Delighting in the Glorious

It has been a busy day today as our Father has given me opportunity to be with several special people throughout the day and the thing that stands out to me today is that each one of them is sooo gloriously and divinely created and special in their very awesome own unique ways!!! I smile in great appreciation and respect for our Father as I think about His creation – it is all good!!! Have you ever looked upon animals and observed all of the very unique qualities and the divine distinct differences that each one has??? So it is with people, too!!!

Kitty Sees Lion

Can you imagine if a lion looked upon a mouse and said I want to be like that and no longer liked itself as a lion, saw itself as less than the divine it was created to be, inadequate, or lacking in ability to do what it was supposed to do in life because it saw itself through trying to be a mouse or imagine perhaps a giraffe that said I want to be a turtle instead of how God made me!!! Why who would harvest of the high-up produce Father gave to the giraffe if there was no giraffe??? Who would eat the divinely provided produce to be harvested next to the ground if there were no turtles doing their part to eat what is theirs?!! There would be lack where our Father desired to have orchestrated completion to His creation and its purposes!!! Two things would be as a result upon the discontent, wishful mindset:

  • They would miss out on the unique greatness of what they could be and do differently from any other given to them by the grace of God!!! There would not be the divine them to be and do what they were created to be, so the world would forever miss out on what God wanted to offer to the world thru them!!!
  • In their discontent wishful thinking, they would also spend their life preoccupied with not being able to do things that is not for them to focus on in life, seeking at the being of a clone of God’s design rather than a special Masterpiece of their own. Being themselves, they would be focusing on what they were purposed to do and having the divine joy that comes from knowing they are representing God’s good creation thru them and it is not falling by the wayside of discontentment.

As our Father’s kids, we should not let the enemy, flesh or world drag oneself down with discontent of being what we are not instead of enjoying the exhilarating opportunity to be divine YOU and me with all our Father’s fine unique embellishments of how He created YOU and me to be!!! Amen?!!

We can admire and appreciate God’s grace in others without letting it take away from His grace in ourselves is what Father speaks to my heart today!!! There is a fine line between admiration, envy and jealousy in our relationships.  Each of them can be defined in these ways:

Admiration:

Admiration is to personally feel respect or approval for someone or something about a person. It is to look at something or someone with enjoyment or delight as King David wrote in Psalm 16:2-3 “I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.  As for the saints who are in the land, they are the glorious ones in whom is all my delight.” Our Father admires us and “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Every good and perfect gift is coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.”  (James 1:17)

Admiration of what our Father has created is good – what would change it from a good thing to a bad thing is to act upon the admiration in an ungodly way, a selfish way or to look upon it with distress when it shouldn’t distract from one’s own good. To view it with distraction from one’s own good would be called envy.”How can we praise our Father’s divine that we see in others to build them up in good ways and speak truth to ourselves, too???” Envy is different from admiration of what God has created.

Envy:

Envy differs from godly admiration in that it always has the attachment to it of an ungodly sense. Envy is a two-part relationship. It is seeing our self as inferior to another because the standard we use to see our self is not the true worth or quality of who we are created to be in Christ. Rather than resting in Christ’s truths, we compare ourselves with that of others based on our own way or the world’s way of thinking instead of our Father’s.  For example, I know there have been times I have thought with distress that I wish I had legs like that girl, thinking my own were inadequately created compared to hers, yet other people have seen the divine in my legs and complimented me on my own legs for being different from the divine way our Father made mine longer than theirs!!! lol Another example could be to distress wishing that I am sometimes male instead of a female!!! I have to repent of that in not appreciating my own uniqueness and His special creativity in me – in that it is to put down my Father’s perfect divine goodness and wisdom that He created into me for His purposes on earth for me, knowing that He has the best plan of good for me, my life, my purpose, my mindset and for others He places in my life.  He has a completely different setup for someone else’s divine creation!!! Both are divine Masterpieces and our Father’s heart for us when we see His divine in others is to rejoice when others rejoice!!! 🙂 Envy aims at wishing or rejoicing in the destruction of another’s good to better one’s own good in their own eyes. Our Father’s heart is to also mourn with those who mourn. (Romans 12:15)

God Has Amazing Plan for You

Power of Christ

Our Father’s Spirit made to dwell in us was not given that we should be given to envy. Questions to consider: “Do we perceive we are lacking in worth or qualities that we see in another that we want for ourself???” “What does our Father say about that???” Envy differs from jealousy in ways, too:

