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March

Feet

 

Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.

Proverbs 4:26

 

From the time we learn to walk our feet are taking us everywhere.  

Once you started walking your earthly parents tried to show you the safe path.  They taught you how to use your feet to lead you away from dangerous situations.   And if you found yourself in a bad situation your feet would run into the comforting arms of your parents.

 

As a toddler you are learning how to use these amazing tools of transportation given to you by God.   With this gift of “transportation” comes great responsibility.  Our feet can take us anywhere.  We can choose to enter a danger area or avoid it and go to a safer place.

 

In the Christian walk our feet are also of great importance.  Our feet can get stuck in the world, as sometimes it looks like the easy path. Our feet could be that difference between stepping into a place that will cause us to sin against God, or to walk toward His gifts of love, grace and mercy.   

 

Your feet can also be the source of great comfort by leading us to a place of safety in God’s arms.  Like a child, when we let our feet lead us away from God we run back to Him with the knowledge that He will be waiting with His arms wide open.

 

Use your feet as a good tool in your walk with God.  Do not let them wander or stay in the world but let them lead you to the path that is pleasing to God.

 

My steps have held fast to Your paths.  My feet have not slipped.

Psalm 17:5

 

Blessings, 

Peggy

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February

Be Still

 

 

Be still and know that I am God

Psalms 46:10

 

I am amazed and grateful for where I live.  Having lived most of my life in the “Big City”, my quiet home has given me the appreciation for what God has asked us to do.  “Be Still”

 

How many of us feel busy from the time we wake up in the morning until our head hits the pillow at night?  When do you have time for just you, let alone time for just God?

 

It seems that we all have conformed to the busy-ness of this life.  We get up in the morning and start taking care of things.  Feed the family, get everyone off to work or school, come home from your own job and do whatever is necessary to keep our lives flowing smoothly.

 

Even when we do have time to relax, our minds really do not stop.  We watch tv, check our social media pages, or maybe even get to read a book.  Stillness rarely ever comes.

 

If you were to stop everything you were doing right now and try to be completely still how long could you keep your mind from thinking on things of this world?  5 minutes?  2 minutes?  Try it.  Ask God to keep your mind at peace and spend time with Him.

 

 

 

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee

Isaiah 26:3

 

With a Listening Ear,

Peggy

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January

Renewal

 

 

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2

One of my favorite times is the starting of a new year, looking back on what the previous year gave and looking forward to renewing all that I have to be grateful for.  As I look back on the year that passed I try to find areas in my life where I could have handled situations a little differently or where I have learned from decisions that were made, both good and bad.  Here is the confession time … every year the same questions come up and answering them honestly usually means a renewal in my commitment to God.  

 

These are some of the questions I always ask myself:

Did I spend enough time talking to God and reading His word?

Did I encourage and pray enough for my family and friends?

Did I pray for my enemy?

Have I shared God with someone?  Or many someones?

Is my life reflecting Jesus to everyone I meet?

If we answer these questions honestly we usually find that our lives tend to get so consumed with everyday life that we have to answer no to most of them.

 

I challenge all of us to start this year spending time with God by reading the Bible and talking to Him daily.  This will give you a renewal in your relationship with Him and a happiness to follow you all year.

 

 

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  

Isaiah 40:31

 

God's Blessings for a Renewed New Year,

Peggy

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December

December – LOVE

 

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:13

 

What is love?  I believe the best description of what love is or is not was penned by Paul to the church of Corinth, divinely given by God.

 

Love is patient

Love is kind

Love is not envious

Love does not boast

Love is not proud

Love does not dishonor others

Love is not self-seeking

Love is not easily angered

Love keeps no record of wrongs

Love does not delight in evil

Love rejoices in truth

Love protects

Love trusts

Love hopes

Love perseveres

Love never fails

 

It is not by accident that Jesus gave the two greatest commandments based only on Love.  

 

Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.   Matthew 22:37-39

 

 

When we love unconditionally and with a pure heart, all that Paul taught and Jesus spoke works in every relationship we have.  Share what has been given to you and enjoy the rewards.       

