The Church

Yesterday, our church celebrated its 25th anniversary of ministry. We had a great service, and the church was filled with people. But before I left home, I took a few moments to enjoy some “private time” of prayer.

I wonder how many of you remember the old transistor radios? Well, that’s what the Lord showed me during my prayer-time. He reminded me of my first transistor radio, which I found under our Christmas tree. It was many years ago, but I can still remember the joy I received, as I listened to my favorite radio stations.

Of course, back then you needed antennas for proper reception. And I often had to beg my mother for new batteries. But, when everything was working as it should…I was filled with happiness.

I’m sure you’re waiting for me to explain the point of my story. Why would God remind me of that old transistor radio? Well, He used it as an object lesson. We are much like that radio. On the outside, we can be different shapes, sizes, and colors. But we all have a specific purpose…to stay connected with our creator. Some of us are chosen to broadcast a message, and others are made to allow God’s blessings to flow through us.

But…if we are going to operate as originally planned, we must be filled with a power source, the Holy Spirit. Once we are empowered to work, then we must raise our antennas to hear what God wants to say.

The main message from the Lord was this: “if everyone was empowered and focused on God, THEN the Church would truly operate as He intended. The fire of the Holy Spirit would go forth and do its work.”

For some of you, this message remains a mystery. To others, its nonsense. I pray you will take time to raise your antennas, and listen to the Lord. He has something to say…a message meant just for you.
“I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” (Acts 10:34)

Be blessed, Donna

Forgive and Forget

It’s that time of year when many people are busy making plans for the holidays. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve…how we look forward to the excitement of gathering with family and friends. But for many, holidays are not a time of joy, but remembering the past…and old wounds.

Thanksgiving in our home means a day when we gather around the table and remember our blessings. For me, it takes only a moment to look around the room and realize God’s goodness. I am thankful for my husband, our sons, our daughters, and our beautiful grandchildren.

Yes, I am truly blessed. But there are times when I am tempted to open the door to memories which are not so happy. And that, dear friend, can be a dangerous preoccupation. So, before you allow the enemy of your soul to rob you of peace, joy, and love…I urge you to forgive.

Of course, some of you will be quick to say, “But I can’t forget what happened”. That’s true for many. When we carry a scar from an old wound, the evidence is always there. But have you asked God to heal completely, or do you enjoy picking at the wound until it begins to bleed,once more?

I must remind you…God loves you, and he desires you to walk in the fullness of His Spirit. That includes: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control” (Galatians 5:22). But, the choice is yours. It takes an effort on your part to say, “Yes, I want all the good things that life has to offer”.

So, during this holiday season, before you make out a shopping list and prepare to celebrate…I urge you to first prepare your heart. Then we can all take time to be “Thankful”.

Be Blessed, Donna

Reflections of Life

Not long ago, I mentioned that God teaches me lessons of life through nature. And today was no exception.

Earlier this morning, I looked through the window, and found two of our chickens had broken out of the chicken coop. Now we live on a farm, with a large area of open land for our animals to graze. But when I ran outside to catch the hens, I found three hungry cats.

Of course, I realize some people allow their chickens to run lose. And I’m not someone who hates cats…but cats do what cats do best. They are predatory creatures, with ravenous appetites.

So, my husband got a net, and within a few seconds he rescued the youngest hen. Thankfully,she has been returned to safety with the rest of the chickens. But the older hen, had other ideas. She wanted her independence, to run around the yard without restrictions.

After a time of chasing the hen, my husband said, “just let her go, and if she survives, maybe she’ll come back to the chicken coop by nightfall.” So, he left the door open to a smaller pen, and headed back to the barn.

After the excitement was over, the Lord showed me the lesson: “People often want to run free, living with no restrictions. But, I see the enemy prowling around like a hungry cat. When I chase them, it’s because I love them. But after a while, I must let them go to face the consequences. The door is open for repentance and salvation. But one day it will be too late.”

I guess we all know someone who is running from God. I pray they will find safety under His protection.

Be blessed, Donna

Finding Peace

How many of you have a mental picture that often brings you peace? Our son once called it, “my happy place”.

