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    Wednesday
    Jul062016

    Is Life Really Fair?


    “For acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair”. Proverbs1-3

     Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me this morning. I so love hearing from you, thank you for your words they are encouraging and refreshing. Just as a reminder, our year- long curriculum “AWAKEN” will be starting the 4th class “Overcoming Fear” on July 18th at Emmanuel Fellowship in room 102-103 from 9:30-11:30. It runs every Monday morning and you can jump in anytime. Please come would love to see you.

     This morning we are going to be discussing a topic titled "Is Life Really Fair"? Part 1—We will continue with this topic next week. Most of us would agree that “life is not fair” would you agree? Even though we know it, it doesn’t change the fact that we can and do at times fall into the trap of feeling like everything and everyone is against us.

    It is easy for us to focus on how we think we should be treated or want to be treated because we all want to be treated with respect and fairness. So, when we don’t get what we think we deserve how do we deal with that?

     Getting started, lets first define what is Unfairness? It is a sense of not getting’ our share’ of what we believe we should be getting, not being equally proportioned.

     At some point, every human being confronts the mysteries that caused Job to tremble in terror. Is God unfair? One option seemed obvious to Job’s wife: “Curse God and die!” she advised. Why hold on to a sentimental belief in a loving God when so much in life conspires against it? And in this Job-like century, more people than ever before have come to agree with her.

    As we grow up, however, we discover that life is not always fair. We learn that people do not share equally. Perhaps our hearts were broken when someone we loved decided to leave us. Perhaps we lost money we had saved for years. Perhaps we were injured in an accident, or have had an extended illness. Perhaps someone deliberately harmed us or someone we love.

    But most importantly, we also learn that when we share, we will still have enough. As children, we soon learn that when we share we gain our parents’ approval. So it is when we are standing in line waiting our turn, we learn not to cut in line, we learn to refrain from taking what is not ours – these are ways we learn to share. These life lessons teach us that when we are selfish we feel guilty and when we share we fill good about ourselves.

    We have all asked the question “WHY”? The question of ‘Why’ in regard to the unfairness of life is often at its most basic level not a question at all. Rather it is a statement. The statement goes something like this: “What happened to me is unfair. I don’t deserve this. I am angry about this. No explanation about why this happened to me would be good enough, because it is not fair.  

    Dwelling on unfairness doesn’t do anything to change it; in fact it actually affects our ability to do that since obsessive thinking drains our energy, magnifies our emotions, and keeps us more focused on problems than on the solution.

    We can’t change mistreatment that happened in the past, but we can address mistreatment that’s happening now. We can’t change someone else’s decision or behavior if they aren’t willing to change. We can change how we respond to them. Next week we will dive deeper into this topic and explore How God sees this issue of unfairness. See you then.

    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
    Jun282016

    Are you a leader or a follower?

    Good morning everyone , welcome to (Dee's thoughts). I love getting your comments, thank you for joining me today. Would you consider yourself a 'leader or a follower'? We may think one is better than another, but i think you will be surprised to see how they work together. Let's begin:

    Quote:  if you want to be a great leader, you must first become a great follower. Let's look at the relationship between leaders and followers.

    →Joshua followed Moses for more than forty years before he led the children of Israel into the promised land.

     →Elisha served Elijah for ten years before he took up his master’s mantle and went on to perform even more miracles.

     →The Apostle Peter followed Jesus for three years—and made a lot of mistakes—before he and his fellow-disciples “turned the world upside down” (see Acts 17:6).

    A Leader….Should want and receive input from others. In other words, they realize their leadership role is only as successful as they allow others to help them along the way.  It is a matter of pride if a leader thinks that they are the end all of their success.

    In other words, you see things I don’t see. You hear things I don’t hear. You have experiences I don’t have. Help me be a better leader in the areas where I may not have the access to information you do. Help your leader do his or her job better. Good followers find ways to make the leader better.

    In order to become a good leader, we must first be a good follower. A good leader does not become one over night, it can take years of learning the lessons of being a good follower first. Here are some characteristics of a good follower: There is obedience, doing what we are told to do. If we cannot submit to others and do what we are told to do we won't even get to first base.

