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The Battle is Real

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We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk.  But let us not forget that the battle is real.

What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack.  Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week.  What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.

We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her.  She is mean and hateful.  We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.

What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack.  Maybe everyday she’s told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her.  What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.

The battle is real – but the battle is not with them.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:

  • the belt of truth
  • the breastplate of righteousness
  • the gospel of peace
  • the shield of faith 
  • the helmet of salvation
  • the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,

Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.   (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)

Don’t leave her to stand alone.  The Battle is Real.

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Your Story His Glory

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We all have a story to tell.

When we look at ourselves, we don’t always see a “story”.  But Jesus is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).  I am so thankful for that!

Have you ever been struggling with something and then be talking to someone about something else and the conversation turn?  In that conversation, you find that the person you are talking to has struggled with the very thing you are and they tell their story.  You attentively take it in.  Suddenly, they stop talking, look directly at you and say, “I don’t know why I just told you all that.”

But you know why.  God had sent them your way because you needed to hear their story. You needed to be reminded that you are not alone.  You are reminded that God is with you, just as He was is with them – just like He said He would be.

I remember when our ladies class started at my Church.  There were new wives and moms to women with great grandchildren in that class.  Every week one of the “wiser” “godly” women would invariably tell something about their home life and I would think, “Thank You God, there is hope for me.”

People need hope today more than ever.  Your story may be the very thing that gives someone a glimmer of that Hope.  So don’t be silent.  Tell people how Jesus has brought you through. Let God use your story for His glory!

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Right All Along

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The older I get, the more I agree with this clip I saw on Facebook.  For the record, “OMG” in my book means “Oh My Goodness”.  Just needed to clear that up.

Isn’t it ironic how, even though our parents lived in a different era, they were right about most everything? Our pastor recently said that his mother told him growing up that people don’t change.  So true.  Even Solomon, the wisest man to ever live, said there is nothing new under the sun.

When my Mom would say, “Birds of a feather flock together.” She was right.  When she would say, “No, not everyone is doing it – because you’re not.”  She was right. God always has a remnant and I want to be counted in that, don’t you?  When she said someone was being mean because they were jealous, she was right.  We know the list could go on from here but I’ll not bore you with more. We get the point.

I can’t count the times I wish I could tell my parents, “Oh My Goodness, you were right!” I can recall many times that my parents would let me make my own mistakes.  Sometimes I would come to them and say, “Why didn’t you tell me?”  One time in particular my Mom just shook her head and said, “You wouldn’t have listened…”  I’m the last of seven children.  I got the impression she knew from experience that I probably wouldn’t have listened.

My Dad’s famous answer to “Why didn’t you tell me?” was “There’s no experience like bought experience.”  Oh, if I had a dime for all the ‘bought’ lessons…

While I would have to say that my parents were right about most everything, I must tell you that Jesus IS right about EVERYTHING.  So when He says not to do something, it’s for our good that we DON’T do it.  When He says to DO something, it’s for our good that we DO it.

For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. I John 5:3

Do you ever feel like His commandments are burdensome?  I have.  But when I understand that His commands are for my good and His glory, the burden is lifted. When I am obedient to His will, His commands are not heavy.  When I trust that Jesus is ALWAYS RIGHT and I adjust to His Will, I don’t have to ask, “Why didn’t You tell me?” After all, He did tell us…

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Choose Life

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Life, as we know it, is fleeting.  The Bible tells us that – “life is but a vapor”- and the older I get the more I understand that truth.  We only have a certain number of days and none of us know how long that is.  So while you are here CHOOSE LIFE.

This past week, my husband and I looked at a piece of property.  Hence the waterfall above.  That waterfall is on the property in which we are looking.  Hearing the constant loud sound of the water rushing by was, well, soothing.

It reminded me of life.  There are some constant things about life, there are some loud things about life and there are some soothing things about life. But just like that waterfall is vibrant and flowing right now, it does die out in mid-summer.  It dries up for about two months out of the year.

Today, we are vibrant and flowing with life, so choose life.  Use this time to live to the fullest.  Jesus said He came to bring life and life to the full.  Don’t waste it!

