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Sneaky Little Devil.

Years ago, my husband and his buddies would go to Myrtle Beach every year on a golfing trip – or rather golfing adventure.  (The older they got the more adventure there was!)

He always took Brachs® Nut Goodie®candies to munch on while playing.  One year while golfing, he had the candy sitting in the cup holder and when he turned around, there was a squirrel in his cart eating the candy.  When he went to shoo the squirrel away, the little thief took the whole bag in his mouth, running across the course!!  What a site to see.

It reminds me of the little thief in our lives who sneaks up on us and tries to steal our JOY.  The devil is lurking around and just waiting until we take our eyes off Jesus and turn our back on Him  for just a minute and the devil, like the squirrel, takes the opportunity to sneak in and steal our joy.

He comes in with smirks on his face and reaches for our joy and we shoo him away but inevitably he is still hiding behind the bushes just waiting for another opportunity to sneak in with his grimy, little claws and bushy tail and try to steal the joy from us.

We can’t let that happen.  We have to always be ready with our armor and our scripture memorization and our prayer.  We must speak out loud to the devil to tell him to get away from us as Jesus did while He was in the dessert.  Matthew 4:10-11 tells us that the devil was trying to tempt Jesus and Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!  For it is written:  Worship the Lord your God; and serve him only.  Then the devil left him and angels came and attended him. ”

We have hope.  We have a plan already set out for us.  Speak out loud to the devil and tell him to get away from you!!  Quote this scripture!  Pray for the Lord’s help. Let the angels come and attend to you.  The sneaky little slimeball may have thought he took something from you but he cannot steal your Joy because Joy comes from the Lord.  Nehemiah 8:10(b) says “for the joy of the Lord is your strength”.

So today, let’s thank God for joy and power to overcome the devil and his sneaky little schemes…………and for Nut Goodies and adventures along the way!

Let’s Pray!

Boy do we need this!
 
Another designated National Day of Prayer.
 
But do we really?
 
Hang with me……
 
We don’t really NEED a special designated day of prayer. We can pray any time every day!
 
But I am so very thankful for the reminder by our President and Vice President that we need to turn to God during these tough times. I’m thankful for the proclamation of a day of prayer.
 
With the corona virus, some of the things we take for granted have been taken away from us and when that happens, we get uncomfortable.
 
And when we get uncomfortable or things don’t go our way, then prayer seems to be the first thing we think of…..well after our selfishness.
 
Honestly, I was angry when March Madness was cancelled. Our family loves March Madness. I had already planned food and days off work and decorations to celebrate teams and enjoy basketball. Then when it was taken away, I was aggravated.
 
Seriously, Deanna?!! People could lose their lives. The world is trying to contain the virus. Everyone is abiding by safe rules and social-contact space limits, and I am whining about my fun being taken away?
 
It’s been said when you feel sorry for yourself to do something for someone else and it will lift your spirits. With social-contact space limits, it’s a little hard to physically help others but we can always pray.
 
And pray we should do!
Pray for a cure and those working towards the cure.
Pray for those who are in isolation.
Pray for those who are suffering from symptoms.
Pray for those who have lost income.
Pray for those who are suffering physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally.
Pray for those college athletes who live their lives for some of these special moments that are very important to them and have been taken away.
Pray for all those in authority making decisions at every level of government.
Pray for businesses and the economy and the heads of businesses who have to make tough decisions.
 
AND let us pray for everyone to turn to God in these desperate times.
 
Why?
 
Because He’s in control.
 
And I want to be close to the one who knows all, is all and who we can spend eternity getting to know.
 
Won’t you join me?   Let’s pray.

It’s A Secret!

Ohhhhh secrets!

Secret Sis.
Secret treasure.
Secret party.
I like secrets….when I am in the know.
I dislike secrets…when they are kept from me.  🙂
BUT….the secret of secrets can be exciting!

The word is intriguing in itself though, isn’t it?
Secret.
The unknown can be exciting.
The anticipation of what the secret could be can be exciting.
The looking-forward thinking to when it will be revealed can be exciting.

In today’s world, a lot of parents have REVEAL parties identifying the gender of babies before they are born and certainly the anticipation of the reveal brings excitement.  Sometimes even keeping the secret of not knowing what gender the baby is until he or she is born can be exciting as well.

So why then do we NOT have the same excitement of the secret of the future God has in store for us?

Why do we want to be in control and manipulate situations instead of leaving God to work in His way and surprise us?

In Jesus Calling devotional, author Sarah Young writes, “secret things belong to the Lord, and future things are secret things.”  Deuteronomy 29:29 says “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever so that we may follow all the words of this law.”

God has a plan for us and His secret plans are way better than ours. It’s exciting because everything God has for us is for our good; plans to give us hope and a future; plans to prosper and not harm us.  (Jeremiah 29:11)

Won’t you join me today and get excited about God’s secret for our future!  Be sure to keep your eyes open so you don’t miss the big reveal.

 

Looking Up And Within…

“Imagine if we saw ourselves the way our babies see us.”
-From a Pampers® Commercial

The latest Pampers diaper commercial is so moving showing babies and mommies bonding as mommies are learning to balance life.  I found myself caught up in the moment wondering what those babies are thinking as they make eye contact with their mommas.

This commercial is designed to make women realize how valuable they are and to encourage women to love themselves.

To see themselves as valuable and wonderful as others see them.

As women we have a terrible habit of not believing in ourselves; of having low self-confidence.  We tend to take care of everyone else and put ourselves last.  Before we know it, we have lost our worth and value and find ourselves climbing out of the low self-esteem hole we dug ourselves!

But there is good news!  God sees us as the great women He created with great potential He put inside us.  Perhaps we could start seeing ourselves as God sees us.

I actually think we could learn something from the Pampers commercial.

Like babies who smile and coo and innocently think we are precious humans, God sees us as the same.  He sees our heart.  He sees our beauty.  He sees our potential.

Jeremiah 12:3 –  But you, O Lord, know me; you see me, and test my heart.

Imagine if we start seeing ourselves as beautiful, full of joy and created by the Almighty God.  There’s no limit to what God can do in us.

Makes me so excited I just want to go find a baby and cuddle up.  🙂