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Ant Hill Faith
Jul 28, 2015

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
Consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander, no overseer,or ruler
Yet, it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food in harvest.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Summertime in Tennessee is hot.
Humidity holds us captive.
The “dog days” come.
A summer shower is a heavenly reprieve.
One morning as I was walking in the dripping heat, I noticed an ant hill along the side walk but I just passed on by.
When the shower hit,I stumbled upon lots of ant hills.
I supposed the moisture helps the congregating.
Some were multi leveled mounds.
Such industry from a creature who doesn’t have much life insurance. is amazing.
With a swift kick of the foot the ant hill is brought down and its inhabitants dispersed.
Sometimes we do it without a thought.
This is the time of year we plan to get away from the norm.
We want a break.
Not ants,
They’re working.
In fact they are gathering provisions,even preparing for harvest, looking ahead at the future.
What do they do?
They scavenge for food, are good in battle and work together to care for the colony.

Summertime faith should be a lot like the ant hill.
We need to spend time together because our very presence with one another generates energy, resuscitates life.
In Community we become fortified in faith.
We inhale spiritual oxygen and exhale the possibilities found in God alone.
We become more together.
Some of us are nurses.
Some are soldiers.
Some don’t know who they are yet.
We all have work to do.
Planning for harvest is a good thing.
It is wise.

So consider the ant.
Why?
Because the ant’s story is in the Word of God.
HE left it for us to ponder.

Ask Your Heavenly Father for His creative plans for you this summer.
Dream a little.
Reach out to someone new.
Gather.
Seek.
Read.
Remember.
Be present in the moment with HIM and HE will be present to YOU.
” I love those who love me and those who seek me will find me.” Proverbs 8:17
Love God and be wise.
There will always be “dog days.”
Watch out for ant hills!

HE REIGNS,
Billie

CELEBRATING WOMEN– -MOTHER’S DAY 2015
May 07, 2015

HOLY FATHER;

MOTHERS BIRTH US.
MOTHERS KNIT OUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES INTO THEIR HEARTS.
MOTHERS FRAME OUR LIVES WITH EXPECTANCY.
THIS IS THE WAY OF LOVE.

” LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS I HAVE LOVED YOU.” JOHN 15:12

YOUR LOVE IS THE SUREST POSSESSION I HAVE.
WHEN I MEET THOSE WHO ARE BROKEN BY LIFE, MY HEART YEARNS FOR THEM TO KNOW YOUR LOVE.
YOU CHOSE TO SEND JESUS TO EXPRESS HOW MUCH YOU LOVE US.
HE CAME OUT OF LOVE.
HE STILL DOES.

AS WE CELEBRATE THE LIVES OF WOMEN ON THIS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, SPEAK YOUR LOVE TO EVERY WOMAN WHO READS THIS PRAYER.
YOU KNOW ALL THE MOMENTS OF HER LIFE.
YOU KNOW HER PARENTING.
YOU KNOW HER STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES.
YOU KNOW HER CHOICES.

MOTHERING IS A PROCESS IN WHICH WE ALL PARTICIPATE WHETHER WE BIRTH CHILDREN AND RAISE
THEM OR MENTOR OTHERS WHOM WE ENCOUNTER.
SET BACKS SET US BACK AND IN CRISIS WE MOTHER ONE ANOTHER.
GODLY WOMEN TURN TO YOUR WORD AND ON THEIR KNEES FIND THE STRENGTH TO KEEP WATCH AND GIVE .
EVEN THOUGH DISAPPOINTMENTS AND DOUBTS ATTEMPT TO DERAIL US… TRUE MOTHER LOVE IS ” STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN GRACE.” 1 CORINTHIANS 15:58

THIS IS THE FAMILY OF GOD.

WE PRAY TODAY THAT AS WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER THE SISTERHOOD OF FAITH WILL GROW WITH COMPASSION AND CONFIDENCE.

THE BIBLE IS FULL OF STORIES OF WOMEN WHO FOUND THEIR WAY HOME TO YOU THROUGH DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES.

