Day 129: Seeds

Hey, did you know that apple seeds contain a toxic substance that can poison you if you ingest too many?

They do.

I didn’t know this.

I thought that the seeds where good for you. Natural. I would eat the whole apple, except for the hard stem at the top.

I have been having health issues lately and the last place I would look for a solution would be the inside of an apple????!!!  I don’t know if the seeds made me sick, but I am suspicious.

Seeds. There are good seeds: chia, flax, sesame…..and there are bad seeds, such as the apple. What would I be believing if I thought it was still okay to eat the bad seeds? And yet, I choose to eat bad seeds ALL THE TIME.

THE DEVIL’S LIES ARE BAD SEEDS. DO NOT ALLOW YOURSELF TO CHEW ON THEM. THEY ARE BAD. THEY ARE POISON. THEY ARE INTENDED TO MAKE YOU SICK AND DIE.

The enemy of our souls is planting seeds all the time. Will we take the bait? Will we sow the bad seeds? Will we allow the thorns and thistles to grow? Will we chew on or meditate on the lies? Anything contrary to God’s Word is a LIE.

Father God, help us to reject the seeds Satan would have us chew on. May we instead sow the seeds of truth and plant Your Word in good ground. May our hearts be a fertile land for Your seed to grow and produce much fruit that we freely give away. In the mighty name of Jesus…..AMEN.

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Day 128: crisis

Recently, I was journalling and I discovered something about myself that is EYE OPENING. If I’m not in crisis, I’m complacent.

Do you know what I mean?

If I have a health issue, I change things to get better.

If I have a work issue, I change things to get better.

If I have a relationship issue, I eventually change things to heal the relationship.

 

Why must I wait for crisis and conflict to change? To look within and seek God with all my heart. He tells us if we meditate on His Word day and night, in due season we will bear much fruit. Sooooo, why wait until crisis arises to do what NEEDS to be done everyday?

May my heart and Yours seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. May we move into action before crisis makes us move into action. In Jesus’ name.

Day 127: Time OUT

I stayed home from work today. I am taking a “time out”.  A break. A respite.

I didn’t want to. I am hoping that this ACTION leads to CHANGE.  Change for me and all around me.

Matthew 11:28-30New International Version (NIV)

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Today, may you and I choose to go to Jesus, because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  Because we are weary and burdened. Because only He can give us REST.  Today, may you and I learn from Jesus because He is gentle and humble in heart……may you and I become more gentle and humble at heart by spending time with Jesus. We WILL FIND REST FOR OUR SOULS, in Jesus’ name.

 

Day 126: What’s going on?

What is going on with kids today? Better yet, what is going on with the way WE (it takes a village, right?) are raising our kids

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it 

Proverbs 22:6

In the school I work at, children are running out of classrooms, cursing, trashing rooms, biting teachers and kicking them in the face……and what are the consequences for this?

Suspension? (if you guessed suspension, you are INCORRECT).

NO!

In lieu of suspension, these kids are kept in school, doing what they feel like when they feel like so they don’t “BLOW UP” and grown people are following them around to make sure they don’t run from the school building.

What is this teaching? Your guess is as good as mine.

Did I mention the grade level that is carrying on in such a way is Kindergarten and First Grade? No? Well it is. And we are teaching them that as long as they stay “in control” they will be rewarded, even if they assaulted a teacher or trashed a classroom.

Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it 

Proverbs 22:6

How do we expect these little ones to act when they grow up? Will this be a chair tossing, room destroying, teacher assaulting phase they will grow out of? What is going to happen when they REALLY hurt themselves or others? How many chances will they get before something terrible happens to them or us? What are we teaching OUR children?

Father God, forgive us all for not seeing the value in the LIFE of a child. Help us to pour the love of Jesus Christ into them from the beginning. Father God, teach us how to discipline our children in a godly way, not sparing the rod when necessary. Father, stop all this nonsense happening in our schools and bring righteous leadership in that will adhere to the Word of God and bring the little children to Jesus and not hinder them, in Jesus’ name.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 125: Square One

Progress……baby steps…….moving forward………STOPPED!

I progress…..I take baby steps……I am moving forward…….I STOPPED!

BACK TO SQUARE ONE

It is a good place to start.

Square One requires a new course of action. It can’t progress the same way, right? Everything was on course and then BAM, it wasn’t. But why?

What sets us back? What gets us off the track? What gets in the way?  Is WHAT the right question?

Romans 7:15-20New International Version (NIV)

15 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.16 And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. 17 As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. 18 For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. 19 For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. 20 Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.

What do I do now? What do you do now?

May my heart and yours surrender to the truth about ourselves and may we receive all we lack and then some from the ONE who has given us NEW LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. May we bring our plans to You Father God and ask You to prosper them. Remind us that it is no longer us that lives, but Christ that lives in us. May we receive Your grace and mercy for every time we return to Square One and know that with You Jesus, nothing is impossible. In Jesus’ Name we ask! Thank You LORD 🙂

Day 124: Still alive

Have you ever had those days when you know you are very much alive, but inside, something is just not right? Something is quite dead?

I’m having a moment just like that right now.

Where is the LIFE. LIFE. LIFE. that I know?

Father God, come in and fill this emptiness. Fill it with the resurrection LIFE you have given to me through Your Son Jesus. You are an ever present help in time of need and I NEED YOU!!!!  I ask this in Jesus name.

May my heart and yours surrender today to our deepest need: to know and be known by God, the author and finisher of our faith. May we seek first the Kingdom of God that all would be added to us. Death, where is Your sting? It is a greater life living in me than he that is in the world. In Jesus MIGHTY NAME!

 

Day 123: The Sweet Scent of Spring

Today is a windy, Spring day.  The air is sweet. I breathe it in and every fiber of my being is filled with delight.

It is INCREDIBLE!

LIFE. LIFE. LIFE.

My nose takes in the sweet air.

My lungs open up to receive this truly life giving experience.

My brain has somehow translated the process and has determined how sweet the scent actually is.

WHAT A GIFT!

PSALM 103

Today, may my heart and yours take delight in the ONE who has created the SWEET SCENT OF SPRING. May we marvel at the work of HIS HANDS. May you and I seek to discover the richness of the love of Jesus, who took such great care in creating us to experience joy. JOY!!! And LIFE everlasting!!!!