Sunday, February 18, 2018

TRUST #6: Trust God's Decision on Leaders

Tomorrow is President's Day, a federal holiday here in the United States. While it is normally a day to remember our first elected president (Washington), and also our 16th President (Lincoln), it is also a time to reflect on ALL of our presidents (including our current one).

I don't discuss politics much because... well...  I just don't like it. Its just not an interest of mine. However, I do believe it is important to be respectful to the leaders we have in place, even if I don't agree with what they do. According to Romans 13:1, those who are in leadership are there ONLY because God instituted it. Yes, I did my part and I voted for who I thought would be the better leader. We all NEED to do our part. However, ultimately, I know the person who wins each election wins it because that is who GOD wants to have in office. 

So, even if the leaders in place completely destroy our country, I choose to TRUST that, yes, GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL. Our country may end up lying in ruins - and in some ways it already is - but I believe my God has a plan, and He is using each situation to accomplish that plan. 

So, what do we do when things aren't going the way we want, or the way we think they should go? Pray. Pray for the president and for those who give him counsel. Pray for him to have wisdom in leading our country to the best of his ability. Pray for him to accomplish the plans the Lord has laid out for him to do. Then, TRUST that even in the chaos God's got it all under control.  



Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good
TRUST #4:  Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past  

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

SPECIAL GIVEAWAY: "Whole Heart" Worship Music CD

I enjoy listening to worship music, when I'm in the right mood for it. I love Lauren Daigle, Matt Redman, Chris Tomlin, etc. So, when I was given the opportunity to listen to a new worship CD from Passion Music, I took it.

From what I've been told, Passion Music is "rooted out of the Passion movement, and is committed to leading people towards renewed intimacy with God and fresh encounters of worship." It includes a group of worship artists who sing together at live Passion Conferences, such as Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran, Melodie Malone, Crowder, and Matt Redman.

The most recent Passion Conference was held in Atlanta, Georgia, which birthed the new live album WHOLE HEART. I have been listening to a digital version of this music while I work on my laptop and have been enjoying it. I will also be receiving a physical copy of the CD later in March, which I'm looking forward to.

And, guess what?! I have the option to give away another copy of the CD to someone who follows my blog! Back in October, I said I was going to stop doing giveaways but, as I've thought about it more, I decided I would still like to offer a few giveaways throughout the year, in order to bless some of my readers. But I'm going to be handling them differently than before - no more online forms that collect personal information.

For THIS specific giveaway, if you want to be entered into the random drawing, all you need to do is be sure you are following "He Holds My Right Hand MINISTRIES" on Facebook. Just hit the "like" button on the page when you are signed into Facebook (or, there is a LIKE button on the left side of this blog, if you choose to use that). If you are already following the page, then you don't need to do anything. You are already entered! 

Next Wednesday, February 21st (no sooner than 8:00 p.m. Central Time), I will assign a number to each follower of "He Holds My Right Hand MINISTRIES," then use Random.org to choose a number for me. If your name is chosen, I will contact you via a private Facebook message, and you will have 48 hours to respond. If no response, I will choose another number. NOTE: Giveaways are open to continental U.S. residents only.

The new WHOLE HEART digital album will be released on February 23rd. Here is the link where you can purchase at that time: PASSION:  WHOLE HEART. The physical CD will be available in March.

Here's a quote from the Passion website:

Passion is more than music.
More than events.
Passion is a generation living for His name.

Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

TRUST #5: Trust in God's Love for You


As Valentine's Day approaches, allow me to share with you 15 verses about the best kind of love there is - GOD'S LOVE. 

When you doubt God's love for you, read over these verses and TRUST that His steadfast (firm, unwavering) love for you is abounding (much, many, great), and will endure forever.

Nehemiah 9:17 (ESV) - ...but you are a God ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love...

Psalm 36:5 - Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. 

Psalm 63:3 - Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.  

Psalm 86:15 - But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.  

Psalm 107:8 - Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! 
Psalm 119:64 The earth, O LORD, is full of your steadfast love; teach me your statutes!
1 Chronicles 16:34 - Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!  
Song of Solomon 2:4 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 13:34 - A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.

