Daddy and His Girls

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I’m in the pink. Christmas 2012 with my Dad, my sister Letia (far left) and my sister Abbie next to her. Abbie went home to be with our Savior on February 15th. God knows just how much I miss her. She battled cancer for 18 months and had a strength and courage that amazed me. She never realized just how many people she blessed.

New Year…New Confidence – God Confidence

January 1 has rolled around one more time and 2013 is here. How are we going to live this new year? What things for God are we going to accomplish? I’m not talking resolutions…those things that we write on paper or stick in our head listing habits we’re going to get rid of and new ones we’ll keep. I’m talking about being confident in who we are as His daughters and setting about doing the work of His kingdom that He has called us to do. Phil 4:13 states: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Holding on to this kind of confidence is what we need to do.
There are several definitions for the word confidence but the two I like the most are 1-the quality or state of being certain and 2-faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way. We can be certain through our faith in Jesus Christ that He will act in such a way that everything we go through and all we face will work together for our good. If we allow them all things will help us to grow more mature in the things of Christ and be a testimony to those around us of His faithfulness. “Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward. For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.” says Hebrews 10:35-36 (AMP) says.
We can know that at anytime God is our refuge…or hiding place. Proverbs 4:26 (AMP) says, “In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.” God is the peace speaker. Any and every storm we have can be calmed by our Father. What we have to remember is that sometimes He calms the storms and sometimes He will calm us. Looking at the storm while resting in the arms of our Savior shows us that nothing is too big for Him.
What we have to watch out for is being confident in ourselves. Our flesh woman will try to inject her own opinion about how things have gotten done. She will want to take the praise for accomplishments. It is a battle but we have to ensure that we keep her locked up in chains. Any and all things we accomplish are for the glory of God and His Son. Doing God’s will is our ultimate goal and those we can do with confidence that He will be with us at all times.
God confidence is what I want this coming year. The confidence to step outside of my little sphere of influence and be more of what He wants me to be. God confidence to hear and know the voice of Jesus when all around me seems to be going wrong. God confidence to be able discern His will for my life and the courage to work for Him, to love others like He does, and to know that He hears me at all times.
1 John 5:14 (AMP), And this is the confidence (the assurance, the privilege of boldness) which we have in Him: [we are sure] that if we ask anything (make any request) according to His will (in agreement with His own plan), He listens to and hears us. To have this confidence, this assurance we need more prayer in our lives, more reading His word, a deeper and fuller relationship with Him. That’s what I plan this year…God confidence.

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. http://www.Lockman.org.

Can we talk…Prayer?

“The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but he trembles when we pray.” -Samuel Chadwick.

It’s that time of year again…you know, the time when we make resolutions for the coming new year. Lose weight, work out, eat healthier, spend less money, save more money, work on relationships…these are all good things to strive for. Some resolutions that we as Christians might make are reading the Bible more, giving more in offerings, loving people more, and more prayer time. Have you thought about any of these? Is there a resolution that you have made for the new year? Well…if we’re going to be perfectly honest with each other, I wonder how many people like me can say that most resolutions are kept for a few months and then fall by the way side.

Over the last several months, the Lord has really impressed on me time and time again the importance of prayer. Prayer is the key to our relationship with Jesus. If we say that we have a relationship with Him, yet we never talk to Him or only talk to Him in passing…how is that a relationship? If there are things in our lives that we need help with why aren’t we praying about them instead of just asking others to pray for us? With our neighborhoods, cities, and country becoming more and more morally bankrupt, why do we as Christians spend less and less time on our knees? Luke 6:12 (NLT) states: “One day soon afterward Jesus went up on a mountain to pray, and He prayed to God all night.” There are several more references in the Bible of Jesus praying…if He did and He is God…what makes us think we don’t have too.

2013 can be our greatest year ever, if we allow God to work in us and through us. We can give our gifts, our time and our talent…but if our motives and actions are not soaked in prayer we won’t be giving it our actual all. I believe that our prayer time is the most important aspect of our walk with God. We can and should read God’s word…but if that is all we do, we won’t get very much out of it. But — if we pray before we read and ask God to show us what He desires for us to learn and know, our reading of His Bible will be a completely new, different and wonderful experience. If we ask about His desires for our life and then LISTEN we can KNOW that the year He has for us will be great.

That does not mean we won’t have any struggles, trials, or just plain old bad days. What it does mean is that despite anything that comes our way, we have the ability to be joyous in the knowledge that Jesus is our Strength, our Hope, our Love, and our Life.

I have struggled personally with trying to find the time to pray. And I know all the reasons and/or excuses a person can give as to why more time is not spent on the knees. -Have to work, kids/grandkids had a ballgame, husband needed me, just too tired, I’ll get to it tomorrow. But deep in my soul I truly believe that God is calling us to a higher place. He is asking us to grow in Him in a way we never have before. He is asking us to become more and more like Him so that the world around us can make no mistake as to who we follow, how we live, and where we are going. We are a peculiar people…made in the image of Jesus.