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    Wednesday
    Feb102016

    Sufficient Courage

     

     

     Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me today "Dee's Thoughts". I hope and pray all is well in your life and thank you for your responses and input. We live in a time in our world where we need 'courage' more than ever don't we? On the surface things seems to be getting worse not better and we wonder what is going to happen next. It is true that if we focus on what we see and hear in our world today it can look pretty blink. But we have a hope in Jesus that we will have want we need when we need it. this is our topic for today. (Sufficient Courage)

      

      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. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. Philippians 1:20-21

     I would all like to think that when the time comes, regardless of what we are having to face, that we will be able to face it with courage. Courage is not something we need to draw upon every day in every situation of life, but when we need it we hope it is there.

      Paul recognized  this when he said,  “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. Paul was referring to whether he lived or died.  What is sufficient courage?  Sufficient  means we will lack  nothing having enough  to finish the task. What is Courage? Courage is the quality of mind  which enables us to encounter danger and difficulties with firmness.

      So, let’s put these two together. What is sufficient courage? Sufficient courage is a steadfastness and firmness that  rises up within us when facing difficult  time’s  supplying us with more than enough to finish the task laid out before us.  

     There are times when all of us encounter difficult  life situations and we need an inner courage and strength to get through them. In these times, we need to press through them, not go around them, or try an ignore them, but focus on Jesus and He will give us the courage to get through them. Courage is given when we decide to ‘not give up’,(spiritually), but courage fades when we grow faint hearted or run away.

      Whatever hardship or loss you are going through remember you do not have to face it alone and you have more than enough courage within you to overcome it with Jesus. You can eagerly expect help to come, you will not be disappointed or ashamed.

      Courage is not present in our lives all the time, but is given to us by God when we need it. It is not something we can drum up in our own strength, it comes from a deep place within us at just the right time. I used to work in surgery and in those times when I was faced with tramatic situations that were life and death related, I did not know if i could get through them and wondered how i would get through. Amazingly I was given the courage and ability to get through those times and it was never in my own strength. I knew it was a gift of God, that there was no way in myself i could have gotten through on my own.

      Let us be encouraged today that we are not alone and God will provide for us what we need when we need it. Rest in Him all is well.

      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
    Feb022016

    The Lifter Of My Head

     

    Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me today and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts", a snowy one at that! Thank you for your reponses. i so enjoy them. Please keep in mind our new curriculum for this year "AWAKEN". you can find all the information on our website. www.reachingthebroken.org. It is held weekly on mondays at emmanuel fellowship church. you are welcome to come at any time. every week is a new topic. please join us from 9:30-11:30 i would love to see you.

    We have all had days when we feel like life is hard. Times when everything seems overwhelming and so difficult. There are the good times and then there are hard times. In these times of difficultity everything feels hopeless but it is not! Learning to live in difficult times is a challenge, but we don't have to go through those times alone or try and get through them in our own strength. This is our topic for the day:

    But you are a shield around me, O Lord, you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. Psalm 3:3. 

    Life is hard and filled with good days and bad days. We cannot escape it! Sometimes we try but life is filled with the unexpected. Sometimes we feel like our days are filled more with heartache, sadness, loneliness and grief, instead of peace, contentment and joy. We all desire peace and joy but it is not something we can manufacture at any given moment. So how do we find this peace and inner joy and where does it come?  

     When the weight of life is pulling us down and we want to give up what do we do? Who do we look to for help? I lift up my eyes to the hills---where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip---he who watches over you will not slumber. Psalm 121:1-3

     Psalm 113:7-8 …He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes, with the praises of their people.  Not only is God the ‘lifter ’ of our head, but he also puts a shield around me. Psalm 28:7 says, The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

     When all our efforts fail and we don’t know where to turn, God is there! When our strength is gone and we feel like giving up, God is there! We will find God and He will come to us when we call on Him. Amazing isn’t it, that we have to be at the end of our rope with all our own efforts being exhausted before we cry out to God to rescue us.

    God does not want us to just call on Him when we are in crisis, but rather, know him in a personal way, knowing that whether it is a good or bad day, he is with me and he will rescue me. We can all have that kind of relationship with God, His Word tells us so. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:13-14.  Keep your eyes looking up to the lifter of your head. He will not forget you if you call on His Name.

    Be lifted up today!

    Blessings, Dee 

     

                                                                                                                 

    Tuesday
    Jan262016

    I Am Determined

     

    Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me "Dee's Thoughts" weekly devotions. If you would like to be added to these weekly devotions please email me at deejohnston1@live.com. Thank you for your comments love hearing them. Also don't forget about our on-going group study "Awaken" that we are doing at Emmanuel Fellowship every monday morning from 9:30-11:30am. You can come anytime from week to week and there is a new topic every week. Everyone is welcome. Now to our devotion:

    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 fails us, determination and stedfastness 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 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 we are changed an enlightened.

