Grace for Today

And he said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Luke 23:43 I have a devotional book written by Max Lucado. I have read it multiple times. The book contains many valuable lessons and many things to ponder and pray about. I truly enjoyed the one for today and it set many thoughts in motion. I would like to share it with you. Tell me, what has (the thief on the cross) done to warrant help? He has wasted his life. Who is he to beg for forgiveness? He publicly scoffed at Jesus. What right does he have to pray…, “Jesus remember me when you come into your kingdom”? (Grace for the Moment) The thief had every right. Jesus died for all because all have sinned

Time to Move ON

Larry and I went hiking in the mountains, close to Cooke City, Montana, at about 8,000 feet elevation. Along the side of the trail, we came across the site of an abandoned gold mine. An old log cabin, the remains of two dilapidated buildings, an old rusty car, the rusty rock crusher and a loading hopper gave evidence of past human occupation. A small stream bubbled down the mountain. As we wandered around the site, we speculated on the men who had worked here, what happened to them, the operations of the mine, and the possibility that gold could still be in the ground With cleaning and oiling, the rock crusher and loading hopper would work. Water was still available in the stream. The log ca

With Your Eyes Wide Shut

How far can you see with your eyes wide shut? I recently attended the funeral of my great uncle. He was a praying man that loved the Lord with all his heart. The minister titled his message, “With Your Eyes Wide Shut.” He asked that question and it made me start to think. How far can I see with my eyes closed? There is an old song that says, “I can see clearly now the rain has gone.” You can see clearly, but what do you see? Only what is right in front of you. With our eyes closed in prayer, the Lord can show us things to come. Places we need to go, people we need to help. If we are not careful, we get our eyes on the world and lose sight of our calling. We see only the bad and it

One Key to Making You FREE!

We all know that the precious anointing of Jesus is yoke destroying and burden removing as we see in Isaiah 10:27. We also know the power in the blood of Jesus, but how do we know that? I want you to look at this particular passage with me and maybe it will shed some light on the whole picture: John 8:32 “You will know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you FREE” One day I was watching a television show and they were releasing a tiger that had been chained and caged its whole life back into the wild. At first the tiger just stood there and looked around, it did not know what to do. The tiger really thought it was still chained because he had been for so long. He had never known freedom. M

Bucket List

Several years ago, there was a movie released called “The Bucket List”. It was about two old men who had been told they didn’t have long to live. I believe they were in the hospital and they decided there were things they wanted to do…so they left and began to do their “wishes”. Anyway, this idea caught on about having a “bucket list”. Well, I came across an interesting story about a fisherman who had a list and had achieved most of his wishes. But he still had not caught the “golden trout”. For those who don’t know one trout from another, this one is a fish with golden skin, with black spots and a bright red flare of a stripe down its side. This fisherman went to Wyoming to catch the

Is Anyone Going to be in Heaven Because of You?

When we become a follower of Christ, God fills us with his Holy Spirit. The proof of the Holy Spirit in us is not some emotional experience. The proof that we have God’s Spirit in us, is if you are going. Are you telling anybody about the Gospel…..the Good News? Jesus said in Luke 9:60, “Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God” What in the world does he mean by that statement? It sounds pretty callous. But what he’s saying here is that we need to be indispensable. There are some jobs in life that anybody can do, but there are some jobs that only a believer can do. Only a Christian can tell other people about Christ. Only a Christian can tell other people how

Today, in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known

How to fight against anxiety. Satan uses anxiety to keep us from resting. Remember you are not alone! The Lord is at hand....Philippians 4:5 Prayer....you need to pray aloud. Psalms 81:10 - "I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt: open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." Mark 11:23 - "Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain......" Supplication - lowering yourself spiritually and physically and crying out to God. Get down, lay prostrate and cry out to God. Kneeology - Thankfulness - Thankfulness is a weapon for you as a follower of Jesus. The song says it all, "Give thanks with a grateful heart." Getting your attitude right is such a vital key,

Obedience is Rewarding

People walk their dogs in a variety of ways. I am amused to see the dog leading, with his master pulling on the leash behind. Hmm, who’s walking whom here? Some dogs walk faithfully with their owner, unless something more interesting crosses their path, like a rabbit; then off they run with the person hanging onto the leash. Other dogs are obedient, only, as long as, they are constrained. Dogs which walk beside their owners without a leash are a joy to see. They don’t run off without permission. When their human stops to visit with a friend, they sit quietly. The dogs pay attention to their master’s desires and then follow without complaining. If they are given permission to run and check ou

Stay Sharp

As a coach on the field, I am always doing my best to make sure that our athletes stay sharp in their craft. For me it is Soccer, but everyone has something that we do for a living, and it is our human nature to make sure we stay on top of our game so that we may get that promotion at work, or opportunities to advance ourselves. We practice and we prepare. On the soccer field a lot of times, I tell my players to work smarter and not harder (sometimes we do need to work harder too!). But the point is that the wisdom we use, the easier our “work” becomes, regardless of what it is. I believe the same is true not only in our worldly lives, but also in our spiritual lives. The Bible tells us

The Boat

Have you ever truly thought of what led you where you are today? When you decided to pursue Jesus when you heard a promise. When you got in that boat and decided to head out on this journey. Did you plan carefully, did you pack or did you jump in full faith and believe? If you're anything like Me I jumped in and didn't think twice about the circumstances the distance or the time and patience. As true believers, we jump in full of faith and say ok God you gave this to me I'm yours do with as you wish. As we go through this journey we get side tracked oh look at that sky, look at those fish, oh well I need to work on me I'm so tired or just me, me, me. In the meantime, God can see you fro

