Word of the Day Series

Start your day the Simply Heavenly way by joining me in a Bible study where we read and learn the Word of God!

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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I pray that even in the darkest storms you grow strong in the light of HIS Presence.  Know that your weakness does not repel Him.  On the contrary it attracts HIS power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heart.  For it is when you are weak that He is strong. I pray that you do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help.  Instead, come to Him in your neediness; Let the light of HIS love fill you to overflowing! A yielded heart does not whimper and whine when the going gets tough.  It does not rebel against the Lord.  Instead it steps out in faith and all courage and thanks the Lord even in the hardest of times.  For it is when you yield yourself to Him and His will that you give Him the ultimate act of trust.  It is in that quietness and trust you will find your strength. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! 

Word of the Day... May 31, 2014....

When to Pray
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing 
psalms.  —James 5:13

When we find ourselves in trying circumstances, often the temptation is to strike out at the person who helped bring those circumstances upon us. Or, we want to blame someone for our state of affairs. We may even become mad at God for allowing this in our lives. Or, we might wallow in self-pity.

But when we are afflicted, when we are suffering, or when we are in trouble, God tells us what we should do: pray. Why? For one thing, it just may be that God might remove that problem because of our prayers. That is not to say that God always will take our afflictions, suffering, or troubles away. But sometimes He will.

By simply bringing our circumstances before the Lord and acknowledging our need and dependence on Him, we can see God intervene in the situation we are presently facing. Prayer can also give us the grace we need to endure trouble and be brought much closer to God.

James 5:13 tells us, "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray." The word suffering used here also could be translated "in trouble" or "in distress." Is anyone among you in trouble? Are you distressed? Then you should pray.

So when the bottom drops out, when you feel you are just hanging by a thread, when circumstances have become incredibly difficult, or when they have grown worse by the minute, what should you do? You should pray. You should pray when you are afflicted. You should pray when you are sick. You should pray when you are corrupted by sin. And you should pray when specific needs occur. Pray, and don't give up. 

I really like these devotions from Pastor Greg.  I learn something every day from them and love to share them with all of you.  When I was going through lung cancer I was so fortunate to have Jesus with me right in the middle of the fire.  He never left me no matter how bad it got He was with me through everything. These are the times that we learn just how much our Savior loves us and blesses us at our worse.  I will never forget what He did for me and He has me forever!!!  I love you Jesus my rock, my redeemer and my Lord!!!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I Pray that you take time to spend some quiet moments in HIS Presence.  I pray that as you rest in Him you can forget about the worries of this world and focus on Jesus alone, for it is when we are weak that His strength is able to come through and transform us body, mind, spirit and soul. For it is when we are soaking in the light of His Presence that we will experience a nearness to Him, that will enhance all areas of our walk with Him. I pray that we are all open to His love and blessings!!!  I pray that each one of us realizes that when we are tuned into Him, we can rest in true peace and serenity as His beloved child. Trust in Abba and hold tightly to His hand as He leads us through the mazes in this world, for it is when we are resting in Him that our faith will grow and we will be leaving ourselves open to all of His blessings!!!  Claim them as His child!  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day.... May 30, 2014....

An "Affair," Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.  Hebrews 13:4

In Part One, we acknowledged that our society has embraced a subtle lie about affairs, believing that not only is the grass greener on the other side, it's acceptable to hop the fence. What's more, believers are just as likely as nonbelievers to do the hopping. But infidelity isn't an "affair," remember; it's adultery. And it's deadly to a marriage.

Robert J. Levin and Alexander Lowen noted three specific ways.

First, infidelity causes pain to the other. A marriage exists when a man and a woman are bound together, not by law but by love, and are openly pledged to accept responsibility for each other, fortified by the feeling of total commitment that extends from the present into the future. Virtually all such marriages begin with faith---which is to say that a man and a woman entrust themselves to each other . . . it is together that they will seek fulfillment.

The first breaking of that faith, the basic infidelity, precedes any act of extramarital intercourse. It happens when one partner decides to turn away from his mate in search of intimacy or fulfillment---and keeps the decision a secret. This is the beginning of betrayal.

Also, the sexually unfaithful husband or wife must devote time and money, as well as physical and emotional energy, to the secret "lover." Whatever is given, in effect, must be taken from one's mate. The betrayed partner is actually paying for the cheater's pleasure.

Second, infidelity masks the real problem. To whatever extent infidelity temporarily eases the superficial symptoms of discontent in a husband or wife---such as feeling unattractive or unappreciated---it camouflages the real malady and permits it to grow worse. Distressed by the thought of a separation or divorce, the unfaithful mate pretends to be faithful while searching for satisfaction outside the marriage.

All the risks notwithstanding, honest confrontation has it all over secret deception.

