Do Not Be Afraid! God is in Control!

So many things are going on around us every day. Things are happening so fast and furious and many of them are frightening and even terrifying to some.
Please try to focus your eyes and hearts on Jesus. Remember that God is still in control! He loves us very very much and all these things are happening for a reason.
Though many of us feel helpless there is something we can do. We can put our trust in Him and Him alone. All of what is happening, is being allowed to make us redirect our trust from the things of this world to the Lord of Lord’s and King of King’s sweet Jesus. (Although the enemy would have it be the other way around. Don’t let him win.)
Jesus is our infallible King! So therefore it is to Him we must direct our trust, allegiance, obedience, and faith. If you believe in God and worship Jesus the world government is not your government but Jesus IS THE KING! We must crown Him King of King’s and Lord of Lords in all things and in all ways! He is the one that should Govern our lives! He can move mountains and so can we when we walk in His will. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Nothing is impossible with God!
Because the “world” lacks the knowledge of God is it truly in captivity to the evil that rules this world. Our leaders are not Godly and they are leading us down a path of destruction for without the knowledge of God we all shall surely perish. Seek Him today while He can still be found. The Bible says in Romans 8:28 ” And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. ”
Do you love God? If so then seek His will in your life that you may be called according to His purpose in these last days. The fields are ripe for harvest! There is no such thing as too many workers! Be encouraged today knowing that God is in control and He has a plan and all these things that are happening are part of that plan in some way. His love is greater than we can even imagine. Put your life in His hands today. You won’t regret it!Imageriss

Our Countenance is important!

Today I was thinking about “countenance” as in the facial appearance or expression as a sign of mood, emotion, or character. The countenance actually expresses the inner working and or condition of a man’s spirit or heart.  The inner beauty, shame, guilt, turmoil, pain, or ugliness does show in a person’s countenance to some extent though it is not always easy to see. To be clear here I must say that I am not talking about beauty or ugliness as the world thinks of them.

Psalm 10:4  The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.

Let me explain what I mean by this.  I will use as an example a man that I have come to know recently who is very dear to me.
Upon first meeting him I thought that he always had such a sweet expression and appeared to be a kind man.  Not only that but he appeared to glow and even more at some times than others.  This attracted me to him and made me want to get to know him better as a person.
I still have not known him long but one thing I have learned about him is that the countenance on his face reflects the love of God that is in his heart. They say you can not judge a person from outward appearance but I am not sure that is always so true. The outward man tends to take on the appearance of the inner man. As we study the Word of God, spend time with Him in prayer and worship, and generally seek His will in our lives it really does show in our countenance.
The Bible says   “Ecclesiastes 8:1: Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom makes his face shine, and the hardness of his face is changed.”  So it is when one is in relationship with God that his face shines.  I call it wearing the love of God like a cloak.  This is the kind of countenance I want to have.  That glow that comes from the inner man is not easy to fake in my opinion.  The countenance of ones face speaks a multitude of things about a person.

“Psalm 42:11b  I shall yet praise Him, Who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
Every day I see so many beautiful people as I go about my daily routines.  It is hard sometimes for me not to hug some of them when I see the pain in their eyes.  This world is a hard place and many times it beats down those that have a tender heart and sometimes they become bitter.  The only way I know to overcome this is to get into a relationship with Jesus. Only He can heal a broken heart and fill it with hope and love that is like a healing balm to our soul.
I am most always quite cheerful smiling, humming, singing or whistling a lot.  Most of the time I have a smile on my face even when I am alone and it is a reflection of the joy that God has placed in my heart.  Upon first meeting me sometimes people ask me why I am so happy.  I love it when people ask that question as it gives me a chance to tell them of the joy that I have found in Jesus.  This isn’t saying that I have not had hard times or heart break and sadness but it is that my Father in His Mercy has lifted me up and caused healing in my life.  The joy, hope and peace that He has given me is so precious and priceless!  I would not take for my walk with Jesus.  He has truly set me free.

I always say I am not judgmental but I guess I am really because I do judge a person by the countenance they wear.  In that countenance I can see their inner beauty no matter what they look like on the outside or at least I think I can. That inward beauty is there in all of us but as we seek relationship with God it grows and begins to shine like a light from the inside out.  This is the light that Jesus told us not to hide.
Matthew 5:14-16  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.

So today as I meditate on His Holy Word and spend time thinking upon the things of God, it is my prayer that His love shines brightly upon the faces of those that have relationship with Him. All for His glory that the world will see the light in His people and be prompted to ask us from whence it comes.  And I pray that with boldness we will share with them the Good News that Jesus is our Savior and Lord of All!

