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Who’s Your Daddy

01/08/2019

YOU ARE INVITED!

Coffee at Cartewheels Restaurant, 720 Water St, Kerrville, TX

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WHAT:  Prayers of My Heart Journaling tips to make 2019 a year of GRATITUDE

WHEN:  THIS WEDNESDAY, January 9, 10 a.m.

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Have you ever seen the startled look in a child’s eyes when they were afraid of something? On the other hand, have you seen a child recognize their father in a crowded room and run to their father gleefully? Have you seen a child cry and call on their daddy and say “Daddy, Daddy,” or maybe “dada”?  It’s hard to believe but Romans 8:15 says believers have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear, but we have “received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, ‘ABBA FATHER;” which means Daddy! Daddy! What does it mean that God is our Abba Father? It means closeness. A personal relationship.  That He cares about us. That we can call on Him. You may not have had a great earthly daddy, but you have a great heavenly daddy and that’s a reason to be joyful.

LORD, You are ABBA FATHER! We praise and thank You for adopting us as Your child. Forgive us for the times we’ve rejected Your love and guidance. Help us trust and yield to You. 

Do You Think God Doesn’t See

01/07/2019

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WHAT:  Quick Peak Prayers of My Heart Journaling Tips – How to get the most out of journaling in 2019

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 9, 10 a.m.

EMAIL: Let us know you’re coming – debbie@debbietaylorwilliams.com.  We look forward to seeing you. Share with a friend! 

When you sin, are you mindful that God sees you? Most of us probably don’t think about it. But, He clearly says in the Bible that He sees and hears us. When we sin, it affects our fellowship with God. In Joel 2:12, God calls His people to return to Him “with all your heart, with fasting, weeping and mourning.”  What is God’s response when we do? Joel 2:18 says, “Then the Lord will be zealous for His land and will have pity on His people.”  God is ZEALOUS for us. Why? He wants us to take hold of the joy, beauty, and glory of eternal life He’s given us in Christ Jesus.

Lord, thank You for being ZEALOUS for us. Forgive us and kindle in us a zeal to live for the glory of the eternal life You’ve given us. 

Making Tracks, But Are They the Right Ones

01/06/2019

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Have you ever wished you had a mentor; someone to follow; to teach you how to do your job better, to be a better spouse, or how to better live in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father? Many lack a good “example” as evidenced by the normalization of arguing, lying, materialism, and trusting in “self” rather than God. Yet our Heavenly Father gives us a good example in His Son. Jesus shows us how to stand against temptation, how to live for God’s will, how to treat others, and even how to suffer when choosing to follow God’s Word rather than the world. Ultimately, Jesus is an eXample of how to entrust ourselves to our Heavenly Father’s care. 1 Peter 2:21 reminds us of the importance of following Jesus’s example. “For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,” In a world filled with bad examples, our Father calls us to choose to follow the right example.

We praise You, Lord Jesus, our EXAMPLE! 

You’re Invited! COFFEE at CARTEWHEELS Restaurant, 720 Water St, Kerrville, TX 78028

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WHAT:  Quick Peak Prayers of My Heart Journaling Tips – How to get the most out of journaling in 2019

WHEN:  Wednesday, January 9, 10 a.m.

EMAIL: Let us know you’re coming – debbie@debbietaylorwilliams.com.  We look forward to seeing you. Share with a friend! 

A Time. A Place. A Person.

01/05/2019

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Does it seem surreal to think about being in heaven and seeing Jesus?  For most of us, it probably does. The fact is, Jesus is a real person and at a real time in a real place we will see Him. In Isaiah 6:1-5, he describes his experience. “In the year of King Uzziah’s death I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and EXALTED, with the train of His robe filling the temple.”

“I saw the Lord.” Let those words sink in.

There was a time – the year of King Uzziah’s death.

There was a place – sitting on a throne in a temple.

There was a description – lofty…exalted…the train of His robe FILLING the temple. How does that even happen?

There were others – Seraphim stood above Him. There was talking. The seraphim called out to one another, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory.”

There was more talking – “And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.”

Isaiah’s response was, “‘Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.’”

What will our response be in that time and place when we see the EXALTED LORD JESUS?

EXALTED Lord, we can’t imagine what it will be like when we see YOU. Our hearts tremble at the thought of Your majesty and glory. May our awe and reverence for You be lived out in our daily decisions and behavior… in anticipation of the day, time, and place we meet You. 

Are You in Need of Wonder Working Power

01/04/2019

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Do you wish you could twitch your nose or snap your fingers and presto, what you long for would appear? The fact is, those techniques may work in movies, but not real life. However, God does work wonders. Sometimes those wonders take time. Other times, moments. Regardless of the timing, our Heavenly Father is the One on whom we are to set our hearts if we’re in need of wonder working power.  Moses is but one of many who needed a miracle and God stepped in. Listen to his words of praise in  Exodus 15:11. “Who is like You among the gods, O Lord? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, Awesome in praises, working wonders?” If we’re in need of wonder working power, we can ask God for help, be still in His presence, and listen to His guidance. We can do as He tells us and experience His wonder working help.

Lord God, You are the WORKER of WONDERS! We look to You, pray to You, and praise You! 

Prayers of My Heart is where you can record what God places on your heart. Then, when He answers, you can date the answer and write your words of praise to Him as Moses did.

