Spring, walk or run! — CoC-GetFit

Arise shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 NKJV See the winter is past Flowers appear on the groundThe season of singing has come I just love seeing the growth of the flowers on the ground as The season of Springs starts It brings […]

Spring, walk or run! — CoC-GetFit

Choosing Kindness in 2021 — For His Purpose

Each year I choose a word to focus on and this year my word is kindness. Side-note: Last year my word was surrender because I knew it would help me give up control-freak issues. After covid unexpectedly came along surrender might have subconsciously been anyone’s word. Spritually-speaking I had the opportunity to grow and it […]

Choosing Kindness in 2021 — For His Purpose

Jesus Can Do A Lot with the Little We Offer- John Chapter 6

I will never forget what Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade, said when he was speaking at a church I visited in Crystal Minnesota. He said, “When it comes to the gospel of Jesus Christ, you can never dream too big for God because God’s ability to empower and anoint is far greater than your ability to dream.”

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Jesus showed his ability to anoint and take what little is offered when he fed thousands with a few loaves of bread and a few fish in John 6.

Jesus went to a mountainside and a great crowd followed him because they had seen the miracles he performed. When he saw the great crowd coming, he asked Philip:

“Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” 

We read in the next verse:

He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

Jesus knows what he can do and will do. He gives us opportunities to look to him in faith for help.

Philip showed he was only looking to what they did not have not to what Jesus can do when he answered:

 Philip answered him, “It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!”

Andrew look at what little they had;

“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?”

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Jesus took those five small barley loaves and two small fish and blessed them. He had them distributed to the people. The bible says 5,000 men were there. We can multiply that at least by two for account for women and children. After the thousands had enough to eat, Jesus told his disciples to collect the leftovers.

So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

There was way more leftover than they started with. In fact, there were 12 baskets enough for each of the 12 disciples to hold a basket in their hands for a tangible lesson.

When Jesus calls us to do something, do we look to ourselves, what we have and don’t have, or do we step out in faith looking to him?

Do we look to our own ability or the Jesus’s ability?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Hold On To Me by Lauren Daigle

,Hold on to me when it’s too dark to see You
When I am sure I have reached the end
Hold on to me when I forget I need You
When I let go, hold me again

God is faithful even when we are not. Jesus is always with us even when we falter in life. There is never a moment that Jesus will leave us. Nothing can separate us from his love.

I LOVE this new song by Lauren Daigle-Hold Onto Me. No matter what difficulties come in life, God will hold onto us. It reminds me of what Corrie Ten Boom, who suffered in a Nazi concentration camp, said:

There Is No Pit So Deep That God’s Love Is Not Deeper Still

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Blogs I Follow Part 3

February is Black History Month in the USA and in honor of that, I felt I wanted to share the blogs of some bloggers who are special to me for various reasons. I hope you take the time to check out their blogs if you have not already. This will be a series of posts.

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Sharon of sharonpankey.wordpress.com. She doesn’t post as often but I enjoy her posts. She shares her faith and encouragements.

justpene.com is a blog by a woman who immigrated to the U.S. She shares about her faith and life.

Fay Ann’s blog is The Inspiration Room at fayannswearing.wordpress.com. She shares encouragements and prayers.

Kay’s blog is at kernacj.wordpress.com. She shares writings about her faith and life.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Wellness Wednesday- Being A Safe Place for Others

Yesterday I was talking with one of my colleagues at the school where I teach in the mornings. She is a young woman and does wonderful work with the children who have difficult lives. Her grandfather is elderly and in hospice care now. It is only a matter of days until he passes away.

As she was sharing with me, her eyes teared up. She apologized for it. I asked her to not apologize or feel she needs to hide her feelings. I shared with her that I understand what she is going through and if she ever needs a listening ear, just let me know.

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We all need a safe space, safe friends, a safe place especially now during this pandemic. Everything is heightened now for our emotions, stress, etc. We need safe places to land.

Jesus is definitely a safe person for us to come to and confide in about what we are going through. He invites us to do so in Matthew 11:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

My hope is to continue to be a safe place, a safe person, for others as we continue to go through this pandemic. We all need connection with others. I love this song A Safe Place to Land. Please listen to it and think about if you can be a safe place.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Hard Hearts or Prepared Hearts- John Chapter 5

It had been roughly 400 years since God had sent the prophet Malachi to Israel by the time John the Baptist came on the scene. The people were under Roman occupation and desperate for God to send them a prophet and even better in their minds the Messiah.

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Hundreds flocked to John to be baptized and he was revered as being a prophet sent by God. John clearly stated his purpose which was to prepare the people for the coming of the Savior.

So when Jesus brought up John as a witness on his behalf, it was something the religious leaders had a hard time refuting.

“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.

 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.

Jesus brought up another witness for him which they had a hard time refuting-the miracles Jesus performed.

“I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 

The hardness of the hearts of the Pharisees, the religious leaders, made it so no matter what testimony or proof that Jesus is the Savior, they would not accept it. They were more concerned about their own grip on control and power and Jesus was a threat to that.

Jesus held nothing back as he spoke with them.

I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?

He pointed out that they were only concerned about their own egos not the love of God.

Are we more concerned with our own egos or with the love of God?

Do we want to follow man made rules or the Savior who loved us so much he gave his lfie for us?

Are our hearts hardened or ready for Jesus?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Alabaster Box by CeCe Winans

In honor of Black History Month, I want to share a beautiful song by Ce Ce Winans. Our black brothers and sisters in Christ have contributed so much to our Christian faith over the years. I think of preachers like Tony Evans one of my favorites.

Musically Andrea Crouch paved the way for many contemporary Christian musicians. He was one of the pioneers in Christian music that today’s artists owe a debt of gratitude to.

Ce Ce Winans has such a beautiful voice and her song Alabaster Box poignantly shares the experience every Christian must go through which is to experience the forgiveness and love of our Savior Jesus. The song focuses on the Mary who poured out her expensive perfume on the feet of Jesus and wiped them with her hair out of appreciation for his forgiveness and love.

I hope this song blesses you as much or more than it did me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.