Heart Keepers Ministries

His Presence Is Our Hope

by Debbie on May 17, 2017

HIS PRESENCE IS OUR HOPE!

Life is hard but God is good! Nothing can change the goodness of God. Yes hard things happen to us.

We run into some Red Seas with mighty waves.

We run into some Jordan Rivers in flood stage.

We run into some mountains that seem hard to move.

We run into some hills that seem to hard to climb.

Yet we have this hope...

When we accept Jesus in our hearts, we become God's sanctuary!

Therefore, the Red Sea's will see you coming and hurry to get out of the way,

The water of the Jordan will see you and turn away.

Mountains will skip like rams and be moved

Hills will be like lambs when they see you coming..

.The earth will tremble at your presence because you are the sanctuary of God.

Put your faith in God!

He has not deserted you!

Be still and know that HE IS GOD!

Don't forget that his presence goes with you and his presence is powerful and able to part the seas, calm the storms, move the mountains, climb the hills....

At the presence...Of the Lord...things tremble....

But...Don't you tremble! Because the God who created you, lives within you now. Ask him to make his presence known to you and to your situation.

He is able! Just ask Moses! Ask Noah! Ask Jacob! Ask Peter! Ask Paul! Ask...

Okay, so you can't ask them now but you can believe what the Word of God says about each of their situations.

Psalm 114:1-9
When the Israelites escaped from Egypt-
When the family of Jacob left that foreign land-
The land of Judah became God's sanctuary,
and Israel became his kingdom.

The Red Sea saw them coming and hurried out of the way!
The water of the Jordan River turned away.
The mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.

What's wrong, Red Sea, that made you hurry out of the way?
What happened, Jordan River, that you turned away?

Why mountains, did you skip like rams?
Why, hills like lambs?

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob.

He turned the rock into a pool of water;
yes, a spring of water flowed from solid rock.

Father God,
Thank you so much for your Son Jesus. Thank you for making a way for you to MOVE IN to our lives/hearts. We welcome you and thank you for your powerful presence. Help us not to neglect you and ignore what you can do and will do in our lives if we just ask and believe. Thank you for putting up with us when we ignore your presence. You are so patient with us. Help us to feel your powerful presence everyday and realize that with you, we can conquer whatever is coming against us in our lives because "they" tremble at your presence. Help us to practice your presence everyday and never forget that you have made us your sanctuary now. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

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NO, NOT YET!

by Debbie on May 14, 2017

Yesterday I had the privilege of being with my precious mother who is now 96 years young. She walked out of her house looking beautiful and ready to go, right when my car pulled up to her house. She had been ready and waiting on me for over an hour because somehow she thought I would be arriving at 7:30 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m.

When I saw her come out of her house my thoughts were, "Oh how beautiful she is"! When she got situated in my car with her seatbelt on, she looked straight into my eyes and said with such sweetness and kindness, "I was wondering what happened to you. I thought something bad had happened to you".

I looked at her kind of bewildered and asked her what she meant. Come to find out, my brother thought I said (in my text to him) that I would arrive at my mother's house at 7:30 a.m. when I actually I had said I would leave my house at 7:30 a.m. He had his daughter and son-in-law and their 4 children visiting so I can understand how he could have misread it and misinformed my Mama.

After I explained to her that I was not late but on time, she just smiled and gave me her little laugh that she often gives me these days because she seems to be getting a bit more confused about things as the days go by.

Unfortunately, we were both heading to a funeral. It was my cousin's funeral. She had fought a courageous battle with cancer and now was with her Lord. She won the victory because of Jesus and the work of the cross.

At the funeral I watched my Mama cry over the gasket and it revealed the love she had for my sweet cousin who in my opinion left us all much too soon. She left behind a loving husband of 36 years, two beautiful daughters who dearly loved their mother, two precious young grandsons and a loving, caring sister and brother. Not to mention a wonderful church family and other loved ones such as my mama and I and many others.

She left a great legacy though. She left a legacy of "blessed assurance". Not a single one of us were left without assurance of where she was now. We all knew she was with Jesus. In her life, she made sure that people knew that she loved God, loved his Word and loved her family and others. That brings us joy but doesn't make us miss her any less.
It is more natural for children to have to see their parents leave this world, than it is for parents to have to watch their children leave this world. Both are painful times of the heart and neither are pleasant.

As I reflected on watching a beautiful young 64 year old mother leave this world and watching my beautiful young at heart 96 year old mother yesterday, it made me think of Jesus' mother Mary. Good mothers love their children and are always wanting the very best for them. My mother wants the best for me and my cousin always wanted the best for her children and grandchildren.

Mary wanted the best for Jesus as well. As a mother she thought she knew what was best for her son even though he didn't agree with her. So often that is the way our relationships are with our parents. We think we know better than they do.
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here were way too many times in my life that I did not listen to my Mother's words of advice. And way too many times that I would have avoided trouble if I had but listened to her.
Jesus went to funerals too. But I also remember that he attended a wedding that his mother Mary attended as well.

John 2:1-12
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus' mother was there. And Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus' mother said to him, "They have no more wine."

"Woman, why do you involve me?" Jesus replied. "My hour has not yet come."

His mother said to the servants, "Do whatever he tells you."

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, "Fill the jars with water", so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, "Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet."

They did so and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, "Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now."

