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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
    Aug312015

    Is Life To Hard?

    Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me this morning. Thank you for your comments on these blogs I so appreciate them. This morning I am reminded of just how hard life can be and how easily we can get discouraged. There are many obstacles that get in our way, finances, health, loss and so on. Any one of these can take a toll on us emotionally, physically and spiritually. I want us to look at some passages in Deuteronomy today in light of our title…”Is Life To Hard”? let’s get started:

    Let’s set the stage:  Moses is given the command to leave Horeb with all the Israelites. God speaks to them in Chapter 1:6 saying, The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “you have stayed long enough at this mountain.”  He tells them to break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites.

    This verse hits home to us today in regard to our own life circumstances and struggles. How long have we stayed at the foot of our mountain? Do we need to move forward as well? It is easier at times to stay in one place longer than we should because it begins to feel safe and secure where we are.

     I am not speaking of location necessarily although that may apply. When we stay in one place for too long we become stagnant, lethargic and un-motivated  . Is God speaking to us today about facing our own fears of what may lie beyond the borders of our own territory? Are they holding us back?

    Verse 30 says, The Lord your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the desert. There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place. WOW!

    There it is..When we decide to leave the foot of our mountain and follow God regardless of how scary that may feel, He promises to go before us and fight for us. He makes a way where we cannot see the way and open the pathway for us to march ahead with confidence knowing He is fighting for us.

    Nothing is impossible for our God let us say, “I will leave my mountain and follow you”.

    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
    Aug242015

    A Heavy Heart

    Good Morning Everyone, so glad to be with you today and thank you for your input about this blog. My heart is heavy this morning as I join you today. Many of us are mourning for the loss of our dear friends PastorTy and Terri Schenzel who was killed in S.D. this week. Our hearts here in Omaha are heavy but we mourn not without hope, rather, we believe they are walking in Heaven probably barefoot as this was a trade mark of Ty’s every time he preached. He believed he was standing on Holy Ground.

     We all have experienced the loss of loved ones at one time or another it is a part of life. But loss is difficult to walk through and it does not take the same path for everyone. We all grieve in our own way. It is a path we all have to walk at some point, but it is a path that has no limitations or boundaries. There is no time limit on how long we grieve nor should we have one. Grief is personal and it needs it be healed in its own time we cannot force the healing process of a loss.

     Grieving is also a cleansing process within our own heart and soul as we express our loss and sadness for those we love and with those we love. We should never be ashamed of our tears, nor try to be tough during the process. It is a time of being real and open with our feelings.  

     Times of grief serve a purpose…Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for this is the end of all mankind, and the living will lay it to heart.” This verse implies that grief can be good because it can refresh our perspective on life.

     We need to remember that feelings of grief are temporary. “Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). There is an end to mourning. Grief has its purpose, but it also has its limit.

     Psalm 56:8 says, Record my lament; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? Our tears and grief are precious to God. God understands us (Psalm 139:2). When we commune with Him, we are able to open our minds to the truth that He loves us, that He is faithful, that He is in control, and that He knows how He is going to work it out for our good.

    To grieve openly is sometimes difficult for some, but when we share our stories with God and others, our grief is lessened. Sadly, grief is part of the human experience. Loss is part of life, and grief is a natural response to loss. But we have the hope of Christ, and we know that He is strong enough to carry our burdens (Matthew 11:30).

     Blessing to everyone, 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
    Aug172015

    Change my attitude before it's to late!

    Good morning everyone, thank you for joining me and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". Keep the comments coming they are wonderful. today we are going to discuss "attitude". We all need improvement in this area on a regular basis. A good attitude is a powerful thing and reaps blessing in our life and in the lives of other around us. A negative attitude causes discord, displeases God, damages relationships and works against the healthiness of our bodies and minds. So, let's get started:

    Do everything without grumbling or questioning. Philippians 2:14

    In some areas  of Mexico hot springs and cold springs are found side by side, and because of the convenience of this natural phenomenon the women often bring their laundry, boil their clothes in the hot springs, and then rinse them in the cold springs.

    A tourist watching this procedure once commented to his Mexican guide, “They must think God is generous to provide so much free hot and cold water!” The guide replied, “No, s˜enor, there is much grumbling because he does not supply the soap!”

