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So Much to Thank Him For♥

Thank you to Lisa for not letting any of us forget this song! We learned this song together on the Sequester this month. When I saw this again, God brought a song into my heart. I have been singing this all night and my kids love it! Sometimes we just need to WORSHIP him! Worshipping God revives our soul!

Often times we ask, "why does God allow bad things to happen?" The real question is, "why does God allow the good things to happen?" We are undeserving of these things but God is good to us!! Let us remember to thank him for all the things he has done for us!





















A New Favorite Verse♥

I was reading my Bible last night before bed and I absolutely LOVE the chapter of John. I found this beautiful verse that stood out to me and I fell in love with it.I memorized it over and over again until it was engraved in my heart

"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." John 16:33

Everything that Jesus says sings to my heart. I feel hope, joy, peace and I find strength in him. This kind we cannot find anywhere else in the world.

Beautiful Reminder♥

Lord, we want this to work out but it is not up to us

and our plan. You have a plan for us and we have

faith that everything is going according to Your will♥

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Cracking Up!!*

I'm a Barbie Girl -------------I look like my MOM!
In a Barbie World!! ----------((SCREAM))

Hello, this is April O'Neil---------- Homer? Homer??
Reporting for the Ninja Turtles

(GASP) I love it!! --------------------In the Jungle,
------------------------------------The Mighty Jungle..

I'm Kelly Kapowsi in ---------*(vocalizes)* Oh Prince Eric!!
Saved by the Bell College Years!

Falling in Love with Him

I noticed that during the past few days, I have been SO busy! I have been staying up late and sleeping past my devotional times with the Lord. I am behind on reading the Bible and praying. Now I am finding myself too busy to spend time with God. It happens so easily! The world makes us so busy and time just seems to go by so fast. Soon we're too sleepy to finish a prayer and we tell God, "tomorrow, Lord, tomorrow."

Like every relationship we have, we need to spend quality time with that person. Husbands and wives need time alone to rekindle their love for each other. My two children need time alone with me individually. God also needs time alone with us like any relationship does. I want to apologize to God for being too busy for him.

God actually desires to have a relationship with us. It's amazing when we think about it... that the Almighty and All-powerful Creator of the Universe wants a relationship with us. He wants to be involved in our lives down to every tiny thing, to hear about our day, for us to come to him for help. I am in awe of him.

Why don't you let today be your day to fall in love with God all over again? He's the one we can fall in love with all over and over again. He never disappoints us. Let us seek after him and worship him today! Let's turn on some music, sing praises to him, medidate on a Bible verse today and say thank you Lord for everything beautiful you have made! If we do this, life will be so much better today. Guarateed.

"Hear, O LORD, and have mercy upon me: LORD, be thou my helper.
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness; To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever." Psalm 30:10-12

A Personal Decision

For those who know me, I was different when I was younger. I had more confidence, more innocence, more joy and I knew who I was. I tried changing myself so many times to please my husband that somewhere along the lines, I realized that I had lost my identity. I couldn't go back to where I was before because I had already changed so much. When he committed adultery, I lost all my self esteem. I was five months pregnant at that time I found out and I struggled because I felt even more unattractive with a gigantic stomach. I gave up on myself for two years and just felt like I didn't care anymore. I notice that I still don't. I just miss that feeling when I did. I was thinking yesterday that maybe I should try. For those who have lost their identities before, they know it's a long process. I want to start today.

A Fleeting Breath

With a sigh
We exhale
A breath of Air
And watch it all vanish away
Our life is a vapor
Quickly fleeting
Time escapes while we're sleeping

But for his children
We step from death into life
Mortality unto immortality
The end is only a beginning
At our last breath
We will wake up in his arms

We do not fear death
We do not fear the unknown
It has already been shown
Since the beginning of time
Heaven is our home
There we will shine brighter than the sun
There we will shine as bright as the son

by Charlene
**this poem is under copyright protection**

Take No Offense

I have discovered something recently that has broken my heart. I am very excited and serious at the same time when I share the word of God. I am heartbroken because so many of my good friends and many of those that are close to me take offense at the word of God. They are angry at what they hear and they are offended. They follow the world's doctrine, and they reject God's doctrine. It's hard for me to understand because I long for the word of God. I crave God's word. I feel like I have been so blind for a very long time while I was living in the world and I want to know more and more. I feel a great desire for God.

I found this story in the Bible that stayed with me for a very long time. Jesus experienced others taking offense by his word many times in the Bible. They sought to kill him many times. They beat him and spit on him. They crucified him. But this story is about people who say they are following Jesus, but then they turn around and walk away from him. I can't imagine that at all.

"Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father.

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?

Then Simon Peter answered him,

"Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." John 6:60-68

Jesus had MANY disciples following him. There was a LARGE crowd! Imagine Hollywood and the paparazzi! He was a HUGE deal and people from all over followed him. Jesus told the crowd that he was the bread of life and through him we may be saved. They started murmuring and could not accept it. Their hearts were hardened like the parable of the Harvest. They were offended by him and left. Jesus already knew since the beginning of the world who would leave him.

