Thursday, November 20, 2008

Unitl Next Time!!

This will be my last post for about the next 10 days! I don't have a home computer and I will be off work from tomorrow until after Thanksgiving. A nice little vacation if I do say so myself. Anyway, I just wanted to share a few helpful Thanksgivng tips from Maxine before signing off!! Hope everyone has a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Only Hope

And so, Lord, Where do I put my hope? My only hope is in You.
~ Psalms 39:7 (NLT)

I have been extremely stressed out lately! Bill is still somewhat out of work, and the holidays are fast approaching. Not to mention the bills that approach my mail box regularly, or the small things in life that require money like, oh I don't know, food! So, yesterday when I got to work I opened my e-mail and there was this wonderful little verse from the bible waiting on me to click on it and read it. My ONLY HOPE IS IN GOD, not money, not jobs, not even my WONDERFUL husband that I love with all of my heart! My ONLY HOPE is in God! That gave me a peace, so I wrote it down in my little notebook that I keep on my desk...knowing I would need to look at it often.

This morning I was on my way to work, I was praying that the Lord would provide for us, already haven forgotten my little notebook with my hope in it. When my phone rang...It was my Daddy, my sweet sweet daddy, he is the most wonderful man in the world, a better father on earth couldn't possibly exist...but that is another story for another day...Anyway, my daddy calls and says there is an opening where he works!! Of Course, me in my flesh, became extremely panicked! He does contract work, driving to be exact, you have to have money upfront, money for gas and repairs to your own van..MONEY MONEY MONEY...then some old saying about working with family comes to mind...I started a very frantic prayer to God..."Lord, what if this doesn't work out, what if they end up hating each other, what if this isn't your will, what if, what if, and so on...I am starting to breathe hard, my chest is tightening up, and I am starting to have a panic attack...This can't be good...So I pull myself together long enough to walk into my office and what is the first thing I see on my desk, but my little notebook with the only hope in the world written there...Praise God for little reminders!!

On a side note, we don't even know if he will get the job or not, How fast do we sometimes let something that hasn't even happened yet turn into panic!

Some other scriptures to stand on:

Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.
~ Psalms 33:22 (NLT)

Let us hold tightly, WITHOUT WAVERING, to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.
~Hebrews 10:23 (NLT)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Walking in the Fruit

In Galatians 5:22-23 the Apostle Paul tells us the Fruits of the Spirit are Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, and Self-Control.

If we claim to be Christians and are filled with the Holy Spirit we should be walking in the fruits, EVERY DAY. These are the "fruit" we should bear as children of God...An orange tree can not bear lemons...In the same way we as Children of God should not bear the wrong kind of fruit, not only that, we should be bearing good, wholesome, delicious fruit (of the Spirit).

I realized when I read this verse today I haven't been doing this very well lately. My love has been replaced by anger, my peace and joy, by depression and anxiety, my gentleness by rough speech and downright meanness in some cases.

My prayer today is that I will begin to bear the right kind of fruit again. I need the nudging of the Holy Spirit when I am walking in the wrong direction and when I am allowing my emotions to control my behavior, rather than having self-control over my emotions and choosing consciously to make the right choice and to bear the right fruit.

Today is a new Day, Praise the LORD!!!