If He Speaks Will I Listen?

Good morning everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”.  

Then they said to Moses, Speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die. Exodus 20:19

There are many voices we hear every day and especially now in the world we live in, we are pulled and tugged to hear a multitude of voices. How do we know when it is God’s voice speaking to us? Many times we want to hear from God, but at the same time fearful that if we do He may want me to do something I don’t want to do or hear something I don’t want to hear. See, many times we want God to do something for us, but hesitate if He wants something from us.

 If only God would speak to me! What would you do if He did speak?  Would you listen and do what He would ask of you? Let us take a look at a Scripture in Exodus Chapter 20. The Lord has spoken to Moses and has given him instructions for the people. Then He (God) gives to Moses the Ten Commandments to take to the people.

 All the people heard thunder and saw flashes of lightening, the sound of trumpet and saw the mountain smoking, but when they saw it, they trembled and stood at a distance. Verse 18 .. Then they said to Moses, speak to us yourself and we will listen; but let not God speak to us, or we will die.

 Why was the people afraid to hear from God directly and want Moses to speak to them instead of God? Because when we acknowledge we have heard God speak to us, (an action is required on our part to respond).  When man speaks there is always a chance for error so we can more readily dismiss what is said   and question its validity. In other words, if we can say man has said this or that, and not God, we can justify whether we have to respond to it or not.

 The truth is, God gives us all every opportunity to know when it is Him, it is what we do with those opportunities that is the key. Do we just dismiss all the signs and that still  small voice within us that longs to speak to us. Do not be afraid to listen and obey His voice, because God has only our good in mind . Ask Him to speak, then listen, He will speak…..

Just know that God loves you and only wants the best for you and me. Man disappoints us and wounds us at times, but God is always faithful and loving, He never disappoints us, His plan for us is always for our good.

Have a great Day, Dee

 

 

 

 

Learning How To Soar

Good morning everyone, and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”.

I was sitting outside the other morning and I saw this bird like an eagle just soaring along around and around seminally with no effort at all. I kept waiting for it to start flapping its wings but it never did, it was going along with the wind. I immediately thought of how this is a Spiritual lesson for all of us take notice of.

I thought of Isaiah 40:31 that says; “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint”. I think many of us as Christians do a lot of flapping our wings instead of soaring leisurely on the current of the Holy Spirit. In other words, we try too hard to fly in our own strength.

An eagle knows it can handle difficulty. It will rise above the storm locking its wings, allowing the strong wind to its advantage. It flies with purpose. He knows he was designed by God to fly.  

The eagle welcomes the problems. Instead of struggling with the problem he just rises above it. In the storm of life—Christians should be seen rising above their circumstances, taking a position of a man and women of God.

 Many of us know when we are running out of strength, the winds of life seem so heavy and we grow weary and feel like giving up. When we have lost our ability to climb higher and soar like an eagle, God sends the wind to lift us higher, taking us high above all of our problems and burdens. How do we get there? Not in our own effort, but surrendering our efforts to fly the way we want and let God show us how to soar instead.

  Do not despair, God’s timing is always perfect.

Blessings, Dee

 

Days Past

Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee’s thought’s. I pray today is a time of rejoicing in this new Season of Springtime. It is good to see flowers coming up and the sound of birds chirping in the morning. Do you sometimes find yourself thinking back to the past at times. I do! Sometimes there are good memories and sometimes not so good. Just how healthy is it ——”looking at the past”?

Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.  Deuteronomy 32:7

There is nothing wrong in looking back to the past, but overall it is not 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. Two key words—-Dwell and New. We can’t dwell and still experience something new at the same time..

WOW! A new thing!  We can all use a new thing right? You see, we will cling to the old  things because they are familiar and safe. We may want the ‘new thing’ but don’t want to let go of the past safe things in our life  to have the new. Deep down we know we have to make a choice if we are to move forward in our life  If we find ourselves feeling stagnant and not going anywhere in our life Spiritually or Emotionally perhaps we have to consider a new direction. What could happen? Maybe nothing, but just possibly something New and more rewarding. .

