Daily Guidance

Do you realize that each day that we awake to the opportunity to know the one true and living God? He is only a prayer away and even though he is not visibly seen to us, it is by faith in him and what is said in his Holy Word (the "Bible")that we reach out.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Just grace! God forgives!

God's Grace.....grace that will pardon and set me free...grace!

There have been lots of songs written and even devotionals usually have a section on God's grace but have you really ever thought about it. Grace doesn't always show us immediate results, sometimes we have to wait to actually see the miraclous. Know that grace is part of the covenant that we have when we accept Jesus into our lives, he promises grace and he keeps his promise. Timing, he will come through for you just in time.

Grace - what is it? It is divine, supernatural and it a gift from the God of the Universe who loves you unconditionally. It could be explained like this: if you have a white blouse or shirt that has a stain on it maybe ink or blood and you don't think the stains could ever come out. You put it in the washer hoping but not really knowing whether the detergent can remove the spot to make it as if it was never there.

The washing cycle is complete and you remove the shirt and the stain is gone it is as white as snow. The wash machine didn't ask "you why did you get that shirt so dirty" or "just throw it away, it won't come clean". No, it took it through the cycle and with the cleaning solution that you used, it became spotless.

That my friend is how grace works. God takes our sins, washes them in the blood of Jesus and that cycle produces his GRACE. We don't deserve his Grace but because we have accepted his son as our personal savior, his grace will always be there for us.

Can you ask God for grace? Yes you can! Ask him in prayer to send grace to you and your circumstances. In Psalms it says that goodness and mercy shall follow you if you are a child of God and like so many of the words in religious songs tell us...grace does pardon and sets you free of troubles, trials, burdens and heartaches.

There is a saying that I use a lot and that is: 'When you can't trace his hand, you must trust his heart'. Today, trust him that his grace is sufficient to see you through everything that you are going through.

I pray for you as you read this. I believe that what you need and are so desperately seeking will come to you very soon. Be encouraged in my prayers, God hears you and loves you.

This is my thought and prayer for today.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Blank Page

The blank page stares at me as in silence as I ponder what words it should hold.


Heart words will reveal hurt and discouragement but faith words would speak "God knows all".


So I write, not from a joyful atmosphere;


Experience has taught me that if I take one step my God will carry me two.


The heaviness is starting to leave as I combat it's negative force.


I can win this battle and win I must for you see it is in God and his word that I trust.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Suicide thoughts? Porn addiction?

There was a questionnaire given to college students recently that asked them to list their personal concerns about life. The students identity was not requested or required only their age. The ages ranged from eighteen to twenty-four years old.


Not unusual you are thinking, college kids get hit up with lots of questions. When they don't have to use their name, they will usually be very upfront and honest with their answers.


Before I tell you the top concerns the students let me say that as a parent myself when I heard them I was very troubled.


Growing up in the 60s and 70s let many experience the 'hippie' movement that went full steam ahead. Lots of changes on every hand were happening. Woodstock happened and a lot of young people got their first experience with sexual freedom, marijuana and pep pills. But not for the majority of young people!


Today's young people, college age and younger, more than in time in history are being bombarded with temptations in every area of their life; this so troubles me.


Yes I am a Christian writer, but please don't stop reading this article. I am not preaching I only want to offer help if you too have the concerns just as the students questioned did.


Here are the top 2 concerns:
1.  How do I get free from pornography?
2.  How do I keep from killing myself?


So, so troubling to me are these questions.


Please let me help you by giving you what the Bible says.


In the book of John, chapter 10 and verse 10, Jesus said that 'he comes that you have life and life more abundantly. The thief (which is Satan) comes to kill, steal and destroy. So Jesus was saying if you welcome him into your heart and life then the enemy who wants you to kill yourself and wants you to view porn, has to give you up!


You can be free!! Please believe me.


There is hope for you! Will you say this prayer with me?


