Who are you Listening to?

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In January our Pastor preached a series about My One Word. He challenged us to pray and come up with a Word to focus on through out the year of  2016. LISTEN was the word that I felt that God was giving me. I felt like God was telling me that I needed more that just hearing his word that I really needed to LISTEN to be able to HEAR his voice.

Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

1 Samuel 3: 8-14 Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
11 And the Lord said to Samuel: “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle. 12 At that time I will carry out against Eli everything I spoke against his family—from beginning to end. 13 For I told him that I would judge his family forever because of the sin he knew about; his sons blasphemed God, and he failed to restrain them. 14 Therefore I swore to the house of Eli, ‘The guilt of Eli’s house will never be atoned for by sacrifice or offering.’”

We need to take time to slow down, turn down the volume of the chaos around us and listen quietly for God’s voice.  We can’t hear him if we are distracted by everyday life. We need to listen for his will for our lives and follow his word.  His word will guide us life. His word will keep us from the snares that are lurking around the corner to snag us up and hinder us from staying on the right path.

John 10 : 27-30 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

Matthew 7:24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

I am excited to see how my life will transform this year by focusing on MY ONE WORD – LISTEN. I know that Listening and truly hearing God’s voice will bring me closer to him than I could ever imagine.

Keep following my blog to see that transformation.  You can also join me on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/The-Amazing-Grace-Project-152324726166/?ref=hl
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You can hear Pastor David’s sermon about My One Word on you tube

You can also check out http://www.myoneword.org by Mike Ashcraft and Rachel Olson.

May God Bless each & everyone that receives this message.
Donna Jones

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Grapes of Wrath

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Why is it that when you show a non believer that you don’t agree with their lifestyle that they have to try to bring you down by using your faith against you? No matter the circumstances, if you get angry or upset with a non believer you get things like “Some Christian you are” “You are not being very Christian like” “A Christian should not act like that”. What? Do they think, that because I am a Christian, I loose my right to have emotions or to be angry or upset. Here in Jeremiah it talks about how God himself got angry. He was trying to warn the people and they would not listen.

Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it. 11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord, and I cannot hold it in.

jesus-cleanses-temple-948976-galleryIn Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”

Jesus could not hold in his anger anymore so I don’t believe he would expect us to. Although we are human, he did create us in his on imagine. So therefore, when we do get angry it is important not to let it cause us to sin. We can’t leave room for the devil to use our anger against us. We can express our feelings of disappointment or rejection without it causing us to sin. When it comes to certain people this is something, I myself have yet to mastered is Proverbs 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. God is still working on me in this area. I have learned that when I get angry that I walk away and try to find a quiet place as soon as I can to read my bible and pray. We are not always in a situation where we can walk away right then and there. God is still working on me and he can work on you to.

Psalm 103: 8-9 The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and plenteous in mercy and loving-kindness. He will not always chide or be contending, neither will He keep His anger forever or hold a grudge.

Romans 1: 18 For God’s holy wrath and indignation are revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who in their wickedness repress and hinder the truth and make it inoperative.

Our Lord is a loving God and he is full of mercy but he is a jealous God and when we deliberately defy him, he does get angry. It is up to us to come back to him and repent. Continuous disobedience will cause him to show his wrath.

Jeremiah 7: 1-15 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Stand at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message:
“‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. 3 This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly, 6 if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your ancestors for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
9 “‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things? 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the Lord.
12 “‘Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer. 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.’

Even God put his foot down and stood his ground when his “so called people” used him. Reading this word tonight, told me that it is ok to be angry and sometimes you have to step away and love them from afar. It is ok! Let God give the final judgment, even though God sends out messengers to warn his people, they will not listen but they will still have to deal with his wrath, not wrath from my hands or my mouth but from God. God will deal with them.
Ephesians 4 :20 But that is not what you learned from Christ’s teachings. 21 You have certainly heard his message and have been taught his ways. The truth is in Jesus. 22 You were taught to change the way you were living. The person you used to be will ruin you through desires that deceive you. 23 However, you were taught to have a new attitude. 24 You were also taught to become a new person created to be like God, with a life that truly has God’s approval and is holy.                                                                                                         25 So then, get rid of lies. Speak the truth to each other, because we are all members of the same body.  26 Be angry without sinning. Don’t go to bed angry. 27 Don’t give the devil any opportunity to work.                                                                                                              28 Thieves must quit stealing and, instead, they must work hard. They should do something good with their hands so that they’ll have something to share with those in need.                                                                                                                                                       29 Don’t say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed. That way, what you say will help those who hear you. 30 Don’t give God’s Holy Spirit any reason to be upset with you. He has put his seal on you for the day you will be set free from the world of sin. 31 Get rid of your bitterness, hot tempers, anger, loud quarreling, cursing, and hatred. 32 Be kind to each other, sympathetic, forgiving each other as God has forgiven you through Christ.

Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
May God Bless each & everyone that receives this message.
Donna Jones
“The people in flight from the terror behind-strange things happen to them, some bitterly cruel and some so beautiful that the faith is refired forever.”  ― John Steinbeck, The  Grapes of Wrath

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October Photo Challenge

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Just for fun, I created this Photo Challenge and will be posting pics on my Instagram. Follow me @photobug1992 , Share your own pics using #theAmazingGraceProject . Happy Posting. Enjoy.

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Life Happens

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Wow! I can’t believe I just recently posted my first blog in almost two years. Life happened and I haven’t had a lot of quiet time on my hands over the last 2 years. I am praying that will change and I can get back to what I love and that’s my photography and talking to you about God’s love for us.

Sometimes we have to endure major changes in our lives to start receiving God’s blessings.  I want to share this prayer that I read today in a Book of Prayers that I have been reading.

A CONFEDERATE SOLDIER’S PRAYER
( also known as A Prayer to Enjoy Life)

I asked God for strength, that I might achieve;
I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey.
I asked for health, that I might do greater things;
I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.
I asked for riches, that I might be happy;
I was given poverty, that I might be wise.
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God.
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life;
I was given life, that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am among all men most richly blessed.

Author Unknown,
(Attributed to a battle weary C.S.A soldier near the end of the war)

Two years ago when I went back to work full time, I never imagined what God had in store for us. My earthly self was hurt by someone that meant a lot to me. What I didn’t know was that God was pruning people from my life that was causing me to not to grow spiritually. My life completely changed but a few months later God blessed us with a new life that was born 8 months later. So for the last 14 months I have been busy taking care of the business and a new baby. God has made it possible that I have been able to continue working from home and no longer need full time office help. But in turn I lost my blogging time. I have been praying about this because blogging makes me feel closer to God. It causes me to really get into God’s word deeper. I may not be able to blog daily as I did in the beginning but I definitely want to do what I can. Especially when God lays something on my heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17…All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

May God Bless each & everyone that receives this message.
Donna Jones

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Everlasting Legacy

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When someone passes away, you always hear “We’ll see them again someday. “ or “They are in a better place”. But how do we know really, did their life show their faith and walk with God? When my father passed away this past March, I knew without a shadow of a doubt he went to heaven and he is where he has always longed to be. He passed away suddenly and was very unexpected. We long to wonder why he was taken so early in life. In my eyes, he still had plenty of living to do.  Obviously God  had other plans that are still unknown to me and to the rest of my family.

Then there are the others that I have known to have passed away but I have often questioned whether or not they really went to Heaven. They may have claimed to know God but their life did not show that they had a relationship with the Heavenly Father.

The scripture tells us in Romans 6:23 “…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Eternal life in heaven is a free gift. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except by Me.” and

Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

So the question is, after we have called out to God what do we do next. When we find something we are excited about do we not tell our friends and family. “I found this great dress for only $10.00.” or “They have school supplies on sale at…” We should be excited about our new found faith in Christ the same way. We should be readily excited about telling those same friends and family about the Father in Heaven that has saved our lives and had given us Eternal life.

Matthew 5:15 .. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house.

Let us be that lamp that lights a way for the others that are still living in the dark.
If we hide our lamp and try to cover it up, it eventually will go out. God commands us to go out and spread the gospel. He expects us to obey his commandments. Following his commandments is one way of showing him that we trust him and we love him.

1 John 2:4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,

John 14:23-24 Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

The Father expects us to grow in his word, so that we can be an example of how to live for those that also need saving. We can either live our lives on a treadmill and go no where and accomplish nothing or we can get out there and let God take us to many heights of our life that we could never go without him. He will bless us for following his commandments or he will prune us from his vine.

John 15:1-27 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. …

John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.

We all need to wake up and realize that we can’t continue to claim to know God and expect him to bless us if we don’t seek him. We all know who the president is, but we don’t KNOW him. We don’t know his like or dislikes. In order to truly get to know someone you have talk to them, spend time with them. It is up to us to read God’s Holy Word and pray daily to get to know God the Father.

