January 21, 2019

Thirst No More


© 2006 Debbie Turner Chavers



Good morning! I am inviting you to study, to ponder God's word in John 4 with me today. I journaled my study over several mornings and here is the condensed version of my study.
If you thirst to know the LORD, He will meet with you and by your invitation He will fill you with His Living water. He longs to reveal His truth to you. To meet your every need. You are loved, He has always loved you. Ready? Let's begin to ponder His good word to us.

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In a world where sorrow and need is abundant it is a gift to know that there is a well of salvation that never runs dry and is available to everyone.
Are you thirsty? I was.
I longed to have Living water and a relationship with the LORD.
I jumped through the hoops of good works and tried to be good.
I concluded with the Preacher (Ecclesiastes) that after all the self-effort I was still thirsty.
After trials and error, I recognised the fact that there is hope.
Hope that beckons to the unbelieving and the believer.
A revelation that we can trust the LORD.
That if we are thirsty, we can sip and drink deeply from loves inexhaustible supply.

We all long for help in areas of perceived need, yet the majority of mankind is not sure why we feel this innate sense of lack.
Most of life is filled in some manner by the pursuit of work and worldly pleasure.
The grasping at life straws to fill time and bank accounts.
All pleasure is momentary and addictive in that it demands more from the recipient than it gives.
Simply put, the well of mans pleasure runs dry.
The well of pleasure takes and takes and yet it is never filled.
I too have gone this route and from experience I know there is a better Way.
There is a well of salvation that never runs dry.
A hope that is pure, proofed by and in Heaven.
We may drink deeply and be satisfied forever more.

As I considered this thought process I began reading John 4. The scripture accounting of the woman at Jacob's well.
Starting at verse 6 my attention was arrested by the statement:
Now Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

Jesus revealed a need to someone who was not expecting to be called.
Someone who questioned.
Someone who thought they had the answer.
Until..Jesus reasoned with them and revealed Truth.

Jesus told the woman in verse 10 "If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that sayeth to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Jesus used a natural need to highlight a supernatural revelation.
If you are thirsty, God will open your eyes to the provision which is right before you.
Just as as Hagar was shown in the Old Testament, so we can be shown that which is right before us.
(Genesis 21:19 And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water...)
Then we can use our dipper, our bucket to receive this Living water by faith.

We see Isaiah 1:18 in the conversation that is happening between the woman at the well and Jesus, the Messiah.

Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD:
Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

As we continue to read chapter 4 of John, you can see how Christ reasoned with her compassionately.
Jesus sums up her life choices in few words, yet the validity of his summation causes her to declare to him, "Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet." (verse 19)

As they reason together, the woman questions what she perceives, by what she has known previously..."Our fathers.." she states.
Jesus then plainly tells her that he is the Messiah.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he. (Verse 26)

The revelation of truth and the promise of provision draws the woman to the well of salvation.
Verse 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come here to draw.
Her response was natural. Our need to be provided for is natural, yet Jesus was revealing her deepest need. Our deepest need. A well of water springing up into everlasting life. (Verse 14)

Jesus told us that any well that we drink from that is not sourced from the Living water that He gives, will leave us thirsty again. (Verse 13)

Are you thirsty?
Ask Jesus to give you Living water.
To cover you by His shed blood and to fill you with His Holy Spirit.

~Debbie




John 7:37-39
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)








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January 07, 2019

Sweet Encouragement





Last night I observed a wonderful thing about honey. If you put several teaspoons of honey in a bowl and cover it with several teaspoons of water and swirl, an amazing thing is revealed. As you swirl the water rapidly over the honey it will image / return to its original honeycomb shape.
As I did the experiment I was reminded of the scripture in 2 Timothy to stir up the gift of God within me because our DNA is in the image of God.

Persevere. Stir up. Press forward into your destiny.

~Debbie

Genesis1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

2 Timothy 1:6-7
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear: but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.



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December 28, 2018

Bandage? Or Bondage?


© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers 
Water-Man Series



Everyday we have an opportunity to experience healing through the Word of God.
When our thinking is out of order it plays out symptomatically in our spiritual, emotional and physical health.
You have the ability to choose. You know this.
You can be bound in bondage or bound with healing bandages.
You can be wrapped in a cloak of sin or a robe of righteousness.
You choose.

~Debbie



Luke 5:31-32 
And Jesus said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba Father."




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December 20, 2018

Love


Bridge of Happiness
© 2018 Debbie Turner Chavers



It is easy to be "in love" from a distance. "In love" love is fluffy, fragile, and full of self.
Yet "true love" needs to be experienced in the trenches of  daily life struggles.
The high and low moments of living where love stretches and covers.
"In love" elevates the emotions. "True love" elevates the beloved.

Love
~Debbie



Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.










