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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Don't hold back forgiveness..

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

Tonight I Pray you trust the Lord Jesus with all of your thoughts.  Don’t hold anything back from Him.  Confess everything sin to Him that is on your heart and leave them there with Him. We pray that you practice thinking in certain ways – Trusting Him and thanking Him.  Then those thoughts will become more natural.  We pray that you reject sinful or negative thoughts as soon as you become aware of them.    It is when you do this that your mind will be on the Lord all throughout your day.  This method of controlling your thoughts will keep your mind in HIS Presence and your feet on the path to peace.  Saturate your spirit, your soul, your minds and your body, With HIS Holy Presence, In Jesus name, I pray.   Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!!! ♥♥♥ 

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


    The believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. —Acts 13:52 

Imagine that you bought a new car, drove it around town for a few days, and really liked the way it performed for you. But suddenly it started sputtering and not running as well as it had in the beginning. Finally, it just chugged to a stop and wouldn't go any further.

"What's the problem here?" you ask. "I just bought this car. I don't even have a couple of hundreds of miles on it yet."

You have that stalled-out new car towed back to the dealer, demanding an explanation. "Hmm," he says, slipping the key into the ignition and trying to start it a couple of times. "Umm . . . sir . . . do you see this little light on your fuel gauge? Some people call that an idiot light. It means you're out of gas. You need to fill your car up with gas every now and then."

"Oh," you say. "I never thought of that."

"Yes, sir. You see, you've got to keep refilling your car over and over if you want it to keep going."

The same is true in life. You're cruising along, enjoying life and the scenery, experiencing peace and success in your family, your marriage, your business, and your ministry. Suddenly, however, problem after problem starts cropping up, and life suddenly doesn't seem to be working very well.

Maybe you need a refill. Maybe you need to ask the Lord to give you the power of His Holy Spirit to be a better husband—or a better father, a better grandmother, a better witness, a better student, a better employee—to be a better whatever He has called you to be.

We may ask and receive the filling of the Holy Spirit in the morning, but by the time late afternoon comes along, we have allowed that filling to drain out of us.

The apostle Paul wrote, "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13, NIV). God wants us to come to Him again and again for refilling and refueling. The fact is, we have a never-ending need, and He has an inexhaustible supply.

I love this devotional today!!!  I know that every morning I have to ask for a fill up so that I can decrease and the Holy Spirit can increase!!!  Thank you Jesus!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

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

Dress Your Dreams in Denim
by Charles R. Swindoll
Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.  Colossians 3:23-24

Some collegians think manual labor is the president of Mexico . . . until they graduate. Suddenly, the light dawns. Reality frowns. And that sheltered, brainy, fair-skinned, squint-eyed scholar who has majored in medieval literature and minored in Latin comes of age. He experiences a strange sensation deep within his abdomen two weeks after framing his diploma. Hunger. Remarkable motivation accompanies this feeling. 

His attempts at finding employment prove futile. Those places that have an opening don't really need a guy with a master's in medieval lit. They can't even spell it. Who cares if a truck driver understands European poetry from the twelfth century? Or what does it matter if the fella stocking the shelves at Safeway can give you the ninth letter in the Latin alphabet? When it comes to landing a job, most employers are notoriously pragmatic and unsophisticated. They are looking for people who have more than academic, gray wrinkles between their ears. They really couldn't care less about how much a guy or gal knows. What they want is someone who can put to use the knowledge that's been gained, whether the field is geology or accounting, engineering or plumbing, physics or barbering, journalism or welding. 

That doesn't just happen. People who are in great demand today are those who can see it in their imaginations---then pull it off. Those who can think---then follow through. Those who dress their daring dreams in practical denim workclothes. That takes a measure of gift, a pinch of skill, and a ton of discipline! Being practical requires that we traffic in reality, staying flexible at the intersections where stop-and-go lights flash. It also demands an understanding of others who are driving so as to avoid collisions. 

Another mark of practicality is a constant awareness of time. The life of a practical person is fairly uncomplicated and usually methodical. The practical mind would rather meet a deadline and settle for limited objectives than accomplish the maximum and be late. 

The favorite expressions of a practical soul often begin with "what?" 

What does the job require? 
What do you expect of me? 
What is the deadline? 
What are the techniques? 
Or "how" . . .
How does it work? 
How long will it take? 
How much does it cost? 
How fast can it go? 

Dreamers don't mix too well with pragmatists. They irritate each other when they rub together . . . yet both are necessary. Take away the former and you've got a predictable and occasionally dull result. Remove the latter and you've got creative ideas without wheels, slick visions without handles . . . and you go broke trying to get it off the runway. 

The Bible is full of men and women who dreamed dreams and saw visions. But they didn't stop there. They had faith, they were people who saw the impossible, and yet their feet were planted on planet earth. 

Take Nehemiah. What a man! He had the task of rebuilding the stone wall around Jerusalem. He spent days thinking, praying, observing, dreaming, and planning. But was he ever practical! He organized a mob into work parties . . . he faced criticism realistically . . . he stayed at the task without putting out needless fires . . . he met deadlines . . . and he maintained the budget. 

Or take Abigail. What a woman! She was married to a first-class fink, Nabal by name, alias Archie Bunker. Because of his lack of wisdom, his greed, prejudice, and selfishness, he aroused the ire of his employees. They laid plans to kill him. Being a woman of faith, Abigail thought through the plot, prayed, and planned. Then she did a remarkable thing. She catered a meal to those hungry, angry men. Smart gal! Because of her practicality, Nabal's life was saved and an angry band of men was calmed and turned back. 

