Palm Sunday Read, Reflect and Relax

Lent – Palm Sunday: Read, Reflect and Rest

Today is Palm Sunday, the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was welcomed as the long-awaited king.

As you rest today, take some time to read and reflect on Matthew 21:1-11 (New International Version):

As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to Me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”

This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:

“Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of Him and those that followed shouted,

“Hosanna to the Son of David!”

“Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!”

“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”

The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Lent Day 5 Transformed By The Cross

Transformed By The Cross

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19, New International Version)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV)

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. (Colossians 3:9-11, NIV)

Have you ever been thrift shopping? 

Thrifting is something I’ve loved for a while because of the unique finds, affordable price tag and the story behind each piece. Finding old treasures and bringing them new life is exhilarating. A pair of jeans or a lamp that would have been thrown away can now be your prized possession. 

This is what your identity in Christ is like. The old is gone and the new has come, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, because of the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. You can trust that your old self was crucified and that you now have a new identity in Christ. That is something worth celebrating!

You can have confidence that by God’s grace He is growing you and sanctifying you. Colossians 3:10 says that those who are in Christ “have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” You are being renewed daily by God because of His great sacrifice.

Christ delivers you from old to new through His sacrifice on the cross and resurrection. God’s grace alone can take what’s old and make it new. 

By His sacrifice, Christ takes your spiritual brokenness and introduces a new metric that says your hope isn’t in your ability to improve; rather, newness comes from redeeming love.

Praise Him that new things can come through Christ and because of Christ. As Isaiah 43:18-19 reminds us, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert” (English Standard Version).

May you fix your eyes on Christ and how He has made you new!

Pray

“Lord, thank you that you make old things new. Grant me the peace to see renewal in my life, and remind me to look only to you to produce this transformative change in me.”

MRO Community Center Bible Club Paul and Silas

Let’s Go God’s Story: The Old Dallas Jail

Paul and Silas

https://youtu.be/h7OHB6sg3I4

Note: There is a lot of background noise that I could do nothing about. Lean in close. I know that God’s message to you today is a powerful one!!!

Acts 16:25-32

“Now about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them; and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened, and everyone’s chains were unfastened.

When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, thinking that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul called out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” And the jailer asked for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear, he fell down before Paul and Silas; and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

They said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of God to him together with all who were in his house.”

Check out this gospel blues song based on Acts 16:25-31: Paul and Silas in Jail

God’s Story Paul and Silas in Jail:

MRO Bible Club Kansas

God Loves You

The birds were singing sweet songs the day I made this video. I did not realize just how much until watching it back today. 🤗

I always loved spring. New life. Flowers of every color now warmed by the sun popping up through the cold, dark brown dirt of winter. Miraculous. Baby birds chirping as they await mama birds return with food. All of the many moments of spring remind me of time with my grandmother who was larger than life and a soul with more mystery and beauty than the brightest star I have ever seen.

From a young age, she would sing songs that I had never heard. One of my favorites songs she ever sang was one about sparrows. The discovery of a new nest each spring would stir the words and she would sing- “I sing because I’m happy. I sing because I’d free. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.”

She taught me so much about Jesus, not always in words but with her life. I longed for the joy the smallest thing would bring to her. The wonder of it all still draws me to pursue Jesus daily.

She taught me about God’s love, the beauty of creation, to be grateful and give thanks in all things.

Jesus was truly her portion and constant friend. Could not share this video today with you and your children without thinking of her and living once again even for a moment in her gracious ways. I know God’s love and care because of moments walking right alongside of her. I can still hear her voice singing…..

When Jesus is my portion. A constant friend is He. His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me.

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

You are so loved by God precious one!!!

Morning Twenty: Rely On God Today

28 Days of Morning Prayer Focus

Rely on God Today

Lord, we ask today for more of Your Holy Spirit in our lives. Lord, it can be easy for us to become consumed with the fears that surround us in life, but we know that just as Your eye is indeed on the sparrow, so also do You care for and see us.

Teach us today to become more reliant on You. Bring us into a greater discernment of how You operate, so that we may come into a deeper understanding that all we see with natural eyes is not all that is. Today we ask for eyes to see Your hand in all matters, and hearts open to Your work. Amen. – Callie Logan

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

MRO Community Center Let’s Go God’s Story Daytona Road Course

Welcome to another weekend of racing! I love spending time with you around God’s Word. Grab your Bible and join me as I share share a really neat way to P.R.A.Y and a new song to help you pray every day!!

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Check out the latest Let’s Go God’s Story!!!

Morning Twelve: Prayer for the joy of the Lord to be my strength

“The joy of the Lord is my strength” is a phrase we often hear, but what does it mean, really? Let’s take a deeper look at the context of Nehemiah 8:10 and discover what this phrase means for us as Christians today.

