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Jesus Is A Gentleman

Last week I was talking to Jesus about a matter that I have been wrestling with for quite some time. Finally I found myself saying; “Jesus, I don’t know what to do. I am giving You permission to speak to me. Then please help me to listen. I am asking You to move on my behalf. .”

Immediately the thought came to mind how presumptuous it sounded to give The Lord “permission” to do anything. Yet I knew that as long as I held my situation tightly trying to handle it myself, He would not force His way in.
This because, Jesus is a Gentleman.

A poem of the same title follows in the link below:

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Not Another Plank!!!

This morning as I was leaving the house there was a big pair of shoes right in the middle of the doorway…again. Grumbling I went to move them aside so as not to trip. Then I noticed my own pair of flip flops just inches away. I chuckled to myself and knew what this week’s repost is to be. It is “The Plank In My Eye”.
(P.S. Sorry. No time to vacuum for you before I took the pic of the shoes…).

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Summer Rest

Our first summer repost is an invitation from Jesus to come away and rest with Him.
Resting in Jesus’ presence is where true freedom can be found.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!!!

Jesus loves to spend time with us.  Take time each day to meet Him in the favorite place of your imagination. Be it a meadow, the ocean, a mountain, or a brook, He is waiting there for you!

The Meadow

Come away with Me to the meadow,
Come away with Me and rest.
Come away with Me to the meadow,
It is here you receive My best.

Come away with Me to the meadow,
Come spend some time with Me.
Come away with Me to the meadow,
It is here I’ll set you free!

Come away with Me to the meadow,
No need to clean up first.
I love you just the way you are,
At your best and at your worst.

Take My hand and follow,
Together we will run.
Come away with Me to the meadow,
Your striving alone is done.

Come away with me to the meadow,
Lift your hands and sing.
Come away with Me for I Am waiting, 
I Am Jesus, Your Lord and King.

Psalm 27:8
My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.”  And my heart responds, “LORD, I am coming. (NLT)

Song of Solomon 2:10
My beloved spake , and said unto me, Rise up , my love, my fair one, and come away (KJV)

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It’s Summer!

I have been eating a lot of red cherries lately. We are blessed with two trees in our yard. Cherries are the first fruit to ripen at our house. Next will be the plums, then the pears, then the apples this fall. The cherries are my favorite, however, because they signal that summer is here!

Yesterday, as I was on the ladder picking and eating, I was contemplating what to write today. This will be our last post before the July and August break. My heart was flooded with gratitude for those that The Lord has brought to ALME. With a mouth full of cherries and the desire to send you a summer blessing, Galatians 5:22,23 came to my mind.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Here is my summer prayer for you:
*Love~ May you experience The Love of Jesus, as you love and are loved by the people in your life. May He ripen this fruit within you, as you walk with Him day by day.
*Joy~ May you be filled with the joy that comes from knowing that you are under the care of The Living God. May you be overwhelmed with the joy of His Love, no matter the circumstances you are in.
*Peace~ May you walk in a peace that is beyond understanding as you cast every care upon Him. Minute by minute may you trust in Him, knowing He works all things out for your good.
*Patience~ May your patience continue to grow in abundance, as you watch and pray for the people and things that seem to be taking so very long.
*Kindness~ Every day may you choose kindness. Every day may kindness be shown to you.
*Goodness~ May you be a reflection of the goodness of God, to those who do not know Him.
*Gentleness~ May you so deeply know God’s love for you, that your response to others need never be harsh.
*Faithfulness~ May The Lord help you to faithfully carry out, those things He has asked you to do.
*Self-control~ May The Lord help you in those areas that you are weak, so that you may be increasingly free.

May The Lord bless you with a bountiful harvest until we come together again this fall…

***Note– we will be publishing weekly articles from years past during our break. They are some of my favorites, so please continue to join us for them.
***Another note– I just realized that there are 9 Fruits of The Spirit, and there are also 9 weeks between now and the first week of September when we resume new posts! I am going to print my prayer list and focus on one fruit each week. Join me if you like!

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No Matter The Road

I love this picture. It was taken as I walked out the front door and saw our 10 year old granddaughter riding her bicycle. While there were storm clouds in the distance they did not matter to her. The fact that she had fallen before did not hold her back. Strong, determined and fearless she pedaled forward, confident that she would make it to the top. The light shining on her made me smile because I knew; Jesus was right beside her cheering her on.

If you are on a road that is long and feels all uphill, Jesus is with you too. Though the sky may look dark and the pitch may seem steep, be encouraged. You are not alone.

Thank You Jesus, that no matter what type of road we are on, we can know that you are near. If it is paved, You are with us. Rock, sand or gravel, You are ever so close. You are watching ahead if it is curvy with a limited sight of distance, or straight with clear vision far ahead. Wide or narrow, You are guiding our way. It is so amazing to know no matter where we might find ourselves, Jesus, You are always there.

Ephesians 6:10 KJV Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Joshua 1:9 NKJV Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Isaiah 50:77For the LORD God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

Isaiah 41:10 NKJV Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Psalm 91:4 He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge;

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My “When I Get To Heaven” List

Not too long ago our Granddaughter had a question about heaven for her Mom.  Not knowing the answer, she offered a suggestion.  “Granna has a list of questions that she keeps for Jesus so that one day when she sees Him in heaven she can ask Him.  Maybe you want to keep one too”.

I love  my “When I Get to Heaven” List.  It comes in a variety of forms.  It is written in my heart, and scattered throughout many years in my journals.  Some of it is unwritten, in the form of my prayers.  I have offered them to Jesus, following deep conversations about things I could not understand.

As time has gone by my list has grown shorter.    I add to it less often as I come to know Him more.  My “Why’s” have become less intense as I have learned to trust in Him.   As I look back on situations that seemed impossible at the time, His faithfulness has allowed me to cross many “Why’s” off my list.

I am glad our Granddaughter has started her own list.  She will have questions in her life, for that is the way life is.   Still, there is one thing we can all be certain of.  Our God is a loving God.  His ways are true and ever higher than our own, and His motive is always love.

“Lord You are patient with us even when we have questions, and our hearts simply can’t comprehend.   Help us release our demands to know the reason for things, and choose to trust in You instead.   Help us to rest until we stand before You face to face, seeing things from Your heavenly perspective of Love”.

Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV   8For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

Proverbs 3:5 KJV Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.