Safe Prescence

Good morning. I want to share a quote with you today from my Jesus Calling devotional. It has made my heart smile. I hope it brightens your day as well.

The more aware you are of My presence, the safer you feel.

Sarah Young brings Acts 17:27-28 alive with that statement. I love this simple devotional, it’s like reading love letters from our Savior.

Have a happy and peaceful day! 🙂

Mothers’ Day Gratitude

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Mother’s Day is a very bitter-sweet day for me. I lost my first born child in 2001 and my mother in 2008. So today, despite having a lovely 15 year daughter who celebrates me, there are loved ones missing. I know that my sweet Mom and Madison would not want me to be sad so I reflect on the happy memories.
My earthly mothers, like me weren’t perfect. My adoptive mother did her best and instilled a lot of love in me which I pass on to my daughter. I’ve never met my birth mother, yet she gave me the gift of life under less than ideal conditions (I am sure). After experiencing natural childbirth myself, I am very grateful.
Yet, today I reflect on the most amazing mother in history, Mary. She gave the world the Son of God. If we only believe in Him, we all can have eternal life. Mary was so courageous to be the vessel through which God sent saving grace into the world. Despite whether you have a mother or child to celebrate with today. You have Jesus, if you want Him, he’s always just a prayer away. Thank you Mary for being a brave momma to our Savior.

Searching for Home

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Like many other Christians who relocate, finding a new church home is a priority. My daughter and I have attended several services, even made a commute to the church I grew up in, yet haven’t found the one we feel is home.
During service today God helped me realize no matter where I corporately worship Him, he is there. I was reassured of his presence as I felt his spirit all around me. It reminded me of the strong annointing I feel in my church in my old town. 
When I packed the boxes and relocated, God came with me. He lives in me no matter my location. I know whichever church I attend, He goes with me. I know He will lead me to the one he wants me in and continue to use me to glorify His name.
Decisions are easier with the proper prospective: His will not mine. It’s ALL about Jesus.

An 8 year old’s explanation of GOD

Read the explanation of God in the simple words of 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to ‘explain God.’ I wonder if any of us could have done as well ?
[Great school assignment! Go California Schools! Go Jesus!]

EXPLANATION OF GOD

By: Danny Dutton


‘One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to take care of things on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn’t have to take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave that to mothers and fathers.’

‘God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this. Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears, unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.’

‘God sees everything and hears everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn’t go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad’s head asking for something they said you couldn’t have.’

‘Atheists are people who don’t believe in God. I don’t think there are any in Chula Vista … At least there aren’t any who come to our church.’

‘Jesus is God’s Son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn’t want to learn about God.. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn’t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K.’

‘His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn’t have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.’

‘You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time.’ 

‘You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there’s anybody you want to make happy, it’s God!

Don’t skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn’t come out at the beach until noon anyway.’

‘If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He’s around you when you’re scared, in the dark or when you can’t swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids.’

‘But…..you shouldn’t just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.

And…that’s why I believe in God.’

“Great Minds Think Alike”

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I’ve often heard the expression “Great minds think alike”. I hadn’t given it too much thought until I started getting deeper in my relationship with my best friend. See, my best friend and I have many friends and acquaintances in common. He often shares the same ideas with all of us that are in his “inner circle”. For example, today my friend Erik spoke about forgiveness in bible study. The exact same topic my friend lead me to a picture of in my files for an upcoming blog detailing the true story of how I forgave a ‘friend’ who viciously lied to my boss about me and started a horrible rumor. I recently took the initiative and sent this friend a message letting her know she is forgiven by me and I was sorry if I ever knowingly or unknowingly hurt her. Now, I couldn’t have done that without the support of my best friend. It was like Erik told my story, but he hadn’t heard it. Yet, we have the same best friend and He shares the same information with all his closet friends. Our best friend is Jesus Christ. If you don’t know Him I encourage you to seek Him. If you just say this simple prayer He can become your best friend as well. Lord Jesus, Please forgive me of my sins and make me new. Come live in my heart and be my best friend. I want You to be my Saviour and I confess You are the Lord of my life. Help me each day to become more like You. Amen!

Words of Wisdom from Grandma Alice Jane

This morning I watched a sermon on DVD from the 2007 Women’s conference which Mike’s grandmother, Alice Jane Schaffer Blthye, preached. I had the honor of meeting Alice Jane this summer on her 98th birthday. We are pictured here as she pulled me into her lap and gave me a bear hug. The world needs more Alice Janes! I pray that God uses me like he did Alice Jane and I can carry on her legacy once her time on earth is up. I cherish knowing Mike and it makes my heart smile to be close to such an anointed family. God is so good!
One statement Alice Jane made during her sermon touched me. She said Jesus died for us and He needs us to live for him. God stopped me right there and showed me that means to carry out His works…to finish what Jesus started.
I will leave you with a few of Alice Jane’s closing thoughts to ponder:
~Everything God gives us, He plans for us to give away.
~God has given us everything we have, now what are we going to give Him?
~There is so much fussing and fighting in churches today, it’s a sin…God says love your brothers and sisters. Love, forgive, give to one another…
~God is waiting on the church to rise up and be the arm that delivers this world. He is depending and counting on us.
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