living that way. Not as a testimony to how great we are – but to how great God is.

When was the last time you did something for someone else knowing you would not get anything in return? Did you do it because you “owed it” to someone? Or did you simply give of yourself because Christ gave of himself?

Spend some time in prayer today seeking ways for you to be used by God to serve and love others around you. It might simply be a kind word spoken or showing some extra patience in a situation, but let it be driven by God.

Lord, thank you for your example that you have given us to live by in this world. Thank you for letting us be in your presence today. Help us to see you in all we do today. Let your Spirit be the guiding force. Help us to open ourselves up to the Holy Spirits direction and calling today. Let us live our lives as an example of Christ’s love to others.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


Proverb 27
19 As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.

This is certainly one to ponder on throughout the day. What does my life reflect? Is it calm or chaotic? Is it loving or hurtful? Is there peace or strife? Is there joy or sadness? Is there anger or love? What exactly does my life reflect? Such a deep thought for so early in the morning.

Usually what is in your heart overflows from your mouth. When you are angry, you spew hate. When you feel love you speak with compassion. When you feel trouble, you speak with contempt. And whatever you speak you tend to attract.

I will spend time today being mindful of what my life is saying. I will listen intently to the words I speak to see what my heart is filled with today. But, first, I will ask the Lord to show me the way he sees me. I want to see how he sees my heart, not just how I see it. I will twist it and turn it until I see what I want to see. I will justify every action instead of seeing them as they truly are – spiteful, hateful or envious.

When we hide the truth from ourselves all we do is push God away. Let him in your heart today and let him minister to it as only he can.

Lord, have your way in my heart today. Help me to see what my life reflects not to others, but to you. Dig deep, search completely and help me to be a better me than I was yesterday. For nothing changes the past, but you can change my future and my heart.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



November 7


Matthew 26

33 Peter replied, "Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will." 34 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."  35 But Peter declared, "Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you." And all the other disciples said the same.

Not that I am glad Peter failed to live up to his words and had to live with the fact that he denied even knowing Jesus, but his failure made him a much stronger man of God.  Failure can be a very powerful thing. It can drive you to do different things.  It could cause you to work even harder so that feeling of failure never comes back or it can take hold of your life and cause you to never grow into the person God has called you to be.  I can look back and see plenty of failures in my life and so can everyone else - In their own life not looking back on mine!  :–)   -  and some more than others. 

Failures don’t define our lives – but they can be defining moments.  The moment where you look at what happened, how it happened and how you can make sure it never happens again.  Or, you can allow it to define you, break you and cause you to stop moving forward for fear of failing again.  But the thing that differentiates them is how a person gets past it. Peter could have continued to feel like he had abandoned Jesus.  Went back to the life he had led and pretend Jesus never existed.  But He chose to make it the point in his life where He chose to be different.  He chose to follow Jesus with all he had.  He became a strong man of God – calling souls to Jesus no matter the cost.  He did not care if he saw a change at the moment in other people’s lives – He simply walked the life God had called him to and let God worry about the rest.  He stayed focused on the prize – Jesus.

So, those failures you might be holding on to that define who you are – let them go and let them grow you into the person God calls you to be.  He uses misfits and failures to show it is His power not ours.  Let your failures move you forward not hold you back.  Step out in faith – in the love of Jesus.  Never  fail to trust Him – because he will never fail to be trusted.

Lord, let all of our failures bring you glory.  Let them guide us not to fear or hurt or rejection – but to a closer relationship with you.  Let our failures be what lifts us to higher levels in our relationship with you.  We can do nothing without you by our side leading us from glory to glory.  Help each of us to let go of the things that cause division and separation from you so that we can bask in the glory of God!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



November 6

John 14
6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

I was raised with Jesus as part of my life.  My parents knew the Lord.  I was taught about whom God was, how to pray and what church was all about.  There was never a time that God was not part of our lives.  But I do remember the day that I found out who Jesus was on my own.  The day I knew He was my Lord and Savior.  The day that I, personally, on my own, stopped living for myself and began living for God.  It was in that moment that I realized Jesus was real and our relationship truly began.  No one comes to the Father except through me Jesus says.  I believe it.  He is the way.

Building a relationship with him requires prayer, trust, love and honesty.  You have to give yourself to him fully and believe anything that comes your way is sent through His hands and will make you stronger in the end to do His will.   He suffered unbelievably for us to have this relationship with him.  Take advantage of what He has to offer now.  Don’t go to him only when you need something or have been hurt.  Go to Him when you are happy, joyful, excited…anything.  He simply wants that relationship with you. 

Let Him walk with you today; fully and completely! 

Lord, thank you for meeting me at the perfect time and place.  Thank you for calling me into your arms and loving me in spite of myself.  Let everyone recommit their lives to you today and walk in your will at all times.  Grant us the peace and mercy that can only come from you.  Help us to release the hurts, pain and suffering we have had and accept the love, joy and mercy you so freely give – when we ask.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



November 3

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

I don’t know about you, but I want the continual feast. I don’t want wretched days! How horrible to even imagine having wretched day after wretched day. But, I bet we can think of someone who fits in both those categories. That person that is always happy and always smiling. Then there is that person who feels oppressed all the time and that is all they can think about or talk about – their days are wretched and tomorrow will be wretched as well.

I used to find myself in that cycle of wretched from time to time, but it was miserable. Anything that went wrong seemed to ruin the whole day. But then I realized I had a choice and it was up to me how my day went, not what happened in it. I can remember a few pretty low moments in my life where I could have wallowed around in wretchedness but after a moment, I shook it off, picked through the life lessons in the mess, and stepped back up and walked away from it. It is something I try to teach my boys - life is about choices, good or bad, they are still choices to make. Why not choose the cheerful heart instead of the wretched outlook.

Smile instead of frowning today. Look for the good and not the bad. Learn the life lesson and move on – don’t tie yourself to what you see as failure – it’s just a step towards success. Try the continual feast for a while and see how awesome your life can be.

Lord, thank you reminding me it is my choice to have the feast. Thank you for loving me along the way no matter the choice I made. Help each of us see the positive in life and not the negative today. Show us where grace towards ourselves can move us closer to you and a more joyful life. May today be the day we smile first no matter what is in front of us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly  

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November 2


Proverbs 15
12 Mockers resent correction, so they avoid the wise.

Ok, there are definitely times I avoid the wise. Not quite as much anymore, but there was a time where I hated being corrected. I hated being told I was doing something the wrong way or doing something against God. I wanted to only hear how right I was, not how wrong.

When I first decided to accept Jesus as my personal savior, I basically said “I do” to God, but I did not let go of worldly things or actions.  I stayed on the fence because I was not ready to hear or accept things I was doing that God saw as wrong. I was not ready for correction. I was not ready to hear about how I was not living as God called me to live – I was still living for myself. I kept friends around me that built me up instead of telling me what I needed to hear to change how I was living to be closer to God. I kept “religious friends” around for when I needed them, but not to give wise counsel. I was not really ready to change; I was just ready to look like I did.

When I finally decided to accept wise counsel, accept correction and swallow my pride things changed deep within my heart. When I read God’s word and it spoke to me and made me say, “Ouch, that poked me in the heart” and I began to see myself as God saw me and it made me want to change. I am a very long way from where I need to be, but when I look back I can see how far I have come. I look around me and see friends who are wise, friends who push me in the right direction and friends that can tell me how wrong I am and I love them even more. I would much prefer my wise friends tell me where I fail than have a “friend” lie to my face that I am right when I am so wrong.

Take an inventory today of your friends and your attitude. Do you like correction? Do you think you are prefect just the way you are? Do you avoid wise counsel, especially when you know you are not living as God calls you to live?

I thank God for where he has brought me, what he has carried me through and every time he has picked me up, dusted me off and set me back on the right road. I am thankful that he does not get tired of working with me even when he has to correct me time and time again for the same things. I am so thankful he does not grow weary.

Lord, thank you for putting wise counsel around me. Help me to be that wise counsel to others as well. Make my heart and mind open to correction so I can learn some of those hard lessons quicker!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



October 31


Proverbs 15
1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Nothing stirs up anger like harsh words.  If my kids had to make a list of the top 10 words I said in life one would have to be “tone”.  I tell my boys all the time, “watch your tone” or “that tone sounds ugly”.  Often it isn’t so much the words themselves as the way in which we speak them.  The inflection in our voices and the attitude we have surrounding every syllable.  It will stir up anger.


We often have the power to control situations and conversations if we would just stop talking.  We don’t have to have to have the last word and we don’t have to be right every time.  The louder we speak things does not make them more right – it just makes them loud and usually offensive.  We need to realize we can only control one thing  - ourselves.  We can control what we say, how we say it and when we say it.  We cannot control how others take the words we use or how they feel when they are said, but we can take their feelings into account before we ever open our mouths.

I would like to say that I always give gentle answers and never speak harshly to anyone, but I would be so dishonest if I did.  Just yesterday Luke told me, “wow, why are you so mad”.  I turned and looked at him and said, “sweetie, I’m not mad” to which he replied, “that tone sure sounded like it”.  I had to laugh out loud at him because he sounded just like me.  After I laughed, I told him I was sorry if it sounded mad because I wasn’t mad at all.  As I thought about what I had said, I could see how he would have taken it that way, but it was definitely not my intention to be rude or angry, but my answer was very short and abrupt.  As I read this scripture this morning and was reminded about my conversation with my little man, it made me wonder if my short answers are taken as me “being mad” by others as well.  Some people will say, “that’s just how I speak”, but we all need to be mindful of our words, how they are said and if our answers sound harsh instead of gentle.  Why stir up anger for no reason – we have enough hatred in this world without adding to it for any reason.

So, today I will be more mindful not just of my words, but of how they are spoken.  I will make sure my gentle voice is not condescending and my answers are gentle.  Sometimes not speaking at all just might be the option we should take as well.  It is something we can control and be more mindful of as we go about our day.

If you are in contact with people all day long, don’t let your last conversation that might have gone badly, be what you take to the next person you meet.  Bring God’s peace with you instead.

Lord, help us to use our words wisely today.  Let us be mindful of how we say things to others so we can bring peace and not strife in our lives.  Help us to hear it when “sound mad” especially when we aren’t.  Let our words be gentle and full of your love.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 




October 30


Proverbs 12
1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

I love discipline, but only when I am the disciplinarian. I would like to say I am joking, but I am trying to be more honest with others and myself! However, I really do like discipline in general. I like order, I like rules and guidelines and for people to follow them. It gives peace to the chaos, or so my mind believes more often than not.

I remember a conference I went to one day where the speaker gave out handouts, but missed a few rows. Once he started talking, he of course had the whole presentation on his PowerPoint, but there were people who did not have a handout, looking around trying to figure out who had them and who didn’t.  Almost like it was a conspiracy that they did not get any. As I scanned the room, there were others that didn’t have any either, but they just looked on at the presentation. That one person missed most of the beginning of the presentation trying to figure out why his row didn’t have one and trying to figure out where he could snag a copy. I missed most of it as well while I people watched.

I wonder how many of us miss out because of similar things. We are either the one trying to correct an error or the one being corrected (or the one watching the chaos and wondering why it all matters so much anyway). We let the discipline or the correction steal our joy and happiness. We let it draw us into feelings that pull us away from God. God loves discipline and he corrects us when needed. He guides us into being more Christ like in so many ways throughout our days; we just have to look for them.

 Maybe we all need to look at God’s correction and discipline not just as a tool he uses to keep us in line, but as the loving gesture it is to draw us closer to him. God corrects those he loves. The Holy Spirit will convict us when needed, not to harm us but to protect us from ourselves. Try looking at discipline and correction as God’s love for you – not his anger towards you. Just as I discipline my kids out of love, so does God. Let him love on you today and guide your life into a greater existence in his presence.

Lord, thank you for loving us enough to care and guide us. Help us to learn quickly and to walk in your peace. Show us the way we should go that brings you the most glory.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 October 24


Proverbs 11
27 He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it.

This is one of those verses we should all have etched in our hearts and minds to meditate on daily!  You will always find what you seek or what you want to find. There are people who will see the glass half full and those that will see it half empty.  It is all about the perspective in which you look at the cup.  Some of us have been taught to see the negative in everything because people have always seen the negative in them.  Others have learned to see the positive in others because others have always seen the positive in them….and there are those that learn just the opposite of what they have been taught or shown.  No matter what you have learned or been taught, Jesus can change everything in everyone.

First step in changing anything about yourself is taking time to truly reflect on how others, especially God, see your actions, not necessarily how you see them.  (This is the time you should be happy to have that friend who will tell you the truth – no matter if it hurts your feelings or not! I have a few of those!!)  Do you have a critical spirit that picks apart everything others do or say?  Do you think of all negative things that could go wrong in a situation instead of focusing on the positive you could do?

I did something the other day that some would think was insane – and after the fact I questioned my own sanity – but I sought out all the good that could come from my action and had a peace about my decision – and thankfully I was right!

Do you go to family gatherings, company meetings or even the dinner table with the expectation of strife or fellowship?  Do you think since some things are always negative, they always will be?  If so, you are probably right simply by your expectations.  You will find all the problems in any situation if you search for them.  If someone sat me down and flipped through my book of life – there would be stupid decisions, “ugly ways” as my mom says, useless hurts, thoughtless and hurtful words, and that was just from this past week!  Just kidding – I think.  Anyway, there would also be thoughtful decisions, love, patience, compassion, hopefulness, friendships, and righteous acts.  Each of us are a mixture of all the above.  I would hate for anyone to judge me or anyone else on just one page of that book, or on one action, or one thought.  We are all made up of plenty of good and bad – we choose to share what we want each minute of each day and we choose to see those same characteristics in those around us.  It’s all about our choice we make and the choices of others, which we can’t change, but can influence.

So, today, I will see the good in others.  I will not let one page (moment) in their life determine who they are in my eyes.  I will continue to seek the good in others instead of the bad, because I can.  It’s my choice.  None of us have to live with the critical spirit that can creep into our hearts and minds.  No matter what we were taught or what we learned, or what we were told growing up – God can change everything, especially our perspective.  Treat others as you would want to be treated.  What do you want God to remember about you?  The good or the bad?  Give that same grace and mercy to those around you.  Let go of hurts, they only hold you back from the greatness God has for you.  Let go of the negative words said about you.  And change the way you choose to act towards others.  It will change your whole world, one person at a time, starting with yourself.

Lord, you are so faithful, loving and kind.  I thank you for seeing the good in me and forgiving all of my sins I choose to do.  We all have free will in this life.  Grant us the eyes to see ourselves as you see us.  Show us the spirit that resides in our actions and choices.  As we each commit this day to you let words of love and compassion come from our lips.  Help us to have the perfect words to lift others up today and change their perspective on those around them.  Use us oh Lord in a mighty way today.  Each of you is beautifully and thoughtfully made by God’s own hands – walk in that knowledge today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 

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October 23


Psalm 141
9 Keep me safe from the traps set by evildoers, from the snares they have laid for me. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.

This is great reminder that even when our enemies set traps for us, we don’t retaliate. We let God guide them into their own nets. We just continue the walk God called for us to walk and we do it in the safety of the almighty God.

I must admit, if I knew the traps someone was setting, I would be the one planning my strategy around what they thought they would be doing to me. Sad part is when I take control; my power is limited to what God allows. If I just have enough patience and faith to know that God will do it far better than anything I could even imagine. We all need to let God to what God does best – Allow him to be ruler over all things.

It is important to realize that no matter what the enemy tries to do, God’s plan will unfold. We need to hold tight to him before us instead of looking at everything else around us. When we keep our eyes on him, nothing will get in our way. He has made a way for each one of us where we pass by in safety but sometimes when we take our eyes off God, all we see are the traps and snares. But, if we walk as God calls us to walk, they will never even have the opportunity to snare us.

Lord, help us to keep our eyes on you. Help us to step toward you in faith, no matter what we see going on around us. You are our provider. You are the mighty God who can do all things. You are our protector and you make our enemies fall into their own traps. May today be the day we take our eyes off everything else and put them on you and you alone.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly  




October 20


2 Timothy 4
14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. 16 At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion's mouth. 18 The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

God is so amazing. And these words are so true!

All of us have been in situations where we were harmed in some way. Most people think immediately of the physical, but most people hurt us in a more emotional way – hurt our pride, insult us, treat us as if we were ignorant, or pretend we don’t even exist. Often we feel alone, hurt and sometimes even own the way we were treated or what we were called. But, God does stay by our sides, he sees his people when they are hurt. We might think that he doesn’t because we do not see His vengeance, but we can believe it will be done. Might not be in our timing, or in the way we think it should be done, but it will be perfect in God’s plan. Vengeance is mine says the Lord.

Even when we feel completely alone and seem to be facing adversity without anyone’s help, God is always be there. He sees it all. He will rescue us from evil attacks. And in the end, we will be at his side in his heavenly kingdom.

Lord, thank you for watching over our lives. Thank you for always being at our sides. Thank you for taking care of our vengeance so that we can continue to simply walk in faith and do you will. Help us to continue to look ahead and not behind so that our eyes are always focused on you and not on everything around us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




October 19


Psalm 133
1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Too bad we don’t live in unity all the time. Instead, we look for faults. We sift through all the good to find the bad. We look at the negative of situations instead of the positive. We look for reasons to complain or ways that things can’t happen. Why? Life is so much easier when we look for good.


In my job, I deal with quite a few people in a day. Some come in smiling, others with chips on their shoulders, a few with deceit on their lips and some almost too open and honest. Every person coming in with their own needs from their own perspectives. Some come in ready to argue and others just want to get in and out as quickly as possible.

But, there is one common thread – we were all created in God’s image. Some of us just don’t let that side of our hearts show.

 I challenge you today to remember who created you. Remember whose you are and remember whose image everyone else is made in as well. Treat others with respect and love as if you were serving the Lord, no matter who they are acting like at the moment. Give love when you face hate. Give love when you face strife. Give love no matter what is in front of you and see how your world changes for the better.

 God says seek me and I will be found. Seek him and share his love and you will be amazed at the change in those around you.

Lord, thank you for this amazing day you have placed before each and every one of us. Help us to share your love from our hearts to all we encounter today. Let us lead with our hearts and not our eyes, ears or our heads.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




October 18


Psalm 119
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.

I have heard this phrase many times, “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”. It doesn’t matter if you didn’t realize there was a school zone; if you speed in it you will get a ticket. Pretty straight forward.  It is similar to the words of God in our spiritual walk. You have to know what he says in order to do what he calls you to do. Now, I’m not getting into age of accountability and what about villages that have never known anything about God, I am talking about all of those reading this today who know God and need to learn more about who he is and what he wants from each one of us. We need to read his word and study what it means in our own lives.

It always amazes me how I look back over the last few years of my writings and see where I have taken the same verse and written totally different thoughts about them. It shows me just how much is really in the word of God. He takes where you are and touches your heart with his word in just the right way. He guides you slowly into the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ showing you bits and pieces of God’s heart as you read.

God wants us to know him. He wants us to read his word so that we can know what he wants from us. So we can know what grieves his heart and what brings joy. Take time to read his word and get to know God today. The word of God does not come back void; it will change you in some way every time you sit with Him. Make time to get to know him today. It will change your life.

Lord, thank you for reminding me time and time again just how precious and powerful the word of God can be. Help us to continue to seek you out and let your word change our hearts forever.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 


October 13


2 Corinthians
8 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9 Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

The struggle is real! I don’t know about boasting about my weaknesses, usually I am too busy covering them up so no one can see them. If they saw them, then they may take advantage of me in some way. They will know how to “beat me” if my weakness is showing. I have to put up a strong front so the enemy doesn’t even look this way.

That is a very exhausting way to live. It is so much easier to just be ourselves and let the good, bad and ugly show. It is who we are at the moment, not who we are for life. There have been days where I just want to let all the walls down and say, hey, this is me, like it or not. Then those moments of self-doubt or embarrassment creep in and I start grabbing those bricks and the mortar to build that wall back up again. Hiding who I am just in case who I think I am is not good enough.

But, as God’s word says, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” My weakness is not just a weakness; it is a place for God to do miraculous things because of my honesty and openness. My weakness is a place of healing for others, when they realize they are not alone in their struggles. My weakness is an opportunity for God to do something amazing not just in my life but in the lives of others. My weakness shows others we all need God. My weakness shows others its ok to be weak so God’s power can shine above it all.

My strength builds walls. My strength shuts others out. My strength makes me unapproachable. My strength shows me how I push God away. My strength doesn’t allow God to work, it allows satan to. My strength will eventually show all my weaknesses, because that strength can’t be sustained.

We need a “Be yourself” day. A day that the self that hurts, feels, cries, laughs, dances, twirls and loves unconditionally can come out to play and to live as God has called us to live – freely. God will always show up when you ask him to. He will walk you through the hard times and dance with you in the good ones. He loves to see you being the person he created you to be – not the person you created yourself to be. Be you today and love yourself as you are. Completely and fully. Be weak and let God’s power reign.

Lord, thank you for your strength when we are weak. Help us to step back and let you take over and lead us. Give us the strength to walk as you created us to be instead of fighting to be who we aren’t. Let each of us see ourselves as you see us – created in your image for your purpose which is wonderfully and fearfully made.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




October 12


Isaiah 55:9

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

Thank you Jesus that your ways or higher than ours! If it were left up to me, I do believe my ways would have wreaked havoc! Time and time again I have been amazed at the way God works. Things I thought could never happen – did. I have watched his hand at work and been amazed at the way he thinks. Even the most difficult circumstances brings forth His light somehow.

In one of my devotionals this morning, Jesus Always, I read this line, “When you respond to trouble with thanksgiving – convinced that I can bring good out of the most difficult situations I am pleased. This act of faith encourages you and glorifies Me. I rejoice when My struggling children give thanks to me in song” That is how I want to live life, convinced that He can bring good out of anything. Just think about the attitude that would bring forth! That is what our God can do and will do on our behalf.

So, no matter what is going on in your life today, tell God thank you in advance. Tell him you trust in His ways. Believe He will bring light into any dark situation and sit back and watch his handiwork! It will amaze even the biggest skeptic.

Lord, thank you for whatever is in store for us today. I know that no matter what happens, you are still our God and you are still in charge. May our faith grow stronger with every breathe we have and let us give you the glory in all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



October 11

Psalm 118
5 When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place.

This warms my heart when I think about just how awesome our God truly is! When I cried to the Lord, he brought me into a spacious place! He didn’t just pull me up or move something so I could go around, he brought me into a “spacious place”. He went above and beyond for me when I was hard pressed.

Ever been in a tight situation or find yourself in a difficult spot? I think that is where we see some of God’s greatest work. That point when we have nothing left and God shows up in a mighty way with more than we need or could have imagined. We just need to remember who to cry out to when we struggle. We need to look up for our help.

If you are struggling with something today and feel hopeless, sit down with God today and just talk to him. Don’t give him the solutions; just share your heart with him. He already knows how to fix things perfectly, not necessarily painlessly, but perfectly none the less.

Lord, thank you for your presence this morning and your wisdom. May we always remember to seek you first and let you take us to that spacious place of peace.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




October 4


Luke 7:37-39
44 Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.
45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.
46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

I remember a service about brokenness, and being in a place where God can do a great work in you – if you let him. It is where you are at the bottom of yourself and realize only God can give you the hand you need to lift yourself up. Only God can take your pieces and make them stronger and more faithful than before. Only God can replace what others have taken. Only God can forgive your sins – if you ask. If you allow Him to work with you and change you and mold you – and give you a more loving heart - you can grow into a better you.

It is about the condition of your heart. You develop a character of Jesus as you work through the pain and heartache of being broken. You learn to rely on God and not man. If you chose not to be bitter about the situation and simply take all Jesus has for you to grow from it, you will be a better person in the end. You will understand what Jesus did for you. You will understand that the love of Christ is true. You will understand and forgive those around you a whole lot easier when you know Jesus has forgiven you.

As it said above – the woman fell at his feet and loved on him – yet one of his best friends just opened the door to let him in. Both loved him – but one truly understood the love Jesus has for us. The farther you are from God – the sweeter the return. Confess your sins to Him today. Lay your heart before him and ask him to be with you and to help you change. God can do all things, He can make something from nothing, He can forgive, and He can see the wonderful person you can become – if you let him in. So, let Him in!

Lord, thank you for another absolutely beautiful day. Thank you for the sunshine, the cool breeze and the smell of fall in the air. Thank you for the changes in season. Thank you for your forgiving heart and the love you have for each of us. Thank you for being there with us through our brokenness and for guiding us to be better people, humble people, forgiven people.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


October 3



Psalm 105
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out; it flowed like a river in the desert. 

This is the verse I need to print out and post on my mirror. An amazing reminder of what the Lord can and will do.

Imagine this for a minute. God’s people are out in the desert. Nothing around them but heat, sand and rocks. No water in sight. They cried out to God and he answered their prayer when there was no possible way for water to appear.  But, God drew water out of a rock. He had water flow in the desert when no water could be found.

How many times do we fail to even ask God for help, because we can’t see any way for him to move? We feel defeated before we even start because of what we see and hear with our earthly eyes and ears. But, God does not work with what we see, He works with what he has – and that is anything and everything he can imagine.

 Maybe today is the day we seek Him out, lay out our needs at his feet and wait expectantly for the miracle from God. Maybe he is just waiting for you to act, believe and ask.

Lord, help us to turn to you for our miracles instead of staring at the hopeless situation. Help us to remember you are the God of creation, nothing is impossible for you. You spoke and mountains and seas were formed. You created us and everything within us. May today be the day we find water in desert.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!


Kelly 



October 2

Romans 12:5
We are many, but in Christ we are all one body. Each one is a part of that body.

In Grace for the Moment by Max Lucado, he reflected on this verse today. It was such a great reminder that we all have purpose. We all have been established and created by our one God. Each with a God given destiny.

In his devotional he likened us to members of a battleship, with God as our captain. Each of us has a specific job on the ship. Each of us hears directly from the captain from time to time and we all want one goal; for our ship to reach the shore safely with all the members and crew on board.

As I thought about that vision this morning, I was reminded of just how different our roles are in life, yet we are all created with purpose. We are all created with the intention that we will get our “ship” to heaven. But, just like the ship’s crew, it takes every last person on board to make it safely there. If it were just he captain, he couldn’t do all the other tasks. If there was just a cook, he couldn’t make the ship go this way or that way and still cook and serve all the food. If it were just the gunman, he couldn’t drive the boat and man the gun.

It is just like that in life. We are all on the same boat, we are all on the same crew with one goal in mind, but it takes each and every one of us to make it there together. We are the crew and we have to do our jobs to make the ship sail the right way.  Each person has been given a job, whether we think it is as important as ours or as someone else’s, it’s still part of the crew and is necessary.

We all need to remember that we are all in this life together. Sometimes we are shooting at the enemy and sometimes we are just cruising through the waters watching the sun set. Sometimes we are eating in the mess hall and other times we are resting up for the next battle.

As you go about your day, remember we all have a calling on our life by God. Some have answered the call and others are still looking for the phone. May we give grace where it is needed, hope to the hopeless and love to those around us. For there is but one Father and one goal – God in Heaven.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



September 29


Psalm 89
52 Praise be to the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.

Such simple words that are filled with power. Praise be to the LORD forever. It is everything we are to be and do wrapped up in a sentence. If we are praising the Lord, it’s hard to be evil. If we are praising the Lord, it is hard to think upon the things we lack. If we are praising the Lord, we are giving him credit for all things. If we are praising the Lord, we remember that the world does not revolve around us, it revolves around Him. If we are praising the Lord, we put our focus back on God and not on all the “stuff” going on around us.

Take time today to pray these simple words as you go about your day. Throw in some thankfulness for what you have been blessed with and your will turn a good day into an awesome day.

Lord, thank you for your simple reminder to keep you in the forefront of our lives. Remind each of us throughout the day that you are there and waiting on us to praise you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




September 28


John 1
3 God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.

What a sweet reminder of where we came from. We all came from the same gene pool – God’s. We all bleed the same, red. We are all worthy men and women from God. We all will die and go to heaven or hell. We were born with a God given purpose and the freedom to choose our destiny.

We can accept God’s love and share it with those around us or we can share in satan’s ill will and share that with those around us. We can accept God’s love or push it away. We can walk in the freedom God gives or walk in hate, guilt and shame holding hands with the devil. It is all a choice.

God does not want the luke warm – he wants the committed. If you are not on God’s side, there is only one other side to be on.

Let today be the day you choose him, not just in your words or heart, but in your actions and choices. People need to see God’s love, not hate. Each one of us was created in his image, no matter what we look like, inside we are all His.

Lord, thank you for your words and your love. Help me be a better reflection of the one who created me. Let my words be full of love and encouragement, not gossip or frustration. Thank you for every person you created for they are all made with love and a purpose.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

 Kelly 




September 27


Proverbs 4:23
Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.

This is so true. How many times do we think positive thoughts or create beautiful futures in our minds? Most of the time we are thinking about what just happened, or what may happen or what happened last year. We get stuck in the negative thinking and block anything positive that is occurring in our lives. How can we think about the greatness of God when we are still giving time and energy to what could happen.

There was a person that I used to work with that never had anything positive to say. Every conversation turned to some horrible thing that happened or could happen. At first I thought, poor thing, their life is horrible. So many bad things have happened. Every time I tried to put a positive spin on the circumstances, they immediately gave me all the negatives. After a while, I started purposefully spinning every situation and speaking life into what they saw as negative. No matter what I said, the negative surfaced. The conversations even spoke negative over the future. Those thoughts ran their life and instead of seeing anything good, the negative became the only thing they could see.

 Be careful of what you say and what you think. Your thoughts and words drive your behaviors. If you walk around frowning all the time, you will find that you become sad and angry, but if you walk around with a smile, you will find that you become happier. If you only think of all the bad things that could happen, you lose your zest for life and your future. If you think upon the good you have, the God you serve and the wonderful life He has given you, you will see all the goodness in your life and those difficult times won’t overwhelm you like they have in the past.

Lord, thank you for reminding us to keep our hearts, minds and eyes on you. You are the great I AM. You are faithful and trustworthy all of the time. May we reflect only on your goodness today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 





John 5
41 "I do not accept praise from men,
42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God ?

I can admit that I get caught up in this – wanting the praises of man. Finding myself looking to man/woman for approval. Wanting earthly rewards and not wanting to wait for a heavenly reward. Some call that human nature – I call it a shame. In my heart, I know that God’s blessings and rewards are far greater than anything I could receive here on earth – but I still want to receive that immediate gratification – earthly praise.

Going against the grain is not easy. Working for God’s blessings and rewards can often feel very lonely at times, but we should be doing our works for God. For His glory, not our own. As I thought about getting the acceptance of man I laughed out loud thinking there is no way to get that! Even if we side one way – there are just as many men on the other end of what we believe. Man can never be pleased. There is always a push for you to be one way or another. But – with God – we know that His love never ends and He calls us to be obedient to His word. He never changes, He never falters, He never changes His beliefs, He is the truth – always. I would much rather follow someone that remains constant – than trying to follow someone (man) that constantly changes with the wind or that can be swayed by circumstances.

So, take time to learn what pleases God. Once you learn that – it will never change. Follow God, seek His praises, seek His heart and you will always be on the “right side”.

Lord, thank you for the guidance given to us in your word we read each day. Thank you for the love you show us and the praises that await our obedience. Give each of us the wisdom and ability to see your way above man’s. Help us to clearly see the path you call us to follow. Help us to hear your praises while we are still on this earth. Let your voice be heard over man’s.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



September 22


Psalm 69

30 I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the LORD more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hooves. 

I woke up this morning with such gratitude in my heart. Nothing special happened, but my mind immediately went to thanking God when I woke up. I thanked him for my husband who was sleeping soundly next to me. I thanked him for a bed to sleep in and dogs that love me unconditionally. An amazing son who despite the circumstances of his sleeping arrangements lately, was resting peacefully. I thanked him for a computer to type on and eyes that can see and a brain that can read. I was thankful for a chair to sit in and for a pink robe that is so soft.

What an incredible way to wake up and it was so easy to do. In fact, as I read this verse and began to think about my morning I was so grateful for the choice I made. It could have been very different.

I could have chosen to complain instead – looking back – and alarm that went off way to early. A dog that insists on sleeping on my neck. A bed that sucks me into a hole. An obstacle course to get out of the bed and into the bathroom because my son chose to sleep next to my bed again. An empty coffee can. Having to spend time reading and writing so I could post something on my website. Two dogs that need way more attention in the morning than is humanly possible. Having to get up early to bring my son to school….and believe me I could go on and on….

But, it was a choice as soon as my eyes opened – choose life or death. Choose blessed or cursed.  Choose happy or sad. I choose life. I choose blessed. I choose happy.

Choose life for yourself today. You are the only one who gets to choose how you will face life today. It isn’t everyone else’s fault – it is your choice. Make it wisely today.

Lord, thank you for making this day just for me. Thank you for calling me to you and allowing me to be in your presence. May I not take this day for granted. Help me to show your love to those around me in everything I say and do.

In Jesus’ name I pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




September 21


Matthew 11:28 (NLT)
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

I thought of this verse early this morning while I waited for my alarm to go off. While I lay there, my little puppy, Romeo, decided it was time to wake up as well. He slowly crept up next to me hoping I would not send him back to his bed. He finally came to rest with his head across my neck and then let out this quiet little sigh. He does that when he is content. It is the cutest thing. He will usually sit there for quite a while waiting with me for the alarm to go off. When I rolled over all he wanted was my attention. He squirmed this way and that trying to get his neck and back in the perfect position to be scratched just right. He wanted to make sure I hit all the right spots.

As he moved around trying to get in just the right positions all I could think about was how we do that with God. God is always right there ready to touch our hearts in the exact way we need him to and we are so busy trying to move around, do things and get into all kinds of situations and positions just to get in the “right place” for him to give us what we want.

Just like sweet Romeo, if he would have just lay there next to me resting in my presence, I would have scratched all the right spots without him even showing me where they are. I know him. I know what he likes and what he doesn’t. I know what is best for him and when he needs that extra treat.

Often we try to manipulate God into doing what we want instead of just resting in his peace and presence. All things work together for good for those who love the Lord. He knows us. He knows what we need and when we need it.  We just need to get next to him, in his presence and rest. He already knows.

Lord, thank you for always using everyday things to show me your love. Let us continue to seek you and find rest for our souls. Every time we are in your presence you change us for your glory. May today be the day we seek you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


September 20


Ezra 8
21 There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 22 I was ashamed to ask the king for soldiers and horsemen to protect us from enemies on the road, because we had told the king, "The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him." 23 So we fasted and petitioned our God about this, and he answered our prayer.

I love my God. He is faithful in big and small things.  He loves it when we turn to Him.  He says turn to me and I will turn to you.  So, how many of you have fasted and prayed for something from God?  Do you usually just throw out a “hey, God, I have this thing I need help with, _______” then you go about your business.  I can man up and say that is me from time to time.  But, I can also say that I have brought my heavy burdens to God, put them at his feet, left them there (that is the hard part), and spent time in prayer and fasting.  Every time I think of food, I thank God for the hunger pain that brought my mind back to him.  I thank him for the fact that I can even fast since many people can’t due to their health.  I then pray His will and grace and mercy into my situation.  I pray I can hear from Him clearly on what I should do or if I should even do anything.

I have also been fearful that God won’t answer my prayers.  That my God might not rise to the occasion or that I am not worthy to have my prayers answered.  I have been fearful that once I pray, nothing will happen.  Many of us are trapped by fear – which as you know is not from God – and fail to live up to what God has called us to do. 

They went to Him, prayed to Him, trusted in Him and were not disappointed.  We too can go to God with our needs and expect that what He does is His plan for our lives.  We have to do what he asks – which is simply to turn to him in prayer and fasting – He does the rest – He does what is right.  We have to trust and believe.

Lord, thank you for the opportunity to even come to you in prayer.  Thank you that the veil has been torn and we can come into your presence.  Thank you for the ability to fast and pray.  Thank you for the prayers you do not answer that simply keep us from harm and are not for our own good.  Help us to be faithful in turning to you and never lose our resolve to petition you in prayer with the expectation that you will be there as your word says.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


September 19


Psalm 55
22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Sometimes I feel as if the Almighty God couldn’t sustain me. I don’t believe that his word is true and that he is faithful. I fear that if I cast my cares on Him, he won’t catch them.

Now, I know I am not alone in this because we all hold something back. We all hold onto something that we feel no one else could understand. We all let our ears hear that loud noise instead of the still small whisper of our God.

But we all need to be reminded that He already knows your heart. He already knows your struggles. He is waiting there, with his hand held out, waiting to grab hold of whatever it is you want to give up.

It is your move, reach for him. He is willing and He is more than able.

Lord, thank you for reminding me of your love for each and every one of us. Help us to reach up from where we are, cast our needs into your hands and walk freely in the place you have called us to be. May we see your sweet love today in those around us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

 Kelly 




September 18


Psalm 44
1 We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago. 2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish. 3 It was not by their sword that they won the land, nor did their arm bring them victory; it was your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, for you loved them.

How many of us walk around in defeat, when we have already won?

It is not by our own sword or hand, but by obedience to God’s word we win. God’s right hand, his arm and the light of his face has already touched our situation. He is just waiting for us to walk in his beautiful light instead of in the darkness that we find comfortable and familiar.

Jesus died on the cross for forgiveness, yet we walk with guilt and shame. He died on the cross for our choices we were yet to make, yet we place him on the cross over and over from regret. We are selfish in our shame. Instead of letting Jesus’ final breathe of “It is finished” ring true we continue hold onto the moments on the cross of the pain and suffering and wallow in self-pity.

Today is the day we walk in victory because of the cross and the sacrifice Jesus made, not by our actions or deeds. Throw off that heavy cloak of guilt and shame and walk like the child of God you are and be the person God made you to be. Let the light God placed inside of you shine brighter than ever today.

Lord, thank you for always being there to remind us when we are stuck in our sin and shame and allowing us to walk victoriously in your peace. We are never who we were yesterday, because your grace is new each morning and each experience with you changes our hearts a little more.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


September 8

Psalm 42

1 As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.

As I read these words this morning I wondered if my soul really pants for God.  What does my soul search for?  Is it manmade or God given things?

Every morning I seek out God first and foremost.  I have done my duty and I can move forward with my day.  That is fine and dandy, but I need to continue to pant for God throughout my day.  I need to remember to be thankful for his blessings.  Make an effort to see those around me who are hurting or need an encouraging word.  I need to use the wisdom he has given and know when to hold my tongue or when to speak. 

I should be panting after the living water of God all day long.  His praises and songs should be on my lips always.  That might just keep my mind and tongue too occupied to get the rest of me into trouble!

Take some time today to really look at what your soul is panting after throughout the day.  You might be amazed by whose will you are following and at what stream you are filling up.
 
Lord, thank you for your word today.  Help open our eyes to where we get our fill for our soul – from man or God.  Take the scales off our eyes to see clearly.  Guide us back to the God of mercy, wisdom and grace each and every day.  Remind us during the day of your greatness and draw us back to the relationship you desire to have with each and every one of us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net




September 7


REMINDER - Day of Prayer Thursday, September 7th at noon at Lafayette City Hall.  Come out and join us in praying for our community.


Psalm 33
9 For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.

The mighty power of God is almost too much to imagine at times. He spoke and it came to be. Just the power of his words created us and everything in this world. He commanded the sea to stay along the shore, and it did. His ultimate power has no boundaries or limitations. He is everything we need for every circumstance we face.

When we start to doubt his power we need to get back in his word and be reminded of his greatness, his power and the love that he has for each of us. Nothing we face is too big for him to handle. No heart is too hard for him to soften. No situation is too overwhelming for him to fix.

Spend time being reminded of just how powerful our God is today and let him have his way in your situation at hand. You will find the joy and peace that he freely gives each and every one of us.

Lord, thank you for your reminder that you are all powerful and everything we need. Help us to remember when we start to struggle, that you see it all. Nothing is a surprise to you and all we need to do is trust in your wisdom and have faith in the journey we are on.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 



September 6

Psalm 27
4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 

If I could ask one thing from the Lord what would that thing be? To live with God for eternity, of course. But, when I started to question myself if that is the only thing I seek, eternity would not be the answer. I often seek after what the flesh wants. I live more for myself than for God. I live more for my own purpose than for God’s. I seek after things that don’t necessarily bring my desired result – to live with God for eternity.

Now, at face value, many would say that those things we strive for are good things. Strong families. Prosperous jobs. Money in the bank. Nice home. Good friends. But, if we are doing those things for our own desires – to be wealthy, look good to others, have all the nice things, then we have pushed God out of the picture and even though the outside may look Godly and blessed, it is our hearts that God sees.

Today, I will look at my motives. I will look at my desires. I will look at myself and my ambitions through God’s eyes and see if my desire to live with God for eternity matches what I do and what I seek. I may not like everything that I see, but I know my faithful God will show me how to turn my heart completely back to him and the one thing I desire – to live with God for eternity. Step out boldly today and ask God to show you what you really want from the Lord and to truly see what you seek.

Lord, thank you for revealing yourself in your word each and every time I sit at your feet and read your word. Thank you for loving me enough to correct me when I am wrong and always drawing me near. May today my desires and my actions all point to you!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


September 5


Psalm 26
2 Test me, LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind; …

If God tested me and examined my heart and my mind, what would he find? That was an awesome question to answer this morning because it reminded me that no matter what my actions may be, God sees my heart and knows the motives behind everything from examining my mind. We can’t hide anything from God. He knows. He sees. Yet, he still loves.

God is always faithful and always true, even when we are not. Today I am being bold and asking God to show me what he sees in my heart and my mind. I want him to show me what I don’t even see in myself. I want him to reveal to me those places that I keep from him and where I hold back when I should just surrender.

All of us have places in our hearts and minds where we still hold on to things – things that keep us from all that God has for us. Those things where we still don’t quite trust that God will work it out like we want instead of letting him work it out as he sees fit. I am not too sure I want to say “test me Lord”, but I do know I want to say “show me Lord” since he sees it all, even those things we can’t see in ourselves.

Lord, thank you for always being faithful and loving even when we are not. Thank you for creating each of us with a purpose and a plan. Thank you for loving us enough to show us where we need to grow and what we need to change and loving us through the process. May we be open to seeing ourselves as you see us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



September 1


Proverb 4

 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.

I have this verse taped to my computer at work.  This is one of those verses that you have to continually remind yourself of or you will get caught up in the every day “stuff” that takes you away from your walk with the Lord.  I find myself looking around at my circumstances instead of into God’s eyes.  I see all the things around me that simply rob me of my joy and happiness – if I let it.  Look to him, look to his word, focus on what he is telling you, look straight ahead at Him before you – the victory is ours – we win – but we have to stay focused along the way.

 Satan uses all types of tactics to draw our attention away from God.  Kids, family, work, ourselves, chores, etc.  Now, we have to deal with everyday things but if we continually focus on God, his word, his direction, his love – we can continue to walk in his path in all of our dealings.  We can continue to get our strength and resolve from God above instead of looking to man.  God is our everlasting source of eternal life – nothing on this earth compares to His glory.

So, look ahead into God’s eyes.  Stay focused on him; draw your strength from Him.  Draw your wisdom from Him – don’t let the everyday stuff take your attention from what matters – God.  Spend time in His word - and gain wisdom!

Lord, help us to continually seek you in our daily walk.  Help us to stay focused on what you are calling us to do and not what the world calls us to do.  Help us to remember where our source of everything comes from – YOU!  Help each of us to better understand your words and gain wisdom from you in our daily walk.  Open our minds and hearts to you today.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 30, 2017


Psalm 5
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

In my heart I know that my favor and protection comes from God.  He is my ultimate provider.  It’s not luck, or the fact that I knocked on wood, or I picked up that penny showing heads or any other superstition.  It is the favor of God.  As I read these words I thought about just how many times I really give God the glory for the great things in my life.  I often just enjoy them instead of giving God the praise for them.  There are so many little and big things that my God does for me that go completely unnoticed or credited to the wrong thing or person (usually my own hard work).  So, today I will list out the goodness of God today.  I will take notice of all the blessings for the day – and give credit where credit is due.  From the accident that he prevented to the parking spot closest to the store, to the smile I get from a total stranger, to the favor I have with co-workers, to the love from my children and a husband who loves me despite my faults.  All these things we take for granted and accept without giving due credit. 

Maybe these things are happening because we are in the protection of the great God Almighty.  It is His love he is sharing with his highly favored blessed child.  Maybe it is blessings from God for the time he saw you love on the unloved.  Speak softly to someone hurting.  Shook a hand of someone needing a touch from God.  Or simply a blessing from the one above because you are his.

We often get caught up in thinking about our lack, our hardships, our difficulties – when maybe through them we get to see the hands, feet and eyes of our God.  Maybe through our trials, he is just building up our skills for the future blessings he is holding for us to be ready to receive.  We need to open our eyes to the goodness of God and focus on that instead of what we think are places we fail or lack.  God is good all the time – take time to see it and thank him for it today (and every day).

Lord, help me to grow closer to you this week as I seek your love and mercy in my life.  Let me see the truth of who you are and especially who I am in you.  The more I get to know you the more I will come to love and trust in your word no matter the trials I face, the hardships I believe I have or the valleys I seem to go through.  May your favor and blessings continue to be poured out on me as I seek the knowledge and wisdom of you.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 

August 29

Psalm 9

10 Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.

As the rain comes with more following right behind, I am trusting in the Lord. No matter what my eyes see or my ears hear, I am going to remember that He has never forsaken me. I trust in God and believe that no matter what happens, he is still on the throne and He still loves me.

So, today, do not let your hearts be troubled. Do not worry for the Lord your God is here and knows all of your concerns, even those you don’t give voice to.

Lord, thank you for reminding all of us that you are still in control and we can still trust you with everything we have. May we continue to hold onto your promises and seek you always.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly  


August 28


Ezekiel 34


5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.

This section is used mainly for those who are pastors over a flock, but this morning it stuck me a bit differently.  I thought about being separated from fellow Christians in my walk on this earth.  I thought about how it would feel to be without prayer partners each morning.  I thought about how it would feel to be without a church family.  I thought about how hard life would be without a pastor who knew my name and the struggles I face each day. 

Without fellow sheep at my side - I would be alone and could easily become prey for some wild animals out there in this world – and there are plenty of them.  When we are alone in our walk we can be easily distracted and taken off course.  It is important to surround ourselves with those of like minds to keep us focused on what we are truly called to do – follow Christ.  We need to be surrounded by people who look out for our best interest.  Who pray for us daily and support us in our prayer life and our walk with Christ.  We need to surround ourselves with people who can help us become better Christians and who will stand next to us and protect us from the wolves that walk near us every day.  There is strength in numbers.


Lord, thank you for my fellow Christians that walk with me each day. I thank you for the protection you provide me on so many levels.  Continue you to send fellow sheep my way so that we may help protect each other.  Give me opportunities today to spread your word with the wolves that walk this earth.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



August 25


Ezekiel 33
30 "As for you, son of man, your countrymen are talking together about you by the walls and at the doors of the houses, saying to each other, 'Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD.'  31 My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words, but they do not put them into practice. With their mouths they express devotion, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain.

Ouch, this is so true.  Putting God’s word into practice can be the difficult part. Each of us has to choose how we live.  It can be the way of the world or the way of God.  If we go with the norm, we will probably be turning our back on what God is calling us to do.  If we go with our God, we will probably be turning our back on what the world wants us to do.  Looking at the surface – choose God!  I can hear my father already, “Its either black or white, there is no gray!”. 

But, in the gray is where satan seems to get the best foothold.  When we slowly turn from our walk with God, we start to move toward the gray.  We begin to follow our greedy hearts instead of the word of God.  A little gossip here, a little joke with some undertones in them there, getting angry at the traffic and cutting people off as you exit the church parking lot, it is never something really big – its simply something that just turns your face from God just a bit.  Before you know it, you are slacking on a devotion here or there, you are making excuses for your actions, you are becoming more worldly and less Godly. 

All of us fall short of living the perfect Godly life.  We can spout off scripture after scripture, but we still deal unfairly with others, lose patience for the lost, or simply feel embarrassed by our Godly ways.  We get angry, we begin to slack on things we know we need to do, we use our words to tear people down instead of building them up.  We stop being a help to others, instead, we seek our own selfish interest.  We, as Christians, need to walk the walk and talk the talk.  We need to be open to those around us in need.  We have to share what God has done in our lives with others.  Show them God in our lives by the way we live, not by words. 

So, even when things are difficult, and you fall down and fail, grab God’s hand, get up, and walk with him again. Let people see that you are indeed human – you fail – you stumble – you walk in the gray sometimes – but let them see that you continue to get up, praise Him with your mouth – but most importantly, your heart is with Him as well.  WE are not perfect - but God is.

People of the world will watch your actions more than listen to your words.  You may be the only God people see.  Put what you hear into practice.  Express God’s love with your heart.  Don’t put your selfish pride or greed first, put God.  Walk as he calls you to walk – in love and mercy. 

Lord we thank you for your words, but most importantly we thank you for touching our hearts and calling them to you.  Help us to walk your walk at all times so that we can be a light to someone else in a dark world.  Let our failures and stumbling blocks not be a hindrance to those around us – but instead – let our actions surrounding our failures be what brings others to you!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



August 24


Philippians 2

3 Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves. 4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too.

When was the last time you put yourself last and someone else first? If you are a Mom or Dad, you are probably saying, “Every day”! But, remove those people who you care for every day and ask yourself that same question. Do you go about your day taking care of only yourself, or do you look for ways you can help those around you or take an interest in their life and not your own for a moment or two?

There are givers and there are takers in this world. Some find themselves jumping from one side to the other in a given day, but there are some that stay on one side and rarely move over. There are those that are selfish and only worry about themselves or their circumstances. They try to impress those around them with either what they have or what they are doing. They never take others into consideration and feel they are better than all those around them.

Then there are those on the other side who give more than they have, never think of themselves first and are always willing to help out someone around them without doing it for self-gain.

God wants us to strive to be more like him. Selfless and humble. Willing to help others without worrying about what you will get in return. Loving others just because God calls us to.

Take time today to examine your own heart and your own actions and see yourself through God’s eyes. Are you living as God has called you to live? Maybe it is time to look outside of yourself and at those around you.

Lord, help us to see ourselves through your eyes. Help us to see our actions as you see them and see the motives behind them. May today be one of giving to others because they are children of God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


August 23


Psalm 9

1 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. 

Every day after school when I pick up my youngest the conversation starts like this, “So, how was your day today?” He begins to fill me in on all the details of the day after a bit of prodding. It is usually about who did what to whom and who got into trouble and what happened at after care while playing basketball. He usually returns the question to me and asks, “So, what crazy things happened today at your job?” since I work in the court system, I usually have a good story every few days.

As I reflected on our conversations I began to wonder just how much small talk we do. Other than some discussions after church services or here and there when I am trying to tell him to turn the other cheek or to remember hurting people hurt people to help him understand that some mean kids are just hurt inside, I need to spend more time telling of all God’s wonderful deeds.  And not just to my youngest, but to anyone around me.

We are far more likely to discuss what happened on a TV show, or gossip about someone in the office or speak of how our spouses did this or didn’t do that, than we are to share how God changed our lives, met our needs, changed someone’s heart or blessed us when we didn’t deserve it. We spend time complaining about this or that, but never invite God to work in our situation.

Maybe it is time to spend more time at God’s feet and less at satans. We all worship someone or something, take some time to see just what or who it is today. Maybe today is the day you turn your words into something positive instead. Maybe today is the day your testimony changes the direction of someone else’s life. Maybe today you tell of all the wonderful deeds of your God.

Lord, thank you for reminding me to share your story and not my own.  Thank you for opening up my heart to your word day in and day out. Thank you for changing me from the inside out. May your goodness be what is spoken from my mouth always.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 

 




August 22


Revelation 22
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen

YES!  May his grace be with each and every one of us!!!!

Well, I finally made it to the last day of my bible in a year!  It only took me a year and 8 months this time!  Today is New Year ’s Eve – or so my outline tells me.  If I look at my calendar it is 8/22.  At first I was disappointed that it took me this long.  But, its ok.  There were some days that I did not get to

read and some days His words were so awesome, it took me 5 days to get through one day of reading.  There was so much in there I needed to let soak into my soul.  I don’t think God has been disappointed that I did not stay on schedule.  I believe he was proud that I kept on coming back to His word…in good times and in bad!

So, today I turn back to the beginning and start all over again.  I get to read his word with a new set of eyes – ones that have grown over this past year and with a heart in Love with Jesus.  I look forward to spending time with him each and every morning and feeling his grace and mercy which is new each day.  May each of us continue to develop a stronger relationship with Jesus as we continue our journey.

Lord, thank you for an awesome guideline to living our lives.  Thank you for giving us grace and mercy and allowing us to repent of our sins and receive forgiveness from you.  Help each of us continue to seek your guidance in our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 21

Daniel 2

17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20 and said:

       "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;  wisdom and power are his.

 I love that Daniel immediately turned to his friends to pray to God on his behalf.  He sought counsel of those around him who also loved and feared the God of heaven and earth.  He stepped out in faith that God would indeed meet his need that night and would reveal the mystery of the dream to him.  He had faith.  Faith in an awesome God.

Many of us fail to share our intimate thoughts and needs with those around us.  We feel as if we are the only ones that could be going through this or that.  We may even feel ashamed or embarrassed by our thought or actions.  But, we have to remember that one of satan’s tactics is to get us alone.  Get us away from our support groups and fellow Christians.  He wants us to be isolated so that we are not as strong as if we were braided with other Christians.  We would be pretty surprised by the number of people who struggle like we do.  We are all human, we all fight temptation in one way or another.  Some of us overcome it easily – some of us struggle every day of our lives.  But – God should be our strength.  Our fellow Christians should be our support. 

We should turn to God first then to those around us when we are in need.  Over and over in the bible – men and women of God turned to their brothers and sisters in Christ to hold them accountable, lift them when they fell, hold up their arms when they could no longer do it themselves.  God did not put us on earth to be alone – he put us on earth to help each other reach the same goal – everlasting life. 

So, be a friend to those around you.  Share your faith and struggles.  Ask for prayer when you are weak.  Don’t let satan get you alone in your struggles.  God came through for Daniel and so did his friends.  They prayed for him and interceded on his behalf and probably stood beside him as he went to the king. 

They shared his burden so that it was easier to carry.  Just like God does for us.  Daniel also praised God immediately – not after it was all said and done or when the King granted him favor – it was when God revealed to him the secrets of the Kings dreams.  Always remember where your favor, abilities, blessings, etc. come from.  They come from God.  We, must be obedient and seek Him in all things and He will be there.

Lord, thank you for your word this morning.  Thank you for allowing friends in my life that share the same values as I have.  Thank you for helping me to tear down walls and share my hurts, desires, feelings and pain with those around me.  Help me to be accountable in this life so that I may spend eternity with You!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 18

Jeremiah 44
4 Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, 'Do not do this detestable thing that I hate!' 5 But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their wickedness or stop burning incense to other gods.

I reflected on this scripture yesterday and I had to come back to it today.  It so describes how we act and react even when we know better.

 I know that all of you Christians out there live an absolutely perfect life and God can’t be talking to us – but oh yes He is – LOUD and CLEAR!  HE says “Stop it!  QUIT!  I mean it!  I HATE WHEN YOU DO _____”.  We can all fill in this blank and if we are honest we could put all kinds of things in it as well.  We might not do these detestable thing all the time – but we do them.  I can hear him saying a few of them......IHWY (I hate when you) use snide remarks instead of words of encouragement.  IHWY have to be right and prove others ways wrong all the time.  IHWY lack compassion for when someone is hurting – because they simply brought it on themselves (I am God and still care about their hurts).  IHWY talk about others instead of with them.  IHWY pray for me to do something and don’t act when I put something on your heart and refuse to be my hands and feet.  IHWY ignore opportunities I give you to share the gospel to someone that is lost because you might look silly or be offensive.  IHWY only share what you have when you have excess instead of simply sharing what I gave you with those I love (whether you love them or not).  IHWY ignore those around you in need.  IHWY don’t forgive those who hurt you and my blessings have to stop flowing to you.  IHWY choose to spend time with something or someone else besides me.  IHWY turn on the TV instead of listening to our children’s – parent’s – friend’s – spouse’s, roommate’s etc. hearts.  IHWY love something more than me!

I know I sometimes we may rank sin from least to greatest – but God sees them for what they are – detestable in his eyes.  The smallest thing in our minds makes the same size slash mark in our books in heaven as the worst thing we could think of.  Having lust in your eyes is adultery.  None of us is without sin.  None of us live perfect lives.  All of us need grace, mercy and forgiveness from God first – but also from each other. 

