Exercising faith over fear

Father in Heaven, I pray these words will reach those who are feeling fear during this time and that it brings comfort. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Well since we all seem to be staying at home these days, let’s gather around the table and chat! How are you feeling during this distressing time? Are you feeling fear? Are you feeling anxiety? Are you feeling peace?

 

So much uncertainty is swirling around us and various news stories are offering conflicting opinions. Hospitals are overflowing, grocery stores are overwhelmed, and our hearts may be overcome with the shaky unknown.

 

“Use wisdom” they say.

“Wash your hands” they say.

“Stay away from those who have compromised immune systems” they say.

 

You know what really needs to be advised? “Trust in the Lord”.

 

Of course we need to take precautions and keep everyone safe. But in the midst of all of it, our trust in God should be at the top of the “how to stay safe” list. It’s every bit as vital as washing our hands or sneezing into our arm. You know what the greatest part of trusting God is? It can never be sold out or out of stock!

 

Romans 8:18 says “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.”

 

God’s glory will be revealed. Nothing happens without His knowledge and He will see each one of us through these tumultuous times. It may seem as though He is far away and simply unleashed this virus on the earth. But friends please understand that All things work together for good to those who love and trust Him. (Romans 8:28)

 

God’s plan is so much more involved then we can see or understand. Trust comes in in those times. If we knew all He knew, we would have no reason for faith or trust. Just as we exercise the hand washing, arm sneezing, sanitize wiping rituals, we must exercise faith over fear. Practice the same diligence of sanitation, in prayer and quiet time with the Lord. Make it the first thing you do in the morning and before you lay your head back on the pillow at night. Stay close to God and cleanse yourself with His words of comfort.

 

Father I pray for all of us to be protected from this virus that is so threatening. Lord watch over our families and friends. Give us peace in these uncertain times. Forgive our fear Lord and fill us with Your peace. May we remember to lean on You and cling to Your word always. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Stay safe table family and please feel free to keep in touch with me here or Email any private prayer requests. I’m here to pray for you any way I can. My prayers and love to you all.

 

A Message for Monday

Hi and good Monday morning to all of you. Many of you may be home with your kids today or simply off work due to the Corona Virus and you may want to catch up on some reading. May i offer this little message to add to the reading stack?

 

Psalm 75:3  “When all the earth totters and it’s inhabitants, it is I who keeps steady it’s pillars.”

 

Friends, cling to the understanding that it is God who will see us through all the fear and chaos. None of what is happening in our world escapes His notice. God is on His throne and if we will just hold fast to His promises, we would not have to fear. I know it’s a scary time and it is also unfamiliar to us to have such a wide spread issue going on. But we just need to hold God’s hand through all of this. Use wisdom and be safe and while you are washing your hands, bathe yourself in God’s protection and shelter. I heard it said to pray for everyone being affected by this virus during the recommended twenty seconds of hand washing. I love that idea.

 

Be safe and healthy my dear table family. See you on Wednesday 🙂

We need peace… not panic.

Hi all. I hope as this Corona Virus has taken hold, you have been able to spend time at home around your own tables connecting with your families.

 

There is so much happening in our world right now and it would be easy to get caught up in the panic of what’s going on around us. We want to make sure our family is safe and healthy so we hit the stores, along with everyone else, in hopes to find just one bottle of Lysol and a four pack of toilet paper.

 

May I take this brief moment and share a verse with you? Perhaps while waiting for the shelves to be restocked, we could look this one up together and screen shot it and use it as our phone wall paper…

 

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you, not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (ESV)

 

This… this my friends is the promise we need to cling to. Promises of restocked toilet paper and cleaners is finite. We serve an infinite God whose promises are much more reliable and will never be out of stock. His shelves will never be bare. You will never have to be price gouged for what you need from Him. He always has fully stocked shelves.

 

I know things are scary right now but God has given us a “do not fear” promise 365 times in His word, that’s one for every day of the year! It’s not dependent on the conditions of our world. Trust in your Father, He knows what you need and has a complete supply for everyone! Love you all and stay healthy! Blessings.

A Time to Mourn… again

Father in Heaven, please let these words serve as a growing tool for each one of us to grow spiritually. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Hello from Florida folks! I am sitting here at another table writing these words listening to the crashing waves of the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a little cloudy right now but the sun is supposed to shine today.

Hmmm… that phrase makes me think of how life can be sometimes. I honestly was going to write something else (not sure what), but now that it hangs there… I think it fits.

 

Sometimes our lives look cloudy and like a storm is coming. Last year when I was down here, my dear childhood friend and “kid sister” was tragically taken from us do to a terrible accident. This year I am mourning once again but in a different way. This is more of a personal mourning. One that is a loss that only I am experiencing.

Two nights ago, my family and I all went out for dinner. We love this particular restaurant down here as it sits right on a canal and the sunset is a stunning backdrop to an evening out. Of course if the clouds are around, it defeats the reason for going there! However this night was lovely. But then my clouds came in.

 

There is an amount of independents that I’ll never have because of blindness. I’ve learned to accept this and live my life with the knowledge that I am not defined by independents or blindness or anything else like that. My vision has declined over the years, leaving me with just ten percent vision as of now but it hasn’t changed my level of independents all that much. I mean I never could drive so I didn’t have to give that up. I only started using a cane a couple of years ago and that hasn’t changed when or where I go out. So these kinds of things haven’t changed all that much.

 

Then, the other night at dinner, it happened. I stared down at my basket of Blackened Chicken and onion rings with a side of ‘slaw and realized I couldn’t really decipher the chicken from the onion rings. What did this mean? I… I couldn’t cut up my own chicken. My stomach turns even as I write that.

