Monday, January 7, 2019

New year Resolute

Things you would like to see come to pass this year?
Spiritual growth plan?
Seek God’s will above all, don’t presume you know it!
James 4:15
If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that…….
Believe that His will is perfect and good…
Jeremiah 29:11
I know the plans I have for you…..
Philippians 4:13 tells us, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” John 15:5 declares, “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.” If God is the center of your New Year, it has chance for success, depending on your commitment to it. If it is God’s will for something to be fulfilled, He will enable you to fulfill it. If a resolution is not God honoring and/or is not in agreement in God’s Word, we will not receive God’s help in fulfilling the resolution!  If it goes directly against His Word, it is NOT HIS WILL.
So, what sort of New Year’s resolution should a Christian make? Here are some suggestions: (1) pray to the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5) in regards to what resolutions, if any, He would have you make; (2) pray for wisdom as to how to fulfill the goals God gives you; (3) rely on God’s strength to help you; (4) find an accountability partner who will help you and encourage you; (5) don’t become discouraged with occasional failures; instead, allow them to motivate you further; (6) don’t become proud or vain, but give God the glory. Psalm 37:5-6 says, “Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.”
God’s plan is always the best plan, anything else is at best 2nd best.

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

There are some memories from childhood that make us laugh, some that we will never forget even if they seem insignificant. 
There is one memory in particular that makes me smile.
When I was very young, maybe 6, one day I made the decision to  run away from home to "The Big Rock" (only God remembers why).  Everyone who ran in my circle knew the big rock:-)
So, anyway I went there and sat for what I thought was all day, only to give up when no one came looking for me.  When I went home, dinner was on and life was as usual.  Nothing lost, nothing changed.

As children of God we can make the decision to escape the cares of this life by running to the "Big Rock" who is always there and always faithful, even if what we face isn't earth shattering, He is there.

We find peace and comfort when we make the decision to run to Him above any other thing....
Above alcohol
Above drugs
Above pornography
Even above any other person

"He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved."
This year, I pray you make God the rock you run to every day!
Love jackie

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Thanksgiving



Life is generally not a bed of roses.  Some days everything goes wrong, other days we just make it  without any disasters, and then some days everything falls into  place.

We are thankful and say God is good when things are going our way.  The truth is, God is always good.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says
"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you".

The will of God is that we give thanks all the time.  We live in gratitude!  What is so special when we do that is, thoughts of thankfulness have a completely unique effect on us.
A critical spirit, or a spirit of complaining, a  heavy-hardheartedness, envyings, or strife's  have no other choice but to leave our presence when faced with the presence of God....
This holiday, let's determine to live thankful!  Find what is good, and lovely, and of good report!
Make a list of all God has done for you!  Look for them, seek them as the precious treasure they are!

love Jackie






Thursday, September 6, 2018





Satan is like the magician who shows us what is in his one hand to distract us, while in the other is he is performing his "magic" trick.  He will do whatever it takes to distract us from seeing what is most important!
I am easily distracted these days.  It seems I constantly have things trying to get my attention; phones ringing and beeping, work, traffic, TV, our crazy dog barking.......  I have to take time to stop and sit in quiet and focus on God and His Word because I know that is how I keep my heart and mind sane in an insane world. 
What is it that easily distracts you from spending time with God? 
love jackie

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.   For they
are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep they heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.  Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.  Ponder the path of they feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand not to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Proverbs 4

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Got Peace?

Oh man, my husband bought me a magnifying mirror!  Now I can see all my flaws UP CLOSE!
It's not a bad thing I guess.  It depends on how I choose to use it.  I can look in the mirror and work on myself or I can look in the mirror and obsess....obsess and be sad or obsess and try to make myself beautiful for HOURS! LOL
We sure know how to overthink don't we?

Maybe what we need to look at closely is our heart.  It is the condition of our heart that is most important.
Why I do what I do....
Why I respond like I respond....
Why I can't seem to control my thoughts....
Why......

Let me say prayer is good and listening to good music is good, but what is best is surrendering to God through His Word, and letting Him SPEAK to you there.
His love will change and inspire you.  It will fulfill you and give you peace and love that cannot be natural but rather supernatural..
does that mean we will never be upset?
No!
It means when the Spirit of God whispers to you, You know His voice and you follow.
You can rest.
love you,
jackie


Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 KJV





Monday, April 30, 2018

stressed out

Stress test… this is something that always makes me laugh.  When you have issues with your heart, the doctor gives you a stress test to see how much your heart can take.  TO FUNNY! (and honestly alarming) Every day simple tasks also seem to push my heart to see how much stress I can take. Coming to church should NOT be a stress test!  Worshiping Jesus and connecting with brothers and sisters in Christ should bring rejoicing!  It should make our hearts happy! If doesn’t, why not? That is a serious question…. It is also something we need to evaluate for ourselves.   Where are you in your walk with Jesus?  Does every little thing annoy you and make you stressed?  Maybe something as simple as coming to Jesus with a sincere heart and asking Him to show you what needs to change and changing it, can set your heart on a pathway of peace.   Fellowshipping with one another is a blessing!  Look for an opportunity to be a blessing to someone else’s heart. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.  In the world ye shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John

Monday, February 19, 2018

tangled



Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:1


Tangled!  I picture barbed wire wrapping around my brain entrapping me in pain.  (not a cute Disney cartoon)
I feel pain , the pain of being unable to free my thoughts and heart....when I have this state of mind I feel desperate, sad, angry, lonely.
Bondage! The state of being enslaved by another person or situation, whether physical or mental.