    (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

     

     

    Tuesday
    Jan192016

    What Is It That you Seek?

    Good Morning Everyone, Thank - you for joining me today (a snowy one), Just a quick reminder about our new curriculum called "AWAKEN". It's on our website. Check it out and come visit us. We have great discussions in a group setting as we learn and study together. Every week is different!. I love your comments keep them coming.

     Wouldn’t you agree that from time to time we all find ourselves seeking?  We may not always know what we are seeking but seeking non-the-less. 

    The question for us to ponder this morning is this, what is it that we are seeking and who are we seeking it from? There is a passage in John 1:35-40 that is about two disciples who see Jesus passing by and they recognize him. They follow him until finally Jesus says, “what do you want” (or seek)? They replied “where are you staying’? “Come he replied, and you will see.”

    You see, they were not satisfied to just met him, they wanted to get to know him and spend time with him! Can’t you just imagine the pleasure and the smile on the Lord’s face as He says ‘come, and you will see.’ No one is turned away or disappointed when they come to Him with a true heart, desiring to know Him better.

     Where do we go and who do we go to when we have a need/problem?  Well, for most of us, the first  thing  we usually  do is…We try and figure it out within ourselves  before looking to anyone else.

     Second, when that fails, we look to a professional person who we believe will have the no-how/experience to fix the problem.

      Third, If that fails, now we are really in a pickle and seemingly at the end of our rope, so what to do now? We have done all we have known to do within ourselves and looked to others for help as well with no success or answers to our problem. It’s usually at that point, when we have exhausted all of our options that now we find ourselves turning to God for help.

     Psalm 9:9-10 tells us this, The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.

    He, The Lord, is our refuge, our stronghold and He never fails us when we turn to him. We can trust him with our lives, our families, and our problems, it is his promise. His Word in Psalms gives this promise to those who know your name and put their trust in you.

     To those who seek you and turn to you for help will not be forsaken. What a promise! So, let’s lift up our concerns and praises to Him who take’s care of all our needs and quit looking to ourselves or to others to be our life- saver. But, rather, let us turn to our only Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

     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
    Jan122016

    Are We Really Hearing?

    Reminder to Everyone, Our new curriculum has started January 4th (Awaken). you can get all the information on our website...www.reachingthebroken.org Come and check us out. would love to see you.

     Consider carefully what you hear, he continued. With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Mark4:24

     Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me this morning. It has been a busy life for a couple of weeks as I know we all have busy lives. Keep the comments coming I so enjoy hearing from you. I have a question I want to ask you, how would you rate your hearing skills? Good, fair or poor! I think most of us would probably say pretty good. Our Scripture verse today discusses this very thing “our hearing”.

    Have you ever watched an animal (like a cow) chewing the cud? Well, unless you were raised on a farm probably not! After grazing they sit down quietly, regurgitate what they've eaten, and chew it over and over again before swallowing it. The second chewing aids digestion and the mixing of the nutrients. It makes them look as though they are deep in thought or meditating on something. When we are hearing the Word of God do we chew on it or do we quickly swallow it. The more we chew on it the more we get from it (more revelation and more insight).

    On the other hand in contrast to the cow, when a pig eats (an unclean animal), well you have to take my word for it, it is not a pleasant sight to watch. When it comes to hearing the Word of God what is our response? Do we think on it, really hear it when it comes to us (take it in and chew on it) meditate on it and consider it in our hearts.

    If we put more effort into seeking to understand spiritual truth, more spiritual truth will be revealed to us. God rewards those who earnestly seek him (Heb 11:6); and we don't have to be Bible teachers to understand the truth. Psalms 119:99 says, I have more insight than all my teachers, for I meditate on your statutes.

    Then the Lord says a very strange thing.  He says that people who have will be given more and those who do not have will lose even the little that they have Matt. 25:29.  Look at it this way--the more we study, the more we are capable of studying; the more we know the more we are capable of knowing.  The more we stretch ourselves (heart, mind, spirit) the more responsibility we take on (spiritually), the more we are able to bear. Most of us know that if we want a job done well and done with efficiency, we look for a person who we know will put effort into it and get it done.

    If we don’t use what we have, we lose it. It is true on all levels: If we are put in a cast for a broken arm, after 6 weeks or so after the cast is taken off you find you have temporarily lost the use of your arm. Let us all take this message to heart and listen fully with our hearts and minds taking in (eating) the Word of God and chewing on until we receive all the nutrients in it for life and godliness.

    Quote…As one ancient Jewish wise man has said: “According to the standards of mortal man, an empty vessel is able to contain (what is put into it), and a full vessel cannot contain it, but according to the standards of the Holy One, blessed be he, a full vessel is able to contain it while an empty one cannot.”

    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