Monthly Archives: April 2015

Live Life Like You Mean It!!

 

April 27, 2020

Happy Monday, dear friends! Welcome to my Monday Blog!

Wow, what a lovely and serene image above! Actually, this is a state-of-mind I pray we’re all moving towards.  It’s quite amazing how serenity actually works if we just slow down, replace negative thoughts with positive ones and literally put on a Happy Face! Of the multitudes of my own personal experiences, here’s one truth I understand and accept:

“No matter where you go, there you are.” 

So why not make the best out of every situation? And when we find ourselves in a bad spot, let’s try turning that frown upside down. Sound trite? It’s NOT, plus, I know all about the value of SMILES…and I’d much rather leave this earth with a face full ‘a laugh lines from smiling, than a big sad frown hugging my sweet little face! Wouldn’t YOU?!

Which brings me to our current challenge: “Quarantine 2020”. One day we’re all this ‘n that, then out of the blue we’re like, “what the heck just happened?!” Talk about about a rude awakening!

Another truth I know:  It’s been proven that smiling can bring on laughter and vice versa. Matter of fact, laughter has even assisted in the cure of Cancer in some instances! Our attitudes are vitally important no matter what the issue or dilemma may be. It’s not quite the same as “if ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em” . My point is simple: we never, ever, NEVER GIVE UP!

Attitude is everything. Smiling and Laughter are true mood changers and if you add in Faith and Prayer…well, let me put it this way: YOU ROCK! 

So as we continue our climb up “Quarantine Mountain”, do indeed, Cling to your Bible and your Face Mask! Complain as little as possible and PRAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE!!

Most of you know my attitude regarding Prayer. I’m a firm believer that prayer can change everyone, everything and every situation!

*  “Prayer is both marvelous and mysterious. The idea of communication with the Creator of the universe seems almost ludicrous. And certainly presumptuous. Not to mention intimidating.”

Why would God want to talk with us? Is there a right and wrong way to pray? Why does God answer some prayers and not others? Does it matter that we only have a little faith?  

Thankfully, the Bible gives us insight into the hows and whys of prayer. Since God invites us to talk with Him, it’s no surprise He gives us guidelines. I have compiled a list of what I consider the ten most important verses on prayer:

1.  Luke 18:13-14 – “But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said. ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” 

Bottom Line: The first step in developing a prayer life is calling upon God for salvation. 

2. Psalm 66:18 – “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.”  God doesn’t expect us to be sinless, but He does call us to deal with our sin as soon as possible. (1 John 1:9)

Bottom Line: We can’t live a constantly sinful lifestyle and expect God to hear our prayers.

3. Psalm 34:15 – “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry.”  If we have a right relationship with God and are earnestly seeking to follow and honor Him with our lives, we never have to wonder is He’s listening to our prayers.

Bottom Line: God hears the prayers  of those who put their trust in Him. 

4. Daniel 9:18 –  “We do not make requests of you because we are righteous, but because of your great mercy.”

Bottom Line: God’s mercy, not our goodness, is the basis for answered prayers.

5. Psalm 5:3 – “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” 

Bottom Line: When we pray, we can wait in eager anticipation for God to work on our behalf.

6. 1 John 5:14 – “This is the confidence we have in approaching God; that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us.”

Bottom Line: God answers every prayer that aligns with His will.

7. James 4:3 – “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures,” 

Bottom Line: God will say no to our prayers if we ask for something for the wrong reason or for the wrong purpose.

8. Matthew 26:42 – “He (Jesus) went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

Bottom Line: We can surrender our will to God’s in complete  confidence that He knows what’s best.

9. Mark 9:24 – I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (This is my favorite!)

This honest confession comes from a man whose son was demon-possessed. He wasn’t fully convinced Jesus had the power to deliver his son, but he asked anyway.

This passage debunks two of the greatest misconceptions about prayer – that if we have enough faith, God will answer our prayers, and if we don’t, He won’t. Scripture doesn’t support the idea that great faith produces great miracles and small faith prevents them. Instead, God tells us to ask in faith, believing that He can and will answer our prayers in the way He knows is best. Even frightened, tiny, mustard-seed faith like this father had, can and does move the hand of God.

