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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
    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

    Monday
    Feb092015

    "I Am Determined"

    Good Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning. All of us have faced difficultities in life and we know it is not easy to walk through them. My question to you this morning is...How Determined are we to keep pressing on regardless of our circumstances?  When our vision and purpose fails us, determination 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 sends them not to destroy us but to help us.  Many people can look back and thank God for the storms that bring us to Him!

    Here is a story of a Bee as it relates to each one of us...(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."

     Proverbs 4:25-27 says, Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.

    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 definite 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

    Monday
    Feb092015

    Life's Disappointments 

    Morning Everyone

    Thank you for joining me this morning.  We all have experienced disappointments in our life. It is not something we can avoid it just happenings, it is a part of life. In our time together this morning I want us to look at what it takes to be an 'overcomer'. What do we do when we find ourselves being so weary that we begin to lose heart and faith. So, let's begin:

     

     

     

     

     

    Wednesday
    Feb042015

    Pleasing Man Or God?

    Hi Everyone, good to be with you on a snowy day...thank you for joining me and I hope you are blessed with these blogs. Let me hear from you I always enjoy that. Today we will be discussing the topic of "Pleasing Man Or God? This is a challenge for all of us....

    1 Thessalonians 2:3-7  says, For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We are not looking for praise from men, not from you or anyone else. As apostles of Christ we could have been a burden to you, but we were gentle among you,g like a mother caring for her little children.

     Pleasing man or God! Galatians 1:10 says, Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.This is not something we think about every day is it? But perhaps we should. When we were children pleasing our parents just came automatically. Of course we didn’t want to get into trouble, but even more so we wanted their approval, favor, acceptance and love. It was what made us feel special and valued. Is there anything wrong with that?

     Of course not, but let’s go a little deeper. Does your value and worth come from having the approval of others or God? Even though it is not wrong to want the acceptance and love of others and it does feel good when we receive it, it is not something we should hang onto for very long. Why?

     Because it is not the approval and acceptance of others that really counts! It is God’s approval and worth that really counts. John 6:27 says, Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.

     The question really is….who do I want to please, God or man! This is an individual choice. A first time choice followed by many other day to day choices. When we first decide to say “YES” to God, it becomes a lifestyle of choices, not just one time. I guarantee you….following the Lord is worth far more than the approval of men.

    Psalm 84:3 says, Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your alter, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.  

     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