What HE does, when we obey…

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What God promises if we obey Him

“God blesses those who obey Him”  Proverbs 16:20

“God saves those who obey Him”  Psalms 7:10

“The Lord watches over those who obey Him”  Psalm 33:18

“The Lord takes care of those who obey Him”  Psalm 37:18

“You help all those who obey You.”  Psalm 7:9

“God gives us what we ask for because we obey His commands.”  1 John 3:22

“Always obey the Lord and you will be happy.”  Proverbs 28:14

“Keep God’s laws and you will live longer.”  Proverbs 19:16

“Those who obey the Lord lack nothing good”  Psalm 34:10

“Those who obey Him have all they need.”  Psalm 34:9

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how do you know?

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SO HOW DO YOU KNOW GOD LOVES YOU?

God says He loves you…

Psalm 145:9 “God is all mercy and grace–not quick to anger, is rich in love.”

You’re never out of His sight…

Psalm 139:3 “You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.  You know everything I do.”

He cares about every detail of your life…

Matthew 10:30 “And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.”

He gave you the capacity to enjoy all kinds of pleasure…

1 Timothy 6:17 “Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable.  Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.”

He has good plans for your life…

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

He forgives you…

Psalm 86:5 “For You, O Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.”

He is lovingly patient with you…

Psalm 145:8 “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and great in mercy.”

And this is just the beginning…

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ABC’s….the better way…

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A : Above all else, guard your heart. (Proverbs 4:23)

BBe kind and compassionate to one another (Ephesians 4:32)

CCast your cares on the Lord (Psalm 55:22)

DDo everything without complaining or arguing (Philippians 2:14)

EEnter His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100:4)

FForgive as the Lord forgives you (Colossians 3:13)

GGive thanks to the Lord, for He is good (Colossians 2:13)

H Humble yourselves before the Lord (James 4:10)

I Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1)

J Judge not, that you be not judged (Matthew 7:1)

KKeep your tongue from evil (Psalm 34:13)

LLove one another deeply, from the heart. (1 Peter 1:22)

MMake a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  (Psalm 98:4)

NNever pay back evil with more evil. (Romans 12:17)

O:  Children Obey your parents in the Lord (Ephesians 6:1)

PPray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

QQuench not the Spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:19)

RRemember the Sabbath day to keep it holy (Exodus 20:8)

S Sing to the Lord a new song (Psalm 96:1)

TTrust in the Lord with all your heart. (Proverbs 3:5)

U:  Lean not on your own Understanding (Proverbs 3:5)

V:  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in Vain (Exodus 20:7)

W: Walk with the wise and become wise (Proverbs 13:20)

XExalt the Lord our God (Psalm 99:5)

YYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart (Deuteronomy 6:5)

Z:  Always be Zealous for the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 23:17)

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thankful for my umbrella….

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As a Christian, I am so very thankful to be under the umbrella of God’s grace and love.  And the best part?

Nothing I ever do can change that……(insert sigh here)

However……and yes, there is a however…at the same time, my behavior will determine whether or not I receive the fullness of His blessings.

What does that mean?  Sometimes we pretend to be the expert about everything.  MY WAY is the right way!  Pride is the sign of a heart that refuses to want what God wants.

2 Corinthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

When I am under the umbrella of God’s grace, HE is in control.  Everything we need, He gave us the moment we were saved!

Grace implores us to do good works, out of sheer gratitude.  Grace brings us back to Him when we fail because we wanted to do things our own way.  Once you step out from under His umbrella, you are either walking ahead of Him or behind Him and you are out from under His protection.

Are you living in a way that positions you to receive all of His blessings?  Each day we have a choice.  We can acknowledge God and trust Him, or we can step out on our own and follow our own plan.

I choose God.

am I like the other nine?

