Blue

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I’m joining Kate Motaung for Five Minute Friday. One word prompt. Five minutes. No editing. Lots of women. All of us writing on that same word.

Today the word prompt is … Blue.

I see the prompt this morning and only one thing comes to mind:

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue,
And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

I remember scrambling to come up with an idea for each one. So funny this is where my thoughts would turn. I remember reading one time the “something blue” was to represent purity, love, and fidelity.

Sitting here with my coffee and the stillness of the morning, I realize there is only One Whose love is pure and faithful. I find myself humming this old song {{how does our minds pull these things back up?}} –

Never ending. Spanning all time.

His same love which loves me has loved those before me and will continue to love my children and grandchildren long after I am gone from this earth.

Perhaps that is why He painted the expanse of the sky and the oceans deep in shades of blue. Did He intend them to be a reminder of His love which is pure and faithful and eternal?

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23, NLT)

When I am feeling “blue” may I remember ….

He loves me with a love that is pure, faithful and never ending.

 

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An Abundant Supply

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I woke up yesterday knowing I needed help to get my thoughts aligned and focused once again with God’s truth. Emotions were getting the best of me and the only way to reign them in is through filling my head with new thoughts.

I turned to an online group to catch up with a few videos – weekly devotionals – which I had missed. I had not had the time to view them when they were shared. And the new thoughts began to flood in:

  • “We don’t always immediately apprehend the purposes of our sufferings.”
  • “An unclean spirit can be anything that thwarts us from loving God or receiving God’s love into our lives.”
  • “I am the Provision for your need.”

Three different weekly videos delivered by three different women. Yet each bringing a truth for me to saturate my mind – God’s truth. God’s Word.

And then my eyes took in this lovely graphic shared by one of them:

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Paul prayed for the Philippians to be filled with knowledge and discernment, with truth, so they would be able to know what really matters in life. They would be able to address life with God’s truth and thus live in such a way to bring glory and honor and praise to God.

Opening my devotional, “Streams in the Desert” (for May 27th) my eyes take in these words … “Do you find yourself at this very moment surrounded with needs, and nearly overwhelmed with difficulties, trials, and emergencies?”

Umm, is nothing hidden from Him? I continue reading …

The very trials that threatened to overcome you with discouragement and disaster will become God’s opportunity to reveal His grace and glory in your life, in ways you have never known before.

“My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)

What a source – “God”! What a supply – “His glorious riches”! What a channel – “Christ Jesus”! It is your heavenly privilege to trust “all your needs: to “his glorious riches” and to forget “your needs’ in the presence of “his riches”. He has thrown open to you His exhaustive treasury.

I think back to one of the devotional videos I had watched earlier … God not only wants to provide, He has made a way for abundant provision. My problem was I was trying to envision His provision through my feeble thoughts and what was needed was His eternal truths.

I turned to my desk calendar ….

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What were the lessons learned yesterday?

  1. God weaves His people together for purposes beyond our understanding. He can use online community to do a deep work in our lives.
  2. We MUST fill our minds with His truth. Leave no space unoccupied.
  3. He knows our needs and will supply them as we humble ourselves before Him.
  4. Sometimes our “need” is His peace, for which He gives an abundant supply!

“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  (Philippians 4:7, NLT)

What are you in need of today?

Come to Him.

He truly does have an abundance and is happy to supply.

 

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My Favorite Day

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I was given a Mother’s Day present which is priceless – the gift of a book. It is a book filled with photos and wisdom and quotes for each day of the year. Much like a devotional and yet, not a devotional. The photos are from National Geographic and are stunningly beautiful. The combination always causes my thoughts to turn to the activity of God in my life – today.

Nothing is worth more than this day. (Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe)

“Today” as defined by dictionary.com is “the present time”. The present time, now or “today”.

There is no time like this day. Thinking about tomorrow is pointless as we can never anticipate what the future will bring. Yesterday is done. We cannot relive it or undo it.

But today – well – it is twenty four hours of time spreading out before us like a blank canvas. God is doing something entirely unique to this segment of time. Scripture tells us:

This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
(Psalm 118:24, NLT)

This is the day, the segment of time, He has ordained for today. For right now. May we not dwell in what has been yesterday or what may or may not come tomorrow. May we not miss today. May we find reason, today, to be grateful for life. Today may we take note of God’s bountiful goodness towards us.

And may we embrace this thought from my friends Pooh and Piglet …

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Enjoy my favorite day!

Today.

 

 

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To Every Generation

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How is it a familiar story can fall with such a new thought ….

“The total number of Jacob’s direct descendants who went with him to Egypt, not counting his sons’ wives, was sixty-six. In addition, Joseph had two sons who were born in Egypt. So altogether, there were seventy members of Jacob’s family in the land of Egypt.” (Genesis 46:26-27, NLT)

Much like Jacob, I am traveling through my life. In actuality, I am more than half-way there. My children are now raised and there are grandchildren.

