Provisions

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Philippians 4:19 New Living Translation (NLT)

19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

I know that sometimes I forget this one simple promise from our Lord Jesus Christ.

He supplies all our needs and equips us with every thing to face our daily struggles and battles. When funds are low, and stress is high, the enemy creeps in and if we allow it, doubt and fear start climbing that ladder to hopelessness.

Friends, please don’t give up on yourselves, your faith or God.  He is so much bigger and knows so much more, than we can even fathom.  My father used to always say, “The Lord provides for us dummies.” And when he said this, he wasn’t trying to lower himself , just stating that God takes care of all of us~no matter where we are in our lives or who we are.

Hearing that statement over and over again, growing up, taught me to trust in the Lord with strong faith. Has my faith wavered in times of trouble and difficulties? You bet, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t admit that, nor very honest.  However, even in the darkest of times, this little voice inside my head, repeats those simple words my father spoke, so many years ago and he was right. The Lord has always provided for me, my chidren, my husband and our friends and families.  Has it been the provision that we thought it would be? Not always, sometimes it meant swallowing our pride and accepting help that we thought we would never have to; or trying something new and different because the old way wasn’t working anymore.

As I sit writing this, I look at everything I have been through in my life and where I am right now and thinking of the uncertain future.  I have to remember that we are not promised tomorrow. That we should live our lives to the fullest extent daily and in living our lives fully, we should also be thanking the One that gave us life to begin with.

I will be 51 in a couple of months, and many health problems have created difficulty for me in my daily living. I do my best to trudge through and press on, even when the pain seems too much and when I have my daily talks with Jesus (and  I have a lot of them of late), I seek His face and ask for his guidance.  I don’t know the future holds, none of us do. We can plan and prepare and believe that we have got it all under control, but in reality, the only ONE in control is God.

Proverbs 16:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.

I don’t know what the future holds, but HE does and so I choose to trust Him fully; pray daily and leave the results up to Him. I chose to love the Lord and Honor and Praise Him with all I am and no matter what happens, I pray whatever I do, will give Him glory!

If you are at a place in your life where you aren’t sure what comes next, pray to God, talk to Him, open your heart to Him through all times, not just good or bad, but all. Trust Him that he will show you the way.  Believe and know that He will provide whatever it is right when you need it.

That’s really the only way I know. I pray that all reading this will turn to the Lord for all your needs and be blessed!

Blessings to you,

Carlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heart is Full

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My heart is full.  I think of the many blessings God has given me, just because he loves me. I have a great family who loves me, friends that support me and people that follow this random blog I post.

I have a home, nourishment for my body and the Holy Spirit living within me.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that encourages me to dig deeper in the Word by the blogs you post and for all the prayers that are prayed over me and my family.

I have no words of wisdom to impart to you today, just  a very humble and simple Thank you.

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If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 New International Version (NIV)

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

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Thank you all for the many blessings you bring into my life, by your comments and thoughts. I love you all~

Carlene

 

Letting Go

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My father died in September of 2015; it seems like only yesterday, I was hugging him, giving him a goodbye kiss and telling him I loved him.  That day, 9-14-15, was the hardest day of my life, because I knew it wouldn’t be long and he would be home in the Father’s arms.

Recently, a friend was talking to me about how death is ugly and scary and that is where I disagree.  I can say death is hard. Hard on those of us that are left behind to carry on without our loved ones.  It’s hard because I want to hear my father’s voice, laughing and making jokes or giving me advice~any advice, just to hear him speak. I miss my dad. We didn’t always see eye to eye on many things, but as I became older, I understood why he was the way he was when he was alive. He was leaving me a legacy, something to hold onto when he wasn’t here; a memorial guide in my brain, to help me get through times just like this.

Letting go wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as difficult as many think, because I saw this strong willed-independent spirit of a man, falter in his earthly shell.  One thing that has helped me and will continue to strengthen me, is I knew without a shadow of a doubt, he was going home to Heaven. And that is beauty.  When his time on earth had ended, he became free. Free of pain, free of having trouble breathing, free of having difficult walking, free of any discomfort that he suffered with for more than a year.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I know that someday my suffering and agony here on earth will come to an end. This body, this place I call home, is temporary. My home is in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Letting go isn’t easy, but it is necessary. So, take the time to heal a wound, mend a relationship. Love one another. Forgive. Know that when the time is near, Jesus will be waiting with open arms to welcome all of us home.

God Bless you today!

 

 

 

 

 

Believe

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Believing for something to happen, even when you can’t see it possible with your human eyes, is called faith.

Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed and believe, it is enough.  God’s word says that I can boldly approach the throne of God and ask in prayer, my requests, and God will answer. Now I realize that sometime’s in life, many of us think that if God doesn’t answer right away, then he didn’t hear our prayer, or he doesn’t care, but sometimes his answer may be no or sometimes his answer may be yes, or his answer might be wait.  Isn’t waiting the hardest thing now a days.  Society is so fast paced. We are all so used to having answers on the spot. Whether is be on a test we take, a job interview, a medical outcome. We have all gotten used to everything in the world. I want to know what it is and I want to know now.

Psalm 46:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

God’s timing is always perfect. And in the times of stillness, pray, thank God, be still and see what he will do for you. Expect good things to happen because you believe on faith that it will.

You may not see or even conceivably imagine what God has planned for your life-it may seem unreachable, but remember this:

Matthew 19:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus came to give us life and give it abundantly!

God loves you~may you be blessed by Him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comfort Me Lord

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Being one that has the Spiritual Gift of Encouragement, I sometimes find it difficult to encourage myself, when times are tough.  I have no problem sharing the Word with others and doing my best to lift them up, and pray for them and with them, but when it comes to praying to God for myself, I sometimes feel that I am being selfish; putting my needs above others.

Last month, I injured my knee to the degree that after a week of trying to push the pain aside, and continued to walk on it or maybe I should say limp along; I finally conceded to getting it checked out.  I have always been the one that takes care of everything, not the one needing taken care of.  But through rest and many prayerful moments, talking to God, I have come to realize that we are not meant to handle anything on our own. Anything.

I have found that when I go through struggles in life, some of my own choosing and some that Jesus lets me go through, because then it reminds me that I must totally surrender my life and everything in my life, to Him.  And going through the daily struggles of life, we face in the flesh-in the world-with His guiding, we can than comfort others because we can share our testimony with another person.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.-Matthew 11:28 (New International Version)

God reminds us through His word, that we are to come to him. He is our resting place. He is our refuge in times of trouble and he is also a loving Father, that wants nothing more for His children to come to Him, regardless of why. Many people, and I have been just as guilty, seem to run to God when life isn’t going the way we think it should, but he also wants to share in our joys as well.

Whereas, the devil wants to take our joy, our hopes, and dreams and toss us back and forth like the waves on the high seas.  Satan knows what doubts we have, and if we let those doubts become thoughts and we linger on them, it is then, that he tells us lies, lies we usually believe and fail to see what is going on, until it seems like there is no way but failure. Don’t fall for it.

In 1 Peter 5:8 this is a reminder, from the Lord:

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

Trust in the Lord, rely on Him.  Cast all your cares on Him. All of them. Letting go and letting God do your work and fight your battles will really improve your life. I know because I let Him fight mine. It took me a long time to learn that simple fact. And, yes, there are times I need a gentle nudge and reminder.  But God gives me grace. And His grace is enough.

May you be blessed,

Carlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you Jesus

As the 2015 Christmas Season has passed and the New Year is upon us, I sit her thinking how thankful I am that God has a plan for each one of us and even when our lives seem chaotic and out of control, we must remember to not sit in the rocking chair called worry or let the enemy entrap us in fear, but trust in  Jesus.  

I am ever thankful that God gave us His son Jesus to die for our sins, once and for all.  Although there are many people that either reject the idea of God sending His son, Jesus to be born a man and live on earth and die for our sins or reject the idea that when Jesus died for us on the cross, he died for all of us and all of our sins, so we could live with Him eternally.  

There are people that I love, that are near and dear to my heart, that are actually a piece of me, that refuse to talk about Jesus or accept that He IS and that He is the only way to the Father, but I press on, knowing that the best I can do is to continue to model my life is such a way, that when people that don’t know Jesus, that don’t have a personal relationship with him – that hopefully by seeing me and knowing me, they will get to see Jesus.

The Lord had placed a desire on my heart for many years to locate an old friend, who was like my other half. We grew up together, went to school together and then as we graduated, through circumstances beyond our control, we lost contact with one another, but I often wondered about my friend and where she was and how she was.  I am very blessed to have located her and recently renewed our lost years apart. The greatest blessing of having true friends in your life is that no matter how much time you spend apart from one another, and how many things have happened in your lives, you can pick up the conversation with ease, share things you might not share with someone you just met and know without a doubt that you are blessed.  

