Upsy Daisy….Up you Go!

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my foes rejoice over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me. 3 O Lord, You brought my soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit. Psalm 30:1-3 NKJV

I’m sure you are familiar with the expression “upsy daisy”. It’s the phrase we use when we want to give encouragement to our children when they are learning to walk or when they’ve had a fall. It means “up you go”. When my own kids were little and learning to walk, I’d let them hold on to my fingers and I’d lead them along and as they’d start to fall, I’d help them and say, “upsy daisy”.

I think that God does the same with us. We go walking along in our Christian life and hit some bumps in the sidewalk or maybe we even fall into a big hole and God helps us up and says, “upsy daisy”. He brushes us off and tells us everything is going to be okay.

It’s not fun when we are down and we find and our lives turned upside down. It’s sometimes hard to see everything in the right perspective when we aren’t standing upright. But we have a God who cares about us and is there when we get down and He helps us up. There are some great examples in the bible of some people who had some “upsy daisy” moments.
Maybe you feel like your life has been turned over on its head and you are feeling the pressure of an “upsy daisy” moment. Just hold on. God knows you are down. He’s not far from you. I know it’s hard to be thankful for those “upsy daisy” moments in our lives but don’t you just love the fact that it is God that does the “upsy” part. It is Him that lifts us up. It may be through several circumstances that work together but God has His hand working in all of it.

There’s been many a moment that I’ve wondered why I’d been brought so low but those are the moments that I’ve seen God the closest and had to rely on His encouragement the most. If I just look around for Him and listen to His voice I know He’s there even when I’m down and I know I can get through anything when I have Him with me. God has that way of giving us His presence and saying, “upsy daisy”. It’s all going to be okay. You’ll get back on your feet again. Up you go!

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A Wonderful Woman In Christ…My Mom :)

There’s too much to say, and words fall short to say what’s in my heart for the amazing woman who brought me into the world, taught me all of the right things, listened, loved, and guided me any time I ever need it.  Mom is humble; she doesn’t brag about her own accomplishments. She is also patient, which is a quality that can be traced back to my childhood.  As a foolish child, I tested her patience in various ways.

The life she has lived before my family and me has displayed what an authentic “Godly woman” looks like. She loves others so selflessly by giving her time and abilities to those around her.  The lessons she has taught me over the years through displaying forgiveness, commitment and grace are more than I can count. I am forever grateful and proud for the Godly character she continues to radiate.

The words humble, loving and giving describe who my mom is in a nutshell. She is strong and persistent, because her life has been built on the “rock” of Christ. When the trials of life have challenged her faith, she stands firm by staying deeply in God’s word.

She is fun.  She can laugh at herself and laugh with others. She is my friend.  She is beautiful, clever, gentle and kind. My mother, a wonderful woman in Christ, her greatest lesson she taught us a kids — Live Your Life For Jesus.

I learned a lot from watching and just being around Mom. Her attitude about things and the way she handled herself in different situations. Mom has been a great role model for others and to my daughter. Mom is a special person in so many ways. The way she lives her life is a good example to follow.  She was, and still is, a mighty prayer warrior for her family. If I ever needed her to pray for me about any situation, she would and she always seemed to reach right up to heaven for me as she prayed.  She is a very special lady who deserves the very best in life. She is a great listener and wonderful friend. There is nothing she wouldn’t do for her children and grandchildren.  She has taught me that Jesus is the only way to true happiness in this life. She has also taught me that family is the most important thing and when no one else will stand up for you, your family will. She is my rock and I love her with all my heart.

Mom, I want to say thank you for being the best mother in the world and loving me with all your heart. I love you! Happy Mother’s Day

Proverbs 22:6 (NKJV)Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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What Has God Done For Me? My Grandmother

In moments of frustration, people will often make the comment, “What has God done for me?” There is the suggestion that God has done nothing for them. That God merely resides in Heaven, unwilling to come to those who call upon Him.

Without God, I am a rushing river without water. Without God, I am a bright ray of sunshine without the sun. Without God, I am a book without words. Without God, I am a daughter without a father. Without God, I am a student without a teacher. Without God, I am a cloud without a sky. Without God, I am a path without direction. Without God, I am nothing.

What has God done for me? My grandmother, she was a Christian woman and wrote in her journal daily.  She never said the words, “What has God done for me?” my grandmother example of a true Christian; her love and faith in God was unwavering.  My grandmother knew that without God, without Him, she was nothing. With God, she was something; she was a child of the King, who had received the promise of eternal life.

My grandmother’s undying faith in God saw her to the end of her journey and the beginning of an eternity without pain, without tears, and an eternity with a loving God.

