LORD, Open My Eyes!!

I am having my first cataract surgery tomorrow. It is amazing to me that the doctor will remove my lens and put a brand new lens in my eye!! What a miracle!

I have to admit that my excitement outweighs any nervousness I may have. I have worn glasses and/or contacts around 50 years!! The thought of waking up in the mornings and being able to see is awesome!!

Yes, I desire clear vision with my physical eyes…but even greater is my desire for clear vision spiritually! I pray that my renewed vision physically will be a sign of the renewing of my spiritual vision.

May I see what You see, Lord!! May I see past the physical and into the spiritual reality of Your kingdom. May I speak and declare YOUR will over Your people and Your world!

LORD, open my eyes!!!!

WATCHMEN ARISE!

“Under a Tornado Watch…Tropical Storm Elsa. UPDATE: Tornado Watch cancelled!”

Within the hour of me posting about the tornado watch this morning, it was cancelled. It just goes to show – things can change quickly…in weather and in life!

We should always be “watchmen.” Watching for physical storms AND spiritual storms!!

For thus the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman; let him announce what he sees.” Isaiah 21:6

…”Upon a watchtower I stand, O Lord, continually by day, and at my post I am stationed whole nights.” Isaiah 21:8

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

Lord, watch over our city…our state…our country…our world!! Open our eyes, O Lord! Empower us to be Your watchmen! Empower us to be Your voice! In the mighty name of Jesus I pray! AMEN!

BE LIFTED UP!

The title of the message that my pastor gave on this special day, Father’s Day, was entitled “Walk a Little Slower Daddy” taken from a poem that he read aloud before giving his message.

Many of us are blessed to still be able to talk to our fathers and some miss those special times of sharing because our fathers have passed on to be with the best Father in the universe! Can you imagine what awesome times of talking and sharing they are engaged in!

Well! We don’t have to wait until we get to heaven to enjoy talking to Father God or to enjoy Him talking to us! He is speaking if we will just take the time to listen.

About halfway in the sermon, as my pastor said the words, “Walk a little slower daddy,” the Lord gave me a vision. 

In the vision, I saw us trying to catch-up with the Father as we ran after Him down a path. But, then I saw Him stop, turn around, and lift us up onto His shoulders! God wants us to see the world from His perspective. He wants us to rest in Him – knowing HE is our strength and our support.

Instead of us having the Lord move at our pace – He enables us to move at His pace! Hallelujah!!

Beloved of God, get ready to be lifted up to a NEW LEVEL!  A new level of faith; a new level of ministry; a new level of peace; a new level of love!!

*As I finished sharing my vision in church, we immediately began singing, “Love Lifted Me!” This song was scheduled before the service began. God’s timing is perfect!

Oh, precious ones! LOOK UP! Look past all of the worldly circumstances and look into Abba’s (Daddy’s) face. Can you see the love that He has for you? Can you see His arms outstretched as He bends down and lovingly lifts you up? Reach out…and BE LIFTED UP!!

REJOICE!!

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:8‬)

For many this Christmas will look differently than any Christmas in the past. Some will not be able to spend time with loved ones due to death, sickness, or quarantine. Some will be unable to afford gifts due to loss of income. 

Yes, circumstances change. Everything around us can be shaken and uprooted. Nothing is guaranteed.  So where do we put our hope – in our government, in our jobs, in our doctors, in our church, in our family, in our friends, in our own ability and strength?

Dearest ones, if we choose to place our hope in anyone or anything other than Jesus Christ, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Circumstances change and people change.  But Jesus doesn’t change. He is the same – yesterday, today, and forever!  Hallelujah!!

During this Christmas season, let us remember that we have been given the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior! He is our strong anchor. He is our strong foundation. He is our source of strength, healing, wisdom, love, joy, and peace. 

Let us celebrate Jesus! Let us not only celebrate Him during this Christmas season, but let us celebrate Him every day of our lives. REJOICE!!

Our Greatest Blessing

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow.  It is a day of gathering with family and enjoying good food and good company. It is a day of remembering the goodness of God and catching up on what has been happening in our lives.  It is a day of sharing our good times and supporting each other as we journey through the challenges of life. 

Our plans for Thanksgiving Day with family will not happen. I am certain that there are many that have had to rethink and replan Thanksgiving and perhaps even Christmas because of the continuing threat of COVID.  

We are disappointed. But, as I read and meditate on the Scripture above, I am reminded that in spite of my disappointment over not being able to be with family for Thanksgiving – I still have much to be thankful for.  I am to be thankful in all circumstances. No matter what is going on, I have much to be thankful for.  

Even though I can’t be with my family in person, I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for video calling that allows us to connect virtually. I am thankful for being able to pick up a delicious Thanksgiving meal from Cracker Barrel. I am thankful to be able to help others have food during Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my loving husband and my beautiful home.

What are some of the things you are thankful for during this Thanksgiving season?  May we remember to be thankful in all seasons and in all circumstances. 

Father, thank You for all the blessings in my life. Help me to focus on what I do have and not on those things that I don’t have. LORD, thank You for being my Greatest Blessing!! AMEN!!

Yet I Will Praise The LORD!!

“Though the fig tree should not blossom And there be no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive should fail And the fields produce no food, Though the flock should be cut off from the fold And there be no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will exult in the LORD, I will rejoice in the God of my salvation. (‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NASB)

This is such a good reminder that our praise of Almighty God is not dependent on how things are going on in our lives.  Our praise is not in response to our circumstances – but our praise is in response to who God is!  

As we continue to journey through COVID –  we offer our undiluted praise to the LORD!!

As we walk in uncertainty of what our future holds – we offer our praises of faith to the LORD!!

I invite you to join me in wholehearted, faith-filled, joyful praise to the God of our salvation!! Our circumstances are constantly changing – but the LORD does not change! Hallelujah!!

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

Blessing the LORD with you!

Tina Roach