Christian Life

Christian lifeWhat does it mean to live the Christian life? What does the Christian life look like? If you walk along a busy city street Christians are not easily identified. They look just like everyone else. Or do they? In this podcast, we explore what it means to be a Christian, what we have to “give up” to become a Christian and how the blessings overwhelming triumph any perceived restrictions.

In this three-part series we will discuss:

  1. What does this mean
  2. What does this do for us
  3. What does this mean for the rest of our life?

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For a Christian life has meaning, it has a purpose and all that happens in life is not wasted. The first step is often some type of profession of faith in God. As I’ve discussed many times we can’t have faith, or love a God we don’t know. God is amazing and He reveals Himself to us. We can’t possibly know anything about God unless He shows us!

Think about that.

John 15:16

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

Somewhere along the line, whether it was a faith passed down by our parents (for me I say thank-you mom and dad it is because of your faith, and love of God that I had a hunger in me at a very young age to know more about God.) For others who grew up without faith, it was a profession of faith, perhaps accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior at a church or with a friend. I did what I considered a re-acceptance of God with a college friend and prayed a salvation prayer with her. In essence I recanted past sins and asked the Lord into my heart in a deeper way, pledging fidelity to Him, and Him alone. Some people call it being “born again.” A personal relationship with God.

John 3:1-21

I believe that God calls us and we have the ability to answer the call with a yes – or a no. And that is in essence what we are called to do – as my pastor says, “Make the fundamental option.” It is fundamental in our walk with God it is fundamental in how we live our lives it is fundamental in everything we do.

We can do nothing without God. Just try it. We long for peace in our hearts and we long for a happy life but a life devoid of God even if you have all the material things of this world do not bring you happiness. We often look at what we don’t have instead of looking at what we do have. (Think about this, pray about this!)

God said we can do nothing without Him (John 15:16)

You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.

This passage talks about bearing good fruit that will last – we can not do this apart from him.

John 15:5

 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.

It doesn’t say – you can not do much, it says you can do nothing apart from me. Is this restrictive? Truly for those who believe it is very freeing – which I will discuss more in the next session on what Christianity DOES for us…

Friends, each day is new – each day lived as a Christian is an experience of walking not alone but with God alongside us—He will never leave us.

As a Christian spend time with Him each day, allow God to reveal Himself. We will never fully understand as we are limited with human intellect but we can and should allow the Lord to fill us each day with every good thing relying on Him and asking His help daily.

As my pastor often teaches us to pray – Lord, I love You as You Know Yourself to Be— not as I understand but as he reveal…

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord, I do pray to love you as You Know Yourself to Be – it is difficult to comprehend all that it means to be a Christian, and in my brokenness I am limited but I do not want to limit your providence and will in my life. Lord I profess you as Lord and Savior as the great, I AM – I ask that you come into my life in a deeper way, each day. I give you permission to reside in my heart, in my will, in my life. I thank you for calling me, and allowing me to bear good fruit that will last, and doing this with You. I never want to be apart from you Lord—please Be a part of my life. I pray for those in my life who are apart from you, those who have wounded me, and those I still need to forgive. I ask for the grace to be healed of any injustices or illness and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

God Keeps His Promises

God Keeps His PromisesGod Keeps His Promises

Episode 37

The small plaque hanging on my wall has a picture of Noah’s ark and the words, “God keeps his promises.” That is such a powerful reminder to me since Easter Sunday just passed. God’s promises are not like ours. How many times have you promised a friend, a child or even your spouse to do something and were unable to fulfill the promise? In fact, this is why I hesitate to make promises because I don’t want to let those I love down!

The worse thing is a child who reminds you of those hurtful words, “But, you promised!” God’s

God’s promises are true.

God’s promises are everlasting.

God keeps His promises:

Show Notes:

Genesis 24:7

“The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.

Genesis 28:15

I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

God keeps His promises!

God Keeps His PromisesOur relationship with God is sometimes one-sided. It is based on what God can do for us. What is in it for me? I want this Lord, give me that Lord. We are like children, in fact, we are children His children. However, we don’t have to be petulant like a pouty or spoiled child! We must realize that God is steadfast and unchanging. We are the only ones who can change and hopefully for the better.

God calls us into service like He did the apostles. He asks us to be His hands and feet to others. He wants to bless us and provide for us in abundance. Not necessarily with money but definitely with His grace.

Deuteronomy 1:11

May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised!

The Lord’s promises are vast –
He promised safety to Noah and his family, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob the promised land. He promised deliverance to Moses, He promised a land of milk and honey to the people Moses brought out of Egypt.

Exodus 33:1

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Leave this place, you and the people you brought up out of Egypt, and go up to the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, saying, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’

When the people of Egypt rebelled against God in the desert turning back to the worship of their idols, God did not hesitate to punish them.

Numbers 14:23

…not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it.

Our God is a just and righteous God. He is merciful but He will not be mocked. We serve an almighty God and I don’t want to turn my back on Him or let Him down in any way.

  1. Spend a few minutes in prayer with God each day.
  2. Read the Bible.
  3. Write in your journal.
  4. Follow the 10 commandments
  5. Listen to worship music

We can balance the busy lifestyle we lead with time for God and He will more than abundantly provide for us in amazing ways! Each day try to follow the five steps above and your day will be much improved. Look for the promises of God in your life each day, and rejoice! God keeps His promises, He really does!

Dear Lord, I thank you for each day you give us, each day is truly a gift we can not comprehend or appreciate. Each day you fulfill your promise to us by offering your life, death, and resurrection to open the gates of heaven. You have given to us freely and I give you my life, my will and my hope that someday I will be with you in heaven. Lord, I pray for those listening to this podcast that you bless them and bring them to a closer walk with you, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

*Scripture verses from BibleGateway.com

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God’s Mercy

God's MercyGod’s Mercy IS Everlasting

Episode 36

God is good. And God is merciful. But do we really understand the amazing power behind the Mercy of God? In this episode, we will discuss God’s mercy and the fact that He can forgive your sins if you just let Him.

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Do we trust in God? Do we trust in His mercy and forgiveness? If we do we wouldn’t walk around with the burdens of the world on our back. We’d be happy and joyous and hopefully, after listening to today’s episode we will all feel that way.

Forgiveness of sin is a funny thing and it combines so many elements of the human nature. One is guilt, we are guilty we sin. The second is blame. We often blame others for our sin and it isn’t our fault. The third is unforgiveness, we can’t forgive others or ourselves.

The greatest of sinners can go to the feet of Jesus and beg for mercy and He will grant it! We are made up of body, and soul. For more information about this – go here for a balanced view that Catholics and Protestants agree upon. It is the soul that is wounded when we sin. Our souls live beyond this life while our bodies die. It is for this reason that our faith in God’s love and mercy are so important.

If we appeal to the mercy of Jesus he hears us! God is compassionate and He wants us to repent. He wants us to go to Him with everything. With all our hurts, with our failures, with our sins. Especially with our sins. God will grant us more mercy and grace than we can ask for – because He is God.

This calls to mind the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32 This young man had it all riches and a father who loved him. He threw all of that away to live the life he wanted without his family and obviously in sin.

He had to reject his family in order to live a life of sin. We too reject God in order to sin.

My mother left me this book that was one of her favorites. I read it over the course of three years because it was the diary of a cloistered nun from Poland. It had so much information that I digested slowly over time. The book is The Divine Mercy by Sister now Saint Faustina, In it she says that the Lord asked her to write:

“…before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…”

This makes so much sense in the light of who God is – He is mercy and He is justice.

If we don’t repent, turn back to God and ask for His mercy then we must expect His justice. I would rather ask for mercy and the grace to “sin no more.” The scriptures are filled with Jesus healing people.

Bible.org has a wonderful explanation of the places in Scripture where Jesus healed as well as a comparison of the different accounts in Scripture that not only showed the authority of Jesus to heal as the Son of God but also His ability to forgive sins, the most important aspect. The authority to forgive sins from Matthew: this is a great reference from Bible.org. 

God's MercyWhat would we rather have, the forgiveness of our sins or the healing of our bodies? I hope we all say mercy from God to justify us, to make us clean to grant us mercy. This is such an important part of God’s plan for us, His Mercy. His mercy is Divine, His mercy is more than we can understand.

God’s arms are always wide open we are the ones who won’t step into His embrace. We turn our backs, we say…not right now God but maybe in a little bit. We are always busy. I think being busy is one of the greatest sins we have – we are too busy to deal with the important things in life and the most important is the love of God, then our spouse, then our children, then our friends. I think most of the time we have it wrong putting work above all things.

God’s mercy endures the ages. We only have to lay down our sins and ask for His mercy, that brings excitement and joy to my heart!

Let’s pray.

Lord, you have given us your love and mercy and for this, I am forever grateful! Thank you for opening wide the door of your mercy! Lord, I place my trust in your mercy, I find comfort in the fact that you delight in me trusting in Your mercy and You will grant me more graces than I ask for! I find comfort in the thought that you will not judge me harshly if I trust in Your mercy. Thank you, Lord, for your mercy… Jesus, I trust in You, today and Always. Amen.

 

 

Jesus Rose From The Dead

Jesus rose from the deadJesus Rose From The Dead

Episode35

Jesus rose from the dead! Why is it that people still don’t believe that Jesus was the Son of God and rose from the dead? As CS Lewis said, “Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord.” Which is it? In this podcast we explore what over two thousand years of history say about this amazing occurrence.

John 20: 29

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. 

Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” 

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What a mess our world is in when we still have people who claim that Jesus did not do what he said he would.

John 2:18-20 

“The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?”

Jesus was referring to Himself – that he would die and on the third day rise again from the dead. And, if this was not true why does the Bible depict so many who saw him afterward and who later died for him?

Even if you don’t believe the Bible the fact that there are so many Christian followers still today over two thousand years after He lived and died shows us that it happened. Today, all over the world there are martyrs for Christianity. No one will give up their lives for an illusion. Obviously, God does what He says.

Faith is based on things that are believed and unseen.

I have a link to a website that has a spread chart with the scripture references as well as the people who were eyewitnesses – http://factsandfaith.com/the-witnesses-who-and-how-many-people-saw-jesus-alive-after-his-crucifixion/

One of the most read scripture is Matthew 28:1-10 – the two women who saw Jesus on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the “other Mary” thought to be the mother of James. They then went back and reported it to the disciples. Jesus appeared to the disciples, he appeared to the two men on the road to Emmaus, and on and on.

Some say it is made up or hallucination, but all those people? Remember Thomas, he didn’t believe and said he wouldn’t until he had touched his wounds.

Faith is a funny thing, for some, it is a given and for others, it is a hard pill to swallow.

Why does this matter? Because showing that Jesus did not raise from the dead, the entire premise of the Christian faith – that Jesus died for us, for our sins so that we could be justified by His grace and unfathomable mercy!

People need Christianity to go away so that they can feel free to do what they want. Well, news alert! Christianity isn’t going anywhere. Believers are here to stay, and not the lukewarm ones, you know the people that go to church and cut you off in the parking lot – I’m talking about the ones who pray in church, the daily communicants all over the world, those who join prayer chains outside of abortion clinics, those who volunteer in homeless shelters those who put their faith in action.

