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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Monday, June 30, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT I pray the Lord place you on the mountain of glory and power for His names sake! I pray that you realize that His greatest works are done through people who have grateful trusting hearts.  Rather than planning and evaluating, trusting and thanking Him continually will revolutionize your life!  I pray that the Lord disengage your blessings from the hands of the devourers!  I pray that every legality, technicality, ordinance and Judgment issued against you in the realms of the spirit be overturned in Jesus’ name! I pray that the Lord open doors that have been previously closed to you so that you can shout out all glory and praise to Christ the King In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!   God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

Balance, Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  Philippians 4:12-13

Two extreme tests exist that disturb our balance in life. Each has its own set of problems. On one side is adversity. Solomon realized this when he wrote:

If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength! 
(Proverbs 24:10 NIV)

The Message paraphrases that verse:

If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
there wasn't much to you in the first place.

Adversity is a good test of our resiliency, our ability to cope, to stand back up, and to recover from misfortune. Adversity is a painful pedagogue.

On the other side is prosperity. In all honesty, it's a tougher test than adversity. Precious few are those who can live in the lap of luxury---who can keep their moral, spiritual, and financial equilibrium while balancing on the elevated tightrope of success. It's ironic that most of us can handle a sudden demotion much better than a sizable promotion.

Why? Well, it really isn't too difficult to explain. When adversity strikes, life becomes rather simple. Our need is to survive. To make it through the night. But when prosperity occurs, life gets complicated. Our needs become numerous and often extremely complex. Invariably, our integrity is put to the test. And only about one person in a hundred can dance to the tune of success without paying the piper named Compromise.

Now, before we get too carried away, let's understand that being successful isn't necessarily wrong. Being promoted, being elevated to a place of prominence can come from God Himself.

For not from the east, nor from the west,
Nor from the desert comes exaltation;
But God is the Judge;
He puts down one and exalts another. (Psalm 75:67)

Asaph, the guy who wrote those words, was correct. It is the Lord's sovereign right to demote as well as to promote . . . and we seldom know why He chooses whom.

Any biblical proof that some have been snatched from obscurity and exalted to prosperity without losing their integrity? Any examples of prosperous people who kept their balance while walking on the wire? Sure, several of them.

Joseph was launched from a pit and a prison to the role of Egypt's prime minister (Genesis 41:42-43). 
Daniel was lifted from a lowly peon in a boot camp at Babylon to a national commander in charge of one-third of the kingdom (Daniel 6:1-2). 

Amos was promoted from a fig-picker in Tekoa, nothing more than an ancient sharecropper, to the prophet of God at Bethel, the royal residence of the king (Amos 7:14-15). 
Job was a rancher in Uz when God prospered him and granted him financial independence (Job 1:1-5). 
And not one of the four lost his integrity in the process.

Yes, it is possible to stand firm against the winds of compromise and to stay balanced on the tightrope of success . . . by God's grace.

I really enjoyed this devotional from Chuck Swindoll and am looking forward to the next installment.  Have a Simply Heavenly day and God bless you!!! 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

Tonight I Pray that you realize that God is our strength and our refuge.  He is an ever present help in time of trouble. No matter what may happen He can meet all of our needs.  I pray that as you lie on your face before the Lord that you will find more than you ever dreamed possible. When we come before Him with an attitude of thanksgiving, He will pour out a blessing upon us that will fill us with His joy no matter what we are going through in this life.  For it is under His wings that we will find refuge.  His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler. I pray that you don’t try to figure out what is happening.  Instead, simply trust in the Lord and thank Him knowing that only good will come out of it For He has plans for us and they are good.  Oh Lord I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, my Rock and my Redeemer.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!! ♥♥

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

God's Masterpiece
God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness."
—Genesis 1:26

A little girl climbed up on the lap of her great-grandmother and studied her white hair and wrinkles. She said, "Grandma, did God make you?"

Her grandmother said, "Yes, honey, He sure did."

The little girl looked at her for a moment and said, "Did God make me, too?" 

"Yes, He sure did. He made you, too."

Then the little girl said, "Don't you think He is doing a better job now than He used to?" As David wrote in Psalm 139, the human body, created by God, is a masterpiece of exquisite design. He said, "I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made" (verse 14). The human body is incredibly engineered, governed by several hundred systems of control, each interacting with and affecting the other.

For example, the brain has ten billion nerve cells to record what we see and hear. Our skin has more than two million tiny sweat glands, about three thousand per square inch, all part of an intricate system that keeps our body at an even temperature. God has put this pump in our chest, known as a heart, that makes our blood travel 168 million miles per day, equivalent to going around the world 6,725 times. The lining of our stomach contains thirty-five million glands secreting juices, which aid the process of digestion.

These are just a few of the involved processes and chemical wonders that God has built into our bodies to sustain human life. There is nothing like a man or woman made in the image of God. We aren't highly evolved forms of animal life; we are clearly made in the image of God Himself and stand apart from the rest of creation.

The most wondrous fact of all, however, is this: our Creator and Designer desires a relationship with each one of us — and sent His own Son to earth to die for us and pay our penalty in order to make that possible.