Romans 5:8 - But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Galatians 2:20 - I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Ephesian 5:2 - And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
1 John 3:1 - See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God;
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.


Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good
TRUST #4:  Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past

Sunday, February 4, 2018

TRUST #4: Remember How God Has Helped You in the Past



Corrie Ten Boom said, "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God." That couldn't be more true for David and me right now because, this past Wednesday, David unexpectedly lost his job. So, we definitely have an unknown future, but that's okay. We are choosing to put our TRUST in a KNOWN GOD who loves us and has promised to provide for our needs.  

Sometimes, trusting an unknown future to a known God is easier said than done. But, one way I have found to help me do that is to reminisce about the past, focusing on the wondrous works the Lord has done in my life.
~ I have good memories of times that have worked out well for me and my family, and of how God has provided for our needs.

~ I also have memories of difficult times that may not have turned out how I would have liked; but I knew the Lord was with me, holding my hand, giving me the strength I needed.
When I remember past circumstances, no matter what the outcome was, it helps me focus on the goodness of the Lord. That, in turn, helps to calm my fears of an unknown future, and helps me to TRUST the Lord more.  

A suggestion to help you remember all the things the Lord has done for YOU (or brought you through), is to start keeping a prayer journal. My mother taught me to do that, and it really helps. It doesn't have to be fancy. Just get a simple notebook and write down your prayer requests and the date, then leave a little room to write down the answers/outcomes when they come. The more you look back and recognize His goodness in your life, the more you will be able to TRUST in Him. So, start one today, if you haven't already!

TRUST our God with your present and future because of how He has helped you in the past.


Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain
TRUST #3:  God Works All Things for Our Good


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

"Christian Quotes" Inspirational Website


https://www.christianquotes.info/#axzz54h6F3k1P

A great way for Christians to encourage other Christians is by sharing uplifting Bible verses and encouraging quotes. ChristianQuotes.info has made it easier for us to do that. Check out this inspirational website that has over 10,000 Christian quotes on it, categorized by Bible, Author and Topic. You can also read a new devotional each day based on the daily quote.

Some of the most read and used pages on the website include:
 
Thousands of images are allowed to be shared for free on Facebook, blogs, and other social media websites, as long as they are not altered or sold. Many of these images can be seen on, and shared from, the Christian Quotes Facebook page, which already has over 4.5 million fans. 

Below are a few examples of some of the images. Be sure to check out the others on the website, and don't be afraid to share - share - share. Let's flood the Internet with God's Word and good thoughts.





Sunday, January 28, 2018

TRUST #3: God Works All Things for Our Good


Today, I am posting a quote about trusting God "no matter what." It is from my favorite devotional by Cynthia Heald, "Becoming a Woman Who Walks with God." 

The Scriptures do not guarantee that "all will be well" according to our human perspective. They do, however, promise that God will work all things for our good. As we learn to TRUST Him "no matter what," He develops within us a deeply rooted confidence in Him. This confidence enables us to lean on HIS understanding and HIS ways of working in our lives.

Related Posts:
TRUST #1:  Focus for 2018
TRUST #2:  My Unexplained Pain

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How to Make an Easy Winter Wreath


I decided I wanted to try making a wreath, so I looked around on Pinterest until I found some ideas - something that would be easy to do - and I found an idea for a very easy and inexpensive Winter wreath. I'm not a super crafty person but, seriously, anyone can do this! It is so simple.

What you need:
  1. A round wreath base. I found a wooden vine type of wreath at The Dollar Tree for $1.00.
  2. A long winter scarf. I found a nice one at a resale shop for 25 cents.
  3. Winter-themed buttons or felt decorations. I found a small bag of plastic snowflakes in the craft section at Walmart for less than $2.00. 
  4. A hot glue gun and hot glue (which I already had).

Wrap the scarf evenly around the wreath base and tie it in a knot at the bottom (In some cases, you might find it easier to cut the scarf in half lengthwise before wrapping, so you end up with enough material to cover the base). Then, hot glue the decorations around it.