 The past is meant to teach us and move us forward into the future. Romans 15:4 says, For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Let everyday be a New Day not a Old Day. Embrace every day as a prized Jewel. love like you have never loved, give liked  you have never give. Stay the course, keep moving forward and watch for the “next new  thing in your life”. Have a wonderful day.

Blessings, Dee

You can count on me

Many a man claims to have unfailing love, but a faithful man who can find? Proverbs 20:6

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts.’  Would you say you were a person that others can depend on? We would all like to think that is true wouldn’t we?

 Faithfulness hinges upon what we value as important combined with commitment. We humans have a powerful tendency to be faithful to what we think is truly important, such as; a family name, spouse, friendship etc.

Dependability is a character trait that is shown by a person who has a habit of being trustworthy and reliable in word and behavior to do what is right. The ability to function with such stability and reliability helps others to trust us to act responsibly.

Faithfulness is the characteristic of the man who is reliable. Webster's New World Dictionary defines faithful as "maintaining allegiance; constant; loyal; marked by or showing a strong sense of duty or responsibility.

 Good intentions though are not enough.  People who make promises but don't follow through with them are unreliable. The dependable person keeps his/her promises, functions responsibly, and acts predictably. Dependable people have stable marriages and secure relationships.

 QUOTE: God does not begin by asking us about our ability, but only about our availability, and if we than prove our dependability, he will increase our capability. (Neal A. Maxwell)

 The faithfulness of God is so great that we can totally rely upon Him to keep His Word.  The reason we trust God to keep His promises is because He has proven His faithfulness over and over.. He is completely dependable, trustworthy, and responsible.  He has never forgotten a promise or neglected His children.

I don’t know about you but I want the Lord to be able to say to me, “well done good and faithful servant. I hope that is your desire and goal as well. Have a wonderful day,

Blessings, Dee

 

To fail or not to fail!

Good morning everyone, snow, snow, where is spring? Its coming!! Welcome to Dee’s Thoughts and I hope this thought this morning blesses you. Many of us have struggled with failure from time to time in our lives and if we let it, it will keep us from moving forward in life. None of us are FAILURES, but we all FAIL from time to time.

Every-one of us wants to succeed. I have never met anyone who purposely set out to be a failure. Undoubtedly, this is why so much has been written on the topic “How to be a Success” and why these books are so popular. Quote…Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything.” The simple reality is that failure is one of those ugly realities of life—a common experience to all of us to some degree.

Remember the day when you felt like you could do anything? That nothing could touch you! I do, especially when I was young. I was a dare-Devil so to speak! I would do things challenging with no fear of what may happen to me or those around me for that matter.

 I thought I was untouchable! Ever feel that way? Now when I look back on those days I have learned that I cannot live life all by myself with no help from anyone else or from God. I gave my heart and life to Jesus a long time ago, when I was 26 years old. It has been a fulfilling life that has included failures and victories. 

failing can be a devastating feeling (and that is all it is) that comes over us that is driven out of fear of not measuring up to the demands of others or our own expectations. Perhaps you thought there was no temptation that was too great for you to overcome. You felt like your future was full of hope, and for the first time you knew what it was like to taste the peace of forgiveness and joy. There was nothing to impossible for you to do.

But when it doesn’t last and you find yourself face to face with things that you thought was left behind. That temper, the jealousy, the pride, has returned. You try your best to overcome it but it seems to overtake you leaving you feeling helpless where you were once felt strong. You begin to see more failures and less victories in your daily life. You feel empty within your soul.

There is good news! Jesus knew from the beginning we would fail and we would also have victories. God does not beat us down when we fail, we do! Do not let your failures have the final say, but rather, let them become your victories.