Ever feel like your strength is running out? I have. Some days, it’s all too easy to evaluate my current level of strength and measure it against the days ahead. I even have moments when I struggle with doubt at times, and wonder how I am going to make it through that day, let alone all the days in the future.

Today, let’s look at the Bible Verse “The joy of the lord is my strength”.

Where does the phrase “the joy of the Lord is my strength” come from? This bible verse is found in Nehemiah 8, where Ezra the scribe reads the words of God’s law to the people. They stand in reverence for hours as God’s word is read, and as they understand it, begin weeping.

For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the Law.

Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” (Nehemiah 8:9-10)

When we feel sorrow – whether it be realization of sin or because of difficult circumstances – we often wonder where our strength is going to come from. But it is vital to remember: the joy of the Lord is my strength.

But what is ‘the joy of the Lord’?

We cannot conjure up this type of joy within ourselves, by our own power. It has to come from one source only – the Lord.

Thank goodness it’s not our human joy – it’s the joy of the Lord. Put another way, it’s the joy God has, or possesses.

Can you even begin to imagine the amount of joy God has?

What’s even more amazing is that God’s joy centers around us. Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus endured the cross “for the joy set before Him” (a relationship with us). And Zephaniah 3:17 says that God rejoices over us with singing!

Have you ever thought about the fact that being in a relationship with you makes God happy? Knowing that God feels this way about you should spark the flame of joy within you, too!

As Christians, we have access to God’s boundless joy, a joy that does not come from our circumstances or within ourselves. It does not depend on how strong or spiritual we are.

This joy comes from God alone, and the relationship we have with Him.

This realization also enabled the apostle Paul. Here’s a sermon clip from my husband about how God’s strength enabled him:

How to Let God Be Your Strength (Like Paul)

You may be asking, “But how can I access God’s joy in my life?”

We have an example from Nehemiah 8. As Nehemiah read the words of the Law, the people wept and mourned because they were not obeying the law. But Ezra comforts them, telling them not to weep because the joy of the Lord is their strength.

Their joy was realized because, even though a knowledge of the truth caused sorrow (repentance), it also gave them direction. 2 Corinthians 7:10 says, “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Changing their lives and following God’s ways gave them a deeper joy than they could have attained on their own.

It’s the same for us – when we study and know the truth within the pages of the Bible, we have the joy of the Lord!

Wishing you joy ten-thousand fold today!
Praying for you today that your joy be made full!!!

Father, thank you for intervening in my life and allowing me to have a personal relationship with you. Thank you for your love for me today and forever. Thank you for the blessings you’ve given me and my family. Help us use those blessings to bless others. May I live a life of true joy as I see you at work around me today! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Morning Six: Prayer For My Family

Morning Six: Prayer For My Family

My morning prayer for my family and breathing prayer throughout the day. May love abound over our families today.

Father, thank you for the blessing of a family. Today, please keep the enemy at bay. Increase their faith. Protect them from falling into temptation. Grant them the opportunity to shine a light in the darkness and lead others to you. Whatever is making my family anxious today, I ask that you comfort them, and that they can rest in your complete sovereignty. Amen.

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

2021 MRO Ladies 28 Day Morning Prayer Focus

Please join me for a 28 Day Morning Prayer Focus beginning February 1, 2021

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You. Show me the way I should go, for to You I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8

A morning prayer is a wonderful way to focus your time and attention on seeking God’s plan for the day ahead. I encourage you to memorize this verse. I was challenged by a beautiful Godly woman when I was in my early twenties to pray this as a prayer every morning before I ever get out of bed. It truly has and remains a focused morning after waking conversation with my Heavenly Father.

Whether you need encouragement, peace, strength, or rest, God can meet you in a very real and present way when you come before Him with a humble heart. Seek God’s presence each morning before your energy and attention are pulled by all the tasks you have ahead.

I am sharing this with you because I’d love for you to join me over at the MRO Community Center blog for the next 28 days. Each morning I will share a morning prayer focus to stay your mind on for your day. In my experience this type of prayer outside of my committed time to prayer encourages my soul, stays my mind on one simple focus when prayer may be needed and strengthens me for the day ahead. I have put together 28 different prayer themes to focus on as a way to encourage breathing prayer throughout the day.

What an incredible honor it is to go before the Lord in prayer every morning. Our community is facing a brand new season and I cannot imagine any other way to to start than to lay a pathway of prayer that will be with us, go with us and carry us through every little detail that our heart needs and all that life may bring.

It is very simple to join me. You can sign up to receive each post by email or check out the MRO Community Center blog each morning!

We love you. God loves you. He sees the challenging things that your heart knows so well. Surrendering them all to Him will set you free. Your Heavenly Father knows it all. He desires to have a conversation with you. It’s my hope that these morning prayer prompts will help you draw closer to Jesus from the rising of the sun until each days end. Rejoice in His presence and cling to all you know is true. He is there.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:22-23