It is the practical person, writes Ralph Waldo Emerson, who becomes "a vein in times of terror that commands the admiration of the wisest." So true. Amazing thing about the practical person---he may not have the most fun or think the deepest thoughts, but he seldom goes hungry! 

Just now finishing school? Looking for a job? Is this the reason you're discouraged? Remember this---dreams are great and visions are fun. But in the final analysis, when the bills come due, they'll be paid by manual labor. Labor . . . hard work forged in the furnace of practicality.

I encourage you . . . get with it. Be practical, that is.  I think that we can all learn from this devotional!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Sunday, September 28, 2014

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

Tonight I pray that you allow yourself to grow strong in the Light of HIS Presence!  The world around you is moving so quickly that sometimes you feel overwhelmed. He is the calm at the center of your life during the storm!!!  Your weakness does not make Him angry or want to give up on you.  On the contrary, it attracts His mighty power so that it can flow into your heart when you yield yourself to Him.  Never forget that when you are at your weakest He will saturate you with His power!!! Don’t go to the world for sustenance instead be still and know that He is God. Rest in Him… Yield up everything to Him, for it is when we are still and trusting in Him that He can become our Light, Salvation and Strength to bring us through the hardest times in our lives, so that we can be a blessing to others.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

More . . ."    
    He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart. —Ecclesiastes 3:11 

When my granddaughter Stella was very little, she made good use of the word more when she really liked something. Her favorite food was quesadillas. No matter what time of the day — breakfast, lunch, or dinner — she wanted quesadillas. Only she called it a "dilla."

"Stella, what would you like to eat?" 


And usually when I would give her one, she would then say, "More."

It was the same when I read her a Bible story before bedtime. As soon as I finished the story, she said, "More." So I read her another story, and at the end she said, "More." So I did another. "More." And another. "More." And on and on it would go.

Quesadillas and stories about Jesus are good things, and to this day, we're always happy to supply Stella with all she wants — of both. Sometimes, however, this desire for "more" can create problems for us — especially if we're craving more of the wrong things. (Like ice cream or Krispy Kreme doughnuts.)

Deep down inside we're all like little Stella, saying, "More." We always want a little bit more out of life — the newest, the latest, the freshest, the coolest. We want more. That is the way God has wired us. But here's the problem: as much as we see, taste, and experience life, it always seems like it just isn't quite enough.

Do you know why that is? As we read in today's opening verse, God has placed a seed of eternity deep in our innermost being. In our heart of hearts, there is a recognition that this world won't be able to deliver on its promises. No matter what this world gives us, we find ourselves wanting more: More life. More hope. More joy. More peace. More satisfaction. And, ultimately, more of the presence of God Himself.

In heaven, those desires will be fulfilled in a way beyond what we can imagine. But until that day when we cross over to the other side, He willingly gives us more and more and more of Himself. And that's the closest thing we have to heaven on earth.

I think this is such a great devotional from Pastor Greg today.  I hope that all of you enjoyed it as much as I did!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

Tonight I pray for divine strategies to be given to you - that heaven would be downloaded and you would walk in discernment, wisdom and understanding!!  Every spirit of deception will be unveiled and revealed in the name of Jesus! Let every false prophet be unmasked before our eyes. Let everything that has been stolen by stepping into the net of the fowler be restored! The Lord sends his axe of fire to the root of all problems that you have and cut them down in Jesus’ name! I ask for a DIVINE REVERSAL NOW!! Claim our inheritance! The Holy Spirit is given to us believers as a “first installment” to assure us that our full inheritance as children of God will be delivered. The Holy Spirit is given to us to confirm to us that we belong to God.  Stand on that faith and walk in His Word, Will and Way for your life.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you all… God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

Sacrament of Broken Seed
by Charles R. Swindoll
For we also once were foolish ourselves, disobedient, deceived, enslaved to various lusts and pleasures, spending our life in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.  But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared,  He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,  whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable for men. Titus 3:3-8

Chances are running high that you're in a hurry today. Am I right? Your "To Do" list stretches on and on. If you're reading this in the morning, you're wondering how in the world you'll get it all done. If the day has already slipped away as you read these words, you're wondering where in the world the hours went. 

Yeah, I can identify. It's been that kind of week. Really, that kind of month. But let's take five and ponder a word that gets overlooked in the midst of a breakneck schedule. Just a simple word . . . helping. 

Think about that. About being of assistance . . . your arm around the hunched shoulder of another . . . your smile saying "try again" to someone who's convinced it's curtains . . . your cup of cool water held up to a brother's cracked lips, reassuring and reaffirming. 

Every time I pick up my pen, the thought of helping urges me to push ink into words. There are enough---more than enough---specialists in body blocks and pass defense and tackling those with the ball, causing fumbles, bruises, and injuries. I'd much rather run interference. Open up holes. Slap some fanny and say, "You can do it, now git at it!" I couldn't agree more with Philip Yancey, a man who models his own advice: 

C. S. Lewis once likened his role as a Christian writer to an adjective humbly striving to point others to the Noun of truth. For people to believe that Noun, we Christian writers must improve our adjectives. 

Whether in the sweltering heat of summer or during winter's bitter blast, I'd like to think that some carefully selected turn of a phrase, some pointed story, even the choice of a single word I used reached over to your hand with a grip of fresh hope. The Noun is so attractive, so satisfying, we dare not get sloppy with our adjectives. 

It's all part of helping folks "hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering . . ." and being committed to "stimulate one another to love and good deeds" (Hebrews 10:23-24). 

