Fire That Works

10 best Fourth of July firework displays #Travel #4thofJuly:   I love to watch fireworks shows.  The bursts, the colors, the music excites me and I anxiously await how the next one will be bigger or better than the last. Watching fireworks is fun.  I realized in the Bible there is evidence of fireworks also.  Did you know that?  Just ask Moses who saw fireworks in  a burning bush in Exodus 3 or Elijah who witnessed the fire of God in 1 Kings 18.  The evidence speaks for itself that the fire of God works.  The prophet Jeremiah declared the word of God was like fire in his bones and three men named Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of an overheated furnace unharmed, with God walking in the midst of them. Talk about a fireworks show.  The Bible says in Hebrews 12:29 that our God is a consuming fire. If you want to see a good fireworks show just look in the Bible.  Scripture displays the best examples of fire that works.  It gets bigger and better each time I read about the fire of God consuming and guiding our footsteps despite difficulties.   I pray  that God will allow me to see and experience fireworks in my daily life.  I’m asking God to burn up, turn up and show up just like He did for so many others I’ve read about in scripture.  I pray that others  will see God’s fire working in me because I want to be a beautiful display of His grace and mercy.




You Want To Be On Top?

Kneeling In Prayer:  I read this today in my monthly planner and had to share this quote:

“Getting on your knees keeps you from falling” Laura Harris Smith

I’m up and down today for sure. Rising and falling, I’m down on my knees to stand up in faith. Thank God because He alone is able to keep me from falling.  No need to be on top, I’m just asking God to keep me from stumbling, tripping and getting stuck.

Jude 1:24-25 KJV says:

24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,

25 To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.




Over and Under

a sweet version of the traditional "keep calm and carry on":  When it’s difficult to get from under the load, situation or problem take time to think it over.  Talk it over with God and turn it over to Him. It’s alright to sing your song when you take the time to remember who is still on the throne.

My simple prayer today is this:  God please continue to work over my load when I feel overloaded. Grant me peace when I’m overwhelmed.  God, strengthen me when I’m just over it and help me see you as the overseer of my entire life.  God, please reign over, rule over and take over all my burdens because you are the King over all of the earth, In Jesus name Amen.

Psalm 47:6-8  (ESV) Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm.  God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.


Getting Through

I just read the last chapter of my book You’ll Get Through This by Max Lucado.  I love this author. I was extremely encouraged by what he said in the book about hope and help for our turbulent times.  It’s hard to believe so many lives were taken in Orlando, FL and so many others were injured by one gunman.  This violence, hatred, evil is real and I must as a believer in Christ remember the biblical examples of God turning mess into good. I must pray and encourage others going through whatever difficulties they face.  Thank you Max Lucado for reminding me of  how I need to be a Joseph this in the final chapter’s message:  Evil. God. Good.

Quoted from Max’s book:

“You’ll get through this. It won’t be painless. It won’t be quick. But God will use this mess for good. Don’t be foolish or naive. But don’t despair either.  With God’s help, you’ll get through this. ”  Max Lucado

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.



Opting Out or In

Options are everywhere these days.  We have options as we sign up for social media accounts,  retail web sites, e-mail accounts,  points programs and rewards programs.  Businesses, non-profits, etc. all ask the same question:  Join in, Sign up, Register, Connect. We do it without thinking sometime.  We opt in to receive the best deal, the heads up, the coupons, the benefits of membership and so on.  We also opt out because we don’t want to be bombarded, flooded, reminded again, and most of all marketed to for everything they have to offer.  I am a Christian and I signed up for a relationship with Jesus Christ.  I opted in to eternal life with Christ.   I accepted the rewards, the benefits, and everything that comes with that relationship.  I have learned this relationship brings with it life lessons, rewards, struggles and pain, but  I really have the best deal with Christ.  I can not opt out of my faith walk or my relationship just because I’m tired of reading the books of the  Bible, tired of hearing sermons on forgiveness, spiritual warfare, or giving. Sometimes I  can get overwhelmed and become tired of serving, fellowships with other believers, or just tired of ministry work but that’s not a reason to opt out. I am  to remain in Christ through every challenge in spite of my feelings. God is my strength when I’m tired.   He restores my soul as I fervently pray and lay it all on the altar. There is no other option from beginning to end because the love of God is worth it all.

I love this prayer: from Dr. Tony Evans’ book, Prayers for Victory in Spiritual Warfare

A prayer for When I Am Weary ( page 156, Put on the Breastplate of Righteousness) “Father,  living in unrighteousness is so tiring.  I thank You for the refreshment of righteousness, which I wear as a breastplate against unreasonable weariness.  Thank You, God for new strength.  Forgive me for piling up my schedule with too many things-even good things.  I pray for discernment to choose not just what is good, but what is best.  Help me to do right in getting enough rest.  In Christ’s name , amen.”

Now, that’s what I call living on pitch.



Mark Your Calendar

2016 printable calendar and planner // click through for free download:

May is a busy month for me.  I’m marking up my calendar with events for the summer  months and plans for the weekends ahead.  The month of May brings a few holidays with it also such as Mother’s Day,  Cinco De Mayo, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.  It’s also Older Americans Month according to my health calendar.   I took a look at my church calendar  which is usually full of reminders, events, services and rehearsal dates and noticed the Annual National Day of Prayer is coming soon.  It’s on May 5, 2016 for this year’s observance.  I will be sure to mark, circle and highlight it on all of my calendars. National Day of Prayer is not promoted  or marketed like the other days.  There are no ads, sales events, parties or special promotions  and announcements with this one.  It’s a pure and simple invitation for everyone to take some time out to pray and reverence God’s name.  We all need prayer, not just for one day, but everyday.


Note to Self

Kneeling In Prayer:

Sometimes I have to just fall on my knees to stand on the Rock.




Show & Tell


The Bible is a show and tell book.  Every time I read it, God shows something that I can apply to my daily life. I am able to tell of the goodness of God no matter what I go through.    As I study about praying the scriptures and ask God to teach me how to pray, I am reminded that God gives me exactly what to say and what to pray.  Here is a great scripture to pray to help us stay on pitch.  This is my prayer today.

Psalms 19:14 Let the Words of my mouth by CaliforniaRustic on Etsy:



I’m Hungry

Psalm 107:9 ~ "For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul, He fills with good things": I love Psalm 71  because it really is a mouthful.


Two Words of Encouragement

Today’s two words are: IN PRAYER

On this National Day of Prayer, It is encouraging to know that we can take everything to God in prayer.