Enough

Growing up we didn’t have much of the finer things, and I learned what sacrifice was. Sometimes when we are given much, we don’t appreciate things.

My parents taught me that little is much. I learned it was the “little things “ that count most in our lives.

So I am wishing (and praying) all my friends and family have just enough to make them humble and appreciate the good in their lives. Things like laughter, peace, joy, a nice fire in the fireplace, togetherness with family and friends….these things can’t be bought with money, only felt from the heart—The true meaning of Christmas.

So, for the parents out there who are struggling and worrying because they don’t have the money to buy a lot of “things” for their children….give them the things that can’t be bought. Love. They are gonna be just fine!

Looking back, growing up, I can remember very few of the Christmas presents that I received. It was the “togetherness and love” that I remember the most. Teach your children that, not the love of things, and they will be just fine! And they will be the better for it! God Bless each of you this season! I pray you have “ENOUGH.”

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Counting my Blessings, Naming them One by One

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I woke up today with a blessing in my heart! It was the beginning of the year in 1996. My doctor announced that I was going to have a baby, but I was also given the news that I had cervical cancer stage 3. I was given a choice. Do something now or wait till my baby girl was born and have surgery. I chose life, even though I may have lost my own. My church prayed for me. A little after Chelsea was born, I had the surgery. They were able to remove all the cancer…My baby girl turned 22 this year! So, yes I am doing like this song says, I am counting EVERY blessing, letting go and trusting when I cannot see! Hope the song blesses you. Take the time to NAME those blessings, one by one! Have a Happy Thanksgiving week!

Bravely Seated

She attends church by herself. Every Sunday morning. Every Sunday night. Every Wednesday night. With the diligence a mail carrier models, she treks through the days, and shoulders through the rain, sleet and snow, into her fierce trials and disappointments.

There was a time–previously in her fond memories–where they all stood as a family, on the old familiar pew. Together was once a feeling of familiarity and comfort. Even though her circumstances have changed, somehow she knows she isn’t truly alone.

Bravely, she takes a seat, hands clasped, fingers locked tight with her promises. “God has seen his ways, and will heal him”….”They will come again to their own border….”

And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.” Jeremiah 31:17

Seated together. Hope. Promises. God. She is not alone.

Pic credits to covenantheirs.org

Treasures of Darkness

My heart is anxious. I feel like a fish out of water. Like I’m walking in a dark place without the lights on, stumbling over objects I cannot see. I don’t know where I’m going or which direction to turn.

Is that your thoughts today, my friend? In the shadows low in the valley? In that dark place where you feel you are totally out of control. You can’t see where you are going. You jump at every noise, because your heart is gripped with fear.  Absolutely no one, wants to feel their feet crunching in the gravel here!

In this strange place, your emotions are magnified. You cry or get angry at the drop of a hat. You feel lost.

You are more vulnerable to the enemy’s deceptive devises. He slips in and plants negative thoughts. He pulls back the bow and hits the bull’s eye, attacking your mind.

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” ‭‭II Tim. 1:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I John‬ ‭4:18‬ ‭KJV‬‬

You feel weak and discouragedweary in well-doing. The trial takes a toll on your emotions, especially, but can affect your physical health, as well. You are stressed. Oppressed. Depressed.

That is a place where suicidal thoughts are birthed. Never give in to those thoughts, NO MATTER WHAT! There is never a problem that is worth giving in to the enemy, losing your soul!

You don’t know what to do. So, WHAT DO you DO?

