10.30.2009

Having Done All the Crisis Demands


"In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil." Ephesians 6:10,11

"Therefore put on God's complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger] and having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]." Ephesians 6:13


The above verses are ones we commonly use when facing great opposition and/or struggles. Yet, when reading the entire sixth chapter of Ephesians we realize that this instruction comes immediately after several verses concerning interpersonal relationships, relationships with between children and parents, parents and children, employers and employees, and employees and employers. Hmmm. I just now noticed that connection. Wow! What a lot of fuss and muss it would have saved me had I "gotten" it before :) I've always known that God's Word contained every answer for every situation, but He just keeps showing me how perfectly He has provided the answers. Thank You Heavenly Father for Your Word. It truly is living and active. (Hebrews 4:12)

How many times throughout a single day could those around me benefit from my obedience to the Lord? How many times could I benefit from the same? So much truth is packed into these three verses. I can study on just these few portions of scripture for a long while and still have more truth to glean.

The first thing I have to ask myself is whether or not I am empowered through my union with Him. Perhaps I should take myself a step further back and see if I am in union with Him at all. Am I or do I simply have a hit and miss "Love ya! See ya later!" relationship with God? Looking on further I see heavenly provision and supply. God provides strength from His boundless might. He also supplies the armor of a heavy-armed soldier. God never intends that I be powerless or without protection. Do I use what He has provided and supplied? Greater still, do I use these provisions in the way they were meant to be used? Am I utitlizing everything that Christ purchased with His blood for me to receive at salvation?

Through all of the trials and situations that come, am I walking as a blood-bought child of God or am I struggling to move on all by myself in my own strength? How ridiculously silly is that? What am I thinking? My God has supplied all my needs through His riches in Christ Jesus.(Phil.4:19) He has given me everything I need for life and godliness.(2 Peter 1:3) He has provided strength, supplied armor, promised protection and provision, comfort and care. Yet I still stumble on scrapping along bit by bit trying to get where He wants in my own power. I know that Jesus is all I need, but do I let Him be my all in every situation? Nope. How faithful and true He is to me. Day after day He watches me drag myself through knowing that He already bought and paid for everything I need to overcome in Him. Occasionally there are moments of victory. Even after experiencing this divine protection and provision though, I still rely on myself. It makes me thing of an old song we used to sing. "From glory to glory He's changing me. From earthly things to the heavenly. The Love of God shown to the world. "

God has provided the armor, but I have to put it on. Ever the gentleman, He will not force me. It is up to me how I walk in this world and whether or not I will use all He has provided. No one or nothing can make my day bad. It is my choice. This is the day the Lord has made. I can choose to rejoice and be glad in it....or not. Once I have put on the armor and done all that the crisis demands, then I must stand firmly in my place. Firmly. Now there's a word study for you. Not wavering, not tottering, not all wobbly, firmly. If we are standing firmly we are standing immovably, solidly, rigidly, stably, fixedly, durably, enduringly, substantially, securely, heavily, stiffly, inflexibly, unshakeably, soundly, strongly, thoroughly, like a stone wall, solid as Gibraltar, there for all time, showing determination, resolutely, steadfastly, doggedly, tenaciously, determinedly, staunchly, constantly, intently, purposefully, persistently, obstinately, stubbornly, perserveringly, unwaveringly, unchangeably, with a heavy hand, through thick and thin. Wow! We are to stand firmly. Not just firmly but firmly "in our place."

Where is our place? Our place is in Christ Jesus. Our place is to abide in the secret place of the Most High. (Psalm 91) As I go about my day, I pray that I will stand firmly in my place in the strength of God's might wearing the armor that He supplies. May I remember whose I am and what has been given me to use so that victory is mine through Christ. Also, may you find yourself walking in God's strength and wearing the armor He supplies as well. Not just when facing monstrous difficulties, but everyday, all day. Lastly, may we all be empowered through our union with Him, and may this union constantly grow deeper and deeper. Have a blessed weekend in Christ!

10.25.2009

Teach Me

"Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name. Psalm 86:11 amp.

"So teach us to number our days, that we may get us a heart of wisdom." Psalm 90:12 amp.

"The [uncompromisingly] righteous shall flourish like the palm tree [be long-lived, stately, upright useful, and fruitful]; they shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon [majestic, stable, durable, and incorruptible]. Planted in the house of the Lord, they shall flourish in the courts of our God. [Growing in grace] they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap [of spiritual vitality] and [rich in the] verdure [of trust, love, and contentment]. [They are living memorials] to show that the Lord is upright and faithful to His promises; He is my Rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him." Psalm 92:12-15 amp.

