Give Me This Day

My child, again you are fretting over little things.
It is difficult when you try to please everyone.
In an ideal world, without the distractions
you would only want to please Me.
Your heart would not be divided as it is now.
Some of my saints were able to achieve the
single minded life of only pleasing Me.
Give Me this day.
Do everything as if I truly was your Lord and Master.
Let all your actions reflect Me.
Do not forget I was a carpenter for many years.
That was the task My Father had designed.
There is nothing particularly glamorous in being a carpenter
or a housewife.
However, our lives, lived in obedience to God will bring Him glory.

 “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions.” 1 John 1:15,16 (NLT)

 As I picked up this “listening” from my journal writings, it seemed very appropriate. When my husband and I return to our small condo after our summer vacation, we both seem overwhelmed by the tasks we deem important. These tasks also often prevent me from spending time with my heavenly Father.

I purposed this one day to not fret about the little things and try to be more conscious of my Father’s leading and guiding. The result of the experiment was I had peace throughout a four hour stress test (normally I would be agitated because this was a waste of time). Everyone was kind and very thoughtful, one nurse even gave me her woolen gloves to keep my fingers warm in the very cold room. God’s quiet peace was in my heart and it was a very good day (without anything wrong with me). The rest of Thursday was wonderful and Saturday, my husband and I purposed to make it restful, was also peaceful.

I would like to say I can be obedient every day and, I do pray to have more of God’s direction in my days.

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This picture was taken in Maratea, Italy showing Christ with His arms outstretched bringing salvation, healing, comfort and guidance to the world.

Do not clutch at earthly possessions.
Allow your hands to be free to receive blessings from on High –
blessings to be passed on to others.
You cannot keep your possessions.
Do not withhold your acts of kindness, but spread them to the world.
I have blessed you!
Now bless those around you
and those in less fortunate countries.

 “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together…Luke 6:38 (KJV)

 Recently, I wanted an earthly possession which I thought I really needed though my husband didn’t think so. In our American way of life, we are subjected to many messages about the material things in life. It creates a false sense of need. Consequently, many of us spend money on luxuries while others go without necessities. When I was preparing the blog today, I came across this “listening” which I felt God was telling me to use.

I try to follow God’s leading and recognize He often uses other people to reinforce His will for our lives. I cannot promise you that following His Word and His Ways are easy, but Jesus promises us His burden is light. I have seen enough of life to know His burden is lighter than the heavy load of debt, or discontent, or sin. He really has given to us abundantly. Again, as I have many times in the past, I will lay my desires down, hold lightly to this world’s ways, and obey my Heavenly Father.

If you are struggling with something, please respond to this post with your questions and comments.


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Worship the One True God

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Hospitality in Crete

After Israel we visited the beautiful island of Crete. The landscape was absolutely stunning with the blue Mediterranean Sea, white-topped snowy mountains and villages built up the mountain sides.

Some of our literature indicated Christianity had been established on the island by Titus. Actually the scripture reads: “This letter is from Paul…to Titus, my true son in the faith we share…I left you on the island of Crete so you could complete our work there and appoint elders in each town as I instructed you.” Titus 1:1-5 (NLT)

 Some people get discouraged very easily,
Partly because their modern technologies respond instantly.
In contrast, my work is similar to a tree growing slowly with roots
spreading deeply into the ground gathering moisture and nutrients.
Moreover, the tree will last many years.
Some of the works of my faithful servants last and refresh many generations.

Titus must have done a wonderful job as there are many evangelical churches on the island. We were staying close to the city of Rethymnon. Our custom on Saturday night is to look up a church on the internet we could attend on Sunday and there were many choices. We were interested in one that had the Greek service translated into English. When we arrived at the church we were directed to sit with other people who needed the translation. We used headphones to listen to the sermon in English and used music books printed in both Greek and English to sing familiar hymns and choruses. The service was very enjoyable!

Afterwards, all the English-speaking people welcomed us and to our surprise asked if we would like to join them for the noon meal. There were 10 or 12 of us who went to a quaint family restaurant by the seaside. We were thankful for their love and hospitality, their kindness, and their guidance when we ordered the unfamiliar Greek cuisine! They practiced true Christianity by welcoming the strangers in their midst.