I adore Peter. He is my biblical hero. God picks on him the most in the Bible and he truly has a heart for the Lord. He was also the one who knew Jesus was the Christ, the messiah who was sent to save the world. When Jesus asked Peter if he would leave too, Peter said that "thou has the words of eternal life. We believe and are sure that thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God." There was no doubt and Peter was faithful even unto his death.

I want to be Jesus' disciple. I want to take up my cross and follow him. My heart breaks for those who refuse to accept Jesus, and I can only imagine yet how MUCH MORE his heart breaks for his own children that he loves. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, then you would accept what he tells us in the Bible. You will not take offense in his word if you have left your own ways to accept that whatever God's will may be, that it would be yours as well.

Have your way, oh Lord, have your way with my heart. Lord, have your way with my will. Have your way with my life. I will obey you. Let me be your vessel. Let me be your sanctuary. I am yours.

Follow Jesus

A Note from Me♥

Hi Everybody!

I do love writing devotionals. I think about it every day and seek after God to inspire me on what I should write about. However, this week has been incredibly difficult for me. I went through several things that caused me great anxiety. When I wrote the last devotional, I wasn't in the right mind and my heart wasn't in the right place. I felt very messy about what I wrote, so I deleted it.

I am in awe because God is a huge mystery to me. It seems like I keep going after him and there is yet new things I have never discovered about God before. I have been a Christian since I was 10 and I feel like I am finding him for the first time even after thirteen years. God has no limit! I try writing devotionals and just grasping what he is trying to tell me. I am just baffled at times.

I saw this verse (thanks Johnny) and it describes exactly what I am trying to say.

God said, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

The more we seek him, the further and further we get, and the more we realize that he is far beyond where we can ever reach. It's stunning!

I know I am rambling, but it is such a revelation to me! I had to share it with my dear families and friends. The reason why I absolutely love writing devotionals is because of this truth that God has promised,

"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Isaiah 55:11

God's word will sink into our hearts and take root. If I just spread his word across to as many people as I can, it will not return unto the Lord void. God's word does not leave him empty handed. If I can have a small part in that, I will rejoice!!!

Okay, I am zipping my mouth tonight! Love, Charlene♥ ((mwah))

I Seek Your Face

I absolutely love writing devotionals for AgMinistries.Org. I do feel unworthy, however. It is not the kind of task that someone should take and do their own way. Who am I to write devotionals? I need to seek God to lead my heart and tell me what to write about. I need to come to God in prayer and to seek his face. I need diligence to know where he is guiding me. If I try to do it my own way, then it is scrambled and confusing. I pray that God will write the devotionals for me and let me merely be his vessel. It is his words that bring life and bring forth good fruit. Not my own. I am not worthy at all. Whatever I write won't ever cover the depths of what God tells us. He tells us of a meaning that we can only seek spirtually, not logically. I pray that he will help me understand.

I Seek Your Face

Have a Little Faith in Me ~Jesus

Sometimes I find myself stressed and very worried. It eats away inside of me and I even have panic attacks when I allow myself to think about it for a long time. I feel so helpless and so small at times. I feel so lost. Then I remember my Savior, my sweet Jesus Christ. I can almost hear him say, "Charlene, have a little faith in me."

I know I should. The disciples also faced a scary situation when they were on the boat with Jesus. The winds were strong and violent, the waves were getting higher and the boat was rocking so hard that they were convinced they were all going to sink and drown! They cried out to Jesus, "help us! Don't you care that we're drowning?!" Jesus sighed, got up and rebuked the storm. Suddenly, everything was so still. Jesus turned to the disciples and told them that they had such little faith.

I feel like that a lot of the times. It seems like my problems are too big and too out of my control. They remind me of that big and scary storm. We forget that God is bigger than all of our problems! How little must our petty little problems seem to the Lord! He created the universe and everything in this world belongs to him. The disciples marveled and said, "who is he, for even the wind and the waves obey him!" And that's MY God!

I have to remember at times like these to give it all to God and just literally GIVE him my problems! How do we do that?? when we STOP worrying! Stop overthinking it! Stop stressing out! Some analyzing every little detail! Stop tossing and turning at night! S-T-O-P and put a smile in your face. God is in control! What a relief!!!

He leadeths me besides still waters and he restores my soul!

I have been learning something lately. I realize that I have been searching for someone but it was according to my book, not God's. I had my own list of standards and things I wanted in a man. My sister told me that it only shows how I don't trust that God will choose the right man for me. Only God knows what is best for me.

The Bible tells us to find a mate of an equal yoke. I know that God wants me to be with a Godly man when the time is right. A relationship can only succeed with God in the center of everything. I also have to learn to be patient because it is in God's time. In his time, he makes all things beautiful. God is never early or late, but he is always on time. If I rush to find someone now, it could all easily backfire.

God also holds my heart and he will lead me. As I am single now, it is my time to learn how I can be a Godly wife someday. It is also my time to be alone with God and to be closer to him. I have to be his sheep, not his mule! ;)

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