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!

Simply Heavenly Chicekn Picata

A tasty and healthy treat that you and your family will love to eat!

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Read to find out the endless uses for citrus, God's all natural do-it-all wonderfruit!

A River Runs Through Us!

Don't hold back forgiveness..

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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

New Beginnings Make New Endings
So we tell others about Christ, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all the wisdom God has given us. We want to present them to God, perfect in their relationship to Christ.   Colossians 1:28

I recently saw this quote, "No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" (Unknown). I really began to think about that statement. The conclusion was that we don't start over; but we begin again right where we are, making things better in our lives.

As a believer in Christ, it is not about saying I will do this and I won't do that and then dropping the idea or falling short. It is more about asking the Lord to help us each day, to fall deeper and deeper in love with Him. This way our focus will be set on the things of heaven and not on all this earthly stuff.

If I were to make a New Year resolution, it would be to have a deeper commitment, a deeper love, and a deeper worship for the Lord. In the beginning of this past year, He spoke to me in that still small voice in prayer and said, "I am more than enough. I am more than enough in every area of your life." He also said to tell others the same thing.

This year I am determined to make Him my all and all. He wants our undivided attention in spite of the distractions and temptations that lie waiting around the corner. He has to be our main focus.

How we will end this year will be determined by how we started it. Did we want to get more "INTIMATE" with the lover of our soul? I looked up the word intimacy and the meaning is to be close, familiar, very personal and private.

Do you want a new ending this year? How do you want the ending of your life? If you're not a Christian, please know that this could be the best New Year of your life. Your life can be filled with hope and peace. To know what the ending will be is an extra bonus. Why should every year be the same as the one before with nothing really changing? After all, the New Year resolutions may or may not get accomplished.

If you are a Christian and you feel stagnate in your relationship with the Lord, then now is the time to rekindle the love affair with Him. He calls us to Himself and says, "Come away my beloved." Can you hear Him? He is tugging at your heart. The real ending in our life will be when Jesus says well done my good and faithful servant. That statement will be for someone who took the time to get to know Him, love Him, and that obediently followed Him.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

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

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

Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen.   Zechariah 11:2 

When in the forest there is heard the crash of a falling oak, it is a sign that the woodman is around, and every tree in the whole company may tremble lest tomorrow the sharp edge of the axe should find it out. We are all like trees marked for the axe, and the fall of one should remind us that for every one, whether as great as the cedar or as humble as the cypress, the appointed hour is fast approaching.

I trust we do not, by often hearing of death, become callous to it. May we never be like the birds in the steeple, which build their nests when the bells are tolling and sleep quietly when the solemn funeral peals are startling the air. May we regard death as the most serious of all events and be sobered by its approach. It ill behooves us to play while our eternal destiny hangs on a thread. The sword is out of its sheath—let us not trifle; it is ready, and the edge is sharp—let us not play with it. He who does not prepare for death is more than an ordinary fool—he is a madman. When the voice of God is heard among the trees of the garden, let fig tree and sycamore and elm and cedar all hear the sound.

Be ready, servant of Christ, for your Master comes suddenly, when an ungodly world least expects Him. See to it that you are faithful in His work, for the grave shall soon be prepared for you. Be ready, parents, see to it that your children are brought up in the fear of God, for they will soon be orphans. Be ready, businessmen, make sure that your affairs are in order and that you serve God with all your hearts, for the days of your earthly service will soon be over, and you will be called to give account for the deeds done in the body, whether they are good or bad. May we all prepare for the tribunal of the great King with a care that will be rewarded with the gracious commendation, "Well done, good and faithful servant."   I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

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

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

Your commandments make me wiser than my enemies,
For they are ever mine.
I have more insight than all my teachers,
For Your testimonies are my meditation.
I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.

As I glance over Psalm 119:98-100, I see three benefits gained by those who absorb the Word: wisdom, insight, and understanding.

Wisdom is the ability to look at life and its difficulties from God's point of view. As I learn more of the Word of God and begin to get a grasp of its practical principles, I also gain the ability to look at life from a heavenly, eternal viewpoint. I see the world through the eyes of someone who is infinitely wise, entirely good, and whose agenda includes the well-being of all people. Consequently, I begin to see my circumstances as opportunities He has designed to develop me and train me as His vessel. 

This removes bitterness and irritation from my life and replaces them with gratitude and enthusiasm!
Insight is the ability to see through life and its difficulties from God's viewpoint. In other words, as I grow in the Word, I gain the ability to penetrate the surface level of irritations and problems. I am given insight to see the real causes for certain situations, much like God can see beneath the outer mask (1 Samuel 16:7). I can see, as it were, the inner workings of situations so that I might make strategic decisions rather than simply react. Make no mistake about it, teachers can communicate knowledge, but the Word alone can give you insight.

