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Blessings,

Kathy

What are you holding on to?

Well, here it is early March...already! The Christmas Season, New Years, And February flew by with a blur  of family activity, cooking, wrapping and unwrapping gifts, teaching a new class and of course...eating!

So here's the thing...in all the busyness of  our days what did God speak to you - personally?  Were you listening?  Did he have to move a mountain to get your attention, show up unexpectedly in your day or just whisper in you ear?  What did He say to you that brought you back to reality, back to focus...on Him?

If you didn't hear anything I'll share with you what I heard him say to me and challenge you to do it?

In Luke 2:6 and 7  the Bible says "So it was, while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered and she brought forth her first born Son..."

It was Mary's time "to be delivered".  She had to be delivered!  The child inside her had grown for months and now it was time for her to "bring forth" what God had been working in her life...her first born son.

So here's what God said to me and I pass on to you ~  It is time for you to be delivered from ______  in order to bring forth what I'm working in your life.  The time has come!  Trust me.

Here's  the thing...the challenge.  What is it in your life that is hindering God from taking you, placing you in the middle of his will for your life?  What is it that is keeping you from stepping right into the thing you've hoped for, longed for, for many years. Is it regret, fear, unforgiveness, insecurity?  What is it that you are holding on to?  That thing you  can't let go of?

Whatever it is this I know...God is waiting on you to let go of it and trust Him before He will move you to the next step.  He has big plans for you.  But that thing you are holding on to....it can't go with you.  It has no place where God is taking you.  You must leave it behind.  God will leave you right where you are until you take care of the issue.

I think there are so many people just on the verge of having a dream fulfilled and being in the place where God can use them mightily, but they refuse to deal with an issue.  And they stay where they are year after year and wonder why God doesn't use them.

Is there something in your life that came to mind while reading this?  Or maybe you are fully aware of an issue that you need to deal with.  Either way, sister listen to me ...NOTHING is worth hanging on to that keeps you from walking on the path He has for you.  NOTHING is worth keeping that prevents God from bringing forth what He is working your life.

So what is it?  Are you willing to deal with the issue?  Are you willing to let go of it, take a step of faith and trust Him?  A wonderful journey awaits you but you must "be delivered" from ______ for the journey to begin.

God's waiting on you...

Blessings,

Be kind

Ephesians  4:32 tells us to be kind and tender hearted toward others.
Let's make this a standard in our lives not only today but from this day forward.

A lesson in obedience from my cat

I have a black and white short hair cat named SweetPea.  Usually she stays outside but during these cold winter months I brought her in our garage and set up a small house for her to stay warm.  Every day she sits on my bike (yes, I ride a motorcycle) that is parked in front of the garage window and looks for me to come down the drive.  When I walk in the door there she is sitting and waiting.  Usually she'll automatically come over to me to be fed and petted.  But this day was different.

When I walked into the garage there she was in her place on my bike but this time she didn't come.  I squatted down and called to her ~ "come here SweetPea, come on."  Several times I did this.  She did get down off the bike but instead of coming over to me she scurried around me just out of my reach.  She acted like she didn't know me.  Was afraid of me.  Didn't want to get close to me.  So, after a few minutes I stood up and walked into the house.

Later that night I was thinking about how SweetPea avoided me with her scurrying here and there. Then the Lord reminded me ~ that is exactly what I do when I fret and worry and don't take my cares and troubles to Him.  What happened to SweetPea is the same thing that happens to me when the Lord whispers to me to "come".  SweetPea missed the blessing of being rubbed and petted.  I too miss God's blessings when I run here and there with worry and scurry all around Him but do not draw close to Him.

Matthew 11:28 tells us (Jesus talking) "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

Notice the "M" in "Me" is capitalized.  He doesn't tell us to go to someone else, but to come to Him, and Him only.  When we don't, we miss the blessing.  What blessing?

The blessing of Rest when we are weary, Peace when we are troubled, Stillness when we are hurried
Confidence when we are weak and Wisdom when we are uncertain.

What about you?  Are you scurrying around, not knowing what to do?  Or, are you receiving the blessing when we obey when the Lord whispers ~ "Come"?

Kinship With A Child

COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL

They call it "sponsorship" when you give to one of these little ones who are in need.  I call it  "kinship". We can share money toward a problem.  POVERTY.  But, this.  This is "kinship" because you share yourself with a fellow human.     It's a GIVING from your heart of  LOVE and JOY and HOPE.

Don't we all want that?  Someone to share themselves their love with us.
Don't we all need that?  To feel and know that we are loved and have worth.
Isn't that what Christ did ~ gave to us himself.  He bridged the gap from our poverty of sin and offers us the food of salvation for our souls.
Doesn't Jesus want us to do the same?  Be the one who stands in the gap for others ~ just as he did for us.
Aren't we the most like Christ when we give of ourselves to others?

The Challenge:  Here's the challenge to you. Yes you!  To you who read this blog and see it on facebook and twitter or on Google+.  I challenge you to sponsor a child and see how the Lord uses this small act of kindness to enrich your life as you enrich the life of one of these small ones.  Christ doesn't call us to isolation.  To live in our own little worlds with me, myself and I.  No, he calls us to imitation.  To imitate him in service to others.

Click on Compassion International and connect with a child in kinship.

Matthew 25:45 (NLT)
"And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

He Did Not Condemn

John 3:17 states:
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world...
Why?  The world was already condemned.  If God Himself did not condemn the world then we as Christian shouldn't be adding to its condemnation.  Instead we should be setting a Godly example and showing the world the way out of it.