Shine!

Good Morning! 😊 Happy Tuesday everyone. 👍 Let your light shine today. How? By giving a smile, speaking a kind word or just being positive in this oh so negative world. Flash those pearly whites and shine on! 😁👏⭐️🌼🌸

Picking Up the Pieces of a Shattered Life

For no one knows what is best for a person during his life–-during the few days of his fleeting life—for they pass away like a shadowEcclesiastes 6:12

Life is precious but looking at the billion dollar industry of the abortion industry you wouldn’t think so.  Life is also short.  Life is given to each one of us by God…even to those who curse Him and say they don’t believe in Him.  The breath of God was blown into every man, woman and child alive on this planet today.  You wouldn’t be walking around without the very breath of God you breathe in and out every second.

We’re all like God in the fact that we have a spirit man inside us and an eternal soul that will live on forever after this fleshly body is cold and in the ground.  Our soul will live on forever and ever and ever just like God.  The soul never dies.  It will live throughout eternity.

Life is precious. Life is short.

I was reminded of the fact that life is short today.  I went to work.  I checked my email.  There it was.  I read it.  A message saying the funeral was Sunday at 2:00 P.M.  I missed the funeral because I was out of town and didn’t even know my friend’s young son had died and was already buried.  He was only 33 years old.  I didn’t know it until this morning.

My heart aches for this mother.  Her son has left this earth.  His physical body is gone but his spirit man lives on.

Then I heard more news.  I hope it’s not true.  I dare not ask.  He died from a drug overdose.  How utterly sad.  A young man’s life snuffed out in an instant from drug abuse.

Life is precious.  Life is short.

This mother’s life is shattered by the death of her son.  How many other lives are shattered?  Maybe your life has been shattered by a death, a medical diagnosis, drugs, abuse or some other reason so horrific you can’t even talk about it…but there is hope in Jesus Christ.  He can pick up the pieces of your shattered life and give you abundant life.  He can fix you and put your life back together.  Hope is found in Him.

Jesus came to give you abundant life.  He came to set you free.  He is the way, the truth and the life.  Hope is found in Him.  His sacrificial death brings life to all mankind.

If you don’t know Jesus, accept His free gift of Salvation today.  He already paid the price for it with His shed blood on Calvary.  It cost Him His life.  You don’t have to pay anything…just accept what He did for you.  DO it today!  Don’t wait another minute.  The Bible says today is the day of salvation.  Give everything to Jesus and He will pick up the shattered pieces of your life.  He will make you whole again.

Your life can be healed and whole again through Jesus!

The Voice

 

 

Angels All Around You

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It was about 2:00 a.m. one morning and I couldn’t sleep, so I turned on the TV.  It happened to be on a Christian broadcasting station and there was a young woman singing.  She had a beautiful voice and beautiful personality as well.

When she finished her song she began to talk about an experience she had with her young song, who was only three years old at the time.  She related how he began to have bad dreams which eventually turned into night terrors.  This young mother shared how hard it was for her precious little boy suffering such fear and torment from these horrible nightmares.  Her heart ached for him and she didn’t know what to do.

She taught him Bible verses hoping this would alleviate the night terrors.  She prayed with him before he went to sleep and then one night she remembered a little song her mother had taught her.  She said the song had brought her much comfort as a child, so she decided to teach it to him.

The song was about angels.  I can’t remember all the words but it went something like this:  “Angels are in front of me, up above me, behind me, they’re all around me…”

As I listened to her sing this heavenly little medley, it literally gave me chills and brought comfort to me as well.  She went to explain that after she taught her young son this song he began to sing it all the time, even in the day time while playing.  The night terrors soon left him and never bothered him again.

Thank God for His ministering angels!  The next time you feel disturbed, worried, fearful and cannot sleep, just remember His angels are all around you too.

Blessings and sweet dreams,

The Voice

Hungry For More Of God?

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Have you ever had a food craving but didn’t know what it was you were craving and you tried eating different foods but none of them satisfied that craving?  What about in the spiritual sense?  Are you hungry for more of God but don’t know how to satisfy that spiritual craving?  If so, then I have the answer for you.  Read on.

Just as with the food cravings we try all different kinds of things hoping to satisfy that craving without success the same is true with our spiritual hunger.  You’ve been born again but you have a craving…a longing for more of God.  You go to church, you lift your hands during Praise and Worship, you put money in the offering plate, you attend every church social, volunteer in the nursery, teach a Sunday School class, invite people to church, help feed the poor, clean the church, serve on the welcome committee, the church ground’s committee, help organize the annual Bake Sale and on and on and on.  You work and work for the Lord and the church until your exhausted, frustrated and depleted spiritually.  You wonder is this all there is?  There’s got to more.  Lord, do you see me here?  Where are you, Lord?  You’re hungry for more of God but He seems so far away.

