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UPlift (from Out is UP)

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

Prayer is my helicopter; praying gives me wings. Do you need a helicopter today? If so, then prayer is your rescue helicopter out of where you are now. Do you need to be uplifted? He can mend your broken wings.

Prayer helped me build a relationship with God, because talking is how we learn about one another, especially our Creator. Not only talking, but also listening—quietly listening to hear what He speaks in a still, small voice inside you, to your spirit.

God speaks many ways, but His words are always in agreement with the Bible. You may find a flower on your path, an unexpected kindness from a friend, or favor with your boss or court system. A song may uplift you, or you may see Him in the sunshine or the rain.

He is near you…right where you are, so listen for Him!

“In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and rescued me.” (Psalm 118:5 NLT)

*Excerpt taken from mychatcard collection “Out is Up” by Reba Wilson. Below is the design on the matching envelope. Out is UP to be released in Oct!OiUlogo-1

 

“The Lord Actually Enjoys Providing for me”

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

“The Lord is My Shepherd, I shall not want.” (Ps. 23:1 KJV)

These words were spinning in my mind this morning as I was… You guessed praying or reading the Word, didn’t you?  Actually, I was in my cute, zebra print sort of jammies, checking my fine garden. I was on a mission to thoroughly squash any fat, green, one horned worms, that had attached to the tomato vines! My normal routine was to sip freshly brewed, brought in from San Francisco coffee- first thing. It helped me prepare for the day ahead.

But, there is a new routine of ‘garden before coffee’ which began only yesterday, after finding predators attacking my crop.

The Lord is my shepherd began to take on a personal meaning for me as I realized the similarities of the shepherd’s and gardener’s heart.  They each take care of what they are raising. They also love the animals and plants!

I love my garden.  It is my great joy to scan the plants- first thing each day- to assess their needs.  I make myself aware of the expected weather forecast and adjust for an extra watering if needed.  There are multiple types of fertilizers used, depending on each individual plant’s needs.

I am a good gardener.  My tomato cages are made from sturdy, 54 inch, cattle panels to give needed support to the now 7 foot vines, fully loaded with fruit.

The Lord is my shepherd, excellent gardener, provider, Father and Lord.  He takes good care of me.  It isn’t a bother.  He supplies my needs in a multitude of ways that I am totally incapable of controlling on my own.  God takes great joy getting up first thing and renewing mercy for my day, and knowing my needs before I am aware.  With Him, I take precedence over coffee- or whatever is served in heaven.

I am supported from above- not by cattle panels- but by the Holy Spirit who dwells within me.  I can do anything that is required of me today with His assistance.  What do I have to fear? I will be ok.  I am supernaturally empowered to live life to the full today because the Lord is… My Shepherd.

Archive #188 – Soil Not Dirt

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

In my study sat a wrought iron flower cart filled with small seed starter containers.  This was not the latest fad in decoration, but, a choice spot chosen because of the lavish amount of sunlight that flooded the newly planted soil.

Horticulture instructor, Sharon Key, taught me to plant in ‘soil’- not just dirt. She said that ‘dirt’ was just any old handful of earth you picked up- anywhere.  But, ‘soil’ was collected on purpose, added with ingredients for growth, and prepared by some process to kill existing weed seeds.  It was on purpose ready to receive the specific seeds.  It was designed to grow a plant.  Soil created opportunity to produce the maximum harvest a seed was intended to produce.

Now, we too, need to recognize that we are not just plain old dirt- even though some of the elements are the same.  We’re ‘soil’ created on purpose- for a higher destiny.  We have opportunity to rid ourselves of weeds and weights that fight for our potential.  We have the opportunity to accept Jesus into our hearts to cleanse and forgive our sins. We have God’s Word to nourish those seeds of faith and love.  We have a hope and a future.

Stay where the light of the Holy Spirit floods the days and direct the paths.

Archive #169 – The Real Deal

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Somewhere deep inside, past the hype, we long for the real deal. Most hate phonies but often see themselves differently than they really are.

A man told of wrestling with an angel who kept asking him to say his name. The story goes that it took an all night struggle for the man to finally say that his name was Jacob, which meant conniver. He couldn’t bear to acknowledge that was who he had become.

If we’ve wrestled with our conscience after having lived deceit or depravation then it’s time to admit we were a phony.

The good news is that when Jacob admitted who he had become he was able to make a 180 degree turn and change his name for the rest of his life.

A person can only change the things they acknowledge. When we see ourselves clearly we can admit when we’re wrong instead of lying to ourselves.

Why do people of great potential settle at times for mediocrity and less?  I glanced at my twenty-eight dollar cow spotted purse with the red trim and wondered if I’d found the answer.  It’s lovingly called a knock off. The real deal is still at the mall-carrying the Coach name – and a $200 price tag.

Your life’s value, design and name are worth paying the price to be ‘real!’