Moments With Marti

Monday, November 28, 2016, 07:56 AM | No Comments »
Because I learn my best lessons from life,
I want to share this one with you, taught to me by God and
through my three year old grandson, Jordan...



After way too many days of below freezing temps, we were finally blessed with a "warm" day.  Only 40 degrees, but bundled up, my grandson, "Jordan" and I went outside for a celebration of "warmer weather" walk.
As we headed out to the pasture, and headed up a rise, I could see the tractor parked in the back hay meadow.... I told Jordan, "look at the tractor", but he didn't see it.  As we continued walking I asked him, "can you see it now?"  "Nope"......he still could not see it, yet there it was in plain sight.....
I stooped down to his level to point it out and sure enough, I could not see it either from "where he was".
As we continued to walk, the tractor finally comes into Jordan's view....the big smile on his face said it all.....  while I was able to see the tractor long before he was, it's like I was able to see the whole picture, and in due time Jordan was able to see it as well.....
God see the whole picture in our lives as well.  He sees what's over the hill before we can...  Our life comes into His view before we even experience it.  But, as we walk; as we keep our focus on God, we too will smile when we view the "other side" of the hill.....
Yes, indeed, God "does" see the "whole" picture....
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:31 PM | No Comments »
We all face them, some on a daily basis, some just once in a while, but nonetheless, we “all” do face “Giants” in our life. 
Giants come in all sizes…some are big, some are small, and some are easier to conquer than others, but every Giant that we face, does leave their mark on our life. 
We learn a lot from Giants, and, I suppose that is why they are necessary to our spiritual health. For without Giants, we may never learn how to fully rely on God. Facing a Giant doesn’t require strength it requires wisdom. 
“Wisdom you say? How can that be?” 
The answer here is simple…when we try to fight our giants with our own strength we are destined for failure. However, by allowing God to fight for us is where the wisdom comes in.  God’s ways are not our ways, and understanding how God works in the various trials that we face does not always make sense to us.
Therefore, “wisdom is knowing the right thing to do, and then doing it.” And the right thing for us, as Christians, is to cling to God through prayer and the study of His Word; the right thing for us to do is to nurture our relationship with Him, to follow Him even when the going gets tough, and to love Him with all our mind, soul and spirit…
Are you allowing God to fight your Giants?  If not, why not?

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:29 PM | No Comments »
As I was reading in Psalm 141 this morning, I couldn’t help but to think about how often God’s people are continuously under attack.  So many times, my “flesh” wants to lash out and handle the situation; however, if I do that, then I don’t feel that I have won any victory….no, instead I feel sort of an emptiness inside that I can not explain away simply.
Then I look to God’s Word for answers…....and, as always, the answers are there…....bear with me for just a moment while I share what God has revealed/confirmed for me today…..from His Word….
Psalm 141 (NIV)
(verses 1-2) O Lord, I call to You, come quickly to me. Hear my voice when I call to You. May my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
The very first thing that I must do in the event of an attack is to come to God with an open and repentant heart and “expect” to hear from Him.  Now that I have asked God to hear me, I must do “my” part….
(verses 3-4) Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.  Let not my heart be drawn to what is evil, to take part in wicked deeds with men who are evildoers; delicacies. 
It is so easy to be drawn into, shall we say, a confrontation, and immediately find ourselves opening up our mouths and being drawn into “their” evilness…..then we find that we are no better than those who have come against us.
(verse 5b; 6b)……Yet my prayer is ever against the deeds of the evildoers….and the wicked will learn that my words were well spoken.
Herein lies the answer!!!  God expects me/us to pray against those who do wrong towards us…..its so simple….can we not just pray and allow God to do His part?
And now, the prayer that should be upon my lips as I face each day….
(verses 8-10)  But, my eyes are fixed on You, O Sovereign Lord; in You I take refuge…do not give me over to death.  Keep me from the snares they have laid for me, from the traps set by evildoers. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I pass by in safety.
Our God is truly awesome, and there is nothing that He can not handle, if we will just allow Him to do so………

