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Teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10 NASB).

Sunday, January 20, 2019

How to Conquer the Darkness that Attacks Your Soul

 by Barbara Latta

Darkness draws us toward light. The pursuit of God will propel us toward His light and conquer the darkness that may be attacking our souls. The key is to continue the pursuit.
How to conquer the darkness that attacks your soul

Several years ago my husband and I toured some caverns in a national park. The stalactites and stalagmites were impressive and the constant dripping of water told the story of how these rock columns were formed. When all the tourists were in place, the park ranger told everyone to be perfectly still. He turned out the light and the darkness that pervaded the space was as black as ink. Nothing could be seen, not even my hand one inch from my face. The thought shot through my mind that without light we couldn’t get out of this hole in the ground. After a few seconds of total darkness panic had almost set in. Soon the guide clicked on multi-colored lights that had been strategically placed inside the cave and the moist cavern walls reflected the light like a rainbow. Sighs of relief were heard through the group as the lights came on. This darkness had been physically felt. The bodies in the cave wanted to pursue light.

But there is another kind of darkness we all experience at one time or another in our spiritual lives and that is condemnation and guilt. When guilt weighs us down it can feel like we are in a dark cave with no hope of finding light again. Hopelessness and depression are anchors holding us captive to the pain of past sins and failures.

Because humans were not created to like darkness, other than for sleep, we try to avoid the absence of light unless we are trying to hide. Sin causes us to want to shun anything that exposes the deeds, but it also brings blackness to the soul. The God-shaped void will always drive a person toward a solution to get out of the pain caused by disobeying Him, but poor choices lead to more darkness rather than the sought after relief.

The answer for this darkness is the pursuit of the Word of God. He tells us “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105 NIV). When we meditate on what God says about us and ignore condemning thoughts, a rainbow of hope shines on our hearts and the heaviness of condemnation is lifted.

When we are in a dark room even a pin hole of light can lead us to the way out. Once we have found the door, we can let in more light. Likewise, the more of the Word of God we put into our minds, the more we walk out of the darkness that plagues us and we are released out of the prison.

Condemnation and guilt were buried in a dark cavern with Jesus. Our part is to leave them buried there and remember that resurrection made light win over darkness.  Continue the pursuit of God’s light to keep the darkness at bay.

Which scriptures show you God’s light? Share your thoughts.


Sunday, January 13, 2019

Prayers for the New Year

by Barbara Latta

Each year brings new challenges and adventures, but no challenge can go unmet and no adventure unfulfilled when we let God rule our choices. Only when His Word takes precedence can victory over circumstances reign.

In following my word choice for the year, pursue, I am posting these prayers for the New Year. These are prayers based on the scripture reference ascribed to the meme and are prayers you can use for your life too.

Pursue God, pursue wisdom, pursue learning

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

5 Ways to Set Goals Without Being Overwhelmed

by Barbara Latta

Each new year brings advice on setting goals and resolutions. I don’t make resolutions
5 ways to set goals
anymore because I don’t keep them. But we should never stop setting goals and one way to make sure we meet the finish line is to make sure the prize before us is not overwhelming.

Multi-tasking has become a word associated with skill and success. The idea is that we accomplish more in less time, but in reality doing more than one thing at a time divides our attention and nothing gets 100% of the effort.

Here are 5 ways to set goals without being overwhelmed:

Sunday, December 30, 2018

5 Ways to Find a Focus for the New Year

by Barbara Latta

A lot of people I know choose words each year as a way to obtain change in their lives. I
5 ways to find your focus

had never done this until last year when I chose the word love.

I did this by looking up verses about the love of God and made a notebook out of them to read every day. I can’t say I was as successful as I wanted to be, but it did make me more aware of the importance of whatever we choose to focus on.

Do you have a word or phrase for the year? If not, here are 5 ways to find a focus for the New Year:

Sunday, December 23, 2018

What does love really mean?

by Barbara Latta

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16 NKJV).

Those of us who have grown up in church have heard John 3:16 quoted over and over. We learned that verse as a child and could spit it out at the drop of a hat. This scripture is probably the most familiar to everyone, even those who don't know God personally.

But like most things that we bandy about, it can become overused words that lose their meaning.

Do we really know what Jesus was saying when he told this truth to Nicodemus?

God so loved….
This is love not that we loved God but that he loved us and gave his Son (1 John 4:10).
We can’t love God apart from Him loving us first because there is no love in us without Him.

The world…
God’s gift is available to all who will receive it.  Not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9b). Unfortunately, not everyone will receive eternal life, but it’s not because God didn’t give it.

That He gave….
He gave His Son from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). He knew His creation would sin and He made a way to redeem the lost. God loved His created ones made in His image so much he was willing to give Himself to pay for the wrong that we do.

He gave by putting His Word into the form of flesh. The word became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14)

God was walking and talking with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden until they sinned. They threw away their intimacy with their Creator.

God was walking and talking with mankind in the form of Jesus, but most did not recognize him. They threw away the God that was before them.

He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him (John 1:11).

Love came down from heaven, but He didn’t have to. But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross (Philippians 2:7-8).

This gift from the Father was presented to the fallen earth wrapped in swaddling clothes. In insignificance and with no earthly fanfare, He was born in the normal human way. He became one of us, so He could identify with our hurts, fears and temptations (Hebrews 2:18).

Jesus came to earth through a bloody human birth and left the earth through a bloody human sacrifice.

What does “God so loved the world” really mean? It means love came down…so we could be lifted up (Psalm 145:14).

Christmas brings us the cross.

Merry Christmas and may God bless us every one!
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Sunday, December 16, 2018

What Was Christmas Like in Revolutionary Times?

by Barbara Latta

Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington
Christmas celebrations vary across the world and the customs of past eras are fun and interesting to explore.  

Several years ago, my husband, Ken, worked in the Washington, D.C. area.  We visited Mount Vernon, the home of President George Washington, so much we volunteered to work for the many events held there.

While working we would wear the authentic costumes of the period. Ken would don a tricorn hat and thick cape and after I had struggled with the ties and wraps of my garments, we walked among the tourists taking on the role of revolutionary citizens.  Because we were required to keep in character and speak to guests in colonial lingo, curtsy when in the presence of General Washington, and not wear modern jewelry, it was easy to get caught up in the ambiance of living at Mount Vernon in the late 1700’s.

George and Martha Washington frequently relax on the piazza and visit with family and friends. The General is often seen in his blue Continental Army uniform riding his regal stallion across the lawn at sunset.
George and Martha Washington entertain on
the piazza.

It was a most impressive sight!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Why is There No Peace on Earth?

by Barbara Latta
Why is there no peace on earth?

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace goodwill toward men (Luke 2:14 KJV).
When Jesus was born, angels appeared to shepherds in the fields with their sheep. Heavenly beings proclaimed this good news and gave glory to God. The announcement in the verse above is printed on Christmas cards, letters, signs and church bulletins.

Messages are shared about peace on earth.

Yet the world has been at war since the beginning of time. If the angels shared this news, why is there no peace on earth?