Monday, February 28, 2011

Abounding in Love

Psalm 86:5-7
You are forgiving and good, O LORD, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, O LORD; listen to my cry for mercy. In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.

I know some of you are in the midst of making some decisions that possibly will cause a "new normal" in your life. Sometimes, we have to completely lose something, cross a bridge, reach the end of a chapter in our lives and take that great leap of faith necessary to progress to a higher level of spiritual growth. You see, God has already read your next chapter....He knows how your story goes. Trust Him to guide you where He needs you to be in order to provide more blessings than you can imagine. I speak from personal experience here. One thing I believe with all my heart is that "God puts me where He needs me when He needs me there and for as long as He needs me there." Go with God. I love you and I am praying for you. Love, Nan

Saturday, February 26, 2011

A Sower of Seeds

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.
3 John 2 NKJV

As your mind absorbs these words before you at this moment, know without a doubt, you are the reason I write these love notes.  I want you to prosper in all things.  I want you to be in health.  That is to say, I want all your needs to be met beyond your expectations, i.e, your spiritual health, your relational health, your physical health, but most importantly, your spiritual health.  Perhaps right now you are in poor physical health and strong in spirit.  You may be in excellent physical health and be poor in spirit.  I want your soul to prosper. 
It is simply my calling from God to be a sower of seeds.  Lord willing, I will be in Heaven one day and I will see the harvest of the seeds I have sown.  God calls me to specific passages in the Bible and I excitedly bring them to you in this format of Nan's Calendar.  In God's time these seeds germinate and flourish in your mind as positive, encouraging thoughts that lift your spirit and cause you to feel good, to do good, to be good.  Remember, it's not about me getting credit for any benefit you receive from reading these notes of faith, hope and love.  God so richly deserves all the credit and the glory! 
As I recently heard in a "Conversation With The Children" in church, "This is true; God loves me and God loves you."  It's as simple as that!  Spend time in your Bible, reading and believing that you will find answers to your problems.  Walk in God-confidence rather than self-confidence.  Believe in all of God's promises.  Today is a gift from God.  Accept it as such.  Be honest with yourself and others.  As the old saying goes "you can fool all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time....", but we can never fool God, ever.  There is limitless power in faith, hope and love.  God gives all of us this power.  We simply must use it to benefit from it!  And above all, simply trust God!  His love endures forever!

A Sower of Seeds

written by Nan Forehand
Tuesday, January 31, 2006
in times past, I was a sower of seeds
yes, I used a hoe and I pulled weeds

up before daylight
and toiled until night

in the rain or blazing sun
still the work had to be done

crops of tobacco, beans and corn
at times, my spirit was torn

more than just the crops grew
though I was weak, my spirit grew, too

today, I'm still a sower of seeds
seeds of encouragement for a soul's needs

seeds of kindness for an aching heart
seeds of hope for a soul torn apart

as long as there's life and breath in me
I'll continue to be
a sower of seeds for Thee
2 Corinthians 9:6
remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Friday, February 25, 2011

God's Law of Supply

When you center your mind on God and on His truth and abundance, good things will flow toward you rather than away from you.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

I remember when I ceased to be a worrier.  It was when my Air Force husband, Allen, had been given an assignment to Istanbul, Turkey.  He was to be gone from us for a one year remote assignment.  I had to make a conscious decision to focus my energy and attention on God and to trust Him completely for all our needs, at home and abroad.  When I began to live in the light of His truth and let go of the negative "what if's", I realized I had stopped worrying.  It has been a most wondrous, continuous blessing to not worry.  Sure, I have concerns at times, but I have learned to face the unknown with hope.  The continuous flow of positive energy, positive thoughts, and positive actions overpower any negative that appears as a brief thought.  Yes, the negative thoughts come, but I release them immediately and replace them, instead with positive ones.  As I commit my energy and efforts to Him, I am blessed.   God's bounty of prosperity and love encircles me like a soft, warm blanket wrapped around me.  Within His loving will, I have all I need because of God's law of supply.

