I’m Happy With Jesus Alone …

Recently a friend of mine and I have BOTH been in the midst of circumstances that have made us face personal limitations. It has been a joy to walk the road with another sister in Christ because we have helped one another reach and remain at a place of contentment. We have encouraged one another to stay close to God and dwell in His presence at all times. As we share every week or so; we have both been so happy to find that His presence is completely fulfilling. We have not found ourselves feeling lacking, rather we are in joy.

However, that is not the case for everyone all of the time. This world we live in compels us to seek more; to be more; to have more; to do more; to desire more. Time and time again I hear people saying don’t settle for this or that. I agree that we should all live out our God given purpose – that is to be sure! But what if God hasn’t created you to be 1st; to be at the top; to lead everybody …. What if His purpose for you includes suffering for the sake of His Kingdom?!?! What if He is teaching you to be grateful where you are? What if your difficulties are meant to teach someone what faith looks like

I had a friend once who would not let her husband enter ministry because it would mean she’d have to give up her lifestyle. Her life was wrapped up in: her life! Very sad, because all things pass away …

Contentment – it is a God reflecting character trait. Contentment – it is an attitude that says His presence is enough. Contentment – it means that my status and circumstances don’t cause me fear. Contentment – it means that personal gain will not make me the center of my own world. Contentment – it means that I won’t do what is evil to gain what the world says is good. Contentment – it means that all that He gives to me I will be grateful for, but none of it will mean more to me than Him!

There’s nothing so precious as Jesus to me;
Let earth with its treasures be gone.
I’m rich as can be when my Savior I see;
I’m happy in Jesus alone.

I’m happy with Jesus alone,
I’m happy with Jesus alone;
Though poor and deserted, thank God, I can say,
I’m happy with Jesus alone.

Charles Prince Jones

Grown Man, but Baby Boy :-)

I just can hardly get used to you, my baby, being a truly grown man. You’ve made this mama smile from day one – even when you got old enough to get on my last nerve … you made this heart sing praises and thanksgiving to The Almighty God.

I am loving watching you discover and walk into all that God has created you to be … all that He has created you to do. Caring for people and bringing upon this earth joy that is mind blowing. Serving people as you lead them into their own life purpose. The way you give yourself to others is just mind blowing still.

This mama is praying God’s blessings over Jeremy as he pursues amazing goals in life. Praying God’s blessings over him as he shows many of his friends the value of standing firm instead of running, when you give all of those heavy things to God … He’ll bear them for you. Praising God for his tremendous blessings over Jeremy – meeting his every need, as he willingly meets the needs of friends in many ways! He’s not a quitter and he always has a heart for folk who need help that he can give.

My Jer Bear reflects true strength and service to anyone around him, which helps them to do some of the same things. He knows there is no trouble free road, but He knows that The One who can … will walk him right on through all of it. He knows that if he just does what The Father says … all will be well.

As people who profess belief in Christ – our hearts must at all time seek to love people and help people even if it costs us time, money, peace, quiet … even if it just Gets On Our Nerves! It’s not easy to commit to help people who don’t love you and who will enjoy using you for their own good and not for your own. But we have to have the wisdom to believe that no matter what we give of ourselves, God will keep us!

The skill that God has poured into Jeremy is one that is a help for others. See this … when a person is doing a television program, motion picture, a podcast, music production, or any other project that needs truly skilled and exceptional sound assembly .. they need a true audio engineer, one that knows what he is doing. And that’s my Jeremy. He does his work to help others – not to be glorified – but to help people be even more amazing than they ever thought possible! Ain’t that something! (you can check him out here https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-news/softee-crush-song-you-need-to-know-1064087/)

Jeremy’s love for others exceeds most young men his age. When difficulties come his way – he takes a deep breath and just dives on in … knowing that His King has him and won’t let him go! He has the wisdom and courage to trust God with his heart; with his needs; and with his entire life … because he has no doubt that he has The Lord’s heart; that The King will provide his needs; and that The One who gives life has his life in control!

I am thanking God every single day for the amazing blessing He gave me in you! You are true joy to my heart!

Happy Birthday Jeremy!! My Jer Bear! My baby boy!

Trust Him

When Lloyd and I were at Dallas Theological Seminary – we discipled recovering addicts and their wives as they tried to rebuild their marriages. One of the statements I consistently made to them was that I had the sense not to trust my husband, but rather to trust God in all things. I trust God completely. The Lord knows what’s best for me — even more than my beloved husband does — The Lord knows. I trust that the Lord has given Lloyd to me as my husband; I trust that Lloyd follows the Lord’s direction; therefore, I trust Lloyd’s reliance on the Lord. I have applied this same principle to myself, realizing that I can’t trust my heart or my own knowledge to make decisions because my heart is deceitful and wicked AND my knowledge comes from my very limited experience here on this earth. The One who made me, however, has a heart that has nothing wrong in it — His knowledge encompasses all of what has been known; all that is known; and all that will be known. Where He leads me does not always make sense to me but I can testify that as I have learned to rely on His heart and His wisdom, the paths before me have been plain/unencumbered. We all struggle with giving another control of our lives, submission is not easy for anyone. I challenge you to give God a chance to show you what He can do and who He is. He won’t lie to you; His promises are yes and amen; He is unwavering; He is dependable; He desires that your life be rich and full; He has plans that include a hopeful future for you. If that isn’t enough – even when His will for you makes you cry – He is there to comfort you deeply in ways that no other can. When you don’t understand why something has happened, you can rely on the fact that His understanding is far above yours and that not even the worst circumstance is wasted.** As for me, I’ll just trust Him with my heart and with my life. **Thanks Linda Gawthropfor that reminder!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)