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.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Salute to all Veterans

The Veteran

There is a southern gospel song who’s words go like this: ‘If I surveyed all the good things that comes to me from above if I counted my blessings from the store house of love I simply ask for a favor of Him beyond mortal man and I know he will grant it again. I want to stroll over Heaven with you some sweet day, when all our trials and heartaches have truly vanished away and we’ll enjoy all the beauty where all things are new. I want to stroll over Heaven with you’.
This weekend I had the privilege of volunteering at the mobile Vietnam Veterans wall aiding (with the help of a computer) the search of names to see where the deceased soldier’s name was located on the vast wall. The names are in the chronological order from the first casualty to the last.

The emotion that I and others who helped was more than words could say. To hear grown men cry when they located the name of their soldier, well I will let you imagine the overwhelming feeling it gave. To hear those sobs and see some of them drop to their knees with tears flowing from their eyes, anyone with a heart would sense their hurt.

One older man came to ask for help with a name. When the volunteer found the soldier and the location the elderly man with a cane asked him if he would take him to the part of the wall where the name was located because his vision wasn’t good enough for him to read the small print. The volunteer was more than happy to help him as he was a Veteran too.

When they arrived at the wall the elderly man fell to his knees, crying uncontrollably. The volunteer asked him if he was alright. Through the deep cries the volunteer heard these words, “This is my son….I didn’t get to go to his  funeral service, but at least now I can look upon his name on this wall and say my 'good bye and thank him”.

For those who lost a family member, a spouse or a friend in any war I want to bring you hope that one day you will be able to stroll over Heaven with them.  If you have been born again then you are a child of God then you are assured that one day you will go to Heaven that is a promise in the Bible. Jesus told us that he was going to prepare a place for us. He said in his Father’s house were many mansions. The Bible is full of promises about eternal life.

If you are a Veteran then know that we as Americans are so proud of you and so thankful to you for your service. I can’t even imagine what fear one must endure when they are in a battle and the bullets and bombs are going off all around you. I can’t imagine the fear and hurt when you witnessed a buddy get killed or severally injured….no words that is in my vocabulary have the ability to describe what that must feel like. All I can say is ‘thanks’.

Many of you veterans that are maimed in body, soul and mind I want to give you hope. I want to tell you that one day you will be whole again. I want to promise you that when you get to Heaven you will stroll with Jesus and the Angels.  I want you to know that the Hell you went through protecting the America that you love will be turned to your good and you will be rewarded because your trial and your heartache will truly vanish away. You will enjoy the beauty where all things are new and all of us Christians will stroll over Heaven with you.

As you read this please know that I am praying for you. Please know that Jesus loves you and has gone to Heaven to prepare a place for you. No more hurt, pain, disappointments, heartaches, wars…can you imagine what it will be like? Ask Jesus into your heart and ask him to forgive you of all your sins and he will and you will stroll over Heaven one day with all believers. Thank you Veteran, with all my heart I thank you!

Friday, October 30, 2015

In love??

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:7-9.

I have to admit that I have watched American Idol show on TV and I used to like it but that is not the topic of this writing but I must make an observation.

One thing that I notice from my years of watching this show is the judge’s critique to the young aspiring singers. Now I have to admit that most of the ‘fine tuning’ is good for them. One critique that is especially gets my attention occurs after an unsuccessful attempt of the singer to make a serious love song their own. One or all of the judges will tell them it wasn’t that good because when they sang it was obvious that they just didn’t connect with the song. The judge will go on to tell them the audience could tell that they haven’t ‘been there – done that’ so to speak or they haven’t experienced being in love or loving and losing and it came across in their performance. Next they go on to tell them that one day when they have the experience their song will reflect it. And…you are wondering ‘well Sheila what does American Idol have to do with my life as a Christian?’ Well I want to talk to you about being in love with Jesus and how being in love with Jesus is such a wonderful experience and it is so life changing.

Being in love with Jesus means that you will desire his presence and you desire to know more about him and his life. I would guess that most of you have experienced love in your lifetime. Being in love can encompass many arenas which includes your spouse, children, parents, siblings, a good friend and so on.