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December 18, 2018

Adventure Awaits







Every road leads somewhere. Where are you going?
Straight ahead? Adventure awaits. Whether you step off the road or follow the well defined, well traveled road ahead. Adventure awaits.

It waits. Get going. 

~Debbie



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December 14, 2018

Tides and Psalm 89


© 2013 Debbie Turner Chavers



My thought processes this morning is on tides. The going out and coming in of tides.
Life seems to have this kind of pattern. The pushing forth and pulling back spiritually in our daily life.
Manifested by the tidal pull of the way of the world and the ebb and flow of steadfastness to our Redeemer.
The favor and faithfulness of God is ever present, yet we seem to flow in and out in rhythm with His Presence. Some days it is easy to resist the negative pull of the "old creation."  We chose wisely, we worship and we follow God closely.
Yet strife, lack of attentiveness and unexpected storms seem to slow our roll as our faith and faithfulness ebb.
We must learn to establish a sea wall, one of faithfulness, built on the solid Rock of Christ Jesus.
Our time spent with God gives us fullness of joy, waves of joy unspeakable, yet uttered by those found in Christ.
God is dependable, sure, and steady. God is the Rock of our salvation. He is never double-minded.
We on this earth must learn to be the same.

~Debbie




* Psalm 89:26 He shall cry unto me, Thou art my father, my God, and the rock of my salvation.



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December 12, 2018

RISE

Child of Light Risen
© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
John 11:21-26
Water-man Series


The world wants to move that which is dead from place to place.
God desires to resurrect the dead.
Rise!
In the name of Jesus.
Rise.


~Debbie



* John 11:25 -26
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

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October 21, 2018

Poetry: Shoes of Peace


© 2004 Debbie Turner Chavers
Amos 3:3


Shoes of Peace

Following the Worthy One
In shoes of peace

The road ahead is broad
Where nary a soul one meets
Who hasn't heard of the sorrow
led by weary, laden, rebellious feet

Where Christ is calling
Your baggage can be carted
on the broad way,
but must be dumped
to walk the narrow path

To take hold of a life worth living
To yield a furrowed field
and all your plans askew
To journey an adventure
where His mercy is ever new

But ..
the path is narrow
Where my Savior tarried and made the Way
Two can go together,
yet One must hold the other

Hands held and followed close
Eyes fixed on the horizon

The path..
Where mercy flowed
Where weary travelers left their load

Discarded their stains and woe
Following Christ and..
Away they go

~© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers



Initial sketch 
© 1996 Debbie Turner Chavers



John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Isaiah 30:21  And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.

Ephesians 6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Matthew 7:13 -14 
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
Because strait is the gate: and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Revelation 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing



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September 13, 2018

Recognition: The Flame of Fame

© 2013 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man series



Today decide.  
Who will YOU serve?  
Yourself or the LORD?
We are to have singleness of heart toward our Redeemer.
All we have and all we are is due to God.
He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to pay in full for our redemption.
Do not fear the emptying of self. 
For God will fill you to over flowing with His Holy Spirit if you will receive Him.
There is a fear in those gathered in mankind of a usurpation. 
Rightfully so, because someone HAS taken our place.
Jesus Christ has taken our place and borne our transgressions away.

Men of flesh and bone fear failure and possess a strong need for recognition.
This desire for recognition can strip a person of giving back to God the enablement that He gave to us.
We cling to our gifts with soulful remorse, acknowledging only minutely the value received.
We strive to hang on to our gifting, instead of letting go.  
Our heart of pride recognizes the gift within, but quickly shuts the box and ties the bow as though we have not seen His glory.
What are we thinking? 
What are we doing?
We carefully guard our perceived value, intending to be paid well...for that which we have been freely given. The gifts we have received were Paid in Full by our Redeemer.

We are His children.  A witness for God in a lost, deceived and dying world.
No man knows the day or the hour of Christ's return. 
Be found faithful, be diligent.  
He gave all for you and I.  
Can we give less? 
Consider John 10:10 which says "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."

A house divided can not stand. 
We are the tabernacle of God.  
The Lord calls us to wholeness in Him. 
Work and give, while it is yet day.  

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

Matthew 21:28-45


Church, Bride of Christ Jesus, Be about your Father's business.
~Debbie


Matthew 10:8  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Revelation 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.
I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

Isaiah 45:13  I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the LORD of hosts.


© 2005 Debbie Turner Chavers


Hebrews 9:11-14  But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot  to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Acts 15:16-17  After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things.





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September 06, 2018

Persevere, Slow and Steady


Fishing Vessel
© Debbie Turner Chavers



God honors His word and I know He will speak particularly to you through His Word.
Ask the Lord and receive clarification for prayer and things concerning you.
God will direct your path, your plans, and your prayers.
I asked the Lord some questions concerning path, plan, and prayer and was told by the Holy Spirit this admonition, "Slow and Steady."
He reminded me to remember the storm at sea when Jesus was "in" the boat.
Jesus said "Peace, be still" as the waves and wind raged.
We are to say what He said.
Our prayers are repeats of the Word of God.
God honors His Word.
His Word will not return void.

