HE LOVES ME!

By Anita Mondragon
 
“Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”  I John 4:10
 
That word, propitiation, is not often used in this day and age, so I looked it up to clarify its meaning for all of us.  Here is what Mr. Webster has to say…

Propitiation:  Atoning sacrifice; Specifically, the self-sacrifice and death of Jesus viewed as appeasing divine justice and effecting a reconciliation between God and man.

The above verse came from a promise that I pulled out of my Box.  After reading it, I remembered an old hymn we used to sing in my dad’s church.  Here are some of the words to that song.


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DON’T FRET!

By Anita Mondragon
 
“Seek ye, first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Matthew 6:33
 
Don’t fret.  Yet, sometimes I do.  Not intentionally, but I still do.

We are to trust God to do what HE is going to do.  It’s hard at times, I’ll admit.  When there are things going on beyond our control…when it looks like there is no end to the problem…no light to be seen at the end of the tunnel…all those clichés that come to mind…that you can think of to fit your present dilemma; but we are to trust God to come through.   He always does.  Oh, maybe not in our time…or the way we think He should…but He always takes care of us.

My problem is, I usually want to tell Him how and when to do it.


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MEMORIES…

By Anita Mondragon
 

Read:  Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

We are to remember our Creator in the days of our youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”-
 
This passage speaks of growing old.  Read it.  I can relate to many things in there already.  If you can’t yet…believe me…you will!

Mike and I were sitting out on the patio this morning, drinking our coffee, and enjoying the birds, and flowers.  There was a gentle breeze blowing…cool and quiet.  It was very refreshing to the spirit!


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IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES

By Anita Mondragon
 
I went to bed last night and was very troubled in my soul at the things going on in our government. I prayed and tried to leave things in God’s hands for He IS in control. When I awoke this morning, the following words were going through my head. They helped calm my heart. Hope they do the same for you…. -Anita
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IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES

In these troubled times,
KNOW that God is near.

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WHEN CHICKENS COME HOME TO ROOST…

By Anita Mondragon
 
I was born on a farm in Kansas.  Some of the sayings we had don’t make any sense to city slickers!  The above is probably one of them Emoji
 
I thought of this particular one the other day as  I recalled having a conversation with someone about five years ago regarding this very thing. .  But let me explain to you what that phrase means…
 
In today’s world, it could be said with one word…Karma.  We all know what that means, right?  However you treat folks, those same actions will be given back to you at some point in your life.  You can call it karma, payback, what goes around comes around….  The Bible puts it another way: it says in  Galatians 6:7: “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life”
 
It’s easy to sow unforgiveness, anger, hate, judgment, unkindness…but when these things come back to you, it’s a hard pill to swallow!!
 
Now, on the farm, if someone says to you, “Your chickens are gonna come home to roost one day…” , that is a warning that you better be careful of how you are treating others because it will come back to haunt you! 
 
Both of my grandma’s said this many times-not only to me, but in conversation regarding others.  Is it true???  You can bet your bottom dollar it is!  If you treat others with kindness, the same will come back to you.  If you gossip, back-stab, deal unjustly with others, someday that will all come back to you as well.
 
My dad was a farmer before he became a pastor.  He used to say to the party people at church -the bowlegged “Christians” that had one foot in the world, and the other in church on Sunday only, he said, “You think you can go out on Saturday night and sow your wild oats and then come to church on Sunday morning, run to the altar and pray for a crop failure…but it doesn’t work that way!  What you sow is what you’ll reap!  And when those chickens come home to roost, you’ll rue the day you did what you did!”
 
If you know anything about chickens, you know that they run all over the farm during the day, but when night falls, and day is done, they all return to the coop to roost.  I saw a thing on Facebook talking about judging others for their sins.  I’m sure you’ve all heard: “Not my circus…not my monkeys!”  Right:?  Well, the one I saw the other day said:  “Not my coop…not my poop!”  Both these sayings indicate that if it is your circus, or your coop…it’s your problem to deal with it because it was/is your responsibility for the outcome.
 
So, I said all that to say this…
THE SOWING IS EASY…BUT THE REAPING COMES BACK ONE HUNDRED FOLD!  And when those chickens finally come home to roost…you may find you’ll need a bigger coop!


THE RECIPE FOR PEACE

By Anita Mondragon
 
God revealed something to me the other day.  It was regarding Peace and it’s true meaning.  Here’s the simple recipe for a life filled with peace….  Take a look!
 
 
P ut
E ach
dverse situation into
C hrist’s hands, and take your 
E ase.  
 
Why?  Because HE”s got you!  
 
Now let’s get cooking!


PLUCKED FROM THE FIRE

By Anita Mondragon
 
Here we are…already into the 7th day of a new year!  
 
As I sat and pondered on the things I did in the past year, I had to wonder if I truly had made a difference in someone\s life.  Oh yes, I attended church on a regular basis, helped with whatever I could, gave to the homeless, was kind…well, most of the time. I even taught a class.   I gave my tithe and then some for the needs of God’s work.  I and my husband are caretakers of our church, so we kept constant guard over God’s property; and, all these things were helpful and good.
 
However, as I recalled all of this, I asked myself and my husband this question:  “All these things were good and needful…BUT DID I PLUCK SOMEONE FROM THE FIRES OF HELL?”

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THIS NEW DAY OF LIFE!

One of my life-long friends wrote the following on Facebook.  I was so moved by it, I asked her permission to use it on our blog site.  She agreed.  Thank you Cindy for the reminder!  
Take time to let these words sink in as you read the following, and enjoy! -Anita
 
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by: Cindy Nemec
 
I was talking to God this morning and I wanted to share.  Sharing is good. 
 
This is for those who need to hear this…It is a new year and a new beginning.  But everyday is a new beginning, a fresh start.  The sun goes down and the sun rises.  

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TWAS THE MORNING AFTER CHRISTMAS

By Anita Mondragon
 
The following poem was written the day after Christmas as I found myself still cleaning up from Christmas Eve!  
My son, Joe, keeps reciting,  ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas, so I found it easy to write about the morning…and days after that wonderful holiday. I’m sure all the mom’s out there can identify!  Enjoy!-Anita

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‘Twas the morning after Christmas

When all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring

Dog… cat…or mouse!

Well…except for me, of course; I’m mom!


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MARY’S LITTLE LAMB

By Anita Mondragon
 
I am always reminded of the verse in John 1:29 that says this: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” That Lamb…Mary’s little Lamb, is Jesus!

One day, I was watching my grand-daughter, Audrey.  She came to me in the kitchen, and tugged on my dress… 

“Grandma…will you read me some nursery rhymes?” 

I told her to go get the book.  As she crawled into my lap and I began to read, the first five words struck me to the heart! 

 “Mary had a little lamb…”  

At that very moment, God’s voice was almost audible, as I heard Him say to me… Yes…she did, and HE was the Son of God!”
 
After she left, Jesus and I sat down and wrote this poem together.  Hope you enjoy! 

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL! -Anita 

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Mary had a little Lamb.

He was the Son of God!

That Christmas night He came to earth,


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One Response to “Forgiven- A Daily Devotional”

  1. Anita says:

    What a great prayer! As Believers, this is the kind of stuff we should be seeking God for on a daily basis!
    Thanks for the reminder sister Francine!
    -anita

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