Father God in the name of Jesus your son, I ask you to come into my life and remove all this wrong that I have been participating in. I might not know how to pray but I believe that you are real and you will help me. I don't want to die and I don't want to be addicted to porn. You died on a cross so that I can be saved from my sin. Jesus forgive me of my sins and cleanse me by the blood you shed on the cross when you died.


That is all you have to do. Start praying to Jesus as often as you can and get a Bible to read. Find a church that has young people who attend. I will pray that you are lead to a good Bible believing church. I will also be praying for you. It wasn't by accident that you found this article! God loves you and the Bible says that 'he knew you when you were in your mother's womb'.


You are loved and I am praying, there is hope for you!













Monday, July 11, 2016

Why are you fearful?

1John 4:18. There is no FEAR in love but perfect love cast out fear because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.


Never in my lifetime have I been made aware of fear and fear in so many forms. The media is blasting words and pictures of fearful times from the chaos in the streets to the magnitude of the spread of cancer and disease. In America and abroad, our streets in some of the cities are like war zones. Fear and fear mongers are everywhere.


Are you fearful? Do you stay glued to the tv and internet just waiting for the latest update or news bulletin?


Do you want to know how to find peace and remove the fear?


JESUS! Jesus is the answer for all the world today, above him there's no other he can find a way. Those are a few words from a song that the church world sings. But how can that help you or America or the world for that matter?


It's trust in the infallible word of God. Look again at the first paragraph I started this writing off with. Fear truly has torment. The media would want us to believe that there is NO solution for the problems they are too many. No my friend, that isn't true.


Trusting in God and his word calms every fear. Read the Bible and in it you find all the truths for every need you have. In the Bible is the answer to every difficulty that you face. It will point you to the one that created the world and who is the savior of the world, Jesus or Yeshua as some call him.


Where would I be without him?


Who would I be without him?


When I think of these two questions I have to realize that without him I would be living in terror! Yes I would be living a very fearful life. I wouldn't have peace of mind to know that it doesn't matter what happens I have protection and nothing by any means can hurt me. He is my redeemer and savior.


If you are wondering how can you find peace and how do you find Jesus then I have your answer!


He is just a few words away from your life! That's right, a few words away. Here's all you need to say; "Jesus save me and come into my life. I need you to change me and create peace and joy. I might not understand everything that the Bible says, but with your help and with the Holy Spirit living in me, I will be like a new person". You see Jesus died on a cross in order for all of us to be saved or born again. He shed his blood for all humanity. He loves every person that much and he loves you.


Read over again the words from the Bible that I put in the opening of this writing. Those words or promises are for you if you prayed this prayer.


I pray for you and I pray that as you read this the Holy Spirit of God reaches to your mind and spirit and lets you be assured that 'all is well'.


God bless you and just know that he loves you and that you haven't done enough sin that makes you unworthy of his salvation. He forgives all sin, just ask him to forgive you of all you sin and he will.
 You now have a connection to the creator of the universe, a connection to a God who so loves you and desires the best for you! Fear not my brother or sister, God has you in the palm of his hand.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

A Mother and Her Son




A son, what a blessing he is to his mom.   

When sons are small they absolutely win a mothers heart. You walk along beside them and their little hands grab yours as you walk, they love and trust you. They love it when you cook their favorite food or bake them cookies…. I get tears in my eyes just thinking about these times that I experienced when my sons were small. During these precious times they are totally trusting you and their little hearts are so in love with you and where you lead them. Oh you learn very fast what they like and don’t like. You learn what are their favorite foods and games and you know their first little girlfriend’s name. They share all their secrets with you because they trust you with everything. 

Today I am imagining what it was like for Mary the mother of Jesus as he was growing up and then what it was like when he grew into a man and died on the cross of Calvary. 

I can look back on the lives of my sons as they grew from birth to manhood. Those memories are forever sealed in my mind and heart. Mary had very special moments with her son Jesus even though they aren’t recorded for us to read, they were a reality. 

