Another Devotional 

Good morning  readers, so I’m going to share another devotional that I’ve been reading. I get it through the choir I am part of. 

“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭140:12‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ ” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭10:25-37‬ ‭NIV‬‬

JUSTICE FOR THE POOR

Jesus is the justice for the poor that the psalmist, possibly David, wrote about here. Throughout Jesus’ teachings there is constant mention of the poor and Jesus’ intention of saving them. Luke 4:18 says, “He has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.” Jesus told the rich young man that if he wanted to inherit eternal life, he had to “go, sell everything you have and give to the poor” (Mk 10:21). And in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed how in order to be obedient to God and a good neighbor, one must help those in need (Lk10:25 – 37). Indeed, what the psalmist wrote in Psalm 140 was confirmed through Jesus and is continuing to come true today. Jesus used his ministry to show how important the poor are to God, and he encouraged believers to treat the poor as he treated them — with love and care.
Jesus, thank you for caring about every person, regardless of economic status. Please help me to see others through your eyes and to show compassion, patience and generosity toward those in need. Amen.
From “The Jesus Bible Devotional”

Sometimes I think I am poor, but actually I am not. God has been providing for me in multiple ways. Like I’ve maybe shared before God provides my needs, but at times I want and not all of us need what we want.  I wanted to try a new restaurant called Wild Ginger, my fiancé said if was expensive  and it is not close to where I live. Besides, I am in the midst of eating the Daniel Plan way. Wich I think is far better than the yo-yo dieting I’ve tried within the last year. 

Jesus shows us that we should care for the poor.  This I don’t mind doing.  It had been a struggle because I have not had a job in almost 2 years. I prayed about what I should give and to whom I should give to.  I’d have to keep depending on the holy Spirit  to discern who to give to and what to give them. I say this because on Thursday I was accepted to be an associate for Paradies Lagardère. I’m so thankful to God and excited! Before it felt like a struggle getting a job or getting hired. But I thank God I have been hired! So, this is why I need to continue praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in whom to give to and what to give them.  Thank You Father for answering my prayers.

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It’s Free, It’s Already Paid For

The title of this post is what it is, I chose  that title because it is true and I myself am still learning this.

As I might have shared before I’m partially  dependant on my dad and my fiance. Before them I am completely dependant on my heavenly Father. He most certainly is THE BEST provider I have and will always have.

Yet I cannot deny that with all three of these individuals I try to help them when I can. It is a way to SHOW them I am thankful and that I love them. I know I can simply say it and move on with my life,  but I know actions speak louder than words.  It is my actions that are seen and proved by those who see.

For my dad, he paid me as his secretary. To pay his bills for him and do other secretarial work. I don’t mind this because he works so hard, even doing overtime perhaps sometimes daily.

For my fiancé,  it’s a bit more difficult to help him as I help my dad. We do not yet live together, so I’ve helped him with things like setting up his EZPASS account before our vacation this year. That’s one thing I can remember now. I also spend time with him when he’s off and I’m available. Yesterday was his day off, so he had what I now call a lazy day, which is okay with me because he works hard, is tired most times it seems and God has given us 7 days in the week, allowing us 1 day or rest, the Sabbath day. At first I didn’t like it for two reasons, but now I understand. After all,  he has a full time position now, something we’ve both prayed that he’d receive. 

For God,  my heavenly Father, I aim and try to have my devotional first thing in the morning, sometimes after praying, sometimes after brushing my teeth. At times it does not work out like this because I’m traveling, because I’ve slept over someone elses home or some other reason that would keep me from spending time with the Lord early in the morning after waking up. Like today, I have a second interview that is in the airport. The interview time is from 8am to 10pm. Which is why I’ve prayed, read my first devotional and am now writing this post. It’s 7:35am now so it’s almost ‘show time.’ 

My point I’d this post is to show that some of us do want to pay back those who’ve helped us. For these three individuals it is so with me. For God, I have learned that I do not have to pay for my salvation because it has alrwady been paid for. Still, until it is no longer a habit, I will still aim to literally seek Him first in the mornings. His work says to seek Him, His kingdom and His righteousness first and He will add unto me clothing, food and whatever else is mentioned in Matthew chapter 6. It’s a chapter I like. So give it a read 😉 .

If you have not accepted Jesus to be your Lord and Savior,  you may do so now by saying a personal prayer or going on over to the salvation page. 

Thank you for reading, have agreat day, afternoon or night.

Love God

TC

May Your Priorities Be Mine

Turn my eyes away from vanity [all those worldly, meaningless things that distract–let Your priorities be mine], And restore me [with renewed energy] in Your ways.