IN Christ I have freedom!  Freedom that cannot be taken away.  Freedom to think good thoughts.  Freedom to rise above any bondage no matter the power someone or thing has over ME OR YOU!  Freedom to not be moved or detoured from the plan God has for me.
Let Jesus take your bondage!  He has already paid for any punishment or blame, and your right to be free.

In Christ  we can breathe.
In Christ we can have joy.
In Christ we can "decide" to not be upset.
In Christ we can understand His Word which brings more freedom....
Let God free you!

If the Son therefore shall make you free you shall be free indeed. John 8:36

love Jackie

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Breathe

Whew, can we take a breath now?  We can get so busy. Too busy. 
I don't believe there is anything wrong with busyness, but when it takes our joy it's a problem.
Martha,  in the New Testament was scolded by Jesus, not because she was busy but because she had an irritated soul (she was cumbered, hindered, troubled). Mary had chosen the better part by sitting at Jesus' feet.
It is critical that we take time to sit and be alone with Jesus. Not just to unload all of our problems, but to let Him correct any issues with our soul.  He will breathe new life into our hearts and into any relationship.  My hope for you this new year is, that you will count your blessings and not your problems.
Love jackie

Breathe, just breathe
Come and rest at my feet
And be, just be
Chaos calls but all you really need

Is to take it in, fill your lungs
The peace of God that overcomes
Just breathe (just breathe)
let your weary spirit rest
Lay down what’s good and find what’s best
Just breathe (just breathe)
By jonny diaz

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Fight,,,,

At different times in my life,  fighting the good fight of faith has meant varying things.
Fight for truth
Fight for my marriage
Fight to teach my children
Fight to pay bills
Fight to get ahead
Fight for my sanity
But, there has been and always will be something, someone to fight for. 

By nature, I detest fighting and have hated confrontation.  From my earliest memories I hid and ran from fights. 
Now as an adult I can certainly see the need to fight for what is good and necessary.
BUT,  also see the need to let many wars go unattended,
deciding to keep my interest focused on what is in front of me and will only be with me a short time....    is how I manage my sanity (which can be debated) and keep wars to a minimum.
Remember who the enemy is...it is certainly satan, he is our greatest adivisary, it can be our own expectations and mind,  and it is always time!  We are human and only here for a given number of days. Seize that which is best and important to the Kingdom of God.  Fight for what is good.  Allow yourself to enjoy the asignments given to you by God.
Life is a gift, live it
Life is a gift, give it!
Love jackie

But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.  But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.  But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.  I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession;  That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of Lords;  Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.  Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
1 Timothy 6:6‭-‬17 KJV
http://bible.com/1/1ti.6.6-17.KJV

Thursday, April 20, 2017

hurting heart





Doesn't it break your heart when your child's heart is hurting?  It does not matter how old they are or why it's broken, you feel their hurt...
When they're young we want to protect them, and we do everything we in our power to keep them safe, then as they grow we instruct them and establish rules and boundaries to help them grow and thrive.  We love them so.


But why is it so hard for us to  believe God cares for us the same way? 
He cherishes YOU!  He longs to give you the desires of your heart, yet He knows what is best for you and what you need. 
He has given His Word that He will never leave you or forsake you...YOU are on His mind.
Trust in Him!  Love Him! 



















Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Meditations,

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord , my rock and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14
Lord, today may my meditations and my inner self talk,  be Joy in your ears and also the ears of any who might be influenced by me.
You are my Rock and the Keeper of my heart and all I treasure.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rubies , ,,,

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.


How precious is the virtue of a young woman? Even more precious in this age than ever before. Dear young woman, I hope you value your virtue as much as Jesus does.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Nothing personal ,,

I love you.   Three  words that can be so hard say and yet so necessary for healthy growth.

Love should roll out of our hearts and off our tongues.

Where oh where are the Christians who don't mind getting "personal".
Jesus, help us . Help us Lord to be difference-makers! Not afraid to touch the unlovely and not upset all the time.

 We know you are always with us Lord we're so thankful for that. Teach us Lord, show us God. Help us to be so busy being your hands and feet and lips we don't have time to worry about offenses.

Jesus,

Help us to Love and reach out so the next generation can see You through us. We love you so much Lord. Amen