I hope that the following poem will stimulate you to reach beyond the safe bounds of your private, fenced-off territory. It's called "At the Winter Feeder," a perceptive piece by John Leax, professor of English and poet-in-residence at Houghton College: 

His feather flame doused dull 
by icy cold, 
the cardinal hunched 
into the rough, green feeder 
but ate no seed. 
Through binoculars I saw 
festered and useless 
his beak, broken 
at the root. 
Then two: one blazing, one gray, 
rode the swirling weather 
into my vision 
and lighted at his side. 
Unhurried, as if possessing 
the patience of God, 
they cracked sunflowers 
and fed him 
beak to wounded beak 
choice meats. 
Each morning and afternoon 
the winter long, 
that odd triumvirate, 
that trinity of need, 
returned and ate 
their sacrament 
of broken seed.

If birds had souls, I have no doubt that that cardinal would, long before springtime, yield to the God of his friends. Attractive adjectives plus unselfish verbs equal faith in the Noun of truth. 

It's an axiom that holds true at the winter feeder and at any season of the year.  I am loving this devotional from Chuck Swindoll!!!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, September 26, 2014

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

Acting Decisively, Part Two 
by Charles R. Swindoll
For the Lord God helps Me,
Therefore, I am not disgraced;
Therefore, I have set My face like flint,
And I know that I will not be ashamed.  Isaiah 50:7

Making one's own decisions develops healthy mental muscles. But there will always be a few who crave to be told what to do. A major reason some prefer to be indecisive is laziness. Decision making is hard work. Peter Drucker was correct when he said: 

A decision is a judgment. It is a choice between alternatives. It is rarely a choice between right and wrong. It is at best a choice between "almost right" and "probably wrong"---but much more often a choice between two courses of action, neither of which is probably more nearly right than the other. 

That may sound like a tongue-twister, but in reality it's a mind-boggler, requiring a painful, exacting process rare to many . . . a process called thinking. 

How much easier it is to adopt a list, to click off the answers one, two, three, four, five. You don't have to think. All you need to do is follow instructions. Don't weigh the consequences. Don't sweat the details. Just do as you are told and leave the driving to "us," namely a few guys at the top. Don't think it through and decide . . . just submit. 

If that is the approach you prefer, let me remind you of two words, just two words---Watergate and Jonestown. 

Decisiveness in both of those tragedies was replaced with blind obedience, unquestioned authority, and absolute loyalty. Somebody, somehow, at some time in each of those outfits convinced the troops that Alfred, Lord Tennyson's battle cry in Charge of the Light Brigade was the standard operating procedure for them: 

Theirs not to make reply, 
Theirs not to reason why, 
Theirs but to do and die. 

There is a place for that philosophy in the military where there isn't time to stop and think. Discussion groups aren't too popular in combat when the objective is survival. 

But in day-to-day living, when issues are not clearly spelled out in Scripture, when there is a lot of gray instead of black and white, we need to learn a lesson from Moses's mature successor, Joshua. 

Think wisely. Weigh the alternatives. Choose for yourself. Decide now whom you will serve.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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

Acting Decisively, Part One 
by Charles R. Swindoll
We Will Serve the Lord”
“Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”   Joshua 24:14-15

I like Joshua's style in Joshua 24:14-15. Like a good leader, he laid out the facts. He exhorted those about him to get off the fence and get their spiritual act together. He encouraged personal authenticity and strong commitment . . . but not once did he pull rank and fall back on intimidation to get his way. He risked being ignored and rejected when he left the final decision up to them. He respected their right to follow his advice or walk away when he told them, in so many words, "Make up your mind!" But there was never any question where he stood. He had weighed the evidence, considered the alternatives, and come to a settled conviction---he and his family were going to serve the Lord God, no question about it. But what others would do was strictly up to them. They would have to decide for themselves.

Unusual combination. A strong leader who knew where he was going, but gave others the space they needed to choose for themselves. No threats. No name-calling. No public put-downs. No exploitation or manipulation or humiliation. He didn't play on their emotions or attack their alleged ignorance or use some gimmick to gain strokes in defense of his position. He knew what God would have him do, and he realized the consequences of their choosing differently . . . but they needed to weigh those issues for themselves. It needed to be their decision, not his. At that point, he backed off and said, "Now you decide."

That's not only smart, it's an evidence of two admirable virtues: security in himself and respect for others. Today, it is clear to all of us that Joshua made the right decision back then. From our objective perspective, he chose the correct alternative . . . as they also did later on. But note again that he didn't hurry his people to opt for his position. Joshua knew that if they didn't wrestle with the issues on their own, the resulting decision might be superficial . . . fragile . . . a commitment that might very well melt under the inevitable heat of difficulty and trial.

Nevertheless, there will always be some who want others to make their decisions for them. Many individuals in Christendom are continually looking for some evangelical guru or superstar pastor or bionic authority figure to cosign for their lives.

It takes the restraining power of the Holy Spirit to withstand such tempting invitations to take control. It is helpful to remember that every time we yield to that destructive desire for power we retard others' growth toward maturity. Making one's own decisions develops healthy mental muscles. But I repeat, there will always be a few who crave to be told what to do. They are the ones who remain so indecisive their favorite color is plaid.