Thoughts and Sharing Current events

Just thought I would talk a little about what I have been up to lately and share a little of my own thoughts.  Much of my time is being spent trying to list things on the internet to sell.  I have been working on a  little web site and am now adding things to it for sell. After much thought I decided to just put things in my stores on Etsy, and Bonanza and just link the items in on my page.
I am not a web master and had to find an easy and free wysiwyg editor to work with which is truly easier said than done. And I know nothing about CSS and can not even figure out how to make a style sheet.  The point here is that one gains a new respect for people who build web sites when they pursue a project of this sort.
My main reason for the web page is that people are always asking me where I list my things.  I have more than one place and with the web page I can share all of those places at one time.  Seems like a great idea anyway!  The problem is that it is very time consuming and trying to juggle buiding the web site and accomplishing the other things that I have to do in my life is difficult to say the least.  And yes I am saying that with a smile on my face.
It is a challenge and one that I hope I can accomplish.  Slowly I am adding some things to my stores and I do mean slowly. Hopefully as I get going I will gain momentum and get things listed faster.  When I look around on the web and see stores that have 100’s and thousands of items I think; “Wow! These people have put a lot into that.  I bet they had help.”  It is a lot to do by yourself and involves a lot more than people understand.  I am the photographer, book keeper, lister, web page builder, writer, buyer, seller, mail clerk, bargain finder, social media person, computer operator, and then on top of that wife, chief cook and bottle washer, and overall household manager. I guess one might say I am a multi tasker.  Not a very good one either!
One thing I know for sure is this.  If it were not for my relationship with Jesus I would go completely stark raving mad. A lot of things get put off til tomorrow that I thought I might get done today. Many things sit on the back burner for the day when I might be able to get to them. Sometimes I tend to put God on the back burner and then I remember that He belongs front and center, in my heart and Lord of my life.
It is when I keep Him there that things don’t seem so tough.  You see He carries me most of the time.  When I get too tired to walk He tells me everything is going to be ok.  This is just a season and soon it will all be in the past and I will be able to breath a sigh of relief and know that at least I tried to do what I was supposed to do.
There have been times in my life that were much tougher than now. A time when I had no place to call home, times when freedom was a dream, times of hunger, fear for my life,  loneliness, despair, heartache and deep depression.  Grateful doesn’t even begin to express the way I feel about my life at this present time.  Blessed is more like it, although I know that through it all and because of it all I have been blessed.
Many things that might have been tragic in my life have been turned around for the good by an Almighty God that loved me and lifted me up no matter the situation. Many times it happened  in ways that I would not have chosen but God’s ways are higher than mine and He chose the way that would teach me a lesson that I would never forget.  I know He was right and am truly grateful for it.  Everything that I have gone through in my life serves a higher purpose. I can understand and empathize with others that have gone through similar situations or may be going through them now.  I am not one to judge people because when I point one finger at them there are 3 pointing back at me.
Yes everything happens for a reason and this is all just a season soon to pass.  We are in a day and age when any moment the Rapture may take place. Many terrible things are happening in the world what with all the active volcanoes, the earthquakes, floods, pestilence, disease, violence, wars and rumors of wars and signs in the heavens that tell us that the time is near. This Day of Grace is drawing to an end.  My heart is heavy for those that are lost or those that scoff at God. Those that call what is evil good and profane the Word of God to make a mockery of Him.  My hope is in God and it is in Him alone that we can find peace, salvation, and the safety and security that we really need.  An eternal security like none that anyone else can offer us is to be had if we have Jesus as Lord of our life!
Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life today. You will never regret it because His yoke is easy and His burden is light.  There is only one way to enter the gates of heaven and Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Light!  He is the Lamb of God that was slain for the sins of the World. Without Him there is no hope. Without Him all would perish.
(If you would like to see the web site I am working on it is deboriah.com. God bless you and thank you for visiting my blog.)

Thought for the day on Judging

Thought for the day. Some things are a matter of our own conscious and it seems that some of us have differing ideas in our own hearts concerning things that are right and wrong such as celebrating certain holidays or eating certain foods or maybe even wearing certain clothing, makeup or jewelry items. Let not these things cause us to judge one another. God judges our hearts each individually. No man can judge another justly because he can not see the heart as God can. Let us love one another unconditionally, pray for and let the Holy Spirit and the Word guide people and let God do the judging. God has this! He is still in control. Love you all! 

Romans 14:1-23
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Principles of Conscience

14 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2 One person has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the [a]servant of another? To his own [b]master he stands or falls; and he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

5 One person [c]regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, [d]does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God. 7 For not one of us lives for himself, and not one dies for himself; 8 for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, that He might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.

