The Anchor That Holds

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts’.  Belief is a topic that many of us can  be skeptical to talk about as we don’t all believe the same way or in the same things. But we all exercise a level of ‘belief’  even if we don’t think we do. And we all have various levels of belief. We can’t say we don’t ‘believe’ because every day every moment we are exercising choices of belief.

Belief is seen in many ways, we believe that the alarm is going to go off every morning to wake us up for work, or every time we turn a switch on the lights will come on, or water is going to come out every time we turn on the facet. We exercise belief in our lives all day long.

 Hebrews 1:3) says,  By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. So believing is not just a matter of agreeing that we all believe, but what and who do we believe in?

 How important is it to have faith? Where do we find a faith strong enough to make it through the storms of life? Peter (the Apostle) knew how important faith is and he gives us a great picture of faith, a faith that we can go deeper (an anchor for out soul) a faith that will hold us steady during the storms of life. Faith is of the heart (human spirit) and not merely head knowledge (human reason). Simply agreeing that God exists and that his Word is true is not Biblical faith. The definition of ‘Biblical faith’ is  “trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.”

Many people will intellectually agree with the facts the Bible declares about Jesus. But knowing those facts to be true is not what the Bible means by “faith.” The biblical definition of faith requires intellectual assent to the facts and trust in the facts. Believing that Jesus is God incarnate who died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and was resurrected is not enough. Even the demons “believe” in God and acknowledge those facts (cf. James 2:19). We must personally and fully rely on the death of Christ as the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

We all have stormy trials and difficulties that we encounter throughout our life. We can’t escape them but when those times are upon us “who do we cry out to”? In those times when there is nothing we can do or anyone left to turn to we turn to God. We look to Him for deliverance and answers that we cannot find anywhere else. But there is a deeper faith available to us through the person of Jesus Christ who  provides  (an anchor for our soul) . He is the answer! He is our deliverer and helper in times of need.  He loves you!

Blessings, Dee

 

 

A New Season Has Come

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts.’ The change of seasons we all know what that is like, living in the mid-west don’t we? Winter is technically gone and spring has come according to the calendar but it doesn’t feel much like spring does it? This is also true in our personal lives. We all go through seasons of life as well and many times we don’t feel like it is spring, it may seem more like winter.

Songs of Songs says this, Chapter 2: 10-13;  My lover said to me, “Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise, My darling! Come away with me, my fair one!

The works of creation are pictures to the children of God of the secret mysteries of divine grace. God’s truths are the apples of gold, and the visible creatures are the baskets of silver. The very seasons of the year find their parallel in the little world of man within.

 We have our winter—dreary howling winter—when the north wind of the law rushes forth against us, when every hope is nipped, when all the seeds of joy lie buried beneath the dark clouds of despair, when our soul is fast fettered like a river bound with ice, without waves of joy, or flowing’s of thanksgiving. Thanks be unto God, the soft south wind breathes upon our soul, and at once the waters of desire are set free, the spring of love comes on, flowers of hope appear in our hearts, the trees of faith put forth their young shoots, the tone of the singing of birds comes in our hearts, and we have joy and peace in believing through the Lord Jesus Christ!

Be encouraged, life is made up of seasons and every season has a purpose. Some of us may still be in a season of winter, but it will not last! Spring has come and the refreshing of God’s Spirit is upon us. Embrace this new season. 

Blessings to everyone

Dee

The Benefits of a cheerful giver

Good Morning Everyone, welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts’. How many of us do you think would say we view ‘ourselves’ as cheerful givers?  You know being a (cheerful giver) is not a man idea, but rather, a God idea.  2 Corinthians 9:7-8 says this—“You must each decide in your heat how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure, For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. “ 

So, it is one thing to give, yet another to give cheerfully and not in response to pressure or being reluctant in our giving. Why is it important to give with a cheerful attitude? Well, one reason God loves a cheerful giver is because we are becoming more like Him, the universe’s most generous and cheerful Giver.

Giving is often likened to sowing seed; a “universal principle” easily seen by every culture. Here, these principles are shown as : 1. A seed needs to be scattered to gain increase, money must be invested as well, and similarly, one will reap more than is sown.

2. When fear or stinginess prompts holding back more than appropriate, the harvest is less rather than more being gained.