Here’s the problem:  Your focus is on what you’re doing instead of what Jesus did.

 

It’s fine to work in the church and serve on committees, in fact if you’re a Christian you’ll desire to do good works but good works can never take the place of communing with your heavenly Father.  The Bible tells us faith without works is dead.

What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?  Can faith save him?  If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?  Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.  But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.”  Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.  James 2:14-18 NKJV

Works are not the cause of salvation; works are the evidence of salvation.  Faith in Christ always results in good works, however, good works do not save us.  We cannot earn our salvation.  Salvation is a free gift from God, which we receive by faith…by simply believing in Christ’s finished work on the cross.  The works that follow salvation do not make us righteous before God; they simply flow from the regenerated heart as naturally as water flows from a spring.

There’s scripture in Ezekiel that may seem a little odd when you first read it.

So I opened my mouth, and he caused me to eat that roll.  And he said unto me, Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee.  Then did I eat it; and it was in my mouth as honey for sweetness.   Ezekiel 3:2-3  KJV

These verses are not talking about eating a roll, like Sister Schubert’s yeast rolls, no, the Prophet of God is talking about receiving the truths of God as food for the soul and to feed upon them by faith and he would be strengthened.  The roll is symbolic for the Word of God…the Bible.  Just as a good homemade yeast roll satisfies us physically, the Bible satisfies our hungry soul spiritually.

If your craving more and not satisfied, ask yourself?  Am I spending time reading and meditating on God’s Word?  Am I spending time alone with God in my prayer closet communing with Him?  Am I listening to the Holy Spirit and what He has to say?

Answering these questions will reveal why your spiritually hungry.  Determine to spend time with God.  Only He can satisfy your hunger for more.

Finally read this promise:

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:  for they shall be filled.  Matthew 5:6 KJV

Jesus promises if you’re hungry, and thirsty for more, He would satisfy you.

Be blessed!

The Voice

 

 

 

Not I, It’s His Grace

Sometimes, the up-and-down flow of life can leave us feeling tired, weary, and broken-hearted. But God’s grace is an ocean that invites us to jump in and experience an endless supply of His mercy, love, and favor.
We are free to experience the full measure of the life God has planned for us just by receiving the grace that He provides for us each day. We didn’t earn God’s grace, and we can never lose it. His limitless supply of healing, joy, peace, and promise is ready and waiting for you today!

By His Grace,

The Voice

Seeking A Servant Heart

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We all want to be noticed, respected and admired…that’s just our human nature and when we don’t get the respect we think we deserve we get frustrated.  Am I right?  

I admit it…I get down in the dumps when someone snubs me, criticizes me or even rolls their eyes at me.  I’ve went for days down and depressed because someone didn’t respect me like I thought they should.  I’ve thought about it and how I could get back at them.  I mean…don’t they realize how great I am!  Yes, I’m joking, but seriously we humans are all alike.  We want to be held in high esteem because frankly, we’re all that and a bag of chips.

Every single one of us on God’s good green earth have felt that way at one time or another.  It’s called selfishness.  We want to be Numero Uno.  When we speak we want it to be a moment like the E.F. Hutton commercial a few years ago.  If you’re younger than me go ask your parents or grandparents to explain it to you.

This morning I was reading my daily devotional chapter which happened to be St. Mark, chapter 9.  Further down in the chapter an event took place that really spoke to me.

And he came to Capernaum:  and being in the house he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way?  But they held their peace:  for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.  And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.  And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them:  and when he had taken him in his arms, he said unto them, Whosoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receiveth me:  and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me.

Mark 9:33-37 KJV

The disciples were actually arguing while walking with Jesus about which one of them should be the greatest.  That spirit of self-exaltation was prevalent among them just as it is in our society today, so Jesus knew it was time for an object lesson.  He took the little child and held it in His arms and explained if they wanted to be first, they must become last.  They must have a servant’s heart.  Man’s way of being first is stepping on others to move up the ladder of success, blackmail, or even losing their moral values if necessary.  It’s a sad, pathetic game people play and compromise never wins.  If you want to be truly great, to be first, become a servant.  Be willing to go the extra mile, work harder, come in early and stay late, cheer others on, help them accomplish their goals, be cheerful, encouraging in the work place…all these things are the traits of a winner.  Remember that old saying….Winners never quit and quitters never win?  Well, it’s terue.

My heart was pricked after reading the above scriptures this morning, so I quickly repented of my selfish pride and prayed for the Holy Spirit to help me to have a servant’s heart.  I know I’ll never be Mother Teresa, but I do know I can do better.  Lord, help me not to be selfish in any way.  Selfishness doesn’t look good on anyone, but an humbleness looks good on everyone.