Face the Unknown with Hope

By: Nan Forehand

Many times over the years
life is glimpsed through bitter tears.
A wretched existence with no hope,
clinging to a single tenuous thread.
‘Tis a lonely place
a dark, worldly abyss.
O to be cherished by one
so worthy and true;
a love strong enough to unlock
the shackles of fear surrounding a heart.
A miracle to behold
to leave fear at His feet
Nevermore in a corner to cower.
Instead, kneeling humbly in the light
of a love wondrous and bright,
with trembling hands
folded close to the heart
words trickle out
as a clear mountain stream.
In return, transformed by love and peace
eager to serve and spread The Word.
Love and encouragement to all
repaid a hundred times over.
That dark, worldly abyss
no longer to exist.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The 23rd Psalm

One of the most powerful passages in the Bible is the 23rd Psalm.  I have attended numerous funerals in my life and more times than I can remember, this passage was printed in the memorial program handed out prior to the beginning of the funeral.  On June 11, 2007, after much meditation and prayerful thought, I chose to associate my own life with each verse.  There came such a calm reassurance and peace in my soul as I read this psalm David wrote, and the words I had written from my heart.  Today, when you create the time, sit down in a quiet place with your Bible opened to the 23rd Psalm and write your own responses to each verse.  I want you to experience the peace that only God can give you.  I know the peace in my own heart, and that same peace is possible for everyone.  Peace be unto you this day.  Love, Nan

The 23rd Psalm

the 23rd Psalm in relation to Nan's life
June 11, 2007

1) The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

(I am happy to have a personal relationship with God. He provides for all my needs.)

2) He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul.

(Because of God's love and protection, I could sleep anywhere in peace; I love to sit by the creek which runs softly through the woods on our property. Every day He lifts my spirit.)

3) He guides me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.

(He keeps me on the straight and narrow path to Jesus.)

4) Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

(I have walked through the valley and He was with me. He is my protector. The rod and staff are symbols of God's strength and authority in all situations.)

5) You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

(A hedge of protection is always around me. I am no longer afraid. Actually, You anointed my head with oil through Pastor Melanie. I am continually filled with the Holy Spirit.)

6) Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

(Mine is a wonderful life and I look forward to each new day. Don't mourn my death - I will live with the LORD for all eternity in Heaven. I hope to see you there....)

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A Time To Rejoice!

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  Turn to me and have mercy on me; grant your strength to your servant and save the son of your maidservant.  Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.
Psalm 86:15-17

For you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me!  Because I have experienced God's compassion and His grace, I know He is slow to anger and that His love and faithfulness endure forever.  He has turned to me and I to Him.  He has seen me through the dark times in my life.  Yes, the Lord has had mercy upon me when I deserved harsh discipline.  I have surely been strengthened and am honored and humbled to be His servant.  The Lord has saved me!  I "see" signs of His goodness around me all day long.  I think if anyone could be called my enemy, it must be the devil himself and God puts him to shame at every turn.  It is truly a time to rejoice!  Reflect upon your own life and when you realize God's presence was with you all along, you will also know today, now, is a time to rejoice!
In Christian love, Nan

A Time to Rejoice

written by: Nan Forehand
December 18, 2005
it' s always a time to rejoice
when someone hears God's voice
God's voice we hear in different ways
to learn His language is like walking in a maze
amazing we think we're on the right track
only to find we have to turn back
turn back to the path straight and narrow
'fore the barbs of sin slice through the marrow
the marrow of a soul is the most sacred part
it takes a long time to learn the language of The Heart
the heart may hear; much harder to understand
when we "get it" life is really grand!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesterday's Tomorrow

"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is the day the LORD has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

This morning as I sat on my front porch listening to the birds singing and gazing at the cloudy sky, I knew in my heart that the message for today must be about the new day itself.  The temperature is mild and the first flowers of spring are beginning to come forth from the cold ground.  Today is a day like no other day before.  Take full advantage of the opportunities that will present themselves to you to enrich your own life or the life of another.  These opportunities may very well be "once in a lifetime" opportunities.  Let go of yesterday and embrace today.  You will never have another day identical to this one.    Carpe diem!
Love, Nan

