Thursday, September 9, 2021

 


Sometimes the oppression covering our land is so thick you can almost see it with the human eye.  We can certainly feel it in our hearts and minds.

Listen to these amazing words written in Ephesians 6

"Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity."

Everyday, we as "brethren" have opportunity to live in love and grace with faith from God.  The only prerequisite is to love Jesus in sincerity.

There is a battle raging right now, for the attention, energy, and thought life of every believer and to discourage or distract us.  

In this very same chapter in Ephesians just a few verses before,  Paul tells us God supplies the amour for this, we only need put it on.

Listen to what our amour consists of:

truth, righteousness (which is not ours but Christ's),  peace, faith, our salvation, and The Word of God, because Satan uses people to attack us and God loves people.

It never ceases to amaze me that God's answer to every situation, even war, can be resolved through love, faith, and grace.  May we at joy continue to use the amour provided for us, learn and immerse ourselves in our sincerity of love for Christ.

love jackie





Saturday, July 10, 2021












The children of Israel had a real problem with longing for what was and  being disappointed with what is.....in short, they were unhappy with God and His provision.
How sad that must have made
God.......
Psalms 107
 8 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

Living in the present is an acknowledgement of how amazing God is -
 "your awareness is completely centered on the here and now.  You are not worrying about the future or thinking about the past."
(Merriam Webster Dictionary)

Today, simply trust God with your future and your past.....and praise Him for his goodness, and for his wonderful works!
Praise you Lord...Praise you Lord!
love,  jackie


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

the blessing

 The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.


Wondering how many of us can say we live in peace.

There is a common graciousness God bestows upon everyone the same.  The blessings of being alive on planet earth.

There is another blessing that is more uncommon, it comes to the one, not who is perfect but who stands perfectly before God because of Jesus Christ and His payment for us.....

This is how we stand in peace.

It is because of HIM and His graciousness.

And so we pass on to you today...

The Lord bless you!




 






Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Home

 

Home

I have always been of the mind set that home is a place.  Like my parents house was home, Ohio was home, here in Michigan is home. 

I recently recognized that some folks say "I stay at my parents house, or I stay in Ohio", you get the drift.

I think they are more correct.  Home is not my house.  Home is absolutely where those I love dwell. 

Peace and love are found in the arms of family and friends.  

But every now and than,  I get an unrest in my soul and I long for more than family or friends can deliver.

Some day we will be home.....really home,

but not now.   Now we have a job to do.  To be that follower of Jesus that will give those around us a small taste of what heaven is like.

They should see  heaven in me, in you.

What a thought!  We are ambassadors, yes you have all heard that before, but have you really thought about what that means?

It means when people are with me I represent heaven.  A place of peace, confidence, enjoyment, love, rest, knowledge, worship, kindness, holiness......

I represent Jesus.  The one who is seated at the right hand of Father God waiting to call us home.
What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see.  When I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace.
HOME.
But not yet.

 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Extravigant Valentine Gift







Being gracious is the most extravagant gift of all.




Sometimes people are just plain mean.  No matter how nice you've been, no matter how many times you have happily endured their behavior....
So at what point does Jesus say "Ok, that's enough you don't have to be gracious any more."


You and I both know the answer.....seventy times seven.....:-o.....seriously God? 
On paper, it sounds possible.  I am here to tell you my patients get tried in this area more that I care to expound on.
People who accuse,  say hurtful things both to your face and behind your back.....


How do we have extravagant grace toward those people?


First, a reality check.  If it weren't for God's extravagant grace I would be as lost as a goose and have no hope on my own.  He is my everything, my breath, my sanity, my Redeemer, the Lover of my soul, my Rock my Hiding Place! Woe, He is so good.


Second, it's not our grace we are extending, but rather sharing the grace of God.  It's what He wants. 
Grace is the age in which we live,  it's is supposed to be the word that defines us as Christians.
Truthful.....absolutely......gracious......you better believe it!

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

out of control

 but let your moderation be known to all men....

Why in the world would we want to be known as "the one who freaks out"?  LOL, still somehow that often seems to be our first reaction!

