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April 9, 2019, 10:00 AM

Choose Love


How often do we pray, "Father, let (help) me love everyone today," then walk out of our 'prayer spot' and totally forget we've even asked?

Then, someone irritates us with their words...

Then, something happens that wasn't planned...

Then, another person tells us what someone else has said about us...

Then we feel slighted by someone, in some way...

When we are commanded in John 13:34 to love one another as HE loves us there are no ifs, there are no buts, there are no ands. One almost might say there are no options.  But there are actually two. You can make the right choice or you can make the wrong choice.  The above 'thens' have alternatives.  We can choose to respond as HE would with kindness, love, patience, gentleness, and self-control.  We can choose to be hateful, gossipy, malicious, or controlling.  What choice we make shows others Whose we are.

Let's make the right choice.  Love one another!

Blessings to you and yours!


Also posted on A Satisfied Spirit.


04-24-2019 at 9:33 AM
Barb Crisenbery
They will know we are Christians by our Love.
04-17-2019 at 9:14 AM
Beverly Zuvers
Yes Marie, this is so typical of us as we walk here on earth. I am thankful for the reminder to live by the fruits of the spirit.
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March 20, 2019, 8:24 AM

3 D's

First, let me say these 3 D's are from Satan not from the Word.

Discouraged - it's so typical this time of year to become discouraged - winter has lasted far too long - spring is teasing us - and I want to get out - I want draw from the energy of the sun. There is a far greater drawing I can turn to in this time of discouragment - to go the the Word - and to listen. God told the Israelites " not be discouraged." I Thessalonians has the theme of encouragment from chapter 3 -5. "We sent strengthen and encourage you in your faith." 3:2 "Therefore encourage each other with these words. 4:18 "Therefore encourage one another and build each other up..."

I only recieve encouragement/comfort when I am truthful of my feelings; the energy I want to draw from comes from the Son of God and my family of Christ followers.

Depressed - a dark place where Satan loves to see me/you. Pills are not the answer, I can personally testify to that, dulling the pain, sleeping it away has never worked. God's love and understanding are the healing factors for depression.  Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Abba, Father, he said, 'everthing is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.'" Mark 14:36 Luke recorded, Jesus sweat drops of blood when he prayed this, I imagine this was deep depression for Christ, yet he only pled for His Fathers will. Previous to this prayer he told the disciples, "Pray that you will not fall into temptation." Luke 22:39  They fell asleep, I fell asleep for awhile too. Praise God, I am now awake and know to fight the temptation of depression; for it is always with me and it is God alone who sends me help to deny it's hold on me.

Disappointment - as I walk through this path of life I have and will have disappointments - it is how I respond to these disappointments that make the difference. I have learnt much from a study with women and the teachings of Lysa Terkeurst in It's Not Supposed To Be This Way. Disappointments can lead me into sin - I must go to God and give them to Him- it is then He can walk with me through this troubled time in life. We must take our own disappontments and come along others who have thier own disappointments and say, "me too." "Therefore as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Col. 3:12

When life's 3 D's knock on your heart; turn to the God of Truth and those who are your greatest mentors in your walk with Chirst. 

Lord Jesus, I am a sinner washed by your blood; worthy to be called a sister in Christ. It is through you and by you that I come to the throne of the Father and I give all the praise, glory and honor to you. I need you daily as I fight the temptations of sin and I pray for my fellow sisters and brothers who are fighting with me. In your precious name, Amen




04-09-2019 at 11:13 AM
Well written, Bev. I really enjoy Lisa Terkheurst's writing, too.
03-27-2019 at 11:26 AM
David Mathis
The three "D" s are something everyone can relate to. Just saw this and looked out the window and realized it is spring. Read the first line about energy. Blessing and Praising God for this change in the weather and a chance to once again refresh my soul. Thanks, Bev for a great blog.
03-27-2019 at 8:22 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Great Words, Bev. Thanks for this post.
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March 11, 2019, 12:00 PM

I Infection

What stands between us and totally serving our LORD?  For me, it is often what I want to happen.  Sometimes, want the credit for volunteering to do a service.  Sometimes, want others to see what a great job I‘ve done.  Obviously, one can see that an “I infection” is creating a barrier between us (me and JESUS).  Since I’m being totally honest here let me say, I’m also totally aware that I am not giving Him total control of all parts in this life.

So then what happens?  How do I make the necessary changes?  Through lots of prayer, asking forgiveness (sometimes begging forgiveness), knowing and claiming His Word.  Matt. 6:33 can be the focus for a prayer like this.  Are we truly seeking His Kingdom and His Righteousness?  Then we can serve Him and know how He wants us to serve Him.

Understand that not just “I infections” get between us and really serving Him.  It could also be family, friends, spouse, career, home, “stuff”, other addictions…

He wants a strong relationship with us (through prayer and knowing His Word) so when He has a service opportunity for us we are ready and willing to do what HE needs!

Pray hard and pray often!!!

Blessings to you and yours!




03-12-2019 at 10:29 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Thank you Marie for the reminder that an "I" infection can be very serious in our walk with the Lord.
03-20-2019 at 8:06 AM
Beverly Zuvers
I too am in danger of the "I" infection; your words have reminded me of my great need to come closer to God and His truths.
03-27-2019 at 11:23 AM
David Mayhis
Great blog. Thanks for sharing
03-27-2019 at 11:50 AM
Great reminder, Are we in the habit of thinking God, or in the habit of me, me, me?
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December 19, 2017, 9:23 AM


Matthew 2:11 “And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him.”

This Christmas as we reflect on the Christmas Story, look closer at Matthew’s account of the Wise Men. “…the saw…fell down…worshiped…”

Will you fall down this Christmas to worship first; then unwarp the gifts.


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December 11, 2017, 7:56 AM


Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others — the armies of Heaven — praising God; ‘Glory to God in the highest Heaven,’ they sang, ‘and peace on earth for all those pleasing Him.’ When this great army of angels had returned again to Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Come on! Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ —            Luke 2:13-15 

This time of year it is all too easy to get caught up; caught up in shopping; caught up in programs; caught up in decorating our homes; wrapping presents; writing Christmas cards; baking and cooking.

"Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others...praising God..."  

Worship - in the days that remain until Christmas Eve join with me; let's raise our voices to God in praise for sending His Son.


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