To Go or Not to Go

September 19, 2021 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Fear, Finances, God's Schedule, God's Word | Leave a comment

According to the website of Ruah and Ember:

The Written Retreat is a three-day intensive for Christian women to unlock their God-given dreams. This personalized weekend guides women through their story; uncomplicating their purpose + clarifying their call through each chapter of their life. Each aspect of the retreat is intentionally crafted to build genuine relationships, foster an environment to encounter God, and cut out all the distractions to hear from the Lord. 

Take 3 days away from the noise to deep dive into your storyline; discover with fresh eyes how God has used every chapter to prepare you for your dreams. This isn’t your typical retreat – you’ll walk away with a blueprint in hand and a clear next step in your purpose.

The event is in October 2021. I was interested in going. The last one was before the pandemic and I heard it was fantastic. I had told myself then hopefully I can go to the next one, then the pandemic hit. Now this year I wanted to go but several thoughts told me why I should not go:

  • We are still in a pandemic.
  • My schedule would have to change.
  • I was not comfortable about being with so many people I did not know especially a roommate I did not know.
  • The cost was $789 – not in my budget.
  • I would be away from my husband.

I put the retreat out of my mind. Then I received an email from a friend of mine who was going and was asking for donations. Fundraiser? This made me think twice. Maybe I should do the same thing. I thought. I was still on the fence. God used a conversation with this Sister-In-Christ friend and the Holy Spirit to speak to me. This is how God quashed my objections:

  • He sent me to Egypt and Dubai in a pandemic. Ohio is nothing in comparison!
  • He changed my schedule to open all three days
  • He gave me my friend who was fund raising as a roommate.
  • He has many contributing towards that $789. The first contribution of $50 came within minutes of registering. He has raised funds in the past for me for Susan G. Komen 3-Day thrice and HOPE worldwide in the past.
  • My husband approved of the experience. I was away thirteen days in Egypt and Dubai therefore, three days was short.

I am excited about how God is going to use this retreat to speak to me on His plans for me. He has clearly shown me His plans for my writings; three books have been published with more to come. I am also looking forward to how much he will raise for the retreat. Anytime He has raised money for me He has always exceeded the goal.

How are we relying on God’s plan and not our negative thinking?

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

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 hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).

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Remembering

September 11, 2021 at 2:41 pm | Posted in Change, Death, Emotion, Health | Leave a comment
Thousands of Yellow Ribbons

Yesterday I sat in a room with four ladies. Two of us were receiving medical infusions, one was visiting the other, and two nurses. While the IV dripped the Cinqair in my vein, the conversation turned to the 20th anniversary of 911. All four of the ladies told about where they were twenty years ago. They all were minors then or under twenty-one years old. Both nurses were the youngest, one of them was six-years-old at the time.

Twenty years ago today, I was forty-five years old. I was attending a continuing education class with the Internal Revenue Service. It was held in a hotel adjacent to the Cleveland Hopkins airport. I left the room for break and happen to walk by a television that had a small group of people with their eyes fixed on the screen. A plane had crashed into one of the Twin Towers in New York City. My throat and heart got tight. Oh my gosh! All those poor people in the building and the plane. How was the pilot flying so low? I thought. The air in the room was thick with moans of mourning. Then the second plane hit, my heart skipped a beat, my mouth dropped. This was not an accident! More people were now crowded in the room, silent from held breaths. Then it erupted with words of shock, rage, disbelieve, and a list of other negative emotions. The time to return from break was forgotten, especially after the news of the Pentagon and the plane in Shanksville, PA. grabbed our eyes and ears. Management made a decision to stop the CPE and send us home because there were too many government employees in one place and located near an airport. We were all glad to flee and look for our families. Thoughts of further terrorism and wanting to be close to loved ones filled our minds.

For the rest of the week, the television played updated stories on the event. No one seemed to be able to do anything else but watch. It was something we did not want to watch, but couldn’t help looking at. The plane streak-less skies were quiet from above with a strange eeriness. Travelers were trapped in cities because of airport closures. The fortunate ones were able to rent cars and drive home. Stories of people who were trapped in travel status, people who were in the towers missing, dead, or injured plagued our minds. Many of our coworkers were in those stories. Working despite the need to know the latest updates was difficult. Rushing home to snap on the TV was our new routine.

