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    by Cecelia Lester

July 3, 2020

Sing to the LORD a new song.

Sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Sing to the LORD. Praise his name,

Proclaim his salvation, day after day.

Psalm 96:1 (NIV)

After having our church closed for three months due to COVID, we have met for worship three Sundays. One of the restrictions we had to abide by was that we could not sing as a congregation. This was tough for a few people to accept. Those who were able to contain themselves for the sake of meeting together really felt constrained. This next Sunday, July 5,2020, we will be able to sing. This brought a…  ( Click for more )

June 26, 2020

So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God, I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

This is God’s message to His people through Isaiah.

Do not fear

This message is recorded in God’s word 365 times. This tells me God wants us to understand it.

I am with you

God stands beside each of us, His children, whatever we face in our lives.

do not be dismayed

We must not be saddened by the events of the world or by tragedies of a personal nature. …  ( Click for more )

Praise the LORD, O my soul and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desire with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. Psalm 103:2-5 (NIV)

David penned these words of praise. With these words, He reminds us of the wonderful gifts the LORD bestows on us, His children.

forgives all your sins

God, our Father covers our sin with His grace, mercy, and love. All we must do is ask.

heals all…  ( Click for more )

June 12, 2020

Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (NIV)

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, taught, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.” How does that work out in 2020?

We wonder about where we stand with God as we try to adhere to the COVID-19 restrictions placed on our lives. We see people going full force with ‘getting back to normal’. In some instances, we see social distancing taking a back seat to going to the ice cream parlor or to get a snow cone. All those who protest in the city streets who seem to…  ( Click for more )

June 5, 2020

But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. Psalm 66:19-20 (ESV)

But truly God has listened

Have we ever had times when we KNEW God listened to our prayers? Didn’t we feel thankful for His acting on our requests?

he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

Have we realized that God pays attention to even the smallest prayer request we present to Him? No need we have is too small for God to act upon or too small to bother Him…  ( Click for more )

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12 (NIV)

Be joyful

Joyful means what it says-full of joy. Some would say that to be joyful means just that and nothing more. When we believe in Christ, we invite Him into our hearts, we give Him all our grievances and our sadness.

In hope-

In the New Testament, hope means the expectation of good. Presently, the world needs to have hope to survive the Coronavirus pandemic. Our hope is in Christ. He will guide us through this…  ( Click for more )

This, then, is how you should pray

Matthew 6:9 (NIV)

When we are asked to pray about a request for a friend and that request causes us great concern. How do we pray? Do we pray as that person asks?

Several years ago, I was asked to pray for a family who had lost their son because of domestic violence. A friend knew this family. The perpetrator was caught and faced trial. During the trial, another friend asked me to pray for the perpetrator, the wife of the deceased man. My second friend was acquainted with some of the wife’s family through where she worked.…  ( Click for more )

This is a repeat of an older post, with an additional thought or two.

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 (ESV)

Due to some concerns and anxieties that some of my friends and I have experienced, I found myself fretting over some issues I could not completely put out of my mind. I remembered this scripture and studied it again. Please bear with me as I explain what it means to me.

Humble yourselves--when we…  ( Click for more )

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:1 (NIV)

What does Jesus mean when He says this?

I know a woman and two of her sisters who are poor by the standards of society, but I have heard of this Christian woman going out of her way to help others who had less. I also witnessed this same Christian woman console one of her sisters at a memorial service for one of their brothers.

I read of a Christian speaker and author tell of preparing to speak at a writer’s conference as he recovered…  ( Click for more )

May 1, 2020

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters. Psalm 23:1-2(NIV)

David tells us here that God is his protector, his guide, his source of food.

A shepherd keeps his flock safe from danger.

He gently guides them from one area to another. He leads his charges to areas that have food and water enough for them. The sheep in the flock learn to trust their shepherd. They rely on him for all their needs.

God fills these same roles for us. He protects us from danger. He guides…  ( Click for more )

April 24, 2020

As a part of my Lenten devotions in 2019, I studied Psalm 51. I have gained some insights into this chapter. Below are the thoughts that came to me. This post covers verses 1 through 6.

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love;

David pleads with God for mercy- God’s love that he and we don’t deserve. He asks this not because he believes he deserves it but because of God’s great love for His children.

according to your abundant mercy

blot out my transgressions.

David asks, even begs, God to remove his sins…  ( Click for more )

April 17, 2020

On a recent night, as I watched the news, I heard of a coach in a nearby town and his plan of keeping his team members in shape during the Coronavirus restrictions. What he did was create a Bingo-type board with certain actions to keep the players in shape and to help them not to become bored. This set me to thinking. Why couldn’t I create something similar for Christians to help them buoy their faith. This is what I came up with.

The next morning, I awoke in a very dark spot emotionally. I remembered this project and decided to continue it to completion. It helped…  ( Click for more )

Abba, Father, everything is possible for you.

Take this cup from me.

Yet not what I will, but what you will.

