Peace….a part of the Fruit of THE SPIRIT.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) ~
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Peace ~ I just love this word and I especially love the feelings that peace evokes! I love the verses that speak of peace as well! I don’t know….they just give me such a sense of hope and yes…peace! 🙂 I love music…and another old song that comes to mind with this word, it goes…the Peace that passes all understanding..is a blessing that will never fade away…the peace that passes all understanding never passes away! Don’t those words just give you hope and make you smile?! 🙂 There are so many great songs that are about peace! I love music…especially Klove!

Philippians 4:6-7 ~ Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

There are times when you just wish for a little bit of peace….like when your kids are fighting ( don’t tell me I am the only one), or when you and your spouse are not seeing eye to eye ( it’s bound to happen…that’s life!!), when your finances aren’t so good, when you are sick…the list goes on and on. You might say something like ” I just need some peace!” or “I need some peace and quiet!” What are you really saying though?

What gives YOU peace? What do you depend on to give you the feelings of peace? Are you depending on someone or something that isn’t lasting? Or do you look for peace in the only true place you will ever find TRUE PEACE…JESUS CHRIST..THE PRINCE OF PEACE??????

Isaiah 9:6 ~ For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulders, and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Ever wonder why the things in this world don’t ever fully satisfy your needs and wants? I mean, sure a new pair of shoes can make my day…but do they give me peace?…of course they don’ t ! Styles change…then you need something else to replace it. Sorry if you feel like this is a 20 questions post…I do realize I am throwing questions out left and right…sometimes that’s what helps me though….(To question myself, my motives, my actions.)
Think about what you do when you are anxious or afraid or worried or …now get this one…angry..ouch! Things can’t give you true peace…things going your way at the time can’ t either.

The truth of the matter is this: The things of this world are temporary and ever- changing..the only thing that never ever changes is Christ’s love for us and He never changes…

Hebrews 13:8 ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

If you have Jesus and you know the real meaning of love and the truth about joy…then you are on your way to having peace. Real peace…
The trials in this life can leave you in a bundle of nerves!!! IF you let them. Have you ever had someone honk their horn at you…and I mean really lay down on it? And you didn’t even do anything wrong…ex: you are driving down a busy road on the inside lane…about a 1/4 mile up somebody has decided to let a huge RV try to get out onto the( busy lunchtime traffic) road…you keep driving and reach the point where the RV is in the inside lane holding up traffic..and they blare their horn at YOU! You were just coming down the road…you had no idea that that person was there and you certainly don’t have ESP!! 🙂 Then they pull out behind you and get right up on your tail ( trying to intimidate you) and AGAIN BLARE their horn…for a long time. ( LOL) Well..that happened to me today…and guess what I did???? I leaned up n looked in my side view mirror and then I turned Klove up really loud! Hahaha 🙂 You know what..it felt good! I didn’t get mad or yell at them in my car…this time. 🙂 Now, just so you know…I did contemplate getting out of my car and just standing there looking at them….but I said…nahhh…that would be outright stupid! So, when the light turned green..I went on…and you know…I never once got angry! Now that is supernatural stuff!!! That’s JESUS! I had a choice to have peace or let someone’s actions make me upset…and I am so glad I picked peace! Satan loves it when we give in…
Now…I know it’s wrong…but I then had just a second where I said a little prayer that if it was His will that they get a speeding ticket for being ugly! I am just being honest…don’t even tell me you’ve never done something like that.(haha) 😀 Looks like I still need to work on my peace…but it’s a daily…minute by minute thing really. Right after I said it…I was convicted..so thankful my Jesus keeps me in check.

As I tuck my girls in at night..sometimes they tend to drag it out…and the other night I said” come on Logan…please hurry up( she was trying to locate her rubber bands for her braces ) ..and she says ” momma, you need to have patience” and I said ” patience is just not something I have a lot of”…and she said well u should…and I said ” you are so right Logan, it is a part of the fruit of the Spirit…and if we want to be like Jesus then we have to have ALL of the parts of the fruit…” So, you see…I still have a lot of work to do myself! Kids are really good at pinpointing where you are lacking…. :D. I am so thankful that my Savior is patient with me! (I will be sharing more about patience in my next post on the fruit of the Spirit.)