So, I ask you to listen and pay attention to the words of God.  Turn from your wickedness stop burning incense to other gods – and give your heart, mind and soul to the one who loves you.  Be His today.   Don’t let him have to say I HATE IT WHEN YOU ……  Listen to Him say I love it when you listen and obey.  I love it when you turn to me instead of anything else.  I love it when you sit and visit with me about your day.  I love it when you wake up with a song on your lips and praise in your heart.  I love it when you share me with others.  I love it when you act as my hands and feet in this world.

Lord, I pray that I can hear way more “I love it when you” instead of “I hate it when you” leave your lips.  I want to be the one you look down upon and smile and say, “Well done my good and faithful servant”.  I pray for the grace and mercy needed to face each day with you as my guide, my friend, and my  everything.  I thank you for all the prayers you have answered, the hurt you have kept from me, the pain you have allowed, and the love that has been shown to me over and over.  Let your words be in my mind, heart and soul always. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



August 16

Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night.

 What a great verse. I have been really working on worshiping God and meditating on his word and it is amazing what that can do for your mental health. I also notice that I am less likely to take part in the ways of the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit with mockers when I fill my heart and my mind with God’s words. I find that when I skip a day here and there of my quiet time with God, my thoughts and actions quickly turn away from God and into daily life. I get caught up in the “stuff” of life and let my mind begin to lead instead of my heart.

It is easy to slip back into bad habits if I am not focusing on God. I hear more negativity come out of my mouth. I let worry and anxiety creep back in. I have less patience for those around me. I see more of bad in others instead of all of the good that God placed inside all of us. I become someone I don’t like very much. So, when I start to see that I walk in the step of the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take, it’s time to start spending more time with God and less with satan.

Lord, help me to always cherish the time I get to spend with you in prayer. May you always be the place that my heart desires to be and help me guard my heart and my mouth today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


August 15


Jeremiah 29

13  And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

These last few weeks I have been actively seeking God and listening for his still small voice. I have been purposeful in my prayers and in my time with God each morning and as his promise states – If you seek him you will find him. He will be found when you seek him out.

Every verse I have read and every devotional I have thumbed through has led me to a word of scripture that I needed to hear at that moment. A word to quiet my spirit and a word to encourage my faith. This morning as I spent time just worshipping him, my mind kept wandering on to other things on my to do list. I was getting frustrated because even though my heart wanted to stay with God my mind kept going elsewhere. But, as I sat down to read his word, I read this in Jesus Always by Sarah Young where she writes as if God is speaking to you – “However, your mind is often a tangled, unfocused mess. Enlist My Spirit to protect your mind and heart from distractions, distortions, deception, anxiety, and other entanglements. This will help you unscramble your thoughts and calm your heart – freeing you to search for Me unhindered.”

Jesus always knows what we need and what we want. If you seek him out you will find him. He will speak to you through his word, devotions or he will drop a though in your spirit or you can even hear him audibly.  But, first you need to seek him because he will be found.

Lord, thank you for always having the right word at the right time.  I thank you for your presence even when we don’t seek you. May our hearts always be turned to you and our ears always listening for your word.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


August 14

Habakkuk 3

17 Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. 19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights.  


I can say that I have been there – in the place where there seems to be no life around you, nothing to sustain you as a person, no reason to move forward.  You look around and feel as if you are totally alone – even in a room full of people.  This is where faith means everything!  This is where you praise God and thank Him for all He has in store for you.  Thank Him for being with you in the middle of your circumstances.  Even if you can’t seem to feel his presence – know that he is there.  His word says He will NEVER leave you or forsake you.  You are a child of the Living God.  He is there even when you can’t see or feel him. 

Reminds me of my parents – they were always there (lurking in the shadows).  I knew that they were always there for me; to support me and love me to get me out of problems I found myself in, feed me, clothe me, simply take care of me.  I did not always see them – but I knew they were there.  I might not have seen dinner on the table – but I knew it was coming.  I might have sat outside a practice or two waiting for someone to come and get me after school, but I knew they would eventually come.  I had faith in my parents.  I had faith in what they could do.

Our God is even better than that – He knows our future.  He knows the size of our faith.  He knows what we can handle.  He knows what we can tolerate.  He knows it all.  He knows when we feel desolate.  He also knows how to grow us into stronger men and women of God.  He knows that stretching our faith makes it grow stronger.  He knows that when things come easy – we tend to take them for granted.  Sometimes we need to go through a period of drought to realize how great his love for us is.  We need it to grow our faith that He is the living God.  We need it to make us realize the love He has for us.  We need it to make us rely on Him and not our own abilities.  We need it to grow closer to Him.

Lord, I thank you for times of drought and hardship because it builds our love and faith for you.  I thank you for your word that tells me you will never leave or forsake me – it gives me hope when I cannot see or feel your presence.  I thank you for the love you share with us each and every day.  I pray that even in the midst of hardship and loneliness, we still see your love around us and know that you are there.  I ask that you guide us in our days this week so that we can show your love to others around us.  Let us give love where there is only darkness – not just to those who share our views and the love of Christ.  Help us to share your wonders with those that have never known you. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 11


Acts 5:29
But Peter and the apostles said in reply, "We must obey God rather than men".

As I read these words I thought about what our world would be like if the disciples had obeyed man and not God.  Can you imagine a world where you were afraid to speak about Jesus?  Or a world where you had to hide your true feelings?  Sometimes we act like we live in that world now.  We are more concerned about what others will say instead of doing what God called us to do - share the gospel and the love of Jesus.  The disciples knew that it would be a difficult life if they chose to follow the call God placed on their lives, but they proudly suffered for Him.  they were honored to have suffered in the name of Jesus.

 How many of us would stand up and proclaim Jesus as our savior if we knew dire consequences would immediately follow?  Are we like Peter - saying we would never deny you yet when the time comes we separate ourselves from Him?

A life where Jesus' name will not be allowed to be spoken doesn’t seem all that far away in this day and age.  Even now it is seen as offensive when we share what Jesus did for us with others who don't believe in Him.

Spend some time with Jesus today and ask Him to strengthen your resolve and your faith in Him.  Ask Him to be with you and allow you the opportunity to share His love with someone around you today.  Go out and simply plant a seed!  Remember to follow God - not man.  In the end -  you will have to answer for all of your actions to the one true God - not your neighbor or boss.

 In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 10

Hebrews 4
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

I spent some time meditating on these verses this morning and it truly did penetrate my soul and spirit and got all the way down to the marrow. It got into those places that I try to hide from God and to those things I hate to be held accountable for deep within my heart. I could feel the hardness of my heart where I thought it was soft. I could feel the love of God as it slowly softened.

 That is the true power of God when you meditate on his word. It goes deep within your soul and changes places you didn’t even know needed changing.

It made me wonder why we hide all those places from God anyway. My husband listened to a speaker the other day that talked about this very thing. We hide those places from God that we are too ashamed to reveal even though he already knows about them. We hide those inner rooms, closets and junk drawers from him yet if we have repented; he has already cleaned them out. We are too busy trying to hold the door closed to those areas that we don’t even realize the skeletons are gone. Just like our old selves, we have been cleaned up and made new yet we are too busy trying to hide it we don’t see the transformation going on in our own hearts.

Take time to meditate on his word today and let God reveal where you need to change. We spend too much time looking outward to change things around us instead of changing what is within.

Lord, help each of us open our hearts and souls to your viewing. Let our minds meditate on your word and let the Holy Spirit guide us in growing closer to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 


August 9

Luke 5
31 Jesus answered them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

I remember when I received that call from Jesus.  It was right before everything in my world seemed to go wrong.  Some might say it was a test of my faith, but I know it wasn’t from God; it was from the enemy, trying to get me to see that God was not my answer.

It was over 19 years ago, sitting in my bedroom, reading a book on who Jesus really was when I decided I needed to put my faith completely and wholly on Him for a change.  It was time for me to put my faith in something other than myself or my husband.  And it was the best decision I have ever made in my entire life.

Now, it seemed as though we had hardship after hardship after that moment.  Unemployment, illnesses, pregnancy, lack of insurance, struggles in our marriage and a few more things along the way.  But, despite problems, I knew that I knew that I knew, God was in the midst of all of this and if I held on to Him and His word, I would not be overcome.

A few years later, while lying on a gurney at the hospital, awaiting the results to see if my husband had indeed had a heart attack, we felt a peace in that room that was beyond any understanding.  God was in that room and we knew beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it did not matter what the results said, we would have a peace from God through it all.  Now, there were many a nights in that ICU room that I spent on my knees, crying out to my God for healing and strength.  There were many nights with no sleep, where fear and concern tried to enter in, but it was prayed away.
 
God definitely called a sinner.  He called me over and over and when I finally listened it changed my whole world.  It changed my heart.  Now, I still fear.  I still have doubts.  I still fight to balance my checkbook.  I still see a pile of bills.  But, instead of being consumed by them, I find myself thanking God for the blessings that come with it all.  I have a hope and a future.  I have a husband who is alive and well.  I have a marriage with God in the center.  I have a home and electricity and clean water.  I have a car and insurance.  I have children who bless me beyond measure.  I have a family to share my home and my heart.   

Listen to the call of God on your heart today.  It will change how you see life.  It will change your heart.  It will change your perspective on everything.  It will bring you peace amid your circumstances.  It does not bring perfect harmony and a perfect life – but it does bring you the perfect lamb to clean your imperfect heart.  There wasn’t any fanfare or fireworks when I said I do to God, but it did bring a moment in time that changed my life forever.  In a world that sees commitment like a four letter word – it’s time to say yes to the only thing that matters.  Give your life to God today and you will never be the same.

Lord, let each of us hear the call of the Lord and answer Him quickly.  Let Him change our hearts and our minds in an instant.  Let each of us make that commitment to love and serve the Lord.  Give us strength when the enemy attacks.  Give us wisdom in our decisions.  Help us to see you for who you are – the one and only God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 


Job 38

41 Who provides food for the raven when it’s young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

What a great reminder this morning about how God knows our every need. If he sees when the raven needs food for its babies can we even question if he sees our needs? The needs of his own sons or daughters are never out of his sight. He knows our hearts, our fears and he knows what we need and when we need it. He uses his sons and daughters to make things happen all around us. He sends people with the perfect word for the perfect moment. He stirs up a need in someone’s heart to call someone else at the exact moment of need.

God knows all of our needs and all of our wants. He knows what the future holds and how to make the best come from all of satan’s schemes.

God is faithful and trustworthy. He knows our needs and when they need to be met. He is faithful to provide for his people.

Trust in Him today!

Lord, thank you for the word you give and the needs you meet. Thank you for being trustworthy always. May we continue to trust in you and be faithful to the one who created each and every one of us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen! Amen!

Kelly


August 4, 2017


Revelation 7

15 Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."

It is so easy to get caught up in the day to day issues of life.  We get upset at how slow the kids get ready.  We get upset in traffic.  We grumble that we need to go to work.  We wonder how bills will get paid.  We worry about what others will say or think.  And the list can go on and on and on and on.

I needed to read these words this morning to put life in perspective.  This is just a brief stop on a very long journey and in the end – no matter the circumstances we face – an eternity with God is available to us.  God has told us that in the end – He wins.  Satan loses. 

So, live as though you have won and not a life as though you were defeated.  It does not matter what satan throws your way, it is how you respond that makes the difference.  

Lord, thank you for fighting the fight and winning not just the battle, but the war.  Let each of us hold our heads up high, looking towards the future with you and not the battle at hand.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 3, 2017


Jeremiah 6
16 This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'

God is pretty specific in this statement for us to find rest for our souls.  Very straight forward – yet the people (and many of us) simply said no to Him.  My father used to have a lecture on OPE – Other People’s Experiences.  This is the first thing that came to mind when I read this scripture.  He will be happy that something he said actually took root over all those years!

He and God believe there are 2 choices to make – the good way and the bad (or as he said it “its either black or white”).  Look at the lives of others around you.  When something bad happens – see what lead them there.  What path took them in that direction?  In ancient times (about 40 years ago) there were boundaries, lines that weren’t crossed, things that simply weren’t done, morals that were lived, it was a simpler life in many ways.  There were paths of righteousness that were followed because that is how it was.  If you ventured away from that – everyone around was responsible to bring you back in line – and it did not have to be your momma or your daddy. 

Everyone supported each other, were there as friends to lift you up when you needed it, cooked dinner when you needed food, pulled together to get through difficult times, shared meals, coffee, family and time.  It is how God calls us to live – supporting each other in the daily tasks of life.  We all should be accountable to each other.  We should be telling them when they are on the path to destruction or when they have ventured off the ancient path and begin going in the wrong direction.  We are all so afraid to offend or hurt others – but if we sat and really thought about where that path might just lead – or felt the heat from the fires of hell reaching out to burn them, or saw the doorway open and satan standing there to great them – we might just be a bit more vocal.  A bit more determined to rescue them.  A bit more of a friend.

We know when we venture off the ancient paths, we know when our friends venture away as well, we know when souls are not in rest; we know it.  Now we need to act, be supportive of each other, help each other maintain the path we are called to be on, learn from the mistakes of others, and walk in His presence and glory.  Keep the finish line in view – heaven or hell.

Lord, help each of us look at each crossroad in our lives closely.  Help us to see the path of righteousness.  Let us remember OPE – and choose our paths wisely.  You have given us all the guidance we need – open our eyes and hearts so we may continue in the right direction and to keep others going the right way as well.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 2, 2017


Philippians 4
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.

This is something we can all learn from – being content with whatever we have. In this day and age most of us are continually striving to attain more and more. Many find it difficult to be content in where we are in life. We are always looking for the next best thing or the newest version. We struggle with enjoying the “now” because we are too busy looking either in the future for where we are headed or dwelling in the past on what we did wrong or how things used to be.

It is time for us to be present in the moment and to be content in where we are. It doesn’t mean you can’t dream or strive to be better, but we have to learn to be ok in the moment. There will be times when we have an abundance and times when we may lack, but in every moment we have we know that God is there right alongside of each of us waiting to be acknowledged.

Make a point to enjoy the moment today. Find the place of contentment nuzzled up to God no matter what the circumstances of your life look like at the moment….hang on and trust God and be content where he has you today.

Lord, thank you for the reminder that we need to see you and not the circumstances at hand. Let our eyes forever seek you and not the world. Let our goals and future dreams never blemish or blind us to the moments we have right now with you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly  




August 1

2 Chronicles 6
21 Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.

I think many of us spend too much time talking to each other instead of turning to the one who can truly listen and make a difference.  Spend time at God’s feet, talk to him about your needs, feelings, pain, sin, heartache and your joy and happiness.  He is the one that supplies your needs and rejoices in your happiness.  He is the one who can forgive sins and release bondages.

Lord, thank you for your words this morning and the time at your feet.  Thank you for the day you have before me and for allowing me to be a part of your kingdom here on earth.  Let my mind be open to your leading and my heart be open to your Spirit.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly




July 31


1  Chronicles 29
6 Then the leaders of families, the officers of the tribes of Israel, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and the officials in charge of the king's work gave willingly.

David and his son Solomon were collecting items from their community to build the temple for God.  David gave not just of his excess but of what he had for himself.  Now, this isn’t thoughts about tithing….it’s about giving and giving with the right heart.  I have been actually praying about being a willing giver….not just in the church but in my life.  God has placed several opportunities in front of me to help others out – not just financially but personally….giving of myself.  Unfortunately, not all of my giving was done with the right heart.  Often, it was begrudgingly or done judgmentally or partially. That isn’t giving from the heart or giving freely.  In God’s eyes it probably isn’t giving at all. 

I find that I get too busy with my own life and needs that I fail to look right inside my little circle of life to see what I could do to help someone else out.  A phone call to say hello and see if someone needs something, unloading someone’s groceries into their car, paying for someone’s groceries in line before me, supporting someone in need, fixing a meal for someone, or just being available to listen when someone needs to talk.  Sharing yourself means more to most people than anything else.  Our time is precious and it is limited on this earth – we should be living it to its highest degree and letting our hearts lead the way.

So, do you give freely or do you do it because you have to do it?  Does everything have to be even or can you give more than expected?  Do you do it because of an obligation or can you give just because God is giving you the opportunity to be His hands and feet?  Check your heart this week.  Look for opportunities to share the love of Christ with someone – and do it with a loving and willing heart.  Don’t do it for something in return – do it just because.  If you look – you will see that God places amazing opportunities right in front of you – if you would only take the time to look.

Lord, thank you for answering prayers and for giving me opportunities to create a more willing and giving heart.  Thank you for the blessings you bestow upon me so that I can funnel it on to those around me.  Help me to be a light to those around me today.  Let your light be all that they see.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 29

Psalm 103:12
He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west. (NLT)

In Jesus Always devotional the author writes as if God is talking to us. This morning the verse that struck me so hard was “You don’t need to belabor your confession, as if you had to convince Me to extend grace to you. I went through torturous execution and utter separation from My Father so that I could remove you sins as far from you as the east is from the west. I delight in forgiving you!”

Those words really struck a chord in my heart this morning. How many times do I explain, deliberate and then beg for forgiveness from God? Why do I make it such a hardship to ask for forgiveness or feel like I have to explain all the things that led up to my action as if to justify my actions before I beg for forgiveness? I guess we all approach God differently in our sin, but do we really need to? God just wants us to come to him, tell him what we did and that we are sorry and he delights in forgiving us.

I imagine God watching us go through the whole explanation while he just sits there thinking I wish they would just ask the question. His son went through so much and paved the way for us to just sit in God’s presence and confess our sin. No negotiations are necessary. No begging or pleading. Just ask and receive.

What an awesome reminder of how much our God loves each and every one of us. He is not complicated or hard to love or understand. He loves us completely no matter where our sin leads us, we are always right there with God. He is just waiting for us to simply ask.

Lord, thank you for the great reminder of just how much you love us. Help each of us to remember that your son died for us so that we can be forgiven.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 




July 24


2 Chronicles 22
8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles." And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.

Don’t know about all of you, but I would much rather have the pinky of God than the arm of flesh fighting my battles – and I also want Him fighting in ALL of them.  I have to admit that I tend to leave only the “big” stuff for God to battle.  For some reason I think He is too busy to worry about all the day to day stuff.  Guess somewhere along the way I felt I was capable enough to handle my own issues.

CRAZY thoughts!  God loves to be in the small stuff as well.  It was 10 years ago when I learned that God wants all of you, all your troubles, all your issues – not just the big stuff.  I was about to go to lunch when a co-worker told me she was headed out to the store to find the perfect dress for a dinner date she had with her husband.  Before she left, she said, let’s pray….and she did.   She asked God to help her run this errand and find the perfect dress for the occasion.  She thanked Him before she even left for the letting her come to Him for the little things, for the perfect dress she would find, and for letting it all happen on her lunch hour.  I must say that I thought God is too busy and probably does not really care what dress you wear or if you get your errand run in an hour…he has much bigger things to worry about….hello, famine, war, evil, and I could go on and on….and probably did in my head.

Well, when she returned, dress in hand, on sale, in an hour – I thought – LUCK.  She and I spoke of faith and love and God’s blessing many times – she was an inspiration to me and my prayer life.  She also taught me that sometimes God does not want you to have that new dress you have in your mind, but he always wants to hear from you and he does want to give you the desires of your heart….as long as your desires are in his will.  So, I do pray for the little things, I pray for wisdom in shopping, sale racks, favor in my day, cool breezes, a few extra miles out of a tank of gas, good hair days, and everything in between….and I take the time to thank Him when they appear. 

Lord, thank you for sending people into my life at just the right time to teach me just the right things from your word.  I thank you for all the small stuff you put in order for me each and every day.  I thank you for meeting my needs even before I think them.  Help each of us to rely on you and your blessings in all battles big and small.  May your grace and mercy shine through us to those in our midst today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 21

Proverbs 12
12 The wicked desire the plunder of evil men, but the root of the righteous flourishes.

I spent some time with a friend of mine recently who is struggling with several issues from her marriage to finances and everything in between.  It was hard to see her so heartbroken.  It is hard for any of us to see the light at the end of the tunnel when we are smack dab in the middle of darkness.  Sometimes there isn’t any light penetrating to even give us a sliver of hope.  But, sometimes it is the roots that are growing when we see no life in our present state.  Sometimes it is our faith that is growing when our minds cannot even think about the next step.  Sometimes we may feel stagnant, but our faith is flourishing.  Sometimes we have to be reminded that being still doesn’t mean we aren’t growing, it means we are getting rooted so nothing can move us in the future.

As we sat and talked about the situation at hand we kept telling her to hold on to the one constant in her life, God.  He has never left her or forsaken her.  He is with her always.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded of what we know – God is there.  We need to give Him the control of our lives while we grow our roots. Faith doesn’t grow when all is going well, it grows when we are challenged or face hardships in our lives.  In our weakness, He is strong.

So, today, if you feel like you are not growing on the outside, maybe, just maybe, God is helping you grow your roots.  Stay in His word, when you feel like you can’t read another word.  Stay in His word when you feel you have nothing left to give anyone.  Stay in His word when you feel you can’t take one more step of faith.  Stay in His word, and let those roots flourish.

Lord, help each of us to stay rooted in the truth.  Guide us to seek your wisdom and guidance above anything or anyone else’s.  Help us to hold on to the belief that you are there, even at our darkest hour.  Remind us of the love and compassion you have shown us in the past so we can cling to that, knowing you will bring us through whatever we are facing at the moment….and we will be better, stronger believers in the end.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



July 20

1 Chronicles 38
10 Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work."

 God had given Solomon, David’s son, the task of building a temple for the Lord.  I believe each of us is here for a purpose and a destiny – be it building a temple or building a family for God, or a career to reach the lost, or a model for others to see, or someone who struggles, but always looks to God for help, etc. etc.

I often wonder what my destiny or purpose is in this life.  God has not revealed it to me yet.  Solomon did not know it until his father told him what the Lord had required of him.  Sometimes I get caught up in wondering what it is instead of just living my life for God’s glory.  It doesn’t really matter when I know as long as I live my life as God calls me to live it – for His Glory and His purpose.  Until that is clearly shown to me – I will live my life following God’s laws as best I can – and quickly ask for forgiveness when I fail.

Lord, thank you for allowing each of us the freedom to live a life in your presence and in the midst of your Glory.  Thank you for all you have placed in our lives whether we see it as good or bad – you are right there with us through it all.  Grant each of us a peace in our heart and a desire in our spirit to be the best that we can be with the gifts and talents you have given us.  Let them be used for your glory not our own.

In Jesus’ name we pray!  

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 18


Isaiah 43
20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. 22 "Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.

Wild animals honor Him just for water that was given to us.  It is not even for them.  They get what is left over – crumbs – and they honor Him.  Made me think about my own behavior and my own blessings.

What do I honor Him for?  Do I give Him the honor He so rightly deserves?  Would I have complained that the water did not come directly to me in the first place?  How dare I get leftovers or hand me downs!   Would I be pouting?  Or am I the one ecstatic that I can have a small piece of him no matter where it comes from?  

This is where I would like to say “shame on you people.  How dare you act this way”, but I can’t….I have to include myself in this!  I bet if we all took the time to look inside our heart over the last week or so we would find something we took for granted.  We would find a place that believed we deserved something so no “thank you” was necessary.  We would probably find a spot of jealousy about what someone else got.  We would probably find a bunch of “spots” of concern.  Some of us are probably a little better at praising Him for what He has done than others – But all of us could do better.

Take some time this morning to think of 10 things he has done for you or given you in the last 24 hours.  Think about what would happen if you did not have those 10 things.  Now – tell him how much you appreciate what he did and does for you.  Take some time throughout the day – and praise His name.  Call on him; let him into your heart today to reveal those spots to you.  Ask Him for help to clean them up.  Give him the honor and glory you were made to give.  Give credit where credit is due – and it is not to you or anyone else in this world….it is God.

Jesus, thank you for today – and my 10 things.  I do not know how I would survive this world without knowing you, loving you, trusting you and praising you.  Help me to continue to show your love and not my own to others.  Let it be sincere and real.  Let your light be seen in me today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 17
Exodus 25


1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from each man whose heart prompts him to give. 3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and hides of sea cows; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 8 "Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.


As I read the items listed that He called the community to take to him, I thought about myself listening to this list of items. I began to feel saddened that if God came today, there wasn’t much I would have to offer to him. To my husband’s delight, I am not a big jewelry person (at least not the real stuff) so I would only have a wedding ring to offer, some olive oil (right out of the no-name brand bottle) a few spices, a squirt or two of perfume and the diamond from the wedding ring listed above. No fine linens; not even a table cloth. Done. Nothing left to give. And that would be what we had as a family. Nothing more. At first I thought – poor us. I might want to stock up on some yarn or stones just in case. Maybe I need to befriend someone with linen and yarn and stones.



Then, as God would have it, I heard that still small voice say to me, “You only have to give what you have and I have provided all you need for this moment”. Wow. God is awesome. As with everything else in life He only asks us to give what we have – and what we need he provides. We don’t have to have it all. In that community of people, each had what God needed. Some had stones, some had linens, some had goat hair others ram skins and hides of sea cows. God had given what He needed from them before He ever asked anything from them. He had what He really wanted – and obedient group of people there to serve Him and in their midst, His light is what you could see – not the individual people who gave. Just like our churches and our communities.



God provides all you need in your group of believers for the tasks at hand. God gives freely to those who love Him. We will always have what we need and will never lack. He places people together for His purpose to fulfill His desires. Sometimes for a season, sometimes for a moment and sometimes for a lifetime. Lord, I thank you for all I have and I commit it all to you today. May it be for your glory, not mine. May we always have what we need and lack nothing from your hands. Keep our hearts and minds focused on you – our great provider. May none of us ever feel as though we lack but always feel fulfilled by you in every way.



In Jesus’ name we pray! 


Amen! Amen!


Kelly




Nehemiah 13
14 Remember me for this, my God, and do not blot out what I have so faithfully done for the house of my God and its services.

There are a few things I can be remembered for…some I am excited about and others….not so much. I often thank God that Instagram and Facebook were not around when I was younger then there would also be “proof” of what I had done as if the memories themselves were not enough!

But, God saw it all and he loves me in spite of myself. I sat here this morning thinking about what highlights God had on my life. What are the memories that come to His mind when he thinks back over my life? Is it when I stood in the doorway in kindergarten scared to death and he grabbed my hand and walked me in? Is it the moment when I heard my grandmother had passed away and one of the last things she read was my handwritten letter to her? Was it the moment in high school when I found out I would be graduating on stage? Was it when my husband got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife? Or when the doctor’s handed me my first born son and all I could do was cry? Was it the moment I decided Jesus was who I would follow all the days of my life? Or when I sat in the hospital bed with my husband after his heart attack and we both spoke about how peaceful we felt even though we were about to face a whole new life of cardiac doctors? Maybe the day my husband surprised me with a website that I could share my writings on line and I was so scared and excited all at the same time.

Every moment that came to my mind are moments that I know He was right there with me. Some good and some not so good. I know that moments when I did the right thing when no one was looking, he was. I know that the moments when I choose Him over satan, he remembers. I know he recalls that moment when I finally said, “Ok, its your turn God” he smiled and said “well done my good and faithful servant”.

God remembers all those things in my life that molded me into who I am. He was there in the beginning and has never left my side. I may have strayed away, but he was there, waiting patiently for me to return. He has forgotten all the sin that I have repented of and all that remains is the good stuff. Too bad everyone else can’t remember like God does!

Lord, thank you for seeing the good in me when I can’t see it in myself. I pray that any sin that remains in my heart is brought to my mind so I can repent and let it go. I thank you for the mercy and grace you give so freely and the love you show to me always. May today I remember only the good in everyone.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

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July 13, 2017


Isaiah 40
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

Ok, this one is for me. And for those that don’t know me well – although I have poured my heart and soul out to you over this year – I struggle to stay on the righteous path of God.  I get sidetracked by the shiny things satan puts along the side of my path and find myself standing in the world and not in the word.  Nothing big – deadlines at work, activities of the kids, grocery shopping, chores, time with friends, etc..   They just take the time from my God – when I let them and they begin to tug at my mind and put doubt where faith used to live.

So, I know in my heart that my God is a forgiving God.  I know that when I turn to him and lay my heart out before him that He hears, listens, always gives me a path to righteousness and forgives me when I ask.  Now, in my mind, when I am busy with life, I begin to relate God’s abilities to man’s instead of standing firm in my belief of what he has said he can do and has done.  I begin to think that he must be tired of me coming back to him again – usually for the same things.  I begin to believe he must have filled up his chalk board with so many marks that I must be at the 70 x 70 figure by now – I’m done, toast, out of here.  I forget who He is.  I forget what He said.  I replace my vision of Him with one of man’s.  I forget He is my God, my Savior, my everything.  I reminded myself this fact just last night – my God will supply all my needs – not man, not my kids, not my parents, not my husband – My GOD!  He can do that….easily.  He can create something out of nothing.  I have His Holy Spirit guiding me each day.  My sins are hanging on that cross.  I am a picture of perfect – if you look through God’s eyes.

So, my God and yours does not get weary, He does not lose hope, He does not coward down to satan, He does not fear, He knows every little detail of my life and yours, He sees our hearts, He hears our thoughts and He loves us despite ourselves.  Remember that today and every day.  You and I are children of a living God.  We were each created individually with a purpose and a reason and now with a love of God in our hearts.  Be the person God created you to be – stay in his word so you don’t lose sight of what He is and what He can and does do.

Grant each of us the desires of our hearts today. Help us to grow closer to those around us so that we may help each other through difficult times on our journeys ahead.  Help each of us to see you in all things today – big and small.  Send your Holy Spirit before us to soften the hearts of those we meet so that the seeds we plant can prosper when you water.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



July 12


John 9
 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.  2 His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"  3 "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

How many times do I (probably could put “we” right here) feel like God must be punishing us for something we have done in our lives when tragedy or obstacles come in our way?  I must have brought this on myself somehow….knew I should have behaved better as a kid….etc. etc.!  Sometimes this thought process can impede our growth and our relationship with God.  If we stopped focusing on what we see in front of us or all the “why is this happening to me/us” we might just see the work of God in our lives displayed like only He can.  He is an amazing God with a plan to bring us closer to Him and to open our eyes to the path He has planned for us.

So, if you see difficulty in front of you – don’t worry about what you did in the past or how you reacted before – look for his grace and mercy and love that are before you.  Grasp on to Him and all He has.  It might not be about a punishment but about an amazing opportunity to grow your faith and your love of Jesus.

Lord, thank you for all the obstacles you place in our paths.  Help us to see them as opportunities to see the work of a Mighty God instead of a pity party for ourselves.  Give us the strength to continue in the face of adversity.  Remind us of the amazing things you have already done in our lives.  Help us to see you for who you really are – an Amazing God with an unending love for us.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly  




July 11

Mark 16
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

I studied this verse in Rick Renner’s Sparkling Gems and he always clears up the wording and makes it easier to understand. As I read his discussion of the root words and their meanings, he paraphrased one of the verses with this line “If your host have prepared the best they can give you, eat it with joy”. Jesus was sending His disciples to another area and he wanted them to know they could eat unclean food and it would not harm them. He did not want them to offend anyone by refusing to eat what they had prepared from the little that they had.

But, as God always does, he said this to me – If someone is giving you their best, accept it. Sometimes people are in a place that “nasty” is all they can give. Others are in a place where “prideful” is all they can give. Many are in a place where “anger” is all they can give. Or we can add a long list of anything else we have dealt with in this list. People will come to you where they are, not where you are. They will come to you from a place of hurt, longing, disappointment and that just might be the best they can give you at that moment.

We can choose a few ways to handle this – we can choose to share what they may be lacking – love, acceptance, understanding, strength or honesty or we can refuse to eat it. I have always heard you get more bees with honey, than with vinegar. Maybe if we began accepting the best people can give at the moment (without being abused of course) and take it with joy, we may begin not just to change them, but to change our heart and allow us to love on those that are hurting.

I am sure you can begin naming several people who always greet you with harsh words, but quit judging them and work on yourself. It may just be the best they have at the moment. You and I have and will be in that place time and time again. We all have bad days, some of us have bad weeks or months, but we all fall short of what we should do at times.

Make a point to “eat it with joy” and give love and grace today. It might be the only light they see. Make that darkness step back for just a minute as you shine God’s light into their lives.

Lord, help us to meet others where they are instead of judging them for not being in a place we have struggled to obtain. Let your light and love shine forth instead of anger and hate. May you always be who we strive to please.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



July 10

Nehemiah 9
20 You gave your good Spirit to instruct them. You did not withhold your manna from their mouths, and you gave them water for their thirst. 21 For forty years you sustained them in the wilderness; they lacked nothing, their clothes did not wear out nor did their feet become swollen.

In one breath I want to say wow, let’s go to there because he sustained them for 40 years….then I think, wait, they were in the dessert for 40 years!

How often do we only want the good and not the struggle? We want the mountain, but never want to be in the valley. We want to be fed and not left hungry. We want the Spirit to lead, but we don’t want to follow.

God’s most powerful interventions in our lives usually come on the tail end of the tragedy. He uses those hurts, those tears and the pain and morphs them like only He can into joy, happiness and greater things than we could ever imagine if we trust Him in the process.

We have to remember that God has sent his Spirit to guide and instruct. We need to follow his direction and trust in His wisdom. God will provide for our needs, give us manna and water in the dry times. We have to focus on knowing He is coming instead of focusing on what we lack.

Lord, thank you for your Spirit, your love and your grace. Help us see you in the valley as well as the mountain tops. Let us see your love in the midst of our pain and rely on you to meet our needs and our wants.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly
July 6


REMINDER - Day of prayer today, July 6, at noon at Lafayette City Hall in the atrium. Hope to see you there! Prayer changes everything, especially us!


Nehemiah 9
17…But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them, 18 even when they cast for themselves an image of a calf and said, ‘This is your god, who brought you up out of Egypt,’ or when they committed awful blasphemies.

A couple of weeks ago we took our vacation at a friend’s camp right off the river. It had a beautiful view. Several of the mornings I took my bible down to the dock and sat and read about our awesome God as I took in the beauty that he created. Nothing brings you closer to God than sitting and taking in what he created, especially out in nature.


One morning after I had read my bible for a while, I decided to throw in one of the fishing poles and try my luck at fishing. My husband had not had a bite since we were there. All the supplies were still out there from the day before so I grabbed the bait, broke off a piece to put on my hook and before I had even thought about it, I dropped the other piece in the water for the “fish gods”. It is something we used to do when we fished. One for the line and one for the fish god. Now, I really didn’t think there was a fish god per se, but it was one of those old wives tales (superstitions) that supposedly brings good luck or drives away bad such as knocking on wood when you say something, never opening an umbrella indoors or never walking under a ladder. But, this time, as soon as I said it I thought, “Oh, my, what did I just do”. I was just like them, only mine wasn’t an image of a calf, but it certainly was an offering to another god and not the God who created me. My heart sank as I realized that without thinking twice, I offered up a bit of fish bait to a god I didn’t believe in, but I had just put something else in from of my God.

Now, I know there was not any real belief behind my action, but it hurt my heart and I am sure it hurt the heart of God because I had not looked to him for my fishing, but to something else without even thinking about it.

It is easy to say something or do something and not think about how our God sees it, but maybe today we should. Superstitions or just that, superstitions. They do not bring good or bad luck. We should not put our faith in something other than our God. If we want “good luck”, pray about your situations. Ask for favor. If it is in his will, it will come to pass. Knocking on wood or not letting your umbrella open up indoors does not have the power that our living God has over our lives.

So before you put your belief into something else, remember who created you. Remember who wants the best for you. Remember who loves you.  God.

Lord thank you for opening my eyes and my heart to you. Help me to see you in every aspect of my life and not just when I need you. May you be the only God I serve all the days of my life.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



July 5

Nehemiah 9
3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the LORD their God.

This summer I have been taking advantage of getting a bit more sleep in the mornings.  No lunches to make, no kids to get ready just more time for myself. I had a list of things I would do to fill the void. Maybe work out in the morning when it may be a degree or 2 cooler instead of in the heat of the afternoons. Get a load or two of clothes done before I leave. Get that crock pot meal together and in the crock pot.

Instead, I find myself, setting the alarm a little later. Hitting the snooze one more time. Reading one more Facebook post or sending one more email. Compare that to the fact that they stood there for a quarter of the day listening to the word of God. Another quarter was in confession and in worshiping the Lord their GOD.  Half their day was spent on something of God. They had to make their own bread. Harvest their own crops. No washing machines, no refrigerators, no modern conveniences to help cut time yet for this festival they listened and worshiped for half the day.

I must admit I felt a little guilty for hitting that snooze this morning. I felt a little guilty for not giving God that extra time. I always feel better when I spend time in God’s word or when I listen to my praise music when I exercise, so why don’t I move things around to spend more time with God? Why do I take from that time for other things? I guess it is like working out, I love it while I am doing it, but it is the getting started that is the hard part.

So, this summer I will reset that clock for the early alarm time and give that time back to God. I may not give him that ½ a day through hearing the word of God or worshiping the Lord directly, but my eyes and thoughts will be on Him. I will play that worship music and listen to men and women of God speak about His glory while I work. I will make time for what is important, getting closer to God. I will seek Him more and I know that I will find Him, because his word says I will.

 Lord, thank you for reminding me that I need to make you my priority every day. Thank you for gently reminding me of your goodness always and being the only one who is always the same every minute of every day. May your peace be in our hearts and be what others see in us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly




July 3


Isaiah 14

24 The LORD Almighty has sworn, "Surely, as I have planned, so it will be, and as I have purposed, so it will stand…..27 For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Over the last few years as I have sought the Lord more and more.  As I look back I am amazed that I can see his presence every step of the way.  Even on the nights that I felt so alone I can truly see that he was by my side the whole time.  His hand is truly upon everything.  The most amazing part is that He knows every thought I have had, every thought I will have and everything in-between – and He still loves me….and you.  When He hung on that cross, it was for each and every one of our actions.   He knew the plans he had for us.  He knew how we would react to every one of them.  He knew our choices.  He knew the paths we would have and the paths we would take.  He knows how it all ends.  Everything is as it should be.  It is all Father Filtered.  There are no surprises or unexpected events.  No coincidences.  IT is HIS plan.  There are lessons to be learned in all circumstances.  God has you going through issues for a reason.  It might not make any sense at the time, but he is preparing you for a time such as this.

We have a friend of ours that was injured in an accident a few years ago.  I have written about him before because he is such an inspiration to so many and especially to me. He currently has no feeling below the waist and has limited movement in his hands.  Most of us would have still been wallowing in pity, but he has not.  His take on it is that God has a plan for Him and right now it contains a wheelchair and a rehab center.  It is not bad or good – it is God’s plan – so it is as it should be.  You make the best of where you are because God has you there for a reason or a season.

If each of us began to look at where we are and enjoy the moment, learn what you can from the situation and let God lead our choices, we would be a whole lot happier! 

Lord, thank you for this day you have given us.  We look forward to the day ahead and all the plans you have for us.  Help us to learn everything we can today in the situations you allow.  Help us to see your hand in our lives and believe that what you allow is best for us at that moment.  Help us to hold fast to your hand at all times and stay on the path of righteousness.  Give us your mercy and grace when our steps falter.

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


June 29


Psalm 126
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! 6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

My devotional this morning referred to this verse. It is a great reminder that even though we go through struggles and hard times, every tear is accounted for by God. He balances every heartache with joy in its season and in its time. Those tears water those seeds that are planted and the harvest will be bountiful.

What a great reminder that God knows everything. Every tear we think we cry alone is in his presence. Every bit of sadness in our hearts he feels. Every emotion we have he created.

So if sadness is upon you today, take heart that he is there. Take heart that those tears will bring forth joy. It will water all of those seeds of hope and joy and bring forth a great harvest.

Lord, thank you for your word and your presence. May each of us always know you are here with us, crying every tear, laughing with us and smiling upon us. May your harvest be plentiful and your seeds be continually watered as we walk in your grace and mercy.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


June 28


Ezra 3
11 With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the LORD: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the LORD, because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid

When was the last time you gave the Lord a shout of praise and you were not in church? Make today a day of thanksgiving to God. Spend today being thankful for everything great and small.  Be thankful for the hot coffee, clean clothes, less traffic or even the gas in your car or the bus that gets you to your job today.

Too often we get caught up in our lack, our circumstances and what our eyes see. Focus on the creator of all – God. Give him shouts of praise today. Be mindful to thank him even in the difficulties of life. Bless Him today instead of waiting for a blessing from Him.

Lord, thank you for reminding us of your love, your awesomeness and that we should be thankful. May your love endure forever and our thankfulness be music to your ears.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



June 16


2 Chronicles 35
2 He appointed the priests to their duties and encouraged them in the service of the LORD’s temple.

Josiah encouraged the priests to do what God was calling them to do.  Do you have someone in your life that encourages you in your walk with God? Does someone lift you up in a positive way when you are discouraged? Do you have a friend that will tell you when you are wrong? Do you have someone to help you walk the path God has called for you?

If not, you need a friend like that. Not one that will lead you into trouble, away from God or just agree with everything you say and do. You also need to be that kind of friend to others. We need to have people we are accountable to in our lives that love us enough to tell us the truth all the time.

Make today the day you encourage instead of discourage. Make today the day you do something for someone else that leads them to the Lord and not away. Make today the day you forgive completely and let the hurts go.  Make today the day you look for someone to lift up someone who can’t help you in return.

Lord, thank you for reminding us to encourage one another in our faith. Thank you for loving us enough to correct us and redirect our paths over and over and over again. Help each of us see opportunities to love our neighbors as ourselves today. Make today the best day yet.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

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June 15


Hebrews 3
1 Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.

This was one of the verses today in one of my devotionals today, Jesus Always by Sarah Young. It was about how our world is ever changing, but God is not. He does not change or evolve like others in our lives. He is trustworthy in all things. One of the challenges in the devotion was to remain aware of Jesus as you go about your day. When you realize you are focused on other things, pray “Jesus, keep me aware of your presence”. How powerful. Just being aware of Jesus’ presence makes everything else fade away. When we look only to Him, we don’t see the person who hurt our feelings or the heaviness of our hearts; we see the love of the one who died for us.

It can be overwhelming when you try to always keep your mind on Christ, but you can begin by making small decisions to form healthy habits. While fixing your meal, thank God for the food he provides and the nourishment it will give you. Pick places you frequent such as stairwells or elevators and be purposeful when you are there to call upon God and seek His presence. Take 5 minutes on your ride to work to turn off the radio and talk to God before you get to work or before you get home. Maybe the only quiet time you have is in the shower – pray in there. Make your phone’s screensaver a reminder to pray – you will be amazed at how many times you look at it during the day. If our minds are consumed with Jesus, we won’t have time for the worry or strife we focus on.

Make God your priority today. Call upon him and seek his presence. His words say, seek me and I will be found. Look for him today.

Lord, thank you for your presence and reminding us to continually seek you. May you show up in a mighty way today in our lives. Let us feel your presence in our lives and cling to you.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


June 12

2 Chronicles 32
25 But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 26 Then Hezekiah repented of the pride of his heart, as did the people of Jerusalem; therefore the LORD’s wrath did not come on them during the days of Hezekiah.
 
Pride is something that many people struggle with but most don’t even know it. It hangs out with control and anger and can often leave you feeling offended at the littlest of things. It is something we can often see in others, but very seldom in ourselves.

Pride gets in the way of relationships and can harden the softest of hearts. It happens when we begin to believe that we can do all things through our own strength, our own will and our own deeds. When we take all the blessings we have been given and the kindness God has shown and begin to take credit for all of it ourselves, pride steps in and makes its home in our hearts. We stop relying on and thanking God for what he does in our lives and we begin to rely on ourselves. We begin to believe all that we have and all that we do is because of our own abilities and we get caught up in ourselves and let go of God.

Pride is something I have struggled with but God is quick to remind me that he is God and I am not. It was not always that way, but since I have my focus more and more on him, I notice way quicker when pride becomes my pilot and I let God take the back seat. But, God is so faithful. He allows us to see our sin, repent and turn back to him over and over again. He never wants to see us fail, but he wants to see us live a life dependent on him and not on ourselves.

God has given us gifts and talents for us to use in this life. Some of us can build things, others can cook. Some have the gift of listening, others can step back and see the big picture and envision how things should go. Others can see all the little details of a project and make them all work together. No matter what you are good at, remember it is a gift from God and use it wisely. It can be taken away just as quickly as it was given.

If I am speaking to you today, stop and repent. Ask for forgiveness and seek God again. He is there. He is waiting. He is faithful….and your friends and families will appreciate it!

Lord, thank you for forgiving us time and time again. Help us to see when pride steps in and we push you aside. Help us to always put your gifts to work in our lives for your glory and not our own. Help us to seek you more and let others see you in us and not pride.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


June 9

Psalm 134
1  Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD who minister by night in the house of the LORD.  2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.  3 May the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion.

As I first read this psalm I thought, wow, I could memorize a whole Psalm!  It is so short, 3 whole lines! So, I read it again and again and again.  But instead of memorizing it I had a flood of thoughts from these few words.

1.  A few words can mean a whole lot. 

2.  You never know which words you say will mean so much to someone else – good or bad.

3.  Even if you are one of those who minister quietly in the night, God sees it and will bless your efforts

4.  I love lifting up my hands during praise and worship, it just feels right - like I am giving it all to the one who made me – so why was it so hard to start!

5. I wonder if the author thought his prayer was important when he prayed it.

6.  How many of my prayers could be Psalms?

7.  Nothing you do goes unnoticed even if it is not seen by man’s eyes.

8.  The Lord made (makes) everything – it is all his – we just get to borrow it from time to time.

9.  Have I ever said something to someone that really changed their life?

10.  We serve a living God – we are here for his purpose – not for him to serve our every need (even though he can and does).

So, meditate on his word today, open you heart and your mind to Him and let His words speak to you today.

Lord, I thank you for the words you have left for us to guide us on our journey.  I thank you for the revelation you continue to give to me each and every time I spend time with you.  Let us be the servants you have called us to be.  Let each of us clearly see our purpose here on earth.  Let others see each of us as servants of a mighty God and not the enemy today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly  


June 8


2 Chronicles 32
7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said. 

I needed to be reminded to be strong and courageous today. I needed to remember the promises of God and that He fights out battles.
Are you facing some giant or mountain that you cannot see a way around? Me too. I keep reminding myself not to believe what my eyes see or my ears hear, but to rest on the word of the Lord. He is still a God of miracles. He is still a God who loves and cares for his children. He sees it when our hearts hurt and he knows when they rejoice. He sees the damage satan tries to do in our lives and he grabs our hands and walks us through every step of the way.

If you are facing troubles today, listen to God’s words, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of _______” and fill in your problem(s). And then remember “but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles”.  He is a good God who sees every act of the enemy in our lives. Keep your eyes on Him and His word and do not let the enemy discourage you. God is true and just and he loves you and me.

I love the way the message bible states Romans 8:28. It is one of my favorite verses especially when I am struggling with something. It reminds me that God is there making the best out of every situation for his children. Rest in his word today and not in man’s.


Romans 8:26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

Lord, thank you for the perfect word for me this morning. Help me to meditate on it day and night until it lives and grows in me. Give strength to all those hurting or facing insurmountable battles today. Let us have strength in you alone.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


 
June 7



2 Chronicles 31
21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God’s temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

Sometimes we need to go back to the basics. Seek God, obey the law, work hard and prosper. Simple enough. We make things complicated and difficult, instead of just trusting in the one who created us.

Instead of just following God, we follow others. We look to see what we can do to satisfy our desires, instead of God’s.  I have been seeking God through prayer and fasting for a couple of weeks and it is amazing just how much he reveals himself to you when you seek him and his kingdom.

Take time today to sit with God and hear what he has to say to you. Listen for his wisdom and guidance. He knows the future, he knows your abilities and he knows your heart. You also need to remember that your idea of prospering and His idea of prospering may be 2 different things. God measures success in very different ways than we do. He sees the heart, not the bank account. He sees your intentions, not the size of your house.

Lord, thank you for creating us for a special purpose for your kingdom. Help us to see our value not as man does, but as you do. Help us to seek you wholeheartedly and prosper in your kingdom’s work. May today be the day we give ourselves fully and completely to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



June 6

2 Chronicles 26
3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem. 4 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father Amaziah had done. 5 He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God. As long as he sought the LORD, God gave him success.

As long as Uzziah sought the Lord, God gave him success. God wants his children to succeed. He wants us to seek him and his wisdom so that we can put that knowledge to work for His glory. Chronicles is filled with examples of kings who followed God and were successful and those who followed other gods and lost God’s favor.

Sometimes I get like the kings who just followed after their own desires and not God’s. I get caught up in  life, work and kids as I strive to “survive” and the fact that there is more to life gets lost. Just like king after king who put their focus on the things of the world and not the things of God.

It can be easy to do. Time and time again leaders failed to stay focused. But, when they turned back to God, he was there. When they turned their back on their idols and turned back to the God that loved them, he was right there.

If today you find yourself with other gods as your focus, stop. Turn back to God, repent and get your eyes back on God. Do not fear man, fear God. Do what he wants you to do – love him and only him and he will bless your obedience.

Lord, thank you for reminding us that you are still here.  You are still God and we are still yours. Help us to refocus on you, seek you and be the children of God you have called us to be.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 

 
June 1
2 Chronicles 24
19 Although the LORD sent prophets to the people to bring them back to him, and though they testified against them, they would not listen.

How many times are we told the right thing to do, but yet we still choose the wrong thing? More times than I want to count! How many times did we discredit the words of encouragement someone spoke to us? Or how many times were complimented for something we did, yet we down played it because we did not feel we deserved it?

Maybe it is time to listen to those wise believers we should be surrounding ourselves with. Maybe its time to believe in something bigger than ourselves. Maybe it is time to try doing something different if we want something different.

So, whose voice are you listening to? Is it God’s? Is it the Holy Spirit? Or are you listening to the other shoulder, where the enemy is telling you to go after things that are self-serving or harmful to your spirit? Are you moving further and further away from a God who has your best interest in mind or are you seeking him out and drawing near to him so you can be covered by his grace, mercy and love?

Time to do some inward searching to see if I am listening to the wrong voice.

Lord, help me to know your voice and hear your whispers. Let my heart be completely in line with what you want for my life. Let my desires line up with yours.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


May 31, 2017


2 Chronicles 14
11 Then Asa called to the LORD his God and said, “LORD, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, LORD our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. LORD, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.”

At that moment, Asa knew to garner his strength from God. He knew that it would be God who would deliver him from his enemies and protect his camp. But, when Asa began to put his faith in man, God removed his hand from Asa and his enemy prevailed.

I know when I am staying in God’s word, praying and focusing on God; everything around me seems to be less fearful or oppressive. It is as if God’s hand holds back the enemy and allows me to find a moment of peace in the chaos.  But when I start relying on others or seeking their help first, I can tell the difference. The peace starts to leave, anxiety and aggravation begins to move back in and before I know it my peace is gone.

Time after time in the bible men and women seek God with all they have, they see victory, then begin to get full of themselves, turn from God and see everything they have fail. When we turn from him, we walk away from the grace, mercy and power he provides. We walk away from his strength that helps us get up and try one more time.  Maybe it’s time for all of us to turn back around. Seek His face, His word and His kingdom instead of our own. Seek him today, he will be found.

Lord, let us see when we begin to rely on ourselves and not on you. Help us to focus on who you are and who we are in you. Help us to always remember you are our God and there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. May you have your way in our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 

 


May 26


Psalm 92:10
I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

Some days I need to just stop everything and sit with Jesus. No reading. No praising. No distractions. Just sitting in his presence. Today, after reading this verse, I sat and asked God to anoint me with a fresh oil. A fresh perspective of Him. A fresh moment in time.

Today I am spending time in prayer and fasting for a special healing for someone very dear to me. I have fasted and prayed before, but today I want it to be different. Today I want God to know I am right here at his feet holding on tight because I want every little thing he has for me. I don’t want to just feel like I am standing on the sideline, I want to be in the game. Right there in the middle. In his sights. I want so much of him that all those around me can’t help but see him in everything I do and say. And when I fail, I want them to see the grace God gives, the love he has and how he forgives and forgets.

That is how we should live our life every day. So close to God that people can’t see me, because all they can see is Him. Paul wrote about that very thing. He didn’t just tell people about Jesus and everything he had done for and with him, but he lived a life that showed people who Jesus was. He held nothing back. He didn’t worry about who he used to be, he walked boldly as the man he was becoming….a disciple of Jesus.

Take time today to get a fresh anointing from God. Get in his presence even if it is for a few moments. Turn off that radio, TV or internet. Close your eyes and tell him you desire a fresh anointing. And spend just a few minutes of quiet time with him. We find time for everything else, why not make time for Him. You will never be the same after being in his presence.

Lord, thank you for a fresh anointing. Thank you in advance for answered prayers and miraculous healings. May my eyes always stay focused on you and all that you are instead of focusing on what I lack. May your grace and mercy flow over and through me to those around me. Let them see you in me.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly  


May 25


Joshua 6:10
But Joshua had commanded the people, "Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!"

 That can be very hard to do in our daily walk.  How many times have you wanted to scream and shout, but the Holy Spirit whispered.....wait.  How many times have you wanted to tell someone something, but God said – wait – they are not ready to hear you.  It is hard to wait for God’s timing in our lives.  But, when we shout too early, we warn the enemy we are coming and go before God – and before he can clear our path.  All we do is slow down our own progress and sometimes the progress of others.  Having patience is not easy – at least not for me.  I like to get things done.  Make things happen.  It is hard to stop, pray and wait.

But, we will never see the full Glory of God and what he can do – if we keep running out ahead of him.

Lord, give us the patience to wait upon the goodness of the Lord.  Help us to be patient and wait to see your full glory.  Help us to not cut you off so we can “make it happen faster”.  Gently remind us to wait – we can spend that time in your holy waiting room, sitting at your holy feet, waiting on your holy words.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly
May 24


Luke 21
34 "Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

As I read this particular scripture I could almost see Satan slowly walking us away from God so that by the time we turned and looked for God – there was such a distance between us it seemed impossible to close.  But, as we know from scripture, He is never far from us when we turn to him.  There is no chasm too big for God’s arm to reach us.


Our concern must be to be wary of the way satan slowly moves us away from our heavenly father.  Life gets busy, we get distracted, our hearts get weighed down, the anxieties of life get our attention – and before we know it – satan has us alone and discouraged – and the trap closes.

I listened to a Christian speaker who said – feed your soul first and your flesh won’t be hungry for the things of life.

Lord, thank you for always letting us come back to you.  Thank you for your grace and mercy that is new each and every day.  Help us to remember to be fed by you first and foremost so that we can be ready when satan stands at the door of our hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


May 23


1 Chronicles 10
13 Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance, 14 and did not inquire of the LORD.

The Lord wants us to seek out his advice. He wants us to look to him for guidance and wisdom. He wants us to seek his face when we are in need, not our friends, co-workers or family. He wants us to go to him first and foremost. Then He may use those around us to help us. The Lord is faithful and trustworthy and can meet all of our needs. We need to remember that when trouble comes or adversity strikes.

I struggle with this issue. Not that I don’t believe God can do all things, but because sometimes I wonder if he wants to do it for me. What happens if I turn to him and nothing happens? What happens when I put my trust and faith in him and it does not turn out how I thought it would or should? What happens when I fast and pray for that healing and it never comes? What happens when I lay hands on someone and pray and they are not healed? Does it mean that God doesn’t care or isn’t listening to me? Is there too much “stuff” in my life that God can’t get to me or me to him? If Saul can fall short, then why should I try?

Those are the thoughts that bounce around in my head. Those are the insecurities I feel and I am sure all those others in the bible felt at times. But, what makes the difference is regardless of what the outcome will be, I press in and press on. I try to remember to praise God in all things, seek him out in prayer and fasting, surrendering whatever the problem is to him, and I sit back and trust. I trust He will respond. I trust He will answer. I trust He sees and hears my cry for help. I trust that even if he doesn’t answer he is still God, he still cares for me, he still hears my voice, BUT He knows the plans he has for me and it is for good and not to harm me. He whispers that His grace is sufficient for me. In my weakness he is strong. To God be the glory in all things, not just the things I wish and hope for but in the darkness, in the loneliness, in the heartache and in the pain in the lack and the despair. He is still God and I am still His.

So, if you struggle like I do, press in. Keep turning to Him first. If you don’t hear his voice or feel his direction, don’t give up. Keep your faith. Keep your love for Him. He sees. He hears and He knows. Don’t turn from Him because there is nothing but shadows and darkness in the other direction.

