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    Wednesday
    Nov302016

    Looking For A Greener Pasture?

     

     Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Thank you for your comments to this blog and thank you for reading. As we are fast approaching the end of the year, our thoughts turn to all that has taken place this year and wondering what next year will bring us. My question for us this morning is..How satisfied are we with where we are at? Now this is not a tricky question, I know it is healthy to desire more and to look to God to take us higher in Him. But my question is more directed as to how fulfilled we are within ourselves? Sometimes looker for a greener pasture is not always beneficial! Here is a personal example of what I am talking about.

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

    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? NOT A COW! The key word here being “green grass” .

     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 the cow working so hard to get the grass on the other side of the fence?

     For some reason the cow was convienced that the grass on the other side of the fence would taste better than what it already had. (even though it has not tasted it yet). 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 more time watering your own grass!

     More often than not, How we view the color of our pasture 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 We always have enough in Jesus!

     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

     

    Thursday
    Jul282016

    Getting To The Other Side 

    When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Mark 6:45-48

    Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me today (Dee's Thoughts), I love hearing from you keep the comments coming.  How many of us would agree that in our walk with God we look more to the end result of our walk more than the day to day walk?

     In our minds living a good Christian life is on the top 10 list of living for God. We think more about the end result of our walk than the day to day walk with Jesus! Have I fulfilled the purpose of God in my life? Have I done what I needed to do, walk the walk God wanted me to, and if so, will I hear God say to me…”Well done good and faithful servant”.

     One of the biggest traps we as Christians fall into is the idea that God is leading us to a particular end, a desired goal. 2 Corinthians 3:18 tells us, “And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with every-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

     His purpose in our lives is that we depend on Him for every minute, every hour, every- day. To stay focused on Him for every moment is a far greater walk, depending on His power in our lives to live a godly life pleasing to Him. If we stay centered  trusting Him in all things that come our way, that is the stage (the platform) where we are being transformed into His image---That is the purpose of God for our lives.

     God’s training us is a present action not a future one. Obeying the Lord, following His voice, His leading, is the center of the Christian life. That is where our transforming takes place in the Christian life. How freeing it is to know that I am depending on God for all outcomes…that is my peace and my joy and it is yours! The good-the bad-and the ugly is all wrapped up and packaged in the life of Christ. The more we trust and let Him have his way in our lives, the freer we become.

     So let us not look to far ahead in our future but rather, take one day at a time and watch the Lord lead us down a path of fulfillment and joy. He knows what is best for us and He will lead us. Let us stay focused on Him not on the journey. His is God of the process!

     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
    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