Saturday, February 21, 2009

The Samaritan Woman

Who was this woman? Do you know anyone like her, I do she is me she is you. This woman had a pass, she was the woman that other women talked about. So if you read the story about her in John 4, then you know that she came to the well in the 6th hour alone. Why do you think that she waited until then to come and draw water from the well? Could it have been because she was trying to avoid all the other women.




How many times have we made a comment about a neighbor,co-worker,friend,church member,pastor or just someone in a store or on the street. I have there was a young lady at WalMart one day that had on some really short shorts, now I saw this just a week ago we had one of those warm days I believe the temperature was around 70 degrees. Anyway I made the comment that she really did not need to be wearing something that short and this was really still winter. Ouch see I am no better than those women who talked about the Samaritan woman. To categorize it I was a mean woman and I had categorize her as being a bad girl.



You see those other women looked at how she lived her life,not taking the time to really get to know her. Jesus saw the Samaritan woman as being thirsty so instead of condemning her for her obvious sins Jesus offered her Living Water.



"but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14 (NKJV)



So who is the "real" Samaritan woman? It's me and its you we are all "ex" bad girls-thirsty women.


The next time you come across a young woman or an older woman who seems like their not living a life that would be pleasing to God. Give them a drink of the Living Water.







Friday, February 20, 2009

Our Daily Bread

This is a devotion I read this morning and I wanted to share with my blogger friends. As you read it really take the time to digest what Max Lucado is saying.

"Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread." by Max Lucado

What a statement of trust! Whatever you want me to have is all I want. Some days the plate runs over. God keeps bringing out more food and we keep loosening our belt. A promotion. A privilege. A friendship. A gift. A lifetime of grace. An eternity of joy. There are times when we literally push ourselves back from the table, amazed at God's kindness. "You serve me a six-course dinner right in front of my enemies. You revive my drooping head; my cup fills with blessing" (Ps. 23:5 MSG).
And then there are those days when, well, when we have to eat our broccoli. Our daily bread could be tears or sorrow or discipline. Our portion may include adversity as well as opportunity.
This verse was on my mind last night during family devotions. I called my daughters to the table and set a plate in front of each. In the center of the table I placed a collection of food: some fruit, some raw vegetables and some Oreo cookies. "Every day," I explained, "God prepares for us a plate of experiences. What kind of plate do you most enjoy?"
The answer was easy. Sara put three cookies on her plate. Some days are like that, aren't they? Some days are "three cookie days." Many are not. Sometimes our plate has nothing but vegetables--twenty-four hours of celery, carrots, and squash. Apparently God knows we need some strength, and though the portion may be hard to swallow, isn't it for our own good? Most days, however, have a bit of it all. Vegetables, which are healthy but dull. Fruit, which tastes better and we enjoy. And even an Oreo, which does little for our nutrition, but a lot for our attitude.
All are important and all are from God.
The next time your plate has more broccoli than apple pie, remember who prepared the meal. And the next time your plate has a portion you find hard to swallow, talk to God about it. Jesus did. In the garden of Gethsemane his Father handed him a cup of suffering so sour, so vile, that Jesus handed it back to heaven. "My Father," he prayed, "if it is possible may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will" (Matt. 26:39).
Even Jesus was given a portion he found hard to swallow. But with God's help, he did. And with God's help, you can too.

From The Great House of God© (Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001) Max Lucado

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wonderful Benefits

This morning I was reading my devotions and one in particular that I read just really struck my spirit. It was talking about how great our benefits are that we receive from God.

Now most of us know that when we are seeking employment we are always asking the employer what type of benefit package they have. I had to laugh when I thought of this because the benefits that we get from employers are not everlasting when we are terminated or laid off the benefits are taken away from us also.

Oh but Gods benefits are everlasting and no man can take them away because they have been given to us by God when he sent his only begotten Son Jesus to Calvary.

Heavenly Father I think you for these benefits:

1. Forgiveness
2. Healing
3. Redemption
4. Loving kindness
5. Tender mercies

In the scripture Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord,Who daily loads us with benefits,The God of salvation! (NKJV)

Every morning before I eat I read Psalm 103:1-5 to thank God for all that I have. Will all my blogger friends join me everyday and read this scripture with me feed your soul so that we can soar through our daily responsibilities like eagles.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Suggestions

Hello all my blogger friends, I know it has been awhile since I have left a post I have been busy getting ready for my first meeting of my young women ministry. As you can see my title for this post is suggestions. That is exactly what I am needing from those who stop by and visit. This ministry is for young women in the age bracket 17-25. My goal for starting this is so the young women can get the basis of what is to walk in the Word and to live according to God's will. Learn what their purpose and destiny is. To know what God expects of them and to know how much he loves them. So my blogger friends if you have any suggestions for me I am open to any and all. We all are a part of any work that is being done in the name of Jesus. So lets let the suggestions begin.