That is wondrous!!!  I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg today.  I hope that you are blessed by it as well.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!! 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

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

Tonight I pray that you take the time to seek HIS face so that you will find more then you ever thought possible.  I pray that you let the Lord Jesus displace worry at the center of your being. Allow Him to be your super saturated cloud that rains peace into the pool of your mind. Remember always that it is HIS nature to bless you and your nature is to receive it with Thanksgiving.  I pray that you realize this is the perfect fit for you in your walk with HIM.  I pray that you come to the realization that He is the goal of all of your searching and that when you truly find Jesus you will be totally satisfied!!!  It is when the less important goals in your life take the capture your attention that our Lord fades into the background of your life.  He is still there in the background, watching and waiting; but you function as if you are alone.  I pray that you learn to live in His radiance by expanding your focus to include Him in ALL areas of your life.   Let nothing hinder your search for HIM.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... July 1, 2014....

Balance, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
The Lord said to him, “I have heard your prayer and your supplication, which you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built by putting My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.  As for you, if you will walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you and will keep My statutes and My ordinances,  then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, just as I promised to your father David, saying, ‘You shall not lack a man on the throne of Israel.’1 Kings 9:3-5

Both adversity and prosperity confront our equilibrium, but prosperity is perhaps the more challenging test. Today we look at another biblical person who rose to the top and kept his balance. The classic example is David. According to the last three verses of Psalm 78:

[God] also chose David His servant
And took him from the sheepfolds;
From the care of the ewes with suckling lambs He brought him
To shepherd Jacob His people,
And Israel His inheritance.
So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.
(Psalm 78:70-72, emphasis added)

As Jehovah scanned the Judean landscape in search of Saul's successor, He found a youth in his mid-teens who possessed a unique combination: the humility of a servant, the heart of a shepherd, and the hands of skill.

And by his thirtieth birthday, Jesse's youngest son held the premier office in the nation. King. At his fingertips were a vast treasury, unlimited privileges, and enormous power.

And how did he handle such prosperity? Read that final verse again. He shepherded the nation "according to the integrity of his heart." In spite of his limitations and imperfections, he was one of the few who passed the test of prosperity.

Are you? If so, when you give your word, you do it. Exactly as you said you would. Because integrity means you are verbally trustworthy. Furthermore, when bills come due, you pay them. Because integrity means you are financially dependable. Also, when you're tempted to mess around with an illicit affair, you resist. Because integrity means you are morally pure. You don't fudge because you're able to cover your tracks. Neither do you fake it because you're now a big shot. Being successful doesn't give anybody the right to call wrong right. Or the okay to say something's okay if it isn't okay.

Adversity or prosperity, both are tough tests on our balance. To stay balanced through prosperity---ah, that demands integrity. The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.

That's why walking on a wire is harder than standing up in a storm. Height has a strange way of disturbing our balance.  I really enjoyed part two of this devotional.  I hope you do as well.  Have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!!

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

Thinking of You
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
—Psalm 8:3–4

One night, probably when David was watching over his sheep, he looked up at the incredible stars and made this statement: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3-4).

It's incredible to think that the Creator of the universe, the Almighty God who knows every star by name, would care about us. And not only does He care about humanity as a whole, but He also cares about us as individuals. Not only does He care about us as individuals, but He also knows about every detail of our lives. God even knows the very thoughts that we think. Jesus said, "Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him" (Matthew 6:8).

Psalm 40:5 tells us, "Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works which You have done; and Your thoughts toward us cannot be recounted to You in order. If I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered." Psalm 115:12 says, "The Lord has been mindful of us; He will bless us."

So even when family and friends have forgotten about you, know this: the Lord is thinking about you. The Lord cares about you and takes an interest in even the smallest details of your life. They might seem trivial to someone else — but not to God. If it concerns you, then it concerns Him.

I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg and I have to agree with him. The Lord knows about everything that is going on in our lives.  I am forever thankful for that.  I hope that you have a Simply heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

Tonight I pray that you find comfort in knowing that He is Perfectly Good and Infinitely Strong!!!  He is our stronghold in times of trouble.  Come to Him with all of your weaknesses; physical, emotional and spiritual.  You can rest in the comfort of His Loving Presence for He is the good Shepherd and He knows those who trust in Him.  I pray that you keep your eyes fixed on the Lord. For it is when we are in tune with Him that we can see that He is already at work in our life. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds those who trust in Him. Though you may feel frightened even in a very dangerous place in your life, the safest place to be is in His Will.  He protects those whom He loves!!!!  Stand on that faith!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!♥♥

Friday, June 27, 2014

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

A Great Reunion    
    He chose to share the oppression of God's people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.  —Hebrews 11:25 

A Christian father who was terminally ill called his three sons to his bedside. To his two sons who were believers, he said, "Good-bye, my sons. I will see you in the morning." Turning to his third son, he simply and sadly said, "Good-bye, my son."

The young man was deeply disturbed. He said, "Father, why is it you said to my brothers,
'I will see you in the morning,' and you only said to me, 'Good-bye, my son'? Why didn't you say you would see me in the morning, too?"