Yesterday's Tomorrow
written by: Nan Forehand April 22, 2006

yesterday's tomorrow
isn't ours to borrow
yesterday's tomorrow
need not be filled with sorrow
yesterday's tomorrow will take care of itself
don't put your faith in God on a shelf
always give credit to the Heavenly Host
for yesterday's tomorrow we should not boast
to say "don't worry about tomorrow" is an invitation
for yesterday's tomorrow one can experience jubilation
give God the credit He's due
and yesterday's tomorrow will come shining through
if yesterday's tomorrow is to be God's will
the sun will rise and we'll hear mockingbird's trill
enjoy yesterday's tomorrow in a special way
for yesterday's tomorrow is today!!

Proverbs 27:1
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 21, 1992 -

In exact proportion, as you give joy, you will receive joy.  It is a law of exact reciprocity.  Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself.  Actually, unless you give it, you will ultimately lose it.  In giving it you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Today is John's 19th birthday.  He is our only son.  In 19 years, he has given us a wealth of joy simply by being John.  He is a delight to be around and is filled with joy when he makes people laugh by bringing out Chester, his camel puppet.  He is an amateur ventriloquist, and just the other night, John brought out Chester for the girlfriend of one of his long-time buddies.  This young lady practically lost her breath from laughing so much as we interacted with Chester.  We love to hear the sound of laughter in our home and the house was rocking that night, thanks to John and Chester. 
John is in the pre-enlistment process of joining the U.S. Air Force.  He is attending classes at our local community college and he is an Eagle Scout.  He sings in the choir at church and volunteers at Fort Dobbs, a local historic site.  Keep him in your prayers.  He is a work in progress, as are we all.  I think John is spending his dash wisely.  We serve an awesome God.

Spend Your Dash Wisely

September 18, 1959 -
my ending date is yet unnamed
to the world I am not famed
I'm spending something more important than cash
each day I live, I'm spending my dash
to you, my dash may be a thin, little line
I find it's a very important sign
when my dates are carved on stone
my dash will represent the love I've shown
it will consist of every thing I've ever done
yes, in the dark and under the sun
dust to dust and ash to ash
a word to the wise - be careful how you spend your dash
written by: Nan Forehand October 6, 2006

Friday, February 18, 2011

Spring Cleaning!

Whew!    Time for a break!  When I rose from bed this morning, knowing "I have the day off", I knew it would be a perfect day for cleaning windows in my house.  I just love to look out the beautiful sparkling clean windows at the birds feeding on the nearby feeder in the back yard.  Plus, I needed to remove the "Bob snort" from the glass in my back door!  Wow! What a difference that makes!  I can see clearly now through the glass!  Bob is a jewel of a pet.  He is a black Lab. pound puppy we adopted from the animal shelter nearly four years ago.  He doesn't look the size of a puppy anymore!
I've been productive since early this morning, but had to stop and take a break!  As I thought about the topic of today's message, there came to mind a poem I wrote several years ago.  I think it is quite appropriate to share it with you today.  Now I must return to my windows.  I hear the Windex calling my name!

Spiritual Maintenance

written by: Nan Forehand
December 22, 2006
I dare say, most of us don't like to do it
alas, at times we must, I'll admit
think along these lines, if you will
right now, while you're quiet and still
this in relation to deep house cleaning
a bit of wisdom you may be gleaning
remember to change your smoke alarm battery
don't be fooled by deceptive flattery
when was the last time you cleaned your oven
always give your family lots of lovin'
you either bend over or get on your knees to scrub the tub
try getting on your knees when you give your spirit a scrub
if you've a fireplace, don't get choked removing the ashes
when you make a mistake, don't give yourself fifty lashes
sparkling windows bring in the light
plenty of rest and your eyes will be bright
vacuum that carpet, don't delay
you're never too old to play
give those cobwebs a clean sweep
it's ok, when at times you need to weep
as for the HVAC, clean the filters of dust particles
read only the wholesome magazine articles
do you despise dusting the furniture
your inner self you must nurture
how long does it take to mop the floor
when opportunity knocks, open the door
most times you break a sweat mowing the grass
do yourself a favor, attend a Sunday School class
not fond of the clean up, but love to cook
the most valuable possession in the house is The Good Book
has the furniture not been moved in ages
open your Bible - read the words on the pages
rake those leaves before they crumble
reach for God, He's there when you stumble
WHEW!! it's a job, but don't leave it to chance
do it now - your spiritual maintenance