I am going to keep working on where I fail Jesus…what about you? What are you going to do? Make Jesus happy or give in?

My prayer is for you to be blessed and have the Peace that surpasses all understanding!

Until Next Time!
Heather Dawkins 🙂

Nobody to Anybody…Somebody to GOD!!!

 It has been a few days since my last post. I have had so many things floating around in my head..but didn’t feel led to post until now. God and I were talking this morning…yep..we do that! 🙂 I thought I knew what I was supposed to tell y’all….well…God gave me the title of this post and said “Somebody needs to hear this…TODAY.” I said to God…ummm…really??? You want me to do this right now? What do I say? [while cleaning my bathrooms, I might add.. :)] I looked up [why I do this I am not sure]..but I tend to look up to the right when I am talking back out loud to Him.. haha…some of y’all may think I am nuts by now…but that is OK..God thinks I am somebody. 🙂 See, I know this message is coming from God..b/c even as I am typing right now I have no idea what I am going to type next. I have prayed and I know my God is faithful and He will tell me what to say. So..whoever reads this, my prayer is that you will get something out of it that you or somebody you know needs at this very moment. Know that Jesus loves YOU!

                                                           NOBODY TO ANYBODY

 Most everyone at some time in his/her life has either felt like nobody needed or wanted them..and if you have not then you know someone who has felt like this. I am here to tell you that  is a  LIE  from the devil!!! We all have our pity parties at one time or another in this life. Why do we listen to that little voice that says:[ You don’t fit in here!..Nobody wants you here!..You are not good enough to do anything for Jesus!…Who are you trying to fool?!..You aren’t cool enough or pretty enough to hang out with them!..You are not capable!..Nobody wants to hear you talk or read anything you write!..They don’t like you!.. They all are staring and talking about you!…They don’t want to talk to you!] These are just a few examples of what the devil may try to tell you…they are all things that he has tried to get me to believe about myself.

 I am not one that feels extremely comfortable in social situations. My sweet and wonderful husband is my opposite on this. He is much more at ease when talking to people he hardly knows..where as I on the otherhand will freeze up. More honestly..I will say “Nope..uhuh..I am NOT going!” [if there is a dinner or meeting that I have to go to with him] or I will go and be a bundle of nerves…praying the whole time..but still a bundle of nerves. I don’t know why I am like that…I am working on it though. I just get so nervous..I listen to that stupid voice that says “you don’t fit in”, “you are just a house-wife and stay at home momma”, and “you aren’t part of their group”, “you won’t have anything to say”. When the fact is, I am God’s child…and I do fit in with HIM. I guess I just have never “owned my space”. I am working on it though..with God’s help. I want my girls to “own their space” …I don’t want them to feel like I have..so I am working on me first. I challenge you to do the same, and to be conscious of the fact that you aren’t the only one with struggles. With God in the driver’s seat you can do anything! You are not a “nobody” to God…and He is the one who matters most!!!

Here are some verses to turn to when you are feeling like a “nobody”:

Matthew 16:23 (NKJV) ~ But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Romans 8:28 (NKJV) ~ And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

John 16:33 (NKJV) ~ “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Luke 9:56 (NKJV) ~ For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.

                                                             SOMEBODY TO GOD

 God wants you and me to know that HE thinks we are SOMEBODY!!!! Isn’t that awesome..that GOD thinks you are SOMEBODY!!!! I don’t know about you but that makes me want to just SHOUT!!! How is that even possible?? That is definitely one of the many questions I can’t wait to ask Him when I get to heaven! There are some things that our human minds just can’t grasp!

 He wants you and He desires a relationship with you and me! A relationship requires time and communication..let’s not forget that this applies to our relationship with our Heavenly Father. My youngest daughter and I were talking on the way to take her to school one morning. Praise be to God, both of our daughters have taken that first step and asked Jesus to save them. However, she said ” Momma…I know I am saved..but….I just feel like I am not as close to God sometimes as I want to be to Him” Bless her heart..she was being convicted(Praise the Lord!) and it was really bothering her! I was so excited! Yes..excited! I told her..”baby..you know how you like me to spend time with you and talk to you? Well, we have to do the same with Jesus..it is a relationship..if you didn’t spend time with me then you wouldn’t feel close to me either..right?” She got it then! It was like a weight lifted off her shoulders. I told her that it was a normal feeling and that I had the same feelings sometimes. We have all been there…and I want to encourage you as well. Read the scriptures…don’t add to them..they are the TRUTH…when we add to and twist them that is wrong! The TRUTH is good enough! We may not always like it…but truth is truth.