Since I’m Catholic I’ll address those of my own faith, the Christmas or Easter Catholics, those who for some reason feel the need to go to church on those two days and yet abandon their faith the entire time in between. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy you are there, but I spend my time on those days praying for all of you and that you will come back.

Faith is more than attending church – although we should. It is more than saying your prayers, and we should do that as well. Faith is an actionable term. Would you die for Christ? Would you die if your life was threatened and in order to save it you had to abandon your faith?

I love the movie God’s Not Dead – the first one where a young man’s faith is challenged by an atheistic professor. He loses the support of his girlfriend, his family and yet is conflicted that God is not dead, He is very much alive and He should stand up for his beliefs in a way that challenges modern-day convention.

That, in a nutshell, is the world in which we live. A world that tells us that Jesus did not raise from the dead. A world that points fingers at Christian’s and accuses them of mental unbalance if they hear God – how does this happen?
It happens because we are silent. Well, I’m silent no more, and I pray that all of you rise to the challenge as God asks you to – maybe it is to one person in line at the grocery store who notices the cross around your neck. Maybe you are like my son who doesn’t like to talk about his faith but does the sign of the cross on his forehead before he goes up to bat, even though most of the people in the stands are unbelievers or various denominations of Christian. Whatever that is, however you are called I ask that you stand up for Christ.

He lived.

He died.

He was buried.

He rose on the third day.

I believe it.

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for your life, death, and resurrection. I thank you for taking on the burden of my sins. I thank you for coming for the salvation of all mankind. I say yes to you Lord, I say yes in the belief that you died and rose and are here with me now. I pray for those listening to this broadcast that you infill all of us with the power of your mercy and your holy spirit so that we may spread the good news and live lives according to your most perfect will. Amen.

Love of God

love of GodLove of God

Episode #34

What is the love of God? There are many attributes given to God, but one of the most common is God is love.  How does that translate to us, and how can we embrace God’s love in the everyday? If God is love, why do I hurt so much? In this podcast, we explore the scriptures that discuss God’s love and ways to be open to the love of God in our daily lives.

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Show Notes: Love of God

Love is one of those words that is overused. I love coffee, I love chocolate, I love you. It has become diminished by books, movies, and television shows. People say it without meaning it. Love is difficult in the human sense, it is messy it is sometimes not returned and it hurts when those we love the most don’t return the love we have for them.

There are different types of love and for the purpose of this podcast, we will concentrate on Agape love – the one discussed in the New Testament and the one attributed to God’s love.

Love is the greatest attribute we can give to God, and why shouldn’t we the scriptures proclaim that he is love, 1 John: 4-8 – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love…”

Love is fundamental to all human beings it is the one thing we crave, to love and be loved but also the one thing we so abuse in our brokenness. I remember a friend telling me that when she heard God described as a loving Father she could not relate because her father never told her he loved her. We use words to describe God – his attributes, but we are limited by our language in describing the supernatural. God is the creator. His love is amazing and if we can take a moment to discover, to meditate and to be still before the Lord, He and only He can fill us with the wonder of His love.

We hurt those we love the most, yet God is steadfast. God by his very nature is pure and perfect love. He is unchanging. It is due to His love for us that He gave the ultimate sacrifice and that is life – He gave up His life for us so that we could have everlasting life with Him.

No greater love… John 15:13 – “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

This love of God is known as Agape, and it is a self-giving love. It is not something that comes naturally to us and that is why it is designated to God because he exemplifies this. There are various interpretations of Agape love – but one I love is that God loves us because He wills it.

God loves the sinner but hates the sin. The scriptures are filled with instances where Jesus commands his disciples. He expects our fidelity and says, “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” John 15:10

Does this mean God stops loving us?

This is where we look to the scriptures for our answers.

1 John 4:15-17 – “And we have come to know and believe the love that God has for us. God is love; whoever abides in love abides in God, and God in him. In this way, love has been perfected among us, so that we may have confidence on the day of judgment; for in this world we are just like Him.”

To remain in God’s love there are conditions but ultimately the Lord loves us even through sin. We are the ones that turn our back on Him, He is always waiting with hands outstretched, inviting us into true happiness. Ephesians 2:4-5 states “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved.”

And, Romans 5:8 – “But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

So many of us get glassy-eyed, our minds wander and we may not realize the significance of the words… which is why I’ll ask you to use the show notes and go over the scriptures, read them, study them, journal about them and their impact for your life and the life of those you love.

I believe that God is love, His love is everlasting, all-encompassing and His love never changes. God’s love for you is unconditional – He wants you to change if you are in sin for yourself – but nothing we can do will ever change God. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, what type of car you drive. God’s love doesn’t hinge on what you do for Him. However, if we love God we will serve Him not in a mediocre way but with all we’ve got!

If you’ve never experienced God’s love, that is what I will pray for you today.

Dear Lord, I pray that You touch the hearts of those listening, that You open minds to truly understand how much You love all of us. I ask that You allow us to experience Your everlasting love, oh God– that You take us where we are but offer, through Your help and grace to encourage us to be better, to strive for holiness, to strive to listen to your small, still voice and align our plans to your plans. I ask that you help us to discern Your will for our lives, for the mission you’ve laid out before us, for the work we currently do and will do in the future no matter what our station in life– whether we are single, a wife, a husband, or clergy. Lord, I thank You for Your love for us, Your people. I know You care about me, and that You love me. And I feel blessed to know that I can count on this love all the days of my life until You call me home. Amen.

More Scriptures to study about the love of God:

John 13:34

1 John 4:10

Ephesians 2:4

 

 

Hope

hopeHope For A Christian

Is hope an option for a Christian, is it rooted in optimism, or is it rooted in the knowledge that our hope is connected to our faith and in this way we can be assured that the Lord will walk the path of life with us? In this podcast, we explore what the meaning of faith is for a Christian.

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Show Host Notes: 

As Christians, we are called to live with joy in this world, so we need the virtue of hope. Hope is a virtue, it is something that some people have in abundance and others have to work towards. For example, the Cardinal Virtues are known by past civilizations and we teach them today are Justice, Temperance, Prudence, and Fortitude. Not until Christianity did we hear the term, “Theological virtues,” and these are Faith, Hope, and Love.

We are encouraged to have hope – not optimism. Why is that? Anyone can be optimistic. Optimism is more on chance that maybe things will turn out well and maybe they won’t. That is not what Christian Hope stands for at all. It isn’t a chance that things will work out. It is a knowledge that if they don’t work out, God is with us.

Therefore, hope is rooted in faith – faith is when we entrust ourselves to another – we place our trust in God. Faith is a relationship I have faith in Jesus I have faith in God myself. Hope is rooted in the belief of a future good.

Hope for a Christian is rooted in maturity. A Christian believes that God’s promise is rock solid! Hebrews 6 is amazing, read all of it, but for our purposes, I want to read you a section:

Hebrews: 3-20

When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”

This hope is not in ourselves – in our abilities, in what we can do without God, or that we don’t need God. No, this hope is a claim that we need God because our faith tells us that the truth is God has promised us this hope and … “we have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” God doesn’t lie!

Hope is this trust looking forward to the future. This relationship with Jesus, our trust in God – He won’t fail me. And hope is the knowledge that God will be with me…it is personal!

The opposite of hope is despair. Despair is the thought or belief that we don’t have Him and that He is not here or us, or worse that we can not trust God because I don’t believe he will walk with us through our issues or problems… but he will!

These two Scriptures should help:

Romans 8:24-25

 “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”

and this one, I love from Romans 8:31 “If God is for us, who can be against us”

And we have the hope of the Resurrection! At the end of time we will be raised, those of us who believe, we live in the “Easter” of hope – that is the Risen Christ. God has paid the price and we as believers reap the benefits. It is a belief that we will have eternal life with Christ. It is only possible by the hope that God gives us.

We long for this hope when we look at Jesus on the Cross when we see a cross without Jesus on it when we see the empty tomb at Easter or the risen Christ in pictures. Jesus has conquered death — yet we still worry and doubt. The resurrection showed us the future or what will someday be our future, life in heaven with God. We should not fear, we should know that it will come, in God’s perfect timing.

Let us pray – Praise you Jesus that you have risen and in this, you give us everlasting hope. You give us the hope that surpasses all understanding, please give us the grace to understand and to be strong, the grace not to despair, the grace to believe that you are there for us always and walk alongside us. Continue to give us the faith and the hope that we can do all things through You! I praise you and I thank you always, Amen!

Faith

faithFaith – Is A Gift – or is it?

Is faith a gift given to only a chosen few by Almighty God? Or is it freely given to anyone who wants it? In this podcast, we explore the faith and the hope that it brings.

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Hebrews 11:1 states:

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Do you believe in God? In Jesus Christ? In the Holy Spirit? Do you believe the words in the Bible are true? All of them? Do you believe that when God says something it will happen? Do you believe in miracles? In everlasting life? In heaven? In Hell? Do you trust in the Lord? Do you believe, by faith that you can entrust yourself to God? That He will be there for you?

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Faith Takes Work

If you answered these with yes – then, you have the gift of faith. This is a gift of believing without seeing. Even those who were witness to the miracles that Jesus performed during His life on earth turned their back on Him in His hour of need. Faith takes work!

The gift of faith is very tightly connected to prayer. God is a gentleman, He doesn’t force things upon us, He has given us free will. If we ask for faith in prayer, He will grant it. Matthew 21:21-22

Is faith a spiritual gift or is it a gift called “saving faith,” that is a profession of faith we say when we accept the Lord into our lives? (Ephesians 2:8-9). The answer to both is yes they are gifts, and they are freely given but not all accept them from the Lord.

Faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, but who receives it? If you read all of 1 Corinthians 12 it explains the gifts of the Spirit. We have the capacity to have all of the gifts, but do we want them? Spiritual gifts are given to Christians who will use it to help others, the “body of Christ.” If you look at Hebrews 11 it shows “Faith in Action.” “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” And, so it continues on in verse 5… “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

God will give you faith!

So, there is your answer, if you earnestly seek God he will give you faith, and with faith, you can do so much – you can please God and you can do things through God’s grace and blessings.

Faith includes trust, a trust that what the Lord teaches, through the faith handed down to us through the years as well as the words in the Holy Bible, are true. Do we believe all that the Lord, Jesus taught us when He walked to the earth? Faith comes with a demonstration of this amazing gift. It is accompanied by works. Not so that we can boast as the Scriptures say, but so that we can thank the Lord for all that he has done in our lives.

One of my favorite verses is Matthew 17:20  “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Faith takes trust

Faith takes trust, and trust takes work. It takes relationship. It includes honor!

Read all of Hebrews 11 – it is an amazing testament to the faith that was given in abundance to those who then served the Lord. As a gift of the Holy Spirit faith is powerful. It brings with it an extraordinary hope of the promises, the power and the blessings and grace that come to those who serve the Lord according to His will. Faith allows people who are ordinary in every way to lead an extraordinary life. Without faith, these ordinary people, such as Noah could not have completed the amazing task set out before him.

