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Reasons Why My Heart Sings 28

Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church...

Nativity scene at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, in the historic Barelas neighborhood, Albuquerque, NM, Jan 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Greeting in the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!!!

It is a wonderous, worshipfulled Wednesday!

It is now officially one day after Christmas and most are coming down from that mountain top high experience!

Christmas Day is a corporate experience and activity that we can join in and enjoy with others, but what I learned this Christmas that I can take with me and build upon for the rest of this year and into 2013 is this…..

God gives to us each and everyday like it is Christmas. And the deeper blessing is in us seeing these blessings. GOD gives so much that we are all a little short-sighted and unintentionally take many things for granted. But our joy would be so much fuller and vastly richer if we could really experience on purpose each moment of GOD wonderous treasures!

Since we weere created in the image and likeness of Jesus Christ we can on purpose show His generous nature each and every day of our lives. Now, I finally understand that we are more blessed when we give than when we receive.

To  give shows and demonstrates a place and space of bounty! One must have been given something before it can be poured upon others!

My heart sings because I no longer have to wait for the experience of Christmas to roll around once a year, I can now live in this sacred space 365 days each year when I choose to master my focus and place it on Jesus Christ, and when I am intentional in asking HIM to unsettle me so that I can awaken to seeing the sacred in everyday life and when I by giving to others I help to create an atmosphere where love is given the oxygen it needs to thrive in!

In HIS Great Love,

Jennifer Boddie

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Wonderous Wednesay Devotional- Pushing Past External/Superficial Labels

” The number one problem in our world is alienation, rich versus poor, black versus white, labor versus management, East versus West… But Christ came to bring about reconciliation and peace.” ~ Billy Graham

ImagePushing Past External/Superficial Labels

Peeking behind GOD’s veil has been a fascination of mine for the last 12 years of my life!

I don’t know, perhaps/ maybe that is why HE called me to share HIS Word with others!

As an inspiring teacher what I have found is that God is the best teacher I know! He never ceases to use a moment or one life experience as a means of revealing more about HIMSELF us and HIS awesome plans for us separately and collectively.

I have a question for you ( my friends) today.

What if you were viewed as being of a lesser status by some faction in society; would you have the nerve the guts to go to said establishment without malice or anger in your heart and still petition for what your needs?

Mark 7:24-30 New Living Translation Second Edition

24 Then Jesus left Galilee and went north to the region of Tyre. He didn’t want anyone to know which house he was staying in, but he couldn’t keep it a secret.25 Right away a woman who had heard about him came and fell at his feet. Her little girl was possessed by an evil spirit,26 and she begged him to cast out the demon from her daughter.

Since she was a Gentile, born in Syrian Phoenicia,27 Jesus told her, “First I should feed the children—my own family, the Jews.  It isn’t right to take food from the children and throw it to the dogs.”
28 She replied, “That’s true, Lord, but even the dogs under the table are allowed to eat the scraps from the children’s plates.”
29 “Good answer!” he said. “Now go home, for the demon has left your daughter.”30 And when she arrived home, she found her little girl lying quietly in bed, and the demon was gone.

This passage above has caused many to take offense by mentioning of the word dog as it pertains to people and the eating of scraps from under a table.

But this morning GOD gave me a lovely illustration of how food scraps in the hands of proficient homemaker can become her family’s next meal.Scraps are not the same as trash and can be skillfully woven together to make an eye please delicious meal!

And the mention of the word ‘dog’ refers to a spiritually unclean condition and at that time in history the oracles of GOD had not been shared with the rest of the world (gentiles) and were exclusive to the seed of Abraham or what is more commonly known as the Jews.

And it’s true, one would feed the family members first before feeding the family pet any of the left over scraps. Jesus was born Jewish and therefore the Jewish people represented family in terms of heritage purely on a physical plane of life.

Jesus Christ is able to do away with the strict adherence to so many outer ordinances in favor of a deeper revelation of their inner meaning because HE is the perfect fulfillment of all that the Law entailed!

And we as gentiles ( non Jewish by birth) are no longer seen as “unclean” spiritually when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Mark 7:17-23 New Living Translation Second Edition

17 Then Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowd, and his disciples asked him what he meant by the parable he had just used.18 “Don’t you understand either?” he asked. “Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you?19 Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.” (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God’s eyes.)
20 And then he added, “It is what comes from inside that defiles you.21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder,22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness.23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.”

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Treasured Thursday Devotional- It’s The Simple Moments That Knit Us Together As A Family

We have this moment to hold in our hand, and to touch as it slips through our fingers like sand. Yesterday’s gone and tomorrow may never come, but we have this moment today~ Gloria Gaither

Does the mention of the P 31 woman make you shake in your boots, wondering if you can ever measure up to those high standards?

