Saturday, March 30, 2019

Red Sky at Night

Red Sky at Night

My father was in the Coast Guard in WW11, growing up we often would hear him say, red sky at night sailors delight, red sky in morning sailor take warning. Maybe you have heard this saying from your parents or grandparents, but there is so much truth to this!
Sometimes we can see the array of beautiful red colors in the sky when it is setting, like a painter’s brush strokes, we can take solace in the moment’s beauty. Just like the night, there comes a red sky the morning, the waves of the sea get rough, storms are coming. What is coming for us?

As if the weather could tell us so much about our own lives, good relationships, beautiful sunny days or calm days  and everything seems to be going as planned. Next day, you wake up into a succession of storms. When things get stormy or out of control, what may be natural is to seek emergency prayer and know Jesus is with you. Storms end, beautiful sky again, all is good.
Did you forget who is in control of the wind and the waves?
Matthew 8:27
 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” 

Would you be able to admit that when things are going well you place Jesus in a convenient spot in the back of the line, just waiting for you to call on Him when you need Him? 
He is not a God of convenience, He is to be worshipped, sought after and praised.

God, who moves the red sky in the morning, the roaring waves that crash down on the beach. God is in control of every aspect, even when you move away from His will, He loves you enough to bring you gently back and through tough lessons, back to the fold of Jesus arms. 

He is with you
Don’t ever forget that in the storm, Jesus creates a place for you to come to Him for shelter. He provides you strength to weather all storms. When you see red skies at night, view that as if God is telling you I have brought you this far, my grace is sufficient, stand strong in it the storms are coming, if you have sinned, repent- because sin will cause the strongest of storms and shackle your life.
John 8:34 
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

Sins are forgiven through repentance and belief in Jesus Christ, who loves you with an everlasting love. Follow Him, keep Him close and know that He is with you in beautiful red sky nights  and unpredictable red sky mornings. Don’t put Jesus at the end of the line when your prayers have been answered, put Him first and see that He never leaves you or forsakes you. Follow Jesus.

Shalom
Nancy
The Christian Writer 


#RedSkyatNight #Jesus #repent #sin

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Dry & Desolate Land





Dry & Desolate Land

A traveling experience can be a great experience to see what is happening in the world as it takes us out of our comfortable life. It’s an eye opener to what is really going on with different cultures and their perspective on God.

If you know the Word of God, you pick up on things that people don’t notice and it grabs your attention, such as shopping. Innocent eyes of shoppers glance past statues displayed of idol gods. Defenders of this would probably say that it’s for serenity or just part of the decor, as we know it’s these subtle things that get unsuspecting people to think it’s cool or inquire about it at a later time. It only goes to prove that the presence of God has been replaced by idol worship. People have turned from God to the satisfaction of their self desires as many turn to false gods or worship false man made objects.

What does God tell us when these things happen? 
That His ears will not listen when they call to Him in distress -Jeremiah 11:14 

Why is it so easy for people to believe false things and not believe the truth?  

Romans 1:25
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

This world has become a desolate dry place, people looking for water, when they only find dry land. Jesus represents our water and food for our souls. But seeing all this right now confirms that the time is right for us to keep strong, march forward as the ways of man have fallen far from God. Those of us who follow God and His ways will be praying and listening more for the guidance of the Holy Spirit to know what to do as we direct people to Jesus. Always be ready for His return, don’t give up hope that is in Him!

I say to you, “Be ready at all times to give an answer for the truth that is placed in you”.
Hold fast and study brethren as the time is ripe for those who are seeking the truth. Trust the truth will set them free in this Dry and Desolate Land.
Shalom.
Nancy
The Christian Writer


#dry&desolateland  #Jesus

Friday, March 1, 2019

Are Your Roots Deep?


Are Your Roots Deep?
Lately I have been noticing that many are saying how much they need God and prayer, as people we seek the Lord when we find ourselves in desperate need of an answer. Many prayers of God’s people get answered, many don’t and we don’t know why, it’s a mystery only through God’s leading will you understand this.
Today I want to share this Parable that Jesus spoke about to His disciples called the Four Soils. Starting at verse 4-8 - these verses may be difficult to understand, that’s why the disciples asked plainlyWhat do you mean?”.
Luke 8:4-15
While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

His disciples asked him what this parable meant. 

Are you wondering as well?