 

 

Love to You All,

Peggy 

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November

November – HOPE

 

Often times our daily lives seem like a hopeless tunnel of trials.  Tunnels are dark and depressing.  Sometimes they feel like they will never end.

If you think about tunnels, what do you see at the end?  There is a faint light at the end of that tunnel.  This is hope.

 

Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.  

2 Chronicles 20:17

 

Growing up in Southern California I found myself many times down at the ocean.  When I thought I could no longer handle what in my teenage mind was a huge problem, I would get in my mom’s VW bug and head out to the beach.  The ocean always reminded me how problems will always come and go.  The waves would come in then they would go out.  (Yes, I did over think things as a kid!)  

 

As I was sitting on the rocks watching the waves one day, I started thinking about being on a boat in the middle of the ocean.  At times the boat would just smoothly float on the water.  Then there are times when a storm (my problems) would come and toss that boat around.  This storm would make it seem hopeless to be able to get back to the safety of the harbor.  Then as the boat gets closer to the shore the captain would see the light of a lighthouse flashing in the distance.  This is hope.

 

After the darkness of night, mornings are also a reminder that problems will turn out okay.  Freshness that is experienced with that first ray of sunlight brings us renewal.  This is hope.  

 

Jesus is that light at the end of the tunnel.  Jesus is that light of the lighthouse.  Jesus is that first light in the morning.  Jesus is our hope.

 

Our hope is reflected in this verse:

 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creations, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39November – HOPE

 

Often times our daily lives seem like a hopeless tunnel of trials.  Tunnels are dark and depressing.  Sometimes they feel like they will never end.

If you think about tunnels, what do you see at the end?  There is a faint light at the end of that tunnel.  This is hope.

 

Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.  

2 Chronicles 20:17

 

Growing up in Southern California I found myself many times down at the ocean.  When I thought I could no longer handle what in my teenage mind was a huge problem, I would get in my mom’s VW bug and head out to the beach.  The ocean always reminded me how problems will always come and go.  The waves would come in then they would go out.  (Yes, I did over think things as a kid!)  

 

As I was sitting on the rocks watching the waves one day, I started thinking about being on a boat in the middle of the ocean.  At times the boat would just smoothly float on the water.  Then there are times when a storm (my problems) would come and toss that boat around.  This storm would make it seem hopeless to be able to get back to the safety of the harbor.  Then as the boat gets closer to the shore the captain would see the light of a lighthouse flashing in the distance.  This is hope.

 

After the darkness of night, mornings are also a reminder that problems will turn out okay.  Freshness that is experienced with that first ray of sunlight brings us renewal.  This is hope.  

 

Jesus is that light at the end of the tunnel.  Jesus is that light of the lighthouse.  Jesus is that first light in the morning.  Jesus is our hope.

 

Our hope is reflected in this verse:

 

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth nor anything else in all creations, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:38-39

 

Blessings of Hope,

Peggy

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October

October – 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

 

Faith is belief without having actual proof.  A confidence that what we believe and trust is truth.    

 

As children of God we have faith that when we call on our heavenly Father he is hearing our prayers.   We do not see him nor can we physically touch him but we believe he is listening and hearing our cries.  This faith pleases him and brings us close to him.   In this closeness we are given peace.   

 

God doesn’t always answer our prayers with what we desire.  He doesn’t answer us in the timing we want.  But our faith does lead us to the truth that when God answers he is fulfilling his will for us.

 

When you speak to God, ask in faith believing that he will give you the desires of your heart but knowing in faith that what you desire might not always be the right answer for this time in your life.

 

It is amazing to know that when we are putting our faith and trust in God that he is able to see the best answer to any situation we may be facing.  Put your full faith in him and sit back and enjoy his wisdom and love.

 

 

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.  Hebrews 11:1

 

With Faith, 

Peggy

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Bible Reading For Today

Luke 1:26-28 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name [was] Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, highly favored [one,] the Lord [is] with you; blessed [are] you among women!"