Lord, thank you for reminding me to keep pressing in. thank you for both answered and unanswered prayers. When difficulties come my way, and they will, help me to remember to seek you first and trust you more.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 



May 19

Psalm 139
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 I am fasting and praying for a few things for the past few week – direction, discernment, wisdom and for God to reveal to me where I need to grow in the Lord.  Not an easy request – because I don’t know if I will like the answer or not!  Following God is not always an easy thing to do, it takes strength and faith and the ability to set my own goals and ideas aside.  I can be a bit headstrong from time to time, but God wins in the end.  I just make the journey a bit harder than it has to be at times. 

So, I asked God to search my heart, weed out the stuff I have put in it that is not of God.  We all stuff so much in there as we go through life that we sometimes don’t realize what all is there.  We act and react in ways that we often do not understand – often based on what we have placed in our hearts as truths.  Kind of like my junk drawer….all kinds of stuff in there.  Rulers, flashlights, old batteries, dead phones, cords from God only knows what, tape, rubber bands, screws, nuts….and a bunch of other things.  None of which I need right now, much of which I will never use because I won’t be able to find it when I need it, stuff that I just hold on to in case I might need it and stuff that should have been thrown away a long time ago.  We do the same with our hearts….we hold on to things that are broken, not needed, stuff we simply think we might need and things that should have never been allowed near or in our hearts. 

The only thing we need to have in our heart is the love of God.  We should be searching for him when we need something.  Seeking his wisdom and guidance not the broken bits and pieces (probably a few offensive ways as well) we have thrown in there in case we need it.

It is time for some spring cleaning in our homes and in our hearts. 

Lord, I thank you for today.  I thank you for the ability to turn to you in prayer and fasting and knowing that you will be there when we seek you.  Search my heart and reveal to me where I need to have more faith in you, where my thinking is tainted, or what I need to remove completely.  I give you all the glory and honor this morning and always. 

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


May 18

2 Samuel 7 28 O Sovereign LORD, you are God! Your words are trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant. 


We, well maybe just I, need to be reminded of the greatness of our God. He is my Sovereign Lord. Everything He has said is true. I can count on Him in every situation at any moment. He has my best interest in mind at all times. He loves me. He created me….not just to see trouble in this world (or so it seems at times) but to be an instrument to be used for His glory and His purpose. I am His. I was not created for anyone else but Him. He is my one and only and he has promised good things to me. 


So, today I step out in faith, that I am a child of the living God, created for a purpose and for His glory. How awesome is that! I will stand on every word spoken from His lips and whispered in my ear. Look out world! 


Lord, thank you again for your word that brings peace to our hearts and guides each of our steps. Thank you for creating me and for placing me in the world at this time and at this moment for an amazing purpose – your purpose! May I live today with that in my mind, heart and soul. May all the glory of all I am and all I do be for you! 


In Jesus’ name we pray! 


Amen! Amen! 


Kelly


May 17

Ezekiel 33
13 If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.

I think many of us rest on our salvation and forget that we must continue to walk in the ways of righteousness.  God does not ask for perfection.  He calls us to walk in our faith, trust in His word, and try to live according to his Word and His wisdom.  None of us will be perfect.  None of us will do it right all the time.  None of us will be “righteous” all the time.  We all fall short.  The difference in Christians is we believe our loving Father provides grace and mercy when we repent and turn from evil.  We recognize when we fail and when we are not doing what is right.  The Holy Spirit helps us see our paths and guides us back to where we belong – in God’s grace.

We often judge others because they sin.  We hold them accountable for their actions yet pray God overlooks ours.  We judge by the law and expect grace and mercy for our own lives.  I heard a man speak of this recently on the radio and thought “this is so true”.  We hold others accountable to a higher standard than we hold ourselves to at times.

God sees all sin as sin.  From the gossip between friends to the shedding of blood – they are all sin.  When we speak ill of our neighbor but never offer them the love of Jesus Christ, we fall short of what God calls us to do.  When we only see the evil in others instead of the love of Jesus we fail as Christians.  We need to walk in righteousness and admit when we fail.  We need to repent, get back in His graces, and continue his work.  We must never tire of doing God’s work and always, always allow for grace.

Lord, help us to see ourselves through your eyes.  Help us to see when we are holding others above what we expect from ourselves.  Help us to forgive and forget those transgressions we see others doing and offer mercy and grace as you would to us.  Let your light in us shine forth instead of our fake righteousness.  Let us always remember we were sinners in your eyes until we gave our lives to you.  Remind us that just because we believe in the salvation your give, we cannot live a life contrary to your rules in this world.  Help us to continue to strive for perfection under your grace and mercy.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


May 16


2 Kings 6
4 And he went with them. They went to the Jordan and began to cut down trees. 5 As one of them was cutting down a tree, the iron axhead fell into the water. “Oh no, my lord!” he cried out. “It was borrowed!” 6 The man of God asked, “Where did it fall?” When he showed him the place, Elisha cut a stick and threw it there, and made the iron float. 7 “Lift it out,” he said. Then the man reached out his hand and took it.

I have been reminding myself of just how mighty, powerful and able our God really is. He can do anything. We are the ones that tend to limit his abilities with our small thinking. God can make iron float. He can make the sick healthy. He can make the hurting joyful. He can raise men from the dead. He can make donkeys speak. He can make lions maul people. He can make manna fall from the sky and birds fly where he desires. He can remove addiction, depression and lustful desires in an instant. He can change hearts, provide jobs and change minds.

I have been working on “me” this year. A year where I look at my own flaws, hang ups, habits and issues and seek God’s desire for my life. A time to reflect on who he wants me to be and not what others may think I should be. He is changing me from the inside out. He is molding me, pruning me, holding me to the flames and making my heart a little more like his every day. Miracles do happen. Hearts do change. And God can do anything.

If there is something impossible in front of you today, talk to God about it. Don’t just ask him to move it, ask him to change your heart more like his in the process. Believe in the impossible when you walk with God and you will see the impossible happen. Trust in Him and His plan and live with an expectation of his great work in your life. Let him change you today. Trust in him and step out in faith. He won’t let you down. He is there.

Lord, thank you for the love that you have for each and every one of us. Thank you for all of the miracles you do every day in our lives that we don’t see. Thank you for your angels that surround us and get us from one place to another safely. Thank you for the food you provide and the water that flows from a faucet. May we never take the small blessings for granted.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly





May 15


Psalm 108
12  Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.

As I read this passage this morning I thought about what I go to God for and what I go to man for in my life.  Man’s help is worthless, yet we often spend hours hashing out our issues with man (or woman).  Asking for advice and guidance from others without even thinking about getting on our knees in prayer first.  We go outside ourselves so much quicker than going inside ourselves and asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in our decisions, or in our walk or in our struggles.  We need to just be with God, praising Him and praying to him.    

I challenge each of you to spend some quality time with God each day.  Turn off the radio and spend that travel time with him.  Steal a few minutes away from the TV or computer and spend it with God.  Tell Him hello; share your day with him, your struggles and your successes.  Share your concerns or your hurts.  Ask him for help, encouragement, love, patience, favor, resolve, restraint – you name it – He can provide it.  Get to know Him.  Read His word, sit at His feet and enjoy His company – He loves yours.

Lord, thank you for this day and everything you have in store for me.  Help me to always go to you first in prayer and then man (Godly men and women).  Give each of us the revelation we need to grow stronger spiritually.  We thank you and we give you all the glory and honor and praise for all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


May 12

Genesis 9

24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him,25 he said, "Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers."26 He also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave of Shem.27 May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in the tents of them, and may Canaan be his slave."

 I recently heard a speaker discuss speaking life into those around us and finding our destiny.  As I read these words, I again thought about the words I speak over those within my own life. Do I build up the little lives I have under my control or do I belittle them and curse them with my words without thinking twice about it.  Do I place them as the lowest of slaves to their brothers?  Or do I lift them and speak life into their hearts and minds.  Do I claim victory over their situations?  Do I speak into their lives and remind them of whom they were or who they are in Christ Jesus?  Do I compare them to kings or paupers? Do I encourage my husband to be  a better man, or condemn him when he fails or falters and remind him of every other time he did?


What words would you want spoken over you?  Do you want to hear, “My, you are a beautiful child of God!”, “You will be a great Man/Woman of God”, or “How stupid can you be?”, “How many times do I have to tell you before you get it right?”, “you are useless”?  We can bless or curse with our words.  We can lift others up to where we want to see them, or beat them up for where they are at the moment. 

I know I have faltered in this area of my life with my family.  I know my words can be harsh even if I believe they are out of love.  I need to be more mindful of the direction I am sending my boys and my husband.  Am I sending them into the arms of God or into condemnation and hurt?  What words would I want spoken over my own life?  We all need to be reminded of who we are in Christ – not the failures we have endured.

Now, some of you don’t have children or spouses or significant others – but you do have friends, bosses, employees, aunts, uncles, parents, friends, etc.  The more you speak life into those around you - the greater the life you will have with great men and women of God surrounding you. So, this week, think about the words you say.  Think about the words you mean.  Think about how to build up the greatness in each of us so that it overcomes the weaknesses.  If others around you aren’t speaking life over you – speak it over yourself.  Remind yourself of the truths of God.  You are wonderfully and beautifully made.  You were created in His image.  Your father has cattle on a thousand hills.  You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength.  You are the head and not the tail.  You are a mighty child of the great I am.  Meditate on those words and not the failures you have endured.  You are not a loser, failure, mistake, idiot, waste of time, trash or any other words you can imagine or remember.

Jesus’ blood covers a multitude of sins.  You are not the sin you committed; you are a child of the living God who sinned.  We are forgiven if we repent and are washed clean.  We can walk in his forgiveness and start on our new path or remain in the filth we created around us.  It’s a choice and it is up to you and I.

Lord, help us to watch our tongues and our words carefully.  Let our words be used to build others up in the kingdom.  We can correct and guide, but let us do it with humility, grace and mercy, not curses and condemnation.  Let our ears hear our words as you hear them.  Open up our hearts to the love you share with us and let us remember who we are in Christ, not who we were in before we came to know the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

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May 11, 2017


Psalm 38
1 O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. 3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.  4 My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

I was talking just the other day about forgiveness and guilt.  And how we often ask for forgiveness, receive it but still walk around with the guilt of our actions.  We can’t let go of what we did or what we said.  It is like a giant anchor holding us in place and it never seems to go away.  It grabs hold of us and gets planted in our hearts.  As I read this scripture this morning I could almost feel the pain and the heaviness of his guilt.  I could feel that weight on my shoulders like the hand of God smashing down on me.  But, I don’t think it is the hand of God doing the smashing.  God is a God who loves us and forgives us.  He went to the cross so that our sins were forgiven….even before we walked on this earth….he had done the work of the cross for each and every one of us.  I had this picture in my mind of our actions and the guilt we hold on to as reeds beating Jesus as he hung there.  It is like giving his life for our sins was not enough for us.  How self-centered is that?  But, I think we all go there from time to time.

Now, we do have to listen when the Holy Spirit calls us down for our actions and sends that feeling to our hearts when we have strayed from God’s path, but we also must remember that He does forgive, He does love us, and we are children of the living God.  Guilt can become a bondage that keeps us from growing and learning from our mistakes.  It keeps us from moving forward in God’s presence and pulls us backwards.  Lay those things at Jesus’ feet this morning.  Give it to Him to carry.  Let Him heal the hurt and pain and help you to grow from your mistakes not be hindered by them.  You cannot change what you did, but you can change what you do. 

Lord, I thank you for the love and forgiveness you give us.  I am on my knees thanking you for mercies that are new each morning.  I thank you for giving me a heart for you and for helping me to put myself and my pride aside.  I pray that you protect each and every one of our hearts as we open them up to you and others.  Keep them from the dangers that are there, from the guilt that can over take it, and let it absorb all you have for it today.  Lord, thank you for your word this morning.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


May 9


Isaiah 64:8 Message bible
 Still, God, you are our Father.   We’re the clay and you’re our potter:  All of us are what you made us.

I attended a bible study/retreat over the last 12 weeks. It has been quite a journey digging deeper into my own heart, unpacking some hurts, guilt and shame and realizing that God loved me through every step of the way. It was a time to let go of some pride and let my guard down and realize it is ok to be vulnerable and weak because that is when God can show his strength and faithfulness.

 At our core, God made us with a special purpose and with special skills for the job he has for us to do. Some of us are great listeners, others direct with ease and wisdom, some look at all the details and can trouble shoot any problem, some are creative and can reveal the beauty of God with paint and a brush. God blessed some with the ability to be king and lead and others the submissiveness to be led. Not one is better or worse than the other because God created them with that skill.

It is when we take our God given talents and use them for our own desires and goals and not His that we stray away from his purpose and onto a very slippery slope of pride, greed, anger and self-righteousness.

These last few weeks made me look at what I do, how I do it and the most important why I do it and it has taken me on a journey I would never want to give back. It is not easy looking inward, and taking responsibility for all of your own actions.  You can’t blame this person or that one, because all the choices you made, good, bad or ugly were yours. All you can do is look at how God created you to be, what he created you for and refocus yourself on that and let the past go. You cannot change it, you cannot move it, and you cannot continue to beat yourself up for it.  

 No one is perfect. We all have a skeleton or two in our closets. We have to remember that so does everyone else we encounter. That is why we have to learn to forgive. We have to learn to forget the hurts and move on. We can’t judge someone else’s actions because we do not know all that was going on at the moment. A choice I would make today would not be a choice I made 20 years ago. I have different experiences behind me, different goals and expectations and all of that will have an effect on a choice I make. No one can make that same choice because of the same reasons because we are all different.

God has done a work on my heart. He has shown me he is faithful to finish the good works he has started and that he will never leave me nor forsake me. Even if all others do, He will not. Walls have come down and I am ready to live a life for Him. All my weaknesses He will be using for His great plan and all my strengths will be used for his glory.

Lord, thank you for your undying love. Thank you for caring enough about each and every one of us that you continue to pursue us no matter where we are at the moment. You are always there waiting for us to turn to you. May each of us see you, trust you and believe you have our best interest at heart no matter what our eyes see or our ears hear.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


May 8

Psalm 103
1Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. 2Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— 3who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

This is a refreshing reminder of just who our Lord is and what blessings he wants to bestow on each and every one of us no matter who we are or what we have done. He loves us where we are and desires to have a relationship with us. One where we trust him with our heart, minds and souls. One where we live without fear of man as we rest in his peace. One where we submit ourselves to Him and allow Him to work through us for His kingdom.


God only wants good things for his people. He wants to give us the desires of our hearts and fill us with good things. He wants to give us our hearts desires, but he wants us to first seek Him. When we do, he will satisfy our souls.



Instead of telling God what you want today, ask Him what you can do for him. Ask Him where he wants you to go and what he wants you to say. Call on Him and let him direct your steps in His direction not your own. Spend time worshipping Him and listen for his direction.

Lord, thank you for guiding us towards your desires as our own. Thank you for the benefits we have when we call upon your name. May you satisfy us with the good things and renew our youth and restore what has been lost.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 

 


May 4, 2017


REMINDER - Day of prayer in Lafayette is at Moncus Park (formerly known as the Horse Farm) TODAY, May 4th at noon.  Come out and join us in praying for our nation. 


Reverend Susan Ferguson * Asbury Methodist Church
Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, D.D. * Diocese of Lafayette
Chaplain David Sinegal * Fire Chaplain 
Duane Gautreau * Business Owner, Acadian Pawn & Jewelry
Pastor Nick Carroll * Our Savior’s Church Midtown


Proverbs 4

27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

How many times do we ask for God to take something from us?  Take away the pain. Take away the difficulty.  Take away the struggle. As I meditated on this verse I began to wonder how often the answer isn’t in God taking something from me, it is in me removing my foot from evil and walking away from it. We need to spend more time looking inward at our own heart instead of just wanting someone else to do it for us.

We live in a world with expectations that we deserve this or that. We expect things instead of working for them. We feel entitled to things we have not earned. So why shouldn’t we expect God to come in and save us without us making the move to get out of where we are.

Now, I don’t believe we have to do it all on our own, for he is God and He is there to help and guide, but we have to be willing to do our part and remove ourselves from evil.

As I sat here I thought about areas of my life where I am sitting back and just waiting for God to fix instead of looking inward and asking the Holy Spirit to open my eyes to the places where my feet have walked into evil and stayed. Places where I need to remove myself from. Places that may feel right but that can hurt my heart and pull me away from what God has for me.

I could imagine a beautiful flower on the end of a vine. As I looked at its beauty, it slowly wrapped itself around me. The vine tightened before I ever realize it was there. My eyes were so enthralled by the beauty of the flower, that I never saw the evil of the vine. How many times is that us? Not meaning to walk into evil, but finding ourselves standing right in the middle of it. Maybe it is time that we start changing our focus to God and find our way out the entanglement of the vine.

Lord, open our eyes to where are feet are standing. Let us see evil for evil and give us the strength to walk away from what the world has and cling to what you give – life. Help us to guard our hearts from evil and walk away from it before it holds us too tight.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



May 3

Psalm 86:10


10 For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.  11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.  13 For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.

As I read over this Psalm this morning I kept thinking about God and just who and what He is.  It says “Teach me your way…..I will walk in your truth”.  Just how do we know what his truth is or what his way is unless we read, study and learn.  I have to sit and let the Holy Spirit speak to my heart and help me understand what His word means to me in my life.  He sent His Holy Spirit to guide and enlighten us.  But – we can’t learn about God unless we spend time with Him. 

 Just like meeting someone for the first time – you have to talk to them to get to know them.  You can’t just rely on what others tell you about them.  It is simply their perspective about that person. How many people have thought something about you that was totally wrong? 

God is so awesome.  When you take the time to look back at your life, you will probably see His hand in so many areas of your life.  Get to know Him.  Read His word.  Know the truths that have been said by Him.  Hold on to His word in your life.  Believe in Him – but know what to expect from Him.  He will never leave or forsake you.  He will not treat you as man treats you – He is God.  He is Good.  He is True.  He is there for you and for me.  We don’t have to fight over him or his love – there is enough for everyone. 

Lord, thank you for revealing yourself to me as I read your word.  Thank you for continuing to amaze me by your loving ways and your word that is never changing.  Even though You expect us to live as you ask – you are forgiving when we fall short.  Your love is always there – you always take us back – you always love us in spite of ourselves.  Help us to always see you for what you are – an Amazing God with unfailing Love!

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



May 2, 2017


1 Kings 7
13 King Solomon sent to Tyre and brought Huram, 14 whose mother was a widow from the tribe of Naphtali and whose father was from Tyre and a skilled craftsman in bronze. Huram was filled with wisdom, with understanding and with knowledge to do all kinds of bronze work. He came to King Solomon and did all the work assigned to him.


I am reminded by this verse that we each have been created with special talents and gifts. Some can do all kinds of bronze work and others worked with timber when King Solomon built the temple. He gathered people from all parts of the area that were skilled in different trades to build the temple for the Lord. Each person working on the temple was not any better than another, but they were all needed to create the temple together.


Sometimes I think we all need to be reminded of this story. We don’t have to be the best at everything we have to be the best at being ourselves and using the gifts God gave us to build the temple or in other words to build his kingdom.


I went to a giant flea market festival this past weekend. As I walked from table to table I was amazed at all the talent under one roof. There were metal sculptures, jewelry makers, wood carvers, jelly makers, collectors and everything in between. Some were better than others at their particular skill. But one thing I noticed is that some valued their work way more than others did. Many of us walking around and admired a lot of the work, but bought very few pieces. It didn’t mean their talent was diminished at all, it just meant our pocket books were not big enough to support all the talent in the room.


Reading this verse reminded me of just how amazing our God is to give the perfect talents to the perfect people for the perfect moment. Not everyone is a craftsman, but we all have talents. Some listen well. Some can direct those with the talents like Solomon did. Others can see the good in people. Others can analyze things and see where the problems lie. All working for the kingdom of God.


So, today, use your talents for God. Use your gifts for his glory. Don’t let others determine how precious your talents are – they were given to you by God for his special purpose – they can’t be any more precious than that!


Lord, thank you for blessing each of us with our own special talents to use for your glory! May we use them as you intended and bring honor to your kingdom.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly

May 1

1 Kings 3
3 Solomon showed his love for the LORD by walking according to the statutes of his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places ….5 At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, "Ask for whatever you want me to give you." …..9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?"

I can remember playing 3 wishes as a kid and as an adult with my kids - spending time wondering what I would wish for first.  What would be the wisest choices to make?  Being rich?  Huge house?  Fast cars?  Obedient children?  Long life?  To be the best athlete?  Smartest person?  Become an inventor? Huh, being wise was never one of the things I ever considered requesting.  There were always so many other worldly things to choose from.  Why would wisdom and discernment ever come up?

If I had my three wishes now, a discerning heart would be on the top of my list.  Just think of all the trouble I would have avoided!  Friendships I would have cherished instead of letting go.  Paths I would have never gone down and lives I would never have connected with. 

I would be able to clearly see the path I would need to take before me.  I would not have to wonder which way to go – for my heart would guide me on the path the Lord had chosen for me to travel.  It wouldn’t necessarily be easy, but it would be clearly seen. 

Wisdom and a discerning heart are gifts from a loving God.  Ask for those wishes (prayers) today.  Call upon Him for your life.  He isn’t like a genie – he won’t appear in a puff of smoke.  He will however stay with you and watch you grow in the gifts he gives and will love on you like no one else can. 

Lord, I pray for wisdom today and a discerning heart to rule the kingdom you have given me to oversee.  I pray to see with my spiritual eyes and not my earthly ones.  I pray that your Spirit rises up in me and sparks a new flame inside.  Fill me with the knowledge I need to do your will in my life.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


April 26


Exodus 23
20 "See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.

That sounds like lecture 187.  “Listen to what daddy is saying.  He knows what is best for you.”  God knows what is best for us as well even though we may think it needs to be different!  We can’t see the big picture – we can only see the now.  God has so many promises for us – if we just listen and obey.  Sounds easy enough – but we all know how difficult it can be at times.

To me – it still amazes me – no matter how often I read it – that God prepares a place for each of us.  He goes before us and makes a path for us to follow.  Now, it is not necessarily easy but it is our path and he is right there.  Since I have become a parent I often see God’s relationship with us from the eyes of a parent.  We nurture, love, teach, discipline and then give them keys to a car and say good luck, behave, follow the laws, look both ways, watch out for other crazy drivers, etc.  Then watch in fear as they drive off.  We then watch them grow, learn and make their own mistakes to learn from and to teach their kids down the road.  It is all a process – and we are never alone.  As a parent, no matter what your kids do, you love them with everything you have.  They make mistakes, they choose poorly, but in the end, they are still yours and you are still God’s! 

Like a parent, God has a road for us to follow.  He knows it won’t be the easiest, but it will be the most beneficial for us.  He teaches us what we need, and sends us on our way – peeping in on our progress, watching from a distance sometimes, but always nearby waiting to help or celebrate a victory.

Lord, thank you for your path you have prepared and the glory you have prepared in the end.  I thank you for your love, compassion and forgiveness when we fail to stay on it and your gentle hand to push us back where we belong.  I thank you for your mercy that is new again this morning.  Let all those around us and ourselves have your spirit of forgiveness as well.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


April 25


James 3
8 but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

 I have been fighting my tongue forever.  My mind wants to say one thing, but my heart knows it is not the wise thing to do.  It’s hard to hold your tongue when you know you are right.  It’s hard to hold your tongue when you are angry.  It is hard to hold your tongue when you feel hurt. But, it also takes you on a path that leads to destruction. It takes you away from where your heart knows you need to be – but sometimes our mouth overrides everything inside us.  It takes over before we even realize it.  One person saying the right word – gets our entire wrath….at least that is how it works for me!

 I had a very wise woman speak to me one day about this very thing.  It always amazes me when God confirms what I need to do or say through his word and one of his people.  I wanted to lash out and fight what I believe is injustice.  In my mind I am completely within my rights, but as she put it, it would be stooping to a level I don’t want to be on.   She reminded me that I have always handled things professionally and letting my mouth override my senses would only bring me down….even though it would feel so good in the process! 

How many of us let our mouths run freely without ever thinking about where it will take us.  Will it lift us and those around us up or will it bring everyone, including ourselves, to a place lower than we would ever want to be?  Our tongues can be our downfall or be the one thing that lifts us out of the pit we are in and lets God’s glory be seen in our lives. 

So, think before you speak today.  Who is your tongue working for- yourself or God’s glory?  Be thoughtful in your actions and your words today.  Listen to what comes out of your mouth.  Who does it benefit?  Is it uplifting or is in bringing everyone down?  Make sure you have friends around you who can put your tongue in check when you need it…and listen to their wisdom.

 Lord I thank you for the tongue you gave me.  I promise to truly listen to what comes out of my mouth and try to make it words that only give you glory and lift up your people.  Continue to bless me with friends and acquaintances that can remind me of what my words would do or could do.  Keep me surrounded by people who help me through situations instead of those who let me stumble.  May I be that light to others around me and let my mouth remain closed when my whole body wants me to scream and shout.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


April 24

Proverbs 22
2 Rich and poor have this in common: The Lord is the Maker of them all.

This is one of those proverbs that can change your whole perspective on people if you take this verse to heart. We all have one thing in common – God created each and every one of us on purpose for a purpose. It can be easy to discredit someone’s worth by looking at where they are in life if you look just at the surface. A poor person can be seen as undesirable. A rich person as greedy. A young person as naive.  An old person as no longer useful.

We can choose to look at the surface and make our decision from our own beliefs or we can look at everyone through the eyes of God. He made each and every one of us for a reason. None of us were accidents in the spiritual world. God knew who we were and when we would get here. He knew the choices we would make and the consequences we would face, but he also knew that we each were given the specific skills for our specific purpose in life. A purpose some of us may never know or understand, but a purpose none the less.

One of my purposes may have been adding a case of water in my basket at the grocery store that went into a homeless bag given out during Christmas to someone who just needed someone to acknowledge they were alive. It could have been letting God use me to write each morning to give just one person the right word at the right time. It could have been telling the young lady in the park that even though she does not see it now, her kids will remember all the times she took them there and played with them. It could have been the time I stopped to visit a friend who needed someone to talk to at that very moment because she was feeling forgotten. It could have been writing a note to the young lady who had just got out of a treatment center and was struggling with her sobriety to tell her that God sees her struggle and he is walking this journey with her. It could be encouraging the kid next door as he realizes he can do anything he puts his mind to.

We all have a purpose. No one is better or worse than someone else. We all sin. We all separate ourselves from God from time to time, but He loves us each the same because He created us. He molded us from nothing and breathed life into our bodies and gave us the ability to make choices. Make a choice to remember that God made each of us and we all have a purpose even if we don’t see it – God does.

Lord, thank you for reminding me we all have a purpose. You created each and every one of us. Let us be open to your call on our life today. Speak to us and guide us to become the children you have created us to be and may your love flow through us to others today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly



April 21, 2017


Luke 17
12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance  13 and called out in a loud voice, "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"  14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests." And as they went, they were cleansed.  15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.  16 He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him--and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"

Last night as prayed I listed out all the praise reports and thankfulness that was on my heart.  As I thanked God I thought, “wow, I have been truly blessed by God in so many ways that I take for granted”.  In an instant it could all be taken away – health, family, friends, talents, jobs, houses, cars, etc.  When you truly begin to list out what He has done in your life – not the material stuff – but the relational stuff – you will be amazed at where you have been and what He has done for you.  Yet, many of us fail to be as thankful as we should.  It only takes a moment to say thank you for something and it makes you realize just how blessed you are to have received a gift at all.

Take some time today to thank Him for the many blessings he has provided for you.  He didn’t have to do it.  Also be thankful to those around you who support you and love you and act as God’s hands and feet when you need it most. 

Lord, I thank you for giving your life so that I can be with you for eternity.  Thank you for dying for my sins before I was even born.  Thank you for a husband, children, parents, siblings, in-laws, friends, co-workers and every other person you have placed in my life.  I thank you for this day and all it has in store for me.  May your peace and your love reside in our hearts always.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


April 20


Psalm 102
1 Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry for help come to you.  2 Do not hide your face from me when I am in distress. Turn your ear to me; when I call, answer me quickly.

As I spent my quiet time with the Lord this morning and meditated on this Psalm all I could think of is how self-centered I (we) can be.  This scripture is all about me and what I expect from God.  I expect him to be there immediately when I call, I expect him to answer each and every one of my requests.   I expect him to be there at my beck and call….and He will be if we are truly children of God and act accordingly.  We often expect things from God and others without doing the things we need to do to be in a position to accept what he has to offer. 

You can’t accept His love when your heart is hardened or closed to Him or if you are harboring unforgiveness or hatred.  You can’t accept his outstretched arm offering help, when you are too busy holding on to things of this world.  You cannot hear his words of guidance and love if you are too busy listening to the advice of worldly men and women.  You have to be in a position to hear and accept what He has to offer.  You can ask all day long – but you have to be open to accept his love.

So, is your heart opened to the love of God?  I must admit – if I am going to be honest (he sees the truth in my heart anyway) – that I shut down my heart to the love of God. Sometimes I just want to be angry or ugly.  It feels good – until my conscience steps in slaps me in the face.  But sometimes I don’t want to be in line with God.  My human nature steps in and takes over.  Sometimes I don’t want to forgive that person that hurt me.  Why should I – they aren’t sorry.  But, I won’t be ready to accept what God has to offer, if I keep feeding my flesh and making satan happy by closing myself off from God.

Lord, thank you for sending your holy spirit to help guide and instruct us in the ways we should be acting.  Thank you for your forgiveness for our ugly ways and hard hearts!  Thank you for showing us the “stuff” that separates us from your love and your kindness that you are so willing to share with us.  Help us to continue to be in a position to accept all you have to offer.  Help us to release the anger, hurt and animosity we tend to hold on to.  Thank you for loving us even when we are in the midst of our sinful ways.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


April 19

Psalm 78:38-39
38. Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them.  Time after time he restrained his anger and did not stir up his full wrath.  39  He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Even though we all will die and face our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, many of us are just too busy living today to worry about tomorrow or our eternity.  As I read the part that we are but a passing breeze that does not return – that hit home.

We have one life here on earth.  We have one chance to make a difference in the lives of others.  We have one chance to make sure our friends and family spend eternity with us in heaven.  We have one chance – one life – to give to God.

So, I meditated on what I have done with my “passing breeze” and I challenge all of you to do the same.  Think about a few things – what have you done for God’s glory this week, last month, last year, in your lifetime?  Are you living up to what God has called you to do in this life?  Have you taken the time to sit with Him and listen to what He wants you to do?  Are you too comfortable where you are?  Are you satisfied with your life?

Take some time this week to think about your relationship with God, the time you spend with Him and the direction you are headed.  Make sure your plans are also God’s plans.  We are but a passing breeze – spend your time here wisely. 

Lord, thank you for this day you have given each of us.  Help us to use it wisely for your kingdom’s glory not our own.  Give each of us the opportunity to share your love with those around us and to let your light shine through us.  You are awesome and so worthy of all of our praises.  Help each of us follow the path you have placed before us not the path we simply chose to follow.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


April 17


Hebrews 11
39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Thank you God that many of the people of the bible simply believed by faith and acted in obedience.  As I read Hebrews this morning it was verse after verse after verse of all those who had faith and believed and many never saw what God had promised.  I know I get caught up in wanting to see an outcome immediately simply because I asked or expected to see it.  God calls for us to be obedient first and foremost.  He wants our hearts, our minds and our souls – fully.  I love the verse “God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect”.  Together with us – that means we both have to act together – not by ourselves or as individuals – but together.  He planned something better for us.  How often do we hold on to what we know or what we are comfortable with instead of reaching out and grabbing the “something better” he wants to give us.

I often hear from many of you who say – “wow, God had you write that for me”.  Today he sent this for me.  As always he has perfect timing. I need to have faith that he has me in his hand.  I have to have faith that all of his words are true – whether I see them come to pass or not.  I have to have faith that he has something better planned for me instead of what I am comfortable with.  I have to have faith in the words I read and send out each day. 

We all have trials and tribulations we face, but we need to remember that our God is bigger than anything we will face.  He is the almighty God and he created each and every one of us for a purpose in his plan.

So, I will have faith today that He is my king, my savior and my guide.  I will follow his lead today believing for the perfect plan to be laid out before me. I will accept it with grace and know that He is leading me to something better so that only together with me will it be made perfect.

Lord, lead me today.  Let me reach out and hold your hand and let go of what I believe to be my path.  I know you meet each and every one of us when we step out in faith and I trust you with everything I have.  I know your grace is sufficient for me and I am a daughter of the Most High.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly 


April 13

1 Samuel 12
20 “Do not be afraid,” Samuel replied. “You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart. 21 Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless. 22 For the sake of his great name the LORD will not reject his people, because the LORD was pleased to make you his own.

As the Easter weekend quickly approaches and candy and eggs fill the store shelves this is a great reminder of just how much God loves us. Samuel is telling those that had turned away from God and had wanted a king to rule over them that even though they continued to do evil in the eyes of the God, God will not reject them “because the Lord was pleased to make you his own.”

 God was so pleased that He let his only son die on a cross for the sins committed and the ones that were yet to come. He knew we would all need a savior. We would all need forgiveness. We would all need grace and mercy. We would all need to be reminded over and over again to not turn away from the Lord, but to serve him with all of our hearts.

As Easter weekend approaches and we are reminded of just how much God loves us, take time to reflect on your love for Him. Even if you have done evil, you can turn away from it and towards God. If you have useless idols in your life, turn away from them and towards God. Make a point to serve God by serving others and watch what it will do in your life. God blesses obedience.

Lord, thank you for your son and his sacrifice for my sin. He has taken the shame and guilt away and allows us to walk with freedom in His grace. May your sacrifice never be taken for granted but cherished deep within our hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


April 12


1 Samuel 10
3 “Then you will go on from there until you reach the great tree of Tabor. Three men going up to worship God at Bethel will meet you there. One will be carrying three young goats, another three loaves of bread, and another a skin of wine. 4 They will greet you and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from them. 5 “After that you will go to Gibeah of God, where there is a Philistine outpost. As you approach the town, you will meet a procession of prophets coming down from the high place with lyres, timbrels, pipes and harps being played before them, and they will be prophesying. 6 The Spirit of the LORD will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 7 Once these signs are fulfilled, do whatever your hand finds to do, for God is with you.

 I underlined “three loaves of bread” because those are the words God spoke to me through this morning. Not very powerful words. Not very powerful items. Just a few ingredients with flour and water. Some woman, probably complaining that she had to make bread, used her hands to make something God would use as a sign to draw the next man to himself. A sign used to make some man who thought he was just looking for his lost donkey the next king.

No job is too mundane. No skill is wasted when it is given to you by God. If you run multi-million dollar companies, do it with God’s grace, wisdom and mercy. If you are like the widows who would walk behind those who gleaned the fields and pick up what falls to the ground, do it with grace, wisdom and mercy. Everything your hand touches can and will be used by God.

The woman who made those loaves of bread probably did it without even thinking about what her hands were doing. It was probably something she did hundreds of times. Mundane task but used for a greater purpose.

On my way to work there is a two story building with windows all around the top floor. It is used as a reception hall. For over a year, there have been these beautiful white flowers in a vase on a table on the top floor. Every time I stop at the stop sign my eyes would glance up at them. When I first noticed them I assumed they had been there for a wedding reception, but they never drooped. They were plastic flowers that someone had placed in a vase. Pretty mundane stuff. But, every morning I got to see beautiful flowers whether it was raining, cold, hot or humid, those flowers were beautiful. Last week they disappeared. Gone. Never to be seen again. Someone must have thought their beauty had diminished or too much dust had accumulated on them or they had outlived their usefulness but that person didn’t know that it was my little piece of God’s beauty in this world.

So, whether you bake a loaf of bread or stick some plastic flowers in a vase, you never know what you are doing in the universe. Always remember your life touches someone else’s whether you know it or not. You are being used by God. You have a purpose. You have a destiny. You touch lives. You are his favorite. Never forget it.

Lord, thank you for words that jump off the pages and touch my heart. Thank you for flowers in their season. Thank you for the hands of the people who touch my life every day that I will never meet. Thank you for meeting me where I am and being there when I seek you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


April 11

 Samuel 6
13 Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight…. 14 The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.

The Philistines had just sent the Ark of the Lord back to the Israelites. They had captured the ark, but it had brought tumors and trouble into their camps. They placed it on a cart with 2 cows and gifts of gold statues and sent the cart off on its way back to where it belonged. As the Israelites harvested their fields, they saw the ark coming and they rejoiced at the sight. It had not even made it into their camp and they were rejoicing that the ark of the lord was back. They stopped their harvesting and began celebrating its return.

This made me wonder how often do I stop everything, important things, to rejoice in something the Lord presented to me? When I am busy doing “life” do I even acknowledge his existence? Do I ponder on his words or think about who He is? Would I stop harvesting in the field to rejoice in Him?

Wow, I would hope that I would, but when I think about it I wonder if I would be the Martha or the Mary in this situation. Would I be too concerned with the task at hand to rejoice at God’s presence? Would I be too wrapped up in the details to just be with God and celebrate Him?

 I think I will make it a point to be aware of the times when the ark of the Lord makes its appearance in my life in the middle of my busyness.  When I see the “ark” I will stop and rejoice. When I see that smile from a stranger, I won’t just rush by; I will acknowledge God’s love. When that friend calls to check on me, I will rejoice that God has surrounded me by people who love me. When my son takes way too long to get ready in the morning, I will still take time to grab his hands, look him in the eyes and pray over him before we leave and acknowledge the ark in our lives.

 Lord, let me not be too busy to see you in my life. Open my eyes to the “arks” that come, the opportunities you give to show love and your presence in my life. Let your light shine brightly through me today. Let me be the child of God you have called me to be no matter the obstacles I face.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

 Kelly



April 10

Psalm 141
 1  O Lord, I call to you; come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to you.  2.  May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  3 Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  4 Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; let me not eat of their delicacies.

This should be my prayer every morning before I get out of bed.  As I read these lines several times out loud this morning, I pictured God standing behind me, his white robe just flowing in the breeze, with one arm in a choke hold around my neck and the other over my mouth.  That is how I need to go about my day – God so close, holding me back and covering my mouth.  Maybe then I could walk in the way of the Lord!!! 

My mouth can get me in a world of trouble….and often does.  But, I usually speak the truth.  I call things like they are and will make sure everyone sees and acknowledges the giant pink elephant in the room.  To me, there is no time in this world for petty issues.  Our hearts and our minds are being attacked constantly by satan and we have to be diligent in our pursuit of following after God. 

Our hearts are such fertile ground.  We have to guard where and what it is drawn to.  Some of the nicest people I know would be seen as wicked in the eyes of the Lord.  We have to be careful where our time and energy is spent.  God is a God of love – but he is a jealous God.  He wants our hearts to long for Him not the things of this world. 

It can be easy to be distracted by the little things on this world.  Our time is split between so many things in life that we can lose our focus on the one true reason we are here – for God’s pleasure.  We are his.  We are here for his purpose.  As you go about you day today – make a special effort to put him first and foremost in your day.  Turn everything you do over to him from the start, not just when you realize you have screwed it all up.  Be like David, and continually ask God what you are to do.  Consult Him in all things today and watch him step in your life in a mighty way.

Lord, may my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.  Help me to set my whole day at your feet and stand with me as I walk in your ways and not my own.  Stand close to me, watch over my mouth, hold it shut when it needs to be shut and give me the words to speak when the truth needs to be said.  Let my heart seek only you.  Let my body be a living sacrifice to you in all that I do today.  Let the love of God flow through me to others.  Use me as your hands and feet today.  Let me have a boldness for you that shows love and mercy to all those around me today.  I thank you for your patience; I thank you for your mercy and grace that is new each morning. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly


April 7

Judges 20
18 The Israelites went up to Bethel and inquired of God. They said, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Benjamites?” The LORD replied, “Judah shall go first.”

When I read this verse I thought, “Man, I wish we could just go up and inquire of God and hear and answer right away.” But, just as fast as I thought it, I got my answer, “Would you listen?”

Ouch. That was rough. Would I listen? “Sure” I said to myself, then I quickly agreed with the answer God quickly gave me.  I have inquired of God many, many times. Some I feel he ignored. Some I feel he nudged me one way or another. A couple of things I still felt unsure of because I believed I was pushing myself one way or another. When I didn’t agree with a direction he was sending me in I tried to ignore him.

There have been times where I felt God was leading me to reach out to someone or to share a thought with them, but I ignored it because I didn’t want to look like the crazy woman. There was a time I stepped out in faith and told a young man how much God had protected him even though he had just told someone how horrible it was that his dad had left his mom. I told him God protected him by allowing his dad to leave. I was obedient to God and it was one of the hardest, but greatest moments of my life.

God says, “Seek me and you will find me”.  If you seek him out and if you inquire of his wisdom, he will be there. He will answer. He will meet you where you are, but he will expect you to listen.  I know I need to listen more for his answer and follow his direction and not my own.

Lord, help us hear your answers and follow your commands. Let us see the opportunities you place before us and let us not be fearful to be obedient to the call. May we always walk with our heads held high not because of who we are but because of whose we are.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly





April 6




REMINDER:  Day of prayer takes place today, April 6th at noon in the atrium at Lafayette City Hall.  Very informal.  Come out and pray for your community! Prayer changes everything!

 
Proverbs 6
16 There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

 As I read this verse, the last line stood out.  A person who stirs up conflict in the community. I had just read Proverbs 16 the other day and remembered this verse:

Proverbs 16:28 NIV

28 A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends.

We all know someone who likes to “stir the pot” as it is called. Some of you have already thought of the person….and perhaps someone has already thought of you….and me. I have been paying attention to my words and my conversations over the last few weeks after I read something about the words we say. I have found that many conversations that start out about mundane things such as weather or a drive to work, can quickly change directions and lead you to discussions about someone and before we know it, it turns to gossip.

Now, gossip can be disguised in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it looks like true concern, a need for prayer or just casual conversation. I try to gauge it on this, “Would I still say it if they were there?” Some of us may say, “I’d say it to their face” but would we really AND would it be out of love?

It would be great if when we shared our heart with others, it would stay with them. Or if we failed, it would just be a learning experience instead of the gossip of the day. Every change we want to see has to start within. So, as you go about your day and you discuss this topic or that one, listen to the words you say. Listen to the topics you speak about. Are they benefiting anyone besides you? Are they leading the other person towards God or away? Not all topics have to be about God, but would your conversation be approved by HIM?

Lord, I pray that we can all listen closer to what we say, how we say it and who we say it to. Let the Holy Spirit guide and direct our words. Let us feel convicted when the topic changes to gossip or something you would not approve of for our lives and the lives of your other children. May today be the day things change within us!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net



April 5

Judges 18
28 There was no one to rescue them because they lived a long way from Sidon and had no relationship with anyone else.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I am not thankful for all the people in my life. I have people who know me very well, some know me well enough and some who come in and out for a season. Many of us have friends we know we can call on at any time day or night and they will be there. The best type of friend is the one who will tell you when you are doing the wrong thing or thinking the wrong way. A friend, who tells you the truth even when it hurts. A friend who tells you when you are too busy looking at yourself to see everything else around you. Those are the friends you hold onto with all that you have because they are the ones who will help you grow into the better you.

I have a few “accountability partners” who will tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. They are there for me to speak my mind and let my feelings out in a safe place. They help me sift through all the stuff and find God in the middle of it instead of what satan wants me to find. They are the reason I continue to seek Him out because of the love that each of them show to me.

If you do not have that type of friend in your list of friends, it is time to seek one out. It is time to make time to develop that type of friendship. It takes trust, forgiveness, love and patience because it can be hard to hear that you need to change. It can be hard to hear that you are wrong. It can be hard to see your failures, but it is worth every bit of pain if you grow closer to who God has called you to be.

Lord, thank you for friends who I know I can call on. Thank you for the friends who come in and out for seasons and that leave your mark on our hearts. Thank you for those women and men in my life who tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear. Thank you for helping me to trust you in all areas of my life by always being faithful when I seek you out. May each person reading this today find the right people to have in their lives that help them grow closer to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly 

April 4

Psalm 112
1 Praise the LORD. Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who finds great delight in his commands.

There are a lot of things that I find great delight in – my family, listening to the waves break on the beach,  daisies, a clean house, good cup of coffee, friends, and a clean car just to name a few.  I can’t say that laws or commands were up there in my top 10 on my first listing.  But – thinking about this verse a bit more this morning, I want the “blessed” part that comes with it!

Many people in the church (and especially out) feel that God’s commands restrict and place boundaries on their lives.  They would be correct.  They set limits.  But, what God’s commands really do is open up so many other possibilities in our lives.  It opens up blessings.  It gives opportunities.  It supplies our needs.  It makes us better people.  It gives us a freedom we would not know otherwise.  

His “commands” speak life into our lives.  They bring peace and joy.  They guide and lead.  They come with promises.  They bless when delighted in and followed.  His commands are there for our good.  He wants us to have the best in this life and he has shown us the way to attain an eternity with him.  It is our choice to fear the LORD and be blessed.

I delight in all my God has to offer.  They aren’t restrictions; they are directed paths on a journey I cannot walk alone.  They are doorways to a love that I will never know here on earth.  They are my guide when I don’t know what to do.  They are my comfort in times of trouble.  They are the rod of correction, when I need it the most.  They are the promises of God that will be forever.  He never changes.  We are the ones that evolve as we realize his commands really are true and just. 

Lord, thank you for all you have given to each and every one of us. I thank you for the commands and the blessings that follow.  I thank you for the grace and mercy you share so freely with us.  I commit myself to be used by you for your kingdom today.  Let me be the one you use to guide others to your saving grace.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly 




April 3


Judges 7
1 Early in the morning, Jerub-Baal (that is, Gideon) and all his men camped at the spring of Harod. The camp of Midian was north of them in the valley near the hill of Moreh. 2 The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, 3 announce now to the people, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.' " So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.

The first thought that came to my mind was my father saying, “There are a bunch of guys in this country, but only a few men”.  But as I meditated on this scripture and looked at the numbers again, I was amazed that 2/3 of the people were “trembling with fear” yet they still came together to fight.  They were scared, probably unsure about their future, concerned for themselves, worried about the families they were leaving behind, wondering if they were skilled enough to fight and survive, wondering if God really was with them.  Of course I am just assuming here – but if I was trembling with fear I know I would have a few similar thoughts running through my head.  Yet, they were still standing for the Lord and believing in Him.  They were fearful, but stood up anyway.

I think we can all relate the feelings of uncertainty to our own lives from time to time.  Many of us are fearful when it comes to our faith – we lack the boldness to share our faith with others, or to ask others if we can pray with them, or to tell others that Jesus is where their salvation comes from, or to tell those around you that Easter is about Jesus dying on the cross so that we can be forgiven, or that we can go directly to Him and no mediator is needed. 

A Pastor once said that he often looks around and is saddened when he thinks of all the people around him that might be going to hell because no one took the time to speak to them about Jesus.  People are fearful or feel embarrassed to share their faith. They do not listen to Holy Spirit’s guidance.  You never know whose life you could change by simply telling someone about the love of Jesus.  Let God use you today to bring someone into the kingdom of God.  You have all you need to do it - just listen for his calling today.


Lord, we thank you for what is going to be the best day ever.  It will be a day with you inside of us, leading the way, breaking down strongholds, filling our hearts with love, cleansing us from sin, washing away unforgiveness from our hearts, and giving us a boldness to plant seeds in every heart we can today for you to water and nurture.  Thank you for that opportunity to be your hands and your feet during the most holy time of the year – the day we have at hand.

In JESUS’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly




March 31
1 Peter 1
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.

There are a lot of people who feel that once they accept Jesus, there life will be perfect. No more heartache or pain.  No more trials or tribulations. Just a perfect little life with Jesus at the lead.

No, the bible never says that. It tells us that “for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.” The bible does tell us that God is with us, the Holy Spirit will guide us and Jesus died for us. We are not alone. We now have someone we can call on when we hurt or have trouble. We have promises to cling to until the suffering has passed.

Allowing Jesus to lead your life doesn’t keep things from happening, but it gives you strength through those times.

So, if you are a Christian or you are watching a Christian know this, you/they will have trials.  You/they will sin.  You/they will say things that shouldn’t be said, think things that shouldn’t be thought and feel things that shouldn’t be felt.  It doesn’t mean our/their faith isn’t there, it just means us/they are still alive.

How many times have I heard people say, “And they call themselves a Christian.” A Christian doesn’t mean you are perfect or you won’t sin, it just means you know who your savior is, you know where to get strength from and you are building a relationship with a God who loves you.  God doesn’t change everything in your life in an instant, but he does start giving you words to live by, remorse when you fail and a peace when you submit.

So if you are facing hard times, garner your strength from God and His word. Let him guide you.  Walk in His peace and pray for His strength.

Lord, thank you for this day and every trial, tribulation and blessing you have in store for us today. May we cling to you for strength in all things and walk out our faith more and more each day. Let us be the light you have called us to be.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly

March 30


Joshua 23
11 So be very careful to love the LORD your God.

So, how do we show our Lord love?  How do you show anyone love?  What is love?  Is it that feeling of butterflies in your stomach?  Is it the giddy feeling you get when you are around that special someone?  Is it merely respect for others?  Is it doing everything for someone else?

Jesus demonstrated his love to the Father through his submission and obedience.  Guess if Jesus did it – it must be the right thing to do.   So, do you really love God or are you just pretending?  I would like to think I truly love Him but I wonder what he would say?  He does know my heart and can see the motives

behind every action.  Does He see submission and obedience or selfish behaviors and motives?  Do I “love” God for what I get in return or just because He deserves every ounce of love I have?  I must honestly say that sometimes I love for selfish reasons.  I do it for the attention or the selfish glory or to say see what I did.  But, God does not honor those motives.  He honors pure hearts with pure intentions to simply be obedient to His word and what He requests of us.  I often check my heart to make sure I am doing things for the right reasons and I have had to repent a time or two or more!

Showing God our love is simple.  Obey His commands.  Do what He asks us to do.  Lay down our lives for His plan and His glory – not our own.  Even though we have free will – we are here for God’s pleasure.  Check your heart and your motives today.  Are they selfish or do you have God’s best interest in mind?  Love Him today.  Let Him see just how much love you have for Him.  Tell Him.  Show Him. Obey Him.  Be submissive to His plan.  Your love, like His word, will never return void.

When I studied the word love this morning I read this line that truly shows God’s love for us.  God, the Lover, will not allow sin to stand between him and his creature. He personally bridges the gap.   Now that is love.  Coming to us even when we close our hearts to His love – He bridges the gap!  The least we can do is love Him in return.

Father, I thank you for this early morning time with you.  I thank you that you love me enough to call me to yourself each and every day – to nurture me and to increase the knowledge I have of who you are.  Help me to show my love for you.  Let you Spirit flow through me at all times – helping me check myself and my motives.  Let Jesus be my model in all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


March 29

Joshua 22:5
5 But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to obey his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and all your soul."

I try really hard to be that almost perfect person following all his commandments and laws – Loving God wholeheartedly, walking like a child of God, listening to what he has told me and serving him with all I have.  I sure wish I was better at it than I am.  It is hard. I fail. I am not God.

I find myself trying too hard at times to be perfect instead of simply being who God has called me to be.  He called me to be the perfect “ME”, not the perfect you, or him, or them – just ME.  We make mistakes, we fail, we get hurt, we get excited, we try, we do a lot…..some of it is in line with God and sometimes we skate on the line….and sometimes we cross right on over.  But, in the end, He loves us and he knows that in our hearts we are trying so very hard even if we don’t get it right every time.  He died for us while we were still sinners.  

Lord, thank you for loving us even when we make mistakes or fall short of our own goals.  Thank you for your son and your forgiveness.  Thank you for your mercy that is new every morning.  Thank you for loving us where we are and then showing us where we should be. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

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March 28


Joshua 24
15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.”


Each of us has the ability and the freedom to choose who we will serve.  We can choose to serve God or we can choose to not serve him.  We can go to church because we want to or we can go because someone else wants us to and we choose to serve them. No matter what we do, it’s a choice. Our choice. And if it is our choice, it is also our consequence for the action.

I went to church as a child. It was my parents’ choice to go and by default, I had to go as well. When I got married and moved away, I could go to church if I wanted to. I worked every Sunday for a while, but I always made a point to go to the chapel for service in the hospital where I worked. It was a choice I made. When we had kids, we made a point to bring them to church with us. It was what we were taught and what we chose to do.

It was not until later in life, when we chose to serve God fully and completely that choosing to go to church changed from a choice to a privilege. It changed from something we had to do on Sunday to something we looked forward to. We didn’t fit it in to the weekend; the weekend fit itself into our service. There was a shift deep within us that drew us closer to God and drew us to get to know him more. Instead of reading scriptures just in church, we began to read them in our leisure time, then we made time for it and now we rearrange time to accommodate our time with God.

We didn’t lose anything along that journey, but we gained so much. We gained peace. We gained contentment. We gained worth in God not in man. We gained forgiveness and learned how to give it as well. We gained a stronger relationship with God, the Son and the Holy Spirit. I would never want to go back to the way it was because this is so much better.

So, as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord. It is a choice. One I am so blessed to have made.

Lord, may your light shine upon those reading these words. If they do not have a close relationship with you, draw them in. Send someone to share the love of Jesus with them so they can learn who you really are. Let them see your promises come true time and time again. Let them feel forgiven, loved and that they are yours.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


March 27

Joshua 23
14 "Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 15 But just as every good promise of the LORD your God has come true, so the LORD will bring on you all the evil he has threatened, until he has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. 16 If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD's anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you."

As I read the first scripture I thought, yes, here again his word stands true.  God fulfills his promises to us!  Yippie!  Most of us simply go by that scripture and rejoice in how great our God is!  And He is awesome!  But – many of us never read the second part of many of the scriptures in the bible, where discipline comes in.  God’s promises are just that – promises.  God tells us what will happen when we do certain things.  Just like our parents did or like we do right now.  If you do this, this will happen.  Like my dad always said, “If you do A – B is coming!”  He also used to tell me, “If your mom and I did not love you then we would not care what you do” 

So, as I read these words from our God, I thought about all the words of God that I stand on and believe in.  Just as much as I remember and quote his awesome promises, I need to cut verse 16 our and paste that on my refrigerator to remind me that all of his promises are true.  He also promises that his anger will burn against us. 

We tend to take the parts we want out of scripture and leave the hard parts behind.  God’s word is not a cafeteria plan, it comes as a total meal – you can’t simply eat desert and leave.  We have to obey His law and follow his will to receive all that he has available to us.  He calls us to live in a life pleasing to him, not man.  It is difficult at times in this life to remember where our blessings come from – but always remember, God honors those that honor him and he disciplines those he loves.

Lord I thank you this morning for all your promises and all the blessings you have given to me.  I thank you for the discipline as well and those feelings of conviction that help remind me of the love you have for me.  I ask you to forgive me for the times I have strayed away from you and help me remove all the things I have placed between us. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



March 24

Joshua 10
14 There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a man. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel!

This verse got me thinking this morning.  If I could tell God to do one thing, what would it be?  What would I want more than any other thing in the world?  World peace?  Health?  Kids?  New job? Better body? New car?  New house? New clothes?  Would I dig deeper and ask for stronger faith, wisdom, meekness, to become humble, or to have joy? 

Would I ask for something for myself or for someone else?  I had a lot of thoughts on this very early in the morning.  Now, no matter what your answer was, the point is, God is there and is listening to you.  He wants to give you the desires of your heart.  But he also wants to be in the middle of the decisions you are making.  Is God in your desires?  Have you laid your request at his feet?  Have you spoken to him about what that one thing is?  Spend time with him in prayer and fasting.  Bring your needs to him.  Let him love on you and show you the path you should be following.   Your wants and needs just might change and then you will both have the same desires in your hearts – to honor God in all things.

Lord, help us to see what you want from us.  Help us to see where we fit in the big picture of life.  Help us to realize all we are and all we have because of you.  Let your glory shine in all things great and small.   

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


March 23

Joshua 3
5 Joshua told the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you.”

To consecrate means to make or declare sacred. Just think if we took these words to heart each day. As we prepare to end one day and begin another, we make time to make or declare ourselves sacred. We give thought to what we have done that day that is opposite of what God wanted us to do. We look over the words we said and the things we did that were sinful. We let the Holy Spirit bring all those things to light that we need to address in our life that creates barriers between ourselves and God. And if we look at those things through God’s eyes, let our heart feel how we have grieved God, we can ask for forgiveness from the God who forgives sin and He can restore our hearts.