Bottom Line: It’s not how much faith we have that matters, but who we have faith in.

10.  James 5:16 – “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”

Bottom Line – The prayers of godly Christians work.

My prayer for us all this week, is that we will continue to be diligent and do our part each and every day as we continue to fight this invisible enemy. Above all, may we never take for granted His awesome gift of life He has bestowed upon us. Amen!

This  image represents just one more reminder of God’s incredibly powerful handiwork!!

Thank You, GOD!

 

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

*Note: Gratitude and a big “THANK YOU’ to inspirational speaker and Christian author, Lori Hatcher, for her inspirational writings on the subject of PRAYER! 

An Attitude of Gratitude

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Good morning and welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear Friends!!

I hope you all had a great weekend!! Everywhere I went these past few days, there were those I spoke with who seemed to be in the love light of Jesus Christ! It was a most exalting feeling for me! I know for a fact that among a couple of these with whom I chatted, were  going through some very difficult challenges in their personal lives; however, had I not already known of these situations, I would have never thought these individuals had a serious care in the world! What I did walk away with though, was an enormous feeling of love and  adoration for them.  Their joy and optimism lifted me to another level of happiness and I sure was  grateful God had made sure I was the receiver of those gifts! Simply, they had an attitude of gratitude in spite of their dire situations. All they wanted from me was prayer…because they know the power of prayer.

An Attitude of Gratitude!!

This is what it takes to live a successful and abundant Life, period!! It’s way too easy to sit around placating ourselves in a lousy situation we may find ourselves in. This  doesn’t help the situation one bit, nor does it empower us to  leave our pity-party and actually  get on with a solution. Also, there’s no room at all for GRATITUDE for all the blessings we already do have, when we’re wallowing in a puddle of self-defeat and fear! An attitude of gratitude…how can we nurture this sentiment within our hearts every day? We all know how challenging some days can be; however, if we start out with this thought in mind and actually claim it, it can be done: first thing, is to embrace and acknowledge all the blessings we do have.

My darling Mother used to tell me that I could do anything I set my heart and mind to doing, if I had the right attitude and asked the Lord for help. That attitude is one of gratitude – and the good Lord is always there, patiently waiting on us to include Him in whatever we feel is important to improve ourselves and our situation. When we go to Him with a “thank you” first, we’re coming from a place of gratitude and God appreciates this very much.

“When you’re grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” –  my friend, Tony Robbins

My prayer for all of us this week, is that we’ll all try being grateful for every single one of our blessings for just ONE day…it’s just amazing how good we can feel by actually being grateful, by counting our blessings, one by one.

GOD is Great! GOD is Good!! Always!!!

I love You,

Margaret

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ESTHER 4:13 …”Be still for a while…”

“Be still for a while and praise God for His favor, His grace and His awesomeness. God is able to do the impossible and is always near. He loves us unconditionally.” —Esther 4:13

Monday, April 13, 2015

Good morning, my Dears! Happy Monday Blog to you ALL!!

Do you remember ever reading these three little sentences from the Bible? Well, it came to me once again, in a personal prayer today and I’m sharing it with all of you. It helps to take each sentence separately, and think on it for a bit.  The last sentence , “He loves us unconditionally,” is no less or more important than the first two sentences; however, it does totally sum up just how GOD does His loving—Unconditionally—Not some of the time, but all of the time!

My prayer for us all this week is that we will “observe” ourselves and take note of just how we do our loving—ALL of the time. And, Is it with a pure heart?

Let’s all SHINE in the darkest places this week. Be a light for someone, anyone…who needs it,  and if YOU need it, I pray someone will be that light for YOU!

Much love and prayers for an awesome week…

Margaret

“No matter how you feel…get up, dress up, show up and never give up!” —Legina Brett

Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Hello to ALL my Blogging Friends!!

