If you have a Facebook or Instagram account, you are sure to have seen the meme/photo of a hallway that says: “Until God opens the door, praise Him in the hallway”. Overall, it’s a very good quote… But it got me thinking. My mind and my spirit started doing somersaults together.
Many times, we wait and wait for God to open closed doors. Have you ever stopped to think that you could be waiting or knocking on the wrong door? Most hallways have more than one door and if you have chosen the one that is not meant for you, you will be doing a lot of waiting. What if you chose to put away your will and wants and fully trust God to open the right doors at the right time?
There are some doors that God keeps closed for our good. He always knows what’s best and will never lead us in the wrong direction. So while you’re standing in the hallway, keep your options open, and get your praise on!
Do you remember when you were a child and you had that one little thing that was only yours and you didn’t really like to share it? Or maybe a rabbit’s foot, a new shiny coin that you were reluctant to spend, or those special scented stickers or pencils that always seemed to disappear when you finally got one?
My little sister always cherished the little, tiny pebbles from the gravel driveway that were kind of marbled white, ivory, or very tannish peach in color. She would spend hours picking them out to collect them as her “treasure” because they were so pretty compared to the normal, every day, reds and browns of gravel color. And she really did treasure them. There were times when she and a cousin would fight over who would get to keep those treasured pieces of rock.
My family is a treasure to me. A treasure that I truly value. We are living in a day where many people have thrown family values out the window. They have taken the Cay Sera Sera mentality of “whatever will be, will be”. They don’t treasure others anymore and they sure don’t treasure that we have a loving God, who is ready and there for us to call upon at any given moment.
As much as it saddens me to see so many take this approach, we can not fathom the pain that it must cause our Heavenly Father. To see things gone amuck from the way it’s supposed to be. People simply do not care about other people, nor do they treasure the gift of life in general.
We are a treasure in God’s eyes. He sees each of us as unique individuals, created in His image. His word tells us that He is a jealous God. He doesn’t want to share you with the cares of this world or with the devil. He wants you to turn your eyes upon Him for every need, every care, every doubt, every praise, to love, to worship, to adore, to treasure!
Take a moment to search your heart. What do you treasure there? Is your heart set on things above or the things of this world?
“We are young ~ Heartache to heartache we stand ~ No promises, no demands ~ Love is a battlefield…” ~ Pat Benatar ~ Love Is A Battlefield
The old song has been used time and again. whether it’s a throw back movie, a commercial, a girl rock band, or karaoke.
We’ve all heard it. It gets in your head.
My question, is WHY did the songwriter use LOVE? Out of everything that comes at you on a daily basis, why choose the word LOVE over the word LIFE? I believe there are people out there, as well as myself, that could better relate to a song that sung to the tune of, “Life is a battlefield…” better than the original . I mean, WHO doesn’t face battles in life, right?
This adventure that we call LIFE is so unpredictable, that we don’t know from one day to the next how to prepare. Do I go out today with an umbrella or a bullet proof vest? Should I put on my “bigger” girl panties or am I safe in just my “big” girl ones? When I am supposed to turn the “other cheek” which set should I offer? Talk about battlefield…
This battlefield of life is where the friends that you’ve had since forever become your enemy. Children are constantly bullied not only by other children but by adults. Kids and Teens are taking their own lives at an unforeseen rate due to the rise in bullying and nothing can be done about what can not be seen… Talk about battlefield…
Drugs that older street drugs are reappearing under new names, with higher usage and addiction rates. New drugs, which are targeted to teens, and the college age, young adult crowd, are made to look more enticing and fun than they used to. This is causing more overdoses and the ones that are becoming addicted to this stuff are your “normal, everyday” person. Chances are, that someone you are close to has tried these drugs or are using now. Talk about battlefield…
More preteens and teens are facing depression now than every before. Body image is thrown in their face everyday. It’s on TV, magazine, social media, catalogs, mannequins, videos, etc. Young people are starving themselves, cutting themselves, etc., because they think they are fat when they look perfectly fine. Some of the music that kids are listening to will increase these emotions. Their image, in their minds, is equal to their self worth, their ability to be loved, their attractiveness to the opposite sex. This all leads to depressive states which could trigger other things. Talk about battlefield…
I believe that Pat Benatar had a point with her hit “Love is a Battlefield”, but I also believe that she had it wrong. The battlefield of LIFE has definitely surpassed any type of battlefield that Love has.