Proverbs 31:27-28

New Living Translation (NLT)

27 She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.

28 Her children stand and bless her.
Her husband praises her:

Those two little verses say so much! They speak volumes in terms of all we would like to give to our families. And for those of us women that have been called into ministry we take this mandate even more to heart, trying to balance it all effectively and with some finesse.

In my case lately I have been under a very taxing trial and this has added baggage on to my already carefully sectioned task plate.

But the one point I return to over and over is the fact that GOD is in charge so it’s up to HIM to make sure it all works out for my good and the fact that I understand that I am not called to manage task ultra effectively but instead I’m asked by GOD to be mindful and intentional in everything HE allows me to touch.

The Savior once reminded me of the fact that there is nothing, no task or deadline that is more important than my attitude.

With this fact carefully kept in focus I am able to bring a standard to each task that I attend and everyday moments with my family can be made into celebration/ focal points of seeking the Divine and Sacred ( Jesus Christ) more clearly!

Application Point of  Focus: The natural enemies to sacred moments being clearly defined, experienced, perceived and celebrated is to be intensely focused on self, rushed and wallowing in the spirit of impatience.  These are the areas in which asking for God‘s direct intervention in the form of revelation will open up new avenues of growth so that the energy that is being used in the frustration cycle can be released to live more richly and fully in the moment.

Power Verse: Psalm 90:14

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all of our days.

 

Let’s Pray, shall we?

Dear God, I pray You would cleanse my heart of all that is not of You. Pour out Your Spirit afresh in my life and wash away all negative attitudes and feelings. Renew my soul so that it is steadfast and strong. Purify my heart pouring into me Your purity and holiness. Align my thoughts with Yours so that the mind of Christ is clearly manifest in me. Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me so that I can become the whole person You made me to be.

In the matchless name of Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!

Fervid Friday Devotional “Understanding Our Purpose And Future! “

Life can seem very scary and unsure when we need answers and are at a loss for where to find them! It can lead otherwise Godly and intelligent people to to began to scratch underneath rocks!
God spoke to me yesterday and HE told me “only a heathen would seek answers about themselves and to know me by trying to read the stars! And, then God went on to remind me that HE has carefully given us his children HIS love letter in the form of the Word ( the Holy Bible) to instruct us and each of us learn to recognize HIS Holy Spirit speaking to us.

2 Kings 23:24

Josiah also got rid of the mediums and psychics, the household gods ( charms ) and throughout the land of Judah. He did this in obedience of the laws of written in the scroll that Hilkiah the priest had found in the LORD’s Temple.

Do you believe that recreational occultism is okay? Yes? No?

When you ask someone what is your sign ( meaning sun sign in astrology) you are using the occult in a recreational capacity.Ignorance is not bliss and it is precisely through cracked windows like this that the enemy can use to eventually gain a stronghold on the people of GOD.

This art of astrology is very involved and detailed and is used as a method to predict events yet to come and to gain an advantage in human to human relationships!

Don’t let the devil in your car, otherwise he’ll want to drive!

Have you noticed as I have that about every two to three blocks in any major city now there are signs advertising the services and skills of occult practices. These people offer to give you answers/ solutions to life challenges if you pay them a fee.

The money all by itself is not my main point the point is that GOD has another way and HE is against these type of practices!

The bible tells us it is impossible to please God except by faith. Meaning our faith in HIM our trust in HIM and HIS ways, and precepts.

Wanting to know the answers ahead of time shows a character that desires control and denotes rebellion against GOD.

Sure, I understand it is natural to seek answers but GOD wants us to seek HIM for wisdom and understanding ( because HE is wisdom, and real comprehension).

Lets bring this down to the human level. Do you have children? Would you want them to seek the answers for life important issues from the street? Would you want your son to seek a pimp in order to model manhood? When we go to the occult to seek answers we are seeking darkened backwards street wisdom, from our Holy GOD‘s perspective!

HE ( GOD The Father) is our creator and original parent HE created us in HIS image and likeness and HE deserves our love and respect in every-way!!!!!

2 Kings 23:12-14 New Living Translation

12 Josiah tore down the altars that the kings of Judah had built on the palace roof above the upper room of Ahaz. The king destroyed the altars that Manasseh had built in the two courtyards of the Lord’s Temple. He smashed them to bits[a] and scattered the pieces in the Kidron Valley. 13 The king also desecrated the pagan shrines east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Corruption, where King Solomon of Israel had built shrines for Ashtoreth, the detestable goddess of the Sidonians; and for Chemosh, the detestable god of the Moabites; and for Molech,[b] the vile god of the Ammonites. 14 He smashed the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles. Then he desecrated these places by scattering human bones over them.

Let’s pray, shall we?!?!