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:25 PM | No Comments »
August 9, 2005…
Millions of people from all over the world awoke early this morning to watch the landing of the US Space Shuttle Discovery. As well, I was among them, eyes glued to our television set..
The scene was much different from the one from only two and a half years ago. I remember that day well… husband was at the barn and I was still in the house when the biggest sonic boom I’d ever heard broke the silence of our Saturday morning….the windows shook and the ground trembled.
At first it sounded like a huge explosion, which here in East Texas is not uncommon, given all the oil and gas wells around. But still, this was different. I immediately ran outside and as I looked up, I saw a vapor trail from what I suspected was a very low and very fast jet plane. James and I stood quietly as we watched the vapor tail spread out until is disappeared. There was some sort of a silence among the animals….even the birds remained still….
It was only after going back into our house that I begin to learn what had just happened….the phone rang and I heard my friend tell me that Houston had just lost communication with Columbia. I turned on the TV Set and there is was….the horrific news that what had now become a reality was unfolding right here near home….the days that followed were filled with unbelief and sorrow…..except for one very important fact….
Now, today, with much anticipation, we remained silent again, watching as the events unfold right before our eyes…we watched and prayed….there were no words spoken….
The final boosters, now traveling at 117,000 miles per hour the Discovery make it’s decent toward planet earth….we hear communication between the shuttle and Houston….everyone is still….very still….very quiet…not a word….
Still holding our breath we see the glow of the shuttle…then the outline, then the wings, the tail… last, Discovery is gliding onto the runway, landing gear down…..”touchdown”!……..the parachute opens, the aircraft slows down and comes to a stop….then we hear Mission Control call out the first name of each crew member, and then they say: ….. "Congratulations on a truly spectacular test flight," "Welcome home, friends."
Now then, let’s go back to that one very important fact about the Columbia crew. Those onboard that were Christians...the ones that had a life changing relationship with our Lord Jesus….they were the ones that received another kind of welcome…. They may not have completed their mission the way that planet earth expected, but they “did” complete “their” mission….and upon arriving HOME, and standing in the presence of Almighty God, hearing each of their names called out, they may have heard those very same words…..” "Congratulations on a truly spectacular test flight," "WELCOME HOME, FRIENDS."
Consider this…..only God knows when “your mission” is complete….will you be standing in His presence?

Will He call you by name?
Will He tell you that your mission was well done?
Will He be welcoming you Home?
Are you sure?

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:23 PM | No Comments »
Imagine yourself sitting in a traffic jam….you are expected to arrive at you destination on time, and now, here you sit. To make use of your time, you begin to pray. It seems as though your family is seeking God’s guidance on a career change that involves moving from all that you have come to love….your home, your neighborhood, your children’s school, and most important, your church.
Now you look up to see what’s going on and what do you see? A “pilot” truck with a big sign on the back that says “Follow Me”… WOW, is that God speaking or what?
Matthew 4:19…and He said to them, “Follow Me”
Matthew 8:22….but Jesus said to him, “Follow Me”
Matthew 9:9….. As Jesus went on from there, He saw a man called Matthew
sitting in the tax collector's booth; and He said to him, "Follow Me!" And he got up and followed Him.
Matthew 16:24… Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and “Follow Me”.
There are 34 verses in the Bible that contain the term “Follow Me” and numerous others that refer to following Jesus. The message is the same in each incident, that being that we are to follow Jesus wherever He leads.
The “Pilot Truck” will lead us safely out of an unsafe road condition, all we must do is to follow it…likewise, Jesus will lead us safely if we will just let Him…
How are you following your Pilot Truck???