Third, infidelity is destructive of the self. The unfaithful partner, who pretends that by keeping the "affair" a secret he or she protects his or her mate and safeguards the marriage, practices the deepest deception of all: self-deceit. Because the use of deceit transforms the person against whom it is used into an adversary, a self-deceived person is obviously his or her own worst enemy.

When we feel we must lie to someone who trusts us and whom we love, we are trapped in what psychologists call a "double bind." Whatever we do, we lose. This is what an unfaithful husband, for example, faces when he returns home to a wife he genuinely loves. He wants to restore his sense of closeness with her, but he knows he cannot tell her what he has done. So he lies. Lying becomes a habit.

The lies are often unconscious and unspoken and therefore not marked by pain. This is the ultimate act of self-deception. Instead of resolving conflict, it perpetuates it; the deluded person lives a lie. He or she is sick and does not feel the fever.

I seriously doubt that a long list of biblical verses would be necessary to convince anyone that infidelity displeases God. When God says, "Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4), He means it. Finding intimacy outside your marriage with someone other than your mate isn't okay. It's sinful. It doesn't simplify life, it complicates.

Deceiving yourself isn't healthy; it's sick. It doesn't prove you're independent and strong . . . it's a declaration that you've got deep needs.

Sleeping with someone other than your mate isn't acceptable and adventurous; it's destructive and dangerous. And it isn't an "affair"; it's adultery.

The grass may indeed look greener on the other side of the fence. But it's poison. A loving God put the fence there for a reason.  I really have learned so much from this devotional today.  I will never forget the advice that my mother gave to me when I got married. The grass is greener where you water it.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I Pray that you become aware of your deep need for the Lord Jesus!!!  He is our strength.  People who think they don’t need Him are only fooling themselves, because they are relying on their own strength instead of that of the Lord!!!  I pray that you realize that when you rely on the things of this world you are setting yourself up to fail.  Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and allow Him to be your strength every day of your life…  I pray that you come to the realization that we are living in a fallen world and if we don’t keep our eyes on Jesus it can weigh us down.  If we give this all to Jesus He can lighten our load and even carry us when we can no longer walk.  I pray that you cast all your cares on Him so that He can lift you up to the High places where He dwells, so that you can bask in the light of his great love!!!  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥ 

Word of the Day... May 29, 2014...

An "Affair," Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk), that you excel still more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the authority of the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,  not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God;  1 Thessalonians 4:1-5

The sad fact is no longer surprising---infidelity has invaded the ranks of professing Christians. The church body bears more ugly scars than ever in its history, and instead of hiding those scars from the public eye, we now speak of them without much embarrassment. The tone is sophisticated. The head is unbowed . . . the heart is unbroken . . . the terms are mellow. It's an "affair," remember. No longer adultery. Everybody stays calm and cool. They take a deep breath, smile, and look accepting, tolerant, and if possible, affirming.

In The Myth of the Greener Grass, J. Allan Petersen wrote:

A call for fidelity is like a solitary voice crying in today's sexual wilderness. What was once labeled adultery and carried a stigma of guilt and embarrassment now is an affair---a nice-sounding, almost inviting word wrapped in mystery, fascination, and excitement. A relationship, not sin. What was once behind the scenes---a secret closely guarded---is now in the headlines, a TV theme, a bestseller, as common as the cold. Marriages are "open"; divorces are "creative."

The cesspool has now overflowed. It has contaminated our magazine racks, bookshelves, billboards, the live theatre, the movies, television, and the Internet. Everywhere you look, somebody else's mate is invariably getting in or out of bed with someone other than his or her partner.

The shrapnel of such bombardments ultimately gets embedded in our minds, brainwashing us into believing that adultery is actually healthy, rejuvenating, and certainly understandable. Cheating is no longer a shameful act; it has come to be expected now that it's been glamorized.

It's now fidelity, not infidelity, that needs defending in our sex-saturated society. People who choose to stay faithful appear somewhere between mid-Victorian and square. They're about as up to date as a kerosene lamp or a wringer washer.

I read some time ago of a wife who went to lunch with 11 other women who were taking a French course together, because their children were all in school. One rather bold type asked, "How many of you have been faithful throughout your marriage?" Only one lady raised her hand. That evening one of the women related the incident to her husband. When she admitted she was not the one who raised her hand, her husband looked crestfallen.

"But I've been faithful to you," she quickly assured him.
"Then why didn't you raise your hand?"
"I was ashamed."

That's like being ashamed of good health during an epidemic . . . or being ashamed of escaping unscathed from an earthquake. But apparently when it comes to having an "affair," peer pressure shifts the shame away from the guilty.

