Life’s Journey

 

I love starting a new year. It’s fresh and full of promise – a miracle.

“Miracles are supernatural events that supersedes natural laws.”

Do you need a few of these this year?

Last week I drove by a familiar intersection and a memory came flooding back. Let me tell you about a miracle …

Many years ago, my young son and I had made the hour drive to Costco. I finished my shopping, we hopped in the car and drove through the subdivision weaving our way back to the main road. I noticed the light was red at the intersection; I pulled up, put on my signal and waited for the green light to proceed.

What happened next was an event that superseded natural laws.

The light turned green and I didn’t move. I sat there like a stone. I remember thinking, “What am I doing? The light is green”. Within a split second, a car like a bullet – sped through the red light.

I gasped.

Had I simply moved forward when the light turned green, I would have been hit. Considering the speed the other car was going, I doubt my son and I would have survived the impact; leaving behind my husband and our other four children.

As I made a slow left, I was so shaken, I couldn’t drive. I pulled off to the side of the road. “Dear Jesus, you just saved my life, our lives. You made me stop on a green and kept me there until the car passed. Thank you, Jesus.”

Maybe this new year you are looking for a miracle.

You need one.

A supernatural event that supersedes natural laws.

Allow me to encourage you today; if a personal God watches when lights turn green and keeps you stopped to save your life – then dear one, He sees you too – as you are stopped – because you are in desperate need of a miracle.

Jesus coming to earth – is a miracle. His death on a cross in the prime of His life for us – is a miracle.

God is full of miracles – and I believe He has one for you in 2020!

We can’t make God do anything, that would be a foolish presumption, but we can trust Him in everything and ask with faith believing – for a supernatural event that supersedes natural laws – a miracle.

“For with God nothing will be impossible”. Luke 1:37 (NKJV) 

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I watched a fascinating documentary.

A lone polar bear was caught in a quick spring thaw.

This big fella had been enjoying the end of winter; relaxing in the sun and frolicking on the ice, until the warm sun caught him by surprise and the ice starting melting beneath him.

What was his welcomed friend one minute, became his dreaded enemy the next.

Realizing his grave problem and clearly bewildered, how would he survive now? He kept lumbering from ice flow to ice flow in a desperate search to spot land. Now too weak to even catch his food, hunger became his enemy as well.

With no other options for strength, he slowed his pace to barely moving.

Occasionally, he would look up trying to spot land – and lay back down again, disappointed. He was losing hope.

Eventually, after floating for days – he saw his desired haven in the distance. Bravely, leaving his piece of ice, he drifted towards shore.

Sometimes we are caught unawares too. Something seems innocent enough, when suddenly things change and we find ourselves in trouble.

From time to time, we all live on thin ice. Our enemy, is out to kill, steal and destroy and he never lets up.

God’s word gives us a warning:

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8, 9 (NKJV)

Now that we have His warning, we also have His promise.

“For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

God always has a solution to every problem. Trust Him – and you will make it.

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I often feel like I’m on “thin ice”. Please make me alert to the enemy’s tactics of discouragement. Deliver me from evil I pray”.

 

 

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The day dawned like the one before – bright and sunny. The young student laced her runners, snapped on her water belt and she was off. Early morning jogs are the best – she hoped today she’d clear the fog in her mind and receive some answers. Half way through her run with her mind finding no peace, she collapsed on the grass with her head in her hands. “How do I find Your will for my life? I seem to be running in all different directions. Am I in Your will now? What exactly is Your will? I don’t know which way to turn today, I am so confused. Help me God”.

I’ve asked those questions myself and have been in that state of mind. I too have put my head in my hands and had no idea what to do when I stood up. Perhaps you have too. Allow me to encourage you; along the road of life I’ve discovered a few truths that just might help …

• God has lead me through circumstances; He just caused things to come together and fall right into place.

• Other times while reading the Bible, a verse will pop off the page which God, through the Holy Spirit (who is our Comforter and Teacher) just brings alive. So alive, that I follow the revelation just revealed.

• On some occasions, I’ve heard what I call a “loud thought” which causes me to stop and ask, “is that really you Lord?”

• As well, I may be listening to a sermon or watching an interview on line and God kindly confirms what He spoke to me in private.

I love how Oswald Chambers puts it: the believer in Jesus who is walking with Him the best he can, “is God’s will”.

And there is one last piece of advice I’ll pass on to you; it comes from my mom.
When I’ve gone to her for advice, she says, “do you feel the peace of God?” If I answer with a wishy-washy, “Not really, or I’m just not sure” – she looks at me in a no-nonsense sort of way, “Wait for the peace of God”.

“… the Lord will bless His people with peace”. Psalm 29:11  Mom’s right on.

