Monday, February 9, 2009

Refresh and Renew Me....

Psalm 51:10 "Create in me a pure heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."

Good Morning Ladies,

What a powerful scripture that is....

What an awesome sermon we had yesterday.....The praise and worship was annoited....The songs we sang were certainly Gods plan....The presence of the Lord and Holy Spirit filled the air...

Arent we special that our GOD is FAITHFUL.....That HE is UNCHANGEABLE.....That HE is UNSTOPPABLE....and that HE NEVER LOSES FAITH IN US.....Even when we sometimes lose our "zeal" and "hunger and thirst" for Him.....But, its during those times that our wonderful Father and Daddy stays right beside us...He knows our hearts.....He knows who truly loves and believes in him....And when we are going through these times, He stays closer and puts his arms around us and lets us know that it's going to be ok, the ZEST and ZEAL and HUNGER and THIRST are still there, but it got buried amongst all the "STUFF" that has been happening in our lives...We sometimes dont realize whats happening, but one day it finally HITS US, FULL FORCE and we say "Wow what was that" its our GOD telling us "It's Time to Come Back To Me." "Its Time to Come Back to the Heart of Worship."

In these days ahead, we need to have that zeal and hunger and that special relationship with our God...These days ahead are going to be hard ones, we cant lose our sight on whats important. We cant let the fear, injustice, economy,family situations get in the way of whats really important in our lives....We need to have JESUS as our FOCUS and CENTER in our Lives. We need to each day, REFRESH our HEARTS, REJUVENATE our LIVES and FOCUS ON OUR WONDERFUL FATHER, who IS ABOVE ALL, who is MIGHTIER than any CIRCUMSTANCE, who LOVES US for who we are, because HE CREATED US through HIS IMAGE....He knew us before we were knitted in our mothers womb....How awesome is that?

Ladies, if today you are finding yourself in that place that you say "I have lost something along the way, I need that hunger and thirst and zeal, I need the presence of the Lord in my life again" I encourage you, find a QUIET place and just submit yourself to the Lord, tell him what is on your heart, let him know that you want those things back in your life, that you're sorry that you lost Him somewhere along the way..." He will understand....He knows that He was not going to be absent forever and HE will welcome you with open arms, because HIS ARMS were never closed....Because ladies, it happened to ME.....and I know first hand what a TRUE LOVING FATHER WE HAVE.....He Loves us ALL so much....What an awesome feeling that is....

If you know someone today that is going thru some rough times, call them and tell them that you LOVE them....If you see someone and you know they are struggling give them a HUG, because sometimes thats all it takes a HUG OR I LOVE YOU to get them back on the right road again...

I love all my ladies....I thank God every day for each of you.

Thank you Pastor Keith for a wonderful sermon yesterday. It's just what I needed and I know so many others also.....

Refresh me and Renew me Lord. Let my heart be filled with your presence and filled with the Holy Spirit. Give me the strength when I grow weak. Give me wisdom in situations that need to be addressed. Lord, give me a pure heart filled with your word and always let me find MY TIME and PLACE to be with you.....Thank you Lord for loving me and never giving up on me....Thank you for always being beside me.....Because without you, I am NOTHING.....in Jesus name, amen....

I am DESPERATE for you Lord...
I am LOST without you.....

Have a wonderful and blessed day....

Have a piece of chocolate too.....

In Gods Love
cindy

Sunday, February 8, 2009

BUILD AN ALTER....

Morning Ladies,

Yes, its been awhile since i have been here.....Life is never dull these days.....Just not enough hours in the day to get done what we want....But, Praise God, He knows us and He knows when we need to fall at His knees and just cry out to Him and cry "Lord, I need more of you...I need to feel you more in my life...Lord, I'm sorry for not spending more time with you" "Lord, direct me to where you want me to be. direct my steps." This is what the Lord let me do.....He let me fall to my knees in my own living room and just cry out to him.....He is an awesome God....A god who will never leave us or forsake us....A God who will always love us, even when we are not "Perfect" in His eyes....Thank you Jesus for loving me so much, that you died for me.....

A couple Sundays ago Pastor Keith did a sermon titled "Build An Alter".....That really brought alot of emotions home to me....I had been struggling with a few things....Working full time again, our business slowing down to a crawl, not knowing if we were going to lose it or not, physically and mentally i was exhausted....During this time, i had stopped doing so many of things i enjoyed doing and one of them was having MY TIME with the Lord....I missed my PERSONAL time with my father, my daddy.....Pastor Keith said "We need to build OUR ALTER" a private alter for just you and Jesus." and that is something that stuck with me....I needed MY OWN ALTER, somewhere i could go and shut the door, shut the world out....and thats what i have begun to do...with the help of my very dear friend, LaDonna, she gave me the idea when we had lunch one day and she told me that she was in the process of making a room in her house her "FOO FOO" room, where she could make it girly and feminine and spend time with the Lord.....That day when i was crying out to God, i was crying "Lord, please help me find a place to build my alter to be with you and only you." and at that moment He gave me that place....I have a "guest" room in the back of my house....Well, that room is now being converted into what i am calling "MY SANCTUARY"....I have begun decorating it with all my Inspirational things. Christian Art work and writings that a dear friend has given me, different crosses that i have been collecting, pretty vases and teacups, etc....I have a beautiful tropical pull out couch in My Sanctuary and end tables and a coffee table. It looks just like a regular living room...This has become my place that i go to, to have my time with my father.....i love my devotionals and books that i am reading....i love that i have a place to go, to go and shut the door and shut out the world, for just a little while....

Just like my sanctuary, which is a work in progress,

I am also a work in progress.....

God is preparing me for another level, he hasn't revealed it fully to me yet, but He has spoken to me and said "It's time to get your things in order, this is your time to blossom, just hear my words and FOLLOW ME. I have a plan for you." so, this is what i will be doing...getting my "things" in order and FOLLOWING HIS WORD.....

"Father God, I just thank you for the love that show me everyday. Thank you for never leaving me. Thank you for believing in me. Thank you for the fresh anoiting that you have given me, for the strength that you have brought back into me. You are my father, my daddy, Abba, The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end...and i can truly "DO ALL THINGS THRU CHRIST, WHO STRENGTHENS ME." thank you Lord for all that you do.....amen

I wish a blessed day for you all and may God bless you in ways that you can't imagine....We serve an awesome God.....

In Gods Love
Cindy