Friday, July 30, 2010

Joy comes in the morning!

Psalms 31:9 O' Lord have mercy on me in my anguish. My eyes are red from weeping; my health is broken from sorrow.
Did you know that our tears can actually remove toxins from our bodies? I didn't.
I thought that was interesting and what a way for the Lord to be healing our bodies as we grieve over the loss of a loved one.

Psalms 147:3 He heals the broken heartened, binding up their wounds.
This morning my heart is going out to a very dear sweet sister in Christ. We sat with her as she watched her Husband pass on to be with our Lord. There was an amazing peace in knowing that he was now dancing and praising the Lord, at the same time a deep sorrow in watching her cling to his hand not wanting to release the amazing love she had for this man! What a servants heart. SHE SERVED HIM WELL.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 says: Brothers we do not want you to be ignorant about those who fall asleep or to grieve like the rest of men who have no hope.
There was peace in knowing where Ron was at the time he left this earth! Almost makes one envious to think on what Ron was experiencing while we were witnessing his departure. God tells us to rejoice when someone dies and cry when someone is born.

Not an easy thing to do in the flesh.

My prayer this morning is for my sweet Sister to stand on this truth from the word of God:
Jeremiah 31:13 I will turn their mourning into gladness. I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

May we all be thankful for this day that the Lord has granted us and go about our day purposefully! Living a life to please God.



Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What to do with our desires?

Psalms 37:5-7 (NASB) "Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it. And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.

I was and have been thinking this past week more about my singleness. Getting discontent and desiring the things of my past. Marriage, commitment, family.

Notice the key word. I have been thinking. Hmmm. isn’t that the problem.
Colossians 3:1-4 says:
"If therefore ye have been raised with the Christ, seek the things which are above, where the Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God: have your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth; for ye have died, and your life is hid with the Christ in God. When the Christ is manifested who is our life, then shall ye also be manifested with him in glory."

So for today, instead of thinking I can know that I should be praying. The Lord knows my heart and I can trust that he cares about my desires even more than I do. His ways are not my ways. His ways are PERFECT.
Mark 11:22-24
Have[f] faith in God," Jesus answered. 23"I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, 'Go, throw yourself into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. 24Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

Isn’t that the key when we get focused on “me”. Trust in the Lord, have faith (without doubting) that he has your best interest at heart ALL THE TIME!
When I think on those things that I desire, I can turn to him, stop thinking and speak with my mouth to my heavenly Father about those things.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10. He's essentially saying: I am content when I lose. I am content when I am weak. I am content when I'm insulted. I am content when I endure hardships. I am content with persecutions. I am content with difficulties. What an amazing example of the "faith walk".......

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Lets begin with the thought of a Thankful heart.... Yesterday I discovered my ex fiance's photo of he and his new bride. OUCH, that's right.. His new bride. I had no idea he had gotten married. I would have thoughts of "I wonder".... but now knowing has shed a new light on this heart of mine. Many months ago I felt the Lord impress upon me the answer isn't no but new..............Okay... But Lord, what does that mean.... You will restore Mark and I and we will be new in Christ TOGETHER!

So this morning I'm focusing on the truth that the answer was in fact NO to Mark and Holly.

This morning I can rest in the fact that God loves me so very very much that he has something better in mind for this short life of mine! Something ABUNDANTLY GOOD.
I'm here for this moment for HIS PURPOSE. Not my own. I am surrounded by an amazing care group, amazing church family, amazing family and friends.

2Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

This morning I choose to look at this life of mine as an amazing gift. I'm thanking the Lord for not giving me "WHAT I DESERVE" but granting me "GRACE" "FORGIVENESS" "MERCY"........................even in that. I'M BLESSED BY GOD. He is creating a heart of Christ in me to use in his great plan.
That excites me. That over rides any hurt I may feel from a "human loss".....

I can look back on the past and learn. Learn how to love others the way Christ would have me love them. Not self seeking but being patient and kind.

I like what it says in 1 Corinthians 13 4-8.
A portion says I bear up under anything and everything that comes, and I am ever ready to believe the best of every person. My hopes are fadeless under ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, and I endure everything without WEAKENING. God's love in me never fails.

I realize this morning that Holly is different. Its not about Holly and I know that I can do ALL THINGS in Christ. For his purpose and not my own!

Today! I can honestly say. I'M THANKFUL that God loves me enough to protect me and guide me to his way and not my own. He saw what was ahead and around the curve when I couldn't.


Friday, July 9, 2010

Being Lonely

Seems like so many woman are suffering today with "loneliness"..... Many of my friends are suffering with this feeling. Most are God fearing woman that can run to the word of God and realize that we have someone that is closer than a Brother to us in spirit... But what about those days when ya just need face to face fellowship.

It helps to be reminded that even those chosen to write books of the bible were stricken with the "lonelies".....
3 John 14: I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
2 Timothy 1:4 speaks of Tears of loneliness.

My heart goes out to all of those that become lonely from time to time. Why, because I struggle with it as well. Being married for over 22 years of my life I became accustomed to having a significant other in my life. Some one to hold me in moments of dispair, happiness, sadness, confusion..... We all know we can run to the Lord in these times but our flesh still cries out for that fleshly companionship.

I'm praying that this day we can see that Christ felt and knows our pain right along side of us. In Mark 15:34 Christ cries out My God, my God, why have you forsaken me. Talk about UTTER LONELINESS. Christ knew for that very moment that he had taken on ALL OF OUR SIN and was now our sacrifice.

My prayer is this thought will help each of us walk through the valleys at times and run to Christ.... Realizing he knows what our pain feels like and even KNOWS A MUCH GREATER PAIN, but yet took it on for our sakes.

Hugs to you all,


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Let us see through the eyes of Christ

Seeing through the Lord’s eyes

It’s been a while since I wrote. It has also been a while since I spent quality time with the most important relationship in my life “GOD”. I want to begin with repentance……
A formal prayer to the Lord of my sorrowful heart of filling my world with “Holly desires” in place of Godly desires.

God is so so good to NEVER MOVE…. Isn’t he? We are the ones that stop moving forward….. It is just like floating in the river…. If we are not swimming forward – we don’t even have to be doing anything, but we will drift down stream.

That is where I was at. Just floating. God desires me to RUN AFTER HIM…..
Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him and He will do it. Psalm 37: 3-5
Trust in the Lord and do good……….
I was getting it all backwards again. I have spoke of Nellie and those of you who follow me know all to well that Holly can drift back in to Nellie Olsen mode… Well………..
Was headed in that direction for sure.

That is until my dear sweet Sister in Christ (Sheila – I love you by the way) spoke up and said….. Holly, when is the last time you blogged about your relationship with Christ and what he is doing in your life? She spoke of not seeing that hunger and desire in my heart and also seeing the nature of Nellie re-surface in my actions! OH LORD – FORGIVE ME……. I want the Lord’s perfect will in my life and I’m certain most of you do as well.

It’s a simple remedy and so thankful that God loves us so very very much that he sends us little messengers………………………
Today – I desire those things from above and want my heart to cling to his ways!

Hugs and prayerfully I’m back!