Our society wants to pretend an affair is a harmless adventure. Not everyone is so convinced. Robert J. Levin, former articles editor of Redbook magazine, and Alexander Lowen vote "No" to such thinking. In an article they coauthored, they mentioned three ways in which infidelity destroys the future of any marriage. We'll look at them tomorrow.  This was an amazing devotional!!! Looking forward to the next installment tomorrow! Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I PRAY for restoration of all things in your life - the manifestation of sons and daughters of God and the fulfillment of His promises to you!  God is faithful!  We commend our loved ones to the Lord for salvation, healing and reconciliation. I decree whatever kind of assistance or help is necessary to establish the eternal plan of God for your life be furnished that you will be profitable to His Kingdom, positively affecting individuals, communities and nations! I bind every demonic stronghold and break any curse over you by the power of the Holy Spirit! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!!  I Love you all…   God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 28, 2014...

It Doesn't Hurt to Ask
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.   —James 1:5

One of the first things that we ask when the bottom drops out, when trials come our way (and there can be so many ways they manifest themselves) is, "Why, Lord? Why are You allowing this to happen? What have I done to deserve such a fate?"

Maybe you have lost your job. Maybe you have suddenly become ill. Maybe you have lost a loved one. It has brought great anguish to you. It just goes on and on, and you wonder why. James 1:5 says, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him." Or, as another translation puts it, "If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking" (NLT).

When you are going through these times of hardship, there is nothing wrong with saying, "Lord, what are You trying to teach me? Is there a lesson to be learned here? Because if there is, then I want to learn it. I want to get through this as quickly as possible. If this is going to go on for a while and there is nothing I can do to change that, fine. But if there is something I need to learn that will cause this to come to an end, then tell me now, Lord."

It's important for us to know that God does have lessons He wants us to learn in times of trial. And many times, it is simply to see whether we have learned the material. Like this devotion today from Pastor Greg.  God disciplines those He loves.  The great news is He will never leave us or forsake us.  Have  a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night.....

I PRAY TONIGHT that we come to the Lord Jesus with an attitude of love and Thanksgiving for all that He has done for us.  Give yourself fully to Him and walk boldly with Him through life.  I Pray that you trust Him enough along the way so that when you have to walk along the cliffs that you can hold tightly to His hand and He will pull you back to the safety of His Presence.  I pray that no matter what lie Satan tells you that you remember that NOTHING can separate you from HIS great love or His Presence!!!  Jesus is the same yesterday today and forever!!!  Walk in the light of His love.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all God bless you!!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 27, 2014...

The Lasting Effects of Sin
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.  —1 Peter 2:11

I once read a strange story in the news about a plumber who was called in to unclog a drain. He had one of those snakelike devices that runs down into a drain and keeps running until the drain is cleaned out. But this time, the "snake" did a strange thing. It went outside of the house through an open vent and into the house next door. Then it went down through a vent, came out, and grabbed a ten-year-old girl who was playing in her backyard. 

Fortunately her little brother cried out, and they stopped. The fire department had to use cable cutters to set the girl free.

After reading that story, I thought about how sin can be that way. You never know where it's going to go. When we commit a sinful act, we don't realize the repercussions that can take place and the other lives that can be impacted by it. Billy Graham once said that immorality is an epidemic in our churches just as it is in the secular world at large. No wonder the world is in crisis.

God has a lot to say about immorality, and specifically about adultery, in Scripture. It made His Top Ten list, the Ten Commandments. It was, in some cases, punishable by death. And we see it addressed in the New Testament as well.

God has told us not to commit adultery for good reason. When you cross that line of protection that God has placed around your life and your spouse's life, you do so at your own peril. And the repercussions of that sin can last for months, years, and yes, even a lifetime.  I hope that you enjoy this devotion from Pastor Greg as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Monday, May 26, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I PRAY that each one of us counts our blessings as we kiss our children or parents goodnight tonight. There is so much tragedy in the world during these last days. People being shot and killed in California and the parents of the young man who felt so alone and desperate that he felt he had no other way out. The killings in Taiwan, the high school students who were killed in the Ferry in Korea, and the four people killed in the Jewish Museum in Belgium. There are so many people who are alone and lonely this night. We ask that the love of Jesus Christ roll over all of them like a great wave and cover them with His comfort in the midst of their great pain. We pray that they will seek out the Lord for solace and find Him as their Lord and Savior as they do. I Pray that they will allow His Presence to cover them like a veil of light so that they will remain conscious of Him in all situations. We pray they will bask in the warm light of His love. Knowing that they have the great hope of seeing their children and family members someday again very soon. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!! ♥♥ ♥♥♥

Word of the Day.. May 26, 2014...

Trials of Our Own Making
Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.   —James 1:13

Sometimes we walk into trials of our own making because they are a direct result of our own selfishness or pride or greed or lust. Then when this happens and we reap the results of our sin, we get angry at God.

But James says,

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death. (James 1:13-15)

We forge the links of small, compromising actions, and before we know it, a mighty chain is wound around us, and we are helpless.

