Capture a moment of normal
Don’t forget what’s important to see
Those ones very dear that surround you
The ones in your own family

With a world that is in so much turmoil
Easy to forget to believe
That there’s still a few moments of normal
Still a few moments to breathe

So grab that grandbaby and hold her
Bounce that toddler around on your knee
Call a truce with your sister
And treasure your own family

Time is a gift swiftly fleeing
So quickly it runs away
So capture a moment of normal
And by all means, ENJOY THE DAY!!!

by Jean Chamblee Thomas 2008

THE CANDLE OF MY LIFE

October 30, 2016

In a dark and lonely room
With a fire in my heart
I close my eyes and think of You

With unquenchable hunger
I call out to You
You are the union I crave

One taste of Your love
One drink of Your soul
My quest will last forever

Though clouded by flesh
Surrounded by worldliness
Like a flower buried beneath the snow

The enemy rages to rip us apart
Moments are stolen, some slip away
But light always returns
And melts away the baracade that tries to keep us apart

And that thing deep inside
First contact never dies
It twists and turns and cries out to survive

With conquering force
Breaks down all the lies
And sets free the heart , the love and the cries

The candle inside -the Love of my life
So much more than a Savior
His essence abides

Jesus, Jesus
Love of my life
May Your heart know how I hunger for You tonight

copyright 2009 Jean Chamblee

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

October 13, 2016

I want to bring out a word of caution about this subject. I am seeing such an uptick in the amount of Christians that are turning on other Christians. Let it not be so among us! Be alert to this trick of Satan and do not partake!

Mark 13:12-13  “Now brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.”

Ephesians 4:31  “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.”

Now I am not saying to ignore gross errors in doctrine or lawlessness and ungodly living. I’m not talking about that. But I am talking about picking on your brothers and sisters in Christ that believe a little different than you. Maybe you don’t eat meat…..others do. Is that a reason to break fellowship? NO!

One of the other things I see coming on the scene is a dangerous return to the law. Just because people have abused the grace of God, we must not be tempted to go back to the jewish laws. I have even heard some saying that if you call Jesus anything but Yeshua (His name in Hebrew) that He won’t listen. They also come with a spirit of superiority by flashing words in Hebrew to sound “knowledgable”. Knowledge is great, but without humility, it can turn into something ugly.

1 Corinthians 1-3 “….Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.  And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.  But if anyone loves God, this one is known by Him.”

Now I study Hebrew too and know quite a few words, I’ve also been to Israel and was blessed by it …..but that does not make me any better or elevate me above my brethren. NO! Ephesians 4:32 tells us how we should treat our brothers and sisters in Christ:

“And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”

Kind, tenderhearted and forgiving! Which is a far cry from what is out there. I understand there is a HUGE course correction needed in the body of Christ. There is a great number of lukewarm christians that will be spewed out of Jesus mouth. Revelation 3:16
“So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth.”

So there is correction needed. But remember Paul said to speak the truth in love.

Ephesians 4:15 “…..but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

We, as true believers in Jesus Christ, are a Body! We must look with the others best interest at heart. With lots of love!! Everyone of us who are believers are going through hard times now. We need a lot more love!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “ Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;  does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
LOVE NEVER FAILS.

I pray you have an awesome day and know that you are deeply loved by your Creator and you Savior Jesus Christ!

2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first…”

JUDAS KISS….BETRAYAL IS COMING

The kiss of Judas
Is at your feet
The time’s drawing near
This spirit will be released

I can hear the cries
Of days just ahead
When brother betrays brother
Many will end up dead

I can feel the tears
On wet stained cheeks
Hearts so tender
They could never believe

Believe the betrayal
That is coming their way
With a purpose so sinister
So large in this day

They’ve teamed up with Satan
To give it a go
To rise to the top
Illegally so

To take you all out
Out of the Light
Out of the living
And into the night

Don’t care about you
Their hearts are so cold
How could you see it
When you’ve loved them so