His father replied, "Son, you have never asked Jesus Christ into your heart to be your Savior and Lord. And that is what breaks my heart the most. I will never see you again." That son began to ask his father how he could be saved, how he could see his father again. His father told him how. And so he prayed and received Christ into his life. Then his father said, "Now our family will be together in eternity."

That can happen for everyone who has put their faith in Christ. It will be a great reunion one day in the future. But what does the unbeliever have to look forward to? Judgment after death and a miserable, empty life on earth. There might be some fun in sin — for a while. But payday comes. "The wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).

If you do not commit your life to Christ, ultimately you will look back on your life and realize that you wasted it. But don't wait until the end of your life to figure that out. Figure it out now.  I think this is an awesome devotional from Pastor Greg!!!  I know that I don’t want to waste a second of my life.  I want to share Jesus while I can.  I believe He is going to call us home very soon!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day.  Maranatha!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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

Make it Count    
    Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 
—1 Corinthians 10:31 

I remember when, as a young Christian, I would sit in the pews at Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa and listen to Senior Pastor Chuck Smith speak. I would think to myself, I wonder if God would ever use me? I wonder if the Lord would ever speak through me? Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that God would allow me to be a pastor and someone who has the privilege of proclaiming the gospel. It was beyond my own dreams, beyond my own aspirations, even.

If you are planning your future right now, if you are thinking about what course you want to follow in life, ask God for His direction. Say, "Lord, I want to be the person that You want me to be. I want to marry the person You want me to marry. I want to be in the center of Your will. I don't want to go out there and blow it. Help me to do Your will." God's plans for you are better than anything you have ever planned for yourself.

God has given each of us certain abilities, talents, and resources. The question is, what are you doing with them? Are you seeking to use them for His glory? Are you offering your resources and future to Him?

I'm not saying that you have to be a pastor. But whatever you do, whether you are a doctor, an architect, a secretary, a computer programmer, a builder, a musician, or something else, you should want to serve the Lord and do it for the glory of God. That is what matters. Your life can be a testimony and a witness for Jesus.

Love this teaching from Pastor Greg!!!  I agree God can use us right where we are if we only allow Him to!!!  Can you even imagine the impact on the world if each one of us shared Jesus with someone?  Think about it.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night

TONIGHT I Pray that the Lord to help you to put off anger, loss of temper and bitterness and put on being tenderhearted and sensitive! You may have some obstacles in your path, but the good news is, the Power that is in you is greater than any power that is against you. I pray that the power of the Holy Spirit gives you the power that you need to resist the enemy! The Holy Spirit can conquer all of the storms in your life!!! Take His hand and as you walk with Him be as the birds that fly into the WIND as it pushes against them, it moves them higher into the heavens. That even in the worst storms the Lord will hold you in His arms and allow you to rest in Him.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!    God bless you!!! <3 span="">

Word of the Day... June 25, 2014

Remembering Names, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”   Luke 10:20

Okay . . . there you stand, getting introduced to someone. How are you going to remember the person's name? Well, you're already of the mind-set that this meeting and the person are very important. You remember that from yesterday, right? Okay, so now zero in first on one major thing---the name, nothing else, for a few seconds. Ignore all distractions and peripheral activity. Listen for one thing, the name. That is your goal, after all.

Now then, I'll pass on a simple little process that works for me. It is not original with me, but I have found that it is successful when I concentrate. Three steps are involved in the process of cementing a name and the face into my mind:

1. Impression. Allow the name to make an impression---a dent---on your mind. Do this by being sure you have heard the name correctly. Repeat it. If necessary, spell it to the person, asking if that is the correct spelling. As you shake hands and talk for a few moments, picture the name in your mind. Secure the exact pronunciation.

2. Association. Here's where the fun comes. Think of an association you can link with the name. Visualize the name and think of something that sounds like it or rhymes with it. The crazier the better! Mr. Steinhaus ("stone house"). Frank Baer ("he's a big and hairy fella"). The Haughtons (they seem "haughty"). John Lincoln ("he is tall like President Lincoln"). Marlene Moody ("she is sad-looking . . . moody"). Ed Neuenschwander ("how can I forget a name like that?").

3. Repetition. As you talk together, use the person's name frequently in the conversation. You might introduce the individual to others in the group, and again distinctly repeat the name.

This is no guarantee . . . in fact, it may even backfire on you at times. But more often than not it will enable you to grab the other person's "handle" at that moment of panic when the two of you meet again.

Maybe you're thinking, "A name isn't that important . . . what I'm interested in is his soul." Listen, as I mentioned yesterday, one of the keys that unlocks a person's soul is the realization that you are interested enough to call him or her by name!

Furthermore, the Bible is filled with thousands of people who had names . . . and those names often had associated meanings: Simon---later Peter . . . Jacob---later Israel . . . Saul---later Paul. And what about the angel's firm command in Matthew 1:21, "You shall call His name Jesus."

When the eternal books are opened, earthly names will be read (Revelation 20:15; 21:27). When we are ushered into heaven, new names will be given to each one (Revelation 2:17).