Months later when airports were reopened, our way of travel changed. I was sent on a teaching trip to Hawaii in November 2001. Four flights were booked for me, two out and two back, all on different airlines due to cost. Because it looked like I was taking a single one way trip, I was searched and interrogated thoroughly on each flight. I had to keep from being angry as a profiled person especially because of my Black race. I had to accept this was the way it was going to be for awhile with armed enforcement people in airports.

Then I was a four-year-old baptized Christian. God enabled me to live through that world of change, anger, hate, and dispair by removing any fear or any negative emotions in me. He enabled me to continue to do whatever He needed me to do despite what was no longer normal in our world. Twenty years, I am still in amazement that it was that long ago. This pandemic has caused me to lose a couple of those years. Yet here we are twenty years later in the middle of a pandemic with no end in sight. Thanks again to my Lord walking beside me removing fear and negative emotions I am able to do the things He needs me to do now. May we all remember our Savior is always near when unpleasant stuff happen. With Him we can endure and talk about how He walks us through the loss and change.

So do not fear, for I am with you;

    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you and help you;

    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NIV)

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Pandemic Get Away

September 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm | Posted in Fear, God is Enough, God's Schedule, Health, Rest, Travel | Leave a comment

We booked a one-week time share vacation in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia in January, 2021. At the time we booked it we were not sure if we would be able to go because I was not fully well and the pandemic might stop us. But God had other plans.

We stayed at Massanutten Resort, a place we have frequented since 1996. This trip was different than any other time we have been there. We have been there alone and we have taken family and friends. This time we were alone. We needed the time alone after no travel was done in 2020. Only one overnight to Cincinnati had occurred in 2021 and that was a business trip, not a vacation.

Normally we have specific plans, but not this time. We had done everything that this resort had to offer. We had already sped on the track in the race cars, rode on the ski lift, slid down the zip line, rode our bikes, hiked the trails, experienced various off-resort tourist caves, trails, and sights, swam in the pools, floated down the river in tubes, fished in the ponds, and so much more.

The only thing I wanted to do, because it was new this year, was ride an electric bike. I wanted to see how different this was on the hills we have rode our 21-speed bikes. The power of the four levels on the bike was the bomb! Did I just say that? It was fantastic! Anytime I selected “turbo” I was able to pedal up the steepest incline without breaking a sweat. I loved the fact that I still had to pedal, that way I was still getting a workout without having a heart attack. It was so much fun!

The other days we walked three to four miles each day except one because it rained. On that rain day, we read, wrote (me), watched TV, and relaxed. God added a few extra things for me to do on those days by using Zoom for church related meetings that couldn’t wait until I got back. I loved it however, because it was God’s will and timing for things to happen that way. I also was able to watch on Facebook Live our Sunday church service and share the link on my timeline for others to watch. That was cool remaining in touch with The Body of Christ even while away.

Instead of staying the full week, we spent the last two days in Maryland and Washington, DC. There we visited the Museum of the Bible and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. We loved the lack of crowds at both and were grateful we came now while children were in school and less crowds due to the pandemic. You can read more details about our experiences at either museum at: Bible Museum and Smithsonian Museum of American Indian. Our stay in Maryland also gave us the joy of spending time with our family on my mom’s side and my dad’s side. We stayed overnight in their homes.

Because I was so thrilled that God was allowing this trip to happen, I decided to add another day to our trip to see the newest 63rd National Park, New River Gorge National Park and Preserve in West Virginia. Dan and I are on a Smithsonian and National Park quest and in 2020 nothing happened. So I was eager to check off one Smithsonian and one National Park in one trip. We were heading east from Maryland to West Virginia when the Holy Spirit made it real clear to “go home”! When we hit Interstate 81 we turned north instead of south to go home. The Holy Spirit made it obvious it was best to visit this park on another weekend so that we could have more time in the park and visit friends from church and friends outside of church. I don’t remember if I prayed about asking for that extra day, but I do know what I heard, it wasn’t God’s plan for us to go there now. We also realized later as we were heading home on the Pennsylvania turnpike that the park was packed because it was in the middle of Labor Day weekend. I am looking forward to when God says when that weekend trip will happen; it will be great!