 

I tried but often began cutting part chicken, part onion ring or cutting far to big a piece of chicken or missing it all together. So my choices were to keep trying to do it on my own and make a fool of myself or choke on my own words while asking my husband to cut… my… food! Do you remember the last time someone had to cut up your food?

 

Now I realize that there are people who have always had to have someone not only cut their food, but physically feed them as well. I’m not trying to even come close to comparing my situation to theirs. But I can tell you that my brothers and sisters who have this as their daily reality, have felt grief over it at some point as well.

 

But when your disability is a thief who keeps robbing you of a little more and a little more at unannounced times, grieving will happen. Grieving for the death of one more thing you can’t do. Is this the end of me being able to even cut up my own food in a restaurant? Perhaps. So I will mourn this loss for a time.  But God’s word promises this…

 

Psalm 30:5 “For His anger is but for a moment and His favor is for a lifetime, weeping may terry for the night but joy comes with the morning.”  (ESV)

 

As God continues to move in my life, my joy will come in the morning. Perhaps it will also come in the “mourning” (grieving).

 

I grieve this loss like a death. A death of a part of myself. Blindness has taken yet another piece of me. But… I will have joy again! The kind of joy that isn’t found in worldly things or self-seeking expectations. No, this joy is the joy of the Lord. He has been opening some doors for me to possibly speak in a couple of places to educate people on how to properly engage with the disability community. As blindness plays the thief, I will play the advocate. As God allows and equips me to move forward in this, I will try and give back what disability takes from people.

 

The clouds may be hanging around right now but the “Son” (Jesus) will come out!

 

If you have clouds in your life right now, cling to the understanding that the sun will shine again. Cling to God’s promise that weeping is for a time but joy will come in the morning. Trust Him in the midst of the grief. Following Jesus doesn’t mean we will never experience grief but that when we do, He will walk us through it. Walk with Jesus and let Him lead you. Walk in faith… blind faith.

 

A Message for Monday

Good Monday morning to you all! I’d like to first apologize for not sending out the recipe for Foodie Friday… I am on vaca with my family and it completely slipped my mind! But I wanted to be sure and send out the Monday message because I always want to remember to offer some spiritual food. So here we go…

 

John 10:27  “My sheep hear My voice and I know them and they follow Me.” (ESV)

 

Notice that Jesus says “I know them”. We follow Jesus and He knows us. A sheep will always follow his or her own shepherd. It knows the shepherds voice over all the other shepherds calling for other sheep. Other shepherds may be calling you… work, problems, family struggles, social media, past mistakes… all these are shepherds of sorts, and are calling us to follow them. Only one Shepherd offers rest and protection from evil. Only one Shepherd loves and cherishes us. Follow that Shepherd called Jesus and always listen for His voice. He knows you and is calling to you!

Are You Diggin’ It?

Father in Heaven, please interpret these words and make them speak what You want to be heard. In Jesus name, Amen.

 

Hello table mates! I am so very excited for spring to get here… aren’t you? I’m so looking forward to opening up my sun porch and the windows. I can’t wait to see the bright flowers blooming in my back yard flower gardens. It’s something I can still see so it brings me joy.

 

This year I plan to put in a vegetable garden. I’ve been wanting to for the last couple of years but with both my kids graduating two years apart from each other, I had open houses to be concentrating on. Now that those years are behind me (sniff sniff) I will put effort into planting vegetables.

 

I will have to cultivate the area I want to plant in as it has been unattended to for many years. Nutrients needs to be put in and the ground needs to be worked up. I will turn the soil and prepare the space to receive the seedlings. Some plants will need to be planted deeper than others.

 

I also have some house plants that I need to re-pot. When you re-pot a plant into a bigger pot, it gives it more room to grow and the roots can go deeper, thus becoming stronger. The deeper you plant it, the stronger the root system becomes.

 

Trees need to be planted even deeper with a bigger hole being dug. The root system of a tree goes far into the ground, twisting a twining around rocks, thorns, and  other roots. It is extremely difficult to uproot a tree. A tree needs a very deep and wide hole to flourish and grow strong.

 

Think about how strong our faith would be if we dug deep into God’s word. Our spiritual root system would be able to withstand strong storms and high winds. It would be difficult to uproot our faithfulness if our roots were planted deep in God’s word. Digging deep and having a large area to grow in only ensures more growth. Unearthing all the blessings and joy that is in scripture, allows for much fruit to be cultivated and harvested.

 

Reading the word of God is always good, no matter how much of it we read. But grabbing that spiritual shovel and really digging deep is where the most growth can happen. Seeds are planted, roots are forming, and fruit will abound.

 

1 Peter 2:2  ” Like new born infants long for the pure spiritual milk that by it, you may grow up into salvation.” (ESV)

 

We need the things that will help us grow into spiritual maturity. These things are all found in God’s word. The more we dig, the more we are fed, the more we grow. So grab that shovel and start diggin! Have a blessed Wednesday!

 

 

 

Message for Monday

Acts 26:16-18  “‘But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen Me and to those in which I will appear to you. Delivering you from your people and from the Gentiles, to whom I am sending you. To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to God that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me'” (ESV)

 

This passage is about  Paul telling the officials his account of what happened to him that made him believe in Jesus. He was not fearful, though he stood before them in chains. Paul was very well known for persecuting followers of Jesus. Now he stands before them as a witness for Jesus. If you ever feel that you couldn’t be used by God because of things you may have done in the past… remember Paul and how he spoke so sternly against God and had people put to death for following Jesus. If God can use Paul… He can use you and me. Happy Monday to you all, have a blessed filled week. See you Wednesday!