Understanding is the ability to respond to life's situations and difficulties from the holistic, panoramic comprehension of God's viewpoint. As I get a hold on the Word, I not only gain insight to see the inner workings of a matter, I discover how to respond to effect the best outcome. I am able to learn from my decisions, even when things don't turn out my way. I find that my attitude is as important to God as my activity---often more so! I love this devotional from Charles Swindoll!!!  I hope that you learned as much as I did!!!  Have a Simply Heavenly day.  God bless you!!!

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Word of the Day... December 28, 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!!! 

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

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

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

Asking Why    
    I am nothing--how could I ever find the answers? I lay my hand upon my mouth in silence. I have said too much already.    —Job 40:4–5 

We can ask God why anytime we want to. But I don't know whether we will really be satisfied with His answers.

If God came down to you on a shining cloud and explained His purposes to you, would it really make it any better? I don't know that it would. As far as we know, Job never was given the "why" of all the tragedies that befell him. But He was given an incredible revelation of God's wisdom and power.

When Jesus was in great agony, dying on the cross for our sins, and He cried out, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" He did ask why. But notice that He prefaced it with, "My God, My God." It wasn't an accusation against the Father. Jesus was merely stating the reality of what was taking place in those awful hours, as all of the sin of the world was being placed upon Him who had known no sin. And as the Father turned His holy face away, the Son cried out, "Why have You forsaken Me?" (see Matthew 27:46).

The fact is, Jesus was forsaken that I might be forgiven. But even in His great cry of grief and loneliness over His separation from the Father, as He bore the sins of the world for all time, Jesus still said, "My God, My God. . . ." There was complete trust in the Lord.

You might say, "Well, I have a lot of questions for God. When I get to heaven I'm going to ask Him some things. In fact, I've got a list."

You just keep that list with you. Take it with you everywhere you go, and then if you die unexpectedly, you'll have it handy to pull out and ask God when you stand before Him.

Somehow, I don't think that is the way it will be. I suggest to you that when you arrive in heaven, when you see your Creator, your God, your Savior in all His blazing glory, you'll forget all about your little list of questions. One commentator wrote, "I had a million questions to ask God, but when I met Him, they all fled my mind, and it didn't seem to matter."  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!

Friday, December 26, 2014

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

A Meaningful Love 
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 1 Peter 1:20

Before God created the world, He planned to create man and to place him in this world so that he might have meaningful love with Him.

In His foreknowledge, God knew that man would make wrong choices.  God knew that man would fail.  Yet God still gave man the capacity to choose because without choice, man becomes nothing more than a robot and you cannot have a meaningful relationship with a robot.  It may do what you say, but it cannot give you meaningful love.  

You can choose to love God or to hate God, but a choice must be involved if there is going to be a meaningful relationship.  So many times I hear people saying “how can you love a God that sends so many people to hell!”  I have to answer them by saying that God does not send anyone to hell, we each make the choice where we will spend eternity.  I love that I serve a God that gives me the choice to love Him or not to love Him.  I choose Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I hope that you are happy with the choice that you make for your eternity.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Word of the Day.... December 24, 2014.... Christmas Eve.....

Just Another Night in Bethlehem
Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice, for the Lord has done marvelous things!
— Joel 2:21

On the first Christmas Eve, there were no brightly colored lights on anyone's homes. There were no stockings that had been hung with care or any visions of sugarplums dancing in children's heads. It was just another night in Bethlehem. The census had gone out—that command by Caesar that everyone was to be taxed. But history was about to change in Bethlehem.

All of Israel was living in a very frightening time historically. They lived under the tyrant King Herod who would execute people at will. In addition, the Jews were living in occupied territory. The Romans had taken control of their country. They were no longer free to do what they wanted and live as they wanted. They wondered if Rome would ever leave. Would the violent rule ever cease? Would their world ever change?

Then suddenly angels appeared to the shepherds and told them not to be afraid; the Messiah had been born.

There is a lot to be afraid of in our unstable, volatile world today. It seems that at every turn, we hear about another horrific tragedy happening in our world. It can cause us to be terrified.

Then there are the personal fears: What if I lose my health? What if I lose a member of my family? What if this happens? What if that happens? A lot of things run through our minds.

Here is the message of the first Christmas—and the message for us this Christmas: Don't be afraid. . . . I bring you good tidings of great joy.

Ray Stedman wrote, "The chief mark of the Christian ought to be the absence of fear and the presence of joy."