Thanks to God any trip that He sends me on is always on time and an opportunity to see and hear Him clearer. May we all listen to the Holy Spirit when He speaks because it is always for our good.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 NIV)

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Wise Crack

August 23, 2021 at 11:47 am | Posted in Forgiveness, Prayer, Relationships, Repentance | 2 Comments

“In my opinion. . .” “With my experience I think. . .” “You should know better. . .” “Who do you think you are?” “I don’t think that is a good idea because . . .”

Confrontations happen every day. Sometimes they are random and sometimes they are imposed from another. Sometimes they are avoidable; sometimes they are not. Sometimes they must happen for reconciliation. Some love this type of interaction and some do not. I avoid confrontations as much as possible. I do not like the negative emotions that comes with it. But there are times God enables me to deal with confrontations that must be dealt with in a godly manner.

Strife among peers has become the norm. Even among Christians this is the norm. No is untainted by the sting of confrontations. How one handles situations when they occur is key.

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice (James 3:13-16 NIV).

Any interaction that results in name calling, slander, degradation, hateful words, anger, envy, pridefulness, and other negative responses are a result of listening to the lies that the Evil One or his cronies has planted in our hearts and minds. Accepting those lies puts a smile on their faces while our faces are twisted and ugly with hardened and blackened hearts. No joy, no hope, no love lives there, only the desire to get our own way or inflict pain.

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness (James 3:17-18).

When confrontations are unavoidable, yet needed for resolution, responding with a smile (even we do not want to), being full of love for the other (even when we do not like them), praying in the moment for the right words, staying calm (despite our need to scream), and seeing the other as God sees them enables us to be a source of God’s peace when those times come.

May we be focused on going first to the Father and ask what it is we need to do, say, or not do, or say when the next alteration comes. With Him peace is possible. Without Him chaos abounds. May God and not Satan be the victor in all our interactions with our brothers and sisters in the church, in the neighborhood, at work, at school, and anywhere else God takes us. We who are His are His ambassadors to the world. Let’s respond like Jesus would with grace, love, and peace.

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Home Fires Burning

August 16, 2021 at 12:20 pm | Posted in Family, God's Schedule | Leave a comment

Before the pandemic our grandson stayed overnight once a month, but that ceased due to shut downs and isolation. Over the weekend we returned to once-a-month overnight stays.

We did not have a detailed plan of what we were going to do except teach him how to ride a bike. We are looking forward to when the three of us can ride in a park. I had to learn what my grandson likes to eat for breakfast as his menu had expanded. Lunch and dinners we were familiar with because of day visits.

An hour before our grandson arrived my dad popped over unannounced and told us he was meeting my niece and her three children there to attend a function in the area. What? We had no plans to do that! I thought. An unpleasant feeling edging towards anger filled my heart.

“So, what if we had not been here?” I asked him.

“It did not matter. The front of your house was just the meeting point since the event was close by instead of them driving all the way to my house,” he said answered. That unpleasant feeling abated.

The five of them (Dad, niece, and three children) left for the event before my grandson arrived leaving my dad’s car on the street. When my grandson came my husband, grandson, and I left to practice riding a bike at a near by location. When that was done we returned home. Dad’s car was still on the street. Dan decided to put our seven-year-old grandson to work. Because of several recent storms our yard was littered with tree limbs. Donned with work gloves the two went to work loading a steel wheel barrel with branches of various sizes. My grandson learned how to push this wheel barrel when empty to pick up more branches after dumping it near our backyard fire pit.

When the front yard was almost done, the five-local-event-attenders returned. My grandson was allowed a brief break to play catch. Next thing we knew three boys were picking up sticks. This made getting the side of the house and the back of the house clearing in record time. With this collection of sticks they began to play with the sticks and built two houses with flooring and leafy walls. While the construction was happening the other branches were burned in a fire pit. Pears that had fallen on the ground and acorns became burn victims of little boys. A dead bird that was partly consumed by a cat was tossed into the fire with squeals of delight as one of the claws curled inward from the heat. Eventually the new housing development disappeared into the fire. Homemade pizza filled everyone’s belly.

