Ann Voskamp ~ Christmas At The Farm

Hosting a group of ladies today for lunch to watch ~ Ann Voskamp & Liz Curtis Higgs webcast "Christmas At The Farm".

Hope others will be able to watch also!


Quote from F.B. Myer

Recently heard this quote by F.B. Myer and thought it worth repeating.

"If the Lord isn't Lord of all, He isn't Lord at all."

Is the Lord, LORD of all your life?

Promises Kept

God's faithfulness to keep His promises isn't dependent upon my remembrance of them.
He is faithful.  Period.

Are You Disconnected

Several times this week when I've turned on my computer the word "disconnected" appeared in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  Disconnected ~ meaning I wasn't connected to the server and there was no information coming in and no information going out.  If there is no connection, no flow of information there is no interaction between myself and the outside world on the other side of this computer screen.  Everything stops, shuts down, comes to a halt.

We can get that way also in our spiritual walk and relationship with Christ. We get busy with our daily lives rushing here and there.  We continue to add items to our agenda but we never seem to find the time to add Christ to our agenda.  Even in service to Christ we can become "disconnected" when we fail to put Him as the priority and not our service to Him. There is a difference.

Christ never rushed to Capernaum (the home of Simon Peter) or hurried up to Galilee.  He didn't tell the disciples "we have got to get a move on if I'm going to meet the woman at the well in Samaria" (John 4).  He didn't even drop everything and run to bedside of  His dying friend Lazarus (John 11). If there was ever a time to rush I would have thought that would be the time.  No, Christ never rushed, never hurried, never ran. Although thousand would crowd around him everywhere He went He never felt pressured or pressed to hurry. 

Why?  Because He was "connected" with the Father.  Jesus had a busy life.  The Bible tells us that the world could not contain all the things He did, miracles He performed if they were to be written down (John 21:25). How did Christ have such an effective and productive life? Because He was one with the Father (John 10:30).  He made it a priority to go aside and fellowship with, communicate with, have a relationship with the Father.  

Do you rush and hurry and still it seems as though nothing gets done?  The reason may be that you're "disconnect" from the one who gives guidance for daily living and wisdom to make Godly decisions. No communication occurs when we are disconnected.  Our productivity stops and we are just burning energy.  Are you setting aside time to communicate with the Father, read His word and listen to Him speak to you?  If not, let me urge you to start your day with God and end your day with Him.

If you don't have a favorite verse to help start your day here is mine
Psalm 143:8
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning for in You do I trust; 
Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You.

God doesn't want us to Rush.  He wants us to Rest.  Rest in Him, casting everything onto Him and letting Him work in us and through us (1Peter 5:8).  Are you putting Christ on your agenda?  If not, make time to do so ~ He put you on His (Galatians 4:4-5).

~ Drawing from the Well ~

Are you JOYFULLY drawing water from the wells of Salvation? 
Isaiah 12:3
Or are you just going through the motions?

Resting In The Shadow

Are you resting in the shadow of the Almighty?  Your place of refreshment when you are weary.  Filling when you are empty.  Strength when you are weak.  Refuge when the storms of the evil one attack you. 
Isaiah 25:4
Are you resting in the coolness of His shadow or are you running on empty?

The Way

Trials and tribulations in life are God's chisels applied.  Tools that are working to mold and shape us for our good and His glory. He never said "The Way" would be easy.  He knew "The Way" would be through spilled blood.  He prepared  "The Way" for us to the Father through His spilled blood, tears and pain.  And still daily He makes a way for you and for me because He is "The Way"  John 14:6

The Process To Sin

The act of sin is the result of my decisions through the process of temptation.
James 1:14~15