Nothing Planned

May 8, 2022 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Mother, Mother's Day | Leave a comment

“What do you have planned for Mother’s Day?” many have asked.

“Nothing.” I respond softly.

As far back as I can remember I don’t recall my family doing any special gatherings for Mother’s Day. I do recall going to burial sites and cleaning the stones of deceased mothers and putting flowers down. That is a tradition I have not passed on to my children for anyone who has died. So, Memorial Day nothing like that has been passed on either. It wasn’t something I particularly enjoyed. It was hard work cleaning those stones of people I didn’t know.

In any case Mother’s Day is a special day. It is every day for those who are mothers, who care for other children, and for all who have had mothers. For some it is not so happy because they long to be mothers but are not physically able. For several the relationships with their mothers were not physically, mentally, or emotionally healthy. For others they have no idea where she is because they were separated at birth.

My mother has been deceased since December 24, 2000, therefore anything special for her stopped long ago. However cards from my children, husband, greetings by text and email from others do come my way. The same from me go out by text or email to other mothers.

It is a blessing to be chosen to be a mother, but I often think of those who have not been able to or lost babies. I pray that they walk so closely with God that the yearning to be a mother is filled with God’s love so deep that they don’t hurt. May all who are and all who can’t be mothers, know the love of Jesus as their Father and have peace and contentment with Him.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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Our Father?

May 2, 2022 at 8:56 am | Posted in Change, God is Enough, God's Word, Holy Spirit, Relationships, Repentance, Spiritual Battle, Thanks | Leave a comment

Most people know the Lord’s Prayer because it is repeated so often.

 He said to them, “When you pray, say:
“‘Father,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
    for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.
And lead us not into temptation.’” Luke 11:2-4 (NIV)

There is a difference in knowing the Lord’s Prayer and living it.

Father, hallowed be your name

What do we call our Lord? He has so many names and attributes: Lord, God, Jesus, Jehovah, Creator, Redeemer, All-Sufficient One, Alpha and Omega, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Restorer, Healer, Counselor, Purifier, Shield, I Am, Elohim, Yahweh, El Shaddai, Emmanuel, El Roi, Refuge, Master, Teacher, Holy Spirit, Messiah, and the list goes on. Is He really any of these names and attributes to us? Do we go to Him first for all our life situations? How is he the first one we think of when our eyes open each morning? How do we praise Him every day, all day? How much do we listen to Him and talk with Him during the day? How is He the center of our life?

Your kingdom come

How are we praying for those in His kingdom? How are we praying for those yet to come into His kingdom? How are we sharing our lives with others so that they too can be in His kingdom? Who have we given up on as not being able/worthy to come into His kingdom? How are we sharing our blessings from God to others?

Give us each day our daily bread

How content are we with our daily lives? How are we living one day at a time instead of worrying about tomorrow, a tomorrow that may never come? How focused are we on being in the present moment with God and others? How are we relishing in what God gives us today through His love? Or are we whining about wanting more money, more food, more clothes, more ability to travel, more friends, more whatever instead of being at peace with what we do have? How are we asking God to give us only what we need today?

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us.

How joyful are we that our sins are forgiven? We do not deserve forgiveness, but through Christ’s blood we are. Then how eager are we to forgive everyone who has harmed us mentally, physically, and emotionally? If we fail to forgive others our being forgiven by God is meaningless. Only God can help us to forgive; so, how are we crying out to Him to help us forgive others as He forgave us?

Lead us not into temptation

How are we allowing God to lead us from sinning when temptation comes? Temptation will come! How ready are we to turn from it and turn towards the direction our Lord is pointing? How are we preventing ourselves from leading others into temptation?

May the Lord’s Prayer not be something recited, but something we live as we walk with Him.

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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The Facts! Just the Facts!

April 24, 2022 at 8:49 pm | Posted in Change, God is Enough, Repentance | Leave a comment

At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and went into the holy city and appeared to many people. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:51-54 (NIV)

Jesus had just breathed His last breathe and the earth moved literally. The centurion and the other guards had mocked Him and seized His clothes by lots. Now after witnessing three hours of darkness the earthquake and all that had happened, they believed.

How are we the same! Through His Word, circumstances, people, and all kinds of ways God speaks to all who will hear and turn to Him. He longs for us to be close to Him, rely on Him, and tell others of Him. Despite the evidence He sends our way, we turn from Him and do us! It took me until I was forty-one-years-old to finally get it! Going to church and being a “good” girl wasn’t enough. Studying His Word and realizing my life was not where it should be with Him did it for me! Thank goodness God gave me countless of times to repent and live His way. How much evidence do we need to know that Jesus is Lord?

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Eternal Impact

April 17, 2022 at 3:10 pm | Posted in Easter, God is Enough, Relationships | Leave a comment

A friend of mine posted on Facebook this message on a plain gray background with black letters: “If you’re reading this even if we barely talk, tell me your favorite memory of me. After that, consider fighting your insecurity and make this your status because you’d be surprised by the memories people hold of you.”