We praised God for this unscheduled family time. What started out in my heart as unpleasant turned out to be for my and our family’s good.

How often are we frustrated when our plans are changed in the moment? How often are we grateful that God’s plan came through and not ours?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

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Fully Protected

August 9, 2021 at 5:13 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Schedule, God's Word, Holy Spirit, Spiritual Battle | Leave a comment

by Juel A. Fitzgerald

I am a planner and I live by an old school schedule in a pocket calendar written in pencil. Pencil is used so that I can erase events in my schedule when they change. Anytime I write something in ink because I do not have a pencil, it always gets changed. Every morning I pray to God and ask Him what my schedule is for today. He always answers and His schedule is always better than my pencil version which is subject to change.

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Ephesians 6:10-11) Every morning I have to prepare myself for the day. Satan is waiting to trip me up. If I make my own schedule instead of asking God what He wants me to do then I become anxious, overwhelmed, or upset when my schedule did not turn out the way I planned it. When God plans it for me and I merely follow it. It works out just fine, better than I can imagine it should be.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:12-13) Every day Satan and His crew try to whisper ideas in my head that are not godly or tell me that doing such and such is a wonderful idea for God. Every time I have to fight off the temptations of thinking and doing that which is unpleasant in God’s sight or not part of His plan. Every day I have to ask God is that you speaking or someone else before I act. The Evil One is always at work waiting to devour me when I least expect it. With the Holy Spirit and God’s angels I must stay prayed up so I can hear what He tells me and flee from Satan.

“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place.” (Ephesians 6:14) Every morning I must tighten up The Truth I know about Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. This belt keeps my armor close to me and my belief strong. This belt also connects to the the rest of my armor. Without His Truth I am lost. My breastplate of righteousness must be snug and tight across my chest to protect my heart from piercing wounds of untruth that the dark spirits want me to believe.

“And with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15) Every morning I put on my shoes of peace that God gives me so that I can stand ready to deal with the drama of the day or ready to run into the fight that God is leading me into.

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.” (Ephesians 6:16) Every morning I wipe my shield clean and leave it dripping wet, so my faith stands before me ready to deflect or put out any flaming arrows that Satan flings my way that could confuse or mislead me into doubt.

“Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” (Ephesians 6:17) Every morning I put on my protective helmet on my head from the deposit of salvation given to me. This keeps my mind protected from deceptions about how Jesus has saved my soul or keeps my mind free from negative and ungodly thoughts. Then I pick up my Bible and open it’s pages. I hear what God has to say to me. Then I take that message and use it during the day, share it with others, and it reminds me all day I am His, God’s treasured possession ready to do His will.

How are we intentionally putting on God’s full armor every morning? How are we protecting ourselves through prayer and Bible reading? How are we immediately doing His will, running in with shield up, sword raised, knowing that the battle is His and He wins?

May today be the day you dusty off that old armor, oil it, and snap it on ready to live life to the full for God.

(NIV translation)

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Which Soil?

August 3, 2021 at 11:31 am | Posted in God is Enough | Leave a comment

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable:  “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up.  Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture.  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants.  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” Luke 8:4-8

“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.  Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  Those on the rocky ground are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature. But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.” Luke 8:11-15.

We all reside in one of these four soils. God’s Word is out there for all to hear, see, and live by. How we receive it and apply it is different. Are we the one who hears God’s word but puts our hand of denial up or put our fingers in our ears because we do not want to hear it? Are we the one who fell in love with the Word, but only allow the Word to touch us from the pulpit without reading it then when our faith is tested we run from God because His Word is not in our hearts? Are we the one who read and know the Word, but like Peter when we see all the dramas in our life our eyes move from God to those life issues and wither? Are we the ones who read the Word, know the Word, heed the Word, obey the Word, share the Word with others, and cling to the Word during times of good and trouble? Which soil are we in and what needs to happen for us to be in the good soil?

