The Wooing of the Father

Do you hear God calling you? Do you feel Him pulling you to His side? Father God longs to fellowship with you. Why? Because He loves you!

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It’s Time For Your God Moment

If you are a living, breathing human being you will have trouble. That is a fact because God says so in His Holy Word. Read this verse in the Book of Job.

“Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” Job 14:1 KJV

Job had trouble but God brought him out and blessed him with double for his trouble.

One of my favorite Bible characters is Joseph. Whatever situation Joseph found himself in he would always rise above it like oil in water. He went from the pit to the prison to the palace and just like Joseph you can rise above your troubles too.

“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” Psalms 91:15 KJV

Nothing is impossible with God. In fact, He specializes in the impossible.

What impossibility are you facing today? Does your situation look hopeless? Do you see no way out? Are your hands seemingly tied? Has the Doctor said, “I’ve done all I can do…get your affairs in order?” If so, you’re a perfect candidate for a miracle and in line for a God Moment!

Let go of your human weakness and frailties and give it to the Creator of the Universe. It’s time for your God Moment because impossible is God’s specialty.🙌

Never doubt…God will bring you out!

In faith,

A Voice

How To Thrive and Survive

Many of you may be like me…independent, self-sufficient, Type A personalities, think you can do it all, don’t need anybody’s help types!

The fact is…we may try to be self-sufficient, but we need to let God supply the grace and ability to do what we need to do.

Willpower and determination can get us started, but they’ve been known to quit in the middle and leave us stranded! Have you ever been there?

We can learn to enjoy the life Jesus died to give us by inviting God to become involved in every aspect of it!

We are not made to function without God. We must realize we need Him in every area of our life in order to thrive and survive.

The Mirror of God’s Love

When someone hurts us our first response is anger and “I’ll show you!” kind of attitude. We want to hurt them back. It’s just our human nature.

Have you ever heard…”Hurting people hurt people?” It’s true, but what if we would mirror back the love of God to that one who hurts us?

What does that mean? Instead of showing anger, we show them love by refusing to be angry and giving them love, even though they don’t deserve it. After all, isn’t that what Christ did for us? John 3:16 proves it.

None of us deserve His love. Not one of us are worthy of it, but He loves us any way.

Aren’t you thankful for the unconditional love of God? I know I am!

The Voice

When Someone Shaves Half Your Beard Off, What Do You Do?

Last Saturday morning I read one of the strangest stories in the Bible that really made an impression on me.   The story is found in 2 Samuel 10.  The king of Ammon had died and David decides to show to show kindness to Prince Hanun, the son of Nahash, as his father had showed kindness unto him.  He sends messengers to comfort Hanun and to also show his respect and honor to his father.  It would be like our President sending the Vice President to a head of state’s leader to show his respect and honor if he couldn’t attend the funeral himself.

These messengers arrive but are disgracefully treated.  How?  Some of the top leaders of King Hanun are suspicious of the men David had sent.  They ask Hanun, do you really think that David honors your father and that he sent these comforters to you?  (My paraphrase of 2 Samuel 10:3).  They say to King Hanun that they think David sent these men rather to search the city and to spy it out so that he could overthrow it.

My question to you is this, How many times have your acts of kindness been misinterpreted or your motives been misunderstood?  How did it make your feel?  We’ve all been judged wrongly and it hurts.

King Hanun believes what these advisors tell him and look what he did!  Let’s read it directly from the Bible.

Wherefore Hanun took David’s servants, and shaved off the one half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle, even to their buttocks, and sent them away.  When they told it unto David, he sent to meet them, because the men were greatly ashamed; and the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beard be grown, and then return.  2 Samuel 10:4,5 KJV

I must say when I read this I found it to be a little humorous but paradoxically disturbing also.  I could imagine the shame and humiliation these men must have felt, especially when they were representing the king and trying to show kindness.