  1. P.U.S.H. (Pray until something happens) Talk to Him as if He were a friend, sitting next to you in a chair. Tell Him how you feel. Negative feelings and all! Your secrets are safe with Him! He understands.
  2. ABSORB yourself in the Word of God. That Word that you read will abide in you. HE is the Word, after all!
  3. Seek FELLOWSHIP. Do not isolate yourself! You have heard the old cliche before. No man is an island. You need your brother or sister in Christ. They can encourage and pick you up when you are down.
  4. FAST. Sometimes this is the only way to get a breakthrough. Flesh is stubborn and wants what it wants. Doing without the things you love, mainly food, can lead you out of that spiritual famine. Follow after the Spirit. Listen for His VOICE and leading.
  5. FIND MOTIVATION from any positive source you can find, in line with scripture. Devotions are a great place to start.
  6. BELIEVE in God’s love. Hold on to the fact that He loves you, even though He is allowing this to come upon you.
  7. HOPE in God and His Promises! He has a wonderful outcome waiting for you, at the end of this trial.
  8. KEEP YOUR FAITH! We are instructed to keep the faith, if we are to win this race.
  9. LAUGH and REJOICE. Find ways to see the humorous side of life. Watch a humorous YouTube video. Read a funny book. Watch a clean comedy video. I personally thought Mom’s Night Out was hilarious! You know what makes YOU laugh.
  10. WORSHIP and PRAISE. In the comfort of your home, you can play worshipful music and, yes, worship your God, because He loves your attention! The Bible is full of ways to worship. Psalms says to make a joyful noise. Sing along to the music, praise Him for His mighty acts! Raise your hands to Him in surrender. Cry. Your tears are worship. Tell Him how much you adore Him! When you have lost your joy, the Word says leap for it! Clap. Nothing makes God nervous! He loves for His children to spend time with Him.

God is good! This fact will always remain in every circumstance. He will bring you out of this valley. Fear not! Because He is with you!

Before you know it, you will be dancing to a new tune! Your thoughts will begin to turn around.

My heart is overjoyed! I feel at home in my skin, because Jesus abides in me! I’m walking in a new place. He is doing a new thing in me. I walk in His Light! I have a sure foundation. I am seeking first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added to me! 🙏🙌💃👏🎶👑

And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. Isaiah 45:3

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You’re Going to Make It Through This!

And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. – Philippians 1:6

I am sure, my friend. You’re gonna be ok. YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IT!

After wearily climbing into bed for an attempted mid-Sunday afternoon nap, I stared down at the beige carpet by my bedside, trying to shut down my thoughts.

It seems the more I try not to think, the more I begin to think. And so my brain kicked into over-drive.

How many times have I knelt right here, through the years? It’s a thousand wonders this carpet isn’t thread-bare.

I’ve fought many battles right here. Knapsacks of heavy burdens were unloaded here. Struggles let go to God. Flesh put back in its place, answers found. Worry shut it’s mouth right here on this carpet–every care-taken to the Cross–right here on my knees.

And it seemed each and every time, I thought this was the end. That I had been defeated. Every time I fell down here. That I could never make it through THIS trial.

But somehow, as sure as the morn dawns every day, by the time I prayed it out, peace was found here. Enemy had to flee. Strongholds were broken. I made it through.

Someone needs to know, you will get through this! It may feel like the enemy has taken every strand of dignity from you. Your marriage, your children, your job, your health, your confidence, your financial stability, your sanity. But you’re gonna be ok!

It’s all lies the enemy has sent to disable you from your fight of faith. He’s the one who told you that you could not make it. To give up the fight. You will never see your family come into God’s kingdom. They are too far gone. That voice was NOT from God!

That ole slew foot will try to bully you with fear. He will fill your mind with questions and even doubting that if God really loved you, He never would have put this on you in the first place.

Face your fears. Face every one of them head on. You have a shield of faith that thwarts every fiery dart that the enemy hurls at you.

Someone once told me to hold on to my faith. Not to let it go. I confess, I didn’t understand at the time, what that actually meant. But I learned the lesson soon enough. OUR FAITH…That is what the enemy is really out to get. I know there are lots of things he has already stolen from you, but if he can get your faith, he knows he is well on his way to defeating YOU.

Hebrews 10:35-39 your faith will SAVE you.

So, I am passing along the advice–Hold on to your faith! Don’t let it go! You will come forth as gold! You will make it through. You will be ok.

–Your carpet still has a little tread left.

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This is the Stuff

After checking my Facebook this morning, I was reminded of a memory that I hadn’t thought of in a while. So I am sharing. (Sorry for the blog overload in the past few days. I have simply been moving some of my Notes from Facebook to my blog here on Heart Tokens.)

* (Shared from my October 28, 2014 fb post)

I can’t get this song out of my head after a morning like today. I admit sometimes I take prayer and God’s protection for granted. Before driving many times I ask God to put a hedge around my children and my car.

This morning I felt the need to do this. I just had a feeling. I even took my grandson in my arms and prayed for him before we left. I prayed a hedge over him. After coffee, reading my devotion, Bible verse, and praying, my oldest daughter and I were on the way to take my grandson to the doctor.