10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. 11 For it is written,

“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall [e]give praise to God.”
12 So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God.

13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14 I know and am convinced [f]in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be [g]spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19 So then [h]we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. 20 Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats [i]and gives offense. 21 It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22 The faith which you have, have [j]as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.

Times are changing

Life goes to fast for me sometimes. So many changes taking place like for instance the gas prices soaring and groceries going through the roof. I am not sure what will happen but it doesn’t look good. Is it greed that is causing all this pain? Really does any company need to make that much profit? Seems like we are being taken advantage of to me and it is hurting everyone not just a few, although I think it hurts the poor working people the most. Those that are on a fixed income and or those that are working for minimum wage. Where are they supposed to get the extra money to fuel their vehicle so that they can go to work and pay their bills? And now the state of Texas is trying to pass a law that we can only have 2 yard sales a year. Well this is no way to keep people from becoming homeless!

It would be nice if people would work together more and help each other. Recently I was trying to help a couple that was having problems paying a bill. I took up donations, most people can give a dollar or so and I thought that maybe some people would care enough to give. I was right of course and the bill got paid and I hope those people that helped will be blessed. But some people are just mean when it comes to helping. I wonder sometimes why people are like that? My thought pattern is “There but for the grace of God go I.”, and I have been there before myself. I have received help and sometimes I didn’t but that doesn’t change my mind when it comes to helping others. If I can help by donating a dollar or two now and then that is great. And hopefully if I ever need help someone will be there for me as well. This world would be a much better place if people would pull together and stop living like they are an island unto themselves.

Any ideas as to how to make it through these hard times? My husband has planted a garden and we are already reaping the benefits of it. We have snow peas to harvest off of the front yard fence almost daily. Our peach trees have a whole lot of little peaches on them and we also have pear trees. That pressure cooker and dehydrator are going to get a work out. A couple of days ago I dehydrated some onions out of the garden and made the mistake of tasting them after they were dry. Well they are delicious! That is why it was a mistake…now I will want to eat them like chips or something. They are sweet and just a little hot all at the same time, yum good.

Another way for me to save money so I can afford gas is to go to yard sales, auctions, and flea markets to buy a lot of the things I need there instead of new. I have found some really great deals too. My dehydrator, which I found out costs over 100 dollars new, was only 35.00 and it works great. We also a double sink that is marble with the high dollar faucets in excellent condition still attached for 60.00 at the flea market. A wood burning stove which we will be using by this next winter only cost us 50.00 at the flea market. These are just examples of things we found at bargain prices and some of them are money savers themselves. There is no telling how much that burning wood will save us on our electric bill this winter!

Yes times are changing and we have to be creative and innovative in our search for ways to stay on our feet. But I am certain that we will make it just fine. If you have any ideas to add to this please comment or send me an email and I will add them. Have a wonderful day!

Memories

It is one of those days when memories come spilling back and I start thinking about things that I probably shouldn’t think about. All triggered by things that are happening around me at this time.
My father-in-law is passing away as I write this. The family is all gathered around him and slowly his life is ebbing away and he doesn’t even know they are there. Some members of the family haven’t been around in years and won’t be even now. Sad how people drift apart….
I guess we have all heard it the saying “give me flowers while I am living”. That is the way I see it. I can’t help but think of the times that someone has said “I love you” , when I called them but they never call me, email me, or come to visit. A lot of the people I love have drifted away and don’t even make an effort of any kind that makes me think they care. I am not sure I would even want those people around when I am dying. See…told you I think about things I shouldn’t think about! Now I understand if someone lives far away and they don’t visit. But if they have all your contact info and they can’t even call or drop a line in the email or by post then it just seems that they don’t really care at all.
I guess I am saying all of this because at times like this I feel my mortality and wish I were closer to my family. My own close family members never even call me with the exception of a brother that I wasn’t even raised with.
Now that hurts! ( And I love him for keeping in touch. It makes me feel loved.)
When families drift apart it is very sad. My husband has 8 brothers and sisters that he hardly ever hears from. There are some of them that he probably will never hear from again. They just walked away from the family.
My own family isn’t doing much better really. Lack of forgiveness, holding grudges and bitterness are tearing us all apart. I miss my family and wish I could be closer to them. I have made mistakes and said things I shouldn’t have said and this I am very sorry for. We all should accept responsibility for the things we do that are not right. None of us are perfect. I hope that someday things will change for the better. In the meantime I guess I will just feel saddened when I think of those I have lost, not to death, but lost none the less.

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