We'll talk more about acting decisively tomorrow. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

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

TONIGHT I PRAY that you will not let anything or anyone come between you and the Lord and His Holy Word.  I pray that each one of you will realize how fortunate we are to have a completed Bible to get us through these last days!  So many people are being deceived by false prophets preaching a gospel other than that of the Lord Jesus Christ!  I pray that all of you will test everything to the BIBLE.  It is a supernatural book unlike any other and if you pray the Lord will reveal the truth to you.  He will show you the right path to take.  I PRAY WE RECEIVE HIS POWER AS WE STAND ON HIS WORD!!!  Listen for HIS voice and you will hear it in your deepest being.  We are blessed and loved to be able to hear from Him so directly.  We must respond to Him with a heart of thanksgiving.  Building our house on HIS firm rock, where life’s storms can never can never shake our faith or our walk in Him.  That He will fill us with His strength, faith and knowledge to make it even until the end. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!!  God bless you!!! Maranatha!!!♥♥♥

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

Shelf Life
Remember the very first cell phones? I'm talking about the ones that were the size of a small child—the kind you had to carry around in a wagon. They were pretty cool, weren't they? But over the years, cell phones have become smaller and more powerful, and now they can take pictures, access the Internet almost anywhere, and download music and apps. They can call people, too.

But your phone was designed to become obsolete. It's cool today, but the company that made it has already anticipated what the next several models are going to be. Your gadget was planned to become outdated so that you'll hunger for the next one. It's all part of their scheme, and it works incredibly well. In the same way, the Law was designed by God to have a shelf life. It was designed to be temporary. It was designed to become obsolete.

In ancient times, the Jewish people began their study of the Bible in Leviticus, a book of the Law, because they wanted to teach their children early on that the way to God is through sacrifice. Every Israelite was required to bring a sacrifice of some kind during their life, including the mandatory sin and trespass offerings. It was the business of the priest—the representative of the people before God—to offer these sacrifices to God.

But, Hebrews says, "The law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered?" (Heb. 10:1-2).

That's why there was a need for a new covenant. That's why Jesus Christ came. Under the new covenant, the sacrifices and the role of the high priest were fulfilled in Him. He made the ultimate sacrifice on the cross, and He is the High Priest who presented His blood before the throne of His Father and is now seated at the right hand of God. Under the new covenant, you can come boldly before the throne of God; you don't need a human priest on the earth anymore, because Jesus Christ is the great High Priest.

In other words, the book of Leviticus has lost its punch because Jesus came and fulfilled it all. That's the point the writer of Hebrews was making: "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins.... And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God" (Heb. 10:4, 11-12).

Do you know how significant this is? Priests didn't sit down. They were constantly on their feet, standing to minister. They would only sit down when they were off duty and their work was finished. Then they would get back up and do the same thing day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year.

But Jesus made an offering once for all, and He sat down because there were no more sacrifices to offer. When He said "It is finished" (John 19:30), He meant all of Leviticus, all of the Law. It's over. We don't offer animal sacrifices anymore. Our High Priest's offering was so complete that He could sit down at the right hand of His Father.

As believers, we have a joy that's very different from the kind that goes on in the world: we celebrate our hero's bloody sacrifice, because that was enough to end the need for any further sacrifices. By accepting Jesus Christ's finished work on the cross, we can say, "It was good enough for Him; it's good enough for me." And we can sit down and rest in that once-for-all finished work of our great High Priest.

Pastor Skip nailed it!!!  I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that you will trust in the Lord for everything in your life.  I pray that as you walk in Him your problems will diminish in the light of His love, because it is then you will realize that you are never alone. I pray that as you come into His Presence and rest in the Lord all your other problems will be secondary to your relationship with Him. I pray that you savor each moment as you practice being in His Presence and simply resting in the Lord Jesus.

 I pray that you talk to Him about every aspect of your day, including your feelings remembering that your ultimate goal is not to control or fix everything around you but to give them to Jesus. We are so very close to the Rapture and you don't want to go into eternity with an unforgiving heart.

 For it is when we can let go and forgive those who hurt us that we will display a true heart for God...

 I pray that you allow the Holy Spirit to guide you moment by moment teaching you that without forgiveness, you can never truly live in the fullness of the Lord…

Ask HIM to help you to let go and forgive so that you can be forgiven and finally have the freedom to change every relationship in your life. Your family, your marriage, your children and every person you come in contact with.

Forgiveness can heal families, reconcile marriages and change the world!!! The first step to eternity with God begins with forgiveness!!! I pray that each of us learn to forgive so that we can live in this powerful expression of love for all eternity!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen.… I love you all!! God bless you!!  ♥♥♥

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

Heartbreak . . . and Glory    
    Lazarus is dead. And for your sakes, I'm glad I wasn't there, for now you will really believe.  —John 11:14–15 

Have you ever had a crisis overwhelm you—maybe even to the point where you didn't think you could survive the experience? Have you ever found yourself facing a set of circumstances so crushing, so utterly devastating that you couldn't imagine how you could ever get through? Have you ever wondered why God allowed a tragedy in your life or in the life of someone close to you?

Perhaps you have found yourself saying, in so many words, "Lord, where were You?"

In John 11, the Bible gives us a true-life account of two sisters who had to wrestle with all of those questions. It's the story of an unexpected death and how it brought a great trial of faith and shattered the happiness of a close-knit little family. But it is also the story of how Jesus responds to such situations—and how God can gain glory through it all.

In our lives here on earth, we will experience pain, grief, sickness, and the death of loved ones. I know that may be a depressing point, but it's true, and we might just as well come to grips with it and stop running from it. It might be the death of a spouse, an infant, a teenager, a sibling, or someone who might be close to us in age. And suddenly we are made aware of our own mortality.

That was the case with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. They were a tight, loving little family, and then suddenly one of them was at the point of death. But ironically, it was through this experience that they learned even more about the power and love of Jesus Christ.