Humbly,

The Voice

Palm Sunday Irony

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday.  Ironically my scheduled chapter to read for my devotions this morning is Matthew 27, where Christ is delivered bound to Pilate.

When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death; And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.  Matthew 27:1,2 KJV

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.  Matthew 27:11 KJV
 

More ironic is as Jesus stood before Pilate that day to be tried in reality Pilate was being tried by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 

Let us worship Him with loud Hosannas just as the children did that day in Jerusalem when Jesus made His triumphant entry into the city on that little donkey!🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼

The next time He comes it will be on a magnificent white horse and all the world will see Him make His triumphant entry! 

Thank You, Holy Spirit!

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This morning while preparing my breakfast I felt led by the Holy Spirit to pray for my grandchildren.  I called each one of them by name and prayed they would have good self esteem.  As I prayed, I felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit telling me the reason my grandchildren struggled with their self esteem was because I had opened the door for this curse.  He reminded me that I had always seen myself in a negative light.  Just recently our oldest grandchild told my husband that I spoke negatively about myself and he was right.  As the Holy Spirit brought this to my attention, I began to weep and ask Him to forgive me.  I prayed and asked the Holy Spirit to help me to never speak another critical word about myself.

When a child grows up in a household with parents who put them down they quickly learn to be critical not only of themselves but of others also.  They see themselves as unlovable and unworthy, but that’s not who they are.  The Bible tells us who we are.  I love this scripture.

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:  marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalms 139:14 KJV

Another reminder of who we are.

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.  Ephesians 1:6 KJV

We are His beloved and we are accepted.  We don’t have to prove anything.  He proved His love to us by dying on an old rugged cross…that’s proof enough.

This is a list of who we are:

  • A child of God.
  • A friend of Jesus.
  • Justified and redeemed.
  • Crucified with Christ and no longer a slave to sin.
  • A child of God and fellow heir with Jesus Christ.
  • Accepted by Christ.
  • A temple of the Holy Spirit who dwells in me.
  • Joined to the Lord and one spirit with Him.
  • A new creature in Christ.
  • The righteousness of God through the shed blood of Jesus.
  • Chosen, holy and blameless before God.
  • Redeemed and forgiven by the grace of Jesus Christ.
  • Sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise.
  • Made alive with Christ.
  • Seated in heavenly places with Christ.
  • A citizen of heaven.
  • Complete in Christ.
  • Loved!

We are God’s beloved not because of what we do but because of what Christ did at Calvary.

I thank the Holy Spirit for reminding who I am.  I am God’s beloved.  I am a child of the King and a daughter of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  I belong to God.  I am His and He is mine!  He loves me just as I am.

Holy Spirit, help me to never forget who I am in Christ.  I belong to Him…what a comforting thought, or rather fact.  I’m the one He loves and that’s enough.  It doesn’t matter what others say, it matters what my loving heavenly Father says.

I am loved and you are too.

The Voice

 

The Least Likely One

The Priest didn’t help. The Levite didn’t help but the least likely one to help did that day. Jews and Samaritans didn’t like each other. Sometimes you will find the least likely one is the one who will come to your rescue and the one you thought would be there for you, will be nowhere to be found when you’re in trouble.

I read an article on Facebook just a few days ago that resembles this story in the Bible often referred to as “The Good Samaritan”.

A policeman was trying to handcuff and arrest a man when the offender got the upper hand and was assaulting him. Many people driving by saw this scenario but made the decision to look the other way, just as the Priest and Levite in the Bible story but a black woman stopped her car, got out and helped the Policeman apprehend the criminal that day.  Later, she said she just saw the terror in his eyes that seemed to say, “help me” and without thinking about the consequences she came to his rescue.

I’m sure they’re were some younger guys or some stronger men who could have helped, but the least likely person chose to help an unknown white Policeman who was in dire need that day. She didn’t pause to think about it she told the reporter later…she just sprang into action. Amazing! No racism here. No women’s liberal ideology clouded her thinking. No fear of what might happen to her…only her human instinct that my fellow man needs help.

Isn’t that the rule we all should live by?  Yes and it’s called ‘The Golden Rule’…do unto others as you’d have them do unto you.

We should especially love and help the ones who are least unable to help themselves, such as the unborn, the special needs individuals, our children, the elderly or those suffering debilitating illnesses and diseases.

Christ loved us when we were unlovable. He cleansed us when we were stained by sin. He fed us when we were hungry.  Love covers a multitude of sin. We are to love others as He loved us.  We are to be like Jesus in this world. If we love God we’ll love others, 1 John 4:20 says. Jesus met people’s physical and spiritual needs because He was love.

Who needs Jesus? Who can you help? Who needs you?

Jesus breaks down the walls of division between: races, gender, nationalities, economic status, age, education, religion and political parties.

Be that least likely one. Together we can make a difference that’s much needed now more than ever.

The Voice