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The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18

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    Monday
    Jan262015

    Alone With God

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning. I love hearing from you so drop me a note sometime. Here is a question for you this morning. Are you comfortable being alone with yourself? Many of us don't like being alone, we would rather have someone around. There is nothing wrong with being in the company of others, but how are you when you are alone with yourself?

    Being comfortable in our aloneness is also a Spiritual challenge when it comes to being alone with God. We all struggle from time to time in our quiet time with the Lord, all kinds of thoughts seem to plague us trying to rob us from our personal time with God.  So, let's talk about this a little....

    And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. --John 6:3

    Just prior to this miraculous multiplying of the bread and fish, Jesus "went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples"(6:3). That fact is noteworthy. It seems plain that Jesus withdrew purposely from the great mass of people who had been pursuing Him. Jesus needed some quiet ti
    me!

    There are some things that you and I will never learn when others are present. Church is a wonderful thing coming together with other believers and worshipping together. There is much we can learn when we come together on Sundays and sit among the saints. But there are certain things that you and I will never learn in the presence of other people.

    Some of what we are missing today wihin our religious activity is not waiting on God, not being alone with Him in quietness.  I mean getting alone with God and waiting in silence and quietness until we are charged with God's Spirit. Then, when we act, what God has put in us will come out...

    Now, in the case of our Lord, the people came to Him, John reports, and He was ready for them. He had been quiet and silent. He had sat alone with His disciples and meditated. Looking upward, He waited until he knew he was ready in his soul. He was a tuned violin. He was a battery recharged. He was ready! Let us learn from this example, that it is good to be in the company of others, but it is even sweeter when we find that quiet place with God. Let us come seeking Him in that quiet place of our heart. 

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Tuesday
    Jan202015

    When life doesn't make sense!

     

    Hi Everyone

    We all have experienced difficult times in life that are very hard to face and walk through. We somehow seem to get through them but with each heartache there seems to be a piece of us that gets broken off and life is not the same ever again. It is not the same its just different. We are not the same, we are forever changed. Seems like there is a lot of heartache going on around us these days, the loss of friends, family, sicknesses of all types, etc. This is life right?

    In the midst of all of this, we struggle with the challenges of our own individual lives: lab reports return with news we were not expecting; layoff rumors; or a loved one is gone.  

    Tragedy makes way to shock and You become desensitized. Nothing is left in your emotional reservoir. You can't differentiate between emotions. Compassion merges with anger and is swallowed in unbelief and dispersed in an unutterable prayer. Many just want to walk away.

     

     So, to whom do we turn to....let's look at Psalm 61:

    Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings. For you have heard my vows, O God; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. Psalm 61:1-5

     In the face of tragedy we must do 3 things:

    1. Pray...

    2. Plead.. I cry unto Thee, 'My heart is overwhelmed.'" Honestly plead your case before The Lord. 

    3. Praise.. The psalmist characteristically moves from being overwhelmed and making his plea to ending with worship. This is, no doubt, where we all need to get to. Yet this may be the missing step in our heart. We can't stay in pleading. You must move from pleading to releasing at the foot of the Cross.

    The numbness will go away, giving way to grief, but not in hopelessness, but as one who has hope. Jesus is our hope and He will not fail us in our time of need. He is our rock and our anchor when the storms rage and life is difficult to understand. Know this....we do not walk through this life alone, we have the promise of Jesus who walks with us and has prepared a place for us when we get to heaven. Trust Him, we  will not be disappointed.

    Blessings Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Tuesday
    Jan062015

    "I Am Who I Am"

    Morning Everyone

    Well, the Holidays are now behind us and a new year awaits us. I pray that your 2015 will be life-changing for you and your family in a positive way. For our topic this morning, how many of us have heard others say, "this is the way I am and I will never change"!  Perhaps we ourselves have said these very words at one time or another. Let's look a little deeper into the words...