I used to be able to outrun my oldest son Christopher. A number of years ago, however, we were at the beach, and I picked a spot and said, "Okay, Christopher, I will race you to that spot." We took off, and much to my surprise, he outran me. I thought, How is that possible? I held this child in my hands when he was born. I watched him grow. Well, he grew up. That's what happened.

That is the way it can be with sin. We think we can handle it. We think it's so small. But James says that when sin is full-grown, it brings forth death. One of these days, that sin will grow up, and it will outrun you. It will overpower you. That's what happens.

I really like this devotional from Pastor Greg today.  It speaks to everyone of us.  We all think we can handle it until we are taken over by it and swept away.  That is why it is better to stay in the Word  and close to Jesus.  He can walk us through anything if only we put our trust in Him.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT I PRAY that you put all of your trust in the Lord your God and refuse to worry.  For HE is your strength and your song when you are unsure and feeling wobbly.  When the storms roll into your life and you are feeling helpless and unsure, look to Him!!! Take shelter from the storm in HIM.  Wise is the one who understands the seasons. Storms don't last long. They quickly pass.  "Look, here comes Jesus walking on the water, calming the storm. The Lord says,   Be at peace." I pray that you stand on your faith in His Word, remembering that He is your strength and He can empower you to make it through any trial.  As you walk with the Lord in faith you have one foot in heaven and one on earth… Trust HIM to carry you through this storm.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day.... May 25, 2014...

Wholehearted Devotion
When He rose early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven demons.  —Mark 16:9

Of all the people to whom Jesus could have appeared first after His resurrection, He appeared to Mary Magdalene. It is interesting to think about because among the Jews of the day, the testimony of a woman was not held in high regard. In fact, some of the rabbis falsely taught that it was better for the words of the Law to be burned than to be delivered by a woman. Yet Jesus chose a woman to be the first herald of His resurrection.

It's also worth noting that women were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb. Mary had courage that many of the men did not have when Jesus was crucified. She stood by Him through it all. In fact, the Bible tells us that after He was crucified, Mary "observed where He was laid" (Mark 15:47). She watched as they took His crucified body from the cross and wrapped it and placed it in a tomb that belonged to Joseph of Arimathea. And while the guards were deciding whether to post a soldier by that tomb, she spent an entire night there all alone, before the guards were there — before the disciples were there.

And her love was rewarded. God said, "And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13). God rewards the person who is diligent. And for those who will take time in their day to seek the Lord, for those who will take time to read His Word, for those who will take time to wait upon Him, He will reveal His truths to them.

I like this devotional today from Pastor Greg.  I want to be that kind of a Christian.  One who loves the Lord Jesus with everything in me.  I don’t want to hold anything back.  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT I declare that by the Power of the Lord,  any hindrances to your breakthroughs are removed. I ask the Lord to shield you from all deception and illuminate His truth to your understanding! He does HIS greatest works through people with grateful trusting hearts. May you see more clearly the Lord with the eyes of your heart! All veils are being removed and you will walk with new wisdom!!! YOU ARE BLESSED!!! In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you all…  God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day.... May 24, 2014...

What Are You Doing with Yourself?
by Skip Heitzig

We live in the age of self. We want to be first in line. We want to be number one. King Solomon knew all about being number one, but in the book of Ecclesiastes, he found out it wasn't all it's cracked up to be:

"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity," he said (Eccl. 1:2).

The anecdote for this self-ism is found in Ecclesiastes 11:1-6. Look at the four commands in this paragraph: cast, give, sow your seed, and do not withhold. These can be divided into two broader commands: invest yourself and commit yourself.

First, invest yourself. "Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days" (Eccl. 11:1). The idea of casting speaks of openhanded generosity. Be willing to have an open heart with an open hand to a legitimate need. Release rather than horde—but be wise. The Hebrew word for cast means to send forth or ship out. This could be a metaphor for sending out grain on the surface of the water via ships, dispersing it to different places for investment purposes, which Solomon did.

Verse two says, "Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth." In other words, give your investments in a diversified manner. Your generosity is powerful, but you need to be careful how and where you give. A lot of us give sympathetically and emotionally rather than biblically and thoughtfully. If you're giving to a ministry, you should ask: is it fruitful? We have to be careful where we invest.

Notice the promise that follows: "For you will find it after many days" (v. 1). Jesus said, "Give, and it will be given to you" (Luke 6:38). God loves to bless those who are generous with what He has given to them. We shouldn't limit ourselves only to investing money; we should invest our time, talent, forgiveness, love, and patience. When you release your life willingly and sacrificially, it will come back to you in some way.

Second, commit yourself. Look at verses 3-4: "If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth; and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie. He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap." The first step in commitment is to be diligent. Don't focus on rain clouds or wind or falling trees; commit yourself to working on the things you can change. Look at verse six: "In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand." If you're waiting for the perfect conditions, you won't sow, so get up in the morning and do it anyway. "For you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good" (v. 6). There'll be things in your life that are a real drag. But as you diversify your generosity and work diligently, who knows what God will do?