10 He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
“‘though seeing, they may not see;
    though hearing, they may not understand.’
11 “This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved. 13 Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. 14 The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. 15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

Are You Firmly Rooted
I’m seeing this in many people, they believe and pray to God for needs or when things are really bad, then when everything starts to look better, they turn away from God and turn back to their life again. These easier days will not last, things happen, the bottom falls out or some other problem comes up, where is the root? 
Stand firm in God’s word and you will see your life change, so do circumstances, keep trusting God, stay firm, let your roots grow deep and pray. Become fruit for God to use in other people’s lives when they need that hope and firm foundation.
People and things always disappoint but God never disappoints, put your faith and your life into His hands as He guides you along,, in peace and in every situation.

Shalom,
Nancy

The Christian Writer                                             #areyoufirmlyrooted  #areyourrootsdeep

Monday, February 25, 2019

Spiritual Growth & God's Plan

Spiritual Growth & God’s Plan
If you are like me, you constantly are measuring your growth in Christ. Many times I question, am I maturing and growing?  Am I behaving in a way that glorifies God or am I self seeking?
Today, I’m reflecting on David who was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22)
Reading David’s Psalms we come to realize, he also was growing in his thoughts and behavior. David was clear on one thing, He knew with God all things are possible and he stepped out in prayer and faith. God grew his abilities to fight, guided him everyday as a leader in King Saul’s army and kept him strong for whatever was coming his way.

Getting Stuck
David faced obstacles, King Saul , knowing David was next in line for kingship pursued him. We can only imagine his fear at times but we also know that God was with him and had anointed him to move through battles that were just about impossible for man to overcome and true miracles from the Lord’s Angel Armies. God had given David strength to scale every wall, victory in battle and as he led, favor with men. David grew from a  young sheep shearer to a great King, God was showing him the way, because David got out of his own way. The plans were set for David, just as God has His plans set for us.
Psalm 33:11 
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever,
    the purposes of his heart through all generations.

What can we learn from this and how can we get unstuck?
There is no rock too big for God to move, let’s not let the one that is in front of us get in our way, it means only a detour for now, but later a victory.
Psalm 25 Of David.
In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.
Where You Are
Looking back, from when you first felt God in your life and how you were led, do you see the work He has done in you? Do you see how He has led you from person to person, from teaching to teaching and has established your growth in ways only you can understand. As you study the Bible it becomes more real to you, your life unfolds in understanding the answers to your questions. As your prayer life changes your growth in Christ deepens and your relationship to Jesus goes from head knowledge to heart knowledge seeking the love that only He can give you.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
    but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Where You Are Going
God knows what each day will bring, not us.
If you have you asked for direction with no answer in sight, it may take more growth, more tearing away the “old selfish ways” as Jesus makes new ways.
Jesus does tell us to “Ask, Seek, Knock” and the door will be opened. The hardest part is waiting as we grow and understand that God’s way is better than our way. Pray and wait, the Holy Spirit will do the leading and you will know when things are right. Even if you make a mistake, He will gently show you the way back. He’s the potter, we are the clay. Trusting God is the most important thing you can do to know where you are going. Remember….. who’s plan, God’s!
Isaiah 55:8
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
Shalom
Nancy
The Christian Writer

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

God Is Coming For You



If you are reading this, God is coming after you. Maybe you can’t imagine that God even cares but He does, He cares so much for you that He sent His Son for you, so that you may have a way to Him.
Luke 15:3-7
 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders  and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

We can’t go through life wandering around just imaging that something great is going to happen,  or something tragic will fall upon you. We are given the ability to know Jesus and our lives ahead are bringing us closer to eternity with Him.
God doesn’t want your money, possessions or thinking you must work your way into Heaven. He wants you. Jesus says to come, He is the source of life abundant So if you are experiencing loneliness, depression, or questioning your faith-then pray and ask Him to come into your life.

Let’s pray right now.

Heavenly Father, you know all things, you know me when I come and go, where I am and what I am going through, help me to see things through the lens of your throne where you reside. Help me to know you, help me to see you in all things that you have given to me, life, gifts and a way to worship you. Help me Lord to see you in all of this, I have been lost and you have come for me, thank you Lord for opening my heart to you.
Amen

May you find peace in knowing that you are counted and joyfully loved in every way possible.C
Shalom
Nancy

The Christian Writer

Monday, February 4, 2019

Prayer Changes Everything

Prayer Changes Everything


For many years I was just a pray when you need it, prayer,  but often enough, I didn’t see a lot of prayers answered, don’t get me wrong, there were answered prayers but sometimes God would give me things I really should not have asked for, I took my shallow prayers and the sometimes awful outcome lessons to the pit. But you know what, I learned God’s grace lifted me up and taught me so much about my walk with Him.