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Since God’s very nature is peace; it only makes sense that He would surround us with Himself. I’ve learned the hard way not to rush ahead of God. He is never in a cloud of confusion. Even if a situation is hard and less than ideal, if we maintain a rest deep within and our communication with God is unbroken – then chances are we are in God’s will, despite the negative circumstances surrounding us day by day. His peace will confirm His presence … the peace of God which passes understanding.

“… let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:7

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, help me not to run ahead of you. I wait for You to act regardless of how long it takes. I will wait for your abiding peace”.

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Happy New Year’s

I love New Year’s Day.

It’s my favourite day of the whole year. It’s new, fresh and full of promise – miracles.

“Miracles are supernatural events that supersedes natural laws”.

Do you need a few of these this year?

Last week I drove by a familiar intersection and a memory came flooding back. Let me tell you about a miracle …

My young son and I had made the hour drive to a big box store. I finished my shopping, we hopped in the car and drove through the subdivision weaving our way back to the main road. I noticed the light was red at the intersection; I pulled up, put on my signal and waited for the green to proceed.

What happened next was an event that superseded natural laws.

The light turned green and I didn’t move. I sat there like a stone. I remember thinking, “What am I doing? The light is green”. However, within a split second, a car sped through the red light like a bullet.

I gasped.

Had I simply moved forward when the light turned green, I would have been hit. Considering the speed the other car was going, I doubt my son and I would have survived the impact; leaving behind my husband and our other four children.

As I made a slow left, I was so shaken, I couldn’t drive. I pulled off to the side of the road. “Dear Jesus, you just saved my life, our lives. You made me stop on a green and kept me there until the car passed. Thank you, Jesus”.

Maybe this new year you are looking for a miracle.

You need one.

A supernatural event that supersedes natural laws.

Allow me to encourage you today; if a personal God watches when lights turn green and keeps you stopped because you are in desperate need of a miracle – then dear one, He sees you too – as you are stopped – in desperate need a miracle.

Jesus coming to earth – is a miracle. His death on a cross in the prime of life – is a miracle.

God is full of miracles – we all need them.

It’s a foolish presumption to think we can make God do anything – the clay demanding the potter – but we can trust God in everything and ask with faith believing “for a supernatural event that supersedes natural laws”.

A true, one-of-a-kind miracle …

“For with God nothing will be impossible”. Luke 1:37 (NKJV)

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” Ephesians 3:20 (NKVJ)

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, you are the God of the impossible and you can do anything. I believe you hear me when I pray and I will trust you for miracles this year. Thank you”.

 

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Silent Night, Holy Night.

Christ is born.

A week or two before the holidays, I try to read the Christmas story everyday; I don’t want to miss a fresh thought.

Today, I marvelled at Joseph.

He had already chosen Mary to be his bride and was looking forward to a life with his love. She accepted his proposal, and no doubt, she too was looking forward to being with him. Perhaps they even expressed their desire of future hopes and dreams … how many children, where they would live … regular stuff.

Life was very normal in Nazareth. For a young engaged couple, neither of them expected anything out of the ordinary.

Imagine with me the scene, when Mary brings Joseph the words from the angel. Unprecedented news. The Bible says, “while he (Joseph) thought about these things”, an angel of the Lord also appeared to him in a dream.

There are two things I took away from my reading this morning.

Firstly, Joseph didn’t panic. He pondered the news from Mary, then went to sleep. That is amazing, considering her disclosure. Secondly, while resting, the angel confirmed in a dream what Mary had told him.

How kind of our Lord.

Understanding how hard it would be to believe such a story, God came through for Joseph and settled his mind … and … He comes through for us too; helping us with things not understandable.

This Christmas, do not panic.

Have a peaceful rest each night, knowing … for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”. Luke 2: 11-14 (KJV)

 Silent Night. Holy Night.

Christ is born … let us rejoice!

 Today’s Prayer:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, what a plan! Thank you for sending your son to such a willing couple … teach us to obey you as they did … be it unto us according to your word”.

 

 

 

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I love Mary and one day I will meet her.

Right now she is with Jesus, her earthly Son – the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world – what a story.

Mary’s resolved willingness to obey the angel’s announcement in Matthew 1-2 and Luke 2 is so admirable. I enjoy reading the details.

During her visitation by the angel, you don’t read these common responses: “you can’t mean me? Are you sure there isn’t someone else? Have you talked to Joseph? My parents? I don’t think I could handle the looks, the shame, and the disbelief of my peers. How could I explain the baby within me is God’s son? I don’t think I could do what you’re asking. It’s too much”.

No, sweet Mary didn’t say any of those statements, questions we may have asked if given the same assignment. Her humble surrender to fulfill this unprecedented plan is remarkable. I marvel at her readiness to obey.

“Mary answered. May it be to me as you have said”. Luke 1:28

That’s it.

She didn’t ask any other details. Nor did she ask the angel to give her a plan as to how to raise the Son of God or explain other mysteries.