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:21 PM | No Comments »
As I consider “today”, it looks like a lot of us are lacking in motivation and discipline. YIKES!! Can I just add ME to the list?! I'd like to blame it all on the weather....HOT in Texas, well, in most of the USA...especially in the south, amen?!
So that brings us to the question...What do we do about it? Or more directly, what am "I" going to do about in "my" life today?
After a restless and sleepless night, the thing I don't want to do is to get up....but I must, and I keep telling myself that the longer I stay in bed, the more "time" that I'm stealing from God...yes, "stealing"! God has been so faithful to give me "time"....time to serve Him...time to worship Him, and time to accomplish all that He has planned for me... So I confess.....I'm a thief!
The real problem here is that I am bound by the things of the world therefore my focus is not where it needs to be.. I know from experience that when I put God first, everything else works out..
Matthew 6:33 promises us that if we seek the things of God FIRST, then every thing else will come....
Once I get it in my head that "FIRST I pray", then the order of my day is just that...."in order"... and knowing that God is a God of "order", I soon recognize when the enemy is messing with me. All those "things" that continue to creep up and keep me from my "time with God", most of the time are subtle attacks...and if that doesn't work, then he (satan) starts on my mind....."you have to do this and you have to do don't have "time" for God right now".... and if I fall into that trap and believe the lie, then my day is over and what have I done with my "time" for God? Not a thing...
So what is my point? Simply this...... I can choose to allow God to motivate my day...and I can choose to obey His calling upon my's my choice.....and for you, it's yours....what will it be "today"?
First I pray.....then I obey....the rest is up to Him.....



Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:19 PM | No Comments »
How many times do we ask God to forgive us, only to leave His presence to continue to live in a state of bondage? Yes, we take our burdens to Him but instead of leaving them, with pick them back up and take them with us.
When God forgives, He “forgives”…

Some examples from scripture would be when Jesus healed and forgave, He said to “go and tell”….Who do we tell?
“Others”....anyone we come in contact with. Its simple…just “goand tell”..
Now, what about that sin that’s in our lives that society tells us is “unforgivable”?
Did Jesus not forgive the prostitute? (Luke 7:37-48)
Did Jesus not forgive the adulteress? (John 8:11)
Does Jesus then, not forgive us? (Psalm 103:12)
We say, we know that God has forgiven us, but we still must live out the consequences of our sin. Yes, this is true, however, a consequence of sin is “never” to refrain from “telling”… “Go tell….” Those are Jesus’ exact words, no matter the language, it is still “go tell”..
Matthew 28:1-20… Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:16 PM | No Comments »
Delight yourself in the Lord, and He
will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4 
For years I struggled with keeping my life in balance….my spiritual and physical life.. I have always loved God’s creation and when I first read this passage, I was delighted because the desires of my heart were my horses.  All too often they were “first” in my life.  When God actually became second I would justify that because “didn’t He want to give me the desires of my heart?” 
As the years came and went, my struggle continued. The last two years that I showed my mare, God was very much a part of all I did.  I never began a day with out a time of prayer “first”.  At each show, I took the time to pray before my class; not a prayer to “let me win”, but a prayer to just let me do my best and protect my horse; a plea that all that I do will ultimately glorify God. And then came the time for praise after each class.  I had finally found that balance and as a result, God blessed me by allowing me, at the age of 48, to win our state’s Reining Championship.  Indeed, God had given me the “desires of my heart”…but….there was a bigger lesson for me to learn..
From my Journal:
I can’t believe my heart Lord…today, after all that I have learned from You, still an even greater lesson to be learned.
As I watched her gallop Misty across the pasture I realized where my “true” desires were.  They were not found in the arena, not in ribbons and trophies…not even in a State Championship.  No, none of the “things” that I thought were the desires of my heart actually were.  Lord in all Your wisdom, You have shown me today what the “real” desire of my heart has been.  That being that my daughter share my love of horses…..
For years I tried to force LeAnn to ride, but without success.  She would have nothing to do with the horses other that a grooming here and there and of course, she always helped with the new foals.  But to ride, nope…not interested.  So when she asked if I would mind if she rode Misty today, well Lord, You were there, I couldn’t get to the barn fast enough.
And now to see her enjoying what I enjoy, well, there is no championship that can replace the joy that I feel at this very moment.
So now that I read this scripture again, I understand…I guess I just ignored the first phrase, “Delight yourself in the Lord”…that’s the condition, and then the result, ”and He will give you the desires of your heart”. 
Father in Heaven, I thank you for this lesson from life; I thank You for allowing me to learn it before it was too late.  May I now focus my desires to You Lord…now, may the “desires of my heart” be all that You have for me…
In Jesus’ Name….Amen
© LBG Ministries 2001

