Monday, October 24, 2022

For the Love of A Friend

Heart, Love, Romance, Valentine, Harmony

 Late June of 2022, I received a phone call from a friend I had reconnected with about a year and a half ago. After the friendly greetings were over, she said she had something she wanted to ask me that was very important. I said ‘ok.’ She began with how long it had been since she had had a real vacation without her client and she was sensing a real need to get away. That was not new information to me because she had expressed those feelings many times before. 

Then she said, “Would you consider coming here and keeping my client for 10 days while I take that much needed vacation?

Honestly, my heart sank and I began to want to back peddled out of that conversation. I was not expecting that question at all. She explained ever so gently that she would pay me her salary and I could bring Gracie, my dachshund, with me because her 3 dogs would be at the boarders. She promised to fill the refrigerator with food for both her client and me so I would not have to be concerned with bringing food for myself. 

Then she said, “Isn’t there a project you want to do around your house that this extra money would be good for

Then there was a pause and a silence until I could gather my thoughts.

have never asked her how much I would make because that was never important to me. My concern was primarily for her client. Could I do or should I do what she was asking of meI know her client but not well. It’s not that I thought I couldn’t do it so much as thinking that 10 days is a long time with a ‘non-verbal’ person, if you don’t know what you are doing. I had done one-on-one work before but this would definitely be out of my comfort zone for sure. My mind searched for a reason to say no as I quickly prayed, “Help me Lord!’ or more like “Rescue me hereLord!.” but there wasn’t a reason or a rescue to be found. So moments later, I found myself saying ‘yes’ even though I wanted to say ‘no’. I could sense the surprise in her voice when I said yes so quickly. I told her “as far as I knew, I could do it.” She thanked me and said she would be in touch with more details as the time grew closer.

After I got off the phone, I began to pray fast and furiously. Lord, did I give the right answer? Is this Your will? If this is Your will, I will be fine but if it is not, then I need to talk to my friend again quickly. I don’t want to go where you have not sent me and cheat the person of the blessing who is, but I do know that ministry to others happens in all kinds of ways and I will go if you are sending me.

Within moments, the Lord brought to my memory Memorial Day just the month before, when my friend and her client had been over having grilled hamburgers. During the meal, my eye caught an object resting between us. When reached down to pick it up, realized it was a penny. I thought thatwas unusual and later put it on my desk for safe keeping. The penny on my desk was what the Lord was bringing back to my remembrance. It was unusual to find a penny right there and it was positioned closer to my friend. For years, finding pennies in unusual places has been a special language between Holy Spirit and I. Naturally speaking a penny means “one cent” but spiritually speaking it means “one sent”. The Lord was saying, “Even before you said yes, I had already made plans to send you in answer to her need.” Then I knew it was His will and a divine assignment for me. Even though I felt a little unsure of myself thenI knew He would provide all that I would needI have learned from experience that obedience to His directions brings about the blessings. Peace and then excitement filled my heart.

As I have studied the book of Joshua in the last few weeks at my bible study class, I have learned what happened to Joshua several times when he did not make the time to ask God for wisdom and directionHe thought he knew what to do and that God would be with him to bring about the victory no matter what. Unfortunately that was not what actually happened. Before attacking Ai, Joshua listen to the human wisdom of his men on how to attack the city and it sounded like a wise plan to Joshua so he told his men to go ahead without consulting God firstWhen all was said and done, thirty-six Israelites had been killed, the rest ran way in fear, and there was no victoryThe experiences of the Israelites in the Book of Joshua are so realistic and have much wisdom to offer us today. Human nature hasn’t changed much over time.

Sometimes like Joshua, we get in a hurry to make decisions on our own. “I can decide this one Lord!” we think with enthusiasm and confidence but then later find out we should have waited to respond until we prayed for God’s wisdom and direction. Events didn’t turn out the way we thought they would and we are left hanging our heads. In other words, asking God to bless our plans without first going to Him for His, can lead us into consequences we hadn’t prepared to face. Assuming what God’s will is, just because it “seems” wise to us and others, can get us into all kinds of trouble. The choices we make on an everyday basis matter over time. Learning to do things ‘with God’ instead of ‘for God’ can make all the differenceThere is no substitute for spending time in His Presence seeking for His will.

