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    Monday
    Jul212014

    Resting In Perfect Confidence

     

     

    Welcome to Dee's Thoughts

    Morning Everyone, Here are some words for thought. Thank you for joining me today, and let me know your thoughts.

    “How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?”

    Matthew 7:11

                 Do you believe that God does give good things to us when we ask Him?  Do we really believe that when hard times come, that God knows all about it and will take care of it?

                 I  have experienced  this just recently in my own life. It is at those specific times when we have a need and we cannot see a way out of it. (Perfect time for God to intervene) The key here being “we cannot see a way out of it”. Our faith is exercised when we are looking to God to do what we cannot do ourselves. Of course, this is the problem, when we think or try and work it out ourselves we are in essence saying we don’t need God, we will take care of it ourselves.

                     When we ask God for ‘help’, He takes us seriously and he desires to come to our rescue, but we have to let Him have His way and get out of the picture. Why is it so difficult to ‘totally let go and trust’ Him to take care of us? Because we either think our plan is better, or, we are fearful of how God is going to take care of it. Either way it is not faith at work!

                 Pride gets in the way of asking and receiving from others but most importantly from God. We need to get to the place where we know because we know God is ultimately in control of all things and that He loves us and has a plan laid out for our life. That does not mean we just sit back and don’t play a part in our circumstances and relationships, rather, as we go about our daily lives we trust in God for the overall answer when our problems and circumstances seem to overwhelm us.

                 So, can we have totally peace, rest, and confidence that God will work it all out? Yes we can! The answer may not come the way we think it should or will, in fact, it probably won’t, because God will not be put in a box but we can be assured the answer will come and we will be amazed at how He does it!

     See you next week. 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
    Jul142014

    Be Not Anxious for anything

     

    Dee's Thoughts

    Good Morning Friends, thank you for joining me today. Do you every worry? Silly question huh? Of course we worry. Some of us worry more than others don't we? What good does it do us to worry, change does not come or is measured by how much we worry, if our worrying could make things better than that would make sense, but it is not the case. let's look at what God says:

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which ascends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

    Have there been issues in your life that seem to dominate every waking thought?  If so, you have known anxiety.

    What is worry? The Greek word translated “anxious” (careful) in Philippians 4:6 means “to be pulled in different directions.” Our hopes pull us in one direction; our fears pull us the opposite direction; and we are pulled apart! The Old English root from which we get our word “worry” means “to strangle.” If you have ever really worried, you know how it does strangle a person! In fact, worry has definite physical consequences: headaches, neck pains, ulcers, even back pains. Worry affects our thinking, our digestion, and even our coordination. 1

    Worry and Anxiety are different from concern. You can be excited about something and be thrilled with anticipation, but that is not the same as worry.   It is when our concerns become all-consuming and debilitating that we have become anxious.

    Chuck Swindoll calls worry the "universal addiction". Paul understood the natural tendency to become anxious. He knew that anxiety is one of the greatest thieves of joy.

     An Example of Worry: It’s been determined that a dense fog covering seven city blocks to a depth of 100 feet is composed of something less than one glass of water. That is, all the fog covering seven city blocks 100 feet deep could be, if it were gotten all together, held in a single drinking glass; it would not quite fill it.

    Is Worry Wrong and if so why?

    1.           It puts a focus on the wrong issues. When we worry our perspective gets skewed. We begin to focus on things that are secondary and in the process lose sight of what is really important.

    "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

    "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Mt. 6:25-33)

    We will stop here for today and continue on with this topic next week. Have a great week and see you soon.

    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
    Jul072014

    The Appearance of Fruitfulness

     

     

    Welcome to Dee's Thoughts.

     i usually blog once a week and if you would like to receive them please let me know @ deejohnston1@live.com Today we are going to look at the parable of the fig tree. I hope you enjoy.

    Let’s look at a Scripture in Mark 11:12-14. It says, On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening. Verse 20..As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up.

    Why did Jesus respond to the fig tree in the manner in which He did?  In cursing the fig tree, Jesus provides a visual parable of the necessity of bearing fruit for all who claim to follow Him. He then provides us both positive and negative lessons concerning how to bear fruit, lessons we must take to heart if we are going to glorify God, if we are going to show the world what God is like.

