I miss my granchildren

My dear Blogger friends,

I always start my good night like this on purpose and if you have been following for a while you know that!

Had a wonderful day taking care of my friend Nettie granddaugther. Eliza.

She had a lot of fun and I miss now my grandchildren even more.

I know that they will never read this but I want to tell you all 3 2 boys and a girl. Cody Emily and Nick that I love you with all my heart.

I pray all the time for you to find the Lord. Emily was saved at Christmas eve when she was 12 and half years old now 20. Cody my oldest I think gave himself to the Lord to make me happy when out on his Porch in Georgia when I was visiting 2 years ago. He will be 24 July 2nd. Little Nicholas turned 13 this Jan and he is a truly gifted teenager, great in math like I was but better..I give them to God everyday.

Well, I let it out and feel better.

Thank you for reading this.

Love you all in Christ Jesus.

Later,

Pat,

Child of God.

When Life Gets Worse Before It Gets Better on May 31, 2019

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“God also said to Moses, ‘I am the LORD.’” Exodus 6:2 (NIV)
Had I entirely missed what God said, or was it just not turning out the way I thought it would or should? Either way, the situation was an utter mess.

Defeated and embarrassed, I tried to clean up the aftermath. Keyword: I. Looking back, I wish I’d slowed down and considered the story of Moses before I made a single move.

In Exodus 3:10, God gave Moses the first step He wanted Moses to take, a small step in light of all Moses didn’t know was coming.

“Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt” (NLT).

As Moses listened to God’s words, his greatest fears began to unfold.

I picture a man, staring at a bush that’s on fire, shocked in unbelief.

Wait … what did You say? Moses might have thought.

Yet in spite of his inner turmoil, Moses stepped out and obeyed, and that’s when it happened. What he feared would happen, actually happened. Not only did Pharaoh say No way to the Lord’s command, but his harsh treatment of the Israelites increased. The entire situation became a whole lot worse.

Are You serious, God? I think that may have been how I would have reacted.

The Bible says, Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, ‘O LORD, why have You brought harm to this people? Why did You ever send me? Ever since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done harm to this people, and You have not delivered Your people at all.’” (Exodus 5:22-23, NASB).

Ah, Moses. I get you! Maybe you do too! Maybe you’ve also said, Lord, this is what I get for taking that leap of faith? This situation … me … it’s all worse than it was before I obeyed You!”

God goes on to respond to Moses’ complaint: “‘Now you will see what I will do to Pharaoh: Because of my mighty hand he will let them go; because of my mighty hand he will drive them out of his country.’

“God also said to Moses, ‘I am the LORD’” (Exodus 6:1b-2).

Wow. “I am the LORD.” It’s a plain and simple truth. God goes on to tell Moses many other plain and simple truths:

I will bring you out.
I will free you.
I will redeem you.
I will take you as My own.
I will be your God.

After this encouraging conversation with God, and after all that God said He would do, things didn’t get better for Moses immediately. In fact, the lives of the people actually got worse. Much worse.

But the current situation wasn’t the driving force of their future. God and His promises were. God said I AM. Period. No matter how bad the circumstances got — and they were about to get absolutely horrible — nothing changed about who God was and what He promised.

God has given you and me promises in His Word, promises for peace and a future with Him. Like Moses and the Israelites, for a season, life might get worse before it gets better. Sometimes worse is required to get a situation to better.

But no matter how bad the circumstances, it doesn’t change a thing in God’s Kingdom. Sometimes, like the account in Exodus, our situation gets worse before it gets better because God is setting the stage for His power to get the most exposure! For His glory to be seen the greatest. For Moses and the entire Israelite tribe, that day came when the million-plus Israelites walked out of Egypt, loaded down with vast Egyptian wealth in their bags! (See Exodus 12:36.)

So, Lord, when my circumstances seem to get worse rather than better, I’ll remember Your faithfulness in Egypt, and I will trust that You will be faithful in my life as well!

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Lord, thank You that Your faithfulness is not based on what I can see around me, but on who You are and the truth that Your Word says. Holy Spirit, help me today to keep Your faithfulness as my focus. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Overflowing with Blessings

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Overflowing with Blessings

by Sarah Young, from Jesus Calling

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Draw near to me with a thankful heart, aware that your cup is overflowing with blessings. Gratitude enables you to perceive Me more clearly and to rejoice in our Love-relationship. Nothing can separate you from My loving Presence! That is the basis of your security.

Whenever you start to feel anxious, remind yourself that your security rests in Me alone, and I am totally trustworthy.

You will never be in control of your life circumstances, but you can relax and trust in My control. Instead of striving for a predictable, safe lifestyle, seek to know Me in greater depth and breadth. I long to make your life a glorious adventure, but you must stop clinging to old ways. I am always doing something new within My beloved ones. Be on the lookout for all that I have prepared for you.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 8:38-39

When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? — Psalm 56:3-4

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.— Isaiah 43:19
Excerpted with permission from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, copyright Sarah Young.
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