Also, be dependent. "As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes everything" (v. 5). In other words, God's ways are unfathomable, and He knows everything. If you get a bumper crop one year, bless the Lord. If the rain floods it out, bless the Lord. Will there be times that are tough? Yes. But let Him be your anchor.

I'll sum it up in these two points: Number one, be connected to some group where you can invest yourself in other people. Second, don't allow bad things in life to stop that commitment. People may not understand your openhearted generosity in the name of the Lord, but do it anyway. I hope this devotional has blessed you as much as it has blessed me!!!  We all need fellowship with other Christians.  Sometimes we all need to be picked up when we slip or just have a good time together.  So get out there and get plugged in.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Word of the Day... May 23, 2014...

Think Before You Speak
The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.  —Proverbs 10:32

J. Vernon McGee used to say that the only exercise some Christians get is running down others and jumping to conclusions.

Slander and gossip are sins that, unfortunately, are far too common in the church today. How many times have rumors been spread that are based on information that simply is not factual because a person did not take the time to look into it? The Bible says, "He who answers a matter before he hears it, it is folly and shame to him" (Proverbs 18:13).

Gossip and slander are far easier to dish out than they are to take, aren't they? Has someone ever gossiped about you? Has something ever been said about you that simply wasn't true? Proverbs 18:8 says, "The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body." Gossip is like that.

"Did you hear about this?" someone might say. So we take that tasty little trifle of information. We may swallow it easily, but in the end, it is like a wound. It hurts other people, and it can hurt us.

So when we hear gossip or slander, what should we do? Here is a little acronym that we need to remember: T-H-I-N-K. Is it true? If it is not true, then don't repeat it. Will it help? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?

Well, Greg, you might be thinking, If I applied that principle all the time, there would be a lot of things I wouldn't say.

Good. Then don't say them. You will be better for it. And so will many other people. Thank you Pastor Greg for such an inspiring devotional.  I think that this one speaks to every single one of us and I know I am going to give this up to Jesus So He guard my heart and hold the door of my lips.  Words can hurt!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that You touch all who are suffering with Your healing hand. I pray that as we grow in our walk with Jesus that we learn to place all of our trust in Him alone.  Just say “I trust You Jesus as you go through difficult times.  This simple act will allow you to see the Lord in every situation, and when you acknowledge that He has total control over everything.  When you view everything that happens in your life in this way, fear will begin to lose its grip on you.  As you lose your fear you will begin to grow in the light of His love and grace. I pray that you never forget to thank Him and praise Him for His love and peace!!  Stand on that faith and He will continue to strengthen you and keep you close to Him.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…..  I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 22, 2014...

After the Avalanche, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll

Then Job answered the LORD and said,
“I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
‘Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’
“Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”  Job 42:1-3

Could it be that you are beginning to feel the nick of falling rocks? Maybe the avalanche has already fallen and you're more than a little desperate. Job is our model for staying faithful when life is reduced to rubble. How'd he do it? Let's take a look.

First, Job claimed God's loving sovereignty. He sincerely believed that the Lord who gave had every right to take away (Job 1:21). Stated in his own words:

"Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?" (Job 2:10)

He looked up, claiming his Lord's right to rule over his life. Who is the fool that says God has no right to add sand to our clay or marks to our vessel or fire to His workmanship? Who dares lift his clay fist heavenward and question the Potter's plan? Not Job! To him, God's sovereignty was laced with His love.

Second, he counted on the promise of resurrection. Do you remember Job's immortal words?

"I know that my Redeemer lives,
And at the last . . . I shall see God." (Job 19:25-26)

He looked ahead, counting on his Lord's promise to make all things bright and beautiful in the life beyond. He knew that at that time, all pain, death, sorrow, tears, and adversity would be removed. Knowing that "hope does not disappoint" (Romans 5:5), he endured today by envisioning tomorrow.

Third, he confessed his own lack of understanding. What a relief this brings! Job didn't feel obligated to explain the "whys" of his situation. Listen to his admission of this fact:

"I know that You can do all things,
And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. . . .
Therefore I have declared that which I did not understand,
Things too wonderful [too deep] for me, which I did not know. . . .
I will ask You, and You instruct me." (Job 42:2-4)

He looked within, confessing his inability to put it all together. Resting his case with the righteous Judge, Job did not feel compelled to answer all the questions or unravel all the burning riddles. God would judge. The Judge would be right.

For you, adversity may seem 10,000 miles away. That's the way Job felt just a few minutes before the landslide.

Review these thoughts as you turn out the lights tonight, my friend, just in case. Consider Job's method for picking up the pieces.

