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Dear sweet mom,

May the Lord bless you today, on this Mother’s Day. Speaking of mom’s, can you imagine the young mom Mary, being chosen as a teenager to participate in such a remarkable story. She was chosen, and we are too. We too, have a specific assignment to fulfil. Your children need YOU! Your personality, your gifts – everything about you is perfect for them. God never makes a mistake where He places children in families. They bear your mark forever, so love them dearly! God will help you be a good, actually no, a great, mom!

Well done, good and faithful servant… enter into the joy of your Lord. (Matthew 25:21, KJV)

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Can you imagine becoming a king at 8 years old?

This happened in Bible times to a young boy named Josiah (btw, I have a son Josiah – just love the name!)

At 8 years of age, Josiah was crowned King.

His story is so fascinating.

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There had been a lot of kings, who, one right after another turned from following the living God. Nevertheless, King Josiah decided the legacy of his immediate relatives was not going to be his, he turned to the God of his ancestors, King David. The young Josiah bypassed those of his relatives who weren’t good, and focused on those who were.

The Bible states, 8 years into his reign, “while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David” (2 Chronicles 34:3).

Such a wise and mature decision at 16 years old!

Then at 20, King Josiah turned the kingdom upside down – or should I said, right-side up. Then at 26, he began repairing God’s house, encouraging his people to live right (righteousness).

The point I’m making today dear student, is, don’t get sidetracked from serving the one and true God when you are young.

Stand firm in your faith and serve God faithfully with your whole heart, for your whole life.

You were born for a purpose and your generation needs a godly example, they need a good you.

Can I encourage you to be a JOSIAH or if you are a young lady, a female version!?

Your calling is different from others. You are anointed by God to live for God and accomplish your God given purpose in your generation. He has a plan that fits only YOU (Jeremiah 29:11).

A warning though …

Satan is out to kill, steal and destroy … that’s his primary job … since we know what he does, don’t let him kill, steal or destroy you. Read your Bible, pray and attend church. King Josiah had extreme pressures at a young age, just like you – and the Bible says “he began to seek God”. Allow me to encourage you to do the same.

“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength”. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

That’s God’s promise to you! As He was with King Josiah and helped him in every way, God is with you! Make a declaration today …

I WILL SERVE GOD WITH MY WHOLE HEART, FOR MY WHOLE LIFE!

You’ll never be disappointed with that decision … ever.

Today’s Prayer:

“Dear Heavenly Father, I want to be a Josiah in my generation. May I be strong in spirit, filled with wisdom and may the grace of God be upon me. Deliver me from all evil. Amen”.

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The Highlighting Miracle

The Highlighting Miracle

When my daughter was in grade 12, she visited a home for orphans in Kenya. She was chatting with them about school in North America and when she took out her books to keep caught up with her schooling, they were fascinated with her Highlighters.

“What an idea” they thought. “Sure must help with studying”.

The following year I made the trip as well.

Since Highlighters were such a hit – I went to our office supply store and bought every Highlighter package the store had and stuffed them in my bag.

Once there, I mentioned to the teacher I brought Highlighters for the grade 12 students. I assumed I would just give him the bag and he would distribute them. However, this was a considered a “gift” so they had me sit at a table under the mango tree and the students file in front of me. I was to give them a Highlighter and they were to thank me personally.

“Dear Lord” I quietly said to myself, “I hope I have enough. I never counted the Highlighters or the students!” I semi-panicked … hum … fully-panicked is a better word.

The students kept filing by me and I kept reaching in the bag, smiling and praying loudly in my mind, “dear Jesus, HELP ME!”

And He did.

Would you believe, 68 students walked before me and I had exactly 68 Highlighters.

Now what are the chances of that happening?

Only God knew the number I needed a month before and about 13,000 km away.

We serve a great God. He cares about every detail of our lives; and those our lives touch everyday.

I am always humbled by the goodness and personal attention of a truly remarkable God.

“You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do…
You go before me and follow me…such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too great for me to understand”. Psalm 139:3-6

“Even the very hairs on your head are all numbered”. Matthew10:30

“Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you”. 1 Peter 5:7

Today’s Prayer:

 Dear Heavenly Father, truly you are amazing. Thank you for constantly showing us your care and inviting us to believe that you care! Forgive us for not trusting you more – You are a good good Father!