So in August, I filled out the job application that my friend’s company was requiring and gave them a copy of my old resume (I have been retired for years), college transcripts and social security card so that I could be officially hired for both our protections. I got drug tested and attended all the training classes required. Those experiences were enlightening having been retired for a number of years. Seemed like a lot for just 10 days but then again I am thanking God this job will only BE for 10 days!

I am looking forward to ‘my new client’ and I know she is too because of how excited she acted last week when I showed up at her day care facility with my friend for a little bit of training. 

This Friday, I will start my new 10 day job and this time next week I will be halfway through God’s assignment. Please pray for me. Although I know I have prepared as best as I can, there is still a little nervousness because of “my” client being non-verbal. You can bet that Holy Spirit will be on speed dial every step of the way. matter what I may encounter over those 10 daysGod makes me aware that His wisdom and faithfulness are always by my side when I seek His counselAnd...I look forward to the blessings that are to come!

I want to leave you with this scripture:

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and lean not on your own understanding;

In all your ways acknowledge Him, 

And he shall direct your paths. 

Do not be wise in your own eyes;

Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 

It will be health to our flesh, 

And strength to your bones.

Proverbs 3: 5-8

   UPDATE: God helped me through it all...and the tougher spots, He made smoother. My client and I enjoyed each other and even laughed at times. I rejoice in His faithfulness to us both. And my friend...she came back restored too. 

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Godly Discernment

I was out in my spearmint patch this morning pulling weeds. I had made one pass and was looking more intently on the second. I found a weed that was so simular to the real plant that I missed it the first time. Then the Lord popped up and said, "If you do not stay in my word and discern with my wisdom (by the revelation of the Holy Spirt), you will think you are following Me but you will actually be following him (the deciever)." I prayed for God's discernment to fill me to the core. Many will be deceived in the days to come. Watch and pray! Matthew 24:4, Mark 13:5, Luke 21:8, 1Peter 5:8, John 10:10

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

'All God's Saints' A St Patrick's Day Devotional

As you know, today is St. Patrick’s Day. It is not about the shamrocks, leprechauns, and wearing green. That’s the world’s version. Today is really about the people of Ireland and others around the world remembering and celebrating the life of a man who brought Christianity to the country of Ireland. Some of you may not be aware of St. Patrick’s life story and how he was called to bring the gospel to this hostile frontier.

St. Patrick was born in Britain to a Roman Catholic family near the 4th century. His grandfather was a priest back when priest could marry and his father was a deacon as well as an official in the government. St. Patrick was raised in a wealthy religious family but St Patrick himself didn’t take any interest in God or the church. 

Suddenly at the age of 16, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and carried back to Ireland as a slave. The conditions and behavior of the people there were barbaric. Patrick was thrust into the countryside to be a shepherd and threatened if he lost a sheep. Patrick had no idea about sheep or what to do if a wolf attacked. In addition, his captors nearly starved him to death in the process. This experience became eye opening for Patrick when he realized there was no escape. I’m sure he was devastated and questioned everything from why is this happening to him to wishing he had listened and developed his relationship with God when his family tried to train me. Nevertheless, at his greatest time of need, Patrick did cry out to God with an open repentant heart in his time of need and God answered him with mercy, grace, and strength to survive and overcome all the obstacles Patrick faced. In time, even though Patrick was still a slave, he and the Lord had become truly one in thought, word and deed. Blame was gone and peace with God had come.

Then, just as suddenly, after six years, of servitude, God spoke to Patrick in a dream and told him to get up and go. There would be a boat waiting on him. Although fearful, Patrick got up and obeyed God. He made the two hundred mile journey not knowing if he would be captured again. And when he got to the water, there was a boat waiting on him as God had promised. In time, Patrick made it back home safely. Even though he loved his family and time of rest, Patrick was not the same person as when he left. God was calling him to the priesthood. Once again Patrick trusted and obeyed the call of God. He spent the next 20 or so years being spiritually trained and ended up becoming a bishop.