Lord, to the only GOD with all authority and power, help us to not be discouraged when it seems as though we don’t see fruits in our lives. We know you are the source of all fruitfulness. We as your body of believers praise you and invite You to release You life-begetting power in us. I pray You will make every barren area in our lives fruitful and productive. When we start to feel that we may never give birth to anything of significance, we will learn to lift up praises to You, because it is only through You that we are enabled to walk in our purpose displaying Your Royal signature! In the matchless name of Jesus Christ we pray… Amen!!!

Note, if you have indulged in this past time of Astrology on any level it needs to be formally renounced in prayer to GOD almighty if you are a Christian to avoid this weed from producing unholy fruit in the garden of your life. I tell you this because I love you not because I am judging you or wish to control you in anyway. Then trust GOD by not leaning to your own ways and HE will direct your path!!!!

The Spiritual Emergency Room- Worship Wednesday Devotional

James 5:14 (NLT)

Are any of you sick? You should call for the elders of the church to come and pray over you, anointing you with oil in the name of the Lord.

There comes a time in everybody’s life in which we come face to face with the fact that “if we had to pay for our spiritual health-care plan we would not be able to afford it!”

Why?

Because none of us has anything worth enough value to afford the Gifts of God.

Which brings me to why we are in need of Spiritual Health Care!

As I reflect on this matter ( The Holy Spirit is allowing me to see) clearly that often, when we teach and preach the Word of God we speak of sin from the perspective of those willfully sinning. That is, being enticed or tempted by situations, or people of a nun productive and destructive nature. But the key here is the person’s own ungodly desires getting the best of them.

However, we also deal with the presence of sin.

There are cases in which we are minding our own business “In The Lord”, looking and seeking only to glorify HIM and we find ourselves dealing with presence of sin in someone else either by physical, emotional or spiritual modalities.

In this case, I’m speaking of believer, firmly on his or her own spiritual path with our Lord could then find ourselves the victim of  an evil plot to come against our platform in which to minister.

In these type cases, the ministering person can quickly find themselves needing a Spiritual Transfusion, by means of a mad dash to go to God’s Spiritual Emergency Room!

In the SER ( Spiritual Emergency Room) we must first confess our sins known and unknown then medication is administered directly into our spiritual bodies through intercessory prayer, because in many cases sometimes we may be too weak to pray effectively for ourselves.

God sees intercessory prayer as one of the highest forms of prayer, because it is done in the spirit of Agape love and with sacrifice.

Intercessory prayer teeming with love acts as “milk” and is fastest and most easily assimilated.

So, the milk of the Word is… God’s unearned unconditional love!

Nothing or no-one can heal without HIS ( Jesus Christ) love.

This reminds us that the “gift” of Salvation is free because it is steeped in God’s heart filled love. It is this heart that devised the plan and method by which all men, women and children would be saved!!!!!!!!!!!

Why would sophisticated spiritual heavy weights need to hear these basic doctrinal things at least quarterly?

To continue to grow we need to move deeper into the ripeness and richness of God’s fruit of love.

That means first we need to take more of HIS love into our own souls ( not necessarily more advanced doctrinal information) then we will be in a position to better do whatever God has called us to do, with whatever our skill level happens to be on the behalf of others.

If you think I’m over playing this remember people do not care how much you know until they know how much you care:-)

Luke 4:39 (NLT) Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.

Read : Discipleship Practices Through Our Relationships

http://www.whole-listic-christian-ministries.org/newsletters/newsletter/7831542/78050.htm

Catchy Rhymes and Rhythmic Beats-Meditative Monday Devotional

When I began dancing again, I was in such high spirits one afternoon that I was dancing and moving to just about anything with a gospel phrase  and swaying beat!

Practicing, my dance hours each day… after all one must respect their craft by studying to show one self approved, right?
On this specific afternoon I as my husband was driving and I was happily bouncing along in the car, I  heard these words spoken to me…. Be careful not to get carried off by the music or the beat!

How is it that feelings can change as suddenly as the direction of the wind?

I awoke one morning in March with great joy in my heart, so much so I felt as if I would bust!

So, I jumped up and danced to “Like Never Before” by Shekinah Glory, while tears streamed down my face.

And …. With joy like that I thought all my days of experiencing sorrow were surely behind me:-)

A sneak attack by the enemy out of no where it seems. Confusion set in. Once again, left me wondering….

If other outlets might do the trick?

I searched, but I found them to be shallow and hollow, nothing compares to having the Spirit of God dwell deep inside our hearts( so much so that we are busting at the seams)!

The dance….

The Jackson’s old 70’s tune states….  don’t blame it on the sunshine, don’t blame it on the moonlight, don’t blame it on the good-time… blame it on the boogie!

Not even the boogie, the catchy rhymes or rhythmic beats could stir me this time,  while GOD was making a point;  HE demanded my undivided attention!

And here is what HE whispered into my heart…..

No earthly pleasure can compare to my real joy!