I want to apologize because I was unable to add the picture of our group to this post. I have much to learn.

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The Jezreel Valley and Armageddon


This picture was taken when we visited the historical site of Megiddo. The Jezreel Valley today is very peaceful and fertile. It is often referred to as the “breadbasket ” of Israel since it is very flat. It is watered by the Kishon River from the west and the Harod River to the east. Since much of Israel is quite mountainous, this land is very important to Israel. According to the Bible, the valley was the scene of an Israelite victory which was led by Gideon against the Midianites. However, this site is also referred to as Armageddon in the book of Revelation, where the last great war will take place. “And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name Armageddon.” (Revelation 16:16 NLT)

 Many people believe we are living in the last days and that battle will happen in the future. The rapture of Christians will occur first. Perhaps God is withholding judgment for more people to accept Christ as their Savior. The dividing lines are clearer than ever in our own country. Christians are being singled out for their belief in the Bible and their consistent walk with the Lord. We pray God will send another Great Awakening. Some of you may recall in the seventies and eighties, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit ­­­­­in mainline and Catholic churches where as many as 2 million people received Christ and the Holy Spirit which changed their lives.

We had the privilege of discipling through Bible study, several individuals from various denominations after they had accepted Jesus as their Savior. Many of these people became instrumental in winning others to Christ. God simply asks us to be faithful with what he has given us.

My message is to have a changed heart.
A changed heart will reach across barriers.
You will share what you have with others.
It may be little, but little is much in My hands.
I give you strength, energy and wisdom,
Love others with My compassion,
All I ask of My followers is to be willing to be used for My kingdom.

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Mary’s Decision and Nazareth


We visited Nazareth and the Basilica of the Annunciation. Behind the gate, there is a small ancient cave dwelling or grotto, identified by many Catholics as the home of Mary. Here, they believe, the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that “You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.”…Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. (Luke 1:31,38 NLT)

 I wonder if Mary questioned her decision when Joseph her fiancée was appalled at her pregnancy? The angel did not come to the religious leaders of the day. God chose a poor family and a teenage girl engaged to be married. Obviously, Mary’s heart was tender towards God and consented to being the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Although she probably tried to tell Joseph, he didn’t grasp the truth until God sent an angel to speak to him. Is it not wonderful when God does speak to our hearts as husband and wife? Joseph, as well as Mary, had to step out in faith, believing God’s word and were married. We have the perspective of time as we read the familiar story, yet it was not an easy journey. Jesus even said He was not accepted in Nazareth because people would not believe, obey and trust His words of love and redemption. Today the Holy Spirit asks us to obey His word.

I want you to obey Me.
I want you to walk in my way.
Listen to my still small voice directing you.
Put aside your pleasure.
Pray much for your country and church.
Your faithful prayers are what counts.

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Do We Worship Other Gods?

IMG_1447IMG_1450The pictures were taken at Megiddo. Both King Solomon and King Ahab made this an important fortified city during the time when the children of Israel were powerful but they began to worship other gods. While in Israel, I was impressed that at many ancient sites the official signage mentions the Bible as being a powerful influence on their history. There was also mention that the sites are universally valued due to the religious and spiritual value given them through the Bible. Today, in our country, popular media doesn’t want to talk of God’s standard except in a derogatory way.

We have had the persecution of Christians in ISIS’ rule of terror even to the extent of Christians being beheaded. This atrocious act did not get a lot of air time on many news stations. Recently, Christians at an Oregon school were killed by a gunman, simply because they were Christian, yet the government makes no mention of religious persecution. Imagine the faith and stand the second student took when asked to state his belief, knowing he would be shot. Truly, he chose to identify with Christ!

People hurt others and hurt themselves.
Evil existed then.
It exists today.
People are tormented and need to be set free.

 We serve a variety of gods in our nation. For some it is money, political correctness, power, prestige, work or pleasure. We often don’t set out to worship these things, but they become our gods because of the time we allot to them and the control they exert over our thoughts and energies. I recall being in a meeting, 35 years ago, depressed and hurting. Something in the pastor’s sermon had me silently telling God that I served only Him. A still, small voice contradicted me and told me I had put my husband Bob first in my life. As the tears of sorrow and repentance flowed down my face, I asked God to forgive me and promised He would always come first. I vividly recall God’s healing power sweeping through my body and soul and the depression was healed.