Jealousy:

Jealousy is a three-part relationship. It is to desire to have the same as another for oneself and in relationships, it includes a subject, a rival and a beloved. For example: In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain was moved by jealousy and killed his brother Abel because of jealousy for his beloved God’s approval. Our Father told Cain, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted?” (Genesis 4:7) There was room in God’s love for both of them had Cain chose correctly. We know that in choosing our Father’s finished work on the cross for our sins, that we are forever accepted by our Father and our sacrifices for acceptance are no longer necessary!!! Bless Him!!! Religious leaders in the days of Jesus and His disciples were jealous of wanting the people’s approval and they moved with their envy to kill and persecute Jesus and His disciples. Had they chosen correctly, they could’ve had a love relationship with Jesus, His disciples and the people, too. Our Father is said to be jealous of us over any other relationship in our lives!!! He wants to be our first love as He should be!!! His is a righteous jealousy and he actively moves out of jealousy in good ways for our best interest!!! Jealousy is to be moved to seek or desire eagerly, to burn with jealousy!!! Jealousy could be an unhappy or angry feeling caused by the belief that someone  you love (such as your husband or wife) likes or is liked by someone else. If that feeling moves us energetically to act in sinful ways because of that, it would be to move in sinful jealousy without godly reason. Our Father calls us to love one another as He has loved us. Liking someone or being liked by someone is not sin so long as godly boundaries are not crossed. If godly boundaries are crossed, that is a different story. For example: If I have been jealous to want to have a brother, sister, family and ministry team that I like in my life because I like them and enjoy working with them, there is no sin in that if that is what my Father desires for me. If I continue to strive for that in an ungodly way, in that it is where my Father is saying no and those people are saying no and closing a door, I am in sin to continue to pursue that which is not of my Father. Our Father gives us the passion of heart and creates circumstances for us to be where He desires us to be. That is not wrong to have that divine heart passion for what He desires for us!!! For us to have the heart passion for ministry is sometimes a process for our Father to take us thru. Sometimes He has to completely close all doors on relationships before our heart finally is moved in agreement with our Father that the answer is no or He can keep open or reopen doors to bring about that which matches our heart desire.  Perhaps our heart isn’t desiring to go, but our Father’s voice is sooo loud for us to go, we can’t not go even though we may be afraid and need to step out in trusting Him!!! For me, if I wanted to partner with those relationships for any purpose other than what is for our Father’s divine heart for me, I would be moving in sinful jealousy to have relationships that belong to my Father for myself!!! I sense my heart is right in my heart towards relationships before my Father at this point in time and seek to keep my heart open to His voice and godly counsel as He leads!!! Bless Him for His heart to help us all in life as we seek Him!!!

Eyes Fixed on Jesus

Oh this is lots of food for thought and I hope this helps in some divine way as Father has laid it upon my heart to share as it has helped me to understand the differences between admiration, envy and jealousy. It has to do with our heart and only our Father can reveal our hearts to us each individually and what is the right to do in our interactions with people that He puts into our lives. “God works in us to will and act according to His purpose.” (Philippians 2:13) Our lives are a learning and growing process!!! Above all of our relationships, our sweet Jesus is the One in all the universe to be greatly admired and adored this Christmas and we can all have His peace and rest in heart knowing that He loves us all with unfailing, unconditional love and never will He leave us nor forsake us!!! YAY!!! Know that you are divinely loved forever and we are all His forever kingdom family!!!

Jesus smiling

The power of our Father’s perfect love for us helps us to be able to see Him, ourselves and others in healthy godly loving ways!!! This song talks of the power of our Father’s love here. Let us draw near to Him to hear His beautiful heart that delights in each of us and can help us each to delight in the glorious of our Father in each of us!!! It is what will bring us the right heart – the divine heart that will bring with it divine peace that just makes us smile!!! 🙂

Power of the Holy Spirit

 

 

Seeking Jesus

May Christmas and the New Year be a time of deep reflection upon our Savior and His heart for us as His family of saints…As King David desired, may we all have a heart after the heart of God: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10

Seeking Jesus…what a beautiful way to celebrate the gift of our Savior entering into our world!!! It makes for a merry heart – a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year as we find Him!!! Oh that thought just makes me smile!!! 🙂image

The Gift of Walking

I read a story today that brought a tear to my eyes. It was the story about a little boy that wanted to give his friend a gift and he lived a few miles from the ocean. He had the idea of walking there and finding a treasure for her – a carefully chosen seashell of divine beauty. He found just the right one in his eyes and upon presenting it to her, she thanked him for the gift and she also made mention of how special it was that he walked several miles to the ocean with her in mind.