MARY, THE MOTHER OF JESUS, WAS A TEEN CHOSEN TO TRUST GOD WITH IMPOSSIBILITY.
ELIZABETH, MOTHER OF JOHN, WAS OLD AND BEYOND CHILD BEARING, BUT FILLED WITH FAITH.
HANNAH, MOTHER OF SAMUEL, BATTLED BARRENNESS, BUT BELIEVED GOD FOR A MIRACLE.
ANNA,,SINGLE, THEN MARRIED, CHILDLESS, THEN WIDOWED, WAS AN ELDERLY WOMAN WHO LIVED IN THE TEMPLE AS AN INTERCESSOR AND ONE DAY IN A LONG AWAITED MOMENT OF GLORY SHE ENCOUNTERED THE KING OF KINGS IN THE ARMS OF HIS EARTHLY PARENTS.
LYDIA WAS A MERCHANT DEALING IN PURPLE GOODS WHO FOUND HER WAY TO A PRAYER MEETING WHICH CHANGED HER LIFE.
DEBORAH WAS A JUDGE, WARRIOR, COUNSELOR KNOWN FOR DECISION MAKING AND WISDOM.
ESTHER WAS A QUEEN WHO STOOD IN COURAGE FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

THESE WERE WOMEN WHO FOLLOWED AFTER YOU.
YOU KNEW THEM AND YOU KNOW US.

SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY IN OUR SEARCH FOR SIGNIFICANCE WE BEGAN TO YEARN TO BELONG TO YOUR FOREVER FAMILY.

TODAY WE PAUSE TO CELEBRATE AND THANK YOU FOR MOTHERS–AND OTHERS– WHO HAVE BROUGHT PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL LIFE TO US.
BLESS THEM TODAY WITH HOPE.
SEEKING, PLEADING, REAPING OR LEADING WE LIFT EACH ONE TO YOU IN THANKSGIVING.
JESUS CAME ” THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE AND HAVE IT MORE ABUNDANTLY.” JOHN 10:10

MOTHERING MATTERS.
IT ALWAYS WILL.

IN JESUS’ NAME WE BOW DOWN, REMEMBER AND HONOR THESE BELOVED WOMEN OF WORTH.

BILLIE

MOTHER, GRANDMOTHER, FRIEND, INTERCESSOR

Easter: The Women On Watch
Apr 04, 2015

” Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” Matthew 24:42
Women know how to keep watch and keeping watch is a preparation for the next thing.
Babies grow up.
Teenagers are late.
Meals are prepared.
Sickness comes.
Schedules demand.
Seasons change.

LIFE is a watch
God has allowed women a nurturing instinct which is intuitive about what is coming.
Pilate’s wife had it.
She had a dream and earnestly tried to intervene.
In fact she sent him a message while he was sitting on the judge’s seat.
Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man. I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” Matthew 27:19
She was a part of the Easter Watch, but did not know it.
So are we.
The world changed that day forever as the Son of God was crucified for the SIN of all people.
Darkness fell, the earth shook with an earthquake and Jesus died.
Women were watching.
They had follwed from a distance….to care for his needs… Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James and Joses and the mother of Zebedee’s sons.” Matthew 27:56
Women were watching when his body was placed in the tomb.
Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting opposite the tomb” Matthew 27:61

They were watching on Resurrection Morning as they came to look for him and an angel appeared and said. “He is not here. He is risen. Come and see.. Go quickly and tell the disciples..He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you in Galilee. There you will see him.” Matthew 28:6-7

They ran to tell his disciples and met Jesus.
Women who watch encounter
In this case it was the Living God who had been watching over them.
That’s what He does. Deuteronomy 11:12

Your life is on watch.
So is mine.

HE IS RISEN!
HE’S Alive!
HE WAS THEN AND HE IS TODAY!

WATCH FOR HIM.

Easter blessings,
Billie
1 Timothy 4:16

The Unfolding Light of Easter
Mar 30, 2015

The unfolding of Your Word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple…

 Righteous are YOU, O Lord…

 Your promises have been thoroughly tested and Your servant loves them… YOU ARE NEAR.

Psalm 119: 130, 137a, 140, 151a

 

Flowers unfold in sunlight.

Birds sing their hearts out  in early  morning light.

Star shine emerges in  moonlight.

Clouds are ribbons framing our days.

Winds roam about rustling the trees of the earth.

Rains and waters replenish the soil.

The heavens declare God’s  Glory… But in one dark night long ago…. there was an agony so profound that  CREATION must have groaned helplessly until dawn.

It was a night of shadows and shattered dreams and the earth quaked with fear.

The Jesus of scripture was crucified on a CROSS for the sins of the world, all people, all generations, all races … ALL.

A borrowed tomb, a broken people were hopeless.

The disciples ran.

