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    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

                   

     

                   

     

     

     

    Wednesday
    Apr202016

    How Do We Handle Difficult Times?

    Good Morning Everyone, hope all is well on this rainy day. Thank you for your comments keep them coming. We all have gone through hard times, perhaps some of us are in hard times even now. It is in those times that we face a majority of challenges such as asking the question that we all have asked at one time or another..."why me", "what do i do now", not to mention being hit with feelings of things like fear, doubt, uncertainty and despair.

    It is not easy to walk through hard times whether it be financial, loss, or health. These are challenges for all of us regardless of where we are in out spiritual life or otherwise. We are tested as to how we are going to respond to these difficult times and what kind of attitude and character we will have as we walk through them. In many ways, even though non of us like hard times, there is changing that takes place within us that would not take place apart from those times.  These times change who we think we are and challenges us to learn from them and change for the better or become embittered by them letting our circumstances have the final say.

    Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus. Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians 2:5-7

    Let’s take a look at Paul's attitude when he faced difficult times. Paul teaches us that though we cannot control our circumstances, we can control our responses to them. Read Philippians 1:19-26.

    Paul recognizes that he cannot do anything in his own strength. (Surrender & Humility) He is depended on the prayers of others and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ. He is confident that what has happened to him will turn out for his deliverance. (trust & Confidence). He chooses to believe that the Lord Jesus knows of his circumstances and that he has a plan that will deliver him.

    He is eagerly hopeful and expecting that he will not be ashamed because of his situation. (Paul recognizes this situation is not about him even though it is happening to him). (Selflessness) His eyes are not on himself but on Jesus. He knows that God will give him the courage he needs regardless of the outcome. He only desires that Christ will be exalted in his body whether that is through life or death.(Letting go of control) It is ok with Paul if he stays on earth or goes to heaven. Either way he is with the Lord.

    How do we view ‘our circumstances’? 1.  Do we fear what may happen next? Fear of the unknown… those things that are beyond our control.  When we have had bad life experiences, those bad experiences can cause us to become skeptical fearing everything.

    Do we look at our circumstances from a victim perspective? If we view our circumstances as being; “something that has happened to me”, then my view will be one of ‘I can’t do anything about the situation I am in’! We will just lay down and take what comes to us without doing anything at all. We can also have an opposite view/attitude that God will just intervene at some point and take care of our problems for us.

    One of the most difficult spiritual lessons to learn is that in our own strength ‘we can’t do it’, but that Christ “can/will do it through us”. Paul knew that without God's strength the trials of life would be too difficult for him. But Paul learned to lean not on his own strength but on the strength provided to him through Christ. He chose to focus on the blessing rather than the burden. His desire was to rejoice in the promise rather than to despair over the problem. Let’s learn this priceless lesson.

    Love and 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
    Apr122016

    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 afternoon everyone, thank you for joining me (dee's thoughts). I love hearing from you thank you for your responses. Have you ever wondered why we were born, "Why Am I Here" and is there a purpose for me being here and if so what is that purpose? Well I think that is a question that we have all asked at one time or another. We all want our life to have meaning, to make a difference in some way.?? This is also God's plan for us as well.     

     Before I knew Christ in a personal way, life to me was “just living”. I never did think too 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” has been totally designed  by God , a perfect plan just for me that cannot fail because God has put it into existence and motion. Oh, I can get off of that path and do my own thing sometimes, but God always finds a way to get us back on track. At one time, i did not think about God having a plan for my life, now, I know He does and i don't want to get off on my path but stay on His.

      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.    

    This life of mine is not really my life, it is on loan to me from God who put my life into existence because he wanted it to be. I could not make it happen, I did not have any say in it what- so- ever. Isn't it interesting that we very quickly try and take control of things we have no control of at all. One of those things is 'US'.  None of us are here by accident, it was ordained by God that we are here and it is His wonderful plan to fulfill all that He has for us in this life and the life to come with Him forever.

    I take great comfort in knowing that I don't have to have all the answers, that my life does have purpose and is ordained by God. a perfect plan just for me and for you tailor made just for each one of us personally. To know that God has it all laid out for us and desires for us to be a part of that plan that includes  

     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 bring 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 one day.

     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 .

    Take comfort in this...we don't live this life just unto ourselves, our life is part of a bigger picture. We have purpose and value in God and His plan for you and me is designed, hand tailored for each one of us in a unique way by our loving God. 

     You are Special and Loved

    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
    Mar302016

    I Am Determined

     

    Good morning Everyone, thank you for joining me this morning (Dee's Thoughts). I love your comments keep them coming. We all have struggles in life don't we? We cannot escape the troubles of life they are always going to be there but we can walk through them and not let them dictate who we are in the midst of them. Determination is key in walking through difficult times. Our thought for the day:

    All of us have faced difficulties in life and we know it is not easy to walk through them. The question to be asked is…how Determined are we to keep pressing on regardless of our circumstances?  When our vision and purpose appears to be growing dimmer, determination and steadfastness must kick in to keep us going in the midst of doubt and uncertainty.

    The storms of life....There's a story of a woman who became the victim of amnesia.  For three months she wandered, but during a severe thunderstorm she suddenly remembered who she was and where she was from.  A Cleveland, Ohio, police officer said that the storm jolted her memory back.  How often the storms of life bring us back to our senses!

      God allows us to go through them, not to destroy us but to help us. How does that work?  Many of us can identify with this and have experienced our own personal storms. When a storm is raging it is difficult to see things clearly, but after the storm passes, when all has settled down that is when we can see the hand of God at work. It is the storms of life that praise and thanksgiving is birthed.

    It is in those times that we are more apt to look to God for help and when we do He is right there to help us through those times. It is sad in many ways that we need a storm to put our focus on God. In good times we seem to not need Him as much and go about our businness without even thinking of Him./  I always am are changed an enlightened. God is always looking for ways for us to seek Him out because he wants to have relationship with us. Jeremiah 29:13 says, You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. i will be found by you declares the Lord, and will bring you back from captivity. Then Hebrews 11:6 says, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

    (A story from F.B. Myer), some young bees are nurtured to ensure their healthy development.  The queen lays each egg in a 6-sided cell which is filled with enough pollen and honey to feed upon until it reaches a certain stage of maturity.  The top is then sealed with a capsule of wax.  When the occupant has exhausted its supply of nourishment, the time has come for the tiny creature to be released from its confinement. 

    But what a wrestling, tussling, and straining it endures to get through that wax seal.  The opening is so narrow that in the agony of exit, the bee rubs off the membrane that encases its wings.  Thus, when it finally does emerge, it is able to fly!  The man telling F.B. Meyer this story said that one time a moth got into the hive and devoured the wax capsules.  As a result, the young bees crawled out without any effort or trouble, but they couldn't fly.  Soon the mature insects, seeing the pitiful, unproductive state of new arrivals, instinctively proceeded to sting them to death.

     What does this story tell us? The application is this....  "Are you congratulating yourself on having an easy time in life with no hardships or difficulties to bear?  Then beware, lest you lose your `wing power' like the handicapped bees, and perish miserably in the dust of defeat."

     Determination is the inner fortitude and strength of character – being disciplined to remain consistent, strong and diligent regardless of the odds or the demands put on us.  It is the act of deciding to be steadfast and firm until an answer comes. Determination is an act of faith when we temporarily lose sight of where we are going. Stay focused and strong in the journey, the best is yet to come!

    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