Jesus said to His grieving friend Martha, "Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?" (John 11:40).

It's not easy to believe in the goodness and glory of God when your heart is breaking. But when you do, when you rest your full faith and confidence in God — even when nothing else on earth seems to make sense — you will never, never be the loser . . . in this life or the next.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Monday, September 22, 2014

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

Grace—True As Ever    
    And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. —Romans 8:28 

I survived a crazy childhood, growing up in an alcoholic home, with my mom being married and divorced seven times. But I came to Christ in high school, at the age of seventeen, and turned my life over to the Lord.

The stats all say that if you come from a divorced home, you most likely will end up divorced yourself. But by God's grace and against all odds, my wife and I are closing in on our thirty-fifth wedding anniversary. So all in all, in spite of the heartbreaks in those early days, it has been a pretty happy story.

Lost Boy, the film that tells my life story, closes with our family walking down the street together, and it's almost as though you could write the words on the screen: "And they lived happily ever after."

I had been showing this film in various churches in different parts of the country, and I would speak afterward, telling the story of Joseph, how he faced many adverse circumstances in his life, and how God brought good results out of evil circumstances. Not that bad is good, but God can bring good out of bad and bring glory to His great name through it all.

And then came that morning in July 2008 when we got the terrible, incomprehensible news that our thirty-three-year-old son Christopher had been killed in a car crash on the freeway.

Good out of bad? The best results out of the worst circumstances? Was the message of Lost Boy still true, or was it all a sham?

Even in the depths of our grieving, we had to say the message of that movie hadn't changed. The chronicle of God's grace and faithfulness that we told in Lost Boy was as true as ever. We found ourselves in the midst of a life chapter we would have never, never chosen. But God still will bring good out of bad. He will bring glory to Himself.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!  God bless you!!! 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

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

Where the Power Is    
    The message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. —1 Corinthians 1:18 

I once asked Billy Graham, "If you had it to do it all over again, are there things you would have emphasized as a younger preacher that maybe you are emphasizing now?" His response surprised me.

Without any hesitation, he said, "The cross of Christ and the blood. That's where the power is."

I remembered that. I took note of it as a preacher: the cross of Christ and the blood. That is what he would emphasize more. That's where the power is.

It comes down to the cross. Any accurate presentation of the gospel comes down to the cross. You can talk about loneliness, and you can talk about hope and life beyond the grave. But it all comes down to the cross.

Paul said, "Let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. . . Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said" (1 Corinthians 15:1,3-4 NLT).

We need to remember this as Christians. Perhaps you don't consider yourself a theologian or the greatest intellect of all time. But you can tell the story of what Jesus did on the cross and how He died and shed His blood for us. There is power in that simple message. I have watched it transform people time and time again because God anoints it, blesses it, and He uses it to penetrate the defenses that people can put up.

Jesus died on the cross for us. That's where the power is.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

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

Unlimited Access    
    Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory. —Romans 5:2 

Peace with God takes care of our past because He will no longer hold our sins against us. Access to God takes care of our present because we can come to Him at any time for the help we need. The hope of the glory of God takes care of the future because we are confident that one day we will share His glory.

When I was a kid, I went to Disneyland every birthday. I still remember to this day making a vow as a child in the backseat of the car that one day, when I became an adult and made my own money and had my own car, that I would go to Disneyland every single day.

A few years ago, someone gave me an annual pass to Disneyland. I could go any time I wanted, free of charge. Do you know how many times I used it? Not that many. It is a funny thing because I would even brag about it: "I can go to Disneyland anytime I want, free of charge."

"Do you want to go right now?"

"I can't go now. Maybe next week." I kept putting it off.

We can be that way when it comes to our access to the presence of God. As believers, we can go into God's presence 24/7 — anytime we want. When is the last time you went?

God has opened this incredible door for us. But we have to walk through it.  If you would like to have Jesus as your Savior I would love to pray with you.

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”  “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!”  Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today. Simply pray this: Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Today I come home. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me and forgiving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen. If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus! You are Born Again!  

I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

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

It's Already Yours    
    Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  —Romans 5:5 

Have you ever owned something that you didn't use? Have you ever gone shopping for something, only to come home and find it in your closet already? I have done that. I get this idea that I need a blue shirt. I have in mind exactly what it should look like. Then I go shopping, come home, hang it up, and see that I already have that blue shirt. No wonder I had such a vivid idea of what it should look like.

This is how we can be as Christians. We are searching for things that are already hanging in our spiritual closet, so to speak. Many times we ask God for what He has already given us.

For example, we pray, "God, give me peace." But the Bible says, "We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). God is saying, "Enjoy it to the fullest."

We might say, "God, I need more love," when actually we need to use the love God has given us. We are praying for more of an emotional feeling of the love that God already has given us. God won't necessarily answer a prayer like that. When we love someone, when we forgive someone, it is an act of obedience, believing "the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us" (Romans 5:5).

God has given us everything we need for spiritual growth. Many of us simply need to read His Word to find out the balance in our spiritual bank account. And then we need to start appropriating it.  Thank you Jesus!!!  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

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

You Don't Have to Work for It    
    When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. —Romans 4:4–5 

As a young Christian, I remember thinking that the reason God was blessing me was because of my disciplined Bible study. I would get up well before school every morning and study the Scripture for about an hour. Then I would pray for an hour or more (I know because I kept checking my watch). I could say to my friends, "While I was studying the Bible for an hour and praying for over an hour today, the Lord showed me. . . ." It gave me bragging rights. I thought that when I got to school, God would use me because I had done so much for Him. Look at how faithful I was! Look at how diligent I was! I was so proud.

