Wednesday, August 15, 2018

When All Else Fails

I have always been one to believe that if I worked hard, studied hard and was faithful I would succeed in almost anything. The reality is that I don't know the right people to get opportunities that come so easily to others; I also lack the charisma to sell anything to anyone. So, I just worked hard. So, why am I still living below poverty level? I have a Master's Degree in Business Administration. So, what is my point? I am coming to it. I used to be frustrated with the fact that my husband and I would get a job, be doing well and, out of nowhere Murphy would come and bring his lineage along with him. I'd get laid off, lose my rent and have to move in with in-laws. Why can't we just get a break?
Now, to anyone who doesn't believe God works in all things and/or believes that only the rich are anointed, we are plum out of luck and out of fellowship with God. "Just curse him and die."Or "Maybe you sinned and this is your punishment."
Yes, I have been tempted to say "enough with this; give me a bottle of wine. I'll drink away my sorrows."
But I know better. Lately I have prayed for God to fix our situation and then sit on my hands and/or bite my nails. I'd worry every time something else happened to claim the reserved finances saved for bills. I would also be a nervous wreck trying desperately to conserve my job.
But I am slowly realizing that I can do nothing about this than the next right thing.  I can only be faithful to those who rely on me and love me. To the Lord I can only pray and wait on him. He gives me the faith to believe in him and the grace to stay with him. I would be lost if he didn't step in and catch me.
So, I release my husband, my fears, finances, worries, people who aggravate me, situations and circumstances I can't change, etc; into his hands. I still have to remind myself to do this. But this is my goal. This is how I stay sane, and joyful.
"Even if the Best of Life seems at its worst. When the dam of tears is bound to burst..."
He is still working his will to astound you!

Keep waiting on him; and stay full of joy. That is your strength!
He is Still Wonderful!
It's not professional but I hope it will encourage you.

Bless You

Friday, June 22, 2018

What Is Life!

I pose this question to the churched and un-churched. To the saved and unsaved. Those who know him and trust him and those who have problems with the concept of God or a loving heavenly father they can"t see.

"For what is your life? It is even a vapour that appeareth for a little time and then vanisheth away."
James 4:14

Christ gives us all an invitation; even to those of us who have the basic doctrines of Christianity and think we're set, where we are. We sit in the same pew, we hang with the same people at church, and give our ten percent. We may give more, monetarily. How much time do we spend in actual relationship with Christ, hearing his heartbeat for us and the lost. Do we possess the power and glory of the Holy Ghost within us-with the evidence of speaking in tongues "stirring up the gift within us?"

Open up to him and let him come in to your heart. If he is there, let him move you into the inner chambers, commune with him like you never have before. Love him with your whole life, let him have all you are. He already owns all you have.

What is your life? Is it Christ? I hope you enjoy and are challenged by the message of this song.

God Bless You.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Book is Here!

After years of work, restructuring, revising and editing, it is finished.
My husband Chris is a preacher of the Word, but he is also a writer. He writes what people read to reach them about real life. It happens. Life isn't pretty and he doesn't sugar coat it. He preaches it straight and he writes it straight. Christian fiction is the genre and his first work is now available on Kindle. It is a good read about the Holy Roller, the Unchurched, the Rejects; Life and the Forces that influence them all.  I hope you'll read and enjoy. $3.99 for the Kindle version. The hard copy is not presently available at this time but is coming soon.

Praise Him Before the Proof

We are so used to complaining when things don't go our way. We balk at the rules laid out when it comes to returns or check cashing policies, presenting license when purchasing certain goods and commodities (for those who partake Hey I believe in a good bowl of drunken beans and you need beer to make them). So today brought its own frustrations and challenges of faith. I have to say I failed miserably in the beginning. "So inconvenient!  We're just cashing a check by a member of the bank. Ugh! So, what; we no longer have an account there?"
We prayed during our journey across a long bridge on bare tires (in front!), "God You really Need to get us across!"
It wasn't until we arrived at the tire place that His Spirit reminded me: Don't complain about and beg for stuff. Praise until you see the promise fulfilled. Praise until God works it out, even if it  means you wait. "Praise when I don't do it the way you think it should be done. Rejoice until..."
So, as my husband gave the service man his tire size and waited to find out availability and price; I silently praised the Lord. I rejoiced that he would provide. He did. Two tires aligned for $30 each.
So,.not only did we safely get there with no incident, but we met a man who just received the baptism of the Holy Ghost and was going through the fiery trials of losing both parents within months of each other. He encouraged us by his spirit and attitude. We assured him that we would do business in the future; just for the sake of befriending a kindred spirit.

