You Can’t Stop Me From Praying

Every morning before my sweet princess goes into school, I remind her of many things. 

Some days they’re different than others… Here are some examples…

  1. Listen to your teachers
  2. Treat everyone how you would want to be treated, the Bible tells you to
  3. Focus as much as you can
  4. Do you’re best

But the one thing I focus more on than anything, is remember Mama loves you, and Jesus loves you too. 

Remember to let your light for Jesus shine.

One day last week she came home upset, which always bothers me. But what she informed me of, crushed my heart, till I heard… her response.

A little girl in her class saw her praying at lunch. The little girl told her that praying isn’t allowed at school, and that she didn’t need to be doing that…. So instead of letting the other girl have the last word… My sweet princess looked over at her and said very proudly, “I can pray all I want to, and you can’t stop me!”

Tears of joy came flooding down my cheeks. I have always been and always will be proud of my baby girl, but I was overwhelmed with joy that she IS standing up for Jesus. My 6 year old is standing up for God’s Word and what she has been taught daily. 

God is so good! 

Her prayers every night have blown me away. Each night she tells God just how much she loves him. I know he hears her sweet humble prayers.

My prayer is when it’s her time to be saved I get to be there, and help lead her to our wonderful Lord and Savior.

God bless everyone! May we ALL let our light shine for Jesus. 
Matthew 5:16King James Version (KJV)

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

God will never die


Over the years I have had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people.
I’ve also been to more funeral homes and funerals in my lifetime than I can even remotely start to try and count.  In fact, at a very young age my parents decided that it might be best for me to take a break.  Why you ask?! Because at the age of 2-3 years old, they found me walking around a coffee table with my baby doll saying, “Don’t she look good?”

Okay, so this may sound crazy for someone to do you might say… Well… not when you’re the daughter of a Southern Baptist Deacon.  Growing up watching my parents lead by example of how we should act, treat others, do out of respect has molded me into the woman that I am today, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in this world.

I grew up knowing every day that I am loved, and I am the child of a King!

I learned at a very young age, that death is very real, and you are not promised tomorrow. How we handle the death of a loved one… or how we comfort a family that has lost a loved one that brings peace to our hearts.

Peace does not take the sting, the hurt, the shock or the emotional roller coaster away.  But we can find comfort in knowing that God promised to send a comforter to us.

John 14: 26 – “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

We can find peace, comfort and rest in the arms of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Today, a friend of mine from work told me about something her 5 year old grandson told her this weekend.  It is truly a profound statement!!! I cannot wait to see what God has in store for this young man as he grows up.

Here’s what he told her (get the tissues ready).

God’s heart will never break, meaning Grandmother that God will never die and God does not have a beginning, because he is God.

When we lose a loved one, our hearts are broken!!! Absolutely broken.  Even knowing that we will see them again, we are emotionally broken.

But what I believe he is expressing here is that we have him forever! He will never leave us alone, he will always be by our side. His heart will never stop beating because he is God!!!!!!

Who else loves us so much that he would send his only Son to this Earth to die on a cross for us.  And after conquering death and rising again on the 3rd day send us a comforter to be with us.  No one else could do what he has done, what he will do, and what he is still able to do today.

My prayer is that we humble ourselves and let God’s light shine through us.  That we may be a beacon of light to a lost and dying world. His grandmother shared that if all us adults could get our head around this knowledge the world would be a much better place to reside.

Matthew 18:1-5King James Version (KJV)

18 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

So please remember this as you close my blog for the day, that God loves us. When our heart is broken, he is the only one who can mend it, and his heart will never break.

Hope you got to the tissues in time. ūüôā

 

* A special thanks to my friend for sharing her grandsons powerful and profound words of wisdom!!! *

 

I want to be in God’s shadow

  
Shadows can be a very spooky and scary thing and or place. However, there is one shadow that I constantly want to be in… God’s shadow.

Shadow: a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface.

John 8:12 King James Version (KJV)

12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

My favorite scripture is Psalm 91. It is my go to passage. If I’m happy or if I’m sad it touches my heart.

Psalm 91:1-16

  1. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
  2. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
  3. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.
  4. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
  5. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
  6. Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
  7. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.
  8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
  9. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
  10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
  11. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.
  12. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
  13. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.
  14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
  15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
  16. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

How comforting it is to know, that whatever circumstance the Devil throws at us, God will always be there protecting us.

He loves us so much that…

“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”

“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

In his shadow I find refuge – a safe place – peace, and comfort. He protects us from harm.