Though King Ahab engineered a very advanced water system for Megiddo and made it a great fortified city scripture tells us “Ahab did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him…he married Jezebel, and began to serve Baal and worship him…and did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him.” 1 Kings 16:30,31 (NIV)

 “You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.” Matthew 4:10 (NLT) This was Jesus’ reply to Satan during the wilderness temptations. I know I must guard my heart and life and am thankful the Holy Spirit helps us put God first.

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre


Vast numbers of Christians, especially those of the “older mainstream” churches, believe the Church of the Holy Sepulchre marks the place where Jesus was crucified, buried by his followers, and where He rose from the dead three days later. Following a visit in 326 AD by Queen Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, a magnificent church was completed at this site in Jerusalem ten years later. Although that church was destroyed by Caliph El-Hakim in 1009. It was entirely rebuilt in 1099 by the Crusaders when they came to Jerusalem. This church is considered to be one of the holiest Christian sites in the world.

Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, the Armenian Apostolic, and Egyptian Coptic churches all share ownership of this church, however most Protestants believe there is another place called Golgotha where the crucifixion took place and many pray at the Garden Tomb.

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?” John 11:25, 26 (NLT)

 I died and rose again so you might have life
And that, more abundantly.
I now sit at the right hand of Father God
ever interceding for you.

 The Bible passage is taken from the story of Jesus raising Lazarus, the brother of Mary and Martha, from the dead. God also raised Jesus from the dead, following his crucifixion.

I’m glad we celebrate a risen Lord. It was awesome and wonderful to visit the different sites in Israel where our Lord and Savior walked so long ago. But I rejoice in the thought He remembers us each by name and helps us in our daily walk.

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Walk on the Via Dolorosa


For some reason I expected the Via Dolorosa or Way of the Cross to be a large road, but, as you can see from the picture it is a narrow alleyway. The literal translation is “the Way of Suffering”. Jesus, after He was beaten, had to take the heavy cross on his shoulders to the place where He was to be crucified. At one point in our tour, we stopped, where it is said that Jesus fell and Simon of Cyrene picked up the cross.

It is said, even I, Jesus, learned the ways of obedience through suffering.
I know you because of that suffering.
I take your hand!
And you will come to the kingdom of light and love.

 “But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s path to follow our own, Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. ” Isaiah 53:5,6 (NLT)

 When I contemplate all that Christ has done for me, I am humbled. There is an old hymn named, “He Could Have Called Ten Thousand Angels”…Jesus could have called a heavenly army to rescue him, but he didn’t. Jesus willingly went to the cross of Calvary bearing my sins and your sins to give us a kingdom of light and love. Why did God call us to be like Jesus? Why would I take angry, sarcastic words without answering back, other than to experience God’s life and light? God asks us to be like Him so we can go to a world that doesn’t know He came to give us forgiveness, redemption, a life with His love, peace and guidance. In turn we also will be enabled to forgive, love and dwell in peace and harmony.



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   I have much to tell you but it is now getting late for you.
Unlike you, I am never in a hurry.
Therefore, when you make time, we will talk longer.
There is much I would like to share with you
However the distractions are many!
Remember you create the distractions.

The picture was taken at Megiddo National Park which is a World Heritage Site. During Bible times it was one of the most important cities in the area as it was on the international trade route that linked Egypt and Mesopotamia (Iraq).

We were told that King Solomon built the city of Megiddo (1 Kings 9:15)to be one of his chariot cities. Possibly, the picture above shows the stables for his horses. Though God blessed him with great wisdom, power and riches, Solomon allowed many things to distract him from following God’s commands wholeheartedly. One was his love of foreign women.

“The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. He had 700 wives … and 300 concubines. And, in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord.” 1 Kings 11:2,3 (NLT)

Solomon started out well, asking God for wisdom. But he allowed other people and things first place in his life. It doesn’t matter how well we start in our Christian life with God, we must not allow anything to distract us in our walk. This is easier said than done. Our children, our spouse, the many demands on our time can rob us of our time with God. Yet, the time we spend reading His Word, petitioning and praising God, and listening to that still small voice is more important than anything else.






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