Then another suddenly happened. Now that Patrick had been thoroughly trained in the word of God and spiritual matters, God asked Patrick to go back to Ireland to bring the Gospel to his former captors, the barbarians of Ireland. He was advised not to go but Patrick never forgot his captors. He knew that he had found God in Ireland through the things that he had suffered and wanted desperately for them to know and experience God‘s love and truth too. Patrick knew in his heart that God had trained him for this missionary journey from the beginning of His captivity at 16 until now, and he would choose to be obedient to God’s call. And because of Patrick’s obedience and the obedience of countless others, God’s salvation and miraculous power spread through out all of Ireland. 

Now, St. Patrick’s life story is quite inspiring. However, late Sunday night, God began to reveal His desires for the devotional as well. After all, I had prayed for His input days before.

As I just said, God’s first inspiration came late Sunday night. I was relaxing before bed watching the latest Brenda Gantt’s video. Yes the biscuit queen herself had made and shared her video of her St Patrick’s Day meal from earlier that morning. In the mist of chopping onions of all things she said:

If you are a believer, you are a saint. We are called the saints of God. So St. Patrick wasn’t the only saint. I don’t feel like a saint but that is what scripture says...we are saints of God.”

Soon after, the second inspiration came when I heard God ask:

So then, when did St. Patrick actually become a saint? When man declare him so or when I declare him so?

So obediently, I went looking for the definition of what a saint is.

In Christianity, the word "saint" refers to any person who is "in Christ", and in whom Christ dwells, whether in Heaven or in earth. It is a person who is set apart or separated unto God for holy service. 

So in other words, a saint is someone who has received Christ as their Savior and been cleansed of all their sins. Afterwards, a saint seeks to do the will of the Heavenly Father throughout their life. It is not about what we do but whose we have become. 

So Brenda Gantt was right about all believers being saints. But like Miss Brenda, many may say they are saints but they don’t feel like it because many think the definition of a saint is someone who is a lot closer to perfect then they could ever hope to be. Some believers will not even admit to being a saint at all. In all of this, what we need to remember is that just because we may not ‘feel like a saint’ doesn’t mean we aren’t one. God’s Word is Truth. Being a saint is not based on ‘a feeling’ but on our position in Christ. It is not about how sinful we may or may not ‘feel’ on a daily basis. It is about what Christ has done for us to rid us of all our sin even our daily pesky sins through HIs blood and sacrifice on the cross. 

The scripture in 2 Corinthians 5:17 says:

If any man be in Christ, 

he is a new creation: old things are passed away; 

behold, all things are become new.” 

When God looks at you, he see you as holy and perfect because of the blood of Jesus. He sees that whatever you have done wrong in your life before you were born again has now passed away forever. When God looks at you, He sees you as a saint.

And God’s question about when Patrick became a saint? 

Patrick received his salvation and became a saint somewhere in the pastures of Ireland after he was kidnapped at the age of 16. Because of what he suffered, Patrick’s crusty heart softened and became new with the love and care of Christ. After his conversion, St. Patrick followed Christ with virtue and faithfulness the rest of his life.


We all have a calling as the saints of God to be ministers of reconciliation in our own sphere of influence too. When we received Christ and were sealed by the Holy Spirit, we then received the power of the Holy Spirit to do the work of the ministry. We may not suffer as St. Patrick did but we will all see suffering if we proclaim the Gospel of Christ in its fullness as Christ desires.

In closing, I challenge each of you today to remember those saints like St Patrick and others you have known personally who have gone before you to proclaim the faith. Learn from their example and cherish their contribution. Then, my friends...go out into the sphere of influence God has assigned you. As St. Patrick, continue to do your part with virtue and faithfulness too!

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Welcome to the Family (Part 2)

Who Am I ?

This is who God made you to be when you became His child but you have to 

study, meditate,

and know for yourself that they are true.

I am God’s child (John 1:12).

I belong to God (1 Corinthians 6:20).

I have been justified (Romans 5:1).

I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15).

I am a citizen of heaven (Philippians 3:20).

I am chosen before the creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4, 11).

I am holy and blameless (Ephesians 1:4).

I am adopted as his child (Ephesians 1:5).

I am victorious (1Corinthians 15:57).

I am born again (1Peter 1:23).

I am a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am delivered (Colossians 1:13).