Let me imagine if you will how it could have been with Mary and Jesus.  

The Bible doesn’t reveal much about Jesus as a small child, there is a reference to when he was twelve years of age.  

Mary knew that one day Jesus would give his life. I have to wonder about those talks she and Jesus had regarding his death. The pain had to be almost unbearable knowing it would happen by the way of a cross. The Bible records the incident when Gabriel the Archangel came to visit Mary and what he told her that she would conceive and bear a son. Could there possibly have been more visits? Could it be possible that as Jesus grew Gabriel visited her to encourage her and guide her? I want to think, ‘yes’ to those possibilities. 

Town people talk we know that they do. They probably spoke of Mary in a very negative way. They counted the months and it was sure that Jesus was conceived before Mary and Joseph was married.

What whispering and gossip must have been spread around by the vicious people. 

As Jesus turned thirty years of age, his ministry began. Mary probably realized then that it wouldn’t be long before he would have to give his life. What were their talks about  then? I wonder if his half brothers and sisters knew of his future? More than likely he assured his mother that he would die but he would come back from the grave. 

The next three years went by quickly.  

Next we find Mary at the cross. She knew her son Jesus was truly the Son of God, no one and no words could convince her otherwise. She knew she was a virgin and had not known a man and Jesus birth was miraculous. He was the Son of the Most High God. 

When she stood and gazed at the cross many of the conversations that she had with Jesus throughout his lifetime came back to her. As she starred at her son, who’s image was so marred that he was not recognizable, she imagined Jesus when he was her little boy. He truly loved her with all his heart. She relived them walking and skipping along a path and Jesus maybe singing a song, her tears flowed as the memories continued. 

She remembered when she saw Jesus learning to be a carpenter with Joseph and the times he hit his finger with the hammer and no, he never uttered a curse word. She was there many times when her son stunned the religious leaders at the synagogue with his wisdom of the Torah. Do you think Jesus told her what it was like to form Heaven and the galaxies of the world? Do you think he told her what it was like in the Garden of Eden? I wonder if he told her much about Satan and his evil ways? 

Yes as Mary gazed at her son she truly knew that he would come back and be the savior of mankind. Did that help the pain? There was no doubt that it was torture to see your son beaten and hung on a cross to die. It’s something no other mother has ever had to experience. Jesus could have told her that he would see her in three days, the scriptures don’t reveal that conversation. But as her earthly son, his love for her would have led him to assure her that he would be back. We know he rose from that grave in three days and is alive forever more. 

Mary was chosen of God the Father to bear HIS son. She was so very special. 

If possible when I make it to Heaven, I would like to ask Mary about what it was like raising Jesus. But maybe not, maybe it won’t matter then.  

I want to tell all the mothers that read this. Whether you have a son or daughter, don’t give up on them. A mother is the bridge between Heaven and Hell for your children, even if they are adults. Pray for them. Touch God for them with your love, words and actions. You can pray and move the mountains in their lives, believe me I know.  

Today I pray for you and with you for your children and grandchildren and even great grandchildren. I believe being a mother is such a high calling from God. His grace will be there for you in your time of trouble and heartache. Always have that hope regardless of how the circumstances look.

 

 

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Brown Leaf

Just imagine a green, lush, fully bloomed large tree and then imagine its leaves are blowing to a brisk wind gust. Then imagine as you gaze upon the wonder of the tree that your spot one or maybe two brown leaves.


Brown leaves! How is that possible on this gorgeous tree?


Looking at that beautiful tree you can wonder, where did those brown leaves comes from and why are they there, they certainly are noticeable and I don't like them.


Let me compare the tree to a person, maybe the person is your spouse or your parent or your best friend or even a sibling. The tree represents someone that you care about.


Everyone, and I mean everyone has brown leaves! There may be a few or several but we as humans have them. How do you handle them when you recognize they are there?


