The Desires of Your Heart

Have you ever looked back on life, to remember what you wanted most?

In a few days, I will celebrate 49 years of marriage. Through those years, I have known good times and bad; a life of need, and times of plenty. During all that time, I can testify of God’s goodness.

There were years of prayer: interceding for lost loved ones, or praying for personal goals. Each prayer taught me patience. I learned to “Trust in the Lord, and do good” (Psalms 37). In time, I  learned the “desires of my heart” came quicker if they aligned with God’s Word.

What if your child asked for something which you knew would bring them harm?  I have learned our Heavenly Father does exactly the same. So, if we trust in the Lord to do what is best, I have learned to expect a positive answer.

I pray you will also learn to “wait on the Lord” for your prayers. After 49 years, He has never let me down.

Until next time, I pray you will be blessed, Donna.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Making Memories

Life is all about memories. For some of us, it’s difficult to forget painful  images of the past. But there are times we cherish, and for those moments, we need no camera or iPhone.

Our family recently celebrated the wedding of our eldest granddaughter. It was a lovely event, and one she will always remember. For me, it was a time to take mental photographs. It was like gathering flowers from a garden.

I was surrounded by my children, grandchildren, extended family, and dear friends. Each face, with  their smiles, and a few tears, were priceless jewels to be stored in my heart.

May God bless each one, and may they know how much they mean me.

Until we meet again, may you all be Blessed, Donna

 

 

Waiting on the Lord

How many of us become impatient in our walk with the Lord? I doubt that I am alone in this human emotion. I would like to take a moment of reflection and praise, as we remember: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this…Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” (Psalms 37:5,7).

Some years ago, I had just returned from a trip with HealthCare Ministries. I was basking in the after-glow of walking with Godly people, even more, to witness the miracle of His mercy in this troubled world.

And so, I felt anxious to know the next step. “Lord, where would you have me go during our next mission trip?” Almost immediately, I had the answer. I felt in my spirit, He was pointing to Africa!

I was filled with excitement! So, I turned my attention to future trips of our HealthCare ministry.But to my surprise, they didn’t mention any plans for travel to that part of the world. So, I prayed, and set the matter aside.

As months and years past, my life had become filled with commitment to other areas of concern. Mainly, my Mother moved to live with us. She was in a fragile state, so I placed the thought of World Missions on the “back-burner” of my mind.

Life has a way of taking us into unexpected circumstances. But we should remember, God is  never caught off guard. He sees what’s ahead, and he knows the perfect time for each step of our journey.

Recently, I had a dream. I woke the next morning, and told my husband: “I dreamed I was in Africa! I was so happy, and I thanked the Lord for allowing me to be there.”

I must admit, I had forgotten, or maybe I should say, I had given up all hope of travelling to that part of the world. But the Lord did not forget.

The next morning, I  received an email from our missions organization: CompassionLink.  To my surprise, I discovered they had a trip planned for a country in Africa. And they needed a nurse! I realized He had prepared me for a very great blessing. The Lord is much more than the Savior who will take us to Heaven; he was a teacher during his time on earth, and the Holy Spirit is our comforter and teacher. “For in this hope we are saved…But if we hope for what we do not have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we should pray, but the Spirit intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:24-28).

No matter how many years I spend in this life, I continue to be amazed at God’s perfect plan. So, please, dear friend, when ever you pray, remember to wait patiently on the Lord; for He has the perfect plan for your life.

Be Blessed, Donna

“Put your house in order”

What would you do if you heard these words: “Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover.” (Isaiah 38:1)
What if you knew the Lord was coming today, or tomorrow? Is there anything you would change in your life, or in your home?

Everything in my soul tells me I will soon stand in the presence of the Lord. What if the promise of His coming is meant for our life-time; would it make a difference in your lifestyle ? Would it make a difference in your church?

For me, I sense a restlessness. The things of this world no longer stir my heart with excitement. Though I have traveled the world, and seen many sites, I realize my next journey may very well be to the throne room of God.

