Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 19, 2014

JoBeth-09As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:30-32 (NKJV)

Are you frustrated with your imperfections, disappointed in the imperfect people in your life, or weary of this imperfect world? What a huge comfort to discover the realization that the ways of our God are perfect and to know with assurance that His Word has proven to be perfect, too. He is the protector and defender of all who put their trust in Him. He alone is the Almighty God above all gods and majestic Lord above all lords. There is nothing in this world more sure, more solid and more dependable than our God, The Rock. Our loving, compassionate and merciful God lifts us out of our pity puddles of discouragement, renews our strength and even makes our crooked rough roads into perfect paths of peace. Thank You, Lord!

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 12, 2014

JoBeth-08 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Do you find it difficult to trust others because of past betrayal, rejection or abandonment? You may remember a time as a child when your Dad encouraged you to leap and to trust that he would catch you or of being blindfolded and having to trust someone to lead you and not let you stumble or fall. We are encouraged in this scripture to trust the Lord with ALL our heart even when others have failed us and we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t have to struggle and strive to figure it all out when we don’t know what to do. God in all his loving, compassionate, goodness and grace is always there to heal our hearts, to catch us and to guide us when our hopes have crumbled and we can’t see the way ahead. His mercy is new every morning and His love never fails.

The Feast Days

 

AbstainfromEvil

 

What God requires of us is an undefiled, repentant heart. A heart that can only be cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ His Son, His plan for  Atonement. A heart that does not run toward evil – but in fact abstains from even the appearance of evil 1 Thessalonians 5:22.  This means that if it looks evil – then it is evil. Personally my heart beats for Him and I choose His feast days – His High Holy Days – because obviously as written in the Bible – they are very important to Him. When you truly Love someone – you want to know and do what is really important to them. Have you ever stopped and sincerely asked God – the Creator of the Universe what is important to You God? He will tell you.. He loves talking to us and is never ever put off by our asking questions.

In fact – if we all asked Him more questions – we would all probably not get into so many difficult situations.

You may never put these two things together – but come next September – if you’ve had a pretty rough year – look back at your last September –  October. What did you celebrate?  God did give us free will – and we are all free agents and can choose for ourselves. Run to God, abstain from evil, Blessing is so much better. Look at this world – the condition of it, take a moment and as God to see from His perspective. He will show you.  It will change you forever too.

Please this October – lay down what you think is fun and embrace what is important to Him.

It’s a time of repentance, a time to draw near to The LORD. A Time when He decides what your year is going to be. Only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ – His sacrifice – He came to Tabernacle among the human race – Only if we repent will He heal our land. To Repent means to turn from your sin – go and sin no more.  Only if we lay down our evil for His good..

Who do you serve? God or the devil? Because if you partake of evil – you get evil. This is a day to choose – and if you don’t know why – Ask God- He will reveal all truth to you – only if you ask. He has a well lit path for you – only if you will step on to it. He has Blessing for you – only if you choose HIM.

God has a plan for your life and it is a Good, Wonderful, Blessed plan. He truly loves you and He is waiting for you.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of October 5, 2014

JoBeth-07But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

Have you ever felt like a misfit, too different or unacceptable amongst your friends, at work or in your family? What an encouragement to find in this scripture what God has to say about you. You are a chosen one! You are a part of the elite inner circle with access to God; a Holy nation! And, you are part of a distinctive people that have accepted God’s invitation to come out of the dark painful, depressing and hopeless places into the marvelous light of His love! So lift your heart, your hands and your voice to praise the Lord because you are a chosen, special one with the opportunity to display His goodness and glory to all those around you in this world! Thank You, Lord!

