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A LOVE LETTER
Feb 19, 2015

You show that you are a letter from Christ…written not with ink but with the Spirit of the Living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
2 Corinthians 3:3

As a Navy wife for 30 years, I anxiously looked for the mailman every day. I waited for a letter from Roy. It was the highlight of my day to receive one. So precious it was to be able to read his words over and over again.
It was a gift of immediacy.
As I read, he was present to me.
There was joy and sometimes tears.
I began to understand his job and responsibilities.
I sensed his perspective on life.
I yearned for his presence.
I wanted to be an encouragement to him.
I missed him because I loved him.
Letters were a tangible means of communicating and I learned to treasure letters of love from  my husband.
I could hold them in my hands.

In those days, there were no cells phones, e-mail or skype.
One had to purpose to stay connected– to keep the flame of love alive. Months would pass before we would be reunited. In war or peace, God was training us to look for HIM and then live for HIM.
It was a cherished time as I look back now.
Our God built faithfulness and trust into our relationship and our love grew for each other.
This unfolded because His Love letter was available to me in the Bible.
I discovered that He is faithful.
I yearned to know more about Him.
I was drawn to prayer.
Finally I began to see how my life should look through the lens of His love.
Joy came.
Devotion was birthed.
I found my way to home every day to The Love of God.
Scripture was a love letter to me and to Roy.
We could read it, pray, it, meditate it, study it and live it.
The sustaining power of His love Letter sustained.
The encompassing reach of His Love Letter reached.
The unending assurance of His love letter assured.

As I internalized His love  daily by hiding it within my heart, a  concern for others began to flow.
Serving is simply giving away what has been given to you.
How profound is the impact of His Love!
One day, without realizing it, His love came forth to another.
If you are reading this devotional and wondering if God loves you– He Does.
If you need a place to start your journey with Him– Read His Word.
If you can believe HE loves you and will receive HIM… Just invite Him.
How do I know?
The Bible tells me so.
Jesus came for you and me.
His love is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Our sin is the foreboding darkness that blocks His love.
The CROSS is the symbol of His complete love for us.
A Perfect Sacrifice was exchanged for our pardon.
The gift is forgiveness and a new beginning.
Open your heart to His love Letter.
Tell Him all about your life.
Become His forever.
YOU can.
Then YOU will be His love Letter to someone else.
Yeah God!!

Billie

2015 NEW YEAR’S PRAYER
Dec 29, 2011

FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND, AND REACHING FORTH TO THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEFORE,  I PRESS  TOWARD THE MARK FOR THE PRIZE OF THE HIGH CALLING IN CHRIST  JESUS. PHILIPPIANS 3:13

 

HOLY FATHER;

WE ARE BEGINNING– AGAIN.

WE ARE SEEKING YOUR WILL FOR OUR LIVES– AGAIN.

WE ARE APPROACHING  A NEW YEAR  WITH EXPECTANCY AND HOPE– AGAIN.

YOU ARE THE SAME GOD   WHO CARRIED US THROUGH 2014. PRAISE YOUR HOLY NAME!

YOU WERE PRESENT WITH US THROUGH THE SEASONS OF SOWING AND REAPING, RECEIVING AND REPENTING.

HOW WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE LOVE TO US THROUGH JESUS.

THE CROSS BECKONS US — AGAIN.

FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND — WE PRESS ON INTO 2015 SEEKING YOUR FACE AS THIS YEAR  UNFOLDS.

CHART OUR DESTINY.

OPEN AND CLOSE DOORS FOR US.

STRETCH OUR FAITH.

GIVE US NEW HORIZONS.

KEEP US FIT TO SERVE.

ESTABLISH SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE IN OUR LIVES.

BREATHE YOUR LIFE OVER US AND GROW US INTO  INTO  A PRAYING PEOPLE.

WHEN SIN GRABS OUR JOY, GRAB OUR CONSCIENCE.

WHEN WE STUMBLE, PICK US UP.

WHEN WE CATCH A GLIMPSE OF YOUR GLORY, IMPRINT IT UPON  OUR SOULS SO WE CAN SING IT, SPEAK IT, WRITE IT AND REMEMBER IT FOREVER.

OUR NATION NEEDS A MIGHTY SPIRITUAL  AWAKENING.

SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT AND BEGIN WITH ME AND THEN MOVE ACROSS OUR LAND TO THE NORTH, SOUTH , EAST AND WEST MOVING THE HEARTS OF PEOPLE TO A HUNGER AND THIRST FOR JUSTICE AND RIGHTEOUSNESS!

OH GOD, COME INTO THE DAYS AND MONTHS AHEAD AND STIR YOUR PEOPLE TO REACH , MEET, ENCOUNTER AND SHOW YOUR LOVE TO  ONE ANOTHER.

ORCHESTRATE  OUR SCHEDULES.

ADD OR DELETE.

KEEP US AS THE APPLE OF YOUR EYE FOR WE WANT TO PLEASE ONLY YOU.

COME BACK INTO OUR CULTURE HOLY GOD WE CRY!

BRING REDEMPTION,FORGIVENESS, PARDON, MERCY –HOPE– AGAIN.

WE BOW DOWN AND PROMISE TO SOW OUR SEED BESIDE ALL WATERS– ” BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO SOW SEED BY ALL WATERS.” ISAIAH 32:20.

WE PROMISE TO FOLLOW YOU.

WE SERVE A MIGHTY GOD!

WE LOVE YOU SUPREMELY.

HALLELUJAH!

YOU PROMISE US– ” THE WORK OF RIGHTEOUSNESS IS PEACE, AND THE EFFECT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, QUIETNESS AND ASSURANCE FOREVER.” ISAIAH 32:17

WE WILL HAVE PEACE AND ASSURANCE AS WE PRESS ON TO THE HIGH CALLING IN CHRIST JESUS.

HEAR THE PRAYERS OF YOUR PEOPLE AS  WE JOIN  OUR VOICES  AS ONE VOICE UNTO  YOU FOR  THE YEAR 2015, ANOTHER CROSSROADS YEAR  IN THE HISTORY OF OUR LAND.

RAISE UP LEADERS OF FAITH.

GIVE THEM FAVOR.

REMOVE THE VEIL OF DECEPTION ACROSS OUR LAND AMONGST ALL PEOPLES.

WE LOOK TO YOU THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH… AGAIN.

GOD BLESS EACH ONE WHO PRAYS IN AGREEMENT.

HELD BY GRACE WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER  … AGAIN IN JESUS’ HOLY NAME.

BILLIE

 

CHRISTMAS MARVEL: THE MANGER
Dec 21, 2014

Today  in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, HE is Christ the Lord. This shall be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:11-12

“…the birth of a child, not the revolutionary deed of a strong man,  or the breath-taking discovery of a sage,

or the pious deed of a saint…

It truly boggles the mind:

The birth of a child is to bring about the great transformation of all things,

is to bring salvation and redemption to all of humanity.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

What a concept to draw humanity to a Holy God!

Surely mankind understands birth.

For God to limit Himself to the womb of a young woman chosen to birth Jesus, reveals His incredible awareness and deep love for the ordinary people who would come  to KNOW SUCH LOVE personally as FOLLOWERS.

The plan was a MARVEL!

Mary and Joseph were betrothed– engaged to be married.

This agreement was a pledge  of purity, integrity and love.

Mary was young but devoted to her God.

Joseph was also young but obedient to his God.

An angel appeared to Mary and said,” You are highly favored. The Lord is with you.” Luke 1:28

She was then told that she would ” be with child… and He will be called the Son of the Most High.. His Kingdom  will never end…”

Being a virgin she wondered how this could be and the angel spoke words of MARVEL to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.” Luke 1:34,35a

Mary in devotion Marveled and Declared; ” I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said.” Luke 1:38

Joseph was also visited by an angel  appearing to him in a dream.” Joseph do not be afraid to take Mary home  as your wife because what is conceived  in her is born of the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because HE will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

The Joseph awakened from the dream and “did what the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary home as his wife but had no union with her until she gave birth to a son and he gave Him the name Jesus. ” Matthew 1:24-25

Joseph with Marvel obeyed the heavenly mandate from His God.

Jesus was born in a manger.

The world changed that night FOREVER!

God came down in a manger.

The baby grew into manhood, walked the face of the earth and ministered for 3 year period which culminated in His   death on CROSS –necessary for the atonement of  the sins of the world.

Our sin was pardoned by His death.

His Blood opened the door to Redemption.

But  there was MORE…HE  arose from the grave.  The centerpiece of Christianity is the Resurrection!

No other religion claims an empty Tomb.

We have a Risen King!