Is Lip Service a Big Deal to God

01/03/2019

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A person who is not a Christian once challenged me and asked why believers talk about God’s love but never His wrath. I thought about his question, and realized that I’m guilty of that very thing. Think about all the wonderful ways we look at God’s love, gentleness, and favor. Today, however, the context in which God’s actions are described as WONDROUSLY MARVELOUS is a reference to His judgment on people who claim His name, but simply give lip service to Him. God uses the prophet Isaiah to call them out in  Isaiah 29:13-14. “Then the Lord said, ‘Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, therefore, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, WONDROUSLY MARVELOUS.'”  He goes on to warn them of the consequences of their lip service and rote worship. We might want to relegate our Creator’s wrath to the Old Testament, but Revelation 16 speaks of God’s judgement being poured out on the earth in a future day. We may wonder, “Is our behavior and sincerity of worship a big deal to God?” The answer is, clearly they are.

Lord, You alone are worthy of our praise. You extend mercy to those who call on Your name, but also discipline in WONDROUSLY MARVELOUS ways those who give You lip service and rote worship. Forgive us and prompt us daily to live by Your Spirit.

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What Do I Do with My Anger

01/02/2019

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The other morning I looked out my window and saw a brush fire not far from our house.  Orange flames and grey smoke rose to the sky.  Then, with relief, I noticed my neighbor’s truck. Several men were tending to a fire, watching over it as it burned cedar. You know, anger is a lot like fire. It’s not necessarily wrong if it’s righteous anger. For instance, the Bible tells us that God is at times righteously angry. Ephesians 4:26 tells us to be angry, but to not sin. Why? Because if we don’t deal with anger in the right way, the Bible says it gives the devil an opportunity in our lives.  Okay, so you may not believe in the devil, but Genesis to Revelation speaks of him, exposing him as an evil and powerful reality. Our anger, like fire, can be used purposefully or if left unchecked can damage our lives and others. Learn more about what to do with anger at debbietaylorwilliams.com. 

Let’s Get This Right

01/02/2019

Have you ever considered that because Christ paid for your sins you are worthy of heaven? Say that a few times to yourself and let it sink in. “I am worthy of heaven!” Believers are found worthy of heaven ONLY because Christ is worthy and exchanged His righteousness for our sin. He gave us His righteousness. Colossians 1:10 reminds us of the implication – so that YOU will walk in a manner WORTHYof the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God;” In other words, we’re to walk in a manner worthy of or “suitably” for our Lord. We may have a hazy understanding of what it means to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, but we know what it means to be suitable. A child who puts on dirty clothes for school is told to put on something suitable, something clean for school. In the same manner, we are to walk worthily (suitably) of the Lord. Let’s get this right!

Lord, thank You for making us worthy of Your presence and of heaven. Help us walk worthily of You!

Excerpt from If God is In Control, Why Am I a Basket Case? 


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Who Is Driving Your Tractor in 2019?

01/01/2019

Looking at the table where my nativity was beautifully displayed, I paused. My grandson, Logan, was quietly and gently playing with the wise men, camels, sheep, and donkey; which I’d said he could do. He had moved the hay from the “barn” and back into the “barn” with his green John Deere tractor several times. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that. The mess and all. But then, I realized, what else would a three year old think you were supposed to do with hay. However, then I noticed baby Jesus wasn’t in His manger. Before I could say, “Where is baby Jesus,” I spied Him…perched behind the yellow steering wheel of the John Deere. My first reaction was to blurt, “Get Jesus off the tractor and back into the manger!” Instead, I held my tongue and watched Logan gently guide the tractor across the table, carefully holding baby Jesus upright. It was then that I realized Logan was giving Jesus great honor. He was letting Jesus drive his John Deere. Instead of correcting Logan, I found myself saying, “You are so sweet to share your tractor with baby Jesus.” In Logan’s mind, he no doubt thought, “Why would Jesus want to lay on hay when He could drive a tractor?”

I learned two lessons from Logan that day.

The first lesson is that I’m too narrow minded about the ways I think to honor Jesus. Watching Logan play, I realized I should invite Jesus into more of my daily activities. Why should I “shelf” Him when He wants to be a part of all the aspects of my life?

Second, I began wondering if I truly let Jesus “drive my tractor.”  Logan placed Jesus in a premiere position: behind the wheel of his favorite toy. “Do I place Jesus in a premiere place, or do I just take Him along for the ride?” I wondered.

As we close this year and look forward to the next, I think it’s good for us to take an assessment of our lives. Has Jesus been pleased with all we’ve done this past year? Are there areas where we excluded Him and didn’t invite Him to be a part? Have our desires been the driving force behind our days? Or, have we placed Jesus in the seat of honor and asked Him to steer us through our days?

It’s never too late for us to change; to do things better this coming year. Who is driving your tractor?

Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus. Thank You that He is eager to be an integral part of our lives. 

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This post is adapted from 2013.

What Jesus Looks Like

12/31/2018

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Do you wonder what Jesus looks like? If so,  Revelation 19:13  tells us this about God’s gift to us, “His name is called THE WORD of GOD.” In other words, the Bible, God’s inspired WORD, is a collection of descriptions of Christ’s countenance, power, and thoughts. Every day, you and I’ve looked at a different facet of God – that He is wonderful, powerful, infinite, majestic, holy, kind, patient, forgiving, merciful, and on. I’ve loved my time with you this year as we’ve shared our mornings, days, or evenings – depending on when you open this email. It’s sent from me to you in love with this in mind – that we grasp a better, fuller appreciation of who our LORD is. Why? So we can more fully love and follow close after His heart. Thank you to those who have given a donation to help my non-profit ministry with the daily costs of funding 365 Days of Praise. We’re now partners in getting these daily truths into city homes, rural farmhouses, Pakistan villages, and India ministries – those who then forward them to those in their sphere of influence. You’re the best, and I love ministering with you. God bless you and Happy New Year!

Lord Jesus Christ, we praise You, living, breathing, WORD of GOD. 

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