PSALM 119:37 AMP

Psalm 119 verse 37 is such a meaningful verse to me. I read the amplified version and it is cut straight. 

I do believe that all the things around us is vanity compared to where we will spend eternity. Some are consumed with fashiom and clothes, others are consumed with make up trends, some are consumed with the newest tech, some are consumed with romance in their lives, in movies or in books, some are consumed with food, how it tastes, how to make it and how it is made. Perhaps ‘consumed’ is a heavy word to use. Obsessed can be used also. The point I’m making is that these things are not only interests, but they are things that have the focal point of our attention.

Yesterday, I finally got a fitbit! I’m excited about it. I do know that I can not center my focus and attention on what it can and cannot do. I am glad about the things I know it can do, like count my steps. Counting my steps was the main reason I wanted one, but for those of you who know about the fitness watch it can do so much more than count your steps, which for me is an added bonus. This takes me to a verse I read for the Our Daily Bread devotional. Psalm 119:33-40 Fifteen-Minute Challenge. The reading was about reading for 15 minutes a day. It started out with an introduction about the president of Harvard University writing books that he suggested can help the individual reading it, if they read it for 15 minutes a day. The author of todays reading then raises the question of what if we read our Bible for 15 minutes a day? I wonder what if we commit to spending time with God for 15 or more minutes a day? Reading His word, praying, and praising and worshiping Him. This is what I hope to do until I get hired for paid work. All of our situations are different though. Some of you reading this post may already have a part time or full time work position, some of you may work from home, some of you may be stay at home moms and dads. This is why I use the word ‘commit.’ It is our choice as to how much time we spend with God. I read something that Rick Warren wrote, I think it goes something like how close you are with Good depends on you. I agree and understand because God is available and He wants to have a relationship with us.

So, as I  desire friendship, I realize that I don’t have to focus on friendships now.  I can focus on my relationship with God though and strengthening that friendship and relationship. I took a look back on how my friendships with others have progressed throughout life.  Elementary school friendships were good. Junior high school friendships were okay, not like elementary school though. Then high school. In high school I think I had people who I called friends and they’d say the same about me,  but it never really developed  into a continuous friendship. Hence why I have few friends now, plus I’m learning the whole friend thing I think. Oh, and I also was not outspoken and I’m still closer to not being outspoken. Enough about me and friendships.

Psalm 119 verse  37 is a prayer for me. I’m so glad I have a fitbit now. Yet, I do not want to focus on that all day. I think that would become boring. I want to enjoy the things in this life and appreciate  them, but not let them become my focus or the center of my attention. I know who should be my focus and the center of my attention, and that is God my Father, my papa, the Holy one, righteous in all of His ways, I love Him, I praise Him, I worship Him, I give Him the glory due His name. He is a mighty God and I believe I will continue getting to know Him in my life and how He also works in the lives of those I interact with. 

Are you getting to know Him? God, Jehovah, Jesus, the giver of peace, grace, mercy, and love? 

You should get to know Him. He loves you and wants a relationship with you. 

Go to the salvation page on this blog and choose whether you will accept Jesus to be Your personal Lord and Savior.

♡God

TC

My Protector

He is closer than I think.

Closer than I would allow Him to be.

He is all up in my business.

Knowing me,

even more than I know myself.

He is God.

God in all three persons.

The Holy Trinity.

Today’s devotional is a good one. It reminds me of God’s ever present protection and His provision for where He has placed me. Yesterday I became so miserable with my life. So discontent because of where I am, versus where I want to be. But am I thankful for a fresh new day that the Lord has given me. His word says that He gives fresh mercy every day. Let’s take a look in the book of Lamentations. Chapter 3 verses 22-25.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.

***They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, therefore I hope in Him.

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.”

I remember when I think I was obsessed with a crush I had many years ago. My nights were full of thoughts of scenerios of what I thought would happen, what I wondered would happen and even of fantasies with this guy! As I think back now, Father I thank you for not answering the prayers I prayed when I wanted to be together with him. But I also thank You for having Your way in his life. So in the evening my thoughts would be about him, the next morning, when I woke up my mind would be refreshed. I did not have the stress, concern or worries of the night before plaguing my mind. My mind was refreshed!

Today my mind is refreshed from last nights miserableness. Thank You Father for this new day!

Now verse 25, it says, ‘The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him.” Praise God for His word! Yesterday I realized how much I will be waiting on God as He has His way in my life and in my loved ones life.

