Friday, May 18, 2012


From Streams in the Desert today:

Pressed beyond measure; yes, pressed to great length;
Pressed so intensely; beyond my own strength;
Pressed in my body and pressed in my soul,
Pressed in my mind till the dark surges roll.
Pressure from my foes, and pressure from dear friends.
Pressure on pressure, till life nearly ends.

Pressed into knowing no helper but God;
Pressed into loving His staff and rod.
Pressed into liberty where nothing clings;
Pressed into faith for impossible things.
Pressed into living my life for the Lord,
Pressed into living a Christ-life outpoured.

We know the things that come from great pressure in this life, diamonds and jewels.  Why is it that we don't see that pressure for us is the work necessary to produce refinement IN us?

I'm no different than anyone else, who likes being under pressure?  The truth is that as we submit to these pressures and look to our Father for HIS provision and strength to endure, we also get to experience His grace, love and peace.

Blessings & Peace

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Making Adjustments

I received the below devotional in my email this morning.  I highly recommend this brother's devotionals, regardless of your vocation in life we need good solid information to guide and encourage us in our walk.  Please take special note of the last paragraph.

Blessings & Peace

TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
Sunday, March 25 2012

..."Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some." - John 21:6
A former client of mine was the marketing director of a large food brokerage company and told me a story about one of their client grocery stores located in the upper Midwest. It seems that the store could not understand why at a certain time every winter sales plummeted. They studied their product line and interviewed customers. They did everything possible to uncover the mystery. Finally, someone made a remarkable discovery that changed everything.
It seemed that whenever it was really cold outside, the manager raised the temperature in the store. When customers came into the store it was too warm for them, so they removed their coats and placed them in their shopping carts. This meant less room for food and resulted in reduced sales overall. They lowered the temperature of the store, and as a result, the sales climbed back to the levels they were accustomed to. Their adjustment resulted in restoring sales levels.
Jesus stood on the shoreline and watched Peter and a few of the disciples fish. Jesus yelled from the shoreline asking if they had caught anything. They had not. He then suggested they cast their line on the other side of the boat. Without knowing the person who was addressing them, they took His advice. They began catching so many fish they could not bring them in.
Adjusting our lives to God is the first thing that has to happen in order to begin experiencing Him in our daily lives. For some, it is simply following the advice of those above us. For others, it may require a major change in our job situation. Still, for others it could mean making changes in relationships. Whatever the case, you can be sure that until we adjust our lives to God we will not receive His full blessing. Ask Him today where you need to adjust to Him. 

Thursday, March 8, 2012


@CSLewisDaily: To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable, because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you - #CSLewis

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Lost

Luke 15:1 ESV - Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him.2�And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, "This man receives sinners and eats with them."

From the beginning of mankind's fall until the end of this age, our Father's business has been and will always remain the same; the redemption of mankind to Himself. In another verse on the same issue Jesus made the statement, "But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick." ~Matthew 9:12 We who are saved by God's grace, were the very one's Christ was speaking of in this verse.

We all share the same root of sin and sickness! Our Father sent Jesus to show us His love made perfect. To show us how HE loves us and cares for us. Yes, Christ received sinners and ate meals with them. How else could HE show them the depth of God's love. Now, Jesus lives in us and by our Father's grace and the indwelling of His Holy Spirit, we are able to share this same love and grace.

We are called to do nothing less than love each other and spread God's Good News throughout our place in this world. Join me in asking our Father for the fullness of His love to fill us to overflowing.

Blessings & Peace

Friday, February 24, 2012

What Does the Lord Require? -

Deuteronomy 10:12, 13 NLT

""And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you? He requires only that you fear the LORD your God, and live in a way that pleases him, and love him and serve him with all your heart and soul. And you must always obey the LORD's commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good."

See it at

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Stay Awake -

Luke 21:34-36 ESV
"But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

See it at YouVersion.com

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Renewal - YouVersion Reading Plan

I've been reading the Experiencing God's Renewal Reading Plan at You might enjoy it, or one of the many other plans that are available. Check it out.

"1 Corinthians 6:19-20 gives us a friendly reminder about the importance of not only renewing what's on the inside, but also what's on the outside. Think about it for a moment. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and should be treated as such. Would you let your church building look run down or distressed? Of course not! If repairs were needed to your church, you would renovate your church so that it stands as a shining beacon of Christ's love in your community. Therefore, shouldn't we treat our bodies the same way and continually renew them so that they are able to carry out God's purpose for our lives? In what ways do you need to renew your body? Renewal can look different for everyone. For some it might be the need for a little more exercise or a better diet. It could be the need for physical healing. For others, it may be allowing God to renew you from a past sexual sin. Find where you need renewal for your body and allow God to work His healing in your life."

Blessings & Peace


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