I reposted this but didn’t anticipate a lot of response. Much to my surprise as of today 126 people made comments. It was God’s way of reminding me how He helped me to make a positive impact in Weight Watchers, church, Girl and Boy Scouts, travel, Susan G. Komen 3-Day, walking long distances, hiking, family, work, school (elementary to college), child care, Bible Study Fellowship, volunteerism, and more. This was a great encouragement that helps me to keep going where God leads me for His will to be done.

Jesus, however had the ultimate eternal impact. He walked thirty-three years on this earth to seek and save the lost. He took on the sins from the past, the present, and the future through a brutal death for us. For three days His mortal body lay in a cave while His followers mourned. Then on that third day He left that earthly grave to abide with our Lord eternally until that day comes when He returns for us.

Jesus’ time on earth changed the lives of those He encountered and those yet to come. His love for mankind was so deep that He was willing to take undeserved verbal and physical abuse. He endured those who misunderstood Him. Even his most trusted followers did not quite grasp what He was about until he was gone and risen from the grave. Anyone who Jesus meets is changed for the good eternally or they harshly reject Him. Two choices are given: accept Him or reject Him. Either way, our earthly and eternal existence is altered.

How are we embracing Jesus and His will and purpose? How are we showing others the way to Him?

Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts.  Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Deuteronomy 6:4-8 (NIV)

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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Never Say “Never”

April 10, 2022 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Body of Christ, Emotion, Relationships | 2 Comments

It is the day before Jesus’ crucifixion and the disciples are enjoying His company at the Mount of Olives. Jesus gave them some shocking news, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me.” Matthew 26:31 (NIV).

Peter was indignant he “replied, ‘Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.'” Matthew 26:33 (NIV)

“Jesus answered, ‘this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” Matthew 26:34. (NIV)

Peter was even more upset and “declared, ‘Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.’ And all the other disciples said the same.” Matthew 26:35. (NIV)

At this point Peter had said “never” twice. Sure enough, as Jesus had said later that night Peter denied he knew Jesus three times when questioned by others after Jesus was arrested. He even got belligerent with those who asked. He was recognized, looked like, and sounded like a disciple. Yet he denied any relationship with Jesus. As noted in Matthew 26:35 all the other disciples said they would not disown Jesus either, yet they too all scattered. It is not clear if they used the “never” word, but Peter did.

Judas had thirty pieces of silver on his possession for payment to betray Jesus. So, he flat out lied. What is interesting about the thirty pieces of silver according to “Number in Scripture” by E. W. Bullinger, “Thirty being 3 x 10, denotes in a higher degree the perfection of Divine order, as marking the right moment. Christ was thirty years of age at the commencement of His ministry.” Wow! This made me think that Judas’ acceptance of thirty pieces of silver was a divine amount that sent Jesus to the Cross.

The Word “never” is no longer in my vocabulary in saying I will never do, think, or say something. I have learned that when I have said “never” it is just a matter of time before I end up doing what I said I never would. It is almost like a verbal dare to Satan by saying I will never do whatever. Satan jumps up and ensures “never” becomes a “did it done”. Now I say I pray or hope I don’t do such and such instead.

Let us learn from Peter and never say “never”.

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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He Knows

April 3, 2022 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Change, Confession, God is Enough, Repentance, Reputation, Spiritual Battle | Leave a comment

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” Hebrew 4:13

Everything we think, say, and do is known by God. With God there are no secrets; he knows it all. It is easy to fool others about our feelings, concerns, personalities, life style, background, whatever, but our Lord. He hears and sees all that transpires with us.

The refreshing part about God knowing us, is that when we don’t know ourselves He is there through His Word, His people, or circumstances He uses to reveal our hearts to us. We are easily self-deceived into thinking we are not as bad as the other guy. We think we are good when we are not. Through daily quiet times with Him He speaks to us and leads us in the ways we should go.

He wants to hear from us. He wants to hear how much we love Him. He wants to hear how sad, mad, glad, angry, hopeful, and other negative or positive emotion we have about Him and others. He already knows, but He wants us to know He knows.

May we enjoy the peace that comes with God’s exposure of our minds and hearts that leads to becoming the godly creations He made us to be. May we seek Him and turn from ungodliness simply because He loved us first.

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

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What Time Is It?

March 27, 2022 at 10:45 pm | Posted in Change, God's Schedule, Relationships, Repentance, Spiritual Battle | 1 Comment

In a few short days one quarter of the year will be in the past. Despite a prolonged pandemic and world strife, time marches on. It seems like it is going at a faster clip than normal. Since the pandemic started I can feel time moving like a wind as it lifts my hair locs above my shoulder while I am standing still.

Time is always in motion. Each day we are one day closer to when Jesus returns. It is so important for His people to have their eyes heaven bound. While we wait He has work for us to do, so others can come to know Him as their Lord and Savior before it is too late.

