Good morning family and friends,
When you woke this morning what was your attitude? Attitude is the state of mind towards something. It might be work, or paying the bills. It might be about what you will do now that your home was engulfed in flames. It might be due to an appointment with the doctor that you really don't want to go to. What is your state of mind?
Mine? Well, as you know me, a little tune was floating through my head before I even raised off my pillow. "Put on a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, lift up your hands and sing..." Do you know this one?
I am so grateful that the Holy Spirit speaks to me through songs. So, as I began to think about my attitude, not knowing what the hours ahead will bring, I thought of Colossians 3: 1-4. When everything around us is going right this is pretty easy to attain to. But, what if___________happens? What then will be your attitude toward that event? It is best to just jump right in there with worship. Only God sees your future, so trusting Him is vital to your state of mind.
"If then you have been raised with Christ [to new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ. When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory." Better read this again and let it sink in deep and take aim to claim it.
I see here that I am one of those accounted as a believer, thank the Lord. Looking at the treasures I have here on earth are nothing compared with the treasures of heaven! Jesus Christ is sitting on His Throne, in power. The more often I look away from the dirt on my feet and onto the beauty of Jesus feet, it is well with my soul. I am dead to the things of the world and risen with Christ into eternity, right now. Someday, Jesus will appear and on that day I will stand in His full glory!
Taking a deep breath, I find I am revived in my mind too. A new attitude of worship wells up and I can walk forward into the unknown because, I am known by the Father. Are you thankful for your new life in Christ? If you haven't yet made that decision, don't put it off for a later time. That burned out home, those doctor appointments cannot change the unfailing Love of the Father for you. Realize you can't fix yourself or really call up out of the ground true happiness. Our joy comes from our attitude of worship. Not our circumstances.
When I read the book of Psalms and see the heart of David for God, I am encouraged. He went through great trials and loss, yet, he worshipped the One and Only Who could save him. David found his heart enraptured with the glory of Almighty God. He knew where he stood. A humbled man. Once you begin reading about his life it is hard to stop. We get a glimpse into his mistakes, sorrows and triumphs. Not so different than our own journey is it?
As I glance through Psalm 95-99 just where my Bible is open, without turning pages, I see key words. "O come, let us sing; come let us worship; Sing to the Lord a new song and bless His name; The Lord reigns; Oh sing to the Lord a new song; shout joyfully to the Lord; The Lord reigns; the Lord is great." And it goes on. Today I will try to aim at this attitude! Will you?
It is like standing before a huge Sequoia tree. You begin at the bottom and let your eye gaze up and up, until you can hardly stand upright for the bending of your neck. It is so high you can not see the branches at the top. They reach up into the heavens and you begin to feel smaller and smaller. Now try touching you fingertips together. You can't reach around the mighty tree. But, you try anyway. I think this is a good picture of having an attitude of worship. You are invited to lift up your eyes anytime, anywhere. Your spirit will soon soar and your heart and mind will praise the One True and Living God! In the matchless name of Jesus we are free to worship, amen.
Well, it is time for me to leave you. Heartstrings is such a good place to find food for our souls. I pray that the Lord will bless you today as you take aim to worship Him with all of your strength and might. He will be your peace. Only set your eyes on things above. God bless you and keep you in His marvelous grace. Patricia.
Abundance is...when I look up
Dear brothers and sisters,
Isn't it wonderful to know that you are loved perfectly this morning? I knew I could count on the sun rising and even more, I can always count on the Love of Jesus to anchor me safely. He is the Rock that I cling to when my way is perilous and I am bewildered by my circumstances. They may change without my approval, as they often do. But, the Word of God, His Love gift, never will.
His eyes are on those who have placed their hope in His unfailing Love. You know how I end my time with you...Abundance is? For us to have an abundant life we must have hope. This is essential. When we indulge in false hopes we become disillusioned can't we? That person you thought would be there for you the rest of your life slips, it seems easily away. Your heart is broken and the search for a true love goes on. Why keep searching? Choose the object of your hope wisely. We can hope in His unfailing Love.