Mark 14:36 (NIV)

Jesus is in the garden of Gethsemane. He separated Himself from the disciples. He chose to humble Himself and seek His Father’s will.

Jesus did not think of Himself. He turned to God and relinquished His control over the events that lay before Him. He did that for you and me, so we could be in heaven with Him when He calls us home.

In our lives we must remember that we are not the ones in control of our lives. Yes,…  ( Click for more )

April 3, 2020

One In The Spirit And In Purpose

If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ,

if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Holy Spirit,

if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete

by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.

Philippians 2:1 (NIV)

Paul writes to the Philippians, he encourages them to look into their hearts and consider their stance with Christ. He points out that they should receive a building up, an empowerment, from being in His presence. The apostle…  ( Click for more )

March 27, 2020

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Come

Jesus invites a certain group of people to spend time with Him.

All

Our Savior makes no distinction of who can enter His presence. He invites each of His children to converse with Him, to “hang out with Him.”

who are weary and burdened.

Jesus extends his invitation, not to those who “have it all together,” but to those who are bone tired and are consumed by fears and the weight of their world.

Each of us,…  ( Click for more )

March 27, 2020

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest

Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

Come

Jesus invites a certain group of people to spend time with Him.

All

Our Savior makes no distinction of who can enter His presence. He invites each of His children to converse with Him, to “hang out with Him.”

who are weary and burdened.

Jesus extends his invitation, not to those who “have it all together,” but to those who are bone tired and are consumed by fears and the weight of their world.

Each of us,…  ( Click for more )

March 20, 2020

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 (NIV)

With these words, Jesus makes His position very plain. He ‘spells it out’ for the disciples and for us.

I am

Jesus speaks here in the present tense. Please notice what he says. He didn’t say, “I will be.” Or “My Father will make me.”

the way

What Jesus says here is basic to his purpose for being on earth. That purpose is to show us how-to live-in order to be able to enter heaven and spend eternity with Him.

God…  ( Click for more )

March 13, 2020

Jesus, The Guilt Offering

“Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.” Isaiah 53:10 (NIV)

God had to allow His Son to die such a painful death and put Jesus through the suffering of the Cross. The religious leaders of the people of Israel wouldn’t listen to Him. The Father used the Son as an offering to absolve the people’s guilt. Jesus was the…  ( Click for more )

March 6, 2020

Silent before His Accusers

“He was oppressed and afflicted and yet did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.” Isaiah 53:7 (NIV)

Jesus, the man, must have felt as if he were backed into a corner by the religious authorities. The religious leaders tossed Him back and forth between them. Our Master didn’t say anything in His defense. I believe God chose this path for His Son. The Father controlled the happening, the people and the contributing…  ( Click for more )

February 28, 2020

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor heights nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 (ESV)

The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the believers at Rome. I find comfort in these thoughts.

I believe Paul is saying that God loves His children unconditionally. Conversely, we are the ones who put conditions on how we feel about someone.

When we walk with Jesus, we learn to request that…  ( Click for more )

February 21, 2020

For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100:5 (NIV)

Do you remember this children’s table grace?

God is great, God is good

And we thank Him for our food.

By His hand, we are fed.

Thank You, God, for our daily bread.

God loves each…  ( Click for more )

February 14, 2020

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what tomorrow may bring. Proverbs 27:1 (ESV)

King Solomon gives us sage advice in these 13 words. This bears repeating: He gives us sage advice here.

When we plan our days, we should consider that God could take our lives in a different direction. He may have completely different plans for us.

A friend of mine has a major change of any plans she may have had when her daughter was taken to the hospital on Christmas night. The daughter was transferred to another hospital and then to another one.…  ( Click for more )

February 7, 2020

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

Proverbs 21:30-31 (NIV)

This passage speaks of our need to consult God with our plans and goals.

There is no wisdom,

Wisdom is a gift from God. His Word, the Bible leads us to live rightly, have right relationships, and make right decisions. 1

no insight,

God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight. (1 Kings 4:29) His understanding could not be measured. He had more insight and wisdom that anyone of that time.

no plan,

In our lives, plans get altered.…  ( Click for more )

January 31, 2020

Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices,

My body also will rest secure,

Because you will not abandon me to the grave,

Nor will you let your Holy One see decay.

You have made known to me the path of life,

You will fill me with joy in your presence,

With eternal presence at your right hand.”

Psalm 16:7-11(NIV)

“Therefore, my heart is glad, and my tongue rejoices,”

David was relieved of the burdens his heart and he gave praise to God for what He did. When God takes away a burden do we give praise…  ( Click for more )

January 24, 2020

“I will praise the Lord, who gives me counsel;

Even at night my heart instructs me.

I have set the Lord always before me.

Because he is always at my right hand,

I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:7-8

David penned these words. I find comfort in them.

“I will praise the Lord, who counsels me. . .”

He tells us he praises the Lord and the Lord guides him. Do we praise the Lord enough?

This time of year, my praises to God are for our warm home, its strong roof and warm clothes.

“even at night…  ( Click for more )

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