She simply said, “may it be to me as you have said”.

There is always sweet relief in silent surrender.

Dear reader, perhaps you are disappointed in how 2016 has gone. There were no manuals for the unexpected challenges that arose.

Allow me to encourage you today, the past is ancient history. Look forward to tomorrow! Everything you need for 2017 is found in the baby Jesus – who came to literally “save us”.

Like Mary, trust in God today and let Him look after all your tomorrows.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this”. Isaiah 9:6,7 (NIV)

Today’s Prayer:

“Sweet Saviour of mine, thank you for coming to earth as a baby. In 2017, would you be my Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace? I surrender everything to You”.

random act of kindness

When you get married you have these lofty thoughts on what marriage will be like. Cooking beautiful 4 course candlelight dinners – you’ve found each other and whew – off you go …

I too had the same thoughts decades ago and still remember this incident which was a …

Random Act of Kindness

I can’t say I love, love, love cooking – but I’m a cook. I learned to cook as a child and I’m glad I did. Whether you like it or not, as a mom or dad you need to cook. Simple fact, you and your family need to eat.

As a young bride, I made my first cherry pie. My husband loves cherry pies, cherry perogies, cherry anything, so one Saturday afternoon I thought, “how hard can it be”?

I proceeded to make the crust, the filling and everything looked pretty good. I popped it in the oven and was quite pleased to shout out – “I’m baking us a home-made cherry pie”. My husband looked up with a smile, I’m sure he thought, “finally, she’s making a pie – just like mom”!

I had baked the pie in an aluminum pan, as I didn’t have a ceramic pie plate at the time; I never even thought, I really didn’t even know, flimsy aluminum pans buckle when hot. Oh dear – what a disaster. As I took the pie out, in one quick moment … the whole thing collapsed on the floor!

My young husband heard my gasp and looked up.

He was horrified.

I was horrified.

What happened next I’ll never forget.

He calmly went to the cupboard, got a plate and big spoon, never cared one bit it was upside down on the kitchen floor; he just scooped it up, went to the table and proceeded to eat his cherry pie. He loved it!

Decades later I am telling you this story and fondly remember his, “random act of kindness”.

These random acts don’t always have to be something big – in fact, like my poor pie, it’s the little acts you remember, the kindnesses not even spoken with words.

Perhaps this week, instead of doing a random act of kindness to a random person – watch for opportunities to practice an “act of kindness” to those you love, someone living in your own home.

Who knows, it might be such an “act” they will remember forever …

BTW, I did make the cherry pie pictured above and ever since my pie drop, I now make them in ceramic pie plates. I learned my lesson well!

A smile for your day.

“Love is patient and kind …”. 1 Corinthians 13:4

“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love”.
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“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity”. Colossians 3:14

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, no lofty request, just help me to be kind”.

 

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Today, I would like to bless my Dad. He’s in his mid-80’s and still a warrior. No, he doesn’t duke it out at 80+ years old (ha) however, he does engage in the battle of prayer. Dad knows, God hears him when he prays, so he prays until God answers. We learn from you today Dad, you “PUSH” through; “Pray Until Something Happens.” May we all do the same. Happy Father’s Day!

Render to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due … honour to whom honour. (Romans 13:7)

 

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Dear Mom,

Good Friday is only good for us. For the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world, it was not a good Friday. The unfair trial, false accusations, and the humiliating spectacle they made of the Lord Jesus Christ, is almost unbelievable, except, we know it to be true. The whole world pauses at Easter, because Jesus is the central figure of the whole world. What a Saviour, Redeemer and soon coming King!

“Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” John 1:29

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Keep it Simple

GOD’S WILL

God’s will is not complicated.

If you sense a green light from the spirit of God within you, meaning, you have prayed about the situation at hand and do not see any red flags; then there is a good possibility you are exactly where God wants you.

I heard a good quote: “Just do what you’re doing right now unless God changes your path”.

Good word.

Haven’t we often complicated things by worrying about next year’s step, when God asks us just to take the “next step”.

Oswald Chambers explains God’s will this way:

“When you walk with God daily, following as best you can – then you are not only in God’s will, you are God’s will”.

Why is it that we doubt our way?

If you notice in the Shepherd’s Psalm, Psalm 23 – not only are there green pastures and still waters – there are valleys – actually death valleys – however, the Psalmist still follows the Shepherd. He leads with His presence and comfort – even in the midst of adversity.

Rough terrain doesn’t mean we’ve strayed from God’s path. It just means that “life has happened while we were living”.

If life has thrown you a curve, by God’s grace you can make it through, for “surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever”.

“The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you”. Psalm 32:8

Today’s Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, please lead me as you say, and guide my steps. May I ever trust you more and more. You said that if I acknowledged you in all my ways that you would direct my path. Please walk before me today. Show me the way. (Proverbs 3:6)