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Are you sitting still and a little bored?

Here comes the start of a new week, but do you somehow feel like there isn’t much “new” to the week?
Do you find yourself hopeful as to what this week will hold and bring about for you by Friday?                               OR…..



Do you feel like your just sitting still and little a bored?

Let’s NOT be like Negative Nellie and Doubting Doug…Let’s trust in the Lord for ALL things!

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart;
and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him,
and he shall direct thy paths.


Nothing exciting happened last week…AND I DOUBT THAT IT DOES THIS WEEK!

This precious promise of divine guidance in one’s life choices is conditioned upon complete trust in God’s wisdom as revealed in His Word, along with unashamed acknowledgement of Him in all our dealings with others.

As Christians, we are aware of what God’s Word instructs us, SO let’s make this week a successful week in the Lord!  Let’s do our BEST to adjust our attitudes!!! If you find yourself discouraged by your circumstances, I want to encourage you to lift your voice in song and sing to the Lord. I know that your probably thinking “That’s the last thing that I feel like doing.PLEASE JUST TRY IT… The Spirit will comfort you and before you know it you will be feeling so much more positive in your day::)) Remember God is with us!

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: We trust that God has the best plan for us as He directs our paths. Let’s come into His presence daily,  and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Saviour.

IMG_7341Let’s be willing to sit quietly and trust in the Lord with ALL of our heart today and every day!

Be watchful for those who climbeth up some other way…



But he that entereth in by the door is the Shepherd of the sheep

Have you ever considered yourself to be like sheep? And I’m not referring to the cute and cuddly aspect, Although God thinks we are cute and cuddly also:))!

Jesus used many different object lessons during His teaching.
JOHN 10:4-5
4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5 And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

Chapter ten begins with the GREAT revelation of Jesus as the Shepherd of Life. Jesus is pictured as the only true Shepherd of the sheep. There is a sheepfold, a pen where all the sheep are kept. The sheepfold pictures the place of acceptance by God or the location of safety and security in God’s presence. The sheep are disciples or believers of the Lord.
The sheep know the Shepherd’s voice. They know both His sound and His words. The sound of His voice is not uncertain and unclear, not weak and frail, not quivering and indecisive. It is clear, strong, sure and decisive. The words of His voice are words of care and tenderness, warning and safety, truth and security. Believers trust the Word of Christ because they know His voice. The sheep follow the Shepherd. He goes before them to lead the way. He does not drive them like cattle. He leads to pick out the safe and secure way to the pasture. He leads to show the sheep that the road is clear and safe. The sheep know this, so they follow the Shepherd, knowing they are perfectly safe and secure following the path He has laid out before them.

As believers, hearing God speak to us is our right and our privilege from Him. The Word says that we can know His voice and distinguish it from others; He gives us discernment to identify His voice over voices of deception.
John parallels this discernment with the instinctive nature of sheep that recognizes the voice of their shepherd.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: The more we study and learn the Word, the more HE will allow us to let its power flow through our lives and the better we will be able to hear, discern and obey God’s voice.

Let’s get quite and spend time in God’s Word so that we can hear Him today and every day!

The sign of our witness for Christ should never become RUSTY and UNREADABLE!


Don’t STOP AHEAD and let your witness for CHRIST become unreadable, not to mention RUSTY

Hello and HAPPY Saturday! 🙂
Since I started blogging, I find it hard to pass up a great picture that can lead to an encouraging blog:))
Today’s lesson references how as Christians, we are to share the Good News of what Christ has done for us.
I believe as Christians, we have a fine line to balance along the way. We never want to come across as a fanatic, (a person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause.) For all of you that know me, I’m passionate about learning and helping others to grow in their knowledge of Christ. And since retiring, I have more time, but I’ve not gone “over the top” so that you know:))

Paul is a great example of being a witness for Christ.

ROMANS 1:5-6
5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:
6 Among whom are ye also the called of Jesus Christ.

Christians have both privilege and a great responsibility. Paul and the apostles received forgiveness (“Grace“) as an undeserved privilege. But they also received the responsibility to share the message of God’s forgiveness with others (“obedience to the faith among nations)). God also graciously forgives our sins when we believe in Him as Lord. In doing this, we are committing ourselves to begin a new life. Paul’s new life also involved a God-given responsibility-to witness of God’s Good News to the world as a missionary. God may or may not call you to be an overseas missionary, but He does call you (and all believers) to witness and be an example of the changed life Jesus Christ has begun in you.

FRUITFUL OBSERVATION: We all have a great responsibility to live a Christ centered life and be the example that He has called each one of us to be for Him.
Let’s not STOP AHEAD of the time that He has for us, Because we may find ourselves standing alone and RUSTY!IMG_6843

The foundation, a door and a window…thats all that remains…

Wow, so many changes take place in our lives and before we know it our life has changed so much that there isn’t much that remains the same. I recently retired and closed my business due to not being able to continue the line of work that I had done for twenty years due to having neck and back issues, but enough about that because I’m a firm believer that  this was all due to God’s timing. A time to now work spiritually harder instead of physically harder. God’s work is a lot more fun by the way:)

Why is it that when we are taken out of our comfort zone we begin to get discouraged some days and find it hard to remember that God is always with us? His Word tells us that He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Recently I drove by the building that I used to lease space and operate my skincare and nail care business. To my surprise…it had totally been remodeled and ALL that remained that gave a hint of my existence there was the foundation, door and window… I said this is too profound and I just know that God has a message in this some how for me. So, here I am with my first blog ever. I’m not even sure how all of this works, but I trust that God has a new direction for my life as I set out to find my purpose for Him in 2016. A time in my life like never before. I have always worked by an appointment book that met the needs of others all day long and usually in forty five minute increments…I didn’t have much time for me. I have struggled with the fact that I’m not quite as “in demand” as I used to be, or “needed”, But I am learning how to rest in God’s independence instead of my own. AND Don’t think for a moment that this has been an easy change over…I’ve always heard that as Christians, We must die to our “old” nature and be ready to follow Him whatever the cost. I recently had the thought that while I’ve had some really low days excepting all of the changes, and trying to accept this new way of life, I’ve realized that perhaps this is exactly what dying to the old way of life, Kim’s way of life being totally in control and in charge that I’ve finally come to realize that I’ve honestly mourned it like a death. I look back over the past two years and I’ve experienced all of the emotions that go along with the acceptance and healing from the loss of a loved one…So with this said, I believe that it’s time to allow God to use me to help others in the way that He desires…I’ve mourned it long enough…For faith to trust Him more as I go:)

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