Friday, November 25, 2016, 11:10 PM | No Comments »
Thoughts From My Heart..... 
As we enter yet another season called "Christmas", I can't help but to find myself in tears....tears for my Lord...for my Jesus....for my God!!! 
Tell me my friend, just how many people will actually be celebrating Jesus' Birthday this year?  How many folks will be enjoying "HIS" day, giving and receiving gifts without ever acknowledging HIM?!  How many birthday parties have they ever been to where the "birthday boy" never even received ONE gift?
As I spent some "alone time with God" this past week, I was reminded of the greatest gift I was given as a child......I was 13 or 14, don't quite remember, but the memory itself is burned upon my heart for as long as I am capable of remembering....
I wanted a "Transistor Radio" so desperately...."everyone" had one, but at $9.99 they were far too expensive and I knew that it was out of the question.... still..... every time I passed by a store and saw one in the window, I couldn't help but to hope.  My parents both assured me that I needed to ask for something else...
Christmas morning was wonderful.... the whole family gathered around and as we opened our gifts to one another, I had completely forgotten about the desire of my heart...that being the Transistor by one gifts were opened and happiness filled the room.....
As I was picking up wrappings my mother pointed out that there was still one gift left under the I reached for it I realized that there was no tag on it....."who was this for?"  My mom told me that the tag must have fallen off and for me to go ahead and open it to see who it was for.... 
Have you guessed it yet?  You are so right....inside was a beautiful Turquoise Blue (the color of that day!) Transistor Radio!!!  Did I cry? You bet I did....I don't think that I have ever wanted anything more in my life than I did that radio....
So, why am I telling writing all of this???  This is why.......The happiness that filled my heart during that moment was only a "temporary" kind of thing......the years have passed and the radio is long gone.  Today, I can't help but many tears have I cried over the "Gift" that God gave me??? The "Gift" that God gave to you?  The "Gift" that God has given to "whosoever"........???
Each year at Christmas I choose to give something that has eternal value for my loved ones....the children may not understand it while they are young, but as they grow and prayerfully, as they come to Christ, they will understand that the love that I have for them, and the time spent upon my knees in prayer for them, will truly be eternal.... 
Therefore my friend, here is a thought that I’d like to leave with you....
"Let our investment this year be in people…..not in THINGS"....

Thursday, November 24, 2016, 07:14 PM | No Comments »
Well, here we are, "May" already.... the flowers are all in bloom and are exhibiting nothing short of God's glory...Here in East Texas we are now entering in to our "Tornado Season", and oh, so many have their eyes on the skies.... watching for the "signs" of impending weather....
This turns my thoughts to the "why" I watch the skies as well...I'm watching and waiting as patiently as I can for the "impending" return of my Lord Jesus Christ...
Tornados exhibit massive power; there is no way that mankind can control them.  It’s simply a case of being informed in time to take cover.  Just a few days ago, a Tornado ripped through the Middle West, destroying everything in its path as well as nearly forty lives. 
 Again, my thoughts are turned toward Jesus…. will His coming back be like a Tornado?  Scripture tells us that Jesus’ return will be like that of a thief in the night. 
Then as we read on we find in verse 4 this promise:
But you, brothers, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief.
Just as the cities and towns here in East Texas and in the Midwest have warning systems of an impending Tornado, God gives us a warning system in His Word as well. 
The question that arises in my mind is this:
Are you aware of the “Warning System” that God gives?
Are you watching the sky for His return?
Are you ready, for the impending return of Jesus Christ???
 For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dad in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever....1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

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