Then one morning my alarm didn't go off, and I woke up very late. I didn't have time to pray or read my Bible . . . and it turned out to be one of the most blessed days of my life. God even allowed me the privilege of leading someone to Christ that day. I thought, What does this mean? Don't read the Bible or pray? I think what God was trying to say to me was, "Greg, don't do those things to seek My approval. Rather, do those things because you have My approval."

It is not because of what we have done that we have God's approval; it is because of what God has done for us. We put our faith in Him, and then God puts His righteousness into our account. He loves us when we do well, but He also loves us when we stumble.

This really touched my heart today!!!  I hope that it touched yours as well!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

Take It to the Bank  
    We rely on what Christ Jesus has done for us. We put no confidence in human effort. 
—Philippians 1:3 

A homeless man was standing on a street corner, asking for money, when a well-dressed attorney came walking by. The attorney looked at him and said, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?"

The man recognized the attorney and said, "Remember third-period English in high school?" 

"You sat right next to me," the attorney said. "What happened?"

"I just fell on hard times."

The attorney said, "Don't say another word." He pulled out his checkbook and wrote out a check for $500. Then he said, "I want to help you out. Take this money, get cleaned up, and get a new set of clothes. Don't thank me. It's the least I can do." And off he went.

With the check in hand, the man made his way down to the bank where the attorney's account was. But when he saw how nicely dressed the people were and how clean and tidy the bank was, he felt unworthy and didn't go in.

The next day, the attorney was walking down the same street when he saw the same man asking for money. He said, "What are doing here?"
The man said, "I felt ashamed. I didn't feel worthy to go into the bank and cash your check."

The attorney told him, "That check has my signature on it. You take that down and cash it. It's not based on who you are. It is based on me. My signature is on it, and it is good. Cash it."

That is what God has done for us in justification. God's grace has been extended to us. We are wrong when we think we have to do something to somehow earn it.   I really enjoyed this devotion from Pastor Greg.  I hope that you did as well!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

TONIGHT I Pray that you will have keen discernment, wisdom from above and a heavenly perspective to see with the eyes of God! God has raised you up for such a time as this - He is advancing His people in this time of transcending and taking back what has been held in captivity. I pray a great harvest of souls come to know the Lord through your life, purpose and ministry! Your family will be saved and see the goodness of the Lord! May the Spirit of God help you increase in the knowledge of God and set you on fire for the purpose of God! Release all un-forgiveness, bitterness, hurt, anger and rejection in the name of Jesus! May the Lord perfect your faith and walk in His love and grace... In Jesus name I pray…. Amen and Amen...  I Love you all!!!  God bless you!!! ♥♥

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

Innovation, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.   2 Corinthians 5:17

Yesterday, we talked about innovative people, and I mentioned that there are a whole lot more innovative people around than any of us can imagine. Could you be one of them?

Let's take a little test and see. I have Earl Nightingale to thank for this list of twenty-five traits generally found in creative, innovative people. No, relax. You don't need all twenty-five . . . but if you have most of them, you may be closer than you think.

Drive---a high degree of motivation
Courage---tenacity and persistence
Goals---a sense of direction
Knowledge---and a thirst for it
Good health
Honesty---especially intellectual
Chance taking---willingness to risk failure
Enterprise---willing to tackle tough jobs
Persuasion---ability to sell
Patient yet impatient---patient with others, yet impatient with the status quo
Adaptability---capable of change
Perfectionism---seek to achieve excellence
Humor---ability to laugh at self and others
Versatility---broad interests and skills
Curiosity---interested in people and things
Individualism---self-esteem and self-sufficiency
Realism/idealism---occupied by reality but guided by ideals
Imagination---seeking new ideas, combinations, and relationships
Okay, that's enough. I told you creative thinking was hard work! But there is something even harder . . . and that's change. It's admitting the need, being honest and humble enough to face the facts, then secure enough to consider new ideas, methods, or devices, to pull it off. Swallowing our pride shouldn't be that difficult, since that's what we eat all day.

Go ahead and give it a whirl. Take one of those many things that keeps dragging you under and search for a creative way to solve the problem. And don't quit until it's done . . . and that smile of relief returns to your face.

I know you can do it! You did it before and it worked. And that problem was so huge you could hardly continue. Then came the change . . . the most important decision you ever made based on the most innovative combination ever devised. A man. A cross. Blood. And belief.

God defines it: "The introduction of something new . . . a new birth."  I hope you all have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

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

TONIGHT I Pray that you experience true intimacy with God. I pray that that you "know" Him as never before and are consumed by His Spirit!!...I pray that all spirits of confusion to loose their hold on your life and you to be released from the hold of any evil strongman in the name of Jesus!! Let every tree planted by fear in your life dry up to the roots and every seed of bitterness, anger and resentment be released from your mind, heart and soul! I pray that His peace comes over you, your family and purpose! I pray that you are preserved and protected by His Power! Cast all your cares over to Jesus – for He cares for you.  In Jesus name, Amen and Amen.  God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥

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

Innovation, Part One
by Charles R. Swindoll
Contrast the Upright and the Wicked
Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
But he who hates reproof is stupid.  Proverbs 12:1

Webster defines it: "The introduction of something new . . . a new idea, method, or device." When we innovate, we change, we flex. We approach the standard operating procedure, not like a soft-footed Native American scout sneaking up on a deer by the brook, but rather like Wild Bill Hickok in a saloon with both guns blazing.