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My Dad …

Our Perfect Father

Since today is Father’s Day, it is fitting to say – I have such a good earthly father. He’s so kind, loving and generous, he’s just plain wonderful – I’m so blessed to be the daughter of such a good man and an exceptionally great Dad.

I wrote about my Dad as a guest blogger on the Encouraging Dads Project. If you have time, click on the link … after reading about him, you’ll understand why I’m blessed.

Sadly, not everyone has a good father. I know today brings bad memories for some. Several years ago, Hallmark cards went into prisons and made Father’s Day cards available for the inmates. It was an unsuccessful venture; there just wasn’t enough good Dads.

Thankfully, there is a remedy for a father-hurting heart. “Our Perfect Father” the Creator of the universe – the one and only true God, our Heavenly Father – heals wounded hearts.

He’s perfect.

There is a song being sung in churches right now called “Good Good Father”. I wonder if you’ve heard it? If not, click on the link above.

The song talks about His tender whispers in the dead of night when your heart hurts …

The song goes on to say “You are perfect in all of your ways”.

Perfect in all of His ways.

That means all our unanswered, confusing situations – God knows all about them. Cares about them. Will one day make everything right.

On this Father’s Day – trust in God.

He’s “Our Perfect Father”.

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

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16

 Today’s Prayer:

 “Today I leave all my situations in your hands. I rest in Your goodness. I know one day, when we chat face-to-face, you’ll answer all my questions. Actually then, I doubt I will have any, once I see You all will be well – You are our perfect Father”.

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CHARIOTS OF FIRE

The movie “Chariots of Fire” tells the story of a runner who competed in the 1924 Olympics.

We learn so much from those who have gone before us; especially those who have walked with God and leave us a great example to follow.

Eric Liddell said, “I believe God made me for a purpose. He made me fast and when I run, I feel His pleasure”.

I love the way he expressed his heart, to “feel His pleasure”.

He went on to say:

“I want to compare faith to running in a race. It’s hard. It requires concentration of will and energy of soul. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, “Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me”. (Luke 17:21)

Faith is like running in a race.

He nailed it.

Sometimes our “race” is hard, complicated, wearisome. To keep going requires every bit of strength we can muster. Eric talks about where supernatural strength comes from – within – from God. And he is right.

  • Keeping our eyes on the one who made us
  • Believing God will freely give us what we need to keep “in the race”.

“But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever bright unto the perfect day”. (Proverbs 4:18)

“Dear Heavenly Father, I would love to feel your pleasure everyday. Lead me Lord. May the path I’m on, be the one you want me to travel. I surrender my will to you. I will keep my eyes on you – you are strength indeed”.

To read more on this amazing young man Eric Liddell:
Chariots of Fire

 

Need a Miracle?

Have you ever wondered if God really leads His people? Does He really go before them and make a way when there seems to be no way?

This last month I have been reading through the book of Exodus in the Old Testament. You may recall this story. The Israelites had been beaten down by the tyranny of the Egyptians for some 430 years and were basically sick of it. God spoke to His servant Moses and asked him to lead the Israelites back to their homeland.

The Pharaoh of the day, wasn’t too keen on allowing them to vacate Egypt, as the Israelites had become their slaves. After much heartache, he finally let the people go.

However, after a couple days’ journey on foot, he decided he wanted them back and chased after them, on horseback.

Bad idea. They are God’s people.

Since there were no GPS’s in those days, God used a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire to keep His people on course.

What’s interesting is: when the Egyptians came within attacking distance, God moved the cloud behind the Israelites, making sure the Egyptians were on the dark side … and there they sat.

However, Moses had a bigger problem than the chase by Pharaoh, the Red Sea.

Before him was this body of water and around him were “600 thousand men on foot besides children” (Exodus 12:37) Whew … what to do?

He prayed and God caused a wind to blow all night.

Like a concrete wall on both sides, the Red Sea parted and the water stood firm. This host of people started walking to the other side. What a sight that must have been! I wonder what was running through their mind? Can you imagine walking between walls of water?

The Bible is so interesting.

At some point the cloud moved away and Pharaoh was outsmarted. He continued his chase right into the Sea.

Remember my question? Does God really lead His people? Does He really go before them and make a way?

Yes, yes, yes!

As soon as the last person crossed, the Sea returned to it’s depth and not one of their enemies survived.

I love this story – the God of Moses, is our God. He hasn’t changed. He still can make a way when there seems to be no way. The stories in the Bible are for our encouragement and hope.