    Jesus is hungry; he sees in the distance a tree full of leaves. Many trees produce leaves and flowers simultaneously, but the fruit always follows the leaves Right? The tree that Jesus saw was unusual in two ways.

     First, it leafed out early. (it started out strong). It looked to be especially well-watered by an underground spring or stream, and thus likely to produce abundant fruit. But when Jesus approached the tree, he found that it had neither ripe figs nor any fig-shaped flower modules. The tree appeared to be flourishing, but in reality it was producing nothing of value -- and probably never would.

    So Jesus curses the tree. He curses the appearance of being unfruitful.

    This parable is critical to our spiritual growth. Are we like the fig tree at times in our own spiritual walk? Do we grow to a point, sprouting new leaves from time to time, giving the appearance of producing fruit but not quite getting there.

    God wants us to grow past the green leaves and bear good fruit, not just give the appearance of fruitfulness: He wants us to become like Christ; for that’s what it means to be fruitful. To display the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, -- to be like Him as we depend upon him.

    Don't give up--keep looking up and following Jesus and you will bear much fruit.

    Blessings Dee

     

    Wednesday
    Jul022014

    "Is the grass greener on the other side of the fence?"

    Welcome to Dee's Thought's"

    Thank you for joining me today. let me know your thoughts about this blog and I hope you are blessed.

    Growing up on a farm it was a common sight to see cattle grazing in the distance enjoying a pasture of green grass. You would think they would be content with what they had wouldn’t you? The key word here being “green grass” .

     But, as I watched them grazing, sure enough, there would be a single cow with her head through the fence trying to get at the grass on the other side of the fence. Now that grass on the other side did not necessarily look better, in fact, it really looked worse. So why was cow working so hard to get the grass on the other side of the fence?

    For some reason the cow believed that that grass would be  better eating than what it already had. So, here is our thought for the day, “Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence”?

    It is easy isn’t it for us to believe that what someone else has is better than what we have. Their life is better than mine, their house is better than mine and before you know it I am coveting their things. Suddenly, my things and my life are not good enough anymore. Doesn’t this sound like the cow at the fence? I once heard that if you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, spend some time watering your own grass!

    Let us not forget that more often than not, How we view the color of grass is only in our perception of it. It may look one way to me but another way to you. We sometimes go to great lengths looking for something better than what we already have, sticking our heads through a fence not really knowing what is on the other side.

    But, If we are not careful, in our efforts to get to the other side, we ignore the barbed wire and the thickets that are in our way and In the end, all we find on the other side are brown weeds.

    We have all we need in Jesus! And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

    Blessings and see you next week

    Dee

     

    Monday
    Jun232014

    climbing to the top! 

     

    Morning Friends

    Welcome to ...Dee's Thoughts

    Title...Climbing To The Top

    The journey for the Child of God is one of “continual traveling”. We were never meant to stay in one place, but to always be ready at any given time to go where the Lord tells us to go and to do whatever he tells us to do.

    Such was the case for Abraham…Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, Abraham”! “Here I am.” He replied. Then God said, take your son ,Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about. Genesis 22:1-2

     What were some of the steps here that Abraham had to climb? Step 1. Abraham was called by God, and Abraham needed to respond. Step 2.  God told him what he wanted him to do (take your son, your only son whom you love). Step 3. Take your son to the region of Moriah. Step 4. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains.

     When we read this, the first thing that comes to our mind, is that surely God would not tell us to do such a thing. He would not ask us to give up the very thing that he has promised us.

    But that was exactly what God was asking Abraham to do, was the unthinkable, sacrificing his only son. Abraham’s journey to the top of the mountain was a faith test for Abraham. A test to see if Abraham (we) will believe what God says, even when it makes no sense to us.

     Abraham believed that God would provide even though his circumstances would say different and God did provide just at the right time. 

     Ask yourself this question, am I following the voice of God and willing to do and go anywhere he asks me to? If your answer is yes, then your mountain climbing experiences will be fruitful and life changing. Enjoy the climb!

    Have a Great Week Everyone

    Dee