Hear Me Now

Psalm 103:1-2 Bless the Lord, O my soul And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul And forget not all His benefits. Let not, Beloved, grow weary in doing good, for I am a rewarder of those who diligently seek Me. Easily you can slip into a “thinking or feeling” that I, the Lord, am not mindful or in awareness of your predicament, but I know only too well all your sufferings. Forget not all My benefits, and in due season you shall taste and see that I do good for and unto you, My Beloved. Faith is a continuous choice to wait out, endure through, believe unto completion... the very consummation of your hope. Guard the gates of entry that can change your volition,

Nearing the Red Zone

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award me on that day and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing. 2nd Timothy 4:7, 8 The red zone is that last few yards before the team scores a touchdown. Paul the great apostle was nearing the red zone of life. He was reviewing his life and ministry for God. He considered the Christian life as a good fight. He had fought Satan, evil spirits, and even Judaism. He saw himself as finishing a race. He had kept the faith, in spite of, severe testing, great discouragement, and much trouble

Closer to God

But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works. Psalm 73:28 At the tender age of 6 (on May 25th), my granddaughter is very sensitive to the moving of the Holy Spirit. I have seen first-hand her commitment to Jesus Christ. She loves reading stories from the Bible. She works diligently every week to memorize scripture and she is quick to share her faith. To her, the nearness of God is “her” good. She understands very simply that God will provide and protect. She tells of God’s work in her life without hesitation. Life is difficult for sure, but the answer to the difficulty is simple: nearness to God. Kenlee is very

Today, God is Waiting!

Daily quiet time with God, is there any value to it? C.S. Lewis called Solitude "the first job each morning." He saw its purpose as pushing away the day's concerns from his mind and focusing on God's voice. In his view, solitude provided the strength needed for each day's challenges. Read Isaiah 40:31. Jesus obviously saw the same value in solitude. Just after His feeding of the 5,000, He purposely sent away both His disciples and the crowd who had sat under His ministry. (Matthew 14:13-22) Get alone...... Dismissing the crowd who needed and appreciated one's ministry may not seem like a wise thing to do. Jesus wanted time alone with the Father. Time spent in God's presence enhances ra

The Heart of Worship is Surrender

“Surrender” is an unpopular word, disliked almost as much as the word “submission.” It implies losing, and no one wants to be a loser. Surrender evokes the unpleasant images of admitting defeat in battle, forfeiting a game, or yielding to a stronger opponent. The word is almost always used in a negative context. Captured criminals surrender to the authorities. In our competitive world, we’re taught to never quit trying, never give up, and never give in, so we don’t hear much about surrendering. If winning is everything, surrendering is unthinkable. Yet, the Bible teaches us that rather than trying to win, succeed, overcome, and conquer, we should instead yield, submit, obey, and surrender. A

God is For Us!

Psalms 23 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. This is one of my favorite verses in the Bible and over and over

Civility

I was recently reading the March copy of “Wyoming Wildlife.” You might ask me why that magazine and I would reply I read, sports to DIY to Civil War to book reviews, etc. You never know what topic will come up that might intrigue you. Anyway, there was this quote from Richard L Gilbert: “Civility is the way we act when in field or forest, on lakes or beside streams, speaks eloquently or disparagingly about our character.” Writer Gene Hill tells about earlier days when, going afield, men wore ties and tweed sport coats. You could tell they were going fishing, hunting, etc. What they were wearing defined who they were and that meant being civil to others. It is the same today except we

Gaining my Strength

Lord, as I research “meanings” of specific words for the soon coming missions trip, I would like to lift up those, near and far, who have suffered a “blow” to their committed, even sunny disposition, to remain in the goodness and comfort of God. Your word clearly says You don’t give us more than we can stand. The fact is we don’t like the effect of that unsuspected punch...Was our shield not high enough? Did our heart suffer “fools”? Or do we wear someone else’s “mishaps”? I remind myself how mindful you are of me! I perceive the TALL GLORIOUS PRESENCE of My Comforter! And I have faith in You to speak to my mountains. I am determined to persist with a heart and face like a flint, in well doi

Blowing Gossip

Yellow dandelion blooms dotted our yard. Quickly the blooms changed to seed heads and the wind spread the seeds around our yard. My husband Larry and I didn’t want the dandelion weeds choking out the grass. We worked several days digging up the existing plants. It was never ending and a back-breaking job. Friends with seven children came over for a visit one afternoon. The children soon tired of visiting inside the house and headed outside. When I looked out the window to check on them, the youngsters had discovered the dandelions. They raced around the yard picking all they could find and then blowing the seeds into the air and at each other. Oh no, they’re spreading the seeds around the ya

A Mother's Heart

Do not forsake the teaching of your mother. Proverbs 6:20 I once read that, a mother’s heart is a bottomless pit and an unconditional pocket of love. I thank God that is true for both my mother and my mother-in-law. When we think of “mothers” the traits, nurturing, protecting, providing and great affection come to mind. A mother is someone who takes great care in teaching you about life, providing instruction in the ways of God and spending a great deal of time covering you in prayer. She doesn’t have to be your biological mother. I like the way Collins English Dictionary puts it, “Your mother is the woman who gave birth to you. You can also call someone your mother if she brings you u

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