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

After this he went down to Capernaum with his mother and brothers and his disciples. There they stayed a few days.
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This story amazes me! However, today one thing really stands out to me in this story. The confidence that Mary had in her son to obey her. Jesus had no sooner told her NO NOT YET, than she told the servants to "do whatever he tells you."

Oh the joy we mothers would have if we could have the confidence in our children to do what we tell them to do.
If only they would listen to us and obey us, their lives would perhaps be more glorious a lot sooner than they think.

I know now that when I was younger and my mother would share her wisdom with me, I knew in my heart that she was right but instead I just responded with a NO NOT YET instead.

I was not like Jesus who changed his mind and obeyed her and turned water into wine. He did a glorious thing that blessed many just because he obeyed his mother.

Mary had to suffer greatly at the cross watching her precious son die yet she had the memories of her son being an obedient son who brought her many blessings.

What about us? Can we bring our mothers many blessings by obeying them? Even if they are not here with us on this earth any longer, their words will live on in our hearts and minds.

I hope that if your mother is still with you that you will obey her words of wisdom and not be a, NO NOT YET, child! And I hope that if your mother is no longer with you that you will listen to her words of wisdom that still linger in your heart and mind and obey them.

You may not think it is time to do things her way but look at how one act of obedience to his mother, changed Jesus' life. This act of obedience was the beginning of Jesus doing many miraculous things while on this earth.

Your life could be a miracle as well. Listen to your Mother! Remember the things she has taught you. Mary had the privilege of knowing that even though Jesus did not think it was "his time", that he would do as she said, because she was his mother. What a great influence she had on his life.

What can we do today to honor our Mother and be more like Jesus? Obey her! It will bring her much pleasure and bring us much glory.

Mothers are always wondering what will happen to their children and perhaps concerned that something bad will happen to them, just as my sweet mother did when she thought I was an hour late, and although Mary would one day face the pain of watching her son die on a cross, she had the memories of a faithful obedient son. Perhaps nothing could be more precious to her than that.

Make this a Happy Mother's Day! Honor your mother always by obeying her words of wisdom.
Her children stand and bless her...Proverbs 31:28

Dearest Jesus,
Thank you so much for leaving us an example of obedience to your mother Mary. Thank you for showing us how we should react to our mother's request even when we are thinking, NO NOT YET! Help us to turn from that stance and turn to a stance of obedience. Thank you for good mothers. Mothers who pray and listen to you God and who want the very best for their children.

Bless the children for sure, but bless the mothers who try so hard to lead their children in the right direction and sometimes get disappointed by their children's disobedience. Comfort all mothers and help them not to give up on their children but continue to pray for them and instruct them in the way they should go.

Jesus thank you for the miracle you performed at the wedding just because you obeyed your mother. Help sons and daughters who are saying NO NOT YET, to follow in your footsteps and obey their godly mothers. Thank you that with you we have hope for miracles.

Comfort those children whose mothers are no longer in this world. Help them to continue to obey the words their mothers left with them. Comfort also mothers who have had to suffer as Mary did because they no longer have their children on this earth. Help them to remember the sweet times when their children did obey them. Comfort, comfort all mothers Jesus.

Move the hearts of children to obey their parents and not rebel and say NO NOT YET!
In your precious holy name we pray, amen.

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You Asked For It!

May 2, 2017

Asking
Whether we like it or not, asking is the rule of the kingdom.
-C.H. Spurgeon
Ye have not, because ye ask not.
James 4:2
When I was in school we were taught that we must raise our hands if we wanted to ask the teacher a question.
Sometimes the teacher would ignore us. Sometimes the teacher would give us permission [...]

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Love and Adversity

March 14, 2017

A friend loves you all the time, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 17:17
This was my scripture of the day on my computer this morning. It certainly is very true, as all of God's Word is. Let me explain....
This morning Mike is very sick with a virus and unable to come [...]

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Good Help

March 13, 2017

I have often said "good help is hard to find"! Being a business owner can lead you to feel that way at times when searching for good employees! Lord knows we have had some challenges through the 31 years of running our appliance business!
I was reminded this morning, however, that good help is not hard [...]

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God Gives Do Overs!

March 6, 2017

God gives do overs, do you?
Then the LORD told Moses, "Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones. I will write on them the same words that were on the tablets you smashed. Exodus 34:1
Lord,
Thank you that you are a merciful God and your mercies are new every morning and great is your faithfulness [...]

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JESUS WILL PROVIDE

January 16, 2017

Mark 8:16-21
16At this they began to argue with each other because they hadn’t brought any bread. 17Jesus knew what they were saying, so he said, “Why are you arguing about having no bread? Don’t you know or understand even yet? Are your hearts too hard to take it in? 18‘You have eyes—can’t you see? You [...]

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Sing To The Lord

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I will sing to the Lord all my life, I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33
I have always had a great desire to sing! I sang in a very small Baptist youth choir when I was in my early teens! I absolutely loved it! I still remember practicing [...]

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Stop Complaining!

November 28, 2016

You will never get to where you want to be if you continue to complain about where you are-Joyce Meyer
Being thankful is powerful but complaining does not do anything but make you more miserable!
Today stop and take time to live in the moment and when you do, stop and give thanks to God about something [...]

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Stand Firm

November 25, 2016

By standing firm you will gain life. Luke 21:19
Firm is a word that I wish was more resident in my life!
For instance there are many areas of my body that I wish were more firm for sure!
Sometimes I wish I had been more firm with my son in some areas! Little late now, since he [...]

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