3. liberality of spirit is the source of spiritual “fatness.” That is, of spiritual or material prosperity. And 4. Consistent giving is equivalent to “watering” seed one has already sown. It will produce a reciprocal dynamic that continues yielding harvest as long as a person continues sowing.

Some key words I see here are these; seed needs to be scattered to gain increase. If we hold back out of fear or stinginess our harvest will be less rather than more. Being consistent in giving is equivalent to watering what has already been sown, and will continue to yield a harvest as long as we continue sowing.      

I don’t know about you—but I want to increase in my giving regardless of what that will look like. Giving also includes me giving of my time and my relationship with others. In these days ahead, especially in this New Year of 2018, we are  hearing  words such as being intentional and focused in a new way  in pressing ahead without compromise. I for one and I hope you will to, be more focused and determined to press into this year for what the Lord has in store for you and me. P. S. for me personally I am seeing in a new way I cannot out give God.

The Best is yet to come, Blessings, Dee     

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The Big Picture

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts’. Drop me a line if you have time I would love hearing from you. FYI-We are gearing up and starting classes again starting in February.  A new class called ‘Heart Matters’ that will start on Monday mornings February 19th from 9:30am-11:30. Another class called ‘Running   against The Wind’ that will start on February 21st from 6:30pm-8pm. Both of these classes will be held at Emmanuel Fellowship. These classes will also be posted on our website and Facebook . www.reachingthebroken.org

At the beginning of a new year we are all wondering what this new year will bring? I am no different as I also think of the new year and anticipate what it will hold. I remember a long time ago when I was just starting in ministry I was having a meeting with some leaders and this one person looked at me and said, “are you looking at the big picture”? Well, it took me back some as I didn’t really know what to say. I said, “I don’t even know what that means.”

He was aiming to help me look beyond just where I was at presently. It can be difficult for any one of us to see beyond where are at now and look ahead and by the way ( that is faith). Even though at the time I did not see clearly what the bigger picture looked like he gave me a glimpse of what the more that God wanted to give me was still ahead. Even though we may not always see a bigger picture at the time, as we walk this journey of life with our loving Lord and Savior, that bigger picture begins to unfold.

I want to encourage you to not stop looking for that ‘bigger picture’ because it is still ahead of you. We don’t have to have all the answers right now or always know where our journey is taking us, but in our Lord Jesus we have the promise of him taking us where he wants us to go. Jeremiah 29, so keep keeping on the best is yet to come!

 

Blessings Dee

Keepsakes

Good Afternoon Everyone and thank you for visiting 'Dee's Thoughts. Please shout me a word and say Hi, I always enjoy hearing from you.Don't forget to visit our website as well-www.reachingthebroken.org as we post upcoming classes for the year. we will soon be starting new classes in February and there will be posting on Facebook as well as the website.

Most of us have special keepsakes don't we passed down from others who have gone before us, like a piece of china, a favorite book, a piece of jewelry. We usually try our best to take care of them putting them in a safe place where they won't be damaged right? But then you do the very thing you fear, you drop and break it. you feel terrible!  You have been entrusted to take care of this keepsake and what has happened (we break it).  it may not have been  expensive in $ value but it is tells stories and holds memories of those who had owned it. It had a meaning a purpose.

Well, "now i am the generation who has dropped it".  We live in dark days don't we? News from overseas becomes more troubling by the day, and within our own borders our basic rights as followers of Christ are being eroded bit by bit. But when we feel pressure to conform to ideas that are contrary to our faith, we can find ourselves tempted to sit quietly and wait for Christ to come and rescue us.

We have a choice to either be a silent observer  or we can choose to live our faith boldly--not merely with bumper sticker phrases, T-shirt slogans, etc. or we can stand strong in our faith and keep walking the path that God has laid out before us. I want to be that person that keeps walking how about you? By God's grace we will keep walking. Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Let's keep walking together!

Blessings, Dee

Real Rest

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. Thank you for your responses I love to hear from you.  As the Holidays are upon us, I am reminded of all the hustle and bustle of the Season. There is never enough time or money to accomplish all of our goals and preparations.   Most of us recognize this hurried pace but can’t seem to get off of the roller-coaster ride. We long for ‘rest’ but it never seems to come. When is the last time you felt rested?

