Do You Stumble? Do You?


Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet thay are kept from falling altogether. William Secker

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. though they stumble, they will never fail, for The Lord holds them by the hand. Psalms 37:23-24

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Who is higher? You or The Lord?


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8, 9 KJV)

Can you even image what your life would be like if you lived each moment, made each decision, seeking, listening, obeying, following The Lord in every detail of your life? Can you image how wonderful this world would be if all of us lived our lives that way? What I imagine is …

WOW what I image looks and sounds a lot like Heaven to me — a place where God reigns and ALL will bow before Him, eager to praise Him, worship Him with no thought of self.

BUT we don’t have to wait to get to Heaven to experience the joys that come from following The Lord. If we seek Him and place His thoughts, His ways ahead of ours, and we are obedient to His Word, we can experience a taste of Heaven right here on earth for we will be in His Presence! Praises be to God that He has offered himself to us, through the blood of Jesus and walks with us each day as The Holy Spirit — even if we do not acknowledge His presence or acknowledge His supremacy in all moments of our day.

Praises Be to God

Wishing you a blessed day as you walk with The Lord.

“The Lord is my rock”


1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies

Psalm 18 : 1 – 3 – KJV

Filled With Joy


You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

PSALM 16 : 11

As I begin this day thinking of the cares and concerns around me — loved ones battling terminal cancer, loved ones undergoing extensive oncological testing, younger loves battling a ‘flesh eating bacterial infection and diabetes, children who are facing one live challenge after another, and on and on… to say nothing about my on health concerns and fears of being diagnosed with an auto immune disease and the delays of waiting weeks for an appointment with a Rheumatologist.

But through it all I KNOW God is in control. He has a plan. I am a small part of that plan. I KNOW His Grace, His Love is an unconditional, unwavering love that covers be in a blanket of peace and joy in His Presence as I begin this day.

May you feel the love of my Jesus today. May we walk together with Him rejoicing in the gift of this day and the blessings that it holds.

Marilyn

Peace Be With You


On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

JOHN 20 : 19

As you bask in the Glory of The Resurrected Lord may His Peace Be with You. He has a plan for you and for each moment of this day. Follow Him as He guides you through the moments of this day and wraps you in His Peace regardless of the challenges that may come your way.

A Best Friend — Who is Yours?


“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.”

Henry Ford

Who is my best friend?

Who brings out the best in me?

Jesus Christ!

  • Jesus has transformed me and is transforming me each day.
  • Jesus has loved and loves me with an unconditional love and has given me His love and compassion for others.
  • Jesus is always there when I need someone
    • 24/7, rain, snow, sleet or shine
    • Anywhere, everywhere, any time
  • Jesus always listens and hears my heart behind my words or tears.
  • Jesus always gives me love, grace, mercy, strength, comfort, hope and peace – whatever I need at the time.
  • And most of all Jesus never judges me instead Jesus died for me on The Cross; He covered my sins with His Blood and I appear righteous before Holy God The Father.
  • Jesus will raise me from the grave one day just as He arose from the tomb 1983 years ago.
  • Jesus has promised me an eternity in Heaven!

I sing the words of this hymn this morning as I think of my best friend, Jesus.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

O, what needless paid we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged,

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrow share?

Jesus knows our every weakness,

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Saviour, still our refuge;

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Do they friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee;

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Written 3/25/2013, Marilyn Hoeth

					

A Humble Ride


If the President or the Pope were to come to our city today, they would probably arrive by private jet and would travel in a motorcade of limousines filled with Secret Service agents or body guards. There would be much pageantry and splendor with their arrival. Depending on the occasion, a red carpet might be rolled out before them to signify their importance. By contrast, 1979 years ago today, there was a humble, yet memorable arrival of Jesus in the City of Jerusalem.

During his short life Jesus would travel to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, many times to visit his friends Mary, Martha and Lazarus.Bethanywas an easy two-mile walk to Jerusalem where Jesus ministered on several occasions. This time, however, His entry into Jerusalem would be different. This time Jesus knew that he would be entering Jerusalem as a culmination of his earthly work, the offer of the kingdom, and he knew he would be starting the last week of his earthly life. This entry would be a memorable entry.

As Jesus neared Bethphage, he sent two of his disciples to a nearby village where he told them they would find a donkey and a donkey colt on which no one had sat. They were to loose the colt and when asked they were to tell the owner that the Lord was in need of it so that the owner would immediately send the colt to Jesus.  The disciples placed their cloths on the back of the colt giving Jesus a place to sit as he road the colt on this momentous occasion.

Jesus, fulfilled Zachariah’s prophesy in Zachariah 9:9, “Behold your King is coming to you, lowly and sitting on a donkey, a colt the foul of a donkey”, as he road this young donkey colt into Jerusalem those many years ago. There was to be no royal steed for Jesus, as he entered Jerusalem. There was no royal red carpet. Instead there were branches from Palm trees laid on the road and Palm tree branches waved in his honor. Jesus, The Messiah, The King of Kings, The Lord of Lords, in his humble state as he proudly sat in simple elegance on the back of a lowly donkey colt must have appeared more royal, more elegant, and more ceremonial to his followers than if he had been on a mighty steed and in flowing, elaborate robes.

Although, Jesus rode a lowly donkey those many years ago, he will one day ride a royal white horse befitting a King when he enters to establish His Kingdom. What a glorious entrance that will be!

Scripture Verse

 I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Revelations 19:11-16 (NIV)

Prayer

Heavenly Lord, may we remember your Son Jesus with a renewed sense of awe and reverence this week. Help us to have sensitive spirits this week as we recall the price Jesus paid for our sins and the cruelty he endured on our behalf as he died on The Cross. May our JOY be full as we recall Jesus’ resurrection during Easter Season. Help us to be so spiritually full that we must share The Good News of Christ’s resurrection with others who do not know him as their Savior. And may we be filled with hope as we look forward to the day when Jesus will ride on a white horse.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Written 2007, originally posted 3/31/2012.