Heart Seashell

He lit up and said “The long walk was part of the gift!!!” As I thought about this story, I treasured the sacrifice of this boy’s heart and time that he had devoted to show his friend his love. I don’t know if he realized until it was mentioned to him that each step that he took to get the gift was treasured by his friend, but it made me greatly appreciate the sacrifices that people make in my life that go beyond the tangible as I reflected upon his joyful appreciative heart!!! It is my hope that he also recognized that the ability to walk and the process of walking there, taking in the divine life around him was also a gift to him personally!!! It was a love gift from our Father to him that enabled him to experience the beauty of love in life – the love of our Father for him and the beauty of living out love for others. Both ways, it was a blessing to him!!!

Boy With Father

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Do you appreciate your everyday stepping through life as Father enables us to, dear ones??? Oh it is a sweet gift that we share of our Father together!!!

Heart of Seashells

My heart is very thankful for the steps taken that people put forth in various physical, mental, emotional and spiritual efforts to bless me – it is truly the heart of Christmas love lived out everyday in our lives together whether or not we give tangible gifts!!! I certainly realize there are people in my life that show me everyday that they love me beyond the tangible. How about you, dear family??? My point in all of this is that tangible gifts can be sooo sweet and truly touch a heart, but perhaps a great Christmas gift we can give to others that are dear to us this Christmas is in doing as this friend did in this story and just let it be known to the special ones in your life that the steps they have taken in life to bless you beyond tangible is greatly appreciated and not without notice!!! Bless you for your hearts of loving for Father, sweet family!!! Please know that wherever you are and even if nobody acknowledges to you personally your sacrifices on their behalf, Jesus notices!!! His heart wants you to know that He greatly appreciates what you do and He will reward you for what you do:

“God is not unjust, He will not forget your hard work and the love that you show Him as you help His people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10 NIV

God Sees You

Jesus Looking at Man

Girl Reaching to Jesus

Sweet Father’s Christmas love and friendship to you family of Jesus!!! YOU are a divine gift and blessing!!! I like this little song here that talks about the sweetness of trusting in Jesus!!! It just all makes me smile!!! 🙂

The Birth of Jesus

In order for something to have an ending, it has to have a beginning, amen?!! That is the thought Father puts upon my heart today as I look into His Word, specifically about the Christmas story!!! His written Word (the Bible) says:

“This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” 

Matthew 1:18 NIV

Mary and Joseph were a divine couple that our Father brought together, however, before they were together, it is said that Mary was found to be with Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit. As I reflect upon this, my Father speaks to me today of the importance of the personal relationship with Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit at work in each person’s life before they are together in unity with Christ. Apart from each having a personal relationship with Christ Jesus, a couple should not enter into marriage together. To do so is said to be unequally yoked!!! Why is that an issue??? Our Father says it this way:

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”

2 Corinthians 6:14

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To heed our Father’s advice in life is to set ourselves up with the best possible scenario to have unity in Christ Jesus. Letting Christ and His mind and His Spirit be born first and foremost into our personal lives brings the divine life and divine ending into our world!!! I love that thought!!! Going for a good ending in life circumstances always begins with welcoming Christ into our midst as Father tells us:

“The fear (reverence) of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One of understanding.”

Proverbs 9:10

Cross with Manger

Jesus says:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

Revelation 22:13

“I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except thru me.”

John 14:6

“…It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”

Revelation 21:6

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Wherever there is a thirst for divine unity, it begins with the welcoming in of Jesus and the living waters of His Holy Spirit flowing through us each as His kids of faith and it ends with having our thirst quenched divinely by Him!!! Nothing can satisfy our hearts like Jesus!!! I love this song here that welcomes the H0ly Spirit into our lives. Has Jesus been born into your life personally??? If not, just ask Him to be your personal Savior from sin and invite Him to indwell your heart and guide you from the beginning of new life in Him thru all of life to His eternal Kingdom that is coming soon where all of His kids of faith shall be united together as His royal forever family!!! Now that is a beginning with a good-ending promise and oh it just makes me smile!!! 🙂