    Words can never adequately convey the incredible impact of our attitude toward life. The longer I live the more convinced I am that life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we respond to it.

    I believe that “attitude” (my attitude) is the most important part of our day and sets the stage in how it is going to be. It does not depend on my circumstances, but rather, how we approach those circumstances.

     It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, my pain, or what other people think or say about me. My attitude is what keeps me going or holds me back. It alone is what fuels my fire or crushes my hope. When my attitude is right, there is no barrier too high, no valley too deep, no dream too extreme, no challenge too great for me.

    Thanksgiving is the opposite of grumbling. God commands us to give thanks because he knows all the good that he can work in us when we do! Words of thankfulness and praise on our lips stirs up within us an attitude of thankfulness and worship in our hearts. This attitude, in turn, can totally transform our circumstances—even if we find ourselves in very difficult circumstances. 

    We know life can be hard, it is filled with loss, disappointment and trials of all kinds, but we have a choice to either look at those things when they come our way in a negative or a positive way. God is bigger than our circumstances and if we put our trust in Him and let Him do a work in us we will reap the blessing of a changed heart and attitude.

    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
    Aug102015

    In Due Season

    Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again. Ecclesiastes 11:1

     Good Morning everyone, welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts.” Thank you for commenting on this blog and I love hearing from you. Today we are going to look into what does it mean to cast your bread upon the waters? Let’s get started:

      This Scripture is giving us a lesson on obedience for the present and also for the future.

     There is a sowing which is done by every-one of us, either sowing to our-self or sowing into the Spirit of God:  Meaning…According to which sowing is operating at the time will determine what our harvest will be…one of happiness or of misery.

      Now we can all understand and agree that to sow into the Spirit is a thing which requires great patience and endurance on our part. It is definitely not for those who are looking for a ‘quick fix’! If we are, we will be disappointed. It is only "after many days"—"in due season," as St. Paul expresses the same thought- that we shall reap if we faint not.

     Part of this sowing to the Spirit consists in our conduct and attitude towards God, the other in our conduct towards one another.

     "Cast thy bread upon the waters." First refers to seed,, for this is what is meant by "bread." "The seed is the word of God." Second reference is to the sowing: "Cast" the seed. Planting and sowing go together and as in all sowing, weeds get in the way and need to be pulled out if we are to have a clean crop when the harvest comes.

     But here is God’s promise… for after many days you will find it again ; you may be inclined to think it is lost after many days but it will be found again. Do not get discouraged if it delays, for as in all things it must first die before it can live again. It must pass through the process of life and death, weeding and pruning to be transformed into what God has intended it to be. This action does not come over night but in due season.

     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
    Aug032015

    Failure Does Not Define Purpose

     In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter1:6-7

     Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me today, and thank you for your comments on this blog I so appreciate it. The Apostle Peter a powerful man of God yet was prone to failures, doubt and fear such as we are. We can all identify with his life and struggles. There are 3 lessons we can learn from Peter…

     First, failure in the past does not define our purpose in the future. Second, a broken heart can work for good in the lives of others. And third, one letter or word of hope can bring more encouragement than a thousand thoughts never expressed.

     Peter the apostle is one of the most prominent characters in the Gospels, a rough and tumble man whose emotions often got him into trouble, and yet he was clearly one of the favorites of Jesus Christ, who loved him for his big heart.

     Peter like us had his own strengths and weaknesses. Peter was a loyal and fearless missionary for Christ, yet at the same time he struggled with his own fears and doubts.  Can we identify? He let his passions rule him instead of his faith in Jesus. Peter not only abandoned Jesus but denied that he even knew Him three times.

     Lessons we can learn…When we forget that God is in control, we overstep our limited authority. God works through us in spite of our human frailties. No offense is too great to be forgiven by God. We can accomplish great things when we put our faith in God instead of ourselves. Our frailty or mistakes does not limit us from being used of God. In fact, it is a pre-requisition.

     God has a divine purpose for each one of us and our awareness of our failures, doubts and fears only serve to qualify us to be used of God just like Peter. Our inabilities are meant to show us God’s abilities to do great things in our life.

     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