HOW TO SYNCHRONIZE YOUR LIFE.

As George charged forward in his effort to vanquish the enemy, his horse was shot out from under him.  Amid the chaos of bullets whizzing by, swords fiercely clanging, and arrows piercing the air, he found another horse! Quickly mounting this horse, George rushed back into the fray of battle.  Again, down went his horse and again another horse was found. By now General Braddock had been killed and the troops where in chaos, but the young Colonel was able to gain control of the British regiments and ensued an effective retreat!  His coat would later show he had survived four different bullets, with only a hole to display their departure.  George Washington was the only officer to come away unhurt during the battle on July 9, 1775 with the French and their Indian allies.

Later, when it was time for George to become the commander of Continental Army and fight against the British; George Washington wrote this in a letter to Martha.

Dear Martha:

It has been determined in Congress, that the whole army raised for the defense of the American cause shall be put under my care…I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence (God) which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me,  not doubting that I shall return safe to you in the fall.

Because of the old school wording, I substituted the word Providence for the word God.  You see, George Washington did not rely on good fortune or luck. George relied on God and in his relationship with God.  Everyday he prayed for an hour in the morning and an hour at night, no matter what was going on around him even the Revolutionary War.  And, George left  his men with strict instructions that he was not to be disturbed  during his time of prayer.

The men who served with George were amazed at the way he went into battle, boldly and confidently leading the charge and in full view of the enemy.  You see, during those days of war, the enemy tried to kill the commanding officers first, thus creating a possibility of retreat from the opposition.  So here is a man with the enemy’s target honed in on him yet, George Washington steps out boldly and confidently.  I bet some of the men thought he was a raving lunatic while others borrowed some of his courage to help them through.

 

I believe when you are in direct communication with God each day, your life changes dramatically.  You find yourself bowing to God’s will for your life and not to this world’s view of how you should live your life. And there is nothing in this world which can stop God’s will for you from being fulfilled when you are in sync with God.  And yes, I believe God meant for George Washington to lead America to victory over the British and then for him to become the first President of the USA.
What does your prayer life resemble?  Do you feel so overwhelmed by your day you believe you cannot find time to pray?  If you do, then you must find the time to pray! To learn to be totally dependent on Him for your every need.  All God wants from you is a relationship between Father and child.   Because the only way to get through the hard times is with God. And then when the good times come around, the feeling resembles flying through the air unencumbered…free!
My challenge to you for one month is to pray for an hour in the morning and an hour at night. First buy a daily devotional and bible (if you don’t have one.)  Find an area of your home where you can go, close the door and pray.  Tell your family this is your time and not to bother you.  Some of you may have to get up an hour earlier each morning.
This is how I pray in the mornings.
  1.  I read my devotion for the day.
  2. Then I read the selected bible verses with the devotional.
  3. Next I pull out the bible and read a section of it.  I suggests starting in John.
  4. I pray by starting with asking forgiveness, and then praise and thank God for everything He has done and continues to do for my family.
  5. The last part is my own petitions for my family, friends, and strangers.

In Jesus Name Amen.

This is how I pray at night.

  1. Read some more of my bible.
  2. Thanking and praising God for the day.
  3. Ask God to help me to be a better and kinder person.
  4. Bring any new revelations or frustrations from the day to Him.

In Jesus Name Amen.

Do you accept my challenge? I pray so.

DEUTERONOMY 6:5

“YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.”

 

God Bless You!

 

 

I Tried To Write At First, But Could Not Do It Without Jesus.

I tried to write a note to the Martinez family concerning their loss of their beloved child Jonathan.  My own mother and grandmother’s heart is shattered into pieces for what they are going through.  A child should never, never go through the shooting which happened in their classroom on Monday! And a parent should not have to bury their child!

Off to my prayer closet I went this morning, to discuss it over with Jesus before I began to write.

At first my tears and words were hot with anger.  Angry at every adult who has let evil take a child away from their earthly home and family.  I proclaimed to Jesus that if I were head of education in America, I would fight like a lioness against every local, state, and national representative in America for the money they waste. I would blast my disgust every day and in every way I could, over the mere pennies they spend on the children of America in comparison to the millions they spend on their own self-serving agendas. And in their pruned up faces, I would plaster the children’s faces who have lost their lives, not because of a gun but because of them and their greed!

“Read your devotion, Joni.” I heard Him say.

My devotion book is called Mornings with the Holy Spirit by Jennifer LeClaire.

April 11 is titled “Be Quick to Forgive.”

When you are angry and frustrated, you have to ask yourself an honest question: Have you let resentment build up in your heart? Unless you are intentional about forgiving and are quick to forgive – a residue of resentment will build up over your heart the way dirt builds up on a windshield. Over time it will sink down into your heart and form a root of bitterness. Anger and frustration are often rooted in a failure to forgive the little annoyances as they occur.  Eventually, the resentment pot boils over.  Be quick to forgive – every time you get slightly annoyed.  Be quick to forgive.

Suggested reading…Hebrews 12:15; Colossians 3:13; 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7.

