the pollution of noise

Morning Everyone, welcome to ‘Dee’s thoughts.’ Stop for just a moment and just listen. What do you hear? Maybe the neighbor’s lawn mower…a barking dog…a ticking clock…or just the cars on the street.

With all the things going on around us in our busy lives it has become more difficult to just quiet ourselves and listen. Listen to what? I recently took a day trip and visited a friend. When I drive alone I find it easier to hear the voice of God and listen to my own heart. Such was the case in my latest road trip. As I began to talk to God, the quiet around me allowed me to hear His voice.

 My journey was not ultimately about visiting a friend It was clearly about hearing from God. I am reminded of the words Jesus spoke as he was talking to his disciples in John 16. “I’ve told you all this so that you may have peace”. ‘Peace’? Can we have peace and still feel like a war is all around us? In John 15 Jesus turns to John and his disciples and says “you will be persecuted and no longer welcome in places you used to go. Devastating words! Clearly the peace Jesus spoke of is not what we think of at all.

We all encounter trials and hardships and wonder where is this peace that Jesus spoke of? Well, It is found In the quietness of our hearts. Peace is freedom from the war raging around us. Don’t worry I am with you. I will never leave you. I am your peace! No matter what is going on in your life, Know that our loving Lord is with you and with me even when the storm is raging.

Blessings and Peace

dee

Where do you live?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Thank you for your comments I so enjoy them. How many of us have become so discouraged with life as it is and desire to go back to the good old days? Or at least we think they were the good old days. Well Judges 6:7-10 addresses this very way of thinking.

When the Israelites cried to the Lord because of Midian, he sent them a prophet, who said, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought you up out of Eqypt, out of the land of slavery. I snatched you from the power of Egypt and from the land of all your oppressors. I drove them from before you and gave you their land. I said to you, I am the Lord your God; do not worship the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you live. But you have not listened to me.

How does this passage apply to us? First of all, we all have a (Egypt) in our lives. A place where we have come from, a place where for many could have been a place of emotional and or physical slavery. Even slavery can appear to be better than what lies ahead.  He brings us out, literally snatches us out from the power of that land and all of its oppressors and puts us in a new land.

But what does the Lord tell us? He said, “do not worship the gods of this new land, the land in which you now live”. In other words, do not fall into their ways and do not do what they do or believe in their gods, for I have taken you to a new place. Follow me and the freedom I have given you, do not go back to your old ways of thinking and doing as you have in the past.

It is easy at times especially when troubles are present to want to look back at what we thought was better days. But when God is leading us into a new land, it is imperative that we don't look back and worship what was in the past.

Has the Lord brought you out of a land of slavery and have you tasted the sweet fruit of a new land but you now find yourself  asking God “why are these things happening to me”,  and questioning “did not the Lord bring me out of the land of Egypt” verse 13? 

Sometimes we lose out way but the path is still in front of us. God is still leading and He does not abandon us when we are lost. Keep asking, looking and believing, God is still with you, keep walking in the strength you have (verse 14).

Be encouraged and of good cheer God is with you. Dee

 

the shortest way is not always the best way

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to "Dee's Thoughts". Keep the notes coming i so love to hear from you. How many times have you taken what you thought was a 'short cut' trying to save time when instead of saving time it cost you more time? I know I have, in fact i did just recently trying to take another route bypassing construction backups and long lines. Well, it didn't work well, every direction i took ended up being a dead end and i would have to find another route. The whole process ended up costing me more time in the long run.

We all know more or less the story of the Israelites. it took them 40 years to enter the promise land, in a trip that should have normally only taken them a few weeks Exodus 13:17-18. "Then it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them by way of the land of Philistines, ALTHOUGH THAT WAS NEAR; for God said... (and hear is the lesson for today) "lest perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt." 

Don't give up, admitting defeat that is NOT there! if God does not take you straight away to what He has promised for you it is only because HE LOVES YOU. time is not his main concern. his main concern is YOU! it was not His main concern to have the Israelites in the promise land a few weeks earlier. His main concern was THEM. if you look at the passage it is like God is skeptical. God in not a machine, a robot. he is someone that THINKS. thinks about you and your best.

God was concerned about the Israelites that if they went through this shortest way they might see war and thus return back to Egypt! God thinks of us in the same way, the shortest way may have things that you may not be able to handle. have you ever thought that if everything came as you had planned it, would it have been the best? God leads the way and He chooses only the best for us. And the best is to be near to Him, even if the way seems a little bit longer God's purposes is NEVER to short. The path of your life may not be exactly as you had planned it, but i I can tell you, it is as God has planned it. So be encouraged, God has a plan and it is the best plan for you, so stay on the path and let Him lead you to the promise land.

Have a great day, Dee

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