If the Lord thinks enough of our names to write every one of them in His record, is it asking too much to learn a few as we travel here below? Of course this means that we must consider the other person important enough to remember. If you struggle with that, you have a problem far more serious than a faulty memory!

I really enjoyed this conclusion today!!!  I think that Pastor Chuck is an amazing teacher!!!  I hope that all of you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

The Legal Swamp, Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints?  Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts?  Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life?  So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church?  I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren,  but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers?
Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded?  On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8

Law never fails to turn me off.

Don't get me wrong. It's not that I don't think we need it . . . it's just that it leaves me cold. It frowns and demands. It requires and warns and threatens. With a grim glare, it dares us to forget its rules or even think about disobeying its regulations.

I know, I know. It protects us. It gives us recourse when we've been assaulted or abused. It's the ultimate big stick we can wave in the face of an adversary. "I'll sue!" has therefore become our favorite national slogan, which fits perfectly into our me-ism society.

"I've got my rights."
"I've got it coming to me."
"I don't have to take that from you."

Those are the overused words of our overkill generation. Parents are now being sued by their children. Teachers are being sued by their pupils. Coaches are being sued by their players. Spouses are being sued by their partners, and it isn't limited to unbelievers. Christians are now neck deep in the legal swamp. Christian neighbors sue each other. Christian faculty members are now filing suit against the administrations of Christian schools. Churches not only sue one another, congregations now sue their pastors---and vice versa. Parishioners who have complaints about the counseling they received from their ministers are turning to the courts to voice their anger and to seek a financial settlement.

Yes, brothers and sisters in the family of God are actually pressing charges and demanding their rights . . . sometimes to the exclusion of any attempt to reconcile face to face. You'd think 1 Corinthians 6:1-8 is either written in hieroglyphics or is no longer considered part of the biblical text.

Now, don't think I'm naive enough to believe we Christians don't need law or that we never have reason to complain . . . or that I'm blinded to the fact that there are rip-off con artists---wolves in sheep's clothing---who prey on and exploit flocks. We must be discerning, alert, ever mindful that human depravity must be held in check, and on occasion it must be exposed.

But the way we go about it, the spirit with which we handle our conflicts, the attitudes we exhibit while working through the process of reconciliation are crucial . . . that is where our Christianity is often hung out to dry. And that is where we have an opportunity to exhibit the astounding grace of Christ.

Is the big courtroom win worth it? Jesus said, "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?" (Matthew 16:26).

Tomorrow we'll take a look at God's alternative to the legal swamp. I love these devotionals from Chuck Swindoll!  I can’t wait for tomorrow’s answer.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

TONIGHT I Pray that every counsel, design, plan, desire, expectation, imagination, device and activity of the enemy against your life be rendered null and void!!!  We can’t reach our highest potential in our own ability. It’s going to take the Most High God breathing in our direction, making a way where it looks like there is no way.  Don’t let the giant problems, restrictions, or even legitimate excuses deter your dreams and overpower your passions. Go for what God has placed in your heart!  I pray that every power prolonging any battle in your life to receive permanent defeat in Jesus’ name! The spirit of fear and worry is overturned!  Move forward in the name of Jesus Christ I pray!!!  Be Blessed!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I love you all. God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

The Nut Has Gone    
    Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. 
—1 Corinthians 15:20 

A minister who was conducting a funeral service wanted to speak of some of the wonderful things about the deceased. But this poor guy said the wrong thing. He boldly proclaimed, "What we have here is only the shell," gesturing toward the coffin. Then he added, "But the nut has gone." He didn't want it to come out that way. But that is a pretty accurate statement of what happens when we die.

God will give us new bodies one day — resurrection bodies. And we will need these new bodies because we will be in a new place called heaven. Of course, we wouldn't think of sending astronauts into space dressed like they are going to the beach. They must have special suits that are designed to allow them to breathe and function in their new environment. Our earthly bodies suit us fine for life on earth. But in heaven, we will need new bodies.

We will need new bodies for our new environment because, to begin with, if we were to see God in the bodies were are living in right now, we would disintegrate on the spot. Why? Because we aren't perfect people. Our bodies are limited by the effects of sin. The very fact that we age, can get sick, and will one day die (if the Lord does come back for us first) means that we have bodies that are tainted by sin. We need new bodies, made into the image of Jesus.

You will leave the shell, but the "nut," the real you, will go into the presence of the Lord.  Thank you Pastor Greg for this devotional!!!  I love how you can always make my devotional time an enjoyable experience!!!  I hope that all of you who read this enjoy it as much as I do.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

TONIGHT I pray that every good thing presently eluding your purpose should flow into you in the name of Jesus! Release for your harvest!  May there be a wave of God’s glory and a move of His Presence, Power and Person to hit this earth in an unprecedented way! HE is gracious to you; If you call upon HIM, He will answer you.  I pray that all of you who wait for Him you will Weep no more. Salvation is here!!! Cry out to Him for help! HE will instruct you in the way which you should go. He has gone before you and will make a way where there seems to be none.  I pray that you follow Him closely. I pray that as you stay close to Him, you will find peace and joy In HIS Presence!!! Trust in Him, lean on Him, and don’t be afraid of falling, for HE shall always catch you and set you back on your feet. I pray that when you are under the shadow of HIS wings, that HE will hide you from the enemy. The enemy may look for you, but he will not find you. Stay close to the Holy Spirit. You abide in Him and He will abide in you.  NOTHING shall by any means harm you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!!   God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

Ready for Your Reward?    
    When you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. —Matthew 6:3–4 

Maybe you were a great achiever academically. As a young boy or girl, you were winning the spelling bees. You always got As on your report cards. Maybe you were given some special honor, such as a scholarship to attend a great college, because of your incredible abilities. Or perhaps you were a big sports star. You always excelled in sports, and you have plenty of trophies and ribbons to prove it.

