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E-mail: dee@reachingthebroken.org

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Omaha, NE   68139-0003

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

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    Monday
    Mar232015

    A Wilderness Experience

    Deuteronomy 6:22-23..But he brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Before our eyes the Lord sent miraculous signs and wonders—great and terrible upon Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household.

     Good Morning Everyone, this morning we are going to look at how we look at our own “wilderness experiences” when they come, because we all have all had to face them at one time or another in our lives.

    Let’s look at this situation that the Israelites found themselves in as they were being led out of Egypt. After a time, the people began to complain that God had brought them out only to let them die in the wilderness. They began to doubt God and his promise to take them to a promised land filled with milk and honey.

     They began to fear ever reaching the promise land. They found themselves longing for Egypt wanting to go back to where they came from even if that meant slavery. They felt caught between two worlds. They couldn’t enjoy Egypt nor could they enjoy the promised land. All they had was desert wandering.

     God's intention is to bring us out of the world into fellowship with Him. The Apostle Paul wrote that if we have no hope of resurrection, if all we have is here, eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. In other words, if this desert wandering is all we have, let’s go back to Egypt.

      In today's verse God declares that His whole purpose in bringing us out is  to bring us in. It is not to take away pleasurable things. It is to give you real pleasures (Psalm 16:11)…You have made known to me the path of life, you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.  

     Be encouraged, God will finish the work He started when He first drew you to Himself. He will change you into His image (Romans 8:29). He will bring you into the Promised Land of unbroken fellowship with Him. We struggle with all the distractions of life and wonder if we will ever get there. He brought you out to bring you in! Don't get comfortable in this desert, pilgrim. Are you entering in?

     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

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday
    Mar092015

    Take Heart!

     

    Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30).

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning. Thank you for sending me your thoughts from week to week. It is so encouraging to me. This morning we are going to discuss “Burdens”.  We have all felt weighed down at times haven’t we? Sometimes it seems like “whatever we do is never enough, or it is not right, or we just can’t keep up with the demands, can you relate? I can at times. As a Christian, I think we can easily fall into this trap.

     Before I came to know the Lord Jesus in a personal way, I was taught in my childhood to be independent, work hard and be self-sufficient. These values are good values but at the same time they are values that have a two-sided meaning. On one hand, being taught to be independent and self-sufficient is good because it is in many ways similar to a “steam engine” that fuels us with the power to  get through life, tackle the difficult problems, etc.  and it worked for me.

     But when I came to know the Lord personally, this concept (value) was challenging me spiritually in a different way. Now I found myself “wanting to please the Lord” and let him have his way in my life, but at the same time “getting in the way” through my own efforts.  I found out just how engrained this concept of self-sufficiency was within me.

     I know I am not alone in this battle, that there are many Christians out there that have fallen into the same struggle. Ours hearts so long to be obedient to the Lord but end up striving and becoming overwhelmed with life’s demands. We need to understand from a spiritual perspective that the world’s demands need not have the final say in our lives. John 16:33 says, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

     When we follow God’s commands we will be protected from a painful and difficult path. Our culture promises freedom if we disobey God.  Dallas Willard writes, “To depart from righteousness is to choose a life of crushing burdens, failures, and disappointments, a life caught in the toils of endless problems that are never really solved.”

     Be encouraged today, the Lord knows our struggles and He knows what is best for us. Let Him have His way in your life, he will not fail you! He didn’t fail me and brought me out of myself by changing me. He will never give up on us ON 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

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Monday
    Mar022015

    Are You Hungry?

    Good Morning Evenyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning and thank you for following my blog. My desire with these blogs is to enlighten my audience with spiritual insight and to challenge our thinking as it relates to our personal lives. This morning we are going to look at the word 'Hunger'. What do we hunger for?

    We all know and understand hunger from a human point of view, but what about from a spiritual point of view? We don't always think of hunger in that way, but God wants us to not focus on our belly's so much....hard to do right? But rather our hunger for Him and the things of God. Luke 1:53 says, He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. Now there is nothing wrong in and of itself with being rich, but if we are rich we don't need God as much and feel strong in our own sufficiency.