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Luke 17:11-19

Now it happened as He went to Jerusalem that He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.  The as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.  And they lifted up their voices and said, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”  So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”  And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed.  And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks.  And he was a Samaritan.  So Jesus answered and said, “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”  And He said to him, “Arise, go your way.  Your faith has made you well.”

I love to read stories in the Bible because when you are truly reading and seeking Him, amazing truths seem to pop out of the page and right into your lap.

There were ten lepers in the village that Jesus passed through.  They were miserable and wore a horrible disease and they all wanted the same thing….to be healed.  I wonder if they had heard about Jesus performing miracles in other towns and decided to take a chance and cry out for healing.

SIDE NOTE:  Have you ever wanted something so bad and you’ve prayed that God would answer your prayer (the way you wanted it answered) and were actually stunned when He does?  Or did you even notice that HE answered…..not karma, not good luck….but GOD.

What did you do?  Did you drop to your knees and thank Him?  I know that there are so many times (gulp) that I have used God as a genie….or made a silent pact with Him, like, ‘ok…if you do this…then I’ll do this…” 

Thankfully, when I asked God to come into my life, the Holy Spirit set up shop right there inside my heart.  As a believer, I am like a container for God being filled with His goodness and joy and HE should always be first in my life and in my actions.  In Psalm 119:11, David says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”  

But in this passage of Luke, only one leper gave thanks.  Only one leper looked down as he walked to show himself to the priest and saw healing.  Unbelievable.  The one thing he wanted more than any….he was healed.

But that wasn’t the only miracle.

Can you hear the sadness in Jesus’ voice?  “Were there not ten cleansed?  But where are the nine?  Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 

Jesus saw only one leper return and give thanks and Jesus says one more thing…”Arise, go your way.  Your faith has made you well.”  Ten were healed but one was healed AND forgiven.  Your faith has made you well.

Can you recognize God’s blessings?  Has He healed you of something….disease, finances, job…..have you thanked Him?  I don’t want to be like the other nine lepers….so excited about their healing that they either forgot or said, “That’s okay God, I can take it from here.”

I am thankful for God’s grace.  He doesn’t keep score and no amount of ‘good works’ will make Him love us anymore.  I want to have Him in my heart and on my lips so when I receive His blessings I will immediately be reminded of His love and grace.

the WHOLE serenity prayer…

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Did you know that there’s more to the Serenity Prayer?

Goodness knows who wrote it, since originally thought to be Protestant theologian, Rienhold Niebuhr.   However, the origin isn’t what this particular post is about.  I’m more interested in the second verse.

Yes!  There is a second verse!  I think the second verse is even more important than the first verse!!  It’s beautiful!!!

God grant me the serenity

To accept the things I cannot change;

Courage to change the things I can;

And wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;

Enjoying one moment at a time;

Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;

Taking, as He did, this sinful world

As it is, not as I would have it;

Trusting that He will make all things right

If I surrender to His Will;

That I may be reasonably happy in this life

And supremely happy with Him

Forever in the next.

Amen.

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it’s not about the bunny….

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As a Christian, our faith rests on the fact of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

1 Cor. 15:13-14, 17 “But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.  And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty….And if Christ is not risen, your faith futile, you are still in your sins.”

For those of us who believe the Bible is an accurate account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, then we have a lot to rejoice about!    HE ROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!!!  FOR YOU AND ME!!!! 

Watch this beautiful…yet difficult video about the crucifixion of our Lord and remember…..THIS is what Easter is all about.

I’m a little too tense to be stressed….

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What the heck is stressStress is your body’s reaction to anything your brain finds upsetting.  Period.

Stress is a part of life, whether it be, gasp! bathing suit season, whiney kids, or how about a blow out with your spouse?  In fact, 75 – 90% of all visits to a primary care physician’s office are related to stress disorders, according to Dr. Don Colbert.

Doesn’t matter where it came from, stress can do a number on your emotional and your physical well-being.  Some common stress symptoms can include sleeplessness, fuzzy thinking, body aches, acne, abdominal pain…and much, much more.