It’s only been a couple of days since Easter and I’m having a tough time leaving the past several weeks of my work on “The Life of Jesus.” This was my four-part series which I re-blogged for this Easter. Revisiting the scripture and the words of Christ, drew me back into that time so long ago. It was like going into the closet and coming across an old family album…you just can’t put it down, once you’ve opened it. You rediscover photos, letters, notes, etc. that touch your heart in so many ways, that it pulls on your heartstrings in ways nothing else can. This is how I feel about Easter.

The story of Jesus is an incredible story that lifts me up to the sky and drops me like a hot potato before the end. It’s both heaven and hell all in one story. If I didn’t know and love the Lord so much, this story would be much easier to “watch” with my heart, however, it breaks my heart all over again, every year at Easter time.

I always write to you straight from my heart and today is no different. I guess I just miss Jesus today and needed to tell you. Oh, I know He’s always with us, it’s just that I miss Him even more every Easter.

When Jesus was praying in the wilderness before He was captured, He was tempted by Satan three times: the love of the world, the lust for power, and the pride of life—everything that draws man from the worship of God.  Christ came to give an example of obedience. Adam and Eve failed in the Garden of Eden; we fail every day of our lives. Thank God He is such a loving Father that He has given us ways to deal with the devil and his temptations, as He did Jesus in the wilderness:

“Get thee hence, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.” —Matthew 4:3-10

Jesus was pure in heart…

God also tells us: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you.” — James 4:7,8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” —Matthew 5:9

We are ALL tempted…this is the job of Satan—to tempt us, break us down—RESIST THE DEVIL AND HE WILL FLEE FROM YOU.

Thanks for listening…I needed that.

Love, Margaret

PS  God knows us each by name and cares more for what we really are than what we say we are. He does not care how beautiful we are or may look; he wants our hearts pure, then all our words and actions will be right.

On the Road to The Cross and Our Salvation…Happy Easter!! (Part IV of IV)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Today is the Saturday before Easter Sunday. Yes, Easter—truly one of the most significant days in the history of our world!!This is the day Jesus rose from His death, after being crucified on the cross, granting us our salvation. What incredible LOVE— What an unthinkable price He had to pay for us—What an awesome GOD we have!!

This is the last posting in my four-part series of the Life of Jesus, celebrating Easter. My prayer for ALL of us is that from this day forward, this will be a daily reminder of the price our sweet Lord had to pay for our sins. Hallelujah!!

May you ALL have a blessed and Happy Easter!!

Love, Margaret

Author Margaret McBride

I’m just sitting here thinking about WHY we say “Happy” Easter…didn’t take but a moment to answer that one:

Because we’re just “happy” we didn’t have to do the dying on the old rugged cross that terrifying day…right? Can I get a Amen?

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John the Baptist had been sent to prepare the way for the Saviour. He had preached in the wilderness saying: “The Kingdom of God is at hand; repent ye, and believe the gospel.”
Mark 1:15

God had made known to John the Baptist that some day the Messiah would come to him and ask him to be baptized. He had also promised that a sign should be given so that he might know who it was. So when Jesus came, John saw in His face such signs of His holy life, that he forbade Him saying: “I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest…

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Growing Jesus Into Perfection (Part III of IV)

Good Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Good Friday, to ALL of you, my wonderful Blogger-Friends!!

Today, is Good Friday and so appropriate that we are continuing with the Life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Love and prayers for you ALL, for a beautiful day and let’s ALL keep in mind what this incredibly historic day represents…Love, Margaret

Author Margaret McBride

Well, greetings to you all and a Happy Monday too!

Today, I’m continuing my blogging about the courageous life of Jesus, as He was continuing to grow into God’s perfection and all the while, growing into the young man who would become our King, the Saviour and the Light of the world…Hallelujah!!

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“As Jesus worked in childhood and youth, He grew strong in body and mind. He tried to use all his powers in such a way as to keep them in health, that He might do the best work in every line. He lived in the home of a peasant – a poor man faithfully and cheerfully, He did his part in helping to support the family as soon as He was old enough. He learned a trade and worked in the carpenter’s shop with Joseph. In the coarse dress of a common laborer, He passed through the…

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