Yesterday is gone. Today is yet to come. We can only live in the moment and in that moment, God wants us to be his completely. He does not want us to wait until next week, or next month when we get it all together, he wants us now, in this moment, in his presence. Just imagine how your heart and mind would change if you purposefully looked at your heart each day and in the morning you woke with an expectation that the Lord would do great and mighty things among you.

Yesterday, as I walked in the halls at work, I was just smiling and thanking God for the day before me. I was thanking him for all he had planned for me. A couple was standing at the elevator and as the doors opened, they both looked like the weight of the world was on their shoulders as they walked in and pushed the button to go up. I smiled at each of them and said, “Hello, how are the both of you today?” The woman replied, “Ok I guess”. Out of nowhere these words came out of my mouth, “You can choose to have an awesome day if you wanted.  It really doesn’t matter what is happening around you, you can still choose to have an awesome day. Mine has been a little crazy today, but I am going to choose to smile and love it!”  The gentleman looked at me, tilted his head, and I thought “Oh, Lord where did that come from” right before he said, “You know, you are right. It is a choice. We are having a great day as well” and he smiled and looked at the woman he was with who also chose to smile.

We have to remember everything is a choice. We can choose to obey, stray away from God, smile or frown, be forgiving or hold a grudge. We can walk around expecting God to be mighty and strong and present or we can walk around expecting nothing but defeat. Wherever you focus your eyes, will direct what you see. So, consecrate yourselves and watch the Lord do amazing things. 

Lord, thank you for all that you are. I give you all the glory and praise for all that you are doing in my life. I thank you for stretching and molding me into someone who has a heart for you and a mind open to your word. I thank you for elevator opportunities and taking over my mouth at the perfect time.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 




March 22


Deuteronomy 32
46 (Moses) he said to them, "Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. 47 They are not just idle words for you—they are your life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess."

“They are not just idle words for you – they are your life”. 

One of my favorite memories with my son Josh is the weekend he decided that it was time for one of our special dinners.  He pulled the table out from the wall, put out the napkins, plates and made it picture perfect.  We all sat down with the TVs off, lights dimmed, candles lit - and just had a wonderful dinner.  We talked about school, work, and the best things that happened to each of us that day and just had some great family time.  It was not just idle time, it was fellowship time.  Those are the moments that you remember.  Those are the moments you long for when they are over. Those are the times you wish would never end.  But somehow those dinners don’t happen often enough, too much trouble, too much in a rush, too much to do, always an excuse – even though they mean so much.

Kind of like what God’s words are for us.  They are so amazing, so filled with knowledge, perfect bits of information for our lives to move is such perfect harmony – they are not idle words.  They are the words of life.  They are words that give meaning to our lives.  They are words that make the world make sense or words that give us comfort.  They are words from God!

Then why do we put off our time with him.  Why do we make excuses not to read?  Why are there always so many other things to do?  Guess it is the same reason we don’t have candle light dinners every.  The best things in life are waiting there for us to partake in and enjoy.

Lord, help us to realize what is important to us mentally, physically and spiritually.  Give us the wisdom to see your words for what they are – THE WORDS OF GOD.  Words spoken so many years ago for us today, right now, in this very moment in time.  They were given to us to lift us up in our time of need, to be a salve to our wounds, to lift up our spirits.  They are amazing….yet we take them for granted.  Let each of us cherish them for what they are – and cherish our time with those around us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


March 21

Deuteronomy 26
18 And the LORD has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands.

His treasured possession!  Think about that for a few minutes. 

All of us have something that we treasure – could be our time, our cars, our homes, our jobs, our kids, our parents, or a host of other things.  Think about what you treasure.  How do you treat it?  Is it in a case on a shelf? Do you keep it stored up and protected?

Sure you do – and so does God.  I am his treasured possession.  Sit and picture that in your mind this morning.  God – treasuring you.  Holding you carefully as to not hurt you.  Brushing you hair out of your eyes, fixing your clothes, wiping smudges off your face – and simply making you perfect.  Caring for you.  Keeping you safe.  Protected.

You are his treasured possession.  He created you and loves you.  He simply asks that we keep his commands – those things he told us to do for our own good.  To keep us safe from the enemy.  To keep us focused on him as we go through our days.  Remember who you are today and act like it.

Lord, I thank you for creating me and loving me and calling me your treasured possession.  Help me to always remember I am a child of the living God and that I am to keep your commands and that your grace is sufficient for me.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 


March 20


Psalm 101
2 I will be careful to lead a blameless life-- when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart. 3 I will set before my eyes no vile thing. The deeds of faithless men I hate; they will not cling to me. 4 Men of perverse heart shall be far from me; I will have nothing to do with evil. 5 Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, him will I put to silence; whoever has haughty eyes and a proud heart, him will I not endure. 6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. 7 No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. 8 Every morning I will put to silence all the wicked in the land; I will cut off every evildoer from the city of the LORD.

That is my prayer in the morning….and then I get up.  I trip over that stupid shoe that I sometimes believe is left for one sole purpose – to start my morning off with praises to my King.  Well, usually it is a swear to “Mother of God”.  And then it is off to a shower with no clean towels to be found, coffee that is still waiting to be made, no milk for the cereal I know my sweet angel will request for breakfast, and the last of that gel that simply refuses to come out that tube.  After that – I cannot say that I will walk in my house with blameless heart…..I will walk in my house, with a throbbing toe, crazy hair and a desire to snap the neck of the first sweet love child I see.

Now, that wasn’t my morning – well – I did stub my toe and whispered a few “holy” words under my breath, but everything else went pretty smooth.  But that is not the case all the time.  It is amazing how one little trigger can set off a bad mood or a frustrating day but it takes a load of good things to make us shout for joy.  When was the last time you were ecstatic about life?  Not just happy, but unbelievably excited about life?  Shouting for joy instead of unleashing your inner beast?

We need more joyous shouts in our lives.  We need more moments that we simply are in his presence and excited about life….and not just for those few minutes before we get out of bed.  Take a minute to let God’s love encircle you right now while you read this.  Let his joy be your strength.  If you can – shout his name and give him glory for this day.  Now, all of your co-workers are staring at you….but that’s ok.  So is God – with a smile on his face. 

Let God know you love him today.  Be thankful for all things.  Have praises on your lips.  You might not be living the perfect life listed above, but put your best effort out there to walk in his ways.  Don’t let that trigger take your joy.
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly  


March 17

Deuteronomy 11
18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 

I have a couple of verses that I have memorized and that I use to remind myself that God is right here with me. Several years ago I was struggling with a job that was using skills I had not yet attained. It was a huge learning curve for me and a time when I leaned on God more than ever before. When things seemed to overwhelm me, I would repeat Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. It has been my “go to” verse when I can’t handle one more thing. When my husband was in surgery for the second time in one day and fear wanted to overtake me, I got on my knees and prayed those words. It was the only thing I could think of at the moment. I also scooted over to the lady a few chairs down and prayed it with her as well to give her the courage to stand on God’s word and have hope.

There are so many verses in the bible we can pull out and stand on when we need help, hope or encouragement. Sometimes we have to read them to ourselves over and over and over again to even begin to believe them when our eyes see something totally different. But, with each breath and each word, my faith grows a bit more. It focusses my heart and my mind on one thing - God’s promises. It blocks out what my flesh sees and feels and lets me get just a bit closer to the one who knows all.

If you don’t have a verse to call your own or to help remind you whose you are, find one or two or three, write them down and place them where you will read them daily. Our church has cards with verses that remind me who I am in Christ. I have it taped to my son’s bathroom mirror so he can be reminded daily of who he is. He will hear plenty of things all day in middle school, so I want him to be built up at home before they try to tear him down at school. As he brushes his teeth, he reminds himself who he is in Christ….his teeth are getting cleaner as well.

Grab hold of God’s word and make it part of your heart. Get it down deep in your soul so when satan tries to tell you something different than what God says, you can fight him with God’s words, not your own.

Lord, thank you for verses that heal our hearts. Thank you for giving us minds of Christ so we can remember your words to guide our days. May we always be reminded of how awesome you are by the words we keep in our heart.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


March 16

Deuteronomy 10
21 He is the one you praise; he is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes.

We were in Orange Beach for a conference last week. My husband and I took a walk on the beach when we got there because there was rain predicted for the rest of the week. My youngest son, Luke, said he wanted a sand dollar as his souvenir. So as we walked along the edge of the water (it was quite cold) my husband looked over at me and said I want to find Luke a little sand dollar about this size” and he held out his hand to show me.  I quickly replied, “I never find those at the beach in one piece”. As we walked along he reached down and pulled up a huge complete clam shell larger than his hand. It was the biggest one I have ever seen on a beach.  We walked out a bit into the ocean on a large sand bar for only a few minutes before he says, “Look, it’s a starfish”.  As he reached down to pick it up I could hear God say, “And you think I can’t give you a sand dollar.  Look what you I gave you so far”.  Chris and I both began smelling this intense lemon smell blowing in from the ocean as we stood on the sand bar about 20 feet from shore with a starfish in his hand. We looked at each other as we stood there trying to figure out where it could be coming from. He gently put the starfish back into the water and it was washed back out to sea. I told him that the smell was the presence of God.

We took a few more steps and as I looked down at a perfect, complete little sand dollar, the exact size my husband showed, resting in the sand at my feet.  I bent down, picked it up, smiling at just how awesome our God is. I called out to my husband to show him what I had found. We stood there in amazement at the fact that God hears our every word and knows our deepest desires. I told Chris about what I had heard God say about the starfish and the shell as we walked along the beach.  As we did, I said to myself, “Well God, I have 2 more boys”, and in about 2 steps, there were 2 little sand dollars, side by side, at my feet as the smell of lemon filled the air.  My husband turned around to say something about the smell of lemon as I reached down and pulled 2 more sand dollars out of the ocean.  I said to him, “This is for my other two boys” and we laughed at just how awesome God is.

We walked a bit further and I looked down and saw one more and as I reached into the water God said, “Here is one for your biggest boy”. As we walked along all I could do is praise God for his goodness, his faithfulness and smile at the fact that he is there in every little aspect of our lives if we would just look. I couldn’t wait to tell the kids what I had found and how I had found it. I kept telling God just how awesome he was and how amazing it was that I had found 4 complete sand dollars on the beach. As we walked back on the beach along the edge of the water I looked down and saw sand dollar after sand dollar after sand dollar. When it was all said and done, I had 31 full sand dollars and a huge clam shell in my possession and I heard God say, “Now you can share these with others as well”.

So, I can’t give everyone who reads this a sand dollar, but I can share the glory of God and how much he knows about each of our lives and every little desire of our hearts. I will forever think of lemons in a whole new light and I will never doubt that God sees me, hears me, and knows me by name.

I pray that God shows each of you just how much he loves you, cares for you and wants to walk along a beach with you and listen to your praise his name. Spend time with God today it will change your life and when you least expect it, he will show you how mighty he is.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


March 15


Deuteronomy 7
22 The LORD your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.

How many times have I wanted everything to happen all at once? Done, in an instant so I would not have to struggle. God, can’t you see what I am going through?  Make it all go away!

Well, this verse helps us to see the whole picture.  Sometimes we get so caught up in only what we see or feel, that we don’t think about the consequences of removing the problem completely from our lives all at once.  I bet they didn’t think about the wild animals growing in number because there were not enough people around to fight them off or push them back further into the woods or mountains.

It is easy to see how easy it would be if our enemies were picked off and removed from our lives, but what void does it leave? Are we equipped to handle what is left by ourselves? Maybe we need to struggle little by little so we learn grace, understanding, patience, being humble or we increase our faith. In each moment of life, we can grow and learn. Even when we are facing adversity we learn ways to overcome it bit by bit.

So, enjoy the journey you are on. Quit wishing your troubles would all disappear in an instant. Take one step at a time and thank God that he is on the journey with you making sure you take the right path with just enough resistance to grow you, just enough troubles to keep the wild animals from overtaking you and more than enough love to sustain you.

Lord, thank you for making changes bit by bit for my own good. Help me to see the little victories are needed to win the war. Help me to remember that little steps are still steps as long as I keep my eyes on You!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 




March 14

Deuteronomy 7
9 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. 10 But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him. 11 Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today. 

Sometimes we need to be reminded of God’s goodness and his anger. I have often thought, “What have I done to deserve something so wonderful?” Next time I will remember this verse and think, it just might be a blessing from someone a thousand generations ago who obeyed. Just think about that a moment and realize when you obey God’s word, you don’t just affect yourself, but you affect generations to come with the goodness of God. What a powerful image that is.

Now, when we anger God, He doesn’t wait generations, he handles those things now. Painfully quick!

I have been working on not being a part of gossip. I am a firm believer that you have to build people up and must be careful not to tear them down. It does not take much to hurt someone else. A word here or a look there can change the way a person sees you and themselves. Now, I must say that when you start to look inward at your actions, you begin to see just how many times you do some things. I have stopped many conversations in the past few weeks because they turn to discussions about others that then lead to gossip. It is amazing to see how quickly God opens my eyes to what my words and actions truly do in the spirit realm. I immediately feel uncomfortable in the situation. My soul knows when the conversation turns from concern for someone else into gossip about them. It can be a fine line, but when you measure your words or actions against God’s measuring stick it can quickly become obvious where your words are leading you.

Let God lead your words and your actions today. Open yourself up to him and ask him to show you where you move over to satan’s side during the day. You will be amazed at just how many times you jump right over the fence into satan’s pasture. It may look nice and green, but it is only because of how much manure he puts on the grass.

Lord, help each of us to see our sin in action in the little things we do and say. Help us to see that words hurt and with your help, we can change the immediate wrath of God into generations of blessings in an instant. Help us to always stay on the pasture land of God in all that we do.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


March 13, 2017

Deuteronomy 30
1 When all these blessings and curses I have set before you come upon you and you take them to heart wherever the LORD your God disperses you among the nations, 2 and when you and your children return to the LORD your God and obey him with all your heart and with all your soul according to everything I command you today, 3 then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where he scattered you. 4 Even if you have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from there the LORD your God will gather you and bring you back.

I love that last line.  Even if I have been banished to the most distant land under the heavens, from THERE the Lord your God (MY GOD) will gather you and bring you back.  So, if I did the most egregious thing but turned my heart back towards God –he will come and meet me where I am.  I don’t have to travel back to get to him, or seek Him out, he comes to get me.  He rescues me.  Me. The one banished to the most distant land under the heavens.  Me, who has turned her back on the Lord Almighty, will be chased down by God and brought back to Him.  Me.  Not just every other person on this earth – it includes Me and YOU of course. 

I find it difficult at times to realize these words are written for me.  I often feel like I could never be brought back into his good graces.  I find myself trying to earn it back instead of simply accepting His mercy and grace.  It seems too easy to be true.  But it is.  He is our God.  A God of love, discipline and compassion.  A God who forgives and forgets.  He never holds it over our heads or brings it back to our remembrance.  It is forgotten.  We are seen through the blood of Jesus – which washes us of all our stains.

 How awesome is our God that even when we separate ourselves from Him, He is ready to take us back the minute we turn back to Him and obey what he asks.  We serve an awesome God!

Lord, thank you for leaving your words to guide us through this life.  Thank you for giving your only son so that we can be one with you.  Thank you for taking us back into your arms time and time again.  Thank you for your unfailing love and your endless grace and mercy.  Grant each of us the ability to walk in that grace each day knowing that you are our one and only God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


March 8, 2017


Deuteronomy 8
17 You may say to yourself, "My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me." 18 But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.

I was introduced to someone over the weekend by a friend of mine.  He introduced him as “one of the finest men he knew” to which he responded “To God be the glory, not me”.  How awesome is that – to give God glory at all times in all things!  How many of us would speak so boldly as to where our gifts come from or to why we are like we are?  Would you say that or would you begin to say how hard you worked to get there or why people thought that about you?  Would you have just said, “thank you” or “that’s not true”.

I walked away in awe of both the gentleman and God – and a desire to be more like both!  We need to remember that everything we have and everything we are is a gift from God.  We have to do our part, but in the end, everything we have is from God.

Lord, thank you for all you allow in our lives.  I thank you for the gifts and abilities you have allowed me to have in this life.  I thank you for my successes and my failures.  I thank you for allowing me to be your hands and feet in this life and for the realization that it is all about you and not about me.  Let our gifts give you glory at all times!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



March 7, 201


John 15
5 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

 God offers us so much if we would just follow Him.  It is by no means an easy journey, but the rewards from Him are so great.  I am the first one to say I fall short on following Him, usually I am leading and asking Him to hurry and catch up with me….as I pray that He fixes the mess I have created….because I have places to go and things to do.  I catch myself praying for His guidance after I try and fail.  Having patience and waiting on Him and His timing is not easy – but it is full of rewards.  He says that apart from Him we can do nothing – but if we remain in Him we will bear much fruit.  I try hard to go to Him before I need Him to seek out the direction He has for me – and to also listen to what He calls me to do – even if it is not in my plans.

 

I challenge each of you to really make an effort to pray and ask Him to guide you today.  Ask Him to show you the way in which you should go and act.  Remain in Him.  Pray to Him.  Talk to Him.  Seek His guidance for your life.

Lord, thank you for simply being there any time we call upon you!  You are an awesome God!  I give you this day for your glory.  May everything we put forth today be in line with what You want from us.  uide each of us so that our fruit will be a testimony to  your goodness.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


March 6, 2017

Numbers 10
35 Whenever the ark set out, Moses said, “Rise up, LORD! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.”

This past week a lot of what I have read and studied included the power of our words and what we can do in God’s will and power. And here it continues again. Just think about your mindset if you stood up each morning as your feet hit the ground and said, “Rise up, Lord! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you.” What kind of day would you have? Think about the days you wake up and say, “Oh, Lord….” And the negativity starts”…I’m late. I hate my job. I want to stay in bed. I don’t want to get up….” It sort of sets the mood for the day. When you start saying the negative or seeing only problems it always seems to bring on more of them.

I am reading a book that gave an illustration of the power of the Holy Spirit within you. It stated that God’s power went out 30 feet around you. A giant ring of power encircled you wherever you went. When you stepped forward, so did the power of God. Before you even reached your destination, satan knew you and God were coming.  Just imagine that for a moment. Your enemy would flee before you physically got there. He would pave the way. Even if the enemy tried to resist and stay, it would have no power over you when you are walked in with Jesus.

Sometimes we all just need a different perspective on life to move forward and be victorious. Sometimes we just need to be reminded of the power we have within us and choose to use it for good. Maybe we need to speak God into our situation instead of feeding it with negativity and letting it gain the power. We each have free will. We can choose how we live. We can choose how we react to a situation. We can feed our strengths or our weaknesses. Whichever one we nurture will grow.

So, today, try speaking life. Try speaking God’s will into your life. Say, “Rise up, Lord! May your enemies be scattered; may your foes flee before you” and believe it to be true and see what changes in your life. What do you have to lose and what do you have to gain?

Lord, go before each and every one of us today. Let our ring of influence pave the way and guide our steps. May your glory shine forever before us and may we walk in the abundance of your love.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



March 3, 2017


Deuteronomy 1
31 …... There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.”

As I read this I thought about all the times I carried my little ones to their bed after they fell asleep. Sometimes it was from rocking them, others while they watched cartoons or sometimes they just dropped wherever they were, closed their eyes and slept. I can remember looking into their eyes and being amazed at how awesome they were. I would run my fingers through their hair or over their little noses. My thoughts were always on how awesome they were not on the awful deeds they may have done that day. They were sweet angels as they slept. They never thought about the fact that someone would need to carry them to bed, they just slept and somehow they awoke in their bedroom. Childlike trust.

How many times have I wondered what God thinks when he looks down while I sleep?  Is he saying, “Will she ever get it right”, “Did she really try it that way”, “Did she think this through”. No, He isn’t saying any of those things. He is looking down on me, running his fingers through my hair and over my nose and thinking how awesome she is. He isn’t looking at all the bad, he is seeing all the good in me that he put there, he nurtured, he stirred up and thinking, “Keep going, you got this. I see how it ends, don’t give up now”.

Sometimes we need to be reminded that God is our creator, not our enemy. He molded us, created us and placed us in our mother’s womb for his glory and purpose. He is here with us, carrying us when we can’t go anymore, when all we want to do is sleep because it is too hard, he is lifting us up, carrying us to the new place all while gazing upon us and being amazed at what He has created. 

Today, try focusing like God does, on the greatness within you and others. Look at the beauty within and the amazing men and women they are inside no matter what they portray outward. See things through God’s eyes in others and yourself.

Lord, thank you for reminding me just how much you love us and how worthy we are of the love you have. Help us to see the beauty in others and look past what they portray and see their hearts. Help us to see as you see. Let us not see others as burdens, or problems, but as children of God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly 


March 2, 2017


REMINDER: Day of prayer , TODAY, Thursday, March 2, 2017 at noon at Lafayette City Hall.  Come out and join us in praying for our community.


Deuteronomy 1

6 The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain….

Yesterday I was reading a book about a man’s life and how we have power to move mountains. Nothing is impossible with God. Anything that is in our way to having a life with Jesus can be removed from our path. It is the choices that we make at that mountain that makes the difference, not the mountain itself.

As I read this verse this morning, it was talking about an actual mountain where they were camped, but I was locked in on this verse only. “You have stayed long enough at this mountain”. Wow, maybe God is telling me to get moving. Stop running around the same mountain. What are you still doing in this spot? Why can’t you get past this? YOU HAVE STAYED LONG ENOUGH AT THIS MOUNTAIN!!!! It must be time for me to move on.

Many of us get caught at the mountain. We wallow in self-pity. Complain about where we are in life. Talk about how horrible it has been with the mountain in our view. We let the mountain consume us instead of us consuming or moving or going around that mountain.

We got a puppy last fall which is the cutest dog ever. It was a little dachsund (wiener dog) puppy. It was so small and fast! When we first got him we put him on the bed because he could not jump down. Well, technically he could have, but he didn’t know it. We were able to capture him up there for several months before he fell off the foot of the bed where he used to stand so he could watch us in the other room. That was all it took. He now knew he could jump and survive.


How many of us are sitting on that bed (or at that mountain) because we think we can’t jump down. We think we are trapped. We think there is no way out. We can see all the fun and freedom others have when they are off the bed (or around the mountain) but fear keeps us trapped where we are.

Maybe God is talking to you today as well. Maybe you have stayed long enough at the mountain. I know I’ve stayed too long at this mountain and it is time to just move on.

Lord, help us all to see the mountains in our paths. Help us to move past them, over them, through them or around them. Let us see the way out or off of that bed. Let fear not keep us trapped in our circumstances.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



March 1, 2017


Numbers 20
 2 Now there was no water for the community, and the people gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron. 3 They quarreled with Moses and said, "If only we had died when our brothers fell dead before the LORD! 4 Why did you bring the LORD's community into this desert, that we and our livestock should die here? 5 Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain or figs, grapevines or pomegranates. And there is no water to drink!"

Well – been there and done that!  Sometimes it is so easy to find yourself looking at how bad things are instead of how many things God has brought you through or even kept you from. Even in the midst of our troubles – we have to remember that God might have just lightened our load – so instead of crying out in anger – we should be thankful that he spared us some of the problems. 

I have always been a person that looks at the positive side of things….maybe not always in that first instant – but pretty soon after when I get my feet back under me – I try to focus on what is here and on the positive.  I tell my kids all the time, “Can’t you be thankful for what you have instead of being upset about what you don’t”.  God has blessed all of us in so many ways – if we just look at it differently.  Let God touch your heart so you can see things differently. 

So, before you begin to complain about something that has happened or the place that you are – try praising God for where you are, how you got there and for what he has saved you from.  Maybe he is waiting for you to simply give in.  Give Him glory in all things and you will find that your whole outlook starts to change as well.

Lord, thank you for this day and every last thing you had planned in it just for me.  You took time to mold me in your image and to place me here for your pleasure – thank you.  May I be the blessing that you have called me to be to others.  Give me the opportunity to be your hands and feet each and every day.  Let your spirit give me the boldness I need to spread your word to others without shame or fear. 

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



February 27, 2017

Psalm 108

12  Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.

As I read this passage this morning I thought about what I go to God for and what I go to man for in my life.  Man’s help is worthless, yet we often spend hours hashing out our issues with man (or woman).  Asking for advice and guidance from others without even thinking about getting on our knees in prayer first.  We go outside ourselves so much quicker than going inside ourselves and asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in our decisions, or in our walk or in our struggles.  My Pastor spoke about just simply being with God, praising Him and praying to him.  He challenged us to start with just 10 minutes a day and see what God would do in our lives.  I started last year with my morning prayer time and devotional and it has been amazing.  God is there.
 
I challenge each of you to spend some quality time with God each day.  Turn off the radio and spend that travel time with him.  Steal a few minutes away from the TV or computer and spend it with God.  Tell Him hello, share your day with him, your struggles and your successes.  Share your concerns or your hurts.  Ask him for help, encouragement, love, patience, favor, resolve, restraint – you name it – He can provide it.  Get to know Him.  Read His word, sit at His feet and enjoy His company – He loves yours.


Lord, thank you for this day and everything you have in store for me.  Help me to always go to you first in prayer and then man (Godly men and women).  Give each of us the revelation we need to grow stronger spiritually.  We thank you and we give you all the glory and honor and praise for all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!
Kelly

Proverbs 25:28
Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.

By definition, self-control is the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations.

I have a great deal of self-control until the right button is pushed, then look out! I am like a volcano, I may spit and sputter a little lava or ash here and there, but when I blow it’s done. Now, I hate to admit it, but it’s true, just ask my boys!

This morning as I read this scripture I pictured my heart being protected by a great big strong wall with this heavy metal gate and every time I “lose it” the door opens a little bit more. I snap at someone because of something they do or say, and I can hear the creaking of that door as it moves a bit. I miss one workout and I hear that voice that says, “One won’t hurt” but before I know it there are 3 or 4. I hit the snooze button one more time on my phone because I can just read a quick passage this morning God knows how busy I am – creaking door moves ever so slowly open. Just one more this or one more that just opens up the gate a bit further.

Every time that door swings open a bit more, it leaves a greater space for the enemy to enter my heart, my head and my mouth. Discipline takes work. It takes determination. It takes talking yourself out of bed instead of talking yourself into one more snooze. Self-control is thinking about what you do today and how it will affect your tomorrow. It is biting your tongue instead of lashing out with your words. Some days you can taste the blood in your mouth, but at least what you said didn’t cut someone else.

Every time we let our guard down and do what our mind or body says to do, we open that gate up a bit more. Every time we let flesh win, instead of the spirit, it opens wider. Before you know it, you don’t have any walls protecting you from the enemy and he will be attacking you at every angle.

Close that gate today. When you feel like you are losing your self-control, pray. Stop what you are doing and ask God to intervene. The Spirit lives within you, you just have to seek Him for strength.

So, today, put down that donut, open up that bible, interact with that person on your last nerve with love and compassion for the broken, let that little mishap go without comment, give grace to others and to yourself. Keep your walls up around your heart and don’t open that gate for the enemy. He can slither in through the tiniest of spaces so be diligent. If you fail, don’t flounder in your failure, get up, dust yourself off, push that door closed and do better next time. Only Jesus was perfect and we aren’t Jesus so give yourself and others a little forgiveness and move on.

Lord, thank you for showing me this verse and helping me see how my lack of self-control can open myself up to the enemy. Help me to stand strong, close the gate I have opened, block the enemy from my heart and live a life of self-control with your grace and mercy.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



February 23, 2017

Colossians 3
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.


It would be a wonderful place if everyone believed this and followed it.  There would be no slackers.  No one would do just enough to get by.  No one would be watching others to see just how little you can get away with and keep your job.  There would be no angry people.  No one upset about getting passed over for a promotion or anyone feeling like their job isn’t important.  No one would look down on others for doing menial tasks.  What a utopian type of life.

But, in reality, people are people.  They let others taint their beliefs.  They let others make them upset.  They let their situations determine their mood instead of simply believing that everything you do is for the glory of God.  Every sheet of paper you staple.  Every key you type.  Every email you send.  Every trash can you empty.  Every toilet you clean.  Every mouth you wipe.  Every step you take – it is for the glory of God.

So, today, do things differently.  In everything you do today – do it for the glory of God.  Don’t do it because you get a paycheck – believe what you do will serve God.  If God were waiting on those copies, would you make sure they were perfect?  If God was waiting on a return call, would you put them off for three days?  If God was calling you, would you just continue to send him to your voice mail?  If God was about to walk into your bathroom, would you clean it half way? Every job you have, every task you do, every thought you create – should be done for the glory of God.  Make sure what you do can measure up to a standard worthy enough for the Lord.

Thank you for this day and the reminder that all things are for you, Lord.  This life is not our own, we were created for your glory and honor and praise.  Remind each of us as we go about our day that we are working for you and you alone.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly   



February 22, 2017

Leviticus 1
 4 You are to lay your hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on your behalf to make atonement for you.

I read quite a bit about the building of the tabernacle, linens and clothing and everything else that went into making it perfect. As I read further, it began to speak about offerings that would be made and how they needed to be selected. It struck me this morning that in order to clear ourselves or atone for our mistakes; some perfect animal was to pay the price for our sins.

One of those statements I have made repeatedly to my boys that I pray they always remember is, “Be careful what you do because your actions don’t just affect you”. How true are those words as I read about atonement for our sins? Some poor sheep, wandering in the field, eating grass is all of a sudden pulled from the flock because of something we did. How many consequences did each of us suffer for someone else’s actions?

Jesus paid the ultimate price for each of us. He wasn’t sinful, yet he suffered all our consequences. Take time today to thank God for all he has done for you while you were still a sinner. Make an effort to avoid temptation, avoid sin and keep your consequences to a minimum today.

Lord, thank you for all that you do and did! May today be a day we honor you with our actions, words and deeds.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


February 21, 2017


Exodus 34
29 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the LORD. 30 When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him.

Every time I read this I can just imagine what Moses looked like coming down from that mountain.  Face glowing from being in God’s presence and having to lift my hand to shade the light coming off of his skin. It would have been incredible to see that. Yet, some still had disbelief and worshipped idols.

Being in the presence of God changes each and every one of us as well. Our faces may not be radiating light, but I know it changes a piece of me every time I am with Him. When I read his word, I get to know him a little more. It changes my heart. Sometimes it upsets me because I have to change some way I am acting or I have to forgive when I want to hold a grudge. Now, I have the ability to listen to Him or not, but His word will change what I know to be truth.

I also know that being in the presence of God and his word does change the way I am during the day. The more I read and study the longer my fuse gets. I look at people and situations differently. I see them from a spiritual view and not a physical one. Most of us act and react because of something we feel deep down, not so much about what is on the surface. I give grace and mercy far quicker when I am spending time with God. I react slower to anger, see the good in people and feel a whole lot more peace no matter what is going on around me when I make my time with God a priority and not a second thought.

Take time today and spend it getting to know your God. Let His word change your heart and your attitude. Let His word cause you to be radiant in the eyes of others not because of who you are, but because of whose you are.

Lord, thank you for your word and allowing us to spend time with you. Let every minute in your word or in your presence change us from the inside out for the better. May we radiate your love and understanding throughout the day and give mercy and grace abundantly instead of bitterness.

In Jesus name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


February 20, 2017

2 Chronicles 32
20 King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz cried out in prayer to heaven about this. 21 And the LORD sent an angel, who annihilated all the fighting men and the leaders and officers in the camp of the Assyrian king. So he withdrew to his own land in disgrace. And when he went into the temple of his god, some of his sons cut him down with the sword. 22 So the LORD saved Hezekiah and the people of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib king of Assyria and from the hand of all others. He took care of them on every side.

Sennacherib king of Assyria had been telling all of the people under King Hezekiah that their “god” could not do anything for them and that he was going to take over.  He had taken over in so many other cities so he boasted that he could take theirs as well.  The difference in this battle was that King Hezekiah believed in God, trusted in Him and called on Him for all things.  He was a man who believed in the power of God and tapped into it at every opportunity.

The Lord sent an army of angels that struck down the majority of Sennecherib’s army and sent him running back home in disgrace.  This is what God can do all the time.  He can chase your enemy away.  He can take the weapons satan uses and remove them forever.  We just need to believe and seek Him.

As I read the scriptures this morning one sentence really stood out.  “He took care of them on every side”.  He didn’t leave a back door open or a window on the side; he took care of every side and protected the people.  Nothing could get to them – because they came to the Lord in prayer.  That made me think about my own prayer life and if I lay it all at God’s feet or do I keep a few things in my own hands and my own power?  Am I leaving a hole for the enemy to come in?  Am I setting myself up for failure?  Do I feel God isn’t capable or that I really am better at this than He is? 

I think we all hold something back from time to time, but we don’t have to.  God will take care of us on every side, every angle, and every inch – if we allow Him to do it His way.  Let go of the things you cling to so tightly.  Let go and let God work in your life.  Just this week a co-worker reminded me of something we had read that basically said God cannot do the work we are praying for in our lives or our children’s lives until we let go of the hold we have on them.  Often, we call out to God for help, yet we hold on too tightly and don’t allow God to work.

So, if you are keeping a part of yourself, your family, your children, and your life away from God – stop it.  Give it all to Him.  Pray to Him for direction on how to do it.  Give him all of your life today.  Don’t hold back – that just shows God you don’t trust him fully.   He has proven himself trustworthy time and time again.  He can and will protect you from every side.  Have faith and exercise it!

Lord, thank you for protecting us on all sides.  Thank you for letting us call out to you when we feel lost or abandoned.  Help us to see the greatness in you and help us to let go of all the things we cling to so tightly.  May your power resonate in our lives and over our families.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly




February 17, 2017

Joshua 23
14 "Now I am about to go the way of all the earth. You know with all your heart and soul that not one of all the good promises the LORD your God gave you has failed. Every promise has been fulfilled; not one has failed. 15 But just as every good promise of the LORD your God has come true, so the LORD will bring on you all the evil he has threatened, until he has destroyed you from this good land he has given you. 16 If you violate the covenant of the LORD your God, which he commanded you, and go and serve other gods and bow down to them, the LORD's anger will burn against you, and you will quickly perish from the good land he has given you."

As I read the first scripture I thought, yes, here again his word stands true.  God fulfills his promises to us!  Yippie!  Most of us simply go by that scripture and rejoice in how great our God is!  And He is awesome!  But – many of us never read the second part of many of the scriptures in the bible, where discipline comes in.  God’s promises are just that – promises.  God tells us what will happen when we do certain things.  Just like our parents did or like we do right now.  If you do this, this will happen.  Like my dad always said, “If you do A – B is coming!”  He also used to tell me, “If your mom and I did not love you then we would not care what you do”  Sometimes I wished they loved me less! 

So, as I read these words from our God, I thought about all the words of God that I stand on and believe in.  Just as much as I remember and quote his awesome promises, I need to cut verse 16 out and paste that on my refrigerator to remind me that all of his promises are true.  He also promises that his anger will burn against us. 

We tend to take the parts we want out of scripture and leave the hard parts behind.  God’s word is not a cafeteria plan, it comes as a total meal – you can’t simply eat desert and leave.  We have to obey His law and follow his will to receive all that he has available to us.  He calls us to live in a life pleasing to him, not man.  It is difficult at times in this life to remember where our blessings come from – but always remember, God honors those that honor him and he disciplines those he loves.

Lord I thank you this morning for all your promises and all the blessings you have given to me.  I thank you for the discipline as well and those feelings of conviction that help remind me of the love you have for me.  I ask you to forgive me for the times I have strayed away from you and help me remove all the things I have placed between us.  

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!
Kelly



February 16, 2017

1 Thessalonians 5:19   Quench not the Spirit

What a powerful verse! The Holy Spirit was sent to us to help guide and direct our steps. To move us this way and that way as he needs for us to do to encounter all that God has to offer.

In Sparkling Gems from the Greek, it states the word “quench” is taken from the Greek word shennumi meaning to extinguish, smother, suppress, snuff out. When we fail to hear the words spoken or ignore what God is directing us to do, we put a little bit of water on the fire of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Each time we ignore Him, a little more of him fades away, until all we hear are the empty words of satan telling us lie after lie after lie. When all we hear is negative, we begin to feel hopeless that the situation will never change, when all we need to do is move forward as the Holy Spirit moves in our lives and put fuel on that fire instead of water.

We never know how God will use us when we obey his call. One day I was at a food distribution site with total strangers. I had volunteered to help, not really out of kindness that time, but because someone had asked me to come and see how they distributed the stuff. While I mingled among the boxes, I could overhear a conversation between a man and his friend. He was probably about 30 and was talking about how his father had left them when he was young and that they had struggled quite a bit trying to make ends meet. He stated his father was never around and he hated his dad and was struggling with how God could let that happen. The feeling to go over and talk to this stranger was almost overwhelming, but I kept ignoring it. I kept thinking or hearing, “You have no idea what I kept you from”. Over and over I felt that even though he thought it was a horrible thing, God had allowed it to protect this man.

About 20 minutes later, I finally gave in, walked over to the stranger and said, “God wants you to know that he saved you from a life of pain and heartache that your father would have caused if he had stayed. You many feel like God abandoned you, but He drew you out of the situation for your good.” I stood there feeling like a crazy person with no clue how this was going to turn out. The man looked straight into my eyes and tears started to fall from his eyes. In that instant, something broke off of his life. A life that was filled with hate and hopelessness was literally changing before my eyes.

I will never forget the fear I had before I spoke to that man. All the uncertainty boiling up inside of me. Do I listen to this voice/feeling? Is it God? Is it satan trying to make me look crazy? Maybe a bit of both, but in the end, God won. He touched a life. Broke hate off of a heart. Made someone whole again just by him hearing God tell Him he loved him so much he protected him from things he never even knew were almost upon him.

How many times has God rescued us like he did for that gentleman and we have no idea of the great power he exerted over our lives! Even in our darkest moments, we have to believe that God is there. He protects us or allows things to happen, all while having our best interest at heart. We may never know why we suffer a loss, but it might just be to protect us or someone else from something much worse.

So, today, listen for His voice. Obey his directions and you may just change a heart forever. Had I not been obedient, that man’s life may still be filled with hatred and anger. Instead he had a hope he had not seen since he was a kid. Not by my power, but by the power of the words God had me speak.

Lord, use us today. Let us be the person that helps break strongholds and grudges people hold. Let us help others heal. Use us to direct the steps and paths of others and let us be open when you do the same for us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


February 15, 2017

Exodus 33
18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 19 And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

I thought about what God goodness has looked like to me. It’s the quiet time I have in the morning reading his words. It is the smile you get from strangers as you walk down the street. It is the sweet touch of my husband when my heart feels sad. It’s the voice of my mom when she says “I’m proud of you”. It is compassion from a friend when you are struggling with something. It’s the peace you feel when the rest of the world says you should be falling apart. It is that excitement when you see your babies for the first time. Or how my dog is so excited to see me when I get home. Or my son’s face as he found his lost valentine’s day card this morning and presented it to me with his heart filled with love for me.

God’s goodness is not just some super natural feeling that comes over you that gives you goose bumps on your skin. It is all the wonderful things you experience in this life and the joy that comes through the trials. It is knowing that your Father, the God of all gods, the creator of your soul, will always be with you.

Just like the cool breeze that blew in when I opened the door this morning, you may not see it, but you feel its presence. God’s goodness is all around. His mercy and compassion are like the wind, waiting to be ushered in. Open the door to your heart this morning and let God in. Allow him to take up residence in your soul and guide your spiritual journey.

Let his goodness envelop all that you are and let His goodness shine through you today. May today be the day you allow Him full access to all you are and all you want to be. Today, I open my soul to the one who created it. I will allow Him to do a work in me that he has been patiently waiting to achieve. Maybe its time for you to do the same and live an abundant life in Jesus.

Lord, thank you for your goodness that permeates every part of our lives. Help us to see you in the ordinary and the extraordinary aspects of our hearts. Lead us and we will follow all the days of our lives, no matter how many or how few remain.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


February 14, 2017


Leviticus 20
26 You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own.

We are set apart.  Selected by God.  We are His.  Special, chosen, selected – for HIM.  His cherished possession.

Each of us has a very special Valentine today. The best we could have ever asked for or imagined. Perfect in every way. Someone who loves us right where we are and desires to be everything we want in life. He created anything we could want and will move any mountain in our way. He is the alfa and the omega, beginning and the end. Nothing is impossible for our Valentine today or any day.

We have the greatest Valentine ever. Let him love on you today and fill you with his presence and love. May today be the day you fall in love with Him completely.

Lord, thank you for your unyielding love. Let each of us remember just how much we are loved by you.   

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

February 13, 2017

Exodus 31
1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “See, I have chosen Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, 3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— 4 to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, 5 to cut and set stones, to work in wood, and to engage in all kinds of crafts. 6 Moreover, I have appointed Oholiab son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan, to help him. Also I have given ability to all the skilled workers to make everything I have commanded you: 

So, where did you get your talent from? Hard work? Dedication? Practice? Born with it? From your parents? From God?

Each of us has been given our abilities and talents by God to complete our purpose in this life. Some of us are artistic, others scientific, some analytical and others can see the big picture when only details can be seen by others. Each specific gift given so that we would be equipped for what God will call us to do. He knew he would need a stone setter and wood worker to build his temple. He knew he needed your talent for a specific time and place. He knew you would use your talent to draw people to Him. He also knew you would sin, use it for your own purpose and become arrogant at times.

So, next time you want to brag on your accomplishments, give credit where credit is due. You may have studied hard, practiced and practiced and practiced, but God blessed you with the talent that you have to begin with. Remember to thank him for it by using it for His glory.

Lord, thank you for talents and gifts. Thank you for giving us what we need and not just what we want. Help us to see out talents and use them as you intended. Open the eyes of those blinded to what their talents are and allow them to see how you want them to be used for your glory. May we always give you credit for the greatness we accomplish.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly  




February 10, 2017


Romans 8:14
As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

I wonder how many times I have ignored the Spirit? He has tugged at my heart, tried to guide me this way or that, yet I chose to go my own way. I wonder what blessing I missed. I wonder what life I was supposed to intersect with along the way that may never be.

Several years ago while writing a grant I came across a job that was given to someone else. Something inside of me said it would be mine at some point. Not immediately, but it would be mine. I even told my husband about it. I had never felt something so strongly in my spirit before or since. Well, job went to someone else, paperwork completed, but God did the impossible…and it became mine.

Looking back, God has allowed me to meet amazing people, have unbelievable favor with people I had never met, and spread His name in some of the darkest of places. He made ways where few have gone and looking back still brings tears to my eyes. I watched God open doors and move hearts. I made lifelong friends who have walked along side of me through very difficult times and me with them. My faith has grown and my relationship with Jesus is something I cherish deeply.

I often wonder where I would be if I had not followed that tug at my heart and stepped out in faith in a very uncertain set of circumstances. Every step and every lesson has molded me and guided me into who I am today. I trust God more. I trust the tugging of the Holy Spirit. I ask for guidance before I move forward and try very hard to wait upon God – something I am still working diligently on.

So, if today you feel the Holy Spirit is pulling you one way or another, take that step of faith. Move forward. Trust. Have faith and watch what God will do in your life and the lives of others. Don’t worry if you will be able to complete what God has for you because He will give you everything you need for the task at hand. I know. He did it for me and He loves each and every one of us and wants to guide and bless us in every aspect of our lives.


Lord, thank you for detours in my life. Thank you for leading me and guiding me and even moving me from where I thought I needed to be or go. Your ideas and future for me are perfect. Help me to trust you more and hear your whispers and feel your gentle pull on my heart.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


 




February 9, 2017


John 6
5 When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.

How many times does Jesus ask us a question or drops something in our minds that he already knows the answer to? Jesus doesn’t ask us questions so he can learn, he asks us questions for our benefit. Jesus showed Philip something impossible. He asked Philip how he could get enough bread to feed all of these people. Do you think Jesus really lacked the answer? Of course not, he was testing Philip and his disciples. Scripture says they all got together to try and figure out how to feed the multitudes in front of them. They discussed sending them all away, sending some to nearby villages and even discussed how much money it would take to make it happen. None of their suggestions were going to work. It was an impossible situation, until Jesus stepped up and showed them that they had the answer in their grasp, but never looked upon Jesus for the solution.

How many times do we spend countless hours looking at the situation in front of us trying to find a solution? We look at it this way and that way trying to find a way to fix the problem. Often we try and fail time and time again. It is usually when we are at the “last straw” that we turn to God for help and guidance.

Sometimes Jesus takes us to the point of “no way out” of a situation to show us his mighty power and the ability to make something happen when there is no way out.

In Sparkling Gems from the Greek, Renner shows that Jesus asked Philip the impossible to show him where he lacked faith and where God needed to grow him. God shows us the impossible situations not to hurt or to harm or to frustrate, but to grow us in our faith that nothing is impossible with God.

Next time you find yourself in that impossible situation, let God grow you. Seek him out. Look to him for the miracle. He might just be trying to show you how much he loves you by allowing you to grow your faith and seek him more.

Lord, thank you for testing me and allowing me to grow in love. Let our hearts not grow bitter when we fail or falter, but let them see it as a loving gesture to draw us near. Thank you for loving me enough to walk this journey with me and showing me your great power in my life by doing the impossible over and over.

 In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



February 8, 2017

Ephesians 6

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 “The Holy Spirit wants to place a razor-sharp sword in your hands” was the title of the reading today in Sparkling Gems From the Greek. What an incredible image that is to me. Most of us have no concept of what it is to have to hold a sword in our hands or to fight a hand to hand style battle to survive. Some of us never even played with them as kids.….unless you raised boys with awesome imaginations and great weapons! I always wanted the gun that shot from far away. Sniper attacks were my favorite. I could pick the kids off without them even seeing me, but I always carried a knife in my belt (nothing cuter than a pink sash to hold your knife at your waist) for times when I snuck up on them. Now some of you are cringing at the thought of such violence with kids, but mine may be better able to understand this verse than some others. They know what it is to wield a sword, put on that breastplate and walk with a helmet on their heads. In fact, they loved learning about this verse in children’s church, because they could dress the part!

We all need to be reminded that the word of God is powerful. It is like a two edged sword in our hands. It cuts no matter which way you wield it. It is used in combat when the enemy is close, not when they are dancing around the outskirts of your little world. It is used when satan in in your face, running hand in hand with your kids, standing between you and your spouse spewing hatred and contempt. It is when he is so close you can feel his hot breathe on your neck. That is when, if you are quiet, you can hear the Holy Spirit drop a verse or two in your mind….or a sword in your hand. God’s words and His truths disable the enemy. Some of you are thinking, “I don’t know enough scriptures to fight these battles” its ok, you can learn, you can read and God will provide. It is just like the saying, “How do you eat an elephant, one bite at a time”. Same with scripture; read one verse at a time. There are verses for every situation you will face. God covered them all. Use His words to defeat satan’s lies. Let the Holy Spirit guide you as you seek God’s words for your life. Let the Holy Spirit equip you with the sword you need for the battle at hand. Be still and listen.

 We all have choices in life. We can choose to run or we can choose to fight. Satan goes around like a lion, seeking out its prey. You can run, but you cannot hide. Maybe today is the day you stand and fight. Maybe today is the day that you listen for the Holy Spirit to arm you for battle. Maybe today you choose to live as God called you to live and you take your life back from satan and be all God has called you to be. It is up to us and we have everything we need for the battle and God has already won.

Lord, thank you for reminding us that the battle is real and we can be ready for the battle. Thank you for your word that is sharper than any two edges sword. Thank you for your word that can stop the enemy in its tracks and provide a peace that is beyond our understanding. May today be the day we put on our armor and live.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly
February 7, 2017

Isaiah 26
12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.

We are nothing outside of his light.  We accomplish nothing unless He allows it.  He accomplishes it all.  It isn’t our doing, although we often try to take all the credit, it is God’s. When we put ourselves out there to follow God’s calling on our lives, he gives us peace and paves the way.  Now, it does not mean we always have peace.  Once you take God into your heart satan wants it back.  You do have struggles.  You do have obstacles – but now you have someone to hold on to who will walk with you through it all.

Peace is a state we are in. You don’t have to wait until everything is done and all is quiet to find peace.  You can have peace in the middle of a noisy crowd when God is with you. It isn’t based on what you are going through it is based on who you are relying on and trusting through it all. 

I have told this story before, but every time I think about peace, this story comes to my mind. When Luke was little he wanted to get on one of the big water rides at the amusement park.  He was still so scared but did not want to miss out on the ride.  As we sat together on the big inner tube, he squeezed my hand so tight.  I could see the fear in his face, but it was too late to turn back.  I told him to hold onto my hand, close his eyes, and in a few minutes it would be over.  I reassured him I would never put him on a ride that would hurt him…..and off we went into the dark tunnel.  He opened his eyes when the light hit his face at the same moment the tube felt like it was going to turn completely over.  Panic was setting in – but I held tight and said, well actually screamed, “look at me, not at everything else”.  He did what I asked with fear in his face and I simply said “I love you sweetheart.  Everything is going to be ok.  I can see the end of the ride.  You are going to make it.  Now enjoy the rest of the ride”.  When the ride ended, his poor knees were weak, but he was excited he had gone on the ride.  He was a “big boy” now.  

It is the same with God – if we stop looking around at all the “stuff” and focus on his eyes, his word, his love and his plan and realize he loves us and this ride will come to an end – even in the middle of it all we can have peace – just like Luke did.  We can enjoy the ride instead of dreading what is to come.

Lord, thank you for the peace you give beyond our understanding.  Help us to stay focused on you and not what is before us.  I pray we all learn to hold your hand in the midst of struggles, look into your eyes and are able to feel your peace.  Nothing can bring us peace like Jesus can…..I / We just need to remember where it comes from.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


February 6, 2017

2 Chronicles 31
 20 This is what Hezekiah did throughout Judah, doing what was good and right and faithful before the LORD his God. 21 In everything that he undertook in the service of God's temple and in obedience to the law and the commands, he sought his God and worked wholeheartedly. And so he prospered.

Everything that I have read throughout chronicles has been either how people continue to turn to God and prosper or how they turn away from God and suffer the consequences.  Nothing good comes to you when you are turned away from the one true God.  It seems easy enough to follow Him – do His will, request His assistance and guidance, perform the duties He requests of us – seems simple enough.  But just about every other leader found themselves worshipping everything but God.  They knew what God could do for them if they only followed His commands, yet they still insisted on turning to Baal, and other statues and gods. 

If we look closely at ourselves, we will see that same pattern.  We press in, study His word, Worship Him with everything we have, all goes well – then we tend to slack off a bit.  Read without expecting Him to be there.  Worship how well things or going instead of who brought you to that place.  We begin taking our Lord and Savior for granted.  We focus on ourselves and not on Him.  We are here on earth for His glory not our own.  He created us to worship Him – for fellowship. 

If we would simply stay focused on Him.  Continue to seek Him in everything we do.  He is always there and always faithful – we are the ones who turn away and look to other things to bring us happiness.

Lord, help us to start this and every day at your feet in worship.  Help us to turn our days over to you before we find ourselves in need of you.  Let everything we say and do be for the Glory of God and not ourselves.  Let each of us step aside and give you control over our lives.  We thank you for your word, your goodness, your love and especially your Son.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly   




February 2, 2017

2 Chronicles 20
2 Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, "A vast army is coming against you from Edom, [b] from the other side of the Sea……... 3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the LORD, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to seek help from the LORD; indeed, they came from every town in Judah to seek him.  5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the LORD in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said:

     "O LORD, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7 O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 'If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.' …………..We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you." ………….. This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. ……….17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.' "

 Wow, what wonderful words from our God.  Do you believe them?  Do you let God fight your battles or do you do everything in your own power.  Your power will not win, you will not be victorious – But God will. 

I loved the fact that when Jehoshaphat heard that the enemy was near – he did not go and get dressed for battle – he did not rally the troops –  he did not see what his defense guys said - He inquired of the LORD.  The whole town came and fasted and prayed – they did not gather provisions and prepare for the battle.  Their preparations were on their knees before the Lord inquiring of what He would do – quoting scripture back to God.  The battles are not ours – they are God’s and He will take care of them if we would step out of the way – get on our knees – and pray to the one who can save us. 

He asks us to take up our positions – stand firm and see what God will do.  Go out and face tomorrow and the Lord will be with you.

As I read these words I am filled with awe for so many reasons – but mainly the love of our God.  Why do we struggle with each battle and fight them when we do not have to.  Sit, be quiet, pray, and simply watch God’s awesomeness! 

Lord, I thank you for this timely word today.  I praise you and give you all glory today.  I thank you for taking over my battles and providing me shelter from the storms that come my way.  You are an awesome God – trustworthy, loving, all knowing and all powerful. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



February 2, 2017

REMINDER:  Day of Prayer takes place today, Thursday, February 2nd at noon at Lafayette City Hall in the atrium. Come out and praise Him today


Exodus 17
12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset.

This story always reminds me of friendship. He had someone on each side, helping him keep his hands raised so Joshua could win the battle. That is true commitment. I bet all three of them were exhausted. Have you ever tried holding your hands up for long periods of time? Not an easy task.

As we deal with life, it is good to have someone with you to help hold up your hands. We need people around us that will help us fight evil. Someone to tell us when we are doing well, or when we need to do better. We need someone alongside of us to pick us up when we fall apart, dust us off and get us back on track. We need someone that will be honest, even when it hurts.

We also need to be that for those around us. We can’t just be the one getting help. We have to stand up and be the one who grabs the stone for someone else to sit. Or grabs an arm and helps lift it up.

It is hard to praise God when you are hurting or feel like life is about to consume you but that is when you need those friends to lift your arms up for you so you can keep going forward.

Take an inventory of those who are there to help you do this life. Are they there for you or are you just there for them? God wants us to be there for others but also wants us to have someone there to help us. We need people to keep us accountable and help steer us away from evil. Maybe it is time you sought out help from those who can move you forward. Someone who has struggled in the same way you have or lives like you want to live. No encounters are chance encounters, they are divine appointments. Maybe God is trying to increase your circle of friends or trying to sharpen your skills. Be open to what He has for you today.

Lord, thank you for friendships. Thank you for loving me enough to send people into my life to grow me spiritually. May I be that friend that lifts up their arms, shoves a rock underneath them when needed and that can guide them as you desire them to go.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



February 1, 2017

2 Chronicles 15
7 But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded."

This line was written just for me.  I like results.  I like seeing the fruit of my labor.  I want to know that what I am doing is working.  I want to see it immediately.  I want the gold star on my chart.  I want something showing A led to B.  Some of you that know me are saying – yep, that is exactly how she is! 

But you must also remember I am fearfully and wonderfully made by the hands of God.  He gave me certain traits to do the job he put me here to do.  But, I also have to learn patience, love, timing, and perseverance.  All of those are wrapped up in continuing my efforts without any praise, confirmation, signs that I am doing the right thing, etc.  God asks me to do a task for Him, to do it with all I have.  Rewards will come not from what I have done, or who I have done it for, but from my obedience to him and from God’s loving arms when it is time.  Timing – it is all about timing – and not my timing His. 

As kids we learn there are consequences to actions – we learn quickly when those consequences (good or bad) come immediately behind our actions.  When they get farther and farther apart, it is hard to know what caused certain things.  Same thing with us – sometimes the consequences are so far removed from the action, we cannot see what caused it or that it was a reward for our obedience.

But, God says to be strong and not give up for our work will be rewarded.  We must believe in what was said and know that we will be rewarded for our actions and not be caught up in the when.  It is coming.  He has promised it.  Don’t let the fact that you cannot see it make you doubt He will fulfill the promise He gave.  Satan will use this to cause doubt in your heart and mind.  God does not lie, He does not trick us, His word is truth.

Lord, help us to not get caught up in the rewards that come from our actions.  Let our actions be a gift to you and others, not an action in need of a response or reward from you or man.  We know you will reward us, but let our actions be pure and not contingent upon getting something in return.  Let everything we do, say, believe be an act of true worship to you.  You are worthy of that and so much more.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



 January 31, 2017
Exodus 4
31 … And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.

Why is it that we wait until the Lord moves before we bow down and worship Him? Why does he need to do something first? Why do we make it conditional at times? God created us. Why would we not think he loved everything about us? Why do we think He isn’t concerned or that he does not see our heartache all the time?

In many of our relationships, we wait on someone else to do something first. We let them initiate the call or text. We react instead of act. Just like the Israelites, we also wait for God to do something before we acknowledge him, bow down and worship.

What if we did things differently for a change? What if we bowed down and worshipped first? What if we picked up the phone and called that friend? What if we searched out opportunity instead of waiting for it to happen? What if we took a step of faith out of our misery and into happiness?

Maybe today is the day to do something different. To act instead of react. To love instead of waiting to be loved. To be a friend instead of waiting for one to come along. To worship God now and show Him love as we watch Him reveal his love to us each and every day.

