Spending Your Winter

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We’re parked in a lovely retirement RV community here in Yuma AZ for a few weeks, where many other elder Christian folk are spending their winter. These folks enjoy shuffleboard and cards, play golf, attend gospel sings, run the dunes, barbeque, shop, fellowship (a LOT!), and generally enjoy the mild, sunny winters on the border.
But these happy, born-again seniors still deal with issues here in sunny Yuma – health issues, financial issues, family issues, issues about their future, spiritual issues. Yes, life happens here too. But our spiritual sword, shield and armor should be shinier, tougher – and more lethal, not less.
I’m convinced that the last ten or so years of a “Believer in the Great God” are meant to be the most productive, powerful years of their life here in the flesh. The silver-haired Believer should sharply discern the times, hear Father’s voice clearer, see farther with a seer’s eyes, discern spirits more accurately, war wiser, speak and pray with more effect, manifest more powerfully, and draw the Kingdom to his patch of Earth – right now. This one should not be the least of the brethren, but he should be the “sharpest tool in the shed”! Instead of slackening off, you are the tip of God’s arrow.
That was God’s idea in the first place, and He set the plan into motion when He gifted, called and equipped His man. The Believer’s last years are their most valuable, summing up the authority and manifest power that Father so freely gave. In fact, from Father come abundance, love, glory, beauty, splendor and honor. As He is, so are we in this world (1 John 4:17). Our winter years are our best, most honoring years to Father! Spend your winter wisely, fellow Believer.
Contemplate your value to God: Who else can do what He designed, called and equipped you to do? Who can make your decisions better than you? Who else can spend your net worth? You alone are responsible and accountable for “spending” your powerful winter years.
What are you doing this winter?

Forgetful or Thankful?

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Forgetful or Thankful?

I’m reminding myself of something that kept me from being thankful this Thanksgiving weekend.

I had forgotten that my emotions are not reliable. I’m now reminding myself that ANY feeling of lack denies the truth of God’s promise to provide it for me. It can be lack of peace, provision, or any insecurity. I know Philippians 4:19! How did I forget?

Feelings can lie and cause worry, fretting, fear, anxiety, sadness, self-pity, insecurity, doubt, dread, paranoia – stress. The list is long and revealing.

But now I remember that God made me promises, and I am going back to being thankful.

Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

How could I forget the wonderful things God did for me? None of these “needy” feelings are justified. They are lies. I am evicting them before they erode my faith in God and damage my life. It’s that simple, but it’s also simply essential that I replace lies with the truth – what He promised.

Any “lack” feelings REVEAL that I haven’t applied God’s promises to my mindset, memory, decision making and emotions (my soul). That must change. I take His promise by faith and apply it to my now situation till the visible lines up with the truth. I can do that! I love Philippians 4:19!

I really am well provided for, richly blessed. I may have to trust Him for a while in it, but I can do that too. I can trust the One who promised, for surely He will do it.

So, this weekend I’m sorting my feelings and updating them to reflect that God is my good Provider! Deal with your emotions – quickly and firmly. Do it till the visible changes. Emotions are good when they are good, but bad when they are bad. Deal with them. The sooner the better, my friend (just in case you’ve had them too). Profound, I know.

Wow! Am I ever THANKFUL to God for that! Ah, it’s Thanksgiving weekend?! Imagine that. I won’t forget.

Don’t worry! by Donna

Psalm 37 – DON’T WORRY. Trust God.
When you’re outnumbered a vote won’t help, but God will. Focus on, and draw from, Him. Relax in Him and don’t worry!

Now you know what to do. Relax.
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The Life You Choose

The Life You Choose
Psalm 37
Proposal: Each person determines the kind of life they live by their choices, by their responses to opportunities God gives them. How important our conscious choices are!
Suggestion: At EACH opportunity use your will specifically and on purpose to choose what you know God chooses. This puts you smack in the middle of His will – and that’s the best, and safest, place to enjoy the higher life!
The life of an evildoer is likened to the lower kind of life found in plants (vv.1-2), and they will ultimately be like grass – brief, shallow, destroyed and gone (v. 9)!
Don’t choose evil on any level, for it drastically lowers your very form and quality of life!
Choose the higher life that God wants for you (vv. 3-8). Choose Him and you choose the high life!

 

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Tend to Your Doors

Donna’s proverb for today: Open all your doors to God, and stand expectantly at each one. Close every door to the enemy, and don’t visit it again.
Prov. 26.2, “Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.”
If the curse is present, there is always a reason – and a cost.
Prov. 26.14, “As a door turns on its hinges, so does the lazy man on his bed.”
Stir yourself to tend to your doors, and you will bless yourself!
Make a good day!
-Donna

You Need Joy Today!

 

You need the spiritual power of joy in your life today, and that comes only from the Lord. It will rise from within your spirit as you begin to look for it there. It is a calming delight and cheerfulness, assuring you of God’s presence and His love toward you.
Galatians 5:22, “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace…”
Joy is a fruit of the re-born spirit, a spiritual force of well-being and trust in God. It edifies you and works on your behalf, strengthening you and mounting a protective guard around you today.
Nehemiah 8:10, “Go your way … be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.”
Now go and finish your day in the power and demonstration of God’s joy!

Make a good day!
-Donna

Me and Dad

Doing Things with My Father

Father and I do things together. It’s a Father/Daughter thing. We do things like “sanctifying” things. He gives me something good, I receive it thankfully, and I declare that it is now set apart for His use.

Then His power comes upon my new gift to really bless it! It turns out to be a blessing to Father, and to me. And it even blesses other people!

Check out James 1:17, 1 Timothy 4:3-5 and Matthew 15:32-38.

Try it with your Father!

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