The Answer, in His Time.

We’ve all petitioned to God, at some point in our lives, for something. Whether we are Christians, who’ve accepted Christ, as Lord and Savior; whether we know Him, intellectually, but not yet in our Spirit; whether we’ve heard of Him, but do not believe/have not yet surrendered ourselves completely to Him, we’ve all cried out. “Oh, my God”,”Lord have Mercy”, “Jesus, take the wheel! (Carrie Underwood)”; my Daddy’s favorite, “Great Day in the Morning! “- just pick one; we’ve said it, or thought it, sincerely, unintentionally, etc. Whether we believe on Him, and His promise to answer, is a very personal choice. It’s also not the point of this particular musing. 

God promises to answer prayers throughout His Word. No matter the language, version, or religion, it is the basis of faith; we ask, He hears and answers. In my acknowledged limited, but growing research, here are a few:

Christians– The Holy Bible.     Muslims/Islam– The Holy Qu’ran. Jews – The Torah and The Talmud. Hindus – Shreemad Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and Veda.

I believe God to be who he says He is, and that Jesus, The Christ, IS my Savior, the Messiah, and soon coming King

I can point to the references in The Holy Bible where God promises that He will answer your prayers. 

  • Philippians 4:6-Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • Jeremiah 33:3- Call unto me,  and I will answer thee, and show the great and mighty things,  which thou knowest not. 
  • Matthew 21:22 – And all things,whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing,  ye shall receive. 
  • John 14:14 – If ye ask any thing in my name, I shall do it.



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Will You?

Good morning. God has seen fit to reset His Grace and Mercy; thus, we’re alive. He most assuredly could have chosen someone else, someone who transitioned last night/this morning, but He chose US! I am humbly grateful.

What will we do today to let Him know His choice was not in vain? Perhaps a smile at a random passing stranger? A phone call/visit/plate of food to someone sick, or shut-in? Choosing NOT to respond to negativity-meeting it with hope and encouragement? Apologize/make amends? Sincerely congratulate? Praise God, all day, just because He’s worthy? Intercede, through prayer, for someone, whether you know/like them, or not? Gut-laugh (not with malice), out loud, so that it becomes contagious? I don’t know. Just do something. He did.

Today’s Word: FAITH-
A very difficult concept for humans, especially because it’s solely dependent on what you believe/heard, not what you have witnessed. Wouldn’t trade my faith for anything. It may wax, it may wane (less, as I grow in the Lord), but never dissapates-never dies. EVER.

Today’s Song: “Be Ye Steadfast”-Florida Mass Choir- based on  1 Corinthians 15:58.
Why? Sometimes, we have faith, but still say “when will I see the manifestation of my faithfulness come to pass? ” You may not. Will you still believe? If you pray for someone; a child, a sick loved one, but see no change, nearing, and up to the end of your earthly life,will you stand on God’s promises, until your last breath? WILL YOU REMAIN FAITHFUL?  I declare today, and always,  I WILL.
Have a great day, in the Lord.

Today’s WordHebrews Chapter 11:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.

By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them. By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days. By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Hebrews 11:1‭-‬40 KJV

 

Praise For A Destiny

Great morning, all. Blessed to be in the number again. Body trying to act out/show off; KNOT TA-DAY! Excited to see what God has in store. He NEVER DISAPPOINTS! Have a wondrous day!

Cryss-ism
“Dreams are God’s vision for our life’s purpose, embedded in our Spirits. It’s why they speak to you, even if you run from them, hide from them, fear them. You needn’t chase them, any more than you would your own DNA- they are God-ordained, just for you! Go. LIVE in your dreams (yes, plural), and walk in your destiny. ”

Of course there’s a song for today-lol.🎶
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the world

Sweet the rain’s new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass

Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God’s re-creation of the new day

Written by Steven Curtis Chapman, Eleanor Farjeon • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management US, LLC

Time Well Spent 10/14/2016

​God has been troubling my Spirit, for quite some time, about how I UTILIZE my time.