Cloudless days are fine, but remember: some pottery gets pretty fragile setting in the sun day after day after day.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I pray that you allow the Lord to create something new in you:  a bubbling spring of joy that spills over into other’s lives. Do not mistake this joy for your own or try to take credit for it in anyway. Instead watch in delight as the Holy Spirit flows through you like a mighty Wind to bless others.  Allow yourself become a reservoir of the HOLY SPIRIT’S fruit. I pray that you live close to Jesus, so that you may be open to all that HE is doing within you. Don't try to control the streaming of the Holy Spirit through you. Just keep focusing on Him as He leads you through the day and enjoy His presence that permeates within you that you may live with love, joy, and HIS peace, in Jesus name I pray….  Amen and Amen… I love you all!! God bless you! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 21, 2014...

After the Avalanche, Part Oneby Charles R. SwindollThrough all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.  Job 1:22

Job could write about wounds. His words were more than patronizing platitudes and armchair proverbs. He'd been there and back again. He could describe intense inner suffering in the first person because of his own sea of pain. 

Step into the time tunnel with me and let's travel together back to Uz (not like the wizard of ___, but like the land of __). This place called Uz had a citizen who had the respect of everyone, because he was blameless, upright, God-fearing, and clean-living. He had 10 children, fields of livestock, an abundance of land, a houseful of servants, and a substantial stack of cash. No one would deny that the man called Job was "the greatest of all the men of the east" (Job 1:3). He had earned that title through years of hard work and honest dealings with others. His very name was a synonym for integrity and godliness.

Then, without announcement, adversity thundered upon him like an avalanche of great, jagged rocks. He lost his livestock, crops, land, servants, and---can you believe it?---all 10 children. Soon thereafter he lost his health, his last human hope of earning a living. I plead with you to stop reading, close your eyes for 60 seconds, and identify with that good man---crushed beneath the weight of adversity. 

The book that bears his name records an entry he made into his journal soon after the rocks stopped falling and the dust began to settle. With a quivering hand, the man from Uz wrote:

"Naked I came from my mother's womb,

And naked I shall return there.
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the LORD." (Job 1:21)

Following this incredible statement, God added:

Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God. (1:22)

Right about now, I'm shaking my head. How could anyone handle such a series of grief-laden ordeals so calmly? Think of the aftermath: bankruptcy, pain, 10 fresh graves . . . the loneliness of those empty rooms. Yet we read that he worshiped God, he did not sin, nor did he blame his Maker.

Well, why didn't he? How could he ward off the bitterness or ignore thoughts of suicide? At the risk of oversimplifying the situation, I suggest three basic answers: Job claimed God's loving sovereignty; he counted on the promise of resurrection; and he confessed his own lack of understanding. We'll take a closer look at each of these tomorrow. 

Under an avalanche? These are for you. Hang on tight. Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

TONIGHT I Pray that every satanic giant standing against you to begin to fall after the order of Goliath in the name of Jesus! Every mountain of problem (in whatever area of your life) move and be cast in the sea! (Isaiah 50:7) - says the Lord God will help you; therefore you will not be confounded... you will not be ashamed! I bind every spirit of fear, discouragement, self-pity, depression and defeat in the name of Jesus! I claim the spirit of power and love and a calm and well-balanced mind for you! Let the Holy Spirit incubate your life with freshness and refreshing power! WALK IN YOUR VICTORY!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!

Word of the Day.... May 20, 2014....

In His Strength
The battle is the Lord's, and He will give you into our hands.
—1 Samuel 17:47

The Greek historian Herodotus told the story of three hundred men from Sparta who bravely defended their country against the invasion of the Persian army. When the Persians launched an attack against Greece with a force of more than two million fighting men led by Xerxes, they had to pass through a little area known as the pass of Thermopylae, which was a small opening through some jagged cliffs.

The armies of Greece, obviously wanting to turn back their attackers, called for troops, but all they were able to rally were three hundred soldiers from Sparta, led by their king, Leonidas. He thought that if he could just hold the area for a while, reinforcements would come. So he led his three hundred men against the two million Persians at Thermopylae. Much to the surprise of everyone, the Spartans fought bravely and valiantly, and they were winning. Persian soldiers dropped one after the other. So Xerxes sent in his elite troops called the Immortals. These were the best men in his army, but the Spartans slaughtered the Immortals like everyone else. Eventually the Persians prevailed when a Greek traitor showed them the way to attack the Spartans from behind. All three hundred men were killed. And though they lost the battle, they didn't lose the war because the reinforcements finally came. The Spartans had bought much-needed time, and the armies of Greece ultimately prevailed against the Persians.