A Mama bird puts her babies under her wings to shield them from harm, to keep them warm, protect them.  Do you think this is a coincidence that our Heavenly Father does the same to us? I don’t think so.

I yearn to be constantly in his shadow.  I pray for a hedge of protection over my family daily.

Remember that when you are facing trying times, and you see a shadow, be reminded that God is our light, and no matter what comes ahead of us, beside or behind us, God’s light will shine around it, creating a shadow.

So the next time you see a shadow, I pray that it will be a reminder to you, that God is walking with you each step of the way.

Please let his light shine within you today.

Every battle is not the same

During Bible Study we read about Joshua and his defeat over Jericoh.¬† And also about the defeat that they endured at the battle of Ai.¬† They felt so confident about their attack, since it went so peacefully at Jericoh.¬† Many at Jericoh probably thought that they had lost their mind.¬† However, their tactic is exactly what God had planned for them.¬† To march around Jericoh and shout on the last go around.¬† But that isn’t how he wanted the battle of Ai to go.¬† He had other plans.

This made me realize just how different each trial that we face, compares.

Why do we assume that each battle is to be handled the same? Why do we not ask God for guidance in each situation that we are faced with?

Many times when we ask God for guidance or strength we think that this is a “general” area.¬† Not each trial or tribulation that God sends our way is the same.¬† We need to ask for his guidance in EVERY situation that we face.

Just like when Moses was in the wilderness, and his people were thirsty. God told him the first time to “strike the rock”.¬† But the next time that his people were thirsty, God instructed him to “speak to the rock”.¬† However, he “struck the rock” once more, and his disobedience, caused him to never reach the Promised Land of Canaan.

Why do we think that when God¬†gives us instructions, it is going to¬†be “universal”?¬†¬†Is¬†it¬†substantial enough for everything that we are going to face? Why do we not go to him for each problem that we are facing, and ask his guidance to bring us through it?

God never changes, but his mercies are endless.¬† Meaning that just like sheep, we are always in need of the shepherd.¬† Without our shepherd we would be lost….¬†clueless.

That is why we are compared to the sheep in the Bible, because we often stray from God’s will, and plan that he has for us.¬† Pray for each situation that God has in your life.¬† Pray without ceasing.¬† God yearns to hear from his children.

Without God’s direction, we would be like the lost sheep that the shepherd had to leave the 99 to find.

When God gives you instructions, learn… love… and trust his leadership and path.¬† But with every situation, seek his guidance.¬† For he will never leave you or forsaken you.

Abraham, Joseph or Jonah?

This is a very common question in our house. No, were not trying to name a baby boy.  Just getting that out right away.

Over our Bible Studies that we have, we have learned some of the characteristics of these men in the Bible.  Each one had a different and unique relationship with God. But what they did with their relationship is where their character was built.  Think for a minute about each of these 3 men.

Abraham

  1. After praying for a child for many years, Abraham’s wife Sarah bore him a child – being old in age.
    1. After having loved his son Issac for many years, God asked Abraham to offer him as a sacrifice.¬† (I’m going ahead and putting it out there – I know I wouldn’t have the same courage that Abraham did.¬† But Praise God we don’t have to do sacrifices anymore.)
    2. When it came time for the sacrifice to be made РGod sent the sacrifice to him.  Faith, love and courage was proven to God out of old Abraham.  He DID as God instructed him.

Joseph

  1. His brothers were incredibly jealous of him.  So much that they took his coat of many colors dipped in the blood of the animal that they killed, threw him in a well and sold him as a slave. Then told their father that he was dead.
  2. After so much hate being shown by his brothers Рhe was still able to go on with his life.  A very prosperous life at that.
  3. ¬†When he was finally able to see his brothers and father again… he FORGAVE his brothers.

Jonah

  1. Ol Jonah was a rebel.  God instructed him to go to Ninevah.  He went the opposite way. Silly silly man.
  2. God was not having that.  He sent a great storm, and in the end, Jonah was threw overboard.  And swallowed by a large fish. But, his journey did not end there.
    1. You cannot run from God – no way, no how, no time of the day.
    2. God was testing him.  He cried out to God Рasked for forgiveness.
    3. When the large fish (whale) spit him out, he was close to Ninevah and went and did as God had instructed him to do in the first place.

So, why is this question so popular in our house?