My first meeting is February 28th from 1-3pm at Ark Christian Center KCK

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Got To Be Ready

All this week the enemy has been at my heels. Sometime in the night God spoke in my ear and gave me the scripture 1John 4:4 Great is He that is in me, than he that is in the world. Along with that he gave me the book of Colosians he instructed me to not just read it but get it down in my spirit. I know that this was from God because when I woke Friday morning this scripture came out of my mouth and I have been saying it daily all day . Not that this was enough but this morning I was checking my emails, I receive a prayer and a meditation and scriptures from Germaine Copeland, Now all last week I ha not received an email from her until today. The title of her prayer was Run the Race. The two scriptures were Habakkuk 2:2-3 and Ephesians 4:1.

I feel so blessed because God out of millions of people hand-picked me to go out an speak his word at the appointed time when he instructs me too. Let me just speak more on the being hand-picked, its like when you go to the grocery store to get your fruits an vegetables and you read the label and it says picked in Florida or wherever. But to know that God reached way down deep and hand-picked you how awesome is that.

God has showed and told me through these scriptures that he is about to do something big, and so we must be ready for whatever he may call you for. This is a mission that all Christians who believe and trust in him will be a part of this. God says we have been appointed by him.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

My Precious Granddaughters

I had the opportunity to hear one of my granddaughters say her prayers last night. Aaliyah spent the night with me and so before she went to sleep I asked her did you say your prayers. Of course she answered no and then she began to say:

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake
I pray the Lord my Soul to take
God bless everyone and I love everyone
Amen Amen and Amen, Thank you Jesus

Now my granddaughter is 7 years old,she touched my heart at the end when she ask God to bless everyone an that she loves everyone and then she thanked him. It makes me feel good because I know that when she is in church she is listening to what the preacher is saying and paying attention to when we pray at church and when I am praying at home.

I did some research today on this prayer and I notice that their are several different versions, that was interesting to me. I had though about teaching her one of those but I think I will just let her say her prayer her way. I am sure it delights God when little children send a prayer up to him. I am now letting her know that she can pray to God all day, when she feels sad, sick or just want to ask the Lord for something or just think him for what he is doing in her life and others.

My 4 year old granddaughter T'naeja asked me one day when we were leaving church where does God sleep. She has heard us say that this is God's house so she was wondering that since this is his house where is his bed. I had to chuckle because I did find humour in this especially coming from a 4 year old. I explained to her that he does not require sleep because he does not have a physical body like ours. He does not get tired nor does he eat. She then asked me how many God's were there. I explained to her that there is only 1 God and he goes by many names. I guess she understood because she did not ask anymore questions.

I wanted to share this today because in the hearts of the little children they have questions that we as adults probably never think about. Like this one where does he sleep? It is so amazing to know that he is available for us 24/7 -365 days of the year. He rest but not sleep and I believe when he rest that means that he just stops doing something but not rest like us.

PSALM 121:3-4 (NKJV)
He will not allow your foot to be moved:
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold,He who keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

But God

My oldest son worked for a company that had shut its doors about a month of ago, now my son was no longer with this company and so he had not received his W-2. He called the company and all he got was their voice mail and it was full so he could not leave a message. Now just to give you brief introduction of my son he is 24 years old, husband, father of 3, a faithful member of our church. Now he reminds me all the time that God is still dealing with him so there are still things in his life that he needs to change. Well it is now February 2ND and my son is starting to worry because he does not have anyway of getting his W-2. I am trying to help him by looking up on the Internet to see if I can find the company headquarters. Yesterday I found it and I called him to give him the information, he could not find a piece of paper or a pen so I told him I would write the information down for him and bring it to him. Right there at that moment God was already working, you see my son didn't need to write the information down because when I went to check the mail his W-2 was in the mail (PRAISE GOD). I began to praise and worship and pray cause we serve an awesome God. This is a But God testimony, I am reminded of the scripture The things which are impossible with men are possible with God (Luke 18:27).

As I was praying the song by Kurt Carr came on titled For Every Mountain:


I've got so much to thank God for So many wonderful blessings and so many open doors A brand new mercy along with each new day That's why I praise You and for this I give You praise For waking me up this morning That's why I praise You For starting me on my way That's why I praise You For letting me see the sunshine that's why I praise You of a brand new Day A brand new mercy along with each new day That's why I praise You and for this I give You praise You're Jehovah Jhireh That's why I praise You You've been my Provider That's why I praise You You see so many times You´ve met my needs So many times You rescued me That's why I praise You I want to thank You for the blessing You give to me each day That's why I praise You For this I give You praise For every mountain You brought me over For every trial you've seen me through For every blessing Hallelujah, for this I give You praise

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Hand-Picked by God

How many times have you been with a group of Christians women and it seems that you all have experienced the same things. Maybe not exactly as yours but it was similar. Yesterday I meet with my Purpose En Route to Destiny class. This is a group of Christian women who have attended a 14-week discipleship class which is lectured by Pastor Chene Tucker. During our testimony time we each ( there were 8 of us in attendance on Saturday) took our time in giving ours. When it came my time I astonished at how my testimony was pretty much the same as theirs. We all had gone through a spiritual warfare during the week, some were with husbands,children,jobs,relative. As I gave my testimony the Lord spoke to me and said you all have been hand picked by me it is no coincidence that you all attended this class together. What a feeling that came over me to know that God hand picked us to be together even before we were conceived. So the next time you find yourself with a certain group of women and your lives in some way are connected by similar circumstances remember you were hand-picked by God.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light (1Peter 2:9)NKJV