Let's think about that for a minute.


Maybe you realize that the 'other' person isn't at all what you expected when you married them. Or maybe the flaws were there but the newness of the relationship overshadowed them. Those brown leaves can even be someone else that you care deeply about and as you have gotten closer to them their shortcomings are more obvious.


What do you do about the brown leaves?


The brown leaves might be two or three compared to the thousands of green leaves on that tree.
Most of the time the few brown leaves will become less obvious if you stop starring at them or trying to spot them on that massive tree.


If you are in a situation and the other person's brown leaves are becoming very noticeable to you, then I want you to stop for a moment. Look at the other leaves that are green and lush.  Let them present the good qualities the other person has. You can overcome the difficulty the brown leaves present if you are willing to try and maybe it will take several tries but just be willing.


When the brown leaves are dominant at times, then with everything in you, pray and ask God to help you see the good and not the bad. The old saying, 'the good outweighs the bad' will prevail. We all have those brown leaves, even you! A relationship that is successful will grow when the acceptance of working together to overcome any obstacle prevails.


A relationship (especially marriage) is built on a covenant not a contract. A contract has language built in it to 'terminate' but a covenant doesn't have an 'out' clause.


I pray today that if you are having problems in a relationship that you pray and ask God to help both of you see the good, green leaves and not the bad, brown leaves. He will you know! Don't give up on something that is worth fighting for.













Sunday, March 20, 2016

Darkness? Have you lost happiness?



In Psalms 77 the Psalmsist Asaph was writing about crying out to God. If you read the first verse it goes like this: "I cried out to God with my voice-to God with my voice". I read it a couple of times before it dawned on me that he repeated 'to God with my voice' twice. Why? Why did he say it twice? Was he letting us know that some things need to be said outloud? Are there things that we need to say or sing with our voice?

A few verses down he said, "I call to remembrance my song in the night" and this is the verse that got my attention. Last night was one of those restless nights when I felt that there was a strong need for me to pray. Have you had those type of nights? You toss and turn until you get awake enough to know that God is trying to get your attention, that was me last night.

I begin to pray even though I felt half asleep... I know that it doesn't matter if I am fully awake, I pray in the state or frame of being that I am and usually in a short time I will be fully awake. The Holy Spirit is patient and he knows what we need or what someone close to us needs. Yes I begin to pray and seek God for what he was troubling me about. Now I use the word 'troubling' only to describe the way I recognize that there is a need and by me being obedient, God was going to move either for me or the person I was praying for. I don't always know who or what, sometimes I think we only need to be obedient to pray.

Did the Psalmist mean in this chapter that by calling to remembrance his song in the night, he would find comfort? I believe so. When I went through dark times, I had to with my voice sing songs of remembrance. I had to with my voice sing, 'the God on the mountain is the God of the valley', I had to sing...'through it all, through it all..I learned to trust in Jesus, I learned to trust in God, I had to sing, 'where he leads me I will follow, I will follow all the way, I had to sing, 'Just as I am, without one plea but that his blood was shed for me'. Do you have a song of remembrance? Has your voice cried out in distress to your God..."I can't do this alone" and the second those words left your mouth your felt the Lord answer you with a word or a song? Oh I have, so many times.

Our voice is so important to find peace and comfort from our Heavenly Father, the God of the universe who loves us beyond our comprehension. The next time you can't sleep or the next time you are troubled, I want you to sing with your voice a song in the night just as the Psalmist did. He went in his writing to say that 'he will remember the works of the Lord' and he 'would talk of his deeds' and he said, 'who is so great a God as our God, you are the God who does wonders'. Keep these words that he spoke, add them to your own words and know that if you are awaken or troubled, with your own voice speak words of victory, speak words of praise, sing a song that brings healing and comfort.

I pray for you today, I pray that the song of remembrance so resinates in your being that it almost becomes alive and a part of you and you remember it forever!
This is my prayer and thought for today.
Sheila