Wow! God came in loud and clear!

I serve a mighty God.  One who loves me and the whole world! Even if you don’t believe in Him, He believes in you!

After God set me straight, it took awhile before I was composed enough to exit my prayer closet.

I was ready to write the Martinez family a note…

 

Dear Martinez Family,

I will be praying for you and you will become a part of my permanent daily prayer list.  Jesus is the only one who can get you through this over whelming grief and heal your heart until you are with Jonathan again.

Today Jesus gave me this bible verse and I believe it is for you…

Matthew 18: 1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And He said:

“I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Jonathan is that child with Jesus and I know the angels are rejoicing because one of their own angels has returned home.

May God hold you in His loving arms always!

All my love and prayers,  Joni

 

Now, I ask you to join me in praying for the Martinez family.  Prayer is the greatest blessing we can do for one another on this earth!

God Bless You!  God Bless the families affected by Monday’s classroom shooting.

 

Can The Christian Band Mercy Me Get Any Better?

OH YES THEY CAN!  Their new album, Lifer, is amazing, incredible and so uplifting!  Having a bad day? Then go to YouTube and listen to the audio versions, or better yet go to iTunes and just buy it.  I pre-ordered Lifer and received teaser songs one at a time and then bam! The whole album.

Most of the time, when I get a new album, there are maybe 5 or 6 songs I really like.  Rarely do I like all of the songs on an album.  Lifer is one album that I love all of the songs.

The song “Even If” is a good reminder that Pastors, Praise Leaders, and Church teachers, get up on stage every Sunday and lift us up.  It does not matter what has been happening in their lives or the struggles they may be going through.  Have you looked at your Pastor as a human being with the same temptations as the rest of us fallen beings? We are men and women, male and female traveling through this time together for God’s reason.

OK, I won’t tease you too much.  The song I am putting on my site is called “Grace Got You.”  Now, I am going to stop writing so I can start dancing to the song.

God Bless You!

Westminster Terror Attacks (You Go British Prime Minister Theresa May!)

Accolades to British Prime Minister Theresa May after the Westminster attack on March 22.  She is a class act with a firm resolute about how her country will respond to terror.

“We will move forward together. Never giving in to terror. And never allowing the voices of hate and evil to drive us apart.”

And isn’t that all terror can do anyway is to divide a country? Because to divide is to conquer, at least that is how they view it. But what could happen if the countries under attack from terror come together? Not only the leaders, but the people. We are the ones who have the eyes, and the ears on the streets of our countries. We are the ones who can prepare and be aware when faced with an attack, to counter and defeat this evil! There are around 184,000 terrorists world-wide, and we have 325,838,705 Americans, 64,938,716 French, and 65,511,098 Great Britain citizens.

(If you want to view population by country…http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/population-by-country/)

As Christians, God has given us some strong promises concerning our enemies.  We need to know them, to pray them, and to follow God’s will. Do you not think that by standing with God, any evil can be defeated? I do.

God tells us, “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17

 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”               2 Timothy 1:7

If we read God words and believe God’s words, change will happen!

Another impressive statement by British Prime Minister Theresa May, which I feel is a truthful representation of the attack.

“The location of this attack was no accident. The terrorists chose to strike at the heart of our Capital City, where people of all nationalities, religions and cultures come together to celebrate the values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech.   These streets of Westminster – home to the world’s oldest Parliament – are engrained with a spirit of freedom that echoes in some of the furthest corners of the globe. And the values our Parliament represents – democracy, freedom, human rights, the rule of law – command the admiration and respect of free people everywhere.   That is why it is a target for those who reject those values.   But let me make it clear today, as I have had cause to do before: any attempt to defeat those values through violence and terror is doomed to failure.”

Democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law are the values which America was established.  We have come too far and fight hard every day to maintain theses values, to allow a spirit of terror defeat us!

Remember fighting terrorism is first being alert of your surroundings and reporting anything which looks out-of-place.  Even if it turns out to be a goose chase, because one of those times the person or situation might be the real deal.

God Bless You!

God Bless Great Britain!

God Bless America!

HAPPY 25TH ANNIVERSARY DISNEY LAND PARIS!

I love the travel page on my site One Retail Therapy (oneretailtherapy.com)! We have some of the best travel companies with amazing offers, on the internet! If you are single and don’t want to do bars and dating sites, we have a travel company just for singles. Some of the companies are specific to one area like Disney World, Orlando, or even Israel.

There is one company which has adventures going on around the world almost 24/7. The company is called ISANGO. They keep me updated with what is trending in the world of travel each week.  And that is how I found out Disneyland Paris is having its’ 25th Anniversary.  Wow, if Walt Disney could see his dream now!

You know I read somewhere, Walt bankrupted 7 times and he would not sell his mouse design.  Even when his future outlook was pretty bleak. I guess you know which design I am talking about. Yep, Mickey Mouse himself.