When you fell in love or realized that you loved, what was your reaction? Didn’t you want to spend a lot of time with the person? Didn’t you want to learn everything you could about them? Didn’t you want to know how they were as a kid, what their likes and dislikes were and oh…you thought there weren’t enough hours in the day when you could spend time with them. Now can you compare that to when you first became born again or accepted Jesus into your life?

My oh my....I remember when I first got saved. I was consumed with praying, reading the Bible and finding other Christians to talk to. Now don’t get me wrong, I still do and enjoy all the above, what I want to talk to you about is losing that first love and how to get it back. The passage at the beginning of this writing is about Adam and Eve after they ate of the tree of knowledge and how they DIDN'T want to be in God’s presence; how is this tied into this message? Just keep reading.

Adam and Eve gave in to the temptation of Satan after Satan convinced Eve and she convinced Adam that they would have all this knowledge that really God didn’t want them to have. You know the story. After they ate of the fruit of the tree they realized their humanity and knew that they did wrong. But the sad part (well there are many to their story) is that they HID themselves from the presence of God. God himself came to their home or the Garden of Eden and walked and talked with them, he created them and man for fellowship and Adam and Eve ‘blew it’.

When God sent his only begotten son to die on the cross so we can be saved and know communication with God it renewed that communication and fellowship that Adam and Eve disowned and I for one am so eternally grateful. Do you want to renew that love that you had with God? Do you want to know his presence like you have in the past? It’s easy to do you know. You doubt? Don’t doubt. I assure you that reaching out to Jesus with a sincere heart and mind is all it takes. His presence is just a prayer away!

If you desire his presence and are sincere then I want you to prayer this simple prayer with me and when you do a breakthrough is coming to you. “Father in the name of Jesus I am asking you to make your presence known to me. I know that you sent Jesus your son to this earth and he died for my sins. I accept you as my personal savior and I ask you to forgive all my sins. Starting now I am going to talk to you, pray to you, read your Word the Bible and I am going to learn more about you. I am hungry for your presence and I know that I need your presence to help me through each day. I give you all my heartaches, burdens, disappointments, loneliness, trials and tribulations. Help me to search for you in everything I do and say. Be with me I pray, renew me with your power I pray”.

There, you did it and now expect God to be with you and he will. It is a walk of faith for all of us. You won’t hear an audible voice guide you and direct you but you will know things in your mind. You can read the Bible which will tell you all about Jesus. Go to church and make Christian friends, you need friends of like beliefs that you relate to. SEEK HIS PRESENCE AND YOU WILL FIND HIM.

When you know Jesus then you will have the experience to talk about him or sing about him with full knowledge of what he has done in your life. You won’t be like the young contestants on American Idol who don’t relate to love, you will relate because you know the God of the universe who created love and loves you unconditionally. Sing your song…..you have what it takes, you DO know true love and you sing like it.

This is my prayer and thought for today. Sheila

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Do you know the voice of God?

America was handed a new law that basically legalized same sex marriage in all 50 states on June 25th. Yes our America. I am appalled and so are most Christians. What concerns me though is how long until this new way of life will be accepted and like others shockers this decade, WE ADJUST and get complacent and nothing more is said and the fighting and arguments fade away. Then the acceptance comes and life goes on.


Many of the main stream ministers are not making waves or comments. WHY??? Because they rely on contributions to run their huge corporations, oh pardon me I mean churches. And some of the contributions are from the ‘ear itching’ liberals who get the tax write-offs for their contribution.


Well this ruling on same sex marriages will open a flood gate to other perversions in our America. The prosecution of Christians will be as never before. The times of playing church and ‘having a form of godliness but denying the power thereof’ are over if you want to hear the voice of the Lord Jesus Christ.


Jesus said in his word, “My sheep know my voice and another they will not follow”. Do you know his voice?? Really know his voice? His voice will tell you to pray, to read his word and to worship him for who he is. This will be vital to mine and your survival……knowing his voice.


We are most definitely living in the last days. We are going to see some awful persecution of the Bible believing and practicing Christians. The way to stay strong is to know his word, believe his word and know his voice.


I pray that you don’t have your conscience seared as with a hot iron. I pray that your spirit is alive in you and you believe and know that God’s Word is truth and God’s Word will prevail. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. If you don’t know Jesus, you can bow your knee and confess right now that Jesus is Lord and ask him to forgive you of all your sin and he will.