    Being a servant..This is crucial. Great followers are observant. They notice what needs to be done to help the leader accomplish his or her goals. Then they do it—joyfully, without grumbling or complaining.

    Humility..Great followers don’t make it about them. They are humble. They shine the light on the leader. They make their own boss look good—especially in front of his or her boss or Spiritual leader.

    Respect..All leaders will have bad days. There will be days when others may feel like the leader does not deserve respect or the leader may also feel the same way. I’m not respectable, but I do hold the responsibility to lead, so encourage me when you can. Chances are I’ll continue to improve if I am led to believe I am doing good work. In public settings, even when you don’t necessarily agree with my decisions, honor me until you have a chance to challenge me privately.

    These are just a few of the characteristics of a leader in the making. So, if we would now answer the question, 'are you a leader or a follower' which one would you think is more important than the other? It is good to want to be a leader of course, it is also just as good to be a good follower. We will not become good leaders unless we learn the lessons of being a good follower.

    This is the first lesson we learn as Christians, can we follow our Lord Jesus or do we have to be in charge? This is a life long lesson learning to submit, learning to submit and follow. To me this is the greatest of all the challenges. If i can say, I follow my Lord Jesus where ever he sends me and do what he tells me to do, then I have learned to be a good follower and have passed the test of becoming a good leader.

     Much love

    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
    Jun072016

    Expectancy 

    Good afternoon, I hope all is well with everyone. Many thanks for your notes, i so enjoy them. Please share our new class for this year "AWAKEN". It is a year long class that consists of 5 different classes and each week is a new lesson, we are in class 3 right now "the many faces of anger". you can come at any time and jump right in. I would love to see you on Mondays from 9:30-11:30 at Emmanuel Fellowship in room 102-103. you can also find all this information on our website. www.reachingthebroken.org

    We all have expectations don't we? this is our topic for today! To expect is Biblical, Philippians 1:20 says, I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. I like the part that says I eagerly expect and hope. This is enthusiasm at work! Eagerly is the power word behind hope. This is something we all could use more of, is to be eagerly expecting with hope! Eagerly is the excitement of looking ahead with hope for the desires of our hearts to be fulfilled.

    You may have heard it said that people rise to the level of your expectations. Generally, the saying holds true. If you expect the best from people, somehow it brings out the best in them. The other side of that coin is….”Don’t expect too much and you won’t be disappointed” also applies. If you expect the worst from people, you often get it. You will go farther---and so will others---when you have favorable expectations and anticipate the best from people.

    So it is with favor. Your level of favor rises to your level of expectation. By Definition, to expect is to “look forward to something.”  Looking forward expectantly to God’s favor is a giant step toward experiencing its greater release in your life. Expecting the worst can never bring you the same results. Many of us go through life defeated and depressed because that is what we expected as an outcome.

    Quote: A. P. Gibbs used to say, “You are not what you think you are, but what you think this is what you are.” This means that the mind is the spring from which behavior flows. Control the source and you control the stream that flows from it.

    Someone once said, “There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.”

     Is it right to have such high expectations? Yes! Not because of our arrogance or pride, or because we deserve it or it is owed to us. We will not prosper if our expectations are programmed by the world. How do we fill ourselves with favorable expectations so that our souls prosper? We are always in a war with our mind and what others tell us every day.

    I think that all of us have certain expectations and hopes in life. Some pan out. Others don’t. But without expectation and hope we will not get far in life, nor will we please God. When one’s expectations are reduced to zero, one can really appreciate what they do have. 

     So what can do? We must be willing to let go of the life we had planned so we can focus on the life we now have and will have in the future. When we hang on to tightly to what we have, we choke out the possibilities for new things, new experiences and new adventures.

    Our life must be evolving all the time to more and better things in Jesus. It is not good to grow stagnant, if we are not always expecting more and more we will one day find that all we have is just what we see now. To settle for just what we have now without expectation of more to come is depressing and unfullfilling at best.

