Thursday, February 28, 2013
Barbie doll clothes for my grand daughters took lots of time to make! I sort of redeemed the time by listening to good preaching while I was knitting or crocheting. I did try to buy them on line but I couldn't find any. I didn't realize how hard they would be to find.
In any case between doing all the video editing till Brian gets back and my two jobs I have been a busy beaver. And guess what? Every day I get the song from Holy Spirit, "I seek the Lord with all my heart...." and "Surely, surely, surely I will come...." which is my cue to spend time with the Lord-- away from everybody.
You ask me how I get everything done and I just want to laugh. It's God! There's no way I can get all the stuff done on my list. I know it! I sometimes look back at my days and all the things I've accomplished and I know it's only by his grace and power. There aren't enough hours in the day to get done all the stuff I've been doing. And I haven't burnt out!
I think that's why God has been telling me to spend time with him. I'm recharging my batteries while I am with him. That's not to say that I haven't had times where I'm fighting my mind to focus on the Lord, or I start thinking of all the things I have to do. It happens a lot! But Holy Spirit tells me write this down, or "do this first' or 'wait on that project' and then it's easy to put those concerns out of my mind. The bonus is that my day then goes so much more smoothly and is so productive.
Anyone who thinks they don't have time to seek the Lord doesn't know that you can never out give God. Holy Spirit always pays me back with extra bonuses along the way.
Not only does my day go better but it's so precious when you just whisper his name and boom! his presence and angels are instantly around you. That's pretty amazing stuff.
The other day I heard the call to seek him and I started up the stairs to my bedroom. I felt his presence and got this song, "Sunrise, sunset, sunrise, sunset...". That's all I could remember of the song and it didn't mean much, so I forgot about it and spent time in the Bible as Holy Spirit directed and sang the songs he wanted to hear.
Later, I looked up the song to get the rest of the words and here it's a Jewish Marriage song! What a blessing! Holy Spirit was telling me that I was becoming more like his bride as I sought his presence above all else. Praise the Lord!
Now wouldn't you like to have Holy Spirit give you that song too? It's not that difficult. Just ask Holy Spirit to lead into becoming one of the ten virgins that had oil in their lamps. He'll lead you and direct you along the way. He's forever faithful!
I also have lots of good articles and songs about seeking the Lord in my blog. Just look up 'seek' in the search bar at the top of this page.
God's no respecter of persons. What he has done for me he wants to do for you. That's good news.
Have a great day with him!
Monday, February 11, 2013
Hi there. Pastor Perry shared some amazing insights when he preached on Sunday. Link for Perry's short video
When we got laid off from our jobs, one day apart, we were faithful tithers, partners with several ministries, and helpers at church and in the community.
It hit us like a landslide and caused some serious doubts. It was when I heard that 'rain comes to the righteous and the unrighteous' (ref. Mat. 5:45) that I realized that being a 'good' christian doesn't always mean that you will be protected from hardship.
On the contrary, our steps are ordered by God and he uses whatever he wants to mold us into his image. The Bible says to endure hardship like a good soldier (ref. 2Tim. 2:3)
I found out how addicted to comfort we were! A lot of extras had to go as we adjusted our lifestyles. It has been an interesting journey, to say the least!
Things turned around when I started to dig into the word of God and get serious with my confessions and praise and worship. Thank God for the power of his word! Thank God for the power of the blood of Jesus! Thank God for Holy Spirit who teaches, counsels and encourages us!
Watch the video and be encouraged!
Brenda Gale Thompson
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