First, He made me aware that all of my time, is His time. Period.

Second, He made me admit that we have freewill over how we CHOOSE to spend that time. Kinda killed the phrases ” I don’t have time for this”, “I meant to call/visit you, but…”, etc.  We make time for the things/people we want! 

Third (and hardest for me), in my being so busy, am I FRUITFUL? WOW! If I’m spent, at the end of the day, but can’t see the benefits of my labor, I may have been busy, but not necessarily productive.

Finally, and most importantly, how much of my time, that has so graciously been bestowed upon me, is spent with THE ONE-THE GIVER OF TIME;  GOD?

Pastor Charles Stanley mentioned in one of his sermons, that prayer is our time to COMMUNE with God. Many of us pray daily, and some throughout. The questions he posed were, after you pray, is there devotionworship, and/or meditation? Are you yet quiet, and still, with your Spiritual eyes and ears open, or are you off to the next task at hand?

Alright, I get it. I am MEGA guilty of praying, and then jumping to the next task. Oftentimes, we say we’re not hearing from God, but that’s not necessarily true. Maybe we just never stopped long enough to hear His response. God loves us, and desires to speak with, and sup with us, as well. Communion requires an exchange.

  • Prayer= getting into God’s presence; making your petitons known.
  • Devotion= reading the Word of God; expanding your understanding of the heart and mind of God, via the Holy Spirit; learning what He requires of You-Your life’s instructions.
  • Worship = expressing gratitude, pure praise and thanksgiving. 

Meditation = quieting your mind; allowing God, and His peace to wash over you, as He speaks to you, in turn; hearing HIM, and getting answers to prayers. “A-HA” moments happen in this space; discernment is made manifest.

Scenario:It brings to mind a family sitting down to dinner, whose house tradition is to share the day’s experiences. The kids begin; they regale everyone with the ins and outs – every detail (especially if they’re tweens-lol). They then may begin to ask what they should do about one thing or another (overtly, or covertly), and may even express their love and appreciation for family. Immediately afterward, “okay, let’s get these dishes/the kitchen cleaned up, and get to your homework.” Later, cellphones are out, tablets/TV’s are queued for games or movies; Mom and/or Dad start on the work they brought home- each one gone to his/her own space. Now, it’s bedtime. Sound familiar? Where was the EXCHANGE?  Were the kids’ questions answered? Did the parents have questions, or get to talk about their day?  Was there a dialogue; a response to what was heard, to afford the parents the opportunity to encourage, instruct/redirect (teachable moment), to reciprocate the expression of love?

God desires to dispense Spiritual energy; to embolden you, and to nourish you, via the Holy Spirit-to actually answer our prayers. 

Devote quality time to Him. He’s worthy. He gave you the time, so make it work. It’s time well spent! 

Tips- courtesy Ligonier Ministries:

Setting Your Schedule

Use your leisure time for pursuits that are life-enriching. Reading is a valuable use of time. Augustine once advised believers to learn as many things as possible, since all truth is God’s truth. Other avocations that are enriching are in the area of the arts. I also enjoy working crossword puzzles to warm up the little gray cells and expand my vista of verbal expression.

Find ways to cheat the “sandman.” My habit has been to retire between 8 and 9 p.m. when possible and rise at 4 a.m. This has affected a wonderful revolution for my schedule. The early hours of the day are free from distractions and interruptions, a marvelous time for study, writing, and prayer.

Use driving time for learning. Driving a car is a mechanical function that allows the mind to be alert to more than what is happening on the roadway. The benefits of recordings can be put to great use during these times.

Finally, in most cases, a schedule is more liberating than restricting. Working with a schedule helps enormously to organize our use of time. The schedule should be a friend, not an enemy. It helps us find the rhythm for a God-glorifying, productive life.

Coram deo: Living before the face of God

If you do not have a schedule, make one and use it for the rest of the week, then evaluate how it helped you redeem time. If you already have a schedule, take some time to review it and pray about your priorities.

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