When it is hard to trust

Good Morning Everyone, have you found it difficult to trust others? I think most of us would agree that we have felt betrayed at some point in our lives. Quote: "One of the hardest lessons in life is LETTING GO. Whether it's guilt, anger, love, loss or betrayal. CHANGE is never easy. we fight to hold on and we fight to let go."

I think that when we have been hurt, trust is fractured and not easily gained back. When one person breaks a trust with us, it is easy to assume that no one is trustworthy anymore. This of course is not true and trusting others again can be a challenge. Sometimes trust cannot be built again with the one who betrayed us but that must not stop us from reaching out to others again. Betrayal is a rejection of "who we are". But their is hope because "who we are" is not found in the opinions of others, but rather, in the person of Jesus Christ. Who he says we are is what we stand on and believe.

Be Encouraged you are valued and loved God say's so. Matthew 10:30-31

Have a Great Day, Dee

Just A Little White Lie?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to 'Dee's Thoughts'. I love hearing from you so please drop me a note if you can. We have all heard of the saying; "it was just a little white lie". Is there such a thing as a little white lie and why do we lie? All lies affect us and impact others, to say it was just a little white lie is a means to cover up and minimize our actions. It is a lack of openness and honesty with others driven through our own insecurities and fear.  

It is always better to tell the truth regardless of our circumstances. Our conscience weighs heavy on us when we 'cover up'. Psalm 34:4-5 speaks to this: I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. Have no fear in our desperation cry out to God and He will listen and save us from all our troubles. Be encouraged Dee

 

Life is hard

Good Morning Everyone

As I ponder this beautiful day today, sun shining, birds singing, life springing up all around I am grateful for having this day experiencing it in all of its glory. But I don't always have these nice feelings depending on what I am going through at the time. How about you? The life we live is at times filled with disappointment and loss because we live in this world. 

Sometime we can lose our way temporarily as we go through personal trials but there is always hope. Never give up press ahead, there is always a way out. Life is the biggest hurtle we have to overcome with all it throws at us. If you question whether life is worth it and find that the struggle is too hard, remember you are not in it alone God has a purpose for your life. Look to our Heavenly Father and you will find that purpose and find yourself!

Many Blessings, Dee

Genuine Love

'Love' we all want it and need it. love is the fulfillment of the soul, a longing of the heart. Love is what makes us whole. The absence of love leaves a deep hole in the very core of our lives, a deep hole that will need to be filled with something or someone. Genuine love is love that is sacrificial not thinking of oneself (only what they need) but for the other person.

it is a selfless love that gives and gives without looking for something in return. Unconditional love is just the opposite of genuine love, it not only looks for something back in return it demands it. it is a fake love that is selfish, a love that is only given when it has been earned. Genuine love is rarely seen as it takes a changed heart to show and give genuinely love, a love that only comes from our Heavenly Father.

If you feel empty inside and just need to be loved God knows this and wants you to know how much he loves you today. He never disappoints us and His love never fails. 1 John 4:9-10 says, God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love--not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Be encouraged today you are not forgotten, you are loved.

Blessings, Dee   

“The Status Quo”

Good Afternoon Everyone, thank you for joining me and drop me a note I love hearing from you. just a reminder, we have begun our new "AWAKEN CLASSES" for this year. We started on Monday the 16th but cancelled because of the weather. We will launch this coming monday on the 23rd @ Emmanuel Fellowship room 102-103.  Our first class is called "BROKEN CONNECTIONS" (8 weeks) please come in at any time I would love to see you. For more information you can go to our website @reachingthebroken.org. Our word for the day is"THE STATUS QUO".  

When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Deuteronomy 1:6

The’ Status Quo” what does that mean? The status quo is a state of being a condition of the way things are now. This is always how it has been done. I am sure you have heard this term; “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it! This is our topic for today –‘The Status Quo’.

  I love this Scripture in Deuteronomy, “you have stayed at this mountain long enough. It is time to break camp and move on. Most of like the status quo, we are comfortable there because we know what to expect no surprises! But there is another side to it, there are no challenges, growth, maturity just the “status Quo”. 

 I am no different than anyone else, I also like to be comfortable but being comfortable is not good me or you. But how does God look at our ease and comfortable state? When we have stayed in one place to long we lose vision, purpose and direction. God wants us to leave our camp of ease and move onto new things. New things are challenging and trying but when we are challenged we are forced in a good way to press ahead.  God’s Word tells us without vision we perish (to perish is to be destroyed or ruined physically or spiritually or both). Proverbs 29:18

 So let us all leave our mountain of ease and embrace new challenges as we draw closer to Jesus. I for one do not want to become stagnate and I don’t think you do either. Let us press ahead with joy and excitement.