For the ninth time in 2 hours, I tell my oldest son to change the litter box. For the 5th time in as long, I tell our oldest daughter to load the dishwasher. Lost count on how many times our youngest son has been told to take the dog out for a walk and for our youngest daughter to gather the dirty laundry. The litter is PASSED time to be changed and I’m PASSED tired of looking at it, smelling it, dishes are piled, over flowing the sink, the dog is cross eyed needing to go “out”, and the dirty clothes are mounting in every room.
I feel like I’m wasting my breath telling them what to do. Tired of hearing, “Wait a minute”, “I’m fixing too”, “Why do I have to do it?” It’s their chores and everyone has their own to do. If everyone doesn’t pull their weight and get their job done, the total picture doesn’t come together and leaves the door open for chaos and Momma feels LOTS of stress!!
As an adult, there are a lot of things that I don’t want to do. I don’t WANT to put gas in my car when it 12 degrees outside with the windchill below 0, but if I don’t, I will not be able to drive it. I don’t WANT to work six days a week morning until dark with NO pay, but I have to because we can’t afford to hire anyone. I don’t WANT my husband to have to work 3 jobs because I feel selfish and want to spend time with him for myself at times, but we have bills to pay and 4 children to feed and cloth.
I don’t WANT to stay up to almost midnight sometimes, folding laundry, but I have to, because that’s the only time I have to do it.
We make sacrifices in many areas of our lives that our children and other people will never see or never, ever know about. The sacrifice of sleep to get things done, the sacrifice for personal time or things for yourself so that they can benefit from it. Sacrifices for your church family, outside/public organization, etc.
The One that does see and knows every little detail, is God above and that’s all that matters. My strength comes from Him and He will help me get through each day and every “I don’t want”. It may even seem selfish or petty to others and there may be others out their who know exactly what I’m talking about. Therefore, until you’ve walked a mile in someone else’s shoes, or spent time with them and watch ALL THAT THEY DO, please don’t judge their “I don’t want to”s, just be glad that they make the sacrifice and do it anyways, sometimes, it’s so that you don’t have to.
Everyone does it. You go to the restroom and if by CHANCE you forget your phone or iPod, you grab something to read out of boredom or to make the time pass quicker. Chances are, that “something” could be a shampoo bottle. On the back side of that bottle, the directions will say, to wash, lather, rinse, and repeat if it’s needed. Many wonder why you would have to “repeat”. When you use a lot of products in your hair, it builds up a residue, a sometimes STICKY residue, that just washing ONE TIME will not get out, hence the repeat action.
Now, let’s look at this in a Spiritual aspect. We are walking along on a Spiritual walk, hand in hand with God, and then #WHAM!, you slip and fall. You feel down about it and disappointed that you “failed”. You HAVE to get up, repent, let God wash you clean because He forgives a multitude of sin! Forgive yourself and continue your daily Spiritual walk with God. We are human. God knows that we are human and that we are going to fall at times, that’s why He will keep His hand extended to us when we fall, giving us the boost we need to get up, and washing us clean again when we ask! We can’t stay in the muck and the mire.
Sometimes, we HAVE to go through the LATHER, RINSE, AND REPEAT more than once because of our own stubbornness. Thank God that He gives second chances and repeats His forgiveness!
I am the one who just walked by you
But you didn’t notice me.
Laughing and joking with your friends,
Pretending to be free.
I am the one who was behind you
At the local grocery store,
Buying things in abundance and greed,
Never thinking of the poor.
I am the one who was on the corner
Handing out the tracks.
You tossed yours in the waste basket
And never once looked back.
I am the one who found you
On the cold, hard bathroom floor.