It takes guts to innovate, because it requires creative thinking. Thinking is hard enough, but creative thinking---ah, that's work! To get the juices squirting, you have to be dissatisfied with the status quo.

Take photography, for example. For years, the same old procedure . . . which required long periods of delay. Nobody even thought about hurrying up the process. Not until a guy named Edwin Land formed a company with a funny name---Polaroid.

Sometimes innovation is forced on us. Take December 7, 1941. We got caught with our military pants down. Before American planes could get airborne, or even out of the hangar, most of them were destroyed. We were forced to ask the obvious: "How can we get the planes out of the hangars fast?"

A fellow by the name of Mitchell solved the problem in a most innovative way. He simply turned the question upside down and asked the unobvious: "How can we get the hangar away from the planes---fast?" The result (after the inevitable laughter and rejection) was a two-piece hangar. Each section was mounted on wheels with sufficient power to separate the two at thirty-five miles an hour . . . which enabled the fighter planes to take off in several different directions. Fast.

Now, you're thinking: Land and Mitchell are geniuses. And you are ready to toss in Newton and Bell and Edison and Ford and the Wright brothers. And you're also telling yourself that there aren't many of those gifted people spread around. Granted, those men might very well qualify as geniuses . . . but if you ask them, they'll tell you another story. J. C. Penney once observed, "Geniuses themselves don't talk about the gift of genius; they just talk about hard work and long hours." It's the old one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration answer.

Let's have four "greats" take the stand and testify. These are their actual words:

Michelangelo: "If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery; it wouldn't seem so wonderful after all."

Thomas Carlyle: "Genius is the capacity for taking infinite pains."

Ignancy Jan Paderewski: "A genius? Perhaps, but before I was a genius I was a drudge."

Alexander Hamilton: "All the genius I may have is merely the fruit of labor and thought."

Are innovative people really that rare? Not if you listen to Sheldon David, TRW's former vice president:

The capacity to exercise a relatively high degree of imagination, ingenuity, and creativity in the solution of organizational problems is widely, not narrowly, distributed in the population.

You know what that says to me? It says there are a whole lot more innovative people (who currently see themselves only as "drudges") than any of us can imagine. In fact, you may very well be one of them!

We'll look into that tomorrow. You might be surprised at what you discover. I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

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

TONIGHT I Pray that you thank the Lord for all of the conditions that require you to be still.  I pray that you don’t spoil these precious quiet times between you and God, by being impatient or wishing them away. Sometimes the Lord moves mightily when you are ill or in a hospital.  I pray you run to Him in your weakness and rest in the comfort of the Presence of the Lord.  Take your mind off of your problems and put all of your focus on Jesus.  Never forget that He is able to do more than you can ask or even imagine.  When things are at their darkest the safest place for you to be is in His will.  I pray that you allow His Peace to settle over you, along with the Blessed assurance that He will never leave you or forsake you ever.  In Jesus name I Pray, Amen and Amen.  I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥

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

Gone for Good    
    He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.  —Micah 7:19 

Have you ever done anything you wished you hadn't done and were ashamed of? If you have repented of that sin and have turned your back on it, then the Bible clearly declares that you are forgiven.

In speaking of our sins, God says, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins" (Isaiah 43:25). And Micah 7:19 tells us that God will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.

Have you ever lost anything in a lake or in the ocean? It's pretty much a lost cause. Once it goes down, it goes way down.

Years ago I was scuba diving in Hawaii. As we started making our way out, it was about fifteen feet deep, then about twenty feet deep, then about seventy feet. We kept going, and the shelf of sand kept lowering and lowering. Then all of a sudden, it dropped straight down. I looked down and could not see the bottom. It was scary. I looked at that and hovered there for a minute. Although I wasn't any deeper than I had been three minutes before, I turned around and started swimming back. I can guarantee that if you dropped something down to those depths, you would never see it again.

God has taken your sin and has thrown it into the deepest part of the sea. To put it another way, it is gone. Therefore, you need to accept God's forgiveness and put it behind you.  Do it now!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

TONIGHT I PRAY THAT you realize that understanding will never bring you peace.  That is why the Lord Jesus asks us to trust in HIM and not lean on our own understanding.  Human beings always want to figure things out, in order to gain a sense of mastery over our own lives. That as the world presents you with these problems and another set of problems pops up to challenge you, the relief you had anticipated it short-lived. Soon your mind is gearing up again: searching for understanding (mastery of your own problems), instead of seeking the Lord. I pray that the Peace of the Lord is not an elusive goal hidden at the center of some complicated maze. I pray that you realize you can have HIS Peace, which is inherent when you are in HIS Presence. As you look to the Lord Jesus you will gain awareness of HIS Precious Peace. I pray that no matter what storms may come to try and upset that balance, that you stop and affirm your trust in HIM alone. Leave everything in HIS capable hands. Through trusting prayers, resting in His sovereign control, rejoice in HIM! As you trust in him, He will watch over you continually. You are his child and HE has engraved you on the palm of His hands. I pray you realize how great you are loved! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!...  God bless you!!!!! ♥♥

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

Lapses of Faith   
    What does the Scripture say? "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." —Romans 4:3 

The Bible doesn't teach that if you are a Christian, you will never stumble or periodically fall short. But it does teach that if you are a true believer, when you have had a lapse or a stumble, you always will get up and move forward. That is the way to determine whether a person is really a believer or not.