HE IS ALL POWERFUL AND ALL KNOWING.

Birth to death is something man can comprehend.

It is the living in between that  compels us to find the Savior.

YES, a baby changes life.

The MARVEL of Life was the very MARVEL  chosen for Almighty God to exhibit HIS Grace and Compassion to this world.

A baby changes everything.

A BABY DID!

A Savior was born in a manger– a  lowly, humble place where livestock lived.

Stars shone in brilliance.

Shepherds and wise men came.

Worship erupted in heaven!

WE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF JESUS EVERY YEAR FOR THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF HOPE ETERNAL FOR ALL PEOPLES.

MARVEL AT HIS BIRTH!

MARVEL AT YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO BE HIS CHILD!

MARVEL AT  THE WAY GOD PROVIDED THIS REVELATION!

COME TO THE MANGER!

THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS IS CALLING YOU– HOME.

YOUR HEART CAN BE THE MANGER FOR THE BIRTH OF BELONGING  TO HIM FOREVER IS POSSIBLE.

CHOOSE HIM.

HE WILL CHOOSE YOUR WAY IN LIFE- GUIDING YOU THROUGH AND HE WILL BE PRESENT WITH YOU WHEN HEAVEN’S DOOR OPENS!

HALLELUJAH!

WHAT A SAVIOR!

A BLESSED CHRISTMAS IN HIM IS A MARVEL TO HAVE AND BEHOLD.

YOUR PLACE IN LONG LINE of GRACE
Sep 16, 2014

“….From my mother’s womb you have been my God…All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations…. future generations will be told about the Lord.  They will proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn for HE has done it”.  Psalm 22: 10b,27,28,30,31

Holy Father;

We ponder  the promises of YOUR WORD.

YOU know our beginnings.

YOU know our doubts and fears.

YOU know the outcome of every day.

Generations who have lived before us found their way to  true faith by Grace.

They searched.

YOU waited.

They received.

YOU gave.

They found.

YOU embraced.

The journey to the CROSS is the way through life’s mountains and valleys.

A pilgrim’s faith is born there.

It is the place where we first meet grace, the Divine equipping to live for YOU.

Freely given, freely received– it is our gift.

Our lives have book ends.

It is life in between… ah, that’s the rub.

Sin seeks to swallow us.

Salvation saves us from destruction.

Seekers need resuscitating.

Being made clean is the work YOU bring to us through confession.

Being filled up with hope is the the work of the Holy Spirit.

Being made ready to serve with abandoned love is the work of a surrendered heart.

Eating at YOUR TABLE replenishes the soul  for YOUR WORD never returns void.

How then shall we live?

We must find our way to YOU every day by Grace.

We take our place in the long line of  sojourners of Christ Jesus who found HIM everywhere in All things and in All places.

How do we know this?

They have left behind a record of His sufficiency and Grace.

John Bunyan found it in a prison.

Amy Carmichael  found it  in ministry on the shores of India.

Derick Bingham found in the pages of English literature.

Have you found it?

Where will  God send you?

What will you leave behind?

When will you grasp the calling  He has ordained for you?

All the ends of the earth will remember… and turn..

The families of nations will bow down.

We rest under His dominion….

Under His Sovereign rule  there is intimacy and strength for the next step.

Our faith journey matters.

Our world watches what  we value.

We must  live His life out with action born of devotion.

We must  serve Him with courage, justice, faith and honor.

We must proclaim His righteousness to a people yet unborn.

Therefore… we must care about the unborn, the weakest for they are the future of the long line of grace.

Purpose to take your place in this line.

Ask God to order your way.

HE will.

HE ‘s faitfhul.

HE loves you.

HE knows you.

Do you know HIM?

Fellow pilgrim,  join me.

Blessings, Billie

Our Watch over America: Transcendent Faith
Aug 14, 2014

Do not be afraid; only believe…. Arise. Mark 5:36b, 41c

The Bible is replete with stories of  the miraculous. This week in search of comfort and assurance –I opened my bible and re discovered a familiar one that captured my soul with fresh hope– resuscitating me.

Sometimes we must have spiritual oxygen.

In Mark   Chapter 5 , we learn of the death of a synagogue  ruler’s daughter. Immediately upon hearing this , Jesus said , ” Do not be afraid, only believe.”  He then went to the home and entered  the room where the child was. Weeping and wailing had begun. Jesus  took her hand and spoke words to her which being translated  were ” Little girl, ARISE.” She did and ” they were overcome with great amazement.”