Romans 12:1-2

Therefore, I urge you, brothers (and sisters) in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will

Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Jewels In My Crown

The most important of all the jewels I wear around my neck are faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness and above all, love.  All of my jewels, I'll gladly share, because I know The Source of them.  There are more where these came from and the supply is endless! 
Nan Forehand

The Jewels in My Crown
written by Nan Forehand May 6, 2006

atop a pillow of fluffy, white cloud
rests a dazzling, bejeweled crown
fit for a King to wear it quite proud

this crown lovingly, painstakenly formed
molded and sculpted by the Master's hands
crafted with pride as by His hands it was warmed

adorned with jewels of every shape and size
multi-faceted prisms reflecting The Light
each one precious in His eyes

a mystery to behold how each jewel came to be
with experience and patience each one was created
I just asked God and he designed them for me

these jewels cast shadow and light
caressed and polished to a radiant sheen
one by one they brought Him delight

He used the tools of His trade to set them in place
each jewel captured inside it's setting
sparkle forever in time and space

I'll share a little secret before I'm through
these jewels representative of moments in time
are made up of the poems I've written for you

indeed, I asked God as a thought occured
to help me express in word and rhyme
yes, each and every prayer He heard

so now the rest of the story you know
how poems become jewels in my crown
and that God made them sparkle and glow

these jewels in my crown
I'll continue to collect
I hope they bring a smile when you're down

not deserving of this crown to wear
I would never want to get a big head
so humbly and gratefully my jewels I'll share

with a heartfelt appreciation for my friend named Ruth
who described my poem as a jewel
I love my Lord and that's the truth!

1 John 5:13
I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us - whatever we ask - we know that we have what we asked of Him.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Nan's Legacy of Love

Today's message of love is dedicated to my children and my unborn grandchildren.  No, Ashley isn't pregnant, but I do believe with all my heart that God will bless Ashley and Kris, and someday, John with children.  If I should die before I get the privilege of meeting my grandchildren, I want them to know me by my words.  I have to write to them down so they will have this part of me and to know me long after I am gone.  Memories fade and stories will be forgotten, but my writings live forever as long as they are read.  My poetry and Nan's Calendar are a legacy of love I leave my family, my children, grandchildren and you.  I am an encourager and I love you.

Happiness is a how, not a what; a talent, not an object. Hermann Hesse

Carried On Breath

He looks beyond my rough exterior to see the gem
God lives in me and I in Him
He is ever present by my side
Christ goes before me to be my guide
He is beneath me; I walk on solid ground
Jesus’ name carried on breath – a heavenly sound
As I lift my eyes to the sky, He is there
To doubt my Lord, I do not dare

written by: Nan Forehand
October 18, 2007

Psalm 143:10

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Our Part/His Part

It really is very simple.  Perhaps mine is an over-simplification.  We can love because God first loved us.  Our part is to pray, that is to say, to have a continual conversation with Him, and to show Him a grateful heart for all He has given us and for all He has not given us. His part is to provide peace for our souls and protection.  Yes, bad things do happen to good people.  Yes, good comes to the unjust as well as to the just.  We have to remember our part and God's part in the big picture.  God is the Creator and Judge.  He owns it all and He will judge all accordingly.  It's about ownership and boundaries.  If we don't own the problem, it isn't ours.  There really are invisible boundaries we should not cross and, likewise, others will do well not to cross over where they should not cross. 

