Are you wondering if God is listening? Or, are you asking where are you God?


Did you know Jesus speaks to us continuously? He speaks through sunsets in the sky day after day. He speaks in the faces and through the voices of our loved ones. He caresses us with a gentle breeze that just refreshes us when the wind blows, feeling as if the spirit just washed over us. He speaks to us within our spirit which is where He lives. We can find Him in each and every moment when we have eyes that see, and ears open where we can hear. We should rejoice each and every time we discover His presence. Practice looking for Him and listening for Him in our quiet moments. Gradually, you will see Him more and more in each and every moment of your day. Continue to seek Him today sweet friend, even at those times, when we feel he isn’t there. He is there just open your eyes, open your heart, open your ears, and He will speak to you in one form or another.
Jeremiah 29;13 ” You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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You have never messed up too bad.


Get a $20.00 Bill and ask someone how much it is worth and would anyone like to have it.

Take the bill and crumple it into a tiny ball.  Ask if anyone would still like to have the twenty-dollar bill.  After they all say “me!”, Remind them that it is now crushed and wrinkled.  Ask – “Does it still have value?”  “How much is it worth now?” …  “The same as before?!”

Ask if anyone has ever found money just lying on the ground.  Give them a moment for them to tell where and what value of the money they found.  Ask – Was it clean?”  “Was it still worth the value that was printed on it when it was made?”

In the beginning, God created us in His Own image.

Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.”

God created us… In His image…But…

Sin (our disobedience, our not believing & trusting what God said and Who He is) caused us to become damaged and His image in us distorted.  We became crumpled just like the money.  We became dirty like the money you found.

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
And although sin made us no longer look like God, and it caused us to be separated from God because He is Holy, it never changed our worth and value to Him.

Romans 5:8 reminds us that “But God demonstrated His own love towards us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

God does not just throw us away because we are no longer perfect like Him. We matter so much to Him that Jesus came and died to provide a way back to God for us!

He offers us the gift of His grace – the gift of His image in us again through Jesus Christ!

Ephesians 2:8-10
“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works so that no one can boast.  For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”

So when Satan tries to tell you that you messed up too bad for God to ever forgive you much less love you…remember the object lesson from the crumpled money.  It never lost its value or worth, and neither have you to God.  He is our loving Father waiting with open arms for us to return to Him for forgiveness and to be made new!

Ronnie and Christie Bruce

Anger: right or wrong?


Today’s Scripture
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. Ephesians 4:26-27 MSG

Thoughts for Today
Anger: right or wrong? The answer is that anger is right … but it can be wrong. Anger is a God-given emotional energy designed for good. The expression of this anger-produced energy can lead to sin—but it doesn’t have to. With God’s help, we can control our thoughts and actions.

The Bible tells of many times when anger was a positive force for good. Moses’ anger when the Israelites worshipped idols resulted in their repentance (Exodus 32:19-35). Jesus’ anger motivated him to clear abusers from his Father’s temple. (Luke 19:45-48).

Our anger can also lead to sinful acts of selfishness, unkindness or even aggression. It is our responsibility to use our anger-induced energy in positive ways—even if it’s just walking around the block to cool off.

Consider this … 
Our anger can be a positive force as well. Appropriate anger at our children’s wrong behaviors can motivate us as parents to exert firm but loving discipline. Anger against injustices and wrongdoing in our communities can motivate us to do something positive about the situation.

The next time you feel angry, remember that it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s your choice.

Prayer
Father, forgive me for the times I’ve used my anger in sinful ways instead of as a positive force. Help me control my thoughts and actions and to use my anger in positive ways.
In Jesus’ name …

Living Free

 

Do you Struggle with Anger?


Today’s Scripture
Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.
Psalm 4:4 NLT

Thoughts for Today
Anger is one of the most common emotions we experience. It’s part of being human. All of us have lost our tempers and lashed out at God, ourselves or others. Many of us have silently boiled in rage or frustration.

We might not want to admit to being angry—we would rather have people see us as calm and controlled. But let’s face it … try as we might to avoid it, we do get angry. The good news is that we don’t have to let it control our lives.

Consider this … 
The first step to ensuring that anger does not control your life is to admit that you do get angry. Letting anger simmer beneath the surface, refusing to admit even to yourself that it is there, only leads to problems. It is important to deal with it as soon as possible.

The Bible encourages us to find ways to manage our anger. As we accept anger as a common part of life, it is vital that we learn how to deal with it. Pray for God’s guidance in discovering where you are in accepting your anger and in making it your servant, not your master.

Prayer
Father, forgive me for the times I’ve been controlled by anger and have responded to people with unkind words and thoughts. Forgive me also for sometimes just holding the anger in and letting it build into serious resentment and even bitterness. Teach me to deal with anger and not be controlled by it. In Jesus’ name …

Living Free

 

Forgiveness or Unforgiveness?


Wow, these past two weeks have been a whirlwind for our family. We initially went to visit our mom in the hospital, and little did we know she would not be going home. For a week we watched her go downhill quickly and passed away there at the hospital on February 13th. It has had me thinking how fast life can be over. Everyone I have ever been mad at, I am not anymore. Life is to short not to be talking to friends or family that you have been estranged from. I hope everyone can learn to forgive those who have hurt you and make amends with them. Forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do. I have always heard that unforgiveness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. There are people not speaking to me that I have tried to make amends to, but some of these people will not accept my amends. But you know what, that is ok because I still feel free in my heart because I know I am not in bondage from unforgiveness. We go to the phone to call mom and then remember, she is not there anymore. It has broken our hearts losing her, but once again even in her death, she taught us to love well. Her last words were “keep the family together.” What a fantastic statement that was, she wanted her family to stick together and love each other well. I think that should be the first thing we want to do every day we get up, love each other well. This is precisely what Jesus wants us to do. Now that I sit back and read some of her notes from her teaching Sunday School it just touches my heart, making me want to be a better person. I want to start living my life with all the fruits of the spirit just as our mom did. Get up every day and decide to let the fruit of the spirit guide your day! How we live our lives here on earth is what matters, because it is amazing when your gone how people explain what all you did and what kind of person you were, what would people say at your funeral?

 

Galatians 5:22-23 New Living Translation (NLT)

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

And now I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

Do not take revenge on others or continue to hate them, but love your neighbors as you love yourself. I am the Lord. (Leviticus 19:18)

Above everything, love one another earnestly, because love covers over many sins. (1 Peter 4:8)

Be under obligation to no one—the only obligation you have is to love one another. Whoever does this has obeyed the Law. (Romans 13:8)

Love,

Ronnie and Christie