You see prayer isn’t something to take lightly, there are many books out there that can help you to pray, but for all the books I have read and all the time I put into reading about it, as comforting as it was many times, I realized, my prayer life could only change if I asked God to change me and make my life reflect His life, only then, did things begin to make sense and become clear, the more I trusted Him the more I prayed!

As maturity set in and studying the Bible, my prayer life reshaped into instead asking for constant desires to asking to be more like Jesus and reflect Him in all I do and say. This took many years of asking and praying to develop in me and help me understand what to pray for.
You may want to pray for someone that is hurting or someone that is lost, the Holy Spirit can help guide your prayer life and direct you to a situation that is planted in your thoughts. 
Just ask!

Each person has at times many needs and in the midst of storms, prayer is essential to ask for help, guidance,  God’s will, plan and purpose in every situation. If you don’t go to Him in prayer we don’t get to have that personal relationship with Him that He desires for us to have. We must really concentrate on what is most important in the day, is it getting everything done and ignoring the one who helps get it or praying for help and strength to know what to do at every turn. 

Hebrews 5:7 
During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.

I really want to try to help you understand that you are a child of the Most High God and He loves you, your prayers, petitions and wants you to seek Him in everything you do. So I’m encouraging you today, where ever you are to ask God to help you get through whatever your situation might be, you will see God’s hand as you turn your life and prayers over to Him. Sometimes even the simple prayers are the best, as all prayers are heard and nothing is ignored.

Praising His Holy Name Forever and Ever, Amen

Nancy

The Christian Writer
#prayerchangeseverything

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

The Falsehood of Reincarnation


When I was growing up I believed that you could come back into this earth and become someone or something else. Just imagine coming back as something exciting, that’s an interesting thought. But as I grew and matured I began to take this seriously, so seriously that it was consuming to my soul on a loop of coming back, never resting.

The falsehood of reincarnation is that when you follow this thought your life is never going to be satisfied, it will always long for more chances to make things the way you think they should be. That can destroy any kind of hope for rest or joy. The joy that only can be experienced with Jesus Christ. 

The revelation of Jesus Christ has always been the way to eternal life, from the moment you were born the decision to follow Him was always up to you. Jesus came to give you abundant life on earth and life eternal with Him. But following such non sense as coming back is only something that the devil wants you to follow, so that you will turn from the true way into heaven.

Through Christ blood shed on the cross, he defeated death and the strongholds of this world were broken, as he rose from death and is the eternal one, that is truth. So when you see the sign on someone’s lawn that says: John 3:16, that is the reminder what God did for us through His Son.
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His One and Only Son, so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Enough said,

Shalom 
Nancy

The Christian Writer

#Jesus # FalsehoodofReincarnation

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Corny Christmas Movies Are Fun

Corny Christmas Movies Are Fun

I think I’m on my 10th Hallmark movie of 2018, I’ve laughed, cried, smiled and fell in love with every girl-guy romantic moment. I love the decorating and get many decorating ideas to liven up my house. So, the plots are encouraging and seem quite the same -if you are an avid Hallmark movie fan, you understand this, but if you aren’t here’s the scenario: girl or guy in their 20’s-40’s go to a small town either by chance of getting stuck there or some relative/business needs help, passes away and then either a child/ person comes to the rescue. That person decides they are there only temporarily but we know as die-hard fans of Hallmark, they will be meeting somebody that will change their life and they make the decision to either stay or leave that town or situation. (I’m not spillin’ the beans, you’ll find out!)  Always fun to watch the outcome, I’m never disappointed!

I know I summed it up, don’t be dismayed though, because each combination of characters brings its joy and we as watchers are rooting for that perfect outcome. These amazing movies, bring us out of our everyday lives into a perfect world, (we want to think so) it’s truly a nice escape, I would rather watch an uplifting movie even if it’s so corny I could pour maple syrup all over it- than a movie based in violence, sex and drugs. We need more good things to watch! To take our minds to another place even if it’s temporary, real life doesn’t play out this way but it’s a nice escape for two hours.

So every year I make a point to tune into the Christmas movies because the best part of Christmas is to enjoy family, friends and people that my life is surrounded by, I really think that Hallmark has captured this, putting some corky life situations into play that help us connect with the story, character and outcome that we enjoy. 
Ok, you want to know my favourite one? Can’t help it I watch every year and it’s one of their top movies “The Christmas Card” 
http://www.hallmarkmoviesandmysteries.com/the-christmas-card
It’s a love story with a twist of beautiful fate. (plus they sing in church, just adore that)

Roma Downy also has a wonderful channel and believe it or not I get this channel on my antenna, it’s free TV. It’s call Lighttv  https://www.lighttv.com (you can also watch on your computer or phone) and its programs are good and easy on the eye. They have classic Christmas Movies on as well.
Roma is certainly an angel on earth, years ago she starred in a TV series called Touched By An Angel  https://www.hallmarkdrama.com/touched-by-an-angel  
The character Roma plays as Monica an Angel that is learning lessons and has a heart for God that capture audiences because we can relate to her up’s and downs. Over the years we have been blessed by the programs and content that Roma and her husband Mark Burnett produce, the Bible Series is a beautiful way to see the Bible in action- Truly Worth Watching!

