HOME

By Anita Mondragon
 
I was talking with one of my cousins the other night and found out that another cousin of mine had passed away.  I was shocked and sad in my heart at the news.  As we spoke, I was reminded that we should rejoice, for she was a believer and just went home to be with the Lord.  She is no longer sick or in pain.  She has seen the face of our Dear Redeemer!  This conversation reminded me of something I wrote back in 2014….  It goes like this, and it’s called,  HOME.

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UNTIL LAMBS BECOME LIONS…

By Anita Mondragon
 
As I watch movies, the Lord really speaks to me and gives me a Spiritual perception as to what is being said.  I was watching a Robin Hood movie yesterday.  At one point, he and his men were going to go against the evil sheriff of Nottingham.  He made this statement to bolster the men in their resolve-for they were few in comparison.  He said, “Rise and rise again until lambs become lions.”  
 
Immediately this brought a Scripture to mind.

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SATISFACTION…

By Anita Mondragon
 
Remember that old song by the Rolling Stones?  –  “I can’t get no satisfaction.”  Well, that has been a picture of the world for quite some time now, and it’s even worse in these present days!  Now that we’re locked up in our homes due to the virus, we are finding ourselves miserable.  Things we did before when we felt unsatisfied, we can no longer do.  Going out to eat when we want to, shopping, going to the mountains, visiting parks, going on vacation…the list goes on.  Truth is, these outings were/are nothing but bandages!  They do not ‘heal’ our wanton condition, they merely cover it up for a short time.  It’s like the alcoholic…the next drink is not the cure. 

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INNOCENT BLOOD

By Anita Mondragon
 
Last night, as my youngest and I said our bedtime prayers, we went through the usual things in our prayers.  I got him into bed, and put myself to bed…started to drift off into slumber, and was awakened by a small hand on my shoulder gently shaking me.  A quiet voice whispered, “Mom…can we just thank God for all the good things He does for us?”  Well, that woke me up real fast I can tell you!  I said, “Of course son!  Good idea!”  
 
As he knelt next to my bed, we began to pray.  He started first, saying one thing he was thankful for,

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READY OR NOT…

By Anita Mondragon
 
My youngest loves to play Tag, and Hide and go seek.  My son studies his options for the latter game.  He knows where to hide so that I can’t find him.  He’s tricked me quite a few times to where I finally give up, and he wins the game.  I was reminded of this last night when we played before bed.  
 
My husband on the other hand, loves to fish.  His equipment is always in tip-top shape, all in one place, and ever ready to go at the drop of a hat!
 
Some of you may be scratching your head and asking ‘why’ is she sharing this on a church blog.

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ACT WITH JUSTICE.  LOVE MERCY.  BE HUMBLE.

By Anita Mondragon
 
“AND WHAT DOES THE LORD REQUIRE OF YOU?  TO ACT JUSTLY AND TO LOVE MERCY AND TO WALK HUMBLY WITH YOUR GOD.”  -MICAH 6:8  
 
Someone may say…”So that’s all God requires of me once I’ve made Him my Savior?”
 
YEP!  That’s it.  But let me tell you something that most of us have already come to know…It ain’t that easy!  It’s hard to act justly when you know all the facts sometimes. Especially when you and your loved ones have been affected by those facts!  You’d rather let ’em have it with both barrels!
 
 Then God said, we’re supposed to LOVE mercy.

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IT MAKES ME WANNA SHOUT!

By Anita Mondragon
 
 
I awoke this morning with a shaft of sunlight piercing my eyes.  It was still early, so as I lay there, a song kept playing over and over in my head….  It goes like this:
 
“When I think about the Lord, how He saved me, how He raised me, how He picked me up, how He turned me around, how He put my feet on solid ground…it makes me wanna shout-  Halleluja! Thank You Jesus!  Lord, you’re worthy of all the honor and all the glory and all the praise!  Yes…it makes me wanna shout!”
 
I must have been singing that in my sleep, because it was the first thought that came to mind.

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THE WOMB WAS NOT MEANT TO BE THE TOMB!

By Anita Mondragon
 
I’ve been thinking about my life quite a lot lately.  Even though I was raised in a Christian home, my life was very difficult.  Most of that was from my own bad choices, but it seemed like I was always being hounded by the enemy.  He was always there, whispering in my ear, encouraging me to go the wrong way. 
 
I’ve recently come to realize that perhaps the enemy wasn’t after me…he was after my womb.  You see, I had the option of abortion presented to me, but chose to keep my baby.

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ALL I NEED…

By Anita Mondragon
 
I love the way God speaks to me!  I woke up this morning with a verse playing over and over in my mind…”My grace is sufficient for thee: for MY strength is made perfect in weakness.” -2 Cor. 12:9  I thought about it for a bit and said, “Thank you Lord for the reminder…”  But, then I went on with my day-same worries, same anxieties, and never thought about the verse again.
 
By late in the afternoon, I was exhausted!

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THAT WOULD BE JUSTICE, LORD…

By Anita Mondragon
 
Do you ever question God about His choices?  I sadly admit I do at times.
 
I look at folks around me who disregard the things of God and dismiss HIM entirely-yet they prosper and live long lives.  Then, I observe those that love the Lord and serve Him with fervor, and they struggle with all aspects of life on a daily basis. The wicked live long, but like the old song says-‘only the good die young…’
 
As I was watching the news this morning, I saw corrupt people in places of high authority.  This doctor that seems to be calling all the shots regarding the COVID 19 virus has been exposed!  And yes! I had a very unholy thought cross my mind regarding his possible outcome.  I actually asked the Lord, out loud no less, ‘why’ He couldn’t go ahead and infect this guy because he is evil personified.  Then I added- “That would be justice, Lord!”  I almost heard Him answer me audibly with these words-“Yes…but it wouldn’t be mercy!”
 
So, I sighed deeply and had to agree.  I then remembered my own past and the ‘justice’ I deserved from God-but the ‘mercy’ I received instead.
 
With good, decent friends and loved ones dying around us from this virus, and seemingly the evil ones live on unscathed, I find I have to pray every day and ask God to make me merciful!  I find myself praying and asking God to deal with them harshly.  I’m kind of like David, when he wrote Psalm 83.  Look at verses 15 through 18.  Take a look…
 
“So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O Lord. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
That men may know that thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.”
 
But, then I remember that if these folks that spread such evil in the world today would die without KNOWING Jesus…they will end up in hell for all eternity.  That’s when I pray for mercy instead of justice.  And, I add, “Lord, forgive me!  Give me your heart…make me merciful!”
 
 
 
 



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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