Friday, January 25, 2013

He will never give up on YOU or ME!

I Corinthians 1: 7-9 "Just think--you don't need a thing, you've got it all!  All God's gifts are right in front of you as you wait expectatly for our Master Jesus to arrive on the scene for the Finale.  And not only that, but God himself is right alongside to keep you steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by Jesus.  God, who got you started in this spiritual adventure, shares with us the life of his Son and our Master Jesus.  He will never give up on you.  Never forget that."

Wow, I really don't need a thing.  I've got it all!  He has given me the gift of life, to live at it's fullest.  He is right here beside me running this race in the lane next to me just waiting for me to fall so he can keep me from falling.  He taps me on this side and then taps me on that side keeping me on track when I am stepping out of my lane as a child of God. 

When I think of when God got me started on this spiritual adventure it amazes me that at the time I was in Junior high track and I ran hurdle relay's.  Did I continue on running hurdle relays' in High school no not literally because I hated running.  However, I think about this and realize that I kept running hurdle relay's but it was in real life.  I kept jumping hurdles for about 8 more years trying to run away from God but yet running to him in prayer when I didn't even really know him.  It amazes me that even though I hated running I still named my blog Jesus, Take my Baton. 

He has taken my baton from me so many times in this spiritual adventure that I have been on for 28 years and he has never given up on me.  I am so grateful for HIS perseverance with me because He has had to keep me steady on the right track quite a few times. 

In saying all this if He is never going to give up on ME....then He also won't give up on YOU.  So where are you today in your spiritual adventure are you running away from him and don't really know him?  Or are you running to him daily and building that relationship with him?  Have you totally handed that baton off to him and asked him into your life as your savior so he can help you with this race called life?  I will be honest, I don't know where I would be today if I hadn't of handed that baton off to him.  I was probably in a point in my life when I handed it off that I could of very easily turned to drugs or alcohol to try to fill that void and I am so thankful that I heard him next to me saying "just give me the baton, this race is to hard for you alone."

Thank you Jesus for keeping me steady and on track until things are all wrapped up by you!  Even though you have to help me daily with that!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

He crowns ME with LOVE and MERCY!

Psalm 103:4 & 5 "He crowns you with love and mercy—a paradise crown.  He wraps you in goodness—beauty eternal. He renews your youth—you’re always young in his presence."

So thankful that my God crowns me with love and mercy.....He wraps me in goodness.....and He renews my youth.  Somedays I question does he really love he really holding I really young in his presence? 

Then he gently reminds me by some small gesture from someone, or a call, or just something I read.  I feel his love when I get to hug on some of my grandkids even if it is for a short time because they all live far away. 

He shows me his goodness when I look at these little ones and think that I may have not even been a part of their lives if He hadn't shown me his love and mercy 28 years ago.   You see He crowned me with His love and mercy 28 years ago when I accepted him as my personal savior.  Then 20 years ago My hubby and I founded The Ranch and approximately 8 years ago the daddy of these 4 little ones started calling me mom (adopted me) when he was 16 years old and has not stopped since.  God showed me Love and mercy so that I could share that with Dustin. 

After having these 4 with us this weekend and then reading this scripture I was reminded that he really does love me, he is wrapping me in his goodness and HE renews my youth in HIS presence. 

I love you Lord and I thank you for Lilly, Emma, Kynsley & Madison.

So glad we got some time with them this weekend!


Monday, January 7, 2013

Pure Gold, proved pure! Genuine faith, proved genuine!

I Peter 1:6-7 "I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not your gold, that God will have on display as evidence of his victory." The message

I am so thankful that when Jesus wraps it all's my faith, not my gold, that He will have on display as evidence of his victory. 

Some days there are so many distractions in this thing called life and we have to put up with things that we would like to never have to put up with, but through it all in the end we are proved genuine.  So no matter what you are going through right now in your life, keep on keepin on....and let God get the GLORY!  Because in the end HE has the victory.  I'm so grateful I know the end of my story. me to shine your light even when I go through the fire.  Help me to reach out to those that are hurting and give me strength to persevere even when the tough gets going.  I want to display genuine faith, take my baton so I can do that.  I love you and I am so grateful you adopted me as your daughter 28 years ago.  In Jesus Name, AMEN

Running for HIM,



Wednesday, January 2, 2013

I'm thankful for all these grandchildren!

 This picture was taken this summer but as I look back at it I think of how amazed I was that we were sitting at the same table with all these blessings from God.  These blessings ranged from the age 2 - 8 and everyone of them sat there and were very well behaved.  I am a proud NANA!

That same day we had taken this picture, they may have not all been looking at the camera, but they were all sitting there and not throwing fits.  I am blessed!
I just pray that Jim and I can continue to display our God
 to these little ones as HE continues to work within us. 
He can do anything.....more than I could ever imagine in my
wildest dreams! 
Ephesians 3:20 - 21: "God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.
Glory to God in the church!
Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!
Glory down all the generations!

Glory through all millennia! Oh, yes!
Glory to his generations,

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013...I am going to try hard to write more!

II Corinthians 5:17-21  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."

After just celebrating Jesus' Birth and now bringing in the NEW YEAR....I am going to try my hardest to be a better ambassador for HIM this year.  I want to make a difference in this hurting world.  I remember when I first came to Christ and how excited I was that the old had gone and I was a new creation!  I'm excited to have 2012 be gone and ready to see what God has in store for the year 2013.  I'm thinking HE has something pretty big just around the corner.


Help me to use my time better for you this year.  I really want to live as a better ambassador for you.  I love you with all my heart and I want your light to shine through me everyday.  I love you and I thank you for sending your son down to this earth to die for me.  Please help me to make your appeal through me this year. 

In Jesus Name,


Climb that "thang!"

I wrote this post back in January of 2007  and I still have those pesky bugs and the enemy is still trying to rob me of my joy on a weekly ...