Out of the Darkness – 12-11-18

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Out of the darkness a great light dawned on this earth. A light to live in us and shine for others to see, for the darkness could not overcome the light. He said ‘I am the light and whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, for he has the light of life.’ We fell to our knees and confessed as we had lied and claimed to fellowship with Him, but yet walked in darkness. He was just to forgive, so whom shall we fear? The Lamb at the center of the throne is our Shepherd; He leads us to springs of living water.
We now walk with the light, and even in our darkest hour, He lights the way. Now the unfolding of our words give light and are not changed by shifting shadows. Our faith knows there is a place that needs no sun and no moon, for the Glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. It’s a place where the sovereign Lord wipes away the tears from all faces there. He removes His people’s disgrace from all the earth.
And in that day through the narrow gate we will say, His word was fulfilled just as He told it and inspired the prophets to tell. We will take our places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Though we were last, we will be first in our Father’s house of many rooms. So set your hearts and minds on things above as the wrath of God is for the dark and the things of darkness. He will make everything new as His word is trustworthy and true. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
Inspired by the scriptures of light and of heaven. Donna Sikes 12-11-18

Work in Happiness 12-1-18

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The Lord speaks sometimes in quiet ways, but as we lend our ear in His direction we  know it is Him speaking.  For me, this dream was His way of saying that He is in my every day.  He is in my work, and I can find happiness throughout my day even through my work.

I was loading a dishwasher and things were in the way so I took those things out and placed the dishes where they needed to go.  Everything was in order and as it should be.  It was a good job done.  I was happy and my heart was light as I removed the things that caused problems out and moved on with my work in contentment.  I could feel the smile on my face and in my heart.

A man that had been watching me said, “I see how you find happiness in your day, even though you work.  It is your work that you do and the way that you do it that makes you happy.”

Idle time had been on my mind the day before.  Idle time can give way to things in the mind that don’t belong.  Things that will cause sadness or an ill mood.  My things are mostly the grandchildren leaving such a mess before school.  We try to make sure they have chores but there is still a lot of work to be done in a day.  There is also the work outside the home that we need to have the means to pay for our everyday living.  Even a disabled person spends their day doing something, and that something is very important.  We all need to realize how important it is that we do our work, or however we busy our day, with joy and gladness.  The key word is busy.

Then I opened my devotion for the day and it speaks of the same thing.  That’s how I usually know there is a lesson for me to stop, pay attention, and learn.

The devotion said that whatever you do, do it with all your heart as working for God and not man.  Anything otherwise isn’t pleasing to Him and it is not good for us.  I don’t like it when I grumble.  I had noticed a lot of grumbling and a feeling of down trodden coming from me recently and I didn’t like it.  I began to notice others that work and how happy they are.  That’s the way I like to be.  Its not only good for us but its good for others that in their time of need God can send them in our path to see how we handle our every day lives.  He weaves a tapestry for every day if we are in tune to Him.  He helps us find the things that will bring our hearts pleasure while we work on this earth.  We don’t have to go through our day worrying about the things of the next day, or feeling anxious to get to the exciting events of the next day.

Every day is a gift.  I hope to always pay attention as I work that even the smallest task is important and done in a good way is pleasing in God’s eyes.  These are the scriptures from my devotion that so perfectly spoke of my dream and the lesson for me, coupled with my dream, that I wanted to share with you.

Colossians 3:23 – Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Genesis 2:15 – The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

2 Thessalonians 3:11-12 – For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies.  Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.

God bless, and my prayer for you is that you are awake in how God is speaking to you each day and each night in His quiet and subtle say to help you make the most of life on earth, your gift from Him.

Giving Thanks in November 2018

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Not everyone has a family or a table full of food.  I pray we can all give thanks and remember someone that could be blessed by sitting at our table or taking a meal to someone that is alone or without.  I pray the Lord will put it on our hearts to remember anyone we can help in that way.

The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame.  You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.  Isaiah 58:11

A verse I turn to often when I open my bible.  It is a very comforting verse to keep in our hearts as we give thanks and share our blessings.  Because when we share, there is always enough.  God bless~