Does God Hear Me?

Psalm 17:6 (NIV) – “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

Sometimes prayers feel as though they are lingering and waiting to be heard.  Rest assured, God hears you and is answering your petitions according to His will for you.  1 John 5:14 (NIV) – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”  God hears you!

God heard Hagar and told him not to be afraid (Genesis 21:17)

God answered Hannah’s prayer and she gave birth to a son. (1 Samuel 1:20)

God heard the Israelites. (Exodus 3:9)

God hears the whispers in your heart and He is never to busy to listen.  Praise Him, confess to Him, Thank Him and ask Him.  He is waiting to hear from you.

Heavenly Father, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” (Psalm 17:6).  Amen

Christian Candy?

I would like to introduce one of our writers for 46 Psalm.  Our first of several writers is Amanda.  She lives in PA with her sweet family.  Amanda is married and has homeschooled all three of her children, two of whom are currently in college.  Amanda is a daughter of the one true King and loves to share His love. 

Christian Candy?  —  By: Amanda H.

So much has been happening lately….where do I begin? I recently read about Christian Candy! Wow! Do you know what that is? It sounds good and is good. But too much of anything is NOT GOOD.

Christian Candy Ingredients:

Christian T-Shirt, Christian CD’s, Christian Concerts, Christian Cruises, Christian Books, etc.

I love all of these. But, we have to grow up! We have to see that all these candies take money and this same money can speak the word “Jesus” to a lost soul. For example, someone in Zambia who has never heard JESUS LOVES YOU before.  I thought about this. Then the questions poured in on me. Why do we spend so much money to make us look more identifiable as Christians, or to spend more time celebrating being a Christian, or soaking in the joy of our faith while disturbingly in contrast, we spend so little sending to the disadvantaged side of the world where the villages of people have never heard His precious name? That t-shirt, cd, book, concert are all distractions to what God called us to do. Wow! This is not what I wanted to feel or hear.

But this time, I took advantage of my “spiritual spanking” and started pursuing the goal of raising and sending $2000 to Zambia, to the remote villages. I know a man personally who has gone and has done this. A man that is a friend of ours will take this money and buy bicycles for Zambia pastors. I can hand this to them! I can!!!

Let me explain. The Zambian pastors walk EIGHT HOURS to hear another pastor read the Word of God to them in their language.  They have lots of Bibles in English but they don’t speak English. Then the same pastors walk many more hours into the remote areas to remote villages to share what they heard. We can help. I can help. I will help.

Once my goal money arrives I will be able to buy 20 bikes there in Zambia where the bikes will be built. One man has the parts sent in and he makes them there. Tadahhh! So easy. These men will have bicycles to ride to wherever they can to spread the WORD OF GOD! They are better at explaining the Word than English speakers. They are more welcomed. They are willing and ready, called by God. See the photo I added of these men when they got their first bicycles. How happy they were.

After I reach that goal, I am going to take the extra money to buy Bibles for the pastors to take and give to the new believers. This doesn’t sound like a big deal does it? It isn’t a big deal. What is the big deal?

God has shown me in a very serious way that people will be held accountable. You cannot sit around eating “Christian Candy” while there are souls that need to know Jesus! You have been fed now give the leftovers to the next guy! Selfishness…total entitlement mentalities! In the body ofChrist, let us hear where we have failed!

I apologize for sounding so pushy, but I am 53 years old, and I have wasted a lot of time! Don’t waste time like I have. Spread the WORD to the jungles, the deserts, and the other side of the world. Ask God to give you a personal contact with someone who is brave and has been called to go deliver the gifts you gather. Tell your friends and family, neighbors and church people to donate and help you make your goal. I feel so good knowing that I am sharing my soul-food with the hungry souls, those hungry for Jesus.

When you lay your head down on the pillow tonight and sigh a deep sigh of comfort knowing your sins have been forgiven, think of the souls who don’t even know WHO they are missing. Make it your goal to reach them.  Just start small! Small adds up! God is counting on us. I want to be held accountable!Zambia Pastor (2)

Master Gardener

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The very second you accepted Christ, He became a part of you.

YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST!  Phil 4:13

With Christ, you CAN have the day created for you.

Sometimes that means, weeding out, what is not meant for your time.

Ask God to prune one thing that is not in His plan for your days.  It could be an activity or a thought, you may need to let go of.  Maybe there isn’t anything for this season, or maybe there are three, but let God show you His schedule.   Slowly, you will see what needs to go, in order to make room for His plans.

Pay attention to what the Master Gardener, leaves on your branches.  Let go of the things He trims away.

The Vine and the Branches  “I am the true Vine. My Father is the One Who cares for the Vine. He takes away any branch in Me that does not give fruit. Any branch that gives fruit, He cuts it back so it will give more fruit.  John 15:1-2 (NLV) 

SURVEY SAYS!

Please answer the top 5 questions that are on the blog!  All or one would be wonderful!  Thank you for sharing your heart with us!!

1.  What are you not letting God control?

2.  What has God given you?  (Good & Bad)

3.  What attitude are you wanting God to help you with?

4.  What are you wanting God to help you learn in life?

5.  What way of thinking do you want God to change in you?

Happy Pondering!  We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Smile by Faith

Smile by faith when you can’t smile by feelings. I saw this when I was browsing through Tony Evan’s website.

Made me think… Screen Shot 2014-09-18 at 12.13.01 PMWe could also say, “Love by faith when you can’t love by feelings.” The interesting thing about that is the feelings will often follow your faithful choice. I’ve heard people say, love is a choice, but now I’m starting to get it. There is so much I still need to learn. Choosing to act by faith, will often result in your heart changing. I’m choosing to act by faith and my heart is continually changing, but God has a way of keeping me on my toes by having me go through the hard things until my heart changes. Thank God He loves us enough to let us go through trials so that we have a chance to choose faithful actions. I know that sounds strange, but what a gift it is to get to the other side and see how far you’ve come. . . . choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve . . . —Joshua 24:15

Hope you are choosing to smile today! 

Bringing Jesus back! The Good News Box

You might have been like my husband and I, and felt lost in the busyness of the Christmas season.  Some years we made it to December 26th and realized we barely talked about Jesus because he was drowned out by all of the other exciting things that would distract us and our kids.  I’m not proud to admit that, but unfortunately it was true and CONVICTING!

It’s exciting to see our kids visit Santa, hang stockings, wear cute Christmas pajamas, make Christmas decorations, decorate our tree, find the perfect gift that will light up their world, and the list goes on.   

With all of the noise, we got lost and couldn’t see or feel the true meaning of why we were celebrating!  I love Santa, and I love to give gifts and make Christmas crafts!  I love Jesus even MORE and I wanted to make Him the main event during Christmas!  

We still have a visit from Santa and we still decorate our tree and find special gifts for one another.  BUT, that isn’t what 95% of our discussions are about during the month of December!   Our hearts have slowly been transformed to knowing and appreciating Christ all the days of the year, and especially during Christmas.  I wanted a way for bring Jesus back to the front of our entire month of December!

I’m excited to share The Good News Box with you.  My husband and I have been reading the devotions and doing the activities for over 10 years now, and I can attest to how this has helped our family make Jesus a priority!  When we think about Christmas, we still remember Santa and gift giving, but our hearts and minds are focused on Jesus!  

I’m happy that I can now start sharing bits and pieces of this book with you!  It’s not quite ready to be purchased, but will be available in a few weeks!  It will be affordable and I will be donating much of the proceeds back to God!  Without His son, this book wouldn’t even exist, so it only makes sense to do good works with God’s blessings.  

My prayer is for more of us to bring Jesus back to the main event this Christmas!  May God bless you!!  

Cyndi 

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Here’s part of a page in the book!

Coming soon! A Christmas Family Devotion

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The Good News Box is a Christmas Family devotional, a gift to Jesus, and a hands-on experience to talking about Jesus with your family! On sale soon!!