I am grateful for…

I was recently challenged by a friend to write out and share 3 things I am grateful for everyday for 7 days, and at the end of each day, nominate 2 other people to do the same.

Day 1 was a breeze.  Day 2 wasn’t too difficult either.  Day 3, took a little thinking.  By Day 4 I spent quite a bit of time in front of my computer screen.  It’s not that I don’t have a lot to be grateful for, it was trying to put it into words and not sound like I was saying the same things over and over and over.

I hate to say this, but when Day 7 arrived, I actually breathed a sigh of relief. It’s not that I didn’t feel I had anything left to write about that I was grateful for, it’s that I was afraid of leaving someone out, or not being spiritual enough, or sounding, forgive my wording here, but like an airhead.

it wasn’t until the challenge was over and the next day arrived when I felt like I was letting myself off the hook for not having to write about what I was grateful for anymore.  So, as part of my routine (and I am trying to make it daily, but I’m not beating myself up about it if I miss a day or two) I pause for a few minutes to reflect on all that I have that God has blessed me with, the good, the not so good and the “oh Lord help me through this!”

While I reflect on those things, I imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have these blessings – and I include the good, not so good… I don’t consider myself to be materialistic or superficial, but I know that there are so many things I take for granted each day.

So, with this in mind, I challenge you to write out and share 3 things you are grateful for each day for 7 days and nominate 2 others to do the same.

Happy writing and God bless you!

~Briggie

Words, Do Yours Bless or Hurt?

God’s Word says that “…the tongue has the power of life and death…”Proverbs 18:21.  We can brighten someone’s day with a kindly spoken word, or cast a dark cloud with a bitter and harsh word.  Sometimes we mean harm with our words, sometimes we don’t even realize we are doing it.  Words cut like sharpened steel, or strengthen us like rock.

I always thought that my children knew that I was their biggest supporter and that I always felt that honesty is the best policy, no matter the situation.  Then, one day, my son approached me and said, “Mom, I don’t think you realize the impact of what you say.”  This wasn’t meant as a compliment, it was meant as a criticism.  I had relayed my feelings about a situation which were up front and honest and were not said in anger or with a bitter tone, however the effect of my words had a cutting impact on my son, which was not my intention.

This evening, I was the one who was being spoken to, and while what was said was not in itself meant to be hurtful, the way it was said was.  I took what was said as a way of being put in my place, and to stop talking.  It cut me to the core and had me paralyzed.  After some time had passed, I felt myself just sitting and staring and wondering what I did to deserve such words and treatment.  It took me about an hour to realize, as a society, we have become so desensitized to what other people may think or feel, that we do not think before we speak.  We have this need to have the last word, to set ourselves above and feel superior.

jesus NEVER did this.  He put others before Himself.  He prayed long and hard before He spoke.  He carefully thought out what He said, how He said, to whom He said it to, and what the outcome of His words would be.

Lord, I pray that I can be more like Jesus when I speak.  Let my words by a sweet sweet sound in Your ears.  Let my words be full of blessings, not cursings, bring healing, not pain, be uplifting, not discouraging, and be full of praise and not complaints.

I am inserting one of Joel Osteen’s messages: Both Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue,

God bless you,

~Briggie

Do You Know?

Do you know just how precious you are to God?  Do you know His love?  Do you know that His mercies are there for you everyday?  Do you know that He knows you by name and that He sent His only Son to the cross for you?  Do you know that there is no amount of money or good deeds that are needed to please Him as He simply wants you to know Him, accept His Son as your Savior, and have a personal relationship with Him?

As I awoke this morning, the song, “Mary did you know?” was running through my head.  There are many versions out there, but my personal favorite is sung by Donny Osmond.  The song got me to thinking that there are so many people out there who just do not know God, and this includes those of us who have accepted Jesus into our hearts – including me.

We think of God with our earthly minds, and try to figure Him out,  There is no need to figure Him out.  All we really need to do is talk to Him, make Him part of everything we do.  Tell Him our plans, our hopes, our dreams and ask Him what His plans, hopes and dreams for us are (even though He already knows the plans that He has for us).  When we sin, or do something that we know is wrong, we try to figure out how we can make up for it, or get back in His good graces.  We have to stop thinking this way.  There is no way our earthly thoughts can ever come up with the right words or actions to take our sins away.  We have to get out of our own way and let God guide us, direct us and lead us.  At least that is what I believe.

I pray that today, and everyday, that you know that you know that you know Him.