Me? I always had those honorable mention ribbons. Do you know what those are? They are the ribbons they give you when you really do poorly, but they don't want you to feel too bad for yourself. You know, after first, second, third, fourth, and fifth have crossed the finish line, and an hour later, someone comes across, they say, "Give him an honorable mention ribbon." They were usually purple, although I don't know why that was. I had a room filled with purple ribbons.

But in heaven, there will be many rewards for those who have been faithful to God over the years. Even the smallest and most insignificant gesture on behalf of God's kingdom will not be overlooked by our Heavenly Father. Jesus spoke of our service to God, pointing out that even though it may not be seen by people, it is indeed seen by Him: "Your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly."

One day in our future, when we stand before the judgment seat of Christ, the Lord will reward us openly. I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg. I am so excited to just get to heaven.  If I am lucky enough to get a crown I will lay it at the feet of my Savior Jesus Christ!!! I hope that you all enjoy this as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

Tonight I Pray that you learn to be still in the Presence of the Lord.  In this world where there are so many distractions that clamor for your attention. I pray you seek out His will for your life so that He can direct your steps. The Lord does His best work when we are spending time in His Presence.  Nothing should be more important than your time with Him. For it is when we entrust our concerns to the Lord that He will lighten our load and take them into His care and keeping.  I pray that as you spend time with Him, that He will renew your mind, body and spirit.  I pray that He fills you to overflowing with His Holy Spirit!!!  Be still and know that He is God, for as you wait in His Presence you will receive a most precious gift; His Perfect Peace!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen….  I Love You All!!!  God Bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

A Heavenly View
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.  —2 Corinthians 4:16–17

In his final words to the elders of the church at Ephesus, Paul essentially laid down the principles that really mattered to him and said the desire of his heart was to finish his race with joy (see Acts 19:24). It was an emotional good-bye, and Paul left, sailing on to Caesarea. When he arrived there he stayed with the evangelist Philip, where he encountered the prophet Agabus. Agabus tied his own hands and feet with Paul's belt and warned him, "Thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles' " (Acts 21:11). In other words, "Don't go. Danger is waiting."

Paul responded and said, "What do you mean by weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus" (verse 13).

Now, what kind of a statement is that? That is the statement of a man who has been to heaven (see 2 Corinthians 12:2). Paul left this earth, went into the presence of God, and was called back to the earth again. That is why Paul was able to say that he had "a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better" (Philippians 1:23).

If you had been to heaven, it would change everything about you. It would change the way you see everything and the way you respond to everything. And certainly, it would change the way you view death.

I don't think that Paul had a death wish, but I do think he recognized that what was waiting for him on the other side was far better than what he was experiencing. The same can be true for you and me.  This is a great teaching by Pastor Greg Laurie.  What a great way to start my day!!!  I hope that you are all blessed by it and I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Friday, June 20, 2014

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

Something's Missing
I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better.  —Philippians 1:23

I read a story about a little dog named Mugsy who was walking across the street one day and, tragically, was hit by a truck. His sad owners took Mugsy down to the pet cemetery and buried him. They were so sorry they would never see their precious little dog again.

But three days later, much to their surprise, they found Mugsy scratching at the back door. They could hardly believe their eyes as they opened the door and let little Mugsy in. He was covered with dirt but alive. It turns out their little dog wasn't dead after all. They had buried him alive, but the industrious little pooch clawed his way out and found his way home.

There is no place like home. And I want you to know there is a home waiting for every child of God, a future destination for all believers. It's called heaven. We need to be homesick for heaven. Though we have never been there, we still have something God has built within us that gives us a certain homesickness, a desire to be there. I love the way the apostle Paul put it when he said, "For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ. Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you" (Philippians 1:23-24).

God has put a homing instinct inside every man and woman, a sense there is something more to life. In fact, Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, "He has put eternity in their hearts." Because of this, we will never be fully satisfied in this life. Something always will seem to be missing . . . until we see our Lord face to face. 

I thank God for that homing device that God put inside me.  I am so grateful for His grace!!!  I hope that you enjoy this devotional  from Pastor Greg.  It really blesses my heart!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray you are constantly aware of HIS great Presence in your life.  I pray that you realize that He is the one that directs your steps if you will allow Him to. Hold tightly to His Hand and let Him lead you step by step through life.  I pray that you don’t worry about the uncertainty of the future, the secret things of the future belong to the Lord Jesus and as you trust in Him He will take them into His keeping and relieve you of the load that you carry.  I pray that you cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.  Whenever you find yourself worrying about what is going to happen in the future, give it all up to Jesus and He will show you step by step the journey ahead.  Trust in Him to open the up the way before you as you walk in the light of His great love and unfailing grace.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.  I Love You All!!!!  God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... June 19, 2014....