For HIS (Jesus Christ) goodness and HIS glory, for the joy inside HIS story is the reason I worship, my own pleasure is secondary and a by-product of true worship!

Now, I’ve learned to build my hope and happiness on nothing less than Jesus,HIS righteousness, hope and healing that HIS Word brings!

Without God’s Word ( that has HIS very Spirit infused in it) what would I even have to dance, sing or write about?

Heaven and earth will disappear, but (GOD) tells us HIS words will remain forever!!!!

Check out my husband Rev. William Boddie sermon on Sunday June 24th! Then enjoy the song Like Never Before

Fruit -Tasting and Matching Signatures -Fervid Friday Devotional

I love fruit each has its very own signature, aroma and taste 🙂

Fruit by its very nature is cleansing from a natural perspective and loaded with natural sweetness and to boot bursting with vitamins and minerals!

John 6-10 Message Bible

Jesus told this simple story, but they had no idea what he was talking about. So he tried again. “I’ll be explicit, then. I am the Gate for the sheep. All those others are up to no good—sheep stealers, every one of them. But the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the Gate. Anyone who goes through me will be cared for—will freely go in and out, and find pasture. A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of.

Will you join me for a fruit tasting of the truth today?

Jesus Christ once said “I am the way the truth and the life and NO man can come to The Father except by me!”

These are powerful words spoken with great authority and no grey area!

The Perfect Man….

Was a high ideal in Greek culture. Written with Greeks in mind, Luke’s Gospel shows how Jesus Christ was the perfect man given as the perfect sacrifice for the sin of all people. Christ is the ideal human-the perfect model for us to follow. We must stand in awe of his character, which met humanity’s highest ideals as well as God‘s demand for an atonement for sin. He is, at once and the same time, our model and our Savior.- Life Application Study Bible

Back in the early 90’s my existence was at the apex of my living life on my own terms and I remember God sending a man into my sphere of influence that shared a bit of truth with me.

He simply stated to me either Jesus Christ is exactly who HE says the HE is “The only begotten Son of the Living GOD” or HE is not telling the truth at all! There is no middle ground, Jesus plays for keeps and HIS mission deals with life and death.

Perhaps, this is why Jesus does not like our lukewarm decorations of love and devotion, because there is nothing lukewarm about HIS going to the Cross for our sins.

When a person is hot or cold (either totally believing in him or not at all) Jesus can make dynamic things happen within both those context.

Roughly in the year 1999 or 2000 before I rededicated my life to Jesus Christ I remember seeing a portion of a movie on him and I had to admit even in my back slidden state at that very moment in time that Jesus Christ was the perfect embodiment of love and grace.

Even none Christians have a difficult time finding fault with our Savior’s character! That speaks volumes!!!

Jesus taught and still teaches the world much.

So much of the modern day “self improvement” movement are really biblical principles taken out of scripture format and used to serve more general life purposes.

Even the new age movement uses some of the teachings of Jesus Christ, such as Emmet Fox book “Sermon on The Mount” and there are many others!

We as believers know HIM as LORD and Savior and not just a master teacher with much wisdom.

In a world of lying spirits it seems when looking for the truth go to one whose character stands the test of time across multi cultural and religious doctrines.

The bible clearly tells us there will come an age in which people will not wish to endure sound doctrine.

Our final place of rest cannot be found in self-improvement pep talks and enlightenment affirmations/ statements and spiritual hype, propaganda and what is convenient and easy for us to follow.

Truth has a definite signature and if we are honest with ourselves we can all admit to character flaws but I know a man who had none… Jesus Christ and I have chosen to become HIS disciple and learn from HIS Holy Spirit and follow HIM now into eternity!

What about you?

Romans 14-16 Message Bible

Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.

Let’s Pray… Shall we?

Father God in heaven… In the name of your only begotten Son Jesus Christ, I want a relationship with the truth so I submit all my soul, my body and my desires, and my emotions to You and Your Spirit.  I denounce any conscious or subconscious attachments from in my past: past involvements, past emotional attachments and past premarital sexual relationships, I denounce the emotional, physical and spiritual ties formed by these involvements. I confess any ungodly spirit, soul and body ties as sin. I thank you for forgiving me an cleansing me of all unrighteousness, right now.

Release me from all soulish ties in the mighty name of Jesus Christ we pray.. Amen!
Meditative Scripture…
Romans 14-16 Message Bible

Personally, I’ve been completely satisfied with who you are and what you are doing. You seem to me to be well-motivated and well-instructed, quite capable of guiding and advising one another. So, my dear friends, don’t take my rather bold and blunt language as criticism. It’s not criticism. I’m simply underlining how very much I need your help in carrying out this highly focused assignment God gave me, this priestly and gospel work of serving the spiritual needs of the non-Jewish outsiders so they can be presented as an acceptable offering to God, made whole and holy by God’s Holy Spirit.

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