Lord, thank you for your word and your love. Thank you for opportunities that you will place in our path as we step out in faith to love first. Protect our heart from harm and let the seed we sow be reaped into a great harvest one person at a time.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


January 27, 2017

1 Samuel 7
3 And Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, "If you are returning to the LORD with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the LORD and serve him only, and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines."

Many of us proclaim that Jesus is our Lord and King.  We put our faith in Him, worship Him and give Him praise.  But – how many of us still have “foreign gods” we hold on to or worship?  As I pondered on these words this morning I thought of all the things that could pull our worship and faith from our God.  Those things we rely on to protect us and provide for us.  Now, these things are all bad, it is how we see them and treat them that are the deciding factors.  We need to remember that we should turn to God in all things and for all things.

Money, houses, families, children, cars, friendships, statuses, positions, jobs, power, strength, endurance, abilities, our bodies, fame, fortune, etc.

All these things can be gifts from our one true God, but how we treat them is the key.  Do we worship the things we have over our Lord and Savior?  Does the gift mean more to us than the giver?  Would we give up the time and energy we spend with God to spend it on these other things?  What do we put highest on the pedestals we have?

Satan uses so many things to separate us from the love of God.  He even uses the wonderful gifts our father gives us to draw us away.  He did it in the Garden of Eden from the very beginning – and we are no different. We must be aware of the traps that are set before us and always remember God is the one worthy of all our worship and praise.

Lord thank you for this awesome day you have given us.  Not everyone has this opportunity.  I pray that you give each of us wisdom in how we treat all the blessings you have bestowed upon your people.  Let us always remember to you be the glory and honor in all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 


January 26, 2017

Psalm 5
11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

In my heart I know that my favor and protection comes from God.  He is my ultimate provider.  It’s not luck, or the fact that I knocked on wood, or I picked up that penny showing heads or any other superstition.  It is the favor of God.  As I read these words I thought about just how many times I really give God the glory for the great things in my life.  I often just enjoy them instead of giving God the praise for them.  There are so many little and big things that my God does for me that go completely unnoticed or credited to the wrong thing or person (usually my own hard work).  So today I will list out the goodness of God.  I will take notice of all the blessings for the day – and give credit where credit is due.  From the accident that he prevented to the parking spot closest to the store, to the smile I get from a total stranger, to the favor I have with co-workers, to the love from my children and a husband who loves me despite my faults.  All these things we take for granted and accept without giving due credit. 

Maybe these things are happening because we are in the protection of the great God Almighty.  It is His love he is sharing with his highly favored blessed child.  Maybe it is blessings from God for the time he saw you love on the unloved.  Speak softly to someone hurting.  Shook a hand of someone needing a touch from God.  Or simply a blessing from the one above because you are his.  

We often get caught up in thinking about our lack, our hardships, and our difficulties – when maybe through them we get to see the hands, feet and eyes of our God.  Maybe through our trials, he is just building up our skills for the future blessings he is holding for us to be ready to receive.  We need to open our eyes to the goodness of God and focus on that instead of what we think are places we fail or lack.  God is good all the time – take time to see it and thank him for it today (and every day).

Lord, help me to grow closer to you as I seek your love and mercy in my life.  Let me see the truth of who you are and especially who I am in you.  The more I get to know you the more I will come to love and trust in your word no matter the trials I face, the hardships I believe I have or the valleys I seem to go through.  May your favor and blessings continue to be poured out on me as I seek the knowledge and wisdom of you.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 25, 2017

Matthew 4
19 "Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men." 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.

It still amazes me when I read this scripture.  They literally dropped everything and went with Jesus.  People must have thought they were crazy.  They left what seemed to be “good jobs”, their family and friends, all of their belongings, probably a tent or two and simply followed.   They believed in Jesus and trusted Him to provide everything they needed even before they truly knew just how amazing he was.  All Jesus said was, “Come, follow me”.  And they did and were blessed for it.

I don’t know how many of us could do that.  Let go of everything we have, everything we own, everything we “worship” and leave it behind to follow what God calls us to do.  What would our parents think, our families think, our spouse or children think, our friends think?  That doesn’t really matter in the spiritual realm, but it does for many of us in the earthly realm.  I believe that is why many of us are not living the life God calls us to live.  We hold on to things that make us feel secure.  We can see it, feel it, it is real.  Letting go and letting God have control can be difficult.  It takes faith and trust and believing what cannot be seen.  But, in our weakness God is strong.  He can do so much in our lives if we simply listen to his words, follow his commands, and trust in Him.  We have an advantage, we know what He is capable of doing, we know the heart of God, and we know he is faithful and merciful.  We know Jesus – yet we still let the circumstances we see determine what we do, instead of believing in Him.

Let your guard down with God today.  Open your mind and heart to Him.  Let Him speak into your life and follow what he calls you to do.  He will give you ample opportunities to step out in faith – and He will meet you every time if you are following His will.  Leave your safety nets and trust Him.  He will not leave you nor forsake you.  He will hold you in the palm of his hand.  I love that image.  At times, I can almost feel him embracing my whole body in his strong hand.

Lord, thank you for all you are and all you do.  Thank you for calling us to follow you.  Help each one of us hear your call on our lives.  Let us hear the still soft voice in the midst of all the noise.  Help us to be your faithful servants – all the time.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



January 24, 2017


Genesis 18
18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him. 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing what is right and just, so that the LORD will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.” 

Like God chose Abraham, he also chose us. He created each and every one of us with gifts and a purpose. We are his children and He is our Father. Our purpose may not be to become a great and powerful nation, but he does want us to be great and powerful men and women of God. He does want us to live righteous lives so that by our lives and His love, we can direct and guide those around us.

When we open our heart up to what God wants to do instead of only what we want to do we unleash God’s power in our lives. That is when a “good morning” to someone can change an attitude. It is when a smile instead of a harsh word changes a situation. That is when the situation looks hopeless and all of a sudden out of nowhere, God makes a way.

Each of us has a responsibility to live as God calls us to live. Our purpose is to let others know about the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, not just by our words, but by our actions, because they scream louder than any words we speak. We influence people in good ways and bad even when we do not realize anyone is watching. We need to be mindful of how we represent God to others in our lives.

I want every little blessing and promise God has planned for me. I don’t want to leave anything behind in this life or the next. So, today, and every day, I choose to live in God’s peace. I choose to live His presence. I choose to walk in His ways, and if I fail, I choose to get back up, ask for forgiveness and begin the journey again. We are never too far from His love to turn back to Him. I am not perfect, only Jesus was.

Lord, thank you for choosing us and loving us despite ourselves. Help us to see that we can make a difference in our lives and the lives around us and not by grand gestures or amazing feats, but by living out your purpose in our lives. Help us to see more than just ourselves today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

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January 23, 2017


Psalm 4
4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent. "Selah"                             

Well, I confess, I am usually just struggling not to let my mind run back through the day when I lay down to sleep.  Sleep escapes my grasp more often than not and letting my mind run wild doesn’t help it any.  Maybe I need to reflect and be finished with the day instead of fighting it like I do.  My time to search my heart usually comes in the middle of the night when I awake for no reason at all….or so I think.  That is the time I use to reflect, pray and seek God.  I think about the day, the blessings I received, the favor I had, the times my mouth said more than I should have or the times I missed an opportunity God placed in front of me to pray with or for someone.  I repent where I need to, give praise for the blessings, but still beat myself up for the missed opportunities.  But, God always seems to bring them back around for me to act on again.  In that, he is faithful and true.  I am getting bolder in my faith and try to take opportunities when they arise.

For some, like me, it is not easy to be still in His presence.  Sitting quietly and waiting on him is something I struggle with.  My mind takes off in different directions and next thing I know I am thinking about what I need to do and I forget I am in the presence of the Lord.  I would like to slap myself when that happens!  But, God is faithful, because he is right there when I return.

God knows how he created each and every one of us.  He knows the thought patterns he gave us, he knows the attention span we have and he knows that if we lay our needs at His feet, with the right heart, He can change anything we ask.  So, maybe he just wants us to let go of the control and place those needs at his feet.  If being still in his presence is difficult, like it is with me, let’s try praying for the ability to sit in His presence.  He hears our prayers and can answer them – so let each of us turn those “problems” we have over to him and ALLOW him to change our hearts and minds.  He can IF we let him.  Maybe he is just waiting for us to let go and let God.

Lord, I pray that our prayer time with you would be transformed into what you desire it to be.  I ask that you open up our minds and show us what we need to change, what we need to repent of and what we need to release to you.  You are the most High God Almighty and we commit our quiet time to you and ask that you transform it for your glory, not ours.  Let us hear your voice and accept your guidance.  Help us to be the men and women you have called us to be – and start that change as we meet you as we search our hearts and be silent in your presence each day.  Help us to ensure that we keep our time with you as something we yearn to do, not a chore on the list.  Let it be a time of true communication and not just empty words we feel compelled to say.  Let us share our true selves and our true feelings with you at all times.  You know them anyway.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 20, 2017


Genesis 6
11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out. 

Can you imagine God coming to you back then and saying “I am going to put an end to all people”? Everyone you know, gone. Everything you know, gone. Now, you have to focus on building and ark and listening to people tell you that you are crazy.

Now, fast forward to today. God comes to you and says, “I am going to put an end to all people”, what would you think at that moment? Would you think, “Yeah, he is keeping me” or would you begin to think about all the people that are about to be “gone”? Would you begin to think about all those people who are corrupt and don’t want to follow God’s ways? I did. I thought about being in a boat and going house to house trying to rescue people from the flood waters. Paddling up and saying, “Get in or you will die”. How many would get in my boat? How many would turn away and say, “No thanks, I’m good”? How many would ignore my offer and go back to their flooding homes?

In today’s times, there are many of us flooded in by sin. We let satan get us alone on our rooftops surrounded by water that is just ready to take us under. We enjoy where we are too much to look to anything else or we feel that we are not worthy of anything better. God is always right around the corner with his rescue boat. He is a paddle away from being the one who rescues us from ourselves and our sin. His boat is not like Noah’s; there is room for everyone, not just the two by two and Noah’s family. In fact, he even has a place already prepared for you in heaven. Your own place to spend eternity with God.

Maybe today is the day you decide to jump onboard and give your life over to God so you can be rescued from the floods. All it takes is accepting Jesus as your savior, admitting you are a sinner and need forgiveness and walking in His ways from this point forward. I still sin. I still have bad days. I still feel like I am standing on a rooftop alone sometimes, but now I know I am truly His no matter how many times I fall, he is there to lift me back up, dust me off and send me back out to do His will.

Lord, thank you for forgiving me. Thank you for drawing me to you and accepting me as I was. Thank you for changing my heart to one that seeks after you. May today be the best day of our lives with you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


January 19, 2017

Genesis 6
7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them." 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

Wow, wonder how many of us could be the Noah of our day?  How many of us would be chosen and given the task of building an ark and gathering all the animals together?  How many of us would be obedient to His request?

We should all be living our lives as Noah, ready at any time for God to look at us and see us living a Christ like life and leading our families to do the same.  We need to not be concerned with the judgment of others, but the judgment of God.  We need to be able to stand for what is right in the midst of those who think otherwise.  We have to be righteous. That is what he calls us to be.

If we all lived that way, what an awesome world this would be.

Lord, help me to live a life worthy of your love and mercy.  Show me the things in my life that separate me from you.  Show me the things that I hold onto that do not allow me to grow in your ways.  Help me to see what you see in me. Grace me with like-minded people to help stay walking in your presence.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 18, 2017


Ecclesiastes 4
10 If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

One of Satan’s most powerful tactics is to get us alone.  When we are alone, there is no one to be accountable to.  There is no one to give us assistance or guidance.  There is no one who cares if we fall or not.  There is no one to answer to on earth.  There is no one to discredit the words Satan whispers to you.  There is no one to talk things over or to give advice.

But, we must be cautious of who we have around to help us.  Are they friend or foe?  Friends don’t always tell us what we want to hear.  They tell us the truth.  They tell us when we are being unreasonable.  They tell us when we are wrong.  They help us up when we fall.  They walk along side of us to guide us and keep us on the path God has set for us.  When we are not following God’s decrees, they tell us.  They hold us accountable.  They are there when we need them – in good times and in bad.

Think about the friends you have in your close circle.  Do they guide you or help you or do they let you go in whatever direction you chose?  Do you have someone that truly keeps you accountable in life?  Do you keep them far enough off to only see your “good side”? Do you keep them around because they agree with everything you chose?

We all need people in our walks but we must make sure they are on the path of righteousness as well and will not guide us away from our God.  We also need to be the friend that guide and hold others accountable.  When we work together we can be stronger and less vulnerable to Satan’s plans.  

So, be aware of those around you.  Take and inventory of your circle of friends.  Do you have someone that God works through to guide and direct you?  If not, pray about it.  Ask for it.  God will provide.  And if you are that friend – be the friend God has called you to be.  Two are stronger than one.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 17, 2017


Revelation 22
12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

He is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the end. I think He covers it all. There is not a place where He cannot go or a thing he has not seen. Yet, he still says the reward is with Him. All we need to do is be His.

Every time I read revelations it amazes me that even after all the turmoil and strife and pain that will be dealt out, people still refused to turn away from earthly things and seek God’s face. How can people see such wrath and yet still not turn to him. I guess it happens every day. People who know the word of God yet still seek out sin. People who love God, yet still let themselves be drawn away from the goodness of God to seek out the world’s pleasures. Even though we know the wages of sin are death, we still sin. We still lie, steal, cheat and kill.  We still hate our neighbor or our brother. Even though we know, we still fail.

All we can do is strive to do better. Strive to follow what God calls us to be and to do in this world. God says all will fall short of the glory of God, but he never says to quit trying. God is the first and the last. He is everything. We are nothing without Him.

If you are struggling with sin today, seek Him out. Read his word. Ask for His help. He is our everything! Seek him out when you can’t seem to live free from sin. Seek Him out when you find yourself gossiping. Seek Him out when your eyes wander onto someone else’s belongings.

We can do nothing in our own strength, but we can overcome anything in God’s. Remember who He is when you struggle. Remember what He can do when you slip up and sin. Remember He forgives, He forgets and He loves each and every one of us. Make today the day you commit to Him again. Make today the first day of the rest of your life in His love.

Lord, thank you for all you are and all that you have done for me. Help me to continue to seek your heart always and give me your strength to overcome the enemy’s pull on my life. Help me to see your face in all that I do and yearn for my heart to be one with yours.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly


January 13, 2017

Genesis 1

12 The man said, "The woman you put here with me--she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it."  13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate."     

Adam and Eve weren’t around very long before they found themselves second guessing the command God had given them to not eat of the tree of life.  Simple enough – there were plants and trees everywhere that they could have chosen – but of course the forbidden tree was calling their names.  All Adam and Eve had to do was to walk by the tree to give Satan his opportunity.  A few words are exchanged; doubt is planted in Eve’s mind – and presto – SIN.  Disobedience to his simple command – do not eat of this tree.  God provided everything they needed – more than enough – bountiful trees and plants, but yet they wanted more.  They wanted what they could not have. 

I often think of my kids when I read this section – I can hear them saying He made me do it – no he made me do it, no it was him…etc. etc.  But, this section is about each of us.  Every one of us was born with a sinful nature – a desire for things we should not have.  And often – we blame everything but ourselves for our choices and the consequences that follow.  It is often our own fault and our own choices that place us where we are in life – no one else’s.  Sometimes that is overwhelming to me.  I have no one to blame but myself.  I made the choices – no matter how tempting things were made, or how easy they were to get, or how convincing someone else might have been, it comes down to my own choices.

But, God did not leave us in our pity – He gave us His son, He gave us the opportunity to be forgiven to be reunited with Him – if we chose.  It is all a choice – nothing is forced on us from God.  We have to remember, even God’s first creation failed in one of their first decisions in life.  We are descendants from Adam and Eve – we fail – we make bad choices – but we can always be forgiven and returned to His side if we chose to.

We also must remember that we must protect ourselves and stay away from evil.  You can’t simply walk by it, or sit on the outskirts of evil, before you know it you will be tempted by it – enticed to come over – and bam! You are eating from the tree you were forbidden to eat from.  If it can happen to Adam – God’s first creation – with no other distractions – and God literally walking among them – then it can happen to you.  But we must stay focused, protect our hearts and continue in God’s presence.  With God at our side  – the right choices are easier to make – right from wrong are clearer – and Satan has less of an opportunity to sweet talk us.

So, walk with the Lord always, bring Him close to you when you are faced with decisions, determine if you would do things in His presence and live for His glory, not your own satisfaction.

Lord, help each of us to walk closely with you – hand in hand – so that our decisions can be made with your help and wisdom.  Help us to seek you each day in all that we do so that Satan does not have the opportunity to steal our joy and sever our relationship with you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 12, 2017

1 Corinthians 14
1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.

1 Corinthians 12
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
 
I completed one of the assessments a few years ago that shows you where your gifts/talents are – I fell into the service category.  Yep, that is me – Ms. Service at your service!  But, I want a deeper gift as listed above.  I want God to use me in a mighty way - like miraculous powers or the gift of healing – for His glory of course.  What an awesome connection to God. 

I know someone who has the gift of distinguishing between spirits – He has an uncanny (scary) ability to read others.  I know another woman who can sense when others are dealing with something difficult. I know a young man who gets “eerie” feelings around people, often strangers and sometimes people we know (which have confirmed my own thoughts about them), which make him want to stay away from them. I know a person who will make you feel so at ease no matter what you are going through. Another person can see angelic beings light up in different places. I have been in her presence when they were seen and the look in her eyes when they appeared was pure joy.  

But God does ask us to eagerly desire spiritual gifts – especially the gift of prophecy.  I believe that gift is amazing – it is God’s confirmation of our path.  I love it when someone confirms something for me – without knowing it of course. 

What have you desired or asked God for lately?  Do you truly seek Him and what He has to offer you?  Do you believe yourself to be worthy of a gift from Him?   Many of us struggle with this – being worthy –in many ways.  But God loves all of us – if we are committed to Him - He is there and we are worthy.  Not because of what we are or do - but because of who we are in Him.  But – if you listen to Satan and his lies he will cause you to doubt.

So, talk to God today.  Let Him know how you feel about your gifts and what gifts you seek.  He may just be waiting for you to ask!

Lord, thank you for simply being you!  It amazes me that we can come to you with everything any time.  Help each of us to remember that you are always there –waiting on us.  Thank you for the opportunity this new year to show others your love.  Help each of us to open our hearts and pray for those who have hurt us in some way.  Grant us wisdom in our day to day lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


January 11, 2017


1 John 1
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

The other day I was paying for my registration renewal for my vehicle. I was looking over the instructions because I was going to do it online this time. As I looked over the form for direction I looked at all the arrows and bold print they had on it.  I figured this was important or so it looked from first glance, it was in bold. There were instructions for me to remove at perforations before mailing. Simple enough although it would be hard to do after I mailed it. Another set of arrows directed me to “Mail renewal form with payment”, that should help them identify where my check should go. But the third and final set made me laugh out loud. It stated in bold and all caps, “PLEASE DO NOT FOLD, STAPEL OR MUTILATE. RETURN MIDDLE PORTION WITH PAYMENT”.   

Now, if you have ever been on the design side of a form, you try to put the most important information where they can read it quickly. It should be the most obvious on the form to make sure it is seen and followed. As I read arrow number 3, I sat and wondered just how many “mutilated” forms they receive. Do people get so angry that they mutilate the document before sending it in? I even searched the dictionary to see if maybe there was another definition for this word besides the one in my head and no, it’s the same.  It is defined as “inflict a violent and disfiguring injury on. To inflict serious damage on.”

I guess we all need to be reminded not to do things we may never have considered doing or for some, be reminded of the obvious. There are instructions on just about every package you find. Some so obvious you wonder why they put them on the packaging and others so random you wonder what crazy person actually tried to do what they are warning against!

As we go through life and learn more and more sometimes we need to be reminded of the obvious. We need to be reminded that as we walk along in life we need to be sure we are walking the way God calls us to walk. It may be obvious to some, but to others it may be just the thing they need to hear to draw them back to God. This verse is one of those. WE need to be reminded, even though its obvious, to walk in the light. Walk with God. Stay in fellowship with one another. And the most obvious and the thing we all need to be reminded of daily is that Jesus, His son, purifies us from ALL sin. Sometimes we can get caught up in the crazy thought that God cannot forgive. He cannot restore. He cannot make a way where there is none seen. We have to remember that God can do all things and our faith should be resting in Him.

So, to state the obvious, walk in the light. Stay in fellowship with Christ. He has all the answers to every question you may dream up. And never, ever mutilate your OMV form.

Lord, thank you for reminding us of the love you have for us and the forgiveness you give to all that ask. May your grace and mercy be poured out onto our lives and we live for you. Grant us wisdom this day as we walk in your grace. Help us to live as you call us to live, in fellowship with you and others.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

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January 10, 2017

1 John 2
1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Most of us believe God forgives our sins, but we are not as quick to believe someone else’s sins should be forgiven so quickly.  They hurt us, said something about us, or did something horrible to us. How can they be forgiven? They are mean! Untrustworthy! A gossip! They have not paid for what they have done, how can they be forgiven?

Do we hold the same standard for ourselves and others? Do we want forgiveness to be distributed evenly or to ourselves first and our offenders later, after they have paid for what they have done to us? I think many of us may fall into the category of me first, then them later.

I thought about my own feelings on this just a couple of weeks ago. I thought about how quickly I forgive others or if I hold grudges without even realizing it. I wondered if I could pray for blessings to fall upon those who have hurt me in some way. Could I truly pray for favor and blessings to rain down abundantly on my enemy? Now, I don’t really have “enemies” but there are a few people I could think of that I would not allow too close because I know what they are capable of and I just want to keep some distance between us but praying for blessings was a hard decision for me. I had to pray for a change in my own heart before I could pray for a change in theirs! I also had to remind myself that God can and will forgive them despite my feelings about the situation just like he forgave my transgressions towards others.

Someone just might be holding something against you as well. Maybe you hurt someone along the way and didn’t even realize it. Maybe your words offended or your actions hurt even if what you said was meant for good. We may need forgiveness and not even know it. Thank goodness God forgives our transgressions and those of others equally.

Take time this year to remember your offenders, forgive them once and for all and pray for God to restore them and yourself to Him. Let this year be the year you let go and let God work completely and fully in your life. Let go of past hurts and move on to a future with God and a release from the burdens of the past.

Lord, if I have offended someone in some way please forgive me. If I can make amends to them, please open up the door to make that happen. Please let me see how my actions and words affect others before they are said or done. Give me wisdom. Change my heart. Let blessings rain down on my enemies. Forgive me.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


January 9, 2017

2 Peter 2

22 Of them the proverbs are true: “A dog returns to its vomit,” and, “A sow that is washed returns to her wallowing in the mud.”

 Our bible study was on resolutions this week and how each year we try completing a resolution that changes us for the better in some way. Some vow to lose weight, eat healthy or watch less TV. There are plenty of things we could resolve to do better in our lives if we really look inward.

But, as I read this verse, I am reminded of how many times we turn back from our new lifestyles only to begin doing those bad habits again. We eat an unhealthy snack here or there, allow something to fill in our workout time instead of working out. We hit the snooze button one too many times and run out of time to read God’s word. We go back to where we are comfortable and what we know well.

True change can only come when God is in the midst of it. True and lasting change comes when we submit ourselves to God and allow him to work within our hearts. He replaces those desires in our lives with good things. When we resolve to change and we seek His will in our lives, we can overcome any obstacle in our lives. Nothing is through our power, it is through His.

So, if you are already faltering in your resolutions, maybe it’s time to seek our God’s desire for our lives this year first and foremost, and then surrender ourselves to Him for him to do a great work in us. God’s word is true and never returns void. Speak it in your life. Believe it in your heart. Walk in the belief that his will is being done in your life. Stand on his promises today, believe in His love and be changed from the inside out. Let us not return to the ways we leave behind, but be transformed by God.

Lord, thank you for revealing yourself to me this morning and reminding me where my strength comes from. Guide my words and my actions as I commit myself to you again this year. I pray that each of us can follow your will for our lives humbly this year.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly                                                                              



January 6, 2016


1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Can you really say you love anything at all after reading what love is in God’s eyes?  I think love is something to strive for – I do not know anyone (except Jesus) that truly loves anything fully – and that would be us.  We use that word pretty loosely but when we really think about what love truly is – only God can really “do” love.  But, if we each really meditated on what love is, felt it in our hearts, the love of God could truly shine through us.  He can be patient and kind and not envious through us if we allow Him to.  

Love causes us to open our hearts and our minds to those closest to us – but that also opens up our hearts for hurt and pain but also joy and happiness. 

This was the scripture I had listed for my wedding – as many couples do.  A dear friend actually cross stitched this for us as well and is a reminder to both of us of what we should be to each other.  It is not an easy task – but one well worth the effort. 

Lord, help each of us strive to love one another completely.  Let your Holy Spirit guide our minds and hearts as we deal with those closest to us.  Thank you for today, your love, your guidance and your Holy Spirit.  Open our hearts to your word today.  Keep us warm as well!

In Jesus’ name we pray!
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly 





January 5, 2017


REMINDER - Day of prayer today at noon at Lafayette City Hall in the atrium. Start the new year off right by praying for your community.


Hebrews 8 
11 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. 12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." 
 
Before I began reading this morning, I sat and repented for the way I have been approaching my quiet time.  It has become more of a routine, than an opportunity to sit with God in the still of the morning and simply be in his presence. There are so many who could be persecuted for even having God’s word in their possession.  Having a relationship with God should not be a routine – it should be a privilege and an honor.  There are so many things in life we take for granted in this nation.  Just turning on a faucet and getting clean water would be a great miracle for some….how many times do I draw a hot bath and just sit?  Privileges we take for granted.  Going to a grocery store and buying food someone has already prepared or running through a drive thru for dinner.  We could be working on a farm and raising our own chickens and crops without the assistance of anything or anyone.  
 
As this new year began I thought about the year I left behind.  Most of what I recalled was the struggles and trials.  What I should have thought of first was the blessings I had received.  It is all about perspective and what we seek to see and remember. 
 
So, as I refocused my morning time with God, I felt his presence.  I prayed for him to meet me here, teach me something I could hold on to and remember, give me wisdom, insight and direction….and then I sat in this chair and read His word with an expectancy that I had let go of as my time became a routine. 
 
So, as I read, he reminded me that I can repent, refocus my time and get to know my Father again.  He will forgive my sins and my wickedness and will remember them no more.  They are as far as the east is from the west.  He is my deliverer and I am a highly favored child of God.  His love is there all the time.  We are the ones who start to drift apart and take our relationship with Jesus Christ for granted.  We forget what he did for us – while we were still sinners. 
 
Thank you for a breath of new life and expectancy in my heart.  You will never leave us nor forsake us – and you forgive us when we repent.  Help each of us remember who you are what you did and the power you hold.  All we have to do is seek you and you will be found. 
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly

January 4, 12016

Ephesians 2
8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Sometimes I get so caught up in life that I forget about what I should be doing – good works, which God prepared for me in advance!  He thought of everything before I ever did.  He is a planner.  He thought ahead.  He made sure every little detail was taken care of.  He is a mighty multitasker!!  So, in all that, why do I think I can do it better sometimes?    Why do I still think my way is better?  Why do I think I can earn what isn’t up for sale? 

If I would just stay focused on God and work to stay on His path for me, life would be so much simpler.  I have to remember that all things are filtered through him anyway, so he knows what I am going through.  No amount of good works will get me any closer to God than if I walk in his presence and stay in his word.  If I come before him each day, confessing my sins to him, and asking for forgiveness and grace to try one more time to stay on the path of righteousness.  Thank you Jesus for the infinite number of “do overs” we are all given. 

Lord, thank you for your grace and mercy.  Thank you for not allowing us to earn our salvation.  Thank you for having our plan all laid out before us before we even began this journey.  Help all of us to continue to seek (crave) you this year.  Let our hearts, minds, bodies be set aside for you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


2016

Ezekiel 34:12

12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.

Last night the sky looked so dark and the clouds looked as though they were about to burst after the sun had set. I even commented at how scary the sky looked. Now, this morning, as I read this verse, I am reminded that even though there are some scary things out there, God is still in the middle of it ready to rescue us from the places we find ourselves. He is ready to seek us out if we are lost. Ready to bring us back to him.


There have been times where I have felt as if I had run too far away from God for him to want me back. Too far away for him to be concerned about me.  Too far away for his love to find me. It is probably in those moment when he looks upon us with his most loving eyes, with tears streaming down his face, because we don’t realize just how much love he has for us.

Several years ago I had scolded my youngest son one day for something that I cannot remember now, but it apparently crushed him. I remember telling him “when you fix your attitude you can come out”. After some time had passed, I realized he was still in his room and it was very quiet. I laughed and thought I guess his attitude isn’t fixed yet. I slowly opened the door and peeked in. He wasn’t in his bed or playing on the floor. I walked in and looked around almost ready to panic when out of the corner of my eye I saw him on the floor in the back of his closet. He had moved all of the stuff out of the corner and climbed in with his stuffed animal and a roll of toilet paper. He apparently cried it all out, wiped his little nose a hundred times and finally fell asleep.

I was reminded of that vision of him in the closet as I read this verse this morning. I love my son with all I have and all that I am. No matter what kind of attitude he would have, it would never change my love. He may have hid in the closet, crying his little eyes out, but my love never faltered or waivered. I was still ready to seek him out, find him in the bottom of his closet, pick him up and hold him and tell him how much I still loved him.

That is God’s love for us. We can turn our backs on him and refuse to change, but he still loves us. He will still seek us out. He will still want to wrap his arms around us and show us just how much he loves us despite ourselves, our actions or our circumstances. He is love. He forgives. There is nothing too big, too bad, too awful, too painful for us to be separated from the love of God. Never feel as though you can’t turn to him no matter how far you have gone.

Lord, thank you for loving us despite our selves. Thank you for allowing us free will, but also allowing us to return to you like the prodigal son, with love, happiness and forgiveness.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly   



 


December 28, 2016


2 Timothy 1
15 You know that everyone in the province of Asia has deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 

Ever felt like that? Having everyone desert you in your time of need? Or leaving you all alone to fight your own battles? Or leaving you all alone with your beliefs because they don’t want to be seen as a “Jesus lover” like you?

I must admit that just about every step of the way I have had someone near my side. Sometimes it was to help correct my way of thinking, other times it was to keep me company through my struggles. There have been moments where it felt as if I was all alone, but I had to keep reminding myself that God said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” so he had to be with me in those dark times.

 One of the most important things in life is to have someone there to help you along in this life. To support you through the good and the bad and right and wrong. I have friends that I never get to see, but I know are a phone call away. I have people who I know (because they have done it) will drop everything to sit next to me as I cry about the uncertainty of what lies ahead. Those same friends know that if they need me, I’ll drop everything as well. I have some friends who are only there to discuss problems or be a sounding board. We may never go out and have lunch or grab a coffee, but their friendship is still something very important to me and to them.

I have friends I have made in church, in school and at work. I have a couple of friends who I literally met on the street.

So, if you find yourself abandoned in your walk, know that God is there. If you are alone, maybe it is time for you to seek out someone to walk along side of you. It takes 2 people to make a friendship maybe it is time for you to take a step out in faith and be a friend to someone else. Pray for God to send you the perfect friend. The one who understands your quirks but loves you anyway. The ones who will tell you the truth, even though it may hurt. The friend who will be there through good times and bad. A friend who loves you for who you are.

Lord, thank you for friends. Thank you also for the times I feel alone that make me rely on you and not others. Thank you for bringing people into my life at the perfect moments for the perfect tasks. May you continue to use me as that support for others as well.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 


December 27, 2016

2 Timothy 1
9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 10 but it has now been revealed through the appearing of our Savior, Christ Jesus, who has destroyed death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 

We all need to be reminded that it is not about us, it is about Christ Jesus. Grace was given to us. We didn’t earn it, buy it, or deserve it or anything else. God’s grace and mercy is a gift he freely gave.

Often we wonder “Why me?” As I tell my youngest, “Not everything is about you. Sometimes things just “are”. Not everything that happens to us is for us. God may just use that horrible circumstance or problem to show someone else how much he loves us.
 
I had a friend ask how things were going in passing. I replied that all was well, but to please pray for a certain person who was injured. Her response was “how come such bad things keep happening when y’all try to do so much good”? Sometimes I catch myself wondering the same thing in other situations. But, in everything that happens to us, God is still God. He is still there. He is still in love with each of us and He will never leave us or forsake us. No matter what issue comes our way, we can’t look at it as something we deserved or earned, we have to just look at it as part of this life. There is evil in this world looking to destroy us, our relationships and our hope. No matter what we face, we have to remember that no matter how horrible it may be, God is still walking along side of us. He will give us everything we need to overcome anything in front of us, behind us or alongside of us. We just need to trust in Him.

His grace and mercy and strength are always there for us. He gave them freely as a gift. Not to be earned or awarded, but to be used.
Stand fast in his love today. Remember that he saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done, but because of his own purpose and grace. Let him direct your path today and see what wonderful things unfold.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly


December 22, 2016

Hebrews 12
5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, 6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”

I have been rebuked many times over! I must say, when He does, it reminds me how much he truly loves me. That moment when the heaviness of my action is felt, when my heart knows I have done wrong and the Holy Spirit slaps my heart!

I have been in the middle of a conversation that turned from talk to gossip and almost immediately I knew it needed to stop. I have stopped many a conversations short because of His discipline. He has let me hear myself as I fuss at my kids or when I am aggravated at someone or something and my words turn from corrective to prideful. He has made things that I have taken credit for, fall apart, because it should all be for him, and not myself. He has made me realize where my focus should be when it moves away from Him and onto something tangible.

If you look, you will see his hand on your life, over your mouth and around your heart. You will hear that still small voice in the quiet and the roar of his words through the noise. You will feel that little nudge when you are headed towards sin and you will see the opportunity to remove yourself if you look for it.

So, know that He will correct, He will direct and He will continue to love us. We just need to heed his warnings, follow His commands and life a life that is lived for Him.

Lord, thank you for slapping my heart when necessary.  Thank you for opening my eyes to those little obstacles that cause me to walk away from what you have planned for me. Help me to hear your voice in the midst of the noise and forgive me for those times I have sinned. May I always live for you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


December 21, 2016


Hebrews 10
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

All of my boys were together last night for supper. They were lined up on the sofa, with the youngest in the middle. I watched them interact for a while, in awe of the growth; spiritually, physically and mentally. My older two are now men with the youngest passing me up in height just this last week.

As I sat down on the love seat next to a giant pile of towels, I began throwing towels, first to the youngest, because it is his chore. As the others picked because he had a chore to do, I began throwing each one of them a towel. My middle son laughed because he didn’t have chores because he didn’t live here anymore, to which the oldest replied neither did he. But, everyone had towels to fold, some laughing because they got little ones, others had the beach towels that keep getting used and I have not seen a beach in months! Even my husband received a towel or two to fold.

When they were folded, my youngest got the joy of putting them all away. We all shared the work, loved on each other encouraged one another. It does not take a huge family meeting or a structured outline to share love, time and chores and encourage each other in life. It is moments of life that can be used to spur love if we let it.

I could have sat down and argued because towels were still sitting on the sofa or chores had not gotten done, but instead I got to throw things at my kids and make them work like it was a game. When we set our minds to showing love first and encouraging instead of arguing, our lives radiate God’s love to those around us.

As we gather together this holiday season, try to find the positive in the situations. Remember the good your family members have done and don’t harp on the hurt, the insult, or the jealousy that can come when families get together. We all have different gifts and talents that God put in our lives. One is not better than the other because they are all for God’s purpose just like a hand is not better than a foot or a stomach, because each has a special place and job for the body that the other is not equipped to do.

So, love on your peeps this week. Show kindness, love and encouragement. Put aside differences and embrace those things we have in common – God.

Lord, thank you for moments with family that remind me of just how awesome you are! Thank you for the love of families and having people around us to encourage and love on us. May those who feel alone this Christmas season be blessed by a visit, a hug or a call. Use us to meet those needs. Open our hearts and our minds to those around us who are lonely and hurting and let us be the ones who offer encouragement and companionship.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


December 20, 2016


Hebrews 9
3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant.

As Christmas gets closer and people scurrying around buying presents, wrapping gifts and making goodies, this verse made me stop and think about what I do have, not what I or others want. I thought about the ark and what it contained. It contained the words of God on stone tablets. It had remnants from miracles that God performed. It made me wonder what I would place in something as priceless as the ark of the covenant if it were placed before me?

I thought about my little trunk with memories; school project, first dances, yearbooks, pictures and proof that I went here and there. It is a collection of things I have done in my life. The ark contained promises of God and memories of how he led them. So, what would I put in my ark?

It would not be pictures from 3rd grade! I would place my marriage certificate where I said I do to my husband and God. I would place the picture of me being baptized as an adult, when I made a decision inside and outwardly to serve God all the days of my life. I would place pictures of my kids which are truly gifts from God that he has entrusted me to care for while they are here on this earth.  I would place a bible which reminds me of all that God planned, created, changed moved, punished and delighted in.

It would not contain gifts I received from others. It would not contain any sort of gift I would give out. It would not contain cards or notes. It would only contain things of God where commitments and promises were made.

Maybe this year would be the year to share the love of God and His promises. Share a scripture with that tie or a word of encouragement with that card. Many hearts have been changed by just seeing or hearing the word of God. Be the start of someone’s journey to their covenant with God.


Lord, help us to remember you this Christmas season. Help us to not lose sight of the reason we share gifts and spend time with friends and family. Help us to continue to increase our items in our ark by sharing our commitment with you with others. May we have a boldness to share our faith and lead others to know you as well.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 

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December 19, 2016


1 Corinthians

13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.



I wish I would have read this scripture years ago and had it tucked in my heart all my life.  Maybe I would have looked at temptations differently along the way – or maybe not.  We all have choices set before us day in and day out.  Many things that were taboo in the past are pretty accepted now, but that doesn’t make them right.  Many temptations just look soooo good from the outside until you get in the middle of it and realize it was all smoke and mirrors from the enemy.  You can’t undo mistakes.  You can’t undo bad choices.  You can’t undo what you have been tempted by.  But you can change what you choose next time.

A favorite saying in my house growing up was if it is illegal, immoral or unethical – Don’t do it!  Now, unfortunately I didn’t always head the wisdom and there were consequences for my actions.  Same with God.  There are consequences when we succumb to temptations. That is why he tells us in his word that he will never let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.  There is always an out.  There are always other choices to make.  Looking back on some of my choices in life – God ALWAYS had an out for me – I just chose not to take it at the time.
 
Temptations will always be around us.  Our earthly bodies and minds are often drawn to what we should not partake of, but it is up to us to stand on His word and take the “out” even it if looks dull and unappealing, it will get you back on the path you strayed from along the way which is full of his love, mercy and kindness.

Lord, thank you for your grace and mercy that is new every day.  Thank you for the cross where every one of my sins was nailed so long ago.  Thank you for forgiveness and releasing us from the shame and hurt that binds our spirits in this life.  Thank you for our lives as they have been lived because they show us your wondrous love and mercy.  I am in awe of your love for me and the blessings you continually bestow upon all of us when we are obedient to your word.  Let all of us share that love with someone who is walking in darkness today!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

 Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly


December 16, 2016


1 Peter 5
 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

I love this verse, but still have a hard time leaving those anxieties on him. I bring them to him, leave them “at the cross” and next thing I know, I’m thinking about, mulling over and taking all of those anxieties back. It isn’t like I think He can’t handle them, it’s more like I just don’t want to let them go. That anxiety is mine. It is my concern, my issue, my hurt, my fear. I have let it become a part of me and who I am instead of something outside of myself.

We need to be reminded that we are children of a loving God who wants to help us live anxious free lives. He wants us to love and be carefree and to show others how much God loves them. That is hard to do when we are caught up in ourselves, our issues, our struggles. I firmly believe that when you are discouraged or depressed, go out and do something for someone else. It is the best cure for what ails you! It takes the focus off of yourself and your issues and lets you see something bigger than yourself.

So, if this Christmas season finds you anxious, sad, lonely, afraid, hurt, emotional, or anything else, seek God out first. Remind yourself of who He really is. Your creator. Your first love. Your one and only. Your strength in time of weakness and your King of Kings. Then go out and do what he told us to do, Love one another. Put your own issues aside and serve someone else today. It isn’t about buying someone a gift; it is about showing someone love. Call up a friend you have not heard from in a while or call someone who is alone this Christmas. Visit a nursing home. They don’t care if you bring a cookie, they would just love to visit with someone.

When the stresses of life get overwhelming step away from them for a while, let God work out the details, while you show the love of God to someone else.

Lord, thank you for being there to handle all of our problems.  Thank you for reminding me that I need to get away from myself and serve others in this life. I thank you for taking over my issues and I pray you give me the strength and wisdom to leave them with you instead of taking them back! May this Christmas be a season where you see your children showing the love you know is in them with those who need it most this year. May we be used by you for your glory and not our own. May we go humbly to the throne of God and accept all that he has to offer.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 


December 14, 2016

2 Corinthians 5 
7 We live by faith, not by sight.

Here is one of those scriptures that most people have said many times over.  But, how many of us really know what these words mean?  What is living by faith?  What is living by sight?  Many of us probably live more on sight – what we see in our daily lives.   Going to work, getting a paycheck, coming home, dinner, and then bed. 

Going to work - Now, by faith, we see an opportunity to witness to our friends and co-workers who are lost and don’t have a personal relationship with Jesus. It is a path God has called us to – a door he has opened for a season and a reason.  It’s an opportunity to touch someone who might not go to church and seeing us might be their only encounter with Jesus.  It’s knowing in your heart that even if this job is lost, it only means that God is opening a door for other opportunities that you might not have seen along the way that will bring Him glory and strengthen your faith.  By sight we see another day of trudging through a workday. 

Paycheck -  By faith we see an opportunity to bless others and see God fill our cups to overflowing simply by our obedience.  We see God giving us an opportunity to tithe into his kingdom.  We see an opportunity to lift someone else up. You can’t out give God.  God fills our cups in so many different ways – not just by financial blessings.  It might be fewer visits to a doctor, healthier kids, car lasting longer, refunds, others blessing you, sales, discounts and a host of other things.  By sight we see more bills than income!

Health – by faith we might see a strong healthy body that can praise the name of Jesus in all things.  By faith we know he has taken away all of our sickness and pain.  We know that when we ask He answers.  We know if it is not in his will, we are still healthy in the Lord’s eyes.  We rebuke the lies of the enemy and stand firm on the words of God!  But, by sight we see the test results, we see our bodies falling apart, we see sickness and disease. 

Coming home - Home is a place of peace and harmony – in faith.  It’s claiming victory for your family and protection over your home.  It is a place that draws people in. Its protection from the enemy.  By sight, it might be a place of discontentment and strife.  A place of dysfunctional relationships. 

Dinner – its nourishment for your body but in faith, it is an opportunity to share a meal with a widow or those who need company or simply lack the resources for a good meal.  By faith – the apostles fed the multitudes when Jesus blessed the fish and bread which multiplied to feed thousands when the disciples had faith to turn and distribute what they saw as a few measly pieces of food. By sight it is just a meal to keep us alive.

Bed – by faith it is the end of another amazing day God has given you.  It is an opportunity to thank Him for all he provided to you that day.  The blessings, the obstacles, the pain, the joy, the laughter, the friendships, the fellowships, the opportunities, the blessings and the love He gives each day.  It is a time of true thanksgiving and worship for the one who created you.  It is a time for repentance for the times you failed and an opportunity to ask for help from the only one who can give you life.  It’s a time to close your eyes and know that His mercy and forgiveness is new each day.  By sight it is simply the end of one day with tomorrow soon to come.

Lord, help us to live by faith not by sight.  Let us believe in you and not in what we see.  Let us believe your word to be true and faithful.  Let not what we see determine how we see things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly  


December 13, 2016

1 Timothy 1
15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.

Amen to that one! When we start believing that we are sinless and perfect, that is when we fall the hardest! Being a Christian doesn’t mean you are perfect. It does not mean you never get angry or upset or feel hurt. It means that Jesus Christ died for your sins, you believe that with all that you are and you know that your sins are forgiven. It means that you strive to honor the commandments given and you try to put others first. It does not mean you succeed all the time. It does not mean that you are holier than anyone else. It just means you know that your sins were forgiven before you were even born. It means you know whose you are and you let the Holy Spirit guide you.

So many people have a misguided view that Christians have to be perfect and look a certain way. Christians are everyday people, doing everyday jobs, striving to let others see Jesus through them. It’s hard to lead people to Christ by making it look like you have to fit some mold. You just have to be yourself, the self that God created. The one he gave certain gifts and talents to in order to serve Him.

A dear friend of mine has been sharing her faith with her son. He has had question after question and is searching for “truth”. Then after some prayers that God would put someone in his path that he would listen to, God placed a man after God’s heart in her son’s path. He was not your “typical Christian”. He was a felon, with a record, with tattoos everywhere who most would have run away from if they were in an alley together. But, through this young man, and the faith he acted out (not preached), the love he showed everyone, a life was changed. So, Christians come in all shapes, sizes, looks, etc. We are all the worst sinners, yet God loves each of us despite ourselves. He wants us to love Him, serve Him and know Him. He wants us to walk in his ways, his love and show others who He is by our actions, not our looks. Be real with those around you and share what God has done in your life. We also need to look past what our eyes see in others and remember that we are all children of God – we are just at different stages of faith.

Lord, thank you for reminding us that you live in each and every one of us. We do not have to be perfect; we just have to believe and strive to be better people. No one can be perfect. We were not created that way. We all sin. We all fail. We all feel we are the worst sinners some times, but you are the Great I Am and forgive us where we are. Thank you for your love that is deeper than anything we can imagine.
 
In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



December 12, 2016

Psalm 130
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. 6 My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.

 
I wait for or in a lot of things – traffic, to buy groceries at Wal-Mart, in the drop off line at school, for 5:00pm, for lunch, for bed, and a whole lot more.  But I can’t say I always wait on the Lord.  My flesh gets inpatient and starts moving on its own.

 
There are a few things in the near future that I want God to act on right away.  I don’t want to wait and see – I want action from Him and I want it now.  My flesh feels like it needs to go out and make things happen, just in case He doesn’t do it my way.  But as scripture also says in Psalm 127:1 “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builder’s labor in vain.  Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stands guard in vain.”
 
So, if my flesh takes it upon itself to try and make something happen, I do it in vain.  I need to wait upon the Lord, for him to act, for him to show me the way, for him to take the lead.  I struggle with that more than not.  I don’t like to wait on others, I want to just go and do it myself.  That is probably why I am so busy all the time – doing all the things I should be waiting for the Lord on.  I toil in vain.  Just think how much time I would have on my hands if I just let God work in my life!!

Lord, you have spoken to me about this topic for almost a week now and I finally hear you.  I take time today, right now, while I am at your feet and in your word, to commit my life to you yet again.  Open my heart and my soul to know when I begin to take over and rely on myself instead of relying on you.  I pray that your will be done in my life in your timing, not mine.  May I have the mercy and grace I need to step back and let you take the lead.  I pray that anyone else who struggles with waiting on you to make the same commitment today.  I know I don’t struggle alone!  May each of us enjoy the peace and joy that you have in store for us instead of the busyness and strife satan has lined up.

In Jesus’ name we pray!
 
Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



December 12, 2016


John 15

9 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

 

Remain in my love – His love never leaves – we leave Him.  We begin to believe we can do all things without Him.  We can make our own way – we walk away from Him, He never walks away from us.  He never leaves us or forsakes us.  We are His children and He wants us to have it all.  Everything He has can be ours.  He has left us His joy. 

 

When was the last time you were really joyful?  Is it only when someone does something for you or something good happens?   God happened in your life – is that not enough to be joyful about?  He calls us His friend.  Should that not just make us overflow with love and compassion for others?  He chose us!  He appointed us to bear fruit that will last! 

 

When was the last time you were happy to be a child of God?  You have a place reserved in Heaven.  He went to prepare a place for you and me for eternity.  This brief spec of time here on earth will be nothing compared to the time we spend in Heaven at the feet of Jesus!  Alleluia to that!

 

Lord, thank you for choosing each of us to be your children and for giving us guidance to be at your side for eternity.  Help each of us to see your glory in our lives and remain under your covering and your love.  Guide each of us during this Christmas season to remember why you came to this world – Jesus is truly the reason for the season. 

 

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

 

Amen!  Amen!

 

KellyRomans 16

17 I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.  18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

I bet you are already thinking about those people you need to keep away from because they cause divisions.  I have a few that immediately come up on my list as well.  Wonder how many people would consider putting me on their list?  Have I ever been seen as a division maker?  Do I create obstacles to make other’s lives difficult?  Are my motives purely selfish?  Do I want God to get the glory or myself?

Many of us know the teachings of God.  We know what he expects from us.  We know what we should and should not do.  But we don’t always follow the straight path.  Detours and side trips can easily distract us and create a place where we begin to be the person we are trying to avoid.

I hate these verses that make you really search your heart and your soul to make sure you are still in line with what God is calling you to be.  We need to spend more time self-checking and less time being critical of others.  

 So, you can make your list of people to avoid so that you can remain on the path God has placed before you.  But take a little inventory today to make sure you aren’t on someone else’s.

Lord, open our eyes to our own lives.  Let us clearly see our faults as you see them.  Help us to recognize the things in our lives that are not pleasing to you so they can be removed from our lives.  Help us to grow closer to you so that your love shines throughout our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net

 



December 1, 2016


Reminder - Day of prayer takes place TODAY, Thursday, December 1st at noon in the atrium at Lafayette City Hall. Very informal. Come out and join us as we pray for our community and our country. Prayer changes everything!



Philippians 2

14 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain. 

Verse 14 hangs in my hallway for my boys to see every day.  I hoped it would change some of the attitude about life in general, but some days it seemed as if I should have done more with the sign to make my point. We often grumble and argue over the littlest of things. We complain things are not fair. Someone had more or less than we did. We argue because feelings were hurt or someone said something that sounded mean or ugly. We grumble because we have to put groceries away, but yet we probably never thanked God that we could buy them. We grumble because traffic is backed up, but we are not thankful that we have a car, a job or people who are expecting our presence. We grumble because dinner didn’t taste as good as it should, yet we should be thankful that we have food to eat. We grumble because a friend said this or that, but we probably take the fact that God has sent friends to us for granted. We grumble because our kids didn’t do this or that, yet some people were never blessed with having kids of their own. I could probably go on and on, but the point God is trying to remind me of this morning is that we need to walk around life a bit happier, a bit more thankful, a bit more excited that we are here to do God’s will. He has enough faith in us to give us tasks to complete and he wants us to do them without grumbling or arguing. He is a God of peace and order. He is a God of love….not of chaos or anger.

Make a point to not argue today. Make an effort to do things without complaining. Make an effort to spread joy and happiness and not anger or hatred. Your attitude will rub off on others and you will get what you give….so give love today.

Lord, thank you for showing us how to love and show compassion for others. Help us to live today in peace and not complain or grumble about what we have to do today. Let us be the light you have called us to be and let your love be what we give out today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net

 

 


November 30, 2016

Ephesians 1


18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 
 
We need to be reminded of just how awesome and powerful our God is! Just reflect a moment on the fact that he created everything…I am just in awe of Him. He raised people from the dead, healed them from all sickness and turned mourning into joy. Yet, we often walk in doubt, fear or shame instead of sharing in our inheritance of being a child of God and walking in love, peace and faith.

This week an opportunity arose for me to pray with someone who is battling cancer. I didn’t know where she was in her belief in God, but I had something rise up in me from the inside that said go and pray for her now, and I did. I didn’t have all the “right words” to say or the perfect scripture that said everything God can do rolled up in one verse, but I did have the Holy Spirit with me as I grabbed her hands, closed my eyes and just asked God to heal her, give her a renewed strength be with her during this difficult time to give her courage and hope. I prayed believing for healing no matter the size of her mountain. I prayed knowing God was working on her from the inside even though I could not see it. I prayed knowing God was in the midst of us and He was honored by our actions and was already at work on our situation.

I often worry about the “what will they think” or “what if he does not heal them” or “will they believe less when I am done”? But, God did not ask me to worry about those details, He asked me to answer the call when he puts people in my life who need prayer or to know more about Him. He does the rest. Some days I just get the ground ready for the seed to be planted. Some days I get to plant the seed. Other days I am the water or the sunshine that helps the seed of faith grow and sometimes I get to harvest. It is not my job to do it all, it is to do what God calls me to do in that moment.

Lord, thank you for allowing us to share in your inheritance, to be part of your family and to have the power over darkness. Help us to step out in faith knowing you are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. There is no shame in your presence. Let us be bold in our faith and draw others to you by your love we show.

In Jesus’ name we pray!
 
Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


November 29, 2016
Colossians 3
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 
Some days we need to be reminded that all that we do or say should be done in the name of Jesus. Think about that for a moment. If you walked around today, and after everything you did or said, you replied (it can be in your head or under your breathe) “in the name of the Lord Jesus”, would it change your words or actions?
 
If you helped a customer that got ugly with you, and you lashed out back at them and then said “in the name of the Lord Jesus” would you think twice about lashing back? If that co-worker pushed all their work onto you would you do it with hate in your heart or would you do every deed in the name of the Lord Jesus?

I thought about an artist who places their name within their work of art. They place it there because they created that masterpiece. It is theirs. They are proud of what they have done. They own it. Just think if we had our name tagged behind everything we created or did. Would you really want to let the world know everything you did? Would you be proud enough of the way you acted or what you did to or for someone to have your name written across it?

Before we act or say anything, we should ask ourselves if our name AND Jesus’ could be proudly displayed on it or would it bring shame and contempt upon us? We get so caught up in life, that is moving way too fast, that often we do not give ourselves enough time to even think things through.  We act or react without even giving something a second thought. Words are powerful. They can’t be taken back once spoken. They can be forgiven, but they will always have been spoken.

Today, be mindful of your words and deeds. See if you can say, “in the name of the Lord Jesus” behind your words and actions today. Would you be like the artist and proudly write in your name or would it hang alone, anonymous, out of embarrassment for your actions? We are the only ones who can change how we act or react towards others. Reflect on it today and see if Jesus would want his name next to yours.

Lord, thank you for always opening my eyes to different aspects of your words. Thank you for always challenging me to be a better me and never comparing me to anyone else. May my words and deeds be ones you approve of today. May your love and kindness be what others see in me today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen! 

Kelly  

November 28, 2016

Luke 15 
 31" 'My son,' the father said, 'you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' " 
 
In reading this passage I always focus on the lost son…thinking of myself and my wayward choices at times.  But, today I focused on the “good son”.  Everything the father had was his to use, but he never really did.  He limited himself and thought that he could not go and eat the fatted calf.  He was right next to his father, yet he did not enjoy him or what he had to offer…..sound familiar.  
 
I believe this is how most of us live from time to time…..right next to God, in His house, but still not taking advantage of all He has to offer.  He has so much that goes untouched or unaccepted by his children  – His love – His mercy – His forgiveness – His restoration – His healing – His correction – His truth.  Why are we like the son living at home and feeling jealous when our father gives the crazy wild child a second chance but all the while living in the Glory of God and simply living in it and not accepting all He has to offer us as well.  His gifts and blessings are for all of us.  Ask Him for it today.  Call out to 
Him – He is right there – waiting for you to truly come to Him. 
 
Lord, help us to see and accept all the gifts you have for us.  Let us not feel slighted when others enjoy what you have – for everything you have is ours as well.  Let us simply rejoice with them.  For we have everything we need – we have You! 
 
Lord, we give You all the honor and praise this and every day.  Thank you for sharing your word with us.  As we seek you each day – continue to reveal yourself to us in a mighty way.  
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly  

November 23, 2016


Luke 11: 23   Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.

So, what side of the fence are you on?  Think about those words with me for a few minutes.  Let the Holy Spirit speak to you.

Whoever is not with me is against me.  What does "with me" mean?  I think it starts with being in His word.  You can't know Jesus, unless you spend time with him.  He speaks to us through His written word as well as through the Holy Spirit.  I believe walking in His ways is being with Him as well.  But, walking with Him means being His hands and feet.  Reaching out to those around us who need His touch.  He does not like luke warm....or those who sit on the fence not picking a side.  Chose His side - reach out to others, show love for your neighbor, go out of your way to be with Him today.  Make an effort, until it becomes a habit.

