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Do You Recognize Jesus?

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Luke 24: 30-31

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him.

Do you recognize Jesus when you see him?

As Christians, we would hope the answer to that question would be a resounding yes! After all, who would want to miss a moment like that? Not me!

But yet, I’m afraid I’ve often failed to recognize Jesus. Too busy. Too many things on my mind. Too much time spent on worrying about me and my problems.

The minute things start going wrong in our life, we go in a panic. Where is God? Why is He letting this happen to me? What did I do to make God mad? Life isn’t supposed to be like this–it’s supposed to be easy, right? Wrong.

Jesus never promised us we wouldn’t have problems but he did promise he would never leave or forsake us.

If you aren’t recognizing Jesus in your present circumstances, take some time and reflect on your past. As you do, you will begin to recognize that Jesus was there, guiding you, supporting you, and loving you even in the toughest of times. And even that many of the things that were hard when we were going through it, actually was a good thing in the long run.

A few years ago, my part-time position as a speech pathologist was eliminated. And it was the PERFECT JOB for me. I loved the kids, the teachers, even the principal was a nice guy. I was not a happy camper, but a few months later I was diagnosed with bilateral brain tumors.

Now, I know me well enough to know that I wouldn’t have quit the job on my own, like I said, it was the PERFECT JOB. Instead, I would have kept the job while I was undergoing treatments and side-effects from the treatment and…all that wold have done was cause me stress!

God knew me well enough to know that too.He smoothed out the rough road ahead of me by making sure I could concentrate on my health instead of stressing out about responsibilites that I could not have fulfilled.

God is so good!

I didn’t recognize Jesus at the time, but he was with me anyway. If you are in the midst of a tough situation, pray for God to open your eyes so that you can recognize Jesus. He is with you!

I’d love for you to share a time when God was with you even when you didn’t recognize him.

Time To Say…

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Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven

As the verse says, there is a time for everything. It doesn’t say that every activity we choose to do must last forever.

And so it is that I say good-bye to this blog–FOR NOW. Lately, it’s been a struggle for me to come up with a topic for my devotions. And that hasn’t happened before. I love writing devotions so I can only conclude that my time for writing this blog may be coming to an end.

At least for now.

Who knows what the future holds?

If and when God wants me to start writing devotions for this blog again, I will be overjoyed to do so.

In the meantime, I plan to include devotions on my other blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com.  Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is more focused on my writing life, my books, other people’s books,  and whatever strikes my fancy. Lately, I’ve been sharing my writing journey. It’s been a fun look back at how I became a published writer. So if you’re not following Tiaras & Tennis Shoes yet, come on over and join the fun!

Thanks for all the support you’ve all shown me throughout the past few years. And like the verse said, there is a time for everything, and there may come a time again for this blog.

My blessings to you and to all you love!

Celebrating God!

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There’s all sorts of ways to celebrate God. I celebrate God with my writing. Others celebrate with their painting, their sculpting, their acts of kindness to others. And certainly one way to celebrate God is through music.

I admit that I’ve never been a big music lover. Sure I had a few favorite singers and enjoyed their music. Now, my husband is a music lover. He loves music of all sorts. Rock. Hard Rock. Heavy Metal. 50’s music. Bluegrass. Country. Hymns. Praise Music. It doesn’t matter what type of music–he loves it. And unlike me, he usually knows the words!

But I do love one genre of music. Music that celebrates God.

And Chris Tomlin is up at the top of my list of favorite musicians that celebrate God. Of course, there are others on the list.

Anyway, here’s a great song to celebrate God today!

YouTube Video–Our God Is Greater sung by Chris Tomlin

THE REWARD

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Ada Brownell is my guest writer today. She has been writing for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a daily newspaper reporter. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Christian publications and write non-fiction and fiction books. You can find her blog at:  http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement

THE REWARD

Hebrews 11: 6

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” 

Why does it sometimes take so long for God to answer prayer?