Isaiah 12:4 And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted.

I want to grow in Christ in a way that when I leave this earth that those that I leave behind will KNOW that I am going to Heaven. I don’t want them to question, Did she really make it to Heaven? Was she really saved? Did she really know God? Was God really in her heart? I want to leave the world knowing that I left a path behind me for my friends and family to follow. I want my kids to be able to proudly say, This is who my Mom was…

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Thanksgiving

IMG_2484December 2, 2013 …. Thanksgiving

The leaves are changing colors and beginning to fall, it lets us know that it is the season for Thanksgiving.  Now that November is officially behind us along with the Thanksgiving Holiday. December is finally here & now the Christmas season is getting started.  I saw a statement the other day and I had to chuckle. It stated…. BLACK FRIDAY: Because only in America people trample each other for sales exactly one day after being Thankful for what they already have.  All month long I have seen people post on facebook about the things that they are thankful for, but the 10 months before I have seen post after post about how little they have and complaining about this or that. Each one is different. We should be thankful for all the little things all year long.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks in everything ; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

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Sometimes we may question God’s plan for things but we should give thanks at all time because we trust in him. He may close one door so that he can open a door to much greater things for us.

As you can see it has been sometime since I have written. Since I have had to go back to work full time, my quiet time is not so much now. But I did finally hire someone that started off part-time, but is willing to learn the job so that she can become full time. She is also a Christian and really does her best to help me in anyway possible. God has opened some new doors for us, that has lessen some of the work load for us. Things seemed to be hard for awhile but I do believe that God’s plan for us is starting to unfold.

Psalm 107:1 …”Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”

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We all should thank God everyday and for everything because he is merciful. It is his mercy that makes our walk with him possible. As we come into this Christmas season, I challenge everyone to reach out and help someone that needs a little mercy in their lives, someone less fortunate. We all need to place ourselves in their shoes for a moment. If you were down on your luck and you felt as if you were on the bottom and had no where to go, would you pray for someone to just reach out to you, with a small ounce of compassion. We would pray that all hope is not lost. You could help by simply donating your old coats to a homeless shelter or instead of buying more toys for our kids than they need, give a toy to a child that is in a shelter. Show them some hope by showing them love and compassion.

Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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Psalm 100:4 Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Jonah 2:9 But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the LORD.”

Ephesians 5:3-4 But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.

Lord as I come to you today, I want to thank you for all that you have given me. You have blessed me with parents that are loving and kind and generous. You have blessed me with a hard working husband that loves me through my faults and all. You have blessed us with 2 beautiful daughters that are healthy. I thank you Lord that not only do we have a roof over our head but our pantry is full. I thank you Lord for your loving mercy. I thank you for the unanswered prayers because you knew what doors needed to be opened and what doors needed closed and when we would be ready to take that journey you have prepared for us.
Lord I pray for those that are in our lives that may not know you, that they will soon see you for the loving father that you are. I pray Lord for those that may not be blessed with a  healthy earthly body but that they may get to know you so that they can still have eternal life with you. I pray for those that may be deceived by the devil that his evilness will be revealed to them. I pray that we all learn when to let go of the things that are not good for us so that we may grow and prosper in you.

In Jesus Christ,
Amen
May God Bless each & everyone that receives this message.
Donna Jones

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To be Carefree

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September 27, 2013 …  To Be Carefree

On Wednesday, I went to the Trinity House with the ladies from Rivertown Church. I was met with more new faces. But of all the faces that stands out, is a one year old little boy. He was so full of life, full of smiles & giggles. He would run across the room to me and just laugh, then he would run back across the room and laugh some more. He was so happy, even though his mom was having a hard time. He also has a 5 month old baby brother who was born premature. He was so little, but he also had the biggest smile.
I was talking to a couple of the ladies and we were discussing how kids were today and how some kids grow up to fast and do things they shouldn’t. And we began to talk about the poem by Dorothy Nolte, Children Learn What They Live. Some of the ladies had never heard of it, and asked if I would bring them a copy so of course I looked it up for them, which made me want to share it with you all as well.
I look at my own children and cherish each of their smiles and their laughter. I try hard to praise them as often as I can so they are encouraged to keep trying. My girls are completely different from each other, so each of them has to be treated differently. But this poem really says it all.

Children Learn What They Live
by Dorothy Law Nolte

If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.

May God Bless each & everyone that receives this message.
Donna Jones

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