Sunday, September 26, 2010

One Day At A Time....

Psalm 31:1-3, 24 In You, O LORD, I put my trust, Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, Deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, A fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name's sake, Lead me and guide me.

Psalm 37:3-6 Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I have decided that every day I am going to read the above verses and try my hardest to use it as my daily motto. I want to lead by example and not exception. I want to be the kind of person that God uses to do good and not harm. I want my family (especially my nieces and nephew) to want to mimic the life I live, not because it's something to be envious of, but because they see Jesus through me and the blessings he bestows upon me.

I want to truly learn to live "One Day At A Time" trusting in Jesus that I am living the life he chose for me. One day at a time is enough...don't look back & grieve the past, it's gone...don't be troubled about the future, it has not come yet...live in the present & make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering!

In today's world influences of the devil are all around us and often temptation is like the wind blowing throughout. Our youth of today are our leaders of our tomorrow. I want to be an influence on them. I want them to trust in Jesus and learn that there is nothing wrong with standing up for Jesus, but that there is mercy and grace abundantly in taking that stand!
My prayer today: One day at a time, help me believe in what I can be and all that I am. Show me the stairway I have to climb and give me the strength with every step required. Lord, for my sake, teach me to take life one day at a time living in your will!

Blessings,
Candye~

Inspirational Message

What an inspiring story...I do hope you will take the time to go to the link and read all of it!
(Click on the title "Inspirational Message" above to read the full story)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Insurance Coverage


Well, the insurance adjuster came out yesterday to estimate the damage we sustained from the recent hail storm....almost $30,000 in damage! Yes, that is not a typo! Between the house, barn, shed, vehicles and horse trailer it all added up to A LOT!!!! On the positive side, thank goodness we were/are covered, but on the other side there is so much damage and clean up to do!

As I reflected on this last night it got me to thinking.......are you covered? We don't think about our personal walk with Jesus as a form of Insurance, when in reality it is! The best part of all.....your premiums are of no monetary cost to you! All you have to do is simply confess your sins with your voice and God forgives you in return you are INSTANTLY covered!!

I am so glad that I am covered by the blood of Jesus! He died on the Cross so that I could live life eternal and have the insurance needed to face daily trials and most importantly overcome them through his Grace and Love! We bring damaged goods to Him and He gives us a means to restore them and to walk away with peace in our hearts and best of all, at no cost to us!

Next time the Devil tries to damage you - just remember, you are covered, you have the best insurance ever....His name is Jesus! Just tell him "Devil get behind me....for I am covered by the blood of Jesus."

Today's Verses:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:6,7)

"He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

Blessings,
Candye~

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Character


I have truly been blessed. I know I say that a lot and some may wonder if I'm trying to convince myself or others; when honestly I am just simply reminding myself that God still loves me and that things could be a whole lot worse. I am a firm believer that you must fail in order to have grace, which in turn provides mercy and hope. It seems that this year has brought many trials my way, but I will not fret because I know my God is bigger than any trial I will ever encounter. The key is whether or not I allow him to take the reins and guide me or if I try to take over and place him in the Co-Pilot seat.

I am learning daily that even though the road is rocky, and the valleys sometimes seem long and deep, I know that I serve a God that forgives and loves me regardless of what I've done and He holds tomorrow, not I. This leaves me with no need for worry! In its-self, that is priceless. The Bible tells us, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

I am a firm believer that obstacles are put in your way so you can measure your true magnitude of strength and faith in God! I also believe he gives you Angels (family & friends) along the way to help you make it through those tough times, provide you with confirmation, strength and a shoulder to lean on as well. I have been so blessed with my family and the friends (true friends) he has graced me with. Life is a journey and the road you take is a choice - make sure you think long and hard about your choices; because the choices you make today are the outcome of your tomorrow.

I am so glad I am able to abide in God's Grace! More-so I am so glad he allows me to fall so I can pick myself back up and become better than I was before.

Today's Verses: "We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; character, hope." (Romans 5:3-4)

"But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

My prayer for you today is that you will look to God for your strength and comfort, that you know you're never alone - God walks with you daily! Remember, when you see only one set of footprints is when he is carrying you!

Today's Tip: Faith is daring the soul to go beyond what the eyes can see!

Blessings,
Candye~

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

God's Big Plan



Ever get frustrated when your plans are suddenly changed? Or, when your priorities are shifted without your consent? Well, my advice to you is, don't! It is probably for a very good reason, and part of God's master plan, that you're course was diverted.

I have been going through quiet the challenges of late and instead of getting frustrated I am trying to simply look for the positive in the change. I keep telling myself, "it just wasn't meant to be" and/or "that probably saved me a lot of money and heart aches". If we would stop complaining and start compiling thanks we may find that things aren't near as bad as we think they are.

Don't you think Jesus wanted to change his course on the way to the Cross? But instead he stayed faithful and endured the pain and suffering so we could have life eternal. So the next time you think you have it bad because life isn't going the way you "desire," just remember, when your back's against the wall - His was on the Cross!!

Quote for today: "When life veers you from the course you had planned out, re-evaluate your
priorities and maybe you'll find that what you have is better than what you had
planned! God puts us in specific places/situations for a reason! Sometimes
things have to fall apart to fall into place!"

John 3: 16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life!"

Blessings,
Candye~

Friday, September 3, 2010

Counting Your Blessings Through the Storms



It's been a while since I've written. It seems like so much has been going on and keeping me so busy that I simply have not taken the time to write. I admit, I've missed it and it's a way of relief for me and very relaxing. I really should make it a priority to write on my blog at least once a week. (Maybe that will become my New Years Resolution for 2011). (big smile)

You guessed it, today has been a very trying day for me. It seems that it has just been full of trials and tribulations! I have to remember, tests turn into testimonies, right?

Have you ever wished life offered you a mulligan? I sure do! For those of you who don't play golf, a mulligan is a chance to replay your last shot without a penalty, or a do-over! I can tell you there are some days when my mouth runs and my brain never engages, and I wish for a mulligan. But, sadly that's not how it works. Once it's spoken it cannot be taken back!

Some days when life tries to kick you in the teeth, I have found that my "mulligan" is granted when I remember that "when my back's against the wall, His was against the Cross." Somehow that always reminds me that at the end of the day, with God all things are possible! (Matthew 19:26)

If I'm blessed enough that He grants me a "mulligan" or a chance at tomorrow, I will start it by praising him and giving him the glory for all the blessings and wonderful things he has given me! Starting with the breath of life, the sight to see the sunrise, and the small things in life that we often take for granted or that most don't have!

Genesis 18;14 "Is anything too difficult for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son."

I just have to keep believing that tomorrow is another chance for a better day!!

He said to them, "Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you." -- Matthew 17:20

I really should take my own advice. Just like what I posted this morning on my facebook wall, "When you feel like you're at your wits-end, just know that God's not through with you! He's got a work only you can do! It doesn't matter what you've done, Jesus died for you!"

Pray for me and I'll be praying for you!

Blessings,
Candye~