God gives all Christians saving faith – that is salvation, but the additional gift, the spiritual gift of faith will allow us to walk on a path that is closer to God and in essence, will help us to find His will for our lives. We can pray for others and expect answered prayer. We can pray for healing and expect miracles. Who wouldn’t want this? I know I do!

Is the Holy Spirit prompting you to reach out to someone in need? To pray for them or to intercede? Sometimes someone comes to mind out of the blue, and we think about them. When this happens, pray for them there may be a reason the Lord is asking you to do this, however, step out in faith and do it! If the Lord asks something of you and you do not feel you have enough faith to deal with it, ask the Holy Spirit for more faith! He will grant it.

 

Praise God

praise GodPraise God

Episode 31

Is it a challenge to praise God for everything? It’s easy to praise Him when things go well, but when they don’t it is more difficult. In this episode of A Few Minutes with God we explore how praising God will turn everything around for you, your loved ones and those you meet each day.

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Praise God Daily

Each day we journey through life with a schedule that is full and a life that at times seems to hold little joy. In fact, even if we are happy, often we can’t stop to smell the roses because the next to-do must be done on the list. It is difficult to keep a positive attitude when things go wrong and if you are like the rest of us, things go wrong most of the time each day.

I spoke to a friend the other day and the first words out of her mouth were, “It’s been that kind of day.” She didn’t need to elaborate; I knew exactly what she meant. We’ve all had that kind of day! Life happens and we are caught in the wave of despair often when things fall apart.

So, I am going to challenge you on several fronts in this podcast one is giving you homework assignments. If you have kids, you can do this with them.

Keys to Happiness, Praise God

  1. Look up praising God in the Scriptures. One of my favorite quick and easy website to use is BibleGateway.com here you can find Scripture verses topically. I did a quick search and found 134 references to the words “Praise God” and one of my favorites is Psalm 150.
    1. Psalm 150: 1-6
      Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.
      Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
      Praise the Lord.
  2. Pray this list of your favorite Scriptures that praise God – go to these each day and read them. Just reading about praising God first thing in the morning can change your day.
  3. Too busy? You can pray anytime during the day. How? By just saying, “I thank-you and I praise You, Jesus.” It’s that simple. Whenever things are going well or wrong, Praise God.
  4. How about a litany of praises? I looked up the meaning of the word litany on Wikipedia and found this: a “litany, in Christian worship and some forms of Judaic worship, is a form of prayer used in services and processions, and consisting of a number of petitions. The word comes through Latin litania from Ancient Greek λιτανεία (litaneía), which in turn comes from λιτή (litê), meaning “supplication”.” You can write your own litany that can be something like this…
    1. Praise You God You are the Almighty One
    2. Praise You, God, You are the King of Kings
    3. Praise You God You are the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End
    4. Praise You God You are all loving
    5. Praise You God You are Merciful and Mighty
    6. Praise You, God, You are the Comforter, my Rock, and my Fortress
  5. I want to challenge you to praise God for the next 30 days. Habits are formed for some as early as 18 days or a little more than two weeks to up to two months, sometimes longer. What better way to create a habit of prayer, of praising God by actually doing it. If you think you will forget put a calendar reminder out to do it!

This challenge will make you and those around you happier. When we are happier and how can we not be if we are constantly praising God and thanking Him for the good and the bad, it will change us and those around us.

Let’s pray…

Dear Heavenly Father, God the Almighty One, we praise you and we thank you for all you have done in our lives. We were a thought in your mind until the day we were born, you’ve been with us every step of the way in our lives. You’ve journeyed this path with us, right beside us. While we sometimes wonder if you are there, we know in our hearts we are not deserted and we are truly loved. I thank-you, God and praise you God and will praise you until I draw my last breath. I thank you for the gift of faith for truly my life would not be so rich without it. I thank you and I praise you – and I pray this in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Where is God In The Midst Of Tragedy?

where is God in the midst of tragedyWhere Is God In The Midst of Tragedy?

Episode 30

We often hear of a horrific event and we think, “Where is God in the midst of tragedy?” The news is all around us. Our phones send us alerts, and we have instant access to information and the availability of 24/7 news coverage. Days after any tragedy there is a constant barrage of television coverage. While this is understandable it can take a toll on our nerves and those of our loved ones.

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Show Notes:

When tragedy strikes there a sense of shock, disbelief, heartache, and sadness. When something senseless happens like the recent high school shooting, anger is added to the mix.

I remember the Columbine tragedy, the Challenger disaster, the Twin Towers – hijacked planes, the First Baptist Church massacre, the mass shootings in Las Vegas and now the tragic shooting of teens and one teacher at a high school in Parkland, Florida…

Where is God in the Midst of Tragedy?

How do we deal with this senseless act of violence?

So many times we want to ignore it we want to pretend it didn’t happen and we bury the emotional pain and trauma. Especially if we are removed in the sense that it didn’t happen to us. When the situation is closer to home, when it happens to us with a death of a loved one or an accident we often have all of the same feelings, only deeper.

When something happens that is an accident, or if an illness of a loved one is long, we tend to deal with it differently. Accidents happen, they are a way of life, the same with illness and death. If you’ve lived you’ve experienced it, none of us are unscathed this side of heaven.

Evil is real and the enemy is strong, but not as strong and victorious as our God. Free will gives us all the chance for great things. However, some turn their backs on good and opt for evil.

But God is here, He is real, He answers prayer. However, he answers prayers as He wants to in His perfect will and in His time. Friends, we can’t make God into our own image. We can’t expect Him to answer prayers according to our will.

I want to leave you with three points when you wonder where God is in the midst of tragedy…

  1. Identify the grief you are feeling and deal with it.
  2. Realize all evil is not from God, however, we can’t blame Satan. Yes, evil begins with sin, but we are capable of choice – we must take responsibility for our actions. We have free will.
  3. God is good all the time. We need to remember this. All that is good is from God.

Let’s pray—and keep those who are directly effected by this tragedy in your care, Lord – we pray for the families, for the first responders, for all the children effected, for the town, for those who heard about it in the media. Keep us in your care Lord, protect us and allow us to focus on you. And we pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

Answered Prayer

answered prayerAnswered Prayer

Episode 28

How often are we the recipient of answered prayer? We pray, unceasingly. We ask the Lord for the deepest desires of our heart and sometimes we actually have our prayers answered. Many of us are like little children when we feel that God has not answered prayer. We pout and stomp when we don’t get our way. We say things like, “God doesn’t hear my prayers,” or “I don’t hear God at all, ever!” How do we work on our prayer life, our relationship with God, and get closer to the Creator of the universe in a way that is possible given the fact that we are merely human? In this episode, we explore how even answered prayers don’t always turn out the way we hope! Sometimes the answer to our prayers are even better.

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Show Notes:

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Show Notes: Answered Prayer

  1. Answered prayer is not always what is best for us. If we call God Father – Abba Father, then He knows best.
  2. Answered prayer sometimes is a “yes” but seems like it is a “no.” When God says yes to us, it may actually be a no to the way we hoped He would answer and a turn in what is, in the long run, a better direction.
  3. Answered prayers can be something we never thought about and ultimately we believe God didn’t answer our prayers.
  4. Turning from spoiled little children who want our own way into warriors of faith.
  5. Your will Lord, not mine. The best way to pray and seek God in all that we ask.

Combating Fear

combatting fearCombating Fear

Podcast # 27

Combating fear is something we all want. Do you worry about things? Join the club –  don’t we all? But in this episode I am going to discuss fear, the result of worry and how we, as Christians, armed with the promises of God can combat the fear and turn it to victory!

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Show Notes: Combating Fear

Fear gets us nowhere. It is a dead-end street that has us walking the same path again and again. It is the place that the enemy would like us to remain in because let’s face it — fear is a bondage. Fear is from the enemy.

2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.

Yet, God built us to fear if we sense danger. Fear does in essence help to protect us – if we sense something instinctively it can help us to survive. Fear is natural, it keeps us away from those things that could hurt us or bad choices.

The bible also tells us that “fear of the Lord is the beginning of all understanding,” how do we take that verse? What we fear is the judgment of the Lord. If you are a follower of Christ and want to do His will – you should not fear judgment, but you should remember it as you live your life.

God is our light – He is the guiding beacon in the midst of our fears. We can have the courage to deal with the things that happen in our lives and what that takes is praying to overcome the fear. Prayer and reading Scripture verses and memorizing some can help. Another help is using acronyms to help us.

When speaking about fear in the spiritual sense, when we allow worry to cloud our thoughts and overtake our lives realize we are giving the spirit of fear permission to reside in us. The first step is in renouncing the spirit of fear.

In the Name of Jesus, I come against the spirit of fear and I renounce it – I do not give fear dominion in my life. I break any chains of fear in my life and offer it to you, Lord. Lord, I give you permission to come into my life with joy, the joy that surpasses all understanding and that reigns in the knowledge that you are in control of my life.

Here are some wonderful scriptures to write in your journal under the title of “Combating Fear” and pray, say, and memorize these wonderful scriptures:

  1. 1 John 4:18: “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
  2. Proverbs 29:25:  “Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe.”
  3.  Matthew 10:31  “So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
  4. Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
  5. Psalm 23:4 – “Even though I walk in the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff comfort me.”
  6. Psalm 91:14 – “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
  7. Romans 8:30-31 – “And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”
  8. Psalm 118:6: “The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”
  9. Psalm 27:1: “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear?”
  10. Luke 1:30: “But the angels said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”

If you are fearful and have never repented of the spirit of fear, let’s pray! (Prayer at the end of the audio.)

 

Relationship with God

relationship with GodIt’s All About Your Relationship With God

Episode 26

Do you have a relationship with God? In this world, there are so many variables that happen every day, every hour and every second. What is your Relationship with God? How do you make it work in your busy day with your crazy schedule? Do you set aside time to put God first or is He an afterthought? In this episode, I explore how to deepen your relationship with God before a crisis happens.

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Show Notes:

Relationships take time, they take energy, they take focus, they take determination. Relationships with others are sometimes heavy lifting because let’s face it  – humans are imperfect. So, how do you have a relationship with God? How does that work? How do you determine how much time you spend or how much focus you can put into it?

A relationship with God takes time on our side – God is always there for us – God is omnipresent. He is always there, he is outside of time and space. I think that is why I love the scripture

John 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him, nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

It is one of those mind-blowing scriptures that tells us that with God there is no time – the Word of God is Jesus – He came into being by the Holy Spirit – Luke 35 in response to Mary saying she was a Virgin states: … “The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.”

We want a relationship with the God who was at the beginning of creation – who created the world – who is present with us, the triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

That seems so out of our capacity, doesn’t it? How can we mere mortals have a relationship with God?

