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

 

How do I measure up?

And you have forgotten that word of encouragement that addresses you as sons: “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.

Hebrews 12:5

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. I have asked myself this question and I am sure you have to. How do I measure up? This was a way of thinking I struggled with for years in my life and perhaps you have to or still do. Have you ever felt like this—“Do others love me for who I am?” “Discipline feels like punishment,” “Fear of what others will think,” well this is just a few examples but you see where I am going!

How well do you take criticism or correction? For many of us it is something we can struggle with and don’t handle very well. I didn’t use to because criticism meant to me that I was not measuring up!  We can either get defensive or ignore it. I was one of those people who would get defensive when someone would try and correct me about something. I didn’t understand why but now I do.

 I would take it personal. To me, correction was about what I was doing and came across as an attack on who I was as a person! I felt like (the motive of my heart) was being attacked when I was being corrected and I could never do anything right. Ever feel like that?  Now, I have come to realize that way of thinking and reacting was coming from my past and it was a character flaw in my life that needed to be corrected and redefined. God takes these character flaws seriously in our lives and wants to correct them so that we can grow and mature in a healthy way.

 Well, I am a prime example of how God can change a life! That is not me today. That timid insecure person is gone. He took a little farm girl, transformed her and called her to himself. We all have parents who raised us and disciplined us the best way they knew how. Perhaps at times that discipline did not feel very loving but we have all fallen short of doing everything just right.

 The point being—do we always do everything right? Of course we don’t and we should not expect that from others or from ourselves. God does not discipline us as our earthly parents did instead, his discipline is always done in love intended for our good, to correct us not to punish us. This kind of love can only come from God.

 If you struggle with your value and worth and pull away from God when you fear you are not measuring up, you are not alone. But take it from me (it is curable). Our value and worth comes from God not from man and He is in the business of transforming us into his image not our image. God knows our weaknesses and is patient with us. There is no safer place than in the arms of Jesus, He loves us just the way we are.

 Have a wonderful day, Dee

 

what is really good for me?

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to Dee’s Thoughts. Love your comments thank you for them. I believe that “Dee’s Thoughts” should primarily reflect my own life experiences as they are more personal and not just mere words that many times we don’t identify with. Saying that, I think that most of us would agree that “we (I ) more than anyone else think we know what is best for us”.

Well, not so much!! Why is that? Well for one thing, what I think is good for me is usually focused on what “I want”, “What makes me feel good at the time,” and or “does this make me happy”? All of which is not necessarily good for me. Also, this is a very human approach feeling and thinking this way because I want these things and we usually go for the things we want. Right?

I was reading in Psalm this morning and came upon a Scripture that said, “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. I used to be a very independent person and was very sure I didn’t need any help from anyone else, I would work it out myself! That was my way of thinking. Well, life has a way of showing up and blowing that concept right out of the water.

This has been a long process in my life of realizing and undoing this concept of thinking I can or even have to do it on my own. But this has changed. Difficult times financial, emotional and loss has a way of tearing down that wall of independence and the need for help. The only thing my independence gave me was even “more determination to make it on my own.”  Did I know what was good for me NO! Do you always know what is good for you?

I love how this Scripture say’s God teaches us what is good for us and leads us along the path we should follow, this gives me peace! I am grateful that God has a path for all of us to follow and that path will be good for us in every way. It is better to be taught what is good for us than what we think is good for us. We are all on different paths but be confident that God loves us and has a path that will lead us all the way to its final destination HOME.  

Blessings and love

Dee

Keep your eyes on the path

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

Good Morning Everyone and welcome to “Dee’s Thoughts”. I have been on many road trips as I am sure you have. But there have been times when I was very confident I was heading in the right direction only to find out that I wasn’t, and needed to change the course I was taking. We all make mistakes and I have been grateful for those times of re-correcting the path I was on or I would not have reached the destination I was heading for. Or at least, not in a timely fashion! This applies to life situations but let’s look at it from a spiritual perspective as well..

 So how do we get off track at times? We may think we are on the right path, then one day we find ourselves asking the question ”what am I doing”  “where am I going”? That which I was so sure of now doesn’t feel right anymore.

Where did I take a wrong turn? Have I become discouraged and tired? Is this path I am on taking me in a different path that I was originally sure I was to take?  It may be some of these reasons or none of them, but the truth is I am not sure now if I am  on the right me 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 we are on. He does this because He wants us to succeed and reach our destination. Being confident of this, 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. Worry is just a reminder asking us “have we forgotten who is really in control”? Make sure your path is God’s and not yours this is key in keeping us focused on the future and not the past. So, if we have gotten off course, don’t worry---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!

Blessings and Peace, Dee