Run to your Maker
Give Him your tears
Don’t let the bitterness
Steal away your years

Moments in time
Don’t risk the hate
Run, run away from it
Let forgiveness have it’s way

Rise above it
Rise above it all
Love is the answer
They will soon hit the wall

Let God bring the justice
He promises to
For those unrepentant
He’s said what He will do

Keep your hands clean
Keep your heart pure
Don’t let temptation
Take you down in the dirt

Let love arise
It’s a conquering force
Take on this power
By making your choice

Choose to forgive
Let it go, set it free
The damage will be minimized
It will heal, you will see

Trust in Your Maker
Walk in His ways
It’s the only way, beloved
We can survive in these days

Evil can’t triumph
If we don’t let it in
Jesus forgave us
From all of OUR sins

So must we do
Let God make things right
Don’t let yourself
Sit in judgement tonight

Keep your hands clean
Walk with hearts upright
All things God has seen
It’s all in His sight

He will deal justly
In this we can trust
We don’t have to help Him
He’s faithful and just

Betrayal it is coming
For some it is here
Take heed with this warning
There’s no need to fear

This life is fleeting
Our soon coming King
Will remove all the pain
That this life did bring.

copyright Jean Chamblee 2011

Ever wonder why some things keep happening to you over and over?  Why you keep getting the same kind of boss?  Run into the same personality types or situations?   Could God have a purpose in them?  You may be surprised…..check it out!!

So I’ve tried to raise funds on my Facebook with friends and have been shocked that even with the ease of giving …..only two of us gave.  Seriously!  I pray you would consider a one time gift of $10  (or so)  just to help me show some solidarity with the good people of Uganda.  We have so much in America.  $10 actually goes a long way in Uganda.  I hope you will take a look at the beautiful pictures of the kids and the conditions.  It really moved me when I saw how little they have.  I have been changed since my friendship with this brave little Ugandan Pastor as he took pictures going up into the “forgotten” villages in Rwanda and the upcountry.  You will be enriched too.   PLEASE  …even if you can’t give…..take a look at the pictures and you will be enriched.  There truly is another world out there.  You will enjoy the little journey.  Thank you and I appreciate your time.

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A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

People come and people go….but our trust must be in the Lord. It is easy and natural to hang our hopes on those around us. On friends and family; but only the Lord is capable of never leaving us or forsaking us. Only Christ can be a solid Rock in a chaotic storm. King David puts it well in the following Psalm.

Psalm 146:3-6
Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.
HAPPY is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,”

Dear Lord, Help us settle our hearts and hopes on You ; who alone can keep us. You are always there and we are grateful for Your faithfulness to us. Thank You that you have us in the palm of Your hand and help us to walk in Your ways. Amen

Who was God’s choice to be the earthly father of Jesus and the husband of His mother? It was Joseph! So it would be a logical conclusion that Almighty God would have chosen, indeed handmade, the very best for them, right?

So what is so special about Joseph? What were his character traits?

Let’s look at Matthew 2:13-15 “ Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
 When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt,  and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son.”

We can gather much about Joseph from this tiny portion of scripture…..

1. PROTECTOR He had great protective instincts and understood his place in this.

2. OBEDIENT TO GOD He did exactly what God said. No debates or questions.

3. CLOSE TO GOD He definitely had a relationship with God and was close enough with Him to recognize His voice.

4. FEARED GOD MORE THAN MAN We see earlier in Matthew 1:20, that when Mary was found pregnant without having been with a man. He listened to God and took the heat I am sure the community “gossipers” put out.

5. COURAGE Goes along with fearing God much more than man. He trusted God.

6. PATIENT AND WISE Joseph waited until Herods death before bringing his family back to Israel, and even then, he sought the Lord at every step.

So often we are not taught to look for character traits when looking for “the one”.

So what should you do while waiting for your Joseph? BECOME LIKE MARY!! Haha Study that one out…..humble, pure, obedient to God, loving God….
Good things to look at…. Just a thought.