  1. God calls us – He is always near, waiting for us to listen, to seek to learn. We can do this in so many ways, through the Bible or through some of the ways I’ve explained in previous podcasts.
  2. We must be open to His call – if we are in sin, if we are away from God in some way, we must repent and be open to forgiveness allowing the Lord to work in our lives.
  3. God is present in all things, but especially when we call upon His Name when we adore Him in prayer, at Church, when we pray and ask for His grace to get through the day. When we ask for forgiveness or tell Him we are sorry and repent. (Psalm 46:1)

A relationship is built upon many things:

  1. Time
  2. Love
  3. Trust
  4. Honesty
  5. Respect
  6. Openness
  7. Similar focus

These things can also apply to God.

He is always there for us, are we there for Him?

He loves us unconditionally. Can we say that we love Him even when things go wrong?

He is trustworthy. Are we equally trustworthy to Him?

He is honest. We can count on Him. Can we be honest with Him and can He count on us?

He is open with us – we know where He stands – what He offers us. God does not push or force Himself upon us, we are the ones who put up blocks in our relationship with Him. Are we open to God? Does He know where we stand?

Do we have a similar focus? God wants our salvation. He wants us to be with Him in heaven for all time. Is that our focus? Do we want the same thing?

Ask these seven things of the Lord – ask Him to help you to have the time, give you the love, the trust, the honesty, respect, openness to share your heart and similar focus on heaven. And He will. A relationship with others takes so much work but with God, it is surprisingly easy.

I invite you to deepen your relationship with God – let’s pray.

Dear Lord, I ask you to bless the listeners and invite them to a deeper relationship with you. Help them Lord to have increase their time each day, to be more productive so they have time to spend and I ask you, Lord, to give your love to them in overflowing. Give them trust, honesty, respect, openness to share their hearts with you. Give them a focus on heaven. A laser-sharp focus for heaven. And grant us your will, Lord. I want a relationship with you and I pray this for each person listening today – and I pray this is Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

Journal How To

 journaling how toJournal – How-To

Episode 25

Do you keep a journal in the traditional way or do you keep a journal as a tool to jump start your Christian walk? Journaling is an amazing way to see the truth, answered prayers and your spiritual growth. There are many ways to journal and there is no definitive way, however, in this episode, we discuss ways to journal.

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Answered Prayer Through Journaling

answered prayer through journalingAnswered Prayer Through Journaling?

Episode 24

Only when I began journaling did I see answered prayers. Have you found that by journaling to see answered prayers you can actually see that God has listened to your pleas? In this episode, I discuss journaling as a tool as well as the blessing that I found within the pages.

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Show Notes: Answered Prayer Through Journaling

In today’s show notes, I want to ask you some questions to gauge your interest in journaling.

  1. Do I feel that God hears my prayers?
  2. Do I know how many times the Lord has answered my prayers?
  3. I have journaled in the past and …
  4. Journaling has been a passion of mine because …
  5. I’ve never tried journaling but would consider it, because…

Have you ever journaled? If so you know the impact it can have on your life and those around you. By documenting the answers to prayers, it helps us to see that the Lord hears us. In addition, it helps us by allowing us a snapshot back in time. Was there a desperate prayer, or one you really wanted answered? Was it answered? Was the answer all you hoped it would be or did it fall short.

No one said Christian life is easy, but it certainly is blessed and by journaling, you can keep an eye on ways you need to improve your relationship with God. There are many different ways you can journal. In the next episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, we will explore some of those ways.

Chose Happiness

chose happinessChose Happiness – the Best Choice

Episode 23

Happiness is a choice and the way we chose to live our lives is also a choice. We can choose to live our lives miserably or decide that today we chose God and therefore all we have left is to rejoice. No matter what your life circumstance the Lord knows your situation and is there to help.

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Show Notes:

Are we happy because of life circumstance or are we happy because we choose to be which is not dependent on our lives or our circumstances?

Joy transcends all understanding – Joy is given to us by the Lord, however, happiness is a choice we can make. We can select that as an option each day. Is it really depends on what is happening in our lives? Yes, but then how about we take charge, chose for God and chose to be happy. In this way the Lord can bless us with the joy that does transcend all understanding and our lives will change for the better. I promise!

  1. Chose Happiness the basis of all other choices
  2. We chose to be happy because of all the Lord has done in our lives.

1 Timothy 6:17
Verse Concepts
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.

Psalm 16:11
Verse Concepts
You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

Psalm 21:6
Verse Concepts
For You make him most blessed forever; You make him joyful with gladness in Your presence.

Psalm 111:2
Verse Concepts
Great are the works of the LORD; They are studied by all who delight in them.

Time Well Spent

time well spentTime Well Spent

Episode 22

Time well spent makes us happy. If we feel accomplished, if we do things on our “lists,” it makes us feel that we’ve spent our time well. Most of us say we need more time each day, we can’t finish out tasks, we run out of time. How can we add more time to our days?

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When I look at my day I think, “What is the best use of my time each day?” Other than with my friends and family the best time is with God. How can you fill up without the One who truly gives us that grace to get through each day? Who do you spend time with and is that time well spent? In this episode, we explore how you can make the time. Let’s strive to make the most out of every minute of every day.

Look at your day, how can you incorporate time well spent? We all say we don’t have enough time each day!

  1. Identify the time wasters. Relaxing is wonderful for everyone and we don’t need to “produce” every day! However often we say we don’t have enough time for prayer because we don’t use our time wisely.
    • What are the things in your day that waste your time
    • How can you avoid the time wasters
    • Does making a list help you
    • We all waste time, and often we all need a break, so enjoy
  2. What is the one thing you can avoid? Is there something on your list that you can eliminate or reschedule in your day so that you can make more time?
    • Social media
    • Emails in the morning or afternoon
    • Shopping without a list
  3. Can you make 5-10-15 minutes or more to spend with God in prayer? Look at your lists above and see where you can add more time to your day. Five, ten or fifteen minutes helps tremendously! Time well spent with God is so helpful in our day. Often we leave prayer time to night time. Praying in the morning, the first thing you do — will change your life and is truly time well spent.
  4. Who do you spend the most time with? Is it family, friends, virtual friends? Ist it fictional characters in books? Truthfully, sometimes we let virtual friends take the place of real ones. I have good friends online, some I’ve never met in person. Nurture your friendships but remember the one who will fill you with faith, love, and joy.
  5. How can you make that time productive? Spending it with God first will increase your productivity all day long.
  6. Can you be a witness or a blessing from the Lord to someone in your life? Do you ask God to use you each day? Do you see the people in your life as a blessing? How can the Lord use you? How can you be an example of God’s love to others?

 

God’s Grace

God's GraceGod’s Grace is Sufficient

Episode 21

God’s grace, is it sufficient for you? Or do you rely on the world for the help you need? In 2 Corinthians 12:9 we read the passage that many sermons are built around, but how do we apply this to our life? In this episode, I’ll explain how I strive to have more of Him and less of me in my life.

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How do we live a grace-filled life when most of the time we can hardly get out of bed without being overwhelmed with all that needs to be done each day? Now that my children are older I’ve taken on some extra activities that put me in the path of people from all walks of life. Some are Christians, others are not, but it is hard to tell the difference. Years ago a good friend of mine used to be asked all the time, “What is different about you?” She carried the joy of Jesus Christ with her wherever she went. She was my writing partner and while we each attended different churches, she was an evangelical Christian and mostly attended non-denominational churches, I am a Catholic. We agreed on the solid foundation that without Jesus there can be no joy in your life.

Jill showed the love of Jesus in her life. She showed others that even if she was under a life burden she would still praise God. Jill loved her children unconditionally as she loved her friends and even her acquaintances. She didn’t live a life without hardship. She went through a painful divorce, bankruptcy and she died suddenly in 2007. Before she died she told me she would soon be homeless if things didn’t change in her life. Yet, she told me she was not worried – she had God. And, instead of being homeless, God took her home. I have never publically told that story before, and while I still miss her tremendously I am happy for her because I know that as she lived she was an example of God’s grace being enough.

It is the inspiration from friends that we surround ourselves with that we too can learn about that joy and that grace should be sufficient for us. That grace that surpasses anything that we can earn or attain in this world. Remember friends, it is in Him that we can have true life. As I record this episode it is the end of November and I approach the Christmas season with a sense of expectancy in the true miracle of the birth of Christ, but also in the miracle that we can be, by example for each other.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Another Day

another day another chanceAnother Day, Another Chance

Episode 20

Another day. Have you ever had a horrible day and wondered how you can make it to the next one? In this episode, we explore our feelings when all things happen at once and our ability to cope only with the grace of God.

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Show Notes:

References – Bible verses: Biblegateway.com

Show Notes: Another Day: Another Chance

  1. This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice!
  2. God is a God of second chances.
  3. Nothing is impossible for God.
  4. Everything is a gift from God – Ecclesiastes 5:18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.
  5. Faith takes trust: Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

No matter how bad the day is or if you’ve messed up in some way. Go to the Lord, repent. Ask Him for forgiveness and rejoice! Tomorrow is a new day, let us rejoice and be glad.

Scripture References:

Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

Psalm 16:11 – You make known to me the path of life; in your presence, there is fullness of joy; at our right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for me.

 

Living Well

living wellLiving Well

Episode 19

We hear the term all the time. Live well! What exactly does that mean? How can we as Christian’s live well in Christ? Is there a way to live our lives without becoming legalistic in terms of “if I do this – God will do that.” In this episode, we explore the meaning of living well and living for Christ.

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Show Notes: Living Well

Living well is a cliche, but for some living well is a way of life. If we were sitting all together in a room and I asked you, “What does living well mean to you?” I’m sure the answers would all be different. For some it is financial freedom, for others, it might be finding your true love. For some, it might mean peace within their family or having a loved one who has strayed come back to the Lord.

Living well ultimately can’t happen without wisdom. The wisdom to discern right from wrong and the wisdom to understand that living well means so much more than materialistic acquisitions or ambitions. People think that living a Christian life means compromise but it is so far from the truth. Christianity is not a set of rules and regulations that bind us, however, these ideals set us free.  The fear of Christianity is that if you follow Christ you will lose everything! I remember a faithful girl who was a friend of mine in college, she lead me through the salvation prayer although I followed the Lord, I never professed it in prayer – in that way. Everything that happened to her was horrible! Her new car was totaled. Her major included many sciences and looking into the microscope made her queasy. To an immature Christian, it would appear that following Christ equals problems! However, she showed me Jesus in a real way by the reactions to the disasters in her life. She showed, by her example, how to live a good life when all is falling apart in your world.

However, the focus on living well, in this present age, takes work. It takes learning how to pray and listen. We’ve discussed this on episodes of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, it means taking the time out of our day to spend time with God. Learning how to pray includes learning how to listen. It means seeking God’s word in the Bible and meditating on the meaning. (Ask the Holy Spirit to help you! This is a grace that the Holy Spirit bestows upon us that is there just for the asking.)