Just a Little Bit Longer    
    They shouted to the Lord and said, "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?"  —Revelation 6:10 

In Revelation 6 we read about those who were put to death for their faith. They are in heaven, aware of the injustice, aware of the fact there were fellow servants still on earth being mistreated. So they prayed this prayer to the Father: "O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you judge the people who belong to this world and avenge our blood for what they have done to us?" (verse 10). In other words, Hey, Lord, this isn't right. When are You going to correct it?

Here was God's response to their prayers: "Then a white robe was given to each of them. And they were told to rest a little longer until the full number of their brothers and sisters — their fellow servants of Jesus who were to be martyred — had joined them" (verse 11, NLT).

God's timing isn't always our timing. The Bible says that "He has made everything beautiful in its time" (see Ecclesiastes 3:11).

It kind of reminds me of taking a trip with small children in the car. You are cruising along, and an hour into the trip they ask, "When are we going to get there?"

What do you say? "We're almost there. A little bit longer."

The martyred tribulation saints were asking when they would be avenged. And God was saying, Just a little bit longer.

We say, "Lord, when are You going to come?" He says, Just a little bit longer. When is judgment going to come?" Just a little bit longer. "When will my prayer be answered?" Just a little bit longer. Hang on, now. I am in control. I am doing everything according to My perfect will.

Know this: God's delays aren't necessarily His denials. So keep praying.  This is a great devotional from Pastor Greg.  I have to only add one thing.  God’s time is always perfect.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT let promotions and miracles galore overshadow your life in the name of Jesus.  Every gathering held in the air, land, water and forest contrary to your life are scattered and all powers that are after you stumble and fall in the name of Jesus! I command the spirit of confusion to depart from every department in your life! Let God arise and all the forces of this fallen world scatter in the name of Jesus. You will walk in the purpose of God and see His promises come to pass!! WALK IN HIS AUTHORITY! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!! I Love you all…  God bless you!!! ♥♥

Word of the Day... June 18, 2014...

A Pattern for HealingIs anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.  —James 5:14

I believe that God heals today. We know He has miraculously built into the human body a natural process in which it heals over time. But I believe God can quicken the healing process.

I also believe that He can do a miracle when we have been told there is no hope. I have seen so many of these miracles myself. God promises His healing touch and tells us that by His stripes we are healed. So we should ask God to heal us when we are facing sickness.

In James 5, we are given the scriptural pattern for healing: "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord."

It is interesting that the Bible does not say, "Is anyone among you sick? Then go find a faith healer." I'm not suggesting that miracles didn't take place in the early church because they certainly did. I'm not saying that healing wasn't done by faith because it was. My point is that it never was the focus of the apostles. The early church didn't follow signs and wonders; signs and wonders followed them. This is an important distinction.

We can go to God and ask Him to heal. I thank God that healing is available to us today. But we make a mistake when we focus on phenomena. Instead, we should focus on the proclamation of God's Word and leave the miracles, healings, and the rest up to God to do as He sovereignly chooses.

I really enjoyed this devotional from Pastor Greg this morning!!!  I agree we need to place everything in the hands of God and leave the rest of it up to Him.  He is able!!!  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I pray that you rejoice in the midst of your difficulties realizing that Jesus is right there with you never leaving your side!!!  I pray that as you hold tightly to His hand you will realize that He designed you to live in a perfect union with Him.  Your union with Jesus does not take away from who you are; it actually makes you more fully yourself.  I pray that as we move closer to the Rapture of the church, we will look to Jesus for everything in our lives.  He will guide you and enable you to cope with any circumstances and give you HIS strength so that you will make it  through any problems through trusting in HIM!!!  I pray that you find fulfillment through living close to Jesus.  That as you follow Him and yield to His guidance you will be transformed into the person that He designed you to become. While you worship Him in all things the warm light of hope will come alive within you!!!   Stand on that hope in Him!!! In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen!!!  I Love You all!!!  God Bless You!!! 

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

If He Wills
You ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that."
—James 4:15

The book of Acts tells the story of Philip and how the Lord was blessing him in Samaria as he preached the gospel. Everything was going well. People were coming to faith.

Miracles were taking place.

Then God told him to go to the desert. And not only did God tell him to go to the desert, but He told him to go to Gaza, to a desolate road that was rarely used. And not only did He tell him to go to this rarely used road, but He told him to go at the hottest time of the day. Essentially God said, "Go out to the middle of the desert to a deserted road in the middle of the afternoon, and I will show you what to do next."

Sometimes the will of God doesn't make sense. We may plan to do a certain thing, but God may intervene. He might have another plan. The idea is that we should remember God in our plans, and we should also remember He may change our plans.

Often in his writings, the apostle Paul would refer to the will of God for his life. He told the believers at Ephesus he would return to them for renewed ministry if God willed. And he wrote to the Corinthians that he planned to visit them if the Lord willed. That is important for us to factor into our plans as well. We always should remember, "If the Lord wills."