And "whoever does not gather with me scatters".  As I read this part I thought about Jesus' words that when the shepherd was struck down the sheep would scatter.  Each of us can be shepherds to those around us.  We can guide others, lead them, and help to keep them on the right path.  But, when we display non Christ like attitudes and motives, people who see us will want to scatter as well.  Why would they want to be like us - like Christ - if that is how Christ like looks?  I can still think back and recall my scattering attitude I had one day when the pizza hit the floor of my car when I stopped at a stop light and I blamed Joshua for not securing it in the back seat. I scattered him pretty far and wide…. But, I quickly recovered my senses - looked into those big blue eyes and gathered him back with my apology for my reaction.  Pizza is not important - respect for others, love, compassion, and mercy are what should be important to each of us.  We will never gather others to Christ if we cannot show mercy, love, compassion and say we are sorry when WE are wrong.  No one is perfect - except Jesus. 

So, think about where you are with your actions and reactions today.  Are you gathering others to Christ by the way you act or are you sending them running for the hills?  Jesus wants us on His side, loving our neighbors. 

Lord, help each of us to be on your side, completely and openly for all to see.  Let your spirit shine through us at all times so that we can gather more harvest for eternity with You.  Thank you for everything you have prepared for each and every one of us this day.  Let us always keep You as our goal.

In Jesus' name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!
 
Kelly


November 21, 2016

Romans 1
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world.

 Wow, I wonder if my faith is being reported all over the world.  If not, what is being reported all over the world?  Does my faith match my actions, my words or my thoughts?  Do they all line up together?  Painfully I must answer no.  They don’t always match up.  Not sure my faith would be the first thing said about me all over the world, or even all over the neighborhood or even all over my family.

I do know my faith means everything to me, but I need to make sure that it can be seen by others as well.  The gospel gets shared more by our actions than by our words.  If our thoughts, actions, feelings and beliefs don’t all point in the same direction – it causes others to doubt who we are and what we really stand for in this world.

So, while I am listing out all the things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving – I will also take an inventory of what type of faith people would say I have and most importantly what type of faith my Father in heaven would say that I have.  My heart, my mind and my soul need to all be on the same page.  I should be one way all the time – in Love with God.

Lord, help us to see who you see when you look at us.  Let us see the child of God you created with special gifts and talents to be used to spread your word and our faith.  Let us use them wisely and for your glory.  Let what is reported all over the world be a testimony to your great love, forgiveness and mercy.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 



Acts 14

19 Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. 20 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe.

As I read the words above I thought about how many times we are beaten down simply for speaking truth and speaking our minds.  Boldness can be taken so many different ways.  Words typed and words spoken can be taken differently.  People can read so much into every situation at hand.  Throw a man and a woman together and it can get worse!  But, Paul stood for what he believed.  He spoke to others to share the good news with them and in turn, he was stoned and left for dead.  Paul suffered so much in the name of Jesus so that His name could be proclaimed across the world. 

 What length would you go to say the name of Jesus to a non-believer?  Would you take ridicule or violence or simply embarrassment? As I read on Facebook yesterday “We are more concerned about looking stupid (a fear of people) than we are about acting sinfully (fear of the Lord).   

Have you ever watched someone be taken down for their beliefs or for standing up for what is right?  Where two or more are gathered – there is strength.  Stand with those that are on the side of Jesus.  They get hurt, broken and need support People who stand up for what is right are often left standing all alone because others fear man.  So, take a minute to reflect on what you really believe.  What do you know to be truth.  Stand for it!  Gather around those who believe it as well.  They will be your strength when you are beaten down.  God calls us to fellowship with other believers so that we can help each other grow closer to our one and only God. We all need those people in our lives that will be there to surround us in love to bring us back up off the ground, out of our hurt and back into life and back to standing for Jesus. 

Lord, thank you for taking these few words and showing us that there is strength in numbers.  Thank you for showing us we must stand with our friends for truth and justice and that you will be there in the midst of it all.  Thank you for the friends we all have that will be there when we need to be lifted up after a stoning.   Thank you even for the act of stoning, because your glory will always shine through in the end.  How awesome is that – to be used by God! 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



November 17, 2016


Psalm 78
36 But then they would flatter him with their mouths, lying to him with their tongues; 37 their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his covenant.

Ever gave God lip service?  Tell him what you think he wants to hear, but not what is really in your heart?  Have you ever promised God something you knew you could not do?  Or do a good deed solely for your own purpose, not for the Glory of God?  Or do things out of obligation, not the love of Jesus?

I have….and the Holy Spirit usually convicts me shortly thereafter!  I have sat at this computer to read God’s word, gotten half way down the page and realized I don’t know what I read because my mind had already moved on to what I needed to do when I finished reading.  Nothing that I read stayed in my mind or on my heart. 

I have given as God calls me to give and then questioned (in my mind) what that person was going to do with it (judging them the whole time).  That’s not what God calls us to do – he calls us to give to those in need – not determine if they are doing what they need to be doing with the gift we give them.  When did we become the almighty?  I did - in my mind right after I gave that something away.  I need to be more like my husband and have a giving spirit and give “hilariously” to the kingdom of God without questioning why he called him to do it or where it will go or how he can do it – He simply believes and follows God’s leading.    

I have found myself praying for someone or something and in the middle of it stopped and said to God – “first, let me pray for the right spirit to be in me when I pray, because I don’t mean anything I say”.  I believe God honors our truthfulness way more than our empty prayers.  We need to stop and pray for our own hearts so that we can be more in line with God’s.  Praying to simply fulfill what we think he wants isn’t being Christ like – it’s being a phony. 

God knows your heart, what you think, who you are, your struggles and your weaknesses.  Don’t pretend when you are at his feet praying to him – be yourself.  Your broken, tarnished, messed up self is what he sees anyway.  Take that to the cross when you go – not your pious attitude.  Humble yourself before your father and ask him to change your heart and fill it with his love.

Lord, help each of us become more open and honest with ourselves.  Let us see our hearts and minds as you us so that we can change into your image and not our own.  Open our eyes to our own faults and failures and not those of others.  Let the words on our lips be truthful.  Help us to stand broken at the cross, but leave mended by your love.

In Jesus’ name we pray!
 
Amen!  Amen!

Kelly
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


November 16

Romans 10
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

My mouth has declared a lot of things over the last 40 plus years. Some of those words lifted others up, made them feel better and let them know I cared about them.  Other words showed hatred, contempt and tore at their very being. There are words I wish I could take back and many I wished I would have said before it was too late. There are words that never get said that rattle around in my mind and those that carelessly flow from my mouth.

There have been words that seem to have been given to me by God at the perfect moment to meet someone’s prayer. There have been words that seem to come to me from the pit of hell that cause me to question my beliefs, my friends and who I am.

In all the words that have been inside or outside my head and mouth, the most powerful, cleansing, healthy, strong, overwhelming, amazing, fearful words I have ever spoken were the ones I said as I sat on my bed, talking to God, wanting something to change inside of me and I said, “Jesus, come into my heart and change me. Be the Lord of my life and guide me from this point on”. It was at that moment my life changed. Lightning didn’t light up the night, thunder didn’t fill the air, I didn’t feel any holier, but I knew in my heart that a change was coming.

I am not the person I used to be. I do not think like I used to think. I do not believe like I used to believe. I am not perfect. Words still leave my mouth despite the filter. I still let thoughts run around in my head that are not from God. BUT, I know when I am separated from God because of my sinful nature. I know when I am hurting the one who created me. I recognize my faults and I am quicker to stop, repent and line up my action and my thoughts with God’s. Being “saved” does not make you perfect but it opens your heart to the one who is, Jesus.

It has been a wonderful journey filled with joy, happiness, struggles, obstacles, fear, stepping out of my comfort zone, and so much more that I would never change. My sins and struggles made me who I am today. My choices and consequences molded me and gave me a heart of compassion and forgiveness towards others. My choice to call on Jesus and let him guide and lead my life set me on a path I never want to leave.

There is no better time than now to open your heart and declare with your mouth; Jesus is Lord over your life. It won’t make everything and everyone around you peachy, but it will change you from the inside out if you let Him.

Lord, thank you for your love, mercy and grace. Thank you for calling each of us to you even when we wanted nothing to do with you. Help each of us to commit our lives to you so that we can share eternity in heaven. It is not by our works, but by your grace.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly  

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net

November 15, 2016

Romans 4

20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

All too often we forget to look at a situation through the eyes of God. We do not see what God can do; we look only at what “is” at the moment. We don’t look for the miracle we are about to witness, we look for heartache and pain and what we look for we usually find.

I could list of several friends who are facing some huge mountains in their lives. Some mountains are overwhelming. Some of them seem hopeless. Some of them are way too big to move. Some mountains cover up so much ground there is nothing to see but the mountain.

Early the other morning while I was searching for the super moon in the sky and I could not find I thought, “Really, the biggest moon in years and I can’t see if because of all the trees!” I laughed out loud to myself standing in the front yard.  I moved a few feet over, and just a glimmer of light was shining through the neighbor’s tree limbs. I moved a bit more and positioned myself so I could see the whole thing. It was so bright and lit up the sky. It was a sight to see.
 
Sometimes we need to move away from that mountain, maybe just a step or two, so we can see the bright shining light of God just on the other side. We have to force ourselves to move and seek Him out. We need to look beyond our circumstance at the moment and remember God knows it all and knows what you are going through in that moment.

Remember that God is still capable of anything. He is still working miracles every day. We have hope and peace when we are in his presence and he has the power to do all that he has promised. He can heal. He can restore. He can make a way when there is no way to be found. He can change hearts.  He can change minds. He can. His will will be done.

Put your unbelief aside and expect the unexpected. Hope in the one who can provide all things. Trust in His promises and stand on His word.  Speak those truths over your lives and the lives of the ones you love….and your enemies.

By His stripes we are healed. Mercy is new each morning. God gives peace and joy. Though we may mourn, joy comes in the morning. He loves us. He cares for our every need. He knows every hair on our head and every tear that runs down our faces. He is there to wipe them away and He can breathe life into any situation. Trust in Him and His promises today. Let worry go and focus on God and watch what he can do!

Lord, thank you for your promises and the hope we can have in you.  Watch over those hurting and in need of mountains to be moved.  Let them see the glimmer of hope shining through the forest of trees in their lives today. Bring peace where there is sadness. Hope where there is hopelessness and love where there is hate.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


November 14, 2016


Mark 11:24 - 25
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

God lays out everything we need in His word.  He tells us how to live, act, love, and forgive.  He wants us to succeed in life and spend eternity with Him.  We just have to follow His word.

He tells us how to pray – ask, believe and it will be yours.  Most people stop at that point - they do not read further. But, he also asks you to reflect upon yourself during your prayer time to make sure your heart and mind are right before Him. If you hold anything (big or small) against anyone – forgive them...so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.  Think about that for a moment – you have to forgive to be forgiven.  That is hard to do when you have really been hurt by someone, but look at the consequences of holding on to hurts and pains – you block your own blessings and forgiveness from God.  Usually, the people who have hurt you have simply went about their life and probably did not even give you a second thought….or at least not about the incident you hold on so tightly to.

In case you do not know – I often preach to myself in these scriptures.  Very recently I was face to face with someone that had been very mean to me over a course of about a year.  Every time I saw that person – all these feelings would come rushing back.  I wanted that person to feel the pain they had inflicted on me.  I would talk about how mean they had been anytime that person’s name came up.  I was so angry at the way I had been treated.  It was hard, but I sat down and forgave them for every last thing they did and said.  I realized a couple of things – 1- they had gone on with their life and my “issues” with them were only on my end.  2. I let that person have control over me without ever saying another word to me.  3.  I continued to sin when I talked about them and continued to berate them instead of lifting them up as God calls me to do.  I know this is not easy at all – in fact I had to forgive that person over and over – but – as I was face to face with this person very recently ...I realized I had indeed forgiven them.  It is possible - with God's help.  God had healed that hurt - but first I had to forgive. 

Also remember - God did not say they had to ask to be forgiven - he simply said to forgive. 

We all know forgiving others is not easy but it must be done.  We all make mistakes; we have all hurt someone and need to be forgiven ourselves - none of us are perfect.  If we chose to love as God does, we open ourselves up to hurts, but He forgives and so should we – His word says so.  

Lord we thank you for today and we give you all honor and praise.  We ask that you walk with us on a painful journey as we remember our hurts and we ask that you help us to forgive everyone.  We ask you to help us to ask for forgiveness as well from those we have hurt.  We ask you to heal the wounds and fade the scars left behind.  For only through you can we be truly healed. 

In Jesus’ name we pray.

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


November 10, 2016


Mark 10:37 - 45
 37 They replied, "Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory." 38 "You don't know what you are asking," Jesus said. "Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?"  39 "We can," they answered. Jesus said to them, "You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with, 40 but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared."  41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John. 42Jesus called them together and said, "You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."

In these few sentences Jesus gives us so much to think about.  Asking the Lord for things.  Expectations we have.  Accepting the fate of Jesus like he did.  Baptism.  Authority over us.  Indignation. Servants.  Slaves.  All in a few words, but what really struck me this morning was the phrase “the places

belong to those for whom they have been prepared”.   How many times have you “expected” to receive something?  Did you expect a high 5 for a job well done and get ignored?  Did you create something unbelievable and no one gave it a second glance?  Were you the best at “whatever” but someone else was recognized?  Did your boss pass your right over for that promotion?  I can answer yes to all the above.  It can be devastating at times….but looking back you will see God’s hand in it all.  Just because you expect something does not mean that it was in God’s plan for you.  Even though the path seems logical and we should move to the next point at a certain time, it does not mean that is what is to happen.  God has prepared a future for you.  He knows every step of every path we will be on. 

You are here for God’s glory, not men.  You work for God – and should do your best at all times no matter what the task at hand is.  Your recognition, your raise, your promotion, your high 5 will be on His terms, in His time, and from His heart.  Be honored and thankful when they come instead of bitter when they don’t.  God has prepared it all for you with Love.  Your place has already been set up, your blessings have been put in place, your path has been designed.

Lord, I give you all the honor and praise this morning as I set out on my day.  I thank you for every thing you have laid out for me and every little thing you have prepared for me with Love.  I ask you to help me not to have an “expectant” mentality instead let it be one of humility.  I thank you for your word and your guidance each and every morning.  I thank you for meeting with me and revealing yourself in Your word. 
In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly


November 9, 2016


1 Timothy 2

2 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

Time for unity as a nation, not for a president, but under the authority of God Almighty. Time to repent and spend time in God’s word to unite a nation under God to be the nation we were called to be and to become the men and women God has destined for each of us. Time for all of us to be purposeful with our time and spend it in prayer and thanksgiving. We need to pray for our country and all of its leaders and all those in authority over us. Prayer is powerful and it starts with each of us.

 Lord, thank you for our next President. Thank you for all of those who serve in places of authority and those who serve protecting us and our freedoms. Lead those on the transition team to always put you first and for them to seek ways to unite and not divide as they move Godly principles back into the forefront. I pray for the media that truth and unity be spoken always.  Let us always find the good in others and pray for those who falter. May all be saved and come to the knowledge and truth of our Savior Jesus Christ.

In Jesus’ name we pray!
 
Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly  



2 Corinthians 5
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Think about what “is due us” for a moment. Now, some of us may be quick to say that we have not killed anyone so we are doing ok, but that moment you gave that look that could kill, you felt it in your heart and wished it in your mind, you did. Sin is sin is sin. The size of the sin does not make it better or worse, it is still sin. Each sin is like a tally mark, they all count the same. Each moment Jesus was on that cross, was for the forgiveness of each of our sins. He was not there longer for the murderer than the liar or the thief.

So, you may feel that the sin you do is not as bad as someone else’s, but you will stand before Christ with each of yours and a sin is a sin is a sin.

Think about your actions before you do them. Think about God’s commandments and remember to follow them. Little white lies are still lies. Wasting time at work is stealing. Lusting after someone is adultery. Keep your mind of the things of God, walk in his ways and keep your heart pure. We all sin. We all fail to follow his commands. But we all need to strive to be better than we were yesterday and continually seek to be more like Christ every day.

Lord, help each of us to see where we fall short, where we sin and those people and places that draw us away from you. Help us draw near to you so that we can see ourselves as you see us. Help us to be aware of the traps of the enemy and walk in your grace and mercy every day of our lives. May we strive to be more like you every day. Ignite a fire in our hearts that desires to be closer to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


November 2, 2016


2 Corinthians 4
18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

This week I see sadness. I see heartache. I see tears. I see a life that ended too early. I see that a year has gone by and the void that is still there. I see a little girl without a father. I see a mother without her son. I see siblings without their brother. I see a hurt that is still as strong today as ever. I see pain I hoped would diminish.

If I let my eyes fix on all of this, my heart would stay in a state of pain and despair. It would continue to reflect on all the “what ifs” and “whys” and “what would he be doing nows”. I would think about my nephew’s life and it would bring sadness and heartache every time.

It is not easy to take my eyes off of the here and now. It is not easy to look to the unseen when the seen is so big and real and the void is so big it wants to just consume you. Sometimes you need those moments of the “seen” to let all the sadness out so you can relish in the unseen. So you can let God wrap his arms around you and just hold you until the sadness diminishes and his love envelopes you. Sometimes you just have to keep reminding yourself that it is the eternity that you are striving for….not the here and now.

As my youngest son and I prayed together last night we thanked God for all these feelings we are having as the first year anniversary without my nephew comes barreling in because it meant that we loved someone so much. What a blessing it is to love. What a blessing it is to have family and friends in our lives that walk us through all the good, bad and the ugly. We talked about the ninja turtle pajamas he wore for Christmas. We laughed about how he towered over everyone. We remembered how his smile lit up a room and how much love he had for his family and friends especially his daughter. We also thanked God that the most important decision he could have made – he made. He made a decision that allows him to reside with the King of Kings for eternity. He saw the unseen and chose it.

So, on Thursday, as we celebrate a life cut too short, we also celebrate a life that will never end and await a reunion with him for eternity in heaven. We celebrate that he is resting in the arms of God. We celebrate the unseen!

Do not let your eyes get fixed on what is seen.  Let your heart focus on what is unseen. Let your mind meditate on the ultimate prize in this life – eternity with the one true God. May God touch each of your hearts today. May he fill them with love, hope and peace. May the comforter wrap his arms around each one of the lives Leith touched and bring them a peace only God can give. May our family feel every prayer said for us this week.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



October 31, 2016


Matthew 23
39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.' "



I needed to hear that this morning.  He is coming again.  Probably sooner than any of us realize.  As I read these words I wanted to sit here and just scream the words “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” so he can simply hurry up and come!  But, in the same instant I wondered if I was ready.  These last few weeks have been busy at work, crazy at home and spiritually dry.  I seem to have let “life” get between myself and God.  Instead of saying Blessed is He I am saying woe is me.  Ever been there?  Where it seems like everything is running faster than your mind, heart and soul can keep up.  The more you try to keep up the farther behind you get….yeah, I believe I am there…..I mean was there!


Time to regroup, and remember who God really is.  He is our father.  Our one and only.  Our hereafter.  He is coming – and we must be ready – at all times.  We don’t know when He will call us to himself in this life or when He will return to gather his sheep.  All we know is that we must be ready.  Our hearts must be open to his love, our minds must be focused on his words and our soul must be ready for his return. 

We have to take the focus off the stuff we are dealing with and put it on the eyes of God.  Our focus should be on Him and not on all the other stuff.  That is simply there to cause us to lose our way – if we let satan have that hold.  It is our choice – focus on Him today.
 
Lord, thank you for reminding all of us that you will return.  This life is not about all the stuff, but about your glory and your return and your love for all of us.  It is about trusting in You.  It is about spending eternity with the one who created us.  Help us to get through the small stuff so that the glory of the

Lord will be what we see.  Guide each of us along the way so that we may see you in all things and that we can remember our true calling in this life.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


October 28, 2016


James 4
1 What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2 You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God.

One day I listened to a conversation between my two youngest boys.  One had said something to someone else about their weight.  It was not mean, as he was just commenting on something they had said, at least from an 8 year olds perspective.  My other son took the time to step in and tell him how hurtful those words were – to which he of course argued as brothers do.  But, as I read this scripture this morning I thought about that situation.  How many times do we get upset or offended by something someone says – even though they don’t mean it in an offensive way – simply because we are battling those thoughts in our own minds.  No one is being mean to us – but our minds are already in fight mode before anyone ever speaks to us.

Do you have some trigger points in your life?  I do!  I won’t say them here …..because I know a handful of you would be the ones telling it to me over and over and over again just for the fun!  But those battles in our minds are usually about things we want to be, things we used to be, things we want to have, things we wish we weren’t, or things we want to change – but for some reason we chose not to or they are things we can’t change and just have to learn to live with.  I can’t tell you how much I hated my freckles growing up.  They could call them angel kisses all day long – but they were still a bunch of spots on my face and arms and shoulders!  I had to accept that they were there, they were staying and they were what God – when he created me – placed on me – his child in his image.  How bad could those things be? 

So, settle the battles within you and you just might notice those battles around you dwindle as well.  We react to those around us not by what they say, but by what we feel in our heart before they ever speak.   We carry our baggage around with us almost like a badge of honor, instead of the baggage it truly is.  Let it go.  Release it.  Release others.  Forgive and forget.  Let go of your own issues so you can be less sensitive to those around you.  It will make you a better person to be around.

If your battles are from sinful things you are doing or the way you are living – change.  Line up with what God is asking of you.  Live his way – and those battles will diminish. 

Lord, help us to see the battles within us and help us to find peace with them.  Let us realize that you forgive, you give grace and mercy and that we do not need to fight our battles in our minds.  WE must fight them in the spiritual realm and fight them with the word of God.  I am beautifully and perfectly made by my God.  I am a child of the living God!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


October 26, 2016


1 Corinthians 10
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 

I have this verse posted on my wall in my kitchen. I read it often to remind myself that what we do should be for the glory of God. I read it when I sweep the kitchen, mop the floor, drag dirty clothes to the hamper or take the trash out. Now, most of those things do not really bring glory to God, but if I grumble because of the “chore” instead of just being thankful for the reason behind the chore, my reaction does not bring glory to God. Instead I try to thank God for all the meals, kool-aid and peanut butter sandwiches I was able to prepare because of his goodness. I thank him for kids who spill, dogs who shed and clothes to cover our bodies.

It is a choice we make to be glorifying to God or to grumble in our circumstances. One glorifies God and the other draws attention to us. It is all about where we put our focus. Now, there are times I am grumbling as I clean up another sticky mess. Why can’t people see when they spill! Why do they need to change clothes three times? Can’t someone else use a broom? All pretty legitimate complaints, but depending on how they are handled by me – they can glorify the wrong person.

So, that verse hangs in my kitchen, and when I see it, I read it and I thank God for whatever I am doing and give him the glory instead of the grumble. It is a gentle reminder to me to be thankful in all things no matter the circumstance I must search for that silver lining.

Lord, thank you for simple phrases and decorations in my home that draw me back to you. Thank you for reminding me often that joy is available to me no matter what is going on around me because it is a choice I can make. May today be filled with things that give you glory.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

 


October 25, 2016


Job 24
41 Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?

I have never really thought about the birds crying out to God to have their needs met.  Birds have no way to plow a field or plant a field (although they can plant a fence line full of chicken trees).  They are fully dependent on the provisions of God.  He is their sole provider.   I wonder if their beautiful music is them praising God for their blessings.  Think about that next time you hear the birds singing!

If God answers the call of the birds, how much more does he listen to the ones He created to rule over all the earth?  We have the ability to plant seeds, plow fields, harvest crops, transport them around the world and prepare them for a family dinner.  Yet, many of us take all that for granted and think we alone made that happen.  Because we can do these things, we often take credit for all the work God allowed us to do…..when he provided the rich soil, the rain in due season, the sun at the right time, the workers to harvest the fields, the materials we use to build trucks and houses and even the dining room table where we eat our meal.  Many of us pray over our dinner, but it is more of a ritual than a true thankful heart for all he provides for us day after day after day. 

My youngest son loves to bless the food before our meals.  It has taken years to get him to say it slowly and with reverence to the God who provided it.  I can’t even imagine how many times I have said, “slow down and mean it”.  One night over dinner my son blessed the food and when he was done he said, “Did you hear that?  I said is slowly.”  Finally he gets it!

Take some time today to think about the animals in which he provides all their needs.  Think of the different diets they are on; meat, veggies, berries, grains, etc.  If God cares enough to meet all their needs, He can surely meet ours.  And if He provides, which He will, we should be praising Him with our words and actions way more than the birds!

Our God is awesome.  He meets our needs, protects us and raises us from Glory to Glory.  Make some time to reflect on His goodness and all the things He provided you with this morning.  Did you have hot water, peace of mind, a good night’s sleep, a job to go to, kids to get dressed, a spouse that loves you, air to breathe, cool breeze, a jacket, a family, food, and the list can go on and on.  We need to give credit to where credit is due.  It is due to God.  He gave you the skills you are using to in life.  Take time to thank Him for them today!

Lord, thank you for your word.  I thank you for opening my eyes to passages that show me just how much you love me and remind me of all that you do for me.  Let my words give you the praises you deserve all day long.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


October 24, 2016


Psalm 25
15 My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

This verse really struck me this morning. “For only he will release my feet from the snare”.  Only the Lord can remove me from the mess I walked in.  When I am trapped and entangled in this world – only the LORD can clear my path.  Meditate on those words for a while….think about what you do when you are ensnared by the enemy….what do you do?  Do you start figuring out ways to get out by yourself? 

Do you see what is around for you to use to get yourself out of the mess you are in?  Do you even stop to look back at God and ask Him to help you out of where you are at?  Maybe you are like me and think – huh, I got myself in this mess I need to get myself out! 

But if we take these words to heart – and let them resonate in our souls – then our eyes should be forever on our Lord and we should seek His wisdom to get out of the snare.  For only he will release our feet.  ONLY he. 

So, if we do what we should be doing – setting our eyes on God always – letting all the things of this world stay out of our line of vision – seeking out only Him – then even if our feet are snared – our eyes stay on the most important thing in our lives – God.  He will never leave us nor forsake us.  If we seek Him, He will be there, and He will remove the snares from our feet.

Lord, thank you for your love for each and every one of us.  Help us to remember that you love everyone – even those we struggle to love.  You died for everyone – not just those who seek you – but everyone one who has breath.  Help each of us to keep our eyes focused on you and your call on our lives.  Help us to continue to seek your face even in our darkest moments when we feel alone. Grant each of us the peace that only you can give as we go about our day today.  Let it be the best day of our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


October 21, 2016


1 Thessalonians 5
16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

These are definitely words to live by. 

Rejoice always! Do you rejoice always? Do you feel joy? As that old song goes, "I have joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart, down in my heart to stay". How many times did I sing that verse as a kid....and as an adult! Sometimes I have to remind myself I DO have joy in my heart. When circumstances of life begin to overwhelm me, I remind myself that the joy of the Lord is my strength and I am filled with it whether or not I feel it at the time.

Pray continually! I find myself talking to God quite often. That is what prayer is. Talking to your father. I tell him about my struggles. I ask him why those words came out my mouth! I ask him for strength and wisdom before I have to confront someone or when I need clarity in a situation. When a friend or a family member comes to my mind, I ask God to be with them, help them and guide them. I pray blessings over them and that God gives them the desires of their heart. I pray for my children's future spouses, in-laws, jobs and friends. I pray the our father when I walk up and down the stairs at work. It is a holy stairwell. I ask for protection when I start my car and I pray for any smokers I see on the road that they begin to hate smoking and quit.. If I ever look like I am in deep thought I am most likely talking to God. He is my best friend and the greatest adviser I could ever have.

Give thanks! Thank God for what you have instead of complaining about what you think you lack and you will be surprised at how blessed you begin to feel. Thank him for things you do not even have yet or things you want. I thank him for healthy children, a clear mind, perfect vision, wisdom and discernment. I thank him for hot coffee, warm bed and electricity. I thank him for car I drive and the house I live in. I thank him for my church, my pastor and my dear friends and even my enemies. I thank him for strife or conflict, because it strengthens my resolve and sharpens my conflict resolution skills. I even thank him when I forget my lunch on the counter or when things do not go my way because I know he is still there through it all.

God's word is there for us. Read it.  Live it. Be it. Let His word guide and mold you into the person you were destined to be. Try picking one of these three things and make that your goal for today. Be purposeful in your walk with God and he will be there for you and you will be blessed.

Lord, thank you for all that you are all that you do and all that you have made us to be. May your goodness be what others see in me today!

In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


October 20, 2016


1 Thessalonians
 6 You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

As I read this verse I began to ponder who I imitate. Is is God? Is it a friend? Is it a family member? Is it a professional athlete or some american icon?

My son and I were talking about the latest fashions and what kids were wearing. He laughed at my tight rolled jeans, polo shirts with flipped collars, huaraches shoes, and a few crazy looks thanks to Madonna and Cindi Lauper.  I had one friend who seemed to have every new trend that ever came into play. He talked about their shoes and hoodies and flat billed hats. Everyone wanting to look like each other in the current trend at the time. Everyone following the latest fad or trend. 

There are so many ways in this world that are opposite of what God sees as good. Following the rules, working hard in school or at work can make you quickly find yourself outside the of the "way things are done" now. Kids get made fun of when they score well on a test or study to keep up their grades. If you don't skip school or go where your parents say you cannot go, you are not cool. If you show up at work on time or do your job to the best of your ability, you are seen as a suck up or brown noser. Often, doing what is right is the exception and not the norm.

This world is changing as it always does. It is our job to remind ourselves that we are not of this world, we are just in it. We must remember that we are to imitate Christ. We are to be honest, love our neighbors as we do ourselves, we are to forgive. We should not lie, cheat or steal...that includes taxes, time cards and tithes. God calls us to a different standard.He calls us to be more like him and less like the mainstream. He calls us to follow his commandments, even if someone else says it is ok to do something that is in direct conflict with his word. We are called to a different standard. Our reward will come in heaven. Someone might be the most popular person around now, but the fame and fortune they find on earth, may be the only blessing they ever know. I am shooting for eternal life, not this fleeting one.

So, think about the verse for a few minutes this morning. Who are you trying to imitate? Are you trying to "Keep up with the Jones" no matter what direction it takes you? Or are you doing all you can to be more like Christ. Being like Christ might not be the most popular thing at the moment, but it comes with the most rewards. Doing what is right is always cool in God's eyes.

Lord, help each of us see who we are really trying to impress. Let us look at ourselves through your eyes and measure ourselves with your guidelines. May our hearts always be longing for a closer relationship with you!

In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


Psalm 22 
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, 
so far from the words of my groaning? 
 
As I read these words this morning I thought about the times I cried out these 
same words.  Those days when you feel like there is no way that God even knows 
you exist.  Or the days you question his existence.  I used to have those days 
more often than I do now.  My faith has been strengthened these last few years 
as I have relied on God to meet my needs and to support me in my walk and to be 
there in the still of the morning when I turn to Him and seek His wisdom.  It 
has been an exercise in faith each and every step, but that has simply developed 
my trust in Him that he has my best interest in mind. 
 
When I think about how God leads us in life, my mind often travels back to when 
my kids were growing up.  This always gives me a new respect for my parents and 
creates even greater understanding of how God works in our lives.  I was 
thinking about times when my boys were young and beginning to explore their 
little worlds.  Those times when they wanted out of the basket and to walk 
around on their own….stretching their wings and trying to see what they could do 
without me.  Little did I know how hard it would be when they actually spread 
those wings and flew out of the nest!  OUCH!  
 
Anyway, I can remember them wandering off, chasing after something they saw or 
wanted, completely forgetting about me and everything else around them, simply 
focusing on what was ahead.  Never once did they ask for my help, or for my 
direction or my wisdom – all of which I could have easily done - they simply 
left…..and I watched them go.  I knew the dangers that lay ahead. I knew they 
needed to be close to me for protection.  I knew that somewhere down the line 
they would turn and look for me, but I let them take off anyway.  I knew that 
the time would come when they would realize I wasn’t there, they would seek me 
out and cry for help when I couldn’t be found.  Sound familiar?  Yep, each and 
every one of us has jumped out that basket and ran for the shiny thing we saw.  
We never sought God’s wisdom.  We never sought His will for our lives.  We knew 
we could do it on our own and didn’t think we needed anything from anyone.  But, 
just as my little boys did, we turn around and realize in the midst of the 
store/life – we are alone and need our God to help us find our way.  
 
God said he would never leave us nor forsake us – but he gave us free will to 
leave.  Stay close to Him in all you do.  Seek out His will for your life.  Turn 
your heart completely to what he has for you.  If you find yourself alone, it 
isn’t because he left you – it might just be that you left Him. 
 
Lord, thank you for who you are.  Thank you for your mercy and grace and 
forgiveness that you so freely give when we turn to you.  I thank you for the 
times you let me walk away from you because it strengthened my love and faith in 
you in the end.  
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly 
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net 


October 18, 2016
Judges 7


2 The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ 3 Now announce to the army, ‘Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead.’” So twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained. 4 But the LORD said to Gideon, “There are still too many men. Take them down to the water, and I will thin them out for you there. If I say, ‘This one shall go with you,’ he shall go; but if I say, ‘This one shall not go with you,’ he shall not go.” 5 So Gideon took the men down to the water. There the LORD told him, “Separate those who lap the water with their tongues as a dog laps from those who kneel down to drink.” 6 Three hundred of them drank from cupped hands, lapping like dogs. All the rest got down on their knees to drink. 7 The LORD said to Gideon, “With the three hundred men that lapped I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands. Let all the others go home.” 8 So Gideon sent the rest of the Israelites home but kept the three hundred, who took over the provisions and trumpets of the others.


Have you ever felt like Gideon? One by one, those that rallied around you were slowly being sent away and before you even realized it, you were pretty much alone to fight the battle before you? Maybe God is or was trying to tell you that He wants you to trust in Him. He wants to be able to show you just how big your God is – and just what He can do without your help. God brings us places and allows things in our lives to strengthen our resolve and ignite our faith in the one and only God. The God of the universe that made heaven and earth and everything in it. He reminds us that we are not in control, He is. We do not make those around us change, He does if we pray and ask Him. He asks us to be willing vessels that serve the Lord for God’s glory not our own.



If you find yourself alone in your battle, thank God for the amazing breakthrough He is about to bring your way. Know that you are never alone, even when your eyes and heart tell you that you are. God stripped Gideon from 22,000 men to 300 men to show him that God can do all things. We need to trust the God who can hold lightning in his hands, make rain come in due time and sends the sun just when we need it. He is in charge of it all; we are the offspring He allows to use all that He created. God will be at your side at every turn if you call upon his name. Even at the bleakest moments, He is at the ready. Trust that the God of Abraham and Isaac is the same today as He was then. He is a God of love that will direct your path, squash your enemy and give you the land of milk and honey if you just turn to him and trust in all He does. He is the only thing on this earth worthy of our full trust. Lord, thank you for reminding us that it does not matter how many we have around us if we have you at our side. You can win any battle, despite the odds. You are a God that sees all and can remove a nation in an instant if it is in your will. Help us to trust you in all things and have faith that you will prevail no matter the circumstances. We need to trust that no matter what our eyes see or our hearts feel, you are beside us always.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly


October 17, 2016
Matthew 18


21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.


For some people, I believe I could have exceeded my forgiveness level already! And I guess if I were honest I could probably be up there for some of my closest friends and family as well. I was listening to the radio last week and caught an interesting story. A woman caught her boyfriend cheating on her. He had said he was sorry and would do anything to get her back….well, she had a list of 5 things that had to be done before she would forgive him and take him back. All were embarrassing for him to do – one being call in to a radio station and tell everyone what he had done. As I listened to the story I laughed and thought – she probably still won’t take him back – she just wanted to humiliate him.


I actually began thinking about forgiveness from God when I heard the story. I am so thankful that humiliation is not part of the forgiveness package with God. We don’t have to go through a list of things that we have to do before forgiveness is given. We don’t even have to sacrifice bulls or goats any longer. We have a straight shot to God’s throne where we can come and tell him just what we are sorry for. There are no big screens showing everyone what we did. There are no radio shows that play our words over and over. It is simply us and God in a loving relationship. He just wants us to come to him and ask for forgiveness. He also wants us to change our ways. He does not want us to continue on the same path or commit the same sins. He wants us to learn from our mistakes and work towards being more Christ like in our daily walk. He also expects us to forgive others who have hurt us –even when they don’t ask for it. He forgives us as we forgive others. Unforgiveness only hurts us and our relationship with God. It gives Satan a foothold in our lives that can be used to separate us from the Love of God.


Lord, help us to forgive others as you forgive us - Completely and whole heartedly. Let us not harbor resentment or hatred in our hearts. Let them be filled with the love of God. Reveal our true selves to us so that we can see ourselves as you see us. We ask that you give us all we need to face the day ahead. We thank you and praise you for all you are and all you do.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly


October 14, 2016


4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God.

I have been working on my prayer life lately and needed this verse this morning to remind me just how powerful our words can be. Cornelius' prayers had gone to heaven as a memorial offering before God. They were not mere words being spoken they became something in the presence of God. If all of us looked at our prayer life in a different way, what could we do in the kingdom of God?

God loves to hear from his children. He loves to have us come to him in thanksgiving for what he has done and for help when we find ourselves lost in this world. He is our Father.  He is our creator. He cares about each and every one of us no matter where we are in life. He wants the best for us all the time. He wants to hear from us and he cherishes those prayers.

So, as you spend time with God be reminded that your prayers are brought before God. He hears. He listens. He answers. Our words are powerful so speak life, joy, happiness and boldness for God. Speak health over your loved ones and healing for the sick. Speak His words over your life and be reminded of what God says about you. You are a child of the living God. You are the head and not the tail. You are more than a conqueror. The enemy is your footstool. Don't let a day go by without spending some time talking to the God who made you. Be thankful for all that you are and all that you have. Bring your praises to Him not just your list of needs for the day. Tell him something good that happened or thank him for waking you up. He is there and He is real and your prayers matter.

Lord, thank you for your word and your reminder that you hear our every word and that our prayers are before you. Help us to be more mindful of our words to you and the words we use. May our prayers always be a memorial in your presence.

In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


October 13, 2016


Joshua 24 
15 But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." 
 
So what does serving the Lord really look like?  Jesus served and cared for all that he encountered.  He washed the apostles’ feet, he raised the dead, he healed sick, he rebuked demons and he taught all about the love of His father.  So, if we serve the Lord, we should be serving others as he did.  We should be following God’s commands and reaping the promises He gave.  We should be putting 
others first and taking our place below others.  We should be caring for those around us, praying for them, sharing the love of God and His promises so they too can learn to love God and serve Him as we do. 
 
When my parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary a few years ago my father made a toast. He said, “You have to have God in the center of your life” and all other things fall into place.  Now, none of us were perfect, and harmony did not reign constantly in our household, but through many a night on their knees, we all survived and all follow the Lord.  We know the blessings that come from God being in the center of our lives.  We know the difficulties still come with God in the center, but we also know God is the victor and love covers all wrongs.  We know the Peace that comes from God in the center when there is nothing but chaos all around. 
 
When you choose first to serve God, you will find a peace like nothing else can provide.  When you choose to serve God, you have a foundation on which all things can be built in which nothing can collapse.  You might be shaken by things in life, but you will never be moved. 
 
When you serve the Lord, you live as he calls you to live.  When you put others’ needs first, you will be blessed more than you can imagine.  When you take the time to love one another, God’s peace will rain down. 
 
Today, decide who you will serve.  Will you serve man and lift yourself high, or will you serve God and lift Him high?  God gave us the ability to choose our destiny and today is the day you should decide just who your household will serve.  Will it be man or will it be the Lord? 
 
Lord, open our eyes to whom we have chosen to follow.  Let us not be misled by the direction we are going.  Let our eyes clearly see if you are indeed the one we are serving.  Help us to put others first and serve you at all times. 
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly 
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net 

October 12, 2016


1 Corinthians 9
24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.. 

We are all in a race.  Some walk along, others jog a few run and some sprint. Not all of us are fast and not all have the endurance to stay steady the whole time. I was reminded of a 5K race I watched. There were people from every walk of life. Some had all the gear a runner should have, others had shorts and shoes only, some had strollers in front of them with little kids smiling away just along for the ride. There were people who were in shape and some who were not and everyone in between. There were a few that I thought would never make it to the finish line and one who looked like he already had it won.

That race, and the wonderful people in it, reminded me so much of this passage today. All of us are running this race of life. We all have different ideas of what the finish line might look like or where we may take a short cut along the way, but we are all in the same race.

As I read this passage this morning I thought about what kind of race I was running.  Am I one of those runners who has been training and is ready or am I going to be one of those who just entered for the shirt and will walk my way through because I didn't get in shape for the race? Well, I am kind of in between.....and sometimes I feel as if I tried to take a short cut through the forest full of briers instead of staying on the track!

We all have our own race to run. We all have obstacles in our way as we train for the race of life. We get injured. We get sore muscles. We tire of the journey or want other scenic views. But, in the end, its all the same race, headed for the same finish line - heaven. Some of us may end up crossing that line looking perfect in our running gear while others will look broken, dirty, barely dressed with sweat, blood and tears streaming down our faces, but each of us must run the race.

So maybe today is the day we start to train. Maybe today we read one passage of our bible on our own. Maybe today we find like minded people to keep us accountable. Maybe today we start stretching our faith and believing the impossible. Maybe today we look beyond ourselves and seek out the one true trainer for wisdom in how to run this race properly. However you choose to go forward is up to you. You are the only thing standing in your way of the finish line God has in place.

Lord, thank you for the race. Thank you for the wisdom you provide when we ask. Thank you for the opportunity to run this race for you. Help us to grab hold of those around us who stumble and help them finish the race with your grace and mercy.

In Jesus' name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


October 11, 2016

Psalm 18:1 I love you, O LORD, my strength.


Sometimes I forget just where my strength comes from in this life. I get caught up in making things happen, forcing things to happen and sometimes I forget that it is God that gets things done – not me. Waiting on the Lord to do things for me can be difficult at times. Often I want things to happen now – not in God’s timing. I know what is best for me! Pride can be one of our greatest enemies in this life. It is easy to let pride slip in and overtake your thought process. As much as you believe in God and all he can do for you – we (ok – maybe not you – but definitely me at times) tend to take issues into our own hands and try to solve them all by ourselves without consulting God. We lose patience in His timing and move on alone. But, alone leaves us vulnerable to the snares of the enemy. It opens our hearts and our minds up to pride in ourselves instead of a hope in our Lord and savior.


Pride is one of those things that can slowly slip into our lives before we even know it. We lose faith in those around us. We believe we are the only ones who can do something the right way. We begin to think of ourselves as higher than those around us. That is when God steps in and shows us just how helpless we are!


So today – take an inventory of where you get your strength from. Do you believe that all that you do is of your own doing? Do you ever take time to give God credit and praise for what has happened in your life? Who do you thank when things go your way or get accomplished? Whose back do you pat? It needs to be God”s!!! Remember – alone we are nothing – but with God He will show himself to be everything – if we step aside and let the glory go to the one who deserves it.

Lord, thank you for showing me that it is you that is at work in my life. Thank you for the guidance the strength and the peace that you provide in my life. Thank you for opening my eyes to see your amazing presence every day in my life. Help me to stay grounded in your love and to continue to always seek my strength and wisdom from you. 


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly

OCTOBER 10, 2016

Mathew 14 
29 "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and 
came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, 
"Lord, save me!" 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," 
he said, "why did you doubt?" 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 
 
Well I know months of sermons have been written off these few words, but having 
faith in Jesus is one of the most important facets of Christian life. 
 
As I read these words this morning I was pulled to the last line – “when they 
climbed into the boat, the wind died down.”  It was not when Jesus took Peter’s 
hand.  It was not before Peter began to sink.  It was not before Peter got out 
of the boat.  It was at the end – after He listened to Jesus, after he took his 
step of faith and began walking on the water, after Peter began to sink, and 
after Peter cried out for Jesus to save him.  It was not until they were back in 
the boat that the wind died down.  
 
I believe many of us feel as if the wind should die down the minute we cry out 
to God for help.  He should save us and stop whatever is causing the wind to 
blow immediately.  But, as it shows in this passage – first we have faith, then 
we step out, we hold on to Jesus for dear life – through the storm not instead 
of it.  Jesus said there would be trials and tribulations for each of us.  He 
never said He would end them if we believed in him.  He never said they would 
never come.  He said he would be with us through the storms of life, holding our 
hands and taking each step along side us.  Or as the footprint poem shows so 
nicely – carrying us through the difficult times if necessary.  
 
Some people feel that once they become Christians life gets easy.   But, they 
would be wrong; we just go through the difficult times with a different 
perspective. One of the most important lessons that I have learned is that the 
more time you spend with Jesus studying his words in the bible the more you see 
how trustworthy he is.  You read his promises to you.  You read how you should 
act and react to situations.  You learn to live the life God calls you to live.  
One full of love, trust and faith. 
 
Lord, thank you for walking through the storms of life at our side.  Thank you 
for the words you left us so we could get to know your heart.  Help each of us 
find the time to read your word and the wisdom to understand it.  
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly 

Luke 11 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"


Have you asked your Father in heaven to give you the Holy Spirit? Did you know you could ask for such a thing? It says so in his word. I have read this passage often and used to think about more materialistic gifts instead of the ones we should be thinking about. God’s word means so much more than tangible things – He wants us to have more of Him – He wants us to have one of the greatest gifts He can give us – the Holy Spirit…..and He wants us to ask! He did not say we need to save up for it, sacrifice for it, or anything else – he simply said ask.


So, what do you ask for in the presence of God? Do you ask for the fruit of the spirit? Do you ask for peace in your life? Do you ask to be kinder to others? Do you ask for self-control? Do you ask for more material things? It’s ok to ask for that as well. God knows the desires of your heart before you even ask. He knows your want for nicer things or things that could make your life easier. But, make sure you ask for the Holy Spirit to be in your life first, and those other things seem to take care of themselves. Ask for the Holy Spirit’s guidance and for the fruit to be revealed in your life. You will be amazed by His love….when you give your life to Him and allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life.


“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” (Galatians 5:22)


Lord, thank you for all the gifts you bestow on your children – tangible and spiritual. Thank you for the love you have for us. Thank you for your son and his death so that we can have eternal life with you. Allow each of us to see the fruit of the Spirit in our lives and to give you the glory for it.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly

October 4, 2016

REMINDER - Day of prayer will take place at Lafayette City hall at noon, Thursday, October 6th. Please come out and join us in the Atrium to pray for our community. Prayer does change everything.


James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given to him.

This was my reading out of “Sparkling Gems From the Greek” by Rick Renner yesterday when my computer decided it would not work. I could have just sat and watched a bit of TV while drinking my coffee but instead I continued to seek out God’s word and what a blessing it was.

Wisdom is available to those who ask. Pretty simple. Ask and you shall receive. Do you need wisdom? Can you use wisdom to pay your bills, deal with debt, and resolve issues with your children or spouse? Do you need wisdom in how to deal with someone you work with or do business with? Do you need to make some important decisions about your future? Who to marry or where to work?

God’s word commands us to go to him if we need wisdom. If you lack it ask God. He is ready to give it to you liberally.

We all need to believe God will give us wisdom when we ask. It is his promise to us. So, last night during my husband and I’s prayer time we reminded God of the promises he gave us and asked for wisdom in our lives. We sought His wisdom in our business, finances and our family. We joined as one, sought God, called on his name and asked for his promise to come to pass in our lives.

Sometimes we need to regroup, refocus and reconnect with God completely. He is our provider of all things.  Today, seek Him. Today, seek out his promises. Today, trust He will fulfill your needs and impart the wisdom you need to overcome any obstacle in your way.

Lord, thank you in advance for the wisdom you provide. Thank you for reminding us of your promises in your word and drawing us closer to you through united prayer. May you always be at the center of our marriage, our family and our children’s hearts.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


September 30, 2016


Mathew 6

11 Give us today our daily bread.

Today.  That is what we need to focus on.  How can we serve God today.  He has given us today for a reason.  We are alive today for His glory.  What are you doing with today?  Will you use it to serve God?  Will you give Him glory today?  Or will it be a selfish day used by you?  Turn your day over to Him and watch the amazing things He will do with it – if you allow Him the opportunity.

God can be worshiped, thanked and praised in the most mundane tasks.  He wants to be there as you drive to work, drop off kids, stop for that coffee, or as you sit at home on the computer reading this.  He is in everything we do just waiting to be asked in. 

So, as you go about your day today – a day not everyone was given – think about God today.  Think about how you can celebrate today for what it is – a gift from God.  Use it for His glory today.  Pray with someone, share with someone, show love to someone today.  Be a friend to someone today.  Listen to someone today.  Build up someone today.  Smile at someone today.  Be God’s hands and feet today.

Lord, thank you for today.  No matter what is in store for me today – I know it is a gift from you!  Thank you!  Let your light shine so brightly from me today that people can actually see it! 


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

September 29, 2016



Psalm 5
1 Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.  2 Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  3 In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.

Often we come to the feet of Jesus, lay out our needs and cry out to him but we leave without expecting him to meet those needs. We don’t walk in the belief that they will happen. We almost give up before giving God the opportunity to even work in our lives.

I have a friend who lives what she believes. She knows God, his word and all his promises. She speaks them over her life and expects them to come to pass. She expects God to work in her life and he does in such mighty ways! Just this week I was telling someone about her faith and belief that her husband would start attending church with her. It was far from the truth when she began praying years ago, but God is faithful and does things in His timing not ours. On Sundays she would take a seat in church and would save the seat next to her for her husband. Now, her husband was back at home sitting in his recliner most likely reading the paper, but she would tell anyone who asked about the seat next to her, “I’m sorry, this seat is for my husband.” Now, no husband ever came and sat in that seat and others probably looked at her like she was crazy when it was still empty after church, but she still claimed that seat for him. Now, it took a long time for that seat to be filled, but Jesus touched her husband’s heart and he has started filling that seat next to her.

God has a plan. God hears our cries at his feet. He knows what we need, want  and desire and he often meets them….if they are the best things for us. When you lay those needs at God’s feet, walk away expecting something to happen. Expect a change! Save that seat for  your husband and watch what God will do.

Be faithful in your time with God, heed his word and he will be faithful in what he says he will do.

Lord, thank you for both answered and unanswered prayers. Thank you for showing us time and time again you are faithful to bring about the best in our lives when we seek you. Let us know your word inside and out and speak it over our lives for your glory. May we see you at work in our lives always.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

September 28, 2016


Luke 23
16 Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.

Right before Jesus was put to death Pilate stated that he found no basis for killing Jesus but he would be punished and then released. Every time I read these words I think “How unfair to be found to have no basis for being held, yet he was punished, and then released”.  How about just releasing him if he was innocent? This is so unfair!

How many times in life do we experience unfairness? When someone else gets the promotion that we worked tirelessly to get. When we practice and practice and still lose the race. When we have to study and study and others just hear it and know it. That mother who has kid after kid and someone else can’t have one. That person who has all the luck and the other who can’t catch one break.

I hear “It’s not fair” all the time out of the mouths of my boys. One gets more of this and the other got more of that. I think one of my favorite commercials while my kids were growing up was the kid who had to share his cookie. He got to break it in half but mom let the other kid choose.

Life is full of ups and downs sideways twists and somersaults, but the only constant is God. So next time you think you got the raw end of the deal, think about this verse.  He was punished before he was released because he did nothing wrong and the verses that followed where he was placed on that cross and died, not for his sins, but for yours and mine.

Sometimes life gives us situations we don’t deserve but more often than not, you probably get some blessings you didn’t deserve either. Don’t get hung up on the unfairness in life, Jesus suffered those things as well. He focused on the love he had for the Father and for us and we should try that as well. When life is unfair, find someone else to bless instead of cursing the situation.

Lord, thank you for living a life that was unfair to you. Thank you for suffering and dying so that we can live life and live it abundantly if we choose to. Help us to see past the circumstances and see you. May we always keep our eyes on you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


September 27, 2016


Psalm 139
4 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

Sometimes we forget just how awesome our God truly is. He knows our words before we do and yet he loves us anyway. He sees our hearts and our motives clearer than we can see them. He knew the love we would share, the pain we would feel, the choices we would make and the lives we would touch from the beginning.

He is the alpha and the omega, beginning and end. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is all knowing and nothing is beyond his grasp.

So today, if you feel something is too big for him to handle or that something cannot be changed, rest in the fact that nothing is impossible with God.  He sees your struggle and he is already working on your solution you just need to rest in his peace and walk in his grace.

Lord, thank you for reminding us just how awesome you are and that nothing is impossible for you. Help us to remember that as we struggle with what we see instead of what we know. Let us feel your presence in every situation today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 



September 26, 2016

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?

A stronghold is defined as a place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack.  My relationship with the Lord is the stronghold of my life. It is what keeps me from straying too far off the path. It keeps me rooted in His word. It corrects me when I need to be corrected. It covers me in grace and mercy. It is what I hold onto when the world turns upside down. When I know the Lord is the stronghold of my life, I know that no matter what comes my way, I can still stand on his word, believe what he says and stand firm in my faith. The world can crumble around me and it may even take me to my knees, but my God is faithful to bring me through the toughest of trials. Some people say “God never gives you more than you can handle” but what he actually says is this - 1 Corinthians 10:13  “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”  You can endure the temptation. You can endure the hard times. You can endure and be victorious. When we are at the ends of ourselves, he is there. When we cannot go on any longer, he is there to walk with us.

I spent time with my sister this morning as we mourned the loss of my nephew as the 1 year mark quickly approaches.  Her heart is broken and so is mine. Times such as this cause us all to wonder where is our God? Why did he let this happen? Why us? Can we really survive this? None of it makes sense this morning, but what does makes sense is that God is still on the throne. He still loves us. He still cares for us. We are the apples of his eye. We are his favorites. And we can endure things with God as our stronghold. And sometimes our hearts still hurt because he taught us to love so deep. I couldn’t answer the “why” thoughts this morning, but all I could do is remind myself the lord is the stronghold of my life of whom or what shall I be afraid. He is my light and my salvation and my nephew just beat us to his kingdom. 

When nothing makes sense we have to stand on the word of God for it is the only true thing. When we feel like we can’t make it through another day, we have to remember we can endure with God. Even when we are faced with adversity, sickness, death, unemployment, crazy children or unloving spouses we have a rock we can stand upon. We have a foundation that will not be moved. We have an anchor that holds us in place when everything is pushing us down. We have a God that will never leave us nor forsake us. He will be there in the midst of our joy and in the saddest of tears. He is the only constant we can count on and believe in.

Lord, thank you for tearful mornings over coffee and a sister’s love. Thank you for a love that you allowed us to feel. Thank you for broken hearts we know you will mend and relationships that mean so much. Thank you for being our stronghold and holding us when we feel as though we are falling apart. Thank you for a love that can never be beat. May our broken hearts be mended by your unfailing love.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 




September 23, 2016


Luke 23
3 So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. 4 Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” 5 But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching. He started in Galilee and has come all the way here.”

I will start this one by saying it does not matter what other people think about you….it is what God thinks about you that matters.  Now, in saying that, I ask you what does God say and think about you? Do you stir others up with His word or do you choose your own words to stir them up and tear them down? Do your words make others question their decisions or do they just go along with what the other person says or does? Does your teaching bless or curse those around you?

I remember getting a note from one of my boy’s teachers that made me want to be better! She took all of the negative things she wanted to say and she twisted them in the perfect way making all of us want to be better people. She knew how to teach with love and compassion just like Jesus did. She walked with us on that journey instead of sending us out on our own.

That is the way Jesus is with us as well. He teaches us his beliefs and walks along side of us helping us get it right. He is there to lift us up with an encouraging word (scripture) to help us get up, dust off and keep moving.

Listen to your words today and see if your words stir others up in the right way. Your words are powerful and once said, they cannot be taken back. Use them wisely to strengthen one another. A good leader shows others just how great they can be instead of harping on where they are. Make the most of your words today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



September 22, 2016

Psalm 38
1. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.  2. For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. 3. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.  4. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.

I was talking just the other day about forgiveness and guilt.  And how we often ask for forgiveness, receive it but still walk around with the guilt of our actions.  We can’t let go of what we did or what we said.  It is like a giant anchor holding us in place and it never seems to go away.  It grabs hold of us and gets planted in our hearts.  As I read this scripture this morning I could almost feel the pain and the heaviness of his guilt.  I could feel that weight on my shoulders like the hand of God smashing down on me.  But, I don’t think it is the hand of God doing the smashing.  God is a God who loves us and forgives

us.  He went to the cross so that our sins were forgiven….even before we walked on this earth….he had done the work of the cross for each and every one of us.  I had this picture in my mind of our actions and the guilt we hold on to as reeds that were used to beat Jesus before he hung on the cross.  It is as if giving his life for our sins was not enough for us.  How self-centered is that?  But, I think we all go there from time to time.