Living well means sharing your faith, learning from others with a deep faith and asking those hard questions. What does it mean to live well for Christ, and how can you live in the world without being of the world. Living in the world means living out your vocation in life – is it as a wife or father, a son or daughter, a sister or brother? Is it as a friend? Is it as a co-worker. It also means living a life that doesn’t compromise or succumb to the temptations of this world. Will we sin? Of course, but it is what happens after we sin that separates us from those who do not believe.  Repenting for our sins and asking forgiveness rather than taking pride in our sinfulness. Those who are the most vehemently opposed to Christianity are those who carry around great sins that are unconfessed. These sins are a burden and the only way they can live with these sins and call evil good is to put down others who think differently.

Living well means not putting down those who oppose us, but praying for them daily. It means avoiding those who would lead us to temptation by staying far away, even if it means changing jobs or removing ourselves from those who are toxic in our lives. If a situation is a dangerous one we should seek help or advice from someone trusted.

Living well has nothing to do with wealth or an accumulation of things, this has nothing to do with living. The world will tell you that living well is a wonderful vacation, a spa day or a shopping spree. Yet, what happens once you return from that fabulous vacation, spa day or shop? The real world awaits. Things break. Work is still waiting for use each day. So, isn’t it better to embrace each day, be thankful for what we have or don’t have and focus on living for the Lord?

Living well does not guarantee we will no longer have trouble. It does mean that the trouble will ultimately be fleeting. No matter how wonderful the things of this world are that nothing compares to the love of God. Living well means praying for God’s wisdom to follow His roadmap for living a good life through the words in The Bible. Do you take each time to read the Word?

God wants to use each one of us – spend time each day in prayer and ask Him to come further into your life. Let’s pray – Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you in all things and I thank you for all things. I thank you for the small and the large inconveniences, and I thank you for the gift of life. Mine and those you’ve brought into my life. I ask you, Lord, to help me understand the meaning of living well through you, help me in my Christian walk and help me in all I do, let it bring you all the glory and honor you deserve. And, I pray this in Jesus’s Name, Amen.

Scripture verse references:

Matthew 6:34

Psalms 16:11

Overwhelmed – Find God!

Overwhelmed Find GodOverwhelmed? Find God!

Episode 18

Overwhelmed, find God! When you are overwhelmed that is the perfect time to find God. In this episode, I’ll discuss how you can find God even when you are under pressure, busy or overwhelmed by life. It is the perfect way to get refreshed in a hurry and continue on with your schedule. This sure-fire way has been my go-to for years, and when I actually *remember to do this, it has been a lifesaver.

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Show Notes: Overwhelmed? Find God.

Spiritual Side:

  1. Identify why you are overwhelmed. Writing helps
  2. Ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit.
  3. Renew your commitment to the Lord.
  4. Ask the Lord to give you more of HIM and less of you.

Practical Applications:

  1. Ask God to help you find answers
    • Simplification
    • An answer to a pressing problem
    • Cutting back
    • Saying, No!
  2. Find God in the simple things
    • Sit and listen
    • Enjoy the outdoors
    • Watch the antics in nature
  3. Ask God to use you.
    • To be an answer to someone else’s prayers
    • To be His hands and feet
  4. All God asks for is our love – that’s it!

Rejoice, the Lord is waiting for you to ask, and He is ready to answer. You can find the Lord even when you are overwhelmed and especially when you are so busy — like during the Christmas holiday. The Lord has an answer. The Lord hears you. It is that small still quiet voice. Are you listening?

Divine Appointments

Divine Appointments

Episode 17

Have you missed Divine appointments? Have you experienced one? What is a Divine appointment? All this and more will be discussed in this podcast.

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What is a Divine Appointment?

It is a time when the Lord allows you to meet someone who you can help – perhaps by sharing the Lord, something He’s done for you – or perhaps just listen and pray for someone. You will know it is from the Lord because:

  1. The person will say, “How did you know?” or something similar.
  2. You can’t remember saying that –or you feel lead by the Lord to pray for the person.
  3. The person expresses an improvement in their situation – perhaps you’ve helped them by praying, or shared a situation with them that the Lord is urging you to share and it is just what they needed to here. Or, perhaps you tell them about the Lord and lead them to a prayer of acceptance of the Lord Jesus as Savior!

Have you experienced one?

  1. Someone has helped you through a situation and you feel so blessed by it.
  2. Someone responds to a need without you even sharing you had this need.
  3. A person calls who you meant to call – possibly lead by the Lord because the Lord has put you on this person’s heart… and that person helps you in some way.

How can you hear the Lord to intercede for someone else?

The entire theme of these podcasts is listening to the Lord – hence the name of this podcast – AFMWG … are you spending time daily in prayer? Are you growing in your walk with the Lord each day? I heard a wonderful sermon where the pastor taught if you are not moving ahead you are moving behind!

Keep praying and asking the Lord to use you – to use you to intercede for others in prayer, to use you in ministry to others, however, you feel prompted to be used by Him. If you have someone you can pray with for discernment if it is something big – like street ministry (share Sue Ellen’s invitation to me…) etc. do pray with a pastor or friend.

Keep an open mind – hearing the Lord takes practice if we are so busy talking it is hard sometimes to discern HIS voice over our own.

Know by the fruit if you mess up – if you reach out and someone is not open to hearing anything or you don’t feel like you are helping that was from YOU and not the Lord. It happens – just learn from this experience but don’t shut the door! It is better to be a fool for the Lord than to just be a fool!

Sometimes a person may not be ready to hear and you are only planting seeds – just quietly pray first before calling or approaching a person and the best advice I can give you is to say nothing unless you are prompted by the Lord to speak! Sometimes the best advice is no advice and just a listening ear… (share Gina’s listening ear to me!).

  1. You keep thinking about this person – and you pray for them, but the Lord keeps bringing this person to mind. This may mean you need to reach out to them – check in and say, “hi!”
  2. If you do reach out – listen!
  3. Pray as the person talks – ask the Lord to give you the words HE wants you to say

Share the story about “Mary” – waitress – led her to the Lord.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to let me know when I should be your hands, your feet and your voice to someone in need. Father, use me to do your will – use me to help others – use me to be an intercessor in prayer by calling someone to mind who needs prayers. Lord help me to learn to discern your small still voice so I can know it is from you and not my own thoughts. Lord I pray for all who a, e listening today, that you send your Holy Spirit with every good gift – renew the gifts of the Holy Spirit in their lives, stir up the Spirit to minister to others, and I pray this in the precious Name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Answers From God

Answers From GodAnswers From God

Episode #16

Do you want answers from God? Does God know a better solution to your problems – even better than anything you can come up with? In this episode, I share what the Lord has done in my life and how His amazing ways are so much better than mine!

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Where do I start? First, I want to remind you that this podcast does have a purpose and that is to encourage you daily to spend a few minutes –hopefully, longer, with God! Do you spend time each day in hearing God’s small still voice? I hope so!!

Do you trust God? Dumb question right? Of course, we trust God – He is the Almighty the Creator of Heaven and Earth – He died on the cross, rose from the dead, and has opened the gates of heaven… we trust God, even our money says, “In God we trust.” But do we really? In our life we’ve been taught to be self-sufficient to get up and produce, we are not slack! We work hard to let go and let God.

So then why do live lives that are burdened, or worrisome, or hold on to past hurts? Why do we look at the godly people in the past – the Saints of the Bible – or the people in our lives and say, “I can’t be like them.” Recently there was a major decision I needed to deal with… I gave it to the Lord, I asked Him to take the burden away, I put out many fleeces to the Lord – please Lord show me, please Lord tell me what to do, please, Lord, please Lord.

How He wasn’t sick of hearing from me, I’ll never know!

And this went on for some time. In fact, the easiest way to deal with this problem was not to deal with it at all. As the time grew closer when I finally needed to address the issue, my husband and I prayed and we decided to give it to God. Even if we did not like the outcome. Without going into a very, very long story… we had decided it was time to downsize, yet our home was still quite full. Where were we moving to Lord? Help us Lord to find a perfect home where everyone could fit – one that was in our price range, one that could accommodate construction vehicles for my husband’s business…

So, I began looking and what I found were some gorgeous properties that were in and out of our price range and yet, not one could accommodate our family. Either it had space in the home but not the yard or vice versa. So, our prayer went something like this – Lord take it. Take it all, I can’t deal with this any longer. You can have everything, our property, and possessions… and then tragedy struck! My father went in for a routine physical and within a few weeks was gone!

I was devastated. Life came to a screeching halt – but I heard one very clear message – the Lord was telling me not to worry, that the outcome would be better than anything I could imagine. Are you kidding? I’m a writer. I can imagine some really great things! After this quick commercial break, I’ll share with you the outcome and how when the Lord makes a promise He over delivers!

Friends, God works in mysterious ways, Amen? He does – He works on His own timing, not ours. This prayer about our house – what to do, do we stay or do we sell – do we move out of our area – how do we make it all work? This prayer went on from about 2009 to 2017 when the solution finally came. The clearly showed us through a series of events that we were to stay in our home – and I still can’t believe it!

It was not even an option I considered. And that is another long story.

God is amazing and He only asks a few things.

  1. Pray
  2. Everything is a Gift
    1. We give all to Him
    2. It’s not our anyway, everything is a gift from God
  3. Unite our will to His
    1. God knows best
    2. That we agree that whatever happens He will take care of it
  4. That we listen
    1. That small-still-voice will speak to our heart
  5. Prepare for the worse and hope for the best
    1. Releasing things into God’s hands
    2. Allowing Him to work in our lives.
  6. Thank God ahead of time
    1. We thank God in advance for answered prayers
    2. We thank God in advance even if our prayers are not answered in the way we would like to hear.

Let me pray for you –

Dear Lord, I don’t know what is going on in the hearts and minds of the listeners but You do and You have a perfect plan for each of our lives. Lord we release all things to You, all of our possessions and all of our wants and needs –we give them to You because we know You love us more than we will ever know or comprehend, You love us with a pure love and know what is best for us. We ask Lord that You hear our prayers and that You answer them in a way that is better than anything we can imagine Lord – I ask this for those listening today just like You answered my prayer in that way. I praise You ahead of time and thank-you for your perfect will for our lives and I pray this is the precious Name of Jesus, Amen!

 

 


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Infusion Of Joy

infusion of joyInfusion of Joy

Episode #15

Want more joy in your life? In this episode, I discuss the joy that surpasses all understanding and how it is there for the taking….

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Welcome to another episode of AFMWG Podcast – I pray that today’s podcast is uplifting for you! I can’t wait to share with you something that happened to me this morning, in fact when I was praying about it… I really felt lead to share this with you today, while it is fresh in my mind…
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Show Notes: Infusion of Joy

Like many of you, I have had a rough time dealing with some life issues. Whether it is concern about my children, praying for college choices, scholarship offers, SAT results, great performance on the field and in the classroom, safety for my sons and husband on the job site, the news that I need a tooth extraction because perhaps the infection has entered the never, or bone—or a more important concern for my in-laws who were displaced from their destroyed house after hurricane IRMA, as well as the repairs, although minor happening at my own house, some shingles that blew off one section of the roof, a fried softener panel, and washing machine, some lights and fans that blew, an so on – there is always something to be concerned or worried about in our life…right?

I’m sure if you listed out all your concerns I’d say to you – oh, my gosh. How can you handle it? You must be depressed!