"So then [God's gift] is not a question of human will and human effort, but of God's mercy. [It depends not on one's own willingness nor on his strenuous exertion as in running a race, but on God's having mercy on him.]" Romans 9:16

"Teach me Your way, O Lord, that I may walk and live in Your truth; direct and unite my heart [solely, reverently] to fear and honor Your name." What a prayer to pray. Throughout the past several weeks, maybe even months, after praying this prayer, I have found myself face to face with none other than me, myself, and I. It hasn't been a beautiful experience I assure you. Often I'm left weeping in repentance over the filth revealed in my heart. The Lord is so faithful. He always hears and answers our prayers. I asked Him to teach me His ways and cleanse me from every sin, and He is. Step by step the Holy Spirit is teaching, leading, and guiding along ways that are new. I've never been here before. It's new territory in Christ.

Being in new territory means traveling places unknown to me. I haven't been down these roads before. There are moments when the lack of the familiar becomes almost frightening. Thankfully, the perfect love of God drives out all fear. (1 John 4:18) How am I supposed to know if I'm doing it right? I don't have anything to compare to. That in itself is a good thing--a VERY good thing. A lack of comparison results in a renewed focus on my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He is the one I am to be using as an example. From glory to glory He's changing me. 2 Corinthians 3:18

Everyday I'm learning how to walk in the ways of the Lord more and more. New riches in Christ are being revealed and discovered as I travel through new territory in Christ. A deeper level of trust and commitment than I've ever known are in sight, and I'm pressing on. I must get closer to Christ Jesus! There are so many lost who desperately need God's love! I don't want to reach the end of earth's journey and find out that any were lost because of me. My Father desires that all men be saved. Therefore, I desire that all men be saved.

New territory, clearer understanding, renewed focus, yet there is still so much left to learn. Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus, teach us to number our days that we might possess a heart of wisdom and help us to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves as we minister Your love to those all around us every moment of every day. I pray that we have ears to hear Your still, small voice, and that we are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit. May we not be hearers of the Word only, but also doers. Thank You for Your faithfulness. We Love You Lord. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

10.22.2009

Current Sales & Specials

Here are some current sales & specials going on various places for interested readers. A Girlhood Home Companion Magazine has extended the sale prices due to the high demand. This is an excellent magazine. I put this one on a Christmas list.

The Old Schoolhouse is offering a significant discount on all Franklin Springs Family Film Paks. There are several paks to choose from.

Last, but not least, TEACH is also extending the discount on their marriage bundles. A freebie will be thrown in with purchase of one of the bundles as well.

While these specials are on sites that are "homeschool", the featured products are applicable and usable by everyone, no matter their educational choice. If you are a parent, grandparent, or member of a family, all of these websites provide godly products that lead and guide you in a Christlike life. You will be blessed abundantly. Also, you might snag some great Christmas gifts for someone on your list.

Enjoy the savings!

10.21.2009

Holiday Ideas!!!

Hello There! I have two ideas to pass on today. Both of them come from my Mother-in-Love, Kay a.k.a. Grammie. They are really cute so enjoy!

A piece of PVC pipe can be pounded in the ground and used to make a totem pole from assorted sizes of pumpkins (cut holes in top and bottom so they can be stacked and then the totem pole can be decorated with craft paint. I just read this and thought it was a cute idea.

Various oak leaves with their lobed edges are perfect angel wings and bodies. Try acorns on for size to use as angel heads. Decorate the leaf body with berries for added for color. Just a Christmas idea for Blessed Mama. Blessings, Kay

The pumpkin pole reminds me of a similar idea I read a few years ago. Prepare pumpkins just as you would to carve a traditional Jack-0-lantern except cut a hole in the bottem of the pumpkin as well as the top. The holes should be only large enough for a wooden dowel to be inserted through all three. Using drill bits of various sizes, drill random holes all around three pumpkins of graduated size. (They should resemble the shape of a snowman) Insert white Christmas lights inside each of the pumpkins and place the tower in a decorative urn or pot of choice. If you use larger pumpkins, you will probably want to assemble in the pot. Otherwise, it will be too heavy to lift. They are an Autumn topiary alternative for the porch.

