Thanksgiving Celebration

Thanksgiving was an especially extra happy day for our family. My husband had been feeling downright awful this week. He wound up going home from work feeling nauseous, weak, and in a lot of pain. It was all he could do to move around. He went to the doctor and they drew blood, checked him over but couldn’t seem to find anything wrong. They gave him a prescription for the nauseousness and sent him home. Later that evening he received a call from the doctor’s office; they wanted him to return to the office the next day to pick up paper work and have a CT scan to check for pancreatitis. Apparently his levels were up and they were concerned. By this time, he had been hurting for several days, and moving around was a struggle for him. I asked him if he wanted me to take him but he said he could manage. So the next day he goes to have the scan. I had asked my sister, who happens to my prayer warrior sister, to pray. I also sent out a prayer request asking our church family to pray for negative results. Our prayers were answered! His test came back clear. This took place on Nov. 24th, the day before our 23rd wedding anniversary, which happened to fall on Thanksgiving day this year. 💕

Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Psalm 106:1

We still don’t know what is causing him to feel bad, he still feels weak, and is in pain although it has eased up a little. We’re praying he can get in to see a pain management doctor before the end of the year.

And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

Matthew 21:22

God bless!

Devotional ~ The Stone

David was just a youth when he faced the Philistine. He had gone, at his father’s request, to check on his brothers who were with Saul fighting the Philistines. What he heard was the fear running through the camp. He had faith and knew the Lord was on their side and that He would deliver them from the enemy. With Saul’s permission, David took the tools he was comfortable with, little as they were compared to the armor and weapons of the Philistine, and faced the enemy.

David stated what he was going to do and did it. He trusted the Lord to win the battle and he was obedient, going into battle believing the Lord would deliver him from the Philistine just as He had when David faced lions and bears while tending the flock. Because of his obedience and his faith in the Lord, David prevailed.

Just as David prevailed against overwhelming odds, we too can prevail when facing seemingly difficult situations when we trust in the Lord. David went on to become a king. What can you accomplish when you are obedient to what the Lord has for you to do?

Lord, May we be like David, obeying and trusting in You when we go into battle remembering that You have already won. Amen.

~Former Things Have Passed…

Have you ever said or did something and you wished for a do over? I know I have and I imagine you probably have too. If you think the world is in chaos now, imagine what it would be like if all you had to do was hit a button and start all over. I imagine chaos wouldn’t begin to describe what would happen. But God knew what could happen if He allowed us to make mistakes and then have a do over.

He tells us that the old things are gone but there are new things that He will bring forth even before they takes root. And when you think about that, that alone should make you want to know more about Him. Not just know about Him, but to get to know Him. To develop a personal relationship with Him. Our God created the universe, the planets and stars, and this beautiful planet full of mystery and hidden treasures. He did all of that and yet He takes the time to tell us about the things that will be coming before it happens. He didn’t have to tell us anything. In fact, He didn’t even have to make mention of it in His word but it was important enough that it made in there. Maybe He wanted us to realize that while we can’t change the past we can grab hold of the new. I pray you have a blessed and joyful day.

A New Day

Faith complete trust or confidence in someone.

Growing up as child, I never really quite grasped the meaning of faith. We went to church for awhile, and as a young child, I just accepted that the Bible was God’s word and God didn’t lie. By the time I was a young adult, life happened, and my rocky foundation of faith dwindled. Faith? What was that? Trust? Not likely.

Thank God, He did not give up on me. He put people in my path that would eventually lead me right back into His arms. Some that surprisingly I never would have thought in a hundred years had anything to do with the Lord. But they did in their own rocky way.

We were not present when God created the worlds. But we know that He did. We cannot explain it nor do we have to. It’s okay that we don’t have all the answers. His word tells us that He spoke the worlds into being. Everything in His word is truth. God cannot lie. He spoke the worlds into existence. Can you imagine? Now, I like to paint. When I look at a blank canvas the possibilities of what I can paint are endless. But I cannot speak the painting into existence. No matter how hard I try it just isn’t going to happen. Look around you, everything you see God created. He spoke every little thing into existence right down to those creepy critters that we may not appreciate. 😣 We may not know why they exist but God does. He created them. Anything that I can paint already exists. Flowers, plants, buildings, anything at all can be painted because it is visible. I can plant a garden but I did not create it. It already existed in the seeds that the Father spoke into existence. And you know what? He already knows what each plant will look like.

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.

Psalm 33:6

It’s a new day. What are you going to do with it?

Faith Healed You, Go In Peace

The woman with the issue of blood. Put yourself in her place. You’ve spent all that you had on medical advice and yet no one is able to help. You’re in debt up to your eyeballs and about to lose your house. You hear about this Man who can heal anyone and you think, you’ve nothing to lose and if you can get close enough just to touch even His coat then you can be healed. That is, if what you hear is true. But you have nothing to lose so why not check out where this Man is going to be next. You happen to overhear a conversation and learn that He is passing by any minute so you begin to search the crowd for signs of this Man. There! There He is and He’s going to be passing by in front of you. You see Him and the look on His face is so loving, so caring that you allow yourself to be swept up by the moving crowd.

You begin easing your way through the crowd determined to get near to Him. You get shoved from behind and stumble but not before seeing Him pass by. No! You silently scream as you scramble to gain your footing. But with your illness you’re slow to react and soon He is moving on getting further away. In a desperate attempt to get close, you push your way into the crowd and suddenly you see His back. One last shove and you stumble again this time your fingers grasping the air and then…you feel your fingers brush the coattails of His coat and immediately you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that you are healed. You feel energized, ready to tackle the world until you hear “Who is the one who touched Me?” Busted. He had stopped so quickly and turned to face the people behind Him, you barely managed to get out of the way.

“I did it. I touched your cloak.” You say. His eyes fill with compassion for you as He says “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.” You knew you were healed when you touched His cloak, you felt the healing power flowing through. But His words touch you and confirm that you are healed.

Can you feel it? Can you feel the love and compassion flowing through Christ? Jesus was on His way to heal the daughter of Jarius, an official of the synagogue and yet He stopped and spoke to this woman. Jesus affirmed what this woman confessed, that when she touched His cloak she was immediately healed. Jesus said her faith made her well and to go in peace. In other words, don’t be afraid. You chose to believe and by faith you followed through which led to your healing. I can’t help but to wonder why Jesus said to go in peace. Was it for her benefit or that of the people surrounding them? Was it to keep the people from trying to harass her after He was gone? Maybe He didn’t want her to feel embarrassed over running after Him to heal her. He wants us to run after Him. He wants us to seek Him, to find Him, to follow after Him, and to share the Good News with others.

The enemy digs, pokes, pushes, invades, and doesn’t give up when he has made it his mission to turn as many people away from the Father as he can before his time of reigning comes to an end. He already knows that he has lost the battle. He already knows that when it is finished, he will spend eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone but before that happens, he is going to take as many as he can with him.

The thief comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I came that they might have life, and might have it abundantly.

John 10:10

The devil will do everything in his power to put a wedge between you and God. If we were to dig, poke, push, invade, and not give up on the mission of sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ, imagine how many people we can reach for the Father. The enemy wants you to fear and tremble; God wants you to be bold and courageous. Which do you choose? God bless.

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