Oh and he also gave us a brand new hose for our ac to refill coolant. Praise God for even the little things. Praise him even for the smaller victories in the process-along the way. Enjoy his work, his beauty-his wisdom. Take the scenic route and praise him along the journey. It's hard sometimes when there is pain and loss involved, but we're in the hands of a wonderful creator who can make anything happen with a word from his mouth. Watch it unfold. Never lose the wonder. Can you wait? Can you submit and be dazzled?

Be Blessed!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

A Wonderful Day

A rather belated Mother's Day to all of you. Now I am not a biological mother but I do have a stepson that I love as my own. Plus there are people younger and older that I like to think I look out for. That stepson and my husband put together the best Mother's Day I've ever had. I felt appreciated for the caring role I do play. God gave us caring and nurturing natures to not only be a mother to our own but help raise the "village" of children and "neighbors" around  us. Whether or not you gave birth you can be a mother to someone who has no one or no family nearby. Bless you all.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

The Blood Still Has Power!

The Easter season is over. All the Easter candy and decorations are sold at a fraction of the price and the baskets thrown in closets with dresses and suits, no longer worn or rarely worn again. So, what is it really all about? Why in the Heaven would a perfect all powerful God come to Earth to be beaten and hung on a cross? Is it just a season a year, when most of us go to see our families; or do we know about the redemption of which we sing and celebrate?
Many toss aside the Old Testament, but Christ said that he came not to abolish the law but to fulfill it. So, what did he do? The Passover lamb was to show the deliverance of a people from slavery. These people would learn how to have a relationship with the One true God. The blood of that passover lamb was to ward off the Angel of Death that would kill the first born in every family in Egypt. We as human beings were cursed to death (physical and spiritual), because of the sinful nature introduced into the bloodline through Adam. Every person would face the physical death. In order to cancel the second death, which is the spiritual, God robed himself in flesh and became the Passover Lamb; His perfect blood would remove the sentence of the second Spiritual Death that would eventually destroy us. How do we escape this sentence? We are baptized into Christ, calling on his name. Why use anything else? Did Jesus not die? He is the flesh representation of an invisible God.
Jesus didn't come just to remit sin, but also to fill us again with his regenerating, excellent Spirit. Easter is not just to accept as an occasion, that divided time, and mark the resurrection of Christ, but also to pave the way to receive the very Spirit he came to give. James 4 says to "Submit to God then resist the devil and he would flee from you." But have you submitted to God? Does the Holy Ghost possess you? Did you ever speak in an unknown language as His Spirit gave the ability? This is the only way we can receive this new birth of the Spirit. We have to give up this old life and world and long for another-a city not made with hands.

What was Easter to you? Would you change your mind if it did not follow God's will? I am including a song I wrote for this occasion. It has a old church spirit to it. I hope it will bless you.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Peace and Strength through the Storm!

I don't want this to be morose or depressing. I hope instead to give hope to those of you who have encountered cancer; whether in your own body or that of a friend or loved one. I have seen two relatives and two friends pass on, but I have also seen and heard of relatives that have fought and lived through the surgery and/or treatments.
I am no stranger to cancer; my father-in-law had Stage 4 colon cancer and was healed completely. My grandfather fought off lung cancer twice, but submitted to it that third time.
Why do I address this subject?
Because there is so much suffering from it. So, much grief and pain all around.

I fought the notion to write a song that actually says the word and tells a story. I finally recorded a rough version. The story is a God fearing Christian who passes away,leaving a close friend who wants the same salvation that God gave her. I have the link at the bottom of this post. I hope it brings you the same comfort it did me.
There is hope. There is peace beyond our understanding. Jesus Christ is the ultimate and only peace speaker, who can calm any storm.
I hope that you will draw closer to him in any time, not just tragedy. But if you have never known him, I pray that you will call out to him and let him surround you with that sweet peace and quiet strength!

May the God of Peace Richly Bless You
Kendra St. John

Quiet Strength

When All Else Fails

I have always been one to believe that if I worked hard, studied hard and was faithful I would succeed in almost anything. The reality is th...