Obviously I didn't get back to blog Monday. Curious as to why I didn't? I'll tell you. To begin with, I need to explain that with the addition of two more students at Promiseland Home School this year, computer time is at an all time premium around here. A computer schedule had to be created so that everyone could get their studies done. That being said, Mama has a brief time in the morning and another brief moment in the afternoon. I was hurrying through the late afternoon duties, getting supper cooking so that I could blog while it cooked. Everything was going smoothly. I was elated. Then all of a sudden as I was kneading the pizza dough, it comes to my attention that my three year old has locked herself in the bathroom. This would not have been a big deal normally. However, earlier this very week the doorknob on said bathroom went kaput and a temporary knob had been installed. The temporary knob did have a lock, but you guessed it...no key. OK, now we have a problem. My little one was amazing. She didn't freak out at all. She did begin to get a little panicky, but immediately became quite thrilled with talking to her mother under the door and touching my fingers. Her little brother however was quite upset about his sister being on the other side of the door. Then as if working for 30-45 minutes at getting that sweetie out weren't adventure enough, one of our kittens decided to crawl up the dryer vent and get stuck at the same time! Why does it seem to happen that way? Thankfully getting the kitten out was as easy as pulling out the dryer, taking the hose off, and pulling it out. Anyway, by the time everyone was out and the bedlam had calmed down, I had to hurry and scurry to get the once early supper finished and in the oven. Mama's computer time was long since past, and the blog went undone. I did get several great kid stories to add to my memories though.

Even though the blog went undone that day, God still moved in my heart. If you recall, the scripture that I mentioned reading in the early post on Monday was 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter. As I was reading a book, Tortured for Christ by Richard Wurmbrand, I was reminded again and again how absolutely essential love is to our Christian walk. It is everything. Without it, we are nothing. So, even with temporary chaos, my day was ordered aright by God, and I am so thankful that it was.

10.19.2009

Christmas Organization Tip

Good Morning!

Here is an organizing tip from my favorite Schmid sis-in-law, Jess (she's my only Schmid sis-in-law :)

I read in my organizing book that it is fun to make gifts way ahead of time and have a list and strategy for gift giving so the shopping won't stress us out, and we can enjoy the season for what it truly is.

Thank you for the tip Jessica! You are one of the first ones to send something in! Keep 'em coming. We're ready for whatever you have to send us. Anyone who would like to send in their ideas and tips, please do. The deadlines are being extended. The ideas and tips you send don't have to be anything that you do or have done personally. They can be something that you have read and would like to try. Also, the tips and ideas can cover anything decorating, recipes, organizing, you name it. With the harvest season in full swing and Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time for all of your autumn ideas. You can email them to me or leave them in the comment section.

As we enjoy this crisp, autumn Monday, let's remind ourselves of the greatest commandment, to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. Today might be the perfect day to make time to read 1Corinthians 13. If we are able to stop our reading at chapter 13, let's examine our lives and see if we are truly walking in God's love. The scripture tells us that God's love was shed abroad in our hearts at salvation. So, if we are a follower of Christ, His love is in us. It's up to us to manifest it to those around us. Who are we around the most? Our family. Who do we show God's love to the least? Sad to say, too often it may be...our family. So, as we analyze and study the Word today, let's resolve to obey God's Word completely, in every way...even in our family.

I'm hoping to get back sometime later today and visit some more. Until then, enjoy today. This is the day that the Lord has made.

10.16.2009

When Life Gets Busy

Hi! I want to apologize right away for not blogging more often this past week. It has been more than a little busy around here, and somehow blogging was the thing that went by the way side.

This past week has reinforced that we cannot wait until tragedy or crazy times come to stock up on the Word of God. The Word must be hidden in our heart long before the storms come. Otherwise, when the crazy busyness of life comes, we will be caught off guard and blown off course. That is not where we want to be.

I have a testimony to share of God's loving faithfulness. Earlier in the week we had freezing rain. Our kittens were scattered in the night and got all wet. In the morning, one of them had passed on and two others were very close to joining her. We brought them inside, rubbed them with a towel, warmed them by the fire, and prayed over them. It was several hours later, but the two kittens pulled through. They have now been appropriately dubbed "Miracle" and "Survivor". God heard the prayers of His children. Even though the prayers were only for two little kittens He heard and answered. What a faith booster for my children. They experienced firsthand the loving care of their Heavenly Father in their lives. It's a lesson they won't soon forget.