    Do you believe the life you live is yours alone, and has no affect on anyone else? Let's look at a couple of Scriptures..

                 Behold, all souls are Mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is Mine .The soul who sins will die.  Ezekiel 18:4  NASB

                 For if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  Romans 14:8

    We do not live just for ourselves, even though we may think we are, someone is always watching. Everything we say and do is watched by others even though we may not know it. Others are always watching our actions, listening to our words, wondering how we are going to deal with a situation. We cannot escape it, what we do and what we say carries weight. It will have an effect on our families, friends and  yes even strangers.

    We can choose to live for ourselves or we can choose to live for God. 

    Why is it better to live life within the will of God?

     Because God has our best interests at heart and He knows what is best for us. I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23

    God has given us the right to make our own choices: Not only can we choose, but we must be pro-active  in our choosing.

    choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15

    My right to do what I want must be submitted to a higher authority

    Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. Romans 13:1-2

    Having rights comes with responsibility:

     Do not repay evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “it is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  Romans 12:17-19

     Knowing I am not in charge (meaning the only power I have is what God gives me), is a relief. The pressure is off of me (us) to make sure everything is right. It is peace!

    In Conclusion:  We do not need to defend “who we are” when we know who we are. God knows who we are! We only react defensively to those things we are not sure of!

                                         This is what your Sovereign Lord says, your God who defends his

                                        People: “See, I have taken out of your hand the cup that made you

                                        Stagger; from that cup, the goblet of my wrath, you will never drink

                                        Again. I will put it into the hands of your tormentors, who said to you,

                                        ‘Fall prostrate that we may walk over you.’ and you made your back

                                        like the ground, like a street to be walked over".

                                                                                              Isaiah 51:22-23   

    Blessing  Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

    Sunday
    Dec212014

    New Christmas newsletter

    Hi Everyone

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL....We here at Reaching The Broken just want to wish you a very merry Christmas. Christ is the reason for the season! Blessings on your families from us here. This is also a reminder to check out our new Christmas Newsletter which you will find on the welcome page on the right side as you scroll down.

    Many Blessings

    Love Dee

    Monday
    Dec012014

    Have you ever felt lost?

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    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". I hope you enjoy these blogs as much as I enjoy doing them. please pass them on to your friends. For your information, I have just completed and published a new thirty day devotional called "Let The Heart Rejoice".

     It is currently at Parables book store, stop by and take a look. you will find it in the local authors section. Also, there are others materials on our website as well at www.reachingthebroken.org. I am including the link for you to go directly to the publishing site (blurb) if you want to order the devotional for a Christmas gift. it is:

    http://www.blurb.com/user/store/deejohnston 

    I think we have all felt lost at one time or another and have you noticed it really doesn't matter if we are around others or not does it?  In fact, being around people or crowds seem to make it worse instead of better. Why is that? It is because it is a condition or state of the heart. There is no medicine that will make it better or any one person who can fix it.

    What we need is not met with more things or more relationships, what we need is to know are loved, accepted and have a purpose in life and these things are only met through the heart.

    In many cases, we are lost and don't even realize it, we are just going through life not really knowing where we are going or why. We are desperate to be found, for someone to rescue us, protect us and comfort us. The problem is, we always look to places that cannot feel this empty place or change this condition of our hearts. 

    But, there is hope and Jesus is the one who will fill us up, all we have to do is ask!  He will bind up that which has been broken in our lives; reviving, restoring, conforting and giving us his peace and joy once again.  

    If you are feeling lost and alone especially now during the holidays, know that we are never totally alone and that we have a loving God who desires to draw close to us. If it is difficult at this time for you to reach out, reach up, He is waiting for you... 

    Blessings, Dee

    We are a non-profit ministry that operates on the donations/gifts of others. If you would like to help us as we reach out to the hurting and broken please send to: 

    Healing Hearts Ministry; P.O. Box 390003; Omaha, NE 68139-0003

    Website Address: www.reachingthebroken.org

    Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com