So, how do I prepare for this journey? Certainly, there is no need to pack or make reservations. I don’t have to worry over money or the price of a ticket. Jesus paid the price, when he went to the cross.

Oh, what an adventure awaits us! I pray you have made the same decision; to accept God’s travel plans. “Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.” (Revelation 1:7)

Until He comes,
Be Blessed, Donna

Pity Party

Sunday morning, our Sunday School class was discussing: “Depression”. We were reminded of our constant need to “take our thoughts captive”.

How many of us understand that the battle for our soul begins with our thought life? The enemy, Satan, wants to attack us with thoughts of doubt,grief,guilt,and anger toward others.

After class, we entered the sanctuary for our time of Praise and Worship. It was during this time that I began to pour out my heart to God:
“This is not what I wanted. I planned to spend my life serving you, in the Mission Field. Forgive me for wasting the time I’ve been given.”

Before I knew it, everything had stopped. No music, no singing; there was complete silence, as everyone waited in the presence of the Lord.

God had come, as our Pastor later explained: “to do business with His people”.

There were two messages. The first was a call of complete surrender: “Bow down before me”. The second: “Lay it aside”.

The Lord truly knew my thoughts. I was having a pity party, which was not of His making. God wants to give us peace. He sent His Son to offer deliverance from the attacks of our enemy. We should remember the price Jesus paid for our salvation. So, I had to follow God’s instruction: “Bow before me…and lay it aside.”

Whatever distress you may suffer, today, I urge you to take it to the Lord. “The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)

Be Blessed, Donna

The Good News

How do I tell someone I love, that there is
someone who loves her more? How do I explain my faith to an unbeliever?

When I was a girl, I didn’t go to church with my parents. In fact, we never spoke about God, or Jesus, unless my parents were fighting…then they used the creator’s name in harsh profanity. So, how could I hope to share my faith with a much beloved sister?

I realize many Christian’s have found themselves in a similar situation, but I have such an urgency to share the Gospel. I find I can hardly contain myself. So, I pray about what to say.

The world can be a cold and lonely place, if we strive to survive in our own strength. I suppose I should thank our Heavenly Father for allowing me to sense my own weakness, since that human frailty caused me to look up and accept the truth…we are not alone.

For those who deny the presence of God, where do they find hope? And without hope, how do we go on living? In my Bible, Paul expressed the answer with a profound statement: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

So, I simply asked the question: “What do you think is going to happen when you die?” I understand we have all pondered that question, but it was time to face the answer.

I believe, and I know, the God who created me. I have experienced his love, his protection, his provision, his healing, and his deliverance. I have met the one true God, who created the universe and everything in it. I know he holds my life in His hands. He breathed life into my body, and each breath that I take from the first to the last, is a divine gift of love. When I look at the sunrise each morning, I feel his presence. When I hear thunder roll and lightening flash across the night sky, I know He is there. But the most profound moment of my life, was the time I first cradled my child in my arms. Who but God, could create anything so perfect?

So, on this Good Friday, when Christians pause to remember the day Jesus was crucified on a wooden cross, I pray you will take time to remember God’s love. “For God so love the world that he gave his one and only son,that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
To all those I love: Be blessed, Donna

Leaving a Legacy

Someone I love and respect has recently asked an important question: “Do you want to leave a legacy behind?” How would you respond?

For those of you who are young at heart, you may have personal goals which include adventure , fame, and fortune. But there comes a time in life when you consider the importance of the next generation.
How has your life impacted others? In order to find the answer, you might consider the people who made a lasting impression on your life.

Was there a teacher, or a family member who helped to mold your character? Hopefully, you can name at least one person who left a positive imprint in your book of memories.

For me, I had a Christian grandmother. She didn’t preach, or recite stories from the Bible, but she did teach me the gifts of compassion and charity. Her home was a sanctuary for anyone who needed hospitality. She was a true example of agape love. That was her legacy to a very large family. She will always be remembered for her willingness to give of herself. I pray my grandchildren might say the same of me, someday. What better legacy could anyone aspire to leave in this world, than the gift of love?

Until next time, be blessed, Donna