For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank of angels -- everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.  Colossians 1:16 The Message
Rick Warren said "it's not about us." 
It's about God.  It's about love.  It's about time and how we use it.

It's About Time

It's about time to know a love Heaven sent
It's about time to turn over a new leaf
It's about time to let go of the grief
It's about time to really truly live
It's about time for you to forgive
It's about time for you to repent
It's all about time
and the time is now.
What are you waiting for?
Time waits for no one.

written by: Nan Forehand October 25, 2005

Matthew 6:14-15

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


Monday, February 14, 2011

Acts of Love

It was Mark Twain who said "my problem with the Bible is not deciphering the passages I do not understand, but in applying those I do understand."

Yes, it is easier said than done, but when we remember that each time we apply in our daily lives, the Ten Commandments and the absolute truths in the Bible, we are performing acts of love to others and for our God who loves us beyond our comprehension. 
As I ponder the history and the meaning of Valentine's Day, I know the greatest gift I can give my husband, my children, family, friends, and neighbors near and far is the gift of applying the passages in the Bible I understand.  It's one thing to say "I know", but it is another thing entirely to turn knowledge into wisdom by applying what we know.  How can we believe something we have not known?  How can we apply something we have not believed?

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge - that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:14-21

His power is at work within us and we are to use this power, apply this power accordingly.  Grasp it! Share it!  Remember, love isn't love 'til you give it away!  To God be the glory!
In Christian love, Nan

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Praying To The Heart Of God

The tragedy of our day is not unanswered prayer but unoffered prayer.  J. Sidlow Baxter

Men may spurn our appeals, reject our message, oppose our arguments, despise our persons, but they are helpless against our prayers.  J. Sidlow Baxter

The Christian on his knees sees more than the philosopher on tiptoe.  Dwight L. Moody

Keep praying, but be thankful that God's answers are wiser than your prayers!  William Culbertson

Prayer is a powerful thing, for God has bound and tied Himself thereto.  None can believe how powerful prayer is, and what it is able to effect, but those who have learned it by experience.  Martin Luther

Prayer is not an argument with God to persuade Him to move things our way, but an exercise by which we are enabled by His Spirit to move ourselves His way.  Leonard Ravenhill

There is not in the world a kind of life more sweet and delightful than that of a continual conversation with God.   Brother Lawrence

Lord, thank you for creating us and for loving us.  Thank you for forming the spirit within us.  Search our hearts, oh Lord, and be compassionate through those times, in anger, frustration and disappointment, we hide from you.  Thank you, Lord for forgiving us when we fail you.  Father, help us to turn knowledge into wisdom and guide our footsteps at each turn along the way of life.  Lord, keep us from all evil that we may hold on to the good in ourselves and others.  We pray for the leaders of our nation and the leaders of all governments that they will look to you for guidance and direction as they make decisions on behalf of all citizens near and far.  Lord, we lift up our praise and thanksgiving to you.  Thank you for your love, your mercy and your grace lovingly bestowed upon us.  Let us seek you and find you in every aspect of our daily activities and may we always be filled with the joy of the Lord and trust in your unfailing kindness now and forever more.  In your precious name we pray, amen.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Today Is The Most Important Day

See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.
Hebrews 3:12-14

Today is the most important day of the year.  Yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery. 
Be the best you that you can be today, right now, this minute.  As long as you live and breathe make each breath count for good to glorify God, and to encourage yourself and others.  Self-talk is so important in how effectively you maneuver through the activities of the day.   Make sure your self-talk is positive.  God created you like no other living creature on earth.  You're unique, beautiful and special!  When you get up in the morning and put your feet on the floor, remind yourself that yesterday is history and tomorrow is a mystery.   Remember, today is the most important day of the year!  
Take care of you for me.
Love, Nan

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Forgetting Self

He who, forgetting self, makes the object of his life service, helpfulness and kindness to others, finds his whole nature growing and expanding, himself becoming large-hearted, magnanimous, kind, sympathetic, joyous, and happy; his life becoming rich and beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Trine


Have a wonderful day!  Love, Nan

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Word of God

The Word of God never changes; it is always relevant to the human heart.  But it needs to break forth in freshness and vitality in each generation.
Warren Wiersbe

2 Samuel 22:31-33
As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless  He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.  For who is God besides the LORD?  And who is the Rock except our God?   It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.

