Showing posts from September, 2011

God loves all of us and that includes your pet

Psalm 36:5-7 5 Your unfailing love, O L ord , is as vast as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches beyond the clouds. 6 Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the ocean depths. You care for people and animals alike, O L ord . 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. Last night a longtime friend went to bed with a sad heart. His family’s beloved pet dog died. Death catches us unexpectedly at times and it makes us consider the things that are really important in our lives. This morning I woke up thinking about that sweet little dog and it brought to mind my own loss.  Almost 10 years ago, a big white cat who owned my heart for 15 years died. My heart was sad for many years after Jack’s physical presence left my life. As I sit here this morning thinking about how animals make a difference in our lives, it’s hard not to consider the tie that binds us all. That tie is powerful. That

Joy in the face of life – Nehemiah 8:10

Sept. 17, 2011 Nehemiah 8:10 (AMP) …be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. Joy in the pits of life exists even though the intellectual mind and heart say it cannot be. Yes – it is possible for Christians to experience joy in middle of trials. There is something very empowering about exposing our souls before God. Transparency before and dependence on God renews the intimate bonds we already share with Him. Until I became a child of God, my feelings, emotions and thoughts took over and amplified my circumstances in very unhealthy ways. Now that I know a powerful and compassionate God, I know that I can hang on to His arms when I am facing the battles of my life. Oh, believe me, I face incredible battles – but I will not let go of God’s loving hand! This is how I keep joy in my heart while I’m in the battlefield: ·         I realize that it’s easy to fall back into my old ways of thinking, so I ask the Lord to stop my wron

It’s all about what God wants – Matthew 6:33

July 23, 2011 Matthew 6:33 (NCV) Seek first God's kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well. Since I started my intimate journey with God more than five years ago, I’ve learned that he meets my needs over and above anything I can imagine. Those needs include: emotional, relational, financial, professional – all my needs. When I surrendered my heart to Christ, my heart and life changed. My priorities changed. I changed. Something special happened when I clicked with God: I fell in love for the only time in my life. I believe that my desire to know the heart of God has given me favor with the right people – at the right time – and in His divine timing. I also choose to give God the glory in all my circumstances – both good and not so good. It’s hard being real about my personal mess. But sharing what God has done for me helps others know that he is powerful. God is there when you are ready to know him. I publicly acknowledge that I cannot thr