 Jesus loves you and He thinks…no He KNOWS you are somebody that He wants to love and to use to bring Him glory!

 I want to leave you with one more passage of scripture that God has laid on my heart to share..I usually know they are from God when I can’t figure out on my own how they fit in with what I am saying… 🙂 Thank goodness God is in control and not me! 🙂

Philippians 2:3-4  (NKJV) ~ Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.

 UNTIL NEXT TIME! 

 Heather Dawkins 🙂

 

Joy…a part of the Fruit of the Spirit

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV) ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control. Against such there is no law.

JOY!!!!!!!!!!!
What does the word JOY mean to you? What does it make you think of? Does it make you think of good times with friends or family? Perhaps it makes you think of a beautiful sunshiny day, a day at the beach, a newborn baby, a cuddly puppy, a fun day of fishing or hunting, or even a yummy slice of homemade cake or pie !!! 🙂

Truth is that those things are all great…but they are not what JOY is about. The “things” I mentioned above are “things” that can make you happy….but happiness and joy are not the same.
Have you ever heard it said that happiness depends on your circumstances? It is the truth..you can be happy but still not have joy. It is also the truth that you can still have joy when it seems like you should have nothing to be happy about due to your current circumstances.

True Joy comes from knowing that even when you feel like the trials you face feel like the end of the world, that you have a Savior who is just waiting for you to turn to Him…He is waiting with open arms to rescue you and guide you. Jesus is the only one who never changes and will love you no matter what. Matthew 11:28 ~ Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

A great way to remember the word JOY (something my mother-in-law says) J- is for Jesus, O- is for others, and Y- is for yourself. So…Jesus first, then others, and yourself last. Hmmm…sounds like this is another “unselfish” aspect of the fruit of the Spirit.

I can’t say the word JOY without thinking of the childhood song: I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart..down in my heart..down in my heart………to stay and I’m so happy, so very happy…I’ve got the love of Jesus in my heart… 🙂
Joy ~ Rejoice….
Philippians 4:4 ~ Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say rejoice!

1 Peter 4:12-13 ~ Beloved do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

James 1:2-3 ~ My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

In this life, we are guaranteed some heartache and pain…but we have to remember the pain and suffering that Jesus endured for you and me. Hebrews 11:3~ For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.

Life is filled with ups(happiness) & downs( sadness, despair), but with Jesus as your rock you can rest assured that you will still have JOY! I believe that one of the best things you can do when you feel like you have nothing to rejoice about is to start praying for others and quit focusing on yourself. You will begin to see what JOY really is about. Jesus, Others, and then Yourself.

When the Lord leads me, I will share about the next aspect of the fruit of the Spirit… Peace.
Thanks so much for stopping by…my hope and my prayer is to reach more people for Christ, and to share with you just how much He loves you!

I love quotes…here’s one I’ll share with you:
Joy is not in things; it is in us. ~ Richard Wagner

Until Next Time!

Heather Dawkins 🙂

Do you really know HIM?

As we hear on the news today about the devastation that different parts of the world are
experiencing.(earthquake in Japan, tsunami in Hawaii, aftershocks, etc…), my heart aches for those that do not really know Jesus. The hope and peace that comes from knowing Him…I just couldn’t imagine trying to get through these trying times without Him!

The Bible tells us in John 3:16~ For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. It is just that simple! Why do we make it seem so hard?? He loves us and wants a relationship with us, but He gives us the choice…It is a free gift! Romans 6:23~ For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. 🙂 That makes me smile!! See, I know I am no where near perfect..but God wants ME and he loves me for me. You know what? He loves you too…there is nothing that can keep Jesus from loving You! Sure, we can definitely grieve Him, but He will ALWAYS love and forgive us. If we really know Jesus we will want to make Him happy…not grieve Him.