Read
Mark 4:37-41.
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?


Read Mark 5:1-20 to gain clarity as Jesus advanced toward delivering the one being tormented.
The demonic.
I am sure there was at least one who prayed for the one possessed with an unclean spirit.
More than likely, more than one prayed for him.

The storm before the deliverance was fierce BUT no match for Jesus, the Prince of Peace. 

Remember Jesus and the disciples were headed to the country of the Gadarenes.
Regardless of the time or place, remember Jesus is in the Boat. And yes, He cares for you and is able to deliver the one with the unclean spirit.
The goal of the storm and the associated chaos is to sink the boat, aka. YOU.
Your prayers, your path, your footsteps that are ordered by the Lord are part of His plan for you as a chosen child of God.
Do not give up. Do not give in.
Remember the one with the Legion.
The one waiting for deliverance and his call to go and tell as a Delivered one.

Remember, persevere,slow and steady.
We are in His peace, for He is in us and Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
So...slow and steady.
Moving as God directs by His Word through the Holy Spirit.
Be still when directed.
Peaceful and peace filled.


My husband has a saying about warfare and soldiers which the Holy Spirit expounded to me many mornings ago.
About friends aka fellow soldiers who are in the fox hole with you as the battle rages.
The Holy Spirit used Tim's analogy to show me a truth.
The Holy Spirit said no soldier would enter the battle without his armor on in the field,  whether he was trenched in .. ie in the foxhole or walking about.
For such is natural mans war.
The man and woman of God must put on the Armor that was issued and stay dressed in it.
Are we spiritually armored as listed in Ephesians 6?
Indeed, the armor has been issued, but are we dressed on purpose in the armor received?

If not, then the foxhole is but a rabbit hole.
WE are NOT rabbits.

We are the Redeemed of the LORD
And
We SAY so.

In Jesus name
Amen.

~Debbie


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August 10, 2018

Negative Repentance



Repentance is normally a cleansing act of contrition. There is a desire to repair that which is broken. Yet, negative repentance is "As a dog returneth to its vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."

This is in reference to returning repeatedly back to a place of hurt. An example would be an offense administered by another to you.
The vomit being the return, or the oral dissection of the wrong, or the thinking and mulling over of the wrong.
Every time we turn to it, we are repenting of our deliverance from it.

This negative repentance is a spirit of error and perverseness that seeks to cloud our judgement and steal our joy.
Do not cast aside, the peace and freedom which God has granted in and through Christ Jesus to you.

It is disobedient to dwell on that which is not pure, lovely, and of good report.
We are to think on those things,the pure, the lovely. We are soldiers who wear our helmets of salvation, taking every thought captive. 
If we allow ourselves to wallow in the wrong done, it puts us in opposition to the good that God has given through His Holy Spirit and His Word.

Allow God to heal your hurt.
Obey Him.
Refrain from returning to vomit.


The scripture before and after 2 Corinthians 10:5 states our weapons are spiritual not fleshly and follows with a promise in 2 Corinthians 10:6
"And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience,( when your obedience is fulfilled.)

Expect deliverance.

In Philippians 4 we are admonished to stand fast in the Lord. The peace of God is promised in obedience to Him.
Verse 7..And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Give each care, each hurt to God.
And leave it there.

~Debbie



Proverbs 26:11 
As a dog returneth to its vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

2 Corinthians 10:4-6 
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.


Philippians 4:8 

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.



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August 01, 2018

Bible Gateway Celebrates 25th Anniversary



On 25th Anniversary, Bible Gateway Has Been Viewed More Than 14 Billion Times

Most Popular Online Bible Search Engine and Bible Reading Website



GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (August 1, 2018) – Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the world’s most visited Christian website, Bible Gateway (BibleGateway.com@BibleGateway) has been viewed more than 14 billion times by people using more than one billion devices.

“To give some perspective to that astronomical statistic, one million seconds equal 11.5 days, one billion seconds equal 31.75 years, and one trillion seconds equal 31,709.8 years,” says Rachel Barach, general manager, Bible Gateway. “Our mission statement is ‘To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are.’ What an honor and privilege to be able to serve so many people around the world during the last quarter-century, doing just that.”

Bible Gateway was created in 1993—when the World Wide Web was just beginning—as an internal Bible research computer tool for students at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Today it ranks number one on global search engines, is part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., and is home to more than 200 Bible versions in more than 70 languages—a trusted resource for people in more than 200 countries who rely on it every day for all their desktop and mobile device Bible reading, listening, studying, searching, comparing, and sharing needs.

