A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 16, 2018

I was reading this morning in the Daily Walk Bible and this analogy about trials really blessed me.  It read:   “If you want to get in shape physically, there are some helpful steps you can take:  eat properly, get adequate sleep, take a multi-vitamin capsule every day.  But in the final analysis, there is no substitute for exercise – working against a resistance.  The same is true in the Christian life.  Proper nourishment from the Word is essential but so is “exercise” –  in God’s strength, facing and conquering trials and difficulties.  God – the perfect Coach- knows exactly what kind of “workout” you need in order to turn an area of weakness into an area of Christlikeness.

So maybe some of our trials are more of a workout – allowed by God – than some kind of negative thing.  It’s worth pondering.  Sometimes I get tired of trials, but I’ve never gone through one (while leaning on God)  that I did not come out either stronger, or with a wisdom and understanding that I lacked before it.  

The Apostle Paul says:   My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials”   (James 1:2)   Joy?  I used to think he was nuts.  Who gets joyful at trials?  Until you really begin to believe and value the rest of his statement.   knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.  But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”  (James 1:3,4)    Perfect and complete lacking nothing!!!   I would like that!!   I’ve come to the conclusion that it is wise to embrace the pain so to speak or at least don’t fear it.  One person said it this way,  “Run to the roar.”   Remembering that like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego;  Jesus was with them in the fire.  (see Daniel 3)

Lord, grant us a fresh perspective in these areas.  Help us see that you waste nothing that happens to us.  Even the things that the devil brings to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10)  you can turn around and make it work for our good  (Romans 8:28) when we go through things with you!  Always remember that God is for us and not against us.  (Rom. 8:31)  If we are going through some thing painful – we might as well get something of value from it!  With God all things are possible!  

Shalom!

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THE PAINTERS HOPE – POETRY

December 15, 2018

We paint upon the canvas

Of our childrens very souls

What picture we do paint

Will forevermore be told

 

Not one of perfection

Does our dear Lord require

But an honest projection

Our need for Him is dire

 

We paint on them forgiveness

Our lives can be a mess

We show them how great His love

Our sins we must confess

 

We paint an honest picture

Denial to avoid

As we come before the Lord

His mercy we implore

 

We paint upon them hope

Of an ever loving God

One we need not hide from

Who is alway on our side

 

We paint upon them grace

That can never be earned

Freely given to us

His character we learn

 

We paint upon them attitude

Of a humble heart we choose

Always bowing down our heads

Or else there’s much we’ll lose

 

We paint upon them seeking

The One who should come first

There is no higher person or thing

For which our hearts should thirst

 

We paint upon them dignity

Our actions shine out loud

What we do in secret too

That’s hidden from the crowd

 

We paint the crown of righteousness

A life well lived receives

Giving glory to the Lord

For the good things we’ve achieved

 

We paint on them the honor

Of service to the Lord

Obedience unto our call

Commitment to His Word

 

We paint upon them sacrifice

His example we must see

Taking up our cross each day

Continuing to believe

 

We paint His face of Justice

He sees both good and bad

One He will reward so good

The other makes Him sad

 

We paint the hope of heaven

With friends we’ll reunite

A happy place that’s paradise

All things will be made right

 

We paint on them endurance

One day at a time

Clinging to the promises

His faithfulness we’ll find

 

We paint on them their value

A gift we have to give

Showing them how much they’re worth

Our words can help them live

 

We paint on them the love we have

Received from God above

Passing it on to them

With prayers He’ll fill their cup

 

We cannot reach perfection

This side of the dirt

We point in His direction

And hope that they will learn

 

Amen.

copyright  2018  Jean Chamblee

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sometimes those who have suffered the most, have the most to give.  

2 Corinthians 1:3-5     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.  For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.

DEEP WATERS

Don’t be afraid of deep waters, my love

This journey’s been sent from heaven above

It is at Gethsemane you are purified

In ways you can’t see, so don’t try to hide

Lay it all bare, at the foot of the cross

Let His word cleanse you as you follow it’s path

Clinging to truth, let all else pass away

Let it burn up, it’s not meant to stay

Deep into the waters you go

Let Him enter in to the depths of your soul

Stirring up places where pain still remains

Let Him expose them and pour healing rain

copyright  2017  Jean Chamblee

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 6, 2017

“Let me tell you something true. God desires you. He loves you. He has amazing plans for you. And He likes you. He likes me, too. His liking of you is not based on how clever you are, how well you can serve Him or what you look like. It’s not about who you know and can influence for HIm. It’s not about your gifting or your pereferences. He likes you because He made you. Like an artist finishes His work an signs it proudly with His name, God has written His name of love across your life.” ~Heidi Baker

King David asks “Who am I that you should be mindful of me?” (Psalm 8:4) Such a good question….it’s about Him and His desire for a family, His most passionate desire to have you choose Him and want Him and know that He loves you through sending His son. If you have not done so…..I pray you will choose Him today. (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” (Romans 10:13) “Whoever shall call on the name of the Lord (Jesus/Yeshua) shall be saved.” I pray today will be your day. Whisper His name …talk to Him….He is waiting for you!

A THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

July 24, 2017

Just the other day I met a little girl in our neighborhood. She is in the first grade. We began to talk and my heart broke when I mentioned heaven. She had never heard of heaven and knew almost nothing about God. I think we forget…..if people have not heard …..they don’t know!!

I was thinking of another girl I met on a plane. She was a chiropractic school graduate and as we talked, she began to reveal that she had gotten her belief system from a fiction book she had read. She knew almost nothing about Jesus and what she did “think” she knew was skewed.

They are all around us, and we cannot stay silent! Here is why…..Romans 10:14
How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

Now you may not think of yourself as a preacher…..but if you are a Christian…..you have at least a testimony and some truth. A testimony of how Jesus changed your life is powerful and personal. We must not stay silent.

I prayed about the little girl and got a book on heaven called “Heaven is Real for children” We sat on the swing and she read that book at least a half dozen times. I have peace that now she knows. She stated that she believes in Jesus now and I hope it will carry over throughout her life and pray that it does.

I think my first touch of God’s love and presence, that had an impact, came from a woman that cleaned our house once a week. She hid tootsie rolls in her pockets and would slip them to me. I don’t remember how she said it….but I knew that she knew Jesus. I felt so much love from her. The rest of the world was busy…..but I knew this lady named Willie, “saw” me. I felt important to her. What powerful characteristics of God she showed me with her quiet gentle ways and tangible love. She prayed for me too. I got a card from her when I graduated High School, long after she had retired from her work. Maybe no one but me and God saw it. But that lady was a powerful witness.

May God open our eyes to see the opportunities and give us the boldness to speak and testify. Look….you don’t even have to be a churchgoer to tell folks what you have experienced with Jesus. You don’t need a degree or special language. Just ask the Holy Spirit to open the conversation up and help you. His answer is “Yes”! And your efforts will have eternal value for you and whoever you speak to. God help us not be silent. Only through You can we obey your command to preach the gospel to everyone. These days are moving by so quickly…..

Well that’s my two cents and the burden on my own heart. I have such a powerful testimony and I have let discouragement and resistance cause me to hold back many times. May God forgive me and open doors and empower me to keep going. Thanks for your prayers as well! 🙂 Love you all and have a great day. Look for that Divine Appointment…..they are all around.

Well I run to who You are
Then I’ll know who I am
In the arms of my Savior
I am free

For You are my looking glass
I’m created in Your mold
Someone ancient
Someone meant to be

From the womb I’ve been called
To Your purpose I’ve been hauled
Oh Lord, what plans have You for me?

As I stop to wonder on
At the power of Your son
And to think that Your son He lives in me

As You taught me from a babe
I was born to be Your slave
Sent to serve the very man that You have made

I will not seek my own
I will seek to serve Your throne
And then everything else will follow me

As I run to who You are
Then I’ll know who I am
In the arms of my Savior I am free

I am free, I am free

copyright  2006   Jean Chamblee

 

Destiny, destiny
You call my name
The answer’s not found
On this natural plane

A calling from heaven
But how can I hear
My spiritual ears
Are not sounding so clear

But wait there’s a Book
With His every thought
How my Creator, came to earth
And did talk

Maybe it’s in there
The place I should look
Instructions for life
In His very own book

There’s proverbs and psalms
And stories of men
That walked with our God
He openly talked to them

It shows their mistakes
And their successes too
How God communicates
To me and to you

He came down as man
So He could relate
Take all of our sin
On the Cross obliterate

All of the things
That stand in my way
Of knowing the God
That made me this way

He’s got the answer
I am unique
The book even shows
Through His word He still speaks

So help me now Lord
As I take a look
To find out my Destiny
Hidden in Your Holy Book.

copyright 2017 Jean Chamblee

Harness The Day – Poetry

February 1, 2017

This life is quickly passing away
The time is going so fast
So hard to tackle important things
Focus on things that will last

Attention, attention screams everything
It’s a battle of the mind
To cut things off, the trivial stuff
So the valued is not left behind

Moment by moment , the essence of life
Put them together you’ll see
Things done for God are things that will last
And echo into eternity

Judging and weighing what will come first
Then tossing the others away
Living on purpose with goals set in mind
And of course leave some time to play

Life is a vapor
The older you get, the more you will know this is true
Make sure to give time to the weightier things
How fast time is up, life is through

copyright 2017 Jean Chamblee