God's Roadmap

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 14, 2018

Sharing Inspiring Blogs to Read and Follow

by Barbara Latta

I thought a good way to start the year would be to share some of the blogs I read and follow for advice, inspiration and direction. The internet brings a whole new world to our way of gathering
Sharing Inspiring Blogs to Read and Follow
information and experiences.
You will be blessed by reading any of these blogs. 

Lisa Hetzel is a living kidney donor. She writes about the importance of organ donation and answers questions and dispels myths about transplants. 

Terri Webster has set up a foundation for women in various stages of need and writes to encourage and inspire hope in those who are hurting.

Bobbie Iliff shares her story of finding Christ and filling her life with living water. She will be hosting Free Beauty Treatments to Pamper and Nourish Your Soul on February 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Monroe-Walton Center for the Arts in Monroe, Georgia. 

Julie Garmon has written numerous articles for Guideposts and shares lovely thoughts and encouraging posts about learning from friends, life and love.

Edie Melson shares instruction and direction about writing, social media and marketing. Her classes and blog are the inspiration that started this blog of mine.

Lori Hatcher shares posts and devotions teaching us to have a closer walk with God and listening to His voice. 

Putting On the New is a website sharing daily devotions from a different writer each day and one that I contribute to each month. 

LaTan Roland Murphy is a worship leader and interior decorator who brings decorating tips into our worship life showing us how to make everything beautiful. 

Christa Hutchins gives instruction on finding your purpose for a ministry or business and keeping everything organized. 

Cindy Sproles writes Appalachian fiction and is the co-founder of Christian Devotions. She writes from the heart about God's remedy for life's struggles.

There are many more that help me in my writing journey and my devotional walk with God. I hope you will visit these sites and see what helpful and encouraging words you can encounter for your life. Click on the name and you will be taken to their site. 

Please feel free to share any blogs or devotion sites that inspire you.

Happy January!

Inspiring Blogs to Read and Follow (click to tweet)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Can A Peaceful Mind Exist in the Middle of Chaos?

by Barbara Latta

(At the end of this blog post, you can enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card)

Every year that goes by disasters and tragedies are rampant. Because we live in a fallen,
Can peace exist in the middle of chaos?
sinful world we know these events will continue to unfold. How can we keep a peaceful mind when surrounded by chaos, destruction and evil?

Peace isn’t going to come knocking on our door and plop down in our heads. A decision must be made to keep our minds on the things of God and not of this world. While we do live in the atmosphere of sin, we do not have to let it corrupt our minds.

Here are some words of wisdom from our heavenly Father to keep fear at bay and peace at the forefront:

Focus on the Prince of Peace.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer I have overcome the world (John 16:33 NKJV).

Stay away from bad influences. This doesn’t mean we totally isolate ourselves from the world. Jesus went where sinners were, but He went there to change their lives not to let them change His.
Do not be deceived: Evil company corrupts good habits (1 Corinthians 15:33).

Don’t worry about anything. Worry doesn’t solve any problem, it actually can compound it by causing physical and emotional symptoms.
Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Matthew 6:27).

Be thankful. We are not instructed to be thankful for bad times but to be thankful we have a heavenly Father who is the answer to anything that comes against us.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus ( Philippians 4:6-7).

Monitor what is heard through media and politics and prevent bad reports from altering stands on issues. Political persuasions and moral attitudes should remain grounded in the Word of God.
Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ (Colossians 2:8).

Psalm 91:14
We are promised God’s protection when we stand on His Word and claim it.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high; because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation (Psalm 91: 14-16).

Peace is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and has been given to us by God. When we dwell in the spiritual realm, spiritual fruit grows and weeds die.

By implementing promises from the Word of God a peaceful year can reign despite the circumstances around us.

Feel free to share your thoughts and your remedy for remaining in peace.

For all those who subscribe to my blog by filling in your email address on the right side of the page you can enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card. Please leave a comment stating you subscribed. Contest starts today and ends January 13, 2018 12:00 a.m.  Click here to enter:  Amazon Gift Card


Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Focus of 2018 - The Real, Nitty-Gritty, Bloody Sacrificial Love of God

by Barbara Latta

John 3:16 is plastered on billboards, posters, signs at ballgames and quoted in Sunday School. The verse has become a mantra of sorts and has been heard so many times we have become numb to the meaning. The world doesn’t know what it means, but sadly, much of the Christian world doesn’t know the depth of this scripture’s meaning.

For years, I read verses about God’s love and I knew He loved me, but the depth of that intimacy sometimes evaded me. I saw myself as one of the masses of the billions of people on earth, but I didn’t always feel the personal-ness of it.