1 John 1:8-10 (NKJV)~
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

If you know Jesus, then great! This is still for you though… We have a job to do…it is our responsibility as authentic believers who profess Jesus as our Lord and Savior, to spread His love and truth! 1 John 2:3-6 ~ Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him”, and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.

Does this mean if you aren’t “perfect” that you aren’t really saved? Of course not! If we were perfect, we wouldn’t even need Jesus.

If you don’t really know Jesus, it is not too late! Take that step, you won’t regret it! Talk to Jesus, talk to someone who knows more than you, a friend, a pastor…but please don’t think you aren’t good enough. Jesus wants you just as you are…He can work miracles!!!!

Thanks so much for stopping in to read my blog! I am learning as I go, letting God take the lead.
It is a daily effort to have a relationship with anyone..yes, even with God! God Bless you all!

Until Next Time!

Heather Dawkins 🙂

Love..a part of the fruit of the Spirit.

As I venture into waters that are unchartered for me…I want to encourage you to do the same. If you feel God has been nudging you to do something to further His kingdom then just take that 1st step! To be a part of leading a bible study has been such a blessing to me! I don’t love speaking in front of people… I never felt like I was “smart enough” about the bible. You know what though….I discovered that it wasn’t about ME to begin with!!! It is all about Jesus and what the Holy Spirit wants to reveal. I pray every time before I speak or share that only what God wants me to say will be said. Trust me when I tell you…the good Lord can definitely shut your mouth. 🙂 I was all prepared for a study and for some reason (the Holy Spirit) I couldn’t think what to say …and I even had my notes in front of me! Needless to say, it all worked out.

While I am a lot more comfortable with this blog thing…it is still a little unnerving to me. The reason being: I want to only speak/write what God wants me to speak/write…not what “Heather” wants to speak or write about. With that being said, I am going to begin this journey with God leading the way. I invite you to come along with me.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such there is no law.

I would like to begin with taking each aspect of the fruit of the Spirit and discussing them and what the Bible says about them. I will begin with LOVE and as God leads me I will share about the others.

LOVE

When referring to LOVE …That would mean to love like Jesus loves…not like we want to love. As human beings we tend to love selfishly. We also tend to hold back our love, or show what we call ” love” when we can get something out of it. Sure there are times when we love like Jesus…but the fact is that Jesus loves the same ALL of the time! He never changes!
Hebrews 13:8 ~ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
John 15:12 ~ This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you.
Yep I am going there…He said to love your enemies!!
Matthew 5:44 ~ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.

Man that sound like a lot of requirements huh??? Why is it so hard sometimes??? Why do we think we deserve God’s love and mercy any more than somebody else?? Let’s not forget what it says in. Matthew 6:14~ For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do NOT forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. So….looks like LOVE and FORGIVENESS go hand in hand…don’t ya think??

Another one of my favorite passages that sums up Love and Forgiveness…
Colossians 3:12-15 (NKJV) ~
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you must also do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

So….we should love like Jesus and forgive like Jesus…we may not always feel like the other person deserves it, but the fact is that if you are a child of God, you were given the gifts of mercy, love and forgiveness from Jesus Christ..even though you didn’t deserve those gifts either. It’s real easy to say you love or forgive someone, but your actions will prove it! Let’s not just be hearers of God’s word…let’s be doers! (James 1:22-24)

Until Next Time!
Heather Dawkins 🙂

The start of something new!

Well Hello! Just as the title hints…this blogging thing is ” something new” for me. I really feel God calling me to step out of my comfort zone in so many areas of my life! While this can be a bit scary..it is also really exciting to me! 🙂

About 7 weeks ago, I answered God’s call to help lead a bible study at my church. Whew..talk about scared! I did what a lot of people do…I
said ” Who are you talking to? Are you talking to ME God?” See…I forgot that God doesn’t call the equipped..He equips the called.I am just a stay at home Momma..with no college education…but God can use Anyone…you just have to be willing to take the first step!

My hope and my prayer is that you will only see Jesus in these blogs that I share…hang in there with me…I am learning as I go. One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13 ~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 🙂

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