Now, we do have to listen when the Holy Spirit calls us down for our actions and sends that feeling to our hearts when we have strayed from God’s path, but we also must remember that He does forgive, He does love us, and we are children of the living God.  Guilt can become a bondage that keeps us from growing and learning from our mistakes.  It keeps us from moving forward in God’s presence and pulls us backwards.  Lay those things at Jesus’ feet this morning.  Give it to Him to carry.  Let Him heal the hurt and pain and help you to grow from your mistakes not be hindered by them.  You cannot change what you did, but you can change what you do. 

Lord, I thank you for the love and forgiveness you give us.  I am on my knees thanking you for mercies that are new each morning.  I thank you for giving me a heart for you and for helping me to put myself and my pride aside.  I pray that you protect each and every one of our hearts as we open them up to you and others.  Keep them from the dangers that are there, from the guilt that can over take it, and let it absorb all you have for it today.  Lord, thank you for your word this morning.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 


Nehemiah 9

The Israelites Confess Their Sins

1 On the twenty-fourth day of the same month, the Israelites gathered together, fasting and wearing sackcloth and having dust on their heads. 2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all foreigners. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the wickedness of their fathers.  3 They stood where they were and read from the Book of the Law of the LORD their God for a quarter of the day, and spent another quarter in confession and in worshiping the LORD their God.


Huh, that is a hard act to follow.  As I reflected on this section this morning I of course turned to my own life and said – could I stand and read from my bible for a quarter of the day?  (6 hours)  Could I also spend that same amount of time in confession and in worshiping the Lord?  My heart and mind immediately said – YES!  Yes I can!  But, I would have to quit my job and divorce my family!  So, I took some time to add up my prayer/praise/confession/reading time and was a bit surprised at how much God is indeed in my life because of just a few choices I have made over the years.  Now, I am far from the quarter of a day, but I am closer than I was a few years ago and am trying to head in the right direction! 

Several years ago I decided as part of my penance for lent that I would listen only to Christian music.  I must say I did not know any of the words at first, but I quickly began learning a few songs – not any different from listening to the regular stations.  Although the topics were very different.  So, that simple act has increased my “praise” time considerably!  I can’t tell you how much it touches my heart to hear Luke, my 12 year old, as well as my other boys, sing the words along with me.   They are building a foundation in their life that will be strong and that can help them survive the difficult choices ahead of them in this life.  I also began spending time each morning reading scripture and writing down my thoughts on the subject matter – more for my own benefit but I have been told they benefit a few people here and there as well. 

My husband and I try to spend time each morning praying for our day, our relationship, our kids, our family, friends, jobs, etc.  It gives us an opportunity to connect together with God before we start our day.  It gives us focus and strength to face what lies ahead.  We also try to close out our day in thanksgiving for the day we had and to simply connect with each other and God one more time.  He keeps us focused on the real prize – eternity – not the day to day tasks of life.  I must say it is not easy to do all the time. We get busy, schedules get skewed and time gets away from us. I can tell when we let this part of our prayer life slack, because we begin to see less patience, grace and mercy for each other. It's hard to fight, stay mad at each other, and pray together all in the same day! 

So, I don’t think I make the quarter of a day mark, but just a few simple changes has made such a difference in my life and the life of my family.  I challenge each of you to look at areas of your own life where you can increase the time you spend with God.  Look at the time wasted on things that separate you from his love and choose Him instead.  I have a long way to go, but I can see God in my life in so many areas - and I am forever grateful for his faithfulness! 

Lord, thank you for all you do.  Thank you for meeting me each and every day just as your word says you will.  I pray for diligence in my walk with you.  I pray for continued guidance from your word and your Holy Spirit in my life.  Open each and everyone’s eyes reading this today.  Show them where they can get closer to you or where they can chose you over something else in their lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 


Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


September 19, 2016

Matthew 26

30 When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

This verse caught my attention this morning.  A group of men, sitting around eating and drinking, reclining at the table, discussing how one of them might betray Jesus, then they sung a hymn before leaving.  Praising God was such a part of who they were, that even as they gather for that last meal together, they ended it with a hymn.

Many of us are lucky if we remember to pray over the meal itself before we eat it. How many of you sing praises to God when you have friends over for dinner? Is praising God so much a part of who you are that even in the mundane task of eating, you think of singing to God?

I know that I hum songs of worship all day long if that is what I listen to on the way to work. I will hold on to one song and sing it as I walk around the office or while I am filing papers away. It is what helps me stay focused and centered on God and not myself.

Maybe we all need to be more purposeful in our music, in our dinner parties and in our homes when it comes to praising God. Maybe we need to think about a group of grown men, singing to God. Maybe we need to step aside from ourselves and remember who created us in the first place. It isn’t our friend, neighbor or co-worker, it is God. We probably sing the praises of all of those from time to time, why not the God of all the earth.

In your comings and goings, praise God. As you sit with your friends praise God. As you eat your meal, praise God. As you walk to work, praise God. As you look into your spouse’s eyes, praise God. As you struggle to make ends meet, praise God. As you sit to pay those bills, praise God. As you watch as someone turns their back on you, praise God.

In all things, before, during and after, praise Him today.

Lord, we thank you for reminding us to sing hymns of praise and thanksgiving. Thank you for reminding us it is not about us, but about you. May we have songs of praise on our lips all the days of our lives.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly



September 16, 2016


Psalm 103
8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

Thanks to Jesus, we are forgiven.  We are held accountable, but he forgives.  He is compassionate and loves us, even when we do not feel lovable.

Some of us became aware of the love of God early in our lives.  Others found out about him later in life.  Some decide as they are taking their last breath, that Jesus is Lord.  No matter when or where, it’s the choice that matters.  I have seen people who seem to have not made all those “bad choices” in life, who may not truly realize the depth of God’s love or forgiveness.  I have known others who can’t speak enough about the love of God in their lives and what He has brought them through.  No matter where you are on that spectrum, Jesus is Lord.


Today, thank him for who He is and what He has done in your life.  Look at where he has brought you from and what he has carried you through.  Don’t dwell on the negative or the struggles; think about the victory and what you have overcome with God.

Today is the day that the Lord has made, let us be glad and rejoice in it.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

September 15, 2016


Matthew 17
18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed from that moment.  19 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, "Why couldn't we drive it out?" 20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. "

The other day I watched a group of little boys playing on a big mound of dirt.  It was funny to watch them run up one side and back down the other.  For a while, they played king of the mountain, and then they found sticks and dug holes in it and made little roads through it.  It was a like a big giant toy.  As I watched them I actually thought about this scripture and about faith.  I didn’t think about moving the mountain – I thought about embracing it.

These kids embraced that mountain.  They looked at it as a playground.  For a while it was a giant ramp.  Then it was a kingdom.  And for a while it was a highway.  They never saw it for the large mound of dirt that it was.  It was an adventure to them not the mountain it was to everyone else.

I thought about my own interactions with my own mountains in life.  I usually don’t embrace them – I face them with a much different attitude.  I see them as an obstacle.  Something that keeps me from getting what I want.  I see it as a problem.  Something I need to get rid of, not something I can use.  I don’t even see it as something I can even command away as Jesus said.

Just think if we all approached our mountains with the mind of a child.  If we just changed it from that mound of dirt, to a kingdom to conquer or a playground.  Why do we have to see it as an obstacle?  Our mounds of dirt could become an opportunity to use our imaginations do something different for a change.  Just because we see it in our way doesn’t mean it is.  It just might be a place to stop and enjoy life for a moment before we go on.  Our mountain is what we make of it.  It does not make us.

Lord, thank you for little boys with awesome imaginations.  Thank you for taking everyday situations and letting your love shine through.  Help each of us to take that mountain we are fighting to get around and turn it into something satan doesn’t expect – a playground for our imaginations.  Help us to also remember your word that says if we need to move that mountain – we can.  We have all power and authority on earth.  We need to remember who created us and who loves us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


September 14, 2016

Luke 17
7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”

How often do we expect a praise or a thank you for doing the bare minimum? My youngest struggles to remember to do his chores without asking. He sees something “shiny” and off he goes. When he finally does complete the task, he always wants us to come and see it like he just built the Taj Mahal and expects us to be so excited….which, truth be told we are because it finally got done! But, those tasks are what are expected as part of our family. It takes all of us doing our part to make it run smoothly and sometimes we each need a little help getting things done. In our house, chores completed do not equal allowance.  Going above the normal chores and doing something extra gets the money flowing. We are all part of a family and we each have our part. It is when we help others or go above and beyond the norm that the blessings and praises begin.

I believe it is a similar principle with God. Here are the commandments, follow them. It is when we go above and beyond and help our neighbor, feed the hungry, visit the sick and bless those who cannot bless us in return, that we see the reward.

Maybe today is the day that you do “a little more” for someone. Maybe today is the day you do your whole job without expecting anything in return because you did what was expected.  Maybe today is the day you offer to help that co-worker catch up, watch someone else’s child for them to have a few minutes of quiet, do something special and unexpected for your spouse, buy that homeless man a cup of coffee and a donut, or just smile instead of frown when you go to work.

Lord, help each of us to be reminded that we all need help from time to time and maybe today we can meet that need for someone else. Let us go above and beyond the “rules” and bless one of your children today. Let us work as your hands and feet and show love and compassion instead of grumpiness and hatred.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

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September 13, 2016


Luke 16
15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.

My son wanted to be lead drummer in his school band so badly he could taste it. He went to school early every morning for a couple of weeks to get extra help from the teacher, helped set up chairs and get the room ready every day, and assisted other students in proper techniques. He was sure the spot was his. But, he came home quite upset that the spot was given to someone else. He stated all the qualifications, which he had.  All the things he had done, which he did. In his mind, that spot belonged to him. That is when he began to belittle the other person. “He can’t play! He was one of the kids I taught. How can he get the spot and not me.  He is mean, stupid, …..”

That is when I had to step in and say, “Life doesn’t always make sense. Sometimes you just have to do your best. Sometimes God wants you to come out second because it doesn’t matter to him. He wants to see your heart in all of it and right now your heart is not very pretty.” It is easy for us to start measuring ourselves against others when we lose or talking down about the other person to make our loss a little easier to handle.  Truth be told, the teacher wanted someone else and not Luke. In her eyes, the other person was the best leader at this time. Maybe that teacher sees something deep inside the other kid that she wants to draw out. Maybe that kid practiced harder and tried more than Luke. Sometimes we cannot see what others are doing because we are too consumed with ourselves.

God may want Luke second so he can help the leader. God may want Luke in second place so he can be humbled. God has Luke in second place and he will use him there if Luke allows it.

So, if you are not where you want to be, make sure you are doing all you can to move forward and just enjoy the spot you are in until it is time to move again. Make sure what you are valuing is what god values. Don’t put others down to make yourself feel better. God sees your heart, make sure it is right with him and all these other things just seem to fall right into place or he changes your heart so it doesn’t matter as much.

Lord, help Luke settle into his place as a leader from the second chair spot. Help him to see what you see in him and let his heart be joyful in other people’s success instead of feeling sad and hurt when he doesn’t win. May we all be reminded that God sees success a lot different than we do and his way is far better.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 




September 12, 2016


Matthew 12
35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.  36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.  37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned."

Some of us talk just to hear ourselves talk and others hardly ever say a word.  Can’t really say one is better than the other, but they both have consequences.  If any of us really recorded every word we say we would probably be amazed by what comes out of our mouths.  Many of us say things without even realizing it.  We let our mouth speak before our brain has time to think about what is coming out.

If we all have to give account for EVERY word we have spoken, maybe we should all take notice of what we say.  It is often easier to see what others do – so just think about your friends you associate with the most for a minute.  What do they say?  If you could tell them what you think of what comes out of their mouth – what would you say?  Would you say their words edify our God?  Do they build people up?  Are they used for good or evil?  Do they even need to be said?  Are they just repeating themselves over and over?  Do they say so little you wonder more about what they did not say than what they did?  Are their words trustworthy?  Does gossip flow freely?  Do they harp on one thing until it drives you crazy?  Are their more 4 letter words than any others?  Could you live without knowing what they had to say? 

Now – think about that for yourself.  What would others say about you?  I’m guilty of all of the above at some point or another.  But, now that we know we are held accountable, we are responsible for watching what comes out of our mouths.  So, think about what you say – before you say it.  Does it need to be said or do you just want to say it?

We all need to be more conscious of what comes out of our mouths because it does stem from our hearts.  We (meaning all of us) might just need to dig a little deeper and see where our words come from.  What makes us say what we say or don’t say what we don’t say.  We all have motives – some just have a more Godly origin.

Lord, help me to hear the words I say.  Help me to be conscious of what I allow out of my mouth.  Let me be more of a reflection of you in what I do and say.  Help me to change my heart so that out of my mouth good will come!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


September 9, 2016


John 10

29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.

I love the visual I get with this verse.  Us wrapped up in the palm of God’s hand, safe and secure, while the world goes on around us. Nothing can pry those fingers away. God is protecting us from everything. 

The only way out is from within that hand.  We have to push the fingers away. We have to wiggle around and squeeze through the fingers.  We have to escape from the protection of His hand. He will never open it up and make us leave; we choose to stay or we choose to leave. That decision is up to us.

Even though the world dances around us we have to know that God is where our source of strength protection and love. It is where we need to be. It is where we are called to be.  It is where we strive. When we know that no matter what is going on around us we can still have peace and love in his hands, it allows us to continue on. It allows us to move forward, when it seems as if we should give up.

Take a look around and see where you are residing today. Is it in the palm of his hand or is that hand barely visible in the distance? Seek it out today. Even if it is taking one step closer, move in that direction. Just turn around from what is ahead and seek Him out today. He is there. He is available. He is waiting on you.

Lord, hold on tight to me today. Let me feel your presence all around me. Let me feel the warmth of your hand and feel the breath of life on my cheek. May I remain always in your palm and in your peace.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!
 
Kelly 




 September 8

Mathew 5
44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

How many enemies do you have?  How many persecutors are around?

I have a challenge for all of us this week.  Take some time to really reflect on this verse.  Spend some time putting your thoughts on paper today.  Make a list of those people that come to mind.  Write out your “enemies” or those who “persecute” (to oppress, annoy or harass) you in this life. 

Now, decide if you have forgiven them or not.  If not, forgive them.  Now spend this week praying for your enemies.  Not for their demise, but for their hearts, their minds, their health, whatever their needs are right now.  But, be careful not to bash them in your prayers.  Let the hold of their persecution be broken off your life.

Holding on to hurts only block the love of God from filling your heart completely.  This life is way too short to hold on to the hurts in this world.  We all fall short of perfection.  We have all hurt someone in the past (either intentionally or unintentionally).  Wouldn’t you want them to forgive and pray for you?

Do unto others…as you would have them do unto you.

Lord, thank you for opening our hearts and our minds in order to list out those we need to forgive and to pray for.  Help each of us make time today praying for our enemies and mean the words we say.  Let forgiveness and healing follow in our hearts and our minds.  Give each of us the words to say and help our hearts mean them!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 September 7

Mark 8
1 During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, 2 “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. 3 If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” 

All I could think about is how hard it is sometimes for us to sit for a little while on a Sunday morning to hear God’s word, yet these people were with Jesus for three days with nothing to eat. Most of us are already thinking about where we will eat lunch and who will we invite to join us. People stayed with Jesus days on end to hear the wisdom he spoke or to catch a glimpse of him in the street. I thought about the large crowd of people, some probably so far it was hard to hear, but they stayed in case they heard a word or two.

We are so fortunate in this country that we can hear the word of God easily if we want to. There are churches of every denomination within miles of our homes, some even closer. We can turn on the TV, internet or radio and hear it 24 hours a day, yet a little time during the week seems like a chore at times.

Maybe it is time we look inward and ask ourselves why we attend church anyway. For ourselves, our duty, for family, for a friend or is it to hear the word of God and be changed? I know that when I am hearing the word of God and reading his word daily, I am changed. I am a better “Me”. My temper takes longer to surface. My attitude is better. I feel calmer. I do not worry. I trust God more. And when I attend church, I then have others that walk with me when I struggle. Pray for me when I am hurting. Hold me accountable when I am not acting as I should act.


If you are not in a church, seek one out. Make a point to attend Sunday if you have not been. If you are attending regularly, seek out someone to invite to go with you. Mentor someone. There are plenty of people just finding out who God truly is, walk with them on the journey. We can all do better and be better when God is the focus of our life. Look inside your heart and see if you would travel miles to see Jesus or hear the sound of his voice or do you think you know it all already?

Lord, thank you for speaking to my heart today as I struggled to find time this morning to sit at your feet. Thank you for meeting me where I am and changing my heart today. Thank you for reminding me that you come first and all other things will fall into place.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


September 6, 2016

Matthew 12

12 How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath." 13 Then he said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.


Even after all of the great things Jesus did, many still wanted his life!  Amazing!  Some people are just never happy with anything in life. 

This made me start thinking of my own life.  Am I happy with what I have or do I always want more.  Do the blessings of others make me jealous or upset?  Do I look past all the greatness to see only fault?  Do I need to tear others down so I can feel better about myself?  At some point all of these are true for me….if I am honest with myself.  

I know I am not alone in this.  It is something about seeing others succeed or get ahead that can make us feel differently about ourselves.  We measure ourselves by a standard that is of this world and not Godly.  As I look back over the people in the bible – many of them failed miserably as well.  But, God

looked past what they did and saw their hearts.  He used them because they allowed Him to.  We all cannot be the winners all the time.  We cannot be the lead all the time.  Each of us is here for our purpose – for a time such as this.  We need to continue to strive to live like Jesus did.  Be the best we can be.  Try the hardest we can.  And be happy in the simple pleasures of life.

People will always have an opinion about you – be it good or bad….but in the end, what matters most, is how you live for Jesus.  There is only one person you have to answer to on your final day – Jesus. Stay focused on your own life, your own integrity and your own eternity instead of trying to tear others down.  The only opinion that matters in the end is God’s.

Lord, thank you for opening my eyes to your word today.  Thank you for allowing my heart to be touched.  May my eyes stay focused on you and your greatness.  Let me see the greatness in others and appreciate the skills and abilities that you have given them.  Let my mouth praise their greatness and not become jealous.  We all have different skills and abilities and plans in life.

In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


september 2, 2016


Joel 2
12 "Even now," declares the LORD, "return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning." 13 Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.

I LOVE my God!  Even in the midst of me being less than perfect – ok – in the midst of me being horribly sinful – God says – “even now return to me with all your heart, your fasting and weeping and mourning”.  No matter what you have done.  No matter what you are doing.  No matter whom you have hurt.  No matter the situation you put yourself in.  No matter how you got where you are.  No matter if it was your stupid choices or decisions. 

NO sin is bigger than my God.  NO situation will build a wall big enough to keep him in or out.  NO choice is too bad to come back from.  Even now – in the midst of my turmoil and heartbreak he simply wants me to turn to him with my whole heart, be remorseful, and return to him. We must turn to him fully and not just on the outside and what people can see – but on the inside deep within us where no one can see – that is what he wants of us.  I think many of us simply think we can’t be close to God because he would never forgive us, but we are so wrong.  He longs to have us back in his arms.  He longs to have each of us walking next to him.  He longs to have us in his presence again.  He just wants us to truly repent and turn back to him.

He is a loving God.  He is gracious and compassionate.  Slow to anger and ABOUNDING in love.  He is simply amazing in every way.

Lord, thank you for today.  Thank you for your word.  Thank you for your forgiveness, compassion and love that you show us every day.  Thank you for giving us time to turn to you.  Help us to make sure we are giving our entire selves to you.  When we hold back, send the Holy Spirit to show us the areas where we continue to hold onto the world instead of onto you.  Enlighten us in our walk with you.  Shed your light in ALL of our dark deeply hidden spots.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



September 1, 2016

REMINDER - Day of prayer will take place at Lafayette City hall at noon TODAY, Thursday, September 1st. Please come out and join us in the Atrium to pray for our community. Prayer does change everything.


Mathew 14
19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 

I use this passage with my kids all the time but my version is “Be thankful for what you have instead of worrying about what you don’t”. It is easy to see our lack especially in a time where most things are fast and convenient or new and improved. We are not just thankful for a shirt on our back because it has to have a certain tag or come from a certain place. We want more and more and better and better.

 

We need to take the time to be thankful for the bread and fish we have and even share it with those around us. Instead of spending time striving for more and more, take time to be thankful for what is in your life. Do not just get caught up in “striving for more” but make a point to enjoy and be thankful for what you have “achieved” first. Striving to be better is a great thing, but being thankful for what you have in the moment is even more important.

Lord, thank you for your word and your love. Thank you for reminding us to be thankful first and foremost. When we are, we open up the doors for you to stretch what we have even further than we could even imagine. May thankfulness be forever on our lips.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net

August 31, 2016

Ezekiel 44


15 " 'But the priests, who are Levites and descendants of Zadok and who faithfully carried out the duties of my sanctuary when the Israelites went astray from me, are to come near to minister before me; they are to stand before me to offer sacrifices of fat and blood, declares the Sovereign LORD. 16 They alone are to enter my sanctuary; they alone are to come near my table to minister before me and perform my service. When I read about sacrifices offered for different issues my mind thinks about just how nasty that job would have been. I have seen animals skinned and killed and it was hard for me to see this as anything but gross. But, as I read these words this morning in the wee hours of the day I began to think about the honor bestowed on these priests to be the one to actually be worthy of sacrificing animals to our God. “They alone are to enter my sanctuary, they alone are to come near my table to minister before me and perform my service” said the Lord.


How many of us take the fact that God allows us to perform his service as a blessing? Do you find feeding the homeless a blessing? Do you see being able to help the elderly as something God allows His faithful to do? Those who faithfully carried out the duties of the sanctuary were able to “perform my service”. As I thought about those words this morning it made opportunities to be God’s hands and feet an honor and something to be cherished.


The veil to the sanctuary was torn when Jesus died. We have been brought into the inner room to have a relationship with the living God. We so often take this for granted. We are given an opportunity to do the service of our Lord. We no longer have to sacrifice bulls and goats, but we can sacrifice our free time, our talents and our blessings for those without. We can minister to the lost so that they to can have a relationship with our God – not just now, but for eternity.


Look around you today. Look at where God places you. Look for opportunities to be the light in the darkness today. Remember who you are – a child of the living God. A member of His family. Take advantage of the blessings you have and share them with others today. Don’t look upon it as a burden – it is a blessing.


Lord, I thank you for waking me up extra early to spend time with you today. I thank you for the opportunities that lay before me to be a service to you. I thank you for my family and friends and the love and support they have for me. I thank you for your son, who died for my sins, so that one day I could spend eternity in your presence.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly

Luke 8
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

There have been some wind and water that we all wished we could have controlled over these last few weeks and those in the week to come in our area. Some of us prayed and prayed that the water would subside, but it continued to rise, despite everything we tried. Fear crept in as our faith began to waiver with every drop of rain that fell.

We watched homes flood, households get completely destroyed and faith get tested. We saw people stand up and help those in need. We watched as neighbors helped neighbors and strangers helped strangers. We saw the true meaning of God’s words as people served one another. We saw people serve those with no way to pay them back. We saw people serve others no matter if they had money, despite the families they came from, the jobs they had or if they deserved it. None of those things mattered or were thought because people just saw each other as people in need.

Many of us just wished those winds and rains would have just heeded our words and stopped. That the water would have resided and homes and lives would not have been lost. But one thing we would not have wanted to miss was seeing the unity of our neighborhoods or the resolve and strength of our friends; we just wished it was for different reasons.

Even if the waters were not given orders to stop, we still serve a God whose voice calms the winds and the water. We serve a God who will use this for His glory. We serve a God who met needs through His people who heard the call in their hearts and went to serve one another. We serve a God who will use every pain and injustice to lead us to him and his mercy and will bring us to a place we may have never found otherwise. He uses all things for His glory for those that love the Lord.

Lord, help us to continue to serve others as you call us to serve. Help us to see as you see and unite us as one. Guide us to use our talents and our gifts to serve each other as you have called us to serve. May the rising of the waters and the blowing of the wind always remind us that everything must answer to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly  

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


August 29, 2016


Luke 8
15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

I love the word “persevering”. I needed to be reminded that we must persevere to see all that God has for us. We can’t stop at the problem, or the solution, we have to persevere through it all to see the “crop” all of our hard work will produce.

My son Luke has been taking Jiu-jitsu for almost a year now. He often talks about wanting to train to be a UFC fighter one day but when I mention that he needs to train hard, run more and get a good cardio workout in it seems to fall into second or third place on his list of “What I want to be when I grow up”  list. He wants to skip right to standing on that platform receiving his medal.
It can be the same with our faith. We want to stand up against the enemy at every turn. We want to never falter or fail or lose hope. We want to always be able to stand on God’s word without a hint of being scared or angry. That strong Christian outlook and belief system doesn’t come without some working out, cardio work and a few long marathons.

God’s word is true. It is trustworthy and He is faithful. Coming to that knowledge isn’t always easy. Sometimes it takes praying and praying and seeing nothing happen but all you can do is trust in his word. It takes asking for healing that may never come on this side of heaven. It takes time and time and time on your knees to see someone overcome addiction, pride, greed or lust. It is through persevering that we see the greatness of God. It is through persevering that we can see the forest for the trees. It is through perseverance that we can see that one instance in our life does not define who we are in God’s eyes. It is through perseverance that we take tiny steps forward without falling too far back. It is through perseverance that we see that we have left our old selves and evolved into someone after God’s own heart and we see the crop full of love, faith, honor and redemption.

If today feels like more than you can handle, hold on and persevere. God is still God and His word is still true.  Stand fast and persevere and you will harvest an abundant crop.

Lord, thank you for your word that seems fresh every day. Thank you for opening my heart and my eyes to your goodness. May you be with each of us as we persevere and await your glory.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 26, 2016

Ezekiel 28

17 Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor. So I threw you to the earth; I made a spectacle of you before kings.

I believe this is something we can all fall into every now and then.  Forgetting just where your blessing and success actually come from.  Granted, God does expect you to work hard and do your best at all times, but it is GOD who ultimately allows those blessing and success into your life.  It does not come from you or me, it comes from God.  He asks us to be obedient to his word and to follow Godly principles and He does the rest. 



Many people get caught up in the trap of becoming proud of what you do or what you have.  You begin to believe everything you have is because of your own doing – your hard work – your efforts - your personality – your investment – your manipulation.  We have to always remember where it really comes from – GOD!  Praise Him for the abilities He gives you that allow you to prosper.  Praise Him for the financial mind that allowed you to be successful in your financial dealings.   Praise Him for the patience to follow through on what you start.  Praise Him for the ability to work your body long and hard and have stamina in the heat and cold.  Praise Him for the overachieving personality He gave you.  Praise Him for everything you have and everything you don’t.


Always remember to give Him the glory and the honor in all things.  Thank him for the simple blessings that most of us take for granted – a warm bed, a job, family, cars, electricity, computers, internet, love of friends and family.  Everything.  Praise Him for it today.  Thank Him for it today.  Remember where your blessings come from at all times.

Lord, thank you for all you are and all you do in my life.  Thank you for the simple things you give me such as green lights as I travel to the health of my family.  May we always be humble in your eyes and thankful for what we have instead of envious of what others have.  May we always be a blessing to others in our daily walk.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



Matthew 6
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

This is one of those verses you love to read, but hate to do.  Forgiving someone who has hurt you or your family is hard. It feels as if you are justifying their horrible action and making it OK when you say “I forgive you”. But God just wants us to let go of that hurt and hold onto him. He just wants us to stop feeling bitter and angry and feel love and peace. He wants us to find a place where we can release that anger and feel his presence. He doesn’t want us to have our forgiveness blocked by our own actions.

I have a friend who received a call from someone she had worked for years before. Her co-worker told her that something she had said years ago had upset her so much that she had held on to those words for years and let them eat away at her. Now my friend had no idea that she had hurt someone so deeply. She would have apologized in that moment if she had known that something she had said had upset someone. In fact, what she had said was taken wrong from the beginning yet this person had harbored that anger and hatred for years.

Forgiving others does not make what they did to you right. It makes your heart right. It lets go of a hurt that can cause bitterness and hatred to take root. It lets Jesus step in and heal you at that moment instead of letting unforgiveness grow into something deeper like hatred or bitterness. Forgiveness does not make you weak; it takes the power away from the person who hurt you.  My friend had power over someone else (without knowing it) for years when she never thought twice about the incident. Most offenders move right on it is our unforgiveness that holds us in that moment, reliving it over and over.

If you have someone you need to forgive – do it. You don’t have to call them like my friend’s situation. Just sit down with God and say the words.  You may not even mean them at first, but God can change any situation and heal any hurt. Let go of what is blocking you from God’s blessings. Do it for yourself, not for the person who hurt you. Holding on to that hurt only hurts you, not them. I can almost guarantee that you think about what they did way more than they do. Don’t let it consume you and block the forgiveness of God over your own life. You will be surprised how differently you see all things when unforgiveness stops clouding your view.

Lord, open the hearts and minds of those reading this today. Let bitterness be uprooted and forgiveness be planted in their hearts. Help them receive that love from God today and change their course in life in one instant.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly


August 24, 2016

John 21

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.  

As I read these words I thought about just how many other things He did while He was here on earth.  Think about the words – the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.  That is incredible.  We read where he changed water to wine, raised people from the dead, healed sick, gave sight to the blind, made those crippled walk, fed thousands with a couple of fish, touched a fig tree and it shriveled up….and those are just off the top of my head.  Imagine all the other things he did and the lives he touched.  Imagine Him walking around here on earth – the place we call home – calling us to a greater life with Him.

As I meditated on His amazing love I wondered just how big my book would be if I wrote things down about my own life. Here are a few chapter titles I pondered during my early morning time with God: 
 
The times I trusted God.
The times He was faithful
The times God failed me (empty pages!)
The blessings I received that I certainly didn’t deserve
The times I needed forgiveness
The times I forgave and forgot
The second chances (grace) I have received
A listing of all my sins
Times I spent at God’s feet – when there wasn’t a crisis

Some of those chapters would be incredibly short – some nonexistent – some might not even be a page – others could be turned into books instead of chapters.  I don’t think we spend enough time reflecting on just how great our God is and how blessed we are to truly know Him and have a relationship with Jesus Christ.

Reflect on your life and on the chapters of your own book – see if you can beef up those chapters along the way and edited those that need editing.

Lord, you always amaze me.  You are good and faithful and we take you for granted on so many occasions.  We fail to turn to you in all things in our lives.  We try too hard to make it on our own instead of placing our needs at your feet and seeking your direction on how we should move forward.  Forgive us for our selfishness and our self-centeredness.  Give us opportunities to see you for who you are and ourselves as you see us.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



 


August 23, 2016


John 2

24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people. 25 He did not need any testimony about mankind, for he knew what was in each person.

Jesus knows each of us completely and fully. He knows how we act in front of others and what we do when no one is looking; that moment when our true character is revealed.

We used to have an outdoor furniture store and of course the sales floor was outside.  One day as I was walking along the parking lot near the street waiting for a customer to show up I found a $20 bill.  I was so excited.  I looked around but no one was around to claim it. I looked up and said, “Thank you God!” I probably did a little dance on the side of the road as well because times were pretty tight back then.  I walked a little further and found a $10 bill, to which I rejoiced a bit more and of course began looking for the next one. It was like Christmas in the middle of July. Few steps more and another $20 and another $10 it was just getting better and better. What a blessing I was receiving! I was looking hard now for the next one and there it was – a $20 then another one!  What an amazing day I was having until I turned around and found the wallet where they were coming from. I could just barely see the edge of what would turn out to be a driver’s license poking out from the side near another $20.

I wanted to turn around and run from that thing. How dare a wallet, with an ID show up in the middle of my treasure hunt! I needed that money. I found it. It was mine, right? I picked up the wallet and pulled out the ID. Of course it was of a handsome young man that was smiling at me….or laughing at me depending on how you looked at it.  Of course, like all licenses, there was an address on it.  Everything I needed to reach him…which I did.

He had just gotten paid, stopped for gas next door and must have left his wallet on the top of his car. It was all the money he had for the week and he could not thank me enough for getting it back to him so quickly. I could have really used that money.  I could have claimed it was a gift from God. I even thought if I had not been so greedy and stopped looking I wouldn’t have found that wallet!  But, I did continue and I did find it.

Now, I may not pass every test or trap placed before me, but I did that day (after a lengthy conversation between me and God) and God blessed me with some pretty nice sales that next week to make up for what I “lost” by giving his money back.

God sees our hearts, knows our thoughts and loves us in spite of it all. He is there waiting to help us pass these tests. He is there to help you act the same way all the time. He does not need testimony to tell him who we are; he knows our deepest darkest secrets. We cannot fool him. So don’t try. Invite him in and allow him to change your heart from the inside out.

Lord, thank you for blessings we do not deserve. Thank you for loving us despite our current state. Draw each of us in and change our hearts to better serve and love you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly
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August 22, 2016

Matthew 16
21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to you!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."

How many times has that been me?  Probably more times than not.  I am the one who fights for justice and wants others to do what is “right”.  I will stand up for what I believe in no matter the cost at times, for me or for others.  Some things are just wrong and must be made right.  My middle name must be Peter.

I wonder how many of those “wrongs” God was using to bring others closer to him.  I wonder how many times I saw things with my earthly eyes and not God’s.  I wonder how many times I did as Peter did and ran to the rescue but was only doing the work of man and not that of God?

I have had some “wrongs” done to me in life.  I have felt injustice and have been totally disappointed when I felt God had left me all alone.  Maybe, just maybe, I was looking at those times through the wrong eyes.  I wasn’t left alone; God was just sending me forth to make a new path for others.  He was right there, on the throne the whole time.  It was in those times that God revealed himself to me and drew me near.  That was probably his plan all along – to draw me to himself and into his arms.  What an amazing place to be, embraced by God himself.  That alone is worth any journey.

Jesus was never alone for one second and he suffered greatly for all of us.  He was wronged in so many ways, yet was victorious in the end, even when all others thought they had won.  In death, through beatings, God reigns.  From the outside, it may look as if Jesus lost the battle and was defeated, but that was only in the natural, not the spiritual.

Sometimes in our darkest moments when we feel desperate and alone we are on the road to righteousness and walking out our faith.  We are paving the way for God’s glory to shine.  We are being used for great things and kingdoms will be built through our obedience to God for His glory, not ours.

If today you are struggling, have faith.  Let all the Peters of the world get behind you and forge on knowing God is with you.  We can’t believe what our eyes see, we must believe what our heart and soul know – God is on the throne.  We are his favorite.  He is king overall and the master of our lives if we are obedient to His word.  Never lose sight of who He is.  He is God Almighty and your creator.


Lord, help us to see past what our eyes see.  Let us see through the darkness and into the light.  Help us to stand firm for righteousness, but not be a hindrance to your plan.  May your peace and mercy be what we cling to each day despite what our eyes see or what our mind tells us.  Let each of us feel your embrace today and find rest at your feet.


In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 19, 2016

Haggai 1
5 Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. 6 You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it." 7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways. 8 Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored," says the LORD. 9 "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.

One thing I have realized is there is always time for God when you put Him first!  We make time for all the important things in our lives – it’s our choice as to what comes first.  Since I have been doing my morning scriptures since 2009, it has been amazing the change in my attitude and perspective in life.  I can tell when I don’t put God first and foremost in my life.  Things seem to get crazier.  My temper gets shorter.  I begin to measure what I have, who I am, and who I should be by the world’s standards instead of God’s.  I am no longer content – I feel like I am lacking in something. 

That is when many of us find ourselves in verse 6 – with our lives out of sync and unfulfilled. We need to build up God’s kingdom and not our own – ours will be built as we build Him up.  When we put something besides ourselves first – it will change our whole attitude.  But, we have to be careful in what is put first – because it can change our whole life.

Take time this week to put HIM first.  Read His word.  Meditate.  Sing HIS praises and brace yourself.  I’m not saying it is easy – but I am saying it is SO WORTH IT!  When you have something as solid as God to believe in you have an anchor to hold you still in an ever changing world.

Lord, thank you for everything thing in my life.  I thank you for drawing me near and never letting me go!  Help me to continue to seek you first in my life and make me aware of all the distractions that I allow in the way.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


August 18, 2016


Jeremiah 44
4 Again and again I sent my servants the prophets, who said, 'Do not do this detestable thing that I hate!' 5 But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their wickedness or stop burning incense to other gods.

I know that all of you Christians out there live an absolutely perfect life and God can’t be talking to us – but oh yes He is – LOUD and CLEAR!  HE says “Stop it!  QUIT!  I mean it!  I HATE WHEN YOU DO _____”.  We can all fill in this blank and if we are honest we could put all kinds of things in it as well.  We might not do these detestable thing all the time – but we do them.  I can hear him saying a few of them......I hate it when you (IHWY) use snide remarks instead of words of encouragement.  IHWY have to be right and prove others ways wrong all the time.  IHWY lack compassion for when someone is hurting – because they simply brought it on themselves (I am God and still care about their hurts).  IHWY talk about others instead of with them.  IHWY pray for me to do something and don’t act when I put something on your heart and refuse to be my hands and feet.  IHWY ignore opportunities I give you to share the gospel to someone that is lost because you might look silly or be offensive.  IHWY only share what you have when you have excess instead of simply sharing what I gave you with those I love (whether you love them or not).  IHWY ignore those around you in need.  IHWY don’t forgive those who hurt you and my blessings have to stop flowing to you.  IHWY choose to spend time with something or someone else besides me.  IHWY turn on the TV instead of listening to our children’s – parent’s – friend’s – spouse’s, roommate’s etc. hearts.  IHWY love something more than me!

I know I sometimes rank out sin from least to greatest – but God sees them for what they are – detestable in his eyes.  The smallest thing in our minds makes the same size slash mark in our books in heaven as the worst thing we could think of.  Simply having lust in your eyes is adultery.  None of us is without sin.  None of us live perfect lives.  All of us need grace, mercy and forgiveness from God first – but also from each other. 

So, I ask you to listen and pay attention to the words of God.  Turn from your wickedness stop burning incense to other gods – and give your heart, mind and soul to the one who loves you.  Be His today.   Don’t let him have to say I HATE IT WHEN YOU ……  Listen to Him say I love it when you listen and obey.  I love it when you turn to me instead of anything else.  I love it when you sit and visit with me about your day.  I love it when you wake up with a song on your lips and praise in your heart.  I love it when you share me with others.  I love it when you act as my hands and feet in this world.

Lord, I pray that I can hear way more “I love it when you” instead of “I hate it when you” leave your lips.  I want to be the one you look down upon and smile and say, “Well done my good and faithful servant”.  I pray for the grace and mercy needed to face each day with you as my guide, my friend, my everything.  I thank you for all the prayers you have answered, the hurt you have kept from me, the pain you have allowed, and the love that has been shown to me over and over.  Let your words be in my mind, heart and soul always. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


August 15, 2016

Isaiah 66
2 …. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.

I tremble at the word of God. The more I read and understand that those who follow their own will and not the will of God will not gain the kingdom of heaven, I cringe.  The thought of being separated from God forever, hurts my heart. Yes, I tremble, but sometimes I still choose to act against his will for me. I still want my desires met before His. I want to be selfish instead of selfless. I forget the consequences of my actions and go with what feels right instead.

But then I am humbled when I remember He loved me before I ever sinned. He loves me despite my choices. He is still waiting for me to put my own needs aside to seek His heart so he can fill my needs. He is waiting patiently for me to choose Him.


I want God to look with favor on me. I want God to see me and say well done my faithful servant. I want God to see a humble and contrite spirit when he looks at me, not just a lost sinner.

So, I must put him first in all that I do, all that I say and in all that I am. I must read his word and get to know the heart of God. I must read his word and understand his love for me.  I must read his word and realize just how loved I am. I must read his word and realize he loved me before I ever chose to love him back.

Lord, help me to continue to seek to be humble and contrite in spirit and tremble at your words. Help me to understand your word and guard my heart against the attacks of the enemy. Help me to be the child of God you have called me to be. Show me when I step outside your favor and become proud.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


August 12, 2016

Jeremiah 32
37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

Reading this passage was like God coming down this morning, sitting next to me and giving me the biggest most loving hug I have ever had.  I changed all the “them” and “they” to “you” and simply read it again as if God was speaking it directly to me this morning. 

He is gathering me to himself and giving me safety and security in His arms.  I am His.  He will never stop doing good to me.  It is amazing when you take His words to heart.

As this day begins I feel as if I can conquer the world because He is right next to me in this walk.  He is holding my hand and enjoying my company this morning.  He is sharing His heart and soul with me.  How absolutely amazing!  I am so in love with Him. 

I challenge each of you to grab hold of Him this morning.  Share with Him.  Let Him truly love you.  He wants to!
 
LOOK OUT WORLD!  Here we come!
 
Lord, thank you for today and your words to me.  Thank you for letting me have this quiet time with you even in the midst of school starting, kids getting ready, and schedules being all changed this morning.  I found peace in you this morning.  Give each of us reading these words you have so graciously given us feel your presence all day long.  Let your love shine through each of us as we represent you today.

In Jesus’ name we pray! 

Amen!  Amen!
 
Kelly



August 11, 2016


Isaiah 55
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

This scripture deserves a serious AMEN! Can you imagine if God had your thoughts and your ways? What if he had “good days” and “bad days”? What if he woke up on the wrong side of the bed? What if he yelled, “If I hear someone say God one more time I will scream”? What if he was just too busy to listen to you right now?

All I could think of this morning was thank you God that my ways and thoughts are not yours! I want God to continue to love me even when I am not lovable. I want him to continue to have mercy on me even when I mess up time and time again. I want him to give me one more opportunity to get things right instead of him just planning some revenge.

I also want my ways to become more like his. I want to be able to forgive someone and put it as far as the east is from the west. I want to love someone even when they are unlovable at the moment. I want to lead by example and not just follow along. I want my light to shine in a room of darkness no matter how hard the darkness tries to put out my light. I want to have peace no matter what is going on around me.

Lord, thank you for having amazing thoughts and ways. Let your Holy Spirit guide us today into becoming more like you in our thoughts and our actions. Help us to realize when we hurt you or grieve your spirit. Help us to become more like you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly 


August 10

Isaiah 46
4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.

I listened to a speaker one day ask the group to think about the worst case scenario concerning your worst fear. The person next to me replied instantly, “the loss of my father”.  The speaker turned to them and said, “So how bad would that be?”  The questions shocked me as I know it did him, but the answer did as well. The person replied, “I don’t really know”.

How many times do we have a fear of something, yet we don’t even know why. We can’t get past the “fear” part to logically think of what would come next in reality.

The conversation that followed about the fear of losing a father addressed all those little things that surrounded the problem like lack of money, instability, where would they live, could they buy food, etc. These are real life problems but often we look at them with earthly eyes and not our spiritual ones.

If God loves us enough to create us, he knows who we are. He knows our fears. He knows our strengths. He knows what can break us and he knows what will grow our faith. He will sustain us. He will carry us and he will rescue us if needed. He is the provider of all our needs….and sometimes our wants.

I watched the young man’s fear shrink away as the speaker told him about putting his faith in God and knowing that God does not have problems – he knows how to take care of anything we have. In that moment, I too was reminded that our issues are not “problems” to God. He already has the solution ready to go. He doesn’t worry about what to do next, or how to pay for this or that, He is God.

So, today as I am reminded about that young man I am reminded about how awesome my God truly is. He will carry us. He will sustain us.  He will rescue us (usually from ourselves). He will be there when all others abandon us. He was there from the beginning and will be there forever.

Lord, thank you for reminding me that you are still King of Kings and in charge. You will be there for each and every one of us no matter where we are in life. We cannot mess up “too much” to be out of the reach of your mercy and grace. May we always know we are children of the most high God.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

 

August 9, 2016

Jeremiah 17
7 "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. 8 He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."

I want to be that tree!  I could think of a couple of people just like that.  Those people who believe God is the true way.  They receive their rewards (water), always seem to reflect the love of God and never fear what is to come. 

How amazing is that.  The peace that God can give to those who love him and obey him is right there.  Just waiting for us to grab hold, trust, and believe.

Over this past year as I have studied His word I have come to realize just how faithful our God is in my life.  I have had some very difficult hurdles to cross but He has been there every minute of my time on this earth.  He has never let me down.  He has done a few things differently than I would have wanted or expected – but they have been done according to His plan not mine – and it was far better than I could have even imagined.

So, as I lay today at his feet and everything that is in it, I will trust in Him.  My root has been nourished this morning by his word, I am sure there will be some heat coming at me at some point today, but I will not fear.  My leaves will remain green and His love will shine through.  Even if it seems that I am all alone in my drought, I will believe that I will bear fruit – good fruit!  I will walk in the confidence of the Lord, with my head held high, and my feet firmly planted on His word.  He will be all that I need in this world – so that I may spend eternity with Him.  I am a child of the living God.

Lord, thank you for always providing what we need and keeping us from the things that will harm us.  Thank you for the water you provide for our roots that help us grow strong to withstand the weather and hard times.  You amaze me every day.  Help us to continue to be the light to others in this darkened world.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



August 8, 2016


Isaiah 33
22 For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; it is he who will save us.

Sometimes we just need to be reminded of who our Lord is and what he can do.  This life is not about what we can do, or our friend can do, what our enemy might do; but what God can do.

Lately, I have been working on the words I use while I am praying. It seems as though the more I know God, the more those words seem to change. I used to just sit at his feet and throw out all the problems I had so he could “fix” them all. Sometimes I’d even give him ways to fix them that worked out best for me. I could come up with some great scenarios when I let my imagination go!

But, I must say that even though I do retreat to those ways from time to time, I am learning to end every one of my prayers with “Your will be done”. I am learning that God is in control and I am not. I am learning that when I pray using his own words it reminds me of His strength instead of the size of the problem ahead. When I speak about how amazing God is those problems seem to get smaller and smaller. When I remind myself how faithful God is fear begins to shrink. When I list out the ways he loves me how can I hear the negative words of others?  For he is our judge, he is our lawgiver, he is our king; it is he who will save us.

God knows your struggles before you ever open up your mouth. Today, spend time praising him for who he is and what he can do in your life and watch things change. Some days I need to list out all my issues just to get them off my chest or mind, but I am trying hard to end my time with God reminding myself of all He is and all He can do and it gives me strength to face another day.

Lord, thank you reminding me who you are and the power you have to save us. Help each of us to remember all you are when we are struggling to get through today. Remind us of where our strength comes from and that our salvation is through you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



August 3, 2016

REMINDER - Day of prayer will take place at Lafayette City hall at noon on Thursday, August 4th. Please come out and join us in the Atrium to pray for our community. Prayer does change everything.



Jeremiah 5 
23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.  24 They do not say to themselves, 'Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.'   25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good. 
 
I know God protects us from so much over the course of our lifetime.  Accidents we did not have, conversations that ended before things were said, lives that have been saved, and plenty of little things that simply make our lives more enjoyable.  When I read the last sentence and reflected on the fact that I am depriving myself of the good that He has when my heart is hard or stubborn or rebellious, it saddened me.  

My God has something wonderful that He has picked out just for me – but I am too busy throwing a fit or being ugly (sinful) to earn my treat – so He holds it.  As a parent, I can so relate to this.  I have told this story before about the night I bought Luke one of the new pillow animals that were advertised on TV at Walgreen’s.  He loved and still loves stuffed animals….and it was so incredibly soft. Since they had the dog he wanted and I would not have to pay for shipping and handling – I bought the pillow there - even though his behavior did not warrant a $20 treat.  So, I bought it and said, when I see you have earned it you can have it.  He cried – saying “I can’t clean my room and do my chores – I’ll never get the dog”.  Took everything I had not to laugh out loud.  He is so stubborn – and so like me! 
 
So, this morning as I reflected I asked God to reveal my stubbornness, my rebelliousness and my “ugly ways” so that I can turn from them and back to God.  Each one of us has a sinful nature, but God gives the strength and wisdom to overcome everything that is placed before us.  He has something wonderful that He has hiding behind his back just waiting for the perfect moment to bless us with it. 
 
Lord, thank you for your love and forgiveness.  Thank you for holding our treats out of our way at times until we get back on the paths of righteousness.  Thank you for being a wonderful and loving God – who gives us guidance and structure so that we can be the best we can be.  Reveal our stubbornness and rebellious hearts and ways so that we can change and be more like Christ.  
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly



August 2, 2016

Luke 6:43-45 

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."

I must admit there have been some days that I wonder “Where in the world did that fruit come from?”
When I look at that words that come out of my mouth when I am upset, stressed or pushed to the limit, it shows me exactly where my heart is at that moment. This is when I realize my tree needs to be nurtured, fertilized and pruned. It needs to get back to the word of God and be reminded of what good fruit looks like and how it grows best when it is dipping its roots in God’s word.

Look at the fruit being produced in your life today and see if it is anything you would want to swallow.

Lord, thank you for reminding us that our fruit is proof of the shape of our hearts.  Help us to take inventory of what we are producing.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!

Kelly 


August 1, 2016


Mark 11:24 - 25
24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 25 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

God lays out everything we need in His word.  He tells us how to live, act, love, and forgive.  He wants us to succeed in life and spend eternity with Him.  We just have to follow His word.

 He tells us how to pray – ask, believe and it will be yours.  Most people stop at that point - they do not read further. But, he also asks you to reflect upon yourself during your prayer time to make sure your heart and mind are right before Him. If you hold anything (big or small) against anyone – forgive them...so that your Father in heaven may forgive your sins.  Think about that for a moment – you have to forgive to be forgiven.  That is hard to do when you have really been hurt by someone, but look at the consequences of holding on to hurts and pains – you block your own blessings and forgiveness from God.  Usually, the people who have hurt you have simply went about their life and probably did not even give you a second thought….or at least not about the incident you hold on so tightly to. Also remember - God did not say they had to ask to be forgiven - he simply said to forgive.  Forgiving them does not mean they were right or what they did to you was deserved, it just means you let it go and forgive their actions. You break the bond of unforgivness in your heart.

We all know forgiving others is not easy but it must be done.  We all make mistakes, we have all hurt someone and need to be forgiven ourselves - none of us are perfect.  If we chose to love as God does, we open ourselves up to hurts, but He forgives and so should we – His word says so.  

Lord we thank you for today and we give you all honor and praise.  We ask that you walk with us on a painful journey as we remember our hurts and we ask that you help us to forgive everyone.  We ask you to help us to ask for forgiveness as well from those we have hurt.  We ask you to heal the wounds and fade the scars left behind.  For only through you can we be truly healed. 

In Jesus’ name we pray.
 
Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



July 29, 2016

Isaiah 22
3 All your leaders have fled together; they have been captured without using the bow. All you who were caught were taken prisoner together, having fled while the enemy was still far away.

One morning, when I was probably about 6 or 7, my older sister decided it would be an awesome idea to hide under her little sister’s bed (that would be me) early one morning. As I sit here I can even imagine that beautiful smile she probably had pasted on her face as she hid quietly waiting for me to wake up. She was probably imagining all the different ways she could scare me to get the biggest scream. So, there she was, lying in wait while I peacefully slept.

When I woke up I innocently slid my feet off the side of the bed and took a few steps to my dresser to start taming my hair. The dresser was of course only an arm’s length away from the bed in our room so it was the perfect spot for her to do her evil deed. As I stood there brushing away, she slowly reached out from under the bed, probably trying everything she could not to giggle while she was did it, and grabbed hold of my leg. Well, you can imagine the shriek that came out of my mouth, the fear that took over and the speed at which I bolted from the room to find safety. I do not remember much of what happened right after, but that moment was etched into my mind forever.

When I got up that morning I probably never once thought about a boogie man under my bed, or that someone could be there ready to get me, but I guarantee you that from that moment on that boogie man was real. For the longest time, I remember jumping clear across the room when I got out of bed so nothing could get me. Every now and then when my foot hangs out from under the covers and over the side of the bed I still think about that morning but now after a brief moment of fear I giggle at the thought.

I tell this story to make the point that we often let fear grip hold of us even though there is nothing there to get us. They fled because of fear when the enemy was not even visible. How often do we do the same thing? We fear the unknown, what could happen, what happened to someone else when they tried this or that. Satan uses fear to keep us from what God has planned for us. We fear failure. We fear ridicule. We fear being rejected. We fear so much that we run away from opportunities because of what “might” happen.

Don’t fear the boogie man under the bed. Don’t practice the long jump so nothing gets you when you put your foot on the ground. Put the fear aside, put your feet on the ground and walk with the confidence and strength that God gave you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.  Accept God’s gifts and let go of fear. 

Lord, thank you for my sister and may God give her a special blessing today. I pray that those who are stuck where they are out of fear find renewed strength in God’s word and feel his presence when they step forward. May all of us remember that our God loves us more than we can imagine. May we focus on Him and not what we imagine is coming our way.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 28, 2016


Psalm 91
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”

I was speaking about trusting the Lord the other day with a friend of mine. I mentioned that sometimes I just say I trust Him because I know what I need to do but my heart still feels afraid or doubts. I have seen God work so many things out in my life that I said could never work out, but yet my human side still doubts.

It isn’t always easy to trust God is some things especially when your eyes see one thing like your balance in your checking account, but God is still calling you to tithe. Or when a doctor says one thing and you try desperately to trust that God is still in control of things. Or when you lose someone and you know that nothing can fill that void, but you just remind yourself that God can be trusted no matter what the circumstances may show.

Trusting God is a choice and it isn’t always the easy one but I keep claiming those words because I know them to be true. If you are faltering with your faith today, remind yourself continually what God tell us.  He is our refuge, our fortress a God in whom we trust.

Lord thank you for reminding me again and again at the perfect time that you can be trusted. May our eyes stay focused on what you are and not what we lack.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 27, 2016

Mark 10:45

He came to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many people.

I read a devotional today by Max Lucado that reflected on this verse. He spoke of how Jesus came to “find lost people and save them” Luke 19:10. He had the power at his fingertips and could have done plenty of incredible things, but he chose to focus his life on saving us.

I thought about all the different areas of our own lives that we juggle around. We have the capability of doing plenty of amazing things with our gifts and talents, but we might not be using them for God’s purpose in our lives.

I have been reflecting on the direction of my own life lately wondering which way God wants me to go. Am I becoming complacent where I am instead of continuing to grow? Am I tackling too many projects instead of focusing on one in particular? Am I stuck in such a routine that I have lost some of the passion that used to drive me?  Sometimes busyness can blind us from the direction we should be going and complacency keeps us from moving forward.


It is always good to take some time and reflect on where you are and where God is drawing you to next.  We should always be moving forward, learning more, gaining wisdom and building a stronger relationship with Jesus. Feel his presence and seek His direction. Jesus called on his father constantly and prayed “your will be done” maybe we should spend more time doing the same.

Lord, help us to seek you more in our daily walk. Open our eyes to where you long for us to go and the opportunities you give us to grow closer to you.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



July 26, 2016


Colossians 3
12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

My sister moved into a new home a few years ago.  It was a beautiful home with tons of room.  When I walked into her bedroom, I was amazed at just how much space she had.  There was a sitting room, high, high ceilings, huge bathroom and an amazing closet.  That is usually what catches the eye of most women.  As I walked into it I said, “You’ll never fill this up”.  She only had a handful of clothes in there, but they were in a pile on the floor.  She said she still had some things to pick up at the old house and stuff to unpack downstairs, but she will definitely be ready when it’s time to fill that closet up. 

I was reminded of her closet this morning as I read this scripture.  God calls us to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  So, as I thought about this for a bit, I was drawn to the image of an empty closet.  I believe that is sort of what happens when we give our lives over to God.  He cleans out all the old stuff we have had stored in our closet (our hearts, souls, and minds) and gives us a fresh start.  It is up to us what we choose to fill it with.

Just like my sister, we have a brand new start.  She can choose to place all those things she holds onto in that closet.  Memories, thoughts, beliefs, hatred, love, compassion, etc.  Anything!  It’s hers.  She can bring that comfy shirt that she loves.  She can decide if that wool sweater stays or goes.  She could scrap it all and buy new stuff.  She can organize her stuff by colors, sizes, items etc. with all that room.  It’s a freedom that can actually be overwhelming for many.

If you had a chance to start fresh with your closet, would you bring all your old junk with you or would you try to bring in a few new things?

We each have that opportunity with our hearts.  We can bring in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  It can be a place of peace in our homes/bodies.  Or we can lug some of that old stuff with us as well that might not be good, but it is what we know, it’s what we always had, it’s what we are comfortable with.  But, God calls us to get rid of the anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.  It is from your old self, your old home, your old ways…..and you are now in your new self, your new home, and ready for your new ways.  Don’t just bring in what you know, seek God, seek His wisdom and clothe yourself in the beauty of all he has for you – compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Leave all the sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry at the curb for the garbage truck.  It does not have to come with you.  You decide what you bring with you when God gives you that new heart, mind and spirit.