Psalm 33:18 says..."Behold, the Lord's eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Hm and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness." Now, I know what the fear of the Lord is! I didn't clearly understand before so this helps! This is unfailing Love. The way to return my love to Him is to revere and worship Him with awe!
This time of year, at least in America, people are beginning to think about the coming holidays. Sadly, many breeze by Thanksgiving and give no more thought to it. When we come together, we share a meal, time together and enjoy the day. Or, we should. No matter what is on the table, clasp the hand next to you and say, "Thank you for being in my life." Be sure that your time is spent encouraging one another, time to pray together. Because of God's Love we can share the gift with others.
From the first time you trusted Jesus as your Savior, nothing can ever separate you from His Love. Read Romans 8:38-39 with me..."For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor thngs imprending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anthing else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Praise the Lord! We have this guarantee! Written down for all time. Sealed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. His unfailing Love never ends for you and I! Aren't you thankful?
I sense you may be fighting the battle of loneliness. You might think you have lost. It isn't easy to ignore when others are happily engaging with family and friends. Jesus understands and is still on the Throne, ready to wrap His arms around you. The enemy is a liar and is determined to kick at your hope. The bruises may still be felt from years past. Talk to the Lord and tell Him how you are feeling. Now, put those feelings aside into His keeping and rest in faith that He has a sweet plan for your life. Be healed in hope in the name of Jesus Christ!
When we follow His divine counsel through His Word we can enjoy the Peace that passes all understanding, in His presence. The Lord can see everything, and how the journey effects you and I. I believe when we place our hope in Him, we are especially blessed. We are precious to Him. Yes, there may be troubled times, but just knowing His is near makes the heart lighter. The good, the bad, at all times. Even today. Do you agree with this? Now, agree with His unfailing Love for you. It will change your outlook in amazing ways by knowing what He thinks of you. You are in His Love letter!
We read this week of devastating fires in California, lives and homes lost. They still rage on. We read about the attacks on our sister nation, Israel with the same horror. Wars, rumors of war. Terrible loss near and far away. His eyes are on us. Soon, we will reap the reward of placing our hope in His unfailing Love. We will see Him face to face and spend all eternity with Him. For now, we can rest knowing His eyes are on each of us. This is sometimes too deep for me to fathom. He is awesome and worthy of our praise!
2 Thessalonians 3:16 says..."Now may the Lord of peace Himself grant you His peace (the peace of His kingdom) at all times and in all ways [under all circumstances and conditions, whatever comes]. The Lord [be] with you all." Thank you Abba.
I recieve this peace Lord Jesus. Though my body and mind are weary and fatigue drain my energy, I look to you today. Take the heaviness weighing on my heart. I yield it up to You. Jesus, You are able to carry me today. I trust You. Thank You Lord for keeping your eyes on me and all that concerns me today. In the matchless, awesome Love of Jesus Christ, amen.
There is a picture of a lake with many colorful rocks here in Montana. Lake McDonald. When I see it, I am reminded that if I want to view the beauty of the Lord, I have to travel through His Word to find the treasures. They really are not hidden but, open to our gaze. We just have to look for them. If you prayed with me this morning, continue to tell Jesus what is on your heart. He will show you the treasures of His unfailing Love. The Lord bless you and keep you in His grace and favor, Patricia.
Abundance is...His unfailing Love for all
Dear family of God,
As we begin another day, lift up weary hands in worship. We have so many blessings. It seems the deeper the trial, the greater the blessings that flow from that trial. Haven't you found this to be true? When we focus on the Love of God, we are stronger. His peace passes all understanding as we put all our trust in Him.
1 John 3:1-2 says, "See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is."
Oh, I am longing for that day! Are you? What an incrediable quality of love the Father has given each of us! The world just doesn't see. They haven't come to the place where they can see. At the end of theirselves. Just like we had to come with all of our weights and burdens of sin to the cross where we could be forgiven once and for all. This is Love.
