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Handling Fond Memories Without Letting Them Steal Your Joy
Recently I was remembering my hometown, Union Springs NY, and the life I had there. I missed the roads, the neighbors, the lakes, and our house that my dad built. I missed the childhood security and lack of feeling of responsibility. There was always adventure around every tree, magic in every summer night, and we were hopeless romantics! What do you expect with a family of 5 girls?
But that reminiscing soon became sorrow and longing. It seemed like if I could think about it hard enough, I might find a way to bring it back! How dangerous those thoughts were! I didn’t realize it at first, but I had taken my “eyes” off of Jesus and put the desire of my heart on something that was gone. Something that even if I could bring it back, I wouldn’t be letting God have first place in my heart.
Guess what? My body began to hurt. The illness I’ve been fighting began to get stronger and pain took over. I was out from under the flow of blessings of God, because Jesus was not on center stage in my heart.
Thankfully I quickly got my mind back on the Lord. I had to on purpose think of His great attributes, the things about Him I most enjoy and our special relationship. Then the pain left and my spirit lifted again.
I am observing the HUGE differences in how we live and experience the world depending on what we’re thinking about and what we’re seeking!
I didn’t know that simply by allowing our minds to dwell on something we loved, that we are SEEKING that thing.
So what do you do if you’re missing someone who has gone out of your life, or a way of living you used to have that is gone? When you look at old photographs and feel pain in your heart, because you feel something has been taken away from you when life moved on?
Pastor Stan Glass at Life Christian Center International once said that we should put away our photographs, and not have them hanging on the walls. They are reminders of things that we love, but they can easily become idols and painful memories and our hearts can get stuck in the past.
We have to EVER keep looking forward, holding our hearts to the hope that all things we’ve lost will be restored. I really believe this is true. All of the people we loved will either be reunited with us or our hearts will have peace about it.
The lives we used to live we can have again, or even better. God has promised us a mansion, and in my dreams I’ve seen that Jesus gave great thought and care into stocking mine with what I would love best. Why not believe He knew what I loved about the past and will make sure I can feel and enjoy again?
We’re told so often in scripture to guard our hearts will all due diligence. Certainly we’re in danger in this area or He would not have warned us often. Keep the door to your heart open only to God and to hope and love. Keep it firmly in the belief that the future you are walking into is going to be so glorious and precious, but also by fixing our focus on Jesus we can enjoy life right now.
I am about full to bursting with love and peace this morning! I have the best life in the world because of my relationship with Jesus. Without Him I really don't have much to crow about but He's given me a purpose and peace that I lacked. :)
I remember those years in school, back there in NY. There were nice times, but there was an empty searching too. I was looking for this peace and didn't know what it was or how to get it. I tried everything the earth had to offer. (My sisters and I even chased a boy up on top of a swing set once, trying to kiss him.) Poor guy!
Yes, the flowers and fruits that our old land offered was nice and the years of daydreaming and fantasies were great. But now I have a constant awareness of God's hands around me, protecting me, supplying me constantly with love and healing. Knowing that He's always got His eyes upon me and His angels surrounding me! Wow!
Now every relationship that I had means so much more, and the new ones I have with all of you help me know there's purpose and peace in my life. Thank you Jesus! And thank you - all of my friends and family for your love!
You may think you're alone today, and you may be going through things you don't know how you're going to get out of. But my heart is with you and Jesus is there too! He won't let you down, just turn your faith up on high and look at Him, and somehow He'll float you through it.
I realized today that I AM walking on water, defying the natural laws of this world. Just the fact that I'm alive (after this sickness) is proof that I'm not living in the old kingdom anymore!
I was 8 years old when my neighbor and classmate’s mother led me to accept Christ during Vacation Bible School at our local church. I look back on my behavior and progress over the years and I see it took MANY years for God to carve and shape me, (and He’s not done with me yet), but God knew what He was building even when I didn’t!
So have patience and don’t become discouraged if you still aren’t living up to what you think you should be.
Remember that it’s incorrect to think you’re forgiven until you sin and then you are dirty until you repent and confess the sin, and then you’re clean again until you do something else wrong! NO! You were forgiven, once and for all, a monumental event on the cross that took care of all sin for all time.
If you allow yourself to think you need forgiveness AGAIN, then you open yourself up to the enemy as he tries to stop you from being of use to God, and stopping your joy through self-condemnation.
When you are attacked tell Satan, “It is written: I AM the righteousness of God thru Jesus Christ, because He took my sins and unworthiness and gave me HIS righteousness in their place.” No man would be saved otherwise!
Your best behavior didn’t make you righteous, and now that you are washed clean, your worst behavior can’t take your salvation away.
Of course we don’t allow this to be an excuse to sin, see I Peter 2:1,2 and 9:
1 Peter 2
Amplified Bible (AMP)
1 So be done with every trace of wickedness (depravity, malignity) and all deceit and insincerity (pretense, hypocrisy) and grudges (envy, jealousy) and slander and evil speaking of every kind.
2 Like newborn babies you should crave (thirst for, earnestly desire) the pure (unadulterated) spiritual milk, that by it you may be nurtured and grow unto [completed] salvation,
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Fire and brimstone preaching never caused a man to love God, but being aware of what He’s done for us, His great love and mercy attracts us to Him like moths to the light.
To the person God has forgiven much sin, much love for God will grow!
Like any garden’s living plants, nurturing and attention, feeding and watering, your relationship will grow according to how much effort you put into it!
If we would care for our relationship with God with as much passion and devotion as we do to the apps on our Facebook page, taking care of Farmville and the other things we’re gathering and growing,…we would be so powerful in faith and anointing that we’d be spending all our time healing the sick and moving mountains, raising the dead and showing the world that God is real!
God is good. You are blessed! Feel free to write to me. Me and Jesus care for you.
To God be the praise and glory! In Jesus’ name I send out this teaching and ask that the Word bless and heal all who read or hear it.
God bless you all.
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© Lisa Tyler 2012
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