(NIV translation)

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Walking In Circles

July 27, 2021 at 5:35 pm | Posted in Change, God is Enough | 1 Comment

In Garfield Park Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks there is a two-mile all purpose trail loop. Many people walk this loop because it is easy and no sports device is needed to know how far one walked. You can go in the opposite direction and the distance is the same. There are two hills on this route. So in either direction there is an ascent and a descent. The loop starts low close to the Old Boating Pond Bridge on Wolf Creek and rises in either direction to higher ground. There is also a three-mile round trip all purpose trail out and back to the Mill Creek Falls. This falls is the tallest falls in Cuyahoga County.

However, most walkers place their foot on the loop and never venture on the out-and-back trail to the falls. There could be several reasons the trek to the falls is not made. Many are not aware of that trail and its final destination. Others may have done it once and have no need to return. Then others are comfortable with going round and round on the loop for the number of miles they need. The Loop has a community of its own as everyone speaks, waves, and jokes as they past each other or see each other again on repetitive loop walks. The out-and-back trail travels behind homes and housing developments. A mental asylum used to reside there before the trail existed. I love taking people on this trail after they hear it is there.

Today I took Sonia to see the forty-eight feet tall Mill Creek Falls. As with prior treks with others she was amazed it was there and that it was the tallest in Cuyahoga County, located within the city limits. Taking this prayer walk trek with Sonia made me think about how this is akin to our walk with God.

God leads us in the ways we should go. He provides a Bible to clearly direct us. He also uses the Holy Spirit to guide us. God has plans for all of us. We merely have to follow His lead and do His will. However, as Christians we can get in a rut. Our routine might include going to church on Sunday, midweeks services, and other events and functions. Then God comes along and says, “in addition to that I want you to do thus and thus.” We cringe because that thus and thus means getting out of our comfort zone and doing something we are unfamiliar with. We then have a choice to make. We can continue to follow our daily routine where it is safe. We can start heading in that new direction but run back because of the obstacles. Or we can do His will afraid but with His confidence it will work out. When we do His will it always turns out despite the struggle to get there. Doing it His way takes us to see the wonderment of walking and living with Him. Just like taking this trail that only a few walk to see the beauty of these falls in all seasons.

Let us be the ones who follow God wherever He leads us despite how unfamiliar it looks.

“Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.” Luke 9:23

(NIV translation)

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Do What I Say

July 19, 2021 at 8:22 pm | Posted in God is Enough, God's Schedule, Holy Spirit | Leave a comment

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance checks have been deposited in my checking account since May 2020. As a self employed individual unemployment normally is not an option. However due to a pandemic many self employed individuals have had the opportunity to get this assistance.

During the last six weeks no checks have been deposited. My assistance was rejected because I was told I did not submit documentation in March 2021 to continue my assistance and all that I had been paid was now considered an over payment that had to be repaid. I filed an appeal and provided the documentation to show I had submitted the requested documents. I have yet to hear back.

At this point I am tired of the hoops that must be jumped through to get this assistance and am ready to be done with the weekly process of filing claims to get those checks. For a few weeks I started to search for jobs. However, God has my schedule busy with His work and I am only available to do a job two days a week from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Who needs someone for such a short period of time? While talking with a former employer to see if my service would be needed, the Holy Spirit said in the middle of this conversation “Sit still and do what I have you doing. Your financial situation is covered.” Immediately I stopped looking for jobs and dove deeper into His work. Two new books will be available for sale on September 15, 2021: “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks” and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.

Today Donna Rae and I went on a 3.67 mile hike in South Chagrin Reservation. At the start of our hike up a steep incline a black with brown and other colors butterfly led us along. This butterfly stopped at several spots as if it waited for us to come. As we approached it lifted and landed at another spot further up the trail. I tried several times to take a picture but failed before it took off. Around half a mile into this incline it landed and kept its wings closed. I was hoping to catch it with its wings fully open, but unlike the prior spots it landed with its wings open, it kept them closed. My camera took several shots and a video. The butterfly let us get close. Then it took off and we did not see it again until we walked back down that same hill to our cars. I have never seen a butterfly do this. Usually they stay with you for a moment then are gone, not follow/lead you up a trail for a distance before it leaves. All of God’s creations in nature rely on Him to survive. Seeing God in nature is always enchanting and hiking with one of His children is bliss. So, I am doing His will all for His Glory, living on His schedule as I pray Big.