Can't you just hear Jesus as we meet Him at the pearly gates...."man you really  needed to chill out a little bit."  

In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ for you!  

Hey, let's define moderation:  restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperate.

I don't know, maybe that just doesn't sound exciting enough for some.   I tend to thing life has enough excitement without me adding to the chaos.  

Let's try this.... breathe.  Let God have his perfect work as we continue to do our work.  

It will all be ok.  He promised us it would!!





Thursday, January 9, 2020

find delight


In Ecclesiastes, the author takes a thoughtful look back over his life and has what I believe is a dismal view.  He considers that there is nothing new, and that nothing can be changed but, I love what it says in chapter 12 vs. 10.  
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. {acceptable...: Heb. words of delight}
What is your take on your current situation?  Is it dismal at best? 
In 2020 there are many things to capture our attention, good and bad.  Constant input…the whole worlds views on every topic.  My goodness, it is overwhelming and depressing.   
Maybe a good place to begin our New Year is back to basics…. to search out, to look for, to desire, to find words of truth, words of good report, words of delight, IN God’s Word…. 
I love you,
Find delight in Gods Word
Jackie
                                     

Monday, May 13, 2019





Proverbs 14:1,2,3 Every wise woman buildeth her house: but the foolish plucketh it down with her hands.  He that walketh in uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.

Without thinking things through to the end, sometimes I begin the process of tearing down.....

every cutting word
every negative attitude
every thought of superiority
every lazy motive
every time I am discontent with the life God has created for me and my family
every time I am positive I can do better than my husband....

Without thinking things through to the end, I tear down the very ones I love the most!   It is so important to keep my thoughts under control, which is hard to do in this emotional female body!
It takes great determination to keep my mind on  Christ and His kingdom, and His Word, and remembering the rewards that come from building my family up.
The things that help me as a wife, and mother are:
fellowship with godly women
corporate worship
the Word
prayer,
KLOVE ....
Maybe you have some different things that help you keep your mind under control and focused on Christ....
love jackie


Thursday, May 2, 2019

first commandment


My husband is so good about following directions!  He doesn't seem to struggle with "doing things by the book".
I however, struggle with following directions or rules even after I have read them....
It just goes against my nature to be "law" abiding :-o

So how in the world can a person like me ever please God, when the Word of God clearly says in
John 15:10  "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my
Fathers commandments, and abide in his love."

Well, the answer is found in John 3:16 and Mark 12:28-30
"For God so loved the world He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life."

"And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well asked him, which is the first commandment of all?
Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is.....The Lord our God is one Lord:
and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all they strength.  And the second is like namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.  There is none other commandment greater than these."

These are the verses I cling to....
and God loves you so much with a selfless, generous love!  He spared not even His own Son to purchase you, now you no longer need to be a slave to sin and flesh but have been freed to love Him with all your life and freed to love those around you no matter who they are or what they have done.

Just love!
Get to know your Lord.  Read the Word and let Him whisper lovingly to your heart......you will begin to obey His commandments!  You will want to please Him when you understand the depths of how He actively loves you.
love jackie

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

WWJD



The Gospels are filled with stories of how Jesus interacted with people who didn't really fit in.  Not just regular stories, amazing stories of how HE treated them in such a way that was empowering and  sometimes culturally offensive to everyone of that time period.   Jesus interacted with people that were of a different race, different genders, had known sin, or disease, and of every occupation (as well as religious leaders).

Surely Jesus desired that all of these people would embrace the truth.
So WHAT DID JESUS DO?

*He healed the sick
*He fed the hungry
*He delivered the oppressed
*He told people to tell others what God had done for them
*He praised people for their great faith
*He Humbly obeyed God

What didn't He do?

* hold to prejudicial norms
*condemn
*argue theology
*act superior

It maybe that you are the one who feels like you don't fit in.....remember this,  Jesus wants to be your Savior.  You need only call upon His name to be saved, and you will for ever belong to the family of God!  And that, my dear one, is a very amazing relationship!
love jackie


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.  

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 in all things.  We live in gratitude!  Thoughts of thankfulness and gratitude
can have an overwhelmingly positive 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 presented with the goodness 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