Monday, August 29, 2011

How Great is Our God

by Nan Jones, Guest Blogger

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."
~ Matthew 24:35

The news reporter leaned into the wind, one hand clutching his windbreaker's hood, the other gripping his microphone against his chest. Shrouded by a veil of blowing sand and rain, the storm pummeled his body, daring him to contest the power of God. Hurricane Irene was on a mission to devour the very earth on which he stood.

As I watched this scene unfold, a thought beat through my mind like a drum: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away," saith the Lord.

A surge of wind nearly toppled the reporter. Behind him, a hungry tide stalked and gorged itself on the sandy shore. The beach disintegrated beneath him. The reporter struggled to keep his composure before an anxious audience. Did he really think he could harness the power of this monster by challenging it with his presence, his words? Could he withstand its authority? Irene was in charge of this feeding frenzy - not the news media.

Again, I heard the drumbeat. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away," saith the Lord.

"Lord," I said, "What is it You want me to see?"

In His gentle whisper He spoke to my spirit, "Do not fear, My child. Take courage, for I am with You. I am with My people. I will surround them with My Presence. When you pass through the waters you will not drown. The flames will not kindle upon you for I am the Lord Your God. You are Mine. As the earth shakes and floods, yea, as it begins its decay, I am with You. My Word, My Spirit, My power and love will always remain. I changeth not, saith the Lord."

Nothing in this world is for sure. The very breath we take cannot be taken for granted. Life can change in the beating of a heart. But, God...

But God will never change. "In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But You, Lord, remain the same, and Your years will never end." (Psalm 102:25-27,NIV)

Sweet friend, in an ever-changing world, take comfort in the knowledge that God loves you with an everlasting love. He, Himself, will rebuke the devourer from among you. He is the peace that passes all understanding. He is your Deliverer, your Counselor, the Mighty God and He knows you by name.

Amazing, isn't it? Simply amazing.

Father, You are great! In You we can depend. Thank You, Lord for Your love, for Your faithfulness. It is You that put the stars in place, Who holds the seas in Your hands. It is You Who rides on the wings of the wind. Your majesty and splendor we cannot grasp and yet, we are Your children. You call us by name. Nothing comes our way without Your knowledge. Thank You, Lord. Open the eyes of our heart to understand just how magnificent You are.

To read more of Nan's devotions, visit her blog, Morning Glory at Nan has a heart for Christian women who are struggling with their faith. Through difficult seasons in her life she has learned how to find God's light in the darkness and unspeakable joy when the river runs dry. She is available to speak at your ladies' meetings, brunches, teas, or special events. Pleas visit her website for more information.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Guest Blogger Day!

Hi Friends! Once again, we're at the end of another month and that means it's guest blogger day! Once again, we have the pleasure of welcoming my dear friend, speaker and author Nan Jones! Not many of you may know, but Nan is also waiting to be notified about whether a terrific book she has written will be published! It will be a devotional book for women called "let It Rain." Let's all help her pray for this to come to fruition. To read more of Nan's encouraging devotionals, visit and subscribe to her blog,
Ladies, get ready to be tremendously blessed and encouraged! Welcome, sweet Nan!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Psalm 23 Bible Study!

Ladies, would you join me for what I pray will be ahelpful and healing study of Psalm 23? This will be a 6 week study. I will be posting one verse per week with my observationsand reflections. I will then ask you to comment and do the same. I pray that this will not only be a study of this precious and very familiar Psalm, but also a time of renewal and rememberance of how God is not only our friend but our beloved Shepherd. The only break we will be taking is when we feature our guest blogger at the end of the month. Ladies, come join me! The Study will begin the first Monday in September.
May I pray for you?
Father, start preparing our hearts for this study. Give us all a heart to know in a more deeper way, not only as our friend, but as our Shepherd. If there is healing that will need to take place, show us. If you need to do some prooning or remove some layers, do your work, even now. In Jesus name, Amen.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Change Without Warrning

"For I am the Lord, I do not change."
(Malachi 3:6, New King James Version)

The phone call came without warrning. The phone would ring on that normal Friday evening to tell us that my uncle had been in an accident. It would let us know that he'd been severely burned by a radiator exploding. A normal Friday night, pierced by an unwanted, unwelcomed phone call. That goes to show us how quickly life can change. It can change without warrning, and most of all, with no reason. Even though our family was left with thoughts of fear of the unknown, thoughts that we didn't know what we would be told when we arrived at the hospital, we knew that even though our world had just changed, our God never changed, and never will! Isn't it great to know that even when our life seems to change without warrning, God never changes. He still remains the same yesterday, today and forever! He's unchangeable, unshakable, and unstoppable! When we feel as though our world has fallen apart, we can still turn to an ever-present God! He was our source of strength that night, and He will be yours as well. Ladies, when you feel like your life has changed without an explannation of why, remember, you serve an unchanging God! If you're struggling to understand the change that has come into your life today, seek the Lord and His counsel. He will be with you every step of the way!

Father, help us to see that when unexpected change comes into our lives, you are there and will never change! Amen!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

He Finishes What He Starts!

Until now, being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
(Philippians 1:6, New International Version)

When I first felt God calling me to write, my first thought was "Not me, I can't do that." Immediately, this verse came to my mind. If God calls you to do something for Him, he will give you what you need to get the task done. He will finish what He starts in you! Have you ever felt like you couldn't do something God has called you to do? You know that He called you, but you feel inadiquate, insecure, or just plain not ready for it? Let me assure you ladies, whatever God calls you to, he will equipt you for the task!

Father, help us all to complete the task you've set before us. You've given us each a calling, help us fulfill it to the fullest we possibly can. In Jesus name, Amen.