As Christians we’ve all been humiliated and shamed by the devil when we’ve tried to do a good deed and serve the kingdom of God.  I remember as a young Pastor’s wife serving a small rural church and being humiliated one Sunday morning by one of the ladies of the church.  On this particular Sunday morning the teacher of the women’s class did not show up due to an unexpected event at the last minute.  The Sunday School Superintendent asked me if I would teach the class and he asked me in front of the women’s class.  One of the ladies spoke up and said, “if she teaches…I’m going home!”  Everyone heard her.  It shocked me and hurt me deeply.  I didn’t know until this moment that his older lady felt that way about me and to find out in this very public fashion was very hurtful.  I somehow kept my composure and the Superintendent told me to teach the young adult class and he brought their teacher out to teach the women’s class.

I taught the young adult class that morning, led the praise and worship, listened to my husband’s sermon, greeted the people afterward, went home and ate lunch with my family and never said a word to that woman about the hurt and embarrassment she caused me that morning.  Later on in private I did tell my husband and we continued to Pastor that church amidst more trouble and heartache but I can’t tell all that happened or this Blog post would be way too long!  My point is this…the devil will try to shame you when you do try to do something good for God.

When David heard of how his messengers were shamefully treated he sent Joab (who was David’s nephew and the commander of his army) and all his biggest, baddest, mightiest men.  In the end, the Ammonites are defeated by King David’s army.  Likewise, you and I will be avenged by our King, Father God, if we hold our peace and let Him fight for us.  We too, will be victorious if we stay humble and sweet and not take up the fight in our flesh.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath:  for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the LORD.  Romans 12:19 KJV

God sees your hurt and He knows when you are shamefully mistreated.

Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.  Lamentations 3:60 KJV

Do we take up the battle of flesh and fight?  Read what the Word of God says.

The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.  Exodus 14:14 KJV

We must stay in peace and we must forgive those who treat us badly.

That church we Pastored is no longer there.  It’s just a faint memory.  The lady that spoke those words had a horrible tragedy happen in her family that she’s living with even to this day.  Am I happy about this?  No way!  I feel for her and I’m not saying any of this happened because of what she did to me…never in a million years would I dare say that.  I’m just saying we must stay in peace, keep our mouth’s shut and let God fight for us.  The King will avenge the devil on our behalf.

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Blessings!

The Voice

 

 

 

Got Peace?

kids hiding under desk

I’ve lived through the ‘Cold War’ when America felt the cold icy threat of being bombed by Communist Russia.  I remember the yellow signs with the words, “Bomb Shelter” posted on the outside of public buildings.  The basement of our school had one.  I also remember having practice bomb raid drills in school.  A distinctly loud buzzer would ring and we students hid under our desk and cover our heads with our hands.  Later on as an adult I thought about this drill and how scary and senseless it was.  Hiding under a desk with a row of windows all along one wall was going to protect us from a nuclear bomb?  Ludicrous!

I also lived through the turbulent 60’s with the Hippie Movement, followed by the Jesus Movement, race riots, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., President John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert Kennedy.  We had the Viet Nam War along with the protest against it and young men dodging the draft and all the psychedelic drugs.  It was a time of unrest with the Hippies wearing flowers in their hair, painting peace signs on their hippie vans, and declaring peace while simultaneously making the peace sign with their index finger and middle finger held up in the air.  In the midst of war, chaos and confusion we wanted peace but peace was not to be found.

Peace is freedom from disturbance, quiet, tranquility, a mental state of calm and serenity.  It’s a state or period in which there is no war.  We want peace.  We strive for peace but peace seems hard to come by in this day also.  Although we’re not at war there is trouble and a state of unrest in America today.  Everyone seems to be at “odds” with one another.  Unrest is boiling just beneath the surface…we all feel it and we don’t know what to do about it but there is an answer.

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:1 KJV

We will never have real peace in this world but we can have real peace through our Lord Jesus Christ!  Even in the midst of external chaos we can have internal peace.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace.  Peace is found in the person of Jesus Christ.