What has God done for me? When I begin to ponder what God has done for me, I consider the example of my grandmother. Why did my grandmother have give such glory to God? Love! As great as my grandmother’s love for God, God’s love for her was greater. While faith may be the substance of things hoped for love is most certainly the spark that causes faith to burn brightly. My grandmother’s love for God gave her the unfaltering faith that God would be faithful to her and that His love would be sufficient for all things. Faith that God’s perfect will is always fulfilled, whatever the struggle. Faith that God’s love will never falter whatever the struggle. Faith that God will never leave our side, whatever the size of the opponent. Faith that God is all-powerful, whatever the strength of the opponent. Faith in the love of God for us, whatever befalls us. With God in our lives, faith is undying. Without Him, faith dies. 

What has God done for me? God has loved me and, like my grandmother, it is enough.

Hebrews 11:1 (NKJV) (By Faith We Understand) 11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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Topsy-turvy faith? Allow God to Turn it Around

Your spiritual journey isn’t a straight path to flawless faith; it’s a winding path that sometimes takes you through significant struggles. You want to believe, but doubt stands in your way. Don’t get discouraged you can rest assured that God will somehow take care of you. Here’s how you can trust God to make something beautiful out of your topsy-turvy faith.  Remember that your mistakes don’t define you, and neither do your good works. Only God’s love for you – and how you respond to it – determines your destiny.

Imperfections What kind of imperfect attitudes and behaviors do you notice?  We need to become aware of our imperfections, pray for God to help us in this area of your life.

Pray  No matter what’s going on in your life, it’s critical to make time for prayer. Pray even when you don’t feel like it, because prayer fuels your faith. Don’t get discouraged when God doesn’t answer your prayers in the ways you’d hoped He would. Keep trusting Him.

Stop judging Don’t judge others who are struggling with their own messes in life. Ask yourself why you’re judging? Having the courage to explore these hard questions will help you grow in your faith.

The value of brokenness God accepts and redeems your brokenness, and when you trust Him, He’ll take the pieces of your life and put them together in ways that will make you stronger. Accept the love He offers you.

Trust that God will take care of you  Even with all of life’s uncertainties, you can rest assured that God will somehow take care of you.  All God asks is that you keep moving forward with Him, trusting Him to lead you in the right direction day by day. Remember God’s promises to take care of you.

Forgive God has forgiven you often, and He calls you to forgive others who’ve hurt you and yourself for your own mistakes

Break free of addictions Look beyond the symptoms of whatever addictions you might be struggling with – drinking, smoking, engaging in unhealthy sexual relationships, working too much, eating too much, watching too much television, etc. –Realize that only God – not anything you’re addicted to – can truly fulfill you. Practice relying on God as your ultimate source for everything you need day by day and even moment by moment, and your ability to trust Him will grow.

Know that God is enough Place your confidence in God, despite His intangibility and invisibility. Rest in His presence rather than relying on things or people that can’t ultimately deliver the help you need in life. Stay connected to God through prayer on a regular basis, since that will give you the peace you need to know that He truly is enough for all you need.

Look for treasures in the darkness Whenever you experience dark times in your life, remember that it’s often through those times that your faith is authenticated.  Ask God to shine His light into your darkness to give you hope and guide you toward His purposes for you. Use what you learn during your times of darkness to encourage others in their own dark times. Trust God to transform your darkness into light that shines in ways you’ve never imagined possible.

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Hope Deferred Makes the Heart Sick

Proverbs 13:12 (NIV) 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.

Hope is something incredibly important that we must hold onto. Pray that you are never in the place where you can not see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Hope is a funny thing. We are often told not to get our hopes up, for fear that we get disappointed. The Bible says that hope deferred makes the heart sick.

There are mothers who are looking for peace and comfort while finding themselves in the midst of a storm. There are father’s who are in deep despair; trying to figure out how to provide for their families; physically, spiritually and/or emotionally. Family members who are asking everyone they know to pray for their loved ones.

One thing that everyone needs is hope. Hope allows people in distress to hang on and continue to press forward. Hope allows parents to maintain the mental strength when they see their children suffer. Hope allows individuals who cannot see the light of the tunnel to find some level of peace in the darkness around them.  It is important to understand that hope is a blessing we have through our relationship with the Father.

Continue to Take God at His Word – When we spend time in God’s Word, reading about the historical accounts of God working through the lives of His people, it will give us a great sense of hope, strength, and peace for our lives.

Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Continue to be Patient and Believe  Once we grasp this understanding, waiting for our perfect God to work and act in His perfect time not only enables us to wait patiently, but it also allows us to wait confidently.

Continue to give God Praise for Everything! Can thanking God be the secret to not losing hope? Can simply waking up each day and saying, ‘thank you, Lord, for the morning’ be the missing piece that so many of us miss?

