Blessed greetings in the name of our
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Well, we find ourselves in the middle of the summer, in the middle of the year 2015 (and prayerfully, I find myself in the middle of my life). It has been my observation that the majority (present company included) are usually spending more time dwelling on past exploits of life's journey or looking to the future, be it dread or hope, for what's next over the horizon, while neglecting the present position in the midst of the two tenses.
On the December 2014“Naomi’s Daughters”broadcast we had two
amazing and insightful guests; SisterMaranda Forneyand BrotherMawejje
Josephall the way from Kenya. They brought a mighty message about giving that
struck me so much that I had to write about it. The need that they shared with us can be found atwww.generationyouthuganda.org.This ministry was brought to Brother Joseph in a dream and we all know that God
uses many avenues to show us our purpose in the Body of Christ. This dream told
him that he was called to help girls and young women.
No Ordinary Storm
Mark 4:37-39 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the
ship, so that it was now full.
Romans 8:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose
Surely, Joseph didn't see himself second in authority only to Pharaoh in Egypt while in betrayal of the Dothan pit by his brothers. Genesis 37Nor, did the three Hebrew boys have any visible sign that they would be delivered out of the furnace of affliction as they made a decision not to bow and worship the idols of Nebuchadnezzar.
Isaiah 43:21 The Message (MSG)16-21
This is what God says,
the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
who carves a path through pounding waves,
The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
they lie down and then can’t get up;
they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
“Forget about what’s happened;
don’t keep going over old history.
Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
"Take delight in the Lord and He will give you
your hearts desires."
This Bible verse has been on my heart for the
last month or so as I even posted it as my Facebook status.
I asked myself even exactly what does that
mean? How do I take delight in the Lord?
I decided to search and look even deeper. This is what I found and just wanted
to share and may it encourage you and bless you today.
To delight means to take great pleasure in.
When We Pray…
In the Gospel of Saint Luke the 11 chapter, Jesus
answered the question of his disciple’s; “How should we pray? “ Jesus starts the answer with the famous
Lord’s Prayer “Our Father, in heaven, holy is your name. Your kingdom come and
your will be done on earth as it is always done in heaven. We pray, Father, for
food for this day. We ask for forgiveness for all sins and we ask for the grace
to forgive all that is in debited to us. “
He goes on to talk about the importune neighbor, as he is
called in some translations.
In listening to today’s Naomi’s daughters broadcast today,Sister Madelyn Basstestified about the loss of her
infant son and the feelings of loss that she and her family experienced. She
talked about how she was able to see her son and to hold and love him but to
never be able to bring him home. Her infant son passed away in the hospital
after his birth. She shared how this caused brokenness in her marriage, how her
husband’s analytical personality needed someone to blame for the loss. How she
too looked for an answer to the loss and she turned this need for answers inward
causing weight gain and other maladies.
You are not
blessed with more so that others can do less
In Second Corinthians the 8 and 9
chapters, Paul spoke to the city of Corinth
concerning their giving. Corinth had made an
agreement to assist the saints of Judea during
their financial trials. The churches of Macedonia, who were facing
financial hardships of their own, not only gave but exceeded Paul’s
expectations in their giving. Paul made the trip to Corinth
to remind the Corinthians of their commitment to help Judea
in their time of need and to beseech them to honor their pledge of financial
Loveis an action word. And it is through our actions that we demonstrate the love of God. It is by this love that we show Jesus to others. We often verbalize our love in various degrees ranging from the love of ice cream to the love we have for people. However, when it comes to showing that we are Christ's disciples, it's not about what we say, but what we display. In the10th chapter of Luke, Jesus gives a parable of a traveler who is beaten, robbed and left for dead along the side of the rode.