The same is true in the spiritual world as we fight a spiritual war. God can do a lot with a little. Our numbers may not be large, but our God is all-powerful. And as we go forward in His strength, we can make a difference.  I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg.  I hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!! 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I Pray that you listen to the love song that our Lord is singing to us through His Word and worshipping Him.  I pray that you realize that He really wants to spend time with us for the pure pleasure of it!!!  When you take delight in sitting in the Presence of the Lord you begin to get just a small taste of the eternal pleasure that He has prepared for us!!!    Sometimes the voices of the world will try to distract you and I pray that you don’t listen to them.  Challenge them through His Word. Don’t allow daily life can get in your way.  Instead, wait upon the Lord and He will reveal Himself to you.  There is immense hidden treasures waiting to be found by those who seek Him and get into His Word.  Stand on that faith and connect with the Living God!!!  Whisper His name and you will find Peace in His Presence!!!  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen!!!  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

TONIGHT I Pray that every satanic giant standing against you to begin to fall after the order of Goliath in the name of Jesus! Every mountain of problem (in whatever area of your life) move and be cast in the sea! (Is 50:7) - says the Lord God will help you; therefore you will not be confounded... you will not be ashamed! I bind every spirit of fear, discouragement, self-pity, depression and defeat in the name of Jesus! I claim the spirit of power and love and a calm and well-balanced mind for you! Let the Holy Spirit incubate your life with freshness and refreshing power! WALK IN YOUR VICTORY!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May 18, 2014

A Local Call
by Skip Heitzig

If you go to Jerusalem, the tour guides there will sometimes say—tongue-in-cheek but also with an air of seriousness—"You can pray to God anywhere on earth, but here it's a local call."

In Psalm 139:7, King David wrote, "Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?" Essentially, he asked the question, "Where is God?" This is a rhetorical question; it's meant to lead you to one conclusion. Where can I flee from God's presence? Nowhere. Or, to put it in the positive: where is God? Everywhere. This is the omnipresence of God.

This is either a great comfort to you or a great concern, depending on how you're living. You can run, but you can't hide; God is inescapable. For New Testament believers, it's not just that God is everywhere—it's more personal. Jesus is Immanuel, "God with us" (Matt. 1:23). He came to earth and lived here for thirty-three and a half years. And before He left, He told His disciples, "It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you" (John 16:7). He was referring to the presence of the Holy Spirit of God dwelling inside the believer.

From Psalm 139, we can draw three conclusions about the omnipresence of God. First, death itself can't hide a person from God. Psalm 139:8 says, "If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there." For the believer, "to be absent from the body" is "to be present with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8). But doesn't death end it all for the unbeliever? Nope. After this, you're not just eternally unconscious. The Bible says, "It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment" before God (Heb. 9:27).

Second, because God is everywhere, distance can't hide us from Him. Look at verses 9-10: "If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me." To rephrase: "If I could travel the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) and shoot across the universe to any place, God is there." What does this mean to us personally? It means you don't have to go on a pilgrimage to a holy place or crawl on your knees to get to God. You can open the Bible, pray, and instantly make contact with heaven.

Finally, darkness doesn't hide us from God. Look at verses 11-12: "If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall fall on me,' even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You." The word fall in verse eleven literally means to bruise, crush, or oppress. All of us have been crushed spiritually or emotionally in dark times. But Jesus said, "Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt. 28:20). That's a promise.

Think back on what those tour guides say: "You can pray to God anywhere on earth, but here it's a local call." That's just not true. In Acts 17:24, Paul said point-blank, "God...does not dwell in temples made with hands." I pray we would meditate on the great truth that God is here and everywhere. If there's ever a truth that you should filter all the activities and decisions of your life through, it's this one.

What a great word this was from Pastor Skip Hetzig today!!!   I love that I can talk to my Lord anywhere any time and any place. He is just that large and in charge!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….
TONIGHT I Pray that every satanic giant standing against you to begin to fall after the order of Goliath in the name of Jesus! Every mountain of problem (in whatever area of your life) move and be cast in the sea! (Is 50:7) - says the Lord God will help you; therefore you will not be confounded... you will not be ashamed! I bind every spirit of fear, discouragement, self-pity, depression and defeat in the name of Jesus! I claim the spirit of power and love and a calm and well-balanced mind for you! Let the Holy Spirit incubate your life with freshness and refreshing power! WALK IN YOUR VICTORY!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!! ♥♥♥

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Word of the Day... May 17, 2014...

It's about Time, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll

So teach us to number our days,
That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.  Psalm 90:12

Yesterday, I mentioned my penchant for time-management books. It's a vital topic to address because it bleeds into every area of life. Let me mention a few specifics. Some people are always running late. Yes, always. Punctuality is simply a time-management matter. Some folks feverishly work right up to the deadline on every assignment or project they undertake. The job usually gets done . . . but the hassle, anxiety, and last-minute panic steal the fun out of the whole thing. Starting early and pacing oneself are time-management techniques. And some people seem forever in a hurry, pushing and driving, occasionally running here and there. Again, another evidence of poor planning. Time management allows room for ease and humor, much-needed oil to soothe the friction created by motion.