So what’s a gal to do?  Well, first I would suggest you read, Stress Less by Dr. Don Colbert, MD.  He can tell you how it starts, how it affects you and how you can overcome it.

I, on the other hand, say, “Hey…..calm down….take a bath.”

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In fact, throw in some lavender, sandalwood, some Epsom salts and a little ylang ylang essential oils to make bath time a soothing time.  Relax for about 20 minutes and feel the tension go down the drain.

The adrenal glands are an integral part of the endocrine system of hormones.  Those little bad boys play a key roll in regulating the body’s response to stress, so your diet is also very important.  Avoid foods that are taxing on your system like caffeine, sugar and alcohol.   Include some avocados, eggs, chicken, mushrooms and salmon for some excellent sources of pantothenic acid.

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Include some supplements to fortify the body against emotional stress.  Vitamin B complex (50mg twice/day), which supports the adrenal glands; and magnesium (500 mg once/day) and calcium (1000 mg once/day) have natural tranquilizing effects, so you might take those two in the evenings.

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There are many different ways to deal with stress, but the important thing is to maintain the right attitude when the going gets rough.  No matter what happens to you, make up your mind that you are going to go through it with the right attitude.  If you meditate on this principle when things are going good, then when a stressful situation arises you will be prepared to maintain a good attitude.  Discipline yourself to stand strong with your positive attitude in every circumstance!

Philippians 4:19, “And my God will liberally supply your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

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wanna go to Hong Kong? I noah guy…..

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Billionaire brothers built a 450 ft long life-size replica of Noah’s Ark in Hong Kong. ( After their father died of a heart attack in 1990, Thomas and Raymond Kwok, now 60 and 59, helped expand the family business, Sun Hung Kai Properties, into Hong Kong’s largest real estate developer. The evangelical Christians control a combined fortune of about $15 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.)

Having been built, according to the Bible, thousands of years ago, Noah’s Ark has only ever existed in peoples’ imaginations, but not anymore.
A group of architects who pondered what the Biblical vessel looked like have turned their dreams into reality by constructing a Noah’s Ark replica, complete with animals.

Thomas, Walter and Raymond’s land-bound Ark certainly has dimensions on a Biblical scale, measuring a massive 450 ft long and 75 ft wide.

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The tourists go in two-by-two: The Noah’s Ark Theme Park, complete with fiberglass animals, sits in front of the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong.
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Water sight: The Ark also boasts less authentic Biblical touches such as double-glazed windows and a fine dining restaurant.
The billionaire brothers who built the Ark in Hong Kong claim it is the only full-scale version in the world.
And the imaginative trio even attempted to give the giant boat an air of authenticity by placing 67 pairs of animals at the entrance, just like the pairs of creatures saved from the Great Flood by Noah in the Bible tale.
The creationist-inspired vessel forms part of a theme park near Hong Kong which was inspired by a young girl’s scrawled drawing of the mammoth boat.
Architects appear to have used some artistic license in parts of the Ark – for instance including double-glazed windows, a fine dining restaurant and luxurious bedrooms.
Inside, real-life exotic animals can be found – including a nautilus, a toucan and reams of fish.
All lit up: The Ark shines under Hong Kong’s lights as a fiberglass giraffe stands guard near the entrance.
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The Noah’s Ark Theme Park is now run by Christian organizations, who use it to promote peace and unity.  Matthew Pine, manager of Noah’s Ark Theme Park, said: They had a vision to do something remarkable, something outstanding.
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Bed for the night: Guests on board Noah’s Ark can also stay on the Biblical vessel in one of its luxurious hotel-style rooms.
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‘Hopefully Noah’s Ark will inspire people to pass  through those troubles as Noah did in his day.’ The Ark opened in May 2009, 17 years after plans were first made for the enormous structure.FINAL THOUGHTS:  If you decide to make a trip to Hong Kong, to visit the Ark…….watch where you step…