Provisions

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Philippians 4:19 New Living Translation (NLT)

19 And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

I know that sometimes I forget this one simple promise from our Lord Jesus Christ.

He supplies all our needs and equips us with every thing to face our daily struggles and battles. When funds are low, and stress is high, the enemy creeps in and if we allow it, doubt and fear start climbing that ladder to hopelessness.

Friends, please don’t give up on yourselves, your faith or God.  He is so much bigger and knows so much more, than we can even fathom.  My father used to always say, “The Lord provides for us dummies.” And when he said this, he wasn’t trying to lower himself , just stating that God takes care of all of us~no matter where we are in our lives or who we are.

Hearing that statement over and over again, growing up, taught me to trust in the Lord with strong faith. Has my faith wavered in times of trouble and difficulties? You bet, I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t admit that, nor very honest.  However, even in the darkest of times, this little voice inside my head, repeats those simple words my father spoke, so many years ago and he was right. The Lord has always provided for me, my chidren, my husband and our friends and families.  Has it been the provision that we thought it would be? Not always, sometimes it meant swallowing our pride and accepting help that we thought we would never have to; or trying something new and different because the old way wasn’t working anymore.

As I sit writing this, I look at everything I have been through in my life and where I am right now and thinking of the uncertain future.  I have to remember that we are not promised tomorrow. That we should live our lives to the fullest extent daily and in living our lives fully, we should also be thanking the One that gave us life to begin with.

I will be 51 in a couple of months, and many health problems have created difficulty for me in my daily living. I do my best to trudge through and press on, even when the pain seems too much and when I have my daily talks with Jesus (and  I have a lot of them of late), I seek His face and ask for his guidance.  I don’t know the future holds, none of us do. We can plan and prepare and believe that we have got it all under control, but in reality, the only ONE in control is God.

Proverbs 16:9 New Living Translation (NLT)

9 We can make our plans,
but the Lord determines our steps.

I don’t know what the future holds, but HE does and so I choose to trust Him fully; pray daily and leave the results up to Him. I chose to love the Lord and Honor and Praise Him with all I am and no matter what happens, I pray whatever I do, will give Him glory!

If you are at a place in your life where you aren’t sure what comes next, pray to God, talk to Him, open your heart to Him through all times, not just good or bad, but all. Trust Him that he will show you the way.  Believe and know that He will provide whatever it is right when you need it.

That’s really the only way I know. I pray that all reading this will turn to the Lord for all your needs and be blessed!

Blessings to you,

Carlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heart is Full

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My heart is full.  I think of the many blessings God has given me, just because he loves me. I have a great family who loves me, friends that support me and people that follow this random blog I post.

I have a home, nourishment for my body and the Holy Spirit living within me.

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that encourages me to dig deeper in the Word by the blogs you post and for all the prayers that are prayed over me and my family.

I have no words of wisdom to impart to you today, just  a very humble and simple Thank you.

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If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

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1 Thessalonians 5:18 New International Version (NIV)

18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

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Thank you all for the many blessings you bring into my life, by your comments and thoughts. I love you all~

Carlene

 

Letting Go

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My father died in September of 2015; it seems like only yesterday, I was hugging him, giving him a goodbye kiss and telling him I loved him.  That day, 9-14-15, was the hardest day of my life, because I knew it wouldn’t be long and he would be home in the Father’s arms.

Recently, a friend was talking to me about how death is ugly and scary and that is where I disagree.  I can say death is hard. Hard on those of us that are left behind to carry on without our loved ones.  It’s hard because I want to hear my father’s voice, laughing and making jokes or giving me advice~any advice, just to hear him speak. I miss my dad. We didn’t always see eye to eye on many things, but as I became older, I understood why he was the way he was when he was alive. He was leaving me a legacy, something to hold onto when he wasn’t here; a memorial guide in my brain, to help me get through times just like this.

Letting go wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t as difficult as many think, because I saw this strong willed-independent spirit of a man, falter in his earthly shell.  One thing that has helped me and will continue to strengthen me, is I knew without a shadow of a doubt, he was going home to Heaven. And that is beauty.  When his time on earth had ended, he became free. Free of pain, free of having trouble breathing, free of having difficult walking, free of any discomfort that he suffered with for more than a year.

As a follower of Jesus Christ, I know that someday my suffering and agony here on earth will come to an end. This body, this place I call home, is temporary. My home is in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
5 For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.

6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

Letting go isn’t easy, but it is necessary. So, take the time to heal a wound, mend a relationship. Love one another. Forgive. Know that when the time is near, Jesus will be waiting with open arms to welcome all of us home.

God Bless you today!

 

 

 

 

 

Believe

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Believing for something to happen, even when you can’t see it possible with your human eyes, is called faith.

Jesus said that if you have faith the size of a mustard seed and believe, it is enough.  God’s word says that I can boldly approach the throne of God and ask in prayer, my requests, and God will answer. Now I realize that sometime’s in life, many of us think that if God doesn’t answer right away, then he didn’t hear our prayer, or he doesn’t care, but sometimes his answer may be no or sometimes his answer may be yes, or his answer might be wait.  Isn’t waiting the hardest thing now a days.  Society is so fast paced. We are all so used to having answers on the spot. Whether is be on a test we take, a job interview, a medical outcome. We have all gotten used to everything in the world. I want to know what it is and I want to know now.

Psalm 46:10 New International Version (NIV)

10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

God’s timing is always perfect. And in the times of stillness, pray, thank God, be still and see what he will do for you. Expect good things to happen because you believe on faith that it will.

You may not see or even conceivably imagine what God has planned for your life-it may seem unreachable, but remember this:

Matthew 19:26 New International Version (NIV)

26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Jesus came to give us life and give it abundantly!

God loves you~may you be blessed by Him!