Which brings us back to the counsel we studied yesterday in Ephesians 5. Living purposefully, worthily, accurately . . . being sensible, intelligent, and wise in the rationing of our time.

In a book I was reading, The Time Trap (I told you I was a sucker for such volumes), I came upon a list of the most popular time wasters. They helped pinpoint some specific areas of frustration I must continually watch.

 attempting too much at once
 unrealistic time estimates
 lack of specific priorities
 failure to listen well
 doing it myself---failure to delegate
 unable to say no
 perfectionism---focusing on needless details
 lack of organization
 failure to write it down
 reluctance to get started
 absence of self-appointed deadlines
 not doing first things first

Who hasn't heard the true story of Charles Schwab and Ivy Lee? Schwab was president of Bethlehem Steel. Lee, a consultant, was given the usual challenge: "Show me a way to get more things done with my time." Schwab agreed to pay him "anything within reason" if Lee's suggestion worked. Lee later handed the executive a sheet of paper with the plan:

Write down the most important tasks you have to do tomorrow. Number them in order of importance. When you arrive in the morning begin at once on No. 1 and stay on it until it is completed. Recheck your priorities, then begin with No. 2 . . . then No. 3. Make this a habit every working day. Pass it on to those under you. Try it as long as you like, then send me your check for what you think it's worth.

That one idea turned Bethlehem Steel Corporation into the biggest independent steel producer in the world within five years.

How much did Schwab pay his consultant? Several weeks after receiving the note, he sent Lee a check for $25,000, admitting it was the most profitable lesson he had ever learned.

Try it for yourself. If it works, great. But don't send me any money for the idea. I'd just blow it on another time-management book . . . which I don't have time to read.

This is Part Two of yesterday’s Word of the Day that I shared with you. It just gets better with Pastor Chuck Swindoll.  Enjoy it and have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I pray that you realize that Jesus wants you to be ALL HIS!!!  That your security rests in Him alone.  Not in other people, not in circumstances but to be ALL IN for Jesus Christ!! I pray that when you begin to feel distant from Him that you just whisper His name in loving trust.  Jesus Help Me!  By whispering his name you are restoring your awareness of His Presence in your life.  I pray that you realize there is danger in misplaced dependence on other people to make you feel good and wanted.  This can border on idol worship when the place that belongs to the Lord is given over to someone else. People are not perfect and they are unpredictable.  They can lead you into destruction and this is not pleasing to the Lord.  It will hinder your walk with Jesus when you allow someone else takes His place in your heart! I pray that you rejoice in HIM always in all circumstances and realize that every good and perfect gift comes from Him. Even if it comes to you through human hands.  I pray that you get a mighty hunger for the Word of God so that you will fall in love with Jesus and realize that anything or anyone that gets in the way of your walk with HIM needs to go. I pray that you become the mighty child of God that He intended for you to be!!!  Walk In The LIGHT of HIS Great love!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen….  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... May, 16, 2014...

It's about Time, by Charles R. Swindoll

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.  Ephesians 5:15-17

I'm a sucker for time-management books.

Some people can't say no to a salesman at the door. Others have the hardest time passing up a free puppy . . . or driving by a garage sale without stopping. Still others find it almost impossible to withstand the urge to gamble. Not me. My weakness is books on the investment of my time. Books that tell me how to replace being busy with being effective. Books that caution me to think things through before plunging into them. I often recall what Bernard Baruch once said:

Whatever failures I have known, whatever errors I have committed, whatever follies I have witnessed in private and public life, have been the consequences of action without thought.

The antidote to that problem is described best by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians:

So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times! Don't live carelessly, unthinkingly. Make sure you understand what the Master wants. (5:15-17 MSG)

Verses like those always grab my attention. Some alarm down inside my system goes off whenever I sense a waste of energy in what I'm doing---when there is some leak in my time dike I have failed to plug. Without wanting to be neurotic about it, I get a little nervous when I think I am not living purposefully, when I am failing to make the most of every opportunity, as Scripture so clearly commands. The verse that appears just before the passage I quoted shoves a long, pointed index finger into the chest of its reader as it shouts:  "Awake, sleeper." (5:14)

Today, we'd say it like this: "Hey, wake up. Get with it, man!" The easiest thing in the world is to drift through life in a vague, thoughtless manner. God says there's a better way. He tells us to take time by the throat, give it a good shake, and declare: "That's it! I'm gonna manage you---no longer will you manage me!"

That attitude is a first step and a major secret to living above our circumstances rather than under them.  I really like Chuck Swindoll!  I can’t think of a better way to start my day then in the Word of God.  When I begin my day visiting with Jesus the rest of my day is handled by the Holy Spirit. No ONE does it better than HIM.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 


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