    So let us be expectant people always changing and growing living life to the fullest and expecting with hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

    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

    Wednesday
    May252016

    The Shaping of a life

     And we, who with unveiled  faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18

    Good Morning everyone, thank you for reading these blogs and I love your comments. Have you ever wondered if your life has a purpose? What is the purpose of me being here in this life? We all want our life to mean something, to accomplish something that has meaning. This is ingrained in all of us and we all desire for our children to be better than us and do greater things. So what does this look like in our individual lives? Without purpose we are like a ship without a rudder and a compass to charter us through life.

    As I reflect on my own life, I can see where early on (in life), when I had no understanding about what my life may look like down the road, my path was being laid out detail by detail ordained by God, even though I did not know that at the time. You see, just because we don’t see God’s plan clearly does not mean He is not at work in leading us in His perfect plan for us and ultimately to Him.

     I can see how situations, trials and experiences were shaping my life even though I was not aware of it at the time. Some were good and some were not so good, but all of them became a major part of my journey even up to this day. This is just as true for you and it is for me.

      Before I knew Christ in a personal way, life to me was “just living”. I never did think  to far ahead about tomorrow, nor was I very concerned about death and what happens after death. Most of us could probably identify with this.

     But now, now that I have come to know Him in a personal way, my thinking has changed over the years regarding my life and the purpose God has had for it. Now I realize that “The shaping of my life” had great meaning to God totally designed by Him,  a perfect plan just for me  that cannot fail because God has put it into existence and motion.

      Oh, there have been  bumps along the way and there  will probably be more,  but  I don’t have to be worried about them because those bumps will not deter me from  reaching the ultimate goal and purpose of my life,  because my life is “not my own” it belongs to God.    

     As I look back I can see clearly God’s hand in everything, the good, the bad, the happy and the sad. All these things have been part of a bigger picture and plan to weave me into His plan and purpose and in the process bringing me to a place of peace, contentment and trust in the One who loves me and you. There is a divine plan in place for us that we cannot see clearly now but we will.

     So, if you have days where you wonder why you are here and what purpose there is in life, know this, God has a plan, a plan for you that is being unveiled every day. For  I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 . Rest in Him there is no better a place than this!

    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
    Apr262016

    Who Do They Say That I Am?

      

     

     

      Good Morning everyone, I hope you are all well. thank you for your input and remarks. I have been told that we are always being watched by someone. We may not be aware of it, but there is always someone affected by what i say or do, either in a positive way or a negative way. We tend to not think about this concept so much as we just go about living our lives from day to day. If we really could see what kind of a influence we make on others every day, we would maybe make changes in our life sooner rather than later. This is our topic for the day... 

     Have you ever wondered what others ‘see’ in you? What do they really say in private with others when you are not around. Jesus asked his Disciples this same question. Matthew 9:18-20 says, once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am”? They replied, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.”. “But what about you”? He asked, “Who do you say I am”? Peter answered, “The Christ of God”.

     This Scripture speaks to me in my own life. I have wondered who other’s say that I am? Haven’t you? People do not always express their true thoughts or feelings to us directly, but when in conversation with others they are more apt to say what they really think and how they feel about us. Do I live up to who I say I am, or do I change according to which crowd I am with at the time? This is an issue of character!

     People may act one way in a crowd ,but it’s the one on one time’s where people really see your true character come through. Jesus was not ‘unsure’ of himself in asking this question, nor was he concerned of what ‘others thought’ about him. He knew who he was, but he was curious to see if Peter really knew who he was.

     This is a question directly related to “our character”. What kind of a person do you say that I am? How do others see me when the ‘spotlight’ is not on me, those times when no one is looking to me to give them something or met a need. The crowds may say one thing, but “who do you say I am? Jesus asked Peter this direct question because he wanted to know just how Peter felt apart from the crowds.

     This brings the question down to a more personal level doesn’t it? What do you really see in me”? “Who do you say that I am”? What would others say about you if you asked them the same question, would it be the answer you wanted to hear? Do others see in me a consistency in what I say and do, or do they see me being inconsistent in my beliefs and values? It will difficult for others to take me serious if I change my mind from week to week. It will also be difficult to build trust with others if we ourselves are uncertain.

    The challenge is this....Be who you say you are and do what you say will do. Remember, we are not an island unto ourselves, everyone is watching!!

    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