After a mix of “who knows what”,
You’d fallen against the door.
I’m the one who made the call
For help to come immediately.
For you to have another chance for salvation,
To God I made my plea.
I am the one God placed in your life
And I’ve seen you at random times.
I’ve often wondered “why me, God?
Their life is different than mine.”
You see, I am the one that God has chosen,
Though I am mortal man,
To trust enough to pray for you,
Because SALVATION is HIS plan.
As we turn on the news, it seems that all we see is fighting, conflict, turmoil, and mass chaos. It has become a part of everyday life for some, mostly in other countries. The weather is disastrous and you never know what is going to happen in what part of the nation. It’s all unusual. We’ve had a record setting winter in our neck of the woods. We haven’t had this much ice in and below freezing temperatures in over 30 years. Totally NOT normal for our area. Should we be surprised to see and hear all of this is going on?
In Matthew 24, Christ’s’ disciples ask Him, “what shall be the signs of Thy coming and the end of the world?” To which He answered, “take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in My name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. And you shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all of these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places. These are the beginning of sorrows.” -( Jesus goes on in much more detail, so it is worth reading for yourself. There is no better way, than to get in God’s Word on your own.)
I want to draw in on what Christ has prepared us for. Again, I ask the question, should we be surprised to see and hear what has been going on in the world? No. Jesus gave us warning that these things were going to take place as we see the last days approaching. He said, “take heed that NO man deceive you.” Our nation has turned into one gigantic mess pile of deception. Jesus is, and will always be, the ONLY way of salvation. There are NO OTHER gods before Him. No other being, person, etc. can equal to Him. His blood was shed so that we can have life more abundantly. Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice for our sins. He loved me enough, you enough, to die on that rugged cross over 2000 years ago and to rise again! To go prepare a place for us! Wow! Let NO ONE deceive you into thinking that there is another way to heaven.
He also said that we would hear of wars and rumors of wars, but to see that we not be troubled. Jesus said that these things would have to take place, nation would rise against nation. There has been so much turmoil between different countries. It doesn’t involve one or 2 countries, but several get drawn in and then the US gets involved. Famine, pestilence, and earthquakes in divers places. Food prices are going through the roof due to droughts in parts of the nation, flooding in other parts, etc. “These are the beginning of sorrows.” For those who are un-believers or who are not prepared, times are going to get a lot worse. Believers know where their hope is! I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken, nor His seed begging bread! (Psalms 37:25)
It’s not going to be long before Christ returns to take His bride home. Prepare ye the way of the Lord.
Chaos is all around. It is something that is hard to escape on a daily basis. Everyone knows at least one person or more, who is fighting a battle that is unimaginable. The kind that they never thought that they would be part of.
As things go wrong with one thing or another in our life, that is when we tend to take our focus off of the things that are of God and try to take care of things ourselves. We take things into our own hands instead of laying everything down at the feet of Jesus. We become frazzled, disoriented, and before we know it, we have lost all sense of direction.
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The words of the old chorus, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”, are those that can bring remembrance to your soul, that we are not in it alone. That things are not as bad as they seem, because we look at things with our natural eyes.
1 Corinthians 13:12 says, “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”
It’s talking about perspective and not really understanding what is going on, because you’re not seeing the “whole” picture, but one day, you will fully understand. Just go on living a life of trust in God, faith in God, and loving God and letting your faith grow! He will never leave you, nor forsake you, but will go with you to the very end.
“Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.”
Written by Helen H. Lemmel in 1922
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“God, how much more do You think I can handle? You said You wouldn’t put more on me than I can bare!”
Most Christians struggle with what God has called them to do with their life. “Lord, do You want me to sing? Preach? Pastor? Evangelize? Teach? Be a missionary? What Lord?”
We are all called to be a witness for His Kingdom. To spread His gospel to anyone that we can and sometimes, that’s just by letting His light shine through us.
But there is another calling that most people try to ignore. It can be heavy, burdensome, time consuming, and definitely takes dedication. That is the calling of “Intercession”.