When I think about Walt Disney, I think about a dreamer and his perseverance. To all of us dreamers, he is an inspiration in never giving up on a dream! I wonder if Walt envisioned his company becoming the mega media outlet it is today?  Maybe that is why I love Disney World so much, because it is full of magic and dreams which just keep on blossoming.  Dreams that were and are achieved.

I believe God gives us dreams and buries them within our hearts.  Some people live out their dreams as teachers, doctors, pastors, and artists.  While others forget their dreams and buy into the world’s declared dreams they should do instead.  And don’t fool yourself into thinking that if a dream is from God, it will be achieved over night.  Sometimes God gives us dreams to teach us things like perseverance, patience, kindness, and respect along the way.

What is your dream?  Maybe a trip to Disneyland Paris for their 25th anniversary? Or maybe a life changing adventure to a third world country to assist them with their every day difficulties and share your knowledge with them.

Whatever your dream is, keep pursuing it! Maybe you will be the next Walt Disney, Mother Teresa, or Steve Jobs.

God Bless You!

Baby Jesus and Moving (Just Bobbin and Weaving My Head)

Well, I finally found my book on Anne, Jesus’ grandmother.  I was sure I packed it in one of the office boxes, but I could not find the book.  Must have been bobbin and weaving my head in the wrong direction, because my husband looked into the box and pulled the book right out.  Isn’t it always that way.

Last night I began reading the book on Anne again.  In this section she talked about how the people must have felt when they held baby Jesus.  We parents know exactly what new baby love feels like.  It comes with a multitude of emotions triggered by smells, sounds, and snuggles.

The author described a feeling of greatness and love that was overwhelming to the point of  dropping them to their knees. Because I have been blessed to have been in the presence of Jesus, I have my mere human description.  I wrote the next paragraph in an earlier blog post called, “The Sweet Fragrance of Love.”

The shirt smelled fragrant, but not overpowering; warm, gentle, pleasing, and full of love.  The next breath I breathed deeply into my lungs.  My body was filled with the warmth and love of the fragrance. I was so happy, with a happiness that comes from another dimension.  And I knew it was Jesus!

Yes, I know what it feels like to be in Jesus’ presence, but to have held Him as a baby…my mind cannot fathom the immense feelings that would pulsate through my body.  Love, greatness, peace, joy and words our English language does not contain would be some of the descriptions. And the fragrance…a baby is soft, and powdery but this would be a scent designed by the angels, which would fill your body, mind, and soul. A scent never known to man, only made for our Savior.

In 2 Corinthians 2:15, we are told, “For we are to God the pleasing aroma of Christ among those who are saved and those who are perishing.”

Now I am overwhelmed! Jesus made my own aroma so good that I smell like Christ to God.  And you and everyone else too, even those who are not saved.  Love?  No, we do not have a human word to describe this kind of emotion.

Jesus’ time as a baby is gone and we don’t have the opportunity to hold Him.  But Jesus takes every moment we give Him to hold us!  Don’t have a little time for Jesus today?

God Bless You!

God Bless America!

F is for Family…Not Really

I heard about an animated series which is on Netflix called, “f is for family.”  One of those recommendations of “you have to see it,” kind of things.  And after seeing a small portion of the first show, I thought the show is a vulgar copycat version of the 70’s television show, “All in The Family.” Except I don’t exactly remember the 70s that way nor the show”All in The Family.”

These days vulgarity means big money.  You don’t have to even be a good story teller or comedian as long as it is disgusting and/or shocking.  How sad.  Why have a good plot when you can blow something up or mutilate people instead? Yes, sometimes when I think we have hit the bottom of the barrel in creativity; something like this show comes along and proves me wrong again.

Have you ever thought about the onslaught of foul language, perverted nudity, and violence we allow to enter our homes each day?  From games, to television shows it is a 24/7 free-for-all competition at who will capture our attention first.  The more we watch or listen to, the more we become accustomed and then the language, scenes, and actions don’t seem so vulgar.  And the more we become accustomed, the more it will take to get our attention next time.

In Luke 6:45 Jesus states, “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”

Basically we are what we say.  So if you speak foul and vulgar language, along with obscene actions well…you are foul, vulgar and obscene.

Also in Matthew 12:36-37 we are told by Jesus, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Isn’t it funny that Satan knows these things too? Not really.  So, by getting us to speak, watch, and listen to vulgarity puts us one step closer to his realm and another step away from God.

Now I know people will make fun of what I have said.  They will say things like, “If I watch f is for family, I am going to hell.” Maybe, maybe not. Thankfully, it is not my decision.  My point is it becomes easier and more widely accepted. Once vulgarity and abuse is more widely accepted within your home, your home and family may become vulgar and abusive.  Is that what you really want for your own children?

So where does the buck stop or should I say the vulgarity?

With us! By stopping the money flow to these shows.  Write letters to the advertisers stating you will no longer purchase products from them, if they support these shows monetarily. And then stop buying their products! Oh, yes…stop watching or participating in these things! Talk to friends, family, and neighbors about how important it is to give our next generation a better start in life.

Something to think about anyway.

God Bless You!

God Bless America!