I have been so engrossed in my Bible this morning as I sit here pulling out this message from my heart.  I have lost track of time!  It's past 8am and I must get up from here and get dressed for work.  There are so many passages I want to share with you today, and yet, at God's direction, I chose the one from 2 Samuel.  Why?  I felt the moving of the Holy Spirit within me that this is the one He wants you to remember today. 
The quote, as well, was brought to you by the grace of God.  I write Nan's Calendar and post it here on the internet so that anyone, where ever in the world they may be, have access to wholesome, godly inspiration and an example of the love of God travelling the world over, when they least expect it.  Perhaps, one will have a hunger for more of the living Word of God as they explore the messages located in the Archives section of this blog. I hope my efforts have caused a stirring in their hearts to reach for a Bible and be nourished by the Bread of Life. 
We have to reach this generation in whatever medium is available to make a positive difference in their lives.  I praise God for the miracle of the internet that I may be a witness of His great love, mercy and grace for generations past, present and future.  I hope you sense a freshness and vitality from my efforts to encourage, you, my friends and neighbors near and far.
Have a wonderful day and may He make your way perfect today. 
Love, Nan

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ask, Seek, Knock

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Matthew 7:7-8

As the Holy Spirit works within us, we discover insight and direction as Jesus promised.  Oh, to be sure, we may think of all kinds of things we think we need.  However, Jesus did not promise such.  As we draw closer to the Lord and sense a burning desire deep within, we realize the Spirit is directing us toward that which will bring spiritual benefits, not only for ourselves, but for others as well.  Remember, it's not all about us.

As we read the verses again, we realize the words "ask", "seek", "knock" are all action words.  We simply can not sit thoughtlessly idle and expect anything to change.  Circumstances can change around us without our involvement, but change of heart requires action on our part.  We can't change other people.  No one can make us angry.  No one can make us happy.  We can't make someone love us.  We can ask God to take our weakness and give us strength.  We can change our thoughts from anger to peace and we can love God, others and ourselves.  We can ask for forgiveness and we can forgive a wrong.  We can ask God for guidance and then follows obedience.  What do we gain by asking for guidance and then not obey God's will?  Trust me, we reap the benefits of obedience when we trust God enough to step out of the comfort zone with an open heart pounding in the chest, not knowing exactly what will happen next, but, without doubt, it will be better than we can imagine.

Lord, lead us, guide us and direct us in all we say and do today so that our words and our actions are pleasing unto you.  Amen.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Divine Healing Energy

All around you at this moment is divine healing energy.  The very atmosphere is charged with it.  If you will practice faith, you can be healed of ill-will, inferiority, fear, guilt, or any other block which impedes the flow of recreative energy.  Power and efficiency are available to you if you will believe.
Dr. Norman  Vincent Peale

This quote comes from Dr. Peale's book entitled A Guide to Confident Living.  I have learned so much from this incredible man over the years and want to share this quote with you today, simply because I believe.  I believe, because I know of the healing I have experienced within my own soul of inferiority, fear, guilt, etc, as I practiced faith to the extent I was able at the time. The more often I practice faith, the stronger faith becomes.
I believe for you and I believe in you.  I believe in the person you are becoming.  You are a work in progress, as am I.  I wish you could see the paper covering on the outside of the book.  It is colored with age and is tattered.  I purchased it from my local Goodwill store quite some time ago.  As I sat here at my computer this morning, I looked across the room at my bookshelf and I was drawn to this book.  In trusting God that something from this book would provide the backbone of today's message, I began to read and then my heart leapt in my chest when I read the quote I share with you.  This is one of God's messages for you today.
Have a wonderful day and believe!  Love, Nan