I am set free (Romans 8:2; John 8:32).

I have been brought near to God through Christ’s blood (Ephesians 2:13).

I have peace (Ephesians 2:14).

I have access to the Father (Ephesians 2:18).

I am a member of God’s household (Ephesians 2:19).

I am secure (Ephesians 2:20).

I can approach God with freedom and confidence (Ephesians 3:12).

I am complete in Him Who is the Head of all principality and power (Colossians 2:10).

I am alive with Christ (Ephesians 2:5).

I am free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2).

I am far from oppression, and fear does not come near me (Isaiah 54:14).

I am born of God, and the evil one does not touch me (1 John 5:18).

I am holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:16).

I have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5).

I have the peace of God that passes all understanding (Philippines 4:7).

I have the Greater One living in me; greater is He Who is in me than he who is in the world 

(1 John 4:4).

I have received the gift of righteousness and reign as a king in life by Jesus Christ 

(Romans 7:17).

I have received the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the eyes of my understanding being enlightened (Ephesians 1:17,18).

I have received the power of the Holy Spirit to lay hands on the sick and see them recover, to cast out demons, to speak with new tongues. I have power over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means harm me. (Mark 16: 7,18; Luke 10:17,19).

I have put off the old man and have put on the new man which is renewed in the knowledge after the image of Him Who created me (Colossians 3:9, 10).

I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over men give into my bosom (Luke 6:38).

I have no lack for my God supplies all of my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus 

(Philippines 4:19).

I can quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one with my shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16).

I can do all thing through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:13).

I show forth the praises of God Who has called me out of darkness into His marvelous light 

(1 Peter 2:9).

I am God’s child---for I am born again of the incorruptible seed of the Words of God, which lives and abides forever (1 Peter 1:23).

I am God’s workmanship, created in Christ unto good works (Ephesians 2:10).

I am a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I am a spirit being---alive to God (Romans 6:11; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).

I am a believer, and the light of the Gospel shines in my mind (2 Corinthians 4:4).

I am a doer of the Word and blessed in my actions (James 1:22, 25).

I am a joint-heir with Christ (Romans 8:17).

I am more than a conqueror through Him Who loves me (Romans 8:37).

I am an overcomer by the blood of the Lamb, the word of my testimony and I do not love my life more or will I renounce my faith even if I am faced with death (Revelations 12:11).

I am a partaker of His divine nature (2 Peter1: 3, 4).

I am an ambassador for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:20).

I am part of a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people (1 Peter 2:9).

I am the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

I am the temple of the Holy Spirit; I am not my own (1 Corinthians 6:19). 

I am the head and not the tail; I am above only and not beneath (Deuteronomy 28:13).

I am the light of the world (Matthew 5:14).

I am His elect, full of mercy, kindness, humility, and long suffering (Romans 8:33; Colossians 3:12).

I am forgiven all my sins and washed in the Blood (Ephesians 1:7).

I am delivered from the power of darkness and translated into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13).

I am redeemed from the curse of sin, sickness, and poverty (Deuteronomy 28:15-68; Galatians 3:13).

I am firmly rooted, built up, established in my faith and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).

I am called of God to be the voice of His praise (Psalm 66:8; 2 Timothy 1:9).

I am healed by the stripes of Jesus (Isaiah 53:5; 1 Peter 2:24).

I am raised up with Christ and seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:12).

I am greatly love by God (Romans1:7; Ephesians 2:4; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians1:4).

I am strengthened with all might according to His glorious power (Colossians 1:11).

I am submitted to God, and the devil flees from me because I resist him in the Name of Jesus 

(James 4:7).

I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which god in christ esus is call ing us upward

(Philippines 3:14).

For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

It is not I who lives, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20).

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone that believes, first the Jew, then the Gentile (Romans 1:16).