Sometimes the Lord will lead us differently from where we would like to go. But what we must come to recognize is that the will of God is perfect, and we should never be afraid of it.

I really like this devotional by Pastor Greg.  I think we can all see the hand of God working in all of our lives daily.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

Tonight I Pray that you have the desire to seek out the Lord and delight in spending time with Him!  Realize like Mary did that there is great importance in just sitting at the feet of Jesus. When we wait upon Him, He will lead us where He wants us to be.  I pray that you know that you have the Creator of the universe as your Lord and He loves you! What more could you need?  I pray that you realize that it is when you are not connecting with Him at a deep level that you have a lack in your life and walk with Him.  Our part in this life is to learn to put all of our trust into Him, refusing to worry about anything! I pray that you will forget what is behind you and press on to what is ahead the prize which God has called us heavenward in Jesus Christ!!!  Walk In that LIGHT!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

Stay in Circulation
by Charles R. Swindoll
“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;  nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16

During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men on an investigation of the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metal there. After investigating, they reported:

The only silver we could find is the statues of the saints standing in the corners.

To which the radical soldier and statesman of England replied:

Good! We'll melt down the saints and put them into circulation!

Not bad theology for a proper, strait-laced Lord Protector of the Isles! In just a few words, Cromwell's command stated the essence . . . the kernel . . . the practical goal of authentic Christianity. Not rows of silver saints, highly polished, frequently dusted, crammed into the corners of elegant cathedrals. Not plaster people cloaked in thin layers of untarnished silver and topped with a metallic halo. But real persons. Melted saints circulating through the mainstream of humanity. Bringing worth and value down where life transpires in the raw. Without the faint aura of stained glass, the electric modulation of the organ, and the familiar comforts of padded pews and dimmed lights. Out where bottom-line theology is top-shelf priority.

It's easy to kid ourselves. So easy. The Christian must guard against self-deception. We can begin to consider ourselves martyrs because we are in church twice on Sunday---really sacrificing by investing a few hours on the "day of rest." Listen, my friend, being among the saints is no sacrifice . . . it's a brief, choice privilege. The cost factor occurs on Monday or Tuesday . . . and during the rest of the week. That's when we're "melted down and put into circulation." That's when they go for the jugular. And it is remarkable how that monotonous workweek test discolors many a silver saint. "Sunday religion" may seem sufficient, but that's far from the truth.

It's the acid grind that takes the toll. Maybe that explains why words of the venerable prophet touch a nerve:

If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?
(Jeremiah 12:5 NIV)

Doing battle in the steaming jungle calls for shock troops in super shape. No rhinestone cowboys can cut it among the swamps and insects of the gross world system. Sunday-go-to-meetin' silver saints in shining armor are simply out of circulation if that's the limit to their faith. Waging wilderness warfare calls for sweat . . . energy . . . keen strategy . . . determination . . . a good supply of ammunition . . . willingness to fight . . . refusal to surrender, even with the elephants tromping on your air hose.

And that is why we must be melted! It's all part of being "in circulation." Those who successfully wage war with silent heroism under relentless secular pressure---ah, they are the saints who know what it means to be melted.

You can opt for an easier path. Sure. You can keep your own record and come out smelling like a rose. A silver saint. Polished to a high-gloss sheen. Icily regular, cool and casual, consistently present . . . and safely out of circulation. Another touch-me-not whatnot . . .

Until the Lord calls for an investigation of the local cathedral.

Talk with God about it today.  This was a really good devotional from Charles Swindoll I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night...

I Pray TONIGHT for an increase in revelation knowledge, wisdom and understanding. You will walk in supernatural favor and be anointed by the Most High God! I bind every spirit of rejection, failure and defeat over your life, your family, your finances and your calling! You will be blessed in everything the Lord has assigned you to do! You will hold HIS hand and walk through storms, only to come out of that storm and into the SON’s Light!!! I pray that the Lord break any fear, intimidation and anxiety that holds you back from fulfilling your dream and destiny in the name of Jesus! BE BLESSED! Amen and Amen… I Love you all!!!… God bless you!!!  :):):)

Word of the Day... June 15, 2014...

Forgetting God
You do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.   —James 4:14

There was a time in my life when I could remember every week and month and year. Now I remember decades more easily than I remember individual years. Time seems to go by so quickly.

When Billy Graham was asked what had been his greatest surprise in life, he answered, "The brevity of it."

That is so true. Time marches on. Scripture certainly echoes this idea of the shortness of human life. Job said, "Now my days are swifter than a runner; they flee away, they see no good" (Job 9:25). David said, "Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my age is as nothing before You; certainly every man at his best state is but vapor" (Psalm 39:5).

And James posed this question: "For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away" (James 4:14). James wasn't asking a philosophical question but a more descriptive one. A better way to translate it would be, "What sort of life do you have?"

It is also important to note that he was speaking to Christians who were involved in the world of commerce, those who seemed to be taking credit where credit was not due. They were boasting of their ability to make money and be successful, and in the process, they were forgetting all about God.