We don’t live in a culture these days that is conductive to rest. Even in our churches we can end up being over-committed because we say ‘yes’ to often. After all, it’s easier to say no to attending a neighborhood party than to signing up for a Bible study.  If it sounds spiritual, we too easily think we should line up behind everyone else and take a ticket.

But being busy for God and knowing God are very different, and we often confuse the two. Jesus spoke one day to a crowd and he spoke directly to their ‘weariness’ Matthew 11:28. He was speaking to those who were worn out trying to do the right thing to please God  and earn their salvation.

Jesus loves you and me, there is no ‘if’ tucked in at the end of the sentence. Despite the countless shades of light and dark that lives inside of us, we are loved completely by God, Hard to take in, isn’t it? That kind of love doesn’t exist apart from God. That kind of love is hard to grasp when we are busy running from one activity to another. That kind of love calls us to rest—really rest—in the presence of the One who made us, who knows us, who loves us.

Enjoy the Holidays in His presence of ‘rest’.

Blessings, Dee

My Life Is Not My Own

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts’. Thank you for your comments I so enjoy them. I am reminded as I walk through this life that as a believer in Christ that ‘my life is not my own’. We tend to forget that when challenges come out way and we find ourselves faced with situations that seem to be out of our control. I have had some things come up in my own life recently that have caused me to question why I am going through what I am. I am sure you can identify!

 Before I knew Christ in a personal way, life to me was “just living”. I never did think too far ahead about tomorrow, nor was I very concerned about death and what happens after death. But now, now that I have come to know Him in a personal way, my thinking has changed over the years regarding my life and the purpose God has had for it. Now I realize that “The shaping of my life” has been totally designed by God, a perfect plan just for me that cannot fail because God has put it into existence and motion.

Oh, there have been  bumps along the way and there will probably be more,  but  I don’t have to be worried about them because those bumps will not deter me from  reaching the ultimate goal and purpose of my life, because my life is “not my own” it belongs to God.

 I find that it is still too easy to forget that my life is in Christ and begin to question why I am going through certain things. As I have been going through some of my own challenges, I am more aware of how I respond and react to those things. As time goes on the faithfulness of our Lord begins to reveal the purpose for which he is allowing these challenges and to see his faithfulness to me as I walk with him through them.  (the key is walking with him)

As I look back I can see clearly God’s hand in everything, the good, the bad, the happy and the sad. All these things have been part of a bigger picture and a bigger plan to bring me to a place of peace, contentment and trust in the One who loves me and you. There is a divine plan in place for us that we cannot see clearly now but we will one day. 1 Corinthians 13:12

So, if you have days where you wonder why you are here and what purpose there is in life, know this, God has a plan, a plan for you that is being unveiled every day. For  I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 .

Rest in Him there is no better a place than this!

Blessings, Dee

 

 

 

An Attitude of Gratitude

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. I am reminded today of just how many blessings I have received from others and from God. I never want to take these blessings for granted but rather have a grateful heart. Many times I think we all forget just how many blessings we receive everyday that we don't always recognize at the time. Here is a story I want to share with you:

Here in the United States, we have so very much to be grateful for, more things than we can even fathom. I'm reminded of a wealthy Texan who was in the habit of giving his father unique gifts every father's day. One year it was hang-gliding lessons.  The year before it was the entire record collection of Slim Whitman's Hits, autographed by the singer himself. But this past year he had outdone himself. He purchased a rare kind of South American bird, called the translator. This bird could speak five languages and sing "Yellow Rose of Texas" in any key while standing on one foot. The talented bird cost $10,000, but felt it was worth every penny. This would be the Father's Day gift his dad would never forget.  

A week after Father's Day he called his father. "Dad, how did you like the bird?" His father responded, "It was delicious." We have so much that sometimes we can't see the great value of all God has given us. That is ingratitude.

Francis Schaeffer once said, "The beginning of man's rebellion against God was, and is, the lack of a thankful heart. It is such an attitude that sees one- self as the source of their own strength, happiness, and prosperity. We, as Christians, are influenced by this sentiment and live with the ever-present danger of thinking that we are what we are, or have what we have, solely because of what we have done. It is an attitude that runs against scriptural teaching and is inconsistent with the Spirit-filled life.

We are so often tempted to see nothing but our own reality. It takes little more than a brief trip to another country to be reminded of the great blessings we as a nation and as individuals have received. Lord remind us all how much we receive everyday and help us to have an attitude of gratitude.

Blessings, Dee