And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:28-34.

(NIV translation)

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Unusual Promptings

July 13, 2021 at 12:08 am | Posted in Finances, God is Enough, God's Schedule, Holy Spirit | 2 Comments

by Juel A. Fitzgerald

During the second quarter of the year God has made some unusual commands for me to do.  Some I have seen the benefits and others I have yet to know why.

New Computer

I had a laptop computer since my days as a travel agency when I had travel agents working with me with a huge data base on the computer.  My Brother-in-Christ helped me in the selection process since he is knowledgeable in computers.  That computer has lasted more than a decade, longer than any other computer I have ever had.  The only negative was it was a laptop that replaced a desktop; though it was portable it was heavy and hard to carry when I traveled on a plane.  Recently it had grown incredibly slow but worked fine.  However, the Holy Spirit made it clear a new one had to be purchased for a slimmer and faster one.  The hard drive space was the same because the old one was huge already and I did not need more than that.  It was time for a new one especially with the new writings that will come forth from the machine.  The slimness will make it easy to carry outside of the home.

Tablet

I had not had a tablet in years.  The one I had over ten years ago is no longer functional.  With my smart phone and computer, I had no need for a tablet.  However, the Holy Spirit for some reason encouraged me to purchase one.  I was ready to carry my computer on planes but for the trip I took to Egypt and United Arab Emirates the tablet was taken instead.  God had me to post pictures during the trip and write articles every day.  The tablet was easier to carry than the computer.  I also knew if I lost it, I would not cry as bad as losing the computer.

New Car

My 2017 Ford Fiesta had only two and half years left of payments left on it.  I was looking forward to paying it off.  I had taken it to the dealer to look at why it no longer could communicate with my cellphone and would not play my husband’s MP3 player. Because of some brake issues they ran out of time and told me to bring it back later.  Two days before I was to leave for Egypt my car sent out pressing error messages about the hood and car doors were not closed multiple times.  All doors and hoods were locked.  It appeared the car was having some sort of electrical issue.  That same day I got a vision and saw and heard “Buy a red (blood red) Jeep Cherokee today!”  What?  I was not in the market for another car.  On my husband’s computer a picture of a 2019 red Jeep Cherokee at Fred Martin Superstore appeared.  I searched all the local dealerships near me for a red Jeep Cherokee but nothing that was in my budget or red were found.  Dan and I went to Fred Martin and traded the Ford Fiesta for the Jeep.  The trade in value was more than the loan owed on the Fiesta, therefore it was paid off.  As of this writing I do not yet have a clue why this car had to be purchased the way it was. What I do know is God has a plan for its use that will be revealed later.

New Cellphone

My husband has had a flip phone for years.  However, the day before I was to leave for Egypt he decided to upgrade to an Android.  The account is in my name, so I had to be there for the transaction to occur.  I knew the company was going to get me to upgrade my phone too, due to some special they were running.  We both walked out with new phones.  I was not planning to have a new phone anytime soon, yet a new one was in my hand.  Because it was the day before I was to leave the country, I used my old phone for the trip and waited until I returned to activate the new one.  Like the car, I have no idea why I needed a new phone with 5G and more bells and whistles. 

Book Give-A-Way

On a recent trip to North Carolina, the Holy Spirit had me to take some additional “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession” books.  While I was down there the Holy Spirit say, “give them all away.”  What?  From promptings from the Spirit twenty-one people received a copy of this book.  Several of them insisted on giving me a love offering for the creation.  Many of them expressed gladness at receiving an autographed copy. Only God knows why these twenty-one copies when out to people from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington, DC. 

For all these situations God has a specific plan that has yet to be known.  My obedience was necessary for His will to be done.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”  Hebrews 11:1-2.

(NIV translation)

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