We don’t have to fear what is coming upon America, we only have to trust that our Heavenly Father will take care of us.

Sunday, May 17, 2015


Do you see it?

There is a story in the Bible that tells about a great prophet of God who prayed for rain because there had been a long draught in the land. He prayed and sent his servant out to see if there were any clouds in the sky in fact he sent him out seven times. The last time the servant came and told him that he saw a cloud the size of a man’s hand. That was enough for the prophet.


I don’t know what you are going through at this time in your life but I want to ask you, can you see it by faith, can you see the end to what you are going through? Can you see a little light at the end of that tunnel? Can you believe that God is there and the cloud might just be the size of a man’s hand but it can produce enough rain or faith to move your mountain.


So many times in our lives we mess up, we make mistakes and they might be small mistakes or big ones but we live with the guilt and have a hard time letting go of our wrong doing.


Psalms 103:10 says, “He (God) does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities (sin, doing our own thing)”. I want you to take that verse for you today. I want you to know that God will forgive you all of your sins and set you on the right track to recovery. There is nothing too difficult for him to do in your life.


Have you lost? Have you lost a relationship, have you thrown away trust? Do you beat yourself up with guilt and hate yourself at times?? This message is for you. START AGAIN!! Let God take you from where you are and you can have that abundance of rain (peace, joy, happiness, contentment) whatever you need.


Just believe and look up and imagine a tiny cloud in the blue skies, a cloud the size of a man’s hand…imagine and pray this: “God I don’t know how to believe that you can or will bring what I need but if you help me I will do my best. I need you desperately in my life. Forgive me of my sins and error of my own way and choices I have made. Today I start again, today I will trust you and walk through the doors that you open for me. Thank you for loving me and help me to love myself as you love me.”


I also pray for you today and I want you to believe in change and not luck. I want you to know the love of your Heavenly Father who forgives all sin. See that tiny cloud and soon it will be an abundance of rain pouring out goodness and mercy upon you. Change is coming to you and your circumstances, YES they are.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Someone to care.

A song is so vital to the joy of the Lord in our life!

I can remember a time when I was going through a divorce and I felt so beat down and had so many questions in my mind. Most of us have gone through times where our enemy told us that 'we were at fault' and we allowed him to beat us up with condemning words. He hammered into my mind the negative thoughts of, 'you could have done this', or 'thought you were a Christian, do Christians act like you?' Lies, lies and more lies he tells us because he is the father of lies and can't tell the truth but he will twist the truth.

The time and place where the Lord gave me the victory I shall never forget. I was part of a prayer team that met before each service to pray for the pastor and pray for the anointing upon the service. Even though I was struggling with defeat myself, it didn't stop me for praying for needs of others.

I sometimes like to pray setting in a chair and this particular time I was setting in the circle of chairs while others were standing or kneeling in prayer. Yes I was feeling beaten down and in almost despair. Setting with my head bent down and resting upon my hands, mainly going through the motions as I didn't feel any victory, it was like such a peace came over me and all of a sudden the old hymn, 'Someone to care, someone to share all your troubles like no other will do, he'll come down from the sky, brush the tears from your eyes, your his child and he cares for you'.....it radiated in my spirit and I began to sang it. No words can describe the love of God, even though we writers try to describe it, but until you experience it you only read 'words'. At that moment it was like a floodgate had opened and the tears of joy were rushing out of me. Tears, as Dottie Rambo wrote, will never stain the streets of that city but while we are here on earth they are a part of every humans life.

The song was coming out of my mouth as I lifted my hands towards Heaven and gave praise to my God - my Lord for his delivering power. He set me free from the guilt and condemnation that my enemy had so deeply placed in my mind. Jesus set me free by letting me feel his love and his presence and it came through a song.

This happened over 10 years ago and it was one of those 'moments' in my life that I will never, ever forget. Do you need a moment to experience a touch of God's love? Are you experiencing guilt and condemnation from your enemy? I want to encourage you today and I want to tell you that he is mindful of you. I pray that you realize he is 'someone to care, someone to share, all your troubles like no other can do, he'll come down from the sky, brush the tears from your eyes, your HIS child and he cares for you.

Today you will feel his love, today you will feel his presence, he gave me these words for you today....HE, the Lord and Saviour of this world wants you to know that he loves you.