Last night my husband and I prayed for all of our needs, and I prayed specifically that the Lord would take the BURDEN off of my shoulders and put it at the foot of the cross for Him to deal with …

I know as a Christian I do not need to carry any burdens. I understand the Jesus died once and for all for my sins so that I could rejoice someday in heaven, I know that this is not heaven… yet, I’m made of human flesh and bones and I continue to fall time and time again under the heavy burden of life! When I woke up this morning I was joyful – I had no idea why. I wanted to sing praises from the top of my lungs. It was the joy that surpasses all understanding. Friends we don’t have to carry our burdens and in just a few minutes I will share with you a short prayer that you can pray each day to remind yourself of this very fact.

So, how do you pray for an Infusion of JOY?

Joy is a gift it is a pure blessing from the Lord it isn’t something we can select for the day. Sure, we can ask, “Lord, today I’d like to be joyful.” Or we can purpose to be joyful by deciding today I will praise the Lord and chose joy. However, when you are in the midst of problems and YOU are joyful then you know that you know that you know – that it is a gift from the Lord.

How does this happen? I’m going to share with you the prayer my husband and I prayed. Before I share this prayer with you, let me say that I know that Jesus died once and for all and He has risen – He is no longer on the cross.

I also know that with God there is NO time – I know I’m getting a little deep philosophically and theologically – but it is true. God has no beginning, middle or end. We are the finite creatures – you and me, but not God.
So – when I say, “I put this at the foot of your cross.” I am talking about the past. If God truly died for my sins (before, the finite creature I am was born)… then I can go back, theologically speaking and put my sins at the foot of the cross.

Make sense? I hope so!

Here is our prayer…
Dear Lord Jesus, we praise You and we thank You. We thank You for all the things that happened today, the good and the not so good. We praise You in all things and we ask that You continue to show us Your way, to make crooked paths straight. We ask that You help us to know Your will in all that we do in our lives. Dear Jesus, we give you all of our burdens, we take them off of our backs and put them at the foot of Your cross for You to deal with. Perfect love casts all fear (1 John 4:18) and we ask that You take away all fear and uncertainty away from us and allow us to TRUST your perfect will for our lives. Thank-you Jesus for dying for us and rising from the dead so we could have everlasting life. Thank-you Jesus, thank you!

Let’s look at this prayer –

  1. Praise God. He deserves all of our praise, in the good and in the not so good
  2. We ask that he straightens our paths. That if we’ve sinned against him he makes our path straight. We ask that God calls to mind any place we need to ask forgiveness of Him for the wrongs of the day.
  3. We give God our free will and by our free will we place all our concerns at His feet.
  4. You give all your problems to the Lord – put your burdens at the foot of the CROSS
  5. We pray any scripture verse that comes to mind – if we are fearful we pray against that – if we are depressed we pray against that – whatever comes to mind, ask the Lord to take it away from you. “In the Name of Jesus, I come against depression and put it at the foot of your cross.”
  6. Jesus is risen. He is alive. He is no longer nailed to the cross – and He can purify us because He loves u. We trust in Him, He is our Abba Father, the beginning, and the end, the Name above all Names. He loves us so much and He has our best interests in mind.
  7. We continue to praise Him in all things and continue it into our day!

I hope this prayer helps you – I pray that you wake up with the joy that surpasses all understanding!

Let’s pray together now…

Dear Jesus, I pray for those who are listening to this prayer. Lord, I know that You hold us in the palm of Your hand, that You know the number of hairs on our heads, that You have our best interests in mind – and the most important is eternal life with You. I rejoice for that time, Lord! Until then, I ask that You call to mind anyways we have offended you _____________ I give You of those incidents and I ask for Your forgiveness. Dear Lord, You are worthy of all of our praise and I praise You right now, I praise You and I thank You, Lord Jesus. Thank-you for all You have done for me, for my family, for those close to me and those who are far away from You. I ask a blessing on all of those listening today, that You enter their hearts in a powerful way – that You make yourself evident to them. I ask You to give them a gift, the Joy that surpasses all understanding…the Joy that only comes from uniting our imperfect will to Your Perfect Will… I thank You for this gift and I ask that You bless us in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

 


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Blueprint For Making MAJOR Decisions

blueprint major decisionsBlueprint For Making MAJOR Decisions

Episode #14

Using a blueprint for making major decisions.

Every once in awhile making major decisions is a must, and having a blueprint for making major decisions is important. Decisions such as where do I go to college, should I change jobs, should I write a book – should I do another podcast? Those are some of the decisions I’ve had to make in my life. In this episode, I’ll discuss a blueprint for making those major decisions in your life!

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Major decisions can hold us captive! What do we do? Where do we turn? Oh if God would only answer us clearly we could make good decisions, quickly! How does this happen? It happens with lots of perseverance and prayer as well as some of the steps I’ll share with you.

So, if you listened to the previous podcast – episode 13 you will hear some of the same points mentioned except with a few powerful additions. Making a big decision includes those that can impact you for the rest of your life – I remember when praying for a spouse, I finally gave up. The choices were slim and in my town, truthfully with teaching full time I had no time – and my workplace had one single guy who I was not interested in – at all.

It was difficult to think about my future and I finally said, “Lord if you want me to be single forever that is fine with me – your will Lord, not mine.” I gave it to Him. I could not make decisions at that point – such as moving to another town, closer to some college friends.

Well, the Lord took care of it by having my now husband move into the same town to teach school, he and I went to the same college and while I knew him, I did not know him that well. But, I did think he was awfully cute – and I still think that 38 years later!

This blueprint for making major decisions is a process I’ve used with some additions and modifications throughout the from years. The hard knocks of life and real-life experiences have caused me to fine tune my list. When do I use this blueprint for making major decisions? When I had to make those big decisions – what do I do about college, a job – which one to take – what do I do about homeschooling Lord –should I or shouldn’t I? Lord, should I write a book? Lord, should I podcast? I will tell you in those times I did not turn to the Lord first – no, I’m not perfect – often things fell apart!

I’m quick to jump into a new idea and often the Lord is there to catch me. In those big decisions, we need to give our ALL to Him and he will not let us down.

Blueprint Making Major Decisions:

Here are some helpful tools to use in praying for those major decisions.

  1. Pray specifically for your decision.
    • God knows, but do you?
    • Stress creates havoc on nerves, be single-minded in prayer
  2. Be open to God’s will in your life.
    • Sometimes it may not be specifically what you want to hear.
    • Sometimes God’s will is different than our own
    • Sometimes we think we “hear” God, but need confirmation
  3. Give it to the Lord
    • Praying and seeking God means leaving it at His feet
    • Try not to dwell on it further
    • Let go and let God
  4. Ask the Lord’s guidance
    • Pray for guidance
    • Seek outside help, friend or a pastor
    • Look for guidance in the Bible
  5. Read Scripture
    • Pray specifically, and read through Scripture
    • Sometimes the Lord answers prayers in verses you’ve read 100 times before
    • Be open to the Lord’s word and your prayer request
  6. Pray specifically for your need and ask the Lord to give you the gift of knowledge about what to do.
    • Many gifts fo the Holy Spirit
    • Ask the Lord for the Gift of Knowledge, peace, joy
  7. Our subconscious listens and often when we are in tune with God
    • Ideas will come into our minds, miraculously
    • We can pray and think about thoseWrite anything down that comes to you.
  8. Write anything down that comes to you.
    • Keep a journal
    • Be sure to take “co-incidences” with a grain of salt (more in the audio)
    • God-incidences do happen but keep our eyes focused on Him, not just the events
  9. Look into your options
    • Research
    • Be informed
    • If needed visit the place or seek more information.
  10. Seek counsel if you continue to be stuck.
  11. Ask the Lord to direct you
    • We are constantly praying in this situation, however ask for direction if you are still “stuck”
    • Praise Him ahead of time.
  12. Continue to read Scripture
    1. Believe that the Lord talks to us through His word.
  13. Pray about any thoughts
    • Ask the Lord to confirm thoughts that come to mind
    • Confirmation can be through others or the Bible
  14. Do you have peace of mind?
    • Peace is a sign from the Lord that it is right.
    • If you are stressed or agitated keep praying!
  15. Be careful with signs – continue to journal
    • Continue to journal
    • See #8 above.
    • Sometimes we look for those God-incidences and while those are wonderful, we want to use caution.
  16. Make an informed decision.
    • Don’t just go on feeling, especially if this is a major decision.
    • Think wisely with your head – and your heart.
    • Sometimes you just know-that-you-know!
  17. If you can’t make a decision… wait!
    • Satan rushes, God leads
    • Pray and continue to read scripture.
  18. Once you make a decision trust in the Lord and give it to Him.
    • Surrender to God.
    • Have peace about the decision.
  19. Ask the Lord to go ahead of you and prepare the way.
    • Praying for intervention
    • Praying for those involved in your decision.
  20. If you make a mistake learn from this and regroup.
    • Go back to the Lord and ask Him for help – again!
    • God can make crooked paths straight
    • If it was the wrong decisions look at this as a learning tool
  21. Give all the glory and praise to God!
    • God deserves our praise for the little and big things in our lives
    • Praise conquers all! Continue to praise God in all of the success in your life
    • Continue to praise God in all the failures in your life!

 

Make your decision for the glory of God – not for ulterior motives, sometimes we want the Lord to bend to our will – and sometimes the Lord allows those mistakes to teach you that HIS way is best. Use all of these methods as a tool but not a miracle guide – it is a blueprint and blueprints are meant to be added onto and revised. This list can be used to add your own revelations from the Lord.

The main idea here is don’t jump or be hasty with your major decisions – rely on the Lord and He will not only make your paths straight He will guide you along the way!

 


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Blueprint for Making Decisions

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Episode #13

Do you have a blueprint for making decisions? You should, because all of us make decisions 24/7 – but how often do we take our decisions – even if they are small to the Lord in prayer? In this podcast, I discuss a blueprint for making decisions with prayer.

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Decision making is always tough, but sometimes, for the little things, in particular, we often put God in a box, and don’t want to “bother Him” with the little things or we feel it is too silly to ask. Nothing is too little or too big for our God – He is the Almighty One – ready to hear the prayers from the hearts of His children. How many of you pray for a parking spot? I know I did and even had my children join in prayer. What a wonderful example of the power of prayer and the power of asking God for everything, every decision.

Today we will discuss those prayers that involve making a decision. I believe this is a blueprint that will help you tremendously. I will share in podcast 14 a more in-depth prayer blueprint for making major decisions through prayer.