Heaven

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Rockin’ for Christmas

Merry Christmas Eve everybody! Woohoo!!! How exciting as we celebrate Jesus coming into our midst as “Emmanuel – God with us!!!” I’m a gal celebrating with ya, the great privilege and honor that we have of the presence of the King of kings and the Lord of lords making His divine entrance into our homes and entering into our hearts to take up residency forever and forever! He is the greatest gift of all and He is ours forever to dwell with us, to be our hope, our joy, our inspiration, our guidance, our strength, our first and everlasting perfect love, our peace, our victory, our encouragement, our security, our refuge, our provider, our sustainer, our forgiveness, our light in darkness, our righteousness, our holiness, the perfector of our faith, our overcomer, our peace, our Truth, our wonderful counselor, our gift of everything! He is our “Rock” in whom we can trust always!!! His promises to us are:

“Never will I leave you;

never will I forsake you.”

Hebrews 13:5

“For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 3:16

As we gather around the Christmas tree – the symbol of Jesus as our everlasting light, along with our loved ones all around us, let us remember the reason for the season, our Rock in whom we can trust!!! Oh, we be Rockin’ in faith in Him as we celebrate and to get us in the festive celebration mindset,  here is a song that has me a hoppin’ around with joy today!!! Have fun everybody!!! We have much to celebrate today!!! Woohoo!!! Jesus is coming to the world to bless every girl and boy, no matter what our age!!! He is bringing with Him all His glorious riches of the Universe with which to bless us as His children, His heirs to His paradise Kingdom!!! Bless Him!!! I’m a gal putting out milk and cookies for Him!!!

Kid Sugar Cookies

Oh, my Father!!! I sooo love Him!!! He’s the best!!!

He just makes me smile and I can just see Him laughing with us with a special twinkle in His eyes of love for us all!!!

Laughing with Jesus

Rockin’ in Him with ya ~ have a fun time celebrating He who loves you with perfect, unfailing, unconditional, forever love – JESUS!!!

Eyes of Jesus

The Merciful God

A glorious good new gift of today to you, saint! Our Father is sooo tenderhearted towards us to give us the gift of life today!!! He rose the sun up in the sky special for you to have light upon your day to see well. How is that for a love gift to start your day?!

God Rich in Mercy

Mary, the mother of Jesus understood this about our Father as well when she wrote of His kindness in sending Jesus into the world. She said

“He has helped His servant Israel

remembering to be merciful.”

Luke 1:54

Jesus Hug for Girl

The greatest gifts our Father has given to each of us is the gift of life and the gift of Jesus as a gift to give to us everlasting life, dwelling in the presence of God with us!!! He didn’t have to do that, but He chose to because He is tender hearted towards us. Jesus sees you, saint and His heart is for you! Treasure the gift of His love for you today!!!

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Living He loved me, dying He saved me as this song says here.

Lasting Unity

Hi, dear family~ Today is my daughter and son-in-law’s sixth wedding anniversary! Sooo proud of them!!! I still remember that day, being the mother of the bride and I chuckle as I go into the church where there wedding was held and still see some of the leftover Christmas decorations that we donated after the wedding. I remember praying for my daughter when she was just a baby that she would grow up to marry a believer in Christ Jesus. She did! I am sooo thankful for my son-in-law! As I ponder their lives together and I think of him loving my daughter, I think of our Father’s heart for husbands and how they are to love their wives:

“Husbands love your wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

In the Garden of Eden, Jesus called man and woman to be one flesh in personal relationship with Christ. As a leader, a man should seek Jesus and draw his wife with him, considering her heart, in love and in unity to Christ. That is the heart of Christ for us as His bride (His church) as well. He desires that we be one in unity with Him in a love relationship with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Unity is a special gift and important in carrying out our Father’s best for us. He loves us with perfect unfailing, unconditional love as He IS love. Imagine a body with each part going its own way away from each other as you are trying to walk or reach out into life. YIKES!!! If you weren’t attached well, you would split apart. Christ brings unity!!! He says this about Himself:

“He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church…”

This Christmas, ponder these things in heart and Christ’s desire for unity. How is He calling you to unity? How about lighting a unity candle – a beautiful reminder to pray for the beautiful heart of Jesus that desires for us all to be one in Him as His beloved bride and family of God. Jesus, the Son, the Holy Spirit and God the Father are One God and they are perfect love and grace to us all. Blessed are we all to have their love and guidance for a beautiful everlasting life!!!

Genesis 2:24; Colossians 1:17; Ephesians 5:22-30

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