One man brought sin into the world and death…the first Adam and through one man life and hope is brought to mankind through the second Adam…Jesus Christ.

“For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one, much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.”  Romans 5:17 KJV

We can reign in this life and be victorious through Jesus Christ!  Sins abounds but grace much more abounds.

Don’t let life get you down.  Find the answers and peace you’re looking for and that can only be found in knowing and serving Jesus!  He is peace and will bring calm to your life in the midst of all the chaos.

The Voice

 

 

 

When Betrayed

Have you ever been or felt deserted?

Maybe you have been betrayed by a best friend, or a spouse walked out of your marriage with someone else after they promised until death do us part, or a child is betrayed when he or she is abused by the parents who are supposed to love, support, and protect them.

Betrayal is when someone you trust lies to you, cheats on you, abuses you, or hurts you by putting their own self-interest first.

Betrayal is probably the most devastating loss a person can experience. The reason betrayal is the most devastating kind of loss is because most often it is a loss that didn’t have to occur.

It only occurs because of someone’s deliberately hurtful behavior, or their carelessness, or their own personal weakness. Unlike a loss such as death or illness, there is usually some sort of choice involved.

Others may walk away, but there’s One who has promised He will never leave you or forsake you. Jesus will always be there.

Trust Jesus!

The Voice

Dreams Really Do Come True

When I was a little girl I use to daydream about having my own attic bedroom with pink floral wallpaper covering every inch of those walls.  I wanted a white canopy bed covered with a fluffy pink bedspread, lots of pillows and me surrounded by my favorite stuffed animals.  A simple white desk with a chair and lots and lots of books would make my dream bedroom complete.  Oh, I needed books!  Books were my favorite pastime and my escape from the real world.

My real world was a house full of kids.  I was the oldest of seven and our house was always noisy and always something going on.  There was always talking, loud talking, sometimes music from the radio or a TV show blaring loudly and usually a fight or two.

I hated TV and never actually sat down and watched a TV show through that I can remember, however, my sister was a TV addict.  I occasionally did watch cartoons when I was about five years old.  My favorites were Mighty Mouse and Popeye.  I just gave my age away!

One Christmas our big family were all gathered at my Grandparents house for Christmas dinner and to exchange presents.  Me and my cousins were playing a game.  As I passed through the living room an old black and white movie was on.  It was about ghosts and it got my attention, so much so, that I stopped playing and sat down to watch it.  My cousins kept beckoning me to come play but I told them I didn’t want to and I watched the rest of that movie.  It had my undivided attention.

The movie about the ghosts was A Christmas Carol based on the book written by English author, Charles Dickens but I didn’t know that then.  When I got in high school we were required to read several of his books, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist and Great Expectations.  He is one of my favorite authors.

As a young girl I dreamed of meeting Prince Charming and having a fairy tale wedding.  When I was in elementary school I wanted to be a Nurse when I grew up and then in high school I wanted to be a Teacher.

Did my dreams come true?  Well, some of them did.  I never got the attic bedroom to myself but I do have a lovely Master bedroom today that I share with my husband.  Is he my Prince Charming?  Well, he can be charming when he wants to be but he is a faithful husband, loving father and good provider for our family.  He has always been there for me and our children and for that I am very blessed.

Did we have that dream wedding?  No, we got married at the County Court House with his mother and my mother standing beside us.  We had no ring ceremony either.  The plant he worked at was out on strike at the time and I had a part time job at a little printing office in our small town.  We barely had enough money to get out of town that day but we did manage to drive an hour away for a nice dinner and room at rather cheap hotel.  A year later we took a nice honeymoon to the Gulf coast.

I did become a Teacher and retired a few years ago.  I loved my years as a Special Needs Teacher and I loved my years nurturing our two beautiful children.  They’re both grown, married, working and have children of their own, so now I’m enjoying being a grandparent.

I’ve had most of my dreams come true, the important ones anyway and for that I am truly happy and thankful.