Death stalks us.

In real life, it is inevitable for it is one of the two book ends of LIFE.

Sometimes we experience what looks like the death of our  dreams, our future and perhaps our nation.

My heart was broken over America this week.

So I looked into God’s  Word for hope and I found it.

I heard the words, ” Do not be afraid, only believe.”

And when I read this passage in its context and the impossibility of the miraculous  came, I wept.

This time I wept for the  surety of the promises of God which are ours  in Christ Jesus.

We who have a moral center based on biblical truth —–DO  OVERCOME!!

Fear and anxiety are  not from God.

We the people who have walked in obedience to His Word and held up His standard over our land in faith and belief, we will ARISE– again and so will America!.

We will  continue to shepherd the flock and work with our whole hearts and minds to proclaim the return to HIS TRUTH!

America is a prodigal that we will be searching for , investing in , praying for , reaching out to–DAILY– as we look towards the horizon.

We will not live in bitterness and anger.

We will live in expectancy and joy in the ONE who is SOVEREIGN… over our lives, over our land.

The Lord knows those who are His. 2 Timothy 2:19

HE REIGNS.

HE ALWAYS HAS.

HE ALWAYS WILL.

Dry, perfunctory, ritualistic attempts  at faith will not survive.

Vibrant, intimate, devoted , LIFE “BORN of GOD” Faith  will triumph!

We thank Him today for a  transcendent faith  that connects the dots of our lives across our land;  ethnicity, education, science, business, agriculture,  athletics, arts, media, military—- for “He brings Cosmos out of our chaos.” Author Madeleine L ‘Engle

The Word of God instructs, comforts, warns, winnows and woos us.

What is not pure and  undefiled will not stand the test of perseverance.

Hearts that repent will be ready.

We have centuries of mighty  men and women  of faith who learned to walk,  create, build and shine in adversity!

So be encouraged that your life and your gifts are significant to the Kingdom!

Do not be afraid; only believe!!!!!

Arise in faith and move in God’s strength. His supply never ends!

May we see His Glory fall upon America!

In Jesus’ Name , we press on!!!

ARISE!!!!!!

On the Journey with you,

Billie

2 TIMOTHY1:7

 

Earthworm Faith
Jul 01, 2014

Today a sudden summer shower brought respite to the parched earth and an army or earthworms came forth!

On my early morning walk I had to be careful not to step on them as they slithered, rolled and wiggled their way attempting to cross over to the other side of the walkway.
Obviously some were not going to make it but some did.
All to soon the emerging sun began to ” take its toll.”
The brief rain had presented enough moisture for traction , bringing them up to explore.
Time to surface,
Time for change,
Time to cross over,
And time to go back home again.
I have never been a worm lover but in observing this exodus my curiousity drove me to do a little research on the computer when I returned home .
Here is what I learned about earthworms:

1. They plow the earth by tunneling through the soil.
2. They create passageways in which air and water can be absorbed.
3. The root systems of plant life beceome compacted with out them.
4. They eat dirt
5. They stay underground most of the time because darkness keeps them from being dried out.
6. If they get dried out, they cannot breathe.
7. The wetness created by rain stirs them to come up and travel overland, breathing new vigor into their predictable existence.

So earthworms really do matter to ecology, to plant life.
They have purpose.
But once in a while they need to discover a new vista before returning to home, productivity and familiarity.
And so do we.

Summer showers also water a parched faith, encouraging us to come out and look up and cross over to see God in a fresh way.
We need to stay connected to HIM in a vital ongoing relationship.
We need refreshment for we too must return home and once we do the root of belief is strengthened.
God knows when to send the showers, when we need to cross over and when we need to tunnel in once again.

Thank YOU LORD for the earthworm.

Although he eats dirt, he makes a way for us to eat food and drink in beauty and understand once again the wonder of a God who executes creation with such detail that even the most humble organism is an intricate part of the life chain.

Nothing escapes YOUR EYE.
Nothing is without possibility.
Nothing is insignificant.
Nothing is without hope.

“Show me your ways Oh Lord teach me your paths… my hope is in you all day long” Psalm 25:4-5c

Breathe into us ” The love of God “today in a brand new way because of the example of YOUR provision for the earthworm.

May our faith increase in the Living God.
Love to you,
Billie

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