Dwelling IN the Lord

If it had not been for the Lord on my side,

Where would I be? Where would I be?

I’ve come to realize that the Lord is always – and has always been – on my side.

As I continue to walk in humble submission to Him, I learn even more about His unending love. He’s been good; He’s been kind. He’s been the kind of God that cares for my every need. He challenges my weaknesses and beckons me to serve Him all the more. He gives comfort, guidance, wisdom, and goodness.

When I look upon Him, I know that He is love. In Him there is no failure…no mistakes. He is a God of abundance, the author and finisher of our faith (Heb. 12:2). I look to Him for supplication. I eagerly await His affirmed outcome.

I am ultimately thankful to my Lord God and Savior for keeping me. He has never let me down – even when I have been afraid. He affirms my trust in Him, and further proves that I can place my comfort and cares in Him, for I KNOW that He loves me, and has prepared a special purpose and place for us.

God, I LOVE You, and I completely and wholly DWELL IN YOU.

– P.S., Kaye –

Write-Worthy

Sometimes you don’t think you have anything to write for, but you do.

Cast all your cares upon the Lord, for He Careth for you.

I Peter 5:7

Good Friendships, Good Fun

Starting and ending your day with great friends is always great, and we got the opportunity to do just that.

Trust in the Lord to put the right relationships around you; when He does, you’ll be grateful for how He’s allowed His light to shine in the effectiveness of the relationships you’ll build together.

Blessings and God’s grace to you all,

P.S., Kaye

God has accepted your gift.

Period.

You are worth something, and what you have to give for the Lord is needed.

Give back in your work, your living, and your sharing, and the Lord will bless you for it.

Now, reflect on what you’ve put before the Lord, and do not question the gift that He has accepted.

Yes, my words are a wee bit direct; but it is what God wants us to hear and know.

Keep them with you.

– P.S., Kaye –

Experience God’s Peace

Sometimes it’s good to experience God’s peace among the busy.

That’s what we got to do today: experience God’s Peace.

As we climb into bed and make preparations for the morrow, I am grateful that I have been able to experience God’s peace today in that way.

May the Lord’s peace ever so be with you – blessings, peace, and favor to you.

– P.S., Kaye –

Finding strength where you need it.

Sometimes you just need to write a love letter to yourself. A simple reminder to know that you can do everything that God says you can do. That you are equipped and motivated to do that which He has said and set in front of you. And that you will be successful and will accomplish just that. Seek the Lord while He can be found. Seek, and ye shall find…Knock and the door shall be opened unto you. (Matthew 6:33). Thank you Lord for reminding me that I am. That I can. And that My Success is completely, totally, and wholly found in YOU.

– P.S., Kaye –

Focus on the positive

Focus on the positive.

Sometimes we can be so consumed with what’s left to be done that we miss opportunities to celebrate what we actually have accomplished.

In the process of creating the earth, God took a moment to reflect on each day’s work; He did not overwhelm Himself with what was to come. He honored the work that was completed before Him on each day.

In our day-to-day, we must approach and reflect on things in the manner that God did in His creative process. Honor and celebrate the tasks that you have made progress on, and do not condemn yourself for not yet arriving at what lies ahead.

This was my lesson for today. As I work through God’s designed process of my gaining new strength each day, I am able to complete what is set before me – and today I did just that.

So when things present themselves to confuse you or to disrupt the positive reflections of what you’ve worked so hard to accomplish, remember that today’s accomplishments are enough. Allow God to orchestrate the morrow’s process as you honor and reflect upon what was accomplished today.

– P.S., Kaye –

On Resurrection Sunday and more

So I have three days’ worth of stuff to share since I did not share anything yesterday and the day prior.

On Jesus’ Resurrection

Yesterday’s Resurrection Sunday was quite and adventure that I thoroughly enjoyed. These days I am trying to push myself a little farther and learn to take in the experience along the way.

I was worried about the sequence of days’ work set before me and the amount of time required for me to be engaged in it and with others. I didn’t want to push my limits and end up exhausted with lingering “episodes.”

But I found that with the rains of Good Friday came a swing of peace, an ease that God gave for me to experience with pure joy, adventure, and unobstruction.

Saturday morning was peaceful and was blessed by God. Winds of His cool, breezy radiance swirled round about us throughout the day.

Sunday, we experienced the opportunity to share in food, fellowship, and self with others from our church community which brought me joy in so much fellowship. Sometimes you can see that in your giving and sharing that you are really sharing the love of Christ which extends to all. The day was a great one.

Today, Monday, went slightly different than I’d planned or even imagined; but you get to a point of understanding that no matter your own concerns, acts of preparation, or plans to ensure perfection, that God has placed you in a place to be effective, to be sincerely understanding and selfless to those around you, and to demonstrate the love of Christ in only the way that he has designed and given to you to do. Today was a good one, too, and I look forward to experiencing life in this way with my husband, Seneca.

– P.S., I love YOU

Kaye

A Storm for Good Friday

Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. (50)

And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (51)

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, (52)

And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. (53)

– Matthew 27:50-53

How perfectly fitting that, on this Good Friday, skies across our Eastern lands were filled with dark clouds, rains, and stormy winds, all reminiscent of and a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ’s death that shook the earth and gave way for the removal and washing away of our sins.

When I heard that today was going to be a stormy day, I actually looked forward to it, expecting and seeking to find peace and rest in the quiet and calm that a storm can bring.

The storm began a little later than I’d imagined, but by 11:30am, the wind had blown our trash can all the way from our curb to our front door. As the rains came down, our front yard began to host small puddles of overflowing water. The retention pond began to fill.

It was a peaceful day, even among the storm. I realized that several businesses had closed because of the inclement weather and that officials had closed the Skyway Bridge.

As our town and local Southeastern communities made adjustments to the day, my mind could not help but think of how fitting it was – a dark, yet beautiful storm on Good Friday, the day of our Lord’s death. That on this day, God had chosen to speak and to reveal Himself to the world through the voice of the storm so that people would come to know Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ gave His life on the cross so that the world through Him might be saved.

Are you looking to find peace? Are you looking for sweet relief in your life?

If you’re looking for a positive change – a new thing amid the storm – then I assure you that you can find it in the Lord.

If you’re searching, just say these words with me:

Lord, I’m looking for something new and refreshing, and I believe in your Son, Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to save me from my sins. I repent for my sins and I ask for your forgiveness and grace. Please come into my heart and release me from the bondage of sin. Thank you for this new life and for the removal of all things old. Thank you for your peace – I believe that I have new joy and can live life anew with you. In you I have found a friend. In Christ’s name I pray, Amen.

After today’s storm, the skies took a moment’s rest and showed promises of “more to come.” After a few more showers and light winds and what seemed like could be a second round, the sun burst through the clouds so loudly and so brightly that it was nearly hard to look at with your eyes. I had to cover my eyes like a visor in order to be able to grab this photo:

You see, there really is a blessing in the presence of a storm. And it is something so great… something that will give so much vibrance and light and that will add so much value to your life. That is what Jesus’ dying on the cross did for all of us. In the midst of the unimaginable, in the midst of a shaking darkness, God fulfilled His promise – one of new life, miraculous light, and abundance to all of the earth.

– P.S., Kaye –