Does that describe you? Fear is what Christmas came to remove—and now we can have joy in its place.  Jesus brings hope to the whole world and He can be your Lord and Savior as well.  God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery. The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “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!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 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!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Word of the Day... December 23, 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!!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

Tonight I Pray that you never feel guilty for taking the time to seek out the Lord Jesus!  When you do this it is in answer to the Holy Spirit within you. Nudging you to spend time visiting with Him, in prayer and communion.  I pray that you recognize that He can transform you into an exceptional Christian when you turn over all of your passion to HIM and that His Love satisfies soul hunger like nothing else can!!!  I pray you know that as His child made in His image, that you were designed to only find fulfillment through Him and His great and all-encompassing Love!!!  Since this world is not our home I pray that you keep your eyes focused on the Lord and what He has for you. For He turns even dullest day bright and adds sparkle to the most mundane of tasks.  Step out in faith allow His Presence to light the path before you where ever you may go.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love You All!!!!  God Bless You!!!! ♥♥

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

A Foundational Truth
Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death.   —Job 14:14

In one of the oldest books of the Bible, the book of Job, the question is asked, "Can the dead live again?" That is something everyone should ask in life: "What's going to happen to me when I die? What is there beyond this place called Earth?"

Before I became a Christian, I thought about this quite often. I was only a teenager, and it was sort of a heavy subject to be contemplating. But I did find myself thinking about death on a semiregular basis. It isn't that I was obsessed with death or that I wanted to die. My belief at the time was that once people stopped living, they simply ceased to exist. I was not certain there was a place called heaven. I was definitely hoping there wasn't a place called hell. My conclusion was that when you're gone, you're gone. It's all over with.

We all know that death is coming, but what happens beyond the grave? According to the Bible, there is life beyond the grave. And because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross, and because He rose from the dead three days later, we as Christians have the hope that when we die, we will go immediately into the presence of God and into a wonderful place called heaven.

That is why the resurrection of Jesus from the dead is one of the most important biblical truths there is. The resurrection of Christ from the dead, next to the Crucifixion itself, is the most significant event in church history. It isn't a peripheral issue; it's foundational. It's bedrock. It's the bottom line.

Love this devotional so I really wanted to share it all with you today.  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

TONIGHT I pray that you give all of your worries to Jesus. They are too heavy for you to carry, soon you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. I pray that you discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. Stop judging and evaluating yourself, for this is not your role. And don't compare yourself to other people this produces feelings of pride inferiority; or sometimes a mixture of both. Trust in the Lord to lead you along the path that is uniquely tailored for you. I pray that you don't look for affirmation in the wrong places: your own evaluations, or those of other people. I pray you come to the realization that real affirmation comes from the Lord Jesus and His unconditional love for you.  If you let Him He will move mightily in your life.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!! God bless you!!!! ♥♥

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

If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.” John 14:15-21

I love the Gospel of John.  It is one of my favorite books in the Bible. I really like how the Lord has left us the Holy Spirit He is our Helper. The word “Helper” is the Greek word parakletos.  It means the one who is called alongside to help. Isn’t it wonderful to be instructed by the Author of the Book?  It is so wonderful to have the Holy Spirit to help us to understand His Word.  When he turns the light on for us it is light….Oh yeah now I get it!!!  It is our Aha moment when we realize how lucky we are to have the Holy Spirit with us every day in every way.  

I chuckle when I see my grandson try and figure something out or he is having a hard time with something and he will pull his shirt over his face and say “Holy Spirit, I really need you to help me through this mess”  (I told him that the Holy Spirit lives inside of his heart).  It is really hard not to laugh.  But when I reflect on it he is doing what every one of us should be doing.  Instead of relying on what we think we know or what we assume we can do, we should all be asking the Holy Spirit to guide us in every part of our life.  Can you imagine our lives and how they would change if they were controlled totally by the Holy Spirit? 

Take some time out today and spend it with Jesus.  He loves you so very much. I hope that you all have a blessed and Simply Heavenly day.   

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…

TONIGHT I PRAY that you worship the Lord Jesus continually.  I pray that you dwell in the beauty of His holiness. I pray that you appreciate the beauty that our Father has made for us all to admire and enjoy.  A beautiful rose a glorious sunset or the dynamic splendor of the oceans. Some people just rush past them never giving the Lord a thought or thank Him for all of the beauty He has gifted us with on this earth..  I pray that you proclaim HIS splendor in our world and the glory of HIS creation. Trust the Lord with all of your thoughts and prayers and never drift away from Him in these last days.  Keep your heart open to the Holy Spirit and when He warns you that you are slipping away from Him hold even tighter to His hand.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen and Amen… I Love you!!!   God bless you all!!!  