May we never lose hope in times of deep despair but always look to His Word, His Son, and Believe.  Always Run the race with Jesus and Run to the loving arms of God!!!

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Happy Heart

Happy Heart…Is a Testimony of God’s Love

The face is like a mirror of heart. When your spirit is filled with love for God, your light will shine in this world. That is why God commanded us, “Live in this world as a light and salt.” When your spirit, heart, body is in the same mood, it is a good sign for your spiritual health.

When you do something that you really like, it is not an obligation, but a joy itself. It influences your spirit, heart, body and health. When God speaks to you through Holy Spirit in your heart, you will realize what Our God wants and what you want. When a person does something unwillingly with an obligation, it becomes a burden.

God created people beautifully. God gave each person each gift. When a person’s action accords with this gift from God, it is happiness. You need not envy others. There are some people who can find their gifts in their earlier days. There are some people who can find their talents slowly.

This circumstance, time and place are God’s gifts. When we use them according to God’s purpose, it will bear a good fruit in the LORD. After we use 24 hours of today, God gives us hope of tomorrow. I realized that God fed our hearts when we felt empty in our hearts. When God provides His precious spiritual gift in front of our eyes, we receive it with our gratitude.

When our lives are filled with spiritual gift, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, our faces express happiness naturally in the LORD. Others feel this beautiful fragrance. I pray that our daily lives are the testimony of God’s love.

Proverbs 15:13 (KJV)13A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

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Spiritually Homeless without Jesus

Homelessness Solution Begins with Compassion…Remember, We are all spiritually homeless without Jesus Christ

Bringing God’s word to the homeless, the hungry and other “invisible” people in our midst.  Get Involved…Involve yourself…Involve your church…Involve others…Help…Pray!

Joshua House Homeless Ministry aims to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of the homeless on the streets of Delmarva.  Thousands of people, here on Delmarva, are living in shelters or on the streets relying on local food ministries to survive. My father Pastor Chuck Reynolds searches under bridges, woods, and abandoned buildings, to give these people food and basic supplies needed to survive.

One of the many things I have learned from my father, there is no simple one size fits all solution to homelessness but a solution begins with compassion that literally means “to suffer with” and just show them love. He truly stays faithful to the cause.  He has been working with the homeless for over 10 years; during this time he has tried to meet the physical needs as well as the spiritual needs of the homeless on the street. 

Too often people forget about the homeless during the spring and summer months, but the reality persists despite the climate. I want people to be aware of the needs of the homeless. The seasons change how people operate and their ability to live safely. I hope to raise awareness. And if you don’t know, just ask what you can do to help.  We can do better by the homeless by meeting them were they are at, show them love and compassion and help them to survive.

I  Thank God for the mild winter and those who help this ministry to survive with generous donations.  I alsothank God for the shield of protection he puts over my father and his kind and loving heart.

Love you dad

Remember, We are all spiritually homeless without Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 58:10-11 (KJV)10And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: 11And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

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Give it ALL to God

 

We can rest in the boat with Jesus relaxing in His love…Give it ALL to God

John 14:27 (KJV)27Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

I find my blessing everywhere I look. I Thank God every day for what I have in my children, my family, my friends and for my many blessing. For a while I could only think about what I didn’t have. I started reading the Bible and started a journal, I had to turn somewhere and that is where I turned to. I am so glad I did! I understand now that I am not suppose to worry about the things I was, I put it in Gods hands and let him lead me to where I am suppose to be. Of course you have to put effort into it , you have to do your part too. And you have to trust in Him to bring forth what you need. You will feel soooo much more at peace. I am not going to stress anymore, because in the end, as long as I do my part, he will come through for me. So, if anyone reading this is stressing over anything, remember to put it in Gods hands.

When we take things into our hands we forfeit the blessing of God, we are no different from the world (which does not know God) and we open the door to all kinds of evil and problems. When we put things in God’s hands we can enter into His rest, live in His peace, receive His joy and He is able to settle things both inside us and outside of us. The more we realize that God is much better at handling things than we are the better off we will be in every aspect of our lives. When we try to take things into our hands, we take things out of God’s hands. Many times people wonder why God is not doing anything. Sometimes God is saying, “Why don’t you give it over to me and let me handle it?”  God has given us the grace to let things go. We should never underestimate the power of our prayers and our ability to speak life into situations and people. We can rest in the boat with Jesus relaxing in His love. He settles things both inside our hearts and brings quiet to the outside trials. Count it all joy when you enter into various trials. Our faith is made pure as gold in these times.  His promises never fail.

Do you need more energy to run your race? Is your strength depleted? Drop to your knees and spend some one-on-one time with God. Get to know Him better and see if He doesn’t bring you more inner strength.

Jeremiah 17:5(KJV) 5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

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