Now, fast forward a few days to today. Those same kittens for whom we so earnestly prayed, are running around our feet, sneaking in any open door, and in general, being nuisances. They are sweet, cute, adorable nuisances, yet nuisances just the same. How could this be? How is it that a few short days ago we were praying and fighting for their survival and now, we are wondering what to do with them? It made me wonder if I ever do that with other things. How many times do I petition God for something, receive an answer, and then wonder what to do with the answer I asked for? Why aren't I prepared to receive? Is it perhaps because deep down inside I don't really expect God to answer? Oooh, that's painful to ponder. However, if I'm really truly going to grow and mature into the woman God created me to become, then ponder I must. Not only ponder, but change. I once heard it said that when we want to trust God more we need to remember that we can't trust someone we don't know. If I don't expect my loving Heavenly Father to answer my prayers, then a deeper trust must be developed. This level of trust will only come about by getting to know Him. I can only get to know Him by spending time with Him. Spending time with Him brings me back around to the original truth of grounding our hearts in the Word of God BEFORE trying and/or busy situations come around.

As we enter the weekend, may we focus on keeping our focus on God and His Word. May we make a conscious effort to make time to get to known our Heavenly Father better. As we do this, our trust will be deepened and strengthened so that we can stand firmly on The Rock, Jesus Christ NO MATTER WHAT COMES OUR WAY. Have a blessed weekend and remember to Thank the Lord of your Harvest. In Christ, Blessed Mama

NOTE: Holiday ideas and tips are still being accepted. Deadlines are coming fast though. So, don't wait too long to send yours in. Thanks to all you readers for being patient this week. Hopefully, regular posts will resume within a few days.

10.09.2009

Sowing Character

Promiseland Home School has been blessed with many free, or almost free, resources from many different places.  Yesterday was no exception.  A homeschooling newsletter arrived in my inbox, and as usual, there were several freebies to partake of.  One of the freebies caught my eye especially, Character-Sowing Cards.  Character Sowing Cards?  Hmmm.  What are those? I wondered.  Unable to resist, I clicked on the link.  What I found there has been blessing me ever since.

The clicked on link took me to notebookingpages.com a website devoted to the rather obvious topic of notebooking.  For those who might not be familiar with that term, notebooking is a highly effective learning method that our homeschool is learning how to utilize.  Anyway, there in front of me were Character Sowing Cards.  The creator of this marvelous idea had graciously shared them as a free download.

The cards are used in child training, but I think that perhaps this mama will benefit from them as well.  The concept behind them is "Sow an Act ~ Reap a Habit, Sow a Habit ~ Reap a Character, Sow a Character ~ Reap a Destiny."  The top of each card carries the words "I AM, I CAN, I OUGHT, I WILL" across it .  The graphics on the card are tasteful representations of planting.  The center of each card has a space for the parent to either write or place a label with the chore/character being sown into the lives of their child(ren).   A sample list of character building habits was also on the site.  This is where I rejoiced.  The list contained behaviors that we have been "working on" in our house.  The godly author of the notebooking site however, had written them so graciously.  I'll post a few examples so you can see what I mean.

"NOT BE A HINDRANCE to others during chore time, school time, bed time, or any other time."

"USE KIND WORDS when speaking to my brothers, sisters, and parents"

"Not try to parent others and BE RESPONSIBLE ONLY FOR ME However, if I feel someone is in danger, I will let an adult know."

"Be considerate of my siblings and INCLUDE OTHERS in my activities when at all possible."

"GET UP AND BE READY ON TIME for school, for church, for anything that may be going on that day."

You can get the drift by now I'm sure.  Such grace and love are contained in the writing of these instructions.  So much nicer than my common "Don't be rude!  Take care of yourself.  I'll take care of your brothers and sisters."  "Don't be so bossy!"  "Get yourself out of bed and up and at 'em."   Even though I do try very hard to be kind and courteous to my children, I immediately recognized that my everyday comments are seriously lacking in grace.   Children tend to learn behavior by observing those in authority over them.  My frequent reminders to "let your speech be always seasoned with grace"  (Colossians 4:6) will be of no value unless my own speech contains grace.

Thank you Father for revealing this lack of grace to me.  Not only have You revealed it, but You have given me an example of grace to show a better way.  You are so good to me.  How I delight in Your way.  In Jesus' Name, Amen.