This is my prayer and thought for today.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Do you REALLY know how much God loves you?

In the Bible the book of Matthew chapter 6, Jesus is teaching on just how much God the Father loves us. If you haven't read this chapter, please do and when you read it know that it is for YOU. Read it just like Jesus was standing before you or sitting next to you saying the words of that chapter directly and only to you.

I want to write about the part he taught about concerning the birds, mainly sparrows and ravens. Jesus said for us to 'take no thought (means DO NOT WORRY) for your life as far as what you shall eat, what you shall drink or what you shall put on (clothing). Look at the fowls of the air, they don't sow, they don't reap, they don't store up but yet.....God the Heavenly Father (and here I have to say, Hallelujah) he feeds them. Aren't you of more value than these birds?'

Are you getting this? Do you know that you are so much more valuable than a bird?

The enemy of all of us, Satan or the devil does not want us to know just how much God loves us. All the enemy wants to do is throw up to us every mistake we have ever made and tell us, 'do you really think God loves you'. Yeah that is exactly what he beats us up with lies, lies and more lies, no wonder Jesus said that the devil was the father of lies. Satan told the first lie ever recorded in the history of man. He told Eve, 'did God really say'..he brought doubt and yes confusion. Satan is the father of lies. Let's leave that for another message and let me teach you your value to God.

Do you wonder why you struggle with various trials? Do you wonder why you fight poverty or sickness or some form of constant harassment? Can I tell you the answer?

YOU don't realize how valuable you are and how much God loves you....he loves you regardless of how many mistakes you have made! Yes he loves you, please believe me that he does. Can I let you in on a little secret?

He knew you before you were formed in your mother's womb! He knew every mistake, every sin, every wrong choice, every heartache...he knew it all and he knows what mistakes are in your future. How do I know that? Because the Bible says in Isaiah 46:10 that he (God) knows the beginning from the end. You see he knows everything about all of us and yet....oh yes and YET he loves us.

The verse that is so familiar to most Christians is John 3:16, 'for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believe in him shall not perish but have everlasting life'. What I want you to grasp and realize is how much you are valuable to God. When you can realize how much he loves you all the struggles of life become less prominent.

When you realize that you can cast all your cares, troubles, heartaches and sickness upon him and he will take it and work it out.....your life will become so much easier.

Don't look at your past anymore. Speak out loud to yourself and declare this, "I am not dwelling on my past failures. Today I realize just how much God loves me. I am more valuable than the birds of the air. He will feed me, clothe me and provide for me all my needs. I accept his love for me, right now I accept that God loves me and I am someone special to him".

I truly believe that today will be a turning point for you. Know that I pray for you a special prayer today that God reveals himself to you in such a way that  you cannot doubt his love.

This is my prayer and thought for today.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lonesome Valley

There an old southern gospel song called, Lonesome Valley and it has been resonating with me this past week. Some of the words are: ‘you’ve got to walk that lonesome valley, you’ve got to walk it by yourself, for no one else can walk it for you, you’ve got to walk it by yourself.’

Of course there are more verses in the song and the words tell you that momma had to walk it, daddy had to walk it and some of your friends had to walk but… they all walked it alone. Now I know there are Christians out there that just refuse to admit that ‘Christians walk through valleys’….well I am here to differ with you, WE DO!!!!

Lonesome?? Oh yeah it is lonesome. A valley like this can be the most lonesome place you have ever experienced. Sure it helps to have family and friends that stand with you during tough times but bottom line, you walk that valley and it is lonesome and sometimes dark but you walk it alone.

Where and when does comfort come? It comes when you pray and seek God’s help and comfort. Is he there? Can he hear you? Even though you feel like your prayers are not going anywhere and the loneliness is overwhelming, God is there and yes he hears your prayers and your cries in the night.

‘This too shall pass’ and walking the lonesome valley isn’t permanent even though when you are in that valley time goes by every so slowly. Take heart and be assured that at certain times in all our lives we experience the lonesome valley. Don’t fail to pray to God and ask him for help. He does hear you and he will move the circumstances for you. Somewhere ahead you will walk out of that lonesome valley and be able to look back on it. You will find peace and contentment again I promise you that for you see I have walked that Lonesome Valley myself.