  1. I learned that the wedding date for my fiancé and I is an unknown to us. This sucked yesterday. I want it to be soon for few specific reasons. But we both learned on yesterday that God wants to strengthen us individually before we get married. This is so different from the stories I’ve read online talking about marriage is a ministry and God is cleaning you up in the marriage. It is so different, I was not prepared to wait! Am not prepared to wait! But I will be waiting. Who am I to force God to do what I want Him to do? As His word says, I am like the grass, I can wither and fade in no time. (Read Isaiah 40:6-8 & 1 Peter 1:24, 25)
  2. I seem to be ready to have a job. Yes, a job. My career has been started, that is my art business. My art business is a baby, one with a name change too. She is not an adult, able to produce to support her mom. That probably sounds weird…but as a ‘mom’ I, feel I should have an income to help out myself and my family. To get the things that I want, that I know I don’t need. I know this and I remember Jesus’ words which say ones life is not about money, my life does not depend on money. The exact phrases escapes my mind. I found it! Like 12:15 “And He said to them, ‘Take heed and beware of covetousness, for ones life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Here I am editing and I can’t remember what 3 was, I don’t even remember what 3 was. Perhaps it is not needed. Writing helps me though. I wrote it, it helped as I typed it on my phone, now it is gone and I am cool with that.

The devotional I read was from Our Daily Bread.  Blink and Think of God Deuteronomy 32:1-12 May 22nd 2017. http://www.odb.org I believe on their main page the devotionals change daily. The booklets are free though. If you request one, they’ll start you off with something like a starter booklet and then at some point send the monthly devotional booklets.

Music: Unfinished

I am unfinished. https://youtu.be/Ejycllx5iwA am being made into a wonderful masterpiece. I am already a new person in Christ. Yet, I still have flaws that is being worked on. Now.

Mandisa has a song out now. I don’t remember how I first heard it but I’ve come to really like this song. Unfinished. This song speaks to where I am in life. At 24 turning 25, I feel as if I am starting my life over. The social, financial, learning part of my life. 

Since my stroke I’ve learned to talk and learned the simple things that are so familiar to us. Like the names of widely known foods, states, & countries, things like this I actually took counseling for. However, again, although I have a feeling of where I’m supposed to be, like at home, I feel the necessity to do something. To find something. To remember that I am indeed NOT WORTHLESS. Circumstances and perhaps the enemy satan, have tried to get me to believe that. Yet I know I AM NOT WORTHLESS. Which is why the song Unfinished is a song that I really like right now. God, my heavenly Father is not finished with me yet. Which is why I am still alive and He is still supplying all of my needs. Now my wants is another story and I need my Lord’s help with that part, along with other things I need help with, like my appetite. 

Here is the song: https://youtu.be/Ejycllx5iwA

Here is the Word:

I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will [continue to] perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus [the time of His return].

PHILIPPIANS 1:6 AMP

I’ve set this to post on my birthday! God’s willing I’ll be 25! Quarter of a century! 😀

Movie Review: Old Fashioned

Writer: Rik Swartzwelder

Director: Rik Swartzwelder

Producer: Dave DeBorde, Nini Hadjis, Nathan Nazario, Rik Swartzwelder

This movie aired in June of this year (2015). I’ve wanted to see it for some time now and finally had the chance and the time to check it out. It’s a nice movie. A man who as a past that he is regretful and ashamed of, changes and becomes a man who is respectable and holds a standard that seems to so high – perhaps one can only have it through passion. A woman who in the end learns how to deal with life’s messes and not run away once she’s secured enough to fill her gas tank and drive to, “wherever the wind blows.”

The acting is believable to me, and I was not disappointed by the storyline. If you don’t like Christian films because they tend to be “low-budget,” give this movie a try… It’s realistic, it’s possible (I believe), and it’s sweet. May I add romantic to the list? Just don’t get upset if your story isn’t scripted like this one. And who doesn’t want something like this?

Being a Christian female, I have searched the internet for answers, and ways of doing things regarding dating and being in a romantic relationship and being a wife & mother way, before I was even in a relationship. This movie captures the idea of dating that I’ve read about. In example: maintaining purity, dating with the intent of getting married, respecting each other in such a way that would not cause their future spouse to cringe…

Being in a relationship now…well, I can say, no matter how hard we try to be perfect, pure and do things in a calculated fashion with this it’s complicated…What is the perfect way? To love as Christ did – sacrificially…

But without sin, without falling short, without getting it wrong and messing up, how would we know the grace and forgiveness of God? How would we know His love? And how would we know how to truly forgive others the way God forgives?