1 Thessalonians 5:11 New International Version (NIV)

11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Trying to catch up with one another after 31 years apart, to most, would seem utterly impossible; but not for us.  I am so thankful that my friend is back in my life and not just my memories.

God always has a plan that is better than ours. We may not understand why we going through difficulties such as missing a dear friend, but when HIS timing is right, it all works out.  So, today I am thankful for the blessing  of renewed friendship that I thought was lost.

No matter what storm or struggle you are going through right now, know that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords is with you. He will go to battle for you. He is my strength and my protector, my father and friend.  I

And know this, no matter what kind of mess you think your life is, or how broken you are, HE LOVES YOU!

May you have peace in your hearts and joy in your souls! Blessings for 2016 to be your year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where He Leads

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As a parent myself, I find it quite ironic that when I try to teach my children and they don’t always listen or follow my lead, I feel disappointment and sadness that they don’t understand I am not trying to lead them down a path of regret and sorrow, but save them from making mistakes and trying to share with them lessons, I have learned over the years.

Now, I know that my Father In Heaven, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit have never made mistakes, but I wonder how many times we grieve them when we choose to not follow their leading; but I am so ever thankful that because of their mercy and grace, I am given multiple chances to get it right.

John 10:2-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

2 But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. 5 They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.”

At the age of 11, I chose to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and to follow Him and wherever He leads me, I would go.  I love the fact that my parents chose to follow the Lord and gave me a great example of Godly Love-unconditional love-no strings attached kind of love-and rooted me with a strong foundation for my life. Gave me a rock to stand on and hang onto every day of my life. My daddy always use to say, “the Lord provides for us dummies”, no matter when times were tough and struggles were real, I always knew it would be okay, somehow. I trusted him to take care of me. He was my dad.  By my father modeling his life after the Lord, I came to know that Jesus is faithful to me and He is always with me and He only wants the very best for me.  He wants the only very best for you too!

When Jesus, Son of Man, walked among us, he told us (paraphrased), I have come so you may live life abundantly; you will have struggles, but I have already overcome anything you will face. Trust me. Follow me. Have Faith.

It is easy to say have faith and trust in the Lord, but I am sure you have heard or used the phrase, ‘easier said than done’; however, it really is easier and simpler than we think.  The problem that I encountered and maybe you have encountered the same problem is, change isn’t always easy. Sometimes changes mean a whole lot of new things, which leads us out of our comfort zones. Oh, we know that we need to move in different ways or areas of our lives, but we become complacent and stay stuck.  Sometimes, because staying stuck is better than the unknown, but if you remember that Jesus will never lead you astray and that HE is always with you, no matter where you are or where you go, would that make it even just a tiny bit easier.

A little over a year ago, I was stuck.  I was attending a church that had become my family; they had seen me through good times and a few too many hard times and I felt safe and secured and loved. But a few months before I left that church, I felt God telling me it was time for me to move on; He needed me elsewhere and I really struggled with that. I didn’t share the struggles with anyone, because I wasn’t sure why I was feeling these emotions I was having. Was I hearing God right? Did He really want me to leave and follow Him to another church? There was nothing wrong with the one I was at~but in order to grow me, grow my faith and use me as He wanted I had to be willing to trust Him and follow. Being obedient to the Lord is not always easy, but because I love Him so much, and because I knew that He wasn’t going to back down on this ONE subject-I prayed to Him, I talked to Him and I waited for a sign, any sign that would tell me that I was misunderstanding His leading-it never came. So in a bold step of Faith, I decided to visit this other church and see what is was all about.

From the moment, I stepped through the doors, through the announcements, worship and sermon, I knew that I had heard Him correctly. I could feel it in my soul. I was still sad though, because that would mean I wouldn’t see friends as often as I did, because of the move.  The next week, my husband suggested, we return to this other church and just make sure that we were hearing God right.  We were and we are still there today.

The best part is, being part of God’s Family, doesn’t matter where you decide to corporately worship and spend time with him, because I still have those deep relationships I had before I left my ‘old’ church, but now I have new relationships that are cultivated every day and I am growing in the Lord. And by my being willing to follow Where He Leads, and not left to my own devices, I know I am learning how to hear His voice more clearly.

 

Matthew 4:19 New Living Translation (NLT)

19 Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”

Jesus loves you so much! He loves you right where you are, but He also has many places He wants to take you, if only you are willing to follow Where He Leads. May you be blessed in knowing that there is nothing you can do to earn this love, except accept His love, repent of your sins and ask Him into your heart. Let Him be your Lord and Savior, and He will take you places you would never have thought of on your own!