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 28, 2014

Jobeth-06Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have you ever wondered how to find God’s will? What if the three things listed in this verse were the keys to releasing and experiencing God’s will? In the many tests, trials and desperate situations we face each day, what if we would choose to rejoice in the Lords’s overcoming power instead of worrying? What if we would then choose to pray in faith instead of yielding to fear? And, what if we would choose to give thanks for the opportunity to see God demonstrate His abundant provision to us instead of grumbling and complaining? In Matthew 19:26 Jesus said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” By His grace, choose to rejoice, pray and give thanks in everything today to set your feet on the path of God’s will concerning you.

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 21, 2014

jbmountviewI lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (HCSB)


Have you ever been awed and captivated by the majestic beauty of the mountains? Some of us welcome the challenges of hiking and climbing mountains for the thrill of enjoying the breathtaking scenic beauty, the fresh smell of pine trees, and the enrapturing views from lofty peaks. But, sometimes we may face the treacherous slopes of life’s daunting dilemmas that can seem impossible to climb. We need to be reminded that no matter how insurmountable our problems may be, the Lord is with us and He hears our cries for help. Trust the Lord today to see your mountain of impossibilities as a mountain of opportunity to be overcome in the power of His might as His strength is made manifest in your weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

 

How’s your Prickle Factor? by Conny Hubbard

fp071208-37Recently, I took an online class on fibers. I love to knit and wanted to learn more about the different kinds of yarns I can use. There were several new words I learned in that class, all related to fibers. One of them was “prickle factor.” This refers to the feeling you get when you wear something made from wool that makes your skin itch. Without getting too technical, let me just explain it like this: when coarse fibers are present in wool fabrics they press into the surface of your skin. Finer fibers bend when they are pressed against skin. Pain receptors in our skin get triggered and respond to these tiny little pricks of the fibers. There is also a difference in how people react to these fibers sticking out from the yarn. Some are more sensitive than others to this “prickle factor.” The tougher ones have pain receptors that are triggered at a higher force or they have “thicker skin.” Some start to itch when they only think about wearing a certain fabric.

You can probably already guess where I am going with this. Some people are like those rough fabrics with large micron fibers in them, translated: attitudes that stick out and prick the people around them. Others are like those soft and comfy sweaters you can’t wait to wear in the cold weather. They are soothing and gentle.
We all can think of people who fit in either category. And there may be times when we are more prickly than others. I’m thinking back to the time when PMS or menopause would determine my prickle factor more than the Lord. My husband knew to stay away from me until I wasn’t so prickly anymore. I’ve also learned from experience that spending time in God’s presence diminishes my prickle factor. Can you relate? Being able to roll the whole of our care over on Him who cares for us (1 Peter 5:7) and finding rest in His presence (Matthew 11:28) makes us easy to be around. We become more yielded which is a necessity in any relationship, especially in marriage.

So, how’s your prickle factor? From one to ten where are you? For those of us who are married maybe we should ask our spouses! We might be blind to our own “prickliness.”

While I cannot control the prickle factor of other people, I can, with God’s help, change my own. I can also control how I react to other people’s “prickliness.” With God’s help I can develop a thicker skin and not let it get to me. I have a sweater I like but I cannot wear it on my skin. It’s just too prickly. But I’m okay if I layer it over, let’s say, a turtleneck. Is there a prickly co-worker you can’t get away from? Maybe a little space, a firm boundary, and prayer will help you deal with their prickle factor.

Blessings,
© Conny Hubbard

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of September 14, 2014

JoBeth05Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:2-5 (NKJV)

When considering a new job or opportunity, don’t we carefully evaluate the benefits before making our decision? And, when a job gets difficult or frustrating we often remind ourselves of the benefits in order to hang in there. Like the Psalmist in these verses, we may need to be reminded of the significant benefits that are ours when we choose to follow the Lord. By applying these truths to ourselves individually, we can declare: He forgives MY iniquities (wrong tendencies and actions)! He heals MY diseases! He redeems MY life from destruction! He crowns ME with love and mercy! He satisfies ME with goodness and He renews MY youth like the eagles! Be blessed in your soul today and forget not His benefits. Amen.