“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. (Matthew 24:42-44 NIV)

How are we spending our time as we wait? Are we waiting at all and doing whatever we desire?

When He returns so much has to happen and it will not be pretty. There will be false prophets, wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, nations and kingdoms will rise up against each other, persecution and death will occur among God’s people standing up for Him, many will turn their backs on God, love will dwindle and hate abound, false Messiah’s will lead people from God, reverence for God will disappear, the sun and moon will darken and stars will far from the sky, along with great distress. Preaching of the gospel will be all around the world (Matthew 24:4-29). No one will have an excuse about not knowing Him when He comes.

“Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other. (Matthew 24:30-31 NIV)

Those who have been preparing for His return will be filled with great joy as they join Him in the clouds. Those who have discarded Him will be filled with deep regret as they weep and gnash their teeth (Matthew 24:51).

All have a chance to come closer to God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. There is still time, but time is growing short. It could be tomorrow or hundreds of years down the road. No one but God knows when He will send Jesus back; even Jesus doesn’t know (Matthew 24:36).

How are we preparing for that great day when we begin our life eternally with God? How are we telling others so that they can join us for that great reunion? How eager are we to live life as God commands to abide with Him now and forever? Let us not let time pass us by and miss the ride to our Father.

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Do It Now

March 20, 2022 at 10:14 pm | Posted in Prayer, Relationships | Leave a comment

“I’ll pray for you!”

It never fails. Someone tells another about some unpleasantness happening in their life or a life challenge to come and the other will say “I’ll pray for you!” But they never do!

God gives us this method of communicating to Him for others and ourselves. It is a vehicle that we can use for a conversation, a lament, complaint, a question, or whatever, as we do with people on a regular bases. With prayer we speak with our God and He answers “yes”, “no”, or “not yet”. Regardless of the answer, it must be used.

When we said, we will pray for someone, it’s best to fulfill that promise in the moment and pray with them. Sometimes I do that when it seems urgent prayer is needed and the person is very emotional about what they told me. Prayer then is always a way for them to feel heard, comforted, and encouraged. Other times I tell them I will put them in my weekly prayer journal and pray every Monday for them until an answer is received. Many of those prayers have been in my journal for years. I love it when God answers in His special way.

Let our “yes” be “yes” and our “no” be “no” and faithfully pray for the person we promised to pray for. Let us not use prayer as a request list, but our way of saying “hello” to our Lord as we praise Him for being there for us, guiding us, and creating us for His divine purpose. He knows what we need without our prayers, but He loves to hear from us directly as we spend time with Him.

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5:16-18 NIV).

“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV)

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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In His Power

March 13, 2022 at 8:56 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Schedule | Leave a comment

It’s the beginning of another week. It is Sunday and it was filled with quiet time with Him in the morning, time of worship and fellowship with His Body of Believers, time with family, and time with my husband for our Sunday date.

Now I sit here looking at the week ahead. Each week is always full with whatever doings God has placed on my plate. Each day is different, yet connected with the next. I look at my schedule and say, “really God?” Yet that schedule He creates always turns out to be for my good and the good of others. It is just a pencil written schedule in a two-year pocket calendar. It is in pencil because it is always subject to change. Things are added and things are taken away. Rarely is that schedule done as I wrote it. God plans it but He doesn’t give me all the details until it’s time. He gives me the heart to be prepared for “the schedule” but it is fine tuned and tweaked by the time each happening is supposed to occur.

Thank goodness God is right there by my side. I am not sure how I would be able to walk the schedule that He has me to write in pencil without His assurance that He will get me through it, especially for the inevitable change. The first day of seven is complete with six more to go. One day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time are open for me to walk through with His direction, His plan, and His strength.

May we all walk daily with Him knowing that no matter what is ahead, He is in front leading the way and giving us the resources to do His will right on time and with His power.

“Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” (I Chronicles 16:11 NIV).

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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Sixty-six

March 7, 2022 at 12:04 am | Posted in God is Enough | 1 Comment

Sixty-six years have passed since I took my first breath. When I was a teenager I thought when I reached my sixty’s I would be old. So old that I would be using a walker and maybe in a nursing home. What a difference my reality is from what my young mind thought.

Thanks to my Lord I am just as active as I was as a teen. I am not always able to do the physical things that I did then, but He always has me on the go doing something for His divine purpose. Hearing Him and His purpose for me is such a thrill. Each day is new. Each day He shows me more of more of Him.

This year I am not sure how God will enable me to celebrate another year of life that He has granted me. Just being in His presence is enough. Seeing Him in nature, in people, in situations, and in His Word everyday is why He enables me to be. Each new year is more time with Him on this earth surrounded by His glory. One day He will call me home to abide with Him eternally where birthdays will not matter. Until that time comes I am enjoying this time with Him in the present where He dwells in me.

“Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16. NIV)

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Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, and walk long distances with friends. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

These are her four blogs:

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