Just as there are seasons in our world, there are seasons in life.  Some are hard, some are easy, some are sweet, some are bitter – a time for everything. In Christ we are overcomers.  We are victors!

Our family is entering a new season of life.  It’s hard to let go of the past, watch the present as it changes and know that the future will be vastly different than what I had thought it would be.  But I am choosing life!

I am choosing to forgive, to let go of hurts, to embrace a new season, to live vibrantly in the full life that Jesus has already paid for and given to us. Whatever the circumstances – whatever our perceptions – whatever…, we have a choice to make.  This day – choose.

Choose LIFE!

‘This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.’  Deuteronomy 30:19

Blessings! Wendy

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DIY Craze

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If you have access to HGTV, you know there is a real “do it yourself” or “DIY” craze these days.  Well, I’ve joined the band wagon.  I have a lot of old outdoor furniture that we have enjoyed for years.

As you can see above, the sun, wind and rain have certainly tarnished my furniture.  But they all still sit well and serve their purpose.  I think I have about 25 seats in total, counting chairs and swings that are on my deck.  (10 of the, now, blue chairs and 5 of the, now, black chairs are complete as seen above.)  I also have 6 chairs with cushions that a friend just made slip covers for in a fabric of gray and blue. (I forgot to take before and after photos of those, but they look great!)

When it’s all said and done, my new old furnishings will be black, blue and gray. The umbrellas which I purchased last year for the tables are the same shade of blue as the blue chairs. Exciting!  And, yes, I will show the final “After” picture in a week or two.

As exciting as it’s been to see my own DIY projects transform, I can’t help but think about the transformation Jesus makes in our lives.  Thankfully, the changes He brings is from the inside out.  He doesn’t just “paint over” the old you to make you look better; He creates a new you when He gives you a new heart filled with the Holy Spirit!

The change Jesus brings is even more refreshing than my newly painted old furnishings.   Jesus makes a radical, lasting change when He creates you anew.

If you’ve never experienced the saving grace of Jesus Christ, you can right now.

The Bible says, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”    Romans 10:9-13 (NASB)

If you just prayed and received Jesus as Lord, congratulations!!  You have just made THE most important decision of your life!  Welcome to the FAMILY! Now, TELL someone,  start reading the New Testament in the Holy Bible, join a Bible believing church and be baptized.  Baptism is publically telling the world that you have died to yourself and are now raised in new life with Jesus Christ.

If you have already been made new, take a minute and thank Him!

Blessings to you, Wendy

P.S. My favorite version of the Bible is the New American Standard Bible (NASB).

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The POWER of Easter

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For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Romans 5:6-8 NASB

Easter.  What a glorious celebration!  Jesus FINISHED everything God required for our salvation.  He conquered Death, Hell and the Grave.  He paid a debt He did not owe.  THE debt we could NEVER pay.  Why? “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”  2 Corinthians 5:21.

This POWER can do anything – everything!  This Jesus paid your price and mine to redeem us from sin, from the penalty of eternal hell, for new and abundant life in Him NOW!  Just say “Yes” to Jesus.  Admit you’re a sinner and confess your sins as you agree with God.  Ask Him (Jesus) to come in to your heart and save you.  Commit to follow Him all the days of your life.

that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10; 13(NASB)

 Get a Holy Bible and read the book of John, then all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to get to know our Saviour!  Find a Bible believing Church to join and be baptized showing the world that you have died to yourself and have been raised to new life in Jesus Christ.

Experience the PEACE OF GOD that only Jesus can bring!

He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6

Hallelujah, Easter!  Hallelujah!

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Flowers Fade

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That is a Tung Oil tree in my son’s yard.  I love the blooms it puts out!  They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come.  Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you’ve ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers.  I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.

Blooms remind me of new life.  Every year I think I’m not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE.  And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT!  I just can’t seem to help it.  I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but…well…let’s not go there.

I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason.  We tend to get bored with things, don’t we?  Just when you think you can’t take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk.  Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!

Throughout this year, as you enjoy God’s beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever…The Word of God.

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.           Isaiah 40:8

John 1 verse 1 tells us ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”  The ‘Word of our God stands forever’. John was talking about JESUS!

Well, HALLELUJAH!