Archive for March, 2017

Why Question God’s Faithfulness?

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Mark 8: Jesus knew what they were discussing and said, “Why are you talking about the fact that you don’t have any bread? Don’t you grasp what has happened? Don’t you understand? Are your hearts so resistant to what God is doing? 18 Don’t you have eyes? Why can’t you see? Don’t you have ears? Why can’t you hear? Don’t you remember? 19 When I broke five loaves of bread for those five thousand people, how many baskets full of leftovers did you gather?” They answered, “Twelve.” 20“And when I broke seven loaves of bread for those four thousand people, how many baskets full of leftovers did you gather?” They answered, “Seven.”

How many times have you questioned….

  • Will He provide?  When will He do it for me?  How is it gonna happen?”

Years ago, we had just purchased our home, and we had 2 young children.  Along with the news that we were expecting our 3rd child, we learned the plant was soon to close.  He searched for jobs, it took a while, but eventually he got a job in Oklahoma. Praise the Lord…
I can assure you that there were many nights I sat at my kitchen table trying to figure out how the bills were going to get paid. I used pencil and paper, (notebook after notebook) calculators,  and yet they never seemed to add up.  I was always short. Here’s my story:

We were faithful church goers and tithers.  And although there were times I just ‘didn’t know’ how or when, still I trusted God. I knew He’d make a way. (I learned that I could cook on a nickel if I had to) But with three children there were times…. times that I questioned.  At one point I was fasting and praying and doing all I knew to do. He worked 3rd shift a lot, and so midnight became my prayer and study time. I knew we could make it as long as we trusted God with everything.  I was building my faith. I was building our home and filling it with The Word of God and His Love.
And then, suddenly, my eyes were opened and fixed on a scripture… I found it would take me through the hard times, and in to the good times. I took these verses, they were my bread and my water. These words sustained me. Whenever I felt weak, I would go over and over these verses, meditating on the Goodness and the Faithfulness of my Heavenly Father. Yes, these Words became Life to me.

Psalms 37:
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.  Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. 23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

So, if you’re struggling today, there is an answer. Take the time, build your faith, build yourself in prayer.
Listen, at the foot of the cross, on the basis of His Blood, and His Love for me, I’ve  learned to trust in Him for everything.
I am a ‘friend of God’,
~Pastor Lovie


 

No Turning Back For Me

Monday, March 13th, 2017

 

Just a simple thought:… #PRIORITIES 

What is the cost of gaining this whole world and losing your soul?
I love music and to minister in song… some songs tend to bring out the deep parts of my heart. 
 
“I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back…. no turning back.
You can have this whole world, but give me Jesus. No turning back.”
 
Somehow, in this present day, we place so much emphasis on the external, the material, and yet we put the only thing that can help us in the day to day journey on the back burner.
That thing is our relationship with Jesus Christ.  A personal relationship with The King of kings, and The Lord of lords. We cannot continue to sideline Him and expect Him to work things out for our good. You cannot expect the blessing of God without the obedience and willingness to live according to His Word.
 

I stand amazed, I wonder ‘how’ these people are making it without Him. I lean on Him daily. My heart weeps for those who do not know Him. I pray for laborers to stand firm and boldly to proclaim the message of God’s Love and Forgiveness.

“Without Him, I can do nothing…. Without Him I would fail….”

Folks, I am so very thankful that I have Jesus…. that I know Him.

 Christ In Me, my hope of glory,
~ Pastor Lovie