Hang it up and enjoy!



Sunday, January 21, 2018

TRUST #2: My Unexplained Pain


Several months ago, I started having some mild pain in my left side/upper abdomen (spleen, kidney, rib cage area). I waited awhile to see if it would go away, but it didn’t. So, I went to see my doctor about it. He wasn't certain what it was, so he ran some tests to rule out a few things, and all the tests came back normal. I was told to call back if the pain did not go away, and they would do a CT Scan to check for kidney stones or other issues.

I ended up waiting until after the holidays to call back, then finally had the CT on January 4th. A few days later, the nurse called with results and said I don’t have any kidney stones, or gall stones, and they couldn't see anything else alarming either - no masses or cysts or anything like that. I do seem to have an enlarged appendix but, thankfully, I have no other symptoms along with it. So, I guess I'm a mystery. I also mentioned my pain to my Oncologist at my recent 6-month checkup. He was not concerned, especially since all of my labs were good. He said it is probably muscle related. So, if things don't improve, I may need to head over to the Chiropractor to get things checked out with him. Time will tell.

I must say, when I started having this pain, I was rather nervous about what it could be from. I often thought, What if my cancer has returned? And, as I thought more about it, along with all the “What if’s,” I noticed I was becoming more anxious. So, I had to make the choice to take my anxiety to the Lord in prayer. As I shared my heart with Him, these are the words I kept hearing back:

  • TRUST ME.
  • TRUST in the One who knows all.
  • Don’t lean on your own understanding. 
  • TRUST that I will take care of you.
  • TRUST that I will take care of your family.

It was hard to do, but I knew I had to put my faith into action. I had to willingly give up the anxious thoughts I was having and place my TRUST in my Heavenly Father.

TRUST is believing that, no matter what the outcome is, God is there to work out the details and help us through it.



Sunday, January 14, 2018

Focus for 2018: TRUST



At the start of every new year, I try to come up with one word that will help keep me focused on something I want to be reminded of. In past years, my words have been things like PURPOSE and INSPIRE. This year, I have chosen the word: TRUST

TRUST: assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something : one in which confidence is placed

Why did I choose this word? Well, I believe the Lord brought it to my attention recently because:  
  1. I have been hearing from others about how they are having a hard time trusting the Lord to work things out in their lives. 
  2. In certain situations, I have had these same thoughts myself, and have had to purposely put my faith into action.
So, my Sunday posts for 2018 are going to be focusing on TRUST, and on putting our faith into action. Some weeks, I may have a story to tell; other weeks I may share a quote; and on some of the posts I might only have a Bible verse to share and focus on for that week.

I hope these posts will be a reminder to you, as well as to myself, to rely on the Lord more, to lean on Him for strength, and to have confidence in knowing HE is the one in control.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

We Are Going On the Road!


I have some exciting news! He Holds My Right Hand is no longer just a blog. It is also now a traveling ministry that will share Christian encouragement with Bible-believing, evangelical, protestant churches and Christian organizations.

David and I have been discussing and praying about this opportunity for - well, at least a couple of years. But, this past Fall we finally decided it was time to make the leap and go for it. It took some time to get everything set up to do this, but we are finally ready to go and look forward to seeing where the Lord will lead us.

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?
  • David will be available to fill pulpits with a challenging sermon.
  • Our family puppet ministry, "Higher Hands Puppets," will give one or two short presentations to teach and entertain both children and adults.
  • My books will be available for purchase at each location to help cover ministry expenses (i.e. the cost of our portable puppet stage, new puppets, music for the puppets, etc.) 
  • David and I are willing to share our personal testimonies when time and situations allow.

Our goal is to minister once or twice per month with churches interested in having us come. Our FIRST church stop is next Sunday, January 14th, at Mendota Bible Church in Mendota, IL. We are looking forward to seeing some old friends there, as well as making some new ones. If you are in that area, we would love to see you!  

Click the photo below to be taken to our ministry page on Facebook. While you are there, please take a moment to "like" the page and share it with others. Thank you for your support.

https://www.facebook.com/heholdsmyrighthand