Sunday, February 28, 2021


Enjoy, mark, and remember the day you received Christ as your savior because it is where you and your Savior began a new path together. It will be a path of many ups and downs but the outcome will always draw you closer to Christ if you seek Him above all. I have been a believer since I was 8 years old and now I am 65. I can say with confidence that the Lord has never ever forsaken me but has loved me even when I couldn’t love myself. He has pulled me out of trying times many of which were of my own making and put me back onto solid ground without condemnation. (Ps 37:25) I could never thank Him enough or love and cherish Him more for His faithfulness then I do right now. We all have to find our own way through this Christian life. However, I have prayed that you will remain strong in Him no matter what the cost and that at the end your walk with Him you will stand before His throne a strong and mighty warrior.

As I prayed about what to say, the more I felt the Lord tell me to give you some practical wisdom from my years of service. This is wisdom I wished I had learned earlier in my walk with Christ. Much of it I had to learn the hard way because I was stubborn. Now  with experienced, I am less argumentative and more obedient when the Lord ‘comes a calling’. We never stop growing. Even with the many years of experience, I still feel as though I’ve only just begun to learn how to walk this glorious walk. And...that’s ok. 

I will list some of these special nuggets here and pray that you will be able to grasp the depth of their meaning. They are in no special order.  Please don’t feel overwhelmed by the number or that you have to achieve anyone of them quickly because most may take a while to master.  This is just the heart of one sister helping the walk of another succeed and avoid suffering through as much as I did. (Titus 2:3-5)

  • Always be honest with God because he already knows anyway. He is Omniscient. A big word that simply means He knows everything inside and out. Nothing is hidden from Him no matter how hard we try. He knows you better than you know yourself. That is why He is the best one to help you through life. We may not understand or agree with His choices for us but we will grow to understand He always has our best interest at heart. I have learned after each experience His ways were much better and thank Him for not doing it my way.

  • It is important to memorize scripture. I wish I were better at it. However, even when I don’t have an exact verse memorized, I have memorized the principle, it is living in my heart and I can still follow its direction at anytime.

  • Give God at least 15 minutes of time each day to be just with God. It doesn’t matter what time of day so much as just being consistent. Read a passage of scripture, a meaningful devotional, affirm who and whose you are, and so on. You can talk to Him and He will talk to you if you calm your mind and take time to listen. I highly recommend you journal what you hear, what you are learning, how you are doing so when the enemy attacks you, you will have something to go back to to affirm your walk and relationship with Him. Your memory of His Presence may fail you when the enemy attacks your mind.

  • To maintain and thrive, let him become ‘a bestie’ that you talk to throughout your day. Nothing is too big or too small to ask or talk to Him about. If it is important to you, it is important to Him. You will be surprised at how helpful He can be as you open up and talk to Him and ask His opinion about all kinds of things. Then ask the Holy Spirit to open up your eyes and ears to His answers when they come. Sometimes God answers quickly, sometimes He says wait a moment, and sometimes He says persevere in faith until the appointed time. Just remember, it takes time and effort to learn to communicate so what may seem silly at first will become your greatest asset. (Hebrews 11:6)

  • Let forgiveness always always always be your goal. Forgiveness is a choice we make to free ourselves, heal our heart and move forward. Some things are easy to forgive and others take effort and time. Remember unforgiveness in your heart can steal the place where your faith should be if you allow the offenses to stay. A wise old lady once told me, “Take no offense (from others actions) and God will defend you.” (make things turn for your good)(Romans 8:28) Believe me that remembering this one statement has kept me from allowing unforgiveness to build a fortress in my heart and mind many times. God has forgive us of all and He asks us to do the same for others. It’s hard but always doable.

  • Rarely is God early according to our standards but never is He late according to His. Trust His timing. He is faithful. This is a walk of faith and courage and it is rarely easy. God will push our faith to the limits to help us grow. However, the growth is worth the pressure in the long run if we persist.

  • We all make mistakes. Some have more costly consequences then others. In any case...Don’t beat yourself up with guilt and shame after you have sought and received God’s forgiveness. God loves you more then you will ever realize even when you blow it. But...DO evaluate and learn from each of them. If you don’t, you will face that mountain (problem) again and again. There is something about each mountain God wants you to learn to make your life better and make you more like Him. God never allows storms/problems to surface with the intent to destroy you but to show you how faithful He is. He will give you the wisdom you need to come through as an overcomer. The enemy on the other hand wants you to be destroyed piece by piece. (John 10:10) God wants to bring you abundant life and turn everything around for good if you seek Him and his guidance instead of your own. (Romans 8:28) Doesn’t matter who was at fault originally. God is always willing to turn it for your good. Again, God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6) That is one of the characteristics I love most about my Savior.