Never give up! Have a blessed day

Dee

 

EQUIPPING LEADERS

Good Morning Everyone

It has been awhile since my last post I have had some health issues that just would not go away but am good now. My focus this morning is going to be directed at making you aware of a new equipping leaders class that will be starting soon. this training course is being offered to those who are holding a leadership position or preparing to be in one in the near future. The purpose of this training course is to help others develop a better understanding of the hurting and wounded individual.  The training involves learning how to minister effectively to others when addressing both the emotional and Spiritual areas of life. At the end of this course you should have a better understanding of their problems and how to approach someone who is seeking help. So this morning I am going to send out the information about this class. Please consider coming to this I know you will not be disappointed.

Equipping Leaders

A Training Course is being offered to those who are currently holding a Leadership Position or preparing to be in one in the near future.  The goal of this training is to equip others in areas that relate specifically to the effects of trauma/crisis related issues and experiences, with a specific focus on recognizing the signs and problems that come with hurting individuals.

 It is a once a week, 13 Week course. There is weekly teaching, homework, and hands on group exercises.

 Once the Class starts, it will be a CLOSED CLASS.

 Maximum Sign-Up is 20

Location:                    Emmanuel Fellowship

                             8345 Crown Point Avenue

                             Omaha, NE

                             Room 102-103                       

Start Time:       February 7, 2019   6:30p—9:30p 

Cost:                             $20.00 Per Person or $35.00 for Couples

                                                Cash or Checks Only 

Payment:          is due the first night and distribution of materials will be handed out at the same time. 

Sign-Up for Class at Emmanuel Fellowship

or by emailing

Dee at deejohnston1@live.com

I hope to hear from you. any questions email me. Have a wonderful day

Blessings, Dee

Letting go

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to ‘Dee’s Thoughts.’ As Christians ‘letting go and letting God’ is a phrase most of us are familiar with. But most of us would also agree that ‘the act of letting go’ is easier to say than it is to put into action.

I have been a Christian since 1972 and I can tell you from experience that saying we need to let go and let God is not an easy thing to do at times, yet the Bible addresses this a lot. It seems that the more difficult and personal the trial the more difficult it is to let go. So why is this?

“Let go and let God” is a phrase that popped up some years ago and still enjoys some popularity today. Actually, the Bible never tells us to “let go and let God.” In fact, there are so many commandments about what we are to do that it completely contradicts the way most people interpret “let go and let God.” Luke 13:24 says, Work hard to enter the narrow door to God’s Kingdom, for many will try to enter but will fail.

The popular idea of “letting go” is to adopt a sort of spiritual tendency to remain fixed or unchanging wherein we do nothing, say nothing, feel nothing, and simply live, allowing circumstances to roll over us however they may. But this is a passive outlook not an action outlook. And this is not what God’s Word says.

The Christian life, however, is a spiritual battle which the Bible exhorts us to prepare for and wage diligently. Examples---“Fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12); “Endure hardship . . . like a good soldier of Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 2:3); “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). Letting go, in the sense of sitting back and watching events unfold however they may, is not biblical.

 Having said that, we have to understand that the things we are to do, we do by the power of God and not in our own efforts. The truth is that working at “letting go” is just as much of an effort-filled work as anything else if we are doing it apart from God and not nearly as easy to do as one may think.

So what about this “letting go”? Many people believe that, if we are truly in a state of “letting go,” we will be able to cease from striving and struggling. Furthermore, when we struggle, we assume the problem is that we are not letting go and letting God. So how do we let go? We let go by letting God have control of it, by trusting in Him and in His plan and purposes for each one of us.

There is also a positive reason for struggling—it is good for us and is God’s plan to grow and mature us into the people He wants us to be. Struggles are just one of the ways He strengthens us for the hard things life throws at us. Each one enables us to be stronger and better able to handle the next one. Letting go is a good thing!!

Blessings--Rest in Peace

Dee