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

A Change of Direction
We must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in our bodies.  —2 Corinthians 5:10

One morning as Alfred Nobel was reading the newspaper, he was shocked to find his name listed in the obituary column. It was a mistake, but nonetheless, there it was. He was stunned to see that he was primarily remembered as the man who invented dynamite. At that time in history, dynamite was used in great effect for warfare. It distressed Nobel to think that all he would be known for was inventing dynamite, something that was used to take the lives of others. 
As a result of reading this mistaken obituary, Nobel decided to change the course of his life. He committed himself to world peace and established what we know today as the Nobel Peace Prize. When the name Alfred Nobel is mentioned today, dynamite is rarely the first thing that comes to mind. Rather, we think of the prize that bears his name. It's all because Alfred Nobel decided to change the course his life was taking.

Another man, living centuries before, also changed the negative course his life was taking. His name was Paul, formerly known as Saul of Tarsus. Known as a relentless persecutor of the early church, he was determined to stop the spread of Christianity. But after a dramatic conversion on the Damascus Road, Paul devoted the rest of his life to preaching the gospel and building the church. Today we remember him as a missionary, church planter, and author of thirteen New Testament epistles.

If you were to somehow attend your own funeral and hang around during the time when people came to the microphone, what do you think they would say? For what would you be remembered? It isn't too late to change your direction.  

I really enjoy Greg Laurie’s teaching because he speaks to our heart.  It is not too late to make that change in your own life.  You can choose yourself how you want to be remembered later and then make the change!  For my life I choose to walk with Jesus.  I hope that you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

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

A Calm Heart in the Storm    
    The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 
—2 Timothy 4:18 

Paul could have a calm heart in the middle of the mother of all storms because he knew he was in the center of God's will for his life. He was on business for God.

In his prison cell back in Caesarea, Jesus Himself had stood by Paul and said, "Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome" (Acts 23:11). Then, in the middle of the storm out at sea, an angel stood by Paul with this message from God: "Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar" (Acts 27:24).

Bear witness at Rome . . . brought before Caesar . . .

Paul knew that God would get him to where he was supposed to be—at the right time, in the right place, and with whatever he needed to complete the job at hand. With these things in mind, Paul could even relax in the middle of a hurricane . . . just before a shipwreck. He knew he had heaven's business to transact in Rome, and he knew that God would get him through any difficulty along the way. He was walking in God's plan, and he could rest in the fact that it was God's responsibility to get him through—rough seas or not!

The same is true of our service to the King. No, we aren't assured of smooth sailing, and we're not promised immunity from shipwrecks (or viper bites!) along the way. But we are definitely assured of a safe arrival. Know this: As long as God has work for us to do here on earth, we will be here to do it. God will preserve us to do it. And when that work is done, it is done, and He'll bring us home to heaven—not a moment too soon and not a moment too late.  I loved this devotional today from Pastor Greg and I learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!! God bless you!!!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

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

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;  and I give eternal life to them, and they will never perish; and no one will snatch them out of My hand.  My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.  and the Father are one.” John 10:27-30

I want to listen to Jesus continually. He is my Shepherd and I want to hear only His voice.  I want to trust in Him completely for I belong to Him.  I take comfort in the fact that no one will be able to snatch me from Him.

I believe that we are all a part of one Body and each one of us has a part to play.  What we need to do is to sit down and ask ourselves, what is my part in the church?  How can Jesus use me?  I really believe that if we all start thinking like that, it will make a huge difference.  If we think like that, the Holy spirit can begin to move through us. So let’s not hide our light but let it shine brightly so the whole world can see it. I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly Day!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

I Pray TONIGHT that every good gift assigned to your life be released to you... All held up blessings and harvest are opened for you by the hand of God! May you have a deep, holy, hunger for God's truth! Let all the enemies of your soul be confounded in Jesus name – I pray that His peace and wisdom, will cover your heart, soul and mind! I pray that all adversity will be converted to triumph in your life for the glory of God! The Lord will enable you to hear His direction clearly! NO MORE CONFUSION... You WILL walk in clarity!!! Through one man’s (Adam) sin, we all became sinful; however, through one man’s (Jesus) act of righteousness, we all have right standing with God (Romans 5:12-20). So we thank you for your love in sending your SON to give us the greatest gift, forgiveness of sin and an eternity with Him. In Jesus name, Amen and Amen I Love you all… God bless you!!!

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

But now there are many members,
 but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:20

The beautiful thing about being a member of the Body of Christ is we are not alone serving the Lord.  Each one of us is a single link in a very large and strong chain.  But if even one link is broken that chain will not function properly.

Look at an orchestra it is filled with different musicians that are all playing different instruments.  However, if even one musician is removed from that orchestra the symphony will be incomplete.

We need each other so that we can perform together in perfect harmony as the “Body of Christ.”  To have a symphony full of musicians that keep their eyes on the Conductor, that read and know the music so that they can function efficiently and play beautifully as the Conductor moves His hands to the beat.  God is the Great Conductor in this symphony of life.  

Much like the musical instruments in a symphony, we all have our own melody to play and when it’s all played together and in sync and in harmony, what a simply heavenly sound we make.  If one instrument is behind the beat, if one instrument is out of tune, the entire sound is out of balance.  God knows the notes of the symphony He is conducting, He can tell when even one beat is off.  That is why it is so important to keep our eyes fixed on Him and to know the Word so that we can follow His Will and Way for our lives.  Have a Simply Heavenly Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

Tonight I Pray that you remember that the Lord is your lamp and that He will turn your darkness into light!!! With His help you can advance against anything!  Trust in Him and do not be afraid. For He knows your capabilities and if you allow Him to He will help you to become all that He created you to be!!! You can withdraw from Him into the darkness and denial or you can come into the radiance His Presence!!!  If you face you sin head on with Him, it will lose its grip upon you. I pray that you realize what it means to have Him as your strength and your song.  I pray that you share His joy by living in His Presence and rejoice in the journey with Him as you walk towards heaven singing His Song!!  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!!  God Bless You!!!!  ♥♥♥

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

19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. James 2:19

Did you know that the devil and his demons believe in the existence of God?  They also believe that the Bible is the very Word of God.  Satan and his demons also are very aware that Jesus is coming back again.

James used this verse to illustrate to us that just believing is not enough.  After all don’t the demons believe and tremble?  To tremble means that they are terrified.  They tremble because they are well aware of the power of the Lord. However, they do not trust in Him or cling to Him.

James teaches us in this verse that we can know about God but not necessarily believe, in the Biblical sense, in God. True belief in Jesus Christ is the quality of faith that will bring you to the Lord and commit your life to Him and rest completely in Him.  To trust in Him completely, for it is when we do this that there will be a radical change in our life and how we live it.  Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.  And no man or woman or child can come to the Father except through Jesus!!!

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

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

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17

I think there are a few really great Bible teachers out there and Skip Heitzig is one of them.  I really enjoy reading his work and I thought I would share this with all of you.  I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

The Bible teaches that "The just shall live by faith" (Romans 1:17). We are all born into the slavery of sin and are under the wrath of God until we are set free by Jesus Christ. That certainly isn't a message the world wants to hear. 

The world wants to celebrate the righteousness of man: They want to believe that we are all basically good. But Romans 3:10 tells us God's perspective from heaven: "There is none righteous, no, not one." The world thinks if you are really religious and work really hard doing good things, then you earn your way to heaven. But the Bible says those who realize that they are sinners and place their faith in Jesus Christ (like the thief on the cross) are the ones who will be with Him in paradise (see Luke 23:39-43).

God's attitude toward sin has never changed. Romans 3:19 tells us that the whole world is guilty before God. "Therefore, by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin...for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus" (vv. 20, 23-24).

Paul points to Abraham as our example. "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness" (Romans 4:3). On the other hand are those who "have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (Romans 10:2-4).

Man is incurably addicted to working for his own salvation. I don't know what it is about us. We can't just say, "I am not good enough, I accept Your gift." No, we say, "I am going to be good. I am going to pull up my boot straps and earn salvation." The problem is ignorance; it's "not according to knowledge." In other words, we don't have a correct understanding of the revealed will of God in the Scriptures.

Paul said this: "That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation" (Romans 10:9-10). Here are two essential articles of faith: acknowledging the Lordship of Jesus--that He is God in human flesh--and that He rose physically from the dead.

And it goes on: "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame...whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved" (vv. 11, 13). It's the gospel of grace, not through works, not through religion, not through moralistic behavior, but through faith.

We all have sinned; there is none righteous in His sight--not one. People aren't basically good. All people are basically wicked and must be redeemed. Unless we understand that, we will never understand the meaning of the gospel. The good news is what Jesus is willing to do for each one of us--to forgive us and to declare us righteous.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

Tonight I Pray that you come to the realization that our Lord Jesus will never leave us.  When He ascended into heaven His parting words to us were; I am with you always… I pray that you will share this promise to all that will listen!  Stand on your faith in Him through His Word.  Respond to His Presence in your daily life and come to the realization that when you center your life around HIM and, you will be blessed beyond all your expectations!!!  When HIS Presence is the focal point of your consciousness, all of the pieces of your life will fall into place.  I pray that you will be open to any invitation that the Lord may be offering to you out of the failures and pain of your past. I pray that you will be set free to become the person that the Lord has destined you to be. I pray that you leave all of the baggage that you are carrying behind so that your load will be lighter.  Hold tightly to His hand as He leads you through the twists and turns of life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen… I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!! ♥♥

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

A Meaningful Love 
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 1 Peter 1:20

Before God created the world, He planned to create man and to place him in this world so that he might have meaningful love with Him.

In His foreknowledge, God knew that man would make wrong choices.  God knew that man would fail.  Yet God still gave man the capacity to choose because without choice, man becomes nothing more than a robot and you cannot have a meaningful relationship with a robot.  It may do what you say, but it cannot give you meaningful love.  

You can choose to love God or to hate God, but a choice must be involved if there is going to be a meaningful relationship.  So many times I hear people saying “how can you love a God that sends so many people to hell!”  I have to answer them by saying that God does not send anyone to hell, we each make the choice where we will spend eternity.  I love that I serve a God that gives me the choice to love Him or not to love Him.  I choose Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.  I hope that you are happy with the choice that you make for your eternity.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

I Pray TONIGHT that the Lord will bless your business and your financial success will be established in the name of Jesus. I pray that all of the enemies turn back because God is for you. No devourer will destroy the fruit of your labor as you walk in His will and way for your life. For the God of the impossible is with you.  He delights in doing that which seems impossible to man. I pray that as you face that impossible situation, that you don’t turn to the ways of the world for there is no answer for you there. I pray that fear has not overtaken your mind, will and emotions.  For He has not given you a spirit of fear, but of POWER, LOVE, and a SOUND MIND!!! He will make a way where there seems to be none. And He makes ALL grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, you have all that you need! HE IS the Way! He Is The Truth He Is The Life… He is the answer! In every battle you must be joyful, patient and faithful knowing without a doubt that HE will NEVER fail you! You are not alone.  His Spirit that resides in you is GREATER than any trial you are facing! I pray that you realize that you are never without HIS strength! Stand on that faith!!! Be strong in HIM and in the POWER of HIS MIGHT! Cling to HIM and HE will bring you through this difficult time!!! In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen. I Love You All!!   God bless you!!! ♥♥♥

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

Equipped for Rough Roads    
    When all kinds of trials and temptations crowd into your lives my brothers, don't treat them as intruders, but welcome them as friends! Realise that they come to test your faith and to produce in you the quality of endurance. But let the process go on until that endurance is fully developed, and you will find you have become men of mature character with the right sort of independence. 
—James 1:2–4 

Suffering makes us strong. God allows hardship in our lives so that our beliefs—those handholds of faith in a troubled world—will became more and more real to us and less and less theory. We can start living out our faith-life in the real world.

I'm reminded of all the people you see on the road these days driving those gleaming new SUVs. Most of these fancy rigs have four-by-four capabilities. In other words, you could drive them through the mud or power up some rocky track on a mountainside.

But how many people really do that? Some guys brag to their buddies and say, "Yeah, just look at this thing. Look at what it can do. I could drive this baby up the side of a building."

"Well," someone might ask, "do you want to go out in the dirt?"

"Are you kidding? Do you know how much I paid for this thing? There's no way! In fact, I was just on the way to the car wash."
So they never want to actually use that vehicle for its intended purpose—what it was actually designed to do.

We can be that way with our beliefs. We talk about believing this and believing that and about the truths we hold dear. But I can hear God saying to us, "You know, you have a lot of really great beliefs. You talk about them all the time. You talk about how you believe I can provide for your every need. Okay. Let Me put you into a situation where you have no other resources and really have to trust Me for that provision."

You see, God can allow these hardships and trials and shortfalls in our lives so that we will exercise our sometimes flabby faith muscles and step out on trust alone. We need to transfer our faith from the realm of theory to in-the-trenches reality.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night…..

TONIGHT I PRAY that we look to Jesus continually for help, comfort and companionship.  I ask that you realize that He loves you and will always be by your side.  I pray that when you look to HIM for help and protection that it will flow freely from His Presence.  I pray that every day you stay conscious of Him.  Listen for His voice as you walk through your day.  He wants to be a part of each step that you take and He will open the way before you. When you go through hard times keep your eyes on Him so anxiety will not over take you and lead you despair.  Hold tightly to His hand as you walk along the dark paths of this world. Give thanks to Him for all that He does for us.  Never forget the darkened mind that you had before He chose to pour His light and love into you, so that you could become His light in a very dark world.  I pray that as you sleep He watches over you and protects your mind, heart, spirit and soul.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I love you all!!!  God bless you!!!♥♥♥

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

A True and Loyal Friend    
    You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  —Romans 5:6–8 

Two men camping in the forest were enjoying their morning coffee when they suddenly spotted a very large, hungry grizzly bear lumbering toward them. One of the men quickly pulled on his running shoes. "Do you actually think you can outrun that grizzly bear?" his friend asked.

"I don't need to," he replied. "All I have to do is outrun you."

We've all had friends like that, haven't we? At the first threat of danger or hardship or difficulty, they're out the back door. So what makes for true friendship? It has been said that a true friend is one who walks in when others walk out. Thankfully, there have been people in my life who have stood by me and have been honest friends. But there's one thing of which I'm confident: I have found a true and loyal friend in Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ offers His friendship to us. In fact, the New Testament goes so far as to say that we have been called by God the Father into fellowship with His Son (see 1 Corinthians 1:9). But is it all one way? Do we really expect a friendship without a response on our part? A genuine relationship, obviously, is made up of two people committing themselves to one another. I can extend friendship to you, but until you return it to me, I can't legitimately say we're really friends.

Jesus demonstrated His willingness to have a friendship with us by what He did for us. He said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" (John 15:13). Jesus forever proved just how dedicated He was to us when He did just that.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

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

Tonight I Pray that the Holy Spirit gives you get a real hunger for His Word so that you can grow strong as a believer in Jesus Christ.  That you will realize that following Jesus is more than just saying a prayer or being born into a Christian family.  A Christian is a person who has, by faith, received and fully trusted in Jesus Christ as the only Savior.  I pray that you realize this is not our home we are only here temporarily and that the glitz and the glitter of this world are only temporal and will never last. The world will always leave you wanting more never satisfied and always thirsting for more… Jesus always satisfies our thirst and when we walk in the Light of HIS Presence, we become a beacon of light so that others may be drawn to Him.  His Light is brilliant and everlasting!!! I pray that you stay close to Him in these last days.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen and Amen…  I Love you All…  God bless you!!!! ♥♥♥

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

Trusting in the Dark Times    
    When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth.   —Ephesians 3:14–15 

Why does God even allow Satan to exist? Have you ever wondered that? As the Evil One says in his own words, he is restlessly going back and forth across the earth (see Job 1:7), looking for trouble . . . looking for lives to ruin . . . looking for saints to stumble. Why does God allow him to carry on? Why doesn't the Lord just take him out, as He could in a nanosecond?

You might be surprised to know that Satan, in his own twisted way, serves the purposes of God. You ask, How in the world could that be?

Just consider this. Satan unwittingly played a major role in the cross of Christ. In his enduring hatred for God's Son, the Devil thought it would be a great idea to have Jesus betrayed, arrested, beaten within an inch of His life, and then crucified and put to death on a Roman cross.

Everything went according to Satan's plan. As Jesus told the mob who came to apprehend him, "This is your moment, the time when the power of darkness reigns" (Luke 22:53, NLT).

The power of darkness did indeed reign that day, and Satan's plan succeeded. But so did the plan of God. What the Evil One didn't realize was that it was the Father's plan all along that the Messiah would die for the sins of the world. In the prophecy of Isaiah, we're told, "It was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer" (Isaiah 53:10, NIV). Unaware that he was making the biggest blunder since his rebellion against God, Satan played into the plan and purpose of God when, in his rage and hatred, he inspired Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (see Zechariah 11:12-13).

Satan's "best shot" against God and the people of God was the crucifixion of the God-man, Jesus Christ. And in that act he not only unwittingly sealed his own doom, but he opened the door for Jesus to offer redemption and salvation to the whole world.

Remember then, if you hold on to God and trust Him through the dark times, that Satan's best shots against you also will end up working for your good . . . and God's glory.   I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Your Love Guard Me Through The Night....

I Pray TONIGHT the Lord will move mightily in your life and help you to get at the root of your problems. I Pray that you will walk in revelation and illumination by the Holy Spirit!!!  Lord, I pray that HE will restore everything that has been lost.  That the dream in your heart may be bigger than your environment, but sometimes you have to get out of that environment in order to see that your dream is fulfilled. God wants to breathe new life into your dreams. He wants to breathe new hope into your heart.  He wants to walk with you in this life and as you walk with HIM, you will have one foot on earth and one in heaven!!! He will set the pace and will meet your needs according to His purpose.  WALK IN THAT FREEDOM! In Jesus Name I pray.  Amen and Amen!!....  I Love you all ... God bless you!!!♥♥♥

Word of The Day... December 10, 2014...