He still parts “Red Sea’s” … do you need a miracle today?

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8

 Today’s Prayer:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, you are the same yesterday, today and forever. What you did for Moses, you can do for me. Please part my “Red Sea” … bring about a miracle. Thank you”.

 

 

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

We have all felt overwhelmed and just didn’t know what to do at times. Didn’t know what decision to make and didn’t know which way to turn.

Jehoshaphat, (what a name!) in the Bible was bewildered too. They was an army coming against him and he didn’t have the manpower to defend his people. He tried to come up with a solution, but couldn’t see a way out.

He went to God with his dilemma and concluded, “I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you”. He asked for His direction and help.

Good advice.

“I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you”.

God did indeed bring about a solution to his problem (read about the miracle in 2 Chronicles 20).

Often we don’t know what to do about various situations as well. Try as we might, we toss and turn all night and in the morning, still no solution.

Perhaps we should learn from Jehoshaphat. “I don’t know what to do so my eyes are on you” … then wait for God to speak or act.

Waiting means “to remain inactive or in a state of rest, calm, peace and tranquility until something expected happens”.

Therefore, waiting on God to correct a situation or find a solution to a problem, is putting our faith in Him and expecting He will come through for us, someway, somehow, sometime.

Waiting on God is often hard, but rushing ahead will prove to be much harder.

“Lord, I don’t know what to do but my eyes are on you”.

Great wisdom from an Old Testament saint.

Be still, and know that I am God …”. Psalm 46:10

God says “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye”. Psalm 32:8

Dear Heavenly Father, I have to admit, I don’t know what to do at times either. Please lead, guide and direct me Lord. Show me the way”.

 

The Lord has great plans for you

On occasion, God allows puzzling circumstances to occur in our lives. Things we don’t understand.

Queen Esther in the Bible is a perfect example.

We pick up the story when she was living with her uncle Mordecai. Clearly, something terrible must have happened to her parents, as Esther is being raised by her uncle. Obviously a man of great character, a single guy; stepping up to the plate and raising his niece, Esther.

God was about to bring good out of a situation, that, no doubt to Esther and Mordecai, had once looked bad.

The King in their area was looking for a new queen. The selection process had much to be desired, nonetheless – Esther had no choice but to go to the Palace when summoned.

She stood out amongst the rest …

Once a little orphan girl and now a queen.

Queen Esther.

God was weaving a plan. A decree had been issued which threatened to annihilate her people, the Jews. God had her in the right place at the right time to speak to the King and have the decree reversed. He agreed, and she saved her people.

Since all the stories in the Bible are for our encouragement and instruction – we draw a couple of conclusions from her life.

  1. God sees you – all the time.
  2. He knows what’s going on – at all times.
  3. He brings good out of confusion – in His time.
  4. If we trust Him – we will live to see the “goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” – in time.

God sees all the way to the finish line.

You can trust Him.

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

 Today’s Prayer:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, just like Esther, give me courage Lord to trust in you, even if I cannot see around the corner. I thank you that you give me hope and a future”.

 

 

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Misty, low, damp, dark, days

If you have ever travelled to the West Coast of the United States, you have seen the gigantic Redwoods. They are said to be the tallest trees on earth and interestingly, require the heavy coastal fog to thrive.

Heavy coastal fog.

The kind of fog that is: misty, low, damp, dark.

You’d think these gigantic trees would need the nice warm ocean breezes to flourish, lots of sun and hot days … but no, they grow best in inclement weather.

Rain, mist and fog.

Reminds me of ourselves.

Since we are participants on earth in this journey called life – one day all is well and the next, problems seem as tall as the redwoods in the forest.

Misty. Low. Damp. Dark.

Give us a few low-cloud-kind of day, months or even years and we quickly realize we need Someone who lives above the clouds to see us through.

“I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me”. Psalm 139: 7-10

Instead of scrambling to “find God” when those darker days come – may I suggest you prepare now. Every day pray and every day read your Bible. That way, when the mist rolls in, you do the same as you did yesterday. Pray, read and trust God.

Jesus says:  “ … I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen”. Matthew28:20

What a promise.

Take heart today, God sees clearly through the fog.

Today’s Prayer:

 “Dear Heavenly Father, oh to trust you more. Of course you see clearly through the fog – you are the Creator of all things. Forgive me for carrying my own burdens. I give my concerns to you today”.