In closing,  step out of your everyday craziness relax with your favourite beverage, watch something that’s good for your soul and maybe reminds you of days past. May your Christmas be joyful, light, beautiful and full of love, as we celebrate Jesus Christ, the birth of the One who came into the world for you.

Shalom, Merry Christmas 
Nancy
The Christian Writer




Matthew 2:1 
 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem





#Hallmark
#Christmas
#Roma Downey
#Hallmarkchristmas

#JesusChrist

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Flames of Fire, No Escape

Flames Of Fire, No Escape



All around the world, people are watching out of control wildfires in California. News reports are coming in as fast as the fire spreads, new areas are being hit with consuming flames. Sadly we can see that people have abandon their homes, cars and possessions to escape the surrounding fires, some didn’t make it out in time, they most likely went in the wrong direction and perished a horrible death. Burns are the worst pain anyone can suffer.

As people escape the forces of fire they cannot see what is around them as fire is spreading at a rapid rate they can’t see where to run. In the intense heat, firefighters and volunteers are trying to find survivors, hoping to contain flames as winds kick up the flames. Some of us watching are holding our breath, praying for them, hoping for survivors to emerge.
                     
But this isn’t just about the fires in California, what would you do if you knew the way out?

These are some things to think about:
Everything that you possess with perish someday, everything.
Time goes on, generations will pass and what was, will be forgotten.
What you try so hard to become in this world won’t hold eternal significance.

Are your possessions more important?
What do you prioritize in your day?
Do you spend time praying for yourself or others?
But this is important:
Your eternal life with Christ should be held closer, thought about and prayed for.

John 3:16
 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,
that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

So now you know the way, this is what Jesus tells us in the Gospel of Matthew:

Matthew 13:40-42
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This is written not to try to convince you to go to church, or to be a perfect person, we all sin and fall short of the glory of God, but that’s why Jesus went to the cross for you, so that you don’t come ashamed, but come to Him in prayer, repenting of the wrong you have done and wanting to know Him better, so He may enter your life to show you joy and peace that you didn’t know existed, Jesus shows you compassion, love and escape from the eternal flames of fire.
It’s your decision.

Shalom,
Nancy,
The Christian Writer


#flamesoffire,noescape #Jesus #eternallife

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Finding The Dream Job

Finding The Dream Job

I often wonder about people who say they are living the dream job. To them the dream job is doing something they love everyday and talking about it, enjoying what they accomplish in it, possibly profiting well from it. I do believe that people can retire from what they have done and talk about it as if it was a lifelong dream to do what they did and can say it was a great journey. There are many articles written
to date about the effects of work on your health.

Have you ever thought of your dream job?

~What you would have loved to do before you got caught up in all of the non sense of where you are?

~Were you thinking you wanted to go one way and you ended up going in the least desirable other way?

Let’s look at steps you can take to move in a direction that not only can set your mind in looking outward and possibly to make part or if not all your dreams come true.

Write out where you are-

Just write it in a journal and keep it near you.
   
Write what your dream is or desire to see yourself
   
Write out your goals, you want to be _____ in 5 years, 10 years etc.
   
Talk to people who have achieved where you want to be
                                       
Let people know what you want to do, you may just get some ideas!
                                       
Keep writing- when you hit an incline, pit or mountain write it out, go back and read what happened.

Don’t give up if it’s in your heart —that’s not an option because if you don’t reach the dream another will go in it’s place

You will get discouraged, that’s not an option, everyone does when you are focusing in on something- the journey is way cooler when you don’t have a clear path, have faith.

This is your guarantee: YOU WILL GROW and see growth over time.

*God reveals a lot to us when we go through our lessons of faith, maybe what you desired to do so desperately at one time wasn’t-isn’t good for you and God has something better. So pray continuously for guidance and help.

Lastly, nothing on earth can ever satisfy what Jesus can. You could look forever but when you give yourself fully to Him, He will make your paths straight.

Shalom
Nancy


#Livingthedreamjob #faith #don’tgiveup #God