Because we are made new, Colossians 3:12-17 shows us what to do with our new lives. "And so, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humbility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. and beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity."
There is no better time or place to begin than right now. Even on a Monday. Stop moaning. Get your feet on the floor and your hands in the air and go forward. The enemy would love nothing more than for christians to be idle. I am speaking to my own self now. I wanted to just stay in bed this morning. I had one of those nights where I was up and down all night. If I only look to how I am feeling I would have stayed there. But, I don't want to miss out on the things God has planned for today! So, the song "Great is thy faithfulness" got me moving in the right direction with the right frame of mind.
In verse 15..."And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful." There is is again...be thankful. Speaking gratitude to the Father is like getting the juice flowing again in a battery that was once depleted of energy. Holy Spirit revitalizing!
"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." Thankfulness to God and toward each other brings fresh life!
"And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father" What are you doing right now? Yes, I know, reading this. But, where is your mind traveling? All the plans we make for a day could be altered by one incident. Good or bad. It would be better to set them at the feet of Jesus and see where He takes us today, right? We can step out in faith.
Are you truly thankful that you are chosen by the Father? That you are redeemed by His Son? And, sealed and indwelt by His Spirit? Great is His faithfulness! For this I am most thankful. I know whatever the day brings, I am kept in His hands. You are too if you believe. Think of this, every minute of this day, we are being made ready to meet Him face to face. When He appears we will be like Him! The beautiful transformation begins when you give your heart to Jesus Christ. He will take your life and renew your mind so that you begin to walk in the way that pleases Him.
Jesus gave His all so we could enjoy all of His blessings. His presence. His healing. His protection. His guidance. His forgiveness. Now, you can go on with this list. It gets bigger and bigger and can never come to an end! Be thankful today. The Father's love is Great! Invite Jesus to be your Lord now. Do not wait to get your life together, that will never happen. Besides, haven't you noticed how much work that is? Wouldn't it be better to let the Master of Life lead you? Talk to Him right now. Invite His peace to cover you. He is waiting.
Thank you for joining me at Heartstrings. I pray that you find the Living Word to sustain your soul, like bread from heaven. God is so good. God bless you and keep your feet to the path of His choosing. In the name of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...wrapped in the Father's Love
Dear family and friends,
The hardest thing I know to do is give thanks in all things. I am just being candid. But we are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, "Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus." God's will for you? Yes, that is what it says. Then why, is it so difficult to do? My answer? Because I have let other things and voices take the lead. That can change though.
The Holy Spirit is our helper, as Jesus said in John 14:16..."And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever and that is the Spirit of truth," Jesus would never lie! He knew the troubles we are facing and calls us to trust Him for another day.
I woke with a song this morning that I haven't sung in a very long time. Looking it up I found the author of it and how this song came to be. I would like to share it with you now.
"Precious Lord take my hand, lead me on, help me stand; I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; Thru the storm, thru the night, Lead me on to the Light, Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home. When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near; When my life is almost gone, Hear my cry, hear my call, Hold my hand lest I fall; Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home."
This song was written by Thomas Andrew Dorsey in 1932.. Not the big famous bandleader Tommy Dorsey. This Thomas was the son of a Black revivalist preacher. Born in Georgia in 1899. He began playing piano at a vaudeville theater and later moved to Chicago where he took classes to learn composition and arranging. Soon he was on stage playing barrelhouse piano in speakeasies and leading jazz bands. He was converted in 1921, and began writing gospel songs. It took over three years before anyone bought his song, "If you see my Savior." By 1932 he was leading music in St. Louis, when he got a telegram saying his wife had died along with his baby boy.
He began to feel that God had done him an injustice and he didn't want to serve Him anymore or write any more gospel songs. The next Saturday, while alone in a friend's music room, he had a "strange feeling" inside--a sudden calm and quiet stillness. He said, "As my fingers began to manipulate over the keys, words began to fall in place on the melody like drops of water falling from the crevice of the rock." And so came this song, "Precious Lord, Take My Hand."