 

God bless,

~Briggie

Prayer brings miracles

As I was lying in bed this morning, trying to find the strength to get up and start my day, I was going through the inbox of my email and came across an email from my dear brother in Yeshua, Daniel.  I almost didn’t read it because I have so much going on in my life right now that all I wanted to do was clean out my inbox, then start working on chores that I have put aside.  I didn’t feel I had the time to read it.  Something kept tugging at me to open the email and I am so very glad and blessed that I did.  I truly believe it was the Holy Spirit leading me to it.  As soon as I finished reading it, I felt a heavy weight lifted from me and felt a strong need to share it.  May this bless you as it has me.  I know I will be reading this prayer many more times.  Take care, God bless you and may He give you His peace, strength and joy. ~Briggie

Dear Almighty Lord God Jesus Christ, I thank you for this day, for this is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. I thank you for my being able to see, and to hear, and to speak, and to feel, and to taste of Your good creation this day and every day.  I’m blessed because you are such a loving and such a forgiving God, and such an understanding and caring God.  You have done so much for me and yet you keep on blessing me.

Forgive me this day for everything I have ever done, or ever said or every thought that was not pleasing to you. I say I am so sorry.  I now repent and ask for your forgiveness.  Please keep me safe O God From all danger, hurt, and harm.  Help me to start this day and every day with a new attitude and plenty of gratitude.  Let me make the best of each and every day, to clear my mind so that I can hear from you. Please broaden my mind so that I can accept all things according to God’s Will.

Let me not whine and whimper over things I have no control over, for all things are working together for my good and God’s Glory.  And when I’m pushed beyond my limits, give me the best response, a response which says Alleluia, and Praise the Lord, and Thanks be unto the Most High God Almighty, I know that when I can’t pray, You listen to the prayer of my heart.
Continue to use me to do your will.  Continue to bless me so that I may be a blessing to others.  Keep me strong so that I may help the weak.  Keep me uplifted so that I may have Words of encouragement for the discouraged.

I pray for those that are lost and can’t find their way. That they come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, even through this Prayer I am now praying.  I pray for those that are misjudged, misguided, misused, and misunderstood.  I pray for those who don’t know you intimately.  I pray for those who will delete this prayer without sharing the Love of God with others.  I pray for those that don’t believe.  But I thank You that I do believe that God changes people and God changes things.  I pray for all my sisters and brothers, for each and every one of the family members in their households. I pray for peace, love, and joy in their homes; I pray that they are out of debt and that all their financial needs are met and they have more than enough to be a blessing to others.  I pray for every eye that reads and says this Prayer that they come to know that there is no problem, no circumstance, no situation that is greater than God, for God is greater than all, God is greater in all, God is greater through all, and God is greater upon all.  For God, the Most High God Almighty of all the Universes is truly the Greatest of All.

I pray for all my enemies, and those who have used me and abused me, and have lifted up their hands and their tongue against me. I now forgive them for all they have done. In Jesus Name, all my enemies are now forgiven, and I pray God forgiveness upon all my enemies, for they do know what they are doing, for I am a Child of God.  So every battle that I have ever encountered in my life is now in God’s Loving hands, for You, O God, fight all my battles for me.  I pray that these words will be believed, received and accepted into the hearts of every eye that sees them and every tongue that confesses them in name of Jesus Christ.  I pray believing, receiving and accepting God’s miracles in my life this day and every day, for God’s Divine favor is now my heritage, in Jesus name.  Amen and Amen! It is done! O’ Praise The Lord! Alleluia! God Bless You!

Just repeat the phrase below and see how God moves!
God I so love you and I need you. I confess that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the Living God, my Lord, my Savior, and my King, and I confess this day and every day that I am highly FAVORED by God and man.  Please come into my life, Lord Jesus Christ and change my heart now! Let’s take this Prayer around the World.

CONCENTRATE ON THIS:
“To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.  When God takes something from your grasp, he’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.  The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. Something good will happen to you today, something that you have been waiting for to hear.

Please repeat these 30 Words, ” Almighty Jesus Christ, my Everlasting Father, walk through my house and take away all my worries and illnesses, and please watch over and heal my family in Jesus name, Amen”.

His prayer is so powerful. Pass this to other people. Let’s take this Prayer around the world…..And watch what God does for you.

Prayer Request – Michael

Dear prayer warriors, please pray for Michael. He is 21, and is trying to overcome an addiction to heroin.  His mother is overcome with grief and fears she will lose her son to this terrible drug.  She is asking for pray for strength, peace, healing, and courage to stand up against the enemy and be there for her son.

Pray that God gives her peace and strength.  Pray that God places His saints around Michael so that he will know where true healing and peace strength comes from.  May God bless this family and restore them.  May God be glorified and may Michael be a living testimony to the grace and fullness of God, in Jesus’ mighty name!