SECOND CHANCES

“Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea.”

Micah 7:18-19 NASB

After listening to this truth today and smiling at the reference to God’s unchanging love, I’m reminded of the thief on the cross who changed from a mocker of Jesus to a believer in Jesus, asking to be remembered. (Luke 23:42)

#whatloveisthis #amazing grace #yemustbebornagain #eachdayisnew #secondbirth

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Speak Lord. I am listening.

This morning when listening to the Psalms, Samuel’s name was mentioned. What an honor to be mentioned by name in the Psalms!

“Samuel was among those who called on God’s name; they called upon the LORD and He answered them.”

Psalms 99:6 NASB

When Samuel was a young boy he learned to LISTEN to God’s voice—not just any voice, but God’s. (1Samuel 3:7-10)

We see throughout history that God wants no other gods to come before Him, because when we allow anything to distract us from Him, we are often not listening to His voice or seeking His face. (Matthew 6:33 and Hebrews 12:1-3 come to mind.)

Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.”

John 10:27-28 NASB

God is speaking. Am I listening?

#HisWord #iamlistening #howtopray #godisthegospel #knowMyvoice #wecancallonHim

#anyoneanywhereanytime

August

With six family celebrations this month, and unknowns each day, I am reminded to celebrate life, marriage, and reliance on God for each step.

Oh, how I get sloppy about trusting Him. One moment I’m reminded to pray; the next moment I get side-tracked to something that could be wasted energy—mine! I’m constantly discovering that His power can be mine as I lean into Him and let Him carry me, but sometimes I create busyness for myself that prevents me from that intimate relationship that allows me to rest in Him and be still enough to know He is my God.

While celebrating family plans this month, may we all learn to be still before God.♥️

Show a little kindness🎶👏

I overheard my si♥️ ask our grands questions about kindness. It seems that such a simple word could be overlooked in life because of all the offenses that come our way. We feel ignored, teased, disrespected, condemned, hopeless, helpless, shunned, outsmarted, dumbed down, overshadowed, or insignificant.

True kindness is filled with genuine love from above that gives us the ability to overlook others’ transgressions and be the righteousness of Christ in obedience to God’s Holy Spirit. Kindness allows us to step out in faith with a helping hand and Truth that sets others free or a word of encouragement that could carry someone to the pinnacle of their potential.

#wordsfromthe♥️ #practicemadeperfect #alwaystime #lookingforopportunities #faithfulFather #truthtested

FOG

What if you’re looking at a fog on the road to your next destination? What if you don’t even know what that next destination is? What if you don’t even know why you’re on the road in the first place?

I listened to a devotional this morning that instructed me to pray when I don’t have clarity. The author plainly stated that God delights to answer prayers that are prayed with God’s will in mind.

Since God is not the author of confusion, I’ve decided that I have placed too many things on my plate that don’t reflect His plan. Self-inflicted busyness of mind, of heart, of soul, and of body often brings discouragement and can paralyze me. What’s my answer?

I’m writing down the 5 most important tasks that really matter to God and me by trusting in His Word, and asking Him to empower me to stay focused on His activity in each challenge or task. #Hispromise #Promisekeeper #faithfulandtrue #ordermydays #nogreaterlove

My Dad

Happy Birthday to my Dad who was born 98 years ago today. He left a legacy to each of my three siblings and me—love, faith, and hope. ♥️☝️🤗👏

My mom believed with all of her heart that Dad was praying for each of us kids as he was circling the spot before he unsuccessfully tried to land his plane in a farmer’s field during a Midwest February snowstorm in 1961.

If so, some of those prayers have been answered, and others are still in the works by a Heavenly Father Who never forgets to bless His children with answers from His heart of mercy, love, wisdom, and impeccable timing. #grateful #blessed #thanksdad #heavenlysonshine #caredfor #imperfectpeople #perfectedbyGod posted March 13, 2019

BELIEF GIVES COURAGE

Very recently I heard a speaker use fear as a doorway rather than as a barrier to tear down or face. It was eye-opening, because fears are real. Rather than avoiding them or imagining them to be unscalable mountains, or attempting to face them head on for a fight, I can look for what’s on the other side of that fear. Is the fear of public speaking something I can walk through? Yes, by intentionally walking through the very thing I fear, I’m disabling it. If I fear rejection because of the length of time between conversations with my grown children, I can call them and tell them that I love them, and ask if they have a few minutes to catch me up. Walking through that door 👏takes action🏃‍♀️with courage, and allows for discovery, growth, health, and happiness🤗

This conversation reminds me that Jesus said, “I am the door,” in John 10:7. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. I’m so grateful that Jesus IS the door to LIFE EVERLASTING that began for me personally at age 15, when I heard and believed that His finished work—His full payment for sin when He gave up His life on the cross for all—was done for me, as the risen Savior. Jesus is the door of God’s perfect love and grace. He empowers me to walk over the threshold of fear, because He knows what is good for His design and purpose for me.