 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

Dee's email address: deejohnston1@live.com

Keep your eyes on the path

Good Morning Everyone, thank you for joining me today. I am including our year end newsletter link as well as our AWAKEN curriculum for this year. These classes begin january 16th at Emmanuel Fellowship from 9:30-11:30 every monday. you can come at anytime there is a new lesson each week. please join us. if you have any questions email me deejohnston1@live.com l love hearing from you so drop me a note. Well here we are a new year and a new day. As we reflect on this past year we will probably remember some sad times as well as happy ones. It is important for us to reflect and remember and it is just as important to press forward and stay on the path God has laid before us. Be encouraged, the path we are on is know by God and he has a plan for each one of us.

Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil. Proverbs 5:25-27

Keep looking straight ahead fix your gaze on the road ahead. Why do we easily get off track at times? We think we are on the right path, then one day we find ourselves asking the question ”what am I doing”  “where am I going”?

 How did I get off the path? Have I become discouraged, tired, Is the path I am on taking me too long or have I been listeningto the wrong people?  It may be some of these reasons or none of them, but the truth is I am not on the same path anymore. Well, perhaps we need to ask ourselves this question…Is the path I am on my idea or God’s?

 God promises to level out our paths (removing all obstacles) that would cause us to stumble or take a different path other than the one I am on. He does this because He wants us to succeed and reach our destination.  Being confident of this, that he who began a good work  in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6.

 It doesn’t hurt to re-evaluate our path from time to time this is healthy. To worry is another story, that is jst a remindertellingus “we have forgotten who is really in control”. Make sure your path is God’s and not yours, this is key to keeping our eyes gazed on what’s ahead and not looking back. So, if we have gotten off course, be confident of this, that the Lord knows about it and He will get you back on the right path. How do we know this? Because he says so!

Enjoy the walk!

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

A Encouraging Word

As we all know the Holidays can for some be a sad time and for others a happy time. Ours thoughts turn to the past as we miss loved ones who have gone on to heaven, missing them as we would like to have just a little more time again with them once more. As I look back I also think on those things from time to time.  

 There is nothing wrong in looking back to the past, but overall it is not that healthy nor does it benefit us to stay there for too long. Isaiah 43: 18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? When we keep looking back to the past we fail to see the new things that are happening right in front of us.

 When I look into the eyes of my sweet grand- daughter I see the beauty of what the past has given to me today. If not for our past we would not have a future. So be encouraged God is doing a 'new thing' in your life. Do you not see it, even now it is 'springing up'.

Have A Wonderful 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

Looking For A Greener Pasture?

 

 Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee's Thoughts. Thank you for your comments to this blog and thank you for reading. As we are fast approaching the end of the year, our thoughts turn to all that has taken place this year and wondering what next year will bring us. My question for us this morning is..How satisfied are we with where we are at? Now this is not a tricky question, I know it is healthy to desire more and to look to God to take us higher in Him. But my question is more directed as to how fulfilled we are within ourselves? Sometimes looker for a greener pasture is not always beneficial! Here is a personal example of what I am talking about.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Growing up on a farm it was a common sight to see cattle grazing in the distance enjoying a pasture of green grass. You would think they would be content with what they had wouldn’t you? NOT A COW! The key word here being “green grass” .

 As I watched them grazing, sure enough, there would be a single cow with her head through the fence trying to get at the grass on the other side of the fence. Now that grass on the other side did not necessarily look better, in fact, it really looked worse. So why was the cow working so hard to get the grass on the other side of the fence?

 For some reason the cow was convienced that the grass on the other side of the fence would taste better than what it already had. (even though it has not tasted it yet). So, here is our thought for the day, “Is The Grass Really Greener On The Other Side Of The Fence”?.

 It is easy isn’t it for us to believe that what someone else has is better than what we have. Their life is better than mine, their house is better than mine and before you know it I am coveting their things. Suddenly, my things and my life are not good enough anymore. Doesn’t this sound like the cow at the fence? I once heard that if you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, spend more time watering your own grass!

 More often than not, How we view the color of our pasture is only in our perception of it. It may look one way to me but another way to you. We sometimes go to great lengths looking for something better than what we already have, sticking our heads through a fence not really knowing what is on the other side.

 But, If we are not careful, in our efforts to get to the other side, we ignore the barbed wire and the thickets that are in our way and In the end, all we find on the other side are brown weeds.

 We have all we need in Jesus! And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 We always have enough in Jesus!

 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