In my book, Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, I tell the true story of Eddie Rickenbacker and his military buddies being lost at sea in 1942 when their plane went down. I am sure Rickenbacker, a Christian, prayed before, but one day when they knew they would die if they didn’t get food, he called for all the rafts to gather around for a prayer meeting.

The men bombarded heaven, and when Rickenbacker said “Amen,” a sea gull landed on his head. He reached up and grabbed a leg and the guys had a raw lunch, leaving only enough to use for fish bait.

The men received sustenance, hope they soon would be eating fish, and believed they would be rescued—and they were.

I remember many miraculous answers to prayer in my life. We had moved to Thompson, Utah, population 100, three bars, no grocery store except a few items sold in the bars, and no church.

I thought we’d missed God’s will for us. For a year I prayed. Then the Lord did a work in me and I told Him if He’d send a helper, I’d start a Sunday school. Within a week a lovely young Christian woman my age and her two little boys moved to town and we started a Sunday school in the schoolhouse.

One time when we moved from Arvada, Colorado to Pueblo, we’d prayed the Lord would help us sell our house. The realtor brought us the contract when we were loading the last few things in a U-Haul truck.

He’s done miracles of healing in our family. Gary, our oldest son, thought to only have a percentage of his kidneys working, found to be whole.

Doctors thought Gwen, our middle daughter, had multiple scleroses, but tests proved otherwise and she’s fine.

Doctors recently suspected our youngest son, Jaron, had leukemia because of consistently elevated white blood cell count. After prayer and retesting, he was negative for leukemia and the blood count was normal.

Another time, the hand of God shoved our car out of the way of an oncoming truck on an icy mountain pass as I screamed “Jesus, help us!”

God hasn’t always answered the way we wished. We lost our oldest daughter to cancer when she was age 31. But God’s comfort and peace was there. He doesn’t leave or forsake.

Keep praying. God is there.

 

PRAYER: Lord, give me faith to know you’re in all of our tomorrows. You made the world out of nothing and created us for your pleasure. Thank you Lord for your love and answering prayer.
©Ada Brownell March 19, 2014

Jumping Off The Roller Coaster–Part 2

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Psalm 4: 8

In peace, I will lie down for you, Lord, alone makes me dwell in safety and confident trust.

So, yesterday I talked about jumping off the emotional roller coaster with all those emotional highs and lows.  They may be fun for a moment, but in the long run, it’s too exhausting.  I don’t want the roller coaster, I want God’s  peace, tranquility, contentment, and joy.  But I’ll admit, those things can be hard to find when you or a loved one is involved in a long-term journey with an illness or other adversity.

So, today’s post is short and sweet (just like me!).

I’m looking for some practical ways to jump off the coaster.

Here’s a few things I do:

1. When anxiety comes (and it will) I say a short sentence prayer.

2. I remind myself God loves me and He will work all things out for my good.

3. Focus on things I can change, such as better eating and exercise.

4. Listen to praise music.

5. Focus on doing something nice for someone else. I can’t do a whole lot right now, so  I make greeting cards and send them out to other people.

What do you do to stay more grounded in God’s peace and joy?

 

Want More Of God’s Power? Part 2

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Deuteronomy 30: 11-16

Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach.  It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” Nor is it beyond the season that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction.  For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. 

Sometimes it feels as if it is almost impossible to follow God the way we want to. It feels overwhelming. Afterall, we have so many problems and so many temptations, and so many…. The list could go on and on, couldn’t it? But the Bible assures us that it is NOT too difficult or beyond our reach. In fact, the Bible tells us that all that we need is very near us.

And what we need is God’s Word.

God’s Word gives us all that we need to be victorious in this life and in the next life.  But we must know His Word and then we must follow it to reap the promises of God.

God is so good and thanks to Jesus, we live in an age of grace. We don’t have to sacrifice animals and follow a myriad of regulations. We have righteousness with God through Jesus, but we still need to love God and walk in HIs ways, if we want to reap the promised rewards.

And the rewards are many!!

I found Deuteronomy 30 a great chapter to read. It encouraged me and blessed me, and it may do the same for you as well. So, if you have time, take a few minutes to read the whole chapter.