Blueprint For Making Decisions

  1. Pray specifically for a need.
    • Of course, God already knows but it helps us to fine-tune our ask
    • Shows us whether a decision is necessary or not
  2. Give it to the Lord – and do not dwell on it further.
    • Allowing God to be God of every aspect of our lives
    • Giving it to the Lord allows us to release our needs into His hands
    • Accepting God’s will in our life
  3. Read Scripture –
    • Daily, and when in prayer for a decision more often
    • Listen after you pray
  4. Pray specifically for your needs and ask the Lord to give you the gift of knowledge about what to do.
    • Gifts of the Holy Spirit are many, ask for specific gifts
  5. Our subconscious listens and often when we are in tune with God
    •  Ideas will come into our minds, miraculously
    • We can pray and think about those ideas.
  6. Write anything down that comes to you.
    • Journal ideas as they come
    • Write down pertinent scripture verses
  7. Look into your options
    • Being informed is important.
    • Research your options
  8. Pray about any thoughts that come to mind and ask the Lord to confirm these.
  9. Do you have peace of mind?
    • Peace about a decision is a sign from the Lord that it is right.
    • If you are stressed or agitated keep praying!
  10. Make a decision.
  11. If you can’t make a decision… wait!
    • Pray and continue to read scripture.
  12. Once you make a decision trust in the Lord and give it to Him.
  13. Ask the Lord to go ahead of you and prepare the way.
  14. Give all the glory and praise to God!

Remember, this is only a blueprint – you can never put God in a box, He is worthy of all the glory, honor and praise – we are only His instruments. Use this blueprint to help you in your decision making and often it will just come naturally. Reaching out in prayer is a sign that you are open to God’s will in your life. I pray the Lord blesses you in your decision making and helps guide you on your path!

 

Your Will Lord

Your will LordYour Will Lord

Episode #12

How often have we struggled against what we want and what actually happens in our life? In this podcast, I explore the difference between wishing for another time, another place or another life -and ways to embrace the life you have.

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Show Notes: Your Will Lord 

  1. Life happens
    • Often when things happen in our lives the first words we utter are, “Why me, Lord?”
    • How do we combat our self-pity?
  2. When tragedy strikes
    • Regrouping
    • First things first
  3. Out of control
    • Losing control
    • Understanding
  4. Our of our control
    • God’s got this
    • Moving over and letting God
  5. The difference between real and perceived struggles
    • What can you do?
    • What can’t you do?
  6. Allowing God to work in our lives
    • Letting go
    • Allowing more of Him and less of us
  7. Only one right way?
    • Who is right?
    • Who is in control?
  8. How to deal with the stress
    • Always stress
    • Handling stress well
  9. One thing
    • Most immediate
    • In the right order
  10. Coping
    • Short term
    • Long-term

Asking Forgiveness

askingforgivenessAsking For Forgiveness

Episode #11

Asking forgiveness is never easy. Have you hurt someone you love or someone close to you? Do you have trouble asking for forgiveness? In this episode we will explore how asking for forgiveness can set yourself and others free.

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Reminder: First, I want to remind you to spend a few minutes with God each day – I hope your prayer time has increased as these broadcasts are a reminder to pray and LISTEN to that small still voice. In order to hear God, we must spend the time.

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Show Notes: Asking For Forgiveness

The Bible is filled with verses about the tongue!

James 3:8 – But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless, evil, full of deadly poison.

Matthew 12:36-37: I tell you on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words will you be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

  1. If we pray and really take a few minutes with God and really think about that verse in Matthew – we will give account for every careless word. Ouch!
  2. How are we expected to tame our tongue?
  3. Have you asked for forgiveness? It is never easy.

When we mess up it is time to get on our needs and pray. It is also time to ask those you’ve hurt to forgive you.

Asking for Forgiveness

The Bible says …

The word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword – Hebrews 4:12

The difference between: “I’m sorry.”, or “Please forgive me?”

  1.  I’m sorry you are basically keeping all the power or intent in your corner. You are apologizing but it really is one-sided – what if the person you say you are sorry to does not forgive you or release you from that hurt?
  2. “Please forgive me,” you are asking the person to release you from the hurt – to join you in the process of repairing the relationship and bringing healing to you both.
  3. Asking for forgiveness can set you free, is a sign of humility, and allows the Lord to be Lord of your life.

Asking for Forgiveness — a call to action:

Pick up the phone, write a letter, an email or text message someone today. Ask for forgiveness and take charge of your life for Christ.

God bless and I pray that the Lord blesses you today and allows you to be set free!

 

 

Forgiveness

forgivenessForgiveness

Episode #10

It isn’t a feeling, it isn’t something we want to do, but it is totally freeing! In this podcast learn how a situation in my life turned into a blessing when I understood the true meaning of the gift of forgiving others.

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Show Notes: Episode 10 – Forgiveness

Forgiveness – that is such a beautiful word – in this episode, we will explore the difference between forgiveness as a feeling and as a decision.

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Show Notes: Forgiveness:

  1. Misunderstandings, lies, and false accusations bring hurt to both parties. No one is left unwounded.

 

  1. I had to make a decision to forgive.
  2. Once you can make a decision to forgive you ask the Lord to help you.

The prayer I prayed asking for forgiveness:

Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner and only redeemed by your grace and what you did on the cross and resurrection for me. I know that only through your grace can I forgive my friend. I know you love this person and I ask you to give me that love – the love you have for

Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner and only redeemed by your grace and what you did on the cross and resurrection for me. I know that only through your grace can I forgive my friend. I know you love this person and I ask you to give me that love – the love you have for them, because Lord I cannot do this on my own. I pray to forgive this person as you have forgiven me, and to love this person, and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

  1. Forgiveness became a feeling.
  2. Praying a blessing on our “enemies” works!

Another Prayer:

Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner and only redeemed by your grace and what you did on the cross and resurrection for me. I know that only through your grace can I forgive my friend. I decide in the Name of Jesus to forgive – because I’ve been forgiven. I know you love this person and I ask you to give me that love – the love you have for them because Lord I cannot do this on my own. I pray to forgive this person and to love this person, and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Do you have people in your life that have annoyed you – that have hurt you? And you know in your heart that you have been wronged? Let’s pray – let’s give that to the Lord today and allow the Lord to free you as He has freed me!

Dear Lord, I know I am a sinner and only redeemed by your grace and what you did on the cross and resurrection for me. I know that only through your grace can I forgive my friend. I decide in the Name of Jesus to forgive – because I’ve been forgiven. I know you love this person and I ask you to give me that love – the love you have for them because Lord I cannot do this on my own. I pray to forgive this person and to love this person, and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Let’s go forth – you and me, together proclaiming as the apostles did – what the Lord has done for them!

Scriptures on forgiveness:

Colossians: 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Matthew: 6:14-15 – For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

What are your favorite forgiveness scriptures? Make a list of these and pray them when you have difficulty forgiving.

 

True Happiness & Joy

true happiness and joyTrue Happiness and Joy — Finding God’s Will

with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #9

True Happiness and Joy God’s will. The repentant thief on the cross that asked for forgiveness from our Lord, comes to mind as I consider true happiness and to some that may seem really odd – I mean he was dying – right? But, he realized – okay at the very end – but still, he realized he was wrong and he repented and he believed

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So for those of us today – what can we learn from this?

  1. Our life no matter where you currently are on your walk in faith is a choice. You have hope and you have options.
  2. When we compare our lives to both of the thieves on the cross – which one is most like you? Are you repentant or still set on going your own way?
  3. Perhaps you are on a cross – whatever that may be in your life – you are hurt from rejection – love – loss – death – financial difficulty – it is weighing you down to the point that you can’t go on – that cross is just too heavy!

Finding true happiness – true joy depends on finding God’s will and allowing HIM to minister to us…

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Mediation: True Happiness & Joy Finding God’s Will

  1. List your burdens – what is wearing you down right now?
  2. Release them to the LORD – put them in a prayer box with your family and pray for them every night – DO NOT TAKE THEM BACk – they are His not yours.
  3. Picture yourself on the Lord’s lap – you are a child. Allow Him to minister to you
  4. Allow the Lord to fill you with His peace. Be quiet before Him.

Finding joy is a decision. It is like forgiveness  – which is the next podcast – Finding Forgiveness with Grace (10)

But finding joy is making a decision for one minute – fifteen minutes – one hour – one day to seek Joy in the little things (podcast –finding God in the little things) – and smile when these things happen.

So – how are you finding Joy in the midst of God’s will?

If you haven’t figured it out already? The solution?

  1. Understanding that everything happening in your life is NO surprise to God. He knows it, He sees it, He understands it.

Please understand that God does not zap us from heaven on His throne with bad things – however, He allows free will to happen.

I share a very personal experience in this episode about how the Lord spoke to me through prayer. Yet, I ignored the very evident facts that the Lord presented.

God allows us to suffer due to our OWN decisions – so clear now. Right?

  1. Deciding to unite our will to God’s – God if this is your will for me – this sickness, this financial issue – this problem that I cannot overcome – then I embrace it as your will for me right now.
  2. Being in tune with God – how can you hear HIM and HIS perfect will if
    1. You will not ask
    2. You can not hear Him
    3. You will not listen

Our Lord is a just and righteous God – He is loving and understanding – He is slow to anger – He is the Almighty the King of Kings and Lord of Lord’s – He is the maker of all that is GOOD and that includes us – our lives are no surprise to almighty God and he wants the best for us – but being in his will is like swimming in the stream of righteousness and goodness instead of in the opposite way. Go with God’s flow and He will open those doors of your heart, fill them with every good thing and give us the joy that surpasses all understanding the Joy that comes from Loving, serving and being in the will of God!

Void In My Life

 filling the voidFilling The Void In My Life

Podcast #8

In this episode, we discuss filling the void in my life – and that is a life without a real handle on what this life is all about. Many people try to fill their lives with things – so many things that don’t ultimately make them happy. Material possessions are fleeting. Even relationships come and go, but the one constant that never changes is God. Do you have a void in your life that needs to be filled? Listen to this episode with Felice Gerwitz

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Show Notes: Filling The Void In My Life

At one point or another in our lives we go through a crisis that begs the questions why am I here – why do I exist – what is this life all about… For a Christian the answer is easy – or easier, we were created to love and know God – to seek him in our daily walk and to seek his perfect will for our lives – but still, even with the answer the solution may still be evasive too us.

It’s like a kid doing a math problem. If he has the problem and the solution that doesn’t mean he knows HOW to work out the problems – or do the steps necessary to get to the final answer. The same for us as Christians.

Many people in the world – whether you are a Christian, a Jew, an Agnostic or Atheist will at some point in their lives face a crisis. No one is free from trouble in their lives.

When I say, some don’t have a life purpose, the focus is not on a daily list of to-dos

I’m not talking about:

  1. A plan for the day/week/year
  2. Schedule
  3. Goals, Ambitions
  4. Family, Friends, Colleagues
  5. True love

I am talking about being lost in a world with so much to do, so many distractions available to us at the tips of our fingertips. Many times, this feeling of being lost leads to depression – there may be a series of events or life circumstances that have added to the burdens of daily life and maybe you are one of those people carrying this burden in silence and grief.

Maybe these people I’m referring to are your friends, your neighbors, co-workers, or even members of your own family.

How does this void happen? What can you do about this? How can you fill this void in your life? Let’s take a quick commercial break and we’ll tackle this when I come back…

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Looking at the why can help in finding a solution – it is like that math problem I spoke about where you have the problem and the answer but not the solution…

Filling The Void: Ask yourself these questions:

  1. When was the last time you were truly happy?
  2. Fill in the blank: Everythign will be better when _______________ happens.
  3. Happiness and joy happens when I do ____________________

Just doing this small exercise can be very telling – right?