Take inventory of your closet today.  Is it time to clean it out and fill it with all He has to offer?  In order to do that, you have to clean out a space for him to put it.  But, be careful, we all tend to gravitate back to what we know and are comfortable with if it is still there to choose.  Don’t just put it aside, remove it from your grasp….it might even take getting a new house, new friends and another dedication of your life to God.

Lord, let us all take inventory of our closets today and see what we are clothing ourselves with as we leave the house.  It is love, gentleness, kindness or is it greed, hatred and anger.  Help us to choose You over all else.  Help us to take those things to the curb and leave them there.  May our strength and awareness come from you!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



2 John 1
2 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

How many of us really take time to meet with people face to face?  Most of our communication is through Facebook, email or by phone. We get too busy.  We forget what is important to all of us – relationships.  I have been trying to get together with a few friends of mine for months now.  It always seems like I have to cancel on them or that we can’t even set a date.  I email, text and Facebook, but there is nothing like sitting across the table with a friend and simply sharing what is going on in your life. 

God calls us to support each other in our walk, but how can we if we never make time for a true relationship with those around us.  Don’t wait until your struggles are too hard – let those around you in so they can help share the burden in your time of need. Make a point to make some time with friends and family over the next few weeks.  Put your relationships at the forefront for a while and see what happens.  Maybe we all need to simplify our lives a bit so we have time for each other.

Lord, thank you for giving us wisdom in our lives through your word.  Thanks you for the relationships we have and the support systems you have given us.  Help us to remember we are not alone in our struggles unless we chose to be.  Help all of us to also remember to strengthen our most important relationship first – the one with Jesus. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly



July 20, 2016

Mark 

7 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: "Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don't you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"  "Twelve," they replied.  20 "And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?"  They answered, "Seven."  21 He said to them, "Do you still not understand?"

Ok, how many of you hear your mother in the conversation above?  I know I heard myself as I read this.  Question….after Question…..after question….and you still have to explain yourself again and again.  This just struck me as funny this morning. 

But, after a little meditation…I thought about my own “hard heart” and lack of understanding as I read scripture.   A few lines ago he spoke of how he took his disciples aside and explained the parables to them in private.  They went to a quiet place – one on one – to get the meaning of what He was teaching the crowds.  I think that is where many of us fail in our walk with God.  We read (or don’t) but we do not take the time to really understand and meditate on what we read.  We read to read, but not for true understanding.  God does not care how much you read or how long you meditate on His word – He cares if you walk away with a better understanding of who He is, what He desires, and how He loves you.  You cannot sit in the presence of God and not be changed.  But you do have to get in His presence first!  There are many instances where Jesus went to a quiet place to pray, he took his disciples aside – alone – to teach them.  It is important to make time to be with Him each and every day.  You make time for lunch, you make time for shopping, you make time for “me” time, make time for Him and you will be changed by Him….for the better!  Bring your lunch and read….you will be happier – probably healthier – and will probably save a few bucks as well.  See, seeking Him can make several areas of your life better in an instant.
 
Also remember that even the disciples, walking side by side with Him, did not always understand what He was teaching.  They too had to have it explained to them time and time again.  They doubted – with Him right in front of them. 

Lord, I praise you and give you glory this day.  Thank you for revealing yourself to us in your word and guiding us in our walk with you.  Lord, give each of us the opportunity to share our faith with others today not only by our words, but by our actions.  

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


July 19, 2016

Isaiah 43
20 The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the desert and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, 21 the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. 22 "Yet you have not called upon me, O Jacob, you have not wearied yourselves for me, O Israel.

Wild animals honor Him just for water that was given to us.  It is not even for them.  They get what is left over – crumbs – and they honor Him.  Made me think about my own behavior and my own blessings.

What do I honor Him for?  Do I give Him the honor He so rightly deserves?  Would I have complained that the water did not come directly to me in the first place?  How dare I get leftovers or hand me downs!   Would I be pouting?  Or am I the one ecstatic that I can have a small piece of him no matter where it comes from?  

This is where I would like to simply say, “Shame on you people.  How dare you act this way”, but I can’t….I have to include myself in this!  I bet if we all took the time to look inside our heart over the last week or so we would find something we just took for granted.  We would find a place that believed we deserved something so no “thank you” was necessary.  We would probably find a spot of jealousy about what someone else got.  We would probably find a bunch of “spots” of concern.  Some of us are probably a little better at praising Him for what He has done than others – But all of us could do better.

Take some time this morning to think of 10 things he has done for you or given you in the last 24 hours.  Think about what would happen if you did not have those 10 things.  Now – tell him how much you appreciate what he did and does for you.  Take some time throughout the day – and praise His name.  Call on him; let him into your heart today to reveal those spots to you.  Ask Him for help to clean them up.  Give him the honor and glory you were made to give.  Give credit where credit is due – and it is not to you or anyone else in this world….it is God.

Jesus, thank you for today – and my 10 things.  I do not know how I would survive this world without knowing you, loving you, trusting you and praising you.  Help me to continue to show your love and not my own to others.  Let it be sincere and real.  Let your light be seen in me today.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 15, 2016


Psalm 147
10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse, nor his delight in the legs of the warrior; 11 the LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.

It is easy to get caught up in trying to please God in all the wrong ways. This scripture made me think about the book written about the different love languages. Just because I like to serve others, doesn’t mean others will show me love by serving me. It warms my heart completely when someone has done something for me. It can be as simple as getting the coffee pot ready for the morning. Grabbing a towel for me before I take a shower. It has always been the little things that make me feel loved more than gifts.

So, as I read this verse it reminded me that God gets pleasure from certain things as well. He finds pleasure in the humble, those that know His commands and follow them, who put all their trust and hope in Him, our creator. It isn’t by our strength or our victories; it is by who we give glory to when we win.

Take time to think about how you please God today. Is it in a manner you feel he wants or do you truly try to love Him as He wants to be loved?  Love God today as he wants to be loved. Cherish Him today, trust him today, call on him today, tell Him how thankful you are for all he does in your life. Look at the good and not the trouble.  For God is good all the time and trouble comes and goes.

Lord, thank you for loving me as you do. Help me to see your heart and know what you want from me. Guide my actions and reactions today. Let them mimic you and your love and not my sinful ways. May your glory shine way above any strength or victories I may have today for it is through you that I am anything at all.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


July 14, 2016


Exodus 24
3 When Moses went and told the people all the LORD's words and laws, they responded with one voice, "Everything the LORD has said we will do."

All I could think about when I read these words was “commitment”.  I believe it is a term that few of us still believe in or adhere to at times.  We are a people who are quick to sever ties and move on when we face quarrels or strife or discontentment.  We (I) have grown up in an era where if it is broken, throw it away and buy a new one.  My father grew up in an era where you were employed by one employer.  You were committed to them, and they to you.  Now, if you have same employer for any length of time, something must be wrong with you.  You must be scared to change and stuck in your ways.  What a difference one generation can make – for good and bad.

The people with Moses committed themselves to God.  They said “Everything the Lord has said we will do”  “We will obey”.  As I read those words I thought about my own commitment to God and His word.  What have I committed to?  What have I vowed or claimed for myself and my family?  Could I stand there, listening to the words of God and say, “Everything the Lord has said I will do. I will obey”.  Well, I have to admit I have not obeyed His commands, His suggestions or even His intentions in the past, but I have committed myself to serving Him with all I have from this day forward.  We can only commit one day at a time for that is all we are promised.  Maybe I need to start each day with those words, “Today, I will do everything the Lord has said; I will obey today”. 

Maybe it is time that we all truly take a stand for our God, who He is and what He stands for in this nation.  Maybe it is time we really speak the words Moses’ people spoke and say “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey”.  Maybe it’s time we commit ourselves to God once and for all.  Maybe it is time we stop pretending and actually mean what we say and say what we mean.

 

Today, I challenge you to speak the words in the scripture above out loud to your God.  Tell Him you will obey His commands.  Tell Him you are His child and you are committed to Him and His ways.  Tell Him you will change your ways.  Tell Him you want to follow only Him from this day forward.  Commit yourself to something worthwhile today. Only you can commit yourself.  No one can do it for you.  It is your choice.  It must be your words.  Break the ties and commitments you have to satan and turn your life towards God today – fully. 

Lord, I commit myself to you today.  I will obey your commands and walk in your ways.  When I falter, and I know I will, may it be your hand that I reach for to lift me up, dust me off and guide me back on the path I have committed to stay on.  The one serving only You. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

July 13, 2016


Isaiah 42
20 You have seen many things, but have paid no attention; your ears are open, but you hear nothing."

How many of us read that and thought – that’s me!  We do the same things day in and day out but really don’t pay attention to much around us.  There are so many blessings from the Lord that go unnoticed.  Or things that need attention or love that we walk by day after day and expect someone else to handle.  After reading the scripture I thought about how many times I have lined up my kids and said, “now tell me that not one of you saw that the dog had no food or water” or “tell me none of you who stepped over the Kool-Aid spill in the kitchen saw it” and I can go on and on and unfortunately on. 

 Many of us walk by things we either really don’t see because we are so focused on something else, or that we are too busy to stop and handle.  I thought about how many opportunities God might have given me to be his hands and feet over the years that I walked by and never saw.  I was too busy getting from A to B to see all He had for me to do in between.  Now, I am not saying B was not important, but we should be enjoying the journey that takes us places as well. 

We need to slow down, breathe deeper, and take time for all the things life (God) has to offer us that we are running right by. I have shared this story before, but it fits this scripture perfectly. My husband and I would go and visit a friend of ours that had to spend an extended period of time in the hospital due to an accident that would have sent most of us into a deep depression.  I believe he was more of a blessing to us than we were to him at times.  As the daylight began to fade one evening while we were there, his mom went over and opened all the blinds, stood behind the bed and we all looked out the window at the beautiful sunset God had painted for each of us.  This is one of the things he looked forward to each day - God’s gift of a beautiful sunset over the New Orleans’ skyline.  That is what God wants for us to pay attention to – his gifts and the tokens of his love he leaves for us throughout the day.  That is what matters – being with friends and family, supporting each other in a time of need, and taking time to enjoy God’s company in prayer.

Pay attention to the things around you today.  See His glory in the little things.  Look for opportunities and blessings he has left for you to handle and enjoy.  Listen to your friends and co-workers today.  Share God’s word with them.  Lift them up instead of tearing them down.  Look and see.  Listen and hear. 

Lord, thank you for the eyes and ears you have given us. Help us to use them to see the needs in this world.  Help us to be more attentive to your presence in our lives and not simply walk by the blessings you leave for us along the way.  Don’t let us walk by those in need – let us see the needs and be a blessing to others as you have called us to be.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

July 12, 2016

There will be a city wide prayer & worship service at Family Life Church on Dulles Drive tonight, July 12th at 7:00pm.  it is open to everyone. Come out and pray together with your community.

Matthew 3 
10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. 
 
There have been times when I would have liked to have been in control of the ax and been given the opportunity to chop down the bad fruit around me.  Nothing worse than being around grumpy people who have no joy, love or happiness in their lives.  Their fruit is nauseating to those around them and they contaminate everything around them. 
 
Wonder how many times people have thought that about me and the fruit I produce.  We all have bad days, difficult moments and times where we are hurt by others, but it is how we act or react in those situations that reveal where our roots are planted.  When you can walk away from situations instead of spreading anger or hurt, your roots are in God.  If you can show love and kindness to those who lack the ability to return those emotions, your roots are in God.  If you can resist the urge to lose your temper when angry and say words you might later regret, your roots are in God.  If you can take difficult situations and turn them into times of peace with forgiveness, your roots are in God.  If your feel alone at times, yet continue to yearn for the God you know and love and show your faithfulness in Him, your roots are in God.  If you can show love to those where no love can be found, your roots are in God. 
 
Sometimes my roots are firmly planted in the soil of God and other times I feel they are only runners along the ground barely submerged in the soil trying desperately to dig deeper, but failing to do so.  There are times I would rather share the rotten fruit with those around me instead of the best of what I have.  I make judgments on who should get what instead of letting all the fruits of the spirit flow from me for everyone; I tend to keep the “good stuff” for those I love the most.  I bet that saddens the heart of Jesus.  He gave all he had to everyone – no matter where they were at that moment.  His fruit is as sweet as it gets all the time.   
 
Who are we to decide who deserves the best of our fruit?  We should be giving out good fruit all the time.  If rotten fruit is among our crops, we should take that ax and remove it immediately before it contaminates the rest of our fruit.  Sometimes cutting off a branch may seem detrimental to the plant, but in the long run, it will sweeten the fruit remaining.  It might be time to sever some relationships, sever some hobbies, sever some attitudes, sever some beliefs about yourself and others, sever your pride, sever the need to be right all the time, sever the hurt and unforgivness in your heart and to sever the “payback” mindset so many of us hold onto.  Take that ax to yourself today instead of those around you.  It might just sweeten all the fruit around us as well.  
 
Let your fruit be shared.  Let the pruning begin.  Let God’s love shine.  It is what we were made to do. 
 
Lord, help us to see the bad fruit we produce.  Open our eyes and our hearts to the words we say, the gestures we make and the love we share and to whom we share it.  Help us to take the ax to our own roots or branches to cut off the parts that bring pain or heartache to those around us.  Help us to prune those branches that bring dissention among your people and fertilize the parts that bring love, joy and happiness.  We all have the choice to speak life or death – let us speak life always. 
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen!  

Kelly
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net



July 11, 2016


Isaiah 40
7 The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever."

In life there are so few things you can really count on and none that you can count on forever, except God.   Everyone is human – we have faults, we fail to live up to even our own expectations, we cannot predict the future or change the past.  We have friends and family that are there for us, we have siblings, parents, cousins, uncles and aunts, but all will wither like grass and fall like flowers at some point in our lives.  They are all here in this life for a purpose – some will help us move forward from glory to glory, others will cause us to stumble along the way, others will help us to grow spiritually, some simply to walk with us at some point in our lives….but none stand as firm as God.  His word is forever.

I have been reading a book on spirituality which speaks about finding your inner self as compared to building a relationship with God.  They are such different avenues.  As I read I kept coming back to one single thought – would I trust my inner self completely?  Heck no!!  I want something I know to be true over and over and over – no matter what the situation – He will hold true to his word.  It can be trusted, held on to, followed.  It will never steer you in the wrong direction or take a short cut – it is what it is.  No matter how much we might want to turn a different direction in our hearts we know that the only path to righteousness is God’s.

Lord, thank you for your word, your truth and your faithfulness.  Thank you for being the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  Something stable in this ever changing world.  Thank you for the friends and family you place in our lives, but help us to know that you are the only constant in our lives.  You are the only truth.  Grant each of us the opportunity to share your word or the awesome things you have done in our lives with others today.   

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly

July 6, 2016
Isaiah 26 
 
12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us. 
 
We all need to read that again and again and again.  Then, go back and read it again.  God – He does it all.  It is not us.  We cannot take credit for any of it.  We labor in vain.  Our plans are not our plans.  Things were laid out before us before the earth was created.  He knows the plans he has for us.  They are not to harm us.  Everything that takes place is known to God before it happens.  There are no surprises.  He never says, “Wow, didn’t expect that!” 
 
He establishes peace for us.  He does it all.  Our jobs should be to walk in His ways and truths.  Sounds simple enough.  But it isn’t always.  Not for most of us.  I remember a ride with my father where he discussed how it amazed him that people made so many stupid choices.  As he says, “do it by the numbers”.  There is a way to do things and that is how it should be done.  Unfortunately, not all of us were made like him.  Some of us take longer to see the right paths.  Some of us take detours along the way.  Some of us get lost on our journey – not deliberately, but lost none the less.  Now, if you ask my husband – I have plenty of my father’s ways – but always doing it by the numbers or making the right choices at the right time and living without regret were not always the ways I would take.  Why – I don’t know.  Maybe I needed to learn things the hard way to be able to share a testimony down the road – maybe I needed to see his hand on my life looking back instead of looking ahead – I don’t know.  But I do know he knew the choices I would make – the decisions that would be laid before me – and the life I would lead – and he still got on that cross and gave his life up for my sins and for me (and you of course).  He loved us in spite of ourselves.  
 
We plan, we make decisions, and we make choices – but not always with God’s input.  Not all forks in the road have one side laden with golden roads and beautiful flowers and the other with mud caked roads and withering plants.   Some look almost the same.  It can be hard to determine which one is best for you.  But when you put your plans before God and ask for His will to be done in your life and trust in Him, the paths will be shown to you. 
 
There is an indescribable peace when you are in his will.  When you are walking as he calls you to do and are acting as his hands and feet – even if everything and everyone around you are going insane – there is peace. 
 
Lord, thank you for your plans in our lives.  Thank you for not leaving it all up to us.  Thank you for giving us free will in this life – for it is in our choices that we find you or realize we have turned from the giver of life.  Grant each of us the peace that only you can establish in our lives.  Help us to get back in line with your will and leave our own plans alone.  Help us to see a bigger picture when we are caught in our own little worlds so we can see the glory of your plans in our lives. 
 
In Jesus’ name we pray! 
 
Amen!  Amen! 
 
Kelly
www.OneMinuteMinistry.net



July 5, 2016

Isaiah 46
5 “With whom will you compare me or count me equal? To whom will you liken me that we may be compared? 6 Some pour out gold from their bags and weigh out silver on the scales; they hire a goldsmith to make it into a god, and they bow down and worship it. 7 They lift it to their shoulders and carry it; they set it up in its place, and there it stands. From that spot it cannot move. Even though someone cries out to it, it cannot answer; it cannot save them from their troubles.

As I read this passage all I was imagining the idols on the shoulders of people today. Most of us do not carry around wooden statues or golden calves, but we do carry around a lot of other things that we consider idols. We idolize our jobs, children, homes, cars, prestige, power, ranks, performance, checkbooks, hobbies, and plenty of other things we place far above our one true God.

Think of all the things you place in a spot of honor in your own life. Those things you go above and beyond to obtain and that your worship above all else. Do you treat God with the same respect and love? Is God above all other things or is he mixed up somewhere near the top among  a whole lot of other “gods”.

As I pondered these words for myself, I can see where some things garner more and more of my time and energy when those efforts should be focused on God and God alone. Take time today to look at your life and what you carve out time for every day. Is it God? Facebook? Working out? Your job? We all have the same 24 hours in every day – make sure you are carving out the right amount of time for those things that are truly important to you.

Lord, help us to see what steals our time away from you. Help us to see how making time for you, makes time for the rest of what we need to do each day. Guide our hearts and our minds in seeking out the true God in our lives and let it be you!

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen! Amen!
 
Kelly

July 1, 2016

Isaiah 43
1 But now, this is what the LORD says— he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

The last week or so has been pretty hectic amongst my family. We have passed through waters, rivers, fire along with monsoons, hurricanes and survived an earthquake as well. I won’t go into detail, but when I started listing everything out that we had walked through this past week alone I laughed and thought, wow, it sounds worse than it was when you say them all out loud! But during the week as each thing happened, we thanked God for it, embraced Him, and prayed for His strength, wisdom and guidance and He provided Hope.

In life it is important to remember storms, rivers and fires will come. Things will happen.  Good things and bad, difficult thing and easy ones, hardships and victories will all find their way into your life and the lives of those around you. Focus on one thing during those times – God. He will not let the rivers sweep you away or the fire burn you. You will get wet and will probably smell like smoke, but with God you have hope and can survive whatever the enemy means for harm.

Thank you God for your presence in our lives and the strength and wisdom you provide. May we continue to seek you in all things, good and bad, and walk with you all the days of our lives. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly

June 30, 2016

Luke 15
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

The other day I heard someone speak on the story of the prodigal son. I always struggled with the complete forgiveness of the father. How can the father just take him back with open arms? What about all the things that he did, said and how he lived? Does it really just go away in the father’s eyes because he is home? How can he be celebrated?

Jesus often spoke in parables when he spoke to his disciples and those around them. The speaker opened my eyes to this story and the work Jesus did on the cross. He said if the father is God and you REPENT (key word) and turn to Him, He will accept you right there as you are.  You are a child of the king.  You are deserving of a beautiful robe, new sandals and jewels on your fingers. 

BUT, right here is where I used to really struggle.  I feel that I have to earn that robe, sandals and ring. I have to work to get myself back in God’s good graces. I have to DO something it can’t just be free. All those sins must be “worked off” somehow.

The father would not listen to the son as he begged to just work as a servant in the kingdom and be the low man on the property. The father would not listen as he said he was not worthy to be back in the kingdom. The father did not listen to the excuses he provided. The father, before the son was even close to the kingdom, began to celebrate and prepare a place for his son’s return.

This is God’s grace. It is free. It is lasting. It does not need to be earned. Jesus did not ask you to share his time on the cross. He was on it completely and totally for you and for me. We do not need to share the “work” he did, it is done. It is not up for discussion. All you do when you try to earn it, work for it, make yourself worthy of it, is you diminish the work and suffering Jesus did for you. He is the perfect lamb sacrificed for our sins and the sins of everyone else.

Accept God’s grace, walk in the grace, do not let satan steal it from you or make you feel unworthy of it. We are all undeserving, but that doesn’t matter. That is why it is grace because we are not worthy, not good enough, not loving enough, we FAIL time and time again, but his grace does not.

Something in that man’s words made this story I have heard hundreds of times break down some wall I have put up to block that grace. I may not be worthy, but I will walk in it like I am. Don’t let satan let you believe you cannot be forgiven for your actions. Jesus died for every last one of us – and he freely gave up his life for our sins.

So, accept grace. Walk in it. Give it to others as well. It is not just yours.

Lord, thank you for grace. Thank you for opening our eyes to your word and our hearts to your love. Help us to give grace to those around us and to remember you died for all of us and our choices in this life. May our lives be lived for your glory.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly




June 29, 2016


Luke 10

19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.

I think we all needed to hear this scripture this morning. If we are living as Christ calls us to live, we have been given authority over the power of the enemy.  No plans that are set out against us will prosper.  We are not harmed.

Now, how many of us accept and use the authority given to us by God?  Do you sit and wallow in the pity of your circumstances or do you stand on the word of God and claim victory over your life in your situation?  Do you gather those around you and show them how awful things are – or do you call your brothers and sisters in Christ to stand with you against the enemy? 

I have come in contact with a lot of snakes and scorpions over the years.  The difference between now years before is the fact that I have brought my concerns before the Lord and to my prayer partners each day and claimed the victory over every situation.  Now, they did not all go away, or get better, but I had victory nonetheless.   Vengeance is mine says the Lord – He did not leave that for me to do. 

Are you facing something that seems overwhelming today?  Do you feel like there is no way out of where you are?  Turn those thought and feeling over to God today.  Call someone and ask them to stand with you against the enemy.  There is strength in Godly numbers.  Pray about it and take authority over the situation.  God has granted you this ability.  Use it – wisely.

Lord, I thank you for the adversity that you allow in my life that helps me to strengthen my belief in you.  Thank you for giving me opportunities to use your gifts and take authority over situations.  Thank you for answering the prayers of your people and breaking strongholds in our lives.  Continue to give us opportunities to share your word with others – not just by our words but by our actions.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!

Kelly


 June 23, 2016

Chronicles 20

15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. 

How many times have you become fearful of what was before you.  You looked out at the army assembled before you – looked back behind you and saw nothing – looked back and thought, “there is no way I can win this”.  As I reflected on this scripture this morning I began to look back at the battles that I have had to fight over the last few years.  They weren’t all big battles – some were just a little scrimmage – but no matter the outcome – God won.  He was victorious. 

We, on the other hand, depending on where we got our strength from, were probably pretty beat up.  Every time we looked behind ourselves for help instead of ahead at our God, we probably took a lick or two.  As my favorite blogger once said, you have to stop looking down at your feet so you can see what lies ahead of you.  

Same thing with your battles.  If you continue to look at where you are, in the middle of a trial, middle of the battle, with “stuff” all around you, you will never see the victory you could have if you just look outside of your circumstances and see that God is fighting the battle for you.  It is not yours to fight.  IT IS HIS!  Let him have it.  Stand strong in your faith.  Trust in Him, obey what he asks you to do. 

Lord, thank you for taking on every one of our battles.  Thank you for standing with us, protecting us and gracing us with your presence.  Help us to continue to see your strength and power in the midst of our struggles and know that you are God and the battles is yours and you will be victorious.  Give each of us an opportunity to share our faith with someone today and increase your kingdom. 

In Jesus’ name we pray!  

Amen!  Amen! 

Kelly



June 22, 2016


1 Corinthians 10:31 NIV
31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 

I have heard, read and said this verse hundreds of times, but this week I heard a story that brought these words to life for me. The words hit me at my core and have been bouncing around my heart and mind ever since. I probably won’t repeat it perfectly, but the meaning will still be there. A priest was giving his time and service as a missionary oversees. He had a walked away from what he had and was serving God. While there he had a dream where he was in heaven and it was time for judgment day. As he approached the throne he heard all that he had done good and bad and then heard these words, “You did those things for yourself, not for me or my Glory. Hell.”

 I thought about that story for quite a while and spent time looking at my life from God’s perspective when he looked within my heart and not just at my actions. Looking inward is not always easy and sometimes we see what we want to see instead of what is really there. But, God looks through the action and into the heart.

 You could feed a 1,000 homeless but if you are doing it for your own recognition and not for God’s glory, it is just an action.
You could quote scripture and pray the most beautiful prayers, but if you are living in when no one is around or on every day but Sunday, it is just words.
You could be kind to others, but if it is just to manipulate them or make them like you, it is just an act

 So, today, watch your actions and reactions. Look at your heart and mind and see who gets the glory from them. Do you acknowledge God in what you do? Do you have pride in your heart and want everyone to see what you are doing so you are celebrated? Does God get the glory or do you?

 Lord, thank you for making those words speak to me. Open my eyes to see my actions and my heart from your eyes. May I do all things for the glory of God and not the recognition of man. Please convict my spirit when I start living for myself and not for you.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!

 Kelly


June 21, 2016


Isaiah 40
28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

 I hope in the Lord. I am strengthened by his word and his faithfulness. I know that I know that I know He will always be there. I know that whenever I feel like there is no way to get through the next tough spot, I just have to look back and see what he has walked me through.

 I hope in the Lord and he is always faithful. Time and time again he proves his love. Time and time again he shows he can be trusted.

 I have been praying and seeking God for a few things lately although I have not been given an answer nor have I been given a path to follow. I have however said, “I trust you Lord”, more than ever before. Sometimes it is my way to just stay focused on Him and not myself. It is a way to take myself out of the picture and put him first and foremost. I have to step back and remind myself that what I do should be for God’s glory and not my own. It is not about me – it is about God. In everything I do, I should be pointing others to God’s greatness, not what I have accomplished.

 So, as you go about your day, be mindful of who is getting the spotlight with your words and actions? Be mindful of where you are putting your hope. Is it in God or man? Where are you getting your strength from? All that you have, every spiritual gift you have been given, the strength to run life’s race and to soar like eagles is all from God. Trust Him.

 Lord, thank you for today. Thank you for waking us up for another day, for hot water, food, your words, family, friends and jobs. All we have is from you. May we use it wisely and for your glory.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



June 20, 2016

Kings 20:4 The king of Israel answered, "Just as you say, my lord the king. I and all I have are yours."


These words are pretty easy to say but can you really give all of yourself and all you have to the Lord?  Easier said than done in many cases.  I can remember the day that I sat and talked to God and gave him everything I had – my husband, my kids, my family, my home, my car, my stuff – everything.  I asked Him to simply give me the wisdom, grace and mercy needed to care for His things on this earth.  It was an amazing moment in my life.  But, I can also remember that moment of fear when I thought – what if he really takes any of it from me?  What would I do without my husband or kids?  Did I really mean they were His? 

Well, they are His regardless if I give them to him or not.  I am the caretaker of HIS property while he graces me with the privilege of having them in my presence.  And – it is a privilege that I believe we all take for granted.  It is a privilege and a blessing to be in the presence of God’s people (and we are all His people).  

God’s blessings are just that – blessings.  He didn’t have to give them to us.  He does not have to lavish us with his gifts of love, friends, kids, husbands, homes, etc.….and we can’t “earn” them.  When we are in his will, we open the door to his love.  When we are in our own will – we almost put up a barrier to the love that is flowing our way.  We can’t make it come our way – but we can surely block its path.


So, give Him all you have and all you are today.  Dedicate yourself and your family to Him and open yourself up to his love and his blessings in your life.  Everything is His anyway, whether you give it to him freely or not.  Get in His will today.  Open the floodgates of His love, grace and mercy in your life today.  Let him have all of you (you can’t do anything right without him anyway!).


Lord, thank you for today and the time I had with you in prayer.  Watch over our hearts and minds today.  Help us to see you for who you are – our mighty God who loves us with all He has all the time.  The one who gave us life and blessed us with everything we have and a future filled with hope.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly 


 


June 17, 2016

Psalm 20

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.


Trusting in God is the easiest thing to do! I can quickly say, “God this problem is all yours.  I trust in you!”  There, done, out of my hands and in His.  Perfect, right? Well it would be perfect if I didn’t snag it back from him when he took too long or didn’t make things happen like I expected them to. That is when I struggle with trusting in God.


One evening as I sat in the ICU waiting room with only strangers wondering if I would be raising 3 boys all by myself, I got out of the chair and on my knees  and just prayed. I didn’t really pray for healing, or expert hands of doctors or that the bleeding would stop by itself – I prayed, “God I don’t know what to pray and I don’t have the strength to walk this path. All I can do is trust that no matter what happens back there in surgery, you will hold me up through it all.”


When I got up, I walked up to the woman next to me and asked her how her evening was going and if I could pray together for her family member. It took every bit of worry and weight away and showed me what trusting God feels like and it is amazing.


Now, I wish I could say that worry never came back into my mind, but I can’t.  What I can say is that it has gotten easier to give the problem or concern or worry back to God.  I can look back and see what God has done in my life and it is amazing. When things didn’t go as planned, I trusted. When I couldn’t understand why a career was gone, I trusted. When I wondered what was coming at me next, I trusted. Whether or not you can see God working in your future, trust that he is and trust that he knows every little thing on your path and He is already working out the details so do the only thing that matters – trust him.


Lord, thank you for reminding me what you have done time and time again in my life.  Thank you for helping me leave my worries with you so that I can enjoy the life you have given me today. You are amazing and I do not know how I would get through this life without you.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



June 16, 2016

1 Peter 1

6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.


We need to remember that the trials and tribulations we face are not to beat us down and rip out our hearts – it is so our faith may be proved genuine.  Anyone can believe God is there and walking right alongside of them when everything is going well.  It is when we are at our worst, feeling alone and abandoned that our faith, if we truly believe, will be proven.  It is when you know there is no way to get out of the situation you are in – and God steps up in a mighty way.  When life is perfect we tend to be blinded by the blessings he gives us.  We take his love and mercy for granted because we don’t “need him” at that moment.  It is that moment when we start believing we are doing great things alone that we fail to see HIM in our lives.  That is when we lose sight of the God we serve.


So in the highs and the lows always praise His name, give Him glory and always stand strong on your faith.  Your God loves you no matter what situation you are in and he wants your praise always, in good times and in bad. Lord, thank you for walking in this life with us.  Thank you for remaining with us even when we chose not to acknowledge your presence.  May our lives be a reflection of your grace and mercy to others.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly


June 13, 2016

Isaiah 32

17 The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.


I want the fruit of that righteousness! I love peace. I love living in harmony. I hate the feelings that come when peace leaves. I don’t like being angry, frustrated or irritable. I am sure my people feel the same!


So, when I read this verse this morning I dove a little deeper into the word righteousness. I know God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are righteous but I want to make sure I know how to find that fruit!  I looked up “righteousness” through the following link and summed it up below.


http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/righteousness.html


- God the Father is righteous (just); Jesus Christ his Son is the Righteous (Just) One; the Father through the Son and in the Spirit gives the gift of righteousness (justice) to repentant sinners for salvation; such believing sinners are declared righteous (just) by the Father through the Son, are made righteous (just) by the Holy Spirit working in them, and will be wholly righteous (just) in the age to come.
- They are and will be righteous because they are in a covenant relation with the living God, who is the God of all grace and mercy and who will bring to completion what he has begun in them by declaring them righteous for Christ's sake.
- God’ people are called to live righteously, that is, in conformity to the demands of the covenant and according to God's will (see Psalm 1:4-6 ; 11:7 ; 72:1 ; Isa 1:16-17 ).
- They are to behave as the people of the holy Lord. Hosea, the prophet of divine love, ties righteousness with mercy, loving kindness, and justice.
- Right thinking, feeling, speaking, and behavior.
- Doing what God approves and commands.
- A life that is centered on submitting to, worshiping, and seeking after God and confessing Jesus as the Messiah.
- Thus God's people are righteous when they are in a right relation with him, when they enjoy his salvation; when they are being and doing what he requires in his covenant.
- The gift of a right relation with the Father through the Son in the Spirit, which is justification, creates a relationship for believers both with God and fellow believers that they are to dedicate to righteousness in the sense of obeying Christ ( Rom 6:12-14 ; cf. 2 Corinthians 6:7 2 Corinthians 6:14 ; 9:10 ; Eph 4:24 ; Php 1:11 ).
- Though they could never become righteous before God by their efforts to conform their lives to his will, out of gratitude and love they are to serve him because he has given them the gift of salvation through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.


It is through the grace of God and the salvation through Jesus Christ that we can be called righteous. It is walking in his grace as we enjoy a relationship with Him and follow His commands and not the commands of the world. Just because the world says something is ok, doesn’t mean it is ok with God. We should all strive to live as he calls us to live. We will all fail in that walk, but it is His forgiveness and grace that keeps us striving to do his will.


Lord, thank you for your word, your salvation and your grace. May we learn to walk in the salvation and not wallow in sin. Let the Holy Spirit convict us when we are living in a manner that is not pleasing to you. May our lives and how we live them be a testament to you, your grace and your mercy all the days of our lives.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



June 3, 2016

Ezekiel 33

13 If I tell the righteous man that he will surely live, but then he trusts in his righteousness and does evil, none of the righteous things he has done will be remembered; he will die for the evil he has done.


I think many of us rest on our salvation and forget that we must continue to walk in the ways of righteousness.  God does not ask for perfection.  He calls us to walk in our faith, trust in His word, and try to live according to his Word and His wisdom.  None of us will be perfect.  None of us will do it right all the time.  None of us will be “righteous” all the time.  We all fall short.  The difference in Christians is we believe our loving Father provides grace and mercy when we repent and turn from evil.  We recognize when we fail and when we are not doing what is right.  The Holy Spirit helps us see our paths and guides us back to where we belong – in God’s grace.


We often judge others because they sin.  We hold them accountable for their actions yet pray God overlooks ours.  We judge by the law and expect grace and mercy for our own lives.  I heard a man speak of this recently on the radio and thought “this is so true”.  We hold others accountable to a higher standard than we hold ourselves to at times. God sees all sin as sin.  From the gossip between friends to the shedding of blood – they are all sin.  When we speak ill of our neighbor but never offer them the love of Jesus Christ, we fall short of what God calls us to do.  When we only see the evil in others instead of the love of Jesus we fail as Christians.  We need to walk in righteousness and admit when we fail.  We need to repent, get back in His graces, and continue his work.  We must never tire of doing God’s work and always, always allow for grace.


Lord, help us to see ourselves through your eyes.  Help us to see when we are holding others above what we expect from ourselves.  Help us to forgive and forget those transgressions we see others doing and offer mercy and grace as you would to us.  Let your light in us shine forth instead of our fake righteousness.  Let us always remember we were sinners in your eyes until we gave our lives to you.  Remind us that just because we believe in the salvation you give, we cannot live a life contrary to your rules in this world.  Help us to continue to strive for perfection under your grace and mercy.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



June 2, 2016

Isaiah 29

13 The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.


Many of us can do all the right things, but don’t have love in our hearts.  We do and say what should be said, but love is not there. We promise God this and that, but in our minds we know we will never do what we said. We may feed the poor and visit the sick, but it is with disgust, prejudice and pride in our hearts. That is not how God calls us to live, act or feel.


Many also thank God only when good things happen to us. We give him honor and glory only when we are standing on top of the hill with joy in our hearts. But, what about those moments when you can’t feel God’s presence or when you are in the deepest valley you have ever been in? Do you show him worship and honor then? Do you call out to him then or do you scream “where are you now”?


During worship service at church last night I walked in a bit late so I stood in the back a moment letting my eyes adjust to see where I would sit. I looked around and saw people at the front of the stage – some standing with their arms raised high, others on their knees and some with their heads staring at the ground. There was just about every form of worship going on at one time. You could tell those that were going through something very difficult as they cried out to Him. Some were jumping for joy probably for some great breakthrough or miracle that had happened in their lives. Others were just in awe of the presence of God last night. There were no rules of how to worship the right way, it was everyone giving praise to their God from where they were in life. No matter the circumstances, they came, they worshipped and they probably left different than when they entered.


God wants us to honor him all the time, not just when we feel like it or feel he deserves to be honored. Last night Luke was thinking about his oldest cousin who passed away almost 7 months ago. He kept asking why God had to take him and all I could say is “I don’t know my baby, but he is with God now”. Many of the things we face will be difficult and won’t make any sense at all, but one thing we know is God is a good God and he sees the whole picture, not just our little moment in life. We gave God honor and thanked him for everything he was doing in the lives of those who loved Leith. We thanked Him for letting us see all the people who were touched by his life while he was here and for allowing us to have him be in our family while he was here.  Job went through some of the harshest trials, but through it all he worshipped his God and God honored that.


Lord, thank you for good times and bad. Thank you for giving us opportunities to love on those who need love.  Help us to do it with the right heart and motives. Change us from within.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



June 1, 2016


Isaiah 28

23 Listen and hear my voice; pay attention and hear what I say. 24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil? 25 When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field? 26 His God instructs him and teaches him the right way. 27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge, nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin; caraway is beaten out with a rod, and cumin with a stick. 28 Grain must be ground to make bread; so one does not go on threshing it forever. The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it, but one does not use horses to grind grain. 29 All this also comes from the LORD Almighty, whose plan is wonderful, whose wisdom is magnificent.


We take so much of our knowledge for granted or believe we discovered something all by ourselves. We need to remember where that knowledge comes from. It comes from God. I often wonder who figured out we could crack open that egg that just came from the chicken and eat it. Or who pulled an oyster out of a rock and thought it was a good thing to eat? Or who looked upon a cotton plant and thought about pulling the fluffy white stuff out of those prickly plants to make clothes.


We have so much knowledge, many great ideas and beautiful flowers to gaze upon and mountains and species to show God’s incredible imagination. God showed his people what to eat and what not to eat. He showed us ideas to make our lives better. He gave the wisdom to know how to make medicine, heal bodies and build buildings. Everything we have comes from him.


Next time a thought, feeling or discovery comes over you remember to thank the God who made you. For without God we would be nothing.


Lord, thank you for all you are and all you do for each of us.  We might not all be inventors, but you have given each of us our own special gifts and knowledge for us to do what you have called us to do. Let us use those skills wisely and for your glory.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly

 


May 31, 02016


Isaiah 26


12 LORD, you establish peace for us; all that we have accomplished you have done for us.


I love walking in God’s peace especially in those days where everything seems to be falling apart all around me. I doesn’t mean I won’t feel sad, lonely or hurt; it just means despite those feelings I know that God is still there and is still working out the details of each one of my steps. It is remembering that no matter what I see going on around me it is not the end, it is just a moment in time. In just a minute, it will change.  In just a minute, the peace will override the pain. In just a minute, I will have walked through the tough part and will see that God had my hand all along.


When things seem to be their darkest, I seek out the goodness of God. Sometimes it is hard to find, but what you seek you will find. It may be the fact that you opened your eyes today or took a step or got out of bed, but they are each a step through the trouble and into the peace we all know is there – we just have to look.


This verse also speaks of what God does in our lives. We often get a bit prideful and think it is something we did all by ourselves, but we must remember that every skill we have, every thought we create is because God is God and he gave you all that you have. He created you, in His image, to do wonderful things that he has equipped you to do. Always remember to give him thanks for what you have and who you are and what you can do, because without him, you would not even be here.


Lord, thank you for the peace you give. Help us to seek it out and walk in it no matter what our circumstances might say. You are the giver of peace; we just need to accept it.  Let us give you glory for all that we have and all that we are as we are nothing without you. May our pride be removed from our lives and may your name be forever on our lips.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly


May 27, 201 6

Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance…


I have been listening to a series on the Holy Spirit for the past few weeks and of course today’s verse I opened up to is a study on meekness and temperance.  He always has the right word at the right time to confirm you are headed in the right direction!


As I read about meekness and temperance I quickly understood pride as well.  I went over signs that you are showing meekness and temperance and I was going, yep, I do that, and I do that oh yeah I got that then it quickly went to – oh, not that one, or that one, or that one….. I am at that stage of I try really hard, but I fail more often than not.


It is amazing how I can control my temper or be slow to anger around some people and others just know how to push the exact buttons that I still need to learn to hide or remove. I am quick to say they hit the right buttons instead of looking inward and saying, “I still have too many buttons available for others to push. I need to work on not letting certain words, thoughts or situations define my state of peace. I need to know who I am in Christ Jesus and not let others determine who I will be or who I am”.  I am a work in progress. I am progressing from letting 10 things bother me to only getting upset over 9. I am not perfect (and never will be) but I will continue to strive in that direction.  Maybe by next month, I can  8, then 7, then there might even be a noticeable difference not just to myself, but to others.


So, today, look inward to see how those fruits are looking from the Holy Spirit. Do you really open yourself up to his direction or are you still too busy letting pride stand firm in your life. Step aside today and let the Holy Spirit guide you today. We all need help. We can all do better. We can all allow pride to overshadow what we need to change in our lives.


Lord, thank you for opening up my heart and my eyes to your greatness.  Help me to step aside and let you work in my life. May I never stop striving to be more like you. Help me to put my “self” away and allow you to change me.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



May 26, 2016

Psalm 119

73 Your hands made me and formed me; give me understanding to learn your commands.


I like being reminded that my God created me.  I was created by an amazing God to do amazing things for His glory!  I was not just accidentally put here or created by my parents; God created me.  He formed me with his own hands.  All my pieces and parts came from him - my arms, and legs, brain, heart, eyes, everything.  I can picture him painstakingly putting me together and making sure that I had everything I needed to use the gifts he gave me for his glory.  Everything aligned to work perfectly.  Wonder if he ever wants to pick me up, shake me, and tap me to get things back like he put them.  : )


We all get out of line with God’s commands from time to time.  We slowly drift away from Him and onto our own paths.  That is why we all need to continually seek Him and His will in our lives and look at our actions and reactions to make sure we are indeed following His commands and not our own.  We often move away so slowly and innocently that we can’t even tell we are moving away until we look back at where we were and see where we have gone.


When my husband was doing construction work one of his co-workers was assigned to dig a trench in the ground about 20 feet long.  They had put up two stakes and ran a string between the stakes as a guide.  He started digging at the stake and slowly backed up towards the other one as he dug the trench.  He thought he was carefully staying along the string.  About half way through, he stopped to take a break.  When he looked back at the trench, he was horrified to see that the trench veered almost 2 feet away from the string and would have to be done again.  As he backed up along the string, he slowly pushed it to the side with his leg without realizing it.  With each step back, he pushed it outward a bit more.  By the time he was halfway done, he was completely out of line with the string. 


I think that is how thing happen to us.  We get too focused on the task at hand and dig the holes.  We lose focus on the big picture and on our path.  We have to stop, refocus ourselves on God and His word to make sure we are still following his commands completely.  We have to continually seek Him, His word and a better understanding of what He asks us to do.


Lord, thank you for this day and all the wonderful things you have in store for me.  I ask that you help keep me focused on the task at hand that you have called me to do. Help me to read your word with a greater understanding of who you are and what you require of me.  Help me to stay in line with your word each day.  Reveal to me the areas where I slowly push the string and step away from the path you want me to be on. 


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly   



May 19, 2016

Luke 19

9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."


I was struck by this verse this morning when I read it.  I want all of us to think about that person that really makes you crazy – for some of you there might be more than one!  Those people that you think – how can they live like that?  Or how can they act that way?  Or what in the world are they thinking? 

How can someone be so arrogant, nasty, mean, ugly, etc.  Those are the people that Jesus created – just like he created you and me.  We are all sinners.  We all fall short, repeatedly!  Jesus died for all of us, even that person that came to your mind a few seconds ago.  Wonder if you and I came to mind for someone else?


A few weeks ago my son decided at 9:00pm that he needed something for the morning.  I was not happy to say the least.  I had just gotten everyone else bathed, fed and tucked in bed.  My immediate reaction was not very nice (shocking I know).  I reminded him that he had plenty of time to let me know what he needed that night.  We had already run to the store earlier in the evening.  So, I began the lecture about planning, being prepared, and simply thinking ahead.  I spoke about how his actions didn’t just affect him, it affects others as well.  And on and on I went.  It was one of my better lectures I might add.  Then, it hit me, maybe this wasn’t a time for my son to learn life lessons – maybe it was a time that God wanted to see how I handled things.  Did I get angry, frustrated, etc. at bumps in my path or did I show the love of God.  If that was the case, I failed miserably last night.  Maybe God was preparing me for an opportunity to save the lost or someone who was hurting.  Sometimes we need to step back and look at the whole picture.  Maybe he simply forgot…..something we all do from time to time.  He might have really hated to ask me at the last minute, but it was better than 5am.  Wonder if I asked him the first question if I would come up in his mind.


God can humble us in the craziest ways.


Lord, thank you for showing me that we all fall short and you are here for each of us.  Thank you for the love, grace and mercy that is new each day.  I thank you for kids to drive around and a family to care for and your grace that helps me get through the day.  Today, I give to you and ask that you use me to touch the lost, the hurting and those that need to see you in the world.  Help each of us to remember that we all fall short, we all make mistakes, we all make poor decisions from time to time and we all need grace.


In Jesus name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



May 16, 2016

James 5

19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.


I believe we often try to find fault in others and draw all those “sinners” back to the truth.  But, how many of us look at our own lives first?  Do you look at yourself and see a sinless person?  Do you only see perfection when you look at your own actions?  Maybe we should do a self-check before we bring back those that wander away from the truth.  We all need to look at ourselves, our actions, our emotions and see if they are wandering away or if they are still riding in the middle of the road of God.


Now, we do still need to help our brothers and sisters who are trying to live a life without God as their center.  We all know what He has done in our lives.  We all know how much he loves us.  We all know we can be forgiven for our sins.  But not everyone knows the truth.  Many do not want to hear it from us, but they will notice how we live our lives.  They will see how we handle adversity, hardship, oppression, hatred and fear.  Look within yourself today.  See the state of your own heart.  See if your actions, words and beliefs are all saying the same thing.  Someone just might be watching to see just how much you trust in Jesus in all things.


Father, thank you for teaching me your ways.  Thank you for letting me struggle and have adversity in my life so that I could turn fully to you for my strength.  Thank you for walking with me every step of my journey and guiding my mind, my heart and my soul.  Let my actions and my faith always say the same thing – I love Jesus.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



May 11, 2016

Psalm 139

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.


I am wonderfully made.  Perfect in God’s eyes. A wonder to behold. A child after God’s heart. The apple of God’s eye.


Now, how many of us really believe that? I know it in my heart, but sometimes my mind takes a bit longer to come around. I tend to focus on imperfections instead of perfections.


I watched a video a few weeks ago where moms were asked to speak about what kind of mother they were. Moms listed all their imperfections and where they failed, while the kids listed all the great things their mothers had done from bandaging their knees to playing games with them. None of the kids spoke about how many times their parents had crazy breakdowns or screaming fits or that they burnt bread every time dinner was served. The kids found the greatness in their moms while mothers could only see their failures.


As a culture, we all tend to look at the negative side of things as we grow up instead of looking at all the wonderful things we see in others. I guess it is easier to discredit someone instead of building them up. Just think about how different we would see ourselves if we just started looking at ourselves and others through God’s eyes.


We are fearfully and wonderfully made.  We are made in God’s image. We are sons and daughters of the most high. Those sins we hold on to so tightly are not who we are – there are just choices we have made.  Grab that grace and mercy and walk around like the child of God that you are.  Raise your chin, smile and let God’s amazing grace shine through you.


Lord, thank you for reminding me I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am not what man says I am, I am what you say I am and I am yours. Help us to look at the greatness we are in you and not define ourselves by the world’s standards. For we are created for your purpose and not our own.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


.Amen!  Amen!


Kelly  



May 10, 2016

Isaiah 6

 13 And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.


Last time we pruned out rose bushes I felt like we were cutting off way too much. My husband would point to a place in the branch to cut and I would cut. He was not looking at what was being cut off; he was only looking at the part he wanted to keep.  My eyes were locked on the long branches that I thought could bare so much many beautiful roses that were falling to the ground. All I could think about were the lost opportunities not the fact that in a few months the bush would be full of greenery and roses again. My husband was not just cutting to cut; he was looking at the plant itself and knew that at certain seasons, we need to cut them back so they can come back healthier and stronger from the core. He was more concerned with the plant than the fruit at the moment.


I know the rose bushes are healthier and actually produce more beautiful roses if they are pruned and maintained. Even if left wild without pruning, roses would still be produced, but they would be lost among the branches and overgrowth.


Sometimes we need to just focus on what is important to our core and not just what looks good from the outside or the fruit we see. We need to prune our lives back from time to time in order to make ourselves “healthier” at our core and our roots. Without a strong foundation, nothing can stand against the elements of life.


This morning I was thinking about how “busy” my life has become and how I need to sit quietly and focus on what God wants me to do and not just what I think pleases God. It is time for some pruning. Now, as with my roses, I see all these “branches” growing off of me as opportunities, but God may just see them as something that needs to be pruned back in order to come back stronger. Let God guide your shears this time as we focus only on where to cut and not get caught up in what is pruned. He is looking at your core, not your flowers.


Lord, help us to see when we need to prune and when we need to water. Help us to look at the foundation of our lives and not just what is produced. Help us find balance in life so that we can be stronger and healthier in you. We know that even though we are pruned and only stumps remain, they will still grow for your glory.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen! Amen!


Kelly


May 9, 2016

Psalm 108

12 Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless.

As I read this passage this morning I thought about what I go to God for and what I go to man for in my life.  Man’s help is worthless, yet we often spend hours hashing out our issues with man (or woman).  Asking for advice and guidance from others without even thinking about getting on our knees in prayer first.  We go outside ourselves so much quicker than going inside ourselves and asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in our decisions, or in our walk or in our struggles.  My Pastor spoke about just being with God, praising Him and praying to him.  He challenged us to start with just 10 minutes a day and see what God would do in our lives.  I started last year with my morning prayer time and devotional and it has been amazing.  God is there.

I challenge each of you to spend some quality time with God each day.  Turn off the radio and spend that travel time with him.  Steal a few minutes away from the TV or computer and spend it with God.  Tell Him hello; share your day with him, your struggles and your successes.  Share your concerns or your hurts.  Ask him for help, encouragement, love, patience, favor, resolve, restraint – you name it – He can provide it.  Get to know Him.  Read His word, sit at His feet and enjoy His company – He loves yours.

Lord, thank you for this day and everything you have in store for me.  Help me to always go to you first in prayer and then man (Godly men and women).  Give each of us the revelation we need to grow stronger spiritually.  We thank you and we give you all the glory and honor and praise for all things.

In Jesus’ name we pray!

Amen!  Amen!


Kelly



May 6, 2016

Romans 14:11 NIV

11 It is written: “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ”


“Bow to Jesus!” “Bow to Jesus!” “Bow to Jesus!”


Those are the words that woke my husband out of a dead sleep last night as I screamed them over and over and over again while I too was sound asleep. I was having the strangest dream. I won’t go into all the details, but it was basically good versus evil.  The evil feeling was so powerful that I thought I would be taken in by it, but I kept telling it what it had to do instead of listening to what it was telling me I had to do.  It, as everything else in this world, had to bow before Jesus.


I am not looking for a dream interpretation or anything like that but I just wanted to share the fact that when it looked as if there was no escape, the strong powerful name of Jesus did all the work.  I just had to call on him. It was not immediate in my dream, but His name, the name of Jesus, was my anchor.


We don’t realize the power we have in God. Jesus said we would do greater things in this life but through His strength and not our own. He calmed the situation. He protected me. He showed me the power of His name. I just called out to him and repeated his words to the situation.


Today, use the strength and power that is found in His name. Walk in his grace and love knowing that as surely as He lives, every knee WILL bow before him and every tongue will acknowledge God. Why not join him now.


Lord, thank you for your powerful name. Thank you that when we call out to you – you are there. I thank you for showing me the true power of God and the power we have through you over the enemy.


In the strong name of Jesus we pray!

 Amen! Amen!

 Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net


May 5, 2016

TODAY IS THE DAY!  
National Day of Prayer will be observed today, May 5th, at thousands of locations across the nation.  Make time to attend one near you or pray for your nation wherever you are today.  I will be at The Horse Farm at noon. All are invited to attend.  Sandwiches provided for lunch. 

This prayer by Dr. Tony Evans will be read at many of those events so I wanted to share it with all of you today.  May God's hand be on our nation!

National Prayer

Dear heavenly Father, we come to You today as a humble people desperate for Your supernatural intervention on behalf of our beloved nation.  First, we thank You for all the blessings You have bestowed on our land, blessings that have allowed us to bring so much good and benefit to not only our own citizens but also to the rest of the world. The very ideals upon which this country was founded were based on biblical truths, no matter how some try to rewrite history to deny that very fact today.

This is why our hearts are so broken over how You continue to be marginalized and dismissed by both our people and our institutions. We are also saddened by the fact that Your people have contributed greatly to the spiritual apathy that now engulfs us. Our satisfaction in remaining religious without being fully committed to living out the truths of Your Word has caused us to become co-conspirators with the forces of evil that are destroying us as a society.

It is for this reason that we personally and collectively repent of our carnality and recommit ourselves to becoming visible and verbal disciples of Jesus Christ. Enable us, by Your Spirit, to no longer be secret agent Christians but rather to publicly declare and live out Your truth in a spirit of love so that You feel welcome in our country once again.

Thank You for Your promise to hear our prayers when we call to You with hearts of repentance and obedience, which is how we are appealing to You today, Father. On behalf of Your church, we affirm afresh the priority You are to us that You would fill every dimension of our lives as we seek to bring You glory through the advancement of Your kingdom in our personal lives, our family lives, and in the lives of our churches and our government leaders. We confidently invite heaven’s intervention into all the affairs of our nation and we praise You in advance for Your answer.

In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen.

by Dr. Tony Evans

http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/national-prayer

May 4, 2016

James 5

19 My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, 20 remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.


I believe we often try to find fault in others and draw all those “sinners” back to the truth.  But, how many of us look at our own lives first?  Do you look at yourself and see a sinless person?  Do you only see perfection when you look at your own actions?  Maybe we should do a self-check before we bring back those that wander away from the truth.  We all need to look at ourselves, our actions, our emotions and see if they are wandering away or if they are still riding in the middle of the road of God.

Now, we do still need to help our brothers and sisters who are trying to live a life without God as their center.  We all know what He has done in our lives.  WE all know how much he loves us.  We all know we can be forgiven for our sins.  But not everyone knows the truth.  Many do not want to hear it from us, but they will notice how we live our lives.  They will see how we handle adversity, hardship, oppression, hatred and fear. 


Look within yourself today.  See the state of your own heart.  See if your actions, words and beliefs are all saying the same thing.  Someone just might be watching to see just how much you trust in Jesus in all things.


Father, thank you for teaching me your ways.  Thank you for letting me struggle and have adversity in my life so that I could turn fully to you for my strength.  Thank you for walking with me every step of my journey and guiding my mind, my heart and my soul.  Let my actions and my faith always say the same thing – I love Jesus.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly

www.OneMinuteMinistry.net



May 3, 2016

James 5
13 Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise.


How many of us do this?  Do you really stop and pray when difficulties come your way? Or do you complain first, talk about others then hope your trouble goes away.  We really need to listen to these words.


Pray to God when your troubles come.  Sing His praises always – no matter what the circumstances may be.  He is our one and only God and we are his children.  Turn to him when you face trials.  He will always be there for you.


Lord, help us to remember to go to you first. Draw us near and guide our way. Let prayer and praises be what is on our lips today. Not negative thoughts or words. May your peace remain in us all day despite our circumstances.


In Jesus’ name we pray!


Amen!  Amen!


Kelly

Kelly Mouisset