Behavioral Change

When the Georgia Peach Princess starts acting out… I ask her, “Are you acting like Abraham and obeying me and your Dad like Abraham obeyed God? Or are you acting like Jonah, and disobeying?”¬† This really makes her think about the decisions she’s making or how she is behaving.¬† Most of the time (because, hey, we’re human) she says she’s acting like Jonah because she’s not listening.¬† That’s when the change begins.¬† I ask her, “Now what happened to Jonah for being disobedient?” She responds with “A whale swallowed him, and I don’t want that to happen!” So I ask her who would be a better person to have the characteristics of.¬† She proudly answers “ABRAHAM!!!! Because he listened to God, and I know that he wants me to listen to you the first time, not the second.”

Hurt Feelings

My sweet baby may sometimes have a rough exterior to her… those of you who have been around her, this is obvious.¬† However, she has an incredibly big and loving heart.¬† Who really cares for others.

So, what do you do or say when someone has hurt your precious little ones feelings?¬† This is my response… I remind her of the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors.¬† How his brothers, were so cruel and mean to him.¬† Then I ask her, what Joseph did to his brothers when he finally saw them again?¬† 1. Did he scream and shout at them? 2. Did he throw a temper tantrum?¬† She says, “No Mama.”¬† Then, I ask just what he did.¬† This is when she is reminded that we need to forgive others, like Joseph forgave his brothers.

Also, of how God forgives us when we mess up or do something that would make him unhappy.

She is all but 5 years old, and is learning so much about God’s love and the compassion that he has for us.¬† I try to remind her that we need to learn some lessons from these 3 men of the Bible:

  1. Obey your parents, for this is one of God’s Commandments.
  2. Trust God, and be faithful. (Abraham)
  3. Do things the first time you’re asked to (Abraham) not the second time (Jonah)
  4. Forgive others when the do us wrong (Joseph)

I love having our Bible Study time together.¬† She is not the only one benefitting from the study time.¬† You’re never to old to hear about God.¬† As many times as I heard these stories growing up, I still take something new away from it every time we study.¬† Sometimes, it’s just a refresher course, and others it’s the “Aha” moment when God shows you something new.

Remember, while we discipline our child, we can also be teaching them life long lessons of how God works in our lives each and every day.

– Love & God Bless,

Georgia Peach Queen

Bible Study – July 28, 2015

Last night in our nightly Bible Study, we were reading about Moses and the Israelites on their journey to Canaan.¬† As we’ve read the past couple of weeks, once again the Israelites were grumbling and complaining about their situation. Constantly complaining about not having water and, being tired of eating Manna.¬† When they grumbled to Moses about wanting meat… Moses cried out to God asking for him to provide his people meat.¬† When God heard his prayer, the meat was given to them.¬† Quails being sent by the multitudes! He even made it where they didn’t have to put much effort into catching their meat! What an awesome God we serve.

But… they were STILL not satisfied.¬† God heard their prayer, and yet when the prayer was answered, it wasn’t long before they were unhappy with their situation.¬† They didn’t even give him the praise and thank you that he deserves.¬† That seems like many of us in today’s world.¬† Do we praise him for the small things that he does for us daily? Or do we just thank him for the big things that he does for us?¬† Do we thank him for the groceries that he puts on our table?¬† Or do we just think him for the extra money given to us as a bonus?

Last night during our Bible¬†Study¬†when I brought this up with my 5 year old, it was clear how little the Israelite’s trusted God, and how even less they loved him.¬† This really broke my daughter’s heart.¬† She just couldn’t imagine how someone could be that way towards our Lord.¬† In her life, she’s grown up learning about how good God is, and how he provides for his children.¬† She knows that there are some children her age, that have never heard of him, and it breaks her heart.

As we discussed what was going on with Moses and his people, I told her that we need to strive even harder to do the things that please him, and makes him happy.¬† I was completely blown away when she told me that she didn’t think I could do much more for God, and thank HIM more.¬† I asked her why, and she said, “You teach me about Jesus – we pray – we try to show people and tell people about God.”¬† Not saying that I’m perfect, I am FAR from that.¬† I’m just a sinner saved by his wonderful grace.¬†So many times, I’ve wondered if I’m doing enough for her – teaching her enough about him – showing her love as he shows us.

Last night, my prayer was answered, and I owe him all¬†the thanks and all the praise!!!¬† When I feel like I’m not doing the best at being a parent, he shows me the harvest that has been reaped from the seeds that have been planted in my¬†sweet little angel.¬† She told me she KNOWS that I love Jesus, and she KNOWS that we are thankful that all we have.

Thank you Lord for answering my prayer, and hearing my cry to strive and do the best I possibly can at being a Mom!  With you I know all things are possible, and YOU are teaching me how to be the best example I can be.