Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sweet Girl,,,,










My Sweet Girl,


I know things get tough sometimes.   I also know it isn't always easy to follow Jesus....
You can do this!


Please don't sell yourself short!  You are beautiful and smart and funny.  You are a one of a kind creation of God who perfectly designed you exactly how He wants you to be.   YOU are talented, maybe you don't understand your full potential yet but you are talented!  God has a wonderful plan for you life......let Him work it......

Slow down.  Don't be in such a hurry to put on adulthood.  Cherish every day and all of the privileges that come from living in this country.   So many people love you beyond what you can imagine.  You are more precious than fine gold. 


I love you so much
 





Sunday, February 21, 2016

looking unto Jesus.....





At times I carry plenty of weight.... right now is one of them.  I don't like it and it always seems to catch me by surprise.
How in the world can I gain weight and not see it happening???  But that's exactly what happens.  One tiny little "cheat" to many!  Huffing and puffing with the weight of my choices clinging on me....... it makes everything in life harder. 


The weight of sin is very much like that.  One tiny little cheat at a time, "sorry God I don't have time to start my day off in prayer and study"......."I'm so tired Jesus, you know how hard I'm working why aren't you blessing me like you are blessing them".......and before I know it "bam" I'm carrying the weight of the world and of all my sin! 


The importance of trusting Jesus for every single step of our journey is sooooo important!  The light of His Word shining on our path is the only way we can continually see the good things He has for us, and walking with Him keeps us fit and ready for what ever comes up.....so "weight" doesn't sneak up on us again.  Well, at least we can try!
Hebrews 12:1-2
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.


We have so much to be excited and thankful for!  Don't get discouraged, just get back in the race.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

God's not done





The last few weeks I've been quite emotional.....


I started off the month wondering if it was truly God who had laid our SMART outreach on my heart, or if it was my own contrived idea.  So many doubts were flooding my mind with whether or not it was worth our time or doing any good.  Obstacle after obstacle standing in our way.


It's mission conference at our church through the month of February, which for us always means opposition.   Illness', oppressions, people pressing us with their criticisms......how can we continue this way?  It was "feeling" like there was no hope or help in sight,  still we had a few encouragers to ease the tension, we are so thankful for those!


2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;




2 Corinthians 4:13-17
 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day







Thursday, February 11, 2016

There are weeks when I feel the need to tape my mouth shut and spend my days hunkered down at home reading the Word so I don't get in trouble.....



*1 Thessalonians 4:11
And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
 (KJV)


Friday, February 5, 2016

Wisdom

I love to be in the presence of our young.....they inspire, invigorate, and entertain. 

But, this morning I  want to highlight what the wisdom of age can bring.
Time and experience brings wisdom.......wisdom that you can't buy or fake.  There are things in this life that you can't possibly know unless or until you experience them or someone teaches you.....
SO many things.......
So, listen up:
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves;  for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief;  for that is unprofitable for you!"
"Children obey your parents in the Lord!"

Obeying doesn't sound exciting or fun, but it is BENEFICIAL to you,
and you just might learn something!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Extravigant Valentine's 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!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Working Mom





Dear Working Mom,


It's Monday morning and you are questioning  your life again. 


Before you lose all hope for a peaceful quiet life, right now take a minute to breathe and ask your Maker for help!  He is there with you!  He WILL keep you in perfect peace as you keep your focus on Him. 
* You have a wonderful life ahead of you and awesome opportunity to give Him praise.  You can do this!
~love Jackie
Isaiah 26:3
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
 (KJV)