Three days passed.

Did flowers bloom?

Did birds sing?

Did anyone care?

Beloved women came to the Tomb in early light  to bring spices to anoint Jesus’ Body.

The mammoth stone had been rolled away. Surprised  by a  holy light as they entered the sepulchre, a luminous angel on watch said; He is not here. He is risen… Go quickly and tell His disciples He is risen from the dead and behold He goes before you into Galilee. There you shall see Him.  Matthew 28:6-8

With great amazement and  joy, they ran to tell the disciples this incredible news.  Along the way they encountered  Jesus. With awe they touched His feet and worshiped Him before they continued the journey to Galilee.( v9-10)

DARKNESS MET UNFOLDING LIGHT!

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD CAME FORTH STREAMING FROM  A BORROWED TOMB .

THE WORLD CHANGED.

CREATION  CLAPPED THEIR HANDS IN RENEWAL.

MAN COULD BE DELIVERED FROM THE DARKNESS OF SIN.

The Resurrection of Christ is the cornerstone of Christianity.

Even Josephus, a Jewish historian wrote convincingly about the evidence he investigated supporting this miracle.

Those who follow Christ learn to live in His Light.

For with you is the fountain of light; In your light we see light. Psalm 36:9

We have relationship.

We have the Word of God.

We can ask for His guidance.

Blessed are those who acclaim you; who have learned to walk in the light of your presence, O LORD. Psalm 89:15

The Righteous Light of Christ leads the simple to understanding.

We are simple and need understanding.

Conquering death, HE became the UNFOLDING LIGHT OF EASTER.

As we embrace this LIGHT, we discover that HIS PROMISES are thoroughly tested and we grow to love them.

We hold on them.

We proclaim them.

We live them out.

We create through them.

We rest in them.

We die in them.

Light dispels darkness.

Truth uncovers deception.

A cleansed heart knows light.

Sin fears discovery.

THE CROSS BRINGS PARDON, FORGIVENESS…  HEALING LIGHT THROUGH THE LOVE OF GOD!

Have you experienced the UNFOLDING LIGHT of EASTER?

It is incredibly life giving, glorious, gracious and grace filled.

It is a a Finished work.

What then should we do?

Open your heart to Christ.

Ask Him to come and be YOUR LORD.

Confess all the ugliness you know.

Take your time.

His Light will make you brand new.

If you do, welcome to the family of God.

A Blessed Easter  will be yours.

HE IS NEAR…

Acts 17:28

Billie

 

 

 

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

 

Grains of Summertime Faith
Jun 06, 2015

How precious are your thoughts ,O God! How vast is the sum of them.

Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of  sand… Psalm 139: 17-18a

 

Time at the beach in the summer is a truly an  experience of  release and renewal.

The constancy of the ocean roar punctuates the ever present wave movements every day whether sunny or stormy.

The voices of children remind us that we are like them — looking for a break …for some daydreaming time.

Riding the waves is exhilarating but also exhausting for  the ocean is a force that demands our constant attention.

The picnic  lunch is always  delicious  for no matter what  it is –the salt air makes us hungry.

An umbrella at high noon is a welcomed respite.

A good book  to read as  the afternoon  unfolds  provides an inner sanctuary to  somewhere untraveled.

BUT….IT IS THE SAND under your feet between your toes, a cushioned freedom that draws out the weary tension from your body and invites your mind to open the door to fresh perspective.

Countless  grains of sand  pillow our feet  restoring  to us a new rhythm  as we walk .

Liberated  from  our daily ritual  we breathe in fresh creativity.

SAND is amazing… tiny particles with shapes representing something that was broken.

Castles can be sculpted from it, forts, holes can be dug and one can be buried in it.

It is a warm, pleasurable  summertime phenomenon.

And   YET..the scripture tells us that God’s thoughts to us are as numerous as the grains of sand!!!!

What a concept!

Take time to think upon this  personal word to you from the Word of God!

HE  vigilantly, purposely  thinks about you and me  MORE profusely than the grains of sand!

Be reminded  of His love for you as you walk upon the sand this summer.

Take in His Love as you ” take in” the beach.

Love Him back with gratitude and thanksgiving as you live your life… aware that HE is present, watching and waiting to give  you More.

Ask for His Dreams.

They are bigger than yours.

Grow your faith.

” I led them with chords of human kindness with ties of love.”  Hosea 11:4b

Have a “Sandsational” Summer in Him!

Billie

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