We had been following behind an 18 wheeler in the westbound lane of a two-lane highway. While waiting patiently for a chance to pass, a service work truck going in the opposite direction, moved past us eastbound.

As the unexpected happened, it felt like I was viewing everything in slow motion. The tire of the work truck slung a baseball-sized concrete rock into my side of the windshield, sending shattered glass into my lap, all over me, except for my face.

By the grace of God, the rock did not come straight through the windshield! It would have been aimed at my head!!!

No one was hurt. My grandson slept through it all, even though it sounded like we had been shot!

Cars and windshields can be replaced. I am finding more and more every day, those things are unimportant. Thank you Jesus for answered prayer and Your loving protection!!!

🎶I’ve got a new appreciation

It’s not the end of the world…This is the stuff that drives me crazy..In the middle of my little mess

I forget how big I’m blessed

But I’ve gotta trust You know exactly what You’re doing. Might not be what I would choose, but this the stuff You use.🎶~Lyrics by: Francesca Battistelli

You Have Done it Unto Me

 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Verse 36-Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Verse 37-Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? Verse 38-When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, clothed thee? Verse 39-Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?  Matthew 25:34-39

As Christians, we have pretty much done most of these things for others right? I don’t think anyone would willfully neglect feeding the hungry or even mind giving clothing to the needy. We have visited the sick in hospitals, the shut-ins, and nursing homes. Opened doors, for instance,  for complete strangers and even given up our seats for an elder, among other thoughtful deeds.

So those things don’t bother us much right? Because we don’t put ourselves in the category of those who failed to do those things the scriptures name.

But then along comes verse 40-“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

I have to admit, I had to put on my “thinking cap” and contemplate long and hard on that last scripture. What does the word represent? Here are a few synonyms–minutest, smallest, tiniest, trivial, minimum, fewest, slightest.

The word “trivial” personally stands out. It simply means insignificant, small, unimportant; of little value; ordinary.

After I pondered some more, a question popped into mind: How do we treat those who seem unimportant or ordinary to us?

I will go a step further–How do we treat others who aren’t as smart as we are or as quick as we are? Do we treat them with respect? Practice the Golden Rule, or do we talk over them?…Maybe even pronounce our words very slowly in hopes that they will “get it?”

Are we the ones guilty of talking behind their backs, telling blonde jokes or showing just how much more superior we are to their intellect? How about someone who isn’t as pretty or has a physical or mental impairment?

I guess this subject wouldn’t bother me quite as much, if I didn’t happen to be on the receiving end sometimes with my own weaknesses.

When I find myself running low in patience for my fellow man, I try to remember how many times God has shown me mercy when I didn’t deserve it. How He has time and time again forgiven me for my many failures, faults and weaknesses. Someone once said, “To know mercy is to show mercy.”

When I am tempted to point out someone else’s faults, God ALWAYS shows me my own. And let me tell you, they are many! I am not ashamed to admit it. And those of you who know me well, would probably testify to this and utter a great big amen!

When God reminds me of how terribly weak I am, He shows me how much more stronger He is. That I can do ALL things in Christ that strengthens me. (maybe not as quickly or as perfect as others)

And that He is love. If we are to truly be like Christ, we are to LOVE others as we love ourselves. Do unto others as we would ourselves.

No one prefers to be treated as if he or she is stupid, incapable or incompetent. We are all imperfect.

Our true character reveals itself in how we TREAT others. That stings, I know! We don’t always get it right. We have off-days when our flesh, emotions and moods get the best of us. And there are days when we are completely covered in spiritual bandaids, whether we are the wounded or the wounder.

How do we get it right? We keep praying. We also have Christ as our example. We should follow in His footsteps. He showed respect, patience, kindness and love to all walks of life wherever He went. Even Jesus prayed while He was in the flesh.

How we behave towards our fellow man, whether good or bad, we do it to God Himself. The blunt reality of this should sink in and definitely keep us all on our toes, minding our p’s and q’s more often!

I don’t know about you friend, but I’m a work in progress! I’m still on the construction site. I may be bull-dozing through my imperfections, but at least I’m still wearing my construction hat. I haven’t thrown it down and quit yet. He’s absolutely, positively still working on me, without a doubt! 🙌🙏

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