What people the world over search for in the Bible on Bible Gateway varies throughout the year, but generally remains constant from year to year. An interactive visualizing graph lets users explore how cyclical some queries are, often repeating every year around the same time each year (for example, the word “love” being searched in the Bible around Valentine’s Day in February).

Along with a new sweepstakes every month with high-value print Bibles as prizes, the website MyBibleGateway.com (#MyBibleGateway) is the hub of the 25th anniversary celebration where enthusiasts tell what Bible Gateway means to them; such comments as:
"Encouragement. Bible Gateway is instant access to what my soul needs most - to hear from God through his Word."
"Convenient access. Bible Gateway is not only easy to find the passage or verse you need, but to share it with social media, text, or email."

“God has been faithful these last 25 years and we’re excited about how he will continue to use Bible Gateway to further his kingdom and help people know and share his Word,” says Barach.

Bible Gateway is device friendly, so that no matter what size device a person uses when visiting the site—desktop, tablet, smartphone—the screen is maximized for optimum viewing. And in the months to come, visitors to Bible Gateway will see a refreshed new design to the site.

The award-winning free Bible Gateway App for both Android and iOS allows people to read more than 90 Bible translations and listen to more than 20 audio Bibles, in addition to taking personal notes, highlighting text, starring favorite verses, follow Bible reading plans, enjoy night mode Bible reading, and much more.

The just-released free Bible Gateway Bible Audio App lets users listen to a variety of Bible translations, choosing from multiple audio narration styles; navigate quickly anywhere in the Bible; speed up or slow down playback to listen to the Bible at their own pace; and listen to the Bible while reading the very text that’s being narrated.

Among Bible Gateway’s many convenient features are the abilities to:
·         create a free account to select personal preferences
·         become a member of Bible Gateway Plus to benefit from additional acclaimed Bible study books
·         receive the free Visual Verse of the Day
·         access more than 200 Bible versions in more than 70 languages
·         benefit from free Bible dictionaries, commentaries, and encyclopedia
·         search for Bible verses using Emoji
·         listen to audio readings and productions of the Bible
·         comprehensively search the Bible using keywords, phrases, topics, and themes
·         display & compare up to five Bible translations side-by-side at once
·         read translator footnotes within the context of Bible verses
·         highlight and favorite Bible passages
·         write notes while reading Bible verses and save them to a personal account
·         easily share Bible verses with friends using Twitter, Facebook, email, and print
·         sign up for customizable Bible reading plans
·         select from more than 60 email and online devotionals
·         learn personal Scripture Engagement principles and techniques
·         discover new books and read Bible-related articles and interviews on the Bible Gateway Blog, named the #1 best Bible study blog on the web by Feedspot.

The top-10 keyword searches on Bible Gateway are:
1. love
2. faith
3. peace
4. hope
5. joy
6. prayer
7. holy spirit
8. grace
9. healing
10. forgiveness

The top-5 Bible verses searched and shared by users of Bible Gateway are:
1. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
2. Jeremiah 29:11 - For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 
3. Philippians 4:13 - I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
4. Psalm 23:4 - Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 
5. Romans 8:28 - And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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July 01, 2018

The Whore

© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series

Close -up 
© 2016 Debbie Turner Chavers
Water-Man Series




The Whore

Bored
She called them all to play
As they laid their purpose and plans aside
She batted her eyes and opened her mouth wide
For the deceived to hide.





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June 11, 2018

A Prayer of Holy Rest

As I read Luke 11, the words "certain and ceased" grabbed my attention. Luke 11:1 is the introduction to the Lord's Prayer.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.



© 2014 Debbie Turner Chavers

I am sure John taught his disciples well, but humanity and fleshy endeavors do not equal rest.
He ceased is what grabbed my attention. There are certain places..situations where I prayed and ceased. When I should have "seized" the prayer of faith and confessed the Lord's Prayer of provision and thanksgiving.
There is a holy rest in the Lord's prayer. A humbling of heart that confesses not me and my ability, but His provision for all things concerning me. All things concerning you.

His will, not mine. My total dependence daily upon my Creator for my physical and spiritual bread.
An acknowledgement of my dependence upon Him to forgive, as well as to be forgiven.
A holy rest that meets my need to have my footsteps ordered and led by the LORD so that I may avoid evil. To be granted the blessing of holy focus that although the path may widen yet my feet may stay within the Way.

Prayerfully resting in His Love
~Debbie





Luke 11:2-4 And he said unto them,
When you pray, say Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
Give us day by day our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD and he delighteth in his way.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.



* Repost from my blog from 2016.

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May 23, 2018

Thinking :Poetry

Love is colorless
yet God has made a rainbow of people,
the rainbows end,
the treasure found,
culminating in His Son,
Jesus Christ

~Debbie

1 Corinthians 15:45-47 
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.




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