A Voice

 

Be There

Is there one person you can count on to “be there” for you?  It may be your spouse, a parent, a sibling or friend but everyone needs that someone to “be there” for them.  What does it mean to “be there” for someone? 

Have you ever been talking to your spouse about something important but you knew they weren’t really listening?  All married readers are right now shaking their heads “yes.”  I see you.  You know they’re not because they’ve got their head buried in the newspaper or their eyes glued to the TV.  When you ask them a question about what you were saying they have no clue or worse yet you walk out of the room in disgust and they ask, “I’m sorry, were you saying something?”  They’re there but they’re not there.

At our lowest moments we all need someone to “be there” for us.  To really listen when we have a problem or just want to air how someone hurt our feelings at work that day.  We need a shoulder to cry on when life lets us down or someone to hold us up literally when we walk by that casket to view our loved one on this side of eternity for the very last time.

Who is that someone you can always count on to “be there” for you?  Hopefully, you’re thinking of that person right now but some of you may still be searching for a name.  You may not have anyone to “be there” for you…not now or ever.  If so, you’re the one I’m writing this to.

You are not alone.  I believe there are many in today’s world who are truly alone.  They do not have anyone they can count on for help.  If you’ve never been truly alone you cannot relate to this post.

I believe many people who are living on the streets, have become alcoholics, are hooked on drugs or are promiscuous is because they have never had anyone to “be there” for them.  They grew up without love, validation or support from anyone, including their parent or parents.  It’s hard to imagine but it’s true.

Several years ago a friend of mine was going through the terrible realization that her marriage was over and there was no way to make it work.  She had two small children and that was her biggest concern.  How was all this going to affect them.  Her lawyer told her that if a child has just one person to “be there” for them and to support them they would be successful.  I don’t have facts, figures, charts, reports or a survey to back that up but I believe in my heart of hearts that is accurate.  Everybody needs that one person they can lean on or rely on to give them a “pep” talk when they’re at their lowest.

I was preparing my breakfast one morning and crying at the same time thinking about this friend going through paralyzing pain of divorce.  I was particularly concerned about the effect it was having on her eldest child.  The youngest was too young to really realize what was going on.  The Holy Spirit brought to my mind a great man of God who was full of faith and had preached all over the world.  He was a mighty man of faith and I had learned so much about God’s Word by listening to him through the years.  I had heard him tell of his years as a young boy growing up without his father.  His father had left their mother when he and his older brother were small boys.  They lived with his granny and times were tough.  He went without a lot of material things but he knew he could count on his mother and granny to “be there” for him through thick and thin.  The Holy Spirit reminded me that this man of God turned out great and so could my friend’s children because she too would be there for them.

If you are that person who doesn’t have that one person I want to tell you today you actually do.  His name is Jesus.  When everyone forsakes you He is there.  When you feel alone He is there.  When you’re discouraged He is there.  When you’re sobbing into your pillow at night He is there.  When even your parents forsake you He is there.

Although my father and my mother have abandoned me, Yet the LORD will take me up (adopt me as His child).  Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me on a level path Because of my enemies (who lie in wait).  Psalm 27:10,11  Amplified

Here’s another verse:

Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:  for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5  KJV

You may not have that one person to “be there” for you but Jesus IS there for you.  Be encourage…you are not alone.  Jesus is there.  He is the ONE who will never leave you or forsake you and you can always count on Him to “be there.”

A Voice

What To Do With Trouble

Life doesn’t always go as we planned. Sometimes life has a way of throwing us a curve ball. Have you found that to be true?

Jesus tells us in His Word we will have trouble. It’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’.

How do we handle life’s storms?

By simply trusting Jesus. There’s victory when we put our confidence in Him. It is possible to have peace in our storm and to have joy even in the midst of our trials.

When the storms come don’t focus on the dark clouds swirling above you, the wind or the waves…keep your focus on Jesus and you can walk on the water with Him!