Welcome to my blog! I hope to be a resource to help you in your walk with God. Now more than ever we need to get back to the basic fundamentals of moral living and take a stand for what is right and truthful with God as our ultimate authority. His Word is reliable and preserved and can be trusted, so that is the basis for my advice and teaching. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or topics you would like me to cover. I look forward to sharing what God has placed on my heart. See my website at https://www.lovinggodministry.com/ for books and music I have written that will enrich your life!
Ezekiel 22:30: "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." Let's stand in the gap together!
Thursday, February 16, 2017
On pgs. 23-24, she mentions some notes she took from her preacher that were really meaningful.
"When opportunity knocks, we need to have courage to overcome fear. There's a difference between understanding what you should do and choosing to do it. The tipping point takes us from knowing what we ought to do to making the decision to act."
"God will direct our paths, but He won't take the step for us. Some of us will stop on the journey. It's not just knowing - it's going. Often, there is a gap in the middle between knowing and going."
"Life is a parade of "now" moments, not a series of tomorrows. No future moment is more significant than now."
Is this your "now" moment? She goes on to talk about the importance of confronting difficult people, or issues in your life, or moving on and letting it go. It takes courage to walk through doors to freedom. Yes, identifying what those doors are is an important step, but then walking through the door is the courageous act that will set you free to solve problems and have peace and joy.
She mentions a book called, A Woman's Passionate Pursuit of God by Karol Ladd. She talks about how the author commented on the book of Philippians, and how the Apostle Paul wrote of his resilient joy, consistent contentment, and a peace that passes all understanding while being beaten and imprisoned in a dungeon for doing what was right. She quotes this:
"Have you ever thought you were following God's guidance or leading and found yourself in a real mess of a situation? It can tend to make you want to doubt God and question His work in your life. Did I really follow God's direction? Does He really care about my situation? Why should God allow this to happen to me if I am following His will? The questions are valid, but we will soon see that God often allows the difficulties in our lives for a greater purpose. He will not leave us in the midst of our troubles. The important thing is to learn to react to our situations and challenges with faith and not fear."
Here are some questions to ask yourself, as a challenge:
"Who are the difficult people in your life? With whom are you hesitant to set healthy boundaries?"
"What keeps you from setting those boundaries?"
"Which growth action - standing up or moving on - are you willing to take with the difficult people in your life so that you are no longer stuck in neutral?"
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Isn't it a beautiful solace to know we can run to Him anytime we need to? Feel loved, my sisters. I know I need that time; our souls crave it, so why not embrace that comfort He offers? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRNFf3ykQvM
Friday, February 10, 2017
I know this is a Christmas song, but I wanted to post it again. Sadly, my publisher has gone out of business. I'm not sure where that will leave me in my writing career, but as you can see from this video, I have worked very hard, and had a very fun, exciting run. I have loved interacting with people at vendor fairs and book signings, and while my heart was often crushed when doors closed to me that were once open or no one showed at a book signing, it was a really cool experience. I have given it all to the Lord, and whether I never write again, or if He opens new doors for me, I want all to be done for the glory of God, not myself. I hope those of you who have purchased my items indeed have been very blessed. <3
Monday, February 6, 2017
Proverbs 16:9: "A man's heart plans his way, but the LORD determines his steps."
Psalm 37:23: "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."
Psalm 25:12: "What man is he that feareth the LORD? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose."
I was thinking about how broad it is to read God's Word and get wisdom, but how individualized it is when the Holy Spirit corrects and guides us. He knows us better than we know ourselves, and His plan of care for us is personal. It's like when you go to the gym and you have a personal trainer who measures you and gives you goals that are specific for your body type, your health, and your strengths and weaknesses.
It's one thing to read a heath magazine, but an entirely different thing to have a health care provider see you face to face, hear your complaints, and individualize a plan of care for your optimal health, wellness, and healing.
It's wonderful to read a self help book, but to go to a counselor who will listen to you and guide you down the right paths to restore your relationships and sanity based on your particular situation is a much better, specific treatment. What's so powerful about it? The wisdom and knowledge of the counselor, the health care provider, and the trainer.
Who knows you better than God? He will guide you into all truth and goodness. Read His Word, and then pray, listening to His still, small voice as He guides and directs you each day. You can know the answers to your difficult questions, and which path to walk down. Follow Him.
Psalm 119:105: "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
Psalm 18:28: " For you will light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness."