Morning Blessings

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 6, 2022
Happy Friday,

Groaning

Daily Prayer for May 6
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“ I heard a loud voice proclaiming from the throne: “Now at last God has his dwelling among men! He will dwell among them and they shall be his people, and God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes; there shall be an end to death, and to mourning and crying and pain; for the old order has passed away!” Revelation 21:3–4, NEB
Lord our God, we look to you and to Jesus Christ our Savior. Continually renew your grace and your power in our lives, we pray. Renew your grace and power, that we may have light even in dark and distressing times and through the Savior may overcome as we wait faithfully for your kingdom. Help us to be ready to take anything upon ourselves, to serve you with body and soul, with all we have and are. May we belong to the hosts of those who go to meet you, who wait for your coming kingdom, which will bring comfort to the world and to all people who now suffer and grieve. O Lord our God, have mercy on our times and on our world. Grant that with thanks and praise we may soon see the signs of the fulfillment of your promises. Amen”


The Bible says that the earth groans in anticipation of the day God will heal her. God’s children also look forward to that day, but did you know that God looks forward to that day? I did not.

Romans 8:22
New King James 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.


What a glorious day it will be when God sets up His Kingdom on earth. We do not know as individuals what our Kingdom's job will be, but we do know that we will have access to the throne!

For now, let us strive to work for God in these trying times out of a heart filled with love for our Heavenly Father. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Betty
 

Betty

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May 8, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Happy Mother's Day

Like a lot of Mothers, this day is hard for me. This is the first Mother's Day without my son. I am not alone in my grief. Many Mothers have lost a child. Many women grieve because they were never able to have children.

If you are one of the women grieving, remember that your Heavenly Father is with you today and always. I am blessed to have a beautiful daughter. If you were blessed to have more than one child, be grateful for your children.

My friends this is not our eternal home. Rejoice in that knowledge. Remind yourself daily that our hope in Heaven will one day play out when we walk through the gates of Heaven. What a glorious day that will be.
Betty
 

athenasius

Well-Known Member
May 8, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

Happy Mother's Day

Like a lot of Mothers, this day is hard for me. This is the first Mother's Day without my son. I am not alone in my grief. Many Mothers have lost a child. Many women grieve because they were never able to have children.

If you are one of the women grieving, remember that your Heavenly Father is with you today and always. I am blessed to have a beautiful daughter. If you were blessed to have more than one child, be grateful for your children.

My friends this is not our eternal home. Rejoice in that knowledge. Remind yourself daily that our hope in Heaven will one day play out when we walk through the gates of Heaven. What a glorious day that will be.
Betty
Deeply appreciate this message Betty. Our daughter in law lost her one and only baby on Mother's day 8 years ago, and it's a rough day for her.

It's a rough day for you too. Love and a big hug to you Betty and to all others whose Mother's Day is a reminder of grief.

One day He will wipe every tear from our eyes, and there will no more be sorrow or sighing. The former things will pass away and we will be in the presence of our Lord and our loved ones who went on to heaven before us.
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 9, 2022
Happy Monday,

God Is Our Strength

“Promise #129:
My Spirit will help you in your weakness.

Romans 8:26 (WEB)
In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses,
for we don’t know how to pray as we ought.
But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us
with groanings which can’t be uttered.

The KJV Bible says that the Spirit helps us in our infirmities when we don't know what to pray for. The NIV Bibles says that the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Today's promise brings good news to everyone who has every felt weak and uncertain of what to pray for. I find it very comforting to know that the Holy Spirit that lives inside of me, is ready, willing and able to help me in my greatest moments of weakness.”

I believe every Christian has had a time when they felt weak and inadequate for the job God has called them to do. Let‘s face it, there are times we feel too weak to continue living, and yet in these times, God showers us with His grace and love.

God is not an abusive father waiting for His children to mess up so He can call us out. He wants us to be living at our best. Yet when we falter, He surrounds us with His love.

There are those of us who are suffering under multiple conditions, yet through Christ, we can walk in strength. We need not be ashamed of our circumstances but rejoice in the strength of the Lord.

Hold on, my friends. Do not give up when we are so very close to the finish line. Do not allow the enemy to deceive you for victory is indeed ahead and soon we will enter the gates of Heaven, where we will have no infirmities, no pain, and there will be no death. Rejoice now in what lies ahead for all who chose to put their trust in and live their lives for Jesus, our Lord, and Savior.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 10, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

“Do Not Ignore God”

Luke 19:41-42
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it
42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.

The Pharisees did recognize Jesus on purpose. They knew the Scriptures. They chose to disbelieve Him because they were concerned about their earthly positions in the temple. Because they chose to disbelieve, God allowed the truth to be hidden from them.

Many people today are in the same situation. They grew up knowing the truth about God, but little by little they abandoned the truth for various reasons and now the truth is hidden from them.

There are various reasons people have for abandoning the truth. Sometimes a sin seems more rewarding than the truth. Until the person completely abandons the truth for sin. They reach a point where they can no longer see the truth.

There are those who chose to promote sin for political reasons. They get so caught up in promoting sin, that the truth is hidden from them. Sin literally takes over them until they accept the sin as truth.

It is a dangerous thing to ignore God and His truths. We can reach a point of no return. Where in our own eyes the devil’s lies have become truth and we have become deaf to the truth of God.

Let us choose to listen to God’s Truths, to believe in the Bible, and seek the Holy Spirit so that we are always wise to the lies of the devil and his false preachers and teachers.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 12, 2022
Happy Thursday,

Obey God

Daily Prayer for May 12
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23, NIV
Lord our God, we thank you that we can be children of your Spirit. We thank you that because you have called us, we receive eternal gifts that enable us to stand firm even when many sorrows and burdens weigh us down. For you are our life, and in all the darkness, even that of death, you give us light and strength and joyful hope. Keep these alive in us. May an ever brighter light shine on all that you have already put into our hearts, on all that draws us daily to you. “Amen

Jesus Promises Another Helper
15 “If you love Me, [a]keep My commandments.


Men and women say I love you many times and do not mean it. God says if we really love Him, we will obey Him. Our declaration of love to God is Just words if we choose to live in sin. While it is true Christians mess up and sin, we are convicted until we repent and turn away.

What wondrous rewards are ours when we choose to live in obedience to God! But if we are comfortable in our sins and feel no conviction, this is a sign that we are not saved. Salvation is too important to hope we are saved. We must make sure we are saved. If we can live in sin and feel no conviction then this is a sign that we are not saved. Yes, I repeated that. We are too close to the end of grace to be guessing about whether we are saved or not.

It is time to turn away from sin and repent and not return to our sins but live in obedience to God. Sadly there will be those left behind at the rapture that thought they were saved. Today is the day to repent and leave sin behind. Today is the day of salvation.
Betty
 

Betty

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May 13, 2022
Happy Friday,


“We Were Made For Your Honor”


Daily Prayer for May 13
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6, NIV
Lord our God, whose light shines out of the darkness and gleams brightly into our hearts, we thank you for all the goodness you allow us to see. We want to see your goodness clearly and have confidence in it, no matter how much around us is dark and disquieting. We want to remain firm and full of trust, looking to what you have put into our hearts so that we may come to know you. Be with us with your Spirit. Lead us to realize ever more clearly that we are made for your honor. “Amen

Everyone was made for a purpose. Those who rejected salvation also rejected the purpose they were born for. Even for Christians, it is hard sometimes to perform the purpose God made for us. It is not because it is too hard, but often we are too stubborn to perform the purpose God has for us.

There is often a little rebellion in us that makes us want to live out our own desires over God’s desires. When we choose to live in the will of God we will be more contentful and be at peace. Jonah ran from God rather than obey God. In the end, he did obey, but he was not happy about it,

When we choose to live in God’s will and be obedient to God, we are showing our love for God. Let us pray that God will help us to be obedient children. When we do this we will find that God’s purpose for us is the best way to live.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 14, 2022
Happy Saturday,

“Faith Triumphs in Trouble”

Romans 5:1-2
New King James Version
Faith Triumphs in Trouble
5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, [a]we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

We all have troubles and trials. The question is:”Do we live in faith, during adversity or do we fall apart?”. Do we allow our actions in bad times destroy our testimony?

It is not easy to stand firm in our faith, when we feel like we are being blown apart by a strong wind of troubles. We can even justify to ourselves falling apart in times of adversity. Yet, are we bringing shame to our Heavenly Father?

The time to seek to grow spiritually is in times we are at peace. We cannot wait until trouble comes to strengthen our faith. Pray for God to strengthen our faith now before the storm comes. Storms will come our way and that is a fact. Pray for God to begin a good work in us so that we can stand strong for the glory of God, no matter what comes our way.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 16, 2022
Happy Monday

Do Not Give Up

Proverbs 24:16
New King James Version
16 For a righteous man may fall seven times
And rise again,
But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

When we go through a devastating event like the death of a loved one, we can begin to see the calendar, as endless days of suffering. This is not how God wants us to live.

He wants us to see each day as an opportunity to serve Him. Yes, it is hard missing our loved ones. Our loved ones have finished their work and have gone on to their reward. We are still here because we still have work to accomplish.

As the scripture above says there will be times we fall but rise up in the Name of Jesus and focus on the mission God has given us. If you are a mother of a young child, your mission is to teach your child the ways of God.

If you work in the workplace do your job as unto God. In other words, do your best. Encourage your fellow workers and pray for them.

If you are retired pray for your family, our leaders, and lost souls. Prayer is very important and God needs more prayer warriors. Pray for the soon return of Jesus for His children.

There will be days that are especially hard, like Holidays. Prepare yourself ahead of time by praying for strength and grace. Do not give up, but be determined to work for God and encourage one another in the faith of Jesus Christ.

We are here for a reason and that is to accomplish the purpose God has assigned us to do. Seek the face of God and pray for Him to strengthen us and help us to be up to the task He has assigned us to do. Do our work with a cheerful heart and out of our love for our Heavenly Father.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 17, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Jesus Understands Our Pain

Daily Prayer for May 17
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“Let us, then, hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we have a great High Priest who has gone into the very presence of God - Jesus, the Son of God. Our High Priest is not one who cannot feel sympathy for our weaknesses. On the contrary, we have a High Priest who was tempted in every way that we are, but did not sin. Hebrews 4:14-15, TEV
Dear Father in heaven, we look to Jesus Christ, who is at your right hand, through whom you have promised help for the whole world. Unite us with him so that we may receive authority to help all people according to your will. May your name be kept holy among us, for your children have every reason to rejoice in the Savior you have given them. We thank you for everything you have shown to those who believe in you. We pray to you, hasten the time when your day shall come with glory, the day when you will give the glory to Jesus Christ, when he will reign and triumph over all evil and bring the peace you have always wanted to give the world. We wait and long for this.”Amen

Jesus knows our pain. He personally felt horrible pain on this earth when He left Heaven to live in human flesh. Jesus knows what it is like to be betrayed. He knows sorrow. We do not serve a God who does not understand our suffering.

God is not the “man upstairs”. God is not a man that He should lie. God is perfection, holy, majestic, and pure. God loves us and He is our Heavenly Father, but we must treat Him with the respect that He deserves.

Yet, God in all His perfection cares about us individually. He wants to comfort us and gives us peace. He wants us to talk to Him and open up our hearts to Him.

If we seek God, He will answer our cries. He will wrap us up in His arms and fill us with His peace. If we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up. We can have a personal relationship with God. Contrary to the Pope a personal relationship with Jesus is not dangerous but is necessary for us to live in righteousness.

We pray for the rapture, as we should and we pray that we live in righteousness and truth as we wait for the rapture. As the old Hymn says “We work till Jesus comes and then we will be going home.”
Betty
 

athenasius

Well-Known Member
God is not the “man upstairs”. God is not a man that He should lie. God is perfection, holy, majestic, and pure. God loves us and He is our Heavenly Father, but we must treat Him with the respect that He deserves.
Oh Betty, so right! I HATE that phrase, whenever I hear it I think it's blasphemy, it minimizes God's power, majesty and authority.
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 18, 2022
Happy Wednesday,

God Does Not Forget What We Do For Him


Promise #138:
I will not forget the love you have shown Me by serving others.

Hebrews 6:10 (WEB)
For God is not unrighteous, so as to forget your work and the labor of love
which you showed toward his name, in that you served the saints,
and still do serve them.

When we serve others in the Name of God, our work is never in vain.
When our motivation is to please God, we will be rewarded. Our works must come forth from our love for God and not to have other people heap praise upon us.

We should serve God out of a grateful heart and not serve begrudgingly.
God will not reward our work if it is done in a spirit of resentment. There will be times we are ask to things that we don't really like to do. If we accept the job, pray and ask God to change our attitudes so we can serve with a joyful heart. All of the work we do for God should come from a place of love for God and mankind.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 19, 2022
Happy Thursday,

When We Do Not Understand, Why


Daily Prayer for May 19
Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt
“I love you, Lordww, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:1-2, NIV
Lord our God, we thank you that we have often felt you close to us. We thank you that you are near us and that you strengthen the weak. Remember us and give each one the help he needs to be true to his calling. Remember all humankind and grant that we may go forward in spirit and in truth. Give new light to the peoples who are still in great darkness. Let your kingdom and your reign be revealed and your name at last be honored by all. “Amen

There are things that God allows to happen, that we do not understand. The truth is we may never understand why in this life. The question is will we trust God, anyway?

When Jeff passed away it took four months for me to release him to God. Even now there is still a part of me that would like for God to tell me why. Yet, as I surrendered Jeff to God, God gave me peace.

God wants us to trust Him in every situation. He wants us to realize that He will be with us through every loss, illness, and pain. He will never forsake us. He will walk through the fire with us.

When I see others suffering, I wish I had the power to take away their pain and heartache, but I do know the God that can. Please pray for those who are suffering today because of the loss of a loved one. Pray for them to have physical, emotional, and spiritual strength to overcome and stand firm in their faith in God.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 20, 2022
Happy Friday,

“You Are My Hiding Place”

Psalm 32:7
New King James Version
7 You are my hiding place;
You shall preserve me from trouble;
You shall surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah

When tragedy strikes your family, the devil will tell you that God has abandoned you. This is a lie. God is always with us and He will get us through tragedies and disasters that affect our lives.

Draw close to God in your time of suffering and remember there is a reason for why God allows things to happen to us. We don't understand, but we must trust Him in good times and bad.

When we trust God in times of great suffering we will grow stronger spirituality. Spiritual growth is important now more than ever. We do not know what the future will bring, but we know a God who does and He will sustain us in the days to come.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 21, 2022
Happy Saturday,

Fill Us With Your Spirit


The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22–23

God tells us what the fruit of the Spirit is. The question becomes “is the fruit of the Spirit flowing out of our lives?”. Are we living as Ambassadors of Christ or are we allowing our flesh to be in control of our thoughts and behavior?

In today's times, we often deal with angry people. Do we react to that anger with our own anger? I know it is hard not to react in kind. This is why we need to be prayed up so we react with the fruit of the Holy Spirit and not with our flesh.

Let us seek God everyday and ask Him to fill us each day with the Spirit of God so that we do not run on empty. Try to get proper rest so that we are not grumpy and tired.

One time, I allowed my body which was tired and hurting to cause my reaction to a store clerk to be out of anger. Before I got out of the store, the Holy Spirit convicted me. I turned around and went back and apologized.

Heavenly Father,
Help us to allow the fruits of Your Spirit to flow out of us each day. Help us to react in love and not in anger. Help us to be true Ambassadors of Christ.
Amen,
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 22, 2022
Blessed Sunday,

God Use Us For Your Glory

“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” - Matthew 5:13

If we want to be used by God for His Glory then we need to allow God to fill us with His Holy Spirit daily. An empty cup cannot end the thirst of others. We also need God to fill us with love and compassion. How can we be there for the hurting when we do not have a heart of love and compassion for others?

There are so many hurting people today. So many people who lost loved ones due to COVID. Lawlessness abounds just as Jesus said it would do in the last days. Violence leaving families to cope with loss of loved ones. Death of individuals due to illness leaving families to pick up the pieces of their hearts broken because of their personal loss.

There is a need for love and compassion, all over this world. Christians are we willing to share the love of Christ with those in great need? Are we willing to pray for those that are confused and hurting?

We do not have the answer to why one survives and one dies. I still do understand why God chose to take my son, but I have grown to understand that knowing God’s reason is not something that is for me to know. What I must do is have complete trust in my Heavenly Father.

Let us seek to be willing vessels for the cause of Christ. Willing to serve Him with a grateful and obedient heart. Each day takes us closer to the rapture. Soon our time to work for God will be gone.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 23, 2022
Happy Monday,

The Mercies of God


Lamentations 3:22-23
King James Version
22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Have you ever wondered why God is so patient with people? It is because He has mercy and compassion for mankind. His judgment does not fall immediately because He gives mankind time to repent.

There will be a time for judgment and God will reach a point that He will give a person over to their own reprobate mind, but He gives them many chances to repent.

Marvelous is the love that God has for all people. He would have all of mankind to be saved. He wants us to come to Him out of our own free will. He did not create robots but created mankind with minds of their own and the freedom to choose.

The reward will be great for those who choose to surrender their lives to God. The punishment will be harsh for those who choose to refuse the precious gift of Jesus' own blood, shed for the redemption of mankind.
Each individual must choose for themselves who they will serve: God or their own fleshy desires.
Betty
 

Betty

Well-Known Member
May 24, 2022
Happy Tuesday,

Faith

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

The Holy Spirit gives us a measure of faith when He convicts of our sins and need of salvation. It is the gift of faith that allows us to believe in the Name of Jesus and seek forgiveness of our sins.

Romans 10:17
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The more we read the Word of God the stronger our faith grows. This part is our responsibility. If we are truly saved, we will want to hear God’s Word. Jesus said that His Holy Word is the bread of life. We should crave it just like we do food for our bodies.

Sadly, we can get so caught up in life that we do not make time for God’s Word. This can weaken our faith, just as not eating weakens our physical bodies.

In times of tragedy and spiritual attacks, our faith can weaken. This is when we cling to God and His Holy Word. We go to the source of our faith- God’s Holy Word. We fall on our faces and seek God for restoration and for peace. We can step away from our trials and temptations by hiding under the shadow of the wings of God. He will give us rest and peace.
Betty

Hiding Place Lyrics
[Verse 1]
There is a hiding place
A safe secure place
Of rest and faithfulness
A place of strength
Found in the Father's love
Unceasing from above
Father, You are enough
So Lord I come
So Lord I come

[Interlude]

[Verse 2]
There is a saving grace
Found in Your safe embrace
A grace without an end
A grace that's free
Found in the Father's love
Unceasing from above
Father, You are enough
So Lord I come

[Chorus]
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
You are my peace

[Verse 1]
There is a hiding place
A safe secure place
Of rest and faithfulness
A place of strength
Found in the Father's love
Unceasing from above
Father, You are enough
So Lord I come

[Chorus]
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace

Bridge]
Jesus
Jesus
Jesus
My God and King
My Lord and friend

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[Chorus]
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
For You are all I need
You're my sufficiency
In You my soul is free
You are my peace
You are my peace ...
 
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