Where do you go when life gets hard? Do you have a group of friends to help you in your time of need? We all need someone to come along side us to help us over a rough patch sometimes.
Here are some suggestions to help you get a new focus:
1. Read your Bible and especially go to uplifting scripture verses that will give you hope. The Psalms is a good book to find help in times of trouble. David is found crying out to the Lord many times and praising Him even during times of fear and pain. “Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord I lift up my soul.” Psalm 86:4
2. Pray. Go to the Lord with your concerns and requests. Listen for Him to speak to your soul and set you on the right path. He knows all your secrets so be open in your prayer life so He can help you move forward into the amazing life waiting for you. “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.” Psalm 86:6-7
3. Worship. Listen to worship and inspirational music. Spend time praising God in song. Let music lift your spirit and open you up to a greater communion with our awesome God. “Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” Psalm 100:2
4. Fellowship. Find others who you trust to talk with and pray with. Make going to church services a priority in your life. Join a small group or Bible study. We all need guidance and we all need others to come along side us to keep us focused on the journey God has called us to. “Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways.” Psalm 128:1
Life support can be found in many areas of life. Friends, family and co-workers can help at times, but let’s go to the maker of all life for the answers we seek most. God can be trusted with it ALL!
We are all so blessed by God. Each day that starts we can find blessings if we just look. Sometimes we are overwhelmed by the good things He gives us. These are the days we are truly feeling God has heard our prayers and is in turn blessing us once again.
He always amazes me how He totally comes through to correct a situation or give us a blessing we did not expect. He wants to remind us He is there and hears our cry when we are hurt, fearful or discouraged. The blessings that follow will seal our intimate relationship with Him. He wants to bless us. We are his children and He loves us so much.
When you are not feeling blessed continue to trust Him. When trials weigh you down remember He is there- just a prayer away. Continue to seek Him and give your burdens to Him. He is the only one who can take hold of an impossible situation and make it right. You must always trust him even when our human eyes can not see the finished blessing.
“Lord Almighty blessed is the one who trusts in you.” Psalm 84:12
On my way to work in the early morning hours I heard a song that caught my attention. The words I heard were” loving my Jesus.” At first it seemed surprising to call him mine but as I thought about it more, I realized it was one of the most intimate way to explain a personal relationship with Jesus. “My” means belongs to me, yes me!
Jesus wants to be our personal savior, friend, protector, and provider, everything we need. He is interested in our deepest concerns and desires. He wants us to think of him the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night before we sleep. Jesus is our comforter and always there to help us on this journey of life.
As we celebrate Easter, let us remember that Jesus came and died for us all. He took our place on the cross for our sins and offered us a way to salvation. He wants to have a personal relationship with you and wants to be your Jesus. Loving my Jesus is something I will always do and as the song says my heart’s desire is to see all those who I love- loving my Jesus too.
Have a Blessed Easter
Everyone is searching for “true” love. We all experience many kinds of love. Love of our spouse, love of children and grandchildren. Love of our family, friends and pets. True love is what we all want, the kind that makes us feel special and secure. Love can be found even when we don’t expect it and it can be thrilling and scary all at the same time. Love can be fragile, so handle with care. Don’t miss out on love because you are afraid to take a chance. Life is too short.
The real “true” love can only be found in God, who loved us from the very beginning before we even knew what love was. “We love because he first loved us. ” 1 John 4:19. He sent Jesus to earth to be the one to save us all from our sins because he loved us so much! His love will never leave us or disappoint us. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Come and experience God and His love for you. It is the “true” love you are seeking.
Change can be very hard to do. Change can be a good thing and can make us re-evaluate our life and priorities. In the new year we think of a lot of things we might want to change. Our health, finances, and relationships might be a few things that come to mind. In our spiritual life, do we want to read the Bible more and spend more time in prayer?
Our Pastor, Mark Balmer at Calvary Chapel Melbourne, always says “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” He also points out that “If something changes, something changes.” Real lasting change can be tough. If we do want something to change, we must make the commitment to see it through.
What are you thinking about changing in your life? Don’t be afraid to take a risk and get out of your comfort zone. Life can be very exciting when you follow God’s lead and listen for his voice as he guides you into new territory.
One thing to remember is that even if we are always a work in progress to become more like Jesus, HE never changes. “Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8 ) That can be a comfort when we don’t quite make the change we had hoped for. He is always there to love us, guide us and give us hope.
Since 2017 is almost over we all think back to what took place this year. All the ups and downs that happened. Maybe we didn’t do everything we set out to do or maybe 2017 was quite a challenge due to an illness or disability.
The good news is that the new year brings with it the hope of new starts and new opportunities. I love the start of the new year and always look forward to what God has planned for me. I like to have a new calendar with all the months waiting to happen. As we grow older we realize how quickly time flies and know the importance of living every minute.
What is your desire for the New Year of 2018? Do you want to make a major change? Take a chance on a dream you have held inside?
God will help you take that first step, will be there to catch you if you fall and set you back on the right path. Keep God first in your life and you will see amazing things happen.
Happy New Year to you.
Christmas is a special time of year. Most of us think of spending it with family and friends. Making new memories and cherishing the old ones.
When I was a little girl we would always go to my Grandparents house. My Grandmother has multiple sclerosis and I never remember her except in a wheelchair or her bed. To make things easier for her we all gathered at their house for Christmas festivities. Since it was in Northern Indiana I have fond memories of riding in our family car singing Christmas carols as it snowed outside. Many relatives from near and far would come to share this holiday. Those were the days when families lived closer together and could spend time with each other without traveling so far. I miss those days you knew all your cousins, aunts and uncles by name. Christmas was the time we all made a trip to Grandma’s house.
I was also blessed to grow up in a Christian home where my family knew the most important thing was the celebration of Jesus’s birth. Christmas church service, the carols, plays about the nativity, the Christmas story read from the Bible, was something we experienced every Christmas.
Now that I am a Grandma, I want my Grandchildren to always remember the true meaning of Christmas, Jesus our Savior. We love the lights, cookies, gifts, and decorations. We enjoy time spent with family and laughs we all share. We will share Christmas Eve services as an important part of our celebration. I pray that no one forgets who we are celebrating, the King of the world. I want Him to be their King too and keep Him in their heart every day of the year.
While you are celebrating Christmas this year make sure you keep Christ in Christmas. May you and your loved ones share your own special memories this year. May the New Year of 2018 bring you many blessings. We wish you peace and joy.
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:11