When God came to Abraham in Ur and told him to break away from his family, Abraham basically refused and didn't go for years. Even after he left, he only partially obeyed God by dragging his nephew Lot along. This only resulted in more friction down the road, when he and Lot eventually parted company. In the course of Abraham's life, we can also see other lapses of faith. Abraham told his beautiful wife, Sarah, to say that she was his sister because he was afraid someone would kill him if they realized he was indeed her husband. He did that on two occasions.

There were a number of acts of disobedience on Abraham's part. Having said that, it is also important to point out that although he deviated occasionally from the straight and narrow, he always came back.

If a person says he or she is a believer and falls away and never comes back, then that person is not a believer. As 1 John 2:19 says, "When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us." (NLT). But if a person is a true believer, then he or she will be miserable in sin and eventually will beat a quick path back to the cross of Calvary.

This was great!!!  I hope that you enjoyed this as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  

Friday, September 12, 2014

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

TONIGHT I Pray that every part of your being will come into divine alignment with the will of God. Lord, everything that you are doing in this season let the Holy Spirit sensitize and include us!!! I bind up the spirit of fear and declare that you approach the throne of grace boldly with great confidence in our Lord Jesus Christ!!! For it is through Him that every blessing and benefit will be assigned to you and your family! Let the Spirit of the Living God teach you that you can grow strong in your weakness when you put all of your trust in the Lord!!! For it when you do this that the glory of the Lord will rise through you!!!   Stand on that faith!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you all… God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of the Day... September 12, 2014....

    He made us accepted in the Beloved.   —Ephesians 1:6 

All that God has done has been because of His grace, which means "unmerited favor." You aren't merely forgiven, justified, and cleansed of your sins; you have been received in love by God Himself. This is because of His deep love for His own Son, Jesus. Because His Son lives in you, you have found His favor. You have the approval of God because of what Jesus has done.

Some people have been raised in homes in which their father may have never demonstrated any kind of love toward them. Maybe he was cold and distant. Or maybe they, like me, were raised in a home where there wasn't a father at all. We can transfer those emotions to God the Father. We can walk around in life feeling as though we don't have the approval of God: If I just did this, God would notice. If worked a little harder, then God would love me.

God approves of you. You are "accepted in the Beloved" — not because you read your Bible a little bit longer, share Christ with more people, or give a little more in the offering. You are still accepted even when you don't do all of that. You are accepted in the Beloved when you fail, when you trip up. You are accepted in the Beloved not because of what you have done, but because of what He has done.

In understanding this great truth, however, you should want to do everything for His glory—not to earn His approval, but because you already have it.  Loved this devotional today from Pastor Greg.  I am so happy that I am accepted and loved by the Lord!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night….

Tonight I Pray that the Lord will give you HIS peace.  I pray that you stand on your faith realizing that He is our strength and our shield and that even before we arise from our beds He is at work in our lives. The Lord is the stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows those who trust in Him. He loves us with an amazing all-encompassing love that is perfect!!! He will provide us with the strength that we need to move forward in our walk with Him.  I pray that whenever you start to feel afraid you hold tightly to HIS hand.  He will lead you on the road ahead and no matter how dark or foggy it may seem He knows the way!!!  He is always alert and active and He will protect us from all dangers. I pray that you put all of your trust in our good Shepherd Jesus and you can begin to rest in HIS sheltering Presence!!!  Walk in that faith!!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen!!! I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!! ♥♥♥

Word of the Day... September 11, 2014....

Start Where You Are, Part Two
by Charles R. Swindoll
And the Holy Spirit also testifies that this is so. For he says,
“This is the new covenant I will make
with my people on that day,* says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”*
Then he says,
“I will never again remember
their sins and lawless deeds.”*
And when sins have been forgiven, there is no need to offer any more sacrifices.
A Call to Persevere
And so, dear brothers and sisters,* we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death,* Jesus opened a new and life-giving way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him. For our guilty consciences have been sprinkled with Christ’s blood to make us clean, and our bodies have been washed with pure water.
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.
Hebrews 10:15–25

One of the most encouraging things about new years, new weeks, and new days is the word new. Webster reveals its meaning: "refreshed, different from one of the same that has existed previously . . . unfamiliar."

Best of all, it's a place to start over. Refresh yourself. Change directions. Begin anew.

Yesterday, we discussed the first step in such a venture: determining where you are. It took spending time in a fish's belly for the prophet Jonah to see his own sin and rebellion. But that experience pointed him toward the right direction: obedience. You can find the full story in Jonah 1–4.

Just as there are few atheists in foxholes, so there are few rebels in fish stomachs. Perhaps you can identify rather easily with Jonah. This hasn't been your all-time-spiritual-high-plateau year, right? You've dodged and ducked, squirmed and squeaked your way through one Tarshish trip after another. But no more. You're tired. Exhausted says it better. Swallowed alive by your circumstances says it best. You feel oppressed, guilty, overused, and underdeveloped. You're not that old . . . but you've run a long way. Few moons but many miles. A subtle whisper in your ear says, "You're through. Finished. Burned out. Used up. You've been replaced . . . forgotten."

That's a lie! A carefully timed deception by the enemy of your soul. Look at what the prophet Joel wrote to all the Jonahs who may have been reading this book. God was speaking:

"I will make up to you for the years
That the swarming locust has eaten." (Joel 2:25)

If God can take a disobedient prophet, turn him around, and set him on fire spiritually, He can do the same with you. He is a Specialist at making something useful and beautiful out of something broken and confused.

Where are you? Start there. Openly and freely declare your need to the One who cares deeply. Don't hide a thing. Show God all those locust bites. He's ready to heal every one . . . if you're ready to run toward that Nineveh called tomorrow.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!


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