Why Nag God?


Repeating prayers is for us, not for God. He’s not forgetful, He’s not old. He does not have dementia. He cannot be confused. He can remember even if we just pray it one time; repeating them is for us it helps us but, just because we have only prayed it once does not mean it will not be answered.

Luke 18:1-8 NASB

18 Now He was telling them a parable to show that at all times they ought to pray and not become discouraged,
2 saying, “In a certain city there was a judge who did not fear God and did not respect any person.
3 Now there was a widow in that city, and she kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my opponent.’
4 For a while he was unwilling; but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I do not fear God nor respect any person,
5 yet because this widow is bothering me, I will give her justice; otherwise by continually coming she will wear me out.’”
6 And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unrighteous judge said;
7 now, will God not bring about justice for His elect who cry out to Him day and night, and will He delay long for them?
8 I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

Jesus was saying to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5.) Always live with open communication, your line always open. Walk and talk with God so that any given moment you can listen to His guidance through the Holy Spirit speaking directly to your heart. We can utter a thanks for the beauty of His creation we see or hear. We can utter a request, an urgent plea. We do not have to wait to dial up and be connected. There is no buffering or slow internet speed. Your line is always up and running.

God hears our prayers. It does not matter if they are spoken aloud or in our heart. He answers immediately. God has no time. It is answered. We wait in our time for the answer. The answer shows up in time, on time, according to His plan. Many times the answer is to wait upon Him and His plan to unfold. Many times we do not like the answer and refuse to see it. we keep praying for the answer we want, not His will.

14 This is the confidence which we have [a]before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.

1 John 5:14-15 NASB

In His will, not ours. To simply end with, “The will be done” will not help. We have to really have our heart open for God’s will and pray according to His will.

Are you willing for His will to be done?

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Spilt, but STILL


Isaiah 64:8 NASB But now, LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter, And all of us are the work of Your hand.

Your world might be collapsing and you feel crushed and broken.

James 1:2-4 HCSB 2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.

COMPLETE work. If there is still a piece of you not yielding to His potter’s hands, you will be broken and reshaped, molded into His image.

God uses broken vessels, not perfect. The world sees people as perfect and good.

Broken? Let His light shine through your brokenness.

Romans 3:10 NASB As it is written: “There is no righteous Person, not even one;

Philippians 2:17 NASB

But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.

When your world crumbles and shatters you, God is STILL here. He is STILL on His throne. He is STILL in control. He STIlLL loves you. He STILL cares. He STILL has a specific and perfect plan for you. You can STILL trust Him.

If you truly are His, truly His servant, you are willing to be broken, reshaped on His potter’s wheel. You might be scarred, chipped, leak; not perfect yet whole…. STILL usable.

Broken pots spill more water

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Forgive, Forget


If God is for us who can be against us that means we cannot be against ourselves. When you repeatedly ask God to forgive you you are saying to Him, “I do not believe You.” When we think that we cannot forgive ourself we are not doing what the Bible says for us to do. God forgives us, the Bible says so. Nowhere in the Bible does it say we have to forgive ourselves forgiven is forgiven. It is satan that is eating you up inside and defeating you, not God. God forgives when you repent. Move on and do not look back. Forgiven is forgiven with God.

Romans 8:1-2 NASB “Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.”

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

Acts 3:19 NASB “Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;”

Psalm 103:12 NASB “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our wrongdoings from us.

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Want


Psalm 23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

One of the most misinterpreted phrases of the Bible. The actual Hebrew it was written in means I lack nothing. Many Bible translations read, I have all that I need.

Want. Our world has a firm grip on wants. several generations now thrive in their wants. People’s wants surpass others needs. Parents wants surpass their children’s needs.

Psalm 16:5 GNT

You, Lord, are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands.

I remember wanting a child. We even went through testing. We had been married almost 5 years. We were talking about adopting. Then the good news, I was expecting. At the beginning of my second trimester I got into trouble. I lost my child. The doctor ordered an ultrasound to view complications I was having. There was a baby, a second child. I had lost a twin. The doctor wanted to abort the baby. He insisted it was for my health, I might not survive. I wanted the baby and I needed to trust the Lord.

Months later in an emergency C-section my healthy baby was born. They lost me in the surgery as the doctor had worried but, God spared me. I spent 10 days in the hospital and months recovering. My baby girl was hearing impaired but healthy. We were both given a second chance. I named her reborn, Rebekah… in Christ Kristen.

God gave me a want He does that… He gives us blessings. Our cup runneth over.

Psalm 37:4 NASB

Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

I would lose three more children I wanted. God will bless me in my fifth pregnancy with another girl. His blessed me and I called her my victorious, Victoria… child, Paige.

I wanted a boy. His chose to not give me a son. He knew my needs. My two girls were all I needed. He has now blessed me with two sons-in-laws and three grandsons. God’s plan was for me to raise two girls. That was all I needed.

When you trust the Lord with your needs, you will find that is all you really wanted. Ask Him for your needs and accept His provisions as all you ever wanted. That is when you will have true inner peace, contentment. That is all you ever really need.

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For I Know He Watches Me


The loud thud startled me from my peace mid Sunday afternoon. I sit by the window often to quiet my headache and rest. Watching God’s amazing birds is quieting to mind, body and soul. I have come so far from the panic and mis-processing I suffered after my bleeding stroke over six years ago. I knew what had just happened. Within moments I rose from my chair. I took my cane and went out through the lanai and carefully crossed through the grass to below the window.

I hoped it was just startled or knocked out. My heart ached for the little dove. I lifted him in my hand, still warm, and I knew he was lost. I have at least ten doves at my feeders. What was just one dove lost? One mattered, my heart was saddened.

Look at the birds of the sky, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather crops into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more important than they? MATTHEW 6:26 NASB

Are five sparrows not sold for two assaria? And yet not one of them has gone unnoticed in the sight of God. LUKE 12:6 NASB

For days I have thought about that little dove. It flew head on, full speed into a false image. I had looked at the window as it laid on the ground. I could not see what it thought it had. The reflection of the tree perhaps? The continuation of the sky? The scripture says God knew it had fallen, that He knows about our every moment too.

Each moment of today, as we face false horizons and need guidance, God cares. As the images on the man made screens offer false stories, fake horizons, and confusion , we can look to God at any moment. We do not need to fly head on, full speed without direction. We need not fear. God cares, He wants to answer, He is listening.

You need guidance that is true and direct to navigate through the daily world we live in. Mass hysteria, confusion and fear need not overcome us. We need to live in victory not defeat. Fear not for He has overcome the world.

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will also help you, I will also uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ ISAIAH 41:10 NASB

These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” JOHN 16:33 NASB

4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, so that the day would overtake you like a thief; 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing; 1 THESSALONIANS 5:4;16-17 NASB

If our focus is on the days events and possibilities, we may be lured into false direction. Take time to look towards our Lord Jesus for clarity and reality. Talk with Him, any time, anywhere.

5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But, he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. JAMES 1:5-6 NASB

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