For most of my life, I was drawn to the ocean. There were times I could listen to the rhythm of waves along the shore, and it worked on me like a tranquilizer. But something has changed over the past few years. My thoughts have longed for the Holy Land of Israel. And if you take a moment to look at this photo, you will see a tranquil scene of water, sunshine, and a sailboat. In reality, it’s the Sea of Galilee; a place where Jesus performed miracles.

I am constantly in awe of God’s marvelous creation. During my studies, I read: “God created the heavens and the earth…the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters”(Genesis 1:1-2).
Just think about that! God spoke, and it was “good”. His Spirit was, and is, the “breath of God”; going forth to do His will.

Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to sail on the Sea of Galilee. During our short cruise, I remembered the story of how Jesus spoke to a storm: “Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39).

I tell you, in this troubled world, we need that peace. And the Spirit of God has not diminished over time. If you call on the name of the Lord, He is able to calm the troubled waters, transform a problem into a blessing, or create something good from what appears barren.

So, dear friend, whatever storm you may be facing, I urge you to find peace. For the Spirit of God is still “hovering over the waters” of your life.

Until next time, be blessed. Donna

Separated

Have you ever stood on the beach and tried to imagine the distance to the other side? It’s impossible to see the distant shore.

Last week, I was given a mental picture of God’s love. The Holy Spirit showed me a glimpse of the ocean. I was reminded of a verse of scripture: “as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalms 103:)

I believe the Lord wants us to understand the reality of what David was saying. So often, we remember our transgressions against God. When we repent, we confess our sins and ask for His forgiveness. But for many of us, it is difficult for us to forget the past. So, the Holy Spirit continues to remind us…God chooses not to look at the sin.

In the Book of Job, Satan challenged God’s relationship with mankind. And he continues to taunt and accuse God’s children, even today. So, when you are haunted by images of the past…remember God’s Word: “as far as the east is from the west”. I pray you will accept God’s infinite forgiveness.

Be Blessed, Donna

Give Us Our Daily Bread

Yesterday, I listened to some women discuss their trip to a yearly Women’s Retreat. They all agreed: “it was the best EVER”.

Of course, I must confess, since I did not attend…I felt like someone who missed out on a party, and I was forced to endure everyone’s talk about each dish on the banquet table.

Whenever I allow myself to have a private “Pitty Party”, the Lord is quick with correction. “Why are you feeling jealous? You much prefer intimate dinners with the one you love.”

Oh, my goodness! The Holy Spirit knows exactly what I need to hear. And it’s perfectly true; I do prefer a quiet dinner, rather than a noisy Banquet Hall, filled with other guests. Each morning, I anxiously enter into His Presence. I find, the Lord has prepared a table just for me. I love to hear: “I made all this, because I love you.”

I’m sure we all agree…none of us can be sustained on the occasional experience of the banquet table. Life requires daily nutrition. That’s where we find the term: “sustenance”.

When the disciples understood the true identity of our Lord, they made an urgent request: “Teach us to pray”. And, I’m sure you know, Jesus never disappoints.

So, today, I urge you to take time for a moment of refreshing. Find a private place and enjoy much needed nourishment.”Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8).

Until next time, Be Blessed. Donna

The Season of Change

Autumn is my favorite season. After long months of heat, I anticipate cooler temperatures, football, and upcoming holidays with family. So, today, it may be 90 degrees outside, but I know…change is coming. In fact, we have a saying in Texas: “If you don’t like the weather…just wait, and it will change.” There’s never a dull moment. I suppose that’s the reason I love Autumn, with it’s glorious display of color.

How many of you know,life often reflects the seasons of nature? For some of my dear friends, I see them burdened by trials of grief, or illness. But we are getting older, and such things are expected at our age. As many of you know from personal experience, even the young suffer times of depression or heartache. So, no matter what stage of life you’re in, I pray you will remember the promise of changing seasons. If you don’t like where you are…just wait, and it will change.

God’s reminded us about this fact of life: “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). If you take time to read the verses, you may discover the present season of your journey.

So, don’t despair, dear friend. No matter where you are, you can be sure, it will change. I pray that eternal truth will give you peace.

Be blessed, Donna