Why do I share this with you? Because we all fall on hard times and experience grievious trials that test our faith. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One Who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." For myself, the "them" are the lies of the enemy, self-pity and depression. Be not afraid anymore!
We are learning to pray through our problems just like Philippians 4:6-7 says..."Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Did you see anywhere in that scripture that it is okay to worry even a little bit? Does it say that we are to present our requests to others before coming to God? Can any person give you God-like peace beyond understanding? Will anyone else be able to guard your heart and mind? Only in Christ Jesus and only before the Father will we rest, trust and know complete security.
Pray this with me from Psalm 86:6-7..."Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to You, for You will answer me." In the glorious name of Jesus Christ, amen.
As we close Heartstrings for today, I pray that you will let our Precious Lord, take you hand. He only is our peace. Trusting God with you, Patricia.
Abundance is...I am led by His precious hand
Dear loved of God,
Usually I am writing sooner, but my heart was so heavy over the news of family that had to evacuate because of a raging fire. Paradise, California is no more. Engulfed completely in flames. So many without a home to go back to. I am so thankful they are safe and God has a plan even in this. I, we, must hold to our faith in The One Who holds all things in His hands.
Father, You are our sanctuary, a sacred and indestructible assylum to those who reverently fear and put their trust in You. You are our hope and give us heart peace even when nothing is left to our name. Thank you for saved lives today. Thank you that those who didn't know you before now are calling out to You. Lord, You really do want our full attention. We give it to You now in the name of Jesus, amen.
God knows you better than you know yourself. He formed you in your mother's womb and is molding you into the person you will become. He patiently waits for you to return to Him because He loves you so much. He gives you a way back through Jesus His Son. He is the bridge between a perfect Father and where you stand right now. All you have to do is take it. Trust to walk that bridge above the deep, dark channels below, will bring you into His everlasting Light.
We have been given many promises in the Bible. They are all true, none of them is a lie. God's words aren't some kind of a program or show but genuine and real. It offers all the guidance and hope you will ever need. You lost your home, your livelyhood? Now look to Him to fill all of your needs. He will not short change you or disappoint you. What God has in mind for your future is not impaired by fire, flood or storm of any kind. Your future is in His loving hands regardless of your circumstances. The Lord will make a way where there seems to be no way. Jesus is the gift for you. You must have the faith to accept God's precious gift and live for Him.
No more distractions. Only eyes up and focused on Jesus. Press in to know the Lord and hear Him speak to you through His Word. They will be life to you. Take courage and lift up heavy hands. Put on a garment of praise for the heaviness you are feeling right now. You made it through a fiery trial of unspeakable sorrow and loss. Run to Him for great peace.
Some various words of encouragement from Psalm 118. "Out of my distress I called upon the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free and in a large place. It is better to trust and take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in man. The Lord is my Strength and song; and He has become my Salvation. I shall not die but live, and shall declare the works and recount the illustrious acts of the Lord. This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it. You are my God, and I will confess, praise, and give thanks to You; You are my God, I will extol You. O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever."
You can look up the verses if you want. I needed to just put it this way to make it personal for myself. You know we have been together awhile now and my one desire is that find your hearts so connected to the Lord Jesus, that you cannot help but exclaim His glory. He is so good to us! Whether the wind is blowing and the air is chilly you to the bone, or you find yourself in where it is warm and safe...The Lord Is With You. This is an issue of trust.
So, bless the Lord with all your heart. Love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. You can love those around you with a full cup of His grace pouring out of your life. Delight in the Lord. Trust in Him. Turn your eyes away from anything that won't last. Look up in faith that He is looking into your own eyes. Observe His Word. Hearing, receiving, loving, and obeying it and He will deal bountifully with you. His promise.
As we close this evening I pray the blessing of being held in His hands; knowing this, make all the difference in your life. Never before have you been so loved as you are right now. It doesn't matter what the world calls valuable, those things won't last. But, you have a hope that will always carry you through to the next day and the days after. You are in my prayers. God bless and keep you in the unending love of Jesus, amen.
Abundance is...my faith rests in Him