In Beni Johnson’s book, The Happy Intercessor, she defines the calling of being an intercessor as “capturing the heartbeat of Heaven and declaring or praying it into your world.” It’s true agreement with Heaven.
As I read this book, I found myself identifying with almost everything that Sis. Beni wrote about. For as long as I can remember, I could feel the “emotions”, “spiritual joy or turmoil” or the “attitudes” of those around me. I could “discern” things from a very young age. I knew when a situation was considered Godly or un-Godly.
I also “learned” to carry the weight of those around me. I would let it bother me and worry me to the point I would make myself sick. I didn’t know how to lay it down. Sometimes, I still get to the point where the burden is almost too much to carry. I will pray about it, cry, lament, whatever, but when it comes to fully “laying it down”, I still get stuck at that point.
God never meant for us to carry the burdens. He meant for us to lay them down at the feet of Jesus and LEAVE them. Not pick them back up to take back with us.
Interceding on the behalf of others can be hard work. Satan is doing his job well. He came to steal, kill, and destroy and Christ came that we may have life and have it more abundantly! As an Intercessor, we have to make sure that we are doing our job. You’ll know when you have that sudden urge in the pit if your stomach that something isn’t quite right. Sometimes, you feel it when you are around certain people or approaching a certain situation. It could be the very prayers that you’ve prayed that it takes to turn a situation around.
I pray for my husband and my children everyday. For God to place a hedge of protection around them. What if I didn’t pray for them everyday?
Have you ever had an inkling that something was wrong or was going to happen before it happened? Well, God prepared me for such a thing about 2 years ago that involved my husband. Two weeks before an incident occurred, God overwhelmed me with a burden to pray. I knew something was going to happen, I just didn’t know what. I was in spiritual and physical turmoil. Constant intercession. If I wasn’t prayed up and prepared, I would not have been able to deal with the situation that happened. It could have been much worse if I had not been prayed up and had not covered my husband with prayers.
If you believe that you are called to be an Intercessor, there are several books out there about it, but I highly recommend The Happy Intercessor by Beni Johnson. It will definitely help you find the joy of being called to intercede to know what a privilege it is to be able to join in the heartbeat of Heaven.
The following lyrics were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, otherwise known as part of the Beatles, in 1965. Though I’ve changed the word “lovers” to “loved ones” and made the “you” a personal standpoint to mean God/Christ, the words can still have a great meaning.
In My Life
“There are places I remember all my life, though some have changed. Some forever, not for better, some have gone, and some remain.
All these places have their moments of loved ones and friends I still can recall. Some are dead and some are living, and in my life, I’ve loved them all.
And with all these friends and loved ones, there is no one compares with You. And these mem’ries lose their meaning when I think of love as something new.
And I know I’ll never lose affection for people and things that went before. I know I’ll often stop and think about them. In my life, I’ve loved You more.”
My mind is always flooded with memories. The things that most people would never remember, I have stored in the back files of my mind. This is not always a blessing, believe me. Sometimes, there are several things that I wish I could forget.
Sometimes, an image of a person will come to my mind, but not just that image, but anything that person has ever done towards me, whether it be good or bad, will come flooding back also. If it happened to be an offense that I have already forgiven, I definitely don’t want that brought back to my remembrance.
I know that I don’t want my past sin/offenses remembered and held against me at any given moment.
Thank God, that when we repent, He cast our sins as far as the East is from the West! Never to be remembered again.
Not all memories are meant to be bad or dreadful. God allows us to have wonderful memories. Memories of the loved ones who have gone on already and the time that we got to spend with them. Memories aroused by scents around us or a familiar sight.
We come into contact with all kinds of people throughout life. Sometimes, we learn from them, while at other times, we are teaching them. Our main goal is to ALWAYS love them. Yes, they will disappoint us and we will disappoint them, but such is life. We must correct the wrong, ask for forgiveness, LOVE, and move on.
But, I want to be able to tell God, since He knows our hearts, “… in my life, I’ve loved YOU more!”