It is always dangerous for us to take credit for what God has given us the ability to do. God warns that He will not share His glory with another. So let's be careful to not forget God in our lives.
This is such a good devotional from Pastor Greg.  It is so true that time passes so quickly.  It seems that the older I get that faster life goes.  When I got lung cancer and was facing death the Lord taught me that He would never leave me.  It didn’t matter if I lived or died I belong to Him and I thank Him, praise Him and give Him all of the glory for it every single day!  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Word of the Day... June 14, 2014...

Our Motive in Giving
I want it to be a willing gift, not one given grudgingly.  —2 Corinthians 9:5

The story is told of Billy and Ruth Graham and an experience they had in church one Sunday. As the offering was being taken, Billy Graham reached into his pocket and meant to pull out a five-dollar bill. Instead, he pulled out a fifty-dollar bill and didn't discover it until he already had placed it in the offering plate. He was a little horrified by what he had done and turned to his wife, Ruth, and said, "Well, at least I will get a reward in heaven for giving fifty dollars."

"No," Ruth said, "you are going to get a reward for five dollars because that is all you meant to give."

Motive is everything because God looks on the heart. The Bible tells us that "God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). The word used for cheerful could be translated "hilarious." This suggests a joy in giving that leaps over all restraints. Amazingly, as Paul urged the Corinthians to give, he cited the Macedonian believers who were relatively impoverished in comparison to the Corinthian believers. In speaking of them in 2 Corinthians 8:2, he said, "They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity." (NLT). How do the terms many troubles, very poor, and rich generosity fit together in one verse? They fit when people have discovered the joy of giving. Giving is not a luxury of the rich; it is a privilege of the poor and of everyone, not just people who have disposable incomes.

Giving is a responsibility. It is an opportunity. And it is a blessing for every follower of
Jesus Christ.  The Bible tells us that we should be hilarious givers.  This is a great devotional from Pastor Greg.  It makes us all look a little harder at what we are giving where we are fed.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I pray that Jesus comfort and guide you through your days and nights.  Do not let the trappings of this sinful world lead you into a life of bitterness, greed and jealousy.  Instead, keep your eyes on God and His wonders and mercies that endure forever. Remember that you are saved by His grace, by His blood and that is a gift that none of us deserved but were given anyway.  God’s riches at Christ expense has nothing to do with living your best life now or being rich in this world.  God’s riches exist in the pure agape love He has for each and every one of us.  Do not worry about the riches of this world, instead do as God calls us to do and store up your treasures in heaven!  Bitterness and greed sow seeds of hate and spite.  It will rot you from the inside out.  I pray that you realize that HIS ways are better than ours and stop trying to figure out what is happening and simply trust in Him and thank Him in advance for all of the good that will come out of it in the end.  For He knows the plans He has for you and they are good.  In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen and Amen….  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!  ♥♥

Word of the Day... June 13, 2014...

Healing of a Divine Physician
. . . Who heals all your diseases. Psalms 103:3

Humbling as this statement is, yet the fact is certain that we are all more or less suffering under the disease of sin. What a comfort to know that we have a great Physician who is both able and willing to heal us! Let us think of Him for a moment tonight. 

His cures are very speedy—there is life for a look at Him; His cures are radical—He strikes at the center of the disease; and so His cures are sure and certain. He never fails, and the disease never returns. There is no relapse where Christ heals, no fear that His patients should be merely patched up for a season. He makes new men of them: He also gives them a new heart and puts a right spirit within them. 

He is well skilled in all diseases. Physicians generally have some specialty. Although they may know a little about almost all our pains and ills, there is usually one disease that they have studied more than others; but Jesus Christ is thoroughly acquainted with the whole of human nature. He is as much at home with one sinner as with another, and He never yet met an unusual case that was difficult for Him. He has had extraordinary complications of strange diseases to deal with, but He has known exactly with one glance of His eye how to treat the patient. He is the only universal doctor; and the medicine He gives is the only true panacea, healing in every instance. 

Whatever our spiritual malady may be, we should apply at once to this Divine Physician. There is no brokenness of heart that Jesus cannot bind up. "The blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin."1 We have only to think of the myriads who have been delivered from all sorts of diseases through the power and virtue of His touch, and we will joyfully put ourselves in His hands. We trust Him, and sin dies; we love Him, and grace lives; we wait for Him, and grace is strengthened; we see Him as he is, and grace is perfected forever.   Love this devotion from Alistair Begg!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I PRAY that you will rejoice and be thankful to the Lord for all that He has blessed you with!!! That you never put the love of money or earthly treasures above Him, instead store up your treasures in heaven. To have an authentic walk with God so that you will do what is Godly instead of what is evil. That as you walk with the Lord through this day, practice trusting and thanking Him all along the way. For it is when we trust in Him that His peace will flow into us. Thankfulness lifts you up above your circumstances. I pray you realize that He does His greatest works through people with grateful, trusting hearts. Rather than planning and evaluating, practice trusting and thanking the Lord continually. I pray that as you rest in the Lord Jesus, a shift will take place that will revolutionize your life. Walk in that faith! Walk in that trust!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I love you all! God bless your sweet hearts!!!!♥♥


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