There have been many a time, my own two children have heard me say, “If one day I stand before the Lord and they are also not present before His throne, nothing else done in this life will have mattered.”

My desire for my children to know and pursue God is great and deep. I think Jacob knows the feeling as well.

When God calls him to go to Egypt, he brings all of them in tow. All sixty-six descendants, not counting the women, went with him to Egypt. He left no one behind.

It is nothing short of a miracle to raise children who know and love the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind. May we, as parents, believe and ask in prayer for this miracle in our families.

When I stand before Him, I want to be next to Grandma and Grandpa Spano, my own parents, my husband and I, my two children, my grandchildren and those yet to come. I want to rejoice that we all made it and are present before His throne because of His great power at work in our lives.

And all because each generation believed.

“Your name, O Lord, endures forever; your fame, O Lord, is known to every generation.(Psalm 135:13, NLT)

A family of three generations

 

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Changed Hearts

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  • May our hearts always remain tender. The famine continues. The brothers come to ask for more grain. Joseph’s heart breaks and he prepares a feast, asking for the brothers to be seated at his table. May God give us tender hearts for the people He places in our lives.
  • We need a heart change. Joseph again sets his brothers up, placing his silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. The brothers respond differently this time, “tearing their clothing in despair” (Genesis 44:13, NLT). We need a change of heart before we can obey and love Him completely.
  • We must lay our idols down. We find the boys in a mess. Unable to go back to their father with another brother missing, they explain, “Our father’s life is bound up in the boy’s life.” (Genesis 44:30, NLT) How very sad for the brothers who know their father’s love settled on first Joseph and now Benjamin. It’s no wonder they struggled with strong feelings of jealousy and resentment. Obviously Jacob did not hide those feelings from them. When our lives are “bound up” with another life, or with something else, there is only one word for it – – Idolatry. May we lay those idols down before they wreak havoc in our lives.
  • God is always in control. In revealing his identity to his brothers, Joseph explains 3X that it was God who had been in control of each and every event of his life. “So it was God who sent me here, not you!” (Genesis 45:8, NLT) We must learn to filter all which happens through the lens of God’s character. May we trust Him at all times.
  • May we live by believing. The brothers return to get their father. As they explain all that transpired, Jacob was in disbelief. And Jacob, don’t you love his response? The man goes weak in the knees until he sees all the wagons. But before we criticize Jacob, don’t we do the same? We believe what we’ve heard only once we SEE it is true? Somehow we become people strong in faith once our eyes see. What’s the old adage say…I’ll believe it when I see it”. Yet this is not the way God desires for us to live. “We live by believing and not by seeing.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, NLT)  Faith restores our souls. May we not live by the old adage or the world’s thinking on this one. May we live by faith, by believing and believing one foot in front of the other until we stand before the Lord one day and are able to say, “Lord, I believed!”

May we let Him change our hearts and increase our faith.

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Prayer for the Overwhelmed

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Months ago, the words fell as if I had not ever heard them before ….

“No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:37, NLT).

He never promised “these things” won’t happen in our lives. No, He said, “despite these things” we have victory. Overwhelming victory. One way or another through our Lord.

I read this prayer months ago and saved it to my desktop to read as needed. May I say… it was needed often. May this prayer, written by Rachel Wojnarowski, bless you as it has me.

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Six To Enjoy!

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It is Saturday again! Where do the days go? But I am so glad it is a long weekend which give us all some time to relax and enjoy a few of these:

1) So often we admire someone so much that we want to be like them. In this post, we are so wisely reminded … “Don’t be the next anybody. Be deeply, weirdly, completely, totally you.”

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2) We all desire to be loved. We can spend our days trying to achieve and change and become. This post brings the powerful reminder, “You’re already so loved, … just by existing …”

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3) We so like to know what our future holds. In this post we find, “Sometimes, not knowing what is next is normal and beneficial.” May we remember that our lives are evolving as He reveals His plans.

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4) Some days we can see God so clearly. And other days, we can so miss Him. In this post we’ll discover what happens when we carve out time for Him and to see Him.

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5) Raising our children can be challenging indeed. Some of those very challenges can happen right while we are sitting in church. Here in this post, we find the transparent sharing of an incident and the powerful reminder to let “our homes be a safe haven for our children, where they KNOW flawed people are genuinely supporting them”.

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And because I found SIX posts this week which spoke deeply, I must also share this one…

6) We turn on our faucets and drink water, clean water, without giving a thought to the millions who cannot do the same. In this post, we find the reminder to think about this problem for the sake of mothers and their children.

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I want to remember all the servicemen and women – and their families – who sacrifice every day so that each of us can enjoy our freedom and liberties. May we not ever take it for granted. Thank you!

 

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Love,
Joanne

 

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