If you are a parent, grandparent, or children's worker and are interested in checking out the character sowing cards for yourself, head to http://www.notebookingpages.com/.  They can be found under the free resources section.   There are a number of free resources and printables available as well as resources to purchase.   You never know, you might find just the right something to supplement a particular study or give as a Christmas gift.  Perhaps you have been wanting something special to use in family worship during the holiday season, this may be just the place to discover it.  Enjoy the visit.  Hopefully we will be able to bless them too.

Also, the holiday season is rapidly approaching.  Don't forget to send in those tips, hints, and ideas for gifts, decorating, and/or recipes.   It isn't too late.  Our scarecrow is still unassembled, but keep looking.  He'll be joining us soon. 

 Following the busyness of the holidays, we will all be looking for a good read.  Send in the titles to your favorite books or books that you want to read this winter for the beating the after holiday blues post.  If you have a hobby that you particularly enjoy during the winter please feel free to share that as well.

Thank You

I just want to take a few moments today and say "Thank You" to all of you for the words of encouragement and kindness that you send my way. Leaving comments on the blog takes some time out of your day, and I appreciate you doing so. God is so good to me. Kind words from loving family and friends are just one of the many ways He blesses me. Thank you for your part in those blessings.

Much love and gratitude,
Blessed Mama

10.08.2009

Guarding Our Homes

Matthew 12:25 - "And knowing their thoughts, He said to them, Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being brought to desolation and laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will last or continue to stand."

I have been reminded and am firmly convinced that now, more than ever, Christian women must guard their homes. For most of us our minds automatically go to protecting our children, but it is our marriages to which I have been so intensely led to hedge in with the blood of Jesus.

Our husbands are being ferociously attacked in every area of their lives, and they need their "helpmates" to rise up and walk in obedience to God's instructions for wives as never before. It doesn't matter how you refer to your husband as your best friend, partner, the king of your home, your knight in shining armor, the high priest of your home, or simply as honey. Dear sisters, the man in your life needs you to notice and regard him, to honor him, to prefer him, venerate and esteem him. Even though he may be completely unaware of it, it is essential that you defer to him, praise him, love and admire him---exceedingly. (Eph. 5:33)

This is not the season for wives to behave as divas or princesses in our homes. There is a fierce battle raging against godly homes, and we must learn how to wage a good fight of faith. We must read, learn, and apply the Word of God to our lives in every single situation and circumstance, every single day. The days of passive obedience are over. This is a NOW time that we are living in, and we must be NOW women of God in our households.

No longer will it work for us to go about our days thinking only of ourselves and our own needs. As women of the Most High God, we are at a crossroads of obedience in our marriages. We have a decision to make. A path must be chosen. Which one will we take? Will we stay where we are following the trends of popular society (this could be a church society) or will we deliberately, consciously choose to put on the armor God has provided(Eph. 6) and make a stand for righteousness within our homes?

It's up to us ladies. What is going to happen to the home that God has placed you in? What is happening to it right now? Is it being brought to desolation or will it continue to stand? You decide. You determine each and every day, probably many times each day whether to fortify and build up your house or whether to bring it low and destroy it. "Every wise woman builds her house, but the foolish one tears it down with her own hands." Proverbs 14:1

While going throughout our days, let us ask ourselves these questions. Will getting my way in this situation bring honor and glory to God my Father? Is this going to bring me closer to Christ? Will I become sweeter, gentler, quieter in spirit, or more godly if I get my own way? Am I in line with the Word of God on this matter? What does God say about this in His Word? Am I honoring, preferring, venerating, or esteeming my husband in this matter? Does this show the man that I have covenanted with praise, love and admiration---exceedingly? Why am I so set on getting my own way? Could God take care of this for me? Would it be possible for me to allow God to be the perfect husband and lover that He is and let Him do this for me? Another basic question that is also a good check is "Is this really necessary or do I just want it?"

Much has been left unsaid on this subject. Please allow God the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you as you walk in the home He has placed you in. Be brave, take that first step of faith in obedience and watch what God will do in your home. Just make sure and certain that you have on the armor God has provided. The enemy of your home is going to attack. That is a definite. You may be asking yourself why. Why is the home under so much attack? The answer is profoundly simple. Because marriage and the home are the earthly example of Christ and His bride, the church. If the world can see examples of Jesus and the church walking in the Love of God all around them, then they will know the truth of God's neverending, longsuffering Love for His people. Once the truth has been seen, the unsaved will desire to experience it for themselves. The enemy can't afford to have that happen. Therefore, he must destroy this example.