  • When you walk with Christ and seek Him, you walk as a victor not as a victim.

  • Always remember ‘the best is yet to come’ and that you are not strong enough to screw up His plans and destiny for your life. (Jeremiah 29:11)

  • Always remember your salvation is secure in Christ. Satan will try to steal your peace about it anytime he can. This usually happens when you have made one of those big mistakes I talked about earlier. At least, that is when he always tried to do it with me. He goal is to move you away from God and the knowledge of His love in order to isolate you from God. The isolation makes you ‘feel like’ you are not saved anymore. We can’t base what we believe on ‘our feelings’ but only on faith in what the word of God says. (2 Corinthians 5:7) So...don’t let him overcome you with his lies. This is when knowing, memorizing and believing scripture is so important. The Holy Spirit seals you until the day of salvation. (Ephesians 4:30) Studying these scriptures and asking Holy Spirit’s guidance will prove very valuable in the days ahead. Securing and maintaining this assurance of your salvation in the good times is much easier then trying to catch up in the bad.

  • God will never ask you to do something He has not already given you the ability to do. However, sometimes you will have to 'step out in faith' and start the job/journey first before you come to realize this. Those times for me were scary and that is when fear became my greatest hinderance. When you are in fear, you are believing the enemy's lies instead of God's Truth. But God can help you work through your fears when you turn to trust Him. Just keep searching and believing He can help you and it will happen. My case was bad so if it can turn around for me, it can turn around for you.

  • Grace is the power you will need to make the necessary changes. God says He has more than enough grace to see you through each needed change...and without condemnation. (2 Corinthians 12:9, Romans 8:1) Oh how I still clung to these two promises.

  • Surround yourself with godly people. Ultimately you become like those you hang around. And don’t allow bad influences in because you think you can witness to them. Satan can take your hand and lead you astray quickly before you realize what he is doing. Go for the godly advice from people you have learned to trust and allow those same godly people to speak correction into your life as well. It can save you a lot of heartache. It isn’t easy for them to speak up so give them a break. It isn’t easy for anyone to receive correction either but listen anyway. Remember...Pride comes right before a fall. 

  • Renewing your mind/thought life with God’s word/principles is one of the most important things you will ever do as a Christian. (Romans12:2) I cannot stress this enough. It was my downfall for years because it allowed satan to trap my mind with his lies and bring me down. It can mean the difference between defeat and victory with your mental battles in life. You have to know and trust God’s word!!

  • What you tell yourself or think about yourself or ‘self talk’ can either build you up and strengthen you for what God is doing in your life or it can tear everything He is doing down and you may wonder why you can’t ever get ahead. I caution you from criticizing yourself, concentrating on what you can’t do instead of what you can, or rehearsing past failures. Stay positive about yourself! 

  • Knowing and believing who you are in Christ is also vital to your walk. If you don’t know who you are in Christ and the authority you carry as a child of God then satan will be able to overcome you quickly.  I don’t just read each attribute but I ask the Holy Spirit to impart the wisdom He wants me to see through them. I make notes on them. Over time and meditation about their meaning, they have become apart of who I am. They have gone from my head to my heart through the power of the Holy Spirit. And now...I believe what they say about me is true. It didn’t happen over night so it is not a quick fix but a daily determination to overcome a worldly mindset and become more like Christ with His kingdom values. (My list of who we are in Christ will be posted soon.)

  • And last but not least is...Develop attitudes of thankfulness, gratitude, and praise in all things. This will not only bring you closer and closer to God Himself, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit but it will also ultimately bring love, peace, joy, and contentment into your life as well. This is another part of renewing your mind to reflect Christ’s character. 

Again these nuggets of wisdom are not here to overwhelm you but to give you a sense of direction as you begin your new life with Christ. I have never regretted my decision to follow Jesus even when it got quite hard. Once you get the hang of it, I know you will not look back either. One last scripture which is one of my favorites. Luke 12:32:

Do not be afraid, little flock, 

for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”