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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
    Jun222015

    Dipping into the bottom

    Good Morning Everyone,

     thank you for joining me and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. We can all identify with this Gentile widow woman in regard to us having very little at times and not knowing where the next provision will be coming from for the next day. In verse 7 we see that the Lord has already spoken to Elijah and to the woman at different times and has told them what to do.

     Elijah is told to go to her place and she will provide for him food to eat. Elijah tests her faith by asking her to feed him first and then cook their meal from the little left in her jar. If she is to think this out logically, she can only come to the conclusion that if she does that there will not be enough left for her and her son. Herein lies the test….Trust in God to provide, or live in fear!

     She obeys and feeds Elijah first knowing that there will probably not be enough left for her and her son. But Grace and Mercy finds her in her obedience and what she had lacked is now replanted right before her eyes. What was true for this widow women is also true for us today, when we trust we will also see the hand of God reaching into our own situations .

     When we think we have scraped the bottom of (our) Jar and got the last of what may be left there, is right where God works the best…in our lack is His supply! When our faith is put in Him our empty jars are filled again and again. The supply never runs dry because the supplier (Jesus) will always give us what we need right when we need it.

     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
    Jun152015

    Giving is better than receiving

    A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16

    Good morning everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”.

     Thank you for joining me and thank you for your comments I so appreciate them. We have all experienced at one time or another the benefits of giving and receiving.

     When we give it makes us feel so good inside that we have done something for someone else and when we receive we are left with a sense of humility and gratitude for what we have received. Today we will look at the benefits of giving. Let’s get started:

     From a Biblical perspective giving is a way “to love others more than ourselves”. It gets us out of a “self” way of thinking. Philippians 2:3-4. There is no better cure for us feeling sorry for ourselves than to give to someone else who is in need.

     Giving also helps us to understand more fully the character of God. Philippians 2:8. Giving is sacrificial and reminds us that the life we live is not ours alone but rather a gift from the one (Jesus) who gave His all for us.

      When we struggle with worry, how are we going live, pay bills, etc, giving breaks down within us the struggle of worry. When we give out of the little we have we release spiritual blessings back to us. God always gives back more than we give, we cannot out give God.

     Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

     Today’s thought is for all of us, let us all take these words seriously and ask God for forgiveness of thinking only of ourselves at times and trust in Him for all our needs. Thank you Lord for all you provide!

     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

     

     

     

    Tuesday
    Jun092015

    Running The Race Without A Goal?

     1 Corinthians 9:24

    “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize”? Run in such a way that you may win.

    Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me this morning. I love your input about these blogs (“Dee’s Thoughts). Keep them coming and please send them on. Today our topic is about how we run a race and how do we run our personal race with a goal in mind. Let’s get started:

    We know that many runners enter a race, but only one of them wins the prize. So run to win! Athletes work hard to win a crown that does not last, but rather, we do it for a crown that will last forever. So, Let us  run with a goal and purpose in mind.

    Especially in our world today many of us feel as though we are caught up in “A Rat Race”.  We get up and go to work, take care of other responsibilities and so forth. The world and our surroundings seem to spin out of control more and more each day. Schedules get tighter and tighter squeezing out precious time needed for ourselves and family.

    What motivates us? Is it money, power or something else? We are all running a race, some of us are more aware of it than others, but non-the-less, a race we are in. For some, they may be running away instead of running to, going in the wrong direction looking for the wrong things or running just for the sake of running, not knowing where they are going. For others they may be running toward riches, fame or recognition.  

    All of these things have one thing in common though: they run toward a corruptible crown. To questions…"What race are you running? Second, will your race give you eternal happiness, or will it only lead you to a corruptible crown?”

    1 Corinthians 9:25-27 gives us the answer, it says, “Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.’’

    So let us run our race with a purpose and goal in mind. To obtain the prize that awaits us in heaven Jesus.

    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

     

     

     

    Tuesday
    Jun022015

    Around And Around We Go

    Good Afternoon Everyone, thank you for joining me today and thank you for reading "Dee's Thoughts". I enjoy your comments keep them coming they are encouraging. Today we talking about why we get stuck and go around and around in circles.  Let's get started:

    Have you ever felt so beaten down in heart and spirit that you cannot hear or receive what others are saying to you?

    We find ourselves walking in freedom for a while, but then slowly that freedom seems to fade away and we find ourselves right back where we started looking at the same scenery all over again, same past history and shortcomings. How many of you know that obtaining is easier than maintaining? It’s one thing isn't it to obtain freedom, but maintaining freedom is much more difficult. And the simple truth is, that if we can't maintain, we really haven't obtained.

    We are born to free but many of you are so discouraged, so disillusioned, so beat up in spirit by the slave conditions in your life, living in and enduring for so long that you hear the promises of freedom and victory but you can't believe it is for yourself!

    Read Exodus 6:6-9…The Israelites were not in bondage to the Egyptians. They were slaves in their Mind. The Israelites bondage was not the Egyptians but rather the bondage of their “own thinking”.

    If we don’t change how we think our freedom will soon turn into bondage.

     So why do we go around and around? What is it that keeps us bound in our thoughts and in our walk with God? There are many things that can keep us from freedom but one important one is murmuring and complaining. If everything isn't the way we want. it, when we want it, how we want it we whine and complain.

     How do we change this cycle? First of all we have to “do something other than what we are doing? Second, we must walk in purity, third we need to remain where we are planted until we know our heart is right with God and man, fourth, we have to receive a word from God.

     The Lord wants us to walk in the freedom He has provided for us, he does not want to live in bondage. He died for us so that we can be free. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1 Walk in your freedom!

     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
    May262015

    Be Strong in the wilderness

    Good afternoon everyone, thanks for joining me today and i love hearing from you. thank you for your comments on this blog "dee's thoughts". Today we are going to discuss a "wilderness experience". we all have had them, maybe you are in one right now. if you are be encouraged God's knows all about it and will lead you out into the light. let's get started:

    They did not ask, where is the Lord, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one lives? Jeremiah 2:6

    We all have had a wilderness experience at one time or another. This is just a part of life. But the question that I believe is the most relevant is not that we have experienced a wilderness time, but rather “how do we get through the wilderness when it comes our way”?

      Some of us loose our way and get lost in the wilderness. It is those times when nothing seems to be going right, we thought we were on the right path but now it seems as though we are just walking around never getting anywhere. “We have lost our way”!

      Sometimes in the wilderness we fail to see God’s plan and purpose for us, all we can see is darkness a barren wilderness, dryness of our heart and spirit and doubt seems to flood our soul. “God where are you”?

     The wilderness is not meant to kill and destroy us but rather, meant to be an opportune time to trust and put our hope in the Lord for he knows the way out….”the right path to take”. When discouragement sets in we begin to complain and doubt that God is not there and that we are alone and will have to find our own way out.

     This is not the time to become “self-sufficient” and try to do it in our own strength. Let us not forget it took the Israelites 40 years before they saw the land God was promising them. We may not have to roam around in our personal wilderness for 40 years as they did, but God wants us to trust Him in the experience and let him lead us out.

      Be strong and prevail… what appears to be impossible odds to us is just where God wants us to be. He knows we cannot find our own way out and is ready and willing to lead us in the right direction.  Ask God what he wants you to see personally and spiritually through this experience and watch Him work on your behalf. Don’t run from the wilderness instead run into His loving arms.

    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