Last week this blog was about a baby whose purpose in being born was to die. That's hard to absorb. If I knew the baby I had given birth to was going to grow up to die so mean, filthy, evil people could live, would I still want to give him to that world? I have to admit, not me.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jesus is the only baby born whose destiny was to die

by Barbara Latta

Jesus was born to die.

The incarnate Christ was forever changed when the Word of God became flesh. The second person of the Trinity laid aside the benefits of His deity to subject Himself to the creation He had made so He could redeem that same creation from sin. When Jesus was resurrected, He had an immortal body with scars He will have forever. …Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into my side…(John 20:27).

God’s plan for the ages was redemption for His creation.

For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you (1 Peter 1:20 NKJV).

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel (Genesis 3: 15).

But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the
propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

Jesus really is the REASON we have the SEASON, for without Him not only would we not have Christmas, but we wouldn’t have Resurrection Day. And Resurrection Day is the reason He was born.

May your Christmas be blessed and happy!

Feel free to share your joy in the comments section below.


Sunday, December 17, 2017

The scandal of the birth of Christ and the shame of His death

by Barbara Latta

Scandal at birth
“A hasty marriage,” a woman in Nazareth whispered behind her hand to a group of women.
Jesus was born in scandal.

“You know what that means.”

“Her parents will never be able to hold their heads up in public again.”

Another shuffled nearer and elbowed the speaker. “Look there they go, walking through town as if nothing is wrong.”

“Joseph is moving her into his house.”

“As well he should be.” An older woman turned her back to the couple walking down the road. "They should be ashamed to be out in the company of decent people."

The gossipers were busy and the quick decision Joseph made to bring Mary to his house as his wife had fueled new fodder for the women drawing water each day.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

The True Light of the World

by Barbara Iliff

Today's guest post is by Barbara Iliff, a fellow writer and Word Weavers International member. Get your hot chocolate and enjoy memories and the meaning of Christmas lights.

I love lights. 
Since I was a little girl the brilliance of Christmas has been one of my favorite
Favorite parts of the holidays are hot chocolate
by the Christmas tree.
parts of the Holidays. My parents wove strings of colorful bulbs into the branches as my anticipation grew until finally the magic moment arrived. With our tree proudly dressed in the colors of Christmas, my parents plugged the lights in. My eyes shined and I crossed them just to have double lights!

My love for lights has not dimmed over the years. I took my own children riding around to see the shining glow on houses, light displays and even a snowflake street of white twinkling lights overhead. I sit in my living room near my Christmas tree and savor hot apple cider or hot chocolate while my soul feasts on the sparkle of Christmas.

But my favorite lights of all come alive just before Christmas at our church’s Candlelight Communion. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Significance of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ

by Barbara Latta

Babies are born every day all over the world. In America, we record the details of the birth
The Significance of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.
on a legal document to certify the parents and vital information about the child. This is then recorded at the proper entity for the state where the birth occurred, and the child is legally a part of the family.

Family ancestry searches have become a popular pastime and profitable business. Information revealed about past relatives can be fun and informative and in some cases, may be a way to make claims to property.

Jesus’ Birth Certificate
In biblical times, genealogies were an important part of Jewish custom. The kingly lines were kept intact in precise detail by scribes to preserve the heritage. Jesus’ earthly ancestry is recorded both in Matthew and Luke with some differences. Scholars have debated over the reasons for the discrepancies, but the most popular theory is that Matthew traces Jesus’ line back to Abraham thus showing Jesus as the promised Messiah. Luke’s line traces through Mary’s ancestry back to Adam’s son Seth to reveal Him as the Son of Man and the second Adam. Even though Jesus did not inherit Mary’s fallen bloodline, He had to come as human to complete the work of defeating Satan the way Adam was supposed to. (Read the Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1: 1-17 and Luke 3:23-38).

By having these details recorded in scripture, no one could debate the line Jesus came from. He was the Seed promised in the Garden of Eden to crush Satan’s head. He was from the royal line of David to rule as King.

Our Inheritance
We are written in the Book of Life through the
blood of Christ.
We become a part of God's kingdom through the blood of Christ. When we believe on His name and accept His sacrifice we are welcomed into the family of God. We are written in the Book of Life and our born-again birth certificate is final. No one can erase or take our names out of His book. We are certified in heaven and we are now children of God.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1: 12).

An heir to a royal throne will have a different demeanor than ordinary citizens. When we realize we are a part of the royal family of God, we will walk in our royal right and know what belongs to us; not in arrogance, but in the humility of Christ as servants of His on this earth. We are here to minister to others the love and grace of God, but also to walk in our authority to crush the work of the devil as he tries to spread lies and deception.

Walk in your royal inheritance by knowing who you belong to.

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:4-5).

How does knowing you belong to the family of God change your life?