We sometimes forget that our marriages aren't all about us. There is so much to do, so much to take care of, that we loose focus of what God says. Today, ladies, let's rise up, stand tall, line our lives, our thoughts, our feelings and opinions up with the truth of God's Word, and build up our homes. Let us walk with the wisdom God liberally gives. (James 1:5)

In future posts we will talk about not only building up our husbands and homes, but waging an attack of our own against the enemy. Today, however, we are going to focus on hedging our husbands in with the blood of Jesus to protect him as well as obeying the Word of God and treating our husbands as God has instructed us to. Let's go forth in the name of the Lord of Hosts and enjoy the harvest of obedience in our homes.

* Unless otherwise noted, all scriptures are taken from the Amplified Bible

10.05.2009

Fall Tea

Here is a recipe that looks perfect for fall tea time.  It comes from Cindy Rushton's Desktop Blog, under the recipe section.   Whether you are sitting down for a time of afternoon calm alone, taking it to a friend in need, or having a family celebration, this recipe looks like the perfect accompaniment to a good time.  Enjoy the "fruits" of your autumn labors.

YUMMY FRUIT TEA

2 quarts cranberry juice
1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade
3 pieces whole nutmeg
1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice
2 cups apple juice
1 ½ tsp. ground ginger

What to Do:

Pour all juices in a crockpot or a big pan on the stove top. Add spices in a cheesecloth. Simmer until you are ready to serve. Great hot or cold.

10.01.2009

Fear Not

John 17:23 - "...and that You have loved them [even] as You have loved Me."

Jesus was praying to God the Father in this verse. Let's look more closely at what He said. Do you see it? It says that God the Father loves us as He loved Jesus. Ok, we're going to think on that a bit and allow it to soak in. God loves me as He loved Jesus. Is it penetrating yet? God loves those who have received Jesus as Savior as He loved Jesus! If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, God loves you as He loved Jesus! That means He loves us exactly the same as He loves Jesus! Now that's something to get excited about. As marvelous as this truth is, we're going to take it even further. Are you ready for this?

Philippians 4:19 - "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

ALL your need. Catch that? Not some, not a part, but all. How? According to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. By Jesus.
We're going to travel to Luke chapter 12 verse 30 now. This scripture says "For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things." The verses prior to this one are talking about our need of clothes and food and how we shouldn't seek them because as verse 30 says, our Father knows that we have need of these things. I love it that God's Word doesn't leave us hanging. We are alway told "how" to obey. Verse 31 does this by instructing us to seek the Kingdom of God. When we seek God's Kingdom, all of the other things, food and clothes, will be provided. Not only does our Heavenly Father teach and instruct us in His Word, He also comforts us. "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32 How precious and complete is God's care of us. He knows our frame, that we are but dust. (Psalm 103:14) He knows that we will need encouraging and reminding of His love and care as we walk through this world.

Everywhere we look we see hard times. People everywhere are in a state of lack. A lack of food, clothing, money, abounds in this world. Yet God has said in His Word that He knows we have need of these things and that we are not to fear. He will supply all our need. Based on God's Word, when I think about needing food, I can be at rest because My Father knows I have need of that. Do my children need clothing? He knows about that need as well. Not only does He know about my needs, He will supply them. All of them. In my time? According to my wishes? Perhaps not, but He will supply them as is best for me because He loves me as much as He loves Jesus. How's that for Blessed Assurance?

During this season of worldly unrest and distress don't allow yourself to be deceived. The world's system may be falling apart, but God's Kingdom is eternal. Not only is God's Kingdom eternal, but it is going strong. As a citizen of the Kingdom of God, this world is not my source. God is. If He has said that He knows my needs and will supply them, then what have I to fear? Not a thing, not a thing. For my Father has said to "Fear not". He has also assured me in Psalm 91:8 that I will be inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High when the wicked receive their reward. I will only be a spectator. (Psalm 91:8) These promises and provision aren't for me alone, but for every one who confesses Jesus as Lord. Stand on God's Word. Allow it to renew your mind. Remind yourself where your true citizenship lies. The world's way of living and conducting business will fail. Everything not based on Jesus will, but you are not of this world. (John 15:19)

So, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32 "My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19 If fear and doubt attempt to shift your focus and bring despair, go to the Word and saturate yourself in the promises of God. Allow the supplier of your needs, the one who is great inside of you, to hide you in the secret place of the Most High. (Psalm 91) And Remember...He loves you as He loved Jesus. (John 17:23)

Have a blessed weekend celebrating the Lord of the Harvest, the One who supplies ALL your needs!