  1.  often times happiness is equated with an event. A new baby, a wedding or proposal, a raise in a job or perhaps even a success, materially or with some type of award.

Often we seek happiness and joy in the wrong places – success, kids, spouse, family or the material things in our life …

  1. Everything will be better when…

whatever that crisis is we want or need to look on the other side just for our own peace or self-preservation to get through the hard times – this is good and it does help us, but know there will always be some type of crisis in our life. Some type of void even after the crisis passes

  1. happiness does not equal an event and until we realize that true happiness, joy, and peace only comes from GOD then, we will succeed and fill that void.

St. Augustine said, “You have made us for yourself, Oh God and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in you.”’

How do we fill that void?

Let’s first spend quiet time with God – right? The whole purpose of this podcast series to spend time with God. In the next podcast – True Joy and Happiness in God’s Will I will give you a list of ways to meditate on this concept. But, right now – this is the foundation – find that time to spend in quiet with HIM – allow HIM to come in and fill that void.

Study these Scriptures: Filling The Void

Job 8:13-15 – putting our hope in things that do not endure – explore what that means for you.

Luke 12:18-20 – we store up our treasures and yet these are material things – but what happens when the Lord calls us home? Have we worked out our treasures in Heaven?

John 1:16 – , or His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace…

 

Friends only in spending time with God in complete silence can we hear HIS small still voice, I pray you hear His voice, because he is calling you to a deeper and more filling life – with HIM in the midst of your life and in all you do!

Mini Retreat

A Mini Retreat To Refresh Your Soul with Felice GerwitzA Mini-Retreat To Refresh Your Soul with Felice Gerwitz

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Are you weary with the burdens of everyday life? A mini-retreat might be just what you need in order to become refreshed. In less than five minutes a day you can become renewed and ready to continue onward. In this episode, Felice shares how she breaks up an hour into a time of praise, prayer, Scripture and praying for others. In addition, she shares her unique way to set up a prayer journal, keeping in mind praise and thanksgiving before prayer petition.

 

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Show Notes: Mini-Retreat

  1. What is a retreat?
  2. What is the perfect retreat for you?
  3. What is one thing that is holding you back?
  4. The power of concentrated prayer.
  5. Listening is the key to finding the answer.
  6. Give it time.

Do you have an hour? This is how I divide one hour of prayer time into a mini-retreat with the Lord.

First fifteen minutes: spend time in praising God, whether it is in prayer or singing, rejoice in the Lord. He is worthy of all our prayers!

Second fifteen minutes: listen… journal your thoughts, jot down scriptures to look up–but not yet! Just be with the Lord… He will lead you.

Third fifteen minutes: Read Scripture. Look up the verses that came to mind during your quiet time. Slowly allow the words to sink in – close your eyes and think about what you read.

Last fifteen minutes: Prayers of petition. Are you praying for something specific? Is there a concentrated prayer request that you bring to the Lord daily? Focus on this prayer and seek the Lord’s wisdom.

End with praising God – praise is important to begin with and end with. In praising God we are thankful for all He has given us and we can begin our day (if our retreat is first thing) or continue our day with happy thoughts about His love and goodness…no matter what is happening in our lives.

Finding God Every Day

Finding God in the Every Day with Felice GerwitzFinding God in the Every Day with Felice Gerwitz

Do you have a daily schedule? It’s time to add finding God to your list. The Lord’s voice is something we seek, whether in quiet time or in prayer. What should we do? What does God want us to do? What is God’s will for us, today, tomorrow or next year? How do we find God? In this episode, Felice Gerwitz discusses how we should seek God every day.

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Show Notes:

Whether it is finding God in the rainbow, or the beautiful sunset – to finding God in the person sitting next to you in church, your life will become joyful if you look. In addition add journaling time to your day. When you journal you can see, more clearly the Lord’s work in your life. Study the following scriptures in finding God in the every day – 1 Kings 11-12 and Isaiah 41:10

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Show Notes: Finding God Every Day

  1. Seeking God – praying
  2. Look for blessings
  3. God incidence or coincidence
  4. Seeing God in the people around you
  5. Watching and listening
  6. Showing by example
  7. Ending your day with thanks

 

1 Kings 11-12

The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Isaiah 41:10

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Prayer Time – Overcoming Distractions

overcoming distractions

Prayer Time – Overcoming Distractions

Spend Time with God

Podcast #5

Prayer time and overcoming distractions isn’t easy. Do you want to spend time with God and find yourself overcome by distractions? We all have and we can end our time frustrated and angry or take charge. In this podcast Felice suggests ways to turn that distraction into a praise report.

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Show Notes: Overcoming Prayer Time Overcoming Distractions

  1. Feel left behind
  2. Not enough time
  3. Speed of life is sometimes unmanageable
  4. How do you slow down enough so that you can focus on God?
  5. How do you combat distractions?

Categorize Distractions:

  1. Personal
    1. Something that has been bothering you
    2. Something you struggle with
    3. Something you feel guilt over
  2. Duty
    1. Kids or spouse
    2. Household
    3. Work
    4. Meeting or appt.

 

Set up your prayer time with a methodology – like any of these ways where you feel the most comfortable…

  1. Praise and worship
  2. Proclaiming and glorifying God in words
  3. Singing
  4. Prayer

 

How To Plan Your Prayer Time

how to plan your prayer timeHow To Plan Your Prayer Time #4

with Felice Gerwitz

Do you know how to plan your prayer time? If you take the time to plan once – and the rest becomes automatic. Are you trying to form a new habit? A time – quiet time with just you and God? In this podcast Felice explains ways to make your time with God highly effective and it takes one very special ingredient. Are you ready to spend time with God, today? Are you spending time to plan spend time with God?

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Show Notes: How To Plan Your Prayer Time

SO, what’s the plan? How are you setting up your prayer time with God?

  1. Do you have a special chair?
  2. Do you like to pray Indoors or outdoors?
  3. Up on your bed? (too comfy for me!)
  4. Can you set up a specific time?
  5. Little kids – early in the am or late at night? Nap time? – when kids got older they remembered how much nicer I was when I had my prayer time!!
  6. Role model – parents with their Bible’s open in common areas when their kids wake up!

 

  1. Whether you are happy OR upset – bring that to the Lord – either way begin by praising HIM – use Scriptures such as … or you can use extemporaneous prayer – You are the Lord of Lords, you are the Almighty, the King of Kings – I praise you and I thank you, I thank you Lord for _____
  2. If you are a singer – sing! Praise God in song… allow yourself to think about the words – singing allows us to get into the presence of God –it lifts us…brings us joy.
  3. If you are not a singer – proclaim and praise God longer… don’t go to the Scriptures right now… If you want to proclaim certain scriptures get those out ahead of time and write them out – read from a journal rather than the Bible – right now our focus is to allow our minds to calm down and be in a place where we can pray and be still before the Lord – we want to listen but first we need to unload our baggage all the things on our mind – any emotions whether it is fear, anger, hatred – when do we stop? When we feel hope – joy – forgiveness – calm.
  4. Ask the Lord to come into your heart. If you have a prayer request you can ask it – if you just want to spend time with the Lord and be available to Him – just be still, close your eyes and listen.
  5. Give Him time – don’t expect anything – but you will be blessed whether you hear anything or not!!

Journal what you thought during your quiet time – is it random or is it specific? If it is confusing or chaotic – take it to the Lord – ask him for clarity. Typically, random or chaotic thoughts are not from the Lord unless it makes sense to you!

The Lord doesn’t bring us guilt or make us feel bad – I so love that!! God is a good God – He gives us HOPE

  1. NOW pull out your Bible – read through a passage or two that maybe came to mind during your quiet time, or perhaps something is drawing you to read a specific page.
  2. Journal if you want to add these passages.
  3. No end with praise and worship again – thank the Lord.

 

Planning Time For God

planning time for GodPlanning Time For God Podcast #3

How do you love someone you don’t know? By getting to know them and planning time – just like you do with God. In this episode we’ll explore God’s love and how we can learn to deepen our faith by spending time with God.

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Show Notes: Planning Time For God

  1. Can you love someone you don’t know?
  2. What is the best way to get to know someone?
  3. How is your faith strengthened in prayers?

 

Commitment to Pray

Commitment To PrayA Commitment to Pray

with Felice Gerwitz

Are you ready? Today’s challenge is a commitment to pray. However, will you find the time? In today’s broadcast, Felice shares how you can begin with one minute, add another and another until you reach your goal of spending time with God each day.

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Show Notes: Commitment to pray

  • Beginning steps to listening to the Lord and how to prepare to enter God’s presence.
  • Do you need more of Jesus in your life?
  • It is no accident you are here!
  • Can you make a commitment – today?
  • Be still before the Lord. The Lord will pour out an abundance of blessings during this time!

First, there are some decisions to make:

  1. Are you a Christian – if not, consider becoming one today.
  2. How much time will you spend in prayer?
  3. How can you rearrange your schedule to make it happen?
  4. Do you need daily reminders? This handout contains information on receiving daily reminders: AFMWGod- Podcast Handout

 

 

 

 

 

What is A Few Minutes With God?

a few minutes with GodPodcast #1  -What is A Few Minutes With God?

Do you spend a few minutes with God daily? In this podcast you’ll meet Felice Gerwitz, who hosts this weekly broadcast.  She discusses what she means by, “A Few Minutes with God.” To her, it is a time to reflect on the most important moments of your life and be she will share the challenge, to be open to listening to what the Lord has planned for you.

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Show Notes: A Few Minutes With God

  • Challenge: listening to the small still voice of our Lord.
  • Our focus — giving time to the LORD
  • A deeper desire to know him better.
  • This podcast if first and foremost about God the Father – God the Son, Jesus, and God the Holy Spirt
  • IF you have always loved the Lord OR if you are a new Christian OR if you don’t know the Lord – WELCOME – I pray this podcast will encourage you to a deeper walk
  • Commit or Recommit your life to the Lord: Lord Jesus, I need You and I know I am a sinner. I thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of all of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.
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  • It is JESUS that saves and brings us to the Father –  this is my first step – but it is not my final step! He wants so much more of us!

When you tune in weekly:

  1. A desire to be still and know God through listening
  2. A desire to plan time for this to happen
  3. A desire to understand and discern God’s still small voice – how do you know it is really God who is speaking to you? How do you know you are not making it up?
  4. A desire to act upon the message – how are you going to implement what the Lord is urging you in prayer? How will you do HIS will – how will HIS will work in your life?

Scriptures: —Exodus 3:13-15

We as Christian’s believe that Jesus is our Savior but the son’s focus was always to bring us to HIMSELF so that HE could bring us to the FATHER – our God – ELLOHEEM – Jehovah GoD.—“I AM WHO I AM”—only belongs to HIM.  .

– in Luke – 24: 32 on the walk to Emmaus we read – “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”

Read the book – A Few Minute with God 

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