    If we are not hungry, we cannot expect to receive anything from God. God's riches and grace are reserved for only one kind of people: those who are hungry. We may be dissatisfied and unhappy, however, dissatisfaction and unhappiness are not necessarily the same as hunger.

     We may be unhappy and dissatisfied, yet at the same time, we don't seek for more because we are not hungry in a deep sense we are just dissatisfied. What does it mean to be hungry? It is being empty before God and feeling unfulfilled within. An empty and unfulfilled feeling is meant to be an incentive for a person to seek after God.

     However, if a person is not hungry, he can sit in the same place for days without doing anything. God has promised to fill only those who are hungry. He has not promised to fill those who are dissatisfied. Those who are full, that is, who think that they are rich, will be sent away empty-handed.

    Today we find many people believers and non believers alike who are dissatisfied, but we find very few who are hungry. The prodigal son in Luke 15 returned home because he was hungry. He could have continued to fill himself with all kinds of foods and things, but this would not have satisfied him, But neither would he have gone hungry, and he would not have thought about returning home.

    Today we need a hunger for God, because all those whom God uses and blesses are desperate ones. He loves us and longs to fill us full of Himself, so let us give Him our emptiness and dissatifaction that we may filled with the good things of God.

    Thank you for joining me

    Be Blessed...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

    Monday
    Feb232015

    I Can't See For The Fog!

    Good morning everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning, I so appreciate you and hope these blogs bring insight and encouragement to your  life .  Today let’s talk about what happens when the fog sets in. All of us have seen and/or driven in fog at some time or another and it is not very pleasant is it?

      When it comes it seems to come out of nowhere with no warning!  Seems like one minute we can see clearly and the next we can’t see anything. Fog usually sets in gradually and drifts in a little at a time until we can’t see anything at all in front of us.

     Fog parallel’s our lives in many ways. One minute everything seems so clear to us, the path we are on and where it is taking us seems very clear. We are hopeful and excited for what the future holds. Then, fog set’s in and we find ourselves in a crisis feeling fatigued and anxious . Our once positive path is now beginning to fade right before our eyes. . Now, all of a sudden that path we were on has become a path of doubt and we are losing our way.

     Sometimes God will use the events of our lives to guide us and to get our attention. Our security is in God and He wants us to trust in Him not and not in our own strength to get where we are going. It is in those times of anxiety, worry and doubt that He is the closest. We cannot fix those things that go wrong in our lives even though we may think we can. Our way and efforts may work for a time but it is in those times when we don’t know what to do or when we feel the most helpless that the Lord is the closest.

     Jesus promised to give us peace John 14:27, so if your path has become cloudy trust in Him and He will lead you out of the fog.

     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

    Monday
    Feb162015

    How Do We Look At Failure?

     

    Morning Everyone, Thank you for joining me today. today we are going to talk about 'Failure'. This is a topic most of us look at as something we try to avoid in our own lives as much as possible. Right? Well let's look at it from another view...Let's get started;

    Remember the day when you felt like you could do anything? That nothing could touch you! I do, especially when I was young. I was a dare-Devil so to speak! I would do things challenging with no fear of what may happen to me or those around me for that matter. I thought I was untouchable! Ever feel that way? Now when I look back on those days I wonder how I got through some of those situations without a scratch. I know now it was not because of anything I did or could do in my own strength.

    Now today, I am older and hopefully I have learned some things along the way. One thing I have learned is that I cannot live life all by myself with no help from anyone or from God. I gave my heart and life to Jesus a long time ago, when I was 26 years old. It has been a fulfilling life that has included failures and victories. 

    For many, failing in something that is devastating. Perhaps you thought there was no temptation that was to great to overcome. Your future was full of hope and for the first time you knew what it was like to taste the peace of forgiveness and joy. There was nothing to impossible to do.

    But it did not last and you find yourself face to face with things that you thought was left behind. That temper, jealousy, pride, etc. has come back. You try your best to overcome it but it seems to prevail.We begin to see more failures and less victories in our daily life. We began to feel a great lack within us.

    There is good news! Jesus knew from the beginning we would fail and we would also have victories. God does not beat us down when we fail, we do! Do not let your failures have the final say, but rather, let them become your victories. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen Ephesians 3:20-21

    Have a great day

    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