The Back Door  
    No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
—1 Corinthians 10:13 

There is always a way out. There is always a back door. (Sometimes it may even be the front door or perhaps a window.) You may think you're trapped and that there is no way out of Satan's web. But there always is! The enemy may harass you, but he can never exceed what God, in His grace and wisdom, allows.

On one occasion Satan came asking for permission to assault Simon Peter. Jesus turned to the fisherman and said, essentially, "Simon, Simon, Satan has been asking for you by name that you would be taken out of the care and protection of God."

It's interesting that Satan asked specifically for Peter. Has he ever asked for me by name? I doubt it. I don't know that I have ever been tempted by the Devil himself.

Let me explain. I have certainly been hit with temptations orchestrated by the Devil, but Satan only can be in one place at one time. Sometimes we think of him as roughly God's equal, only on the dark side. We know that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and everywhere-present, and we may imagine Satan to have similar attributes. He doesn't. The Devil is not God's equal. The Devil is a powerful spirit being, but he has limitations. He can't be all over the world, tempting and harassing everyone at the same time. That is why he employs his vast army of demons. So even though Satan himself may have never tried to tempt me and drag me down, he's had lots of help over the years.

In the case of Peter, however, the Devil didn't want to trust an attack to one of his underlings. He came knocking himself. Peter was a big fish and a direct threat to Satan's kingdom.

Immediately aware of Satan's designs, Jesus warned Peter, assuring him, "I have prayed for you, Peter, that your faith should not fail" (see Luke 22: 32).

Jesus prays for you, too. He is your Advocate and speaks in your defense when the Evil One tries to slander you before the Father.  I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did.  Have a Simply Heavenly day!!  God bless you!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Word of the Day... December 9, 2014...

When Love Grows Cold
by Skip Heitzig 

So often we see a marriage where two people have been married for some time, and suddenly one of them says, "I don't love my spouse anymore." This sort of thing doesn't happen overnight. It's a slow erosion process, and the church often does the same thing with Christ.

This erosion was taking place in the early church at Ephesus. A great work and a great church had been planted there, and the people were so on fire for the Lord. Then ice started to grow over their hearts. They were doing the same stuff, but the passion was gone.

In Revelation 2:1-7, Jesus told the Ephesian church three things: He commended them for what they did right, confronted them in what they lacked, and gave a commandment for what they ought to do. Let's evaluate ourselves as we read through the passage.

First of all, Jesus commended the Ephesian church for their works: "I know your works, your labor, your patience" (v. 2); "You...have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary" (v. 3). He commended them for their discernment (see v. 2) and for their perseverance despite persecution (see v. 3).

But in verse 4, He confronted their waywardness: "Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love." Notice it does not say, "You have lost your first love." It's not something you lose; it's something you leave. The word implies a process over time. The Ephesian church did all the right things, yet Jesus said, "You've left your devotion to Me—your simple, pure, fervent love for Me." How is it possible to be about the King's business and forget the King? It actually happens all the time, especially in full-time ministry.

Mary and Martha in the New Testament are a classic example: Martha was a hard worker; Mary was a loving worshiper. When it came down to it, Jesus didn't condemn Martha's service—just that it distracted her. He said to her, "You are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42). In other words, it's more important to Jesus what you do with Him than what you do for Him.

Let's close with what Jesus commanded the Ephesians: "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works" (v. 5). First of all, remember. Relive the romance. Go back to that place of intimacy where you felt so close to Jesus. Second, repent. John, writing to Christians, said, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). Finally, repeat, or do the first works over again. Read the Bible like God's love letter to you. Take a walk and talk to Him. Listen to His love for you, and then tell others about Him. Feelings are like a caboose—they follow your will. If you make Jesus number one in your life, those feelings will return.

Notice what Jesus said after that: "Or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent" (v. 5). He was saying, in effect, "I won't stay around a church that doesn't love Me." You'll lose the opportunity to make an impact in the world.

So today, if you feel far from God, don't sit there and feel bad about it—turn around and go right back to Him with devotion and confidence that He will forgive and receive you. He "is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6), so seek Him with all of your heart. May we not be so busy about the affairs of the kingdom that we neglect the King Himself.  I loved this devotional today and learned so much!!!  I hope you have a Simply Heavenly day!!!  God bless you!!!  


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